Double Trouble #53

It’s a Something, Anything, Everything Challenge at Double Trouble so I couldn’t help but play along. Twisted Sister 2 is finding Trouble Maker as difficult as I did…claiming “what do I need a background check?” Seriously, Trouble Maker and Double Dare were a pleasure to have on my family tree. We had lots of fun on our Zoom calls (we were doing it before it was mandatory)! I think you probably stopped by to see some artwork so without further chat, here it is.

This is a really old packet of paper from Close to My Heart – I actually have the coordinating embellishments, PML Cards and stamp set (which I didn’t use here). All that I have left are scraps so I cut what them into strips and made this fun background. I’m also linking up to the Use Your Stuff challenge, because I’m using spring colors and working at busting my stash!

I hope you’re finding some time to Stay Creative during this Stay at Home Stay Creative time.

Your Own Kind of Wonderful – AHSC #97

Ahhhh, spring is in the air and I’m facing a new month of birthdays to get cards in the mail for!  Today is filled with beautiful sunshine, but it’s still a bit chilly to be outside for any length of time so I decided to try and get ahead of the daunting birthday card list (I guess that’s what happens when an only child marries number three of seven!)

I really like the butterflies from the Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp set and was inspired by page 105 of the Annual Inspirations Catalog and Sketch #97 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


TheB & T is the largest scrap that I had of the Skylark Paper Packet (I amost cried).  I cut the shape (Oval 5) from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge first in Kraft and then again using the Decorative Layer and Shift in White Daisy.  I wrapped the sentiment in some Linen Thread and then popped up the whole thing with 3D Foam Tape.  The Butterflies were stamped in Juniper and Sweat Leaf ink and fussy cut and layered together with a foam dot just in the center.



On the inside of the card I stamped a few more butterflies and the Happy Birthday from the same set.  I just love it when a card comes together so simply!

Thanks for stopping by…if you get a chance swing by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge either for some inspiration or just to be wowed by the artists!



Nearing the End…maybe


Skylark is by far one of my favorite paper packets of all time – OK, right up until Annual Inspirations comes out August 1st.  As you know from previous posts I’m trying to use up my stash and I have a bag full of Skylark scraps.  I also have some PML (Picture My Life Cards) that I haven’t begun to make a dent in.  I’m not really into the pocket scrapbooking, but I wanted to see what other uses I could find for them and realize that they work pretty darn good on cards.


The sunshine is back in the PNW after several days of rain, but I had a hard time capturing the colors on these cards.  Lagoon is one of my favorite colors and I reach for it over and over, I have even managed with the Skylark papers to become fond of Juniper which had never ranked too high on my list. 






Besides my bag of scraps, I have a whole untouched bag of Skylark paper – shhhh, don’t tell my husband.  I’m waiting for just the right occasion to make some scrapbook pages, too!  Skylark is one of the retiring paper packets so make sure you place an order for it before July 31st and remember if you place an order on my website before July 31st you’ll be entered to win $25 in free Close to My Heart product.

Leave me a message with your all time favorite paper packet and Close to My Heart color combo and you’ll be entered to win a  selection of PML Skylark cards for your creative uses.


A New Picture My Life


I have had a package of Skylark Picture My Life Cards staring at me from a corner of my desk for months.  I haven’t got into the pocket scrapbooking craze so I was looking for another way to use them.  It’s been hot here this week (OK, not Texas hot) and I would much rather be inside in front of a fan.  I decided that maybe it was time to pull out those cards and do something with them.

So, here’s what I came up with.


Yesterday while I was hiding in the house I decided to waste spend some quality time on Pinterest.  I decided to do a search for Card Sketches and ended up creating a new board – boy do I like hot weather!  I found this great sketch my Julie Tilman and today I created a card with the PML cards and the scraps I had left from my Skylark paper packet.

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There is no stamping on this card…I layered some paper on a base of Kraft cardstock positioned the PML card.  The dragonfly is cut from the Skylark paper,  I just centered my Cricut and it cut a 1.5 inch circle perfectly.  See the piece of chevron paper – it’s the zip strip from another paper in the packet.  I simply embellished it with two clear sparkles because “a little bling never hurt anything”.  I LOVE how this turned out and have already started sorting my cards for some additional cards.

The second project is just a fun little journal.  I’m still learning how to use my binding machine so it didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, but it’s pretty cute none-the-less.  The PML cards are all double sided so I just had to pick out which ones I wanted to use and magically I was done.




I can’t wait to play with more Picture My Life Cards!

What would you do with them?

Stay cool!


Skylark Updates Hinged Display Tray


I love the Hinged Display Tray and last October I designed a class using the now retired Huntington Papers (you can see that post here).  Last month at my card class one of my participants asked if I could offer an update for summertime.

I knew I wanted to use Skylark and somehow incorporate the Picture My Life cards.  Unfortunately the cards are too large for the openings, but with my trusty scissors I cut one up!  Close to My Hearts micro tip scissors are perfect for getting close detail cuts and to top it off they are non-stick so don’t get all gummed up cutting adhesive.










The Skykark paper coordinates perfectly with the Kraft cardstock and gave the “natural look” I was trying to achieve.  The bottom left corner is adorned with a little shimmer trim, a zip strip, a heart from the Marquee Enamel Accents and a bird from the Skylark Complements.

I love that I can use temporary adhesive in the windows so it can be easily changed out, because I have another cute idea wandering around in my head.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my updated tray…if you’d like to make one of your own, leave me a message!

Happy Crafting!


Spinner Birthday

Have you seen the Spinner Cards from Close to My Heart?  I absolutely love the “punch” they deliver.  It puts a new “spin” on a birthday greeting!

OK, enough with the puns.  I was cruising Pinterest (hey, I’m entitled to waste time once in a while!)  I saw this great spinner card and had to put my own twist on it.  I cut strips of paper 2.5 inches long and various widths and lined them up along with some shimmer trim.  I finished it off with two M sized stamps, a couple of pennant strips and some aqua dots.  Perfect to wish my sister in law a happy birthday

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I’ll be putting a SPIN on cards and hope that you’ll be able to join me in July for my upcoming card class.  Please e-mail me for more information.

Happy Stamping!


Wedded Bliss

I’ll finish off the week with a few wedding cards that I made on Monday. 

I love the classic elegance of black and white and my For Always paper stash is nearing it’s end.  Here I added the silver glitter paper and a pattern from Make It From Your Heart to complete this elegant card.  A simple Best Wishes and a couple of pearl opaques and this card really stays elegant.


The “Just Married” car on this card is from the line of mini stamps which I love.  The car with it’s cans attached remind me of a prank that my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart pulled on my mom.  Sneaking to her house after dark and attaching beer cans to her car which then rattled and clanked as she backed out of her driveway the next morning.

I used the Ivy Lane papers on the first card and cut the “LOVE” sentiment with my Cricut.  The second card was made using Kraft cardstock and the diagonal piece is from the Skylark paper pack.  I ran the lagoon piece through the Chevron Embossing folder to give the card texture.  I used simple embellishments of teal glitter tape and a sparkle flourish.  I also stamped the car a second time and pop dotted the uncolored sign.


I love making wedding cards that can be color coordinated with the wedding colors.  I know that four years later I still enjoy looking at my wedding cards and the love that was shared on our happy day and hope that these will be cherished as well,.

This is all of my cards for now.  Stop by Sunday morning when I’ll be sharing some fun artwork with the Jubilee paper packet on the Paper Trail Blog Hop.

Happy Crafting!


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!


Another Fun Fold

I’m still enjoying playing with the Skylark Paper Pack and found this fun fold easy to make, but thought it would still deliver some punch to the recipient.

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I used the stamps from the Skylark Workshop on the go and finished them off with the twist ties and resin flowers.

Thanks for stopping by…I’ll be back on my photography journey soon!


A Burst of Skylark


The Sunburst Cards have been popular for a while, but I hadn’t figured out the dimensions until a sister consultant posted one yesterday.  I asked for the instructions and she graciously pointed me in the right direction.


My sunburst is made from the Skylark paper and Green Glitter paper.  The papers were cut at 1 1/2 X 4 1/2 and then cut from corner to corner to create the triangle.  The triangles were mounted on a 3 X 5 piece of paper and the excess trimmed from the edges and top.  I then mounted the sunburst on a 3 3/4 X 5 piece of Juniper and mounted the Happy Birthday from the Holiday Tag set with a piece of 3D foam tape.  Everything was then mounted on a Kraft Card Base.

I’m afraid these cards might be addictive…I’ve already been looking at scraps figuring out which pieces will work for my next card!

Take a minute and try one for yourself!