Sunday, July 31, 2016

CYCI #131 Challenge

This week's challenge over at Can You Case It is a color challenge using grays, yellows and black.  I created this card with a yellow base card followed by a black mat that was embossed using my Cuttlebug, Geometric rings embossing folder.  I don't have much grey paper, so I used what I had with my Just Rite Open Leaves Dies for the leaves and cut out my label with the two smaller dies from my Spellbinders, 5 x 7 Mystical Embrace dies.  I cut one from white and one from grey.  I then added some yellow felt flowers that I had in my stash and put a black flat backed pearl in the center of each flower.  Finally, I finished it off with a pretty white bow.  

I hope you like this card.  Why not take the challenge yourself?  It is fun and easy to do.  We would love to see what you come up with.  So stop by and try it out for yourself.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Precious Memories Mini Photo Album

My final album for this week is this gorgeous Precious Memories mini album.  I created this album using a tutorial by Catherine Chapdelaine as a guide.  There are tons of places to display photos and keepsakes along with places for journaling.  The book was created using the Graphic 45 Precious Moments paper collection, including the chipboard tags, journaling cards, sticker sets etc.

This album is for sale in my Ebay store.  You can view the listing here:

I also have a walk thru video which shows you all the interactive pockets, flaps, and other features of this album.  You can watch the video here:

I have also included photos of the binding and inside pages:

I hope you like this album.  It would make a wonderful gift for a new mother, or anyone who want's to show off baby photos in a fun and beautiful way.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beautiful Handmade Our Little Princess 6 x 6 Mini Album

This is another new mini album that I created.  I used a tutorial from Catherine Chapdelaine as a guide for this album along with DCWV papers called Preppy Princess.  I love how pretty and feminine this album is with all the pinks, greens, and yellow colors.  There is also a lot of glossy glittered elements on the papers too!   I hope you do to!  It is available for sale on  in my Ebay store.

You can view all the pages and features of this wonderful album by watching the following video:

Here are photos of the binding and inside pages:

A lot of time and attention to detail went into creating this album.  I think it would be a wonderful baby shower gift, or would make a very special grandma's brag book.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mother Goose Themed Mini Photo Album

Well I finally bit the bullet and created one of these interactive mini photo albums.  I have been admiring them online for some time now.  I purchased some tutorials from Catherine Chapdelaine on how to make them.  This particular one is 6 inches tall and 8 inches across.  It features papers and embellishments from the Graphic 45 Mother Goose Collection.  I cannot tell you how time consuming this book is to make!  But, I think it turned out beautifully.  I have made a couple more in different themes/papers that I will be featuring soon.

This particular book is available for sale on Ebay.  

Here is a video that will walk you thru the entire album page by page.

Here are more photos of the spine inside pages:

I hope you enjoyed seeing this album.  It was really fun, although as I said, pretty intense to make.  If you know anyone who would like to have this album, send them on over to my ebay store, (link above)!  

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

CYCI #130 Birthday Challenge

This week's challenge over at Can You Case It is a birthday challenge.  We all need to make birthday cards at one time or another, so this is a great opportunity to show off your creativity and to have a birthday card all ready when you need one.

I chose to do a triple stamped technique for my card using two birthday balloon stamps from my stash.  I purchase a lot of my stamps at yard sales so I don't always know the brand/name of the stamps I used.  I used a larger stamp as my focal point and colored just those balloons using my Spectrum Noir markers.  I stamped a smaller balloon around the background and left it uncolored.  I added the sentiment and some red sequins (all I had) and decided to cover the colored balloons with glossy accents to really make them pop.  I hope you like this card and will take the opportunity to join in the fun by taking this challenge!  Give it a go!  You've got nothing to lose.

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Products used:
Black and White Card stock
2 different balloon stamps
Stazon Black ink
Sizzix Banners #2 Stamp and die set
Glossy Accents
Red Sequins
Spectrum Noir Markers TB1, TB2, TB3, TB4, CR4, CR8, DR1, DR6, LG2, LG3, LG5, and JG1

Sunday, July 17, 2016

CYCI # 129 - Color Challenge

This week's challege over at Can You Case it? is a color challenge.  I really didn't know where to begin with these colors, but it always amazes me how the creative process works.  I started with a cream colored base card.  I then added mats of tan and blue.  The flowers were created using my arianna blooms stamp and die set.  I made one slightly larger and darker, the other two lighter and smaller.  The doily was also die cut from the cream paper and the tag from the tan paper.  I then stamped the sentiment and added the ribbon.  I had this small bird pin, which I removed from the pin back and added it to the tag.

I hope you like the card.  Please stop on over and take the challenge!  We would all love to see your creation!


Supplies used:
Cream, tan, blue, lt pink, and medium pink card stock
sheer pink ribbon
Versa Fine Black ink 
Sentiment stamp
Marianne Designs LR0154 tag die
Top Dog  Madison Doily Die
Arianna Blooms die and stamp set.
dk. pink ink.
flat back pearls
bird pin

Sunday, July 10, 2016

CYCI #128 - Sketch Challenge

This week's challenge at was a sketch challenge.  I created the card above for this challenge by trying out some new techniques.  The sketch itself is a pretty simple one, so I decided to add a little pizzazz by doing a decorative background.  I first stamped watercolor paper with the stamp of my choice using the versa mark watermark ink onto watercolor paper.  Then I embossed it with white embossing powder and painted over the entire piece with watercolors.  It created this neat resist effect.  I then cut and stamped the sentiment, added a couple embellishments and mounted it on black card stock, that was then attached to a white card base.  Here is an image of the inside of the card.

Stop on over to and check out all the wonderful and creative entries by the other design team members.  Then create your own unique card and play along!


5x7 white base card
purple, white and black card stock
watercolor paper
Versa Fine Watermark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Watercolor paints
Stamp of your choice ( I used Hot off the Press Simply Susan Stamp Set)
Just Rite Vintage Labels 4 Die (which I trimmed)
Purple ribbon
Purple gems
Black Versa Fine Ink

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

CYCI#127 Color Challenge - Blue, Turquoise and Lime

This week's challenge required the use of the colors; Blue, Turquoise and Lime.  It was an unusual color combo for me, but turned out to be a really fun challenge.  I created this cute, clean and simple birthday card (see above).  This was a really quick and easy card to make and could be used with any color combo or sentiment.  Why don't you give it a try?  And, while your at it, why not join in the fun and participate in this challenge over at! 

Close up of label:

Supplies used:

5.5 x 5.5 inch square white base card
5.25 x 5.25 inch turquoise card stock
5.0 x 5.0 inch striped lime and white card stock which was mounted on craft foam.
4 turquoise heart boutique brads - doodlebug design, inc.
4 1/8 x 3 1/8  inch pieces of Lime and Blue card stock.
Nellies Tags 4 (next to largest die) cut from white cardstock
Happy Birthday stamp (from my stash)
Light green and Turquoise sharpie (to color flowers on tag)
VeraFine Majestic Blue ink
Turquoise satin ribbon

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