Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September SFYTT - Take 2

I decided to get a start on some Christmas cards, so I made one using this month's SFYTT.

I stamped some sheet music on the chocolate piece, embossed the kraft piece, and added some die-cut/stamped main images from PTI's Candy Cane Christmas.  I notched the side of the card base to make it easier to tie my bow.
I hope you were able to play along with September's SFYTT, you still have a couple days left to play! 
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Monday, September 26, 2011


Happy Monday, everyone!  I was having a hard time deciding what stamps to use for this sketch, as my current MFT collection doesn't have an image that would work well with that gray panel.  So I decided to leave the panel plain and make a little flower flourish
for the embellishment in the upper left corner.  I cut several sizes of posies and worked the edges to give them volume. 

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

PTI September Blog Hop

This month's challenge was this inspiration photo:

Inspiration photo challenges are not my favorite, but I saw the bold colors and lines and graphics and thought I could do this one.  So I came up with this:

I trimmed an inch off the right side of the card base, then cut strips of cardstock to match the colors in the photo. I die-cut matching leaf borders to attach on top.  The sentiment with matching addition and bow with hearts finish it off!

Off you go on the rest of the hop, check out Nichole's blog for more participants and inspiration!  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Happy Friday, friends!  Here's a bright baby card I made for FTL 156.

Any good plans for the weekend?  My mom and I are heading to Amish country this afternoon to check out their meats/cheeses/bulk foods, and I'm excited about it!  I've really made a conscious effort in the last year or so to get rid of as much processed foods and food-like substances from our diet as possible.  I'm not going to get on my soapbox here, but let me just say fresh and preservative-free foods taste SO much better!  We are not perfect by any means, I'm never going to get hubby to give up his sugar cereals, but we do the best we can.  I read "In Defense of Food" recently and will never look at stuff in the grocery store the same way!  My other favorite food book is the supermarket edition of "Eat This, Not That".  Check them out if you are into food!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


This was one of those cards that I had finished several days ago, except for the *ahem* special flower I wanted to put on it.  That is a rolled daisy, in case you can't tell.  I must have tried rolling that thing 25 times and it still doesn't look great.  I tried rolling it tight, loose, and any other way I could think of.  Finally I gave up and said this is how it's going to be.  My friend was so kind and told me it looks like a mum.  I said it's supposed to be a daisy.  She said well it looks like a flower.  So there you go!  My *special* flower.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Thank You #3

Just continuing my series of flat and easily-mailed thank you cards.  I randomly stamped some text on the background, stamping twice before re-inking. 
Keeping it short today, gotta go make sure the dining room table is cleared off for my stamp class tonight!  I'll be showing you those samples soon. 
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thank You #2

It seems lately that I need a LOT of thank you cards, which is a good thing.  We are very blessed to have extremely generous family and friends.  Hubby is on his way to feeling normal again, though he has a sinus infection and this weather change threw him for a loop today.  It's supposed to drop into the 40's a few nights, brrrr! We were at 80 degrees yesterday.

The layout here is cased from the SU catty, and I played with some of the new in-colors.  The flower dies are PTI, and the flower centers are Verve.

I'm busy getting ready for a stamp class Friday night, so that means $$$ to get some new stuff, yay!  Plus, I sold a few more things.  I don't like/am tired of my current Christmas stash, so a lot of it has found a new home, so I will be getting a few new Christmas things.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

SSC Star Sketch

I made this months ago for a sketch challenge on the Simply Scrapping Crafts forum (unfortunately the owner had to close it due to health issues).
The sketch had 5 panels on the side, so I die-cut star borders out of 3 colors of cardstock and added the kraft sentiment strip all the way across the card front.  Finished it off with a pop of orange ribbon!  Stamp is from the Craft's Meow.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

FTL 156

I hope you have your sunglasses handy for viewing this card!  I obviously went very bright for my color choices here.  I have always loved the SU cupcake set that has a bow stamp in it, but I already have a wonderful cupcake set and can't buy another.  So it hit me that I could tie an actual bow on the wrapper!  It only took me 2 years to come up with that idea, haha!  The colors are calypso coral, poppy parade, lucky limeade (SU), and harvest gold (PTI).

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Is it just me, or is the year flying by?  It seems like I just started writing 2011 on stuff!  Anyway, I pulled out Fred Bear for this week's MFT sketch and paired him up with some Salt Air paper by Cosmo Cricket.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Make It Monday #2

This is another card I made for this week's Make It Monday.  I made it when I put aside my other idea that wasn't working yet.  Stamps are from Wedding Day, stamped in white on blueberry sky on the bottom, and spring rain on white on the top.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Make It Monday #1

This week's Make It Monday challenge is to use non-background stamps to create a background.  Immediately I thought of the big label stamp in Ad Sense and knew that's what I wanted to use.  So I played around a bit with it, set it aside, came back to it, and this is what resulted:

And a multi-colored version:
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Monday, September 5, 2011

MFT Guest DT Challenge

I didn't get to play along last month, so I wanted to make sure to play this time.
This month's MFT guest designer contest theme was Rip and Roll.  This card turned out COMPLETELY different than the original vision in my head!  But I like it.  Maybe I'll be lucky enough to win one of these months.  Nonetheless, these themes stretch me a bit, and look what happens:
 A scrappy little card that I really love!  I think I managed to pull off the theme
but still stay true to my CAS style.  This paper was still sitting on my desk from the last time I stamped, so I used it again!  I've gotten a lot better about using up stuff instead of saving it.
I ripped a panel and rolled lots of edges and corners and a felt flower.  I stamped a faint text background on the sentiment panel, and layered some crochet trim over green ribbon for a peek of color.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

September SFYTT


You may be wondering why I have my SFYTT card done now as opposed to the last few days of any given month, haha!  That's because I'm now a SFYTT Sister!!!!!!  I am excited to be joining the other sisters to bring you samples each month for these great sketches.  Thanks, Jen, for inviting me to join you! 

Here is September's sketch:

Here is my sample:

I really love black/yellow/gray, with a pop of green.
This month's sponsor is Skipping Stones Design, and be sure to check Jen's blog for all the details!  I am off to check out what the other sisters did with this sketch.  I hope you'll play along!  Thanks for stopping by.

1. The SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY {SFYTT} will be posted on the first Saturday of each month on at 8am EST and will stay open to participants until the last day of the month, unless otherwise noted.
2. This is for fun! Interpret the sketch as you wish and embellish as desired. There are no vendor restrictions, but we would love to see you use the sponsor’s stamps!
3. Each month we will have a Designer of the Month that will be chosen from past month’s participants.
4. Come and play with us on each and every sketch! On Christmas Day 2011 a prize package worth over $200 will be given away to one very lucky and loyal SFYTT stamper that participates in EVERY sketch for the year.
5. To be eligible for the prize package, you must complete ALL of the sketches by each of the deadlines AND link your creation to the link system on that month’s sketch post (the first Saturday of the month). Everyone except for SFYTT Sisters are eligible for the prize package, including Designer of the Month and international players.
6. When posting your sketch creation on your blog, please post the sketch and link back to the sketch post on When posting to online galleries, please use the keyword “SFYTT.”

Friday, September 2, 2011


Wow, we are up to #35 already!  Didn't this year just start? I don't want to know if you've already started your Christmas cards, lol!
I dug out some old Cosmo Cricket paper and used the colors in it pull this together.  The blue and green cardstocks are a much better match IRL, they are kinda weird in this pic.

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