Sunday, September 2, 2012

Back to School - Vintage Style

Back to school and back to neutral colors...
Haven't used SU! Greeting card set for quite sometime.
Love the Campbell Soup kid look.
Inspirational challenges are listed...
Crafty Card Challenge - Browns/Creams with optional choice of tag
Catered Crop - Distress
Allsorts Challenge - Anything but square
Everybody Art Challenge - Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday  - Anything goes
Totally Stampalicious - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamps - Anything goes
No Matter Which Challenge - Die cuts and/or punches
Sugar Creek Hollow - vintage school days
Lollipop Crafts - Back to School
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Back to school
Crazy Challenge - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Back to school
Creative Belli Challenge - Back to School and use forgotten supplies,
   which is everything on this card!
Do You Stack Up? - Back to School
Pixie Dust Studio - The Bell is Ringing, Back to School
Cute Card Thursday - Stitch in Time (mine is faux, if you could see
   my house now you would know why I didn't get the machine out!
Simply Create Too - So Old or vintage
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Oh yeah, Back to School! That's where I've been - getting ready for the kids! Did 2 large bulletin boards and helped the librarian with hers. Then it  was clean and put my office/classroom back in place. Paperwork, lesson plans, meetings, and lots of etc. Oh and then we (DH  and me) gutted the kitchen. He has the cabinets  in but still waiting on the sink/counter. It's been 3 weeks, how long do you wait for a sink/counter to be delivered? Getting anxious to get it done, floor in and just look at it and not cook!

Think I'll give this card to my new principal.
She has really put in some time acclimating
to her new building and getting to know all of us.
but you didn't expect that - did ya?!?
Love making slider cards, just haven't done it for quite some time
so had to dust off my engineering degree and get everything to work.
Toot is on Split Coast if you want to give it a try.
Inspiring challenges are as follows:
The ABC Challenge - "V" is for Vanish (my hidden sentiment!)
The Ribbon Carousel Challenge - "Bump Up", add embossing
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Feeling Fruity
Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge - Pixie is play Chef
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Back to School or College
Simply Create Too - Back to School
Crop Stop Challenge - Back to School
Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Back to School
Thanks for stopping by and by the way -
The cute girl image is from Dearie Dolls (free!)
Have a great week!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

From Summer to Winter...

Aha, it is summer.
But soon,
it will be winter.
Keep scrolling down to see Summer and Christmas~

Summer card...front

Summer card...with the front relaxed a bit...

And, summer card...back view...

What a fun card to make.
If I had to do again, I would look carefully and
make the back design run in the same direction as the front.

Inspirational Challenges are:
Love to Create - spots and dots
Saturday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful
The Play Date Cafe - Color Challenge (Cobalt...Goldenrod...Peony)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - 3 pattern papers (2 on front, 1 on back)
Totally Gorjuss - Pearls
Stamping 411 - Sketch
First time I looked at this sketch, I immediately thought
of a diamond fold. So...that's what I did!
Crazy 4 Challenges - what you love to do on a Hot Summer Night
I like to walk around the flower beds and enjoy the flowers.
Lately it's a necessity and I added watering to gazing.
Kaboodle Doodles -'What's in' in the crafting world
I picked punched flowers and fancy folds
Do You Stack Up? - Friendship
One Stop Craft Challenge - Just good friends
Simply Create Too! - use it twice
(flower is stamped/punched twice and layerd)

Now, let's move on to winter and a non-traditional Christmas card...
New embossing folder from the soon to be introduced
Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog (Aug 1).
*I used the debossed side
*2 step bird punch
*Stamp set Perfect Punches
*Pink color is the new in color Primrose Petals

Inspirational Challenges are:

Moving Along with the Times - Pink, Pearly and Pretty
 (2nd entry but way different from the first!)
Christmas Stamping All Year Long - Inspirational Photo
I used the wreath to inspire this card.
Craft Your Passion - black, white plus one
Creatalicious Challenge - Christmas in July
Creative Card Crew - Use black card stock
Creative Craft Challenge - pink and black
Lexi's Creations - Christmas in July
Lollipop Crafts - Christmas in July
The Order of the Opus-Gluei - Seasonal (I picked Christmas)
Party Time Tuesdays - Christmas in July
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge - Christmas theme
Sugar Creek Hollow - Christmas in July
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Christmas in July
Top Tip Tuesday - It's All About Circles
Totally Stampalicous - texture (dry embossing and wreath)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Friday, July 27, 2012


I found some really cute images at Dearie Dolls
 to make it even a better day - they are free!
Want an even better day?
You can get them already colored!
For free!

But I decided to use my investment in the Copics company -
I colored mine!

I was inspired by the following challenges...

Moving Along with the Times - Pink, Pearly and Pretty Celebration
Touch Twin Challenges - color Inspiration photo
p.s. - chance to win free markers!
Color Creative Challenge - Anything Goes w/ a Girly Twist
(Image MUST be colored with Copics, ProMarkers, other alcohol markers or Colored Pencils!)
Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger Inspiration photo
This Week's Tuesday Trigger
Incy Wincy Designs - Let's Party!
Anything Goes Challenge - Let's Not Be Square!

Thanks for stopping by.
And thanks for the brief break of rain and cooler temps.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Doesn't feel like Christmas here in the Midwest
with 90-100+ temps for weeks now.
Although my DH did accused me of having Cabin Fever.
Honestly, I don't.
I love the peace and quiet.

But with all the Christmas challenges
I just HAD to make a Christmas card!
Y'all left me no choice!

Inspirational challenges at this holiday season are:

Totally Gorjuss - It's Christmas!
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Blog hop and Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenge - emboss resist
Lollipop Crafts - Christmas in July
Corrosive Challenge - Sentimentally Yours
Totally Stampalicious - favorite embellishment (pearls)
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas in July
The Pink Elephant - Christmas in July
Creatalicious Challenge - Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland - sentiment as focal point
(ornament and sentiments stamps new, never been used!)
Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July
Crafty Creations - Free for All
ABC Challenge - T for two
Totally Paper Crafts - Lots of Layers (at least 3)
Party Time Tuesdays - Punches, Die Cuts (used both)
CCEE Stampers - Reverse Masking (ornament on tag)
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas in July
2 Sisters Challenge blog - Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by -
Gotta go water some more flower beds!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Decided it was time to get out the Copics and practice coloring again.
Luckily I won a free digi from Desert Island Crafts Challenge
the sponser was Dilly Beans and I chose

FYI- Look at the sun.
I made it with 1 circle punch and 2 punch of the SU! 5 petal punch.
Layered it - and - Viola! a 'cool' sun!
Actually, my fun is in the house, not outside in the sun.
The sun in the Midwest has not been much fun -
even though the temps are on the down slide -
the humidity takes over so it is still uncomfortable to have -

Fun in the Sun!

To learn more about the creative side of this card,
check out the following inspiring challenges...

Little Red Wagon - Life's a Beach
Pile It On - It's a Shore Thing
Love to Create Challenge - colors inspired by picture
Make My Monday - color wheel challenge
Tuesday Throwdown - Hot colors
Creative Card Crew - swirls (embossing) and Pearls (necklace)
Deep Ocean Challenge - A Sea of Love
Sketch Frenzy Friday - Sketch (I turned it)
Simply Create Too - Summer Vacation
Totally Paper Crafts - Here Comes Summer
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Fun in the Sun, optional sparkle and Shine
(You'll have to click to enlarge and look real close to see the 'shine')
By the Cute and Girly - A day at...the beach
Craft Challenge - Splash Water


Monday, July 2, 2012

To the Land of the Free!

Decided to make a Independence Day card.
Don't have many Independence stamps.
That means I have to reach for some creativity.

3 things about this card

1. I used the SU! stripe embossing folder, used VersaMark
and embossed with red glitter embossing powder.

2. I stamped on the satin ribbon and used
red and blue Gelly Roll pens to color the letters

3. I used a Hawaiian quilt punch that I just had to have.
That was several years ago.
First time I used it!

The picture doesn't do it justice.
The star is silver glitter CS.
The red stripes are glittery and very shiney.
The rhinestones on the quilt squares are red.
BTW, embossing/glitter powder is everywhere!

Few good inspiring challenges today.

The Critter Challenge - And some sparkle
The Cupcake Craft Challenge - bright (colors) as a (blue star) button
Cute Card Thursday - Patriotic
Incy Wincy Designs - Patriotism (use color or items)
Just Us Girls - Use stars and sparkles
Love to Create - Stars n' Stripes
Paper Craft Star - No designer paper
Scrappy Frogs Challenge - red, white and blue
Sentimental Challenge - be patriotic with sketch
Nicole sketch 1
Simon Says Stamps - sporty and/or Patriotic
Simply Create Too - Theme, country where you live
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - red, white and blue with a little sparkle too!
Top Tip Tuesday - Independence Day or Stars
Desert Island Crafts - Pick at least 3 of 10,
   1. Sketch Challenge
   2. Glitter
   3. Use Rubber stamp
   4. Silver
2 Sisters Challenge - red, white, blue optional glitter/bling
365 Cards Sparkle and Shine - use 2 sparkle/shine techniques
   1. embossing powder/glitter
   2. Glitter CS
Aud Sentiments - Bingo (Bling, Embossing,die cut)
Bearly Mine Challenge - Anything goes
Card Makin' Mamas - red, white and blue
Paper Pretties - red, white and blue

Love trying new techniques, keeps my mojo goin'!
A Happy 4th to you.

I'll never forget the 4th that a firecracker exploded in my hand.
Made some real good blood blisters.
Watch your kids - closely.
Stay Safe!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wishing You a ~ Happy Birthday!

I know a special little one
 (and I mean little!)
with a birthday approaching.
Can't tell you who.
She never really comes out and says "Thank you!"
But her actions are louder than words -
and know she appreciates all of her gifts!

There is a clue in this card as to who it is -
Can you guess?
...and of course I made another envelope,
this time lined flourished stamped with the flap embossed.
...and a shout out -

The following challenges have been very inspiring for the creativity on this card.
Also, I used a new SU! Hostess Stamp Set, Summer Afternoon

Anything Goes Challenge - Polka dot with birthday wishes
Kaboodle Doodles - colors of your flag (red, white and blue with gold fringe!)
The Play Date Cafe - colors, cotton candy, ruby, citrus, dusk
Totally Stampalicious - red, white and ??? (blue!)
Crafty Creations - embellish
ABC Challenge - surprise! show us your creativity
Creative Card Crew - Easy as 1 (image), 2 (designer paper), 3 (pearls, ribbon, twine)
Stamping 411 - sketch
Do You Stack Up? - Blue Skies and Clouds

Thanks for stopping by.
And - whoever it was,
thanks for sending the rain!
And our trees thank you too!

Have you figured out who the card is for?

Check the comments, I bet someone knows!   ;)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Got into card / envelop making yesterday and today.
Be sure to scroll down to see the 'box' envelope
I made to put the 'too' embellished card in,
with just a short toot~
And, check the last of this post to see my
Tipsy yard decoration I made this year...

First the card...

I was inspired by DD's (Kim who is Living in Paradise) card. She used some DP from SU! that I just couldn't get the hang of. It's dark paper and I didn't find it very inspiring, but her card is so elegant that I decided to give it a try. I almost threw this away and start over with softer colors. I persevered though and finally finished it late last night. Then I made a envelope with the new SU! diagonal score board this morning. What fun to be able to make matching envelopes and not put a beautiful card into a plain white one! But the embellishments were too 'thick' and would be mushed so I decided to make a box envelope. I followed SU! directions and cut a 7 3/4" square on the first one, but for the box envelope I cut an 8" square. Then I scored (on the diagonal) at 4 1/8, added a 1/4" and scored it again. Repeat on the opposite side. Flip again and score at 3 1/8", add 1/4" and score again. Repeat on the opposite side. It was difficult to tape together because it would flatten out when I tried to super sticky tape it. So...I cut a 1/4" thick core board the size of the card and folded the envelope around it and then had a firm surface to retain the shape of the 'box'. Clear as mud? Maybe the pictures below will help.

I believe the post office would charge extra
for this due to the bulk of the card/envelope.
I should mail one to myself and see!

I am entering this card/envelop in the following inspiring challenges
Everybody Art Challenge - monochromatic brown
All Sorts Challenge - any die will do

CCEE Stampers - for a guy
Chocolate Coffee Cards -Shades of brown and Cream colors, YUM!
Cooking It Up with Katie - for a special guy, texture and finish with a little metal
Crafty Calendar Challenge - flowers in bloom
Craft Your Passion - things with wings
Creative Craft Challenge - tweet, tweet
Cupcake Craft Challenge - birds of a feather
Desert Island Crafts Challenge - Choice of 10 (ribbons, wings, metal hardware)
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything goes
Lollipop Crafts - Flowers in bloom
Love to Create - Anything Goes
Paper Play Challenge - use a die cut
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Make your own embellishment (flower)
Stampin' for the Week-end - Show Us Your Style (Vintage)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - ribbons and bows
Pals Paper Arts - Sketch

Now for the Tipsy Surprise!

My time is consumed with Pinterest
the past several months.
Lots and lots of pins.
Haven't tried many of them except for recipes.
 My DH is lovin' that!

I saw the Tipsy flower pots and actually
made it in our newly enlarged flower bed.

The directions said to use rebarb to 'chain' 
the pots through the drainage holes.

DH suggested a Shepard's hook.
I said "Naw, can't get the pots over the hook!"
Mark your calendars! 
He was right!

Ignore the marigolds around the bottom.
Didn't think they would grow since
I started them from seeds.
Mark your calendars! I
 was wrong again!

OK, put your calendars away.
I'm only allowed 2 wrongs each year.
I'm done!

ps On the Shepard's hook I hung our hummingbird feeder.
We have had Orioles, woodpeckers,
and hummingbirds using it.


Monday, June 18, 2012


Life got in my way and did not leave any time or mojo for card making the last couple months.
End of the school year was way too busy as usual.
Less than 24 hours after my last day of work I'm sick, with a fever.
It lasted 2 weeks and took another 2 weeks to get my energy back.
In the middle of all that, my DD Kim came home for a 2 week vacation.
She ended up taking care of me.
I'm not a very good patient!

Then my DD and good friend Patti J encouraged me to dig deep for the mojo.
I did.
Here it is!

The sad part about all of this is that I placed a couple orders with SU! from the new 2012-13 catalog and I didn't even 'play' with it till today. Love the new catalog and for this card I used the new Bright Blossoms stamp set and Summer Smooches DP. Oh, please notice that I made a matching envelope. I also ordered the new diagonal scoring plate, never used it till today and in less that 5 minutes (that includes reading the simple directions), I had made an envelope. Think of the money I can save! Also new to me, is the edgelits-Adorning Accents (and embossing folder to match). Check out the bottom portion of the front of the card. Everything went together very quickly and just following a few challenges made it even easier to dig up that lost mojo!

Lexi's Creations - Happy Birthday
Just Us Girls - color challenge-red, white and blue
The Saturday Challenge - color challenge-red, white and blue
Stamping 411 Color challenge - high school colors, graduated from McCluer in 19--!
Let's Ink it Up - favorite embellishments (ribbon and pearls)
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - recipe-ribbon, pearls, dies/punches

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

From the Heart~

Using SU! supplies
(and anxiously awaiting their newest catalog)
I made this CAS embossed
"From the Heart"

Inspirational challenges are:
Alphabet Challenge - G is for Garden
By the Cute and Girly - Spring is All Around
Crazy 4 Challenges - Gardening or the great outdoors
CropStop - emboss
Deep Ocean Challenge - Punches/Dies
The Order of the Opus Gluei - Beyond the Garden Gate
Paper Take Weekly - anything goes -optional lace
I Did It Creations - Buttons, Blue and a Button too
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Ribbons and Bows
Stamping 411 - sketch
SUO Challenge - Mother's Day
The Cuttlebug Spot - Flowers for Mom
The Pink Elephant - Spring Time
Truly Scrumptious Challenge - distressing, Die cuts/Punches
Tuesday Morning Throwdown - "In the Garden"
Kaboodle Doodles - Dimension
4 Crafty Chicks - favorite embellishment (shiny ribbon)
Stampin' for the Weekend - no less than 4 layers
CES Challenge - No Squares Allowed!
Oldie But Goodie - Punches/Die (SU! sentiment is 'way' old!)
Desert Island Crafts - Choice of 10, I did punch shape, bright colors, button.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week...
I will
6 more days of school
and then
Which means,
visiting with our daughter
getting 'stuff' done that
I didn't get done during the school year!