Sunday, August 31, 2014

Button It

Hey there!! Welcome to our latest CAS challenge over at The Outlawz. We want to see a button on your clean and simple project. Now if I would have read the challenge carefully, I would have seen it was asking for one button...but I used ONE die to cut out five!!! I'll make any excuse to try and save a project!! I found my stash of embroidery floss and colors that worked perfectly with these three shades of blue. For balance, I added the thin strip of green along the side and rounded the corners (something I forget to do more often). It's definitely simple, that's for sure!!

Friday, August 29, 2014


I'm so sad to be ending my time at Imagine That as a summer guest designer. Owner and artist Kris Breach was so sweet and generous, I had an absolute blast. Here's one more card using the adorable set Joyous Reindeer. Normally I pop up the image over my layers of paper. This time the designer paper has a circle die cut out of it and popped up over the image layer! A fun change of pace. I am so into the linen thread that I had to find a way to put it on my card so I let the scallop border help me out on that one! Another fun holiday card. Now if I were one of those VERY organized persons, I'd have my envelopes addressed already to make my Christmas rush less stressful. Haha, if only!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Happy Hi!

Hi!! So glad you dropped by. School is back in session so this is one happy Mom! I like my alone time!! I won't be as alone as I first thought though, I'm picking up more hours during the day at work. That's okay, it helps to pay for this obsession I have called card making!!! This card makes use of two rubber stamps from Fresh Brewed Designs...Caution Contents are Hot and the sentiment. Now's the time to buy some rubber stamps from Fresh Brewed Designs, they're on sale 25% off now thru Sept. 5th.  We're also in the last week of our Glitter Galore challenge (find details HERE). I used Stickles on her dress plus the pink brads are glittered. This might be perfect for my one niece who has a love of Starbucks just like I do!! We are so alike is many other ways too...I love her!! Join us for some glittery fun over at the Fresh Brewed Blog.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweet Love & Hugs

 Happy Wednesday, the first day of school for my youngest. And my oldest has started a new adventure in his life, studying abroad this semester in Sydney, Australia. It's the last Wednesday of the month so we have a twisted challenge for you at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. First up is the sketch, a blast from the past. The added twist is stitching, real or faux. 

Our lovely sponsor is Megan from Dilly Beans. She has so many adorable images, be sure and take a moment to check out her store. 

Here's my card, using Penny's Heart String. She's such a pretty little lady! Can you believe I've incorporated purple into my project?!!! Yep, I've gone off the deep end!!! I have several goofs on this card too, one of which is covered up by the sentiment. The other is my initial plan was to make a square card, but once I had my papers sewn down, there was no turning back, an A2 it will stay!!!!! Now join us for loads of fun at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2, we'll have you in stitches with our twisted challenge!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monkey Business

I couldn't let August go by without finishing the challenge using the Digi of the Month from DeeDee's Digis - Monkey Business. Such a sweetie...and I adore this banana paper also included in the set!!! Keeping it very simple and placing the sentiment strategically to cover a spot on my paper! You have a few days left to play along in this progressive challenge, then you're eligible for September's digi of the month!! Can't wait!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Let me tell you, whatever is going on that's making me so dizzy is absolutely driving me nuts!!! I have so much to do and find that I have to lay down just to keep the room from spinning. Here's one thing that I was able to do, my card for our CAS challenge over at The Outlawz. Our theme is to make a "hello" type of card. I actually did real stamping on this one, using stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp (Thinking of You) and W Plus 9 (Hand Lettered Hello). So fun to create. Now be sure and join us at The Outlawz for our "hello" clean and simple challenge.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy Fall

It's time to say "HI" to this cute little Pumpkin PigWit, the August Stamp of the Month at From the Heart. Yep, he is a sweetie!! How fun to pull out some autumn papers too. I thought a little stitching was in order too, since I haven't done it in a while. This is my monthly challenge card for August over at the From the Heart Blog.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Cowgirl

Well let me tell you, I find the absolute best time to get sick...when we're extra busy at work AND right before shipping my son off to study abroad in Sydney, Australia!! It's Friday night and I finally felt good enough to head into my craft room and create a bit. This fun card uses a digital set and paper from Imagine That. The stamp set is called Cowboy Cactus Planter and the paper is from the Wild West pack. Quick and easy, a style I've come to embrace...with both arms!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Have a Sweet Christmas

Welcome back to Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. It's always so fun seeing what everyone creates with our wonderful sketches!  

What else is wonderful is our generous sponsors each and every week. Sally Ann from Digi Stamp Boutique takes care of us every fabulous is that!!! Be sure and stop by Digi Stamp Boutique for a look at all the adorable images she has to offer.  

The color version of digital stamps is all I can handle this week. My son is leaving Monday to study Sydney, Australia!!! I'm just a little stressed. Here I used from Digi Stamp Boutique the sweet image and sentiment Sweet Gingerbread House. So fun and fabulous! Now join us for some sweet sketchy fun at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2!!

I'd like to enter this into the August customer competition at the Digi Stamp Boutique Blog.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Merry & Bright

Don't ya just love a moose all decorated up for Christmas?!!! I adore this image from Eureka Stamps (called Christmas Moose) and was thrilled to use it for our latest challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas - 3 of something, 2 of something, 1 image. I used 3 embossed layers and two brads along with my 1 fabulous image. Sure hope you can join us over the next 2 weeks for our 3-2-1 challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Better Late Than Never

I can't seem to pull it together these past few days. And I see it only getting worse because next Monday our college sophomore son is flying to Sydney, Australia to study abroad!!!! Just way too much going on with that!! With that said, I was late getting my card done for Doodle Pantry's sponsorship of the Things with Wheels challenge over at Incy Wincy Designs. I used the Pinto image and papers from the fabulous set Classic Clunkers 1. Gotta say, I love these papers!! I didn't want to put much else on the card to cover it up!!! Join the Things With Wheels challenge over at Incy Wincy Designs for your chance at some Doodle Pantry goodness.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hope to Sea You Soon!

Well what do ya know, I forgot to post my card for today!!! It's for our CAS challenge over at The Outlawz and our WAVE theme. I of course went for the obvious and used ocean waves. I love the sound of them crashing, especially at night...such a peaceful sound. I used a wave die cut for the two blues, mounted them onto kraft, then die cut that panel out with a stitched rectangle die from Lil' Inker Designs. The lighthouse and sentiment (I mounted it on my acrylic block in a wavy pattern) are from the Here Comes the Sun kit at Gina K Designs. A fun challenge to let your imagination run free!! Hope you can join us at The Outlawz.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Merry Christmas

I'm going thru all the holidays in two days!!!!! Yesterday was Halloween, today Christmas! This card uses a cutie image from Imagine That called Joyous Reindeer. I printed off all these sweet things, planning on three more cards!! Clean and simple so I can mail without extra postage...perfect!! How lucky was I to find this paper right on top of my scrap pile! If you want to see more inspiration from the Imagine That GDT, check out the BLOG.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Halloween

Halloween??? Hey wait, summer isn't even over yet!!! I couldn't resist using Candy Corn Girl from Fresh Brewed Designs to remind you of our Buttons Challenge going on over at the Fresh Brewed Blog. How fun to use a rubber stamp, for a change. I've gotten so into digis that I forget how great it feels to get inky!! As for my button, it's one teeny tiny thing on my bow! The challenge is for as few or as many buttons as you feel like, so an extra small one is it!! Sure hope you can join our Buttons Challenge at the Fresh Brewed Blog.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Keep on Truckin'

Welcome to Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. We are always so glad when you come by and play!! We have a wonderful sketch for you to try this week.

Our other wonderful thing this week is our sponsor...Doodle Pantry. There is so many wonderful digi sets to choose from. Owner and artist Laurie Wilson is one talented lady!!

 This week I went masculine, using a newly released set Big Trucks. I love, love, love the digital paper that is also included. Now that I've finally found these phillips head screw brads, I'm using them on every card I make (okay, maybe not EVERY card!!!). Sure hope you can join us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Have a Bloomiful Day

Since getting back from Disney (what a wonderful time we had!!), I can't seem to get back into the groove of card making!! I actually made this card awhile back, just never posted it. So today is the day to share this sweetie, Lily's Flowers, from Imagine That. Isn't she a sweetie?!!! I also used digital paper from Imagine That called Blossoms & Bugs. I played off the red with white polka dots heart on her overalls. I just got this cool Chevron Cloud Die from Simon Says Stamp and had to use it!! Hope you have a bloomiful day too!!!

Don't forget about the August challenge going on at Imagine That Blog. It's a progressive challenge, so use this month's featured stamp set, Dolphins, and receive next month's free!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cupcake Inspirations

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring Cupcake Inspirations, and above are the cupcakes to be inspired by! Aren't they adorable?!!!

Well Doodle Pantry is the perfect place to find lots and lots of images of bugs!! My "bug" is actually a birdie dressed up as one!! Too sweet!! This image is Bee Birdie and can be found HERE. Did you notice the honeycomb background? That's actually the Beeutiful Beehive SVG and PDF, also from Doodle Pantry, that I cut out with my Cameo. A fun challenge that I hope you can join for your chance at winning a $10 coupon for the store at Doodle Pantry.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Happy Birthday in Purple

You all know how much I LOVE purple!!! Hehehe, just kidding, it is so not my favorite color. But our CAS challenge over at The Outlawz is to use it on our card. YIKES, now that's a real challenge if ever I heard one!! But create with it I will, using some dies and a flower and happy birthday stamp. I used a little dot of yellow for the flower's center just to help me out with so much purple! Yep, I'm that bad when it comes to purple!!! Join us at The Outlawz for some color fun, CAS style.

Friday, August 8, 2014

With Heartfelt Sympathy

I think I'm like everyone else and don't have a lot of extra sympathy cards on hand. I love this beautiful image from Imagine That called Queen Ann's Lace. The monarch butterfly put it over the top of loveliness for me. As a kid we used to bring home monarch caterpillars and watch them form their cocoon and emerge this glorious winged creature. So fascinating!! Now when you purchase this set, you will receive a set of 9 sentiments called Sentiment Thoughts; that's where I got the "with heartfelt sympathy." Be sure and check out the rest of the DT inspiration over at the Imagine That blog.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Enchantment Under the Sea

Under the sea...reminds me of the Little Mermaid!! I've scheduled this post because I'm in Disney World right now, and having a magical time no doubt. Anyway, I wanted to share another card I made using a mermaid from the new release at Fresh Brewed Designs called Drema. A beautiful mermaid indeed, especially with her flowing pink hair!! I tried my hand at distressing the edges of my papers, such a cool effect.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sweet Flower Teapot

We're back, with a new sketch for you at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. You know how excited I get when I can use my paper scraps...well this sketch allows you to do just that. Perfect!! 

Our sponsor this week is a favorite, Bugaboo Stamps. Owner and artist Jodie is offering 7 free digis to our winner this week...good luck narrowing it down!!! 

Here's my card, using the adorable Flower Teapot. I love those two little ladybugs hiding out amidst the flowers. My initial plan was to emboss the white layer, but got going on assembling my card and completely forgot. Oh well, kinda like the clean and simple look too. Please join us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for a fabulous challenge and sponsor. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sitting Here Thinking of You

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the Anything Goes challenge over at Through the Craftroom Door. I simply couldn't resist using a new release from Doodle Pantry, It's My Potty. Very elegant and very feminine set. But the sentiments are hilarious!!! Now pink and yellow are not my go to color combo, but when I see 'em together, I love how they look!! I hope you can join the challenge at Through the Craftroom Door for you chance at some Doodle Pantry goodies.

Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

I'm desperately trying to get myself ahead of the blogging game!! Hubby and I leave early tomorrow morning for a little anniversary Disney World!! So lots of my posts have been scheduled - sure hope they post without a hitch. Our challenge for the next two weeks at Holly Jolly Christmas is non-traditional Christmas colors. I LOVE this kind of challenge!!! I'm using a Bugaboo image (our sponsor), Little Penguin Winter - Candy Cane. So many wild colors...after all, who ever heard of a bright pink penguin?!! Sure hope you can join us at Holly Jolly Christmas for our color challenge.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fresh Brewed Designs Digital Release

Hooray, the new digital release at Fresh Brewed Designs is here!!! We promised waves of fun and I think we delivered!! Gorgeous images from owner and illustrator  (and dear friend) Heather Dennis! We're looking into the magical world of mermaids and mermen.  

I'm proud to be creating with this lovely, Myrtle. The instant I saw her I knew I wanted to do some paper piecing. I wish I could have gotten a better picture of all the sparkle on the DP I used to paper piece, it's covered with Wink of Stella. The only other embellishment is the tiny rhinestone in the center of the flower in her hair. So much inspiration with these darling new images so be sure and visit the Design Teams' blogs.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Smile Often

And eat watermelon because, after all, today is National Watermelon Day! That's our theme for the clean & simple challenge this week over at The Outlawz. All you need to do is create a CAS card with a watermelon on it. Simple enough. I like mine with salt...anyone else? I found this Bugaboo Stamps (Picnic Ant - Watermelon) image already printed AND colored...lucky me! I added some glossy accents to the slice of watermelon for some fun shine. Sure hope you can join us for some yummy fun at The Outlawz.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Doodle Pantry August Release

I am always so excited to share with you sets from the new release at Doodle Pantry. Here I actually combined two sets, Camo Digi Paper and Classic Clunkers 2. This was such a fun card to make!! And I had to do some searching for those screw brads cause I knew I had them!!! The Camo Digi Paper is the featured set this month for our digital challenge over at the Doodle Pantry Blog. Be sure and check it out starting at 12noon eastern time today. It's an anything goes challenge, but if you use a Doodle Pantry image, you will receive the Camo Digi Paper free!!   

My second card uses the set Flying High, the color version and digital paper. Now this set is free with purchase, but only until August 24th. Shop the new releases before August 8th and you'll get them at 15% off!! And, as if that wasn't enough, get 20% off your entire cart (does not include gift certificates) just by using the code SUMMEREND2014. Lots of ways to save on such fun and fabulous sets. Be sure and check out what the rest of the team has created, they are sure to inspire you.

Have a Fin-tastic Day!

After all, it is Friday AND it's the first of the month, so that means a new month long progressive challenge over at Imagine That! Kris has created an adorable set called Dolphins. I went with the color version (no surprise there!!) for a fin-tastic masculine card. The swirly background is a new embossing folder that I just got and couldn't wait to put to use. Now if you played along in the challenge last month, you will receive this set free. Otherwise, purchase it HERE and link up at the Imagine That blog to be eligible for next month's set.