Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sympathy Card

Some times things happen and we lose people in our families, this recently happened to us with the loss of our oldest nephew, Tom. For our 20th Wedding Anniversary, we drove to Odessa, Texas to my husband's brother's house, the next day we attended Tom's memorial service the following day was just relaxing, some shopping for the girls while the guys took all the kiddos bowling, yesterday we drove home.  I didn't have time before heading down to Texas to make a card for my sister-in-law but after we got unpacked I sat at my desk last night remembering the pictures of Tom and knowing his love for green and Shamrocks. One of the things said during his service was about being lucky and finding a four-leaf so trying to bring the positive back in, I created this card.

Challenge - Inkspirational #26 Sketch

Plaid paper & darker green cardstock - very old Creative Memories

Light green Cardstock - Misc

Green Gems - Queen & Co.

Shape cut from CTMH Cartridge on Cricut

Cricle Punch from Creative Memories

Shamrock - 4 Confetti Hearts from UmWow Studio, painted white then sprayed with Tattered Angels Chalkboard in Fern

Sentiment Stamp - CloseToMyHeart Card Chatter-Sympathy

Ink - CloseToMyHeart New England Ivy

Inside the card

The Sketch

Saturday, June 22, 2013


It's almost The Fourth of July!  And this year I get a special treat... my sister will be coming for a visit, arriving at my house on the Fourth for a BBQ complete with our Dad at the grill & our younger brother plus niece to hang out too!  We're also planning a little hike at one of our beautiful Arkansas State Parks, Devil's Den that my sister hasn't been to for a very long time. Of course, I'll be toting along the ole camera to try to get as many shots as possible and I'm sure my brother will have along his brand new camera as well.  How Exciting!

Sketch Frenzy Friday has a great sketch that I immediately thought of this new Washi tape I just  got yesterday in the mail!

Washi Tape from Crafty Steals (this is the first thing I've made with this wide roll, it's pretty cool)

Stars cut on Cricut

Cardstock - misc White, Red from Stampin' Up

Alphas - Lotsa Letters

of course, this card will be going to OWH but I'll have to hold on to it for almost a year as the deadline for the 4th has long passed

Friday, June 21, 2013

heartfelt thanks

I very recently got hooked on Washi Tape... seriously, I love this stuff!  My first Washi only order arrived Downtown Tape, placing an order with friends so we each only paid $1 for shipping :-) this week, I received 8 new rolls!  Previously I had received 2 rolls at a crop and immediately purchased a third.  For a long time I've had the Tim Holtz Tapes (butterflies, music, words & script) but I don't use them much, I don't know why.  But these colored Washi tapes are fabulous!  I ordered from.
Freshly Made Sketches #91 has a great little sketch right now, but I did make a small alteration by changing out the sketch's scallops for flowers

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

So I just wrapped a piece of cardstock, alternating three different Washi tapes until the entire piece of cardstock was covered.  Followed that up by dry embossing dots.

I added a strip of adhesive to the back right edge, the applied flowers from Portafolia to the back of my embellished cardstock.

Next I created the little banner using some really CloseToMyHeart cardstock, sentiment stamp from Unity Stamp Co's Heartfelt Sentiments. I used Ink from CloseToMyHeart in Watermelon. Topped the banner off with another flower from the same collection along with a tiny brad from The Paper Studio.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

thinking of you

Inkspirational Challenge#25 has an inspiration photo of a card which I pretty much lifted although I did change the colors a bit

Embossing Folder - Lifestyles Crafts

Flowers - Making Memories Flower Shoppe

Brads - The Paper Studio

Washi Tape - Downtown Tape

Sentiment Stamp - CloseToMyHeart Card Chatter-Sympathy

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Juniper

The Inspiration:

Monday, June 17, 2013

Thinking About You Today...

every been making a card (or six) get them all done then you can't find the paper pack to tell everyone what products you used?  no?  crap, must just be me... hummmmm

I found this great Hexagon Sketch from Sketch Saturday #263

Hexagon Punch - Creative Memories

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. Grab Bay

Brown Cardstock - Misc Old Stash

Sunday, June 16, 2013

You Are Missed

Not only is there a fantastic sketch for this week on Operation Write Home's blog, but there is a Blog Candy Alert too!  You probably should check it out :)

This great printed paper comes from My Mind's Eye called Find and Dandy True Blue (gotta love those boy & girl owls!)

The cardstock is from this HUGE stack I recently bought from DieCutWithAView for a fantastically low price.  It could be a tad bit thicker for my taste but I'll fully line the whole thing so it will hold up to the solider's writing home.

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cocoa

Yellow Dots - Candi (I love these!  They add embellishment without the weight & bulk of metal brads)

Of course I made more than just these two, I ended up with six cards!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Your Smile

The Sweet Stop: SSS215 is, like usual, a great sketch!  I really do love the sketches from this site, this time there is a twist of "It's a Girl Thing". So I dug out the girliest supplies I could think of & went to work, making four of these for Operation Write Home.

Pink Floral Paper - KI Memories Urban Era

Green Cardstock - Stampin' Up

All other Papers - Making Memories Simply Fabulous Scrapbook Kit

Dress Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Undeniably You

Sentiment Stamp - Share Your Smile

Stamp Ink - Memento London Fog

Colored with Copic Markers

Twine from The Twinery

Misc Eyelet

Creative Memories Shape Cutter

fly away dragonfly

I love dragonfliles... they're so fun to watch flitting across the water or chasing me to the mailbox like they didthis morning, one even bonked me on the forehead.  When I read that Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown was Thing With Wings, it was a no brainer to reach for a dragonfly stamp.

Sketch I chose is from Tuesday Morning Sketches #202

Printed Paper - Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste

Solid Cardstsock - DieCutWithAView

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Dragonfly of Beauty

Ink - Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue

Green Embellishments - Candi

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Vintage Photo

Friday, June 14, 2013

Life's a Picnic

this challenge from 2 Broke Girls Challenges has been stumping me.... because I knew I wanted to make cards for Operation Write Home, the challenge is metal, but OWH doesn't like bulky stuffs so.... head scratcher until I remembered this cool stretchy metal stuff from Boxer Scrapbook Productions :)

I used Kathy's Waffle Sketch for June

Plus the challenge of "Hello Boys" from Papertake Weekly Challenges

Fishing Pole Stamp - CTMH World's Best Dad

Other Stamps - CTMH Campin' Fever

all Ink - CTMH... Cocoa, Key Lime, Lagoon, Crystal Blue, Sunset, Gold Rush & Bamboo

Stickles - Firefly

Liquid Pearls - Dark Chocolate, Avocado, Copper

Patriotic Thank You

Today I found a new challenge for Red/White/Blue... at least two plus all the shades of you wanted from Crop Chocolate Cocoa Creators (Challenge # 5)and I really like the current sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday (061413)

Thank You Stamp - VivaLasVegas

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry

Distressed Flag Stamp - OurDailyBread

Painted with KaiserColour paints in Red & Marine Blue then stamped on White Cardstock

Blue Cardstock - Core'dinations Core Color

Red Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry

Ribbons - The Robert Stanley Collection (Hobby Lobby)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A light in the Fog

although I'm not sure how well my "fog" came thru on my cards but I definitely tried

I made these for the following Challenges:
Freshly Made Sketches #90 - which I just couldn't make square & I left off the sentiment but I added mating so I'm calling it even
Inkspirational #24 - a Photo Inspiration (see at bottom of post)

Stamp - VivaLasVegas Stamps Plate#923

Stamped with Memento in Black & colored with  various Copic Markers

Yellow Glitter Pen from Portafolia

Chipboard Stars - UmWowStudio Star Confetti

Topped with CloseToMyHeart White Daisy Pigment ink then coated with Stickles in Crystal

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Music in Me

apparently I really like this color combo from Inkspirational because I've now used it twice, not remembering that I had used it the first time!

Inkspirational #23 Color Combo: Orange, Star Fruit & Melon

Sketch - Operation Write Home #176

Striped Paper & Orange cardstock - Fancy Pants Summer's End 6x6 pad

Solid Cardstock - Stampin' Up

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart Colonial White

Stamp Set - Unity Stamp Co. Cassette Tape Tunes

Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot

Flowers - Stampin' Up

Bling - Imaginisce

Monday, June 10, 2013

Happy Fall

ummmm, yeh, I know summer basically just started for us here in Arkansas but seriously I'm already over it... Fall is my Favorite time of the year!  So I jumped the gun for Operation Write Home & created 5 cards using Sketch #175 from OWH

All five of the cards were made with the same products:

Printed papers - Fancy Pants Summer's End 6x6 Pad

Stamp Set - Unity Stamp Co. Nuts but I Love Ya

Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain

I made one of the second card & two of the other two, just because that was the supplies I had on hand

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Pick Your Plum Sentiments

I got these great sentiments from Pick Your Plum and I challenged a group of my friends to use at least one to create a card, there were 8 on a sheet so I went thru & found papers to match as many of them as I could, which was 6. Next I set off flipping thru current card sketches until I found one that would work.

Sketch from 365 Cards: Day 160 Sketchy Saturday

Printed Paper - Basic Grey Ambrosia 6x6 pad

Twine - The Twinery


Black Cardstock - Creative Memories

I'll confess, this is my favorite of them all, but then I LOVE this paper!

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Printed Papers - Fancy Pants Summer Soul 6x6 pad

Twine - The Twinery


Pink Cardstock - Stampin' Up

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Printed Papers - Echo Park Summer Days 6x6 pad

Twine - The Twinery


Green Cardstock - Stampin' Up

Saturday, June 8, 2013

older wiser

I love love love this sketch, I've been trying to work on it all week along, five whole days it's been taunting me... finally finished my cards just a few moments ago, sheesh

Sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches #89

Printed & Green Paper - American Crafts Letterbox

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. Older Wiser Better Owl

Stamped with Momento Ink & colored with Copic Markers

Ribbons - White is CloseToMyHeart, Green is Stampin' Up, Red is Offray, Yellow is Portafolia & Blue is misc

Twine - The Twinery

Chipboard Chevron - UmWowStudio Chevron Confetti

Friday, June 7, 2013


I'm just thrilled with how this card turned out.... so glad I made four of them to send to Operation Write Sketch Frenzy Friday posted today and mixed that with the newest challenge from Crop Chocolate's Cocoa Creators for Love/Wedding/Anniversary/Honeymoon/etc.
Home! I started with the current sketch from

I took a 5.25"x4" piece of white cardstock

added Queen & Co Washi Tape on either side of Tim Holtz butterfly tape

next I embossed using the Swirls folder from Provo Craft

The banner is chipboard from CloseToMyHeart

Alpha Stamps are Felicity from CloseToMyHeart along with Black Ink

Flower Die is from Spellbinders Donna-Salazar Carnation Creations using very old Creative Memories Black cardstock

White fabric flowers from Stampin' Up

Black Brad from Hobby Lobby

Gesso... my new friend

I have been wanting to play with this stuff for so long.... yesterday I finally picked some up using Hobby Lobby's 40% off coupon!  Then I started picking the brain of my friend Michele, she calmed my nervousness and got me going.

I made this to enter in Unity Stamp Co.'s Friends with Flair

Background & Tag Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM the Vintage Touch

Butterfly Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM Summer Love

Liquitex Gesso

Inks - CloseToMyHeart Sorbet, Sunset & Juniper

Grey Cardstock - Stampin' Up

Ribbon - wired edged from His & Hers (Hobby Lobby)

Well, how did I do?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

happy everything

After Blog Hopping with Paper Haus on Day one I was following three new-to-me blogs, one of them Scrap It Girl has a challenge... well, you know me....  Scrap It Girl's Challenge for June is Use Your Dies, no problem but first I had to dust them off, they are sorely ignored

Cardbase - Stampin' Up

Floral Print - not real sure what brand it is but I do know I got it at Signed Sealed Delivered Warehouse where they have several in-house brands such as 7 Gypsies, Canvas Corp, Tattered Angles, and more

Greens & Browns Cardstock - really old Creative Memories (trying my hardest to use this stuff up)

Leaf Die - Spellbinders Donna-Salazar Rose Creations

Distressed Stickles in Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters

Birdhouse Die - Die-Namics Homespun Bird House

Printed Paper for Bird's body - S.E.I. (I love this paper so I'm very stingy with it)

Solid Cardstock for Wing - CloseToMyHeart Sorbet

Distress Ink on Wing - CloseToMyHeart Sorbet

Bird's Eye - Liquid Pearls in Dark Chocolate

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Happy Everything

Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

very special Thank You

Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown is Water... which works out great since I got this fantastic Plate of Rubber from VivaLasVegas Stamps & hadn't used the Light House yet

For the Sky I used some Vellum but didn't like how it looked so I layered it twice, the smeared Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue which I think looks kinda cool

The water is a different Vellum that has little reflective flecks in it which I topped off with some Stickles in Waterfall.

Lighthouse Stamp is from VivaLasVegas Stamp Plate #923 stamped in Memento Cocoa Brown

Sentiment is also from VLV Stamps but this time a grab bag back when I won a pound of rubber, which I stamped in the same Pearlescent Sky Blue.

White lines I drew by hand using Jelly Roll pen.

Twine from The Twinery


one of my scrappy friends, Miwa, is hosting a challenge over on 2 Broke Girls to fussy cut a flourish & use it on a creation. I paired it up with the current color combo from Inkspirational Challenges #23 and Love to Scrap's Challenge#7 to Rubber Stamp.  I'm so happy with how it turned out too!

Lightbulb Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Lightbulb Moment

Stamped with VersaMark, embossed with Zing in Sliver

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Undeniably You

Stamped with Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick

Flourish Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Believe in Fairytales

Stamped with Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick, CloseToMyHeart Sunset & Sunkiss Yellow

Background Paper - Creative Memories Yellow Collection (very old)

Lightbulb colored with Copic Markers

Bling from CloseToMyHeart

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Celebrate LIFE

oh this card turned out SO much better than I'd hoped for... and I made SIX of them for Operation Write Home, so very glad I did that!

Have you ever started a card with just a small idea that grows & grows & suddenly you're like "whoa, I made that?!" yep, that happened yesterday when I made this bad boy

I'm entering it in Crop Chocolate's Cocoa Creators Challenge 

So many supplies this time.....
*UmWowStudio Confetti Stars embossed with Zing in Powder using VersaMark
*I used an UmWowStudio Layered Cloud dipped in Pigment ink as a stamp then embossed it with Zing in White
*background is a handcut cloud colored using Tim Holtz Stormy Sky
*Stamp Set from Unity Stamp Co Celebrate LIVE UP with Memento in London Fog (Gray) stamped on card base & on Cranberry cardstock from CloseToMyHeart and fussy cut
*tiny bling from CloseToMyHeart
*large bling from Pebbles
*black ink Tim Holtz Black Soot
*Cloud detailing Viva Pearlen pen White Transparent

Sunday, June 2, 2013


so this one is a little different for me as far as a card is concerned since it looks more like one of my scrapbook layouts. I created this using the current month's sketch over on UmWowStudio's for June 2013... the first!

Screen & Hexagon-UmWowStudio
Spray Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash in Sunset Orange
Black Ink-Tim Holtz Black Soot
Hexagon Stamp-CMTH Wicked; Bat Stamp-CTMH Beware
Grey Ink-Tim Holtz Pumice Stone
Washi Tape from Queen & Co.
Printed Papers from Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium 6x6 pad; Sticky Stitches
"Booo" Basic Grey Alpha
Ghost Brads-Making Memories