Petals & Stems Oh My!

If you've been reading my blog, you know we're running here and there every night and weekend for softball and baseball. A couple of weekends ago it was our son's coaches anniversary; so after our 2 games that day, I came home and made an anniversary card to give to them the next day.

I used Verve Visual's stamp set Petals & Stems - I really like this set and can't wait to play with it some more! I also combined making the card with SCS's sketch challenge 180.

You can see I basically reversed my colored layers and the DP; also on the "thank you" card I used the rock and roll technique for the flower petals and the center of the flower. I like it alot - here's a close up of the rock and rolled flower.

I would have liked to have used a true square for the center panel and a bit smaller, but it wouldn't work with my image - that's okay; something to strive for next time!

Here's the individual anniversary card - thanks for popping in! Hugs, ~M.


Women of Life


How are you friends? We're doing good; keeping very busy with baseball, softball, work and just life in general. I had the day off yesterday; we had 6 different appointments - it was worse than work. LOL

These are a couple of cards I made recently using Papertreyink's Women of Life set - it's a very pretty set and unfortunately had been in my stamp room much too long without seeing ink!

The base card is SU Pixie Pink, layered with SU Certainly Celery embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder - I just got this Cuttlebug folder and I love it! I layered a strip of DCWV Nana's Kids DP underneath the main image. I love this DP; it's embossed, glossy and glittery all in one!

The main image is stamped on SU Whisper White in Brilliance Graphite Black; the centers were stamped with Pixie Pink and Certainly Celery; I then went over the centers with the clear Spica glitter pen - can't really see it, but they are soooo sparkly! I added a couple different greetings from the Women of Life set.

The main image is layered on SU Certainly Celery and SU Pixie Pink. I used the ticket punch on the base SU Certainly Celery and added 4 light pink dew drops which I purchased at ellenhutson.com.

Here's one of the individual cards so you can see the details a bit better. I can't wait to use this set again; so much potential...so little time!

I hope you're having a great week; take care and we'll see you again soon! Hugs, ~M.


Pretty Little Lady

These girls have been in my stamp room for a few months, but haven't seen any ink. (Little Lady by Papertreyink) :(

I had to change that last weekend when I saw SCS card sketch challenge - I love it and went to work! I enjoyed working with the these Little Ladies so much that I made 2 identical cards and also a 4" x 4" card and matching envelope inspired by Mish Mash.

This first card is for sketch challenge #179; the Little Lady and saying are from Papertreyink. The quote "A happy life is made of little things" is actually one long quote; but I curled it around my acrylic block to make it fit along the curved circle I punched. I used Pixie Pink and Pink Passion for the lady bug; Certainly Celery for the quote.

The base card is Pixie Pink, layered with Certainly Celery and then the dee-lish DP from DCWV Nana's Kids - matches perfectly huh? Several things within both the ladybug paper and striped paper are glitterfied and embossed - love that! I used Clevey Lever Marvy punches for the cirlce and scalloped circle; the ribbon is from Michael's.

This next card features the same paper and stamp set; but I added the word "Believe". I have a dear friend who is expecting their 2nd child; their daughter turns 2 on July 4th and unfortunately they lost their 2nd pregnancy last year on Thanksgiving day. My heart has gone out to them day in and day out, quietly holding my breath until they were ready to try again. They're ready and they're PREGNANT! I know what its like to lose a pregnancy, and I know how scary everything is the next time around so I want them to "Believe"!! I'm thinking of them so I made this quick little 4" x 4" card inspired by Mish Mash and dropped it off last week to them.

This picture shows the card as well as the matching envelope.

Thanks for stopping by; I hope you're having a great weekend. Hope you visit again soon! Hugs, ~M.



We have new neighbors! Yep; we're thankful we have new neighbors...you should always be careful what you wish for. L...O...N...G story behind that one! But here's the card I made for them along with some chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip/peanut butter cookies. YUM!

The base card is SU Positively Pink layered with striped DP. The roses are from SU's Roses In Winter set; I used the "smooshing" technique by Emily Giovanni - I LOVE this set; particularly since I learned this technique from Emily! I loved it before, but I think this technique gives the roses so much more depth. The base rose is stamped in SU Positively Pink, the next 2 sizes of roses are done with SU Cameo Coral. The medium size rose is 2nd generation (stamped off once before stamping over the SU Positively Pink), the smallest rose layer is 1st generation SU Cameo Coral. I intended the oval to be a bit off-center; I started off with an idea along this line in my head, but had to change it up a bit after stamping all the roses.

I cut the oval with Spellbinder's Nestabilities and then placed a piece of vellum between the layer of roses and the striped DP. I embossed the word "welcome" on the vellum using Brilliance Graphite Black and black embossing powder.

I sure hope they enjoyed the cookies!! And I hope YOU'VE had a great week! Thanks for stopping by; have a fabulous weekend!!

Hugs, ~M.


Multi-Ethnic Father's Day Card

A dear co-worker asked me to make a multi-ethnic card...she was thinking kids in various colors...boy, did I struggle with that! Finding an image that would work was next to impossible (in my mind, without purchasing new things...and I REALLY don't need new things - LOL). I found some great 'kid' images, but I basically needed several kids that I could color as needed.

It was my last night to make something and I went searching and found this image which I used on the front of the card. Isn't it fab?? It was perfect for what she requested AND there is NO STAMPING on this card - well, the inside says "Happy Father's Day"; but that's it - pretty cool I thought!

I did lots of layering and used my Scor-Pal for the pattern on the red card stock. You can find a tutorial for a very similar background at Thinking Inking (<-------click here).

I hope you're having a great week; we have ballgames every night this week and a tournament Saturday and Sunday - whew - exhausting.

Thanks for peeking in; I so appreciate your time! ~M.


Happy Father's Day!

A quick post as I am so very tired. We played baseball games at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., had to be there at 9:00 a.m. Just being out in the heat is so exhausting; I'm not sure how the boys do it, but they played GREAT!!

Here are a few Father's Day cards I made this year; one features a SU! image given to me by a dear stamping friend, another features Verve Visual and yet another features Papertreyink. I really struggled to make Father's Day cards this year; I so wanted to play with other things, but I got a few done. :D

Thanks for peeking in; I hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs, ~M.


Father's Day, Taking One for the Team and Worn Out - all rolled into one!

Hmmm...where to begin? I still have quite a few creations to share with you but tonight we'll take a break and show some fun things. One creation; but more family oriented items; I hope you don't mind.

First up? My DH's Father's Day gift with a unique added item!

The red rectangle is DH's gift; the card on top is the one I made; what you can't see underneath is a hand made card by our middle daughter; it's super cute. But as I was putting all this together, our 8 yr. old son was asking his typical 101 questions. When is Father's Day, when will we give dad his gift, what did we get him (although he was there when I bought it) and on it goes. LOL DH is gone this weekend, so I told the kids we would give him his gift early. Our son said, well, I have something special I want to give him. I got everything together and put it on DH's corner in the kitchen, next time I passed through the kitchen, I saw this little stick (see it at the very top) that our son put on the gift.

He had whittled the end off during the day while at work with DH and so he wanted to pass it along. How cute is that? Makes me laugh. And the evening after we gave DH his gift, our son asked me, did dad get his gift, did dad like his gift...and on we go. :D When I mentioned he could call dad and double-check, he was too embarrassed, just adding to the adorableness of the whole thing!

Next is that same little boy ALL WORN OUT! He had a game Tuesday night; after getting home he crawled up in DH's recliner and the next thing I know; THIS is what he looked like!

Kinda cute eh?

And last is our oldest daughter "taking one for the team" - OUCH! She doesn't want to wear baseball pants, she's never really slid before although she knows how, so she hasn't been wearing a sliding sleeve on her leg. Bet we buy one now, what do you think?

She slid home and this is her left knee. Pretty eh?

I hope you've had a great week; be sure to celebrate Father's Day with a little extra love!

Hugs, ~M.


To the hippest teacher...

I made these cards for a dear friend's daughter that is graduating to a new preschool class; I wanted to do something fun and whimsical.

I made the cards in conjunction with SCS Sketch Challenge 178.

The base is Purely Pomegranate, layered with Soft Sky, layered with SU DP. I paper pieced the little hippo.

Hope my friend likes the cards and the teachers like them too.

TFL; hope you have a great week!

Hugs, ~M.



Look what I have discovered (right over there on the right-hand side).....Embellish-It! Great site, great prices, great products - click on the box and check it out; you'll be glad you did!!

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Boho Blossoms go Pomegranate

I made both of these cards quite some time ago, but again, haven't had time to post! :D I had a friend ask for some blank note cards, so these were 2 of the 10 I made.

I can't get my Adobe Photoshop software to work, so these are here without my typical watermark - that's okay; hopefully no one will steal them!

On this card, I actually curled the edges of the blossom to give it a bit more dimension and placed a tiny pearl in the center. All stamps are from My Favorite Things Boho Blossoms set; great, large set!

The base card is Purely Pomegranate layered with Whisper White and all Purely Pomegranate ink.

The 2nd card is very similar; however, I made a channel for the ribbon with my Scor-Pal; adds a neat dimension to the card. I also punched the upper corners and added pearls. I purchased my pearls from Ellen Huston's store - she's got great things; check it out!!

On both cards, I mounted the blossom on dimensionals after cutting it out. Thanks for looking; I hope you've had a great weekend!

I think if you click on the small image, you'll better be able to see the channel I made for the ribbon.

Happy stamping; can't wait to show you a few more things later this week; I'm forever stalking Mish Mash's blog and she's inspired me to try a few things!



Happy, happy hump day - are you glad its hump day? I am - we finally have a weekend with no softball or baseball games, so I'm looking forward to the end of the week. Of course we have games or practice every night Monday through Friday - LOL!

I love how this card turned out. The base is Taken with Teal, layered with Basic Black, layered with Whisper White. Those flowers? It's a large rub-on - one huge rub-on, isn't that great?

I added the paper piercing to the corners, colored the flowers in with teal and added the ribbon. It's plain on the inside as someone had requested some blank note cards. I used a teal spica glitter pen on the butterflies.

I hope you like it; have a great week; thanks for stopping by. Hugs, ~M.


To one of my favorite peeps

Well, it's Sunday and we have another baseball game today at 1 p.m., need to be there at noon; so I'm working to get lunch ready, working on laundry and all those good things...you know, I do it all for my favorite peeps - 4 of them!! DH and 3 little ones!

Here's a card I made several weeks ago when doing the SCS challenge #173; isn't that little chick so cute? She's by Imaginisce and she's my very first stamp from this manufacturer. Best part? She only costs $1 - woo hoo; gotta love that; and she stamps so crisp!

I colored her with Copic markers; added a little sparkle to her flower and a googly eye - tell me, what's not cute with a googly eye??

Lots of laying with this card; Pixie Pink, Chocolate Chip, Yoyo Yellow (rather blinding, don't you think) and that scrumptious DP; just love it!!

It's now 11:10 a.m., everyone is eating lunch and we'll be heading out in about 20 minutes. Hope you're having a fabulous weekend; thanks for popping in! Hugs, ~M.