Thursday, June 30, 2011

National Colors

That's Right- this week over on CropStop the challenge is to make a card (using embossing folders too!) using your national colors! Well who can resist the red/white/blue color them for those of us in the USA! I always love using them. So here is my card!I have been having so much fun using different elements, textures and embellishments to my cards. I know some may think it is busy but I just love how it all fits together. I hope you will join us- check it oute HERE!

Enabler: Cuttlebug folder:stars, Texture Fade-notebook, Memento Ink-tuxedo, Glue Glider, Ranger Distress Ink- antique linen, Tim Holtz Distresser, Stickles- Christmas Red

Friday, June 24, 2011

Vintage Cigar Box

Happy Sunday! So glad that you joined me today. We've been vacationing and I thought I would show you a project that I worked on and made for a secret pal. I love how it turned out. So Friday night I pulled out a cigar box that my FIL got at the local Smoker's Outlet and painted it. I wanted it to be vintage but wanted to make it sof as well. Last week I showed you the corrugated tecnique and I used it again on the top of this box. It looks fabulous, the pictures do not do it justice. Honestly, this is a blush color and I used the same SU set to add the flowers. The paper is Graphic 45 Springtime and you can pick it up over at ABC Toys and Crafts.

Lots of distressing, tearing, and more inking with . If you enjoy grungy, ink on your fingers- you MUST try this. The flowers on the top are from Wild Orchid and layered on the Magnolia vintage tag. Ok, so I know there are no pictures of the sides, all I did was put paper on them but look at the little feet I put on this? I took pink, cream and celery colored buttons and hot glued them together. This way the box sits up a little off the table. It looks so sweet!

Ok, so the next thing was...... what should I put IN the box? Well of course it had to match and be something useful. Plus I was looking for something that would not take me another 4 hours to do.... :) So this is a little notebook that I had picked up. I used the Graphic45 paperpack again. Then added a cream colored prima flower with lots of sparkle with stickles. I used a couple die for the flourish and leaves.

So that is it! A big project this weekend completed! Now if I could get the house cleaned! :) Have a great week all!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

CropStop Summer Inspiration

So I am standing in the yard, taking in the summer to soak up some inspiration and this is what I came up with. It seems with such long winters and then all the rain we had this May- flowers are at the top of my brain! Bright , summery flowers.

So- that is the direction I went in for the CropStop Summer Inspiration Challenge.

Enabling: spellbinder Daisy Patch Die, Heartfelt Creations Daisy Stamp, Spellbinders, Sizzix leaf Die.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

You are so sweet............

Ok, so is this little guy the cutest thing in the world? An online friend, Rachel sent me him after I saw the Blue Moon images on her blog. He make me happy. And what is cuter than a circle scallop card? I hope he makes you smile!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summer Blog Hop and a Challenge

"Celebrate Summer" Blog Hop!

Welcome everyone to CropStop's, "Celebrate Summer" Blog Hop! We are happy that you could join us.

As you hop from blog to blog, you will find that each of our Creative Team members has posted a challenge for you. You will also need to collect a letter from each of the blogs that will help complete the "magic" word and an extra chance to win a prize!

The hop begins today, June 19th and ends at midnight, Eastern time on June 30th. You have 12 days to complete and link your challenge projects.

You will receive a prize ticket for each challenge completed.Prizes will be chosen by random draw. The more you complete, the better your chance to win ! Magic Word prize by random draw also.

There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize awarded and a Magic Word prize!

Here is what you need to do....
1. Visit each of the Creative Team Member blogs listed and complete their challenge.

2. Link your completed projects using the inlinkz tool found at the bottom of the blogpost in each blog. Your projects must be linked from your blog or site in separateposts. They cannot all be in one blog post.
3. Collect all 9 letters and punctuation mark and send the completed word to

My Challenge is to make a card or project that Shimmers or Shines...... let your imagination go wild. You can add rhinestones, metals, glitter,............ the options are endless. Then come back and post a link here to your project and show us what you have done! My magic letter is "E".

Visit our Creative Team Member Blogs in the order listed to get your letters and challenges!

Vicki's Blog -
Kaori's Blog -
Rosemary's Blog -
Heidi's Blog - (ME!)
Gloria's Blog -
Michelle's Blog -
Agnes' Blog -
Katie's Blog -
Veronica's Blog -
Dalis' Blog -

Don't forget to grab the letters from our blogs as you hop along!
Send the completed word to for an opportunity to win the "Magic" Word prize!

Please link your GLIMMER and SHINE projects below:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

CropStop Thursday- Embellish It!

Hello and welcome to another CropStop Challenge Thursday!

I hope that you have been stopping by and participating in the challenges over on the challenge site. Don't forgot you not only qualify for the weekly prize but the embossing folder prize as well. So whatcha waiting for?

With graduation peaked this month I made this little number. Of course I used the Cuttlebug Seeing Spots folder to make my flowers which are my embossed embellishment! The background on the card is made with the Darice flower petals folder- these folders are quite different I think and oh so darned cute! I used Spellbinders to cut out my sentiment and then inked the edges to make it pop! I then added a bit of pearl pen to the flowers to make em shimmer a bit. Cute?

That is it- hope you are having a good week- take care and see you next thursday for another challenge! Also dont forget about the challenges going on over on the Message Board for CropStop!

Friday, June 10, 2011


When I saw the ODBD Scrapbook Challenge which required the use of a ODBD stamp I new immediately what I would scrap. This photo was taken when my husband and I went down to Mississippi after Katrina hit with our mission team. We were out driving along the coast way and it was just all bleak and devastated. At a light, I looked to my left and this is what I saw. Daffodils amongst destruction: everything was browns and here were these beautiful yellow and green flowers- I have never felt so much HOPE and PEACE as I did at that moment. And I don't know about you- but this sentiment just always rings so true in my head- and it was perfect for this image. Here is a close up of the photo in case you can not see it well in the above picture (sorry about the glare)
Thanks for stopping by today- have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Embossing Folder Theme!!!

It is Thursday- time for another Embossing Folder Challenge: use 2 folders on your project this week! So join the challenge, using 2 different folders and you will have the chance to win the weekly prize and/or the embossing folder prize pack! Check it out HERE! As it is getting closer and closer to Father's Day I figured I would work on some cards. I unfortunately do not have my DAD any longer but figure if the boys want to use it they can. I just love this color combination too- the shades of blue and cream. So what are you waiting for? You have a chance to win the challenge and/or win the embossing folder prize!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sentiment Alone

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

I appreciate you stopping in today and hope your week is headin in the right direction. This little number is another card I made using this cute little paper that I bought. I also have a few colors of this baker's twine and really want to start using it more. I just love the little look of it criss crossed on the card, I might even try a few more criss crosses in the near future. The sentiment is a ODBD sentiment and so I am going to submit for the ODBD Sentiment Challenge #63. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Can't find the words?

Hello- another weekend has come to an end and that always makes me sad, they just go by too darned fast. It was a beautiful weekend her- sun and in the 80's! Saturday was spent at our annual Yard Sale at church and then Sunday a fun family event- which I will share in the future. For now though, lets take a look at this card. I just bought this sweet paper combination at the local going out of business sale. I only bought 1 sheet of each and just love it. I thought it would be nice with just a little sentiment on it and so I reached for one of my favorite ODBD sentiments this week. This actually fits both of ODBD challenges: Stamping in Time (fav stamp set) and then Sentiment Only Challenge. I love to make these cards and then give them to my mother to share with her Secret Sister's at church.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Happy Saturday Evening!

Another clean and simple card today- I am trying some new color combinations out, this one being kiwi kiss and baja breeze (just love these two colors!) The sketch is from the waltzingmouse sketch challenge this week.

It is a short post- with all this fabulous weather we are getting I have been so busy and then so tired. Geesh......... but I am not complaining either. Take care and have a fabulous week!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

CropStop Sketch Thursday!!

Hello ladies- glad that you stopped in today. This month over at CropStop we will be focusing on embossing! Yep, it is time to bring out those fun and easy embossing folders and add some dimension to your projects- and have the opportunity to win some goodies to BOOT! So this first week there is a sketch to follow while using those embossing folders. I do hope that you will stop on over and join us with these challenges. You can use any product, just follow the sketch or the theme. Join us HERE!!!

Enabler: Tim Holtz Cracked Folder, Tim Holtz Brick Folder, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Antigue linen, wild honey, Tim Holtz stamp, Tim Holtz grunge arrow.