2014 Life Verse

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feeling Sketchy #44

Howdy folks.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I have a nice springy card for y'all today.

I decided to use shades of green for this card.  I am so waiting to see the first signs of Spring.  I guess we will know for sure tomorrow if it's coming or if we have to suffer through six more weeks of this cold stuff.  If Phil sees his shadow tomorrow I swear I'm going to shoot that little groundhog.  It's all fun and games, but what people don't realize is that groundhogs are blind.  He isn't going to see his shadow at all.  Oh well, such is life.

I started with a SU Crumb Cake base.  I used a Happy Birthday Embossing Folder on a piece of Glitter Green card stock from DCWV.  I used two strips of DP from Gina K Designs Wisteria Lane paper pack.  I used my Cuttlebug and die cut a scalloped circle to put behind the little girl (Provo Craft).  The sentiment is from TCP.  I stamped it in Memento Bamboo Leaves and inked the edges with DI Vintage Photo.  The little birthday cake is from a swap that I was in a couple years ago.    I used pop dots on the girl and the cake.

Thanks for stoppin' in today and I hope y'all enjoy your weekend.  God bless ya!

Challenges Entered:

Feeling Sketchy--#44

Through the Craftroom Door--anything goes

Mojo Monday #278

Good Evening friends.  At least it's evening here in NE PA.  It's cold too.  No temperatures higher than 25 for the weekend.  Man, I'm ready for some warmer weather.  Not hot mind ya, but warmer.

The card I have for y'all today uses the same DP (DCWV Glam Girl) and color scheme as the previous one.  I just love that DP.

I started with a 6" square card base from Gina K.  Each layer is 1/4" smaller than the first.  I used a beautiful shade of purple, but for some reason it looks blueish in the picture.  The Purple, Turquoise and Pink card stocks are from Recollections.  The white is Gina K heavy base weight and layering weight white.  The cute girl image is from Cuddlebug Cuties.  She has some of the most gorgeous girl digis.  Jump over and check her out when y'all have a chance.  She blesses us with free ones every now and again.  I colored the image with my colored pencils and OMS.  I cut her out and used pop dots for dimension.  The sentiment stamp is from TCP and I used my Nestabilities to die cut the sentiment and the scalloped circle.  I added some gems to finish off the card.  

I followed the Mojo Monday Sketch for this week and after I put the card together, I realized I should have made the white panel a little smaller so that the banner strips showed better.  They are there, but at the bottom and only the tails show.

Thanks for stoppin' in today and I hope y'all have a blessed day.

Challenges entered:

Mojo Monday--Sketch #278

You are so very special Mermaid

Welcome friends.  I hope everyone had a wonderful day.  Tomorrow is Friday so for those of you who have to go out of the home to work, I pray y'all have a great day!

This first card uses an image from Anne Fenton.  If y'all have never used one of her images, I have to tell ya, y'all are missin' out.  She is a fab artists with some of the cutest digis ever.

I colored this cute little mermaid with my colored pencils and OMS. I chalked the sky background and added a bit of sunshine at the top.  For this card, I actually picked the background paper first and colored the image to match the paper.  The DP is from DCWV Glam Girl pad.  I used Gina K heavy base weight white for the 5.5" card base.  The turquoise and pink card stocks are from Recollections. I used a beautiful turquoise ribbon from Offray and wrapped it around the back ground paper and tied a knot-bow.  The sentiment I printed off of my computer and matted it on Hot Pink card stock from Recollections.  I added three pink gems and three turquoise gems from Queen and Co. to finish off the card.

I appreciate y'all stoppin' in to check out my creation.  I hope to see ya back on the next post.  I just want to thank y'all for the wonderful comments you have been leaving.  It's a blessing to me.  Have a wonderful day.  God bless y'all.

This card is entered into the following challenges:

Through the Craftroom Door--Anything Goes
Penny's Challenges--One for the Girls 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

White Card

Well, it's nice to see y'all again.  Come on in.  I have a card for y'all today that is a little out of my comfort zone.  I don't normally do tone on tone cards, just because I am not good with them. 

This card is a white on white card.  No image this time, just a nice sentiment.

The picture is a little dark, but everything except the sentiment is white.  To make this card, I started with a piece of Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight White card stock.  I ran the front of the card through an embossing folder from Darice.  I like this brand of embossing folder and it's cheaper than Sizzix or Tim Holtz.  Although I will never give up on Tim's products, sometimes it's nice to find a good quality product for a good price.   I took another piece of GP white card stock and ran it through the same embossing folder.  I used my Cutter bee scissors to cut out just the frame of the embossed card stock.  I stamped the sentiment (Tami Mayberry)  on the frame in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used pop dots to give the frame some dimension.  I added four cream colored, flat back pearls from Queen and Co. to finish off the card.  I would definitely consider this one a CAS.

Thanks for stoppin' in today.  This is the last post for today.  I will back with some more creations tomorrow.  God bless y'all.

This card is for the Outlawz Challenges--Sunday's CAS


Hello there.  I'm so glad to see that y'all are back to visit.  I hope you like what we have for y'all today.

This beautiful card was made using an image I received in a swap.  It's a beautiful sunflower, which is one of my most favorite flowers.  They are so bright, tall and sunny.  I love the seeds in my salads too.

I colored this beauty with my colored pencils and OMS.  I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to the leaves and flower when I finished coloring.  

To put this card together, I started with a standard A2 size card base made from SU Chocolate Chip card stock.  The patterned paper I used is from Gina K Designs Wisteria Lane collection.  I cut it to 4"x5.25" and adhered it to the card base.  The next layer is Very Vanilla from SU and is cut to 3.75"x4.75".  The next layer is Burnt Orange from Colorbok.  It's cut at 3.50"x4.50".  The image itself is cut to 3.25"x4.25".  Before adhering them all together, I cut a slit into the image layer just big enough to slide the ribbon through.  I tucked it around behind the image and wrapped it around the burnt orange layer and the vanilla layer and pulled it around to the front.  I adhered the image layer onto the other two and onto the card.  I tied the bow to finish off the card.

I am so happy y'all chose to take a stop in today.  I hope you liked the card.  Have a wonderful day and God bless y'all.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:

Just Us Girls--#173  Inspirational Photo Challenge

Beary Cute

Hello friends.  Come on in.  Kick back and sit a spell.  Hope y'all are doin' good today.  I have something for y'all to see.

Cute, right?  I pulled out one of the first stamps I ever bought for this card.  I have been using alot of digis and thought I would go "old school" for this one.  This is a Hot Off the Press stamp from Paper Wishes. I stamped him with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Very Vanilla card stock from SU.   I colored him with my colored pencils and OMS.  The little blocks in the corners come in the same stamp set along with the Beary Cute sentiment.

To put this card together, I started with a white card base from Gina K.  It's a standard A2 sized card.  I cut a piece of Old Olive from SU to 4"x5.25" and ran it through the Swiss Dot Embossing Folder.  The next layer is the light green plaid from American Crafts which is cut at 4.75"x3.5".  I used my Cuttlebug to cut out the image with Spellbinders Nestabilities in Classic Circle Large and Petite Scalloped Circle Large.  While still in the die, I used DI Peeled Paint ink to sponge around the perimeter of the image. I matted the image on the scalloped circle.  Before adhering the image to the card, I wrapped a piece of cream colored ribbon from Offray around the plaid paper and tied a knot on the right hand side.  I then used pop dots to adhere the image.  I stamped the welcome greeting in Memento Rich Cocoa onto Very Vanilla card stock, trimmed it down and inked the edges with DI Vintage Photo.  I centered the greeting towards the bottom.  I stamped five little block images, colored them with my colored pencils and fussy cut them out.  They were run through my Xyron and adhered to each corner.  The fifth one is on the inside.

I am so glad you decided to come on in and sit a spell.  It's time for me to go, but I will be back to visit with you soon.  God bless y'all.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Red Carpet Studios--#21 Teddy Bears
Created with Love--#26 Baby Shower

First Card as a Digi Darla Design Team Member

Welcome, welcome, welcome.  Thanks for stopping by to visit.  I sure enjoy it.  I wish I could sit down on the porch and have a glass of ice cold tea with y'all, but since I can't, I can only show off some of my work.

This card is my first entry as a Digi Darla new design team member.  I am so thrilled to have been picked.  I look forward to getting to know all my teamies and seeing all the beautiful creations that are posted each week by the design team as well as the ladies who enter the challenges.  The challenge this week is #47, Winter Blues.  I chose, of course, a Digi Darla image called Haley's Hat.  I think she is pretty snazzy.

I started with a dark blue card stock from Colorbok for the card base.  I followed a Mojo Monday sketch from back in September of last year.  I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities to die cut the three circles and layered them behind the image.  The image is colored with colored pencils and OMS.  I used a Midnight Blue from Colorbok for the vertical strip which I matted on white card stock (GP) after running it through a Sixxix Embossing Folder..  I added the image and then a strip of medium blue matted on white and banner cut, run  through a Tim Holtz embossing folder,  on pop dots to hold the sentiment.  The sentiment is from a stamp set by TCP.  I inked the edges of the image and the sentiment with DI Vintage Photo just to help it pop out a little bit.  Adding five gems from Queen and Co. finished off the card.

Thanks again for stoppin' in to visit me today as I cruise along on my highway of creativity.  God bless y'all.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Little Thank You

Hello friends.  Thanks for stopping in to see my latest creation.  The card I made is going to be entered into four challenges.  Sketch Saturday has the sketch, My Time to Craft has a Things with Wings challenge, One Stop Craft has a Sparkle and Bling challenge, and Sentimental Sunday's challenge is for Thank You cards.

I started this card with Basic Black (SU) card stock.  I made this into a 5" square card to follow the sketch.  I used a piece of American Crafts DP for the background.  I added Olive Green (SU) and then Crumb Cake (SU).  The side pieces are the reverse side of the background paper which I cut down to 2"x1.5" and rounded the corners.  Once everything was put together, I stamped different thank you sayings from an Inkadinkado stamp set.  I used Colorbox Cat's Eye inks in shades of green for the words.  For the center thank you, I colored it with a green glitter gel pen for the sparkle.  I outlined it with my white gel pen and added faux stitching around the edges of the Crumb Cake and Olive Green.  I used a dark green BIC marker to add faux stitches on the side pieces.  For the bling, I added large gems (Queen and Co.) to the three corners and a black die cut butterfly to the bottom right corner.  I added three small gems to the center of the butterfly to complete the card.

I sure appreciate you stopping in today.  I hope you enjoyed my project.  Stay tuned for more creations soon.  God bless y'all.


Welcome back.  So glad to see you.  Come on in, I have a card to show you.
Today's card is for the Crafts 4 Eternity challenge for this week.  It is a Tic Tac Toe challenge, which means you have to pick three items to use on your card from the board.  I chose the color blue, ribbon and snowflakes.

Isn't that a cute penguin?  I just love penguins.  I could sit at the zoo for hours and watch them play.  I received this image already matted on the scalloped ovals in a swap, so I decided to use it for this card.  I started with a piece of gray-blue card stock from Colorbok as my A2 card base.  It is a top opening card instead of the usual side opening.  I used some snowflake stickers from Provo Craft to give texture and design to the card base.  That swirling blue ribbon, that's from Recollections and reminds me of snowflakes twirling and swirling through the air as they float down to earth.  It's a felt ribbon so it gives added texture to the card.  I used pop dots to add the penguin image.  The little sentiment is from Inkadinkado and it's called Friendly Characters.  The sentiment is actually attached to a little penguin standing on a block of ice, but I just stamped the sentiment part of the stamp by masking off the image.  I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut it out to look like a spoken word bubble.  I inked it with Colorbox Cat's Eye ink in Light Blue.

That was it.  I think it took me all of 15 minutes from start to finish to make this card.  It has been one of the easier ones I have made lately.  I do thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping in to see what I have been up to.  I pray you have a wonderful evening.  God bless y'all.

Vintage Valentine

Hi there.  Don't you just love Valentine's Day?  I do. But for me, it's not just about the cute cards, chocolates and flowers.  It's a remembrance for me of the One who loved me enough to die for me.  The One who endured so much, just so that I could be redeemed.  That One?  Jesus Christ.  His love for all of us is the most wonderful example of Valentine's Day there is.  If there was a way I could send Him a Valentine's Day card, I would.  The best I can do is just to tell Him on a regular basis how much I love Him and am thankful for the His sacrifice on Golgotha's Hill over 2000 years ago.

Today's card uses a vintage photo of two darling angels.  I used my pink colored pencil to add some color to their robes while leaving the rest of the picture in shades of gray.  

I started with a piece of Real Red (SU) card stock for the A2 card base.  I inked the edges of the photo with DI Vintage Photo and matted it on a piece of Cream card stock (Recollections).  I then found a vintage post card image in my stash and inked it all over with the Vintage Photo ink to distress it a bit.  I chose a piece of DCWV brown and red rose patterned paper as the background.  I adhered the DP and then the post card image.  I added  a strip of double sided tape (American Crafts) to the center of the card and added the red gathered ribbon. I then used pop dots to adhere the angels. The sentiment is from Studio G and stamped with Memento Rhubarb Stalk.   I added some brads to the corners for a finished look.  

It's not overly cluttered with embellishments, but I think it has that vintage feel.  

I am entering this card into the ABC Challenges, the Robin's Fetishes and the Shopping Our Stash challenges for this week.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoyed my card for today.  God bless y'all.

Rock On

Hello there.  I hope everyone is having a great day.  I have another card that is going to be entered into two different challenges.  The first challenge, Chocolate, Coffee and Cards has a Rock On challenge.  The second, Shelly's Images, has a 1-2-3 Challenge.  You have to use one sentiment, 2 pieces of patterned paper and 3 pieces of bling.

For this card, I used a cute image I found online for free when I first started using digi stamps.  I Googled Free Digi Stamps, and she popped up.  I wasn't keeping track of who designed them back then, so unfortunately I cannot give proper credit.  If I find out who designed this cutie, I will update my post with the artist's name.  

I colored her with my colored pencils and OMS.  I then fussy cut her out so that I could use pop dots to adhere her to the card.  

I used Daffodil Delight (SU) for the A2 card base.  The two DPs are from DCWV's Glam Girl stack.  I cut the butterfly paper to 3.5"x2.5"  and notched the ends.  I trimmed the striped paper to 4"x3".  I inked both papers with DI Vintage Photo.  The sentiment is from Stampedous' You Rock set. I used Memento Tangelo ink to stamp it and cut it out with my EK Success Label punch.  I added three large gems (Queen and Co.)  to the bottom left corner to complete the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my hippie chick.  Have a wonderful day.  God bless you.

A Girlie Card

Welcome to my blog.  Today's card is going to be entered into three different challenges.  The first challenge, QKR Stampede, is Soft Pastels. The second challenge, Love to Create, is an Anything Goes challenge with a sentiment. The third challenge, Stamping for the Weekend, is for Something Girlie.  I love the shabby chic look even though I am not that good at creating it.  So, for this card, I just started adding elements without really spending too much time arguing with myself over them.  This is how it turned out....

To make this card, I started with a Whisper White (SU) card base A2 size.  I trimmed down a piece of pink card stock from Recollections to 4"x5.25".  I adhered that to the card base.  I found two pieces of DP from Kand Co. that I liked and cut them down to 2" wide.  For the lighter pink, I shortened it to 5" and the darker pink to 4.5".  I notched the ends of each one for a banner effect. I then inked them both with DI Vintage Photo and adhered them to the card.  I took a piece of white lace and using glue dots, I scrunched it up across the card.  To hide the raw edge of the lace I used a punched strip of green card stock from Recollections. I used pop dots on the top edge of the strip to even out both sides.  I punched a piece of White (GP) card stock into an oval and using pop dots added this sweet little vintage girl that I received in a swap a couple years ago.  I then used pop dots to adhere the whole thing to the card.  In the upper right hand corner I added a paper heart inked with DI Vintage Photo and three paper flowers from Recollections.  The sentiment is from TCP's Faith Greetings stamps set.  It is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa and inked with DI Vintage Photo.  I added the sentiment on an angle with pop dots.

I like the way this card turned out.  Kinda vintage, kinda shabby but still pretty clean.  I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by.  Keep tuned in for some more creations and my first post for Digi Darla.  God bless you.

Great News

I'm so excited.  And I just can't hide it.  I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!!  Ok. Now that I am finished with my happy dance, I will let the rest of you in on my news.  I was selected to be on Digi Darla Design Team.  YIPPEE!!  I absolutely love Digi Darla.  She has some of the cutest digi stamps I have ever seen.  I can't wait to get started designing.  

To follow me on their blog, just click HERE.  I will be posting my creations for the challenges there.  If you haven't had a chance to check her out yet, please do.  I can promise you won't be disappointed.

Monday, January 28, 2013


Man, I almost forgot to post this card so that I could enter it into the Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge #111 for this week.  I already posted it on the Outlawz site for this week, but forgot to blog it.  The challenge over at Penny's for this week is to use embossing, either wet or dry.  I chose dry.  I had this cool piece of embossed card stock that has a beautiful flower design on it, so I used that.  It's from DCWV.  The card base is Gina K's heavy base weight white cards stock. The back ground paper is also from DCWV.

The sentiment stamp is from Fiskar's and I bought it at Jo-Ann's last year.  I cut it out with my EK Success label punch and then punched out a black one.  I cut the black one in half and attached it on the ends.  I added a black brad (Recollections)  to each end and used pop dots to adhere it to the card.  In each corner I added a black, flat back pearl (Queen and Co.) to each corner of the embossed card stock.  It's pretty CAS, but I like it.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed Monday!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tame the Dragon

Let's go dragon hunting.  I chose this adorable dragon stamp and back ground  from Dustin Pike to make my card for the Cute Card Thursday challenge..Out of This World.   I already had it printed out and colored, but just hadn't had the right opportunity to use it...until now.

I have always loved dragons.  When I was into painting ceramics, I made a whole collection for my brother, who collects them.  I even had a small collection from the Franklin Mint that I ended up giving to my brother.  I don't view them as mystical or witch related.  To me they represent what could be.  The freedom of soaring through the air and making your own destiny.  Yeah, I'm a dreamer.  LOL.  I guess in part, they represent my life before motherhood.  That time in my life when I could just pick up and go and not have to worry about a babysitter, or making sure my child has everything she needs before I can spend the extra money on myself.  Wistful, I know.

I colored the images with my colored pencils and OMS.  I do alot of colored pencil work, but I feel comfortable with it.  I am trying to slowly learn how to use my Spectrum Noir pens and make the images turn out right, but it takes a while to master it.  I would love to be able to afford a set of Copics.  That would be my wish.  My dragon wish.  To be blessed to receive the whole set of Copics.  Yes, I wish big.  Some of the AC Moore stores have started carrying Copics, but they are $7.99 each.  I think that is just a little expensive.  Maybe with our tax refund I can invest in two or three from each color family.  Anyway, back to the card.

I used SU Crumb Cake for the card base which is an A2 size.  I matted the background on a piece of turquoise card stock from Recollections after inking the edges with DI Vintage Photo.  I fussy cut the dragon knight out and used pop dots to add him to the center.  The sentiment I searched and searched for on the internet.  I finally found a dragon quote that I liked by Noela Evans.  I have no idea who she is, but I liked her quote.  I printed it out in turquoise ink and matted it on a scrap of black card stock.  I used pop dots for the sentiment.  That's it.  Very minimal product on this card.  I think it qualifies for Out of this World..don't y'all?

Well, that's the last card for this set of cards.  I will have more, probably tomorrow or Monday.  Thanks for taking time out of your schedules to come visit me here on my blog.  God bless you and have a great day!

Just Married

Hello Friends.  I found another challenge site.  That puts me up to about 25 per week.  I'm addicted.  It's sad.  I think I really need some kind of 12 Step Program.  Maybe I will start one for us peep who are addicted to card making. I will call it the 12 Step Challenge. LOL.  I think it sounds pretty good.  Maybe our first challenge will be Step 1: Use 1 flower. HAHAHA!! What do you think? Sounds like a plan doesn't it?  Each challenge will be a new step.  Step 2: Use 2 patterned papers.  Step 3: Use 3 rhinestones.  ETC.  Yeah, I have completely lost my mind.  On to my next card. 

This one was really fast and easy.  I loved the sketch that we were challenged to use over on Seems a Little Sketchy.  It was pretty CAS, but I added to it.  You know I can't stop with one or two embellies.  I love all the "stuff."

The stamp I used was a little one from Studio G that I picked up in the dollar bin at Michael's.  I love those little dollar stamps.  Some of them are very cute. You can even combine alot of them together to make different focal images. I stamped the image and sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I used my Spellbinders to cut out the image and emboss it, then used a Scalloped Circle for the backing.  The sentiment I cut out with my EK Success Label punch.   I used Whisper White from SU for the card base.  It's a little smaller than usual, only 4.5x4.5, but with such a small image, it fit better being smaller.  The black layer is 4x4 and is Basic Black from SU.  The red layer is 3.75x3.75 and is from Recollections.  The DP is DCWV and is cut to 3.5x3.5.  I used pop dots to adhere the sentiment and added three flat back pearls from Queen and Co on it.  There are three cream colored flat back pearls in the top right hand corner, but they look gray in the picture.  I figure I can use this card for my BIL and soon to be SIL in September for their wedding.  As soon as she decides what her colors are going to be, I am going to start on making a photo album for her.  I wish she would decide so that I can get started.

I sincerely thank you for stopping by today.  Let me know what you think about my 12 Step Challenge.  I want to see how many people need the program..hehe  Have a wonderful day and God bless you.

Butterfly Girl

Welcome back friends.  Hope you are all doing well.  I am enjoying our brief respite from snow this weekend.  It's pretty cold, but no snow.

Today's card is for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  The challenge this week is a sketch.  This is also for the ABC Challenge Blog.  I chose to use a pretty little girl from Sweet Coloring Pages.  I colored her with my colored pencils and OMS.  The sentiment I printed out from Microsoft Word.

I matted the focal image and the sentiment both on Sparkly Gold card stock from DCWV.  The card base is Gina K's heavy base weight white.  The butterfly is from Special Moments which I have only found at the Dollar Tree.  Sometimes you can find some nice things there.  If you are lucky, they will have Miss Elizabeth products and her lines are beautiful. 

I hope you enjoyed yourself here today and stay tuned for a few more cards over the next few days.  God bless you and have a wonderful Sunday.

Gypsy Girl

Hello friends.  Thanks for stopping in today.  I have a card to showcase today that uses a really cute stamp from Cuttlebug Cuties.  I made this card for two challenges this week.  First up is Love to Create #49.  The challenge is to use your three favorite colors.  I have way more than three, but to narrow it down, I picked Lime Green, Deep Purple and Black.  I am also entering this card in the Crafter's Cafe challenge which is an Anything Goes this week.

I colored this beautiful gypsy with colored pencils and OMS. I inked the edges in Versamark Purple Hydrangea ink. She is matted on Lime Green by Colorbok. I added a Deep Purple grosgrain ribbon tied on the left side.  I used pop dots to adhere the image.  The Deep Purple card stock is from Colorbok.  The card base is Basic Black from SU.  I added some light green gems (even though they don't look green in the picture, they are) from Queen and Co.  I added a little bit of sparkle to the image using glitter gel pens.

I sure hope you like this gypsy card.  Thanks for taking a gander today and I wish you a blessed weekend.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Berry Sweet

Boy, I can't wait for summer.  Not for the heat or the swimming or even laying out in the sun.  I want strawberries.  Nice, big, juicy, pick 'em yourself strawberries.  Every year my daughter and my MIL spend the day together picking strawberries at a local farm.  I think Kierstynne eats just as many as she puts in the basket.  I always send extra money for my MIL to put in the donation jar to cover what Kierstynne eats.  There is nothing better than straight off the vine, fresh strawberries.  My MIL makes jam from them, I freeze some for Strawberry Shortcake later on in the year, and of course, we eat some of them that day.  Nothing can beat it.

When I saw the inspirational challenge over on The Pink Elephant, I knew just what kind of card to make.  Yep, you guessed it.  A card featuring strawberries.

I used a cute stamp set from Fiskar's called Fresh Fruit.  It has quite a few fruit images as well as cute sentiments.  I used the strawberry image and stamped it out on GP White card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I also stamped the images on the back of a piece of White Mulberry Paper and a piece of Chocolate Mulberry paper.  I colored in the strawberries with my BIC markers.  I fussy cut all the images out.  Using a glue dot I adhered the mulberry "chocolate" to the strawberries and used a white gel pen and a brown BIC marker to draw drizzles on the chocolate.   I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black and matted it on a piece of pink card stock and notched out the ends to form a banner.

The background patterned paper is from DCWV and had all the colors I was looking for in it.  I pulled out a scrap of brown script paper and a piece of dark red plaid paper that looked like a basket pattern.  I cut them down to size and adhered them to the center.  Using pop dots, I added the strawberries and the sentiment.

Those "chocolate covered strawberries" look good enough to eat.  I can taste them now.  I hope strawberry pickin' time gets here soon.

Thanks again for stoppin' in.  Have a truly blessed day.

Have a Very Mice Day

OK.  I have to admit that I am addicted.  I have it bad.  What am I addicted to?  House Mouse Stamps.   I just love them.  They are so dang cute. I have right around 10 of them and cannot wait to collect more.  I think I need a 12 step program.

This week over on Feeling Sketchy they have a very clean lined sketch for us.  There wasn't much interpreting to be done with this one.  I used one of my House Mouse stamps for this one. 

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black and used colored pencils as my medium.  I am still learning to color with the alcohol pens so I usually rely on my good old trusty pencils.  I trimmed down the image to 3.5x5", matted it on a light pink and then a dark green, all by Colorbok.  I used a strip of pink and green striped DP from DCWV to go across the image and pop the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black and matted it the same way.  The back ground DP is also from DCWV.  I used a piece of Bubblegum Pink from Colorbok as the card base.  I wanted this one to be fairly straight forward, so I didn't add embellishments.  I probably could have added some pearls to the corners, but I didn't.

I am also entering this card in the Created with Love anything goes challenge and the Outlawz CAS challenge for this week, and the Through the Craftroom Door challenge.

I hope you are enjoying my projects.  I am so thankful that I can once again craft.  Thank you so much for stopping in and the comments that you guys leave.  You have no idea how much I enjoy reading them.  God bless y'all.

Jonah 2:2

Hello my friends.  I found this cool site during my searching for some new challenge blogs.  Shop Our Stash blog challenges you to use up your hoarded materials.  It's a great way to pull out things you haven't used in a while or have been hoarding for one reason or another. I participated in the challenge last week too.   This week's challenge was to use some of your oldest ribbon.

I made this one a get well card.  It seems I have needing alot of those lately.  This dang flu has everyone down and out.  I found this cute little Nurse Mouse online during one of my many searches for free digis.  I used my colored pencils and OMS to color the image.  I trimmed it down, rounded the edges and inked them in Bahama Blue by Memento.  I matted it onto a piece of stormy blue card stock by Colorbok.  The sentiment is from Dee's Bugaboo Boutique.  She has tons of Scripture Verses and Quotes on her site.  I found this one and thought it was very fitting for a get well card.  I did the same techniques to the sentiment as I did the focal image.  I used two pieces of scrap DP for the background.  They are both from DCWV.  I used a 6x6 card base made from Cornflower Blue from Colorbok.  The piece of blue glitter ribbon was hiding way down in the bottom of my blue ribbon bucket.  I thought the corners needed something extra so I added some cream colored flat back pearls to finish off this card.

I sure hope you liked this card.  Thanks so much for stopping in today and I pray blessings upon each and every one of you.  God bless you.


Welcome back.  I am on a roll.  I've been cranking out cards left and right this week.  It feels so good to get back to crafting.  I so missed it.  Today's card is for the Sentimental Sundays challenge.  The theme of the challenge was to use the negative space of a die cut and a text.

I used a piece of dark teal card stock that had a scalloped oval cut out of it.  I used the die cut for another card.  I then cut out a piece of neutral tan (The Paper Company) using the Classic Ovals Large from Spellbinders.  I adhered them together.  I used a stamp from the Faithful Florals stamp set by Tami Mayberry for the focal image and stamped it on Very Vanilla from SU.  I stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa.  The patterned paper is from American Crafts.

The card base is Early Espresso from SU.  I didn't want a whole lot of embellishments for this one because I wanted the sentiment to be the focus. I found this pretty blue flower in my flower stash and thought it worked wonderfully because it has three different blues in it.  I think it would probably qualify for a CAS.  Well, maybe my idea of CAS.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and may the Lord God bless you.

Round Card

I'm back.  Just like a bad penny, I keep showing up..hehe.  I found another challenge site this week.  I am so very addicted to these challenges.  If I could just get as excited about scrapbooking the thousands of pics I have as I do about my card making, I wouldn't be so far behind.  Such is life I guess.

This card is for Robin's Fetish Challenge blog.  I have hear her name before, but never checked out her site.  It's pretty cool.  Challenge 143 was to create a round card.  I chose to use my Spellbinders Classic Petite Scallops and Classic Circles to make this card. It's small, but will work perfectly for the tag on a gift bag or just a little pick me up card.

To make this card, I used the largest scalloped die in the set and cut two from Old Olive card stock from SU.  I then used the next size down and cut out two Early Espresso pieces.  I used the third largest Classic Circle for the greeting. To get the strip of patterned paper (AC) I cut the strip to 1.25" and centered the same die that I used for the brown card stock and ran it through the Cuttlebug.  It cut the scallops that I needed to line up the card but left the sides straight.  I then matted everything together.  The sentiment is from a Tami Mayberry set called Faithful Florals that I ordered from Gina K Designs while they were having their 40% off sale in December.  I really like the sentiments in that set.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa for the sentiment and Anna Griffins Rose for the flower.  I used my score board to put a crease at the top of the second set of circles so that when the recipient opens the card it will open without bending the back.

I sure hope you guys are having a good week so far.  Only two more days left..ain't that grand?  Thanks for stopping in today and God bless y'all.

Mojo Monday #277

I have come to the conclusion that I just love the Mojo Monday site.  They have some very talented ladies over there who come up with these wonderful sketches.  If you haven't already checked them out, I suggest that you do.  You won't regret it!

Today's card is a very CAS card that follows Sketch 277 on the Mojo blog.  I wasn't sure what I was doing to do when I saw the sketch.  CAS isn't one of my strong suits, but I have been trying to get them right.  I think I did OK with this one.

I used a piece of paper from Studio G's Valentine's line that they had out last year.  Yep, still trying to use up all my old stuff.  I cut it down to 2"x2.5"  I made sure to get the butterfly on the piece.  The stamp set is a little Valentine's/Love stamp from Studio G that I got at AC Moore last year.  I stamped in Classic Red by TCP.  I matted the image on a piece of dark red card stock from Recollections.  The mat is 2.25"x2.75".  I adhered them to the middle of the white card base which is from SU.  For embellishments, I added two red buttons and a pink one with glue dots.  I found this flower in the bottom of my stash pile of flowers and loved the way it looked.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Stay tuned for some new challenge blogs and new cards.  Thank you and God bless you.

I Forgot

Hello again my friends.  I'm back with another card for a new challenge blog that I found.  Crafty Card Makers has some great challenges.  This week's challenge was to make a Belated Birthday Card.  I'm always in need of one of those because my poor brain is the size of a peanut and I don't always remember birthdays.

I chose this cute little elephant from a TCP Stamp called Circus Time.  I used my BIC Markers to color him in.  I used my glitter gel pens for the stand and ball.  I even added some Sakura Glitter pen to the curlie Q's on his hat.  I punched out the ball with a 5/8" circle punch.  I tried to use bright and colorful patterned paper and card stock for a cheery card.  The card base is from Colorbok, the DP is from DCWV, The yellow and pink card stocks are from Recollections.  I cut the image down to 3.5" square, inked the edges with SU Coral, matted it on the same blue as the base, then a yellow.  All mats are 1/8th larger in size.  I printed out the sentiment and inked the edges with the same Coral.  I used pop dots on the sentiment and the ball.  Adding four red rhinestones finished off this cute belated birthday card.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you guys are staying warm.  It's bitter cold here in NE PA and my feet feel like blocks of ice.  Take care and God bless!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hoppy Birthday

Hello there.  How are ya today?  I am sitting here at 8pm watching it snow.  Now, I am sure you are asking me how I am watching it snow when it's dark outside.  Well, we have a big flood light on the corner of our house and it's very sensitive.  We just let the dog out, he triggered the light and I can see the snow falling.  We were only supposed to get a dusting.  Yeah, think they were wrong.

On to crafting.  The card today is for a 5 year old named Mikey whose family attends out church.  His mother, Megan, and I are friends and they just a had a new baby in Jun of last year.  Mike, the dad and husband, does wonderful photography.  Look him up on FB under Class A Photography.  You will be amazed, especially when you see the Christmas card that he made for this past year.

So, Mikey is 5 and a typical boy.  Like to wrestle with my husband on Sundays after church, likes to play outside and tries to catch every bug possible.  So, I thought this image would be just right for him.  It's from Dearie Dolls and this card is going to be entered into the Melonheadz Friends challenge which is Use a Digi.  It's their first challenge ever.  Let's make some noise for Melonheadz.  They have really cute images and some are free.  

I used two papers from American Crafts for the background.  I cut out the image using my cutter, then matted it on a piece of Olive Green and then a piece of Kraft.  I printed out the sentiment on the computer and cut it into little strips, inking them in Spanish Olive before adhering them to the right hand side of the focal image. I matted the focal image after inking it, onto two pieces of DP from American Crafts.   I colored the image with my colored pencils and OMS.  After adhering the image, I added three little frogs from the Recollections 3/D sticker collection.  

For the inside, I use the same DP as on the front and a piece of GP White for the journaling spot.  I hand wrote the sentiment and the thought bubbles.  The little fat frog is a Cricut die cut and I used my BIC markers and White Gel Pen for enhancement. 

I always forget to take the pictures before I write the sentiments.  I don't know I just do.  I hope you all liked this one.  I love little frogs and definitely love this card.  Have a wonderful day and God bless.

So Thankful

Welcome back.  I hope everyone's day is going great.  I am doing much better now.  I am able to craft for longer periods and finding myself creating more lately.  I am so thankful for good doctors who really care about their patients. Some doctor's don't give a rip whether you get better or not.  They are in it for the money and they should find another line of work that doesn't involve dealing with people and their health.

Today's card is a thank you card that I am going to send to my surgeon and his PAs.  Dr. Campos has taken such good care of me and I am doing so well that I felt impressed upon to send this to his office.

The focal image is a cute little stamp that I picked up in the dollar bin at Jo-Ann's from Studio G.  I think it 's so soft and delicate.  I paired it with some dark teal, olive green and chocolate brown which can all be found in the DP I used for the background.  This is another sheet from that wonderful pack I picked up right before Christmas.  I used my Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals to cut out the image and the mats for it.  I used pop dots to adhere it to the card after I added a chocolate brown satin ribbon to the middle and tied a knot on the left hand side.  The rhinestones are all from Queen and Co.

I used SU Very Vanilla for the card base.  I hope you all enjoyed this card and I hope to see you all back soon.  I am entering this card in the One Stop Craft Challenge for this week.  The theme is Thank You.    God bless you.

Birthday Wishes

Hello Guys.  How is everyone today?  I guess if you are reading this, your eyes are still intact and working properly after the previous post.  HE HE   This one will not be as long.  Only one card to showcase today.

This one is for two different challenges.  The monthly challenge over on Beccy's Place.  You still have 10 days to enter this challenge.  You must use one of her images, but she does have quite a few for free.   And the second challenge is Sketch Saturday.  

I used my colored pencils and OMS for this image from Beccy Muir.  Isn't she cute?  She reminds me of a little Southern Belle out for a Summer stroll.  That little pinafore dress is adorable.   The sentiment is from Dessert Diva.  I used Memento Dandelion to ink all the edges of the focal image and the sentiment.  I matted them on  Cornflower Blue by Colorbok.  The DP is from my stash and I wish I knew who made it and how to get some more.  I just love that cloud design.  I used pop dots on the sentiment.  The die cut strip I received in a swap and don't know if was made from a die, a punch or a die cut machine, but I like it and thought it fit perfectly here.  The two sunflowers I found in my stash.   The card base is Navy Blue from SU.

I sure hope you all enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it.  I sure hope you all are having a great week and I will you blessings.

Some New Challenge Blogs

Hello there.  I have been searching for some new challenges to do.  I have found quite a few and thought I would try my hand and some.  So this is going to be a long post.  Be prepared to read for a while.  I am going to showcase some cards I made for the new challenges.

Cute Card Thursdays

This site can be found HERE.  The challenge for this week is Diamonds are Forever.  I decided to create a birthday card using an image from  Beary Wishes and the sentiment is from Dessert Diva.  I used my colored pencils in shades of pink and gray to color in the image.  I rounded the corners and inked the edges in DI Vintage Photo.  I matted the image on a piece of gray CS from SU and rounded those corners too.  The DP is from my stash and once again all corners are rounded.  I used the same gray from SU for the card base.  Because the theme is Diamonds are Forever, I used lots of bling to simulate diamonds all over.

I think it turned out pretty well, I just don't understand the shadow in the middle of the image.  Freaky.  Oh well, thanks for stopping in today and I hope I don't burn out your eyes as you keep reading.  

Card Making Mamas

I am loving all the DT examples on this site which can be found HERE.  The whole blog is beautifully designed.    This weeks challenge was to create and CAS card.  I chose to make mine a Valentine's Day card.    I used a stamp set from Studio G for the image.  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug Red.  I cut the image to 2.5" x 2" and matted it on a piece of red and a piece of black.  I adhered it to the bottom right and added two red hearts and a black on floating up toward the left had corner.

It is definitely CAS with lots of white space.  I am not a big fan of lots of white space.  I like to add embellishments.  The more I add, the more I like it.  But, for a creative break, these CAS cards are a nice  way to go.  Take a hop on over to Card Making Mamas and check them out.

Just Us Girls (JUGS); My Time to Craft

These two sites are just packed full of interesting ideas and challenges.  The JUGS blog can be found HERE and the weekly challenge is a color challenge.  Lime Green, Gray and White.  My Time to Craft has a sketch challenge for this week.  I combined these two as well as using it for the monthly challenge over at Beccy's Place.  

I fell in love with this wishing well when I saw it as a freebie.  I just love old fashioned wells.  We had one on my grandpa's farm when I was a child and I was facinated by it.  I knew I had to use this one for a card, but I didn't have the chance until now.  Using the gray and green combo worked very well with the way I had colored this image.  I love the sketch that we were challenged to use too.  

I used my colored pencils to color the image.  Everything was cut on my paper trimmer so this was a very easy card to put together.  I matted the image on SU Gray as well as used it for the card base.  The lime green and white are from my stash.  The DP is from a set that I bought right before Christmas from AC Moore.  It is by American Crafts and was in a cute pink binder system.  There are over 400 pieces of paper in the pack and I paid $19.99 for it.  Regular price was $59.99.  I thought it was a pretty good deal so I snagged it.  I used a Fiskar's Corner punch for the accents on the corners.  The sentiment is from a set of stamps that I got free but have no idea who designed them.

Thanks so much guys for stopping in today.  I hope you enjoyed the cards that I showcased and I hope your eyes aren't bleeding from such a long post.  I have three more cards but will put them in another post.  God bless you all.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Let it Snow

Good Morning crafty friends.  How is everyone today?  I have a cute card for you today.

For this card, I used an image from Anne's Stamps 4U by Anne Fenton.  Anne is also one of our sketch artists over on the Outlawz Challenge site which can be found HERE.  She is a very talented artist.  I used my colored pencils and OMS for this image.  I cut the image to 3.5"x3.5" and inked the edges with a light blue from Cat's Eye.  I cut a panel from True Blue card stock from Recollections that measures 3.75"x3.75" and matted it a little wonky.  The DP is a Christmas pattern from DCWV cut to 4"x5.25".   The sentiment is from Dessert Diva.  I printed it out on GP White 110# card stock and trimmed it down to fit the card.  I inked it with the same color blue from Cat's Eye  I attached it to the bottom right corner.  I used Whisper White card stock from SU for the card base.

I used four snowflake cutouts that I received from my precious friend, Jan, who has just moved into the blogging world a couple months ago.  Go check out her blog HERE.  She is an amazing card artist and also does a devotions page attached to her blog.  I took those snowflakes and ran them through my Xyron and then dipped them in white glitter.  I used pop dots to adhere the ones on the image and a glue dot to form the O in snow.  The left bottom was a little bare, so I added three dark blue gems to finish off the card.

I am entering this card into three challenges: Shopping Our Stash.  This is the first card I am entering on the challenge site.  The theme for #85 is Suits Me to a T.  We are required to use two items from our stash that begin with the letter "T".  I chose True Blue card stock and Tube as in snow tube.  Through the Craft Room Door has an anything goes challenge.   Also, QKR Stampede whose theme is #22 Cold and Frosty.  I do believe this cutie qualifies for cold and frosty, don't you?

Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to look at my creation.  I truly appreciate it.  Have a great day and God bless you all.

Happy Day

Happy Saturday morning.  I hope all is well in your neck of the woods.  The weathermen here aren't sure what they are doing.  First they call for snow then they don't.  You never know what we are going to get here.

Today's card can be used for a man or a woman.  It can be a birthday card, a thinking of you card, or even a congrats card.  I started with a Very Vanilla card base cut to 5.5" x 8.5", folded in half.  I used a piece of Early Espresso SU Card stock and a piece of Old Olive SU car stock both cut at 4"x5.25".  I then cut each of those panels in half diagonally.  I then took a piece of olive patterned paper from American Crafts and cut a panel  3.75"x5" and diagonally cut that one in half.  I matted the Early Espresso and Old Olive onto the base.  I inked the edges of the AC DP with Memento Spanish Olive so that the white edges didn't show.  I matted that panel onto the Old Olive card stock.  I used a stamp set from Hampton Arts for the three circles.  I stamped the sentiment in Spanish Olive and the two flowers in Memento Rich Cocoa onto Kraft card stock.  I used a Fiskars 1.5" circle punch to cut them out.  I adhered the three circles down the middle diagonally using pop dots for the middle one.  The bottom left corner needed a little something so I added three dark green gems to the corner.

  The computer makes the Early Espresso look like black but it's not.  I am entering this card into the Freshly Made sketch challenge #69 and the 365 Cards challenge, if I can figure out how to link that one.  If anyone follows the challenges on that site and knows how to link up, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you have enjoyed my work.  Have a wonderfully blessed day.

In My Thoughts

Hi there!  So glad you could stop in today.  I have a cute card for you today.

I started with a 5x5 card base made from pink Colorbok card stock.  I added a piece of 4.75"x4.75" mint green card stock also from Colorbok.  I cut two pieces of DCWV Fabric paper to 2" x 4.5" strips and adhered them going different directions.  The little praying girl was sent to me by a friend and I used BIC Markers to color her in.  I used my Spellbinders Classic Circles Large die to cut her out.  I inked the edges and matted the image on a mint green Lacy Circles die cut.  I took a pink Lacey Circles die cut and offset it slightly to form the pattern you see.  I used my white gel pen to add faux stitches around the mint green card stock.  I made a pink and green flower and adhered it to the left side of the image, then added four pink pearls, two on top and two on the bottom of the flower.  The sentiment was sent to me by the same friend who sent the image.  I used an EK Success punch on the sentiment and inked it with Memento Lady Bug.

I am entering this card into  two different challenges.  Friday's Sketch Challenge and Crafts4eternity.   I am so happy that you took the time to stop in.  Thanks so much for the sweet comments that you guys are leaving.  I sure appreciate it.  Have a wonderful Saturday.  God bless you.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Blissful Day

Howdy!  Hope everyone had a great day today.  I did.  I had some quiet time this evening while my mother in law took my daughter and her cousin to Disney on Ice 100th Year Anniversary show.  I was able to do some card making while listening to a James Patterson book on CD.  I love my quiet time.

This card is a 6x6 square card.   The little mouse image is from Beary Wishes.  I colored it with my colored pencils and OMS.  I added some glitter gel pen to the roses and the little flower on the mouse and the swirls on the cup. I trimmed the image to slightly less than 4x4 and matted it on a 4.25x4.25  tan piece of card stock.  The background is made from strips of rose patterned paper cut to  1" and matted on strips of brown card stock cut to 1 1/8".  I staggered them according to a sketch from Feeling Sketchy.  I printed off the sentiment and trimmed it down, matted it on the tan card stock and placed it in the bottom right hand side.  I used pop dots for the focal image.  I inked the edges of the focal image and sentiment with Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink. I used a dark red card stock from Colorbok for the card base.  To finish off the card, I added some ruby red pearls to the top right and bottom left corners.

I am entering this card into the Feeling Sketchy #42 challenge for this week.  I just recently found this site and this is the first time I am entering one of my cards. I am also entering this one in the Through the Craft Room Door challenge for this week..Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping in today.  I hope you have a great weekend.  God bless  you.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Penny's Paper Crafty #110

Howdy ya'll.  How is everyone today?  I am cruisin' right along with my card making.  Since I have been feeling better, I am able to sit longer which means I can craft longer.  I am still on limited duty, but the time is getting longer and I am loving being back in my crafting mode.

Today's card is for the Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #110.  The theme is Teddy Bears.  This cute image is Deacon and his teddy from Bugaboo Stamps.  Isn't it just the cutest?  I used BIC markers to color in this one.  I'm still learning how to use alcohol markers, so bear with me..no pun intended. :)  I used a red glitter pen on the two hearts.  I inked the edges of both the image and the sentiment, which was printed out on the computer, with DI Vintage Photo.  I then matted both on a very dark green card stock from Colorbok.  The Kraft card stock is from Recollections.  The plaid DP is from DCWV which is matted again on the dark green.  The card base is Old Olive from SU.  I decided to make this sort of CAS since it is for a boy.  I didn't want to make it too frilly or blingy.

This is a standard A2 size card, so all of the card stock pieces and DP piece are cut accordingly.   I hope you all have enjoyed the project for today.  I will be back over the weekend with more crafty cards.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in and check out my work.  Thanks in advance, too, for any comments that you choose to leave.  I love reading them, so please feel free.  God bless you.

Mojo Monday #276

Welcome back friends.  Today's card is for this week's sketch.  I turned the sketch and in order to fit my image, I enlarged the card a little bit.  It's an odd size card,  4" x 6.5".  The image is a Digi Darla stamp that I colored in with my colored pencils and OMS.  I used a glitter gel pen to color in the stars and curly Q's.

The sentiment is a freebie that I found online.  One of these days I will remember to write down the designer when I print them out.  I have them all saved on my computer by illustrators, but do you think I could find it..nnnoooo.  When I do, I will come back and update this post to give proper credit.  I matted the sentiment on a piece of Gold card stock from Gina K.  The same Gold card stock is behind the focal image.  The blue star DP is from DCWV.  I used the Fiskar's Scalloped Border Punch to do the navy blue card stock and the white card stock, both by Colorbok.  I used a white gel pen to add faux stitched on the navy blue.  I used pop dots on both the sentiment and the image, which was cut using Spellbinders Classic Circles Large.  Both are also inked with TCP Silver ink.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you all have a blessed day.