Saturday, July 30, 2011


I finally did it! 
I purchased some Stampotique Originals
and I adore them!
My daughter thinks they are creepy
but she liked this simply made card  none-the-less.

(Click for bigger image)

Meet Twinkie I love how playful he is!
Stampotique has a challenge this week to Use Red, Yellow and orange
while CAS-ual Fridays wanted a 4x9 card.
I like how this turned out and can't wait to play with Twinke some more!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Deconstructed Sketch

Happy Friday! I recently discovered a great sketch
here is this weeks sketch:
and my card:
(click for sharper image)

I love this princess she's a Tiddly Inks creation, 
by the way, the Tiddly Inks Challenge is to use a tag
or ticket tag on your creation. 
I feel one can never have enough birthday cards, 
I mean there is a birthday everyday...right?
Today I will have the joy of taking my
boys to the pool, I am thrilled to know they can swim. 
It's been a long haul but they have come far.
My daughter will be spending time with her Grandma,
they'll be painting together! The county fair is 
coming up so I hope the paint will be dry for submission.
Well that's all for now

Other Challenges:
Dutch Dare  Birthday
PaperCraft Star  Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad  Embossing
Card Cupids  Birthday
Corrosive Challenges  All About Kids

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Good Afternoon I have a quick post to share 
a CAS card its a bit strange but what the hey!
I played along with this weeks Midnight Madness Sketch:

 Here's my card:

This card features all the inchies from the
Doodle Factory's Creature set.
This was my first purchase from Starving Artistamps
I want so many other sets but then I look at all the stamps I own
and know I must wait....
It's hard to tell by this photo however the inner circle is
lowest and each outer circle steps up a bit.
Well that's it for today!

Paper Pretties  No Markers
The Cheerful Stamp Pad  Going around in circles
Squigglefly  Use Kraft


The Sisterhood of Crafters honored me with the 
Top 3 pick.
Thanks A lot, it mean a lot to me!

They may be mini but they still pack a punch!!!

Do you adore the cute YNS mini stamps? Did you know that you can get any 3 for $9.95 - WOW!
 Check it out HERE!

 Here are some examples from the past using these minis:

Don't forget Karen also has her super
there is a great selection of stamps 50% off!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What do you get when?... take flowers, black and white and a pop of color
and mix it up?
This card:
(click for sharper image)

I decided it was time to bust out my favorite
white ink on black card stock technique, I will never tire of this look.
I hope everyone is having an amazing summer, I am outside all the time
so that is why my blog and visits are rather lacking.
Believe it or not school is just around the corner and hopefully after
that I will be a better blogger...fingers crossed!
Have a great Wednesday!

Anything Goes   Pick a bunch of Flowers
Everybody Art  Garden
Woodware USA  Stamp Background
Simon Says Stamp & Show  Anything Goes
2 Sisters  Anything Goes
Paper Cutz  Open

Monday, July 25, 2011

Storm Clouds....

I missed the photo op of a lifetime I suspect
it was the most amazing double rainbow....
 I raced home last night to take these amazing clouds however:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Delight in Everything

Now I know it's not so easy to find delight in everything,
but at the moment, I find only delight in my yard.
My mother-in-law gave me two lovely koi  and they 
spawned so now I have 20 baby koi and that makes me happy!
I found the cutest baby snake love them! 
 I have a pretty good 
population of Praying Mantis which are my all
time favorite predator insect.
My husband had a swarm off honey bee's 
move into an empty hive he had in the backyard
these normally cost about $100.
Thanks to the bees, the cucumbers and cantaloupe
 are going gangbusters!!!
Life is great!

I have a card to share using an old 
Close to My Heart stamp set:

It's pretty simple so I added some bling
for added interest.
So tell me what do you find delight in?
Have a super weekend!

Crafts and Me  Add a Flower
Stamps R Us  Through the Garden Gate
Aud Sentiments  Enjoy Your Day
Stamp Something  Embellish It

I was picked one of the top 3!

Thanks be to Do You Stack Up for honoring me with the Top 3 for the stitching challenge.
You made my evening!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Happy Wednesday and
welcome back for another Your Next Stamp Challenge!
For the next two weeks we's like you to
follow 3 types of embellishments or total...2 pattern papers...1 image theme. 
I created a card showcasing  Matilda from Australia:
(click for sharper image)

The World Kid's Collection images are all so fantastic to be sure.  
Matilda has become my new favorite...
I think it's the koala bear!

If you play along you'll have a chance to win this great stamp:

This image is bound to bring anyone's spirits up!
 We also have the Top Pick – one lucky entry, chosen by the YNS DT, 
will win $5 in YNS Stamp Bucks (to spend on YNS stamps)
 and the Top Pick Blinkie to proudly display on their blog!
 [NB You must use a YNS stamp on your creation to be eligible to win the Top Pick prize].
So play along it's as easy as 1...2...3!

The Kraft Journal  Use Kraft and Favorite Things ( Bitty Brads and Rick rack)
Moving Along with the Times  Favorite Things
Clear It Out  Open theme

Friday, July 15, 2011

You have me in stitches

So,when is the last time you have laughed so hard
you thought your gut was going to bust?
It has been ages for me...that is not to say  I haven't had 
a good therapeutic release here and there.

Oh well I guess I'll have to give my card stitches instead. 
Here is a pretty CAS Thank you card:
(click for sharper image)

I thought it would be different to add more emphasis around the 
sentiment with the stitching. I didn't like how the seams started and ended 
so to clean it up a bit I added the bitty brads.
Well today we are off to school exams and then hitting the pool.
Have a wonderful day!

Crafty Sentiments  Use Stitching
Do You Stack Up  Stitching
Rainbow Lady's  A Stitch in Time
Scrapbook Sisters  Thank You

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Your Next Stamp Blog Hop!!!

Happy Wednesday! Tonight we decided to shake things up a bit
by starting the hop in the evening!
Karen outdid herself with this Your Next Stamp  release as you will discover for yourself.
If you find there are any stamps you cant live without
be happy to know there is a sale of
10% your entire order - Online Code – YNSJULYNR – sales ends July 20th at midnight.

I am excited for you to meet Kali  and Kai from Hawaii, 
these two are part of the World Kids Collection:

Kali is such a sweetie in her fun grass skirt!
I realize not everything has to match but the button and twine 
did this you ask? 
I found a pale green button and colored it with the
alcohol based marker I used to color her skirt. 
I used the same technique for the twine as well.

Kai is one cool dude ready to take on the waves.
I also colored the silver backed dew drops to match his trunks.
Do you like the corner treatments? 
I am under the impression Hawaii rains for a few minutes every day
which is a good thing since their soil doesn't retain water very well.
The black details remind me of a tattoo I could envision
 as a wrap around a surfers arm. 
Yes, I really thought this out for once!

Here is a complete list of the stops, be sure to leave a comment
to qualify for a chance to win stamps!


Jenny  -  (YNS Guest)

Jen   { YNS Guest}

Diana Carole  {YNS Guest}

You can leave your name on any of the Mr. Linky's along this hop
until midnight Monday,July 18th.
One very lucky person will win both 
Kali and Kai from Hawaii!!!
Good Luck and
Thanks for stopping bye!

Card One
Daisy Doodles  Summertime
PaperPlaytime  Summer

Card Two
Crazy Challenge  Summertime
Lexi's Creations  At The Beach
2Sisters  Summertime Fun
Crazy4Challenges  Summer Theme
Miami Doodles  At the Beach
Party Time Tuesday  Blue Skies....
Tuesday Throwdown  Fun In The Sun

Thursday, July 7, 2011

2 Sparkle Creations Cards

Yes you read right I have two cards today showcasing 
Sparkle Creation Images. There are two challenges going on their challenge sight.
The weekly challenge has a super awesome sketch:

Here is my take on the sketch:
(click for sharper Image)

I also entered their month long challenge
which is to use one of the original images. 
Here is my card:

(click for sharper image)

I love Lantern Rin she is my favorite!
If you have her images you should play along!!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

YNS Button Challenge

Are you ready for another Your Next Stamp Challenge?
Dana wants to see buttons on your creation, it's up to you
as to what you want to do with them.

Don't you love this set? Paper piecing the aliens was
so fun as well as stamping stars and planets onto the black buttons.

The random drawn prize for this challenge is:
I tell you she is so fun! 
 Remember, there is also a Top Pick for $5 in YNS bucks
to spend at the store. 
Now I know everyone has buttons that need to be used
so go ahead and button up!
Papertake Weekly  Anything Goes + buttons
Party Time Tuesdays  Square Cards
Sentimental Sundays  Anything Goes
2 Sisters  Birthday
Totally Paper Crafts  Bingo  Brads, Buttons, Punches/Die cuts
Cute Card Thursday  Technology 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sugar Bowl

Happy Tuesday!!! I hope everyone had a terrific weekend....
we still have all our fingers so I'd say it was great! LOL!
I created a card for The Sugar Bowl Challenge, it has been forever
since I have participated, here is the sketch: 

 The twist is creating handmade flowers, so here is my take:
(click for sharper image)

I am pretty happy with how my flower came out even if it
was huge! I would up adding three small accents atop the
flower to complete the sketch...I was stuck on that forever!
I love this image by Diane Duda she's called Bashful.
I won 6 of her images several years ago, what a prize I tell you!
Well that's it for now see you tomorrow for the new Your Next Stamp Challenge!

Try it on Tuesday  Flower Power
Stamps R Us  Little girl 2nd entry
Allsorts  Free and Easy
Creative Craft Challenge  Pretty Blossoms