Monday, May 25, 2015

Birds of Summer . . .

Hello dear friends!
 I hope you had a fabulous weekend! 
Ours was relatively quiet with the exception of the graduation excitement for grandson Jonathan.  If you follow me on Facebook you've already seen these photos (sorry ... family pride is overflowing) ... I am SO very proud of our 'little family' and just had to share that excitement with you all!

 This is a small country school (graduating class of 43) so they were seated more by height vs name.  
Jon is 6' 3" so he was FIRST in and LAST out!  LOL!


And to his parents for raising such a warm hearted, soft spoken, hard working young man. 

It was FIVE years ago when we stood in this very room congratulating granddaughter, Morgan on her high school graduation!

WOW ... time sure flies.  Now she is busy working for Medic Rescue ... going to school for her EMT license ... a fire-fighter and hopes to continue in her sign language.

Of course none of us know what the future holds but my wish for my grandchildren is to strive to achieve their goals ... whatever they might be ... keep their family bond as tight as it is today ... and to be HAPPY ... life is short  ... make each moment count!

Thanks for letting me share my family's joyous day with you all.

Now, onto the crafting side of my life!

Today I'd like to share a couple beautiful cards with you that I created using images and paper from Crafty Secrets!  The product I've used today are:

I just LOVE these papers and images!
They are fitting for so many occasions and the colors are beautiful!
I was in need of more birthday cards so that is the occasion I decided upon for my cards today.

Other items used on my cards:
Joanna Sheen lace dies, Sue Wilson Ivy Corner, Darice birdhouse charm, satin ribbon, baker's twine, TH distresser, MS frond punch, Prima flowers, Wild Orchid flowers, Fiskars swivel craft knife for fussy cutting

Thanks for stopping by!
It is Memorial Day and although we don't have a cookout or anything planned, I've put the holiday table cloth on the picnic table up in our picnic area where I hope we can sit and enjoy our afternoon meal.  I also need to get my annuals planted up there so hubby can sit and keep me company while I gt it done ... the last planting needing done for this year.

Happy Day All ...
As Always ...

Remember ...

Happy Memorial Day to all my U.S. friends!

Please take a moment out of your holiday fun festivities and remember those who lost their lives that we may keep our freedom!!
God please watch over our military boys & girls!

God Bless the U.S.A.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Have you missed me? LOL

Hello my friends and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Sorry I've been a bit MIA ... just so much going on outside with the weather being so nice.
But I'm pleased to say flowers are planted ... mulching is done ... deck is power washed and I'm ready to relax and enjoy summer!!!

Today's a big day for my family ... grandson, Jonathan graduates high school today.
Jonathan has gone to the career center the past 2 years taking up welding and graduated there this past Tuesday evening ... but today is graduation from his actual school ... Leetonia H.S.
Fun fact:
Leetonia H.S. is a relatively new school (K-12) and Jon's class is the 
FIRST graduating class who attended Leetonia all 12 years.

Now on a crafting note ...
I have been crafting but mostly filling orders and DT work.
I have an order for 10 tissue box covers ... would you like to see a few?

Well sorry to make this so short but it's going to be a busy day!
I promise to be back soon with some fabulous cards to inspire you with.
Till then and as always ...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My favorite color ...

Hello Dear Friends!
Today I was in the mood to just create something in my favorite color combination ... purple & green (or for that matter, purple and ANYTHING!) lol
Here's what I came up with . . .

I've actually pulled out a couple of dies that I bought and never used.  Do you ever do that?  I see a die I just HAVE to HAVE then once I get it I put it away and forget to use it ... is that considered hoarding?  LOL

Anyways, I love how this came together.  Of course I'm sure you recognize the background paper as Graphic45 'Secret Garden' and the bird image comes from the Graphic45 'Time to Flourish' 8x8 paper pack.  A short while back I spent a day making homemade flowers and this is my last purple one ... guess I'd better get busy making a few more for my stash (in purple that is ... I still have other colors).

Here's a couple of close ups ...

A few challenges to share in today are:
Artistic Inspiration Challenge #131 - Anything Goes with a Twist of Swirls
Card Mania Challenge - Pearls and Swirls
Crafty Boots Challenge - Ribbon or Lace

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by to see what I have to share with you today!   I hope you find inspiration in my work ... I know I find so much inspiration from all of you!
Have a fabulous day and please stop back again real soon.  Now I'd better get outside in the flower beds ... I think that's the weeds I hear 'taking over!'

As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Lavender cs, Graphic45 dp, olive cs
Inks:  TH 'Dusty Concord', Memento 'Bamboo Leaves'
Dies:  Joanne Sheen 'Isobel Lace Border', Memory Box 'Forest Hummingbirds', BoBunny 'Flourish Dies', Sue Wilson 'Classic Rose'
Accessories:  MS Frond Punch, Eva crystal swirls, Kaiser pearls, SU dimensionals, large sponge daubers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Congratulations Graduate!

It's quickly approaching GRADUATION time of year
and I have FOUR graduation parties this year ... one of which is my grandson, Jonathan!

Hello Everyone!
Today I have a card to share that was created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog where I am a team member.  You can see my creations every Tuesday and my team mates the other week days.  Need inspiration using die cuts?  Pop over and check 'em out then hop over to the Dies R Us store and place your order!  LOL  (that's what I do!)

The dies I've used on this creation are:

Remember, if by chance any of the dies you are wanting are Out Of Stock ... simply click on the 'Put Me On The Waiting List', fill out the information and you will be notified as soon as it arrives back in stock. 

There is a nice GRADUATION themed selection of dies available at Dies R Us ... which makes grad card making so quick & easy.  Now if I could only figure out these kids school colors I'd be all set!  LOL!

Don't forget to join in our MONTH LONG Anniversary challenge going on at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  In honor of our 1st Anniversary, we will be choosing FIVE winner's for this challenge, who will receive a DRU gift voucher.  Please come join in the fun!

A few challenges:
My Sheri Crafts Challenge - Graduation
 Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft Challenge #4 - Anything Goes (or) CAS
Craftin Desert Diva's Craft It Up & Link It Up Challenge - Graduation

Guess I'd better get these other grad cards made before I run out of time!
Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Paper:  White, Black & Red card stock
Dies:  Listed above
Accessories:  Kaiser black pearls, pop dots

Monday, May 18, 2015

Flowers make me happy!!

Hello Blogging Friends!
Happy Monday to you and thanks for stopping by today!
Today I have another card created using the fabulous images/papers from Crafty Secrets.

After a bit of stenciling on the background paper, I started using some of the scraps I had laying on my table from other creations (lace panel, butterfly, ribbon).  I love when I can pull scraps together to make a beautiful card.  Of course using the gorgeous focus images from the Crafty Secrets Digital Flowers Printable Sheet - DPS-11  and Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection Kit - DPK-26
made it really easy!

Be sure to pop over to the Crafty Secrets Store and check out the amazing sale going on ...

Also please be sure to check out our BLOG and don't forget we have a new monthly Linky Party (Challenge) the 1st Monday of each month.  We offer FREE stuff for you to create with and play along ... just in case you don't have any Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage product in your stash YET.

Great Impressions May Challenge - Celebrate Spring
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #10 - Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge #44 - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz May Challenge - Anything Goes w/bow

Well, it's the start of a new week and I have a TON of things on my ToDo List so I'd better get moving!  Hope you have a fabulous day today and week ahead!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Lavender cs, SU Groovy Guava cs, Prima 'princess' dp
Accessories:  Really Reasonable Ribbon, Tim Holtz distresser, Joanne Sheen 'Harriet' lace edger, Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly, The Crafter's Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage stencil, SU Groovy Guava ink, large sponge dauber, Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cardabilities Reveal #123

Hello Dear Friends!
It is time once again for the new Sketch Reveal 
at the Cardabilities Sketch Challenge Blog.
But before I share today's sketch & card with you I have to share some EXCITING NEWS!
I've been asked to return to the Cardabilities Team for another term ... YAY!!!
I know I've said this before, but I'm not kidding when I tell you how much I am enjoying being on this team and working with these beautiful sketches!  These sketches truly make me be 'more' creative and think outside the box and I LOVE that!!!

Here's today's card and sketch ...

You will have until May 28th to join in our challenge and please be sure to review our rules.
One rule I'd like to mention is:  your entry can be shared with only 3 additional challenges in order to qualify for our prize. 

I adore vintage design and my friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) steered me towards these beautiful vintage images by PION design.  Maybe that's one reason why I so enjoy these sketches ... they work beautifully with the vintage style I love so much.

We are thrilled to have not one but TWO fabulous sponsors for this challenge!

Please be sure to click on their links and check 'em out!!

Challenges to share in today are:
ScrapbookerPhD Challenge - Mother's Day optional/ flowers
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Feminine
Crafting by Design - Flowers

Need more inspiration?
Pop over and check out the amazing designs from the rest of the team!
These ladies always make my jaw drop!!!
NEW TEAM begins in June ... another round of amazing talent ... wait till you see!  WOW!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun at Cardabilties!
As always . . .

Papers:  white cs,  SU pear pizazz cs, SU pink pirouette cs, Anna Griffin dp, Paper Pizazz dp,
Image:  PION design 'From Grandma's Attic-tinted' French ladies-PD3111
Dies:  Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Wings', Cottage Cutz 'Ivy', Cheery Lynn Designs 'Horizontal Fishtail Banners'
Stamps/Ink:  Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Rose', Stampendous / TH 'tea dye' and 'brushed corduroy', Memento 'bamboo leaves', TH 'spun sugar' 
Accessories:  Martha Stewart 'branch' punch, Martha Stewart 'frond' punch, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 'Sugar Plum Fairy' and 'Cranberry Zing', The Crafters Workshop 'Mini Butterfly Collage' stencil,

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Celebrate Mom!

Hello dear friends!
I know Mother's Day was last weekend but we don't have to wait for that 'one day of the year' to celebrate our Mom ... we really should do that everyday!  After all, where would we be without Mom?
So, with that being said, our challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters is all about 


Make something pretty for Mom and add a FLOWER to your card/project!
All Moms like to get flowers (well, at least this one does!  lol).

I had the honor of demonstrating these Heartfelt Creations stamp & die sets at the HFC booth for the Adventures in Stamping Convention held every April here in Akron, OH.   This card is similar to the one I demonstrated for Heartfelt Creations and thought it would be a nice card for Mom!

A few weeks ago I took a day and stamped, die cut and created a variety of flowers of all different colors so when it came time to create this card, it was a SNAP!

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun and if you need inspiration, OMG you MUST pop over and check out what my 'sistahs' have created ... such WONDERFUL inspiration!!!

Challenges to share in:
Allsorts Challenge - Die Cuts (more than 2)
Di's Digi's Challenge - Load on those Flowers
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - Anything Goes w/twist - Add flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a fabulous day and as always . . .

Papers:  white cs, olive green cs, hot pink cs, the Paper Studio 'Kirby Teesdale Studio' dp
Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations 'Birds and Blooms' #HCPC-3644, 
Inks:  Versafine Onyx, Memento 'Bamboo Leaves', TH 'broken china, TH 'spiced marmalade', TH 'scattered straw', 'TH 'spun sugar'
Dies:  Heartfelt Creations 'Decorative Leafy Frame' #HCD731, Heartfelt Creations 'Birds and Blooms', #HCDI-756, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Mom' #B411, Diamond Stickles, Gold Stickles, Prima flowers, pop dots, flower making kit and forming mat,

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Another birthday . . .

Hello my friends!
Time to share another inspirational card for the 

Don't forget about the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION going on all month at the Dies R Us Challenges Blog come check it out and play along!  In honor of our Anniversary, we will be running the same theme (ANNIVERSARY CARDS) throughout the entire month of May!  And, at the end of the month we will not just be drawing ONE lucky winner to receive a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store ... but we are drawing FIVE ... YES FIVE lucky winner's!
YOU could be one of our lucky winners!
 I  hope you'll come join in the fun!!

Last week I shared a card I created using scraps from the tissue box covers I've been making for my spring craft shows and today I have another card/tissue box cover to share with you.

 The dies from the Dies R Us Store I used are:
Impression Obsession 'Sea Birds'  DIE078
Impression Obsession 'Birdhouse Set'  DIE 156
Spellbinder Classic Ovals

Here's a peek at the Tissue Box Cover that matches my card ...

The design paper used on these creations is Heartfelt Creations 'Delicate Asters Collection'.  After  carefully cutting my panel for the lid so that the picture of the bird on the perch of the birdhouse and surrounding flowers were 'just perfect' . . . I realized I would be cutting the beautiful bird image out of the center for the tissues.  DUH!! and DRAT!!
Luckily the lid still looks fabulous because of the overall design, and I didn't lose my pretty bird/birdhouse image after all!  Instead, I used it as the focus for my card!  YAY!

There are over 40 companies represented at the Dies R Us Store, I hope you'll come see for yourself and place an order.  We have several new releases available (Memory Box, Poppy Stamps, Cheery Lynn Designs to name a few) and the shipping rates are more than reasonable.

Challenges to share in:
613 Avenue Create Challenge - Anything Goes/Let's Celebrate
 Order of the Opus Gluei Challenge #208 - Feathers
Scrapper's Delight Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge - Things with Wings
My Sheri Crafts Challenge #156 - Birthday Bash

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a fabulous day and as always . . .

Monday, May 11, 2015

Flowers, Butterflies and Sunshine . . .

 . . . it doesn't get much better than that!!!

Hello Dear Friends!
Vacation fun is over and now it's time to get back to crafting fun!
With all the beautiful spring time blossoms popping out everywhere here in NE Ohio, I just had to create with flowers & butterflies.  So, today I have a card to share using product from Crafty Secrets.  You really MUST check out all the beautiful images, ephemera, and papers available at AMAZING prices in the Crafty Secrets Crafty Vintage Girl Store.

 Today's card uses an image from the Digital Flowers Printable Sheet - DPS-11.  There are several beautiful images on this ONE printable sheet and over the next few weeks you will be seeing additional cards utilizing these floral images.

The background papers used are also from Crafty Secrets.  They are from the gorgeous, new Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection Kit - DPK-26.  OMG these are AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!  The butterflies were also die cut from another sheet of this beautiful paper.  (Actually is a scrap left over from another card you will see later in the month.)

 I have used a variety of products for my floral embellishment ... details will be listed below my signature.

Have you played in our May Linky (Challenge) Party yet?  
NO?  Why NOT?
Theme is Anything Goes ... the only requirement is you used something (anything) from Crafty Secrets!  You say you don't have anything from Crafty Secrets?  Well pop over to our blog and grab the freebies offered.  We offer freebies with EVERY challenge ... no excuse not to join in the fun and you can win some AMAZING STUFF!!!     WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??  Please come join us!!  You have until Midnight (PST) Sunday, May 17th to play along!!

Challenges to share in today:
Come and Get It Challenge - Got Flowers?
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - How Does Your Garden Grow?
Allsorts Challenge - Die Cuts (More than 2)
Crafty Calendar May Challenge  - Things with Wings

I'll be back tomorrow with a creation to share for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog!
Hope you'll stop by to see ...
Till then and as always . . .

Papers:  Crafty Secrets Birds & Blooms, Garden Green cs, White cs
Image:  Crafty Secrets Flowers Printable Sheet
Ink:  Memento 'Bamboo Leaves'
Accessories:  Heartfelt Creations 'Classic Leaf' stamp & die set,  PunchBunch 'Big Sky' punch, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches' - Delicate Daisies Complete Petals, Bo Bunny 'Flutter Dies',  SU Dimensionals, Gold Stickles,

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Winner for the Jo's Scrap Shack Blog Hop

Hello Dear Friends!

Well vacation is over and we had such a FABULOUS time with our friends.  Hopefully we can plan another 'get away' in the Fall.  Today I have more lawn to mow, laundry to get done and a long list of other things needing my attention ... but, I wanted to be sure and announce the winner of MY prize offered for last week's Jo's Scrap Shack Blog Hop that I was so honored to be a part of.

And the winner is:

Here's what Denise had to say:

Gorgeous project! I love the colors and details of this pretty card and candy box! 
Thanks so much for the chance to win this beautiful die!

 THANKS to everyone who left me such wonderful, encouraging comments!
I truly appreciate your kind words!!

Have a FABULOUS weekend everyone!
As always . . .