Thursday, December 16, 2010

Santa Tilda on Winter Mitten

I had so much fun making this card. 

It qualifies for several challenges.  First, I got the sketch from Stamp TV Sketch Spotlight Challenge- STVSKSP5,  There She Goes Challenge which is to use your stash: (I used some polar white flower soft that I bought a YEAR ago and haven't used since.), and Just Magnolia which is to make a Christmas card. 

Here's a different angle so you can see the dimensions and the fun flower soft on her hat.

I colored Tilda with copics and then added the fluff to her hat by adding the polar white flower soft.  The mitten is from Gina K Designs and was stamped in melon mambo and bermuda bay.  The tag was made with Stampin' Up stamps and tiny tag punch and the snowflake was made with both Sizzix die cut and Martha Stewart punch with a little light pink gem in the center.  The circles were cut with Spellbinders.  

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Challenge card

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for Joan's Thanksgiving Challenge. Here are the details:

1. Create a Thanks giving card
2. Use something Fallish such as Leaves, Pumpkins or Indian Corn (if you don't have a stamp use a leaf from your tree.
3. The color Green.

4. Some kind of swirl or vine.

I used Heartfelt Open Falling Leaves stamps and Heartfelt Spellbinders dies for the leaves (that I purchased from Joan's store) on this card. I used my copic airbrush to color the paper, stamped the leaves and then used the dies to cut them out in my Big Shot die cutting machine. I used Whiff of Joy's Willow for the main image.

Don't ya just love the swirly pearls? They are from ZVA and to tell you the truth, I don't remember where I bought them! I've had them for awhile and this challenge was just the perfect time to use them.

I stamped and cut out a lot of extra leaves. I airbrushed a whole 8 1/2 x 11 paper and stamped the whole thing with the leaves. I just love the way they turned out.

Close-up of the leaves.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge

For my second card today I used a sketch from Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. I LOVE this company's stamp sets. Many of the stamps are designed to work with the Spellbinder's die cuts. The decorative border that is on the cream colored designer paper (with the small pink flowers) is a Waltzingmouse stamp found here. I also used fancy phrases stamps on the fancy tag in the front.

This is my first time to play along with Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. I hope to play more often, especially after I receive my order I just placed. I could take a little while to get here considering they are coming from Ireland! :)

Thank you for visiting!

I got my crafting mojo back!

Like it says in the title, I've got my crafting mojo back and I like it! I have a few cards to share with you today but I'll post them one at a time because they are made for challenges. I love challenges!

This first card is for 7kids college fund challenge: Give Thanks. I used a Whiff of Joy image that I LOVE. I know it's getting cold outside but this image makes me feel like it's a warm summer day.

This card also qualifies for Simon Says challenge which is sparkle! The shiny red gems and shiny strawberry are my favorites.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My daughter, Jessica Marie Jensen, earned her wings

Jessica Marie Jensen passed away at 3:30 am on Oct 4th with her loving parents at her side. She lived a life full of medical procedures, heart surgeries, strokes, and pain... but she gave love, peace, hope, encouragement and faith. We invite you to celebrate her remarkable life with us.

The viewing and funeral services will be held at the LDS East Stake Center: 6901 E Kenyon, Tucson AZ 85710 on Saturday October 9th

The viewing will be from 8:00am to 9:45am in the Relief Society Room. The funeral will start at 10:00am.

Following the services those who would like to, are welcome to go to East Lawn Palms Mortuary - 5801 E Grand Rd, 85712 We will have a balloon release there as well as a few words and prayer.

If possible, please do not wear black. Jessica has always been so happy - even when in pain. She has always love beautiful colors (her favorites being pink and yellow). Please wear Sunday dress and cheerful colors as that is how she lived her life.

I was asked where to send cards. Please send them to
Jensen Family
3422 S Champlain Ave
Tucson, AZ 85730

We are also in the process of getting an online obituary written which should be ready by Wednesday evening at

Thank you for your loving support through the years. Our love to each of you,
Nancy Jensen and family

Monday, July 26, 2010

What's Cooking?

Here is a card that I made for 2 challenges. Unfortunately though I didn't get it finished in time for one of the challenges which was to do a kitchen theme. The second challenge I made this card for was StampTV's Tuesday Sketch Challenge.
(as always, click on any image to enlarge)

Here's my take on it:

I LOVE this fun paper by Cosmo Cricket called Garden Variety. The lady is colored with copics and is from Sew Pretty by Asela Hopkins. I paper pieced the apron from one of the Garden Variety papers too. They are so fun! The flower was cut out of felt with Papertry Ink's Beautiful Blooms II dies.

On the inside of the card I used Papertry Ink's Background basics: tin types and Fillable Frames #5 for the frame. The sentiment and hot pot holders are from the Sew Pretty stamp set.

I've been trying to figure out how best to take photos of my cards. I am usually crafting late at night since my daughter (who is chronically ill) keeps me pretty busy the rest of the day. Below is a photo of a shelving unit that my husband made for me which is above my desk. I have a small (cheap) light that I shine over the card. As you can see, the light it shines is quite yellow. I always have all the lights on in the room when I take a photo to get as much light as I can. When possible, I try to take the photo during the day and then I also open the blinds to let in all the natural light. I usually take several pictures and upload them to my Creative Memories: Memory Manager where I can edit the photo by cropping, adjusting lighting and colors and even changing the size and other fun stuff. I bought it when I was a CM consultant and I really like it. If you have any other ideas on how to take good photos of the cards, I'm open to your suggestions! I'd also like to see how YOU take photos of your cards!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you have a great day!

Monday, July 12, 2010

In God We Trust

Life has been so hectic lately that I didn't get a chance to post this card in time for the 4th of July. I finished the card on that day and am now using it at my profile photo on facebook. :)

I made this card for Stamp TV's inspiration challenge last week.

I first stamped the flag image which is from Flourishe's stamps. I water-colored the flag. After it dried I masked it and then sponged the background. I stamped the children's parade with Versamark and then embossed with detail black embossing powder. For the flag decorations below that I also stamped and water-colored them, cut them out and adhered them to the card.

I love Theresa Momber's beautiful sponging. She writes tutorials on each of her projects. I followed one of her tutorials and used similar ink colors (I used a different brand of ink) but I'm quite happy with how it turned out. I practiced on some scrap paper before sponging on the real deal.

Thank you for stopping by! Crafting is my "therapy" and it brings joy to my life. I'm glad to be able to share it wit all of you. Oh, and don't forget to leave a comment!

Once Upon a time

I had a little time to do some stamping and so I made a cute card for two challenges. The first challenge is on StampTV and you can find it here. The second was in celebration of Color Throwdown's 100th challenge!

I love the Magnolia stamps and Tilda is my favorite. Here she is as a Fairy God-Mother.

I used shimmerz to make her dress shiny. The red cardstock was spritzed with Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist and Stampin' Up's vanilla spritz. I used copics to color her and the designer paper is from Memory box.

Thank you for visiting! It means to much to me to have you stop by and leave a comment.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Taylored Expression's Blast from the Past Blog Hop

I'm so happy to be a part of Taylored Expression's  Blast from the Past Blog Hop!

I used the stamp set called Beary Special.

I paper pieced the back pack using Basic Grey paper. I used Copics to color the cute little bear. I used the Bow Easy to make the cute double looped bow. The background paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and the images and sentiment were cut out using Spellbinders dies. I just love the bling too, of course! Below is a side view to show a little dimension.

Thank you for visiting today! I can't wait to see what everyone else has posted so I'm off to check out the rest of the blog hop!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day & CHD Awareness Day

Happy Valentine's Day and CHD Awareness Day!

CHD stands for Congenital Heart Defects which my daughter was born with. Just a little fact: 1 in every 100 babies world-wide are born with CHD. Some die before even being diagnosed which is sad because with treatment they could have a great chance at life. My daughter almost died due to late diagnosis. 21 years later I'm still so glad that we got her treatment just in time!

Now on to the Valentine's Day card I made for my hubby. I used the sketch from MojoMonday to make this card. What a great sketch!

I received a shipment from I{heart}Papers and was soooo happy with the masculine paper that I wish I had ordered more! The paper is SEI Moravia. I just might have to place another order! lol The stamp on the front is JustRite Occasions. I used chalks to add a little color to the image but it doesn't show up very well in the photo.

I used Martha Stewart punches, nesties and CM tools to make the layout. The stamp on the inside is Verve's Thankful Hearts. I love that set - so many wonderful sentiments! Back to the paper... look at how it shimmers!

I hope you are having a wonderful Valentine's day and if someone you love is affected by CHD, I'm sending you an extra big (((hug)))!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Happy Birthday to Hubby!

I made the following card for my husband on his birthday last month. He really does a lot for me and our children. I appreciate him so much and I had just the stamps that told him so.

First I used JustRite's Decorative 2" Square Monogram Kit. Then I used the octagon nesties to cut it out. I used Verve's Thankful Hearts to stamp the sentiment inside rectangular opening. I LOVE the paper I used which is Basic Grey Origins. I also used a Spellbinder's Borderabilities - Latice and Stampin' Up's Scalloped Edge Punch to finish off the front of the card.

My husband is my hero and I was so happy to have a stamp that said so.

Love those pop-up dots to add dimension! I also used some distress Ink to make the card have a vintage feel.

I've been so blessed to have a husband who is so wonderful. He works so hard to care for our family. Since I got sick with fibromyalgia he has taken over some of the responsibilities that I used to take care of . I just love him so much for it. In April we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. I am so much more in love with him now than when we first got married. Through the years we have faced many difficulties that most couples face but the most difficult thing has been watching our daughter go through countless medical and surgical procedures, strokes, lung bleeds, bowel issues, just to name a few. It has been the best and worst 21 years of our lives. (our daughter is 21 yrs old but at the level of a 7 yr old). We have grown so much as a family going through all of this together. It really helps to put things in perspective and know what is really important in life. My family is first in my book. (Crafting is a close second! LOL j/k) I love the Lord and am happy to serve Him by caring for His special daughter. Other things will just have to wait.

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your visits!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I'm still working on images I stamped before Christmas. hehe...

I used Jennie's sketch challenge on Stamp TV to make this card. I had fun using this little candy cane girl (whiff of joy - I think) as the focal image of the card. I used copics for coloring, nesties and Martha Stewart punch, SU's poinsettia embossing folder, some stickles, lace, shiny brades, shiny paper and viola'! Lots of fun. LOL

Here's the inside view of the card.

The sentiment stamp is from Melanie Muenchinger's Festive Frames set. The punching was done using Martha Stewart's fun new punch set eyelet lace punch around the page... purchased at Michael's with a 50% off coupon! *yay!*

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Starting The New Year Off Right!

I have made several cards that I haven't had the opportunity to upload and share with you. Of course you all know I have a daughter with many medical problems and she requires a lot of my time and attention. I also have 3 sons who also need me from time to time. Thanksgiving came and went; we were able to have dinner with my sister & family, my brother and family and parents. It was a lovely time. Then my oldest son got married on Dec 19th! Of course I was busy helping with the wedding plans and am happy to say that the ceremony was just beautiful. All my children were able to participate including Miss Jess who was pushed (in her wheelchair of course) down the isle by a young man she has a little crush on! She was so happy to be a brides maid. Then Christmas was the very next week with New Year following close behind. Lots of fun times! But with the happy comes the sad. My next door neighbor who I mentioned in THIS POST passed away the week before Thanksgiving. Donna fought cancer valiantly but was called home. I'll post another card I made for her in a separate post.

This morning I'm sharing a fun card I made with Flourishes stamp set Life, Love and Lemons. I didn't write all the tools and embellishments that I used but by looking at it I can tell you that I used CM custom cutting system (circles), Sizzix scalloped circle, several Spellbinders dies and Basic Grey paper. The Blue cardstock and white card stock are CM.

The brad is Basic Grey and I don't remember where I got the flowers. The small blue one is paper and punched with a Stampin Up! punch. If you look closely you'll see some paper piercing. I'm not quite sure how the "pros" get theirs to show up better than mine. Oh well, it was fun to do.

Inside views.

I hope you've had a good start to 2010! I'm going to try to post more as I make my cards and scrapbook pages. I am really glad that you came by to visit today!