Friday, December 31, 2010

Mercy 106 Teresa grad & Karen's Doodle Celebrate Ch 43 & C4C68

It is sad that Mercy is having her last sketch since I love her layouts.  Fitting that I designed a card for my friend who finished her master's degree in nursing.  We still need to celebrate, but I want to get this card out to her.  The paper is metallic and it doesn't show up well in the photograph with the paper piercing and the bling.

Patterned Paper: Paper Pizazz
Cardstock: Baazil & Core-dinations
Markers: Copic
Stamp: Graduation Anya
Nestabilities: Label 14, Eyelet Circle, Petite Small oval, Petite Scalloped Small oval
Sentiment: Verve
Ink: Memento, Black Tuxedo
Chalk: unknown
Bling: Recollections, black & clear
Border Edger: Fiskars
Paper Piercer: We Are Memory Keepers

Challenge 43 Celebration for Karen's Doodles AND Crazy for Challenges 68
(This card won 3rd prize in Karen's Doodles Challenge) - 1 FREE IMAGE Yeah!!!
Digital Stamp:  Celebration
Markers: Copic
Sentiment: Close to My Heart
Ink: Memento, Black Tuxedo
Punch: EK Success 1.5 inch, Fiskars
Border Punch: Martha Stewart
Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd
Cardstock: Bazzil
Ribbon: Michael's Zig Zag
Buttons: JoAnn's Basics

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Baby New Year CPS 96 & Kenny K Ch.24

Challenge: CPS 96
Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd.
Cardstock: Core-dinations, Bazzil, Paper studio
Nestabilities: Small Circle, Eyelet Circle
Punch: EK Success 1.5 inch
Baker's Twine
Markers: Copic, Zig Black pen
Stamp: Tiddly Winks, Baby New Year

Challenge: Kenny K Challenge 24 Distressing
Nestabilities: Small petite oval
Markers: Copic, Zig black pen
Flowers: Prima
Buttons: JoAnn
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, K & Company, striped paper unknown
Cardstock: DCWV
Border punch: Fiskars

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pixie Dust Ch 54 Merry Holidays & Colour Create Ch. 60 & In Style

Challenge 54 is Merry Holidays at Pixie Dust with a sketch and a bonus to use red and green.  I used the digital image of Missy Claus and I love the paper of Girl's Paperie.  I put a pop dot on the circle for the sentiment so that it is lifted.

Patterned Paper: Girl's Paperie
Cardstock: Bazzil & Core-dinations
Nestibilities: Renaissance Hearts
Punches: EK Success
Ribbon:  American Craft
Markers: Copic & Jelly Glitter Pen
Sentiment: Hero Art
Ink: Memento, cottage ivy

Colour Create Challenge 60
Plum & White with frame optional
I used the nestabilities label 14 to make a frame from white glitter core-dinations paper.  I will also submit this for the In Style Sketch Challenge and Color Challenge for December.

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Color bok, Creating Keepsake
Cardstock: Core-dinations, Bazzil
Ribbon: Wal-Mart Offray
Flowers: Recollections
Sentiment: Verve
Ink: Memento, Black Tuxedo
Markers: Copic
Nestabilities: Label 14

Mojo 171, There She Goes Recycle, SOG Bling

I just got this Cattitude stamp set from There She Goes and have been looking forward to using it and thought that this weeks Mojo sketch was just perfect.  There She Goes has a challenge to use an item from Christmas which is recycled which is the ribbon that I threaded through the button I cut from the gift bag that we received from my sister-in-law.
Patterned paper: DCWV
Cardstock: Core-dinations, Paper studio, Bazzil
Button: from my stash, unknown
Markers: Copic
Ink: Memento, Black Tuxedo

The other card that I did was for Some Odd Girl which the challenge is to have two or more bling items.   I put a pink pearl bead bling in the bow, a gold bling in the purse,  I used a jelly roller glitter pen for the neckline of the dress, and I added the brown glitter Pebbles brand chipboard. I used Mercy's Sketch 105 for the layout, and just turned it.

close up

Patterned Paper: K & Company
Cardstock: Paper Studio & Core-dinations
Markers: Copics
Ribbon: Amuse
Bling: Recollections
Sentiment: Verve
Ink: Memento, Rich Cocoa

Friday, December 24, 2010

Stamping Bazaar #9 & Beautiful flowers

I haven't had a chance to work on cards since I have been busy trying to send them out this week.  It has been a challenge with my husband being in the hospital and having follow-up appointments this past week to get everything done for the holidays. Jeff received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my Aunt Esther, Uncle Joe, Faith, and Lauren.  It is so lovely that I included some pictures.

So after a long week, I stayed up and worked on this one card for the Stamping Bazaar Challenge #9 which is All That Glitters.  This is using the Marvin with candy cane digital image.

Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio
Cardstock: Bazzil & Core-dinations
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento
Brads: Recollections
Markers: Copics & Jelly Roller Glitter Pen
Nestabilities: Large Circle
Punch: EK Success
Border Punch: Martha Stewart
Embossing Folder: Sizzix

Friday, December 17, 2010

SSSC96 Stocking Stuffer

It's been one of those days when there is only enough time to post and go. 

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Mistletoe & Pear
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Ribbon: Offray
Lace: Wrights
Image: Susan Louise Christmas Clears

See blog posting from yesterday for more information on the the Susan Louise Clears

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Stamping Bazaar #8, Kraftin' Kimmie C58 , CPS 94

I was lucky enough to win this wonderful image from the Stamping Bazaar of Marvin with candy cane.  He is the only bat that I think is cute.  I just love the new Christmas images that are available.  I changed my placement around on the text and flowers since the candy cane is on the left and I didn't have enough room for the flowers.

Patterned Paper: K & Company
Cardstock: Bazzil & Core-dinatiions
Nestibilities: Large & Small Ovals
Punch: Fiskar
Flowers: Prima
Rhinestones: Me & My Big Ideas
Markers: Copics

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge 58 is to have a card with manly colors.  They just had a new release with some wonderful images.  I used Chester and had his vest be festive for the holidays.  For the layout I used this week's Mercy's sketch.

Patterned Paper: K & Company
Cardstock: Bazzil & Core-dinations
Markers: Copic
Ink: Memento, Black Tuxedo (how appropriate)
Sentiment: Verve
Border punch: Martha Stewart
Buttons & Baker's twine

For my last card for the CPS 94 I used a Susan Louise Clear.  This is from the Christmas set that has this Ragedy Ann doll.  I have taken classes from Penny the artist who designs these and she is incredible with her artwork.

Patterned Paper: K & Company
Cardstock: Bazzil & Core-dinations
Ribbon: Offray
Buttons: unknown
Baker's twine

This is how they come in a package of 9. Go to for more details and to order.  They are easy to work with.  I use Zip Dry Glue which holds the best, is clear, and fast drying.  It is what Penny recommends.  

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

C4C67 & Color Create C57

Jeff was able to come home on Saturday.  He has pain, but continues to move around and hopefully each day will get better.  It seems like such a long time since I have been able to make a card, but today I was able to do just that.

Patterned Paper: Echo Park
Cardstock: Bazzil & Paper Studio
Ribbon: American Craft
Stamp: TPC Studio 
Sentiment: Verve
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Broken China & Versamark
Tinsel Embossing Powder snowflake

My second card is for the color create challenge 57 of green, grey, and white with the addition of silver and Pixie Dust Let it Snow Challenge.

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Mistletoe & Pear
Cardstock: Core-dinations
Stamp: Stampenpous
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Nestabilities: Small & Large Circles
Quik Kutz star border
Ribbon: Offray
Rhinestones: Recollections
Markers: Copics

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's getting better

Thanks to all who have sent positive thoughts and prayers. My husband had surgery on Wednesday and they removed tumor, soft tissue and muscle and placed a rod and did a fusion of L2 - L4. He was in a lot of pain yesterday, but he is such a trooper. Today he has been up walking and doing stairs, eating better than before surgery, and he has had the catheter and drain removed. He is taking oral pain pills. The only concern is that his blood pressure has been a little low and trying to get him to drink more oral fluids. My hope is that he can go home tomorrow or Sunday.
Thanks again!

Jeff trying to eat pizza while lying in a hospital bed.

Winter Fun - LPSC 95

I know I should be getting some sleep since I will need to spend another day at the hospital with my husband who just had back surgery, but I needed to I made this card.  I had to shovel a couple of inches of snow when I got home too which I didn't enjoy tonight.  This card is for the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge with a snow theme and Little Paper Shop since it follows the sketch challenge for this week.

Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
Cardstock: Bazzil
Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie Skiing Miles
Ink: Memento, Black Tuxedo
Markers: Copic
Snowflake: My favorite things
Border Punch: Martha Stewart

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mojo 168

Challenge: Mojo 168

While my husband had surgery today, I did some coloring with my Copics.  I had to make a card for my Secret Santa gift yet and they requested a 6-pack of beer.  I thought this digital stamp which was a freebie was adorable.  Unfortunately the surgery took longer than expected so I had quite a long time to sit.  I have some wonderful nursing friends who kept me company so I didn't get a chance to color too many images.

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Cardstock: Bazzil
Ribbon: Offray
Markers: Copic
Brad & rhinestones: Recollections

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I have mentioned before that my wonderful husband who has been so supportive of my card making and has been the biggest help to me in my blog has metastatic renal cancer.  He has been having more back pain so he had some scans which has shown that the tumor in his spine has progressed that he actually doesn't have much room left in the spinal cord or around the nerve of his L3 area.  He has had previous radiation and surgery to the area; however, they are now going to take him to surgery before he compresses the nerve and becomes paralyzed from the waist down.  This will require a fusion of his L1-L5.  The nurse kept repeating to him this is major surgery which we realize, and we are not looking forward to.  I am just hoping this will help alleviate some of his pain.  Being a nurse, it is difficult to watch your loved one go through medical procedures since you feel so helpless.
I won't be able to post like I have been which I would rather be doing than sitting in a hospital.
Thanks to all of our family and friends for their love and support which we couldn't go through all this without.  It will be my step-daughter's 28th birthday tomorrow when my husband has his surgery.  So Happy Early Birthday Danielle!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Baby it's cold outside

Today it was 26 degrees outside with a small dusting of snow so this card was perfect for how I felt.  It was the perfect sentiments for today especially being the first of December.

Challenge: Some Odd Girl Window Card
Sketch: SFYTT  11-27-10

Patterned Paper: Echo Park
Cardstock: Bazzil & Core-dinations
Stamps: Baby it's cold outside - Amuse
             Enjoy the delights of \December - Close to My Heart
Ink: Close to My Heart, Dark Denim
Markers: Copic
Nestabilities: Small Circle
Punch: EK Success snowflake
Rhinestone: Recollections
Button & thread

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Color Create Challenge 58

Color Create Challenge 58:  Robin Egg Blue, Seafoam Green, Cream
Additional Item: Winter
Sketch Used: Mercy Sketch 102

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Cardstock: Bazzil & Core-dinations
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento, Dark Cocoa
Markers: Copics
Brads: Doodle Bug
Lace: Offray

Sunday, November 28, 2010

LPS 95 & C4C65 & Happy Awareness

Today I had a chance to work on some cards. The first one I did for Little Paper Shop Challenge using their sketch with their cute owl stamp for a birthday card.  I tried to make this one a little more masculine even though I did put a bow on it.

Patterned Paper: K & Company & My Mind's Eye - Lush
Cardstock : Bazzil
Border punch: Martha Stewart
Buttons & twine
Ribbon: Michael's
Ink: Close to My Heart: Cocoa & Autumn Terracotta
Markers: Copics

The next card I did for Crazy for Challenges 65 using paper with Happy Holidays written on it by Paper Studio.  The stamp is by Inkadoo which also has writing along with the ribbon from Michael's.  I used the layout from Laura's sketch 70 for this week.

Cardstock: Bazzil
Ink: Memento, cottage ivy & dark cocoa
buttons unknown
border: Quic Kutz

The last card is one that I made for my mother who had breast cancer treatment last year to give to her doctor.  I feel it is the least I can do for her since she has done so much for me over the years, and I am so glad to have her still around and want to keep it that way.  The digital image is from McMahon on Mercy's sketch 101.

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Cardstock: Bazzil
Gold Brads: Unknown
Sentiment: Close to My Heart
Ink: Memento, Black Tuxedo
Chalk: Color Box, Rouge
Markers: Copic
Pearls: Pink, Recollections
Nestabilities: Large Circle, Circle Eyelet, Label #5