Tuesday, November 27, 2012


As I was designing this card, I thought of my friend,

and how he might be a bit intimidated to cross a road again (if he hasn't already).

It takes courage to move ahead...

I used Jean's lovely sketch at

I used Authentique papers for the

That's two cards created and posted today....I was able to get crafty when all I really wanted to do during that time was take a nap.

It's one of those cozy...sleep in days.

and cold. oh. so. cold.


stamps: Waltzingmouse Back in the Saddle,Sheriff,(snowflakes)Teeny Trees and Half Pint Heroes Additions
ink: Memento Ink Rich Cocoa,Versamark,Ranger Tim Holtz Walnut Stain
paper:Authentique Genuine and Fresh,Georgia Pacific White cardbase
dies: Spellbinders classic circles and postage stamp,My Favorite Things Sentiment strips
other: zig brown pen,Recollections Glacier and clear embossing powder,Darice twine,Scor-Tape,staples,Sizzix Textured Impressions Seasons Greetings,Crop-A-Dile Corner chomper

~Aloha Christmas and Silver Numbers~

I made a Christmas card for my dear friend who loved these numbered paperclips (Studio Calico) on another card she saw in my stash.

The center image is a stamp I purchased in HI~since that was where I was raised...I'm sure she will appreciate it. ;)

I added other fun elements ...probably way more than I've ever done.

In fact, I went over my "200 character" limit on labels...never saw that warning on blogger before!

So, I just labeled it with the challenges.

Use Gold or Silver
The paper clips are silver and so is the sentiment strip I colored with a silver Gelato stick.

I was

The red,creams and whites gave me the striking colors I wanted. I drew some tick marks along the edges to represent the stool topped with rulers.

Thanks for stopping by today~it's always a blessing to see friends~

stamps: Stampettes (made in HI),sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy Seek Him Still
other: Studio Calico Yearbook Paper Clips,Sassafras buttoned flower,Fiskars crimper,zig red pen,Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,Scor-Tape
paper: Authentique Carefree,My Mind's Eye All is Bright,DCWV Naturals Stack,Georgia Pacific white
ink:Versamark,Memento Ink Rhubarb Stalk,Ranger black embossing powder,silver Faber Castell Gelato
dies: Spellbinders large labels,Postage stamp and Deckled rectangles,Papertrey Ink Photo Finish,My Favorite Things Sentiment strips,

Monday, November 26, 2012

~Sweet Baby Christmas~

One more blues card for the road...

to add fun dimension here.

How's your Monday so far?

stamps: Papertrey Ink Winter Penguin and Bitty Baby Blessings
dies: Papertrey Ink Bitty Baby Blessings and Photo Finish Strips,My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips
ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Broken China,Ranger Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin
paper: Papertrey Ink Soft Stone,Authentique Journey
other: Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper

Sunday, November 25, 2012

~A Wonderful Year~

Colour Q's Challenge is a fun medley of colors.

I presented the colors with some Hello Sunshine rays, fun snowflakes (my new fave from PTI's Winter Penguin) and that eraser from Teach & Inspire...love that abstract element!

Thanks for stopping by~

 Papertrey~Teach & Inspire eraser and sentiment,Winter Penguin,Hello Sunshine
die: My Favorite Things Solid Skyline
paper: Authentique Fresh,Georgia Pacific White
inks: Memento Ink Potters Clay,Dandelion,Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores and True Black

Papertrey November 2012 Blog Hop

Cover Art Inspiration is a great excuse to pull out all your favorite images and just have a go at it.

I was inspired by the Weekend Londen cover that
piled image upon image in all sorts of fun colors.

No masking or order required~

I loved merging all these images together and overlapping them.

It's what's best about this season...wonderful memories and events all colliding in one brief moment.

There's nothing neat and tidy about Christmas~

it's probably the most emotional time of the year.

There are tears and laughter~

with old memories meeting with new traditions.

I'm looking forward to this being the best....

stamps: Papertrey Ink~Wreath for All Seasons,In the Meadow,Winter Penguin
die:  PTI Photo Finish Strips
ink: Memento inks~Pear Tart,Teal Zeal,Dandelion,Rhubarb Stalk,Lilac Posies,Morocco, Papertrey Ink True Black
paper: Georgia Pacific white cardbase,Little Yellow Bicycle Acorn Hollow DP

Saturday, November 24, 2012

~Makes Me Happy~

Fun, crazy hair makes me smile~

A cute sentiment does also.

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #196

Create a Card that Makes You Happy

Word Art Wednesday #55 Anything Goes

I played a bit in the snow today...that made me smile~

and tired.

really really tired. ;) LOL

stamps: Papertrey Ink Winter Penguin and Hello Sunshine,Unity sentiment
die: PTI Photo Finish Strips
ink: Memento Dandelion and Tangelo,PTI true black
other: twine for the hair,Copic orange marker

~Ala Mode Just a Note~

I've always liked the trendy MFT ala modes...I finally got one!

Isn't she sweet?

I went radical with sunbeams from Papertrey's Hello Sunshine and the eraser element from Teach  & Inspire (my new abstract weapon of choice). ;)

I was definitely inspired by these dresses that have so much movement....you don't have to budge to get the vibe.

Shazzammo, right?!!

Word Art Wednesday #55 Anything Goes

I cannot believe there is snow on the ground...it's really that time!!!!

stamps: My Favorite Things ala modes You are Unrepeatable,Papertrey Ink Hello Sunshine and Teach & Inspire eraser

Friday, November 23, 2012

Let Us Adore Him

Papertrey's challenge this week,

hosted by Melissa

will take your card to a new 3D level.

Bring on the bright DP and layer it with vellum for a muted effect.

I love the inner belly goodness I was able to throw in between the vellum and DP layer-glitter and snowflakes.

I used the

My colors are from

I couldn't do it....I could not bring myself to face the shopping madness.

Kudos to you who were brave enough to go out there and try! ;)

stamps: Papertrey Ink Shape Up Snowman Accessories,Sweet 'n Sassy Seek Him Still
dies: Papertrey Ink Shape Up Snowman, Winter Penguin,Photo Finish Strips Die,Spellbinders Label Eleven,Verve Pennant Trim
paper: Authentique Fresh,Journey,Lively and Georgia Pacific white
ink: Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores, Staz On black,Ranger Tim Holtz peeled paint
other: Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper,Scor-Tape,Tombow glue,Zig marker,sewing machine

~Much Obliged~

When I laid eyes on the new sheriff badge at Waltzingmouse...I had to get it-fast!

It's the perfect compliment to the Back in the Saddle Set I recently received.

I love the badge...it was exactly what I was looking for~

Big and bold!

I used my classic Creative Memories oval cutter (one of my earliest investments in this paper crafting adventure).

I utilized the fun sketch at

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #124

CASE Study Challenge #118

Angeline Yong

I mimicked her overlapping of stamping on the perimeter of the card, using these colors...

The PlayDate Cafe #158

Thanks for stopping by, it's always a blessing when you visit!

stamps: Waltzingmouse Sheriff,Back in the Saddle,Teeny Trees, French Country
ink: Papertrey Ink New Leaf and Hibiscus Burst,Ranger Jenni Bowlin Weather Vane,Memento Ink Pistachio,Ranger Tim Holtz Peeled Paint
paper: Georgia Pacific white, Little Yellow Bicycle Acorn Hollow DP
other: Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,Creative Memories oval cutter,Spellbinders classic circles,hole punch,cord

Thursday, November 22, 2012


for Jesus


for today

to have the opportunity to wish you a

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

~Guide Us~

I love this stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy~perfect to ink up in blue!

I think I am over zealous for this challenge...since my favorite color is blue!!!

Plus, they gave us extra time to participate....so get your blues on!!!

stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Seek Him Still
dies: Papertrey Ink Edgers #1 Die
other: American Crafts satin ribbon,Scor-Tape,Fiskars rotary cutter deckle blade
paper: Georgia Pacific white,Teresa Collins DP
ink: Ranger Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

~Blue Nose, Warm Heart~

Here is one more for 

It was a happy fluke when I stamped the penguin on the onesie...I loved it right away.

I knew it would be perfect for a baby's first Christmas card.

blue nose and toes....

cuddly warm heart!!!!

stamps: Papertrey Ink Bitty Baby Blessings,A Wreath for All Seasons and Winter Penguin Stamp Set
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black,Memento Ink Bahama Blue and Rich Cocoa
die: Papertrey Ink Bitty Baby Blessings
other: MS twine,Georgia Pacific white cardstock,teeny clothespin,Scor-Tape,Copic blue marker,teeny hole punch

~Leany Tree~

Here's another for Retro Sketches...

I remember almost 12 years ago....I was big big pregnant with my littlest girlie, and our Christmas tree fell


decorations and all.

There was water all over the carpet...it was a disaster and I was bawling my eyes out.

Now, the older girlies and I reminisce about how funny it was...

with me, big as a HOUSE (with one more month to go)...struggling with straightening a tall, decorated tree all by my lonesome.

(Hubby was at work and couldn't save me. The kiddos were only about 3 feet high or so-just munchkins...they couldn't really help either-all they did was point tearfully at the wee head of a mousy ornament that broke off.

they. were. horrified of his demise).

At the time it was chaotic and...

not so funny!

Now, it's one of our favorite "when things go terribly wrong" stories to retell....

This sketch here at

is the perfect platform to highlight this fun tree from Verve.

Paper piecing it made it doable to tilt it just a wee bit for character.

May your Christmas tree stand tall this year....

If it should fall...

may you stash it in your fond memories for years to come!!!

stamps: Verve Winter Tree Plain Jane,sentiment from Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black,Memento Rich Cocoa
dies: Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle Die,My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips,Verve rounded rectangle
paper: Georgia Pacific white,Authentique Fresh,Lively and Journey
other: gold pen,stapler

You're the Bomb...Thank You

I love this girlie's crazy hair!!! LOL

I'm so glad this ornament die looks like a bomb...YAY!

Now there's a random thing to say....hee hee

I flipped the smallest panel in this sketch...wanting to balance out the friendly/fun bombs...

once again...a random sentence~

I needed a memorable way to say thanks to a special lady who ROCKS and who really is


She's a hoot and has been BEYOND generous to me lately.

I shall submit this to the following challenges~

Simon Says Thank Tou

I don't know about you all..but I am DRAGGING today....

I'm on my second coffee drink so far~and hanging on!!!

stamps: Verve sentiment,There She Goes BombDiggity,Waltzingmouse Heirloom Patterns
ink: Ranger Tim Holtz walnut stain,Memento Tuxedo Black,Dandelion and Rich Cocoa
paper: Studio Calico Abroad DP,Georgia Pacific white cardstock,American Crafts cardstock brown
other: Tim Holtz distress tool
die: My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments

Monday, November 19, 2012

~Fabulous Neutrals~

I married Flourishes Hydrangea and Hero Arts background and sentiment for

There is just one rhinestone here...my favorite amber color!

I love the creams,browns and whites here~

I also used the sketch from

Retro Sketches #38

Have a fabulous day~

stamps: Hero Arts/Basic Grey Square Pattern,Flourishes Hydrangea, Hero Arts Live & Laugh
ink: Versamark,Memento Rich Cocoa
embossing enamel: Stampendous Aged Ivory
other: Studio Calico wood frame,Zig pen for faux stitching,Papertrey Ink Edgers #1 Die,My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips,Want2Scrap bling
paper: Georgia Pacific white

~Rainbow Stache~

I got some cutie pie duck tape the other day.

Ack, aren't those 'staches the cutest???

Is it really Monday already????

Hope your week is starting off well....

I always appreciate when you stop by~thanks for visiting me today!

stamps: Verve Words of Wisdom
dies: Spellbinders classic circles,Verve arrow
ink: Memento bahama blue
other: orange and yellow Copics,MS fringe scissors,duck tape,Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
paper: Georgia Pacific white,Basic Grey Lauderdale,Bazzill yellow

Sunday, November 18, 2012

~Berry Sweet~

Funny how we stamp things that we abhor.

Love the berries.

The ants?

Not so much.  

But, aren't they cute in stamp form???

I went with the kitchen theme and reds and blues for

I was also inspired by

CASE Study Challenge #117
Angeline Yong

Her card was simple and sweet...with a touch of red.

Thanks for stopping by today~

stamps: Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Summer Fillers
die: Spellbinders scalloped ovals,Papertrey Ink Pint Jar
ink: Memento Lady Bug and Rich Cocoa,Papertrey Ink True Black
paper: Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream,Authentique Fresh
other: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper,toothpick

Saturday, November 17, 2012

~Winter Blues Pocket Card~

I'm sorry the pics are so dark...it's like my camera struggled with the blues....

Yayyyyy, another Christmas card done!!!!

paper:Teresa Collins Everyday Moments,Georgia Pacific white
stamps: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow
dies: Papertrey Ink Edgers #1 Die and In the Meadow
ink: Ranger Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin
other:  pearl,American Crafts satin ribbon,Scor-Tape,pop up dots

~Nov. 2012 Waltzingmouse Blog Party~

I let my head get all swimmy with stampy fun today for the


~I love playing with circles and an abstract design~

I am thankful for you kind bloggers that stop in!

Have a great weekend friends~

stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees
ink: Memento inks Potters Clay,Pistachio,Teal Zeal,Rich Cocoa
dies: Sizzix kite dies
paper: Georgia Pacific white
other: Crop-A Dile Corner Chomper

Friday, November 16, 2012

Just Do It

I just did it.

As I set the timer and created my card....my mind reflected on

this. is. a. just. do. it. moment.

I'm glad it's not life and death.

Would I be able to 


save a life
say the right thing at the right moment
be brave
be godly
be holy
make -in a split decision- the right turn that blesses those around me

man. I can't guarantee that.

However, I can make a 10 minute card.

10 minutes 2 seconds

It's not life changing.

It's not my best work.

However, life is FULL OF JUST DO IT moments.

I need to pray about my heart and my priorities

 so at the right time, in the split second...

I won't freak out...but I'll trust in the Lord


save a life.

say the perfect thing.

Say and do what God wants me to.

If you want to stretch your card making muscles..there's some time for

If you want to stretch your life making muscles.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

~Squash Soup~

We love V8 Squash Soup...but can't find it at our local store anymore.


But, I can make a card INSPIRED by it.

Here's my squash soup card~

It's fun to assemble elements with Erin's chipboard technique here.

 I swiped the buggy with Mod Podge for a nice finish.

Here is the soup pic from Inspired By #49

Laurel's source link under the photo will take you to a recipe I will have to try~

I used Lenet's sketch from Waltzingmouse Sketch #123.

The Waltzingmouse stamp I used was the shadow from My Island...isn't that a fun stamp???

My sentiment and die are from Papertrey Ink and the border die is from Verve.

I recently purchased Papertrey's Beautiful Beads die...and thought it would be the perfect platform for the sentiment~

Bet I have you thinking of warm soup now, too, huh?!!!

Misery loves company...LOL.

At least it's a healthy craving~

stamps: Waltzingmouse My Island,Papertrey Ink Bitty Baby Blessings
dies: Verve Pennant trim die,Papertrey Ink Bitty Baby Blessings, Winter Penguin Die snowflake and Beautiful Beads die
embossing folder: Sizzix Textured Impressions Seasons Greetings
other: Martha Stewart border punch,Crop-a-dile corner chomper
paper: Little Yellow Bicycle Acorn Hollow DP,Georgia Pacific white cardbase
ink: Memento Rich Cocoa,Tim Holtz Walnut Stain