Monday, December 30, 2013

A Tribute To My Friend!

Hi Blog Friends!
We finally had our Christmas Dinner yesterday after having the flu. I heard this weekend on the news that the flu this year is widespread, so we probably weren't the only ones in bed on Christmas morning. HOPE you weren't one of them!

Today, I'm LATE in getting to this Timeless Tuesday Flourishes Challenge, but I wanted to play along & having gotten word over the Christmas break that one of my friends had passed away, I thought a Sympathy card was in order.

The Challenge:

Before I begin with my card, I just wanted to tell you a little about my friend. I met Irene YEARS AGO when our son was in First Grade--about 15 years ago. She befriended me when I transferred our son across town, to another school after all the troubles we had. As I sat in the foyer of the school waiting for school to let out one afternoon, she motioned me over & we began to talk & became FRIENDS! She was a Great Grandmother then. She would take her Great Grandchildren where ever they needed to be, & watch over them, they KNEW they could depend on her.  She volunteered her time in a Mission, would go to the grocery stores & collect the day old bread for those in need. She wasn't afraid of working! I remember when one of her great grandchildren wanted to take Driving School, she got a job to help pay for it. She had health problems even back then, but NEVER complained & just kept on going! She ALWAYS had one of her great grandchildren with her. Those children were HER LIFE & she was SOOO PROUD OF THEM! Even after we moved away, & we'd  talk on the phone, all she could talk about were those children. She had a heart that was SOOO BIG & FULL OF LOVE!!!  When Irene passed, she was a Great, Great Grandmother & she was surrounded by her family. Her last words to her family? "I Love You too!" Irene will be GREATLY MISSED!
I made this Sympathy Card for Irene's Family. I wanted to create something that was as beautiful as she was---I KNOW I have greatly failed on that point! There is nothing better than the color PINK to help with the feeling of "beautiful" in my book!
Take a look:
I used a Spellbinders Die- Perfectly Pierced Victorian Oval Template Die;  made just for Flourishes.

Here you can see where I stamped on the pink background paper to make a print, covering it with Vellum to make it softer. The image only peeks out a little from under the vellum at the torn edge.

I used SU- Silver Embossing powder on the main image-Flourishes- Roses Are Red, & the sentiment- Flourishes- Sentimental Favorites.
Just a close-up of the image---colored with Distress Markers & SU Markers.

HOPE you like! I'm off to get this posted over at Flourishes---remember, I'm running behind!  To find out more about this Flourishes Challenge & other Flourish Challenges check here:

A Tribute To My Friend!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- paper
Versa Mark Ink
SU- Ink

Thursday, December 26, 2013


 Hi Blog Friends!
I'll keep this short!
I would have posted before but we have been down with the FLU!!! What a NASTY BUG it is!!!! Christmas Dinner has been postponed, the kids did open their gifts at the foot of our bed as their parents were lying there dying! LOL The kids suffered with this bug earlier, our poor daughter got it at College & had it during her finals! I DON'T KNOW HOW she did it!!!
But, I wanted to say,
And leave you this BEAUTIFUL SONG that I heard a few weeks back. Check here:
HOPE you enjoy!!!!
If you want to read MORE about this song you can find it here:
(Just scroll down!) Thanks Abby!!! This song REALLY TOUCHED my heart!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

"Can We Eat Paper?"

Hi Blog Friends!
I KNOW you are SURPRISED to see me back here so soon! Well, Flourishes has a
(Can you tell I want to WIN???? LOL)
Have you been getting a GOOD LOOK at the stamps they're releasing?
  If you'd like to take a peek, check here:
You'll find out all the details to this challenge too!!!
This challenge is about the New Year!
So, I'm REALLY NOT ONE to do "resolutions" for the New Year! I ALWAYS FAIL!
BUT, I thought about this one & the stamps I have....let me show you what I came up with!
I had to do another Christmas creation, but can you tell what my "GOAL" is?
COOKING!!!! I KNOW my SWEET hubby would appreciate it!!! I'm usually playing with paper when time comes to make lunch or dinner! He usually can be guaranteed ONE MEAL a day--breakfast! That's a pretty easy meal to do, because we both need some fuel to get the day going!
 This morning, we had CAKE! (Shhhh! Don't tell our kids!)
I know my main image is a PIE! BUT, this doesn't necessarily mean that I want to cook PIE, as good as it might be, & as much as I LOVE SWEETS, I need to COOK MEALS! AND that means
 MORE THAN SOUP! I LOVE to make soups, because you can put them on & let them simmer,
 & go &  play with paper!

I'm kind of "Old fashioned" & "Traditional!" So, I see it as my duty to prepare the meals! My hubby is pretty good at cooking & has come a long way from our early years of marriage! He's gone from cooking eggs to baking cakes! He makes pretty good cakes by Dunkin Hines! But, there again, we need MEALS! Do you think there is ANY CHANCE that we could EAT PAPER?
THAT would be FABULOUS!!!!!!!!! I wouldn't skip a beat with my paper crafting then!

This is the insert for my card! NOTICE it says: " Happiness is Homemade!" I have to tell you that if we COULD eat paper, us paper crafters, would PROBABLY be ALOT HAPPIER!

This is the backside of the insert---a PERFECT place to write that Homemade recipe for the recipient!  I just cut an Index Card to fit the backside. Sometimes, when you are "paper deficient" you need those lines, as you can't write straight!

Well, there you have it, my goal for the New Year is to COOK MORE!
I chose to do a File Folder Card, because it reminds me of a Recipe Card!

Here is where I found the instructions for this File Folder Card:

IF you have a GOOD PAPER RECIPE let me know????
I'm searching for one!
Supplies use above:
Flourishes- Fresh Baked
WRMK- Envelope Board
Paper Studio- Old World Winter Designer Paper
SU- Card stock
Copic Markers
American Crafts-Galaxy Marker-white
Spellbinders- Classic Circles & Classic Scalloped Circles
Memento Ink- Rich Cocoa

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It's "FLIP IT" Time!

Hi Blog Friends!
I have been scurrying around finishing up my Christmas cards & getting them in the mail to our dearest friends! Have you gotten yours out yet?
 OH, HOW I WISH more of my friends were into card making!!!
 (There's only one & she lives far away!) :(
I KNEW I wanted to participate in the Flourishes Flip It Challenge, to win the WHOLE MONTH'S RELEASE for December!!! So, I got busy right away! When I wasn't working on our Christmas Cards, I was drawing out what I wanted for my cards for this challenge. It takes me awhile sometimes, so I had to use my time to plan, if I was going to have some cards for this challenge! Plus, I threw together some cards to send our kids, at college, a weekly thing I do! I LIKE how they came out too---I used Flourishes on those too! (Not posting those today!)    
Check here if you want to play along in the Flip It Challenge:
(The deadline is December 13, 5 p.m. EST)
There are TWO SKETCHES to choose from! I decided to do BOTH!
 (Remember, if you use Flourishes Stamps, you get double the points!)

Here's what I came up with for this sketch:
I thought I'd stick with Christmas for this one!
For this card, I was thinking to put this, with a gift for the neighbors for Christmas!
 I used the FRESH BAKED Set for this card.
I created my own designer papers. You can see the tone on tone on the green card stock & on the red.
I "stamped off" on the focal image- if you get real close, you can see it!
Here is the inside:
Tone on Tone again for the background (Sorry if the picture is a little fuzzy!) And a touch of some Paper Studio's Designer Paper in the corner.
 The "Merry Christmas" is from the NATURALLY MERRY set.

A little super sticky tape & ribbon, dimensionals on this top layer of card stock; some paper piercing & just a touch of love! Hm mm, now what am I going to make to go with this festive card? Something SWEET, I think!

Next up, is the second sketch given to us!

I have to admit, I enjoyed this sketch just a little more than the other one! I think it's because I chose to do a floral design for this one! I LOVE FLOWERS!!!

I used the set SPRING BLOSSOMS.

As you can see, I did a Spotlighting Technique! I used Copic markers, BUT I used them on colored card stock! Coloring with a certain color doesn't mean you'll get that color when you color on colored card stock! (Have a scrap piece of colored card stock to check what color you'll get before coloring on your final piece!) I stamped the background piece first, & masked & stamped... Then I stamped the focal piece & figured out where I wanted to place the die. Then colored that piece in completely, whereas I only colored parts of the background paper.

A few rhinestones for dew on the flowers & a few for extra bling along the bottom!

HOPE you like!

Supplies not mentioned above:
Christmas Card-
Paper Studio Designer Paper-Old World Winter
Spellbinders- Fancy Tags
SU- Framelits Labels Collection
SU- Ink

Floral Card-
Spellbinders- Classic Circles & Classic Scalloped Circles
Rhinestones- Kaiser
Paper Studio Card Stock
SU- Old Olive Card Stock
SU- Pear Pizzazz
Memento- Tuxedo Black

Hope you make it over to Flourishes for some of the FUN!!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"All is Calm..."

Hi Blog Friends!
I have a Christmas Card for you today! Let me set the scene....I put in a new CD by Susan Boyle, Home for Christmas & began my card! It's PERFECT MUSIC for crafting Christmas Cards! So soothing & beautiful! As I ran from one room to the other...sewing machine is in the other room, I even got to hear my sweet hubby enjoying the music; He was singing along too!
When I make Christmas cards, my mind ALWAYS goes to the WONDERFUL Christmas Songs that are out there... from the old church hymns, to the Santa Clause songs, to some of the new songs out today! AND what better way to get inspiration than to use one of these beautiful songs?
PLUS, we live out in the country, so when it snows, it SNOWS! Blankets of white cover the earth, the trees & the roads!  Billows of smoke rise from the roof tops as the people inside try to stay warm, maybe having some hot cocoa & cookies. So, when I saw this stamp at Flourishes--Snow Wonderful, I HAD TO HAVE IT!!!
I'm entering this card in the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge!

Check here for more information on this challenge, so you can play along too:

I used the sketch from Mojo Monday:
I'm ALWAYS looking for sketches to use!

Well, here's my card:
Flourishes Challenge is to use Stitching on your card, so I pulled out my sewing machine & I've used Gold Thread on my card---around the edge on the designer paper with sheet music on it. I also used Gold Stitching on the red designer paper that I matted the main image on! AND I stitched the little Gold Star on the ribbon by hand with Gold Thread. Some straight stitching & some wonky stitching, makes it pure fun & adds some glitz for the season!

The red matting is not a die, it is a shape I drew out & cut out myself, wanting a specific look! I also edged it with a Gold Krylon pen.

When you buy this image from Flourishes, don't forget to purchase the die that goes with it--
The Classic Keyhole Template Die!

I EVEN pulled out my Copic Airbrush System my Sweetie bought me awhile back & airbrushed the sentiment in a Pale Blue, my first time using it! And I couldn't resist putting a classic plaid ribbon with this, & of course, I used dimensionals to pop the main image & sentiment up!

I WISH you could see how this image looks 3-D! I used Copic Markers to color it in, & stickles to add sparkle to the snow, including the birch trees in the front... when the snow sticks to the trees & glistens after a frosty cold night!

Makes me happy to be living in a place that isn't too far from looking like this!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- Garden Green Card Stock
The Paper Studio- Old World Winter Paper Pack- Designer Paper
PTI- Star Gazer Die- Star
Memento- Rich Cocoa Ink 
SU- Corner Punch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Tea Dye
American Crafts- Galaxy Marker- White

I hear it'll be getting COLD outside soon! HOPE you're in a WARM & COZY place like this when it hits!

Singing Christmas Carols!

P.S. Working on my Christmas Cards today--12/5/13 & I made just a little change to this card & thought I'd show you! Can you see what the difference is?
HOPE you like!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Hi Blog Friends!
Just wanted to pop in here & tell you all "HAPPY THANKSGIVING!"
Here's something for you to read that will give you perspective:
Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interposition's of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Go. Washington
(I found this on Graces' blog here: )
AND of course, I have a Thanksgiving Card for you too, colored with Copics!

 A close up--you can see the sparkle of the glitter gel pens I used.

The inside!
With these GORGEOUS Spellbinder Dies, it doesn't leave much room for a sentiment, but there is always the back!

I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to age the edges with Antique Linen & adding a few pearls too!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
Spellbinders- Majestic Elements
Flourishes- A Season Of Thanks

HOPING you all are spending this day with those you love & eating from the bounty of your work, snug in your homes or the homes of those you love!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Grab A Cup!"

Hi Blog Friends!!!
Today, I am playing along over at Flourishes with their "Grab A Cup" November Release Challenge!!!! If you'd like to play along check here:

Your creation is due by: Nov. 15th, at 5 p.m. EST
Winners will be announced on Sat., Nov. 16th in the Winners Circle! AND I've read that there will be MULTIPLE WINNERS!!! You could win the WHOLE NOVEMBER RELEASE!!! (They've begun giving us sneak peeks today & they're GREAT!!!)

This is the picture that we were to use for Inspiration:

I thought I'd show you what it looked like here yesterday--the 13th! Brrrr!!!!
BELIEVE ME, I needed something to warm me up when this hit!!! Even today when it was mostly melted it was STILL COLD!!! There's NOTHING BETTER than "Grabbing a cup" of something yummy & HOT!!!!!!! Coffee? Tea? Just wrap your fingers around that cup & feel the warmth!!!! It warms you up inside too! Along with a WARM KNITTED SWEATER & the LOVE of a HONEY or a FRIEND!!!
So, here's my card for this challenge:
I used Flourishes- Stitched For You!
In this photo you can see the colors I used a little better than my other pictures! Some colors got washed out for some reason!
That silver gray yarn is a little washed out--it's a richer gray! AND the little "yarn" bundle next to it is a light blue. The Silver Gray is for the silver spoon in the picture above, along with the sparkling areas on the designer paper; all designer paper is by DCWV- Linen Closet! The other colors are of course, from the Inspiration photo!
This is my embellishment! I created a little ball of yarn & stuck it to the card with glue dots! I used Toothpicks & snipped off the ends & added  wooden beads. I ran Linen Distress Ink over the toothpicks with my fingers & then added some Howard Feed N Wax Wood Preserver to get that shine that wood knitting needles have!

Here is the inside:

Other supplies used not mentioned above:
Martha Stuart Corner Punch-French Scroll
Dick Blick Colored pencils
Lions- Bonbons yarn-Pastels
Sketch- is by Flourishes for another challenge they have going on RIGHT NOW to win the WHOLE NOVEMBER SET TOO!!! (LOTS of ways to WIN!!!)

GRAB A CUP & JOIN IN on all the warmth!!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

TAGS- for two SPECIAL GIRLS!!!!!!

Hi Blog Friends!
Well, I have been BUSY, seems so many things going on  AND feeling a need to take a  break from blogging...It seemed the time to make my great escape! Trying to get ready for the upcoming holidays now, are you?
 I thought I'd jump in here & play along with PTI blog hop today! When I started writing this-- last night, I was working away on getting these Tags done, & went over to PTI to get all the info. so I could share it with you & REALIZED I didn't quite do it right! OH WELL! It was FUN while it lasted!!!!!!! LOL I most always try to coincide the cards I make for challenges with what I have to send out.
Here are the details on the hop:
It is from 10 am EST to 11:30 pm EST
You can check here for more details:
There IS a way to play along on the forum too! HOPE you jump in & play!
So, here are the TAGS that I created! ( My mess up: I FORGOT to use "something unique" in my creations AND I was to make 5 Tags!!! Eeeeks!!! NOTE TO SELF: CAREFULLY read the Instructions next time! LOL )
My first TAG is for our daughter for her birthday! She is taking Astronomy this year in college & has ALWAYS enjoyed looking at the stars!
I created a card with a pocket for the tag! The pocket is made of Deluxe Assortment Vellum. It has little sparkly dots on it that I thought would look like the twinkling sky!
The background paper & the tag are made with PTI- Star Gazer & Star Gazer Additions! I used clear embossing powder that I added clear glitter to, to make it sparkle! Then I used Gelatos & added a little water to blend the colors! I basically made a Master Board & then cut what I needed!
Notice the little Rocket? I NEED the little set that PTI has- Boy Basics-Out of This World Mini! I drew mine! I also created a little acetate window- here I added a little stick figure, but I will put my daughters' picture in there just for her! I think she'll like that! I also used the Star Gazer Die set for the little silver stars & crescent moon! The sentiment on the front is quite cute--"What goes up & never comes down?" The sentiment outside & in are from PTI- Movers & Shakers Sentiments.
The tag is a Spinner Tag made with SU- Word Window Punch; the mechanics are made with PTI Movers & Shakers Spinners Die.
Our daughter used to cry about not wanting to grow up, but I THINK she is ENJOYING her time at College!!! All that "Independence!" You can't have ALL THAT FUN without growing up!!!!!! LOL

The next TAG I made is a Tag Card, made for our daughter's room mate. A little card that our daughter can sign & give to her!
I tried to do an Andy Warhol thing by stamping the red card stock with  soup cans.
Notice the "feel better!" ? Our daughter's roommate has Pneumonia!!! NOT GOOD! So, our daughter has been tip-toeing around trying not to disturb her while she rests! Our daughter has ALWAYS been VERY CONSIDERATE while people are sleeping! This card was made with PTI-Comfort Food. I LOOOOOOVE that little can of Soup!!!!! LOL LOVING IT!!!!!!
HOPEFULLY, this will help our daughter's room mate feel better while she recovers!
Say a little prayer for her??? I KNOW it will be SOOO APPRECIATED!!!

HOPE to see you over at PTI! LOTS of FUN to be had!


Additional Supplies Used not mentioned above:
-Birthday card-
SU- Circle Punches-1", 3/4", Corner Punch
SU- Apothecary Accents Dies
Small photo
Sewing Machine

-Get Well Card-
Spellbinders-Beaded Ovals
PTI- Pearls of Wisdom-Small hearts around main image