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Paper Cutz Challenge #76

Remember the crop I was so excited about? I went and hung out for 6 hours. And when I mean hang out, I mean hang out... I got absolutely nothing done! lol... I was in some sort of creative fog. I hope I am not the only one who exhausts all of their creative ideas sometimes! I started to color an image... hated it and gave up... I started to do a scrapbook page and realized the color scheme I wanted to use wasn't working...

By this time lunch had rolled around. I was convinced that a slice or two of pizza would clear the cobwebs! Oh, no! Then I got sleepy... So I finally gave up and just watched other people create! Sadly, I packed up after a very unproductive 6 hours and went home... :-(

I loved seeing everyone but boy, I wish I had something to show for it!

Sunday proved to be a restful day for me. Thankfully I needed that. Late last night I whipped out the Cricut and pulled this card together. I entered it in this week's Paper Cutz challenge HERE. Maybe the funk is over? Or …

Composition 101

A few months back I purchased a plain composition book. My intent was to create a book to keep various notes about Christmas shopping, recipes, etc. within reach. So here it is close to February and did the composition book get whipped into Christmas organization central? NO... lol... SO I went to plan B. I created a prayer journal. I hope to give this to our oldest granddaughter this Easter. She will be turning thirteen later this year. Hopefully this journal will give her a place to record her thoughts. It was a relatively simple project and could be modifed to suit any special occasion you might have. Have fun with Composition 101!

Blessings -


You will need a plain composition book. (Make sure it is the kind that is bound like a book.) This one cost $1.00 at our grocery store!

7 X 10 1/2 inches of designer paper (2 pieces) to cover the outside of your book
Score roughly at 3/4 in from top and bottom to make it easier to adhere to your book. Don't worry as the …

Psalm 36:5

"Your love O Lord reaches to the heavens and your faithfulness to the skies."

Psalm 36:5

Wow, what a wild couple of days! As I write this I am listening to coverage of the unrest in Egypt. What a terrible reality of the fallen world we live in! But our heavenly father's love is boundless. No matter what, those who trust in Him have the assurance we will see Him one day. Blessings to you and yours!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - K & Company - English Floral
Sentiment - ODBD - Faith
Die Cut Heart - Cricut - George Cartridge
Punch - Martha Stewart - Deep Punch - Heartbeat
Ink - Versamark
Ink - Memento Desert Sand (lightly sponged over embossed scripture)
Embossing Powder - Ranger - Copper
Fiber - Offray - 1 1/2 WM/CROC Gingham Check (Wire)

Cardabilities - Sketch #23

Woo hoo! IT'S FRIDAY! I am so excited! I am going to attend a crop with some of my work buddies tomorrow and I can't wait! The last time they had one, I had the flu! Yuck! No fun for me... So I am planning on scrappin myself crazy tomorrow! (Goofy, giddy dance going on here....)

Hopefully I will get some new cards/projects together to post as well! Thanks so much to those who read and comment on my blog! I appreciate your feedback!

I created today's card for a challenge over at Cardabilities. Check it out HERE. They have some really fun sketches for you to try!

Have a great evening. Hubby and I are heading out to dinner! Maybe I will give him this card! Thanks again.


Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Kaisercraft - Sublime - Divine,
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black
Ink - Coloring - Copics (C0, C1, C3, C5, C7)
Stamp - Imaginisce - Apple Cider Collection - Raccoon
Embossing Folder - Provocraft - Cuttleb…

A Breath of Fresh Air

Do you remember fashion trends? I remember when shaker knit sweaters and leggings were in... Yes... serious eighties child here... lol....

For some reason certain color combos stick with me. About 8 years ago lime green and pink made a big splash in the fashion world. I got onboard and bought a cute fabric purse very similar to the paper in today's card. I love the crispness of the look. The color combo reminds me of spring. And gracious knows, we can use some bright colors on these dreary winter days!

I colored the Tilda image over a year ago and unfortunately did not write the color combos down. (I am trying to use up some of the images I have stashed!) Look for a few more over the coming days without color info. Hope you enjoy a little breath of fresh air and be sure to breathe some new life into your crafting this week! Shake it up and use some new color combos. It might be just the lift you need. Blessings!


Card Stock - Bazzill, Image - Gina K. Pur…

Stylish Blogger Award

I received the Stylish Blogger Award from Selina HERE and Crafty Chick .

Thanks so much to both Selina and Crafty Chick for nominating my humble blog for this award. Please check out both blogs and their creative paper crafts! As I understand the protocol for this award is to tell eight things about yourself and then choose eight blogs to give this award to. In turn, these eight blogs will continue the giving!

1. Christ is number one in my life.
2. I am an accountant but am also certified to teach Social Studies and Mathematics.
3. I enjoy visiting historial sites and particularly presidential gravesites. I
have visited 27!
4. I never sent greeting cards until I started making them!
5. I love traveling.
6. You will never catch me in sweats.
7. I have 7 dogs.... 4 St. Bernards and 3 English Shephards.
8. My childhood nickname was "pig" short for pigtails!

Now...the eight blogs that I have chosen to receive the Stylish Blogger Award are:

1. Check out TAM

2. Check out BARB

3. Check out ANG…

My Heart is Yours

Love is in the air! Everywhere I go I see those wonderful heart shaped boxes full of candy! Nothing warms my heart like a big box of chocolates! Almost sounds like a Forrest Gump moment... lol...

But what woman doesn't love to get flowers and chocolates from her sweety? John, if you're reading this I am particularly fond of chocolate covered caramels... :-)
And truthfully, I think he could skip the flowers entirely... just pour on the chocolates... lol

I recently discovered another line of Elisabeth Bell stamps (doing a wild jig as I type). The image I used today is by Belles n' Whistles and is called "Sweet Love." How fitting! I entered this is this week's B & W Challenge. Check it out here. I hope you enjoy today's card. Maybe I will have some hot chocolate in a few... lol...

Thanks for reading as always and blessings to you!


Card Stock - Bazzill (pink, white, red), Gina K. Pure Luxury (image)
Designer Paper - Little Yel…

Tilda Picking Lilacs

I find myself coloring tons of images with flowers in them! I think I must be focused on spring! lol... One of my favorites would have to be old fashioned lilacs. About 3 years ago my mother moved from the farm I was grew up on. My parents moved there in 1968. All total she lived there for over 40 years! There was a beautiful lilac bush there. The original cutting came from my grandmother when Mom and Dad first moved. There's no telling how old the original specimen was. Grandmother was born in 1896! That lilac had such a wonderful aroma. When Mom moved I failed to take a cutting. I did get one from a rose that came from Grandmother's place. Maybe this spring I will go back and ask the new owners if I can take a cutting! It's kinda cool to think of three generations of women caring for that lilac! This stamp from Magnolia reminds me of that sweet lilac! I hope you enjoy the image as much as I do!

Card Stock - Bazzill, Gina K. Pure Luxury (image)
Designer Pap…

Paper Cutz Challenge #75

I started out with the best of intentions. I thought I would dig my hands into some of my old crafting products and get my hands dirty... lol... That went really well!!! Before I knew it I had paint and glitter from head to toe! I think I single handedly used every product I haven't touched in 3 months. tee hee....

But I like the results. It was terribly messy but well worth it...


Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Karen Foster - Winter Flakes (background and paper piecing for fabric on jar lid)
Snowflake - 4 inch chipboard cut from Cricut Christmas Noel
Paint - Mixture of Making Memories Dusk and Lagoon painted on the snowflake
Glitter - Martha Stewart Blue Topaz sprinkled on wet paint....

Handy Tip - I use a show box lid for my spritzing, painting, etc... you can see how well worn it is below... lol

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black - Image
Ink - Coloring Image - Copics C1, C2, C3, C5, BG0000, BG000, BG10, Y11
Stamps - Friendship Jar and Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers by Pa…

ODBDSLC45 Sketch Challenge

Hello Saturday! Today has been a busy day for me. I started out playing with some cute St. Bernard puppies and then hurried to the grocery to pick up a few items before the next snow hits! It seems like we have had an unusual amount of the white stuff this year. I'm afraid the crocus are afraid to push their little heads out... lol...

I'm really excited about today's card. One of my favorite blogger/card makers, Angela Crockett created a lovely card over at ODBD. This week's challenge was based on a sketch of her card. She makes some yummy cards! Be sure to take a peek here and show her some love!

Thanks as always for reading and have a wonderful day!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Bo Bunny Shabby Princess - Ella Precocious
Ink - Versamark
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger - Tea Dye - applied to edges of designer paper
Embossing Powder - Ranger - Super Fine Detail - Black
Stamp - Our Daily Bread Designs - Our Daily Bread
Die Cut - (background) Cricut Paper Lace …

Black, white and blue all over....

Happy Friday! If you think you have already looked at this card.... you have... sort of... Last week I used this image from ODBD. I decided to use a more muted palette on today's card. I simply sponged the background with a soft gray and let the butterfly catch the eye. I submitted this card for a challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. Check it out here. This card was designed as a sympathy card. I wanted something a little more subdued but upbeat. Here's hoping you have a wonderful weekend.



Card Stock - Georgia Pacific - white & black, Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury - images
Stamps - Images - ODBD - Butterfly & Butterfly Corner
Stamps - Sentiment - ODBD - Scripture Series 1
Butterfly Die - ODBD
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black - Images; Stampin Up Going Gray - background; Copics - butterfly

B24, B29, B39, B41, B93

Smooch Spritz - Vanilla Shimmer - lightly misted on butterfly
Pop Dots

Dear Sweet Magnolia...

Can you believe this little cutie has been languishing on my desk? She kept waiting for me to do something with her! I purchased the paper a while back while visiting an out of town scrapbook store. This little lady looks like she has finally met her match! I think the image works well with the Bo Bunny paper. Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday. Friday is almost here!



Card Stock - Bazzill, Georgia Pacific, Gina K. Pure Luxury (image)
Designer Paper - Bo Bunny - Love Bandit Tweetheart
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa (sentiment) & Copics

E00,E000, E13, E25, E29, E35, E37, E39, E55
R00, R20, R21, R22, R29, R46
C0, YG67

Stamps - Image (Magnolia Rubber Stamps Romantic Tilda 2010); Sentiment - Studio G. VC0019 Series 41
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Fiber - Stampin Up
Punch - Martha Stewart
Die Cuts - Spellbinders Nestabilities Pendant Fleur de Lis; Scalloped Ovals Large

Ranger Stickles - Stardust (light coating on wings)

Longing For Spring

I find myself pouring over catalogs feeling that urgent need to purchase something. After all I have been good, right? I wouldn't even considering buying something I don't need. The beautiful colors mesmerize me. I can't seem to stop thinking about beautiful pinks, blues and vibrant greens. I'm sure I can use them to create beauty. I am weakening and my debit card is sure to be the first casualty...

It must be card stock or new embellishments I'm drooling over, right? WRONG! The annual Burpee's seed catalog has arrived! And for gardeners it is as eagerly anticipated as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is for some! I am so tired of snow and mud and... need I say more? I crave daffodils, tulips, rudbekia and purple coneflower. I am convinced I can catch a whiff of the sweet fragrance of sweet peas in the air. Until then I can dream and so can you! Hope you enjoy this card inspired by one I spotted in a recent card magazine. Blessings to you!


Card Stock…

What's up pup?

Isn't this the cutest darned stamp ever? I must admit due to my love of dogs I may not be impartial (insert big tail wagging grin here...) I spotted this stamp in a recent magazine and rushed to order one. I just love it! The possibilities are endless! It would look great on a little boy's card, your favorite animal lover or for someone who needs cheering up... And who could resist a cute image like this one? lol... The beauty of this image is it can be paired with a variety of sentiments. I love flexibility! This little jewel will go to one of my friends! Hopefully it will bring a smile to her face as it did mine! Make it a great day!



Card Stock - Georgia Pacific, Gina K. Designs, Bazzill
Designer Paper - Peebles Inc, (Scraps from an old paper pack)
Stamp - Image - Penny Black - Contented
Stamp - Sentiment - Delta Rubber Stampede
Ink - Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug - Memento
Ink - Copic - R27, R29, R32, R46, E25, E35, E39, E50, E0000, E00, E11, O Colorless Blend…

Quick and Simple Valentine

I'm switching gears! The last few projects have taken quite a bit of time to put together. So today I decided to do something quick and easy. You know... the kind of project that comes out of a handful of scraps in your stash! I love those projects. Sometimes it is nice to just throw something together. I call them my clean and simple cards! So here's to slowing down a little and enjoying the simple things! Make it a wonderful day!


Card Stock - Gina K. Designs, Georgia Pacific
Stamps - Image - Gina K. Designs - The Giving Tree
Stamps - Sentiment - Impression Obsession - Be Mine Valentine
Inks - Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Ladybug, Memento Bamboo Leaves, Memento Summer Sky
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles Large, Lacey Circles, Fancy Tags
Offray Satin Ribbon - 5/8 Brown


Never were truer words spoken! How can we possibly do the big stuff if we can't handle the little stuff? I often think of the Parable of the Talents when I think of this. It would be so easy to just say... I really can't do that now... someone else will do it. But ultimately we miss a blessing! Whether it be a talent, our time and/or our money we should always give our all! After all, He gave everything for us. What if the butterfly didn't give his all? Only through time and patience can the ugliest of worms become the loveliest of butterflys. Give it your all this week and see what happens! Blessings to you this Lord's day!



Card Stock - Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Designer Paper - SEI Bridgeport Pavillion (double sided)
Spellbinders Impressabilities - Flowers (pale green layer)
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels One, Pendant Fleur De Lis
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Sentiment - Our Daily Bread Designs - Faith
Butterfly - Our Daily Bread Designs - Butterfly…

Double Dare Saturday

It seems like a month since I posted! I have been very busy (at my "day" job) trying to close out books for the year. The word hectic doesn't seem to capture the sense of what the last few weeks have been like. Hopefully, we will get things under control in the coming weeks and I can take a breather! The beauty of accounting... you're never really done with a project.... The next month you start the routine over! My Lord has blessed me tremendously. I have a wonderful job which meets my needs and allows me to have the extra time to create paper projects! I marvel at how far my life has come in the last year. But I know it was all His plan and it humbles me to know that!

I have posted a couple of cards today... hence "double dare"... I created these cards for a couple of challenges over at Our Daily Bread Designs. The card in my post below was chosen for this week's Shining the Light Award there. Please take a moment, scroll down and click on one of the a…


Today's card is the direct result of a challenge over at Our Daily Bread Designs. The uber talented ladies over there have asked participants to use something old and something new. This works well for me as I love to buy new and fail to use my old stash... (insert very penitent look here)... Me thinks a New Year Resolution should have been in order... I just purchased a few new items from ODBD (including the new Butterfly Corner stamp) and decided to ink them up. Let me just say I love ODBD stamps. They are my go to stamps for all occasions. And this new series does not disappoint. Thanks as always for reading and sharing your thoughts! Blessings!


Card Design

Card Stock - Neenah Solar Crest
Card Stock - Georgia Pacific - Black
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Butterfly & Butterfly Corner (new stash)
Stamps - Sentiment Scripture Series 1 (old stash)
Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black (Image)
Ink - Embossing - Versamark (Sentiment)
Ink - Memento - Summer Sky (sponged on background a…

What inspires you? I struggle with this. I started scrapbooking 9 years ago. Let me tell you it was tough! Not that I had problems with putting colors, patterns and designs together... but I struggled with subjects. I always felt awkward at crops or other functions while everyone gushed about their children. I would pull out my stash of photos and try to put something together.

I came to the hobby without the usual background. You see, I didn't have children to journal about. And unfortunately I knew that would never happen. So while others documented the lives of their little ones, I recorded memories about trips and my beloved animals. They gave me something to journal about. My Saints became favorite subjects. And as many people well know, they became like children to me. To this day, I consider my fluffers my babies. My family has grown as I have been blessed with step children and step grandchildren. But my pups retain …

The Sky is the Limit!

Valentine's Day will be here before we know it. Many of the cards I see are kinda frilly... you know all cupids, lace and the like. But sometimes that just doesn't do the trick. And I like to send notes of encouragement that tie in to the holiday/season. So today, I decided to create a card that could be sent to my best friend or my hubby. Because, truth is, everyone needs a little encouragement now and then. Here's hoping you have a wonderful day!


Card Recipe

5 x 7

Card Stock - Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Stamps - Image & Sentiment - Papertrey Ink - Up, Up & Away
Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Ribbon - Stampin Up
Die Cuts - Cricut - Pooh & Friends - Clouds, Create A Critter - Hearts
Pop Dots

A Little Love

Pardon me... I think there is a Tina Turner tune playing in my head... "what's love got to do with it?"... I just aged myself, didn't I? ;-p

Love has a great deal to do with it really. I love that sign people post in their homes... "because two people fell in love..." So now we know who to blame, right? Indulge my silliness please...

February will be here before we know it. I haven't been to my local box store but I suspect the big heart shaped candy boxes are on the shelves. Rows of conversation hearts... so fun to look at but does anyone really eat them? hmmmmm...

Valentine's day is usually low key at our home. We rarely dine out. Usually we fix something at home and just hang out. Most years we just talk about where we've been and where we're going. Sometimes it is important to just take stock of where each other is at and where the relationship as a whole is going. How do you know if you don't ask? So this little card will probably g…

A Special Thank You Card

Thank you cards are so fun to do! I love trying to pick the perfect image and sentiment to personalize the card. This card will go to a dear friend who loves animals and specifically cats! I think this image from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design will do just nicely! Hope you are having a wonderful day! I'm looking forward to doing some serious crafting in 2011!



Card Design

5 x 7

Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Bo Bunny - Olivia Stripe (reversible)
Stamps - Image - Susana's Custom Art and Card Design - Elisabeth Bell - Winter Emma
Stamps - Sentiment - Papertrey Ink - Mixed Media
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black
Ink - Sentiment - Memento Rich Cocoa
Ink - Background around image - Memento Desert Sand
Ink - Coloring - Copics

Die Cuts - Spellbinders - Eyelet Circles & Standard Circles Large
Ribbon - Offray - 5/8 Brown Satin

Boots - E35, E37, E39
Pants - E33, E35, E37
Hair - E33, Y11, Y15
Flesh - E00
Blush - R20
Sweater …

We have a new family member!

Things have been a little crazy around our household this past week. We had a wonderful Christmas full of family, friends and food! Then a few short days later our family got a little larger as we welcomed the newest member, Emma Grace! Emma is our 5th grandchild! Mom, baby and family are doing well.

I started a card shortly after for Emma but wouldn't you know it... I got sick... the flu... So much for flu shots right? :-P Today is the first day I feel half way normal... but if you see any typos please forgive me... My brain is still very foggy!

Before the card I have to share a photo of Emma... (insert proud grandma grin here)...

And on to the card...

Finished Card Size
5 x 7

Card Stock - Bazzill - Red, Georgia Pacific - White
Designer Paper - Karen Foster - Delivery With Love
Stamp - Sentiment - Close To My Heart - Welcome Baby
Ink - Sentiment - Memento - Ladybug
Die Cuts - Letter - Birthday Bash
Die Cuts - Clouds - Pooh and Friends
Embellishments - Swiss Dot Folder - Provocraft
Pop Do…