Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Scrapping the Music #154

Hi there my friends!!! I hope this fine Wednesday evening finds you well!!! I have had a wonderful week so far!!! Sunday my sweet hubby and I went to Yellowstone National Park and had a delightful time!!! The weather was fantastic and we saw some beautiful fall colors!! The highlight of the day was seeing some bull elk bugling at Mammoth Hot Springs. What a sight they are!!! Monday my hubby was off, and we actually had dinner together at home!!! What a rare treat!!! Tuesday my hubby was off once again and we went out on a date with some dear, dear friends. We ate at the Cateye Cafe and the meal was absolutely scrumptious!!! I have to admit, I am totally missing him tonight, but the past few days were absolutely wonderful!!! When I think about it, I realize how much I used to take family time for granted! Now, it's totally amazing how much I appreciate the simple things in life!! I am so thankful for each and every moment I have with my husband!!!

Well, today is the reveal of Scrapping the Music #154. This week's song is "Flying without Wings" by Westlife. What a great song with amazing lyrics!!!!This photo is of me and my sweetie at Point no Point beach in Washington. We were so happy and had such a great time with our family while we were there!!! You can see it written all over our faces!!! I used Crate Paper Restoration papers, Bazzill Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinker in Worn Lipstick, Jenni Bowlin and Cosmo Cricket alphas, Prima Florals, and Heidi Swapp invisibles chipboard shapes and a Tattered Angels Glimmer Screen.

The journaling around the edge of the layout is from the lyrics of the song. "Everybody's looking for that something, one thing that makes life complete... Well, for me it's waking up beside you, to watch the sunrise on your face, to know I can say I love you, at any given time or place... You're that place my life begins, and you'll be where it ends...

What a great song!!! I hope you'll share in the fun and join us this week!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!!!

Sending you my love and a smile!!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

CPS #185

Hi again friends!!! I just had to get my CPS challenge in before the deadline and I think I'm gonna make it!!!! This weeks sketch was very inspiring as I have had some Crate Paper Restorations papers on my desk for a couple of weeks!!! Shhhhh.....don't tell.....but I have some Christmas presents planned for these papers, so I can't have too much fun with them!!! I just love all the rich colors in this line and of course it doesn't hurt that there is pink mixed in!!!! (I love pink!!!)

Anyway, here is the challenge:

and here's my take on the challenge:

Supplies used: Crate Paper patterned papers and Phrases, PTI Rustic Cream Cardstock and felt, Kaiser Craft Pearls, Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, and Sizzix embossling folder.

Thanks for stopping by dear friends!!!! I wish you a glorious weekend!!!


PTI Blog Hop

Happy Beautiful Saturday!!!! It is an absolutely gorgeous day here in Big Sky Country!!! I cannot tell you just how good the sunshine feels!!! I am sorry for those of you who are experiencing very hot temperatures, but I know that it won't be long before we are in the deep freeze, longing for these gorgeous days of Autumn!!!

Today is the day for the Papertrey Ink monthly Blog Hop!!!!

Here's the deets:

One of the most fun things about this hobby is the people you meet, whether in person or online, and the things you can learn from them. Now is your chance to show off any skills you might have learned from a fellow stamper, and perhaps even give them a little shout out to thank them for the inspiration they have provided. Create a project using one of your favorite learned skills and perhaps after a little blog hopping, we will ALL learn some new tips and tricks and continue to pass on the love of this hobby!

I just can't say enough how much I have learned from all of the Papertrey Ink Designers!!! I have been following them for quite some time!!! I appreciate each and every one of them and their willingness to share their talent and knowledge with all of us!!!! For the past several months I have been inspired by Debbie Olson's Copic Marker skills. I have even taken the Copic Marker Certification Class in hopes to share my love for Copic Markers with others ! I still have a lot to learn, but thank you Debbie for your inspiration!!!!

Here's my take on the challenge:

I started off stamping a tag with PTI Leaf Prints stamps in Versamark Ink and then embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. Then I applied Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey with an ink blending tool to the tag to color my background. Then I stamped all my leaves with the same colors I used for my background. Next I used the PTI Background Basics Hearts stamps with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to add some depth to my background. I also inked all the edges with Brushed Corduroy ink. Then I cut out a tag with PTI Fillable Frames #8 die and stamped with Versamark and embossed with the gold embossing powder. Then I stamped the pumpkins from the Friendship Jar Fall Fillers and cut them out. I colored them with the following Copic Markers:

Then I added some lace and twine and a pearl embellishment.
I made one more tag and used it to embellish a card base made with PTI Kraft Cardstock.

I cut out a standard 4 1/2" x 11" card base and folded in half. I rounded the corners and used the PTI Diamonds impression plate to add variation. I inked the tops of the impressed image with PTI Dark Chocolate Ink and punched a border with a Martha Stewart Punch out of Dark Chocolate Cardstock. Then I added the finished tag and and some twine.

I also added some Kaiser Craft Pearls to dress up the pumpkins.

I just love Papertrey Ink and I am so exited to participate in the Blog Hop!!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!!
I hope you have a super fantastic day,


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy First Day of Fall!!!

Hey there dear friends!!! Happy first day of fall!!!
I hope you are enjoying these wonderful September days!!!
It seems that they are just flying by!!! We had a wonderful weekend enjoying Bethany and Matt!! We attended a wedding, a birthday party, and went on a hike up to Arch falls along the Hyalite Creek Trail!! I am so thankful we have been able to see our kids quite often over the past several months! It will be Christmas the next time we see them, but I am certain that the holidays will be here before we know it!!

Today is the Scrapping the Music reveal!!! This month's song is "Hand in My Pocket" by Alanis Morisette. My layout took an interesting twist this week. I have a picture of the girls making peace signs, which was going to be the theme of the layout, but as usual the layout took on a life of it's own and I ended up with Peace, Love, & wish for you.

I used some Tim Holtz goodies for my background including the stamp and misted reinkers in Chipped Sapphire and Broken China. I used some Papertrey ink felt, as well as felt, tags, and coupons from my stash. I found an old Maya Road Sheer tag and several AC Thickers alphas. Quite the mix of goodies, but it was fun to put together. Of course, after I sent in my original, I had to add a few drops of ink to round it out.

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

I hope that you know how special you are!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

CPS Challenge #184

Hi my friends!!! I hope you are having a wonderful evening!!! I decided that I needed some crafty therape tonight and decided to take on the CPS challenge. Here is the challenge:

and here is my take on the challenge:

Supplies used:
Papertrey Ink Paper: Kraft, Rustic White, and Sweet Blush
Papertrey Ink Stamps: Embellishments, Blooming Button Bits, Background Basics- Tin Types, and Up, up and away for the Sentiment
Papertrey Ink: Sweet Blush
Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black
Papertrey Ink Felt
Papertrey Ink Buttons: Sweet Blush
Papertrey Ink Ribbon: Vintage Cream
Copic Marker: Lipstick Red
DMC Embroidery Floss
Martha Stewart Glitter

I think I am in a total pink world these days!!! Tomorrow I'm going to have to get out of my box!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Hope you have an absolutely wonderful Friday!!!


Today is the second anniversary of my mom's passing. Just thinking about it makes my heart very heavy. I miss her. Things are just not the same without your mom!
What makes my heart even more sad, is that today is also the funeral of a dear coworker and friend, Margaret Gray. She succumbed to the very same disease that took my mom, Cancer. What a rotten and wicked disease cancer is. However, God is Good, and it is so comforting to know that they are Home where they belong. They are no longer suffering and there are no more tears. Hallelujah and Praise the Lord!!!May the Lord comfort loved ones today and may the love of friends and family carry us through!

I made a couple of cards last night and I can't tell you how theraputic it is to create when your heart is heavy!!! Thank you Lord for the outlet you have given me!!! It truly helps my heart in so many ways!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Scrapping the Music #152 and Little Red Scrapbook Reveal

Happy Wednesday evening my dear friends!!!! It's time to reveal both the Scrapping the Music song for this week and this month's layouts from Little Red Scrapbook!!! I used my Little Red Scrapbook kit for my Scrapping the Music layout this month!!! These papers were so pretty, I just had to keep on working with them!!!! This week's song is "Daydream" by Jason Castro!!! Such a wonderful rendition of this song!!! I love all the options for scrapbook themes this song holds too!!! I chose to use the lyric, "she's the one" and use a picture of my sweet daughter and her husband on the beach during one of our visits. Such a sweet picture!!!! I love my kids!!!

I added some October Afternoon, Webster's Pages, and My Mind's Eye papers to round out my scraps. I will give this to Beth when she arrives home tomorrow!!! YaY!!! I can't wait to see her!!!!
Also, I am sponsoring this week's prize package, so I hope you all take part in the Scrapping The Music Challenge this week!!!

Prize Package includes: 6 Sheets of Jillibean Soup-Alphabet Soup papers, 1 sheet of OA School Days Rubons, and 1 American Crafts 6 x 6 album. I can't wait to see what you will create!!! Stop by Scrapping the Music for more details!!!!

Little Red Scrapbook Reveal

This is my favorite layout of the bunch. I just love the flowers in the Dear Lizzy Enchanted papers, and I had a lot of fun fussy cutting and adding glitter to them!!! These pictures of my girls were taken out on the Beach at Point no Point in Washington.

This photo was taken when the whole family was together in August before Benny shipped out to Missouri. I just love this photo!!! Journaling states: Nothing makes me happier than having all my kids at home together!!!!

Of course, there will always be fun and laughter when we are together!!!! You can't be too serious all the time!!! I love my kids!!!!

This is a tri-fold card that I plan to post a tutorial using Martha Stewart's new Scoring Board. My computer is giving me fits, so I hope it will all come together!!
Until then,
Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!
Wishing you a day full of sunshine and smiles tomorrow!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Little Red Scrapbook September Sneaks

Hello Fabulous Friends!!!!
It's that time of the month again!!!! I just love sharing my sneaks with you!!! Every month I know I say the same thing, "This month's kit was so much fun to work with", and this month is no exception!!!! You all know how much I love flowers and the color pink...well Dear Lizzy Enchanted is full of both!!! I tell you I'm in heaven!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!!! I hope you were able to pick up your own LRS September kit!!! You'll be glad you did!!!
I hope you remember how special you are my friends!!!
Have wonderful evening!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

CPS Challenge #183

Thought I would take on a challenge tonight and found a good one over at the Card Positioning Systems Blog. I looked through some of my old files and found a fun card I had made with this cute little witch. I thought it would be fun to revamp her using some Pink Paislee papers. I used the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge for her hat and a Maya Road clear acrylic people key chain for her body and dress. I used a Papertrey Ink Ric Rac die to create the trim on her hat and dress.
Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee
Ribbon: Offray and Maya Road
Jewels: Kaiser Craft
Stars: Maya Road
Punch: Stampin Up
I am not one to make Halloween Goodies, but I have had this Pink Paislee paper for a year now and I wanted to use it up. I did stamp a Papertrey Ink Friendship jar and filled the jar with candy corn that I colored with my Copic Markers, but these papers didn't I am going to have to give some thought as to what I am going to do with that little project! I just love my Copic Markers and will definitely be using them frequently in the days to come!!!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!
Sending you hugs and smiles and wishing you much joy,

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Thursday!!!

Wishing you all a very happy day!!!!
I had some very happy news this week!!!! A card set of mine was chosen for publication in Cards February 2011 edition!!!! Whooo hooo!!! Some very good news to cheer me up!!! I am sooooo excited!!!

I heard from Benny this week!!! He is doing fine and is finally in his Company and is doing very well!!! You should see my face whenever he calls!!!! I know that I smile from ear to ear!!! I am so proud of our boy!!!!

I have been playing with my Papertrey Ink Stamps and having a blast!!! I have a dear friend who shared some homemade jam with me and I made her this card of thanks!! The jam was absolutely delicious!!!!

Supplies used:
Bazzill Cardstock
Jillibean Soup patterned paper scraps
Papertrey ink stamps: Friendship Jar
Papertrey Ink dies and felt
Papertrey and Memento Ink
Kaiser Craft jewel
Buttons and jute from my stash

I have been working on Tim's Tags over the past couple of weeks, however, I wanted to let you all know that due to technical difficulties, I will not be able to share them with you this week at Simply Fresh Arts. Please email me at if you are still interested in learning these techniques and we'll see if we can work something out.

Thanks for stopping by!!!
I appreciate you tremendously!!!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Scrapping the Music #150

Hi there dear friends!!! I hope this post finds you well and ready for the upcoming three day weekend!!! I can't wait!!! These past few days have worn me out!!! I am ready to kick back, relax and spend some time with my sweetie!!

I don't know if your kids were ever into Napoleon Dynamite, mine certainly were. I think I almost had the movie memorized!!! Well, this week's song, "We Are Going To Be Friends" by the White Stripes, is from Napoleon Dynamite and it's a fantastic song to scrap!!! With so many different possibilities, you may have to scrap this song more than once for sure!
I chose to take the lyrics, "Tonight I'll Dream", changed it up to include both girls. I found this picture as I was looking for a "friend" picture and loved them in their jammies and those cute little slippers and thought, I just have to scrap this!!! I used my leftover scraps from my Little Red Scrapbook August kit and made a fun little dreamy night scene.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! I hope you have very sweet dreams!!!