July 23, 2014

You Are My Anchor

Happy Humpday everyone!

I'm SO excited that today is Wednesday.  That means in just three days I get to sleep in.  As I mentioned before, we have a newly remodeled upstairs in our house, and with the new remodeled rooms, we all got new bedroom and landing furniture.  I didn't even realize how much I needed a new bed, until I got one.  OMG, do I love my new bed!!  I'm sure you can tell that if it were up to me, I would spend as much time as I could in my new bed.  Do any of ya'll feel the same about sleeping and new beds?  I love to sleep. lol

Anyway, onto today's card.

I needed a card for my best friend.  He's been my friend for many years, and he has always been there for me, unconditionally.  Since I hadn't made him a card in a while, I thought this was a perfect time to do so.  I think he'll love it, as he has a sailboat, and loves to be out on the water.  I tried to use the stencil to create a somewhat looking net.  I sponged on some distress ink and then added Mr. Huey's in dark brown to try to represent the dark specs in the sand and white for the surf.  Not sure I achieved what I was going for, but it still looks decent.  There are lots of new Simon Says Stamp and Avery Elle goodies on this card.  I {heart} new goodies!  I was excited to combine the following challenges in my card.

Wanna Sketch #18: Sketch
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (7/21): A Mid-Summer's challenge (I chose nautical)
Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge #210: Sponging or Stencils (I have both)

Just an update, we have chosen a wedding date...12-31-15.  It was mostly his idea, and because this is the first time he's ever been married, I wasn't going to rain on his parade.  New Year's Eve is pretty cool for a wedding though, and we'll have more than one reason to celebrate each year.  Now, if we could just agree on the guest list and colors (yes, he's involved in everything!!). lol  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper: Blue Shimmer cardstock, Bazzil Red cardstock, SU Whisper White cardstock, Fancy Pants "Nautical" patterned paper
Stamps: Avery Elle "Knotty"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, Copic Y28, Silver Uniball Signo pen, Ranger Scattered Straw & Old Paper distress ink
Accessories: Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Stars, Nestabilities

July 22, 2014

My Person


I hope your week is going well, so far.  As mentioned, I have another card to share with you today.  Aside from trying to make more masculine cards, I'm also trying to make more CAS cards.  I struggle with both, so what better way to get more experience than to make them, right?  Here is the next card for you to see.

I just recently got my first couple sets of CAS-ual Fridays stamps.  I always tell R that he's "my person" so this stamp set had to be mine. lol  I'm certain you can figure out who be the recipient of this card.  I dig how this turned out.  I was happy to include the following challenges in my card.

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge ##133: Summer Lovin' (include hearts in summer colors)
The Paper Players Challenge #205: CAS Monochromatic

I'm off to work, but I'll be back again soon, with another card.  I hope you have a great week!

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper: SU Very Vanilla & Whisper White cardstock, Bo Bunny (from a couple years ago) & Simon Says Stamp patterned papers (from one of last years card kits)
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Cupid's Arrows, SU French Script background stamp
Ink: Antique Linen distress ink, Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Cupid's Arrows dies

July 21, 2014


Hello, hello!

It'll probably be a busy Monday morning, but I am relaxed, after creating a couple of cards yesterday.  I'll be posting them throughout the week, along with a couple more I plan on making.  I don't usually color anything, and I don't make a lot of masculine or boy cards, so I challenged myself to do both for today's card.  Here is how it turned out.

I think it's quite adorable.  My sister has a nephew on her husband's side, who is almost a year old.  I think this would be a great card for him.  I was happy to combine the following challenges in my card today.

Seize The Birthday: Twine or String
Just Us Girls Challenge #250: Turquoise, Green & Lime
Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge: Anything Goes

I'll be back with another something crafty soon.  I hope ya'll have a wonderful week!

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White cardstock, SU! Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Turquoise Chevron Stripe & Green patterned paper (from one of last years kits)
Stamps: Paper Smooches Little Fella, Sentiment Sampler & Cuteasaurous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, Copics G43 & G46
Accessories: May Arts Natural Twine, Basic Grey Metal Stars

July 20, 2014

Ho Ho Ho

Greeting friends!

I'm back from a weekend of scrapbooking with a couple friends, in Sioux City, and I am sad to say that I didn't really get anything accomplished. lol  I did lots of shopping though.  Not just for crafty stuff, but for our upstairs.  We recently remodeled all of the upstairs bedrooms and landing, and we needed a few things.  Thank goodness for Hobby Lobby! :-)

I did manage to make one card though. 

I love how this turned out!  I'm usually not great with CAS type cards, but this one looks pretty neat, in my opinion.  And you know how I LOVE non-traditional Christmas cards.  I've combined the following challenges into my card.

Christmas Cards All Year Round July challenge:  Non-traditional colors
Reverse Confetti July Color Challenge:  Coral, Aqua & Lime
Case This Sketch Challenge #85:  Sketch

I'm off to unpack, and then try to get something else created.  I want to stock up on my stash, the stash for my sister, and my Christmas cards.  I hope everyone has a great Sunday afternoon!

Stay crafty my friends,

What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White cardstock, Bo Bunny Teal patterned paper (sorry don't remember the name)
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Tinsel 'N Trim, Simon Says Stamp Holiday Envelope Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy dye ink
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Eliza Snowflake die, MME Lime Enamel Dots "Pretty Things"

July 16, 2014


Hi ya'll!

It's been really odd, weather wise, here in Iowa this week.  Overnight lows in the 40's and highs only in the low 70's.  It makes it perfect for staying indoors to make stuff. lol  I'm headed to Sioux City to scrapbook with a couple of friends this weekend, so I'm trying to get a couple cards done before I go.  I need to send a box of cards to my sister, since her stash is getting low.  I had R (my fiancĂ©e) pick the colors for this, and went from there.  I'm kind of excited at how well these colors went together.  To be honest, when he first told me what colors he wanted, I was stumped.  In the end, I think it turned out pretty nice.

I used some of my new Simon Says Stamp stash, and think my sister will enjoy having it to give away.  I'm going to enter this into this weeks Retro Sketches challenge (#123).

I'll be back soon with another something crafty.  I hope everyone is having a great week!

Stay crafty my friends!

What's in it?
Paper: Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock, SU Whisper White cardstock, Kaiser Craft Be-YOU-tiful patterned paper, Vellum
Accessories: May Arts Twine, Studio Calico Brown Sequins, Zva Creative Clear Gems

July 15, 2014

For You

Well hello there, my long lost friends!

I hope everyone is doing well, and have stayed busy crafting.  I didn't realize it had almost been a year since I last created anything, but looking at my last blog post says it all.  A lot has happened over the last few months.  Just to sum up a bit...things at home are now completely settled, my daughter finished her sophomore year with a 3.8 GPA, softball season came and went, my daughter is now officially driving, I'm down about 45 pounds since the beginning of the year, and I am recently engaged.  Whew!  I'll include a couple photos at the end of this post, so you can see how much fun we've had. lol

Onto why I'm posting today.  My creating and photography skills are a bit rusty, but I managed to get a somewhat ok photo of the somewhat decent card I made this weekend.  Check it out....

I'm pretty happy with the outcome, considering it's my first card in a while.  I'm happy to say that the papercrafting bug has bit again, and I will be posting projects more frequently again, hopefully.

For this card I was able to combine this weeks FTL Sketch challenge (#299) with this weeks JUGS challenge (#249) which is Woodgrain, and the new Curtain Call challenge, which is Anything Goes.

I hope you'll stop by again soon.  I'll be catching up on visiting all of you again now too, very soon.

Stay crafty my friends!

What's in it?
Paper: Brown, White, Teal cardstock, Studio Calico patterned paper, Vellum
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp "Happy"
Accessories: Woodgrain embossing folder, Studio Calico Wood Veneer stars, Nestabilities Smooth Circle dies

September 30, 2013

HOC - Friendship


Wow, can you believe tomorrow is October 1st already?!  I swear time is going so fast, I feel like I'm missing a few days somewhere.  The woman I was hired to replace, announced her retirement a couple weeks ago.  Her last day is tomorrow.  To say that I'm stressed is an understatement, but I've been running the show on my own for a couple months now.  I guess it's just the realization that I'm losing my "safety net", that's causing my stress.  I've interviewed a couple people for the admin assistant position I have available, but so far no one has been a good fit.  I hope someone qualified will apply soon.  Until then, I'll be working from sun up, to sun down, trying to get everything accomplished.  I'm used to that, so no sweat.  I'm thankful that my daughter understands my situation, and is patient, and unaffected by my lack of presence.  I'll make it up to her when things calm down though.  She can count on that.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. lol  I have a new House of Cards project for you.  This week is the 5th week, so it's your choice of style with a photo for inspiration.  For all of the details, click HERE.  Here is the inspiration photo we have to work with.  I love the beautiful fall feel to it.

And here is my card.

I think it turned out nicely.  This card is a bit more special than any other I've ever made.  If you look at the top of the card, I have a strip of multicolor orange tatting, under the bakers twine.  This tatting was from an old pillow case that my great grandmother made for my mother.  When the actual fabric of the pillow case fell apart, my mom carefully removed the tatting.  When we were looking through some old boxes, she came across it and asked if I wanted a piece.  I doubt this card will be donated to anyone, ever, but I am happy with being able to use it creatively. 

I'm happy to be able to combine the following challenges in my card:

Delightful Challenge - Happy Fall Y'all!
2 Sisters Challenge #163 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #49 - Flowers
Come and Get It - Fall Colors
Pile It On #39 - Leaves

I do hope you'll head over to see what the other DT have made for you.  They will be showcased throughout the week, so you'll have plenty of eye candy.  And, they're all pretty fabulous! 

I'm off to start another busy week.  Hope yours is a good one!

September 16, 2013

House of Cards - Happy Anniversary


I hope you had a great weekend, and that your week is starting off well.  I dislike Monday's, but I've got quite a bit going on today, that it should go by quickly. 

Today is the next challenge at House of Cards.  This is the 5th week in the month, so it's a photo inspiration challenge, and you get to pick whichever style you like.  For all of the details, click HERE.  Check out the inspiration photo.

And here's what I created.

I needed a card for an anniversary coming up, so this is what I made.  I LOVE these crochet mats I bought from Jessi Fogan.  They are gorgeous!  I kept it simple, to focus on the sentiment panel.  I'm hoping it will make it through the mail ok, considering it's quite bulky.  I guess we'll see, huh? lol 

Anyway, I hope you'll head over to the House of Cards blog to see what has been posted.  Throughout the week, all of the DT's projects will be posted.  Lots of eye candy this week for you!

Have a wonderful day!

September 15, 2013

Use Your Words - Sweet

Good day!

I hope you've had a good weekend, and are rested, before heading back to work tomorrow.  It was a nice weekend around here.  We went to the Clay County Fair yesterday, and boy did we have a great time.  We walked around and saw everything, then I let the girls do their thing.  They ate tons of fair food, and rode every ride on the midway, quite a few times.  To say that they were exhausted is an understatement.  Having that much fun is a lot of work, apparently! lol

Since today is the 15th, there is a new challenge posted at Use Your Words.  Our challenge this week is the word Sweet.  For all of the details, click HERE.  Here is what I came up with.

I needed a card for a friend, who doesn't speak English.  The word "dulce" in my sentiment, means sweet.  A direct translation of this sentiment is, you're so sweet.  I thought it worked perfectly, even if it was in a different language.  I received my Simon Says Stamp card kit not too long ago, and this is the first time I've had to play with it.  The colors and papers, and elements are beautiful!  Since I'll be mailing this card to my friend, I kept it simple.  Hopefully, she'll like it.

I do hope you'll head over to the Use Your Words blog, and check out the other projects posted today.  They're gorgeous!  I'll be back with my next project tomorrow.  Hope you'll check back then to see what I've got for ya.

Have a great day!

September 2, 2013

Thank You Tombow!

Hey y'all!

How's your holiday weekend going?  I did have to work a bit yesterday morning, but I'm glad that I did.  I will be ahead of the game when I get back to work tomorrow, and things are crazy, which they always are after a holiday.  I did, however, get time to make a card.  Yay!

Recently, the wonderful people at Tombow gifted me some of their awesome goodies, in celebration of their 100th birthday.  I received some lovely bright markers, some really nice colored pencils and some adhesive.  Check it out!

I wanted to use all of these items on the card I was going to make, but wasn't sure what to do.  Then, I saw the CAS-ual Fridays challenge (from two weeks ago...yep, I'm behind lol) and loved the color combo of aqua, green & orange.  So, here's what I made.

I stamped the large butterfly, twice, and colored them with the colored pencils.  I then stamped the small butterfly, and colored it with the markers.  I layered them together and added a pearl.  The dimension on this butterfly is SO awesome!  I love how it turned out.  I was excited that the colored pencils matched the background chevron paper almost perfectly.  I added a pop of yellow, teal and orange, and my card was good to go.  It's simple, and lovely. 

If you get the opportunity, check out the festivities at the Tombow blog.  In celebration, they're donating to the Council for Arts Education.  What a great thing to do!

I'll be back soon, with another something crafty. 

Have a wonderful day!