Friday, September 30, 2011

Operation Write Home WCMD and Hopping Just For the Fun of It -2 Blog Hops

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

What a great way to celebrate World Card Making Day by being a part of this amazing Blog Hop, by helping to honor and celebrate our families and friends who are in the armed forces. The theme for this hop is Holidays. Christmas is my favorite time of year so I want to share with you a  project I am thinking of making as gifts this Christmas.
I also really like making Halloween cards so I have to show you what I came up with check out the bottom of this post to see it!
Let me know which ones you like OK.

My Husband works at the local Veterans Hospital as a Certified Bio Medical Technician. He is always honored to serve his fellow soldiers. He says "it is in his way a small part of giving back to those that have served in the armed forces". He has met so many brave men and woman and has a deep respect for them all. He has taught me a lot about US Military Branches and especially what it means to be a Marine "OOORAH" I truly love my freedom and what the United States of America stands for I too have a deep respect for those that give their lives everyday to protect our freedom.

I made a special Christmas Project especially for this hop. I never like to throw anything away as I know it can be made into something fun. I saw a blog post a while back and remembered I had taken a class on how to make a Mini Scrap Book out of Toilet Paper Rolls so that's what I have for you today. It's like having six mini cards in one booklet. Always remember to Recycle and Reuse what ever is around to make something fun.
Here is my Project;

I will have a tutorial up next week as we are limited to pictures and space in this Blog Hop. I hope you liked it and got some new inspiration from this olde but goodie crafting project.

OPERATION WRITE HOME BLOG HOP Once you have looked at my projects and hopefully left me a comment, hop on over to the next blog. But if you would like to go to the home page please start here 
Use this link as the button doesn't seem to work?

"Hopping Just For The Fun of It"

I am also involved with a very talented group of ladies who have just started a monthly blog hop we are called "Hopping Just For The Fun of It" we will have a blog hop the first weekend of every month and may even venture out to do challenges and other things so please come back next month too. It just so happens to be a Holiday theme as well. Here is my Halloween card submission.

The only thing really special about this card is the fluffy piece behind the owl. I used a 10" strip of Real Red 5/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon that I feathered one half of  and attached it to the back of the moon with sticky tape. I think I can give a small tutorial on how to do it next week ?? This weekend is way too busy for me to get into that lololol.
Have fun on the Blog Hop and remember to come back and visit me again real soon. Your next stop will be Dawn's blog
If you get lost please start at

Now it is your turn go create something fun!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

SFF 093011 My Sketch

Hello to all my Blogging Friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

That's right, it's Sketch Frenzy Friday Time! Our sketch this week is my creation. It is the first time I used MY Digital Studio to make a sketch challenge! (It's about time right!!). I hope you like it!

When I first made the sketch I had the Frightful Sight DSP in mind. I knew what I wanted to do with this challenge. I think it is the first time for me that the DSP took over a card idea.

 This is what I came up with.
I turned the sketch around and went from there. I used the Wide Oval for the Ghost, you really can't tell but he is VERY SHINY. I heavily spritzed a sheet of Natural White Card Stock with Shimmer Mist and let it dry completely prior to punching him out. Then I used the Scallop Circle to make his bottom. I used a Red Sharpy to color the 3 Basic Pearls, they came out really great I'll have to remember this for Christmas. I used 1/4 Grosgrain Red Ribbon for the two stripes.  I even played around with the Decorative Label Punch to make my little sign. I used Basic Black Ink to highlight most of all the pieces. I love to use the corner rounder as much as possible as it gets me away from always having straight lines in my cards.
Here is a photo of the inside of the card.
Well that's it for me this week. Please hop on over to Robbie Rubula's blog and see what she has created for us.

I hope you will give this little sketch a try and show us your creation, we would love to see it. Post it at

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for another really big Blog Hop Weekend. Operation Write home is having a hug Blog Hop for World Card Making Day! I made a surprise project for you. I have also added my regular month Blog Hop "Hopping For The Fun of It"  to that post, and another cute Halloween card to offer up some more festive Holiday inspiration.
Thanks again for stopping by and now it is your turn to go and create something fun.

Birthday Gift

Hello to all my Blogging Friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

This is going to be  a jam packed fun, fun, fun weekend. I can't wait to tell you all about it "Three Blog Hops" .

But first my card(s) share.
A girlfriend of mine is having a birthday this weekend so a few of us girls are going to have a mini Birthday Party for her. A little cake and a Pot Luck, just the girls. Then late we will celebrate with friends and family. I know it will be fun. I made her a few gift cards as a present.I haven't decorated a bag yet but I have to get to that soon. I have until Sunday. Here are the  five cards I made her. I mad another one but that's part of the Blog Hops for this weekend, so I can't show you hehehe.

I did the insides of  all the cards but I only showed you two of them, because they are just more of the same style.

I am still trying to use up scraps and limited pieces and odds and ends in my card making.projects. I tried to keep them Clean and Simple too.

Now for the exciting news.

First- Tomorrows Sketch Frenzy Friday so please come back. It is my sketch turn too. This is my first hand at using my MDS for a sketch. I know you won't want to miss it. (Smile)

Second- Saturday is Operation Write Home's Holiday Blog Hop. I think there are like 125 blogs to hop. Won't that be fun! I made a special Christmas project just for the occasion. But we are only limited on so many pictures  (I Promise, I will try to show you the How Too photos next week)  or at least I can find a link for a tutorial.

Third -Also on Saturday it is our second "Hopping for the Fun of it" Blog Hop. So I will add my Halloween card to my Saturday post as well. I made this card to submit for a sketch challenge I found on line.
Well have a great Thursday and go and create something fun.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Just Believe

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Today's card is made with the stamp set Just Believe. I'm on a mission to use up as many scrap pieces of card stock and embellishments as I can before I make another purchase. (I know "WHAT" is she nuts right!) This card was created because I had several strips of ribbon I hadn't used up yet.  A strip of 1 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain, Victorian Lace and Mellow Moss 1/4" ribbons just hanging around.

I really like to use many colored markers on this stamp set to highlight the pretty flowers in the long grass. I cut a little piece of scrap and stamped in "thank you" in Early Espresso and kind of placed it a tad off center. It didn't look quite right so straight. I used a bunch of little pearls to add a bit of dimension and elegance to the flowers.
Markers- Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Ruby Red. I liked how the Antique Brad gathered the ribbons together to show off more of the grass.

I played around in the inside too!

That's it from me today. Now it is your turn to go and create something fun.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wicker Weave Chair

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Today's card was really fun to make. I was in a "Whole Page" Swap this summer where you received a whole page of a specific stamp set. One of these stamp sets was "Have a Seat". I always liked this set but could not think of what to put with it for a background. This weekend I was sorting through some Yard Sale items and saw a wicker place mat . Well that gave me the idea that I could take it apart and use my SU Hemp Twine to weave it back together myself so I gave it a go. Here is the card I created.

Supplies used

Ink- Early Espresso Rose Red, More Mustard and Crumb Cake.
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, scrap from 6x6 DSP Pack Rose Red, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler.
Embellishments- Antique Brad, small antique brads, Victorian Lace Ribbon , Jumbo Eyelet and Hemp Twine.

Stamp Set- Have a Seat, Plane and Simple and Sense of Time.
 Punch- Modern Label
Misc. Wood place mat, and a Distressing kit.

That's it for today. I love being able to create fun new out of the ordinary cards.
Now it is your turn to go and create something fun.

Gently Falling

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy.

I had a few extra pieces left over from a project I made with the Gently Falling Stamp Set last month. I thought what am I going to do with these pieces so after some consideration I came up with making a Harvest Broom Card and this is how it came out.
I made a collage background with two stamp sets I have, Faith in Nature and Nature Walk. I used More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy and Always Artichoke inks. The broom handle was made by rolling up a scrap piece of Vanilla card stock and sponging Chocolate Chip and Basic Black ink on the handle. Then I took another scrap piece of card stock and made very thin cuts in it to look like bristles on a broom. An Antique Brad and a SU Dimensional holds it all together. I used a Antique Safety Pin to hold all the little tags I punched out. I had a scrap piece of Poppy Parade Ribbon hanging around and it was placed at the bottom of the card. Lots of layers and lots of distressing rounded off this card.

Here is a photo of the inside
Let me know what you think about this card.
I have been doing a bit of stamping all week so I have lots more to show you so please come back tomorrow.
Now it's your turn to create something fun!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday 092311

Hello to all my Blogging Friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Yep it's that time again for our Friday Mini Blog Hop! This weeks sketch is a fun one and it was created by our very talented Maria Vanderform. Take a look at this
This is what I came up with. It amazes me what can be created when one spends a little time on a project. I was so excited to be able to have some "Me Time" today. Then my sister called and said "My Mom is back in the hospital", they admitted her again last night, Seem they think the Staff Infection is back at work inside her shoulder again. Please PRAY for her and a Quick Recovery!!!

You know me I love interactive cards. This is the perfect Sketch for it too, because there is so much going on in the background, I wanted to put my sentiment some where special so that the recipient will get a little extra love once the flap is opened. I think I'll bring it with me to the hospital tonight. I bet it will cheer her up!
I also gave the inside of the card a bit of attention too and hey as long as I am at it, why not the envelope as well, I have some extra time!

I love Marina Mist and Old Olive together, so I used those two colors for the base of the card. Then I used Beyond the Garden DSP for the background and scalloped pieces. I used the Scallop Square Punch and the Scallop Border Edge Punch for the Pop Up piece and the Pieces at the edge of the card. Basic Pearls always give a card that extra shot of elegance and the White Antique Brad really fit on the extra avail space. I used a strip of Marina Mist 1 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon along with at strip of 1/4 Night of Navy Ribbon. I used 3 stamp sets on this card Posey Punch, Fabulous Florets and Elements of Style. Basic Black ink was used for the sentiments and the sponged edges. I think that about covers it for this one.

Now you are off to visit Robbie Rubula's amazing blog, my is she talented!
and if you would like to try your hand at this cute sketch please share it with us on our Blog we would love to see it.  

I had a ball making this card with my "Much Needed Quiet Time" and my Neighbor even had some Smooth Jazz playing so I really was in the mood to create. Now it is your turn to go and create something fun for your self.

Please continue to Pray for my Mom. God does amazing things when our voices are lifted up to Him in Prayer.

Challenges Mid Week Paper Players #64

Hello to all my Blogging Friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I had so much fun creating today. I searched around and found a couple of Challenges and I made a card to combine them.
Paper Players #64   They asked for a Clean and Simple card using a plant or an animal. I chose to use the Stamp Set C is for Cat from Stampin Up. Funny I didn't notice their Black Cat on this Challenge. Must have been Subliminal or something lol?
 I tried to make it look like the cat was looking at itself in a mirror but I'm not sure I accomplished this. The lower cat is raised using Stampin Dimensionals. I embossed the cat paws in the background too for added texture.

 Here is a little something for the inside.

The second part to this card was the sketch itself. Sunny Challenges and Creations had a sketch from last week that was really fun and left a lot to your imagination so that is cool I like the words "Any Shape" It means Fly Be Free!

Now it is your turn to go and create something fun!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Robin Fetish Challenge

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy.

Have you ever made a card that you thought was alright, but that it kept at you to do something else to it. Well this last card I made for the SFF Blog Hop was just that one. I added a few extra parts and pieces to it and I THINK I have it right now lololo. What do you think?

I was checking out the Operation Write Home Blog to see what they have going on this morning and I saw a fun challenge given by Robin Fetish "Try Smoething Round on Your Card" I thought this New and Improved card would do the trick! At least I hope it does!

I was in a pretty silly mood and added some humor to the card. Halloween doesn't always have to be scary Right!
That's it for today, I'm off to water my backyard and talk to the Big Guy in the sky!
It is so very peaceful out there and I enjoy the quiet time. I even have a little black and grey bird that comes out to visit me when I water. But, I usually water in the early evening so I don't know what he does during the day lolololol. I'll bring my camera just in case.
Chat soon and go and create something fun for yourself.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday 09-16-2011

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Its time again for our Friday Mini Blog Hop. I know you will love all the cards along the hop this week because it is a great Clean and Simple Sketch. This sketch was designed by our very own Tammy Fite.
I loved the clean lines on this sketch. Great Job Tammy!
Here is what I came up with .

Here is the inside.

I used the new Impression Folder on the bottom half of this card It is called"Stripes" I love it!. I am having so much fun with this little Halloween stamp set too so I used it again here. It is called Howl-o-ween Creeps. I put in a little black Scallop Border that I made out of the Scallop Border Punch.The Circle is from the Circle #2 Die. I also used several punches, a couple Modern Labels, 1 1/4 Circle and the Decorative Label punch. I love the new Designer Series Halloween Paper that is found in the Holiday Mini called Frightful Sight it is so versatile. The little Witch and Werewolf were colored in with SU Markers.

That's it for this week I hope you enjoy our Hop and continue on to visit Robbie Rubala's handy work
If you would like to design a card from this weeks sketch please load it on to our site here

I hope you all have a great weekend and have time to create something fun,

PS- Mom update - Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers, she is finally home and settling in nicely. She still has a long way to go but the infection so far has been eradicated!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hopping Just for the Fun of it! Sept. Blog Hop

Hello to all my Blogging Friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I'm so glad you came to visit my blog today. This is a very exciting time for us at "Hopping Just for the Fun of it". Because this is our very first (I hope of many more to come) Monthly Blog Hops. You most likely came here from Eileen's Blog  didn't she do a great job on her project. I am number 9  in the line up but if you would like to start from the beginning so you don't miss anyone click on the following link   and that will get you to the home page.

The theme for this months Blog Hop is All Holidays.  I chose Halloween as my theme this month. I just love this little stamp set Howl-o-ween Creeps. The little characters are so cute (I mean Scary) and so versatile. This stamp set is really great when combined with the Cellophane Treat Bags that Stampin Up has for sale in our new Holiday Mini Catalog. (If you need a catalog leave me a message).

So I made up a set of six treat ideas and colored in the scary faces with markers and an Aqua Painter. Then I punched them out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and attached that piece to a punched Scallop Circle. I then filled three of the cellophane bags with treats- 2 pencils wrapped in DSP, 4 Crayons and 2 Gel Pens.  I attached the remaining three Scary faces to some Low Calorie options. I have to think of other goodies besides candy as we still have 6 weeks before Halloween and I don't need all that extra candy around the house! I know "What's that all about" right!
Here is a close up photo.
I hope you like my Halloween Treat Ideas and don't hold it against me that I didn't use candy he he!
Have fun this weekend and I hope you get a chance to make something fun yourself.
Please hop on over to Holly and The Dogs blog and see what fun creations Holly came up with know you will not be disappointed. Our next Blog Hop is scheduled for October 1st so please be sure to stop back by!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday Yippee

Hello to all my Blogging Friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I really do love our Sketch Frenzy Friday Mini Blog Hop. I can't wait to see what all the ladies have in store for us this week! I know it will be something special that's for sure!This weeks Sketch is brought to you by Kim Innis.
  Isn't it wonderful! She really did do a fantastic job on this sketch.
This is what I came up with;
I used the Mr Big Shot (That's what my BFF calls it lololol. Hi Carey) The Top Note Die and the #2 Circles to make this card. I used a strip of Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, 3 medium white pearls that I colored with a Sharpie. I believe I got the Idea from Toni Tessler . Isn't it a great idea.  In addition, I used the Modern Label Punch to house the sentiment. I just punched the white piece a little smaller than the grey I also used the Dotted Scallop Border Punch to make the trim above and below the ribbon. I used two Stamp Sets on this card, Posy Punch and Howl-o-ween Creeps. Card Stock used was Basic Black ,Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Whisper White.
Check out the inside of the card, I had to laugh because I stamped the bat hanging upside down lololo.

Thanks for stopping by our Mini Blog Hop. Robbie is up next and I know you will enjoy her creation. Hop on over to Robbie Rubula at    If you would like to participate and create a card from this sketch please post it on our blog so we all can take a look at it too.

Have a great weekend and I hope you get a chance to go and create something fun!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

SFF 090211 Mini Blog Hop

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It's time for our Sketch Frenzy Friday Mini Blog Hop. I am really excited about this simple yet stunning Sketch that Jennifer Weide made for us this week.!

I scheduled a class for VC_Rocks this summer with our own Angela Walters about creating cards from Sketches. (Hi Angela) Thank goodness I was able to chat with her about sketches and how to work with them when you are out of ideas, no time.... Because, there are times like tonight that I was so wiped out from the week that I just didn't have any Mojo left.  So I simply followed the sketch as it is and went with it. I only have this current background stamp so I tried to make a background but I didn't like how it came out (as I mentioned I have no Mojo left). I surrendered to the sketch and let it create this card.( Make it bigger to see the pearls and the shimmer)
I used sponge daubers to color in the stamp in Marina Mist Crumb Cake and Old Olive Classic Inks. Then I used the Huffing Method to rehydrate the stamp and stamped it on Natural White Card Stock. Then I spritzed the entire card with Shimmer  Mist. Next I put a circle of pearls around the center flower and then added a white antique brad in the center. I cut a strip of Marina Mist CS and placed a strip of Antique Lace over it, then added some more pearls to the ends and attached it to the bottom of the card. I made the sentiment using the Modern Label Punch and a Marina Mist strip. I used My Friend and the Medallion Stamp Sets to create this card. I hope you like it and give this sketch a try!When you do please upload it to our blog so we can enjoy it too!
Your next stop is Robbie Rubulas beautiful and creative blog

Have a greatweek and go and create something fun. 

Pear Picture

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I had some free time yesterday to make another card.
This time a made a hanging picture with a pear in it.

and here is the inside.

Well thats all the time I have for today just thought I would share my card with you!

My Mom went to the emergency room yesterday as she somehow got a muscle spasm in her neck/ shoulder area, so I am off to see her today. Poor thing I bet she can not wait to get home and start living her life again. She has two more weeks at the Skilled Nursing Facility and two more weeks of "Bug Juice" as she calls it
"Seriously Heavy Antibiotics"

PS Here are current photos of  MY New Little Patch Of Dirt, it amazes me what a little water can do to dry land! Before water;
After Water;
Well that's all I have for you today gotta go visit Mom and try to keep her spirits up!
It's your turn to go and create something fun!