Thursday, September 30, 2010

Paper Wishes Blog Hop

Come Join Paper Wishes for World Card Making Day and you can WIN! Starting October 1 at 8 AM EST and ending October 3 at 8 AM EST you will have a chance to win some great prizes worth more than $50 -

There will be three total winners, so you have three ways to win:

1. Hop to each blog listed below
• Leave a comment at each one
• Become a Follower at each blog
• Write down the Paper Wishes product featured on the blogs
• Send a Private message to Swaps Albums on the Paperwishes Forum: (If you have questions, email for help) telling us all of the products being featured.

2. Hop to each blog listed below
• Leave a comment at each blog
• Become a Follower at each blog
• One random winner will be chosen from the comments

3. Hop to each blog listed below
• Leave a comment at each one
• Become a Follower at each blog
• Make a project using mostly Paper Wishes products
• Send a Private message to Swaps Albums on the Paper Wishes Forum: (If you have questions, email for help) with a link to your project of a picture.

You should have come to my site from Jen's. When you leave here you will go to Precious Thoughts, .

Here is information for my project that you can get at Paper Wishes: (well not really the project that I made, but this is my assigned product that you need to record to enter to win.)

Paper Flair Feminine Card Kit plus 10 Cards & Envelopes
Price: $11.59

Now on to the next site! Have fun!

Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing:
Cher-ing Paper Memories:
Montserrat Native:
Becca's Heart for Creativity :
Crafty Imaginings by Jen:
Nancy's Creative Space:
Precious Thoughts, :
Penny's Page:
Crafty Patti' s Card Crafts:
Sew Many Challenges:

Friday Challenge at The Character Cafe

The Character Cafe has a challenge every Friday. This week the challenge is to use orange, 2 embellishments and ribbon. I was also given this "Simonstein" digi to use. Here's my sample for the challenge! Join in the fun at!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Vote for Me!

The Paper Wishes contest this month is using their new Color Me papers - I absolutely love these! They are made to resist ink and have beautiful designs. When heated, the resist areas can also take glitter! Oooh - the possibilities! Here is my submission. Voting starts tomorrow, Monday, September 27 - please vote for me! If I win, I get $100 in Paper Wishes product!

Go to and click on the contest tab to vote.

Mosaic Card Class

Date has been set - I'll be teaching the Mosaic Card class at Stamp and Scrap Nest in Simsbury on Saturday, October 9. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Design Team!

I got selected for The Character Cafe's Design Team! Just got the word - more to come!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mosaic Cards!

People always get excited at crops when they see me working on one of my mosaic pages. Susan at Stamp and Scrap Nest in Simsbury, CT gave me a challenge - the bulk of her customers are card makers so she wanted to see if I could put together a card class. Well! I'd never made cards with this technique but I love a challenge so....I went to the Mosaic Moments websites and got some ideas and this is what I came up with. One (the gift card holder is a direct lift from the design blog at Mosaic Moments.) The class will probably be some time in October.

For more information about card making and scrapbooking with mosaics, click the link I have on the right side of the blog.

Strips and Stripes - Seminole Patchwork

Here's another fun thing to do with strips and stripes! Seminole patchwork comes from the Seminole Tribe and is used in making clothing and decorative fabrics. Do some searches - there are many interesting patterns and they all have a story behind them!

Again I'm cutting my pieces, but you can use striped paper easily enough. This time I'm cutting 1" strips.

Just as in the Bargello technique, glue or tape your strips down to a base piece of paper or cardstock.

When all of your strips are applied, cut away the excess:

Then cut 1" strips across your stripes:

We're going to be laying these down at an angle like so:

Here's a way you can be sure you're getting the first piece laid down at the right angle: Draw a straight line exactly perpendicular. Then lay your first piece down so that the corners are directly on the line.

Then lay down all your additional pieces until your card panel is full.

Next, cut two 1" strips of coordinating solid paper and place them along the top and bottom of your design:

After looking at this on my base card, I decided I wanted the black strips to be a little narrower, so I trimmed them down:

And then all that's left is to add some artwork and a sentiment!

Strips and Stripes - Bargello

This month in the Paper Wishes swaps it's all about strips and stripes! One of the fun things you can do to make great backgrounds for your cards is taking strips of paper and making Bargello patterns. Bargello is a needlework term and you see a lot of Bargello embroidery and tapestry work. Google it and see what you find!

In this demo I'm making strips of paper 1/2" wide. You could also use a striped patterned paper and get the same effect for less work! Once you get a good collection of strips, glue or tape them down to a piece of background paper or cardstock.

Then, cut 1/2 inch strips crosswise. I find that I do best when I mark the lines on the back and just cut with scissors. If I try to do it in my paper trimmer, the layers of paper are just too thick and sometimes the trimmer will lift up what I've pasted down. If you've used thin papers it might work.

Here are all my cut strips:

Before you decide how you want to glue them down on your final card panel, you can play with them at this point. It's fun to rearrange them and see what kind of patterns you can get!

Once you find a pattern you like, glue or tape them down to your card panel. Then trim off the excess:

Here's my final card panel:

...and the final card. Here I just added a strip of vellum, and a cutout from the Hot Off the Press Classic Creative Cardmaker's Pack:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

What's coming up next month?

Thought I would give you a little teaser as to what's coming up for the October technique swap on Paper Wishes. It has to do with Strips and Stripes! Hmmm.....what's Nancy cooking up?