Friday, May 26, 2017

Real Stamping

I just wanted to share a few cards I made recently.  These all use a stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  Real stamping this time - no digis!  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Two challenges

The Paper Ala Mode challenge this week is to use the spotlight technique.  This is simply where you pick a portion on the image you want to draw attention to in some way.  We are sponsored by Lemon Shortbread, and I used this cute Halloween Girl and chose to spotlight the Halloween elements in the image.  I first die cut that portion out, then colored it and put it back in it's place with a slight dimension.

I missed posting about the challenge last week because I was at my daughters awaiting the birth of my 2nd grandson Zack.  He was born Monday morning and weighed in at 8.5 pounds!  I am happy to report that both he and mom are doing great.  It was such fun being there.

Anyway, last week's challenge was to make a masculine card.  We were sponsored by Beccy's Place and Dr Digi's House Of Stamps.  I chose a silhouette image from the Splish Splash set at Beccy's Place.

My first card I printed the image and then cut it out with my Scan n Cut.  I water colored the background with color burst paints.  Once everything was dry I glued the image to the card and added some rain drops with some crystal lacquer.

When I saw the negative space left where the image was cut out, I wanted to use it too and I love how it turned out.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Paper Ala Mode is On The Move

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is a fun one this week - make a card with movement.  I always enjoy interactive cards.  I made a sliding pull card using this Chicken image from Toadstool Printables.  The paper for our challenge this week is from Art Wildflower Digi.  We each made a short video showing the movement on our cards too.

Here's the video so you can see how it pulls open.  Special thanks to my husband for demonstrating the card while I filmed.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Name that Letter

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is up and it's a fun challenge this week.  We are supposed to use something, or more than one thing that begins with the first letter of your name.

I used this Floral Heart from Sheepski Designs and made this card.  My "H" is the heart and the holes at the bottom in the border.  I also have the H in happy!

The I filled in for Debbie.  She chose Jo's Daffodils from Sheepski Designs.  Her "D" is the daffodils of course, but I added diamonds in the embossing and I used distress markers to color it with.

  It's also fun to see if you can find how many things everyone used on their cards!  I hope you'll come play with us!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sparkle and Shine

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is about sparkle and shine this week.  We are sponsored by Sasayaki Glitter Stamps and Nikki Burnette.  Here is my card using Lissa Fairy.  I used Wink of Stella on her wings, the butterfly, and on some of the flower petals that are on the flowers die on the edge.  I also added some silver foil to parts of her dress, and I used some little shiny flower shaped pearls to the center on the the flowers on the edge.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Rainbow Shaker

This was fun to make with one of those shaker card kits from Queen and Company.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

This is not for everyone

Hey everyone.  Let me just say that this post is not for everyone.  If poking fun at political things isn't your cup of tea then please forgive me and don't look any further.  I recently found a set of dies that I thought were really cool.  It is a set of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dies.  I don't think I've ever before seen dies of political figures.  Anyway, I had to snap them up!  

I then made a series of birthday cards to send to my sister leading up to her birthday.  I timed it so she would receive a card a day in this order

Unfortunately, I don't think my sister saw the humor in my cards.  Oh well - maybe I'll send her a Mother's Day card that says "making your mother's day great again", and then a 4th of July card saying "making your 4th of July great again", and then a Halloween card saying "making your Halloween great again"... or maybe not.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

simple birthday card

I recently got some Zig clean color markers and wanted to play with them.  I used them to color this simple image.  They will take some practice!  Happy Easter to you all!

Friday, April 14, 2017


Hi everyone - well since I was late with the last two Paper Ala Mode challenges I thought I'd make it up by being a little early for this week's challenge!  Our challenge this week is all about celebrations. Think of all the things we celebrate in life.  The birth of a new baby, the purchase of a new home, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations...they are all up for grabs in this challenge!

We are sponsored by Sami Stamps, and I do hope you will go visit their shop.  If you purchase, please let them know you did so after visiting us because this is the last time they are sponsoring challenges.

Of course, I made a birthday card.  I love birthdays and think every single one should be celebrated.  I used an image called Balloon Puppy and made this card

I used chalk for the sky and stamped a grass stamp at the bottom for the grass.  The silly sentiment was created on my computer.

Please come and play with us.  You have a great chance to win awesome prizes from our sponsors!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Here chick, chick, chick

Hi everyone.  The other day I saw a really cute card of a chick that I loved.  I knew there was no way I could cut the hair part of this, so I searched all over for a cut file for it - to no avail.  I decided to make my own with the Brother Scan n cut.  I merged two oval together and then I cut out a grass border to use for the hair.  It worked, but the border was a little funky for hair.  

So I wrote Regina at The Cutting Cafe and told her that I really wanted a file to cut out this cute chick!  She obliged and made up the cutest chick file!  Isn't this just adorable?  You can find the file HERE.  I am having so much fun making up cards with this.

The I made them really small to attach as tags onto Easter baskets I'm making for my boss's kids, and I added some little feathers on top for extra hair.  Don't they just make your little heart melt?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ice Cream and Turtles

I just realized today that I forgot to post my card for the Paper Ala Mode challenge for last week and this week!  Last week our challenge was Anything Goes and we were sponsored by Angie's Digital Stamps.    The image I used is called Daisy Mae With An Ice Cream Cone.  I found the perfect paper to go with this cute image and computer generated the sentiment.

This week our challenge is to make something with an animal on it.  We are sponsored by Sweet n' Sassy Stamps.  I used Tommy Turtle's Balloons

Monday, April 3, 2017

Easter Bunnies!

I saw cards like these on Pinterest and had to play.  They are so fun and easy to make.  I'm planning on making a lot more before Easter rolls around.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Birthday Cones

Hi everyone.  The Paper Ala Mode challenge at the Outlawz this week is anything goes.  The challenge is being sponsored by Angie's Digital Stamps.  I chose to use this cute Daisy Mae With An Ice Cream Cone.

I computer generated the sentiment, and found this cute ice cream cone paper on line.  I think this will make a sweet birthday card for just about anyone.  Come play along with us!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Balloons In A Jar

Here's a birthday card I made for a teen girl.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A couple of birthday cards

Hi everyone.  I hope you're all doing well.  Nikki asked about my dogs recently, so I thought I'd give you an update.  Riley is as rambunctious as ever, although her age has mellowed her out a bit.  She doesn't torture our cat as much as she used to, which I am especially thankful for because he is pretty old and recently had to have one of his rear legs amputated.  He has been doing great since the amputation though!

Baxter is as sweet as ever, but I don't think his fears and anxiety are going to improve any more than they already have.  He is still very fearful of any person that isn't my husband or me.  He doesn't ever really let his guard down.  When we are all in the living room watching television, he is always darting his eyes to the windows by the door as if he's fearful the boogeyman is going to burst through at any moment.  Sometimes I think he would be really relaxed in a sound and sight deprivation unit!  He is such a loving dog though.

Here are some recent photos - bear in mind that spring has just come and Riley is due for her summer cut!  I keep putting it off though  because the weather keeps changing.  They are even calling for the possibility of snow this weekend!

Here's our cat.  He is looking pretty good for 15 years old!

Here's Riley - looking at a squirrel in the tree

And here is Baxter.

I do have a couple of birthday cards to share with you.  The first one uses a Bugaboo image.  I love Bugaboo images, and they have so many fun ones to choose from.  This was made for a former co-worker of mine.

And here's one with a cute hedgehog - I can't remember the name of the company who makes these.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Spring Birthday Cards

Hi everyone!  I have been battling a case of the flu this week.  I am not one who gets sick often, and let me tell you - this kicked my butt!  I am happy to say that I'm better now!

The Paper Ala Mode challenge this week is celebrating Spring.  I can't say with all the pollen that spring brings I think there's too much to celebrate, but that's just my opinion.  In any case, the flowers are budding and the trees are blooming.  The birds are mating and the insects are buzzing; at least it is here in my neck of the woods.  

Paper ala Mode is lucky to have two wonderful sponsors this week.  Digi Stamps 4 Joy and Odd Ball Art Company.  I hope you'll take a little time to visit their stores and see what they have to offer.  I used a wonderful image from Digi Stamps 4 Joy called Daisy Moon and created two birthday cards.

For both cards, I duplicated the image to create an oval design and then added a sentiment in the center.

My second card was printed on black card stock with a toner printer.  I then foiled the image and used colored pencils to color in parts of it.  Once that was completed, I embossed clear embossing powder around the edges and added some gold pearl ex to it.  The photo doesn't do the foiling justice - this is so much prettier in real life!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Eleven candles

A special birthday card for a special girl.  It's a double z-fold card.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rainbow Floral Birthday

Here is a simple birthday card, but one I really like.  Super easy and fast to make!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mini Pivot Twist cards

Here are some mini versions of the popular pivot twist cards.  I just love making these.  They are a great way to use those little images you have.  The tutorial I followed can be found here.  She has a lot of great tutorials on her channel.

and here they are opened up

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Birthday Glow

 Just wanted to share a birthday card I made for a friend.  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Funny Cards

Hi everyone.  This week's Paper Ala Mode challenge is to make funny cards.  We are being sponsored by Dr. Digi's House of Stamps.  If you're not familiar with their images I highly recommend you go check them out.  They have some of the funniest stamps available anywhere. 

I made two cards.  The first one uses an image called Derek Clapton.  Don't you just love the title of the image?  I thought my husband would like this one since he's a guitar player

My next card uses an image called Blunder Woman.  I made a double slider birthday card for this one.

and here it is opened

Come check out all the funny cards made by the design team - they are all a hoot!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Punch Art Valentine

I had such fun creating this dinosaur valentine for my grandson.  He's two years old, and I think he'll like this.  I used the pointed ends of a heart punch for the teeth and spikes.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Feminine cards at Paper Ala Mode

This week's Paper Ala Mode challenge is to make a feminine card.  We have two sponsors, but I used this pretty Anemone image from Rachel's Fine Lines.

I discovered a fun tip when making this card.  I printed the image and then colored it with colored pencils.  The pencils kind of clouded the dark lines in the image, so after coloring it, I printed it again directly over the colored image.  The wax in the pencils let the ink stay wet long enough for me to emboss it.  I love that I can do this!  Hope you find this a helpful tip as well.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sharing Two Swap cards

Hi!  I just wanted to pop in quick to share a couple of cards I made for a swap.  We were supposed to use something we got for Christmas.  I got the stamps and also some Brusho water color pigments which I used to water color the images.  I also got a new little bow die that is used on the 2nd card.  I put some small pieces of foam board inside the bow loops so it wouldn't smash flat when mailing.  

The Brushos are very intense and it takes some practice to get the shade you want.  I's seen some beautiful backgrounds people have made just letting the water spread the pigments around, but so far my backgrounds aren't turning out as pretty!  Anyway, here are the cards.  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Anything Goes at Paper Ala Mode

Hi everyone!  The Paper Ala Mode challenge this week is Anything Goes!  I used a cute Cow and Moon image from QKR Stampede to make this birthday card.

I used some distress inks to water color the background and then sprayed it with water to get some texture going.  Then I added some small stars with a white gel pen.

Come share what you're working on with  us!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Paper Ala Mode - Girly challenge

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is up! This week is all about girls - make a girly card! We are featuring digital papers from a new sponsor - Artwild Flowers, and images from All Dressed Up. My card uses one of the freebies from All Dressed Up's blog. The paper is called Crystal Ice, and the multi stars paper is also from Artwild Flowers. I printed both papers on glossy card stock.

Come play with us!