Friday, May 29, 2009

Quickie Teacher Gift….


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This was SO quick It really doesn’t warrant a whole post LOL.

I started with a blank green pot from Wal-Mart (I really don’t live there honest.) and decorated it. I am here to say CTMH’s Rub-Ons attach to shiny ceramic plant pots! The Flower is cut with the Cricut and embossed with the Cuttlebug. The You’re Special sentiment is yet another Rub-On. I use that sentiment a lot as it is SO versatile….and can be used for just about anything.


Cardstock: Colonial White and Sweet leaf CTMH

Other Rub-Ons CTMH, Cricut , Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. 

Hope you are having a great Friday. I am off for another weekend camp with the Girl Scouts and my girls…Hopefully I will be back to post Monday.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Boy Birthday Card….


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Ok this one is for Amy’s school friend who is a boy….nope NOT her boyfriend….he’s a boy, who’s a friend…at least that’s what she tells me hee hee !

I suck at boy cards, (this one is actually an adaptation of a Wishes Father’s Day card) and I am thinking this may be a little mature for an 8 year old….BUT I really love the Game On paper and I loved the effect of the silver bitty brads in the stars. Anyways when you are 8 and a boy (or girl) isn’t all about the gift and the cake and the party???? I will probably wrap the gift in the star B&T paper as well.

Cardstock: Desert Sand and Colonial White CTMH,

Patterned paper: Game On Lv 2 paper pack and My Stickease CTMH

Stamps:  August SOTM It’s Your Day CTMH

Ink:  Cocoa  CTMH

Ribbon: Cocoa grosgrain ribbon CTMH, Brown hemp Wal-Mart

Embellies: Silver Bitty Brads CTMH, square metal rimmed tag CTMH, silver Stickles.

Thanks SO MUCH for all the wonderful comments left on my last 2 cards, it makes my day!

Today was supposed to be warm and clear with a high of 74…perfect! But after a brief appearance this morning…the sun hid and the clouds rolled in and brrrrr the wind picked up..sigh…I guess this is Iowa for you!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday!!!



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Baby Card…..

Using Emboss resist and paper casting.



There are so many techniques out there I want to try..but most of the time they involve spending money and buying even more STUFF!!!!! However, these 2 techniques I could do with the STUFF I had on hand LOL. The paper casting one just uses toilet paper, water, and a stamp set!!!!

I first heard of this technique over at Mere’s lair in this post. I was intrigued enough to try it. I tried 2 different methods…the more time consuming one turned out best, but they both worked pretty well the same. Basically it involves about 10 layers of TP moistened with water then pressed very firmly onto a stamp pad..then left to dry. (the busy method involves a brush and layering the TP on a piece at a time.) Now I look at Mere’s butterfly again I see she distressed the edge of hers with ink and stamped on top as well. TP is pretty annoying stuff to work with in layers the layer you glue down tends to want to detach itself from the next layer.

Anyways I also really wanted to try stamping with script stamps after seeing all Kathi’s gorgeous creations, like this one. And I wanted to try emboss resist. So I combined the two on some glossy paper and that background paper is what happened. Then I put the 2 together and voila!


Stamps: Baby Impressions CTMH, Air Mail CTMH

Ink: Distress Ink Tattered Rose and Fired Brick by Ranger, Versamark pad

Cardstock: White Daisy CTMH, Glossy paper source unknown (I found it in my kids art supplies LOL)

Ribbon: Sassy Strands CTMH, Spare Parts paper Studio

Button: Le Bouton Wal-Mart

Other: Clear embossing pwd CTMH, Connection Club Reward metal tag CTMH, Toilet paper Cottonelle.

Anyways I hope you like it….It looks better in person..not so pinky.

Cold and rainy here again..barely made it to 60 degrees…but it is supposed to get better tomorrow and the weekend. We have a Girl Scout Weekend Camp this weekend so I will be MIA Friday through Sunday again!

I just wanted to say congrats to Laurel over at Laurel’s Place for being picked to be a Card Patterns DT member. I know you all spend time looking at her wonderful creations as I do!!! Congrats Laurel!

Have a wonderful Wednesday.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Unscripted Sketches 07 Card…


(sorry this frosted card doesn’t lend itself well to being photographed)




Wow no posties from me in 3 whole days….I am going into withdrawal.

I hope your Memorial Weekend was a BLAST, suffice it to say that mine was long and BUSY! So much so that even though I was off on Monday I didn’t even have the energy to create anything. I worked in the garden until I got rained out ha ha.

SOOOO today I got down into my little spot and had a go at my fav sketch challenge site..Unscripted Sketches.

A while back I left a comment on the Cuttlebug challenge blog and won some of these cool goodies from Short Cuts. I got these frosted acetate card blanks, acetate and these neato little gift card holders. I used my frosted card blank for this card. And YES I used ANOTHER Button hee hee.


Cardstock Crystal Blue and Chocolate from CTMH, Frosted acetate from Short Cuts., Button from Wal-Mart, Ribbon from Offray, Rub-Ons from CTMH, Flower cut with Spellbinders flower die and Cuttlebug.

OK I hope that supply list isn’t too eeny weeny to see.

How is your Tuesday going?

Here it is 60s and raining ewwww.

My kids have got 3 1/2 more days left at school..then I can wave goodbye to Public School woohooo.

I went out and bought some crocheting supplies and am going to try my hand at it. Hopefully I crochet better than I knit! I am totally inspired by Jeanne’s wonderful creations over at Creative Bliss. WOW, is all I can say…you have to see this awesome project and this amazing card. You go Jeanne You rock!

Have a wonderful Tuesday,


Friday, May 22, 2009

More Wishes Cards…and some flowers.





Ok so these are almost complete copies of some of the workshop cards in Wishes….the ‘almost’ refers to the fact I didn’t have the stamp set they used!  Ohhh and I was too lazy to sew so I paper pierced.

I used the Emporium PP , Friendship Wordpuzzle stamp set, Cocoa grosgrain ribbon, Tickled Pink Stamp set, some brads, and 1 bigger brad. Inks used were Sweet leaf, Cocoa, and  Dutch Blue. Everything was Close To My Heart.

The best bit about these cards was that I created all 3 in under 1 hour!

I Hope everyone is getting ready for a wonderful holiday weekend. I am working this weekend 12 hour shifts so I will prolly post again Monday or Tuesday night!

I will leave you with some yummy pics of the flowers I have in my backyard.

If you are looking for a Clematis I recommend this one…It is called Nelly Moser and it blooms late spring. This one is thriving in a hot location with really crappy soil.


Front view.



These flowers are BIG…I would say  6-8 inches across.


Back View.


One of my peony blooms finally opened.


Zinnia…Allison’s favorite flower.



Now this was just a cool pic….Dew on my Ladies Mantle.


OK enough of my non crafty pictures!

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day Holiday..


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another Roundie from Wishes….



This was a just for fun one that I got from the Wishes book……(YES it has a template CD ROM heard right…BTW So does Originals.) Again I made the card using kraft paper  with my Coluzzle. I ran the foil (from CTMH now discontinued) through my Cuttlebug..that stuff is not easy to cut in a circle! The one paper is from the Rock Star Stack from DCWV, the other was a loose one I got from Joanne’s.  I silver embossed the sentiment from the TLC stamp set from CTMH and stamped the stars from the October Word Puzzle stamp set around the edge.  Quick and cute! I really like the foil in the Cuttlebug….If anyone knows what inks you can use on foil the ‘age’ it can you let me know ….thanks!

I have just started following Marie ‘s blog Isom Cre8tions and it is a TON of fun! Marie apparently has the ability to whip up a card in her lunch break!!!! I am SOOOO jealous. Her cards are really cute…like this one. And this one! Well they are all wonderful so pop on over and take a look!


I hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday….we are having more heat here and the grass is growing like crazy. We just invested in a reel mower!!!!! It is quiet, low maintenance and easy to use. LOVE IT.

Have a great evening!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mojo Monday 87 Card….





So after not doing a Mojo Monday for a while, I had a go again.

I used some new (to me) papers and felt stickers …Wild Saffron by K&C Company. I also used some of CTMH HeartFelts brackets, leaves, and Cocoa ink. The sentiment is from the TLC stamp set from CTMH. The blingy square is a CTMH Connections Club rewards rhinestone frame. I rather like this card and I really like the color combo.


If you have time pop over to Scramping with Carol and say hi…and look at her wonderful art. This layout is just so good. And this bath and body tray is SO cute.


I hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday. My day was busy checking out my home school curriculum for my 3 kids for next year. I have home schooled my eldest daughter for 3 years now, and have made the decision to home school all three of my kids the next school year.  The local public school is failing my children and becoming a very scary place. The teachers are wonderful and try so hard to make school a nurturing place…but sadly this elementary school is no longer a place I can send my children.  I have heard all the arguments against homeschooling but it is something I HAVE to do.

  Thanks for listening.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Circle Card…




…from pg 46 of the new CTMH Wishes Book.

I used the template called Simply Secure. The strip of cardstock is made into a sleeve that fits over the card.

I cut a roughly 4 1/2 circle using my Coluzzle ( I could have used the template loaded on the CD Rom that comes with the book but I was too lazy to load and print it, so my circle is a little smaller.) I used the Bella Lv2 paper pack. The card is cut from Desert Sand cardstock and the sleeve from Vanilla cream. The buttons are stamped with Hollyhock, Olive, and Smokey Plum ink using the Buttoned Together stamp set. I then cut out the buttons and pop dotted them to the card and sleeve. The sentiment is from the same set and inked in Olive and Smokey Plum.

I really LOVE these papers and the colors that coordinate with them…and the new Wishes Book is GORGEOUS.

OK, so if you get a minute head over and say Hi to Grace over at Scrappin’ My Sweethearts. What a sweetie she is and her cards are sooooo good! This card is gorgeous…using one of my fav paper packs…and her Mojo Monday card is awesome!

Hope you are all having a great Tuesday! It warmed UP here…heading into the higher 80s….


Monday, May 18, 2009

Dragon Card….


I got this stamp ages ago from Hobby Lobby for my dragon crazy daughter, who begged me to get it. I couldn’t think how I would use it. Finally, I just stamped and colored it…then I still couldn’t think how to incorporate it in a card. So I went simple and matted and mounted it. My daughter has already claimed it.

Black, red and sunflower cardstock from CTMH. Image stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink  and colored with Copics. 

My daughter tells me this is a Japanese dragon, not a Chinese one, as it has 4 toes….just in case you were wondering, now you know!


If you get a chance go visit Meredith over at Mere’s Lair…Such a fun read. She really is a wonderful blog author and her art is great! Check out this mosaic card. And you HAVE to check out the layout and card in this post.

Hope you are having a wonderful Monday!


Award time!!!!


I was nominated for  this cool blog award by three people!!

Leslie at Pandascrapper

Paula at Scrap Addicts Attic

Jamie at A Happy Scrappy place

Wow I am feeling popular! Hee hee. Thanks guys. I will give it right back to you and everyone else who takes the time to leave a comment.

I think the single most important thing to increase followers and comments on your blog is to go out there and ALWAYS leave a comment on the art you see. If you take the time to look and comment people will take the time to look and comment on your blog.

I will be back with more art here soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Card for Unscripted Sketches 06…





This card came together by accident..ha ha. I was matting the kraft cardstock with black and I put them down. When I looked at them I though ah ha..I can use them like that for the Unscripted Sketch.

I used a new (to me) technique with a brass stencil. You basically use masking tape to secure the stencil then rub this embossing paste over the top (like icing a cake ) using a palette knife. After you scrape off the excess you CAREFULLY lift off the stencil and let dry for 1 hour. The paste dries raised and very cool looking. You can add colors to it but I thought it looked better white. Plus my attempts at coloring just failed dismally.

This was my fifth attempt…I kept messing up. Also please IGNORE the green tint on the white image. I didn’t get all the ink off my stencil from a prior use. After 5 attempts..I thought OH well and used it.

I used White Daisy and Black CTMH Cardstock. The ribbon is CTMH. I ran the white CS through my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The embossed image is on kraft paper and mounted with foam mounting tape. The 3 pearls are from Hobby Lobby.

The embossing paste is from Dreamweaver Stencils. (

I left this card sentiment free as I just thought it looked better plain.


If you get a chance go visit Samie over at Samie’s Sentiments. She has some really cute things to see. These cards are really sweet!


Hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday. It’s cold and windy here. We had to cover our sensitive emerging shoots and annuals as we had a frost warning here this morning. Brrrrr.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Fun Card….






I saw something similar to this in a card book from the library so I thought I would have a go.

I used CTMH Colonial White CS and some B&T from the Emporium Paper pack. I cut a window and sewed a little embroidery floss up and down the window. I used the Aspirations and Cottage Floral Stamp sets for the teeny flowers. Inks were CTMH Holiday Red, Orange, Sunny Yellow, Topiary, Clover Meadow, Dutch Blue, Hydrangea, and Watermelon. The sentiment is from Fringed Phrases and the little dragon fly is from the CTMH die cut felts.

The bigger flowers are pop dotted onto the back of the card, while the smaller ones are stuck to the thread. I cut 2 of each color on the little flowers and glue dotted them together with the thread between them.

I quite like it.

There is a new Social Network that a CTMH consultant called Leisa started called Big Red Scraps. It features all CTMH product artwork. (kind of like Splitcoast Stampers for CTMH). The gallery is a great feature and some of the artwork already posted is phenomenal!

Leisa has her own awesome blog called, you guessed it,…Big Red Scraps. So I have to say  '’ Thanks  Leisa !”


I am EXHAUSTED after the retreat..but we all had a great (if cold) time. It was good to get into my own bed last night.

Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Card for Unscripted Sketches #05




Ok this is for Unscripted Sketches 5th sketch.  I used CTMH Cocoa Cardstock with a little Colonial White and Parchment  thrown in for good measure. The Patterned paper is from DCWV The Green  stack. I used CTMH’s Treetops Stamp set and used Juniper, Twilight and  Cocoa ink. The flowers were cut with a punch and a Juniper Bigger brad was used to hold them in place. I took the pic outside this time, to see if I liked the lighting. The biggest problem is the wind!!!  And  I couldn’t  keep the camera straight while holding onto the card AND trying to keep my shadow out of the pic….sigh.

I am in the middle of packing for the 4 of us to go out of town for the next few days so I will keep this short. Hopefully I can have something posted Friday (I doubt it ) or Saturday.


Thanks everyone, as always, for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Another Doily Card…



Boy was this one a snap to put together! I used CTMH cardstock and a Doily..That’s it!  It is supposed to look like the teacup and pot are on a table.  I used a brass embossing stencil and just rubbed some chalk and ink over the raised embossed edge. I used the Ms Gardner stamp set for the sentiment and popped a tea bag in the flap inside the card. The doily is folded down over the cardstock in front. I saw something similar in a book recently but can’t remember which one.


My shout out today is for Jeanne over at Creative Bliss….along the Tea theme you should see THIS that she made, wowzer!  And these cards are just spectacular. I love Jeanne’s blog. She is so talented and you will see everything there digi Lo’s,  cards,  crochet, knitting, and stitching. It is a joy to visit. Very inspiring.  Made all the more enjoyable as she is such a wonderful person!


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Mother’s Day. I am soooo tired.

I have to get ready for a Home School Retreat for myself and the kids Weds-Fri, camping in a cabin at a beautiful little spot called Hidden Acres in Iowa.  So I will be absent for those days…gasp! No blogging for 3 days arggggggg.  I will survive…no really I am looking forward for a time away from it all to unwind and relax.

Have a wonderful Monday.


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