December 24, 2012

cookie baking memories

Friday night, Brianna and I joined friends of all ages for some Christmas cookie baking. The mix of music and lighthearted conversation along with the actual cookie making brought back loving memories of my favorite Christmas tradition. I wanted to send a card to Brenda and her cookie baking elves and thought that the current Make It Monday #96, using patchwork die cuts, and the Two Peas Finally Friday challenge, making a shaker card, would work well together.

This card has some fun personalized details, which is the beauty of handmade. The background for the shaker is a calendar block with the 21st, the date of our get together, circled in red. It is filled with gingerbread men confetti, which is the shape of a couple of the cookie cutters used. Rolling pins and spatulas, two tools in great demand, are stamped along the bottom of the panel. And the star is multi-colored and layered, which is how a few of the cookies looked.

It was so much fun to be part of a large boisterous group of Christmas cookie bakers once again.


December 16, 2012

mim#95: layered glitter shapes

I had one last feminine birthday card to make and decided to incorporate Heather’s layered glitter shapes technique after watching Make It Monday #95.

Because my Xyron machine uses 1½-inch tape, I knew that the die I glittered would need to be small. The larger circle shape of Lovely Layers worked perfectly. One more glittered layer was needed, so I had to nestle two pieces of red-backed tape for the larger die cut rather than using the Xyron. It worked, but the Xyron method is definitely quicker.

Now I can start on my Christmas cards. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that.


paper:  rustic white c/s (PTI); ancestry collection (K&Co)
stamps:  2011 Birthday Tags (PTI)
ink:  rich cocoa dye (Memento)
dies and impression plates:  lovely layers, heart and filigree borders, and tin types IP (PTI)
extras:  crystal fine glitter (MSC); gem stickers (Paper Source)

December 10, 2012


Lauren, my classroom aide, is a freshman in high school, so I knew that an iTunes gift card would be the perfect little thank you for helping with religious ed each Sunday. Several layers of paper from the Blue Christmas collection came together for a sweet gift card holder. By the way, the 6x6 Christmas paper pads by Recollections are of surprisingly nice quality.

Some diamond Stickles around the edges of the scalloped layer added a frost-nipped feel to the project. With the addition of that detailed glitter, this envelope is being entered in Make It Monday #94.

Since Sunday was the last regular religious ed session prior to Christmas (We have standardized testing next week. Ugh.), Pam and I joined our classes together for a lesson based on The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg. We read the story and the girls made bracelets that included objects from the Nativity. Of course, candy canes were distributed so that the girls could recall the candy’s symbolism.

Paper crafters cannot seem to let anything go out “naked,” so each candy cane was adorned with a tag, bell and glittered ornament. I think I’ll be finding the glitter used on the ornaments sprinkled throughout my house until next December! It’s oh so worth it, though.


supplies for gift card holder:
paper:  Blue Christmas collection (Recollections); doily (Ellen Hutson)
stamps:  tiny tags (PTI)
ink:  teal zeal dye (Memento)
dies and punches:  seed packet, limitless layers and tiny tags (PTI); Himalayan snowflake (MS); standard circles large (Spellbinders)
extras:  diamond Stickles (Rangers); pearl gem stickers (K&Co); Caribbean twine (Twinery)

December 9, 2012


There are a number of December birthdays in my family, so I decided to take advantage of the current Make It Monday to direct my approach of at least one card. This pocket card by Danielle Flanders was my inspiration. My version does not have as much oomph since it is being mailed and I am being frugal with postage.

My favorite stamp by My Mind’s Eye found its way onto the front of the pocket and was a perfect place to add some detailed glitter for MIM#94.

It’s been gray and rainy here, so I hope the bright colors add a little cheer to my SIL’s birthday celebration. FYI, a note and signature went on the back of the insert.

Thanks for stopping by.


paper:  vellum (Paper Source); scraps from stash (Amy Tangerine, October Afternoon, AMuse)
stamps:  Think Big Favorites #13 and Heart-2-Heart #2 (PTI); Be Amazing (MME)
ink:  tuxedo black dye (Memento)
dies and punches:  balloon (MS); Swiss cheese (EK Success)
extras:  onyx glitter (MS)

November 19, 2012

funky greetings

When I saw the Moxie Fab World alphabet stickers challenge a few weeks ago, an idea began to develop, but I was having trouble bringing all of the pieces together. A timely visit to Laurie’s blog on Saturday provided that uniting factor, retrosketches #38:

The card is going to my sister Patti, on the other coast, and I’m so grateful that she can handle a little bit of funkiness. With Brianna having graduated and living back at home, I’ve lost my most adventurous card recipient. I knew that I could send almost any experimental card to Brianna and she would appreciate it. She was just the right combination of a video artist who understood the need for experimentation and a student who was grateful for any mail from home. But, I digress…

The card base, a chevron pattern from Amy Tan’s Sketchbook collection, was layered with a partial sheet of alpha stickers. Acrylic ink was used with a damask stencil over the chevron and stickers layers and to color a white rectangle of cardstock. The die cut and stamped sentiments combined to make just the right greeting to let Patti know that I’ve been thinking of her.

So, do you have a person you can send any card without hesitation?


paper:  white c/s (Staples); Sketchbook collection (Amy Tangerine)
stamps:  Flower Fusion #1 (PTI); Be Amazing (MME)
ink:  tuxedo black dye (Memento)
dies and punches:  block alphabet (PTI)
extras:  tiny alpha stickers (making memories); quinacridone magenta ink (Liquitex); serendipity stencil (momenta)

November 18, 2012

for the boys

I needed some more masculine birthday cards, so I decided to use the Moxie Fab World alphabet stickers challenge to direct the approach of the card’s design.

Using mask paper and alphabet dies to cut out the word “birthday,” I stuck the letters on a collage of paper strips and misted over them. After the paper dried, I found that I preferred the look of the letters that received a heavier misting of color (card with the cupcake) because the word stands out a little bit more. (The photographs aren't true depictions due to my limited skills.)

Since it takes me so long to make one card, I usually make two while all of my supplies are out. (I craft in my dining room.) The picture that follows is the second card in the duo, which is actually the first card made and my test run. I do like the way this misting over patterned paper looks and will probably use this technique again.

There’s still time for you to try your hand at this challenge. Submissions close on the 19th.


paper:  rustic white c/s (PTI); fine and dandy collection (MME)
stamps:  tag-its #10 and 2011 Birthday Tags (PTI); Cupcakes (HA)
ink: rich cocoa dye (Memento); celadon pigment (ColorBox); pumpkin pigment (MS)
dies and punches:  block alphabet, heart border, and star border (PTI)
extras:  mask tape; bluegrass Mister Huey’s color mist (SC); diamond stickles (Ranger); Tiny Type stickers (Cosmo Cricket); vintage cream and melon berry felt (PTI); stick pin

November 17, 2012

love and congratulations, amy and tim

My niece Amy and her husband, Tim, are expecting their first baby together. This was such exciting and hopeful news to receive and I wanted to send love and congratulations to the parents- and grandparents-to-be. To Tom and Mary Ellen, my brother and sister-in-law, I sent the card that I had made for the PTI July blog hop. I love that card (Are you allowed to admit that?) and thought it would be perfect for this occasion. I made a new card for Amy and Tim.

Back in May 2011, Melissa Philips wrote a post on love mail and shared some photo inspiration, including this envelope:

After visiting HensTeeth, I knew that I wanted to try adding some stitched flowers to a card. A year plus later, I’ve actually done so, though in a much different color palette than those I had remembered since the card needed to be gender neutral. The flowers are very sweet and work well with the Summer Fresh papers, but I do want to try this in the girlie colors that Viv uses in her Etsy shop.

For the stitched details, I am entering this into the Moxie Fab World stitching and sewing challenge.


paper:  rustic cream c/s (PTI); Summer Fresh (Simple Stories)
stamps:  Mat Stack 2 Collection (PTI)
ink: onyx black (VersaFine)
dies and punches:  classic hearts (Spellbinders)
extras:  muslin (Jo-Ann Fabric); Nordic Holiday and Oxford glazed brads (Basic Grey); floss 304, 744, 800, 930, 963, and 3052 (DMC)

November 14, 2012

is it a challenge card or a challenging card

When I saw the Tuesday Trigger, I immediately envisioned the perfect card that would make me a Trigger Target. It made use of a Memory Box wreath stamp, gorgeous PTI autumn rose felt, sweet little berries that were a steal last year at Michael’s… but, wait, I had to burst that thought bubble before it got any bigger. I had no time for felt flowers; there were birthday cards to be made – for guys – which brings me back to the title of this post.

I, too, fall into that majority group of card makers, those who are challenged by masculine cards. I tend toward fussier cards with lots of layers and pretty colors, not something my brother-in-law would want to receive for his birthday. That fantasy in fall photo would not leave me be, though, so I decided to try to use it for inspiration for Jon’s card.

Three elements – the colors, the circles of the flowers, and the imbalanced weight – had the most influence on the card’s design. The colors started out as the four felt colors, but the rose shade, even though in a masculine pattern, pushed the card toward a more feminine feel. I ended up switching it to the orange dotted paper, which picked up the orange of the berries. The use of circles is fairly obvious with the layered circles visually capturing the shape and depth of the flowers. Lastly, the majority of the weight of both the wreath and the photo is found in one area. I tried to mimic that with the layered border running down the side of the card.

Generally, I am a very literal person and would have run with a wreath design, no explanations required. It was fun and challenging to push myself in a different direction with this Tuesday Trigger.

The many circles that ended up on this card fall right into Tip Top Shape #4 of Creative Paper Trade’s fourth challenge. Just like Cath, Andrea shares some stunning photographs as inspiration. I would love to see that waterfall in person.

I hope that any challenges you might face this week are no greater than those I experienced making Jon’s card.


paper:  rustic cream c/s (PTI); Island Mist Double Dot pp (Bo Bunny); Dolled Up, Lost & Found Two Sunshine, and Six by Six Vanity Fair collections (MME)
stamps:  tag-its #10 and Birthday Basics (PTI)
ink:  rich cocoa dye (Memento); VersaMark
dies and punches:  simple circles border (PTI); standard circles large (Spellbinders); jumbo circle punch (Marvy Uchida)
extras:  clear embossing powder and gold Stickles (Ranger)

October 29, 2012

cQc#160: halloween

The colors in cQc#160 at ColourQ were a perfect fit with the paper collection I used for my Halloween cards. The black sparkle of the background paper and diamond-shaped tape worked really well for the touch of tailored elegance in these cards. I’m not sure why, but my Halloween cards always tend that way rather than cutesy or scary.

The constant whistling of the wind through the trees today makes it feel as if Halloween is already here. Hope of all you on the East Coast make it safely through this storm.


paper:  rustic white c/s (PTI);  KP Halloween (K&Company); black c/s (Recollections)
stamps:  Month October (HA)
ink:  creamy brown chalk (ColorBox); pumpkin pigment (MS Crafts)
dies and punches:  Labels Eight and Labels Four (Spellbinders); spiderweb and bat (Martha Stewart Crafts)
extras:  vampire label stickers (MS Crafts); glitter on a roll (Recollections)

October 28, 2012

autumn wishes

While religious education classes are certainly no party, I still like to make little things for the girls in my class. In my way of thinking, this current item could fall under the category of party favor and fit Paper Nudge #3 at Creative Paper Trade.

Rather than hand out candy or anything else Halloween-related in RelEd this time of year, I made snickerdoodles for the girls and packaged the cookies in recipe card pockets à la Melissa Phillips.

Each time Michael’s has new recipe cards in their bins, I take a peak and see if there are any that can work as pockets. Because they area 4x6 inches in size, they also work great as journaling cards for Project Life.

There were a couple of extra pockets when I finished my assembly line. Rather than let them go to waste, I cut a piece of cardstock, stamped it, added a punched circle, and slid it into the pocket.

Now I have a couple of note cards for my stash and a few cookies to munch on, too.


paper:  rustic cream c/s (PTI);  KP Halloween (K&Company); recipe cards (Michael’s)
stamps:  Rustic Branches and tag-its #7 (PTI)
ink: rich cocoa, tangelo and rhubarb stalk dye (Memento)
dies and punches:  limitless layers (PTI); starburst (Martha Stewart Crafts)
extras:  key tags (Staples); baker’s twine (MS Crafts): ribbon (Michael’s); glass beads (Cousin Corp); cellophane bags (Michael’s)

October 16, 2012

a wonderful year

Our religious education program is held in the parish school, so we, the catechists, end up sharing rooms with the “real” teachers the 16 weeks we are in session. Inevitably, something gets returned to the wrong place or the last tissue is used or some other minor occurrence happens that can be blown out of proportion depending on the teacher's personality or how her Monday is going. With Sandy, my current roommate, I have not experienced any blowouts.

This is the start my second year in the room of a teacher who is very welcoming to my students and me. (I was so happy for this change in rooms last year.) To let Sandy know how much I appreciate her approach, I write her a couple of notes during the year. Here’s a picture of the first card that I left on her desk on Sunday.

PTI’s Teach & Inspire was the starting point for this card. As often is the case, I was inspired by Melissa Phillips, this time the fourth card down in this post. I am very pleased with how my card turned out, which is not always the case. The mix of colors and papers, the subtly embossed “Teacher,” and the little apple came together just the way I had hoped. And because this card was hand-delivered, I was able to add a bow and beaded pin without worrying about postage.

I hope that you have people who welcome you into their world.


PS – I am entering this card into the following challenges:
* The Play Date Cafe PDCC153  – my first time joining in, so fingers crossed that I did it right.
* Simon Says Stamp Challenge – use dies and/or punches 

paper:  rustic cream c/s (PTI);  This & That collection (Echo Park); Lost & Found Portobello Road collection (MME)
stamps:  Teach & Inspire (PTI)
ink:  simply chartreuse (PTI); rich cocoa dye (Memento); VersaMark
dies and punches:  heart border and journal tabs (PTI); apple (Martha Stewart Crafts)
extras:  ribbon (My Craft Spot); clear embossing powder (Ranger); mini paper clip (Tim Holtz); glass beads (Cousin Corp)

October 14, 2012

grateful for lauren

Challenges from Papertrey Ink and Creative Paper Trade gave the direction for this card, but its purpose came from Lauren, a high school freshman who volunteers as a classroom aide for religious education. Lauren was an aide in my fifth grade class last year. After a rocky start (Lauren’s sister and her friends were in the class.), Lauren ended up being a huge asset to me as an extra set of eyes and an organizer of supplies for our yearlong minibook project.

Because of the way our RelEd program is set up, I was certain Lauren would be volunteering somewhere else this year. August found me starting to panic and saying many prayers, trying to come up with a suitable person to be my classroom aide. Two weeks prior to the start of classes, my prayers were answered when I learned that Lauren was returning to me. I’ve already told Lauren how much she means to me, but I wanted to put it writing, too. Of course, I made a card.

The charge of MIM#86 is to decorate the inside of the card. Even if I’m keeping things simple, I usually add some little touch to carry the design inside. This card has the same pink heart border and a mix of sentiments from Autumn Acorns to tell Lauren what she means to me.

The pastel shades are from Creative Paper Trade’s second challenge, which includes color, sketch and shape challenges. The tag with its sweet sentiment is from one of Andrea’s digital tag collections.

I hope you have a Lauren in your life to make things a little bit easier.


paper:  rustic white c/s (PTI); rustic love and from the heart digitals (Creative Paper Trail etsy); paper heart collection (Crate Paper)
stamps:  Autumn Acorns (PTI)
ink:  dune pigment (ColorBox); tuxedo black dye (Memento)
dies and punches:  heart border and counting my blessings (PTI); standard circles large (Spellbinders); swiss cheese border (EK Success)
extras:  pearl stickers (Queen&Co); glossy accents (Ranger)

August 27, 2012

mim#79: fabric and dies

I'm trying to organize my paper crafting supplies and told myself that I was not allowed to make anything until that task was completed. Well, something that started out as fun and rewarding has turned into a seemingly never-ending job. To try to bring the fun back, I let myself make one card. My starting point was Melissa Phillips' first Make-It-Monday video, working with fabric and die cuts. Add to that video this journal page by Stephanie Ackerman and I had a plan. (All of that organizing has taken away what ever spontaneity I had.)

I used the Love Lives Here and Heart-2-Heart #6 dies to cut muslin and then stamped with Love Lives Here and Hello Sunshine. What gives this card any sort of personality are the shiny red hearts and the impressed sun rays (love that impression plate). I prefer the journal page with its wonderful depth of layers, but this card is more appropriate for the recipient and I do try to keep the person in mind when making a card.

Hoping you have a week filled with sunshine or rain, which ever is needed in your neck of the woods.


July 30, 2012

rainbow and hexies and a challenge, oh my

When I saw this quilt, I knew that I wanted to try to make a card based on it one day. All I needed was to get a hold of a punch since there was absolutely no way I was fussy cutting all of those hexagons. Enter the Papertrey hexagon cover plate and I was ready to go.

This is my final entry into the challenge at Moxie Fab World called Hooked on Hexagons. If you hurry, you can still take part in the challenge.


paper:  white c/s (Staples); various patterned papers from stash
stamps:  Think Big Favorites #15 (PTI)
ink:  dune pigment (ColorBox); onyx black dye (VersaFine)
dies:  hexagon cover plate (PTI)

July 29, 2012

i present to you today…

I tend to watch a lot of cooking shows and am always tickled when a chef presents to the judges a deconstructed dish. As I was putting my card together, I thought that I was being so artsy with deconstructing the honeycomb, not only rotating the cell papers, but adding some flowers that show the start of the bee’s sweet journey. So, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, I present to you today my deconstructed honeycomb.

There’s a challenge at Moxie Fab World called Hooked on Hexagons in which I am entering this card. That title is so appropriate since that little six-sided shape is certainly addictive. There’s still time to join in the fun.


paper:  rustic cream c/s (PTI); Meadow collection (K&Company)
ink:  yellow cadmium chalk (ColorBox)
dies:  hexagon cover plate and limitless layers (PTI)
extras:  bee is from a notecard (Michael’s dollar bins); ribbon (Michael’s)

July 28, 2012

happy birthday, mom

Warning:  This is a wordy post. Feel free to scroll through to the pictures.

Today is my mother’s birthday and she would have turned 83 if she were still alive. Instead, a sarcoma took her from our lives last month after a short, but devastating battle. Today is also the day that both of my parents reach their final resting place on earth with their burial in Gate of Heaven, a mere formality since they are quite nicely settled into their rooms prepared for them by God (John 14:1-6).

Last summer, after my dad passed away, also from a sarcoma, Brianna and I stayed with Mom – Brianna for the whole summer, me for a couple of weeks. During that first week, Mom told us that she wanted to do things outside of the house without having to be aware of the time. (Mom had been Dad’s caregiver throughout his battle with cancer.) One day we ventured to Skyline Caverns and took the long way along Skyline Drive. When we stopped to take in the view, Brianna snapped a picture of the three of us, one that carries strong memories.

I felt the need to make a card for my mom today, but with her being a Depression baby and never wanting anything to go to waste, I worked with a sentiment other than happy birthday, Mom.

This card is an homage to her love of quilts and her ability to deal with adversity. It is also an acknowledgement of the last few months. The following is from a note to a forum friend written the day after my mom’s death:

My mom passed away yesterday morning, which is truly a blessing. The radiation treatments weren't helping Mom, so her doctors recommended that she go on hospice. She started with Hospice of Virginia - they were fabulous - right after Mother's Day. While she had good days and bad, the good were noticeable because they were so few in number. This last week, she wasn't able to get out of bed, could barely communicate and seemed to be in pain even while on pain meds. She developed a high fever Thursday evening and passed away Friday morning after having about four peaceful hours of rest.

I've been with my mom since April. Although I would much prefer that she never had cancer and was still living, I am grateful that I had these past two months with her and all it included. I feel closer to my mom and sisters after this challenge; have a greater appreciation for life and death; and learned and confirmed some interesting things about myself as a daughter, sister and person.

We are all still a little numb. Our lives have centered around my mom and her needs, so without medicine schedules, potty chair breaks, etc., we are feeling lost. I am so grateful that she is no longer in pain and is in a better place, but I do miss holding her hand.

I realize this post has jumped around a bit, sort of like my mind lately. I seek your indulgence and have decided to end with this quote that my mom kept near her:

This I will remember
When the rest of life is through,
The finest thing I’ve ever done
            Is simply loving you!


PS - This is being entered in the Moxie Fab World Hooked on Hexagons Challenge.

paper:  rustic cream c/s (PTI); (K&Company)
stamps:  Happy Hexagons and Quilter’s Sampler (PTI)
ink: robin’s egg and dune pigment (Colorsnap); vintage sepia dye (VersaFine)
dies:  hexagon cover plate (PTI)

My Eulogy to Mom given on June 15, 2012.

If any of you have been lucky enough to have a mother in your life, you probably learned the same basics that our mom taught us.
How to iron – we started our lessons on Dad’s handkerchiefs.
How to cook – actually, Mom preferred her sweets, so we learned how to bake first… cookies, cherry crisp, angel food cake.
How to clean – including the inside of the toilet tank.
How to trim rose bushes – remember to cut above the five-leaf cluster.
How to be patient – you should try waiting in the grocery store for Mom to finish a conversation… especially as a little kid.
And the list goes on and on.

We were beyond lucky, though, because we were blessed with a mother who taught us about more than the basics. Mom taught us about love, all aspects of it. Although, truly, what is more basic than love?

Every day, Mom showed us her love of and respect for life and her love of God for giving her that life. Her actions and her words let us know how grateful she was for (almost) each day of her 82 plus years.

Mom’s love of her family shone in the big and little things she did for us. I remember one instance when Dad was away on a business trip and something in the house broke. Mom informed Dad about it and told him it would be waiting for him to fix when he got home. I don’t recall what the item was, but I knew that Mom could have handled the repair quite easily herself. When I asked her about it, she told me that it was important to Dad to feel needed at home, so she left the repair for him.

Mom’s friends held a special place in her heart. With them, she didn’t have to be wife, mother, sister, daughter with all the expectations inherent in those roles. With her friends, she could simply be herself – a pillar of strength at times, a little ditzy other times, a good listener, quick with a smile, a bit stubborn, and oh so caring. I’ve always felt Mom was the best mother ever, but I’ve also learned that she is a great friend, too.

Although Mom loved with all her heart, she did not love blindly. Mom was realistic about those she loved. She knew each of our foibles and, though they might annoy her, loved us in spite of them. It was either a case of “I’m not perfect myself” or “There but for the grace of God.” She would get angry with us or we with her, but forgiveness was always freely given, which is the greatest lesson of all.

Sitting on top of Mom and Dad’s desk was a scrap of paper with a verse that Mom had copied. When I asked her about it, she told me that it speaks to how she feels about love, not only of her husband, but of all those she loves. This is how it goes:

This I will remember
When the rest of life is through,
The finest thing I’ve ever done
            Is simply loving you!

I love you, Mom.

July 25, 2012

papertrey july blog hop

From Nichole’s blog: This month's inspiration is all about pairing up beautiful summer colors as this wonderful season begins to come to a close.  Put together some citrusy hues along with some pretty floral images to create the perfect project that embodies everything summer.

To me, summer is not anywhere near its close, but the colors Nichole chose definitely have the feel of late summer and so does my card. Guess I’ll have to wait until early September to mail it.

Go here to get your fill of eye candy.


paper:  rustic cream c/s (PTI); Emma’s Shoppe collection (Crate Paper); Lost & Found Portobello Road, Vanity Fair, and Howdy Doody collections (My Mind’s Eye)
stamps:  The Sweet Life, Just the Ticket, and Gratitude Journal (PTI)
ink: berry sorbet and classic kraft dye (PTI); shabby pink pigment and alabaster chalk (Colorsnap); pear tart dye (Memento); VersaMark; vintage sepia dye (VersaFine)
dies and punches:  the sweet life, journal tabs, and heart and ticket borders (PTI); embossed zigzag edge (Martha Stewart); big scalloped squares LG (Spellbinders)
extras:  woodgrain embossing folder (the Paper Studio); linen cord (Nicole)

July 23, 2012

stamp-a-fair 2012

I'll edit this with a real post a little later, but I just wanted to get the pictures up in time.

April 9, 2012

the bunny left me scraps

When I was in AC Moore a couple of weeks ago, I came across some new-to-me Martha Stewart patterned paper. Two days prior to that, I had told myself no more new paper, but a 50% off coupon got the better of me and I succumbed to temptation. As I starting gathering materials for my Easter cards, I was glad for my weakness because that paper had the most wonderful springtime feel to it and resulted in a cheerful card.

As per my usual routine, the little paper scraps from this project went into the recycling container. When I later walked past the recycling and saw those pieces of paper lying there in a jumble of prettiness, I recalled the paper scraps challenge at Moxie Fab World and decided to see what I could make. I know that the weaving on the card is not innovative, as directed by Cath, but it does make good use of the thinnest of scraps.

While trying different color patterns, I mentally sorted through my stamps for a sentiment about weaving. When that came to naught, I wordsmithed a few possibilities. My preferred sentiment was “thoughts of you are woven into my heart” since it tied in the heart shapes, but the words didn’t look right on the card. Here is how my second choice looked.

Whenever pink gingham is involved, no matter the amount, you cannot help but end up with something sweet. This card is going to my mom since, lately, thoughts of her have made up the warp and the weft of my days.


supplies (Easter):
paper:  rustic white c/s (PTI); green c/s (Recollections); Country Drive raspberry (Echo Park); Stitched collection (Martha Stewart)
stamps:  Egg Hunt and tag-its #1 (PTI)
ink:  frost white, fresh green and dune pigment (Colorsnap); new leaf and raspberry fizz dye (PTI)
dies:  egg and filigree border (PTI)
extras:  3mm lt. pink pearl stickers (Mark Richards)

supplies (thoughts of you):
paper:  kraft c/s (Bazzill); scraps from Easter cards
ink:  dune pigment (Colorsnap)
punches:  heart and heart confetti (Martha Stewart); petite heart (Recollections)