Papertrey Ink’s January Blog Hop Challenge is challenging us to use black backgrounds to create a project.  Ever since my last black background card, I haven’t used black card bases in a long time, so I tried stamping directly to the card base for a simple one layer card.


So here is my simple one layer card.  I did some generational stamping with the white triangle stamp.

Black & White Notes

This card will also be submitted to Moxie Fab World’s Make Your Own Background Paper Challenge!

Black & White Notes – Supplies

To start off the new year, I decided to try the chalkboard technique from this week’s Papertrey Ink’s MIM #98 and Paper Smooches’ Sparks Challenge with Anything Goes.

I thought it would be fun to “tape” some “chalkboards” to a cork pattern paper to create a fun birthday card.

Black Board Penguin

Black Board Penguin – Supplies


It seems like I haven’t made a wedding card in ages, so with Papertrey Ink’s December Blog Hop Challenge, it was a great way to push me in preparing some wedding cards. White on white was definitely a challenge for me since I wanted some depth, but tried to stay away from any stamping.

PTI-BlogHop-Dec12So this is what I came up with after many attempts 🙂 Mostly die-cutting, minimal stamping with a little bit of embellishment.

Wedding Congratulations

From the close up, you can see a little bit of the die-cut edges that still needs some cleaning. But overall, I really love the white spaces.

Wedding Congratulations - Close Up

Wedding Congratulations – Supplies


Let’s try some non-traditional color combinations for a Christmas card today, inspired by Papertrey Ink’s October Blog Hop Challenge! These colors definitely don’t scream Christmas to me, and neither does the stamp set that I’m going to use for my card. But it’s good to think outside the box once in awhile!

I used Trendy Treetops as some ornaments for a simple, one-layer Christmas card.

Trendy Holidays

I punched out a few snowflakes and mounted them on some dimensional adhesive to give it a little lift. Other than that, I kept the card really simple and clean.

Trendy Holidays - Close Up

Trendy Holidays - Close Up Trendy Holidays – Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI (White)
Stamps: PTI (Trendy Treetops, Holiday Wishes) Lawn Fawn (Flying By)
Ink: PTI (Aqua Mist, True Black, Simply Chartreuse) Stampin’ Up (Garden Green, Cool Caribbean) Memento (London Fog)
Others: Recollections (Snowflake Punch) Rhinestones (Green, Clear)

Today, I have a card linking up to several challenges. Firstly, the BIG blog hop from Papertrey Ink for August Blog Hop Challenge! We were given this inspiration photo from Nichole Heady and I wanted to try some masking for a DIY herringbone pattern.

I CASEd Nicki’s winning card from CASE Study for the current CASE Study #105 challenge. For my sentiment, I didn’t want to cover up the background, and I was too chicken to stamp directly on it, so I cut a small banner with a simple “happy birthday” sentiment, perfect for CAS-ual Friday #67! To give it a little more movement, I decided to offset the sentiment to the side rather than in the middle for Moxie Fab’s Asymmetry Challenge.

Herringbone Birthday

Close up of the masking:
Herringbone Birthday - Close Up

I have included a small photo tutorial on how I did the masking for the herringbone pattern. I used some washi tape, cut to the desired width and masked away.

Herringbone Birthday - Herringbone Steps

Sorry for the long post for just one card!

Cardstock: PTI (White)
Stamps: PTI (Birthday Basics)
Ink: PTI (Smokey Shadow, Kraft, Fine Linen, Soft Stone) Stampin’ Up (Basic Grey, Creamy Caramel) Clearly Better (Chocolate)
Other: PTI (Rustic Cream Twine) Making Memories (Basic Eyelets)