Thursday, February 28, 2019


Smile....a simple act that can change an attitude!!  Share a smile today!!  This card was inspired by the Fusion challenge.  I used both elements this time...the sketch and the inspiration photo.  

Materials used: Stampin Up's Gumball Green cardstocak...washi tape...embossing sentiment die...retired hostess stamp set  

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) gifts from the past that help you trust the wedding ring, a symbol of life time commitment // education, prepares us for our jobs // salvation, promise of an eternal home

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Enjoy the little things!

Today I am playing along with the Library challenge (create a card inspired by the librarian's book of choice...use the title, cover, or story as your inspiration) and the sketch challenge from Fab Friday.  I chose the green and gold color combo as my inspiration from the book cover and the embossing folder was picked for its "travel theme" because travel really sparks joy in me!!  Thanks to both challenges for the inspiration!!

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Gumball Green card stock and flower thinlits dies...Tim Holtz's embossing folder...Verve sentiment stamp  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts before 11am  //  coffee in my favorite mug...Through the Word audio guide with my hubby...breakfast, my favorite meal of the day!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Welcome Little One #PCC327

Today I am playing along with the sketch challenge from the Paper Craft Crew team.  Since I mailed out a baby card this week I thought I would create a new one for my stash.

Paper Craft Crew Sketch 327 featuring offset stacked circles with a horizontal banner.Materials used: Stampin Up's Animal Outing stamp set and matching dies...washi tape...glitter punch  

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) gifts seen in elections // cypress pond reflecting a double dose of beauty...myself in the mirror, I am fearfully and wonderfully made...Christ's reflection through me, may others see Him in me!!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Celebrate...two sketches, can it be??

There were two challenges this week whose sketches were super close to being the same.  I decided to reference both of them as inspiration for my card.  I normally don't ever use two sketches for a single card but this week I feel like I can.  So a shout out to CAS(E) this Sketch and Freshly Made Sketches for inspiring this birthday card.  

Materials used:  Stamping Up's Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive card stock...Chocolate Chip ink...glitter embellishments...Sizzix embossing folder...Celebrate sentiment die...Verve stamps

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts)  a gift worn out, new, made-do // quilt that has traveled with my son to college, the UK, and now to Long Island (it has holes in it but it is super soft and he loves it) shoes I got with weekend while shopping with favorite pen that I use on Sunday mornings during church (right now I am making do because it is super low on ink and has to be held a certain way to even write...I really need a new one!!) 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

New Sketch Challenge // Sketch Saturday

We have posted a new sketch challenge over at the Sketch Saturday blog.  Come on over and join the fun.  We would love to see your take on our sketch challenge.  

Materials used: Stampin Up's retired Incolor card stock and designer papers...Digi stamp from MMedel Illustrations...  embossing folder...Stitched Shapes oval die..."Hello" sentiment die  

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift of tin, glass, wood // tin roof during a rain storm...oh how I love that sound!!  My extra large window that looks out over our cypress pond!!  Pencil poster bed hand crafted by my is gorgeous!!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Wild About You!!

Addicted to CAS challenged us this week with the code word GRID.  When I saw the challenge I knew right away that I would be digging out my score board...I have not used it in so very long!!  I was thankful for the inspiration.  I also decided to include the FURBABY challenge from CASology.  I technically should have used the bear from this set over the lion (I think lions actually have hair not fur) but oh well!!  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's A Little Wild stamp set and matching die...Soft Suede ink...Crushed Curry ink...Aqua painter...Score board  

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts that changed today // My physical state...last night I was throwing up for some reason, this morning I'm feeling much better!! The is super foggy right now but later on today it will be sunny!!  Our kitchen...changing out our old non functioning dishwasher for a new one!! Picking it up from Lowe's this evening.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

OLC...One Layer Card

The current challenge from Less Is More is to make a one layer card...just one!!  And they asked for the sentiment to be the focal point.  I just couldn't resist pulling out the stamp set from Verve...the size alone makes it perfect for this challenge.  I also decided to use the color combo from the Color Throwdown Challenge.  While I was playing I decided to dress it up a little and create another card that was layered up a bit.  I tried out the stamp and twist technique (ink your on paper...twist in a complete circle) to create my background...almost looks like a smudged accident but the Wisteria Wonder ink was twisted intentionally.   Either one of these cards will work for the As You See It challenge as well...fill in the blank.  "When I think of simple, I think of plain ole ink & card stock!"

Materials used: Wisteria Wonder, Basic Gray, and Calypso Coral ink...Verve stamp...on 2nd card Wisteria Wonder Basic Gray and Calypso Coral card stock  

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts)  3 gift white...Fluffy clouds...our sandy beaches here in the Panhandle...popcorn!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Today's challenge from Paper Players was to create a Monochromatic CAS card.  I picked Pacific Point as my color and created variations of this color by simply stamping off...sometimes once and sometimes twice.  

Materials used:
Stampin Up's Sea of Textures stamp set and matching dies...Waterfront stamp set...Stitched Shapes oval die...Pacific Point card stock and ink..."Happy Day" sentiment retired from Stampin Up...Banner punch. 

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) Gift at Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner // Dinner last night was with our small group...everyone needs a tribe!!  Lunch...because my hubby works from home and I  work very close to our home, we usually get to enjoy our lunch hour together!! my favorite meal of the day...I could eat breakfast foods at every meal!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #326

Today's card was created for the Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge.  Once again I love all the parts and pieces that they challenged us with.  It is always a fun challenge!!
Horizontal sketch featuring stacked squares in the center of the sketch and a background strip along with embellishments in the bottom corner of the squares. This is PCC326 Sketch Challenge
Materials used:  Stampin Up's Beautiful Butterfly stamp set...Tangerine Tango card stock, candy dots, and ribbon...Night of Navy cardstock, mini button and wash tape...flower die 

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts that were plan B...Cabin Creekwood// "rainbow" son//Working full time here in the south

Monday, February 18, 2019

Colorful Paradise

Today I am playing along with the Fusion Challenge.  I used both the sketch and the inspirational photo as inspiration for my card...I pulled the colors from the photo not the theme!  

Blue background//Marina Mist water...
Brown Tea//Early Espresso cottage and palms...
Pink roses//Flirty Flamingo sky line...
Orange teacakes//Peekaboo Peach setting sun...
Green leaves//Wild Wasabi foliage.   

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts in shadows...Yours and Mine as we walk hand in hand//his 5 o'clock shadow...not a fan of a beard but I do love a bit of scruff that shows it self at the end of the day//evening shadows as the sun is favorite part of the day!!

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Library Challenge #26

The Note: The book everyone's talking about by [Folbigg, Zoë]It is time again for the Library Challenge...create a card that is inspired by the librarian's chosen book.  You can use the cover, the title, or the story as your inspiration.  This week the librarian chose the book The Note.  Each time I play along with this challenge I smile...mainly because it makes me think of my daughter and her love of books.  

Materials Used:  Stampin Up's Tasty Trucks & About the Label stamp sets...Real Red marker...Tuxedo ink...bakers brads on the wheels  

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift of losing, finding, making something...Can losing something be a gift?  I had to think on that for a while...Yes it can!!  We lost shingles during Hurricane Michael which meant our insurance paid for a new roof!!  One that we needed and had actually gotten an estimate on prior to the storm.  Finding your soul mate is definitely a gift...this year will be 30 years of marriage to my soul mate!!  I feel very blessed!!  I love making meals!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Surf's Up...CASology #331 the cue card from the CASology challenge this week.  I right away thought of this Verve stamp set...Verve Stamps may no longer be in business but I do love to ink them up from time to time.  Today's card is super simple...Just some plain ole stamping,  masking, and coloring.  I realized while coloring with my Stampin Up markers this morning that it is time to replace them.  I have had my box of markers for over 15 years and some of the colors are original to that purchase!! The Stampin and Write markers from Stampin Up are amazing!!  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 ways you feel the love of God...through nature//His creation continually sings His praises...through His people//we all need to surround ourselves with a tribe that can be His hands and feet...through His Word//read His promises to you today!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Forever in Our Hearts

Today I am playing along with 2 challenges...the sketch challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments and the color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog.  The color combo this week is pink/gray/black.  Not sure why, but this combo made me think of a sympathy card...maybe because I mailed out a sympathy card yesterday.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Flourish thinlits die...Verve sentiment stamp...ribbon...candy dots...Oval Stitched Shapes die  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts behind a behind our fridge door (we have some much to be thankful for) parents behind our basement door (so thankful that we get to live close to them)...our home behind our front door (not just a house but a home)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Perfect Blend

Paper Craft Crew Vertical Card Sketch Challenge with large rectangle and smaller rectangle and a small circle. PCC325"Coffee and friends are the perfect blend."  Yes indeed!!  That is one thing I miss here in Blountstown...we don't have a coffee shop!!  Every town needs a coffee shop where friends can meet and hand out!!  Oh well, maybe some day someone will open one here.  The inspiration for today's card was the sketch challenge from Paper Craft Crew.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Prefect Blend stamp set...designer papers...candy dots...Basic Gray ink pad...Smokey Slate card stock...corduroy button...bakers twine. 

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 hard eucharisteos (joyful thanksgiving) so I guess she is asking for three moments/things that we find hard to be joyful in our thanksgiving!!  Waiting...builds character in us but often is not very joyful!!  Change...often unexpected and leaves us grasping for the joyful thanksgiving in the immediate moment!!  Tears...often very healing, not always joyful, but needed!!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Three Challenges // One Simple Card

A color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog and a sketch challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch, and a theme challenge from CASology...BOUQUET,  this trio of challenges was the inspiration for today's card.  The color combo called for was yellow, red, and choices are: Stampin Up's Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, and Pumpkin Pie.  I used a scrap strip of each of those colors along with a matching enamel embellishment at the center of each embossed flower.  Finished off my card by corner rounding two corners opposite of each other along with a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Stampin Up hostess set...Hand Delivered.  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts in working...a pay check, money a necessity and gift // my customers...I have been blessed to meet some of the neatest people // new appreciation for the weekend!!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

As You See It #193

Just a note...that is my sentiment this morning!!  I love the element challenges from As You See It!!  This weeks elements....
Stripes:Cut Poppy Parade stripes
Pattern Paper:Retired designer paper from Stampin Up
Poppy Parade:Cardstock cut stripes
Cut Out:Rooster//stamped on the base card and then layered with a second cut out rooster.  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 times you heard laughter is 5:30 am so no laughter yet this morning, I will just reflect on yesterday.  Me and my hubby laughing about aging...we both turn 50 this year!!  A toddler laughing with excitement at a marble roller!! Stories shared about parenting mishap...funny now...not so funny then!! So glad we can laugh at our mistakes.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #508

I was glad when the Mojo Monday challenge started back up.  Julee has such fun sketches!!  I decided to move away from the Valentine's Day theme I have been in and create a masculine card.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Truly Tailored stamp set and matching punch...True Gentlemen designer papers...Chocolate Chip and Night of Navy card stock...Very Vanilla card stock and candy dots  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 surprise gifts // my two peas in a pod upcoming visit...the severity of Hurricane Michael, while the devastation is not a gift the way I have seen our community pull together is!!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Sketch Saturday Challenge #550

Here is another fun sketch from Sketch Saturday...we would love for you to come play along with us.   It is always so much fun to see how each of your interpret our sketch.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Lily Pad Lad die...Stitched Shapes, oval...Dazzling Diamonds glitter...Soft Sky, Basic Black, and Whisper White card stock...Wavy embossing folder...Stampin Write markers

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift broken, fixed, and thrifted   // my heart over the state of our country...our roof after Hurricane Michael reeked havoc on it...cozy sweaters that I no longer need since I have moved to FL

A Trio of Challenges

Today's card is a trio of challenges...Love is in the air theme challenge from Paper Players,  Pretty in Pink color challenge from Sunday Stamps, and a inspiration photo (love themed) from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  All three of these challenges work great together without taking anything away from each other.  Thanks to all the challenge teams for continuing to give great inspiration!  And so....another Valentine's Day card to add to my stash!!    

Related imageMaterials used:  Stampin Up's Up & Away thinlits card stock from my scrap pile (meaning I not 100% sure which pinks they are)...Stampin Up's Cloudy Day embossing folder...Basic Gray card stock and ink...heart punch  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift broken, fixed, and thrifted   // my heart over the state of our country...our roof after Hurricane Michael reeked havoc on it...cozy sweaters that I no longer need since I have moved to FL

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Library Challenge...The Cover/The Title/The Story

Here is my take on the Library Challenge...this week's book is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  My inspiration for the card...I stamped a girl (while more of a LADY than the goth girl in the book) and I "tattooed" my paper (does embossing work as a tattoo??) And my sentiment...I guess Lisbeth lived by this sentiment even if she was filled with anger!  

Materials Used:  Stampin Up's Beautiful You stamp set...Tuxedo and Real Red ink...embossing filigree...corner rounder punch  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift at 11:30, 2:30, and 6:30...11:30 my lunch hours, so glad I live close to home and can enjoy lunch with my husband // 2:30 Sunday afternoon matinees, does not happen very often but sure enjoy them when they do // 6:30 evening stroll through the neighbor hood

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Blue & Yellow

Image result for stampin up flourishesWhat a fun cheery color combo!! Blue & Yellow!!  Thanks to Less Is More for the fun color challenge this week.  It is their 8th birthday this week so give them a shout out!!  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Flourish thinlits die...Dapper Denim ink...Daffodil Delight card stock and candy dots...Stampin Up's retired Itty Bitty Banners die  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts found outside...Cypress pond out our living room window (not as pretty since the hurricane but I still love it) // waterfalls (I love hiking to a waterfall!!) // freshly cut grass between my toes (I love being barefoot!!)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air....Valentine's Day is drawing near!!  Here is a Valentine's Day card that was inspired by two challenges.  The inspiration challenge from Inspired By and the tic/tac/toe challenge from Paper Craft Crew.  For my tic/tac/toe board,  I picked across the middle for the elements die/Valentine/metallic.  
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Materials used:  Stampin Up's Sunshine Wishes "love" die...foil sheets for the metallic element...retired stamp...enamel embellishments  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) stitched//woven//hammered...graduation quilt the my MIL made for both of my life tapestry woven by my heavenly Father's hand...pencil poster bed built by my hubby

Monday, February 4, 2019

Fusion...You're So Sweet

The Fusion challenge calls for us to use either the sketch or the inspiration picture....or to fuse them together, using both elements.  This week I decided to use both elements.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Snow Place stamp set...Real Red and Basic Black card stock...Tuxedo ink...Verve retired stamps...Stampin Up's Triple Banner Punch

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts found when bent down...sea shells // 4 leaf clovers // a toddlers smile, getting down to their level means a lot to them!!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Seashell Dies...Get Well Wishes

Here is my take on the color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog, and the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  I like putting color challenges and sketch challenges together...they often pair up nicely.  

Materials used:  Shell dies...So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, and More Mustard card stock...Chocolate Chip and Coastal Cabana ink...Costal Cabana ribbon...Get Well Soon die...splatter stamp from Stampin Up

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts found in writing (this prompt is so close to yesterdays...I had to look back because I thought maybe I did the wrong day yesterday)  memories written in journals // promises written in God's Word // Signatures on the dotted line for our house

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Celebrate...two challenges in one CAS Card

CASology's cue card this week is TURN!!  Whether it is about standing in line and "waiting your turn" or  "turning" round and round as you ride...a Ferris wheel is the perfect TURN image.  So let's "celebrate" another fun challenge using the cue card from CASology and the sketch challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch!  Both of these challenges are CAS challenges (Clean And Simple), and I think I did a good job keeping this card very clean and simple!!

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Smokey Slate ink and cardstock...retired Sale-A-Bration set from several years ago...sequins. 

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts)  3 gifts on note posted in the bathroom//God's Word printed for us to read, understand, and follow//books, for our reading pleasure

Friday, February 1, 2019

Addicted to CAS

Today I am playing along with a challenge from the Addicted to CAS blog....I'm really not addicted, I find it more of a challenge to keep things Clean And Simple.  But it is good for me to create outside my comfort zone.  This week's challenge from them is to create a card using the code word...FRIEND!  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Sheltering Tree stamp set...Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, and Blushing Bride inks...that is it--just plain ole paper, stamps, and inks!!  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts)  3 gifts red...strawberries//my flannel pajama pants//apples (although the green ones are my favorite) Today starts a new month of prompts I have posted them here in case you want to play along.
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