Friday, August 31, 2012

Pin & Tack Design Team Call

(This is a sticky post and will stay at the top until design team members are picked.)

If you love to create and share your creations, I invite you to join my design team for a monthly inspiration challenge. It will always be anything goes, so you can create whatever you want! All skill levels welcome and no previous DT experience required.

It's going to be just for fun and super easy, but, of course, there are a few requirements:

- Must have an active blog, which means you post at least once a week.
- Create one project a month. This project must be new and never published.
- Post about this challenge twice a month: one for your project and one as a midway reminder.
- Commit to the team for 4 months. Term will run from September 1st to December 31st.

At the end of the term, DT members will be entered into a random draw to win a goody bag from the Pin & Tack shop. To be eligible, DT member must be 18 years or older, have submitted four projects and created eight posts about the feature.

If you would like to join the design team, please send me an email to with your name and blog address. The DT call will end on August 31st (or sooner.)

Lady Anne's Paper Crafts: Friday Sentiments - Encouraging & Corners

This is my first creation as design team member for Lady Anne's Paper Crafts, a Ning group that offers challenges in a variety of themes for every day of the week. Everyone is welcome to join us and play, so head on over for inspiration & crafting fun!

I'm a part of the Friday Sentiments Team, so every creation will have a sentiment along with a "twist." The twist for this week is corners while the sentiment is encouranging.

I made the photo corners by using an easy corner bookmark tutorial, then jazzed them up with flowers, ribbons & star buttons (which I removed the shanks from, so they would lay flat.)

This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I really tried to make this card "masculine." However, my feminine side definitely won out! I just couldn't resist adding flowers, bling & ribbons.

The corner detail is actually a corner bookmark that can easily be removed. (See photo below.)

It's a wonderful way to give a little gift with your card and add extra detail to it.
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.

Enjoy Fresh Air

Another addition of using those green paper scraps along with stickers that I've had for, well, uh, a very long time.
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Alchemy Challenge #29: Random Word Inspiration

At Tuesday Alchemy, we have a new challenge that will be played once a month now. It's Random Word Inspiration!

Three words are randomly picked from a word generator, then you can use one, two or all three words to inspire your project.

The words for this week are bee, guitar & lunch. Can you guess which one I chose? Ha!

Once again, we have lots of sponsors, so there are more chances to win by sharing with us!

Robyn's Fetish joins us again this month, offering up 5 digital stamps. To see their images in use, definitely check out Tuesday Alchemy's design team creations on the blog.

I am excited to have Birdie Brown join us this week by providing 3 digital stamps to one lucky crafter. The little bee image on my creation was courtesy of Birdie Brown. Isn't it super cute?

This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.
See below for links, so you can share, too!

{PIN}spirational Challenge #22: Photo Inspiration - Mermaid

Join us at {PIN}spirational Challenges for lovely, whimsical fun! Every week a new photo from Pinterest is used for inspiration. This week is this adorable little mermaid. Although, the photo appears quite simple and to the point, there are lots of different ways you can go about it.

What do you see that inspires you? Whatever it is, I'd love for you to share it with us at {PIN}spirational Challenges!

Our sponsor is Michelle Perkett, who was very generous to provide the digital stamp that I used in this creation.

Her mermaid is gorgeous, whimsical & just wonderful to work with!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Have Fun & Create

For this card, I decided to use write my own sentiment - Well, at least half of it. Mostly because I didn't want to search for the letters in my mess of alphabet stickers.

You see a lot of handwritten text on scrapbook pages, but rarely on cards. What's up with that? I definitely creates a more personalized project.

Do you ever write your sentiments? Or do you stick with crafting tools & embellishments?

I'd also like to give a shout out to Robyn's Fetish, who generously supplied me with the crayon box digi. They will be our sponsor for an upcoming challenge at Crafty Creations.
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.


I am on a mission. What mission is that? Well, it's a mission that every crafter is continuously on: Using up your stash!

I grabbed papers from my green scraps drawer & this is what I cam up with. Masculine cards are always difficult for me, but using green & natural twine made this card easy peasy for me.

What have you made with your scraps lately?
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.
See below for links, so you can share, too!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Splish Splash Summer Fun

Happy Friday, everyone!

The temperature in Oregon has finally cooled down, so you know what that means?

Yard work . . lots and lots of yard work.

We've let our yard go since it was too hot to be outside - not mention that there was SO much smoke from fires nearby that it wasn't healthy to breath the air.

This weekend will be spent pulling weeds, cutting down plants & mowing the grass. Of course, after that is done, I will be crafting away.

What are your plans?
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sunshine Mermaid

At Tuesday Alchemy this week, we are excited to have our newest sponsor, Jesseas Designs. I was lucky enough to be able to use one of her digis. This delightful mermaid will be given along with a $10 Gift Certificate to a participant in our challenge.

I am using lots of yellow this week, so don't be surprised if you see more creations in these sunny colors!
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.
See below for details, so you can share, too!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Heartfelt Wishes

This sexy lady is courtesy of Sassy Design Studios, who is the sponsor at Tuesday Alchemy this week.

If you'd like a chance to win your own digital stamps from Sassy Design Studios, join in the challenge.

It's all about learning with joy AND there is a blog hop for an extra way to win a prize!
This card features a handmade bookmark, which actually makes up most of the embellishments & design of it.

It's a great way to give a gift inside of a card! I was inspired by a challenge that wanted you to include a surprise in your card.
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs. See below for links, so you can join in the fun and share your own creation!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

{PIN}spirational Challenge #21: Photo Inspiration - School

It's time to go back to school, so what better way to celebrate learning by creating!

Join us at {PIN}spirational Challenges for our newest challenge inspired by a photo from Pinterest. (Visit the blog to see it!)

Our sponsor is Shelly's Images, who was kind enough to provide me with this smart bear digital stamp.
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.
See below for details, so you can share, too!

Tuesday Alchemy #28: Learn With Joy Blog Hop And Challenge

This week at Tuesday Alchemy, we are inspired by this fabulous photo to create any craft that creates joy in learning.

There are three wonderful sponsors AND a blog hop, so it's going to be a week of fun! You are invited to join us by hopping or creating something to share with us.

{ Tuesday Alchemy Sponsors }

Sassy Studio Designs
Jesseas Designs

{ Learn With Joy Blog Hop }

To play with us, visit each of the DT's blogs and leave a comment. One DT will be randomly picked to choose a commenter from her blog to win the prize. There more blogs you comment on, the better your chances of winning!

Corrinne - You Are Here
Tuesday Alchemy - Your Next Stop

This bookmark is oversized and super cute! It's a fabulous way to hold your place in a book.
Join us at Tuesday Alchemy, then share another creation with these wonderful blogs.
I submitted this creation with them as I'm just so addicted to challenges!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Thank You

Thank you to all of my wonderful customers of Pin & Tack!

Without you, I wouldn't be able to continue to create and share those creations around the world.

I appreciate you all very, very much!

(Digital Stamp courtesy of Whoopsi Daisy.)
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.
See below for details, so you can share, too!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

O Is For Orange

Peachy-orange -- feels like spring!

Oh, the beauty of orange!
With such a range of shades, it's definitely a favorite color of mine.
Do you enjoy orange? If not, what color do you like?


Hello, everyone!

I am still looking for artists and crafters to join my design team for an inspiration challenge. If you love to craft, I welcome you to apply.

It's a monthly challenge, so you will only have to create one project a month. Easy, right?

If you can't commit to a full term of 4 months, I am also welcoming guest designers.

For all of the details, please click here.
This tag was submitted to these challenge blogs.

Friday, August 17, 2012

M Is For Mini

Making Mini Scrapbooks!

Have you made a mini scrapbook album lately?
Whether or not you have, here is plenty of inspiration for you!

If you'd like to find out more details, click on the photo & see it's details for each individual album.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

D Is For Dogs

Wag the Dog
I am quite grateful that we don't greet each other this way!
A handshake, hug or simple "Hello" suits me just fine :)

So Sweet

Good morning, everyone!

It has been SO hot here and smoky.
They keep warning everyone to avoid going outdoors,
especially if you have any kind of lung issue.

Yesterday, the smoke was so thick that you couldn't see the sun, but it was still over 100-degrees!

I'm starting to look forward to the seasons changing.
I want mild weather! 
And it is so pretty when the leaves start to change.

This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.
See below for details, so you can share, too!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

B Is For Beer AND Bike

When I saw this photo, I just had to share it!
Could you have ever imagined this? A bike with a keg - Yowzer!
Loaded for Beer!

Album Swap: Spoiler Alert For Lady Anne

I am a part of a fabulous Ning group called Lady Anne's Paper Crafts. It's a fun place to join in challenges along with swaps.

This album was created just for Lady Anne for an album swap. In return, she is sending me an album that she created, which I will share with you when I receive it (of course.)

It's my very first swap of any kind. I'm super excited!

I have SO much purple that I decided this album would feature that royal color. The pages have places where Lady Anne can add her own photos. It can be tied closed with grosgrain ribbon.

Also, if she wants to add more pages, she can do so quite easily.
This album was submitted to these challenges. See below for details, so you can share, too!

Let's Party!

As I previously mentioned, I was the winner at Sassy Studio Designs. I picked two of their super sassy digis. This is the second one.

If you'd like to see my other choice, definitely take a little trip to here.
This card was submitted to these challenge blogs.
See below for details, so you can share, too!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

H Is For High Heels

Love, love, LOVE the shoes, ladies!

shoes, shoes, shoes

Tuesday Alchemy Challenge #27: Color Recipe

Join me at Tuesday Alchemy with your pretty creations using sea green, pink & brown.
These colors look quite lovely together and I know that you can come up with something fabulous!

We are lucky enough to have THREE sponsors!
You know what that means? Yep, THREE prizes.

Di's Digi Downloads

LEJ Designs 
(See Tuesday Alchemy for crafts using their images.)


{PIN}spirational Challenge #20: Photo Inspiration - Apples

I know that it's too hot to think of hot apple cider, but the time will arrive soon!

You can get a jump start on Fall by being inspired to create something apple for {PIN}spirational Challenges!

Our sponsor is The Cutting Cafe, who offers wonderful cutting files & printable stamps.

I created a little apple magnet. It's covered in a page from an old, well-loved book, inked in red, then embellished with burlap, ribbon & button.

It's super cute and wouldn't it make a perfect teacher's gift?

This creation was submitted to these challenge blogs. See below for details.