Saturday, October 22, 2016

Princess Birthday

I made this card for the little girl, Telah,  I used to nanny for. She just turned 1 this past Sunday, so it was late, but better late than never! The card base is Recollections A2. The patterned paper is a piece from K&Company Que Sera Sera. The stamped images- inside and out- are from Close To My Heart Birthday Princess. I used Spectrum Noir Essentials Professional Colored Pencils to color in the princess and Versafine Black Onyx Pigment Ink to stamp both images. I included a $10 gift card from TJ Maxx since I know her mom loves to shop there and since I work there I know we have a lot of baby/toddler goodies! Oh, I almost forgot the bling- it's Studio G Self-Adhesive Gems. TFL and have a great weekend!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Happy Birthday

I made this card for a friend who's birthday was this past Saturday. The card base is Recollections A2 cards. The patterned paper is a part of Bo Bunny 12" Serenity Dot. I tried to make the card look masculine so I didn't put much on the card and the paper is busy enough. I decided to use Stampabilities Happy Happy Happy Birthday stamp and Unity Absolutely Priceless Simple Stories Itty Bitty- hot air balloon stamp on a piece of American Crafts Seuss double sided 12"paper and used Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink on both stamps. His favorite football team is Carolina Panthers so the colors of the hot air balloon fit those colors. He also loves to see the hot air balloons that come over his house around this time of the year. His family doesn't do anything for his birthday and he does so much for them. I make it a point to make him a card every year. I was just a little behind this year. TFL!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Oh Happy Day!

I made the following layout using Sketch #217 from Sketches in Thyme as seen above.
The paper is Bo Bunny 12" Serenity Dot. The blue paper is from Colorbok Primary Pizazz 12" x 12" Textured Cardstock Pad, the doily was a RAK, the title- Oh Happy Day is from a journaling set from my stash, and the journaling tag is also from my stash.
close-up of journaling tag- May 7, 2016, both pictures were taken after Haylee's college graduation from UNCW. The picture on the left is of Mr Ray, my mom, Haylee, me, and Dustin. The picture on the right is of Dustin, Haylee, and Mr Ray. I decided not to add the top and bottom borders since the paper already has some border printed on it.

Friday, September 16, 2016

CASE a Card Blog Hop

Remember the old kids game, Telephone? You know the one where a secret is told to the first person in line and then they tell what they think they heard to the next person and they tell the next person and so on and so on. At the end of the line, the person says what they heard and the first person tells what they originally said and laughter erupts because the two things are nothing alike. Well today's hop plays that game, but with card making instead of secrets.
This hop is un-like any you've probably ever been too.
We took one card created by Alicia and sent it to the next blogger who then C.A.S.E.d the card (copy and steal everything) and sent her card on to the next blogger who C.A.S.E.d it and sent her card to the next blogger. You get the idea. 
When you are done hopping you'll see how different or maybe how similar the last card is to the first.
You should have arrived here from (Theresa's blog). If you would like to start at the beginning visit Alicia's blog (
We'd like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today.
Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND
take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by September 30th. 
Email her at scrapsbygracie AT with your order.
All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.
That's it! It really is easy. 
Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too.
Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).
Now on with the hop!

I CASEd Theresa's card shown below. I went with the butterfly and the blue mist to create my card below hers.

I used Recollections A2 card base and added part of a 4" x 6" photo mat and part of a 6" x 6" Studio Calico Lemon Lush Paper, Recollections trim, and the embroidered floral applique is from The Vintage Rose Emporium. The word congratulations is from The Cutting Cafe Everyday Block Sentiments. I fussy cut it out of the wedding block. I'm going to use this card as a wedding card for my cousin and his bride in October. You can see the blue mist is a part of the paper at the bottom.
 That's all I have for today. The next and last stop is Card A Day Challenge Blog.
Thanks so much for hopping with us! Here's the entire line up in case you get lost:

Monday, August 29, 2016

It's Your Birthday

I made this card for a friend who's birthday is this Saturday. She's a big Indianapolis Colts fan, so I decorated the cake with their colors. I used American Crafts Bookshelf Seuss 12 x 12 Double Sided Patterned Paper. I have a few scraps left, but not much! I used Spectrum Noir Essentials Blendable Professional Colored Pencils to color/decorate the cake. I even wrote Colts at the bottom.
a close-up of the inside, I used a pair of decorative scissors to cut around the sentiment
a close-up of the back- I used Hero Arts Homemade from the Heart stamp- stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink and then wrote my initials and the year as my signature

I'm entering this card in Pretty Cute Stamps Let's Celebrate Challenge and this is the digital stamp set I used. The challenge is open until September 10 so please join me in the challenge.  I know this is a CAS (Clean And Simple) card for me, but the paper was busy enough that I didn't want to add anything else to take away from the paper. TFL!

Friday, August 26, 2016


I made this layout yesterday using Colorbok Paper Plus 12 x 12" Paper Pad for the title- Enjoy, and both the main background page, and the big umbrella page.

close-up of Oh Happy Day from Close To My Heart- I can't think of the name of the set right now that I stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
close-up of journaling that I typed off the computer- Selfies of Brian, Emily, and I at Ft Macon State Park July 13, 2016
I thought I ran out of adhesive when making this layout so I used Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue Pen until I found another role of Scotch adhesive! I used my Xyron 150 to adhere the journaling. I used the umbrella in the background of the pictures for my inspiration. You can barely see it between Emily and Brian's heads. TFL!

Thursday, August 25, 2016


I made the following layout for a Lift Challenge LIFT40 for Soul Scrappers- it's a private chat group, but has a lot of challenges and inspiration. New members are always welcome and you can tell them that I sent you! :)
Now for the details of my layout! I used Colorbok Primary Pizazz Textured 12 x 12" Paper- green- as the background paper and K&Company Que Sera Sera Patterned 12 x 12" Paper- cut it with my Recollections Paper Trimmer in 20 rectangles to make the pattern. It was hard to put together after cutting it up, but luckily I have the entire K&Company Paper pad and there's 2 other pages of the same design to follow like when putting a puzzle back together. The photo mat is also from the Colorbok pad. I wish I would have taken a close-up picture of the flower I used, but I didn't want to pick my layout apart any more than I did! The flower was a RAK and is from Webster Pages Pinwheels Fleurettes. The title, True, is from Carta Bella Cut-Outs- True Friends- Forever Friends Cards.
A close-up of the date. The date cut-out is from Authentique Classique: Elegant Components 6 x 12" sticker sheet- it is retired, but you can view it in the gallery. I have the 6 x 6" paper pad. 5-7-16 was the date of Haylee's college graduation from UNCW.
This is a close-up of the journaling- Haylee and Nikki- I wrote it with a black ink pen so it's a little hard to see. Haylee and Nikki are true friends since high school is why I chose the word true. I also included a Hallmark Peanuts Graduation sticker- Look Out World- just so there would be something graduation to go along with the picture. I must say this is totally out of the box for me since I'm used to covering the page with embellishments! The hardest part of this layout was putting the patterned paper back in the correct design order! TFL! I'm planning on making a birthday card or 2 this afternoon so I may have another blog post by the end of the night! :) Oh, I forgot to mention the LIFT challenge is open until September 21 if you'd like to play along!