Friday, December 30, 2016

MFT Colors & a Recycled Tag

So about those tags....

I've already erased the names on this one...


(stamps:My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments sentiment/Bokeh Builder  die:Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dress Up Tags)

The tag was created with these colors, but Christmas came and I needed it before posting.

I showcased it on a card for next year, using this sketch

Simon Says (Wednesday): Anything Goes

Sooo, 2016 is ending.



I need to pump on the brakes a little/

though some of you might be gunning it to start a new year and say good riddance to the last.


I get it.

Either way, a day is just a day.

At least it's new though, right?

 Have a good one~ 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sparkly Sequins

Simple flower,sparkly sequins and shimmery paper...

(stamp:Concord & 9th You Are Enough  die:Avery Elle Wonky Stitches)

because sparkle is the theme...

 I'm lazy about embellishing, but this challenge nudges me to add that ahhhh factor.

Thanks for stopping by~

Sparkle Tree

I don't sparkle as much as I should~

(stamps: Hero Arts Joy to the World sentiment, Papertrey Ink Half & Half, Psx tree  die:Papertrey Ink Half & Half)

I mean, I'm drawn to sparkly things~Hubby says I'm like a raccoon!!!

Here's a motivating challenge:

I applied Stickles to this tree (proud of me for using a wooden stamp that's gathering dust).

Thanks for stopping by~


Monday, December 26, 2016

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

I did a little something different this year ...

I was alll about the tags.

(Thrill of Hope tag-Papertrey Ink A Thrill of Hope sentiment,In the Meadow snowflakes,Spruce & Sprigs die///Reason for the Season tag-Papertrey Ink Inspired Jesus sentiment,Spruce & Sprigs die///Snowflake tag-Papertrey Ink In the Meadow snowman,Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas sentiment///Snowflake tag-Papertrey Ink What the Doodle Snowflakes) 
ALL TAGS:Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dress Up Tags

My fam didn't know what hit 'em.

I took this challenge at Papertrey and went to town creating different tags for each gift.

I love the mish mash of colors and patterns~anything goes!!!

The scary part (for my family anyway)...was I insisted on salvaging the tags.

So as they were ripping apart gifts I was on the sidelines gently reminding them to "pass down the tag please".


I think they were annoyed with me~hahahaha!!!

Oh wellllllsssss, it's my thing and I'm excited about them.

I used a pencil to address each tag, so I can reuse them next year.

(got the idea from Jennifer McGuire

I pray you had a blessed Christmas and that this week is filled with joy for you and yours.

We made it through another Christmas, guys...

that's something to be thankful for!




Friday, December 23, 2016

Hold On To Hope

In light of my previous post, I wanted to add this card too...

(stamps: Papertrey Ink Inspired: Hope Mini Stamp set  dies:Papertrey Ink Inspired:Hope,Our Daily Bread Designs Chickadee)

I myself am struggling with all the feels this Christmas.

We lost my mother-in-law this summer, and I'm taking it harder than I expected.

Whenever I am reminded of the pain of losing her, I give it to God.

He gives me hope that this too shall pass, and that He is bigger than my hurt.

I have compassion for those that have to celebrate Christmas with an empty chair in the room...

may God give you hope for a new tomorrow....

'With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning'

 I love this Time Out challenge~yessss to new beginnings and to new hope!

Thanks for stopping in~




Unfortunately a sympathy card was needed...

(Hero Arts Stamp and Cuts Prayers, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches)

It's simple so I could mail it as soon as possible.

There aren't a lot of words for times like these.

Just Add Ink #342: Just Add N
 (navy cardstock)

 Thank you for stopping by~


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Create Along With Us December

I pray your day is chaos-free so far...and you get a little "me" time in...

I try to steal some crafty time when I can.

I had a moment~

(stamps:Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornaments II/A Thrill of Hope)

I was inspired by Nichole Heady's card of a handful of colors framing a sentiment.

 I'm super happy I made it to Thursday and I'm hanging on to this train until it stops Saturday.

Until then~choo choo!!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Sponged Stripes

My world is white with today!!!

I got stuck in it once so far...

that's all it took for me to buy a 'lil shovel for the car.

Here's a bright card for this snowy white day...

(stamps:Clearly Besotted Best Birthday)

I love the THROWDOWN colors and wanted to play !!!

This is my first inking of these adorable balloons.

I don't color much, so sponging was my way of adding pops of color. 😃

I hope you don't get stuck in snow like I did...but if you do...

think of a voice belting out "I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!" like my sweet teen did!  😆 

 It's already one of those days....


Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Coffee Wishes

Oh, it's winter here for surrrrrrre today.


Got a little practice driving in it this morning 😌.

So here's my wintry coffee creation ~  

(stamps:Concord & 9th Stripe Builder,Altenew Bells and Bows,Sizzix Tim Holtz Coffee Time,Verve Coffee Helps  dies:Sizzix Coffee Time,Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles)

 The colors aren't your typical wintry mix...but I am allll about orange lately! 

I can't help myself~it wakes me up!

Thanks for stopping by~be careful driving ❄❅❆!!!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Orange Penguin Card

Wanna try something fun? Click on this tutorial at Papertrey Ink~

hosted by Betsy Veldman

Fun technique and gorgeous card to behold there!!!

So, I'm not ready to let go of orange just yet...


(stamps:Papertrey Ink:Winter Penguin/Sparkle & Shine Holiday Additions  die:Papertrey Ink Eyelet Lace)

 The penguins,snowflakes and sentiments are stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.

I outlined the penguins with a marker, and finished off with the longest border I own~it's a classic.

LOVE that eyelet lace. 😍

(stamps:Papertrey Ink:Winter Penguin/Sparkle & Shine Holiday Additions  die:Papertrey Ink Eyelet Lace)

I should emboss more~I forget how fun it is!!!

Praying you have a blessed day today~



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Feminine Deer Head

I created a more delicate card with the deer head~
just because.

(stamps:Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas  dies:Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas,Verve Amazing Adjectives,My Favorite Things Cross-Stitch Oval,Avery Elle Wonky Stitches)

(use dies)
I pray all is running smoothly at your house today...breathe!!! 💖

Double Layer Tag Make it Monday

I have a little mixed media going on with this tag~

sponging, spritzing, stenciling...

(stamps: Papertrey Ink A Thrill of Hope dies:Papertrey Ink Movers & Shakers Zippers Die/In the Meadow Silhouettes, Sizzix tag)

hosted by Dawn McVey

features double layer tags.

I pulled out my Movers & Shakers Zippers die and rounded the corners for the first-layer.

All my sponging and whatnot was done on a 4X6 panel that I die cut the classic tree silhouette with.
I hope to make more!

 Thanks for stopping by~

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Die Cut Mania

I used LOTS AND LOTS of dies here guys...

it was fun!

Here's veering away from Christmas creating for a bit...

(stamps:Pink & Main Planner Peekers  dies:Avery Elle Bookmark Set/Dotted Elle-ments,My Favorite Things Gift Card Grooves/Sentiment Strips,Simon Says Stamp Greeting Blocks)

(use dies)

 My daughter is #adulting now!

I created this card with 
removable bookmark for her day off.

She appreciates a full tank of gas and other gifts we take for granted~God bless her. 😆

Thanks for stopping by to say hi~ 


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Stripes & a Deer

Can you tell I really like this deer die?

dies:Avery Elle Wonky Stitches,Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas,Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Joy)

 I am feast or famine in blogging guys...sorry...

thanks for stopping by~

Winter Snow

We are getting a touch of snow here and there~

 (dies:Hero Arts Paper Layring Snowflake,Simon Says Stamp Winter Snow,Avery Elle Wonky Stitches)

just enough to practice driving in again!

My sister sent me a bottle of Stickles to try out~I. LOVE. IT.

 I added dots to the tips of these snowflakes.

Here's some challenges:

 (touch of stickles)

Hope you are having a restful weekend, if you can squeeze rest in!

It's my priority today, that's for sure!

I have avoided the black friday thing for years, but now my daughter works retail and I didn't want her to have to find parking.

It's really funny to see people shopping at 2 am.

It's like we are all floating in a dream.


scary stuff guys.

I bet peeps woke up and looked at their merchandise the next day like ?????


I was killing time and grabbed a couple of things but didn't trust myself beyond that.

My filters were all off.

Anyhoo...I'm rambling.


have a good one.



Party Deer

It's tricky business- creating for your teen to take to another teen.

It's gotta be chill

especially if it's for a boy.

This is pretty chill. 😎

(dies:Avery Elle Wonky Stitches,Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas,Papertrey Ink Party Trio)

Simon Says (Monday):Trio-Tastic
(trio of gold dies)

There weren't any complaints.

I'm "aight" with that. 

See ya😎

Friday, November 18, 2016

Christmas Cards Full Swing

I have no idea if I'm caught up on Christmas card creating...but I'm not stopping now!

(stamps:Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas  dies:Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas,Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles)

These challenges motivate me...

 Whatever gets it done...gets it done!

Have a good one~



Monday, November 14, 2016

Insert Emoji and "Perfect"


Woah, did you see the emojis on blogger???


How long have those been there?

I better get on with my post and explore those later~

(stamp:Verve Great Friend, Papertrey Ink Songbirds flower,Essentials by Ellen Stay Golden small flower   die:Verve Great Kindness/Amazing Adjectives)

I got some time in to craft using these colors~

(orange,rust,teal copper)
(copper embossing powder)

The smallest flowers are copper embossed~not sure if you can see that.

😉 Bye guys!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

I'll Make At Least 3

I don't often get my hands on a newly released product (I'm a slow cooker guys)...

but when I do....

(stamps:Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas  dies:Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas,Avery Elle Wonky Stitches,Papertrey Ink Mat Stack3)

I know I'll make at least three cards using it. :)

 (use Simon Says Stamp branded product)

 I've already got my Christmas cards planned out for a few people using this set...

I live in an area that will EAT THIS UP~

 literally and figuratively.

Have a good one~


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Joy in Blue, Orange, Lavender

I'm sharing a Christmas card that got done. ;)

(dies:Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Joy,Tim Holtz Sizzix Birch Trees)

Why the color combo?  I have no idea.

It just sort of happened.

You know how those cards go. ;)

I'm sharing it here~

Simon Says (Wednesday):Anything Goes

and here~


Monday, October 31, 2016

Get It Done!

I don't know about you...but our house is in the "GET IT DONE" season.

Forget perfectionism or overthinking it...





(stamps:Pink and Main Planner Peekers  dies:Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Banner Duo)

One reason I bought this set, was because we nicknamed babygirl,  Panda.

She was rattling off her list of homework assignments and within 10 min, I whipped up this card and handed it to her.


There is zero excuse to forgo creating and sharing...because ANYTHING GOES.



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall Colored Christmas Card

One of the best things about searching for something in your you find items you forgot you had!

I stumbled upon these sweet frames~

(stamps: My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments, Stampin' Up Borders Mini Frame  die:Avery Elle Wonky Stitches)

I gave these colors a go~

It's Wednesday, and it sure feels like one!

 I can see the finish line from here...

Have a good one~

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge 2016

I aimed for the faded shades of autumn ~

(stamps:Papertrey Ink Stylized Autumn/Winter Woods sentiment)

Check out orange paired with blue/greens in this gorgeous, organic presentation at the

The technique of dry brushing in

hosted by Lizzie Jones

gave me a base to start with!

I mixed cream acrylic paint with True Black and Hawaiian Shore reinkers...dabbing on a little heavier than featherlike while brushing.

I scanned the gallery and there are GORGEOUS projects to behold!

Thanks for stopping in~

Monday, October 24, 2016

Scripture Bookmark Card

Here is another bookmark card.

(stamps: Simon Says Stamp Wild Beauty, Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Series 3  dies:Avery Elle Bookmark set)

Simon Says (Wednesday):Think Pink

I hope to make more of these!!!

Have a good one guys~

Orange & Blue Fall

I love orange and blues together this fall...

(stamps:Verve Everything Nice,DoCrafts Forget Me Not  dies:Verve Pumpkin Spice/Curvy Bookplate  other:Doodlebug Beetle Black Mini Doily, My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 Enamel Shapes, My Mind's Eye Picket Fences Card base)

Here's another...a fall card for my hubby, just because~

(stamps:Hero Arts Clear Stamps Year Round Sentiments  dies:Avery Elle Bookmark set/Wonky Stitches/Dotted Elle-ments,Lifestyle Crafts Maple Leaves)

I was inspired by this Mojo Monday sketch, but missed the deadline~

This Monday isn't disastrous, but I'm keeping my head down just in case. :)

I was impressed I woke up before the alarm went that's a good start anyway!

 Then, I groggily attempted a second sports bra over my first...that was hard to maneuver out of~let me tell ya!

Next I ran out of deodorant after one arm's application~so I've got two scents going on!

Not disastrous, like I said...but stilllllll...I better watch myself because it may end up being that kind of day. 

Thanks for stopping by~