Thursday, December 26, 2013

Secret Santa Gifties

I belong to a wonderful group of crafters!  Our leader is Brenda Rose and she calls us her Rose Blossoms. Cute, right? Anywho-- every year she lets us sign up for a Secret Santa gift exchange and she randomly assigns us someone to create gifts for. It is so much fun trying to create something that our recipient would love. :) This year I was creating for Sara (her blog is here). Her favorite paper is Laughing Lola (a favorite of mine, too!). Here is what I created for her...  (thank you, Sara, for taking the picture!)

I ccreated magnets, a necklace, a set of notecards and a  treat tube filled with Hershey's kisses, all tucked into a card box decorated with the Laughing Lola paper, some sparkles and her name cut with Cricut Artbooking. I am so happy that she loves it! :) I had so much fun creating for her.
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Penguin Cheer

Isn't this the cutest little penguin? :) My husband has always loved penguins and when he saw this card, he claimed it as his own!

This card was created with the Mojo Monday sketch as inspiration. Here is my card:

And here is the sketch:

Materials are all from Close to My Heart.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fresh From Heaven

My cousin is having a baby this month! We are all excited for her-- she's having a girl. Well, I am all about the girly colors and patterns! Here's a little card I put together for her.

I used A Child's Year Cricut cartridge for the card shape and the Art Philosophy cartridge for the fancy cut in the middle that the sentiment is on. Cardstock, inks and stamps are from Close to My Heart, and the patterned paper is from Doodlebug Designs. I love the sentiment stamp-- it is from the Babycakes WOTG kit.

Seeing these cheerful colors makes my heart happy on this dreary, wet day! :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Getting my Christmas on!

Haven't had time to do any paper-crafting this weekend (but it's only 7 pm here, so the night is young, right?), what with Black Friday (and Saturday), a concert down in Atlanta with my honey (The Story Tour-- highly recommend, if it comes to a city near you) and a special new craft project (scarves for the girls in the family). So, here's a little card I created about a month ago for my sweet, crafty friend, Kim Hill. I was dying to use the Washi Wonders set to make a little Christmas tree. I have seen several out there using washi tape, but I really don't have a lot of that (need to fix that quick, don't I?), so I thought the stamp set would be perfect. Plus, with stamps, you can use almost any color you want!

I am really getting into the holiday spirit!  It was a year ago on Friday that I had surgery that had me off my feet for a while, and I felt like I never really got to celebrate the season properly! Well, I am determined to make up for it this year. :)

This card kind of makes me think of one of my favorite Christmas songs, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." (BTW, the BEST version is the version sung by Judy Garland in "Meet Me in St. Louis." Just sayin'. What do you think? ).

Ok, enough babble. Here's the card.

Wishing you lots of joy this holiday season!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


I love this little "Remarkable Wreath" from CTMH.  I honestly don't think I will ever tire of this stamp set. It comes with a bare branch wreath and options to add flowers, berries or leaves with a choice of several sentiments. I think I have mentioned before how much I luuurve anything that is interchangeable (and all those options with this wreath are awe-some!)... it just adds to the fun if you can "make it your own." Know what I mean?  I added some chocolate sparkles to give it a little shimmer and popped the wreath up on foam tape.

Anywho, I had some really pretty fall paper from BoBunny. I couldn't let the season go by without using a little of it. I created a bunch of these cards-- for some very special people. One is for my twin sister, Elizabeth, one for my brother Bill, one for my in-laws and the rest for some sweet friends. All people whom I am thankful to have in my life.

This card is linked up to the latest Mojo Monday Challenge. I took some liberties with the vertical piece that goes down the middle, substituting ribbon instead.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!  Don't forget to tell the people in your life how thankful you are for them!


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fall Trees

Whew!  I made it to Thanksgiving Break (I wasn't sure there for a bit!!).  :)  I am so very grateful for this time to spend with family and friends-- and to be able to sleep a little later than my usual 5 am wake up! 

This card is for my mom. We have lots of names for her-- Mammy, Shmammy, Momala, Little Carol Ann, Mommy, Mammoo, Mom... she answers to them all. There really are no words that adequately express what she means to us all. She is the most giving, loving, generous and funny person that I know. I don't know where I'd be or what I'd do without her. I am truly thankful for her.

I chose to stamp the cute little trees from the CTMH Cityscapes stamp set on this card. I love, love, love the fall, and the beauty of the changing leaves is one of the top reasons. I love all of the yellows, oranges and reds. I wish they would stay on the trees just a little bit longer; as a matter of fact, I need to get outside with my camera before they all are gone. I am so thankful for the beauty of God's creation.


Paper:  CTMH Kraft and Colonial White cardstock, Huntington patterned paper
Stamps:  CTMH Cityscapes
Ink:  CTMH Ruby, Sunset, Chocolate, Goldrush
Other:  All CTMH-- Sparkle Brads (retired), Green Collection Ribbon (retired), Cricut Artbooking

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bounty of the Season

Hello friends!  Seems the weekend is my crafty time lately!  Busy, busy, busy during the week. I am so looking forward to the week after next-- a whole week off for Thanksgiving Break and I am looking forward to some leisurely crafting. :)  I have several Christmas projects on my "to do" list!

I made six of these 4x4 cards and they are for my kindergarten team-mates. We have been together for 10 years and they are definitely much, much more than co-workers. They are true friends. Since I have been teaching, we have been through 3 principals, a bazillion curriculum changes, hundreds of students and many, many ups and downs. We have laughed together, cried together and know each other like sisters. I can count on them when times are tough and I really am so thankful for them.

This stamp is one of my favorites! I love fall leaves and think this one is a beauty! The ink rolling technique is perfect for stamps like these. I first inked the stamp with Goldrush, then added a bit of Sunset and finally I rolled the edges in Ruby. I kept the card design fairly simple, because I wanted the beauty of the image to be the star (and because I wanted to finish the six cards before midnight!). :)

Well, I am off to bed in a moment!  Wishing you all a Marvelous Monday tomorrow!


Sunday, November 10, 2013


I am so thankful for the friend and mentor I have found in Brenda Rose!  This card is for her. I tried something new (for me!). It is a Joy Fold card, I really enjoyed putting this together. 

Brenda has been a friend, prayer partner, creative mentor and a remarkable example of kindness, generosity, and integrity.  I am blessed to know her!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Still Thankful!

Continuing the theme of gratitude and thanks this month, this card is for my teaching assistant (in Georgia we call them paraprofessionals, or parapros).  I couldn't do my job without her! She is funny, frank, and oh, so helpful! She copies, colors, cuts and glues... she ties shoes, gives out bandaids, and helps with reading and math groups. She sings and dances with me (and the class) and she does (just about!) everything I ask. She helps with discipline, fills in for me when I "need a moment" and lets me know when my skirt is tucked in my undies (only happened once). :) For all this and more, I am thankful for her.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I Love You

And the month of Thankfulness continues!  I am beyond thankful for my husband, Mike. This past Thursday we celebrated our 20th Anniversary, and truly, I can't believe that it has been that long. Time is flying by! Mike is silly, sweet, kind, and funny and I don't know what I would do without him. He cares for me like no other and makes me laugh every single day. He brings music and laughter to our lives and would do anything for me. He is my heart.

The layout for this card is based on this week's Mojo Monday sketch. As soon as I saw those hearts, I knew I wanted to pull out my stash of Roxie paper (retired- from CTMH). I love that zebra print paired with the plaid and pink tones. Here's the sketch (it's a cutie, isn't it?):

Patterned paper: Roxie (CTMH)
Cardstock: CTMH Tulip, Smoothie and Kraft
Embellishments: CTMH
Stamps: seniment from Pemberly Workshop (CTMH) and heart from Grown with Love (CTMH)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thank You from the Bottom of My Heart

Today I am thankful for this great hobby that allows me to attempt (!) some effort at creativity, for an activity which allows me to create, to appreciate beauty and to be able to share that with others. I am also thankful for pretty paper! Lots of pretty paper. :) This chocolate colored paper is textured and sparkly-- really beautiful in person, It is from DCWV's Sweet Stack.

This particular card is for my doctor (I'll send it with the card for his nurse). He has seen me through a lot...  Over 14 years, he has performed several of my surgeries, ending one of his vacations early to perform one of those surgeries. He has called me on many occasions at 7:00 or 8:00 at night-- after what I am sure has been an extremely full day-- just to check on me. He has attempted to heal, to encourage, to educate and to care for me. He has been there through sorrow and happiness. I am thankful for him. 

Paper-- Patterned paper, DCWV Sweet Stack; Cardstock, CTMH
Stamp-- Avonlea Card Kit, CTMH
Ink-- CTMH Chocolate Exclusive Inks
Embellishments-- Sparkles, CTMH; Square Brad, BoBunny Press

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Best and Most Beautiful Things

On Facebook this month, so many people are sharing every day the things that they are thankful for. It's a great idea, really. I know that it really helps me keep things in perspective when I focus on being grateful for all that I have. So, this month, I'll be sharing some of the things (and people!) for which (and whom) I am thankful.

I just happened to be at the doctor's office on Friday (still working out some complications from last year's surgery :/  and believe me, if I am supposed to be thankful for that, I am going to have to work a lot harder at it!) Anywho-- I put this card together for a very special person-- that I am very thankful for. She is a nurse and has been with my doctor longer than I have been his patient-- so at the least over fourteen years. She is kind, patient, and always willing to listen.  She has held my hand through many a visit and even though I don't love having to go to the doctor (though I do love him), I always feel better when she is there. She is all that a nurse should be and more.


Patterned paper: MME Saffron
Stamps: heart (from Grown with Love, CTMH), sentiment- unknown
Sparkle Gems: CTMH

Friday, November 1, 2013

New RBG Challenge!

Hop on over to the RBG Challenge Blog and share your fall creations!  Here's a simple Thanksgiving card using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and some favorite fall papers from CTMH (Flirty and Elemental).  I love the Bronze Shimmer Trim and had to throw a little bit of that in there, too. :)


I can't wait to see what you create!

(All Materials CTMH)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Happy Go Lucky

So here is my first go at one of the Retro Sketches. I love the fun easiness of this pattern. I picked my papers, and it came together quickly! This is a great pattern for using up bits of extra paper. I pulled some "Happy Go Lucky" paper (My Mind's Eye) from my stash and created this card for my niece's 17th birthday. She is a fun, sweet, smart, happy go lucky girl and I think this card will be perfect for her.:)  Happy Birthday, sweet Macey! Aunt Kristine loves you!

Here is the sketch:

Paper:  "Happy Go Lucky" (MME), White Daisy cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps: Holiday Tags (CTMH)
Ink: Outdoor Denim (CTMH)
Other: Sparkles (CTMH)

Monday, October 7, 2013


So much about this season is beautiful-- just the way it is... don't you agree?  The changing leaves, the cooling weather. I'll say it again, I just love Fall.  The sentiment on this stamp (from Verve) is perfect for this season and also for so many people in my life. Beautiful-- just as they are. :)

I am linking up to the Mojo Monday challenge.  Here's what I came up with. :)

Paper:  Teresa Collins and CTMH
Stamp: Verve
All other materials CTMH

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Give Thanks

With Fall in the air, I just had to break out the Huntington paper pack!  Look at those gorgeous colors! The design for this card is from Freshly Made Sketches and I am also linking this up to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge-- this week the challenge is "Au Naturale"-- to use natural colors or items from nature.

Here is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Harvest Happiness

It's been a while since I have played along with the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday! And this week-- well, it's Saturday and I am just now getting there! I loved the simplicity of the sketch, but sometimes that makes it even harder to put it all together. I spent a lot of time on this card today-- even consulted my husband for his opinion, couldn't seem to settle on the perfect combination. I do love how it turned out, though!

I pulled out some old favorite papers and stamps for this one. The paper is called Dreamin'. I absolutely love the patterned paper in this group!  It just shouts "Fall!" to me. :) I also used some of the Bronze Shimmer Trim... it is hard to see just how sparkly and fabulous it really is, but trust me, it IS fabulous!!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Happy Owl-oween!

I am so happy it is October!  I have a serious love for all things Fall, and the month of October is at the top of the list. I love that the weather starts to get cooler and the leaves start to change. I love fall weather and I love Halloween!

At my elementary school, every fall we have a Fall Festival. It is so much fun for the kids and we raise money to support the Rally Foundation. It is a win-win for everyone! There are bouncies, a dunk tank, games, face painting, a bungee jump, food trucks, a cake walk, crafts, and so much more! There is also an auction where each classroom has donated a basket and a decorated pumpkin to be raffled off. This year our basket has an "I Love to Read!" theme-- it is awesome. :) Our pumpkin is awesome, too! :) I cut most of the pieces at home with my cricut and the kindergarteners all helped attach everything. They LOVE it and I do too. Our room moms were fighting over who would win it!  I hope it is a popular item.

We decided to decorate it like an owl because that is how my classroom is decorated. I was inspired by several projects on Pinterest, but ours is completely unique.  The paper is Spellbound from the "While Supplies Last" section of my website.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Another Sarita Spinner!

I am having fun playing with these spinner cards! Here's another. I used the sentiment from Teddy Bear Birthday and the cake image from You Are My Happy.

The cake is watercolored with ink pad and the blender marker. I "fussy cut" it and popped it up on foam dots. On the inside, I mounted an identical cake, but didn't pop it so it would lay flat. The turquoise photo frame piece was cut with the Artbooking cartridge, and the turquoise scallop was cut with Art Philosophy.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Good Things

What a beautiful day we had today! It was 59 degrees before noon and it feels like Fall might be around the corner!  The Goldrush hues in the Sarita paper and the magenta of Laughing Lola seemed a "Fall-ish" combination to me. :) I had fun trying out Close to My Heart's new spinner cards. The round piece that the largest flower is mounted on spins. How fun is that?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Treasured Friends

Hello all!  It's Tuesday evening and the week is already moving by quickly. I had a great weekend (and hope you did, too). My twin sister and I celebrated our birthday with family celebrations, good times with friends and, of course, presents!  What's not to love about that? :)

Tonight I was supposed to be in class-- I registered for classes to earn my Reading Endorsement. Classes will meet every Tuesday night from 4 pm until 9 pm and run through May (what was I thinking??). That's a long evening after teaching all day!  Well, I received an e-mail that class for tonight was canceled!  Woohoo (of course I am sooo disappointed!)-- bonus crafty time!! ;)

So here's a little something I came up with...

You might recognize the patterned papers from Avonlea and Chantilly. I had fun mixing those together. The bear is from Jeanette Lynton's vintage collection. I actually used the (oldie but goodie) wood mounted version that I purchased almost 15 years ago. The newer version is on its way to my doorstep and I am excited to have it in the clear mount form... the newer one comes with accessories-- party hat, gift and a piece of cake-- cute as can be!
Well, off to bed now-- this girl gets up before the chickens and needs a little beauty rest. :)
I hope you get a little extra time to do what you enjoy this week!!
P.S. I really AM excited about my classes...  it's all worth it in the long run!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

It's a Good Day!

Oops!  Late again!  Not sure what's with me...  just give me a tardy slip and send me to detention!! That being said, the theme at the RBG Challenge Blog this month is "back to school." And "back to school" is exactly why I haven't posted in a while!  This girl is worn out!  The kids in our county have been in school almost 4 weeks now. It seems like it is still summer, but I know the extra breaks in October and February (plus our end of the year before Memorial Day) will make it all worth it. My class this year is super sweet, and amazingly, I only have 18 boys and girls!  Last year I had 24-- what a difference 6 less students makes! Whew!! 

So, here is my contribution-- I looked at the "Z" key on the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and all I could see was scrapbook layouts. Well, my head is so not "there" right now. So, my challenge was to turn all of that scrapbook type goodness into a card. I love the nametag cut and had to use that! :)

Please join in the challenge with a school themed project for a chance to win a new CTMH stamp set!
I hope your day is a "good day!"
Materials (all CTMH):
Patterned Paper: Laughing Lola
Cardstock: Kraft, White Daisy
Cricut: Artbooking
Embellishments: Black Twine and Purple Gems (from Laughing Lola Card Kit)
Stamps:  All the Details (D1555)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summertime! New RBG Challenge!

Oops!  I am a tiny bit late with this post! The Rose Blossom Garden Challenge Blog has a new challenge!  Check it out! Create anything with a summer theme for a chance to win a new stamp set!  For two entries in the drawing, use the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge using the "T" key.  Here's what I came up with...   I have been wanting to try a sunburst card and this key makes it so easy!  I cut the sunburst from 2 different patterned papers and fit the pieces together like a puzzle. Easy and fun!! Give it a try! :)


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Peace and Comfort

Here are a couple of cards that have been difficult for me to create.  I have been putting them off, unable to really think of creating something that would match the emotions attached. Sometimes you just have to dive in and give it a go, if you know what I mean... so here they are.

I love the sophisticated elegance of the For Always papers, just right for so many occasions.


Sunday, July 21, 2013


Hello!  It's been a while. Well, this summer hasn't been exactly as I had planned, but as one of my favorite Pinterest quotes goes, "There is always, always, always, something to be thankful for."  It really is so true.  Friday I had some minor surgery due to unexpected complications from the surgery I had last fall. While I am not exactly happy about having to go through that, I am truly grateful that it happened during my time off, when I didn't have to worry about arranging a sub, writing sub plans or about whether or not my students were being taken care of. I am also so grateful, once again, for the great care I received and for the love and support of family and friends.

Another thing I am grateful for is this great hobby that allows me a creative outlet, stress relief and joy. I really enjoyed creating this card.  It features a stamp from the new CTMH Fall Idea Book which is a reproduction of original CTMH artwork from about 15 years ago!  I actually own the original stamp mounted on a wooden block. I now own the newer version, which gets mounted on a clear acrylic block. The image is just as lovely as the original, but the difference in stamping with the clear stamp and acrylic block is amazing!  I love being able to see where I am placing my images.  This stamp is actually one of my very favorites from the "old days." I am thrilled that CTMH is bringing back some of the oldies but goodies--  hope they will bring back even more. :)

Linking up again to the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge... always a wonderful source of inspiration.

All materials are from Close to My Heart.
Hope you find lots to be grateful for today!  xoxo


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mojo Monday 300

Congratulations to Mojo Monday for their 300th sketch challenge! Here is my entry for the week. The sentiment is from Verve, papers are from MME and CTMH. All other materials are CTMH.

Have a great weekend! :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

New Rose Blossom Garden Challenge!

It's the first of the month and time for something new from the Rose Blossom Garden Challenge Blog.  The challenge this time is to create something from the "K" key on the Artiste Cartridge. Link up your own creation on the blog and you will automatically be entered to win a free Close To My Heart stamp set!

The "K" key has some really neat options! There is a mini-album cover and a variety of pages to go with it, as well as a fun (and elegant) slider card. I chose to take two of the album pages and turn them into a banner.

I first cut the rounded square page three times (with solid cardstock)  and then cut the decorative square three times, using patterned paper (cut at 2.75 inches).  I layered them so that the solid color of the rounded square piece would show through the fancy cuts of the decorative square.

The "K" key also features a couple of decorative circle/rosette cuts and a butterfly cut. I added the butterflies and decorative circles (popped up with foam tape) to each banner piece. I then layered simple White Daisy circles on top, with the letters to spell "joy" attached. I used pieces of "zip strip" and decorated brads to connect each of the three banner pieces. I added ribbon, acrylic flowers and pink glitter gems to finish the banner.  The ends have ribbon attached, ready to hang as you choose. My intent was to decorate the cake with the banners propped up on wooden skewers. The plan would have been just perfect if my cake had been bigger! :) 

What can you create with the Artiste Cartridge "K" key?


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Fun

I was inspired this morning by a post at the "Bitten By the Bug 2" blog to create something with a summer fun theme.  I have great memories of spending some time at the lake as a kid. We had neighbors with a boat, and my uncle also had a boat. Neither were sailboats, but I thought this boat from the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge caught the spirit of those days on the lake. I love the water-- we actually live on a very small lake, and live close to a couple of much larger lakes. Maybe one day we will have a boat, too! 

This card was a bit of a departure for me (notice the absence of flowers and sparkle!), but I think I like it!  Mike was thrilled that I asked his opinion on paper choices (and took his advice!). I may not have a boat, but I do have the best hubby and friend, and that's even better, I think. :)
Paper:  Tommy (CTMH)
Embellishments: Artisan Stud Durables (CTMH)
Cricut: Boys Will Be Boys

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Smallest Things

Happy Monday! I'm linking up once again to the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. The sentiment stamp is from Verve-- and I love it!  How can anyone not love a little wisdom from Winnie the Pooh? Papers, ink and embellishments are from CTMH.

It's been a rainy morning here in Georgia, but it looks like the sun is starting to peek out. Wishing you a happy and productive Monday!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Here's another Mojo Monday inspired card using one of my favorite stamp sets-- Hooray Bouquet. I love the bright colors of the Dotty for You papers, and the sparkle of the little gems. I had fun creating this card, hope you like it!


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Snail Mail

I get so excited when I get REAL mail (you know-- something, ANYTHING, other than advertisements and bills!), don't you?  Every now and then I will get an envelope in the mail that is stuffed full...  it is hand addressed, but there is no note-- just a bunch of coupons wrapped in a plain piece of paper. I know it is from my sweet mommy. She has taken the time to go through the coupons and clip out (and sort) the ones she thinks that Mike and I might be able to use. How sweet is that?  That little gesture is just one small way that she shows us how much she loves us. It really touches my heart to know that she is thinking of me and that she cares. With that in mind, I am going to be challenging myself to send out more of those "just because" kinds of cards to let my loved ones know that I am thinking of them. It's like getting a little bit of love in the mail. :)

Anywho... here's a little number that I put together using the "Birthday Bash" Cricut cartridge and CTMH paper. I used a little glitter for the snail's cheeks to give it some sparkle. :)  That little snail is a cutie, isn't he?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cute as a Bug!

Now that it is summer break, I find I have been spending just a little more time online. I am a huge fan of Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, numerous blogs, Amazon and ebay. Hehe-- umm... spending a bit too much time online, I guess. ;) I love Pinterest for teaching and craft ideas! I really love to see what others are doing and gaining inspiration from that. I get that inspiration from reading blogs, too.  I really think I have become a better crafter and teacher by learning from others. I get so engrossed, and then before I know it, the day is slipping by!! Does that happen to you? (Note to self:  Must. Get. Out. More.)

I really have to make a conscious effort not to go to ebay too often! I've been obsessed with checking out the Cricut cartridges lately, which is crazy, because I have so many that I haven't even used yet! So this card was the beginning of my effort to use what I've got.  When I got the "Create a Critter" cartridge I just "HAD to have it!!!"  I am almost embarrassed to admit that I have had that cartridge well over a year and this is the first time I have used it. Granted, my "go-to" cartridges are the CTMH Art Philosophy and Artiste carts-- they are both so versatile, but I have to admit, this little ladybug is darn cute! :)  So, bye-bye, ebay (ok, for now)...  I'm going shopping in my own craft closet!  Can't wait to see what else I find!

Patterned Paper (all CTMH): Dotty for You, Chantilly, Dream Pop, Bubblegum B&T
Ink: CTMH Archival Black
Stamps: D1535 Bugs and Hugs (CTMH)
Embellishments: Bow Clip (CTMH), Paper Lace (CTMH), Ribbon (Michaels)
Cricut Cartridges: Create A Critter, Art Philosophy

Monday, June 10, 2013

Just a little prayer...

Woohoo!  It is finally summer break, and just in time. The past school year proved to be challenging, both personally and professionally. Between health issues, family tragedies and school stress (I could go on-- but I will spare you :) !), I definitely needed more than just a little prayer to carry me through. Thankfully, there were many hugs, sweet smiles (gotta love 5 and 6 year olds!) and just seeing the huge progress of my students to make the days at school worthwhile.  I have been in recovery mode for a week and now it is time to get out and among the living and breathing!

The sketch for this card is from Mojo Monday and the patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye. Embellishments, ink and cardstock are from Close to My Heart. I love florals, lace and sparkle, so these papers and doodads are right up my alley. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful week!  xoxo

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Rose Blossom Garden Challenge

Time for Challenge Number 3 at the Rose Blossom Garden Challenge Blog!  This time the challenge is to use the "P" key on the Cricut Artiste cartridge. You should see what the other design team members have created! Gorgeous work from those ladies!  Here's my contribution:

I used the pinwheel cut paired with the Dream Pop papers. Those papers just make me smile. :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

More Pun Fun!

I am so in love with the Dream Pop papers (you NEED to get some of these when they become available on May 1st!) and the Punny Praises stamp set! As much as I love the stamps, I think they could be just a smidge more "punny," if you know what I mean. For instance, I would add wings to this adorable clock to go with the phrase "Time flies when I am with you!" Maybe I'll do that myself next time I use this stamp. I love the clean lines and simplicity of the images, though, so maybe it's best just left alone. :)  Can you see the beautiful texture on the aqua cardstock? :)

I am linking this card to Mojo Monday and Heart 2 Heart challenges.

Hope your day is fabulous!