Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ice Covered Trees

There's something that's just SO magical about seeing the pine trees in Minnesota when they are covered with snow and/or ice.  It makes them sparkle and look almost majestic.  It's a beautiful sight, and if you don't live in the North land where it snows, you're really missing out on a lovely site.  When I created this card, that's exactly the look I was trying to recreate.  I cut my pine trees from vellum and colored them green, then I added some clear glue and ultra-fine glitter to make them look snow-kissed so that they would glisten.  I really like how it turned out because it really does look so much like the real thing, if you can use your imagination to envision it.
I added a sticker for my sentiment as well as a double bow tied with a narrow green plaid ribbon.  I inked the edges of two different pattern papers, and that is absolutely ALL I did to this card.  And yet, it gave my card SO much shimmer and fun that I just can't help but love it because it represents a typical Minnesota Winter....the world in which I live.
Since I don't have much time lately to play along in many challenges, I thought that this would be a good opportunity to play along in some of the challenges I love so much.  Here's where I'm linking.  And please know that I would absolutely LOVE to hear your thoughts about my creation.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Ice Inspiration" - Can you see the glittery ice on my vellum trees?

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #260-261 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Challenge Up Your Life - Challenge #56 - Vellum - I used vellum to die-cut my trees, and then I frosted them with glitter to represent ice.

CropStop Challenge - Linky Party #22 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint (Green) to ink and distress the edges of my card.  CropStop carries every gorgeous color of Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I want to thank you for stopping by today. Your visits and comments mean so very much to me.


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!

A Little Birdie Told Me

We all have that one person in our lives who doesn't like to make a big fuss over their birthday.  For me, that's my boss.  He's a very soft-spoken, humble person who doesn't like to have the lime light on him.  Even when he has received honors for his achievements at work, he gets uncomfortable having all eyes on him.  He has done so much for the underprivileged kids in the Minneapolis area (some of the really bad parts of town where kids often slip through the cracks; and he wants to give every kid the opportunity to achieve all their potential, so he's been honored/recognized many times, and is always SO humble).  So....when it comes to his birthday, he'd just rather pretend it's like any other day and just let it slide by.  But I can't let an awesome person like this who does SO much for kids go unappreciated on his special day.  I made him this card, and I'm making a buttermilk Bundt cake with cream cheese frosting to give him at our back-to-school meeting on Monday.  He will be a bit embarrassed; but believe me, he deserves the recognition.  He's an awesome guy.
I made this card using items from my "super stash".  They're from Crate Paper's Recollections line which is SUPER old.  If I could still find it, I'd buy more of it because I love it and enjoy creating with it.  It makes really great guys' cards, and just has an awesome edgy and retro feel to it.

I followed a sketch that I saw over on the Sketch Saturday Blog, and created my background on my own using these cool pattern papers and piecing them together.  I debated machine stitching them, but decided not to stitch this particular card since it's for a guy.  I also used a sticker and chipboard piece from this line, and I stamped a sentiment (Happy Birthday) at the bottom.  It's fairly simple, but it makes the point that I want to celebrate this very special man on his birthday.  That's why I used the sentiment "A Little Birdie Told Me".....because he just doesn't like the attention a whole lot.

Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog - Challenge Week #425 - This is such a cute sketch, but it still worked great for a guy's card.  I just love it.

Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #114 Make Your Own Background - and that's just what I did...I made my own background by piecing together various pattern papers to create a "manly" background for this card.

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge Weeks #242-243 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly - Anyone can come by and play along.  I learned that you don't have to use scripture to join the fun, and they really have some great prizes at this fun challenge blog.

CropStop - Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - I used lots of great Tim Holtz Distress Inks as sold at CropStop.  

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Let's Go Wild" and I went wild with my fun patterned papers, and also used a wild animal (an owl).

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my blog today.  I appreciate your visits and your kind words.  I would love to have you FOLLOW MY BLOG, and I would be happy to follow yours in return.  I love making new blog friends.  Just let me know, and thanks again!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hello There

Today I'm sharing a card that is different for me.  Growing up and living in Minnesota all my life, I've been around a lot of farm animals.  I just think they're so cute, and I always love to see them at the State Fair and at local farms.  So I created this card to celebrate all those living creatures I've grown up around, and love so much.  I think this is cute.
I designed my background using an embossing folder and then inking the raised paper to show off the texture that using an embossing folder gives your paper..  Once I had this fabulous background with an inked textured embossed design (as required on the Pile It On Challenge), I added a Sentiment Strip (as shown on the Papertrey Ink Blog Challenge), and then I just embellished it with my animals, stamped sentiment and some red baker's twine.  It checked all the boxes I was hoping for, so I will link it in these challenges:

Pile It On - Challenge #114 - Make Your Own Background - I made my background by dry embossing my card stock and inking the raised parts to show off the texture.  Once I had my hand-made background, I embellished it.

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge #257 - Sentiment Strip Grounding - I added a kraft Sentiment Strip to Ground my images which are several sweet farm animals die-cut from an adorable Papertrey Ink Animal Die-Cut.  My stamped sentiment is a Papertrey Ink Frame Outs #2 stamp (Hello There).

CropStop Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - I used several different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks including Spun Sugar (on pig), Brick Red (on rooster), Walnut (on cow), and Fossilized Amber (on the duck).  I also used the Walnut to ink up the hand-made background on my card.

If you would be so kind as to become my new follower, I would be THRILLED, and I would do the same favor for you.  I also appreciate the comments you leave for me.  I love making new blog friends.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, everyone!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Happy Birthday To You

For all of you having birthdays this summer, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Mine is in February, but I have a lot of relatives with summer birthdays.  I made this card for my Auntie Delores who is turning 80 on August 18th.  Our family is throwing her a BIG party, and I'm so excited to see the excitement on her sweet face.
This card was made with a mish mash of items from my stash.  The sentiment was stamped using my favorite Verve birthday stamp.  I absolutely LOVE this stamp and seem to use it for almost all the birthday cards I make, so I know that many of my relatives may recognize it from their own birthday cards...LOL   That's OK, my Auntie Delores won't know the difference.

I wish the summer lasted longer because I'm NOT ready to go back to the classroom my any means.  I enjoy having time to craft and enter challenges, and these are the ones I'm entering this card in for a chance to win a fabulous prize.  How generous are these wonderful companies to have these challenges for us?
Verve Stamps - July Challenge:  July Divas Inspiration and Blog Hop Challenge - The picture (above) shows the inspiration for this card.  Aren't these colors gorgeous?  I used my favorite Verve Happy Birthday Stamp for the sentiment.  Verve has LOTS of great sentiments (and so much more).

Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #113 Shaker Cards - I enjoy making little shaker boxes to add to my cards and tucking sweet little sequins inside for a great POP of color.

CropStop Blog - Linky Party #18 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks on this card.  CropStop carries lots of great products that we all use every day in crafting.  Stop by and check out this challenge, too!

Little Scrap Pieces Blog - Saturday Linky Party - Come and play along for your chance to win some of Karen's gorgeous hand-made seam binding.  Such a fun place to play along and get inspiration.

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - FABULOUS FLORALS - I don't think I could make a card without flowers.  These ones are sweet glittery little paper flowers I had that matched my color scheme.

I am very happy that you've stopped by today, and I'd love to hear what you think about my bright card.  I would also really appreciate having you become a new blog follower of my blog, and I'll be happy to do the same on your blog.  Thank you.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Our Friendship

Sometimes God has a subtle way of causing us to randomly think about someone for no apparent reason,  Often, you find yourself thinking of that one particular friend (or relative) quite a bit.  When this happens, I always assume that God is putting that person on my mind for a reason.  I figure......why else would God have me continuing thinking about someone unless I was supposed to pray for them.  That's the only reason I can think of as to why He would cause this to happen.
I like to make cards specifically for this that whenever a friend has been in my thoughts, on my heart, and on  my mind, I can pop a card in the mail to them right away to let them know that I prayed for them.  What an honor it is that God allows us to pray for others in addition to being able to lay all our own burdens at His feet.  We are so lucky to serve such an awesome and gracious God.
I made this card with scraps of pattern papers that I inked, some black baker's twine, a stamped sentiment, and a shaker box with sweet sequins under the vellum overlay.

I'm linking my card in the challenges listed below.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Sweet Stamps Blog - July Anything Goes Challenge

In The Pink Challenge Blog - Challenge #99 - Get Out Your Rubber

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Love You Much

Yesterday was a great day for me.  I did some yard work, ran a few errands, and I even had a chance to sit down in my craft room and create something.  So I'd say that it was a great day overall because I got a lot accomplished, and got to do things I really enjoy as well.  This is the card I made in the late night hours last night.
I used some really old pattern papers (I mean super stash, man!) that are from Cosmo Cricket.  I actually used a bit from two different CC lines.  One is called Girl Friday, and the other is Material Girl.  Some of the papers intermingle nicely.  I inked all my edges, and did some machine stitching on my card.  I used several different pattern papers and ruler paper from the Cosmo Cricket collections.  I die-cut the hearts using a Spellbinders Media Mixage die set that I picked up at Tuesday Morning.  The sentiment is stamped onto a small scrap piece cut from a journalling strip from Cosmo Cricket line.   I stamped the image in Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.  The butterfly is from Our Daily Bread, and is also stamped in Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.    There's also a tiny strip of Little B washi tape on my card.  You can click on the photo for a closer look.
My photography skills leave a lot to be desired.  I've been trying to watch YouTube videos and tutorials to pick up tips and tricks, but it's still a struggle for me.  I just SO admire those bloggers who can take the most amazing pictures of their cards.  They look like they're right in front of you, and so life-like that you could almost reach out and touch it.  Perhaps some day my photography skills can be that great.  One can always be hopeful, right?

Here are some challenge I found where I really want to throw my hat in the ring.  I just love playing along at the challenges I found, and I always get so excited when what I'm able to create something to satisfy more than one challenge requirement at a time.  I'm learning as I go in blogging.

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Things With Wings - I hope you can all see my little butterfly.  I stamped him right next to my sentiment.

CropStop Linky Party #18 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Blue Denim, and Brick Red.

Our Daily Bread - Anything That Grows - I used a butterfly stamp from Our Daily Bread out of their Happy Birthday Stamp Set.  Of course, my butterfly is something that grows, and the sentiment of my card is about LOVE; which is also something that (hopefully always) grows!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Spritzed Stamps

This week's technique over on the Papertrey Ink Blog is Spritzed Stamps, and I really love how it works.  I encourage you to watch the video on the blog and give it a try.  I will openly admit that my card didn't turn out anything like the sample cards, but at least I can say that I gave it my best effort.  And in crafting, isn't that what it's all about?  It also gave me an opportunity to use one of my Papertrey Ink stamp sets that has been neglected for a while now.
I used several different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks, a small mist water bottle to mist the stamps, some watercolor around the edge of the stamped white watercolor paper, and some blueish purple cardstock for the base.  I also spritz stamped the stems twice, and used 3-D tape to raise them up.  I love how the spritz technique worked on the leaves.

I will be linking up my little card in these fun challenges that I LOVE!

CropStop - Linky Party #18 - Anything Goes - I used several different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Watercolor Paper, Mist Bottle all carried at CropStop.

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Thank you for visiting me.  Have a fun and creative week.


Monday, July 4, 2016

In God We Trust

It's a great day for celebrating.  There are evil people out there who want to ruin this great country, but true Americans need to stand up, turn back to God, and defend the United States of America.  We won't have this great country for long if we don't ALL take a stand and defend the values our Founding Fathers wanted for us to have and enjoy.  Many people will try to debate these FACTS, but our country absolutely WAS founded on the principles and values of the Bible, and they knew that the ONLY WAY this country would continue to thrive was by holding fast to these values.  Our ONLY hope is to turn to God for the strength and protection we so desperately need.  If we don't turn back to Him, we can expect our great country's demise.  Those are just cold hard facts.  Satan (and his evil minions) want to destroy us, and God wants to defend us.  However, God's defense will only happen if we turn to God and ask for His protection.  PLEASE take time today to simply thank God for our rights and freedoms, and ask Him to continue to bless and protect the USA.
This card is nothing special, and I know that.  But it does say a lot.  Psalm 125:1 says, "Those who trust in the Lord are like Mt. Zion, they will not be defeated but will endure forever".  So, even if our country falls apart, don't ever let your own personal faith and trust be moved.  IN GOD WE TRUST.

I want to enter some challenges with this card today.

CropStop Linky Party #17 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink

I'm happy that you stopped by my blog, and I would really love to have you become a follower of my blog.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Coffee Tag

This is a cute little tag that I created for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop.  I used a plain tag, and a stamp set from Stampin' Up, some green seam binding and ivory jute.  It's very simple, but it focuses on my most favorite thing to!
I'm happy to be entering my tag here:
Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop - This is my second entry.  I'm still hopping along!

I would really LOVE to have you become a new follower of my blog, and I'd be happy to follow yours as well.

Have a great week!


Coffee, Anyone?

When it comes to coffee, I can't even think about starting my day without it.  It's the only reason I'm willing to wake up most mornings.  Just knowing that I can sip on a warm latte is enough to get me out of bed.  Without it, I'd just stay under the covers forever - seriously!
So I made this card using an old piece of Making Memories paper, some little bits from JilliBean Soup, and a Starbucks gift card.  I scooped up several of these Starbucks gift cards last Christmas when they had them because I knew I would use them creatively somehow.  Aren't they super cute?  The only thing that could make them better would be if it was loaded with Starbucks dollars.  LOL
I'm sharing my little coffee card in some challenges, including the Summer Coffee Loving Cardmakers Challenge among others.

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop - I can't wait to hop around and see everyone's wonderful projects.

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

CropStop Challenge - Linky Party #17

Have a great week, and thank you for stopping by.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Enjoying Summer Break

As a teacher, I can totally relate to all you Moms out there who are excited about school being out for the summer.  And while I know your kiddos will enjoy this time off almost as much as I will, I encourage you to keep them engaged in learning this summer.  Make sure they read, attend activities where they can experience new things, even get them involved in some type of summer learning program.  Yes, we all need our much deserved break; but kids can lose a lot of what they've retained during the school year if you don't stimulate their little brains.  So just be sure they use their time wisely, and...that they enjoy being kids and having time off with their families.  I know I'm sure looking forward to it all!
I saw a wonderful tutorial by Danielle Flanders over on the Papertrey Ink Blog today, and I just LOVED how the Copic shading enhanced her die-cut word.  As I always do, I have to work with what I own.  So, I pulled out several of my Papertrey Ink products for this one.
I started with an ivory base, added a polka dot patterned paper, and then I went for the sentiment.  The words "Thinking of" are from the Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #7 Stamp Set, and the word "you" is from their Wonderful Words Die Collection.   I placed the red die-cut word "you" on a journalling spot I cut using one of PTI's Fillable Frames Dies. Then, I used Danielle's wonderful shading trick using a dusty blue Copic, and I really like how it highlights the word and makes it look like the light is shining on it.  Great tip, Danielle!

Here's where I'm linking up my card:

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog - Challenge #252 - Shadowing With Copic Markers - See above my list of PTI products used (five in total).

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #232-234 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

I hope that I will be able to create a lot more cards now that school is out, and I also hope to do more blogging, posting, visiting, and hopefully even.....winning!  That would be a real treat if I could win something this summer with all my card-making.

Have a great week, everyone!
And thanks for visiting,

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Guest Designing at CropStop

Today I'm thrilled to be Guest Designing for CropStop.  I have been playing along in their challenges for a while now, and I was so excited when Karen asked me to Guest Design for them this month.  I absolutely LOVE their wonderful products, and I had so much fun making my card using some of the awesome products.
My bright, fun card was created using some patterned papers that I glued together using Tombow Permanent Mono Adhesive.  Then, I cut some flowers using my Die-Namics Heirloom Rose Die-cut and attached them with some brads and some lovely Ivory Burlap String.  For the sentiment, I attached a Mixed Media Wire Word (smile) from Jillibean Soup by stitching it down with embroidery floss and dotting my i with a white sequin and a Doodlebug Pearl Accent Sticker.  I also inked the edges of my card using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade.  There's always a perfect shade of Tim Holtz ink for any project.  There are SO MANY great products at CropStop that there's simply no end to the creative possibilities awaiting you.  I always find something new every time I shop there.  They have so many great new die-cuts and stamps, and so much more.
I hope that you will all stop by to play along in their fun challenge on the CropStop Blog.  You could win yourself some of their products, and you will always find inspiration on the blog, and find great products in their store too.

Have a great week, and thanks so much for stopping by.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Seeing Stars

I found these cute gold paper clips at the Dollar Tree.  They also had some other shapes, and I thought they were cute so I got a couple of different packs.  I stamped a Verse Bible verse onto a piece of vellum in Tim Holtz Black Soot ink using a stamp from Verve, added some ribbons and twines, a paper flower, and did some maching stitching on my card.
It was nice being able to squeeze in some crafting mid-week.  That's a rare occurrence for me.  I am looking forward to sharing my card in a few challenges this week, and I will be crossing my fingers that perhaps I will win something at some point down the road. There are so many wonderful companies out their who generously donate prizes, and I would feel so honored to win something.  I'm sure if you've ever won a challenge, you know what I mean.  That random generator can be some people's best friend, and other crafters' worst nightmare.  I was playing along at one challenge, and the just dropped off the face of the earth and never announced a winner.  I get so confused by things like that.  I just keep playing along when are where I can and scratch my head a bit when I "don't get it".  LOL

Here are the challenges where I'm linking up:

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #230-231 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Linky Party #16 - Anything Goes

Have a happy day!