Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Holy Halloween Batman

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch over at Twisted Sketches!!
We'd love for you to come over and play with us. We have a great sketch and the "twist" this week is Long, any how any way.

I chose a picture of my grandson last Halloween to scrap for this weeks challenge.
Here is my take:

Hop on over to the blog to get the sketch!!!

Some close ups:

Supplies used: cardstock - black, brown, green, red; patterned papers - Batman by Sandylion and Kaboom by SEI; border punches - Fiskars and Martha Stewart; letters cut from Cuttin' Up Cricut cartridge; chipboard alphabet - Little Yellow Bicycle; Puffalicious stickers in Kaboom elements by Sei

Hoping to see your take on this weeks sketch and "twist"!!!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CTO - Challenge #28

Well, Tuesday has rolled around again and it's time for another challenge over at Celebrate The Occasion! This week we have a sketch for you to try. I hope you will join me and take a hand at designing a card with our sketch. We'd love to see your creation!

Supplies used: cardstock - black, red; patterned papers - Newsprint & Apron Strings from For The Record by Echo Park Paper Co,; Lacy Circles Nestabilities by Spellbinders; 1 1/2" circle punch by EK Success; stamp - Wishes All Around by Fiskars; ink - Jet Black Archival Ink; Elegance Pillow Stickers by K & Co.; red satin ribbon - Michael's; rhinestones - Kaiser Craft; edge distresser - Heidi Swapp; sewing machine; Pop Dots

Monday, August 29, 2011

I Love Your Face

I have a second post for you today! It's a card I made for Sweet Sunday sketch challenge. I have had this stamp for the longest time and hadn't used it yet. I think it is adorable!

And here is the sketch:

Supplies used: cardstock - black, white, green; patterned papers from Monster Stew collection by Jillibean Soup; stamp - Love Your Face by Daisy Bucket; ink - Jet Black Archival Ink; I kan'dee chalks by Pebbles; corner rounder punch - Fiskars; Pop Dots


I guess I am getting in the Halloween mood! I've been thinking ghosts and goblins, LOL.
Today I have a card for you that I made for the challenge over at Whimsical Wednesday. The challenge this week is called "Three Times A Charm" and you are to create a card or project with three cuts, three colors, and three of the same embellishments. My three cuts are the ghosts which I cut from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge, my three colors are black, purple & light blue and my three embellishments are the three crystal stars.

Supplies used: cardstock - black, light blue; patterned paper - Magic Moon in Spookville by We R Memory Keepers; border punch - Martha Stewart; stamp - Inkadinkado; ink - Jet Black Archival Ink; star jewels - my stash; tree cut from Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge at 3 1/2"; ghosts cut from Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge at 2"; Pop dots

Butterfly Award

Hi everyone

I was thrilled this morning to receive the Butterfly Award from Norma over at Pink Bling Crafter and Jayne over at Jayne Designs. Both of these gals have wonderful blogs with lots of creative inspiration and they are also super sweet and I am glad to have them as friends in blogland!! If you haven't been to their blogs before, hop over and take a peek!

There are some rules to follow so here they are:
Answer several questions. Award the 'Butterfly Award' to other bloggers
Contact the bloggers to let them know they have received this award
Put a link to the person who gave you the 'Butterfly Award' in the post
Here are the questions and my answers:

Q1) Name your favorite color? Red

Q2) Name your favorite song? Livin' on a Prayer

Q3) Name your favorite dessert? Strawberry Rhubarb pie

Q4) What wizzes you off at the moment? The state of our country

Q5) Your favorite pet? my Poodle

Q6) Black or White? Black

Q7) Your biggest fear? Heights

Q8) Best feature? Sense of humor

Q9) Everyday attitude? Happy

Q10) What is perfection? A day crafting

Q11) Guilty pleasure? Starbucks

Q12) When you're upset you? Vent to my poor hubby

I would like to pass this award to:

Lucianna at Dilsaver Designs
Adrian at By Adrian 4 U
Girlia at Girlia's Cards
Elizabeth at Visions of Paper
Khush at Something Sassy
Sherrie at Sherrie Scraps With Passion
Judy at Crafty Jar

I realize some of you have already received this award before, so you don't have to follow the criteria, but I wanted to give you the award just the same :)

These gals have wonderful blogs that you should go peruse through and I am glad to have them as friends in our blogging world!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

So Very Thankful

We've had a really hot last few days! I'm ready for a little cooler weather myself. Did get some time in my craft room with my little fan running, LOL.

Bo Bunny has come out with an absolutely gorgeous fall line called Forever Fall. I just had to get my hands on it and make a card. I am entering it in the challenge over at Mojo Monday this week.

Here is the sketch:

Supplies used: cardstock - brown, orange; patterned papers from Forever Fall collection by Bo Bunny; Labels One Nestabilities by Spellbinders; border punches - Fiskars and Martha Stewart; sticker - Gratitude cardstock stickers by Bo Bunny; green twine and button - my stash; ribbon - Michael's; sewing machine; Pop Dots

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dracula Halloween Card

Hi everyone!!

Just want to let you know there is still time to play with us for challenge #27 (this week's theme is " Any Occasion - Circled Shaped Card") at Celebrate The Occasion

Here is my take on the challenge:

So get crafty everyone and come show us your circle shaped card!!!!

Supplies used: cardstock - black, white; patterned papers - Martha Stewart Holidays paper pad; Lacey Circles Nestabilities by Spellbinder; bat stickers - Jolee's; stamp - Craftsmart; Copics; Happy Halloween sticker - diction by Authentique; journaling spot - tabloids by Authentique; ribbon - Michael's; Pop Dots

Winner of my Birthday Giveaway

Thank you everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes, you made my day more special!!!
I enjoyed reading about what each of you enjoy doing for your birthday.

Now for the winner of my little giveaway.....

I used to pick the winner and it is # 13 - Pink Bling Crafter, who said:

OMG!!! Esther HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day so far and have great plans to celebrate!! I love to spend my Birthday with my family and a nice dinner! Happy Birthday!!!!
Big Hug

Congrats Norma, please email me your address and I'll get my little package out to you!!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Star Happy Birthday

I wanted to share a card with you today that I originally made to enter in last weeks challenge at Mojo Monday. Unfortunately circumstances came up on Sunday and I was unable to take a picture and get it in on time.

And the sketch:

Supplies used: cardstock - brown; patterned papers - Starbright & Dazzling Dots from Spirit "Shining Star" and Together Stripes from Spirit "Cousins" all by My Minds Eye; star cut from Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge and circle cut from Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge, both at 2 1/4"; sticker - Old Guys Rule by Creative Imaginations; brads - We R Memory Keepers; Happy Birthday stamp - Art Declassified; ink - Cocoa by ColorBox and Brown by Inkadinkado; photo corner punch - Stampin' Up; Pop Dots; Sewing Machine

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Giveaway

Today is my birthday and to celebrate I'd like to have a small giveaway to thank all my followers!
You have brought so much joy into my life and I just want to show my appreciation. Your wonderful comments and support have meant a lot to me.

My favorite holiday is Halloween and since it is coming up sooner than we'd like to think, I thought I would give away a few Halloween goodies!!

All you have to do to have a chance to win is:

1. Be A Follower
2. Comment on this post by letting me know your favorite way to spend your birthday!

I will pick a random winner, from those who meet this very tough criteria, on Saturday morning at 8:00 am.

Have fun crafting everyone! I always look forward to haunting your blogs to see what you've been up to!! I love you all!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ride Ashley, Ride

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!! We got to spend a little time yesterday afternoon relaxing on our boat. Picked up sandwiches & stuff and ate our dinner out on the water at Stampede Reservoir. Felt good to kick back.

I have a layout today of my daughter Ashley in the summer of '91, she was 4 years old. A carnival came to our town so we took her over and she had a ball!! I'd like to enter into the challenge at Sketchy Thursdays this week.

Here is the sketch:

And some close ups:

Supplies used: cardstock red, green, black; patterned papers - Themepark by Moxie, Mind Your Manners in My Little Monsters by Daisy Bucket Designs and Binder Paper by Scenic Route Paper Co.; paper frills in tangerine by Doodlebug; alphabets - Subway Thickers by American Crafts and alphabet basics by American Traditional Designs; border punch - EK Success; brads - my stash; car cut from Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge at 2".

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Two Wheelin'

My grandson Jeff is 3 1/2 years old and he has been riding one of those "Strider" bikes since he was about 1 1/2. My daughter decided it was time for him to move to a pedal bike and pass his "Strider" down to his sister.
She brought Jeff and his new bike over to our house and Grandpa helped him learn to ride his "Two Wheeler".  He did fantastic!!! I don't think I rode a "two wheeler" until I was about 5 or 6.

Today I have a layout of him riding his new bike and I would like to enter it into the challenge over at Sketchabilities.

Here is the sketch:

A few close ups:

Supplies used: cardstock - cream, yellow; patterned papers - Blanky, Playtime, Wake-Up, Animal Friends all from Jack's World by Cosmo Cricket; die cut arrow - Scenic Route Paper Co.; chipboard bicycle - Ready Set Chip in The Boyfriend by Cosmo Cricket; die cut stickers - Jack's World by Cosmo Cricket; alphabet stickers - yellow paper by Sassafras; alphabet rub-ons - ladybug in Simply Sweet by Doodlebug; buttons, rick rack - my stash; word brads - Around The Block

Hope you enjoyed your Saturday!

Friday, August 19, 2011


Todays post is a simple birthday card I made using Card Patterns sketch for this week. I tried to make it non gender specific so it could be used for a guy or a gal. Not to fancy, but here it is:

Here is the sketch:

Supplies used: Cardstock - white and kraft embossed; patterned paper - carefree-flowering vine by Heidi Swapp; brads - Making Memories; ribbon - my sister; buttons and twine - my stash; stamp - Inkadinkado; scribbles doodling template - Sweetwater

Have a relaxing weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Birdie Hello

I have a second card for you today. It is for this weeks challenge at Twisted Sketches.

The "twist" this week is TORN and here is the sketch:

Supplies used: cardstock - black, cream and kraft embossed; patterned papers - Music by Paper Pizazz, and hearts from my stash of scraps; stamps - bird and cloud from Spring Fling by Pink Paislee and hello from Hello Birdie by Hero Arts; ribbon and fibers - my stash; tag template - Coluzzle; Pop Dots; ink - ColorBox.

Hope you had a happy Thursday!

Sew Sweet

My sister is so sweet and thoughtful, just sayin'! She brought me a basketful of vintage goodies a while back. It was chalk full of wonderful things to create with. This card is in her honor and uses one of the vintage buttons that was in the basket.

I am entering it into this weeks card challenge at Lets Capture These Sketches.

This is the sketch:

Supplies used: cardstock - black, red; patterned papers - Dress Form from Timeless Collection by Kaiser Craft, June & Accent Cuts from Portrait Collection by Crate Paper; border punch - Martha Stewart; buttons and twine - my stash; word stickers - Kitch Sticker Market by The Girls' Paperie; Pop Dots

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I Can See Clearly Now

Well, happy hump day everyone!! It's wednesday and we have a new challenge for you over at Twisted Sketches. If you haven't joined us before, please think about creating with us this week! We always have a great sketch with an added bonus of a "twist" to spark your creativity!!!

My hubby took me on a pretty brutal hike on Sunday and didn't warn me ahead of time. Probably thought I wouldn't go, LOL. It was 10.6 miles round trip to the peak of Mt. Rose at 9700 ft. It took us 6 hours altogether. I have to say the views were breath taking!!! You could see in every direction for miles! Beautiful views of all our surrounding lakes - Lake Tahoe (in the background), Donner Lake, Prosser Lake, Boca Dam and views of Reno and Washoe Valley. Hence the title of the LO - I Can See Clearly Now!

The "twist this week is CLEAR, any how, any way and hop on over to the blog to pick up the sketch!!!!

Another couple views of the title, I used clear letters so a little hard to see in the photo's.

The mountains were cut with the Dinosaur Tracks Cricut cartridge.

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft, brown, green; patterned papers - Don't Feed The Bears from Under The Stars by Rusty Pickle and Happy Trails by K & Co.; chipboard alphabet and ghost alphabet both in Lemonade Stand by Heidi Swapp; mountains cut from Dinosaur Tracks Cricut cart at 2 1/2"; font - CK Template; ink - Amaretto PowderPuffs; hiking boot stickers - my stash.

Now let's see your interpretation!!!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Balloon Birthday Card - CTO #26

Hello all my crafty friends! It's Tuesday and we have another challenge for you over at Celebrate The Occasion. This week the challenge is Birthday (easel card).

Here is my interpretation:

If you've never made an easel card before there is a great tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers. So get your mojo going and create a birthday easel card so you can join in the fun over at Celebrate The Occasion!!

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft; patterned papers - confetti cake and getting bigger from life of the party by Basic grey; element stickers from life of the party by Basic Grey; button from Crate Paper; hemp cord - my stash; rub on - Frank sidekicks miniMarks by American Crafts; ink - brown ColorBox

Monday, August 15, 2011


Happy Monday all!!

Today I have a layout of my two daughters and their friend acting silly. I would like to enter it into Whimsical Wednesday challenge #17. For the challenge you are to use humor on your page. You can use funny photos, images and or incorporate words that have to do with humor such as laugh, giggle, chuckle and so on.

Supplies used; cardstock - blue, yellow; patterned papers - Explore from White Out collection by We R Memory Keepers, Pop from Get Happy collection by Cosmo Cricket, Botanical Bliss by Tinkering Ink and About A Boy by Fancy Pants; stickers from Bo Bunny; Scribbles doodling templates by Sweetwater

Thanks for taking a peek and I appreciate your comments!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Life is better...

I have a card for you today that I made using the sketch from Mojo Monday for this week.

Here is the sketch:

And a couple of close ups:

Supplies used: cardstock - white and coral; patterned papers - delightful doilies, cheerful words, botanical ballad, element stickers and journaling cards all from Victoria gardens by Echo Park; border punch - Martha Stewart; ribbon - Michael's; garment pin - Making memories; heart charm - my stash

Friday, August 12, 2011

#1 Teacher

Well, it's Friday and I'm happy that the weekend is going to be starting! Hopefully I'll get in lots of crafting!

Today I have a little Teachers Gift that I'd like to enter into several challenges, Celebrate The Occasion challenge #25, this week's theme "BACK to SCHOOL"; My Sheri Crafts challenge #66 - Back To School; Whimsical Wednesday create any project related to school, no cards this week please and Chatterscene the theme is School Time, any kind of school related project will qualify.

I decorated a clear pail with stickers and transparent ribbon as I wanted the receiver of the gift to get a peek at what's inside therefore I didn't want to totally cover it up (otherwise why use a transparent pail?). I glued school themed paper to the bottom and top of the pail. Added a pail topper stamped image to the top and some pretty ribbon to the handle. This inside has some goodies for the teacher which I found at the dollar store (post-it notes, motivational stickers, 2 rubber stamps and some crayons) I think it makes a fun, inexpensive, welcome to the new school year gift!

Close up of the top:

Pic of the back:

Supplies used: Paint can and pail topper stamp - Stampendous; cardstock - red; patterned papers - Pebbles; stickers - School by Pebbles; School Days Transparency Ribbonz by Junkitz; farbic sticker - School Days by American Traditional Designs; ribbon - Back To School Twillz by Junkitz and misc. from my stash; goodies for the teacher - Dollar Store

Have a super weekend!!