Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hexagons in Kraft and Orange-Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

When I saw the inspiration picture for this weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge I fell in love. Challenge #48 over at Use it Tuesday is also about my fave colors. This week is the Picture Perfect Challenge and you're supposed to use the pic to inspire your creation. I LOVE the color orange so it wasn't very hard for me. I began by stamping the the hexagons from the Geo-Graphic set multiple times and then embossed in white to mimic he headboard. I added some jewels as "finishing nails" on the left of my card. A little pop of gray and some washi tape and we're good.
I have quite a few PS stamps but I wanted to see how it would be to use one of their FREE digi images so I downloaded this adorable sun and got to coloring.
This sweet image can be found here. Hope you're all having a super day. Don't forget to leave some time to create. HUGS!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Simon Says Stamp Paper Piecing

I used my LC embossing folder to dry emboss the Kraft paper and swiped my Versamark pad over the top of it. I then embossed it with white embossing powder and colored in the negative spaces.
Hope you are all having a super weekend.

Friday, January 25, 2013

We Have A Winner

Please go HERE to see the 
Rafflecopter Winner for my 60,000 hits give away.
Caryn S. please message me me your address at
mistrav @ yahoo dot com

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wood Grain Paper Girls Challenge

Paper Girls Challenge #24
The new PG challenge is to use wood somehow on your layout. I used my SU woodgrain background stamp and created a few different patterned papers with it. This week's Monday Craft Madness #10 over at Scrapbook Steals was to use Sparkle and Shine.
I also used Scrapbook Steals Jade #6 Sketch to create this layout.

The papers are a mix of handmade, MME and Basic Grey Fact & Fiction

Hope you're having a super time. Headed out today to see Les Miserables for the second time :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Just a Happy Card

Using up my stash of odds and ends feels good.
Stampin' Up chipboard
K&I Flashback clear stamps
Basic Grey Fact & Fiction Collection paper
Plastic alpha from joanns

Hope you're having a happy day.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Drafts Challenge

I made this card for the Paper Smooches Designer Drafts Challenge. It was a fun sketch to work with.
I'm also entering this into the Scrapbook Steals Monday Craft Madness Rhinestone Challenge.
I hope you're having a great day! Stay Crafty.

I can't seem so stop using the Basic Grey Fact & Fiction Collection...I might need to be committed ;)
Also linking up to 52 Card Pikup 2.3. Making 52 cards in a year should be easy ;)
LOOKING FOR THE GIVE AWAY follow the link.


Recently my li'l ole blog reached a little milestone of 60,000 hits (that's even after having to start over once :)) So I'm offering up this blog bootay for one of my dear readers.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Polka Dot Card Pinspired Challenge #1

I made this card for Pinspired Challenges #1 Challenge.

I loved the brightly colored polka dots and the jelly beans on the cake so that's where I went with my card. You should come and join in the fun. I began by making a mask with circle punch outs and then sponged in different colored inks through the mask. I will try to get a tutorial on that soon. I hope my friend Erin likes her birthday card.

Used Distress Inks in
Picked Raspberry
Shabby Shutters
Tumbled Glass
Shaded Lilac
Oh yeah, and lest I forget. I will be posting a picture of the giveaway goodies sometime this week.
Have a super day!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Vintage Challenge and Blog Give Away

I made this card for the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge which was to make a card in VINTAGE style.  I'm not sure this card is exactly vintage but it's my interpretation. :)

I stamped the suitcase image from Paper Smooches "Get Outta Town" set on a book page and fussy cut it. I like the look it gives to the image. I then colored the cases with my prisma markers. I added texture by stamping a porcelain background stamp on the base paper. The patterned papers are from Basic Grey's Fact & Fiction collections.
Hope you're having a great weekend. Take care! Stay crafty.
I will be doing a Give Away on my blog in a few days because wonder of all wonders I've reached 60,000 hits. I think that calls for a celebration, oh, that and the fact that it's gonna be my BIRTHDAY!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Take me to the Library

Here's my final entry into the Paper Girl's Challenge # 23 to use Ledger Paper. I also used my Geek Chic stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop for this page about my little and his escapades at the library. And big thanks to my friend Cristine who gave me the stamp set with the doodled arches.He loves going and crafting. Some day I'm sure he'll love the story just as much. He has major ants in his pants.

The circles are from the Basic Grey Fact & Fiction Collection plus some punched book page ones. I hope your weekend is going great!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Eggplant Mozarella Melt

image and recipe link fond at the above link.
Don't walk...RUN...to your nearest grocer and get yourself some eggplant to make this delicious, melty meal. It is heaven to the taste buds.
I used Costco's Pugliese Italian Bread for my base and some premium jarred pasta sauce (without any HFCS) and topped it with some mozzarella.
Everyone in my family loved it-from my little four year old guy all the way to my big hunky guy.
Go try this easy recipe for yourself.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Rustic Wood LOVE Valentine's Day Card

ScrapbookSteals Monday Craft Madness #8 was to do something for Valentine's Day. I , of course, needed a card for my sweet honey. I thought using wood would make it a little more masculine. I also used RetroSketches #45 to start my card off right. :)

I used the Stampin' Up Headline Alpha for "LOVE" with Real Red ink. I then used my white Uniball Signo gel pen to doodle over the letters. Who needs Thickers, right?
Natural twine and a triple heart punch from Stampin' Up and I was done.
The patterned paper is from Basic Grey
Thanks to Scrapbook Steals and Retrosketches for some inspiration!
Also linking up to 52 Card Pick Up's Challenge

New Year's Eve and Family

We rang in the New Year at home, surrounded by our munchkins who stayed up later than I did as I wasn't feeling very well. We enjoyed Shirley Temples (a family tradition since I was a child) and dad's homemade nacho sauce. He really knows how to work with processed cheese ;).

Mostly, Trav and the kids played Skylanders. It's been pretty huge around our house since someone secretly bought it for our children even though mom said no and really dislikes console games because they're such time wasters...I mean come on...you could've learned to basket weave in the time it takes to beat a few levels, BUT I digress...I was an enjoyable evening.
My marriage ROCKS, seriously :).

The next day Travis' brother and his family arrived here from California (it was their second day and they actually came from Arizona that day) on their way to Virginia. A BIG move for their sweet family.

Sterling is holding his own in the losing hair department despite the fact that he's 5 years Travis' junior. This picture was his idea...for posterity you know.

The girls were so excited that it snowed being from CA and all. They really wanted to make snow angels but it's been so dry here all summer that there's no ground cover so they would be more like mud angels.

She is such a sweet little girl! She came right to me although we've never met until that night. Awww.

Cousins RULE!

There's my snuggler, doin' his thing. Can't wait to get some of these printed and scrapped.
Hope you're enjoying your family and fun times.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I Sure Can Pick 'Em

Paper Girls Challenge and Scrapbook Steals

I can't believe I actually scrapbooked!!! It's a back to school miracle. I used Scrapbook Steals
Jade #4 Sketch as my jumping off point for this layout and I used the Paper Girls Challenge #23 to use ledger paper in some way on my project. This is a layout about my friend Jennay and I. Our families went raspberry picking this summer and we spent WAY too much money on raspberries (like $40.00 because I misread the price of a bucket)...but we ate every last one and they were so yummy. So here's to you, Jen, my karaoke queen.

I am really happy with how it came out. Seriously in love with Basic Grey's Fact & Fiction collections.

I used OA Sprinklers to grunge it up a little

Whenever I see that meme about not being afraid to look stupid because nothing great will ever happen to you I always think of Jenn.
Friends to the end babay!

Monday, January 07, 2013

Water Color Flower Card

I love coloring. So glad that I can keep doing it as an adult :)

Have you guys seen the Basic Grey Fact and Fictions collections? I am in adoration of them.
This stamp set is from Stampin' Up.
Washi from DowntownTape.com
Distress Ink from Tim Holtz
Have a scrappy day!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Water Colored Aqua Flowers Card

There was a great color challenge on the Create blog this month.

This is my take on it. Hope you're all having a great weekend. I have barely had time to sit still.
Tomorrow we have early church again and hopefully I'll be able to rest up...
um, oh yeah
I still have to put ALL of my Christmas stuff away. :(

Friday, January 04, 2013

Kiwi Lane January Blog Hop

Hey there! Welcome to the Kiwi Lane Designs blog hop.
Make sure you start at the beginning at Kiwi Lane.
Have you heard about
They make these great designer templates that you can use to add fun shapes and layers to any project.
I used their Abbey Road Mini Templates on my cards.
 I love the ease of use and the way they add interest to my cards. It took me mere minutes to cut out all of these layers and I then used the other sides of the cut to make my next card. TWO FOR ONE!!!

You can ink the edges of  your cuts to make them pop or you can leave them as is.

A random winner will be chosen from among the blog comments on each of your stops along the way. The prize is a $25 gift certificate to shop at the Kiwi Lane Store!!!

Now head on over to

Megan Klauer's blog 

for the next amazing project.
If you want to own some of these amazing templates from Kiwi Lane
then head on over to the
and check out the offerings.
Have a super happy day and don't forget to make some time to create.

Entering these cuties in the Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes Challenge