A House of Cards

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Another little Christmas project to share...

Hey everyone!  How is everything going?  If  you're like me.... busy, busy, busy!!!  In all of my business, I totally forgot to post the latest project I did for Ally Scraps.  It is a layout I did about my daughters' visit with Santa Claus.

I used a lot of Echo Park Everybody Loves Christmas collection, along with a super cute Kraft envelope by Maya Road.  Perfect for tucking away your little one's Christmas lists!

You can find out more about the products I used and a detailed list of instruction on how to make this layout here at the Ally Scraps blog.

And in case I don't make it back right away,
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Hey everyone!  I'm back again.  I have a couple more Christmas cards that I did for Ally Scraps to share with you all.  So if you haven't finished your Christmas cards yet, maybe these will help inspire you.

For both cards I used Echo Park's Everybody Love Christmas collection, along with some Melissa Frances chipboard snowflakes.

After the painting/glittering of the chipboard, these cards were pretty quick and easy to make.  You can find instructions here.  And don't forget to check out the Ally Scraps blog for more Christmas inspiration.   

Have a wonderful evening.  Thanks so much for stopping by!   :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pink Paislee: 12 Days of Christmas

Hey everyone!  Christmas is right around the corner, and I wanted to let you know that Pink Paislee is having a 12 Days of Christmas Celebration at the Pink Paislee blog from December 1-12.  (Yes, I am late posting, but you still have 5 more days to play along.  ;) )  The design team has been working up a storm to create some wonderful projects to help inspire you using the new Father Christmas collection.  Pink Paislee has also teamed up with Petaloo for this event, so you see some gorgeous flowers on all of the projects too.  Yummy!!!!!!

I was asked to make a couple of cards, and here they are:


Such a beautiful collection to work with, don't you think?!

Also, Pink Paislee is having giveaways everyday during the event, so don't forget to comment each day for a chance to win.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, November 22, 2010

a little more Christmas...

Hello!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  I had a pretty good one.  I got started on my Christmas shopping, and I got quite a few things on my list.  Hopefully the rest of my shopping will go just as easy.

I thought I would stop by today to share a couple more projects that I made for Ally Scraps.  I did a little gift wrap and tag set using Echo Park and some Maya Road products. 

If you are interested, you can find instructions on how to make these projects, a supply list, and a few more detailed photos here.  Don't forget to look around while you are there, because there is so much more to see at the Ally Scraps blog.  Be sure to check it out!   

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day!  :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

christmas is in the air...

 Hey everyone!  I have some new cards to share with you today.  Ally Scraps asked me back to guest design for the month of November (aren't they sweet?!  :) ), and this month they are focusing on Christmas.  So over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my Christmas themed projects.

I chose to work with Echo Park's Everybody Love Christmas, and I am having a blast playing with all of the bright, whimsical papers and cardstock stickers in this collection. 

For my first project this month, I did a card set:

The colors, patterns, and elements in this collection are right up my alley.  I just love them!  :)

You can see a detailed list of instructions on how to make these cards here.  And don't forget to check out the Ally Scraps blog all month long for lots of Christmas inspiration.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you again soon! 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Color Combos Galore #166

Hey everyone! Thought I would stop by and share the card I made for this week's color combo (#166) and design challenge over at Color Combos Galore. It was just posted last night. Here are the colors and challenge:

And here is my take on it:

I couldn't help but add some browns, like the rug in the photo. You know me... the more color, the better. ;)

Hope you all get to play along this week. If you do, make sure to come by and post your creation in the CCG gallery. We would love to see it!

Hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

CupCards to Go challenge

To those of you who got the fun-filled November 'Ribbon Candy' kit from CupCards to Go, I have challenge.

One of the first things that really caught my attention when I first opened my kit was the beautiful butterfly sticker sheet by Jenni Bowlin. But then I started thinking, butterflies + Christmas... huh????? I just wasn't get the connection. So it was time to put my thinking cap on, and what I came up with was a butterfly Christmas tree card.

Since the butterflies were red, I decided to put the butterflies against a green background so they would really pop off the page. I hand-stitched the butterflies into a triangle shape for the tree and added a base with some brown patterned paper. Then, I added one of the flower embellishments from the kit for a topper, some ribbon for decoration, and some rub-ons to frame it up a bit.

So here is my challenge to you: Find a creative way to showcase those butterflies on a Christmas card/project. Not just one or two, but 5 or more butterflies. You have until November 20th to get your project posted in the comment section of this post. A winner will be randomly selected to receive a mini kit from CupCards to Go.

So start creating. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday Trends - Pink Paislee

Today was my day to post on the Pink Paislee blog for Thursday Trends. I chose sparkle and shine. You know... using all of those fun products that make our pages, cards, and projects sparkle, shimmer, glitter, etc. I made a couple of cards to show off some of the beautiful, shiny products that Pink Paislee manufactures. For these cards, I used items from the Parisian Anthology, Artisan Elements, Sweetness, and Expressions Alphabet collections.

You can click here to see my original post and to find out more information on the specific products used.

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cupcards to Go November 'Ribbon Candy' Kit

Hey all! The November 'Ribbon Candy' kit from Cupcards to Go went live on Monday, so I came by to share a few of the cards I made with it.

The first is the 'celebrate' card I made using these fun holiday rub-ons. I just added them to some white cardstock and made my own patterned paper. The embellishments in this kit are so fun too. Just look at those gorgeous stick pins!

Next up is a little gingerbread house card. I have been having lots of fun making house shaped cards lately, and it seemed like a perfect shape for Christmas.

Next up is a classic red and green Christmas card. I just love the flower embellishment and beautiful striped ribbon.

I just love snowmen, so I had to sneak one in on the chipboard tag included in the kit. And I just love this polka dot paper. You can never go wrong with polka dots!

Next up is a card I made using a sketch from Sassy Lil' Sketches. Cupcards to Go is their sponsor this month. You know I am a big fan of sketches, and they have lots of card and layout sketches to choose from. Make sure to head on over and check out them out. :)

And now a little card using one of the stamps that came with the kit. There are two image stamps and two sentiment stamps included in this kit. A fun little bonus for all you stampers (and non-stampers) out there.

This kit is just filled with so many beautiful papers and embellishments. It is a definitely must-have! Be sure to check here for kit information.

Oh... and don't forget to check out the designer gallery to see what the design team came up with. Very inspiring!!!

I will be back on the 5th to post a challenge and later in the month to share a tutorial. Make sure to stop back by. Hugs!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween is almost here...

so I thought I would share a layout that I did for Pink Paislee using the new Hocus Pocus collection and some Artisan Elements. This is such a fun line. You really can't go wrong with Halloween colors. I just LOVE it!!!

I did this layout about my daughter, who dressed up as a hobo last Halloween. I had a lot of fun decorating the Artisan Elements frames as jack-o'-lanterns for the Os in my title.

For this, I inked the frames, let them dry, added buttons for the eyes and hand cut a mouth for each out of cardstock. I then used a craft knife to cut a slit at the top of the frame and ran some hemp cord through the hole to make the stalk.

I also make a little spider using the Artisan Elements Swirls for the legs and buttons for the body.

Make sure to check out the Pink Paislee blog to see what the rest of the design team has been up to this month using the Hocus Pocus collection. There are some really awesome Halloween and non-Halloween themed projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

a little Ribbon Candy

Happy Monday everyone! I am dropping by today to share some fun news. I am the November guest designer at Cupcards To Go, and today we are having a sneak peek blog hop of the new November 'Ribbon Candy' Card Kit!

Here is a little sneak peek of one of the cards I made using the November kit. Hope you like it!

Next, you need to hop on over to Cassonda Tadlock's blog to see what she and the rest of the Cupcards gals have in store for you. Be sure to leave a comment here and at the rest of the design team's blogs for a chance to win a fun prize! (Oh, and if you didn't start at the Cupcards to Go blog, make sure to stop by and leave a comment there too. ;) )

The November Cupcards to Go kits go on sale Monday, November 1st at 6pm PT/9pm ET. So, be sure to mark that on your calendars so you can get your hands on this wonderful kit!

Thanks so much for stopping by. See you again soon! ;)

Monday, October 4, 2010

More Ally Scraps projects

Hey everyone! :) How was your weekend? I had a busy, but fun one. David, the kids, and I spent most of the weekend in downtown Mobile at BayFest, a 3 day music festival. We saw lots of bands: Shinedown, Papa Roach, Godsmack, Skillet, Sick Puppies, 5 Finger Death Punch, and Rehab. They were all awesome! There were so many more acts there that we weren't able to catch, but we were very happy with our choices. We all had a great time!

I wanted to come by today to share my last September Guest Designer project for Ally Scraps. I've really had so much fun working with the products from this store. (Thanks so much, Cathy and Dana, for having me!!!) I did a little birdhouse card set using lots of October Afternoon and Maya road products. I was very happy with the way they turned out. :)

You can find step-by-step instructions for both cards and a list of products used at the Ally Scraps blog here.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

life is good

Well it is... for the most part. ;) I have a couple more projects to share that I did as the September guest designer for Ally Scraps.

First off is a mini album using the picket fence mini by Maya Road and Echo Park paper and cardstock stickers. Don't you just love the shape?! As in my usual fashion, I had fun with the cover while keeping the inside design simple and sweet.

You can find instructions and product links for this mini album at the Ally Scraps blog here.

Next is a card that I forgot to post last week. (Oops! I really am a terrible blogger. Sorry about that.) I used some of the Maya Road pennant chipboard shapes for the base of the flower and lots of Echo Park and October Afternoon paper and cardstock stickers too.

You can find instructions and product links for this card at the Ally Scraps blog here.

Well, that's it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs! :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Color Combos Galore #161

Hey everyone! Just thought I would come by and share the card I made for this week's color combo and challenge over at Color Combos Galore. I just love the photo this week's color combo was inspired by, but I have to say this one was a little bit tough for me. It took a lot of digging, but I eventually found some papers and embellishments to work with. The more neutral colors initially scared me, but I ended up really liking what I came up with.


The designer's challenge with week was to use handwriting. And while I didn't actually do any handwriting myself, I thought the patterned paper had a doodled kind of look to it that sort of went along with the idea of the challenge.

One of my favorite things about doing these challenges is that it forces me to go through my ever-growing stash of scrapping supplies, and I get to use things that I may have forgotten about (like the Fontwerks patterned paper) and mix them with some of my favorite/newer things to use (like the Basic Grey chipboard alpha).

I hope you get a chance to play along this week, and if you do, make sure to post it in the Color Combos Galore Gallery so that we can all see.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday Technique - Pink Paislee

Yesteday was my turn to post on the Pink Paislee blog. Tuesday is a day to focus on titles, tips or techniques. I chose the technique of paper pleating. The ribbon pleats from Pink Paislee's last release really inspired me. I just love those things! Using paper is perfect for achieving the look if you don't have any on hand. So, I made a set of cards to show a couple of examples on how to use this technique on a project.

For my first card, I used an accordian pleat along the bottom edge.

I added a little decorative stitching to attach it to the card (and to pretty it up a bit).

For the next card, I wanted to add a little texture to the sun element.

I used a box pleat and added some stitching to attach it to the card also.

You can find out more about the products used here. Make sure to check out more work by the rest of the design team too. You will not be disappointed. ;)

That's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September Guest Design for Ally Scraps

Hey everyone! How's it going? Just wanted to stop by and share a project that I made recently. This month, I am the guest designer over at Ally Scraps. I got to choose some awesome things to play with. Lots of Echo Park, Maya Road, and October Afternoon goodies. The colors and patterns are so fun to play with... I just can't get enough of them. Here is one of the projects I created: a layout about my daughter getting her braces off last week.

You can stop by the Ally Scraps blog to get a detailed product list and instructions on how to make this layout. I will be back every week over the next few weeks sharing my Ally Scraps projects. Make sure to come by and check them out. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!