Friday, February 28, 2014

Thinking of You

Today, a dear sweet friend at work had some surgery.  She has been so would it go?  What would they find?  How long to recover?  I'm happy to say that it all went well.....and she is already home resting comfortably.  I was inspired to let her know that I'm thinking of her.

I was also inspired by the Unity Be Inspired challenge this month.

 First, I love the sentiment set this month.  It's called, "May Hope Sustain You."  And I really loved it.  It's not a requirement to enter the challenge....but I just love it, so I wanted to use it.  Second, I was inspired by the color palette.  I strayed a little....but close 'nuf!   Here's my entry!

The paper is Basic Grey, Kioshi.  The ribbon and lace are from 3 Girl JAM.  (Enabler alert, you can use code KN10 to get a 10% discount there.....beautiful ribbon and lace....)  Thanks for stopping by!

Craftily yours,


Loved You Before I Knew You...

Happy Friday, Friends with Flair!

I seriously cannot get enough Unity Phyllis Harris stamps.  I really love each and every new one that comes out!  Sooooo sweet.  Of course, I had to get "before I met you tiny dancer" the second I saw it!

I doo-dadded up the card with UmWow Studio confetti hearts, frilly lace from 3 Girl JAM, Timeless Twine in Bubblegum Pink....and a couple wee little flowers!  This adorable girl totally deserves little frillies, don't ya think? :)  She also needed a sparkly tu-tu, so I colored it with a Zig Wink of Stella glitter pen.  Lookie how pretty!  (sorry the picture is HUGE, I had to make it HUGE to see the glitter on my computer, haha)

Craftily yours,


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Love My Boys

Proud to be posting today's card at 3 Girl JAM today!  Our challenge this month is "Something I Love," and my post is more about the someones I love.  My boys.

I'm the proud mom/step-mom of four wonderful young men.  They are all in the ages of 19 and 20.  (Two mine; two his)  They are really good guys, and today's card is in honor of them.  They all now fit into those size 10 to 12 boots, but they remain "determined" to do the right thing.  The oldest does elder care for Alzheimer's patients at a local retirement facility.  The twins both work and go to school.  The "baby" is a soldier in the U.S. Army, deployed in South Korea (miss him).  They are all amazing, and I sure do love them and their "determination."

The paper is from the scrap pile.  The stamp is Unity Stamp Company, Determination.  That fabulous jute ribbon can be found at the 3 Girl JAM store - HERE!  And if you use code KN10, you can get it for 10% off.  What a deal!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Craftily yours,


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tinsel in a Tangle

Christmas is ONLY 10 months and 2 days away!  Whoop, Whoop!  JOIN US at Christmas Card Challenges.....where we make Christmas Cards ALL year round!  This week's challenge is easy peezy - Anything Goes (as long as it's a Christmas card!).

 I pulled out my Unity Stamp Company, Tinsel in a Tangle, to create this....

That penguin is SO cute, and the sentiment gives me a giggle!  The paper was in my scrap drawer (sorry, don't remember the brand).  The twine is from Timeless Twine.

Craftily yours,


Friday, February 21, 2014

Flowers for your Birthday

Happy Friday, Friends with Flair!  This week, I'm using the February sentiment kit, "...Bunches of Love."  I got it from when I was the GIU girl.....and I love it!

The background is created with Tim Holtz distress paint and the flowers and leaves are colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

Have a super happy weekend!

Craftily yours,


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lips and Twine for Rileigh

I'm up on the Timeless Twine blog today with a special project for the daughter of a very sweet friend.  Our theme this month is 3D.  I know Valentine's day is over, but I just can't get enough of the pink and the love!

Timeless Twine, lips, flowers and pink.  Yep, I love how it turned out.  Hope Rileigh likes it.  I cut out the R on my Cameo and then had my DH cut an R out of wood.  The paper R is then stuck down with Mod Podge.  The R is bordered with yummy Timeless Twine in Raspberry Pink and Strawberry Cupcake.  The banner is strung with Bubblegum Pink.  I then added some pearls and a flower. Here's what I came up with!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the Timeless Twine / Bella Creationz store for some of this beautiful twine and all sorts of other goodies!

Craftily yours,


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Shiny and Nice

I'm playing along with Shopping Our Stash's "Oh Shiny" challenge to use something shiny.  Using Unity Stamp Company August 2013 Sentiment kit, Here's My Thought, here's what I did....

The word "nicest" is colored with a Copic pen and then covered in Glossy Accents.  I wanted to make YOU stand out, so I colored it with Black Diamond and Yellow Ice Stickles.  I like the masculine feel of the card :)  Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,


Holiday Joy

I never get tired of making Christmas cards, and there's no time like now to get started on holiday crafting to avoid the last-minute rush!!  It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges!  This week's optional challenge is to create something with trees.  I cased one of the Unity Artistas on Pinterest and used Stamp of the Week Holiday Joy Christmas Tree to create this cutie!

Join us for the challenge!

Craftily yours,


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mixed Media Notes

Happy Saturday, Friends!  I'm up at Cuttin' and Stampin' with a colorful and fun mixed media card made with some gorgeous Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes collection paper and  Paper Smooches Just a Note stampset!

I love bright and fun colors, so I mixed up the fun colors of the paper with some of the Dylusions inks and Tim Holtz distress paints.  Splattery here, splats there....FUN!  

The full recipe for this card includes items available for sale at Cuttin' and Stampin'
Paper Smooches - Just a Note
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes Collection
Dylusions Spray Ink in Bubblegum Pink and Calypso Teal
Candi dots - Mia Flowers, adhered with CandiFix pop-dots

And some other items
Ranger Archival ink - Jet Black
Tim Holtz distress paint in Mustard Yellow 
3 Girl Jam lace and crinkle ribbon

OH and those cute little flowers were made with a Katy Sue Designs mold and Hearty brand super lightweight modeling clay (love, love, love this product) - colored with some markers and Stickles!

Hope you enjoyed Mixed Media Saturday!  

Craftily yours,


Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Fun

Yay! It's FRIDAY and it's a 3-day weekend for me!  Whoop, whoop!

I did a couple cards for today's post.  I'll get back to using some of my stamps that I haven't shown a lot of inky love, but this week, I just HAD to ink up my new Unity "You....crack me up" set.

O.M.GEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I love these chickies!  So fun with bright spring colors.  The paper is from the Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper collection (background) and the green was in my stash pile.  The twine is Lemonade Yellow from Timeless Twine, and the doily is from Bella Creationz.  The butterflies are confetti chip from UmWow Studio covered in liquid pearls.  The little chicky is colored with Copic markers.

AND I got a new Karen Burniston die.  I plan to do some minis with this die, but I needed to play with it a little, so I used Unity "Everything Happens to be Wonderful" and "Real Shared Happiness" to create this fun card.  Many of my old Crop Chocolate buds will recognize the ribbon.  Yes, I still have a LOT of celery ribbon around.  haha

I'm going to get the frame for it because I'm not sure I like the "back" showing on the right side.  Sure was fun to play with, and I can imagine all sorts of fun possibilities with pop-out minis!

Enjoy a super happy weekend and super lovey-dovey Valentine's Day, my friends.

Craftily yours,


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lucky Us

This month's theme at 3 Girl JAM is Things I Love.  Pretty easy!  Have you created something you love and linked up with us yet?  If not, you SHOULD - here!  
Here's some love in my project - my husband, scrapbooking, 3 Girl JAM lace, crinkle ribbon and flair!  If you haven't gotten some of this lace yet, you really need it.  It's swoony gorgeous!
That's me and Matt.  It's one of my favorite pictures.  The LO is 6x6 and is going into a frame I bought from Ms.  

YOU can find that beautiful lace and crinkle ribbon and flair at a GREAT price - HERE!  And if you use code KN10, you can get it for 10% off, even better!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Craftily yours,


Bugs and Kisses

Just a quick post tonight to post a card for the current Tiddly Inks Love is in the Air Challenge.  And what can say "Love is in the Air" better than bugs and kisses?!  LOL  I love the little ladybug girl and her hedgehog!

Craftily yours,


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Silver and Blue Christmas

I love, love Christmas - and make/send so many cards that I make them all year long.  I'm blessed to be part of Christmas Card that I stay motivated to make them.  Have you started your Christmas Cards yet?  Do join us for the silver and blue challenge this week.  As always, the challenge part is optional - just create a Christmas Card and link up!

Here's what I did this week using There She Goes stamps, Sparkly and Bright along with some EP Winter collection scraps.

Craftily yours,


Friday, February 7, 2014

Happy Friday Chickie

Happy Friday, Friends with Flair!

Today, I decided to give some inky love to one of my NEW Unity Stamps, Chick in the Rain.  We are finally getting a wee bit of rain here in California, so this card is done in homage to Mother Nature - hoping for more!

Seriously, could that image be ANY cuter?!  Love it!

The paper is from Prima, All About Me collection, and the image is colored with Tim Holtz distress markers.  The ribbon and felt flowers I've had forever and ever! 

Have a great weekend!

Craftily yours,


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Puffy Heart Notes

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'm up on the Timeless Twine blog with my DT post!  Whoop, Whoop!  Be sure to stop by there, leave me some bloggy love and get yourself some of this FABULOUS twine!

I made Matt a post-it note holder.....tried (cough, cough) to keep it masculine.  That heart is covered in a layer of glossy accents to make it a puffy heart, because I do puffy heart love my guy.

I used some paper from my scraps, Timeless Twine in Cherry Red, Chocolate Chip Brown, and Strawberry Truffle Pink, There She Goes Stamps from their mixed media set, glossy accents and sequins.  The post-it note pad is a 3x3 inch.  Yes, it's pink.  Hey, it's the only color I had!!  The white cardstock is cut at 3-1/2" x 7", and the pattern paper is 3-1/4" x 6-3/4".  The hearts is 1" x 7" and the twine is glued underneath it.

Here's the inside!

Entering into the Paper Girls Love your Love challenge and into Shopping our Stash Love me Tender challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Monday, February 3, 2014

Mixed Media Love

I'm up on the Cuttin' and Stampin' blog today with a super fun mixed media project!  This week, I'm featuring some of the products from the Teresa Collins You Are My Happy collection.  When I started this project, I had a vague idea what I wanted to do.  This turned out absolutely nothing like what was in my head......and I LOVE it!  That, my friends, is the fun of mixed media.  It doesn't have to be thought out.  It can just flow....

Here's a close-up of a couple of the elements.  I used my NEW Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on those flowers.  They are so beautiful and shimmery.  This pen is SO easy to use and the shimmery goodness is fabulous.  You NEED one of these pens....and lucky you, you can get them at Cuttin' and Stampin' for a great price.

The recipe for this card includes
Teresa Collins You are My Happy Paper, washi tape, sticker and embellishments
UmWow Studio Miniature Heart Polaroid Chip
Unity Stamp Company Lovely Little Wings Stamp
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Victorian Velvet and Dried Marigold
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils
Copic Pen (R02)
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Distress Crackle Paint

Craftily yours,


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Timeless Twine: Simply White Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Timeless Twine Simply White Release Blog Hop!!  If you stumbled upon my stop, be sure to goooooooooooooo baaaaaaaack to the beginning at

So excited today to be hopping with the my DT sistahs celebrating the release of Simply White Timeless Twine.  I love this stuff; it's so versatile.  I know you will love it too!

 When I saw this twine, my first thought was to make an all-white or a mostly-white card using it.  I decided to stamp Unity Stamp Company No. Bunny. in Early Espresso from Stampin' up and color key parts in a pink color.  I added a doily that you can find at Bella Creationz - here

I love the white on white, but I'm a color girl, so I decided to do a second card using the same stamp set.

The paper is from CTMH, and I used another of the Bella Creationz beautiful doilies.  I love how the white twine just pops from the page!

You can win a spool of this beautiful twine and a $10 gift certificate to the Bella Creationz store.  All you have to do is leave some bloggy love for me and my DT sistahs on this hop.  Easy peezy!  A random winner will be selected from comments and announced no later than 2/16/14.

Here is the order of the hop:
Brianna Loeffelbein:

So hop, hop off to the beautiful and talented Kristy's blog!

If you are a social media addict like me, be sure to check out our Facebook and Pinterest pages and follow us on twitter! 


Craftily and twine-tastically yours,


Christmas Tag

It's Sunday, so that means it's challenge day at Christmas Card Challenges!  This week's challenge is to make a Christmas tag or incorporate a Christmas tag into your card.  Our challenges are always optional. The only requirement is to make a Christmas card.  Easy!

I used EP So This is Christmas paper and a Unity Stamp of the Week to make this tag-ful card.

Oh....and ya, I know tag-ful isn't really a word.  LOL

Craftily yours,


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cuttin' and Stampin' Orange Team Hop

 Blog Hop Blinkie

Welcome to my stop on the Cuttin' and Stampin' Design Team Hop!  I'm super excited to be part of this fabulous team.  I hope you enjoyed the green team hop, but if you missed it - be sure to check it out!
Today we are introducing the Orange Team.  Hopefully you came here from the fabulous Scrappin' Madge's blog.  If not, be sure to check out her clever crafty creations!  She's amazing!

Also, be sure to stop by each of the stops and leave some bloggy love to welcome all my DT sistahs to the team!  There will be a drawing for each day of the hop.  Just leave a comment below and at each stop along the way.  The winners will be announced on Friday along with our regular weekly winners.

I'm the mixed media gal on the orange team.  I'm certainly no expert on mixed media, but I'm learning and so excited to be playing with different kinds of products!

The stamps are from Paper Smooches Chubby Chums.  I created that background with Tim Holtz distress paints.  The hearts are sprayed through the UmWow Studio mask with Dylusions ink spray in White Linen.  I added a button and some Timeless Twine to round things out.  

Thanks for hopping with us today and for the bloggy love!  Now, hop on!  Find out what the incredible and crafty Joann has in store for you!
Craftily yours,