Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

First of all I want to thank all of you that are so sweet to stop by my blog and let me know what you think about my cards and share your thoughts about life in general, I feel blessed to have you take out the time to stop by.  Our family has grown by one more this year.  On Tuesday, which just happens to have been my Mothers birthday my nephew and his wife had their first baby boy.  He was 10 pounds 12 oz., it is so neat to see my nephew with his own son, and if Mom were still with us I bet she would have loved having her great grandson born on her birthday.

Well these are my last two Thanksgiving cards, just found out that they didn't get to them on time :(

I won this stamp set on Moxie Fab before she stopped posting, they are from PaperTrey ink. This first one is for my Father in law and he said it didn't make it.

Papertrey ink -- Mighty Oak stamp set
DCWV -- Wild Splendor paper pack
Impression Obsession -- sentiment stamp (first card)
Fiskars __ Sentiment stamp (second card)

This one is off to my sister, I chose this Fiskar sentiment stamp because it reminded me of the leaves in the tree, that is why it is purposely on an angle like it had fallen off.  I didn't have the die for these so all the leaves were hand cut.

I am so thankful for all God's blessings, wonderful Family, great Church Family and friends.  My health and home. Praying for all of those who don't have a home right now, and hope they have family or friends around them, giving them support.  When I look around and see so many in need it makes me so thankful for all that God has blessed me with and pray that all can find comfort in his amazing love.

Thanks once again for stopping by,
God's Blessings to you in the coming year,


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Images

Hello, I bet everyone is gearing up for the Holiday, it will be quiet around here this year, my daughter and son in law are staying in North Carolina, can't do the trip now and at Christmas, we will miss them very much but I will have to say with all the bad weather that they would be driving through I am thankful I won't have to worry about them getting into trouble.  I sure hope in a couple of weeks the weather will be nice for their traveling.

This first card went out to the kids. Hopefully they will get it today.  When I saw this image over on Abby's blog, I thought that would be very cute for their card.  Abby is so sweet to let you use some images that she has collected along the way, she also shares lovely poems and inspirational messages, just click on her name above to check out her blog.  Thanks Abby for sharing.

Image-- Little Birdie Blessings
DCWV -- Wild Splendor paper
DCWV -- Mat Stacks Earth tones
Spellbinders -- A2 Matting Basics A dies
Taylored Expressions -- Mini leaves dies

My second card goes out to my Sister in law, this image is from Crafty secrets, I signed up for their emails and sometimes they have free clipart for you to use and this is from one of those emails. Here is a link to Heartwarmingvintage blog .

Image -- Crafty secrets
Spellbinders -- Classic Circle, Floral Doily Motifs and Scalloped borders two dies
Impression Obsession -- spiral flower dies
Martha Stewart -- Leaf punch
DCWV -- paper

I did a little sponging around the image with Old paper distress inks and about the mini spiral flowers at the bottom right, these are just tiny little dies and trying to roll the flowers were very hard, I am going to purchase a quilling tool and hopefully that will make winding the flowers easier, I will let you know how that goes once I get one and try it out.

Hope you all will enjoy a wonderful day of Thanksgiving for all the blessings God has provided for you this past year and have great time with family and friends.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dogwood blossom

I wasn't sure what the center of the dogwood blossoms looked like until I googled the image.  Well this isn't quite how the centers looked but I thought this flower soft was the closet thing I had.  I just colored the branch and the leaves with markers.  I gave it to my girlfriend at church yesterday, she said she has kept every card I have made her :)

Memory Box -- Twirling Vine Frame and Dogwood Blossom dies
DCWV -- Wild Splendor paper
Taylored Expression -- Many mini occasions stamp set
Martha Stewart -- Tag punch
Flower soft -- Sunshine yellow

Had a very busy weekend so I didn't get any time to work on cards, hopefully I can get some time this week, we have canceled craft night and ladies bible study so I just might be able to take that time and get caught up on what needs to get done.

It is very cold this morning, below freezing, hope you are warmer where you are at and that this start of your week is going well. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and your sweet comments,


Friday, November 22, 2013

Sweet Home

This is another stamp that I found at the yard sale at my LSS. thought it looked like a nice peaceful scene for a Birthday card, this one has gone out to my nephews wife.

Embossing Arts-- stamp
April Rose -- Illustrations papers
Spellbinders -- Labels Eighteen and classic ovals
Martha Stewart -- Butterflies, flower and borders punches
Hero Arts -- It's your birthday sentiment stamp set
Scrap of ribbon
Queen & co. --- gems
Forever in time -- gems

On the flower border punch at the bottom I tried to color the flowers on the punch to match the flowers in the stamps colors, but I think the flowers in the stamp are so small you can't really tell.

We haven't seen the sun here in a few days but it looks like it should peek out tomorrow, the high on Sunday is only suppose to reach 33, oh my I am not ready for winter, can we go back to the 60's please.

Busy weekend ahead for me, but it seems like that is the way it goes around the holidays there are always things going on, hope you all have a great weekend and can find some time to create.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cat & Friend

I found this stamp at my Local Stamp stores Sale and I thought he was too cute to pass up for just $3. I hope my great nephew thinks he is just as cute as I do :)

After I got it home and wanted to try coloring it, I went to do the fish tank and thought how am I going to color that, my hubby gave me some tips, he was trying to show me how to do a mark with my white gel pen to give it that reflection look of glass but my gel pen wouldn't work and that was the good one by Tim Holtz, that really bummed me out because I hardly used the pen.  Maybe that is the problem I needed to use it more.

Great Impressions -- G423 stamp, colored w/markers
Spellbinders -- Lg Deckled Rectangles dies
October Afternoon -- 5 & dime papers
Hero Arts -- It's your day stamp set
Button -- Flea market
Fabric scrap
Diecut star

Found out that some of my family in Michigan were affected by the storms that went through.  My sisiter in law and her family were out of water and electricity for 2 days and my nephew and his family are being told they should get power back tomorrow, just thankful they are all alright.

Hope your week is going well for you,
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,


Monday, November 18, 2013

Bouquet of flowers

This one went off to my sister in law, this is her first birthday without her mom, I think the first holidays after the loss of a parent is very hard.

This was another big card, measuring 5 x 6 1/2, if  I remember correctly.
Pink Petticoat -- Pretty potties stamp set, colored w/markers
Stickles -- Broken China and Worn Lipstick (center of flowers)
Spellbinders -- Captivating Squares and A2matting basics A dies
DCWV-- Primrose papers
Hero Arts -- It's your day sentiment stamp set
Lace and pearls from Sabrina
Flower  from Ivanka

We had some really high winds Saturday night through Sunday, luckily none of the tornadoes touched down around us, we were under warnings all through our church service and the drive home was crazy, the leaves falling from the trees hit the car so hard you would think it was something heavy hitting the car.  I guess Illinois had the most recorded tornadoes in the month of November yesterday.  My prayers go out to all those effected by these storms.

Today we have blue skies and no wind, you would never know we had the bad weather yesterday.
Hope you all are safe wherever you are,

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Friday, November 15, 2013


This weeks challenge on Our Daily Bread was to use the sketch they provided.  When I saw the sketch my mind went to an image that I thought would be great for this and so I started my card and realized after coloring the image that it wouldn't work right with the sketch, so I thought well I will just flip the sketch, well it didn't quite work that way so I just went with how it will work on the card.

I inked the embossing folder so that the background would be green, then I used chalk to color in the birds and swirls, can you believe it no pattern paper in sight... LOL

Our Daily Bread Designs -- Book Mark Trees stamp and die
Spellbinders -- Sunflower set two ( behind the tag)
Cuttlebug -- Birds and Swirls embossing folder
 Distress ink --Mowed Lawn
Sheer Ribbon -- JoAnns brand
Hero Arts -- It's your birthday sentiment stamp

I wish you all a wonderful weekend
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and leaving your comments :)


Wednesday, November 13, 2013


We had our first dusting of snow yesterday morning, and today when I woke up it was 28 degrees out, BRRR.  They are saying on Sunday we may reach 68 degrees, it will be up and down like this until December.

The card for today was made for  a dear lady at our church, she heads up the craft and bake sale that we have every month to make money to help those in need in our church.

I decided to get out my much neglected Punch around the page punches by Martha Stewart, it always gives me that feeling of a trellis so what else was there to add to it then a flower and greenery :)
The background was giving some dimension with dimensional adhesive.

Spellbinders -- Foliage die w/inking
Heartfelt creations -- Vintage Floret die and stamp set
K&co. -- paper
Martha Stewart -- punch around the page

Wishing you a sunny day,
Thanks so much for taking out the time to stop by,


Monday, November 11, 2013

Old Mill

Good Monday morning, well today is going to be the last nice day of the week the way it looks, we are going to hit some winter time temps the rest of the week.  But we had a very nice weekend, just love those summer time days in the fall that you get blessed with.

My card today is for my Nephew, he has already received it and he seemed to really like it.

Stampscapes -- Old Mill Lg, colored w/markers
Spellbinders -- A2 matting basics A and back to basics tags dies
DCWV -- Tattered time papers
Hero Arts -- It's your day sentiment stamp
Fiskars -- Corner punch
Recollections -- Button brad
Distress ink-- Mowed Lawn

Wishing all our Veterans (including my hubby) a good day, hope they feel the gratitude we all have for all the sacrifices they have made on our behalf, May God bless them and all our men and women still fighting to keep us safe.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and leaving your comments, it is much appreciated,


Thursday, November 7, 2013


I have been seeing a lot of cards with rays on it and I just loved them, so I decided to go through my scraps basket and find some papers that would work and this is what I came up with.  Does this look like a good card for a 14 year old, it is for my great niece.

The big yellow flower and the crochet flower were both RAK'd to me
EK success-- little flowers
Martha Stewart -- Leaves and butterfly punches
BasicGrey-- Brad
Inkadinkado -- Greetings stamp set
Liquid Pearls -- Copper pearl and Platinum pearl

Tomorrow on Saturday we are suppose to have wonderful weather, time to finish up those last things to put the yard to rest for the winter.  We had a great sun shine day today, after a few rainy and gloomy days the sun is so welcomed, just lifts my spirits.  Hope you are seeing your own rays of sunshine :)

Thanks so much for taking out the time to stop by, and your sweet comments,


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

From my hubby

I thought I would share with you the project my hubby did for me for our 30th Anniversary :)  It isn't a card, he made a 1/4 inch box with the scorpal and as you can see used all kinds of embellishments.  The image is clipart, and the sunset he did using one of his paint programs, he has a couple so I am not sure which one he said he used.  He used a Victorian image (that he hand cut out) because he knows I love movies in that era.  He said the bird is in there because he liked it didn't mean anything, LOL!

He spent quite a few hours before our anniversary punching out leaves of all sizes and colors, and just kept saying he had a project in mind, I never thought it was for me.  We also went hunting for small stars one time and now I know why.

Here is a little closer shot of all the embellishing.

He used gems, sequins, gears, the stars are the confetti you can find at the party store and target.  He was going to try and use my branch die but he thought that you probably wouldn't be able to see it with all that leaves and stuff he added so he went without it.  Pretty cool huh!!  I told him I will put it out every fall.

We are at peak here in southern Illinois, the trees are just beautiful, although we are getting rain and is suppose to continue through tomorrow so we probably won't have many more left on the trees after all that.

Wishing you a good week ahead,
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Best Wishes

While we were stationed in England I met a very nice woman through our kids and we became good friends, and 14 years later we still keep in touch, this is the card I sent to her.

This stamp came in the Quick cards magazine, I colored her with markers.

The Spellbinder die I used is Nobel Rectangles, I first cut the die out of white cardstock, then I cut a piece of green cardstock a little bigger than the die, layered them on top of one another and put it through again this time just embossing it and this was my result, I love the way the green cardstock pops through the white die cut.

My mind's eye -- quite contrary paper
Wild Rose studio -- sentiment tag die cut
Flowers and leaves are die cuts
BasicGrey -- Brad (flower center)
Lace -- won from Sabrina

We had a very rainy week last week but yesterday we saw some sunshine and it is trying to peek out again.  Hope you all are enjoying a great weekend. 

Thanks so much for stopping by,