You never, never know where you’ll find your inspiration.  What was supposed to be a quick trip to the hardware store to match a color of paint turned into  an hour or so of me up and down the paint aisle, mesmerized by color.  I came across tons of paint chips – even cool ones with windows.  Yeah, I’ve collected and played with them before, but I’m always on the look out for big ones with the writing on the side and when I see multicolored ones I often snag them for my palette folder. 

I used this color chip and palette in the card below.  Lucky for me the printing on the chip is easy to hide.  The outcome was a quick card using a piece of art that I had colored some time ago – once I found a place for it on the card, everything else fell into place.  


tamps : Stampendous, MSE Alphabet
Ribbon: Michaels $1 Bin
Paper: Colormates Ink: Black Brilliance, VersaMagic - Aegean Blue
Accessories: Paint chip - Lowes Valspar Paint, Prismacolor Pencils and OMS
  • nancy bMarch 3, 2008 - 8:18 am

    Oh my goodness. I have heard so many ladies talking about the paint chips. Guess I am off to the paint store! This quick card (as you called it) is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideMarch 4, 2008 - 2:58 pm

    well that is too cute i have never seen the big chips, shows how much I get out

  • MarvMarch 14, 2008 - 7:09 pm

    I have a challenge for you.
    Next time you go to Home Depot go to the Disney paint and make a card from their paint chips. I know it will be wondrful.ReplyCancel

  • SmilynStefApril 7, 2008 - 9:11 pm
  • BaukjeAugust 4, 2009 - 12:40 am

    Becca, this is beautiful as is all your work. I have also used paint chips on my cards. I read somewhere not long ago on another blog, that a plastic eraser will remove the writing on the paint chips, but it does leave it slightly scuffed.


Sunflower Card

I was lucky enough to find one of the new Cuttlebug embossing plates, so I made use of it in a new card.  It’s a pretty straight forward design and I used my Nestabilities rectangle  and cut it off short and recut the top end to make a skinny scalloped rectangle.  I believe that Spellbinders is releasing a similar shape but in the meantime, if you already have the rectangle or the square, you can finagle this shape.  I finally broke out the Bazzill Bling for this card, (yes, I was hoarding it, but I’m beyond that now) it has an absolutely delicious shimmer.   

Stamp: Stampendous
Ink: Black Brilliance
Ribbon: Michaels
Paper: Bazzill Bling
Other: Copics, Prismacolor Pencil, Making Memories Brads, Cuttlebug Embossing Plate

You live this day but once...make it amazing!


  • Kay McBrideFebruary 29, 2008 - 7:25 pm

    pretty card. I see u have already used that new cuttlebug emb. folder. keep them coming.ReplyCancel

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  • Darlene LFebruary 29, 2008 - 10:18 pm

    I just found your blog from Stampin When I Can. I love your site, cards and you blog name. I’ll be back to visit often. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your art and heart with us readers. DarleneReplyCancel

This card came about after several others I tried just didn’t seem to fly .  We always go back to the things we love and that give us comfort.  I guess it is no coincidence that I have a full drawer of pink ribbon and and a quarter of a drawer of every other color – likewise with my paper stash.  Okay, I give – even though the style is not my usual balance – the asymmetrical circle works for me and of course the pink made me feel right at home.  The images are a Close to My Heart Set called Free Spirit, you can check out others here with Nancy, a sweet, sweet friend of mine.

I cut the circle with a coluzzle and smudged the edges with SU Close to Cocoa and stamped the CTMH sentiment.  The Free Spirit , swirl and the cut out bird from the same set was stamped with Pixie Pink.  The paisley, striped flower and green dotted paper is from Making Memories and is smudged with Close to Cocoa and sewn with my Sew-Mini (first use – yay!).  Topped off with a Paper Studio flower and brad, and a Quickutz tag, the last addition is three of my favorite Dew Drops.

The two different patterns makes this my submission for Splitcoast Stampers Technique Lovers Challenge TLC-157 I’m All Mixed Up where the challenge was to use two or more different patterns on one card!  Thanks so much for looking.


You live this day but once….make it amazing!



  • MicheleFebruary 28, 2008 - 10:21 pm

    I absolutely love this card! I love the quotes on your blog too!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Austin (Willow01)February 29, 2008 - 12:03 am

    This is wonderful! I totally love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideFebruary 29, 2008 - 7:23 pm

    love the card, love it love it, gotta know where can i find some dew drops? ive seen them on lots of cards and i gotta just gotta have some.ReplyCancel

  • NardiMarch 2, 2008 - 9:03 am

    THis is such a sweet card. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • BethMarch 21, 2008 - 9:05 pm

    Love it!! I appreciate the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • JeannieMay 16, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    I’m going back through your blog to take a look at all your great work. I just have to say again your designs are just so ‘complete’. What I mean by that is you know exactly how to make every inch of the card visually interesting. You have a good sense of composition and color choice. Thanks for sharing your amazing creations :)ReplyCancel