Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fresh Brewed Designs Caffeine Crazy Challenge

I made this card for the October Caffeine Crazy Challenge last night that ends in about 6 hours over at: . The requirements were to use FBD images and to include something sweet so I did both! The cupcake and the sentiment "Have a day filled with laughter and sunshine" are both FBD images! I added 2 stickers, well it's actually 1, but I cut it in half to make it "have a carefree & happy day filled with laughter and sunshine"! The stickers are K&Company Emma Rose Word Embossed Stickers that I bought from Target but don't use them very often. The paper is K&Company Susan Winget Nature Specialty Paper double sided PP and I used American Crafts Fuschia Glitter Marker, American Crafts Orange Galaxy Marker, Zig Memory System Nutmeg Ball 0.5mm pen, and a purple ink pen on the cupcake. I used Zig Memory System Azure Ball 0.5 mm pen on the top half of the sentiment and American Crafts Basic Black gel pen for the "&" and purple ink pen, orange marker, yellow marker, and Sanford Liquid Expresso Red Extra Fine Line Pen on the bottom half of the sentiment. I attached both images with Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares.

 This is the inside spread. The middle sentiment "It's your birthday shout... HOORAY!" is cut from Simple Stories Happy Day 6x6 paper pad and the stickers are Simple Stories Happy Day Expressions Cardstock Stickers from Housecalls by: Scrappin' Madge August Life's a Party kit (
This is a close-up of the sticker on the right inside spread. It's also K&Company Emma Rose Word Embossed Stickers. I'm not sure who I'll give this to, but I'll have a card ready when I need one! I have a few people in mind! I'll post the Christmas cards later. I watched the last game of the World Series last night and made this card last night or otherwise I would have posted them. That was some game and I'm glad Ortiz got MVP after they walked him the entire game and am glad Boston Red Sox won! TFL and have a great Halloween! :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Let's Get Messy!

I used this sketch from GrandDiva's Creative Corner ( It's their October Sketch Challenge. The challenge ends tonight at 11:59 so I'm cutting it close I know!

 I used MontePapermill Take 2 Love Words from Housecalls by: Scrapping Madge ( September's kit Hello Gorgeous for the main background, the 3 strips are also Hello Gorgeous Glitz Design Wild & Free Arrows and Glitz Design Wild & Free Drips- the black arrows strip is the back side of Wild & Free Drips, and the Ready for my Close Up flair button is also Hello Gorgeous. The strips at the top and the bottom are K&Company Urban Rhapsody and the stickers are Jolee's Art Supplies. The title is in Jokerman font size 48. The journaling states that "Laura, Duchess, and I went to the Accidental Artist for Paint 'Til You Faint as a Girls' Night Out one Saturday night. Laura took this picture of me. We were about to leave & were acting silly because we were all SO tired! June 30, 2012" I've done a double LO of this event back in August of last year, but still had this picture to scrap. I wanted to leave some of the pink heart visible so that you could read "fun trip" because it was a fun night! 
This is a close-up of the picture since it looks a little dark in my layout above.  I actually texted Laura earlier tonight to get help with a title for this layout! I was stumped as to what to title it so I texted her since I knew she took the picture and would know what I was talking about! She just recently moved to NY, but we still keep in touch on Facebook and texting. We were calling each other some, but she stays busy on the horse farm so texting is just as good for now! TFL and I will post my Christmas cards that I promised in my last post tomorrow. I will also tell about my trip to the NC State Fair. I had a blast! :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Altered Journal Cover

I just received this Unity Stamp Company ( Fashionistas Alexis stamp in the mail today and thought I would use it on this notebook and have never used this coffee sticker set. I bought the notebook from Target in their dollar section about 8 years ago and have just about filled it up. I consider it my "brain" (lol) I have written recipes, scrapbook ideas, addresses, and all kinds of things in it. I keep it by the computer so it's my "Go to Notebook"! The bling that I used on Alexis was actually on the cover so I decided to reuse them after I took them off the cover! I thought that Alexis looked like she was ready to go shopping and remembered I had these coffee stickers and coffee is always good to drink when you're going shopping! I used Stickles Waterfall on the purse, her belt, top, and to highlight the dots that are apart of the stamp. I actually covered the Stickles on her purse with bling and used it as glue for the bling on the purse, belt, and her top! I used various markers to color her in. I dug into some of my stepsister's markers that she doesn't use anymore to find a flesh colored marker- Rose Art. I might be using that marker more often! :) They were under a book shelf in her room and abandoned so they must not be of any use to her since she's away at college! The green paper I believe I bought at Michaels, but I don't remember the collection name. The yellow circle paper reminded me of coffee stains and that paper was a RAK that I received from Niki with the bag of scrap goodies she gave me about a year ago. I still have lots left! The Coffee Shoppe and Mug stickers are Recollections Signature Dimensional Stickers. I used Ross Washable School Glue to glue the green paper to the cover and I cut out around the spiral binding with scissors so it would look better and so the journal could open better. I didn't want to put too much on the cover to take away from the green paper. I wish the coffee mug sticker wasn't so big, but I put it farther away from the shoppe to make it look like it was waiting on Alexis!  I will be posting a post tomorrow or maybe this weekend showing some Christmas cards I made yesterday afternoon! I have a busy 3 days ahead of me! I have to work tomorrow afternoon, am going to the NC State Fair Friday to see MercyMe in concert, and Saturday I'm helping out with our church's Fall Festival! Maybe I better wait to post the Christmas cards on Sunday so I can tell about my day at the fair and the concert! TFL and have a great weekend! :)

Friday, October 18, 2013

First Accordion Album

I have to give credit to Scrappin' Madge and her YouTube tutorial ( as to how I made this accordion album! I must say I had to pause this video several times to stop & make my album, but it came out ok! I know mine isn't just like hers, but it's pretty close. The above pic is what the album looks like sitting on my desk. I used American Crafts Pink and Yellow 12 x 12 Cardstock cut to 4 x 4 strips to make the album and used the last of my Scrapbook Adhesives Mounting Squares to keep the album together.

 This is the cover and the paper shown here as well as numbers 1-8 are Take 2 MontePaperMill Picture Start from the September kit Hello Gorgeous of Housecalls by: Scrappin' Madge ( as are the glitter clothespin, the flair button, the arrows, and blue frame sticker (the arrows and frame sticker are MontePaperMill Accent Sickers). If you watched the video, you see where I changed up mine a little. I somehow placed my album together backwards so my album opens differently than Madge's. I decided to just use the blue frame and I put the arrows at the bottom and used the arrows flair to finish the arrows and point the way to keep going in the album. I decided to attach the clothespin at the top and not use twine at the top of my album. I'll show a pic later of a ribbon that I tied in a bow to keep the album closed.
As you can tell, I haven't finished the album and will add pictures later. I just wanted to show how much I have done! I added a butterfly punch from my stash and the sticker banner is also MontePaperMill Accent Stickers. I decided to leave 3 of the hearts. The paper is Take 2 MontePaperMill Picture Frames also from Hello Gorgeous kit. I added the number stickers from MontePaperMill Accent Stickers like Madge did to every page from 1-8.
I put my flap backwards on my page and the inside paper is also Take 2 Picture Frames cut at 4 x 6 inches. The paper on the flap is Martha Stewart punchouts that I cut at 4 x 2 inches. I added a punch heart from my stash. The dog, stars/heart, tag- Tabbed because it's unique- is MontePaperMill Accent Stickers.
             I can't seem to get the pic of pages 3&4 to show, but they look the same as Madge's. Blogger isn't agreeing with me today!
I put the arrows facing the 5 page like I did on the front of the album and will add a picture and journaling later. This paper is also Glitz Wild & Free Arrows Fabulous Front with Coordinating Back. I added another heart punch from my stash. The heart stickers, banner on the picture side, and tab- Tabbed because it's pretty- is MontePaperMill Accent Stickers.
 The grey paper is Take 2 MontePaperMill Follow Your Heart Double-Sided Paper cut at 4 x 6 inches. I added another butterfly punch from my stash. The star/hearts and tab- arrow- is also MontePaperMill Accent Stickers.
I added the number 8 to my album since I had 2 extra squares. I've had these labels saved on my computer and never used them. I found them on Pinterest on Everything Etsy ( under free printables. It's from 75 Free Printables by World Label. You can edit the label sheet however you like in the little boxes before downloading it to your computer. I put my name and if I will write in the year when I finish the album.

I tied it altogether with this pink ribbon that I believe I bought from Michaels and it may be the last piece of it. I can't seem to find the spool anywhere. I will post the completed album when I add pics and journaling. TFL and have a great weekend! :) 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hey Chic-A-Dee

I made this card using both the sketch and round top tag above from Dahlhouse Designs ( The paper is K& Company Susan Winget Nature Specialty Paper and it measures at 5.50 x 4.25" after using a DCWV Greens Stack card to get the right measurements. I had the hardest time finding paper, well deciding which paper to use for this card! Then I couldn't decide on which stamp to use so I ended up looking for all my clear stamps in my stash and put them all in my SSD binder so I will have them altogether! I decided to use "Hey Chic-a-Dee" Skipping Stones Design (SSD) stamp as the sentiment stamped with VersaFine Black Onyx Pigment Ink. I used my 2x2 CTMH mounting block for the stamp. I use it or my 6.50x1 CTMH mounting block for all my clear stamps. The green strip is a piece of the same PP as the card, the bling is from my stash as is the ribbon-Bobbin Ribbon, and the bird is Doodlebug Designs Braddies Birdies that I just found in something that I won from a blog hop at one time. It's amazing what you find just looking through your stash! LOL! I found a cupcake stamp that I forgot about as well! I might use it soon on a card or layout. I'm going to enter this card at Dahlhouse Designs and you can as well until Friday, October 18 (11:55pm PT) at (! TFL and have a great week!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Cards

I saw this Surprise Freebie from KaDoodle Bug Designs ( on Facebook today and I decided to use it to make this card and the blue background card is also a KaDoodle Bug Designs and here's there Facebook addy (!/kadoodlebugdesigns). I'm entering both of these cards at Miriam's Crafting Blog ( as well. I used The Paper Studio Halloween Chevron PP, K&Company Greens Card Stack (as card base), The Stamps of Life Thanks2Fall by Stephanie Barnard stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink- Happy Halloween/Trick or Treat, EK Success Earth Colors Memory (Colored) Pencils to accent the stamps that I stamped on white copy paper, American Crafts Premium Ribbon, Halloween Rhinestone Stickers, Yellow Rainbow bling (in the middle of each stamped pumpkin), I also used Copic Sketch Too 100 Black on the cat, Stickles Golden Rod and Crystal (over the fish), and Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares to make the cat/stamps pop and Scrapbook Adhesive Mounting Squares to adhere the paper to the card base.

close-up of my coloring on the cat

I accidentally cut the back of the card when I cut the top sheet so I decided to take the cut half off and added the orange sheet from BasicGrey Curio 6x6 Paper Pad for the inside.

I attached this blue sheet from Authentique Gathering 6x6 Bundle to the back up under The Paper Studio Halloween Chevron and in between the card base with Scrapbook Adhesive Mounting Squares. I always write that I made the card on my cards and the year just as my trademark! 
I couldn't get these pics in order, so the detailed pics are first. This is also The Stamps of Life Thanks2Fall with an Orange Rainbow Dot in the middle and also stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black and colored with EK SUCCESS Earth Colors Memory Pencils and attached with a Recollections Foam Square.

This is a close-up of Stamps of Life Thanks2Fall Trick or Treat stamp, stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black, colored with EK SUCCESS Earth Colors Memory Pencils, and attached with 2 Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares.

This is the bear pumpkin that is also from KaDoodle Bug Designs. I made this card Tuesday and was going to do a blog post this morning about it, but saw the cat freebie and decided to wait and post them both at the same time! I also used Halloween Rhinestone Stickers and the American Crafts Premium Ribbon. The apple is fussy cut from a pumpkin/fall sayings sheet that I don't remember the collection because I've used it so much. I wanna say it's Recollections.The blue background paper is Basic Grey Pyrus 6x6 Paper Pad.

This is a close-up of the bear. I used EK SUCCESS Earth Colors Memory Pencils, ZIG Memory System by EK SUCCESS Hunter Ball 0.5mm pen, and American Crafts Basics Black pen to accent the leaf and just to add a little more color. I wanted to color over the KaDoodle Bug trademark/writing and I got most of it covered. TFL and have a great weekend!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Color Challenge & A Giveaway Alert

I made this card last night and entered it in a Coloring Contest with Digi Scrapkits ( on Facebook (!/photo.php?fbid=723729810974727&set=a.719556971392011.1073741828.223221007692279&type=1&theater)!  The contest ended at midnight and I saw the contest around 7ish, but was watching football and started this card around 9 and finished at 11:30! I just did make the cut off! :)

Ok, I know you're just about to bust on the edge of your seat waiting for the details! ;-)  The PP is K&Company Urban Rhapsody Designer Paper as is the PP behind the digi- I had some scrap left over so I cut out a corner out of the opposite side and then fussy cut it so only those few circles show! The digi is for a new baby line that is coming out on Digi Scrapkits so that's why I chose this paper it kinda has a baby quilt look to it! I chose "Precious" and "a new bundle of love" stickers for the sentiment on the card because babies are precious and are most definitely a new bundle of love! The "precious" sticker is Momenta ATD Super Sticker Pack- it's actually on the friend set but also describes babies and "a new bundle of love" sticker is Recollections Signature Stickers- the sticker has like an epoxy feel to it! The twine is red/white and the last of that color set and is from Heather Lynn (! Thanks, Heather! :-) I still have a few colors left! Now for the coloring details of the digi!  I used American Crafts Basics Red, Black, and Green; Gelly Roll Clear Star Gel Pen (to accent some of the lines to keep the legs separate); American Crafts Glitter Marker Fuschia- on the girl's face; Creative Memories Classic Cocoa Fine Tip Pen- on the boy's body & tail tips; American Crafts Candy Shoppe Light Brown on the spots, ears, noses, and tails: blue green, yellow, and light pink- I honestly don't remember the manufacturer because these are from an 8.5 x11 boxed set that I started scrapbooking with that I bought from Walmart about 17 years ago- blue green on the girl's body, yellow on the ear/horns/tail tips, and light pink on the girls nose as a little dimple; and I used Ranger Waterfall Stickles on the boy's hat to give it a snowy glow since I don't have white or grey markers. I may add white in the middle of the the white spot later, I haven't decided yet. It actually looks better in the picture than what it actually looks like here in front of me! I didn't decorate the inside yet since I was on a time limit! The card base is DCWV Greens Card Stack. I'm about half way through this stack and loving it!

Oh, I almost forgot I was gonna mention a giveaway that I saw on Facebook! Whimsical Twist is giving away some awesome Christmas sets and a chance to attend one of their classes! Check it out here at:!  TFL and have a great Monday!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall Is...

I saw these 2 papers in the Hello Gorgeous kit from Housecalls by: Scrapping Madge ( and had to use them in a card together and of course the colors SCREAM fall! So here goes! ;) The papers are Glitz Design Wild & Free Drips and Glitz Design Wild & Free Arrows. You'll see the arrows on the inside of the card! :) The sentiment "fall is when nature turns to gold" as well as the colorful leaf directly under it is Inkadinkado Autumn Foliage Clear Stamps, the other leaf cluster is Making Memories Flutter Clear Stamps (that's actually a spring set), the pumpkin is The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard Thanks 2 Fall clear stamps and yes- even the tip of the pumpkin is a separate stamp! I fussy cut the stamp after stamping it on Colorbox Deluxe Textured Cardstock Orange and drew the face w/ my only Copic 100 black. The swirly stamp at the top is My Mind's EyeThe Sweetest Thing by Jen Allyson  Tangerine "Hello" Acrylic Stamps set. I can't wait to use the rest of this set! I saw this stamp and thought I've got to add some twine to it instead of coloring over it! I love how it came out and wish the green would have cooperated more, but it is my first time trying this technique! So, go me! ;)  I used American Crafts Candy Shoppe and Basic gel pens to accent all the stamps and VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink on all the stamps. I love how it gets all the fine details in my stamping! I won't ever use another brand of ink again! I also used my all time favorite Gelly Roll Clear Star pen to make some stamps pop as well as EKSUCCESS Zig Memory System Ball 0.5 mm Archival Pigment Ink pens. I bought them years ago at Walmart and am surprised at how long they have lasted! I fussy cut the Glitz Wild & Free Drips paper with decorative scissors and then snipped the green/yellow drips to make them look like grass or ribbon and I decided to turn the paper on an angle instead of the traditional vertical look! Here are a few close-ups:

 The bottom leaf on the left has some sort of writing etched in the leaf, but you can't really see it.
 I used several different pens to get the "rustic fall" look!
I love how this pumpkin/jack-o-lantern turned out! I don't use my Copic pen very often and might look into buying more if there are some left. I heard at one time that they weren't going to be sold anymore, but I may be wrong.

 This is a closer pic to show the details of the twine. I used a Craft Smart glue stick to get the twine to stick! I had to keep reapplying glue, because it dries quick, but luckily it was cool enough in the dining room that the glue finally worked! It was tedious, but once I cut the twine the length I wanted it got easier to work with! The outside was harder to do, because of all the turns, but like I said with practice I will get it!
This is the inside! The back of the Glitz Fabulous Front with Coordinating Back Wild & Free Arrows! The tag is gonna be where I write my message and I believe it is Basic Grey Pyrus Writer's Block Journaling Set and yes the ribbon is 3 Girl JAM ( Antique White crinkly ribbon! I won the pink and white bundle along with a sampler pack of muslin (sp?) bags that I can't wait to stamp and maybe giveaway for Christmas! I just received the rest of my blog prizes yesterday from their 2nd Anniversary blog hop. I didn't make anything yesterday, but was itching to make something with at least the ribbon today! Can you believe I made this card while watching Grey's Anatomy tonight and I still was able to understand it all! LOL! I actually just did the coloring while watching Grey's. I sure hope Webber doesn't die, but I have a feeling he will unless he has some miraculous healing! I started watching Parenthood and had to end up taping the end so my mom could go to bed and I saw bits and pieces of the NFL Browns./Bills game. I'm getting excited, because my sister is coming tomorrow afternoon and we're going out for Chinese as soon as she gets here! She's coming for the weekend, because Saturday we're having a retirement party for my stepdad that he's been planning for months! He arranged for the food and my mom has made sure everyone he wanted to come was invited. They aren't all able to come due to different things going on in their lives, but we do have at least 55 people coming! My mom and I bought the decorations about a month ago from The Party Place in Morehead City. My stepbrother is going to play music, people are gonna speak about memories of good times with my stepdad, and my sister, stepsister, a woman from the church and I are gonna serve the food. My aunt and grandmother are making cakes to bring- an Eclair cake and a Lady Baltimore cake cut in cake squares. My mom is making tea and banana pudding. I'm not sure of all the menu, but it sounds like it's gonna be good! I also had a job interview this past Tuesday at Roses and I pray I get the job! TJ Maxx has cut my hours back tremendously and 4 hours a week is not enough to get by on! It's enough to have very little cash and it's gone before I even have it in my hands it seems! If I'm hired at Roses, I will be working at least part of the day Thanksgiving Day. I had an interview with the asst manager and the store manager took his lunch instead of interviewing me. He was supposed to finish the interview, but I never saw him. He seemed to be a rude person, but I will see once I'm hired. Please pray I get the job! I haven't let TJ Maxx know about it yet and won't until after I'm hired and will still work with them. The asst manager even asked if I thought their would be a conflict of interest at Roses with TJ Maxx and I told her no. TJ Maxx is a lot busier! I won't be scrapping tomorrow, because I have to clean (barf) and be ready to go when my sister gets here around 4. We're setting up for the party tomorrow night and the church is having 2 other events on Saturday that we have to work around- a men's breakfast right before and then a memorial service/dinner for family afterwards. My mom had the church reserved over a month ago and the memorial service we can't really do anything about because no one can predict when someone is going to die and some of the family is from out of town is why they're waiting to have the service. She passed last Friday. I feel like I'm getting a cold, but I pray it's just allergies and the weather change. It's hot during the day here and cold at night. Anyway, I'm rambling. TFL and have a great weekend! It's gonna be a busy one for me is why I won't be attending Angela's class, but I hope some of you will and look at my previous post to see the details about it! Oh, I forgot to say that I'm entering this card in Miriam's Crafting Blog- 5th Monthly Challenge- Anything Goes Fall ( that is going on until November 5th. :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Football Birthday Card

 I have a friend who's 40th birthday is coming up next Tuesday and he's been wanting me to make a football card or a football layout so he's getting this card for his birthday! His favorite team is Carolina Panthers and DeAngelo Williams (#34) is one of his favorite players. I won this football player digi from Scrappin With Lisa  ( and haven't used it yet. Todd, my friend, is gonna love it! I wanted to make the sentiment like a football huddle chant thus the reason for "On 3 yell 'happy birthday' 1 2 3 ... "- those stickers are Simple Stories Happy Day Expressions Cardstock Stickers from Housecalls by: Scrapping Madge ( I'll get back to the inside in a minute, I forgot to mention the football is DCWV All About Boys Stack that I fussy cut and the number 34 is fussy cut from Simple Stories Happy Day 6x6 pad. I photo enhanced the football digi to make it look like Panthers colors- it still has a purple tint to it, but not as much as before- and colored in the digi with American Crafts Candy Shoppe, American Crafts Basic Black, and Gelly Roll Clear Star pens. I had to make sure I got the right color for DeAngelo Williams, too! You can tell I don't know that much about football! I am trying and playing in 2 fantasy football leagues believe it or not! ;) Oh, the blue camo paper is also DCWV All About Boys Stack and the card base is DCWV Greens Card Stack.
Now this is where the football chant picks up with "Happy Birthday"! The sticker is Karen Foster Design Blow Out the Candles Cardstock Stickers and the paper is Simple Stories Happy Day 6x6 pad again and I drew a box around "40" for his age in American Crafts Basic Black gel pen. He's gonna get me back, I'm sure when I turn 40 in 3 years! (I know I don't look my age! LOL!)
Sorry for the brightness of this pic. I couldn't get Blogger to add it and my screen is a little darker than normal. The black mat is also from the September kit from Housecalls by: Madge and is Echo Park Paper Birthday Wishes Glitz and I cut the green arrow strip out from the other side to separate the 2 papers and to kinda emphasize the "make a wish" stamp- EK SUCCESS Happy Birthday it's like an old library stamp that you change the stamp with a turn of a knob on the side and is stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink. The "Blow out those candles! You can do it!" was a bubble conversation sticker that is probably Hallmark that I bought from Walmart years ago and I've lost the packaging. I play Todd in fantasy football the week after his birthday and taunted him a little in the card! LOL! I wanted to use my Gelly Roll Clear Star pen for the message, but it's about gone and it didn't show up like I wanted it to so I used an American Crafts Basic Blue gel pen for the message.

I started this post last night and my computer locked up so I was determined to finish it tonight! I watched Angela Holt's ( class tonight and am hyped up, sorry! If you get a chance watch her class on Saturday night on her Ustream channel- ( you will love it! She's gonna show how to make a mini-album using Tsunami Rose products (! I'm not sure about the time, but you can find the info on her Ustream Channel or on her Facebook (!/AHoltDesigns)! Whew, lots of shout-outs! :) TFL and have a great HUMP day! Gotta love that Geico commercial!