Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sooooo long!

Wow, it's been so long since I blogged!
It's actually been a long time since I made a card!

Ever have your mojo just up and leave?  I think that's
what happened mine.

I was at a stamp show the other weekend and picked up some new
stamps in hopes of bringing the mojo back to life.  I used 2 of those
stamps on this card I just made.  They are both from
Our Daily Bread - Soldier and Old Flag.

I made this for the challenge over at

The challenge was to make something CAS with
an element that goes off the edge.

This card was definitely an easy one!

Some of you reading this may know that my son recently
joined the US Marines, and I'm so proud of him!  When I
saw these stamps, I had to get them.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Soldier and Old Flag
Paper: Rustic White, Night of Navy
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand
Misc: burlap, rhinestones, distresser
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wings Challenge at Paper and Such

It's time for another challenge at Paper and Such!
This week is all about wings, bird wings, bug wings,
angel wings...whatever wings ya got!
Let's see em!!!

Remember there is always a prize, and some
badges to win!!

The DT has some great stuff to show you-

Here is my card -

I used the new Wings and Such set from Paper and Such,
as well as the Chicken Wire b/g stamp.

I've been seeing tons of these cut out cards, and wanted
to give it another try.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Wings and Such and Chicken Wire b/g from Paper and Such
Paper: Ocean Tides, Kraft, White
Ink: Memento Black
Misc: Nesties, Copics, Pearls
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Something Different.....

I normally only put my crafty stuff here on the blog, but today is something a bit different.  I want to share my Facebook status from tonight with all of you!

I was on my lunch break today and went into the Dollar Tree to pick up a couple things when I overheard a mother telling her kids that she only had $3 left.  The girls were debating which pack of pens to put back on the shelf, since they couldn’t get both packs.  I also heard the youngest girl say that she’d like to have a new folder.  Mom told her she couldn’t afford a new folder.  With my heart breaking, I turned and asked if I could buy the school things for the kids….they all just stared at me, and then mom started crying.  The kids said “are you sure?”  I tried to not make them feel bad, but told the kids to get whatever they needed for school, and I told the little girl to pick out a new folder.  I took all of their items to the register, and added in some licorice for good measure.  I was using my debit card and could get some money out (since I never have cash), so I got $20 and handed it to mom and handed the kids the bag of school stuff.  Each kid hugged me, as well as mom and thanked me immensely.  It was such a small gesture, but it felt so good!   It made me wonder what else these kids are sacrificing.
My challenge to you is to do a random act of kindness and come back here and tell me what you did!  Let’s see how many acts of kindness we can do this week!  It doesn’t have to be anything big, you could put a quarter in an expired parking meter, or pay for the person behind you in the drive thru,  even just help someone carry groceries to their car.....anything…..I dare you to see how good it makes you feel!   Ready, set, ….go!

Feel free to share this and lets see how much goodness we can spread throughout the world.  Be sure to come back and let me know what you did!  
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Challenge Time at Paper and Such

It's the 2nd Tuesday of the month, and that means
a new challenge at Paper and Such!

This week, we are stamping on designer paper!
I just love doing this!!

I decided to use the new Wings and Such set from over at
Paper and Such.  I love the butterflies in this set, as well as
the sentiments.  I'm sure you will too.

Card details:
Paper: Black, White, Websters Pages dp
Ink: Versafine and Memento black
Misc: twine, button, pearls, sakura gel pen
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

CASE Study Anniversary Blog Hop

I am so excited to be involved in today’s 2nd anniversary CASE Study blog hop.   I don’t know that I’ve ever been involved in something with so many crafty ladies in one place!

You should have arrived here from -

Amy Sheffer's blog

If not, you can start from the beginning over at the

Our challenge for this week is to “Think Out of the Box” – which is sometimes a bit tough for me!  I normally go with a more CAS style, so this week – I decided it was a perfect time to add a bit of bling and some fanciness to my card.  All of my cards seem to always be 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” as well, so this one is slightly larger.  I started by stamping the gorgeous bird image from Paper and Such (designed by Iwona Palamountain herself), directly onto some Webster’s Pages dp.

Thank you so much for popping over and checking things
Um yeh, there are definitely prizes!  Hop along, leave your comments,
and good luck!!!

Next on the hop is -

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Blog Hop at Paper and Such

You should have arrived here from

If you've randomly stumbled upon us, (we love when that happens)
 you can start from the beginning over at

It is time for a new release at Paper and Such.  I’m a sucker for a beautiful butterfly image.  Today's set is designed by Suzanne Elswick, and I think you're going to love it! With this set, you will receive 2 larger butterflies and 2 smaller butterflies, along with a variety of sentiments to suit several needs.

My card - 

Card details:
Stamps: Wings and Such from Paper and Such
Paper: Ocean Tides, White, Hibiscus Burst
Ink: Memento and Tuxedo Black
Misc: pearls, copics

Our wonderful Design Team has some gorgeous creations for you today, so be sure to hop along with us and check out their creations.  As you may know, we will randomly pick one lucky commenter from all of the blogs, who will receive this gorgeous set for free.
This is a 4x6 set and will retail for $12.

Next on the hop is

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sneak Peeks at Paper and Such

It's my day to post a sneak peek for the release at
Paper and Such
I love this set - and I'm such a sucker for a pretty
butterfly image!

You can check out the entire release tomorrow - right here!

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you tomorrow!
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Monday, July 30, 2012

FREE Shipping!

Paper and Such is offering FREE shipping
on all orders thru August 4th!

Head on over and see what you can find!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Challenge Time at Paper and Such

Happy Tuesday!
It is time, yet again, for a challenge over at

This weeks challenge is about stitching!
It can be real stitching or faux stitching....
just use some kind of stitching on your project.

I decided to use our new set called
Heart Strings - I actually stamped the main
image onto a piece of muslin and then cut it out.

Card details:
Paper: Harvest gold, MME dp, Ripe Avocado
Inks: Memento black, Soft Suede
Misc: bauble, copics, piercer, SU marker
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Snowman in the Heat

It's been SO hot here in the Northeast for a while now.
We are finally getting some much needed rain,
and hopefully some relief from all that heat!

(Do I sound old saying that we need rain??) 

It's been so long since I've just made some
cards for the fun of it, so tonight I went looking
for some challenges to do.  I found the 

challenge in my Google Reader and
decided to play along!

 this is what I came up with~

I figured I'd get out a winter set and play around a bit.

Thanks so much for looking!

Card info:
Stamps: Snowfolks from Paper and Such
Paper: black, white, BG Marrakech
Ink: Memento and Versafine black
Misc:  Nesties, Copics C1, B00, B04, B05

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Red White and Blue!

Time for a new challenge over at 

The challenge is to use
Red/White/Blue in your card!
That's it!!!  This should be a fun and easy one!

Here is my card -

This is Susie from the Melvin and Susie set
that is available at Paper and Such!
I just love her big lips and eyes!

Be sure to play along with us and link
up your card!

Card details:
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, White, Blue
Ink: Memento black, cherry cobbler
Misc: Copics, googley eyes
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Monday, July 9, 2012

New Release at Paper and Such

It's the 9th of the month, and you know what that means! 
It means it's time for a new release at

as well as a blog hop so you can try to win 
this lovely new set!

You should have arrived here from

If you just happened upon us, you
can find the beginning of the hop here -

This is a 4x6 set and retails for $12
If you love embroidery or you know someone that'll NEED this set!

Here is my card using this set!

I tried a technique on this that I learned at my Copic
Certification class.  I colored the image with E41, then
took a piece of muslin material and soaked it up good with
my Copic Blender solution, then layed it over top my image
and pressed down.  It's a bit hard to see in the picture, but
the material left an impression on the colored image!
You should definitely try it!!

Next stop on the blog hop is -

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a great day!

Good luck on the hop!

Card details:
Stamps: Heart Strings from Paper and Such
Paper:  Linen, Cherry Cobbler, CC Material Girl
Ink:  Menento Black, SU markers
Misc:  crochet trim, stick pin, copics, colorless blender, material

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Paper and Such New Set

Today is the 8th and that means it is the last
sneak peek before the big reveal on the 9th at

This is another fabulous set created by
Angela Fehr!

If you are a fan of embroidery, or you know someone
who is - you won't want to miss the full
reveal tomorrow!

Card details:
Stamps: Heart Strings from Paper and Such
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, White
Ink: Versafine black, Cherry Cobbler
Misc: Paper piercer
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Snips, Snails, Puppy Dog Tails

Challenge time again at

This is such a fun challenge...

It's Snips, Snails, & Puppy Dog Tails!!!

Use whatever you like that includes the above!

We have a prize for every challenge, so be sure 
to play along!!!!

I chose to use the little wiener dog from

It's been a while since I pulled out my prismacolor pencils, so I
figured it was high time....I used baby oil tonight instead
of the odorless mineral spirits.

You may want to check out the store as well -
tons of new items and some great sales!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card info:
Paper: Aqua Mist, BG Max & Whiskers designer paper, white
Ink: Memento black, Versafine black
Misc: Prismacolor pencils with baby oil, nesties, brads

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Challenge Time at Paper and Such

Its time for another challenge at

This weeks challenge is called
"Feathered Friends"
If it's got feathers, we wanna see it!!!
Be sure to play along with us, you could
be a winner!!!

My tag -

I decided to get out of card mode for a day and try
to make something a bit different.  I came up with this tag.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Paper: BG dp, kraft, tag
Ink: Soft Suede
Misc: clips, brads, burlap

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Blog Hop at Paper and Such

You should have arrived here from

It's the 9th of the month again, which means it is
time for some new stamps at

We have 1 new set this month, and 1 older set
to showcase.

The first set is called Melvin & Susie, I hope
you find them as amusing as I do!
These are so much fun to color!

Melvin & Susie - 4x6 Set - $12

The set that we are showcasing for the month is
was designed by Iwona (Chupa) Palamountain

Song in My Heart - 4x6 Set - $12

Here is the main list for the blog hop -

Here is my card for today -

I got my inspiration for this card from
at Endless Inkabilities
I loved her card when I saw it on Pinterest
and knew I had to make one just like it!

I used the set Song in My Heart for the bird image,
and a sentiment from Tenderhearted for the saying.

Your next stop on the blog hop is

Remember to stop by as many blogs as possible and leave your
comments....1 random comment will win both sets being featured today!
You have until Tuesday night at midnight to comment,
winner will be posted on Wednesday.

Good Luck!

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Sneak Peak at Paper and Such!

Today is the 8th and that means it is the last
sneak peek before the big reveal on the 9th at

This guy really cracks me up, and his big
So, I put some on him! Melvin!  

I love how you can put the clear stamps onto the acrylic
blocks and twist and turn them!  If you've never tried this,
you totally need to!  

Melvin was cut out with the
silhouette machine (Thanks Stephanie), and then stamped
and colored with my copics.

Card details: 
Stamps:  Melvin & Susie from Paper and Such (available June 9th)
Paper:  white, kraft, SU dp
Ink: Versafine and Memento black
Misc: nesties, PTI dies, googly eyes, copics, silhouette machine

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Summertime Cards at Raise the Bar

Happy Thursday folks!!!

It's all about summertime this week at

Make a card that reminds you of summer!

Go check out what the other
bartenders have done, then make sure
to play along with us!!

my card -

I chose to use our Strawberries set from
Paper and Such, simply because I LOVE all
the fresh fruits (and veggies) that are available
in the summer.

Card details:
Paper: Old Olive, choc chip, Jillibean Soup dp, White
Ink: Memento black
Misc: Nesties, copics, twine, dimensionals.
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Graduation Time

It's graduation time, so it's the perfect time
for a Congratulation card!!!

That's exactly what we are doing over at
this week.

Go check out what the other
bartenders have done, then make sure
to play along with us!!

Here is my card - these were made with some local
school colors!

Now it's your turn - have fun!!!

Card details:
Stamps:  SU Say it With Scallops
Paper:  White, Red, Black
Ink:  Versafine black
Misc:  Twine, nesties, SU embossing folder

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Father's Day Challenge at Paper and Such

It's challenge time over at

Now that Mother's Day is over and
we are quickly approaching June....
it's time to think about Father's Day!

We decided to challenge you to make a
Father's Day card

Have fun with this one!

my card -

There is a huge 25% off sale in the store now...
go check it out!

Remember.....the winner of the challenge
gets -

Card details:
Paper: Ripe Avocado, black, White MME dp
Ink: Versafine and Memento black
Misc: Nesties, twine
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Anniversary Challenges at Paper and Such

It's time for the anniversary challenges over at

My challenge for you is to make a
masculine card - one for the boys!

I decided to use Bucky for my card -

Hope you had a great weekend!
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Better Late Than Never, Right?

This card is for the challenge over at
(I'm a bit late posting this)

Our challenge is to make a military card - since
the 19th was Armed Forces Day

Of course the bartenders have
made exquisite cards for you to check out -

I went with a nice, clean and crisp - blank card
which I'll be able to send to my son while he
is in boot camp at Parris Island.
He leaves on Father's Day.

I do believe the next few weeks/months will be
bittersweet for our family.  Our oldest turns 18 on
May 23rd, graduates from High School on June 7th,
and leaves for boot camp on June 17th.

We are so very very proud of him for the 
young man that he has become and the choice
that he has made to serve in the
United States Marine Corps.

I spent this weekend looking at pictures of him since
he was born...quite an overwhelming experience.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Raise the Bar

I don't know about all of you, but I'm SO
glad it's Friday!  It's been an exhausting week, and
I'm ready for a bit of R&R!!!

The challenge this week over at Raise the Bar
is to make a Mother's Day card - easy enough, right?

I decided to pull out my poor lonely Verve stamps.
I've not inked them up in such a long time.

here is my card -

I just love simple cards like this, I can whip them up
in a couple of minutes!  Sometimes it's nice to be able to
do that!  Be sure to check out what the other
bartenders have done -

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Card details:
Stamps: Verve
Paper: All PTI, red, white, dp
Ink: Versafine black
Misc: nesties, twine, pearls

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blog Hop and Release Time

It's that time of the month again....
time for a new release over at

You should have arrived here from 

I made this card with the Strawberries set, which
will retail for $12

I've been seeing so many cards made with the cutouts
like this one, so I decided to give it a try.  This is also a 5x7 card -
which I never make!!!  I used glossy accents on the 
strawberry...looks way cool in real life!

Remember to comment on as many blogs as you can to 
increase your chances of winning both sets!

Next stop is

If you get lost along the way....head back to
for the full hop list

Card details:
Stamps: Strawberries from Paper and Such
Paper: Red, White, Vintage white
Ink: Memento black
Misc: ribbon, nesties, glossy accents
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Flowers Challenge's May!  2012 seems to be flying by,
doesn't it!?  I bought some flowers over the weekend to
plant by the pool and for the planters on the porch!
I tend to buy the same flowers every year, but not this year.
I went to a local home and garden center and found some
way cool flowers!!  I got black petunias and some buttery 
yellow ones!  Can you imagine black petunias???  They are
so awesome, and different!  I also found some
marigolds in a lemon color!

They all look absolutely gorgeous together!  I'll
attach a pic at the end of my post for your viewing pleasure!

The challenge over at Paper and Such this week is
to make a card/project with flowers on it!
You can handle that one, right??

my card -

Card details:
Stamps: Daisies from Paper and Such, Sentiment is from Deer Dad from Paper and Such
Paper: white, black, MME dp
Ink: Memento and Veresafine black
Misc: ribbon, nesties

Here is a pic of my planter with the black petunias
and lemon marigolds ~

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Raise the Bar

It's Friday, and that means it's time for another challenge at

This's time to use some letters!   They can be in your paper, or you can stamp them.  Whatever, just use the letters.

The DT has some great stuff for you to check out -

my card -

I really wanted to keep this card on the CAS side, as well as keeping it masculine...I think I've succeeded!

Card details:
Paper: kraft, black, white, MME dp
Ink: Versafine black
Misc: nesties, dimensionals

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Raise the Bar

Friday again already???
Time is just flying by, and I've no idea
how to slow it down!

The challenge over at
this week is
  to use any Hawaiian or tropical image
(if you don't have any then anything with lots of flowers
 or tropical theme will be fine!)

my card -

Thanks so much for stopping by my you
can head on over to see what the other bartenders
have created!

Card details:
Stamps: NO CLUE - I got this image from a friend, and have no clue what company.  If you know which company, please let me know.  The sentiment is from Amuse.
Paper: Aqua Mist, MME dp, Chocolate Chip, White
Ink: Memento black
Misc: Copics, dimensionals

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Paper and Such Challenge

Tis time for yet another challenge over at

This week - it's 
All About the Ladies!!!
Make a card for the special lady
in your can be your mom, your
sister, your aunt, your gramma...heck even
your best friend, your daughter or your eye dr....
if she happens to be a female!!

Have fun with this....I'm thinking we'll see a ton
of flowers!!!

As always, there is a prize up for grabs!!!

my card -

Card details:
Paper: berry sorbet, aqua mist, white, PTI dp
Ink: Memento black
Misc: nesties, SU punches, Copics, crochet trim

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Raise the Bar

Time for another Raise the Bar Challenge!

This weeks it's all about the clouds.....
doesn't matter how you use em...just use em!

I decided to use this fun little image from
called You Lift Me

I colored her with Copics and paper pieced
her dress and the balloon.  I then sponged on
the clouds with a stencil I have and some ink.

Be sure to check out the bartenders cards -

Card details:
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934, White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Memento black
Misc: Nesties, Copics, Cloud stencil, brad
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