Monday, January 24, 2011


I love Kraft - it's no secret. I try to save every piece and scrap of Kraft cs and these 3 cards are from scraps.

These cards measure 3 1/2 x 2 3/4. Perfect for lunch box notes or gift tags.

All of these use my new stash of Verve stamps

This little Christmas tag is early for Christmas 2011! Maybe if I try hard enough, I can get all of my Christmas stuff done early! I stamped my poinsettia on watercolor paper and embossed with clear ep, then colored the poinsettia with my reinkers and brush. I added some yellow Stickles to the center, but somehow didn't capture that sparkle when taking the picture of this. Sorry!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Verve
Paper: PTI Kraft
Ink: PTI Fresh snow, dark chocolate, colorbox lime green, Palette Noir
Other goodies: Stickles
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Equal time for blue

My last post was pink, so, it's only fair that I give ya somethin' in blue...well Turquoise, but .... close enough right?

How quick and easy is this? I didn't have any blue gems that matched or looked good, so I made my own with some clear gems and my Bic Hot Aqua marker...I love making my own gems match whatever project I am working on!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Scrappy Cats In Bloom, PTI take 3 Spring
Paper: PTI white, SU Tempting Turquoise
Ink: SU Pacific Point, PTI Fresh snow, dark chocolate
Other goodies: gems, Bic Hot Aqua marker, corner rounder, dimensional strips

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Quick, easy and PINK!

Pink? On my blog? Did ya even know I owned pink? Well, I do...I just don't use it often with 2 boys in the house!

I love this quick card combined with SU's Pocket Silhouettes. I can girly it up, like I did here, or make it more masculine with a different color combo. The sentiments can easily be changed out to make this card perfect for any occasion.

Now, I must admit that I didn't pick these colors on my own. A recent SCS color challenge (CC305) was for Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink. I don't own Cherry Cobbler, so I subbed Purely Pomegranate ink.

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Stamps: SU Pocket Silhouettes, Verve
Paper: PTI White, SU Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink
Ink: SU Purely Pomegranate
Other goodies: Pearls, nesties

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Organization, again or is it still?

Hi friends!  I don’t have any creations to share today because I have been busy condensing and, once again, reorganizing.

As a somewhat experienced card maker, but newer scrapbooker, I struggle with how to organize all of my supplies.  For me, these two hobbies, while similar with many of the supplies, are very different.  So, what works for one hobby, doesn’t necessarily lend itself well to the other.  So, I am forever on a quest to find an organizational system that encompasses both.

I was on Two Peas which lead me to this thread about organizing by color.  The question being about if you organize by color, do you organize everything by color.   Well, as is the way of the internet, one thing led to another and I found myself at Stacy Julian's site and her videos about organizing by color.

It all made sense to me!  I have always organized by product.  Ink pads here.  Markers there.  Stickles here.  Reinkers over there.  Colored pencils someplace else.  And, honestly, I thought it worked well for me.  Until I decided to redo those pesky scrapbooks. Then it just wasn't working nearly as well.  I was always looking for this or that for that perfect finishing touch.

So, I began reorganizing my supplies by color. 

Now, I will admit that my bins are not nearly as large as Stacy's.  But then, I don't have the supplies she does either.   Also, where she has open bins filled with goodies, I have tins with lids. (they are on sale at Michael's right now for $2.99 (regular about $6.00).  Dimensions on mine are 7" L x  9.5" W x 3.5" H).  My tins are very similar to this, except mine are plain silver.   This is for a variety of reasons, but mostly to keep my sweet little terrorist kitty out of my goodies.  Right now my tins have embellishments (like pearls, jewels, and other goodies), alphas, Bic markers, stickles, brads, eyelets, some ribbon, large ink pads (my little cubes are in another system for not because I fear the lid will get bumped off and make a huge mess).  I am planning on adding my SU markers, copics, colored pencils, reinkers, dew drops and buttons but right now I have spent hours working on this system and successfully avoiding the laundry.  Unfortunately, you know how demanding kids can be and they seem to DEMAND clean clothes!

As I am going through this process, I see myself eliminating lots of systems and lots more stuff.  Not because it doesn't fit in Stacy's system, but because I literally have to touch every supply and honestly some of the stuff I have been holding onto is just holding me back.

So, how do organize?  By color?  By product?  By some other system that works for you?  Help me out ladies... some days all of this stuff is just weighing me down and draining my mojo!

Once I get this system in place and see how it works I will update all of you.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am off to meet the demands of my kids and their need for clean clothes!  (What's up with that anyway?)  ;)


Friday, January 14, 2011

You Rock!

Over the holiday, I had the chance to get a few great deals from Verve

I have stalked their stamps for a while and just needed to justify spending the money. For part of 2010 I was on a self imposed spending freeze. But right before the first of the year, they were having an awesome sale, so I ordered a few stamps.

They were only open limited days and hours during the holiday, but I have to say, I was impressed. I ordered my stamps on Monday and had them in my hot little hands by the end of the week!

This simple little card was inspired by a scrap of green paper on my desk. I had to decide, use it, put it away, or throw it away! I decided to use it and it would make a cute card for my son.

Now, I have to be honest. I am not sure exactly what color the cs is...I think it might be a SU color, but it was a scrap, in a pile of scraps that I was sorting through. Sorry!

My ink is Color Box Moss Green though!

To give the card a little bit of sparkle, I used my sakura pen and traced over the curly swirls and the word "Rock". Not too flashy or girly, but just a touch of shimmer.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Verve You Rock
Ink - Color Box Moss Green
CS - PTI White
Other goodies - Sakura pen, pop dots
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