Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Greeting card using patterned paper and stamps

I absolutely love how this card turned out in the end!  BUT... let me just tell you that I struggled SEVERAL days with this one!  Do you guys ever do that?  Start out with a general design in mind... or a color scheme in mind?  Then nothing... and I mean NOTHING that you put together seems to make you happy?  I HATE when that happens!  I am going to tell you my little secret to this problem... I just walk away!  Leave the card or scrapbook layout or whatever it is that you are struggling with together as much as you can on the table and just walk away from it.  Glance at it as you go by and see if it looks good to you.  Sometimes I am just too close to the project.  Getting up and moving around will give me a different perspective... helps me see the project differently.

The card that I made looks amazing in real life but the picture just doesn't do it justice.

I have a LOT of others things that I want to share with you, if I can just find the time... And keep a computer alive long enough.  Hopefully, there is a new laptop in my near future!

So that's all for me right now.  Now go have a wonderful crafty day...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Birthday Card using Odorless Mineral Spirits

This is the sketch that I used for my inspiration.

Sketch that was used for inspiration to make the card

I love how the card turned out. The ice cream cones were with a technique using colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits... What FUN that is!!

I hope you enjoy the card.

Now go have a wonderful crafty day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blue Bird Christmas

I stamped the image then used water based markers to color it in.  The patterned papers are some older retired paper lines that I had in my stash.  I don't know about you but I have more patterned paper than an army of crafters could use up in a whole lifetime... I'm going to try really hard to start using some of it up!  The sentiment is stamped in the same color marker as the bird and then layered with several different punches!

Greeting card with Christmas tree using patterned paper and punches

I hope that you enjoyed today's project!

Now go have a wonderful crafty day!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Chase Your Dreams

Dreams. Hopes. Wishes.  We all have them but do we really go after what we want?  I think it's too easy to make excuses so we don't have to work harder for what we really want.  Or maybe we think those things are just way too far out of our grasp.  That they only happen to 'those people' (inserting whatever phrase you would typically use here).  But the reality is that you will never know if you can accomplish something if you don't ever try.  We only get one chance at this life thing, people, and we never know when that chance is up.  I'm a true believer in the 'Bucket List' and I don't think that you should wait until there is a tentative time stamp on your life to begin one.  Where does it say that you shouldn't start to check off those things on your bucket list when you are in your 20s?  I sure wish someone would have planted that thought in my head way back in my 20s. 
Now don't get me wrong here...  I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't be grateful for what you have nor for what you are given.  I just want you to stop and think... Is there SOMETHING that you want to chase but are too afraid to take that leap?  I encourage you to take off after that dream... See where it takes you!

Greeting card with blue butterfly and stamping

This card reminds me of my niece.  She's in her teens now but when she was very little, she would go over to her grandparents' house and chase the butterflies... What a wonderful way to spend the day... In a beautiful flower bed of Lantana standing taller than your head, chasing pretty butterflies...  Thank you, Kelsey, for that awesome memory!

Now go have a wonderful crafty day,