Saturday, August 31, 2013

Off the Shoulder and a Pajama Party

Off the shoulder is cool right now...

so is off the cardbase.

I was inspired to let that panel float~

just like

CASE Study Challenge #155
Jennifer McGuire

I also love the hearts in the inspiration, so I used one to frame a bitty sentiment.

Card Two is for the pajama party this month~

it's a simple one for the

Waltzingmouse Pajama Party Challenge 2-Get Nauty.

I don't know about you...but I'm so glad we survived the first week back to school.


It went better than planned~here's to one week DONE! ;)

Thanks for stopping by friends~


stamp: Flourishes Tiny Flowers and Tags
die: Papertrey Ink Mighty Oak 
ink:Papertrey Ink True Black
other: Want2Scrap bling


stamp: Waltzingmouse Man of the Hour sentiment,Verve Text Objects
die: Spellbinders Label 25 (trimmed down)
ink: Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening
paper: Fancy Pants Swagger

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Don't You KNOW????!!!

You DO know it, right????

You really do!

I mean, there is no one like you and there will never be again.


It's true.

Whether or not you're the best YOU is up to you.

But, either way...




and you would be missed.

Please believe that.

I LOVE to speckle with my Copics...but I tried something a little different here.

I took my "new to me" PTI The Sweet Life and staggered the various layers in colors represented at RIC.

I pray you be encouraged today~

stamps: Papertrey (The Sweet Life,Holiday Photo Finishers),Verve Words of Wisdom
dies: Photo Finish Strips,Mighty Oak
other: Fiskars crimper,Copics
paper: Georgia Pacific

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


It was such a blessing to win a Papertrey gift certificate recently~I about passed out when I saw my name drawn!

I used it to snag this new set, Mighty Oak...

oh, HAVE MERCY...the possibilities are endless with these fun leaves....

I could play all day!

As for challenges, once again, the Q has inspired me with a lovely combo of colors.

My internet has been I better publish this post before it flickers off...

stamp: Papertrey Ink Mighty Oak,Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees sentiment
paper: Simple Stories Color Vibe,Georgia Pacific white
ink: Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores,Memento Ink (Grape Jelly,Pear Tart),Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Well, it's back to school people.....

We're a homeschooling it means that we have to buckle down and crack open the books and software.

It's getting all serious-like around here.

However, I couldn't resist saturating myself with yummy Sunscreen spray that smells like Manoi Oil.

I don't have time for the beach, but I can still smell like it!!!


stamp: Papertrey Ink Teach and Inspire,Market Street Stamps Vintage Notepad (no longer in business)
ink: WPlus9 white
other: Crop-a-Dile corner chomper

Monday, August 26, 2013

Last Q for Now...

I wasn't kidding about loving the Q colors....last one for this challenge...

this is almost like my last card~minus the mixed media feel.

 ColourQ Challenge #203 


Thanks for stopping by friends!

stamps: Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life & Year of the Roses,Waltzingmouse My Island (shadow)
 ink: Hero Arts Pool,Memento Ink (Pear Tart and Rich Cocoa),Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores
paper: Georgia Pacific white,Simple Stories Color Vibe 1

Nail Polish and Another Q

I told you I love the Q colors...

 I couldn't resist painting some nail polish on the edges~it's a fun color I leave sitting on my desk for prettiness-sake.  

It's called Lickety-Split Lime by Sally Hansen~and it dries pretty quick!

Hope your Monday is going smoothly~ ;)

stamps: Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life & Year of the Roses,Waltzingmouse Stamp Teeny Trees (raindrop) and My Island (shadow)
ink: Memento Ink (Pear Tart and Rich Cocoa),Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores,Tim Holtz Tea Dye distressed ink
paper: Georgia Pacific white,DCWV Chickadee stack

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Gratitude turns what we have into enough...

that pretty much says it all, doesn't it?!

This sentiment is perfect for the 

I used a Sakura Souffle pen I've had for YEARS to faux stitch the card and an ancient stapler for embellishing.

When I bought the set of pens...I thought I would use it more often~shamefully, 

I haven't.

However, I was grateful that it hadn't dried out yet~

Hope you get to use those ink pads and pens before they dry up...

thanks for stopping by today, friends~

stamp: Sweet Stamp Shop Fall Gratitude
ink: Versamark,WPlus9 white ink,Memento (teal zeal and rich cocoa)
paper: DCWV Chickadee stack,Fancy Pants Swagger
other: stapler,Sakura Souffle pen,Recollections Glacier embossing powder


I love this sentiment~

isn't it so true????

I felt this yellow card 

fit the bright and cheery theme at

 the Paper Crafts August Gallery Challenge.

Have you noticed that florals paired with stripes are HOT HOT HOT right now?

Check out the beautiful inspiration at

CASE Study Challenge #154

Jennifer McGuire

My card mimics the stripes, florals and script~

  This is going to be a busy, busy week and I'm glad I got some crafty time in.

Take some time for yourselves and do the same, friends!

stamps: Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life and Happy Trails (sentiment)
other: Martha Stewart fringe scissors,distress tool
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black,Memento Ink (Pistachio and Dandelion)

Love the Q Colors

I love this week's Q colors!!!

I brought out my splooches, raindrops and poppies for the~

Have a blessed day friends~

stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Precious Poppies,Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees
ink: Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa,Pear Tart),Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores
paper: DCWV Chickadee stack
other: Crop-A-Dile corner chomper,Want2Scrap bling

Friday, August 23, 2013

Christmas Lilies

I've got another Christmas Card down!

I took a "non Christmas" stamp, Calla Lilies, and stamped the stem in a frame around this retired PSX image I picked up at a Scrapbook Yard Sale.

I created this for the

Holiday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Hope you are enjoying the last few free days of summer~

I achieved my goal of going to the "beach" ONE. MORE. TIME.

It's a Lake Beach that is about an hour away.

I've got sand all through my house...swishing in the washer and running out the dryer hose.

It's a MESS,
 but it makes me smile when I hear it, because it's proof
 that we DID have some fun~
YAYYY FOR SANDY MESSES and a planned lazy summer~LOL~

now to get back to schoolwork...

stamps: PSX deer stamp,Flourishes Calla Lilies,Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees Sentiment
ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink,Memento Rhubarb and Pistachio
paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses,Georgia Pacific white,Martha Steward Yellow Flower Gem

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When there is suffering

For a dear friend who is suffering...

This card is a simple four layers for the

and the colors are from

I kept it simple, because when there is suffering...

too much

can sometimes be, 


too much.

I am also submitting this to

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #94

Give this challenge a visit~you will be encouraged!

 stamp: Verve Romans 8:18
dies: WPlus 9 Design Studio Quilt Cuts 1, Spellbinders Label 25
ink: Want2Scrap white (edging on diecut), Memento Elderberry
other: Want2Scrap rihinestone,distress tool
paper: Prima Bohemian Bamboo, My Mind's Eye DP

Monday, August 19, 2013

GIVE THANKS everyday

Don't need a holiday to be thankful

or to celebrate.

Years of military life trained us to treat everyday as special~holiday or not.

The days you are blessed to be together are the time to celebrate and be thankful~

The holidays you are apart are just another day~

It's a balance in power of holiday vs. everyday.

We have more "everyday" than "holiday" to work why not make 


EVERY DAY is an opportunity for joy~each are God's gift to us!!!

stamps: Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees,Technique Tuesday Ordinary Days
ink: Memento Ink (Dandelion,Gray Flannel,Rhubarb)
paper: Bazzill,Georgia Pacific white
other: Crop-A-Dile corner chomper

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pile on the Sweetness

Pile on the Sweetness August Diva Dare by Verve is going on now.

The Divas Andrea and Christyne are being honored for their lovely layered styles.

I don't layer often..but this challenge worked to my advantage.

Can you tell this is Christmas DP?

I layered over a reindeer with a beautiful Bible verse and flowers for an any day card.

 The cranberry crush paper was edged with WPlus9 white to blend in the layers.

~Hope you're having a beautiful weekend, friends~

stamp: Verve Psalm 63:3-4 Plain Jane,Papertrey Ink Rosie Posie and Step 2
ink: Papertrey Ink (Hibiscus Burst,Hawaiian Shores),Memento Rhubarb,WPlus9 white
paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses,WPlus9 Cranberry Crush Cardstock,random blue and green scraps
other:braiding cord

Friday, August 16, 2013


This is a simple card tonight~focusing on a beautiful sentiment.

I put this together for the


With a sentiment like this, what more needs to be said?

stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Precious Poppies sentiment
paper: American Crafts Sketchbook,Bazzill,Little Yellow Bicycle Acorn Hollow,Georgia Pacific white
dies: Spellbinders Label Four and Twenty-Five
ink: Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores



Monday, August 12, 2013

Color Challenge


Motivation to create is a blessing...

Thanks so much...

I hope to get more done today...blessings friends~

stamp: Flourishes Hydrangea, Sweet 'n Sassy Precious Poppies
ink: Memento Potters Clay (and marker),Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores
paper: Simple Stories Color Vibe 1,Fancy Pants Swagger,Georgia Pacific white
dies: Spellbinders Label Four and Twenty-Five
other: Want2Scrap Bling

Friday, August 9, 2013


I am slowly creating those Christmas Cards by one.

I know, I know...but it will BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT.

You DO know that, right???

hosted by Ashley.


Last night, at 1:40 IN THE oldest poked my shoulder to wake me up.

"Mom, there are two bats in the living room".


Since we are blessed with doors that shut the living room out, I said we'd ummm,

"deal with it"


Barely slept a wink, by the way.

This youngest girlie
 (who was born with super hero courage and strength)
joined me in the confrontation.


Let me rephrase that.

I timidly backed her up.

It was the mommy thing to do.

I was a ROYAL wimp last time...cowering in the living room while I let her catch a flying bat....

I didn't feel bad about it either.

 You should have seen her!

She didn't duck OR wince while doing it ...she was AH-MAY-ZING.

Have I told you how much I LOVE THAT KID?!!!!!

We are talking...almost sobbing...kept on hugging...



She is the best.

THIS round, however,

I felt that sending her

into the living room to face TWO BATS...

just seemed....



She IS only 12.

Plus, it wasn't like they were flying around...we had to HUNT for them...expecting them to ZOOM out from every corner.

The anticipation was almost too much to bear.

So, I put my BRAVEST mommy face on and I "assisted" her while

dressed in eargrabbers and gloves.


We got 'em.

That's right~

not a scream was belted out either.


except for a silent one. ;)

To be honest, I was afraid to even open my mouth....

here is one 'lil guy (hiding under the couch) that she picked up with a towel and set outside...

(Don't worry, he eventually flew away.)

 What's that I hear????

Are you silently screaming too???


I hear ya.

stamps: Papertrey Ink Rosie Posie (dots) and In the Meadow
ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores,Hibiscus Burst,Enchanted Evening),Ranger Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink
die: Spellbinders Scalloped Circle

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Gesso Who's Birthday is Coming~

I dabbled with mixed media today ~

thanks to the inspiration at Flourishes: Focus on Maki challenge.

I cased her stunning Old Tea Rose creation, by covering a recycled tag with gesso and stamping away~
I am also submitting this to 
The Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
 ~Have a blessed day friends~
stamps: Flourishes Enjoy the Ride,Verve Borderline
dies: Verve arrow,WPlus 9 Design Studio Quilt Cuts 1
other:Kaisercraft light purple bling (Simon Says Stamp gift~they rock!!),Copics,recycled tag
embossing folder: Sizzix/Tim Holtz Retro Cirque
paper: Georgia Pacific white base, Bazzill,Prima
ink:Memento Elderberry,Staz On black

Monday, August 5, 2013



U so totally awesome. ;)

Happy Birthday my dear hubby~


The following challenges inspired me to create:

I've incorporated background triangles for

stamps: Mama Elephant Trifecta,Technique Tuesday Incredible,Verve Awesome,Hero Arts Texture and Shape and Best of the Best
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black
paper: kraft,Bazzill

Thursday, August 1, 2013


I'm not the greatest at sketches, but the pajama party sketch at WMS is doable, even for me!

Give it a go, you still have time, friends~

stamp: Waltzingmouse My Island
ink: Papertrey Ink True black
woodgrain embossing folder