Monday, January 30, 2017

Masculine Orange Valentine

I created a masculine valentine for my man~

(stamps: My Favorite Things Because You, Verve More than Love  dies:My Favorite Things Die-namics Houndstooth Coverup/ Peek-a-Boo Wonky Windows,Verve Amazing Adjectives Word Die set/More than Love, Papertrey Ink Valentine Pin-Ups die cut~green strip)

He loves orange~so anytime I can incorporate it, I do!

 Simon Says (Wednesday):Anything Goes

 I made something new with a new product (just picked up this MFT Houndstooth coverup); so I'm entering the following challenges...

NBUS Challenge #10

Work it Wednesday January 2017:Make Something New with a New Product

Here's a handy tip I learned from Laurie's tutorial on Jennifer McGuire's blog.

Get some press 'n seal -you can use the rest in the kitchen!

 Here is where I press 'n sealed the cut pieces and flipped over for glue application.

~That's the long and short of it~

-my new phrase and I don't know where I picked it up-

my hubby says I say it all the time now. ;)


Thanks for stopping by friends~


Thursday, January 26, 2017

God is a Refuge for Us

Trust in Him at all times...

(stamp:Sweet 'n Sassy Our Refuge  dies:Avery Elle Wonky Stitches,PTI Happy Trails butterfly)

I need this verse EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

I'm one of those worrying know...wringing their hands/furrowing their brows and can't sleep type of peeps?

Yah, that's me.

It's amazing I function on a daily level.... 


But my God is a mighty God!

He helps me whether I'm looking for my phone 

or I'm in much worse shape.

I added a butterfly...that's me...all fragile like and fluttering about aimlessly...

Have a blessed day friends~

Amazing 16th Birthday

Babygirl turned 16 yesterday!

I took it better than I thought I would.

I was a little distracted, though...I lost my phone as I was running out the door~

it was found in the fridge....

on top of a Lunchable.


 I saved it in time!

It kinda shook me does someone do that and then try to shop at Walmart like everything is ok in the world....

fake it 'til you make it, I guess. :)

I'm submitting this card to

 (stamp: Verve Poppy Birthday sentiment  die:My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circle)

 I created this for girlie....

the cat was an experimental embroidery piece I designed from clipart back when I used my embroidery machine.

It seems like ions ago!!!

I'm glad I could feature this piece on a card to give my animal loving girl for her big day.

I pray your day is smooth and you don't lose your phone in the fridge. ;)


Monday, January 23, 2017

Because I Like You

Squeezing a card in this Monday~woot woot!!!

(stamps: Verve Great Friend,My Favorite Things Because You dies:My Favorite Things Because You,Avery Elle Wonky Stitches/Dotted Elle-Ments banner  other:circle punch)

 I used this color scheme...

It's rainy rainy~a dreary Monday...but crafting always cheers me up.

Keeping the shades drawn helps too.


I'll just ignore the rain pouring outside.

Praying you have a good day, friends~

Friday, January 20, 2017

Treat Yo Self

It's never too late to start investing in your sanity for next Christmas...keep on with those winter cards while it's cold out!!!

(dies: Essentials by Ellen Treat Yo Self,My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circle)

When I saw the blues and snow in the following inspiration...these snowflakes I picked up came to mind.

Essentials by Ellen January Pin-Sights Challenge

The shopper made me think of the sentiment too~

I'm also entering this in the following challenge:

Simon Says Stamp (Monday): Chill Out

Thanks for stopping by friends~

You're Amazing Floral Window

My youngest is BOLD as well as amazing.

I created this card to tell her so. ;)

(stamps: My Favorite Things Forget Me Not,Verve Deco Borders  dies:Verve Amazing Adjectives Word Die set,My Favorite Things Peek-a-Boo Wonky Windows)

I based it off of Card Concept's 65th  Fresh & Bold inspiration~which woos me with pinks,oranges and black on a  white canvas of furniture.

Orange flower stems were stamped for the squiggly pieces and I brought out a frame die to focus on 
(representing the framed photos).

I'd say my creation is CAS, since it's almost one-layered.

I'm relieved it's Friday~how 'bout you?

I need to STOP and just BE this weekend.

Maybe I can get some crafty me in too. ;)

Take care friends!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

You Are Priceless

Yay for new techniques!

 I have limited heart sets, so 

 (hosted by Melissa)

 is perfect for me.

I can make use of a stamp set that hasn't seen much show time.


(stamps: Papertrey Ink You're a Gem/What the Doodle Waves squiggle,Songbirds what not,Half&Half swirls,City Scene teeny star  dies:Avery Elle Elle-Ments Double Pierced Rectangles,Spellbinders Hearts for masking)

LOVE the geometric shapes in Papertrey's "You're a Gem" set.

 After cutting a heart mask out, I inked up
 those scrumptious jewels and added squiggles and what nots from various sets like "What the Doodle Waves,Songbirds,Half & Half" and the teeny star from "City Scene".

 I'm pretty happy with the wreath that appeared!

Thanks for stopping in friends~


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Be Sweet On the Inside

I love creating a gift within a card~it's a twofer.

(stamps:Ellen Hutson Stay Golden  dies:Ellen Hutson Stay Golden.Avery Elle-ments Bookmark)

 This three-layered bookmark is held in place by lil' heart tabs.

I found the best way to position this look, is to clip the tabs in place; flip over everything together, then add adhesive tape to the base of the tabs.

I can't imagine trying to squeeze the bookmark in after the fact!

~I can't park straight, people; I know my limits.  😆

 Ellen Hutson's Stay Golden is a nice compliment to the bookmark set from Avery Elle.

Have a good one~

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rubber Cement Water Color Resist

I set aside time to create for Papertrey Ink's challenge

(stamp: Papertrey Ink Stylized Autumn  dies:Papertrey Ink Stylized Autumn/Inspired:Hope, Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangles)

I bought rubber cement after watching this tutorial, but didn't try it until now.

with Lexi Daly

The hardest part, was waiting for the rubber cement to dry.

I went with broad stripes, since I love the irregular striped look.

My cold must be protecting me, because Lexi warns of the smell, but I didn't notice!

 Just a note, in case you are sensitive to strong odors.

Well, we are fighting colds and what-not here, but who isn't?

Once we are better, we will feel more alive than ever!

Have a good one guys~


Tuesday, January 10, 2017


I miss Hawaii~my home state

SO MUCH right now.

Excuse me as I dust off remnants of snow from my lip....

here's to you, my fragrant, warm Hawaii~

(stamps:Ellen Hutson Stay Golden  dies:Ellen Hutson Stay Golden.Avery Elle-ments Wonky Stitches/Dotted Elle-ments)

I combined Ellen Hutson stamps/dies and an Avery Elle die for the

 A strip of shiny tape was laid down before going through the Big Shot.

Remembered I had the stuff when I saw this challenge:

ooooh, la la, right?

I picked up the dots and incorporated the pink, black and green elements in this layered CAS creation.

If you are on a tropical island right now reading to the beach and sink your toes in extra deep for me k?

Thanks. ;)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Color Combo

I stumbled upon a new color combo (for me)~

(stamps: Hero Arts Joy to the World  dies:Papertrey Ink What the Doodle Snowflakes,Avery Elle Wonky Stitches)

I also cracked into new dies!


I still want merry and bright, regardless if it's before or after Christmas.  😏

Take care, friends

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Mercies

I'm so glad God gives us new mercies for today.

It gives me hope!

This hope lifts me above my anxieties~

(stamps:Verve New Mercies/Borderline  dies:Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders,Avery Elle Elle-Ments Double Pierced Rectangles,Sizzix Framelits Kite)

I used this Mojo Monday sketch: the clouds represent the horizontal strip and I stamped x-stitches for the vertical panel.

Yessss, to the bright colors in this challenge!!!!

New stuff.....
I used these cloud borders for the first time~

 Simon Says (Wednesday): New Something
They helped set the scene for my kite die which I've had since who knows when....

Have a good one friends~


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bring on the Flowers

I already miss flowers!!!

I don't see them but I can stamp them~any color I choose. 

(stamps:Verve Great Friend/New Mercies  circle punches)

I chose these colors to work with:

Hoping your day gets along smoothly~

Can Hardly Wait

New Year, New Me...
um, surrrrrre 😏

as long as I remember how I was created before I jump into new things.

I could aim for the sky right off the bat...but miss the point if I'm overburdened with more responsibility and stress than I'm equipped to handle.

I think I'll take the new year in single God intended, and make decisions along the way.

If I know me though, I'm gonna overreach now and again....and this sentiment will apply. 😆

(stamp: Dylusions Laugh Til You Leak  dies:My Favorite Things Tree-mendous/Pierced Square Stax,Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle)

Love the gold accents and purplish backdrop in this photo~

These challenges encourage using new products:

(make something new)

I cracked open the stamp set, trees and squares I gifted myself with over the busy holidays.

I've noticed something....when I'm too busy to craft I buy items to craft with.


 My word.

I'm gonna try and remember my bought goodies when I'm tempted at craft stores this year.

I'm grateful for the challenges that motivate me to USE the products I buy. year, new me, right?!