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