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Papertrey March Blog Hop

Today is Papertrey’s March Blog Hop! I’m visiting my sweetest friend Victoria for a girl’s weekend and we made time to get our blog hop cards done.  The inspiration photo had colors that were way outside my comfort range…it was challenging. Card supplies are listed below.  Hope you get a chance to get some crafting time in this weekend.



CARDSTOCK: White (Recollections)

INK: Hibiscus Burst, Tropical Teal, Raspberry Fizz, Bright Buttercup (Papertrey)

STAMPS:  Don’t Forget To Write (Papertrey)

DIES: Don’t Forget To Write (Papertrey)


Papertrey’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

I was inspired by Lizzie’s stitched Tic Tac Toe game….too cute!  I liked the primary colors and graphic looks she created with her game and was inspired to make this card.  Supplies are listed below.


  • Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey); Tracing Paper
  • Ink: Versamark; Pure Poppy (Papertrey); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey); Harvest Gold (Papertrey)
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Brushstrokes Make It Market Kit (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Clear embossing powder (Stampendous)

Favorite Papertrey Project

Papertrey is celebrating their 10th anniversary!  Wahoo!  I have been a fan for the majority of that time.  Most of my projects include Papertrey products.  But to choose my most favorite one was a tough choice so how about my top 3?  I will like the original blog post for each card for more information on how the cards were created.  It was fun to search through my cards to pick out my favorites.  I hope you enjoy the blog hop of beautiful Papertrey cards!

Happy 50th Anniversary

The original blog post for the Happy 50th Anniversary card is here.


Link for the original blog post about the Happy Halloween card is here.


Link for the original blog post for Thanks for Everything card is here.

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge, Card 1

Do you ever think your making a card with one them and then it just doesn’t go the way you think it’s going to?  I pulled out some heart dies to play with this week’s Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge – The Color of Love and ended up with a Miss You card rather than a Valentine card.  The sentiment font seemed to work better with the images than the Valentine sentiment I was planning on.  I like how it turned out, just interesting how sometimes card elements or placement can dictate how the card turns out.  Hope you’re getting some crafting time in this weekend!  Supplies are listed below.



  • Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey); Autumn Rose (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Raspeberry Jam (Hero Arts); Golden Glitz Delicata (Tsukineko)
  • Stamps: Fresh Cut Florals (WPlus9)
  • Dies: Heart Set dies #10063 (Savvy); Femme Frames dies (Mama Elephant)

Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge – Pets Corner, Card 3

Here’s my last card for Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge – Pets Corner.  I saved my favorite for last….love how this card turned out.  I know we are heading into Valentine’s Day and I’m making a card for Halloween but this stamp has one of my favorite cat images of all time.  It’s one of my first stamp sets and is an old Stampin’ Up stamp set.  I kept the card simple so the image could really shine.  I finished off the inside of the card using stamps from the same set.  Hope you are enjoying everyone’s cards for this challenge!  Supplies are listed below.





  • Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Black (Memento); Soft Stone (Papertrey)
  • Stamps:  Haunting Halloween (Stampin’ Up)
  • Accessories: Copics (C1, C2, C4, C8, Y15, Y67, W0, W1, W4, BV11, BV08, ; Wink of Stella (Zig)

Favorites of 2016

I’m a bit late to do a favorites of 2016 but I like the feeling of closing the door on 2016 and starting fresh on 2017 and haven’t had the urge to do it until now.  Guess it goes with finally getting the holiday stuff put away today.  So let’s start with my favorite cards from this year and I’m only going to pick my top 3.  I’ve linked back to the original blog post if you want to see more card details.   This year was a quieter crafting year since I coached 2 soccer teams this fall and then started back to work full-time in November.  Luckily I had some time off during the holidays to recoup and get some crafting time in.  Hopefully I can carve out a bit more crafting time in 2017!


I love the clean and simple look and how butterfly pops off the card.  Here’s the blog post link


Love the ombre background with some of my favorite colors!  Here’s the blog link.


And my last pick, another clean and simple look with lots of shine!  Here’s the link.

For my favorite products, I haven’t changed my opinion about my favorites from last year and would only add the following list to my favorites that I discussed here at the end of 2015:

Misti by Sweet Petunia.  What a  great crafting tool.  You can use it to darken your image by repeatedly stamping with the same ink.  You can give shading to a solid image by applying darker inks to portions of the image.  You can line up your image perfectly before stamping so you don’t have to cover it with a banner or die cut.  It helps to make sure you layered stamp images line up correctly.  It’s amazing!

Recollections 110 pound heavy cardstock.  I have lots of cardstock but have been very impressed since my sweet friend Victoria encouraged me to try Michael’s brand Recollections 110 pound heavy cardstock for card bases.  It’s really heavy weight, heavier than Papertrey Stamper’s Select cardstock.  It allows me to save more pricier, higher quality cardstock for card fronts.  And when you can pick up a bundle of paper at 50%…you’re a happy crafter.

Nuvo products.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Nuvo products.  When you’ve been crafting as long as I have you are hard to convince that you need to try the newest thing.  I have baskets and baskets of the newest things sitting on my shelves in my craft room.  But I’ve been really happy with the crystal drops and the embossing paste.  The drops are different from anything else out there and allow you to add droplets of color to a card or cover an image in shiny magic.  The glimmer paste is beautiful….shimmery and easy to apply.  I also have some of the silver foil and 1 embossing powder.  The embossing powder seems to be equivalent to what I have for Zing powders and the foil can be beautiful but can be difficult to apply depending on the solid glue surface that you’re applying it to.  I tried it on a more detailed image and it didn’t work very well, but it rocks on solid images.

Ok…there you have it.  My quick thoughts about 2016.  Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings to the crafting world!


Series of Quick and Easy Cards – Card 9

Here’s Card 6 of my series of easy cards that I made using a very pretty 12 by 12 patterned paper pack.  Talk about easy to put together….card front, mat layer, and sentiment are all from the patterned paper pack.  I assembled it with foam tape.  Happy crafting!  Supplies listed below.



  • Cardstock: Solar Crest #110 (Neenah); Pattern Paper: Blush Glam 12 by 12 pad (Craft Smith);
  • Accessories: foam tape