Friday, September 30, 2011

Gilded Cages... No Thanks

 Sketch - Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenges #136

Challenge - 4 Crafty Chicks has Anything Goes :-)


Patterned Paper, Button & Trims - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Union Station 12x12

Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

 Giant Red Flower - Prima

 White Flower - CTMH

Black Velvet Leaf - 7 Gypsies

Oh yea, this one was FUN!

Thanks You're...

Sketch: The Paper Players #65

All Paper - Basic Grey Marjolaine 6x6

Sentiment Stamp & Cricut Cartridge - CTMH Art Philosophy

Ribbon - CTMH

Butterfly Stamp - Unity's Growing in Unity

Ink - Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap & Ripe Persimmon

Stickles in Christmas Red, Golden Rod, Crystal & Diamond

Give Peace a Chance

Culture Shock Challenges is about pop, it's about today, it's about yesterday, it's about what was in style, it's about what is in style, it's about FUN!

This week's challenge is ANYTHING GOES... nothing is easier than that!

Our Sponsor is Kelley Kids (that's where this funky vest came from)

Printed Paper - Basic Grey Obscure

red buttons - miscellaneous red button jar ;-)

alpha stamp sets - CTMH Atomic Lower Case & A Typeface

Black Ink - CTMH

bling - Imaginisce

Family... the ties that bind & gag

Erma Bombeck, love her sense of humor!
Sketch I liberated: For the Love of Sketches

so when you start with a sketch, you think "no problem, I'll just whip that out real quick" uuu, well 3 days later I'm finished with it... ack at this rate I'll be 90 with shoeboxes full of pics under my bed!  But on a good note, I really like how it turned out!  Take a look
Printed Paper - Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy
Carstock - CTMH Vanilla
Ink used to color leaves - Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, and from the new Fall Collection... Gathered Twigs (or as I call it "the perfect brown)
Cartridge - CTMH Art Philosophy
Twine - Hobby Lobby

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

You are my Sunshine

The Sweet Shop has a sweet sketch

 so I really hate my handwriting but I didn't want to use any of my stamp sets on this, they just didn't work at all

Printed Paper - Fancy Pants Rusted Sun

FlipFlops - Fancy Pants Rusted Sun Glitter Cuts

"SUNSHINE" - Fancy Pants Rusted Sun RunOns

Flowers - Prima

Gold Stickles

circle punch-outs & ribbon - Making Memories

Turquoise bling - Imaginisce

Monday, September 26, 2011

Here comes the bride

 no, not me... been there, done that... still married to my sweetie for 18 years, still love him :-)

Sketch is from 365 Cards (yesterday, but I did make the card last night. I just ran out of time to post it and my internet was down this morning)

Wee Memories has a challenge to use printed paper
Printed Paper Used - Making Memories I Do (circle paper & silver paper) and Making Memories scrapbook basics 5x7 mat stack (dot paper)

Black Lace - Making Memories Wedding

Flowers - Making Memories Black Tie

Stamp Set - Basic Grey Delta

Black Ink - StazOn

Cricut Cartridge - Wrap It Up

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gifts for the Girls

my mom recently took three of my nieces to Hobby Lobby while they were all hanging out, they wanted a Tag that (mom said) was very plain & simple with an initial on it for $5 each, mom let them know "your Aunt can make you a better one".  Today just happened to be crop day at my house and mom was they only show, guess what we did today?  Yep, plus we made them each an altered compo notebook for school.  Too darn cute! I hope they love them as much as I do.


The first is for my youngest niece, Lyric, who is in the First Grade.

 The Bird is my favorite part of this one.

Next is for my niece, Amanda Lynn (aka Maddie), who is in the Second Grade.

The green swirl flower and butterfly are tied for tops on this one for me.

Last but not least is my oldest niece, Brooklyn, who just turned 12.  She is the one that really really wanted a tag.  I love pretty much everything about her set.

What a fun way to spend a Saturday!

Friday, September 23, 2011


I know you have GOT to be sick & tired of my posts today.... too many, I agree!
Sketch used for this one = Got Sketch? Sketch #129
Special Challenge = Art Impressions Stamps
Patterned Paper Used - Echo Park For The Record
Dryer Sheet Flower - sprayed with Smooch Spritz then smeared with Crystal Stickles
Center of Flower - Making Memories Brads

Feeling like Fall

 On this one I did a little challenge combo

Sketch - Sketch Frenzy Friday

Fall Theme - 4 Crafty Chicks

Use Lace - Pals Paper Arts

About half way thru this card, I almost thru it in the trash... it just wasn't speaking to me but I decided to just see it thru.  Now, I kinda like it.

Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye Lush in Brown, Orange & Green

Rubon, Flowers & Lace - KaiserCraft Devonshire

Stamp - Basic Grey Delta

Brown Ink - CTMH Chocolate

Green Ribbon - Stampin Up (Grab Bag)

Did someone say....

Christmas?!  So confession time, I found this really pretty sketch earlier, then my internet kept loosing connection, out comes a visit from ole Mr. Cable Man (not nearly as much fun as that sounds) when he insist that part of the problem is MY computer (uuu... no, it definately is NOT especially since I'm married to Mr. IT Guy), in all of this mass chaos I somehow manage to lose the link to said sketch :-(  But I finished the card and am happy with it even if I can't link it up.
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Figgy Pudding

white ribbon - Hobby Lobby

bling - CTMH Glitz

red ink - CTMH Cranberry

brown ink - CTMH Chocolate

green cardstock - Stampin Up Pear


yes I want to send shivers down your spine....  really I'm just addicted to Halloween

Sketch is from Kathy's Waffle Sketch File which I made a few minor tweeks to by using stamps instead of the squares along the edges, eliminating the pieces at the top & bottom of the focal point & adding matting along with some sanding for effect

The Challenge over at Raise the Bar is perfect for my card... Things with Wings

Printed Paper - Basic Grey Eerie

Cardstock - Core'dinations Hocus Pocus

Stamp Set - Basic Grey Boo

Black Ink (used for spiders & bats) - StazOn

Black Ink (used for tree) - Memento Tuxedo Black

Black Ink (used for distressing) - CTMH Black

Grey Ink - Memento London Fog

IT'S FRIDAY!! (expect multiple posts)

and to celebrate, I'm going to craft as much as I can... that is as long as the office doesn't call and actually want me to work! lol

You ever "loose" one of your stamp sets (of course it was with the rest of them!) and then when you find it you're like "WOW, how long have I had that awesome set?!"  Yep, that happened to me yesterday.

Sketch is from Skipping Stones Designs Sketch#94

Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Haunted

Stamp Set - Basic Grey Spooky

Black & White Ink - CTMH

White Embossing Powder - Stampin Up

Red Ink - Creative Memories Pen

Black Cardstock - CTMH

Ribbon - Making Memories Spellbound

Thursday, September 22, 2011

To Make You Happy

Tuesday Morning Sketches but I re-arranged a few things and added the twine

Printed Paper - Basic Grey Offbeat

Ink - CTMH Cranberry, Topiary, Sweet Leaf

Sentiment Stamp Set - CTMH Treasure Life

Veggies Stamp Set - Basic Grey Farmer's Market

Bling - Hot Rox Imaginisce

twine - The Twinery

Celebrate the Everyday

oh I do like that sentiment!

Priscillastyles Midnight Madness Sketch... so much fun! although I will confess, I struggled with the weaving ;-)

Orange and gray printed papers - Echo Park Victoria Gardens

solid orange and grey - Echo Park

Green printed paper - Stampin Up

Ink - CTMH Cocoa

Stamp Set - CTMH Everyday Celebrations

used Dryer Sheet Flower

brad - CTMH

Tattered Angels Peach Delight

Bronze sparkles - CTMH Glitz Bronze

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


 This is my Third Post for the day!  *GASP*

I really like how this card came together! and although I'm not trying out for the JustUsGirls design team, I did use their sketch for this card. If you want to try out for their DT, go give it a shot!

I made this card for Get Hippity with Ippity and their challenge was Buttons, Bows, or Bling... well Bling I can do that!

Cardstock base - CTMH Pear

Printed Paper - DieCutWithAView All Dressed Up Stack

Butterfly Stamp - Ippity Thankful For You

Flourish Stamp - Unity Growing in Unity

Stickles - Eucalyptus

Butterfly background - Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Sail Boat Blue & Citrus

Ribbon - Hobby Lobby

Flower - Prima

Center of Flower - Dew Drop

Dragonflies - ??


This is my second post of the day, if you wanna see more please go back :-) I'd love it if you did!

This card is a combo of:
Unity Opportunity's challenge - Fall


TechnoStamper - Sketch #192

Products Used:
Printed Papers - My Mind's Eye Lush Brown & Orange

Stamp - Unity Love

Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa

Edge Punch - Martha Stewart

Wide Ribbon - Hobby Lobby

Narrow Ribbon & Yellow Bling - Making Memories Dilly Dally


It is the prettiest time of the year, also my niece's name so that makes it just that much more special to me.  Today I'm into combining challenges, here's my little list for this one:
Art Impressions - Favorite Stamp
Raise The Bar - "Leave" Summer
Scrapmaster's Paradise CC - Color Combo: Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso & Daffodil Delight
Pink {Ink} Sketch Challenges - Sketch

Cardstock - SU! Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso & Daffodil Delight

Leaf Stamp - CTMH Nature's Vein

Inks - Tim Holtz: Antique Linen (distressing edges), Walnut Stain, Spicd Marmalade, Scattered Straw

metal left & bling - Making Memories Vintage Findings

Ribbons - Hobby Lobby Grab Bag

Monday, September 19, 2011

beware... bad apples

The Sweetest Thing has the sweetest sketches, no really... I love them

     AND not only that but

Dustin Pike had freebie digis :-) who's a happy camper?  I AM!

Printed Paper - Echo Park Happy Halloween

ribbon - Portafolia


Red & Black Marker-CTMH

beware stamp - CTMH Beware

Sunday, September 18, 2011


TradeFish Designs is sponsoring 365 Cards this week while 365 Cards is having a manly theme, TradeFish provided the Sketch.

Wood Paper - Dir Cut with a View The Textures & Finishes Stack

Plaids - misc in stash

ribbon - I should know this but I don't

Metal brad - WeRMemoryKeepers

"Congratulations" - Making Memories Charmed words

Stinkin' Love

Another combo of challenges!

Sketch from Card Positioning System
 Animal (or plant) challenge from The Paper Players

Green Printed Paper - Die Cut With a View The Downtown Loft Stack

Zebra Stripe Paper - Die Cut With a View The All Dressed Up Stack

Black/White/Cranberry cardstock - CTMH

Cricut cartridge - Camp Out

Ribbon - Misc                    Green Ink - CTMH Topiary                    Blue for Eye - Scribbles Fabric Paint


Sketch - The Sweet Shop SSS126

this sketch just screamed BIRTHDAY to me, so I dug out the funnest paper I have and went to town on it.  I really like the funness of this card.

Background Cardstock - CTMH Twilight

Two Greens on Starr - CTMH Citrus & Topiary

Printed Paper & other solids - Echo Park Summer Days

Ribbon - Making Memories

Stamp Set - Basic Grey Delta

Star Punch - Creative Memories

Turning Leaves

Fall is inching closer & closer and the leaves turn one by one, well in our case here in our woods a few hundred by few hundred would be more accurate!

I combined the Color Combo From JustUsGirls with the
sketch from Stampendous September Sketch Challenge

not the most spectacular card I've ever made...

Cardstock & Ink- CTMH

Ribbon - Doodlebug Design Inc.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Note of Thanks

Challenge from Craft Your Days Away was to use Pink, Brown & Blue


Go Fish Challenge #1 which is Anything Goes (I can do that!)

Kraft Cardbase

Printed Paper - Echo Park A Walk in the Park

Pink Cardstock & Ink - CTMH Watermelon textured

Blue Cardstock & Ink - CTMH Crystal Blue textured

Brown Ink - CTMH Cocoa

A Note of Thanks Stamp - Stampin Up Thank You Kindly

Petal Stamp - Technique Tuesday Loves Me

Pink Brad - American Crafts Dear Lizzy Collection

a Used Dryer Sheet Tutorial by Me!

Yep, you read it right... over on Crop Chocolate's blog, THE CROP, I have a video & written tutorial how to make these fun & inexpensive used dryer sheet flowers. 

Please don't laugh at my poor video, I really hate doing them but I love Crop Chocolate so much I'll keep it up!

Since they are far from acid/lignin free, I keep them away from my photos.

The Sketch is from DeeDee over at umWowStudios, her SketchMania collection she did.  LOVE her sketches!
The middle child in these pics is my mom.... she must have been completely rotten as she says my younger son takes after her!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thank You

For this one, I combined the Sketch from Stampin Queen's Sketch Challenge with 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge of embossing.

Butterfly is a die cut is colored with Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Watermelon & Currant. The body is Dew drops.

The Stick pin & everything on it is part of Stampin Up's Pretties.

Printed Paper - Stampin Up

Cardstock - Stampin Up in Pumpkin Pie, Bravo Burgandy, Always Artichoke & Certainly Celery

I used two embossing folders, dots & floral.

Stamp Set - Stampin Up Thank You Kindly

White & Green Flower - Creative Charms Shimmer Flowers

Floss for stitching - WeRMemory Keepers Sew Easy Mud Pie


I decided to keep this one very clean & simple.

Sketch Frenzy Friday

Printed Paper - Stampin Up

Cardstock - Stampin Up Early Espresso & Always Artichoke

Stamp Set - Stampin Up (it's VERY old & I have no clue what it's called)

Ink - CTMH New England Ivy

Bottom Punch - Martha Stewart