Monday, December 27

It's been a while, but I've been crafty =D

Hello, there! It's been a while since I posted here, but I do have a project to share. Well, really it's just a photo and a link to where you can get details. A photographer friend of mine, Chelsey Mach, is doing a series on her blog called, "She's Crafty" and guess who the guest blogger is today? Yep - ME! Here's what you'll find over there today:

Go check it out - just click here to go to the MachC Photography blog!

PS ~ Do you love {ippity} stamps? Check out my {ippity} page! 

Sunday, August 15

Some big changes are a-comin'!

Hello, friends! I know some of you started reading my blog quite a long time ago - back when I was posting a few times a week - and wanted to let you know about some changes happening in my life recently....

I have made the decision to step down from all design teams I've belonged to and return to the ranks of private citizen and blogger. Bill and I decided a while back that we would like to adopt a child (rather three total, by the time we're done). I've started a new blog, Growing by Heart, to share our adoption story for anyone who is interested. I'll still be posting my crafty stuff here, though, although on a much less frequent basis.  =D

If any of you have been through adoption, or know someone who is/was, I'd love it if you directed them to my adoption blog. We are at the very beginning of the process, and would welcome any input from those who have "been there, done that".

Until later...blessings!


Sunday, August 1

It's a Verve Anniversary Hop!

Welcome to Verve's Anniversary Blog Hop - Verve is turning THREE today! If you'd like to see all the participating blogs, just start at the beginning over at the Verve blog. Make sure you leave comments all along the way to enter for a fantastic prize!

Okay, on to the card I'm sharing! This card features one of my favorite Plain Jane Scripture verses - and Verve has lots of them! I used an emboss resist technique with the background, but used an iridescent embossing powder instead of plain clear ep. I think it makes an interesting effect that you wouldn't expect. The rhinestones help to emphasize the sparkle.  =D

Now it's time for you to hop on over to Edna's blog to see what she's showing off - have fun!

Monday, June 28

Let's do the {ippity} hop!

It's Monday, so that means it's time for another {ippity} blog hop! Be sure to visit the {ippity} blog to get the full list of participants!

Today's card is simple one with a little paper piecing for the {ippity} challenge this week. Note to self: the bird is a smaller stamp that does NOT do well with this kind of piecing! What was supposed to be a quick card ended up taking much longer because I tried to piece it. I'm not a big fan of that technique anyway unless it's SUPER simple. Chalk it up to the super long days in Alaska, I guess! =D

supplies ~ cardstock: Georgia Pacific, dsp: October Afternoon Fly a Kite, stamps: {ippity} Fall for You

Thanks for visiting today! Now you're off to ~~Elisabeth~~ to see what she's cooked up!

PS ~ Do you love {ippity} stamps? Check out my {ippity} page!

Sunday, June 27

Doodle Dragon Challenge

Hello, again! I'm sure some of you may have wondered if I was still on the Doodle Dragon design team since it's been so long since I've done a DDS card, but I just took a little hiatus - I'm back! There will be no new releases this summer, but be sure to check Dustin's blog for freebies occasionally and the challenges are still going strong!

This week, we'd like to see you patriotic creations! With the 4th coming up soon, I'm sure you can cook up party favors, table decorations, kids' games or anything you please. Just use a Doodle Dragon image and post your card with a direct link back to your blog post with your creation. Have fun with this one!

I made a card using the Too Much Fairy Bear from a while back and a sketch from Midnight Madness. What could be yummier than a basket full of red, white and blue cuppies?!?! I colored with Prismas & OMS, then used up some scraps that are nearly overflowing my scrap tray. A little embossing on the background papers were all I needed to add a little interest.

supplies ~ cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white) & Fiskars (blue), red dsp: Bo Bunny, image: Doodle Dragon Studios

So let's see what you've got! Until next time...

Thursday, June 24


Hello, friends! I hope that you are ready for the weekend, 'cuz I AM! To start it off right, here's a little stamping goodness. If you would like to see more, you can start at the Unity blog to see all the participating blogs. Remember that there's a blinkie hidden on one of them (sorry, not here!); find it, leave a comment, and you could be stalking the mailman for some new Unity!

I think "simplify" is becoming a major theme in my life at this moment. More and more of my cards are coming up CAS or close to it, like this one. I got my inspiration from this card at Jo's blog. I don't have any burlap, but I do have an {ippity} burlap stamp. I went for the mottled look on the flower by inking it first with a light blue, then inked around the outside with a darker blue, and finally carefully inked the stem. The pointy end of Memento Dew Drop ink pads made the job much easier than I thought it would be. A little sentiment and a punched edge finish the card!

supplies ~ cardstock: Georgia Pacific, stamps: {ippity} Bit of Burlap & The Simple Things

Okay, I'm off to get the rest of my chores done so I can play away the weekend - have a good one!

PS ~ Do you love {ippity} stamps? Check out my {ippity} page!

Friday, June 18

Friends With Flair and a challenge

It's finally Friday, so that means it's time for a Friends With Flair blog hop! I think I'm dead-last on the list, so if you missed all the other beautiful creations, start over at the Unity blog.

I have a card today that reminds me of my Granny. She was a quilter, and loved the Depression-era quilts that surrounded her childhood. This October Afternoon paper reminded me of those quilts. To give the card a worn feel, I inked the edged of the papers. I used the sketch for this week's challenge over at the Unity forum.

supplies ~ cardstock: Prism, dsp: October Afternoon Fly a Kite, embroidery floss: DMC, button: stash, flower image: {ippity} Now & Always, sentiment: {ippity} Just Wanted to Say

Thanks for coming to visit today - have a great weekend!

PS ~ Do you love {ippity} stamps? You can buy them from me on my {ippity} page!

Wednesday, June 16

Has it really been that long? (and a cool blog hop)

Summer in Alaska is short. TOO short. I had hoped to start blogging with new cards several times a week once school ended, but this year has been soooooo busy. I think I'm finally free of commitments for a while, but ya never know!

So, while I still hope to get back to cards and blogging regularly, I want to at least let you know that High Hopes Stamps have added another new artist to their lineup - Melissa Jenkins! If you haven't met her cast of characters yet, you gotta visit her blog! But better yet, play in the blog hop High Hopes is throwing in her honor on Friday, June 18th! They're releasing the first set of her images, and they will be ca-ute, I'm sure! And as per usual, there will be giveaways - cool! So head over and get some eye candy!

PS ~ Do you love {ippity} stamps? You can buy them from me on my {ippity} page!

Friday, May 28

Friends With Flair Friday

It's finally Friday, so that means it's Unity's Friend With Flair Friday! It's been a really long time since I played along, so for those of you who are newish to my blog, today is the day Unity customers get to showcase projects using Unity stamps. And since I'm an addict of Unity and {ippity}, I love to play when I can!

I'll keep it short and sweet, like my card. I used up some scrap cardstock and a sentiment from the {ippity} kit Now & Always. I used this week's CPS sketch, so a few flowers with rhinestone centers are all the embellishment this simple card needed.

supplies ~ cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Martha Stewart (red), The Paper Company (black); flowers: Petaloo; rhinestones: Darice; sentiment: {ippity} Now & Always

See? Not so bad, right?  =D

If you want to see more Unity and {ippity} projects, head over to the Unity blog to get the full list of participants, and make sure you look for the special blinkie - leave a comment on that blog to enter for some free Unity - YUM!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! Remember that there's only a few days left on my {ippity} sale, so get your stamps at a great price while you can - I'll see you again next week!

PS ~ Do you love {ippity} stamps? Check out my {ippity} page!

Friday, May 21

Fabulous Friday with Sugar Creek Hollow

Friday! I'm so glad the weekend is upon us! This week I'm sharing with you a newer Sugar Creek Hollow image for a Father's Day card. Growing up, the rodeo at the country fair was a family favorite - it wasn't a fair without the rodeo as far as we were concerned!  =D  So this card is for my dad this year.

I started with last week's color challenge, but never got to finish it in time, so here it is this week. I wanted the badge to look like a real one but cutting out the circle in the background was going to be a real bugger. I opted instead to cut my own with nesties, then cut out the star from the image to mount over the top. A cowboy hat, sentiment and a little jute to resemble rope were all that I needed to give this a real western feel. Oh, but the background was so plain! I dug around in my embossing folders and ran across this paisley pattern that reminded me of the the red and blue kerchiefs you often see associated with cowboys. My dad's every day work kerchiefs were the same kind.

supplies ~ cardstock: The Paper Company (cream), SU! (Chocolate Chip), Martha Stewart (blue); jute: stash; images: Sugar Creek Hollow

This card also marks my last as a design team member with Sugar Creek Hollow. It has been a great experience working with Tracy's digis and a stretch for me as I tried my hand at vintage cards. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not, but at least I tried! Make sure you stop by the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe to pick up your freebie! Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Wednesday, May 12

New {ippity} releases are up!

I'm so happy to announce that the new {ippity} sets are now up on my {ippity} page! And until Memorial Day, I'm running a special sale on all {ippity} sets, including the new ones just released today!

---> SALE! Buy 1 kit, get the 2nd of equal or lesser value 1/2 off PLUS a free gift and FREE shipping - including all new releases! Sale good until Memorial Day!  <---

I haven't posted any of the paper packs, inks or {ippity} handles (acrylic stamping blocks) yet, but if there's something you want just let me know and I'd be happy to send it/order it for you. And remember there's NEVER an extra charge for shipping! Get your {ippity} here!

Monday, May 10

New {ippity} peeks have begun!

Have you seen the new {ippity} peeks yet? Trust me, I've seen the complete sets, and they are ca-ute! Plus, there is a very special change in the sets. Hint: think lower prices! Yup, you heard right! There are a few kits that have fewer stamps and a lower price - great for those of us on a budget! Here are the first few peaks (and remember there are more stamps than this in each set!)...

Awesome, huh?!?! Stay tuned for more peeks the rest of the week - May 13 is release day!

PS ~ Do you love {ippity} stamps? You can buy them from me on my {ippity} page!

I'm back for the {ippity} Hop!

It has been a looooong time since I've done the {ippity} Hop! I am really glad to be back, though, and hope to be a regular {ippity} Hop player once again! Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post for a special announcement!

I had a little time to make a rather simple set of six cards and matching card box in the last couple of weeks. Because it's been rather hectic in my neck of the woods, this set took me that long when it should have gone together in a matter of an hour or two. C'est la vie, I suppose!

I CASEd a card for this one, and used a simple box template. It's easier to make than other boxes I've done, uses a single 8.5" x 11 sheet of cardstock, but only holds about 5-6 cards with envelopes. Given my lack of time to do big sets, though, I think it's pretty near perfect for my needs.  =D

This technique uses embossed resist to get the image to pop out. I used a solid stamp from the {ippity} kit Where You Should Be to stamp on a square of paper from an old children's book. Then I sponged on some light green ink, then darker green ink to bring out the image. One more swipe over the image with a clean paper towel to pick up ink left behind on the embossed image, and there's the branch! I also used a stamp from one of the Unity KOM sets and the distressed dots background stamp.

supplies ~ cardstock: Prism (cream and greens) & Bazzill (kraft), stamps: Unity Distressed Dots, March 2010 KOM {Rockin' It Unity Style} & {ippity} Where You Should Be

Now for the special announcement - how about a sale? Buy one kit, get the second one of equal or lesser value 1/2 off plus FREE shipping! AND every order will have a surprise gift included! I have every set from the Fall and Winter releases in stock and ready to ship; I am currently out of the Spring sets but anticipate a shipment of them soon. This sale is good until Sunday, May 16. To order, just email me and I'll send a PayPal invoice.

Oh, and get ready for peeks of the new {ippity} sets coming out - their fabulous!  =D

Okay, I think that's enough excitement for one day - off to the next blog in the hop! Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your day!

Friday, May 7

AiFactory Blog Hop...You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

The current AiF design team is ready to welcome the new DT members, and we're doing it with a blog hop! We have prizes, freebies and FUN in store just for you! If you arrived from Fink's blog then you are on the right track. If not, go to the AiFactory Challenge Blog and start at the beginning.

For my project, I kept it pretty simple: I decided to make invitations with the clipart that Mia provided. I printed the balloon image four times on one side of a sheet of cardstock, then flipped it to print four invitations. The best part is that I could reuse the sheet I set up as many times as I wanted to!

Make sure you leave a comment on each designer's post to be entered for a special prize: a $20 gift certificate to the AiFactory store. One randomly chosen commenter on one of the DT blogs will get it!

There's a second prize, too! Every DT member has a secret letter for you to find. Once you have all the letters, unscramble them to find out the secret phrase. My secret letter is R. Once you have all the letters, unscramble them and email Angie your unscrambled phrase; she will select one of the entries at random to win a $10 gift certificate. Sweet!

And if that wasn't enough, there are FREEBIES scattered throughout the DT members blogs. Sorry, but I'm not one of them - keep looking!

Okay, off you go to Fliss. Have fun, and happy hopping!  =D


Thursday, May 6

Fabulous Friday with Sugar Creek Hollow

Welcome to another week of Sugar Creek Hollow goodness! This week we are showcasing Mother's Day easel cards. They are soooo easy to make, and are a fun way to spice up your card repetoire. If you've never made one, head over to Splitcoast Stampers to see this tutorial!

This week, I decided to use one of the freebie Mother's Day sentiments as the focal point of my card. It's a pretty, elegant sentiment on its own so I wanted to use papers that matched. These are all pearlized papers from DCWV, and they are just gorgeous! I used the sketch from 2S4Y, but flipped it. A few pearls and a lacy punch were all I needed to dress up this otherwise simple card.

supplies ~ cardstock base: Georgia Pacific, dsp: DCWV Luxury Stack, pearls: Michael's, sentiment: Sugar Creek Hollow

Thanks for stopping by today! Remember to visit the other DT gals and pick up your freebie over at Sugar Creek Hollow, too!

Sunday, May 2

{ippity}, DT stuff and chillin' on a Sunday...and not in that order

I am so glad that it's Sunday! This is the first time in a LONG time that I've had a Sunday to just relax - no lesson plans, so grading, no nothin'.....just relaxing.

I know that I've been far too busy since I posted just 6 - yes, SIX - times in the month of April. My average is closer to 15-20, so it's obvious to me that card making was not at the top of my priority list last month. With school winding down and a DT spot coming to an end, I hope to have more time to just play. That's something I haven't done enough of in a while.  =(

For those of you who have continued to visit my blog, thank you. I appreciate the comments left on my posts, and very soon I'll be posting more Doodle Dragon, Sugar Creek Hollow and my favorite stamp companies. PLUS I'll be revamping my {ippity} sales so that they are on this blog on a page of their own instead of a separate blog and having a sale to clear out my inventory.

Keep an eye out for my final AiFactory DT post...we're working on a blog hop to introduce the new team - I really love a good hop!

Signing off for now...catch ya later!

Friday, April 30

SCH: Mother's Day Dogwood

Welcome to Fabulous Friday with Sugar Creek Hollow! I'm going to keep it short and sweet this week. I only have two weeks of school left, but there's still SO much to do!

The challenge to the DT this week was to make a Mother's Day card. I chose the Dogwood image to make mine and got a bit carried away with the embellishments! My starting point was this week's CPS sketch.

supplies ~ cardstock: SU! Chocolate Chip, dsp: Basic Grey Porcelain, ribbon & brad: Basic Grey, pearls: Recollections, image: Sugar Creek Hollow

Thanks for stopping by today! Remember to visit the other DT gals and pick up your freebie over at Sugar Creek Hollow, too!

Wednesday, April 21

AiF and the ABCs

Welcome back to another AiF challenge! This week we are challenged to make anything BUT a card! This isn't always easy for me, but the set I got to work with screamed an idea the moment I saw it!  =D

My niece is turning 2 this June and LOVES to play in the kitchen with her mommy and daddy while they cook. I thought this would make a perfect memory game with magnetic backing to play on the fridge.

supplies ~ cardstock: Georgia Pacific, digi paper: Digital Blueprint Happy Hour, magenetic laminator: Xyron, images: Aif

I printed the animals on some digi paper I downloaded, then printed another exact copy on plain white cardstock. After trimming the mat down and cutting out the extra animals, I ran it all through my Xyron with a magnetic laminating cartridge. Now her mom and dad can put it anywhere on the fridge, and the pieces stay put!

Would you like to play along? Just make anything but card - AiF images are not required - then link it up on the AiF Challenge Blog by 10 pm EST on Wednesday, April 28. If you use any galleries, please use the tag AiF033.

Okay - thanks for stopping by today! Off you go the the rest of the design team to get more inspiration!

Fink * Carlie * Michelle * Lola
guest designer: Wendy

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