Sunday, February 23, 2014


hosted by Heather Nichols.

I seriously am crazy about this technique~I stamped with PTI Sweet Life roses in white and then stamped over it with circles inked with dye inks.

 This second card is for the

~create your own background challenge~

I used butterflies from Sweet 'n Sassy's New Beginnings to create my own background.

Oh, I'm soooo ready for SPRING~how about you????


stamps: stamps: Papertrey Ink (Hello Sunshine circles,Happy Trails sentiment,The Sweet Life roses)
ink: WPlus9 white pigment, Memento (Dandelion,Tangelo,Angel Pink),Papertrey Ink True Black
paper:Georgia Pacific white,Carta Bella Hello Again,Bazzill
other: Tim Holtz distress tool,K&Company Section Smash Tape
die: Papertrey Ink Bubble Talk heart


stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings,Hero Arts Sweet Threads, Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens sentiment
ink: Memento (Rhubarb Stalk,Pear Tart,Dandelion)
die:Spellbinders Label Four
paper: Georgia Pacific White

Friday, February 21, 2014

Two Cards and the Weekend

Here's another card for

hosted by Heather Nichols.

 I think this technique adds so much depth~

I stamped up the right side of the card with the dots from PTI Grunge Me and then dye inked it with circles from Hello Sunshine.

 This next card came about after spotting

Have a great weekend crafty buddies~ ;)


stamps: Papertrey Ink (Grunge Me dots and splatter,City Scene streets,Hello Sunshine Circle,Happy Trails sentiment)
ink: WPlus9 white pigment,Memento (Dandelion, Rich Cocoa),Papertrey Ink (Raspberry Fizz,Hawaiian Shore)
paper: Georgia Pacific white


stamp:Papertrey Ink (City Scene,Teach & Inspire heart),Verve Words of Wisdom
dies: Lifestyle Crafts Maple Leaves,Papertrey Ink City Scene (for masking)
ink:  Memento Rhubarb Stalk,Papertrey Ink (Enchanted Evening,True Black),Tim Holtz Fired Brick,Jenni Bowlin Weather Vane

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy Inside

 I thank God for you sweet, sweet bloggers~

here's a shout out to Carol from Just Me: c who checked in on me recently~what a dear!!!

I've had this post sitting on the runway...and she motivated me to go into my cold crafty den/computer area to send this to "publish"...

hosted by Heather Nichols

Check out the texture here from stamping with a pigment ink first and then a dye ink...

I've always loved the look of patterned velvet...and this technique reminds me of it!

I am so grateful for the inspiration and support that comes from this wonderful cardmaking bloggy world....

you are the best~ ;)

stamps: Papertrey Ink (Hello Sunshine ray,City Scene circle,Movers and Shakers sentiments,The Sweet Life roses)
ink: Papertrey Ink (Raspberry Fizz,Enchanted Evening,New Leaf),WPlus9 white pigment
paper:Georgia Pacific white

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


As often as I remind my girlies to stay level headed...I know how it goes....

love gets ahold of you...and you are TOAST.

It will change your plans, and make you almost crazy.

In the end, though, as long as it's in God's WILL BE CELEBRATED!!!

I met my husband on a "first time ever for the both of us"...BLIND DATE.

crazy talk, huh?

I look back and SHUDDER...thinking about how it could have gone so wrong.

But, here we are....married half my life with three beautifuls to testify to God's provision and grace.


That's just how love goes steers you off of your well-thought plans and takes you where you never imagined you'd ever go.

Now about this card....

I added dimension with dry embossing and sequins. I also added texture with Krylon Citrus Dream Glitter Blast.

I'm also entering this in CAS-ual Fridays CFC127:Over the Edge

Hanging off the edge is EXACTLY what I think true love is stretch yourself 

~beyond who you are 

~for the one you love.

There is nothing more humbling...

stamps: WPlus9 Written on Ribbon
dies:  Jamie Koay bird ornate decor Silhouette Cameo
other:Georgia Pacific white (sprayed with Krylon Citrus Dream Glitter Blast glitter),embossing folder
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Me & My Shadowwwwww

Here's me and my shadow~


We're sharing our card for the

I must realllly love you Papertrey!!!!

I put make up on and everything even though I'm not going anywhere! ;)

This is my go-to hat for "hey, I'm too lazy to do my hair".


Congratulations on your 7th year~may there be many many more!!!!


Happy Birthday Papertrey Ink!

I love a reason to create....this is a good one~

I used my FIRST Papertrey Ink set~Grunge Me~I still think it ROCKSSSSSS!

Then I used my newest Papertrey products~Movers and Shakers Zippers Die and Meadow Greens.

 I will have to post a picture of me and a friend~hint~and this card for a second entry...

stamps: Papertrey Ink (Grunge Me,Meadow Greens)
dies: Papertrey Ink (Movers and Shakers Zippers Die,Bubble Talk)
other: Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
ink: Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist,Versamark,Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap

Free Print Creation

Here is one more creation using a beautiful image from Papertrey Ink's free download.


Once I printed it up...I just had to utilize the gorgeous images...even if I missed the link up deadline.

However, I can submit this to

since I used this sketch and combo of colors.

 It's snowing again....we seem to live in a virtual snowglobe!

It's really pretty, but now I pity the imaginary people that live in those gets cold! ;)

 die: Spellbinders scalloped circle
paper:Georgia Pacific White,Studio Calico Snippets
other: Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper


I finally got to create with Papertrey Ink's free download.

It kind of looks like a baseball, doesn't it? LOL

I didn't want to add another I Post-It Noted it and added Aqua Mist ink directly to the cardbase.

There is still time to enter this challenge...and much more going on~check it out!

stamp: Papertrey Ink Background Basics Text Style
dies: Papertrey Ink (Meadow Greens stems,City Scene),Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle
ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores,Aqua Mist)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Another Thrilling Creation

Timed challenges are about all the excitement my nerves can handle.

I could NEVER be on one of those game shows that require racing the clock.

I can't even imagine the look on my face as the time dwindled down to under 20 seconds.


I took a scrap left over from the previous post and created another card for the

In under 7 minutes I gathered:

3 papers (one patterned, one patterned scrap, 1cardbase)
2 stamps
Versamark Ink
Embossing Powder

Up to the last second of 17 minutes, I finished this card.

I even felt ambitious enough to heat emboss!

After failed proper inking and much trimming and rearranging...I finally have a finished card.

It wasn't what I started out with...but I really like it in the end.

If you feel brave enough, give it a go! ;)

stamp: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
paper:Georgia Pacific White,Studio Calico Snippets
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black

7 & 17 Timed Card

7 minutes to gather, 17 minutes to create.

Are you up for it?

I just dove in before over thinking it....

In just under 7 minutes, I gathered 7 supplies:

1 stamp set
2 dies
2 papers (patterned and cardstock)
2 inks

Under 17 minutes, with 1 minute and 27 seconds to spare, I created this...

I've been literally daydreaming about stamping with these Meadow Greens ...sigh, I finally got to play!

I followed the basic layout of my last post~my brain froze and I needed a plan.

I want to send out a post-sympathy card (not quite sympathy but comforting) and this sentiment was perfect.

I hope to play more, if my nerves can handle it, HA!! 

stamps: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens 
dies: Meadow Greens
paper:Georgia Pacific White,Studio Calico Snippets
ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores,Hibiscus Burst)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Doubly Blessed

 I love using Papertrey's Counting My Blessings dies.

They serve as such great focal points as far as sentiments go.

Now I love them doubly so with a technique featured at

hosted by Betsy Veldman.

What's even easier~is they fit through the small Xyron Sticker Maker~YAYYYYY!

I ran each layer through~easy peasy guys!

 I'm also entering this in CAS-ual Fridays CFC127:Over the Edge

Top left corner is a wee bit rebellious...but not too much to be scandalous. ;)

stamps: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
dies: Papertrey Ink (Counting My Blessings, Meadow Greens)
ink: Memento (Potters Clay,Tangelo)
paper: Georgia Pacific white,Carta Bella Hello Again
other: Xyron Sticker Maker

Happy Wife, Happy Life

You can't have one without the other if you flip these two phrases around...

just ask my husband. ;)

He swears by the motto...


hee! I can't imagine why....


So, picture my delight when I spotted this label in my Jillibean Soup-Funny Sayings Soup Labels collection.

I hope this is ok for CASology's Cue Card this week...

since these phrases go together like "?" & "?".

I'm also entering this in CAS-ual Fridays CFC127:Over the Edge

I LOVE letting it all hang out on a card...but I've learned over time to make sure it fits an envelope before letting that element stretch too far past the cardbase.
It broke my heart to bend features on a card to squeeze it in my largest envelope on hand...

but it was the only way to get it in the mail in the next six

Hope you're enjoying your day today friends~

dies: dies: Ellison Tipsy Heart,Silhouette Cameo (Jillibean Soup-Funny Sayings Soup Labels)
paper: Authentique Renew,Kraft,Carta Bella Hello Again,Georgia Pacific white (sprayed with Krylon Citrus Dream Glitter Blast glitter)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

You're the Best Comfort Zone!

Oh I'm all about crafting in my comfort zone~

I used a couple of my comfort zone techniques here that bring a smile to my face.

My favorite Wplus9 stamp/die combo is Written On Ribbon~there are many sentiment possibilities to combine on the flowing ribbon image.

I used my Fiskars crimper for the black panel....I LOVE ADDING TEXTURE~and I splattered.

The Dylusions turqoise spray~now that was fun~but splattering/dabbing with my black Copic marker...

oh how it makes me smile!

I don't know why...I'm sure it's because I get to "let loose" a little and feel artistic in the process.

If I were you... and you've got a Wplus9 product in your stash...I would give the challenge a go~there's a generous prize to be had!

Have a great day friends~thanks for swinging by today~

stamps: WPlus9 Written on Ribbon
die: WPlus9 Written on Ribbon,Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle
ink: WPlus9 white,Dylusions Turquoise ink spray
paper:Authentique Renew
other:Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper,Fiskar's Crimper