Saturday, October 17, 2015

Open Your Bible

While I was home on leave for surgery I got to browsing the web and found a great site that offers online and small group bible studies.  I have been looking for studies that I could do at home since with the work I do I'm not always able to go to church and do them on the nights they offer them.

LifeWay Christian Resources is where I found these great studies and they are offering a new one to come out on November 1st called Open Your Bible.  It's a 7 session study that gets you opening your bible and digging deeper into HIS word.

Click the link and check out this great new study.  #SRTOpenYourBible

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Missing in Action!

So, I've been missing for quite some time and I wanted to share why.  For the past two years I've been fighting with my left wrist.  I injured it and have been having pain and problems ever since.  I've been seeing the doctor and he's been working to help me get back into the swing of things by doing shots and theraphy.  Unfortunately, this hasn't worked.  With the type of work I do I'm contantly using the hand and wrist and it just wasn't getting the time off it needed to heal. 

I finally went in for surgery a week ago and already I'm feeling some relief.  I've started therapy, again, and hopefully at the end of the six weeks I'll have full use without all the pain.  I can't wait to get back to my craft closet and start creating again.  Expecially with the holidays coming up.  I love making cards and scrapbooking.  I've got so many pictures and I can't wait to scrap them.

Thanks for standing by and I hope to see all of you in craft world very shortly!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge May 14-June 10

I have today off from work and what a better way to spend my time than stamping?!!  Okay, Okay I've been cleaning and doing laundry to lol. But I just had to create something! It's been almost 3 full weeks since I got to sit down and stamp.  And with a possibility of a cast on Friday I'd better get all the crafting in that I can!!

I love these monthly {Be Inspired} challenges from Unity! It  always has me pulling out my Unity stamps and getting crafty with them. I absolutely love this company. 

This is the card sketch that is offered up to create with.  I changed mine up just a bit so I could use the May 2015 kit of the month.
SS:  May 2015 kit of the month (unity)
INK: blackberry bliss, lost lagoon
CS: blackberry bliss, hello honey, sahara sand, whisper white, moonlight dsp
ACCESS: blackberry bliss ribbon

Sunday, May 3, 2015


So it's finally time to start thinking about Graduation announcements and invitations. Say WHAT!!! I can't believe that in one short month my oldest will be graduating. I know he's so ready to move on and be done with high school but I'm not sure I'm ready for it. He's come such a long way and I can't wait to see what the rest of his life has to hold for him. 

Here is what I came up with so far.  This one would be an invitation to his party, which he really doesn't want. 

I used a sketch from Mojo Monday.  It's a tall and skinny but I made this card a standard A2. I'm happy with the way it came out. 

SS: SU! date, time place & class of 2015, CTMH cricut artiste collection Kudos
INK: MFT electric red, black liorice
CS: CTMH black, red and cream
ACCESS: CTMH silver shimmer trim, darice star embossing folder

Friday, May 1, 2015

Unity FWF, FMS184

It has been a very long week here.  Between work, kids and injuries I'm glad its almost over.  It took me so much longer to create this card than normal due to a wrist injury that just seems to get worse instead of better.  As long as I can craft I'm good.

I chose a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches to use for the Unity Friends With Flair. I don't usually get another day to create so Fridays are my day.

I like this sketch due to it's simple layout.  I had such a hard time deciding what kind of embellishments to use and where to put them. I decided on just some hemp.
I used Quick Quotes powder puff chalks to distress the edges and not have so much "white" space. 
INK: cherry cobbler & pik pirouette pads, maraschino cherry, cherry blossom & green with envy chalk ink
CS: red, green & cream cardstock, authentique lovely collection
ACCESS: hemp twine, oval & oval scallop punch

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge

I have these wonderful old photos from my Grandma that I just haven't been able to scrapbook.  I went out and bought paper, cardstock and embellishments and they've been sitting in a box waiting to be used.  I lost her in January and am just now wanting to take these out and do something with them. 

I chose to use the layout for the Unity {Be Inspired} challenge.  The layout is simple and really wanted to use it.  I normally scrapbook in 2 page layouts but since most of the photos I received have only one or two that go together, this was perfect.

I was having a hard time leaving the one section clear of any photos or embellishments.  I decided to make a journaling tag to go in the space but once I finished it and went to adhere it, I didn't like the way it looked.

We were very lucky growing up.  We lived with my grandparents and my mother.  Due to this I grew very close to my grandparents. 

This is my mother, sister and myself
This is my grandmother, sister and myself
SS: January 2014 kit of the month, journaling stamp
INK: rose red, maria mist, old olive ink pads, cherry blossom & mocha mama powder puffs
CS: vanilla, chocolate, cherry cobbler, country road paper pack
ACCESS: decorative label & tag punches, xl tasteful trim & typeset alphabet dies, jewel basic rhinestones, spare parts antique gemstone brads, cherry fibers


Friday, April 17, 2015

Unity Friends with Flair Linky Fun

 I found this great Linky fun over at Unity's blog today and decided to pull out one of my many new sets that I haven't used yet lol. I fell in love with this set right from the moment I saw it.  They heart of butterflies is what drew my attention to it. 

I also played along with this challenge
The Paper Players color challenge
I used this Deconstructed sketch

SS: {...everything resides in hope}
CS: strawberry slush, coastal cabana, pistachio pudding, whisper white, crumb cake
INK: strawberry slush
ACCESS: top note die, strawberry slush bakers twine, 1" square punch, in color medallions 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge for March

I finally took the plunge and bought the April sentiment kit and I'm so happy I did.  The images are larger than I thought they'd be and they are wonderful!  I decided to play along using the sketch and the stamp set together.

I love the flowers with their cute hearts in the center.  I used the "huffing" technique to create the multiple color look.  I love the bird embossing folder I found and thought it worked great along side these flowers.
I decided to put both photos up because I couldn't choose between them.  I like the upper one due to its brightness but I'm loving the shadows and depth captured without the flash on the bottom one. 

SS: thanks above & beyond
INK: gumball green, daffodil delight, melon mambo, coastal cabana markers, coastal cabana, melon mambo and gumball green ink pads
CS: night of navy, gumball green, whisper white, daffodil delight
ACCESS: melon mambo striped ribbon, bird embossing folder, corner rounder, rhinestones
TECH: huffing, embossing, sponging


I made this card for a Make is Masculine challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. I just received these two stamp sets from Unity Co. and had to use them.  I love the ruggedness of the stars and splatters.  I also used an older sketch from Mojo Monday.

I'm really liking the tall and skinny cards.  I just happened upon it on Pinterest.

SS: splatters & stars, boys rule
INK: night of navy, pumpkin pie, Cajun craze, cherry cobbler
CS: whisper white, pumpkin pie, background paper unknown
ACCESS:  dimentionals

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday Stamping!

Since my kids are older I don't have all the fun Easter morning festivities.  So, I can sit and craft!! I created my card using two great challenges Mojo Monday and ColourQ.

I haven't made a "skinny" card before so this was a bit of a challenge for me. It was a lot of fun and turned out really cute.  I love the colors from the challenge.  Very springy and makes me happy.

Here is my finished card
SS: hello bunny (unity stamp co)
INK: tuxedo black ink pad, melon mambo, coastal cabana, daffodil delight and pink pirouette blendabilities
CS: costal cabana, whisper white, daffodil delight, melon mambo, gumball green, smoky slate
ACCESS: flower embossing flower, sequin ribbon, basic jewel rhinestones, blue flower and brass brad

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Challenge Blog Lists

Are you needing inspiration but not sure where to start or what to do? Check out my pages of challenge blogs and sketches. 

Just click the links below or go to the pages category on the right side and check them out

Challenge Blog List
Scrapbook Challenge Blogs
Sketches, Sketches and more Sketches
12x12 two page layouts (pinterest)
12x12 single page layouts (pinterest)
Card sketches (pinterest)
Color Combos (pinterest)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hello, gate fold card

I found this great technique using the stand-up framelits by Stephanie Barnard.  I would never have thought of doing this!!  This is the video I found. Below I is my card.  I found it a bit hard to take great pictures.  Might have to think about finding something to help hold these types of projects in the future.

This was a really quick and easy card and gave me a bit more room to play with.  I threw this one together as I watched the video, so the next one I'm going to have to put more thought into it. 

Here it is closed
Here it is with the first flap opened
Here it is fully opened
SS: regals2stamp
INK: old olive, calypso coral, tuxedo black
CS: calypso coral, old olive, very vanilla and dsp
ACCESS:  pearls, calypso coral twine, regal stand-ups

Friday, March 20, 2015

hello bicycle

I am loving this months stamp and die hard club kit from The Stamps of life.  Such a wonderful "springy" set to start getting me in the mood for spring and summer!! I used a great sketch/color challenge from Always Playing with Paper.  I haven't done one of their challenges before and this was a fun one. 

You could choose between the color combo, the sketch or do both.  I chose both.  I turned the sketch sideways for my card.  The colors fit right in with the stamp set.  Can't wait to get outside!

INK: licorice, guava, artichoke, melon mambo blendabilities
CS: basic grey, white, guava, artichoke, celebrate collection paper pad
ACCESS: pink twine, bicycle die set, 1" square punch


Happy Birthday!

Good morning.  I finally finished up over 80 birth announcements for a girlfriend and just felt the need to create a birthday card! This card is created for the challenge over at Seize the Birthday.

Every challenge on their site is a birthday challenge but I love adding the "toppings" if possible.  This challenge topping is "Make the Sentiment the Focal Point"

and here is my card

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Love second Page Layout

Here is the second page for my two page layout.  We were celebrating Father's day and had such a wonderful dinner out and gifts. 

I decided to use another sketch from Sketch Savvy.  I love her sketches and it made it really easy to create a second page without having to use the exact same sketch.

Here is the finished layout.  I'm really liking these colors.  Not sure how the hubby's going to feel about pink and red lol.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Love layout

I've been having a hard time scrapbooking lately and just don't seem to have the gumption to do so.  I love the craft but bringing out all the different things I would need to do a layout just seems like so much.

I finally just decided to make one layout and hope it starts me off and running.  I usually do two page spreads so I will most likely make a second page for this layout but at least its a start.

I used two challenges for this project.  1 2 3 Get Scrappy! and Sketch Savvy.


I choose to do hearts, plaid pattern, and red background.  I did work love into it.  The plaid is on both my husbands and older sons shirts (just happened to work out that way).
SS: seal-love, take note (ctmh sets), love stamps (su)
INK: night of navy, cherry cobbler, bermuda bay
CS: cherry cobbler, bermuda bay, whisper white, smokey slate, regals dsp
ACCESS: sweetheart hemp cord, artiste & artbooking cricut cartridges, heart border punch, wood shape swirls, love embossing folder

Saturday, February 14, 2015

{heart strings}

I absolutely love this stamp set from Unity Stamps.  Such a simple set and gets straight to the point. I used the color challenge over at Unity Stamps blog and the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!

I used sponges and added a little color to the edges.  I wanted to soften all that white. I used Stampin' Up!'s blendabilities to color in the hearts.
SS: heart strings (unity)
INK: so saffron, soft sky ink pads, soft sky, daffodil delight, rich razzleberry blendabilites
CS: lost lagoon, whisper white, crumb cake
ACCESS: banner die, jewel rhinestones, sponges

Friday, February 13, 2015

Another Year Wiser

I have so many birthdays coming up that I have to really start working on some cards.  I used two great challenges to get this nerdy girl birthday card done today.  If I can, I always love to do the toppings at Seize the Birthday.  I just received a great heart splatter background stamp from Your Next Stamp and couldn't wait to use it on this card.

SS: heart splatter (your next stamp), nerdy girl
INK: tuxedo black, su blendabilities, real red
CS: basic black, real red, calypso coral, neutrals dsp
ACCESS: whisper white taffeta ribbon

Friday, January 30, 2015

Sending Love

Here is a card for two great challenges.  The Paper Players and Sunday Stamps. I just found Sunday Stamps today and couldn't wait to try out their challenge.  I think I'm getting it in just before it ends lol.

Here is my card.  I cut two butterflies out and attached the light pink down and have the brown one getting ready to soar away.
Here is a close up of the butterfly
SS: antique butterfly/unity stamps
INK: crumb cake, real red, blushing bride
CS: crumb cake, real red, blushing bride, whisper white
ACCESS: whisper white taffeta ribbon, happy heart embossing folder