Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good bye 2011

New Years Eve 2011 and I have to work so this will be a very quick post.  I made one last card for this year using a stamp set from There She Goes by Torico.


Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Paper Company, Recollections
Stamp:  There She Goes
Sentiment:  Verve
Ink:  Memento, Black Tuxedo
Spellbinders:  Deckled Large & Small
Snowflake:  Quic Kutz
Pearls:  Recollections

Skipping Stones Designs - Sketch #108
There She Goes - Thanks

Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter driving

Several of the challenges are to make winter cards, and we had about an inch of snow for Christmas this year which is already gone.  For Wisconsin, we have been having a very mild winter; however we had some slippery roads with some freezing temps and light drizzle.  This morning my daughter went to go to the gym to work out before she had a doctor appointment and she was surprised when she did a 180.  Luckily, there weren't many cars on the road since she was out around 6am and she didn't hit anything or do any damage.  I met my parents mid-way to get my son and they saw a semi that had slip off the road and flipped over on the major highway.  Hopefully everyone stays safe with traveling especially when there is "black ice" and unusual weather out there.

Patterned Paper:  Echo Park
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  Sassy Cheryl - Barrel of shame snowman
Sentiment:  Hero Arts
Ink:  Memento, Lady Bug
Spellbinders:  Lace Doily Accent
Ice Stickles
Buttons:  Stash
Ribbon:  Michael's

Sweet Wednesday Sketch - Sketch 134
Do You Stack Up - rainbow of colors

Patterned Paper:  Digital - Snowflakes Red
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Eggbert winter
           Digital free download snowflake circle
Snowflake punches:  EK Success
Bling:  Hero Arts
Ice Stickles
Sakura jelly glitter pen
Trim:  Wrights
Pop dots

Colour Q     
Paper Pretties - Winter Wonderful PPMC19
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Winter Wonderland

Patterned Paper:  TLC
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Bazzil, Recollections
Doily: Little Yellow Bicycle
Digital image:  TLC
post card: Stampington
Ink:  Distress Ink - Walnut
Ribbon:  Michael's
Spellbinders:  Large & Small Deckle

Paper Craft Star - Coffee or tea?
TLC- Design Team Call -  I have submitted this card for TLC design team call because I just love Paulette's free sentiments and have the link below.  I use the watermark that she designed for me on my cards, and she has lots of digital sentiments and expressions for a reasonable price in her store.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

One last day

My son is staying with my parents during his winter break so I gave my Mother the sympathy cards for Christmas which she thought was perfect.  I took them back and plan to re-give them to her because I usually add the sentiments to the inside when I send them so that I can customize them; however, she would like the sentiments included which makes sense.  So I am working on that tonight for her and I had a chance to do one more using Jen's sketch for this week.

Patterned Paper:  K & Company - Amy Butler
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollection
Sentiment:  Computer font
Spellbinders: Small Circle, Label #4
Flowers:  Prima & Recollection
Border punch:  Martha Stewart
Ribbon:  Creative Impressions
Binding:  Wrights

Deconstructed Sketch #32

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy bird-day

My step-son, Jim's birthday is on the 30th and he will be 26.  I made this card for him so we can quickly get it out in the mail today.

Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey:  Marjolaine
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollection
Stamp:  Sassy Cheryl - Noah Tweety and Waldo
Sentiment:  Stamp' Up
Ink:  Memento, Black Tuxedo
Ice Stickles
Button:  JoAnn's Basics
Baker's Twine:  Divine Twine
Spellbinders: Tag

Sweet Wednesday - Sketch 133
Basic Grey - Anything Goes

Jim with my kids Amanda and Trevor

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Sorry that I haven't had a chance to post in quite some time.  I have had some cards done, but I have been working and then doing family Christmas activities so I have missed deadlines this week.  I felt fortunate to spend time with family though.  We went to go visit my mother-in-law and she admitted that she had been having leg and arm pain the day before and she let me look at her leg and I found a egg size hard lump so we made her go have it be evaluated afraid that it could be a blood clot.  She first wanted to go to Urgent Care, but they didn't haven't an Ultrasound so we did have to go the ER where they needed to call in a tech because it was the holiday weekend so it took quite sometime.  She was upset that we were all sitting in the ER "wasting" our time and I kept reassuring her that we were concerned about her and that it was alright.  Needless to say that by the time we got home it was 10:50pm and I had to make a pasta dish to go to the next family event for lunch the next day.  So it was exhausting!  Luckily there was no blood clot and everyone has been fine.  I almost fell asleep in church today, but otherwise all is good.

Patterned Paper:  Nitwit & DCWV
Cardstock:  Paper Company, Recollections
Stamp:  Hero Arts
Ink:  Color Box - green
Sticker:  Recollection
Border Punch:  Fiskars

Color Q

Do You Stack Up - stripes

Patterned Paper:  SEI
Card base:  Paper Cuts
Cardstock:  Recollection
Sentiment:  Computer font
buttons:  Stash
Ribbon:  Impression Obsession
Spellbinders: Small Circle, Eyelet Circle
Liquid Pearls
Bakers Twine:  Divine Twine

Mojo 220

Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine - dots
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Paper Cuts, Recollection
Digital Stamp:  Scrapper's Delight
Sentiment:  Verve
Ink:  Memento, Black Tuxedo
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix
Spellbinders:  Large & Small Circles
Circle Punches:  EK Success
Lace:  Wrights
Flowers:  Recollections

Create Colour Challenge:  Blue, Silver & White with embossing

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A few more to make

For my Mom's Christmas present I am still making some more sympathy cards and this is another one that I came up with.

Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine:  Dots & monthly freebies
Cardstock:  Core-dinations
Stamp:  Verve
Ink:  Memento, rich cocoa
Ribbon:  Michael's
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Flower:  Recollection & Prima
Brad:  Paper Studio

Chupa Sketch 42

Friday, December 16, 2011

Black and white

I made this Christmas card in a black and white with a splash of teal for the Play Date Cafe color challenge.  This scheme really appealed to me since it is so non-traditional.

Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Digital free download
Sentiment:  Mary Engelbright
Ink:  Memento, black tuxedo
Snowflakes: Quic Kutz
Spellbinders:  Large Circle, Large Scalloped Circle
Pearls:  Recollection

Sweet Wednesday Sketch - 132
Bearly Mine-Untraditional Christmas colors
Scrap Creations -First snow
Cute Card Thursday - stripes
The Play Date Cafe -

Lili's Little Fairies

I have no card today since I have been working, but there is some fabulous candy to be found at

from Lili of the Valley 

From Which Craft 

From Nitwits Collections

From Bev 

Finally from Jacqui 

Looks wonderful doesn't it.  Hop over for a chance to win.  Thanks.  

Later today I have to go celebrate my Mother-in-law's birthday, but hopefully I will get a chance to work on a card.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Count down

I can't believe that it is the 13th already, and I am just starting on sending out my Christmas cards.  I have made quite a few, but it is getting the notes and the pictures together.  My husband and I are making sure we have our Christmas list complete and have everything covered so that I can do some shopping on Thursday night with a friend.  The days just don't seem long enough....but then we would find even more that we would want to do. I need an elf.

Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine - Dots, DSE- Eat My Dust
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Mo Manning:  Bye Bye Boy
Spellbinders: Ribbon Pennants
Punches:  EK Success, Tonic
Stickers: SEI
Baker's Twine:  Twinnery
Prisma Pencils

Deconstructed Sketch - Skec#30
Mo Manning - Banner or Tags

Patterned Paper:  Melissa Frances
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Paper Company, Bazzil
Stamp:  Verve
Ink:  Memento, Rich Cocoa
Liquid Pearls
Green Twine & button- Stash
Spellbinder:  Small circle, Eyelet Circle

Mojo Monday Sketch - 219

Patterned Paper:  Melissa Frances
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Paper cuts
Die Cut:  Cherry Lynne
Border Punch:  Fiskar
Spellbinders:  Large Circle & Edgebilities
Bling:  Hero Arts
Ribbon:  Michael's
Flower & Sentiment: Recollection
Button:  stash

CPS - Sketch 145

Friday, December 9, 2011

All I want

I worked last night....and it was a rough one.  I can't get into ALL of the specifics, but one unfortunate thing is that when I was making my first round on my patients I found my first patient had passed away.  It's not that I was surprised, but it is not the most pleasant way to start your shift.  Then I ended my shift with family members not aware that this had occurred showing up, and wondering where was Dad?  So I stayed up to work on a card for Tiddly Ink which is to make a sexy card.  I'm trying to shift gears, but I'm not sure it is working.  I am hoping I will be able to get a little sleep since this is just the start of a four day stretch for me.  It makes me appreciate my family.

Patterned Paper:  Bo Bunny - Father Christmas
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections, Bazzil
Stamp:  Tiddly Inks - Tainted
Sentiment:  free digital download
Buttons:  stash
Ribbon:  Michael's
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Spellbinders:  large petite oval, large scalloped petite oval

The Sweet Stop Sketch 137
Tiddly Inks - Sexy Card

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mother-in-law's birthday

Yet another, December birthday is my mother-in-law on the 16th.  It is difficult when these birhdays come so close to Christmas because it's hard to fit in two celebrations so the poor person many times has a combined holiday/birthday party.  My mother-in-law lives alone and will be 88 years old.  She lives about 60 miles away from us and my sister-in-law who is about 10 miles away from us.  We are trying to convince her to move closer to us and to get a senior apartment so she wouldn't have all the yard work and house maintenance, but she is rather fiesty which has kept her going this long.  Bugaboo just came out with this new image which I thought would be perfect for the front of her birthday card.  I also used their Santa freebie for my second card.  My third card is using this weeks Mojo sketch and the Colour Q scheme for a sympathy card.

Patterned Paper:  My Minds Eye
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollection
Metallic Cardstock:  Paper Cuts
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Mother's Love
Lace:  Wrights
Flowers:  Prima & Recollection

Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Bugaboo - Anything Goes
CR84FN44 -

Patterned Paper:  M Frances, Bo Bunny
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Simple Santa Tree
Buttons: Stash
Twine:  Divine Twine
Liquid Pearl
Spellbinders:  Small Circle, Eyelet Circle
Embossing Folder:   Sixxiz

CPS - Sketch
Bugaboo - Anything Goes
Color Throwdown -

Patterned Paper:  We are Memory Keepers
Cardstock:  Paper Company, Core-dinations
Card base:  Paper Cuts
Stamp:  Verve - Kind Words
             Hero Arts - Stripes
Ink:  Distressed Ink - Peeled Paint & Broken China
       Memento, Black Tuxedo
Bling:  Recollection
Lace:  Paper Studio
Spellbinders:  Small Petite Oval, Small Scalloped Petite Oval
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug

Mojo 218
Colour Q

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Santa girl

Torico has this adorable image that I have been anxious to color, and finally did it.  She has a sample on her blog that she did of the dress in ivory which looks exquisite.  I was going for a more traditional look and trying to fit this card in for the Colour Create Challenge of red, green and white with snowflakes.  I found this embroidered buttons with snowflakes that I thought worked well using this months SFYTT sketch.

Patterned Paper:  Echo Park
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollection
Stamp:  Torico, Birdie Brown- Santa Girl
Sentiment:  Hero Art
Ink:  Memento, Black Tuxedo
Spellbinders:  Small Circle
Buttons:  Recollections
Glitter:  Stampendous

SFYTT December Sketch
Colour Create - Red, green and white with snowflakes
Cupcake Inspirations

Sunday, December 4, 2011

What it is all about

Mo Manning has this image, "In the Manger" which I think gives us the true meaning of Christmas.  I find it precious to see this adorable angel peering in the manger at baby Jesus.  Mo's Challenge this week is for the "The Great Outdoors" but what was the stable, but an outdoor barn.  It was more primitive than the way any or us would want to give birth to our child especially now with these fancy birthing suites we have.  I work at a hospital, and know that they were putting chocolates on the mother's pillow after the birth of the baby just like a hotel, but had to lock up the candy because it was disappearing.  I think Mary wanted warmth and food which isn't too much to ask for.
My second card is another sympathy card for Mom using the colors of the Play Date Cafe.

Patterned Paper:  Nitwit
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollections, Core-dinations
Stamp:  Mo Manning - In the Manger
Star:  Verve
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Spellbinders:  Large Circle, Large Scalloped Circle
Buttons:  Stash
Glimmer Mist
Sakura Jelly Glitter Pen

Sweet Wednesday Sketch
Mo Manning - The Great Outdoors

Patterned Paper:  Sugar Plum Paperie 
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Bazzil, Recollections
Sentiment:  Verve
Ink:  Memento, Black Tuxedo
Buttons: Papertrey Ink
Ribbon:  Michael's
Lace:  Wrights
Corner Rounder:  Creative Memories
Border Punch: Fiskars

Deconstructed Sketch #29