February 28, 2015

Happy Birthday

Good Saturday to all!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope everyone has had a good week, and will get lots of crafty time, to make stuff this weekend.  It's another freezing weekend here, but that's ok.  I'm going to stay indoors, until we head to see the bull riding later tonight.  I haven't been to anything like that in years.  I'm sure it will be a blast!

I was excited to pick up some more MFT goodies recently, and wanted to play with them immediately.  Here is the card I made.  Love how this turned out!

The colors are bright and cheerful, and go very well, set against the kraft cardbase.  I'm thinking these dies are going to be used frequently.  I love how unique they are.  You could combine all kinds of colors and patterns.  The ideas are floating around in my head like crazy now.  I'm going to send this to one of my male friends, for his birthday.  It's masculine, right? lol  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges also.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Take Your Pick (I chose the product theme, kraft)
Colour Me #60: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Deligh & Neutral
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes    
Seize The Birthday: Masculine
ShowCASe Your Style: Birthday

That's all for me.  I'm off to do laundry, and try to make another something crafty, for fun.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!


What's In It:
Paper: Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock, SU! Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangerine Tango Cardstock,
Stamps: MFT Wavy Greetings
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories: Studio Calico Wood Veneer Stars, MFT Ride The Wave Dies

February 25, 2015

Word Art Wednesday #172 - John 15:9


I'm so happy to have you stop by today.  I am always excited when Wednesday comes around.  It means there are only two days until the weekend, and this weekend I am hoping to have tons of fun crafting with some new friends.  When I moved here, I was sad to learn that there aren't very many people in my area, who are into papercrafting.  I haven't been to a crop in over two years, and until recently, didn't have any friends to craft with locally.  I bumped into a woman at our new Hobby Lobby, and we got to talking.  Next thing I knew, I was invited to a crafty gathering at one of her friends' homes.  I'm excited!

 I'm also excited to share another Word Art Wednesday card with you.  Sadly, this is my last card for them, as guest designer.  I had an amazing time, and everyone was so wonderful.  I am truly blessed to have been a part of their group this month.  As always, these challenges are Anything Goes, with the option to use their word art files.  This weeks sponsors are: Heart & Soul Rubber Stamps (2 mounted or 4 unmounted stamps of choice) and Deedee's Digis digital sponsor (3 images of choice).

Here is the card I made for this weeks challenge, with our verse, John 15:9.

I'm so excited to have been able to get a better picture of my card today.  Yay for sun!  I wanted to go CAS with my card, but still have fun with some bright colors.  I kept it as simple as I could, and love how it turned out.  I really wanted this weeks verse to be the key focus on my card again, and think I achieved this pretty well.  I added a bit of embossing, some sparkly butterflies (although you can't tell in the photo) and some beautiful Pretty Pink Posh sequins.  I am going to put this card with a few others, and send them to my sister.  I know she'll love them!

I do hope you'll head over to the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the other gorgeous cards that were created for today.  They're all amazing!


What's In It?
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Hello Honey & Coastal Cabana Cardstock, Aqua Polka Dot Patterned Paper
Stamps: Word Art File, Clearly Besotted With A Flourish
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
Accessories: SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, SU! Beautiful Butterflies Die, Sierra Scroll Embosing Folder (by Anna Griffin), White Pearls, Pretty Pink Posh Lemon Drop Sequins

February 23, 2015

Monochromatic Birthday


It was another freezing weekend here in NW Iowa, so I was excited that I didn't have any plans or errands to run outdoors.  Instead, I got to spend the weekend in my craft room, making stuff.  Here is the first card I have to share with you.

I absolutely love this card, although this is attempt #4.  I couldn't get the idea in my head, to cooperate with my hands. lol  Finally, I masked the oval and the butterflies in the center, for an easy (almost) one layer card, added some twine and flowers and was done with it.  It's my attempt to get more comfortable, and better, at the CAS type of cards.  I hope the recipient of this card likes it.  I am excited to combine the following challenges in my card.

Seize The Birthday: Birthday w/optional toppings of hearts and/or arrows (there are hearts on my butterfly wings)
Addicted To CAS #57: Mask
Papertake Weekly: Bingo - I chose blooms, free spot & ribbon (I used twine)
CASology #134: Monochrome
CAS(E) This Sketch #111: Sketch
Show CASe Your Style #9: Birthday

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


What's In It?
Paper: Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Elegant Butterflies & Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Studio Calico Blush Crush Dye Ink, Ranger Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Copics: R46, R59, RV52 & RV55
Accessories: Spellbinders Large Smooth Oval Dies, May Arts Pink Twine, I Am Roses Paper Flowers

February 21, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #8

Good day!

Well, I thought I had this post scheduled, but it was saved as a draft, and didn't get posted on time.  So sorry for the delay.

This weeks challenge over on the CASE-ing Christmas blog is a card made by Cohenna.  I love how adorable it is.

Here is my take on her card.

I had been wanting to use the Bethlehem Border I got from Taylored Expressions, for a while, but hadn't really been able to figure out how.  This card was perfect for it.  I cut it out twice, and popped a few smaller pieces up, to give it more depth.  I also added a star, for obvious reasons, and kept the colors similar.  I really love how this turned out. 

I'm off to run some errands, and do some cleaning and chores.  I do hope you'll head over to the challenge blog to see the other beautiful cards that are posted.  As always, they're pretty fantastic.

Have a wonderful day!

What's In It:
Paper: SU! Whisper White Cardstock, SU! Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, SU! Basic Gray Cardstock
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Holiday Labels
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Accessories: Taylored Expressions Bethlehem Border, Taylored Expressions Snowfall Embossing Folder, Offray Crocheted Lace, Pretty Pink Posh Green Pom Pom Trim, Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Silver Star Confetti, Reverse Confetti Tag Me Dies, May Arts Natural Twine, Recollections Red Paper Roses

February 18, 2015

Word Art Wednesday #171 - Mark 12:30


It's Wednesday, which is great because the week is half over, and I am looking forward to sleeping in again.  I have had a nasty bout with a couple of kidney stones recently, and am super exhausted from the lack of sleep and overwhelming pain.  I'm hoping I never have to experience that again!

Since today is Wednesday, I also have another Word Art Wednesday card to share with you.  As always, these challenges are Anything Goes, with the option to use their word art files.  This weeks sponsors are: The Kraft Journal ($15 in product) and Moonlighting by Mary Etsy Shop (digital sponsor).

This week we are being inspired by Mark 12:30.  I am excited about this verse, as we are studying it for our bible study group this month.  I think I'm going to make a few of these cards, in different colors, and send them to the people in my group.  I think they'd enjoy them.

Here is the card I have to share with you today.

I recently purchased a couple new things from MFT.  I absolutely HAD to have this Damask background stamp.  I have to say, it's just as gorgeous in person, as it is in the pictures I've seen online.  SO happy that I bought it.  I wanted the verse to be the main focus on this card, so I kept it fairly simple.  I hope the people in my bible study group like their cards.

I hope you'll head over to the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the other wonderful cards that are posted today.  They're all so wonderful!

Have a blessed day!

What's In It?
Paper: SU! Basic Black Cardstock, SU! Very Vanilla Cardstock, SU! Blushing Bride Cardstock, SU! Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Stamps: Word Art File, Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Words & Just A Love Note, MFT Damask Background
Ink: SU! Strawberry Slush Dye Ink, Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
Accessories: Kaiser Kraft Pearls, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies

February 11, 2015

Word Art Wednesday #170 - Proverbs 10:12


How's your week going?  I'm so excited!  Today is my Friday.  I am headed to Dallas tomorrow, to see R for Valentine's weekend.  I'm beyond happy!  Supposedly he's got something fun planned.   This is the first Valentine's Day we'll actually be together, in years, so it makes it extra special.  Guess we'll see what kinds of fun stuff we're going to do.

Onto today's Word Art Wednesday challenge.  As always, these challenges are Anything Goes, with the option to use their word art files.  This weeks sponsors are:  Mark's Finest Papers (free stamp set) and Crafty Secrets (digital sponsor)  

This week we are being inspired by Proverbs 10:12.  This is a great choice, in my opinion, because Valentine's Day is on Saturday and there is no doubt that love conquers all.  And, there is no deeper love than the love I have for Him.  Here is the card I made.

I printed the word art file on some patterned paper, and then die cut it out, using my SSS Stitched Rectangle dies (I LOVE THESE THINGS!!).  I've had this amazing chocolate striped ribbon in my stash for over a year now, and decided I needed to build a card around it.  This was my result.

I do hope you'll head over to the Word Art Wednesday blog to see what the other designers have created for you today.  They're nothing less than amazing...   

Have a wonderful day!
What's In It?
Paper: SU! Whisper White Cardstock, SU! Chocolate Chip Cardstock, SU! Bella Rose Patterned Paper
Stamps: Proverbs 10:12 Word Art File
Ink: Wink of Stella Clear Pen
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp String of Hearts & Stitched Rectangles Dies, Clearly Besotted Large Geometric Rose Die, Paper Studio Doddle Hearts Embossing Folder, Chocolate & White Striped Satin Ribbon, Doodlebug Design Pearl Bon Bon Assortment

February 6, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #6


I hope that your week has been decent, and has gone by quickly.  I'm excited that today's Friday, and I get to sleep in tomorrow and Sunday.  It seems that I like sleep, more and more, as I get older. lol  I'm also excited that our newest CASE-ing Christmas challenge is posted.  Today we are CASE-ing one of Ellen's cards.  Isn't it fabulous?  I really dig it.

And here is my card this week.

I chose the layout of Ellen's card, and changed the colors.  I hadn't used my distress inks much lately, so I thought this would be a great time to get back into them.  I also used embossing paste with a stencil, for the first time.  I am excited that it actually turned out as well as it did. lol  I have a feeling this will become another favorite new thing for me.  In general, I just really love this card.  I think I'll make a couple more, in different colors.  I'm going to submit my card for the following challenges.

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long: Anything Goes
Completely Christmas Challenge #48: Anything Goes With A Twist (square or rectangle cards)
Winter Wonderland: KISS (Keep It Sweet & Simple)

I do hope you'll head over to the challenge blog to see the other wonderful cards posted today.  Maybe you'll be inspired, and play along this week.

Have a great day!

What's In It?
Paper: SU! Whisper White Cardstock, SU! Rich Razzleberry Cardstock
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Holiday Labels
Ink: Ranger Milled Lavender & Seedless Preserves Distress Ink
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies, Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil, Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow Sequins, Essentials by Ellen Merry and Bright by Julie Dies

February 4, 2015

Happy Birthday

Hello my friends!

This is my second post for today.  Please scroll down to see my Word Art Wednesday card. :-)

I hope you're having a good week, and are looking forward to the weekend.  I made a few cards recently, but hadn't had an opportunity to get pictures until this afternoon.  This frigid weather, and two feet of snow, have made it almost impossible to get outside.  I think this spot on my desk at work will actually be a great place to snap a few pics from now on though.

Here is the card I have to share with you today.

I have been practicing with the CAS style again, and tried my hand at a masculine card for a change.  I really think this card is quite nice.  And, I even watercolored for the first time!  I've had these Winnie & Walter stamps in my stash for a while now, and was happy to finally ink them up.  Love the bold, silver sentiment on this one.  The recipient of this card is a pilot, so I hope he enjoys it.  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges.

Seize The Birthday:  Anything Goes
CAS-ual Fridays #136:  Watercolor
Crazy 4 Challenges #271:  Masculine Birthday
Just Us Girls #278:  Sentiment As Focus
Mod Squad Challenge: Use Water (I watercolored the map image)

That's all for me today.  I'm off to work, and then hitting the gym with my co-workers.  I hope you have a wonderful day!


What's In It?
Paper: SU! Crumb Cake & Night of Navy Cardstock, Ranger Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold & The Happy, SU! World Map Background
Ink: VersaMark, Ranger Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass & Frayed Burlap Distress Inks
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares Dies, Silver Embossing Powder, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Plane

Word Art Wednesday #169 - 1 Corinthians 16:14

Hi ya'll!

I'm SO excited to have you visit me today!  I know that I've been talking about something very exciting for me, that starts this month, and I'm happy that I can finally share.  This month I am the guest designer over on the Word Art Wednesday blog.  I am so thrilled to be joining these amazing women for the month of February!  I've loved their weekly challenges, and have made it a goal to join them more often this year.  I think this is a fantastic way to start!  I'd like to send a huge Thank You to Karen, for allowing me to be a part of these challenges.

As always, these challenges are Anything Goes, with the option to use their word art files.  This weeks sponsors are:  Verses Rubber Stamps ($20 in product), My Craft Spot (free stamp set), Imagine That Digital Sponsor (3 images of choice). 

The verse chosen for this week is 1 Corinthians 16:14.  I love this verse, as it's very near to my heart.  I try to do as He would, by giving and helping others.  I'm kind, and caring, and I give unconditionally.  Not just to people I know, but to everyone.  I want to lead by example, so that my daughter will also live her life in this manner.  I feel as if doing for others is becoming less and less popular, unfortunately.  I'm hoping that as long as she and I can continue to show kindness to others, I will have accomplished one of my goals, and other people's lives will have been touched.

Here is what I created for this weeks challenge.

I really liked THIS sketch from Cardabilities, and wanted to use it, even though it's from weeks ago.  I seldom use circles on my cards, and I rarely use orange, so I wanted to challenge myself use both.  I love the contrast of the light blue against the bold orange background paper.  I also love those delicate Memory Box dies.  They're beautiful.  I think I have just about every die they make on my wish list these days. lol   

I do hope you'll head over to the Word Art Wednesday blog, and see what everyone else has created for you today.  I can't wait to see what you create! 


What's In It?
Paper: Neenah Solar White Carstock, SU! Whisper White Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock, Bazzill Peach Textured Cardstock, Orange Polka Dot Patterned Paper (old paper from my stash), Light Blue Graph Patterned Paper (also from my stash)
Stamps: 1 Corinthians 16:14 Word Art File
Ink: Mister Huey's Opaque White, Sakura Clear Stardust Pen
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles & Stitched Rectangles Dies, Memory Box Whimsy Circle & Lorelai Leaf Outline Dies, Avery Elle Dotted Banner Die, Martha Stewart Small Butterfly Punch, Freckled Fawn Aqua Glitter Dew Drops