Saturday, December 24, 2011


Sanne is celebrating her 9th birthday today. She's been excited for weeks and today is finally the day. She wanted us to wake her up at 7am because she didn't want to wait too long for her birthday gifts. Well....we woke her up at 8am so we all could sleep in a little on the first day of our holiday break.

I enjoyed making this birthday card for Sanne. Stamping on white cardstock I used the three flower stamps from the Little Lady set to create a background. The banner was made with the Banner Builder set and dies.

To add a bit of texture to my card, I impressed the stamped background with the Linen & Canvas Impression Plate.

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Farm Fresh) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Little Lady, Banner Builder, Congrats All Ways) | Ink: A Muse Studio (Bermuda, Lichen, Cranberry, Papaya, Shell), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Crystals, adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Banner Builder Collection, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate), sewing machine

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Gifts

Today I have some Christmas gifts to share. Last Wednesday we had a Christmas dinner party from my work. We always do something special for both owners. We bought them a gift, but each employee was also asked to buy a product and decorate it with a personal note. Of course I wanted to do a bit more than just adding a tag or adhesive label with a note. I tied a piece of burlap to the jar's lid and decorated it with tags.

The Tag Sale #5 and Damask Snowflake dies are two of my favorite winter/Christmas dies from Papertrey Ink. I just love the shape of these dies.

The 2011 Holiday Tags stamp set is another favorite as it is a perfect set to quickly make some gift tags.

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado), Bazzill Basics Paper (Straw) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (2011 Holiday Tags, Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado), A Muse Studio (French Roast) | Twine: May Arts, Cards & Wishes | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Tag Sale #5, Damask Snowflakes, Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circle Collection) | Other: glitter cardstock, foam adhesive, burlap

Yesterday the girls had their Christmas dinner party at school and as usual I made a little gift for their teachers.

I filled a kraft bag with chocolates and hot chocolate mix. Quick and easy....made at the very last minute. The Kraft Bags Dots and Kraft Bags Stripes are available in my store Cards & Wishes. The bags are great for favors, treats and gift wrapping.

The lovely doilies can be found in my store too.

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy), Bazzill Basics Paper (Straw) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (2011 Holiday Tags, Bells & Boughs) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado), A Muse Studio (French Roast, Lichen) | Kraft bags: Cards & Wishes | Doilies: Cards & Wishes | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Bells & Boughs, Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circle Collection)

I'll be back with another card tomorrow. Have a great day, and thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Got Sketch? 135 and Guest Designer Announcement

This time of year is always busy in our household. Not only because of all the festive activities, but both our girls celebrate their birthday in December too. I haven't had time yet to post my contribution to Got Sketch? 135 that went up on the blog last Monday. As always I had fun working with Valerie's sketch. Papertrey Ink's Cover Plate: Quatrefoil is one of my new favorites.

I stamped the background text with A Muse Studio's Latte ink, covered the vintage cream cardstock with the Quatrefoil die-cut and then stamped a snowflake in Ripe Avocado.

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado) | Patterned paper: Papertrey Ink (Distressed Dots) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (2011 Holiday Tags, Background Basics: Christmas, Peace Be Still) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Ripe Avocado), A Muse Studio (Latte) | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Ripe Avocado) | Twine: May Arts | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Cover Plate: Quatrefoil, Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circle Collection, Limitless Layers: 2.5" Circle Collection, Damask Snowflakes), EK Success (1 3/4" Circle Punch) | Other: glitter cardstock, foam adhesive

This card is also my entry for the last challenge of 2011 on the A Passion for Papertrey Ink blog. It's been ages ago since I played along with their challenges and I will definitely play along more often in 2012, because I sure have a passion for Papertrey Ink. I didn't read the challenge requirements quite well. I thought the color to use was green, but green has to be included, so it didn't have to be a monochromatic card. Nevertheless, I'm pleased with my card and so are my parents. I made this one for them.

I would like to announce the guest designer for my store Cards & Wishes. It wasn't easy to pick just one designer from the submissions that I received. Therefore, I chose two guest designers. One will guest design in January, and the other one in February. The guest designer for January is Wilma Hilferink. Wilma has a great and colorful style that I like a lot, and I can't wait to see what she will create. February's guest designer is Durvina van Broekhoven. Her style is totally different from mine, but her designs are gorgeous. Thanks to all of you who submitted to this call.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Birthday Wishes

Today my sister-in-law Lisette is celebrating her birthday. I lifted this design from Betsy Veldman and this idea from Melissa Phillips, but mine didn't turn out as beautiful as theirs. I had a bit of a hard time with the Crate papers and was not really happy with the card. I didn't have time to start all over, because Lisette lives in Australia and I had to mail out the card to make sure it arrived in time.

I really like my new Quatrefoil cover plate from Papertrey Ink....

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic White) | Patterned paper: Crate Paper | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Birthdays by the Numbers, Bells & Boughs, Mixed Messages) | Ink: A Muse Studio (Currant, Eucalyptus), Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), May Arts | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Twine: May Arts (Ivory) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Tag Sale #4, Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circle Collection, Cover Plate: Quatrefoil), sewing machine | Other: foam adhesive | Sentiment tag: Cards & Wishes

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Last Friday one of our friends celebrated his birthday. I made him this card inspired by this card from Betsy Veldman. I kept the design a bit more clean & simple. I used the Linen & Canvas impression plate on the kraft panel, but it's hard to see. I find it hard to make good photos this time of year due to the bad weather and early darkness.

All alpha blocks were adhered with foam adhesive to create more depth...

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Enchanted Evening, Stamper's Select White), Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Alpha-blocks) | Ink: A Muse Studio (Blueberry, Ocean, Bermuda, Eucalyptus, Fern) | Felt: Papertrey Ink (Blueberry Sky) | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Twine: May Arts (Ivory) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Alpha-blocks Die, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate), sewing machine | Other: foam adhesive

Have a happy Sunday!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Your Special Day

Today Fleur is celebrating her 11th birthday. She was pretty excited and couldn't wait for us to wake her up this morning and surprise her with birthday gifts. We celebrated her birthday with our family yesterday afternoon. The birthday card I made her was inspired by this card from Melissa Phillips. I just loved the way she used Papertrey Ink's Tiny Tags II set. Fleur is really into blue and purple at the moment, so I decided to use her favorite colors.

And a close up of the cute tags...

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Stamper's Select White) | Patterned paper: Papertrey Ink (2008 Bitty Dot Basics, 2008 Bitty Star Basics) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Tiny Tags, Tiny Tags II, Little Lady) | Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), A Muse Studio (Bermuda, Sky, Ocean, Blueberry, Navy), VersaColor (Violet) | Crystals: Zva Creative | Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Buttons: Papertrey Ink (Plum Pudding, White & Cream Mix) | Twine: May Arts (Ivory), Cards & Wishes (Plum) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Medium Scalloped Border Die, Tiny Tags Die), sewing machine | Other: sheet music

Have a wonderful day! Until next time...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Got Sketch? Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 6

The countdown to Christmas has started, and the Got Sketch? Creative Team have been sharing Christmas sketch-based projects for twelve consecutive days. You should really check the Got Sketch? blog to see the projects posted so far. My SIL Lisette kicked off with a gorgeous set of tags.

I love to use the traditional red and green color combo for Christmas cards, but a non-traditional color combo can also be very refreshing. For this card based on Sketch 77 I used Papertrey Ink's Sugar Plum collection.

I used adhesive dots to create more depth...

And stamped the sentiment on a cardstock strip so it really shows off...

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Fine Linen, Plum Pudding, Simply Chartreuse), Bazzill Basics Paper (Straw) | Patterned paper: Papertrey Ink (Sugar Plum) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Tree Trimming Trio, Bells & Boughs) | Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Papertrey Ink (Fresh Snow), A Muse Studio (Fern) | Crystals: Zva Creative | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Bells & Boughs Die Collection, Double-Ended Banners Die, Doily Details Collection, Medium Scalloped Border Die, We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper), sewing machine | Adhesive: Zva Creative (1mm dots)

I would like to remind you that the deadline of the Cards & Wishes Guest Designer Call is tomorrow. One more day to mail your submission.

Have a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping by.