January 25, 2015



How are you doing today?  Have you had a good weekend?  I hope you've been able to get some crafty goodness in, and are creating stuff like crazy.  It was a gorgeous day yesterday here in NW Iowa, so I did lots of things outside.  I am so thankful to have caught up on some much needed cleaning, and we finally took down all of our Christmas decorations.  Today is gray and dreary, and I have been in my craft room most of the morning.  I've been organizing, and purging.  I purge twice a year, and donate whatever I'm not using anymore.  I love surprising people with random goodies. :-)

There are a couple of challenges I wanted to play along with, so here is a card that I made.  I'm happy to finally have a couple Valentine's made.  I was hoping to have them all done by now, but it's been busy.

I wanted to keep this CAS, and let the shaker and sentiment be the focus.  This is also my first attempt at any kind of ombre type effect.  I am digging it, and hope that the recipient loves it too.  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges.

The Card Concept #27: Photo Inspiration
As You See It #71: Sketch
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Have A Heart
Just Us Girls #277: Photo Inspiration

I also have another card to share, that I made a week ago, but hadn't gotten around to posting it.  I took an idea from THIS post from Amy Rysavy, and changed it up a bit.  I love how it turned out.  This is R's Valentine this year.  I hope he likes it.

So, that's all for me today.  I'm off to make a big pot of veggie beef soup and then I'm going to try to get more Valentine's done.  Maybe then I'll feel like I'm caught up. lol  I hope all of you have a great day!


January 16, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #3


It's time for challenge #3 over at the CASE-ing Christmas challenge blog.  I have to admit, I'm really happy that I'm on this DT.  It has renewed my crafty mojo, and I am building up my Christmas card stash, just like I wanted.  Here is this weeks card that we were to CASE.  It was created by Judy.  Isn't it fun?

And here is my card.

For this card, I also chose to use the layout.  I changed up the colors, and am quite pleased at how it turned out.  I love the non-traditional look of the light blue with the red, set against the pop of black.  I realized something while creating this card.  I have a new love affair with wet embossing.  I'm not sure why I hadn't really used it much.  It's so cool!  The tree on my card was embossed in silver, and then I added a few gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Instead of a greeting, I added some luscious red chevron twill ribbon from Pretty Pink Posh as well.  I am going to submit my card for the following challenges.

Papertake Weekly: It's All New (the papers and stamp are new)

I do hope you'll head over to the challenge blog to see what everyone has created for you today.  Hopefully, something will inspire you to create a card, and join in the fun this week.  I hope to be back soon, with another card.

Have a wonderful weekend!
What's In It?
Paper: SU! Basic Black Cardstock, Echo Park Keepin Cozy Patterned Paper
Stamps: Sarasota Stamp Company Christmas Tree
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins, Nestabilities Smooth and Big Scalloped Circle Dies, Pretty Pink Posh Red Chevron Twill Ribbon

January 11, 2015

Thankful For You

Hello my friends!

I hope you're having a good weekend, and creating lots of crafty stuff.  It's freezing here, which is perfect for staying indoors, making a big pot of soup, watching movies, and making stuff.  I got some time in my craft room yesterday, which I was thankful for, and I'm hoping to spend more time in there today.

I'm excited to share my card today.  It's my very first shaker card!  Shaker cards continue to be more and more popular, so I thought I'd give it a try.  Here is how it turned out.

I am pretty excited, although I'm thinking that next time, I should not add glitter.  I rubbed my acetate with a dryer sheet to try to remove the static, but it didn't work.  And yep, you read correctly, I said glitter.  I finally broke down and bought a few different colors, so that I could use them in shaker cards.  I will handle it with great caution, and pray I don't get it everywhere. lol  The sketch I used for this just screamed shaker card to me, so I went with it.  I embossed the sentiment on vellum again, and added a bit of twine and a couple of tiny paper flowers that I inked in red.  I am totally loving this card, and I can see many more shaker cards being made, very soon.  I am going to submit this card for the following challenges.

CAS(E) This Sketch #105: Sketch
Card Concept #26: One Year Anniversary/Photo Inspiration (I chose the classy & elegant style, hope I understood correctly)
Word Art Wednesday #165: Anything Goes

Hopefully, I'll have more cards to share over the next few days.  I'm not planning on leaving the house, and am going to try to spend lots of time in my craft room today.  I do hope you'll stop by again soon.  Lots of fun stuff happening over the next few weeks.

Stay warm!

What's In It?
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla Cardstock, Dark Green Cardstock, Prima Stationers Desk Patterned Papers, SSS Acetate
Stamps: CASual Fridays Calm & Gentle
Ink: VersaMark, Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Dye Ink
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies, Maya Road Natural Twine, I Am Roses Paper Flowers, Simon Says Stamp Seed Beads (red & clear), Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (gold & mossy green), Pretty Pink Posh Silver Confetti, Wow Red Glitter

January 10, 2015

Happy Birthday!


How is everyone doing?  It has been a very long week for me.  We had three blizzards roll through our area, got tons of snow, work is crazy and my mom slipped on the ice and fell and broke her leg.  School was closed for two days, and they had a two hour late start the other two.  R and Hulk went home last Saturday, which is probably a great thing, because I have a feeling they'd be stuck here had they waited even one more day.  I can't remember a time when I've ever been this cold.  I just can't seem to warm up, no matter how many layers I've got on. lol

Anyway, I was hoping to get my Valentine's started, but it just didn't happen.  I did, however, get a fun birthday card done last night.  Here it is...

I love the fun, bright colors and patterns on this card.  I've been trying my luck at heat embossing on vellum lately.  It's an awesome look, but I can't figure out how to not warp my paper a bit.  Any suggestions would be helpful.  I am in love with sequins now too, but "randomly" placing them is so much more difficult than it seems, for me.  I spent a lot of time trying to make these look random. lol  I have a friend who will be celebrating her 35th in a couple weeks, so I'm going to send this to her.  I hope she likes it.  I'm going to submit this for the following challenges.

Sketch For You To Try #20: Sketch
Seize The Birthday: Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Old & New (I used older stamps and dies I've had in my stash, with new dies and sequins)
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New (New dies and sequins)

I'll be back soon, with another something crafty.  On Friday, I have another CASE-ing Christmas card for you, and in February and March, I've got some very exciting things going on.  I hope you'll check back regularly, for all of the fun stuff. :-)

Have a wonderful day!

What's In It?
Paper: Simon Says Stamp White Cardstock, Bazzill Burgundy Cardstock, Project Life Patterned Papers (sorry, I don't remember by who), Vellum
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Ice Cream Dream, ODBD Sentiment Collection 3, Hero Arts Graph Background
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, VersaMark
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, SU! Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Pretty Pink Posh Silver Sequins, May Arts Natural Twine, Reverse Confetti Tag Me Dies, SU! Start Framelits Dies

January 2, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #1


I am so excited you've stopped by!  Today is the first challenge over at the CASE-ing Christmas challenge blog.  The idea behind this new challenge is to CASE the card that is posted on the blog, created by one of our design team members.  I think this is a fantastic idea.  It's another great way to help build up your Christmas card stash, throughout the year, and I love that.  Our challenges will be posted weekly, on Friday's.  There is an odd team, and an even team, so there will be tons of inspiration for you.  I do hope you'll head over to the challenge blog to see what is posted today. 

So, months ago, I had decided that I wasn't going to be on anymore design teams.  With my daughters busy school schedule, planning college visits, and planning a wedding, I didn't think I would have the time to dedicate to it.  Then the holiday got closer, and I was excited to send cards out for the first time in a couple years.  As I made my list of cards to send, I realized that I only had enough cards for the people on my list, which cleaned out the Christmas card stash I had built up over the last two years.  It was at that point that I felt I needed the motivation to help get me back on track, and build up my stash for next year.  Fortunately for me, a couple months prior, I had been invited to be on the team for a new holiday card challenge, and the owner was kind enough to let me think about whether or not I could make it work.  As you can see now, I am going to make it work. :-)

Anyway, I'll stop rambling now, and get to the first card that we were to CASE.  This one was created by Mynn.  I think it's lovely.

And here is my card.

I chose to CASE the layout of the card.  The sentiment I wanted to use was a vertical sentiment though, so I flipped it.  I wanted to figure out a way for my background to be simple, and kind of look like there was snow on it.  So I used the Candy Cane Stripe embossing folder on kraft cardstock, then I ran my white pigment ink over the raised parts and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  As you can see, the stripes are not saturated with white ink.  There is just enough to make them noticeable, but you can still see the kraft underneath.  I don't normally use traditional Christmas colors, but for this one, I couldn't help but to pair the candy cane stripes with red and white.  In all I love how this turned out.  It's nice and simple.

I'm hoping you'll join us for this weeks challenge.  I would love to see what you come up with!  I hope to be back soon, with another something crafty.

Have a wonderful weekend!
What's In It?
Paper: Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock, SU! Whisper White Cardstock, SU! Real Red Cardstock
Stamps: Verve Peace On Earth
Ink: Avery Elle Pure White Pigment Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Accessories: Red Saddle Stitched Ribbon, Candy Cane Stripe Embossing Folder, Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Martha Stewart Double Circle Border Punch

January 1, 2015

Thank You

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year!!  I hope that all of you have a blessed, and prosperous year.  2015 is going to be a busy one for me, but I look forward to all of the excitement.  I'm hoping to be more crafty too.  You'll have to come back tomorrow, for the start of something new.  Then in February, I'm pretty excited to be guest designing for one of my favorite challenges.  Hopefully, you'll join me in some of my new crafty adventures. :-)

I have another card for you today.  Here is what I made.

As the sun is less and less available, it's harder for me to snap pictures of my cards.  I tried a light box, but it didn't work out for me.  I'm not sure what I did wrong, but my pictures were terrible.  I'm not sure what to do, but if anyone has any suggestions on taking better photos, I would appreciate the help!  So, I stamped the flower in VersaMark and embossed in silver, then colored it with my SU! Blendabilities.  This is a huge accomplishment for me, as you know I'm not one who colors much.  I love how it turned out though.  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges...

Creative Card Crew #77: Anything Goes
Just Us Girls #273: Inspiration Photo
Mojo Monday #378: Sketch (tall and skinny this week, my card is 3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
I hope you'll stop by tomorrow, to check out my first new crafty adventure.  Have a wonderful day!

What's In It?
Paper: Silver Foil Cardstock, SU! Whisper White Cardstock, Authentique Classique: Pretty Patterned Paper
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Friendship Messages, SU! Blended Bloom
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, VersaMark, SU! Melon Mambo Assortment Blendabilities
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Memory Box Lorelai Leaf Outline Die, White Lace, Pretty Pink Posh Silver/White Twine, Pearl Hat Pins

December 29, 2014

Merry Christmas

Good day to all!

It's Monday, which means it's back to work for me.  I would LOVE to stay home with R and my daughter, but it's too busy at work to take time off at the end of the year.  I'm thankful that they will keep each other company, and truly love spending time together.  That makes it so much easier, for everyone. :-)

Here is the next card I made with the January SSS Card Kit.  This is pretty CAS, for me, which I'm getting more comfortable with.

These colors together are one of my favorite!  The contrast of the dark purple, and light aqua are so appealing, to me.  I have a feeling I'll be using this color combo again.  It's also my first time using Perfect Pearls.  I really love the sparkle they give to the snowflakes.  To tie the flowers into the rest of the card, I added a bit of ink to the petals, which I then used to sandwich some silver and white twine from Pretty Pink Posh.  Simple and beautiful.  I dig!  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges...

Pile It On Challenge #49: Christmas/Holiday Cards
Friday Bloggers Challenge: Holiday Cards
Christmas Card Challenge #4: Anything Goes

That's all for me today.  I'm hoping to get some more time in my craft room this week, so I have more to share with you.  I am excited about Friday though.  Be sure to stop by, to see why!

Have a wonderful day!

What's In It?
Paper: SU! Whisper White Cardstock, Light Aqua Cardstock, White Grid Journaling Card
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Holiday Envelope Sentiments, Simon Says Stamp Holiday Hellos, CASual Fridays Snowflake Greetings
Ink: VersaMark, Simon Says Stamp Fog Dye Ink, SU! Coastal Cabana Dye Ink
Accessories: White Paper Flowers, Pretty Pink Posh Silver Twine, Ranger Grape Fizz Perfect Pearls

December 28, 2014

Warm Birthday Wishes

Hi ya'll!

How has your weekend been?  Everything here is covered in white, and it's freezing.  R is NOT happy about the cold weather, but he's done a good job at staying warm, indoors. lol  Hulk on the other hand, has had a blast in the snow.  It's his first time being in it, so he's having fun rolling around in it, and trying to eat as much as he can.  He was adorable on Thursday night, jumping up and trying to bite at the snowflakes, as they hit him in the face.  He's so big that you forget he's still just a puppy. lol

While R has been cooking, and watching football, I have been in my crafty space.  I am excited about today's card.  I recently received my Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit, and oh my goodness, are the papers gorgeous!  I LOVED every single one of them.  I actually made three cards with it already.  Here is the first.

See what I mean about the papers?!  I adore this color combo, and am going to use every bit of my card kid this month, for sure.  I used some of my new SSS goodies that I got from R for Christmas on this card.  I layered the two snow flake dies, and then added another silver one (that you can't see) from Pretty Pink Posh.  For a bit of interest I clear embossed some polka dots on the sentiment panel, before stamping my sentiment in three different fonts.  I'm a bit bummed that you can't tell in the picture, but "birthday" is stamped in a deep purple and then clear embossed as well.  It's rich, and shiny, and gorgeous in real life.  I'm also kinda bummed that you can't see the sparkle on the wreath under the sentiment.  It's coated with a layer of Dazzling Diamonds.  This card turned out exactly how I had hoped though, and I'm sure the recipient will love it as much as I do.  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges...
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Seize The Birthday: Birthday (optional: silver and gold, which I did not use)
Crazy 4 Challenges #266: Winter Themed Birthday Card

I'll be back soon, with my next card.  I hope you have a wonderful day!


What's In It?
Paper: Bazzill Deep Purple & Aqua Shimmer Textured Cardstock, Light Gray Cardstock, SU! Whisper White Cardstock, Bo Bunny Patterned Paper
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Lots To Say, Mama Elephant Polar Pals, Simon Says Stamp Sparkle & Shine, Simon Says Stamp Christmas
Ink: VersaMark, Memento Tuexdo Black Dye Ink, VersaFine Imperial Purple Pigment Ink
Accessories: Nestabilites Large Smooth Circle Dies, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles Dies, Simon Says Stamp Maryanne Snowflake Die, Simon Says Stamp Kate Snowflake Die, Memory Box Frostyville Wreath Die, Pretty Pink Posh Snowflake Confetti, Studio Calico Purple Gem, SU! Dazzling Details

December 27, 2014

With Sympathy

Hello friends,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We had an amazing time this year.  R and Hulk surprised me by coming up the week before Christmas, and will be staying until after the New Year.  R never really confirmed he was coming, since he swore he would NEVER visit Iowa in the winter. lol I would have been a bit disappointed, but I would have understood.  The drive from Dallas to where we are is over 14 hours, and the weather in KS is usually quite scary around the end of the year.  He spoils me!  Although I'm sure he was not happy about the drive, he made my Christmas, and I am thankful that they made it safely.  I have been blessed beyond belief this year, and was glad that I was able provide an awesome Christmas for my family.  And even though the gifts aren't what we celebrate, it was cool to see their faces.

Unfortunately, one of my dear crafty friends lost her mother on the 23rd of December.  Her mother was a very strong woman, and won several bouts of cancer, before succumbing to it.  My heart breaks for my friend.  I know she was very close to her mother, and I can't even imagine how she must feel.  I cannot imagine  life without my mother, and am getting teary eyed just thinking about it.  We will keep my friend and her family in our prayers, and I will be here for her, in any way that I can be.

Here is the card I made for her.

My friend is a huge fan of the CAS style of cards, so I tried to make something that she would really love.  In this time of grief, I am hoping to send her a smile, even if it's only for a brief moment.  You can't tell in this photo, but the sentiment is embossed in silver.  I love the simple, yet gorgeous effect of embossing these days.  I was happy to find the following challenges, to help me pull my card together.

The Friday Mashup #190: Sketch w/Theme (my loose interpretation)
CASology #127: Light (I created a "sun" with my distress inks)
showCASe your style #5: Die Cut (I used my new SSS Stitched Circle dies)

I'm off to have some brunch (R is cooking), with everyone, and spend time with them.  I am hoping that once things calm down a bit, I will get some crafty time this evening.

Have a great Saturday!
What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White Cardstock
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments
Ink: VersaMark, Squeezed Lemonade & Mustard Seed Distress Inks
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, Pretty Pink Posh Amethyst Sequins

November 9, 2014


Hello hello!

I hope everyone is doing well, and have been busy making lots of crafty things.  It has been another crazy couple of weeks around here.  My daughter turned 18 on the 1st.  That morning she took her test to get her drivers license, passed, and was surprised with a new vehicle of her own.  To say she was excited is an understatement, but she was only half as excited, as when I gave her tickets to see Maroon 5 (her favorite band) next March.  My babygirl had an awesome birthday, and I feel totally blessed to be able to do that for her.  On Friday I turned 39, and instead of going out, I chose to have a nice dinner at home with my mom and daughter last night.  They made me my favorite dish, and a homemade German chocolate cake.  It was amazing!  I think I'm getting old.  My favorite part of the whole weekend, aside from spending time with them, was getting to sleep in yesterday and today. lol

Seeing as how I was fully rested this morning, I decided to get my craft on.  Here is what I created.

I like the simplicity of this card.  It's a traditional Christmas card, but I think traditional is good sometimes.  And as most of you know, I don't like glitter or embossing powder much, but I decided to emboss this tag in gold.  I dig it.  It's not only metallic but also has some sparkle to it.  It took me forever to clean up all of the gold on my desk, but it was worth the effort.  I love how it looks in real life.  It doesn't look like much, but I combined all of the following challenges into my card. 

Christmas Cards All Year Round: No Patterned Paper
52 Christmas Card Throwdown: Red, Green & Gold or Silver Metallic
The Paper Players #221: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla & Mossy Meadow (i used whisper white)
Pile It On #45: Special Occasion

I think I'm going to make another Christmas card, since I've got that mojo flowing.  I hope to be back soon with another card.  I hope everyone has an awesome Sunday!

What's In It?
Paper: SU! Crumb Cake & Whisper White Cardstock, Bazzill Green Cardstock
Stamps: Verve Glad Tidings
Ink: VersaMark, SU! Cherry Cobbler Assortment Blendabilities
Accessories: Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder, SU! Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Verve Sweet Scallop Tag Die, SU! Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder, Memory Box Classic Numbers Dies