Friday, October 28, 2011

I'm Passing My Purple Torch

Well I have been running hard and carrying my purple torch high for the last month, but alas (sniff, sniff) I must pass my torch to a new runner.

I am very excited to let you know that I am handing off my purple torch to Jessica of Chick-N-Scrap! She is super creative and I have enjoyed perusing her blog for some time now. Although I am sad to see my leg of the race come to an end, I couldn't be happier to put the purple torch in Jessica's hands!!!
I can't wait to see what Jessica will do with all the fun digital elements over at Amber Ink

Please hop over to Amber Inklings and give Jessica, and all the new torch bearers, a very warm welcome!!

GO, Jessica, GO!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Amber Ink Recap

Today we are doing a recap of the projects we made this month for Amber Inklings. I can't believe that my month of carrying the torch is already up. It has been so fun playing with all the fun digital elements at Amber Ink. Please stop by tommorow to see who I am passing the torch to. You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spooky and Boo Decor

This is my second post for today.

I had my carpets cleaned today, so I holed up in my craft room while the carpet cleaners went to work. Oh Darn!!!! I had fun making a couple of Halloween Home Decor items. I'd like to share them with you. I used some Rhonna Farrer digital elements to make both of them and added embellishemnts to kick them up a notch.

The first was made with a digital image from Spooky Junque Borders.

Supplies used: patterned paper - Foundations Bi Fold Solid paper by Authentique; digital image from Spooky Junque Borders by Rhonna Farrer; frame - Walmart; brads, metal charms, metal alphabet - Making Memories; Spiderweb cut at 2" from Chic & Scary Cricut cartridge<; rhinestomes - Kaiser Craft and Kandi Kane; twine and flowers - my stash.

The second was made with a digital image from Spooky Junque Brushes.

Supplies used: patterned paper - Foundations Bi Fold Solid and Lustrous by Authentique; Noteables from Glowing Collection by Authentique; Mini Paper Rosettes die cut by Tim Holtz for Sizzix; rhinestones - Kandi Kane; digital image from Spooky Junque Brushes by Rhonna Farrer.

Eek Layout

Today we have a new challenge and "twist" for you over at Twisted Sketches.
Please hop on over to their blog and check it out, along with all the DT's wonderful work.
We'd love to have you play along!!

Here is a pic of my eldest daughter on Halloween back in 1996. I am still working on both my girls albums. Thought it would be a great picture for this weeks take:

Supplies used: cardstock - black; patterned papers from Martha Stewart Designer Paper Pad; Decorative circle with skulls cut at 3" and 4 1/4" with Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge; Spider Webs cut at 3" with Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge; spider stickers - Stickopotimus; rhinestones - Kaiser Craft; chipboard alphabet = Little Yellow Bicycle.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time For Thanks

It's rolled around to Tuesday again and another challenge over at Celebrate The Occasion.
This weeks the challenge is "Fall Theme".

I decided to make a paper pieced pumpkin card.

Supplies used: Cardstock - green, orange, burgundy, ivory; patterned paper - Forever Fall paper pad - Bo Bunny, Making Memories; piercing tool - In Stitchz by Bazzill; raffia - my stash; felt leaves - World Market; patchwork pumpkin template designed by Cindy Baird; embossing folders - Moroccan Screen by Cuttlebug, Regal Flourishes by Tim Holtz for Sizzix, Fall Set by Sizzix; ink - brown from Inkadinkado; stamp - Hero Arts

Hope you can come on by and share your Fall Theme project with us!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lets Go Shopping...

I have a card to share with you that I made with another cool Amber Ink digital image!
I have had so much fun playing with their digital stamps.

Supplies used: cardstock - black, pink; patterned papers - Cameo Solitare from Keepsakes by SEI; border punches - Martha Stewart; Copi Markers; purse sticker - Unique Boutique Rob & Bob studio by Provo Craft; font - LD Simple Things; digital stamps - Nudie Cutie Pen Pals Red letter Envelope and Letter Writing Saying Nothing To Wear both by Amber Ink

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hey-Lo Ween

I have a card to share today that I made with some more of the wonderful digital images you can find at Amber Ink. I did a lot of paper piecing on this and also combined two different digital stamps. The original owl image is holding a heart and I wanted it to hold a pumpkin for Halloween.

I printed the owl four times all together. Once on white cardstock for his eyes and feet, twice on the brown patterned paper so that I could have an extra wing to cut out and place over the original using pop dots to make it 3D, and once on the yellow grid paper for placement. As the feet were printed on white paper, colored and cut out I could place the branch over his original feet and place his colored feet over them to make it look like he is on the branch. The pumpkin was printed on the yellow grid and also on white, colored, cut out and placed over the heart on the original owl, then I added the extra wing over the top of the original. I think it turned out pretty cute.

Inside of card:

Supplies used: cardstock - 2 shades of brown, yellow; patterned paper - Autumn Cider, Autumn Hollow, Autumn Gathering, October Night all in Night Fall by American Crafts; Labels One Nestabilities by Spellbinder; ribbon, twine, button - my stash; Copic Markers; digital stamps - Happy Pumpkin and Owl Heart by Amber Ink; digital sentiment - Kiddos Hey Lo Ween Sayings by Amber Ink; Pop Dots

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Happy Saturday everyone!!!!

I have, what I think, is a cute Halloween Home Decor item to show you.  It started with a $5.00 frame from Walmart. I removed the glass. I took out the matt and inked it with Tim Holtz alcohol ink in pitch black using a Tim Holtz inker.  When the ink dried I trimmed the matt with patterned paper and a border sticker.  I then backed it with patterned paper and a Martha Stewart border punch. The letters and skeleton frame were cut with the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge, the lettters at 3" and the frame at 4".
Added some embellishments  and voila!!!!!

Supplies used: cardstock - black, 2 shades of grey; patterned papers - Skull & Bones, Striped Toad, Black Magic, Haunted Forest and Catatonic all in The Apothecary Emporium by Echo Park; border sticker - Element Stickers in The Apothecary Emporium by Echo Park; rhinestones - American Crafts & Doodlebug; border punch - Martha Stewart; velvet stickers - Making Memories; Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge; ribbon, googly eyes - Michaels; Pop Dots 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

You Brighten My Day

I'm really enjoying being a torch bearer for Amber Ink! They have wonderful images and ipaper in their store and they are so fun to create with! Hope you pop by and check out their goodies, you're sure to find some great things for your next project!

I have a card today that I created with some of their digital stamps and ipaper. I am also entering it in the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge over at The Sweetest Thing,

Close up of the image:

Here is the sketch:

Supplies used: cardstock - white, blue; patterned papers - swiss dots-sunny yellow tiny from Amber Ink, Bitty Dot Basics - Papertrey Inc. and Sassafras Lass; digital stamps - WeeBee.Pollinatin and Saying-You Brighten My Day both by Amber Ink; rhinestones - Kaiser Craft; Copic Markers; Pop Dots.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2 Cute

Wednesday has rolled around again and we have another challenge over at Twisted Sketches.
Please hop over and check out this weeks sketch and "twist" to spark your creative energy!

Here is my take on this weeks challenge:

Some pics of my granddaughter Michelle having fun at our local Gymboree.

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft; patterned papers - Woodland Park from City Park collection, Radiant and Dainty from Hello Sunshine collection all by American Crafts; border punch - Martha Stewart; Delights Flower Phrases in Sunshine by American Crafts; alphabet - Champagne Thickers by American Crafts

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Silhouette Santa

It's Tuesday and time for another fun challenge over at Celebrate The Occasion.

This week the challenge is any occasion, use red black and white. I decided to make a Christmas card with this really cute Santa and child silhouette cut from A Childs Year Cricut cartridge.
This cartridge has so many wonderful silhouettes.

Supplies used: cardstock - white, black; patterned paper - Fine Engraved Paper in Ruby from artsy.licious by ChatterBox; Santa silhouette cut using fit to length feature set at 4 1/2" with A Childs Year Cricut cartridge; Sentiment stamp - Scrappy Cat; rhinestones - Kaiser Craft

Hope you can join us this week at Celebrate The Occasion, we'd love to see your creation!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

I Believe In Pink

Happy Monday!

I have a card for you today that I made for Link Up For Pink with some wonderful ipaper and digital stamps from Amber Ink!! You should hop over to their store and check out all their great stuff!!!

Supplies used; cardstock white and glitter pink;  ipaper - A.I. Alice Diamonds Punk Pink Itty Bitty Hint from Amber Ink; digital stamps - Nudie Cuties - Think Pink.Take A Stand and I Beleive in Pink.Audrey Hepburn both from Amber Ink; Copic Markers; flowers - Doodlebug; rhinestones - Kaiser Craft; twine - Lime Twist by My Minds Eye; border punch - Fiskars

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Auction of Breast Cancer Embellished Printers Tray for LUFP

I was honored when Gaby asked me to be a guest designer for Link Up For Pink. I knew I wanted to do something extra special because this is a cause that is very dear to my heart. You see I am a breast cancer survivor myself. It has been 9 years this July since I was diagnosed. I underwent surgery, chemotherapy and took the drug Tamoxifen for 5 years.  Breast Cancer is very scary and it will strike one out of every nine women! Not very good statistics. I urge you to get your yearly mammograms and do a self exam once a month (I found my lump doing a self exam). If you are so inclined, make a donation to Susan G Komen Foundation by doing this you help those ladies suffering from cancer as well as funding the research to find a cure!

Please join Gaby, Celeste and Yolie at Link Up For Pink with your pink creation!!!
Here is my project:

Supplies used: printers tray - 7 Gypsies; cardstock - pink; patterned papers - Special, Unique and Gifted from Uncommon by Authentique, Hazel "Lovely" Adorned in Stella and Rose by My Minds Eye, "Never Enough" All Together Alpha paper in So Sophie by My Minds Eye; Bird Cage Die Cut - QuickCuts; Heart punches - Martha Stewart and Fiskars; love teensy tag - Imaginisce; border punches - Martha Stewart and EK Success; butterfly cut from Indie Art Cricut cartridge; sterling silver stick pin, findings, ribbon charm and believe heart charm from my jewelry making stash; Swarokski crystal bead, glass bead and pink gem stone from my jewelry making stash; Be Strong quote - soft spoken by Me & My Big Ideas; other phrases and tags - Tabloids, Noteables and Excerpts two sided elements all from Authentique; Lacey Label Circle and Label One Square die cuts - Nestabilities by Spellbinders; ribbon rose - Making Memories; Satin Ribbon - Michael's; flowers - Prima, Petaloo, Recollections, Moxie; pearls - Kaiser Craft; metal corner - my stash: Pop Dots

I'd like to auction off this printers tray and donate all the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen foundation. If you'd like to place a bid and help out the cause you may do so either in the comments at the end of this post or contact me (the bar is at the top right hand side of my blog). I will close the auction on Oct. 15th! Good luck and Thank you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lean On Me....

Today I would like to share a card I made for Link Up For Pink and to support team #1 at Celebrate The Occasion.

And they are both in support of breast cancer awareness! Please join us at both blogs with a pink creation and show us your support!!!!

Supplies used: cardstock - grey; patterned paper - "Baby Girl" Dots from Wild Asparagus by My Minds Eye, Hazel "Lovely" Adorned in Stella and Rose by My Minds Eye, Gifted in Uncommon by Authentique; Copic Markers; border punch - Martha Stewart; sentiment stamp - Skipping Stones Design; digital stamp from Support For A Cause Collection by Sassy Studio Designs; Pop Dots

Please come back tomorrow, I have something special to share with you!!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Autumn Blessings

Boy did we have a weather change this week! Last week we were in the 90's and today the low 60's.
A little more gradual change would have been nice.

Today I have a card I made for three challenges, Whimsical Wednesdays create a Fall card/project inspired by Fall colors, the twist this week is to create a handmade embellishment, Mojo Monday and The Kraft Journal lavish layers challenge.

Here is the sketch from Mojo Monday:

For my handmade embellishment, I made a fabric flower:

Supplies used: cardstock light brown, cream; patterned papers - Autumn Cider, Fall leaves and Autumn Harvest from Night Fall by American Crafts; border punch - Fiskars; leaves - Prima; Ribbon - Michael's; glubers - Cosmo Cricket; Fabric - my stash; rub on alphabet - Purkey miniMarks by American Crafts

Monday, October 3, 2011

I'm Sorry For Being A Little Witchy

Hope everyone had a super weekend!!!

I'm super excited to show you the card I made for my first project as an AmberInk torchbearer!

I used both ipaper and digital stamps from the super Amber Ink store. Pop by and check out all the fun digital items there is to create with!!!

Supplies used: cardstock - two shades of green, white; patterned paper - Bubble Fizz Green - Amber Ink; sentiment - Kiddos HeyLoWeen Sayings Little Witchy - Amber Ink; image - Kiddos HeyLoWeen Little Witchie - Amber Ink; border punch - Martha Stewart; edge distresser - Heidi Swapp; black pearls - BoBunny; Copic Markers; sewing machine