Thursday, September 30, 2010

Perfect Presentation Template Winner ~

Hey ladies!  I promised to be back today with a sample of the Holding Pattern template...unfortunately, I'm having one of those *nothing is turning out like I want it to* days.  I decided to just give you your winner!  And since I can't have a post without a picture, here's my little guy getting caught drawing all over himself. LOL

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Papertrails by a paper lover said...

oh how fun this box is! I love the Fall colors you selected to make it with. A perfect little something for the person you want to thank or just say I am thinking of you. :-)
September 27, 2010 5:17 AM

Congratulations!!  Please contact Leigh Ann at to claim your prize!  You can view all of the templates at the Wild Flower Patch.  Have fun shopping!  :o) lyss

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cherry Blossom Thank You ~

Good hump day to you!  This morning I have a pretty card to share with you that I made to participate in the
Heart to Heart card drive.  I will let you click on the link to learn more about it, but you're going to want to!  It is a card drive to thank the caretakers of Alzheimer's patients with the chance to win $1000 worth of goodies!  I'll be sending this along to the folks at the home where Carolyn's grandmother stayed.
I used the gorgeous Flourishes set, Cherry Blossom.  I stamped the largest blossom branch in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I had tried coloring this once with the Copics I have and it just wasn't the right pinks.  When I cut it out and tried to sponge it, I totally screwed it ended up in the circular file.  I colored this with my color pencils and just a bit of blending in the flowers with OMS and blending stubs.  I really like the softness achieved with the color pencils!
I used the largest label of the Labels 4 nestabilities dies to cut the image out and emboss it.  While it was still in the die, I sponged around the edges with Ranger Antique Linen.  I really wanted a mat, so I traced around the outside of the die - I really wish Spellbinders would come out with a large and small of the labels series sets, so we could have more matting options without all the fussy cutting!  It's not perfect this way, but it works. 
I set the focal layer up on dimensionals on the stamped background paper at an angle.  It was hard for me to do!!  But I really wanted a fairly simple card and it needed some sort of pizazz!  lol  I'll let you in on a little secret now...I punched a hole to slide the ribbon through, but it was in the wrong place!   So I punched a second one, slid the ribbon through, and created a sentiment tag to place over the wrong hole!  The sheer organza ribbon I used is a dream to tie a bow with!  So soft and pretty!  It's pretty inexpensive too.  Check it out here.
Now that I look at the card, I think I may add some brown pearls to the corners.  Other than that, this card is done, and I am happy with it!  lol  I think since I'm allowed to say when I don't like something that I make, I should be allowed to say when I do like something :o)
Before I go, I want to remind you to comment on this post by midnight tonight for a chance to win a Perfect Presentation template of your choice.  Also, please check out all the wonderful goodies at Paper Garden Projects - great sales, great service and free shipping on orders over $60 (only $5 for under $60).  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you are having a great week!  :o) lyss
STAMPS: Flourishes Cherry Blossom; Stampendous Le London Script; Stampin Up Artfully Asian
INK: Memento Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Antique Linen
PAPER: PaperTrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Rustic White & Sweet Blush
OTHER: Color pencils (Koh-I-Noor & Lyra), OMS and blending stub; dimensionals; Spellbinders Labels 4 dies & Tag Trio dies;  Ivory Sheer organza ribbon; SU ribbon slider punch

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Perfect Presentation September Release & Candy ~

Perfect Presentation has a new release this month with a whopping 6 new templates:
Holding Pattern (I'll have a post with this fun door hanger on Thursday!!)
Perfect Parcel
Tombstone Treat Bag
Tombstone PlaceCard
Whimsy House  &
Whimsy House Card
All templates are available from The Wild Flower Patch shop under Perfect Presentation templates.

I chose to make another sweet little duo with the Perfect Parcel SVG template.  We have lots of September birthdays in my neck of the woods, so I thought a little *autumn blessings* were in order!
 This little beauty is the perfect size to hold some yummy goodies in to make a special someone happy.  I stuffed mine full of caramels, packages of scrumptious teas and a little gift card on top.  The bow is tied from some fabulous silk ribbon I recycled off a lovely gift I was surprised with from a friend ;o)  The fun paper is from the  Kaisercraft Peachy Keen pack available at Paper Garden Projects.  It is so pretty and is flocked for some beautiful texture. 
I made a little sentiment label to tie the card and parcel together.  I nested a couple of petite oval nesties and punched the sentiment with the modern label punch from SU.  A couple of pearls frame the sentiment and give just the right touch!
These templates are so easy to assemble and decorate!  The decorative panels are another file to open up and cut - no measuring and no fuss!  Love it!

The card follows the fall theme and sketch from the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge blog.  I stamped Giselle from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her with Copics.  Her dress and apron are paper pieced with just a hint of shading to follow with the Copic Creations challenge.  I used the *out of the box* technique to pop her hat out of the circle and sponged around the circle nestie while she was still in the die to add a little more dimension.  All the pattern papers are from the Peachy Keen pack.  The blueish one is flocked again - so pretty!  A little more pearl bling around the sentiment {to follow with the Crazy 4 Challenges guidelines for this week} and this card is done!  This duo also fits into the current JUGS challenge to use a template!
Now for the candy...a random commenter on this post will win their choice of template from Perfect Presentation.  You have until Wednesday, September 29, at midnight PDT to comment.  I will draw a winner on Thursday morning with my Holding Pattern post.  You don't have to become a follower to win - just make sure I have a way to get in touch with you or you check back!  Now please go stop by the other fabulous designer's blogs to see what their wonderful, creative minds have come up with.  Oh and they have candy too!!  :o)
Leigh Ann Baird (the genius behind these fabulous templates!)
Kerri Michaud
Terri Moore
Julie Elak
Chris Olsen
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful day :o) lyss
STAMPS: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Giselle; PTI Autumn Abundance
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamagic Jumbo Java; Ranger Distress Antique Linen
PAPER: PTI Dark Chocolate & Rustic Cream; SU Groovy Guava; Kaisercraft Peachy Keen
OTHER: Copics {BG72, BG75, BG78, C1, C3, E00, E11, E25, E27, E29, R20, YR12, YR15, YR18}; PTI Vintage buttons Dark Chocolate & Rustic Cream button twine; Spellbinders Lg & Sm Classic Circle Nesties, Lg & Sm Petite Oval Nesties; paper & felt flowers from stash; brown pearls from stash; brown brads from stash; Perfect Presentation Perfect Parcel SVG template; SU Modern Label punch

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fourth Friday Challenge with Paper Garden Projects for September ~

Its Fourth Friday challenge time again - can you believe it! Time sure flies!  This month, we want to see all your wonderful Halloween ideas! It can be any type of project: card, scrap page, alerted item, treat pack - we want to see them all. The only rule is that you link up a project newly created for this challenge, although feel free to combine it with other current challenges out there in blogland.
Although we would love to see all the art you care to share, everyone will be entered in the prize drawing only once. One winner will be drawn randomly to win the prize. You have until midnight (EST) on Saturday, October 2nd to link up your project. Just click the little froggy face at the bottom of Cathy's post to add your project.

Your prize this month is this wonderful Halloween sentiment cling stamp. Can't wait to see what you create!

Here's a little duo of treats and a fun easel card.  I stamped the clear treat box with a spider web stamp in white StazOn ink and filled it with dark chocolate kisses.  I'm not a big fan of dark chocolate so it's safe for me to have it in the craft space {wink}!  The card uses the Best Witches cling stamp set again.  This little witchy poo had a bit too much to drink at the Halloween party!  She is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  I used the out of box technique to leave her broom outside of the Labels 8 Spellbinders die.  While she was still in the die, I punched out a circle and sponged inside of it with Summer Sun and More Mustard inks.  I used the punched circle to mask my full *moon* and sponged around the image with Dusty Concord ink.  Her shoes, leggings and parts of her hair have lots of fun Stickles - the more glitter the more fun!
The easel part of the card is held up by the sentiment that comes in the set, "Halloween Tip #72: Don't drink and fly."  I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossed it.  I went over the tip portion with a green Copic and mounted it on some sponged paper.  A couple of the Matte buttons finish this off!  Hope you enjoyed your little stop here.  Be sure to play along with a fun Halloween themed project for your chance to win! 
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  We have a wedding to attend tonight, a birthday party for a dear friend's kiddo on Saturday and then my little guy's birthday party on Sunday! Busy, busy, busy!  Be sure to stop back by on Monday...Perfect Presentation has a new release that you aren't going to want to miss!  :o) lyss  
STAMPS: Eat Cake Graphics Best Witches; StampInsanity Stamps Morgan's Spell; Stampin' Up! Web Wishes 
INK: StazOn white; Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Dusty Concord; SU Summer Sun & More Mustard; Versafine Onyx Black
PAPER: Prism cardstock; PTI Stamper's Select White & True Black
OTHER: Copics {B000, BG10, BV04, E08, E11, E13, E19, E43, E44, E49, E55, E57, E59, G14, R29, YG06, YG09, YR65, Y21, Y26, W5, W7, 110 Spcl Black}; Clear 3" Square box; Sakura white gel pen; Spellbinders Labels 8 dies; EK Success Bat lace border punch; Filigree clear embossing powder; Stickles; Matte buttons; purple embroidery floss; dimensionals

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Garter Wedding ~

Hello!  I'm here to show you a recent publication rejection.  :o(  lol  I actually made and gave this to my friend Barb for her bridal shower.  Since I hadn't posted it here yet, I submitted it thinking it would be very easy to remake.  I came up with this card based on this fun decorative trim that I found at Hobby Lobby the other day.  I saw it and thought how cute it would look on baby cards, etc. with just a little ribbon in the center.  The layout is super simple and is now a "go to" look for me.  Sometimes it's easier to just stamp and not color everything!
The damask is stamped on white shimmer paper and the sentiment is embossed.  I actually had to break out the stamp-a-ma-jig for this baby!  I haven't used my wood mounted stamps in so long, but the font combo in this SU set is so pretty.  Since I save all the acetate that my PTI stamps come on, I stamped the sentiment on it for placement and then just saved it with the stamps for future use.  I've also been scouring the HL ribbon section for this wonderful 1/4" double sided satin ribbon.  It ties like a dream!  For a little extra umph on this simple card, I stacked the main panel up on dimensionals.
The inside is finished with a beautiful Irish blessing that I found in a Verve Stamps set.  I haven't had the cash to buy it yet, so I printed this out on the white shimmer cardstock from my computer.  It's not quite as pretty as if I'd had the stamp, but it works in a pinch! 
So my friend Barb gets this at the bridal shower and isn't even thinking.  She's just so excited that she got tons of Pyrex with matching lids.  LOL  About 2 hours later, she's texting me saying, "OMG!  I love the card and just realized that you made it!!  I love the cute!"  Garter?  Oh yeah!  That decorative trim totally looks like a garter - doh! 
Hope you're all having a fabulous day!!  I'm super happy - my mom took pity on me and gave me my birthday money early so I could buy some stamps.  Yay!!  I'm a happy girl ;o)  See you on Friday for the Paper Garden Projects Final Friday challenge  :o) lyss
STAMPS: PaperTrey Ink Damask Designs; Stampin' Up! Sincere Salutations
INK: Versafine Onyx Black; HP printer ink
PAPER:  PaperTrey Ink Pure Poppy, True Black & White Shimmer
OTHER: Black decorative *garter* trim; 1/4" double sided red satin ribbon; Scor-tape; Filigree clear embossing powder

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Halloween Treats Garden Walk ~

Its garden tour time again, and we would like to "treat" you to a Halloween Garden Walk. Don't worry, just treats - no tricks!
Take a stroll through the blogs of all the Paper Gardeners and enjoy some not-so-spooky inspiration. This month we are focusing on Halloween - mostly on ways to serve up all those Halloween treats.
While you visit, take note of each designer's name and their special Halloween treat in their blog post. Once you finish your garden tour, send an E-mail to with the list of designers and their garden walk word.
Everyone who sends the correct list of designers and words will be entered in a random drawing to win a prize. You need to send an e-mail to the address above; please don't leave your list as a comment. You have until midnight (EST) on Wednesday, September 22 to send your list.
And the prize? How a bout this super cute set of Eat Cake Graphics Halloween stamps?

  Here's the list of gardeners for you to bop around to:
Alyssa {that's me!}

Halloween is such a fun holiday, isn't it??  Growing up we never really got candy - my parents own a health food store after all.  Halloween was the one time where we got to have all kinds of sweets.  For today's project, I found a cute little nut covered caramel apple to hand off in a bakery bag.  These bags are great because the inside is lined to keep foods fresh and a nice little window shows off the goodies.   I cut a frame using Spellbinders Labels 5 Nestabilities.  Simply place and tape your largest die, then tape a smaller die in the center, cut and emboss the frame and then sponge it with Distress Dusty Concord ink. Voila!  Gorgeous frame for your treat bag! 
  I had to make a card to go along with my sweets.  This is a little witch from Eat Cake Graphics Best Witches cling set.  She is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  She is cut out with the Labels 5 dies and sponged with Distress Spiced Marmalade.  Her matting is sponged with the Dusty Concord like the treat bag.
Hope you enjoyed my little treat today!  My word for the hop is PIXIE STIX.  Have a fabulous weekend!  :o) alyssa 
STAMPS: Eat Cake Graphics Best Witches; Stampin' Up! Best Fiends
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Dusty Concord & Spiced Marmalade
PAPER: Prism cardstock; PTI Stampers Select White
OTHER: Copics {C3, C5, C7, R20, V95, V99, W7, YG03, YG17, YR07, 110 Special Black}; Sakura Black & Clear glaze pens; Sakura Clearstar glitter pen; Matte buttons; purple twine; MS Drippy Goo punch; Orange Peel Stickles; Black embroidery floss; Spellbinders Labels 5 Nestabilities; sponge; Bakery Bag

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hi all!  Just a quick post here with a couple of cards using the floral digi stamps from Paper Garden Projects
The first uses the Peony set.  This set is a great value at only $4.99 - you get 3 floral images and 6 sentiments/word art.  I colored up the large peony with Copics and trimmed closely around the edges.  I then used a black Copic to color the white edges of the trimmed flower - I think it gives it a more finished look.  It needed a bit of sparkle, so I used a glue pen and some super fine glitter in the center. The card is kept very simple by layering the flower on a single strip of Parisian border punched cardstock with a stamped sentiment.  The green layer is up on dimensional foam tape to give a little more depth to the punched area.

Next is a 'thank you' card using the free Tulip digi image.  I actually had this image colored up from the last time I did a card with this image, so this card came together really quickly.
That's about it for me today!  We're off to check out the festivities of the Harvest Festival here in town!  Then tonight is a concert with Vince Neil at the Thunder in the Rockies Harley rally put on by my husband's work.  Hope you are all having a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!  :o) lyss