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

Friday, January 31, 2014

Challenge #73 QKR Stampede

Good Morning, friends.  Thanks for  joining me today on this beautiful Friday.  We have a new challenge for y'all today.  Last week's "Winter Fun" challenge was a blast and we had tons of wonderful entries. 

Our challenge this week is everyone's favorite. "Anything Goes".  I love these challenges because it lets your imagination and creativity run wild.  I decided to make a birthday card for my DT Inspiration.

As you can see, this is a magical card.  He he he.  I used a premade card base from a card kit that I received a long time ago.  Figured I better start using up my stash so that when my spending freeze is over, I can buy more..:)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope y'all are about to have a wonderful weekend.  You can find both of these images in our store.  Make sure to stop on over to QKR Stampede and check out all the yummy eye candy that my design team sisters have created.  God bless y'all.

Images: Magic Card (16406), One Year Older (16401)
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Sakura Clear Star gel pen
Cardstock: card base (card kit), Purple (KI Memories), 
Papers: Stars (KI Memories), Dots (KI Memories)
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, pop dots

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Do You Know What Day It Is?

Well, do ya???  It's Hump Day!  Yeah!!!!  I still love that camel.

Welcome to my little piece of Heaven on Earth.  I'm so glad to "see" y'all.

I am getting down to the wire with the cards I'm posting tonight.  Yep, that's me, always coming in at the last minute.

The first card I have for y'all tonight uses an image that I won from Meljen's.  I just love Melissa's images.  And guess what??? She's giving away free image of Fridays.  How cool is that?

Isn't he just the coolest?  When I saw this image, I knew I had to have it.  I pulled out some bandana paper and some black and white chevron paper and presto...A Bad Hare Day Bunny.  I think I would like to see this little guy for Easter.

Image: Meljen's
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, BIC Markers
Ink: Distress Ink in Fired Brick
Cardstock: Recollections
Paper: The Paper Studio Harper's Boutique, TPS $4.99 paper pack.
Gems: Queen and Co
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, Inking Tool

Meljen's --#194 Not Just Black and White
Totally Paper Crafts--One For the Boys
Savy Handmade Cards--Furry Friends
Digi Sketch--One for the Men (Following the theme and sketch)

The next card I have for today features a Misteri image from Jen Leeflang's collection at Digital Stamps 4 Joy.  I almost have completed my Misteri collection...I'm sure there is another collection from Jen that I must have..:)

This one is called Misteri Praise.  I really love her.  I have always wanted to do praise dance.

Image: Jen Leeflang from Digital Stamps 4 Joy
Sentiment: Dee's Bugaboo Boutique
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol
Cardstock: Recollections
Paper: Snap by Simple Stories, Dots by DCWV
Ribbon: The Ribbon Boutique
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, Cutterbee Scissors

Digital Stamps 4 Joy--#84  Add Real Ribbon
Crazy for Challenges--#220 Color Challenge: Aqua Pink Chocolate and Cream
Party Time Tuesdays--#157 Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty--#162  Spots and Dots
My Favorite Things--#161 Sketch
Word Art Wednesday--#117  Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope y'all have a great night and God bless!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Challenge #12 Clear It Out

Clear it Out Challenge Blog

Welcome back to my blog, friends.  So happy to see ya.  Today is Tuesday and that starts a new challenge over at Clear It out.  Our entries last week were amazing.  If you joined in, thank you so much.  If not, how about joining us this week?

Our theme: Blues
Stash Items: Ribbons, Twines, Fibers

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful

I chose to use "Victorian Winter Emily" as my image for this card.

Isn't she precious?  I love her, and not just because we share the same name..:)  I could see myself living back in the days where we dressed like this.  Gone with the Wind is right up my alley as far as the clothing goes.  I'm not so sure I would want to live without the running water and electricity though.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope y'all will consider joining in our challenge this week.  Have a wonderful day and God bless.

Image: Victorian Winter Emily (Lacy Sunshine)
Sentiment: Open Office Adline Kirnberg Script
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Sakura Clear Star glitter pen, Spectrum Noir BGR 1
Cardstock: White (Colorbok) Blue (Recollections), Kraft (Recollections), Neenah Solar White
Paper: DCWV (glitter), Colorbok
Ribbon: The Ribbon Boutique
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, pop dots

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cowgirl Birthday

Hello friends.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I had to hurry and finish this card so that I could enter it into a couple of challenges that end today.

I love Kenny K images.  This has to be one of my favorites.  Those sexy boots just make me quiver..I want a pair.  Never mind the fact that I would probably re-break my neck if I had a pair.  LOL

Thanks again for stopping in.  Have a wonderful evening.  God bless y'all.

Image: Kenny K 
Sentiment: Stampin' Up
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Sakura Glitter Gel pens
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Black: Bazzil, Pink: Recollections, White: Neenah
Paper: Recollections
Embossing Folder: Darice Woodgrain
Gems: Queen and Co and Studio G
Ribbon for Bow: The Ribbon Boutique
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, Cuttlebug, pop dots, glue dot

Sketch with a Twist--Pink, Black, White
Papertake Weekly--Bow and Die Cut
Mod Squad--Wood
Inspiration Challenge--Put Your Boots On
Avenue 613--Anything Goes
Glitter and Sparkle--Bling It Up
Created With Love--Anything Goes
Friends of Speedy TV --#109 Dry Embossing

Besties DT Entry

Happy Monday.  Can you believe this is the last week of January already?  The first two weeks of the month were really rough, but last week wasn't too bad and I'm believing for this week to be great. 

I am apply to the Bestie's 3D Decoupage team and this is the entry that I created using the sheet that I was sent.

I think she's adorable.  

After fussing cutting all the pieces out, I inked around all the edges with Distress Ink Tea Dye. She's put together with small pop dots.  They are only 1/4" thick so she's not huge.  I made her into a birthday tag and used two different Stampin' Up stamp sets, two SU Ink pads, some gems and a charm.

Thanks so much for stopping by and keep your fingers crossed for me. :)  Have a wonderful day and God bless.

Image: Sherry Baldy Besties 3D Decoupage Sheet
Sentiment: Stampin' Up Two Step Stampin' Simple Sketches set
Inks: Distressed Ink Tea Dye, Stampin' Up Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple
Tags: Staples Shipping Tags
Doily: Walmart
Ribbon: The Ribbon Boutique
Gems: Kids section at Walmart
Charm: My Stash
Tools: Cutterbee Scissors, Scotch Quik Dry Adhesive, Glossy Accents (To adhere gems), White thread (To attach charm)

Challenge # 99 Digi Darla

Good Morning!  It's Monday and the start of a new week.  That means the start of a new challenge at Digi Darla's Challenges.  This week is a photo inspiration.
Isn't this a beautiful picture?  I just love vintage. So, since our inspiration comes from this vintage photo, I decided to make my card a vintage one with lots of pearls and flowers.

I don't usually add as much stuff to my cards as I did this one, but I was on a roll.  I just kept adding and adding.  The darker, smaller roses I made using a 5 petal flower punch.  I learned the idea from JJ Showers.  She uses a bigger punch, but I went with a smaller one because I think they fit cards better.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and sharing some of your time with me.  I am so grateful for each one of you.  Have a wonderful Monday and God bless y'all.

Image: Sewing Jar (Digi Darla)
Sentiment: Cardmaking Magazine Freebie set
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Metallic Gold pen
Cardstock: Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight Ivory, Pink (Recollections)
Paper: DCWV
Roses: Large (AC Moore), Small (handmade by me)
Pearls: Walmart
Lace: Walmart
Tools: Glossy Accents, Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, pop dots, hot glue gun, 5 petal EK Success punch, paint brush (for curling petals)

Hey Friends.  I just wanted to let you guys know about a new blog I just found and some of the fab blog candy that Melissa from Needful Things is offering up.  

There are few rules though:
All products are NEW unless noted in description. In order to get your name in the drawing you need to follow these simple rules:

1.  Live in the United States to win
2.  Have a blog
3.  Link this page and post photo too on your blog
4.  Join my blog and leave some comments

Lot's of Stamping Fun here!

Included are:
Jim Holtz Components Stamp
The Greeting Farm Stamp
Kraftin Kimmies Stamp Set 
Autumn Leaves Numbers Set
Cosmo Cricket Stamp Set
Autum Leaves Swirl Stamp Set
Technique Tuesday Stamp Set

Drawing will be on the last day of the month
 You need to contact me within 2 weeks if you win - mkn8ers@gmail.com
      (If I don't hear from you the prize will be given to another)

Melissa has some wonderful artwork on her blog.  Make sure you check it out. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

With Love

Hello.  Welcome to my blog.  I'm so happy y'all could stop by.  It's snowing, again.  I'm tired of the white stuff now.   We are going to hit a heat wave next week though...35 degrees F.  LOL

The card I have for y'all today came out a little blurry.  I took the picture 3 times and it still came out that way.  I think it might have been the shimmery chalk that I used to color the image.

I think this has to be one of the most CAS cards I have done.  I printed out the image from Anonymous Stamps and ran my Versamark pad all over it.  I then took my chalk eyeshadows and colored stripes on the flowers.  I then cut it out with my Marvy Scalloped Heart punch.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I have been up to.  I hope y'all have a great day and God bless.

Image: Anonymous Stamps
Sentiment: Bently Bears
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamagic, 
Coloring Medium: Chalk eyeshadows, Sakura Glitter Gel pens
Cardstock: Recollections
Gems: Queen and Co
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, pop dots, chalk brush, Marvy Scalloped Heart punch, 

Atlantic Hearts Challenge--Sketch
In the Pink--Dies and Punches
Hiding in My Craft Room--For a Loved One
Chalk-ah-Lot--Love with Chalk

Friday, January 24, 2014

You Add Color to My Life

Hello friends.  I know I said I only had one card for Friday, but it's close enough to Saturday so I wanted to post this one. :)

Isn't this a bright and cheery card?  I like it.   It's nice to do a card with a Spring feel to it.  It's been a while.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  I love to see ya.  I hope y'all have a great weekend and God bless y'all.

Image: Doodle Pantry
Sentiment:  Same set
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Sakura Glitter Pens, BIC Markers
Cardstock: Colorbok
Papers: The Paper Studio Celebrate pad
Gems: Queen and Co
Tools: Fiskar's Paper Trimmer, ATG Gun, Cutterbee Scissors

Glitter n Sparkle--#68 Stitching
Penny's Paper Crafty--#161 Easter
MFP Speedy TV Color Challenge--#7 Bright Colors
Alphabet Challenge--Y is for Young
Creative Fingers--#21 Stitching
Daring Card Makers--Stripes
Frosted Designs--Polka Dots

Paper A La Mode Challenge

Happy Saturday folks.  It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  Today begins a new challenge at Paper A La Mode on the Outlawz ning site.  Our challenge this week is brought to us by our team leader, Theresa.  

Our sponsor for this week isScrapbook, Stamp Society and the prize for winning is 2 images of your choice.  The theme: it's a recipe challenge.

The Recipe:               1 Cardstock
2 Patterned Papers
3 Embellishments
A Pinch of Whatever Else You Like.

This is a beautiful image from Art by Miran.  I love this girl.  I added some Martha Stewart butterfly punches to give it some dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping in to see me today and maybe, just maybe I will see some of y'all over at Paper A La Mode this week.  Have a great day and God bless.

Image: Art by Miran
Sentiment: Desert Diva
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, 
Sakura Glitter pens, Sakura White Gel pen
Cardstock: Recollections
Papers: K & CO Best of Brenda Walton
Gems: Queen and Co.
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, pop dots, Martha 
Stewart Butterfly Punches, Spellbinders Classic
Circles, Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Circles

Simple Salutations--#81  Birthday Cards
C.R.A.F.T.--#243  Shades of Blue Color Challenge
Creative Knockouts--#21 Birthdays
Feeling Crafty--Butterflies

Have a Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Friday my friends.  So glad you stopped in. It's cold, cold, cold here.  I am so ready to be fussing cause it's hot.

Today's card, yes, there is only one for today, is made using the Friday's Sketch Challenge #61.

I used a template that I found on the back of a Tastycake box.  I buy them for my husband's lunch and this cool heart template was on the back. Recycle, recycle, reuse..yep, that's a good thing.

Thanks again for stopping to see me today.  I will be back tomorrow with a beautiful card using an Art by Miran image and a new challenge for Paper A La Mode.   Have a fab night and God bless y'all.

Sentiment: Stampin' Up Holiday Words set
Ink: Stazon Black
Cardstock: Recollections
Papers: K & Co., Vellum
Gems: Queen and Co
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, Pop dots, Cutterbee Scissors

Challenge #72 QKR Stampede

Good Morning, friends.  Welcome to my blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by this Friday morn.  As we are still in the midst of our winter here in the USA, our new challenge for this week is "Winter Fun" and what is more fun than a frosty snowman?

This guy looks like he's fighting the snowflakes and wind.  I don't know if you can see it very well, but I embossed the background with tons of snowflakes using a pearl embossing powder.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Make sure to visit QKR Stampede for our new challenge and a link to the store so you can get this adorable snowman.

Image: Windy Snowman (15912) QKR Stampede
Stamps: Snowflakes from my stash
Sentiment: mine
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Sakura Clear Star gel pen
Cardstock: Hot Pink (Colorbok), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Light Bright (Colorbok)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous Pearl White
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, Marvy Heat Tool, ATG Gun, embossing buddy, Cutterbee Scissors

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy Hearts' Day

Welcome to my blog.  I am so glad that y'all took the time to come see me.  I have a really cute card for ya today.  It uses a paper piecing pattern from Better Homes and Gardens Scrapbooks Etc, which fits the Totally Paper Crafts challenge for this week.

I tried to show the movement of the baking pan.  I put it on an Action Wobble for the Card Makin' Mama's  challenge. 
I also used the Fancy Tags Spellbinders Dies to make the sentiment so that it followed the Crafty Hands challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see me.  I hope y'all have a wonderful night...guess what..tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!  God bless y'all.

Image: Paper Piecing Pattern  Scrapbooks ETC
Sentiment: Nina Brackett's Heartily Yours stamp set available at Gina K Designs
Ink: Distressed Inks Vintage Photo, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Ivory, Red Recollections
Papers: The Paper Studio
Gems: Black Rhinestones Queen and Co
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, Spellbinders Fancy Tags, Classic Ovals, Classic Scalloped Ovals, Cuttlebug, Cutterbee Scissors, Inking Tool from Tim Holtz, Zig 2 way Squeeze and Roll glue pen, Double sided sticky tape, Action Wobble, pop dots

Other Challenges Entered:
Tuesday Throwdown--Baked Goods
Dazzling Divas--Color Challenge
Cute Card Thursday--So Sweet
My Heart Pieces--Love is Life

Challenge #47 The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Hello there.  Yesterday started the new challenge at The Crafter's Cafe.  I am a bit late getting this card posted because I, in my crazy mind, wrote down the wrong date for the challenge.  My card may not be posted on the blog yet, but it should be there. :)

Our theme for this challenge is: Ha Ha Very Funny. Our sponsors for this challenge are 

I used Ruby with Attitude from Bugaboo to make my card.  I love Ruby.  She has some very funny sentiments.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope y'all got a kick out of Ruby today.  Have a wonderful day and God bless y'all.

Image: Ruby with Attitude from Bugaboo
Sentiments: From set
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Sakura Black Glitter Pen, Spectrum Noir BGR 1
Cardstock: Recollections, Neenah Solar White
Papers: Recollections All Girl pad, Snap from Simple Stories
Gems: Queen and Co
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, Spellbinders Classic Squares, Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Squares, X Cuts Rectangle Dies from DoCrafts, pop dots, Cuttlebug

In the Pink--#36  Die Cuts/Punches

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Hello again.  Thanks for stopping by.  I have one more card for y'all today.  Kierstynne was finally able to go back to school today and since she's homeschooled, I'm one tired Mama.  It's not as easy as everyone thinks to be a homeschool Mom.  It's just as much work as going outside my home.  

Kierstynne decided she wanted her hair cut today.  She's had long hair since she was a little girl and I couldn't believe that she wanted it shorter.  The wanted a wispy, angled cut.  Here's how it turned out:

I think she looks so much older than 9 now, but I really like it.  I think I did a pretty good job on it.  Yes, I went to beauty school.

OK..now that I have shown off my mini-me, on to the card.

I used the challenge from Cardabilities #91 Sketch to make this card.  I did change it up a bit because I didn't like all the elements on the same side.  I also followed the Craft Your Passion challenge which is #197 Face the Music.  You have to make a card based on a song.  I chose George Jones' Lovebug from 1965.  I am also entering this one into the Twisted Tuesday challenge this week.  #68 is to use Washi Tape and the twist: use something that starts with a "T", "A", "P", "E".  You only have to pick one letter, but after making my card, I realized that I had all four letter....T is for Tsukineko ink, A is for American Crafts Swirl Stamps, P is for Patterned Paper from the Paper Studio, and E is for Embossing using Spellbinders Dies.  I also used the Recycling challenge at Oldie but a Goodie by recycling the heart shaped brads and turning them into glue on embellishments, and the Created with Love #73 Winged Things challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  This is my last card for today and I will be back tomorrow with some more eye candy. Have a wonderful night and God bless y'all.

Image: Freebie from online
Stamps: American Crafts Swirls
Sentiment: On patterned paper and highlighted with Sakura Glitter gel pen
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Chalk, Sakura Red Glitter Pen
Cardstock: Recollections (Red and Black)
Paper: The Paper Studio
Brads: American Crafts
Washi Tape: American Crafts (Dots), Recollections (Stripes)
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, Cutterbee Scissors, ATG Gun, pop dots, Glossy Accents, 

Also entering into the Through the Craftroom Door challenge.

Welcome Little One

Hello friends.  It's Tuesday and also it's National Hugging Day and Squirrel Appreciation Day.  Just a bit of useless information for y'all.

The card I have made for this post is a baby card using a cute little giraffe that I found online when I first started collecting digis.  If someone knows who the artist is, please leave me a comment so I can give coups to him or her.

I love this all pink card.  I also want to thank my design team sister Carol Mathrick for my fabulous new watermark.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope y'all have a wonderful day.  God bless.

Image: Freebie from Online
Sentiment: Open Office Beta Dance Font
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencil, Gamsol
Cardstock: Recollections
Paper: Studio G
Buttons: Studio G
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, X-acto Corner Rounder, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Classic Squares, Spellbinders Scalloped Classic Squares, pop dots

Simple Salutations--#80 Baby
Sentimental Sundays--#190 More than 3 Layers
Love to Create--#99 Button It Up
Fantastic Tuesday--#19  Make it Feminine
Through the Craftroom Door--Always Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper--January Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge--#98  Pick Your Own

Challenge #11 Clear It out

Clear it Out Challenge Blog

Good Morning friends.  It's Tuesday and that means another challenge at Clear It Out.  We had lots of great entries last week with out "Layer It Up" challenge.  

This week, our sponsor is:
And oh the treasures you will find in their shop.

Theme:  Copy Cat
Stash: Anything Goes

Isn't this just the funniest couple?  I love them. They remind me of the old mobsters from years ago.   I found the sentiment quote online and it just seemed to fit this image.

Thanks so much for stopping in to see me today. I hope y'all will join in on this fun challenge. Have a wonderful day and God bless y'all.

Image: Loretta & Guido (Stitchy Bear)
Sentiment: Quote from Friedrich Nietzsche (printed from Open Office using Beach Thin font)
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, White Gel Pen, Sakura Clear Star glitter pen, BIC Markers in Pink and Red
Ink: Distressed Ink in Black Soot
Cardstock: Red (Recollections) Black (Darice)
Paper: DCWV
Gems: Queen and Co
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, pop dots, Sponge Dauber

Monday, January 20, 2014

Christmas Card #3 for 2014

Hi there.  Thanks for stopping by.  I have completed my third Christmas card for the year.  I figure at this rate, I should have plenty for sending out this year.

I used another image from Ike's Art to make this card.  I think she's beautiful.  I love her hair.

I truly appreciate the time that y'all take coming to check out my blog.  I love reading all the comments that are left for me.  It really makes my crafting worth it.  Have a wonderful day and God bless y'all.

Stamp: Ike's Art
Sentiment: Gina K Festive Frame set
Ink: Versafine Onxy Black
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol
Cardstock: Red Base (Colorbok), Red and Green (Recollections), Neenah Solar White
Papers: DCWV, Recollections City Sidewalks
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, ATG Gun, pop dots, Creative Memories Trimmer

ABC Christmas--A is for Anything
Christmas Challenges--Sketch #106
Crafts 4 Eternity--#159 Fancy Folds
Crafting from the Heart--#5 Fancy Folds
Friends of Speedy TV--#108 Easel Cards

Just For You Kitties

Hi there!  Yep, it's still Monday and I am back with another card.  This one uses two cute kitties from Ike's Art Digital Stamps

There are lots of layers and interest on this card.  I love the way the kitties turned out.  They look very cozy.

Thanks so much for checking out my work.  I truly appreciate it.  Have a great evening and God bless y'all.

Image: Two Kitties by Ike's Art
Sentiment: TCP 
Coloring Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Pink and Green BIC Markers
Ink: Stampin' Up Primrose Petals
Cardstock: Gray (Colorbok), Pink and Black (Recollections)
Paper: Colorbok's Light Bright pad
Ribbon: AC Moore
Tools: Fiskar's Trimmer, Fiskar's Circle Cutter, Spellbinders Classic Circles Large, Classic Scallops Small, ATG Gun, Pop dots, glue dots

Ike's World--Anything Goes #9
Desert Island Crafts--Favorite Colors, No Flowers and Ribbon
Oozak--Anything Goes with Love
In the Pink--Anything Goes
Craftin' Desert Divas--Shaped Cards