Sunday, December 2, 2012

Let's Dance

My oldest son, Austin, is going to ask a girl to the Winter Ball. He wanted to ask her in a "cute way" .. his words! We started brainstorming. A couple of his friends asked with Starbucks coffee with "Dance?" written with a Sharpie on the cup. I suggested something a little different than what all the other kids were doing. This is what we came up with ... I hope she likes it. And, I hope she says "YES!". 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Freshly Made

I stumbled upon this blog a couple of weeks ago, and fell in love with their sketches. Here is the Freshly Made Sketch #63:

And, here is my take on the sketch: 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Wendy

Well ... Wendy's birthday was Monday, but I'm treating her to a birthday lunch on Friday. That gave me a few days to finish her card and assemble her gifts. I used two forms of inspiration in creating this card. I really liked the card sketch #39 from retrosketches, and the "Festive, Circle, Green" trigger word challenge from 365 Cards helped me put it all together.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sketch~N~Scrap #21

I love being inspired by a sketch! Here is the sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap:

And, here is my take on it:

I took a close up of the snowflakes I created from re-purposed acetate packaging. I used white acrylic paint on the edges. I can thank Tim Holtz for that idea!

Saturday, November 17, 2012


I've never done this before, but thought, "What the heck?!". I'm submitting this layout based on a sketch from  Sketch~N~Scrap. It's funny because I see some familiar faces from Personal Scrapper. It's great to see those smiles again.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Resisting Tim

I look forward to seeing what interestingly creative techniques Tim Holtz shares at the beginning of each month for his monthly tag reveal. This month was a resist technique. I have done something similar to this in the past, but never utilized an iron to remove the embossing powder. Way cool! Instead of making a tag this time, I decided on a Thanksgiving card for my parents. And, I used colored embossing powder instead of clear embossing powder. The images don't pop as much as Tim's did, but I still like how it turned out. The other technique I tried was one I see Tammy Tutterow use time and again. She embosses the rim of her tags and cards. It gives her projects the perfect finishing touch. The card is based on sketch MFTWSC62 from My Favorite Things.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


There is so much Halloween inspiration in blogland and Pinterest, it's difficult for me to tear myself away from the computer to actually create something. So, here are a few of the projects I did over the past several weeks.

I participated in a challenge on the Sassy Lady Blog, but I misread that the challenge was for Christmas tags, not just any ol' tag! lol I also saw how Shelly Hickox glittered up her rosette die. So, of course, I had to incorporate that in to my tag.

The next project was one I saw on Dawn's Stamping Studio for Tic Tac holders. They were just the cutest things! I recreated the base on my gypsy using different images from my collection. I liked making these so much that I'm planning on doing them for Christmas as well!

I also made a couple of Halloween treat holders. I used the Glitter Window technique I saw on Shelly Hickox's Blog. Way cool! It worked splendidly on the cat cut out! I'll definitely be trying that again!

Lastly, at my most recent Women's Club meeting, one of the talented women brought the sweetest lil' Acorn Treats! Yummy! The following morning, I jumped on Pinterest and found several recipes. I made them, packaged them, then decorated bag toppers, and hand delivered them to my friends! So fun!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


I love sketches! They provide me with such inspiration. It's hard for me not to use every detail on the sketch. I'm working hard to make the sketches more "me". Hmmm, whatever that is?! lol Here is my take on Creative Scrappers Sketch #226.

Another Card

This is quite unusual for me, but I was actually able to combine two challenges. It was a mere accident, but fortuitous at the same time. Love that when that happens! Happy Sunday!

These are the challenges:
1). retro sketches #29
2). 365 Cards Day 198

Skipping Stones Design Challenge # 145

This is the first time I've posted anything on Skipping Stones Design Blog. I saw this cute sketch and just had to play.

Here is my interpretation:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sketch Challenge

I was inspired by Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch #167,and created a Christmas-themed card.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Tim's Tag ... Sorta

I almost fell over when I noticed that it has been almost three months since I last posted! I'm a little rusty after such a long hiatus! I made an attempt at Tim's faux metal look.
Yikes! I needed to make a birthday card for my nephew's upcoming birthday. Since he loves, loves, loves football, I thought I could incorporate this technique. For the most part, I like the results. It doesn't have the industrial look that Tim has on his tag. I liked the technique though, and certainly plan to use it in the future ... especially for my masculine recipients!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Thank You Card

My son's second to last day of school is tomorrow. He'll be finishing his sophomore year in high school. Gulp! Every time I look at him, I cannot help but remember the sweet cheeked lil' boy he was. Now, he is 2" taller than me! Oh, I could go on and on about the many changes he's made. Anyone who has kids understands this. Time flies! Wait! I was going to share with you the thank you card I made for his bus driver, Karen. She is so kind and caring! He's the only kid that she actually picks up in front of  his house. So, I always make sure my son has a gift to give her on as many occasions as possible. I added a gift card holder to the interior of the card. This is what I put together for her: 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another Sassy Challenge

What would I do without
Sheila's Sassy Challenges
? She definitely inspires me each and every week. Thanks for sharing your creativity, Sheila! The challenge this week was to find a card on one of the Cricut carts and create an A2 card with your Gypsy. I used a card from the Sentimentals cart. My beautiful niece just graduated from high school so I created her a grad card with her school colors. The embossing technique I used was inspired by Tammy Tutterow on tammytutterow.typepad.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sassy's Anything Goes Card

Once again, I was inspired by Sheila's challenge on her blog, She's a Sassy Lady. My original thought was to create a graduation card for my niece, but was having difficulty making my ideas mesh with the images on my Gypsy. I'll get there, but just not for this card. It took me while to scroll through the various cartridges and their respective images! However, when I came across the elegant lady's hand, I knew what I wanted to do.
Here it is ...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sassy Cards

Sheila at She's A Sassy Lady always inspires me! I have created these AW2 cards before, but hadn't made one in a while. Sheila shared her technique for making multiple cards. I attempted only two. Needless to say, I have two more Mother's Day cards to add to my collection. They won't be there for long, however, since Mother's Day is only a week away.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sassy's Birthday Card Challenge

Getting in right under the wire for She's a Sassy Lady Birthday Card Challenge. My sister's birthday is right around the corner; actually, it's on Super Bowl Sunday! We'll have alot to celebrate that day! As an additional note, I used a December 2011 Card Map for my inspiration.