Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sketch Frewnzy Friday 9/19/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Happy Sketch Frenzy Friday everyone! Todays sketch was designed by  Stacey Tomkowiak and I must say it is a beautiful one! Great job Stacey! I came up with a number of different cards I could create from it after I entered this one into our line up.

Here is her sketch.

This is what I came up with;

All Card Stock noted as (cs) 

Card Base-  Crumb Cake  (cs)
First Layer- Mossy Meadow (cs).
Second Layer- Hello Honey (cs).
Third Layer- Blackberry Bliss (cs) ran through the Woodgrain Textured Impression Folder for texture. Two Gold Basic Metal Buttons for accents.
First Layer of Banner- Mossy Meadow(cs).
Second Layer of Banner- Color Me Autumn DSP.
Third Layer of Banner- Large Oval Punch in Mossy Meadow (cs).
Fourth Layer of Banner- Blackberry Bliss leaves stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White (cs) from For All Things Stamp Set, Die cut with Fall Fun Framlits  Dies. Bow tied with Early Espresso Bakers Twine.
First Layer of Sentiment -Mossy Meadow (cs).
Second Layer of Sentiment- Hello Honey (cs).
Third Layer of Sentiment- Whisper White(cs) "hello Fall" stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink. All layers of the sentiment were punched with the Modern Label Punch.

Now for a look at the inside;

First Layer of thin banner- Blackberry Bliss (cs)
Second Layer- Color Me Autumn DSP.
Sentiment and Floral Image from the For All Things stamp set, stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink.

I hope you were inspired by this weeks card. What do you think of my new layout for the supplies used to create this card? I hope you squeeze in some time this week to create something fun. When you do try this weeks sketch for inspiration. We would love to see what you have come up with so please add it to our blog using this link

Have a great week.
Chat soon,

Paper Craft Crew Sketch # 110

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I hated to say good by to our son, but I know he had a very nice visit!  I spoiled him as much as humanly possible with home cooked meals made with veggies straight from the garden. I even made him a couple home made Rhubarb pies. He really loved those pies (Smile). We took him to the Crystal Caverns,a fun community picnic and a couple Battlefields and  Civil War Memorial sites. Rick, Jeff and a friend Shaun went to play Frisbee Golf one day while I studied. The final day we walked around Baltimore Harbor area and went to a fancy lunch at Phillips prior to his flight back to CA. Boy do they make yummy Crab cakes! The week went by so fast and I miss him already! Next year will come around soon.

Now we are trying to get ourselves back into the swing of things. I found a really cool sketch over at the Paper Craft Crew blog today.

Here is their sketch

This is what I came up with

For the three major images I chose to use three different sizes of  pumpkins. The three stars were replaced by three leaves. I used almost all the stamps in the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I love all the different elements and shapes that this set has in it. A new set from the Holiday Mini called Fall Fest has another set of wonderful and different images too. I used both pumpkins and leaves from that set in the focal image of this card. I ran the torn scrap of Crumb Cake card stock used for the  background of the focal image through the Woodgrain Impression folder for texture. I double looped a strand of Pistachio Pudding Thick Bakers Twine around the card base and tied a bow with two Autumn Wooden Elements through it to give the card depth. The first and second layers of card stock are Cajun Craze and Pistachio Pudding, The card base is Crumb Cake.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this card and give this super interesting sketch a try.

Happy stamping everyone.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 9/12/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I can't believe it is Friday already! Wow, time sure flies when you are having fun!
It's Sketch Frenzy Friday and todays sketch was created by  Jennifer Kay.
 (Three small squares a banner with a fancy border and a large sentiment on the banner)

I made  this card for a friend in CA. Melanie, just got an award at work. I was so proud of her for getting the award because of all the hard work she did to get it!

I wish you could see this card in person! I used Black Embossing Powder on the sentiments and boy do they stand out! Pop is more like it!

Here is a look at the inside. I felt the sentiment really said it all and I didn't need to add all the extra stuff I usually do.

This is a list of all the SU products I used to create this card.

Card Stock- Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Basic Black.
Ink- Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black.
Misc- Scallop Trim Border (Retired) and Black Embossing Powder.

I hope you were inspired buy our sketch this week and find some time to play along with us. We all would love to see what you come up with. Please upload it to our blog site here

On the Home Front

Our son is here visiting us from CA. I miss our kids (grown children) so much and it is great to spoil him a bit while Rick is here. I asked him if he liked Rhubarb Pie and he said it was his favorite so I showed him our plant. I will make him Peach Rhubarb  later today (Strawberries are not in season here?) WV is so different than CA

I am making him a big pot roast for dinner tonight too. We went to another part of the garden and dug up the last of my onions. He also likes Sweet Potatoes I showed him how to dig those as well as some regular potatoes. Of course how can you have a Pot Roast with out fresh carrots. I had just picked a bag of Pole Beans so we will add that to the dinner too. He thought it was pretty cool that we could just go out into the garden and dig fresh food up and bring it to the table. It made me smile. Here is a picture of our harvest

Pot Roast with fresh veggies and Peach Rhubarb Pie with French Vanilla Ice
Cream. Sounds like an amazing dinner to me. I'm trying to make it so he comes to visit more often. Smile!

Chat soon,

You are a Fabulous Work of Art

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

My honey is on his last business trip of the year (Yippee) so, I made him this card to put under his pillow when he comes home.

I was playing with the You Are a Fabulous Work of Art stamp set on another card (I will show you later this week for Sketch Frenzy Friday) and made this "old school" type of card. Do you remember when this style was the thing? I think it was the beginning of CAS. SU and Penny Black had several stamps in this linear format.

I used Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White card stock.
Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black and Rich Razzleberry ink.
That was all! Clean and Simple (CAS).

Here is a look at the inside.

I hope you have a great day and find some time to create something fun too.

Chat soon,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

This week last year we were doing the closing paperwork on our house, and it has been two years since we moved to West Virginia. Leaving all our Family and Friends  behind was really scary but, we trusted God and moved a cross the United States. If you have never driven across the US I highly recommend it. This sure is a beautiful country!

It took us awhile to establish ourselves here and grow new friendships. Our son is coming for a visit from CA today and a new friend of mine is driving me to Baltimore Airport at 11:00pm this evening. Thank you Linda! Now that's a true friend right!! Wow, we are so Grateful that Jeff loves his new job, to have gotten this house and to have our many wonderful new friends and neighbors.  We can really say West Virginia is our new Home! My friendship with Linda is icing just on the cake!

The man in brown came yesterday but, I couldn't play with my new goodies because I was cleaning house. You know how that is when guests are coming to stay! This morning I had a few minutes to create a card that I am leaving in Linda's back seat as a little surprise when she finds it.

The stamp set is from For All Things and I also used the Bigs Autumn Accents Die to make the focal image.

I used several new goodies from the new Holiday catty such as Autumn Wooden Leaves and Color Me Autumn DSP.

The other elements included in making this card are:
Card Stock- Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry and Calypso Coral.
Ink- Cajun Craze and Pistachio Pear.
Misc- Linen Thread, 1/2" circle punch and the Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder.

Here is a look at the inside.

I drew the two sets of little leaves near the sentiment with a Cajun Craze Marker. I thought that it needed something in that blank space. When I glued the little bow to the stamped leaves image at the lower left the ink bled so I punched a 1/2" circle to cover the spot. No one will be the wiser smile! This is the glue I used (Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue). I won't use that glue again  over ink.

Hope you have a great day today and you find a little quiet time to create something fun.

Chat soon,

Monday, September 8, 2014

Labor Day Weekend a beyond

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Well let me tell you, I am so pumped I can't stand it! We are almost finished with the kitchen. We have the major painting done, all the big walls and now that we have seen what it looks like we are going to paint the trim and re-do the bathroom to match!

Here are a few before photos. We had not painted the kitchen when we moved in. It was a sort of  pinkish/ cream color with a stencil on the top.

But, I did strip off all the wall paper and that was a huge job. I did that last summer.

White walls
Now a few during
Poppy Parade

Now for the after look

So Saffron it looks beige in the picture. It is a creamy light yellow

 Old Olive green

I caught Jeff on the Mower driving by while I was taking photos LOL
We are going to paint the doors and trim Early Espresso a lovely warm brown.
 I love SU colors lolol.It looks so warm and inviting. It makes me want to study in my kitchen lol.
I am in my second week of a WV Univ. Extension Master Gardener course. I am so excited about that too. Gardening in WV is very different than Calif. (Better)

I went out in the garden after I took the photos of the kitchen, look what I brought in. The garden is still producing but slowing down.

Thanks for stopping by.
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Punch Happy

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I created a card for a group of ladies that I swap with on a monthly basis. I don't think I have ever told you the name of our little group? We are called  the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Card Club"  (STCC for short).
We create cards from monthly themes. Last  months theme was to create a card that was stamp-less!!! OMGoodness! What was I going to do with "No Ink" ?
I looked around my stash and pulled out a few (LOL) punches. Well, a few got to be several and well, by the time I was finished I had a whole bunch pulled out. We are a small group of 9 swappers so I could spend a bit more time creating something really fun for them.
I ended up creating a whole outdoor garden scene. I hope they liked it as much as I had fun making it for them.

 Here is the card.

 This is the list of the Punches and the Embossing Folder I used to create all of the images.

First off, all of the foliage pieces were created with the Bird Builder Punch, using Garden Green or Old Olive Card Stock. I cut, tweaked and trimmed the leaves and branches to suit my needs.

The Tree was created with the Woodgrain TI Embossing Folder and the Large Oval Punch. I used Early Espresso and  Close to Coco card stock. Close to Coco is a retired SU color that I just loved. I cut the Early Espresso card stock in half and at a slight slope and made a notch at the top to create a branch effect near the butterfly. I added a large branch to the tree trunk offset at the center of the card so the bird could have a place to rest in it's nest. I tried to match up the impressions so it wouldn't look like it was just put in there.

The Butterfly-  Bitty Butterfly Punch in Rose Red and Blushing Bride.

The Sun was created with the 1" circle and the Boho Blossoms Punches, using Daffodil Delight and Cajon Craze card stock. I cut out the center of the largest flower from the Boho Blossom trio to create the sun's rays and attached that strip to the back of the 1" circle. Then trimmed it to match the corner of the card.

The Owl was created with the Owl Builder Punch. The vest was cut out using a retired piece of unknown DSP.  The eyes were punched in Pool Party, Night of Navy and Pumpkin Pie. The little heart was punched in Night of Navy.

The Bird was created using the Bird Builder Punch, using Taken with Teal, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist and So Saffron. I hand cut a little yellow beak and dotted the eye with a black marker.

The Nest was fussy cut out of Close to Coco card stock and attached to the bottom of the bird. I glued one leaf from a branch of the foliage to the back of the nest to make it stationary, then cut the branch off.

The Flowers were created with the Boho Blossom Punch, using So Saffron and Early Espresso for the Sun Flower and Wisteria Wonder and Pink Pirouette for the smaller flower under the owl.

The Sky and The ground were trimmed to fit. I used Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz card stock.

It really was a lot of work, but when I do something with may pieces I find it is much easier to create each element at a time ( 9 Birds, 9 Owls, 9 Trees...) rather then make one entire card at a time.

I hope you enjoyed this "No Ink" card as much as I did and are inspired enough to give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by.
Chat soon,