Saturday, May 30, 2015

Red, White and Blue B-day!

Hello, Blogger Friends! Its been a rather busy month so not much time for posting on my blog lately. But today I will show you a card I made for my son-in-law's birthday, which was Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day. He is a veteran so I thought the red, white and blue theme with stars and stripes was very appropriate.

I used a new embossing folder that I simply HAD to try out...the Sizzix TH Diamond Plate. I used a piece of  foil coated paper so it really looks like diamond plate! Love it! Very manly, don't you think?
Other ingredients:
Stamps- "Happy Birthday" by Stampin Up,
Bible verse by Verve,
Birthday greeting by ??? (Amish booth at Shipshewana)
Paper/cardstock- Paper Studio and my stash
Ink- Black Licorice by Fun Stampers Journey
Ribbon and stickers...from my stash


Challenges: - May 26 - June 2, Anything Goes

As always, thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

For Mom....Sweet Memories

Here's something really unusual for me to do, a scrapbook layout page! I did an 8 1/2 x 11 so it can go in a frame easily. I found a couple old pictures I had saved on my computer and printed them on photo paper in sepia tones. Used a whole bunch of different stamps and dies!

Challenges I'm entering: - #220 For Mom - #182 Anything Goes/Family Friendly - #251 Pretty In Pink - #79 Cute Critters (butterflies)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Whoo Hoo! Owl Celebration!

And yet another quick post, again for the challenge at! They are having both a color challenge and a sketch can do one or both...together or seperate. I chose to do only the colors on this one.

So here is what I came up with, using almost all Fun Stampers Journey products!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Enjoy the Journey

A super quick post for the color challenge at Creative Blooms Challenges!
It ends to day and we are headed out the door in just a few minutes for the evening! Yikes!
Here goes:

I shamelessly copied Christine P.  She is SO talented!
Entereing in challenge: - April color challenge

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Birthday with a Cherry on Top!

Today I spent a little time in my craft room...took out my Fun Stampers Journey stamps again and made a card for one of their blog challenges, well, actually 2 of them: a sketch and a color challenge at


So here's what I came up with combining the 2 challenges:

The FSJ stamp set I used for the cupcakes and "Happy Birthday" is called 'Birthday Sketch'. I paper-pieced the cupcake papers so they match the paper colors I used, and used alcohol markers to color the cherries. Then I added some FSJ 'Sparkle Dust' glitter on the frosting for some Birthday pizzazz!
Challenges: - #179 Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

FSJ "Kit of the Month" for April

Kind of a dreary spring day...I need to remember that "April showers bring May flowers"!
Showers, clouds, raindrops...and children enjoying the puddles...that's what the theme is for the 'Kit of the Month' from Fun Stampers Journey!

The Kit of the Month is availble from Fun Stampers Journey. You can sign up for it through their online website/store or you can contact me and I can help you.
Here are the 4 cards I made with the kit. I tweaked them a bit to suit my own taste and style.

The little boy and girl are SO cute! My kids used to love splashing in puddles from the warm Spring rains. I can even remember doing that myself while growing up in Fontana, Wisc.
Notice the pink and blue card above...I was thinking I could even use that one for a "welcome baby" card!

The kit includes a new (just released) set of stamps, all the paper pieces, including the pre-die cut ones (so you don't need any special equipment), embellishments, and instruction sheets with color pictures and step-by-step directions. All of the products included are available at Fun Stampers Journey!

For more information please check out the FSJ website or contact me...just leave a comment!
Thanks so much for stopping by on this chilly, rainy day!
"YOU are my sunshine when skies are gray!"

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hippity Hop Congrats

A quick card this evening...the hardest part was the coloring! And even that went surprisingly quickly! I haven't made a baby congrats card for a while and several moms-to-be at my church are just about ready to "pop"! I also haven't used a House Mouse stamp in a while. They are so, so cute! I love the mice but these plump little bunnies are just extra adorable.

Stamps- Stampabilities "Bunny Buggie"
SweetStamps "Elegant Scrollwork Frame"
Stampin' Up "Congratulations"
Fun Stampers Journey "Be Mine" (heart)
Inks- Fun Stampers Journey "Black Licorice",
Alcohol markers, colored pencils
Card Stock- Paper Studio Kraft
Glitter- Stickles "Star Dust"
Natural twine, button...from my stash

Challenges: - Take Your Pick (pastels)

Thanks for stopping by! May you have a very blessed Easter!

Make It, Live It, Share It!

Good Morning!
All this month the folks at Fun Stampers Journey have had a "challenge" of sorts where we are encouraged to make some sort of paper craft project and give it to someone else! We are to take pictures of both the project and the 'giving' and then 'share' it on our blog and theirs! Doesn't sound too difficult, does it! So why did I wait until the last day to do it?! Let's just say, that's sorta how we roll! Next time I'll do better! Really!

So for my project I made a cute tag for the birthday gift I'm giving my granddaughter, Alicia. She is turning one on April 30 but we are celebrating her birthday early along with other family members tomorrow evening. At one year old, she won't know the difference...but we won't be able to do that much longer!

Part of Alicia's gift will be the socks (because Mom requested them!) and the rest of the gift I still have to buy and she'll get it on her real birthday. The cute owl stamp was so perfect for this tag...made me think of a Grandma and Granddaughter! And I used so much pink because this little girl is VERY often dressed in pink. She has 3 older brothers and was greatly anticipated!

And here are all the fine Fun Stampers Journey products I used for this project:
Journey Inks- Sweet Berry & Black Licorice
Journey Stamps- With Love & Hoo, Hoo
Journey Ribbon- Bubble Gum, Satin
Journey Card Stock- Whip Cream & Watermelon Fusion
And I just noticed, the jar of Sparkle Dust glitter (in the photo)...which I forgot to use!
Instead I used some sequins from my stash and 
Journey twine in Natural.
The owls are colored in with alcohol markers.

Now for the 'Giving' part...which won't happen until tomorrow evening....I already know that Alicia will love the crinkly plastic of the package the most!! Her mom will love the socks and the cute tag!
And I loved making the tags! Pink, pink and more pink! Never too much pink!
Here is the little recipient of the gift and tags herself:


So I'm entereing this "tag project" in a few challenges: - March Challenge - #82 Anything Goes - #18 (inspired by that PINK) - April: Anything Goes - #177 Anything Goes