Sunday, March 31, 2013


Happy Easter. friends.  :)  The bunny hopped through our house and left some chocolate covered peeps that I couldn't get enough of.  :)
At the last minute I remembered Card in Envy had a challenge ending tonight!  The challenge was to use paper strips instead of ribbon.  I remembered a flower I had made out of ribbon and decided to make it out of paper for this challenge.  I made it somewhat on the fly and might have considered changing the wood grain paper if I had allowed myself more time.  Procrastination, anyone?  Yes please. ;)
Thank You

Can you believe it is April 1st tomorrow?  I cant.  My boys are home for spring break, let the tomfoolery begin!  :)

Friday, March 29, 2013

{punch happy}

It is feeling a lot more like spring here in Michigan!  Warmer temps and sun make me a happy gal!  The flip flops are already out.  :)  It's Friday and that means I'm up on the Just Imagine Crafts blog today.
I have for you a pretty spring thank you card.  Simple, as always.  I used the amazing and easy to use Circle Cutter and the Kreaxions 4in 1 Punch #916 to make it.

Additional product: McGill Mini Heart Punch, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, MME papers, SRM Sticker sentiments, DMC floss, brad.
The "grass" is from the throwaway piece of the Kreaxions punch. I couldn't find a place for the sentiment to make me happy so I used the smallest sentiments I could find from the SRM We've got Your Borders Thank You set and added them to the leaves. 

I'm playing along with the Moxie Fab World blog Chevron Challenge.  Hope you get a chance to play along too!

Happy Friday, friends and happy punching!

Friday, March 22, 2013

{happy spring} and a winner!

**the winner for the MSW Card Blog Hop is:

Your card is unique, as you are :) Beautifully done with your added creative twist. BTW, I'm lovin' your little definition of yourself...too cute.

Congrats Toni!

While I'm waiting for spring to arrive in Michigan (we have had snow every day since the official start of spring) I thought I would try to coax it along with a spring project!  :)
It is my day on the Just Imagine Crafts blog today.  I got to play with a beautiful butterfly die and got my Big Shot out for the first time ever.  :)

I used the Kreaxions 4 in1 punch #903 (flowers) to make an eyelet effect on my butterfly.
After die cutting the butterfly I folded it in half at the body wing to wing without making a severe crease.  I then punched as much as I could to get the lace effect.  I then unfolded it and folded it carefully at each wing and punched as much as I could.  When I was done I moved the punch around and got any un-punched areas. 

I then used that same punch for a border on a piece of card stock.  I sewed this to a piece of pattern paper to form the insert for my SRM tube
The finishing touches are the bling on both the butterfly middle and top, the SRM spring sentiment and the little flower on the top.

Happy Spring
Happy Friday, friends!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

{happy st. paddy's day}

MSW Card Hop is here. Last day to leave a comment for a chance to win!  :)
Today it is the DT Reveal over at Just Imagine Crafts blog! If you get a chance pop over and see all of the projects from the DT.  Our theme was St. Patrick's Day/Green.  I had the whole rainbow and gold thing stuck in my head and after a couple failed attempts at a card, finally came up with this.
You Are the Gold at the End of My Rainbow

Using Kreaxions 4 in 1 Punch #903 (flowers) with insert A I punched a rainbow of colored carstock (remember ROY G. BIV?).  I cut them into 3/4" strips and backed them all on one sheet of white paper (this makes adhering it to the tube much easier!) I ran the whole thing through my Xyron and then wrapped it around the SRM tube.
An SRM sticker sentiment and clover finish off the top.  I added some Twinery Twine between each color for some texture. I used a roll of Rolos candy to provide the "gold" at the end of the rainbow.  :)

Here is the punched detail up close-isn't it beautiful?
Whatever you do to celebrate today, I hope you get more kisses than pinches!

Friday, March 15, 2013

{msw card blog hop} with Just Imagine Crafts

Welcome to the My Sketch World Card Hop!
I have loved Lucy's sketches for a very long time!  I'm happy to be part of a wonderful drama free board filled with creative woman from all over the world!  I love being a Card Designer at My Sketch World
Here is the terrific sketch Lucy gave us to work with:

Here is my card, Be Unique
As you can see I rotated the sketch to the left 1 turn.  I used the Just Imagine Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch # 310 without any inserts for the border (I cut off the top punched part as I only wanted the border).  I love that the X pattern in the paper repeats on the punched border!
So, about that hop.  :)  Start at the My Sketch World blog and visit each of the designer's blogs.  Leave a comment at each blog and you will be in the running for a $20 GC to your choice of online store!  I will be drawing for a RAK from the comments I receive.  All comments must be made by midnight PST, March 17th.
Here is the line-up: (be sure to leave 2 comments on the MSW blog!)

Thanks so very much for joining the My Sketch World Card Designers on this hop! 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

{loves me a challenge}

In my spare time (?) this week I managed to make a couple cards for challenges.  The first is for my friend Majo's challenge at My Sketch World.  Her challenge this month was to make an Easter card.  Here is what I came up with.
Chocolate Bunny
Complete with a mini pom tail made out of Twinery Twine.
The second card I made is for a fairly new challenge site called, Cards in Envy. My friend, Karen is a DT member there.  The challenge is to use this sketch.
The rules for every challenge is to make a card that wont require any extra postage.  So it can't have any bulky elements on it.  Here is my take.
I couldn't get the sentiment to look right spread across the entire card so I offset it at the bottom with a doily and SRM label sticker. 

The upper corner are SRM border stickers.
The Card Envy challenge ends on the 17th and the MSW challenges go to the end of the month if you would like to join in on the fun!
Happy Saturday, friends!

Friday, March 8, 2013

{punched invites}

I'm up on the Just Imagine Crafts blog today.  I made a very simple wedding invitation with the help of this punch.
It is the Kreaxions Cross Punch #919. Such a beautiful design!
I printed the wedding information onto a piece of pattern paper and used insert C to punch the bottom corners.  I layered this onto a piece of vellum. 
I used insert A to punch a border with a piece of coordinating paper.  I only wanted the scallop at the bottom so I cut it away and added it to another piece of the same paper and placed it at the top of the invitation. 

I placed the invitation into an SRM glassine envelope and resisted the urge to over do the embellishing.  I simply crossed a pretty piece of grosgrain ribbon across the front.
Happy Friday, friends!  Be happy.  :)


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

{pebbles love}

I just adore the Family Ties line from Pebbles.  It has the blues and yellow color combination that I love with some pretty green thrown in.  I love the patterns, especially the scaled down patterns in the 6x6 pad- a card makers delight!  :)
It just so happens that my LSS, Scrappy Chic, has a monthly challenge and for this month it is to create a project using Pebbles.  How could I resist? 
I made this card:  Thanks
Paper: Pebbles, Bird Embellishments: Doodle Bug, Stickers: SRM
I really love those SRM stitches stickers!  The letters are from a big sentiment which I cut up into individual letters - so easy!
Thanks for stopping by- I'm hoping you have found your happy today!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Happy Brr-thday!

I'm very excited to be joining the Design Team from Just Imagine Crafts!  If you have visited my blog before you might already know this; I love punches.  :)  Technology and I have a tenuous relationship so I appreciate the simple hard working punch- Ive had a Slice and just never fell in love with it and am toying with the idea of a Silhouette now but will never give up my punches!  :) 
Just Imagines Kreaxions 4 in 1 punches are fabulous! One punch, 3 inserts- so many possibilities! Be sure to visit the blog for daily inspiration and occasional tutorials!
Here is the card I made for my first DT posting. 
I used the Snowflake 4 in 1 punch (#312) with insert A for the snowflakes on the woven mat and C for the double snowflake corners.  So easy!

I used the super easy circle cutter to trim the mat I made for behind the mini embroidery hoop.  A "punny" SRM sentiment sticker completes my card.  :)  Im happy to link this card to The Paper Girls Challenge blog, challenge #27 Snowflakes!
Happy Tuesday, friends!