Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Just Start

I hope to encourage someone with this card...

many times you just have to DIVE IN...right???

I'm submitting this CAS card to

(3 Colors/pink,orange,yellow; 3 Focal dies)

This second card  ironically was photographed on a very very gloomy yellow is WELCOME!!!

This indoor sunshine is for

~~~~It may be gloomy...but I am thankful for all the mercies of today~~~~

dies: Spellbinders (Label 25,Classic Circles,Blossom Tags and Accents)
stamps: Verve Words of Wisdom, (retired company) The Craft's Meow Welcome to the Office 
paper: Studio Calico Wanderlust,Georgia Pacific white
ink: Memento (Dandelion,Tangelo,Angel Pink),Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz

paper: Fancy Pants Parkbench,kraft paper,Authentique Blissful,Studio Calico Take Note
dies: Spellbinders (Scalloped Circles,Blossom Tags and Accents),WPlus9 Quilt Cuts 1,Papertrey Ink Hello Sunshine

Monday, April 28, 2014

Grateful to Pieces

I had some fun today with patterned paper from a myriad of paper packs I've owned since 2011...

I used my PTI Hello Sunshine to get those nice, neat triangles.

Check out
Make It Monday #162: Paper Scrap Pie Charts

host:  Melissa

You'll fall in love all over again with those patterns from days gone by! ;)

dies: Papertrey Ink (Hello Sunshine, Counting My Blessings, Mat Stack 3)


Sunday, April 27, 2014

CAS and Treasure Your Friendship

I brought out that poppy set again for

Here's another card for 

~~~I pray you had a wonderful day friends~~~

Card One:

stamp: My Favorite Things LJD Pretty Poppies
ink: Memento (Peanut Brittle,Toffee Crunch),Jenni Bowlin Weather Vane,Tim Holtz Tea Dye
paper: Georgia Pacific white,American Crafts Sketchbook
die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips

Card Two:

stamp: Papertrey Ink (Rosie Posie,The Sweet Life),Verve Treasured Words
ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores, Green Leaf),Memento Peanut Brittle
paper: Georgia Pacific white,Simple Stories Color Vibe 1
die: Papertrey Ink (The Sweet Life,Rosie Posie),Verve Rounded Rectangle

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Two Different Blooms

I created with a couple of blooms today.

One large...

(I love the look of Ali Edwards' handwriting)

with spring colors from...

One small...

with a missing petal for


Card One
stamp: Technique Tuesday Incredible,Avery Elle Rounded Diamonds
ink: Versafine Onyx, Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist,Hibiscus Burst,Green Leaf)
other: Gutermann Sequins
paper: Prima Instrospection, Studio Calico Wanderlust,Georgia Pacific white

Card Two
stamp: Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees
die: WPlus9 Quilt Cuts 1, My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips
paper: Basic Grey Hey You!,Georgia Pacific white,Bazzill
ink: Memento Rhubarb Stalk,Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores

Pinks, Blues and a Verve Sketch

I had fun making this angular card...

It's a flipped, lopsided version of the envelope looking sketch at

I'm also loving blues(teals,navy,turquoise) matched with pinks/corals right now...

Check it...

Yummy spring inspiration, right?!

I've been super busy, but super happy lately...somehow I've squeezed crafting into these freebie pockets of time.

Like I mentioned, if you can just get a card/project STARTED...

you can pick up where you left off anytime and get 'er done!!! ;)

Card One

stamp: Verve Better Together
dies: Spellbinders (Label 25,Blossom Tags and Accents),Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
paper: Studio Calico Snippets,Carta Bella Hello Again,Georgia Pacific white
ink: Versafine Onyx,Tim Holtz Mustard Seed

Card Two

stamp: Papertrey Ink (The Sweet Life,Rosie Posie), Hero Arts So Kind sentiment
ink: Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe,Papertrey Ink (Enchanted Evening,Aqua Mist)
paper: Basic Grey Hey You!,Studio Calico (Wanderlust, Take Note),Georgia Pacific white
other: Basic Grey Hey Boy Die Cut Cardstock and Transparencies

Playing With Shapes

Oh my, oh my...I love me some shapes. ;)

I don't know if it's because I played

 'til it hurt...or because I'm drawn to contemporary and those angular risks.

Either way...when I got my hands on Rounded Diamonds...


Good gravy Avery Elle and J.J.   ....thank you, thank you for these gorgeous shapes!!!

stamp: Avery Elle Rounded Diamonds
ink: Papertrey (Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf,Aqua Mist)
other: Basic Grey Hey Boy Die Cut Cardstock and Transparencies

RANDOM FACTS and a One Layer

I used a big stamp today...bandana print!

I'm using those Basic Grey transparencies while they're still visible on my desk!

This next is a one layer..with that color combo and poppy set I was playing with the other day...

Once I start crafting, I don't want to stop!

Thank you, beautiful challenges, for motivating me to create, snap and post!!!

~~~Have a good one friends~~~


stamp: Stampendous Cling Bandanas, Papertrey Ink (Grunge Me,Counting My Blessings Mini),My Favorite Things LJD Pretty Poppies
ink: Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening,Tim Holtz Broken China,Versafine Onyx
die: Spellbinders Label 25,My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips
other: Want2Scrap Rhinestones,Basic Grey Hey Boy Die Cut Cardstock and Transparencies


stamp: My Favorite Things LJD Pretty Poppies,Verve (*Plain Jane* but now Scripture Medley 3),Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life splotch
ink: Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening,Versafine Onyx,Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe
other: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

Friday, April 25, 2014

Keep Calm and Ask Mom

Two challenges got me crafting today~

Check out the colors at

 I told you I wanted to use up some die cuts and such...

my collage card has that retro 70s thing going on...perfect for my mommy. ;)

CASE Study Challenge #188
 April Muse, Jaclyn

Have a blessed crafty day just might feel better if you stamp a little~you don't even have to finish that card...just get it started and finish later. ;)

I'm Praying Card

stamp: Verve Wonderfully Made,Papertrey Ink (Rosie Posie,Hello Sunshine),Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees,Hero Arts So Kind
die: Spellbinders Large Labels
ink: Versafine Onyx,Memento (Dandelion,Toffee Crunch,Elderberry,Pear Tart)
paper: Bazzill,Georgia Pacific white
other: American Crafts ribbon

 Ask Mom Card

diecuts: Jillibean Soup Funny Sayings Soup Label (Silhouette Cameo),Glitz Design Rainbow Silhouette Ladies (Silhouette Cameo),Basic Grey Hey Boy Die Cut Cardstock and Transparencies
paper: Basic Grey Hey You!,Georgia Pacific white cardbase

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Adversity & Motivation Train

I love this's perfect for when you don't need a sympathy card, per se, but a card for someone going through some tough times.

Even a "chin up" doesn't cut it at times, you know?

Keeping it CAS again for

This next card is a collage-style card...filled with different "littles" to come together as a whole~including a recycled tag and rhinestones arranged on a gold heart.

Check out the inspiration this week at

CASE Study Challenge #188
 April Muse, Jaclyn

In her collage card, she arranges lots of little elements to create her card.

I have lots of little scraps floating on my craft desk (I bet most of you do)...hope I get another card done for this challenge to use them up!

I gotta jump on that motivation train when it passes by my station, ya know?

CHOO CHOO!!!! ;)

Card One

 stamp: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens,My Favorite Things LJD Pretty Poppies sentiment
other: Want2Scrap rhinestones
ink: Memento Elderberry
paper: Echo Park Paper Style Essentials

Card Two

stamp: Papertrey Ink (Grunge Me,Movers and Shakers Sentiments)
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black,Versamark
other: Want2Scrap rhinestones,black embossing powder,recycled tag,black Copic
die: Papertrey Ink Bubble Talk Die

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Love Me Some Poppies

Friends, I have an addiction to poppy stamps.

I can't say no to them.

I want to buy each and every poppy stamp...

I've never been so attached to an image~it scares me a little, LOL.

I went crazy stamping with this set...perfect for...

 I found these orange/blue page flags for a buck at Target and went from there...

don't you love when colors inspire???

I layered them under the sentiment for some pizazz.

I've kept it CAS~perfect also for Simon Says Keep it Clean and Simple.

~Have a great day friends~

stamp: My Favorite Things LJD Pretty Poppies
 dies: My Favorite Things (LJD Poppies and Leaves, Die-namics Sentiment Strips)
ink: Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe,Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening
other: page flags (dollar bin-Target)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Animal Antics Again and a Sketch Card

I'm posting another cutie animal that's nestled among angled sentiments.

I love the multitude of sentiments...the angles are what get me!

 I pulled the red circled image from Laurel's scrapbook layout at the challenge site.

For my second card I flipped a sketch horizontally.

I pulled the colors from this beautiful inspiration.

 Of course any day crafting is a good one...Yayyyy!!! ;)

Card One

stamps: Verve Wonderfully Made,Mama Elephant (We Click, Cup of Wishes),Penny Black Hedgie Friends
ink: Versafine Onyx
paper: Studio Calico Hey You,Georgia Pacific white,Bazzill
dies: Spellbinders (Wonky Rectangles,Deckled Rectangles)
other: Basic Grey Hey Boy Die Cut Cardstock and Transparencies

Card Two

stamp: Verve Treasured Words
ink: Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening
dies: Rectangle Wonky Rectangles, Verve (Wavy Hearts,Rounded Rectangle)
paper: Simple Stories Color Vibe 1,Georgia Pacific white,Bazzill
other: Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper,Want2Scrap rhinestones,Kid's Jewelry Braiding Cords

A Dream is a Wish

I've recently had some play time!

I pulled the red, angled sentiments and retro feel from the following pic at

I'm keeping this short because I have more to post...feast or famine friends...feast or famine with me~sorry! ;)

Card One

stamp: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Phrases 2,My Favorite Things LJD Pretty Poppies
dies: My Favorite Things LJD Poppies and Leaves,Spellbinders Blossoms Tags and Accents
other: Freckled Fawn Wood Chips birds
paper: Studio Calico (Abroad,Snippet,Georgia Pacific white cardstock
ink: Memento Toffee Crunch,Versafine Onyx

Card Two

stamps: Technique Tuesday Ordinary Days
ink: Versafine Onyx
dies: Spellbinders Label 25
paper: Georgia Pacific white, Bazzill
other: Basic Grey Hey Boy Die Cut Cardstock and Transparencies


Runway and a Sketch/Black & White Pizazz with Florals

I love the look of black & white lines combined with bright florals/colors.

I'm seeing it everywhere.

Imagine my delight when I saw the Runway's/CAS(E)'s newest inspiration!

It's a 2fer guys!!!! ;)  FUN!!!

My version of the sketch is flipped~the half circle being the white section of the card.

I happened to have this cardstock remnant that just needed filled, like a bowl, with the flowers and verse.

I stamped some bright florals to bring that pop of color out from the black and white.

It's rainy, but warm here...

I'LL TAKE IT!!! ;)

Have a blessed day friends~

paper: Authentique Renew
stamp: Papertrey Ink Rosie Posie, Verve sentiment
dies: Papertrey Ink Rosie Posie,Spellbinders Large Labels
ink: Versafine Onyx
other: Copic

Sunday, April 20, 2014


There was once a time when I was in bondage to fear and sin~

a time when I didn't know what it meant to be free.

Free to be bold~free to love~free to forgive~free to create~free to think~free to rest~free to listen~free to be,



Easter is so precious to me~especially since it was near and around that time, 15 years ago, that I asked Jesus to rule my life.

I knew about Him...I had celebrated many Easters before for as long as I could remember.

But this time, it was different.

This NEW didn't come with a longer set of rules....of DON'Ts and UH UH's.

No, in fact, it was the opposite.

It came with a "I love you and I did this for that you don't HAVE TO do things to prove your worth to me Marlena".

"All you are asked...

 is to receive it;

be grateful for it;

 live like your life has changed...


Finally...proclaim it.

Share your testimony and share what I've done in your life."

Yes, Jesus.

I will.

~Happy Easter my friends~

stamp: Verve Happy Days
paper:  Georgia Pacific white, Carta Bella Hello Again,Studio Calico Snippets
other: recycled tag,sequins
inks: Papertrey Ink (True Black,New Leaf)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Better Together & Sending Prayers

You have got to see the inspiration at CASE Study Challenge #187

April Muse, Jaclyn

took cute scraps and combined them into 'lil treasures...I decided to mimic the spirit of the look with fiesty pattern scraps and sequins for this card.

One thing I've always loved about her bold she's not afraid to match rockin' patterns~ with three teen girlies in the's right where I'm at these days.

While I had that patterned paper out from Studio Calico, I made a simple card.

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #128 Anything Goes

I love that the angled look is in...I was never great with straight lines~LOL.

Perfection is just not me.... ~wink~

Card One

stamp: Verve Better Together
die: Verve Wavy Hearts
ink: Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz
paper: Studio Calico Snippets,Georgia Pacific White,strip of Echo Park Style Essentials

Card Two

stamp: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
die: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa,Peanut Brittle)
paper: Studio Calico Snippets,Georgia Pacific white

Where There Is Love

When it's all said and is what endures.

Nothing else comes close to filling that void.

Beautiful sentiment~so true, so true! I used the following sketch as a starting point...

entry linked here

I am also participating in week Verve's Week 1's challenge.

April Week 1 Sketch/Color Challenge

~I chose the colors~

Since I've got three girlies, I made two similars.

I've attached a mini-post it note for a pop of color here to complement the vibrant Sketchbook pattern.

This post-it note is a touch of note for CAS-ology's newest challenge

A couple of stamped runners from Better Together~just beyond the borders of the Authentique paper, almost looks like washi for my last card.

Well, that's it for me today.

I pray you get some much needed craft time in... ;)

Card One

stamp: Verve (More Than Love,Happy Days)
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black,Versamark,Memento (Pear Tart,Dandelion)
die: Spellbinders Classic Circles
other: Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (black)
paper: Georgia Pacific white, Carta Bella Hello Again

Cards Two Through Four

stamp: Verve Better Together
die: Verve Wavy Hearts Die,Spellbinders (Scalloped Circles,Scalloped Ovals)
paper: Prima Introspection,American Crafts Sketchbook,Authentique Spring,My Mind's Eye Breeze,Simple Stories Color Vibe 1
other: Want2Scrap rhinestones,Studio Calico wood veneer,paper shreds,post-it note

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Q and Smiling Flowers

When the flowers show up, it really does seem as if they're smiling...

especially around these parts where gloomy doomy has been the norm.

 Look at the beautiful colors featured at

I don't have gray ribbon handy, and even if I wouldn't work for me.

I just can't seem to get bows down.

However, I've been turning to paper shreds for embellishing lately~we are more on friendly terms and I've got tons of colors handy.

I had some crafting time today...yay me!!! ;)

Have a blessed day friends~

stamp: Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages, Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life
inks: Memento Dandelion, Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores,Versamark,Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe
other: Want2Scrap rhinestones,Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
die: Our Daily Bread Designs Bookmark

Simple Note

Simple Note, simple card~

simple, simple...just what I needed today!!!

stamp: Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages, Verve Graph Paper
die: Verve Rounded Rectangle
ink: Papertrey Ink (True Black,Hawaiian Shores),Tim Holtz Black Soot
paper: Authentique Renew

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Have Fun

I had fun with a myriad of stamps...

when my fingers left smudges...I made more...I just had fun and let loose. ;)

 Sometimes you just have to let your hair down, you know?

Oh we have a WARM, SWEET DAY today which fills my heart with joy!!!!

blessings friends~enjoy creating~

stamp: Hero Arts (So Kind, Untitled Word Shadow), Heidi Swapp Memory File stamps,Sweet 'n Sassy Precious Poppies,Technique Tuesday Incredible
inks: Papertrey Ink True Black, Memento (Dandelion, Tangelo), Hero Arts (Pale Tomato, Soft Cantaloupe)
paper: Georgia Pacific white
other: Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper