Monday, March 31, 2014

Big Hug

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I posted last!  It has been a busy time-- report cards, Writing Night at school, flu and strep (boo!!) and a boat load of other things going on. I honestly haven't had much time for crafting, but, it is now Spring Break!! Woohoo!! Mike has to work, so we aren't travelling, though I do have some girlfriend dates, projects to catch up on and a few appointments this week.  I actually have a full "to do" list and I am optimistic! I always feel that way at the beginning of a break-- then it goes so fast! Oh well, here's to enjoying each moment. :)

Here's this week's Mojo Monday card. The paper is CTMH Ariana. I paired ruby cardstock with it and I like the contrast.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week. :)


Monday, March 17, 2014

Heartfelt Wishes

Ok, I am just going to start out by saying that masculine cards are really, really, really (got it?) hard for me. Bows, flowers, paper lace, pink, and sparkly things are my comfort zone.  But, right now I am in need of a masculine card. So, the ribbon is balanced with some burlap, and the subtle lace prints are contrasted by masculine colors. My kindergarteners would be proud, because I tried my best... and that is rule number one in my classroom. :)

The layout is from this week's Mojo Monday challenge. Patterned papers are CTMH Skylark and Jubilee. All materials are CTMH.

Heartfelt [best] wishes to you...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Picture My Life Love!

Well, I think we all know that these days, when it comes to crafting in my little world, that *usually* means card making. So, when a fellow crafty friend and I decided to split all of the Picture My Life sets, I just had to turn a few of them into cards. :)

These were created using the Avonlea pack. They came together so quickly and easily... and aren't the patterns and colors so pretty?  All I added was some Kraft cardstock, a little organdy ribbon, a few sparkles and  little pop with the foam tape (all materials are CTMH). I am so pleased with how they turned out!

This one says: "Do small things with great love."
To this one, I just added a stamped sentiment. Don't you just love that camera?
I really am in love with the Picture My Life sets! I am actually going to try to give scrapbooking the PML way, a try!  Stay tuned...  :)

Friday, March 14, 2014

You are so... 3x3's

My little project is moving right along!  A couple more sets and I will be ready to pop them in the mail. I really like this set... I kept the design simple (Well, mostly because I had a long day!  I tutor 2 groups of kids 5th grade Math after school... and I'll just say 2 things about that-- Fifth grade math ain't what it used to be, and fifth grade boys can be even moodier than fifth grade girls! yikes!! lol. It's a challenge for this kindergarten teacher, but I enjoy it and I really love the kids).

Sooo... back to the cards! ;) The paper is from the MME Lime Twist collection and the stamps are from Verve. I love this stamp set! It just arrived in the mail yesterday. One stamp says "You are so" and then you can add "awesome," "loved," "precious," etc.  Love, love, love it!!

Whoops!  Missed my bedtime... It's Friday already!  Better hop in bed.
Until next time,
Kristine :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ivy Lane Birthday

I used the beautiful CTMH Ivy Lane and Lollydoodle papers for this birthday card. It will be going in the mail belatedly to a very special person. :) I seem to be doing a lot of running everywhere and catching up just to try get it all done...  I feel like I need a few more hours in the day. ;) Do you feel that way, too?  Maybe daylight savings will help.  It least it seems like the days are longer, right?

You know I love the Mojo Monday challenges, so here is this week's entry.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

3x3-- But Wait, There's More!

Not done with the 3x3's yet!  This stamp set was a Stamp of the Month some time ago. I love all of the interchangeable little phrases and elements. The bright, fun colors of the cardstock and ink make me think of warm weather (and it's actually beautiful here today)! Come on Spring, we are ready for you!!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Just for Fun

Found this little Spring-y creation while (or should I say "whilst?" I love it when British folks do that!) going through my photo archives, so I thought I'd post it just for fun.

Cardstock, brad and blooms are CTMH; I believe that the patterned paper is from the Lime Twist collection by MME. I am certain the sentiment is CTMH, but can't recall what set it is from. If you recognize it, please let me know! :)

Happy Weekend! 


Thursday, March 6, 2014

3x3, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of Project 3x3. :)  I always have so much fun just stamping away, but, folks, I REALLY lurved creating this bunch!

The adorable little buggies are a retired set from CTMH, the Gingham paper is also oooold, um, I mean "classic" CTMH. :) But, isn't gingham perfect for so many things? I used to have gingham paper and ribbon in every color of the rainbow! I think it is timeless. 

I cut those cute little black doodle-y frames from the Artbooking cartridge. Aren't they so precious? Oh my gosh... I just want to put them on everything!!   What else can I frame?  Might look cute on my driver's license... maybe my school i.d.?  How about the dollar bill in my wallet? You know I am kidding, but I really, really do love 'em!

Well, I must hop in bed... I know it's hard to believe (lol), but I do need my beauty rest. :)
Sweet dreams!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Project 3x3, Part 2

Here is my next installment of Project 3x3 (see March 2nd post for an explanation!).  I am having so much fun creating these little cards. For this group, I used MME's Stella Rose patterned paper, CTMH Kraft and Colonial White cardstock and Verve's "Let It Be" stamp set. 

I really love the patterned paper! It is from a huge 180 page MME tablet I bought for 50% off when Archiver's was closing. I think the colors are so pretty. I added some CTMH Bubblegum grosgrain ribbon that I had tucked away in the crafty cave. And, if you can't tell, I do love that stamp set, too! Just perfect for a little lift.

Hope my friend and her daughter like them. :) I've finished about 4 sets of 3x3's so far... after I've done about 6 sets I'll ship them off to her.

Stay crafty, my friends!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Hoppin' aboard the Mojo train! Here's my creation for this week's Mojo Monday challenge.

Yep. I love pink. Just putting it out there. Almost every time, I am picking the pinks. Oh well, what can I say? I do try to add some variety every now and then... :)

The polka dot paper is MME, the big check is vintage CTMH, cardstock is all CTMH-- Hollyhock and Colonial White, and the floral paper... no idea! ;)

Here's the sketch:

Wishing you joy!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Project 3x3, Part 1

I am working on a little project that is really meaningful to me. I have a friend whose young teenage daughter is going through a hard time. She's in Middle School-- and boy, that time can be tough! She's not feeling so good about herself right now; I remember those days, don't you? Maybe not Middle School, but some time in your life, right? We've all been through it at one time or another.  So, anyway, I thought if I made these little 3x3 cards, my friend could leave her daughter some love notes-- on her pillow, in her lunchbox, wherever...  to remind her how much she loves her and how truly beautiful she is.

My first step was to go through all of my stamp sets and pull out those with encouraging or uplifting messages.  Wow!  I have a lot of stamps!  I got a little overwhelmed! I decided to start with one set, then move to another and just keep going. I am creating them in groups of 4, 5 or 6.  Here's my first group.  I used CTMH's Skylark paper, and You are My Happy stamp set.

Stay turned for the next installment of Project 3x3! :)  Have a great week, friends!