Make It Monday–Button Background

This Monday’s PTI challenge was to use fun foam as a die cut stamp and as a die cut on a project. This was so fun! I had never used fun foam as a stamp before - it was so easy and it worked beautifully.


First, I die cut the fun foam with PTI’s button dies to use as background stamps. I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed them with American Crafts’ Zing embossing powders. Love it!


Then I die cut a yellow piece of fun foam with a Mat Stack die, then dry embossed it with PTI’s polka dot Impression Plate. That turned the foam into a kind of leathery material that was really cool!


Added some zig zag stitching and a centerpiece image and die cuts (Limitless Layers) to finish it off.

This was a very fun project and I will definitely be using Fun Foam again! Now off with ya so ya can go create your own masterpiece,



Paper Lantern Heaven

Well, what did I see last week when I was shopping? These adorable paper lantern stamps by American Crafts. These stamps went into my basket faster than a frog can catch a fly! LOVE them. I’m sure you will agree.


Oh, I’m in love for sure,



PTI February Challenge

This month’s Papertrey Ink Challenge was to use scallops in your project. No prob! I love their scallop dies. Here, I used their medium scallop die to create this easy card that doubles as a gift card holder.


The little fabric pocket I sewed onto the card holds a gift card for these lucky newlyweds! Notice my sewing and cutting weren’t perfect. That was on purpose! As were the shabby chic scallops below. I crinkled them before I adhered them.



All supplies except patterened paper (My Minds Eye) and fabric are from Papertrey Ink. Happy blog hopping,



Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rachel and I have a tradition of making handmade Valentines for her friends. We did a really simple chocolate bar wrap this year. It’s easy and you can adapt it for any occasion. And kids can totally get in on the action.



We found the cutest little weiner foam die cuts at Target a couple week ago. We snapped those babies up immediately. We love weiner dogs.

The first step of this project is to measure the length of your chocolate bar. 6x6 patterned paper is easiest to use because you only have to make one cut (the length of your bar.) This bar measured 5.25”. Then you just wrap your paper around and secure it with a few glue dots. Then decorate however you like.

You can use these for wedding or birthday party favors. Or for any holiday – Easter, Halloween, Christmas. The sky’s the limit.


So cute! And we love cute. Have a great sweetheart day.

(papers are all My Minds Eye. Yes, I’m obsessed.)



Just Do It!

This gift box will be just the thing for a friend at a crossroads. I filled this lovely gable box with some yummy cupcakes and will take them over to her this afternoon.


Now, to the really good stuff – the tag!


Using PTI’s Library Card tag, I die cut My Minds Eye patterned paper for this large gift tag. Next, I die cut Hawaiian Shores felt using the large limitless layers die, then white cardstock with the Fillable Frames die. With another piece of MME paper, I cut it using a PTI border die.


I stamped the white frame with the stars from Star Prints and “Just do it” from the same set. I used orange chalk to outline the frame to give it more emphasis. I pop dotted the frame and stuck a couple decorative pins into the foam pop dot. (Learned that little tip from Dawn McVey this morning!!) Don’t you love little tips like this?

I’m loving this color combo! And when you have a tag that stands out like this, you can get away with leaving the box plain.

Have a great weekend – it’s going to be in the 60’s in NC. Can’t wait. I’ll be the one doing backflips around the house (actually I’ll be doing them in my head since I sure as hell would end up in traction if I attempted it!)



Color Scheme Challenge #2

Whew. Now this is more my style and colors. Officially back in my comfort zone. And I like it.


This color scheme is: aqua, sweet blush, harvest gold, and simply chartreuse. Stamps are Garden of Life, Text Style, and Daily Design Sentiments. Patterned papers are My Minds Eye. The dies are PTI large Limitless Layers, which is my absolute favorite thing they’ve EVER come out with. Do you enjoy them as much as I do?

Later ya’ll,


Color Scheme Challenge

This was so far outside my comfort zone, I might as well have been in a different time zone…

But, it challenged me to use colors I would have never combined and some stamps I had not used before. So without further ado-


I used the melon berry, terracotta tile, kraft and dark chocolate color scheme from PTI. The stamps were from Big, Bold Wishes and It’s Official.

Wow. I’m not sure I like this card. What do you think? And am I the only one who can’t line up that notebook paper background stamp? I’m background-stamp-challenged.

I still learned! That’s the important thing, right? See ya,



Make it Monday

Today, there is a challenge going on over at Papertrey Ink – use sentiments from different stamp sets to create a card. Oh, I was all over that one! I love doing that.


I went for a monochromatic color scheme using Summer Sunrise and Lemon tart. I used sentiments from about 8 different sets. I also used the polka dot impression plate on the lemon tart background. The paper used for the mat stack die is My Minds Eye. Everything else is Papertrey Ink.


I love how this card turned out! Here’s a bookmark gift tag I did around Christmas that used the same sentiment technique.


If anyone is wondering, the brown bottle in the background of the first photo is one of two bottles I rescued from my Grandmother’s outbuilding. They looked horrible at first, full of dirt and insects. I popped them in the dishwasher and they cleaned up so well. I don’t know what the bottles were used for – it says “Benedictine” and “B and B” on one side and there’s a horseshoe on the other side. The one pictured is the smaller of the two. If anyone can give me some history, it would be appreciated.

Have a fabulous day!



Owl Birthday Card

Boy, did I need a creative break today. So I got busy with this cutey owl card. 30 minutes in my craft studio is all I needed to recharge my mom-wife-farmer-business-daughter-gottoomuchtodo battery.


Owl was made using my Cricut Imagination and the Give a Hoot cartridge. Yellow patterned paper is My Minds Eye, cardstock is Papertrey Ink, stamp is Papertrey Ink.


This little guy will be for sale in my Etsy shop. Ya’ll have a fantastic day!