Saturday, December 13, 2014


 Today I was doing a blog hop at Really Reasonable Ribbon and I saw so many wonderful creations.  Dana did a card that I thought was just darling and I wanted to do something similar. Here is her card
 It's simple but so very expressive.  Thanks so much Dana for sharing your talent to inspire others.
Inspiration from Dana at Got Joy Creations
  Paper - The Paper Co., Core'dinations, generic
Ribbons/Twine - Offray, Darice, Hemptique and some scraps I'm not sure of
Embellishments - Reflections & Jolee's Boutique
Embossing folder - Darice Snowflake Swirl
Sentiment - Desert Diva
  Challenges entered
Craft Hoarders #21 - Celebrate the season
Crafty Cardmakers #129 - Christmas
Fab 'n' Funky #241 - Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday - Bling it on
Digi Design - Christmas
Crafting by Designs December - All things Christmas
Simon Says Work it Wednesday - Holidays
Stamp and Create December - Christmas
Stampendous December - Holiday happiness
Thanks so much for visiting today and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


 First the good news.  I was selected to be a guest designer at

 I've done a guest spot before but only on the sites my sister is a DT for.  That had some nepotism involved so I'm glad I was actually picked this time. 

Our challenge is to use something from your home to inspire you.  Well I was having some stressful couple of weeks and not feeling very inspired.  Then the young women at our church put up the Christmas tree.  I saw it the next week.  It was covered in some beautiful decorations but also it is a giving tree.  There are things hung up around it that you can pick and get a gift for a family in need or maybe do a service for one.  There are all kinds of things to pick from.  Each one helps a family in need.

 This made me think of the gifts that were brought to Jesus by the three wise men.  I have had this stamp for years and never used it.  I wanted it to be simple with no embellishing so that the image was the only focus.

I hope you enjoy this card and remember Jesus and all the good He did.  Use His example to guide you in all you do.



Image - Stampendous
Paper - Bazzill,  My Mind's Eye, generic
Sentiment - Create with TLC
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Challenges entered:

Sunday, December 7, 2014


  It's party time at Crafting When We Can!

Our challenge this time around is "Party".  It can be any kind of party like a birthday or Christmas.  As you can see I chose Christmas.  It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Our fabulous sponsor is Kenny K

They have given me this gorgeous image called "City Star".  My niece picked all the colors.  She's blonde and thinks everyone else should be too.  

Please stop by the CWWC blog and check out all the other fabulous creations.
  Recipe (very happy to say this is all from my stash)
Image - City Star from Kenny K
Coloring mediums - Copic and Whisper Strokes marker
Papers - Bazzill, K & Company (I've had for over a year), Generic
Embossing folder - Darice
Gems - Michael's
Sentiment outside - Recollections
Sentiment inside - Desert Diva
Other - Wink of Stella, Liquid Applique, Glossy Accents, white gel pen
  Challenges entered:

Craft Hoarders #21 - Celebrate the season
  Simon Says Monday - Holiday cards
Loves Rubberstamps #129 - Anything goes
Crafting by Design - Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday - Christmas/holidays
Fussy and Fancy #128 - Happy holidays
Digi Design - Christmas
Emerald Faeries December #62 - Christmas red and green
Stamp and Create December -  Christmas
Simon Says Work it Wednesday - Holiday
  Thanks for your visit and I hope you have a very blessed day!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Welcome to another fortnight challenge at 

Our sponsor is A Random Fan

Our challenge is to keep it "Clean and Simple CAS".  This is not an easy one for me.  I do not generally use a lot of embellishments but I do like a few.  When doing a CAS card I always want to add more.  I do like the fact that the embossing folder design is clearly easy to see.  

This image is called "Christmas Decor".  Aren't they just so CUTE!  I love penguins.  I wanted to use a bunch of different colors instead of the regular ones.  I love the way penguins look but bright colors make them more fun for me.  The garland is covered in Wink of Stella to make it sparkle but the picture is just not showing the sparkle.  

I hope you like it and will join us in the challenge.  Please stop by the CWWC blog and visit all the DT blogs and don't forget to leave some love.


Coloring mediums - Copic & Whisper Strokes markers
Sentiment -  Desert Diva
Papers - My Mind's Eye, A Paper Co., generic
Embossing folder - Darice Snowflake Swirls
Misc - Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Pop dots, Liquid Applique

Challenges entered

Thanks for your visit and I do hope you will come by again soon!  Have a blessed day!

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Welcome to a new challenge at 
This fortnight we are being sponsored by Lindsey at  
Sassy Studio Designs
Our challenge is to "Use Your Markers".  This is an easy one for me since I'm always using my Copics.  I just love them.  I'm always wishing to have more.  One day I will have the whole set and be so very happy. 

I have a tip for you on this one.  As I did my fussy cut, I noticed her neck was very weak.  I didn't want it to break so I glued another piece of paper onto her in the back so she could have the support she needed.
Image - Sock Hop Sweetie Sassy from Sassy Studio Designs
 Coloring mediums - Copic and Whisper Strokes markers
Die - Cottage Cutz
Embossing folder - Chevrons from Darice
Pearls - Want 2 Scrap
Ribbon -  Crafty Ribbons
Butterfly - Blue Moon
Both Sentiments - Create with TLC
Papers - All from stash
Additional - White gel pen, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella
Challenges entered
 Artistic Inspirations #116 - Happy Birthday
Craft Your Passion #238 - Bright and sparkly
 Card Mania #59 - Use your dies
Crafty Sentiments - Make it sparkle
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #60 - Add one butterfly
Top Tip Tuesday - Chevrons
Crafting by Design November - Anything goes
Delightful Challenges - Patterns
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed day! 

Saturday, November 8, 2014


This is my second post for today.  I have been asked to make two cards for my friend's grandmother.  The first was a sympathy card and this is a get well card.  I sent her a text and she loves both of them.  I'm so happy she loves the cards I make.


First sentiment & butterfly stamp - Our Daily Bread
Inside sentiment - Stampendous
Embossing powders - Stampendous & Ranger
Papers - Core' dinations
Washi tape -Freckled Fawn

Challenges entered

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a splendid day!


Hi everyone!  This is so first card that was requested.  I have a friend whose grandmother likes my cards.  She has bought several of the cards I have made and has requested me to make two cards.  The first is this sympathy card.  

I wanted to make it very simple and sweet.  I had ordered this set from Stampin' Up a while ago and have been meaning to make some cards with it.  This gave me the opportunity to use it.  I texted a picture to her and she loves it.  I'm so happy!

I hope you like it too.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I would love to see your comments on my card too.  My next post will have the second card.


Stamp, sentiments, flower & die - Stampin' Up
Papers - Core' dinations
Pearls - Queen & Co.

Challenges entered

Have a fabulous day!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Hello again.  I am hoping you have had a wonderful two weeks.  We are starting a new challenge at 

We didn't see as many people in our challenge this last time so I am hoping that many more of you will join this time.  Our sponsor this fortnight is Lacy Sunshine.

She has given me this lovely image called Flurry.  Isn't she just beautiful!  Our challenge is "Black and White".  I have never made a black and white card with an image.  I colored in shades of warm and cool grays but I had to have a pop of color.  So I used R0000 on her face and V0000 on her wings.  I was going to settle with that but then I just had to use red on her lips.  I used some Wink of Stella on her hair to sparkle her up, unfortunately, I couldn't seem to get any of the sparkle in the picture.  Everything I used was from my stash so I am very pleased with that.

I hope you will all go to our challenge blog and check out all the wonderful inspiration we have for you at Crafting When We Can.  Don't forget to leave everyone some love and join us for the challenge.


Image - Flurry from Lacy Sunshine
Coloring mediums - Copic and Whisper Strokes markers, Wink of Stella, white gel pen
Papers - Core' dinations Pearl White, generic
Die - Stampin' Up
Pearls - Queen and Co.
Ribbon - Stash


Sunday, October 12, 2014


Here we are with another challenge at

We are again sponsored by

Our challenge this fortnight is to "Name it".  I was given this image named Suzette.   She's a very beautiful girl.  The look on her face makes me see her as thinking.  So since my sister had a birthday recently and I did not send her a card (bad me) I am going to send this to her to let her know I was thinking of her.  Rhonda is my baby sister and lives in Kentucky.  I don't see her very often because I physically can't make the trip and neither can she.  So I hope this card brings her a smile.

When I was coloring the image, I was very unhappy with the way I did the butterflies.  So I looked up images of butterflies and got some better ideas.  I colored them on another copy of the image, cut them out and then glued them on top of the ones in her hair.  I liked these much better.  

Please stop over at the Crafting When We Can challenge blog and check out the other wonderful creations by my DT sisters.  Now put on your crafting crowns and join us in the challenge. 


Coloring mediums:  Copic and Whisper Strokes markers
Papers:  DCWV, Graphic 45 and some generic (I'm happy to say all came from my scaps)
Bling:  Jolee's and Michael's
Misc:  Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella, white gel pen

Challenges entered:

Monday, September 29, 2014


Grace is having her 3rd anniversary!  She is celebrating by having a giveaway.  Go check it out here.  Hope your anniversary is wonderful Grace.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Welcome to another sensational challenge at 

We are sponsored this time by Art by Miran

 Our challenge is "No Design Paper"

When I saw the images I just had to choose this one.  My niece is turning 13 soon.  Finally a teenager.  Although, she has been testing our nerves for years practicing to be a teenager.  She has perfected it.  This was just so cute I thought Cortlynn would just love it.  Her birthday isn't until December so I am hiding it until then.  She caught me working on it and had a request.  She wanted a pop out card.  So I have it popped out on the inside.  It isn't quite finished inside yet so I can't include a picture of that part.  

Since we could not use design papers, I did some embossing and then added some distress ink to create a background.  I hope she likes it.  I have a Top Tip for fussy cutting.  If you are doing a fussy cut and also using some type of substance that needs to dry, add your craft item first and let it dry.  It will help when doing the fussy cut to have a harder substance on smaller areas.  I use Glossy Accents a lot and also glitter glues.  I have used the Glossy Accents on the boots to give them the look I want and also to give them strength when I did my fussy cut.

Please check out all the wonderful DT creations at Crafting When We Can.  I do hope you will join us for this challenge.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you soon!

Items used:

Image:  Punkie Pattie
Papers: Generic
Embossing folders:  Darice
Distress Ink:  Ranger
Dies:  Darice
Cupcakes:  Dovecraft
Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Misc:  Copics, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents

 Challenges entered:

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