Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dear Old Glory

when I first came across this digi, I fell in love with it!  This is the first time I've used it and I still love it... you'll be seeing more of it

Sketch is from Operation Write Home Sketch #157

Inkspirational's challenge this week is "Anything Goes"

Red Cardstock (base) - Creative Memories

Blue & Layered Red Cardstock - Stampin' Up

Twine - The Twinery

Stars Stamp - Stamper's Best OWH Valentine Collection

Stamp Ink - Tim Holtz Faded Jeans

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

3 little bears

Red Carpet Studios: RCS #21 is the Movie "Ted" so of course I HAD to go with the obvious.... no I don't have a smartalec stamp but I do have a die cut of a bear from the  Christmas Cricut Cartidge

I also used a Sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches #183

The Gingham is really old Creative Memories along with the cardstock

Ribbon is Close To My Heart Organdy

Misc Buttons

Monday, January 28, 2013

ahhh a cuppa

so I'd planned on joining 613 Avenue Create: Challenge but seem to miss them all the time, but this time I tripped across it again in time to play along

I created this little card today

The challenge was "anything goes" with a color twist

Printed Paper - Carta Bella Winter Fun 6x6 Pad... you know the 6x6 pads with the hole right in the middle at the top? those little pieces next to it you have left when you cut the paper down to be 6" and get rid of that hole? here's what I did with mine! why throw them out?!

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Java Friend

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry

Coffee color - Copic Marker

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart Organdy in Outdoor Denim

Chalkboard Fun!

I've done this technique before but last week Operation Write Home did a tutorial on it, reminding me that it's out there... so I started creating some cards but I just this morning got them finished up.  It's a great fun little technique & oh so easy ;-)

Card bases - Imaginisce

Misc Mats - misc papers from long ago

Stamps - Stamper's Best True Friends & Miss You

Stamped with Versa Mark

Embossed with Zing White Emobssing Powder

Screw Brads - Oriental Trading Post

Black (white core) Cardstock - Close To My Heart

Prima Distressing Tool

Saturday, January 26, 2013

i miss you so much

This week's challenge from Our Creative Corner for those willing to take it..... Woodgrain and at least ONE button

I cheated a little bit in my Design Team duties & utilized the current sketch from Retro Sketches #47

I started with a very dark cardbase - Stampin' Up Espresso

Embossed Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Chocoalte

Emobssing Folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations

Flowers Designer Paper - PaperTrey Ink Friends 'Til the End

Die Cut - Spellbinders Donna-Salazar Carnation Creations

Bling - CloseToMyHeart Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple

Green Ribbon - MyMind'sEye Lush

Metal Butterflyl - Making Memories Emobssed Butterflies

Brown Button - Making Memories Paperie Mocha

Thread - Bazill Basics In Stitchz Green-Purple

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate

Friday, January 25, 2013


I saw one of the DT members cards at Pals Paper Arts Challenge #151, one Mary Fish, and thought "I gotta CASE that card!"  I just love everything about it

I'm also entering this in Unity's Stamp Co.'s Friends With Flair

Products Used:
Printed Papers - PaperTrey Ink Friends 'Til the End

Edge Punch - Martha Stewart

Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Creme Brulee, Chocoalte, Daisy White

Embossing Folder - Lifestyles Crafts Bloom

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Chocoalte

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thought Bubbles

I love this paper!  seriously, I do and even more than that... I got it Free from winning something at a Retreat in the fall... yay!

I'm using the current sketch from Deconstructed Sketches, Sketch #86

Also entering it in Scrapbookin' Adventures Challenge#2 (they are on Facebook) which is to use White, Gray, Yellow, and Robin's Egg Blue (plus more if you want)

Printed Papers - Pebbles Seen & Noted 6x6

Cardstock - Close To My Heart

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co Happy Everything & Family Dynamix

Ink - Close To My Heart Lagoon

Circle Punches - Creative Memories

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Be Yourself

this is such a try saying & I love it!

Sketch is from Fetch A Sketch: Challenge #42

Printed Paper - Fancy Pants Love Story 6x6 Pad

Stamp Set - Close To My Heart Be Yourself

Ink - Close To My Heart Black & Holiday Red

Easter too

ok so the first round of Easter cards I made today really left me feeling *blah* as a paper crafter so I'm trying to make up for ugly crafting ;-)

These cards were inspired by Inkspirational Challenges #4

and I'm going to go ahead & link this over to Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown

Printed Papers - Fancy Pants Time for Spring 6x6 pad

Shaped Trimmer - Creative Memories

Digi Image - Dearie Dolls Digis (how fun, it was already colored for me!)


This week Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown is EASTER!  I had just downloaded some cute Easter digis a week or so ago and now I get the chance to use them

Printed Papers - Fanyc Pants Time for Spring 6x6

Solid Cardstock - Creative Memories (yes, I'm trying to get thru a bunch of extremely old stuff)

White Ribbon - Close To My Heart Organdy

Green Ribbons - misc

These are my least favorite of the sets but I love the image... not sure, hope the service men/women like them tho

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

trust your heart

for these I used Operation Write Home's Sketch #156

Printed Paper - Carta Bella Beautiful Moments 6x6 Pad

Butterfly Stamp - Unity Stamp Co./Webster's Page Dream Big

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co./Donna Downey Empowered Words

Stamp & Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Brads - The Paper Studio

Misc ribbon

camp fire

my big boy loves the fire.... really any fire will do but he especially loves the CAMP FIRE!  They just really make him happy.  He's very responsible with them and respects the fires abilities and dangers.

Sketch is provided by Pretty Little Studio

Additional challenge from Red Carpet Studio: RCS#20 inspired by the movie cover for Sparkle

Background Paper & Velvet Alphas - My Mind's Eye Lush Black

Red & Black Cardstock - Creative Memories

Misc Twine

Grey Foam Arrows - Creating Keepsakes

Brads - Basic Grey

Red Mist - Tattered Angels Chalkboard Tomate Cerise

Monday, January 21, 2013


Ozark Natural Science Center... this is a wonderful camp all about taking care of what we have, our beautiful earth and studying how those before us lived.  My boys have both been attending for years.  This layout is about my younger son's visit during summer 2011

Sketch from Creative Scrappers Sketch #243

Base Page - Jillibean Green Pea Pad

Tree Paper - ScrapWorks Magpie Orchard

Vine Paper - Die Cut With A View The Green Stack

Alphas - Thickers By The Yard in Leaf

Button - Bo Bunny Apple Cider

Public Speaking

oh it scares the crap outta me.  but my oldest son, when just 13 years old ACED it!  what?!  The hubster & I just could NOT believe our eyes and ears at how calm and smooth he was.... and us with no camera!  Thank God I have friends to cover my butt... thank you Meg!

I got my start from Creative Scrappers Sketch #244

Printed Paper - Making Memories 5th Avenue 12x12 collection

Cardstock - Close To My Heart

Spray - Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash Sailboat Blue

Cup Stains - Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Chipped Sapphire

Ink Drops - Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Broken China

blissful cards

So many cards to make... so little time yesterday to do anything.  Today I'm taking a "mental health day" and NOT working... which I SHOULD be doing since I found out last week that my position has been terminated and I'll be on my own but I'm hopeful with some contract work that I've picked up, I think we'll be ok :-)

Challenge fufilled: Crop Chocolate wanted Pink, Flower & Bling

*My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Market Street 6x6
*Sentiment from Fancy Pants Lilac House Tags & Titles
*Flowers from Making Memories Sabrina
*Bling from American Crafts Elements
*Stamp from Unity Stamp Co Just Breathe
*Colored with Copic Markers
*Tiny Bling from CloseToMyHeart Sparkles

But you know me... I CANNOT make just ONE card, however the following don't work for the challenge, I just did them because I could... on my "mental health day"

*My Mind's Eye A  Beautiful Life 6x6
*White Brads - The Paper Studio
*Flowers - Prima Flowers
*Bling - CloseToMyHeart Sparkles

Printed Paper - Close To My Heart Magnifique 12x12

Flowers - Making Memories Flower Shoppe

Bling - Close To My Heart Sparkles & Bitty Sparkles

Ink - Close To My Heart Lagoon

Printed Paper - Authentique Delightful 6x6 Collecction

Lime Cardstock - Stampin Up Green Galore

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co Jillibean

Ink (Stamp & Distress) - Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn
Flowers - Making Memories Flower Shoppe

Bling - misc stash

Sunday, January 20, 2013

About Me

according to one of my BFF's!

CSI: ColorStoriesInspiration #55
COLOR COMBO: light sky blue, brown, pale yellow, chartreuse, pale blue

  • teacup accent
  • flowers
  • leaves
  • stitching or faux stitching
  • plain white background
  • Be inspired by Six for Sunday (inspired by the 6 teacups)
  • Try this cool writing prompt: 6 Things
  • Write 6 interesting things about your topic.
  • Add a small decorative design to your journaling spot.

Papers - My Mind's Eye Kaleidoscope 12x12

Butterflies, leaves, feathers & chartreuse charm - umWow Studios Monthly Kit

Wood Stamp - Close To My Heart Weathered Backgrounds

Stamp Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa

Distressing Ink - Color Box

Metal Title Slide - Tim Holtz idea-ology Word Bands

Ribbon - SnugHug

Edge Punch - Martha Stewart

Pearls - Spare Parts The Paper Studio

Teacup Stamps - Imaginisce & Inkadinkado

Colored with Copic Markers

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Thinking of You

This week's Challenge from Our Creative Corner is Give your card a Decorative Edge, Everything has to be WHITE and if you are using rhinestones they must be silver... easy, right?  well, talk to the girl that had to keep changing her Design Team project to make it conform!  Hello, that would be me.

Base Layer - Stampin' Up Printed Vellum (it has butterflies & dragonflies on it, they've yellowed a bit over time)

Stems - Fancy Pants Doodles & Things, stamped with VersaMark & Embossed with White Zing

Beautiful Crochet Flowers - my awesomely awesome step-mom Becky

Flower Centers - Silver Bling Making Memories & White Brads American Crafts Elements

Dragonfly - Cricut Camp Out Cartridge cut from CloseToMyHeart White Cardstock with tiny pop dots from The Paper Studio

Sentiment - Technique Tuesday Hello My Friend

Stamp Ink - Memento London Fog

and look at that.... I stitched the vellum to the cardstock that I punched with a Martha Stewart edge punch of leaves

Friday, January 18, 2013

Kaleidoscope 2

I don't normally do Mojo Monday Sketches but I like this one so much I decided to do it!

Paper - My Mind's Eye Kaleidoscope

Stamps - Close To My Heart Card Chatter Sympathy, Close To My Heart It's Your Day & Autumn Leaves Word Flourishes

Ink - Close To My Heart Chocoalte

Twine - The Twinery

Ice Stickles - Crystal

Kaleidoscope Cards 1

I've been trying like crazy to use up thie paper, it's really bright & I have a hard time with it.  But I AM making progress!

The Sweet Stop: SSS 193 is the sketch I chose for these

Paper - My Mind's Eye Kaleidoscope

Stamps - Close To My Heart Card Chatter Sympathy, Close To My Heart It's Your Day & Autumn Leaves Word Flourishes

Ink - Close To My Heart Chocoalte

Bling - My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy

So Beautiful

I was disappointed earlier that Friends with Flair from Unity Stamp Company wasn't up... ok, more like scared.... what was going on?  was it cancelled? did it just get forgotten?  eek  But then the day was saved!  WHEW

I used Sketch Frenzy Friday 011813 for this layout

I'm also entering this in Red Carpet Studio Challenge #19

Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Nutmet 6x6 pad

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co: Moment by Moment, Journey Like No Other, and Bold Butterfly

Stamp Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Tiny Butterflies Inks - Tim Holtz Broken China, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge

Yellow Butterfly Ink - Tattered Angles Plain Jane Stained Glass Yellow

Blue Butterfly Ink - Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze Shy Violet & Waterfall

Green Splashes - Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze Emerald Cove

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wishing You Joy

I saw this sketch from Deconstructing Jen, Deconstructed Sketch No. 85, that I fell in love with..... seriously, I love this sketch... so much fun!

Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Kaleidoscope 12x12

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co April 2012 KOTM Follow Your Own

Ink - Close To My Heart Pacifica & Chocolate

Martha Stewart Edge Punch

Birthday cards!

I so rarely make birthday cards and I was really struggling with this sketch so I pulled up my big girl panties & got to work on both!

Operation Write Home Sketch #155

Printed Papers - My Mind's Eye Kaleidoscope 12x12

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. The Right Words

Ink - Close To My Heart Pacifica

Star - QuicKutz Deck the Halls Star

Stickles Crystal

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

i miss you so much

Retro Sketches #46 was my inspiration to create this card and while it's not uber exciting, I do like how it turned out... the simplicity of it

Printed Papers - Basic Grey Blush 12x12

Distressing & Stamp Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Sentimenet Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Butterfly Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Moment by Moment

baby, it's cold

very very cold, much too cold for me as I prefer it to be in the 70's

Papertake Weekly had a challenge of Baby, It's Cold Outside goes perfectly with Crop Chocoalte's Mittens :-)

Products Used:
Stamp - Unity Big Mitten Stamp
Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot Ink
Stickles Crystal
Making Memories Eyelets (in mittens)
Velvet Ribbon - American Crafts Red Ribbons
Background Ribbon - MME Lush Turquoise Trims
Sentiment - MME Stella & Rose"Mother" Layered Stickers
Mitten Paper - Basic Grey 12x12 Eskimo Kisses
Bing - Making Memories Flutter Bling
Red twine from The Twinery
Distressing - Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Ink
 and misc blue paper

Love Green

yes, yes I do... very much which works nicely for me today in that Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwndown is to use GREEN!

I also combined it with Inkspirational Challenge #3 which is  a CASE

You know me... why make one when you can make three!

Image - Unity Stamp Co. I Will Give You My Heart (first time I've used this new cutie!)

Colored with Copic Markers

Paper & Cardstock - Creative Memories (super old)

Ribbon - Craftsmart

Embossing Folder - Lifestyle Crafts Bloom

Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Mowed Grass

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Anything You Can Do....

I can do better
.. I can do anything better than you

This was the song I chose for my brothers & younger son walking on a log in our fire pit that was, in fact, burning at the time.  You can tell by the look on my son's face that it was REALLY hot!

For this layout I used CSI: ColorStoriesInspiration #54

The Scheme:
Light Buttery Yellow
Bright Red
Bright Blue Sky

Page Draft (aka use the Sketch)

Punched Circles
Polka Dots

Handwrite your journaling
Use the title or lyrics of a song as inspiration for your journaling

<-yes actually="actually" are="are" font="font" lyrics="lyrics" of="of" some="some" song="song" the="the" these="these" this="this" to="to">

Background - Core'dinations Core Impressions: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Collectionn

Accent Papers - Core'dinations Core Impressions: Jenni Bowlin Brown & Cream Collection PLUS Making Memories 5th Ave

Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot & Barn Door

White Jelly Roll Pen

Black Rub-on Alphas - Making Memories Providence

Prima Distressing Tool (aka my favorite thang ever)

Tim Holtz Banner Die

Clear dots/circle & chipboard - from CKC a few years ago

50th Anniversary

this photo brings back a flood of good memories of my grandparents, this day was their 50th Wedding Anniversary and they went on to celebrate more together... they are both gone now as this was May 1984.

I created this layout for CSI: ColorStoriesInspiration #53
Items Required to be used:
Pale Dusty Pink (title-Together)
Lavender (ribbon flowers & printed paper)
Pale Blue (scallop strip & printed paper)
Pale Yellow Green (dottted background paper)
Gray (brads, satin ribbon & "50")


  • flowers
  • metal
  • pleating
  • scallops
  • fabric (I counted the ribbon along the bottom for this)
Printed Papers - Basic Grey Wisteria 12x12

Sticker Strip (across top) - Basic Grey Kioshi 12x12

Alpha Stamps - CloseToMyHeart Felicity & Atomic Lower Case

Ink - Memento London Fog

Gray Brads - The Paper Studio

Pearl Brads - Making Memories

Pale Blue Organdy - JoAnn's

Gray Stain & Flower Ribbons but from misc stash, no clue where they arrived to my crafty space from

Vintage ATC

This week at Our Creative Corner we'd like to see your Shabby Chic side... that is use Distressing, Lace, Crochet, Ribbons, Layers, Buttons, Pearls, Glitter.. ya know, stuff

Background Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found.  I just hate the flaky glitter so I globbed on a bunch of Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart to seal it in

For my ATC, I  used a Vintage Print that I colored with Copic Markers, then added Stickles in Waterfall to the Sky then added some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Waterfall (yes same name for both products, weird...)

Ribbon & Laces are from Making Memories and I used my SEWING MACHINE to sew them to the card

The large button with scalloped edges was a recycle thing and the fibers holding it on are from Bazzill In Stitchz Green-Purple Floss

Brad is from Spare Parts

I hope you've enjoyed my ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Friday, January 11, 2013


today is Friday.... you know what that means?!  Unity Friends with Flair day :-)  wahoooooo!

in addition to FWF, I used Sketch Frenzy Friday's sketch for today

I made two cards & while it was hard to choose between them, I think I like the "wood" background better than the sunflowers on the other.

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co Face the Sunshine

Stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa then colored with various Copic Markers

Printed Papers - Farm House Paper Company Sugar Hill

Distressed with Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs

Light Yellow Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Creme Brulee

Flowers - I don't know but the started out kinda a weird off-white color so I sprayed them with Tattered Angels Sun Sisters then ran a brown brad thru them from The Paper Studio

Thursday, January 10, 2013

just a note

for some wonderful soldier out there to write home in!

I purchased this image from Robert Jackson because I thought he was reading a note written home from mom or dad, but I'm having a hard time using him... no clue why

Sketch provided by - Deconstructing Jen's Deconstsructed Sketch No. 84

Color Combo - The Play Date Cafe #164

Base & Blue Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Brown Bag & Pacifica

Chartreuse Cardstock - Stampin' Up Summer Starfruit

Printed Paper - Farm House Fair Skies 6x6 Paper Pack

Sentiment - Technique Tuesday Hello My Friend

Stamp Ink - Tim Holtz Salty Ocean

Dot stamp - Roller Stamp but it's not labeled with the manufacturer :-(

Stamp Ink - CloseToMyHeart Pacifica

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

hearts & butterflies

I wanted to join in some challenges this week and found I could combine these three pretty easily... the cards I made turned out pretty good I think

Sketch was provided by Kathy's Waffle Sketch File, January 2013 Between the Lines
Color Combo was inspired by a photo inspiration at Inkspirational Challenges, Challenge #2
Operation Write Home wanted to see cards without a sentiment on their Midweek Throwdown

Printed Papers - DieCutWithAView Garden Party 8x8 Stack

Small Heart Punch - Creative Memories

Large Heart Punch - Emagination

Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn

Twine - The Twinery