Tuesday, July 31, 2012

~Waltzingmouse Sketch and the Q~

My husband's birthday is coming up.

I ordered this sentiment awhile ago, because it TOUCHED MY HEART when I first read it.

AWWWW, right?

I used two fun borders from Heirloom Patterns.

The colors are from the

Hubby LOVES ORANGE...so I made sure there were lots of orangy pops.

I only had slivers of the green~enough to cut the top and bottom of the tag for a stacked feel.

The wee bittiest bit of pink (my husband already has three girls and a froufrou doggy... gotta take it easy ya know). ;)

The poppy is in the flower and highlight.

Simon Says Stamp and Show:What Do You Say?
is all about the sentiment.

 Thanks for stopping by today~

Here are the supplies:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Heirloom Patterns,Verve Beautiful You
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink Angel Pink,Tangelo and Tuxedo Black
Paper:BoBunny Country Garden,Georgia Pacific White,Bazzill green and pink
Dies:Spellbinders Classic Circles,Sizzix tag
Punch:Martha Stewart goo
Other:Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,Copic red,stapler

~Perfect Pear~

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #180

CASE a DT member's card.

I CASED Silke's gorgeous snowman card here.

It's clean and crisp and she layered two different shapes that gives an interesting focal point.

I layered a couple of different shapes in my card here:

I used bold, fun colors from 

The PlayDate Cafe #142

By the way, it's a farewell to four wonderful ladies on the DT...so even if you don't link up this week (it took me awhile to jump in the last day), you can  stop by and say farewell.  ;(

This is also the last day to link up to 

The Craft's Meow July Sketch Challenge.

I used Fruity For You to make a congratulations card for a recently married couple.

The pink embossing is HOT PINK and almost blinding if you stare at it too long...but REALLY FUN to play with against the blue.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: The Craft's Meow Fruity for You
Ink:Versamark, Tsukineko tuxedo black
Dies: Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle and Label Four
Paper:Bazzill blue and yellow,Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Drama,Georgia Pacific white


Saturday, July 28, 2012

~Timeless Tuesday and Hydrangea~

is Christmas in July!

I used my Hydrangea set, and embossed it with silver.

I figured, why not use it for Christmas?

 Retrosketches #22
gave me inspiration for the border placement.


I've been stamping like mad since yesterday with all this energy...it's a blessing when the ball gets rolling and I can tangibly create something that I've mulled over.

Circuits are clicking for now~I'm enjoying the marathon crafting. ;)

Thank you for stopping by today!

Stamps: Flourishes Hydrangea,JustRite Simple Blessings
Paper:American Crafts cardstock,Georgia Pacific white cardstock,Glitz Paper Layers Vintage Blue,Bazzill silver
Punch:Martha Stewart Linked Trim
Ink:Versamark,Tsukineko Memento Ink Paris Dusk
Other:Whispers silver embossing powder,Want2Scrap bling,Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper


This past week of Archery Camp was a blast.

The girlies and I were so blessed to be a part of it!

I made thank you cards for the incredible coaches~I also created one for the new friend I made.

Forgive the dark photos~it was dreary when I photographed these~

I felt they would fit in Laurel's Inspired By #34 Challenge

It's funny, before this week, I would have said, "Those are lovely rosettes"~now, I'm looking for a point of reference to aim for! ;)

Yes, "point of reference,stance,nock,aim..."

I have a STACK of new words to add to my vocab list!

I am also entering this in Simon Says Stamp:Anything Goes

for my new friend~

Thanks for stopping by~it's always a pleasure!


Stamps: JustRite You're So Sweet
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
Dies:Spellbinders Classic Circles
Other:toothpicks,yellow streamer,Zig red marker,Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Adhesive:Scor-Tape 1/4"
Paper:October Afternoon Sidewalks,colored cardstock,Georgia Pacific white

Friday, July 27, 2012

~Runway Inspired~

I am so glad I saw the deadline for Runway Inspired Challenge:RIC#16.

I love the picture this week and it ends tonight!

Here is my card:

Here's the inspirational photo:

Truth be told...I would have hoarded these incredible felt stickers from Joan's

prize pack.

This challenge inspired me to break open the bag and create with the gorgeous flower!

Stamps:Sizzix Kites sentiment, Kaisercraft Numbers
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink mustard seed
Stickers:Heidi Swapp Memory File Color Labels,Little Yellow Bicycle Felt Stickers
Paper: Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Sparkle,Georgia Pacific white
Other: Spellbinders classic circles,Crop-A-Dile Corner chomper

~You Always Know~

My husband and I reached 20 years this summer...


It means he knows me better than I know myself!

He recently was my "listening ear" and I wanted to make him a special card~to let him know how much I appreciate his concern when it comes to my well-being.

He's got ONE BIG LISTENING EAR, that's all I gotta say!

He's probably nodding his head while reading this...very enthusiastically, I might add!!! ;)

I chose this precious image from Technique Tuesday's Fly.

See how the girl is following the boy...but still a part of the fun?

That's like my husband...taking a kite, so to speak...and leading the way.

He's the fun one in our marriage. ;)

I could be in the "Woe is me" state of mind, and he will throw in
something HILARIOUS...

~What a blessing to have him add joy and laughter to my life~!

I chose this sentiment from a different set, You Always Know.

Isn't it SWEET?

It conveyed exactly what I was feeling when I saw the image.

I incorporated the colors and dry embossing for

I added the smallest amount of pink with my Memento Marker (to keep it masculine)...I love doing the speckling thing.

Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to visit~

Stamps:Technique Tuesday Fly,Technique Tuesday You Always Know
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Inks Sweet Plum and Pistachio,Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink Dusty Concord
Paper:Making Memories Just Chillin' Girl Pack,BoBunny Ambrosia,Georgia Pacific white
Other:Sizzix embossing plate,Creative Memories oval cutter,Memento marker

~Friends With Flair and CAS-ual Friday~

It's Friday~time for Unity's Friends With Flair.

I got this lil' guy recently...I LOVE SNOWMEN and he's SO CUTE.

I love the graphic feel to this image.

My card is very CAS-colors drawn from 

I pulled out my Spellbinders classic circles and layered them.

When I stamped the sentiment, I pulled out the colored circles so the stamp didn't have to work too hard~just two layers to cover.

Have a great Friday~thank you for stopping in today!

Stamp: Unity Snow Wonderful
Ink:Ranger Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin
Dies:Spellbinders classic circles
Paper:Bazzill green,Georgia Pacific white and DCWV teal
Other:Crop-A-Dile corner chomper

Thursday, July 26, 2012

~be true.~

I am thrilled to have found some hexagon paper to join the fun in the

The tag is cut from Authentique's Jovial from the Carefree collection.

I paired it with Teresa Collins and BoBunny to mimic this sketch from

by Tracey!

No stamping on this one~the sentiment is from Pink Paislee's Daily Junque Ephemera Pack.

I added to my "You know when you're a cardmaker" list on my sidebar...hee hee hee....I sewed the button like NOW...and realized how SLOW I AM at sewing a button on a pair of trousers.

OOOOPS...sooooo busted!

I guess it's not CREATIVE,FUN or pretty to fix something...

Still, ahem, I'm SO SORRY HON!

This will go to a dear friend...so I am entering this in

Well, hope you had a reason to smile today~God bless!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

~Good Morning Butterfly~

I wanted to participate in the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #107.

My creation:

I used the gorgeous butterfly from Nordic Spring, chicken wire, and the sentiment from French Country.

Here's the sketch:

There's still a wee bit of time to link up!

Waltzingmouse stamps: Nordic Spring,Chicken Wire and French Country
Ink:Ranger Tim Holtz dusty concord,Versamark
Paper:BoBunny Weekend Market,American Crafts cardstock
Die:Spellbinders Label Eleven
clear embossing powder

~July 2012 Blog Hop~

Here is my CAS creation~

based on these inspirational photo colors:

I pulled out my BoBunny Country Garden pack for this one~all that color is packed into that lil' apple!

I added sewing for Less Is More:Week 77 ~Sewing

The gorgeous frame is from Joan's generous prize pack that included Little Yellow Bicycle's Clear Cuts Shapes~LOVE!!!

One quote I've heard this week at archery camp that convicted me


Yes, you are NEVER too old to learn new things.

I signed up with my girls and I'm learning a ton of lil' details about holding a bow; aiming at the target; etc.

Just when I think I know what I'm doing...there's another step!

It's just like life, I guess. ;)

I kept most of the card white with just a pop of color for 

The stitches I chose for my card mimic the subtle ruffles in the cake...the frame has gentle dots circling around...

Thanks for stopping in today~I appreciate the company! ;)

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Communique Sentiments Mini Set
Die: Papertrey Ink Fruit Fusion apple die
Ink: Memento Ink pistachio
Paper:Georgia Pacific white,BoBunny Country Garden Pack
Other:Little Yellow Bicycle Clear Cuts Shapes,Martha Stewart border punch,Mark's Finest Papers twine

Word Art Wednesday July 25

This is my last week as guest designer for Word Art Wednesday.

It was such a blessing~thank you ladies, for having me!

Here is the card I created with this week's quote.

I suspect that most of the battles we face first, are in the mind.

It can be so discouraging when we take our eyes off of God and look at our feeble selves.

I KNOW I'm not all that.

But HE IS.

When I focus on that...I can face another day!

As for details on the construction of this card...

I resized the beautiful quote and printed it. Then, I stamped clouds from KaiserCraft's Fine & Sunny over the sentiments and cut them out.

The kite is from Pink Paislee's Prairie Hill-I heat embossed it with Stampendous Pearlustre Rubellite.

The arches were made by die cutting Spellbinders classic circles...four at the same time.

I sure hope you'll join us this week to share your work!

Also, check out the color combo at Color Throwdown #202

Sentiment:Word Art Wednesday
Stamps:Pink Paislee Prairie Hill kite,KaiserCraft Fine and Sunny clouds
Ink:Versamark,Ranger Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin and Weather Vane
Dies:Spellbinder classic circles
Paper:Bazzill,Making Memories Just Chillin'
Other:Martha Stewart border punch,Crop-A-Dile corner chomper

Monday, July 23, 2012

~Enjoy Summer~

I created this card for my oldest, Mallory.

She has been saying almost everyday...

"Best Summer EVER!"

Since summer break began, we have been exploring, shopping, hanging around the tennis courts...fun,fun,fun!

My girlies convinced me to buy car stickers for our van at the checkout counter at Walmart (DANGEROUS TERRITORY~that last chance to buy WHATEVER!)...

Anyway, there were extra stickers because I had to buy 2 packs to get 3 girl stickers.

It's a fun way to use the extras! ;)

I am also entering this in CAS-ual Fridays: CFC62

Stamps:Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages, Hero Arts Live & Laugh
Ink: Versamark
Embossing powders:Recollections Ruby,Whispers yellow
 Paper: American Crafts black

~Scrabble Hello~

I've got a last minute entry for the 

A lot of practice went into how to arrange...what letters to leave out...what colors to use and where....

I kept thinking of Scrabble (which I win 50% of the time when my husband and I play...it's the only game that gives me those decent odds!).

CFC62:  Create a Clean And Simple card using a black card base

This is also apropos for Hero Arts July Color Challenge

Hope your week started off well.....

Stamps: Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages, Hero Arts Live & Laugh
Ink: Memento inks: tangelo,rose bud,tuxedo Black/Ranger Tim Holtz mustard seed
Paper:Georgia Pacific white,American Crafts black 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

~Stamp-A-Faire Camp Card Set Challenge~

Betsy Veldman's technique of partially die cutting patterned paper and then stamping in the void is such a fun look!

I zig-zagged down the card with that inspiration.

I also used Betsy's technique of wrapping a card set in a paper bag.

It is so easy and economical!

Thanks for stopping by today~it's always a blessing to have you visit!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Shape Up Series Snowman and In the Meadow
Die:Papertrey Ink Snowman Series
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Inks:Morocco,Pistachio,Rich Cocoa
Paper: Georgia Pacific White,Authentique Genuine,Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses
Other:Crop-A-Dile eyelet punch,eyelet,Martha Stewart twine,lunchbag,Fiskars scalloped rotary blade

~Stamp-A-Faire Tie-Dye Techniques~

I utilized Jessica Witty's technique for the Camp Card Set Challenge to get the raised snowman here.

As for his cool coloring...

I used Nichole's Copic Tie-Dye Technique to get that effect.

I actually had a hard time sleeping last night...because I was dreaming of myself making this...LOL.

Thinking creatively before bed is not a good idea...I should have just gotten up,created, and went back to bed!

The snowman was embossed from the flat side...just like Jessica taught ;) ...except I am showcasing the outie look.

I had so much fun with the Tie Dye technique~I'd like to play with that more.

I am also entering this at Inspired By #33

Check out that wonderful blue/yellow oar!

My snowman likes those colors~ ;)

Thanks for stopping in today~it's always a blessing to have visitors! ;)

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Wreath for All Seasons,Papertrey Ink's Shape-Up Series Snowman 
Die: Papertrey Ink's Shape-Up Series Snowman 
Copics: yellow,teal and lime
Ink:Papertrey Ink Premium Dye Hawaiian Shores and True Black,Ranger Tim Holtz distress mustard seed
Paper:Georgia Pacific White


~Roll the Die~

Make It Monday is hosted by Erin ...it's a fun one~

If you're like me and don't know where you keep your dice,

here's a link to a virtual roll.

It's what I used.

Just click the roll again button.

My results were

Stamp Sets Image:Golf Cart
Stamp Sets Sentiment:Grunge sentiment
Color Combo:orange,blue,black
Embellishment:Mat Stack 3

Stamp-A-Faire's Homemade Embellishments Challenge helped me finish this card that has been in the works all week.

I used Jessica Witty's overlay embellishment technique to soften the look of this card.

It needed something and the clear acetate with stamped border finished it for me.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Stamps:Papertrey Ink On the Links and Grunge Me
Ink:Papertrey Ink Premium Dye true black,Staz On white
Die:Mat Stack 3,Spellbinders classic circles and scalloped circles
Paper:Bazzill basics,Heidi Swapp No Limits Smarty DP,Piggy Tales DP
Other:Heidi Swapp Color Labels, Crop-A-Dile corner chomper

Saturday, July 21, 2012

~CAS-ual Stamp-a-Faire Ribbon~

 HEAD OVER TO NICHOLE'S BLOG this weekend...there's a party going on.

I made this card, using Betsy Veldman's Bitty Dot Ribbon technique.

I'm usually not big on handling fire...but it was fun to hover that ribbon over a pleasant smelly candle and let it curl a bit~I only finished the tops.

The black card base is for 

I'll keep it short...I want to craft more so...

have fun this weekend!

Stamp:Papertrey Ink Year of the Flowers:Roses sentiment
Dies:Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 3,Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles
Paper:Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Adore patterned paper,Georgia Pacific white,vellum
Other:dotted stain ribbon,glass beads
Ink:Staz On Blazing Red,Ranger Tim Holtz distress spiced marmalade for edging

Thursday, July 19, 2012

~LIM and the Q~

Less Is More Week 76:One Layer 3

 Three of anything that is, three colours, three images, three stamps, three words, the number three.... it's up to you, but don't forget the white space, a simple design and just one layer!

It took many,many,many attempts to get these ladies lined up
(the middle one dipped).

I enjoyed it...very therapeutic! ;)

I felt like something was needed under the sentiment, so I drew a line with 3 little squiggles. ;)

I matched up the Unity Itty Bitty Share Your Smile with 3 leaves from Waltzingmouse's Teeny Trees.

My colors were inspired by the

I appreciate you stopping by today!

Stamps:Unity Itty Bitty Share Your Smile,Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink Pistachio,Morocco and Tuxedo Black,Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tea Dye
Paper:Georgia Pacific White cardstock
Other:Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper,Copic black marker