A House of Cards

Saturday, March 24, 2012


 Hey everyone!  This week on the Crate Paper Blog it was all about color... one color that is...  Chartreuse!

I created a couple of cards for this feature, and here they are:

So many of the Crate Paper collections contain Chartreuse, so I had a lot of different products to choose from. I just love mixing and matching patterns, so I used Chartreuse patterned papers from the Pretty Party, Story Teller, Paper Heart and Farmhouse collections.

I paired them with neutrals to create cards with a monochromatic look. I finished with neutral embellishments.

I normally don't create monochromatic projects, but I had so much fun with this.  I will definitely be trying it again!

You can check out the Crate Paper blog HERE to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with this gorgeous color.

Well, that is it for me tonight.  Hope you all are having a great weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 19, 2012

ScrapbookSteals & We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon

Hey everyone!  A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Kristy at ScrapbookSteals to create some projects using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon tools and ribbon.  Of course I said yes!  Who can resist a chance to play with new tools?!  ;)  So... today I have some cards to share with you that I created using them.  This are really fun and easy tools to use, and they are perfect for cards (which I LOVE to make.)  

First off are a couple of cards I made using the Sew Ribbon Weave.

I created a stem for the flower using the Sew Ribbon Green Ribbon.  I added a few brads in the spaces between the ribbon, looped a piece of ribbon, and tucked it behind the laced ribbon for a leaf.  

Using the same Sew Ribbon Weave, I made a quick and easy card with a rainbow of ribbon-stitched lines. 

This card ‘pops’ with all of the rows of colorful ribbon.

For the next card, I used the Sew Ribbon Shoelace. 

I made a frame around my card with the Orange Ribbon.  To create the frame, I place the Sew Ribbon along the top and bottom of the card and punched.  For the sides, I flipped the paper over to punch.  It kept the ribbon slanting in the same direction.

For the next two cards I used the Sew Ribbon Leaf.  This one was my favorite!

For this card, I created a patterned background with the Aqua Ribbon.  I punched two rows together on the top and bottom of the card, and I added some large brads to the center of each pair.  I really love how this one turned out!

Here is my last card:

Instead of starting and stopping the threading at the edges, I started threading the ribbon at the inside from the front, reached it around the back, and finished threading it on the other side.  This allowed me to finish by tying the ends together in a bow. 

It seems like the options are endless with these fun tools, and I can’t wait to try it out on more projects.  Make sure to check out the ScrapbookSteals blog for lots of beautiful inspiration and check out the store too for some great deals on scrapbooking supplies.
 Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Studio Calico Giveaway!!!

Hey everyone!  I was recently asked to play with the new March kit from Studio Calico, Story Hour.  It is full of gorgeous products, including some of the new papers and border stickers from Crate Paper's Story Teller collection.

I created two layouts for the Studio Calico blog, and here they are:

The first is layout about my youngest daughter, Harper.  I have been so inspired by quilting lately, and as you tell, that is the direction I went in with this layout.  I created a fun, patchwork background using all of the papers in the kit.  Don't they work together so well?!  I just love them!

I created the second layout about my dog, Hank.  He always wants to get up on the bed with me, and that sweet face makes it so hard to say no.

I was inspired again by a quilt I saw recently.  I just love the look of banners, so I created them back to back for a zigzag look. 

You can see these and some fabulous layouts using the Story Hour kit by Anabelle O'Malley HERE on the Studio Calico blog.

And now some fun part...

I have a $10 gift certificate to give away to one lucky reader!  Just leave a comment here by Tuesday at 12pm CST, and I will pick one lucky person at random.  Be sure to leave your email address!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and Good Luck! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Scrapbook & Cards Today CardMaps 2 winner...

Hey everyone!  Just stopping by real quick to announce the winner of the Scrapbook & Cards Today CardMaps 2 issue.

And it is...

Mary said...
This book looks terrific! I am so in need of some inspiration. Thanks much for the chance to win.
March 9, 2012 8:51 AM

Congrats, Mary!  Please email me (email is on my profile page) your mailing address, so I can pass it along to Scrapbook & Cards today.

Thanks so much!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

CardMaps Today 2

Hi everyone!  I was asked not to long ago to contribute to the new Scrapbook & Cards Today CardMaps 2 issue, and here it is!

CardMaps Today 2 is just about ready to hit store shelves!  
With 45 brand new, never-before-seen card sketches by Becky Fleck of PageMaps, CardMaps Today 2 includes 80 beautifully-designed cards by 15 talented cardmakers all with instructions!  

New to CardMaps Today 2 are eight trend-setting techniques featured in photographed step-outs!  

This limited-edition, special issue is a must for all cardmakers!

For more information and to order CardMaps 2, http://www.scrapbookandcards.com/cardmaps-welcome-2012

I'm giving away a copy here on my blog. You've got until March 14th to leave a comment.  I will post a winner on the 15th.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A little Paper Heart goodness...

Hey everyone!  How's it going?  It seems like I haven't been here in a while.  Life has been keeping my pretty busy, and my blog has been pretty neglected.

I thought I would stop by and share some projects I created recently for Crate Paper.

Here is the first one: 

I used the Paper Heart collection to make a love-themed wall decor piece.  I just love the chipboard accents in this collection along with the beautiful colors!

I really enjoyed working with these little paper squares.  (It doesn't take much time at all to fill them up!  ;) )

Next up is a small grapevine wreath:

I used the Paper Heart collection again.  The heart chipboard was just the right size to "string" through the middle of the wreath.  

I also created some roses with my Cricut Expression 2 and Flower Shoppe cartridge. 

They are pretty easy to make.  You can see a tutorial on how I put them together on the Crate blog here.

Well, that is all for tonight.  I hope you enjoy tonight's projects.  Have a great weekend, and thanks so much for stopping by!