Wednesday, October 31, 2012

~A Pink Journaling Tree~

I pray you are having a hopeful morning

~despite your situation today.

There are no words for what some have experienced and are dealing with right now.

Believe me, if I had the right words, I would write them.

 I pray the Lord heal what was broken and bruised...

those precious hearts and minds that have been rattled.

~We are truly blessed, friends, to be alive while today is still today~

This leftover tree is from

 the journaling card I created here,
and it stared at me LONG ENOUGH from my cluttered desk.

It was too pretty and joyful to leave buried under scraps.

I funned the tree  up by

adding black and grey Copic coloring to the edges to give it a jazzy look.

 The dots are from my Sakura Souffle pen.

It takes a delicate touch to get the pouf (if you smear down too much, it will lay flat).

If you haven't used those pens, know that the shades are a bit lighter when they are completely dry.

I am entering this  card in

The Journaling Cards Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

It seemed natural to wrap the sentiment die cut around the card base,

because if I left it whole, it would have competed with the tree.

This falls in line with the theme of

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #193

(create a card or project where your focal image falls off the page)

I am also inspired by the pink pink fun here at

Take care~

supplies: Papertrey Ink (In the Meadow,Count My Blessings) dies, Pink Paislee (Daily Junque Ephemera Pack) journaling card, My Mind's Eye Six By Six Everyday Flair, Fiskars crimper

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Thankful for this new day~

Thankful for a fresh start~

Thankful for being able to post that I'm thankful~

 I took another try at The Play Date Cafe PDCC #155.

This time, I broke out my Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel.

I drew "stitches" across the sentiment die with an embossing pen and sprinkled that magical powder and heated.

I then inked up the cardbase with my damaged Versamark pad 

(read the sidebar about that oopsies...#5 on my list of YOU KNOW WHEN).

I can't bring myself to throw that old Versamark pad was one of my first cardmaker investments!

I am also entering this in the 

 I used my square punch to create notched borders on my focal panel.

 I created with dry AND wet embossing for 

supplies: Papertrey Ink Count My Blessings die, square punch, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Zig embossing pen, K&Company SW Nature pad,Georgia Pacific white cardbase, Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel,Piggy Tales DP,My Mind's Eye Six By Six Everyday Flair,Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

~Nothing is Impossible~

I pray this morning finds you safe, friends.

It has been quite a night, I'm sure, for many of you.

My internet seems to be working for now, so I am taking advantage of the clear signal to share this card I made.

I finally opened up my box of Faber Castell Metallic Gelatos.

I colored the outside of the butterfly window and along the borders of cream cardstock.

I "fingerpainted" it, by smudging the coloring.

If wet paint/ink freaks you won't mind this~

Trust me, this is a great excuse for getting your fingertips inky
(but in a drier way).

I revved up my sewing machine for the

I picked the wavy line on my machine and ran a strip through the butterfly.

Gorgeous colors from

stamps: Verve Words of Wisdom
ink: Memento Ink Rich Cocoa
paper: Studio Calico Abroad,American Crafts cardstock,Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream,K&Company SW Nature pad
other: Faber Castell Metallic Gelatos,sewing machine,Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings butterfly die

Monday, October 29, 2012

Creating Leaves and Using Letters

It's been hit or miss with the internet the past few days so I'll post this as quick as possible. 

It's so ironic that I'm kicking leaves out the door thinking "what a mess,"
then I carefully die cut these leaves from a paper bag to




I took various distress inks to the letters and traced them with a white Uni-ball pen to stand out.

I would probably chat more, but my internet might blink off right before I do that sooooo

good bye for now!

Thanks for stopping in~

Friday, October 26, 2012


Yesterday smelled like summer & felt like summer~it was so weird!

Today looks like another chance of the same~YES!!!

One last second to


the warmth!

This week at

CAS-ual Fridays CFC76,

the goal is to create a clean and simple project using Kraft.

The leaves may be crunchy and losing color...but we can still enjoy them~

CASE Study Challenge #114
Julia Stainton

I love the texture going on with her card!!!

I have a mini-texture strip on mine-created from a rosette die.

 Have you had a burst of sunshine in your corner of the world?

I say take it and run!

~ENJOY the sunshine and warmth while you can friends~

stamp: Technique Tuesday Fly
ink: Memento Ink Pistachio
dies: My Favorite Things Rosette Die-namics,Sizzix Sizzlits Flowers Branches Leaves
paper: Bazzill kraft and yellow,Georgia Pacific white
other: Tim Holtz Distress Tool,stapler

Thursday, October 25, 2012

~Last Card for Papertrey October Blog Hop~

This was the day to invest my time in creating Christmas cards!

So here is my last for Papertrey Ink's October Blog Hop.

I am also entering this in the

(positive and negative die cuts)

Have a wonderful evening~thanks for dropping by!

stamps: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow
ink: Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores and Aqua Mint,Staz On black,Memento Rose Bud
paper: My Mind's Eye Six By Six Everyday Flair,Georgia Pacific white
other: Pink Paislee (Daily Junque Ephemera Pack) journaling card
 dies: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow,Spellbinders classic circles

~Second Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop Card ~

'Cause I'm an obsessed focused cardmaker...I made another for the blog hop.


I kept it simple with these colors from

I cut apart a sentiment from Bitty Baby Blessings and added a sentiment from A Wreath for All Seasons.

Thanks for looking!

stamps: Papertrey Ink's (Bitty Baby Blessing,A Wreath for All Seasons,In the Meadow-snowflake)
ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores,Aqua Mist,Hibiscus Burst),Memento Ink Rose Bud
dies: Papertrey Ink Movers and Shakers Spinners,Bitty Baby
other: MS fringe scissors,Georgia Pacific white cardstock

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge

Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop is today!!!

I created a winter confetti scene~

I played with my eraser stamp from Teach & Inspire~

~the least significant/underdog stamp has the most potential at times~


I LOVE the colors featured and hope to stamp another for today~

thanks for stopping by friends!

stamps: Papertrey Ink Teach and Inspire eraser image,In the Meadow sentiment
ink: Papertrey Ink New Leaf,Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores
paper: Studio Calico Abroad,Georgia Pacific White
dies: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow,Movers and Shakers Spinners

~A Tag, A Butterfly and a Sketch~

I brought out another one of my lovely recycled clothing tags to create...

Love the tan and red movement here!

~Have an awesome day~

stamp: Waltzingmouse Nordic Spring border
ink: Memento Ink Rhubarb Stalk
paper: Authentique Carefree,Bazzill cardbase,My Mind's Eye All Is Bright
other: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper,MS punch around the page,Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings Butterfly die,Spellbinders classic circle,Uni-Ball white pen,recycled tag,Kid's Jewelry Braiding Cord

~pLaYiNg With Paint~

I was inspired to bring out my awesome green paint and


I love the colors this week at

It's a fun one!!!!

stamps: Waltzingmouse Nordic Spring(butterfly),Heidi Swapp Memory File Clear Stamps sentiment,Papertrey Ink Teach and Inspire (eraser image),Waltzingmouse My Island element
ink: Papertrey Ink true black,Versamark
die: Spellbinders Classic Circles
other: black embossing powder,Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Macaw Green,spiral clip,staple,Authentique Carefree

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

~Off the Edge Hello~

Hello there friends~

Here's one more for 

I used positive and negative die cuts for 
hosted by Erin Lincoln.

I die cut a circle in the cardbase and added a DP panel that was stamped and embossed.

It was easier for me to stamp on a panel and adhere from behind the cardbase than to ink within the gap.

I created a "positive" frame by using two sizes of circle dies.

Hope you are having a great day so far~

stamps: October Afternoon 9 to 5,Papertrey Ink Communique Sentiments
dies: Spellbinders classic circles, My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips
paper: Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream,Studio Calico Abroad DP,Authentique Lively
ink: Memento Ink Rich Cocoa,Versamark Ink
white embossing powder

~Glitz and Glam~

Crafty Friends Challenge

CFC #9: All Things Glitz and Glam

made me reach for the obvious Glitz paper and sticker.

The "vintage blue" DP design was also the obvious choice for the

DYSU Challenge #94 Vintage

I don't normally create elegant cards...but I just got Verve and needed an anniversary card, like NOW.

I stamped the sentiment on the rectangle die cut and the glitzy sticker fit right on top!

Don't you love it when the shoe fits???

I avoided a bow since it's going in the mail,...but knots are a great alternative!

paper: Glitz Paper Layers Vintage Blue,Bazzill silver,Georgia Pacific white
stamp: Verve Love Story
other: Glitz Glitzers Vintage Blue sticker,Verve Rounded Rectangle die,Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle Die,American Crafts satin ribbon,Crop-A-Dile corner chomper
ink: Memento Ink Teal Zeal

~pAtTeRnEd cLoUdS and bLaCk rAiN~

I love the challenge this week at

I'll use the excuse to let my hair down and hang over the edge...

 Such a fun celebration going on there and big, big news!!!

Verve Words of Wisdom,Sizzix Kite set,Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees,Authentique Lively,Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper

Monday, October 22, 2012


I tend to OVERTHINK.

This stresses me out and leaves me emotionally paralyzed.

It's the "big sister" syndrome I carry.

Many times I need to just chuck it ~


and move forward.

I kept my card simple for a couple of fun challenges-it was that, or not participate!

I love the outfit at

I let the red and tan colors take the stage.

 I love the linage going on~I went with zigzaggy vs straight.

I took a cue from the open jacket and slanted the panel off of the cardbase for the challenge~

Yay for the grace to 


stamps: Verve Words of Wisdom
dies: Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings butterfly die,Verve arrow die
paper: Papertrey Ink kraft,My Mind's Eye All is Bright
ink: Memento Ink Rich Cocoa

Saturday, October 20, 2012

~True Colors~

Teens and Pre-teens have it tough nowadays, don't they?

Good gravy, not only are they bullied ... but NOW it spreads viral.

I had Cyndi Lauper's tribute as a teen.

 Boy, did this song oooze with therapy for me!

My girlies' generation have songs like Britt Nicole's "Headphones;"

she also sings encouragement into their souls(and mine for that matter).

Kids need to hear that they are awesome and accepted, you know?

I followed the maze of white from my favorite design in Basic Grey's Lauderdale pack~which left a cool and free result.

I fussy cut the kiss and sentiment "true colors"; then I embossed with my favorite embossing folder to press in the raw edges.

Placing the folder at an angle...I was careful to roll it through my Big Shot and spring back.  I did not follow through all the way, because it would have cracked a corner off of the folder.

Fantastic colors and a celebration at the

Wooo hooo! It's their 3Yr Anniversary!

Have a blessed day~

stamps: Verve Words of Wisdom
ink: Memento Ink Rhubarb Stalk
paper: Georgia Pacific white,Basic Grey Lauderdale
embossing folder: Cuttlebug Diamond Plate

Friday, October 19, 2012

~All About Balance~

I love this 'lil image from Unity:All About Balance.

I'm sharing this at Unity's Friends With Flair

I paper pieced her shoes and band...the rest I dabbled with Copics.

The edges of her panel were sketched with Gelatos~now those are fun to play with!

~Have a great weekend~

stamps: Unity All About Balance
ink: Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst
paper: Georgia Pacific White,My Mind's Eye Six By Six Everyday Flair
other: Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,Faber Castell Red Gelato,Copics

~It's Like Soooo Christmas~

It's like, soooo goin' to be Christmas~

and I'm like, sooo goin' to be NoT rEaDy.

But, it's goin' to be sooo, like, AwEsOmE aNyWaY!!!

Sorry, ever since making this...I'm like, SOOO being a teenager (in the 80's) and like sooo irritating myself but can't stop. ;)

How do you like those funky tags that came off of my teen's new shirts???

Aren't they LiKe So CoOl????

hee hee hee.

OK, stopping, LiKe, NOW!

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger: Val de Victorian

Told you these colors are on my mind....

I like the trendy vibe of lavender,pinks and pops of orange.

I also love the whimsical shapes that make you feel like you're in a dream~

Simon Says Stamp and Show:Your Favorite

These are my FAVORITE recycled tags to work with.

I just had to add the DP/kraft circles; then strategically place die cuts to hide the tag info.

They have the "So" already built in and the bigger pink tag to complement.

Plus, I'm being all responsible-like too, by recycling.

win! win!

yay! yay!

stamp:  Papertrey Ink Wreath for All Seasons sentiment,My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments snowflake
ink:  Memento Ink Tangelo
paper:  Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream and Kraft
dies:  My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments Stamp Set

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

~Put Your Heart Into It~

~Put Your Heart Into It~

I used to watch "Clean House", esp. while we were trying to sell our house-go figure~ ;)

Niecy shared sound advice when one of the renovations wasn't received positively.

She said you can give gifts to others, but sometimes they don't WANT to receive them or aren't ready to receive them.

Have you been praying and praying for something or someone?

If it's God's will, pray you are ready to receive~or you'll miss the blessing~

stamp: Verve Psalm 37:4 Plain Jane
ink: Memento Ink
paper: My Mind's Eye Six By Six Everyday Flair,Georgia Pacific White,Papertrey Ink kraft
sticker: Pebbles Orange Blue Hearts
die: Spellbinders Label Eleven

~cOlOrFuL bLoG pArTy~

My life feels like this canvas right now....

a whole lot of fun events happening at the same time...

splashing and colliding and a little, well, CrAzY, you know?

With a tween and two teen girls...there's no other way to roll.

You just ride the wave as long as you can....

stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps French Country and My Island
inks: Tsukineko Memento inks (tangelo,elderberry,tuxedo black),Ranger Tim Holtz dusty concord
other: Copics,Georgia Pacific white cardstock,Crop-a-Dile corner chomper

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

An Interpretation Leads to An Interpretation

I created a funky card for

My daughter was inspired by my card and created this~that's me, backstage~watching my card stroll down the runway...

 Isn't it the cutest????

I love the way her mind works~LOL...

stamp: Verve Treasured Words
inks: Versamark,Tsukineko Memento ink (tangelo,rich cocoa,morocco,pistachio,bahama blue)
dies: Papertrey Ink Movers and Shakers Spinners Die Collection,Spellbinders Scalloped Circles
paper: Papertrey Ink kraft and rustic cream,Bazzill
other: paper piercer,yellow embossing powder

Monday, October 15, 2012

~Tuesday Trigger and a Christmas Carol~

Sweet 'n Sassy's Virtual Stamp Day is going on until tonight!

I am also submitting this to 

The pinks and purples have been at the back of my mind since I saw the cool trigger photo. 

I've had this DP for awhile to use it up while I'm inspired!

I went all practical with a Christmas card (but in non-traditional colors).

I hope to participate again~it's a 3-weeker!

stamps:Papertrey Ink In the Meadow,Sweet 'n Sassy Tree Background
paper:Making Memories Just Chillin' Girl Pack,Authentique Lively,Georgia Pacific white
inks: Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst, Ranger Jenni Bowlin Weather Vane
dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics Rosette and Christmas Ornaments,Spellbinders Classic Circles
border punch:MS Drippy Goo

~Virtual Stamp Day Sketch~

Sweet 'n Sassy had me on my toes these past few days!

I look forward to their monthly weekend challenges that I can sink my creative teeth into~so to speak. ;)

Challenge #3 is a lovely sketch.

I used a glossy accents fabric paint (it was easy to just scribble it around the circle die).

Maybe I'll carve some time out to make another one for this challenge~I love these colors and playing with paint~

Thank you for stopping by today-it's such a blessing to have company~ ;)

stamps:Sweet 'n Sassy The Sea,My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments Stamp
paper:Papertrey Ink Kraft,Georgia Pacific white,Piggy Tales grey
embossing folder: Cuttlebug Embossing Allegro folder
die: Spellbinders classic circles
ink: Papertrey Ink New Leaf and True Black
other: Fiskars Rotary cutter deckle blade,Tim Holtz distress tool,Crop-a-Dile corner chomper

Sunday, October 14, 2012

~Life Changes~

Sweet 'n Sassy Virtual Stamp Day

inspired me to put the teeniest, tiniest tag here...

I LOVE the bright colors of this week's throwdown.

I'm not always into embracing life's changes...are you?

However, WITH us or WITHOUT us accepting them~ they happen.

Can you imagine some things


Ummm, that could be depressing or even boring.

What would there be to look forward to~

~where would the mystery be~

~what would be the point of praying~

stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings
dies: Sweet 'n Sassy Season of Change Leaf Die,Spellbinders Classic Circles,MFT Die-namics Christmas Ornaments (tag) and Sentiment Strips
border punch: Martha Stewart Laurel Leaf Trim
twine: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist "Life of the Party"
 ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink Tangelo
paper: Georgia Pacific White,Bazzill
other: Xyron,Scor-Tape 1/4"