August 29, 2011

Paper Fashions Button Card

Today I've got a vintage button card for you using one of the wonderful digital stamp sets by Paper Fashions, Etc.     This set has 5 styles of vintage button cards in black and sepia and you can buy them online for only $4.95!

I've used early espresso cardstock for the base and stitched on a layer of K & Company designer paper. {Jubilee Pink & Teal Collage}   The "lipstick pink" paper flowers are from Kaisercraft and tied it all up with some brown and white baker's twine and a big button from my stash.

It has been a new creative experience to participate on the Paper Fashions, Etc Design Team these past 3 months and I've thoroughly enjoyed it.  Diane and Melissa have been such a joy and pleasure to work with...always ready to help and so full of praise and encouragment.   If you get a chance to work with them, I highly recommend you do!  ♥  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week! 


 Quote for Today ~
Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left. ~Hubert Humphrey

August 23, 2011

Could This Dream Come True?

Last night when I was skimming through my favorite blogs via Google Reader, I came across a *fabulous* creation by Debbie Olsen of Thinking Inking.   She is one of the best of the BEST and her creations always make my jaw drop.   This time it was not only her lovely floral birthday card that caught my eye, but her terrific sketch and a chance for publication in CARDS magazine!!! 

I told you it was a *great* sketch! 

Debbie said all we had to do was create a card using the sketch and link it to the post on the Cosmo Cricket Blog by August 27th.  Then the editors of CARDS magazine will select a winner for publication.   Cool beans!   I've always wanted to submit one of my cards for publication, but I never have.  It would be a dream come true to be published and this time I knew I should give it a try! 

Here is my submission . . .

[I wish my lighting was better and will try to retake the photo in daylight tomorrow.]

The darling little Pure Innocence set is from My Favorite Things I've used so saffron cardstock for the base and tangerine tango for layering the image and tag.  The bright and happy designer paper is by Cosmo Cricket.  I've colored the image with Copic markers, paper pieced her dress, and used buttons, twine and ribbon from my stash to embellish.

This is the inside. . .

It was a fun card to make and I hope you like it. Well, actually I hope the editors at CARDS like it more!  hee hee  ;)

Quote for Today ~
Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending. ~Author Unknown

August 22, 2011

{SSSC 131} A Basket of Sweet Wishes!

Today was hot & humid here in Nebraska, but there have been a few days recently when I actually thought I could feel Autumn in the air.  Once school starts, as it did last week, I'm reminded of trips to the apple orchard and picking those delicious treats!

Today's card was created using one of the newest digital images by Paper Fashions, Etc.  It's called Sweet Wishes and includes the festive basket of delicious apples and the sweet sentiment too!   You can get both images for only $2.95 and they can be resized to meet your creative needs.

Once again, I've used the Sweet Sunday Sketch for inspiration and selected coordinating papers to highlight my apple basket.  The card is a 5-1/4" square of cherry cobbler cardstock and the patterned paper is from a K & Company pad designed by Tim Coffey.

Would you like to see how I finished off the inside? ... sentiment on the inside,
but a strip of coordinating designer paper
 zig zag stitched to the bottom.

I'm reading an excellent book titled "The Help" and I'm anxious to get back to reading it.  Have you read it or seen the movie yet?  I hear the movie is good too, but I would rather not see it until after I read the book.

It has been a couple weeks since I've shared a photo of my precious little granddaughter.  I can't believe she'll already be 2 months old next Monday!  I miss her soooo much, but I'm thankful that my daughter sends me a photo every day and we Skype on the weekends too.  ♥  Here is adorable Miss Emery Jude modeling one of her little Heather Brown onesies . . . ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really appreciate your visits and your comments!
Have a wonderful week, my friends!   Smiles,

Quote for Today ~
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. ~George Bernard Shaw

August 15, 2011

{SSSC130} Cheery Delights!

"A cheerful heart is good medicine." is one of my favorite proverbs!   
Attitude is everything. 
Look on the bright side. 
Laughter is good for the soul. 
A light heart lives long.

 I feel better already!  :)  hee hee

Today's card was created using the very unique Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #130 by Karen Giron at The Sweetest Thing.  

All the layers gave me the perfect opportunity to use my new Sweet Nectar designer paper pad by K & Company.

The wonderful inspirational verse on the outside and the sentiment on the inside are both printed digital stamps from the Cheery Delights set by Paper Fashions Etc.  

Thanks so much for blogging by today.  I love hearing from you and appreciate your comments.  They really make me *smile*!  : )


Quote for Today ~
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others.  Be a carrier.

August 13, 2011

{SSSC129} Hello Friend!

Isn't this just the sweetest little "hedgie" image?!  It was given to me ages ago by one of my dear Stamp Shack stampin' buddies.   I had it all colored up with prismacolor pencils and decided it was time I created a card to share it.   The hedgehog stamp line is made by Penny Black...another one of my favorite companies! 

I'm a little disappointed that my photo doesn't do this card justice.  The base is certainly celery and the designer paper by Basic Grey {Sweet Threads} is very bright and colorful.  The flower is a cricut die cut of melon mambo.

On the inside, I've used another diecut, but with a brad instead of a button.  Then I stamped "Hello friend" with one of my new M's dollar stamps.  I simply cannot resist those! 

The terrific sketch is by Karen Giron at The Sweetest Thing.  If you have time, you'll want to check out all the other creations with this layout.  They're awesome!

Thanks so much for dropping by today!  Have a *wonderful* weekend! 



 Quote for Today ~

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Walk beside me and be my friend.

August 08, 2011


No, I'm not on vacation in Hawaii, but one can always dream!   : )

Today's card was created especially for my design team post at Paper Fashions, Etc.  The beautiful palm trees are from the digital stamp set titled Beachscapes.  (see photo below)  Please visit their website for all the details on this terrific printable set! 

There is a Beachscapes sentiment set too that coordinates with this perfectly.  I chose to use an "Aloha" stamp from my stash on the front of this card.    The cardstock is wild wasabi and I've stamped the front with linen and then the left side with the print pattern background.  What?!  No designer paper?  Can you believe it?

To embellish, I've used a miniature antique brass clip, a brown button and bakers twine to tie it all together. The image was colored with copic markers and the edges distressed with Versafine vintage sepia ink. 

The inside is stamped with a sentiment I've had forever and never think to use.  I thought it would be perfect for this island themed creation.  I guess I did use some designer paper on the inside.  It's a piece of torn  "sand" paper.  : )

Mahalo for stopping by! 

May your day be filled with relaxing sunsets,
cool drinks and sand between your toes! 


 Quote for Today ~
I'll take heat rash over frost bite any day. ~Ken Travous 

August 01, 2011

{SSSC128} Sew Happy For Your Friendship!

This card was created with a very special friend in mind and I hope she likes it! ♥ 

Once again, I've used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for my inspiration on the design layout.   The vintage button card is a digital design by Paper Fashions Etc.  These button cards are just *so* fun to create with!  I printed it on natural ivory cardstock and distressed the edges with Versafine vintage sepia ink.

Do you like the designer paper?  It's another one of my favorites from K & Company... ABRIANNA is the name... a designer mat pad with matching adhesive butterflies!  I found it on clearance at Michaels.  I do love a sale...oh yeah! 

SEW happy you stopped by today and I want you to know how much I enjoy and appreciate hearing from you too!   Have a wonderful week everyone!


Quote for Today ~
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.  ~ Oprah Winfrey