Frostwood Thanks Hybrid

I have been playing around with Stampin’ Up!s My Digital Studio a lot over the past few day. I like the instant delivery! I’m a big fan of instant gratification! I made this card using a Designer Series Paper from the Frostwood Lodge DSP Digital Download. I like the wood pattern, it definitely gives the card a lodge feel. I also used the Define Your Life Stamp Brush Set. I would rather have the stamps but they were retired a while ago. The butterflies and thanks are from the Kindness Matters Clear Mount Set. The card definitely had a masculine theme to it which seems to be a trend with me lately! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

PPA 115

This weeks Pals Paper Arts Challenge used an lovely picture of a front door all dressed up of fall. I love the fall with all of it’s bright and earthy colors. As soon as I saw the picture I knew exactly what I would do. Some nice leaves! The parchment background on the card was scored vertically with Stampin’ Up!’s new Simply Scored scoring board. I have to say that I love to use it and it really is the best one I have used. I have a Martha Stewart Score Board and I never touch it anymore. You can’t really see it in the picture very well but it gives the paper a nice subtle pinstriped look. I also used the EK Tools Triple Layer Maple Leaf punch. I only used two of the layers to keep it a little more simple. The sentiment is from the retired Afterthoughts Clear Mount Set. Thanks for taking a look!

Birthday Dresser

I know that my friend Sandy’s birthday is in October. I wanted to make her something special and a little different. I was looking around the SplitCoastStampers site the other day and I came across this really neat box with three drawers. I think it looks a to like a dresser. It’s perfect for hiding little surprises like chocolates. I have really been into blues and browns lately, I think it gives a nice rich clean look. The project was pretty straight forward and very easy to follow. It didn’t take long at all and I think the end result is great. Sandy really seemed to like it and I was very happy that she did. I used the Stampin’ Up! sets Happiest Birthday Wishes and the Retired Birthday Bliss. The paper is Marina Mist as well as the ink. I had to go out and get some 12 x 12 paper to do the project, I’ll have to order some from Stampin’ Up! next time. I also used the Scallop Trim Border Punch for the “runner” on the top. The knobs were made from tiny wooden Thread spools that I had and some Rhinestones for a little bling. Thanks for taking a look.

Pumpkin Card Box.

I have been really into 3D Projects this weekend. I am really loving all that you can do with some card stock and some glue. I think I will call it engineering paper instead of paper crafting form now on, has a little more of a manly ring to don’t you think?!?! Anyway, I decided that sets of cards are a great idea for holiday gifts. Who couldn’t use a nice set of Thank You cards. These were made using the Retired Stampin’ Up! Set Afterthoughts and the Wood Mount Set For All You Do. I also used some Brights Stack DSP and the Scallop Trim Border Punch. They have fall like cheery feel to them. Thanks for stopping by!

Little Square Inspiration.

I was looking around the Stampin Pretty blog ( and I came across a tutorial on how to make a Pizza Box for 3 x 3 cards. I sat down and made these two set over the weekend. The first one is made with the Stampin’ Up1 Retired Punch Bunch Clear Mount Set. I like the color combination because I think that anything that is black with cream or white tends to have a very elegant look about it. The second set is Holiday theme. I like the red and kraft paper together, I think it gives it a very homey feel. I use an EK Tools Postage Stamp Edger and some old Seasons Greetings stamp that I have had for ages. I also made the envelopes! I’m really happy with the way the projects came out and I can’t wait to make some more. Thanks for the tutorial Mary!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom’s birthday. She is the best mom anyone could ever ask for. I know a lot of people say that about their moms but she really is. I wanted to make her a really special card and I was looking around on the Stampin’ Pretty ( blog yesterday and I came across a link to Mikki’s Creative Corner ( and a tutorial for a Tri Shutter Card. This is one of the coolest cards I have seen in a long time. I love the way it looks and the instructions were nice and easy to follow. I made mine with White Card Stock and a Deep Purple. I used some printed paper that I had (waiting for my DSP from Stampin’ Up!, think how much better it will look when I get that!) and some EK Tools Punches that I have. The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! Retired Afterthoughts Set. I’m so happy with the way it come out, I hope mom likes it!

Mojo Monday 208

This weeks Mojo Monday challenge is a sketch. I love all of their sketch challenges but I really like this one because it appeals to my neat and orderly side! It’s a great layout and as soon as I saw it I knew what I wanted to do. The Open Seas is by far one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! sets from the Summer Mini Catalog. It was carried over after the catalog expired so I think that you can still get it now. I love the masculine feel and I always need to use a nice dark blue paper with it. I usually use a beige background but I opted for white to give it a crisper look. The stamps are extremely detailed and have a bit of a vintage feel to them. I used Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Ink for the images. The Sentiment is from the retired set Afterthoughts. I like the nice clean lines and uncomplicated simple look, hope you like it too. 🙂

Inch For You

The Starter Kit that you get when you sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator comes with a lot of stuff but paper is not one of them! I have ordered some more so in the mean time I’m using what I have. This card is made with a retired set called Cute By the Inch. I like it because it comes with 9 stamps and it really is cute and they fit on inch squares! I used Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive Stampin’ Ink. The Brights Designer Series Paper Pack is great, I turned the Old Olive Stripe 90 degrees for a little more interest. The Card Stock is also Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie with some Whisper White. I like the simplicity and fall colors are appropriate for this time of year. Thanks for looking!