Hot Air Balloon ‘Hello’

The color purple + a lovely sketch = a very fun card!

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I cut the hot air balloon shape using my Silhouette Cameo, and wanted to leave a lot of open space in between to try and keep it ‘Clean And Simple.’

The banner is a store-bought embellishment that I trimmed to size, and the sentiment ‘Hello’ is stamped and embossed on the bottom panel.

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The cloud die cuts were purchased in the same “shape” as the hot air balloon, and the cloud stamp was a freebie from Ellen Hutson that I received as a ‘Thank You’ for a Black Friday purchase (Score!)

The die cut clouds are heat embossed and the background cloud is stamped with purple ink.

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One thing I can say for sure about this card is it has some serious DIMENSION. I popped out the second layer background card along with the hot air balloon pieces and the clouds.  The foam adhesive was definitely calling my name on this one…

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I had a ball making this card! (Such a challenge in the beginning on how to use that purple…) But I really like how it ultimately all came together!

I am so excited to be playing over at CASology Week 80 and Freshly Made Sketches 121!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! It’s my husband’s birthday on Sunday, and we are planning on partying for the Super Bowl, too! (However, I have to admit it – I’m not a huge football fan and I really only like watching for the commercials!)

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Cardstock in White, Kraft, Light Purple, and Dark Purple.
Ink – Delta Rubber Stampede Pigment in Purple.
Stamps – Stampendous! Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC109. Cloud stamp from Ellen Hutson.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Hot air balloon.
Adhesive – Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares. Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape. Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner.
Other – Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad. Recollections Embossing Powder in Snow. Adhesive border from K&Company Brenda Walton Olivia Rose collection.


Brighter days are ahead

Hopefully the card for today will inspire thoughts of Springtime and warmer temperatures on this bitterly cold, 11-degree day here in Central Massachusetts! At least, that’s my hope!


I used my Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to lay out the text and colorize it. I have never tried to use the color fill feature for text in the Silhouette software, but in this case I’m so glad that I did – with just a few clicks, I was able to create a shaded watercolor look which is just what I was going for!


Based on her own tip, I used Kerri Bradford’s Friday Freebie/Funky Leaf digital download shape to create a tree, and watercolored a paper backing that I glued behind it.  I hole punched some color coordinating dots and “enameled” them using Glossy Accents medium.  Finally I popped out the top layer card and tree on some foam squares and rounded two of the four corners.


The design of this card was inspired by the tree shape and sentiment sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #61:

and by the soft taupe, pink, and light green colors from the Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #2:

I am entering this card into both of these challenges.

Here’s hoping for brighter days, indeed! And soon!!!

Supplied used:
Paper – Recollections Cards, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections cardstock in Light Taupe, Dark Taupe, Light Coral and Dark Coral. Canson watercolor paper.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Kerri Bradford’s Friday Freebie/Funky Leaf digital download shape
Font – Karl Whitefoot
Other – Crayola watercolors.

A lovely ‘Hello’ *Updated*

UPDATE: I am SO excited to announce that this card was chosen as this week’s winner over at CASE(E) this Sketch (hence the new sidebar button)!!!  There were so many lovely cards in this challenge, and I am truly honored to have been selected!!! Also, I neglected to include a list of supplies in my original post, so I have now included that at the end.



Entering this one into CASE(E) this Sketch #60.

Have a great day!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Cardstock in White, Kraft. Basicgrey 6×6 paper pad in Serenade.
Stamp – From stash.
Cutting tools – Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – hello hey hi. We R Memory Keepers Seweasy Stitch Piercer.
Other – Recollections Embossing Powder in Snow. Coats & Clark thread in Taupe. Jute twine.

A few faves….

Taking a little break from cardmaking today to share a few trendy items that have been in the forefront of my mind lately…

1. Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014: Radiant Orchid

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2014 - Radiant Orchid 18-3224


Essie Nail Polish in Play Date

play date - plums By Essie

This color has really started to play up in my thought processes, and my first and foremost thought has been, “How can I get this color on my nails?” I had to look no further than the fabulously wonderful line of Essie nail polishes. This color has, of course, been sold out for weeks at my local Target, but when and if I ever find it, I’ll be snagging a bottle of this beautiful shade for a dose of much needed springtime color.

2. Crabtree and Evelyn Soaps

Triple Milled Soap

Okay, so trendy this is not, but a relaxing, luxurious, heavenly-scented indulgence?…Yes, please! I plan on ordering a personally curated set for myself to get through the brutally cold days ahead.

3. Handwritten Digital Die Cuts


I am crushing on those imperfectly perfect ‘Hello’ die cuts for cardmaking. I just purchased the Hello hey hi shape from the Silhouette store.  I also love Scripty hello from Silhouette.

What are some of your favorite things of interest right now? Leave a comment and do tell! I would love to know.

Love you, cupcake

I tried my hand at making ink blots on a card for the first time with this one –


I used a mixture of silver acrylic craft paint and water to create an “ink.” I dropped onto the paper using a small, angled paintbrush to create the “splatter,” and the end of a small water bottle sprayer attachment to create the larger drops.


I used shapes from my Silhouette library to cut the cupcake and arrow with my Cameo.


Because of the non-traditional color scheme, I think this is a cute card that can be given not only at Valentine’s Day but at anytime of the year.


I am entering this card into Freshly Made Sketches 119, Colour Q 224, and Silhouette Weekly Challenge.

Stamped Specimen Art

Till next time!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in Light Turquoise & Dark Turquoise from Cool Water collection. Recollections Cardstock in Dark Coral Pink and Dark Gray. Canson watercolor paper.
Ink – Ditto Pigment Ink in Bubblegum. Folk Art Metallic acrylic paint in Gunmetal Gray + water.
Stamps – Avery Elle photopolymer clear stamps in Oh Happy Day.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – 3 cupcakes. Arrows.
Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares.

Happy BD Banner

This is the first Birthday card that I’ve made for the year. It is filled to the hilt with….Banners!


I created the actual card out of banner-printed cardstock. I overlayed the top at an angle with some cloud-printed vellum. The bottom is lined with a little brown and white striped piece of card.


For the banners….I laid out the text in Silhouette software. I initially tried cutting them out with the Silhouette using the print and cut feature, but dang if I can get the Recollections white cardstock to cut without tearing! I don’t know what it is about that white card, but it tears every time…it’s really quite frustrating.  So I reprinted. And measured. And cut. Out. By. Hand.  I know.  It’s incredible.  I used a sewing needle to punch holes in the tops of each little flag and then ran them through with taupe-colored thread.  Finally, I adhered the flags with foam tape squares to give them some pop.


I am entering this card into PaperCrafts January Gallery Challenge contest.  TGIF, folks!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Neapolitan Inspiration. Recollections Cardstock in white.
Adhesive – Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner, Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares.
Silhouette Cameo (software only)
Font – KG Skinny Latte
Coats & Clark thread in taupe.

Celebrate Cake

The yellow, creamy colors of this card just make me happy – they also remind me of cake, which is a definite plus!

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I am loving my new Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set. It is a collection of different sized photopolymer letter stamps that I can use to spell out any basic sentiment that I need – in this case I chose the word, “Celebrate.”  I just line the letters up on my acrylic stamp block and stamp away. Super easy.

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I stamped the letters using Versamark ink and heat embossed using Recollections embossing powder in Snow. The embossing adds a nice, shimmery “icing” effect!

I digitally cut a basic birthday cake shape that I already had in my Silhouette library. I topped off with some homemade “enamel” dots using hole punched yellow cardstock and Ranger Glossy Accents.

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I am entering this card into Paper Smooches’ SPARKS Jan. 12-18 Picture Perfect Challenge.  Here is the inspiration photo:


Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in Cream, White, and Dark Gray. Yellow polka dot paper from my stash.
Stamps – Paper Smooches Alphadot.
Silhouette Cameo. Hole punch. Ranger Glossy Accents. Recollections Detail Embossing Powder in Snow. Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad.
Card size: 5″ x 5 1/2″

Love U

Love is in the air, and it’s time to start making those Valentine’s Day cards.


I am entering this card into this week’s challenges over at ColourQ Challenge #223 and Freshly Made Sketches #118.

I busted out my new Paper Smooches Alphadot and Hero Arts Brush Stroke stamps that I ordered during Black Friday weekend. I love the way the ink blotches turned out using the gray pigment ink. The card came together with coordinating patterned paper and some handmade “enamel” dots using hole punched paper and Ranger Glossy Accents.


Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards & Envelopes, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in The Neapolitan Collections. Recollections Cardstock in Dark Coral Pink and Burgundy.
Ink – Studio G Pigment Ink in gray.
Stamps – Paper Smooches Alphadot. Hero Arts Brush Strokes.
Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares. Hole punch. Ranger Glossy Accents.

Way to go

Today’s card is a tribute to the stars….


I am entering this card into the Constellations: Trendy Star Power Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.


Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards and Envelopes, 5″x6.5″ in Kraft. DCVW The Natural Matstack 4.5″ x 6.5″ Printed Cardstock. Recollections cardstock in Orange and Rust from Spice Market collection.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Star from 3-happy birthday masculine card kit.
Font – Amatic
Adhesive – Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner, Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares.
Colorbok 3/16″ brad

Hold on to your Sox….

I made this set of note cards for a friend for Christmas:


The superb thing about the Silhouette Cameo is that I can cut WHATEVER shape that I want to using the Trace feature in the Silhouette software.


Shapes were cut out of Kraft cardstock and backed with red, blue, black and white cardstock.


And the folks at provide Halloween pumpkin carving stencils, making my job infinitely easier!

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Kraft, Red, Blue, Black and White Cardstock
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Peace sign (clipart found online,) Heart from Mail Stamp Set and Red Sox Get Beard Pumpkin Stencil
Font – Bosox