Friday, February 12, 2016

All Together Valentine

I rarely give my parents a Valentine card...but this year I made the effort.

(stamp: Stampendous Cling Heart Stack  die: My Favorite Things Horizontal Stitched Strips  other:American Crafts Maggie Holmes Confetti,Teresa Collins Something Wonderful)

 My parents are always encouraging "togetherness"~they invest their money, time and energy in ensuring that we gather as much as we can.

I don't live near my family~so they sent family to me for the New Year's break.

I love them for that and so much more. ;)

Have a blessed Friday~

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thinking of You

Every time I hear a song on the radio~I think of a lady at my church who sang it for us.

It was the first time I heard  "My Story".

I cried.

I not only cried,

I cried those hot tears, you know what I'm talking about?

The tears that are just as surprised as you that "this is happening people" and they haven't had time to cool down before shooting out of your eyes.

The song still moves me.

 Every. Single. Rendition.

I just wanted to send a simple card.

(stamps:My Favorite Things Pretty Poppies/Flowers  dies:My Favorite Things Cross-Stitch Oval STAX/Sentiment Strips, Avery Elle Dotted ELLE-ments)

I used this sketch.

I wasn't up to coloring today, so I inked a poppy flower and layered it over the B&W one.

Simple, simple~just a note.

Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping in. ;)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Sometimes I stack images~

pretty random images.

(stamps: Papertrey Ink Songbirds/Meadow Greens/The Sweet Life/City Scene & coordinating dies)


When I do, I'm channeling my inner Melissa who stacks all things pretty~like this creation...

Her use of florals zigzagged amongst a bough or two is pure melody.

Of course, I had to add my own quirky marlena...cuz, it's me, marlena.

Hence, the building thrown in there~just for kicks. ;)

Thanks for stopping in~


Monday, February 8, 2016

Rose Collage

I love love stories.

Inspired by love,

I had a mini idea that became a card.

I have this humongous rose that I wanted to "fill" with multiple images.

Many swoonworthy stories are a mish mash of "stuff"...represented by my collage-style rose.


I was inspired to get this card done by setting my timer for 5 minutes and grabbing the materials I envisioned.

 (stamps: Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers Roses/Winter Woods/Grunge Me/Background Basics Text Style  dies: Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers Roses, My Favorite Things Cross-Stitch Oval Stax/Sentiment Strips  paper:Teresa Collins Something Wonderful, Hampton Art Playlist  inks:Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz/Hawaiian Shores/New Leaf, Memento Tangelo,Versafine Onyx)

With this idea swimming in my head...I thought of fill images for the rose (Grunge Me being a definite) and backdrop dies to frame around it.

I enjoyed the process~sometimes pressure brings completion.

Now my card is ready to celebrate a love story.

Thanks for stopping by~

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Day Two Dress Up

Creating cards has improved my wardrobe.

Yes, you heard me right.


I used to buy clothes that were "art" and walk around in them.


Um, I'm not cute enough to pull off every design~ HA!

Now, if I really like something (usually a top) but know it would look HORRID on me...

I construct a card based on it.

Papertrey is hosting a challenge (Day 2) which is to create a card inspired by a piece of clothing.

Here is my card~

(stamps: Papertrey Ink Winter Woods/The Sweet Life  die: My Favorite Things Cross-Stitch Oval STAX)

I misted water on each colorful image before stamping it on paper, to get that "mottled look" of my top which inspired me~

Yes, I said "my".

Maybe this wasn't a good example...hahahaha...

No matter~

it's pretty colorful, yes, but I love the cut soooo,

it's kay. ;)

 Ooooh, so fun, I bet you have awesome outfits.

Esp if you don't wear a card that gets to show off.

I've shared this before...but here is a pic my daughter drew for me years cracks me up!!

 That's my card strutting down the runway~with me peeking through the curtains all proudlike.

My creative kids man~I love the way they think. ;)

 Thanks for stopping in~

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Day One Colors

Ooooh, there is stampy fun going on at Papertrey Ink...have you seen???

Check it out.

Here is my creation for the Day One Challenge.

 (stamps: Papertrey Ink Background Basics Super Stripes/You're a Gem/SAF 2014 1980's Kit hearts)

 My daughter's doodling inspired this card. ;)

I used Heather Nichols' colors:
(although you may not see a difference between the red and pink~they're both there~on either side of the Chocolate line)

There's lots of time 
and tons of color schemes to choose from.

Go get some stamping therapy in! ;)

Thanks for stopping by~