Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sweet Snowflakes

Wow, I've had a bit of a blog break, and it feels so good to be creating again!

 I love the intricate design of these snowflakes, and this cute little reindeer with his knit scarf and sweater from Stampin Up.  I'm participating in a new challenge for me, Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, and this is their  photo.  Love it!
 I'm also popping this in CASEology Cue Card, Knit.

This is one of the reasons I've been slacking on my blog posts- meet the newest member of our family, Rio.  He is a purebred Golden Retriever who was found running loose in Louisiana.  He was pulled from a high kill shelter by the group Labs 4 Rescue on his last day there after not being claimed by his owners.   We adopted him about 2 months ago, and it has been a whirl wind ever since!  He's a great dog, though, worth the work. 

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Enjoying the Simple Things

I can't think of a better way to enjoy a fall day than to go off to the orchard and go apple picking.  I thought this stamp went perfectly with that bushel of apples.   I hope you've had a chance to enjoy some of life's simple pleasures this weekend.
I made this for Tag Tuesday, a blog I contribute to regularly, and I am also adding it to Crazy for Challenges- Let's Frame It, since I made a little hand stitched frame around the edge, and to Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House, and Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Autumn Maple

The fall foliage in Massachusetts have been beautiful this year!.  I was inspired to take out my Stampin Up set and use the maple tree stamp to make this card.   It looks just like the tree at the end of my driveway.    I used my Twinkling H2O's to paint it in on watercolor paper, and it was so easy to blend the colors.

The challenge at Less is More this week is Trees, so this fits right in.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Crisp Fall Leaves

It's been a gorgeous fall here in New England,  and I was inspired by all the beautiful foliage around me to create this card with a Hero Arts maple leaf and some Tim Holtz stamps.  Fits perfectly in the CAS-ology Cue Card challenge Crisp.  There is nothing more enjoyable than taking an autumn hike and hearing the crunch of the fall leaves under your feet. 

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Friday, September 13, 2013


I am playing along with CASE Study today and using a new Unity stamp that has a wonderful
sentiment.  The flowers were painted with watercolors and cut out and mounted on pop dots for added dimension.
Here's the CASE Study inspiration photo. 

I am also linking up with Unity's Friends with Flair.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

You are My Sunshine

I've been wanting to use this Tim Holtz sunburst stamp, and thought it was a good match with the "You are my Sunshine" sentiment.    I gave the distress inks a spritz of water before I stamped it. 
This CASE Study card was my inspiration-
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Monday, August 12, 2013

The Perfect Blend

This fun stamp set is from Stampin' Up, and it's called Perfect Blend.  I was using it to make some cards to sell at the local coffee shop/book store in our town, and thought the image was a perfect fit for the latest Retro Sketch challenge here-
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CASE Study x 2

 I was so inspired by the Case Study challenge this week, that I made 2 cards!  I love using the Dylusion sprays because you never really know how they are going to come out (at least I don't anyway).  Sequins seem very trendy right now, so I had to go down and find some in my Kindergarten teaching materials stash.  Found some little stars, too.
The second card was made with the leftovers  pieces after I cut out some Lawn Fawn word bubbles.  I sponged over them like stencils with distress inks, and even got a little color blending.  It really has been a Kindergarten kind of day!
Check out all the great examples at CASE Study.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you leave a comment, I'll be sure to visit you back!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Party Time

I've had these party hats for a while, and thought they would work well with the sketch from
CAS(E) This Sketch.
I'm also linking up to Runway Inspired Stella McCartney
and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- Celebrate!

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have time to leave a comment,  I'll be sure to visit you back!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Make Lemonade!

Wow, we've been in the middle of a heat wave, and it has been intense!   I think I need an icy lemonade to cool down with.
This is a Lawn Fawn set, and I paper pieced the glass and pitcher.  Fun!

It's going in these challenges:
Lawnscaping Paper Piecing, Casology Cue Card- Cool, and Runway Inspired with this photo of a Stella McCartney dress.
I broke down this week and went out on a mission to buy an air conditioner for my craft room, because it was impossible to work in there.  When we arrived at Home Depot we had a hard time finding one, and finally came across a small pile of 4 air conditioners near a register.  Apparently there had been a huge pile of them there in the morning, and by noon they were almost cleaned out.  So glad I got one, what a difference it makes!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are staying cool!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!  We are sweltering in high humidity here, so I am trying to keep cool in my craft room.  I paired this cute little chick with the sparkler with my new Tim Holtz blueprint stamp to make a patriotic card.

 I used this color inspiration from Color Q with this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
I'm also adding to CASology Cue Card- Fireworks, and Simon Says Stamp-Patriotic.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have time to leave a comment, I'll be sure to visit you back!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Little Sunshine and WOYWW

I've been painting and stamping quite a bit this week.  The butterflies are going on cards to sell at a local gift shop and the tag is for Tag Tuesday.  I went with a bright sun on my tag because we have had such rainy, dreary weather for the last few weeks, I needed to see some sunshine!  At the top you can see  some new stamp sets that I haven't used yet, along with a Stamp-a-majig that I am using to practice 2 -step stamping. 
If you are wondering why I am showing you my workdesk, it's because it's Wednesday, and Julia over at Stamping Ground Blog is letting us show off our desks.  Check it out!

I'm linking my tag up to Simon Says Stamp and Show, where anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Dream, Inspire, Create

What is better than a glittery dragonfly flitting around a garden?  I used the CASology Cue Card "Free" as inspiration for this card.  Hope you can see all the glitter on the wings.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Thanks For Your Support and WOYWW

I've missed playing along with WOYWW lately, but hopefully now that school is out, I can be a regular participant. 
 My friend gave me this empty Crayola marker container because she thought I might be able to use it for my crafts , and as soon as I saw it, I thought of my distress inks and paints. 

This is what it looks like from the top.  I'm definitely going to alter it, since I have lots of Tim's papers, and took his configuration class.

I also picked up this vintage stamp holder at a yard sale for a dollar, so I feel so organized now!  All my distress inks, paints and stains will be easy to find. 
The last thing I want to show you all is a card I just finished that is made with a fun Stampin Up stamp.  
I'm entering this in 3 challenges, CAS(E) this Sketch,  Retro Sketches and Casology Cue Card "Free".
Birds have so much freedom with their ability to fly.

 Thanks for stopping by, and definitely check out lots of other creative work spaces over at Julia's Stamping Ground Blog.

 I love reading all of your comments!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Mixy-Matchy Style!

I mixed and matched several patterned papers for the background of this card, so it was perfect for the Mixy-Matchy Challenge over at the Moxie Fab World.  I've got a large floral pattern,  a medium polka dot under the ribbon and a small grid pattern, with a very big monochromatic background stamped on the base.  That's a lot of mixin'! 

 The CASE Study photo provided inspiration for the colors and the home theme.  I went with a nest instead of a house, since I've been wanting to use this new bird stamp.  I threw in a little twine bow over the blue one to give the feel of twigs in a nest.
 The Retro Sketch provided more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have time to leave a comment, I'll be sure to visit you back.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Need for Speed

The challenge over at Less is More is called the "Need for Speed".  I don't have lots of vehicle stamps, so I went with my sailboat. Since it had to be one layer, I stamped it on watercolor paper and then painted around it.  We used to own a sailboat when we lived on a lake, and I can remember how fast we could zip across Spofford Lake.  When the wind died down, it was a whole different experience, and we would drift around for a while until it picked back up.  Fun memories!
I'm also linking with Simon Says Stamp, where the theme is Transport, and The Dedicated House- Anything Blue Friday.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


I was really drawn to this inspiration photo over at CASE study this week.

 I used my Twinkling H2O's to make some splashes of color, and inked up a feather stamp that I hadn't used in ages.  I added a little spritz of blue at the end.
Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Life has gotten in the way of my blogging late, but hopefully I'm back and full of creativity.  I sure have missed it!   I used this gorgeous background stamp by Impression Obsession to make my own patterned paper and used this Retro Sketch for the card layout.

 It looks great stamped in my favorite Distress Ink, Salty Ocean.  I am entering in these challenges-
Retro Sketches #65
Simon Says Stamp and Show Favorite Ink
and Crazy for Challenges- no patterned paper unless you make your own

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cherry Blossom Hello Two Ways

I was inspired by this Tuesday Trigger photo to get out my cherry blossom branch  stamp and
 make this card.  The flowers reminded me of the flowering trees that are putting on a show in my yard, so beautiful right now.  I used a woodgrain embossing folder to incorporate the faux bois tray, and embossed in silver to give a metallic look like the serving spoon.

Since I already was working with the stamp, I make another card for the Case Study Challenge, this time using some craft cardstock and a ribbon.  How different they look!

Here's a photo of one of the gorgeous trees flowering right now-
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hey, Dad and WOYWW

I've been neglecting my blog a little lately, but mostly for fun reasons.  In the last 3 weeks, I've taken a class with Tim Holtz, attended classes at a 2 day Scrapbook Convention, taken a Tim Holtz technique class at my local scrapbook store, and participated in an all day crop on National Scrapbooking Day.  Fun!
Here are some of the goodies that I purchased at the CKC Scrapbook Convention.

Can't wait to use those cute Lawn Fawn sets!

I also got a large card order from one of the stores that carries my cards, so as I was designing some Father's Day cards I played around with a fun Paper Smooches set.  This is entered in a new challenge- The Fusion Card Challenge.  I picked Jackie's sketch challenge as inspiration. 
 I am also entering in the Less is More Challenge-using 2 opposite colors from the color wheel, green and red (the washi tape is actually a light green, although in this photo it looks yellow) . 
If you are wondering why I am showing you what is on my workspace, hop on over to the Stamping Ground, where every Wednesday we show off our workspaces.  Check it out!
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