Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

It is Christmas time and it means that 2016 is almost at an end.  I just decorated my tree a week ago, cards in the mail (finally) and the annual cookie exchange at Shelley's has been enjoyed.  Now time to relax with family.

So many things have happened this year, and I wish each of my family and friends a very Happy New Year and the best of everything for 2017!

Two simple cards to share this month.

Stamps and Dies: Stampin Up

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving and the Start of Christmas Shopping

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is passed, the leftovers almost all eaten, and now I am looking toward December!  My family that got my giving thanks card also got a little gift card to start the shopping season off to a start.  Hope everyone enjoys the stores I picked.

I loved the prima paper dolls, but have not found a lot of time to use them, so I dressed one up for a thanksgiving card.  I also used an old pack of Basic Grey paper - so sad that I will not be able to get any more since they shut down their scrapbook shop and now focus on fabric.

To my friends and family, keep safe, keep warm and do not try to do too much!

Paper: Basic Grey (Lucille)
Dies: Sizzix (Hello You, Friendship Words Script)
Stamps: Amy R Stamps (Sassy Sentiments), Prima (Doll 910198)
Other: Prima (Tag Pad, Flowers-Cinderella Collection)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween!

I have so much fun crafting when I pull out my Doodlebug papers - they make me smile!  Todays card was done with a little Tim Holtz stamps and texture fades with a silly little Doodlebug addition.

I have always enjoyed Halloween, but this year we added a "permanent" decoration - yesterday we went to the spca and picked up an older cat which we named Spooky Boo, she is a beautiful shiny solid black.  She settled in and today is spending time napping on the sofa - just like she has lived here forever.  She even ignores the yelling at the football games that are on today.  A perfect addition to the family!

Stamp: Stampers Anonymous (Halloween Silhouettes)
Texture Fade: Sizzix (Halloween Background & Borders)
Paper: Doodlebug Design inc (Haunted Manor)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Happy Sweetest Day

October 15th is Sweetest Day, and I could not think of anything cuter and sweeter than a doughnut.  I used three different cricut cartridges to come up with the front of the card.  So happy sweetest day to everyone - go out and enjoy a sweet treat with your sweeties!

Paper and Accessories:  (Unforgetable) My Mind's Eye
Cricut Cartridges:  CTMH-Art Booking (Sweet Banner), Sweet Shop (Donut), Campin Critters (of the Day)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Happy Fall 2016

It is officially Fall!  I am not sure how the leaves on the trees here know to drop off, it is still 90 degrees, so it certainly is not the cooler weather!

I cannot believe how quickly the year has blown by, soon it will be winter and all the holidays that come with it.

Todays card makes me smile, how can you go wrong using Lawn Fawn products!

Almost Everything:  Lawn Fawn (Into the Woods)
Images:  Cricut (Create a Critter 2 cartridge)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Are You Ready For Some Football?

It is that time of the year when football starts up, and I hear many of my family and friends clapping with joy.  I also hear many of them sighing with a twinge of disgust and sadness.  Naturally in my household, football reigns supreme as a Sunday, Monday and Thursday activity with a little Saturday college football thrown in. 

This card is for the football lovers and those that merely tolerate it.

Paper and Accessories:  Graphic 45 (Good Ol' Sport)
Stamps:  CTMH (Play Hard - Football)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

National Aviation Day

Hello.  August is a slow month for holidays, but I happened to have the perfect stamp and idea for the August 19th holiday - National Aviation Day.  Without the world of aviation, a trip to Hawaii would go from a 5 hour airline flight to a 5 day boat trip.  So a salute to Aviation, bringing the world closer together!

This card is a shaker - it always looks so easy until I try it myself.  Enjoy the rest of summer!

Paper, stamps and accessories:  Basic Grey (What's Up)
Dies: Papertrey Ink (Shakers and Sprinkles Market Kit)
Sentiment: Amy R Stamps (Be Happy)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy 4th 2016

Happy 4th of July!  It is time for sparklers, parades and barbecue, and hopefully everyone stays out of the sun and does not add sunburns to the list.

This card was done using all Close to My Heart goodies - hope everyone gets to enjoy the three day weekend!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer 2016

I cannot believe summer is already here, although I should not be too surprised, since we have already had a week over 100 degrees – more than two weeks ago!

I cannot say I love this card, there is just something off, and I cannot figure out what the issue is.  However, at a certain point you just have to stop fiddling and get the card in the mail.  Oh well, I guess it is a lesson to be learned, not everything is “perfect”!

Enjoy summer, stay cool and hydrated!

Patterned Paper: (Baby Jane) Cosmo Cricket
Stamp:  (Stella Strawberry) Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps, (Simply Said) Paper Smooches
Dies: (Strawberry) Sizzix

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mothers' Day 2016

Happy Mothers' Day to all my friends and family that are mothers, and to my friends and family who mother me.  It is springtime - but it is raining here, and kind of dreary.  However, my herb pot and tomatoes are loving it!

I loved the colors in the Ariana Paper pack by CTMH and it inspired my card, add just a little two step stamping and I was done.  I resisted adding bling, although I so wanted to, and looking at the photos, I should have added bling.

Paper, Accessories and Stamp:  CTMH (Ariana assort)
Dies: MFT (pierced circle stax, pinking edge circle stax); CC Designs (leaves); Simon Says Stamp (banners)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day on April 22nd!  It is time to start your garden.  I have planted an herb garden and a tomato plant (mini cherry).  I planted the herb garden in an old strawberry jar that my mother painted - hopefully everything grows, it looks so pretty, it just makes me smile.  

This card used a LaBlanche stamp - which gives an amazing level of detail.  I colorized part of the image with Prisma color pencils and some gamsol to smooth it over.  I also embossed a cloud background on the cardstock.

Enjoy spring!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!  I try and remember everyone I love at this time of year, sometimes we forget to show people how much we care.

I made a little flip-its card to celebrate.  Enjoy a piece of chocolate for me!

Paper:  (Beautiful Moments) Carta Bella
Stamps: (Holiday Tags, Nature's Delight, Lovable) CMTH
Die: (Triple Square Flip-its) Stephanie Bernard for Sizzix

Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 2016 - Happy Belly Laugh Day

Sometimes all you need is a laugh and today's card celebrates just that!  I have a collection of glass effect gel pens from Viva, and thought a few little splashes would make the card.

Stamps:  (You Are My Happy) CTMH, (You Are The Best, Radiant Banner) Hero Arts
Inks:  Hero Arts

Monday, January 18, 2016

Birthdays 2016

I was trying to make the perfect card for my father's birthday.  I kept making the perfect card for everybody else's birthday (those balloon animals are so cute).  I tried my new cricut explore, all kinds of inks and dies - and the final one here is the perfect card for him!

Paper, Ink, Embellishments, Dies:  Stamps of Life
Stamps:  (Balloon Animals) CTMH, (Crazy Birds collection) Stampers Anonymous with Tim Holtz