Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thank You Sign

My husband calls me gadget girl.

I am fascinated by things that move; toys that are neato and multipurpose items.

I had to pray when we test drove a van years ago, because I was visibly "sold" at 14 cup holders and removable seats that drop into the floor.

I'm just not strong enough to resist cool stuff (unless it's beyond our budget, of course). ;)

However, I love when I can make gadgety crafts.

This isn't mind-blowing or anything, but I think it's sorta gadgety.

See the wittle sign????

That's it, just thought it was fun. ;)

It DOES weigh the card forward a bit, so I slapped a magnet on the back to balance it.

I was motivated to color with pencils by
challenge and tutorial by Jennifer.

Inspiration also by


Thank you for stopping by. ;)

Papertrey Ink All Booked Up, Papertrey Communique Curves Sentiments,Prismacolor Pencils, baby oil to blend,Spellbinders Label Eleven,Spellbinders Scalloped Circles,Basic Grey Lauderdale DP,Mini craft stick,Cuttlebug folder,Magnet strip

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A True Friend

God had blessed me with true friends over the years.

~*Edited* with this first photo...I realized the embossing on the white was invisible in the following picture~

I was inspired by:

Thank you for stopping in. ;)

JustRite Simple Blessings, Sizzix Flower Parts, Sizzix Texture Plate, Kid's Jewelry Braiding Cord,Staz On ink

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Less Is More Modern Christmas

This Christmas card was so much fun.

The fold is squared and the back of the card is smaller than the front.


I love creating with black and white.


Thank you for stopping by. ;)

My Mind's Eye I Believe, Versamark ink, black embossing powder, Spellbinders Classic circles

Sweet Stop Sketch, Throwdown Colors and a Christmas Bear


is what I think when I stamp this bear.

Isn't he just the sweetest?

Thank you for peeking in today. ;)


Lili of the Valley James Bear, JustRite Curlz, Quickutz snowflake,Spellbinders Label Eleven,Kid's Jewelry Braiding Cord, Staz On ink, Memento ink,Copics, Uni-ball pen,Sizzix embossing folder,Ellison Tim Holtz Rays embossing folder,Papertrey Ink eyelet lace border die

Square Sketch Challenge

Today I have a simple Christmas card to share.

This was my very first quality Christmas stamp.

I remember it being the most beautiful Christmas tree image I had ever seen.

How could I resist all those swirly lines?????

I was inspired by the

There's still time to participate!

Thank you for visiting today. ;)

Hero Arts tree, JustRite Simple Blessings sentiment, Versamark ink,copper embossing powder,Brilliance copper ink,Pebbles pearlescent chalks,Want2Scrap rhinestones,Corrugator,Uni-ball white pen,Martha Stewart Fringe scissors

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Shabby Chic

Talk about trying on new shoes.

This is my attempt at Shabby Chic.

Be sweet and kind, ok? ;)

I was TERRIFIED....but took a deep breath and dove right in.

I DID enjoy the sanding and sponging...that was fun.

I think I found the right sanding technique that didn't RIP the paper apart.

I also got to bring out my pretty dies.

These challenges helped me take the shabby plunge:

Speedy the Cat's-Use Lace

Thanks for being sweet and stopping by. ;)

JustRite Thinking of You, JustRite You're So Sweet,Martha Stewart ink, Spellbinders Label Four, Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant die, Tim Holtz Distress ink tea dye,S.E.I. Dill Blossom DP,Martha Stewart Border punch,Copic and Zig Writer

Friday, August 26, 2011

Embellish Colors and a Sticker

I finally got my card done for Embellish's Embossed Flowers Colors Trends Challenge.

I "drew" stems for the flowers with a Memento ink pad...

it's layered under the sticker netting, so it's muted.

I found the sentiment frame in my stash.

Here is Embellish's inspirational picture.

Since I used a background sticker, I'm submitting it to 


Thank you for stopping by. ;)

Papertrey Ink Communique Curves Sentiment, Sizzix Sizzlet flower, Memento Ink

Jolly Friends

I'm using neglected items from my stash, aren't you proud?

I've had this sentiment sticker forever (and someone else had it before me).

That's one neglected sticker.

I've also had these papers for a few years and they were secondhand.

For the flower, I punched two 2" circles; cut around them with fringe scissors; embossed them with Ultra thick embossing enamel; and slit them to the center.  
Then I created a "center" for my flower with embroidery floss.

The background was inked with Versamark and white embossed.

Oh, and I unwound some circular office clips to create a bit of greenery.

Here are the inspiring challenges today:

~JAI 82 is encouraging you to use up your stash.

Thankyou for stopping in. ;)

Hero Arts/Basic Grey Lauderdale Floral stamp, Versamark ink, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel,Kid's Jewelry Friendship Thread, misc. sticker, Martha Stewart fringe Scissors

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Sweet Thank You With JAI Colors

I could always use a Thank You card.

There are just so many sweet people in my life that God has blessed me with.

Thank you for looking. ;)

JustRite A Day in the Country, Papertrey Communique Curves Sentiments, Copic Markers, Memento Ink, Want2Scrap bling, Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles, Kid's Jewelry Braiding Cord

Make It Monday Freestyle Copic

I worked on this simultaneously with the previous post. 

You know how that goes....take a step back and do something else or you'll lose it. ;)

I stamped this panel and really liked it framed in this tropical paper.

I didn't want to lose it in my stash of "almost".

I married my Papertrey Wreath for All Seasons and All Booked Up.

Using Betsy's tutorial for Make It Monday, I highlighted the image nearest the main sentiment, "Life is Short/Read Fast".

Papertrey Ink All Booked Up,Papertrey Wreath for All Seasons, Copic marker, Memento Ink, Basic Grey Lauderdale DP, Adhesive Paper, Want2Scrap baby bling, Versamark ink, copper embossing powder

Miss You Through the Seasons


Like a punch in the get the news.

"We're moving."


"They're sending me to Afghanistan".

You know the following year will not be the same.

was the perfect layout for this card.

A card for those "I'll miss you all year" sort of occasions. ;(

Simple and to the point.

Either that, or a HUGE BREAKING HEART will do.


Thank you for taking the time today to look in. ;)


Papertrey's Wreath for All Seasons, Papertrey's Communique Curves Sentiments, Copic Markers, Memento Ink

Monday, August 22, 2011

Classy AND Stylish

I love this quote from Innovative Stamp Creations.

is classy.

Nothing is more classy than focusing on the best in others, don't you think? ;)

The pink and white striped paper was embossed with Sizzix's Texture Fades Brick embossing folder.

The black layer was embossed with a cuttlebug folder.

Thank you for visiting today. ;)


ISC Friendship for the sentiment,Stampendous Frame Trio Perfectly Clear Stamps, Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Basic Grey Lauderdale DP, Memento Ink, Versamark ink, black embossing powder, Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals

A Moving Pinwheel and Throwdown Colors

I finally used my pinwheel die to make a pinwheel.  

I've used it before, to make a faux windmill.

I used a mini craft stick for the "handle".

My border is from my Growing Wild grass stamp which I stamped multiple times with Memento's New Sprout and Rich Cocoa ink (twice...once with full application and again for a lighter look).  

It's on a strip to look interesting...I wasn't going for a realistic look.

The pinwheel is attached with a brad to the card, so it can turn however you choose.

I count that as movement...

My colors were inspired by Color Throwdown's 155.

Thank you for peeking in. ;)

Lil' Inker Pinwheel die, Technique Tuesday Growing Wild, Autumn Leaves Swirls V:I, Ellison Phrases- Card Sentiments, Basic Grey Lauderdale DP, Want2Scrap bling, Papertrey ink Eyelet lace border die

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cafe Colors, Embossing and Movement

I used resist embossing by stamping in Versamark and heat embossing with clear embossing powder.

I used a makeup sponge to apply the blue Memento ink.

Thank you for peeking in. ;)

Tradefish Sentiment, Inkadinkado Asian by Design, Versamark ink, clear embossing powder, Memento ink, Kid's Jewelry Braiding cord,

CAS-ual Embossing

I did some "negative space" die cutting a Sizzix snowflake and using it as a mask.

The Versamark inkpad was applied and after I removed the masks, I embossed with red glitter embossing powder.

That's it! ;)

Thank you for peeking in. ;)

Sizzix snowflake die, Versamark ink, red glitter embossing powder, Studio G sentiment, Brilliance ink,clear embossing powder, Marks Finest Papers Bakers Twine

Friday, August 19, 2011

Orange and Blue Resist Embossing

Thankyou for peeking in. ;)

ODBD Scripture Collection 6, Sizzix Butterfly Die, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versamark Ink, White embossing powder, Kid's Jewelry Friendship Thread, Papertrey Ink felt,Want2Scrap bling,Corrugator,Creative Memories corner rounder

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Criss Cross Distressing and a Tag

I was motivated to make a few cards...simply because I couldn't pick among the wonderful verses.

These are simple cards with removable, laminated tags.

The cards don't have to be kept...but I sure hope the tags will be.

I came across a cool background technique.

I'm sure that it's been around...but it's new to me!

I tried using my Marvy Corrugator in both directions, criss crossing the lines.

I love the checkered texture it gives.

Here is a blank slate that I distressed with Tim Holtz ink so you can see the lines.

So easy.

It really softens the paper up for distressing, also.  It makes paper feel like fabric!

I did it on the card base and the triangle pocket.

I also distressed the triangle for a rough look.

Thank you for peeking in. ;)


ODBD Not Forgotten, Sizzix Dog Tags, Making Memories Just Chillin' DP, Versamark ink, black embossing powder, Memento ink tuxedo black for the edges, Corrugator, Tim Holtz Distress inks

A Bubble Tree

I embrace non-traditional colors for Christmas, can you tell?

This card is no exception.

I'm entering JustRite's Challenge #056 shaped holiday card or tag.

I took out my Marvy 2" punch and punched some circles. 

I then used my Spellbinder Classic Circles to create some "frames" for my Christmas images.
These have a touch of Ranger Glossy Accents to draw your attention to them (it's to make up for not coloring-I like the plain look on this).

I already had my papers out from my previous post. 

Imagine my excitement to see ColourQ's Challenge #98.

It's like creating another meal with leftovers.

It's so much sweeter for the cook. ;)

Thank you for stopping by today. ;)

JustRite A Merry Little Christmas Set, Memento Ink, Marvy 2"punch, Basic Grey Lauderdale DP, Kid's Jewelry Friendship Thread, Spellbinders Classic Circles, Ranger Glossy Accents

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Reflections of God

FYI Challenge #11 inspired me to make a reflection card.

I stamped my image on craft foil (it was secondhand, so I don't know where you buy it...but it looks and feels like kitchen foil).

I wanted the gorgeous landscape to be seen as a reflection of God.

The sentiment is perfect, don't you think?

Nehemiah 9:6

Here is FYI's inspirational photo

I am pleased that this card materialized pretty close to how I envisioned it.

Thank you for taking the time to look and read. ;)

Stampendous Majestic Lake, Sizzix Branch with Leaves Die, Kid's Jewelry Braiding Cord, Staz On ink, Sakura Souffle pen, Best Occasions Vellum Quote Pack, Spellbinders Labels Eleven, Basic Grey Lauderdale DP, Kid's Jewelry Friendship Thread, Spellbinders Scalloped Circle

Monday, August 15, 2011

Be Unique!

~ Use 1 piece of designer series paper, 1 punch and 1 sentiment~

I partially used a Marvy circle punch for the borders down the center and
the window for the sentiment.

 I thought about my girls when making this card. 

Lately, creating cards has been such a wonderful outlet for me.  

It's also been a way to LIVE OUT a message.....

God made you unique.  

Embrace that!!!

That's so much easier said than done, isn't it? 

We want to STAND OUT....but at the same time....

  FIT IN. 

It's not as easy for kids.

They don't always fit in.

 Most of the time their social environment is dictated to them...

not like we grownups who can go and come as we please.

Every time I make a UNIQUE card...and take risks....

I show them that I truly believe that being unique is a GOOD THING.

I pray they hear that, anyway. ;)

Thanks for looking, and listening. ;)


Lawn Fawn Clear to See, Making Memories Just Chillin' DP, Memento Ink, Marvy 2 inch circle punch, Friendship thread, Munchkin mini by Scunci (the cute little bug)