Friendly Flowers

Hey all! Hope you are enjoying a 3 day weekend like I am. :-) Pool season has officially begun. DD and I have been to the pool twice already! Loving the weather. Maybe I will get some sun on my super pale legs.
I sat down to a clean desk and now it's covered with supplies. Oh how I dread the clean up. I am working on some g.c.d Studios projects for next month's "spotlight". I kept thinking June was months away and now it's only one day. Eeek!! I wanted to try a few challenges out there in blogland so I pulled some Piggy Tales out to make this.
I used this photo from The Play Date Cafe:

Julie's color palette is so delightful! I love the photos she offered to inspire and had to use a flower myself on this card. I received this Basic Grey set a few months ago and never inked it up so today seemed like the best time to finally use it. I love their stamps! I was not sure my Pale Plum ink was adhering to the stamp and when I smooched it on the cardstock with only one try I was really pleased. I figured I would have to try it a few times to figure the amount of ink I needed to apply, but no. It was perfect (to me) on the first try. I need to get some more Basic Grey sets now. I like them so!
After making only one card, I was tired and decided to call it quits for the day. Maybe tomorrow I can conquer some more challenges. Time to kick back. I'll clean up tomorrow. :-)



Oh wow! I am completely distracted right now with the conclusion of AI. Sorry if this blog post is filled with spelling or grammatical errors as I am watching it currently and typing this. It's Simon's last night and all the previous winners are back singing a farewell song. Interesting to see the past winners on the stage paying tribute to him.
Okay enough of my rambling about AI. I know you aren't here to read my opinion on it. So without further adieu...my card for tonight is a friend card for Play Date Cafe featuring Mona Pendleton's color palette of pale yellow, light green, and pink. I love her creations and find her incredibly talented! I am a day late to play a long with the challenge but the colors were so pretty I couldn't pass it up. :-)

I used Cardabilities sketch:

which I completely adore! I think the sketch is beautiful in black and white. Also, there's a DT call that looks very compelling. :-) Be sure to check it out! The current DT have some fabulous cards based off this 3rd sketch so pop on over to see!

That's it for me this evening. Good night! Off to watch Janet Jackson and Joe Cocker finish the show and then the big reveal.

birthday special event

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week! Lots to celebrate here in Virginia. We finished our school year with a terrific patriotic program and graduation for the kids. It was so moving. The kids sang with all their heart and the parents were teary eyed as they watched. I couldn't say goodbye to any of my students. I am hoping to stay in touch with each of them and feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to share in their lives this school year. How they blossomed in so many areas!
Another reason to celebrate here in Virginia is the fabulous weather we have which allows us to access all the amazing parks, bike trails, and enjoy the sun's rays shining on us.
I have lots of friends and family birthdays this Summer and never seem to have enough cards made so I decided to make one last night as I watched DWTS and AI. Yep, I am flipper. I switched back and forth even though I taped AI, I couldn't resist seeing and hearing the songs selected for the last night of competition. Does anyone else get caught up in this madness? I truthfully try and resist but I always cave in and watch the "buzz" shows. I didn't finish it so I woke up this morning and completed it.
Okay but on to my card.

and these are the challenges I made this card for:

Mission to Create's #17 challenge- beads: tiny pink beads on scallops, brown: scallop edge paper,distressing: edges inked and sprayed with Glimmer Mist, decorative edge paper: brown scallop paper, vintage item: ticket

The Shabby Tea Room-pink polka dots

Little Red Wagon-birthday

Okay off to work now. I wanted to get there earlier but it was a late start for me. Lots of cleaning to do. Have a great day!


Birthday Boy

Hey there! Tomorrow is my nephew's birthday party so I want to share a card I made for him today. Can't wait to wish him a "Happy Birthday" and gather with family and loved ones to celebrate.
I used two Cutting Cafe' printable stamp sets: Birthday Fun and Assorted Colored Birthday Celebration Background.

My card is based on Card Patterns #65 sketch. I rotated the middle strip from left to right instead top to bottom. What a challenge this sketch was for me! I was stumped on how to do the four corners and this idea to wrap the floss just seemed to tie the card together for me. This is also for the Dare U 2 Digi challenge this week which is one for the boys.
Hope you had a fabulous Saturday! I need to wrap my nephew's gift.



It was a busy weekend for me! Love those type of weekends though because I feel productive. It's been six days since I sat down at my desk to create so I was determined to make something tonight and I did! Yeah!
I bought the We R Memory Keepers "Old Glory Collection" because I like the patriotic polka dot/stripe/star papers. One is a cool red bandanna print which I didn't use tonight, but will real soon. They had lots of fun embellishments to match but I was able to restrain myself and just buy a stamp set. What a great deal the set was .99 cents. Couldn't resist.

My card is based on Card Patterns sketch #64. I used patriotic colors for the JUGS challenge this week. I stamped then cut out the USA and used pop dots to give dimension which is for Your Next Stamp challenge. The flag was cut from a piece of pattern paper and I used a tooth pick which I inked with Close to Cocoa. I made the border using a star punch. I cut off the points to make the pennant edge. I stitched with some light blue thread and distressed the entire card. Finally, I added twine and red rhinestones to accent.
Okay my bed is awaiting me. Another busy day tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!


Cutting Cafe' Winners!

Hey there! I have the winners of The Cutting Cafe' sets as promised. I used a new site to choose random numbers.
Research Randomizer Results

1 Set of 2 Unique Numbers Per Set
Range: From 1 to 36 -- Unsorted

Job Status:

Set #1:
25, 3

The Got Coffee winner is #25 :

she said...
This is great for my sister and a bunch of my friends that are coffee lovers. Thanks fosr the chance to win this neat set.


May 11, 2010 3:03 PM

The Coffee Cup Shaped Card winner is#3
she said...
Cute, cute, cute!

May 9, 2010 7:26 PM
Ladies please email me so I can send you the files!
Thanks everyone for posting a comment and entering the give a way!


Celebrate Life

Hey there! Happy Wednesday to you! Another week is flying by. We are winding down for our school year. Then we gear up for Summer Camps. Oh joy! Anyone else excited for the Summer Break to come? I am looking forward to lots of creative time but the ugliness in my garage is going to take away quite a bit of that. Ughhh! 14 years of Jacquelynn's clothes, toys, books, and more are screaming to find new homes. I thinned clothes out already but there are still tons. Plus, I just bought more because she needed shorts for the Summer. I have to give kudos to my Mom because she managed to always keep three kids well dressed. I have one and feel the squeeze with each season.
Anyhow, on to my card. I used Card Patterns latest sketch:

Also incorporated The Shabby Tea Room's challenge to use chipboard and the City Crafter Challenge blog to use pink with a hint of green. Heather Jensen is the hostess for this week and I love her cards! I finally got my hands on The Girl's Paperie paper and could not wait to use it. It's pure shabby goodness! I used a little ink on the edges of my card to blend the papers but they are distressed/aged perfectly. I love the soft colors and the patterns of cottage roses are beautiful. The ribbon on this card is American Crafts which I also just picked up. The heart chipboard, brad, pearl strand and flowers are older items I incorporated because I must use what I have before buying new. Or so I keep telling myself. :-) Off to watch a little TV. Have a great evening!


Yeah it's a Cutting Cafe' Giveaway!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers/grandmothers/and step-mothers!
I am excited to share with you today my "Just Add Coffee" cup card featuring The Cutting Cafe' files: Got Coffee? and Coffee Cup shaped card. Shaped cards are so fun to make and I always get compliments when I give one because it's not a standard rectangle.

I printed the coffee cup on pattern paper, cut it out, and inked the edges. I painted a chipboard letter with white paint and then punched an orange circle to back it on. I added orange trim, spelled "for" with tiny alphas, and placed rhinestones to jazz it up a bit. Finally I printed my sentiment on white cardstock, trimmed to size, punched a hole to make it a tag, and hung from handle.

The best part is you can win the Got Coffee set:
or the coffee cup template with matching envelope.

Just leave me a comment on this post and you will be entered to win! I will select two random winners on Saturday, May 15th and announce right here on my blog the names of the winners, so be sure to check back!


With Deepest Sympathy

No one wants to buy/make a sympathy card but it sadly occurs. It sent chills down my spine and caused tears when I heard of someone passing earlier this week. Without going into too much detail, one of my students lost a grandfather. The grandfather was extremely active in his grandchildren's lives. He brought them to school and attended functions we held. He was always jovial and caring. It was a sudden loss and is devastating to the family. I pray the love of God enfolds the family during their journey through grief. I made this card with much trepidation because I could not gather my mind to know what to create. I thought about it for a few days and last night I knew it was a necessity to complete, so I began.

Supplies: Bazzill swiss dot green and Wausau white cardstock, Scenic Route pattern paper, Cutting Cafe sentiment, Prima flowers, Wilton flower stamens, American Crafts button, DMC white floss, and ribbon from craft supply.
Card is based on Card Patterns sketch #62.

Peace, prayers, and blessings.


Happy Birthday

Hey there and happy Monday! A fast post with a card I made using Get Sketchy's sketch and Jacksonbelle's Tuesday Challenge to use kraft cardstock.
I used The Cutting Cafe Colored Mini Polka Dot backgrounds and Gift Card Holder set for my sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!


A Mother's Day card

Hey there! I am back with a Mother's Day card. I am determined to use what I have because my supplies are out of control. It's a terrible addiction wanting to buy new supplies every week. Ughh! The companies are pumping out fantastic new lines and I need them. I mean really need them. Or so I convinced myself. LOL! So tonight I sat down and pulled out a set my friend Pam sent me. It's the Chatterbox Artsy.licious line which is beautiful and how I never bought it I shall not know. It's shabby chic with elegance. Which seemed fitting for The Shabby Chic Tea Room challenge which is to find inspiration in this picture.

My inspiration: the quilt's stripes and florals.
I stitched a tad and distressed the edges with Sahara Sand ink to give a "homey" feeling. I sprayed the entire card with TA's Old Lace to give some glimmer.
Thanks for stopping by!


Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Hello and I hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday! Happy National Scrapbooking Day to you! I am going to work on a mini album for my Mom later today after my nephew's baseball game but wanted to share a card and a great deal with you right now!
First- The Cutting Cafe' is celebrating the day with a buy 1 get one free or BOGO deal! If you have been waiting to get that digital file, now's the time to do it! And there are no limits on the amount you can get! Wahoo! Sweet deal for all! I love the new All Occasion Banner printable stamp set. But hurry because the sale ends tonight at midnight PST.
And now for a card I made using the 2S4Y sketch. More Webster's Pages. I seem to be on a Webster's Pages love lately but that's fine by me. The paper is so unbelievably gorgeous and the quality is superb!
I rotated the sketch to create this:

The crochet flower is made by a friend, Jennifer Pingitore. I have been holding onto these beauties and am finally releasing one for this card. Thank you Jennifer!

Okay off to get a few errands done so I can create away tonight! Have a great day!