Friday, September 28, 2012

~Blog Header Card~

CAS-ual Fridays CFC72 has a GENIUS idea this week...
Toot Your Own Horn~create a project inspired by your blog header.

How cool is that????

I love it!

I think it's fun to read about the headers.

My youngest girlie wanted this cool citrus floatie~and to justify the cost...I thought I should use it as a prop. Had this great idea to put my crafties and some bright cards on it and let it coast!

Funny thing is...I wasn't worried about the cards (I give them away and they've been archived)...but I was seriously gulping once the float moved and I saw my Copics and stamp pads stare back at me all helpless like. 


After "the shoot" was over...I coaxed them over to me, whispering sweet 'nothings and "apologizing" to my favorite tools. ;)

You might be rolling your eyes right now...but try taking your faves and send them out into the middle of a pool and then we'll talk. ;) LOL.

It's so weird.  I didn't expect to react that way.

Ironically, they didn't make the final cut as the header, but did make it in the smaller pic at the bottom of my list on the left sidebar.

Enough's the card:

I meant to create a "playful" card...but I started I always do when I stamp.

Our handbell choir is operating at 60% right now...each and every person matters in such a choir (AND IN LIFE)~RIGHT?!

You don't have to be a big slice to matter in God's eyes.

You matter because He says you matter.

 "And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you. No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary." 1 Corinthians 12:21-22


I'm curious to see the blog header interpretations this week....

Take care friends~


Stamps:Verve Words of Wisdom sentiment,Verve Happy Days swirl,Waltzingmouse My Island shack image and Teeny Trees "seeds"
Paper: Authentique Journey,Georgia Pacific white,Bazzill white
Other:paper piercer,Scor-Tape 1/4",Recollections white embossing powder
Ink:Versamark,Ranger Tim Holtz salty ocean (summer)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

~Love You Pair of Birds~

I am also submitting this to

Simon Says:Anything Goes

It's a rainy, dreary (perfect crafting) day today.

I heated up some chicken noodle soup...complete with sniffles and all. ;)

What's it like in your world right now?


Stamps:Waltzingmouse Nordic Spring birds and Teeny Trees sentiment
Dies:Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle and Postage Stamp
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink Potters Clay
Paper:Teresa Collins Everyday Moments,DCWV SW Nature,BoBunny Weekend Market,My Mind's Eye Six By Six Everyday Flair
Other:ribbon,Scor-Pal,Scor-Tape 1/4",Tim Holtz distress tool,Crop-A-Dile corner chomper

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

grateful beyond measure

hosted by Betsy is a fun technique.

It took me a couple of attempts to get the "reflected" part cleanly stamped.

My colors were drawn from

My eyes are drawn to the purple stripes showcasing the teal and grays.

Thank you for visiting today...


Stamps:Papertrey Ink Counting My Blessings Mini Stamp Set
Die: Papertrey Ink Counting My Blessings Die Collection
Punch: Ek Success Le Argyle
Paper:Authentique Fresh,Bazzill purple,Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Fabulous,Georgia Pacific White cardbase
Ink: Ranger Jenni Bowlin Weather Vane
Adhesives: Ranger Glossy Accents,Scor-Tape
Other:Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

~Inspired By Orange and Blues~

A simple sketch and gorgeous colors inspired me to ink up and post...

Here is Wendy's sketch from Retro Sketches #30.

I love the simplicity of it!

It didn't make me break into a sweat~ ;)

The colors from Inspired By #42

made me think of an island Fall....

blue ocean.  bright sun. just a bit of a stronger breeze. ;)

I brought out my Ek Success Links Punch.

I haven't used it yet in the conventional sense...but it creates interesting elements~

Thank you for stopping by~


Stamps: Waltzingmouse My Island
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink Tangelo
Punch: Ek Success Links Punch
Die: Papertrey Ink Movers and Shakers Spinners Die Collection
Paper: Georgia Pacific White cardbase,Bazzill orange,Authentique Fresh and Journey
Adhesives:Scor-Tape and Ranger Glossy Accents
Other:Tim Holtz Distress tool

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

~Mighty Oak in a Jar~

has beautiful inspirational photos to kick start ideas.

This is what I came up with~

I was also inspired by CAS-ual Fridays CFC71


week 55:punches or die cuts
week 33:anything goes
week 84:foliage (minus the one-layer feature)

Thanks for stopping by....oh...the leaves here are FINALLY SHOWING OFF THEIR COLORS~yayyyyyy!!!! ;)

Stamps:Papertrey Ink (Teach & Inspire,Friendship Jar Summer Fillers)
Dies:Papertrey Ink pint jar die,Sweet n' Sassy Season of Change Leaf Die
Paper:Georgia Pacific White cardstock

~PTI September 2012 Blog Hop~

Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop is today!

I pulled out my hoarded PTI felt to create a giftwrap for a small candle.

I used the PTI Mat Stack 3 and Fruit Fusion Apple Die to cut the felt, and the sentiment is from Teach & Inspire.

Have fun on the hop!


Stamp: Papertrey Ink Teach & Inspire
Dies: Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 3 and Fruit Fusion Apple Die
Other:Papertrey Ink felt,clear bag,thread and needle,Scor-Tape 1/4",Georgia Pacific white cardstock,Crop-A-Dile corner chomper
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Salty Ocean distress ink

Sunday, September 23, 2012

~It's All in the Timing~

I remember when our Pastor talked about what was "normal" vs what was not (for ex. miracles and such).

He made a great point.

Normalcy was set by God~so for Him to bypass or go beyond normal should be understandable/expected.

What we regard as "normal" was created and set and can be "unset" anytime.

I'm sure I didn't say this as eloquently as he did...but hopefully I conveyed the gist of it.

I purposely "fit" a panel to look like it doesn't fit.

Sometimes we think and act as if God is on OUR time table and should fit in our plans.

In reality, He's on His own clock and we need to fit in His.

His rules.

His boundaries.


We might look a little "off" centered and weird at times when we are in His will (to others, anyway).

In God's world-one day- we will fit PERFECTLY. ;)

"Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."
1 Corinthians 13:12

Blessings my friends~

Challenges: ODBDSLC123:Stamp Your Own Background
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #46

Supplies:Stamps-Our Daily Bread Designs Time and Scripture Series 3
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink Potters Clay and London Fog
Die:Spellbinders Postage Stamp
Paper:Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream,American Crafts tan,Piggy Tales cream
Other:Stapler,Tim Holtz Distress Tool

~A Wooden Tree~

is hosted by Melissa.

My daughter received some sweet cards for her birthday yesterday~

I found one to case!

Here is my card...

which was inspired by this one.

I used the lines from Teach & Inspire and the snowflakes from In the Meadow.

I am also submitting this to Papercrafts September 2012 Gallery Challenge:
natural elements.

I've had the wooden tree from way back in the day when I was a crafter~vs mostly a cardmaker.

I love the whimsical shape of it.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Stamps:Papertrey Ink Teach & Inspire
Ink: Ranger Jenni Bowlin Weather Vane,Papertrey Ink (True Black,Hawaiian Shores and Hibiscus Burst)
Other:Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,1/4" Scor-Tape,wooden tree
Paper:Georgia Pacific White cardstock

Saturday, September 22, 2012

~Happy Birthday My Shelby~

I have two cards today. The first is for

my Shelby who turns 14 today.....

where did the time go?????

For our beautiful young lady...

who's as sweet as can be...

what would we do without you girlie????

My second card is for the ColourQ Challenge #155.

The tea cup made me think of my 3 girlies and I when we hang out~

we have so much fun!

 I stacked these stickers~they had the Q's inspirational colors this week.

Thanks for stopping by today...HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHELBY!!!


#1 card: Penny Black Hedgie Friends,Verve Happy Days,Spellbinders scalloped and classic circles,Bazzill cardstock,Authentique Lively,Georgia Pacific cardstock,Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst,Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

#2 card:  Deja Views Sisters Stickers,Sassafras flower,Spellbinders Label Four,Fiskar's crimper,Bazzill cardstock,Georgia Pacific white cardbase,Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper

Friday, September 21, 2012


I got my first TSG set recently.

I'm having so much fun with it.

This card is inspired by the challenge:
There She Goes:Everyone Loves Presents.

I paired the sentiments from There She Goes BombDiggity with a present image from BoBunny Mistletoe.

The layout was inspired by CASE Study #109 :Torico.

I added vellum tape from Little Yellow Bicycle for
Simon Says Stamp and Show:Tape It Up.

It's Friday!! We made it to the end of the week friends~yayyyy!!!! ;)


Stamps: There She Goes BombDiggity,BoBunny Mistletoe
Ink: Tsukineko Lady Bug and Tuxedo Black
Die:Spellbinders Scalloped Circles
Paper:Studio Calico Abroad DP,Georgia Pacific white cardbase
Other:Little Yellow Bicycle Vellum Tape Strips

Thursday, September 20, 2012

~10 Minute Craft Dash~

It's time for the 10 Minute Craft Dash #3.

I missed #2 ~ had a week of on/off migraines and I was afraid that my head might explode if I pushed myself into a time crunch.

I love card making...but not in a lethal way.

It really is quite a rush to set a timer and challenge yourself...a fun rush when you're up to it! 

This one took 8 minutes/26 seconds without a migraine~

I had the butterfly and funky cloud just laying in my scrap pile feeling all lonely and sad.....

I'm so glad they found a home on this card.

There's movement all over this card~enough for

Just dive in and do it~it's fun!


Stamps: Verve Happy Days
Dies:Sizzix Framelits Kite set clouds,Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings butterfly die
Ink:Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst, Tsukineko Memento Ink Pear Tart and Dandelion
Paper: Georgia Pacific White cardbase,Authentique Lively,BoBunny Country Garden
Other: Want2Scrap rhinestone,Crop-A-Dile corner chomper

~Diva Dare Fanspiration~

Verve's Fanspiration Challenge

is about being inspired by a non-design team member's creation.

My eyes were drawn to Ann Heidel's card of three butterflies (linked at the Card Carnival).

I tried to do something similar here.

 I love the hibiscus from the Happy Days set~reminds me of home!!!

~Thanks for stopping in~

Supplies: Verve Happy Days,Papertrey Ink True Black ink,Tsukineko Memento Inks Tangelo and London Fog,Georgia Pacific White cardstock

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

~StRiPe AnD pOlKa DoTs~

The triangles from the Sizzix Framelits Kite set were what I thought of when I saw
Stripes and Dots at Embellish Magazine!

I was excited to see the

 bold, fun colors also.

I hope to get another one done~I had fun with these colors!


Stamps:Sizzix Framelits and Die Set (Kites)
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Inks (Dandelion,Lady Bug,London Fog),Papertrey Ink True Black
Paper:Georgia Pacific white cardbase

~A Kindred Spirit~

I have a friend who accompanied me (along with our children) to the city so I could get the ingredients for mochi.

Have you had it?

 It's a sweet, gooey dessert that my family loves.

I grew up in Hawaii, where you can pick up a container at the local drugstore (but it might have a black bean paste in the middle).

Since I'm no longer in Hawaii, I have to make my own(without the black bean).

I probably wouldn't have found the asian store without her.

She is such a sweet friend, and I was thinking of her today.

~Word Art Wednesday Challenge #46 is about friends this week~

I started with a fantastic sketch here, at Splitcoaststampers.

inspired me to create a dancing cityscape...

I used the colors at the Color Throwdown #210.

 Hope you are having a great week so far~thanks for peeking in today~



Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Together Silhouettes
Paper:Basic Grey Wander,Core'dinations Brown,Papertrey Ink Kraft
Die:Spellbinders Scalloped Circles
Punches: Martha Stewart Double Link Trim,Beaded Arcs
Ink:Papertrey Ink New Leaf,Tim Holtz Walnut Stain
Other:Piercing Tool,Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

~Carpe Diem~

I created one more card for

CAS-ual Fridays:CFC70
Black and White Plus One (other color)

This lil' guy is such a sweetie, isn't he?

There are glossy accents on the raindrops...I couldn't pick them up here.

The lil' bowtie and cloud are die cut from Sizzix's Kite set ~I trimmed the bowtie just a wee bit to fit the hedgie's body~don't want him to fall over! ;)

I was also inspired by CASE Study Challenge #108:Torico.

She has the cutest monkeys hanging from a negative die cut heart.

I went for the cuteness/action factor and then framed my lil' guy in a Spellbinders Large Label.

Rainy days are the PERFECT days to craft...I'm working on a bit of sunshine inside.


Have a blessed day!


Stamps:Verve Words of Wisdom,Penny Black Hedgie Friends,Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees
Paper:Georgia Pacific White,black cardstock
Ink: Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores and True Black,Ranger Tim Holtz Broken China
Dies:Sizzix Framelits Die set(Kites),Spellbinders Large Labels
 Other:Ranger Glossy Accents



I've wanted this set for awhile now~isn't she the sweetest?

That big hair is a HOOT!!!

Check out Laurel's colors here at

I can't wait to play with this set more....

Stamps:There She Goes Bombdiggity
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink Elderberry,Pistachio and Pear Tart,Papertrey Ink true black
Paper: Authentique Lively,Georgia Pacific white,Bazzill
Die: Sizzix Tickets
Other:zig zag scissors, Crop-a-Dile corner chomper,Memento Markers

Monday, September 17, 2012

~Give Thanks~

I am digging the purples and greens lately!

You saw it coming right?

Teeny Trees?  


Thanks for stopping by~


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees
Dies: Spellbinders Postage Stamp and Large Labels
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink Pear Tart and Elderberry
Paper:Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream,Bazzill
Other: Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,rick rack,Scor-Tape

~Waltzingmouse Blog Party~

I love blog parties~

Waltzingmouse is having one today.

Here is my fall creation~a tag to wrap a gift with (candy bar or bag).

Yup, Teeny Trees and I~we go together like peas and carrots. ;)

Here is the inspirational photo Claire has given us.

I'm still waiting for our trees to show their stuff here~how about you?


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees
Dies: Spellbinders Label Eleven and classic circles
Markers: Copic yellow,orange,red
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Fired Brick,Spiced Marmalade,Mustard Seed,Papertrey Ink True Black
Friendship Thread (Kid's Jewelry)
Paper:Georgia Pacific White

~COOL and ooopsies!~

Black and white challenges are my favorite!

Black and White Plus One (other color).

I love Verve's Happy Days~huge sentiments and big swirl!

I played with my Copics again...coloring outside the lines seems to be my thing. ;)

I used this sketch from
The Sweet Stop #176

but, I forgot the spin part:Welcome Fall.

oopsies. Oh well, I can't link up, but I can give them credit.

Perhaps I'll try again with that sketch...

I pray your Monday is easing along just fine~


Stamps: Verve Happy Days
Ink: Papertrey Ink True Black
Marker: Copic Lime Green

Paper:Georgia Pacific white

~He Cares for You~

I believe the verse on this card says it all....

(uplifting sentiment)

I know I'll be posting several cards I'll keep the chatter down here. ;)


Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Series 3,Autumn Leaves Stampology Swirls
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink Pear Tart,Staz On black
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Circles
Paper: Georgia Pacific white,Bazzill,BoBunny Country Garden (yellow)
Tools:Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper


Saturday, September 15, 2012

~Season of Change~

Unfortunately, a sympathy card is needed.

Sometimes I get too stuck on, "What do I say?"~I'm glad this sentiment made it easier.

I kept it simple for 

 the Virtual Stamp Day at Sweet 'n Sassy's (actually, it lasts a few 
Create a card using at least three of the colors of Fall:
red, orange, yellow, green, and brown and ADD Kraft.

The Kraft can be card stock, twine, or ribbon.
There's green (Pistachio),orange and brown.
The leaf is die cut from Kraft.

I used staples for the rawness of change.

I pray if you are feeling raw today...that it soften more and more over time.


Stamp:Sweet 'n Sassy Season of Change
Dies: Sweet 'n Sassy Season of Change Leaf Die, Papertrey Ink Movers and Shakers Spinners Die Collection
Paper:Bazzill orange,Papertrey Ink Kraft,Studio Calico Abroad DP
Other:Fiskars Crimper,Scor-tape(1/8"),stapler
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink Pistachio

~Dress Accordingly~

I picked up a few new tops the other day.

When I snipped the tags...I was tickled to find a treasure...


I ripped the top half off to reveal the sentiment (reattached it below) and added the gold elastic.

I've got a couple more~what a blessing!

There's a paahhhh-TEH going on at Sweet 'n Sassy's September Fall Frenzy.

Also, I had in mind Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger:Envy Becomes You

I love the color combo.

I figured the fashion sentiment would bring to mind the snazzy shoes.

I used Memento Pear Tart and Teal Zeal to mimic the colors here.

Ummmm, envy never looked great on me.

Just sayin'. ;)

Thanks for stopping by~

Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Season of Change,Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees for accent leaves
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink Pear Tart and Teal Zeal,Tim Holtz Tea Dye for edging
Other:recycled tag,Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Paper:Papertrey Ink Kraft cardbase,Scor-Tape

~A Leaf and a Heart~

I love a Virtual stamp party!

I REALLY love when it falls on a weekend.

This CAS creation is for Sweet 'n Sassy's September Fall Frenzy

I picked up these adorable felt hearts in the clearance aisle recently~aren't they sweet?

There's a few days to participate...I'm working my way through them~

Have a great day~


Stamps: Papertrey Ink Teach and Inspire Sentiment
Die: Sweet n' Sassy Season of Change Leaf Die
Sticker: Pebbles Orange Blue Hearts
Ink:Tsukineko Memento Ink Teal Zeal
Other:Scor-Pal for scoring
Paper:Papertrey ink Kraft cardbase