Simple Birthday Greetings!

          A very simple birthday card to share today.  I used a strip of pattern paper that I sewed to the card with black thread and added a journal spot with a SRM Sticker.  
 This was a fave ribbon of mine that I didn't have enough left to make a bow so I made this little pennant with a twine bow tied with a  button.  A few rhinestones to complete the cake and I was done!
Challenges I would like to enter my card in:
Celebrate the Occasion: #52 Birthday  and must use bling 
Clear it Out!: Use Old Supplies (ribbon, twine, and paper)/bling
Partytime Tuesday: #57 Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge: #108 Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday: #71 Stitching

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
card base: Paper Studio
pattern paper/journal spot: Echo Park Happy Days 
sticker: SRM Stickers Birthday #51003
twine: Martha Stewart red 
bling: Recollections
ribbon: Making Memories
button: craft supply


Lucky Shamrock

What!  I am already celebrating St. Patrick's Day you ask?  Well, yes I am!  Here's one item I created with SRM Stickers and involves my least favorite thing to do.  Hand sewing.  Now you know!  Ever thrilled aren't you? I am feeling a bit sassy but won't bore you with why.   Just know it's better shared here than in the home with Grumpy Guses about.  Geez!  It's Friday people!
I die cut two pieces of green felt and then hand stitched them together to make a pocket.  I left the top left corner open to tuck a note or treat inside.  That's a caramel flavored candy stick and it is yummy with hot chocolate or in a cup of coffee!  I drink my coffee plain normally but decided to try this one day and was in heaven!

 I added a ribbon to hang the shamrock.  I punched a circle from pattern paper and added the lucky sticker to a white piece of card stock to layer on top.  The shamrock sticker was adhered to a piece of orange print paper and cut out.  A rhinestone was added to the center.  I added two clear buttons to brackets on the lucky.  The square Happy St. Pat's Day!  sticker was placed on a white piece of card stock and glued to the ribbon.  I used sticker sheet #52033 Lucky.  Only one little sheet to create this cute little project!

Over at the SRM Stickers blog several shamrock themed projects are being shown so hop on over and check them out!

Challenges I would like to enter this into:
Anything Goes Challenge: #61 Altered Projects
Creative Mondays: #2 Anything Goes
For Your Inspiration: #24 Photo

Thanks for stopping by!


Creating while I can

It's President's day so I am graced with the day off!  Which means I can create while I have the extra time even if my laundry is stacked up.  Shhh!  Laundry is overrated!  ;-)  I have two facts to share with you today about past president's of the United States.  

Warren Harding  was a gambler and lost all the White House china in a game.

Andrew Jackson had a parrot that he taught profanity to.  

Why am I sharing these less than admirable facts with you?  Because they intrigued me and left an imprint in my mind. Now moving on.  

My card today is for Paper Playtime.  Our challenge is "Pets" and while I do not have any pets, I did have this really cute cat die cut to create today's card.
I used scraps of paper and wanted to focus on my white space and using pink which are in the kitty's stripes.  A simple card.    :-)  

Challenges I would like to enter my card in:
Alphabet Challenge: Animal Antics
Crafty Ribbons: #13 paws for Thought
Delicious Doodles: #13 Pink to Make the Boys Wink
Lollipop Crafts: Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey: #3 Make It Cute
Pile It On: #8 Sending Happiness
Robyn's Fetish: #95 Pretty In Pink
The Crazy Challenge: #107 Dies or Punches
TSG Clear Stamps: #144 Animals

Thank you for stopping by!


Follow Your ♥

Hope you are having a blessed Sunday!  Today I have a clean and simple card to share with you.

I used Lily Bee papers, a SRM Sticker, some twine from The Twinery  and a vintage piece of eyelet trim.  
I love the extra large scallop punch from Recollections which I then punched small holes around the scallops.  The tiny heart tag was created from a Karen Foster tag punch and then a small heart punch from Studio G.  Lots of punches for this project.  I did some light distressing with my Vintage Photo ink pad.  
Join us at Sentimental Sundays for our "Let's Get Sentimental" challenge! 

Challenges I would like to enter my card in:
Less Is More: #55 Punches or Die Cuts

Supplies Used:
cardbase: The Paper Studio
twine: The Twinery 
button and trim: craft supply


Birthday Greetings For Her and Him

Hi there!   I am so elated because it's my first post for Vintage Street Market!  I have two cards to share with you today using some fabulous VSM product of course!  I never seem to have enough birthday cards on hand so I focused on this theme for today's post.  Can you ever have too many birthday cards?
The first is this sweet birthday card for a girl.
I embossed Fancy Foil from Paper Sheets & Tags  "Dimestore Vogue"  to add texture. I love the shine on this and it was so easy to emboss!  The sweet little doll journal tag and yellow/purple plaid pennant  are from the Family Fun Paper Kit.  I added Tinted Tape "Numbers" to the top and bottom of the card and let me say this tape is way fun and also quite addictive to work with!  It leaves smooth edges!  Finally I added a bow and a ticket using  Brown Twirly Twine  .  The tickets are card stock weight and a cinch to trim!  I love that they are thicker material and don't bend easily.
My next card is for a boy.
I used the Paper Sheets Tags & Tags "Party Games" yellow crepe paper which I sewed around and then carefully tore some edges  for a distressed look.  This is so simple to sew on and the crepe paper will tear to your seam.  Trust me, I am a beginner sewer so you can do this!  I trimmed  the little boy on his bike journal tag  from the Family Fun Paper Kit.  Isn't that the cutest image of him carrying his school satchel with his dog running along side him!  I punched four circles using the Captain Johnny print from Family Fun Paper Kit and sewed them together to create a banner.  The red ticket is from Paper Sheets & Tags "Dimestore Vogue".  I also added a tiny strip of the "Aged Soot" Tinted Tape.  I told you it's addictive!
That's it for me today!  Thank you for stopping by!


Hooray for you!

Happy Wednesday people!  With ♥ day over it's time for me to focus on future events like graduations.  Thankfully I still have a few years left till mine graduate but I have lots of friends with seniors.  I am already stressed about the possibility of SAT scores, colleges, and general anxiety of DD flying the coop.  Her father said maybe we should convince her to commute to the same university I attended nearby?  I said push that baby out of the nest and let her fly!  Okay, not really.  But I do want her to have the experience of living on her own as scary as it might be.  We have spent countless hours in social groups, doctor's visits, individual educational progress reports, occupational therapy, physical therapy, sensory motor skills development, nutritional therapists, allergy specialists, a vision educator, and ABA specialists to help our daughter with Aspergers eventually need less assistance in everyday life.  I want to so badly believe it was all worth it.  I certainly will never give up on her and can envision myself being that same Mom in "Love You Forever" climbing through the window and rocking her sweet child to sleep each night saying,"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."  This book still gets me choked up.  

Now onto my card.

A simple one!  It's a few scraps paired with a Stitchy  Bear  Digital Stamp for  Penny's challenge this week.  I added a SRM Sticker for the sentiment, a brad to the hat, and stitched the pattern paper/black panel to the card base and it was done!  Easy enough!

Thanks for stopping by!
Challenges I would like to enter my card in: 
Allsorts: #141 Free and Easy
Crafter's Companion: #21 Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday: #147 Use Your stash
One Stitch at a Time: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Anything Goes

Supplies used:
card base: The Paper Studio
cardstock: Recollections black 
pattern paper: Lily Bee Designs Head Over Heels
digital image: Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps Grad Cap and Dipolma
sticker: SRM Stickers #51006 Thinking Of You sheet  
brad: Making Memories


Sympathy Cards featured on SRM Blog today

Hey there!  I am back with two sympathy cards featuring SRM Stickers.  Awhile back I shared a sympathy card I made for a friend's Mom here.  Today I have a new card I made for my friend.  Loss of a loved one is a difficult and delicate situation for anyone to endure and I strive to make cards for those in this unfortunate situation to show I care and I am thinking of them.  
This is the card I made for my friend's Mom.  She is a fellow paper crafter and is always making super cute things.  I have only met her briefly once and yet she still thinks of me and is kind enough to send crafty goodies via her daughter to share with me!  That is one incredibly sweet lady!
As I mentioned above you can see the paper supplies and full details about this card in this post here.  

My next card was made for my dear friend.  She is always upbeat and has a laugh that can turn any frown upside down.  Did I mention she also has an incredible singing voice?  Amazing to hear her sing!  She also knits and get this... she spins her own yarn!  These are just a few of her talents!  When I say this lady is crafty, I mean in every aspect.  She keeps encouraging me to come to her knitting night at her house but it scares me!  I am sewing challenged after all.  :-)  Can you imagine me with two needles trying to work a ball of yarn into something worthy?  Nope.  Probably not going to happen.  LOL!  Anyhow...

This card has bright colors because quite frankly, when I see her, she reminds me of sunny days!  I used some Authentique paired with Lily Bee for this.  Lots of punches for the ovals and rounded corners.  
The SRM Sticker sheet used  for both of these cards is #51016 and can be found here.  I cut the border sticker down which is a simple cut you can do to expand the use of your stickers.  
Creating a sympathy card does not always have to be dreary colors with a lily.  I wanted to share that you can celebrate the life of someone by also using butterflies, birds, and other aspects of nature.  I hope you will find a little inspiration here and thank you for stopping by!  


I can hear you!

Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having a blessed day and enjoying it with those you love or doing something you enjoy!  I have a colorful card for today's post. It reminds me of a sunny day and hoping it will give a cheerful reminder that you can achieve it!  Recently she had an audition for a chorus event and was a little nervous about singing in front of everyone.  I told her she could practice with me as her audience which led her to say  "so not happening!" I finally managed to coax the first verse of the song she chose in the car ride home one night.  She sounded really great but she reversed a line.  I encouraged her to practice more and her response was, "I will when I take a shower tonight."  What makes teenagers think no one can hear them in the shower when they are singing?  I snickered and thought to myself, everyone is hearing it tonight!  The day before the audition, she was really nervous and kept asking me, "what if I mess up Mom?"  I told her to envision herself in the shower with no one around to hear.
So my card was with her mind.  Oh and she made it!  I can't wait to see and hear her sing!
This lion is from Bugaboo stamps.  I colored him with Copics and fussy cut him out to make him floating in thin air.  Have I mentioned I am still working on backgrounds?  Shadows and such?  ;-)  I made the shaped card base  from yellow card stock.  The new Sentimental Sundays challenge is for shaped cards.  There are lots of scraps on here.  That's a Sass Lass scallop border on top of a Imaginisce polka dot print.  I punched a large white scallop and trimmed to mount the lion on.  The tiny pennant is Pink Paislee and I used a Clear Dollar stamp for the sentiment.  
 You kinda need to see the inside to understand the front.  Can you read this?  It is rather small. It says,  
                                                                      "You'll do great!"


Challeneges for my card:
Alphabet Challenge: A=Animals 
Challenge Up Your Life: #62 Tone on Tone
CES Challenge: #72 Lots of Layers 
Craft Us Crazy: #20 Anything Goes
Mark's Finest Papers: #94 Shaped Card 
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes

supplies used:
card stock: Recollections
pattern paper: Imaginisce, Pink Paislee, Sassafras  Lass
digital image: Bugaboo Oz lion
sentiment stamp: Clear Dollar Stamps Kid's Encouragement
ink: Inkadinkado
rhinestones and large scallop punch: Recollections
other: Copics, foam dots, and sewing machine


Monday Love and giveaway winner announced!

It's Monday everybody and I am ready for a new week!  How about you?  I am crossing items off my to do list like crazy because it was piling up on me.  Ever have the sinking feeling like the list is bigger than you?  I remember as a kid my Dad had a legal size paper list of items to do around the house.  Most of them were biggies too like painting, electrical,  wood work, etc.  I also recollect that one Father's day I thought it would be  nice if I could do one of the chores he had on his list.  I scoured it multiple times trying to find something I knew how to do but never found one I knew I could complete successfully.  If only he had simple things like cut the grass, trim edges, clean the pool.  It was replace the plug on the pig (our vacuum cleaner which was a pink canister with a long hose) or strip and chaulk the bathrooms.  Ughh!  I sadly don't recall what I did for him on the special day.  :-(  I do appreciate his determination to fix everything himself and his ability to know how to do those tasks.  Super Dad he was/is still!
Before I share my card, I want to announce the winner of my Valentine giveaway from last Sunday...
                         Kathy D!
Please email me Kathy so I can get your prize mailed right away! Click on email for hyperlink.

Today I was back to my vintage shabby feeling and created this Valentine card with lots of love.

I used Lily Bee Design papers for the base which I stitched around the edges with red thread and distressed with scissors and ink. I tied a pink grosgrain ribbon about the base and then started layering.

I sprayed a white Wilton doily with red pepper ink and layered it under this super sweet vintage image that a dear friend sent me.  She also sent me the sweetie pie tag which I punched a small heart from.  

I added a Recollections polka dot flower with a white button to the bow's center.  I added three pearls to the vintage image and tucked a red feather in for fun to finish off my card.

I love feathers but keep forgetting to use them.  They are fun to accent with.  
 Challenges I would like to enter my card in:
Card Makin' Mama's: #38 Valentine
Come and Get It Challenges: Love is in the Air
Crafty Boots: Valentine's 
Die Cut Dreams: Pink and Red and Heart
Fairy Tale: #34 Love, love, love
Lollipop Crafts: #66 Valentine's Card
My Craft Spot: #43 Valentine's Day
Oh La La Creations: #98 Be My Valentine
One Stop Craft: #168 For the one I love

Supplies Used:
cardstock: Paper Studio
pattern paper: Lily Bee Designs
flower: Recollections
doily: Wilton
ink: Ranger Red Pepper
ribbon: Michael's grosgrain pink
vintage image, tag, button, feather: craft supply
heart punch: Studio G
floss: DMC white
Thank you for stopping by!


Monster Love for you!

Yeah it's Wednesday which means I only have a few days left of this week and then I can enjoy my weekend.  I love short weeks.  We had a day off school this week for teacher inservice.  I am biting my nails for the results of my daughter's mid-terms.  She reported back to me with much enthusiasm so far.  It really scares me when I ask her if she studied.  This is what happens: she opens a book, looks it over for 15 minutes and says she's done.  Then I have to remember she has a photographic memory and once she visualizes the material, it's in there.  A benefit of Autism?  Hmmm.  Some might argue, but I am proud of her ability to recall information when questioned.  Of course this does not apply to every area.  ;-)  I know we have reviewed how to unload the dishwasher a dozen times visually and physically, yet it magically is forgotten.  I love her so and wouldn't change a thing even if it meant I never had to put a away a dish again.  This to me is typical teenage life which I prayed for and the good Lord has answered  it so!  What's the phrase?  Be careful what you wish for?  LOL!
On to my card for today!  A little monster love for you for at Penny's this week.  Our theme is Love is in the Air.
He reminds me of a muppet.  A sweet muppet with those heart eyes and that big toothy grin!  My fave muppet was Animal so you can probably see why I like this fellow! Wondering who Animal is? 

This guy just makes me smile! He's from Little Miss Muffet Stamps. One of of fabulous sponsors this week.  

Okay but on to my card.  I colored then cut my image out.   I wanted him to be fun so I added Stickles glitter.    His eyes are paper pieced and popped up with foam dots.  I punched a small heart for his belly and added a little bling because he is dressed up to share his love.

The sentiment is trimmed from the WRMK's Love Struck pattern paper and attached with foam dots to the  printed word paper.  I did a lazy stitch around the edges because: 1. I don't know how to stitch a straight line and 2. I don't know how to adjust the tension on the machine.  I just totally sold myself out didn't I?  I guess, but I can say I tried and continue to try to sew when patience is high.  My goal is to buy a nice machine and really learn this art.  I distressed the lime green panel after sewing.  And that's it!  Sticking to this story and I hope you like!

Challenges I would like to enter this card in:
Craft Your Days Away: #37 Distressing
Crazy for Challenges: #121 Layer it On
Fab'n' Funky: #106 Use a Digi
Little Miss Muffet Stamps: #28 Valentine's and Love
Little Red Wagon: #118 Valentines
One Stop Craft: Stitching
Stamp -N -Doodle: Valentine's Day'
The Stamping Boutique: #125 Valentine 
Truly Scrumptious: #73 Love and Hearts

Supplies used:
cardstock: The Paper Studio and Bazzill
pattern paper: WRMK Love Struck
rhinestones: Queen & Co.
heart punch: McGill
glitter: Stickles
other: foam dots, Copic markers