Winner! Etsy Shop Giveaway!


Thank you so much to each of you who played along and entered to win my blog giveaway. I have been having so much fun creating little goodies to put in my Etsy shop. Your emails have also been very supportive and I appreciate all the kind words you say and the little bits of encouragement you give me. 

The winner may go shopping in my Etsy store and pick out any item of their choice! I will cover the shipping cost and have it wrapped up in a little bundle and sent on its way to you! 

Congratulations, Angi! Please send me an email and I will provide you will a coupon code to pick any item in my shop with free shipping. Yay!

Thanks again to everyone who played along! I just love having giveaways here at my blog and will have to think up another one real soon for 'ya. 

Have a great evening!

Sew Lovely & Shabby - Lawnscaping Challenge No. 4


Yay! I am so excited that I found a few moments to play along in a challenge. I haven't played along in a while, but knew that if I only had a few moments to craft, I wanted to play along in the current Lawnscaping Challenge

The challenge is all about paper piecing. Hey! I can do that!

Here is the card I created using Lawn Fawn's Sew Lovely stamp set - my favorite!

I really wanted to make this card shabby chic. So I turned to the new line Stella and Rose from My Mind's Eye. I distressed the paper with white paint to give it the shabby look. 

And I added a gorgeous rhinestone button for the chic look. The stamp was paper pieced four times. One for the base; two for the bottom of the dress; three for the top of the dress, and four for the shoulders. Phew! That's a lot of paper piecing! My ink pad must be tired!

I stamped the "You're Sew Lovely" sentiment next to my layer of burlap fabric. I just love burlap - it's so rustic with a natural texture. 

Well that felt super good to finally play along in a challenge. Thanks to Lawnscaping for the inspiration!

I will be back tomorrow to announce the winner of my blog giveaway - any one item of your choice from my Etsy shop! To enter, just leave a comment at this post here so that can choose the lucky winner. The winner will be announced when I get home from work on Monday. So you still have time if you want some free goodies handmade my little 'ol me! See you tomorrow!

Supplies Used for "You're Sew Lovely" Card:
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink; (yellow) Bazzil Basics
Patterned Paper: (Stella and Rose) My Mind's Eye
Stamps: (Sew Lovely) Lawn Fawn
Ribbon: MemrieMare
Rhinestone Button: (Lost & Found) My Mind's Eye
Other: White Mini Pearls; Burlap Fabric; Machine Stitching

Cheerful Card & Gift Box


Last night I got crafty! I created a little gift set for a new co-worker where I work. She starts on Monday and we are all very excited to have her join our team. My other co-workers and I teamed up and are planning on having a small little breakfast bar to welcome her. 

I thought I would use my crafty skills (haha...don't laugh) to create a card and a gift box filled with candy and sitting on her desk when she arrives on Monday. Aren't we a thoughtful bunch? I thought so too!

So here is what I created...

I wanted to create a bright and happy card for her because that's the type of person she appears to be. You'll notice I added a small half of a doily and my scrunchy seam binding ribbon in Candy Apple that I created (and is available in my Esty shop at 30% off....little plug there...hee hee), and some rhinestones across the top. 

I used the same patterned paper to create another mini gift box. You can see the tutorial on how to create your own gift box at my post here

I really needed the right sentiment for this card, but my stamp supplies just didn't have what I needed. So, I created my own! I opened up a Photoshop document measuring 2" x 2", typed up my sentiment, printed, and used a 2" circle punch to place on my die cut. 

Well, I hope this card and gift box make our new co-worker feel welcomed. It's really a blessing to have a new person join us. Hope you enjoyed my little crafty-gifty-gift and feel inspired to make a quick gift for someone too!

Oh! And if you haven't done so already, you can still enter to win my current blog giveaway - any item of your choice in my Etsy store. I will announce the winner on Monday, February 28.

Supplies Used for "So Happy You're Here" Card & Gift Box:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) (Pure Poppy) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: background and box (Quite Contrary line) My Mind's Eye; scalloped flower, October Afternoon
Ribbon: (Candy Apple) by Kim Duran
Twine: (Baker's Twin) Papertrey Ink
Flowers: Recollections
Stamp & Die Cut: (Mat Stack Collection 1) Papertrey Ink

Pretty in Pink - Papercraft Star Challenge 34


Good morning! Today starts out another fun challenge over at Papercraft Star! I can't tell you how much fun I have had this past month using stamps from our sponsor over at My Favorite Things Stamps! The images are just so adorable and sweet. 

Today I am sharing the card I created for the Design Team reveal using MFT stamp, "Ballet Millie". Can you say cutie-pah-tootie? 

I started by using the pretty pink patterned papers from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found - Princess line. I just love the soft colors and the music sheet pattern. I thought it was the perfect choice to accompany my dancing ballerina!

To follow the sketch I used my Banner Builder stamp set and dies from Papertrey Ink. I adhered different layers of the banner with foam tape to give it some pop! Then, I adhered some pale blue pearls. 

Here is a close up of that adorable stamp! Aah, she is too cute! And don't you just love the "Ta-Dah" sentiment? It would work perfectly for any occasion that deserves a celebration. 

Here are the challenge deets so you can play along...

This week the People's Choice Winner will receive a generous gift from none other than Copic Marker! Plus, anyone who plays along during this past month will have a chance to be randomly selected to win the Grand Prize from Copic Marker - a 12 piece set of Ciao markers - a prize worth playing for!

The challenge is now open! You have until Sunday, February 27, at 9:00 p.m. (eastern time) to enter your project. I highly recommend not waiting to play along - this is the last chance to snatch up some Copic Markers.

Happy crafting and good luck to everyone who plays along!

Supplies Used for "Ballet Millie" Card:
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Lost & Found - Princess) My Mind's Eye
Stamps: (Ballet Millie) My Favorite Things Stamps; (Banner Builder) Papertrey Ink
Die Cuts: (Banner Builder) Papertry Ink; (Classic Scalloped) (Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders
Markers: Copic

Love Birds - Inspirational Card Sketches #103


Yes, it's Tuesday! And that means it's back to work after a wonderful long weekend. I so enjoy these holidays and would not complain one bit if I had a few more of them thrown my way. 

The good news is that it's a new challenge over at Inspirational Card Sketches! I always have fun playing along with the variety of sketches they bring each week - they really keep my creativity flowing. Here is my card I've created for the Design Team reveal...

The little digi stamp has been provided by Heather. You can find out more about her digi stamps over at the Inspirational Card Sketches blog. I decided these two little love birds needed to be framed to really show them off!

I embellished my card with another hand-dyed crinkle ribbon I created. This one is the "Ocean Mist" color. I just love the variations of aqua and white. Isn't it sweet? And those flowers...I love the pops of orange against the ribbon!

Here is the sketch we are playing along with....I hope you'll join us this week!  Well, that's all for now my friends. I'm heading out to work, but I will be back tomorrow for another fun challenge. See 'ya then!

Feb 22nd Sketch

Supplies Used for "Love Birds" Card:
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink; (Kraft) Michael's
Patterned Paper: (Ever After line) Cosmo Cricket
Frame: Tattered Angels
Ribbon: (Ocean Mist) by Kim Duran
Flowers: Recollections at Michael's
Markers: Copic
Border Punch: Fiskars

Shop Update & Giveaway


So are you enjoying a nice, long weekend? I sure am. I've been enjoying the weekend with my kiddos, hitting the town, catching up on homework projects, and watched a couple of movies. Of course I spent some time crafting and adding a few new items to my Etsy shop

Here is one of the cards I created this weekend. I was really in the mood for spring considering it rained for most of the weekend here and I am ready for some bright sunny weather. The colors of my card reflect that feeling of spring I've been missing.

I shabby'd up my card by brushing white paint over my patterned paper, adding some machine stitching, a sweet little row of mixed buttons and that fabulous ribbon - handmade by me! 

I found that I use this ribbon so much that I needed to create my own. I love it! It's so shabby and vintage but with a fresh look to it. I added a sweet little Prima flower and a mini clothespin to my ribbon cluster. Isn't that cute? 

I also hand-stamped a music sheet onto cardstock to peek-a-boo through the background of my card. 

Now on to the giveaway! Since I've just recently opened my own little Etsy shop, I wanted to do a little something to promote it. I thought I would have an Etsy shop giveaway here on my blog. Here are the deets....

Easy enough, right? While your waiting to see if your the winner, you can browse my shop at And if you simply must buy something now, I won't mind! I will even give you a 30% off coupon. Just enter code SAVE30 at checkout to receive 30% off your entire order. 

Thanks for stopping by! And good luck to everyone playing along in the giveaway!

Supplies Used for "Celebrate Today" Card:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle; Pinecone Press
Stamps & Die Cut: (Mat Stack 1) Papertrey Ink; Stampendous
Ribbon: (Buttercream) by Kim Duran
Flower: Prima
Other: White Doily; Buttons; Machine Stitching; Distress Ink

DIY Gift Box Template


It's Friday and I am enjoying a nice, long, four-day weekend. Whoo hoo! Today I wanted to share a little tutorial on how to create an adorable little gift box using recycled items found around your home and scrap paper. The best part is that this little box makes an amazing gift that cost almost nothing to make! You can't get any better than nearly free, right?

Each morning you can find me applying my Bare Minerals make up foundation. I won't leave the house without it. Well, the other day I bought a new box and just when I was about to toss the empty box I noticed how small and cute it was. I thought, "I am so going to make something out of this!" So, instead of throwing it away, I used the box as a template. What a genius idea!

I traced the box template around a scrap piece of double-sided pattered paper, cut it out, and scored the edges. I used a single strip of score tape along the edge to seal the box together. So far, this cost me around .25 cents worth of scrap paper - not too shabby! 

And I saved the Bare Minerals box template to re-use another day. 

After folding my box together, I gathered up the supplies that I wanted to use for decorating my box. I ended up not using two of the pieces in the photograph, but I took the photo before changing my mind. Oh well! 

That beautiful ribbon was handmade and hand-dyed by me (a.k.a. yours truly)! I love the variations of pink and the gorgeous antique look. The crinkle texture makes it so shabby sweet! I am smitten!

Here is a photo of the box top. The double-sided paper is a perfect surprise when you open it up. 

And here is a close up of the front side - all decorated and dressed in its Sunday best! I just love how lush and full the embellishments look on this small little box. 

Inside the box, I was able to fit one-dozen Hershey's kisses - just enough to satisfy that sweet tooth and perfect to set on a table as a hostess gift or a wedding favor. And because I will be planning my own wedding very soon, I am keeping this gift box as an idea for my own wedding favors. Wouldn't these boxes look gorgeous sitting on each place setting at the table?

Well, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! It was just another one of those ideas that came to me from who-knows-where, but I am so happy it came to me nonetheless. Overall, I estimate this box cost me around .40 cents to create. I can totally afford wedding favors on that budget!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplied Used for "DIY Gift Box" Tutorial"
Patterned Paper: (Lost & Found) My Mind's Eye
Ribbon: (Cotton Candy Pink) by Kim Duran
Button (Sweet Blush) Papertrey Ink
Twine: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Tag: ProvoCraft
Stamp: (Love Lives Here) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Antique Linen) Ranger; (Desert Sand) Memento

New Sketch Challenge Opens!


The Papercraft Star Design Team has been busy creating projects this month using stamps from our sponsor, My Favorite Things along with fabulous sketches from Liz Chidester. Today, opens a new challenge and like last week, Papercraft Star is giving away some super cool prizes to the challenge winners from none other than the coolest marker company I can think of - Copic Marker!

I only wish I could win more markers, but alas, I am not eligible [sad face]. But you are! Just play along with the challenge this week and you could be a winner!

I found this adorable "You Make the Grade" stamp set over at My Favorite Things Stamps. And I think it's just a cutie pah-too-tie! Don't ya' think? 

I used my Copic markers to color this stamp and applied a paper piecing technique to create her sweater. Now she reminds me of Bill Cosby and the Huxtables....remember how they always wore those sweaters with the patterns and bright colors? 

My last little detail is my favorite part! But darn that my camera did not pick it up - so you'll have to use your best imagination to see it because I applied Glossy Accents over her red shoes and hair clip. Now it looks like she is wearing adorable Mary Jane shoes! Oh how I wish I had shoes like this when I was a little girl!

Here is the sketch we are playing along with at Papercraft Star. I hope you join us because not only will you get a chance to win Copic Markers this week, but at the end of the month, the Grand Prize winner will receive a 12 piece set of Ciao Markers! That's HUGE! 

The challenge is open now and will close on Saturday, February 19 at noon (eastern time). Then, the voting begins! See you all there!

Supplies Used for "A+" Card"
Cardstock: (Spring Rain) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Alphabet Soup) My Mind's Eye; (Cherry Hill) October Afternoon
Stamp: (You Make the Grade) My Favorite Things Stamps
Ribbon: MemrieMare
Twine: (Pure Poppy Baker's Twine) Papertrey Ink
Markers: Copic
Other: Glossy Accents

Inspirational Card Sketches


Good morning to ya! Let's kick off the morning with a new challenge over at Inspirational Card Sketches. Today some of the Design Team is sharing cards created with digi stamps provided by our sponsor at Digi Doodle Shop

For my card, I chose to use this pretty hydrangea flower. One of my most favorite flowers ever!

I've colored the hydrangea with Copic markers, die cut and embossed the edge, and applied distress ink around the edges to give it a vintage feeling. I adhered with foam tape over some pleated twill ribbon. 

Of course, I had to add some ribbon because it seems I just can't make a card without ribbon! I also used a pretty purple Prima flower (say that ten times fast!) and a little vintage button. 

Now I will be making my rounds this week to see all of your submissions for this week's challenge. I hope to see you all playing along at Inspirational Card Sketches!

Have a great day!

Supplies Used for "Best Wishes" Card:
Cardstock: (Spring Moss) (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: My Little Yellow Bicycle
Digi Stamp: (Hydrangea) Digi Doodles Shop
Markers: Copic
Sentiment: (Mat Stack 2) Papertrey Ink
Ribbon & Button: MemrieMare
Flower: Prima

Join the Conversation


Hello friends! I know I haven't been on my blog for a few days. Rest assured that I have not gone far - just been busy getting some things done around the house and getting some studying done. But between all that fun stuff (wink) I have been browsing your blogs and seeing all the fun creations you've been sharing. You are all so full of inspiration!

Speaking of inspiration....have you been over to the Papercraft Star Message Boards lately? Each day the Design Team posts a Question of the Day to get the conversation going. I visit the site several times during the week and love all the useful tips, inspiration, and the latest scoop in the scrapbook world that I just couldn't find anywhere else. The ladies there are super helpful, extra kind, and are always willing to share their crafty experience. Crafty folks really are the friendliest bunch of people!

I hope you will take a few moments of your day to visit the Papercraft Star Message Board and join the conversation! I am positive you will enjoy your stay, maybe learn something new, but will definitely be welcomed - no matter if you are a beginning scrapbooker or a published pro!

I will be back bright and early tomorrow morning for a new Design Team reveal for the Inspirational Card Sketches and on Wednesday for the latest challenge from Papercraft Star - where you have a chance to win Copic markers all month long! Whoo hoo!

Now it's way past my bed time (I have to wake up in 4 hours) so I will see you all in the morning!

You've Got Mail - Papercraft Star Challenge 32


Yay! I'm so excited about the new challenge this week at Papercraft Star! The Design Team has done another amazing job creating cards using stamps from our sponsor, My Favorite Things and a fabulous sketch from Liz Chidester.

And like last week, Papercraft Star is giving away some super cool prizes to the challenge winners from none other than the coolest marker company I can think of - Copic Marker!

I only wish I could win more markers, but alas, I am not eligible [sad face]. But you are! Just play along with the challenge this week and you could be a winner!

I loved playing along with the sketch this week. Liz has done another amazing job at keeping the Design Team inspired. I decided to stick to the sketch, but flipped it from its side to create a tall card. 

And how about this adorable stamp? I used "Happy Mail" from My Favorite Things stamps. I think she is just the cutest! I had so much fun coloring her to match my papers. 

I also stamped the sentiment, "You've Got Mail" directly onto a glittered heart chipboard I found at Michael's. They were on clearance already, so I could not resist the urge to splurge!

These are the Copic markers I used to color my little happy stamp. Sigh...I love my markers!

Here is the sketch we are playing along with. I hope you join us because not only will you get a chance to win Copic Markers this week, but at the end of the month, the Grand Prize winner will receive a 12 piece set of Ciao Markers! That's HUGE! 

The challenge is open now and will close on Saturday, February 12 at noon (eastern time). Then, the voting begins! See you all there!

Supplies Used for "You've Got Mail" Card:
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink; (Red, Aqua, Yellow) Bazzil Basics
Stamp: (Happy Mail) My Favorite Things
Ribbon: MemrieMare
Pins: K&Company
Heart Chipboard: (Recollections) Michael's
Markers: Copic 

Layers of Thanks - Inspirational Card Sketches 101


Good morning! It's time for another challenge at Inspirational Card Sketches! This week we have a lovely sketch that I really enjoyed playing along with. I thought of several different ways I wanted to use the sketch but I settled on this shabby little Thank You card.

I love the way stitching looks on cards, so I added lots of stitching around the patterned papers. To complete the look, I stained the edges of my card to give it a vintage shabby kind of look. I just love the bright colors - they remind me of warm summer days. I can't wait for the weather to warm up. And by the weather reports around the country, I am sure you all can agree that a nice sunny day would be just lovely!

Here is the sketch we are playing along with and what I used to create my card. 

Feb 8th Sketch

I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week at Inspirational Card Sketches. You are welcome to flip the sketch, rotate, or embellish away. Just as long as we see part of the sketch in your creation, you're good to go! 

Supplies Used for "Thank You" Card:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Urban Prairie) Basic Grey
Flower: (Recollections) Michael's
Twine: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Calendar Basics) (Giga Guidelines) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Vintage Photo Distress Ink) Ranger

Winner of the Lawn Fawn Stamp Set!


Oh my! Your comments to me have been so sweet and supportive this past week. It feels so encouraging to have you cheer me on and encourage me to keep going through my creative little process. 

I truly enjoy reading each and every one of your comments, answering your emails, and being a part of this blogging community where everyone seems to have a happy spirit. 

And the best part is that whenever I need a little inspiration boost, I can always count on each of you. Browsing your blogs gives me great joy and I am amazed at your talent. 

Now enough with this mushy stuff....let's announce a winner!

The winner will receive any one stamp set of their choice at Lawn Fawn - courtesy of me!

Yay! Congratulations, Heather! To collect your prize, just choose any stamp set over at Lawn Fawn and send me an email with your choice, along with your mailing address. I will place the order and have it shipped directly to you!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this giveaway. I wish I could have given you all a stamp set this time, but since I could not, I will be sure to keep giving you more chances to win some cool stuff in the very near future. Hint! Hint!

Have a great evening and be sure to stop over at Heather's blog to give her some congratulations!

Sweets for My Sweets - A Hybrid Chick Tutorial

Yay! Today it's my turn to host a new tutorial with you over at the Hybrid Chick blog. And since Valentine's Day is almost here, I decided to create some adorable little candy boxes that you can create in minutes following my tutorial and using products from the Digi Chick.

I thought of the idea for these candy boxes while at the grocery store. I discovered that they now sell those Sweethearts candies by the bag. I thought that was pretty neat-o considering I don't really care for the style or look of the boxes they typically come in. I wanted to spice it up! So....I bought the bag and made my own boxes!

Now don't you agree that these look much better than the boxes you find in the store? I just love them and plan on sharing these with my family and for my kiddos who love anything if it comes with candy. 

You can see my tutorial for these easy-to-make boxes here, at the Hybrid Chick blog. I would love it if you would visit the blog and leave me some comment love if you enjoy my tutorial. Of course, I would love it even more if you left me a comment here too. 

Thanks for stopping by! I will be back this evening to announce the winner of my Lawn Fawn stamp set giveaway. I wouldn't forget you, now would I? See ya' then!

Supplies Used for Valentine's Day Candy Boxes:
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (From the Heart) Digi Chick Boutique Collab
Template: (Playing Cards Box #1 Template) Kelleigh Ratzlaff
Hearts: Martha Stewart Stickers
Flower Ribbon: American Crafts
Twine and Buttons: Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Rose) Color Box Chalk Ink