A Banner Welcome


Hi Folks! Happy All Saints Day! The younger set in our house is still in a sugar coma from last night. I hope your family is faring better! Welcome to a new Die Cut Challenge from Stuck on U Sketches. This time, we’re creating banners. Now I like banners, but I’m never sure where to put them. So for this challenge I decided to incorporate a little banner into a new autumn-flavored welcome wreath for the front door. Let’s take a look:


To make this wreath, I covered a styrofoam form in 2-inch wide burlap ribbon (from my local craft store) and then fashioned a large bow at the top from the same ribbon and copious amounts of hot glue. I accented the bow with Slate Polka Dot ribbon from Close To My Heart.  The patterned paper used in the flowers and banner are from Close To My Heart’s new Huntington Collection, which is perfect for celebrating autumn. The flowers, leaves and banners are all cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The banner is cut at 1 1/4 inches with a 1-inch layer of Kraft Cardstock. “Welcome” is stamped in Barn Red Exclusive ink using the “You Are My Happy” alphabet stamp set, which is retired. Here’s a close up:


The flowers and leaves are cut in a variety of sizes. I inked around the edges of the flowers with Barn Red Exclusive ink and the edges of the leaves with Olive Exclusive ink to give them both extra definition. I then added Slate-colored pearls to the center of the flowers for a little extra bling. Here are a couple of close-ups:



Finally, I added some sparkle flourishes for a little extra…well…sparkle. I really like the juxtaposition of the burlap and gems.



I hope you enjoyed my little welcome banner! For more inspiration be sure to visit my amazingly talented co-designers at Stuck On U Sketches.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to create something beautiful today!




A Little End o’ the Week Mojo

Happy New Year everyone! Sorry for the near-month-long break. I hope your 2013 has started out well.

As I was cleaning out my craft room (2nd only to bathrooms on my “rather do anything but…” list), I decided that I would dig deep into my stash and use it up this year. To that end, and to get back in the creative swing of things, I decided to play along with the Mojo Monday challenge this week.

Here’s the sketch:



And here’s my take on the sketch:



The cardstock is Gray Flannel [retired] and Whisper by Close To My Heart. The pattern papers are from the Yours Truly collection by Echo Park. (I picked it up for Valentine’s Day last year. Love it! There are several papers in the collection that are pretty universal.) The heart stickers are from the same collection. I used CTMH Color-Ready Seam Binding for the ribbon. (Tying bows with this stuff is so easy!) The bling is from my stash. (I have an unusually large stash of bling, I’ve found….) The sentiment is from the Jardin stamp set by Close To My Heart, and is stamped in Black Exclusive Ink.

Here are a couple of close-ups:



Hope you enjoyed a little end o’ the week Mojo. It’s good to be back!

Have a fantastically creative day!


30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 25

Hi All! It’s one month until Christmas! WOO HOOO!!!

Welcome to day 25 of the Memory Works challenge. Are you keeping up? Stop over at the Memory Works blog and check out the Page Maps challenge sketch brought to us by the fabulous Sharon Hill, and don’t forget to visit Sharon at A Day in the Life of a Scrapbooker for a little extra inspiration. You might notice that my card doesn’t quite look like today’s sketch. Well, I did it again and mixed up the sketches. So today’s card goes with the sketch shown on November 18. You can see my card matching Sharon’s sketch for today here.

Here is my take on Sharon’s challenge:

The Christmas Cottage collection by Teresa Collins was perfect for this sketch. The background is cut at 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches. The second layer is made up of 2 different papers. The ledger paper is cut at 2 x 3 1/2 inches and the green patterned paper is cut at 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. I used the eyelet border punch [retired] by Stampin’ Up to give some added texture. The “Happy Holidays” embellishment was created with the large oval and scalloped oval punches by Stampin’ Up and a brad from the Christmas Cottage collection, and then popped up with dimensional adhesive. The sentiment is popped up using a double layer of dimensional adhesive. The corners were shaped using a fancy corner punch [retired] by Creative Memories. The sentiment is from the Close To My Heart Pear & Partridge Card Workshop and is stamped in Cocoa Exclusive ink. I stamped the sentiment a second time in Olive Exclusive ink and cut the “A Merry Little” into a banner and popped it up with dimensional adhesive. I then added some bitty opaque mocha adhesive gems by CTMH for a little extra texture and interest.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Have a peaceful Sunday!


Don’t Forget To Hop….

Don’t forget to hop on over to Violets & Sunshine to see the big reveal and get in on some great prizes all weekend long!

Here’s the peek:

Have a creatively beautiful day!


Hey folks! Take a break from Black Friday madness and join me over at Violets & Sunshine for the Rose Blossom Christmas Blog hop starting tomorrow, 23 November. There are prizes to be had and LOTS of inspiration!

Here’s a sneak peek of my creation:

And those who leave a comment and follow Violets & Sunshine will be entered in a drawing to win a stamp set and some other goodies. So hop on by to see what all is in store!

See you tomorrow!


30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: A Little Catching Up


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are having a good, relaxing and peaceful day. We’re having an unusually quiet day around here, so I thought I’d catch up on the Memory Works Card Challenge. (Okay, it’s also because we finally got the internet fixed…more or less….)

We’ll start with today’s card challenge brought to us by the fantastically talented Jade Wilson, using a sketch from Retro Sketches. Be sure to visit Jade at The Scrapyard Rose for more inspiration. To see the sketch and Jade’s inspiring card, visit the Memory Works blog.

So here’s my take:


I’m really enjoying the whole snowflake thing this year. Can you tell? 😉 For this card I used Bo Bunny’s Rejoice paper (6×6 pad, of course) and some evergreen cardstock from my stash. The snowflakes were made from a punch by Creative Memories, which has long-since retired, and accented with silver stickles. (I think CM has a new snowflake punch that looks a bit different.) The images are stamped in silver ink using a retired Close To My Heart stamps set called “Snow Flurries.” The red bling is from my stash.

Here’s a close-up:


Simple, but fun!

Yesterday’s card challenge (from the 21st) was brought to us by the über-creative Cathie Hollins, using a sketch from Mojo Monday (a challenge favorite here at The Feast). You can catch up with Cathie at That’s No Scrap. (Be prepared to be inspired!) For the Memory Works challenge, you can visit the Memory Works blog for November 21st.

Here’s my interpretation of Cathie’s challenge:

The pattern paper is from the Christmas Cottage collection by Teresa Collins. The brads are from the same collection. I used Olive and Rouge cardstock by American Crafts. The crochet trim is from my stash. The stamp set is CTMH Snow Flurries (retired) and is stamped in Olive Exclusive ink.. For the oval accent piece, I used the Large Oval and Scallop Oval punches from Stampin’ Up.

Here’s a little close-up:


Our Memory Works challenge for the 20th was brought by the enormously talented Jody Spiegelhoff. You can be inspired by Jody daily at Spiegel Mom Scraps. Jody used a sketch by Sketch Support as inspiration for her beautiful creation on the Memory Works blog.

Here’s my take:


For the background, I used the washi tape from Teresa Collins’ Christmas Cottage collection. The patterned papers are from the collection’s 6×6 pad. I used my snowflake punch and pearls from my stash for the snowflakes, and a red gem brad from the collection to add a finishing touch to the journaling card. The sentiment is from the CTMH stamp set “Bundled Buddies” (retired). This is one of my favorite cards!

Here’s a close-up:


I cut the journaling card from the snowflake pattern paper in the collection. That’s one of the great things about using the 6×6 pad for cards. You can cut the images so they look like they were created for your specific purpose. 🙂

Now for the final card, and then we’re all caught up! Our challenge for the 19th was brought by the fabulous Caroline Piercy. You can be inspired by Caroline in all your paper and fabric crafting at Caroline’s Craftiness. Caroline used a fun little Page Maps sketch for her beautiful creation, which you can see on the Memory Works blog.

Here’s my take:


This card was a blast to make, especially using Lily Bee‘s Christmas Cheer collection! The 1-inch squares are punched from Pool and Leaf cardstock by American Crafts. The snowflakes are from White Daisy cardstock by Close To My Heart and accented with Christmas red and lime stickles. The banner title is stamped in Pear Exclusive pigment ink by Close To My Heart using the October Stamp Of The Month set, and layered on CTMH Silver Shimmer Trim (think glittery washi tape!).

Here’s a close-up:

Love this card!

Well that catches us up on the Card Challenges. I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to create beautiful things over the holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving!




30 in 30 Challenge




Are you ready for a challenge? How about 30 holiday cards in 30 days? The fun starts November 1st. I’ll be trying to keep up as best I can, so join me here and my talented co-designers over at the Memory Works Blog for the fun!

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