Saturday, May 31, 2014

Oh, Man!

I created a masculine-friendly CAS card.

It's for

Guy card (no kraft) and include a ribbon.

I'm also submitting this to the following challenges~

Have a beautiful Saturday friends!

stamp: Mama Elephant We Click
paper: Basic Grey Hey You!,Studio Calico Snippets,Georgia Pacific white
ink: Versafine Onyx,Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe,Memento Ink Dandelion
other: American Crafts ribbon

Friday, May 30, 2014

Billboard Birthday

My nephew's birthday prompted me to create this...

Loving that pointy finger~it really fills in that extra space and gives that something-something.

paper: Studio Calico Wanderlust, Georgia Pacific white,Bazzill white
stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Keep in Touch, Hero Arts Glow Girl
ink: Versafine Onyx
die: Silhouette sign billboard Silhouette Cameo

She Adjusted Her Sails

Graduation announcements have been manifesting in our mailbox lately.

I chose this sentiment for a grad card~and tilty wiltied the panels.

I used the color challenge from Verve for this card.

Yay, it's Friday~it's really FRIDAYYYY!!!! ;)

stamp: Verve (Adjusted Sails,Better Together), Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
die: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens,Spellbinders Classic Circles
paper: Authentique Renew,Georgia Pacific white cardstock
other: Want2Scrap pearls

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Awesome Day

I got a little daring with some patterns ...I'm going to give this a day to sit and see if I like the card tomorrow before hitting publish~ha! ;)

Good news...I still like it! LOL

I don't know if you feel the same way as a designer...but sometimes I look back at a project and don't care for it as much as when I first made it.

I wrote a lot while earning my English degree ions ago~and the same was true with rough and rougher drafts.

Fresh eyes never hurt...

But, I never regret my creations...better a bad card than no card~it means I'm still truckin! ;)

This one is a bit prettier than my last post~love that I'm using one of those birdies.

Word Art Wednesday Challenge#134:Anything Goes

Hope you are squeezing a craftie or two in your week...whether you are pleased with it or not. ;)

stamp: Verve Better Together
ink: Versafine Onyx
die: Papertrey Ink Bubble Talk Die
paper: Georgia Pacific White,Studio Calico Wanderlust,Simple Stories Color Vibe 2
other: Freckled Fawn Wood Chips Birds

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Most Fabulous Birthday

I went all angular and choppy with my card today...I think it could fly for a masculine card, don't you?

I adopted these beautiful colors and hope to use them again in something more, well, pretty. ;)

Guys, I'm about ready to DROP...good grief, these end of the school year activities have me weary near the finish line.

Since we had so many snow days in our area, the kids have a week or so more to go.









stamp: Verve Better Together
ink: Versafine Onyx
other: circle punch
paper: Bazzill, Georgia Pacific White,Simple Stories Color Vibe 2,Teresa Collins Tell Your Story

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop 2

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop

Check out the lovely inspiration photo~

Today is a beautiful day in our corner of the is it for you?

stamps: Papertrey Ink (Grunge Me,Hello Sunshine,City Scene)
paper: Teresa Collins Tell Your Story,Georgia Pacific cardstock
ink: Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe,Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores, True Black),Versafine Onyx

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop

I toyed with the popular chop block lettering technique I see on mixed media....

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop

I've got one more to share....

stamps: Papertrey Ink (In the Meadow,Year of Flowers: Roses)
die: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow
paper: Teresa Collins Tell Your Story
ink: Versafine Onyx,Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe,Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores (edging on orange strip)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Citrus Scraps

These scrumptious citrus scraps were laying on my craft desk....

The orange panel has a huge hole in it...I figured it could serve as a simple frame for a sentiment panel.

CAS and floral is being featured at

We have an unexpected free day today...YESSSSSS!!!!

You know what I'Lllll bE dOiNg.....

hee hee!!!

stamp: Hero Arts Live & Laugh,Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
ink:Versafine Onyx,Versamark
other: Ranger Super Fine Detailing embossing powder black
paper: Studio Calico Wanderlust,Simple Stories Color Vibe 2

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Behind the Rain

I know there are tons of graduates running for that finish line this week....

 I blended some sentiments and images for a congrats card~it's for a young man.

I think green/grey will do, don't you?

I love that pointy glad I had a place for it on this card!!!

Well, it's a bit dreary here in my neck of the woods...but still warm~looks like our everlasting winter is staying away!!! Yayzers!!!

stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Keep In Touch,Papertrey Ink Movers and Shakers Sentiments, Our Daily Bread Designs As You Graduate
die: Papertrey Ink Movers and Shakers Zippers Die
ink: Versafine Onyx,Jenni Bowlin Weather Vane
paper: Simple Stories Color Vibe 2, Basic Grey Hey You!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Blues & Chocolate

Blues and chocolate~~~YUMMERS!!!

I dabbed the ends of these Meadow Green leaves in Cup 'o Joe brown before pressing my stamp down.

I added some gold designs with the stems from the same stamp set~

I am loving those leaves and since I'm all botanical like....

Well I got way more card making done then I thought I would today...YESSS!!!!

stamp: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
ink: Memento Teal Zeal,Versamark,Hero Arts Cup 'o Joe
die: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
paper: Simple Stories Color Vibe 2,Georgia Pacific white

Washied a Panel

I washied a panel on this card~

 tossing in my hat for the

Might as well give it a go, right????

stamp: Papertrey Ink (Meadow Greens,The Sweet Life)
ink: Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe,Versafine Onyx
dies: Papertrey Ink (The Sweet Life, Mat Stack 3)
Tape Works

Petals and Wings

I water-colored a wee bit for my card today.

It seems to be all the rage!

It really is fun...even if you do it sparingly.

A butterfly and flower is all that's required for Verve's

My color choice was taken from the


 three images are lined up for

Monday is here long did I blink?????

stamps: Verve Beautiful You
ink:Versafine Onyx,Tim Holtz Mustard Seed
die: Spellbinders Postage Stamp
paper:Georgia Pacific cardstock
other: Tim Holtz water brush


Friday, May 16, 2014

Your Kindness

I'm growing into a "paper" person...and this paper is my newest favorite.


There are so many colors to pull from!!!

I am loving the greens at

Inspired By #115

and the fence backdrop.

Spring here is blooming GREEN so far~so even though my card doesn't sport flowers...the promise of flowers is implied by the green, green, greens from Meadow Greens. ;)

I'd say the focus is on a third of my CAS creation...

CAS-ual Fridays CFC131

Have a safe and beautiful Friday friends. ;)

stamp: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
die: Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
ink: Versafine Onyx,Versamark
other: Recollections Citron embossing powder
paper: Studio Calico Wanderlust

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Black and Green

Whew, made it to Thurs., how about you????

Any card making day is a good one in my book....

For this card,

I pulled the green/lace black combo from a dress at


definitely a style to emulate.

I not only made a card...but gifts to give some teachers.

Any gift-making and DELIVERY day is a huge step of accomplishment for me!

The free verse that these sweet designers offer is :

I have no problem designing this and that....but actually getting the nitty gritty stuff done to hand out and bless someone is like climbing Mt. Everest for me!!!

I prayed about what to bless my girlies' dance teachers with and I was moved to buy a few goodies here and there.

The Lord motivated me to make it all pretty like (my daughter commented that the potted flower looked SO MUCH BETTER than if I had just thrown them in a ziplock bag and handed it to them), HA!!!

I stumbled a bit with the pots...but by the fifth one...I had the system DOWN PAT.


Isn't that how it goes??? 


Those little gifties got themselves out the door and were used to hopefully bless the recipients who faithfully motivate my girlies.

Many times, what makes me feeling like my gift is "not enough" ~I can be a REAL PERFECTIONIST.

It can be PARALYZING to say the least.


Hate that about myself.

However, with God's grace...I do what I can and then humbly hand my gift over...praying for the recipient to feel blessed and loved.

He enables me to push past my "ugh, it's not perfect" to "ok, this will do". ;)

Enough of my blabbering....God bless you all!!!


stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Anniversary Innies, Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
ink: Versamark,Versafine Onyx
other: Recollections Citron embossing powder 
paper:Echo Park Style Essentials, Studio Calico Wanderlust,Georgia Pacific white
die: Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles,Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens

Potted Gift:

Silhouette Cameo Designs: Snapdragon Snippets 3d Terra Cotta Pot, Lori Whitlock 3d Tulip,Silhouette 3d Tulips leaves,American Crafts grid tag
paper: Bazzill

Monday, May 12, 2014

Throwdown Sunshine Cluster

One layered card to feature today....

There's a super fun technique to try at

Make It Monday #164

Cluster Stamped Sentiment hosted by Heather.

I used these gorgeous colors (or close to them) from the

Color Throwdown #291

It's Monday again and I'm hanging in there, LOL, how about you????

stamps: Papertrey Ink (Hello Sunshine sentiment,circle ray and solid circle,On the Links triangle,Happy Trails splatter,City Scene circle)
ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores,Enchanted Evening),Memento Pear Tart,Versamark Ink
paper:Georgia Pacific white
other: clear embossing powder

Monday, May 5, 2014

Poppy Tree

I gave the Q Challenge another go ...

My heart literally SUNG today are BLOOMING and my daughter actually saw BEES.

happy, happy sigh

stamp: Technique Tuesday Ordinary Days
dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics LJD Poppies and Leaves,Papertrey Ink Mighty Oak
paper: Carta Bella Hello Again,Simple Stories Color Vibe 2,Bazzill,Georgia Pacific white
ink: Versafine Onyx


I love being in my forties.

I'm not too thrilled about my aging body, mind you ;)

...but I wouldn't change the perspective for anything.

 I constantly remind my girlies that "this too shall pass" and there is 


Lord willing. ;)

This is my first try at this week's

I can't imagine the perspective I'll have in another 40 years... ;)

stamps: Stampendous Vintage Crowns swirls,Hero Arts Texture and Shape,Tim Holtz Phrases 2
ink: Memento (Angel Pink,Bamboo Leaves,Tangelo),Versafine Onyx,Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe
Want2Scrap adhesive pearls,Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper

Pastels Paired with Black

I LOVE USING BLACK....and the trend of marrying pastels with black makes me happy. ;)

Check out these awesome colors at

I took an ink pad to tweety here for

The hearts and power of multiples are inspiration drawn from

CASE Study Challenge #189

Ok, Monday, HERE WE COME!!!!

stamps: Papertrey Ink (Hello Sunshine rays, Grunge Me splatter,Happy Trails flourish,Winter Penguin flourish), Flourishes Lots of Thoughts
other: Freckled Fawn Wood Chips Birds
ink: Hero Arts (Soft Pool, Soft Cantaloupe),Versafine Onyx
die: Spellbinders Label 11

Saturday, May 3, 2014

You Make My Day!!!!

We've had brief encounters with the sun today...

I'll take it!!! ;)

When the sun lets me down....I turn on the lights because I can't take the gloomies~yayyy for electricity!

I wasn't sure what to do for this week's CASology theme...but then I spotted Glow Girl.

Double Yay for using my neon again!!!

My running arounds for the weekend are done for now...YESSSSSS!!!!
Can you feel!!!!...

stamp: Hero Arts Glow Girl
ink: Hero Arts Neon Orange
Want2Scrap rhinestones
die: Spellbinders Scalloped Oval
paper: kraft, Basic Grey Hey You!,Studio Calico Wanderlust

Pink and Turquoise

Here is a female version of my teacher appreciation card~

3 Stamps (verse,frame,tree) and 3 panels (cardbase,patterned layer and die cut) for

I survived an all day volleyball tournament yesterday, friends...."watching", mind you...not playing.

I still needed to sneak a nap in the car...shhhhh, don't tell. ;)

I'm not proud of it...but it DID help refresh me for the congested drive home.



stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Apple Seeds,Waltzingmouse Paris Nouveau,Papertrey Ink Teach & Inspire
ink: Memento Lilac Posies,Hero Arts Soft Pool,Versafine Onyx
paper: Simple Stories Color Vibe 1,Georgia Pacific white

Friday, May 2, 2014

Any Fool and Apple Seeds

I've got some teacher appreciation cards I've been working on...

here is the male version.

I love this quote~some teachers may never know the fruit of their labor~but God knows!!!

Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes

~Have a great weekend friends~

stamps: Papertrey Ink Teach & Inspire,Our Daily Bread Designs Apple Seeds
ink: Hero Arts (Soft Pool,Wet Cement),Jenni Bowlin
paper: Studio Calico Snippets,Georgia Pacific white
die: Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle, Lil' Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Pattern Die