Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Dear, Kind Friend

I have the great honor of knowing more blogging friends than I have fingers and toes, as my husband likes to say, and I am ever so grateful for you.

This week's CAS-Tastic Challenge is a sketch challenge! I'd love to see what you've created using the sketch that I designed for this week! There also is a random prize of four images by Sassy Studio Designs.

Please check out the other sketch interpretations from the CAS-Tastic Design Team:
Bonnie Rose

Supplies Used: Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific) Lime Green (Archers Paper) Green (Close to my Heart), Rubons: All Family (Heidi Grace) Other: Button (PTI), Twine (PTI) Tools: Scallop Border Punch (Fiskars)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I've been told she doesn't care for glitter, she doesn't care for the color pink. She likes baby animals, the color orange, and everything earthy and bright. This teenager has a heart of gold. I've never met her, but hopes she likes her birthday card just the same.

The delicious Color Cue Challenge combination and Limelight Papercraft's sketch challenge from last week were a perfect match for this card. I first stamped a background pattern of the outlined fern and butterflies on blue, then ink distressed the edges and sponged a bit of color inside each element. I then stamped a woodgrain pattern on the orange pattern and gave it the same treatment as the blue. I took the digital file found here, created colored silhouettes in my photo editing program and printed on white paper. I went back to add the spots with a brown maker. I like the contrast of the distressed treatment on the colored paper against the stark white and clean design of the printed fawn patterned paper.

Supplies Used: Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific) Blue, Orange (Recollections) Stamps: Woodgrain Silhouttes (Wplus9) Digital Image: Skinny Fawn (TiffanyDoodles) Pigment Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin Up) Other: Rustic Twine (PTI) Button (Fiskars) RubOn: ChitChat (Stampin Up) Tools: Corner Round Punch (Stampin Up)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Continuing On...

Funny how a trip to the local pumpkin patch resulted in many cats being held and not any jack o' lanterns picked. Thus began my oldest boy's love for anything with four legs and fur. He's got a gentle soul, as my grandmother says.

I figured I will continue to share some layouts as long as I am working on them while my mother is here. It's been a lot of fun, reliving these memories of when my babies where "smallish" yet. This could get addicting, I must work on my skills for photographing anything bigger than an A2 size, or find a scanner that works with my current system.

The layout for this page was based on design at Sketchy Thursdays. The pennants were cut by hand and outlined with a journaling pen, the same as the patterned paper.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

YeeHa! Layout & Man Card

A cowboy themed party is what we had for my youngest on his first birthday. I am very biased when I say he made the cutest buckaroo in town.

The layout's colors were derived from The Scrap Doctor's Jolly June Yellow Challenge.

And to not forget the men in my life, I made a masculine yellow card as well for the challenge.  The design is inspired by this bag at SandBoxStudio's Etsy Shop, for the Etsy Inspired Challenge.

YeeHa! Layout: Supplies Used: White Scrapbook Page (Creative Memories) Cardstock: Yellow (Recollections) Patterned Paper: (Creative Memories) Stickers: YeeHa (Hobby Lobby) Other: Black Journaling Pen, Corner Round Punch (Creative Memories)
On Your Birthday Card: Supplies Used: Cardstock: So Saffron (Stampin Up), Green (Close to my Heart) Pattern Paper: (Creative Memories) Rubon: Chit Chat (Stampin Up) Other: Twine (PTI) Tools: Corner Round Punch (Creative Memories), Staples

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Be Easy On Me...

Long gone are the days of chubby legs and diapers. He's now long and lean, smart beyond his almost four years. This is why I love to scrapbook. I can remember and he can remember. We can laugh and we can see how similar, yet how different he is. The stickers

Scrapbooking was my first crafty love. I've always felt a bit timid showcasing layouts here on my blog since I do not add a lot of embellishments or raised product to my cards. I've admired from afar the scrappy blogs of Natalie, Valerie and Amy (to name a few) and how they can make it work by showcasing layouts and cards. I'm still learning on the photography end of things, so please be patient with me as I try to figure this process out. Since I scrap on white bases and needed to show the edges, the shadow defines the scope of the 8.5x11 page.
I was inspired to create a sticker border on my layout for the challenge at Method Playground. I've hoarded these fun stickers and I was glad to finally use them. The stickers themselves have all these quirky words of  advice, in animal terms, so I thought it would be fitting to journal about how I can teach my boys things about life, yet they teach me even more.

Since these stickers were just so darn cute, I also created a card featuring a cute little clam. The sketch at Limelight Papercrafts was a great choice to feature the sticker with a lot of white space. I also enjoyed using string on my layout, which was a required element for the challenge.

You Teach Me Layout- Supplies Used: White Scrapbook Page: (Creative Memories) Cardstock: Yellow (Recollections), Stickers: Actopus to Zelephant (K&C Co.) Tools: Black Maker (Pilot) Scallop Border Punch (Fiskars)

Happy as a Clam Card- Supplies Used: Cardstock: Yellow, Green and Orange (Recollections), White (Georgia Pacific), Stamps: Woodgrain Background (Stampin Up) Pigment Ink: Old Olive, Really Rust, Summer Sun (Stampin Up) Sticker Sentiment: Actopus to Zelephant (K&C Co.) Other: Baker's Twine, Thread

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Sky's the Limit!

Never did I imagine that when I started my blog and sharing my cards a year ago that I would have so many friends, have so many places to visit for inspiration and be so very thankful to all of you! Thank you so much for your support during the 2010 Papercraft's Gallery Idol Competition! Making it to the Top 10 is an amazing accomplishment-I am so glad that I stayed true to my style, what I like and what I can do for each round. I am grateful to have gotten to know 19 other crazy talented, simply sweet ladies a bit better during this whole process!

The sky's the limit for me! 

You should have seen my hands as I dyed ribbon for this card. Both my boys told me I looked like Cookie Monster. After the ribbon dried, I sprayed adhesive on cardstock, adhered the ribbon in strips and stamped the image.

Supplies Used: Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific) Stamps: You're Dandy, Look Up (Praciticing Creativity Designs) Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue Pigment (Stampin Up) Ribbon: White Satin (Offray) Pearls: Nightfall (Queen & Co.) Other: Thread

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I like to blog hop like the rest of them and time after time I am so inspired. Do you ever get the itch to try something new?

I guess I could say that this is my first try at a purely hybrid card. I downloaded a scrapbook page, altered it a bit in my photo editing program, printed and sanded the edges before adhering. After adding a few embellishments, (rub-on sentiment, rhinestones, gel pen and glossy accents on white leaf...) I was done! Thanks to Alice and Natalie for their inspiration in creating hybrid cards and layouts that inspired me to take a leap of faith for this card.

This week's CAS-Tastic Challenge is a Color Challenge: to create a clean and simple design using Yellow, Blue and a Neutral. I would be tickled pink (er, yellow, blue and a neutral?) if you would join along. Plus, there is a fabulous random prize up for grabs, offered up by Michelle's Scrapbooking & More!

Please do check out the other yellow, blue and neutral combinations from the CAS-Tastic Design Team:
Bonnie Rose

Supplies Used: Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific), Gold (Recollections) Free Limited Time Digital Image: Blue Leaf  from You Are Awesome (Jessica Sprague), Rub On (Stampin Up) Other: White Gel Pen (Signo), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Rhinestones

***Voting is still open for Round 3 of the 2010 PaperCraft's Gallery Idol Competition! Have you checked out the fantastic ribbon cards yet and voted for your favorite?***

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Giving Tree

 "Come, boy, sit down. Sit down and rest. And the boy did. And the tree was happy..."

This card is my entry for the third round of PaperCraft's Gallery Idol Competition. Our challenge this time was to think outside the box and create a card using ribbon in creative ways. So...looped ribbon leaves, sheared ribbon grass and tiny flowers adorn a real twig to create my version of The Giving Tree, one of my most favorite books to this day! Do you agree that sending someone a handmade card "just because" is a very fine gift in itself, sure to make them happy?

You can vote here! Voting for this round ends Thursday, June 24th at noon. I'm so thankful for your support and comments that have kept me going and getting me this far! I'm beyond excited!

Supplies Used: Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific) Bashful Blue (Stampin Up) Stamps: Clouds from You're Dandy (Practicing Creativity Designs) Pigment Ink: Bashful Blue (Stampin Up) Sticker Sentiment: (SRM Stickers) Ribbon: Always Artichoke Grosgrain (Stampin Up) Pale Green Grosgrain (Offray) Embellishments: Flowers (Prima- thanks to the kind and fabulous Laural!) Tools: Black Marker (Pilot) Other: Twig

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tiny Treasure

They weren't quite sure what they were doing. They didn't know if his diaper was on snug, if he was getting enough to eat. They didn't have a clue how long they should let him sleep or if he was too cold or hot. They did know that somehow they would make it through, and that they were blessed with this tiny treasure, their precious baby.

The layout of this card is based off the sketch at TiffanyDoodles Challenge as well as this skinny fawn image. I adore this fawn, to me it represents all things and emotions in life that are new. There is also a Let's Get Sticky Challenge over at Wee Memories, so I was able to incorporate some super sweet sticker sayings in my card. Always fun to try out different styles and this card is certainly a departure from my normal CAS designs. Perhaps treading away from the normal is one way to find your true style, what works for you, what you like.

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Naturals White (Stampin Up) Patterned Paper: The Stack 5 (DCWV) Stamps: Baroque Motifs (Stampin Up) Digital Image: Skinny Fawn (TiffanyDoodles) Chalk Ink: Creamy Brown (Colorbox) Hybrid Pigment: Vintage Cream (PTI) Pigment: Pale Plume (Stampin Up) Other: Sticker Sentiments (SRM Stickers), Circle Rub-on (Kaiser Craft-Thanks Natalie!), Twine (PTI), Pearls in Lavendar (Queen & Co.), Button Tools: Labels 8 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scallop Trim Border Punch (Stampin Up), Corner Round Punch (Fiskars)

Friday, June 18, 2010

For You

His little chubby hands reached down and ever so gently he snipped one dandelion from the ground in a field of what seemed to be thousands. There must have been something special about the one he chose. He then cautiously walked over to his mama and handed her his precious gift, the biggest smile and leftover spaghettios dominating his face. "Here Mama, for You..."

Aah, I've received many a bouquets from my little ones, but that first weed will forever be my favorite...I printed a dandelion poem in script on some cream paper to provide a background for the two dandelions and mounted the panel onto kraft adding just a few embellishments and details along the way.

Thank you for the bottom of my heart to everyone that voted, and cast their vote my way for the last round of Papercraft's Gallery Idol Competition! The butterflies sure where turnin' last night and this morning I woke extra early to discover I moved on in the competition. It continues to be a bittersweet journey, I am so fortunate to have met some talented ladies that I can now call friends. I couldn't have cracked the top 10 without your encouragement and kind words, thank you!

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up) Kraft (The Paper Co.) Stamps: You're Dandy (Practicing Creativity Designs), {insert name here-can't remember} (Stampin Up) Ink: Walnut Distress (Ranger), Pearls in Sunflower (Queen & Co.), Hemp Twine

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Saffron Sympathy


Explaining the meaning of sympathy to a three year old is rather difficult. It went like this: "Whatcha making Mama? A sympathy card. I wanna help. Sure. What's symfy? Sym-pa-thy means that you are letting someone know that you are thinking about them during their loss. Like when they loose their trucks? Well, no, not really. Like when a person dies. Oh, that's sad." That was it, the end of the conversation.

The current color challenge over at Embellish Magazine also requires the use of a label. I thought it would be interesting to focus on one color and add soft touches of the other two. The label is heat embossed with a pattern and then adhered to the base of the card. I traced/doodled the outside of a nestability and snuggled the label inside, along with stamped flowers. There is some light sponging inside the doodled label as well, the sentiment also has this treatment.

Supplies Used: Cardstock: So Saffron (Stampin Up) Stamps: Woodgrain Silhouettes (Wplus9), For the Love of Dots (Practicing Creativity Designs), Close as a Memory, Linen Background (Stampin Up) Ink: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Versamark (Stampin Up) Marker: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up) Other: Chalk (Stampin Up) Labels 8 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin Up) Twine (May Arts) Tools: Scallop Border Punch, Corner Round Punch (Fiskars)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bolts for Dad

Hmm, funny. No story for this card, no memories recalled during the creation process. Gasp! I imagine it was because I'm fresh out of masculine card ideas.

I stamped the bolts in black, colored and shaded them with colored pencils and went back to highlight with a white gel pen. There is also additional shading along the bolts for dimension. I suppose a normal stamper probably would have used Copics but my budget doesn't like them so I don't have any. For added interest, the white sentiment panel extends beyond the card itself and is cut at an angle. The weather has been awful-terrible, raining...which makes photographing cards a bit difficult. I also can't see my table top to use the photo bulb-suppose it is time to clean it up.

I'd love to see your Father's Day Cards for the CAS-Tastic Wednesday Challenge! Do you have a great story for me since I've been missing one? The sponsor this week is Di's Digi Downloads, Diane is one talented lady! Check out the fantastic masculine creations of the other CAS-Tastic Design Team Members:
Bonnie Rose

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Riding Hood Red (Stampin Up) White (Georgia Pacific) Stamps: You're the Man (Practicing Creativity Designs) Ink: Onyx Black (VersaMagic), Citrus Chalk (Colorbox), Embellishments: Brad (Stampin Up) Other: Prisma Colored Pencils, Pilot Marker, White Gel Pen (Signo)

***Voting is still open for Round 2 of the 2010 PaperCraft's Gallery Idol Competition! Have you checked out the fantastic masculine garage themed cards yet and voted for your favorite?***

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Flower Favors

I'm one to not underestimate the value of a thank you. I never forget a favor or kind deed and I usually will repay them in some shape or form. There are many people in my life that have supported me through this great and wonderful hobby and I am slowly sending them tokens of my appreciation.

Just a fun little gift card or jewelry holder with matching note I made up with the quite wonderful templates offered at Denami Design for their latest challenge found here. These were easy to download and easy to print which makes them perfect for me. I randomly stamped a flower background on the template paper before cutting and assembling (on the non-printed side-thanks Lisa!) and then came back and colored the flowers with colored pencils and glitter glue. The card uses the leftover circle stamped on the printed side and the same flower stamp set.

Have you voted for your favorite masculine garage card at the 2010 Papercraft's Gallery Idol yet? Voting for Round 2 closes Thursday morning. Here was my entry!

Supplies Used-Favor Bag: Cardstock: Kraft (PTI) Stamp: Spring Solitude (Stampin Up) Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine) Other: Stickles in Ice (Ranger), Prisma Colored Pencils.  Supplies Used-Notecard: Cardstock: Ballet Blue (Stampin Up) Stamp: Spring Solitude (Stampin Up) Mega Mixed Messages (PTI) Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine) Other: Stickles in Ice (Ranger) Tools: Corner Round Punch (Stampin Up) Circle Cutting System (Creative Memories)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Nuts About You-Gallery Idol Round 2!

They survived a two year long distance relationship through phone calls and letters, cards and a few visits. He was a man of few words, she had a lot to say. But they were nuts about each other and their love withstood the miles and the test of time.

This is my entry for the second round of the PaperCraft's Gallery Idol Competition. Our mission was to think outside the box and create a masculine based card with actual items from the garage or items that live in the garage. What more of a challenge is out there than to create a Masculine Valentine's Day card? While walking through my husband's garage, under his watchful eye, I came across a bucket full of trinkets, including these nuts. The pun popped into my head. I kept true to my clean and simple style and adhered two nuts to the card with looped baker's twine and stitching. The sentiment is a rub-on, which determined the dimensions of the card.

You can vote here! Be sure to check out all the fabulously masculine entries! Voting for this round ends Thursday, June 17th at noon. Thanks so very much for checking it out and for your support through this process!

Supplies Used: Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific) Robin Hood Red (Stampin Up)  Black (unknown source) Rubons: Providence (Making Memories) Other: Baker's Twine, Thread, Nuts

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Stickled Butterfly

I first met her when she loved all things pink, anything with glitter and polka dots. She was just a tiny girl with such an imagination and loving heart. Through the years she has gone through many phases, including loving all thing black, or even nothing at all. Glad to report that she again loves all things pink. She loves all things glittery and she loves all things with polka dots.

By using the simple and sweet sketch at the Limelight PaperCrafts Challenge (thanks Lynn!) and the colors for the Play Date Cafe Challenge, this card came together in just the right ways for me. I pulled out a scrap of pink paper that had been embossed and die cut a large butterfly. After sponging it with ink (to make it a raspberry color and for depth), I added painted Stickles to make the design pop a bit more. Have you ever done this? Quite fun, I must say! I cut some ruffled ribbon in half and added that for the scallops and then added some additional white highlights to bring the card together.

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Kraft (PTI) Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up) Patterned Paper: Just Chillin Girls Collection (Making Memories) Stamp: Communique (PTI) Hybrid Pigment Ink: Fresh Snow (PTI) Pigment Ink: Rose Red (Stampin Up) Ribbon: White Ruffled (May Arts) Embossing Plate: Backgrounds 1 Die Cut: Beautiful Butterflies (Stampin Up), Other: Rhinestones (Michaels), Stickles: Ice (Ranger), White Gel Pen (Signo), Thread (DMC) Tools: Corner Round Punch (Stampin Up)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Meet Tucker...And A Thank You

The boy and his grandpa walked side by side, the sun shining so that their figures where silhouetted against the vast cornfield. One was a rookie, the other a veteran. One asked question upon question, the other answered kindly and shared his knowledge of all things past. They were a good team, the boy and his grandpa.

Meet Tucker Rocket Ready, the red boned coon hound puppy given to my oldest boy by my husband's father. I personally didn't want the expense of another puppy and I didn't think my son was old enough to take on the responsibility. That is, until I recognized the importance this one puppy held for my father-in-law. He wanted to share everything he knew of his favorite past-time of coon hunting with his grandson that has the drive to be the next Wilson Rawls. I gave in and he arrived home today. Wiggly little fella, and oh so darned cute.

I don't have any cards to share with you today...I am making a few keepers and tossing a few rejects for the next round in the Papercraft's Gallery Idol Contest. Thank you to everyone who supported me during the first round, it was so very much appreciated! I will treasure your comments and this experience for a lifetime. Little did I know that less than a year ago when I stared this blog (ironically when my husband and son where out coon hunting with the father-in-law) that I would have met so many wonderful people. Thank you.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Modern Punch


I'm on this kick lately to see if I can make ho-hum every day cards become modern. So much fun to step outside the box and see the world in a different way.

Inspired by the current challenge at Wee Memories (Punch It!) and dictated by really the only punch outside of circles and squares, I grabbed my starburst punch and created some flowers-some funky flowers. I think they are quite fun! I also used a purple card base (a color that frightens me a bit, I must admit) that had been stamped in my more modern woodgrain pattern to bring more nature-ness to the card. A couple of metal embellishments and a graphic circle-mission accomplished, eh?

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Pale Plum and Going Gray (Stampin Up) White (Georgia Pacific) Patterned Paper: The Stack 5 (DCWV) Background Stamp: Woodgrain (Stampin Up) Clear Acryclic Stamp: Get Well from Mega Mixed Messages (PTI) Hybrid Ink: Fresh Snow (PTI) Pigment Ink: Perfect Plum (Stampin Up) Marker: (Elegant Eggplant) Stampin Up, Starburst and Circle Punches (Creative Memories) Metal Dots (Mark Richards) Other: Staples

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Sewing Machine

We were safe from the ceramic figurines that lined the shelves as we played under Grandma's dining room table and the surrounding spaces. It was a new world under there and one of our favorite discoveries was the antique sewing machine table with the large foot pedal. Always cold to the touch, heavy and black, but even then it was oh so beautiful with the wrought iron carvings and steel mechanisms.

I thought of that old machine and how it intrigued me even back then while making this card. The background panel is from the digital download of a the sewing pattern instructions found here. I tried to reinforce the sewing theme through the sentiment and the big ol' button.

Speaking of buttons...please join me for this week's CAS-Tastic Wednesday Challenge by making a clean and simple card that showcases Buttons! The week's featured sponsor is Inktegrity Designs.
For more CAS cards featuring buttons, please hop on over to the blogs of the CAS-Tastic Design Team:
Bonnie Rose

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Ivory (Wausau Paper)  Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up) Other: Comptuter Generated Sentiments and Background Pattern, Button, Thread

***You still have time to vote for the 2010 PaperCraft's Gallery Idol Competition!***

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Missing You

I can't begin to imagine all the emotions of deployment and what it is like-what families and soldiers must go through each and every time that happens. Thank you to the families that are brave enough to send off their loved one and thank you to the soldiers that are brave enough to fight for our country and freedom. I appreciate you.

These buttons at How Beadyful's Etsy Store inspired me to pull out a salvaged vintage children's books and create a Miss You card for the Etsy Inspired Challenge. I felt that the image of the home front as well as the yellow would serve as a reminder of what is waiting for soldiers at home as well as an appreciation for what they do.

ETA: In my haste to post this morning, I realized I misspelled a few words and forgot to mention that I thought placing a SRM Sticker inside a metal tag was genius! From the genius mind of Kim Kesti, who was featured on the SRM blog last week.

Supplies Used: Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific) Sticker Sentiment: (SRM Stickers) Metal Tag (Stampin Up), Metal Brad (Colorbok) Other: Vintage Book Page, Baker's Twine Tools: Scallop Border Punch (Fiskars)

***The voting is still open for the 2010 PaperCraft's Gallery Idol Challenge! Have you voted for your favorite yet? Here's my entry for the Creativity Heals theme, made for women-of all ages- battling cancer.***

Monday, June 7, 2010

Gallery Idol-Creativity Heals

She was young and hip. Still in college, she loved to party and was devoted to her studies. She wore the top fashions and her smile was contagious. She had cancer, and it didn't stop her. 

The top 20 cards are up at PaperCraft's 2010 Gallery Idol! I created this card for all the young and young at heart women battling the ugly disease called cancer. I pulled some together some bling and fashionista patterns in black, white and pink.
I appreciate all your well wishes thus far and would love for you to stop by the Gallery Idol site and vote for your favorite!

Here are the details:
Stop by here to visit our Gallery Idol 2010 contest page. Voting is as easy as 1-2-3!
1. You’ll need to register with the contest tool to vote, so first go to the “Registration” tab.
2. Once you’ve registered, then click on the “View Entries” tab.
3. Once you select your favorite card, click on the “Vote” tab. (Make sure you’re really sure because you’re only allowed one vote per voting round!)
Voting for round 1 will end at noon (MDT) on Thursday, June 10. 
Thank you all so much for your kind words and support! I am truly honored to be amongst a fine group of 19 other talented women and wish everyone the best of luck, all the cards are truly amazing.

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Smoke (CTMH) White (Georgia Pacific) Clear Stamps: You're the Man (Practicing Creativity Designs) Pigment Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red (Stampin Up) Rubons: Beach (Making Memories) Ribbon: Black Saddle Stitch and Pink (American Crafts) Zebra Print (May Arts) Gems: Prima Tools: Corner Round Punch (Fiskars)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Quiet Artist

He awoke quietly and ventured out into the bathroom. There he found an unlimited supply of new and exciting things. He grabbed a bottle from his Mama's drawer, twisted it and pulled out a brush. He began to paint on the white surface of a vanity drawer, dragging the bright red color from one side to the next. His concentration was intense and he didn't make a sound. After some time, he admired his work and decided it was time wake his slumbering Papa to show it off.

I felt similar to what our second son must have in the above situation when I too pulled out some nail polish for the latest household item challenge at Everything but the Kitchen Sink. My palette was a bit more muted however, then his signature bright red color. The polished doily came out with a shabby chic/vintage feel that I absolutely loved. Wanting to expand on that look further, I pulled a chipboard heart for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge-Dear to my Heart, covered it with patterned paper and gave it the same treatment as the doily. I must admit that I had a lot of other "stuff" on the card in my attempts to create a true shabby chic style, but it just wasn't me so I paired my elements down to the basics and created a clean and simple design. I guess I must learn to trust my heart and go with what I feel comfortable with.  **It's a raining morning here today so I wasn't able to photograph properly the shimmer and shine on both the doily and heart that the nail polish created. It really is a nice, soft effect.**

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up) Tan (Reminisce) Paper: DSP (unknown, from my stash) Stamps: So Many Sayings (Stampin Up) Pigment Ink: Close to Cocoa (Stampin Up) Chalk Ink: Chestnut Roan (Colorbox) Other: Chipboard Heart (Heidi Grace), Pearls (Queen & Co.), Lace Doily (Wilton), Nail Polish