The secret of your own heart you can never know;
but you can know Him who knows its secret.
-George MacDonald

Friday, April 27, 2012


Sometimes I just like to get in my work space and make things. Making tags is especially fun. I had taken some scrapbook paper that I love...then cut, stamped and embossed, and made some decorative tags. After I put them together, I  was wondering what to add on top...hmmm... They just needed that last "something". Well, this week's Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday gave me the answer...I painted these frilly flowers with glue and then dipped them in glitter to add just the right amount of icing on top!
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake...” Francis Bacon, Sr. To see this week's challenge, and how to add some sparkle to your day, go here:

Supplies Used: Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Frilly Flowers, Love and Marriage(little tag)
Dies: PTI-Frilly Flowers, Doily, Filigree Border. Fiskers border punch
Inks: Versafine-onyx black. Tim Holtz Distress-Spun Sugar
Paper: DCWV-Mariposa Stack

Also, go to Nichole's blog, to see the April Blog Hop. Gorgeous creations on there! I completely missed it:-(

By the way, is anyone else having troubles getting their dashboard once they log into their blogspot? If you did and you got it fixed, and can offer helpful advice, I'd appreciate it. Thanks so much:-)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Step It Up to Graduation with Step It Up: Layering

Oh my goodness! I know so many young people that are graduating from school this spring. A niece, a nephew, a cousin, my son's good friend, AND my daughter, who is getting her master's degree! Lots of cardmaking!

This week's Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #62 gave me just the inspiration I needed! Betsy Veldman shows us how to start with a simple stamped card like the one above and then step it up by adding your choices of color, stamps and/or dies.

To the stamped card, I added stars by punching and gluing small stars in black and red. I added the bigger stars by cutting apart the PTI Super Star Borders dies. I raised the larger solid stars up a bit by gluing with mounting tape.

Finally, using more mounting tape, I glued the base to a longer card and added die cut letters.

For my niece, I used the same basic design for the first and second layers. I changed the colors to match her school colors. For the final layer I added an embossed scalloped layer under the book stamp that I cut out and glued with mounting tape. I stamped "Congratulations" on another layer and put that over the embossed layer. I even added some glitter to the mounted stars. Thanks Betsy, for the inspiration!
To see some inspiration for your own cards go to:

Stamps: Papertrey Ink-All Booked Up, Studio g-Graduation, Stampibilities-The Paper Studio
Dies: Super Star Borders Die
Inks: Versafine-Onyx Black, Color Box-Fireberry
Punches: EK scallop punch, star punch
Cuttlebug Moroccan Screen embossing folder, glitter glue

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

More Excuses To Make Flowers!

I LOVE making paper flowers. It's a good thing too, because last year about this time, my daughter and I were making HUNDREDS (I'm not exaggerating) for her wedding decor. Even the "father of the bride" was die cutting and pasting!
Today, on Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #61, Dawn McVey shows us a clever way to make adorable flowers by using leaf die cuts. I decided to use the leaf die cuts and matching stamps from the Frilly Flowers Collection by Papertrey Ink. First, I stamped the die a gorgeous tangelo orange. Then, to give the leaf a little dimension and make it look a little more like a flower petal, I squeezed the more pointed end.

I used a square punch at the base to make my flower (this helped me find the center more easily) and glued the "squeezed ends" of the leaves at the center. Then I glued and layered...

With the Frilly Flowers Collection, you get three sizes of leaves. I used the medium and small size leaves to make the petals. For the center of the flower, I folded two small stars from a Papertrey die cut, glued, and added a little pearl.

I decided to adorn a tag with the flower I made. I LOVE adding tags to all kinds of gifts. As with all the Make It Monday Ideas, there are so many possibilities. You can make a flower using any kind of die cut...Take a look at the Make It Monday AND all the projects that are submitted. Lots of imagination going on out there!
To see the Make It Monday for this week go to:

Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Frilly Flowers
Die Cuts: Papertrey Ink-Frilly Flowers, Super Star Borders, Limitless Layers 1 3/4 Circle
Punch: Martha Stewart Square punch
Inks: Memento Tangelo, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: DCWV Coral Couture Stack

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #60 Generational Stamping

What a beautiful technique Ashley Cannon-Newell shows us this week on Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday! Especially nice for this time of year. By using the same color ink and stamping twice before you "re-ink", you can not only double your colors, the method creates a wonderful watercolor effect...just like the springtime world outside right now.

By using just two colors...Color Box-Fireberry and Memento-Bamboo Leaves, I was able to make all these beautiful shades of color creating a "Monet" like feel.

Here's a closer look.

I even decided to "generational stamp" the flower layers, creating a darker and lighter red. Ashley even shows how to stamp first on "scrap paper" to get a lighter color for your stamp.(if the lighter color is all you want)

To see and try this lovely technique for yourself, go to:
Wishing you all a wonderful and joyful Easter!
"You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."~ Acts 2:28

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Frilly Flowers, Garden Variety, Background Basics:Wrought Iron
Studio g-Easter Joy
Dies: Papertrey Ink-Seed Packet, Seed Packet Frame
Inks: Color Box-Fireberry, Memento-Bamboo Leaves, Versafine-Onyx Black
White, green and red cardstock
Prismacolor Crimson Red Colored Pencil for coloring in lettering "Easter Joy"
green button, white crochet yarn