Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Snow Challenge

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  We have been our of town celebrating with my family back in my little home town.  It is truly amazing how many people can fit in one house!  Are you ready for another challenge here at the Papercraft Star?  This week we challenge you to use snow in your projects.  For my card I used an adorable image from Taylored Expressions.  I colored the image using Copic markers.  I further embellished using some stickles.  This card came out so easy.  Now that the frantic shopping, gift wrapping, and endless cooking and baking are done take time for yourself and create!  We would love to see what you come up with.  Of course we have a beautiful photo to use for inspiration if you choose or check out the other design team members.  Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

O Christmas Tree

Hello Wednesday!  I'm so looking forward to the weekend already.  If I can only get through this week I know I'll be alright.  Are you ready for another challenge over at the Papercraft Star!  This week we challenge you to use a Christmas tree on your project.  Easy right!  For my project I made a December Daily.  I started on November 26th and followed Kathy Orta's tutorial on youtube.  Since she didn't finish the binding video until after December 1st,  I had to alter mine from hers in order to have it ready to start December 1st.  The idea is to journal and record the things you do on each day of the month.  So far I've been pretty good at taking pictures each day of things I've done and am looking forward to filling it up.  I plan on doing a video to show all the interactive pages in this book so keep checking back!  This week we have a wonderful inspiration photo to get your creativity flowing.  For even more inspiration check out what PCS design team has created.  So give this one a try and you could be our next Papercraft Star!!!!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Is it February yet?

Hello fellow crafters.  Here with a card I made using Mojo Sketch 270.  This time of year is so super busy for me.  There are so many activities at church and school for my little ones.  How can a crafter possibly keep up?!  I decided to take a little break from the Christmas crafting, and create a card for Valentines day.  I just used what I had on hand from last year and I have to say not too bad.  This was such a fun sketch I had no trouble whipping this one out.  Thank you Carole, I'll have to file this one away as one of my favorites.  I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend, and thank you for taking the time to give my card a look.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Vintage inspired Christmas Post Cards

Hello all!  I'm here with another project I made for a swap I joined over at Your Paper Pantry for the Vintage Postcards group.  For this particular month we were challenged to make vintage inspired postcards.  I found this darling digital image and printed her out on some buttercream cardstock.  I then matted it on some baja breeze cardstock that I distressed using some craft white from SU.  Using a Quick Cuts die I cut out a 4" x 6" scalloped rectangle.  Next I added a digital music print out from The House Across The Bay and stitched around the music sheet.  Next I tucked in a doily behind the image.  Digging into my stash of vintage lace I found some gathered lace and adhered it onto the postcard.  Next I tied some seam binding and adhered a Michael's poinsettia.  A stick pin I made to match this pastel beauty finishes off this postcard.  I had so much fun creating this project.  I'd like to enter this in the Ribbon Reel pastel challenge.  Stop by their blog and see all the beautiful DT creations.  They are simply stunning!  I hope you are all having a good week and thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gold Challenge

Hello Wednesday.  I hope you  are ready for another fun challenge over at the Papercraft Star!  This week we challenge you to include gold in your holiday project.  We have a beautiful inspiration photo to use if you choose.  For my card I embossed some Buttercream cardstock and rubbed the raised area with some versa mark.  I then sprinkled some gold embossing power on it and heat set it.  The image is a digital image from Iralamijashop Etsy shop.  I then added a hand made flower from my YPP Sister:-) Larissa of Larissa Heskett Designs.  I just love how the little gold bling in the center works perfectly with this card.  Of course a little seam binding finishes my card off.  Last week over at the Papercraft Star we had an amazing array of beautiful project and I'm looking forward to seeing the creativity this week.  I hope you'll be able to join in our "Gold Challenge"!  Have a wonderful week.  


Monday, December 3, 2012

Kraft Journal Challenge Clean and Simple

Now that's a challenge!  I struggle with clean and simple.  I tend to over embellish sometimes.  I feel like some of my cards look like my embellishment drawer threw up on them!  For this card I limited myself to a sticker and one little bling.  Now that's restraint!  I started off with some kraft cardstock matted with some Choice Buttercream.  The stamped image is from SU and is stamped with Always Artichoke.  For my sentiment I used a Tim Holtz stamp inked with the same Always Artichoke.  The ric-rac sticker is from My Minds Eye.  That's it.  That's the best I can do to restrain myself.  I hope everyone is having a good week and thanks for taking a peek!


Entering into the Kraft Journal's Clean and Simple Challenge

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mojo Monday 269

Hello everyone!  I'm going to try to do more post on my blog this month to keep the mojo flowing.  What better way to start it off than to do this past week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I chose to do the square version of of this sketch.  I used patterned papers from Authentique's Christmas line.  I pretty much stuck to the sketch and just added some liquid pearls to the wreath.  This one is not too embellished because I do want to be able to send it through the mail without having to pay a package rate!  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for stopping by my blog:-)


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Greenery Challenge

Well hello!  I hope everyone had a  wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Now that we've had a bit of a break I hope you're ready for another challenge from the Papercraft Star!  This week we challenge you to use holiday greenery in your projects!  We have a beautiful inspiration photo to use if you choose.  For my card I used a stamp I've been holding on to from DRS stamps.  I stamped it onto some buttercream cardstock from Taylored Expressions with some memento tuxedo black.  I then had some fun coloring with my copic markers.  I love the way the ornaments just pop out with the bright colors against the greenery.  The patterned papers from Authentique worked so well with this stamp and colors.  Of course I had to use some of my favorite embellishment seam binding, and adhered a button from The Girl's Paperie.   Now it's your turn, break out those holiday greenery stamps and let's see what you come up!  You could be the next Papercraft Star!  For more inspiration our wonderful design team has some wonderful cards!

Thanks for stopping by,

Papercraft Star Design Team


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thank you

Well hello there!  I hope everyone is enjoying their week.  My mom is up for a visit this week so we've been having a wonderful time with her.  It's time for another challenge over at Papercraft Star.  This week we challenge you to make a  Thank You card.  Easy as can be!  I know right now holiday cards are on the front of our minds, but after the gift giving is all said and done it's time to send out those thank you cards for the kind thoughts and gifts!  I know the grandparents really enjoy the thank you cards written by the little ones!  For my card I went with a a shabby chic look.  Using a sketch from this week's Mojo Monday blog, I started my card.  I used wonderful patterned images from an Etsy store called Iralamija.  I stayed true to the sketch and this little beauty came together so quickly!  I hope you get a chance to play along this week.  Our Design Team have some real beauties to inspire you with this week so I hope you'll stop by and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by,


Here's another "thank you" inspired card I made.  This is my first card for this challenge but when I discovered that one of my fellow teamies used the same sketch I went with the above card.  I guess great minds do think alike!  LOL

The popular sketch is from Random Acts of Creativities' Saturday Sketchbook challenge.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Yellow and Gray

The middle of the week is here and that means another round of me singing the "Good Morning Sunny Wednesday" song to my 1st grader (because I know he secretly loves being woken up by my awful singing) and another challenge over at the Papercraft Star!  This weeks challenge has to be one of my favorites.  For our challenge we want to see you use yellow and gray in your projects.  Our design team has created some real beauties this week.  For my card I used more mustard cardstock from SU along with some patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket.  Just by playing around with my punches and dies I added the gray patterned paper and punched some leaves using Martha Stewart punches.  The looped circle is a die from Spellbinders and the velvet flower from Maya Road.  For the sentiment I used a Sizzix/Hero Arts stamp and die set stamped in sahara sand.  Since I'v been loving burlap lately I added a strip along with some vintage lace.  I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week.  I enjoy seeing what everyone creates each week.  Give it a try and you could be our next Papercraft Star!


Paper:  More Mustard, Very Vanilla Cardstock from SU, patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket
Ink:  Sahara Sand 
Stamps:  Sizzix Hero Arts
Embellishments:  Vintage lace, Spellbinders, Sizzix die, Martha Stewart leaves punches, burlap, Maya Road velvet flower

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Wednesday is here and Halloween has come!  First I want to let my readers know my thoughts and prayers are with all effected by hurricane Sandy.  Other than loss of power my family members in Virginia are well.  We even welcomed my baby nephew right in the mist of the storm.  Mom and baby are doing well and should be going home soon.   Today is the opening of our weekly challenge over at the Papercraft Star.  This week's challenge is to use a hot drink in your project.  Any tea drinkers out there?  Or how about some coffee, or hot chocolate!  I found this adorable image online and just had to use it on a card.  I started with a close to cocoa cardstock and added some patterned paper from SU (retired).  Next I added some vintage lace and a poinsettia I misted with some soft pink.  The image was resized in my photoshop and matted it in Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The sentiment is from SU and a little distress ink finishes my card.  Now it's your turn.  What will you have to show us this week?  Who will be our next Papercraft Star?  It could be you!  I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.  Thanks for stopping by.


The inspiration photo is here to use if you choose.  Remember for more inspiration be sure to check out what our fabulous design team has come up with!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween's Around the Corner!

Hello Wednesday!  Lots to do today so let's get started!  This week's challenge over at Papercraft Star is  to create a project with the theme of Halloween pumpkin.  For my card today I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for inspiration along with our wonderful photo.  Using craft papers from My Minds Eye I followed the sketch and just added different patterned papers according to the sketch.  The image is also from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Halloween stamp set.  The sentiment was cut from the same craft word paper from the Halloween craft collection.  Using the curly label punch from Stampin Up I punched out the word "Beware" and matted it on some black cardstock.   I punched out some bats using a Martha Stewart punch and adhered them around the card.  This card with some help from from the sketch came together in no time.  I look forward to seeing what you create this week.  For more inspiration check out the other Design Team members creations.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great week.


Paper:  Confetti Kraft Cardstock from SU,  Patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, Black cardsotck, Buttercream cardstock from Taylored Expressions
Ink:  Ranger Distress inks antique linen, tea dye, black soot, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Stamps:  Lost and Found Halloween stamp set
Embellishments:  Spellbinders, Curly label punch SU, Martha Stewart bat punch

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Colors

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Here with another challenge for the Papercraft Star.  There are changes going on at the Papercraft Star which you can read about here.  Although there are some changes starting today our challenge is still in full swing.  This week we challenge you to use fall colors in your projects.  Since I've been volunteering at my son's school for their annual Fall Fest, I thought this would be a perfect time to bust out some fall inspired thank you cards for all the wonderful sponsors we had.  This card started out with a shimmery base.  I then matted some fall papers from SU (retired).  I then matted a piece of scrap paper with some Early Espresso and added a leaf cut with using "Wild Card" Cricut cartridge.  I stamped a frame  stamp from Taylored Expression with some Studio G pigment ink and cut it with the coordinating die.  The sentiment was stamped in Early Expresso, and a simple seam binding bow.  Now it is your turn.  What will you make using "fall colors"?  I look forward to seeing everyone's creativity.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Anything Goes

Easy challenge this week over at the Papercraft Star.  That's right it's "Anything Goes"!  Our featured designer Ros has used several images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay in her project.  Be sure to check her out over at her Mickysmom blog, as well as our other fabulous designers.  For my project I used scraps laying on my craft space to put this Halloween card together.  Using papers from Authentique and some stickers from Basic Grey this card came together so quickly.

For fun I tucked in a ticket I made using a stamp set from My Minds Eye Halloween Lost and Found.

These are some postcards I made for a swap I was in over at Your Paper Pantry  These are where the scraps came from.  Patterned papers are from Authentique.  The bingo images flip open so pictures or journaling can be added.

Ok are your creative juices flowing?  Let me see your anything goes!  Just link up your project to the Papercraft Star blog by Monday 6:00 am EST for your chance to win prizes from our sponsor The House Across The Bay.  


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Charmed I'm Sure.

Wednesday I've  been waiting for you all week!  Are you ready for another challenge over at the Papercraft Star?  This week's challenge is to use a heart and/or key in your project.  Our very talented design team has a lovely array of projects to share with you this week.  Our featured designer Sylvia has created a wonderful project using images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay.  For my project I broke out the jewelry tools to make a swivel claps charm.  Using a tutorial from Regan over at Emora Designs I followed her easy to follow directions.  Using jump rings I added beads and charms.  From a bead cap I created a lace tassel and connected it with a head pin.  I just love how this little cutie came out!!!  To photo this new purse accessory.  I made a sweet little tag using patterned papers from My Mind's Eye, "Miss Caroline" collection.  I stamped a key from a Girl's Paperie stamp set, along with other stamps from Tim Holtz.  A little seam binding and some vintage lace finishes off my tag.  I hope you will give this one a try.  For your chance to win some beautiful images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay just link your project by Monday 6:00 a.m EST.  I look forward to seeing what you create!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Star Challenge

Wednesday once again.  Than mean another challenge over at the Papercraft Star.  This week we challenge you to create a project that includes a star.  Easy right?  This week is a special week also as we give a warm welcome to our newest member of out design team.  Deanne is better known as "Three Trees".  Please stop by her blog Three Trees and help welcome her.  For my project I used patterned papers from Authentique to create a file pocket.  The sentiment was taken from the Autintique sticker sheet popped up with pop dots.  I created the rosette using a Tim Holtz die and adhered a scull cameo from Jolee.  The stars were cut using a Taylored Expressions die.  That does it for this project.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with.  Our featured designer this week is Steph and she has a real beautiful card using images from our sponsor The House Across the Bay.  Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for stopping by.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Simply made.

Hello everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your week.  I have to say this week has started out a little bumpy for me but I'm determined to stay positive!  To help you get through this week The Papercraft Star has a challenge for you to spark your creativity.  This week's challenge is to use a birdcage in your project. For my card I used patterned paper from Prima.  This card just came together all on it's own.  I just loved the patterned paper so much I didn't want to cover it up.  I simple cut a strip of coordinating paper and matted it with some Early Espresso and stamped my sentiment.  To highlight the birdcage, I used a glimmer glass piece from Tattered Angles.  I tried to add bits of lace, flowers and buttons, but none of those things added to the card, they just cluttered it up.  So I stopped after adding the pearls to the glimmer glass piece.  I hope you get a chance to play along.  Just enter your projects by 6:00 a.m. EST on Monday for your chance to win some digital images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay.  See how Jan has used these fabulous images over at Chai tea ' n me.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Something girly

Hello my blog friends!  Here with another challenge for the Papercraft Star!  This week our challenge theme is to create something girly!  What a fun theme!  I knew I wanted to alter a a piece I found at a thrift store in my area.  I first prepped this set of mini drawers with gesso paint.  Once it was painted with gesso I then sprayed painted it with heirloom white paint.  Next using images from The House Across The Bay I covered them with images from sheets 233, and 043


Starting with the drawer fronts I opened and image from the Pink Me sheet 233 and sized it to fit the fronts perfectly, and printed it on printer paper.  Using Mod Podge I adhered the image.  The pulls are buttons that I adhered using E600 for a secure hold.  

On the side of the drawers I adhered another image from the Pink Me 233 sheet that was sized in Photo Shop to fit the side.  I then added an image from the Jane Austen Fashion Show 043 sheet which I fussy cut and adhered to on top of the Pink Me image.  I just love how she looks in that dainty dress!  Now talk about girly!!!  

On the opposite side I adhered the same background to the side but this time I choose another image from the Jane Austen Fashion Show 043, which I fussy cut.  The entire sheet is filled with these gorgeous vintage images!  

The top is adorned with a hand made pink satin flower which I added a vintage button to the center.  Some lace and a felt flower were also added along with some pearls and buttons.  

This little project is by far my favorite!  I hope you give this challenge a try!  I'd love to see what you come up with!  Just link your project to our Papercraft Star blog by Monday 6:00 a.m EST for your chance to win some of these amazing images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay.  Be sure to check out what our designers have for you.  The inspiration is amazing on each of your DT's blogs!  

Hugs, Anitra

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School

Yes it's that time of year again.  Kids are back at school and my house is so much quieter!  This week's challenge over at the Papercraft Star theme is ...you guessed it "Back to School"!  For my project I created a vintage inspired postcard.  Using patterned papers from October Afternoon's "Sidewalks" collection I wanted to create a classroom scene.  I adhered an alphabet border on the top matted with coordinating cardstock.  For the chalk board I used a rectangle piece of wood which I sprayed with some chalkboard spray paint.  I then added vintage images and adhered them to the chalkboard.  Wrapping a little seam binding finishes my little postcard.  Since the blackboard is functional, little messages could be written on the board itself.  I hope you get a chance to play along this week for your chance to win some beautiful images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay.  For more inspiration please see what the other talented designers have created.  Ros is our spotlight designer this week and she had created a beautiful collage card jam packed with The House Across The Bay images!  Remember to link you entry by Monday 6:00 am EST.  I'd love to see what you create.  Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge 109

Here today with the Papercraft Star Challenge 109.  This week's challenge is a "summer vacation" theme.  This summer we took the kiddies to the beach for a few days to spend time with their cousins.  They had a wonderful time and we all enjoyed ourselves.  For my card today I used an image I cut from a Graphic 45 sheet.  Although I did not look nearly as fabulous lounged on the beach I did have "fun in the sun" watching my little ones play.   For the color scheme I took inspiration from the image.  Using a Cherry Cobbler card stock as my base I matted a piece of patterned paper which I stitched around.  I then tucked the edge of a spellbinders die behind the image.  I fussy cut some flowers from the coordinating paper in the same This and That line and added some seam binding and bakers twine for my bow.  The sentiment was stamped in baroque burgundy (SU retired).  That does it for my card!  I'd love to see your vacation inspired project!  For more inspiration be sure to check out our spotlight designer Sylvia who is always inspiring, along with our other fabulous members of our design team!  For your chance to win some wonderful images from our sponsor The House Across the Bay just link up your project by Monday 6:00am EST on the Papercraft Star blog.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and get a chance to play along!