Friday, May 31, 2013

so Thankful

Friday = Unity's Friends with Flair!  yippie

Printed Papers - Carta Bella So Noted 6x6 Pad

Stamps - Sentiment (Grab Bag) & Butterfly (KOTM Sweet Summer Lovin)

Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Flowers - Imaginisce (Green), Making Memories (Yellow), Celebrate It (White)

Bling Hot Rocks from Imaginisce in Black

Stickles in Crystal (sorry I didn't have time to wait for it to dry before I took the pic)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Just a card, or five

today is Wednesday, yes I have had to say that several times because of Memorial Day we got really messed up this week.  Wednesday is also Midweek Throwdown day from Operation Write Home, today's challenge is a general card featuring Transportation of any kind.  I mixed this with Tuesday Morning Sketches #200 (WOW, 200... congrats TMS!) and came out with FIVE cards all pretty much just alike.

Printed Paper - Crate Paper Lemongrass

Truck Stamp - Stamper's Best

Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa

Candi in Brown (love these instead of brads since the squish for an envelope then poof back up

Ribbon from CloseToMyHeart


ahhh, summer... my boys & I are starting this summer off right, by going on walks down our hilly dirt road each morning. Ok, really I walk and they ride bikes but we're doing it together so that makes it special.

Today I felt the need to craft right after returning from said walk.  I grabbed Freshly Made Sketches #88 and got busy, I ended up making four pretty much just alike.

I'm also entering this in Inkspirational#22: Anything Goes

Purple Cardstock - Recollections

Printed Papers - Basic Grey Euphoria

Edge Punch - Martha Stewart

Image - Papiersalat

Partially colored with Copic Markers

Sunday, May 26, 2013

miss you

I like tonight's creation SO much better than last nights last one, but then I'm a green freak!

I used Operation Write Home Sketch #174

All these beautiful papers I got at Tuesday Morning quite a while ago...
Dot & Leaf Paper - Luxe Capris Basil
Wave Paper - Luxe Caprix Cilantro
Solid - American Crafts Kids Shown & Tell
Ribbon - Pebbles

Stuff not from TM....
Unity Stamps Co. Moment by Moment (butterfly) & Miss You So Much

Ink - Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint

Saturday, May 25, 2013

consider yourself vintage

yep, that's me... vintage ;-) LOL! some days, some days indeed

here's to ZERO patterned paper!

Sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #87

the road is simply a piece of black cardstock cut 1.5" wide with a white pen for the dashed lines down the middle (my top one got a big wonky but meh, I'll live with it)

Stamp Set - Unity Stamp Co. Consider Yourself Vintage

All black ink - Memento

Liquid Glass from CloseToMyHeart

you are amazing

I started working on this card, got all the paper pieces in place then looked at the sketch again deciding I need something around the edges.  I didn't want to sew on it so I added a bit of Viva Pearle Pen in white around the edges only to slide my wet card under the second card I had made, smearing the Pearle all over the place... what's a girl to do?  well I'll tell ya, I just smeared it all around with my finger then added another line on top.  It's really hard to tell in the pics but it does look a little textured.  The other card didn't suffer this same fate.

I used Sketch #4 from Unity Stamp Co's Challenge

Butterflies & Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. ..all about HOPE

Butterfly Inks - CloseToMyHeart Baby Pink & Blush

Sentiment Ink - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate

Background stamp on green cardstock - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM Ol' Bag of Fun

Ink - CloseToMyHear Sweet Leaf

Cardstocks - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate & Pear

Green Embellishment - Lime Green Scribbles

happily ever after

I've been wanting to play with this sketch from Inkspirational #21 but I've had a seroius lack of TIME recently, I did change a few things about it but I'm very happy with the results!

Printed Paper - Fancy Pants Park Bench 6x6 pad

Hexagon Punch - Creative Memories

Butterfly Punch - Creative Memroies

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Heartfelt Sentiments

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Crystal Blue

Bling - CloseToMyHeart Stardust Glitter Gel

the inspiration Photo

Friday, May 24, 2013


so even though CropChocolate doesn't have a retail side of their site any more, they did keep the social sceen going along with weekly Challenges.  This week my amazing friend DeeDee aka UmWowStudio posted a sketch for us all to play along with. I used the sketch pretty much straight up without many modifications at all.

and play I did!

Base is Corrugated Cardstock from Fancy Pants

Washi Tape - Queen&Co.

ChipBoard Pieces - UmWowStudio

Alphas - RememberWhen Lotsa Letters in Blue & White (which I colored using Tim Holtz Barn Door & Fired Brick)

Blue Ink - Tim Holtz Salty Ocean

Mask in top Left corner - TheCreativeWorkshop

Tattered Angles - Chalkboard Tomate Cerise (which turned a weird pink color) and topped with Glimmer Mist Burnt Red (which I like a whole lot better but it sorta looks like blood....oops)

and that stray red paperclip I've been hanging on to for who knows how long now

miss you

today has been a non-work day for me... which is good AND bad.  School is completely over for both my
kiddos, today is video-game-til-you-drop day with a short break for lunch

Operation Write Home post their weekly sketch last weekend & I just today got around to doing something with it

Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Citron 6x6 Pad

Candi in Dark Green & Blue

Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Saffron 6x6 Pad

Candi in Brown

Stamp used on both - Stamper's Best Miss You

Inks - Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire & CloseToMyHeart Hollyhock

Thursday, May 23, 2013


comes from a Life well Lived.... I love this sentiment!  and how true

This, ok really these because I made four of them, cards were made for Operation Write Home Mid-Week Throwdown for x3

I'm also entering this into Unity Stamp Co.'s Friends with Flair

Black Cardstock - Stampin Up

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co Dragon Fly of Beauty

Stamped with VersaMark

Embossed with Zing in White, Blue, Teal, and Frost

Flower Die - Memory Box Whimsy Circle, two of them layered

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Let someone else commit you

yep, that's my plan! LOL  no really it was a sentiment on a stamp from Viva LasVegas Stamps Grab Bag that I got a while back along with this wino lady, love her!

I used Retro Sketches #63

Printed Paper - DieCutWithaView Tattered Time

Flowers - Making Memories Paperie Mocha

Brad - American Crafts

Pearls - Making Memories Paper Reverie Brun Antique

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Brushed Corduray & Walnut Stain with TH Distress Handle & Foam Pad

Card Base & Sentiment Banner - CloseToMyHeart

White Pen - Gelly Roll

Pinterest to the Rescue!

I saw a couple of cards by Danielle Daws that my friend DeeDee had Pinned that I couldn't help myself but to Case. Danielle, I hope you're ok with that!

There were all cut using my Gypsy with Accents Essentials Cartridge for the Scallop piece and Paper Lace for the Sentiment

Card Base - Stampin Up Cardstock

Velvet Ribbon, winnings from my friend Michele over on Stuff By Belle

Hug Snug Seam Binding

Printed Papers - Basic Grey Out of Print & Euphoria

Card Base - Stampin Up Cardstock

Velvet Ribbon, winnings from my friend Michele over on Stuff By Belle

Hug Snug Seam Binding

Printed Papers - Fancy Pants Love Story & Echo Park For the Record 2

These are my favorite two, ok actually the orange one is my very favorite!

Card Base - Stampin Up Cardstock

Hug Snug Seam Binding

Printed Papers - Basic Grey Offbeat & Fancy Pants Wave Searcher

All of these will be sent to Operation Write Home

Thinking about you Today...

really I'm thinking of a lot of things... like the fact that even though it's Saturday I really should be working, but I'm not, I'll pay the price on Monday for slacking today or actually Tuesday because Monday is full of kid stuff for the end of the school year, oh say a Band concert for both my boys!

I used the color combo posted on 365 Cards Day 130

Flower Stamps - Unity Stamp Co Mega Blooms

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. single

Inks - Tim Holtz Dusty Concord, Festive Berries, Pickled Raspberry, and Rusty Hinge

Cork - Canvas Corp.

Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Holiday Red

Liquid Pearls - Ruby Red

Happy Birthday Michele!

I made a friend (shocking, I know) on Crop Chocolate back in the days when we were on the Design Team together.  We fell into an easy, laughy, funny friendship... and I just love her sweetness but I really love her when she gets sassy!  Hope you have a fantastic birthday today sweets!

I also created this for the current Inkspirational Challenge #19

I die cut the balloons from Glossy paper using my Cricut with the Smily Cards Cartridge

Sprayed the Balloons with Tattered Angels in Purple, Peach Delight, Sun Sisters, Churb Pink & Oriental Poppy

The sentiment is a 3d sticker from Provo Craft Christina Cole Stickers

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Special card for a Special Lady

Operation Write Home has lost one of the great supporters & card makers, Jane E from Garden Grove, CA.  Althought I didn't know her, she sounds like one heck of a great lady!  This one is a lift of one of her cards posted in her memory today over on OWH

Printed Papers - My Mind's Eye Vanity Fair 6x6 pad

Butterfly Stamp - Unity Stamp Co Butterfly Effect

Embossing Powder from Zing in Gold

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co Sending My Love

Stamp  & Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs

Flowers & Button - Making Memories

Twine - Hobby Lobby

Thursday, May 9, 2013

NSD with OWH Challenge #7

was created by JoAnn Ross and I believe she wanted something to do with summer

Printed Papers - Echo Park Summer Days 6x6 Pad

Image & Sentiment Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM Sweet Summer Love

Black Ink - Memento

Colored with Copic Markers

Misc bling

NSD with OWH Challenge #6

came from the blog called Handmade by Julie... she wants us to create a card using a photo.  I took this
photo a few months ago right outside my back door, isn't he gorgeous?!  I wish he would have stayed longer but I suppose he was looking for a quieter place than my yard

Green Background Paper - Jillibean Lentil Soup

Orange Background Paper - ScrapWorks Magpie Pears (reverse)

Ribbon - Robert Stanley Collection

Creative Memories Circle Cutter

NSD with OWH Challenge #5

This challenge is Operation Write Home's weekly sketch, this is number 171 and I decided to make two
kids cards from it

Printed Papers - MyMind's Eye SixBySix Away We Go 6x6 Pad

Grey Cardstock - Creative Memories

Stamps - Imaginisce Snag 'em Stamps

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Juniper, Goldrush & Chocolate

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co This is a Happy Life

Twine - The Twinery

NSD with OWH Challenge #4

This challenge for Operation Write Home's National Scrapbook Day celebration comes from Scrap Happens.... use a scrapbook sketch to create a card, love this!

Printed Papers - MyMind'sEye Lost & Found Blush 6x6 Pad

Martha Stewart Punch

Flowers - Making Memories Paperie Mocha & Flower Shoppe

Brad - Making Memories

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

NSD with OWH Challenge #3

OWH's NSD Challenge #3 comes from the Fabulous Sandy... I just love her bounciness... her challenge is
to make a romantic card by using one OWH tutorial, I chose THIS one!

Card Base - SU Crumb Cake

Printed Papers & Sentiment Sticker - Fancy Pants Love Story 12x12 pack

Heart Cardstock - CTMH Cranberry using Cricut to cut die

Chipboard Dies - Creating Keepsakes kotm (very old)

Flowers - Prima

Bling - Making Memories

NSD with OWH Challenge #2

This challenge comes from Handmade by Paula, a sketch with additional instructions to make a card for a kid.  I think this image from Dustin Pike is perfect for a boy or girl!

Printed Papers - Basic Grey Little Black Dress 6x6 pad

Vine Ribbon - May Arts

Alpha Stamps - MM Magnetic Rummage

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Autumn Terracotta

Image colored with Copic Markers

NSD with OWH Challenge #1

Challenge #1 was brought to us by Our Daily Bread, who just happens to make excellent rubber stamps!  ODB wanted to see Miss You cards which I paired up with Freshly Made Sketches #85

Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Citron 6x6 Pad

Image Stamp - Our Daily Bread 2 Step Butterfly

Ink - CTMH Sunset & Pacifica plus Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co Sending My Love

Liquid Pearls Onyx Pearl

National Scrapbook Day Crop Chocolate Style

so I did manage to get all EIGHT of Crop Chocolate's National Scrapbook Day 2013 Challenges finished up yesterday but have yet to post a single one to my blog... here they all are, some I like, some I don't, and a couple I actually love!
Challenge #1 - Sunburst (so I got it wrong but the person who created the challenge gave it a thumbs up so I'm good)
Challenge #2 - TicTacToe and the row I chose was the middle row that contained: stamp, patterned paper & Ribbon
Challenge #3 - Buttons & Bows (at least one of each)
Challenge #4 - Bugs
Challenge #5 - Bling (use 2 different kinds of bling)
Challenge #6 - use a Window
Challenge #7- NeverEndingCard (which I have renemed to NeverEndingPainInTheA$$ because I didn't enjoy this project one little bit, except my cake kinda rocks)
Challenge #8- Sketch
And with the wrap of National Scrapbook Day 2013, we say GoodBye to the retail portion of Crop Chocolate... I'm so very sad as this was my main source of cheaper scrappy goodness.  Plus I happen to love the owners like they were my little brother & sister, Jon & McCall... I will miss you!