November 30, 2010

Dawn McVey *Day 2*

Here's our next fun card by Dawn:
I love Dawn's layered, butterflies. And again Dawn has chosen such a charming, unexpected color scheme for her creation! The modern, circle background looks great with the texture of the felt. Finally, Dawn has finished off this creation with a unique sentiment banner. I just can't help but smile when I look at her card!
Here is my take. I layered the butterflies from one of my favorite sets from Purple Onion Designs, the Vintage Butterfly set:

Thanks again for popping by! See you tomorrow with another amazing card by Dawn and....a another video!! (Did you see the one I did last week? HERE's a link if you missed it.) Oh, just a quick enabling moment- ALL Purple Onion Stamps are 25% off through December 10... :)
Stamps: Butterfly and Script (Purple Onion Designs), Sentiment (Papertrey Ink)

November 29, 2010

Inspired by...Dawn McVey!

Hi everyone! I am soooooooooo excited to annouced that this week's featured artist is none other than the talented Dawn McVey! Dawn not only makes theeee most fun, bright, and modern cards but she also has her own line of stamps for Papertrey Ink. I really am SUPER honored to share some of her work here this week. Sooo, on to the cards. Here is our first inspiration card by Dawn: I love the way Dawn has used vintage book paper on her card. Her stamping on top of the paper is so fun! The ticket frame is the perfect shape for her sentiment and seriously, how cute are those buttons??!! Finally, this card is a charming example of Dawn's unique color combos. I would never have thought to add the aqua color of the buttons, but it works so well!
Here's my take:
Thanks so much for visiting, my friends! See you tomorrow with another spectacular card by Dawn! HUGS!
Stamps: Flourish (Hero Arts S5449), Friends Definition (CG125), Sentiment (Papertrey Ink)

November 26, 2010


I think today is officially the day of leftovers, so I have a couple of "leftover" cards that weren't chosen for my Win-A-Day on the Hero Arts blog with the amazing Jennifer McGuire. Lots of Hero Arts goodness on these two:
Thanks again for your comments and visits, my friends. I know this hasn't been a typical "Inspired by..." week, but I am sooooooooooooooooo excited about next week's featured artist. Want a hint?? She's a designer for Papertrey Ink.... hhhmmm...who could it be?? ;)

November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to pop in today to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope your holiday is filled with great food, football, and most importantly, the love of friends and family.

This year I am especially thankful for all of my online crafting friends and blog readers. Your support, encouragement, visits, and comments continue to inspire me daily and keep a smile on my face. From the bottom of my heart- thank you.

See you tomorrow with a couple of cards! :)

November 24, 2010

NEW STAMPS *Day 3* and a VIDEO

Yep, you read the title correctly, I've got more new stamps and..... A VIDEO. (Seriously, I made a stamping video!) To begin, here's the next holiday release by Purple Onion Designs (available, Friday 11/26). This image is great for coloring with Copics. Introducing Dasher's Delivery: Now, on to the video! Yes, I may be the last person to jump onto this bandwagon, so I hope you like it. The card and video are for the project of the week at my local scrapbook store, Mementos (supply list available at Mementos' web site). The stamp/style isn't my usual, but I had fun stretching my boundaries a bit. Here's the card:
Here's the video. I hope you enjoy!! :) Click on the bottom right-hand corner of the video to watch at youtube and to see the entire screen of the video (it seems to be cutting off part of the filming when you watch here on the blog.)

I'm soooo ready to do my next video-- any suggestions or particular technique you'd like to see? Hugs, my friends, and have a wonderful turkey day tomorrow!

November 23, 2010


Today I have three cards to share with you inspired by these new stamps by Purple Onion Designs. These sets will be available Friday, November 26. All three cards feature this new sentiment set (which I LOVE): Here's the cutest little potted tree:
And don't forget the presents:And the stockings hung by the chimney with care: Thanks again for stopping by for a few peeks at these new sets by POD! See you tomorrow with another peek!

November 22, 2010

Inspired by...NEW STAMPS!

Hi everyone! This week I have something special up my sleeve. :) Instead of a featured artist from which to garner my inspiration, I am going to feature cards "Inspired by..." some NEW Purple Onion stamps which will be available Friday, November 26. These first two cards were inspired by this new set, A Little Birdie Told Me---so fun and fresh!
Thanks for popping by and see you tomorrow with another peek at a new POD release! :)

November 19, 2010

Kelly Rasmussen *Day 5*

Before I share our last inspiration card by Kelly, I want to send a BIG thanks to everyone who has stopped by this week AND to the sweet Kelly for allowing me to share her incredible work in my corner of the blogging world! You can always see lots more of Kelly's creations on her BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM. Here's our last inspiration card by Kelly: Just looking at this bright, fun, and cheery card makes me HAPPY! I love the color scheme of purple and yellow with kraft. The polka dots add to this card's charm as does the friend definition stamp. I also love how Kelly has brought this image to life with her perfect coloring!!
Here is my take:Thanks again for visiting! It always makes my day to read your comments and see that you've been by! HUGS!

November 18, 2010

Kelly Rasmussen *Day 4*

Quick post today, but check out this playful and charming card by Kelly:
Here is my take:
See you tomorrow!! :)

November 17, 2010

Kelly Rasmussen *Day 3*

Okay, tape on those socks, because they are about to be knocked off by this card by Kelly: Soft, delicate, rich, tasteful, elegant....I could go on and on and on! But I think this pretty much sums it up----> "Kelly, you ROCK!"
Here is my take: Thanks for visiting!
All Stamps Hero Arts (CL156, CG142, K5344)

November 16, 2010

Kelly Rasmussen *Day 2*

Here's our next inspiration card by Kelly: Doesn't this cute little card make you smile?! The mix of large and small polka dots on the background are soooo charming! And I love the color combo of pale blue and green--very fresh and fun for the holiday season. Finally, Kelly never forgets the finishing details. You gotta appreciate the way she has finished this card with the gemstones and that touch of green string!
Here is my take:
All Stamps Hero Arts (CG172, CL389, S5101)

November 15, 2010

Inspired by...Kelly Rasmussen

Hello, my stamping friends! Did you all have a nice weekend? I had a great one! :) I got to teach one of my new classes with some fun ladies at my local scrapbook store, Mementos, AND I also got to take a class from my creative friend, Peggy. :)

And now that it's Monday, it is my pleasure to announce that this week's featured artist is the over-the-top talented Kelly Rasmussen! I was first introduced to Kelly's work through the Hero Arts blog and I've been in love with her modern and clean designs ever since! Kelly's work is truly amazing and I know you'll want to spend hours checking out her BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM! Here is our first inspiration card by Kelly: So striking! First of all, I love the boldness of the pink and green against the dark black background. The touches of white, like the border around the green panel, the sentiment, and the ribbon really pull this design together. I also LOVE the way Kelly has layered the stamping of her floral images- just beautiful!!
Here is my take: Thanks for visiting! See you tomorrow with another beyond gorgeous card by Kelly!
All Stamps Hero Arts:CG142, K5344, CL156

November 13, 2010

Purple Onion Designs

It's time for another Purple Onion Designs card and I'm using my new favorite set, Coffee and Tea.
Thanks for visiting! Hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)

November 12, 2010

Sarah Martina *Day 5*

I'm so sad to see our week with Sarah coming to an end, but I saved one of my MOST favorite cards of hers to share today:Ummm, yeah. After looking at that card I know your jaw is hanging on the floor and your socks are knocked off across the room! WOW. WOW. WOW. (Did I mention "wow??") This is such a monochromatic beauty! I love the shades of green and that lace stamp by Hero Arts never looked better. And again, Sarah knows just how to add the perfect embellishments with her ribbon and pearls.
Here is my take. I was especially inspired by Sarah's use of the color green, so I decided to make a green version of my ornament card (seen HERE).

A BIG thanks for Sarah for all of the inspiration she provides to the cardmaking community--thank you for allowing me to share a tiny snippet of your fantastic work on my blog this week!! Thanks also for everyone who has stopped by and for all of your lovely comments! HUGS and see you tomorrow with another Purple Onion Designs card. :)
All Stamps Hero Arts (CG125, CL272, CL462)

November 11, 2010

Sarah Martina *Day 4*

I'm running a little late this morning, but I just had to share this pretty, soft, sweet, AND delicate card by Sarah:And here's my take:

Thanks for popping by! I'm off to clean up my craft room because a good friend of mine is coming over today to stamp and play!! Wahoo- I love crafty days! :)
All Stamps Hero Arts (CL351, K5344)

November 10, 2010

Sarah *Day 3*

It's a festive day here on "Inspired by..." Check out Sarah's beautiful card:
Once again I just can't get over all of Sarah's lovely embellishments! From the ribbon to the buttons to the felt they all add up to one gorgeous card. I love the colors on this card, too! The orange and teal are so striking and perfect for fall. Finally, Sarah's distressing around the outside of her card is lovely!
Here is my take. I decided to do a Christmas card:
Thanks for visiting!
Stamps: Poinsettia (Northwoods Rubber Stamps, Inc.), Script (Hero Arts K5344)

November 9, 2010

Sarah Martina *Day 2*

Here's our next card by Sarah:
Three words--- GORGEOUS. SHABBY. CHIC. Yep, I think it's official, Sarah is the Queen of charming shabby chic cards. I love the texture of the white background paired with the soft purple and yellow of the flower and ribbon. The tag with script is a fun layer on this card, too. And don't forget that little button- pure perfection.

I must admit, shabby chic is a style I love, but I have trouble replicating. This is definitely not one of my favorite cards, but I decided to post it anyways. Here is my take (quite humble compared to Sarah's!!): Thanks again for popping by! See you tomorrow! HUGS!
All Stamps Hero Arts: CL389, K5344, K5376

November 8, 2010

Inspired by...Sarah Martina!

Okay, I am soooo thrilled to announce that this week's featured stamper is none other than the uber-talented and beyond sweet Sarah Martina! Whenever I see Sarah's cards my jaw is on the floor for quite some time! She has a beautiful style all her own. And if you haven't already, you will want to add her BLOG to your list of favs! Here's our first card by Sarah: This card is a sparkling example of the beautiful embellishments Sarah always adds to her cards. They take her creations to the next level! I love the unexpected color combo for this Christmas card. And isn't the distressed music note background perfect!? LOVE IT!
Here is my take:

Thanks for visiting, my friends! See you tomorrow with another total sock-knocker-offer by Sarah! HUGS!
Stamps: Butterfly (Hero Arts E5388), Sentiment (Papertrey Ink), Music Note Background (Purple Onion Designs)

November 6, 2010

Purple Onion Designs

I have to admit I am really loving this new Coffee and Tea set by Purple Onion Designs: Here's my card:
I was inspired by THIS card by Jennifer McGuire. Thanks for popping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

November 5, 2010

Brit *Day 5*

I'm so sad to see our week with Brit coming to can end today. But I know this last card by Brit will have your jaw on the floor! I just can't get enough of this wonderful creation! I love the colors, the handmade flowers, the design....I could go on and on. It all adds up to one of those cards that stays in your memory because it's just that pretty! Brit truly has great design sense. I can't wait to see all of the wonderful future creations and videos she has up her sleeve. Remember you can always see more of her work on her BLOG.
Here is my take:And before you go, I have one more card to share with you. I actually made ten of these for an order that my sweet friend, Lori, placed with me. I sure hope she is pleased. She requested that they contain a specific Bible verse (which I love!) and have fall colors. Here's what I came up with:

Thanks again to Brit for allowing me to share her work this week! And thanks to all of you who stop by and visit and who leave such fabulous comments! See you tomorrow with a new Purple Onion Designs card. TGIF!
Hello Card: All Stamps Hero Arts (CL389, K5344, CL374)
Fern Card: Sentiment (computer generated), Fern and Script (Hero Arts S5154, K5344), Splatter (All Night Media)

November 4, 2010

Brit *Day 4*

Not much time to type today, but I wanted to be sure to share this beautiful card by Brit: Brit's video for this card can be seen HERE.
And here's my take: Thanks again for stopping by! We'll see you tomorrow! HUGS!
Sentiment (Hero Arts CL250), Butterflies (Unity IB-07)

November 3, 2010

Brit *Day 3*

If you haven't had your colored pencils out in a while THIS video and card by Brit may just inspire you to get them out: Brit's shading is spectacular. And the bright colors really do pop against the kraft background. I love how she has embellished her image, too. She added the perfect amount of bling! Finally, the way Brit included the sentiment as part of the main circle is genius!!

Here is my take:
All Stamps Hero Arts (CL383, K5344)