Saturday, February 28, 2015

Arrows & a Mini

I've got a mini sentiment for

CASology Week 135: Mini

I'm also entering this in

Uniko Studio Challenge 18: Birthdays

I wish I had more to say...but I'm fighting a meany bug who thinks we are buddies or something.


 My mind & body is more crafty/less chatty...sorry friends....blessings!

stamps: Papertrey Ink Movers & Shakers Sentiments
dies: Papertrey Ink (Movers & Shakers Spinners, Bubble Talk arrow)
paper: Bazzill, Georgia Pacific White, Echo Park Here & Now

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snoopy Rocks

My spin for the mini in the following challenge is mini me and a mini card and a mini woodstock!!!

Snoopy was my childhood man!

rock on!

I even had that snoopy electric toothbrush where he lays back on his house.


I LOVE that he's making a comeback...I follow his social accounts and laugh like a lil kid ;).

I don't know about the new movie coming out...I don't want to mess with this classic.

What do you think?

When Fat Albert's movie came out I was really pleased to enjoy that with my kids and have that to share with it may be a good thing.

I guess we will see....

Hang on friends...tomorrow is FRIDAYYYYYYYYY ;)

die:My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 11, Avery Elle Dotted Borders
other: Snoopy Stickers

Smilin Neon and a Sketch

I got to rock the 80's today without hurtin a single muscle or making a fool of meeself. ;)

Come on, how can you not smile when you see neon AND a smiley ????

I combined My Favorite Things Blueprints 11 "You Rock" with  Avery Elle's Dotted Borders to get these neon waves.



fun. ;)

die:My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 11,Avery Elle Dotted Borders
other: Copic black, neon cardstock, Xyron 150

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Not a Moment

Are there moments when you are posting a card you made, and you read it for the first time?

Have you ever felt ministered to by your OWN card?


It JUST happened.

I'm not making this up.

It totally just happened.

I'm like, my own friend. ;)


I'm kinda nice, sending myself a card like this.


jk, guys, jk

*that's teen text for "joking" by the way in case you aren't "in the know"...

you're welcome. ;)


I really, really needed to read it this morning.

look at how God works.




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Know Who You Are

I'm such a people pleaser.

I really am.

So when I chose this sentiment...know that it doesn't come from a place of arrogance or conceit.

In fact, if I were actually saying it out would be said in a color of oh, "gray" not such a bold black...unless the Lord chose to give me a booming voice that day.

Just sayin.

I got my inspiration from this rockin outfit at

Since I'm such a "rebel", 


 I used dots instead of stripes, so


there you go.


 please tell me you know I'm joking.

I love having a blog.

I love that I can be "me" here.

I love that you "get" me here, and if you don't....well, sometimes I don't get me either.

I'm in those, as we'll say in civilized terms..."transitional" years.


blessings friends~

stamps: Unity (donna poppies,sentiment)
die:Avery Elle Dotted Borders
paper: Studio Calico Snippets,Georgia Pacific white
ink: Hero Arts Soft Cantalope, Versafine Onyx

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Life is Good

There was time for me to create a card for the

I just dove ahead with my abstract-loving heart and chopped off wherever I wanted.

I softened the angles with a circular sentiment panel.

The partial green banner and partial patterned circle finished off those favorite sheets of mine.

Don't you love when you've used up every last bit of a piece of paper and you can throw away the scraps~guilt free?


Happy sigh....

stamp: Technique Tuesday Ordinary Days
ink: Versafine Onyx
dies: Spellbinders Circles, My Favorite Things Die-namic Sentiment Strips

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ombre Floral

Happy Valentines Day Friends!

I pray you feel loved today~~~~

Hubby transported the girls to dance so guess what? I got to ink up for one more Papertrey challenge...I'm really enjoying this party going on there!

Congratulations, Papertrey~ you deserve many many treat your customers with respect and provide quality, trending products.


I pulled out all my blues and layered up my go-to solid floral...The Sweet Life.

I wanted to really ombre it up...but decided less is more today.

May your day be filled with little moments of 

"You are loved"....

stamps: Papertrey Ink (Meadow Greens, The Sweet Life)
ink: Ranger Distressed Ink Pine Needles,Hero Arts (Soft Pool,Pool), Versafine Onyx
paper: Georgia Pacific white, Echo Park Capture Life
other: Copic Markers (Cool Shadow, Warm Gray)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Godly Men

Godly men should be cherished.

My brother in law is a godly man.

I stink...because I forgot his birthday!!!!


I pray he forgives me.

Here is his card.

Thank you,

you helped me whip up a card last night when I realized I TOTALLY MISSED HIS BIG DAY.

Now I need to run out and get a little something to tuck in that card.

I should invest in a stamp set that expresses cute expressions for when I miss the big day...

oh, well, he gets me. That's why I love him.


Lots and lots of grace.

stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Man of the Hour,WPlus9 Dockside Backgrounds,Mama Elephant Trifecta
ink: Versafine Onyx, Ranger Distressed Spiced Marmalade
dies: My Favorite Things Solid Skyline, Spellbinders Circles
papers: Georgia Pacific white, Echo Park Capture Life, Basic Grey Highline

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Traditional Q Valentine

I love love love black...teamed with white...add the red...

These timeless, traditional valentine colors are featured at

Check out the challenge at

Have a wonderful evening, friends!

stamps: Verve More Than Love
dies: Verve Wavy Hearts, Papertrey Ink Bubble Talk, WeR Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy Instagram, Spellbinders Postage Stamp
paper: BoBunny Zip-a-dee-doodle,Simple Stories Color Vibe 1

Masculine Runway

I've wanted to ink up these nautical sets for ages.

My whole craft desk is smiling now... ;)

I drew colors from

I'm also submitting this to the lovely challenge at

Word Art Wednesday #170: Anything Goes 

I'm feeling a little off today...but not in a bad way.

It could be my age (45)..there, I've said it...but man, no one warns you about the changes.

They are a force to be reckoned with.

Thank God there is wisdom to draw from and teen girls to tell me when I'm being too wackadoodle and need to reign it in. ;)

I'll spare you the details, but if I sound like a different person every time I post...wellll,

pray for me. ;)

 stamps: WPlus9 Dockside Backgrounds, Verve Strong Anchor
dies: Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 3,Verve Nautical
paper: Basic Grey Hey You,Bazzill
ink: Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening, Versafine Onyx,Ranger Distressed Ink Mustard Seed

Gold Elegance

I played with gold embossing and elegance....

and pretty fiber that a friend from church passed on to me.

That little bit of "something" peeking behind the strip was what set the white layers apart here.

White is on my mind today...more snow guys...more SNOWWWWWWW

stamps: Papertrey Ink (Holiday Photo Finishers, The Sweet Life, Meadow Greens, Wreath for All Seasons)
ink: Versamark
die: Photo Finish Strips
other: gold embossing powder, EK Success Adornments Fun Fibers

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Today is the day.

It just IS...

trust me on this.

Today is the day to make things BRIGHT when my whole world is snowing WHITE. ;)
(2 feet of snow at the moment)

Once again...there's a button from that button stash a few weeks ago.

  I'm pretty obsessive friends, so don't be surprised when you see a slew of similars in my posts.

I will stay on track until the track runs out or I can't stand it anymore and jump off.

dies: Verve Lovely Marquee, Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens
other: Melody Ross button,distress tool
paper: Georgia Pacific white, Cosmo Cricket 2WENTY-THR3E, sliver of Echo Park Here&Now

Sisterly NY Valentine

My middle sister ROCKSSSSS!

I would not have traveled to NY without her.

The girlies and I drove with her family to New York City a few years ago and had a blast.

We got lost on the subway...saw a Broadway show...visited ritzy stores and double deckered it...basically fulfilling our dreams to experience the Big Apple.

I bet she'll be surprised I made her a Valentine card...

I pulled colors from

I'm also entering this in

 I've run out of sisters so I've run out of sisterly

 stamps: Papertrey Ink (City Scene,Holiday Photo Finishers)
 dies: Papertrey Ink (City Scene, Mat Stack 3,Photo Finishers,Bubble Talk)
ink: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist,True Black), WPlus9 White Pigment Ink
paper: BoBunny Zip-a-dee-doodle

Sisterly London Valentine

This year I've created more Valentine cards than Christmas cards...guess I'm making up for non-stamping half a year. ;)

My London Valentine card is for my youngest sister~she visited while we were stationed in Germany over 10 years ago.

My hubby had been in Iraq for a year by then... there aren't enough words for what her presence meant to me.

We were blessed to travel to nearby cities...but one of my favorites was London.

That trip will always hold a special place in my heart.

I inked this sentiment stamp for the first time.  It's from Holiday Photo Finishers.

 (use a stamp collection that hasn't seen ink or hasn't been used enough)

I'm also entering this in the challenges

(I pulled the red and non-traditional Valentine blue colors)

I hope to post soon with another similar Valentine card...YAYYY for challenges that inspire!!!

stamps: Papertrey Ink (City Scene,Holiday Photo Finishers)
ink: Papertrey Ink (Enchanted Evening,True Black),Memento Lady Bug
dies: Papertrey Ink (City Scene, Mat Stack 3,Photo Finishers,Bubble Talk)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bagged + Tagged

I love when I'm inspired to create something I truly need ASAP.

I managed to find some goodies for my husband's Valentine's Day...but I didn't have a way to present it.

The grey bag looked boring until...

I used a floral die...the Year of Flowers Rose die to add another layer to a basic tag die I've had for a long time.

You wouldn't know that was a rose unless I mentioned it, right?

This sentiment was in my paper stash...and I jumpstarted there with the colors.


Yayyyy now his gift is finished. ;)

stamps: Papertrey Ink (On the Links, Grunge Me), Jenni Bowlin Ruler Border
inks: Papertrey Ink (New Leaf,Hawaiian Shores), Memento Peanut Brittle,Dandelion)
paper: Cosmo Cricket 2twenty-thr3e,Fancy Pants Park Bench, Studio Calico Take Note
dies: Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers: Roses,Sizzix tag

Keep in Touch for Goodness Sake

In case you've missed really should head over NOW to

there are fun challenges everyday and there IS TIME, friends, to participate in at least one of them.

If you don't have that least comment!

As for my card...two things....

ONE...I've realized (since following Instagram accounts) I'm fascinated by architecture!

It explains my need for angles...pointy, interesting...boxy sections. ;)

I'm not very masculine, so I knew it couldn't be what brings about my abstract designs...

but NOW I KNOW it's shapes and probably the 70s kid in me.


Ok, mushy alert....

run away while you can...



That is all. ;(

In fact, I hold out on "hey, let's get to know each other" until that person somehow creeps into my heart somehow and before you know it...


They slip away and my heart is left hurting.

That's the cost of being a proud, but weary military wife for over 20 years.

"We've" been retired for 6 years and guess what???




It stinks.

The good news... God allows me to somehow love someone new...

 despite my determination to protect myself.

Tears have become more comfortable for me.

I've recently turned 45 and guess what?

I've learned to embrace tears.

If I don't...they come out like harsh daggers directed toward some unsuspecting peeps and eat away at my soul or make me calloused and cold.

So, goodbyes stink.


But, the pain is evidence that I still have a heart.

This tinman/tinlady 




Ok, enough mush...

stamps: Papertrey Ink (Rosie Posie, Year of Flowers:Roses, Meadow Greens, The Sweet Life,Happy Trails)
ink: Versafine Onyx
paper: Bazzill, Simple Stories Color Vibe 1&2
die: Papertrey Ink Hello Sunshine

Saturday, February 7, 2015

You Are My ???

I was blessed with extra crafty time today!!

I'm STOKED, because that means I can participate in Papertrey Ink's Huge Party going on right now. ;)

Congratulations, Papertrey, that is HUGE in this business...what a blessing!!!

May there be many, many more. ;)

Here is my card, inspired by Maile Belles.

I love the movement in Maile's split patterned panels...

it had me thinking of my Movers & Shakers Zipper Die ~there is so much room on that panel to split.

Spoiler alert...

I masked off the smaller "sunshine" sentiment in Hello Sunshine to fit under the hidden strip the recipient can peel off.

My "clouds" are from The Sweet Life...I gotta be honest here...they were inspired by my smudgy fingers.

I left little black marks that needed to be covered up by something.

At least I smudged the panels in scattered areas and not a straight line.


How thoughtful of me to make my mistake a creative opp.


I'm all about sunshine today friends...this was my latest Tweet
it's altered from a pic I took yesterday. sissy gave me an Itunes card and I loaded the artwork on PicLabHD.

Well, I better let you go so you can participate and create something too.

Enjoy the Papertrey party, friends!!!

stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Counting My Blessings,Hello Sunshine)
dies: Papertrey Ink Movers & Shakers (Spinners, Zippers), PTI The Sweet Life
paper: Echo Park Here & Now
ink: Versafine Onyx

Friday, February 6, 2015


It has fluctuated between zero and 27 degrees the past few days in my corner of the world.

Needless to say...this island girl is ready for some serious warmth.

I was inspired to create using the colors from

Thank you, CASology, for inspiring me to THINK HOT...I even purchased some sunscreen today on clearance at my local Bath and Body. 

One day...

maybe not today, but

ONE day...

it will be WARM again, and I'll be ready!!! ;)

stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps My Island 
ink: Versafine Onyx, Memento Tangelo
paper: Georgia Pacific white,Basic Grey Highline,Echo Park Here & Now
die: MFT Die-namics Sentiment Strips
other: sand from Target

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Woah~ today is snowing like nobody's business!!!!

No wonder this card birthed from my crafty desk. ;)

Warm. is. nice.

Stay warm friends...if you live in a warm climate...think of me.

I'm in a sweater and not outside, if I can help it.


stamp: Stampendous Yule Penguins
ink: Versafine Onyx
paper: Bazzill, Authentique Journey