Hello Again

Well, hello there!  Not sure if this thing is still on…  test 1, 2, 3….  :)

I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with this space going forward, but for now I want to share with you a couple cards I made over the weekend.  As you may already know, Paper Crafts (& Scrapbooking) magazine is holding their annual Gallery Idol contest and I decided at the last minute I would give it a try.

I don’t really paper craft much these days, but washi tape has always been something I didn’t really “get” how to use.  I’m sure this sounds ridiculous, but I’ve never been comfortable using it, so I just don’t.  So now that you know this about me, you can see why this was a bit of challenge for me, personally.  :)

My first card was completely inspired by Amy Tsuruta’s JAWS card (check it out here!)  I loved the idea of making a movie inspired card, since I had zero ideas going into this challenge.  I turned to IMDB and found the Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (The Ultimate List).  Movie #97 (Rear Window) is what sparked my idea for this card.  The eyes/nose are from a Paper Smooches santa and I drew the fingers using a simple ball point pen.  The blinds are made from washi tape, as is the handle on the “pull”.

Miss You Card by Ryann Salamon

My second card uses washi tape in the form of feathers.  The dreamcatcher was made using an egg stamp and embroidery thread.  I used a circle die as a guide to poke holes into cardstock before stitching the thread.  I used a clear Sakura pen to outline each of the dreamcatcher spokes, so it shimmers when it catches the light.  Each feather was made using a long piece of washi tape fold in half, then trimmed into a feather-ish shape.  I mounted the white panel against a pretty blue card base that matches the color of the dreamcatcher.

Dreamcatcher Wishes by Ryann Salamon


Supplies Used
Miss You Window card:
Stamps: eyes, nose (Santa Paws – Paper Smooches); sentiment (Handwritten Notes – Avery Elle)
Cardstock: white (Neenah); red (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: blackboard (Hero Arts)
Washi: Etsy
Other: brown thread; black ballpoint pen (fingers); hemp twine (Hero Arts)
Dreamcatcher Wishes card:
Stamps: egg (Eggs4Easter – The Stamps of Life); sentiment (Storybook – Avery Elle)
Cardstock: white (Neenah); blue (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: pacific point (stampin up)
Washi: red/green (Scotch); yellow (American Crafts)
Thread: blue (DMC)
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Inspired By Music

Hey there!  You probably weren’t expecting me here so soon after my last post.  It just so happens I have a new project to share with you today.  :)

In the fall of 2009, I was on the Splitcoaststampers CAS (clear and simple) challenge design team.  A few weeks ago I was invited to come back and participate in their All-Star Holiday season.  The theme of this week’s challenge (CAS247) is Inspired By Music.

I really gave some thought to this theme and what music means to me.  I grew up listening to music and still do – every single day.  I’m fortunate to live in a big city that has LOTS of live music options.  In fact, I just got home from a concert tonight!  Anyone remember Vanessa Carlton?  She plays a mean piano and was quite excellent!  :)

My card is an ode to living in a big city and having the opportunity to experience kick ass live music daily.  Tonight was concert #233 and most of them were living here.   Yes, I really count them – I’m a dork like that!  Excel is my friend.  :)


Stamps:  Fresh Squeezed Stamps (On Trend 2013)
Cardstock:  110 lb. white
Patterned Paper:  American Crafts / Amy Tan (Yes, Please)
Ink:  Memento (Gray Flannel)
Accessories:  chipboard star (Martha Stewart); sequins; ticket; silver foil sunburst
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Moxie Fab Thanks


Hello and welcome to this stop on the Moxie Fab Thanks blog hop being held in honor of Cath Edvalson.  If you’ve come to my blog from Laura Bassen‘s blog – you’re in the right place! If you’re visiting me first then you will want to start from the beginning at the Moxie Fab World blog. 

Cath inspired me daily, both directly and indirectly, so it’s hard to imagine a Moxie Fab World without her.  She has a magical way with words and always seems to say the right thing; her announcement last week is no exception.

I wanted to make a card that very simply conveyed all the things I wanted to say to her. With the help of some Fresh Squeezed Stamps sentiments, I was able to.   :)


So while I am SAD Cath is no longer the eyes, ears and mouth of the Moxie Fab World, I am also HAPPY that she has a world full of possibilities for this next chapter of her life. I’m also happy there is something like Facebook where we can easily keep in touch! (/waves to Cath)

Cath, you’ll ALWAYS be Moxie Fab!  Cheers to you!!  :)


Next up in the Moxie Fab Thanks blog hop is Clare Buswell.  You can also find the entire blog hop list HERE!



A shout out to Keren Baker, Virginia Lu, Taheerah Atchia, Kryssi Ng and everyone else who made this blog hop possible!  :)

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World Card Making Day 2013


Happy World Card Making Day!  Do you have any fun card making parties to attend? Summer is supposed to make a come-back this weekend, so I’m bracing myself for weather up in the 90s (and we have NO air conditioning at my house – eek!).  So the plans I had today are no more.  But that’s okay, because now I can share it with you!  :)

I will be blog hopping with all of YOU today!  My plan is to craft all day Saturday (and hopefully keep COOL)!  If I can, I’ll upload pictures of the cards I make throughout the day.  I’m a slow crafter, so it may only be a couple of cards.  But I promise I will be making cards all day, hopefully you will too!!  :)


(Sorry for the bad photo!)  I thought it would be nice to create a card to express how grateful I am to have met so many wonderful people around the world in our little (but kind of big!) community.  Happy World Card Making Day, friends!  :)

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An Update…

Ever since Fresh Squeezed Stamps opened up in October, I’ve neglected my poor little blog!  I’m not sure why I felt the need to do a post here today, but here I am!  :)

I’m getting ready for a weekend full of spring cleaning (boo!).  My mom is coming for a week long visit at the end of next week, so it’s time to get the house in order – right?  The hubby and I rearranged whole rooms of our house a couple months ago and we’re *still* not done with all the finishing touches.  The walls in my office/craft room are blank and I am in need of some organization on my hanging wall shelves.

ImageBecause I’m one of those people who doesn’t like a picture-less post, I have a card to share!  This is a reject from the most recent Gallery Idol open audition round from Paper Crafts magazine.  I could have stamped the yellow/pink/green lines straighter – they are really crooked!  I was in a hurry, trying to beat the deadline, so there you have it!  :)

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Winter Wonderland

I have a card to share today (wow!) that is also posted on the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog today.  This card was made using the Winter Wonderland stamp set, which will be available in the FSS online store tomorrow!


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend! :)

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SUPER Exciting NEWS!!!

Hello!  Hello!  :)  So you may have noticed my blog has been quiet as of late.  I’ve been hard at work on a new adventure that officially starts tomorrow!  My friend Shannon Fralish and I have teamed up to bring you Fresh Squeezed Stamps – a new photopolymer clear stamp company!  Eeek!!!  :)))


Our first release begins tomorrow, so be sure to head over to the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog for sneaks of our new stamps, giveaways and tons of inspiration from an all-star cast of guest designers!!  :)

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