Monday, June 29, 2009

One Last Gift

Not only do you get the fun and cute pen (see last post) in this gift. You also get the great journal!
The front is covered with 2 coordinating pieces of patterned paper and a striped ribbon. The back cover also has patterned paper on it.
The journal is lined, and has 200 pages... all ready to be filled with your wit, wisdom or greatest longings! This journal is crying to you, wanting to come to your house, needs you :)
You can find this and a few other in my new gift section of my Etsy store.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Cute Pen Make Writing Fun!

I'm not sure what it is about a fun pen that snags me, but no matter how many pens I have in my house, it seems like I'm always willing to buy more....if they are cute!

These certainly fit the bill, in my opinion! Each pen has patterned paper inserted into the barrel. The pens are packaged in a colored cello bag, and will arrive at your door all ready to be given as a gift, or to use for yourself! A gift for you!

There are 3 other great sets, all using different patterned paper in the gift section of my Etsy shop. Come on over and take a look.

You can also see a close up of each of the pens, along with the paper used in the barrel when you go to the gift section.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

It's a Frame, It's a Pen with Paper, It's a....

Post-It Note Holder! These are great for a desk top or a phone messsage pad!

You start with an acrylic frame. This one is 3 x 5. Insert a piece of patterned paper, and adhere the post-it note to the top of the frame. I used sticky strip on the post-it notes so they would stay firmly attached.

To make it even more fun though, I decorated a ball point pen with some co-ordinating patterned paper and made a little loop out of ribbon to hold the pen in place.

You now have a handy accessory that can be used over and over! This is another item that can be found in my new gift section of my Etsy store.

Here's a close up:

Monday, June 15, 2009


We have quite a few bluebirds around our house. They are such a pretty bird, and I used them
as my inspiration for this card. The image is stamped on watercolor paper and watercolored. I love the way you can blend hues of color with this techniqued.
The sentiment says, "May happiness touch your life today as you have so often touched the lives of others."
I kept the card neutral enough that it can be given to either a man or a woman.
Tweet, tweet :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Deals To Be Had and New Gift Section

The Yart (yard + art = yart) Sale is still going on at Etsy. Lots of great buys, so if you are looking for anything Handmade, make sure you take a look. If you are needing any greeting cards, check out my shop:

10% off all cards

Free secondary shipping

40% off the sale section

Also, my new Gift section is open. I said I would share some of the items there. One of my favorite is the 4 x 4 Tumbled Stone Coasters. I have these coasters all over my house, and they are fabulous! The tiles can be purchased at home supply stores. They must be stamped on in Staz-on or a similar ink. Water based inks will bleed into the stone. They are colored in with chalks and then sealed with an acrylic sealer. I have found that multiple, light coats works best for the sealing.

They hold up very well. The ones around my house are at least 5 years old, and still look great.

I'll share more later.

For now, here's one of the sets of coasters for sale:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Erika's Design

My oldest is a great card designer. When I used to hold classes at my house, there were many times that we made cards she either designed or helped me with. I copied this card from the one she made her sister for a birthday. Don't you just love the fun colors and layout!

The flowers are all die-cut using the big shot daisy die. Once that is done, the card is super fast to assemble! Who wouldn't smile when they opened this up!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

YART Sale on Etsy

What is a YART sale you ask? It's Yard + Art = YART Sale. The official run dates are Wednesday, June 10th - June 14th, but I've decided to start my sale today.

Come on over to my Etsy Shop and you'll find:

**10% off all greeting cards
**Free secondary shipping
**40% off all cards in the Sale Section

Happy Shopping! And if you are looking for anything else handmade, there are tons of super finds on Etsy!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Many Things Were Accomplished Today

I had some household chores I could have/should have been working on today, but since the kids are out of school in 3 days, I thought I would take advantage of the time and get some Etsy business taken care of.

First, I will be opening a gift section this week. I'll post items on here as well, but come on over in a few days and check it out.

I love Mary Jo's Monday Sketch Challenges, and made sure I slipped that in today too. Check out the details of the challenge on her blog.

This was a great sketch (again!). All the layered circles are so fun, and the 3 smaller circles just pull the whole card together. I wanted a larger image in the main circle, and since I love to watercolor, I kept that in mind while I was searching through my stamps. I pulled this long lost set out--another one that I'm glad I saved.

The sentiment in the smaller circle says, "Joy is not in things, it is in us." What a great saying! This card could be used for so many different occasions too.

Thanks again MJ for another great "spring board."

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Slowin' Down

Just letting the one or two people who read my blog, that I won't be posting as often over the summer months. :)

I love to be outside when it's nice...riding bike, gardening, going to the beach with the kids. Yes, I know, it's a rough life. :)

I'll still post at least once a week, and possibly more, but I'll be back full force again in the fall.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


I cut these "flower bursts" out for a different card, that ended up not working out. They are so fun and cute that I knew I needed to use them though. So I set them aside until I was inspired.
The background on the Baja Breeze is a Big Shot Texture plate. I sanded the texture to make is stand out a little more. Isn't it great with all the other circles and polka dots!
The center of the flower burts have a half pearl added to them.
I'm thinking this would make a great teen birthday card, but I didn't add a sentiment so it could be used for any occasion!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Technostamper's Monday Sketch

Now this sketch I love. If you read my post last Monday, you'll remember the circle/square quandry. But this sketch, notice all those nice straight lines to play with :). Then there is the oval and the pumpkins to soften all those lines.

I know we are not even close to "pumpkin season," but I just got this set, and haven't used it much yet. I am a huge, huge fan of pumpkins. They come in so many fun shapes and colors! The pumpkins on this card are cut out and layered on top of the vase with dimensionals.

The orange layer is pumpkin pie (fitting, huh?), but photographed a little dark. It looks great with Baja Breeze!

Make sure you check out Mary Jo's blog and play along if you have time!