Sunday, August 31, 2008

OCC Birthday Challenge

Happy Labor Day to you all! It was in fact really Labor Day for me 25 years ago, as today is my youngest son's birthday. He is celebrating in the beautiful Azores! (sounds romantic doesn't it, but it's really not, he is on his was to Afghanistan!)....He's probably sound asleep with his head back, snoring on the airplane he is in ;>)
Today's card is for the OCC Birthday challenge this week. It is very much like one that Dawn Easton posted on Splitcoast the first part of June. In fact, it was her card that sent me on a mission to find this particular set. Thanks so much for all your inspiration Dawn.
Now for the recipe: Cardstock (all SU) Confetti White, Purely Pomegranate, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise. Pattern paper is from DCWV. Stamps-Hero Arts. Accessories- Circle Scallop Nestibilities-Spellbinders, Treading Water Border Punch-Fiskars, Ribbon-Big Lots!, Fabric Paint-JoAnns. Sentiment is lifted with dimensionals. (Did I forget anything?)
Thanks for stopping in! Have an AWESOME day! God Bless!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Exodus 33:14

Another scripture card for today. I enjoy doing these. I don't remember if I've used this particular scripture stamp recently, but it is always a good thought to keep in front of us.

Cardbase and flourishes are Brilliant Blue from Stampin' Up! The flourishes are cut using my Cuttlebug (Provo Craft) and Quik Kut dies. The sunflowers are stamped and cut from a Stampendous picture frame stamp that I have had for years. They are colored with Bic Markers and accented with a gold glitter pen (I'm not sure if this really shows in this picture.) I used the Ticket Corner punch on the yellow cardstock, then added Dew Drops from Robin's Nest.
I'm anxious for a nice quiet weekend. I'm sure we will just sit around and's been way too exciting around here lately!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by! God Bless!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mojo Monday # 50

Well, I think I FINALLY got it done. I think I am happy with how it turned out.....I will have to look at it for a while. ;>). This is my first time working with the Mojo Monday Challenge from Poetic Artistry. Julee does awesome work! She has such an eye for color and texture.

I just found out a bit ago that I get to babysit a couple of g-kids for the night. My son is taking his wife on a "date" before he is deployed for 4 months. They have spent alot of time apart, but he has always been in the states. It is a little more tough this time.

I used Wild Wasabi cardstock for the base, then layered with some fun birthday paper from the DCWV 12x12 Summer Stack. The largest scallop and largest layer of the rectangle are More Mustard cardstock. Layered on each, as well as on the cardbase is Textured Navy from Bazill. The smallest layers are Confetti White. The stamps that I used are both from Stampin' Up! Warm Words for the sentiment and the gift is from the Button Bear set. Does anyone remember that one. Button Bear is almost as old as Smokey!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.......I think this helped me to get out of my slump!

God Bless!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Can't Seem To Get It Going Again....

I just can't seem to get going again. I think maybe life is getting to me lately. With my husband's emergency last week and our son being deployed soon, my mind is just not working . I have gone in to my craft room several times, and just come up blank. I am working on the Mojo Monday 50 challenge and it is taking me forever! Thankfully, I still have a few days.

We had a going away BBQ for our son Jim this last weekend. Also during that time we surprised my husband with a 50th Birthday party. Jim didn't want to miss the opportunity to give his Dad a bad time on his 50th Birthday, and since he will be overseas when Dad turns that ripe old age, we thru the party early. He was really surprised! We did have to rethink it a bit since his heart attack earlier in the week. If it had been more serious, we would not have done this, I assure you. Anyway, in this post you will see two cards that my sisters made for him, they are sooo cute!

(Thanks for bailing me out here, girls!)

Thanks for your patience, have a wonderful day! God Bless!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Happy Harvest

Happy Tuesday! Hubby went to work for a half day today.....I'm sure I will be calling him ALOT! This is the first day he has gone anywhere alone since last week. He is probably thankful for the time....I just worry. I did manage to get a card worked on yesterday. I need to soak at the Splitcoast Stampers site for a while to get my creative juices going again, I guess. Below is the card I made.

The cardbase is Pumkin Pie, layered with Purely Pomegranite and Groovy Guava. I used the Swiss Dots EF and my Cuttlebug for texture. The stamp set is "Happy Harvest". It is retired from Stampin' Up! many years ago. I still love it for fall though. There is also an adorable scarecrow with this set that I am sure I will be using for a card soon. ;>) The ribbon and the brads are from Joann's.

Thanks for stopping by today! Blessings to you!

Monday, August 25, 2008


Good Monday to everyone. I apologize for being invisible for the past several days. We had a bit of a family emergency. Last time I posted, we were planning on attending the "Chicago" concert at the fair.......well, about 11 a.m. that morning my phone rang. It was one the the doctors that my husband, who is a contractor is building a house for. He was having chest pain, so they called the paramedics and sent him to the hospital. By the time that I arrived (we live about 30 miles from where he was working), they already had him in surgery and were doing a heart catherization. He spent a day and a half in the Coronary Care Unit and then was moved to another room, where he stayed another day before they released him. Needless to say, my creative juices dried up for several days! He is home now, the doc says he did everything right as far as what to do when having chest pain. I believe it was a total God thing......he was only 3 blocks from a really good hospital that does alot of heart stuff, there was a doctor there with him and they got him taken care of within a half an hour. So the damage to his heart is minimal. They have sent him home with some medication, instructions to get more exercise and lose a few pounds. We have been working on that anyway. This will slow him down a bit though, for which I am thankful. Well, on to the card:
I made this card for my sister's birthday, which is today! Happy day Terri! I'm glad I had it done before all the excitement hit. The cardbase is Confetti White, the Sky Blue layer was run thru my Cuttlebug, using my Textile EF. I used the Treading Water Edger from Fiskars for the bottom scallop work. For the image I used a retired Stampin' Up! set, "Beautiful Butterflies". The sentiment and flower are layered with Lovely Lilac. Ribbon is Lovely Lilac Organdy ribbon from Stampin' Up! several years ago.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings to you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Saturday Sketch Challenge-Our Creative Corner

Happy Day! I am SOOO excited today! My husband is taking off work a few hours early today so that we can go to the State Fair. This is always a great time for us, but the exciting thing about today is that "Chicago" will be in concert this evening and we are going!!!! I have loved their music since I was very young. This is the only way I could ever get to see them , I'm sure.

Well, on to today's card. This is for this week's OCC challenge, I sure enjoy doing these. The ladies over at Our Creative Corner are so talented and sweet.

The cardbase is Lavender Lace, the scalloped panel and bottom circle layer are Pale Plum, both from Stampin' Up! The butterfly is stamped with Perfect Plum on Confetti White cardstock. It is from a clear set by Inkadinkado. Accessories include: Treading Water Border Punch-Fiskars, Circle Punch-Marvy, Small Scalloped Circle Nestie-Spellbinders, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool. The detail on the Butterflies is done with a glitter pen, the circles are mounted with dimensionals. Ribbon-Garden Green Organdy from SU.

Have a great day. Thanks for stopping in.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Lovely As A Tree B-Day

Good Tuesday to you! More big plans today to get ready for my company, so just a quick post.
I have used my Lovely As A Tree set from Stampin'Up! for this card. I find it works so well for masculine cards. My youngest turns 25 years old soon, (this no way implies that I might be OLD) ! I'm very proud of him and the path he has taken in life.
Cardbase is Confetti White (SU), layered with Olive Plaid from Lasting Impressions. This is layered with more SU cardstock, Old Olive. Image is stamped with Mellow Moss ink. The small square brads are bronze in color and are from an assortment from Joanns.

Thanks for stopping by today, I'm off to start on that list again........Blessings!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Glittery Purse

Good Day to you all! I fell off the blogging wagon for a few days. I think my creative switch got a short in it. Thats usually what happens to me when life gets busy! Anyway, I was able to make a few cards yesterday, had a great time doing it too.
The card below is a fun girly card. I used Groovy Guava for the cardbase. Layers are Purely Pomegranate, (both SU), pattern paper is DCWV and the glitter square came from my sis, so I'm not sure about it. It is fun to work with though. I used the small purse from "Retro Boutique" , stamped in Only Orange ink. The flower is colored with Green Galore and Pink Passion markers. The middle is colored with a gold glitter pen.

I used my Ticket Corner punch and added pink square brads that I bought at Joann's. To finish things off there is pink grosgrain ribbon that I adhere with sticky strip that stuff!
Hope your day is awesome....I have a bzillion little things to do on my list today, I hope I can get them all done. We have company arriving at the end of the week for a family get together, so I have mapped my week out to get alot accomplished. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Love of My Lifetime

Good Day to you all! I am late in posting today.....I had a job interview this morning. All seemed to go well, I'm just waiting for a call now. I have mixed feelings about this position. It is not exactly what I am looking for, but will get my foot in the door. On to less tense things.....this is the card I made for my hubby for our 31st Wedding Anniversary. It is pretty simple, but it says a lot. My husband is very supportive of this paper crafting fetish that I have, so I guess I can keep him for another 31 years!

The cardbase is Confetti White, (SU) as is the stamped piece. The Mellow Moss layer goes well with the Pattern Paper (I've had that so long I don't remember where I got it, sorry). The sentiment is from a set called "So Many Sayings". It was a Celebration set in 2007. The brackets were cut with Quikut Dies "Punctuation", fastened them down with brushed gold round brads. I used my ticket corner punch on the corners. Like it said, pretty simple, but it said what I wanted.

Hoping you have a maaavelous day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Our Creative Corner Challenge

It's me again. I finally came up with a card for the OCC challenge. This week the challenge was to make a card using NO designer paper and only 4 layers. I think the 4 layer business was harder than not using DP! she is-

The cardbase is Tempting Turquoise, the layers are Tempting Turquoise that I ran thru my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dot EF (this is hard to see in the photo) The large scallop piece and the small strip across the middle is Soft Sky (Retired In Color) The small flowers are stamped with VersaMark on the bottom and in Not Quite Navy on the strip. (this is a border stamp from SU "1994", a few days ago ;0).......I used my mat pack to pierce the scallops and then added small flowers that I bought at JoAnns. The sentiment stamp is from Inkadinkado designer Kathy Davis.

Thanks for looking some more today.........

Phillipians 3:3

Good day to you all. I hope all is well in your world. Today is my 31st wedding anniversary! What a wonderful husband I have to put up with me for this long1 ;0).......I made this card, thinking at first I would give it to him for an anniversary card, but changed my mind and made him another. I'll show that to you tomorrow.....

I really enjoy making scripture cards. It is nice to have several on hand to send to friends who need a lift. I didn't use any stamps on this one. The scripture is computer generated. Cardbase is Chocolate Chip from Stampin' Up!. All other paper is from DCWV stacks. Embellishments include Dew drops from Robin's Nest ( I got them from All that Scraps), Brads-Joann's, Paper Piercing Map Pack-SU, Corner Die and of course my close friend, the Cuttlebug. I trimmed my pattern paper with Deckle Edge scissors from Fiskars ( Does anyone else still use those?) Oh, yes, I used chalk on the light yellow layer and also on the scripture layer to add a little more dimension.

Hope this inspires! Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fumbling Fingers!

Well, my fumbling fingers have gotten me into trouble again! One of the weblinks on my previous post is not correct. The link to Suzanne's page is as follows: Apologies to Suzanne.......

Please check in there for Suzanne's awesome work.

Paper Piecing

Well, Good Morning to you! I am so excited today, I tried something new and it is really fun! to me anyway. I cased a card I saw on Splitcoaststampers by Suzanne, you can see it on her site at She
does wonderful work! Thanks for the
Anyway, I used the Retro Boutique set I got at the Gina K site. I used some retired SU Designer Paper. Embellished with brads and ribbon and viola! Way cute I think.

This card is just a little different layout. The DP is a little different pattern, and I didn't piece the bodice of the dress, used a marker instead.

August is a big birthday month for me, so I have been busy making cards. If you have a big day this month and you are related to me, you just might see one of these very surprised, okay ;0)

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a marvelous day!

Monday, August 11, 2008

OCC Sketch Challenge

Well, I made this card for the OCC sketch challenge last week and have been looking at it to see if I like it. It was a really hard sketch for me. The circles in the middle just wouldn't come together. Anyway, I decided to throw it in the mix anyway......doesn't even compete with the other cards I saw......oh well, maybe it will spark and idea in someone ;>).

The cardbase is Certainly Celery, the circles, Pale Plum and So Saffron, all from Stampin' Up!. The pattern paper is DCWV and the glitter paper came from my sis...(Thanks Terri!). The brads are Bazzill. Retro Boutique (Gina K Designs) is becoming one of my all time favorite stamp sets. I have made several cards with it recently. You'll see a few more tomorrow.

Well, I hear the treadmill calling me.....Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Hawaii Baby!

I'M GOING TO HAWAII!!!!! Not!! Did I get you? Actually, I've never really wanted to go there or Disneyland for that matter. I'm kind of an odd duck. I enjoy going to the mountains, looking at nature and listening to the quiet.

I was looking thru old stamp magazines that I keep around to catch the dust, and saw a layout similar to this. As usually, I start out and the change almost everything as I go along. The paper is from the DCWV summer stack and is definitely Hawaiian, don't you think? I matted is with coordinating cardstock from the summer cardstack stack. (Cardbase is Stampin' Up! white). I added small round tags that I used chalk on for color, then stamped the sentiment. The metallic dots are from Joann's, as is the ribbon. Not really sure what I will do with this card......put it in the collection with the others and someday I'm sure I might need it.

Have a happy day and a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Feminine Tree.......

Well, I fried my brain cells most of the day working on the class I am taking, maybe that is why I'm not so sure about this card. My goal was to make a feminine card with the "Lovely As A Tree" set. I'm not too sure about this now.

I used Elegant Eggplant for the cardbase, layered that with offwhite that I ran thru my Cuttlebug with the textile EF. Then Stampin' Up! DP from several years ago. I stamped the tree with Perfect Plum and mounted that on another offwhite scrap and used my Circle Nestibilities. This is mounted on some speckled pink and then encased in a square that I used my Square Step corner punch on. The ribbon is light pink organdy, I used my embossing gun to ruffle it up a bit. I think maybe I tried too hard on this one. What do you think?

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Happy day to you! I am busily working away at my computer today to catch up for taking yesterday off. I spent the day at my daughter's home. She was having new carpet installed in one bedroom and didn't really want to be alone in the house for hours with the carpet we watched Anne of Green Gables all day and really enjoyed ourselves. Recliner

Today I made a card using a pale yellow cardstock, layered with a dark brown. The paper is from DCWV. I dry embossed the brown layer with my textile embossing folder and Cuttlebug. (just love that little machine!) The sentiment is from a stamp I bought years ago from a company called "Ann-ticipations" I'm not sure they are even around anymore. Couldn't decide about embellishments, I tried several different things. I finally layered these two ribbons to complete the card.

TIP: When I have to work with two ribbons, I use double sticky tape to anchor the pieces so that I don't lose my mind trying to get everything to stay even. ;>)

Have a great day....try to stay cool!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Little Truck Birthday

Hello! Just got back from a camping trip! We had such a good time. Our oldest son and family were there also, it is so much fun to camp with family! My two oldest granddaughters are now convinced the the illusive yellow and purple fuzzywumper lives in the mountains of Idaho! hehe! The weather was perfect in the mountains and my husband got to do a little fly fishing. He hasn't been able to do this for several years because of a back injury. It was so nice to watch him enjoy this again. Watching a fly fisherman can be like is so smooth and looks so easy, but there really is a lot of skill involved.
I came home and finished this card that I had started before leaving on Friday. Sometimes, when you get an idea in your head that sounds quick and easy, it just doesn't come together like you had first envisioned. ;0) The little man and construction images come from the "Little Trucks" set from Stampin' Up! Card base and layered square are made from paper from Bazzill. The little blue truck was cut with a Cuttlebug die. I positioned the little man and blue truck with pop dots to make them stand out alittle. In each of the top corners of the pattern paper (DCWV) are metallic dots. I guess this will be a fun card for one of my five grandsons when a birthday arrives. ( I get to spend the day with two of them tomorrow!)
Have a wonderific day! Thanks for stopping by!