World Card Making Day 2012 Winner Blog Hop!

WCMD-13_Blog-Hop-BannerI’m so excited to join the winners of the 2012 World Card Making Day Contest! I can’t believe it’s been a year already since World Card Making Day…and I’m so flattered to be sharing another card in the “Thank You” category. I had a blast making this card featuring some of my favorite stamps and dies:


Here is a closer look at some of the details. I love how the little white pearls and lace create such an elegant effect. I would classify this card as “shabby chic” for sure!


Supplies: Stamps, Dies, & Card Stock by WPlus9 / Ink by Stampin’ Up

And here is my original card from last year:


As for “advice” on submitting…just be yourself! And have fun! And pay attention to the details. I love how the washi tape on this card mimics a real jar of jelly 🙂

Now on to your next stop on the blog hop!

A beautiful card by the super talented Laura Bassen

So much fun! Thank you for stopping by! If you want to see more about the blog hop, be sure to stop by the Papercrafts blog.

And here is a list of all the fabulous ladies playing along:

  1. Agata Pfister
  2. Amber Kroening
  3. Angeline Yong Jeet Leen
  4. Ashley Marcu
  5. Carolynn Wilson
  6. Chunyuan Wu
  7. Emily Leiphart
  8. Heather Hoffman
  9. Jamie Greene
  10. Jocelyn Olson
  11. Kerrianne Bowen
  12. Laura Bassen
  13. Leigh Penner
  14. Lorena Cantó Lavería
  15. Mercedes Weber
  16. Mignon Jessica Bear
  17. Pamela Ho
  18. Sarah J. Moerman
  19. Stasia Sloma
  20. Tarynne Wise

10 Min Craft Dash & WPlus9

Well it’s officially May. Can you believe it?!? I know I can’t. This year is seriously flying by.

Today I am super excited to share that WPlus9 is sponsoring the latest 10 min Craft Dash over at Pretty Pink Posh! Not only do you get to play along with these gorgeous colors from Paulina:


But you also have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to WPlu9! Woop Woop!


Here is my take on the challenge:


I have to admit…this was my second attempt at the challenge. The first one was just not cutting it. I think the “practice card” was worth it though because I love the way this card bloomed into a finished piece. And I was almost under a whole minute this time! That 10 minutes is tough!


With a kraft base I used a strip of patterned card stock and stamped the beautiful flowers from Blanket Stitched Blooms in alternating pink & aqua and adhered it to the base. I then used a kraft tag I had in my stash to stamp the sentiment and tied it on with some twine. To finish it off two crochet flowers and a pearl to boot.

Hope you have chance to play along! And be sure to stop by Dawn’s & Paulina’s blogs to learn more!

stamps & card stock – WPlus9 / ink – Stampin’ Up & Papertrey Ink / patterned paper – Basic Grey

Beachy Thank You

I created this card for a family member who sent us a gorgeous “Key West” inspired wedding gift. What do you think?



I needed at least three “Thank You’s” since it was such a heartfelt gift 🙂 I love the color combo inspired by Just Us Girls Photo Inspiration. Beachy, yet still chic.

And I just can’t get enough of aqua lately…baby’s room color perhaps?? Hope you are having a fabulous week! Ours is jam packed and hectic but we finally get to move to a larger home…so let the “nesting” begin!

CARDS Blog Challenge: FEB 2013

How exciting! WPlus9 is sponsoring this month’s CARDS Blog Challenge! Here is the fun sketch we used:

And here is my card featuring the new Embroidered Bouquet Stamp Set and the awesome WPlus9 White Pigment Ink:photo

Make sure you get all the details and play along over at the Create Blog. And don’t forget to check out how the other ladies of the WPlus9 Design Team rocked this challenge as well:

Elise Durenberger
Jean Martin
Jinny Newlin
Lea Lawson
Savitri Wilder

Paper: Stampin’ Up / Bow: Recollections / All other supplies WPlus9

Just my Type

Here is a fun little card with a fabulous sentiment and a cute little typewriter. I made it as a thank you card for a friend that’s wonderful writer! We get to collaborate quite often at work…and even come up with fun book titles we plan to write one day 🙂


This card is an entry for:

Just Add Ink #150

JUGS #173

All this card took was a mismatch of pieces from a scrapbook kit, some pearls, and of course the super cute sentiment from WPlus9’s “Quite Like You” stamp set.

Circus Fun

I have to admit. I think I’ve lost some of my crafty “mojo” the last couple of weeks. There has been SO much going on in my life lately, along with some physical things as well, it truly has been hard to find my creative spirit. I thought after the wedding I would get a nice little “break” and slowly get back to reality. Unfortunately, that was a dream. Life had different plans!

I thought I had lost all hope till I came across these fun patterned papers from my stash (Stampin’ Up!). It’s amazing how products can be so inspiring. I think that’s going to be my resolution for 2013 in my card making world. Work with products that don’t make it work! If I had all the time in the world I would love to create my own details, but unfortunately I don’t right now (and probably won’t ever!). I hope to find many more products to “inspire” me and keep me going on this crazy road ahead!


I knew I wanted to play along with Retro Sketches Challenge #46 .

The sketch is just so fun!

And I just love the how the bright turquoise base makes the sentiment stand out so well. I drew my colors from the papers and the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger. (doesn’t that bed look so cozy!)

What are your “go-to” products when you are having a creative rut? Hope you are having a great week!

10 Min Craft Dash #10

WPlus9 is super excited to sponsor Paulina’s 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge #10


The colors this week are gorgeous, so it was so fun to wrap up a little Valentines Card in the short 10 minute challenge.


I started by creating a fun border with the XO stamp from Love You More and some light pink ink. Then wrapped the whole card with a giant piece of green ribbon as the focal piece.

Some pink and white baker’s twine to hang a pewter little embellishment with the romantic “head over heels” sentiment.

Then I finished off the card with the “my valentine” stamp and a little bling.

Make sure you check out all the fun over at Pretty Pink Posh & WPlus9!

Little Bluebird

Here is a fun little bluebird chirping a thank you just for you!


This card was created using all kinds of fun stickers. I just love blue birds. So serene and beautiful. I made this card for my mother to thank her for all of her amazing help during the wedding. She truly was incredible. Here is a pic of her helping me get ready:


This card is an entry for Runway Inspired Challenge #27:


It’s a lovely time of year…love and romance just around the corner. Valentine’s Day…and all the fun that Spring brings with new beginnings. Here is a sweet little card I made for our wedding coordinator at the venue:


I really love how this card turned out. Simple cream card stock and pink and aqua hues really pop on the card. And that sentiment I just love from WPlus9’s Quite Like You.

This card is an entry for:


With Love

Well I am officially Mrs. Bowen!! Everything was PERFECT! I seriously can’t believe how wonderful everything was. Truly the happiest day of my life. I feel so blessed to have been surrounded by so many amazing friends & family. Pictures to come…can’t wait to see them!

I wish I had time to hand make Thank You cards for everyone…but that would take till next year 🙂 So for some of the amazing people who did so much for our big day I’ve been working on just a couple.


This card is an entry for Runway Inspired Challenge #25

This picture totally cracks me up. The outfit would actually be super cute if it weren’t for the flippers! Oh Betsey Johnson…too funny!

This card was created using some goodies from Echo Park and some vintage lace. Hope you are having a wonderful week! Happy 12/12/12!