2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

The 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is upon us.  There are so many prizes available for this blog hop I just can’t pass it up.  I’m not a coffee drinker myself, only hot chocolate, but I have a husband that can’t survive past 9 in the morning without his morning Joe.  So there’s always the aroma of coffee around the house.  I wanted to create a card with the look of the aroma wafting through the air and love how the memory box die cuts out solid and stitched hearts for it.  I also did the card panel in craft to give it a warm fall look.



  • Cardstock:  Kraft (Papertrey); Autumn Rose (Papertrey); White Cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
  • Ink:  Versamark; Tea Dye Duo (Papertrey)
  • Stamps:  Cup of Wishes (Mama Elephant); Sending & Wishing (Simon Says Stamp)
  • Accessories:  Chestnut Opaque Embossing Powder (Zing); Fairy Lights Sequins (Lucy’s Little Things); Copics: R83, RV69, R85, R81

Papertrey’s September Blog Hop

Good Morning!  I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!  I loved the Papertrey inspiration photo for this month’s blog hop….such a pretty color palette of green, white, dark brown, and Kraft.  My card is missing the green.  I just couldn’t find a good way to include it on the card.  The card is pretty simple and I used wood veneer birds for my Kraft color.  I tried the die cut Kraft birds but they didn’t pop enough on the card.  My supplies are listed below.  Happy blog hopping!



  • Cardstock: Smokey Shadow (Papertrey); Vellum (Papertrey); White shimmer cardstock (Amuse Studio);
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Stamps:  In the Meadow (Papertrey)
  • Dies: In The Meadow dies (Papertrey); Birch Tree Cutting Plate (Taylored Expressions)
  • Accessories: fun foam (Darice); glitter (Martha Stewart); die cut birds (Studio Calico); double-sided adhesive sheet

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC156 – Dimension and Bling

Who doesn’t love a challenge that has both dimension and bling?  The current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC156 is right up my alley.  Time to pull some embossing paste for dimension and sequins for bling.  I was wanting more of an autumn feel for this card so went for aqua and copper.  Those aren’t true fall colors but work well for September.  They were actually my wedding colors so I might favor them a bit.

So I kept the card simple with a spray of leaves across the top using the embossing paste and then a heavy scattering of sequins because everything is better with sequins.  I also  added some dimension to the die cut sentiment by double layering and offsetting it with a darker teal.  Supplies are listed below.  Hope you get a chance to look at all the other lovely cards submitted for the current challenge!



  • Cardstock:  Coastal Cabana (Stampin Up); Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
  • Accessories: Thanks die (Poppy Stamps); sequins, Metallic Gold embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi) ; Décor 2 stencil (Prima)

Curtain Call Lead Designer!

I’m feeling very lucky!  I’m this week’s lead designer for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!!  You know when you have the pressure of creating something that you want to be really special and then you go through a mountain of cards trying to get the right one.  I’m sparing you the rejects but it was ugly.  The thing that spoke to me the most about the inspiration photo was the strong colors of black, red, and green and then the contrast of patterns between the polka dot wrappers and the shiny candied apples.  There’s lots to be inspired by!


I knew I wanted to use the black polka dot pattern in my card.  I have some washi tape that was the perfect match for the wrapper pattern in the photo.  How often does that happen?  But that meant that I needed to place a bunch of washi tape stripes across my card base.  It was a bit of a pain but on the happy side, I used up some of my overflowing washi stash!  Does that justify me buying 5 more rolls the other day?  I think not.  I also covered over the inside of the card with a piece of white cardstock so I didn’t have an ugly background of torn off washi tape strips showing on the inside of the card.

Next I prepped my card front and attached a piece of fun foam and then ran the front through my die machine with the thanks die-namics.  I also cut out a die cut for my apple.  I’ll tell you secret…I’m short on apple stamps and converted this peach image into a candied apple.  I first inked up the apple with pure poppy and then lightly inked up the top side of the apple stamp with scarlet jewel before stamping it on the die cut.  I then stamped the leaf and stem.  My last addition to the apple was to add some sherbet glimmer glitter drops to it.  I thought about using glossy accents but liked the sparkle from the Nuvo.  I tied a bow around the prepared card front before attaching it to the prepared card base.

I think I’ll use this card for my son’s favorite teacher sometime this fall.  My son’s teachers can never get enough thanks from me.  They do amazing work with kids everyday and seem to figure out how to bring out the best from my boys.  Ok…enough from me.  Hope you’re enjoy all of the lovely cards inspired by the Curtain Call candied apple photo.    My card supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!



  • Cardstock:  White Heavy Cardstock (Recollections); White Cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
  • Ink:  Pure Poppy (Papertrey); Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey); Limeade Ice (Papertrey); New Leaf (Papertrey); Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
  • Stamps: Make It Market Mini Kit: Still Life Summer (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Thanks & Hello Die-namics (My Favorite Things); Black Polka Dot Washi Tape from Beautiful Brushstrokes Make It Market Kit (Papertrey); White Fun Foam (Darice); Black Embroidery Thread (DMC); Sherbert Shimmer Glitter Drops (Nuvo)

Papertrey’s August Blog Hop

Papertrey’s August Blog Hop inspiration photo has lovely white, creams, browns, and reds.  It made me want to make a soft fall card.    By soft, I guess I mean more cream and less brown type of autumn card, which tends to be the type of cards I usually do for autumn.   Hope you’re enjoying the blog hop!  Supplies are listed below.



  • Cardstock: Rustic Cream (Papertrey); Watercolor (Ranger)
  • Ink:  Tea Dye Duo (Papertrey); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Stamps: Falling Leaves (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Dylusions Spray (Ranger); Leaves dies (Impression Obsession); Scattered Leaves Embossing Folder (Taylored Expressions)

Freshly Made Sketches 248 Challenge

I am submitting this card for the current Freshly Made Sketch 248.


I love this sketch!  With my love of floral stamps I decided to use flowers as the focal image.  I had fun making the fence-like background using woodgrain washi tape.  Given the ample box of washi tape I have, I am looking for ways to use some up.  Hope you get some crafting time in and are enjoying the weekend!  Supplies are listed below.



  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific), Kraft (Papertrey Ink), Mixed Media (Strathmore)
  • Stamps: Delightful Dahlia (Papertrey Ink); Up and Away (Mama Elephant)
  • Ink: Versamark (Imagine Crafts); Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
  • Accessories: Delightful Dahlia dies (Papertrey Ink), washi tape (American Crafts); Collectable Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye); Inktense Watercolor pencils (Derwent)

Papertrey’s July Blog Hop

Oh my goodness, after a busy weekend for Papertrey’s Stamp-A-Faire of card making.  I think I’m out of ideas for Papertrey’s July blog hop.  So I opted for focusing on the coral and gold in the inspiration photo.  The flowers in the chair had me looking for a floral theme.  I stamped the floral border image on both sides of the sentiment and embossed the whole thing.  I finished it off with Wink of Stella and some gold twine.  I love the simple elegance of it.  Hope you’re enjoying the blog hop!  Supplies are listed below.



  • Cardstock:  Berry Sorbet (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Stamps:  Banner Sentiments (Papertrey); Blooming Sketch Border (Memory Box)
  • Accessories: gold embossing powder (Ranger); gold twine; wink of Stella (Zig)