Saturday, October 25, 2014


October is Pastor Appreciation month.  Nothing like waiting until the last week of October, but here is my card for a wonderful pastor.
 And here is the inside:

Raisin Boat #28--thankful
Fussy & Fancy #25--orange & black
Pattie's Creations #102--autumn colors in the image (my image is very small, but it has autumn colors)
Our Daily Bread Designs #216--Scripture Inspiration: Ecclesiasted 3:1--I was inspired by the "season" theme in the verse and also by the following verses which talk about a "time" for different things in our lives
Tuesday Throwdown #218--Halloween colors (I hope orange and black count as enough)
Shopping Our Stash #174--Halloween colors (I hope orange and black count as enough--there is also a tiny bit of green)
Sugar Pea Designs #10--give thanks
C.R.A.F.T. #282--autumn
D.R.S. Designs #145--thankful
Brown Sugar #117--anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #80--anything goes
Crafty Catz #252--anything goes
Viva La Verve October week 4--sketch

Stamps: PTI "Hands of Time" and "Through the Trees"; SU! "Lovely as a Tree"; Verve "Beautiful You" sentiment inside
Dies: PTI leaf die; spellbinders classic circles, large
PTI canvas/linen texture plate

Friday, October 24, 2014


Happy Friday!!  Time for another challenge from Christmas Stampin' All Year Long.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration pic for you:

So many options to pull your inspiration from there.  Our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will receive 7 images of their choice.  Here is my card:

When was the last time you left an image uncolored?  It was so hard to leave it plain!!  I'm still not really sure I like it, but it definitely does give a totally different (and fun) look to the card.

ABC Christmas--U for uncolored
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #199--something forgotten or never used (It isn't exactly forgotten, but I have had that green plaid paper forever and have never used much of it--it needs a special card, you know?)
Treasured Times Challenge #27--anything goes
Craft Hoarder's Anonymous #318--Layer it!
Sweet Stamps #192--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--get ready for Christmas
The Stamping Chef #52--anything goes
MFT #199--sketch
Divas by Design--Festive Florals/Christmas flowers
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Delightful Challenge--3's not a crowd (I used three rhinestones on the poinsettia and three gumdrops in the upper right corner)
Little Miss Muffet #97--If you go down to the woods (use a bear or fairy)

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Poinsettia Bear" digi; Verve "Ornamental Christmas"
Dies: spellbinders "Layered Poinsettias"; Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Give Thanks

This is not a traditional give thanks card for this time of year, but I really do like how it turned out.  I had the sponged image laying around for several years and finally decided to make it work.  I stamped the sentiment and finished it off with a bright pink bow just for a bit of interest.

Raisin Boat #28--thankful
Verve Diva Dare October--Pink Power
Sister Act Card Challenge #79--anything goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #50--anything goes with a twist: add pink
The Paper Girls Challenge #66--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #155--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Sugar Pea Designs #10--give thanks
DRS Designs #145--so thankful

Stamps: Verve "I Chronicles 16:34" plain jane; I think the floral image is from Inkadinkadoo

Friday, October 17, 2014


Happy Friday!  It's time for another challenge from Christmas Stampin' All Year Long and this week it is a super easy one: Anything Goes!  Our sponsor is Anne's Digital.  I'm not sure what the prize is yet, but it will be a good one.  Here is my card using this stunning Poinsettia image:
I printed out the image and colored it up with markers.  Then I stamped the sentiment and it still looked like it needed something, so I drew the black frame around the image and sentiment using a ruler and a very fine tipped pen.  It just really draws the two together and finishes it off.  Now let's see what you can do.

Crafty Ribbons #104--Christmas past (this is about as vintage-y as I get)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge #198--use something round (my 3 YNS gumdrops are round)
The Paper Nest Dolls #21--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #154--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
The Stamping Chef #51--anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky #233--Christmas with the optional challenge of bags, boxes, tags

Stamps: Anne's Digital "Poinsettia" digi; Verve "Richly Blessed"
YNS Gumdrops

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Richly Blessed

Hi, everyone!  It's time for some mid-month inspiration from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  It's a month-long, anything goes challenge and Christmas is coming so it's time to get working on those Christmas cards!  Here is my inspiration for you:
I absolutely adore this card!!  If I were to mass produce cards, I think this would be the style I would go with.  Elegant looking, but simple.  Time to get crafting!

Milk Coffee Challenge--lots of layers
Crimbo Crackers #67--anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #251--sketch

Stamps: Verve "Richly Blessed"
Dies/embossing folder: spellbinders "Radiant Rectangles" and "On the Edge" dies; cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Never be afraid . . .

Don't you just love the sentiment on this card?  I sure do.  I was in a "use up what I have and make a CAS card" kind of mood when I made this one.  I had pulled out a bunch of old card stock and some bits and pieces that I had left over from various projects and challenged myself to use up some of them.  So, this cardstock, I've had for ages and I think I even got it at a yard sale, so who knows how long it's been around.  And the sponged background was an attempt at something for a different challenge a looooong time ago.  It didn't work at that point, but I decided it would make a pretty background for something now.  And it did.

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Krafty Krop #4--pretty in pink
Fussy & Fancy #124--lots of pink or Breast Cancer awareness
Our Daily Bread Designs #215--anything goes as long as you use an ODBD stamp
Paper Pretties #38--CAS
Sentimental Sunday #227--bling it up
Word Art Wednesday #153--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Sister Act Card Challenge--anything goes
Verve October Diva Dare--pink power

Stamps: ODBD "Corrie Ten Boom"; Verve "Be Blessed"; PTI "Mat Stack #2" flourishes around sentiment

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fabulous Birthday

One of my most favorite stamp sets ever is this "Sweet Life" by PTI.  The roses are just so gorgeous.  You can't tell in the photo, but I added a bit of sparkle along the petals with a glitter pen.

Dis Digis--girly
Treasured Times #26--anything goes
Love To Scrap Challenge #39--anything goes (no digis)
The Paper Girls #65--solid cardstock
The Stamping Chef #50--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #153--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Stamps: PTI "The Sweet Life"; Verve "Better Together" sentiment and dots
Dies: PTI "The Sweet Life"