04 July 2013

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, America!
May God bless our great nation.

{cards originally posted July 2011}

"I thank God for my life, 
And for the stars and stripes, 
 May freedom forever fly, let it ring. 
Salute the ones who died, 
The ones that give their lives, 
 So we don't have to sacrifice" 
- Zac Brown Band

02 June 2013

USA Patriotic Wreath Tutorial

Hey ya'll! Sorry I've been a bit absent- I'm taking the summer to {finally} finish up my Master's Thesis.

I wanted to re-share our Memorial Day/July 4th wreath that I made last year. I finally got around to writing up a free tutorial like I'd said I would, hehe!! Hope you enjoy :)

05 May 2013

Happy NSB Day!!

Hey all!!
Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since I've been on here! So sorry to have left you hangin- many of you know what it's like when you have a little one around- things just get a bit crazy! ;)

Anyhoo, in honor of National Scrapbooking Day, I got to working a bit more on finishing my December Daily/Disney "mini" album! It's a strange size, and has lots of paper bits sticking off the edges- so to protect it, I'll be keeping it in this "keepsake" bag from the trip! Perfect!

Here's a close up of the tag. An homage to both Disney (see the Mickey ears sticking out at the top?!) and of course Christmas 2012 since it's my December Daily album too :)

So here's a look at the cover! Since we were actually in Disney World on Christmas day, the big tree on the front here is actually what our "Christmas tree" was this past year :P It had a pop up base so it stood up- it served its purpose, we put the few gifts we brought down on the table around the tree, hehe. The trip itself was the main gift this year for the family :) 

Here's a close up of the title part of the album- a mix of Christmas decor and a castle diecut in honor of Cinderella's Castle- the main icon of Disney World's flagship park, Magic Kingdom :)

I hope to be back here throughout the upcoming weeks to share the rest of the album with ya!! It's kinda a mini album mixed with a smash album feel... happy scrapbooking day!!

17 March 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

27 February 2013

Interchangeable St Patty's Day Wreath

Today I've posted over on my homemaking blog, His Frugal Servant~ here's a sneak peek!

So today's post is a bit of a re-post from {last year}, but updated to include this year's wreath! When I created this wreath last year, I wanted it to be reusable, so all of the decorations are pinned on! Super simple solution to avoid wrapping twine around umpteen different wreath bases (I also use this wreath base for my Mother's Day wreath and my spring wreath)! So check out the original wreath and this year's wreath, and read on for a tutorial on how I made it!

Check out the {Tutorial Here}! 

10 February 2013

floral thanks

Happy Sunday, all!! Today's card is inspired by Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger!  

I loved the blue, but wanted a darker blue for a background. I ended up adding in the light blue (from the chair) in a strip along the bottom and in the gems. 

I also was inspired by the two tone pinks in the flowers and some of the stitching, so I used those colors for my floral stamps. It's a bit hard to see, but there's a light pink floral "shadow" stamped too! I also added in a bit more of the light pink via the ribbon tab on the edge of the sentiment panel.

stamps by Verve
inks by Memento
papers by Bazzill Basics (light blue) and DCWV (dark blue)gems from Michaels
ribbon and sentiment panel paper were from my scrap pile

08 February 2013


Happy Friends with Flair Friday ya'll!! :) Unfortunately nearly all of my Unity stampsare still in storage {boo!} but this guy was hanging out in my scrap bin, leftover from another card I made some time ago- it's from an older KOtM.  So I added a scrap piece of embossed paper, paired it with some chipboard letters and added some gems! This will be the perfect birthday card for my friend's son :) It's a fun little kids card, I'd say!

Have a great weekend, and if you're in the northeast- stay safe!!! Keeping you in prayer- I have lots of friends and family that are in Nemo's path.

04 February 2013

cardboard thanks

Nothing like last minute entering!! This card is for the Moxie Fab "stamp with a homemade stamp" challenge. See that strip of cardboard there... well I used a slightly larger piece to make that background "stamp!" I pressed it into some Memento white ink and then "stamped" the cardstock. Afterwards, I layered on a PTI sentiment with some more Memento ink, added a few jewels and it's a fun little card :)

31 January 2013

bon voyage

Today I'm again playing along over at Moxie Fab World, this time with their Make Your Own Background challenge. The two arrow Martha Stewart stamps I arranged together on my acrylic block and inked them up with some Memento inks, stamping them repeatedly to create the background.

I added in some washi tape, layered on the Bon Voyage MS sentiment and topped it off with a few gems. I love the postage/travel feel that it took on! 

30 January 2013

Hola leaf

Today I'm playing along with one of the Moxie Fab challenges- Make an Itty Bitty Card. This one fits the bill, measuring in at 2.8" x 2.8" square. 

The swirl stamp is by PTI, and unfortunately I can't recall who the sentiment is by (that info is still packed up in my craft boxes from the move...). The negative leaf die cut was a leftover in my scraps box, and is really what inspired the whole card.

29 January 2013

runway dots

 So this is the first time I'm playing along over at Runway Inspired Challenge! Clothes can definitely be a great source of inspiration, and I had fun with this!! Here's where my inspiration came from...
1) Colored dots: I think that's fairly obvious ;)
2) Curled bottom corner: the rolled-over neckline
3) Butterfly: maybe it's just the way the fabric is folded, or maybe not, but I see a purple butterfly on the upper torso of the dress

The inks are all Memento, and the stamps are all PTI. The butterfly punch is by MS, and it's embossed with a PTI plate.

28 January 2013

celery wisteria thanks

Yup- another two-card day! So many fun challenges I wanted to join in on, so this card is to play along with the Color Throwdown colors this week! Yup, more thank you notes hehe. I can't wait to find the rest of my craft boxes and get them unpacked so I can start adding a little more dimension to my cards... but for now I'm trying to get creative with one-layeredness!

The image stamps are all by PTI. Unfortunately I can't recall who the sentiment is by... The inks are all Memento. And of course I had to throw in some gems for a bit of sparkle!

dusty thanks

Today's card is inspired by the color challenge over at colourQ #173! Again, I'm still working on those Christmas thank-you cards, so here's another one! :) The stamps are by PTI, the ink is Memento, and the twine/gems are from Michaels. The paper is by Bazzill Basics. 

27 January 2013

sweet musical thanks

Wow! Two posts in one day?! I know, right? Craziness from me! Anyhoo, little E is taking another good nap, so I escaped to my crafting table. So this is this week's Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World! The photo is entitled "sweet dreams."

And here is my card inspired by the above photo!!  I noticed the mauve rug anchoring the room and chose to anchor my photo with a mauve musical background. I added in splashes of aqua and gold with the gems and sentiment, inspired by the bed & bedding. 

The music stamp is by Stampabilities and the sentiment is by Verve. The mauve ink is Memento, and the aqua ink is Martha Stewart.

emerald splash

Hey all!
So little E took an extra long nap last nite and I found myself without any chores left to do... so my craft table called to me ;) hehe... I whipped out a few cards, here's the first!! A CAS thank-you card (still working on thank-yous for Christmas gifts, whoops!!) and I combined two challenges for this one...
1) Play Date Cafe color scheme- black & white with a splash of emerald green
2) CAS-ual Fridays "marker" challenge- the green in the flowers I drew in with my Staedtler markers!

26 January 2013

grunge thank you

Hey all! Just dropping in with another little thank-you card I whipped up. It was made with a remnant piece of paper from the coffee thank-you cards I shared the other day! This one uses a bunch of PTI stamps from the Grunge set and just a few gems to make it sparkle :) Sans gems, it would make a great masculine card too!!

22 January 2013

thanks a latte trio

Hey all!! Sorry I've been so absent the past few months... believe it or not, I STILL haven't unpacked the majority of boxes from my crafting space... such as all my cardstock, half my patterned paper, my punches, most of my stamps... you know, the important parts ;)

Let's not even get into how hard it is to find crafting time when you have a needy 9 month old crawling around!! I love little E, but I spend most of my time just sitting on the floor or couch with her. Once I get the rest of my crafty goodies unpacked, I should be good... my craft space in our new shoebox apartment, is one wall of the living room, so I can craft and still be with her :) I actually ordered some crafting supplies so I could do (for the first time!!) a December Daily album! I'll share bits of that soon ;)

Anyhoo, thanks for sticking with me! So onto the CARDS!! After Thanksgiving (when much of my family finally met little E!), I had to whip up some thank-you cards for baby gifts! I apologize for the lousy photos, but I figured I'd share anyways :) It's made with Verve stamps and a few gems to jazz things up! I had a few pieces of cardstock laying around, and used my sewing cutting board to cut everything- along with pinking shears on the bottom of the one card! The circle was a paper bit in my "scrap pile" that I had made for another card but never used, and the one corner I just rounded by hand. Tough times, but ya gotta make do when you're without all your tools, hehe ;) Enjoy, and hopefully I'll be back crafting regularly soon- gotta get to the storage unit to get the rest of my crafting boxes!! I'm also tackling Project Life this year! Good times to come :)

PS. Playing along over at Pumpkin Spice's "tea/coffee" challenge- my blogging buddy, June, invited me over to play!! And I apologize for the less than stellar photos- I don't have a photo lighting box or anything set up since, again, much of my crafting stuff is still packed up!