Friday, August 29, 2014

~New Festive Friday inspiration and Precious Remembrance~

Happy Friday, everyone!  I have a card over at Precious Remembrance using Dyane's new Fall Colors set…

Feel free to pop over and check it out if you have a moment…it's a fun set to play with!

Also, today begins a new challenge at Festive Friday

I LOVED the last one…never thought I could love working with the colors of Kraft, black and white for Christmas,  but I did…and so did the participants!  There were so many great cards…for me it was the hardest challenge to choose for yet!  I've carried some of that black over to this week's card, too…couldn't help it…

I've used some Simple Stories papers that were perfect for the look I was going for, and several different PTI sets for my images and sentiment (always happy to answer questions about those).  You'll find more beautiful inspiration waiting for you over at the Festive Friday blog!

Sure hope my friends in the States enjoy some relaxing time with friends and family this holiday weekend…we sure are looking forward to some of that ourselves!!!  Thanks for dropping in today!!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

a uniquely Festive Friday...

Hello, everyone!  Here sharing a card for this unique Christmas inspiration over at the Festive Friday blog...

Now, I don't know about you...but this one had me thinkin', "hmmmm...."
After a little playing around, I came up with something I actually like...
It started with the striped frame and fun sentiment on vellum.  I knew I wanted to incorporate some Kraft colored snowflakes so the natural place to start was the little die cut one on the frame...then thought it would be nice to sprinkle some under and around the frame.  And finally, I knew I needed something fun down the left side...and she was done!
I was surprised to see so many people jump right in on this challenge I found a little tricky!  We'd love to see what you can do with have until Wed! (PLENTY o' time!;) 
I had a couple birthday projects for hubby to share but my computers are not cooperating. Took me about an hour just to get these two pix on (grrrr.....)
Thanks so much for stopping!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Precious Remembrance...

Good morning, friends!  I'm here sharing a new set from Precious Remembrance today...

...Fall Colors...aren't those lovely images???  I had lots of fun playing around with different approaches to those leaves, and for my first card, I've ended up with a very simple and somewhat elegant look...

 The leaf is embossed in gold, as is the sentiment. You can see I added color to the open spaces of the leaf with some ink and a wet brush.  I added a little more around it to give a bit of a shadowed look. I wanted that leaf to take center stage, so I kept other elements to a minimum...adding some texture with the woodgrain, dimension with the tag, and a couple other hints of metalic gold in the twine and skinny strip of paper. It IS a fun set to play with!  If you head over to the Precious Remembrance blog, check out what the rest of the team has done and leave a comment, you could win one of your own to play with!
Good luck!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

~pokey puppy, I am~

Hello, friends!  Here I am...poking along, it seems...and stopping in to share a couple cards.  The first for the Festive Friday challenge that's nearly over, I'm sorry to say.  But if you started to get your 'Christmas on' last month with some of the Christmas in July challenges, why not let this photo inspiration keep you moving in the right direction...

You have until Wednesday at midnight to whip something up.  Here's mine...

We'll have to call that a somewhat loose interpretation of the cute vehicle stamps in my stash, unfortunately.  But at times like this, I'm so happy to have that versatile Hero Arts wreath!  I put those sweet little Lawn Fawn 'winter sparrows' to work, too!
I was in need of a birthday card last week too...

I thoroughly enjoyed working with that little 'be happy' set from Papertrey...the companion dies make it so versatile and lots of fun to play with!
OK...this pokey puppy has gotta keep movin' along!  Sure wish I could stay longer!;)
Thanks so much for dropping in!

Friday, July 25, 2014


A few things to share today, so I'll get right to it!  First up...a pretty little 'hello', inspired by the anniversary challenge at the Curtain Call that is all but over...

A couple of my favorite colors there!  I die cut my own little 'cubbie' and tucked the colors in/around it using some Simon Says goodies.  Probably kept this one too simple, but it is what it is...

My first time playing along with the Curtain Call...Thanks, ladies for your lovely photo and designer inspiration, and Happy Anniversary! 
Next up, two Festive Friday cards.  It's actually mid-challenge time, but I never shared my first card. (still struggling to get that blogging time fit in;)  Here's the inspiration...a white Christmas...

 Here's my first card done with a mix of Papertrey goodies...

I thought the neutral colors, the garland and the irredescent sequins fit nicely with the current City Crafter challenge of Christmas in July...

Isn't that pretty?  This is another one I've never played along with, but I know there's a sweet team of gals over there.  My friend, Char, is one of 'em!

Finally, my mid-week challenge card for Festive Friday

We'd love to have you join us there...there's still plenty of time!  Pop on over and see what the rest of the team has created for this challenge!
Thanks for stopping in today!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Hello from Hawaii...

Traveling home from Hawaii today!  Wow…WHAT a wonderful time with the oldest son and his new family!  LOTS of catching up to do, but wanted you to know I have a card up at Precious Remembrance today…last one using the new Oh So Fun set.  Don't have a peek to share…I was in too big of a hurry to be on our way, and took only one picture at home.

 I'll share just a few pictures from our trip and let you go…

Jared, the oldest, is stationed near Pearl Harbor, and it was full of HUGE ships from all over the Pacific for a special military exercise during our stay.  This one was from China.  We were seated across the street from it on the 4th at a huge celebration.
 When it got dark we watched some amazing fireworks explode over this ship…all to music…some pop, some patriotic.  (When they played 'Happy', there were smiley face fireworks;)  It was CRAZY awesome!!!

Here we all are before the luau.  Jared and his wife on the left…then our big Caleb in his shades…their girls are the darkest headed ones.  Then you'll see my Jilli and Jonah right in front of hubby and me.

And man, oh man…this was a gorgeous stretch of highway.  We got out and adventured a little.  I took this picture from too low a vantage point to show how strong the current was coming in against this shoreline…amazing and beautiful!  Too beautiful for pictures!!!

Don't forget to visit Precious Remembrance if you're interested!
Pray for a safe flight ALL the way home if you would!
Thanks so much for popping in!

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Happy Sunday, everyone!  Not my usual day for posting, but there's something special going on at Precious Remembrance today.  All of the designers have 4th of July inspiration waiting for you there.  I love all the flags and banners that will be be on display in our small town this week…in backyards and down the streets...

…so that's what I went with…very simple elements that I hope capture the festive feel of the upcoming holiday…

I just used Spellbinder dies to frame in my little banner scene.  The stamping and banner arranging was done on a separate little rectangle in case I messed up…and I did;). I sponged just a little blue ink around the edges of that rectangle before stamping the banners.  Then all the banners but the front row were stamped off once to make them a little less vivid and hopefully add to the depth of the scene.  The frame is popped up with foam adhesive for that same purpose.  You can see a touch of silver in the one of the embossed banners and the sentiment.  The sentiment and tiny banners can be found in the new Oh So Fun set.
You can head over to the blog for the rest of the inspiration…that's where I'm heading now!
Enjoy your holiday!!!