Is this clean and graphic?

I shared almost all of the cards I created for the Moxie Fab World challenges last week except the clean and graphic one. I honestly struggled with this. I don't think I know this style or how to create it. I am way too complex. Which is kinda ironic since I rarely wear makeup, my nails are usually "au natural", my hair is worn in a pony tail or clip, and I only wear my engagement ring and watch on a regular basis. So what does that mean? I thought it meant I was a simple girl. I love the look of straight lines, smooth surfaces, and a punch of color. Hmmm. My cards don't portray that at all though.
This is as clean and graphic as this lady can get.
I based it on the Get Sketchy #3 challenge. Thanks for dropping by!

Supplies: cardstock: Stampin' Up Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy; pattern paper: MAMBI; stamp: Scenic Route; ink: Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy; ribbon: Wright's; button: Dress It Up; floss: DMC


More Moxie Fab World cards mixed with Card Patterns #30

I'm back! I wanted to complete a few more of the challenges from Moxie Fab World. I have Friday's technique: stamping and Thursday's classy and elegant.

The first card uses Card Patterns #30 sketch and is based on the classy and elegant style for Moxie Fab World. I used an embossed pattern paper by ummm...I forget the maker..anyhow I did a little fussy cutting and paper piecing and finally added some embossed swiss dot paper on a stripe pinking shear edge card. The paper lace is K & Co. and I thought it was perfect as a elegant touch since I was looking for something dressy. Of course I had to add a little bit of bling to the poinsettia. ;-)

Close up of paper piecing and the embossed shiny paper:

Supplies: cardstock: Recollections white and Bazzill Swiss dot; pattern paper:unknown; paper lace: K & Co. ; bling: Ranger Stickles

This next card I did for Friday's stamping challenge at Moxie Fab World. It's been a bit since I pulled out all the my inks so I was happy to try this one. This is a simpler card. I wanted to showcase the stamps and also have something I can mail easily for the holidays. Usually my cards are so bumpy and lumpy I have to send in a padded envelope to ensure it arrives intact.

Supplies: cardstock: Stampin Up eggplant and old olive; pattern paper: unknown; stamps: Stampin' Up background; sentiment and tree: Wal-Mart; ink: Brilliant Black and Versamark; eyelets: Making Memories gold; fibers: hemp; other: circle punch


Moxie Fab World and a big bear hug!

I have three cards for today with completely different styles. Two cards are for the Moxie Fab World blog Holiday Cards & More Week. Cath has been challenging card makers to various styles such as cute and fun, clean and graphic, and vintage and shabby chic. I made a card for the cute and fun and vintage and shabby chic. If time allows, I hope to work on the other three challenges this weekend. We'll see though. ;-)

My cute and fun card:

Supplies: cardstock: Bazzill pink and light blue; pattern paper: Pink Paislee; tag: Melissa Frances Holiday Tag book;trim and button: craft supply; floss: Prism light blue

This card is for the vintage and shabby chic style:

Supplies: All items from Melissa Frances scrapbook kit except: ribbon: Target; button: Making Memories; and rhinestones: KaiserCraft

Which brings me to my last card for today and it uses Laura's sketch from 2S4Y. Did you know it's Laura's birthday today! A big happy birthday to you Laura!!

Supplies: cardstock: Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise; pattern paper: Bella Blvd; chipboard sticker: Cosmo Cricket Jack's World; ribbon and rhinestones: Michael's; brad: Making Memories

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New sketch for Paper Popsicles blog

oops! Almost forgot today was Wednesday and that the new card sketch for Paper Popsicles gets posted. I go away for a week and things begin to slip my mind. The unstructured Summer days are wearing me away. Thank goodness that all changes next week. :-)

Okay the new card sketch :

Supplies: cardstock: The Paper Co. kraft; pattern paper: Cosmo Cricket Earth Love; ribbon: craft supply; rhinestones: Kaisercraft; button: Dress It Up; floss: DMC

This week's prize: 3 shaped card templates! There are many varieties to select from. Also, in just a few more days Paper Pospicles will launch their new digital stamp kit. :-)

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Gettin' creative again

Oh am I ever happy to be getting back into my daily routine and creating again. :-)

I am working on some Halloween cards using my new Reminisce Halloween papers. This card uses the Get Sketchy #2 sketch. I love this one because it reminds me of a wrapped package.

Supplies: cardstock: Wausau white; pattern paper and stickers: Reminisce The Halloween Collection; fibers: black boa; ribbon: Jo' Ann's organdy; button: craft supply; floss: DMC white



Back from vacation with lots to share!

Whew! Long trip home yesterday but made it back safely from the annual family vacation. It was great to spend time with the family and enjoy the salt air. We were so lucky, it only rained briefly on Friday and it was a short shower. J had fun and stayed in the water most of the time. I forgot to take my camera a few days yet still managed to get 200 pictures. Doh! I plan to work on a mini album next week.
Anyhow, I was a little lost without my creative outlet so I read 2 of the Sookie Stackhouse books which the series, "True Blood" is based upon. Fun reads for the beach and addictive once you start. I am moving onto #5 in the series.

Enough of my rambling...I have many cards to share this evening. My first is for the Paper Popsicles blog card sketch this week. Melissa generously offered to take over for me this week and made a really great sketch. Here it is:

and here's my card based on her sketch and using Linda's card challenge from The Shaker Box's Sizzlin' Summer crop which is going on right now. There are challenges, games, and Design Team positions being offered so check it out!
Supplies: cardstock: The Paper Co. kraft and Bazzill; pattern paper: Cosmo Cricket; stickers: Scenic Route and American Crafts

This card is for a sketch at Sizzlin' Summer crop at The Shaker Box by Tami Mayberry:

and here is mine:

Supplies: cardstock: The Paper Co. kraft; pattern paper: Cosmo Cricket; button: Making Memories; floss: DMC; ribbon: from craft supply

Wait! There's more!!

I did a sketch for the Apron Strings blog party and it is featured today!

My sketch:

I had a mini album I picked up years ago at the big W. It came with a few apple die cuts and stickers which I decided to use on the cover. I also used some Cosmo Cricket paper, American Crafts alphabet sticker, Target rhinestones, and an unknown plastic pencil tag.

Okay, that's it for now. "True Blood" starts in ten minutes so I need to go. Have a great evening and thanks for visiting my blog!


CAS card for The Pink Elephant challenge

The Pink Elephant challenge is to create a summer card. I made a CAS card because sometimes I am just a simple gal. :-)

Supplies: cardstock: Wausau white;pattern paper and journal card: SEI; ribbon and button: craft supply



Get Sketchy

Before I left for vacation, I just had to try the first card sketch issued by Get Sketchy. I am finally posting it to my blog after several days of being without internet access. Oh how I love my laptop! This blog is loaded with eye candy! Hop on over and look around. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Here's their sketch:

and my card based on the sketch:

Sorry, I do not have the supplies used on hand currently. I will update when I get back. Thanks!



A few before my hiatus

Well, try as I may I was not able to complete everything I wanted to get done before leaving for vacation. So... again that puts me in the slacker category but what I can say? If I didn't cut the grass my neighbors were threatening to fork my house. As painful as it may be for someone to put all those forks in the ground, it would be me pulling them out and the mallet was mentioned to make sure they were down in there good. Eeekkk! So I cut the grass today. Yep, it's not fun. It's a hideous task that I so wish my beloved fiance would do, but he's busy elsewhere. Boo-hiss.
And now I sit after laundry, mowing, cleaning, shopping, and packing to share a few cards with you before I leave.

Apparently I made a card for Card Patterns sketch #27 last week but never took a picture. Grrrr to me on that bo-bo move. Anyhow...the first card is last week's sketch

Supplies: cardstock: Prism paper; pattern paper and sticker: Cosmo Cricket Nevermore; rub-on: Royal Brush; rhinestones: Target Dollar spot; floss: Prism; glitter glue: Stickles

Here is this week's card based on the #28 sketch. You have to see what Julia Stainton made! She is the GDT for this week and it is beautiful!

Supplies: pattern paper: Imaginisce; acetate butterfly: K & Co; ribbon: craft supply; button: Dress It Up

Card Patterns ( Michelle) announced it will be changing a few things around with the design team and welcomed a new artist and sadly said good bye to another. I love seeing the DT's work each week and like the unique styles of every artist. Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration you offer DT! I am look forward to seeing Nina's work but will miss Peter's.


Recycled goodness

Today I did a repurposing/recycling of my cereal box to create a gift bag. I used the ICS sketch for the front. This week Tricia Gordon made the sketch and it is a great one! It has fun angles and curves. The DT have some wonderful examples so be sure to visit the blog and check it out.

Here's the box I started with:

I cut it in half and then covered with paper. I painted the inside with red paint and around the edges. Next I added the burlap, felt apple, and apple pattern paper. I stamped a tag from craft cardstock and attached 4 eyelets to make the bag's handles. I tied the handles with ric rac and used twine for the tag. Tada...

Here is a better view of it hanging on a door knob.

Supplies: cereal box; cardstock: The Paper Co.; pattern paper: Reminisce; stamp: Stampin' Up; ink: Archival Sepia; ric rac: Wright's green; eyelets, burlap, felt, and twine: craft supply; other: red paint

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So much sadness

Yesterday was not an easy day. Simon's dog, Ebony, a 19 year old black lab mix, was put to sleep after discovering there was no cure for her ailment. She fell down the stairs Monday evening and was in tremendous pain. Simon took her to the vet and discovered that her fibula bone on the back right leg was worn down and the only thing connecting it to the femur was an implant she had over 10 years ago. She was not able to apply any weight to the leg and was having difficulty getting up and down. The other leg also had an implant and the bone was deteriorated as well. The only option was amputation but then she would be immobile and if you knew Ebony, it was not her style. She was angry at Simon and I for trying to help her these past few months to get up. It was a horrible scenario and my heart broke every time I saw her struggling to rise. She must have been in so much pain. Poor Simon is beside himself with sadness. She followed him everywhere. If he left the room, she was right behind him. :-(

So today no cards to share. I made this recycled mini album a bit ago and thought it would be a cute album of Ebony and her dog door. She was always sticking her head out and looking around to see what was going on. She came and went as she liked throughout the day. She enjoyed walking around in the yard each day. She followed the length of the fence sniffing and investigating the grounds. I would watch her from the kitchen window wandering around the yard. Sometimes she would look up at me watching her and our eyes met for a few seconds. Just so sad that I won't see her walking around the backyard anymore. Only in my memories.

Below is the mini album I made of her and the dog door. I finally printed the pictures and completed the album recently and as an ode to Ebony, I am sharing it tonight.

Sorry these first few shots are blurry.

Rest in peace Ebony.


Unscripted Sketches #18

Yet another great blog I found recently that offers card sketches. I don't think I am capable of passing up a card sketch. Esepcially when I see one as great as this offered on Unscripted Sketches' .

My card is CAS which I am happy about because I think I have a tendency to overdo some of my cards. Sometimes it's just nice to stop and say, no more. :-)

Supplies: cardstock: Wausau white; pattern paper: Kaisercraft; vellum: Autumn Leaves: ribbon: unknown; brads: Marcella red; rub-on: Creaitve Imaginations; ink: Stampin Up Creamy Caramel
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is where the story begins and right now mine is a complete wreck. I need to clean it, but lack the motivation to do so. Then it becomes such a huge task it seems impossible to tackle. I have been away trying to get Simon's house ready for the market, and have neglected mine. No more delaying though. The time has come to start the process and I think I am ready.

To inspire me, I made a card for the 2S4Y sketch this week. Nothing super fancy.

I made a mini album to go with the card.


here's a few pages inside the album:

Supplies: cardstock: Wausau white; pattern paper: Three Bugs in a Rug: Home Grown; journal circles: Anna Griffin; other: dimensional dots

Also congratulations to Sakiri on joining the design team at 2S4Y! She makes some amazing cards! She was the winner for the 1st Ultimate Card Showdown which was well deserved! I look forward to seeing more of her creations. :-)

Thanks for visiting! Wishing a wonderful Monday!


Paper Popsicles card sketch for the week and freebie Friday

Here's the new card sketch for the Paper Popsicles blog and Freebie Friday starts today! Pop on over to the blog to get your free digital design. Only available on Friday's and a different design will be offered each week.



If You Give Her Popcorn

Have you read If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff? It is a really sweet book about what happens when you give a pig a pancake and how it triggers a reaction of events. I don't want to give the story away, but the pig takes a journey through the house and all kinds of fun ensues.

Anywho...I referenced this because I bought a K & Co. Cut-n-Paste paper with a vintage movie theme that I thought would be perfect for my daughter. She loves popcorn! She makes popcorn typically every evening. If she makes the popcorn, then she has to have her seasoning for it. When the popcorn is done, it has to be placed in the popcorn bowl. The popcorn bowl is placed on the right side of the coffee table while she sits on the couch. If she sits on the couch, then it means it's a movie or prerecorded DVR program she watches on the television. It's a chain reaction of routines and it's always fun to sit next to her and enjoy a little down time. Which brings me to the card I made last evening for her based on CPS #127.

inside my card reads:
I plan on giving this to her with a coupon to redeem for a movie night.

Supplies: cardstock: Wausau white; pattern paper: K & Co.; glitter: Ranger Stickles; stickers: Making Memories; sentiment created with word processor

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