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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Give Thanks

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Vanilla Cream

I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving! it is probably my most fave of all of the holidays! the idea of being thankful for all with which we've been blessed makes my heart and soul just SOAR! :) plus getting together with family and friends is one of the best things to make this old gal get jiggy..... tee hee!

So I decided to use this beautiful A Day for Daisies image, 'Giving Thanks,' along with the fabulous verse being offered for free at Word Art Wednesday. papers and stickers are from the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar collection, flower is Prima, satin ribbon is May Arts, and main image die is Spellbinders. crochet trim is vintage and buttons are from my stash. the little feathers seemed the perfect accent to complete the card. :)

ADFD - krafty tags
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Mojo Monday - sketch 370 (turned on its side)
Crafts 4 Eternity - ribbon and lace
TTCRD - anything goes
Simply Create Too - Thanksgiving
Di's Digi Designs - colors of Autumn
Brown Sugar - Thanksgiving
Pile it On - Special Ocassions (Thanksgiving)
Crafty Catz - ribbon and lace
Fussy and Fancy - Thankful
Quick Quotes - Grateful or Thankful
Wags 'n Whiskers - Let's Be Thankful
Dream it Up - Thankful and Thoughtful
Paper Pretties - Give Thanks
Repeat Impressions DCC115 ~ Time To Give Thanks
Our Daily Bread - Thanksgiving or Christmas (I am sorry that I do not have any of your products to use)
Party Time Tues - anything goes
Eureka - Count Your Blessings
Path of Positivity - Gratitude

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Little Christmas Joy!

Coffee of the Day - Eggnog, to get in the mood! :)

It's been way too long since I've been able to play along in the fun progressive challenges over at From the Heart, so I wanted to do all I could to be sure I participated this month. Just look at this adorable image everyone is to use, "Faithful Friends - Angel Joy."  oh my goodness! sweetness overload! :)

papers are from the Basic Grey Evergreen collection, oval dies are Spellbinders, leafy branch die is Memory Box, and flourish die is Tim Holtz for Sizzix. flowers are all by Petaloo. a bit of paper piecing, and then sparkles added by way of shimmerz paint and glitter gel pens. a few touches with my spica white gel pen, too. sequins, a button, and some pretty vintage lace finish the card.

I used a gate fold technique on this card, as a sketch I came across seemed absolutely perfect to go along with it. the flourish die is cut from a piece of plastic packaging. you know how I love to re-purpose things when I can. :)

sorry I have not been as consistent with my craft posts as I would like. just have been having a doozy of a time with my icky tum. I know y'all get weary of my health yuck posts, so I try not to mention it too often on here. but man oh man, cancer and its side effects just plain ol' stink.

hope you have a most wonderful weekend! we are having a few little snow flurries here. I do so love this season! love to all of you!

From the Heart - sketch and/or twist: gate fold or window (gate fold)
Seems A Little Sketchy - sketch
Alphabet Ch - T is for Traditional Christmas
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - anything goes
Creative Corner - Christmas
QKR Stampede - Let's Talk Christmas
Party Time Tues - anything goes
Sister Act - any card goes
Delightful Ch - patterned paper
Milk Coffee - hand color image
Add a Little Dazzle - photo/color inspiration
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes/celebrations
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - anything goes
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes/paper piecing
WAW - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - make it sparkle (sequins, glitter pens, shimmerz paints)
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - make it sparkle (sequins, glitter pens, shimmerz paints)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes with sparkle
TTCRD - anything goes
Card Mania - use your dies (Spellbinders, Sizzix, Memory Box)
Dream Valley - Christmas
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes w/distressing
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything Christmas goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Die Cut Divas - Holidays w/die cuts (Spellbinders, Sizzix, Memory Box)
A Gem of a Challenge - paper piecing

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Celebrate Christmas with Jellypark! Blog Candy Winners, too!

Coffee of the Day - Hazelnut

Today begins a new challenge over at Jellypark, and Mel was kind enough to invite me to be a guest designer! it was truly a delight to be back playing with the fun images found at Jellypark, so thank you for the invitation, Mel!

the theme for the month of November is Christmas. I do hope you will play along! my former teamie, Lisa Sumpter, so do stop by to see the great cards she has made. :)

I made 2 projects, both using papers from the My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland collection.

for my holiday tag, I used the cutey image 'Skater Girl' and fussy cut her once I had finished painting. shimmerz paint adds shine to her skates while stickles add a bit of texture and sparkle to her hat.

the tag base was embossed using the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder. several shades of ink were watercolored for the bg, and then white craft ink was applied to the snowflakes. blue glimmer mist was lightly sprayed over the top.

snow mounds were cut from lyrics I printed of the song, 'Let it Snow.' shimmery Mr. Huey's spray was added and stickles was applied to the borders. same treatment for ice skating pond oval.

pom pom trim, button, baker's twine, silver cord, tag, sequins, and vintage holly leaves complete the tag. can't wait to add this to a gift at Christmas! :)

my next project is a card implementing the popular chalkboard look. I used the 'Christmas Window' image by Jellypark. lots of sparkle and shine on the main image thanks to shimmerz paint and stickles!

I created the chalkboard tag by drawing lines with a white gel pen and then lightly sponging white craft ink over the entire tag. embellishments include baker's twine, gorgeous wide, white ribbon, buttons, a Petaloo poinsettia, and holiday lights created with dies by Memory Box and matching paper. I added crystal effects to the lights to give them extra gloss.

thanks so much for stopping by! it was wonderful to be crafting again! hopefully it won't be so long between times in my craft room.....

I also now have the winners of my Pinktober Blog Candy. it took me a bit to figure out how to get piccys of the generator, but finally have them! I need the following 3 people to get in touch with me at (jenscull at yahoo dot com) please:
3. Terriavidreader
7. stef h
4. Mel H :)

Thank you to everyone who entered! I wish I could give all of you a prize for being so fabulous!!!

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything Christmas goes
Emerald Faeries - non-traditional Christmas colors
Mema's Crafts - anything goes
The Crafting Cafe - not a card
Pile it On - feeling cool
Christmas at Sweet Stamping - snowflakes
Crafts 4 Eternity - tags & tickets
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - sparkle (shimmerz paint, glimmer mist, stickles, sequins)
Crafty Calendar - all about Christmas
Little Claire's - Christmas
Catch the Bug - anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Delicious Doodles - Baby, It's Cold Outside
MAWTT - winter
Paper Shelter - Christmas
Crafting for All Seasons - Tag It
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - anything goes
Divas by Design - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Word Art Wed - anything encouraging goes
Creative Card Crew - bows
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes w/handmade bow
Crafty Boots - music
Eureka - buttons and bows
Incy Wincy - buttons and bling (sequins)

Papertake Weekly - sketch (turned on its side)
Animal Fiends - It's Cold with an animal (kitty)
Bearly Mine - Christmas Cards
Emerald Faeries - non-traditional Christmas colors
Really Reasonable Ribbon - anything goes w/ribbon
Pile it On - feeling cool
Crafty Ribbons - tag w/ribbon
Crafts 4 Eternity - tags & tickets
Crafty Calendar - all about Christmas
Little Claire's - Christmas
Brown Sugar - anything goes
QKR Stampede - 3 of a kind (buttons)
Sister Act - any card goes
Aud Sentiments - 2 or 3 words sentiments
MAWTT - winter
Crafting for All Seasons - Tag It
Crafty Creations - brads, buttons, or bows
Divas By Design - anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Word Art Wed - anything encouraging goes
Creative Card Crew - bows
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes w/handmade bow
Eureka - buttons and bows

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pink-tober Blog Candy!!!

Welcome to my Pink-tober Blog Candy for 2014! The end of this blog candy will also coincide with my 6 year bloggy anniversary!!!! who nelly! hard to believe I have been blogging for so long!

so I want to thank every single blessed one of you who has stuck with me through this long journey. it's been quite the ride, hasn't it? who would have ever thought we would have been through all that we have, right?! but y'all have truly been the ABSOLUTE BEST bloggy friends a gal could ever ask for!

if you are interested in winning this candy or one of the 2nd place packages, please add your information to our friendly Mr. Blue Froggy linky friend at the bottom of this post. you do not have to jump through hoops to be eligible to enter - no need to be a follower or post this anywhere. you can do either of these things only if you feel so inclined. :)

the blog candy will run through midnight October 31. I will randomly choose a grand prize winners and 2 winners of the 2nd place prizes. I will post the winners as soon after the deadline as possible.

so far the blog candy contains the following:
  • Prima Sunrise Sunset Doily stencil
  • Heidi Swapp 6x6 Mixed Company paper pad
  • Prima Pink Petite Mums
  • Memento Angel Pink ink pad
  • Hot Pink Glitter Alpha Stickers
  • over 20 yards of various pink ribbons, laces, and trims
  • SRM Stickers Think Pink Awareness stickers
  • Retro Sally Pink Paper Straws
  • Sizzix Ornate Crescent Sizzlits Die (this is gorgeous!)
  • Jolee's Tiara Bling Stickers
  • K & Co. Adhesive Metallic Gems
  • Metal Heart Charms
  • Assorted Pink buttons
  • Pink Tickets and Tags
  • 2 sets Prima Wishful Thinking Cling Stamp sets
  • Webster's Pages Heart Pins  
I will probably add a few more little goodies here and there to all prize packages. :)

I hope you will play along! :)

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice, of course!

Wishing all of you a Happy Pumpkin Day/Halloween!

We have our annual Hot Dog House for trick or treating this evening. for those of you not familiar with our tradition, we go to a friend's home and pass out hot dogs, coffee, hot chocolate, and water to all of those who are trick or treating in our community. We've been doing this for more than 10 years now, and it is always a big hit! We give away more than 200 hot dogs every year. Dave will go over about 5:00pm to help get the tables and grills set up.

Whatever you do for the holiday and weekend, stay safe!

I'll be back later this weekend with some projects I have been working on. don't forget that tonight is your last chance to enter my Pinktober Blog Candy! :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sorry I Haven't Been Around

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel

So sorry that I haven't been around in a while. A little over a week ago I started having shooting pains from my head down into my neck reaching sometimes as far as my legs. I later discovered a lump on my head behind my ear. Have spent most of my time in bed, as it's difficult to move my head in any direction without the spasms and pains attacking. this has, of course, set off my seizures, which just adds to the delightful little mix we call every day life around here. ;)

Thankfully the pains have begun to subside a bit, but then yesterday my fingers began twitching and moving all on their very own. it was quite bothersome last night - almost like something from a horror movie. hey, that's it! my body is just getting ready for Halloween! ;)

anyhow, please be sure to sign up for the Pinktober Blog Candy if you haven't already. several prize packages will be given away!

hope all of you are doing well! love to you! Jennifer

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I Will Gladly Share Pink

Coffee of the Day - Toasted Coconut

I will gladly share pink so that anyone and everyone fighting this horrible beast knows that they are not alone. I will not give up because I fight this battle for my family. they will know that we can have things in life that might knock us sideways, but we are strong and we fight because love matters.

I might grow weary of what is being called 'pinkwashing', but I will continue to hope and pray for cures for EVERY disease. I want to see more research. I want to see less of Big Pharma and high medication costs.

FYI - if at all possible, please make sure that those pink products you see and purchase truly are supporting breast cancer research. more and more information is appearing that companies are using the pink ribbon as nothing more than a marketing tool to put money into their own coffers, with little or no money going to the intended sponsor. actually, you should do this for any organization that states it is donating a portion of its proceeds to a specific non-profit agency. also, are those pink products actually cancer inducing or detrimental in the first place? one that is in the news this week is from a fracking company. that doesn't make a lick of sense..... destroy the planet but donate 10 cents to breast cancer? no, I don't think I'll buy that pink drill bit, thank you very much.

I will continue to collect every single support stamp set I can get my hands on so that I may make cards to send along to others fighting any incurable disease. we are all in this together. no one goes through this journey called life alone.

I will gladly share pink always, always, always. and I will not give up hope.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Love You More Than Bacon....and World Card Making Day! :)

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Bacon Pecan (using the last drops of my bacon syrup.... heavy sigh.....)

Now for those of you who know me and my card style, you are probably gonna need to sit down for this one. you'll be quite shocked. it's kinda CAS. yeah, I know you are just downright gobsmacked about now....

but it is for a really really really good cause! I promise! :)

I'm adding this card to the Operation Write Home World Card Making Day Blog Hop.... gosh, I need another cup of coffee after writing that one out. grins!  so in light of the criteria for all of the OWH cards, I needed this card to be pretty simple compared to anything else I make. not to worry, I have every remaining day of this year to keep my shabby/vintage self satisfied. ;)

as I was contemplating just what in the world I could make for OWH that would go along with the 'love' theme, I remembered this amazing Kelly Purkey bacon set. it does have another name, but it will forever be the 'bacon set' to me. :) the set was an exclusive to Simon Says Stamp a while back. the flair was also a KP design for them.

I used the Lawn Fawn speech bubble border die along with the fun set and flair. heart die is from SU! added a wee bit of distressing, a button from my stash, and some red baker's twine. easy peasy. :)  the speech bubble portion is actually the top flap of the card. the 'I heart you....' is stamped on the inside of the card. does that make sense?

just a reminder for anyone who is interested to join my Pink-tober blog candy here at this post.

Happy World Card Making Day to all of you! now I'm off to go get all pink and glittery and inky since my OWH card is done. tee hee! will catch ya laters, babe!

btw - here is a link to the current needs at OWH.

QKR - anything goes
Sister Act - any card goes
A Gem of a Challenge - CAS
Catch the Bug - anything goes
Anything Goes with a Twist - anything goes
Word Art Wed - anything encouraging goes
Crafters Cafe - punches and/or die cuts (both)
Crafting by Design - anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies - anything goes
Hambo Hoedown - pigs
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes w/no designer paper twist

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Our Newest Family Member!

Coffee of the Day - Almond Joy

On Monday Mick was able to rescue this wonderful lab/American bulldog mix from the shelter down near where he lives in Kent. the pup has a new name of Buster for his new life with Mick! we are all so very excited to welcome him into the Scull family!! :)  the top pix are from Brutus's professional photo shoot at the rescue shelter. these next few are from when Mick took him to the park and then when they got back to Mick's apt.

Buster and Mick came for a visit to our home on Tuesday while Dave and I took a trip to Indiana to see Ryan for a belated birthday visit. Mick was taking care of our pups here at the house while we were gone for 2 days. evidently Mocha was not too thrilled to have a new family member, but Latte took it all in stride. considering the dogs here are over 12 years old and Brutus is about 2, things went pretty well! :)

we had a great visit with Ryan at IWU. God is just doing such amazing things in Ryan's life there. even though he is so far away, it makes my heart so happy to hear him talk of all that is happening. I am so very proud of Ryan, and his brothers, too!  here is a link to an interview with Ryan done for a neat FB group from his school if you are interested. :)

I am trying to play catch-up on emails and computer stuff today, but should have my Pink-tober blog candy  up by Saturday for World Card Making Day! there will be one big prize and 2 smaller ones, so that gives several people an opportunity to win!  I hope you will stop back by!

take care and know I am thinking of you today! :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Addicts, I mean, Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! ;)

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Biscotti

I am soooooooo excited to be taking part in this great blog hop of fellow coffee addicts, I mean, aficionados! tee hee! I do enjoy a proper cup of tea, don't get me wrong, but there is nothing quite like a big hot cup o' joe to make my heart go pitter pat! :)

You will see so many fabulous projects on this hop, so be sure your cup is filled to the brim. I'll be more than happy to give you a refill while you are here!

I had big intentions of making several projects for today, but a wicked fever had other designs on my time. so instead I have only one card to show......

I used the great coffee sentiment from Deep Red Stamps, stamped onto watercolor paper. gelatos and clear shine Mr. Huey's spray mist were then used to add color. I love using the clear shine mist rather than water for the beautiful sparkle it adds!

papers are Basic Grey Spice Market, flower is Petaloo, burlap ribbon is by May Arts, seam tape ribbon and border punch are SU!, and buttons are from my stash. you know how much I love to re-purpose my Starbucks coffee goodies! they add such a fun touch to this card! :)

We were also asked to answer the following questions:

1. When did you start drinking coffee? my dad introduced me to this lovely concoction called 'coffee milk' when I was a little girl. funny, it's still the way I drink my coffee, only now I call it a 'latte'! ;)
2. What is favorite brand (you can name up to three). when I am out, I pretty much only drink Starbucks. at home, our fave company is called 'The Coffee Fool'. they have the most delightful flavors in decaf! we get them through Amazon. 
3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? what I make in my French coffee press. it is really the very best for making coffee. even beats the Keurig. 
4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will...not be a happy camper, so let's just not go there, okay? ;)

thanks so much for stopping by!

Fresh Brewed Designs - lots of lattes
Inkspirational - beverages/drinks
Snarky Stampers - D is for Distressing
Alphabet Ch - Q is for Quadruple (4 buttons)
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Docerela Creations - anything stamped goes
Sister Act - any card goes
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with buttons & ribbons
Red Rubber Inspirationals - focus on the stamping
Simon Says Wed. - anything goes

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I'm More Than a Pink Ribbon....

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice

This is weighing heavy on my heart today.

I just finished watching a live stream from the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Annual Fall Conference regarding Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I must say that I cried during the more than hour long lecture. the outlook right now is still not good.

Triple Negative is so very different from other types of breast cancer. it is constantly changing in the body as genes alter themselves and chromosomes actively rearrange themselves. as I have mentioned before, rarely do women with this type of breast cancer live more than 5 years past their diagnosis. it's been 2 1/2 years since mine. and I count myself blessed every morning I wake up.

a fellow group member from the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivors on Facebook posted this today. she gave me permission to share with all of you. her name is Jamie Grant-Prater, and she posted this so beautifully:

 October is quickly approaching, nicknamed Pinktober because it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast Cancer could not be anything further from a shiny pink ribbon. There is no cure for breast cancer, while some can stop the progression of the disease, most are not so lucky. 

My own Dx. on 2/25/11 has been a game changer. I have tried to cope with this disease with all the grace, humility and humor born into my brash American soul. I am still lucky, the disease is slowly inching forward but I cherish every day, the good with the bad. However, I couldn't have survived the first year of treatment without the support of my family, friends and even my frenemies. 

I encourage all of you to really reach out to anyone you personally know going through this battle. Please make the time to take them a meal, send a gift card, flowers or offer a ride to treatment, it really does contribute to saving their life. Be a lifesaver, be a hero to someone in need. Please skip the pink ribbon instead offer support and hugs. Sending lots of love and aloha your way, Jamie"

Remember that every person with a cancer diagnosis is so much more than a ribbon color. a card saying a simple 'hello' can truly make a day go from ick to hooray.

love to all of you! :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Big Stuff Coming Up!

Coffee of the Day - Creamy Chestnut

big events coming up in the crafty world - World Card Making Day on October 4 and Hope You Can Cling To for the entire month of October. plenty of opportunities to get inky!!!

 I'm spending the day putting finishing touches on my personal pink blog candy for next month to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness. will also do some sorting and arranging in the craft room so I am ready to be a craft warrior!

 don't feel as if everything you make next month has to be pink. there are so many amazing organizations that collect cards for people with debilitating illnesses. check with them for any specific needs or requests they might have before sending them your cards though. one of my faves is the Jellypark Post Pals Club, sending cards to children and teens with terminal illnesses.

the important thing is to pass the gift of kindness along.... have a great weekend!

and this is the latest news - I was just invited to be in a great Coffee Lover's Blog Hop on Monday!
sure hope you will stop by! lots of bloggers and lots of prizes! of course lots of coffee inspiration, too. ;)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Amy! :)

Coffee of the Day - Hazelnut

Betty, of Simply Betty Stamps, wanted to surprise her sister, Amy, with lots of big bright Happy Birthday wishes today, so she got together some folks in her Simply B Facebook group to make a few cards.

my card uses the image, "Let Me Take a Selfie Amy" and papers from the Basic Grey Life of the Party collection. flower is by Petaloo, sentiment stickers are by SRM, and stars were punched from Starbucks coffee cozies then inked with white craft. red twine was salvaged from our huge bags of dog foot. I love that stuff and use it on so many projects! buttons and tickets are from my stash. I almost forgot, I added a little wood veneer star that was inked with a marker to her hair. :)

Sweet Sketch - sketch
Inky Impressions - primary colors
Sister Act - any card goes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - celebrations
Double Click - birthday
Paper Pretties - buttons
Paper Shelter - ribbon, twine, and/or floss (used ribbon & twine)
City Crafter - diagonals
Inky Chicks - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Crafting Musketeers - buttons
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Ladybug Crafts - anything goes
Cheerful Stamp Pad - birthday
Crafty Bloggers - anything goes
Crafty Boots - anything goes

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