Friday, August 30, 2013

Trust in the Lord Breast Cancer Card

Here's another custom order to brighten the day of someone battling Cancer. Sometimes a word of support can do wonders for the spirit. It's another reason I craft. 

I love the dimension that the Anna Griffin cuttlebug folders allows me to create. Although it was beautiful on its own, adding the floral embellishments made me happy. The light colored flower was topped by a button. Using a 3D Zots glue dot I added a metal breast cancer symbol brad from my stash to create my own embellishment.

  • Stampin' up card base, sentiment from Trust God set
  • Purple Daisy Designs - inside sentiment
  • Anna Griffin Cuttlebug - Blossom Dance folder
  • 3D Zots
  • Recollection - Boutique Fleur, floral embellishments
  • Top note from stash (Cricut Imagine)
  • Breast Cancer brad - stash
  • TPC Studio Clearly Better Navy Ink


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lunchbox love note - Get Inky! Stamps

It's my day to post at the Get Inky! Stamps blog to inspire you to enter Challenge #11 Bugs!

Have you ever sent lunchbox love notes in your kids' lunchbox? I got a few last year as a test and my daughter really enjoyed them. She's been asking for more so I thought... I have plenty of scraps and Get Inky! Stamps. I can DEFINITELY make much cuter lunchbox love notes that the ones I bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby! Here's what I came up with using the Love Bugs available on Etsy.


  • Get Inky! Stamps - Love Bugs stamp set
  • base card stock from Jo Ann's 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • DCWV Endless Summer cardstock
  • Recollections - Super star embellishment
  • Ribbon from my stash
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Faber Castell PIT big brush artist pen - yellow

Here's a couple more views. I plan to make different ones so that I can send her a note a few times a week. I believe it will brighten her day!




Monday, August 26, 2013

Kraftie Kre8ation Challenge - 16 cards for Operation Write Home

As an administrator and member of the Kraftie Kre8ations facebook group, (to join click here), I hosted a challenge to create at least 15 greeting cards for Operation Write Home (OWH). 12 members made cards following the guidelines set forth by OWH. I thought I'd share my 16 cards with you, in hopes that you might consider donating cards in the near future. I am hoping the other participants will blog about their cards as well so I can share the links and direct you to their wonderful creations.

Operation Write Home is a non-profit that accepts handmade greeting cards to send to 

the troops so that they can write home from war zones. Please check out their website 

for their schedule, guidelines, packing instructions and consider donating!

 This birthday card was created/donated by my Stampin' Up! rep Samantha E.

 This butterfly card was created/donated by one of the Kraftie Kre8tions members.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Back 2 School Bingo! Kraftie Kre8ations DT

As a part of the Kraftie Kre8ations design team we were asked to create a school related project including an apple. Kids love games and I thought I'd create a school-related bingo game. This project required the most stamping I've ever done in one sitting. I actually got fatigued. Partly because I was sick. Partly because I was trying to find the correct images at the correct sizes. with some many pictures and not as many words, this would be suitable for my son's pre-K class and for my 8 year old's class as well.

Here are all the the stamp sets I used to create a single bingo card. Wiping my brow... LOL!

  • Cardstock - Bazzill
  • Ink - TPC Studio Clearly Better, Hero Arts neon, Ranger Archival ink - black
  • Stampin' Up! - Bingo card, Itty Bitty Bits
  • Inkadinkado - hard at work inchie
  • Stamps of Life - Crayons2stamp
  • Get Inky! Stamps - Love Bugs
  • TPC Studio - Back to School
  • Recollections - school related stamps
  • Clear and Simple Stamps - Teacher
Check out the Kraftie Kre8ations blog to see the other DT members' posts and come join in on the fun at the Kraftie Kre8ations Facebook group (an active craft community).




Saturday, August 24, 2013

Forever Young Graduation Card

I love making custom orders because it allows me to do what I do best. I love hearing about the recipient and tailoring the card exactly to the things I learn about them. It makes it much more effective. The intention of love from me to my client and from that client to the recipient is palpable. It's when I am most at peace. It is truly why I craft. 

Thus, I created two cards while sick for a friend honoring a family member who has graduated from college (school colors orange and blue). I don't usually craft while ill. It was the most difficult thing to do. Usually I can pull together cards in an instant but this one was work. I am very pleased with the result and so is my client. I'll share the other card sometime next week. You won't want to miss it!!


  • American Crafts 5x7 green card and envelope
  • and layers cut at 6" - Cricut Cart Forever Young
  • Bazzill - blue and orange cardstock
  • DCWV - gold metallic cardstock
  • Core'dinations - green shadow for and orange cuttlebugged card layer
  • TPC Studio - Clearly Better Navy ink 
  • The Paper Cut - orange text weight from Pop Tones Variety pack (trimmed to size)
  • Anna Griffin Cuttlebug folder - Circular Grid
  • Hampton Arts Signature - congrats grad, shooting star stamps
  • Stamp La Jolla - bible verse stamp
  • Creative memories corner rounder
  • Tim Holtz sanding tool


Friday, August 23, 2013

Save the date!! Kraftie Kre8ations Back 2 School DT Posts 8/24 and 8/25

Please join us for two mini hops where the Kraftie Kre8ations (KK8) DT members will reveal back to school projects that are sure to please!! It all starts at the KK8 blog tomorrow! Be there or be square!

I will post a project on Sunday 8/25 for your viewing pleasure. I look forward to your comments!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

I've been on vacation!!! But I'm bbbaaaaaacccckkkk!

I hope you have had a great crafty time as I have been on hiatus vacationing with the fam Aug 12-18 in sunny Bahamas aboard Carnival Cruise Line. I thought I would share a few pics to show you my beautiful tanned family. And of course some of the beautiful ship!

Here we are on our way to Paradise island for our Atlantis adventure! TIP - book a room at Comfort Suites across the street and get all access to Atlantis for a fraction of the cost. We payed $280 total and the ship excursion would have been $765 total (score!!!!)

In Freeport we experienced the glass bottom boat where we saw sharks being fed, and plenty of beautiful fish!

Captain's dinner photos!! Yes, carnival got ALL my money because these pics were too good to pass up!! LOL

Ok, that's it for now. Check back tomorrow for some of our candid shots.

I love your comments!!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Give Thanks Birthday Card

A friend ordered a birthday card for the stylish first lady of her church and this is what I came up with!

I decided to create an elegant card using one of the new Anna Griffin embossing folders and DCWV metallic cardstock - the perfect combination! I love shades of pink. This time I decided to also emboss the flap of the envelope. It was very easy to emboss the top three-quarters of the envelope flap and line it up to emboss the rest without an interruption. An unheard of situation in the past with Cuttlebug. I am really enjoying the finer details and design of the Anna Griffin folders.

The stamping came out a little light in areas (especially the word LORD) because the card is textured and my ink pad is worn. I colored in the missing spots with my Zig writer marker using both the broad and fine tips.

If you follow me, you know I do not truly finish the interior of my cards. But I had a master plan today!! Ha ha!! Once my friend described the recipient as stylish I immediately thought of Forever Young. I repeated the embossing and color scheme from the front of the card and created this stylish lady. I even had a little fashion show trying on several patterns of dresses on her before deciding on Provo Craft scrapbook paper. 

It's quite a surprise when you open this card. I usually place major images like this on the outside of a card rather than the inside. I love the stamp sets I used from Stampin' up! They went together like a hand and glove! The finishing touch was adding the bling in shades of green. This is definitely a style I will create again. Love it!

  • American Crafts 5 x 7" pink card, white envelope
  • DCWV metallic cardstock (gold and plum)
  • Green mosaic scrapbook paper - Provo Craft
  • Cricut Cartridge Forever young p. 28 
  • Ribbon from Michaels
  • Bazzill teal cardstock (at dress neckline)
  • Stamps - Stampabilities: Give Thanks; Stampin' Up: "Each one..." Trust God, "Happy Birthday:" Well Scripted
  • Cuttlebug and Anna Griffin folder: Elaborate Quatrefoil
  • Recollections bling - in shades of green
  • Xyron 1" and 2.5"
  • Creative Memories corner rounder
  • Ranger Archival ink - black
  • Zig writer - black

Please let me know how you like this creation by leaving a comment. Better yet, please share this post for me on social media. I am on vacation so I really need your help to get the word out! Thanks!!!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Some Serious Inspiration for the Get Inky! Challenge 10: Ribbons

It's my day to post at the Get Inky! Stamps blog! I truly got ALL in the Christmas spirit to inspire you to enter the Get Inky! Challenge 10: Ribbons. Using the 2013 Holiday set I decorated a clear acrylic gift tag from Clear Scraps that can double as an ornament!! This amazing stamp set is available at the new Etsy store.


  • Get Inky! Stamps 2013 Holiday set - gingerbread man, hat, merry Christmas
  • Recollections - ho ho ho embellishment
  • Red felt poinsettia buttons - stash
  • 3D Zots glue dots
  • American Crafts - merry Christmas ribbon
  • Pens - Zig Photo Signature, Sharpie Ultra Fine: Brown, Red, 
  • Krylon gold paint pen
  • Tsukineko brush stix
  • Uhu twist and glue
  • Gold mesh ribbon - stash
  • Crop-a-dile big bite
  • Stazon ink - blazing red, jet black, Timber Brown, opaque white
  • K and Company - Elizabeth Brownd Designer Mat Pad - double-sided Christmas cardstock

The tag comes covered in brown stickers that have to be peeled off before you start. I began by stamping the images and sentiment on the top with Stazon ink. My pads were a little dry so I outlined the images with my fav new tools - ultra fine tip Sharpie and Zig Photo signature pen! Don't judge! LOL. 

Using various brush stix, I colored the hat with the red stazon ink. The white parts are colored with Stazon opaque white ink. The gingerbread man was colored in from the back of the tag with a brown sharpie. Outlining the tag in Krylon paint pen made it look a little more fancy. Love it! The embellishments are popped up on 3D glue dots for that extra oomph. I don't want this baby to get lost in the majesty of the Christmas tree! 

Last steps were to add the double-sided cardstock to the back of the tag as well as the ribbon to hang the ornament and the ornamental merry Christmas ribbon. Here's a view of the back of the tag. I love how the pattern on the back matches the pine theme from the front.

I just love how this came out!! I look forward to seeing your creations in the challenge! Thanks for stopping by! Please share this post and pop over to the Get Inky! Stamps blog and leave me some love over there too! Thanks again!