Sunday, March 25, 2012

attitude of {gratitude}

Hello, hello!  ;D

Well, this card is embarrassingly late in getting made {like it's the card's fault -lol}, but better late than not at all, I always say. ;P

I really enjoyed working with this week's sketch over at Mojo Monday {I know, when don't I? lol}, so here's my take on it:

I used some pretty papers from a pad my mom had given me quite a while back, and I'm thinking she likes those soft colors as much as --or more than-- I do {right, Mom?}.

Well, after being cooped up in the house all winter long, the weather's just too nice not to be outside soaking up the I'm on my way.  Hope it's beautiful in your neck of the woods as well...and that you're able to be outdoors to enjoy it! ;P

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.  Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some {long-overdue} lovin':


Cardstock:  Colonial White, Desert Sand (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper:  Linen Closet matstack (DCWV)
Stamps:  Beautiful You (Verve), Holiday Labels No. 14 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink:  Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger Industries), Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Other:  Labels Fourteen die (Spellbinders), Swiss Dots embossing folder, Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Robin Egg Cabbage Roses ribbon (MemrieMare), Opaline half pearls (BasicGrey), button (Papertrey Ink), embroidery floss (DMC), trim (my stash), sponge (Close To My Heart), sewing machine, thread, foam adhesive

Sunday, March 18, 2012

{scrappy} happy happy birthday

There was a change in plans here for this weekend, so I had some unexpected...but much appreciated!...time to stamp yesterday.  Hope you did too.

Last time, I shared my youngest son's birthday card from last year, and today I'm sharing the one he'll be given on his upcoming birthday this week.  Thought I'd post it now since he's not home and won't be able to sneak up behind me and see what I'm posting. ;)

My inspiration for this one came from the current sketch over at Taylored Expressions.  It was a really fun sketch to work with, and the card was made even easier for me when I found I could use some of my die cut scraps from a card that never came together.  {I seem to have a lot of trouble making cards when I'm not enamoured with the paper colors...Does that happen to you too?}  My son's still into the color red, so even though this one's quite a bit more on the yellow side than I'd intended {if it weren't for the great sketch, this card wouldn't have happened either...guess I'm just not a 'primary colors' kinda person *sigh*}, I hope he'll still like it.

Something I've seen a few times in blogland but haven't ever tried myself is using thin paper strips --scraps!-- to lace the buttons.  I like that you can have the perfect color for your project even if you don't have the right color of twine or floss.  I also had the *bright?* idea to use another scrap strip to break up the lower {red} panel by stitching over it; however, because I didn't tack it down beforehand, it shifted on me a bit. ;-/  Oops.  Oh, very soon-to-be 14-yr-old son probably won't even notice.  And this time, that will be a good thing.  ;)   I like the effect, so next time I'll try to remember to do it right.  Sometimes simple isn't always easy.  ;P

Oh, and I feel like I need to apologize for all the guy cards these days. They're much of what I've needed to make lately, so it's what I've been sharing.  But I will get back to making more *girly* cards very soon, so hang in there {Jeanne...since I think you and my mom and oldest daughter are the only ones visiting anymore -lol}.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some {long-overdue} lovin':

happy {happy} birthday

Cardstock:  Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper:  Cupcake 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)
Stamps:  Fillable Frames #1 (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Cranberry (Close To My Heart)
Other:  Classic Circle Small die, Pinking Circle Large die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), buttons (my stash), sewing machine, thread, Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), foam adhesive

Sunday, March 11, 2012


So, for all of you whose time zone observes Daylight Savings Time, did you remember to set your clocks ahead before you went to bed last night?  I think a lot of people either chose to "forget" about it, decided to stay in bed and make up that lost hour, or perhaps it's because spring break has begun here, but church was literally deserted this morning.  The sermon was good, but I caught myself yawning quite a few times.  Ugh.  It's a standing joke in our family that it's my {and my oldest daughter's} least favorite night of the year.  Life sure can be rough when you're forced to lose an hour's sleep, can't it?  ;P 

It's our youngest son's birthday in about a week, so I guess I've got his {yet-to-be-made} card on the brain.  Since I have to do all my crafty things at our kitchen table {read no privacy}, I doubt I'll have an opportunity to make his card until the night before his birthday --yikes!-- so I thought I'd pop in real quick and share the one I made for him last year:

The numbers look a little pink here in the photo, but they're actually red, like the paper...and neither is as subdued as they look in the picture {again, no doubt just my mad photography skillz}.  In real life, they pretty closely match the red buttons.  Really.  

The inside is done up as well but will have to remain a mystery, since we'd already given it to him when this picture was taken...meaning it was adorned with love-covered words that I'm sure said {teenage} son would not appreciate being posted. ;)

I hope you had a wonderful weekend {despite losing an hour's sleep} and that you were able to sneak in a little time to do some crafting.  Have a nice week!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.  Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some {long-overdue} lovin':


Cardstock:  White Daisy, Tulip (Close To My Heart)

Patterned Paper:  June Bug 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Number Fun, Birthday Bash (Kim Hughes for the old Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Smoky Gray VersaFine (Tsukineko)

Other:  Classic Square Small and Large (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), Star Dust and Christmas Red Stickles (Ranger), buttons (my stash), embroidery floss (DMC), sewing machine, thread, Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" Adhesive (API)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

new mercies i {see}

Happy Sunday...and Happy March!  ;D

I hope you're enjoying a nice weekend.  It's been so sunny and warm here {no comment on our laced-up skies *sigh*}, so being outdoors was definitely on our family's to-do list.  I know spring isn't technically here for a few more weeks, but it's sure feeling like it's arrived...and I'm lovin' it!

Well, this simple card took me a bit too long to finish, but it's finally done.  I used this sketch from Unscripted Sketches as my inspiration.

I really like the daintiness of the flowers on the patterned paper, the color combination, and the softness the doily brings.  Its recipient is a very sweet older woman from our church who has been going through some eye surgeries, and, sadly, she's still experiencing some vision problems.  Rummaging through my supplies, I thought the verse was just perfect for her and I know she adores pink, so I'm hoping it will bring her a little encouragement.

Well, it's about time to get the burgers ready to hand off to my grill-master hubby.  Gotta love these beautiful days {in winter, no less!}.  Hope your weekend was filled with sunshine too. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.  Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some {long overdue} lovin':

New Mercies I See

Cardstock:  White Daisy, Garden Green (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper: Green at Heart 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)
Stamps:  New Mercies (Verve)
Ink:  Timber Brown StazOn (Tsukineko); Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger); Sunflower, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, and Hollyhock (Close To My Heart)
Other:  Classic Rectangles Large, Classic Scallop Rectangles Small and Large (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug (Provo Craft); Prismacolor pencils (Sanford); odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa); blending stumps (Alvin); doily (craft store); Quickie Glue pen (Gellyroll); Prisma Glitter, sponge, white grosgrain ribbon (Close To My Heart); sewing machine, thread, foam adhesive, pop dots