Zva Creative DT Blog Hop (4-16)

Hi all!

Rather than my normal post, today I’m joining the Zva Creative DT for a blog hop.
We are all joining together today to share a project that we have created using some of our favorite Zva Creative products.  We hope you will take some time to join us!

Each designer’s blog will share a unique sketch that was created with paper…and there’s a twist! It’s a sketch that’s designed with both scrapbookers and card makers in mind. In addition to having the design laid out for you, each blog will have it’s own color combo. The sketch can be turned and the color placement can be changed around. If you see a flower element on a sketch, please feel free to change it to something else if you like. Each sketch is a 6 x 6 page, but you can adapt the design to be horizontal, vertical or even a circle! The colors don’t have to be exact, just stay within the color family that’s provided (including using a lighter or darker shade). Adding neutrals like white, brown or black is ok…and “making it your own” is always fun to see!

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes’ blog. She is linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on.

We would LOVE to see how YOU create with ZVA CREATIVE products! Please use this sketch to create any type of project (card, layout, home decor etc.) Your project must include Zva products to be in the running for one of the prizes. Add a link to your project in the comments section under this blog post. You will have until midnight, Thursday, April 29th to play along.

Hidden on 5 of the blogs is a wonderful Zva Creative prize package…Woohooo! Those blogs will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it’s important to participate on as many blogs as you can (but you do not need to use all 13 sketches). The 5 winners will be announced on Friday, April 30th. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it’s best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Friday…plus, you never know what kind of inspirational projects that you may find.

OK. Enough technical stuff. Here’s the sketch I was assigned.


And here’s what I came up with.

I am a bit of a rebel. I flipped the sketch upside. I also strayed from the color combo.

The letters, flower and single crystals are all from Zva. They came silver. I changed their color by using a Copic marker. For show, heres’s a picture of the process on another letter.


A word to the wise. If you try this at home and are working with a super juicy marker, keep a couple cotton swabs handy. They are great for removing excess ink off the crystals.

I’m sure you are ready to move on the next stop of the tour.

That stop is the blog of Angelica Franssen! You can get there by clicking  here. Take it away,  Angelica! 🙂

That’s all for now! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Today’s card (4-15)

Hi all!

Let’s just get right to the point today.

Meet today’s card.

The flowers and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink’s Year of Flowers: Violets stamp set. The polka dots are from PTI’s Polka Dot Basics 2 set.

The pearls are from Zva Creative.

One more thing. Remember how last week was all about Go-to-Sketches? If you already have the issue, you might to check out the Paper Crafts Connection blog today. Matt’s got a fun “I Spy” game going on that involves the issue. If you don’t have the issue, you can get it at craft and book stores and through the Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes online store. Click here to get there.

That’s all for now! I’ll be back tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Today’s card (4-14)

Hi all!

I found myself a bit busy the last few days so the old blog-a-roo has been neglected. Sorry to leave you hanging.

Never fear, I’ve got a card for you now.

Meet today’s card.

I was inspired by my pal, Jess. She regularly does a 10-minute scrap pile challenge. Only she does it on Monday. I did it on a Tuesday. She gives herself 10 minutes. Hee. This card took me like 4 times that. Blame it on fussing!  😉

Just in case you are wondering if I really started with a pile of scraps, here’s proof.  All was left over from another project I worked on this week.

The pearls are from Zva Creative. The sentiment is a stamp from the Love, Ali set by Technique Tuesday. The paper is from GCD Studios, and the butterfly is a punch from Martha Stewart Crafts. Outside of my circle punches, I think that punch is my most used one.

I can’t think of anything else to share with you about this bad boy so thanks for stopping by.

I’ll be back tomorrow.

PS. Check out the Paper Crafts Connection blog today. I’m over there today, too, with a few tricks for decorating up stick pins. Here’s a peek of what I am sharing.

One more Go-to Sketches blog hop (4-9)

Hi all!

The Go-to Sketches festivities wind down today with one final blog hop.  Believe me, it’s a good one. Just wait ’til you see what you might win for commenting. 😉

First, let’s talk about the hop. This time, Cath has brought together 10 of the most published gals in Go-to Sketches. Joining us is special guest Donna Salazar, who is the brains behind the new Distrezz-It-All tool from Zutter and a great line of paper and stamps.

Today, we are working with this sketch from the issue. It was designed by the adorable, larger than life, kinder than kind, lover of the “y’all” word  Jess.

And here’s what I did with it.

And here’s a little close-up action.

The ledger paper is from Making Memories. The rest of the papers, the bird and chipboard “mom” tile are from  Little Yellow Bicycle’s Clothesline collection. The pin is from Jenni Bowlin. The gems are from Zva Creative. And the ribbon is from May Arts.

You are going to want to leave a comment here today. And you are going to want to leave a comment on Moxie Fab World and the blogs of my fellow blog hoppers. They are:

Donna Salazar

Betsy Veldman

Maren Benedict

Heidi Van Laar

Teri A. <—– that’s me!

Latisha Yoast

Kim Hughes

Kim Kesti

Maile Belles

Rae Barthel

Jess Witty

Cath will randomly pick two winners from all the comments received on all the blogs.

One very lucky winner is going to receive a Distrezz-it-All tool. I tried one out at CHA and let me just say that it is one snazzy little tool.


The second lucky winner will receive two copies of Go-to Sketches. That way she (or he) can have one and then pass on onto a friend. Cool, huh?

Comments must be made by midnight on Sunday, April 11.

You might also want to stop by Paper Crafts Connection today and leave a comment there. You can win a Card Companion kit from Doodlebug Designs. Doodlebug put together when they made some great ads in Go-to Sketches with our sketches. The kits include all the supplies to make Doodlebug’s cards.

Before I go, I just want to take a minute and thank everyone who has stopped by these last few days. It sure has been fun celebrating and sharing lots this week. Big thanks to all of you for making it so fun.

Remember, this week’s festivities just shared a bit of what you will find in Go-to Sketches. There are 66 sketches in the issue and whole bunch more ideas. You can get Go-to Sketches at your local craft store, book store and even online in the Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes store. You can there by clicking here.


Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back again over the weekend.

Tilting, flipping and tipping time (4-8)

Hi all!

Today the Go-to-Gal gang has banded together to turn this Kim H. sketch from Go-to Sketches every which way. Yes, friends, we’re tipping it, flipping it and tilting it. It was all Betsy’s idea. 😉

Anyway, here’s the sketch.

Here’s what I came up with.

I turned the sketch 45 degrees to left.

I kept the card’s base as a rectangle and then basically tilted the contents. I honestly don’t make many things at an angle so it is a different look for me. I think I like it and will probably give this tipping thing a go again. 🙂 It definitely makes me think of some of the sketches in the issue a little differently.

The papers here are from Cosmo Cricket (that’s the ledger stuff under the sentiment) and Studio Calico (everything else). The butterfly is from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Clothesline collection. And the label and letter stickers are from Studio Calico. The rest is from my stash.

Check out the blogs of Betsy, Kim H., Kim K., Maren and Jess to see what they came up with when they turned the sketch. And check out Moxie Fab World, where Cath is showing all the projects that appeared in Go-to Sketches and were based on this sketch.

Leave a comment on my blog, as well as the other Go-to-Gals’ blogs and Moxie Fab World. Cath is giving away three copies of Go-to Sketches. She’ll randomly pick three winners from all the comments received on all seven blogs. Comments must be posted by midnight on Sunday, April 11 to be eligible to win.

One more thing. Today is the last day to take advantage of the 20 percent off and free shipping offer on Go-to Sketches through the Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes store. Click here to get there. Enter “SKETCH20″ at checkout and  you’ll automatically get a 20 percent discount off the cover price. When you check out, you’ll also get free shipping (in the States).

Inspired by Kim K. and Go-to Sketches (4-7)

Hi everyone!

Hope you all are enjoying the Go-t0 Sketches festivities this week!

Today, I  played along with Kim K. and made a non-card project off the sketch she shared today on Paper Crafts Connection.

Here’s the sketch she shared.

I made a couple envelopes for gift cards.

Here’s the first one.

I just worked straight from Kim’s sketch here. Rather than the flower, I used a butterfly. But everything else is very Kim inspired.

And here’s the second one I made.

I flipped the sketch over for the design of this one.

After I was finished with decorating up both of the envelopes, I opened them up and whacked off their flaps with my paper trimmer. I slid gift cards inside both and called things good.

These were really easy to make, but it’s always nice to have a few of these kind of things on hand and ready to go.

The papers I used to decorate my envelopes are from October Afternoon. The envelopes and sentiment stamps are from Papertrey Ink. The butterflies are a punch from Martha Stewart. The gems are from my stash.

That’s all for now.

Don’t forgot to check out Tuesday’s blog hop and leave some comments for a few chances to win Go-to Sketches.

And there’s also time to buy a copy of Go-to Sketches at a discount. Click here. Enter “SKETCH20” at checkout and  you’ll automatically get a 20 percent discount off the cover price. When you check out, you’ll also get free shipping (in the States).  The offer is good through Thursday the 8th.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back tomorrow.

Thank you for stopping by!

Go-to-Gals and Friends Blog Hop (4-6)

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my part of the Go-to-Gals and Friends blog hop.

Joining me for my part of the hop are some dang talented and just plain, all-around good crafty girls. They are:

* Lisa Spangler

* Clouds Shadler

* Robyn Weatherspoon

* Sarah Martina Parker

* Tanis Giesbrecht

Can I get a woohoo? 🙂 I am so excited the five of them are joining me today! I am big fan of each of them! They each inspire me as a paper crafter, and I hope you’ll get a little inspiration from them today!

The sketch I made for Go-to Sketches that I chose for the six of us to make something new from today is this one.

And here’s my new take on it.

I flipped the sketch upside down and made the card a rectangle rather than a square. I didn’t take a picture of it, but the inside of the card says, “Hang 10!”:) Hee hee.

The papers are from My Mind’s Eye and Fancy Pants Designs. The letter stickers are from Making Memories. And the gems are from Kaisercraft.

Be sure to leave comment on each of my friends’ blogs, as well as my blog.

You’ll also want to check out the Paper Crafts blog, as well as the other Go-to-Gals’ blogs today to see what sketches they picked and the friends who are joining them in the hop. You can get to their blogs by clicking on their names:

* Maren

* Jess

* Betsy

* Kim K.

* Kim H.

Paper  Crafts will at random pick three people from all the comments received over all the blogs. Those three winners will receive a copy of Go-to Sketches.

Comments will be taken until midnight on April 8th.

The more comments you make, the more chances you have to win. Thirty-seven (37!) big chances in fact if you comment on each and every blog! Go you! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

PS… Be sure to check out Moxie Fab World today, too. Here’s a little peek of a Tuesday Trigger project I made. I was inspired by a card by the talented Heidi Van Laar. And you guessed it. That inspiring card appeared on the pages of Go-to Sketches.

PSS… I’ve also got a code for you to get a price break on Go-to Sketches and free shipping (in the States). Click here and it will take to the Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes store. Enter “SKETCH20” at checkout and you’ll get 20 percent off and free shipping.   Note: This code will automatically deduct 20%, plus give you free “standard” shipping. It’s a savings of $5.99 off the issue’s retail price. The code is good through April 8th.

Thoughts about Go-to Sketches (4-5)

Hi everybody!

Well, this week is going to be a little different on my blog.

It’s going to be all about Go-to Sketches! Be warned. 😉 You are going to hear a lot about it this week here and see a lot of stuff related to it.

If you haven’t seen Go-to Sketches, let me give you a briefer. It’s 162-page special issue featuring 66 sketches for cards, bags and all that stuff from Paper Crafts magazine. The sketches in the issue are by myself and the other five Go-to-Gals (Jess, Betsy, Kim K., Kim H. and Maren). Then, 60 fellow crafters made a whole lotta cool projects  for the issue. Each were inspired by our sketches.

The issue is on news stands now everywhere. Run. Don’t walk. Get it while you can. 😉

The issue is near and dear to myself, the other Go-to-Gals and the Paper Crafts crew so we are celebrating all week long. Tune in every day this week to my blog, the Paper Crafts blog, Moxie Fab World and all the the other Go-to-Gals’ blogs for a whole lot of fun stuff.

To kick it off the festivities,  online editor Kelly asked the Go-t0-Gals  today to share what this issue means to us.

Ok. Don’t mock me, guys. It makes me feel a little emotional… and  a lot proud.

It’s probably one of the “most practical, useful to everyone who paper crafts”
issues I’ve ever made stuff for. That really does makes me real proud. I mean, it’s filled with sketches. And sketches appeal to all levels of card makers (starters, experts and everyone in between). It’s got the potential to be a great resource to a lot of people.

The other thing (and be warned… this sounds  a little hokey) is it shares a bit of the love that myself, Maren, Betsy, Kim K., Kim H and Jess have for paper crafting. Don’t let anyone fool you. Go-to Sketches is all about the sketches and the projects, but there are a few pages where you get to see our pictures and hear a little bit about our love of making stuff. The truth is we all are labeled as Go-to-Gals, but we are like any other passionate paper crafters out there and just love making stuff. It’s fun to share and dang fun to be around other paper crafters.

Ok, ok. So enough of that mushy stuff.

Some of y’all might be wondering how this issue came about. Well, it was the editors who came up with the idea for it. They sprang it on us.

Just before we headed to Utah last Fall for an Editorial Board meeting, they asked us to come up with some sketches for this special issue. It was pretty dang cool idea and neat to be asked to contribute in that way. I know I was riding high for a few days, thinking how fun it would be to see what people do with sketches I came up.

Of course, then shortly after that, hee hee, reality hit when Editor-in-Chief Jennifer asked us to prepare for a photo shoot. That’s because our pictures were going to be taken for the issue the day we arrived in Utah.

Let’s just say it was… an experience. In the days leading to the shoot, the six of us and Jennifer chatted a ton via e-mail about picking clothes and accessories for the shoot. Nerve-wrecking.

But it all worked out. The day of the shoot was so much fun.

It was the first time the six of us had never been in a room together at the same time, but you would have never guessed it. We just had a great time – laughing, fretting over hair and necklaces, assuring each other that we looked OK,  teasing each other about certain things (cough.. cough… not fessing up to anything… cough… cough) and all that.

I’ve got a few outtakes from that day that Kelly passed along for me to share with you today.

Here’s one of the group.

I can hear Maren, especially, laughing when I look at this picture. 🙂 There are five more group outtakes floating around from that day. Go to the blogs of Maren, Betsy, Jess, Kim K. and Kim H. to see them.

And here’s one of me.

Oh, gosh. Thank goodness they didn’t use this one in the issue. C.H.E.E.S.Y.

That punch in my hand is totally covered and paint with white paint.  This was taken after I squeezed it and some paint popped out. 🙂 It took me by surprise.

Anyway, check out the other gals’ blogs and you can see some more outtakes today.

This wouldn’t be a true Teri blog post if I didn’t share a card. So before I go, I want to share a card I made off one of the sketches inside the special issue. This one was inspired by one of Betsy’s sketches.

I submitted it for the issue, but it wasn’t chosen. It somehow seems appropriate to share it today.

The papers and chipboard are all from My Mind’s Eye. The font is an oldie from Creating Keepsakes (CK Fresh, I believe).

That’s all for now. I’ll be back tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Today’s card (4-4)

Hey guys!

Meet today’s card.

This card will be heading out soon to  a dear friend who lives a short 10-minute or so jaunt from the beach. Let’s just say she is one lucky, lucky, lucky girl! (And, Red, if you are looking, stop! Step away from the computer. )

When I saw the palm tree beach tag, I knew it would be great on a card for her. Not only does she live near the beach, but she has a palm tree in her yard. Hee hee. 😉

Anyway, the tag and green and purple papers are from the Rusted Sun collection from Fancy Pants. The ledger paper is from Making Memories. The eyelets and string are from my stash. Oh yeah, and there’s a little ink sponged on the edge of the card. That’s Spring Moss from Papertrey.

That’s all for now.

I’ll be tomorrow with a different kind of post. 😉

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend.

Today’s cards (4-2)

Hi all!

I’ve got two cards to share with you today.

Both are the result of a recent assignment from GCD Studios. More on that to come. First, meet the cards.

Meet Card #1.

Here’s some close up photo action of this one.

And meet Card #2.

And here’s a bit of close up photo action for this one.

Like I said before, these two cards are the result of a challenge presented by GCD Studios. Heidi challenged the DT girls this month to create some projects inspired by all the colors and flowers in these pictures.

Pretty, huh?

Needless to say, I was really drawn in by the pink and green combination. I love those colors together so both my cards feature those colors. Since the pictures are of flowers, I went with flowers on my cards, too. Why drift away from something so pretty?

You’ll notice that just for fun, I added a lavender gem to the Hi card. Just ’cause. 😉

All the patterned papers and brads on these cards are from Melody Ross’ Homespun Chic collection from GCD Studios. The chipboard leaf on the Hello card is from the Artsy Urban collection. The gems and letter stickers are from my stash.

Check out the GCD Studios blog throughout the month, and you can see how the rest of the team tackled this challenge.

That is all for me for now. I’ll be back tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!