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Friday, March 27, 2015


Hello.  On this card I was practicing color flicking, shading, gradients and blending.
These were things I learned in the Copic Standard Certification class. Which is exceptionally difficult when you are limited on Copic collections.  Most of the colors worked out well with my Italian Stabillo pens.  Even the two that I didn't like worked with the embossing on them.  I have to keep practicing and buying more Copics.

I used cartridges George and Basic shapes
Hello- Beyond Birthdays
Various stamps
Embossing folders - Divine Swirls
Floral Swirls

Entered in the following challenges:

 Challenge 128Anything Goes {plus a sentiment!}Mar 26- Apr 7, 2015

Pile It On #61 - Sentiment as focal point

Challenge #24--SERENDIPITY: March 2nd - April 5th, 2015

Serendipity means a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise".

Especially if one knows that the other is having a rough time.  
This is the most serendipitous thing I get to do. 

This is the inside of the card, "hello."
 and Goodbye. :0)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Serendipity,  luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for...
This is how I feel about traveling.  We always know what the end destination is, but the journey is what makes it so wonderful. Tom and I have often found our home away from home along the way.  We've traveled all over the world with the U.S. Navy and Tom's current job with Tetra Pak.  It's so exciting to find out what you will love in the new place.  A positive attitude is what has helped when we have had to move from a place we truly loved, to find new things to love in the next place.
Enjoy The Journey

Inside the card sentiment:  Enjoy The Journey, which I did in Shrinky Dink. I love how the words turned out wiggly as if on a map of curvy roads.  Cartridge cuts from My Community and Create a Friend. Card stock from Hammermill White, Travel the World Paper pack, Le Plume pens.
Entered in:

Path of Positivity Challenge - #24 Serendipity

Easter Cardz

I decided to go with a black bunny instead of the traditional white.  I saw them at the pet store last month and they were just so beautiful.  So, my Easter bunny is black with a sparkly puffy tail.

  and then he stops to see a crazy chick with flower fluff.  Spring brings the new and the unexpected

Cartridge: Easter 2010
Scrap Papers 
Metal "Hi" tag
Green and Yellow Baker's Twine
Black Gliltter

Card entered in 

Cardabilities-#135 Spring Has Sprung ……

Easter Bunny Tag
Bo Bunny Paper

Friday, March 20, 2015

I don't want to taco 'bout it.

Taco from Ole' cartridge
Papers from an old  Annie's set
Coloring from Marvy LePlume
Sentiment - Printed

Entered in Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Something 

Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

Pelican Love

This pelican is looking over his domain.  The dolphin loves him.  Especially since his brother saved Nemo. :0)

Okay, on with the show:

All items in this scene are from Life is A Beach cartridge
Scrap paper
Copic Markers
Delightful Swirls embossing folder
Copic AT YOU Spica Pen

 This was a fun scene to create.  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello - Good Bye Birdie

Some bright flourescents and gelly pens and I have these hello birds on a fence.
The love of colorful wings.  This card is part of a set that I made for my mom for Christmas.  Some confessions..... when I was at my parents house while my dad was ill.  I swiped (borrowed without permission) some things from their house and used them as inspiration pieces for things I made them for Christmas.  I took a really pretty basket (except for the fact that some little kid had written their name across the top) painted it and used it to hold the things I made.  On my mother's shelf she had this little picket fence house.  So, a whole series of cards have picket fences.

Walk In My Garden
Paper Doll Dress up
Just Because Cards
Scrap papers, top one crinkled and smoothed.
Heart Punch
Inside is blank but paper lined.

Thanks for visiting me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In Like A Lamb..............

 The old almanac saying if March comes in like a lamb, it will go out like a lion, or vice versa.

Our March came in like a Lion, but I had already made the cards front.  A picture window with a lamb looking out.  Pearl embellishments and the little lambs bell.  Lamb is from the Easter 2010 cartridge.

The Lion is a Panduro stamp I got in Sweden.

I printed the sentiment on the printer.  
I wish we would get more rain. Texas still isn't out of the drought.

Cardabilities Sketch-Monocromatic


All the DT examples at  Cardabilities had the scallop as the whole card, which were beautiful, but I sized down the scallop from the cartridge Paper Trimmings layered all 18 layers, then the small white flower on top, with the metal tag that says, "Hello." 

A leaf trail from Serenade.

Cricut embossing folders 
Dotted Swiss
Divine Swirls
Cursive Writing
Lace Washi Tape

Cardabilities Sketch #119
Imagination Station - Anything Goes

I made Top 3 at Inspiration Destination

Friday, March 6, 2015

Painting Bunny

This is my painting Easter bunny card. 
I was really proud of my fluffy bunny tail.  I threaded some twisted twill through a button several times, tied them in knots and cropped the tine close to the knots.  It turned out just like I wanted.  

My vision with this card started with a Easter bunny out painting his egg, standing on a ladder to reach the top with his brush. 
And.... when it was all painted.....

He painted his way out of it and left his impression. 
I crack myself up in little giggles when I start a story of a card. 

Easter 2010 Cartridge
Tuesday Morning Paper 
Bazzill Paper


Pile It On #58 - Adhesive embellishment 

National Old Stuff Day -Bitten By the Bug 2 - Old Cartridge Easter 2010

Bowties, Adhesives, on anything goes.

The animals are dressed up and ready to go. Gerald Giraffe, Bella Bunny and Max Monkey put on their bows and bow-ties, moved through the leaves and shamrocks to thank this person who joined their team.  Inside says:  We are Lucky To Have You

New Arrival (The cartridge I haven't used in a while)
Create a Critter
Cricut and Bazzille Papers
Round Paper Clips
Peel off Shamrock stickers
Ribbon and Bow on Bunny Embellie
Blue Chip Flower Embellie Bow Ties and Other Things - Anything Goes with a Twist

Pile It On #58 - Adhesive embellishment National Old Stuff Day


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Owl Be There For You

I've never really liked owls, but I saw this pallet of colors in my book and decided to use it.  It turned out adorable for these owls! The little white tag had a star on it which goes with the starry night,, wispy winds, and crazy colors. It was really fun to make this card. 

The inside says, "Owl Be There For You" reflecting the colors used on the front of the card. 
I used Just Because Cards, Paper Doll Dress up and Serenade. and Marvy Le Plume markers. I added those little googly eyes because I like them.  The paper was from a weird mixture of paper that I picked up at Tuesday morning. Patterns are really hard for me, but these papers were easy and all on the color wheel. 

Simon Says - Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Crafting From The Heart- Use Your Passions
Tuesday Throw Down, Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge

Friday, February 20, 2015

Seize the day - Happy Birthday Nuts

I often see things differently and have a funny take on the literal and the funny.  This is my card with that twist of funny.

I made the silver nut out of a stop sign on My Community.
The squirrel and acorn is from Create a Critter
Sentiment on the outside I printed on the computer.
Inside arrows and heart and Happy Birthday to you

Have a great day!

Seize the Day birthday card/Seize the BirthdayCards Galore 

ChallengesCrafty Calendar Challenge - Anything goes

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Baseball 47 Days

Count down to Baseball.... pitchers and catchers are reporting now.  And my DH LOVES baseball.  In fact, when we got out of the Navy, he intended to go to Umpire School, but it didn't work out.

Now, the real reason for this card is that I used to play baseball and I LOVED it.  I was playing as a center field, when the ball got lost in the lights and it hit me in the face. Breaking bones in my face, began 2 years and  3 surgeries.  My husband was gone on 6 months deployment.... and I had my 3 sons to take care of .  They were sitting in the crowd while I was playing.  One of the guys on the team put a baseball cap over my face so it wouldn't scare my kids.

 I really looked horrible.  The doctor took a picture of my face so that when I facial rebuild he could show me that picture to show that he had only pizza to work with.  And he was right, there was a crater in my face where the ball landed.  I can laugh about it now!!  Laughing is important to me.

Bring it on baseball.  Cheering for the Texas Rangers all the way! 

All Sport Cartridge
Sesame Street Font
Paper Sampler

.One other thing.  I make cards that make me happy, then I look for a challenge that fits it.  I think most people do it reversed.  But that's not me. 

Entered inSimply Create-Anything Goes

Craft Your Passion- Anything GoesAvenue613

Monday, February 16, 2015


Squares and colors.  "Embrace Life"
and "Create Joy" inside.

I have someone that would greatly benefit this card.
Square Cut Lattice Work

Simply create Anything Goes

crafting from the heart

Thanks for stopping by.

An Apple A Day

The Apple of My Pie.
  Next Month we have Pi day. 3.1415
There was no pi symbol in Cricut

So, I punned it. 

From My Kitchen
Just Because Cards
Paper Doll Dress Up
Cricut Font
Paisley Embossing
All layers cut 4 times 
to build them up so I didn't have foam for them
because, I'm out. 

PennysChallenges 214 Embossing

FCCB - Challenge #244-Use Red in a project

Scribble and Scrap Challenge #38 - Always Anything Goes

Avenue 3:16


Thursday, February 12, 2015

The More You Give

 The more you give,
The more you get. 
Red Heart was in my scrap pile.  I've had the ribbon forever but hadn't used it until now, for some reason.  Washi Tape lace, pearls, and embossing. 

Clear It Out - Use Red Stash and Red embellishments

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

XoXo old fashion love song.

Used the sketch and the inspired picture.  
Buttons out of my button box.  Never knew how many heart buttons I had.  XOXO Cricut cuts from Stretch Your Imagination and I love you insideCandy Hearts.... well I just ate them after I shot the photo. :-}
Entered in the Fusion  Card ChallengeCrafting From The Heart #46

Crafting Sentiments-Challenge USE RED

Monday, February 9, 2015

For the love of a tree.

My husband loves trees.  He stands and admires them, takes tons of pictures of them and consciously tries to plant them.  I wanted to do a valentine that honors that.  This is what I did with some scraps, Summer Celebrations cartridge, gold pen, white pen and washi tape.  It made me happy.  Especially the little bird in his bird tree house.

Entered in Fantabulous Cricut for the Valentine Card Challenge #244

Monday, February 2, 2015

XOXO, I love you.

XOXO, I love you. 

Wooden blocks that I decopauged with some old cricut paper.  
graced in a wooden flower and some white paper flowers. It's going to be a surprise who gets it!

Entered in Penny's Paper Craftingand Craft Your PassionNOT just cards - anything goes and DT callAud Sentiment Challenge - Challenge 124 -Valentine or Love Sentiment

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Misfits Unite

I tried these pieces for a challenge, but I got it done and hated it.  I took it apart and used everything else on another card.  Then I cut this swing card and the pieces were perfect!  It seems like a valentine card and I guess it could be.  But it is actually for a friend, a single friend, she's weird just like me... and while I am married, my husband is gone frequently, which makes me a weird married friend, so this card fits perfect, from me to her. 

I'm entering this completed piece that I actually like in Pile It On - Hearts and Flowers challenge #52 This challenge ends Saturday, January 31, 2015Penny's Challenge #212 - Anything Goes  This challenge ends on Monday, Feb 2, 2015Bunny Zoe's Craft Challenge - HEARTS - Challenge ends February 8, 2015, FantabulousCricut - Valentine's #244

Happy BIRTHday Gift

This is my BIRTHday gift for Levi Wilkinson.  It was a cigar box that I covered in black vinyl. Then, I created the train and font name.  I softened the paper look and feel by putting packing tape over the paper and pulling it off.  In effect, felting the paper.  It's layered 5 times to create a stand up design without adding foam tape.  I created vinyl arrows to go around the sides.

The top slides off.  Inside I put coupons, and some gift cards.  The gift box turns into a keepsake box. for Levi's BIRTHday keepsakes.

Levi's BIRTHday

Entered in Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes but still must be Birthday Theme This challenges ends Feb 19, 2015  CASology - Birthday -#131  This challenge ends, Monday, Feb 2, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

My Spot!

My dog, spot, knock, knock, knock, Penny.

I love the Big Bang Theory, so, the thought of Sheldon and his couch spot was what inspired the funny thought of the spot, my spot, my dog named spot.... Sheldon''s spot!

Just something funny for the droll winter day.  I really love to laugh. It's funny when I chuckle to my self as I design and then see it come together in paper piecing, which I LOVE.

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