Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge #346–2018 A La Carte


This week I had a chance to create a project inspired by one of Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday challenges from 2018.  I chose # 312-Framing Sentiments and Images.  It’s true what Laurie says in the video, a frame really makes a difference when you add it as part of the card.  Clean and simple is my favorite style and a frame can add texture and a nice place to ground your embellishments.

For my card today, I die cut some gingham patterned paper using the rectangle frame from the Make It Market: Shakers and Sprinkles kit.  I added a layer of blue foam underneath to raise the frame up a little and add some interest.


I added the frame to a 4.25″ x 5.5″ white notecard with a sentiment from Botanical Bounty stamped in the middle.  To heat emboss the sentiment, I used Versamark Onyx Black ink, then sprinkled some clear embossing powder over the top to heat it.

I love the color palette of a “pinkish red” with bright blue, so I added some flowers from The Sweet Life around the frame that I stamped with Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy Inks.


Clean and simple with some fun, Springtime colors!


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Sending Christmas Cheer


I’m so happy to be participating in Papertrey Ink’s monthly blog hop for November.  I love this challenge because you get to create a card inspired by a gorgeous photo they choose.  Here is this month’s inspiration:


I love all the red and white.  I’ve been using that color combo a lot on my cards this month.  That blue ribbon is so pretty too, so I decided to combine all the colors for my card along with a little sprig of green.

I used the peppermint circle from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set and created a masked line of the candies all the way across a white notecard using Pure Poppy ink.  This is really easy to do using a 1 3/4″ punch and some masking paper.  Just stamp, cover the first stamp with the mask, stamp again offsetting the image, remove the mask and cover the second image, stamp, and so on…..



I added the circle tag from Holiday Photo Finishers (an older set) stamped on some Spring Rain cardstock and tucked in some holly from the Spruce & Sprigs set.  Light blue enamel dots helped to continue the blue.


Those peppermint candies are so festive and the masking keeps this card clean and simple.  Thanks so much for joining me today.  Supplies used on my project are linked below.  Just click on the logo below each product for the shop


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CutCardstock Design Team Project: Halloween Fun

It’s hard to believe Halloween will be here soon.  Wasn’t it just Christmas? :).  Today I have a cute rather than creepy Halloween card that’s clean and simple with lots of bright, happy color.  This project was first featured on the CutCardstock blog.

I started off with a comic strip background die I cut from Pop Tone Orange Fizz cardstock and adhered it to the front of a notecard I made using Cougar White Super Smooth 100# cardstock.


Using my stamp platform, I stamped cute little bat and spider images and sentiments in each of the boxes and on the inside.



I colored in the images with with markers and added a few other pieces I colored and cut out to the rest of the empty boxes with foam squares.


I love how the little bat is peeking out from the side!


A cheerful Halloween greeting perfect for little ones’ treat bags or lunch boxes.


Thanks so much for joining me today.  Orange, brown and gold cardstock is on sale this month at the CutCardstock shop just in time for Fall and Halloween.  Have a great day!


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Misti stamp positioner

Gerda Steiner Bats stamp set

Lawn Fawn Trick or Treat stamp set

Lawn Fawn Heebie Jeebies stamp set (retired)

Papertrey Ink Cover Plate: Comic Strip die

Zig Clean Color Brush Markers 36 pack–Pale Green, Light Green, Light Gray, Gray Brown

Copic Sketch–Y02, Y08, YR15, YR68, BV31, BV13

Sizzix Big Shot

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Less Is More Challenge: “Bits Box” Item

Hi Everyone!

I’m playing along with the most recent Less Is More Challenge today using a couple of unused die cut flowers I found in my embellishment basket.


Our challenge was to use whatever saved items we had that we had die cut or colored and saved in our supplies for future use.  Such a great idea!

I ended up using these two die cuts from Papertrey Ink I had stamped/colored/embossed a while back.  When I die cut flowers, I usually do more than I need just in case I decide to change my design or make a mistake……which brings me to the next picture…….


I recently shared this picture on my Instagram feed.  I was originally going to use 2 roses I found in my supply basket, but when I was stamping the sentiment on today’s project, the black ink pad slipped out of my hand and unfortunately, on to my pretty flower.  I tried wiping the ink off, but it just got worse, LOL! So on to plan B…….


I used a wooden stamp from American Crafts that I got from Hobby Lobby for my sentiment and stamped it on to a white note card.  I used a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to ensure I got a perfectly placed image.  This tool also helps if you need to re stamp the stamp in the same spot.  Simply place the plastic sheet that comes with the tool flush to the corner edge as shown below and place your inked stamp down in the same spot on the plastic.


After stamping the image on the plastic sheet, line the sheet up to where you want it on your card base and fit your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig into the corner.


Remove the plastic sheet and fit the inked stamp right into the same corner of the tool where the sheet was and stamp your image.  For a more detailed demonstration on using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I have a quick YouTube video HERE.


After stamping my sentiment I added the mint colored flower–from Papertrey Ink’s Vintage Linens stamp set–as a backdrop for my rose.  The rose die cut is from Papertrey’s The Sweet Life stamp set and I popped that up with a foam square.  A few drops of Morning Dew Nuvo Drops completes the card.


Thanks so much for joining me today.   If you enjoy clean and simple card challenges as I do, I put together a list below of some fun ones I’ve tried as well as some new ones I found that I’d like to try.   Enjoy!

Addicted to CAS

CAS on Friday

CAS Christmas


AAA Cards Challenge

Freshly Made Sketches

CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

CAS Mix Up

CASe This Sketch

CAS Colours and Sketches


Teacher Inspiration

As the school year comes to an end, it’s nice to send some good cheer to our hard-working teachers.  My project today, which was first featured on the CutCardstock blog, is a card with a coordinating envelope that is perfect to pair with those end of the year mugs and gift cards.

I started off with a 5×7″ notecard created with Basis Cardstock in black and placed it on my stamp platform.  I had some school-themed Tim Holtz Blueprint stamps and decided to make a background with them using white pigment ink.


This gives kind of a chalkboard look that’s great for the teacher theme.


I adhered a simple band with foam tape using Cougar White Super Smooth cardstock stamped with an inspirational sentiment.


For the envelope, I used a Basis A-7 envelope in white and stamped a tree and an additional quote on the back.  I stamped the leaves of the tree in teal ink to coordinate with the card sentiment.





Adding that extra stamped detail to an envelope is one more way to get more mileage from your stamps and make that special teacher feel even more appreciated.  Thanks so much for joining me today!


Teach & Inspire stamp set-Papertrey Ink

Papertrey Ink Tropical Teal ink pad

Stampers Anonymous-Tim Holtz Mini Blueprint Schoolhouse stamp set

Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink pad

Papertrey Ink Tropical Teal ink pad

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform