Window Screen Valentines

Hey there! I have a few more Valentine’s to share today and then I’ve gotta run – busy afternoon today! These are created for the PTI Make It Monday #150 – Window Screen Cards. What a fun technique and a great way to layer!

The paper and embellies are from Ruby Rocket Bella! Wedding Boutique line which is so very pretty. And a huge thank you to Cassie for sending it my way!! Not normally one to use an entire collection on the same project, but all the bits and pieces are just eclectic enough to not be too matchy-matchy.

Nothing too fancy here – just quick and simple. On all of these I used the Tag-It’s #11 mini stamp set and some black chalk ink from Colorbox.

The dies are the square, circle and heart from the Limitless Layers collection.

The “screens” are the quartrefoil and circles cover plates, but I really love the one the Melissa used in her video and am gonna have to pick that one up too 🙂

Enjoy the weekend,


Valentine’s Card Sketch #2

Hello! Back again with Valentine card sketch #2. It’s another quick and simple one but has layers so it can still appear that you spent lots of time. (Find Sketch #1 here)


This one is sure to give you plenty of mileage as the center band can be thinned or widened and moved up and down the page for a different look.

This one follows the sketch pretty closely and I even managed to add in a little stamping as well.

This version widens the band and has some fun, random colors mixed in. And I’m just gonna throw this out there too – I really miss the fabulous heavy-weight quality of Crate Papers in their pre-American Crafts days. The designs are still so fab of course but it seems like they just keep getting thinner and thinner with each release. 😦 Does any other company have thick paper? Maybe that’s why I’ve switched over to cardstock and stamping!

And here’s the final card, with the layers shifted around a bit and hey! some more stamping too!

So that’s 6 cards all ready for the big love day. Hope you find these sketches useful and if you make something using one, I’d love to see! Leave a link in the comments.

Enjoy the weekend!

Quick & Easy Valentine’s

Hi! Hope you are well and staying warm. I was busy over the weekend making some Valentine’s cards – 6 of them in fact , which is a lot of cards for this super-slow crafter. The truth is, I love adding lots of layers and stamping and getting caught up in all the little details. Sometimes it can take 2+ hours for just one card. Now isn’t that silly? But since it’s my main creative outlet these days, I really relish that time and would rather not rush through it.

These cards took about 2 hours to make total which is probably a record! I pulled out some old Crate Paper lines and used a couple sketches I had drawn up. I normally like to mix and match from different companies but just sticking to one made it so much faster. So did selecting the embellishments and working from top to bottom layer instead of vice versa. Surely I am the last one to figure that out, but it was a great aha! moment. 

I’ll split these cards out into a couple posts throughout the week so there will be content here all week  so I can share the sketches and details with you.

See you soon,

The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 9

Just a quick post tonight for day 9. And a quick and simple card too. I love that you can use metal dies to emboss (deboss?) on paper. Especially intricate dies like this one, because even though this doily is beautiful, I attempted once and only once to poke out all those tiny little bits. Far too much work!

Easy to finish up with just a gold embossed sentiment and stamped red bow. Easy as pie. But actually making pie is a little complicated. So, we’ll say easy as rice krispy treats 🙂

Our 3 oldest cuties had their winter musical concert tonight – loved it! And unfortunately since we were in a rush, I forgot the camera, so no pics to share 😦

Day 1: Vintage Christmas
Day 2: Non-traditional Christmas
Day 3: Masculine
Day 4: Spring Colors
Day 5: Plaid
Day6: Pink & Woodgrain
Day 7: Rainbow Colors
Day 8: Merry & Bright

You can see the previous posts in this series above, and find more about the giveaway there too.

Warm wishes,

The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 6 & 7

Hello and welcome to days 6 and 7 of the holiday card series! I am posting a couple days late and will have day 8 up later today also – the autofocus mechanism on my camera stopped working on Friday and I wasn’t able to take any photos until today! Apparently you need to clean the lens connections and blow out the inside of the camera to remove dust every once in a while. Lesson learned!

Day 6’s card is a simple but feminine version. The panel was first die cut, stamped, and then embossed with the woodgrain plate.

I cut a small panel of pink glitter paper to tuck behind, and then stamped a bow onto gray cardstock. This is another version that would be super simple to create in multiples and is so pretty! You could even send them as thank you’s after Christmas.

With the leftover die cut word, I was able to create another card for day 7. Rainbow colors are forever a favorite so why not use them at Christmas time too?! These colors are from the Colorbox Archival Dye line. Love these inks for the instant dry time and that they don’t react to moisture – perfect for preserving memories for years to come.

A trick for stamping solid images like these stamps from PTI’s Watercolor Wonder is to put a foam mat underneath while stamping. Since figuring this out, I am 1000% more happy with the results of every stamped image. Such a simple thing but wow! – no more stamping frustration!

And just to note, all of the stamp sets and dies/embossing folders on both these cards are older releases from Papertrey Ink.

See the rest of the posts in this series below to find out more and how to enter the giveaway:

Day 1: Vintage Christmas
Day 2: Non-traditional Christmas
Day 3: Masculine
Day 4: Spring Colors
Day 5: Plaid

Be back later today with day 8 😉

The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 1

Hello there and hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! In honor of the holidays, I thought it might be fun to put together a card series to give motivation to anyone out there who is still needing to make their Christmas cards and, well, to help get a little extra use out of my own holiday product stash as well.

I’ll be posting a new card or holiday project each day for the next twelve days and there will be a big box of prizes for one lucky winner as well. Feel free to take inspiration, share your own creations in the link up tool below and cheer one another on as we all try to check off our holiday to-do lists this month!

First up is a card set created with some older product from Pink Paislee, Papertrey Ink and Prima – all my favorite P companies. Vintage Christmas is so very beautiful and is a hard style for me to replicate, but that doesn’t stop me from trying!

Since the paper was really stumping me, I chose to use it as a background and just stamp and layer bits and pieces over the top to continue the collage feel, a la Melissa Phillips. The inks are all from the Colorbox Decades line for Graphic 45, which have a nice antique look and the stamps are an oldie but goodie – Bells & Boughs from PTI.

Sometimes doubling up on cards when you have a lot to make is the way to go. Each one is still unique but using the same set of supplies (they’re already out and if you’re like me, spread all over your space) and a similar layout saves a lot of time.

So that’s it for the first post. And like I mentioned, there is a big box full of goodies (yet to be photographed) that I would like to send out to one of you as Christmas gift. If you are interested leave a comment below, link up a project, like my FB page or anything else you can think of. 🙂

I’ll leave the linky up through Dec.24th – since we’ll all likely be working up to the last minute – and will choose a winner after Christmas.

Happy Holidays to you!

Brights + Florals


Have been feeling super inspired and energetic lately despite being sick with a nasty head/chest cold and less than ideal sleep. There is no better feeling than getting a ton of stuff done and still having time left over to make something pretty just because.


This card was actually inspired by one of my daughter’s tops. I’ve been wanting to use the colors in it forever. Oshkosh uses some of the prettiest floral fabrics on their clothing – almost as pretty as the liberty of london prints really. Can’t help buying up every pretty top we find even though the girls don’t wear them as often as I’d like 🙂

Also, first snow came to Central Iowa yesterday!

Keep warm and cozy,

Ink – Colorbox Dye Ink (Guava, Cornflower), Colorbox Pigment Ink (Berry, Canary, Celadon), Top Boss Watermark & White Emboss. Powder
Stamps – Hero Arts (Background, Sentiment); Papertrey Ink (Rosie Posey, Mini Blooms)
Dies – Papertrey Ink, Spellbinders

Linking to these challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays CFC119: Embossing
Sketchbook Saturday #108
Paper Issues – Grateful For You