Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sketch Challenge 361

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Hope your all having a great day! I have been crafting the afternoon away!
Today is Sketch Challenge day over at SCS.
Below is the layout and my samples.....

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I don't know why my pictures are so washed out or bright. One day i'll understand that camera of mine!

Anyways, I finally got my hands on some of those Spellbinder's Layered Poinsettia Dies and used them for my focal point on today's sketch. My cardbase is Always Artichoke layered with a piece of Kraft/Crumb Cake embossed with SU's Square Lattice EF. I then added my layered sheets of DSP from the Deck the Halls line. On top of that was a sheet of Always Artichoke and Kraft/Crumb Cake once again embossed and then my beautiful poinsettia layered (made with Cherry Cobbler cardstock) on top with 3 gold beads in the center. I added an already tied bow that was in my stash with some hot glue and called it finished. I truely love this one!!!

Sketch Challenge 361 Card:

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Kraft/Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Deck the Halls DSP
Accessories: SU Square Lattice EF., Layered Poinsettia Nestibilities, Gold Beads, Ribbon, Hot Glue Gun, Scor Tape

Hope your liking it as much as me!

Well, that's all for now!
I may be back shortly with something else that i'm finishing up for the craft show! WooHoo!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Wild, Wild West

Hello again!

Last night I was just poking around on my computer and found this card that I had made last winter for a friend of our's who was in the hospital for a lengthy visit. Thankfully he pulled thru and is doing much better! I had taken the pictures of the card before I sent it out and never posted the card on here so since I think it deserves an honorable it is!

I used a really old and frankly, quite expensive set if you purchase it off of Ebay! It is a really nice masculine set and since the person who received the card loves "cowboy & western movies" I was immediately drawn to use it! :)

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I love the colors, dry embossing & my rope lasso that was made with some of SU's hemp twine. Every cowboy has to have one of those, right???

Get Well Wishes Card:

Stamps: Wild Wild West, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, GP White
Accessories: SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Modern Label & Word Window Punches, Rectangle & Scallop Rectangle Nestibities, Antique Brads, SU Hemp Twine, Hot Glue Gun, Dimensionals, Scor Tape

Hope you like my version of the Wild, Wild West!
I'm off to do more stamping then get in the kitchen to make a turkey pie with all that leftover turkey! Mmmmmm! Gonna be a good warm supper tonight which is good with rain coming today!

Thanks for stopping by & have a terrific Tuesday!

Color Challenge 351

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

I stayed up really late on this Monday night because I was working on some cards and then I seen the Color Challenge 351 from over at SCS was posted. At first, I headed up to bed since my cold meds are kicking in but then I got to thinking of what I could make with the colors! The colors are: Kraft/Crumb Cake, White and Pear Pizzazz.
Below is my card....

Surprisingly, this went together pretty easily!!

Color Challenge 351 Card:

Stamps: Hero Arts Snowman, Sentiment from Stampabilities
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: PTI White, Kraft/Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: SU Two Tags Die, Circle & Lacey Circles Nestibilities, SU Snow Burst EF., Ribbon from Hobby Lobby, Jolee's Snowflake Stickers, Scor Tape

Not sure I am wild on the colors but I do like the card!
What do you think??

Well, it's 2 am. and my hubby will soon be getting up to leave for work so i'd better clean up and get to bed!!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Santa Owl Pails

Hello & Happy Sunday, friends!!

Hope your day is going well so far!
I had a great day yesterday with my stamping girls! Time really flies when your having fun! It was good to see them and we got our Christmas Get Together on the calendar for in a few weeks! Yipppeee!! :)

Here is a picture of my gang :)

Anyways, today I wanted to share with you these awesome little pails that I picked up at Micheal's last winter when I was still in Joplin. I wasn't sure at the time what I was gonna do with them and one day the thought of making the Owl Punch into a Santa Owl came to mind and as they say....the rest is history!

I wrapped the pails in a dsp from Hobby Lobby only up to where the handles are on the sides. Also punched some red cardstock & more dsp and put on the lid. Then I took white cardstock and punched it with the Scallop Circle Punch and ran it thru the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots EF for alittle somethin' somethin'! LOL I punched out 16 red owls and glued on the googlie eyes that came from Micheal's. I punched the vest out with that extremely heavy glitter cardstock that Micheal's sells and glued it on the Owl body. I then punched out 16 Wild Wasabi stems for the Owl to sit on and added dimensionals to the backside to adhere to the white Scallop Punch. Next I had a pack of Jolee's Santa hat sticker's that I got last year out in Joplin and added those on the Owl's head. Filled with 5 or 6 bite sized Snickers and called them "AWESOME"!!
I just loved them! What do you think??

Santa Owl Pails:

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Cardstock: Real Red, Neenah White, Wild Wasabi, DSP from Hobby Lobby, Glitter Paper from Micheal's
Accessories: Jolee's Santa Hat Stickers, Swiss Dots EF., Circle Punch, Owl Punch, Scallop Punch, Googlie Eyes from Micheal's, Small Pails, Scor Tape, Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Dimensionals

Off to the craft show these cuties went!!

Well, gotta get get my day started and get out to run some errands. Lots of crafting to get started on too in the coming days but getting to my stamp table is another story! *sigh*
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Peek A Boo!

I MISS you too!!

Hello & Happy Saturday!

I don't have much time to spare right now as my group of stamp girls are on there way here for the afternoon but I wanted to share a sweet little surprise that was on my front porch this morning. My very good friend from Missouri, Vicki, sent me a sweet little package with all kinds of goodies in it and this cutie of a card! She sent a note along saying "Do you remember the day we went to Kansas City to get the Riley Stamps and I bought this sweet little Pure Innocence girl"? And YES, I remember....we had fun that day! Anyways, she made this card with it and the inside made me tear up!
Take a look....

Vicki~our paths will cross again soon and until that day i'm very thankful for meeting you & the friendship we've made! Your one in a million!! :)

Well, that's all for me today!
Oh and I wanted to let ya know that the craft show is going extremely well!! Gotta get started on making more for the next weekend! :)

Thanks for stopping by & have a super Saturday!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday Week 4

Hello & Happy Thanksgiving!!!

It's finally here....Thanksgiving! A day in which we all give thanks!
For me...I'm so grateful to be back home that everyday my heart is happy and I feel that smile has come back to my face again! I'm thankful & very blessed to be back to where we can be around our families & friends again! What are you thankful for today??

So, this is my last week for the Thanksgiving Thursday cards. I got a good bit made by doing my Thanksgiving Thursday and I managed to get a few mailed out too! That's the goal I was shooting for! Take a look at my last card for this year. I love this one!

Thanksgiving Thursday Week 4 Card:

Stamps: Grateful Greetings (set #112), Harvest Home (set #113)
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Neenah White, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: SU Top Note Die, SU Vintage Wallpaper EF, Gold Beads, Pumpkin Pie Satin Ribbon, Scor Tape

Does anyone have any big plans for Black Friday shopping?? I think we are gonna hit up the Holiday Craft Show that starts tomorrow and then the mall for a couple things. I don't plan on being out all day because I know traffic will be absolutely nuts! Think i'll go get what I need then return home to craft alittle!! Sounds good to me!

Well, that's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by & I wish you all a very happy & blessed Thanksgiving day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday Week 3

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Hope your all having a great day!
I bet you all thought I forgot about my Thanksgiving Thursday series that I have been featuring every Thursday in November. No, I did not forget. I'm still under the weather but each day my cold gets a little better! Also my hubby has been on vacation the last 3 days so i've been trying to spend time with him as well. He went Tuesday for his Pennsylvania Drivers License and yesterday he went for his car insurance and tags for the vehicles. Today, he put new brakes the whole way around on the truck so it will pass inspection which is tomorrow morning! It feels GOOD to be a Pennsylvania resident again! :)

So, my cards for today's Thanksgiving Thursday were highly inspired by my VERY good stampin buddy & friend, Vicki Burdick! I miss her muchly since leaving Missouri but we are planning a visit with one another next spring and I can't wait to hang with her again! Anyways, everything on my cards she has done on many of her cards recently and of course I had to stalk her!

I used Soft Suede cardstock for my base and added a layer of Vanilla and a piece of DSP from the Spice Cake pack. I used an old Vanilla tag that was cut with the Tag Coluzzle Cutter, added my sentiment and sponged it with Soft Suede. I ran a piece of Pumpkin Pie thru the Cuttlebug with SU's Square Lattice EF then punched out 3 Wide Oval Punches from SU and sponged those with Cajun Craze. Layered those and added a piece of Old Olive punched out with the Horizontal Slot Punch that I believe is retired from SU. I hot glued a button on each pumpkin that has a bow tied with gold cord. And lastly, I added a pearl brad with some Soft Suede Ribbon and called it done! I really love the look of these and credit Miss Vicki with them! She does amazing work!!

Thanksgiving Thursday Week 3 Cards:

Stamps: Seasonal Sentiments (set #111)
Ink: Soft Suede, Cajun Craze
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Vanilla, Spice Cake DSP
Accessories: SU Square Lattice EF, Wide Oval Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Coluzzle Tag's, Buttons, Gold Cord, Hot Glue Gun, Pearl Brad, Soft Suede Ribbon, Sponges, Scor Tape

The next couple of days will be extremely busy here! I have last minute craft show things to tie up and Kelsey & I are gonna start decorating for the holidays, shopping for Thanksgiving, making Clear Toy Pops for the show and Saturday night we are going to see Breaking Dawn (part 1)!! I'm so excited to see it!!! So, that being said, I probably won't be posting again until Monday.

Thanks again for stopping by & leaving me all your wonderful comments!
I truely do appreciate them!

Have a great weekend, friends!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Snowman Soups

Hello & Happy Sunday!

I know it's getting late and here I am finally updating the blog!
I spent most of today in bed. I woke up this morning feeling horrible and barely being able to speak. I grabbed some meds and filled my vaporizer, shut the door and slept for hours. I hope that I can soon shake this stinkin cold. It's like one day you take one step forward and the next day, two steps back. Fun, fun, fun!

Kelsey & Shawn went out and spent the nice day raking the leaves to the street for the leaf sucker truck to pick them up this week. Once they were done they made a big bath of homemade chicken pot pie for supper. Oh, it was to die for! Once I got awake and dressed we went to York and got that riding mower that went on sale today! WooHoo! Shawn felt bad about spending that kind of money but I told him with a 1/2 acre of yard this mower will make his life alot less stressful!!

So, now we are sitting in the living room just relaxing and I thought i'd do a quick blog update and share with you my Snowman Soups I made for the craft show. I used a digi image this year from Whimsie Doodles. Take a look...

Snowman Soups:

Stamps: Digi image from Whimsie Doodles
Ink: Copic Markers, Zig Painty Silver Pen
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue, Neenah White, Various DSP
Accessories: SU Scallop Trim Border Punch, MS Jumbo Snowflake Punch, PTI Buttons, SU White Twine, Hot Glue Gun, Scor Tape

I think they are pretty cute!
The tins are filled with a small cello bag of mini marshmellows, 3 Hershey Kisses, a candy cane and a packet of Nestle's Hot Chocolate. A good seller at the show!! :)

Well, that's all for me tonight!
Thanks for stopping by & have a good nite!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Our Creative Corner Challenge

Hello & Happy Saturday!!

Hope your weekend is going well!
I'm feeling alittle better today and was out & about with hubby doing some shopping. First thing on our agenda is getting a new riding mower for the huge yard we have now. We had no such luck today in finding one but tomorrow some stores will be having sales on them so we'll head back out then and hopefully we won't come home empty handed!

So, today over at the Our Creative Corner Blog, Wendy Janson is the hostess and she challenged us to use either pumpkins on our card or pumpkin cardstock, I thought about this all day and was tempted to make a punched pumpkin but then I realized that I had this adorable pumpkin shaped ribbon that I picked up on my last trip to L&L Stamps! Love that place!
Anyways, take a look at my cards....

Our Creative Corner Challenge! Pumpkins!

Stamps: Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Neenah WHite
Accessories: SU Square Lattice EF, SU Lg & Scalloped Oval Punches, Kaiser Rhinestones, Pumpkin Ribbon, Dimesionals, Scor Tape

Hope ya like it!!
Rhubarb bear sure is adorable, isn't he??

Well, hubby & I are heading out this evening to relax & unwind with the Scion gang!
We're going for hibatchi!! Mmmmmm!
Thanks for stopping by & have a good evening!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday Week 2

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Hope your having a great day so far! It's a rainy, dreary & cold day here in PA.
I'm also alittle under the weather. Guess I picked up what Shawn had last week.

So, today is the 2nd week for my Thanksgiving Thursday cards. I really struggled with these. I guess because I don't feel good. I threw so much in trash can! Ughhh I don't like days like this but I managed!

Thanksgiving Thursday Week 2:

Stamps: Leaves of a Tree (set #110)
Ink: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Neenah White, Autumn Vine DSP
Accessories: SU Square Lattice EF, Gold Beads, More Mustard Grosgrain, Scor Tape

I now have 4 Thanksgiving cards made! WooHoo!!
Well, that's all for me today!
Time for some meds and a warm shower!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!!~

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sketch Challenge 358

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Still a little under the weather today but felt good enough to make my way to the Stamp Cave this afternoon!

Here is the layout for today's Sketch Challenge 358 and my card....

Sketch Challenge 358 Card:

Stamps: Forever Friends Bear, Sentiment is computer generated
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, Brushed Gold, GP White, DSP from K&Company
Accessories: Oval Nestibilities, Krylon Gold Leaf Pen, Gold Beads, Gold Metallic Ribbon, Scor Tape

Hope ya like!!
Well, that's all for me today!
Stay tuned for tomorrow's 2nd week of Thanksgiving Thursday! :)

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Featuring Sweet n Sassy's Rhubarb Bear

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Hope your day went well! It was a gorgeous day here in PA today! I think we hit 70 degrees and it was so nice to hang laundry out and have the windows wide open! Certainly good for airing out all of Shawn's cold germs! LOL Fluffy & I spent a good part of the day outside in the backyard just taking in the sunshine. Hard to believe that a week and a half a ago we had 9 inches of snow in that same backyard! Crazy, I know, but home is home and i'm so thankful to be here again!

After pulling myself in from the outside I went down to my Stamp Cave as i'm nicknaming it! Men can have men caves so why can't I have a stamp cave??!! Anyways, I had a few more Candy Bar Wrappers to make for the upcoming craft show and wanted to use this new set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps on them.
I think they are too cute!!

Of course the one with Rhubarb holding the gingerbread is my absolute fav!! :)

Actually they are all my fav's!

Well, that's all for now!
I haven't felt real good in the tummy all day today so think I may just go relax and see if I can get it to settle.

Thanks for stopping by & have a good evening!

Monday, November 7, 2011


Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was low keyed since the hubby is battling a cold. He felt bad enough today to call off and stayed in bed most of the day so far!

Since I got alot of craft show stuff completed over the weekend I went in search of something to do today. I popped over to the CAS Challenge (CAS meaning clean and simple cards) and found a really easy sketch and got right to work. I used a set that I once before owned and sold at a garage sale and lately have seen SO many cards done with it that I just had to buy the set again! I know crazy, huh? LOL
I embossed my tree & sentiment in Silver EP and layered my main panel with some SU Brushed Silver cs and laid that on my Night of Navy card base. I added a silver star brad and some old SU Silver Metallic Ribbon and called it done!

CAS Challenge 143 Card:

Stamps: Snow Swirled
Ink: VersaMark, Silver EP
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Brushed Silver, Neenah White
Accessories: Heat Gun, Silver Metallic Ribbon, Silver Star Brad, Scor Tape

Really, it doesn't get much easier than this! I may have to seriously think about doing this challenge every Monday now! :)

That's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday Week 1

Hello & Happy Thursday!!

Today, I am kicking off something I call Thanksgiving Thursday's! Every year I take all the Thursdays in November and dedicate it to making Thanksgiving cards because I get lost in the shuffle of making Christmas cards and by the time Thanksgiving rolls around I don't have any cards made! I enjoy sending out Thanksgiving cards to friends & family for which i'm very thankful for!!
So, this is week 1 and I pulled out an old image that was already stamped from a Stampin Up set called Give Thanks. I love this little guy!

Thanksgiving Thursday Week 1:

Stamps: Give Thanks
Ink: Chocolate Chip & More Mustard SU Markers
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, White, DSP from K&Company
Accessories: SU Square Lattice EF, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Gold Beads, Scor Tape

I sat down yesterday and made 2 of these cards. I hope by the time Thanksgiving rolls around I have a pile ready to send out! That's the plan...hope I can stick to it!

Well, that's all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & have a terrific day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sketch Challenge 357

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Hope your all having a great day so far!
I was up way too early today (4:30 am) and got my supper already made (just not baked yet) and planned to hit the stamp table today! I have lots of things to get finished up for the craft show and also my card for tomorrow's Thanksgiving Thursday! I'm excited!! :)

Today is Sketch Challenge day at SCS and below is the layout & my sample.
I made my card into a gift card holder for the upcoming holidays because it seems I never have enough of them!

Sketch Challenge 357 Card:

Stamps: Hero Arts sentiment
Ink: Cranberry Crisp
Cardstock: Kraft/Crumb Cake, Cranberry Crisp, Neenah White
Accessories: Circle & Scallop Circle Nestibilities, MS Doily Punch, Cork Board, Sizzix Gingerbread Die, Gold Pearls, Cranberry Crisp Grosgrain, Scor Tape

Well, i'm gonna grab me some lunch then head back to my stamp room!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!