Sunday, September 14, 2014


WOW!  My last post was four weeks ago.  I have had quite a month.  Since I moved from Georgia to Ohio I have had my belongings in a storage shed.  I have finally come to the realization that I needed to get rid of it.  I decided to have a garage sale.  I had movers pick up my stuff (which was in a 10' x 20' shed) on Thursday and had my garage sale on Friday and Saturday.  I really did not remember what all I had and had to sort through everything.  
The movers got to me about five hours late and so I didn't get started on the organization until almost dinner time for the kids.  I don't know about you but I am really dead by about 8:00.  I managed to go until 11:00 but still had so much to do.  The sale started at 9:00 am.  By the time I was done I thought I could just sleep for a week.  I then had to organize what was left from the sale and get ready for Goodwill to pick up what I was donating.  I worked myself silly along with my sister and my sister-in-law.  Without their help I know I could not have managed.  I'm so thankful for these beautiful women to do this for me. 

After that was finished I guess my body just said stop and I got sick.  I stayed in bed almost a whole week.  I was so miserable.  I usually see my sister at least once a week and I haven't seen her since the sale.  I'm not quite all the way better yet so her husband won't let me over to their house.  I can't blame him though.  Becky gets really sick from just a cold and she would be on her back for at least two weeks.  I didn't want her sick either so I have stayed away.  Hopefully I will get to go over to her house next weekend.
So now I'm back with another fabulous challenge brought to you by
We are sponsored this time by
Inky Impressions
 Our challenge this fortnight is "Christmas Come Early".  I just love Christmas!!  It's my favorite time of the year.  I was given this really cute image to work with.  Inky Impressions has always been one of my favorite companies to work with.  They always have such adorable stamps.
 I do hope you will join us in this challenge.  Don't forget to pop over and take a look at all the inspiration by the DT this week at Crafting When We Can.  We have some very talented ladies and some great projects to see.  

Items used
Image and sentiment - Inky Impressions
Sketch - Card Mania
Embossing folder - Darice "Snowflake Swirl"
Die - Sizzix Oval, Stampin' Up Tag
Paper - Graphic 45, Bearly Mine, Colorbok Metallic, Paper Pizazz & generic
  Ribbon - Darice
Snowflakes - Jolee's Boutique
Pearls - Want 2 Scrap
Copics, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Ranger Distress Ink, Liquid Applique, Reminisce white gel pen
Challenges entered
Card Mania #55 - Sketch
Loves Rubberstamps #120 - Glitter and sparkle
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Inky Impressions #176 - ABC's (Applique, Blue, Christmas)
The Paper Shelter #173 - Embossing
Word Art Wednesday #149 - Anything goes
C.R.A.F.T #276 - Christmas
Southern Girls - Winter blues
Crafty Little Fairies September - Sparkle & bling
My Mum's Craft Shop September - Dies or punches

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Has it been 2 weeks already?  I guess so because we are here again with another challenge for you at Crafting When We Can.  We are sponsored by A Random Fan.

 Our challenge is "Oodles of Doodles".  I am not a doodler so this was a difficult start for me.  My wonderful sister Rebecca had to help me out with ideas.

When I saw my image I thought she just had to have pink hair.  As an artist I thought she should have some expression in her clothes also.  So I colored my image up and took it to my sister.  She had this wonderful paper to go with it.

 Her idea was to doodle on the little insects.  So here is what I did.

I used a bunch of gel pens that she had and a black sharpie to doodle on the paper.  Then added some swirls on the image.  She also loaned me this wonderful die to use.  I thought I should add a bit of it to the inside as well.

I tried a new technique I am not comfortable with.  I used a Whisper Strokes marker to do a water color technique.  I put some ink on my mat and used a water brush to dilute it, then brushed it onto the background of the image.  I'm a real fan of fussy cutting my images so I don't have to do the background of it.  Then I used the marker straight on the edges of the die cut.  

The painting she is making is actually a blank canvas.  I tried to stamp the tulip using a Martha Stewart stamp but it did not work very well so I ended up just coloring it myself.  As you can see I'm not a very good artist....LOL.  

I hope you will hop over to the Crafting When We Can blog and check out all the other fabulous creations done by my wonderful DT sisters.  See you in the challenge.  You have two weeks to get it done so lets get going!
Image - Autry's Art Lesson by A Random Fan
Markers:  Copic, Whisper Strokes and Sharpie
Papers:  The Paper Studio and generic
Die: Spellbinder Marvelous Squares
 Ribbon:  Westwater Enterprises
Sentiment:  From Me created on Word
 Challenges entered:

Craft Your Passion #226 - Add some yellow
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty #190 - Anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Summer
Word Art Wednesday #145 - Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's August - Summer colors
Crafty Little Fairies August - Cute and cuddly
Mema's Crafts August - Anything goes
Work it Wednesday - Blue
Stamping Sensations August - Anything goes

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Welcome to another fabulous challenge at 

We are sponsored by 

 She has the cutest digis.  I just love that little frog too.
Our challenge this fortnight is "Bright Colors".  I love bright colors.  I use them all the time.  I think they make the cards just POP.  

This image is called Lizabeth Rockabilly.  I think she is so pretty.  I picked her to do a special birthday card for my niece Cara.  Isn't she just a doll!
She likes to think so.  She is such a ham for a camera.  Cara is going to be 10 years old this month.  She is finally in double digits.  She is so excited about her birthday but upset that it is always right when school starts back up.

I hope you will visit all the other fabulous creations and then join in the challenge at Crafting When We Can.

Card recipe:

Image:  Lacy Sunshine
Sketch: Papertake Weekly #69
I flipped the sketch and the sentiment
Papers:  Free Craft Downloads, Worldwin, Bazzill, generic
Dies/punches:  Sizzix, Martha Stewart, McGill
Embossing folders: Darice
Sentiment: Stampendous
Ribbon: Sierlint Dekorationband
Misc: Copic markers, Wink of Stella
Challenges entered:
Papertake Weekly - Sketchie free for all
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Inky Impressions #170 - Anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty #188 - Anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #143 - Anything goes
Suzy Bee's #40 - Anything goes
Dies R Us #7 - Birthday 
Glitter n Sparkle #96 - Add some sparkle 
Art by Miran #11 - Anything goes

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Welcome to another wonderful fortnightly challenge at 

We are sponsored by The Stamping Chef

The challenge is to create your own background.  This is not something I am comfortable in doing so this had definitely taken me out of my comfort zone.  Here is what I did.  I started with some plain card stock.

I then stamped my background stamp with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder from American Crafts.   I'm not sure where the stamp is from at all.  I lost the packaging some time ago.  After embossing I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  

It was still not where I wanted so I added some distressing around the edges with Stampin' Up Ink.  

After finishing the background I started in on the image.  This is called Dolly Birthday. You can never have enough birthday cards.  I colored her with Copic markers and added some Wink of Stella glitter pen to the bows on her and some Glossy Accents to the balloons.  The ribbon is from Offray, the sentiment is a Stampendous stamp & the papers all came from my stash.  The pink tulle is left over from my nieces wedding and I thought it would spark up the image.

I do hope you will stop by and check out all the wonderful inspiration from all the DT at Crafting When We Can.  Hope to see you in this week's challenge.

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day.

Challenges entered:

Monday, July 14, 2014



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Sunday, July 6, 2014


Here we are with another fortnightly challenge at 


Our challenge this time around is "Friends" and we are being sponsored by 

Penny Blossoms

I have been given this cute image to work with called Dare to be Different.  The outfit she is wearing is definitely different than anything I would ever dare to wear, but I really like it.  I colored her with my favorite things.....Copics and Glossy Accents.  I've used it on her hair, skirt and glasses. I don't really see it in the picture, but it does look nice in real life.

Since she is so daring, I decided she needed to have daring hair as well.  I really love the color green and how it goes with pink.  Since green hair was not how I saw her I decided to go with pink hair. 

I have a drawer full of ribbons in my craft area.  I opened the drawer and this one was right on top.  It matched her gloves and tights so nicely that I had to add it. 

Now get your crafting tiara on and get going.  Join us this week at Crafting When We Can and make something for your friend.   Don't forget to visit all the other DT and see what they have created to inspire you.

Thanks for visiting me and have a blessed day!

Colored with - Copic markers and Glossy Accents
Papers - Bazzill, We R Memory Keepers and generic
Embossing folder & ribbon - Darice
Dies and punches - Sizzix and EK
Popped up with 3-D Dimensionals
Challenges entered
Delightful Challenges - My favorite things (Copics, Glossy Accents & green)
Crafting From The Heart #25 - Anything goes
Loves Rubberstamps #110 - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #139 - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments #110 - Anything goes
Creative Fingers #42 - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - Pretty in pink
My Mum's Craft Shop #19 - Bright colors
  Simon Says Work it Wednesday - Anything goes

Friday, June 27, 2014


 It's graduation time and I have another card for one of the graduates at our church.  This one is for Hyrum.  He has finished high school a year early and is headed to Brigham Young University.  After a year he will be headed out on a mission for our church.  

He is such a fine young man.  Our basement flooded recently and we had to dig up some pipes.  Hyrum volunteered to do some digging for us.  He came with three other young men and saved us a ton of money not having to hire someone to do that.


Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day.


Sketch - Just Rite Inspiration
Sentiment - Create with TLC (I altered to say graduation)
 Embossing folder - Darice
Die cut - Spellbinders
Papers - Core 'dinations, DCWV and Stash O Scraps
Stamp - Lost the package so I'm not sure
Antique Linen Distress Ink - Tim Holtz

Challenges entered:

Sunday, June 22, 2014


  I'm making this card for my baby about a month early.  Her birthday isn't until the end of July, but our challenge this time around for Crafting When We Can was just too perfect for her card to not make it.  I even made it a week early which is unheard of for me.  My beautiful baby girl is about to be 17 years old.  I only have a year left before she is off to college and to serve a mission for our church.  I am in tears often.  Hopefully I will be cried out before she has to go.  

This picture was take at our church by someone in our Young Women's program.  It was a gift for me.  All the girls got their picture taken and put into a frame.  It sits on my dresser.  Isn't she just so gorgeous!!!
I'm very pleased with how she is turning out and I'm sure she will make a fine adult someday.  I'm just very sad that day is coming so soon.  Her sister went off to college and decided she liked the area and never came home.  I told Alicia she can't do that to me. 
I'll now get on to our challenge for this fortnight.  
Welcome to another fabulous challenge at 
Our challenge this fortnight is 
‘B’ Option
‘G’ Option
‘R’ Option
Ric Rac Ribbon
Geometric Pattern
We are sponsored this time around by

The image I am using is called "Annabelle".   A short time ago Artbymiran had a contest on Facebook to name a new image.  Everyone got three chances.  I let my daughter and my niece pick names.  The name Annabelle was the name Alicia picked for her so I knew the image had to be for her birthday card.  If you haven't figured out yet, I chose option "B" for my card.  Alicia's favorite color is blue so it was a no brainer. 
 I colored her with my Copics and Whisper Strokes markers.  I added some Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella because she has to shine.  I also used the following:

Flowers - Prima Flowers
Punch & die cut - McGill & Stampin' Up
Papers - Real Magic, Colorbok, stash & generic
Stamp - Stampendous
Bling & pearls - Michaels & Queen & Co.
Embossing folder - Darice

  Please head over to our challenge blog and check out all the other amazing projects done by my oh so talented DT sisters and I hope you will join in the challenge.

Challenges entered:
Craft Your Passion #218 - 3 or more embellishments
Simon Says Monday - Anything goes
 Party Time Tuesday #177 - Glitter
Sweet Stamps #174 - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #137 - Anything goes
Charisma Cardz #13 - Sparkle and shine
Southern Girls - Dies and/or punches
Art by Miran #8 - Anything goes
Creative Fingers #40 - Anything goes
Suzy Bee's #34 - Anything goes

Sunday, June 8, 2014


 Has another two weeks gone by?  Time just keeps going faster the older I get.  My daughter just finished her Junior year in high school and I just keep thinking only one year left.  My oldest went off to college and decided she liked it there and now lives in North Carolina while I'm in Ohio.  My baby will be going off to college in a year.....she better not decide to stay there.  I may have to just lock her up.  

We are here for another challenge at 

Our challenge today is "Leftovers" (use up your scraps - nothing new).

We are welcoming back a favorite sponsor of mine

I've been given Disney Fan Sassy to work with.  Isn't she just incredibly cute! I've colored her with my Copic markers and added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.  I just love using these to shine and sparkle my images.  All the papers I used came out of my stash box so I'm not sure what company they are from.  I've also used the following:

Die cut & sentiment from Stampin' Up
Embossing folder - Darice
Ribbon - Sierlint Dekorationband
Pearls - Want 2 Scrap
Flower - no clue
3D Dimensionals
Punch for corners is so old I can't remember where it came from

It's so nice to use up what you have.  I get a feeling of accomplishment when I am able to do this.

I hope you have enjoyed your time here and please pop over to CWWC challenge blog and check out all the great projects the DT have made for your inspiration.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Challenges entered:

Sunday, June 1, 2014



Many of you know my sister Rebecca from Sydney's Sentiments.
  She is such an amazing and talented person.  She is a wonderful mother to her flock of children too.  She has five parrots at home.  I chose these images because she has blond hair and I have red (I'm the older sister though).  Anyway she can be the queen for one day out of the year....LOL. 
Becky is really kind and sweet and has such a big heart.  She is always caring for others (even to the point of ignoring herself).  She even takes care of me a lot.  These images were a gift from are many of the crafting items I have.  If you've read some of my previous posts you will see we went on a trip to Michigan recently.  She paid for the whole thing.  I am unable to work and don't have much money to spare.  She is always doing such wonderful things. 
We have two nieces in Kentucky that have children of their own now and Becky has gone out of her way to help care for them since they were babes and now does so many wonderful things for their children.  She was even there (May 25) on her birthday because she wanted to spend time with the new baby.  She helps me with my children also and I don't know what I would do without her.
 I wanted to share some of the parts of my sister that she normally doesn't talk about so you will know how great she is.  You can pop over to her blog and tell her happy birthday too.  You will see how talented she is.  I had to wait until today to post because I had not been able to give her the card until now.

The images I used are Queen Elsa Sassy and Coronation Anna Sassy.  They are colored with Copic and Whisper Strokes markers.  I forgot the white streak in Anna's hair though.  I haven't seen the movie enough yet.  I also added some Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella glitter pen for that added sparkle and shine then popped them up on dimensionals.  The papers I used all come from Bazzill, the ribbon is American Crafts, the snowflakes are from Recollections, the die cut is Stampin' Up and the embossing folder comes from Darice.
Thank you for visiting and don't forget to tell Becky Happy Birthday!
  Challenges entered:
The Corrosive Challenge #200 - Anything goes
Lacy Sunshine - Dies and/or punches
The Cutie Pie #70 - Emboss it
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything goes
Southern Girls - Sparkle and shine with a bit of bling
A Creative Romance #25 - Girly
Craftitude #66 - Pop it up
Stampin' for the Weekend - For the girls
Scribble and Scrap #19 - Anything goes
Sparkles #56 - Celebrate a special lady

Sunday, May 25, 2014


 Hello everyone!  Hope you are having an absolutely beautiful day.  I'd like to welcome you to another fabulous challenge at 


Our challenge is something I have never done before.  It's called "No Line Technique".  Basically you print the image so light you can hardly see them so the lines don't show up once the image is colored.  There is a tutorial here for you.
We are once again sponsored by Inky Impressions:

Over Mother's Day weekend, my sister Rebecca and I went to a scrap-booking convention in Michigan.  We have cousins (Hazel and Candy) there that we don't see very often.  At the convention we got to meet Tim Holtz!  It was so exciting.  He is such a nice guy.  I loved all the distressing techniques he showed us and hopefully after a little practice I will be making projects using them.  
We visited Bronner's in Frankenmuth, MI which is the largest Christmas store in the country.  There is also a small mock German village with shops and restaurants.  They have an amazing fairy store where Rebecca got a biker chick gnome.   It is so her.  Candy went with us to the convention and she knows just about everyone there.  She has a shop also and so knows most of the venders.  We had such an amazing time and plan to attend next year also.

I am making them some thank you cards.  I posted Candy's card on Friday.  This one is for her mom.  Hazel has a set of fairies in her yard that are just adorable.  I thought she would love this image.  

The image I used is called "Fairy Sitting on a Clothespin".  I colored her with Copic markers then added some Glossy Accents & glitter pen for that added shine.  I added a butterfly from  Craft Fantastic  (one of the companies at the convention).  The sentiment is from Scrappy Cat & I added some Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen.  The pearls are Queen & Co., the ribbon is from Offray and the papers are all from my scraps (love to use those up).
I hope to see you in the challenge this fortnight and don't forget to visit CWWC challenge blog and check out all the fabulous projects that have been made by my fellow DT members.  

 Challenges entered:
  Simon Says Monday - Botanical
    Divas by Design - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter #159 - Charming
Work it Wednesday - Patterned paper
  Craft Hoarders Anonymous #8 - Metal or glass (metal butterfly)
  A Creative Romance - Girly
  Sarah Hurley #92 - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Oh so cute 
Corrosive #200 - Anything goes
  Thanks for your visit and have a peachy keen day!