This is another card for the Viva La Verve February Sketch challenge. This is based on Andrea's sketch for week #4. I thought the October Afternoon Seaside papers were the perfect compliment to the Text Objects - Sailboat. 

Make it a great day! ~Rhonda

supplies used:
stamps: Verve - Text Objects
paper: October Afternoon - Seaside; PTI Vintage Cream; car paper I'm not sure
ink: PTI Enchanted Evening (stamped off)
other: PTI Mat Stack 2 & 4, limitless layers circle die; Hobby Lobby - brads; twine stash

Birthday Wishes!

Happy Birthday Carol! I so hope you had a great one. Carol at Carol's Ink Spot issued a challenge of making a birthday card with bright colors and FLOWERS and decorating the inside!

I used the PTI edger dies for the 1st time with this card. They are wonderful.

I used the double ended banner die for the sentiment. I put the paper on the outside to get the pointed end.I gotta say I like my crazy sewing too.

I decorated the back of my card inside of the inside. I am having fun wrapping the back. ~Rhonda

stamps: PTI Floral Fusion #1; Verve - Wordy Bird
paper: PTI Vintage Cream; October Afternoon- Thift Shop
ink: SU Bermuda Bay; PTI Chamomile
other: PTI mat stack 4 die, edgers, double ended banner die; The Twinery - twine; sewing machine

Birthday Bash

Put your sunglasses on Girls!!! This is one BRIGHT card.  This is a clean up your craft space card. If started with the orange oval and red tag. Perfect for a child's birthday I think!! Can you see the sparkles from the Versamark Dazzle Frost ink?

Make it a great day!! ~Rhonda

supplies used:
stamps: PTI Birthday Bash, Just the Ticket; Verve Sweet Scallop
paper: PTI Stamper Select White, Purple Bitty Dots, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Plum Pudding
ink: Versamark Dazzle Frost
other: PTI tag sale die, rick rack die, ticket die, star, and beautiful bloom die; Verve Sweet Scallop die; The Twinery - purple and red twine

PTI February Blog Hop

It's that time again!! I almost forgot till I saw Nicole's reminder post. This month is dedicated to scallops!  It can include scalloped borders, offset-scallops, stamped scallops,  scalloped mats, scalloped frames, layered scallops, scalloped tags or anything else you can dream up! 

I started with the library card tag and the new tag sale #4 die. I think the number of PTI dies that I used was EIGHT! Wouldn't this be cute for the cover of a mini birthday album??

Enjoy the HOP!! and Make it a great day! ~Rhonda

supplies used:
stamps: PTI Star Prints
paper: PTI library ledger collection
ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
other: PTI library card tag, tag sale #4, medium and small scallop border die, beautiful blooms die, flower fusion #1 die, Dahlia leaf die, Detail doily die; Ocean Tide and Rich Choc felt; Hawaiian Shores buttons; dyed seam binding; twine

All Booked Up

I have been playing along with the Viva La Verve February Sketch Challenges. The first card is based on Teresa's sketch for week #3. I have to say this sketch had me stumped for awhile. I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to put in the right hand corner. Can you spot the new PTI Detailed Doily die?? It truly is fabulous.

I liked the colors so much that I created a 2nd card as well.

I have several projects in the works that I hope to show you soon. Make it a great day! ~Rhonda

stamps: PTI All Booked Up
paper: PTI Stampers Select White; Penny Lane - Leaves of Love; My Minds Eye - stripes; Hobby Lobby - vellum
ink: PTI plum pudding; Brilliance Graphite Black
other: PTI Detailed Doily dies; 1 3/4 circle punch; blink - stash; embossing folder - leaves; Hobby Lobby - ribbon


Morning Everyone!! Are you ready for the weekend?? It is going to be beautiful in Texas. High 70's and lots of sunshine.

I made a sweet card last night using my Verve stamps. Little Emery is so cute. Here is my 1st take.

Then this morning I opened Julee's blog post and saw her incredible inspiration. I had been struggling with my elegant label needing something so low and behold I had to go back and add the bling!!! Thanks Julee!!

Make it a GREAT day!~Rhonda

stamps: Verve - Emery
paper: Cosmo Cricket = Circe 1934 Mini Deck; PTI Vintage Cream, Fine Linen
ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
other: Verve - Classy Label die; PTI Make a Wish die (heart); ribbons - LSS

On your Wedding Day

Hi Everyone!!! Have you recovered from chocolate overload yet? Today's card was a great challenge for me. I finally broke out the clear cardstock! I think next time I won't use glitter and clear cardstock on the same project. Can we talk about trying to photograph CLEAR with GLITTER? 

Charmaine is kicking off a NEW challenge on  the Verve Forum! It's the Get Your Diva On Challenge! This time it is a photo inspiration. I was drawn to the circles, crystal, and silver place setting. I decided to use clear cardstock for my crystal and silver embossing. The pink butterfly is my nod to the many pinks in the photo.

The sentiment is stamped on vellum with brings me to another challenge. PTI Make It Mondays. This week the technique is stamping on vellum. My vellum has stripes which made hiding more adhesive easy. The inside panel is PTI Smokey Shadow. I stamped the Mr. & Mrs. with versamark.

The Crate Paper blog had this tutorial on paper flowers that I used to create something similiar. The silver chunky glitter was fun to play with and I'm sure I'm wearing plenty. I chose to die cut a piece of clear cardstock for the base of the flower. The embossing gave me the perfect places to hide adhesive.I also die cut a clear butterfly to give more depth to the pink butterfly. 

Thanks for stopping by today!! We are enjoying 70 degree weather here which just begs for me to be outside. We planted our onions on Sunday and will probably plant potatoes by Friday. ~Rhonda

stamps: PTI Simple Sentiments, Wish Big, Butterfly Dreams, Polka Dot Basics II
paper: PTI Smokey Shadow, Raspberry Fizz, Clear Cardstock; The Paper Studio - Boho Chic; Hobby Lobby - silver stripe vellum
ink: Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black, Versamark
other: PTI butterfly die, button; silver and clear embossing powder; Spellbinders circle nesties

Be My Valentine M&M Sticks

Updated bag information: I am getting lots of questions on where to buy the bags for the M&M tubes. I purchased them from GT Bag Company at that time (2011) and more recently from Clear Bags R Us (thanks to Renee for sending me their direction). The bags are 1 x 8 lip and tape bags. Good luck with your projects. 

Happy Valentine's Day Sweet Friends!!! I'm sending each of you a virtual M&M stick!!!! I made PLENTY as you will see. They just make me happy sitting on my desk. I keep arranging them in the glass containers. So today they will go to a Kindergarten classroom of the little boy that I mentor and my husband's office. 


Aren't these tags the most adorable things? I put them on the PTI tag sale #1 which fit perfectly.The orange tag tube actually has skittles in it for the peanut allergy kids. The tags are a free download from Hello, Good Gravy!

I know there has been a lot of discussion of how to fill the plastic tube. The easiest way is NO funnel or anything. Just start putting them in the tube and they line themselves up. I can finish an M&M bag in 15 minutes which makes 17 tubes of 24 M&M's in each.

I only colored the little heart on each Tiny Treats image. I think it is enough.

Don't you just love the Valentine color M&M's???? I also used twine from The Twinery. There color selection matches so well.

Stay sweet and enjoy the day friends!!!! ~Rhonda

stamps: PTI - Tiny Treats:Valentines
paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz; Epson Premium Presentation matte paper
ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black
other: Hello, Good Gravy tag download; GT Bag Company - 1x8 lip & tape bags; The Twinery - twine is various colors; PTI tag sale die #1;

You keep me in stitches

As I was working on my stamp book and stamping the Quilters Sampler an idea appeared. Why not wrap the thread spool with twine from The Twinery? and then today there are the new button stamp sets that Nicole and Mish created that this would be perfect for. For the challenge today you are to make something with buttons but I hope this will work cuz its perfect for the little cards.

The sentiment is from Just Rite - Stitched with Love set.

Can't you just imagine making these little spools for a swap or crafty friend? or the new tags?

Get wrapping girls! ~ Rhonda

Supplies used:
stamps: PTI - Quilter's Sampler; Just Rite - Stitched with love Borders and centers
Ink: memento - rich cocoa
Paper: PTI - Tera cotta tile,vintage cream; cosmo cricket - material girl mini deck
Other: nests - circles & scallop circles; the Twinery - mandarin

Way to GO!

I'm playing along with the PTI Color Challenge. Nicole created a free download of color swatches. I chose to use Pure Poppy - Spring Rain - Kraft - Vintage Cream.

I stacked my 3 PTI star dies on top of each other and ran them through my Big Shot. The result is the stars I used on the card. Just be careful if you try this--it is a pretty tight sandwich.

Another picture of the stars. Hope you are playing along too. ~Rhonda

stamps: PTI Star Prints
paper: PTI Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, Kraft, and Vintage Cream
ink: PTI Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening
other: PTI number  alphabet impression plates, star dies, twine

Make it Monday/Peeps Challenge

Hi Everyone!! (Waving) After the PTI Sunday stamping marathon with all the digi downloads I had to move AWAY from the STAMPS but not for too long.

One of the new PTI additions for this year is the Make It Mondays. A video that showcases a technique that you can do and then upload to facebook or twitter. This week the challenge was to bring your sentiments together in a collage fashion. I chose to focus on LOVE. 

This worked perfectly for the current Papertrey Peeps challenge as well. Marinette challenged us to make a Valentine card using red or pink. Come play with us!!! ~Rhonda

stamps: PTI - Banner Builders, Fresh Alphabet, TT:Valentines, Quilters Sampler, Life, Fly Away, Star Prints, Framed and Simple Sentiments; Verve: To the Moon (little hearts)
paper: PTI raspberry fizz; Making Memories, - Love Struck
ink: SU Melon Mambo; PTI - Fresh Snow
other: PTI banner die


Another card completed for the Papertrey Anniversary Festivities. This image was designed by Lisa Johnson. I love the polka dots completed with the hearts. The sentiment is from Framed.

Congrats to the Packer fans on a great win!!! and I'm so glad Nicole planned this for today. Stamping and football were a great combination. ~Rhonda

Thinking of YOU!

Another project using the digi download from Papertrey Ink Designers for the anniversary celebration. This image was designed by Heather Nichols. 

The newest tag die in what is sure to be a growing collection is perfect for a quick project. I'm so thankful that I have a Janome Sew Mini. Being able to reach it under my work desk means I use it a lot more. I think that is true with ALL tools.

Don't you love the new Blossom twine color from The Twinery? ~Rhonda



PTI Anniversary - Favorites

Happy 4th Anniversary Papertrey Ink! PTI is giving away a wonderful gift package to someone who posts/comments about one of their FAVORITE PTI creations that they made last year. I'm so thankful that I did a year in review post in January that helped me narrow my selections.

My favorite card used ALL my favorite PTI things - cardstock, patterned paper, impressions plates, dies, twine and of course STAMPS!

This card went together so quickly and just felt good!!! ~Rhonda

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI Bitty Baby
paper: PTI stamper's select white, new leaf, orange zest, patterned paper pack
ink: PTI spring rain; Memento tuxedo black,
other: PTI sunshine impression plate, mat stack #3 die, rickrack die, baker's twine, Copic Markers

50 and Fabulous!

I'm at the age where 50 and fabulous is a pretty common sentiment!!! I'm playing along with Heather's NEW color challenge - Totally Hues

These bright colors are perfect for a happy card! The sketch is based on the Mojo Monday 176, though probably pretty loose. ~Rhonda

supplies used:
stamps: PTI Banner Builder, Big Birthday Wishes, Dot Spot
ink: PTI Hibiscus, Versamark
paper: PTI Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, and Stampers Select White
other: PTI Banner Builder dies; Cricut - Classic Font for numbers; The Twinery - Pink Sorbet twine; clear embossing powder

I never want to live without you

The sun is finally SHINING in Texas! We had additional snow last night but they promise that we will get to 40 degrees tomorrow so I'm eagerly planning a trip OUT of the house for lunch that someone else is preparing.

I used Verve's Text Objects for this sweet sentiment. The ticket is PTI's - Just the Ticket and die set. 

I found the heart doily at my local Hobby Lobby. The heart button was in my red button jar. What a great surprise!

I'll leave you with a few snow pictures that I took this morning. 

Stay warm friends! ~Rhonda

supplies used:
stamps: Verve - Text Objects; PTI - Just the Ticket
paper: Dance with Me - Summertime Designs
ink: SU Real Red
other: PTI ticket die, doily - Hobby Lobby; twine - The Twinery; heart button  - PTI

My OWN Stamp Book

We are on day THREE of being iced-in!! and 80+ hours of being below freezing. That allows for lots of stamping time. I decided to tackle a HUGE organization project that I was inspired to do by LeAnn. She has so many wonderful organization ideas in this post.

My OWN stamp book!!! Lots of pattern paper and homemade TABS!!!

I debated on what kind of book - cinch, wire rings, binder? I finally settled on the binder as I felt it would be easy to add more pages.

 I used PTI's mini scrapbook series:tabs and die for the cutest dividers. I also die cut the clear plastic that the stamps arrive on so the white paper would have more protection. I matched the tab color to the paper! The letters for the tabs are PTI's simple alphabet.

I certainly don't have all my sets stamped yet but I am making progress. I have fallen "in love" with some oldies but goodies again and agree with LeAnn that having an accurate example of size helps so much when planning a project.

I have also found that I really like the pages stamped in brown ink better than the black. Just seems easier on the eyes.

I so hope you are staying warm wherever you are!! ~Rhonda

supplies used:
stamps: PTI - mini scrapbook series: tabs, simple alphabet
paper: stash
ink: various PTI colors
other: PTI tab die, clear plastic,


Do you have a cowpoke at your house? I have an 11 yr sweet friend that LOVES all things HORSE. The younger set usually doesn't get much mail which is a shame cause you know they love getting it. I like to pop something in the mail to this sweety occasionally. This will be perfect!

Why not do the same for someone you know. Let me know if you do. ~ Rhonda
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