August 29, 2014

No Longer Two

Happy Friday!!

So, while I have been waiting for R and Hulk to arrive, I was able to create one more card for my collection.  As you've probably noticed, I don't make many shabby or vintage cards.  That's because I totally SUCK at that style. lol  Today, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and attempt something shabby.  Here is how it turned out.

I have to say, I'm quite impressed with myself. lol  I tried to channel a couple of my favorite shabby cardmakers, Andrea Ewen and Becca Feeken, and think they might actually approve of this one. :-)  There are more layers on this card, than any of my cards recently.  I think I'll have to continue this, as it looks awesome.  I love the old Bible print, and the background stamp with VersaMark too.  You can't really tell in the photo, but I gently sponged the roses with Spun Sugar distress ink.  They're really pretty in real life.  The only thing I think I need work on, is tying bows with seam binding ribbon.  I just couldn't get it to smooth out, once I had tied my bow.  It looks a bit awkward in the picture, but it's a little better, in person.  Eh, maybe I just need to practice more.  I'm going to submit this for the following challenges.

Mojo Monday #360: Sketch (it's not tall and skinny, i hope that's ok)
Shabby Tea Room #233: Celebrate (Photo Inspiration)
Simon's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #147: Anything Goes

I hope that all of you have a wonderful, and safe holiday weekend.  I will be back next week with another something crafty, hopefully.


What's In It?
Paper: SU Blushing Bride & Very Vanilla Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock, Page from an old Bible
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Love Scriptures, Hero Arts Flourish Background
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, VersaMark, Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Sakura Clear Stardust Pen
Accessories: Memory Box La Rue Heart Die, Spellbinders Labels 4 Small Die, SU Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Martha Stewart Scalloped Border Punch, I Am Roses White Paper Roses, I Am Roses Green Leaves, Zva Creative Pearl Flourish

August 28, 2014


Hi ya'll!

For some reason this didn't go live at 7am, like I scheduled it.  I guess Blogger wasn't in the mood to cooperate with me today. lol  I am excited as today is my Friday, and we get Monday off for the holiday.  That's a whole 4 days that I get to sleep in.  I'm also super excited because R and Hulk will be here tomorrow.  I cannot wait to see them.  I have to be honest, even though I'm independent and strong willed, this long distance thing is hard.  I miss him more and more each day.  I'm thankful that we do get to see each other about every other month though.  And fortunately, my daughter keeps me busy.  I am also happy to be creating regularly again.  That's another fantastic distraction.

So here is the next card I have to share with you.

I'm not sure I (personally) could get any more CAS.  Look at all of that crisp, clean, white space.  It was very difficult not to add more stuff to this.  I had to walk away and put my supplies up, before that happened. lol  I know exactly who will be receiving this card, very soon.  I hope they like it as much as I do. :-) 

I'm happy to participate in the following challenges.

The Card Concept #17: Photo Inspiration (Be Inspired)
The Pink Elephant #265: Anything Goes
CASology Week #110: Letter (I chose a monogram as my interpretation)
Pals Paper Arts #217: Sketch

I don't think I'll have much to post over the next few days.  I do hope everyone has a safe, and happy holiday weekend.

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White cardstock, Bazzil Yellow textured cardstock, SSSCK (August 2014) Yellow Floral patterned paper
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Sketched Alphabet
Ink: Simon Says Stamp Smoke dye ink
Accessories: Clearly Besotted Small Geometric Rose die, Maya Road Natural Twine

August 26, 2014

Matthew 1:21

Good day!

How is your week going, so far?  Between work, workouts, and school sporting events, I have had very little time to do anything else, and it's only Tuesday. lol  The silver lining to all of the chaos this week is that R will be here with Hulk, for the holiday weekend.  I'm super excited.  It's the first time we get to meet Hulk since R got him.  I have a feeling it's going to be very difficult to let them leave.  I can't wait until they're with us, full time.  Long distance stuff is hard. :-(

Anyway, here is the next card I want to share with you. 

This is probably the MOST non-traditional Christmas card I've ever made.  But, by now you know how I LOVE the non-traditional holiday stuff. ;-)  The sentiment is beautiful, but I probably would have never paired it with these colors on my own.  I do love the simplicity of the card, quite a bit, because the message stands out.  I'm going to enter this into the following challenges.

Wanna Sketch #19: Sketch
Word Art Wednesday #146: Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenge #38: Inspiration Photo

I'm off to work, and then workout, and then another volleyball game.  I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Stay crafty my friends!


What's In It?
Paper: Purple Shimmer cardstock, SU Melon Mambo & Whisper White cardstock, SU Designer Series paper
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Verses
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, Salty Ocean distress ink
Accessories: Zva Creative gems, PTI Tag Sale die, SU Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon

August 24, 2014


Hello, hello!

Yesterday was a hot and humid day here, so I stayed indoors, and made stuff. :-)  The girls went to the pool for the last time this year, and came back looking like lobsters. lol  I'm glad my daughters sunburn will turn into a nice tan, but feel bad for her BFF, who will stay bright red and then just peel.  Poor girl.

Here is the next card I would like to share with you.

When I saw the colors for the newest Color Throwdown challenge, I knew immediately that I wanted to play along.  Then the new Freshly Made Sketch was posted, and I decided I wanted to make another non-traditional Christmas card.  Love it!

I've combined the following challenges in my card today.

The Cutting Edge #8: DT Inspiration (I flipped the sketch to accommodate the card posted)
Color Throwdown #306: Night of Navy, Pale Plum & Pear Pizzazz
Freshly Made Sketches #150: Sketch
Papertake Weekly: To Die For

I'm off to fix a few meals for this week, and then read up on my new toy, a Keurig for my office.  I'm excited that I won't have to walk across the parking lot for coffee anymore.  It's already annoying to do that when I have to use the restroom. lol

I hope ya'll have a great day!

August 23, 2014

Shore Do Love You

Hey ya'll!

It's been a very busy week around here, and I didn't even get to make anything.  Boo!  I did however, lose 4 more pounds, so I guess I'm not going to complain too much. :-)

Since last night and this morning were stormy, I was content to sit in my craft area and finally make a card.  There are a couple new challenges I found, and am excited to participate.  Here is the card I'm sharing today.

I'm still working on my CAS cards.  I love this lighthouse from Reverse Confetti, and thought it would be perfect for combining the following challenges.

Colour Me #34: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon & Neutrals
Mod Squad: Coastal Inspiration
CAS(E) This Sketch #89: Sketch

I'm off to take the girls to the pool for the last time this season, and then work on a couple more cards before we check out a new Thai restaurant for dinner.  I'm super excited!!  I hope everyone has a great day!


What's In It?
Paper: SU Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock, SU In Color Designer Series patterned paper
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Happy Harbor
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, SU Blendabilities Calypso Coral Assortment
Accessories: SU Twill Ribbon

August 19, 2014

Key To Heaven

Good day!

Since I will be studying all week, for my test on Wednesday, I was happy to get some time in my craft room last evening.  Here is the next card I have to share with you.

I'm not sure this turned out exactly how I pictured it, but I think it's pretty.  I don't know if I like the flowers at the top and bottom of the sentiment panel yet, but I think I'll just leave it alone.  I was excited to play along with the following challenges.

Word Art Wednesday #145: Anything Goes
Fusion Challenge: Photo Inspiration & Sketch
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes

I'm off to my busy day of work, and then I'm hosting a "study group" at our house, for those of us who want the extra push to get things absorbed before tomorrow's test.  I hope all of you have a wonderful day!


What's In It?
Paper: SU Melon Mambo & Whisper White cardstock, Bazzil Lemon Yellow textured cardstock, Bo Bunny Yellow Polka Dot cardstock, Teal Chevron patterned paper
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Quote Collection 3, CASual Fridays Casual Comfort
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, SU Strawberry Slush & Pistachio Pudding Stampin Write markers
Accessories:  SU Arrows Embossing Folder, SU Little Leaves Die, Prima Charlotte Flowers, Prima Say It In Crystals Border

August 18, 2014

Happy Birthday


How's your day going, so far?  My alarm went off this morning, and I think I hit the snooze button four times, which isn't like me.  I was so exhausted, but unsure why.  I'm sure my day is going to be chaos too, since I was out four days last week.  I'm thinking quite a bit of coffee will be added to my diet today. lol

After we got tired of watching movies yesterday, my daughter went up to play video games, and I made a couple more cards.  Here is one of them.  I think it turned out very cute.

I think this is the most white space I've ever had on a card.  It was difficult for me not to want to keep adding stuff to it.  I love these Paper Smooches stamps.  I don't really enjoy "fussy cutting" anything, but these are very easy to cut, and they don't look mutilated like some of my images. lol  I know exactly who will be getting this fun birthday card.

I was excited to combine all of the following challenges.

Color Throwdown #305: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Kiwi Kiss & Tangerine Tango (I got as close as I could, with what I had)
Mod Squad Challenge: Masculine Birthday
Seize The Birthday: Anything Goes
FTL #303: Sketch
The Paper Players #209: CAS Kids Birthday Card

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge: Anything Goes

I'm off to work, hoping today will go smoother than I expect.  I hope everyone has a great day!

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper: SU Tangerine Tango & Whisper White cardstock
Stamps: Paper Smooches Cuteasaurus, Sentiment Sampler & Birthday Buddies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, SU Coastal Cabana dye ink, Iced Spruce distress ink, WPlus9 Sweet Nectar dye ink, SU Blendabilities Old Olive, Smoky Slate & Skin Tone assortment

August 17, 2014

Winter Wishes


It's kind of gray and overcast this morning, so I plan on doing very little today, with the exception of spending time with my daughter.  School starts on Tuesday, so we're trying to get one more day of fun laziness and movies in, before she goes.  I can't believe how rapid this year is going by.  It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the New Year.  Wow...

Anyway, I have another card to share today.

I love these snowflakes!  Even though you can't tell in the picture, the snowflakes are very sparkly.  Thank goodness for glitter glue.  I think I'm the only papercrafter out there who does NOT like glitter.  I don't own any, except for a bottle of Dazzling Details from Stampin Up. lol

I'm excited to combine the following challenges.

Christmas Cards All Year Round August: Sparkle & Shine
Cardabilities #105: Sketch
Jingle Belles: Hanukkah Song (a winter or winter holiday card other than Christmas)
Just Us Girls #254: Blue, Green & Any Neutrals
Christmas Card Challenge #38: Embossing (the polka dots are embossed in clear)

That's all for me.  I'm off to cook a few meals for the week, and wait for her to wake up so we can start our movie marathon.  I hope everyone has a great day!


What's In It:
Paper: Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock, SU Very Vanilla cardstock, Blue & White Snowflake patterned paper, Green Polka Dota patterned paper
Stamps: Verve Glad Tidings, CASual Fridays Snowflake Greetings & Out Loud, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Basics 2
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, VersaMark, Frayed Burlap distress ink, WPlus9 Ocean Drive dye ink
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Kate & Eliza Snowflake dies, Studio Calica Green Gems, SU Dazzling Details

August 16, 2014

You Color My World

Happy weekend ya'll!

I hope everyone is off to a great start to their weekend.  I am SO thankful to be done with my week of SQF/HACCP training, and think I absorbed enough to pass my test this coming Wednesday.  Crossing my fingers! 

We had tons of reading to do to keep up with the class, that I barely got time to make anything last week.  I was super exhausted last night, so I was in bed by 10pm.  At 2am, I was wide awake with an idea, and so I got up and made the following card.  I really love how it turned out.

It turned out exactly how I pictured it in my head.  Sometimes you just have to go with those random ideas when they hit, huh? lol  After looking at this photo, I think that I may add a couple of sequins.  It would add just a little bit of something.  I used the colors from this weeks Pals Paper Arts challenge (#215), and think they look fabulous together.

I'm off to Google bakeries in the Dallas area, so that I can schedule an appointment to try to get our wedding cake picked out.  If anyone knows of a good one in that area, please let me know!  I lived there for years, but I never had a reason to order a cake before, and could use the help. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White, Basic Black & Strawberry Slush cardstock, SU Vellum cardstock, Green Polka Dot patterned paper, Black Chevron patterned paper,
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Dream In Color
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, Avery Elle Lemon Grass pigment ink, SU Strawberry Slush Stampin Write marker
Accessories: May Arts Natural Twine, Hero Arts Hues Black Gems, Labels 10 Nestabilities, Simon Says Stamp Full Card Hexagons die, Memory Box Lorelai Leaf Outline die

August 13, 2014

Adore You


Happy Humpday ya'll!  As you read this, I am sitting in my second day of mandatory QA training, and I'm just having a blast! *insert sarcasm*  Unfortunately, it's required that all Rembrandt employees be certified, so this is what I'll be doing for the rest of this week.  Hopefully, I'll pass my test, so I can be certified.  I don't really want to have to do this again. lol 

I made this card last night, and really like the simplicity of it.

The crumpled paper flower was purchased from rettajane on Etsy.  She makes these, and they're beautiful!  Very good quality.  So, I wanted to emboss the patterned paper, but after I did that you couldn't really see the embossing for the pattern itself.  I decided to go over the embossed dots with my sander, and this is the result.  I LOVE IT!  In real life, it looks like the dots are magnified.  It's really cool.  Not sure why I hadn't thought of this idea before, but now I'm going to try it again. :-)

I'm happy to enter this into the following challenges.

Seize The Sketch #26: Sketch (my loose interpretation, I flipped it)
The Paper Players #208: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Hello Honey & Basic Gray
Papertake Weekly: Spots & Dots

I will be back soon with another something crafty.

Have a great day!

What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral & Blushing Bride cardstock, SU In Color Designer Series paper
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp On Edge
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Accessories: SU Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Martha Stewart White Lace, May Arts Twine

August 11, 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy Monday!

I know that may sound like an oxymoron, but for some reason, I'm in a fantastic mood this morning and the card I'm sharing with you today reflects that.  Check it out. :-)

This is a very yellow card, but I dig it.  I was excited to combine the following challenges.

Seize The Birthday: Birthday (monochromatic yellow for extra topping)
Just Add Ink #226: Sketch

I'm off to work, and then workout.  Hoping to reach my goal weight by the end of September for my 20 year class reunion.  Wow, just typing that makes me feel old. lol

Have a great day!

What's In It?
Paper: SU Very Vanilla cardstock, Bazzill Yellow Textured cardstock, MME Lost & Found Sunshine patterned paper
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Basics 2, Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons, SU Well Scripted
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, Hero Arts Neon Yellow dye ink, VersaMark, Scattered Straw & Squeezed Lemonade distress ink
Accessories: Smooth Circle die, Picot Edge circle die, White Lace, Clear Embossing Powder, SU Summer Starfruit Satin Stitched Ribbon

August 10, 2014



How has your weekend been?  It has been pretty nice around here.  We went to the Albert City Thresherman's show yesterday, and then we were bums the rest of the day.  I woke up this morning wanting something different, for breakfast.  So, I made pumpkin spice waffles with scrambled eggs and bacon, and I can't even tell you how excited I was.  Everything was delicious!  The house smelled of pumpkin pie, and it reminded me of the holidays.  It made me miss my sister and I can't wait to see her.  We usually get together for Thanksgiving each year.  My daughter said she was woken up by the smell, and couldn't wait to come downstairs to see what was going on.  What a great way to be woken up, in my opinion. :-)

I was happy to get back into my craft space yesterday afternoon.  There were so many challenges I wanted to participate in this last week, but just didn't have the time.  Here is one that I did get done though.

This really took me a while to put together, as I wasn't happy with my first, or second, attempts.  This didn't even turn out how I pictured it in my head either, but I think it turned out ok.  The colors were definitely challenging for me, and I'm sad to say I used the last couple pieces of Wild Wasabi I had on hand.  I will have to see how I can get more of this cardstock.   It was one of my favorite colors.  I needed a little bit of something, but wasn't sure what, so I used strips of verse from an old bible I had.  This is the second time I've cut pages out of a bible, so I'm hoping no one gets offended.  I do have several others that we do not use for anything other than worship, I promise! 

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges.

ODBDSLC21: Sketch
Word Art Wednesday #144: Anything Goes
Pals Paper Arts #214: Island Indigo, Crisp Cantaloupe & Wild Wasabi

I'm off to try to put another card together, and then cook meals for the week.  I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday afternoon.


What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White, Wild Wasabi & Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, Bo Bunny Blue Polka Dot patterned paper, Pages from an old Bible
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 5
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, SU Crisp Cantaloupe dye ink, Sakura Clear Stardust pen
Accessories: Labels 4 Large die, Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die, SU Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Freckled Fawn Pink & Rustic Enamel Dots

August 8, 2014


Good day to all!

I don't have anything crafty to share, but I wanted to hopefully bring a smile to all of your faces.  We have a new family member, and I am completely smitten.

Meet Hulk!

Isn't he adorable?!  I LOVE those eyes!  He's a Cane Corso, and R has waited a very long time to get him.  As you can see from the size of his paws, he's gonna be a big boy.  Full grown, he'll be about 140 to 160 pounds, and will be about waist high to R (he's 5'10).  Talk about massive! lol

Anyway, I'm off to start my work day, and hopefully get to leave a little early.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!


August 4, 2014



Today's post is going to be short and sweet.  I am running a bit behind, because I overslept, and I forgot to schedule this post. lol  I'm becoming more and more content with my CAS cards lately.  Here is another I made to share with all of you.

I really wanted the sentiment to stand out, and be the focal point on my card.  I do believe I have achieved what I was attempting.  I love this sentiment, and I remind myself everyday that I need to continue to do this.  I'm entering this card in the following challenges.

Word Art Wednesday #143: Anything Goes
Case This Sketch #87: Sketch (w/additional challenge to add a tag)
Just Us Girls #252: Ribbon
Cupcake Inspirations #272: Mint, White & Gold

I hope everyone has a great week.  I'll be back soon, hopefully, with another card to share.

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper: Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock, SU Whisper White & So Saffron cardstock
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Sentiment Collection 3, Hero Arts Graph & Large Canvas Stripes background stamps, 7 Gypsies NottingHill
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, VersaMark, Scattered Straw Distress ink, Simon Says Stamp Mint dye ink, Sakura Stardust Pen
Accessories: Avery Elle Gift Tags die, SU Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Martha Stewart White Lace

August 2, 2014

Holiday Wishes

Happy weekend everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well, and having a great weekend.  Around here, we've been busy with getting my daughter registered for school, and back to school shopping.  It's tax free weekend in Iowa this weekend, so we did our shopping last night, after dinner.  We did some major damage on my check book, but she hates shopping, so we won't have to do that again for a while. lol  Today has been all about being lazy, and trying to get laundry finished.  In between, I made this card.

I'm sure by now, you know how I LOVE non-traditional Christmas colors.  This is definitely non-traditional, but I dig it.  I got to use more of my new Simon Says Stamp goodies, and I had fun putting this together.  I'm going to submit my card to the following challenges.

Just Add Ink Challenge #225: Color Combo (Smokey Slate, So Saffron, Whisper White & Basic Black)
52 Christmas Card Throwdown August Challenge: Sketch (my interpretation)
Crazy 4 Challenges #247: Banners

I'm off to make some veggie beef soup (my daughters request) and do a whole lot of nothing, except  maybe make another card.  I hope you have a wonderful afternoon!

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper: SU So Saffron, Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit patterned paper (from last year)
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Holiday Envelope Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Maryane Snowflake, Anabelle Stamps Twine, Kaiser Black Pearls, Avery Elle Lemonade Blend Sequins