Archive for 6/1/11 - 7/1/11

Thinking of you

Hi all. Super quick post. I managed some speed card making time tonight for the latest CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.

I used my super-dy duper new Botanical Silhouettes stamp set (the 2011 PTI Anniversary Set)... LOVE!

I did something with this card that I rarely do - I tore the edges of the paper. Be still my symmetry-lovin', straight-edged heart :) Although I did sort of do it with the assistance of a ruler… I can't be too random now :) See the little clear dots? I added some drops of Glossy Accents for a little something different - kinda like dew drops…
Hope you are all having a fabulous week! Thanks so much for stopping by! 


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DeNami Sneak Peeks - Day 2

Let the festivities continue!!! It's day 2 of the new DeNami Release and I couldn't be more excited!!! Hope you are too!

I'm sure you've had a chance to see the fantastic Halloween stamps that were peeked yesterday and are still in awe. The new collection ROCKS!!!!

Case in point….
The ornamental flowers are FAAABULOUS!!!! Seriously versatile and so darn cute!!!!

For my first card, I've used the P50 Ornamental Flowers Petit Four. I really could NOT get enough of these little sweeties.

I stamped each of the four stamps on panels of different colors in Versamark, then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I combined a sentiment from an older set, Everyday Greetings. Aren't the different images wonderful? 

The next card uses one image from the Ornamental Flowers set.  

I stamped the image repeatedly down one side of the kraft cardstock and heat embossed in black. Then I colored them in with a white Gelly Roll pen as well as a green Spica glitter pen. Another DeNami oldie but a goodie, Thinking of You, was also stamped and heat embossed in black. The card is topped off with white grosgrain ribbon from DeNami. I love the simplicity of this card as well as the striking white flowers against the kraft. It looks so… pure.

For my last card, I again used one selected image from the Ornamental Flowers line up and stamped it three times then heat embossed in black. I outlined the centers of the flowers with my white Gelly Roll pen and finished off the centers with silver pearls. The Whimsical Oval Frame is stamped on a die cut and placed on top of a black, die cut doily. The sentiment, Thank You, is from the Assorted Greetings Petit Four

I finished it off with a little white grosgrain ribbon. I love the black, white and red. Such a classy color combo. I think this last card is my favorite :)

Before you go, make sure to leave a comment for a chance to WIN!!!!

You have TWO chances to win the stamps from the Ornamental Flowers Release. And, boy, are you gonna want to try to win these babys!!!!

Leave a comment on my blog as well as on Laurie's blog HERE and Amber's blog HERE for a shot at one prize package. Your second chance comes courtesy of the DeNami blog! Head on over and check out the deets!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Papertrey June Blog Hop

For my CR84FN post, click HERE.

Time for the Papertrey Blog Hop! This month we had an inspiration photo to work from…

I was inspired by the gradient colors and the cute little hooks :)

I used a new PTI goodie, my Happy Trails set :) I made the background with distress inks mixed with water and painted across watercolor paper. I love the way it turned out!!
I'm also entering this in the Embellish Rainbow Color Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I appreciate your visits :) Happy hopping!

Thanks so much for stopping by! TTFN,

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Embellish Challenge: Rainbow Colors

***Addendum*** This post did not go live this am…Blogger…grrr. So sorry!!!

DeNami Design is sponsoring the latest Embellish Color Challenge!

I love the Embellish Challenges - I really wish there were more hours in the day for me to play along with all my favorite challenges… *sigh*

I actually made two cards. I really went outside of my normal, safe little box with these 3.25 x 6.5 cards :)

For the first card, I used DeNami's Congratulations script. The base has colored cardstock cut in small squares with a strip of double sided tape all glittered up. 

For the second one, I stamped DeNami's Solid Polka Dot Border in all the colors of the rainbow. Then I added the sentiment Smile from the Heartfelt Petit Four. So cute :)

Hope you find time to play along with this fabulous challenge for a chance to win some DeNami awesomeness!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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DeNami Product Spotlight: Sparklers

For my CR84FN post, click HERE.
For my JUGS post, click HERE.

Hello all. Sorry for the lateness of the post but we had a storm early last evening and lost power. But we're back up and ready to go now :)
Today, in the DeNami Product spotlight, we have Sparklers! How perfect for the upcoming Independence Day celebration!

I made two cards with subtle variations on a red, white and blue color scheme. 
For these cards I used the following DeNami products;
The star from the Outer Space Petit Four

For the stamp, I heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder. I had blue metallic acrylic paint that I diluted about 1 part paint to 3 parts water. Then I simply smeared the paint mixture over the image and dried it lightly with a paper towel (I lightly laid the paper towel on top then removed t as not to smear the ink). The sentiment in embossed in white. I really like how these turned out :)

Which one do you like better? I'm partial to the one with the red base :)

Make sure to see what the rest of the DeNami DT has in store!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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My Friend

For my CR84FN post, click HERE.
For my JUGS post, click HERE.


I recently acquired Wildflower Garden from PTI. I was so excited for it to arrive. Yet, it sat in my craftroom, waiting for me to ink up those fabulous images. I know, sad isn't it… :)

Finally, I made some time to formally introduce my ink and cardstock to what I'm sure will be a new favorite set. I really wanted to play along with CAS-ual Fridays since I missed the last installment. 

The challenge this week is to use color blocking. I haven't done this technique much at all… but I sure do love it :) I actually made a few cards using color blocking - some will not be seen until a later date *wink*

I saw this color combo used by a member of the PTI DT and I love it (I think kraft may have been thrown into the mix too). The flower silhouettes were stamped with versamark and clear embossed. The sentiment is from the 2011 PTI Anniversary Set. The ribbon is plain ol' white seam binding with a scarlet jewel button to finish it off. I really like how it turned out :)

Thanks so much for all your sweet comments regarding the blog makeover! I surely appreciate it :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


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CR84FN #32

For my JUGS post, please click HERE :)

Please do not adjust your monitor or navigate away thinking you have arrived at the wrong site! I have been suffering from "restless blog syndrome" and am testing a new template. Yup, it's a radical change, but I just love the serene image in the background and the simple 2 column layout of the blog. I do, however, wish I knew more about html… :)

Welcome back for another fantastic  CR84FN color installment! We have got a fresh, clean color palette this week that is just so fun! But we also have some more news to share… our dear, uber talented, fearless CR84FN challenge leader, Mona Pendleton, is having a birthday this coming week!!! Yes indeed! The creator and maintainer (I think that's a word…) of the challenge site that brings you the most fabulous color inspiration is celebrating and we are celebrating right along with her!!! 


I hope you have the best birthday week ever!!! Party hearty!!!! Thanks for everything you do! Make sure to take a moment to send Mona some birthday cheer! 

Speaking of fun and festivities, how about these fabulous colors from CR84FN this week?!?!

The gorgeous inspiration photos come courtesy of Leslie at A Creative Mint. There is a whopping dose of inspiration on her site so make sure to swing by :)

If you're a regular visitor of Mona's blog, you probably know she loves tulips. So I figured I would send her some of these beautiful flowers for her birthday :)  I used one of my favorite stamps sets in the whole, wide world… Friendship Jar with the coordinating Spring Fillers from PTI!  I cut the jar from acetate for a little more of a glass-like appearance. The image is stamped on white cardstock and colored with my beloved Copic markers (I have an unhealthy obsession :)). The background was then stamped with Text (after wiping the stamp so it faded towards the middle) with walnut distress ink. Then I sponged Broken China Distress ink around the edges and finished off with some stitching.

Check out what the other wonderful DT members have up their super crafty sleeves;

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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JUGS #89 - Color my world

YEE HAW!!! Mosey on over to  Just Us Girls and gaze upon the fabulous color combo rustled up by our sweet cowgirl, Elise! This is Elise's first time at the challenge reins and, as you can imagine, the colors are AMAZINGLY inspirational!

Can I get another Yee Haw?! And away we go….

I played around with a few different concepts for this combo and finally thought the sweet little houses from Love Lives Here (PTI) would be so cute. I die cut red felt hearts to fill in the centers. Make sure to swing by and check out the lovely DT's creations!!!

Rosemary Dennis, June Guest Designer
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!

Hi All!

Stopping in real quick to reveal the winner of my Blogiversary Blog Candy :)


Yay Elise!!! 

Please email me at andrea dot matth at yahoo dot com and let me know which company you'd like to get your gift certificate from!!! 

Thanks so much everyone for stopping in and taking the time to leave a comment!!! It was really fun to hear what you all love about this hobby of ours!!! 

Thanks so much for your support and friendship!!!


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Simple heart and twine

For my DeNami Blog Hop post, click HERE.
For my CR84FN post, click HERE.
For my JUGS post, click HERE.
For my DeNami Product Spotlight post, click HERE.

I had about 45 minutes to spare and an idea….

So I managed a card for a few challenges :)

And here's what I came up with;

I chose the Emboss-Felt-Twine part of the tic-tac-toe. The felt heart is layered and stitched. Then I formed a heart around the outside with twine. Almost tied it around normally but at the last second, decided to try and shape the twine. The base is embossed with text. What d'ya think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps - none :)
Paper - rustic white cardstock (PTI)
Ink - none
Other - royal velvet felt (PTI), Bakers twine (the twinery), text embossing plate (PTI), sewing machine

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DeNami June Blog Hop: Fabulous Frames

For my CR84FN post, click HERE.
For my JUGS post, click HERE.
For my DeNami Product Spotlight, click HERE.

It's DeNami Blog Hop time!!!
Square, rectangle, round or other shapes… we want to see your frames!
You've no doubt hit some AMAZING inspiration along the hop already, including the eye candy on Emily Keaton's blog. If so, you are on the right track. If not, just hop back to the DeNami Blog for the master list.

I actually went a little crazy with the frame theme and created two cards :)
For this first card, I used the following DeNami products;
Three Line Border - I stamped the border using this stamp. I just masked off the edges.
Sunflower - on sale right now!!! Love this stamp. I colored it with Copic markers and placed an epoxy sticker in the center.
The kraft base is subtly embossed; it's a little hard to see in the pic.

For my next card, I used the following DeNami Design products;
Thinking of You - Love this sentiment :)
Sunflower - Colored with Copics. The center is cut out and popped up on a dimensional.
I made this frame with fabulous bakers twine (Caribbean). The frame was inspired by an GORGEOUS card by my friend Cristina (you can see it HERE). I just made two square frames offset by 45 degrees.
Now it's time to keep on hopping. Your next stop is the talented Pam Wendt!

Here are the Hop Deets;

When: The blog hop starts on June 12 at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until June 13, 2011, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).

Why: To be inspired by beautiful creations featuring DeNami Design stamps and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!

Prizes: We are giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to our website! We'll be giving away one gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then we'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!

As a last little tidbit, I have BLOGIVERSARY CANDY available HERE if you're interested!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy hopping!!!

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