Papertrey’s Create Along With Us: May and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Stencils

Love when I can come up with one card that works for two challenges, Papertrey’s Create Along With Us: May and Simon Says Monday Challenge to use stencils and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge to use stencils.  I was inspired by the baby cards with the cute new elephant stamp set from Papertrey’s May release.  I wanted to use a stencil for the Simon Says challenge and the polka dot stencil mirrored the giraffe image perfectly.  Hope you are having  a great weekend!  Supplies are listed below.


  • Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink); Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps: Sweet Baby (Papertrey Ink); Storybook (Avery Elle)
  • Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine); Wet Cement (Hero Arts); Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink)
  • Dies: Onesie Shape-Up die (Papertrey); Sweet Baby die (Papertrey Ink); Small Folded Banner die (Simon Says Stamp);
  • Accessories: stencil (Heidi Swapp); Strawberry twine (The Twinery); Pearlescent Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver);

Papertrey Make It Monday – Masked Sentiments

I finished my card for last week’s Papertrey’s Make It Monday challenge – Masking Sentiments on Tuesday but wasn’t able to post it until tonight. I heavily based my layout for the card on Ashley’s one. I never have enough boy birthday cards for my boys to give when they get invited to a birthday party so I used more masculine colors. I also just purchased some Clair inks to try out. The inks are vibrant! Supplies are listed below. Hope you had a nice weekend!


  • Cardstock: White, Pacific Point (Stampin Up)
  • Ink: Paradise, Warm Breeze, Cheerful (Clair); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Stamps: Make A Wish (Papertrey); Think Big Favorites #12 (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Glossy Accents (Ranger); Stickles


Papertrey Make It Monday and Transformation Tuesday Challenges

I was inspired by the Throwback Thursday post this week to make cards for Papertrey’s Make It Monday and Transformation Tuesday challenges.  Mehndi Medallion is such a great stamp set and I made a card with it ages ago when it first came out.   But you know how it is, the newest stamps get the most attention.  So it was fun to go back and use this stamp set for this week’s challenges.  Here is my original card from my blog post way back on February 14, 2014 for the Transformation Tuesday challenge.


I used brown ink to ink up the images and then the colors from the original card to color in the word die cut.  That Betsy has the coolest ideas!  I ended up applying glossy accents over the die cut since it disappeared a bit into the card due to the smaller word die cut and the busy stamped images.  I added stickles to the card for accents as I did in the original card.



  • Cardstock:  Kraft (Papertrey); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
  • Stamps:  Mehndi Medallion Mini (Papertrey); Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Stickles; glossy accents; Copics; embossing powder

Ultimately, I made another card since I had a front panel that didn’t work out for the word die cut.  So I’m adding that one here too.  I added lots of stickles so guess it won’t work for a masculine card.  I used the Birthday Cheer die set from Papertrey for the diecut and gold embossing powder




Simon’s Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Freedom for this week’s Simon Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes.  I combined it with Simon’s Monday Challenge – Flower Power.  I decided to make a feminine card of support.  I love how the Hugs die keeps the card closed until the person opens it.  It is such a cool die!

I kept the background for the card face simple with stamped flower bouquet and then colored with perfect pearls.  You can’t see it in the photo but the coloring is with perfect pearls so it has a very pretty sheen to it.  I wanted the word hugs to really stand out so it was cut out of black cardstock and glued over the white die cut letters.  Hope you’re having a great weekend!  Supplies are listed below.



  • Cardstock:  White, Black
  • Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia (WPlus9)
  • Dies: Hugs Card die (Concord & 9th)
  • Accessories: Gumball (Perfect pearls)

Papertrey’s Transformation Tuesday Challenge

I selected the card shown below from my blog post in February to make-over for Papertrey’s Transformation Tuesday.  I love this set of pattern papers and felt like I could take my original card into a different direction.


I wanted to keep the water colored looking pattern paper as my base again but instead of making a basket of flowers, use those flowers as accents on another card.  The card looks completely different since the sentiment becomes the focal point rather than the flowers but still maintains the floral style of the card.  I prefer the redone version.  What do you think?  Hope you get some crafting time in next week!  Supplies listed below.



  • Cardstock: White 110 lb. (Recollections);
  • Patterned Paper: Bloom & Grow Patterned Paper Collection (Papertrey)
  • Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Accessories: Moonshine sequins;

Papertrey Make It Monday – Graffiti Word Art

This week’s Papertrey Make It Monday Challenge is to make Graffiti Word Art.  That sounds messy and loose and is definitely outside of my comfort zone.  I ended up making the background more messy rather than the words.  I used oxide inks and spritz them to give it more texture.  I stenciled on the happy by sponging it on from the one liner die but when it didn’t show up on the card very well, I improvised by adding glossy accents.  This card isn’t a complete failure but is not one my favorites.  But challenges make you stretch yourself and get outside your comfort zone … done.  Supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!



  • Cardstock: Smokey Shadow (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin Oxide Distress (Ranger)
  • Stamps: Distressed Patterns (Papertrey)
  • Dies:  One Liner: Happy Dies (Papertrey); Birthday Trio Die Collection (Papertrey)

Papertrey’s Make It Monday – Simple Stitched Stems

I’m just squeezing this blog post in for Papertrey’s Make It Monday – Simple Stitched Stems.  I am not a big stitcher and prefer my twine/thread to be tied on a card rather than stitched.  So I kept my stitching to a minimum, just the stem.  It such a slight embellishment that you would miss it if I didn’t direct you to it.  But it does add some visual interest to the card.  Hope you had a nice weekend. Supplies are listed below.



  • Cardstock:  Berry Sorbet (Papertrey); Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey); white
  • Ink: Berry Sorbet (Papertrey); Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey); New Leaf (Papertrey); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Stamps: Flower Fusion #11 (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Green embroidery thread (DMC); clear wink of Stella (Zig)