Monday, September 23, 2013

a Dozen Loves

What would you do while being the second adult at your child's two hour Praise Band practice?  Well, here's what I did yesterday.... once we finally arrived home from church then shopping, I sat at my craft desk and cut all the pieces & parts for a Dozen cards, gathered them up along with my handy ATG and took it all with me. They just happen to have this large coffee table setup right in front of the sofa! I got them almost completely finished, just needed a heart punch & a pair of scissors to snip the twine.

I used Operation Write Home Sketch #191 combined with the latest request for more Love or Valentine's Day cards

Printed Papers - Crate Paper

Love Stamp - Unity Stamp Co.

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Blush

Heart Punch - Creative Memories

Twine - The Twinery

Friday, September 20, 2013

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear fun time

My friend, Meg, thought she would like the Stamping Gear so she picked it up at a garage sale.... used it just a few times and decided it wasn't for her.  Last weekend she gifted it to me!  I'm all kinds of excited because when this thing first came out, I had to talk myself down from buying it right then & there after I saw a demo.  So glad I waited for that money saving opportunity! Today I got inky with it, me likey ;-)

I'm entering the first ones into ScrapIt Girl's challenge "Got Wood?"

For these first two creation I used:
Printed Papers - Making Memories Flea Market

Floral Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Whimsy & Sweet

Ink - Memento London Fog with Copic Markers

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Family Dynamix

Ink - Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn (first card) & CloseToMyHeart Garden Green (second card)

Wood Butterfly & Ribbon from CloseToMyHeart

Second card Wood Butterfly colored with Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Raspberry & Sail Boat Blue, the dabed with Distress Stain in Picket Fence, coated with Viva White Pearlen Pen & finally dotted with Liquid Pearls in White Opal

Misc Eyelets

Star Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Grab Bag yumminess!

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Inks - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry & Pacifica

Ribbon - Robert Stanley Collection

Creative Memories Circle Cutter & Punch

holiday cheer

I simply LOVE Deconstructed Sketches.... Jen does a fabulous job on them, this one sure didn't disappoint me in the least!

Deconstructed Sketches DS119

Printed Background Paper - My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas

All Other Printed Papers - Fancy Pants (grab bag stuff)

Flourish Stamp - Echo Park Season's Greetings

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Heavenly Blule

Sentiment Stamp - My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Holiday Red

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I was a winner :-)

back when Operation Write Home had their Labor Day Weekend Virtual Card Making Party, blogger Seongsook of Seongsook's Creations drew my number as the winner!  Well today I received a great prize package in the mail, not only were there the most recent Stampin' Up Catalogs but a great little paper pad  "Winter Frost" along with a cute little gift card she had made.  Well you know me, I had to PLAY!

Sketch is from Pals Paper Arts PPA172

Washi - Downtown Tape

Sentiment Stamp - Hero Arts for OWH Winter Wishes

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Lagoon

Silver Cardstock - Paper-Papers

Snowflake Punch - Stampin' Up

Cardstock - Recollections

Bling Brad - American Crafts Elements

feel the joy

last weekend while I was in Branson with a couple of my besties, you know we had to go shopping.... you see we don't have a Michael's in our area so everytime ewe hit Branson we go to not only the LSS but M's as well.  M's had this whole shelf of $5 12x12 paper pads, nice quality thick papers too. Tricia grabbed on and said "this looks like Paula"... well ya know what?  it sure did!  nature with purples, browns and greens

Sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches #216

Printed Papers - Recollections Habitat

Brown Paper - Creative Memories

Cream Cardstock - DieCutWithAView

Stamp Set - Unity Stamp Co. Feel The Joy

Ink - Close To My Heart Smokey Plum

Lace Ribbon - Making Memories

Brad - Basic Grey

Bling - Pebbles

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

a Monster big HI!

This past weekend I found some fantasticly fun Monster paper for Operation Write Home cards.... for $$$FIVE$$$  at Michael's!  What a great deal... surely the soldiers with little ones back home will love these fun prints!

I used the Sketch from Mojo Monday #311

along with the challenge of For The Kids from The Paper Players  PP163

Printed Papers - Recollections Monsters & Robots

Solid Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart

Twine - The Twinery

Alpha Stamps - CloseToMyHeart Precious Alphabet

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Sunset


oh I am LOVING Unity Stamp Co's Layers of Life collections each month!  Last months was very scrapbook, but this month's can go either way... so my first creation using it is this card

Sketch - Operation Write Home #190

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. Layers of Life Trees of Gratitude

Image Inks - Mememto Timber Brown, Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves, Frayed Burlap, Wild Honey, Rusty Hings

Sentiment Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Corner Cutter - Creative Memories

All papers - misc

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Retreats are So Much Fun!  I thought some of my followers might want to see what I got done Saturday & Sunday morning while I was away from home... playing with my friends in Branson!  Just let me know if you have a question as I'm not going to post every item I used



Once I ran out of photos to scrap... I moved on to making cards!


Friday, September 13, 2013

have Courage to Dream

just a quickie post here as I'm working on heading out of town today to spend the weekend with two of my best friends in the whole wide world... Tricia & Meg!  Tricia & I have been friends since meeting at church when we were 12 years old and thru all the years of bad and good, we're still quiet the team :-)  Meg & I met via facebook.... yes she sent me a friend request because A. I'm a scrapper & B. we live in the same tiny town... now we serve together helping the High School Band leader with all the special events for the Band kiddos in fundraisers along with general stuff like concerts!

My card is for Unity Friends with Flair using Operation Write Home's weekly card sketch

All stamps are from Unity Stamp Co.  The rest of the supplies you can just guess at this week or if you REALLY want to know, leave me a comment & I'll get back with ya on that ;-)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Plant, Grow, Harvest

This weekend went by in a flash!  Friday evening I had all these pieces cut out & edges distressed before I went to bed. Saturday morning I was up stamping & embossing when I saw a facebook post that a friend about 2 hours way was having a gathering at her house in just over 2 hours, I threw on some clothes & made a mad dash up there... it was such a great day, I ended up staying well into the night but eventually found my way home.  Sunday morning brought Church, lunch & me putting the finishing touches on these cards... everything except the photo before it was time to head back to Church for my son's Praise Band & Youth service.  ahhh the life of a mom ;-)

Sketch is from Sketch Frenzy Friday 090613

Printed Papers - My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Saffron

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate Organdy

Stamp Set - CloseToMyHeart Treasure Life

Stamped with VersaMark & Embossed using Zing in Chestnut

Brads - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Friday, September 6, 2013


I dream of reading.  I love to read. So making a tag is kinda a no-brainer, which for me is good because today I've got the dumb.

Annabelle Stamps Blog has Challenge AC171 of Splash it On!  I thought "let's make a tag", well ok, hummm... a while back I bought these HUGE Unity Floral Stamps Mega Blooms, and really I'm still not sure why except that I really like them.  EDIT: well I went to linky this up & realized that Annabelle only lets you use their stamps now which I don't have, so we'll just call this one a "Just for Fun Tag" ;-)

Blooms were stamped with VersaMark then embossed using Zing in Purple

Next I used UmWow Studio's Circle Mask and filled some small holes with Coarse Texture Gel, once dry I sponged over with Tim Holtz Pickled Raspberry & Seedless Preserves; then I mostly filled in the petals with Tim Holtz Dusty Concord.  After that I smacked the flower centers with Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Picket Fence.

Between, above & below the flowers I sponged Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint & Forest Moss plus I did a little hand drawing with Smooch in Green Apple and applied just a touch of Kiwi in the center of the leaves.

Using Glue Dots I applied the UmWowStudio Chipboard Layered Circles, then filled the three hollow onoes with different shades of Stickles... Waterfall, Starry Night & Purple. While all that started drying, I stamped "Dream." from Unity Stamp Co.'s Make Your Mark set with VersaMark and embossed in Zing White.

Last I tied on a beautiful Velvet ribbon.

Teddy Bear, I love you

this image just melts the heart... if I'd had a daughter, I'd hope she would be just like this with her teddy... but I had two boys, with lots of elephants, horses, and yes even a teddy or two but neither had a great love affair with a stuffed teddy like this little girl does.

Today is Friday!  which means Friends with Flair from Unity Stamp Co., go make something using Unity Stamps and upload it to their blog today!

well I'm feeling just too lazy to look up all the different printed papers I used today

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. You Are My Main Squeeze

Heart Chipboard - UmWowStudio

Painted with CloseToMyHeart Pigment Ink in White

Twine - The Twinery

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Love Bug

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Watermelon

Monday, September 2, 2013


Blessed Creativity wants us to make Fall cards but no Thanksgiving... they can be Thank You, Thinking of You, Missing You, but no Thanksgiving of the Operation Write Home Virtual Card Making Party Challenge #7. Since I'm anxiously awaiting Fall myself, these card were not a stretch for me!

Card Bases - DieCutWithAView Cardstock

Two Layers - Creative Memories

Leaf Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. ... grateful hearts

Stamped with VersaMark & embossed with Zing in Chestnut, then sponged using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves & a touch of Bundled Sage

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon


Well now today, I'm playing catch-up on all those Operation Write Home Virtual Card Making Party challenges... I'm up to #6!  Brought to us from Scrapping with Purpose... a TicTacToe board of card making goodness... I chose the row with Punches or Dies + Thing with Wheels + Kid-Friendly Embellishments

Printed Papers - Creative Memories

Wagon Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Life is a Verb

Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Colored with Bic MarkIts

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Are We Having Fun

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Pacifica

Froggie Punch - Creative Memories

Twine from The Twinery

Clouds - Pebbles with a little White Fabric Paint

Sunday, September 1, 2013

OWH Weekly Card Sketch

well, I'm WAY behind now... we went to visit my Dad today, had some lunch then the guys all wanted to go shooting while my step-mom & I stayed behind to visit in the nice cool air instead of baking in the high humidity & heat.  Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to accomplish more than I did today.  Operation Write Home Virtual Card Making Party's next challenge is simply OWH's regular weekly sketch, and you all know how I loves me some sketches!

Background Dot Paper - Luxe Capris

Tree, Yellow Swirl, Green Swirl & Stripe Papers - Chatter Box Sunny Day, Happy Day Blossoms & Love Birds

Circle Cutters & Butterfly Punch - Creative Memories

Bike Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. You+Me=Blis

Ink - Memento London Fog

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot


so this challenge was actually posted last night, but it wasn't in me at the time to do it.  Once up this morning I had planned on jumping ahead to the next challenge (a sketch) but I finally had something pop in my head for this one. Donna Inks brought us not only the inky challenge but a tutorial on how to do it... you need masking tape to do this one, but someone you know (yep that's me) has this cute son who has a tape fetish.... seriously there is tape everywhere in his room!  I had to use Washi Tape instead of masking tape but it does look kinda cool.

Inks Used (Colorful card) - Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Fire Brick

Inks Used (Brown card) - Adirondack Color Wash in Espresso, Cranberry, Red Pepper, Sunset Orange, Wild Plum, Butterscotch

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. ...Grateful Hearts

Inks Used - Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Black Soot & Walnut Stain

Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Brown Bag

Brads - The Paper Studio