Color my world with family, friends and some time to be creative!


Seize the Birthday with Ribbon for “Toppings”

It’s almost Friday you all…. and do I have a great challenge for you!

Over at Seize the Birthday this week our ” Topping” of choice is



Not just one piece of ribbon….we want to see more than one color ribbon!

Both pieces at the bottom of my card are ribbon and then I thought, how bout one

more and that’s when I added the double bow.

The Butterfly is from Inkadinkado.

I ran the orange paper through my Cuttlebug and then sanded the flowers.

That Picot dies is from Spellbinders.

The Dp is MMI…I do believe!

The label punch and sentiment is from Stampin up,

and some bling to finish it off!

Remember, over at Seize the Birthday there is Always a Birthday Party going on

and every once in a while we add a Toppings option…

but not a requirement!

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So will you join me over at STB and make

a Birthday project…and will it be with or without ” Toppings?”

Also, while your over there….say hello to our newest design team member Colleen!

We are so glad she joined us!!!

I used this great sketch over at The Paper Players to get my mojo flowing!


Have a great day,



JUGS Grid Technique and DT Search

I am the Hosting this week over at Just Us Girls…

and it’s technique time!

Have you ever used the Grid Technique?

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There are many different variations and here is a

LINK to get you started.  There is no right or wrong way to do it,

 we just want you to have fun with it!

My take was very subtle!!



The JUGS girls are also looking to add some New Designers to the Team!


Here is a link to the JUGS Blog followed by my teammates 

to get your ideas flowing!

Maria Levine

Marisa Ritzen

Lisa Kind

Vicki Dutcher

Elise Durenberger

 We would love for you to either try my technique and/or apply

to be a new designer!

 Sounds like a win win for us Jug Heads!

Go check out all the details at Just Us Girls!

Have a wonderful day!


Card details:

The stamps are a mix of SU and CTMH.

I inked the sentiment on Vellum..and heat embossed.

(Not thrilled with how it came out.)

The die cut is from MFT.

Heart was made with my Cricut and then scored and sanded.

Ink is all SU.

Border punch is Martha Stewart

Any Questions let me know! 🙂



Card Storage Box

Hello everyone!

I have my cards available for purchase at work in the teacher’s lounge, (lucky me)

but have wanted to make a more attractive way to display them.

(BTW I donate almost half the proceeds to our Relay for Life team every year.)

Well, I finally came up with an alternative.  Yes, I know I could have gone to Michaels eons ago

and purchased a pretty box to use, but I wanted to make something myself!

Mind you this isn’t drop dead gorgeous or wasn’t to difficult to make….its

very basic and simple….just like me!

Here are a few snap shots !

IMG_0007Someone gave this box to my hubby at work…they are always donating to the art teacher!  Lucky Me!


I have had this paper since the dawn of time….no really I have!  Had to keep with the green theme

so the base would match.


After they were punched, I used my Scorpal to help make a definite center so that wrapping

these strips on the edges of the box became easy!  Love my Scor-Pal!


Cut out the letters with my Cricut.

Embossed them with my Cuttlebug Dots folder.

Backed them with my SU label punch,added some flowers

and used pop dots to give them some height.

IMG_0004Decided to alter the divider tabs to make them my own instead of what they had already written.

Excuse the sides of my light box…I didn’t want to crop the photo…wanted to leave it as is!

Each card is in a plastic sleeve for protection from fingers!

Thanks for stoppin’ in to check on me!

I will be back tomorrow night with my 500th post SURPRISE Blog Candy Giveaway WINNER!

Good Luck!



Welcome Home…

It’s time for a new challenge over at CAS on Sunday!


“Welcome Home”

(Make a ‘New Home’ themed card)

This was a first time challenge for me, don’t think I have ever made a

New Home card before, but once I got started I really enjoyed it!



Here is our sponsor for this month…

Annabelle Stamps

And the prize that one lucky winner will win, is a 15$ (AUD) Discount Coupon!!

I hope you will join us over at CAS on Sunday…this challenge runs for nearly 2 weeks,

so you have plenty of time!

Hope you have a wonderful day!


A Few details:

Branch was cut with my Cricut

Sentiment is SU


JUGS Wild Card and Mixed Media



This week over at Just Us Girls….it’s time for our Wild Card Challenge.

We have a Wild Card Challenge when we happen to have 5 Saturdays in a month.

Marisa is our go to gal this week and she has chosen

“Distressing” as our theme.  Great idea Marisa!!

I just so happen to have recently gotten a distressing tool

from Stampin Up that works great.  Mind you, I have been using the sides of

a pair of scissors for years and it’s worked well…but this is a little safer. LOL

I also think it does a better job.

I am also linking this card to a really fun challenge site called

Mixed Media Color Challenge.  You have to check it out!

Very talented ladies run this site!  Their work is mind blowing!

They are giving away an amazing gift this time!

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Here are a few things I did to create this card.

I used a clear block, some moment rose bud ink,

and a spritz or two of water  to create my background

on my watercolor paper.  Love how easy this is!  You just

ink up your block….spritz it with water and stamp!

Then I Heat embossed my dandelion flowers with white embossing powder.

My fence posts or gates were cut out with my Cricut.

I sure hope you can tell what they are….I was worried about this!

They are two fence gates that meet in the middle.

Added some Washi tape and the rest is rather self explanatory!

Hope you have a fantastic long weekend!  I can’t tell you how

happy I am to have an extra day to catch up on some Creative time…..I hope!

I will be back tomorrow with a new challenge from CAS on Sunday!



Freshly Made is having a Celebration!


I have been a long time follower of Freshly Made Sketches and they

are celebrating their 100th Sketch this week!!!

Congrats to the FMS team past and present!!


I have a celebration of my own this week, but more about that in 

a day or so!!!  Hope I peaked your interest to come back and see what it is!

No hints either…LOL!


Today’s card has been a work in progress.  I don’t think my mojo was quite

awake this morning when I attempted for the 3rd time to finish this card,

 at least that’s the story I am sticking with!

It seemed to get better as the day progressed, I am happy to say!


Every time I put a ready made flower on my card….I call myself a cheater. LOL

I also, realized I put my candy gems from SU in the wrong place…  :/ ugh!

Here are a few details:

DP is from Basic Grey.

Sentiment is Michaels….it’s only a part of the entire greeting.

Used MS punch to make the rest of my flowers and the scalloped border is SU.

The stems were made with my Cricut!  Love them…I use them a lot!

Lattice embossing folder is from SU.

Hope your having a great day!

Thanks for stoppin’ in!



Inspiration time over at JUGS~

Hello friends,

School is back in session and this Chic is wiped out!

 It’s going to take me a couple of weeks to get back to this

5 days a week and then some… work sort of thing!

Plus, my son left for college again on Wednesday

so it’s back to that empty nest feeling again.

Let me just say, I don’t like it very much at all!!

 Hubby and I were spoiled this summer having Ty

here since the middle of May.  SIGH!!!

Anyhoo, speaking of school!

 Tangii has a great inspiration photo for us this week over at JUGS!


This is what I did with it!


One of my teacher’s at school gave me this awesome sticker set last year

because she knew I loved to scrapbook.

I found it the other day as I was setting up my room

and thought this would be perfect for my card for JUGS!

So, I have a mixture of stamps, die cuts, and ink on this card.

I must admit I felt as if I was cheating using those stickers!

The paper is a stamp from Verve.  The sentiment is SU.

I distressed the card stock, the apple and the stem a little bit,

but looks as if I should have done more!  I thought the white pen

was a nice touch at the end!….and of course a ribbon!

I am also linking this up to the back to school challenge over at

The Friday Mashup!

Sure hope you join us this week over at Just Us Girls for our

Inpsiration Photo Challenge!

Here are the links to my fellow teammates blogs to

help get you started with some inspiration!

JUGs blog

Elise Durenberger

Maria Levine

Marisa Ritzen

Tangii Crain

Lisa Kind

Vicki Dutcher

Have a great weekend,



For the Love of Polka Dots…

Hello Crafters!!

It was my turn to post a project over at

The Crafty Card Gallery this month.

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Jennifer had asked us to incorporate Polka Dots.

That was a great challenge for me because…..

Polka Dots are very near and dear

to my heart because my mother LOVED them!

So any time I see them, especially on clothes,  I think of her!!

So I incorporated my mom’s love for dots and how much

I love her, miss her, and think of her on my card itself.

What I have done here, is taken two pieces of ribbon and

glued them in behind the negative part of a heart that I cut out using my Cricut.

(Make sure the ribbon is tight.)

To give it some stability and so that you can’t see through it,

I adhered it to another piece of white cardstock to give it a backing.

 Trimmed it out with some Pool Party and Basic black paper.

 Added a MS heart border punch to a strip of black to add some interest.

The sentiment is from Close to My Heart.

And finally, I took the sentiment and punched it out with a great

SU Modern label punch, and bordered it 2 more times.

This is a great trick.  Punch out the label punch again

and then cut it in half and put it on opposite ends.

All you see is the ends anyway and it looks like one

continuous piece.  If that doesn’t make sense….drop me a

comment and I will explain it better.

I used this interesting sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and these

great colors from Dynamic Duos to spark this card!



This card was a lot of fun to create!

Thanks for your continuous support….and make sure you

stay tuned because  I see a Blog Candy Giveaway in the very near future!

Craft Your Heart,



Mixed Media Take Two



I wanted to try my hand again at Mixed Media and I stumbled upon this

great Challenge site called the Mixed Media Color Challenge and I

felt like I hit the jackpot!….I took it as a positive sign.

Not sure I had as much such success as last time and I kinda

ended up embellishing it more than I had originally planned,

but I still enjoyed creating it!


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Here are a few additional snapshots to show you that I in fact

do have some mixed media under there.

Started with straight blue ink.


Applied Gesso with a Feather brush.


First mistake….I put glitter on the stamped leaf image

while the ink was wet.  (Note to self-Glitter should be LAST!)

Versamark doesn’t stick well to glitter.


Added some other images using white ColorBox ink and

Stampin UP- Turquoise  (not in photo).


The white ink wasn’t vibrant enough so let’s try

white embossing powder.


Used my fingers to ink up the edges and do some blending!


Since the middle of the card the leaves were so hard to

see, that’s when I decided to embellish it more!

Hope you have a great day…and if you have time

go check out the Mixed Media Challenge..

I linked it up for you!



Other Products Used:

Cricut- Tag and swirl

Cuttlebug- SU-heart folder





As Independence Day approaches….to quickly I might add,

I thought it was a good time to post a Fourth of July card that I submitted into this Month’s

Die Cut Crazy Magazine. Here is a link to the Magazine.

Right now the DCCM is just for the iPad but they are looking to expand to other forms.

They are growing, and I am so happy for Stephanie the editor,

she is a real sweetheart with brilliant ideas.

Here is a link to the website as well, they are always looking for new submissions for publications.

You can also like them on Facebook and stay up to date with what they are up to!

My card also links up perfectly with the following challenges.

The Pink Elephant (photo inspiration)


Paper Playtime (red, white and blue)


Not sure if you can really tell what technique I used with this card because it is

very subtle but, I tried my hand at water spritzing. A very simple technique.

After you ink up your stamp simply spritz some water on the stamp before stamping.

That’s all there is to it.

Here is a close up.


In the upper corner you can tell the stamp looks like it bled a little.

That’s what it is suppose to do, and you can control how much or how little by the

amount of water you put on your stamp.

Sorry, it’s been a few days since I posted….we are in the middle of a Kitchen remodel

so I have been up to my elbows in painting, cleaning out the cabinets, and re-organizing.

Love my new Quartz counter tops and my sink is so BIG!!!! It’s an undermount with one basin. LOVE IT!

Wish I had a before photo….I will see if I can hunt one down.

Hope you have a wonderful Independence Day if you in fact celebrate it,

if not enjoy your week and happy crafting!



Cardstock and paper: SU, CM and scraps

Ink: SU-Real Red and Ballet Blue

Stamps: Script, and 2 stars, abc letters

Tools: Cricut, Punches, spritz bottle

Acc: Pop dots