Thursday, May 30, 2013

♥ Travel Girl ♥

hello!  today is hubby's birthday, so i will keep this quick to share a link with you.  i am up on the October Afternoon blog today along with Jill.  she created an amazing sketch today, perfect for layouts.  today i scaled back her sketch to show how adaptable it is for cards too.

here is a sneak peek of the card i created using the new Travel Girl line.  i hope you'll pop over and see the sketch and the rest of my card and Jill's layout♥

i am LOVING the new alphas released with the Daily Flash too!!!

thanks for visiting me today, school is almost out and then we'll have lots of creating/fun time, yay!

hugs & love!

Monday, May 27, 2013

♥ happy memorial day ♥

 Happy Memorial Day!

 I want to thank every single man and woman in uniform, their families and those that sacrifice along with you. I thank God for them every single day.  We honor you, we respect you and we are forever indebted to you.  There is no way to repay your sacrifice but please know that we honor your sacrifice and that of your families.  May God continue to bless you, hold you close, hold those that have served and died close, and continue to bless this Great Nation that you have protected and allowed us to enjoy!!!  Thank you with ALL our hearts and respect!

I also wanted to share a couple of cards that have been created this month over at Jillibean Soup Blog

Going my Way? card

Hello Friend card

Hello There card

 Mama card

I wanted to share a close-up of the new Ephemera from Jillibean, it is so awesome to work with.  Book papers, the coolest buttons, doilies and so much more, awesome stuff!  You can purchase these packs through the Jillibean Soup Retail Store

Peas and Thank You card

and a Christmas card too

I hope you had a beautiful weekend and remembered those who have given us the protection to always remember!  I know this was a long post, but we have our last week of school here and it's going to be so busy.  So many things to do before the end of the week, so I wanted to make sure to share a few recent projects.

thank YOU for all your incredibly wonderful comments!
hugs & all my love!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

♥ stitched sentiment, Christmas and flowers? ♥

good morning. i hope this finds you well.  my prayers go out to ALL those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma, i can not even BEGIN to imagine and my prayers are being said.  i am heart broken to see all the devastation, it is surreal.

in scrapping news, i am up on the October Afternoon BLOG today with a quick, easy, fun tutorial to stitch a sentiment using a new die-cut or sticker from the Travel Girl line.

here's a sneak peek of the card i created
(i hope you pop in for the tutorial and say hello)

and i am also up on the My Mind's Eye blog sharing cards created with the gorgeous floral embellishments from the Find Your Wings and Fly line

here's a sneak peek of one of those cards
(please come say hello when you have a second)

and last but not least, a CHRISTMAS card, yes, here's another

merry and bright card

inspired by the monday CARD sketch 
(sketch turned 90*)

thanks for visiting me today and your sweet notes!
hugs and so much love

Monday, May 20, 2013

♥ Christmas in may? ♥

good morning.  how was your weekend?  we had a great weekend with ALL the kids home (my eldest from college too, wahoo!) and i am home today with my youngest with a sore throat and fever...ugh.  my poor little man, his throat is so sore and it happens most times we travel up over the mountains (elevation change i suppose)  so i baked him some banana bread and soup's on the stove, i am prepared if he gets a little appetite.  while he rests, i thought i would pop in here and share some cards and challenges that i have been working on this week.

today, i have posted the newest CARD challenge on the Scraptastic Scrapbooking Kits forum today
the challenge?  it's a bit sketchy, you may want to check it out
(you can win a $5.00 Scrapastic Store Credit)

here's the card i created for the sketch using my MAY Destination Unknown Scrapbooking Kit

i hope you'll pop in over at the Scraptastic Forum to see the newest challenge and the inspiration and YES, post your cards♥

i am up today on the Jillibean Soup blog with a card using the new Fresh Vegetable Soup line 

hello friend card

i absolutely love the fonts and corrugated shapes and stickers in this new line♥


today i am also going to share some Christmas cards.  yes!  i am actually starting on them early this year.  every year we make a personal Christmas card for each one of hubby's staff members (60) as well as our friends and family, so this year, i am GOING to start early.  and to show you how determined i am, i created SIX Christmas cards this morning while my little one rested. (wish me luck....giggle)  i will share at least one of them each time i post, so hopefully you, too, will be inspired to create early this year.

dec 25th card

merry Christmas card

 thank you so much for visiting me today and for your incredibly sweet notes!

i'll be back tomorrow with a tutorial for October Afternoon and cards for My Mind's Eye and YES another Christmas card

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

♥ playing with stamps ♥

from the May Kits at Scraptastic Scrapbooking kits this month.  
i absolutely love the fonts and they stamp beautifully!  just take a look at both of this month's sets

After the Storm stamp set 

please don't ask me to pick a favorite either, because i seriously can't.  they are fantastic!

on my first card, take note, i decided  to create a "speech bubble" mask.  using the negative of the mask, i stamped my sentiment repeatedly.

 i LOVE this font, LOVE it!

on my second card, this is so awesome, i decided to stamp a couple of the cameras in the set.  i picture sending this card with one of my bi-monthly updates to relatives, i always have fun stories since i have 4
the camera is so cute and stamped beautifully!

on my third card, american noted, i used my negative speech bubble mask again to stamp the stars to create this american/patriotic card.  i added a few enamel dots from MME Kate & Co. Oxford Lane line and I have a card to send out this Memorial Day.

 i am in love with these stars

on my last card, hello sunshine, i decided i wanted to create a flat/mailable card so i stamped the "hello sunshine" sentiment with different colors and then hand-stitched for some added personality

i will use this stamp a lot!

thank you so much for visiting me and your sweet notes, they make my day every day!
hugs & love!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

♥wow, has it been t.h.a.t long?♥

i can not believe it's been more than a month since i have posted on here.  the last couple of months are always incredibly, incredibly busy for us, but WOW a month?  i am finished with teacher appreciation gifts for hubby's amazing staff and so now i feel like i can catch up with my blog, on a regular basis.  i have missed sharing here, but with end of school year, 4 kids, traveling basketball, secretary's day, and teacher appreciation week, it just got away from me.

do you feel it too?  the build up to summer i

where to start when there's so much?  how about a tutorial to start with using the 
April Scraptastic Scrapbooking Kits Awake My Soul?  Now, if you don't have this kit, or if you have used a lot you may be asking why a tutorial now?  well because you may have these papers OR may have fun sequins and tags, so why not?  giggle.  AND, it gives me a starting point for blogging again, a tutorial, yeah, that's it....giggle

here's the card i created with the tutorial


and here's a step by step picture tutorial to create this card or a similar one

 i can't wait to catch up in the blogging world.