Monday, September 29, 2014

The Paper Players

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

I found a really fun card sketch over at The Paper Players today. Here it is.

Inchies are usually hard for me but this sketch was very fun to work with. It reminded me of a mosaic scene. This is what I came up with.

I really am having fun with this new/old Rubbing Alcohol Marker technique that makes beautiful Marbling backgrounds. This time I put some Gold Re-inker into the technique. The look is really very beautiful with the gold addition to the marbling.  I used Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight and a few scribbles of Real Red Markers in my color combination. I stamped the large blossom in Basic Black Ink then cut my squares in 1 1/4 ". They are matted on a Calypso Coral background piece. The card base is Blackberry Bliss I really think it made the focal image pop and I ran it through with the Woodgrain Impression Folder. I added a Tangerine Tango Bakers Twine bow and a little Calypso Coral Button and a Crumb Cake banner to the bottom of the card front. The sentiment is from the Something to Say stamp set.

Here is the link for the video tutorial from Split Coast Stampers.

Here is a look at the inside of the card.

I used a scrap of Crumb Cake for the inside liner. This sentiment is from the Bravo stamp set. I used a remaining strip of the marbling background which I mounted on Blackberry Bliss and Calypso Coral card stock. Nothing so pretty should go to waste right!.

That's all for me today. I hope you were inspired enough to give this sketch a try. I know the crew over at The Paper Players would love to see what you come up with.

Chat soon,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Traveling with the Paper Pals Arts Sketch

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

I snuck in a few minutes last night to create a card from this weeks Paper Pals Arts Sketch Challenge PPA 221. This was a really fun sketch to work with. Here is their link   and their sketch.

This is the card I made from their sketch,

I dug through my stash and pulled out some old hardware and coins to use on this card. How can a guy travel with out coin right! This is diffidently a masculine card.

I just love this stamp set called "Traveler".  You can use it in so many different ways, single stamps or as in this case multiple stamps.

Here is a look at the inside  too.

I think the sentiment really says it all! It is from Really Good Greetings.

Please give this sketch a try I am sure the crew over at Paper Pals Arts would love to see your card.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 9/26/14

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

Yep! It's Sketch Frenzy Friday time and I had so much fun creating my card this week. I love new toys to create with don't you. That Holiday Mini is jammed packed with lots of fun new Holiday stamping items! I don't know if we ever found out who the sketch creator this week was or not so, I can't give credit where credit is due. But who ever made it sure did a nice job with it.

I want to give a little shout out to Karen Gibson one of our new designers
as she celebrated a Birthday this week. Happy Birthday Karen! Hope it was a great one!

Also, a very warm welcome to Elizabeth Kratzer for joining our Design Team. I know you all will enjoy her artistic creations. She is uber talented! Welcome to the SFF  DT Elizabeth!

WOW! Did you see all the fantastic cards that the design team created this week? We had 10 cards submitted! That's a lot of inspiration. Go DT!

Here is this weeks mystery sketch. It's Marisol Gutierrez's sketch after all!

This is what I came up with. It is my first Christmas card of the season.

The card base is Crumb Cake cs
The first layer is from Trim The Tree DSP stack found in the Holiday Mini. I just love this green Gingham pattern.
The third layer -large oval Garden Green cs.
The fourth (Red DSP Oval) and fifth ( Multi colored Wreath )layers are from the Flash Back DSP pack.
The sixth layer (Green Bow and JOY) are Garden Green and Ivory cs.
The red and white bow across the top of the card was made from Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine.
The two little scraps at the bottom rhs  f the oval were made with Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape Pack found in the Holiday Mini.
Misc items -Regals Candy Dots, Mingle All The Way stamp set, Wonderful Wreath and Oval Collection Framelits Dies, Real Red cs and Cherry Cobbler Ink.

Here is a look at the inside,

That's it for today. I really hope you will give this sketch a try and have fun creating  something fun from it. We would love to see your card just upload it at the link below.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Paper Craft Crew #111 By the Tide

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

Here's the truth... I didn't feel like studying earlier today! So, I opted to surf the net and find a card challenge to play! Bad girl, I know! I I know, it will just makes double work for me tomorrow! I'll get it done (fingers crossed) I promise.

Tell me who could refuse this weeks amazing sketch by the paper craft crew's  Card Sketch Challenge #111? Not me!

It took me a long time to finally get this card the way I wanted it but, I think it came out pretty good.

My inspiration came from an e-mail I received today from the Split Coast Stampers group about a new technique called "Alcohol Marbling". I just happened to have all the supplies needed to create the technique near my desk so, I went for it.  Here is the link to the tutorial.
 It is a take from an old technique but this new technique seems to be much easier to work with.

Here is my card;

The background ocean scene was the result of creating this new technique. When I saw what my finished product was I immediately thought of the By The Tide stamp set. I really like the pretty Marbling effect that this tech creates don't you?

Here's a look at the inside.

Well I better get to studying and wrap this post up. I only have three chapters this week (thank goodness) so, I could afford to play a little today. That's my story and I'm sticking to it lol.

Chat soon,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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

This is going to be a quick post tonight because we finally got a new bed and I'm going to go and enjoy it! I just had to try it out this morning though, so I took a quick time out  and read a couple chapters of the last book in the series of Game of Thrones. Boy was I comfortable it was hard to get up and get moving lol. This bed is a very firm bed but oh so comfy! So here's my card and I hope you re inspired and ready for Fall.

This will be our third Fall here in WV. We still can't believe that next month we will have been here two full years and one full year in our home! We are truely blessed and so very Grateful it has all worked out.
 The leaves are starting to change and the weather has cooled off to a nice 75 degrees with minimal humidity. The nights have cooled off also and it is almost time to get the sweaters out again. I am Grateful it's not so hot out any more and we have less humidity. Summers and humidity make things really hot over here.
This card is getting me into the Fall mood and I want to go out and get my front and back yards decorated. I'll show you what they look like in a few days.

Now for a quick peek at the inside

Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Mr Big Shot Almost Died!

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

Last night I couldn't sleep so I went into the Craft room and made a card. What else is a girl to do when she can't sleep right! Well I'm happily playing along when my Big Shot started acting up???? It started to sound like grinding gears and boy was it getting hard to turn????? OH Nooooo he can't die! I just got a bunch of new dies and... So I calmed my self down, got a drink of water to clear my head and went back to bed because, if you are a gal like me first thing in the morning I'm going to take him apart and see what's up!
I had school today so I had to check him out in a hurry. I got out my, well Jeff's trusty WD 40 can. Once I took the handle apart I saw that it did have gears and they were stuck YIKES! I crossed my fingers and sprayed away! I had to give it a minute so I cleaned the kitchen then checked on him again... well, I got one direction to roll but the opposite direction was kind of hard still so I sprayed him again and let it sit another minute. Well, it worked and I got him to roll nice and smooth in both directions.
While I was waiting for the WD 40 to do it's magic I called SU, I was told they only guarantee the Big Shot for 3 years well I've had him way longer than 3 years. I would have had to wait another month until I could have gotten a new one (OMG)
It all worked out just fine and if you ever find your self with a sick Mr Big Shot don't fret. Call SU first and check on your guarantee, if that doesn't work out take him apart give him a good spraying with WD 40 and try to fix him your self. It worked for me! He looks like he even feels better lol!

Have a great day and give some love to your Big Shot!

Chat soon,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sketch Frewnzy Friday 9/19/14

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

Happy Sketch Frenzy Friday everyone! Todays sketch was designed by  Stacey Tomkowiak and I must say it is a beautiful one! Great job Stacey! I came up with a number of different cards I could create from it after I entered this one into our line up.

Here is her sketch.

This is what I came up with;

All Card Stock noted as (cs) 

Card Base-  Crumb Cake  (cs)
First Layer- Mossy Meadow (cs).
Second Layer- Hello Honey (cs).
Third Layer- Blackberry Bliss (cs) ran through the Woodgrain Textured Impression Folder for texture. Two Gold Basic Metal Buttons for accents.
First Layer of Banner- Mossy Meadow(cs).
Second Layer of Banner- Color Me Autumn DSP.
Third Layer of Banner- Large Oval Punch in Mossy Meadow (cs).
Fourth Layer of Banner- Blackberry Bliss leaves stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White (cs) from For All Things Stamp Set, Die cut with Fall Fun Framlits  Dies. Bow tied with Early Espresso Bakers Twine.
First Layer of Sentiment -Mossy Meadow (cs).
Second Layer of Sentiment- Hello Honey (cs).
Third Layer of Sentiment- Whisper White(cs) "hello Fall" stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink. All layers of the sentiment were punched with the Modern Label Punch.

Now for a look at the inside;

First Layer of thin banner- Blackberry Bliss (cs)
Second Layer- Color Me Autumn DSP.
Sentiment and Floral Image from the For All Things stamp set, stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink.

I hope you were inspired by this weeks card. What do you think of my new layout for the supplies used to create this card? I hope you squeeze in some time this week to create something fun. When you do try this weeks sketch for inspiration. We would love to see what you have come up with so please add it to our blog using this link

Have a great week.
Chat soon,

Paper Craft Crew Sketch # 110

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

I hated to say good by to our son, but I know he had a very nice visit!  I spoiled him as much as humanly possible with home cooked meals made with veggies straight from the garden. I even made him a couple home made Rhubarb pies. He really loved those pies (Smile). We took him to the Crystal Caverns,a fun community picnic and a couple Battlefields and  Civil War Memorial sites. Rick, Jeff and a friend Shaun went to play Frisbee Golf one day while I studied. The final day we walked around Baltimore Harbor area and went to a fancy lunch at Phillips prior to his flight back to CA. Boy do they make yummy Crab cakes! The week went by so fast and I miss him already! Next year will come around soon.

Now we are trying to get ourselves back into the swing of things. I found a really cool sketch over at the Paper Craft Crew blog today.

Here is their sketch

This is what I came up with

For the three major images I chose to use three different sizes of  pumpkins. The three stars were replaced by three leaves. I used almost all the stamps in the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I love all the different elements and shapes that this set has in it. A new set from the Holiday Mini called Fall Fest has another set of wonderful and different images too. I used both pumpkins and leaves from that set in the focal image of this card. I ran the torn scrap of Crumb Cake card stock used for the  background of the focal image through the Woodgrain Impression folder for texture. I double looped a strand of Pistachio Pudding Thick Bakers Twine around the card base and tied a bow with two Autumn Wooden Elements through it to give the card depth. The first and second layers of card stock are Cajun Craze and Pistachio Pudding, The card base is Crumb Cake.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this card and give this super interesting sketch a try.

Happy stamping everyone.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 9/12/14

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

I can't believe it is Friday already! Wow, time sure flies when you are having fun!
It's Sketch Frenzy Friday and todays sketch was created by  Jennifer Kay.
 (Three small squares a banner with a fancy border and a large sentiment on the banner)

I made  this card for a friend in CA. Melanie, just got an award at work. I was so proud of her for getting the award because of all the hard work she did to get it!

I wish you could see this card in person! I used Black Embossing Powder on the sentiments and boy do they stand out! Pop is more like it!

Here is a look at the inside. I felt the sentiment really said it all and I didn't need to add all the extra stuff I usually do.

This is a list of all the SU products I used to create this card.

Card Stock- Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Basic Black.
Ink- Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black.
Misc- Scallop Trim Border (Retired) and Black Embossing Powder.

I hope you were inspired buy our sketch this week and find some time to play along with us. We all would love to see what you come up with. Please upload it to our blog site here

On the Home Front

Our son is here visiting us from CA. I miss our kids (grown children) so much and it is great to spoil him a bit while Rick is here. I asked him if he liked Rhubarb Pie and he said it was his favorite so I showed him our plant. I will make him Peach Rhubarb  later today (Strawberries are not in season here?) WV is so different than CA

I am making him a big pot roast for dinner tonight too. We went to another part of the garden and dug up the last of my onions. He also likes Sweet Potatoes I showed him how to dig those as well as some regular potatoes. Of course how can you have a Pot Roast with out fresh carrots. I had just picked a bag of Pole Beans so we will add that to the dinner too. He thought it was pretty cool that we could just go out into the garden and dig fresh food up and bring it to the table. It made me smile. Here is a picture of our harvest

Pot Roast with fresh veggies and Peach Rhubarb Pie with French Vanilla Ice
Cream. Sounds like an amazing dinner to me. I'm trying to make it so he comes to visit more often. Smile!

Chat soon,

You are a Fabulous Work of Art

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

My honey is on his last business trip of the year (Yippee) so, I made him this card to put under his pillow when he comes home.

I was playing with the You Are a Fabulous Work of Art stamp set on another card (I will show you later this week for Sketch Frenzy Friday) and made this "old school" type of card. Do you remember when this style was the thing? I think it was the beginning of CAS. SU and Penny Black had several stamps in this linear format.

I used Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White card stock.
Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black and Rich Razzleberry ink.
That was all! Clean and Simple (CAS).

Here is a look at the inside.

I hope you have a great day and find some time to create something fun too.

Chat soon,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


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

This week last year we were doing the closing paperwork on our house, and it has been two years since we moved to West Virginia. Leaving all our Family and Friends  behind was really scary but, we trusted God and moved a cross the United States. If you have never driven across the US I highly recommend it. This sure is a beautiful country!

It took us awhile to establish ourselves here and grow new friendships. Our son is coming for a visit from CA today and a new friend of mine is driving me to Baltimore Airport at 11:00pm this evening. Thank you Linda! Now that's a true friend right!! Wow, we are so Grateful that Jeff loves his new job, to have gotten this house and to have our many wonderful new friends and neighbors.  We can really say West Virginia is our new Home! My friendship with Linda is icing just on the cake!

The man in brown came yesterday but, I couldn't play with my new goodies because I was cleaning house. You know how that is when guests are coming to stay! This morning I had a few minutes to create a card that I am leaving in Linda's back seat as a little surprise when she finds it.

The stamp set is from For All Things and I also used the Bigs Autumn Accents Die to make the focal image.

I used several new goodies from the new Holiday catty such as Autumn Wooden Leaves and Color Me Autumn DSP.

The other elements included in making this card are:
Card Stock- Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry and Calypso Coral.
Ink- Cajun Craze and Pistachio Pear.
Misc- Linen Thread, 1/2" circle punch and the Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder.

Here is a look at the inside.

I drew the two sets of little leaves near the sentiment with a Cajun Craze Marker. I thought that it needed something in that blank space. When I glued the little bow to the stamped leaves image at the lower left the ink bled so I punched a 1/2" circle to cover the spot. No one will be the wiser smile! This is the glue I used (Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue). I won't use that glue again  over ink.

Hope you have a great day today and you find a little quiet time to create something fun.

Chat soon,

Monday, September 8, 2014

Labor Day Weekend a beyond

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

Well let me tell you, I am so pumped I can't stand it! We are almost finished with the kitchen. We have the major painting done, all the big walls and now that we have seen what it looks like we are going to paint the trim and re-do the bathroom to match!

Here are a few before photos. We had not painted the kitchen when we moved in. It was a sort of  pinkish/ cream color with a stencil on the top.

But, I did strip off all the wall paper and that was a huge job. I did that last summer.

White walls
Now a few during
Poppy Parade

Now for the after look

So Saffron it looks beige in the picture. It is a creamy light yellow

 Old Olive green

I caught Jeff on the Mower driving by while I was taking photos LOL
We are going to paint the doors and trim Early Espresso a lovely warm brown.
 I love SU colors lolol.It looks so warm and inviting. It makes me want to study in my kitchen lol.
I am in my second week of a WV Univ. Extension Master Gardener course. I am so excited about that too. Gardening in WV is very different than Calif. (Better)

I went out in the garden after I took the photos of the kitchen, look what I brought in. The garden is still producing but slowing down.

Thanks for stopping by.
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Punch Happy

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

I created a card for a group of ladies that I swap with on a monthly basis. I don't think I have ever told you the name of our little group? We are called  the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Card Club"  (STCC for short).
We create cards from monthly themes. Last  months theme was to create a card that was stamp-less!!! OMGoodness! What was I going to do with "No Ink" ?
I looked around my stash and pulled out a few (LOL) punches. Well, a few got to be several and well, by the time I was finished I had a whole bunch pulled out. We are a small group of 9 swappers so I could spend a bit more time creating something really fun for them.
I ended up creating a whole outdoor garden scene. I hope they liked it as much as I had fun making it for them.

 Here is the card.

 This is the list of the Punches and the Embossing Folder I used to create all of the images.

First off, all of the foliage pieces were created with the Bird Builder Punch, using Garden Green or Old Olive Card Stock. I cut, tweaked and trimmed the leaves and branches to suit my needs.

The Tree was created with the Woodgrain TI Embossing Folder and the Large Oval Punch. I used Early Espresso and  Close to Coco card stock. Close to Coco is a retired SU color that I just loved. I cut the Early Espresso card stock in half and at a slight slope and made a notch at the top to create a branch effect near the butterfly. I added a large branch to the tree trunk offset at the center of the card so the bird could have a place to rest in it's nest. I tried to match up the impressions so it wouldn't look like it was just put in there.

The Butterfly-  Bitty Butterfly Punch in Rose Red and Blushing Bride.

The Sun was created with the 1" circle and the Boho Blossoms Punches, using Daffodil Delight and Cajon Craze card stock. I cut out the center of the largest flower from the Boho Blossom trio to create the sun's rays and attached that strip to the back of the 1" circle. Then trimmed it to match the corner of the card.

The Owl was created with the Owl Builder Punch. The vest was cut out using a retired piece of unknown DSP.  The eyes were punched in Pool Party, Night of Navy and Pumpkin Pie. The little heart was punched in Night of Navy.

The Bird was created using the Bird Builder Punch, using Taken with Teal, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist and So Saffron. I hand cut a little yellow beak and dotted the eye with a black marker.

The Nest was fussy cut out of Close to Coco card stock and attached to the bottom of the bird. I glued one leaf from a branch of the foliage to the back of the nest to make it stationary, then cut the branch off.

The Flowers were created with the Boho Blossom Punch, using So Saffron and Early Espresso for the Sun Flower and Wisteria Wonder and Pink Pirouette for the smaller flower under the owl.

The Sky and The ground were trimmed to fit. I used Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz card stock.

It really was a lot of work, but when I do something with may pieces I find it is much easier to create each element at a time ( 9 Birds, 9 Owls, 9 Trees...) rather then make one entire card at a time.

I hope you enjoyed this "No Ink" card as much as I did and are inspired enough to give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by.
Chat soon,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 9/5/14 Happy Birthday

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

I am so HAPPY today is Sketch Frenzy Friday, because I can now tell you that we have several new design team members that have just been added to our lineup!

I would like to introduce to you
Terri Tank from -
Carol Reed from-
Karen Gibson from
and coming soon  Elizabeth Kratzer

These talented ladies are from my summer VC-Rocks group. I know you will be  very please to see their creations. Each one brings a different style and take on Stampin' Up products.  Please check out their blogs and give them some love. Welcome to the SFF Design Team ladies I am so glad you have joined us.

This weeks sketch was my design. I tried to do the less is more thing, but I don't think that is in my blood (Smile). I didn't design the sketch solely for myself because I would have added a lot more elements lol. I knew the DT members would be really creative with it. When I create a sketch I think about the end product. What will the cards look like when following the sketch. Of course colors and textures will always be different but the over all look of the cards in most cases will be similar. That's the beauty of sketches. Everyone has their own take on it.
Here is this weeks the sketch.

This is what I came up with.

The card base is Crushed Curry. The first layer is Basic Black, the second layer is Pool Party and the third Background layer is from the Flashback DSP pack.
The back rectangle piece used the same layering colors. The Flower is punched with the Blossom punch. I punched out two flowers. One flower piece was cut in half plus a little extra off each end. This allowed me to be able to make the center flower layer appear a little smaller and I was able to give it a bit of a curl for dimension.  I punched a 1" circle and added several random dots using a white gel pen for the center of the flower. As a special note; the DSP flowers had a touch of black at the tip of each little flower. I wanted to enhance the tips of those flowers to match my flowers black center so I used a Basic Black Marker and colored over each flowers tip to darken the dots. Doing this really coordinated the DSP and the flower focal image and gave it some pop! I added several loops of Black 1/8th " Taffeta Ribbon just for fun and added texture to the flower. The sentiment and Banner are from the Itty Bitty Banner stamp set and Framelits. I used Whisper White and Basic Black card stock and Basic Black ink to create the banner.

The Flower is so cute I might be able to mount it on a pin and wear it as a broach. What do you think?

Here is a look at the inside.

The sentiment is from the Yippee Skippy stamp set. I always try to coordinate the inside of my cards whit the card front. I think it adds a little bit of a custom finished look to my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope this sketch, card and ideas have given you some inspiration and you will want to create a card  from it. If you do we would love to see it. Please share it on the SFF blog here:

Have yourself a little fun and create a card!
Chat soon,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Traveler and Kitchen update

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

I told myself that I was going to try to post at least three times a week to keep my Mojo flowing. That means I have  stamp more to create cards.   YIPPEE!!!!

Ever since I got the stamp set Traveler, I have wanted to create a card from it!

I love the vintage look and feel to these stamps. I see a vintage camera in the set and that gives me another idea for a card that I will have to explore.

For this card I chose the Ocean Liner and Passport stamps and gave it a go.

This is what I came up with;

It really took a quite a while to create this card. I just couldn't match up color, paper, stamps and ink with the vintage look I was trying to create. But,after sever remakes I think I finally have it the way I had imagined it would turn out.

I used Natural Ivory card stock for the card base.
Kraft card stock for all the images and tags and second layer.
Early Espresso for the first layer. I used Early Espresso  ink and Markers on the images themselves. I found that using the Early Espresso marker to outline the Ocean Liner and Passport really helped them to stand out. To me they didn't look like they had enough dimension to them.
The DSP is since retired. It was called Soho Subway. It was a great DSP set from last years catalog.
I used the little tag punch for the luggage tag in the top  right hand corner.

News From The Home Front

Now that the garden is slowing down, we have started working on the first floor. I'm so excited that my kitchen is finally going to get painted. I chose my favorite SU Colors- Poppy Parade, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  Here are the first few pictures. I may not use the Old Olive because I am still not sure how that will work into things, it is a lot of color?


During- Look how low the ceiling is, Jeff almost has to duck his head to get into the living room lol. Old houses are interesting.


We bought this home last year and we spent most of the year re-doing the upstairs it is beautiful and creating our garden.  The home was built in 1891.The front half is a log cabin. The kitchen, dining room and the 1/2 bath was an add on probably around 1960 ish. When we moved the dining room furniture to paint (a large china cabinet) we found some mold on the drywall. Yikes! Jeff said We have to get a plumber to look into this. He also said I may just get a new kitchen sooner than I thought? I don't know what all this is going to in tale, but we are painting around it for now. I love this color it is so bright and cheery! We need to do a quick second coat and two of the four walls are done. The second color that will go around the Kitchen sink wall will be Very Vanilla, as my cabinets are a very dark brown wood and the Poppy would be too dark there. (Real wood cabinets are a rarity).

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired by this card and find some time to create something fun.

Chat soon,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Paper Craft Crew #107

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

I am sad to say VC_Rocks if over for the summer. We had such a great time. I was kept supper busy stamping, swapping, challenging, blog hopping and creating. But most of all the chatting with my Rocking Friends. That was my 5th summer and it was fun. Chat soon ladies. Have a great Holiday Season.

Now that I have my Mojo flowing, I am in the mood for some sketch challenges. I told myself that I was going to blog at least 3 times a week throughout the Fall and Winter.
I found this great sketch over at the Paper Craft Crew  PCCCS #107

This is what I came up with;

I created the flower by using the smallest watercolor image from the Work of Art stamp set, stamping it in a repetitive circular motion. Then fussy cut it out and mounted it with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added a 1/4" circle punch of Crushed Curry to the center and a ring of little Basic Pearls. In lieu of the three circles, and scallops I used three leaves and a row of waves. The leaves are from the Kinda Electic stamp set. A little Lost Lagoon bow and ribbon met that requirement. I really like the wispy look of the Linen Thread I added around the flower.

Here is a look at the inside

I sure hope you enjoyed this card and were as inspired as I was to create a card from this awesome sketch. Thanks ladies for the fun. I am glad to be back stamping to your challenges.


What a busy weekend we had painting! We scraped, power washed, sanded and painted the back yard deck. It was hard work to get it prepared just to paint but oh so worth it! We have to put one final coat on it next weekend but this project is almost in the bag.

Here are the before and after photos

Jeff was pooped out from all the scrubbing and cleaning we had to to prep the deck for painting, yet he still kept going. 

He finally finished the painting and now look at it!I am so pleased with how it turned out. I love this man of mine.

I am so tickled with the look  of this desk. I told him next year we have to get new deck furniture. He said whooh one thing at a time my sweet lolol

Tomorrow I will show you pictures of the painting we are doing in the kitchen. Can I say Poppy Parade??????

Chat soon,