Thursday, March 28, 2013

Summer Solace Tree Card

I made this card for a dear family member who just lost their spouse. I know sympathy cards can be so hard to make sometimes. This one was no different really.

I hope your days are filled with comfort and peace this Easter season.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Paper Smooches SPARKS Cool Shades Challenge

Happy First Day of Spring! I really liked the colors from this week's Paper Smooches Challenge.
I recently purchased the Spring Fling set at my LSS because my 8 year old fell in love with the bird on it and really wants to use it to make something. We'll see what he comes up with. :)

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I tried several variations of creating this scene but in the end this is how I liked it best. I hope you're all having a beautiful day. Stay crafty friends.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sweet Stamp Shop Chalboard Set Mouse Trap Picture Display

Good Morning Sweet Fans!
I'm over at the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog this morning and
I'm so excited to be able to share this project that I made using the brand new Chalkboard Sign set from 
a few Mouse Traps, some paint and an old wooden board.
I began by removing the catches from all the traps (with a little help from my hubby). Then I painted the board and the traps. Next I stamped the "I love YOU" sentiment on the top of each trap  and the heart on the bottom. Using a piece of chalkboard paper I stamped the banner sentiment, "You are amazing in every Way", and distressed all of the pieces with white ink and smudging. . I attached all of the traps to the board with E6000. I finished off the board by stamping and embossing four banners, writing my children's names and attaching them across the spring part of the trap with hot glue.

The final step was adding their sweet pictures.

I had so much fun making this picture display...good way to use up that new package of traps that's been sitting in my cupboard for years ;)
I get to see their smiling faces even while they're at school!!!
Have a great day and don't forget to leave some time to create.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Li'l Buckaroo turns 8

This cowboy stamp is from Stampin' Up and is called "Cowboy Kid". I water colored the image with Buckaroo Blue, Riding Hood Red, Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede, Old Olive and Marigold Morning inks. The sky is done with Pool Party ink. I colored his face with Copic markers The red paper and star pin are Basic Grey and the wood paper is MME. Vintage ribbon. 

I can't believe this crazy little dude is turning 8 today. I know we were put on this earth to be tested and challenged and my sweet boy is definitive proof of that. He has the hugest heart and the wildest imagination out there. He loves to play with his best friend and his brothers and sister. He does not, however, like to clean unless I'm right there alongside him every step of the way. He loves to give me hugs and is super affectionate. His brain is a super sponge and anything his teacher tells him he comes home and repeats verbatim  and with enthusiasm. You should hear him recite the inscription found on the Statue of Liberty...he amazes me. He is passionate and has strong feelings that are hard for him to express sometimes. I love him with every bit of my soul. His favorite movie right now is Wreck it Ralph . He really likes history and math and science...he had a hard time choosing ;). I think he may have a crush on a girl at school but he adamantly refuses to admit it. His smile melts even the most frigid heart. We're so lucky.
Happy birthday to my Li'l Buckaroo. Thank you for helping me to grow in so many ways.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A little more sweet in your day

Good day to you crafty friends!!

The new Kiss Me set from Sweet Stamp Shop is so darn cute. I paired it with the Perfect Match set to get this sentiment just right. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mama Elephant Sketch Challenge02

I had fun making this card for the Mama Elephant Sketch Challenge 02. They have great stamps that are on trend and are fun to work with. I made a vellum pocket with the book card stamp, adding sequins in the pocket. I love the little vintage typewriter.
You can see the sketch here.
Hope you have a super day! Keep creating!

Sweet Stamp Shop March Release Alpha Tabs

Hello and welcome to day two of Sweet Stamp Shop's March Release!

There's a fun new alphabet set called Alpha Tabs that has great dymo label style sentiments.
I paired it in my first card with Sweet Stamp Shop's Pattern Craze.

On this card I paired my alpha tabs set with the "paint chip" stamp from Color Wheel which is oh so fun to color! I love the simplicity of this design.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sweet Stamp Shop March Release Kiss Me & Chalkboard Sign

Hello friends!! Have I got some goodness in store for you. Nicole has done it again over at the Sweet Stamp Shop and has created such yumminess for us to play with!
I whipped up this batch of feathered friends to share with you.

You'll be able to use each part of these sets from the smallest polka dot to the biggest,
scrolly chalkboard signage.

Hop on over to the SWEET STAMP SHOP BLOG and see what the other girls have created for these SWEET release.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Art City Records Contest

Hello out there to all my readers...this isn't my normal scrappy/crafty post but it's totally worthwhile. :)
You see, this young man above used to babysit my kiddos, do yardwork when I was desperate, and sing/play the ukelele for the local senior care facility on occasion. He's currently competing in singing competition. If he wins he'll be able to record a song and have it for sale on itures!!!!! How cool is that.
Soooooooo dear readers.
Go here to listen to him
and then
you'll have to like Art City Records first and then just click on Allen's picture. PS if you click on any of the other pictures first, that's a vote for them. :)

Thank you so much. I think this will be something great that will help him pay for college 
and get him on his way!
Have a super day1

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Planking, Owling, Harlem Shaking...

As in it's supposed to be "then" not "than" :)
Have a happy day.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Practical Scrappers TOP FIVE card contest.

I'm so very happy to announce that I made the practical scrappers top five!
There's no voting this round as the design team will be choosing the winner but I just have to say that it has been a super fun ride.
A special thanks to Christine who ran the show and a special, special
thanks to all those who cast a vote in my favor.
I am in the running with two dear ladies who I adore. I love that I have such talented friends.

Hop on over to
and see the top five cards that were chosen.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Scrapbook Steals March Blog Hop

Hello there, and welcome to Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop. If you haven't come here from the
Scrapbook Steals blog go ahead and start at the very beginning. :)
Today Scrapbook Steals is featuring
washi tape from
they have such great scrapbooking supplies to steal every day.

You can find the washi tape flower tutorial on YouTube

One of my favorite ways to use washi is to make rosettes or washi flowers out of it. I paired up this washi with some super fun stamps from the Sweet Stamp Shop!

I had these great pictures of my little guy playing with his cars and "making tracks". I made my own "washi blocks" and cut a decorative edge on them. I think they add a great element to the page.

Lots of fun ways to use washi! Hop on the bandwagon and make your very own
flowers, stripes, and full covered pieces!

Thanks for stopping by now head on over to
and see the beautiful things she has created.
By commenting you are entered into the $20 Scrapbook Steals gift cert!!!