December 29, 2012

This Moment

I have a thing for Clocks, just love them.  We have quite a few, very different clocks in our house.  Now that Christmas has passed, time has been found to get creative with inks, papers and stamps again.  The clock stamp used on this card is a new one for me and it's the first time it has hit ink and paper.
I embossed the clocks with gold embossing powder and love the look (sorry, cannot see it too well in my photo.

Items used for this card: Kaisercarft Tic Toc stamp, Teresa Collins Then and Now paper, ribbon, gems, embossing powder.

Entering this card into 2 challenges this week: Just Us Girls and Simon Says .

Thanks for stopping by :)

December 27, 2012

Beyond Grey

I have discovered a new Challenge site called Beyond Grey.  And, they are having a design team call, so head over and check it out :)

December 24, 2012

Lovely Angels

Hi there, it's been a while since I posted to my blog.  Year-end at work is craaaazzzzy and then getting in gear for Christmas, what can I say, just didn't have the time.  Here I am on Christmas Eve relaxing for the day, Mike and I will go to dinner later and then BIG celebration tomorrow, yeah!

Now for the Lovely Angels post title, the challenge at The Play Date Cafe for the past 2 weeks has been to take inspiration from this beautiful Angel picture:

The colors to use are gold, mint, lavendar and teal.  These are such nice colors and I knew exactly what to do with them, and the inspiration photo; what do you think?

The image on my card is from the Graphics Fairy blog, fell in love with it the minute I saw this pretty angel. I added a bow, a flower sticker, gems, some pretty lavendar (& mint) Memory Box paper on the backgroud and a MS doiley.

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!!

December 2, 2012

CCCB - Christmas Easel

The challenge at the City Crafter Challenge Blog this week is "Christmas Easel"  We are challenged to make an easel card with a Christmas theme and were given this lovely photo for inspiration:

I took my inspiration from the pretty woodgrain backdrop in the photo; this is the first easel card I've made and I'm so taken with this type of card, think I'll make a few more.

You know, this really is the most wonderful time of the year.  Fresh, white, diamond snow, family and friends, wonderful food, beautiful lights, religious celebration........ this season is my favorite.

Thank you for stopping by today :)

November 25, 2012

Sunday afternoons.....

Here's our little girl Pearl.  She decided a nice nap in the plant room was in-line on this warm, sunny Sunday in Sedalia.  Isn't she the cutest :)

Oh My, Another Christmas card.....

One of my favorite new stamps is the "Stand of Trees" stamp by Memory Box.  I have used this stamp for the main image on the card I created for the challenge over at the Just Us Girls challenge blog this week.  Here's the inspiration photo for the challenge:

And, here's my card:

I took my inspiration from the wooden cabin and the wonderful red windows and flower boxes.  Just love this time of year and all the Christmas cards and songs.

Thanks for stopping by :)

November 24, 2012

City Crafters 136 - I'll be home for Christmas

Isn't this the prettiest inspiration photo for the City Crafters Challenge Blog week 136 - I'll be home for Christmas challenge:
I was so taken with the white and subtle pink in the photo and knew right away the card I would make; here it is:

I used a new favorite of mine, Memory Box Dancing Lady die cut, MB yuletide patterned paper, pearls, liquid pearls, ribbon and a Great Impressions sentiment stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by today :)

November 15, 2012

Christmas cards are coming.....

I made my first Christmas card the other day; I know a little late you say, well I am always late starting my Christmas cards.  I don't know why this is, but I get side-tracked with other cards, work, home and things in general then I make a made rush to get my cards made in enough time to send out and arrive for the Holidays.  Anyway, here's my first Christmas card:

This die cut Frostyville border from Memory Box is just beautiful; the polar bear and the sentiment are also from Memory box.  I added some stickles and hills too.  I plan to make a lot of these cards with different color scarfs for the cute, little bear.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Falling for Trees

The trees of fall are so beautiful with all their pretty colors and the challenge at the City Crafter challenge blog this week is "Falling for Trees".  The photo below is the inspiration:

I used a new stamp from Memory Box called Stand of Trees for my card:

I colored the trees with watercolor pencils, added a few gems and some My Mind's Eye patterned paper.  Also added a twine bow and a MB thanks stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

November 11, 2012

Baby shower cards

I made the 2 following cards for a co-worker's baby shower.  I made 1 for me and 1 for my friend to give with our shower presents.  I am also entering the first card in the Nov/Dec challenge at the Die Cut Diva's Flickr group.

Both cards are made with cute stamps from Lawn Fawn.  I just love the cute smiley faces.  Stickles add the sparkle, ribbons and a gem or two too :)

Thanks for stopping by :)

November 5, 2012

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The challenge at Case Study this week is to garner inspiration from this pretty card by Angeline Yong:

My card was inspired by the die cut on the right side of the card and the different panels going from top to bottom of Angeline's card.

Items used are Memory Box Yuletide paper and Dancing Ballerina die cut, a few red gems and that's it.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

November 4, 2012

Color Challenge at Less is More

We have a color challenge at Less is More this week and the color is PINK.  I recently added this Memory Box Ballerina die to my collection and am so happy I did.  This is the first time I have used this die; here's my card:

The pearls on the ballerina's waist and hair are made with liquid pearls, just love using this as I can make the pearls any size needed for my cards.  Her dress is from a new MB holiday paper pack.  A touch of music notes and a little sentiment were added to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by :) 

Thinking of You - City Crafter

The challenge this week at the City Crafter blog is "3 & 1 = Cute", we are to use 3 patterned papers and 1 solid paper (cardstock).  I have had the Graphics 45 poppy paper on this card for some time, it's one of those papers it's been hard for me to part with.  Well, I did part with it and here's the card I created for this challenge:

The sentiment is from Hero Arts, green polka dot paper is Graphics 45, red polka dot paper is Bo Bunny.  I added a little twine and a tiny button too.

Thanks for stopping by :)

October 29, 2012

Less Is More - Sketch 7

This week's challenge at Less is More is a sketch.  I enjoy LIM so much as the challenge focus changes each week; here's this week's sketch:

A simple, little sketch it is and here's my card:

I used one of my favorite butterfly stamps from Inky Antics and put a little turn on 2 of the frames.  The cute little thanks stamp is from Memory Box.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Case Study #114

This is a birthday card for my friend, Therese, who happens to be born on Halloween.  I usually make her a Witch card for her birthday, because witches are her thing.  However, when I saw the card for the case this week over at the Case Study challenge blog I used the card shape for my card.  Not sure how I came up with this for the case, but I did and here it is:

I used Memory Box paper from last year's Halloween paper pack as the background for my card.  The sentiment is a generic stamp I picked up somewhere?  I added a few gems and a rick rack ribbon too.

Thanks for taking a look today :)

Retro Sketches 35

This week is the 35th sketch over at the Retro Sketches blog.  I know I've said this before, but I really like these hand drawn retro sketches.  Here's the sketch we are to use for our card this week:

I used a little tree from Pure Innocense for my card.  Just stamped it a few times, added some designed paper for the hills and a little bird or two from the same set.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

October 16, 2012

LIM - One Layer - Wings

As time goes on I am becoming much more comfortable making one-layer cards and this is thanks in part to Chrissie and Mandi and the Less is More challenges.  Well, this week's challenge  is simply that, make a one-layer card with a "wing" theme.  I chose to use an airplane for my winged object:

But OH NO!! After uploading this photo I realized my card is not in fact one-layer, OH for Heaven's sake.  Well, I'm going to put it into the challenge anyway hoping that someone can get a little inspiration from it.

I used Lawn Fawn Bon Voyage stamps, watercolor pencils and a little bit of gold stickles for the engine lights.

Thanks for stopping by :)

October 14, 2012

A guy's birthday card

I work with a group of great people, really, I like every one of the people I work with.  And, every time one of these lovely people celebrate's a birthday I make them a special birthday card.  It's one of the  guy's birthday's tomorrow and here is the card I made for him:

The man is one of the pictures from Graphic's 45 "A ladies diary", the embossing is a Sizzix folder.  I added some gems and ribbon too.  I'm pretty sure he's going to like this card, I sure hope so :)

Thanks for taking a look today :)

Thinking of you again

Not sure how many thinking of you cards I have made over the years; I'm sure everyone appreciates getting one of these cards though, I know I would be happy to know someone is thinking of me :)  I made this card for the October Hero Arts challenge and will be posting it to the HA Flickr group later today.

I used a Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Stampin up flowers and My Mind's Eye Stella Rose paper for this card.

Thanks for stopping by :)

October 7, 2012

LIM - week 88 - Color

I have not used embossing power in a very long time.  I love embosing, was so amazed when I first learned this technique.  I finally re-did my craft room and now have the space to emboss, so this week's challenge at Less is More was welcome, it's a color challenge and the color is Silver.  Here's my card:

I haven't found a real good way to photograph my cards, need to work on that.  The feather and background are Hero Arts stamps, the sentiment is Stampin' Up.

Thanks for stopping by :)

October 2, 2012

Little Ballerina

This cute little ballerina girl is a Lily of the Valley stamp.  I received her from another stamper who I exchanged cards with by the name of Deborah.  I'm going to give her to my cousin, Cynthia as a thank you for the birthday presents she sent me.  Cyn loves ballerinas and I'm pretty sure she will like this card:

I used watercolor pencils, markers, stickles, gems, Memory Box paper, ribbon and Viola!

Hope you're having a good week :)

LIM - Love & Marriage

This week's challenge at Less is More is a Lucky Dip - Love and Marriage.  I know a little bit about this subject as I have been married to Mike, my wonderful husband, 28 years.  The sentiment on this card is special and is fitting for the challenge.

I used Stampin' Up stamps, 2 ribbons, a lacey punch, stickles and pop dots.

Thanks for taking a look today :)

Follow Your Dreams

This is the last week for muse, Torico, over at the Case Study challenge blog.  We have been asked to case this lovely card by Torico:

I was inspired by the design of Torico's pretty card; took another approach with the colors used.  The sentiment stamp is by Stampin' Up and the butterfly die cut by Memory Box, here's my card:

Thanks for stopping by today :)

September 29, 2012

No place to GLOW!

Here's the cue card for this week's challenge over at the CASology challenge blog:

With Halloween around the corner, I thought a Witch shoe would be the perfect center piece for my card

I saw this sentiment on a stamp and typed it on my computer in "Chill" font, thought it was perfect for these jazzy little shoes.  I added some gems to the shoes and the skirt for shine, oops I mean Glow :)  The witch shoes are from a Stampendous stamp that has 3 witches, as you can see I only used one.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

September 26, 2012

Vintage Lady

Graphics 45 is one of my favorite companies, I just love their designer papers.  A while back I had seen a beautiful card on Rebecca's blog Paper Primrose and was inspired to create this card using a new pad of Graphics 45 paper called A Lady's Diary:

I am sending this card to another crafter who participates in the monthly Card Challenge Exchange over at Deborah's blog, Society of Stampaholics.  The card exchanges are fun and you meet people from all over the world. 

Well, that's it for today's post.  Thanks so much for stopping by today :)

September 17, 2012

A new member to our family - Katie

We have added a new member to our family, a chocolate Lab named Katie.  Katie's around 2 years old, she's a sweetheart, Angus and Pearl like her.  Boo, our cat, not so sure :)  Here she is:

Katie comes to us from our neighbor's dad.  Her dad is 83 and in poor health.  My husband, Mike is an avid hunter and this nice man was also an avid hunter.  We offered to take Katie and he was so happy because he knows Mike and I will not only take the best care of her, but Mike will hunt her.  We've only had her 2 days and we LOVE her :)

September 16, 2012

3 Little Dogs

Here is this week's sketch at the Retro Sketches challenge blog.  I recently re-did my stamping room. My friend's husband made me 2 tables that fit the room perfectly and eveything has a place (of course I can't find some things, but I'll get used to the new set-up).  Anyway I found a stamp I had forgotten about from 2006, a Great Impressions stamp, with 3 dog faces in dashed frames; just perfect for this sketch:

Here's my card:

Other items used for this card are Bo Bunny dot paper, Fiskars punch and a dog bone clip.  I added color to the dogs with watercolor pencils.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Out on a Limb

The week 85 theme at Less is More is to incorporate an oval into your card.  This little tree from a new MFT Pure Innocence set I have was the perfect size to fit into a little oval.  I added 2 little birds and the sentiment from the same set, a twine bow to finish my card and here it is:

Thanks for stopping by :)

September 15, 2012

Little Ghosts in the Window

Halloween is just around the corner; I Love HALLOWEEN!!  And, I just love the little owl ghosts I've used on my card, they are soooo sweet.  The challenge this week at the Case Study challenge blog presented the perfect opportunity to use the little ghosts.  The challenge is to case a Window card by Torico, check out her blog, great cards there.  Here's my window card for the challenge:

I used Hero Arts stamps, a piece of swirly design paper, distress ink, Nestie die for the window  and a marker for the orange moon.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

September 10, 2012

Friends stick together

Here's another new addition to my stamp collection, a Pure Innocence stamp by My Favorite Things called "Out on a Limb".  This little girl is just the cutest.  When I saw this week's card to "case" by Torico at the Case Study challenge blog, I knew my new stamp was the one to use:

I added the little birds and sentiment included in the stamp set and paper pieced the dress with the same Memory Box paper used on the band.  I added a flower button and some green twine too.  The image is colored with watercolor pencils (as usual for me).

Thanks for stopping by today :)

September 9, 2012

One Layer - Butterfly Branch

I added a few new stamps to my collection yesterday; don't you always feel so excited and happy when you do this? One of my new stamps is this Butterfly Branch from Our Daily Bread and it's perfect for a one-layer card.

It just so happens this week's challenge at Less Is More is to make a One-layer card with a FOLIAGE theme, so I put my new stamp to ink right away and here's the result:

In addition to the butterfly branch stamp, I added color with watercolor pencils, added a gem and a sentifment from Stampin' Up.

Thanks so much for stopping by today :)

September 7, 2012

Monochromatic Card

The challenge this week at the City Crafter Challenge Blog is "Monochromatic" aka "one color".  I chose beiges and browns as my colors and here is the card I made for the challenge:

I did add just a touch of light blue in the corner and on the butterfly's wing, couldn't help myself.  The butterfly is Memory Box Darla butterfly die cut.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

September 4, 2012

LIM - Week 83 Color

We have a color challenge this week over at Less is More and the colors are 2 of my favorites to combine, Pink and Brown :)  I chose a pretty butterfly from Inkadinkado for my main card image:

The sentiment on my card is from Stampin' Up.  I added a gem and used a pink watercolor pencil to add some pink to this pretty butterfly.

Thank you for stopping by today :)

August 31, 2012

Pie Lady

This week's challenge at the City Crafter Challenge Blog  is "Bake Sale".  I remembered a sheet of Graphics 45 designer paper I had with old fashion ladies on it and the "Pie Lady" on my card is one of them; what do you think?

I cut this pretty lady out of the paper, added a cherry gem, some little red gems and a sentiment stamp by Hero Arts.

I think of myself as a pie lady because I love to make pies.  My husband recently brought home 10 lbs of cherries and I made a few pies and a few cobbers much to the delight of my husband Mike, my friend Therese and my co-workers.  Then I purchased a large box of Palisade peaches and plan to make the same with the peaches this week-end.  All I can say is YUM.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and reading my pie story :)

August 29, 2012


I relax by making cards and hanging out with my husband, my dogs and my crazy cat.  I do, I come home from work and when I top the hill and see the moutains in front of me and know I'm almost home, all the stress of the day melts away.  Well, the cue card at CAS-ology this week is the word "RELAX".  I immediately thought of this digital stamp called "making cards" by Mo Manning, check it out HERE.  Mo's stamps are wonderful and I just love Bella and Bronte, they remind me of me, I've always had dogs and just love them.  Anyway, I'm kinda blabby today, here's my card for the challenge:

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

August 26, 2012

WINNER - - Wow!! 50 followers :)

My blog now has 50 followers.  I'm so happy you take a peek at my blog every now and then and to celebrate I'm having a little give-a-way:

Please leave a comment here and I will randomly select a winner on Saturday , September 15th.

The WINNER of the blog candy is PAULA
Congratulations, please Flickr mail me with your address Paula.
Thank you so much for stopping by :)

Banners & Flags

Banners & Flags are the inspiration for the challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays this week. I chose to make a birthday card for this challenge. 
The banners are from a 6x6 paper pad, Dear Lizzy Neopolitan. I thought the rows of little banners went so well with this cute little plane and clouds from Lawn Fawn. The sentiment is from Hero Arts; added a few gems and a card is born :)

Thank you for stopping by today :)

August 25, 2012

Wishi Washi

Washi tape, the newest craze in crafting isn't it?  I like creating with these pretty tapes.  The challenge at the City Crafter challenge blog this week is "Wishi Washi".  We are to use washi tape on our creations and to make the challenge more interesting you can add only 2 other items besides the tape, so I added gems and ribbon. I used a green & white striped tape for my birthday card, the stamps are Hero Arts.

Thank you for stopping by today :)

August 24, 2012

Green - Yes Green

My card will be entered in 2 challenges this week, CASology and the Play Date Cafe.  Both challenges revolve around the color green, the cue card at CASology is just that "green" and the photo inspiration at the Play Date Cafe has a splash of color - lime green.

I masked a square to stamp the friends background and drew a little dashed frame around the print.  Here's my card:
Items used: Hero Arts friends background stamp, Memory Box Darla butterfly die, ribbon, gems and design paper.