Birthday Wishes - Cardabilities Sketch 34


I cannot believe how quickly time has past by these last three months! It was just three months ago that I posted here to share my first card for the Cardabilities Sketch Challenge as a new member of their Design Team. But today brings my three month term to an end - and so, I am sharing my last card as a Design Team member for Cardabilities.

I have enjoyed each and every one of Karan's amazing sketches...she truly has an eye for detail, adding fun embellishments to her sketches, and bringing something completely different each time. I am sure I will continue to play along with more of Karan's sketches in the future.

I created this card while I was traveling in Idaho last week. I didn't bring much supplies with me except for some adhesive, a few sheets of patterned paper and ink. But I intended it to be that way because I knew there was a scrapbook store just a few miles down the road from my mother-in-law's ranch.

I picked up a few Prima flowers, some butterflies embellishments, and some cute banner stickers.

So after a fun little shopping spree at the scrapbook store (which was a completely charming and sweet store), we went on another shopping spree for some antiques. Needlesstosay, our truck was empty when we came here, but was full of goodies when we left! lol

Notice the shelf behind my card? It was one of my antique shop finds. An adorable little wall shelf that was too perfect not to pass up. Plus it makes a nice photo backdrop - well, something different anyway.

I hope you'll be able to play along with the sketch challenge at Cardabilities and find some time to see what the rest of the Design Team gals created.

Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (Emma's Shoppe) Crate Paper
Stamp: (Say It Loud) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Butterfly: (Butterly Garden Clear Pops) Pink Paislee
Flower: (Espirit Champagne Rose) Prima
Banner Stickers: (Homespun) Jenni Bowlin
Ribbon: (Ocean Mist)

Wish You Were Here!


As you may know, I love all things vintage. One of my favorites is finding those vintage post card greetings that have the name of the state and images from various tourist spots. I just love those! I found several of them  while antiquing in Idaho - to me the illustrations are amazing, full of bright colors, and wonderful graphics.

Anyway, all this talk about vintage brings me to the challenge today at Papercraft Star. Even though the challenge is based on an inspirational photo, I was inspired by the pink and gray colors of the photo to create my own version of a vintage style greeting card. 

My starting point came from the vintage image I found in my stash. I noticed the little girl in the pink bathing suit and the gray tones from the ocean. So from these colors, I just took off from there!

I used a silvery gray Bazzil cardstock for my matting and stitched a pink patterned paper from Webster's Pages. 

I framed the image with a postage stamp chipboard and inked the edges for dimension. 

Since it was becoming a summery beach card, I added a seashell and starfish. These are staples where I live on the California coast. I love the soft colors and the relaxing energy I get from looking at these ornaments from the sea. Plus, it's a wonderful way to spend the day with the kiddos, looking for seashells and running out feet through the warm sand. 

I created a banner for the "Wish You Were Here!" sentiment. A lovely script from the Missing You stamp set by Tradefish Designs. I know I am going to use this set over and over. There are many different sayings that will work for a variety of occasions. Thanks, C for creating these new stamps and the best of luck on your new adventures!

TradeFish Designs

Be sure to check out the rest of what the Design Team came up with and then enter your creations at Papercraft Star! Remember, the winner is determined by vote and there are chances to win the People's Choice Award, prizes for the winner, and a randomly selected entry will win a prize from our monthly Grand Prize Sponsor! Whoo - that's a lot of winning!

Here are the details for the challenge. I hope you play along!

Challenge 51: Photo Inspiration

Create a papercraft project using this photo as your inspiration.

(Photo credit: Garrendenny Lane)

Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages
Frame: (Framed Fonts) Tattered Angels
Stamp: (Missing You) Tradefish Designs
Ribbon: (Barely Blush)
Image: (By the Sea) Tweety Jill 

Where Have I Been?!?


Hi everyone! I'm back! I truly did not intend on leaving my blog for so long. We decided (very last minute) to take a much needed vacation and visit family in Idaho.

Last week, we left in the middle of the night for a non-stop 14-hour drive from the coast of California, through the desert of Nevada, and arrived at the green open spaces of Idaho.

Our time was spent doing round-the-clock activities. Hiking, horseback riding, antiquing, playing bocci ball and game boards, and working around the ranch.

One of my favorite things about Idaho is that the summer nights stay sunny until around 10:00 at night! I have never really seen that before. I would love to have all that daylight with me all the time. Sigh!

I am so appreciative of our little vacation, seeing my kiddos ride the horses, gather eggs from the hen house, seeing their faces light up riding the quad around the property. These moments are worth every minute of that long,14-hour drive.

Well, now I feel rested and gained a new energy. And I have so many crafty things to share with you this let's get to it!

I have truly been enjoying the newest stamp set release from Clear and Simple Stamps - Tweet Notes. I decided to use it to create another little baby card using more soft, pale colors, baby rose buds, and layers of ribbon.

The branches are one of my favorite images from this stamp set. I added layers behind the bird cage and embellished with crinkle ribbon and a small stamped tag for the sweet "little one". 

I added layers of ribbon trim, including a pink satin ribbon from Clear and Simple Stamps and a velvet trim from May Arts. I'm lovin' it all!

Well, it's late into the evening and I must get some shut eye. But I will be back early in the morning (coffee in hand) to share a new project I created for the next challenge at Papercraft Star. See you then!

Cardstock: (A Blanc Check) Clear and Simple Stamps
Patterned Papers: Making Memories; Bo Bunny
Stamps: (Tweet Notes) Clear and Simple Stamps
Ribbon: (pink satin - You're a Natural Darling) Clear and Simple Stamps; (velvet trim) May Arts; (crinkle ribbon - Misty Meadow) Etsy

Papercraft Star Anniversary Blog Hop & Giveaway!


Welcome to Papercraft Star's First Anniversary Blog Hop sponsored by Tradefish Designs. In celebration of our First Anniversary and in honor of Father's Day as well, out theme for this Papercraft Star Hop is "For the Men We Love".
 TradeFish Designs
Our Design Team has created some fabulous projects that feature stamps from Tradefish Designs - a company devoted to creating stamps with masculine themes, imagery and sentiments. We are especially happy to partner with Tradefish Designs for our Anniversary Hop as both the company and stamp designs are owned by our very own Cecilia Stephens!

We have a fabulous prize for our Blog Hop randomly selected winner as well - the entire May 2011 Release Bundle of Tradefish Designs Stamps (a $55.00 value)!!!!

To qualify for the prize, you must do the following:

1. Be a follower of Papercraft Star.

2. Be a follower of Tradefish Designs.

3. Leave a comment at every stop along the hop.

In keeping with the theme, "For the Men We Love", I created a masculine card using a stamped sentiment from Tradefish Designs. I used a die cut to create a label and added embossing on the bottom half for texture.

I used burlap fabric, twine, and a rustic-style wooden button. My favorite part about this card is the dark wood-grain color with the pop of navy blue. 

You have the entire week, June 19 through June 25, to participate in the hop and leave all your comments. Here is the list of the hop stops - just in case you get lost...

Kim (you are here)

Don't forget to leave a comment at every stop and to qualify for this great prize, you must be a follower of both Papercraft Star and Tradefish Designs too! 

Your next stop on the hop is...Regan.

Special Notice for Papercraft Star Followers: Use Coupon Code PSCSTAR10 to receive 10% off your purchase the entire month of June at Tradefish Designs!

Cardstock: (Kraft) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: Basic Grey; Crate Paper; October Afternoon
Die Cut: (Mat Stack Collection 1) Papertrey Ink
Embossing Plate: Provocraft
Stamp: (Missing You) Tradefish Designs

Thanks for stopping by!

Welcome, Little One - Cardabilities Sketch


*** If you are here for the Papercraft Star Challenge 50, please scroll down. ***

Hello again! I am back today with my second post to share with you a card I created for the newest sketch challenge over at Cardabilities
I decided to use my stamps from Clear and Simple Stamps - Tweet Notes to follow the sketch. It's like the sketch and stamp set were a perfect match! Just meant to be!

I know a few couples who are expecting and I am saving some of these baby-themed cards to welcome their newest family editions when they arrive. Aren't little babies just the cutest?

I added a little bird cage, sweet flowers, and a sentiment banner - all tied with a shabby blue ribbon!

I hope you'll play along with us at Cardabilities and enter your creations based on the sketch!

Cardstock: (Kraft Like a Rockstar Ivory) Clear and Simple Stamps
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages
Stamps: (Tweet Notes) Clear and Simple Stamps
Flowers: Prima
Ribbon (Ocean Mist)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thinking of You

Today's challenge at Papercraft Star was a fun one for me! The challenge is to create a project using the letters S-T-A-R, like S for sentiment; R for ribbon or whatever you can think of!

Here is my take on the challenge. And yes, I've covered the whole S-T-A-R!

For S, I used stitching around my papers.

For T, I used a crochet trim.

For A, I punched a heart shaped from acrylic transparency 

For R, I used ribbon (although I also used a resin flower).

I also used another fun stamp set from Missing You by Tradefish Designs. Cecilia Stephens is the owner of this new line of stamps and I have been enjoying my time using her stamps. Be sure to stop by C's blog and website to have a look around her new shop!

TradeFish Designs

What interesting ways can you create using the letters, S-T-A-R? Join us at Papercraft Star and you could win some fun prizes, plus a chance to win the People's Choice Award. Here are the details...

Challenge 50: 
Letter Challenge S-T-A-R

Use the letters "S", "T", "A", "R" as inspiration for your project
(i.e. "S" for sentiment, "R" for ribbon, etc.).

Supplies Used for "Thinking of You" Card:
Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Beach Cottage) Creative Imaginations by IOD
Stamp: (Missing You) Tradefish Designs
Flowers: Prima
Resin Flower: (Mum) by Mold Muse
Ribbon: (Sweet Pea)

Background Tweets - Tags!


Today, the Clear and Simple Stamps Design Team is sharing a group project with you! We have focused on using stamps from the newest release "Tweet Notes" to create our own backgrounds for our projects.

I decided to create some baby-themed gift tags using a sentiment as a repeating background. 

I think they are so sweet! Check them out....

I started by cutting out my tags and stamping the "little one" sentiment repeatedly on the bottom half of my tag. I just love the font from this stamp set. It reminds me of a vintage typewriter. 

Cover the middle section of the tag with patterned paper.

Stamp a larger sentiment over the top for a nice focal point.

I also used the Tweet Notes stamp set to create a little birds nest which I colored with Copics. 

Isn't that little bird a sweetie?

Last, I added some crochet lace trim and some pretty crinkle ribbon.

I just love the soft color combination...perfect for little baby!

Well, that's my take on the Background Tweets group project. 

For lots more inspiration, be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created!

Amber Daigre, Style Watch Editor

Tweet Notes
Stamps: Tweet Notes 
(Clear and Simple Stamps)

Thanks for stopping by!

Spiral Flower Tutorial


Hi everyone! 

Today, I am sharing another tutorial at the Papercraft Star blog for quick and easy flowers using scrap pieces of gift wrap tissue paper. If you're like me, you may have plenty of tissue paper leftover from gift wrapping. If so, these quick and easy spiral flowers are a cinch to create and will use up some of that tissue paper you may have been holding on to!

Now I know I am not the first to do this type of flower. I see them everywhere - in fabric, paper, on t-shirts, shoes, even hair accessories! But I really like using leftover materials to save on the cost of embellishments. Plus, re-purposing our resources is a great way to help save our planet....just a little bit more!

So let's get started!

Tissue paper
Scrap Paper
Glimmer Mist (optional)
Bling (optional)

Step 1. Take one sheet of tissue paper and fold into three of four layers. Cut the layers into strips approximately 1" wide. Measurements do not have to be exact - just eyeball it.

Step 2. Twist each stack of layered tissue paper. Spray with Glimmer Mist (optional way to color white tissue paper).

Step 3. Roll each piece into a spiral.

Step 4. Punch out 1" circles and glue onto the back of the spiral tissue paper to provide support. 

Step 5. Cut tissue paper into the shape of leaves. Spray with Glimmer Mist and adhere to back of spiral flower. Add a piece of bling to the center of the flower.

Now your flower is ready to embellish any of your papercraft creations! I hope you have fun creating your own version of these little flowers! And if you do, I'd love to see it. 

Thanks for stopping by!

I Think of You & Smile


It's almost the end of school and the beginning of summer vacation! This must be the most favorite time of year for my kiddos (other than Christmas)! School's out, the days are longer, and bedtime is anytime. 

Since we are on the countdown to graduation here in our home, I decided to use this week's sketch at Papercraft Star to create a little card for my son. I always enjoy the little notes he writes me, so I hope he feels the same way with my notes to him!

I used a star-shaped die cut from Papertrey Ink and a chipboard star from My Mind's Eye, wrapped some twine and added a button. Pretty simple, right? 

I stamped a sentiment from Missing You by Tradefish Designs - gave it a little curve and hand-cut around to create a little banner. 

Now I think I will fill the inside of this card with a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Even though school is out, reading bedtime stories is the favorite way to end a long summer day!

Now I hope you will join us for the challenge this week. Here are the details to play along and have the chance to win some fun prizes...

Challenge 49
Create any project you wish using this sketch as your inspiration. 

TradeFish Designs

Supplies Used for "You Make Me Smile" Card:
Cardstock: (Spring Rain) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Distress Dots) Papertrey Ink; (Good Day Sunshine, Fine & Dandy) My Mind's Eye
Chipboard: (Fine & Dandy) My Mind's Eye
Sentiment: (Missing You) Tradefish Designs

You + Me = We


Happy June 1st! This is my most favorite month of the whole year. The weather is lovely and calls my name to be outdoors - to enjoy and take it all in. Maybe it's for the same reason there are so many June weddings.

Speaking of....for this week's challenge at Papercraft Star, we are creating projects for a wedding or an anniversary. I created a card that works for both a wedding or an anniversary!

The Portrait collection from Crate Paper had the perfect June calendar that I cut from a sheet of paper. Since this is a wedding theme, I really wanted to keep the colors soft and neutral - thank goodness for Crate's wide variety of colors!

And look at that sentiment! It was created by one of our Papercraft Star designers, Cecilia Stephens. She has opened up her own little shop of stamps at Tradefish Designs! I am so proud of her and wish her the best in this new adventure!

I used the "You + Me = We" sentiment from the Missing You stamp set. Thanks, C for sponsoring the Design Team at Papercraft Star! 
TradeFish Designs

Now I hope you have been inspired to play along in the challenge this week. Here are the details for you join in and have a chance to win some fun prizes from our sponsors...

Challenge 48
Photo Inspiration and Theme: Wedding or Anniversary

Create a wedding or anniversary themed project using this photo as your inspiration. 

Photo credit: Amy Atlas Events

Supplies Used for "You + Me" Card:
Cardstock: (Fine Linen) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Portrait) Crate Paper
Frame: (Framed Fonts Regal) Tattered Angels
Die Cut: (Labels Fourteen) Spellbinders
Stamps: (Missing You) Tradefish Designs; (Holiday Label No. 14) Waltzingmouse Stamps