PTI 10th Anniversary Challenge: Transformation – Golden Framed Dewy Periwinkle Photo

The final challenge of Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary celebration was called Transformation. The challenge was to create a new project based on a card you were not happy with. That was easy… That white, pink and green frame I just did really didn’t turn out as great as I’d imagined it. I thought the colors would pull out the colors in the picture, but was highly disappointed.

So, I decided to re-try this time with a solid gold background…

Wow! NOW the picture POPS!! MUCH better, don’t you think?!!

I love making cards out of pictures I’ve taken… I need to do that more often! They make great ‘any occasion’ cards to have on hand!!

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil cover plate die
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold Metallic Paper
  • Sookwang 6″ Scor-tape adhesive (this also worked MUCH better for piecing in the pieces)
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 white card

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun… you’ll want to hurry and join this one if you can – you might win your PTI wishlist of up to $300! Wouldn’t that be fabulous?!

Thanks again for visiting… don’t forget to stop back by on Friday for a cool surprise!



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Nail Polish Marbled Paper – Papertrey Ink Make-It-Monday #277

I’m back this evening with a really cool method of paper marbling… using NAIL POLISH! Yep, you read right… NAIL POLISH!


In Papertrey Ink’s Make-It-Monday #277, Lizzie does a fine job of showing you how to do it in the video HERE, so I won’t waste your time with more, except for these three tips:

  1. Make sure to use gloves and protect around your working area.
  2. I found it easier to drip from the bottle with the help of the applicator rather than from the applicator, which took too long.
  3. Make sure to have plenty of paper towels or a dedicated craft mat to lay your wet marbled paper on to dry.

What beautiful DIY backgrounds! They’re shiny and yet pliable, not hardened to the point of breaking.

Adding a polish with glitter tended to spread the colors away from the glitter, for a different look.

These would make great cards to give a special gal along with a manicure kit!

For the ones on black card bases, I went back to old corner punches to decorate the inside and make room for writing a message. Unfortunately, the embossing is so light, I couldn’t get it to show in a picture.

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink – Wonderful Words: Love die
  • Fiskars Framed in Love Border Corner Punch
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 cards and white & black cardstock
  • Tombow mono adhesive runner
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Sally Hansen Zesty Ginger Frost nail polish
  • Sinful Colors nail polish: Black on Black, Eva So Bright, Frenzy & Jade Kat

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

I hope to be back soon with a couple more cards. So check back, or subscribe so you won’t miss any, ok?! Thanks for stopping by today!



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Winnie & Walter – Floral Challenge with Lydia

Good morning – at least for a few more minutes! Had to sleep in after all the work yesterday finishing up everything. : ) My cold is getting better, so I’m hoping to be back to ‘normal’ soon.  (Yes, I know that’s debatable. hahaha) Let’s hope three times is it for this year!!

I have a clean & simple monochromatic card for Winnie & Walter’s Floral Challenge with Lydia to share with you…


Materials used:

  • Winnie & Walter download squiggle edge from their 1st Bday Bash Digital Elements (that you can find HERE)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Camellia stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Lovely Lady
  • Washi tape (I think it was Recollections)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & pink
  • Tombow mono adhesive

If you want more information on playing along with this Winnie & Walter challenge, you can find it HERE, but hurry – it ends tomorrow!

I’m glad you could stop by today. I hope to finish up a couple of other cards that are in the works and post them this afternoon. See you soon!



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Winnie & Walter – Smile

Surprise! I DID get another card finished for the Winnie & Walter 2nd Anniversary Bash finished! Smile!!

Winnie & Walter’s Color Challenge with Heather P is to include the Winnie & Walter colors: coral, lime/chartreuse and aqua/light turquoise


And Mayuri’s Winnie & Walter challenge was Inlaid Die Cutting. Together with Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: Inspired by a Song – Your Smiling Face by James Taylor, this is the result:


Materials used:

  • Winnie & Walter balloons download 1st Bday Bash Digital Elements (Here)
  • Simon Says Stamp Smile Circle die
  • Core’dinations cardstock white, lime and aqua
  • Recollections Shimmer card – coral
  • Tombow mono adhesive

If you want to play along with any of these challenges that I’m joining, just click on the descriptions below:

Ok, this on IS the last post for today! : ) G’nite!



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I Like Big Cups… and Up-cycling them!

Good evening! I have just finished another card and wanted to get it in just in case I’m too busy tomorrow morning.

This one was inspired by several things. Last month at the Crafting Desert Divas’ release hop they gave away an adorable coffee mouse digi stamp from Too Cute by Jessica which goes perfectly with the Coffee Lovers blog hop. Their current challenge is ‘favorite color combo.’ (You can find more info HERE.)


Right now my favorite color combo for this card is redish-mauve, tan, brown and cream – which also happen to be a majority of the colors in the current Unruly PaperArts challenge: Coffee and Cream. (You can find the details HERE.)


I also wanted to up-cycle the glasses on the fun LARGE CUPS that I get my venti green tea frappuccinos in:


Yes, it’s brown instead of bright green as I have them add raspberry syrup and green and red = brown! After I was done, I washed the cup and cut out the glasses.

The cute mouse made a perfect candidate for wearing the Starbucks ‘sunglasses’ – something we wear even in fall and winter in Florida – and even my barista knows I like big cups as he’ll sometimes throw my venti into a treinta cup rather than throw away the excess.


I did alter the digi a bit by coloring the nose and feet to make them mauve so they matched better. Then I hand drew dashes and dots around it to frame it. I love how easy Cordinations paper makes embossed images stand out when you sand them! I see that folder as my Venti Green Tea Frappuccinos and my Venti Pumpkin Spiced Lattes! : ) Good thing I’ve learned to make them myself, or I’d go broke!!

Materials used:

  • Too Cute by Jessica – Coffee Mouse digi stamp
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder: On the Go
  • DCWV card
  • Coredinations The Chocolate Box cardstock: Amaretto
  • Neenah Astroparche cardstock: Natural
  • Recollections cardstock – maroon
  • Copic Marker – R89
  • Pigma Micron pen – red
  • Papertrey Ink button – Canyon Clay
  • Faber-Castell Gelato – red
  • Misc. balsa wood doo-dads (they were on long sticks and I cut them off), twine, and adhesives.

This card will be playing along with the following hops and challenges. You can click on the highlighted links to find out more info. on each of them:

Hopefully I will have my blog candy together by the next post – stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by to visit, leaving those encouraging comments and for following my blog if you like what you see – you’re all very much appreciated!



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