Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Top 10 Cards of 2010

Here are the details. Enjoy! (SECOND post for today... please SCROLL down to see the other!)

These are my favorite of 2010 (in no particular order... bc that is WAY TOO HARD, :)!)

Who... me?

This morning, one of my "blogging sisters" Stephanie M. sent me a note to say that she was awarding my blog with this sweet award. She had some sweet things to say as well.

I am to link back to her (done!).

List 8 things about myself:

1. I have been crafting in some form or fashion since at least junior high (I have found my old scrapbooks and other things in old boxes over the last few years... very funny!).
2. I have owned my own private practice now for 2 1/2 years with a very close friend who also crafts. We tend to "feed" off of each other, although I think I enable her more than I should!
3. I have the very BEST husband in the world... truly.
4. I got the crazy idea late this year to learn how to sew. Even got a "home-ec" lesson on sewing from my best friend in Indiana. And, after one *teeny tiny* lesson she then had my hem one of her daughter's very cute capri pant legs!! So scary!
5. I have been stamping for 3 years... but found PTI strictly for the matching paper, inks, and ribbon initially.
6. Bought my first stamp set earlier this year... and shouldn't have... because now I want many many more :-).
7. Finally, after 3 years I have learned (or almost learned) what my stamping style is... so now I am in a desperate search to sell my CTMH and other stamp sets that do not fit that style.
8. I *love* my Cricut and Cuttlebug!

Whew. That was hard!

Okay, 3 blogs that should receive this same award...

Danielle at Au Claire de Lune
*First, this girl LOVES her cricut like I do!
*Second, this girl can enable me (and that is actually HARD to do!

Rose at Something You Occasions
*First, I just love things she does and want to CASE them!
*Second, the girl had a baby in Nov and kept on crafting! (that is a girl after my own heart!)

Cathleen at Crooked Card Creations
*well, once you see her site there won't be much else I need to say!

Check out these fab blogs!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Gifts 1

(TWO POSTS TODAY... scroll down!)

For Christmas this year several special women in my life received a hand crafted calendar for next year. These were truly a labor of love! Each was unique and I took special care to choose a "theme" or color scheme that they would appreciate and enjoy all year long. Then, each calendar fit into a CD case that would convert into an easel that would help them to display it on their desks at work or home!

(All supplies were PTI, unless noted otherwise; INCLUDING the basic idea and stamp set)

The top: Each was polka dots in versa mark ink. The front color shows the color scheme for the year. This was a true birthday/anniversary calendar.

Second: Three color scheme using my all time favorite tree from PTI, embossed no less (before I discovered PTI embossing powder!) in white. Only time I used the image to border the calendar. This one was ALL MINE!

Another post to follow!



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Christmas gifts 2

Read my ABOVE post about where these CD calendar hand crafted gifts came from.
These are the 3rd, 4th, and 5th (and last) that I made.

Third: Basic Grey printed paper color scheme randomly pink and burgandy. The flower though would alternate between Sweet Blush and Scarlet Jewel and would move to different places around the mini-calendar so there wasn't too much bulk in one place. I also inked all the pages with Tye Die Duo.

Four: My favorite of all of them. Versamark damask (not PTI) on a three color scheme that alternated. Then, mini-damask Ranger Antique Linen in the center of each mini calendar. Perfect!!

Five: The last was kind of a "month specific" calendar. Each month had a printed paper specific to that month with a die cut image that matched. The July month, shown here, makes that easy to understand. (Not PTI paper or dies and I have had that paper now for about 8 years! I have only used bits and pieces of it... so glad that I finally used a good bit of it for a great reason!)



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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Cards 4

More Christmas cards for your viewing pleasure :). The Door-Hanging Wreath was inspired by Maile Belles. Now *that* is a girl that can knock your socks off!

Can you believe Christmas Eve is here already?? My sweet little ones are at *that perfect age*. They BOTH are super excited for what today and tomorrow holds: the magic of Christmas and the real reason we celebrate- the birth of Jesus Christ.

Have a WONDERFUL Merry Christmas Eve! (no details today!) All PTI and CTMH goodies... see previous posts this week to fill yourself in.



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Cards 3

Sorry about missing yesterday! Here are a few more Christmas cards to get you in the mood!! (Just realized that I forgot to put this in... Rejoice is a CASE from Nichole Heady and Joy is inspired from one of her cards as well. Holy Night is inspired from one of her cards from last year.


CS: PTI Scarlet Jewel, Gold Shimmer
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing Powder

CS:PTI Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy
PP: SU Sending Love
Other:PTI MS 3, VC Ribbon

Holy Night
CS:PTI Pinefeather, Gold Shimmer
Stamps:PTI SN, TS II
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing Powder

CS:CTMH Olive,PTI Fine Linen
PP: CTMH Mistletoe
Stamps: PTI SN
Ink: CTMH Olive
Other: PTI MS 4

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Cards 2

Here are more Christmas cards. Wise Man was inspired by Debbie Olson.


PP: CTMH Mistletoe
CS: CTMH Olive, PTI Fine Linen
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, CTMH Olive
Stamps: PTI WFAS
Other: PTI Die: Matstack 3

PP: unknown stack
CS: PTI Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen, Scarlet Jewel
Ink: PTI SJ, CTMH White Daisy
Stamps: PTI Holiday Spirit Sentiments, Silent Night
Other: Scor-Tape &
Doodlebug Glitter, FL Ribbon, PTI Die Matstack 3

Wise Man:
PP: unknown
CS: PTI Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Fine Linen
Ink: Versamark, CTMH White Daisy, PTI Chamomile
Stamps: PTI Silent Night, Text Style II, Fall Elegance
Other: PTI Dies: Matstack 4, Library Pocket, Spiral Notebook Pg (Cricut- Ticket)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Cards 1

Now that Christmas is almost here, I thought I would show a few of the Christmas cards I made every day from now until Saturday! This year I didn't mass produce but made different cards for everyone. Joy is almost a CASE from Kim Hughes. And I would be nowhere on *twine tying* if it weren't for Mish!


Country Wreath:

PP: CTMH Mistletoe
CS: PTI Ripe Avacodo, PTI Kraft
Ink: CTMH Olive, PTI Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI Wreath for all Seasons
Other: Twine

Gold Wreath:
CS: PTI Pure Poppy, Gold Shimmer, Stamper's Select
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Wreath for all Seasons
Other: PP buttons, ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Red Stickles

Ink: PTI Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, CTMH Olive
CS: Enchanted Evening, White Shimmer, Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI Background Basics: Christmas
Other: EE ribbon, Silver Stickles (Cricut cuts for "Joy" & "Star"; Cuttlebug swiss dots)

Monday, December 13, 2010


Here is my favorite sketch (again and some of my favorite paper- CTMH Boom di Ada). Just classic and CAS. PTI Vintage Cream base, CTMH Garden Green scallop circle, Hollyhock ink for sentiment, PTI stamp. Love it!


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Friday, December 10, 2010

Halloween Treats

This is my OWN version of PTI's TT: Halloween. I used the TT:Valentine large frame with SU Orange ink on white cs. Matted it on PTI Orange Zest cs. Then, with a CTMH Holiday stamp set (with only 3 Halloween images) and an old SU stamp set that was given to me with some sayings on it (the CTMH stamp set had a couple too), I stamped all this out in black ink. I used bags from HL and stuffed with candy for kids in my daughter's class. She and I had a GREAT time doing this.



p.s. all the circles and mats were cut on the cricut of course!!
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Retirement Congrats!

Quick post... This was for my close friend's mom who retired in October. She is such a neat lady and I LOVE that she and her daughter (and now her grandaughter- who I love dearly and have gotten to watch her grow up) are all SO alike!! I am blessed to have them in my life for sure. This was an almost CASED card of Nichole Heady from PTI. I used Soft Stone and True Black cs and Smokey Shadow ink. CTMH flower stamp set, handcut the circle centers and used glossy accents. SU! sentiment stamp set with a CTMH flower rhinestone. I did cuttlebug the black cs too.


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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mix 'n Match

I combined some of my fave PTI sets with some great Pink Paislee paper (Cupid Collection). Base card is Sweet Blush cs and the scallop is Spring Rain cs both from PTI. I used Wreath for all Seasons and Tiny Treats: Valentine stamp sets. This made such a cute little birthday card for one of Emma's friends!!


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