Sketchy Birthday

You know when you see something and a creative thought comes right into your head?  That is exactly what happened with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #51 this week.

When I saw the break at the middle of the card I immediately thought this would be perfect for a gate card fold and attach the sentiment at the opening.

My niece is celebrating her 12th birthday on Sunday so I wanted to do something with her favorite colors and luckily I had some scraps of the Sarita Paper Packet left.  This card is cut 6 X 10 and scored at 31/2 and 7, the front is then cut using an Edgelit and the Big Shot.  I then cut down the bottom front panel so that it didn’t bind when it closed.  I stamped a Perfect Fit Frame in Gypsy Ink and then the It’s Party Time Sentiment from A Perfect Fit Birthday in Lagoon and mounted it with a piece of 3D Foam Tape.  The Purple Shimmer Trim is adorned with some clear sparkles.


If I’m using a base of colored cardstock, I always line the inside of my card with a neutral to make it easier to include a quick personal note.  Of course, it goes without saying that I love to make the inside as pretty as the outside too!  Here I stamped the Happy Birthday in Lagoon Ink and then added Purple and Teal Shimmer Trim for a little added pop of color.


I would really encourage you to stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Next week is their one year anniversary and I can hardly wait to see what they have up their sleeve!!

Thanks again for stopping by!


Fun Folds Are My Thing

It’s already been determined that I am a bit out of the ordinary and that goes for my favorite kinds of cards too!  I love glitzy, blingy cards, but what I really like is a card that makes the recipient go “WOW, she put some thought into this!”  In a family of papercrafters it’s really important to stand out, at least in my opinion, and since I’m the oldest and the self proclaimed princess I find it my duty to be able to really give the WOW factor!

My buddy Les and I met up a couple of weeks ago to look at a bag (and we are talking FULL BAG) of amazing artwork that she got from participating in a very large swap with items made from the idea book!  I’ve done this swap and it is A LOT of work; however the payoff is getting a lot of really great ideas from some really talented artists!

One card in particular stood out so when we got together Tuesday to spend some time crafting together I knew what I wanted to make.  I’ve had to hold off showing the card, because yesterday was my husband’s birthday and it was a special enough card to WOW his socks off…ok the huge palm tree I bought him to go with my little card probably helped a little too!


Here’s the card closed – a nice 3 X 6 size – I felt pretty talented lining those birds up from the Skylark Paper Packet – and guess what that really great pennant strip along the side is printed right on the paper the only stamp I used was the Happy Birthday – a mini stamp at a mini price that packs a lot of punch!  It was simply stamped in Lagoon ink !


Here’s the card all stretched out – adding another 6 inches of WOW!

Would you like to learn to make this card?  Contact me today and I’ll show you how!

Happy Crafting!


Elemental Thanks

So if you’re wondering where I’ve been…it’s creating 41 of the most adorable Thank You cards for a swap that I joined using new items from the Autumn/Winter 2011 idea book.

Using great colors fit for country living or city charm the “Elemental Paper Pack” delivered just what I was looking for.  Once again I turned to the “A Little Thanks” stamp set.

Would you like to make a card like this…join me next Sunday at my Close to My Heart Open House.