Thursday, October 22, 2009


This week the SCS Crafty Secrets Challenge is to include a mask somewhere on your project. I used an image from Girlfriends Images and Journal Notes and paired it up with K & CO.'s Cut'N Paste DP and Momenta's Story of US card stock. Just did some cutting and pasting and added a few embellishments. Went with colors that were a little different for me but figured it could be used for a birthday or friendship card if it didn't make it out in the mail in time for Halloween! Can you imagine such a thought?? Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is filled with sunshine!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Changing of the Seasons

Today my sweet daughter took Grandma and her little brother out for lunch so I could get some things done. Then later she took her brother and went to the grocery store so I had a chance to make a card. I had told myself I was going to refrain from playing until I completed some of the things that needed to be done on my "To Do List". Talk about motivation!

I am on a mission to create projects that are reproducible, not labor intensive, easy to mail, and usable! And I think this card fits the bill : ) It was made with the Changing of the Seasons digi image from ect. every thing creative . This image was a gift from participating in their WCMD challenge. I used paper from K & Co.'s Hannah's Pad and SU!'s Chocolate Chip. I printed my image on a natural card stock and aged my papers with Antique Linen ink. The temperatures are starting to drop here and we finally had to turn on our heat. It is starting to look and feel like fall and I'm loving it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are able to enjoy the Changing of the Seasons!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

One Of Those Days...

Did you ever have one of those days where what you started out to do was not what you ended up doing? I'm sure you have and today was one of those days for me. Long story short between running low on colored ink ( problem when using a digi image) and breaking a spacer plate for my Big Shot this is what I came up with. This is a small note card approximately 3.5 x 5. Although I love vintage with all the fun embellishments I also enjoy a clean and simple design which I can use for a quick card or for multiple copies for note card sets. This beautiful image is a freebie that came from etc. every thing creative blog. I am new to digi images but they have great tips on their blog to make it easy to use. Here is a link to their new etsy store. If you like vintage I'm sure you will see something you like. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you don't have one of those days!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Crafty Secrets Creations

Just thought I would share with you some of the projects I have recently made. This is a quick and easy Christmas card made using an image from Crafty Secrets Seasonal Booklet, Graphic45 paper, and velvet paper from Embossing Arts. I love pairing up Crafty Secrets and Graphic45!

I saw this pair of gloves at JoAnns for $1 and couldn't help but think Crafty Secrets! I made this birthday card using Halloween Image and Journal Notes and adhered it to the glove. I did some cutting and pasting to make my borders. I stamped the sentiments using the Crafty Secrets Lucky Wishes stamp set. Then I used the glove insert for a gift card holder. Added the bow on the glove and used my Copics and scissors to color and relocate some embellies that came on the glove.

The roof of this little schoolhouse lifts up and there is a container of goodies inside. A little something for that special teacher! I used Crafty Secrets Sweet Chips Folding House, School Time Stickers, and Earthy Papers. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Just received this set from Cornish Heritage Farms and thought it would make a great thank you card. We have a friend who not only is a star lover but won a golf bag and doesn't need it and wanted to know if my hubby could use one. God is certainly amazing - not only does He provide for our needs but even the extras! I used the Card Positioning Systems Sketch 130. The verse reads " Consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers the moon and the stars which Thou has ordained." Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take time to Consider...

Stamps: Reach 4 The Stars - Cornish Heritage Farms
Paper: Vintage Cream Line - Jenni Bowlin, Black Textured, Black SU!, Vanilla,
Ink: Antique Linen - Ranger, Onyx - Versafine
Accessories: Buttons, Embroidery Floss, Nestabilities

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Clean My Kitchen

Since I received my Girlfriend's Images and Journal Notes from Crafty Secrets, I have been wanting to make a project with this image! The sentiment reads "Make yourself at home - clean- my kitchen"! Well the time has come - on Splitcoastampers the Crafty Secrets challenge is to use yellow. Let me tell you this is definitely out of my comfort zone!! I am more of an earth tone and pastel kind of gal. Don't get me wrong I enjoy the bright and bold but I don't naturally gravitate to it when I create. It's one of those thing you admire that other people do - you know like figure skating! I used Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 15 and then through in some polka dots for Sharon's No Time To Stamp Challenge 101. Oh and the ribbon qualifies this card for Paper Craft Planets Crafty Secrets Challenge. I think that is enough challenges for one day! Paper is from K & Company's Cut'N Paste Designer Pad. I am on the east coast and the rains have stopped. It is overcast but I was able to get outside and take a picture. It rained so hard yesterday roads were flooded and my daughter couldn't get to work! The waters have receded and I am thankful! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to make yourself at home and clean my kitchen - LOL!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Never Too Long

I made this card for this week's Card Positioning Sketches Challenge 129. This was my first time to participate in this challenge. I decided to keep my design clean and simple. The sentiment reads "The road to a friend's house is never long." I used my tracing wheel to make the borders on my horizontal panel. I inked it in Jumbo Java to add some depth. I had to reapply ink and retrace the border because of it's length. I used my Copic Multiliner to add faux stitching to my buttons. Foam tape was used to adhere the tree tops. Papers were distressed with Vintage Photo. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy a friend today!

Stamps: World Tree - Memory Box, Sentiment - A Muse
Ink: Jumbo Java, Pumpkin Spice, Red Brick - Versa Magic, Olive Pastel - Color Box Chalk, Vintage Photo - Ranger,
Paper: Mellow - Basic Grey
Accessories: Tracing Wheel, Buttons, Foam Tape, Corner Rounder, Copic Multiliner

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Birthday

Sharon Johnson at No Time To Stamp is celebrating her 100th challenge. And what better way to celebrate then by making a birthday project! I made a birthday card by using an image from Crafty Secrets Summertime Images & Journal Notes. I used the Midnight Madness Sketch 14 and the Color Throwdown 55 color combo. My small buttons in the corner were brown so I anchored them down on some Score Tape so they wouldn't slip around and colored them with my black Copic. After they dried I used glue dots to adhere them. I trimmed off the bottom of a Wright's lace trim for my bottom border and adhered it to a piece of scored black card stock which I mounted to my card using foam tape. I love using Sharon's jute string for my button embellishments. She also has Crafty Secrets products in her shop. I bought my DP at Big Lots and it is called Kraft White Lattice but the company is not listed. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is filled with happiness!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Botanical Notes and OSW Note Holders

Recently I made three different note holders with notes using a 12x12 sheet. This was for Cornish Heritage Farms' Summer - One Sheet Wonder Challenge . There are four square 4.5 square note cards in this set.

There are six 3.5 x 5 notes in this set. Does anyone else ever need guy cards! When my husband came down and saw them he said something like "I like those - nice and simple." I thought to myself mission accomplished!

This is a set of six 3.5 square notes that could be used for messages of encouragement thus the title Cherish.
I mapped out my 12x12 sheet with small vertical borders on the outside edges and one dividing my sheet. Then I had two larger vertical sections -each divided into three sections. I used my homemade stampamajig to help place my images to get the best use of my sheet for my desired projects. I was a woman on a mission to make something I could use!

I stamped the script from Botanical Bliss in Smokey Grey all over the sheet and then stamped images in Onyx Black. The small dragonfly was a great filler/border image. I was able to us it to make several smaller note cards.

This was a first for me! Lesson learned - always mark the top of your acrylic block with tape so you know which way to stamp! Ask me how I know? Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!

Stamps: ATC Botanical Bliss - CHF, Large Dragonfly - Stamp Francisco, Sentiment - Stampington & Co
Ink - Versafine - Smokey Grey, Onyx Black, Old Paper - Ranger
Paper- K& Co - Blue Awning, Prism - Spring Willow Dark, BasicGrey - Figgy, SU! - Black, Natural and corrugated Unknown
Accessories: Clip, Primas, Tim Holtz Ruler, Wood Box - AC Moore, Black Suede Ribbon

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Grin and Bear It!

Sorry it's has been a while since I posted. We were out of town for my nephew's wedding. It was such a joy to be a part of this special day and to see family and friends. I even had a chance to go to my favorite stamp store in Pittsburgh, Stamp Fanci. This was a real treat because there is no LSS where I Live.
I recently received Kim Hughes' Bear Hugs from Cornish Heritage Farms. I used this set to create a Stair Step card for week four of CHF's Summer Challenge which was to Make a Scene. The paper is from BASICGREY and I colored the images with Copics. The snowbanks were created using torn white card stock with fine Prisma Glitter glued to the torn edges. I thought this would be a fun card to send someone on a cold winter day with some cocoa. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are staying cool!

Monday, July 13, 2009


It is week three of Cornish Heritage Farms Summer Challenge. This week participants are to use the resist technique. I chose to use CHF's new Vintage Text along with Printworks' Rose Colored Glasses and Inkadinkado's Dream Sentiment. DP is from K & Company's Ancestrey Pad.

This is a baby picture taken in 1920 of our son's Great Uncle John Foote, more lovingly known as Uncle Jack. Uncle Jack was one of the most loving and kind people I have ever met. Although he was only married for one year and never had children he had a profound love for them and they sensed it from their first encounter with him. He had an unassuming manner and was the kind that did not stand out in a crowd. Uncle Jack was always there to do whatever needed to be done for anyone and without complaint. Besides this he had a profound love for God. When our fourth child arrived who happened to be son number one we couldn't help but name him after his Uncle Jack. Our son had three years to get to know Uncle Jack before he went home to heaven and for that I am thankful. As a mother it is my dream if he grows into half the man his Uncle was we will truly be blessed.

The booklet was published in 1888 and is filled with words of wisdom. It was with Uncle Jack's belongings. Although Uncle Jack did not have a lot of possessions, I can't help but think his mother and grandmother would think of him as being successful! I used photo corners so I would not harm this gem and I adhered my flowers on the corner and outside edge of the booklet.

The poem entitled Mother's love was written in 1893 by Poe. It reads:
"I feel in the heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can know, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of mother."
And as you can probably guess this describes Great Grandma! So there it is in a large nutshell a little bit of our family history and love! Thanks for bearing with me and I hope you have a day filled with love and memories!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Garden Gate

When Grandma received an Easter bouquet in this cute container, immed-
iately the "Go Green " lights went on. After the flowers had dropped their last petals, I asked and Grandma graciously bestowed her Garden Gate container to me. She is very sweet that way!

Well, this week at Cornish Heritage Farms they are hosting a paper piecing challenge for their summer contest. And I thought Kim Hughes Bloomin' Beautiful would fit the bill for converting my container to a Bloomin' Beautiful Container! I used the blossom, leaves, stem, and tendril from this set to paper piece my vine. I stamped the images using Versamark and Wild Wasabi on DP from K & Co. The flowers are from six different purple designer papers from the Lilac Lavender Pad. It is hard to see the pattern on the lighter pieces in this photo. I used paper from the Hannah Scrap Pad for the greenery and I stamped the images on the front and back to get different perspetives. After I cut out my images I sponged any white edges with either Lavender Lace or Wild Wasabi. I used paper Glaze to adhere my pieces to the container. Buttons were added for the flower centers. This was a fun project! This could be the new home for...? Let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Helping Hands

I seem to always be in need of a thank you card, which is quite a nice problem to have! When I saw this Tom Allen image, Lending A Hand from Cornish Heritage Farms, I knew it would be perfect - plus my girls loved it! I used my Copics to color it and air brush the background. This was the first time I used my airbrush for a background. It was fun! Designer Paper is from K & Company. We have had out-of-town company, so I haven't been stamping too much. Now that they are gone I have some time to play! Thanks for coming by and I hope you are getting a chance to enjoy your summer!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Reservations Please!

I thought this would be a fun wedding shower card for my nephew's bride to be. They are getting married in July. The Stamp Simply Recipe Challenge spurred me on in this direction. When I read about this challenge this image immediately came to mind! I knew I wanted to make some type of pocket card and when I saw okimom2girlz card I thought this would be the perfect fit! I am either going to give her a gift card to their favorite restaurant or include a list of all their favorite take out places and phone numbers with some cash. The recipe for the reservation is part of a journal note adhered to card stock which is attached to the inside front of this cris cros pocket card so something can be placed in the pocket. This also helps provide a colored background since Memory Box card stock has color on one side. Another idea I have is to make it into a refrigerator magnet card!
I made my own heart by covering white chipboard with red sticky tape and ran it through my Big Shot then applied Martha Stewart Snow Glitter and some Ultrafine Prisma Gold Glitter. DP is from Crafty Secrets Classic Pad. Image is from their Homemade Images and Journal Notes. I used my Bow Maker and Silk Ribbon from Stamp Simply to make the bow. Sharon also sells some Crafty Secrets products.Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Monday!

Paper: Classic Pad, Homemade Images and Journal Notes - Crafty Secrets, Bluebell - Memory Box, Accessories: Buttons, Embroidery Floss, Ribbon, Natural Jute, Twine, Primas, Snow Glitter, Ultrafine Gold Glitter, Chipboard, Red Sticky Tape

Friday, June 19, 2009

Love You Dad

Today's card is for my DH for Father's Day. I used the card sketch from Midnight Madness Challenge. This is also for Crafty Secret's Challenge to design a card that reflects something about yourself. Well here it is - I love my family and enjoy seeing them spend time with their Dad. Not all families have this privilege and I treasure it! The other extra blessing is when I'm not watching them play I get some stamping time!! I tend to multitask as you can see a card with more than one purpose. I love earth tones, vintage, Crafty Secrets, Graphic 45, ribbon, and embellishments! Well there it is in a nutshell! Oh - I almost forgot along with the image, the sentiment on the inside comes from Crafty Secrets Childhood Image and Journal Notes and it reads " A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty." Did I ever tell you how rich my husband is?? Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Paper: Botanicabella Collection - Graphic45, Childhood Images and Journal Notes -Crafty Secrets, Black - Su! Accessories: K & Co metal letters, Ribbon, Cuttlebug Corner

Monday, June 15, 2009

Botanical Dreams

Today's card was created for the Midnight Madness Sketch and Stamp Simply Half Circle Challenges. I like doing the challenges because they force my hand in directions I usually don't go! And as you could guess half circles are one of them! This card wasn't difficult - I just made use of Graphic45's Botanicabella Collection and Prism card stock. I recently received some silk ribbon and Bow Maker from Sharon's Stamp Simply Store and it was fun to play with! Thanks for coming by - hope your day is filled with sunshine and sweet dreams! Off I go to our kindergartner's end of the year party. Funny thing is I just sent our oldest off to her first day of work at her summer job teaching middle school science!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Java Queen

I guess I'm on a roll with this Coffee theme! This was made for
Crafty Secrets Party Crown and Hat Contest. When I saw the tiara I couldn't help but think of this Coffee and Tea Set . The crown is from the Favorite Fella Set. The crown was stamped on a brush gold card stock. I used DP from Graphic45's Botanicabella Collection . I refer to it as the Coffee Bean Paper. The image/sentiment were cut out with Nestabilities and mounted on a black from Basicgrey because it had a softer muted tone. One thing I like to do is when I have cut edges of DP showing white edges I sponge them with a similar ink. I used Copics to color my queen and gave her some jewelry with half pearls. Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Coffee & Tea/ Favorite Fella - Crafty Secrets, Ink: Tuxedo Black, Onyx Black, Going Gray, Paper: Botanicabella Collection - Graphic45, Urban Prairie - Basicgrey, Brushed Gold,Vanilla, Black, Copics E00, E11, R20, R29, B21, Accessories: Score Tape, Glue Dots, Buttons, String Pearls, Half Pearls, Ribbon, Nestabilities

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Perk Up!

A quick and easy card for the Stamp Simply "Gone To Pot" Challenge. We had to incorporate some type of pot into our card. The image and sentiment are from Crafty Secrets Coffee and Tea Set. The inside reads "Perk Up!" Card size is 3 1/2 x 5. I have been wanting to use this Graphic45 paper with this stamp set because it reminds me of coffee beans! I was glad to finally get this idea that has been floating around in my head - made into a card! I used the black paper from BASICGREY's Urban Prairie Pad because it had a softer muted tone to it. I also added a paper strip from my DP across the lace to add a little something extra. I thought this card would make a good encouragement or get well card. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Coffee and Tea - Crafty Secrets, Ink: Black Tuxedo, Antique Linen, Copics: B21, R11, R29, E41, E42, Paper: Botanicabella - Graphic45, Urban Prairie -BASICGREY, Vanilla,Accessories: Lace - Wrights, Flower - Bazzill, Button, Thread, Oval Nestabilities

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pink Lemonade

This card was made for this week's Clean and Simple Challenge on SCS. You were to make a card inspired by beach totes and towels from Lands End. This was fun and I think I might have my end of the year card for all my children's teachers - YAY!! You know as they get older the more teachers they have; so simple is a good thing! Thanks for coming by and I hope you have time to stop and enjoy a refreshing drink of whatever puts a smile on your face. It's in the 90s here today!

Stamps: Rubber Soul, Paper:Tres Jolie, Copics: R11, R22, Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo, Accessories: Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Garden Gift Bag

Today's project was made for Stampin Out Alzheimer's My Timeless Template (include clear element) and Stamp Simply's Spring Has Sprung Challenges. I had the pleasure of trying one of Lauren Meader's templates. I used the free Stocking Stuffer from Papertrey Ink. Instead of making a stocking I turned mine into a garden boot. I used Memory Box's DP for the boot. Then I simply traced around the stocking toe and bottom on white paper. I used my Fiskars trimmer and made a cut across the bottom and then from the toe made a straight vertical cut to meet the horizontal cut. This way I did not have to piece the toe and sole of the boot. The flowers were made from DCWV's textured card stock using the Large Daisey Sizzix Die. Clear buttons were sewn to the flower centers with embroidery floss. I usually use glue dots but didn't want the adhesive to show. The leaves were made with Family Treasure's punch. For those who are not familiar with this template there is a box behind the boot and another boot on the back. I thought this would make a great gift bag for a gardener with some seed packets or other small treasure. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is filled with joy!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

So Cute

I made this for Grandma to give to her dear friend's daughter who is going to be having a baby girl. I used the Midnight Madness Sketch, SCS WT220, and Stampin Out Alzheimers' Button Button Who's Got the Button Challenges as a base to create this card. If you haven't had the chance to check out Stampin Out Alzheimers it's not to late to join in on the fun just click on the icon in the sidebar. This is a cause that is dear to my heart because as some of you know our Grandma who has come to live with us has dementia. Image is from Crafty Secrets Joys of Life Booklet and DP is Graphic45's Baby and Bride Collection. I created my own custom Nestie shape for my image by cutting a rectangle and then piecing it together. I cut a card stock square to mount my pieces on to get a tight fit- then mounted my image on my new Nestie shape. I used Blush Blossom and distressed DP paper with Antique Linen. I mounted the image with a double layer of foam tape to add some gradual layers in my card because of the bulkiness of the bow. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Homemade Goodies

Happy Memorial Day! Here is a quick gift bag for some homemade goodies. It is for the Stamp Simply #88 Red, White, and Blue and SCS Crafty Secrets Going in Circles Challenges. My images are from Crafty Secrets Cooking Cotton Scraps. I cut them with fabric scissors, peeled off the backing and mounted them with double sided tape. Thanks Darlene for your thoughts! The designer paper is from the Earthy and Radiant Crafty Secrets Pads. I colored my rolling pin handles with Copic R59. I used my Long Rectangle Nestabilities Die to make my scalloped edges. My cream jute is from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. You may also purchase Cotton Scraps here. That's it nothing fancy! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

You're A Doll

This card is going to be for my big sis who called yesterday while she was stuck in traffic. We live about 4 hours away and she just wanted to check and see how I was doing. Recently grandma has come to live with us because she can no longer be on her own. It was one of those calls that came at just the right time. I guess I needed to talk and didn't even realize it! So I wanted to send this and tell her "You're a Doll... " The fun thing is this picture looks just like her when she was younger. The only difference is she would have rather been playing Cowboys and Indians - LOL!

This card was made using the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 2. You have the liberty to alter the sketch as long as it resembles the original. Instead of placing my two horizontal strips under my image, I put them above and below. I used the double sided DP from Crafty Secrets Classic Pad. One side of the paper I used for my horizontal borders and right panel. I used the floral border from the other side and cut around the flowers for my left panel.

Hope you get a chance to take some time and relax this weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Classic Pad, Little Dolls Images and Journal Notes - Crafty Secrets. Other: Prima Flowers, Half Pearls -K&Co, Fern - Punch Bunch, Rectangle Scallop - Nestabilities.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nursery Rhymes

Today's card was made from Splitcoaststampers Sketch SC229. The image is from Crafty Secrets Childhood Images and Journal Notes. Designer paper is Graphic 45's Baby and Bride Collection. I also used Prism Cream cardstock. I just received my silk ribbon from Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and I love it! I used the cream on this card and then adhered some buttons on top. Some layers were placed on foam tape to add dimension. Another easy card where the image and paper does all the work! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Anniversary Honey!

I made this card for the Crafty Secret's Challenge on Paper Craft Planet. After it was done I thought who could I give this to?? Then the lights went on - it would make the perfect anniversary card for my husband. When we got married my hubby was getting ready to enter seminary and the proud owner of a Schwin bicycle - yet to be paid off. I was working as a nurse and paying off my "Vette" well that is Chevette. You know the kind of car where you need to get a running start to get up a hill. Early 80's version of the Smart Car.

Twenty-four years later things have changed somewhat. The bike is paid off and we now have a mini van that fits our family of seven - dad, mom, four kids, and grandma.

This is one of those cards where the stamp and papers do all the work! No coloring needed. The image was stamped on vanilla with Graphite Black and mounted with foam tape. All papers were distressed with Antique Linen. Background DP was sewn to card. Well that's it - thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Crafty Secrets -Coffee and Tea Paper: Crafty Secrets - Earthy Pad, BASICGREY - Urban Prairie, SU! BlACK Ink: Graphite Black, Antique Linen Distress Other: Hemp, Sewing

Monday, May 18, 2009

It's No Secret...

Today's card is for the Midnight Madness Challenge. If you have a chance go and check it out! Thought this would make a great birthday or friendship card with a note inside that says "It's No Secret...." I used paper from Crafty Secrets Radiant Pad and the image is from their Girlfriends Images and Journal Notes. The background was embossed with the Swiss Dot folder. I used score tape to apply Onyx glitter border around the outer edge of diary page. Jewelry was embellished with half pearls. Fabric photo corners are from EK Success. Hard to see in photo but I added glitter to the flowers. Hope you Have a Wonderful Day and remember "It's no secret that I appreciate your support and encouragement! "

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saw The Smoke...

My neighbor is a retired firefighter and yesterday was his birthday. I made this card for him. This type of card could be used to honor a firefighter or for a birthday with a note like this - "I saw the smoke and almost called the fire dept. but then I realized it was your birthday!" I didn't have the heart to do the latter! I used K& Company's Firefighter Scrap Kit. Along with paper from Cosmo Cricket's Little Boy Collection. I wrapped the card with black twine and then mounted my image on foam tape. The edges were sanded and inked with Antique Linen and True Thyme. This card is also for Sharon Johnson's ssnotime87 "For the Guy's Challenge" where you had to add string, cord, rope, or knots. I love doing these challenges because it forces my hand in directions I might not go. Yesterday was the color combo and today the wrapped string. I always have admired the string wrapped cards but never made one so here it is! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 15, 2009

CTD42 Who Could Fill Your Flip Flops???

I made this card for a friend who has made a big impact on our children's lives. She is involved in the youth and music ministry at our church. It looks like she will be moving at the end of the summer because her husband will be atttending graduate school. We live 20 minutes from the beach and flip flops are in no matter how cold it is and it snows here! So I thought this would be a fun card to give her to show our appreciation - thus the title "Who Could Fill Your Flip Flops?"

It also qualifies for thr CTD42 and Splicoaststampers LSC220. I used BASICGREY'S Urban Prairie paper and the stamp is from A Muse. The flip flops are paper pieced and I added Hero Arts gems. Nestabilites and Circle Punch were used to make the circles. The ribbon is very rich in color and it is a faux suede.Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

First Aid Tin

Today on Splitcoaststampers the Ways to Use It Challenge (WT218) is to decorate a tin. I thought this tin would make a great traveling first aid kit for the car, diaper bag, or for use at home. I used a hinged tin and covered it with paper from My Mind's Eye - Tres Jolee. The images are from Crafty Secrets feeling Feeling Yucky Set. They were stamped in Graphite Black and I heat set them before coloring with Copics. The band-aid and hearts were stamped an then cut out and adhered. Ovals were cut out with Nestabilities. Dimensional glaze was added to the tears. The ribbon is from American Crafts Green Classic selection. Thanks for stopping by and if you need a band aid....
Copics: C1, B21, E51. Y21, YR02,YR07

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Seeds of Kindness

Hello! It is a sunny balmy day here and I am loving it!! Today I made a thank you card. I never seem to have enough of these. The image is from Crafty Secrets Birds and Botanicals Images and Journal Notes. Designer paper is Graphic45's Baby and Bride Collection. I used Prismatic Cream Paper for my border panels. Edges were distressed with Antique Linen. I placed cardstock underneath my paper image to provide sturdiness because I was mounting it with foam tape . Flowers are Prima and pearl centers are from K & Co. Thanks for taking a look and I hope sunshine fills your day !

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Get Well Wishes

This is a quick and easy Get Well card I made for a friend
who has been in the hospital. I used Crafty Secrets
"Feeling Yucky" stamp set. I love this set! It has great images that do all the work for you. This cute nurse was stamped on vanilla with Graphite Black Brillance and heat set before coloring with Copics. I used Antique Linen ink to distress the edges of my paper. Designer paper is from K & Company's Classic Pad. Then added a few embellishments. Punch is from Martha Stewart. This card qualifies for SCS Crafty Secrets Challenge CSSC68 where you had to use a flower or flour. Come and join the fun it's a great group of stampers. Thanks for taking a look! Hope you have a great day!!

Copics used: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, RV11, R20, C1, 0

Monday, May 11, 2009


Hello! For the first time I am entering the world of blogging! This will mainly be a journal of my creative journey. I am grateful to Darlene and Sharon for their encouragement and help in this endeavor. Today's post contains a card I made for Sharon Johnson's ssnotime86 challenge and Crafty Secrets Inspirational Challenge CSSC67. This flower was made from Crafty Secrets Radiant Paper using an oval punch. The petals were mounted on a piece of chipboard which was adhered to a pin back. The size of this blossom is 2 7/8" . I used my silent setter to place holes in the front panel to thread the pin back through. I made a double fold at the top of the card so the card would lay flat. Stamp sets used are Vintage Christmas and Bouquet of Joy from Crafty Secrets. The black velvet paper is old stash from Embossing Arts. Thanks for coming and taking a look!