A Wedding Card

No challenges or anything today.  I’m just here today, just to be here today.

The good news is that I survived last week with my Sweetheart gone for our local troop’s Scout Camp.  And when I say ‘survived’, I mean BARELY, and I’m afraid not very gracefully.  It is always a rough week on me, leaving me looking to catch up on sleep for weeks afterward.  But we’re all still here and in one piece, and he has returned safe and sound with fond memories, so I think we’ll just leave it at that.

The bad news is that our A/C konked out last night, and we awoke this morning to a starting indoor temperature of 80 degrees.  We have an appointment to have it checked today at 5pm.  And while one child has a cold and another has an upset stomach, and I have this crazy ringing in my ears that makes me feel dizzy and gives me a headache,… I’m afraid we are already calling it a day and just moseying around with not an ounce of ambition.  Although, I might find enough gumption to create a card or organize some supplies.

I created this card during a few spare moments yesterday.  A few days ago, I found a scrap piece of cardstock in my files that was already embossed with a lattice pattern, so I grabbed that and a Sweet Life flower trio from my bits and pieces box that I had stamped a while ago, and I lazily created this card here and there throughout the day.


The flowers were stamped with PTI’s trio of purple inks, and the sentiment was stamped with Plum Pudding ink.  I sent the rectangle frame through my Xyron machine then added some white glitter.  Spritzed the flowers with sparkle spray and dotted all the visible lattice intersections with mini pearls.


Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Love and Marriage, The Sweet Life (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White, Winter Wisteria Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Plum Pudding, Royal Velvet, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Winter Wisteria (PTI)
Embellishments:  Pearls (Recollections); Sparkle Shimmer Spray (Tsukineko); Misc White Glitter
Tools:  Wedding Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug); Fishtail Flag Stax Die (MFT Stamps); The Sweet Life Dies (PTI); Xyron Sticker Machine


Fusion Card Challenge #10

We have had the week off from lessons, and I had great plans to create a bunch of cards.  But I found myself being distracted over and over again by home organizing projects instead. So, once again, it’s been terribly silent all week here at the blog.

I do have something for this week’s Fusion Card Challenge, though.  Here are the challenge elements:


Upon first seeing this inspiration photo, I immediately thought of Love Lives Here.  My thoughts were along the lines of ‘happy home’ for a newly engaged or wedded couple.  So, this is where my creativity led me:


I created a row of homes, with one ‘happy home’ standing out from the others by stamping it in light blue similar to the photo’s color and then giving it a little pop with a red heart.  The 3 white homes were embossed with the Wood Grain impression plate, and all of the homes were adhered with foam adhesive.

The card base is Classic Kraft, and the Rustic White mat layer was embossed with the Linen/Canvas impression plate and then stitched and distressed around the perimeter after I added a strip of Soft Stone cardstock to it.  I zig-zag stitched across the edges of the Soft Stone cardstock for some slight contrast.  The sentiments – from PTI’s Happily Ever After stamp set – were stamped using CTMH Slate ink.  The rhinestones are because I thought a wedding/engagement card should have a bit of happy bling on it.


Please stop by to see what the rest of the Fusion Design Team have created and to see the details for this challenge.  I hope you’ll participate with us!

Deanna Jean / Kelly Griglione / Amy Tsuruta / Kay Miller / Lyndal Higgins

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Happily Ever After, Love Lives Here (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Classic Kraft, Rustic White, Soft Stone Cardstocks (PTI); Can’t remember which red cardstock I used for the heart, sorry!
Inks:  Spring Rain (PTI; Slate (CTMH)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Machine Stitching
Tools:  Wood Grain Impression Plate, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate, Love Lives Here Die (PTI); Sewing Machine

Fusion Card Challenge #6

Welcome to another Fusion Card Challenge!  I loved seeing all your creations with last week’s gorgeous colors and fun sketch.  We have a fantastic group of talented participants at the Fusion challenge. 😉

Here is our challenge this week:


This one stumped me for a bit.  I am LDS, so I don’t have much to do with coffee or tea, or even teacups!  I don’t have one single teacup image in my stamp stash or my supplies.  Not even a sticker or decorative paper.  Zip, zilch, nada!

So, what I pulled from this photo was the repeated elements in different patterns and the bright, pretty color combo against the gray background.


Why I went with the ‘engagement’ theme, I have no idea.  It just seemed fitting for a bunch of hearts, I suppose.  It was either that or Valentine’s, and I don’t really need many Valentine cards, so I went with engagement congrats instead.

I used Basic Gray for the background, matted onto some True Black cardstock to frame it.  I used the Heart Die set by Sweet & Sassy stamps to cut all the hearts from various PTI patterned papers.  The layout comes directly from the product image at Sweet & Sassy stamps, which you can view HERE.  I simply arranged them exactly as they appear in that graphic,… um,… just because I thought it looked like a fun arrangement, honestly.

Each of the hearts are popped up on dimensional adhesive for some depth, and I scattered a few rhinestones around.  The sentiment lines are from PTI’s Congrats All Ways stamp set.


A little informal, as far as engagement cards go, I imagine.  But I think I could find a cute little modern couple or bride who might like this.

Please stop by to see what the rest of the Fusion Design Team have created and to see the details for this challenge.  I hope you’ll participate with us!

Deanna Jean / Kelly Griglione / Amy Tsuruta / Kay Miller / Lyndal Higgins

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Congrats All Ways (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); True Black Cardstock, Patterned Papers (PTI); Basic Gray Cardstock (SU!)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Hearts Die Set (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)

Dynamic Duos #47

Today’s Dynamic Duos challenge is for the colors Pool Party and Cherry Cobbler.
Fun, right?!


I really love the aqua and red combo.  This is what I created:


I opened my new Paired Up stamp set from Clearly Besotted Stamps in order to create an anniversary card.  Although, I suppose this is a little nontraditional and rustic for an anniversary card.  But I like it!  I don’t really send out anniversary cards, but I had a good time creating this, anyway. 😉

I used PTI Classic Kraft ink for the moon, stamping it off once for the lighter shade.  The little leaves are also stamped in Classic Kraft.  I used the two-heart stamp from the Paired Up set and also two other separate hearts from the Tag Its #11 stamp set to create the group of hearts.  I stamped the birds in Pool Party ink and then fussy cut them to adhere them with foam adhesive.


Make sure you stop in to see what the rest of the Design Team have created and to check out the details for this challenge.  I hope you’ll participate with us!

Allyson Andersen (me) | Christina Barnes | Vicki Burdick | Karen Day | Deanna Dean
Jenny Engelke | Anne Marie Hile | Erna Logtenberg | Bobbie Trost | Amy White

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Paired Up (Clearly Besotted Stamps); Tag Its #11 (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  Classic Kraft, Rustic White Cardstocks (PTI); Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party Cardstocks; Designer Paper (SU!)
Inks:  Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Cherry Cobbler (SU!); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft, Recollections); Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools:  Hearts Border Die, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate  (PTI)

Bride and Groom CAS(E) This Sketch

I admit I’ve shared more than my share of bad news and frustration over the last few weeks, so I thought I’d better share some of the good news.  I received word from one of the companies that had a fraudulent account opened in my name, indicating that the account is recognized as such and will be closed immediately and word will be sent to the collections agency and to the credit reporting agencies to have them also recognize it as such.  So, one down,… heaven knows how many more to go!!  😉

Actually, I just need to hear from one more company, and that will take care of the two outstanding accounts that I do know of, for now.  I have no idea if there is still someone out there using my info at present.  I guess I may not know for a few years!  The things we’re dealing with now were opened back in 2009 and 2010, so it could still be happening.  Hopefully, though, it is becoming more difficult for them to operate with my information, and hopefully they’ll eventually get discouraged and quit.  Let me just dream for a minute, will you please?

Really, I just want to feel good about this one bright spot for a moment!  Then we can get back to reality.  If we must. 😉

We have a wedding to attend in a few weeks for my husband’s niece.  The colors for her wedding are red and gray (very dramatic!), so I tried to use those colors with the CAS(E) This Sketch #14 challenge to create a card to accompany our gift to the happy couple.

EDITED TO ADD:  This is the photo of the ‘after’ project.  Scroll down for the ‘before’ photo.  I changed out the twine for the white ribbon and moved the rhinestones from the red heart down to the bottom left of the silver circle.



You’ll have to let me know what you think about it, because it’s not quite sitting well with me and I don’t want to give out a dorky card, you know!  Hubby says it’s fine, but I’m not sure that’s completely comforting to me.

I think it might be the cream twine.  Or how I placed the rhinestones at the bottom of the heart.  Or something.  I put the rhinestones at the bottom of the heart because they seemed to interfere with the glitter on the paper at the top, but it seemed like the heart needed a little bit of distinction atop the ‘silver’ glitter circle.  Then the ‘silver’ glitter circle looked goofy to me next to the ‘actual’ silver heart charm I tied on with the twine.  Maybe it’s just that the ‘silver’ glitter circle is a bit too big.

I don’t know.  Do you know?


At any rate, they are a cute little modern couple, so I figured this design might be fun for them.  But please, PLEASE tell me if this is a dorky card!  Before March 2nd, if you can.  So I don’t embarrass myself by putting it out into the world!!  I mean, embarrass myself any more than I already have by sharing it today, of course. 😉

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wedding Cake (Sweet & Sassy)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Glitter Cardstock (DCWV); Red Glittered Designer Cardstock (We R Memory Keepers); Misc Black Cardstock
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI); Misc Silver Charm
Tools:  Standard Circles Dies (Spellbinders); Heart Prints Die (PTI); Scrollmark Embossing Folder (Sizzix – Wedding #2 Pack); Scor Buddy

Paper Players CAS Frame Challenge

I wanted to make something for The Paper Players #118 challenge for a CAS Framed Out project.  I admit, though, that I have been busy and exhausted this week and struggling to accomplish anything outside of what absolutely has to be accomplished.  So my card today is uber simple.

I used stamps from the Love & Marriage set here.  The heart is in SU! Primrose Petals ink.  I used Spellbinders Labels 1 dies for the frames.

Wishing I could have some extra sleep this weekend, but that won’t happen.  We are busy, busy.  We also have a family Halloween party to attend tomorrow, and if there’s one thing I am absolutely guaranteed from family parties in Autumn and Winter, it’s that we will all turn up sick in a few days because of it.  (darn it.)  Feeling a little discouraged about it, actually.

Anyway!  Hopefully it will be mild this time.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, that it will be mild this time!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Love & Marriage (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Primrose Petals (SU!)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Labels 1 Dies (Spellbinders)