Friday, April 30, 2010

Paper Garden Projects 4th Friday Challenge & Sketch Girl 17

OK, time for a double duty post....A little Paper Garden Projects and a little Sketch Girl : )

It's time for the Fourth Friday Challenge at Paper Garden Projects. This week we are having a color challenge, wanna see???

You have till midnight (EST) of Friday May 7 to add a comment at Paper Garden Projects Blog with the link to your project. We will draw one random winner for the prize.

The rules are:

It must be a newly created project for this challenge - but feel free to combine this challenge with any other ones out there.

The winner will be drawn randomly and announced the following Saturday.

In honor of Mother's Day, the prize is this lovely Rachelle Anne Miller Bundle of Joy stamp:

Now for my card:

I used my Antique Floral Clear Stamp Set to make a background on Kaisercraft Paper.

Let my give you a little tip for making the ruffled ribbon trim on this card. Here is the ribbon I used:

I simply snipped the brown middle stitch and then pulled it to make the blue ribbon ruffle. I added the ruffle to my card...with my left over ribbon I pulled the brown stitch from the middle - many different pieces of thin twine make up that stitch - so I used it to wrap around my card for a bow. All of that from 1 piece of ribbon!

All of the products mentioned are available and linked to Paper Garden Projects.

Time for a new and fabulous sketch from Sketch Girl. This week we're going to be twice as nice with 2 different sketches. Check them out:

Our sponsor this week is:

And now for my card:

Oh how I love pink, let me count the ways....ok everything I make is turning pink these days, maybe I need to move on to other colors : ) I used Prism Cardstock. I then cut American Crafts Dear Lizzy patterened paper into 4 squares using my Spellbinder Nestabilities. I added a Dear Lizzy rub-on and embellishment and some twine. I'm such a twine addict lately, want to wrap it around everything I make.

Visit the Sketch Girl DT for inspiration:


And our Guest Designer for April is the fabulous Teresa Kline.

Visit Sketch Girl to upload your card using Mr. Linky!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Digi Doodle's Shop's Best Challenge #5

This week at the Digi Doodle Shop's Best we have a fun challenge and you'll never guess what it is....anything goes! Just make anything your little heart desires, how easy is that!

I used the beautiful "Vintage Milk Cans" stamp from the Digi Doodle Shop and I had so much fun coloring it.

Take a look at my card:

I colored my digi stamp with Copics. My patterned paper is Prima and Prism Cardstock. I used some Seam Binder ribbon and my Fiskars Punch. Of course when I was done I spritzed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to make it look old, love that stuff...messy but fun! And I used embellishments from GCD Studio.

Visit the Digi Doodle Shop and check out their beautiful stamps. And visit the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge Blog to see the DT's amazing creations this week. And don't forget to sign up for the free newsletter : )


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DCRU Challenge #36

It's Tuesday and that means a new challenge at Die Cuts R Us. This week we are seeing double...make 2 of something. The Design Team got to play with American Crafts "Everyday" and "Backyard" patterned papers, available at DCRU.

Now for my cards:

I used American Crafts Patterned Paper, AC Dear Lizzy Rub-Ons, Copics, Spellbinder Nestabilities, and Mays Art Ribbon .

Visit the Die Cuts R Us DT Blog to see this week's amazing creations. Upload your cards to Mr. Linky and play along.

And DCRU's move to it's new home, A Crafty Little Place, is fast approaching. Moving day is May 4th!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

"A Friendly Garden Walk" Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to "A Friendly Garden Walk" Blog Hop by Paper Garden Projects. We are so excited for you to join us and welcome our new Design Team members. I hope you enjoy walking thru the garden and checking out our "Friendly" themed projects. Inspiration is around every corner. You should have arrived from my "Buddy" Cathy's Blog.

While you visit, subscribe to each Gardener's blog and take note of each designer's name and their Friendly Word in their blog post. Once you finish your garden tour, send an E-mail to with the list of designers and their Friendly Word.

Everyone who sends the correct list of designers and words will be entered in a random drawing to win a prize. You need to send an e-mail to the address above; please don't leave your list as a comment. You have until midnight (EST) on Tuesday, April 27 to send your list.

Here are the Garden Walk Blog's:

Amber (that's me!!!)

And did I mention a prize...check out these adorable stamps you can win just by playing along:

Now for some Friendly Inspiration. I made this card for a "Buddy" and just love it:

I used the Antique Floral Clear Stamp Set available at Paper Garden Projects. Oh this stamp set is a must have, beautiful flowery flourishes that are perfect for Spring. I also used Kaisercraft Devonshire Patterend Paper and I adore this paper set! It is beautiful with a vintage touch! I also used Prism Cardstock. All of these supplies are available at the PGP Store. I simply stamped my flourishes in white and let them blend into my paper for a background.

Next up I made a special notebook for a "Buddy" who needs a little pick-me-up:

I used the same supplies and stamped my flourishes in pink and look how they stand out! Love it!

Here's a close-up:

Hope you've enjoyed a little inspiration from me. Have you guessed my secret friendly word yet??? It's BUDDY!

Now it's time for another stop on the Garden Tour, Tangii! Have fun!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #6

I just love the new challenge site The Shabby Tea Room, it's adorable! I've been intending to play along for several weeks now and something always comes up. So I finally finished a card for this week's challenge:

I had so much fun making this card. I followed the sketch at The Shabby Tea Room. I used Papertrey Ink Cardstock & Twine, GCD Studio Embellishment, Recollections Bling, AC Dear Lizzy Ribbon, and a Tattered Angels Crown with Glimmer Mist. My Patterned Paper is Kaisercraft and Little Yellow Bicycle.

And a reminder. The Paper Garden Projects Blog Hop begins in the morning at 10 Am est.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #4

It's time for challenge #4 at DDSB. This week we are having a color challenge, would you like to know the colors??? Robin egg blue,Grass Green,Buttercup,Neutral. Such beautiful Springy colors!

This week I used the "Watering Can" Digi Stamp from Digi Doodle Shop! It is just fabulous, so pretty and fun to color. Visit the Digi Doodle Shop to see all of their beautiful digi stamps, you will love them!

Here is my card:

I printed my digi on blue cardstock and white cardstock. I then cut out the watering can and bigger flowers from the white cardstock and layered them on the blue digi. I colored my image using copics. I used Papertrey Ink and Prima Paper, a Dear Lizzy Rub-On, Spellbinder Nestabilities and GCD Studio Button. My ribbon is Mays Art. And my new punch (that I'm already obsessed with) is Fiskars.

Visit the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge Blog to enter your card - remember all you have to do is use the color combo to be entered in this week's contest....and check out the Design Team's beautiful creations! And the release of the first Digi Doodle Shop Newsletter is fast approaching, sign up today:


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

DCRU Challenge 35

Time for a new challenge at DCRU. This week we are celebrating Earth Day which is on Thursday. The challenge is to make a card, LO, or project and use an embellishment from nature.

My mind has been spinning for this challenge. Should I use chicken feathers, eggs...hmmm so many options on the farm. But I settled on beautiful dogwood and red bud blossoms. Everything is in bloom here and I just love it.

The DT got to play with Cosmo Cricket "Earth Love" patterned paper available at DCRU. Here is my card:

Visit the DCRU DT Blog to see this week's amazing creations from the DT. And don't forget to visit the upcoming "new" home of DCRU, called "A Crafty Little Place".


Saturday, April 17, 2010


Recently I won blog candy. I was so excited because I never win anything, boohoo. Darkroom Door was having amazing giveaways and I won a set of their "Hello Baby" Photochips. So I decide to make a card using one of these adorable photochips and guess what...Darkroom Door is having a Photochip Challenge this week, perfect timing. Here is my card:

I used my Photochip, which is black and white, then lightly colored the bear's bow with a Copic Marker. I love how it turned out! I also used Papertrey Ink Cardstock, Stamps, Twine and Mays Art Ribbon.

Next up is a new challenge blog for all of us Papertrey Ink addicts. It is called Papertrey Chicks. Here's a look at their first challenge:

And my card:

I used Papertrey Ink Cardstock, Stamps, and Ink. I used a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to make my Argyle design.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #3

*Click for Sketch Girl 16 Post*

Time for challenge #3 at Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge Blog. This week we have a sketch for you, take a look:

This week's challenge is to make a Spring Themed card using this sketch. Here is my card:

I used the Sewing Machine-Vintage Stamp and I ADORE it. I love anything vintage so this stamp was perfect for me. I printed my stamp on the blue cardstock then printed one on white cardstock. I simply colored and cut out parts of the stamp and then put it on top of the blue cardstock + stamp. This is the easiest way I've found to have a stamp with background shades and still be able to color your stamp on white cardstock. I added a seam binding ribbon to add to the vintage look. And then I sprayed my card with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to make it look aged.

Visit the Digi Doodle Shop to see there amazing digi stamps. And visit the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge Blog to see the DT's beautiful creations.

Sketch Girl 16

Welcome to a new challenge from Sketch Girl!!! I just love creating with their amazing sketches, so fun! Take a look at this week's sketch:

And our Sponsor is The Character Cafe and the prize is a $10 gift certificate to the store. The DT got to play with a digi stamp from the Character Cafe and I just loved mine!!! I used the G'Monkey Delivery Day Stamp.

I flipped the sketch and added buttons where the circles are. I printed my digi stamp on a piece of pink cardstock. I then printed the same stamp on a piece of white cardstock and colored the little monkey and shaded the stork. I carefully cut out the colored image and placed it over the stamp on the pink cardstock.

Visit the Sketch Girl DT for inspiration:


And our Guest Designer for April is the very talented Teresa Kline.

Visit Sketch Girl to enter your card!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

DCRU Challenge 34

Time for a new challenge at DCRU. This week we are having a sketch challenge. Take a look at the sketch:

This week the DT played with Pink Paislee patterned paper. Here is my card:

I used Pink Paislee Paper, Unity Stamps, Copics, and Spellbinder Nestabilities all available at the DCRU Store.

Visit the DCRU DT Blog to see the amazing creations from the Design Team.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sweet Sunday

Today couldn't have been more beautiful. The sun was out, everything is in bloom, and I didn't have to work. The spells a "Sweet Sunday". This time of year reminds me of how good God is, we get to see his beautiful masterpiece reborn each Spring. It makes me very thankful for all the blessings He gives me.

I've made a few cards tonite to share with you. First up, I decided to take part in Embellish Magazine's latest challenge. The challenge is to use the colors red, black, kraft, and white then make something with a party theme. I made an invitation:

I used Prism Cardstock and Papertrey Ink supplies. These are also my high school's colors (minus the kraft) so I can't help but think of the good ole Belfry Pirates.

Next up is a VERY SIMPLE card. I used the colors cream and white to make a birthday card. I wanted to include a banner (Jenni Bowlin Stickers). Banners are every where at the moment and I can't wait to try this tutorial from my amazingly crafty friend Heidi Van Laar, it's a must see!

I made a Thank You card from leftover My Little Shoebox goodies. It's also simple, but you can never have enough "Thank You" cards:

And last, but not least....I've been attempting to learn to Crochet. I have got the single stitch down and wanted to try something a little more complicated. So take a look at the beginnings of the "Granny Square":


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #2

It's time for our second challenge at the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge Blog. This week's challenge is to create a card with a unique fold.

I used the darling "You've Got Mail" digi stamp from the Digi Doodle Shop! It was so fun to color and shade with my Copics!

Here is my card:

I used the idea of a Gatefold card, but let my gates slightly overlap. Here is my card slightly opened:


Digi Doodle Shop "You've Got Mail" Digi Stamp
Papertrey Ink Patterned Paper, Twine & Sentiment
Spellbinder Nestabilities

Visit the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge Blog to see the DT's amazing creations. You'll find lots of inspiration and ideas!!! And be sure to play along!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Springy Creations

Hi all. Today is my last day of vacation and back to work tomorrow. The weather has been so beautiful in Kentucky the last few days and I have enjoyed every second of it. I have a few Springy projects to share with you. My first I created with goodies from Sharing Memories Scrapbooking. Noreen has the cutest Spring products and they all coordinate perfectly to make creating simple. Here is my card:

I used the Spring Cut-Outs from SMS and simply printed them on yellow cardstock. I wanted to use the wavy lines as faux ric rac and use that as my border. I then added the embossed Spring daisies and butterflies from SMS. For my daises I simply layered them and then curled my upper daisies petals slightly with a pen to make it look real.

Now for a Springy layout. I wanted to do a LO in honor of my new duck. She is so sweet and my boy duck (called a drake) loves her. It really was love at first site. So my duck started disappearing throughout the day and we were starting to worry, but guess what....she has made a little nest and it is full of pretty pastel green eggs. We should have ducklings soon! My drake stands guard, but keeps his distance so he doesn't attract unwanted attention to her. And on Easter Sunday he went and got her off the nest and they came to the barnyard for Easter dinner! It was the sweetest thing. The boy duck (drake) is white, see his curled tail...that's how you tell a boy duck from a girl. Plus the boys make a chirping sound and the girls go quack. Duck 101 : )Here is my LO:

So sweet:

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