May 31, 2010

TESC115 - Just for You

Good Morning, Happy Memorial Day, Happy Monday! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I participated in Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #115. This card came together so wonderfully. I felt satisfied after I made it.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card: (update: I uploaded a new pic that was a little brighter but the picture still stinks. I need to work on taking better pictures so I don't have to scan it )
Again I started with a Kraft card base. I used Whisper White with a layer of Chocolate Chip for the solid cardstock colors and the Pattern Paper was from Memory Box and Cosmo Cricket. The larger of the 2 PP is from Memory Box called Butterfield, super cute 6x6 pages with lovely garden and scenery pictures. The slender PP is from Cosmo Cricket, Earth Love Mini Deck. (both available at Artfuldelight)
The tree stamp is also from Memory Box called Twizzle Tree. I saw this stamp on another blog (I am so sorry I don't remember which one) and I just had to have it, I really liked the curly "branches". She also used buttons on hers and I just loved the way it looked. So I made a card of my own. The buttons are from Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry collection. I made a ruffled ribbon trim using Chocolate Chip ribbon from Stampin' UP!.
And bada boom, bada bing we have a card!


Stamps: Twizzle Tree (Memory Box)

Ink: Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk Ink

Paper: Butterfield (Memory Box), Earth Love Mini Deck (Cosmo Cricket), Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock (SU)

Misc: Chocolate Chip ribbon (SU), Nook and Pantry buttons (Basic Grey), silver hodgepodge hardware (SU)

Happy Crafting!!

May 30, 2010

The end is near

So with the end of May approaching also comes the end of National Scrapbook Month and the end of the sales over at Artfuldelight. Only a few more days to get your free shipping or 20% off your order ($25 min). Good news is with the end of the month comes the beginning of June and I plan on having several giveaways. Not sure how it is all going to work yet or how many I have but my plan is to have a week of giveaways (7 days) and with each day the prize gets bigger with one decently big one on day 7. Again not sure how it will work but for the week it will include stamps, paper pads, embellishments and ribbon.

The only requirement to be included in the giveaway is that you become a follower. For an extra entry you can blog about the giveaways and leave me a comment with the link to the post.
My plan is to have products from American Crafts, Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, Sassafras, Practicing Creaticity Designs, Memory Box and Zutter. Wow and surprisingly that is 7 companies. LOL!

Hopefully I will be able to start June 1. So check back again for the many great giveaways I will have.

May 28, 2010

Holy color batman.....

LOL! I participated in Off the Wall Craftiness Challenge #9 which was a photo inspiration challenge. When I saw this photo all I saw was the wonderful bright colors and I began to create.

The layout from this card came from i {heart}2 stamp.

So I used a variety of items on this card, for starters I have a Kraft cardbase (my fav). All of the cardstock is from Stampin' UP! I used Pumpkin Pie, Mambo Melon, Taken with Teal and Pacific Point. The PP is from K&Company. I used a Bloomer from Basic Grey's Green at Heart collection. The multi color flowers are stickers from Cloud9. The stamp set I used is from Stampin' UP! called Phrases for a Friend. The stem for the flowers is from Basic Grey, I'd Pick You. All stamps were inked in Charcoal Colorbox Chalk Ink. I love Chalk Ink!! It inks the paper so nicely, covering the stamps with an even coat. Those 3 brads are from Dear Lizzy - Elements. I really like how this card turned out, very colorful! LOL, I began singing It's a Sunshine Day from Brady Bunch, while I was making this card. I was quickly shut out when Tony started playing music on the computer. Hahaha!
Stamp: Phrases for a Friend (SU), I'd Pick You (Basic Grey)
Ink: Charcoal Colorbox Chalk Ink
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Kraft, Mambo Melon and Taken with Teal cardstock (SU), pattern paper (K&Company)
Misc: Green at Heart Bloomer (Basic Grey), brads (Dear Lizzy-Elements), glitter stickers (Cloud9)
Happy Crafting!!

May 27, 2010

Twisted Sketch #051

Wow, I have been a slacker. I always have a hard time getting to craft when Tony has the day off and he had Tuesday and Wednesday off. Yesterday we ended up in the kitchen cooking for most of the day. We always make bulk food when he has off and hope it lasts a week or two. We made 51 tortillas, 35 breakfast burritos, 25 pancakes, 16 french toast, a loaf of bread, granola, 14 biscuits and then dinner.....with a family of 6 we need to cook a lot of our food from scratch. It saves a lot of money and keeps us from eating out. We have only eaten out twice in the last 10 months or so and we only did because it was one of our birthdays.

Ok so on with today's challenge. It was over at Twisted Sketches. I am so glad I came upon this blog, not only do that have such a sweet DT but awesome sketches that totally help me get in the craft groove. I have at least 4 scrapbooks to make and if it wasn't for their weekly scrapbook layout sketch I may never get them done. I have only participated in 2 of those challenges but if I continue, before I know it I will be all caught up with my books. LOL!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my layout:

I don't know why but this layout came together so smooth. My mojo the last week has been a little hazy. I sit down and try to create something and immediately my head starts to hurt. I am not sure what is wrong with me but this layout turned out just the way I had hoped. So I started with a 12x12 piece of pattern paper from Pebbles Inc. It is called Bundle from the Lil Buddy collection. Super cute pattern paper. All of the letters and the top note was cut with my Cricut. I am not sure if you can see it but the band above the date is my wrist band, worn when I was in the hospital. With each of my kids I kept one or both of those and put them on their first page of their book with the birth picture. I try to keep as much as I can from that time. All the cardstock is from Stampin' UP! I used Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Brocade Blue and a light blue of some color. You can't really see it but I used 3 brads that are above "bundle". One of them is from Pebbles Inc Twitterpated collection - Tree House Epoxy brads and the other 2 are from SU, the silver hodgepodge hardware kit.


Stamp: none

Ink: Black Micron pen #05

Paper: Lil Buddy collection - Bundle (Pebbles Inc), Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Brocade Blue and a light blue (SU)

Misc: silver brads from hodgepodge hardware kit (SU), Twitterpated - Tree House epoxy brad (Pebbles Inc)

Happy Crafting!!

May 23, 2010

Featured Stamper on SCS

Today is the Featured Stamper challenge at SCS. We are supposed to pick a card from the FS gallery and "case it".
Here is a link to the card I chose: For Every Thirst
And here is my card:

I used my new stamp set from Skipping Stones Design, You know you're gettin' old - Birthday. My new love is stamp sets with humor. Ones with a punch line. Again with my fav, Kraft card base and the PP is all from Sassafras - Apple Jack. I also used Chocolate Chip ribbon and a silver hodgepodge hardware peice from Stampin' UP!. The stamps were inked with Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk Ink (my fav).


Stamp: You know you're gettin' old - Birthday (Skipping Stones Design)

Ink: Chestnut Roan (Colorbox Chalk Ink)

Paper: Kraft cardstock (SU) and Apple Jack (Sassafras)

Misc: Chocolate Chip ribbon and silver hodgepodge hardware (SU)

Happy Crafting!!
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May 22, 2010

Would you like to Zentangle?

I have never heard of this technique before but I feel certain I have doodled like this before. Over at SCS the challenge WT271 was to Zentangle. I had to google it and watch a couple youtube tutorials but I quickly caught on and it is mildly addicting. LOL!

I originally wanted to make a 3x3 square and make it my focal point but it was a bit big and bulky since I was using like a chipboard coaster. So after I Zentangled on the square I used my Big Shot and one of my Bigz dies and cut out a flower and made that as my focal point. Here is my card:

I think it turned out pretty cool. The stamp set is from Basic Grey, I'd Pick You. I used a Kraft card base and Mambo Melon layer. I inked the stem with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink as well as Pink Passion and Old Olive Stampin' Write marker to color in the small flowers.
I certainly will be Zentangling again! :-)


Stamp: I'd Pick You (Basic Grey)

Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) Old Olive and Pink Passion Stamin' Write markers (SU)

Paper: Kraft and Mambo Melon cardstock (SU)

Misc: 3x3 coaster (Chic n' Scratch)

Happy Crafting!!

May 19, 2010

Never more than a thought away.....

I was able to craft this evening and I decided to participate in a Skipping Stones Design challenge. This card came together really easy but after I look at it I am unsure if it is too busy.


Here is my card:

I received a bunch of stuff from Memory Box the other day and I was super excited to use it. Lots of pattern paper and I used a background stamp from them. So when I was putting it all together I am just not sure if it is too much. All the PP is from their Gossamer collection. The butterfly stamp is the Inspire Butterfly Collage. The sentiment is from Stampin' UP! - Whimsical Words.


Stamp: Inspire Butterfly Collage (Memory Box), Whimsical Words (Stampin' UP!)

Ink: Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk Ink

Paper: Gossamer (Memory Box), Kraft cardstock (Stampin' UP!)

Misc: chipboard frame (American Crafts), satin ribbon (Stampin' UP!), butterfly punch (Stampin' UP!)

Happy Crafting!!

A little Note

Just a quick post, I am in the process of making some cards for a challenge or two but I made this "Thank you" card for someone who purchased something from me off eBay. I try to send a little card in every package I mail out. I am trying to find a simple yet cute card to mass produce and have readily available to me.

Oh you can see a small part of my messy desk in the background. Anywhoo, this card measures 4x4 with a Kraft card base. You can't see it very well but I used my Martha Stewart score board to make some score marks at the top of the card. Sadly I don't know the color pink that is but it is from Stampin' UP!. The stamp is from Memory Box - Lovey Dovey wood mounted stamp. Super cute AND available at Artfuldelight. I used some misc pink gems to give it a little bling. The "thanks" sentiment is from Basic Grey's Green at Heart collection - I'd Pick you. The sentiment was supposed to say " thanks for everything you do" but I didn't think I would ever use that so I cut the stamp. Yes, I cut it. I seperated the "thanks" from the stamp so that way I could just use it and not worry about getting ink on the rest of the words. I love the font on that sentiment.
I rounded some corners and bada boom bada bing, a quick Thank you card. I will have to get more of the bling pink gems if I want to make more cards though, as I used my last 4 on this card.


Stamp: Lovey Dovey wood mounted stamp (Memory Box), I'd Pick You (Basic Grey - Green at Heart collection)

Ink: Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk Ink, Pink Passion and Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write markers (SU)

Paper: Kraft and a pink cardstock (SU)

Misc: pink gem bling from Michaels

Happy Crafting!!

May 17, 2010

Happily Ever After

Happy Monday! It is the end of the day but it was a good day for being a Monday. My friend from high school is getting married in June and I wanted to make her a card. I am not sure she is in to fru-fru pink pastel-y colors but I am sure she will love the card.

I participated in Kristina's - - Reader's Choice Color Inspiration No. 1. Great choice of colors.

And I combined that challenge with SCS Try a New Technique challenge. Last year I participated in several SCS challenges but it was under a different profile/linked to a different blog. I have revamped and have sort of started fresh. So my first SCS challenge with my new blog and gallery. So the SCS challenge is: TLC273 - I've Been Framed! - So here is my take on it all.

This card has absolutely no stamping! Very weird. I am going to keep my description short and sweet (I hope), it's getting late and I'm tired. The butterfly "frame" was cut on my Cricut. The sentiment was a rub-on from American Crafts. All the DSP and cardstock is from Stampin' UP!. The pink DSP is Pink Flamingo and I am not sure the name of the other DSP.

I am not going to list the supplies because I really just used SU cardstock and DSP and a rub-on from American Crafts. I am not sure the name of the rub-on. Losts of layering and piecing the card together.

Happy Crafting!!

May 16, 2010

Twisted Cards #007

Happy Sunday! It is the end of another weekend. My son starts speech therapy at the elementary school tomorrow. Most of you don't know me yet so I will give you a quick tid bit about that. My son is going to be 3 in July and he still doesn't talk. He certainly doesn't have a disability keeping him from doing so he is just delayed in that area, he is very independent and has never really "needed" to talk. Someone has always gotten things for him. I am a SAHM so I know his "language" and always seem to know what he wants. He throws BIG fits if he doesn't get what he wants, I guess that's the terrible two's. Anyways, he was getting in home speech therapy since about Nov but it was not consistant by any means. With the winter storms and me having a new baby (in Dec) and just life seemed to get in the way for both me and the therapist. So now he will go to the school, 2 days a week for 30 minutes. I am really excited about it. He will also go next year and may be upgraded to preschool. If we decide that he needs more socialization then maybe he will. Anyways, on to this week's Twisted Cards Sketch #007 -

This week's twist is "Black & White" - any how, any way!

So I started with a Basic Black cardstock from Stampin' UP!. I used my rays from Practicing Creativity Designs stamp set, You're Dandy. I white embossed it on the black cardstock. I then cut that in to 4 - 1.25" sections. I cut a top note with my Cricut (love that thing) and inked a Penguin with Black Stazon. The Penguin comes from my new stamp set from Memory Box called Summer Penguin which is now available at Artfuldelight. I paper pieced the polka dot dress, another stamp from that set. The Ribbon Doilie is from Basic Grey's Green at Heart collection. I love their Ribbon Doilies, they are self adhesive and come in 4 different designs. I used the pink scribble looking one. Super cute!
The umbrella is also from the Summer Penguin set and the "hello" is from Basic Grey called Tweet. All stamp sets are available at Artfuldelight.


Stamp: You're Dandy (Practicing Creativity Designs), Tweet (Basic Grey), Summer Penguin (Memory Box)

Ink: Black Stazon, Pink Passion (Stampin' UP!)

Paper: Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin' UP!)

Misc: Ribbon Doilie (Basic Grey's Green at Heart collection)

Happy Crafting!!

May 15, 2010

SSS56 - "For the Guys"

This week's sketch at The Sweet Stop is "For the Guys" a masculine card. I struggle with manly cards, I just always want to add a little something extra, a flower or glitter or something. I was happy to have a sketch to use and it was difficult to stop where I did.

I am really not good at coloring so I wanted to keep my image simple, just one color to pop out. Since it was going to be basically black and white I decided to go with a black and white card. Pretty masculine right?
So I used a black card base. I turned to one of my favorite stamp sets from Practicing Creativity Designs, For the Love of Dots. I just love how versitile it is and how the stamps from that set make a great background pattern. I used white embossing powder on the dots background.
The stamped image is from Stampin' UP! King of the Grill stamp set and the sentiment is from Practicing Creativity Designs, You're Dandy set. On the image I only colored the apron with my Prisma colored pencils. I inked the edges of the white paper with black ink to give it a little dimension. To add a little bit more color I used Stampin' UP!'s Real Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon.


Stamp: King of the Grill (SU), You're Dandy and For the Love of Dots (Practicing Creativity Designs)

Ink: Basic Black (SU), Versamark

Paper: Black and Whisper White cardstock (SU)

Misc: white embossing powder (SU), Prisma colored pencils, 1" double stitched grosgrain ribbon-Real Red (SU)

Happy Crafting!!

May 13, 2010

A little note of thanks

Pretty simple card I made today. I saw this sketch over at I {Heart} 2 Stamp and the color choice is from Pals Paper Arts. Again, color challenges scare but this one seemed to come together pretty nice.

Minimal stamping. I used stamps from Basic Grey - Tree Hugger and I'd Pick You. The goofy bird and sentiment were inked with Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk Ink. For the flowers on the red cardstock I used Versamark and clear embossing powder from Stampin' UP!. The DSP is from Stampin' UP! - Island Oasis. I used my sewing machine to run a stitch around the DSP.
Wow seriously easy card. Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!


Stamp: Tree Hugger and I'd Pick You (Basic Grey)

Ink: Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk Ink

Paper: Kraft, Real Red (I think), Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Island Oasis DSP (SU)

Happy Crafting!!
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May 12, 2010

Twisted Sketch #049

It has been FOREVER since I created a scapbook layout. The worst part about that is I have 4 kids worth of scrapbooking to do. I decided when I had my daughter 13 yrs ago that for each of my kids I may have I will journal their first year in a book, just of them or mainly focused on them. Then after that I would just make "random" books. Well I made one for my daughter but my oh my has paper crafting come a long way since I was in to it 13 yrs ago. The book I made my daughter was kinda crappy compared to what I have access to now. Plus it was falling apart. I used a Creative Memories Scrapbook Album and from adding and removing pages so many times, the binding broke. Well I decided to make her a new one. I would use the same pictures but try to salvage what I could from the book. So on top of redoing hers I have 3 other kids books to do, only one have I started and I think I am half way done (he will be 3 in July, can you say I'm a bit behind). Ok so enough rambling!!! :-)

This week's twist is "Colour" - any how, any way!

YES, I went a bit circle happy. Yes it might be overkill. Yes I know this, but I kinda like the way it turned out. LOL! First of all it so worked well with the picture I chose. My sweet baby Isabel is wearing polka dot pj's. She is only about 5 months in this picture and oh so cute. So I used my For the Love of Dots stamp set from Practicing Creativity Designs to make the background on my 12x12 layout. I inked it with Canary Colorbox Pigment, Pumpkin Pie, Pastel Olive and Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk Ink.

With my Cricut I cut various sized circles out of Basic Grey's Green at Heart PP. "Sweet Isabel" is spelled out in chipboard letters. Both from Basic Grey, one from Nook and Pantry collection and one from Green at Heart collection. I usually don't use chipboard only because I don't seem to have enough room on my cards to spell something out. My sentiments are usually stamped. But on a large 12x12 layout I have plenty of room. I finished off the layout with some ribbon from Cosmo Cricket - Honey Pie.

Most of the products used today can be found at Artfuldelight. Check it out!


Stamp: For the Love of Dots (Practicing Creativity Designs)

Ink: Pumpkin Pie (SU), Pastel Olive and Chestnut Roan (Colorbox Chalk Ink) and Canary (Colorbox Pigment Ink)

Paper: Green at Heart (Basic Grey)

Misc: Nook and Pantry and Green at Heart chipboard stickers (Basic Grey), Honey Pie ribbon (Cosmo Cricket)

Happy Crafting!!

May 10, 2010

Mojo Monday 138

Happy Monday! It has been a little cold here in Virginia. Hope my plants and flowers will survive this inconsistent weather. I got to do a little crafting at nap time (my kids all nap at the same time, so pleasant)so I decided to participate in Mojo Monday. I love sketch challenges.

I used Kraft as my card base. I LOVE Kraft! So neutral, pretty much goes with everything. I layered it with some Certainly Celery. The PP is from Cosmo Crickets Earth Love Mini Deck. I stamped a woodgrain pattern on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock from SU. The stamp sets I used was You're the Man from Practicing Creativity Designs and Bohemia from Basic Grey. The butterfly was inked with Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk Ink and the "arrows/track marks" are inked in Pastel Olive also Colorbox Chalk Ink. I used more Glitter Thickers - Bliss from American Crafts for the "4u" sentiment.

Hope ya'll have a wonderful first day of a new week!


Stamp: You're the Man (Practicing Creativity Designs), Bohemia (Basic Grey)

Ink: Chestnut Roan and Pastel Olive (Colorbox Chalk Ink)

Paper: Earth Love Mini Deck (Cosmo Cricket), Kraft, Shimmery White and Certainly Celery cardstock (SU)

Misc: Glitter Thickers - Bliss (American Crafts), white gel pen

Happy Crafting!!

May 9, 2010

Twisted Cards #006

Pretty simple card today. This week's twist at Twisted Sketches is "Word" any way, any how. I decided to use my glitter chipboard Thickers from American Crafts. I am not a HUGE fan of using chipboard for my sentiment but when you see the sketch you will see why I decided that it was best.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

I used a Kraft card base. I used Versamark and my For the Love of Dots stamp set from Practicing Creativity Designs. If you can see it behind the PP it is 2 seperate stamps. The large dots and small dots. I just love how you can combine the different stamps in that set to create an awesome background. So then I used Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry collection PP for the rest of the card. Since I don't have a square punch I used my Cricut to cut two 2.5x2.5 inch squares. The sentiment "congrats" was put together with glitter chipboard Thickers - Bliss from American Crafts. I was originally going to make the card completely coordinate and use Nook and Pantry chip stickers but I quickly realized the word "congrats" would have been way huge with those. I finished that card with 4 small buttons also from the Nook and Pantry collection.


Stamp: For the Love of Dots (Practicing Creativity Designs)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Kraft cardstock (SU) and Nook and Pantry collection (Basic Grey)

Misc: Glitter Letter Thickers (American Crafts), Nook and Pantry collection buttons (Basic Grey)

Happy Crafting!!
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May 8, 2010

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - A Basket

What a great challenge the Friday before Mother's Day. I wish my mom lived closer, I already sent her card.....too late to send this lovely basket I made. So let's see I started yesterday. LOL! The only reason it took me so long is I ran out of white thread and I stopped often to take care of my kids and eat and ya know sleep. Really it may have only taken me a couple hours to complete. Yesterday afternoon I went upstairs to my craft table and began to "design" my basket. My Cricut was my best friend yesterday. LOL! I don't use Cricut cartridges I have the SCAL program where I can design whatever I want in Inkscape and import it to SCAL and voila, a basket. Let's go ahead and show the basket and then I will explain. I have a couple different shots.

Ok so I am only "allowed" to upload a few pics. The first couple are before I added the handle and stamped sentiment. I feel bad because this basket has such minimal stamping but with all the quilt type pattern, I wouldn't know where to put stamped images. The basket is busy enough already.
So anywhoo, I used PP from American Crafts May Bouquet collection. In addition to to PP I cut coordinating squares out of cardstock, So Saffron, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. I used my Cricut to cut 2x2 in squares. WOW it took no time at all. I used my sewing maching to stitch the squares together.
Then the coolest thing is I used my Bind-it-All to assemble the basket. I used 3/8 in O-wire in silver and connected all 4 sides. I saw this basket the other day on the Bind-it-All blog and just a few short days later I got a chance to get crafty and make one of my own.
Ok so I used Old Olive cardstock which you can't really see and made the handle. Since I didn't have a piece long enough I had to adhere two pieces together using a piece of May Bouquet PP to "hide" the seam. Also from the May Bouquet collection I used 2 glazed brads to attach the handle. To complete the basket I used a couple extra cardstock squares and layered them and inked "Happy Mother's Day using a Colorbox Chalk ink, Olive Pastel.
Oh for the flowers I made each one of those with Kleenex. That probably took me the longest. Have you ever made those type of flowers. I remember making them in elementary school. I can't believe I remembered how to make them. They are super easy and look like fully bloomed roses. I inked the edges with red and pink ink to give them a little color.
So there you have it, my basket.
Stamp: misc Happy Mother's Day stamp I bought off eBay
Ink: Olive Pastel (Colorbox Chalk Ink)
Paper: May Bouquet (American Crafts), Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron and Old Olive (SU)
Misc: glazed brads from May Bouquet collection (American Crafts), Bind-it-All, silver 3/8 in O-wire
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Happy Crafting!!

May 6, 2010

PPA41 - An Inspiration Challenge

I haven't been able to create as much as I would have liked to lately. My mojo is on the fritz this week. I sit at my craft table and start cutting and stamping and trimming and layering and end up with a mess and a headache. I am not sure if I am not getting enough sleep or that my space is too messy. Maybe both. When I was in my groove I had a clean work space and didn't feel frazzled looking for things.

Anywho, today's card was made for my mom. I need to get it in the mail today. And thanks to Pals Paper Arts Inspiration Challenge I was able to crank out a card. I kinda took it as a color challenge even though it could have been anything, from the pictures to colors... it was whatever inspired you (well me or you if ya wanna partake in the fun). I probably should have been inspired by the pictures because color challenges are a little out of my comfort zone.

Ok really, enough rambling from me for today (lol).

Here is the Inspiration:

And here is my card:

So as I said I went for a color challenge and used several colors from SU. Oh goodness the only color name I can remember is So Saffron and the card base that is Kraft. Not sure which red, green or blue those are. I used a woodgrain stamp on the white squares and clear embossed them. The butterflies are from SU, Flight of the Butterfly set and I used the butterfly punch, also from SU. I inked 3 of them with Black Stazon and the red one I inked with Ruby Red classic ink from SU. The solid black butterfly I used heat and stick powder to add some glitter. I paper pieced the square in the middle that holds the Happy Mother's Day sentiment.

And there you have it. You know after thinking about I think this is the first card I have made that I didn't use any PP. Kinda strange for me. LOL!


Stamp: Flight of the Butterfly (SU) and Misc Happy Mother's Day stamp (bought off eBay)

Ink: Ruby Red (SU), Black Stazon and Versamark

Paper: variety of SU cardstock

Misc: Martha Stewart glitter and Butterfly punch (SU)

Happy Crafting!

New Release

Practicing Creativity Designs has released You're the Man stamp set and is available at I have shown a couple cards this week and finally you can purchase one for yourself. Available just in time to get crafty on those Father's Day cards.

Here is a pic of the set:

Another one of PCD fabulous stamp sets. With so many possibilities. Mix and match the words to make a card for a number of occasions. You can also combine them with any other PCD sets they all work wonderful together.

All of Practicing Creativity Designs stamp sets are available at, check it out. Purchase a set (or two or three or heck all of them) and get either 20% off your order (min. $25 purchase) or free Priority Mail shipping.

May 4, 2010

American Crafts Mid-Release

Oh I am super excited about this. I have seen some amazing creations using the new Dear Lizzy self-adhesive Fabric Paper. 12 new patterns will be available. In addition there will be beautiful Ruffle Rose Ribbon, also foam Thickers, Glitter foam Thickers and super cool Number Thickers.

WOW, also there will be a Dear Lizzy Album kit, it contains more than 180 pieces. All you could need to create a super fab album.

American Crafts has an amazing line of paper crafting products. I am so pleased to be carrying their product line. I will be making an order for products to be stocked at A must have will be some of the Self-Adhesive Fabric Paper but I am not sure what else to get. Even if you wouldn't be buying from my store please leave a comment with what items you would love to have in your stash! :-) I am always excited to hear what are some must-haves in everyone elses craft drawers. Keep scrolling for pics of the new items, woohoo!

Glitter Thickers

Ruffle Rose Ribbon

Foam Thickers

Self-Adhesive Fabric Paper

-180 piece album kit-

Number Thickers

Let me know what you think of these super fab new products.

National Scrapbooking Month!

Artfuldelight celebrates National Scrapbooking Month!

I have been crafting for 12 yrs. Nothing serious until about the last 2 yrs. I love paper crafts, making cards and scrapbooks. I am a SAHM that would love to make a business from my passion. With 4 kids I have little time myself to scrap and create. Some days I wish I could just lock myself in my room at the craft table, crank up some music and just get crafty. Unfortunately that is not realistic. LOL! I would love to some day own a store front craft shop(currently you can only purchase online) and set up crop tables and just scrap all day with other crafty ladies and/or gents.

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Another Sneak Peek

Here is another peek at PCD new stamp set ready for release on May 6, just in time for Father's Day!

This is a feminine twist with the masculine set. I used a lot of pink. LOL!

I used a variety of inks. From Colorbox Chalk inks to Ruby Red from Stampin' UP! and also a Momento Pink color (not sure the names of all the colors)

So for the "tire tracks" I alternated pink and red. For the Happy Birthday emblem I used a variety of pink colors and rainbow-fied it. Not sure if you can tell in the picture. And then for the mistake that turned out to be ok. You can see the words "Happy" and "Day" lightly stamped in the white section. Now I cleaned and blotted my stamp and it came out clear, when I inked it with Versamark and stamped it it left a pink tint to it. So instead of redo-ing the card I just went with it. So I clear embossed the words. The ribbon squiggle strip is a Ribbon Doilie from Basic Grey's Green and Heart collection. They are super cool, come with 3 different styles and they are self adhesive.

Tomorrow I will try and have another masculine card. I will try and craft tonight when my kids go to bed and make my brother's birthday card. He is not much in to tools and so we will see what I can come up with.


Stamp: You're the Man (Practicing Creativity Design, available May 6)

Ink: Pixie Pink and Ruby Red (Stampin' UP!) and a variety of Colorbox Chalk Ink

Paper: Shimmer White cardstock (Stampin' UP!)

Misc: Ribbon Doilie - Green at Heart collection (Basic Grey)

Happy Crafting!

May 2, 2010

Twisted Cards #005

I would first like to say that I don't follow directions very well. It would seem as though I didn't read the rules for this challenge at at, LOL! It clearly said ribbon and my card CLEARLY in the end had NO ribbon. So as I was going to upload my card I realized oh poop, no ribbon. So instead of re-doing the whole card or not submitting it in the challenge, I threw some ribbon on there. It ended up looking ok. I am sure it will grow on me. Lesson learned, read challenge before spending an hour and a half making a card. LOL!

So here is the sketch:

And my card with ribbon included:

Wow that photo is really crappy. I may have to take a new one and replace this one. It is gloomy and dark outside and the light on my craft table is just not helping. Well this is what we call a "mut" card. LOL! It has a variety of products from American Crafts, Basic Grey and Stampin' UP!. Ok so where do I begin. The pattern paper is from American Crafts called Twitterpated. The card base is Kraft with a layer of So Saffron both from SU. I used a Birthday Block stamp sentiment from Stampin' UP! Summer Mini Catalog. Which I used my Stampin' UP! Markers to color in with different colors. The candles are from the July Fourth stamp set also from the Summer Mini. I cut out "flames" and used heat and stick powder to stick glitter to them. The glazed brads are from Basic Grey's Green at Heart collection. Last minute after reading the challenge and seeing I had to use ribbon, silly me, I added some Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon from SU.

Overall I think the card is really cheerful and bright. I think it was from having girly withdraws from the last card I made. Making a masculine card using Practicing Creativity Designs super cool May release You're the Man (available May 6) I needed to make a floofy card. I hope ya'll don't think the ribbon is placed in a ridiculously out of place spot and thanks again Twisted Sketches for a super fab sketch challenge to play along with.


Stamp: Birthday Block from SU

Paper: Kraft, So Saffron, Summer Sun and Rose Red from SU, pattern paper from American Crafts Twitterpated collection

Ink: Stampin' Write markers: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Pixie Pink and Chocolate Chip

Misc: Glazed Brads from Basic Grey's Green at Heart collection, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon from SU, Martha Stewart glitter

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Happy Crafting!

Practicing Creativity Designs May release

Here is a sneak peek at another super fab stamp set from Practicing Creativity Designs. It will be released May 6. My intension is to show you a card each day until release day. Even though this set is more masculine it has so many options to just make it gender neutral. See me and masculine don't mix well. I always want to add some ribbon or glitter or pretty colors. Men don't like that! So it was a bit of a challenge to make a card but I love this set.

This is probably the first set I have come across with so much testosterone, LOL! Here is why I love this PCD stamp set. Besides the fact that is has awesome images it has a ton of word stamps that you can mix and match to make different sentiments for different occasions. The new set, You're the includes 13 stamps. You can mix and match what you want the sentiment to say. 9 of them are word stamps. You can have it say "Happy Father's Day, Love you Man, Happy Birthday Bro. I just love that last one because I call my brother bro. Very rarely by his name so I will be making him a card with that sentiment. His birthday is in June. And the options of mix and matching with other PCD sets. Look Up!, You're Dandy, Key to My Heart and For the Love of Dots. All super fab sets that work so well with each other.

Now again keep in mind, I have a hard time not adding ribbon or glitter or a bit of girly colors. So for my card:

When I think of a man's tools or manly things I think of the colors red, silver and black. Kinda like a tool box. My boyfriend has one like that. So I went with a red card base. The cardstock is Stampin' UP! but I am not certain which red it is. The silver paper is Brushed Silver, also from SU. I inked the "tire tracks" with Black Stazon and colored some of it in with a metallic silver marker from American Crafts. The "father's" stamp was inked with Ruby Red SU classic ink pad.

Simple yet masculine. I still want to add something but I am using some self control. Tomorrow I will try and have a card for you with a little more gender neutral to it.

Don't forget this set will be released on May 6 at


Stamp: You're the Man from PCD available May 6

Ink: Ruby Red from SU and Black Stazon

Paper: red and Brushed Silver cardstock from SU

Misc: metallic silver marker from American Crafts