Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This week is all about buttons and brads at the Paper Maniac store!

Card Ingredients:
Accesorories:  scalloped edge satin ribbon-May Arts, Kaiserkraft pearls in black, pink paislee die cut punch outs from Amber Road collection, hemp twine, vintage black button from my stash, making memories alphabet tab stickers

I {heart} this new Amber Road line from pink paislee!  The colors are just gorgeous and the first embellie I thought of to go with this were the kaiser kraft black pearls.  The Paper Maniac carries several different colors of the pearls to meet all of your paper craft needs.  The papers from this Amber Road collection are just mouthwatering, and are double sided.  They go beautiful with both black and kraft paper.  The die cut punch outs are equally beautiful and go great on both scrapbooking pages and on cards.

Starting in October, The Paper Maniac will start their Copic club!  I  am soooo excited about this, and the first copic kit is awesome!  The colors are GORGEOUS!  You will have the option of either ciao or sketch markers.  Stay tuned!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary with AI!

Hello!  Today I have some cute Halloween items made with the new Artful INKables set Halloween Hauntings.  I just love this set!  I really enjoy silhouette type images, and they are perfect for Halloween.  The photo above is a close up of the paper pumpkin I made.  I am going to use these as place setting cards for an upcoming Halloween party.  I will add a tag to the top of the pumpkin by the tendrils with the guest name on it.  The paper is American Crafts.  I cut 6  1x6 inch strips of paper and attached them at the top and bottom with brads.  Easy Peasy!

This shows the pumpkin with some notecards that match.  The notecards are 3x3 inch.  I am thinking of incorporating a "solve the mystery" type game at the party, and I thought it would be cute to write the clues inside of these little note cards.  
The note cards are tangerine tango, black, white,and DP by imaginiesce.  The black and orange ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.
Make sure you go check out this fabulous Halloween set at AI!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cuppa Joe!

Hello!  I made this card for the IC199 on SCS and also for the Polka Dot Paradise Color Challenge found HERE.  It is sponsored by the embellish magazine blog....a new publication for papercrafters that is coming soon!  Go check it out!

I paper pieced the coffee cup and popped it with dimensionals.

Card Ingredients
Paper:  bazzil cardstock, DP is unknown but I think it is Cosmo Cricket
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Stamps:  coffee cup-Unity Sep KOTM, sentiment MFT
Accessories:  burgandy twill ribbon, soft suede polka dot ribbon, hemp twine, buttons from my stash, dimensionals, oval and modern label punch,(SU)

Have a great evening!


In memory of Cole Edward Fisher-EIC55

I wanted to take a moment today, to remember Cole Edward Fisher.  Cole was the son of one of my life long, long distance friends, Tanya.  We met almost 30 years ago while camping in Tennessee.  We were pen pals for many years when we were younger. 
Cole was diagnosed with stage 3 anaplastic astrocytoma on April 23, 2007.  Cole lost his battle with brain cancer two years ago on September 26, 2007.  He was six years old.  Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers today.  To find out more about Cole's story, click HERE.

Today's Etsy store is The Salty Cat Co. Lot's of beautiful jewelry for your inspiration today.  Please make sure that you link your creation back to the Etsy Inspired Challenge blog HERE.  Also remember to use keyword EIC55 when uploading to online galleries.  A random winner will be chosen next Friday from the entries to win the gorgeous copper braclet shown below.  Can't wait to see what you come up with for the challenge!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Friends With Flair-One Quiet House....

YAY! It's Friends With Flair Friday again!  This was the card I submitted for the first Unity Bachelor Bro contest. We were to use the colors green, black and red and make a date invitation for Bro or for our significant other.  I made this for my hubby.  A quiet night ALONE in our house is a rare occasion-a true miracle!
I hope you all enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Paper Maniac is celebrating Halloween!

Card Ingredients:
Paper:  Black and orange Bazzil, white PTI
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento, various yellows and oranges for sponging
Accessories:  patterned ribbon PM store, button from my stash, punches from SU

This week The Paper Maniac is all about Halloween!  You can find sooooo many great Halloween papers, ribbon, stamps and more at the Paper Maniac.  Make sure you check out the Paper Maniac blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for lots of inspiration from the design team!  Sign up for the newsletter so that you don't miss out on any deals!(hint, hint!)
Starting next month, The Paper Maniac will be offering copic marker kits!  The price of the kits is fabulous, so it will be a great way to get your collection started or add to one you have already started!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Blue Skies....

Hey there!  This card was made for this week's CAS (clean and simple) challenge over on SCS found HERE.  I am loving the stamps in my September Unity KOTM!  I also am loving the new paper I got from The Paper Maniac.
The blue and yellow DP is from Sasafrass Lass Sunshine Lollipops collection.  I matted the sentiment with black and used my rectangle nesties.  I distressed the edges of everything including the scallops.  I really like how it turned out.  I paper pierced around the edges of the yellow paper and the blue paper and then added black lines for my faux stitching.  I used some black embroidery floss tied in a bow with a button on top!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a marvelous Monday!


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Artful INKables challenge card

Hello!  Today's card is using the challenge of the week at Artful INKables.  I used the newly release set Holiday Treats and Tails for my card.  These beaver's are just tooo cute.  This week's challenge is a recipe.  Now that I am looking at my card, I realize I cheated on the layers!  Oooops!  Here is the recipe:

1 Image

2 Different Ribbons
3 Layers

And you must use scallops in some way!

* You are not required to use AI stamps, but if you have them, why not use them?

* You have until Monday, September 28, 2009, midnight Pacific Standard Time to link your creation to the AI BLOG. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, September 29, 2009 to win a GRAB BAG of AI STAMPS!

Have fun!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

EIC54-Key To My Heart

This week's Etsy shop is I heart flowers.  I was inspired by the vintage looking necklace above.  I made a scrapbook page of hubby and I on our wedding day. 

My base is kraft and I sponged black ink on the edges for a distressed look.  All stamps are from Unity.  The Everyday Adorable kit and a stamp from a past KOTM.  DP is from K&Co Day dream collection.  The flowers are Petaloo and the ribbon is May Arts.  I added some pearl dewdrops to the scallops at the bottom.  The heart charm I got at an antique store.

 When uploading to on-line galleries, please use keyword EIC54.  You also need to link your card or project to the Etsy Inspired blog HERE.  A random winner will be chosen next Friday to win the fabulous earrings shown on the Etsy Inspired challenge blog.  Please make sure to check out the other DT members fab creations.  They are located on my sidebar.  Can't wait to see what you all come up with!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Friends with Flair is in the air!

Hooray for Friends with Flair Friday!  Today I have a scrapbook page for you.  I used last Friday's sketch challenge on SCS for this one.  The photo's above are of my oldest son when he was six, riding his bike with no training wheels for the first time.  He was so darn proud, and that summer he had lost four teeth so his smile is just priceless!  We were at my parent's cottage in Michigan, and my Dad attached a broom stick to the back so that we could run along side of him, and hold on until he felt secure.  You can see my hubby running along side in the first picture after he had let go for the first time.  Such fun memories.  
I had to use that awesome retro looking bike from August KOTM for this page.  The paper is from K&Co's Daydream collection.  I just love the paper in this collection.  Fun and funky, and a lot of themes that work for both  boys and girls. The chipboard Happy is from Anna Griffin's Darcey collection, and the journal box is from MM.
Have fun, and can't wait to see what everyone does today.  I probably won't comment until later, cause I have to sleep after working all night!  As soon as I get my bum out of bed I will be cruising blogs!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sketch challenge with some BG Wisteria

Hello!  I made this card for the sketch challenge over on SCS yesterday.  I bought some BG Wisteria months ago, but hadn't used it yet.  I really love the purples and blues together.  These colors remind me of my MIL!  She loves them!  I used a digi sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs, which is available at The Paper Maniac.  I sponged some blues and purples on my sentiment panel and added some black brads and a ribbon.  I matted everything with kraft and the base is kraft.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!  It is starting to really feel like fall around here, and I am giddy with excitement! I LOVE fall!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Paper Maniac is ALL about Patterned Paper this week!

 Card Ingredients
Paper: Bazzil cardstock, DP Sasafrass Lass Sunshine Lollipop,
Stamp: Digi image from Raindrop Echo Designs
Ink: various pinks, oranges and browns for sponging
Accessories: prima flowers, rhinestones, pumpkinn pie ribbon , polka dot ribbon from my scrap bin, rectangle nesties

This week at the Paper Maniac it's ALL about patterned paper!  The shop has some awesome DP that you MUST check out.  I used Sasafrass Lass Sunshine Lillipops for my card above.  You can get that amazing 6x6 paper bundle for $1.49!!!!! No....that is NOT a typo.  Is that a deal or what?
ALL patterned paper is 12% off this week, and sign up for the Paper Maniac newletter to find out which Autumn paper collections are 20% off!  You don't want to miss out on these fabulous sales!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Think Ink Tuesday at Artful INKables!

Your next challenge is brought to you by Jackie Rakoski and she has a recipe for you to follow:

1 Image

2 Different Ribbons
3 Layers

And you must use scallops in some way!

* You are not required to use AI stamps, but if you have them, why not use them?

* You have until Monday, September 28, 2009, midnight Pacific Standard Time to link your creation to the AI BLOG. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, September 29, 2009 to win a GRAB BAG of AI STAMPS!
I will try to have a card for you all later on today!



Monday, September 14, 2009

Artful INKables September BLOG HOP!

Hello! Welcome to Artful INKables September blog hop.  You should be arriving here from Lisa's  blog.  If not then you will want to start at the beginning on Kristin's blog.  There are some fabulous new releases this month.  I used the new Halloween Hauntings set.  I LOVE this set!  It is so much fun to use and inspired me to make a scrapbook layout which I haven't done in a LONG time.  
I am so sorry to say I have no clue who made this paper.  It was in a scrapbook kit that a friend of mine gave me ages ago!  I added some faux stitching with my paper piercing tool and black marker.  I stamped a sentiment onto the candy corn tag.  I stamped my ghosts on white and cut them out and popped them with dimensionals.  I stamped the haunted house and moon in black and then sponged various shades of yellow, orange and rust to create the spooky sky effect.  I call this fake brayered sky! LOL!  I usually start out sponging the lightest color and then add the rest of the inks the same way.  I sponged the black ink last to create the shadows on the ground and on the edges of the circle.
Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Jen.  Have fun!
Remember to leave a comment on each blog in the hop to be eligible for the prize of the new release AI stamps!
Happy Hopping!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Some more Steampunk Sarah from AI!

Hello! Hope you all have had a great weekend!  Today  I made another card with the new Steampunk Sarah set from Artful INKables.  I think she is so cute and sassy!  I stamped her on kraft and colored her with my prisma pencils.  The DP is Basic Grey's Marrakech collection.  The card base and ribbon are Dusty Durango.  I used chocolate chip to mat the image and behind the ribbon.  I added some pewter brads to the propeller and the gears at the bottom.  
Make Sure you check back on Monday for an AI blog hop.  You will see some fabulous projects from the DT with this months new releases!  You will not want to miss them!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

EIC53-Inspired by Pinky's Pet Gear

This week's Etsy shop for your inspiration is Pinky's Pet Gear.  I don't have any pets, but I LOVE that some of the collars are made from Vera Bradley material!  I actually have a purse and wallet in the pattern in the picture above.  The first thing I thought of was my BasicGrey Marrakech DP!  Perfect for this pattern and colors and the upcoming autumn season.  
These are some photos from our trip to Animal Kingdom at Disney World.  This was the safari we went on.  It was just gorgeous!  I love giraffes so snapped a bunch of photos of them.  I used some brown ink to distress the edges of the papers.  I distressed the edges of the brown mat behind the center photo.  The orange paper ribbon and the map DPis from K&Co.  The blue and bright patterned paper is Basic Grey's Marakesh line.  The letter in the title are Thickers by American Craft.  I am sooooo happy I finally made a scrapbook page.  I don't think I have scrapped since May!

Remember to use keyword EIC53 when uploading to online galleries.  The Digi Shack is sponsoring the challenge today.  Make sure to check out all of there awesome images HERE.  Most images are only $1!!!!!
Also be sure and check out the new Etsy Inspired Challenge blog if you haven't already.  Upload your creation to the EIC blog so we can all take a peek! :)  As always, a random winner will be chosen next Friday from the submissions.  The prize this week is one of these cute little collars!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Friends With Flair Friday-Sweet Nothin's!

Hello!  Today is the second Friday Friend's With Flair at Unity!  I made this card with some stamps from the August KOTM.  I love the bakery image stamps and wanted to create a card that was reminisce of the 50's ice cream shop/soda shop days!

Paper:  white, Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette
Stamps:   Unity August KOTM
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento
Accessories:  prisma pencils, OMS, MS punch, dew drops, ribbon scraps
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  I have to work all weekend. :(  Check back tomorrow for the Etsy Challenge.  I will actually have a scrapbook page for you...I am trying to get back into scrappin' mode!  

Thursday, September 10, 2009

TDSC022-A HOT little sketch for you!

Today The Digi Shack is shacking up with Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  I used one of the new Halloween Lani's for this card.  Isn't she the cutest?  The sentiment is from Artful INKables South of The Border set.  I colored her with copics.  I used red and black cardstock and the Divine Swirls CB folder. I just scraped my ink pad over the swirls.   Added some black satin ribbon and there you have it!  I hope you have a chance to play along this week.  Please make sure to link you card using Mr. Linky on TDS website HERE, and also the  Sweet Sketch Wednesday website HERE. I am sorry I don't have a photo of the sketch.  It won't let me transfer the photo to my blog for some reason.  Click HERE for the sketch.
Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Paper Maniac-It's all about the RIBBON!

This week's feature at The Paper Maniac is RIBBON!  My favorite embellishment!  The PM store is having a sale and their ribbon is 20% off!  YAY!  I used the 1.5 inch antique gold satin ribbon on this card.  The cardstock is Bazzil and the Santa image and sentiment are from The Paper Loft.  You can find this wonderful vintage Santa and sentiment in the Vintage Christmas Make it Your Own kit.  Lot's of fabulous vintage papers in this kit, too!
If you haven't already, go check out the fabulous ribbon and product offered at the PM store!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Butterfly POP-CAS31

I hope you have all had a great labor day weekend!  I made this card for the CAS31 on SCS.  We were to use dimensionals or pop up dots on our card.  I popped my butterfly with dimensionals.  The stamps are from the set Great Friend by SU.  The paper is melon mambo.  I paper pierced on the top and bottom of the card and added some ribbon at the bottom.  I used the modern label punch behind my butterfly image with some silver brads.  I made this card in a recent class I held at my house. 
Have a great day!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Artful INKables challenge-Make a box or a bag!

Hello!  I made this box in a bag for this week's Artful INKables challenge.  You can find the tutorial on how to make this box on SCS HERE.  I used stamps from the Steampunk Sarah set.  Such a fun trendy set with so many possibilities!  We hope you can play along with this challenge.  Here are the details:
* You are not required to use AI stamps, but if you have them, we'd love to see you use them! **IF YOU USE AI STAMPS, YOU GET 2 ENTRIES FOR YOUR CREATION! JUST ENTER YOUR NAME/LINK TWICE ON MR. LINKY!!!

* You have until Monday, September 14, 2009, midnight Pacific Standard Time to link your creation to the AI post. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, September 15, 2009 to win a GRAB BAG of AI STAMPS!

* When posting your link, please post the link directly to your creation- so if it's on your blog, please link it directly to the specific post with your creation.  Link to this post HERE.

* If uploading to SCS or PCP, please add the keyword AIC02

Can't wait to see what you come up with! Tell your friends!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Etsy Inspired BIRTHDAY BASH Blog Hop!

Hello! Welcome to the Etsy Inspired Birthday Bash blog hop! You should be arriving here from Faith's blog.  If not then start at Ashley's blog so you don't miss a thing!  There are some amazing prizes waiting to be won today, including a Scor-Pal!  
Today's challenge is anything goes, so I went back to find inspiration at Sunbasilgarden.  I just LOVE the soaps in this shop, and fell in love with this pumpkin crunch soap shown above.
I made this card based on the colors in the soap.  
Remember to leave a comment at every blog hop stop.  The grand prize (a Scor-Pal and accesories) will be randomly awarded to someone who leaves a comment on the "mystery DT blog!"  I don't know who it will be,'s a mystery!
Come and play some fun challenges and games on Paper Craft Planet at 2PM EST.
Your next stop is Kristen's!
Have fun!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Perfect Pear for Friends With Flair!

Hello!  Today is the first "Friends with Flair" for Unity.  This will replace Hip Hop Hangover.  This card is made with stamps from the July KOTM.  The DP is BasicGrey and the base is kraft.  I added some May Arts ribbon and a button from a bag I bought at an antique store.
Can't wait to see all of the Unity inspiration today!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Digi Shack Recipe Challenge! (TDSC021)

Hello!  Today's The Digi Shack challenge is a recipe.  You are to use 1 ribbon, 2 patterned papers, and three brads!  We would love for you to use a digi shack image, but if you don't have any and want to play along, that is great too!  I used DP from BasicGrey's Amborosia collection.  I sponged so saffron and ruby red ink around the edges and added stickles to the chandelier.  My pewter brads are from The Paper Studio.  The sentiment is from a large DSA company. (I am being sarcastic!  It had to be said, so sorry in advance for ruffling anyone's feather's!)  My card base is white and I matted everything in black.

Please link you card to Mr. Linky HERE if you play along.  Also remember to use keyword TDSC021 when uploading to online galleries.

I hope you get a chance to play along!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Today is the big day! The official GRAND OPENING of The Paper Maniac store.  I super excited about all of the wonderful product that will be offered in this store.  I made the card above with papers included in the Vintage Christmas take and make card kit!
 Remember to use code GRAND15 to get 15% off your order.  Also you will have a chance to win your wish list up to $25 dollars! See the information on the left.  Also, if you are a Unity fan, The Paper Maniac will offer the exclusive in store only kit with autoship.  The kit will be on sale today in addition to the 15% off code.  If you didn't do the blog hop yesterday, make sure you hop on through and leave a comment  on each post for some fabulous blog candy.  You can check out my blog hop post HERE with the details.  I am off to do some shopping for myself, now!  Hope you find lots of goodies and good luck on winning your wish list!  Happy shopping!