Sunday, November 13, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

With school in full swing, and Christmas break not coming soon enough; I'm still struggling to find any time to make cards (or get much of anything else done besides lesson plans and grading papers).  It's only on the occasional weekend that I am able to squeeze in a card here and there.  I wanted to make a Thanksgiving card for my Grandma and I'm really glad I found the time to get it finished.  I followed the sketch over at Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog.
I used some older pattern papers from Simple Stories and pieced them together following the sketch.  I added a sticker for the focal point, a rub-on sentiment, and some sweet dots in gold on the right (as shown on the sketch).  Here's what I came up with for my Grandma:
I will be entering some challenges for fun this week, and hoping for the best.  I don't get to play along very often, so I'm pretty excited when I do find the time to enter these fun challenges.

CropStop Challenge - Linky Party #22 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Thank you very much for visiting me.  I hope that all of you are having a fun weekend creating cards and enjoy Autumn.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Celebrate Autumn

Hello today blog friends!  I was lucky enough to find some time last night to create a card.  I was inspired by some of the bold, beautiful Autumn colors I love to celebrate at this time of the year; and it was fun to be able to incorporate several of those favorite colors into my card.  I hope it captures the essence of the season.
I used a piece of pattern paper for my background, and  I used a Spellbinders background die-cut as the focal point to stand my sentiment.  I added some Petaloo flowers and felt leaves around the sentiment, and I tied blue string and burgundy seam binding around my card and tied them in big bows.  I placed a tiny chipboard heart in the center of the bow.

I was happy to find these challenges where I can link my card and play along in their challenges:
Joy Clair - October Color Inspiration/Photo Challenge - I loved incorporating these amazing Autumn colors

Scrapy Land - Challenge #52 - I do more Harvest rather than a whole lot of Halloween.  I hope that's alright in this challenge.  I was inspired more by the season and colors of Halloween/Harvest Time, and less with an actual occasion per say.

CropStop Challenge - Linky Party #21 - I used blue burlap string, Petaloo flowers, and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

I'm grateful for your visit today, and greatly appreciate your comments.  I hope you are also enjoying this beautiful time of the year.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Peace On Earth

I'm so excited to start making Christmas cards.  It may seem a little bit early to some of you, but with my extra large family, I need to get started in order to have any chance of being able to make a hand-made card for everyone.  This is my first of the season, and I designed it following this sweet sketch from Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog this week:
I used pattern papers from my stash, and instead of a rectangle in the center, I used a round doily; but I really did follow the sketch and it helped me with my layout concept.  I hope to make a couple more cards using this sketch, and I'm sure each will be a bit different.  That's the beautiful thing about art...there's SO much in the interpretation of our creations.  It was even fun to see how each DT Member made their cards so differently from one another.
I added a K & Co. sticker as the focal point, and this was a SUPER STASH item from many years ago; but I thought it looked nice in the center of the doily.  I added some red seam binding, baker's twine, and some jingle bells for the finishing touch.  I am linking my card to these fun challenges where I'm super excited to be playing along this week:

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #250-251

CropStop Challenge Blog - Challenge #20

That's all for today.  Thank you for visiting me.  Please remember that if you will kindly become my new blog follower, I will be sure to do the same for you.  I'm (slowly but surely) trying to grow my blog, and appreciate you for visiting.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Coffee Talk?

Hello, and thank you for stopping by my blog.  The weekends seem to fly by so super quickly for me; but I'm always happy when I have a little bit of time to step into my craft room and be creative.  I love playing along in challenges, but I don't get the opportunity very often because of my work schedule.  I was able to make a few cards this weekend, and will post them throughout this week and link them to some challenges.  Needless to say, because I can't craft much (especially during the school year) I don't get to enter many challenges so I don't often (if ever) win anything.  But, nonetheless, I like to play along in them when I can.
I made this card using a Memory Box Coffee Die using kraft paper and dark brown, added some sweet baby blue silk trim to tie around it, an embossing folder on my background and a stamped sentiment.  Here are the challenges where I'm linking up:

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #378 - See Inspiration Photo Below - I just love this color combination, and I was also inspired to use a "food/beverage" item because of the photo.  How fun!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Thanks again for visiting me.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Well, yesterday was "hump day" as many people like to call it.  Luckily, I had a little bit of time last night to make a card.  While visiting some of my friends' blogs this week, I saw some challenges where I really wanted to play along, and now I'm happy to have a card to enter into these challenges.  It's nothing super fancy, but it's fun.  I have so many nieces and nephews, and not all of them are allowed to celebrate Halloween.  But for the ones who are allowed to celebrate and go trick-or-treating, I like to make up little treats to give them.  This one is for Mary Beth, my oldest niece.  She wants to be a mouse for Halloween.  She's so cute!
I made this card with a simple pattern paper, a digital Halloween image, a wooden piece that says BOO, and a big ribbon bow with a plaid fabric brad in its center.  As I said, it's a very simple card, but it's a fun one and it will do the job of allowing me to play along in some challenges.

Choux Choux Paper Arts - Halloween Challenge 2016 - I noticed that Lori likes the cute kind of spooky, and that's what I prefer as well, so that's the style I had in mind when I created this card.

CropStop Challenge Blog - Linky Party #20 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks

I really appreciate the fact that you've stopped by today, and I'm even more grateful to have you leave a comment and possibly even become a new follower of my blog.  That would be awesome, and of course I would do the same for you by stopping by your blog to become a new follower there as well.  That's how we make blog friends, right?  I thank you all for the inspiration you give me.  I love visiting your blogs, and look forward to getting to know you all a bit better here in blog land.  Thanks so much for the visit.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Celebrate You

Well, school is back in session.  And for me, that means very little crafting time.  I am lucky to squeeze in a card here and there on the weekends with all the stacks of papers that need grading, and all the lesson plans I have to work on and schedule.  I'm feeling lucky to have some time this afternoon to create anything and get it posted.
I made this card following the sketch and color scheme over at Taylored Expressions Blog and here's a picture of the sketch and the colors I incorporated.  I have to admit that this is a very unusual color combination that I wouldn't have likely used on my own.  But it's nice to be inspired now and then.
I used some super old pattern papers from K & Company by Carolyn Gavin.  I also used kraft card stock to help recreate the Toffee color (along with some toffee colored felt in one of my flowers).  I cut a hot pink (Lollipop) doily using a die-cut.

Here's where I'm linking:

Taylored Expressions Blog - Share Joy Challenge #53 - Sketch & Color Challenge - I used some Taylored Expressions felt in my flowers and leaves (Lip Gloss and Split Pea).  I incorporated all of the colors as well as the sketch.  I'm "sharing the joy" with a co-worker who deserves to be celebrated.  She just returned to teaching this school year following her battle with breast cancer.

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #248-249 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #49 - Anything Goes - I used a French Pastry Doily die-cut from Cheery Lynn Designs.

That's all.  I'm heading back to my desk to grade essays.  Have a great week, everyone!  Thanks for visiting, and please leave a comment.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Blessings - Shine Bright

When I saw the ADORABLE challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations this week, I just knew I had to play along.  Most of their Design Team used "diamonds" on their sweet projects, but since I don't own anything quite like that, I had to improvise.   I used stars, gold and glitter to create my "Shine Bright" project.  Here's the inspiration photo:
Well first of all, I love cupcakes.  And second, I love all things bright and shiny - whether that be diamonds, glitter, stars, or anything else.  Put buttercream frosting on just about ANYTHING, and I will eat it!  This picture leaves me craving a cupcake.  This is what I came up with for the challenge:
I created my background using a pattern paper that I machine stitched in black to frame it.  Then, I stamped a Jenni Bowlin stamp in black ink onto a large white doily.  I die-cut the "blessings" sentiment using a Cheery Lynn Designs die, and I die-cut the star borders at the bottom from gold glitter paper and baby blue wool felt using a Papertrey Ink die-cut.
I took a photo of the top of the card (above) so that you can see the sentiment a little bit better.  The larger picture of the card makes it a little difficult to read the sentiment.  This sweet little die-cut sentiment frames the doily quite nicely.
Then at the bottom, I tied a long length of Teal Baker's Twine and tied it into a bow to give it just a little extra touch.  I love using twine and trims when I can implement them.  I also placed little gold glittery stars all around the image of the girl.

Here's where I'm linking my card:

Cupcake Inspirations - Challenge #371 - Shine Bright - You can read my inspiration (above).

Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #114 - Make Your Own Background - I created this background by using a fun pattern paper that I inked and machine stitched in black thread to outline and frame it.

CropStop - Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Ink

Cheery Lynn Designs - Challenge #235 - Back to Nature - I used lots of beautiful stars, which of course are a wonderful sparkly part of nature that God gave us to light our way in the darkness.

Thanks for stopping by!