Saturday, March 30, 2013

Card for Auction

I made this card as a part of a set to be Silent Auctioned to support a community theatre called Stones Throw Dinner Theatre located in Carthage, Missouri where a friend of mine is a regular! I also made this for the weekly challenge over on Crop Chocoalte (my favorite one deal at a time site!)

you're my cuppa joe

I love coffee.... so much coffee!and my friends, well they love coffee too :-) which means I also love this stamp set from Unity Stamp Company called Java Friend

Sketch is from The Sweet Stop: SSS204

All Papers - Fancy Pants Time For Spring

Stamp Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cocoa

Sparkly Brads - American Crafts Elements

To make it shiney I used CloseToMyHeart Liquid Glass (love this stuff)

Going Places

It's Lori's week to host over on Our Creative Corner & she says "Make a card or project inspired by travel and/or transportation. Use at least two different designer papers."

I used two different papers from Fancy Pants To The Moon 12x12 Kit plus this awesome rocket overlay, I wish my boys were still small enough to use this on a scrapbook layout but they've gotten big on me :-(

Sentiment Stamp - CloseToMyHeart Piece of Cake

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Pacifica

Brads - Making Memories

Ice Stickes in Crystal

I used the current sketch from Inkspirational #13 for this card

Friday, March 29, 2013

imagination can

take you anywhere... I love that sentiment!

Raise The Bar Sketch#137 came along just after I ran across this stamped image I had already colored a couple of months ago..... great timing :-)

I'm also making this for Unity Stamp Company's Friends with Flair

Printed Paper - Echo Park A Walk In The Part 6x6 Pad

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Happiness Is...

Stamped with Memento Ink Tuxedo Black

Colored with Copic Markers

Sentiment Ink - CloseToMyHeart Sunset

Flowers - Prima Got Flowers?

Sparkly Brads - WeR Memory Keepers

Corner Punch - Martha Stewart


My boys are not little any more but yet I found the need for this paper called "Little Boys"  why?  who
knows, maybe I miss them being little but I definitely enjoy them more big... we have so much fun together, singing, laughing, making fun of each other, teasing their dad (yeh, we pick on him pretty heavy but he loves us).

I used the current sketch from Deconstructed Sketch No. 95

Someone you know (ahem, me) forgot all about OWH's Midweek Throwdown this week... well today I found out it's stripes... TaDah!

Printed Paper & Alpha Stickers - Cosmo Cricket Little Boys

Twine - The Twinery

CloseToMyHeart Liquid Glass

White Fabric Paint

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter is Coming!

I really do like the sketches over on Freshly Made Sketches, this time I used #79

Printed Papers - Echo Park Springtime 6x6 Paper Pad

Stamp - Our Daily Bread Grunge Cross

Ink - Memento Black Tuxedo

Colored with - CloseToMyHeart Sunkiss Yellow

Ribbon - Robert Stanley Collection

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

let love fly

Gosh I haven't made a card for a few days, I thinking it's over-making-of-cards hangover from Spring Break last week.... it's a theory.

For this one I used The Paper Players Challenge #138 Sketch

Printed Papers - Echo Park For the Record 2 6x6 pad

Yellow Trim - Doodlebug Design Inc. Paper Frills

Image & Sentiment Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. Let Love Fly

Using Memento Ink & Colored with Copic Markers

Stickles Ice in Crystals on Sentiment

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Crop Chocolate Challenge #55 Handmade Flower

For this I used Freshly Made Sketch #78

Friday, March 22, 2013


This one is for Unity Stamp Co.'s Friends with Flair

I really like this paper..... it's fun, it's funky... but it's so dang difficult to use on a project because it's so out there.  I saw a card on facebook using the negative cut that looked like a sun, but I don't have that cut so I went with this one from the Paper Lace cartridge

Printed Paper - Basic Grey Out of Print 6x6 pad

Brad - Basic Grey

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Heartfelt Sentiments

Stamp Ink - CloseToMyHeart Black

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Night & Day

I pretty much craft day& nite but I can think of people while doing it

Another great sketch from Deconstructed Sketch No. 94

Printed Papers - Authentique Peaceful 6x6 pad

Clock & Sentiment Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. Night & Day

Ink - Green is Tim Holtz Peeled Paint, Tan is CloseToMyHeart Bamboo

Cardstock for Base - Stampin' Up

Brads - Basic Grey

Ribbon - Miscellaneous

no sentiments

Autumn (my 11-yo niece who is staying with us for Spring Break) and I ran across Pals Paper Arts Sketch #155 this morning & got to work on some cards
mine on the left, Autumn's on the right
Autumn's Products Used:
Printed Paper - Basic Grey Ambrosia 6x6 pad
Dressform Stamp - Stamper's Best Flourish DressForm
Stamped with VersaMark
Embossed with Zing in Silver
Snug Hug

My Products Used:
Printed Paper - FarmHouse Paper Company Fair Skies
Hot Air Balloons - Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month Love in an Instant
Ink - CloseToMyHeart Black
Distressed with Prima Distressing Tool (love this thing!)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Last One Today

Autumn & I started going thru Operation Write Home Tutorials, this one is about using a brad for a visual interest in the ribbon close to the sentiment..... looks great!  For it, we used Operation Write Home Sketch #156 which I have used before but I'm always willing to use OWH sketches over.
mine is on the left, Autumn (my 11 yo niece)  hers is on the right
Autumn's Products Used:
Printed Papers - Authentique Genuine 6x6 pad
Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Empowered Words
Stamp & Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire
Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart Outdoor Denim
Dots - Candi

My Products Used:
Printed Papers, Flowers, Ribbon & Tiny Brads - Fancy Pants It's The Little Things 6x6 pad
Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot
Large Brad - Making Memories Black & White Brad Combos


Operation Write Home has a great Woodgrain Tutorial on their blog.... super easy!
mine is on left, my niece Autumn's is on the right
Autumn's Products Used:
Cream Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Colonial White
Bottom Layer Ink - CloseToMyHeart Sunset
Top Layer Ink - Bamboo
Tree Stamp - CloseToMyHeart Beautiful Things
Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Be Brave...Branch out
Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cocoa

My Products Used:

Cream Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Colonial White
Bottom Layer Ink - CloseToMyHeart Sunset
Top Layer Ink - Bamboo
Tree Stamp - CloseToMyHeart Beautiful Things
Sentiment Stamp - Stampin' Up  Thank You Kindly
Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cocoa
Twine - The Twinery

Ombré Time

Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge is Ombré.... how super easy is that?
mine on left, Autumn's on right (who is Autumn? you ask.... she's my 11-yo niece staying  Spring Break with us!)
Autumn's Products Used:
Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month Follow Your Own
Ink - CloseToMyHeart Holiday Red
Ribbon - miscellaneous (cool how it's Ombré too, huh?)

My Products Used:
Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month Sweet Summer Love
Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month Love in an Instant
Ink - Tim Holtz Salty Ocean
Blue Cardstock - Creative Memories
Eyelets - Making Memories
Twine - The Twinery

hello paradise

umm, well if you smoosh our two cards together, that is what they would say

we used Retro Sketch #55 for these & ended up with two very different cards!
mine is on left, Autumn's is on the right
Autumn's Products Used:
Printed Paper - Fancy Pants Summer Soul 6x6 pad
Tag Stamp - autumn Leaves Stampology Journaling Tags
Ink - CTMH Lagoon
Sentiment Stamp - Extreme Happiness
Ink - CTMH Black
Ribbon - miscellaneous

Paula's Products Used:
Printed Paper - Authentique Celebrate 6x6 pad
Owl Stamp - CTMH Pair a Phrase
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Sentiment Stamp - CTMH Hello Friend
Ink - CTMH Black
Ribbon - Robert Stanley (Hobby Lobby)

i miss your face

yep, it's true... some people you just miss pretty much all the time when they aren't with you, I've found this true of certain friends (let's just go with... you know who you are) because a lot of my friends I've never met face-to-face (and you know who you are too!)

This challenge is from Inkspirational: Challenge #12, a CASE

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM Love in an Instant

Ink - ColorBox Pigment Black

Embossing Powder - Firefly (no clue who made it, I have a pill bottle sample from my step-mom)

Bling Dot & Ribbon - Making Memories Paper Reverie Noir

Turquoise Spot - Scribbles fabric paint

Ribbon - Robert Stanley Collection (Hobby Lobby)

The challenge:

Spring is in the Air

Yep, we are currently smack dab in the middle of Spring Break here in Northwest Arkansas.  So far we my niece visiting from Missouri, we have celebrated my youngest sons's birthday, my older son is off celebrating one of his best friends birthdays, and we are going to go camping/biking/hiking as well!  We'll have to go back to work just to get some rest ;-)

Well Autumn (my niece, she's 11) and I played around a little last night but we got really silly really quickly so we shut it down before we hurt ourselves or others.  Yes there could have been a giggle fit or two.

For these cards we used the current sketch from The Sweet Shop: SSS202 with a spin of "Sping"
mine on left, Autumn's on right)
Autumn's Products Used:
Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky 6x6 pad
Solid Cardstock - Creative Memories (super old)
White RicRak - CloseToMyHeart
Creative Memories Circle Cutter
Stamps - ClostToMyHeart TreeTops & Hello Friend
Inks - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Brown Bag plus Tim Holtz Tea Dye

My Products Used:
Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Lost& Found Rosy 6x6 pad
Wide Green Ribbon (bottom) - Offray
Narrow Green Ribbon - Stampin' Up Certainly Celery
Yellow RicRak - miscellaneous
Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. Let Beauty Surround You
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Colored with Copic Markers

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Autumn (my 11-yo niece who is visiting for Spring Break, we've been crafting FOOLS) & I made these cards using The Paper Players Clean & Simple Challenge #137
min on the left, Autumn's on the right
Printed Paper - MyMind's Eye Away We Go 6x6 pad

Swirls embossing folder (mine only)

Sentiment from Will 'n Way

Ink - Close To My Heart Pacifica (Autumn's only)

Misc Ribbons plus RicRac from Close To My Heart

Glitter is Gliltz Stardust fro Close To My Heart (Autumn's onl)

Pearl on Clouds is from Viva Pearl Pen in Cream (mine only)

Owl Wuv Wooooo!

this great digi was a freebie from Spyder's Corner who knows how long ago.  I had colored these a while back & just had them in a box to use later... well today is later!

Autumn & I used Tuesday Morning Sketches #190

Products Autumn used (card on the right):
Printed Papers - Basic Grey Granola 6x6 pad
Martha Stewart Corner Punch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain

Products Paula used:
Printed Papers - Basic Grey Marjolaine 6x6 pad
Prima Distressing Tool
Green brads from Basic Grey

Monday, March 18, 2013

no sentiment necessary

because the image stamp is so very pretty... it even got my very non-girly niece (who is spending Spring Break with my family) to do a super girly card!

We used Freshly Made Sketches #77

Autumn made the one on the right, mine is on the left.

We used Printed paper from Carta Bella Paris Girl 6x6 pad
Twine from The Twinery
Offrey Ribbons in Black & Pink
Tim Holtz Black Soot Distressing Ink
Image from Stampers Best
Black Ink is CloseToMyHeart Black & Pink is Watermelon
I colored mine lightly with Copic markers (I wanted a slight smear look)
I also added a bit of Viva Pearl Pen in Cream for the necklace

fun with my niece!

Autumn is here for the week with us, she's the same age as my younger son... 11 but big difference is she likes to craft with me!  Not only that but is into making cards for Operation Write Home with me:-)

Here are our card using Operation Write Home Sketch#164
Autumn's brown base card products:
Fancy Pants Off To School printed papers
Unity Stamp
CloseToMyHeart Crystal Blue in
and bling Brads from Making Memories

My blue base card products:
Fancy Pants Summer Soul printed papers
Unity Stamp
CloseToMyHeart Pacifica ink
Making Memories eyelets
and twine from The Twinery

Next we used Mojo Monday Sketch #285

We both used Pebbles Seen & Noted 6x6 pad
Flowers from Prima
Bling Brads from Making Memories
Scallop Circle cut using CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge
all ink from CloseToMyHeart - Cranberry & Twilight
misc ribbons
"smile" stamp from Will 'n Way
"you're the best" stamp from CloseToMyHeart

Thursday, March 14, 2013


I am LOVING Unity Stamp Company's new Challenges.... it is awesome they give you choices of sketches for scrapbooking or cards or altered art and a color combo you can choose to go with or not... So.Much.Fun!  and what a brilliant idea :-)

Again this time I chose to start with the Scrapbook Sketch, just like last month, guess I have a little thing for scrapping, huh?!

I'm also making this for Crop Chocolate's weekly challenge

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Love You to Pieces (puzzle pieces & stamped sentiment)

Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Solid Cardstock (light & dark blue) - Echo Park Wintertime

Printed Papers - Echo Park Note to Self 12x12

Heart Die Cut - Circut Graphically Speaking Cartridge

Brads - My Mind's Eye Lush Navy

Sprayed on solid heart behind larger fussy-cut puzzle pieces - Tattered Angles in Slate

Orange Metal Flower - Basic Grey Metal Flowers

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


These may look like really quick & easy cards but a lot of time went into them... ok so that's a lot of drying time, but still!

I used Operation Write Home Sketch #163 (which I really did like but I had to cut the cars into pieces to make it work!)

What gearhead (male or female) wouldn't want to receive and/or send one of these out?

Printed Paper - Echo Park Happy Days 6x6 Pad

Stamp - Stamper's Best Chevelle (LOVE this new stamp to my collection!)

Ink - Memento Black Tuxedo

Colored with Copic Markers

and slathered heavily with CloseToMyHeart Liquid Glass

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Ribbon - on sale from Hancock Fabrics!

oh and my favorite Chevelle is the Orange one!  Which is your favorite?  Leave me a comment, answer this question & a way to contact you if you are randomly drawn. I'll send you this stamp set (I accidentally purchased TWO)... and I'll do the drawing on my younger son's birthday, March 24 so get entered before the end of March 23

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I wanna be a Cowboy

this stamp cracks me up!  I received it as a freebie with my Stamper's Best order that came yesterday... of course I loved the stamps that I chose, but this one I didn't pick & never would have but I seriously love it... so much fun!

I used The Sweet Stop Sketch SSS201 for this one but changed it up just a little turning what appears to be ribbon & a button into the bandanna strip and the star.

Stripe & Bandana Paper - Creative Memories

Pepper Paper - miscellaneous

Red & Yellow Cardstock - Creative Memories

Stamp - Stamper's Best Cowboy at Heart

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Colored with Copic Markers

Star Die - QuicKutz Deck the Halls Star

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Negative Die Cut

Just Us Girls Challenges #179 is to use a Negative Die Cut.... at first I didn't think I was going to do it but then I remembered this new stamp I got yesterday from Our Daily Bread and thought how perfect it would be!

Printed Paper - Echo Park This & That Absolutely Charming 12x12

Stamp - Our Daily Bread Fishing Boy

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate

Froggie Punch - Creative Memories

Natural Twine

Die - CloseToMyHeart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

on the water I added CloseToMyHeart Liquid Glass to make it shiny

butterflies in a garden

Recently I won $25 from Our Daily Bread via the Operation Write Home blog!  ODB issues a challenge that they want so many cards made & linked to challenge on OWH's blog and ODB will pay for the shipping of so many boxes to our soldiers!  Then they draw a name from the participants & give them a prize.... I got to pick individual stamps from they great selection. I received my order today!  and WOW, these are wonderful stamps.... and, get this, the rubber.... it's PURPLE!  eeek, love!

I also discovered that Our Daily Bread has a sketch to use, Sketch #145

Now on to my creation, this is for Our Creative Corner, our hostess this week is Meihsia with another photo inspiration, we are to use the colors & patterns in it along with using metal

Printed Paper - Die Cut With A View The Garden Party Stack 8x8

Brown Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Chocoalte

White Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart White Daisy

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Chocoalte

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Pacifica (top stamp is 1st generation & background stamp is 2nd generation)

Scallop Die - CloseToMyHeart Cricut Cartridge Art Philosophy

Colored Wire - Misc Stash

3d Foam square under raised wings

<<< the Inspiration Photo

Friday, March 8, 2013

must be a "Thinking of You" kinda day

because I realized yesterday while organizing my cards for donation that I had ZERO in the Thinking of You category... really?  really.

When I first saw this sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday 030813, I'll be honest, I was like ummmm, eew but I decided to play with it anyway and well, yeh I LIKE it!  It's perfect for those trimming you still have hanging around

Printed Paper - Basic Grey Little Black Dress 6x6 pad

Sentiment Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Cashmere

Die - CloseToMyHeart Cricut Cartridge Art Philosophy

Stamp - CloseToMyHeart Card Chatter-Sympathy

Stamp Ink - CloseToMyHeart Black

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Punch - Martha Stewart

thinking of you

this sketch from The Sweet Stop.... SSS200 is just wonderful!  I love all the layering and I knew exactally what Unity Stamp I wanted to use with it for Unity Stamp Co.'s Friends With Flair!

Printed Paper - AuthentiqueCarefree 6x6 pad

Image Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Bloom & Simplify

Sentiment - Close To My Heart Card Chatter: Sympathy

All Ink - Tim Holtz Pumice Stone

Brad - American Crafts Elements Pearl

Thursday, March 7, 2013

thank you

I tripped across the current color combo challenge from Pals Paper Arts #154 and really wanted to use it, not because it's a color combo that I regularly go to but it's so eye catching. The color combo is Raspberry Ripple, Calypso Coral, and Crumb Cake... unfortunately I'm completely out of Crumb Cake so I found a close substitute!

Sketch is from Just Us Girls Challenge #178, which I changed up just a little by removing the horizontal band & adding the bling strips

Dot Paper - Canvas Corp Tan & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse

Cardstock - Stampin Up Raspberry Ripple & Calypso Cora

Flower Dies - Spellbinders Donna-Salazar Rose Creations & Carnation Creations

Brads - CloseToMyHeart & Basic Grey

Bling - My Mind's Eye Dear Santa

Stamp - Hippo Heart

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry & Sunset

Cream Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Colonial White

Oval Cutter - Creative Memories

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

a Dahlia for you

I love this sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketches, I'm not sure I did it justice with my creations but I did give it a try!

Printed Paper - Echo Park Springtime 6x6 pad

Chipboard buttons - Maya Road

Paint - Kaiser Colour

Die/Stamp - Spellbinders Nestabilities Dahlia

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Colored with Copic Markers

Twine - The Twinery

make it green!

these look so much better IRL....

So I took the Inkspirational Challenge #10 (Shades of Green) and mixed it up with Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown of TicTacToe to get this simple cards

Printed Paper - Making Memories Flea Market 8x8

Cardstock - Stampin' Up

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. co-brand with Echo Park single

Ink - Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Peeled Paint

Twine - The Twinery

Brad - Basic Grey

Bling - Queen & Co. Go Green

Floral Wall Hanging (a tutorial)

Hello!  I was sweetly asked to be Crop Chocolate's Guest Designer for March using a Nature theme... which I LOVE, total Nature freak here.  First I'm showing off my finished product... TaDah!

I am so thrilled with it that it is hanging in my living room

Products Needed:
11x13 Canvas
Tattered Angles Chalkboard in Fern & London Fog
Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist in Frost
Elastic edging cut from an old sheet
Fancy Pants Doodles & Things Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Forest Moss
Large Brass Plated Fasteners (from office supply section of store)
Making Memories Piercer
Making Memories Ribbon in Celery
Ranger Industries Liquid Pearls in White Opal

Step 1: from bottom edge of Canvas spray in an upward direction using Tattered Angles Chalkboard in Fern, then spraying straight onto middle of Canvas using Tattered Angle Chalkboard in Lodon Fog, last from top edge of Canvas spray in an upward direction using Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist in Frost. Set aside to dry.  Sorry I didn't have anybody to take a picture of me doing this, I looked fabulous tho ;-)


Step 2: Using elastic cut from old sheet, roll until you have the desired size, then sew into place. Create 5 fabric flowers.

Step 3: Attach small Stem from Fancy Pants Doodles & Things Stamp Set to block, ink up using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Forest Moss & stamp directly onto Canvas, repeat using larger Stem stamp. Set aside to dry. 

Step 4: Insert Brass Plated Fastener into each fabric flower. Using Making Memories Piercer, create holes in Canvas close to stamped stems & insert Fastener thru, folding backs completely over on back side of Canvas. 

Step 5: Using MM Piercer, create 2 holes (one of each side of stem) at desired location, using Making Memories Ribbon in Celery, sew from front to back, tie knot & trim to desired lengths.  Repeat. 

Step 6: Apply a liberal amount of Liquid Pearls to centers of flowers to cover up Brass Plated Fastener completely.  Allow to dry. 

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.  Please let me know if you have any questions at all!