Friday, November 13, 2009

I made this card for Flourish's Favorite Things challenge which is to make a card inspired by the Sound of Music's "Favorite Things". The lyrics: "wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings" is what inspired this card.

Friday, October 2, 2009

World Card Making Day

World Cardmaking Day is tomorrow! I'm here to show you a card I made for this event. I'm just loving the colors on this card. I used Basic Grey's lemonade papers along with some yellow card stock. The gorgeous ribbon and the stamp set are both from Flourishes.

I used my copics for the coloring and SU ink for the redish-pink shading. I'm not thrilled with how the shading turned out but I've fretted over it enough. lol I'm not going to worry about it any longer. I am happy with the over-all card.

Some other shots to show you the dimensions.

Here's the inside of the card. I used my nesties, as always. I just love the Spellbinders dies!

I hope you have a great World Cardmaking day on Saturday and I hope you get an opportunity to do some crafting this weekend.

Check out some of the festivities here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Just a quick post to let you know that I have something special planned for "World Card Making Day" on October 3rd, 2009!

Go here to see the other bloggers who are participating and to sign up yourself! yay! It's gonna be fun! (I'm #83 on the list!)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Here is my card that I made for the Spellbinder's Pendant Project Challenge. I didn't win but that's ok, there were many really amazing cards and other projects! I enjoyed looking at all the entries. I just love my Spellbinders dies.

The girl in this card is one of Whiff of Joy's Summer releases. Her name is Willow with strawberry basket and she has some really intricate designs which made her more difficult to color.. but my copics worked great! The ribbon was fun to use and guess what? The bling is actually an old button from my button box! How fun is that? As always, click on the photo to enlarge.

I used several Spellbinders shapes on this card and gave it dimension with pop dots.

Here is the inside. More Spellbinders shapes including the butterfly and the border. The center of the flower is a great place to write your own sentiment.

More fun dimension.

I had forgotten to use my glitter pen on the flowers on Willow's dress so here's a picture showing that little sparkle and a little of the glitter on the designer paper.

I really enjoyed making this card. I can't wait to color some of the other Whiff of Joy images and make more cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 10, 2009


Here's a little teaser of my next card. I'm trying to get everything set to enter it into the Spellbinder's Pendant Project Challenge. I'm at the 11th hour... as usual! I thought you'd like to see a little teaser while you wait. LOL!


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lazy Days of Summer

I love the new Lockhart Stamp Company's new Wicker Chair stamp. It makes me think of the lazy days of summer - no school - which means I don't have to worry about making my boys do their homework, school activities and all the other craziness that comes throughout the school year. I love spending time just relaxing on our back patio - that is when it's not too hot! LOL Last night after I got Jessica to bed I took Mary (Jessica's bunny) outside to her cage for the night. I sat on our bench swing and just enjoyed the night air. It was about 2am and it was very quiet. The night breeze was cool which is rare in July in Southern AZ so it was really nice.

I used chalks for the sky and grass; and colored pencils and OMS to color the chair and flowers. I just had to try out my new Spellbinders Pendant- Fleur de Lis . I used the sketch from Mojo Monday to construct my card. The paper is Stampin UP!: "Walk in the Park", Baja Breeze and Cameo Coral. Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; SU Taken with Teal

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. As always, click on the photo to enlarge it.

Here's a picture of the inside.

I was actually able to take the pictures on my front porch. Most of the time I finish my cards during the night and have to worry about my light source but this time I was up ALL NIGHT and took the pictures this morning. Don't worry, I'm headed to bed in a few minutes and Jessica had a home health aide who will be here this afternoon so I can have a nap.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sketch Challenge for JustRite Stamp Company

I made this card for a JustRite sketch challenge found here. It was a fun sketch to work with and the prize is fabulous! Here is what is posted on their blog: "One lucky participant in the sketch will win today's release- Witch Way to the Treats, 1 3/16" Stamper, Autumn Blessings,2 1/4" x 3 1/16" Stamper plus the Harmony Rectangular stamper- set of 2 and your choice of two JustRite Fonts- Over $100.00 in prizes. "
There's already 129 contestants so it's not likely that I'll win... but it's always fun to play!

I used Basic Grey Wisteria paper pack and then distressed it a bit... maybe a bit too much in my opinion but I'm still trying to figure out how to use Tim Holtz's ink and distressing tools. I used my new JustRite "Tiny words" set for the sentiment and the swirls behind it. What a cute set! I stamped the flourishes onto the background using a stamp from Stampin Ups!'s "Yummy". It was a set I received free several months ago.

The cut-out is Spellbinder's new Lattice Borderabilities. What a fun set! Of course all the other shapes were done using Spellbinders dies. I hope you enjoy the card! I worked on it through the night inbetween putting my daughter back to bed multiple times. Darn tummy aches.... but now she is sleeping so I'm going to go catch some zzzzZZZZzzzzzZZzzzz's too!

Have a great day!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Card for My Neighbor

This is my 3rd post in the same day... can you believe it? This is a special post so please read on.

I made this card especially for my neighbor, Donna, who is battling colon cancer. She is struggling and may only have a few months (or less) left. I took this card to her a couple of weeks ago and she LOVED it. We've been next-door neighbors for over 10 years. She was a surgical nurse, specializing in HEART SURGERIES before she retired due to the cancer. Of course we had a lot to talk about since Jessica has had 5 heart surgeries and Donna has assisted in hundreds of heart surgeries (but none of them Jessica's). She understands exactly what all of Jessica's defects are and knows all the complications that she has/is going through. Unfortunately the things that Donna is going through (bowel obstruction, abdominal pain, etc) are things that Jessica may have to look forward to with her ischemia of the bowels diagnosis. If you read my other blog, Are We Having Fun Yet?, you know that Jess already has a lot of abdominal pain. I am uber worried about Donna and of course, Jessica. None of this stuff if fun.

I just had to make a very special card for Donna. I wanted to make something that she could set on her table and see every day and know how much my family and I care about her. I wanted something very colorful and FUN!

The two images that I stamped are Magnolia's Tilda Picking Lilacs and Butterfly Background. This Tilda stamp is my favorite! She is so cute and fun to color - which I did with my copics. I outlined the clouds and colored in the flowers, butterflies and grass and then cut them out and layered it onto some really fun cardstock called The Citrus Stack that I bought at JoAnns. The swirls in the sky were just too cute to pass up!

You can't really see it but the strips of paper behind Tilda are shinny. Click on the images and I think you can see it a little better. I love the frame which is from Quickutz.

I added a few little pearls, punched the edge with an EK Success punch, added a shinny brad and glittery flower & leaves punched with a Martha Stewart punch and Viola'! A fun, happy, colorful card!

I hope it brings a smile to Donna's face. We sure love her.

Thanks for visiting and please leave me a comment! Everyone loves comments! :-)

Father's Day Card For My Dad

I made this card for my dad for Father's day. My dad used to have a cattle ranch and he wore a hat and cowboy boots exactly like the ones in this set that Theresa designed! Many years ago he would compete in rodeos and won most of the contests. This set really brought some great memories to me and I really enjoyed making this card for him. He isn't one to make a fuss over cards or gifts but I think he really liked this card.

I stamped the hat and boots onto the ivory leather paper and colored parts of them with copics. I used antique linen distress ink to make them look... well, antique! ;-) I stamped the horse head onto the neenah classic crest white paper and colored it in with colored pencils and then blended with OMS.

Here is a side view so you can see the layers and how cool the lasso looks.

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Out West by Theresa Momber
coloring: copics, colored pencils & OMS, antique linen distress ink
Paper: neenah classic crest (white), navy blue leather, blue leather & ivory leather paper by the Paper Temptress ( LOVE this stuff!),
other: coper sheet run through my big shot with a cuttlebug embossing folder, hemp for lasso

Father's Day Card For My Father-in-law

Here is the card I made for my Father-in-law for Father's Day. I wanted to mix it up a bit from the one I made for my hubby, so I changed out the tie for a bow tie and added a sweater vest (both of which I made up myself!) I did the stitching on my little Janome sewing machine that someone gave me. This cute little machine is perfect for use on my cards.

The paper is from SU and everything else is the same as the card I made for my hubby. My FIL and MIL both loved it. What's great is that even my teenage sons liked the cards. :-)

The inside before all the fun comments from my family.

I found the template for the card (jacket, shirt & original tie) at Stamping Mathilda . She has a lot of different templates on her blog and does some really fun things. Check her blog out if you get a chance!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Father's Day Card For My Sweet Husband

Here is a Father's Day card that I made for my sweet hubby, Karl. I love him so much and appreciate him taking Brandon and Austin to church every Sunday and also their youth activities.

Here is the front of the card:

You can lift up the front part to reveal the shirt and tie. Karl and the boys always wear white shirts and ties to church... which is one reason that I just LOVE this card.

I digitally erased the message I wrote only because it's a little personal but as you can see, the kids all just love their dad. The only reason that Justen didn't sign it is because he gave Karl his own card that he bought - and a t-shirt that says: DAD to the bone. hehe... Karl loved the t-shirt and both of the cards.

Thanks for looking! And I apologize for not posting more often. I have been crafting some but not posting... my bad! I hope you come back to see more cards I've made.

Do you like my new DIGS? I was tired of the old boring brown and greys. I thought I'd change things up a bit to show my poisonality. Yes, you read that right. My dad has always called "personality" : "poison-ality". Sometimes it fits, doesn't it?

Have a great day!

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Year Of Flowers Blog Hop!

I made this card for Melanie's A Year of Flowers Blog Hop! I used two sets that Melanie designed. First I used the rose, leaves and lady bugs from "A Year of Flowers". I stamped them onto watercolor paper and used "Peerless Water Colors" to add the color. It was so much fun using these watercolors. The sentiment is from Melanie's set "The Best Things in Life". Both these sets are MUST-HAVES in my opinion!

Here's a different view showing the dimensions.

The card partially open.

Inside of the card with room for writing.

A little dimension on the inside too.
The ladybugs were so much fun to make... but a little difficult to cut out. lol

I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it.
Here are the deets:

Stamps: "A Year of Flowers", "The Best Things In Life"
Ink: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Moment Tuxedo Black
Paper: Basic Grey Sultry, SU: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, watercolor paper
Accessories: Martha Stewart punch, Quickutz Frame, Basic Grey brads

PS: I gave this card to my MOM for her birthday! It was so hard to give it away but who else deserves such a card except for the woman who gave me life! She also raised me so she REALLY deserves it! hehe!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Jessica made a card for her Grandma Taylor

First, I want to apologize for my loooooooong absence. My family got hit HARD with the flu and we are barely getting back to "normal".... at least OUR "normal" (which isn't very normal at all!) LOL We've had this flu in our house for about 2 months. Jess got extremely sick and almost didn't make it.... but she did! *whew*! Now... on to bigger and better things:

Jessica was so happy to make a card for her grandma Taylor for Mother's Day. I helped her stamp the image and cut the special shapes, but she did the coloring and wrote her own note to Grandma on the inside of the card.

My mom had surgery a few months ago and Jessica is so happy that Grandma is feeling better.

Here is our messy work space in my craft room. We enjoy watching movies while we do our crafty projects. I'm so lucky that Karl made this craft room for me! :-)

I hope you enjoyed Jessica's card. My mom absolutely LOVED it! Everyone was saying how precious the card was - especially because Jessica made it. It is one of those things that Grandma will cherish forever. I just feel bad that I didn't have my camera with me so I didn't get a picture of Jessica giving the card to her grandma. But here is a recent photo of the two of them together:

Saturday, March 28, 2009

World Record Inspirational BLOG HOP!

Edit: The link is now working! Sorry for the mix-up!

Welcome to Unity's World Recover Inspirational BLOG HOP! Wow, I'm thrilled to be a part of this awesome event.

If you want to start at the beginning go to Angela's blog. She also has some really great specials going on in her store so check them out here.

I won't hold you up since I know there are a ton of other blogs we all wan to visit so here are the deets to my card:

The base of my card is Clear Cardstock. I used one of my fav Unity stamp kits: Hey Chick! I stamped these cuties onto several different Basic Grey designer papers and paper pieced them together onto white paper. (Click on the images to get a closer look!)

I used oval and scallop oval nestabilities for the base for the birdies. The cool heart is from the center of Creative Memories' new Sweet Heart Maker. (More about this fun punch at the end of this post). I embossed the clear cardstock with Cuttlebug's "With Love" embossing border. I added a little bling to the centers of the flowers. (I LOVE this effect on the cardstock!)

On the inside of the card I folded some pink cardstock and adhered the cute Heidi Grace dp. The purple dp is from Anna Griffin and punched with Martha Stewart punch.

View of the inside of the card.

See how the pink paper in the center opens to allow the sender to write their own thoughts?

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today. Now stop on by
Emily's Blog: Buzzy Blogger
and see what she has prepared for today's blog hop!

Here is what the CM Sweetheart maker does:Unfortunately the Sweetheart Maker is on backorder but will be in stock sometime in April. Isn't it cute?! Interested? Contact me.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Watercolor Rose

I made this card for last week's sketch challenge on StampTV and also a challenge on SCS (Splitcoast Stampers) .

I used Melanie's "A Year Of Flowers" and stamped the rose in Ridinghood Red and I stamped the leaves in Garden Green and embossed both in clear embossing powder. (I stamped them all on watercolor paper) I used my waterbrushes and Peerless Water Colors to watercolor the images. The "thank you" sentiment was from Rupa's "So Grateful". I also popped up the rose and all the leaves on pop-up dots to give them fun dimension. The DP is an old DCWV Spring matstack from several years ago. I embossed the bottom of the card with a cuttlebug border and rubbed a reddish-pink "metallic rub-on" onto the raised part.

I have to admit that I'm quite happy with how the water coloring turned out. The peerless watercolors are sheets of paper with the watercolor on them. I took a ninji waterbrush and touched the tip to the color of my choice. I then colored the rose petals adding more water to lighten the color as I needed and even leaving some areas white. Of course I did the leaves the same way. Here's a picture of what it looks like. Very interesting and cool way to watercolor at a very good price! hhhmmm.... I wonder if I should invest some stock in Gina K Designs? ;-)

I also have this lovely card on my wall right where I can enjoy it... that is until I send it off to a very special person who has probably thought I've forgotten to thank her properly. I am usually soooooooo slow at mailing things. My poor brother and his wife are still waiting for their Christmas card w/gift! *sigh* Whatever are we going to do with me???

Ladybug Party

I made this fun card for two challenges. The first challenge was for Gina K's Release Party challenge #3 - a sketch. I really enjoyed making this fun card since the other challenge was to make a funny card - Paper Garden Projects Birthday Blog Bash week 1). I used SU's "Very Punny" set. I found a matstack that I had purchased several years ago and it had a few sheets of this CUTE bug paper. Of course I had to use the ladybug from the SU set! I masked off the sentiment which is directly below the bug, inked it in black, took off the tape and stamped it. I also stamped it again, colored it and then cut it out. I popped it up with a pop-dot after I had cut the main image out with the spellbinder, embossed it, masked off the ladybug and sponged around it with Bashful Blue. *deep breath!* lol The rest was easy. Cut, adhere and show it off!

In real life the ladybug really pops off the card and is the highlight of the party! I have it showcased directly in front of my laptop on my craft room wall. FUN! (I also have other cards on my wall too. I'm trying to clean up a bit so I can take some photos of my work space and craft room.)

You can probably see in the picture below that the ladybug is floating in front of the card. lol

Here's the inside of the card. This time the ladybug is flat... but still so cute!

More to come in a few minutes!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Do you remember THIS post? Well, this card won the color challenge on StampTV and I get to choose one stamp set from Gina K's store! I LOVE the stamps she has to sell and so of course I already own several sets... so how do I choose just ONE? LOL

I finally did choose a set and I chose "Friendship Blooms". Karl helped me choose the set since I just couldn't decided on my own. Karl saw a couple of other sets that he liked and I said, "I already have that one". I guess I had better get them out and use them in more challenges, huh?

I just thought I'd let you all know my FUN news and to encourage you to go to StampTV if you stamp, and enter in some of their challenges because guess what? They choose winners RANDOMLY! haha! If you participate you have just as much of a chance of winning as a professional designer. Cool, huh? I've made some fun friends on StampTV as well so you might as well give it a shot. Who knows? Maybe I'll win again? *crossing fingers*

Thanks for stopping by! More cards coming up a bit later!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Silhouette Butterfly

I made this card using Jessica's sketch on StampTV from 3/5. I was also doing a black/white color challenge from Kwernerdesign Blog Color Inspiratioon #45. I stamped the butterfly from Gina K's "Take Flight" set onto black cardstock and embossed it in white. The layers of DP are from Making Memories and other unknown brands (scraps from previous projects. I didn't have a black ribbon (although Robyn tried to give one to me during Gina K's Release Party last night - LOL ) ..... so I took some white ribbon and colored it with my black copic marker. Genius! I have seen other crafters use copics to color buttons and even flowers so I figured it should work on ribbon - and it did! YAY!

The punches I used were EK Success's dotted scallop - my new favorite punch! And on the inside I also used Fiskar's threading water. I also used SU's ticket punch in the corners and Kasier pearls. *deep breath* Did I remember everything? LOL

Hope you enjoy it!

Here is a side view.

This is the inside of the card

I've really been having fun in my craft room... can you tell?
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring Inspired Card:

This card is Spring inspired. Little Sophia is out hunting Easter Eggs. I made this card for the "Spring Fever Challenge" at Pink Persimmon. The sketch I used was from Our Creative Corner Sketch 28. I used my new stamp Paper Prettie's Hippity Hop Sophia. The DP is DCWV and the great shinny white (stripes) and shinny yellow is from The Paper Temptress. Isn't it awesome? I colored Sophia using my Copics.

Inside of the card. I did some paper piercing but I'm not sure if you can see it very well.

Side view hoping that you can see the shinny papers. LOVE this stuff.

Thanks for stopping by!