Monday, May 30, 2016

Remembering the sacrifices.

Greater love hath no man than this, 
that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Grateful to those who have given everything. 


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Papertrey MIM#250

Hello! I have a birthday card for my oldest brother using the MASKED BACKGROUND technique shared by Laurie Williams for MAKE IT MONDAY #250.
Once again I stuck to the advice of my youngest son for color choices...BLUES:))  PTI Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky were used for the BG.  I did throw a stencil on after the first inking to add more interest.
Here it is:
I used the negative space of the balloon die cut from Birthday Style die set and colored them in with Fiber Castell PITT Big brush pens and a few Smaller ones from the same company. The sentiment is from HOORAY!! I do like the brush lettered look of HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Inspired By All the Little Things #17

Yay! It's Saturday:)

Herbal Healing is what inspired me at 

  • First I dry embossed PTI Circle Scribbles dies onto the CS. 
  • Then I grabbed my Papertrey Ink Dies for this one: Friendship Jar: Flowers and Branching Out.
  • The papers are PTI rustic White, My Minds Eye and GCD Studios Kathy Davis: Happiness
  • Arranged the branches and wrapped the flowers with Gold tread and placed then amung the leaves.
  • Wrapped twine around the stems.
  • Layered more GCD papers on the card base and sentiment.

Our Guest Designer for the week is LISA ELTON. A dear cardmaker that I have been a fan of for a long time. Stop by Inspired By blog and see what she has created for your inspiration.

Have a SUPER weekend!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Welcome to Verve's May Release Retrospective!

   It's been a fabulous release week at Verve and today the Divas and Guest Divas are back with another dose of inspiration using the brand new release! Everything spotlighted is available to order in the Verve Store and is 25% off through the end of May! Plus, we've got a sweet hop prize in store!

 I have a card using Love Everlasting stamps and Everlasting Heart die in celebration of my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. I also used Sprightly Sprigs Die Set for more texture.

Want to win some shiny new Verve? Julee will be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, leave a little comment love as you hop around to the blogs linked below! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!
1. Julee7. Lesley
2. Lori {guest}8. LauraJane {guest}
3. Betty9. Marisa
4. Charmaine10. Maureen
5. Christyne11. Stacey
6. Laurie12. Teresa
It has been a pleasure creating with Julee's new release.  
Thank you for having me as Guest Diva:)


Get shopping!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Playing with a the ZIGs,water and a flower small stamp from 
MAY 2016 BLOG HOP CHALLENGE at Papertrey Ink.
Here is my card:
  • The inspiration photo helped me with the color choices.
  • I stacked the Tag Sale: Quilted die and the Scalloped square card die from the Don't Forget to Write.
  • Added the NOTE die from the kit as well.

Hope you enjoy the hope!


CC#56 {Sweet Tea}

Happy Wednesday!
Can you believe May is already coming to a close?  Time does fly!
There is a delightful new inspiration photo at The Card Concept.
I could not resist popping a peony in a sweet tea cup 

 .....and coloring it up with the Zigs.

I look forward to seeing what you Create!!

Do take time to visit my talented teamies:)
Clean & Simple
Sandie Munro
   Rahmat Gouse 

Clean & Graphic
Shabby Chic
And our VERY special Guest Designer this month
Deanne Kay
Classy & Elegant

Thanks for stopping by!


Mama Elephant Cup of Wishes
Tim Holtz Doily stencil 

 Entering the following Challenges:

Simon Says: Anything Goes

SugarPea Designs SS#55

YAY! I finally got my hands on the new FUNKY WREATH: Spring Additions stamps and  – Chatterbox Journal Card SugarCutsat SugarPea Designs
It made working with the Sugar Sketch a Breeze:))
Isn't that chick SWEET?
Here is the new sketch:

You have until the end of May to play along for a chance to win!
The rules are very simple…
  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS55 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz shown below.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $75!
  • We will announce our Sweet Picks and our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!
Check out our May Guest Designer:
and the rest of our challenge team:))

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5 minute card

I have a quick card to share for the 

I was inspired by the rustic wood in the inspiration photo as well as the simple WHITE image on the wood in the left of center. I made mine a Flower from Wild Garden dies and used my favorite sentiment die Be-YOU-tiful:) 

The paper is My Minds Eye :Dolled Up
Scalloped die is Wplus9 Sunshine Layers

There is a $50 gift card up for grabs:))
Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Enjoy the Journey

Hello, We have Cheri Bury as our Guest artist this week at Inspired By All the Little Things.

 The inspiration photo reminds me of my spring days spent in Europe many, many moons ago!
I used Altenew, PTI and SSS, and STAMPlortions stamps and dies for a freestyle/collage mixed media piece.

No matter where I am, or what I am doing,
 I have learned to simply enjoy.
Here is a photo taken way back .. Spring 1989, Amsterdam. Yep, I'm wearing yellow:)  I SO wanted to bring this car home with me!  My kids tell me, after they all leave home I can get a "duck car" of my very own..a.k.a. Mini Cooper. 

Have a Blessed Weekend!


Challenges 230-231

Friday, May 20, 2016


Here is my card for the mid month reminder at STAMPlorations!
Using GROOVY SHOES by the fabulous Shirley-Bee:)
Yep! feeling Groovy BABY! YEAH!

Guest Designers:

Be sure to check out what the other STAMPlorations Gals have for your visual delight!

Please keep in mind our simple guidelines:
  • Link up any type of project(s) based on the theme, the sketch, or both.
  • You must use stamps in your project(s) -- rubber, clear, or digi from any company. Non-STAMPlorations stamps are OK (although please don't link up a project you've created for the sole purpose of promoting another company; those projects will be deleted.)
  • Link up to 6 entries and link up to as many other challenges as you want.
  • Link directly to your blog post, not to your main blog. (This makes it easy for us to find and comment on your entry.)
  • If you have word verification turned on, our design team may not be able to leave a comment, so please consider turning it off.

VERVE release- Day 3

Welcome back to Day 3 of Verve's May Spotlight Hops!  It's an exciting day as there's new Verve in the store this morning! 2 beautiful new sets, 3 die sets and a sequin mix just released and they're all available to order right now. To celebrate our new release, we're putting on another blog hop! Today's featured focus is designer's choice, so you might just sneak a peek at a whole bunch of must-haves!
I feel like a kid at Christmas time, getting up early to look at all the Beautiful new release creations from the Verve Divas! and TODAY, you can actually get your hands on these gorgeous new Stamps and Dies!
Today's card is one of my favorites made for the Verve June Release. It reminds me of Hollyhocks.
Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list and all the prize info and deadlines

1. Julee7. Lesley
2. Lori {guest}8. LauraJane {guest}
3. Betty9. Marisa
4. Charmaine10. Maureen
5. Christyne11. Stacey
6. Laurie12. Teresa

Just a note about Julee's die cuts if you have not ordered from Verve stamps shop before:
 They come in a high end clear plastic envelope, super for storage. I'm all about quality storage of my supplies:)

Notes on how I made this card:

  • Heat embossed the Blooms from   Beautiful Things on Watercolor paper
  • Brushed clean water over the images
  • Used Spectrum Noir Aqua Makers to loosely color the blooms

  • Die cut the bloom images as well as the the Branches from Beautiful Flowers Die Set
  • Fussy cut two of the smaller center flowers to have more sizes of bloom.
  • Die cut large pennant from Beautiful Flowers Die Set
  • Quickly colored with shades of green zig markers.
  • Embossed sentiment onto pennant
  • Created a bow, died to match the pennant and greenery.
  • Layered polka-dot and vellum papers onto a card base.
  • Adhered with foam tape, arranged to look like a hollyhock:)
  • placed a few sequins from  Copper Blush Sequn Mix

Challenges 230-231

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