Friday, September 22, 2017

"Goodbye Summer...Hello FALL"

It's Friday.....
Hello friends, visitors, followers and viewers.
I'm ready for the weekend...I  am READY.   What will I be doing? little as possible.  I'm tired.
I've been trying to re-arrange my crafting supplies all week thinking that I was getting somewhere with easy organization...NOT  SO.  I'm more disorganized today than I was last week this time.
I have suggestions that I will utilized later today to see if that will help me.
Anyway, this really was one of those days that I needed to pulled from my stash..
I had colored a panel to use for another project but it came in real handy this morning...just because I couldn't find the "right" dp to go with my Halloween images saved from the beginning of the month.
The only thing I did was use a Darice "fence" die and glue the pieces together to make it long enough for my panel.  All the other pieces, especially the girl, cat, pumpkins, leaves, spider web and skeleton were previously cut out using my Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space.  The moon is from Tim Holtz's Halloween ephemera.  The bird, tree and corner piece are felt cuts that came with a Close To My Heart order (free gift) from years ago (when you will discover items you didn't know you had...this piece was one of them).
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Today marks the first day of Autumn.   I was inspired by Elina P. a couple of weeks ago on  
when she did a video using these hot air balloons.  Immediately, I pull out my stamps which comes from TPC Studio...stamped and colored them and then  used my scissors to cut them out.  They came out of the stash this morning along with some of the leaves.  I did color this background this morning using Distress Oxide inks (faded jeans, salty ocean, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber and frayed burlap.

That's all for this Friday.  Enjoy your weekend and have fun.  You may leave a comment.  I love hearing from you.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"A Girl Just Having Some Fun"

Hello friends, followers, viewers and visitors.
It's a great day in my neighborhood.  We are still experiencing summer like weather but the calendar will say the first day of Autumn tomorrow.  Am I ready for the cool temps and the changing of the trees and grass colors?   I'm getting ready...pulling out those sweaters until it will be time for the heavy jackets.  The fall/autumn colors are always gorgeous.  We love taking drives and viewing the act of nature.
I did what I call "a lot of effort card" and "a simple but elegant card".   I want to see if you can identify  which is which (lol).
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Enabler's List:
Neenah white cardstock
DP from K&Company Best of Brenda Walton paper pad
dies: Spellbinders Grate Effect and Spellbinders Arched Elegance
Recollections BOHO flowers
NUVO gloss white crystal drops
Offray ribbon

Enabler's List
Neenah white cardstock
red Bazzill cardstock
black Recollections cardstock
images from Hunkydory A very Merry Christmas Little book
Kaisercraft Sentiments- clear stamps
Ranger black archival ink 

I hope you enjoyed the view today.  Come again to see my latest creation.
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Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Scripture Card"

Good Wednesday to all of you.
We've made it once more to the middle of another week.  So many great things have happened as well as some bad.  We will not dwell on the bad but are thankful for each precious moment.
Today, I'm sharing a card directed towards my bible journaling book.  I'm using the scripture coming from Matthew 7:7.   If you want God to do something for you...ask Him...and pray to Him...and  you may get your answer.
I used a die from Spellbinder (Grate Effect) for a stencil and some Distress Oxide ink on a piece of DP that already had a glossy swirl on it.
I used the Heartfelt Creation poinsettia stamp for flowers.  The butterfly came from a sticker as well as the Scripture.  Robin egg liquid pearls were added to each corner.
Hope you enjoy the view today:
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Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Dropping In To Say HELLO"

Happy Tuesday to my friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
I'm just dropping in to say "hello" today with a very simple made card.  I've only used cardstock, a cut out from Cricut design space and a clothespin.
First, I have been playing around with my Cricut Explore, the Design Space and using different fonts.
I love the way Tim Holtz created dies using words with parts of the letters cut out.  I was trying not to buy the die because I would be limited to what I could put on a card.  By experimenting I found out I could do what he did with the Cricut Explore.

Note **this is the TH die I'm referring to.
To achieve a similar look, I used  the Cricut Explore and the Design Space (I could get to my fonts quicker than  using the Cricut Expression and the font from a desired cartridge).  I achieve the desired result with the word "hello" ...Give it a try.

 Second, I basically used paper from a paper pad and a Tattered Lace border die. The "hello" tag could easily be placed behind the image by adhering only three sides.  I love the foil look of some of the pages from this pad.
 This will be entered in the challenge over at
Enabler's List:
Neenah white cardstock; Recollections black cardstock and the above items: 
Recollections "Secret Gardenia" paper pad and
American Craft "screen printed clothespin"

Your continued support and daily views of my cards is appreciated.
Thanks for all you do.

Comments are always appreciated.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Supplies From Heartfelt Botanic Orchid and Amy Design"

Happy Monday everyone.
I'm  glad to make it back from the weekend.  Nothing spectacular happened in the last two day.
Saturday, I shopped at the Home Depot. You wouldn't believe that there are lots of things in the tool department for crafting.  Sorry, I didn't get any.  I was with the man of the house as he shopped there. In order to have patience and pretend I love looking at tools, I have to think "what can I use this for in my craft space...can I make something out of this tool"? (LOL)
When we get to Michaels (I just had to go to see if he would be the same way in "my" store).  He has this idea that he should assist in picking out items for me to craft with.  Now, this is strictly okay if he's paying for the items.  I did get some storage bins ($2.99 each)  and paper (7 for $1.00).

Today's card was made with images from Heartfelt Botanic Orchid paper pad and a die cut from Amy Design (bench):  The hardest part was fussy cutting the orchid branch and bird with scissors.  I don't have the die.  I added white NUVO crystal drops on the card.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

"What's In My Stash, Friday"

It's Friday, September 15, 2017.
It's the day before the weekend fun.
I remember last Friday I was on pins with hurricane "Irma".  It is gone and most of all the people I know who live in the hurricane zone are safe and back at work.
My cards for today, as you know, comes from items I cut out, or stamped, or didn't like but didn't throw them away.  I had started calling my blog title on Friday..."What's In My Stash".  I like this because it is almost a challenge to see what I can pull out and put together before it ends up in the trash for the garbage truck on Friday.

 I was watching a craft video this morning...Jennifer McGuire did an embossed impression of a die.  I knew I had done the die impression using the butterfly die from Sizzix a while back but had not colored it.  So I pulled out the piece with the butterfly...used some VersaMark on the die and did another impression on top of the previous impression.  I heat embossed the butterfly with gold embossing powder and colored it with watercolor markers and went to town on trying to do what she did...

A while back, I ordered some craft items from "Create and Craft" (a show that comes on everyday).  When the order included free samples of cardstock and a stamp set with gnomes.  We laugh about the gnomes because our neighbor did a garden full of them back this spring (I didn't like what I was seeing outside my was creepy).  We just laugh and said, "somebody is trying their best to punish you for not liking your neighbor's garden".

Today I did "pairs" of cards...two with butterflies and two with gnomes...take a look.
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 The butterfly was already impressed into the water colored paper.  I impressed it again using VersaMark and gold embossing powder.  I  colored it and added some gold NUVO drops around it and waited for them to dry before layering and making the focal image into a card.  Vicki Boutin water color stickers sentiment was added also.
Below you see the butterfly twin that goes with this card.  Create and Craft also sent me some paper and as I was looking through my stash I saw this sheet.  I added a piece of ribbon and some blue stickles around the butterfly.  Another Vicki Boutin watercolor sticker was added.  I layered and made this into a card. 

Here are the lovely gnomes that came from the free Hunkydory stamp set.  I stamped four of the stamps, colored them and then adhered them to a piece of Ranger water color paper where distress ink was previously added.  The sentiment was stamp with VersaMark and white embossing powder.
The twin to this card is down below.  The panel was done last week when I thought I would use it for a "Fall" color challenge.  I had used a Sizzix window die and cut it out to look like a door.  I used the colors from the challenge to make a wreath above the door.  This was then placed on a brick embossed layer.  This morning, I used this panel and one of the gnomes (waving one) to place behind the door along with gold letters that spelled "HELLO"  

I hope you enjoyed your view.  Thanks for coming over.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

"A Sympathy Card"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
I'm here today just enjoying the view from some of your blogs and seeing the beautiful projects you have made.  It is quite interesting that we seem to be ready for fall and some of us are posting those gorgeous Christmas cards.  I'm being inspired by all of your work.
There are times when you need a specific card and there are times when your supply of a certain kind has come to non-existence.  I don't or didn't have any Sympathy cards on hand.  Not a one.  On days when I feel perky and upbeat, I like to make cards in this category.  Today is one of those days.  I can't be emotional and be making a sympathy card for someone I know.  So, I try to keep them made for that needed time.  Honestly, I debated about using a sentiment in this category or going with a birthday one.  The sympathy won over for the main reason of not having any of its kind in my files:
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side view

Enabler's List:
Neenah white cardstock for the card base
black Recollections cardstock for layering
patter paper from Colorbok outdoors
stamp: Heartfelt Creation sparkling poinsettia cling stamp
dies: Spellbinders Romantic vines; Spellbinders Corners & Accents Two; Tonic Studio Branwen Briar
Distress Crayons: seedless preserves and festive berries
Sentiment: Heartfelt Creation Botanic Orchid paper pad
embellishments: NUVO Ruby Slippers drops and studio g self adhesive gems

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Leave a comment.  They are so enjoyable to read.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Hope Is Never Lost"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers on this Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
We are moving along with the fall air approaching.  The green grass is about to turn brown.  The leaves will be doing the same.  I need to visit the farm to get my pumpkins and mums to decorate a little for the fall.
How much do you put into your fall display?  Is it a little or a lot?
The colors of fall are so beautiful and vibrant.
I started last evening working on a couple of cards for today.  I finish them this morning.  I hope you enjoy your view.
"Hope Is Never Lost"
Along with Neenah white cardstock; black Recollections cardstock and some paper from my paper stash , I used one of the dies from Spellbinders wreath die to cut out parts of my focal layer.  This layer is a piece of Ranger water color paper that I used Distress Oxide #1 inks to color.  I stamped and cut out the blazing poppy petals and colored them with yellow, orange and brown markers.  Some NUVO gold crystal drops were applied in the center of the flowers. and NUVO yellow drops towards the top and bottom of the image.  I used a chipboard quote from Tim Holtz idea-ology quote chips to title my card.
This will be an entry for and
Some of the items used on the "Hope Is Never Lost Card

"Be Brave"
will be entered in the Color Challenge 12 September 2017 
I used DP from Michaels; Recollections tree sticker in which I added dark green stickles in various places; a Darice fence die ; a Jolee's boutique sticker (squirrel) and a quote chip from Tim Holtz's  quote chips

I did this one for a sketch not a challenge.   I added it here for your view.
The oval is a piece of water colored paper in which I applied distress inks (blueprint sketch, stormy sky and cracked pistachio).  I used the Sizzix birch trees die to cut out a part of the tree in white and black and adhered it to the oval.  On the right hand side, I drew in the green pine tree by using ground expresso and peeled paint distress inks. The moon comes from Sizzix frame layers & flowers die. Fantasy Snow was added to the oval.  A Darice snow embossing folder was used for the blue panel.  The sentiment and gold snowflake is from Jolee's boutique.

Thanks so much for viewing today.  Please come again.
Your comments are always welcome.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Praying For You Today"

Happy Tuesday!
Welcome friends, followers, visitors and viewers...I'm back from the weekend of adventure with some great, wonderful news.  Our oldest daughter is okay (down in Florida).  She did not experience any major damage from the hurricane....Praise the Lord!.
Even when one thing is over comes something else.  Stay focus and stay in prayer all who knows where their spiritual help comes from.
I know of people at the moment who are dealing with a lot of health issues.  Some are in hospice care, some are in critical care and some are just physically and mentally distraught.
I always pray but there are some people who I name specifically for recovery or for peace to go through a difficult situation.
To my crafty know who you are...I'm still praying for you and your family.
My podiatrist shared some sad news with me this morning...her husband (vey young man) has stage three colon cancer.  His treatments are strong and will get stronger and the doctors are not sure his body will be able to withstand them...I'm praying for this family.  My brother-in-law is on machines to help him breathe because his lungs are not functioning to full capacity...I'm praying for him and my sister.
I could go on and on but I think you get my message.  Prayers do change things.  A lot of you all told me you were praying not only for my daughter but all the people who had been affected by Harvey and then Irma.  By the time the storm got into her area, it had been down graded to a category 2.  God is Amazing and He does answer prayers.
 I will enter this card over on the website for their challenge #298-#299
Along with these items listed, I also used some abandoned coral distress ink on the blower bramble.  I added some orange Recollections flowers with white lace ribbon under the flower and along the bottom of the card.  Neenah white and craft cardstock was also used.

Thanks for viewing.  I know your time is precious but I'm glad you used a little of it with me today.

Leave a comment.  They are always welcome and please visit with me again.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

"Challenging My Inner Childhood"

It's Friday....
I'm trying to do something fun and festive today.
On Friday, I pull items from my stash of saved goodies that have never made it to a card.  Today I used  recent items... (one) that I was just cutting out to see what they would look like (fairies) and (two)  a piece I embossed earlier this week thinking I would use it for the Tuesday challenge.
 This is the embossing folder I used on a piece of Neenah white cardstock earlier this week.  Today, I applied distress inks to color the tree, fence, berry bush and pumpkins.  The acorns were left over from the Tuesday challenge project.
 Material for the embossed project...  Embossing folder from Sizzix; Distress oxide inks; Neenah white cardstock; black Recollection cardstock and another pattern piece from my paper stash.
These little fairies lost their wings (I cut them off).  I wanted to use designer paper to make skirts and tops but due to my time, I went with some flowers from the Recollections floral embellishments tub.
I used Studio g self adhesive gems near the waist of each fairy.  I sprinkle white embossing powder on top of the black background (no heat tool was used). To keep the powder from falling away, I used a piece of acetate to cover the images and the black cardstock.  The brick piece was embossed and cut down to cover the edges of the acetate and to frame the dancers.
I used the memory box fairies (to get the reverse image, I cut them out at the same time and flipped one to face the opposite direction).  Hero Arts white embossing powder was used to appear as sparkle or "fairy dust";  a Darice brick embossing folder was use for a frame;  flowers from Recollections floral embellishments and a gem from Studio g  were used for clothing;

These two cards will be given to my grand so she can have some fun playing with them.
We,at the present time, cannot get her interested in ballet.  She is a gymnastic individual and that is all she wants to do for now as well as swimming.  The Olympics is her goal.  We're waiting to see if her mind change in the next couple of years.

Thanks for viewing.
Continue to pray for the hurricane victims...donate to help out if you can.
Have an enjoyable, safe weekend.
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Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Wish You Were Here"

Hello viewers, visitors, followers and friends.
It's Thursday and we are all keeping a watchful eye on the news and weather forecast about hurricane "Irma".   We've received many phone calls in reference to our oldest daughter who lives in Florida.
Due to not knowing exactly the path when it gets to Florida, we are praying for all the people that this hurricane will it's path or in the surrounding "spaghetti" path.
Now, my daughter is old enough to take care of herself but as a mom I'm still concerned about her safety.  She called during her lunch hour and again last evening to let me know the updates in her area.  She was told by her neighbors that they will look out for her and do whatever they can to make sure she is okay.
The card I made today:
 Enabler's List:
Recollections pink and black cardstock; Neenah white cardstock; dp from Recollections Secret Gardenia paper pad
Cuttlebug Musical Flourish embossing folder
K & Company foil butterflies
Cuttlebug Musical Flourish embossing folder;
K & Company ephemera;
Recollections Secret Gardenia paper pad 

You may see this card floating around on another blog.  I did this one for the challenge over at for their Tuesday color challenge for September 5, 2017
Thank you so much for your time and viewing.
Your comments have been so beautiful and them!.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"Amazing Grace"

Hello friends, followers visitors and viewers.
With the holiday on Monday, today seems like Tuesday instead of the middle of the week.  But let's jump and shout for is not that many more days before another weekend.

I'm trying not to get anxious about hurricane "Irma".  If she makes landfall in Florida, my daughter may or may not be adversely  affected by this phenomenon .  Not only Florida, but the weather forecaster are predicting that it will travel up the east coast...that means VA will feel some of the effects.  Pray with me dear readers that she and all the other Floridians will be safe.  I've told her that material possessions can be replaced at some point but your life...once gone,  cannot .  If they tell her and the people in her area to evacuate...then do so .
I'm depending on God's Amazing Grace and this is the title for my card.  God holds everything in His hand:

My top focal layer is a piece of Bazzill peach cardstock.  I cut out two die cuts from the heartfelt creations raindrops on roses die using the peach as well as the Neenah white cardstock. The negative cut from the peach provided the backdrop for the white die cuts.  Three different flowers were layered together and two die cut pieces from the peach cardstock were tucked and adhered behind the flowers.  Ranger coral liquid pearls were added around the die cut pieces.  I will enter this card at for the Anything Goes weeks #298-299.
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Neenah white cardstock
black Recollections cardstock
peach Bazzill cardstock
Recollections dp "Summer Garden paper pad

Thanks for viewing.  Your continued support and comments are appreciated.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"You Make Me Smile"

Hello to Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

It's great to be back today wishing all of my friends, followers, visitors and viewers a happy day.

They are back in school...all the children in my neighborhood.  That yellow bus came, picked up and hopefully and prayerfully dropped them off at the elementary, middle and high school this morning.
Summer was extraordinary eventful and fun but it is time to get back to learning some great facts and information.
In talking with my grand on yesterday, she is still so excited with her school year so far.  She's beginning her third week today in fourth grade.   Some of the things she told me really made me smile.  I've taken that joy and  titled my card with it this morning (You Make Me Smile).  Since I didn't adorn it with a lot of bulk...this will make a good donation into my give-away box for the soldiers.

First, using Neenah white cardstock, a word processing program on my computer and my printer, I typed and printed out the sentiment.  I cut the cardstock down to the A2 size.
Next, I used a circle die on the cardstock so I could color within the circle.  I used three distress inks (stormy sky, abandoned coral and scattered straw).
I stamped the floral images with black archival ink using the Kaisercraft Lilac Whisper clear stamps set.  The flowers were colored with pink, purple and green watercolor markers.
I attached a green bow made with Offray ribbon to the bottom of the flower.  To finish off the card, I placed a beach chair from Recollections dimensional stickers at the bottom of the circle and applied droplets of Ranger's hydrangea liquid pearl to the upper and bottom right corners.

Yes, you  also make me smile (my crafting friends and viewers).
This card will be added to

Tim Holtz's distress inks
Kaisercraft Lilac Whisper clear stamps
Ranger hydrangea liquid pearls

Thanks for your time to come and view with me today.  It is always  a pleasure knowing that you continue to support my work and leave such beautiful comments.  Come again and I hope something you see will spark you to CASE this card.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, September 1, 2017

"It's Friday And You Know The Drill"

Hip, hip, hooray friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
It's Friday and you know what that means...something quick and easy from my stash.
Before we get to that...I want you to do something for me.  Check out this special announcement...

I want to thank Ester Asbury for her invitation and her kindness towards showcasing me.

A sneak peep at something you may see when you check out my card over at

another view of something over at

Here is the card I'm sharing with you today.
"Change Is Beautiful"
I used a piece of Bristol smooth white cardstock, a stencil from Recollections and some wilted violet Distress Oxide ink.
The ink was applied on top of the stencil in an ombre effect going from left to right.  Next, using stamps from a Martha Stewart clear stamp set, I stamped several images from that set along with a butterfly from the Recollections stamp and stencil set.  The sentiment also came from the Recollections stamp/stencil set. Watercolor pencils were used for the butterflies and the flower in the far left corner.
Fun, quick and easy.
This card will be added to the following challenges: Anything Goes - Weeks #298-#299  and to August Challenge – Link Party #31 .

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This is a holiday weekend, so have fun and be safe.
Until next time...

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

"Tissue Paper Technique"

"Tissue Paper Technique"

Good Thursday morning to my friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  It is the last day in August.  This will be a very long weekend for some people who are working (Labor Day).   Many will try to get in that last visit to the beach before Tuesday morning when our school bells will be ringing for our children. 
What's on your agenda for today?  I know you're probably doing something special.

Today's card started with some crumbled tissue (gift) paper.  I used various Distress inks in various places on the paper.  I kept repeating the crumbling...apply distress ink...crumble...apply distress ink until I was satisfied with the look.  The tissue paper was applied to a piece of Neenah white cardstock with adhesive .  I was very careful in not smoothing out the paper.  The more wrinkles you see (on the paper and not on your face) is so much better.
I applied some Martha Stewart flowers to the tissue paper and then stamped my sentiment using an American Craft Bible journaling stamp.
I will use this for an entry to

Enabler's List:
American Craft Bible journaling stamp
Distress inks
Martha Stewart flower stickers
tissue paper; Neenah white cardstock; black Recollections cardstock and Hunkydory cardstock

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Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"Make A Wish"

Good Wednesday to all my friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Welcome to the middle of the week.  So much has gone on since the weekend but everyone is reporting that they are okay.  Some flooding in homes but lives have been spared...this is a blessing.  Material things can be replaced but once you leave this side of the universe we will not see you again until we're called to glory.
For my birthday people in September, I'm still working on your cards.  Here is one that I did for one of you:
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side view of the same card
The above project involved repurposing  the top layer of a Cason paper pad.
Enabler's List:
Spellbinders dies: Swirl Bliss; Victorian Bow; Romantic Vines
Sizzix Alphanumeric script die
Recollections butterflies and flowers
the colors to use were: burgundy, sparkly gold, tan and cream...anything but a card
studio g self adhesive gems (gold)

Enabler's List used for card:
Neenah white cardstock; red Bazzill cardstock; black Recollection cardstock; Designer Paper from g. c. d. Botanique paper pad
Spellbinders Arched Elegance die:  Tim Holtz quote chips:   NUVO ruby slippers crystal drops
Recollections flower and flourish

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