Monday, December 27, 2010

Thank you to Sharon Johnson at No Time To Stamp!

I apologize again for not posting...this Holiday season has taken a toll on me and my family. We all caught a stomach virus over the holidays and even today we are trying to get well.

I Totally CASE'd this card from Sharon Johnson. I saw this a year or so ago on her blog and found these cards at I copied her, because I loved what she did with it! The ribbon is, of course, from her store 100% silk white. The stamps are from JustRite Stamps "Christmas Treasures." I used Versamark to stamp and heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder...The Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles and Scalloped Circles were also used.

Then I thought I would post another of the presents I made for family and friends. This was a glass square ??? bowl that I purchased at Hobby Lobby and I added some greenery and embellishments from stems. The manger scene I also purchased at HL...and I placed it on top of green, red and white decorative accents with white lights added, so you can plug it in and the lights show off the colors of Christmas.

Every one that I gave this to, just loved it...and, it gives me many more ideas for next Christmas :)

I hope all of you had a Very Happy Christmas!

Hugs ~

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I think...Christmas Angel from Sarah Kay

Hi all...another long...not posting time. I have, like I said made too many handmade gifts for Christmas and it really cut into my time with my cards. I enjoyed making all of the gifts, but...miss my cards :)
This image is what I think is called Christmas Angel from Sarah Kay. I used Die-Cut Die Pad from K&Company for the background paper. I used Versamark to stamp the image and then embossed in gold embossing powder. Such a pretty image I think.
The presents I made for my friends and family were made from what I bought from Hobby Lobby...BOX...I think it is called...I added a string of 35 lights and then put Wedding Petals in white to cover the wires. Then I added some trim to the sides. The ribbon was bought from Hobby Lobby (can you tell I love this place?). Gold ribbon around the box to make it festive and elegant!

I hope you enjoy these creations I have made...I was thrilled with the actual reactions I got at home and at work.
Thank you for sharing and for your comments and visits!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Annie's Birthday

Hi Guys!!! I know it has been forever since I have posted, but the holidays have kept me quite busy. This year, I opted to hand make all of my presents for my family and friends. I will be posting more (hopefully sooner)! I will say one is a joy to make something from your own hands and see the joy that it brings to the people you love and care that is why I have not had the time to post in quite a while.

This card and gift was for my sister Annie's Birthday celebrated yesterday. I scored the cardstock with my Scor-Pal and cut a rectangle of red foil. Then I used my Spellbinder's Large Deckled Rectangle to cut out the shape and embossing it. The stamp is one of my favorites from Belles 'n Whistles Belle with Teddy-Back. I colored with my Copic Markers and added stickles, which you can't see here...unless you click on it to get a closer view. The tag is from Spellbinders also with red velvet ribbon running through it. Annie was computer generated. The flower was yellow, but using my Smooch Cosmic Pink, it turned the perfect shade of red! I also used some Crayola Red spray that I got from Toys R Us.

I put lights in the bottom of the sleigh and added gold and red glittered Christmas balls that I glued together. Then I just added the other embellishments and the Santa on top. It shows up better when it is on a counter top or under a lamp...I did not have this plugged in and so you cannot see the real beauty of it. But, I think my sister really liked it.

I will be back with more later. Have a great week and thank you for stopping by to visit!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Paper Trey Ink and Creative Cuts and More

Hi all!!! I am so excited to share these little creations with you...I had an absolute blast making them! I probably over did it with the embellishments, but I couldn't help myself...I just got carried away. If you click on the picture, you can probably see the deets better.

I used SU's Real Red for the cardstock. Then, using my Circle Nesties, I used Paper Trey Ink's "A Wreath for All Seasons." I used the wreath on the card and just gold embossed it and added some red rhinestones. I used gold paper using my Circle Nesties...(I found that gold paper at Hobby Lobby, Geez I love that store, oh...and that store loves me too). Then I used a doily behind the gold paper. Found some poinsettia's that I have had stashed for over a year and added some Diamond glitter and gold glitter dots . Next comes my fave...the sleigh from Creative Cuts and More (CC&M). I actually ordered it in a beautiful dusty gold, but it did not match the gold on my card, so I covered it with this gold paper. Used my circle nesties to gold emboss the Merry Christmas, which also came from PTI's "A Wreath for All Seasons." added a little holly and berry embelli. Put some Flower Soft Polar White on the bottom of the sleigh for reasons we know...and more poinsetties at the top...then I found these cute little packages at, of course, Hobby Lobby and put them in the sleigh.

What else can I say? Fun, fun, fun!!!! I have a whole lot of more CC&M die cuts that I cannot wait to use...they are SO inexpensive and make an addition to a card even better!!! Go by CC&M and check out all of the great stuff they have...another plug for them...they have this AMAZING Super "Killer Red Tacky Tape in different sizes...I have 1/2", 1/4" and 1/8". They have also just added some White Tacky Tape that you can just tear off. Just think, I could have put candy or cookies in that sleigh to give to a friend at work that would have made it even more special...but I liked the packages...shoulda found a Santa, but where would he sit? This is also for the Caardvarks Challenge here!

Have a great week peeps and thanks for your great comments and visits...I will be making my rounds again soon!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Goodbye to my Coworker

Hello all ~ I am posting this card that I made back in May of 2010. I know that I CASED it from someone, but I do not remember if you stop by and notice that it was CASED from one of your cards...Please let me know, so I can give you credit.

I used SU's Basic Gray cardstock for the card itself and SU's Blue Bayou was glued next. I took my white cardstock and used Paper Trey Ink's (PTI) Woodgrain Impression Plate using my Cuttlebug. The circles were punched with different sized punches using SU DP and PTI's 2008 Bitty Dot Basics and Bitty Block Basics. I used some dimensionals on some of the dots. The sentiment was computer generated. All in all a really fast "male" card...and that was just what I needed...took maybe 20 minutes.

This is short, I am making Cheeseburger Pie for my DD and her Hubby tonight and I have to get it in the oven. This is one of my favorite dishes and if you want, I will be happy to share this recipe with you.

Here is wishing you all a great "rest" of the week!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Artful Inkables Halloween

Hello all! I hope you have had a great weekend! Mine was a lazy one...I watched horror movies...cleaned a little and went shopping for shoes...I tell you shoes can really be expensive. I really wanted to buy Skechers (sp?)...Geez these shoes are comfy...expensive, but very comfortable....I am planning on a new exercise deal...and walking is one of the best exercises I know.

On to the card...the image on the card is from Artful is one of my all time favorites for Halloween. The coffin is from CC&M...I used DP paper from Hobby Lobby...Heat embossed the house and "Boo" with black embossing powder and then used Orange Stickles for the windows

The stars and moon were stickers...On the coffin I used webbing (angel hair) and the ghost was another image from Artful Inkables...The jack-o-lanterns were also stickers. You cannot see it from this image, but I used Basic Grey ribbon around the sides of the coffin.

Here is wishing you all the best of weeks ahead...Thank you for stopping by to visit and for your comments.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Belles 'n Whistles

Is this not the cutest image? It is called Little Witch with Broom. I used some scrap paper for the background. Glitter paper angled. I stamped the image with Tuxedo Black Momento ink and colored with my Prismacolor Pencils using Gamsol. I also added some stickles, but you cannot really see it in this picture. Try clicking on it and maybe then you can see. The Glitter Dots came from Hobby Lobby and I put a rhinestone on the bow in her hat.

I did not realize that it had been so long since I last posted. Thanks to all of you who have left such great comments. I really do appreciate each and every one of them.

The weather here is favorite time of year. With temperatures in the 40's in the morning and 70's in the afternoon. Just breathtaking!! I am so excited I have the day off tomorrow for Columbus day...maybe I can find time to clean rather than play like I did today :) Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Wedding Gift for a Friend

Hi Guys!!! This is a set I have been working on for a while...A gift to my friend Sharon, whose daughter got married yesterday! There were 4 bridesmades and the color of blue seen here are the exact same color of the bridesmaid dresses. The bride's dress was ivory and that is why I used that color for the background.

I have made this set before, for my sister's supervisor. So you might think "I've seen this before." Sharon had a bridal luncheon and she set one card and one purse (which she put gift cards in) as part of the place setting for each brides maid.

I used Metalic Champagne Cardstock and Text Paper from Paper and More cutting with the Nestabilities and embossing with CB's embossing folder, sry I don't know the name of it. The DP came from Hobby Lobby as did the ribbon. I also used Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut out the Circles used on top of the purses and velcro for the closure. The flowers were cut from SU's Brilliant Blue DP (probably retired) and I used Paper Trey Ink's Beautiful Blooms II #1 Collection Dies to cut the flowers. I then used Smooch Spritz called "Sea Breeze" that was a gift from my good cyber buddy Beate Johns on my flowers.

I used a brad to put each flower in place and then added a pearl to the middle. On the card you can see that I added some pearls to the top left with a butterfly using MS butterfly punch and some tiny pearls on the butterfly.

I made the bride's card and purse differently since she was the guest of honor. I used 100% White Silk Ribbon, which I purchased from Sharon Johnson's Ribbon Store. Then punched the flowers and the butterfly using glittered white cardstock from Hobby Lobby.

I had so much fun making these for my friend and apparently it was a big hit at the luncheon.

The wedding last night was fabulous with some of the best food and music and the Bride was just lovely in her gorgeous lacy ivory dress!

I was in quite a rush to get these to Sharon before the luncheon and the photos have a tint of yellow...I don't know where that came from...except I did take these pics early in the morning when there was not much light.

Today after 23 days of not having ANY rain...we finally have gotten a little "spit" of rain. It was nice because I did spend some of my day making more wedding cards for an upcoming wedding in October. After that, I am planning on making one of my best friends a Birthday card. My isn't it wonderful to have such an outlet...It is just plain "therapy" for me!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my little project as much as I enjoyed making them. Have a wonderful week and stay safe!

Note: I was inspired by Julia at Create With Me when it came to making this darling little purse!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Year of Flowers PTI's The Rose

Hello Everyone! It has been the best weekend! My sister and I shopped all day yesterday and we stopped for lunch at Panera Bread...yummers! When we went to Hobby Lobby, who had a 50% off sale on all of the Thanksgiving goodies...well...let's just say we spent some "fun" money!!! Oh my the wonderful little Thanksgiving scarecrow statues (one boy and one girl) I had to have them....then there were candles and candle holders...ribbon for an upcoming Bridal collection I am making for one of my good friend's daughter's wedding! Been working on that one almost all day! Cannot wait to post it.

Anyhoo...This card was made for a coworker who has retired. Bye Debs it has been nice working with you :) I used Paper Trey Ink's Linen and Canvas Impression Plate for the the way this looks. I then used Spellbinder's Nestabilities dies (sorry...I think # 9). On the smaller Nestability I used the cuttlebug embossing folder, which of course I don't know the name of...I heat embossed white embossing powder using Versamark. I colored the rose and the leaves with my copics and then adhered glitter to the flower and a rhinestone to the middle. The ribbon came from Sharon's Ribbon Store. It is 100% this stuff. The butterfly was punched using Martha Stewart punch and lined with rhinestones down the middle. The sentiment was computer generated.

Such fun...My goodness I am hooked on paper crafts! I cannot wait to show you guys what I have been working on! Hope you all have the best of weeks ahead and thanks again for taking the time to stop by and commen!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Paper Trey Ink's Up, Up and Away

Hello all! I hope your week is going well. This is a card I made for a Judge (I work in a Hearings and Appeals Office) that was moving away from our office. I figured these images were just perfect for him. He "loved" it!

I used Paper Trey Ink's "Up, up and away" set. There are so many different images with this set. I also used the balloon dies and cloud dies that go with this set. Soooo easy. I colored the balloons with my Copics. Sponged the edges of the clouds with Momento Summer Sky. Used dimensionals. The cardstock is Paper Trey's Enchanted Evening. I also used the Background Basics Woodgrain stamps in VersaMark and then sprinkled clear embossing powder and heat embossed.

The sentiment is computer generated using Spellbinders die (sorry I threw away the package and do not know the name of the die).

I did not have time to photo the inside, because the card was made in less than an hour and it was for a special event for this Judge at the office. However, I did put a couple of balloons on the inside with a sentiment meant just for someone special going away!!

Please click on the picture to get a better view. Again, I photographed this at night and the lighting, though fair, was not as good as I would have liked it to be.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to make such lovely comments! I am on my way to visit your blogs so I can check out what my faithful peeps have been doing lately! God Bless :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Crafty Secrets

Hello Peeps! I know I have been MIA for a while now. I have been just a little bit busy at work and have not found the time to post. Sorry!

Also, I have had so many orders for cards and I end up getting them done the night before and forget to photograph it.

This is one that I made back in February. I am glad I tookthe photo, because it was gone the day after I made it.

There is not much of an explanation, as I think you can see what I used. Frankly, I do not remember the papers, maybe SU. I know the Happy Birthday Sentiment came from Artful Inkables. and I used a small butterfly punch for the butterflies with tiny little rhinestones on their backs. The ribbon is from Sharon Johnson's Ribbon Store and it is Red 100% this stuff!

Wishing you all a great week ahead...thanks for stopping by !!

Monday, August 2, 2010

What a Great Weekend!

I really did try to work on making the photograph on this ensemble better, but I was really havin a time with the lighting in the room, probably because I took it at night time. So sry about that.
I used Paper Trey Ink's Lillie of the Valley stamp for this one. The white background is embossed with PTI's Picknic Plaid Impression plates...I just love the dimension it gives. I colored the flower with my copic markers and added Diamond Dust glitter to each flower. The butterflies were a whimsy addition. The ribbon is also PTI Green thinks...I made a cupcade box with cupcake inside. I got this template from , where they have tons of 3-d items for you to enjoy and they make great gifts to add to your cards. It even came with the acetate to cover the top of the box. This was for a friend who had received a promotion and was leaving our office. We will miss her, but wish her the best of luck!
Have a great week, stay productive but most of all healthy! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your encouraging coments!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Just Rite Baby Card

Hi Everyone!! I hope your weekend was just grand!

This card was made for a friend who was having a baby girl...had it...doing fine...and they loved this card. Made me so happy! Just a great feeling to know that you have made something from your own hands and it puts a smile on someone's face.

Anyhoo...I don't know if JustRite still makes these stamps...but I am glad that I got them before they were gone...I have used these adorable images for a LOT of cards. The papers came fromSU...the crochet lace from Sharon Johnson's Ribbon Shop. I colored this image with my copic markers...the envelope is a match from PTI's new envelope die.

I apologize that this is so time to stay, or for that matter play...too much going on at this time. Hope you enjoy...Until next time, please stay safe and healthy :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Papertrey Ink's A Year of Flowers - Roses

Hi all! This is going to be short because I have to finish with some of my projects that are due tomorrow. This is another favorite set of mine. The card was made with Papertrey Ink's A Year of Flowers - Roses stamps. I also used Papertrey's Bitty Dot Basics and Bitty Box Basics patterned paper (methinks Aqua Mist). The Birthday sentiment is also from Papertrey. I used Nestabilities Deckled Ovals. Stamped the image with Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder. I used my Copic Ciao Markers to color with and added some tiny rhinestones to the flower. The silver pearls just adds to the card.

I bought the template for that cake piece from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, but I have to give credit to Julia at Create With she is the one who has inspired me with her beautiful creations. I used Aqua Mist ribbon and some rick-rack from my stash to surround the cake piece. The bow is SU's Chocolate Chip. I used the Cuttle Bug Embossing Folder with swirls to make the top look like icing...

This was a fun project, and I get to share it with my friend Denise tomorrow. Her B'day is Friday. We always go out to eat at the same place every year...for my B'day, Kathy's B'day, Sharon's B'day, and Denise's B'day. It is a special treat for all of us. Great friends and fun times!!

Gotta run guys...I wish you all a great weekend. Thanks for your visit and I hope you like my little gift set!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Flourishes and Cuttlebug

Hello all! I hate that this photo didn't turn out as good as I wanted it was night time when I took it...but, you still get the gist and if you click on it, I think it will make the image bigger.

I do not know the name of the CB folder as I threw the packaging away. It is just perfect for sayings like this one from Flourishes. It is one of my favorite stamp sets called Rock A Bye Baby. I had a baby shower to attend and she knows she is having a what better way to show how happy I am for her than to give her something special like this little card. I used Paper Trey Ink's 2008 Pink Bitty Dots and stamped the sentiment with Versamark and then used White Embossing Powder then heat embossed it. You may not be able to see, but it has little stars around the saying "Welcome Sweet One." I used White Raindrops to add dimension to the embossed image and sheer pink May Arts Ribbon. Of note, I used the envelope die cut from Paper Trey Ink to match the card...oooohhhh how I love this die. It is sized perfect for A2 envelopes. It just makes giving a handmade card even more special when the envelope matches!

I wish I had pictures of the Diaper Cake and Banner that my friend Debbie and I made for this shower... It turned out perfect and was quite the hit of the shower.

I wish every one of you a great week ahead! Thanks for your comments and your visits. I hope you enjoy and get some inspiration from what you have seen here :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Another PaperTrey Ink Favorite

Hello Peeps! Wishing all of you great dads out there "Happy Father's Day!"

Today I am showing one of my favorite sets! The card uses Papertrey Ink's Year of Flowers - Violet Image. First off, I used their Tin Types Impression Plate on white text paper...these plates are fabulous and if you haven't seen what they have done with their dies and plates, well you are just missing out! I used mine with the Cuttlebug and it is too easy peasy! I used Papertrey's 2008 Bitty Dot Basics in Purple. I then used Spellbinder's Nestabilities Peony and colored the outside with my Silver Krylon Leafing Pen. I cut out my Violet, which I stamped and colored with my Copic Markers twice and put them on dimensionals. I also colored the leaves and cut them out and put them on dimensionals. For the center of the flower I used a spacer with a purple rhinestone in the middle. I used Spellbinders Long Deckled Edge Nestabilities for the sentiment, which also comes from the Papertrey Year of Flowers - Violet set. I then used a template from Lauren Meader's My Time Made Easy called Pucker was so easy and it took no time. I again used the Tin Types Impression Plate on white text paper added the silver pearls and the ribbon came from my stash.

Thanks for your visit and I hope you like what you see...I certainly had a great time making it! You can click on the pic to see a bigger picture of the photo. Have a wonderful week all!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

JustRite's Plant a Little Love

Hi all! I hope you have all had a relaxing weekend. I certainly have had one. Yesterday I went to the grocery store with my sister, Annie...We always go together, because we have so much fun! After putting up the goodies, I went shopping for a couple of outfits, which I found in under an hour! So that part was wonderful as well. Then I came home and watched movies with my pal, Piper. Today I have been cleaning the house and feel like I have accomplished something.

Anyway, on to the card. I made this back in April. I sized it at 5 1/2 x 5 1/2" and I used the Spellbinder's Nestabilities Circle and Scalloped Circle. The DP came from Joann's. I used Versamark ink and Silver Embossing Powder and heat set the images. I colored with my Copic
Markers and added some silver pearls that I received as a prize from my cyber buddy Silke Ledlow (Thanks Silke, I am SO enjoying these beauties!!!)
That is it for now...I have more work to get done. I hope you all have the best of weeks, take care!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

JustRite Baby Stamps

Hello all! My goodness the weekends certainly go by fast. I had a great time with friends of mine on Saturday. We went to a "flea market!" Oh boy it was hot!!! But there was quite a nice breeze every now and then. I almost broke down and bought a puppy. It was the cutest darn thing and now I am glad that I did not get one. My Piper would have been just too jealous! She is an Australian Shepherd and she is now 7 years old. What a smart dog!!! We practically talk to each other, we know each other so well. One of these days, I will post a picture of my "bestest ever friend!" That is IF I can get a decent photo of her. She hates the camera and runs as soon as she sees me bring it out. Then we went to a casino...Oh my what fun that was!! One of my friends won $57.00 and the other friend won $15.00. Me? try 20 cents...LOL!!! After that we had lunch together. I cannot wait until we can do this again.

On to the card. Of course I used one of the JustRite Baby Oval stamps using the 2 1/4 X 3 1/16 inch Harmony Classic Oval Stamper II. I used Versamark Ink and Silver Embossing Powder. I colored the pacifier with Spica Glitter Pens. Used the Spellbinder's Petite Oval Nestabilities using silver cardstock for the background. The paper is from Paper Pizzaz. The ribbon is May Arts, which I believe I bought from Flourishes. I also used some white patterned ribbon that I got from Hobby Lobby and a Martha Stewart Lace Punch. The flower is a Prima.

I have to get cooking...I am making Camp Stew in the Crock Pot tonight and cornbread in my black cast iron skillet (love that thing!). So I need to get a move on. Thanks again for your visit and I wish you all the very best this coming week!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Birthday Card and Gift

Good morning all! My prayers go out to all of the family's of the Veteran's who have been lost in war. I spent much of this morning reading about many of those who have died in Iraq and Afganistan and the families and loved ones they left behind. I feel fortunate and grateful for
all of my blessings thanks to those who have fought for our country so that we can be free.

I made this card and little purse for my sister to give to her friend at work. For the card, I used white metalic cardstock from Paper and More. This cardstock is 110 # and though it may be a bit expensive, it is worth every penny to me because it is so strong and beautiful. I then put Cuttlebugs Distressed Stripes on metalic text paper, again from Paper and More and then added some DP from Paper Pizzaz that I bought from Michael's. The gorgeous swirled pearls came from a dollar bin at Michael's (can you believe it)? I added MS butterfly punch at the top left. The ribbon came from Sharon's Ribbon Store. Isn't this pink just beautiful? The flower was made with PaperTrey Ink's Beautiful Blooms II Dies, which I made with the different sizes. Man, I love PTI's dies.

The little purse was perfect to hold the gift card my sister put inside. I made it with Spellbinder's Nestabilities Labels One and Petite Nestabilities Circles. As you can see I used SU's Pretty In Pink cardstock and I used the same DP and Ribbon as I made for the card. You can find this adorable Template at Create With Julia dated January 7, 2010. You really need to check out her blog...She has some of the most amazing creations and I love all of her little altered boxes, baskets and purses!

Here's wishing you all the best of a new week. Thank you so much for your generous comments and for just taking the time to visit!