Monday, December 28, 2015

My Friends Are Missing!

One of my card making groups has a weekly challenge. The theme this week is "Squirrels." Found these guys by GOOGLING and thought they were perfect for this theme.
If you see my friends please call: 1-800-JUSTNUTS


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Gingerbread Man & Candy Canes

I discovered this cute little cookie on Pinterest the other day and immediately thought he would be perfect for this month's Reader's Art Quest on the Unruly Paper Arts blog.

This month's theme is "Gingerbread & Candy Canes."  And uses this picture for inspiration:

I fussy cut the gingerbread.  I added Stickles in red, green, white and yellow.  I used some white liquid pearls to resemble frosting.  I added 3 rhinestones for the holly berries.  I added some Crystal Effects to the candy cane and the peppermint candies to give them shine and dimension.  The lacy doily was cut with a Martha Stewart border punch.  I added 2 rhinestones candy canes as embellishments.

Hope your holidays are filled with yummy treats.......Paulette

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

My only Christmas decorations this year. It's a collection of 14 artist trading cards designed by a group of talented women from all over the US and Canada. We met as imaginary friends on the internet but have since become sisters and best friends. A very Merry Christmas to my friends and family. Luv ya, P.

Friday, December 11, 2015

What's New Pussycat?

This little kitty is waiting for Santa.  It's Christmas Eve and it's snowing...will Santa and his reindeer be able to make it through the snowstorm?

I designed this card for a challenge on Splitcoaststampers that requires using a movie title as inspiration---I chose "What's New Pussycat?"

I also designed this card for the December Inspiration Challenge on the Die-namites Blog.   I used the 2 Die-namites dies below:

To give the kitty dimension, I cut him out of dark gray paper 3 times and pasted the layers together.  I cut the window out of a woodgrain pattern paper and fussy cut away the bird, the birdhouse and the foliage.  I used an origami technique to design my tree.  I added a flower and some gems as accents.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas...................Paulette

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Surfin' Santa

Some of my stampin' BFFs are doing a weekly challenge.  This week's topic is penguins.  I used a Stampin' Up stamp.  Colored with Prismacolor pencils and added a bit of Wink of Stella to the waves.  I added a sticker Santa hat and some red diamond mesh as well as punched snowflake.  The frame was punched with a Spellbinders die.  The paper is from Graphic 45.

My colors and the addition of the Santa hat fit this mood board from Rubber Dance Art Stamps challenge for Nov./Dec.

Thanks for stopping by..................Paulette

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Gingerbread & Candy Canes

The December Readers Art Quest challenge on the Unruly Paper Arts blog is "Gingerbread & Candy Canes.  This gingerbread house is the creative prompt:

I used paper from Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Collection: Gingerbread Delights.  I used a doily die to cut the white circle and a NellieSnellen die to cut the green layer.  The bow was made by a die.  The candy canes were cut from pattern paper and red and crystal Stickles were added to give them sparkle.  The gingerbread boy and girl are Recollections stickers and the Santa hat is a Hobby Lobby sticker.  The card design is called "Tent Topper" --- a tutorial can be found on Splitcoaststampers.

Happy Cookie Baking........Paulette

Friday, December 4, 2015


I made this card for DCWV's Stack-a-holic Sketch Challenge for December.  I used DCWV DIY Project stack FAVOR BOXES.  The sketch is below:

The Santa circle, the tree with sentiment, the gift circle and the star are all punch-out die cuts from the stack.  The pattern papers are also from the FAVOR BOXES stack.  I edged some of the pieces with a gold leaf Krylon pen and added some rhinestones and diamond mesh trim.

Hope you are getting an early start to your holiday crafting...Paulette

Monday, November 30, 2015

Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus

The challenge on Rubber Dance Art Stamps Blog for Nov./Dec. uses the colors in the mood board below with an optional theme of Tis the Season.

Again for this challenge I chose my favorite Rubber Dance stamp.  I stamped it on white cardstock with Tim Holtz faded jeans ink.  I tore the edges of the image and cut out the area behind the couples heads and also cut off their hats.  I backed the cutout area with white cardstock.  The image was pasted on a piece of glittered fun foam in blue from Dollar Tree.  I used a pre-made white die-cut card from DCWV and backed the card front with a piece of red cardstock.  The bows were cut with a Tim Holtz punch and I added some rhinestones for earrings and rhinestone trim to frame the couple.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.................Paulette

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Written Word

The theme for the Readers' Art Quest challenge on the Unruly Paper Arts blog for November is "The Written Word" with this photo as a prompt.

I used a dictionary page for my background and chose florescent colors for my layers to echo the layers in the highlighted text in the photo.  The stamp is from Stamp N Plus Scrap N.  I used pinches and a Spellbinders die for the circles.  I accented my design with some Starform stickers.

Thanks for visiting.................................Paulette

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Die-namites November Inspiration Challenge

This is my card for the Die-namites November Inspiration Challenge.  I used a die called Summer Branch and cut the branch out of some blue glittered fun foam from the Dollar Tree.  I added some iridescent rhinestones to the branch after mounting it on a bright copper colored foil cardstock.  I used some dark blue Stardream cardstock and an autumn themed pattern paper as background and mounted it on orange cardstock.

The inspiration for this challenge is this photo:  

Happy Thanksgiving............................Paulette

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Blessings

This month's DCWV Stack-a-holics Challenge uses this sketch:

I used papers from the Harvest House stack.  Circles were cut with Spellbinders Ironworks dies.  /the felt turkey came from a garage sale find.  The flourishes were cut from a Prickly Pear die.  I used a Krylon gold leafing pen to outline the dottedlayer and the dotted circle.  I added a glittered pumpkin and some webbed gold ribbon.

Happy Thanksgiving!.................Paulette

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Autumn Symphony


This month's challenge uses this Autumn themed mood board:

I used papers from DCWV and my favorite Rubber Dance Art Stamp.  I edged my diecut oval with a Krylon gold leafing pen.  I added some silk leaves that I embellished with gold Stickles.  I added a bit of gold "splatters" from my Krylon pen.  A gold spider web ribbon completes my design.

Loving the cool, crisp Autumn air and the gorgeous colors of my favorite season.....................................Paulette

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Autumn Wheelbarrow

I created this card for the Die-namites Dies October Inspiration Challenge.  The challenge uses this photo and requires an autumn or Halloween theme.

I chose this die as my starting off point.  
The woodgrain designer paper is from the DCWV Good Wood stack.  A friend supplied the leaves.  The center leaf is a rhinestone maple leaf.  I also added a spider web gold ribbon.  I used a Kyrlon gold leafing pen to outline the image and to splatter gold onto the card.

Sending a wheelbarrow of warm wishes your way.....Paulette

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ocean Poetry

The challenge for October on the Unruly Paper Readers' Art Quest is to use this mood board for colors and to design with a nautical theme:

I chose stamps from Rubber Dance Art Stamps,  I used a Spellbinders embossing folder to create the background.  I stamped with faded jeans Ranger distress ink and added several half pearls for embellishment.

Thanks for looking......................................Paulette

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Spooky Delights!

                       Bats and Spiders and Ghosts...Oh My!

The October Stack-a-holic Challenge on the DCWV blog uses this sketch:

My card uses the DCWV Spooky Delights stack.  I won this whimsical Halloween themed stack in a DCWV Facebook comment contest.  The papers are all from this stack and the embellishments I added to my design are a Cricut ghost, a spider brad and a couple of googlie eyes.
I'm loving this DCWV stack so much that the papers also inspired these two Halloween cards:
                                                       Cats in the Grave Yard

                                                              Trick or Treat Bus

I'm making plans for an exciting Halloween...............Paulette

Monday, October 5, 2015

Beware the Black Cats!!!

I'm entering this card in the Dies R Us Challenge #34-Get Your "Boo" On.  The cat dies are from Impression Obsession.  The circles and the teardrop circles are Spellbinder dies.  The pattern paper is Graphic 45.  The background paper is DCWV.

Hope you are planning to "Get Your Boo On" for Halloween..............Paulette

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DCWV Stack-a-holic September Challenge

This is my card for the DCWV Stack-a-holic September Challenge.  The challenge uses this sketch:

I used patterned papers from the Cherry Limeade stack.  I punched the flowers with a Stampin Up punch, stamped the sentiment with a Stamp N Plus stamp and added several prima flowers and pearls.

Thanks for stopping by.................................Paulette

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Peter Penguin Dances the Hula

I designed this card for Scrappy Land Challenge #26.  The challenge is to use a stamped image and a die from a line that Scrappy Land carries.  The stamp is from a Stampin Up set that I stamped with Black Stazon and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Peter's lei and floral headpiece were punched out of red vellum with a Punch Bunch flower corner punch.  The centers were done with yellow Stickles.  The large red flowers were cut with dies by Cheery Lynn.  Yellow half pearls were used as the flower centers.

Take time to dance today............................................Paulette

Hot Pink Hibiscus

Dies R Us September Challenge #33 Hot Colors uses this photo and colors to create a card.

I chose a hibiscus die by Die-namites as my focal point.  I used Spellbinders plain and scalloped circle dies for my circle panel.  I cut the flower from white card stock and colored the flower and leaves with Twinkling H2Os watercolors.  The card was designed using the Tent Topper Tutorial you can find HERE.  I added a K & Co. scrapbook border and a couple scraps of cardstock on top of the border.  A bit of yellow Stickles was added to the stamens.

Have a warm and sunny day......................Paulette

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Rubber Dance Art Stamps is celebrating its one year anniversary with a September Challenge .  The challenge is to use one of the color palettes from the previous year of challenges with an optional theme of "Celebration."

I chose the July 2015 color palette and one of my favorite Rubber Dance Art Stamps and "Anniversary" as my "Celebration" theme.  The accessory stamps are also from Rubber Dance.

Congratulations to Bibi and her design team ............Paulette

Monday, September 14, 2015

Floral Wheelbarrow

This month's Die-Namites Challenge is to use this photo as inspiration.

I used this die and several flower and leaf punches in my design and attempted to maintain the color palette depicted in the photo.  I added some brads to the wheelbarrow and a Cuttlebug embossing folder to add texture to the background.

Thanks for stopping by.....................Paulette

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Who Let the Birdies Out?

This is an ATC I made for a Pick-a-Theme ATC swap where the category was Colors and my swap mate chose these colors for her favorite sports team.  The birdcage die is from Crafty Individuals and can be found HERE.  The tiny birds are wooden laser cut embellishments to which I added some Firefly Stickles.  The butterflies were cut with a Memory Box die.  I added some gems to the flower centers.

Have a great Sunday........................Paulette

Friday, September 11, 2015

It's Party Time!

 My inspiration:
Bought this Partying Penguin at a garage sale today for 25 cents (just saw the set on ebay for over $40!) The paper just happened to be handy---it must be serendipity. I cut out the limes and berries and popped the 2 berries up on dimensionals. The limes and berries were even pre-glittered.

This drink site has made me really thirsty---is 11:30PM still Happy Hour? TGIF---It's Part Time!

Have a cool drink to start the weekend........Paulette

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hopeful Change

Today's Free for All Challenge on Splitcoaststampers is a tribute to Hopeful Change --- to our coming back from the tragedy of the events of 9/11. Taking something dark and transforming it to something bright. What came to mind for me was the darkness of a cold, rainy day that transforms when the sun comes out and the flowers bloom.  The "Hope" stamp is from Stamp N Plus Scrap N.  The flowers are K & Co. borders.  The tiny butterflies are from the cutouts of a Spellbinders Butterfly Circle die.  The sun is cut with a Stampin Up punch.

As we remember the tragic events of 9/11 on this anniversary, let's move forward with hope...Paulette

Thought I Ordered a Cat-puccino?

The challenge is: Coffee or Tea, Which Do YOU Drink? Coffee is my choice to start the day, I like ice tea for lunch a dinner and hot tea is my evening/bedtime drink. Since the stamp has mice in the cup, I thought I use a play on words and title my card: Thought I Ordered a Cat-puccino?
Stamps: Penny BlackPaper: DCWV Rustic StackInk: Black StazonAccessories: Lace, Flowers, Gold Stickles, Krylon Gold Leafing PenTechniques: Prismacolor pencils

I would like to enter my card in the Anything Goes Challenge  for September on the Penny Black Blog.

Enjoy a cuppa.........................Paulette

Monday, September 7, 2015

Udderly Happy B'Day

It was the annual Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival this's my tribute to the event.
Today's Try a New Technique Splitcoaststamper's challenge is: Half On, Half Off. I used a Penny Black stamp, colored the "Half On" part with Prismacolors and accented the balloons with Glossy Accents. Sentiment stamp is unknown.

Entering my card in the Anything Goes September Challenge on the Penny Black Challenge Blog.
Have an Udderly Happy Labor Day!..............Paulette