Oh So Different

Card stashes seem to be depleted by the time the end of the year rolls around so I grabbed a couple of stamp sets along with what was left of my Boutique paper packet and went to work.

Once my cards were finished and I lined them up I thought how different each of them looked.  Although they are all from the same paper packet the combination of colors that you use can really change how they look.

What do you keep in your card stash?  I hope you’ll take the time to leave me a comment.

Color Club Exclusive – November

November Color Club members should have fun with this card design featuring the colors Heather and Bashful.

This card design appears in the Joyful Tidings Cardmaking Kit.  I wanted to show how by just changing a few colors and sentiment the card has an entire different feel.

How do you like those Basic Fundamentals background papers?  They are on special this month in our Just for Fun promotion.  Grab the bundle, you’ll save 40% and get papers, ribbon and complements in each of our Fundamental Color Families.


Inspiration Abounds

When I got my copy of Seasonal Expressions 2 the first thing I did was ooh and aah over the new papers, then I looked at the stamps, then I made my list of must haves and then I sat back and admired the artwork.  I feel that Close to My Heart really hit it out of the ballpark with this catalog supplement.

I was recently told “there is nothing in this catalog for a card maker”.  Seriously?  I am a card maker first and a scrapbooker second.  It really made me go back and look at the papers, accessories and stamps.  When I was first introduced to D.O.T.S  back in 1992 it was a card makers paradise and then memory keeping came along, but the one thing I have always appreciated is there really is an equal balance.

Today I’m bringing you a card that I was inspired to make from SE2 – mine is not an exact match, but the first person who comments with the correct page number and the set used in the catalog will win a package of Magical sequins!

Ready, set, here’s my card!


I loved the simplicity of this card.  I used our scallop border punch and a simple gold sequin along with some twine (like the kind you used to fly a kite with) that was sitting on my desk.

Before you make a quick judgment on a catalog or what a company offers take a couple of looks at the catalog.  Now can you find which card inspired me!

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ll come back and visit soon!



I’ve Got the Blues

I stopped by the Color My Heart Color Dare today – it’s been a while since I played along and how could I pass up with the monochromatic challenge of using blues with a little white daisy and black as neutrals!

I also noticed they are having a Design Team call so I’m throwing my hat in the ring for a chance to play along with a Design Team again.  I love the Color Dare because it allows you the freedom to choose whatever sketch you might decide to play along with too!


My entry is on a base of Crystal Blue CS.  The B&T mounted on the strip of black is from the Magical Papers – LOVE the design as it gives so much movement to the card!  The Feel Better sentiment, stamped in Pacifica,  is one of our mini stamps.  I am always reaching for the “M” size stamps – priced at just $2.95US you really need to add each of them to your collection!  The Sapphire scalloped circle is cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  To finish it off I embellished with a few blue sequins from the Magical Sequins collection and a few bitty sparkles.

I love the CAS look of this card, it really focuses on the message at hand.  Thanks for joining me today and if you get a chance stop by Color My Heart Color Dare and check out what their design team did with the challenge.  They are such a talented group of ladies, I really hope I’ll get to play along with them and get to know them better!