Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Hello! I have a card to share today that I made last week. I started with this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:

I was also inspired by the photo at The Card Concept:

I used a fairly clean, mixed media style for my card. I was inspired by the shutters behind the bouquet, so I used an embossing folder on my background panel. I also loved the black and white pattern on the handle of the bouquet, so I used a background stamp and black ink on my white card base. The rose was stamped using an Altenew set. At this point, I noticed the feathers in the photo, so I used a feather stamp and fussy cut the feathers to tuck behind my rose. I finished of the card by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment on some white vellum and making some dots of black glitter glue.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Weeks 22 and 23

Hello! So much for staying caught up! I have two of my photos here to share for the last couple of weeks.

First up is week 22: Eyes. We took a family vacation to the Black Hills last week. I had seen an article about a photographer who photographs weddings by photographing images reflected in people's eyes (I'm not explaining that well at all...). I wanted to try to get the reflection of Mount Rushmore in my daughter's eyes, but the lighting wasn't right. There were some pretty cool clouds that you can see in her eye though.

Next up is Week 23: Friends. My kids can be the best of friends and get along great and then other times, not so much. They had lots of opportunities to play together over the course of our trip. Here are three of my kids climbing the dunes in the Badlands.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Two Cards- Mojo Monday

I have two new cards to share today that I created from this week's Mojo Monday sketch (the last one!):

I made two masculine cards with this sketch. I stamped the background panels with Versamark ink and sentiment stamps for the birthday card and definition stamps for the Father's Day card. The patterned paper is bits and pieces for a 6x6 stack that I have almost used up. For the sentiment panel, I stamped the background image, dried it and then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment. I finished off the card by inking the edges of the sentiment panel and the card.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Anniversary- CAS(E) This Sketch and Altenew

Good morning, I have another card to share. This time I made an anniversary card inspired by this week's sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch:

This month's color and image inspiration from Altenew also came into play:
June 2017 Inspiration Challenge – White On White Focal Point

I was inspired by the technique in this post by Jennifer McGuire to make the flowers. I have to say, this technique was very challenging. I had trouble getting clean images because the stamps slipped on the vellum. Then I had trouble with not leaving enough space around the edges so I had to restamp some images a few times. So, while I am pleased with the results, this isn't a technique I will be trying again soon!

I stamped the leaves directly on the background along with the sentiment. Unfortunately, the sentiment smudged when I did the pick inking, so I stamped the sentiment on vellum and heat embossed it before layering it over the smudges sentiment. I finished off the card with some pink ink splatters.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wedding Card- Sketch Saturday #466

Hello! I have a card to share today. I started with this sketch from Sketch Saturday:
I used a few different patterned papers for my background. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and image on vellum. I used a few shades of blue ink and smooshed in on the back of the vellum. I finished it of with Liquid Pearls.

I was also inspired by the current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays which is to use patterned papers.

Finally, I am entering this in the current challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge which is to make a project for a wedding.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Weeks 20 and 21

Hello! I'm finally posting my photos for weeks 20 and 21, which means I am caught up! I'm thinking this week's prompt should be fairly easy, so I should be able to post my photo for this week this weekend.

First up is week 20, which was Something Old. I struggled a lot with this one. We spent Monday at my sister-in-law's dad's house on the lake and that's where I was able to take both of these shots. I believe this piece was once a baby crib, but I may be wrong. They have put a piece of plywood across the bottom to make it a bench for when they want to sit around the fire.

This was also shot at the lake house, this time on the dock by the lake. The prompt for week 21 was leading lines. I used the railing and the siding to lead to eye to the little flag.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Birthday Card- Fusion

Hello! I have a new card to share today! For this card, I was inspired by the sketch and inspiration at Fusion:

I loved the chalkboard look of the inspiration picture, so I started with black cardstock. I dry embossed it with a polka dot embossing folder and then took a white ink pad and swiped that over the raised areas. I used Distress Oxide inks to stamp the cupcakes. I spritzed those with water to activate the ink and make it lighter. The sentiment was cut with the Cricut. I finished the card off with a piece of shimmery ribbon and some glitter glue.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Two More Cards...

I have another pair of cards made from the same sketch to share. This time I used this week's sketch from Sketch Saturday: 

First up is a sympathy card. I used some bits and pieces for this card. Patterned paper and an embossed piece of vellum are used for the background. I made the banners from various patterned papers. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. A sticker arrow and glitter glue and liquid pearl spots finish off this card.

For my second card (a birthday card for my 21-year-old niece) uses a piece of patterned paper and foiled transparency for the background. I borrowed a set of stamps from my daughter for the feathers. The white one was stamped and fussy cut. The red one was already cut, and I just stamped on it with a feather with a similar size and shape.

Birthday and Anniversary Cards- Same Sketch!

It's that time of year where I am cranking out cards as fast as I can because our families have lots of birthdays and anniversaries. Sometimes that means I make a couple of identical cards, this time I made two with the same overall design, but different stamps and papers. I started with this sketch from CAS-ual Fridays:

Here are the two cards I made:

First up is a birthday card for my niece who turns 5 on Monday. I stamped and fussy cut the butterflies and used a dot of glue to attach them to my card front. For the sentiment, I stamped the colored circles first and let them dry. I ran my anti-static tool over it and then stamped in black, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The circle was attached with foam tape for dimension. I finished off the card with a bit of glitter glue on the butterfly bodies and a couple of ribbons across the bottom.

Next, I have an anniversary card that I made for my in-laws. I was inspired by this week's inspiration piece at Inspired by All the Little Things:

I was mostly inspired by the colors in this piece. Again I stamped the images and fussy cut them. For this card, I then pressed each circle onto a Versamark pad and then sprinkled it with clear glitter embossing powder. I popped up the heart for dimension.

52 Week Photography Challenge- Week 19

Hello! I am finally back with another installment of my weekly photography challenge! I am a few weeks behind again, and I only have one photo to share today. I'm hoping I can catch up this weekend!

The prompt for week 19 was "birds". I had the opportunity to go to the Arboretum yesterday and this family of geese was hanging out by the irises. They were pretty tame as they didn't seem bothered at all by the people walking by, including the 3 first grade boys with me.

Monday, May 22, 2017

June Calendar Page

Hello! I'm here to share my June calendar page and I even finished it early! I started with the two page sketch from Stick It Down:

I stayed pretty true to the sketch, but I split a few of the photos in two to get more on the layout. I used a 6x6 paper pad for the patterned paper pieces. After I attached them, I used my sewing machine to zig zag stitch over each seam. The rest of the page was embellished using stamps! I pulled out several flower stamps, stamped them on white cardstock and fussy cut them. The title was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed before being fussy cut. I attached some of the flowers with foam adhesive to give them some dimension. I finished the flowers off with Liquid Pearl centers.

Cardstock- American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Patterned Papers- American Crafts
Stamps- Stampin Up, American Crafts, Autumn Leaves
Ink- Stampin Up, Ranger
Buttons- Oriental Trading 
Liquid Pearls- Ranger
Border Punch- Martha Stewart
Pens- Signo Uniball, GelWriter
Thread- Coats and Clark

Friday, May 19, 2017

Congratulations- Graduation Card

Hello and Happy Friday! I have a new card to share today. I made a graduation card and an anniversary card with the same design. I used this week's image from The Card Concept for inspiration:

I started with a text print patterned paper. I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink to ink the paper. I did second generation stamping with Forest Moss ink for the leaves. I stamped the solid and outline images for the butterflies. I then used colored pencils to add details. I finished off the butterflies with a glitter pen. I wrapped the panel with twine and added a stamped sentiment. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Birthday Party- Creative Scrappers #306

Hello all! I had some time to do a layout this week! I started with this sketch from Creative Scrappers:

I decided to go with bright colors to go with the bright background of the photos. Black cardstock made it all stand out. I fussy cut the two frames from a sheet of patterned paper, as well as the circle with the heart and the circle with the flower. I used my Cricut to cut the big star. I pulled some stickers and chipboard to embellish the page. I decided the page needed a little something yet and used my sewing machine to add a white frame to finish of the page.

I was also inspired by the new Add It Up challenge at Paper Issues. The challenge was to use the points on the chart below and create a layout that totaled more than 100 points. I had 4 photos for 20 points, 1 sheet of cardstock for 5 points, 3 sheets of patterned paper for 15 points, 1 cut file for 5 points, 2 inks for 10 points, 2 different alpha stickers for 10 points, 1 tag (3), journaling (5), 4 chipboard pieces (12), 2 stickers (4), the date (1), 5 enamel dots (5), stitching (10), and stamping (10) for a total of 125 points.

Cardstock, stamp- American Crafts
Patterned paper, die cuts, enamel dots- Simple Stories
Chipboard- Simple Stories, Project Life
Stickers- Simple Stories, Bo Bunny, Colorbok
Ink- EK Success, Heidi Swapp, Colorbox
Pnes- Sharpie, Signo Uniball
Thread- Coats and Clark
Cartridge- Doodlecharms

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there today! I am sharing the card I made for my mom, mother-in-law, and my two grandmas (I made 4). I started with this inspiration image from Inspired by All the Little Things:

I started by stamping a wreath of flowers on my card front. I used my Cricut and the Holiday Cakes cartridge to cut the sentiment. To make the panel pop a bit more, I inked the edges with a light green color. The sentiment is attached with foam tape to give the card some dimension.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Butterfly cards

Hello! I hope you are having a great weekend so far! I am sharing a couple of cards I made this past week with a couple of different butterfly stamps that I own. 

First up is a thank you card that was inspired by the last Fusion Card Challenge

I stamped the butterflies with Versamark and heat embossed it with clear powder. I then took a paint brush and spread some spray inks that coordinated with my patterned paper over the butterflies. I mounted the patterned paper, stamped paper and a piece of ribbon on my card front. 

The second card I made this week was a sympathy card for our neighbors whose baby was born too early and passed away last week. :( I decided to go with soft colors and the baby was a boy, so I made the single butterfly blue to represent him.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sketch Saturday- Happy Woof-day!

Hello! I'm back today to share a birthday card I made earlier this week. I started with this sketch from Sketch Saturday:
I used my Cricut to cut out the dog. I added some googly eyes to make it more fun. I cut the ovals from patterned paper. I decided everything needed more definition, so I inked the edges with black ink. I started with a blank piece of cardstock for the background, but decided it needed more so I used a background stamp and orange ink and then inked the edges in black.

I finished it off with a stamped and hand-written sentiment and some twine.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Week 18

Hi all! I'm getting to this late in the week, but better late than never, right? The prompt for week 18 was In Bloom. We have an ornamental crab apple tree in our backyard and I look forward to it blooming every spring and it is blooming this week! I got out last night and took some pictures of it.

Have a great rest of the week!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Build a Bear

Hello and Happy (inter)National Scrapbooking Day! I hope you are having a good day and get some time to do something crafty. Unfortunately, we have a full day so there will most likely not be any crafting for me, which is typically the case. Why isn't National Scrapbooking Day in February or something, when there is nothing going on and it is gross outside? Anyway, I finished this layout this week and I wanted to share it. 

I started with the tic tac toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash for this:

I made my supply selections based on the left column. I used yellow in a few places, a journaling card for my journaling on the right page and more than three different patterned papers. I didn't have much for premade embellishments that when with the products I used or the theme, so I ended up using some pretty basic ones and cutting the cat face with my Cricut.

Cardstock, Washi Tape- My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper, buttons, badge enamel shapes- October Afternoon
Stickers- Glitz, Fiskars, Basic Grey, Echo Park
Journaling card- The Paper Studio
Liquid Pearls- Ranger
Rub ons- Art Warehouse
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Doodlecharms

Sunday, April 30, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Weeks 15 and 16

Here I am, playing catch up again. I had a photo for last week's prompt, I just never got around to posting, so here goes.

Week 15's prompt is family. We have spent a lot of time with family this month between a baptism, Easter celebrations, a birthday celebration and my daughter's first communion. This photo is from one of our Easter celebrations and it is of my father-in-law and two of his grandsons.

The week 16 prompt was water. I ended up going back to the beginning of the month because I love how this photo of my nephew being baptized turned out.

Thanks for stopping by to check my photos, Hopefully I'll be back next week with a photo for "In Bloom."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

May Calendar Page

Hello! Can you believe it is the end of April already?! It sure doesn't feel like it around here, but it sounds like the weather will take a turn for the better in a few days.

I have completed my calendar layout for May and it really got me thinking about warmer weather! I started with this sketch from Stick it Down:

There wasn't really any spots for patterned paper in this sketch, so the only patterned paper I used was for cutting the title. I started the layout by brushing gesso over the two sheets of cardstock. After that dried, I scribbled some green and blue gelatos on a piece of plastic, sprayed them with water and then smooshed them onto my layout. I splattered and sprayed some pink mist. After all of that dried, I decided to add another layer of the gelatos. I then attached my photos, stamped some journaling lines and added the recap of the month. The die cuts and stickers are all from the Pebbles Fun in the Sun collection. Some washi tape and rub ons completed my page.

I was also inspired by the Pinspired challenge at Paper Issues:

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The colors are so bright and fun! I also love the striped lollipop in the center and used a multi color striped paper for my title.

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper, die cuts, stickers, enamel dots- Pebbles
Rub ons- Basic Grey
Stamp- Stampin Up
Ink- Stampin Up, Heidi Swapp
Gelatos- Faber Castell
Pens- Sharpie, Uniball Signo
Gesso- Liquitex
Tape- Pinkfresh Studios
Font- Quigley Wigley

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Birthday card- Fusion

Hello again! I have another card to share today. This time it is a birthday card inspired by the sketch and inspiration photo from Fusion:

I made two cards like this, one for my mom and one to save for later. I started by stamping the roses on vellum. I again used the Vintage Flowers set. After I had stamped everything and the ink was still wet, it didn't look great. I left it alone for several hours and when I came back, the ink was dry and the flowers looked beautiful! Patience pays off! I used grey cardstock for my background. I added some texture to it with a striped embossing folder. I finished off the card front with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment on coordinating cardstock and a couple of stick on pearls.