Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sweet Thank You

This past weekend some of our family from out of state drove down to visit us. What a treat it was to see them! Last time we were able to be together was at Christmas. Now that Grandma is living with us it is harder for us to travel. I wanted to make a card to thank them for their "sweet" visit so I pieced together some of the collection from Webster's Petite Papers - Postcards from Paris. I guess you could say this card was "Easy as pie!" The sentiment reads "The secret ingredient in life is family." You can click on the picture for a closer look. Thanks for stopping by and I hope something sweet comes your way!

Challenge: Stamp Simply #142

Friday, June 4, 2010

Graduate



Our second daughter is graduating from high school on June 14th. There is a whole group of kids who hang out together guys and girls so I thought this might make a great card for one of the guys. I was happy because I thought this is definitely one that could be reproduced! I think I may need to practice with this fine line sentiment because it was giving me a little bit of a fit : ) Ever have a stamp like that? If I can't master it I may go to a computer generated sentiment. I used the Inchie Inklings Sketch #7 for my layout. Sentiment and numbers are from My Sentiments Exactly. The graduation cap die is from QuicKutz. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Note of Thanks

Yes, I am still working on teacher thank you cards! Unlike some parts of the U.S., when snow comes our way things pretty much shut down. The last official day of school around here is June 21st. On another note, I have finally come to the conclusion sewing on a card is not difficult as long as your machine is handy and threaded with the right color thread : ) I used an image from Crafty Secrets Childhood Images and Journal Notes paired up with DP from October Afternoon. I distressed the my papers and cotton embellishments with Antique Linen. Due to the various layers I mounted my image with foam tape. The cursive strips were added to the DP base for a little extra zip. This card is based on this weeks Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and SCS Crafty Secrets Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and I hope a bright ray of sunshine comes your way!

Paper: Fly A Kite 12x12, Report Card 8x8 - October Afternoon; Kraft -PTI
Image: Childhood Images and Journal Notes - Crafty Secrets/Stamp Simply
Ink: Antique Linen
Other: Twill and Jute String - Stamp Simply, Flower - Imagenisce, Button, Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Teacher Thanks and Prayer Request

Back again with another teacher thank you card. I paired up this sweet image from Crafty Secrets' Childhood images and Journal Notes with some DP from October Afternoon. I withstood the temptation to go with my natural tendency of using some type of black gingham print and went in a different direction with my colors. Needless to say I did not go without distressing my edges and lace with some Antique Linen. You know there are some things a girl just has to do : ) Thank you for stopping by and I would appreciate it if you are lead - to pray for our friends Gabe and Gayle. They just had their fourth child on Monday and their baby is not expected to live much longer. They are believers and are trusting in God's love but as you can imagine it is a difficult time. Thanks again for your time and prayers!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Birds of the Air

I made this card for a friend who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is beginning chemotherapy and I just wanted to let her know she is loved and in my prayers. I used Crafty Secrets Birds and Botanical Images and Journal Notes and vintage sheet music. I mounted the main image using foam tape and added some texture to my cardstock using Papertrey Ink's Woodgrain Impression Plate. My corner embellishments were made with my Cropodile. This layout is based on Card Patterns Sketch 65. Thanks for coming by and taking a look!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

From the Heart

Teachers have a special place in my heart and I like to thank them each year in some way for the role they have played in our children's lives. I remember asking a friend who is a high school teacher what type of gifts she appreciated? She replied, "One of the most meaningful gifts is when I get a note from my student." Our second daughter is graduating from high school this year so I made this card for her history teacher. Mr. Martin has been Caroline's teacher for the last two years and served as her advisor. The students love and respect him. You know he's the kind that Hallmark features in one of their movies. I need not say anymore!

Now for the card details. I used CHF's Timetable Train Set and Graphic45's Commuique and A Proper Gentleman papers. I added some distressing with Antique Linen and borders using my DP and a Martha Stewart punch. This was another quick and simple card based on the Midnight Madness Sketch and Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time this week to stop and remember someone special in your life!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dragonfly Duet

Can you tell I am on a mission? Not only am I committed to continue collecting wonderful DP but to use it as well!! This is another card made using Graphic45's Bontanicabella Collection and Inchie INKlings Sketch #6. Inchies are a great way to make use of those small scraps of paper. For texture, I used the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder and Score It to frame in the dragonfly. I also added dimension to my sentiment and image panel using foam tape. Another simple card with just a little cutting and pasting. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Morning By Morning


Today's card was made using Graphic 45's Botanicabella Papers - paired up with a tag from the collection. I added a touch more red to the flower with a Copic R39 and sanded those little nubbies off the tag. Then distressed my DP with Antique Linen. For a finishing touch added some white brads colored with a Black Copic 100 . (Used a heat gun to speed up the drying process.) This card was inspired by Stampin Sisters in Christ and Stamp Simply Challenges.

As some of you know my husband's mother came to live with us last March because she was unable to live on her own due to dementia. Grandma cannot be left alone and life for our family has changed. What am I learning through all this? First and foremost I do not have the ability to love and despite of my inadequacies God's love for His people is amazing! The other precious truth that rings over and over again in my heart is God's mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness and for this I am very thankful. So despite how I may feel when I go to bed at night when I wake up it is a new day!

Thanks for stopping by and may there be a joy filled song in your heart today!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Baby On the Way


It feels good to be creating again! Lots going on here and since I had no outside commitments I decided to take some time off from blogging. This week's Stamp Simply Challenge is to make a Mother's Day or woman's card for any occasion. We just found out my nephew's wife is expecting their first baby so I thought what better occasion to celebrate! If I was on the ball I would have had it ready for Sunday. I'm sitting here thinking it's hard to believe I am going to be a great aunt! I used Graphic 45's Baby to Bride and a sketch from Inchie Inklings. The Unforgettable Paper worked out great for my squares because it had a small scale print. I didn't have the right shade green to frame my sentiment background so I edged a piece of ivory cardstock with a Copic BG10 and Antique Linen Ink. Not a difficult card but I did make a mental note to purchase a 7/8th inch square punch next time I am shopping! You know I'm all about simplicity these days : ) Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have the chance to enjoy the simple things this week!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I Can't Believe I...


... just made a Christmas card!! After this long winter the last thing I expected or wanted to do was make a Christmas card but when I received this Crafty Secrets 3D Shadow Box the colors just seemed to say Christmas. So I am now happy to say I have my first Christmas card made for 2010! Nothing fancy just cutting and gluing, some distressing, and a little glitter and Polar White Flower Soft. Just a word of caution, if you do get to try one of these 3D Shadow Boxes, beware they are addictive! Thanks for stopping by and may you have a joy filled Easter!

Paper: Earthy and Classic -Crafty Secrets, Graphic45, Vintage Piano Book, Black - SU!
Images: Christmas Images and Journal Notes, Christmas Memories and Fond Recollections Heartwarming Vintage Stickers -Crafty Secrets
Ink: Antique Linen - Ranger
Other: Clip, Rusty Bells, Photo Hanger, Buttons, Embroidery Floss, Polar White Flower Soft, Ultrafine Gold Prisma Glitter


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter Blessings


This week's Stamp Simply Challenge is to make a creation that is Easter themed -- this could be a project that is specific to the Christian celebration of Easter itself -- or more generically to spring and the the new birth of flowers, grasses and fresh new life. This challenge is not limited to cards only -- anything goes! More details are here. We would love to have you join us!

This card was made using Crafty Secrets' Easter Creative Scraps, Classic DP, and Bouquet of Joy stamp set. I used my tracing wheel for faux stitching on the lower panel, added some trims, glitter, and flower and my card was complete. I love using the Crafty Secret images when I need something that is quick and easy!

I just wanted to say thank you to Sharon and the design team for allowing me to join you this month! It has been a joy and honor. Thank you for your kindness and hospitality. Thank you also to all of you who have come and visited my blog! I hope each of you have the opportunity to enjoy the new life that Spring brings!


If you have time please come and see what this wonderful design team has created!

Sharon Johnson: No Time To Stamp?


Barb Anders: Paper Pursuits

Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat

Tammy Hershberger: Stamp Happy

Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden

Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chandelier Fun

This week's Stamp Simply Challenge is to make a CAS card with texture. For more details check out Sharon's blog No Time To Stamp. We would love to have you play along! I thought this could be tricky! Then I remembered this wonderful paper my daughter gave me for Christmas. It's DCWV's Bella Boutique. This particular piece is flocked. The back of the card extends beyond the front panel providing a border along the right side. I added this great image and sentiment from Crafty Secrets' Chandelier Fun, along with some flowers and a button and my card was finished. Don't you just love it when the stamps and paper do all the work! This is for a sweet friend who is turning the Big 50! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend : )


Please stop by and see all the wonderful creations of the Stamp Simply Design Team!

Sharon Johnson: No Time To Stamp?


Barb Anders: Paper Pursuits

Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat

Tammy Hershberger: Stamp Happy

Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden

Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color

(Barb is under the weather today and not able to play – take care and get better soon Barb!)



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hope your day is filled with laughter and fun! This is our family pooch - one of the kids thought he would look good in green : )

Sunday, March 14, 2010

3 D Shadow Box


I was so excited to receive the new Crafty Secrets 3D Shadow Box made with the new Accucut Die from Vicki Chrisman's blog giveaway. This was easy and fun to work with! I can't wait to get more. These will make wonderful gifts. I will be starting a class with Catherine Matthews Scanlon who encourages her students to let their work tell a story. So that is exactly what I did with this 3 D Shadow Box. All the papers and images are from Crafty Secrets. If you would like a closer view just click on the photo.

Vicki included several images and I chose this sweet girl from the Dolls Images and Journal Notes. I come from a family of three girls and so did my mom, not to mention we have three girls. We broke protocol and added a precious little boy to the bunch.

Memories - there are many! Some of my favorite are from watching our children sleep, so calm and peaceful. Often I remember standing by their crib or bed wondering how this sweet little rosy cheeked child left me feeling so frazzled just hours before?

Over the years of parenting, I have become increasingly aware of my inadequacies and my need for wisdom. And in those moments when I feel overwhelmed and helpless, I need to remember to pray because more than likely I am trying to do it on my own.

Dreams and desires for our children? As we all know, life is not easy and we cannot always be with those we love. It is the hope of my husband and I that our children would know their Heavenly Father and be assured of His love and presence with them. For is His eye not on the sparrow?

Thanks for stopping by and bearing with me to hear the story of this little shadowbox. May you have time today to treasure the dear and sweet memories that are within your heart!


Stamps: Mini Memories, Serenity Prayer, French Mail - Crafty Secrets
Paper: Classic and Radiant - Crafty Secrets
Images: Altered Fairies Creative Scraps, Little Dolls / Birds & Botanical Images and Journal Notes
Ink: Vintage Sepia - Versafine, Antique Linen - Ranger
Other: Sweet Chips Chipboard - Crafty Secrets, Flowers & Velvet Flower Ribbon - Prima, Half Pearls, Silk Ribbon .Ultra Fine Gold Glitter - Prisma, Twig, Spanish Moss, and Button




Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chocolate Delight


This week's Stamp Simply Challenge is to use pink and green with a touch of brown. We would love to have you play along! You can find all the details here.

I used Crafty Secrets Little Dolls Images and Journal Notes paired up with K & Company's Cut N' Paste Paper. Nothing fancy just a little cutting and pasting. This brings back childhood memories of playing with paper dolls which is what this little vintage sweetheart is! Alright you can stop trying to guess how old I am - LOL!! I added a little sparkle to my flowers which is hard to pick up in the photo. Just click on the photo if you want the jumbo view. To help corral my creative thoughts I used the Midnight Madness Sketch paired up with Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges. This is also for Flourishes Grand Opening Celebration! Thanks for stopping by and may you find joy and delight in your day even if it takes longer to photograph your card than it did to make it!

Please be sure to check out the design teams great creations:

Sharon Johnson: No Time To Stamp?


Barb Anders: Paper Pursuits

Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat

Tammy Hershberger: Stamp Happy

Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden

Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color





Saturday, March 6, 2010

No Fluff Speedy Recovery

I'm loving the new no fluff option at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. It is a great option when you need to make a guy card which is what I needed to do this week. My dad fell on the ice and fractured a vertebrae so I wanted to send him a card with wishes for a speedy recovery! It's times like these when I wish we lived closer to my folks. We are thankful he did not need to be hospitalized. The doctors are thinking rest and time will be the best medicine. Images are from Crafty Secrets' Favorite Fellas and Cornish Heritage Farms' On The Desk sets. DP is Teresa Collins Journal-It. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are able to take some time and rest this weekend!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Stamp Simply Challenge 129


This past Sunday I had one of the sweetest blessings when I opened my e-mail! It was a note from Sharon Johnson of No Time To Stamp? asking if I would like to be the March Guest Designer for her weekly Stamp Simply Challenge. What a privilege and honor to stamp alongside this wonderful group of designers! I feel like a little league player who has been invited to play with his favorite major league team : ) Sharon, thank you for this opportunity!!

Stamp Simply #129 - Punched Borders
The challenge is to use your border punches, or create the semblance of a punched border. You can use Nestabilities to make what resembles a punched border as Sharon did here, or even use a corner rounder punch to create a scalloped border. SCS has a tutorial on this here. If you would like to play, you can link your creation here or you can upload to SCS using the keyword ssnotime129.


I thought I would put one of the large images from Graphic 45's Domestic Goddess Paper to use. I cut out this blue ribbon winner for my focal point and pieced together some other papers from the collection for my background. I wanted to use the flowers as my scallop border but my scallop punch was too small. What then? Go to plan B and work with what you have so I just used my scissors and cut around the flowers leaving a small border. After coloring the rolling pin with a Copic R89 marker and Antique Linen Ink I adhered it with Paper Glaze. This layout is based on this week's 2 Sketches 4 You Challenge.

Alright, let's try this again - this time using a bona fide punch! The outside border was made with Fiskar's Threading Water Punch. Image and sentiment are from Crafty Secrets Girlfriends Images and Journal Notes. These are great for quick cards and Sharon carries them in her store. I thought I had square Nestabilities to make my frame with but apparently I don't so I used my square punch and trimmed around it. Funny how you can have boatloads of stuff and still not have everything!! DP is from K & Company's Ancestry's Pad. I used Brushed Corduroy Ink to color the lace and the paper. This layout is from Card Patterns Sketch. Both cards were inspired by this week's Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and joining me in my visit to the Major Leagues! Hope you have a great Friday!

Please check out the design teams great creations:

Sharon Johnson: No Time To Stamp?


Barb Anders: Paper Pursuits

Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat

Tammy Hershberger: Stamp Happy

Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden

Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color







Saturday, February 27, 2010

With Sympathy


Late Thursday night I read Sharon's Stamp Simply Challenge was to make a sympathy card. I thought to myself what a great idea because it's the kind of thing you need to have quickly and you usually have little or no notice. Then Friday our high school senior came home from school and asked if I could make a sympathy card. She wanted to take it to school Monday so she and her classmates could sign it for a teacher whose father passed away. I tried to create something that would like it came from the students and not one of their mothers! I used Laura's Sketch 46 from 2 Sketches 4 You for the basis of my card. The main image is from Magenta and the small butterfly and sentiment are from retired SU! sets - More Great Greetings and Beautiful Butterflies. I believe there are no small coincidences is this world and for that I am thankful! I hope you are able to take a few moments this weekend to enjoy those people in your life who you treasure. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Greetings From Wonderland


Greetings! It is Friday and I hope that is a good thing for you! I know it is for me : ) Even though our weekends can be full it's nice to have a break from the school routine. I just got this Crafty Secrets Set - Greetings From Wonderland. We have some Alice in Wonderland fans at our house so it was one of those sets I couldn't pass up. I was anxious to play with it so I pulled it out to use it for Card Patterns Sketch Challenge and SCS F4A1 Challenge. These are great stamps with lots of details and they stamp well. I love using Versafine's Onyx Black with my detailed images. Nothing fancy here just some distressing and added dimension to my banner so I could hang my charm. My DP is from my stash some Hot Off The Press and BasicGrey. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Victorian Spring


We have had some changes at our house over the last few months that needed a little extra TLC. So I took some time off from blogging but am now trying to make an entry at least once a week. As some of you know my husband's mother moved in with us a year ago. She has dementia and we continue to see digression. We have four children and I recently have had to start home schooling our youngest. As you can imagine I can't get Grandma out as much as she would like - every day : ) So some folks at church are starting to help us by taking her out or inviting her for a visit. The reason I 'm sharing this? I needed to make some thank you cards!

I used a couple of challenges this week for inspiration in making this card -SCS Crafty Secrets, CPS Card Sketch, and Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This image reminded me of the coming of Spring as these sweet children take in the changes around them. I intended to use some lighter colors but am also committed to using what I had thus the earth tones. Maybe a better title would have been a Dark Spring Day? Mental note: Need to build up my blue DP collection. Oh well, thanks for stopping by and I hope Spring doesn't arrive one day late for you!

Stamps: Glamor Girls - Crafty Secrets
Paper: Ancestry- K & CO
Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Sepia
Accessories: Childhood Images and Journal Notes- Crafty Secrets, Ribbon, Embroidery Floss, Button, Flower- Prima, Scalloped Tag - Sizzix

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Positively Pink

Yesterday I shared with you about Cards For Kids so I decided to use Crafty Secrets SCS Challenge and the Midnight Madness Card Sketch as inspiration for this card. I thought it would be a sweet card for one of the moms. The main image is from Crafty Secrets' Birds and Blossoms Creative Scraps and DP is K&CO.'s Cut N Paste Pad. The card base is one of the papers from Prismatics Cream Pack. It's hard for me to tell them all apart! I used foam tape to add dimension. I needed some dimension on one panel side but not as much as the foam tape gave so I doubled up some cardstock on the back and used it. It was the perfect solution. Thanks for stopping by and may your day be filled with sweet dreams, laughter, memories, and sunshine!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cards For Kids


Do you have a love for children? Does your heart go out to families who are dealing with the illness of a child? If so, Jennifer McGuire provides a wonderful opportunity to reach out to these children and their families. It is called Cards for Kids. All you need to do is make a card and send it to her and she will make sure the family receives it. If you would like to personalize it her blog provides family member names, ages, and the child's interests. These cards mean so much to the families! It really touches your heart to read the notes Jennifer receives from the families. Talk about something worthwhile!! Well enough writing I need to get stamping! Thanks for your time and I hope you have a joy filled weekend!

Blog Candy


Just to let you know of two blog candy offerings. First, Darlene of Dar's Crafty Creations is celebrating 50,000 visits to her blog. Please stop by and join her in this celebration. A picture of the goodies are on my sidebar.

Also, Lesley Venable of Flatwood Folk Arts is offering an opportunity to win an online class from Kerin of Mixed Media Art. The winner will be able to select one of two classes - Vintage Gentlemen or Resin Clay Pendants. Lesley also has online classes. She has begun a new Ning group The Art of Altering . If you enjoy altered art and vintage stop by and see what it is all about. Lesley has free images for those who are members.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wrapped in Love


Happy Valentines Day! It has been a special day for us because our Valentine's baby has turned the big 21! As I say to my friends with young ones - the days are sometimes long but the years go by quickly! This cute Valentines image is a free download from Crafty Secrets. I slightly modified a bird house pattern from SCS and used Cosmo Cricket's Honey Pie 8x8 pad for this puppy's little house. The touch of sparkle comes via Martha Stewart's glitter and glitter snow. I know it has been awhile since I have shared but we have had some family needs that have required extra time, love, and attention. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day has been filled with sweet things!