I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty

Monochromatic Challenge at RRR: I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty…remember that song from West Side Story?  Well, there’s something about a monochromatic card that just makes my heart sing!  Really Reasonable Ribbon is hosting a super fun monochromatic card challenge right now, and I spent a little play time with Graphic 45’s A Ladies’ Diary so I could play along.  Let’s take a look!

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 01This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with layers and layers of cream ribbons, papers and embellies!  To start things off on the right foot with this I Feel Pretty card, I secured a layer of 1.5″ Ivory Crocheted lace to the bottom edge…and it looks just like a lace petticoat to me!

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty! Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 02The edges of all my papers were sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The elegant cream papers needed something to ground them, and this did the trick nicely.  I matted all layers on a pearlized cream cardstock, and used lots of foam dimensionals to create depth and dimension.

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 03The frame for the focal image was made by die cutting one layer from the paper collection and two more from the pearlized ivory cardstock.  I used Tim’s Ornate Frame #2 and then stacked them up with foam dimensionals in between.  Then the frame was spritzed with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist. I love the way this turned out!

Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 04Here’s a closer view of those lovely layers!  Because the color palette was so simple, I was sure to incorporate lots of texture and pattern with my embellishments.  I die cut a doily from cream cardstock and layered it behind the focal image. The clock sticker was cut in half and layered above and below the framed focal.  A chipboard tag was topped with Debra Natural Crocheted Lace and an Ivory Burlap String Bow. A gorgeous Petaloo Burlap Blossom tops a shabbylicious seam binding bow, adding even more texture to the  mix.  Oh, yes…I Feel Pretty, Oh, So Pretty!  How about you?I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty! Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 05The top half of the card interior features more layered papers, a belly band made from a border strip and a fun gift card pocket.  There’s even a cute mini postcard tucked inside where you can write a little note.

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty! Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 06The bottom half is decorated with fussy cut images from the paper collection, a matted sticker and a stamped sentiment.

I had such fun making this card, and I confess, I found myself humming the “I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty” tune while working.  Dorky, I know..but you gotta take your happy moments wherever you can find them!

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge!  You can find all the details on the RRR BLOG.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!




Give Me the Simple Life

Give Me the Simple Life: RRR May Ribbon Club Assortment and Authentique “Homestead”

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Give me the Simple Life…and some Really Reasonable Ribbon, of course! How about we start the day with a sweetly vintage card featuring the May Ribbon Club Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon?  Have you seen these fabby ribbons yet?  This  red, white and blue color palette is one of my favorites.  It’s perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July and other patriotic projects.  I super love them!


So many pretty ribbons to choose from! This collection is also great for vintage cards and layouts..  Take a peeky at how I used them in this darling card made with Authentique’s “Homestead” paper collection.

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See what I mean?  They look amazing with these vintage papers! I created a belly band with paper from the collection, and then added beautiful Electric Blue Double Faced Satin Ribbon above and below it. This was topped with festive Random Patriotic Stars on White Grosgrain Ribbon.  To give it a little more of a vintage vibe, I lightly tapped the ribbon with Tea Dye Distress Ink before layering it on with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.  I really love the way that Scor-Tape holds ribbon and keeps the ends from fraying!

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The top of my  banner flag is festooned with gorgeous 3/8″ American Flag Print Satin Ribbon.  I love the way this draws the eye to the stitching detail on this denim-backed banner flag.  The red burlap panel adds wonderful texture and plays along with the vintage Americana vibe of the card.

Give Me the Simple Life Close Up


I painted a bottle cap with Picket Fence Crackle Paint, then added a circle punched rooster to the center.  A little straw and some speckled brown eggs were added just for fun.  This cute embellishment is layered on top of a die cut star, and with the smaller star in the upper right corner, it serves to “frame” the focal image.

Give Me the Simple Life Bow


Now let’s talk bows!  Thie double layer beauty on my Give Me the Simple Life card was created with 5/8″ Red Plaid Ribbon and more of that glorious American Flag Print Satin. My vintage button is threaded with ivory burlap string.  I don’t know how I ever managed to tie a bow without the help of my trusty Zutter Bow-it-All Tool! (Enabler alert: Bonnie has the 2.0 version on SALE in the shop…and is now taking Pre-orders for the all new 3.0 version.  And, it’s almost Mother’s Day.  Just sayin’!)

Give Me the Simple Life Interior View


Lately, I’ve been on a kick where I’m going wild finishing the inside of my cards.  It’s so much fun, and it turns a simple card into a real gift. In this Give Me the Simple Life card, I added a pretty border of the American Flag Print Ribbon along with layered papers and images from the collection.  The right hand side has a slash pocket that I filled with a pretty tag that can be used for  home decor.

Give Me the Simple Life Tag Pocket
I embellished the tag with a sticker from the Authentique “Homestead” Collection, and then you
know I had to get into my embellishment stash and search for something fun to add to the mix.
This little wooden washboard was inked with Vintage Photo DI, then draped with a scrap of Red Plaid Ribbon.  The end result made me so happy, I confess, I clapped my hands for joy!  Then I added a novelty apple button, a vintage clip, and more ribbon and burlap string to the top of the tag to finish it off.  I think this card could be used for a kitchen shower or a birthday present, and it would make a fantastic housewarming gift!
The versatility of these ribbons is so exciting: nautical themes, sports themes, kitschy kitchen projects, vintage cards like this one, and of course, patriotic projects!  What would YOU make?  I’d love to hear your ideas for using these glorious ribbons in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!




Frilly & Funkie: Opposites Attract!

Opposites Attract!  New Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Do you ever feel like your crafting is stuck in a creative rut, making the same old same old things all the time?  Well, there’s a new challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog called Opposites Attract! and it might be just the creative shake up you need to move your mojo into a new gear.

I am the hostess for the challenge this go round, and here are the details for Opposites Attract!

For this challenge, the Frilly side of the team will be creating a project in Funkie Style, and the Funkie side of the team will create a Frilly style project.  We’re asking you to break out of your creative rut, deep and create any kind of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and color palette.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!
Because I am on the “Frilly” side of the team, my challenge was to create a project in the Funkie Style.  After conferring with members of the Funkie team, I felt that for me, that meant to spend loads of time building a background with inks, texture pastes, stamps and stencils.  Here’s what I came up with:
Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 01 I had never made a master board before, so I decided this would be a good place to start my challenge.  (In case you don’t know…a master board is a background that you create with inks, stamps, paint, texture paste, stencils, etc.  It’s usually a large piece of paper that you can then cut into smaller bits to use in multiple projects.)
And, I created a SnapGuide Tutorial so that you can see step by step how I went about creating my master board.

Check out How to Create Cards With a Mixed Media Master Board by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are a few more close up views of the finished product.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 02One of the things I loved about “going Funkie” was the amazing freedom I felt while playing with the inks and pastes and sprays.  It was FUN…and the texture was fabulous!

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 03I created a hand made flower and backed it with a custom dyed seam binding bow.  The little chipboard tag is from Graphic 45’s Artisan Style Collection.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 05Here’s a close up of the texture I was talking about.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 06On the inside of the card, I did more layering…but this time with papers from Artisan Style.  I did bring a little “Funkie” inside with the tag I tucked behind the mini postcard, though.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 07This is a Staples Ivory ATC tag that has been inked and stamped.  I had to “split” the sentiment stamp so it would fit on the tag.  If you’ve never done this before, I’ll tell you how I do it.  My secret is to block of the section of the stamp I don’t want to use with a Post-It note or Scotch tape.  Yes, I taped over the “we grow old” portion of the sentiment.  Then I inked my stamp, pulled off the tape and stamped the first half of the sentiment in place.  Then I reversed the process to stamp the remainder of the quote.  Simple, right?  Just remember to pull off the tape or Post it before you stamp, or you’ll end up with a horrible mess.  Just sayin’!

I really enjoyed playing at Opposites Attract, and I hope you’ll give this challenge a go.  You can link your Opposites Attract Challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog until 11:55 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 17th.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!



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Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket and Tags

Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket and Tags with Petaloo and Authentique

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Merry Month of May!  In a few short days it will be Mother’s Day.  Do you have your cards and gifts all made?  If not, I’m here to help with a super fun Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket and Tags.

Mothers Day Beach Gift BasketI found this pasteboard berry basket when I was packing up the studio to move, and when I received the bright, tropical Authentique Utopia collection in my Petaloo Design Team package, I knew they were a match, so I went to work on this Mother’s Day Beach Basket and Tags goodie pack.

Mother's Day Beach Gift BasketI started out painting my berry basket inside and out with a coat of Studio Matte Multi Medium. This served to strengthen the basket and made it a little more waterproof as well.  Next, I applied Matte Medium to my Petaloo Burlap trim and glued it all the way around the basket like a belly band.   I added a row of Pink Burlap trim around the lip of the basket. Layering on pretty flowers, a seashell charm, fibers and memo pin title make it feel fun and festive.

Mother's Day Beach Gift Basket Then I went to work creating a series of tags to tuck inside the basket.  I found that Ranger Manila Tags worked great when I trimmed about 1/5″ off the bottom edge.  After inking all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I layered on fun papers and images from the Authentique Utopia collection.  Tucking in Petaloo flowers and little beach goodies I found in my stash made each tag into a mini gift all its own.

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 07The back of each tag is covered with more paper and a Life Card from the Authentique collection.  You can write Mom a note, share a memory or attach a photo for even more fun.

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 08The paper collection is filled with fun elements like this little banner.  And the canvas Dogwood Blossoms and burlap trims are such a great color match!

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 09I had fun making this DIY Textured Elements blossom!  I love the layers!

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 10 I love all the texture the Petaloo trims add to each tag, don’t you?

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 11And you can never have too many flowers for Mom on Mother’s Day!

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 12These canvas blossoms were spattered with a little Dylusions Linen Spray, and it was so much funj, I went ahead and spattered the artwork, too.

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 13Here’s a look at the reverse side of another tag.  You could even take pictures of your Mother’s Day celebration and save them here. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 02I had just enough room at the back of my Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket to tuck in a little altered slider box.  I just love how cute this is with Canvas Dogwoods and burlap string!

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 03The box was just the right size to hold 5 Fun Size candy bars.  And in case you were wondering, yes…3 Musketeers is my favorite!

How fun would it be to make Mom a tropical breakfast with a Pina Colada and some fresh pineapple and then tuck this darling Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket onto the tray?  You could hide a gift card,  Spa Getaway or other small gift into the basket, too.

I hope you found some fun ideas here.  I know this Mom loves the beach…and chocolate, and cute tags and pretty flowers…so I’m pretty sure your Mom would be thrilled with a Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket, too!

Thanks for stopping by!



Petaloo Products Used in Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket

Teal Mixed Textured Layers 1257-205

Amber Mixed Textured Layers 1257-203

Antique Blue Canvas Dogwoods 1211-253

Pink Canvas Dogwoods 1211-211

Antique Red Mini Burlap 1208-250

Teal Burlap Trims 1483-129

Pink Burlap Trims

Other Products

Authentique Utopia Collection

Authentique Utopia 3″ x 4″ Life Cards

Ranger Manila Tags

Queen for a Day Mother’s Day Card

Queen for a Day Mother’s Day Card for Petaloo

Hello, Friends!  When I was a little girl, I remember watching an afternoon show with my mom called “Queen for a Day.”  We would snuggle up together on the couch and wait for the announcer to call out, “Do YOU want to be Queen for a Day?” at which point the women in the audience would clap and shout and cheer.  A few would be picked to come on stage and be interviewed, and finally the contestant who received the most applause would be crowned “Queen for a Day” complete with a tiara, a fur-trimmed red velvet robe, a bouquet of long stemmed roses,and loads of fabulous prizes…like a washer and dryer, kitchen appliances or maybe even a night out on the town. (Oh, how times have changed!)

This show obviously had a huge impact on my young mind, and for years when I made Mom her Mother’s Day card I would emblazon “Queen for a Day” across the front of the card because, let’s face it, Mom is supposed to be Queen for a Day on Mother’s Day!  My mom has been in heaven for a number of years now, but I still make at least one Mother’s Day card each year to give away.  This year, I used Graphic 45’s Gilded Lily to make this whimsical “If the Crown Fits” Mother’s Day Pocket Card.

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I layered up soft pink and gold and glittered papers with the gorgeous prints in Gilded Lily.  The “Queen” was fussy cut, and I rounded out her ball gown before I glued it down.  She is floating on a sea of gorgeous pink Petaloo Flowers: Velvet Dogwoods, Velvet Hydrangeas, Mini Blossoms and Canvas Dogwoods.

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Those sumptuous flowers,  fancy filigree corner, baby pink seam binding bow and copper crown charm make this card fit for a Queen!


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And if we’re going to “gild the lily” we might as well carry all this gorgeousness over to the inside of the card.  I love the sentiment panel on the left: “Keep Calm and Adjust Your Tiara.”  What mom out there hasn’t lived THAT day?  And look at all the lovely Ladies in Waiting on the right hand side of the card.  They are ready to answer Queen Mom’s every whim.

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The pocket on the right contains an ephemera card from the collection.  This gives you plenty of room to write Mom a mushy note, or a sweet memory.  Because at the end of the day, that’s what Mom really wants, isn’t it?  I dressed this up for the party by adding more Fancy Trims and a singular Velvet Dogwood Blossom and leaf.  ( Here’s a handy hint: when you glue down those pretty velvet leaves, “scrunch” them up a little with your fingers to make them look even more realistic! )

Tuck in a gift card for a day at the spa, and Mom will really feel like she’s Queen for a Day!

Thanks for stopping by!




Petaloo Products Used in this Project

Pink Vintage Velvet Dogwoods 1145-011

Pink Canvas Dogwoods 1121-211

Soft Pink Velvet Hydrangeas 1296-130

Ivory Assorted Blossoms 1263-200

Brown/Green Beaded Hat Pins 1474-038

White Crochet Lace Fancy Trim 1482-000

Other Products:

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily

 Pink Cardstock

Copper Glitter Cardstock

Gold Foil Cardstock

Baby Pink Seam Binding

White Filigree Corner

Copper Crown Charm

Foam Adhesive, 3/8″ Circle Punch, Scissors, Glossy Accents


Drumroll, Please…..

Drumroll, Please….Graphic 45 2016 Design Team Announcement!

Hello, Friends!  Can I have a drumroll, please?  I’ve had such a busy week and I’ve been bursting to share the good news with you all.  Remember this?

Graphic 45 DT call imageWell, the Design Team was announced on Monday…and guess whose name was on the list!  Yup!  My friends, I am now a proud member of the Graphic 45 2016 Design Team!

I created a Children’s Hour Flip Frame Calendar as my final audition piece.  I made calendar tags from Staples Ivory Tags and suspended them from a Tim Holtz Flip Frame.  Because you can only fit about 6 tags on the frame at a time, I made a matching storage box to hold the extra tags.

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Here’s a link to my final round audition videos for those of you who might have missed them.

This is the overview video.

And this is the tutorial for making each individual tag.

I walked around for 2 days in complete shock trying to let it all sink in.  I’m finally starting to believe it…and feel excited and nervous and all of the above.  Gobsmacked is the word that comes to mind!

The competition was incredible this year with many talented artists vying for a spot on this incredible team.  It’s going to be a year of challenge and growth and fun…just my cup of tea! My term begins in June 2016, but I’m already at work behind the scenes: filling out paperwork, learning the ropes for the new team, and working on my first project.  What an exciting time!

Here’s a link to all final round videos for the new team.  If you love Graphic 45 and beautiful paper crafts, you’ll surely want to spend some time enjoying them.  They are just out of this world!


I’m just so blessed to have you all on the journey with me!  Thank you for your friendship, encouragement, feedback and support.  Without you, I’d just be sitting here talking to myself…and that would get boring in a hurry!

Happy dance, anyone?

Thanks for stopping by!




Mermaid Altered Mirror

Mermaid Altered Mirror: Recollections and Canvas Corp Brands Mash Up

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a really cool Mermaid Altered Mirror and some nautical greeting cards to share with you.  It feels sooooo good to be back in the studio after taking time off to move.  Things are not quite perfect yet, but they are definitely functional.  And I’m happy to report that I have some empty shelves in the new and improved Closet of Shame!  Woo-hoo!

So, what do you do after purging your studio?  If you are like me, you go shopping for new crafty goodies!  (Actually, Dale had to buy a new Ping Pong paddle at the sporting goods store, and since Michael’s was right next door….well, you know how that story ends, don’t you?)  While shopping, I found these cool new Recollections Mixed Media Collage pads, one in a kitchen theme and one with a wonderful beachy theme that made me weak in the knees.  And yes…they both came home with me…cuz we can’t have empty shelves in the Closet of Shame, can we?

Recollections Nautical Bay Mixed Media Collage PackHere’s a photo of the collection, so you know what you are looking for.  It goes by the name Recollections Nautical Bay Mixed Media Pack.  It’s in cool sewn-together packaging and contains a printed canvas sheet, printed papers, vintage images,corrugate sheet,  burlap sheet, plain canvas sheet and a sheet of plain white cardstock.  It’s pretty amazing!

Mermaid Altered Mirror 06jpg I am happy to say, I did not hoard these yummy papers. I promptly put them to use to make this Mermaid Altered Mirror for the entryway in our new home.  This started out as a plain white MALMA mirror from IKEA.  These are actually very easy to alter.  I just lay my mirror face down on the back side of my 12×12 paper and trace around it. You’ll want to center the mirror so that all sides are even.   Score and crease on the lines, bevel the corners and place right side up on the mirror front.  Use your bone folder to score around the mirrored portion, then use a craft knife to cut out the square.  Then you’re ready to glue your paper down with matte medium or Modge Podge or whatever collage medium you like to work with.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 03I fussy cut my mermaid from one of the 12×12 papers, then inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  I wanted her to have a little more color on her fins, so spritzed on a little Patina Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  And for sparkle, I added Dazzling Diamonds.  She’s mounted on the corrugate sheet that comes with the mixed media pad.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 04Adding shells, seed beads, and found objects from my stash was almost as good as a walk along the shore.  I made a burlap string “frame” to highlight the sentiment card, too.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 05jpgThis paper is great for altered projects like this Mermaid altered mirror.  It’s heavy, but not too heavy, and takes to fussy cutting and folding and tearing very well.  You can see here how I fussy cut waves from the paper collection, then added mica chips and ink spatters just for fun.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 02I found this striped canvas ribbon in my stash, and it was the perfect complement for the paper.  Topping it with a Petaloo Textured Blossom was the perfect finishing touch.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 06jpgI can’t wait to hang this above my hall entry table.  It’s going to look amazing with all the beachy goodness in our living room/dining room area.

Then, I was having so much fun, and the papers were so pretty, I just had to make a couple of cards.

CCB Anchor Card 02This sentiment panel from Canvas Corp Brands Nautical Cardstock in my stash went so well with the sentiment on the Mermaid Altered Mirror that I decided to use it with the printed canvas and burlap from the Recollections Mixed Media Collage pad.

CCB Anchor Card 04The seahorse was fussy cut, painted with Maple Sugar Glimmer Mist and spattered with Blue Ribbon Chalkboard mist.  I also altered some 7 Gypsies metal corners and invited them to the party along with a little metal anchor embellishment.  The more, the merrier, right?

CCB Anchor Card 05These background papers are from the Recollections pad, but the sailboat is fussy cut from CCB Sand & Sea papers.  I super love the way the inside of this card turned out!

Live in the Moment Nautical Card 01This second card is built on a CCB denim card base.  The focal image, post card and burlap are from the Recollections pad, and the sentiment panels are cut from Sails& Shells paper from CCB.  I told you it was a product mash up!  Sometimes you just want to pull out all kinds of goodies and create to your heart’s content!

Live in the Moment Nautical Card 03I used a Spellbinder’s embossing folder on the card base, then inked it up with Vintage Photo DI.  The paper is from the Recollections pad, and I love it paired up with the sentiments from the CCB paper.  Tucking a postcard into the pocket gives you lots of room to write a note, and you could add any other little gift here as well.

I spent a lovely afternoon playing with paper, and it felt soooo good!  Next time you are in Michael’s, keep an eye out for these mixed media pads!  They are truly loaded with crafty goodness, and make wonderful playmates for your Canvas Corp Brand goodies, too!

Thanks for stopping by!





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