Monday, October 31, 2011

Hair raising

I just love Mo's digital images, and my first ever digital image that I started with was "Angelina's balloons".  For the card I made, I actually colored the image last summer when we were on vacation, and just never found the time to put it together.  I thought it would work for Mo's challenge this week which is celebrations.  This just reminds me of my daughter who has the finest hair and what balloons would do to her.

Patterned Paper:  K & Company
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  Mo Manning - Angelina's Balloon
Sentiment:  Computer Font
Spellbinders:  Label #1
White thread:  stash

Chupa's Sketch
Mo Manning - Celebrations 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Feeling blue

I worked last night so usually I go ahead and sleep right away, but I just couldn't do it today.  I had too many things on my mind so I needed a little time to relax first so I worked on this blue card using the Tiddly Ink Challenge.  I'm hoping that the blue will help to calm and relax like all the studies for colors say.

Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey - Oxford
Cardstock: Core-dinations, Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  Tiddly Inks - Pirate Jane
Sentiment:  Krafty Kimmie - Pirate Sentiments
Ink:  Memento, Black Tuxedo
Spellbinders:  Pennants
Flowers:  Prima
Brads:  Recollections
Sakura jelly glitter pen

Tiddly Inks Color challenge

Cute Card Thursday - Sketch
Basic Grey - Anything Goes
Crafts & Me - Blue

Friday, October 28, 2011

Card worthy

I made this card for my step-daughter who is 28years old and lives and Florida.  I spent a lot of time coloring her and I have not sent her a Halloween card before.   She doesn't send me birthday cards so I usually do not make cards for her.  I tend to give my cards to people who I know will appreciate all the hard work and effort that I put into them or as I refer to it the person needs to be "card worthy."  It is funny, the person who I have found that comments the most and questions me about my techniques is my father.  He went shopping with me at the Mall of America and was in Archiver's and commented about the price of the items so I know he appreciates the value of the card.  He also went and was showing people one Christmas a scrapbook that I made for him, and I was told by several people how he was explaining it.   That is when you feel good about your accomplishment.

Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine
Stamp:  Scrapper's Delight- Sabrina
Pumpkin & Cat: Recollections
Bling: Recollection

Do You Stack Up - Halloween
Scrap Creations - Digi & Digital paper

Patterned Paper:  Nitwit- Merry Christmas Mouse
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Kenny K - Gingerbread Man
Spellbinders:  Petite Oval Small, Beaded Oval, Picot Circle
Cherry Lynn Doily
Border Punch: Fiskars
Embellishments:  Dress it Up
Bling: Me and My Big Ideas
Eyes:  Darice

Deconstructed Sketch #25
Kenny K - Dots
Card Makin Mamas - Die Cuts
Scrap Creations - Digi & Digital Paper

Patterned Paper:  Echo Park
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations
Stamp:  Inkadoo
Snowflakes:  Cherry Lynn
Bling:  Recollection & Dress it Up
Ric Rac:  Bazzil
Ribbon:  Lawrence Shiff Silk Mills

Chupa's Sketch

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Since I have four cats, I guess that it is no surprise that I love stamps that have them too.  The first stamp is by Krista Smith called "Becca and Bo" in which this cat acts like my all black cat Nala who likes to rub up against my leg when I am on my computer.  The second card has a stamp by Karen's Doodles called "Christmas Tree Kitty" in which I have found my Siamese cats in the Christmas tree before and that is why we have an artificial tree.  I have also made sure that all the ornaments are on with string and not hooks so the cats won't get hurt and try to make sure that they are not breakable.

Patterned Paper:  Cosmo Cricket, Me & My Big Ideas
Cardstock:  Recollections, Core-dinations
Stamp:  Saturated Canary - Krista Smith - Becca & Bo
Sentiment:  Verve, Where Hope Blooms
Ink:  Memento, Black Tuxedo
Heart Bling:  Mark Richards
White Thread:  Stash
Lace:   Wrights

SFYTT October Sketch
Paper Crafting Journey - Use a Digi

Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine - Christmas Joy
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Karen's Doodles - Christmas Tree Kitty
Sentiment:  Skipping Stones
Ink:  Memento, Rich cocoa
Buttons:  Stash
Twine:  Divine Twine
Spellbinders:  Small Petite Oval, Large Scalloped Oval, Pennants
Ribbon:  Offray
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug, Sizzix

Sketch Saturday
Karen's Doodle - Embossing (stars on pennants & floral border on scalloped oval)
Colour Create Challenge:  Burgundy, Green, Cream, and Gold
Digital Tuesday - Buttons & Twine

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


On Monday, my son Trevor got his driving temps.  We went to the DMV and got the license and then drove to the church parking lot for his first behind the wheel experience.  He did a good job - a little fast on the backing up, but overall it was a good experience.  Then Tuesday I picked him up after school and we went again to the church parking lot and he did some practicing and said, "I'm ready to try going on the road."  So we did.  He realized putting it all together with watching your speed, other cars, being in your lane, watching for people crossing in the middle of the street/walking their dogs, and so on was a lot so we made it a few blocks and back to the church parking lot where he needed to stop and actually breathe.  He listened to my feedback (which doesn't always happen these days), and calmly said, "I think that is enough for today."  I was actually glad that he has realized that driving is a serious thing.  I made this card for him which he laughed this morning when he got it.

Patterned Paper:  Authenique
Cardstock:  Paper Cuts, Recollections, Core-dinations
Stamp:  Mo Manning - Eli
Sentiment:  TLC
Buttons:  Stash

Lillipad - sketch
Mo Manning - Favorite stamp & sentiment

Patterned Paper:  Echo Park
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  Torico, Birdie Brown, Little Witch
Sentiment:  Just Rite
Ink:  Memento, Black Tuxedo
Spellbinders:  Large & Small circles, Eyelet Circle, Ribbon Banner
Stickles: Black diamond & Orange
Pearl Bling:  Recollection
Bat: Recollection
Twine:  Doodlebug

Sweet Wednesday Sketch 125
Paper Pretties - Monday Challenge - Black, Purple, Orange & Green
There She Goes - Theme Challenge - Halloween or Autumn
For Fun Challenges - Halloween
Cupcake Inspirations - Halloween
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Halloween

Monday, October 24, 2011

Unconditional love

My best friend, Kris, had to put her dog, Max down.  Max was suffering and had been going to the vet for his health issues, but he had a rare blood disorder and had received transfusions and was not responding.  Kris has been through many turmoils and Max has always been there for her so she is now missing him greatly.  I made this card for her.

Patterned Paper:  DCWV, gcd
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Michelle Perkett  - Earth Angel Dog
Spellbinders:  Large & Small Circle, Label # 20
Border Punch:  Martha Stewart
Buttons:  Jo-Ann's Basics
Ribbon:  Amuse

Play Date Cafe #104

Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey - Sweet Threads
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Sassy Cheryl - Sassy Angel Stamp
Sentiment:  Verve
Ink:   Memento, Black tuxedo
Sakura glitter jelly pen
Flowers:  Recollections & Prima
Corner Rounder:  Tonic
Embossing Folder:  Sixxiz

Sassy Cheryl - Sketch & Pink

Patterned Paper:  Imminence, Recollection
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollection
Stamp:  Pixie Dust - Sabrina and Scrappy
Sentiment:  Digital free download
                 My favorite things : Pure Innocence
Ink:  Memento, Black Tuxedo
Spellbinders:  Label # 8, Scalloped Heart
Cherry Lynn Doily
Flowers:  Prima

CPS - Sketch
Pixie Dust - Happy Birthday Kathy
Craft & Me - Blue, Pink & Green

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall inspired

Cool nights, leaves turning colors, raking....fall is definitely here.  My brother-in-law came and helped with some raking which is GREATLY appreciated since we have a wooded lot.  I actually had to have "Critter Control" out when my husband was in the hospital because we had squirrels in our attic.  My father came and put a screen over our attic vent so hopefully we won't be getting more visitors.  The trees are beautiful, but we have had our fair share of animal run ins with the squirrels and the wood peckers who love our cedar siding.  Critters.  So my card today used a Kenny K image of "Queens Cutie" since I wasn't critter friendly today after paying my squirrel removal bill.

Patterned Paper:  DCWC, Me & My Big Ideas
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Kenny K - Queens Cutie
Sentiment: Verve
Ink:  Memento, Rich Cocoa
Spellbinders:  Pennants,  Petite Oval Small & Large, Oval Grand, Egdgebilities Petal
Bling:  Recollections
Brads:  Paper Studio
Flowers:  Prima
Buttons: Stash
Ribbon:  May Arts

Deconstructed Sketch - 24
Kenny K - Autumn Colors
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Buttons & Bows

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Puffy snow

I used liquid applique on two of my cards today for a snow effect, and it was fun and easy to do.  My first card is a Mo Manning image called Siku and Shiya giving each other an Eskimo kiss.  The challenge this week is an image inspired by a song, "Eskimo Kiss" by the Nooks is a song that I had in mind for this card.  The other image is Krista Smith's Snowman which is available on her new site Saturated Canary.  I have to say we are starting to get some cooler weather, but I am not looking forward to snow/winter just yet.  My third card I adapted this week's Mojo for my Boss's Day Card.  I stamped the flowers partially on the card which is a challenge for There She Goes this week.

I turned the sketch

Patterned Paper:  K & Company
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Mo Manning - Siku & Shiya
Sentiment: free digital download
Ribbon:  Michael's
Prisma colored Pencils
Liquid Pearl
Liquid Applique
Icicle Stickles

Chupa's Sketch
Mo Manning - Inspired by a Song "Eskimo Kiss"

Patterned Paper:  Jak Heath Digital Download
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Saturated Canary - Snowman
Bling:  Mark Richards
Liquid Applique
Sakura gel glitter pen

Sketch Saturday
Colour Create Challenge - Lilac , Grey, & White - Snowflakes

Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye - Vanity Fair
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Verve, 
Sentiment:  Computer font
Ink:  Close to My Heart, Hollyhock
Ribbon:  Michael's
Spellbinders:  Large Rectangle
Circle Punches:  EK Success

Mojo 211
There She Goes - Partial Stamp


Christy Croll just came out with this new image of Mavis which I found adorable.  I have three Siamese cats so you know where I found my coloring inspiration.  I also have one black cat, Nala which unfortunately doesn't "fit" in with the rest of the cats (I wish I could find a home where she was the ONLY cat since she doesn't like the other cats, but so far I haven't had any luck.)  Nala is growling at Jasmine as I write this post just because Jazzy happens to be walking by her.  The cats rule at our house.

Patterned Paper:  Jak Heath Digital
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Tiddly Ink - Mavis Pumpkin Queen
Spellbinders:  Cicle -Grand, Circle scalloped- Grand
Flowers:  Recollection & Prima
Ribbon:  May Arts
Corner Trimmer:  Creative Memories



CPS Sketch 137
Tiddly Ink - Halloween & Fall
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Halloween

Colour Q

Color Throwdown
Digital Tuesday Challenge:  Halloween
Paper Sundaes - Halloween or Fall

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Torico came out with some new beautiful winter designs which I just had to have.  I am working this weekend, but I had to sneak this card in just because I adore these new images.  I originally wanted to use a There She Goes image, but I just didn't have time to sit down and stamp one out.  That is why I like digital images since I find I am on the computer and it is easy to print them out and then I don't have to clean up afterwards.  Then I can just start on my coloring.  I added some icicle stickles to the snowman and some liquid pearls to the frosting to give a little extra dimension.  Now I will go to catch up on some sleep before my next shift.

Patterned Paper:  DCWV, Canvas Corp
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Reollections
Stamp:  Torico - Birdie Brown - Snowman
Pennent stickers:  Jenni Bowlin
Lace:  Wright
Twine:  Divine Twine
Icicle Stickles
Liquid Pearl
Border Punch:  Fiskar

There She Goes - Sketch
CR84FN40 Color Challenge

Friday, October 14, 2011

Keep Swimming

Some more stamps and papers came out to support Katie in her fight against stage IV stomach cancer.  See panel on my side bar for more information.  Unfortunately, with my husband having cancer and being in the hospital recently, I know it takes a toll on the entire family.  I wish her, and her family the best and send my thoughts and prayers her way.  I made the following card using one of the new stamps and papers.

Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections
Spellbinders:  Eyelet Square, Edgebilites- Ric Rac
Bling: Mark Richards & Recollections
Prisma colored pencils

Sweet Wednesday Sketch
Do it with Digis - Dots & Stripes

Patterned Paper:  Lillybee - This & That
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Some Odd Girl - Tia Penguin Love
Sentiment:  Verve
Ink:  Memento, Black tuxedo
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Spellbinders:  Large Circle, Large Scalloped Circle
Lace:  Wrights
Flowers:  Recollections
Prisma colored pencils

Some Odd Girl - Sketch
Craft & Me - Orange
Digital Tuesday - fall colors
Colour Q

My mother went through breast cancer treatment two years ago, and just had her port removed last week.  This is the card I made for her for since she has been such a trooper.  She has been working on trying to lose weight and eat right and I'm so proud of her....she really is a survivor.

Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine- Lacey Vintage Dreams, Six by Six - Dwell
Cardstock:  core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Guylou's - Gabrielle
Sentiment:  Verve
Ink:  Memento, Black tuxedo  Colorbox- chalk, hot pink
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Spellbinders:  Small Petite Oval
Prisma colored pencils

Sketch Saturday
The Stamping Boutique - Think Pink Monthly Contest
Sassy Cheryl - Pink & Die cuts