Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hello Fall Mojo Monday

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

I found a really great sketch challenge over at Mojo Monday the other night.
There is one thing though... What part of Tall and Skinny did I miss lol?????
Must have been subliminal hehehe!

I think it was really late when I made my card! Because it is a standard size card. Oh well maybe later in the week I will try to follow the directions/suggestions and try another shot at it. Here is the card I came up with.

I have all the elements plus a few more for fun. I added the little strip of Cajun Craze to the bottom of the DSP piece as it just looked like it needed a little something there to make the bow and leaf piece stand out. I ran the bottom half of the card base through with the Wood grain Impression Folder. I must have been tired because I ran the whole card through and the impression went through to the inside? I like how it turned out though so I kept it like that. You can see what I mean in the next photo. Some mistakes are a good thing!

That's it for todays card. Please give this sketch a try and remember ti make it Tall and Skinny!

More on the Home Front;

We were really busy this weekend decorating our front and back doors for fall. It seems every one does a bit of festive decorating in our little town of Martinsburg. Being a new comer to the area we had to get busy. Here is a look at my back door. We always enter the house from the back because the garage and parking is out there.

Seems Marley always has to get in the picture. Gotta love that loyal guy!

Enjoy and chat soon,


Monday, September 29, 2014

The Paper Players

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

I found a really fun card sketch over at The Paper Players today. Here it is.

Inchies are usually hard for me but this sketch was very fun to work with. It reminded me of a mosaic scene. This is what I came up with.

I really am having fun with this new/old Rubbing Alcohol Marker technique that makes beautiful Marbling backgrounds. This time I put some Gold Re-inker into the technique. The look is really very beautiful with the gold addition to the marbling.  I used Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight and a few scribbles of Real Red Markers in my color combination. I stamped the large blossom in Basic Black Ink then cut my squares in 1 1/4 ". They are matted on a Calypso Coral background piece. The card base is Blackberry Bliss I really think it made the focal image pop and I ran it through with the Woodgrain Impression Folder. I added a Tangerine Tango Bakers Twine bow and a little Calypso Coral Button and a Crumb Cake banner to the bottom of the card front. The sentiment is from the Something to Say stamp set.

Here is the link for the video tutorial from Split Coast Stampers.

Here is a look at the inside of the card.

I used a scrap of Crumb Cake for the inside liner. This sentiment is from the Bravo stamp set. I used a remaining strip of the marbling background which I mounted on Blackberry Bliss and Calypso Coral card stock. Nothing so pretty should go to waste right!.

That's all for me today. I hope you were inspired enough to give this sketch a try. I know the crew over at The Paper Players would love to see what you come up with.

Chat soon,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Traveling with the Paper Pals Arts Sketch

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

I snuck in a few minutes last night to create a card from this weeks Paper Pals Arts Sketch Challenge PPA 221. This was a really fun sketch to work with. Here is their link   and their sketch.

This is the card I made from their sketch,

I dug through my stash and pulled out some old hardware and coins to use on this card. How can a guy travel with out coin right! This is diffidently a masculine card.

I just love this stamp set called "Traveler".  You can use it in so many different ways, single stamps or as in this case multiple stamps.

Here is a look at the inside  too.

I think the sentiment really says it all! It is from Really Good Greetings.

Please give this sketch a try I am sure the crew over at Paper Pals Arts would love to see your card.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Chat soon,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 9/26/14

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

Yep! It's Sketch Frenzy Friday time and I had so much fun creating my card this week. I love new toys to create with don't you. That Holiday Mini is jammed packed with lots of fun new Holiday stamping items! I don't know if we ever found out who the sketch creator this week was or not so, I can't give credit where credit is due. But who ever made it sure did a nice job with it.

I want to give a little shout out to Karen Gibson one of our new designers
as she celebrated a Birthday this week. Happy Birthday Karen! Hope it was a great one!

Also, a very warm welcome to Elizabeth Kratzer for joining our Design Team. I know you all will enjoy her artistic creations. She is uber talented! Welcome to the SFF  DT Elizabeth!

WOW! Did you see all the fantastic cards that the design team created this week? We had 10 cards submitted! That's a lot of inspiration. Go DT!

Here is this weeks mystery sketch. It's Marisol Gutierrez's sketch after all!

This is what I came up with. It is my first Christmas card of the season.

The card base is Crumb Cake cs
The first layer is from Trim The Tree DSP stack found in the Holiday Mini. I just love this green Gingham pattern.
The third layer -large oval Garden Green cs.
The fourth (Red DSP Oval) and fifth ( Multi colored Wreath )layers are from the Flash Back DSP pack.
The sixth layer (Green Bow and JOY) are Garden Green and Ivory cs.
The red and white bow across the top of the card was made from Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine.
The two little scraps at the bottom rhs  f the oval were made with Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape Pack found in the Holiday Mini.
Misc items -Regals Candy Dots, Mingle All The Way stamp set, Wonderful Wreath and Oval Collection Framelits Dies, Real Red cs and Cherry Cobbler Ink.

Here is a look at the inside,

That's it for today. I really hope you will give this sketch a try and have fun creating  something fun from it. We would love to see your card just upload it at the link below.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Chat soon,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Paper Craft Crew #111 By the Tide

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

Here's the truth... I didn't feel like studying earlier today! So, I opted to surf the net and find a card challenge to play! Bad girl, I know! I I know, it will just makes double work for me tomorrow! I'll get it done (fingers crossed) I promise.

Tell me who could refuse this weeks amazing sketch by the paper craft crew's  Card Sketch Challenge #111? Not me!

It took me a long time to finally get this card the way I wanted it but, I think it came out pretty good.

My inspiration came from an e-mail I received today from the Split Coast Stampers group about a new technique called "Alcohol Marbling". I just happened to have all the supplies needed to create the technique near my desk so, I went for it.  Here is the link to the tutorial.
 It is a take from an old technique but this new technique seems to be much easier to work with.

Here is my card;

The background ocean scene was the result of creating this new technique. When I saw what my finished product was I immediately thought of the By The Tide stamp set. I really like the pretty Marbling effect that this tech creates don't you?

Here's a look at the inside.

Well I better get to studying and wrap this post up. I only have three chapters this week (thank goodness) so, I could afford to play a little today. That's my story and I'm sticking to it lol.

Chat soon,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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

This is going to be a quick post tonight because we finally got a new bed and I'm going to go and enjoy it! I just had to try it out this morning though, so I took a quick time out  and read a couple chapters of the last book in the series of Game of Thrones. Boy was I comfortable it was hard to get up and get moving lol. This bed is a very firm bed but oh so comfy! So here's my card and I hope you re inspired and ready for Fall.

This will be our third Fall here in WV. We still can't believe that next month we will have been here two full years and one full year in our home! We are truely blessed and so very Grateful it has all worked out.
 The leaves are starting to change and the weather has cooled off to a nice 75 degrees with minimal humidity. The nights have cooled off also and it is almost time to get the sweaters out again. I am Grateful it's not so hot out any more and we have less humidity. Summers and humidity make things really hot over here.
This card is getting me into the Fall mood and I want to go out and get my front and back yards decorated. I'll show you what they look like in a few days.

Now for a quick peek at the inside

Thanks for stopping by.

Chat soon,

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mr Big Shot Almost Died!

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

Last night I couldn't sleep so I went into the Craft room and made a card. What else is a girl to do when she can't sleep right! Well I'm happily playing along when my Big Shot started acting up???? It started to sound like grinding gears and boy was it getting hard to turn????? OH Nooooo he can't die! I just got a bunch of new dies and... So I calmed my self down, got a drink of water to clear my head and went back to bed because, if you are a gal like me first thing in the morning I'm going to take him apart and see what's up!
I had school today so I had to check him out in a hurry. I got out my, well Jeff's trusty WD 40 can. Once I took the handle apart I saw that it did have gears and they were stuck YIKES! I crossed my fingers and sprayed away! I had to give it a minute so I cleaned the kitchen then checked on him again... well, I got one direction to roll but the opposite direction was kind of hard still so I sprayed him again and let it sit another minute. Well, it worked and I got him to roll nice and smooth in both directions.
While I was waiting for the WD 40 to do it's magic I called SU, I was told they only guarantee the Big Shot for 3 years well I've had him way longer than 3 years. I would have had to wait another month until I could have gotten a new one (OMG)
It all worked out just fine and if you ever find your self with a sick Mr Big Shot don't fret. Call SU first and check on your guarantee, if that doesn't work out take him apart give him a good spraying with WD 40 and try to fix him your self. It worked for me! He looks like he even feels better lol!

Have a great day and give some love to your Big Shot!

Chat soon,