Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Daisies

I did a little bit of sponging and simple stamping to create a birthday card.

(stamps: Stampendous Daisy Thanks, Hero Arts Operation Write Home)

I went with the following colors~


I've only run errands but feel like I've been around the world and back.

Yikes it's only Tuesday.

Stamping is my mini vacation, for reals people!

It's the one "me" thing I've got and I'm so grateful for it!

Thanks for stopping by~

Bloom in Adversity Poppies

I can think of a number of friends to give this card to~

(stamps: My Favorite Things Pretty Poppies  dies:My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circles)

I'm surrounded by really strong women!

The assembly was pretty straightforward~the 6X6 panel remnant  already had a circle die cut out of it.

Of course this

this MFT sketch came to mind. :)


I used a section of leftover splattered cardstock to showcase these dramatic poppies.

 Thanks for stopping by friends~

Monday, August 14, 2017

All the Patterns Gift Card

I went cray with some patterned paper today, friends.

It was that kind of weekend.

I had all the feels so I went with any paper I desired to create a gadgety card.

(dies: My Favorite Things Blueprints 11/Gift Card Grooves, Avery Elle Star Frame)

The smiley face from this Blueprints set was just the ticket for a "handle" to pull the gift card out of the slot.

I clipped it rather than stuck it on, so it wouldn't damage the gift card. 

Gift Card Presentation

My wide washi roll was perfect for the shiny face~I stuck it on heavy cardstock and then cut it out.

It paired beautifully with the silver glittery clip.


That's it for me today friends, thanks for stopping by~

Pastels, Pencils & a Hint of Black

I challenged myself to work with pastels today.

(stamps: Simon Says Stamp Wild Beauty   dies:Winnie & Walter In A Word Hugs Cutaway,Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches)

I followed the sketch and a couple of pastel colors in the following challenge~adding a hint of black as lining.


I thought the cloud border would work as an interesting element here.

I'm pleased I can use it more often, and not just for a sky scene.

yup, it feels like a Monday alright. ;)

One foot in front of the other, people.... 


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Travel Card

So I tried another card for Time Out...this time I looked  past the chocolate bar.


 (stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Inspirational Word Art 2,(retired) Lawn Fawn Bon Voyage,Verve Borderline  dies:Memory Box Pinpoint Main Street Tags,My Favorite Things Rectangle Peek-a-Boo/Stitched Oval Word, Lawn Fawn Bon Voyage cloud)

 It's an interactive card...I wanted to include a couple of sentiments under the flaps~


(stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Inspirational Word Art 2   die:My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Frame)

The wall map and masculine brown/beige color scheme led the tone for this multi-windowed creation.

A majority of my sentiment panels came from the Simple Stories You Are Here paper pad. 

I die cut my favorite sentiments and went from there.

I'm all over the place today~multi-tasking in every direction. 

At least I get to hang around the house today, though!


Friday, August 11, 2017



I'm working on this one guys.


Praying every day sometimes multiple times a day to have a forgiving heart.

(stamps: Verve Potter's Clay  die: Papertrey Ink Half & Half,WPlus 9 Quilt Cuts 1,Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangles)

I don't know anyone to give this to except myself.

I need to put it somewhere I can see it.

I went with this lovely sketch~

it's back friends!!! :)



Thanks for stopping in~

Cupcake Paperclip Card

I'm a sucker for cute paperclips~

(stamps: Wplus9 Written On Ribbon  dies:Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dress Up Tags,Avery Elle Star Frame/Wonky Stitches  other:Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder)

I followed the lead of these colors~


This cupcake paperclip already had two of the colors.

I took a memento marker and flicked the edges of the diecut panel~I also embossed with pink to bring in that third color.

It's propped on two tags so that the paperclip slips between the layers for easy removal.

I made sure to add the clip first, then adhere with score tape, so that I don't have to blindly slide it through the layers.

The stars were remnants of sprayed cardstock I had sitting around~so I added them for further backup of the blue shade.

I can see this card perfect for an older girl~a preteen, or a little girl that wants to feel grown up. ;)

 Thanks for stopping by~

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cacti Slats

I went with natural colors today~and something a little more subtle.

(stamps:Newton's Nook Cultivated Cacti  dies:Newton's Nook Cultivated Cacti, My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Word/Stitched Dome Frame)

When I saw the following inspiration pic, I couldn't wait to die cut window slats in the background.

I imitated the framed photo and showcased some cacti~


Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Neon Pink Nail Polish Splatters

My daughter thinned out her nail polish collection and passed on this fun neon.

I used it to splatter (carefully drip) accents for this card.

(dies: WPlus 9 Quilt Cuts 1, My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circles,Avery Elle Star Frame  other: Neon Pink Nail Polish)

I've got one more for this challenge~

Thanks for stopping by~

Courage Splatter Card

I totally agree with this sentiment...

(stamps: Essentials By Ellen Courage Fundraiser  dies:Essentials by Ellen Courage, Avery Elle-ments Double Pierced Rectangles  other: Dylusions Ink Bubblegum and Vibrant Turquoise, Hero Arts Neon Pink Ink)

It takes strength to face each day, at times!


I had a large box come in the mail and I'm just like a child...I threw the items to the side so I could use the box to collect the over spray.

~goodness me.

Thanks to the following challenge~I got to use those gorgeous ink sprays.

I love how the bubble gum and turquoise merged purple in the middle.
Super easy.

 Thanks for stopping in~

Comfort on Difficult Days

A cute umbrella and boots help rain look,...well, fashionable.

(stamps: Verve New Mercies, DoCrafts Puddles of Love  dies:My Favorite Things Cross-Stitched Ovals/Peek-A-Boo Wonky Windows  other:Prima flowers, enamel dots)

I'm sure I was thinking of Madeline when I colored this image..."we love our bread, we love our butter...but most of all..."

That being said...I paired it with an encouraging sentiment for the following challenge~


These flowers were passed on to me and I thought they would add that something-something to the extra space in the sentiment window.

There are designers that ROCK these flowers~I did my best to channel that look. ;)

Though it's not my usual style, I enjoyed playing with the 3D aspect!

I'll probably be paranoid about how to send it, though.

The peek-a-boo/partially distressed image panel and wonky, angled sentiment window speak to my Marlenaness.

Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monochrome Greys & Pop of Color

Grey is my new favorite color.
When I say new, I mean in the past few years.
Just when I think I've moved on...I fall for it every time.

 (stamps: Papertrey Ink A Thrill of Hope/Spruce & Sprigs  dies: Papertrey Ink Spruce & Sprigs/Tag Sale #5   other: cardbase My Mind's Eye Picket Fences)

hosted by Stephanie

inspired me to bring out all my gray and black inks and play a little.

I layered a few of those sprigs and popped the sentiment with Ruby embossing powder.

LOVE the rustic look.

 I can see me assembling a few more with this technique.

Thanks for stopping by~


You're Llama Fun


Pun sentiments crack my family up.
We're easy to please. :)

(stamps: My Favorite Things Llama Love  dies: My Favorite Things Llama Love/ Stitched Oval Word, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches)

When I was looking for our house + land years ago...I was AMAZED at how many people had land for sale with llamas included!



If I weren't allergic, I'd probably have given it serious consideration.

How cute would they be as pets?!!  ;)

Except for the spitting.

I forgot that was a thing until I read one of the sentiments in this set.


Never mind, I'm good.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Angled Lines & a Pineapple

I am an angled person people.

 You can tell by my designs.

(stamps: Essentials by Ellen Stay Golden  dies:Essentials by Ellen Stay Golden, My Favorite Things Stax Cross-Stitch Ovals)

 You can tell by my parking (ask my husband who has to slide his truck next to my "creative" backing up in the carport) :) .

You can tell by my "shark bite" shirts (hey, they are in now, thank God).

It's just how I do.

I have no idea why this is, but I'm grateful I can express myself through cards.

Check out the fun challenges~


 Here's to you doing you too~


Hugs Coffee Time

I had some fun with this card~glitter, shine and some copics.

(stamp: Sizzix Coffee Time  dies: Sizzix Coffee Time, Winnie & Walter In a Word:Hugs Cutaway)

add Sparkle! (glimmery paper, chunky glitter)


Simon Says Stamp (Mon): Food and/or Drink

It's starting to cool down in our neck of the woods...I feel summer winding down. :(



Friday, August 4, 2017

Cup of Chocolate....errrr...Kindness

I can't eat chocolate like I did back in the day.

I'm so sad it's my frenemy.

Since I can't eat it, I see it everywhere.

(stamps:Verve Coffee Helps  die: Spellbinders Classic Circles)

Check out the huge chocolate bar with caramel and white chocolate touches in the following challenge...

Time Out Challenge #89 Home Sweet Home


Do you see it???

Cuz I do!

However, I don't have a chocolate set (I'll get right on it), but a frothy beverage is the next best thing. ;)

I'm a mess, friends, thank God it's FRIDAYYYYY!!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Happy Retirement Oldies and Newsies

You never know when my husband might need one of these cards to give a co-worker~

(stamps: Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout,The Craft's Meow Welcome to the Office  dies: Avery Elle Dotted Ellements/Double Pierced Rectangles, My Favorite Things Horizontal Stitched Stripes)

I'm thankful for this challenge which has me sifting through my precious oldies~


I paired my brand new Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout with a fun office set from The (now closed) Craft's Meow store.

It took me a few tries to get the hang of the turning around part 
(I lack a Misti).

However, once I read the directions of drawing an "x" in the center of the backside, I was able to align it.

 The office set is invaluable to my collection of images, so it was nice to give it some love too.

 Sounds like a storm is coming so I better get going in case the power flickers out.

Thanks for stopping in!