Papertrey Ink

Stamps: PTI “Little Lady”

Paper: PTI stampers select white, Purely Pomegranate

Ink: Purely Pemegranate, Pretty in Pink, black stazon

Other: Purely pomegranate stitched grosgrain, dimensionals

Stamps: PTI SImple THings Anniversary Set (background) “Honey Bees” PTI (honeycomb and bee)

Paper: PTI Stamper Select White, PTI Lemon Tart, Basic Black SU!

Ink: Black Stazon, PTI lemon tart

Other: Lemon Tart Satin Ribbon PTI, dimensionals

Our challenge was to stamp simply and get buggy!!!  well…I did both of these things.  I really focussed on the art of using a simple background stamp to add the real interest.  In both cases I took a 4×4 sheet and stamped an interesting background.  Both cards are 5.5×5.5.   It was so simple, so fast (because it is such a small space) and yet it adds so much interest.  It was so fast, I actually made two cards.  I also kept it simple only using two colors on each of the cards.  The first cards colors were inspired by my friend Janet.  She used pretty in pink and purely pomegranate together when she was at my house stamping with me and it totally blew us both away.  It looks so nice together!  Packs a pink punch!  The second card I wanted to do buggy sophistication!  So I used a lot of black with a hint of lemon tart from PTI.  ALSO…a couple of things!! 

NANNY!!!  IT IS HER BIRTHDAY TODAY!!! 105!!!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY NANNY!  I haven’t reached the 105 cards goal yet, so if you still can send a card, PLEASE e-mail me at , so I can give you her name and address!!! THANKS!!!

ALSO…a couple of questions have been asked about the digi scrapping and I want to share every answer with you!!! If you have questions (ANY QUESTIONS!!) please ask in the comment below.  I am going away for the weekend to our shore house, but want to answer them fully and methodically when I arrive home, OK?  SO…ask away!!!! 

Now…go see what my buggin’ buddies have made with this challenge!!! 

Sharon Johnson

Dee Jackson

Julie Koerber

Jennifer Buck

Tammy Hershberger

 Janine Orchard


I love “this time of the month!” 😉 Now I get to share what I have been up to for Papertrey! The new color they came out with was Lavender Moon. Such a pretty purple for all of you purple fans out there!

Nichole’s Design of “Bitty Baby Blessings” was really timeless. I love how these images were drawn. It had a really 30’s and 40’s feel to them. I made up these projects with the set. All information for all of these projects can be found in the gallery over at Papertrey Ink. What is not found over there however is how I made these pins. I did NOT laminate them or use any machines. I bet most of you are now curious, so I have decided I will do a tutorial next week to show you how I made them! They are EASY PEASY!

pins made to put on a diaper/beach bag! Very versatile!

These are Gerber washcloths that fit perfectly in the windowed tin WITHOUT buckling! They leave a little space because they are not as long as the tin, but that is easily remedied by putting the belly band at the top of the tin rather than in the middle.

This lamp was so much fun to alter. I got it at K-Mart from Martha Stewart shade and all for only $9.99! I used some muslin and paper to bring a focal point to the elephant image. I also used a matching button to compliment the Spring Moss Grosgrain ribbon!

Remember “Favor it Weddings?” This time around it was “Favor it Babies” and I picked the theme “Sugar and Spice.” I really wanted to keep this simple, so that if you have to make a favor it is fast and cheap! This pourer was only 3.99!! I wanted to go a little retro with it, so I figured this diner sugar pourer and some Pepperidge Farm gingerbread cookies would be a perfect fit!

Candice’s set this time was “Honey Bees” I had a fun time making up a great little girl’s birthday card! The box is to hold honey roasted peanuts! A great gift for anyone!

Alli Miles’ set “Mailbox Greetings” was so great to color with! I did a box to hold 3×3 cards and envies. I had fun putting this together. I used prismacolors and gamsol to color with. All details are in the gallery over at Papertrey Ink.

I hope you enjoyed my projects this month! Hopefully it has helped inspire you to try something like this on your own!

Well…I just couldn’t help myself.  The Senior PTI team was given a challenge today to try and “Think Outside of the Tin”.  you know when it has to do with a project, I can’t just NOT play along!  Trying to think of something that has not been put in a tin was pretty daunting, so I thought I would make it even more daunting and have a boy theme to this project…GASP!  I don’t have boys!!  Well…I guess this project doesn’t have to be just for a boy now, does it?  Just for your favorite little fisher of the family!  Here is a great way to give some new lures to your favorite little fisher!!  Introducing, the Mini Tackle Box! 



I made this box enclosure and stamped a whole scene around the tin, so the recipient would feel extra special.  This way, after removing the tin, they could keep the box on their dresser and maybe use it to collect photos of their prized catch inside!  Maybe a tin full of photos!!  Here are the measurements and instructions for the box:
Cut cardstock 11 x 7 1/2. With the 11 inch side at the top score at 1″,4 3/4″, 5 1/2″
Turn paper. With the 7 1/2 inch side at the top score at 1 ” and 6 1/2″to meet the other score line. Then stamp as desired.
You will have leftover paper at the top so you can cut it or trim it as you wish depending on the look you want. Hope you enjoy this!

Stamps: PTI Pond Life, PTI Simple Alphabet
Cardstock: PTI Stampers Select White
Ink: Close to Cocoa SU!., Old Olive SU!, Bashful Blue SU!, SO Saffron SU!
Prismacolor pencils and gamsol
Other: Windowed Tin Papertrey Ink


First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you who come and visit this blog on a daily basis for inspiration and just to hang out.  I would very much like to offer you something special today for seeing me through a great, actually, amazing year of stamping.  I have only been staming for a little over a year now, and am blown away by the talent I see from all of you on a daily basis.  It has taught me a lot.  First, another picture…and then hold on to your hats.  You won’t believe what I am giving away for my double celebration today.


I made these necklaces with square white buttons called “Start Ups” from Buttons Galore. They are fantastic to alter. I altered them using some images from the PTI Anniversary Set. This set is a very special set, because you have to buy over 12 main sets for the year in order to EARN this set for free. It has 21 sentiments and 13 fantastic images to work with. A full, beautiful set. One of my favorites that PTI has come out with. What am I getting to? Well…since I have been blessed to be a part of the fantastic design team over at PTI, and I have my design team set for this right now. What you may not know is…as a customer, I have earned this set as well. I have been an avid PTI fan from the beginning, and would like to offer this special set up for blog candy today on my first anniversary of blogging AND my birthday!!
You may think I have gone crazy. Just crazy for YOU. I have not received my set in my hands yet, but when I do, I will send it to the lucky winner!! What do you have to do? Well…if you have a blog, just add me to your blogroll, please! If not…just say you don’t but leave a comment on why you come here!! It is that simple! Since I think this will be a VERY popular giveaway…I will leave this open for comments until Wednesday. I will pick a winner on Wednesday at 9pm eastern time. Thanks for celebrating with me today!

I am now going to be participating in Sharon Johnson’s challenges every Friday.  First of all…gotta love Sharon, her sense of humor and artistry alone is just wonderful.  Secondly…she is so cool about these challenges…no pressure and broad ideas with little rules.  I think I like that last part best!  You may have noticed I am not a “challenge” type of girl too much.  I just kind of took to hers though.  Sorry this picture is a wee bit crooked.  I think I set it up on an unlevel surface.  Anyhoo…the challenge is here.  It was to use black as an accent anywhere on your card.  the purpose was to see how much it makes colors pop.  I completely agree.  It is actually my favorite color.  If you consider it a color.  If you make a card using this challenge, just upload it to Splitcoast keyword: ssnotime31.  I am so excited for tonight, because my best friend is coming over to stamp with me.  NOTHING better than that.  I think I have toget us a little something yummy to savor while we play!  Really…my card isn’t crooked!  🙂


Stamps: PTI Anniversary Set “Simple Little THings”

Paper: Really Rust SU!, Basic Black SU!

Ink: Ginger adirondack ink, black stazon

Ribbon: Michaels


First off, I would like to apologize for the post that wasn’t a post earlier today.  I was having real problems with wordpress and just wanted you to know I was coming back to see if the problem rectified itself while I was at work.  You see, wordpress has changed a lot of things this past week   for the good…if it works!  I have had this problem before.  It wouldn’t let me inset pictures.  SO…I am back and it is working and we can all party.  The release party was fun last night!  I see the new colors are popular!  Aren’t they great!!  So here are my projects for this round.  I sort of made up some techniques too that you may want to try!!

  “Father Knows Best”  This is a set Nichole designed and it is truly wonderful.  Please take the time to visit PTI and look at all of the images as well as the exemplarary sentiments on this set.  Fantastic.  The patterned papers that mirror this set are fantastic and retro.  My favorite patterned papers yet!  I used the 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch punch for the circles.  There are two seperate stamps in the set that you use to make the extra circles for the punches.  Like I used on the outlining edges of this card.




 These projects are from Candices new “Pond Life” stamp set.  A great stamp set for boys…(as well as girls) as you can see here!  Just change the colors up a little and you can have cutre girl stuff with it too!  I added a little glitter to the projects and it helps take it to a more feminine level!  I made these field trip ensembles up for my girls school trip coming up in May.  I used the FULL sheet labels that PTI sells to make the labels for the bottles.  What is so great about these labels, is that they have perforations on the back side so you don’t have to take off the whole backing to put the project on something…you can just rip off either side and still have the middle “not sticky”.  Perfect for a situation like this when the project is round.  I added a little crystal stickles to the lid 🙂

I used a new (well…I just sort of made it up) technique to get color onto my transparency for the fish card.  I stamped the fish in white stazon and then took a blender pen and some brilliance and SU classic inks and colored them in.  This gave them some pop to match my color scheme.  Easy peasy.  Just make sure your stazon is DRY!  I then used rain dots for the larger fishes bubbles.  The back and front of this card are two different peices of paper which I scored and used red line tape to adhere.  This was done so I could free hand draw and cut out the waves at the top.



I made this card and pillow case using Alli’s new “Garden of LIfe” set.  This flower step is a TWO STEP set even though my projects don’t feature that.  I just wanted you to know that there ARE layering opportunities!!  For the card I took my white stazon and stamped the image onto watercolor paper.  I then took Pink Passion ink and daubed it onto the image and took my water pen and went over it.  It makes the image pop and gives a soft background to the rest of it!!  Try it!  Try it with many colors daubed over the same image!  You could get a cool effect!!  I then made a simple pillowcase usning spring moss ink and embroidery floss as well as the spring moss stitched grosgrain ribbon!  SO beautiful.  That ribbon is just to die for.  If you are not good at sewing you can buy iron on tape for this.  It is fast too!  I took a needle and thread and used a clear button from Buttons Galore and made sure it was nice and secure.  I then hand-tied the floss and cut it to a length I liked. 

I hope you like these projects!  Stay tuned tomorrow for some more funny starving artistamps images.


One of my favorite sets of all time is “Shapes by Design” from Alli Miles and Papertrey.  I just love all of the geometric patterns and how it makes a card look.  It was easy to mimic the look of my ribbon with the little rectangle stamp and then by adding the open string of sideways rectangles it really brought the whole card to life.  This is such a cool set.  I used soft sky, real red, really rust and chocolate chip inks on this card as well as real red, soft sky and PTI stampers select white cardstock.  Hope you like it. 

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