CAS-ual Fridays Knotty or Nice Challenge CFC81

     So nice to have you stopping by today. I always enjoy your comments and emails. Today, I have a card for the CAS-ual Fridays Knotty or Nice Challenge. We had to make a project that had a knot or knots on them.

     I decided to go with a winter/snowman, I mean snow- WO-man, theme so I could have another card to send out this Christmas season. I started with a white card base. I covered that with patterned paper. For my snowwoman, I punched three sizes of circles from DCWV's, the Home Spun stack. I love the texture of this cardstock and I thought it added a little depth to my card. As you can see, my 'knots' are in the ribbon arms and hair ribbon.
     To make the sentiment, I cut apart some of my stamps to get the words I wanted for this card. Yes, I know, it seems sacrilegious to cut stamps up, but it really was not all that bad once I made the first cut. LOL
     The buttons are sticker ornaments that I already had on hand. I put them on in an arc to give my snowwoman a more feminine shape.
     There's still a little time to join in the fun. Check out the details here: http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/12/cfc81.html  I will also be adding this card to Paper Crafts December Gallery Challenge.


CAS-ual Fridays Gift-Tag Challenge CFC80

     Thanks so much for stopping by again. This week CAS-ual Fridays challenged us to make gift tags. I love this challenge because it makes me make nice tags for my Christmas gifts. Thanks CAS-ual!
      I love blue and white for Christmas projects! I cut my tag from cardstock and scored an 1/8th inch line on all sides of the tag. I stamped the sentiment and the snowflake around the hole at the top with white pigment. I stamped and fussy-cut three poinsettias. I adhered maroon gems at the centers and attached the blooms with foam tape. I slipped on matching maroon ribbon at the top. I almost always decorate my punched holes on tags. I think it adds such a nice touch.
     Wishing you all a merry Christmas!
     I just added this tag to Paper Crafts December Gallery Challenge too.

Keen on Neon Tribute to Grannie

     I created this card for the Keen on Neon Holiday Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. Cath really had me thinking on this one, but I had fun! Here's my neon green and orange Christmas card.
     I remember fondly Grannie's silver Christmas tree. I'm sure you all have memories of those shiny trees. Well, I loved her tree. She had a color wheel she would sit underneath the tree. When she turned it on, gorgeous color shafts played through the branches! So of course, I had to create a silver tree on my card. I used silver pigment with kaleidoscope powder to heat emboss the tree. Then, I hung neon green and orange ornaments on my tree. I also heat-embossed the sentiment using neon orange pigment and kaleidoscope powder for more spakle. I made the 'star' at the top with left over 'V's from an alphabet sticker sheet.
    Grannie would have loved my tree. I miss her very much.
     Do you have an idea using neon? There is still plenty of time to join in the fun. Check out the details here: http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/11/the-keen-on-neon-challenge.html

Keen on Neon Holiday Challenge

     There is a fun challenge going on in the Moxie Fab World over at Paper Crafts. Cath issued a challenge to make Holiday cards, gift tags, etc. using neon colors. I created these gift tags a little while back. They are neon orange and dark turquoise. Who says you can't use non-traditional colors for the season? In fact, that really appeals to the rebel in me. I have another contribution coming up shortly.
     I used Fiskars stamps and crimper to make these tags.
     There's still time to join in the fun if you have an idea to add to the collection. Check out the details here: http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/11/the-keen-on-neon-challenge.html


DCWV November Card Sketch Challenge

     Update: November 30, 2012 - Just found out that DCWV chose this card as one of their TOP-10 cards for November!

     Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great day.
     It's time for another Card Sketch Challenge at DCWV. You can see the inspiration sketch as well as the blog address below. Here's my take on the challenge.
     I used DCWV's The Heirloom Stack to create my card. As you can see from the sketch, I turned it on its side. First, I trimmed and matted a darker, multicolored panel with a golden, wheat-colored paper to cover the entire front of a plain, white 7x5 card. Then, I picked five coordinating papers from the stack to make the pleated medallions.
     Each medallion began as a 3/4" x 12" strip of paper. I scored each piece every 1/4" and folded it using accordion fold. I punched medium hearts from the same papers using Fiskars' That's Amore punch. I added a sentiment from Fiskars' Friends Forever Quotes and added a flourish from Spellbinders' Parisian Accents.
     I had lots of fun making this card. You should definitely give medallions a try. There is still plenty of time to get your card in if you are so inclined. Check out the details here:


CAS-ual Fridays So Torn Challenge CFC78

     Thanks so much for stopping in today! I hope your day is as sunny and bright as mine.
     CAS-ual Fridays challenged us this week to make a project with a torn element. Here's my take on the challenge.
     I've been making Christmas cards this week so I took the challenge in that direction. First I made a 4.25 x 5.5 card out of black cardstock. Then, I cut a piece of dark red cardstock 4 x 5.25 and dry embossed it with A2 Quatrefoil embossing folder from the Paper Studio. I tore the bottom edge and added black ribbon and sparkly buckle also from the Paper Studio Spare Parts. The sentiment is from Fiskars All Year Cheer Collection.
     I think Mom will get this card. She loves anything shiny and red!
     Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have an idea for a torn-edge project, you still have time to get it ready. You can find all the details here: http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/11/cfc78.html.


Tuesday Trigger - Ready for Red Challenge

     I made this card for the Tuesday Trigger - Ready for Red Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

     I love the black and white background from the inspiration photo (below). And, that little pop of velvety red is perfect. I stamped my background with a stamp from Paper Inspirations called Floral Flourish. It is one of my favorite stamps of all time. You can use it in so many ways. I matted the front panel with black and added a couple of dark red paper flowers with black ceners.
     If you are inspired by all this, you can answer the challenge too. Check all the details here:  http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/10/tuesday-trigger-ready-for-red.html
     Here's the inspiration photo.


Square Punch Challenge

Modern-Art Necklace Card
     I made this card for the Square Punch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
     I started by making a 5.5" x 4.25" card base out of pink cardstock. I embossed two white panels with Spellbinders Impressabilites Flourish die. I adhered one to the front of the card. On the other panel, I randomly painted back and forth with three colors of Copic Markers. I used Peony-RV69, Tender Pink-RV13 and Marigold-V05. Then, I cut five 1.25" squares from the colored panel with my square punch. I rounded two corners on each square and laid them out like a necklace chain. For the pendant, I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Joy Ride CL481 on a square of white cardstock with pink ink. I rounded three of the corners on that square and matted it on the fifth square (also rounded on three corners) of the painted, embossed panel. Lastly, I added graduated sizes of aroura borealis gems.
     Have a good idea for your square punch? There is plenty of time for you to answer the challenge too. Check out this link for all the details. http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/10/paper-crafting-tips-tricks-week-square.html


Alphabet Stickers Challenge

Jingle Bells Rock!
I made this card for the Alphabet Stickers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
I started by making a 4.25" x 5.5" card out of dark red cardstock. Using Fiskars' medium Jingle All The Way punch, I punched 12 bells - 6 in white, 6 in gold. I glued the bells together leaving just a hint of the gold to peak out the side to give dimension to the bells. I used EK Success Sticko stickers in gold glitter to spell out 'JINGLE'. I adhered a white ribbon bow and streamer and set the bells along the streamer with foam tape for a bit more dimension. To finish off, I rounded the bottom corners.
If you have an inspiration using sticker letters and want to join in the fun, you can check out the details here:  http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/10/paper-crafting-tips-tricks-week.html


CAS-ual Fridays Kraft-On Challenge CFC76

     Good morning! Thanks for stopping in. CAS-ual Fridays challenged us this week to make a card with Kraft paper or cardstock. Here's my take on the challenge.
       I started by making a card base with Kraft cardstock. The 'white and kraft script' background is from Prima's Madeline collection. I cut two lengths of border from the Kraft cardstock and backed them up to each other. Then, I added three fall-colored leaves and attached the 'hope' button to create the focal point.
     Do you have a project in mind using Kraft cardstock? You still have plenty of time to make it and enter it in this week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays. You can get all the info about joining in the fun here: http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/10/cfc76.html. I will look forward to seeing your work in their gallery.
    Thanks so much for stopping by. I always love your visits and comments!

ORANGE Blog Hop Winner!

     Congratulations to Suzi #5563 who said: Another great project, even if you are a rebel! The colors are a surprise, but a gorgeous combo!
     Thanks to everyone who hopped with the Fiskateers this past weekend. Your visits and comments mean a lot to me!


Fiskateers Third Annual ORANGE Blog Hop

     Welcome to the Third Annual Fiskateers ORANGE Blog Hop! If you're hopping along, you should have come from Donna #6036 www.scissorsstampsandscrapbooks.blogspot.com/  (If you are joining us in the middle, go to www.fiskateers.com to start from the beginning.) Today we are celebrating Fiskars' signature color, ORANGE. Almost everyone is familiar with Fiskars' famous orange-handled scissors, but Fiskars makes so many other wonderful products for crafting, sewing, gardening, and more. Each stop along our Hop will feature different Fiskars' products with a big helping of ORANGE! There will also be a giveaway from Fiskars for a lucky few who visit all the hops. And, I have a prize to giveaway too! Make sure you read this post all the way to the bottom for info on how to enter.
     Orange Christmas? Yes, of course, you can use orange - and turquoise - for Christmas! I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to expected colors and using stamps and punches for their intended purpose. So, when I was asked to join this blog hop and the rules said I had to use orange I thought why can't I use orange for my Christmas tags. Here's my take on the challenge.
     The rectangle tag measures 2.5" x 5.5" and the circle tag is 4" across. I used four different Fiskars products to make these tags, but you should feel free to change them in any way and make them your own. Let's take a closer look at the round one.
1.  Cut a 4" circle in turquoise cardstock and run it through a crimper. 
2.  Cut a 3.5" circle in orange cardstock.
3.  Line up the two circles and punch holes for the ribbon.
4.  Stamp turquoise snowflakes of your choice on the orange circle making
      sure to stamp one over the hole you just punched. Allow some of the
      snowflakes to fall past the edge of the circle. Also stamp flourishes
      as desired.
5.  Adhere circles together with foam tape.
6.  Stamp sentiment, mat with crimped turquoise and adhere with foam tape.
7.  Apply turquoise gems to snowflake centers and tie on ribbon.
Supply list is at the end of this post.
Now for my giveaway! I have a Fiskars border punch to give to a lucky blog-hopper. All you have to do to enter is sign up as a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this blog post. If you are already a follower, you may just leave a comment letting me know you were here and are a follower.
     Thanks so much for hopping with me today. It's always fun to have you stopping by.
 For more information about Fiskars and the Fiskateer program, you can go to http://www.fiskateers.com/join/. Now, hop along to the next stop! Shannon #6394 www.scraplady324.blogspot.com

Supply List
Fiskars Simple Stick rubber stamps from the Vintage Christmas collection
Fiskars Simple Stick rubber stamps from the Winter Wishes collection
Fiskars Simple Stick rubber stamps from the Seasons Greetings collection
Fiskars crimping tool
DCWV orange cardstock
Stampin Up turquoise cardstock
Martha Stewart circle cutter
EK Success corner rounder
ColorBox turquoise pigment ink
Studio G gems
Offray ribbon
foam tape


Don't Miss the Fun


   My blog will be a hop along the way! I'll have directions here on how to start at the beginning or you can just visit my site. Looking forward to sharing some fun things with you guys!


Tuesday Trigger Val de Victorian Challenge

     Time for another Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World. I've been working on Christmas cards lately, so when I saw the inspiration (see it below) Cath provided us this time with the tall, skinny, pointy-roof houses all bunched up together I got an idea for this Christmas card.
     Using stamps from Fiskars' Seasons Greetings collection, I stamped 'MERRY' randomly on the blue background with VersaMark watermark ink. I heat-embossed 'Christmas' (from same collection) in white, matted it with white cardstock and adhered it to the card with foam tape. The trees are also heat-embossed using ColorBox's Cyan pigment and clear embossing powder. The trees are actually a varitey of upside down flags I stamped using Hero Arts Friendly Flags (CL475) collection. I attached the tallest tree using foam tape. 
     There is still time to join in on all the fun. Check out this inspiration image and click on the address for all the details. http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/10/tuesday-trigger-val-de-victorian.html

CAS-ual Fridays' Over the Edge Challenge CFC75

    Thanks for popping in today. I always enjoy having your visits to my blog. This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to make a card with an embellishment that goes past the edge of the card. Here's my take on the challenge.
     I like using embellishments in unexpected ways. So I'm turning this border diecut that I love from Spellbinders (Parisean Accents) into banners. The sentiment and the woodgrain mat behind the sentiment are both form Hero Arts. The sentiment is my over-the-edge element. 
     Want to play too? You can get all the details here:
     I will also submit this card to Hero Arts October Sketch Challenge.


DCWV October Card Sketch Challenge

UPDATE: November 2, 2011- I'm so excited! I just found out that this card made it to the TOP-10 list at DCWV! 
     I've been working on Christmas cards this week. I made this one for the October Card Sketch Challenge at DCWV. I used The Coral Couture Stack for this card. I love using unexpected colors for my Christmas cards. While the peach with shiny, gold dots is very Christmasy, I don't see a lot of Christmas cards with coral and mint green. I created the ornaments with my Fiskars That's Amore large heart punch. These ornaments also fold flat so that I can mail the card. I heat embossed the sentiment using stamps from Fiskars Season's Greetings collection.
    There's lots of time left for this challenge, so if you have a card idea you can find all the info here:
 Here's a copy of the sketch Erin at DCWV gave us to work from this month.

     Thanks so  much for stopping in today. Your comments are so encouraging.


I'm in the Spotlight at CardMaker Magazine

     I am so honored to be spotlighted on CardMaker Magazine's blog today. You can check it out here: http://www.cardmakermagazine.com/blog/
     Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have time to get your fingers inky today.


Purple Christmas

     Easel cards are so much fun to make! I made this purple and blue Christmas card through a long string of challenges with another Fiskateer. Don't know what a Fiskateer is? Click on that button over there on the left. We have so much fun there!

I used stamps from both Inkadinkado and Fiskars. I stamped the doily and sentiments with white ink. The patterned paper comes from the Paper Studio. Every year I try to choose colors for my Christmas cards that people don't expect like this one that is purple and blue. I've also done turquoise and white which are beautiful together. Thanks for stopping by.

- - - WCMD WINNER - - -

    Congratulations to Amy Jones (8546)! She is the winner of my World Card Making Day giveaway. Amy has won some Fiskars Simple Stick stamps and a few other goodies to help fill up the package.
     Here's Amy's best card making tip: " . . . don't be afraid to mix and match colors. Some colors really do go great with each other more than you thought. The simplest card can be just as pretty too."
     Thanks to everyone who entered and left tips. There were so many great ones.
     Amy, I will send you a private email to get your mailing info.



Jack o'lantern Full of Hearts
     I made this Halloween card using a couple of Fiskars' heart punches. But first, I cut a pumpkin shape out of orange and white polka dot paper and shaded in the segment lines with a brown colored pencil. I used Fiskars' medium That's Amore heart punch for the eyes, mouth, bow and even the bat-wing eyebrows. I punched only the very edge of the heart to get this affect. The bow is two hearts glued together at the points. I used Fiskars' 1/4" heart punch for pupils and teeth. The pretty background paper comes from DCWV's Heirloom Stack.
     This card is going to one the Fiskateers challenges going on today. You can play too! Check it out here: www.fiskateers.com

Card for a Cause - In Memory of Grandma

Miss You Grandma
     Using my computer, I first printed the sentiment on a sheet of white cardstock. I used Edwardian Script ITC at 48 pts in pink. With the same white as the card, I punched the lattice chain with EK  Success' large edge punch then trimmed the edge to a point. I punched a Martha Stewart butterfly also in white. I used clear gems on the butterfly, coloring them to matching pink with a Copic marker - Tender Pink RV13.
     This one is for you, Grandma! I miss you and am so proud of your courageous fight. I'll see you in Heaven.
    I am entering this card in several challenges -
          CAS-ual Fridays CFC73 For the Girls http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/10/cfc73.html
          Paper Smooches Card with Pink Challenge http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-fun-begins.html
          Fiskateers Card for a Cause http://www.fiskateers.com/message-board/topic/321878/
     Thanks for stopping by!

* * * Warm Winter Wishes * * *

One-layer card challenge.
     Here's my first card of the day. I'm entering this card at www.papersmooches.blogspot.com. One of their challenges for World Card Making Day is making a one layer card. So hard for me because I love adding layers, but I came up with this blue and white card. I heat-embossed the snowflakes and sentiment using Fiskars Winter Wishes collection. The cyan pigment is from ColorBox. I used clear embossing powder from Ranger. The blue stripes are 1/4" strips of blue paper.


   Good morning,
    I'm here and ready to start making cards! Thanks so much for stopping by. This is going to be a fun day!  Good luck to all who enter my giveaway. I have a really fun prize that I will tell you about later today. Make sure to sign up as a follower and leave your best card making tip in the comments for your chance to win. Current followers only need to leave a comment. I'll be back shortly with a card to show you.
     Happy crafting! 


World Card Making Day!

World Card Making Day 2012 Logo

And, there will be prizes!
     I will have a really great prize for someone who visits my blog on Saturday. To receive an entry, first sign up as a follower of my blog. Then, leave a comment telling me your favorite card making tip. If you are already a follower, you can just leave the tip. Then, check back on Monday to see if you are the winner.
     Paper Crafts Magazine started this tradition a few years back. Read all about it here: http://www.papercraftsconnection.com/blog/2012/09/world-card-making-day-contest/
     Throughout the day Saturday, I will be posting cards I've made as a part of this really fun World Card Making Day event. I will be taking part in some challenges at www.fiskateers.com. You guys are welcome to join in the fun there too. They usually have some great prizes.
     I've sent several cards in already to www.papercraftsmag.com. I can't share the Paper Crafts entries yet but I will after I get the results. They are offering some great prizes there too so make sure you check them out.
     I think most of the scrapbooking/papercrafting websites will have some fun contests going. Here's just a few I will be checking out:


CAS-ual Fridays' Toot Your Own Horn Challenge CFC72

    Toot! Toot!
     This week's challenge from CAS-ual Fridays is to toot our own horn by drawing inspiration from our own blog banners. Here's my take on the challenge.

     The purples in my banner as well as the double borders behind my blog title inspired me the most. To get started, I used the Dahlia Dimensional Punch from EK Success. EK designed the border to be rolled up after it's punched making a beautiful flower. Instead, I punched two lengths of the border and adhered them back to back to create the double-border from my inspiration. Then, I punched the double link trim with one of Martha Stewart's double-edge punches. Then, I stamped the sentiment with TPC Studio's wonderful "Hello" stamp. I just love this stamp!
     Do you want to join in the fun and make a card inspired by your blog banner? You have until noon on Thursday. Check out all the details here: http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/09/cfc72.html


DCWV September Card Sketch Challenge

     I made this card for DCWV's September Card Sketch Challenge. To show all my followers and visitors that you don't have to have a lot of tools and stamps to make a beautiful card, I challenged myself to make a card for this challenge using nothing but scissors and adhesives. The green and purple cardstock comes from DCWV's Chateau Lavendar Stack. Everything else I cut from patterned papers in DCWV's Heirloom Stack. Even the gingham ribbon and the sentiment are cut from a sheet of paper from the Heirloom stack. I used foam tape behind the flower and measuring tape, but you could use a glue stick.
     Below is a copy of the sketch Erin gave us to work from this month. There's still plenty of time to join in on all the fun. You can find all the info about the challenge here: http://dcwvinc.blogspot.com/2012/09/september-stack-holic-template-challenge.html

     Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you have a wonderful day, Pam


CAS-ual Fridays Black & White + One Challenge CFC70

     Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
     I created this card for the CAS-ual Fridays weekly challenge. I'm also sending a copy of it to the Movement Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
     The challenge was to make a card using black and white and one other color of our choice. I had these great stickers that I won from Graphic 45. So, I decided my other color would be the khaki color used in the background of these beautiful stickers. I made the lattice trim with an EK punch.  I stamped the senitment with a Hero Arts stamp (CL342).
     Want to enter a card in this challenge? You have until Thursday noon. You can find all the info here: http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/09/cfc70.html
     I'm also entering this card in the Movement Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. There is still time to enter this challenge too. Check here for all the info on how to do it: http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/08/card-design-handbook-week-movement.html
     Thanks again for stopping in. Hope you have a great day!


Vote for Me!

UPDATE: Fiskars just sent me a better address to vote for my project. It looks like the pictures are blank but you sure can vote more easily. You can follow my original links and get to see everyones projects. To vote for my particular project, vote here:  https://www.facebook.com/fiskars/app_416658965052303?view_entry=2367108&app_data=view_entry%3A%3A%3A2367108
You can vote 5 times per day - all at once if you want.

    I need your votes! I am in a contest at Fiskars and I need people to vote for my project as their favorite.  We all had to use one of two embellishments in any way we wanted. I chose the circle of love and made a gift bag. Here's the page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fiskars/app_416658965052303
And, here's a picture of my gift bag. It is on PAGE 11 of the entries near the bottom of that page. At the bottom of the first page, there is a 'skip to page __' thing you can click and it will take you to page 11. You can have 5 votes per day. I think you may have to 'like' the page to vote but I'm not clear on that. There are a lot of fun projects so I'm sure you will find some you would like to vote for. Thanks so much for your support! Hope you have a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by.


CAS-ual Fridays Splish Splash Challenge CFC66

     Who doesn't love a day at the beach or on the ocean? I love hearing the rustle of the wind blowing through the palm trees. So, when CAS-ual Fridays asked us to create a card using something in or near the ocean, I picked a palm tree.

     I heat-embossed the tree and sentiment. Then, I colored the tree with alcohol markers and added an orange mat and acccents.
     One reason I love palm trees is that they remind me of the power of God. It seems that no matter how strong a storm is, the palm tree remains standing. It might lose a few or even all of its fronds, but it remains standing. That's how it is with me and God. I have faced some terrible storms in my life, but as long as I've held onto God, I've always made it through.
     If you have an idea for a clean-and-simple card, you can play along with us. Here's the place to find all the contest guidelines: http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/08/cfc66.html


DCWV August Card Sketch Challenge

UPDATE: Just found out that this card made the TOP-10 this month. I'm so excited! That's the second time I've made the TOP-10 recently. It's so encouraging!!! Thanks to Erin and the rest of the staff at DCWV. You can tell how excited I am - see how big I'm typing!?! And, it's purple! lol
     I created this card for the DCWV August Card Sketch Challenge using the beautiful watercolored cardstock from The Painted Petals Stack .  This is one of my favorite stacks. Of course, I say that about every new stack I get from them. I really like the quality and variety they put out.
     I made this 5" x 7" card from a sheet that had little butterflies on one side. I just couldn't bring myself to hide them, so I made my banners short enough for the butterflies to show. I used the blues, purples and yellows on that sheet to pick stock for my banners.
     I almost always make my own embellishments like I did on this card. Using a variety of flower punches, I began stacking layers from the same sheets used to make the banners. I heat-embossed the sentiment and matted it with matching stock.
     Want to play along with the rest of us? Here's a copy of the sketch and the address for the info about submitting your own card:


Minty-Fresh Funky-Folds Card

     Mint green is such a nice color to work with. It is so fresh and lively and always cheers me up. That makes it the perfect color to send a hello to a friend.
     This card stands nicely on a desk or table and easily folds up to fit in a regular size envelope for easy mailing.
     To make this card, cut a piece of cardstock 12" x 5.5". Score at 2", 4", 8" and 10". Then 1.5" from top and bottom of card, cut along the the length between the 2" and 10" score lines.  Using valley and moutain folds, fold along the score lines using the picture above for a guide. Then, cut panels to fit some or all of the flat areas. I added a chipboard flower and some self-adhesive border. Then, I heat-embossed the sentiment. 
     I created this card for the Minty Fresh Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. If you want to play along with us, you can create your own project using mint-green in some way and enter it in the challenge. Here's the address with all the details: http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/08/the-minty-fresh-challenge.html .
    I also entered this card in the Cardmaking Challenges going on among the Fiskateers this week. Not sure what a Fiskateer is? We are ambassadors for Fiskars and we have so much fun creating with each other. You can join in all the fun there too. Just click on the Fiskateer link in my sidebar over there on the left.


CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC63

     I love aqua, lime and navy together so this was a fun card to create. CAS-ual Fridays challenge for us this week was to use those three colors on a clean and simple card.

       I heat-embossed the three large flowers as well as the centers. My favorite part of this card is the typewriter-key sentiment in the center flower. Sometimes when I make a card I really like, I have a hard time sending it off to anyone. lol--   I'll keep this one for a while and give it to someone special. Maybe Mom or Missy or Suzi or . . . .
      There's still a little time to enter the challenge if you have a great idea for a card using these colors. Here's the link with all the info:  http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/07/cfc63.html

     This card is also going over to the Tuesday Trigger challenge in the Moxie Fab World at Paper Crafts magazine. I was inspired by the old-fashioned, round typewriter keys in the inspiration photo (below). I thought the typewriter-key 'hi' would be perfect for this challenge. As a writer, I love old-fashioned typewriters so this was a fun challenge too.
     There's still plenty of time to get in on this challenge. Here's the link with all the info:   http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/07/tuesday-trigger-type-hype.html

     Thanks so much for stopping by!


CAS-ual Fridays Challenge- Back in Black CFC62

   This week's challenge required us to make a card with a black cardbase. I embossed the frame using Sizzix' Wreath embossing folder. Then, I quickly put together the flowers using a couple of flower punches and two kinds of chartruese-patterned cardstock. I used black brads to attach them. I used a matching chartruese green chalk to stamp the sentiment banner.

     You have until Thursday noon to get your card in if you have an idea using a black card.You can find the info here: http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/07/cfc62.html .


Celebrating Stripes!

     Who doesn't love stripes!?! And, butterflies with purple diamonds?

     I have two challenges this week involving stripes. CAS-ual Fridays asked that we make CAS cards with strips of color or pattern.  And, the inspiration photo for the Tuesday Trigger Challenge in the Moxie Fab World is covered with multi-colored stripes (photo below).

     Do you have a good idea of your own? There is still time to join in on all the fun. The info for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC61 is here:

     The info for the Tuesday Trigger challenge is  here:

This is the inspiration photo from Moxie Fab World. I was really inspired by the colorful stripes in this trigger. I love working with turquoise so I knew right away I would use that color in my design. I also like the staggered look of the stipes so I incorporated that as well. 
     To make my card, I stamped the stripes on a white cardstock base using TPC Studio's Patterned Borders collection with purple, turquoise and orange ink. The stamps are plenty long enough to go all the way across even a larger card, but I wanted to stagger them to match the design I had in mind. I punched that gorgeous, turqoise butterfly with a Martha Stewart punch. The purple gems are from Studio G.
     Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great day, Pam


Birthday Card Challenge

     I'm entering this card in the Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. The challenge is to make a birthday card where stamping is the featured technique.

     I love working with black and white. They can make almost any card look elegant. The heat-embossed hummingbird is a stamp from Inkadinkado's Mindscapes collection. Take a close look at this hummingbird. It is not all that it seems.
     The sentiment is from Fiskars' All Year Cheer collection. It is also heat-embossed.
     Have a card you want to enter in the contest? Check out the rules here: http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/06/stamp-it-cards-week-birthday-card.html
     Thanks for stopping by.


DCWV July Layout Challenge

On My Tiptoes

    I created this page for DCWV's July Layout Sketch Challenge. I used DCWV's The Painted Petals and The Chateau Lavendar stacks. I make 8.5 x ll pages because that's the size that fits my bookcase. I took these pictures in the first few days that April, our sweet toy poodle, came to live with us. It was just too funny seeing her on her tiptoes and stretching as far as she could to get a good look on the coffee table. And, if we did not have things in the center of the table out of her reach she would grab whatever it was and take off running. She still loves stealing things from us. She is so curious and wants to see everything.
    There is still plenty of time if you want to join in on the fun. Check out the rules here: http://dcwvinc.blogspot.com/2012/07/july-stack-holic-challenge.html


DCWV July Card Sketch Challenge

     I created this card for the Die Cuts With a View July Card-Sketch Challenge. I made the dusty pink card base from  DCWV's Le Tres Chic cardstock stack. I used the same cardstock for the sentiment panel and the butterflies. I heat-embossed the sentiment and panel. Even though the cardstock is textured, it took my stamping very well. And, I am really picky about my stamping. I like it very neat and sharp. All the patterned papers came from DCWV's The Heirloom stack. Erin at DCWV has some great tips for cutting the angled strips. Check it out here: http://dcwvinc.blogspot.com/2012/07/july-stack-holic-challenge.html You will also find info there for the challenge if you want to join in on all the fun. There is still plenty of time.     
  This is the sketch we had to work with this month. I like this sketch so much that I think I will use it as a guideline to make a scrapbook layout. Wouldn't it be pretty!
Supply List
cardstock - DCWV Le Tres Chic Stack
patterend paper- DCWV The Heirloom Stack
sentiment panel- Fiskars Simple Stick Accents
sentiment- Fiskars Butterfly Magic clear stamps
border punch- Fiskars Give It a Swirl
butterfly- Martha Stewart butterfly punch
clear gems- Studio G
teal pigment ink- ColorBox
clear embossing powder- Ranger Super Fine Detail


CAS-ual Friday Challenge - Use Text on Card, CFC60

     This week's challenge requires us to include text on our cards.  Taking advantage of the flexibility of the cling stamps, I curved the sentiment as I put it on my acrylic block to make a kind of path for the bicycle. Both the bicycle and the sentiment are from Hero Arts Joy Ride Collection.
     Do you have an idea for using text on a card? You can enter your card here:  http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/07/cfc60.html
     Thanks for stopping by.

     I will also be submitting this card to the Hero Arts July Contest.


Cas-ual Friday Two-Circle Challenge

     I found a wonderful new blog called Cas-ual Fridays. They have challenges each week for clean-and-simple cards. This week's challenge is to make a CAS card with two circles. Here's my entry.
     This card looks more difficult and involved than it is. All the cardstock is from DCWV Coral Couture stack. The two circles were cut from a patterned sheet of cardstock from the collection. The ribbon is cut from another sheet as is the dotted-swiss card. Very quick and easy. The sentiment from Studio G is stamped in black.
     Want to join in on all the fun? You can find the info here: