Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Hi Everyone!

I have two wonderful things to share with you today :). The first is my card for this week's challenge over at Inspired By Stamping. Last week was the first time I took part in the challenge and I had such a wonderful time that I decided to take part again. Everyone was so sweet and encouraging... such a lovely group of very talented ladies! I am definitely hooked! If you haven't joined in on the fun yet, you should definitely give it try. Joanna and the lovely ladies on the design team are the sweetest ever and they make you feel so special and welcomed!

The second thing I want to share with you today is that I am very honored and excited to tell you that my card was selected as the winner for last week's Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge! Can you believe that??? I am still in shock!!! I can't believe out of all the amazing cards, my card was chosen. I want to thank Joanna and her talented design team for selecting my card and making my day! I received some bad news earlier in the day, so it really lifted my spirits to find out my card was chosen and to read all the sweet comments. Thank you so much ladies!

Alrighty now, back to my card for this week's challenge...
For my card base I used Lifestyle Craft's Nesting Frame 8 and PTI cream card stock. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and choose colors from My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline paper pad. I usually tend to stick to my neutrals and pinks, so for me choosing pastel yellow, aqua, and peach was a rare occasion for me. To create my handmade flower, I layered a Prima crochet flower, some May Arts crochet lace, a burlap string bow, and a pale yellow flower from IAR. My framed sentiment was created with Spellbinders Label 15 framed out using Spellbinders Classic Square and the gorgeous IBS Heartfelt Gratitude set. I also used some beautiful crochet lace and pearl flower trim from Karlas001Etsy, a resin embellishment from Melissa Frances, some jute rope, bling, and flowers. The super pretty peach flower is also by IBS and can be purchased here.

I almost didn't make it to this week's challenge. I had so much going on this week and had only a few hours left with no card made. Thankfully this week's challenge was a sketch challenge. Here is the sketch:
Thank you so much for stopping by! If you get a chance, stop by the Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge to check out all the gorgeous creations and join in on the fun! I hope everyone has a happy crafty weekend!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Hello sweet friends! I hope everyone is having a wonderful crafty week! As for me, I finally had some free time this weekend to sit down and be crafty. Such a much needed break! Crafting is definitely therapeutic for me.

Back in March, I was "on a mission" for some new Spellbinder Label stamps and happened to stumble upon some stamps by Joanna Munster. Omg, talk about love at first sight! I instantly fell in love with her stamps, and her style? ...OMG! I felt like I was in heaven!!! I think I stayed up for hours that night reading her blog and just absolutely drooling over her style, hehe! I just love her shabby chic style and the way she incorporates lots of lace and sewing in her cards... totally right up my alley :) If you like my style, you'll definitely love Joanna's! Please stop by Joanna's blog and her store, Inspired By Stamping. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

Also in March, Joanna started the Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge. I was so tempted to enter, but the thought of submitting my work to be judged sent chills up my back! I created a few cards but each time I always ended up "chickening out." If you're actually reading this, it must mean that I put on my "big girl panties," held my breath, and hit post. Wish me luck... and some courage too ;)
This is my card that I created for Joanna's challenge. For this week's challenge we needed to use the colors pink, turquoise, and white as show in this photo here:
Isn't that a gorgeous bedroom? I'd love to have such a shabby chic piece of heaven but I don't think the hubby would... shucks!

For my card I used the gorgeous Fancy Labels 18 and Big Notes IBS stamp sets. Two stamp sets that are definitely a must! I can never have enough sentiments and "label" stamps! I also used the London Market paper collection by Pink Paislee and PTI card stock in kraft and cream. To create my flower, I hand stitched some white crochet trim by May Arts and some turquoise party streamer that I had in my stash, then added a flower in the center. The solid pink flower  is also by IBS and is my ABSOLUTE favorite! Definitely hoarding vault material ;) To create my butterfly, I layered two butterflies made from a Martha Stewart and an EK Success punch that were edged with Vintage Photo distress ink, added two pearls, and some Prima bling. The two tiny pink buttons are by Pebbles and perfectly balanced the pink in my opinion. The eyelet lace is from my hoarding vault :) and the crochet trim I used to create my bow is by May Arts. If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them :) Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful, crafty week!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Shabby Chic Glassine Bag Mini Tag Album

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful crafty week so far. I have a shabby chic mini glassine bag mini that I wanted to share with you. I've had this post forever in my drafts folder and keep waiting to add a video to it, but since my darling little Chloe just loves to require all my attention when I'm trying to film, I decided to just go ahead and post this now and add a video in later. I hope you guys like it!

The size of the glassine bags are 2 3/4" by 4 1/4" and were purchased from EbayThe papers are digital images I purchased from Iralajima and printed on white card stock. They were the perfect size for my glassine bags. I distressed each one with my Zutter Distrezz It All, which I totally love and absolutely makes distressing a breeze! I also used some prima laces and other laces from my stash and of course, had to use my FAVORITE pearl trims from Karlas001 Etsy. Other products I used were some crochet flowers I purchased from Etsy, IAR flowers, Recollections flowers, seam binding in (my favorite color!) from Zipperstop, chipboard pieces of some of my favorite sizzix dies, a bird cage charm from my stash, and some Maya Road burlap string.

It was super fun and really quick to make. I hope you'll give it a try! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll have a great week!
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