Am I in the wrong place?

Patterned paper pennants

No you are not in the wrong place; I did make this three layer card which includes patterned paper, buttons and thread!

I have pinned and admired several cards which line up strips of patterned paper to make lovely designs.
A Christmas one, a Floral one and a similar idea

Mine is a little more patchwork looking as I didn’t stick with an analogous colour scheme. The background for my card is made with the stamp Dots in Space which I inked in red, blue, green and yellow then stamped once on another panel before making the muted impression you see above. I used the same inks to sponge the edge of the pennants and the background panel. I know the sentiment really needs a cupcake to go along with it but I liked the size and shape so it got the job.  I’ll be back with more of my usual soon…


Stamps: Friendship, Dots in Space(Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Lady Bug, Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion, Danube Blue & Versafine Spanish Moss (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Olive Grove, Madison Designer Paper

Madison Paper Pad

Penny Black has a new pad of designer paper with all sorts of designs perfect for fall, winter and more. I pulled out a red and white print to make a Christmas card and two leaf prints plus a check to create a fall wreath card. I used a recollections leaf punch to create the fall wreath. The red and white print reminds me of Scandinavian patterns. To create the square I cut four identical squares then used a corner rounder punch on two corners of each square.

Check out the Penny Black blog today to see more creativity with the Madison Paper Pad.




Stamps:  Hello WinterFoliage Fancy (PB)
Card stock: PB Mix & Match Rosegarden DarkFern Green Medium & Madison Paper Pad

Just one word

I need a few more cards on Christmas Eve so I pulled out a new punch and created a wreath from designer paper. The original card featured a two word sentiment but it worked just fine with one word too so I will enter it into this week’s Less is More challenge to use just one word.

I made some last minute tags which I post soon too. Have a relaxing day.


Stamps: Christmas Music (flourishes)
Inks: Riding hood red
Cardstock: Flourishes classic ivory
Also:  Merry Moments D.P. , red twine, Recollections leaf punch

A green Christmas

I know it is well past time you saw a Christmas card on this blog. Sadly I have very few made. Here a couple inspired by two fabulous card makers.

I made these two cards a little while ago after several weeks of no card making. Sometimes when I have had a break from stamping I need someone else’s ideas to inspire me. The card above was inspired by one I saw in Sharon Johnson’s 12 Days of a CAS Christmas. Sharon’s cards are so elegant and refined. My tree is cut out of scraps, layered and popped up.

The card below was inspired by a lovely Christmas card Susan Roberts designed. Susan is such a clever stamper who amazes me by trying and mastering so many different techniques and styles. My pine cone is trimmed closely and popped up.


Stamps: Many Merry Messages (SU), All that Glitters (Flourishes)
Inks: Flourishes Classic Ivory , Merry Moments d.p. (SU)
Cardstock:  Snow Storm cardstock (MFP), Merry Moments d.p., Old Olive (SU)
Also: Gold cord (SU), Gold trimmed cream organza ribbon

A trio

I have been wanting to make a few cards featuring designer paper as the main event rather than stamped images .  I was inspired by Susan, Donelda and Karen who have all created some clever designs with patterned paper.  The one above is a classic layout that I have seen done beautifully in many places.

In the second card I wanted to make the most of the lovely design on the paper without doing much to it; splitting the panel achieved the effect I was after.  The card below started out on ivory with a portrait orientation but it suffered a nasty sentiment placement accident and underwent fairly drastic surgery before emerging as the card you see below.  I have repeated the four circles inside the card but with halves instead of whole.

Thanks for dropping by today; I hope to be back soon with a card for the OLW challenge, which is right up my alley this week!


Stamps: Ageless Adornment, All Year Cheer, Fundamental Phrases
Inks: Artichoke
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Le Jardin Designer paper, Flourishes Classic Ivory

Limited supplies

I know there are limited supplies challenges around the place but this card isn’t for one of them.  I have a friend at church who got into stamping through me and wanted some ideas for Christmas cards.  She brought her supplies to me and I said I would come up with a few ideas.  She had cream and real red card along with a old pack of Cerise dp, a favourite of mine.  Her plan is to stamp some Christmas cards with the two girls she cares for each day after school.  I came up with some designs which are not too difficult.  The challenge for me was sticking to the supplies she had in her bag.  I couldn’t do it; I had to dip into my stuff now and again for a punch or sentiment.  The card above was inspired by this CAS beauty, which was in turn inspired by this one!

After I had designed these two plus a few more in red and cream I worked on a few in greens.  As I mentioned last time I posted we are without a camera.  Mine is taking only purple blurry pictures and my daughter’s, which is working again, is in Berlin with my husband on a business trip.  It has been years since he traveled with work so we could not let him go without a camera.


Stamps: Sleigh Bells Ring
Inks: Real Red
Cardstock: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Cerise d.p.

Clean&Simple 100th Sketch

Clean & Simple are celebrating their 100th sketch challenge.  I often have trouble with sketches but when one works for me it can become a favourite. which I revisit again and again.  For this one I pulled out the remnants of one of my all time favourite packs of SU Designer paper. To make the scalloped edge I cut around the design on the paper.  The sentiment caused me a little trouble as it wasn’t inked adequately the first time.  I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to restamp but was off by a bit.   As my designer paper was already stuck down I decided the double font looked just fine (even though it now looks totally out of focus!)


Stamps: Christmas Wreath (Flourishes)
Inks: Real Red
Cardstock: Real Red, Flourishes Classic Ivory, Cerise Designer paper
Also: Red grosgrain

Sunny Birthday

On Tuesday we celebrated my 14year old daughter’s birthday.  This is the card I made for her which coincidentally matched the FIFA replica soccer ball her brother gave her.  I used two pieces of patterned paper in the centre panel, adhering the flowered strips onto a pale yellow/white piece and then trimming them.  I matted in white, then black which I had  cut with scallop scissors.  I love the look of the  gingham ribbon it’s very bold and happy.

The card my son made was quite impressive as he cut all his shapes out and created a soccer scene.


Stamps: Hugs and Wishes
Inks: Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, dp from a Michaels slab
Also: Black and white gingham ribbon

CAS Three Square


When I saw this card on Susan’s blog I knew it would be perfect for the Christmas Card workshop I did for the ladies at my church on Saturday night.  There is plenty of room for creativity with three pretty squares and “merry & bright”.  Some women are happy to create the cards exactly as I designed them.  Others like to change it up a little.

Susan was inspired by this card by Donelda and when I went over and looked at her blog Wiggy’s World I found inspiration all over the place.

There isn’t really much to say about making my card other than go and try it, you’ll like it.


Stamps: All Year Cheer
Inks: Real Red
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Garden Green
Also:  Merry Moments D.P.

Pink baby carriage


Two couples we know have had baby girls in the last week, so it was time to reach for some  pink.    I have seen many cards featuring a little baby carriage made out of a circle.  I mixed it up a little and went with an oval instead.  The paper is Bella Rose, the lace is from my lace basket and the wheels from the Boho Bckgrounds set.  That’s it.    It took me too long to settle on this design, but I should be able to reproduce it very speedily, and in whatever colour scheme I like!


Stamps: Hugs and Wishes,  Boho Backgrounds
Inks: Pretty in Pink, Versamark
Cardstock:  Whisper White,Pirouette Pink,  Bella Rose d.p.
Also:  cotton lace, CM oval cutters