Card Sketch #1 Take Three

Back for round 3 of my card sketch I created.  Here’s what my sketch looks like.

One of the best things about card sketches is that they are flexible.  Maybe you want a horizontally oriented card… just flip the sketch!  In this case, I also used the scalloped edge layer horizontally.

This card was also created using Everyday Button Bits from Papertrey Ink.  I might have a slight obsession with this stamp set!

Here is a detail shot.  Another thing I had in common was the treatment for the card sentiment.  I thought the cut apart sentiment was the touch of whimsy this card sketch needed.

I love this cute little button topiary!  This image also works well with the sentiment reading “all things grow with love” from the same stamp set.  I found two little heart/leaf-shaped buttons and made a card like that too! Here’s a shot of that card.

Interested in the cards shown here today? They are available in my Etsy store here (Every Day is a Gift) and here (All Things Grow with Love).

Happy Wednesday everyone!  You’ve made it halfway through the work week.  Unless you are lucky like me and your summer hours are 4 day weeks! 🙂

Just a heads up… my store will be running a special Red, White, and Blue sale on Thursday – Sunday for the Fourth of July.  I’ll update you all tomorrow with the details!


Card Sketch #1 Take Two

Hey everyone!  Just wanted to share my next card inspired by my card sketch.  This is actually my favorite of the bunch!

Just as a reminder here is the card sketch.

And the card…

I think the sewing theme of the papers and stamps really speak to my crafty soul! 🙂

I colored the spool of thread with Copic Markers.  If you haven’t tried them out, you really should!  There’s a little bit of a learning curve, but I love using them.  The shading and detail you can achieve with them are amazing!

Check out that zig zag stitching printed paper.  I love it!  I used the same papers on another card I made which I’ll show later.  But these cards are perfect with this stamp set.  The set is Quilters’s Sampler from Papertrey Ink.

If you are interested in purchasing this card it is available here in my Etsy store – Hoping You’re on the Mend card.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Hello world!

So… I fell off the face of the earth.  We moved into the perfect little bungalow and that overtook our lives.  I learned how to refinish furniture and spray paint became my best friend (there’s a slight chance that I am STILL smelling the fumes from the weeks of spray paint use!).

 Then it was the tunnel to the end of the school year.  We had a slew of visitors, our first BBQ and all of a sudden I realized I hadn’t made any cards since February and it was JUNE for goodness sakes!! I was super crafty last weekend, and have updated the store again.  I am working on a series of blog posts on using the same layout to create different varieties of cards. But in the mean time, here are some pictures of our humble home!

This is probably one of the best pictures of the front of the house.  I love the angle that my husband (aka the PwL photographer extraordinaire) used for this picture.

Here is our living room with a shot of the coffee table we refinished.

This is the view from our dining room into the living room.

That is an original built-in from 1937!  I refinished our dining room table and chairs by painting their bases white to match the built-in.

The kitchen… on top of crafting I love to cook and bake.

Sorry it has been so quiet around here… but I promise Papered with Love is back in a big way for this summer!

Where have I been?

It’s been totally silent over here.  Probably not even any crickets chirping.  But I can explain.  See this sweet, amazing, little perfect bungalow?

On April 1st it’s ours! Our teeny apartment will be a thing of the past! We’ll still be renters, but there’s also a possibility of purchase in the future.  Just what we are looking for!

So… we have been living on Craigslist, thrift stores, and second-hand furniture stores.  We are totally becoming DIY as much as possible.  The house we are moving into was built in 1937 and we feel the need to honour its craftsman heritage by embracing hand crafted and homemade (or changed!) pieces. I’ll be posting some things we have been working on soon.

Hope everything is going well for all of you!

Customer Feedback

Hi everyone!

I hope everything is going well in your worlds!  Mine has been busy (as usual!), but I wanted to take a moment to recognize one of my new, sweet customers who blogged about her order!

You can check out her entry here!

Nothing makes this craft as worthwhile as someone appreciating your handiwork!

Thank you so much, Paige! You were a total joy to have as a customer!!

A Beautiful Card that Never Was…

(Sigh). I love paper crafting.  Bordering on a possible obsession according to my husband. But sometimes the thought that what makes up my creations is well, paper, is very depressing.

Enter The Great Soda Incident of 2010. 

I had crafted all morning, took pictures of my creations, edited them for size, and was beginning to post my cards to my Etsy store.  I keep my cards close by so I can write appropriate descriptions of my cards – smart, right? Unless, perhaps your husband has moved your drink closer to you because he is that sweet and caring and you don’t know it.  And you stretch out your feet and SPLASH.  Coke every where.  All over the coffee table. The carpet. My cards. My phone (baby Blackberry is fine – she was rescued quickly by a quick thinking husband, but not by a depressed crafter who was shouting “NO MY CARDS!!!!!!”).

So, this card and its identical sisters were killed. At least I have photos to recreate it, right?  Or maybe, just maybe, we should let her memory rest in peace.

So pretty.  Hubbin’ described it as very artsy.  I just had a ton of fun combining heart stamps and papers.  Here are some more views of the card.

Let us all have a moment of silence for her and remember her in her glory – not in her sticky, soda covered end.

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