June 21, 2015



How's your weekend going, so far?  Ours has been nice, and relaxing.  My daughter was very sweet, and woke up early this morning, to cook me breakfast.  She said that even though I'm physically her mom, I'm her mom and dad in most ways, so she wanted to do something nice for me on Father's Day.  What a sweet girl I have!  Our movie theater marathon was fantastic yesterday, although, I don't think we'll do that often.  By the middle of the third movie, we were kind of tired of sitting in the same chairs.  They're comfortable, but you know. lol 

I feel like I'm on a crafty roll this weekend.  I have another card.  Three days in a row is almost unheard of for me these days.  Here is the next card I have to share with you.

I have these gorgeous MFT Cover Ups sitting in my stash, and I had been wanting to use them.  So, I decided last night was time to do just that.  I love how this turned out, and again, decided that less is more.  For a bit of added interest, I touched up the petals of my flower with my clear Wink of Stella pen.  It's so pretty in real life.  I can't wait to send this to my friend.  I know she'll love it.  I'm going to submit this for the following challenges.

Papertake Weekly: Oh So Pretty
The Card Concept #37: Butterfly Effect (Inspiration Photo)
Fusion Challenge: Sketch & Inspiration Photo

I'm off to make more stuff.  I hope you have a wonderful day, celebrating the fathers in your lives. 


What's In It:
Paper: SU Whisper White Cardstock, MME Collectable: Notable Patterned Paper
Stamps: Art-C Butterflies, Our Daily Bread Designs Be Mine
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, Clear Wink of Stella
Accessories:  MFT Jumbo Dot Cover Up, Art-C Butterfly Dies, Recollections Mulberry Paper Mini Roses, Avery Elle Caribbean Blend Sequins

June 20, 2015

You're So Nice!

Hiya peeps!

How is your weekend going, so far?  Mine is going to be nice and relaxing.  My daughter finally has a day off during the weekend, so we've decided to make it a movie marathon afternoon.  There are several movies we've wanted to see, and today we're going to see three of them, in a row.  We've never done more than one movie at the theater before, so this should be interesting.  Our movie theater will give free refills on popcorn, if you purchase the large size, so we will be set all afternoon! lol  Anyway, one of the color challenge blogs I saw yesterday had a gorgeous color combo posted.  I was so taken by it, that I had to create a card when I got home from work.  Here is what I made.

Tell me these colors aren't gorgeous together!  I definitely felt that less was more for this card.  Once I was done with the stenciling, it was hard not to love it.  You can't really see it in the picture, but the butterfly was stamped with water after I colored my paper with distress ink, for a bit of added dimension.  I think this stencil and the butterfly dies from MFT are going to be some of my favorites.  I love the clean look of this card.  And I'm so excited to have another card in my stash too.  I was excited to combine the following challenges also.

Colour Me #76: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana & Neutral
Simon's Wednesday Challenge:  Favorite Technique or Product (I used my favorite product, dies)
MFT Sketch Challenge #233: Sketch (I flipped it to suit my idea)
The Friday Mashup #214:  Stencil This

That's it for me today.  I'm headed on a walk with my mom, then get ready for our afternoon filled with movies and popcorn.  I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Stay crafty my friends!

Whats In It?
Paper:  SU Whisper White Cardstock
Stamps:  Lil Inker Designs Seriously Awesome, MFT Garden Flourish Background
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers & Seedless Preserves Distress Ink
Accessories:  MFT Bold Paisley Stencil, MFT Flutter of Butterflies Solid & Lace Dies, MFT Stitched Rectangle Frames Dies, Studio Calico Gems

June 19, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #25

Happy Friday!

How is everyone doing today?  Around here, softball season is in full swing, so there has been a lot of work, and hanging out at the ball fields.  I'm not complaining though, my tan is coming along quite nicely. lol  All of the games are packed into the months of June and July, so we have been at two to three games per week, plus Saturday tournaments.  With it being so crazy at work, on top of trying to go to as many games as I can, I have had very little crafting time.  It's all worth it though.  My daughter is going into her senior year of high school, and I don't want to miss a minute of it.  I only have one child, so this is it.  Her last year of school, SAT/ACT's, college visits and applications.  Wow...it has all come much to quickly for this mama.  *sigh*

Anyway, enough rambling.  There is a new CASE-ing Christmas challenge posted.  This week we are CASEing Ellen.  Here is her beautiful card. 


And here is my CASE.

I chose the layout and colors this week.  I wanted to try a new (to me) technique of layering patterned papers under the focal point.  In all, I think it turned out ok, but I'm not sure it is exactly how I wanted it.  It'll grow on me though, I'm sure.  Either way, it's another Christmas card for my stash.

I do hope you'll head over to see what the other designers have created for you.  Their interpretations of Ellen's card this week are awesome.  Maybe you'll get the chance to play along, and start building your Christmas card stash. :-)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

What's In It?
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Silver & Navy Cardstock, Carta Bella Bundled Up Patterned Paper, Echo Park Keepin' Cozy Patterned Paper
Stamps: Verve O Christmas Tree, Simon Says Stamp Holiday Hello's
Ink: Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, MFT Electric Red Dye Ink, Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen, Copics: R46, R89, Y35, G46
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil, MFT Pierced Circles Dies

June 14, 2015

You're The Bestest

Hola ya'll!

I was up early again this morning, thanks to my wonderful internal alarm clock. lol  It was no use attempting to go back to sleep, once I am awake, I'm awake.  Instead, I decided to play along with a couple more challenges.  Here is what I came up with.

I love the outcome, but am trying to fight the urge to add more to it. lol  I embossed the flower in silver, and then watercolored it with my distress inks.  I then cut it out, and popped it up on a white panel, and added a vellum sentiment strip, also embossed in silver.  I'm going to send this to a dear friend, who did something very sweet for my daughter.  I am going to submit this for the following challenges.

House of Cards: Photo Inspiration (I was inspired by the colors and the framed flower that looks watercolored)
Inkspirational Challenge #84: Photo Inspiration (I liked all of the flowers in the photo, so I went with that)
Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge #266: Use Only The Corner
Can You Case It #74: Summer Fun 

That's all for me today.  We're off to buy new stuff for our bathroom remodel, and then grab some lunch with my daughter, before she goes into work.  I hope everyone has a great day!

Stay crafty my friends!

June 13, 2015


Good day everyone!

I was up before daylight this morning, making sure my girl was fed and taken care of, before she was off to take her ACT's.  As the days go on, the more it's starting to sink in that I'll be an empty nester very soon.  I still stop to wonder where time has gone.  My baby is technically an adult, and headed into her last year of school, before moving on to college. *sigh*  I'm thankful that she's such a great person, with a good head and a big heart.  I know she'll go on to do great things.

Anyway, since I was up, I decided to participate in a few challenges.  I actually made two cards.  Here is the first.

I debated about whether or not to actually post this card.  I had an idea in my head, but it didn't quite turn out how I wanted.  And, I still suck at masculine cards. lol  This paisley stencil from MFT though, is awesome!  I can see many uses for it in the future.  I was excited about using my new Abandoned Coral distress ink too.  That baby had been sitting on my desk, unopened, for months.  I guess this card isn't too terrible.  I think it needs a little "something" though.  Maybe I'll come back to it at a later date and figure it out.  At least I've got another card for my stash.  I'm going to submit this for the following challenges.

The Challenge #38:  Coral, Navy & Kraft
Freshly Made Sketches #190:  Sketch
Bloggers Challenge:  For The Boys
Crazy 4 Challenges #290:  Masculine Cards

Below is the second card I made.

This card was a bit over a week in process.  I colored the image with my Copics (I know, right?! lol) while on layover in Dallas, a bit over a week ago.  This is one of the better coloring jobs I've ever done, so I wanted to use it.  I added a vellum sentiment, embossed in gold and some Pretty Pink Posh sequins, and called it good.  I love how simple it is, and how the image stands out.  These colors together are lovely as well.  I'm going to enter this for the following challenges.

Word Art Wednesday #187:  Anything Goes
Just Add Ink #266:  Pink Pirouette, Night of Navy & Gold
YNS Challenge #16:  Sketch & Color Challenge (I only used the sketch, manipulating it a bit)
That's all for me today.  I'm going to attempt to take a nap, and catch up on some crafty YouTube videos.  I wish all of you a great day!


June 5, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #23


I hope everyone has had a great week, and is going to get some crafty time in, this weekend.  As you read this, I am on vacation in Atlanta, visiting one of my awesome crafty friends.  This is my first time visiting Atlanta, so I'm looking forward to seeing the city, and trying the yummy food they have to offer.

Since today is Friday, I have a new CASE-ing Christmas challenge for you.  This week we are CASEing Judy.  Here is her beautiful card.

And here is my interpretation.

I chose to stick with the layout, and colors this time.  I had been DYING to try THIS idea from Laura Bassen (she's one of my favorite crafty people), and this gave me the opportunity to do so.  I think it turned out ok.  My Copic coloring needs a lot of practice, but I'm happy to have done something outside of my normal box.  It's a very clean Christmas card, and I love that about it. 

The other designers have created some amazing cards to share with you today.  I hope you get the chance to go check them out.  We always enjoy it when you get the chance to join us too!

Have a wonderful weekend!

What's In It?
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Desert Sand & Ivory Shimmer Cardstock, MFT Grape Jelly Cardstock
Stamps: Verve Bright Spirits
Ink: SSS Smoke Dye Ink, Copic Markers: V20, V22, V25
Accessories: SSS Stitched Rectangles, Full Card Hexagons & Kate Snowflake Dies, MME Enamel Dots