Monday, February 28, 2011


Jim's boss, Nick, bowled a 300 game the other night! That is something to celebrate! Jim asked me to make a special card for him, and as I had not one bowling stamp, I had to rely on my digital stash and Google images to get me through this one! Here is what I came up with.

My base is Smoky Slate PL card stock, layered with a digi paper from my messy stash. I found the image of the scattering pins online. For my words and numbers I got to use some letter stickers from my scrapbooking days and added a length of striped ribbon. The sticky squares were from PC. Just goes to show you ho wyou can pull something up out of the ashes in a pinch!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great Monday. Dodging a few thunderstorms here today. Can I also ask my friends with prayer lists to keep my very dear SIL on their list? She was just moved out of ICU with a health crisis, and my lovely niece is expecting to give her her first grandchild in 3 months! Very stressful. Thanks.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


No, no, not the illness! It's the last Sunday of the month, so it is time for the Roses Challenge! This month, Patti Rose has challenged us to make a monochromatic card. I chose to do mine in blue.
I am also going to be entering this card in Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge # 44, where Joanne Travis has asked that we use food on our card.

My card was created using a white card base, A layer of DP from K&Co, and circles and stripes of white and Little Boy Blue, Pure Luxury card stock from Gina K. Designs. My cupcake and sentiments are from a set called Cupcake Birthday, from Mark's Finest Paper. For embellishments, I used glaze and gelly roll pens on the cupcake, then added Prima flowers and pearls from Queen & Co..

If you have a minute, it would be so nice to have you stop and see what the other Roses have to offer us in the way of lovely creations! Please visit Sue, Kerrie, Olga, Betty, Patti Sue, Kym, and Connie. Some of them may be snoozing, but give it a go!

Have a glorious Sunday!

Monday, February 21, 2011

OTWC Challenge #46

While I was working on a card for one of the STV release challenges, I realized that the colors were perfect for Kim's color challenge this week at Off The Wall Craftiness. I have not gotten over to do a challenge at Kim's site for quite some time, and I sure miss her gorgeous inspiration pieces. I was a wee bit confused as it did not seem that her listed colors matched the inspiration photo, so after making a second card, I went with the colors she chose. I was seeing a peachy orange. Here they are, she wanted red.
I used 3 Pure Luxury card stocks in the colors Lipstick Red, Turquoise Sea, and Lemon Drop. I did use some layering weight white. Yes, Nesties were used for my circular shape. The stamps I used are from Theresa Momber's set called Aloha. I sponged using Ridinghood Red, Crushed Curry, and Taken with Teal ink, from Stampin Up!. Flowers were colored using Copics and colored pencils. For accents, I used ribbon form Cosmo Cricket, and gems from Recollections.

Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It's A New Day!

The wind has calmed and from what I see on the news, many old trees have not survived it's wrath. I mean this wind knocked down walls! One big old tree fell and split a 3 story house right down the middle. I have a few things overturned, such a a big log rack, and a couple of limbs down. Very Lucky!

Anyhow, on to today's card! This one is for Speedy the Cat's friends Challenge #43, which is to use black, white, and one other color. My card base is black onyx from Gina K. Designs. My DP is from DCWV, Mango Frost collection. The stamps are from my new Mark's Finest set called Greet The Day with Gerber and I just love them! For embellishments, I used some dotted organza, and a big sugared flower from Prima. What do you think? Here is a peek at the inside.

Today I am off to the bridal fair which is being held at my daughters venue. We will get to meet the florist and the baker, plus taste some of the items for our cocktail hour. Sounds like fun, right? My DD is bringing her maid of honor and one bridesmaid (who is a stamper) and it will be nice to hear their thoughts. Have a glorious Sunday, my friends!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Did Ya Miss Me?

It was a real slow week for the creative juices here. I woke this morning, did a bunch of cleaning, and promised myself I would start stamping. Little did I know that the wind that has howled all night would do it even worse this morning! The result was no electricity for the last 4 hours. You don't know how much you miss it until everything you try to do, stops you dead in your tracks. Anyway, I am back up and running for now, and here is what I created by sunny window light.
My card is for the Just Us Girls Challenge #72. It is a color challenge and we are to use aqua, melon, and kraft. Boy are they pretty together! The card base is Kraft from Gina K. Designs. I had just bought a new paper pad from KaiserCraft, called Secret Bird Society, and it was perfect! I even scored the bird and the scallop edge from the extras that are included. The sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps. My ribbon is from an old stash bought from QVC. The roses are Prima's and the pearls are from Recollections. The pearl head pin is from the bridal dept. at Michaels, and I colored it with a Copic Marker.

I am so excited that I actually have another card ready for a post in the morning! Have a great Saturday evening!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Monday!

I just wanted to share a quick card I created for the ribbon challenge over at Create With Bubbe. Today is the last day for the challenge and I can't let my buddy Olga get the best of me!

My card uses stamps I have had for years that came from The Stamping Studio. I just love these shamrocks and irish blessing. The shamrocks are so much fun to layer in different colors! I used soft sand and grass green, Pure Luxury card stock from GKD. My inks are Memento black, and SU! olive green and soft suede. The ribbon is from Michael's 1$ bin and I added a green Prima flower to my ribbon knot. I tend to go for theses stamps every St Patrick's Day. I just love their rustic look.

As some of you know, I had the pleasure of shopping for my DD's wedding gown this past weekend. Let me just say that it was one of the best experiences we have shared together! It only took 5 gowns until she found "The Gown"! I will never forget the look on her face when she stepped in front of the 3-way mirror. I knew the look because it was the same one I saw when she found the venue for the reception. Oh, to see your children happy, is a wonderful feeling!

Happy Valentine's Day my friends. Hope you get to spend it with the one you love!

Friday, February 11, 2011


I am running right down to the wire to get a post for the weekly Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge. It is #41 and we are to make a handmade flower. I wanted to use my new set again called Greet The Day With Gerber, so I decided on a CAS card. I just love the sentiments that are included in these gorgeous sets
My card base is Little Boy Blue, Pure Luxury card stock, layered with Granola from Basic grey. I used scraps of Soft Suede from SU! an Soft Sand PL from Gina K. Designs to frame my sentiment. I wrapped the panel with twine. For my flower, I punched two colors of solid from the Granola collection and secured the center with an antique button of flying birds.

Thanks for stopping by, and I am off to work! TGIF!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Greet The Day With Gerber

This is a set that I won during last months release hop at Mark's Finest Paper. It is called "Greet The Day With Gerber". When I found out that I won, I had my fingers crossed that it would be a really versatile set. Faith makes it so you win a set from the upcoming release, then you don't have a clue. Boy, did I luck out, this is a beauty! Once it arrived, I was unsure if it was okay to use it right away. Today is the first day that their new sets have been revealed, and Day one of the reveal hop. I figured it was safe to post my card.

I created my card with soft sand and melon mambo card stock, and a piece of K&Co. designer paper. I stamped my image with Stazon and colored with SU inks and a water brush onto a piece of watercolor paper. I distress, wet and rolled the edges. I glued it onto the melon mambo panel and used staples to secure the corners. I tied on a piece of plaid, organza ribbon, fashioned a bow, and added pink buttons threaded with embroidery floss. I created a box around my sentiment with a Zig marker.
I would like to submit this card for the ribbon challenge at Create With Bubbe. That runs until Feb 14th

It's bitter cold here today and the wind is just whipping! I can take it since there is the promise of warmer weather this weekend! Wedding gown shopping on Saturday with my DD. That ought to be fun, huh? It is also a milestone birthday for her. I don't think she likes that part!
Thanks for coming by.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Joan's Gardens Card Challenge #5

It's that time again! Joan has graced us with another fun recipe to follow for her card challenge. Make sure you go check out her pretty example, and all of the pretty cards added to the gallery.

The recipe is as follows:

1. Use Coral/pink and Green for your colors
2. A Birthday Sentiment
3. Vintage Paper
4. Handmade or Punch flower

I used Pure Luxury card stocks and a layer of vintage paper from K&Co by Brenda Walton. My pink layer is embossed with a Sizzix EF, and highlighted with pink grapefruit VersaMagic ink. I love that color and go to it often as it is between a pink and a coral, and goes so well with many papers. I added stitching, crochet lace, and a satin cording. My sentiment is on a Nestie oval and is one of my favorites to use for a birthday. A simple HB on the inside is all that is needed.

Okay, so what were the odds that I had coral tulle in my stash? I started playing with it to see if I could form a flower, and this is what I came up with. I punched a 1" circle from heavy cs and then used a hole punch in the center. I cut off a length of tulle and threaded it through a large eyed embroidery needle. at first I looped it tightly around the open circle. On my last row around, I left larger, puffy loops, securing everything with a pearl and metal brad from MM. I tucked in some felt leaves and secured it to the card with large Glue Dots.

Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Poppy Valentine

First I would like to wish my dear stamping buddy, Olga, a very Happy Birthday! Here is hoping that this year brings health and happiness to you and those you love. Party hard!

I did not want the week to get away from me, and miss the Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge. This week, we are to create a Valentine. I decided to combine it with the Color Challenge over at Stamp TV, which is to use red, black, and white. I just love that color combo!

My card stocks are Pure Luxury, Onyx Black, Red Hot, and Pure White. My poppy image is from Nina Brackett's stamp set called Hugs and Prayers. The sentiment is just a little clear stamp from Studio G. I colored with Copics, added touches of Diamond Stickles, wrapped with red and white bakers twine, and tied a bow through a vintage Abalone shell button. I added a border of tiny heart punches to jazz up the bottom. It is hard to tell, but the bottom of the front panel is cut shorter to show another row of colors.

Have a wonderful day! I love when you stop by.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day!

If this little guy sees his shadow, I just know they are fibbing! We are in the middle of an ice storm here in PA. The power has been blinking but still on. I bet if the sun came out right now, it would look like a world of diamonds. So, Happy Groundhog Day to you all, and we will just keep dreaming of beautiful Spring days!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

I received this sweet award from by buddy, Olga over at Craftieodamae. If you have not put her on your list of places to visit, you just must! She has recently gotten back into scrapbooking and is a member of the Heartfelt Creations design team. Combine those two things and you sure get some powerful projects! The rules that go with this award, are to pass it on to 3-5 more blogging friends, so here goes!

Kerrie M. at Kezzam
Special Note from the Originator:
The aim of this action is that we bring unknown, good blogs to light, so I would ask you not to blog fellow bloggers that already have 3,000 followers.
I chose 4 that I think deserve more followers than they have, because in my opinion they are very talented and make stunning cards...Please pop over and show them some love - honestly I promise you will NOT be disappointed.