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2 Sketches 4 You – Laura’s #28

Here is this week’s sketch from 2S4U…2s4u_laura_28

I have these papers from CTMH that I love… they’re called Notebook. I am always, always drawn to vintage, tattered and antique stuff. These are what I used to make this card. I’ve pulled from my ribbon stash and the button is from a pack of Jenni Bowlin buttons that I cracked open this morning. Stamps are also CTMH. card033

It’s turning out to be a beautiful day… I was up early, put Keith Urban on my faux-pod and crafted. Now I need to put on my jeans and go pull weeds. Thanks for looking at my card!



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2Sketches4You – Kazan#28

Finally had some fun being creative today — it’s been toooooooooo long. I felt in the mood for something patriotic and summer-timey. All the papers and stamps are by CTMH from “Blue Ribbon”, and the stamps are all CTMH too. Here is the sketch…

And here is my card — BTW I tipped the sketch on it’s side…

America - Home of the Brave

America - Home of the Brave

I did a little distressing by razor edging and inking the edges and embellished with some twine, a little button and some mini-brads.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!


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Mojo Monday #76

This is my take on the Mojo Monday #76 sketch:

Mojo Monday #76

Mojo Monday #76

Here is a 5″ x 7″ birthday card that I made for my cousin Jana who I will get to see in Las Vegas this weekend, YAY! I’ve used CTMH papers called “Let’s Get Together”. The stamp image is from Magnolia and it’s a Tilda stamp I think — I just can’t remember the name of it… I love her little hat. I just colored her in with regular colored pencils. Ribbons and button are from my stash; the corner punch and slot punch are both from Stampin Up! and the sentiments are also from CTMH. Thanks for looking!



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Cards for husbands aren’t exactly the easiest thing to come up with…

I don’t like giving my DH really mushy cards, it’s just not me, although he can give me a really romantic card and it will make me feel kind of sw00ny… anyway, it’s hard to come up with something handmade and heartfelt, but without lots of frou-frou because… well, he’s a guy and frankly the frou-frou doesn’t do for him what it might do for a papercrafting-appreciative girlfriend if you get my drift.

So in my quest to stumble onto something handmade and heartfelt 🙂 I came upon a 70’s retro website… INSPIRATION!  DH and I are Tweeners – in between Boomers and X’ers… I found a photo of some Funny Face Drink Mix from the early 70’s and the card in my head came to life!  I think he will appreciate this, because what kid from the 70’s didn’t love Jolly Ollie Orange?funnyface015

On the inside of the card I used some Classroom Alpha stamps from CTMH (still trying to keep some of that grade school feel to my declaration of love!). 


No, it’s not the most romantic card on earth, but after 26 years of marriage, DH knows I’m not a mushy girl… but I think this little card will still surprise him and make him smile.

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Laura’s Sketch #20

2Sketches4You, #20 - Laura

2Sketches4You, #20 - Laura

I discovered 2 Sketches 4 You a couple of weeks ago and I’m hooked! Here’s my take on this sketch:

More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

As a former CTMH consultant, 3/4 of my product at home is all CTMH… this card is no different! The stamps are by CTMH, Chipboard from CTMH, the embossing powder is Crystal Blue by CTMH, the cardstocks are Cocoa, Crystal Blue, Barn Red and Taffy by CTMH. The patterned paper is by Love, Elsie. As for embellies, I love the little Bitty Brads by CTMH; ribbon is from the Dollar Spot at Target and I’ve used a button with Waxy Flax. I colored in my monkey with inexpensive colored pencils — which work great until I can afford those Copics!


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Another Angel Card

The kids are out, hubby is sick, so I’m having a quiet night paper crafting and watching “Notting Hill”… my favorite lines from this movie are…

“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
“Happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat.”

I just love that movie.

I played with some new-ish CTMH paper, called Notebook that I’ve wanted to get my hands into… I just love all the vintage stuff right now. The image of the angel girls is from this site, and the sentiment stamps are from CTMH. The chipboard is Memory Makers (on clearance at Target). I used some colored pencils to color the girls a bit. This card makes me happy 🙂angels

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Some of my favorite cards from the past

Wedding card

Wedding card

I was looking in my hard drive for cards that I’ve made and long since given away… so I thought I’d post a couple of them. This was a wedding card — the bride’s colors were pink and the groom’s last name is Black, so that’s the reason for the Pink and Black card. I don’t remember all the papers I used, but the B stamp is from CTMH.

Here are some valentine’s cards I did last year for a workshop — all the stamps and papers are also from CTMH — as a former CTMH consultant, 80% of my stash are all CTMH!

Valentine Cards

Valentine Cards

On the card below, I used red gems in place of the brads on the hinges — I thought that was a fun way to use them. All CTMH.

Thinking of you card

Thinking of you card

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