Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Roads... Diva Dare Challenge

Hiya!  It's been so quiet over here on my blog, but that's because I've been enjoying lots of family time on our little "staycation".  We have been super busy going to Museums, Kings Island, the beach in Cleveland, visiting with family, and tonight we are going to a baseball game!  So I'm stopping in quickly to share a card I made for the Verve Diva Dare Challenge: Stars and Stripes, The Pink Elephant Challenge: Stars and Stripes, and the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Verve (sentiment) (stripes)
Ink: PTI and Versamark
White Embossing Powder:
Stars: Darcie's
Washi Tape
Glossy Accents

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are having a nice week too!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Challenge #119 Flowers

Hello and welcome to another fantastic challenge at!  This week we are challenging you to inspire us with your floral creations... here is a look at my take on the challenge:

Supplies Used:
Stamps: (flowers: Fancy Flowers Set #1 and sentiment: Beautiful Day)
Inks: Shades Ink Spots and Memento (black)
Water brush
Rhinestones: Recollections

I used a water coloring technique with my Shades Ink Spots by Stamping the ink on an acrylic block and adding water with my paint brush to paint in all of the flowers and leaves.  I can't wait to see your creations for this weeks challenge!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 27, 2013

For Avery Elle...

Happy Memorial Day everyone and especially to those who serve our country and their families.... THANK YOU for your sacrifices!!!  I am sharing a card today using my first Avery Elle stamp set, yay!!!  I was so excited to finally be able to play along with the I heart Avery Elle Challenges and I couldn't miss my chance, so here is the challenge and what I made:

I used the new Avery Elle Handwritten Notes for my sentiment and I can not tell you enough how much I love these and how crisply they stamp!  Anywho, I chose to emboss my sentiment in a silver rather than the very popular gold because I felt like silver might be having it's feelings hurts each time it watches me grab my gold hehehe!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous rest of your holiday!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 24, 2013

1st Birthday LO.... I know, right?

Yikes!  I am still trying to cover the first Birthday pictures and Maddie already turned 2 this past March! eeeeekkkk!!!  I might be behind, but I adore this layout to the max... seriously...

Supplies Used:
PP, Chipboard, Rubons, Stickers and Ribbon: American Crafts
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento
Doily: Darcie's
Sequins: V's Sweet Ideas
Rhinestones: Kaisercraft
Stick Pin:

I was inspired by the color Challenge at Life.Paper.Scrapbook:

And in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Take a Picture

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Play Ball... My Scraps and More Challenge

Me again! Hello!  I am sharing a Baseball layout today based on this sketch challenge at My Scraps and More:

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Echo Park, Making Memories
Embellishments: KI Memories, Pebbles and Basic Grey
Twine: The Twinery
Ink Spray: October Afternoon
Stickers: October Afternoon

I don't know why the pictures look so dark in this picture of my layout grrrr... hehehe!  It looks much better in person I swear! : )  Thanks for stopping by to take a looksy!
Happy Crafting!

PS: On a side note my little man is moving on to Pre-K (he's the one hitting the ball in these pictures)... awwww... time flies!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Challenge Me Happy Layout: Water

I'm just popping in today to share a layout I made this past weekend on the latest Challenge Me Happy: Water Challenge...


Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Websters, American Crafts, and Quick Quotes
Wood Veneers: Studio Calico
Marvy Circle Punch
Washi: Glitz
Die Cut: Basic Grey
Smooch Glitz: Colorbox
Stickers: Doodlebug and Robin's Nest

Just a straight forward sketch, but I'm so happy to fit so many pictures on one layout!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Anything Goes Challenge at - check out their new dies!

I'm so excited to share the new dies available at they are so intricate and delicate and so fun too!  This week's challenge is Anything Goes... so you have no reason what so ever to not link up!  You can win free stamps and goodies, just link up literally anything (well crafty that is hehehe)!!!  Here is what I made using their new dies: Elegant Leaves and Mini Flower set.

Supplies Used:
Dies: (links for them are above the picture)
Stamp: Beautiful Day
Ink: Versamark Watermark
Fine Detailed Embossing Powder
Pearls: Recollections
Rhinestones: BoBunny

* I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Flower Power
Thank you so much for stopping by and make sure you check out all of the new dies at, plus stop by the other "sweeties" pages for more inspiration on how to use these new dies!  Can't wait to see your entries... remember it's anything goes!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 20, 2013

So Many of My Smiles...

Hi!  Me again!  Welcome to post #2 make sure you scroll down to see my first post with my fun handmade created background for the newest challenge at Cards In Envy...  Now I'm going to share this lovely card that I made based on two challenges: The Play Date Cafe 

and Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Bloom

(I wanted to show a straight on picture of the card too!)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI
Ink: Versamark Watermark, Stampin' Up! and
Gold Embossing Powder: Ranger
Rhinestones: Recollections
Acrylic Paint
Glossy Accents

I am also entering this into the Memory Nest Whimsical Wed.

Have a fabulous day and thank you so much to all of you who take the time to leave me a little comment it means so much!
Happy Crafting!

Make Your Own Background... Cards In Envy Challenge

Hello and so happy you are stopping by today! I am sharing the card I have made for the newest Cards In Envy Challenge: Make Your Own Background...

Stamps: Lawn Fawn and Technique Tuesdays
Ink: Memento
Watercolored Pencils
Rhinestones: K and Company

I am also entering this into the May 2013 Blog Hop at Inspired By Stamps: Backgrounds 
and in the Lawnscaping DT Call Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to see your creations too!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Quick CAS layout... Fun is Free

Hi!  I hope you've had a fun weekend!  I had a blast getting my scrapping on at Archiver's this past Saturday, so for the next few posts you will most likely see some of these pages.  My first layout is actually part of a two page design, but I made the first page based on the Jennifer Grace Creates Challenge: As Free as a Bird...

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup
Embellishments: Jillibean Soup, Echo Park, and American Crafts
Tiny Attacher: Tim Holtz
Stickers: Jillibean Soup

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope I'll see you around more this week!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 17, 2013

A Diva Dare Challenge

Hello and Happy Friday!  I am posting another project for the Verve May Diva Dare Challenge: Stars and Stripes...

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico
Stamps: Verve
Die: Verve
Ink: Memento
Gelly Roll Glitter Pen
Rhinestones: TPC Studios
Therm-o-web foam squares

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by to visit me today!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fun Is Good...

And boy did I have fun making this card!  I just love it!  It makes me so happy to look at, don't you love when you make projects like that?  So this card was based on two challenges... Jennifer Grace Creates: To go up! up! up! and the Verve May Diva Dare Challenge: Stars and Stripes...

Patterned Paper: Martha Stewart
Stamp: Verve
Ink: Memento
Stars: Darcie (
Glossy Accents

Now isn't that just fun? hehehe!  Hope you have a wonderful day!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Flip Flop Card Technique Challenge

Hello and thanks so much for stopping by to visit me today!  I am popping in to share this months technique challenge at Blog which is flip flop cards!  This was something new for me to do too, but I found it was quite easy to make using a die, rather than cutting it out. 


Patterned Paper: Websters Pages
Dies: and Cheery Lynn
Ink: Watermark
Detailed Embossing Powder:

By placing a strip of two thick chipboard pieces over the die before placing the paper I wanted to cut made them act like a buffer to stop the machine at that spot, you then reverse your cutting and put it back in on the other side cutting just to the buffer... when you pull it out you just use these two spots to fold and viola!  Hope to see your entries in the challenge!!!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Spring Challenge

Hello!  Thank you to everyone who joined us in last weeks challenge, and if you didn't get a chance to join us last week, you can throw your hat in the ring by making a Spring project for this weeks challenge!  Remember you can win free stamps when you play along!  For my card today I played with the newest dies... they are so intricate and beautiful!!!

Patterned Paper: Webster Pages
Stamps: Happy Birthday Retro
Ink: Shades Ink Spots: Duchess Rose
Dies: Butterfly and leaves
Lace Tape
Pearls: Recollections

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Things with Wings!

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me today!  I hope to see your creations for the Spring Challenge!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Lawnscaping - Bling It!

Hello!  I know I'm much later in the day with this post than normal, but it seems like life has been rather busy lately so the crafting hasn't gotten it's usual love... When I had a minute to craft during the kids' nap time I came across the latest Lawnscaping Challenge: Bling It!
I just knew I had to play along because after all I love all things that sparkle or shine... seriously, I think I might have been a raccoon in another life.  Anywho, I busted out my glue pen, MS glitter and Lawn Fawn stamps and made this little gem...

Yay for sparkly funness!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn
Stamps: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Memento
Glue Pen: Zig
Glitter: Martha Stewart
Glossy Accents
Die: Spellbinders

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this card has added a little shine in your day (it's added some to my dinning room floor that's for sure hehehe)!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Captured... on camera that is... Challenge fun!

Hello!!!  I am stopping in to share a fun layout I made the other day for some fun challenges with one of my favorite photos.  This photo is so candid, but so perfectly displays the fun my two kids have with each other even with the most mundane things... like dusters...

(and some close ups of the goodies found on this page...)

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Glitz, Amy Tangerine, Studio Calico
Letter Stickers: Pebbles
Wood Veneers: SC
Sequins: V's Sweet Ideas
Washi Tape: October Afternoon
Camera and Tag: Amy Tangerine
Stick Pin: Maya Rd.

Challenges I am entering this into:
Pumpkin Spice Challenge: Create a layout
The Memory Nest: Whimsical Wednesdays
Two Peas NSD Challenge #1: Focus on Photos
Paper Made Bakery: May Sketch Challenge

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

One More: One Layered Wed.

Hi!  I hope you enjoyed my earlier post for the blog... if you didn't get a chance to see it yet, make sure you check here for info. on how you can win some free goodies.  I am popping in real quick to share another one layered card that I have made for several challenges:

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Coredinations
Stamps: (mums) and Paper Sweeties (sentiment)
Ink: Memento
Hemp: V's Sweet Ideas
Colored Pencils

*Remember to make your coloring pop on kraft paper go over your images with a white colored pencil first!

OLW Challenge # 138 Spring
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Happy Mail
7 or Less: I used 2 stamp sets, 1 ink, 1 string and 1 pack of colored pencils
Happy Crafting!

Mother's Day Challenge at! Prize: Free Stamps! What could be better?

Hi!  And eeeekkkk!!!!  I'm so excited to be able to share my first card made as a "sweetie" of  I hope you will be able to join us this week as the challenge is Mother's Day and that is just around the corner!  The rules are easy because these challenges are open to EVERYONE! yay!  And if you use a SweetStamps stamp your project will be entered twice!  You can check out what the rest of the team has made as well as drool over their products by clicking here.  This is my take on the challenge:

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Stamps:  SweetStamps (flowers: Posey Button, sentiment: Happy Mother's Day)
Tissue Paper
Hemp Cord
Dies: Spellbinders
Pearls: Recollections
Pear corsage Pins
Water colored Pencils

I am also entering this into the Pumpkin Spice NSD Challenge: Mother theme
and to The Paper Players: Mother's Day

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see your creations over there soon!  PS- they have new dies coming out this month and they are fantastic take a peek at them now!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 6, 2013

OLW Challenge: All things grow with love!

I hope you had a nice weekend!  (with maybe a little crafting thrown in?)  I love making one layer cards and the most recent challenge for One Layered Wednesdays was one I had to play in...

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn and PTI (sentiment)
Ink: PTI and Versamagic
Rhinestones: Kaisercraft, Recollections
Pearls: Recollections

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Happy Mail
and into the 7 or Less Challenge:
My 7 or less are: 1 stamp set, 3 ink colors, 2 rhinestone colors, 1 pearl

I think this card is much prettier in person, but for some reason I just couldn't get my photos to turn out the way I wanted them.  Alas, I am happy I at least was able to share it with all of you...
Happy Crafting!

Cards In Envy Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome to another sketch challenge at Cards In Envy... Here is the sketch...

And here is my take on the challenge:

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Happy Mail

I hope to see your entries too!  Thanks for stopping by to visit today and I adore reading your comments!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Falling For You... NSD challenges

Hi!  I wasn't home the other day to participate in the actual national scrapbook day parties, but I am able to play along now and probably will continue to play all week!  I'm so thankful that there is always enough time to enjoy the festivities... I wish my birthday festivities could last that long (making mental note for next year hehehe!).  So for my first layout I was able to combine 3 challenges, and they are: Crafty Steals: 3 element challenge, Echo Park: NSD Challenge #2 Layout of Love, and Scrap Our Stash Challenge: create a layout and the stash list...

I also used this sketch by Rochelle Spears for inspiration:

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (A Walk in the Park and This & That)
Journaling: Echo Park (All About a Boy)
Title Alphabet: American Crafts
Stickers: Authentique
Embossing Powder: SweetStamp
Stamps: The Crafts Meow
Ink: SweetStamp and PTI
Washi: Queen and Co.
Wood Veneers: Studio Calico

I'll be back with more and thanks for those who stop by to look and comment!  It always makes my day!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 3, 2013

PTI MIM challenge#114 Blown Ink

Hi and TGIF!!! YAY!!!!  I am happy to share this fun card that I made based on the newest Make it Monday Challenge at PTI.  I loved this technique of literally blowing ink with a straw... it was  a little nerve wrecking to have almost no control of where the ink was going, but kind of fun to watch it all unfold.

Cardstock: PTI
Stamps: PTI
Ink: PTI and Watermark
Embossing Powder: Zing
Mister Huey's Spray Ink: SC
Perfect Pearls Mist: Ranger
Stickles: Ranger

You should give this technique a try, if for nothing else it is fun to be the mess maker every now and then instead always having to clean it up hehehe!  Have a fabulous weekend, and for all of those who are going to be celebrating NSD have a super scrappy one!  I'm hoping to get to play along with something on Sunday!

Since this is just a happy card to send someone I'm also entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Happy Mail!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mother's Day Challenge at V's Sweet Ideas... Lawn Fawn Sponsor!

Hello and welcome welcome!  It is time for a new monthly challenge at V's Sweet Ideas being sponsored by the amazing Lawn Fawn.... eeekkkk I know, right?  Here is my take on the Mother's Day Challenge:

Patterned Paper: MME (V's Sweet Ideas Shop)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Butterfly) and Verve (leaves)
Ink: Memento and PTI
Dies: Spellbinders and Verve
Sequins: V's Sweet Ideas Shop
Perfect Pearls: Ranger
Glossy Accents

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see your creations in the challenge!
Happy Crafting!