Saturday, March 31, 2012


Spring is here...

How can I tell...other than all the Spring Showers?

My Camillia is blooming!  It is planted right outside my big kitchen window and I'm anxious to get a pic of it when it is in full bloom...

So, of course, I have a springy card to share:

This uses the My Little Shoebox Up In The Trees Collection!

My Little Shoebox is having a little challenge:

Journal Tags!

I love them because they are so versatile!  It's a great little canvas to start with....add some stickers and some stitching and's done:)

Ok is filled with craftiness and errands....

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Flashback Friday 22.0 Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to the Flashback Friday 22.0 Blog Hop!  

You should have arrived here from Flashback Friday's Guest Designer Nance's blog:

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the Flashback Friday blog...which is also where the blog hop listing can be found!

I'm so very happy to have Sylvia's Corner as my Super Sponsor:

 This collection is sponsored by Sylvia's Corner Etsy shop, where Sylvia sells her handmade cards, banners, gift bags and albums.

The prize is composed of a Stampin'Up! Sale-A-Bration package:. 

Everyday Enchantment Tote
12"x12" package of Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper(12 pieces)
10 card bases, two of each:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, and Wisteria Wonder 
20" of Baja Breeze satin pleated ribbon
2 yds each Everyday Enchantment Organdy Ribbon Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral
10 Everyday Enchantment brads
10 shaped clear buttons
Sale-A-Bration Fresh Vintage stamp set(wood mount, unmounted)

Such a spectacular prize...thanks so much Sylvia!!!

The Flashback Friday 22.0 challenge is:

**First project with a die cut**

Mine is from December 2009

Whoa....that's alotta dots!


My original post made me chuckle...I hand cranked my sewing machine for all that stitching because my kids were asleep....that was back in 2009...I don't do that anymore:)

I still love that Stampin' Up Top Note Die!

Well, I'm your last stop of the Flashback Friday 22.0 blog hop!  I hope you enjoyed yourself...remember that you have until Friday, April 20th @ 11:59 pm pacific to link up!  We can't wait to see what your die cut project is!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

happy easter friend...

Hello and Happy's almost Friday!

I wanted to share a springy card:

I combined The Craft's Meow with Basic Grey's Plumeria.  I think I used the loudest patterns in that collection:)

Just a reminder that The Craft's Meow March Sketch Challenge is running until Saturday, March 31st at 9 pm Pacific:

I used this cute set:


Both the polka dot label and the bunny are on foam pop ups.

You may enter as often as you like, but we must be able to see the sketch in there somewhere. You are free to flip it or turn it as you like!

You do NOT have to use TCM stamps to enter the challenge. However, if you are the winner and you have used TCM stamps on your entry, you will not only receive a TCM stamp set of choice as your prize, but also a coupon for 15% off one additional stamp set of choice which can be used one time within 30 days!!! 

So, what are you waiting for?  LINK up!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I know...I pulled out my PTI goodness for this've got the right blog {wink}

This is not typically my color combo eh, pastels....

That my friends, is why I love a good challenge:

The challenge is to use pastels with black.  I love to heat emboss with black..makes for a crisp outline.   Can you believe it, this card is pure patterned paper!  I topped off the card with a SRM sticker and some twine from The Twinery.

I was inspired by the latest CPS sketch:

I haven't played over there in a very long time...

I gotta share my latest 'go-to' product...

Seriously, every stamper NEEDS a pink stamping block!  It's the perfect size, 3" x 4", and my go-to block with all my unmounted stamps!!!

check it out at ivyPINK's etsy shop!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

hey, handsome...


This is my last week as a March Guest Designer for Skipping Stones Design.  I have had such a great time....Skipping Stones Design stamps  
♥ ♥ rock ♥ ♥ !!

Check out my card for this week:

I had a fun time with the latest sketch by Angi Barrs:

Dontcha love Grunge 2??!!

Love that "Hey, Handsome" sentiment...can't wait to pop this in the mail to the man:)  The sentiment has been heat embossed in black...the zig zags are stamped in Memento Rhubarb Stalk...the Jenni Bowlin tag is from Paper Issues...remember to use my code for 20% off your purchase!  -->>

Check out all the Skipping Stones gals:

AJ Otto 
(guest designer)
(guest sketch artist)

Thanks Gals for a FAB month!!!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

you are the bees knees...


I need another weekend to recuperate from my weekend!

Thanks for joining me in the EAD Designs Blog Hop!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

You should have arrived here from Super Shellye's blog:

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the EAD Designs Blog.  Remember, every week we have FREE vinyl for one lucky commenter.  As you hop along, remember to leave comments...this makes you eligible for the prize!

Saffron and Grey

Absolutely adore that color combo:

My color combo was inspired by Jay Gee's Nook current Inspiration Challenge:

Although I love all the images...I was drawn to the one in the upper left hand corner...

I was also inspired by the latest iSpy Sketch:

That's it for always, thank you soooo much for hoppin' off to Jenn's FAB blog:

Sunday, March 25, 2012


konnichiwa in japanese is 
Good Afternoon

I super   the Konnichiwa line by Basic Grey.

The Konnichiwa flower image, by Hero Arts/Basic Grey, has been heat embossed in white.  The ribbon image, which has also been heat embossed in white, is Hero Arts/Studio Calico.

You may remember that I received a $50 shopping spree to Hero Arts....wooooo hoooo....decisions...decisions...One of my purchases was the 6x6 Konnichiwa that they carry the paper collections that match their stamps.

I was inspired by the latest retro sketch:

Still playing with the Hero Arts fans with this month's theme

thanks to my bloggie buddie Janice that pointed out the new Young Crafters Unite challenge:

I'm recovering from my daughter's birthday festivities...she went out with a group of her friends on friday night and had dinner and saw The Hunger Games....I made them all pancakes with strawberries & whip cream and bacon for breakfast yesterday.

In the afternoon the kids and I drove to Seattle, swapped out a pair of Toms I got the girl for a different size and had dinner at the 

Talk about delish homestyle food....

Afterwards we met up with some fab friends and had gelato...She opened up the rest of her presents at 9:38 pm, which is the exact time she was born...a ton of fun for my girl that turned 17.  

Friday, March 23, 2012

an old-fashioned hello...

Happy Friday!

Here's a card that I put together this morning....I went to bed super early last night and woke up super early:)

The celery card base is vintage A Muse 4.25 x 4.25....I'm not much a purple fan but I do love it teamed up with celery...screams spring, dontcha think?  I used Wisteria chalk on the Hero Arts Small Solid Flower....the sentiment is from the Hero Arts Just Saying Hi set.  

I was inspired by the latest CASE study:

I super  Laura Bassen:

Love her style!

I was also inspired by the current Hero Arts Challenge:

I adore thank you Hero Arts for the inspiration!
Speedy quick reminder about the current Flashback Friday Challenge:

Thrilled to have Paper and Such as our Super Sponsor:

Time is running out...the challenge ends tonight at 11:59 pm pacific up TODAY! glad it is Friday...although it is the start of a very busy weekend...tomorrow my girl turns 17...sigh...where does the time go?

Okay peeps, have an EXcellent day!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jingle Belles: Happy Holidays

It seems like it has been forever since I've posted a holiday card...

I's only March. 

It's thee best time to start...join along over with the Jingle Belles to get inspired!

Check out last week's inspiration {I was sneaky and posted it through my flickr account}:

Isn't it a beautiful inspiration?

I tried to go semi monochromatic but that's REALLY difficult for me...I did some fancy zig zagging to adhere those sweet stocking to my card panel:)

Happy Thursday peeps!

It's been SUPER busy for me...both here in bloggie land and at'll calm down now...whew!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Craft's Meow Birthday Bash Blog Hop!


Today is THEE day...

final reveal for the newest The Craft's Meow sets!

It's been such a fun Birthday Bash, dontcha think?!!!!

You should have arrived here from

..if not, you'll want to start there so that you don't miss out on any of the Birthday Fun!!!!!

We have a super fun blog hop for you today!

Remember to hop along and leave comments in order to be eligible to win...deets are on The Craft's Meow blog!

I managed to combine 2 of the NEW The Craft's Meow sets:

Beautiful Spring

The full reveal of the new sets is on The Craft's Meow blog!

If you get lost along the way, just pop back to The Craft's Meow, there is a listing of the hop posted there!

Next up is my oh-so-fab Teamie:

I'm certain that she'll be wow'ing you with her talent!!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Craft's Meow Preview: Day 4!!

this is my post 2 of 2 today...make sure you check out my Skipping Stones Design post!

Hello and Welcome Back to The Craft's Meow Previews!  We are on day 4 of 5!  

How have you been enjoying the sneaks so far?

Today we are previewing a very special set:

It's a free gift with a purchase of $50+

Today's challenge is based on this photo inspiration:

It's so very appropriate since this is The Craft's Meow's Birthday Bash!!!!!

Here's how it inspired me:

I pulled out some older Cosmo Cricket and used it for my base...The orange honeycombs are Basic Grey Offbeat....dontcha love that SWEET bee?  Her wings are on glue dots at a fun little it she is inflight.  Oh, I gotta tell you, I a-dore this Un-bee-lievable set!

Guess What?  In addition to this fun inspiration challenge...there will be a random participant picked to be a The Craft's Meow Guest fun is that?!  So be sure to link up!!!!  Details are on The Craft's Meow blog!

Don't forget that there is also a gorgeous digi set up for grabs if you 'like' The Craft's Meow on Facebook.  Not on Facebook?  No Lisa at and she'll email you the digi's.

Why will you want these digis? Well, besides the fact that they are GORGEOUS, you can use them to enter our challenges for a chance to win a TCM in-stock stamp set of your choice*!!!! We have a different challenge each day through Tuesday March 20th that you can enter for a chance to win, but you must use stamps by The Craft's Meow in order to qualify for a prize. In case you don't have any TCM stamps yet... or you just want to try something different from TCM...the digis are available!

We'd love for you to check out all the designers...the listing is on The Craft's Meow blog!  Remember to leave a comment on The Craft's Meow blog to be put into a drawing to win Thanks Bee to Thee,  the new set we are previewing today!

The deadline to leave comments is 9:00pm PDT, Friday, March 23rd.

The Skipping Stones: Thank You

this is my post 1 of 2...make sure you check out my The Craft's Meow post!

Hello and Welcome to Skipping Stones Design Tuesday!

I've been thoroughly enjoying being a Guest Designer for Skipping Stones Design!

Check out this week's sketch:

Initially I was pretty challenged by the sketch....but what I ended up doing is stamping some of the various backgrounds...heat embossing them in gold and punching circles:

Super easy smeasy and I love the look!  Some of the circles don't show their gorgeous gold color but they have been all gold heat embossed.  I finished off the sentiment with some Martha gold glitter...glitter...I adore glitter.

I used the Skipping Stones Design:


One of the things I love about this card is that it could be easily feminine {girls would appreciate the gold heat embossing & glitter} or masculine {guys would appreciate the non-frilliness of the design}....doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Make sure you pop over to the Skipping Stones Design blog to check out all the projects for this week!

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Craft's Meow: Preview Day 3!

this is post 2 of 2 for me...make sure you check out my EAD Designs post!

Welcome to Day 3 of The Craft's Meow Birthday Bash!

Check out the sneaks of today's sets:


Today we have a fun little color challenge:

Don't those colors just scream spring?!
{deets on the challenge are on The Craft's Meow blog!}

This is how it inspired me:

I used the Spring is Here set....the card base is a blue Arturo....wonderful italian cards...

I also whipped up a card using the fun Get Well Soon set:

The heart was colored with my Copic Cadmium Red..turned out tons darker in the pic...gotta talk to my photographer:)  

We'd love for you to check out all the designers...the listing is on The Craft's Meow blog!  Remember to leave a comment on The Craft's Meow blog to be put into a drawing to win one of the 2 new sets that we are previewing today!

The deadline to leave comments is 9:00pm PDT, Friday, March 23rd.

There is a light...

This is my post 1 of 2...please make sure you check out my The Craft's Meow post!

Well Hello!

Happy Monday!!!!

Thanks for joining us for the EAD Designs Blog Hop!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

You should have arrived here from the oh-so-spectacular Shellye's blog:

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the EAD Designs blog.  You won't want to miss out on all the fun AND there is always a give-a-way.  Leave a comment on the EAD Designs blog along with leaving comments along the way as you hop to have your name entered into a random drawing for FREE vinyl!

Today's card is bright, tall & skinny:

I'm a huge fan of household objects...whether it is furnishings or this French Adore Stickerz set:

I used the latest CR84FN color challenge:

I haven't played in a while and absolutely adore this color combo!

Now hippety hop over to Super Candace's blog: