Wednesday, August 29, 2012

~Leafy Pinwheel~

I want to thank all the sweet bloggers who stopped by and commented on my girls' cards~you rock!

If you haven't seen the cards, here they are: Amanda's, Shelby's, and Mallory's.

I'm so proud of my girlies~it was fun to craft and bond!

I had so much fun yesterday, I didn't get a chance to post my
 fall pinwheel card.

I used my Sweet n' Sassy leaf dies on some beautiful paper that came with my Eclectic Paperie order~thank you Kim!

I folded each leaf in for a pinwheel effect.

I followed the sketch from

Thank you for stopping by~it's always a pleasure to see my bloggy friends!!!

Stamps: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Warble, Our Craft Lounge Shades of Fall sentiment
Dies:Sweet n' Sassy Season of Change Leaf Dies
Paper:Carta Bella Beautiful Moments Echo Park,American Crafts cardstock
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink Rich Cocoa,Ranger Tim Holtz Spun Sugar

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

~Shelby's Card~

I have three girls...and Shelby girl is my middle.

She's a sweetie pie.

My 13 year old, soon to be 14 year old created this sweet number.

Yummy huh?

She's entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge for kids.

I love that she made a shaped card...using circle dies, a crimper, and my drippy goo border punch.

She colored in those yummy flavors of mint chocolate chip,chocolate chip, chocolate and strawberry.

Umm, I'd like a bowl also please! ;)

I'm so so proud of my creative girlie Shel.

Way to go in creating such a realistic foodie card.

I'm so glad you participated Shelby!

 Once again, thank you, Simon Says inspired my girls and blessed me with company in the craft room!


~Mallory's Card~

My oldest daughter, Mallory, was inspired by the challenge at 

Simon's Says Stamp~just for kids.

Here is her trendy, cool creation.

Girlfriend loves her pink and black.

So posh and stylish, don't you think? ;)

Just like her!!!

Once again, I'm a proud, proud Mama!

I let Mallory play with the distress inks, PTI Grunge Me and Waltzingmouse Stamps to let her vision take shape.

It was fun to have her in my craft room!

Thank you Mallory, for spending the time with me.

Thank you, Simon Says, for hosting this awesome challenge. ;)

~Amanda's Card~

Mama bear can't stop beaming about baby girl's card.

I mean WOW.

Only the rat was stamped~EVERYTHING ELSE was hand drawn and cut.

Amanda, my 11 year old, created this for the

Simon Says Stamp Challenge:

What a fantastic opportunity to let the kids show their talent.

Amanda, thanks for making Momma's Day!!!!  ;)


Monday, August 27, 2012

~Get Well~

I don't make many of these cards.

I should.

Get Well cards seem to be needed on my spot of the globe.

I was mesmerized by the inspirational photo at 

It's the coolest/weirdest outfit I have ever seen.

For me, cool and weird are synonymous.


I mean, where did those flowers APPEAR from...and check out the funky jacket~

I can't take my eyes off of this outfit.

I incorporated crimping to mimic the pinstripes and tried to make the flowers APPEAR, somehow.

I followed the sketch from

I am blessed by your visits~ thank you!

Supplies: Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees sentiment, Waltzingmouse French Country flowers
Paper:Georgia Pacific White,Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Adore DP
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink Tuxedo Black and Tangelo
Other: Fiskars crimper,Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,Ranger Glossy Accents

~Joy, the Cafe, and Word Art~

Is it just me, or is the Earth spinning faster and faster?


I had to-HAD TO participate in two of my favorite challenges.

Here is the card:

Here are the colors:

Here is the verse:

Do you know what I love about birds?

They don't hum and haw about WHETHER or not they should praise God....


Thanks for stopping by~

INFO: Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees,Tsukineko Memento inks Pear Tart and Tuxedo Black,Georgia Pacific white cardstock,wordart

Sunday, August 26, 2012


was a fun challenge to play with.

I toyed around for a few hours and came up with a boxy leafy card.

I inked and stamped twice for each color...that's where the "hours" part came in.

 I don't's very therapeutic and makes me practice!

The awesome modern colors are from the 

Have a blessed day~

Supplies: Our Craft Lounge Shades of Fall
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink (London Fog,Tuxedo Black,Tangelo),Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores
Paper:Georgia Pacific White cardstock

Saturday, August 25, 2012

~August 2012 Papertrey Blog Hop~

Wow, is it really that time already?

I created this card for our big table.

I hope to make two more using the other dies from the Counting My Blessings set.

I got my first Papertrey Ink impression plate~ Herringbone ~ it was used on the mustard paper before it was cut with the die.

Here's the inspiration for the hop:

Mmmmm, cozy, warm textiles!

Hope you're having a great weekend~

Supplies: Papertrey Ink Counting My Blessings Die Collection and Herringbone Impression Plate,Authentique Genuine DP,DCWV Naturals Stack,American Crafts cardstock,stapler,Tim Holtz distressing tool

Thursday, August 23, 2012


A sweet friend sent me some creativity tape in the mail last week.

I used it on this card to thank her.

I background stamped with the chicken wire~

Oh how I love this chicken wire stamp!!!! ;)

I have a hard time telling when this Antiquities embossing powder is "done", but I love the gritty feel when it is.

Even if it "burns", it seems to be ok.

I used the

lovely sketch from 

Have a wonderful day, ok?

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Paris Nouveau~French Country~Chicken Wire
Embossing powder: Ranger Antiquities weather white embossing powder
Ink:Versamark,Tsukineko Rich cocoa~rose bud
Other:texty tape, Authentique Lively "Flutter",Sweet n' Sassy Season of Change Leaf Die,Georgia Pacific White cardstock


~Bee Well~

I wanted to make a simple card for a young man who is facing surgery and a long healing process soon.

Intelligent guy who may enjoy a punny sentiment.

I used Flourishes' bee from Tiny Flowers and Tags and JustRite letters~

for Timeless Tuesday #183.

Butterflies, Bees, Spiders, oh my!

I am also entering this in the Focal Point Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Lots of great advice going on there!!!

Have a great day~

Stamps: Flourishes Tiny Flowers and Tags,JustRite letters (retired)
Ink: Tsukineko Memento ink tangelo and tuxedo black
Dies: Spellbinders Label Eleven and classic circles
Paper:Authentique Carefree,Georgia Pacific white,black cardstock
Other:brad,Scor-Tape 1/4"

Monday, August 20, 2012

~Torn Away in Brilliance~

A young man was torn away from this earth on Friday.


Young, vibrant...full of life.

May Jesus be with his family and friends who are suffering an unspeakable loss.

A fitting theme for our corner of the world right now.

There are no words for such a loss.

Sweet n' Sassy Season of Change,Tim Holtz Summer Distress set,Tsukineko Memento ink tuxedo black,Georgia Pacific white paper

Saturday, August 18, 2012

~CASE Study~

I recently started participating in the CASE Study challenges~lots of inspiration there!

This week, CASE Study Challenge #104,  we are to case one of the design team members.

I CASEd Clare's 4th Card Here.

One thing I love about Clare's work, is when she puts some surprise texture in her cards.

I love that!

I didn't add a paper ruffle, but I used soft colors and kept the strings for an unexpected "something" tucked behind the sentiment panel.

I also added crimping to 1/3 of the label.

My colors are inspired by 

Since I'm using Verve Words of Wisdom,

I am entering this in the Card Carnival.

~I told you I've picked up that set almost everyday since it arrived! ;)

Thank you for stopping in~


Stamp:Verve Words of Wisdom
Ink:Tsukineko Memento ink tangelo,Ranger Tim Holtz spiced marmalade
Paper:Authentique Lively,My Mind's Eye All is Bright,Piggy Tales Dp
Other:Fiskars crimper,Spellbinders label four,Sweet n' Sassy New Beginnings dies,zig zag scissors,Tim Holtz distress tool,sewing machine,Faber Castell Gelatos,stapler

Friday, August 17, 2012

~CAS Verve~

Verve has an Anni-VERVE-sary party going on~this card is for the 4th Day, the

I love the Happy Days set~awesome HUMONGOUS wavy element and huge sentiments~perfect for a CAS card.


They are having a sale going on until the end of the month too...savings alert!!!

You still have time to participate in the challenges~even if you don't have Verve.

yet. ;)




I'll stop now. ;P

supplies: Verve Happy Days,Tsukineko Memento Inks (Rose Bud,Pistachio,Tuxedo Black),Authentique Lively paper,Georgia Pacific white paper,random ribbons,stapler (hidden staples to hold the ribbon tabs),Scor-Tape 1/4"


While I had my Teeny Trees out, I made this also.

A simple tree bookmark to throw into an envelope.

I'm less and less afraid of using patterned paper.

Can you tell?

I think having them out, where I can see them, makes them seem like friends. ;)

Verve's Last Anni-VERVE-sary Challenge is Anything But a Card.


Stamps:Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink Rich cocoa and dandelion,Staz On brown,Versamark ink,Ranger Tim Holtz distress ink walnut stain for edging,Kid's Jewelry friendship thread
Other:clear embossing powder for the teardrop tree,EK success lines and dots punch,zig zag scissors
Paper: Authentique Lively,DCWV Naturals stack,Georgia Pacific white

~Blog Party and a Swimmy Head~

The theme this month for the Waltzingmouse Blog party is birthdays!

I created a funky birthday card here, using the awesome elements from Teeny Trees.

I love the tree elements~I off-stamped for light "veins"~almost like a crackle effect.

The splotches are my favorite to play with also.

My colors were inspired by 

I pulled out my DCWV Naturals Stack,potters clay,london fog and dandelion mementos.

My favorite technique was used on this card...making my own designer paper  with random elements!

I love it, it makes my head all swimmy. ;)

I love to staple my card together also.

What's your favorite technique?


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees
Ink: Tsukineko Memento ink potters clay,dandelion,london fog
Paper: DCWV Naturals stack,Georgia Pacific white
Other:Tim Holts Distress tool,stapler

Thursday, August 16, 2012

~10 Min Card!!!~

I was afraid to do this, but jumped in anyway.

Could I do it?

Could I save a card in 10 minutes?

I figured I'd just start.

It happened in 8 minutes (give or take a second).

The apple is a sticker (ripping the bag open took me the longest time).

I stamped the sentiment on the sticker and assembled remnants.

My favorite way to create is to use what's left on my desk.

Try it.

Come on.

Just Start. ;)

My sentiment is from Verve's Words of Wisdom.

The sentiment inspired me to jump in! ;)

Make something today!

~Tongue In Cheek Anniversary Card~

I don't have an anniversary sentiment for Verve's Anniversary Card Challenge,

but I felt this would do.

Plus, it's the truth. ;)


My husband and I have been married 20 years.

It's not perfect.

But it sure is wonderful!!! ;)

I used silver embossing powder and a "wood grain" dp to fit the challenge.

There is still lots of time left to participate~

Have a great day~


Stamp: Verve Words of Wisdom
Ink:Versamark,Ranger Tim Holtz walnut stain
Paper: DCWV Naturals Stack,Making Memories Just Chillin' DP
Other: Spellbinders classic circles,Tim Holtz distress tool,Zig pen,stapler,Whispers Embossing powder (silver)

~You Matter~

There is a HUGE party going on at Verve right now.

I might as well not put away this Words of Wisdom set, because I have used it almost everyday since it arrived.

I might as well not put away the Authentique Lively papers either.

Here is the link to Verve's first challenge:

There are five challenges and a week to go.

I love a great challenge party!


Stamp: Verve Words of Wisdom
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink
Paper:Authentique Lively,Georgia Pacific white
Other:Martha Stewart border punch,Martha Stewart rhinestones,Martha Stewart fringe scissors,circle punch

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

~Just Be~

What a blessing it is when God gives you a FRIEND.

I ran into my friend yesterday...we haven't seen each other for awhile!

We don't get together often (busy mommies we are), but knowing she cares is enough for me.

She was the first person here that let me JUST BE.

Nothing to prove.

Nothing to earn.

She loved me because God loved me.

That's special, guys.

They don't come by very often.

God gives them when you really need them~a reminder that He loves us.

For my friend....

I picked up this fun, crazy DP months ago.

It spoke to me happy thoughts...but I didn't know what to use it for until this challenge.

WOO HOO number 150!!!!

Congrats ColourQ!

Another inspirational site:

Check out their quote this's a sweet one!

May God send you someone that loves you just because "you are"~especially when you really need it.


Stamps:Verve Words of Wisdom
Ink:Tsukineko Memento ink tuxedo black
Paper:Bazzill yellow, BoBunny Alora
Other:sewing machine,Kid's Jewelry Friendship thread,Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,stapler

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

~Hoo Loves You?~

I warned you...

I  love these colors and I want to use them up!

I got to use my Memory Box Jasmine frame die (which is beautiful, by the way), but I felt the "left behind" rustic cut was more suitable for the cutie pie owl.

Isn't his expression cute?

By the way, that set "Owl Be Thinking of You" is ON SALE at The Craft's well as some others being retired.

Just thought I'd pass on the savings alert!

There's one more day for the challenge:

This month, I'm not waiting until the last day for

I was able to throw this last green,pink,brown card into a set as a gift...I hope she will use them!


Stamp: The Craft's Meow Owl Be Thinking of You
Ink:Tsukineko Memento ink rich cocoa
Paper: Authentique Lively,Teresa Collins (for linked border),Georgia Pacific white cardbase
Other:Memory Box Jasmine Frame Die,Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper,Martha Stewart double link trim

~Autumn Waits & a Hand Stitched Leaf~

is hosted by Heather this week.

Hand stitching on a card!

 I pierced holes through my embossed leaf (just like Heather instructed) and then back stitched with embroidery thread.

 Yes, it took some time, but

I like the thick, finished texture.

 The recipient will KNOW you put some heart and soul into it. ;)

Check out Cath's Tuesday Trigger Photo

Autumn Awaits

Her blueish slacks make the orange pop~just like the blue panel in my card accomplishes.

I love throwing blue and orange together.

I'm getting into the Autumn mood ~ sweaters and jeans~

how about you?


Stamp: Papertrey Ink Wreath for All Seasons
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink tangelo and rich cocoa
Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Maple Leaves dies
Heidi Swapp No Limits Smarty DP,Authentique Fresh,DCWV Naturals Stack,Georgia Pacific white
Sizzix texture plate

~For Baby~

I don't make enough of these...

I should!

Babies are such a blessing and they grow fast!

Before we know it...the babies aren't babies. ;(

I used Papertrey Ink's Bitty Baby Blessings ducky here.

I was inspired by the theme at 

I was going to sew on it for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday,

but decided to stop at the piercing.

The lines are thin and I didn't trust my sewing! ;)

 I'm sure that this mini-card will come in handy for a quick gift-sewn or not.

The recipient won't have the time or energy to notice the missed stitches~


Stamp: Papertrey Ink Bitty Baby Blessings
Ink:Tsukineko Memento ink rich cocoa and pear tart
Ek Success retro flower punch
Georgia Pacific white cardbase
 paper piercer


Monday, August 13, 2012

~Limited Edition~

The best thing about a hand-crafted card or project,

is that it's LIMITED EDITION~

just like you and me!

No two are alike, and we can praise God for that!

Hard as we try to be like the rest...

our quirkiness, fingerprints, and "personal flair" stand true and scream loud...


See that glitter?

I had it in my stash for awhile.

I pulled out my Hero Arts stamps for the Hero Arts August Sketch Challenge.

I'm also submitting this to Simon Says Stamp:Let's Play Bingo

I used a corner punch, glitter on Scor-Tape and stamped blooms.

Have a blessed day~BE YOU!


Stamps:Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages,Hero Arts/Basic Grey Best of the Best
Ink: Tsukineko Memento ink teal zeal
Paper: Authentique Fresh and Lively
Other:Faber Castell Red Gelatos (colored flower),Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,1/4" Scor-Tape