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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Very Special ATC

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Vanilla Creme

Today I want to share with you a very special little bear on a very special little ATC.

September 11 is a day of sadness for many of us, but the world lost a shining star this year in the sudden passing of Amanda Reed. I hadn't known her for very long, but what I did know what a most kind and talented lady. You can find her Facebook page here, and if you are so inclined, make a donation to her family here.

The very amazing folks over at Polkadoodles created this adorable digi image to honor Amanda. Alyce has a challenge in her FB Kit and Clowder group for anyone who uses the cutey.

I made an ATC using papers from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection. you might remember that this is one of my faves that BG has recently released. LOVE the colors! flower is Prima that I accented with stickles, sentiment sticker is by SRM, and everything else is from my stash. stickles were also used to accent the heart and flower center on the bear.

Wicked Wed ATC - fave color combo (pinks, kraft, and bluish greens)
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Eureka - use a floral paper
Stamp and Create - circles or dots
Opus Gluei - ATC
Pile it On - flowers and/or feathers (hey there to my former teamies!)
Craft for the Craic - circles on your project
Crafts 4 Eternity - fave color combo (pinks, kraft, and bluish greens)
Pattie's Creations - dog or cat
Double Click Skittles - animal

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blessings - yes, I got crafty! :)

Coffee of the Day - Sweet Potato

Your eyes are not deceiving you - yes, I did actually make a card! :)

hopefully this will be the first of many!

I have to give LOTS of credit to the very amazing and encouraging people over at Kit and Clowder - a wonderful group of crafters I have come to know on Facebook. yes, nice people DO exist on Facebook. ;) my card is made for one of the challenges going on in the group there. this happens to be for the sketch challenge.

image and sentiment are from the Crafty Secrets Thanksgiving collection. papers are from the Authentique Thankful collection, flowers are Petaloo, burlap ribbon is May Arts, and buttons are vintage. I added some touches with my white gel pen and white craft ink.

sorry for the scan being a bit crooked. it's been so long since I've used my scanner that it was giving me some fits. took me way too many tries to get it to work, as it kept turning off on me. so once I was able to get it to actually scan, I just went with it.

Crafty Secrets - monthly linky party
Kit and Clowder FB - sketch ch
Come and Get it - use a digi and an Autumn theme
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Crafting at the Weekend - anything goes
Di's Digi Designs - stripes and/or checks
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - vintage
Sister Act - anything goes
Milk Coffee - colors of autumn
Creative Moments - anything goes/fall colors
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Crafty Sentiments - spots and/or stripes
Fan-Tastic Tues - anything square or rectangle with button twist

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My New Tattoo! :)

Coffee of the Day - Toasted Coconut

I am so excited because I now have new tattoo! wooo hoooo! this momma is one hippie chick! :) it's funny because in many ways I am quite conventional, but in others I am truly a nature baby and radical.

My tattoos reflect my faith journey. granted, this is only my 2nd, but I have others planned. the next one is for my cancer battle.

This tattoo is based on the following 2 verses from the Bible:

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

it was hard to get all of the detail in the photo, but there is a heart, vines, and a cross all incorporated into the design. the artist took a photo I had and did a lot of work to it. he is so talented! he created an ink just for my tattoo so that it would look like henna. I am so impressed with his professionalism, his talent, and the care he took through the entire process.

Mick went me and had a great time. of course once Tyler got home from classes he was ready to go get one as well. won't be long before our entire family is all inked up! :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 30

Coffee of the Day - Sweet Potato (yes, it's a coffee flavor and yes, it's very yummy! has a caramel and brown sugar flavor to it. )

August 30 - Dave and I celebrate our 28th anniversary, and it's also Bacon Day. serendipity? I think not. does God have a wonderful sense of humor? why, yes He does! :)

hope all of you are doing well! I'm fighting a few migraines and fevers, but hanging in there otherwise. school has started for both Tyler and Mick. Ryan starts Sept. 1.

everyone take care and have a great holiday weekend!! (for those in the States, that is.)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Prayers for My Cousin

Coffee of the Day - Sweet Potato (yes, it's a coffee flavor, and yes, it's quite tasty!)

What a week..... Tyler and I took Ryan to Indiana on Tuesday. a very long day of driving (15+ hours), and I ended up getting sick from the trip. rained almost the entire time, but thank goodness it was a safe drive. Ryan is happy in his dorm as one of the new R.A.'s. God has him right where he needs to be!

As I woke up Friday morning, I received the news that one of my cousins was in a terrible motorcycle accident. from what I understand, he is still unconscious. thankfully his body sustained only road rash type damage, but his head is a mess. not only is his skull broken, but his brain is quite damaged.

We are all just devastated. I think part of me is still in shock. the day of his accident he had several posts on my Facebook page. and that night I had a dream about him. because he lives in Texas, I haven't seen him since my dad's funeral, over 20 years ago. but we have been in touch recently because we both share cancer battles. you see, he also has leukemia.

if you have a moment, would you please say a prayer for him and his children? his name is Dan. I know your thoughts and prayers would mean so very much.
I am so thankful we have God's enduring love to bring us comfort. we hold tight to His promises right now. we hold on to the hope that He brings, every single day, no matter the circumstances.

Tell the people you love how much they mean to you RIGHT NOW. don't let another moment go by.
thank you from the bottom of my heart. you know that all of you are so very special to me.
love, Jennifer

p.s. here is Dan's Facebook page. not sure if you are able to access it or not, but thought I would try to post just in case you would like to leave a message. if you can't get to it, feel free to leave a post on my page. I will let the family know.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy and Sad

Coffee of the Day - Maple Walnut

  • sad because Ry heads back to Indiana Wesleyan University tomorrow. 
  • happy because I get to spend LOTS of time in the car with both he and Tyler. 
  • sad because I am gonna miss my son like CRAZY! 
  • happy because he is right where God wants him to be! happy because I got to spend some time with Mick yesterday - always a cool thing! gosh, does he ever look FABULOUS! yep, he is one cool dude. 
  • happy because we have some great tunes to listen to while we drive tomorrow. 
  • happy happy happy because I have been blessed with the most AMAZING sons in this whole world!!!! 

so overall, the happys ALWAYS outweigh the sads....  :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

House is Full of Flu Bugs....

Coffee of the Day - Hazelnut

Well I know I said it would be fairly sporadic between posts, but some lovely flu bugs decided to come visiting my house and threw things into quite the tail spin around here. poor Ryan even came home from Camp earlier this week and is trying to get over this icky bug, too. thank goodness he doesn't have the fever that I was 'lucky' enough to get, but the tummy troubles make for not much fun.

Tyler won't be coming home for a visit this weekend so he can hopefully stay as healthy as possible.

Mocha is still not back to 100%, but gosh she is doing much much better. she is able to jump up on the couch almost always by herself, so that is a pretty big deal. she is walking much better, too. poor thing could hardly move for the longest time.

I have plans for some altered projects I want to work on at some point in time.
all of you have a great weekend! stay healthy! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Love is Sweet

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Biscotti

First I want to thank all of you for being so very loving and supportive. it means so much to me! :) as I said, I'm sure I will still post here from time to time. right now I just need to focus on our poor Mocha. she is hanging in there, but still not up to par by any means.

I have one last project from Whimsy Stamps to share with you. this was one of those that no matter what I did, I just couldn't seem to get it to turn out quite right. finally had to stop and declare it done. oh well. everyone has those days.

image is by Lia Stampz called 'Strawberry Girl,' paper & cute little arrows are from the Basic Grey Herbs and Honey collection, flower is Prima, sentiment & stitching stickers are by SRM. main dies are Spellbinders and strawberry/floral border die is Sizzix.

btw, I am not giving up all of my crafting supplies. I will not  part with my beloved Basic Grey. that would be like cutting off a major body part. ;) I have a few projects I still want to make for my guys. I love altered things and this is the perfect time to work on some of those.  who knows what the future brings? :)
it's all good!!!

Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
Crafty Girls - anything goes
Lia Stampz - anything goes
Crafting by Designs - use a sentiment
Scrapper's Delight - cute and girly
A Girl Who Crafts - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Die Cut Divas - buttons and bows
Fan-Tastic Tues - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Glitter 'n Sparkle - anything goes
My Sheri Crafts - food, food, and more food

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Coffee of the Day - Toasted Coconut

Lots has been happening in the past few days, but this will be a brief post.

To start, I have left all of my DTs and will be leaving crafting as well, at least for a while. I'm really not going to get into it all, but need the break. need to reclaim some joy, do some self examination, and just get away from some negative stuff for a while. it's been a very humbling past 2 months or so.

more importantly, right now Mocha is very, very ill. have spent the past 36 hours in constant care of her. thankfully she is doing a bit better today, eating a small portion and drinking some water. she might be 12, which I know is old for a Lab, but it isn't long enough. we need forever.

I'm sure I'll still be posting here on my blog. for now I need to get back to my dog. they have never left my side through my entire cancer battle. no way in the world I am leaving hers now.

my love to all of you!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bloom .... and Grow with Whimsy Digi Stamps!

Coffee of the Day - Coconut Macadamia

Happy Friday to everyone! wooo hooo! it's the weekend! there's just something magical about a Friday, isn't there? not sure if I will see my family or not this weekend, but it's going to be a good one just the same.

Today is my very first post over on the Whimsy Inspiration and Challenge blog. gosh, it is so VERY exciting! I know that I don't measure up by any means when it comes to talent as compared to everyone else on the team, most especially the stamp team. whoa nelly, those ladies are FABULOUS!!!! but I do the best I can, which is about all anyone can ask. my style is so very different from everyone else's. guess that is okay, too. some people like it; some people don't. and that is okay, too. :)

but anyhow, I am using this cute image, 'Savannagh,' from the Marika Collins collection for my card. I really need to be busy doing more of what she is doing in my own garden, and that is weeding. but rains lately have kept that from happening. oh well. it will eventually get done.

papers are from the Basic Grey True Love collection, buttons are all vintage (aren't those pastel ones luscious?!), sticker sentiment is from SRM, & main image and matting die is MFT. the glassine envelope was stamped in pastel pink craft ink with the inside of a bubble mailing envelope to create polka dots. watering can and flower dies are Impression Obsession. tiny leaf flourish die is Cheery Lynn. on main image, flower centers were dotted with stickles and watering can was accented with a clear spica gel pen. washi tape, a doily, and pink satin ribbon complete the card.

have a great weekend whatever you do! :)

Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Art Impressions - use a doily
Crafting by Designs - use die cuts (MFT, Cheery Lynn, and Impression Obsession)
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes w/summertime twist
Shabby Tea Room - polka dot love with flowers (polka dots are on the glassine envelope)
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Crafting for All Seasons - tic tac toe: pink, ribbon, square
Digi Choosday - punches and/or dies (both)
Fan-tastic Tues - anything square or rect. goes
Sailing Pineapple - nature calls
TTCRD - anything goes
Die Cut Divas - buttons and bows
Creative Craft Cottage - color inspiration
Craft-Dee Bow Z - anything goes w/handmade bow
Digi Sketch Ch - in the garden
Incy Wincy - summertime activities
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Hobbycutz - fave color combo (pinks, greens, and kraft)
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes with fun in the sun twist

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Fun at the Beach

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Creme

Today begins the new challenge for the month over at Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenges and our theme is 'Summer'! we want to see what summer means to you! :)  You don't have to use a Whimsy stamp or digi to play along, so get busy creating! you could win one of several cool prizes. please stop by the challenge blog to see all of the great projects made by the team to inspire your creativity!

I am using the newly released 'Beachie' image by Marika Collins on my card, along with a sentiment from the Summer Memories Sentiment set. The Daisy Doily Die was used for the pink piece behind the main image, and it just happens to be on sale at the moment. in fact, you can get quite a few great deals in the sale area right now. hint, hint, hint!

papers are from the Authentique Favorite collection. waves were cut with a MFT die, sentiment punch is Jenni Bowlin, sun is made from star and circle punches, and Martha Stewart leaf punch was used to mimic seaweed. little seahorse flair & flower are Prima, linen thread is SU!, and buttons are vintage.

Mojo Mon. - sketch (turned on side)
Outlawz Paper a la Mode - outdoor fun
Digi Choosday - punches and/or dies (both)
Scrap Creations - water
Fan-tastic Tues. - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Craft and Smash - seashells, sand, and sea
Crafting Musketeers - summertime
Die Cut Divas - buttons and bows
Natalie and Amy - summertime
Craftin' Desert Divas - 'summer' linky party
Eureka - vacation
Incy Wincy - summertime activities
Kraft Journal - sea and sand (kraft card base)
Crazy Challenge - summer vacation
Come and Get It - cool things for summer
Catch the Bug - anything goes
Crafty Calendar - summertime fun
Di's Digis - summer fun
Hiding in My Craft Room - think summer
Open Minded Crafting - water, water, everywhere
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - summer days
Creative Corners - outdoors
Digitally Sweet - day at the beach
Fussy and Fancy - summertime
Wags 'n Whiskers - summer fun
Time Out Ch - fun in the sun
Moving Along With the Times - girls just wanna have fun
Inky Impression - summer fun

Monday, July 7, 2014

May Each Day Get Better Owl

Coffee of the Day - Coconut Creme

This is a fast post today because I am in the midst of a nasty migraine again. so sorry to bail on you like this.....

Images are from the Daydream Designs 'Owl Always Love You' outline set and sentiment from 'Poppies for You' set. papers are from Basic Grey Boxer collection, burlap is May Arts, flower is Prima, mini leaf flourish die is Cheery Lynn, buttons are vintage. some faux stitching was added, but please pardon how crooked it is. I truly can not even faux stitch straight, especially when a migraine is messing with my eyes! ;)

Sunday Sketch and Stamp - sketch
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Ditzie Digi Design - anything goes
Great Impressions - animal friends
Robyn's Fetish - animals
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bloom and Grow

Coffee of the Day - Toffee Cream

The new challenge this week at Pile it On is 'Flowers' and we are being sponsored by the lovely & unique Dilly Beans! I so miss being part of this Design Team. everyone there was always so nice & friendly! plus Megan just has the most beautiful style to all of her artwork.

I have used the image, "Daisy Girl Framed" for my card. I kept the overall design very simple because I didn't want to distract from this lovely image. pink flowers are dotted with stickles. papers are from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection, flower is Prima, and buttons are vintage. sentiment sticker is by SRM.

Art by Miran - anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Craft for the Craic - fave colors: PINK!!!
Sister Act - anything goes
Art Impressions - use a doily
Crafty Girls - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes w/ribbon
Delightful Ch - fave things: vintage buttons, flowers, ribbons, doilies, stickles
Crafting by Designs - anything goes
Divas by Design - ribbons and flowers
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Cards Galore Encore - use a digi or rubber stamp
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Ladybug Crafts - summer flowers
Clear it Out - in the garden w/ribbon stash
Fan-tastic Tues - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - ribbons
Aud Sentiments - anything goes

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Celebrate Today and Everyday!

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Biscotti

There's a fun new challenge starting today over at The Doodle Garden. we want to see your patriotic creations! You may use any images to enter, but if you would like to try a Doodle Garden image, here is a link to the freebie page. you'll also find some great digis in the Etsy store!

For my card I used the 4th of July Rocket and American Angel images. papers are from the Authentique Pride collection. sentiment is by Create with TLC. buttons are vintage, rose is Prima, and linen thread is SU!  the angel wings are covered in stickles, while a clear spica glitter pen was used on the firecracker image. sequins complete the card for a bit more sparkle.

Please stop by the challenge blog to see all of the other amazing projects by the team! :)

Bloggers - red, white, and blue
Everybody Art - sketch
Jellypark - red, white, and blue
Quick Quotes - stars
Stamping Boutique - stars & stripes
Outlawz Fri Coloring Ch - red, white, and blue
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Crafter's Cafe - red, white, and blue
Crafty Creations - things with wings
House That Stamps Built - fur or winged things
Inky Impressions - red, white, and blue
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Scrap it Girl - navy, cream, red, kraft
Twisted Tues - red, white, and blue w/twist of stars
Kraft Journal - red, white, and blue
Cupcake Inspiration - Celebrate
Red Carpet Studio - Born on the 4th of July
Robyn's Fetish - stripes or dots

Friday, July 4, 2014

Liberty and Happy July 4th!

Coffee of the Day - Coconut Macaroon

Happy 4th of July to all of my fellow peeps here in the States! to everyone, happy day! I hope whatever today and the weekend may bring, make it happy and surround yourself with the people you love! :)

I have a small project to bring you today that shows just a glimpse of my love for this great country we live in! sure, like anywhere, it has it's negative aspects, but it is truly a most beautiful place!

I've used the Eagle with Shield image by Paulette at Create with TLC and printed it onto a piece of paper from the Authentique Pride collection. from there I cut a tag shape, adding a neat little reinforcement sticker from The Kraft Outlet. flower and trim at the bottom of the tag are both by Prima, buttons are vintage, red satin ribbon is May Arts.

I know it seems I go several days with no word at all, but I really am busy crafting 'in the background,' making projects for upcoming posts. so be prepared for lots of stuff to come! :)

also, I seem to have gremlins that inhabit pretty much everything techy I touch...... they have gotten hold of my FB friend list once again. thankfully some family members got in touch with me, (although they were NOT happy campers, I tell you!), asking why I had 'unfriended' them. I don't ever look at my friend list to see what the number is or who is on it, so didn't realize that the little gremlins had gone in and had a re-sort of my list.

do you have any idea how hard it is to look at a list and see who is missing? and then wonder, "gosh, is this part of the gremlin mess or did they unfriend me? do I send a friend request or not?" it's high school all over again.... sheesh...... so I have been trying to send out requests, but if I missed you, please please please do not take it personally. I am so human it is pathetic. I mess up all the time. it has nothing to do with YOU. just hit the little FB button over there on the right side bar and send me a new message. you will see that I am a whack-a-doodle over there, too. :)

Kraft Journal - red, white, and blue
Crafty Catz - stars, stripes, or both
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon
DL Art Thankful Thurs - anything goes
Crafter's Cafe - red, white, and blue
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Party Time Tues - patriotic color inspiration
Shopping Our Stash - red, white, and blue (everything is old stash!)
My Craft Spot - patriotic
Craft Your Passion - ribbon

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ready for Adventure on a Pink Vespa!

Welcome to the Whimsy July digital release blog hop!!!!
We have lots of new images to share with you today created by:

All Whimsy Stamps digital images are 300dpi for high print quality.You can re-size, flip, or rotate to fit your own project To find all of today's new releases please visit the Whimsy Stamps Store.

Don't forget to leave comments along the way as there will be 2 mystery DT Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop posts!

These winners will each win a Whimsy digital image of their choice. The Grand Prize winner of the hop will be chosen from the very last stop, which is Dewi Lestari.

This winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the Whimsy Stamps Store.

The hop will run for 1 week and end on Monday 7th July at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced on the Whimsy Inspiration blog.

Below is a complete list of the hop in case you get lost along the way:

Jennifer Scull - you are here! :)

I am just tickled all kinds of shades of pink to be part of the Whimsy Digital Design Team! if you are hopping along from the beginning, then you should have arrived here from the lovely blog of 

Grab a cup of coffee, today's flavor is Irish Creme, and join me for just a few moments!

for my card I have paired the oh, so cute Valerie by Marika Collins with a great sentiment 
from the 'For Fun and Adventure' set. 

to start, I have long wanted a pink Vespa. I mean really really wanted one. but living where we do,
it just isn't a wise choice. so I am living vicariously through Valerie here
by letting her have that pink Vespa to travel the world!

papers are from the Studio Calico Abroad collection, flowers are Prima, sequins are by Lawn Fawn, 
and city skyline dies are Paper Smooches. touches were made to the main image with 
shimmerz paint, a spica clear glitter pen, and white gel pen.
linen thread and button complete the card.

now pop on over to the fabulous blog of Gina
be sure to tell her hello! :)

Brown Sugar - color palette
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Fan-tastic Tues. - anything goes
Cheerful Stamp Pad - weekend activities
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Catch the Bug - color palette
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Dream Factory - Around the World in 80 Days
Loves Rubberstamps - anything goes

A Sweet Little Sprite and Blog Candy Winner!

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

I have a quick card to post as well as the winner of my Nifty at Fifty Birthday Blog Candy to announce. first I want to thank all of you who entered. I appreciate the kind comments so many of you left for me! :)

Enter a number:


and that person is:
Alicia O'Bryant!!!

congratulations, Alicia! please send me an email  (jenscull @ with your mailing address so I can get your goodies right out to you. hopefully I can have hubby mail them before the July 4th holiday. if I haven't heard from you by the weekend, I will draw another winner.

not sure why it keeps re-setting to 100, but I really did put 27 in the field. sorry about that.

my card is one I started doing a few weeks ago as a DT project, but then decided upon something else, so I set it aside. I finished it yesterday. if you go to the Aurora Wings Facebook group, you will see some of the most astounding and talented crafters around. I am truly ashamed to share anything I create over there. they are AMAZING! but my little sprite makes me happy and she is the best I can do, where I am right now, so that is good enough for me. :)

papers are from the Basic Grey Curio collection. I must say, this is a tough collection of papers to use. almost all of them are outlined in the black. anyway, the flowers are Prima, buttons and crochet trim are vintage. her wings are painted in shimmerz. main image die is Spellbinders and mini leaf flourish die is Cheery Lynn. whoops, I forgot to mention that this precious little image is 'Grumpy Fae' by Aurora Wings.

please stop back by later for a hugey huge huge blog hop with Whimsy Digital images! I'm so happy to be a part of this lovely team! nice people and a reputable store make such a big difference when it comes to a DT! :)

Bunny Zoe - layers
Love to Create - 3 or more designer papers (I have 3)
Flonz Vintage Stamping - summer blooms
Di's Digi Designs - lots of layers
Creative Corner - flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack - in the garden
Ladybug Crafts - summer flowers
Crafts Galore Encore - use a stamp or digi
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Kitty Bee Designs - fairy tale/fantasy creatures

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nifty at Fifty Birthday Blog Candy!

Turning 50 can be a stinker, but it doesn't have to be when you are surrounded by great friends like all of YOU! so I am sharing my thanks by offering up a fun blog candy to one randomly chosen winner.

You do not need to be a follower in order to add your name to the list, nor will I make you jump through hoops to play along. unless you like that sort of thing. then I say go for it! ;)

well I never did get around to taking a photo of my blog candy, but that just means I can keep adding more little goodies as I come across them! I'll add a brief list of what I have for one winner so far, but you never know what else might end up in someone's party treat bag!

A Tree Sings Hope

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Biscotti

Happy Monday! yeah, that's not what most people say, I realize, but I HAVE had a cup of coffee already, so it IS a happy happy day! :)

I want to share a card with you today that I am sending out to my son, Mick. in fact, as soon as I finish typing up this post, I plan to put it right out in the mailbox so it will be on its way. Diane at Daydream Designs has so many unique digi images and papers, but I was immediately drawn to every one of her sets that contain trees. you know how I am about nature! I just love these trees and the sentiments she has created to go with them.

I've used the black line tree image and one of the sentiments from the Hug a Tree set. there are some neat pre-colored images in the set, too, if you like that format. papers are from the Basic Grey Origins collection. it seemed perfect to add a few little twigs tied in SU! linen thread. some buttons, a little smidgen of gingham ribbon, and tiny leaf flourish (die by Cheery Lynn) complete the card. fairly simple since it's for my Mick. :)  but I know he will love it because he is even more of a nature lover than I am, if you can believe it.  just needed to remind him that his momma is always thinking about him!!! :)

Today is the last day to sign up for my Nifty at Fifty Birthday Blog Candy! I'll post a winner tomorrow! :)

Outlawz sketch - sketch
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Ditzie Digi Design - anything goes
Delicious Doodles - buttons and bows
Digi Galore - add a button
Creative Moments - for the boys
Creative Knockouts - make it masculine

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sweet Poppies Tag

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Vanilla Creme

My printer was filled with naughty gremlins for several days, so I wasn't able to get anything new printed off. thankfully I have quite a few images in my stash for days such as those when I want to craft, but things such as sassy tech gremlins get in the way. ;)

My project today is a tag using digis from Daydream Designs. I'll be back on track next week with my Monday postings for Diane. thank goodness my printer is back to its normal self, at least for now. grins!

I've used flowers from the 'Poppies for You' set and a sentiment from the 'Garden Inspirations Sentiment' set. gunmetal stickles were used for the flower centers, as well as some crochet trim, button, and handmade enamel dots. oh yes, the polka dot paper is Authentique Glory.

only a few days left of my Nifty at Fifty Birthday Blog Candy. you know you want to be the winner of all of these fun goodies! :)

House That Stamps Built - sketch (a loose interpretation)
Jo's Scrap Shack - in the garden
My Heart Pieces - anything but a card
WAW - anything encouraging goes
All Crafts  - anything but a card

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Celebrate July 4th Like a Star!

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice (you know it's my fave!)

I am slowly starting to get over that nasty pants migraine. slowly. gosh, I hate those things. they keep me from crafting, as they mess up my eyes something awful.

anyway, I was finally able to get into my craft room yesterday for a short bit, so made this little card for funsies! I had seen the challenge over at Chi Chi Memories and was lucky enough to be able to get this cutey  'Funky Girl' image in the time it was offered as a freebie.

paper is from the Authentique Pride collection, as is the little sentiment banner. they truly have the best patriotic papers! maybe one day Basic Grey will release a patriotic line. lace trim and buttons are vintage, star is punched from a Starbucks coffee cozy, rose is Prima, and everything else is from my stash.

be sure to enter my Nifty at Fifty Birthday Blog Candy! it's starting to get kinda big since I keep adding stuff to it! :)

Chi Chi Memories - sketch
CCEE Stampers - sunglasses
DRS Designs - it's new (Prima rose is from a brand new collection, to me anyhow!)
Crafter's Cafe - polka dots and ribbon (satin ribbon goes through vintage lace trim)
Fresh Brewed Designs - red, white, and blue
Paper Pretties - red, white, and blue
Rhedd and Rosie - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
City Crafter - red, white, and blue
Die Cuttin' Divas - I Vow to Thee My Country (USA & Spellbinders die)
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - July 4th
Twisted Tues. - red, white, and blue with star twist
Craftin' Desert Divas - red, white, and blue linky party
Open Minded Crafting - patriotic colors
My Sheri Crafts - A Star is Born
Stampin' for the Weekend - anything goes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Faith, Hope, and Love ATCs

Coffee of the Day - Marzipan

I am so excited about our new challenge over at Crafting with Dragonflies! it's all about ATCs, and you know what fun I have been having lately  making these little cuties! we want to see a set of 3 ATCs for the challenge. sponsors this fortnight are QKR Stampede and Pickled Potpourri Designs. please stop by the challenge blog to see all of the great project created by my teamies. everyone did such a wonderful job! :)

for my ATC's, I used the Apple Blossom digi image by QKR Stampede. flowers on each were colored a different shade, with rock candy stickles added to the centers.  tea tags , vintage buttons, Prima flowers, crochet trim, and doilies were added to each card. words were stamped, punched, and then adhered with foam tape to give more dimension. I really love the shabby/vintage look to these! :)

I think I'll send these out to some of the young women working at Camp. Dave tells me stories of the AMAZING things God is doing out there already this summer. oh, how that makes my heart just sing, sing, sing! :)  but then again, God does pretty amazing stuff EVERY day, doesn't He?!

Don't forget to enter my Nifty at Fifty Birthday Blog Candy! I've been adding little goodies to it almost every day.

TTCRD - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Crafting at the Weekend - anything goes
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
OSAAT - anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - digi/flowers
Crafitude - flowers/lace
Inky Impressions - anything goes

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Super Birdbrain!

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Biscotti

A quick post, as I have been fighting a migraine for the past few days.  I wanted to be sure to get my card finished for the monthly progressive challenge over at From the Heart using this fun Super Birdbrain image. I thought I would send it off to Ryan at Camp for a bit of encouragement.

card is fairly simple, using papers from the Basic Grey Capture collection, a star punched from a Starbuck's coffee cozy, some May Arts ribbon, and coolio buttons sent to me by a friend. you know I love my buttons!

also, you'll see a few DT changes here on my blog. I've had to make some decisions that weren't too easy, but most certainly necessary. I can't endorse a company/store/artist here on my blog that I don't believe to be someone I can 100% recommend to each of you who stops by. if I myself have difficulty, I would be horrified to think of one of you having those same troubles/issues after visiting upon my suggestion. I know everyone has different experiences and different sets of standards to live by. I am by no means perfect, I promise you. I am doing what I believe to be the right thing for me and my blog/readers. thank you for understanding.

hope you have a great day! :) Don't forget to enter my Nifty at Fifty Birthday Blog Candy!

TTCRD - anything goes
Sailing Pineapple - re-purpose (coffee cozy)
Fan-tastic Tues - anything square or rectangle goes
Crafting at the Weekend - anything goes
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - bold, bright colors
Incy Wincy - things with wings
Outlawz Greeting - masculine
Sentimental Sundays - when I grow up (this is going to our youngest son, Ryan, also known as Super Ry. since he was little, he has always wanted to be a Super Hero, most especially Superman!)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes with patterned paper
Brown Sugar - dots and/or stripes

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sweet Flowers for Paulette!

Today's post is filled with lots of love for a special friend, Paulette of Create with TLC. I happen to also be a guest designer over at Scribble and Scrap, so hope you will play along in their fun 'anything goes' challenge along with everyone!

several friends of Paulette have gotten together to wish her well and send her some love after her recent 'happy dance' down some stairs, which resulted in a few broken bones. please be sure to stop by all of the blogs and say hello!

Paulette is one of the most kind and giving people you will ever meet in the crafty community. she is always always always doing for others. this little hop is just an itty bitty way for several people to say 'we love you' to an amazing woman! :)

my card is made with the Scribble and Scrap image, Vintage Beauty 4. distress stickles and shimmerz paint accent the main image. papers are from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection, sentiment is from Create with TLC, flower is from Prima, buttons are vintage, and rhinestone swirl is by ZVA Creative. punch for the sentiment is by SU!

1. Candy - Purple Card Lady
2. Desire - Doing Life 
4. Carla -  Carla's Stamping Spot
5. Ileana - Sparkling Pink
7. Lynne - Her Craftiness
8. Cynthia - Stampin' in Alaska
9. Vicky - Crafting Vicky
10. Jennifer - Just Coffee Please...   Here you are! :)
11. Hetty - Craft Chaos
12. Jo Ann - J. Atterbury Creations

Baubles by Bri Etsy store

don't forget to sign up for my Nifty at Fifty Blog Candy! you can find the post here.

Mojo Monday - sketch
East Wind - bling
Sketch 'n Dies - anything goes w/die cut (Spellbinders)
Allsorts - how does your garden grow?
Sugar Creek Hollow - vintage floral
Catch the Bug - bingo: bling, at least 3 layers, starts with 'r' (rose, ribbon, round)
Southern Girls - dying to use those punches (Spellbinders die & SU! punch)
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - flowers
Eureka - friends

I like the Way You Roll

Coffee of the Day - Toffee Creme

The new challenge at Pile it On is all about Kawaii and cute. not much more says cute to me that this fun sushi set by Lawn Fawn with its matching dies. love it, love it, love it, and I happen to have won it! that makes it all the more fun to play with, doesn't it?!

I kept it pretty simple, why you could ALMOST say it's a CAS card! I think I will, thank you!
paper is from the Basic Grey Kioshi collection. I love that the dies match almost all of the stamps in the set so I don't have to fussy cut them. the little bit of grass was saved from an actual sushi take out. yes, I really do re-purpose EVERYTHING! ;) I added a bit of paper piercing, but whoa nelly, was I really really crooked. need to find my guide that I used to use.....

don't forget to sign up for my Nifty at Fifty Birthday Blog Candy! you can find the post here. pop back in later on for something fun!

Art by Miran - anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - fabulous food
4 Crafty Girls - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes w/a for the boys twist (this is being sent to my son)
Penny's Paper Crafty - fave embellishments (buttons!)
Rhedd and Rosie - anything goes
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes w/get sentimental twist
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Crafty Sentiments - CAS or full on (CAS)
TTCRD - anything goes
Ladybug Crafts - something for boys and/or use your die cuts (both: this is being sent to my son)
Crafts Galore Encore - use a stamp
The Stamping Chef - anything goes
Stamping with the Dragon - CAS