Thursday, June 19, 2014

Even When You're Crabby

I finished this beachy theme project for the

(red and white!)

I created the boxes when my girlies were all a little crabby one day
 (stressed out with final papers and such)...

it was therapy for 



 These little cuties are filled with chocolate dipped chips (have you TRIED???!!)

 my. word.

and a chocolate dipped oreo.

  With three teen girlies under one roof....chocolate is a survival tool~

you think I'm joking?

I am SO not. ;)

Honestly, these girlies ARE my matter how crabby they get.

They put up with a little bit from the momma crab herself. ;)

One day, I pray they still choose to hang with me~even when they don't have to. ~wink~

No one makes me laugh like these girls.

I am also submitting this to 

where there is a beautiful verse to pick up for free.

Have a blessed day my bloggy, albeit "maybe crabby at time?" friends...

(not that I've ever seen that side of you but someone has and loves you anyway.)

dies: (Cute Crab Box by Nilmara Quintela, 6 Banner Flag Set by Lori Whitlock) Silhouette Cameo, Spellbinders Classic Circles
stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Together Silhouettes
ink: Versafine Onyx
other: Vase Sand Filler,toothpicks

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chalk it Up

Do you have a chalk set that's sitting unloved in the corner?

I forgot I even had one until I saw this week's Papertrey Ink Challenge~oopsies!

Check it out...

hostess: Melissa

 I originally bought my chalks to highlight an embossed image for my niece's first birthday about 5 years ago.

You don't need much~I just chalked a bit where I wanted to place leaves.

I stamped after embossing, like Melissa; she's right~the texture is awesome.

I love the fabric feel of the embossed paper too!

Ok, I better get out and enjoy the warm weather. You all have a blessed day now...

stamps: Papertrey Ink (Meadow Greens,Rosie Posie)
die: Counting My Blessings 
chalk: Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
ink: Papertrey Ink New Leaf,Memento Ink Dandelion
paper: Echo Park Here & Now,Georgia Pacific White
other: Papertrey Ink Herringbone Impression Plate,Sassafras Self-Adhesive Button Blossoms


Winged Whimsy

Summer Monday has a whole new meaning for this family~can I get a YAYYYY????!!!!

Seriously, I've been waiting for this break since September! HA! ;)

I miss my kids....we can finally do fun stuff and hang out!

happy sigh~

I did get a wee bit of stampy time in though...

Check out this gorgeous Bokeh pattern~I couldn't bring myself to cover it I stamped with Versamark.

I clear embossed and smudged distress ink to draw the butterfly out.

I love the effect.

My winged creation is for the

I'm also linking it to the lovely challenge

 where you can pick up your free verse if you like.

~Blessings friends~

stamp: Verve Words of Wisdom,Waltzingmouse Nordic Spring
 paper: Echo Park Capture Life,Georgia Pacific white cardbase
ink: Versamark,Versafine Onyx,Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade distress ink
other: Creative Memories oval cutter,Spellbinders classic circle dies,clear embossing powder

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Baby Wipe Stamping

I had fun with the baby wipe stamping technique!

Watch the tutorial here...

 Don't over think it, just DO.

You won't miss those drops of reinkers...just make sure you have extra wipes handy~you'll find a way to get it on your hands somehow, no matter how careful you are. ;)

Happy weekend friends~
 stamp: Papertrey Ink (City Scene,Happy Trails),Our Daily Bread Designs As You Graduate
ink: Tim Holtz Distress re-inkers Summer Seasonal set (and Spiced Marmalade),Papertrey Ink True Black,Versafine Onyx
paper: Echo Park Here & Now
other: black Copic marker
dies: Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Beachy Graduation

Graduation parties are rolling by...

I created this for my daughter's teammate who loves to surf.

I used colors from the

The light colors were perfect for the backdrop of one of my favorite scene silhouettes.

It always makes me nostalgic for my Hawaii.

I might have to hit the nearest Lake soon for my beachy fix.

stamps: Verve (Better Together,Happy Graduation Plain Jane,Waltzingmouse My Island, Papertrey Ink Happy Trails
inks: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist,Hibiscus Burst,True Black,New Leaf),Versafine Onyx,Memento Ink Angel Pink

Thursday, June 12, 2014

She Shall Be Praised

Raising three teen ladies has its challenges and blessings~mostly blessings.  ;)

My main goal has been to encourage their relationship with the Lord.

I know I don't have all the answers...they know that too.

Trust me. ;)

But, God does.

I let the focus be on scripture for the following challenges:

I pulled the grey and pink and simple lines from

I pray my girlies always turn to good times and bad.

As long as they seek His will, they will be in good hands.

stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Precious Poppies, Verve silhouette
paper: Studio Calico Wanderlust,Echo Park Here & Now
ink: Versafine Onyx, Papertrey Ink True Black

Monday, June 9, 2014

Masculine Grad Card

Got some fun new stamps in the mail yesterday and I wanted to play...

The last few hours are at hand for

I stapled a bit of ribbon for

I'm glad I stole a little more time to craft again makes my head all swimmy. ;)

Now I can go back to the daily chores of folding clothes and at ya later.... ;)

stamp: Verve Happy Graduation Plain Jane,Simon Says Stamp Scribble Flowers
ink: Memento Ink (Tangelo,Summer Sky),Papertrey Ink (New Leaf,Enchanted Evening),Versafine Onyx
paper: Georgia Pacific White
other: American Crafts ribbon

Make the Challenges Lovely

I'm so glad summer is here...but the challenges have not stopped.

I don't mean card challenges, either. Those are cool. ;)

No, I mean the challenges of each and every new day.

I LOVE that God gave me the desire to craft and keeps my busy mind occupied.

There are things I can't change, things I can't control...but I CAN try to make beautiful cards.

IN THAT SENSE...challenges motivate me to USE those challenges of life to create lovely wherever and whenever I can.

I'm sure many of you craft for the same's cheaper than therapy! Ha! ;)

For this pinkish card...

I started with Inspired By #117

and picked the different layers of patterns.

I used the colors from

Have a LOVELY CRAFTY DAY friends!!!! ;)

stamps: Unity A Lovely Butterfly Day, Technique Tuesday Ordinary Days
ink: WPlus9 Cranberry Crush,Papertrey Ink Autumn Rose
paper: Echo Park Here & Now,Studio Calico Snippets,Little Yellow Bicycle Acorn Hollow,Georgia Pacific White
other:Creative Memories Oval Cutter

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Anniversary Journaling Card

I don't often use journaling cards, but I was able to adapt one for this card.

It's for my husband~our anniversary is coming up this month!

oh my gosh look how YOUNG we looked 22 years ago!!! 


ok, here is my card

Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, photo pocket page, traditional layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that uses a journaling card.

Thanks to Moxie for motivating my creation a week before this special day!!!

Blessings friends~

stamps: Verve Love Story
other: Basic Grey Hey Boy die-cut cardstock & transparencies
paper: Basic Grey Hey You,Georgia Pacific white
ink: Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores,Memento Rich Cocoa,Tim Holtz Tea Dye
die: Spellbinders Labels 25

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

~So Glad There is You~

Yay, I had a chance to create for this challenge again!

I used one of my favorite silhouettes to frame multiple sentiments~those teeny ones from Written on Ribbon are perfect fillers.

Well, about ready to watch some shows with the family~have a great evening bloggy friends!

stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Together Silhouettes, WPlus9 Written on Ribbon
paper: Echo Park Here and Now,Georgia Pacific white,Bazzill
dies: Our Daily Bread Chickadee, Papertrey Ink Movers & Shakers Spinners die
ink: Versafine Onyx

Monday, June 2, 2014

Hold On

I'm sure between we bloggers there are a million gazillion "I didn't know if I would make it" stories.

Praise God we are here to say, "Hold On".


Oh I love Inspired By's pic so much...esp the green and black...I hope I get another crafty moment to go there.

Instead, I pulled the "sentiment in a holder" look and went running.

See that orange strip?

I simply decided to score the double sided paper and tape down rather than trim.

It didn't need the ribbon...but I was feeling fancy. ;)

Have a blessed day and let's encourage each other to hold on, K?

stamps: Flourishes Always Blooming,Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Summer Fillers,Lawn Fawn Summertime Jar heart
die: Papertrey Ink Pint Jar
ink: Versafine Onyx,Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores,True Black),Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade
paper: Georgia Pacific white,Teresa Collins Tell Your Story
other: American Crafts ribbon