PTI Stamp-a-Faire Ribbon Techniques

Dawn McVey's tutorial on making the perfect bow was really, really good! So I decided to follow her lead and make a card with a bow and the Melon Berry patterned paper contained in the kit. Mine didn't turn out as well as hers, but I'm gettin' there :)

Now, I have to tell you I've never combined Melon Berry with Plum Pudding before, but I really love the results.


PTI Stamp-a-Faire Limited Supply

It was so neat to just open up a package with everything I needed to complete this challenge! It was so much fun, I completed two cards for this challenge.



PTI Stamp-a-Faire Make & Take

I pretty much copied Nichole's design for the Make & Take. It was a great warm up exercise for the day!


Love it!


Rolled Posies

I *heart* rolled posies – made from paper or fabric. Granted, making them from paper is easier but they don’t last as long as fabric ones. I’ve found a couple of Silhouette cuts that make the cutest rolled roses or posies. Here’s a card I did with some of them:



There are now dies out from Sizzix and My Favorite Things that feature rolled posies, but I’m liking the Silhouette ones because I can cut them whatever size I want. Again, LOVE them.



PTI Make it Monday Masking Challenge

Shall I begin by saying I’ve never had good luck with masking? So this Make it Monday was enough of a challenge for me to give it another shot. Huh! It turned out pretty good :)


I used one of the large Limitless Layers dies as my mask. It’s soft and feminine – perfect for a Mother’s Day card….or two.



The second one…This is like an I SPY game – can you spot the differences?


I needed two Mother’s Day cards – so I created them very similarly, but simply. This one is pretty flat so it will mail well.

OK, you masking Goddesses out there – I’m drinking the KoolAid. See ya next time,



Foyer Revamp

Over the last few months, I’ve been redecorating my foyer. I repainted, added some floral arrangements, repainted a bench, and added some cute frames.

Here’s what it looked like after I painted the walls and the bench. My Aunt Jackie helped me create the floral arrangements (all supplies & container from Michael’s). I am absolutely dreadful with floral arranging. I just can’t do it. But, I’m lucky to know people who can do it!


So look at that big empty wall. What to do?


I love the empty frame walls that I’d seen in magazines, so decided to try it myself – on the cheap. I went to Walmart and got their cheap frames in a few sizes and styles. Then I got some paint in three colors – yellow, cream, and brown.


Spray painting IS something I can do. It took several light coats to get the coverage I wanted. Tip: If you want a more antique look, sand some of the paint off in places and add an antiquing stain.


Here’s the wall today. I added all those frame in random order (using those awesome removable adhesive frame mounts). I also added some family heirlooms in the photo – my great great grandmother’s hand woven blanket and a bowl of my grandma’s old wooden spools and her favorite thimble. I’m not the type of person who likes to put valuable stuff away in a drawer or cabinet. I say use it, display it, treasure it everyday.


Here’s a closeup of the yellow frame. I cut some dandelions and our name in Silhouette heavy duty vinyl on my Silhouette machine. Very simple and very me.

I started this project last fall. Just finished it last week. Phew! I can mark that off my to-do list.