Sunday, July 28, 2013

Happy Birthday to my Son!

Wow, how is it possible that I laid eyes on you for the first time on this day...
26 years ago?

It still feels like yesterday that I held you in my arms, 
very early that Tuesday morning.

You were my first-born.

Because of you, I entered motherhood and have enjoyed every minute of it during the last 26 years.

Even though you've endured more in your short years, than others have their entire lives, you still are, and always will be a son we are proud of and love more than words can say.

Happy Birthday Son...
may you have a life filled with more happiness than sorrow.

Love ~ your Momma

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ladybug ~ CC&CC#44 Animals!


It's time for another challenge over at 

Our theme this week is "animals" and our sponsor is the Stamp Fairy.

 I'm using the Donny Ladybug 1 image...isn't she a cutie?

I colored her in using my Prisma, added Liquid Glass to her wings, and black brads to her antennae.  

 We sure hope you'll join us at CC&CC this week,
we'd love to see your creations!

Have a great weekend!


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Basic Black & Whisper White
DP:  Colorbok Darling Jewel
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Prisma Watercolor Pencils
Other:  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing, Liquid Glass, brads, pearls and foam adhesives

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thank You ~ A.R.T. #7 Anything Goes!

Happy Thursday!

It's "Anything Goes" over at my A.R.T. Card Challenge blog, and it's also the week we will be randomly choosing a Guest Designer too!

Here's my creation this week:

I decided to ink up these stamps from the Flourishes "Garden Gate" set...
I had not used them yet, 
and thought....why not try them out?!

 I do not own any Copics (eeek!), so as always, I colored this in using my Prisma Watercolor Pencils, then blended.  I also added some Stickles to the middle of the flowers, and a Glitter Pen too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, 
and I sure hope you play along with us this week at A.R.T.!

And don't forget to check out what the A.R.T. Girls created:


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
DP:  Colorbok "Spring Morning"
Stamps:  Flourishes "Garden Gate"
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Prisma Watercolor Pencils, Dew Drop Chalk
Other:  Sakura Gel Pen, Icicle Stickles, ribbon, button, white-craft-string, and foam adhesives

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thanks! ~ A.R.T. Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday!!

I created another card using our A.R.T. Sketch Challenge from this week:

I sure hope you can play along with us this week, 
because we are giving away a $15 Verve Gift Voucher to 

I embossed the bg using my Swiss Dots folder with my Cuttlebug.  The tiny butterflies were punched, then I added those tiny pearls to finish them off.

That cute flower stamp is one I bought from Michael's in the Dollar-bin.

There you go, clean & simple!

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you have a good weekend!


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
DP:  Colorbok Spring Morning
Stamps:  TPC Greetings, Michael's flowers
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Old Olive, Dew Drop, Rubber Stampede
Other:  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Pearls by EK Success

Thursday, July 18, 2013

CAS A.R.T.#6 ~ Verve So Blessed

It's Thursday, and that means it's time for a new challenge over at my 

Not only is it time for our monthly CAS Sketch Challenge, 
but we also have something exciting in store for ya....

Verve Stamps is offering a $15 Gift Voucher to a 
randomly-chosen winner this week....YAH!  
How cool is that?!

Thanks Verve for your generous offering!

Now, on to this week's sketch:

And here's my creation:

Since Verve is our sponsor this week, 
of course I decided to use their images!

It's the "Because of You" set, and I absolutely adore this set!  It's so versatile and has so many really pretty images.

I inked up the flowers, then cut them out and anchored them with that pretty pearl/brad.

I added those butterflies, and some tiny pearls to finish them off....and viola!  
Another CAS creation!

Don't forget to check out what the 
A.R.T. Girls created too!

I sure hope you play along with us this week, you don't want to miss out!


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Real Red, TPS Chocolate
DP:  Colorbok "So Sweet" 
Stamps:  Verve "Because of You"
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Rubber Stampede & Dew Drop Chalk
Other:  SU! Grosgrain Wide-Stripe Ribbon, Studio G butterfly punch, pearls, pearl/brad.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Thank You ~ Blast From The Past!

Happy Wednesday!

Some of you might have noticed that things have been pretty quiet around here, well...there's a reason for that...

I've lost my scrap-room...Eek!

Our son moved back home last week, and all of my goodies had to be boxed up and stored away.  :(

So today, I decided to share a card I created many moons ago, and it's one of my faves!

 All of the items used here are SU!, except for the brad and ribbon.

Don't forget to join us tomorrow
 (Thursday the 18th at 10am...EST) 
for a new challenge over at A.R.T.!  
It's a CAS Sketch Challenge,  
PLUS a chance for you to WIN 
some goodies from VERVE!  
You won't want to miss out!

Have a great day!


Friday, July 12, 2013

CC&CC#43 ~ Life's A Beach & Exciting News!

Happy Friday!

I am SO excited to share with you that I've been asked 
(by my long-time bloggy-friend Joanne), to be a Design Team Member for the Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge blog!

Thanks Joanne!  It's very humbling and I am very honored to be a part of such a wonderful, creative team!

This week is  "Life's A Beach" with Bugaboo Digi Stamps as our sponsor.

I chose the Beach Baby 2 image...isn't she just adorable??  She reminds me of my precious granddaughter...

I haven't used digi-stamps in a few years, and I must say, I am really enjoying it!  You are able to print them off whatever size your heart desires.

My lil' sweetie is colored in using my Prisma, then I cut her and those "splashes" out and popped them up for added dimension.  I sponged some orange & yellow ink onto the white bg cardstock for a sunny-feel.

My waves were hand-cut and I ran those through my Cuttlebug, then popped-up as well.  I finished it off with the sentiment banner, some Fancy Floss and that cute little shell-charm.

I sure hope you'll head on over to CC&CC and play along with us, we'd love to see your "beachy" creation!

Have a great weekend!


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Marina Mist & Whisper White, other scraps of blue
Stamps:  Bugaboo Stamps "Beach Baby 2", sentiment from Studio G
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment), Prisma Watercolor Pencils, Rubber Stampede
Other:  Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder, Fancy Floss by WeR Memory Keepers, charm

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Masculine Birthday ~ A.R.T.#5

Hey there!

Today's card is for our A.R.T. Card Challenge, and it's in honor of my son's birthday we're going "Masculine".

I kept it clean & simple (I didn't want to foo-foo it up) using Chocolate & Kraft cardstock.  Added that strip of DP down the side, a few banners with buttons at the bottom, and viola...done!

Head on over to my A.R.T. blog and play along, 
I'd sure love to see what you come up with!

Here's what the A.R.T. Girls created:

Alanna ~ Darlene ~ Joanne ~ Misti


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! scraps of blues, Colorbok Kraft, and TPC Chocolate
Stamps:  TPS
Inks:  Rubber Stampede
Other:  buttons, twine

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

FLLCJUL13 With Sympathy

Hey y'all!

Today's card is my 2nd creation for the 


I started out with Kraft cardstock, and then I used my Spellbinders Labels One dies for that window on SU! Whisper White cardstock.

Both sentiments are from my ODBD "Loving Memories" set, and I just punched the larger sentiment using my large circle-punch.  I also sponged some SU! Old Olive around the edges too.

It's hard to tell in this picture, but that felt ric-rac under the banner is an olive green color (not brown).  And I added that huge button and twine to finish it all off.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Don't forget to head on over to my A.R.T. Card Challenge blog (tomorrow) Thursday morning!  We will reveal last week's winners PLUS start a new challenge 
(it's a theme).  I sure hope you'll join us, we're having lots of fun!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

FLLCJUL13 Miss You!

Happy Tuesday!

Today's creation is for the 
Flourishes July Release Sketch Challenge:


...and here's my take on it:

My "window" was created using my Spellbinders "Labels One" die set, and the white mat is popped up for dimension.

I went CAS with this one, as I wanted my image to stand out.

Thanks for stopping by today...
and don't forget to head on over to my A.R.T. Card Challenge blog Thursday morning!  We will reveal last week's winners PLUS start a new challenge 
(it's a theme).  I sure hope you'll join us, we're having lots of fun!
Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Perfect Plum, Whisper White & Colorbok Kraft
Stamps:  Flourishes "Spring Blossom"
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Prisma Watercolor Pencils
Other:  Butterfly & Scallop punches, pearls & foam-adhesives

Monday, July 8, 2013

CAS Twirls of Thanks!

Hey there!

I hope everyone had a fun holiday weekend filled with good food & good times with your loved ones!

I am super-excited to share today's card with you, as one of the challenges I'm entering it in is the CAS-ual Friday's Challenge "Material Girl"; to use material, fabric, canvas, etc. 

Well, I went searching thru my crafts looking for some canvas, 
and what did I find?

Some cross-stitching projects I'd done many moons ago!

And I figured this lil' ballerina was just the ticket!

Isn't she just adorable?

I cut her out, popped her up using foam-adhesives, and anchored her with that cute button and floss.

The layout is from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch
but I had to turn it to fit her in.

My "splotches" were created dabbing a paintbrush into some inks.

There ya go, CAS!

Thanks for stopping by today, 
I hope you have a great week!

**Thanks Mary for letting me know this also qualifies for the 
Mixability Challenge #23 at SCS!


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Stamp:  "My Little Ballerina" by Clear Dollar Stamps
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, and Rubber Stampede
Other:  Cross-stitched Ballerina, floss, button

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Baby Shower Thank You's

Hey there!

I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend!

A few weeks ago, I shared some baby shower invitations 
that I created for my niece.

Today, I'd like to show you the "thank-you's" I made for her.

These really were quick & easy!

I had some of that paisley DP left over, 
so of course I incorporated it into these too!

Thanks for stopping by today!

I hope you'll join us at the A.R.T. Color Combo Challenge this week...

 but hurry! Our linky closes Tuesday at Noon (EST).


Card Recipe:
DP:  Recollections "Pink Paisley"
Stamp:  TPS
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Butterfly punch, Pink Zig Pen

Thursday, July 4, 2013

A.R.T. Challenge #4 Color Combo

Happy Thursday & Happy 4th of July!

It's the first week of the month, and that means it's time for a Color-Combo Challenge over at my A.R.T. blog.  I hope you'll play along with us this week, I'd love to see your creation!

Here's the combo:

...and here's my creation:

I created this one for my Mom's birthday.

I used the Verve set "Because of You", double-stamping the larger flower, then I cut it out and popped it up for dimension.

The bg is embossed using my Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls folder.

I added my favorite ribbon (SU!) down the middle, the sheer ribbon/bow, and finished it all off with the pearls.

Check out the creations by the A.R.T. Girls:

Thanks for stopping by today, 
and I hope to see you at the A.R.T. blog this week!


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Groovy Guava, Chocolate & Cream by TPS
Stamps:  Verve Because of You
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Prisma, Dew Drop
Other:  Cuttlebug, SU! Ribbon, pearls, brad & foam-adhesives.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

My Sweet Baby Granddaughter!

Hey there!

No card yet today...
so I thought I'd share a personal picture with you.

This is my sweet, adorable Granddaughter Olivia.

She is "working" on her Mustang.

My hubby and son come from a long-line of Ford (especially Mustang) lovers, so when we caught Olivia grabbing a wrench and trying to fix her tire, 
we had to take a pic!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have a fun, 
safe 4th of July weekend!


**even though tomorrow is a holiday, 
there will still be a new A.R.T. Challenge 
and we hope you'll play along with us 
(it's a color-combo)!**

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mojo 300 ~ Verve Friend

  Happy Tuesday!

I have always enjoyed the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenges, and this week is very special for them...they're celebrating their 300th challenge, and are going to be giving away lots of goodies!

Take a look at the sketch:


...and here's my take on it:

Rarely ever does a vision in my brain make it into my creation, but this one did, and I'm really happy how it turned out!

I absolutely adore this color combo, and thought it might go well with this sketch.

You should head on over to Mojo Monday and join in on the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Basic Black, So Saffron & Whisper White, scraps of grey
DP:  Colorbok "Splendor"
Stamps:  Verve "Because of You"
Inks:  SU! Old Olive, Memento Tuxedo Black, Studio G Chalks, Prisma Watercolor Pencils
Other:  Black pearl, butterfly punch, and Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing

Monday, July 1, 2013

CAS Follow Your Bliss

Happy Monday, 
I sure hope you had a good weekend!

Today's creation is inspired by several challenges.

The layout is from CAS(E) This Sketch
to use watercolors (or water-themed, or the colors of water)
and the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge to use at least 1 arrow on your card.

And here's my take on all 3 of those challenges!:

This one really was a challenge for me, as I had to keep in mind to keep it CAS (clean & simple)....I sooooo wanted to foo-foo-it-up!  LOL

I went with my Flourishes Bees & Blooms set...inking the images up with Memento Tuxedo Black, then I used my Prisma Watercolor Pencils.  I added those tiny pearls in the center & used Liquid Glass on the bee's wings.

There ya go, keeping it CAS!

Thanks for stopping by today...enjoy your week!

*pssst....don't forget to enter the
where you will also be entered to win a Guest Designer Spot too!


Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  SU! Bermuda Bay Textured, Whisper White
Stamps:  Flourishes "Bees & Blooms", Arrow by TPS
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Prisma Watercolor Pencils, Rubber Stampede (sponged on edges)
Other:  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing, Pearls, Liquid Glass, Fancy Floss, and foam-adhesives.
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