A Bright and Cheery Birthday


Monday I locked (ok, really I didn’t even shut the door) myself in my craft room and started creating, I was on a card making frenzy!  I reached for papers that I hadn’t used in a while and combined them with accessories that I don’t use often and had the time of my life.

This girly birthday card was made using the Sarita paper packet and one of favorite stamp sizes “M”.  These stamps may be mini but they pack a mighty punch!  I finished the card off with a piece of lagoon Washi tape mounted to a white strip of cardstock, a teal flower from the Skylark collection and some black sparkles.


  Uninked stamps…oh my!  Say it isn’t so!

Although I have had this Honeycomb stamp set for some time and have had plenty of ideas for it – my inspiration came while browsing through a competitors stamp catalog.  I know, it’s really hard to believe that anyone would think there was another stamp company after learning about Close to My Heart, but there is!  I randomly chose colors from my ink tower – Sunset, Buttercup, Pear and Slate and randomly stamped various hexagon images on my page.  I then used my cricut to cut a circle and then lined up the hexagon frame and fussy cut around it.  I then added the Happy Birthday banner which I stamped on a scrap of Sunset paper and cut it into a banner shape.  I pop dotted the entire frame and topped it off with a wooden accent from the Babycakes collection.



Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ve found some inspiration to use in your own crafting!


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!


Family Adventure with Sarita

I’m pretty excited that I’m continuing to make progress in knocking out layouts and learning a few things along the way.  My layouts have really evolved from my first attempts at scrapbooking nearly 20 years ago.

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These layouts feature a fun family adventure which included the girls first ferry ride.  I discovered after attending the Close to My Heart Fall Album Retreat how much fun it is to use stamped images and Cricut cuts on my layouts.  Notice that I combined lots of circular accents to tie both pages together including Aqua Dots to bind together the title as well as “dot” the i!

While I was hopping around on blogs to see what others have been up to I stumbled upon a new technique thanks to a fellow consultant and amazing artist Tamra Pope.  Tamra had layered papers to give her title dimension and I had to give it a try.


I’m not sure if you can see the dimension, but I layered 6 images together to create my title.  I used 5 images of Colonial White and topped it off with Goldrush.  I love how it gives some depth to the title without using 3D Foam Tape.

Thanks for stopping by…if you’d like to book some play time with a group of friends to learn a new technique, please feel free to drop me a message!

Happy Scrappin’


All In A Days Play

I woke up to a cold, windy, rainy day in the great Pacific Northwest and I figured I was overdue for a day in the craft room!

One of my 2014 resolutions was to take more time for me so I took today to get ready for my Sunday Card Cafe!

Besides Pinterest, I follow a number of Close to My Heart Consultants Blogs that inspire my artwork.  The first two cards were inspired by sister consultants, yet I put my own spin on them to make them mine!

Inspired by the colors of the Frosted Paper Packet the Remarkable Wreath stamp set touched with opaque beads gives a simple winter look.

Who doesn’t love Chevrons & Washi Tape? The new Sparkle Chevron Shapes carry over to the Spring/Summer Idea book and pair perfectly with the Charming Chevron Stamp set.

My third card was inspired by the Close to My Heart Designers and taken nearly exactly from the pages of the Idea Book.

The Sarita Paper inspired my color choices and topping things off with Lagoon Bakers Twine and Purple Sparkles left over from a WOTG kit brighten up the darker colors of the papers.
The Sarita Paper inspired my color choices and topping things off with Lagoon Bakers Twine and Purple Sparkles left over from a WOTG kit brighten up the darker colors of the papers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my art and will take time to create some of your own!


Sarita Ends My Time on The Paper Trail

Happy New Year!  This month on the Paper Trail we are featuring the fun geometric patterns of the Sarita Paper Packet.  I love the combination of colors and found the papers easy to coordinate.  If you have reached my blog from Karen’s Inky Fingers welcome…if you are starting here, I hope you’ll continue to follow the links to see how Sarita has been used.

I was inspired by the Cricut Artbooking mini album on page 57 of the 2013 Autumn/Winter and decided to make a card with a similar look.  I grabbed a 5 X 7 card and started layering.  The Artbooking cuts are so much fun.  I see myself using it a lot if for nothing than the torn notebook paper 🙂  I used an arrow from the Artiste stamp set to follow the edge and direct the eye to the word LOVE in the little library card holder.  The Love Life (D1482) stamp set has been one of my favorites for a while and I felt the words happiness and cherish go directly with love.  I also grabbed one of the Charming Chevron (A1150) stamps and it’s coordinating Sparkle Chevron Shapes (Z1909) for a little bling!

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Well, in most cases, paths come to an end and I have decided that my time on the Paper Trail has led me to take a different direction.  I hope that you’ll continue to stop by and check out my artwork…I’m hoping there will be more art to see  if I’m creating things in my own order instead of one that is chosen for me!  Now please head on over to Amy the Pineapple Paper Artist where I’m sure she has once again made something amazing!

May your new year find many minutes of crafting!