Thursday, December 24, 2015

Season's Greetings

It's Christmas Eve!  I'm just putting the finishing touches on some packages, plating my cookies, and getting everything ready for our big Christmas celebration which is over at my Great Aunt's house this year.  I am so excited to watch all my nieces and nephews (and even some of the aduts) open their gifts, eat cookies, drink some egg nog, and have fun.  My Grandpa always reads the Christmas story, and that is one of the highlights of Christmas celebration for me because he's been doing it since he was a child.  He started doing it for his own children, he did it when I was little, and now the next generation is hearing him read this wonderful story from the Word of God.  What a gift God has given us through His Son, Jesus Christ, our eternal hope,  I want to wish everyone a very blessed day, and hope that you each remember to celebrate in your heart the true meaning of Christmas.
I made my card using the same papers I've been using on the last few cards I've made because I'm trying to keep with this color theme, and use non-traditional Christmas colors.  My family members will be receiving a lot of blue and purple Christmas cards. But I've also made lots of greena and red ones as well.  I added some doilies, machine stitching, lots of great seam binding to blend in all the colors, and a sentiment.  My "sparkle" is the sequins I added.

I will be playing along in these fun challenges:

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #41 - Non-Traditional Colors

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make It Sparkle - I added some sequins for my "sparkle"

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #214/215 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Challenge Blog - Linky Party #11 - I used Tim Holtz Ink on the edges of my card.  CropStop carries so many colors of Tim Holtz Inks, I never knew there were so many!

Merry Christmas to everyone!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

All Ready For Christmas

Can you believe it?  I'm all ready for Christmas.  I have all my shopping finished, all my gifts wrapped, all  my cards are mailed, all my cookies are baked and delivered to friends, and I can't think of anything that I've forgotten.  I'm SO ready!  Now, if I could just win a challenge this week, I'd be SO excited!
I made this card with some patterned paper from my super stash (it's old).  I also added a small glassine bag, Tim Holtz inks, some sequins, two chipboard pieces from Crate Paper, some purple cardstock, and I also used a die-cut from Memory Box called Big Ticket

Outside The Box/Memory Box Challenges - Challenge #7 - Season's Greetings - I used a fabulous die-cut from Memory Box called Blank Ticket.   It's so cute, and made a great background for my glassine bag.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Die Crazy" - I used a die-cut from Memory Box called Blank Ticket.

Cut It Up Challenge Blog - Challenge #86 - Brrrrr! It's Winter - I used a Memory Box die-cut called Blank Ticket

DRS Designs Challenge Blog - Challenge #205 - Inspired By Color - I love this color combo, and this is my second card using it.  SO sweet.

The Shabby Tea Room - Winter Wonderland - I was inspired by the sweet photo

 V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #41 - Non-Traditional Colors

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges - Simon Says "Winter Wonderland"

Inspiration Journal - Tis The Season

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #32 - Holidays

Little Scrap Pieces - Sunday Show It Off Linky Party

I would like to thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I'm so excited to have so many great challenges to enter this week.  I hope you are enjoying your Christmas vacation as much as I'm enjoying mine.  I wish it would never end.  I love sleeping in late.

God bless your Christmas,

Friday, December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas To You

This is a very simply just says "Merry Christmas".  That really says it all.  I made this card to accommodate several differnent challenges where I wanted to play along, so I had my work cut out for me.  It's very simple, but I like how it turned out.
I started with a piece of snowflake pattern paper from my super stash (many years old, I'm sure).  I machine stitched the edge to give it some personality.  Next, I die cut two trees from vellum that I outlined in blak ink.  Then, I added lots of sequins to pull in all the colors from the color challenge at one of the challenges I'm entering.  I also stamped the sentiment onto vellum just to keep it simple.

These are all the challenges I'm entering with this card, and I've explained what elements I've included to accommodate each challenge.

DRS Challenge Blog -- Challenge #205 - This is such a beautiful color combination to use, and so unusual for Christmas, which I ahsolutely LOVE!  I used sequins and pattern paper to make it work.

CropStop Challenge Blog - Linky Party #11 - Anything Goes

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #41 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Die Crazy" and I chose to use some sweet Blue Spruce Trees die-cuts from Frantic Stamper on my card.

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #32 - Holidays Celebration - I used a fantastic Blue Spruce die-cut from Frantic Stamper.which is al sold at Scrapy Land Dies.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party - Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #214 - Anything Goes

Inspiration Journal for the Inspiration Emporium - Tis' The Season - Anything Goes

You may have noticed that I don't yet have very many blog followers, and I'd really like to change that!  I would be SO happy if you would become my new blog follower, and I would be more than willing to do the same fot you.  It would mean so much to me and; after all, that's how we make new blog friends.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Embellishing With Felt

Working on all those Christmas cards is exhausting, so it was fun to take a quick break and create something other than a Christmas card.  I love working with felt and die-cuts, and the two together are simply amazing.  I followed the tutorial on Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog this week showing us how to embellish cards with felt.  You can use lots of felt, or just a small touch.  The results are sweet, and Papertrey Ink has so many super cute dies.  I've found several on EBay (just saying).

So, I used up some scraps of patterned papers, some laces, some different colors of felt, and I also created a matching tag to go with this card.  I like to place a matching tag inside the cards I send so that the person can use it as a bookmark or remembrance of me, and the occasion on which I sent the card to them.  You will love this "Embellishing With Felt Tutorial", so why not check it out and play along in this fun challenge.
Here are the links to the challenges where I am linking this card and matching tag:

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog - Capture The Moment: Make It Monday #234 - Embellishing With Felt.  I used several of Papertrey Ink's lovely flower dies, and their heart die.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Tag It - I made a matching tag with my card.

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #213 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Linky Party #11 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink to stamp my sentiment.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I would LOVE to have you become my new blog follower, and I will be sure to stop by your blog as well to do the same.  Have a great week, and ENJOY YOUR WEEKED (as I know I sure will).


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Splattering of Christmas Joy

I'm so behind in making my Christmas cards.  I prefer to give each member of my family a hand-made card, and would really enjoy sending one to every person and/or family on my list.  That won't likely happen, but I'm trying to get as many created as I possibly can in the small amount of free time that I have.  I made these two cards using a neat technique I saw this week over on Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog.
I used some older patterned papers and goodies that I had in my stash.  I did lots of inking, machine stitching, and then I die-cut the sentiments using Buff Ivory Card Stock, and I splattered them with paint using the technique shown here.
Here's a close up photo of the splattering technique (above).  It's fun, but you have to be careful because it makes a bit of a mess.  I got some paint in places I didn't intend to get paint (if you know what I mean).
I thank you for visiting my blog.  My last post received absolutely no comments (go figure).  I can't be upset about that because I almost never get the time to visit anyone's blog; and when I do, it's only for a quick moment in passing.  I'm really looking forward to Christmas break when I will have some time to create a few things and "surf" the internet more.

I'm going to share my cards in these challenges where they fit the themes.

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Challenge Blog - Make It Monday #233 - Splattering.  I used several great PTI products including their sweet Rustic Cream Button Twine, their Wonderful Words Die-Cut Set, and their Holly Jolly Die Collection.

The Kraft Journal - Challenge #252 - Color Challenge.  This was a strange color combination, but I had the right patterned papers to pull it off.  I used The Kraft Outlet's Buff Ivory Card Stock.

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #211 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says "Anything Goes" this week.

Have an awesome week.  I really do appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.  I hope you're creating lots of lovely things for the Christmas season.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Season Of Love

Christmas is the season of love......God's love.  He sent His precious Son, Jesus Christ, to become a symbol of His love for mankind.  So when I hear the term, Season of Love, that's exactly where my mind goes.  I created a couple of sweet Christmas cards to celebrate this lovely season.  I'm so excited about this time of year leading up to Christmas.  It's just SO exciting!
I made my first card using some pattern paper and cream card stock.  I stamped onto the cream card stock using red and green inks, and using both Papertrey Ink stamps (holly berries and holly vines) and others.  I also tied on red and green seam binding and added some little sugared berries that I picked up at Michael's this weekend.

My second card uses some more stamps (little postal marks and snowman), as well as some cream card stock I pressure embossed using a Sizzix snowflake embossing folder, an Echo Park journalling card (with red glittered edge), a small October Afternoon sentiment sticker, and I also used 3-D adhesive tape to raise up my snowman.

I'm going to link up my cards in these challenges I've found:

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #209 - Family Friendly/Anything Goes

CropStop Blog - Linky Party #10 - Anything Goes - I used lots of great Tim Holtz Ink (as found at CropStop).

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #40 - Bling It On - I used glitter, some glittered berries, and lots of shiny touches.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Christmas"

Thanks for visiting my blog today, and please stop by again soon.  I always enjoy making new friends.  I'd really LOVE to have you follow my blog (if you're not already); and I'd be happy to stop by your blog to do the same.  Just leave me a comment.  


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Grateul For You

There are a lot of great Thanks and Thanksgiving Challenges out there right now, and I really wanted to be able to play along.  That's one of the best parts of my weekends.....being able to get in my craft room and create some cards.  This card was created using Emma from Paper Sweeties.
I started with some really old Melissa Frances patterned paper which I inked along the edges.  When I went to stitch it, I quickly realized I had no thread in my dear old sewing machine.  So....I just went ahead and made the stitch holes anyway.  I added a seam binding bow, a button with twine, some wooden stars, a BINGO card, sweet Emma, and a stamped sentiment and outfit from a stamp set that I'm guessing is retired because I can't find it on their site.  The dress originally had no sleeves, so I had to draw them on to give poor Emma an appripriate Autumn outfit.  When I look at the close-up picture of Emma's face, I can really see that I need to take more time when I color the faces.  I'm not happy with how it looks, but she's still a cutie pie!
I always enjoy getting to spend time in my craft room, and I hope to get some more creating done this weekend.  I look forward to stopping by some of your blogs to see what you're up to this weekend.  Hopefully wherever you live, it's warmer than it is here.  It's a brisk 44 here today (which isn't terrible), but I know that snowflakes will be flying soon!

Paper Sweeties Challenge #37 - November Color/Photo Inspiration - I had to add some sleeves to Emma's dress...LOL

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Thanks/Thanksgiving.  I used Autumn colors and a "thankful" sentiment.

CropStop Blog - Linky Party #9 - Anything Goes - I used some great Tim Holtz Distress Inks that are carried at CropStop.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Link It Up and Show It Off Challenge

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #208 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #40 - Bling It On

Thanks for visiting me.  I'm always so super grateful for your kind comments, and I'd really LOVE to have you follow my blog while you're here.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fabric Strips Tree

How cute is this idea over on the Papertrey Ink Blog?  Melissa Phillips has shared a tutorial taking torn strips of fabric, along with ribbons and lace, to create a sweet shabby chic Christmas tree.  I used a wooden spool that I covered in lace and then added my paper straw and tied on lots of torn fabric strip, lace and ribbons to create my tree.
I also added a glittered star at the top of my tree.  The sentiment was created using Papertrey Ink's Tny Tags Die Set and Tiny Tags Stamp Set.  I attached the PTI sentiment tag using a tiny wooden clothespin and some Natural Burlap String.
I am super excited to play along in this challenge, and sure wish I could do it more often.  This idea was just TOO CUTE to pass up, and I had to squeeze in some late last night to get this done.  I would love to hear your thoughts.  I'm thinking of making more of them for Christmas gifts.

Nichole Heady/Papertrey Ink Make It Monday - Fabric Strip Christmas Tree - I used Papertrey Ink's Tiny Tags Stamp Set and Tiny Tags Die-Cut Set as well as their lovely Natural Burlap String.

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #208 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly - Thank you to Karen for inviting me to play along.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Happy Halloween

To be perfectly honest, our family doesn't celebrate Halloween a whole lot.  However, there are a few of my nieces and nephews who are allowed to dress up in costumes and they do some fun activities at their church (and maybe knock on a few doors, such as family members and neighbors that they know well).  But there are so many Halloween challenges going on right now that I wanted to enter, so I decided to make a cute little tag to give one of my friends at work.  I figured she could put it on her desk, or maybe even use it as a bookmark.  It's nothing fancy.....just for fun.
I used a Primitive Shipping Tag, a Crafty Secrets image, some ribbon and orange pom pom trim, a button, and some black and orange baker's twine.  As I said earlier, not much to it.  I do want to play along in some of the great challenges going on right now.

Heartwarming Vintage/Crafty Secrets Challenge - October Linky Party/Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #39 - October/Spook-Tacular

The Kraft Journal - Challenge #245 - Pick Any Three - I used a tag, button, baker's twine, and pumpkins

CropStop Linky Party #9 - I used baker's twine and Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #205 - A Family Friendly/Anything Goes Challenge

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Enjoying My Weekend

Where do the weekends go?  They seem to disappear much too quickly, and that they take forever to get here.  Don't get me wrong, I'm super glad that it's Sunday; but I wish I could freeze it right here because I'm really NOT ready for it to be Monday morning and to have to head back to work.  I'm just going to savor every moment of today.  I want to sit here in my craft room all day, sip my coffee (several cups), and just enjoy the day.  If you have a "FREEZE BUTTON", please press it for me!  LOL
I made this card using some super old papers and embellishments from my stash, and I followed a cute sketch from Sketch Saturday to create it.  I inked all the edges and added some Ivory Burlap String and Red Baker's Twine to the side of my Santa button.  The sentiment is just a piece of punch-out paper from an old set.  It's very simple, but the sketch is cute and helped make it all come together nicely.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - CAS Christmas - I tried to keep it simple.  I really did!

Sketch Saturday - Challenge #382 - Sketch Challenge - This is Entry 2 of 3

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #204 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Linky Party #8 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Barn Red, and Ivory Burlap String that you can purchase at CropStop.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I know that I will be enjoying mine!

Ticket to a Happy Birthday

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.....I love making hand-made cards for my family members.  Our extended family loves getting together, and we do it every chance we get. When my sweet little nieces and nephews have birthdays, we all get together for food and fun.  I look forward to doing this again this Thursday night as we celebrate another family birthday.  It's always a good time.
I made this card using some Party Day supplies that I still have left over from an album I made.  I've been trying to use it up by making some cards.  I just inked the edges, layered the papers, added some polka dot twill, and a ticket.  There's really not a lot to this card, but I know that my love went into making it.

I will be linking my card to some challenges, as follows:

Sketch Saturday - Challenge #382 - Sketch Challenge Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp - I like this sketch, and I'll be entering this challenge three times (the maximum allowed).  Thanks for having me!

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #204 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly - I always enjoy this challenge blog, and the encouragement they share with everyone.  It's so refreshing.

Little Scrap Pieces - Linky Party - I play along in this challenge every week (at least when I can) and I would so love to win some of Karen's gorgeous seam binding.  Thanks for this fun challenge.

I hope you all are having a nice week, and that you are all staying nice and warm inside your craft rooms. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I'd really appreciate it if you would follow my blog, and I would be happy to follow yours in return.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Christmas is Coming

Christmas will be here before we know it.  Can you believe that it's only 75 days away?  I always promise myself that I will start earlier next year on making my Christmas cards and doing all my shopping so that I'm not overwhelmed in mid-December.  And yet, it never seems to happen.  I somehow never find a way to get it all done before then.  Well, at least I have a few Christmas cards ready to go.  I better keep working on them, AND get some shopping done.
As soon as I got home from the Apron Chicks Antique Sale, I made this card after work today using some really old pattern paper that I had in my scrap bin.  I added a sticker sentiment, some lace, beaded trim, a seam binding bow, some old Making Memories poinsettias with buttons in their centers, and half of a doily that I cut from cream card stock using a Cheery Lynn die-cut called French Pastry Doily.  This particular doily has been a favorite of mine for a long time and I tend to use it quite a bit.

I am happily, and very excitedly, linking my Christmas card in some challenges that I enjoy very much.

Scrapy Land Challenges - Challenge #27 - Anything Goes with a die-cut that is sold in the Scrapy Land store.  I used the Cheery Lynn Dies doily called French Pastry Doily, and you can find this super cute die-cut at Scrapy Land.

Classy Cards 'n Such - Challenge #105 - Happy Holly-Days - I used some older Making Memories poinsettias on my card

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #204 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Challenge Blog - Linky Party #8 - Anything Goes (Use Something From CropStop).  I used some Tim Holtz Brick Red Distress Ink on the edges of my card.

That's all for now.  Have a lovely weekend.  I'm so happy it's Friday!

Monday, October 5, 2015

C'Mon, Get HAPPY

Well, this is a completely new technique for me.  And while this isn't the prettiest card I've ever created, I'm still proud of myself for giving it a try.  I followed the tutorial that Nichole Heady shared today over on the Papertrey Ink Blog so that I could play along in their challenge.
I stamped the stripes onto a piece of cream paper (similar to the way Nichole showed us in the video), and I also cut four sentiment images that I layered (just like Nichole showed in the tutorial).  I will definitely use that idea again because I like how it makes the thin sentiment stand out more.  I also added some little hearts that I die cut from another PTI die-cut favorite.  Like I said, not the prettiest card I've ever made, but definitely something different and fun.  I will use it for giing to one of my nieces as a special "pick-me-up".

I'm going to share my card in a few challenges, of course including the one for which it was created (the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink).  I hope you will all give this technique a try.  It's always fun to learn something new.

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog - Make It Monday Challenge #226 - Creating With Stripes.  As I mentioned, it's not gorgeous; but I sure tried.  I used two Papertrey Ink die-cuts including the sentiment (happy) and the small heart from the set of three hearts at PTI.  I'm proud of myself for giving it a try!

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #203 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

That's all for now.  Have a wonderful week, my creative peeps!

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Not that anyone has really missed me, but I haven't posted in quite a long while.  I have been so busy at work, and trying to get grades in for the quarter was a nightmare.  There's a lot of paperwork for teachers that most people don't even realize.  I'm not complaining.  I love my job.  It's just a lot of work, and I don't always get the time for making cards that I wish I had.  This weekend was the exception, and I got all my paperwork finished and had some spare time to create some cards.  I used some October Afternoon supplies that I got at last year's October Afternoon Warehouse Sale.  I can't wait for the sale again this year.  I got so many great bargains.
I can't even tell you what line these embellishments and papers are from, but they are all October Afternoon.  I know they're old because it actually says December 2013 on the top.  I covered the last part of the (13) year with the deer sticker which is on 3-D tape to raise it up a little bit.  I also added some cute little Papertrey Ink holly leaves using their holly die-cut, and added some little holly berries to the center.  I did some machine stitching, and added a few extra October Afternoon stickers.  It's fairly simple, but now I have one more Christmas card finished.  Hurray!
These are the challenges I've found this week where I can share this card, and I'm excited to play along because it's just been too long since I've had the chance to enter anything.

Classy Cards 'n Such Challenge #105 - "Holly Days" - I used some holly leaves and holly berries.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says Anything Goes this week.

I wish I knew about more challenges, but my time is very limited so I do tend to play along in the same challenges over and over again.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.  I love each of these challenges, and I enjoy playing along in them.  I'ts always fun.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Back To School

It's that time again, and I'm back at another year of teaching.  This is my life, and I have many years of it still ahead.  So far, I'm still enjoying it.  You never know what the new year will bring.  I made this little Back To School card for one of my nieces who is really scared about starting First Grade.  She hasn't attended all-day classes before, and it's an adjustment for her (and for her Mom).  So I just wanted to encourage her.
I used a lot of older supplies on this.  The pattern paper was from Hobby Lobby on clearance, and I also used some bakers twine, a chalkboard sticker, some October Afternoon stickers, and an old pencil.  I thought that was very appropriate for this theme.

I'm entering my Back To School card in these challenges that I love:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says Back-To-School

Classy Cards 'N Such - Challenge #99 - Back To School

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Linky Party

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #197 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Amusing Challenges - Back To School - I did not use anything from a Muse Studio as I don't own any yet.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Happy Anniversary

It's always en exciting time when family members get married.  Well, my cousin Amelia got married last summer.  I had the honor of being one of her bridesmaids.  It's hard to believe that they are already celebrating their first anniversary next weekend.  We're throwing a little party for them at my Aunt's house, and it's sure to be a good time when our family gets together.  I made this card to give them as they celebrate their fist year of wedded bliss.
I was inspired by the current challenge over at Paper Issues.  Their "New Issue" is Pocket Books.  You can create a book, journal, or something with a pocket.  I had this old canvas pocket in my stash, so I combined it with some brand new Crate Paper Craft Market supplies that they carry in their shop, and it provided me with a place to put a gift card for their gift.  How perfect!

Here are the challenges where I am sharing this Pocket Card, including the one at Paper Issues:

Paper Issues - New Issue:  Pocket Book - As I explained above, I was really inspired by this challenge.  I used an old canvas pocket on my card so that I could include a gift card.  I used lots of great new Crate Paper products on my card.

CropStop - Linky Party #7 - Anything Goes

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #197 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  I always enjoy having people stop by to say hello and take a look at my cards.  It means so much to me.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bless Your Little Heart

I have been trying really hard to pull out and use some of my older stamps and supplies.  It feels good to use some of my older things because it helps me feel like I'm not wasting them.  When they just sit there, or I try to hang on to them forever, there's just no point and then I feel guilty when I buy new things.  So, this card really uses up some older supplies that have been neglected for far too long.
I used two different pieces from a Crafty Secrets Vintage Cuts sheet, some pretty seam binding, a little kraft polka dot envelope, and a super old sentiment stamp.  I inked the little sentiment strip, too.  I've found a few challenges where I'd like to share my card:

Heartwarming Vintage/Crafty Secrets Blog - August Linky Party - I love my Crafty Secrets Vintage Cuts, and it felt good to use up some of my supplies

CropStop Linky Party #7 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Ink on my card (found at CropStop)

DLART August Linky Party - Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesdays Challenge Blog - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Home Grown Summer - Aren't these flowers lovely?  Living in Minnesota, we have LOTS of wild flowers along the side of the roads, and I enjoy picking them to create a bouquet.  This card really gives that wild flower feel that I love - even though they are just pink roses.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

CAS-ual Chic - CCC02 - Udderly Lovely Layers - I used my first layer (kraft card), a second layer (Crafty Secrets image) and third layer (kraft polka dot envelope) with a stamped sentiment (bless your little heart).

It's always nice to have visitors on my blog.  I hope you will follow me, and I will be sure to also follow you on your blog.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

For The Birthday Girl

Since I made a card yesterday for my nephew, and had these cute Crate Paper Party Day supplies sitting on my craft table; I decided that I should also make a girl's birthday card to have on hand.  With our large extended family, I just KNOW that I will need it soon enough.  I added some bakers twine, 3-D embellishments, and sequins to decorate it.
It always makes me feel good to have a few extra birthday cards made ahead of time.  That way, if I'm having a really busy week when a birthday party rolls around, I won't feel pressured to have to create one.  My nieces and nephews (and really all my relatives) really enjoy getting my hand-made cards because they know that I make them with a lot of love.  I am so grateful for every member of my family and extended family, and I enjoy giving them cards that are made by me.

These are the challenges where I will be sharing this birthday card:

Pile It On Challenge #80 - Add Sequins And/Or Beads - I added several sequins to this card including red, gold, and green.  I absolutely LOVE adding sequins to my cards and projects.

Little Scrap Pieces Linky Party - Link It Up and Show It Off - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Tie It Up - I tied it up with baker's twine.

Have a happy day!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

For The Birthday Boy

I absolutely LOVE making cards!  I wish that I had quite a bit more time to sit in my craft room and create, but I'll always take what I can get.  I was able to make this card for one of my nephews, and I'm super excited for his birthday party this weekend.  He is a sweetheart, and I know it will be a great time with the extended family.
I used some Crate Paper products on this card, and I added some green, red, and gold sequins as well as brown baker's twine, staples, and red/white polka dot washi tape to embellish the papers.  I love the little race car because it is SO like Tanner to always have a match box car or two in his little pockets.  This really suits his personality.

These are the challenges where I will be sharing my birthday card:

Pile It On Challenge #80 - Sequins And/Or Beads - As you can see, I added LOTS of bright sequins to my card.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sugar and Spice

Earlier today, my Mom asked me if I could make a card for a friend who just had a baby girl.  I, of course, said "SURE"!  So when I got home from work, I whipped up this card using Carta Bella's Baby Mine line, a doily, some machine stitching, and a seam binding bow with baker's twine and natural twine.  Easy!
I like making baby girl cards because they're so soft and sweet just like babies.  Who doesn't LOVE a newborn baby, right?  Oooo.....I could just squish them, they're so sweet.  I can't wait for the day that I have a sweet little baby of my own to have, hold, spoil and love.

I have a few challenges where I can share this card.

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #193 - Anything Goes Family Friendly

Thanks for taking a look at my little card, and please leave me a comment so that I know where to find you.  I need more blog followers and blog friends.  So if you follow me, I will certainly do the same for you!

Have a creative week,


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Friends Are Golden

One really fun trend in scrapbooking and card-making right now is the use of GOLD.  I've been seeing it everywhere, and it's SO pretty.  I found some really awesome shiny gold paper at Michael's, and thought I'd try using it with some of my die-cuts.  I just love how it catches the light and shimmers and shines in real life.  I don't know if the photograph really captures it, but it's quite lovely.
These cards were created using Crate Paper pattern papers, vellum and tag, some machine stitching, a 3-D jar which is also from Michael's, and the doily was also cut from the gold paper using the French Pastry Doily Die-Cut from Cheery Lynn Designs.
These are the challenges where I'm linking up:
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge #194 - Silver And/Or Gold - I used the Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily Die-Cut and used shiny gold paper
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Sparkle And Shine" - This card really sparkles and shines with the shiny gold paper I used to die-cut my sentiment and doily.
Word Art Wednesdays Challenge Blog - Challenge #193 - Anything Goes
I'm happy you're here, and I'd just love to have you become my new blog follower.  Have a wonderful week!

Time To Celebrate

As I've mentioned before, I have a very large extended family with LOTS of aunts, uncles and cousins.  Around here, it seems like it's almost always somebody's birthday.  I'm sure that some of you can relate to that, right?  I try to make a lot of Birthday cards so that I will always have some on hand when parties sneak up on me.  I made this one for a cousin, and I plan to make a couple more with these same papers so that I'll have extras.
I used some October Afternoon pattern papers, red seam binding, a kraft card (for the base), an OA journal card and chipboard, and more OA paper to cut my flowers.  I inked the edges of the flowers, and added some antique buttons that I picked up at a local antique store.  The inside is stamped with a Happy Birthday sentiment, and here is a look at that (including my "retro rubber").
These are the challenges I've found where this card will work:

Word Art Wednesdays Challenge #193 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Little Scrap Pieces Saturday Linky Party - Linky Party - Happy Birthday.  I wasn't quite sure if this week specifically called for a Birthday card, but I made one just in case it was.  I always love playing along in this challenge.

Stamp & Create Challenge - Patterns - I used pattern papers to create my patterns

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog - Challenge #19 - Inspire Me With Color - I used the lovely colors in this challenge, and as I stated above, my "retro rubber" is a SUPER old Happy Birthday stamp that I used on the inside of my card.

Paper Sweeties Challenge #33 - Red White & Blue.  My colors are less traditional than the patriotic version, but still qualifies.  I always love to play along at PS when I can.

CropStop Linky Party #6 - Anything Goes - I used baker's twine, ink and washi tape (which are all sold at CropStop).  They carry A LOT of great products.

Paper Issues - This is the most AWESOME challenge - "Chip Off The Old Block" - I decided to interpret this challenge by using CHIPboard on the front of my card.  I also thought the retro Celebrate card and airmail touches were cute, and reminded me of days gone by (chip off the old block).  So....I hope this makes sense to someone other than just me.....LOL.  By the way, check out the AWESOME store at Paper Issues!

OK.....that's all for today.  Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would be honored to have you become my new blog follower, and I would also be willing to follow you.  Just follow, and leave me a message.  I enjoy making new blog friends.