Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Our Challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is DIY embellishments! Our sponsor this week is My Grafico Digital Art. I used two different images plus the sentiment for this card. They were all water colored and the swirl flowers were cut in several layers and sizes for my embellies. I also made some leaves to go with it. I punched the corners of the sentiment with a MS daisy punch. We can't wait to see your own embellies so stop by and join us.

Entering Challenges:
House of Gilli: Flowers
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Squigglefly: Use Three of something
Stamp with Fun: In the Garden

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day

To remember and say thank you to all those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Saturday

Here in the desert it is reaching the triple digits and the flowers will soon be gone. Since I don't have a card today I thought I would share a few pics flowers I took this morning.


The cactus have almost finished blooming now

My grapes will be ready to pick in another month
The trumpet vine likes the heat and is growing like crazy giving us lots of bright color and plenty of nectar for the visiting hummers.
These lilies are rather plain but they have the most delightful fragrance!

desert bird of paradise
double hibicus

I let this artichoke stay on to long so I cut it off and set it aside and forgot to take it to the trash. When I went to water last night it was putting out the purple spikes so I cut it and put in water and this morning look how pretty it is.
I love scented geraniums and they are not easy to grow here in the desert! I had a huge one for a couple years and two summers ago it was so hot and humid it rotted. Well this year I have all these little volunteers coming up from some the seeds that scattered.

Hope you enjoyed the little stroll thru part of my garden this morning. You all have a wonderful holiday weekend :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Happy Wednesday to you all. For our challenge this week we are looking for your summer creations. I've made a little hanger and used one of the pretty new Heart Song Digis frames.I water colored the frame and paper pieced the two biggest flowers. I then put the scripture in the frame. Flowers are always summery so made a few to go with my image.

I tell you I'm having withdrawals without a sewing machine or a die/emb machine! My sweet niec
e cut this base for me with a Spellbinder die. I went around the edge with the pink dots, added a couple doilies, some tea stained lace and my image.

I made my flowers from SU and Bazzill papers.

Added the leaves, butterfly and the dyed ribbon.I used brads to attach the ribbon to hang it by. A gift for one of the ladies in my Womens Ministry group.

Entering Challenges:
A Spoon Full of Sugar:Things with Wings
City Crafter: I've been Framed
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Lace
Digi Design House: Anything but a card
Get Hippity with Ippity: Flowers
House of Gilli: Flowers
Stamps & Fun+Creativity: Flower Power
There's Magic in the Air: Make your own flowers
The Crafty Pad: Lace & Bows
Creative Craft World: Three or more flowers


Good Morning !! Wednesday means another challenge at the Pixie Cottage. Summer is here for sure and our theme this week is Here Comes the Sun. Here in the desert the sun is ever present and getting more toasty by the day! I used the Pixie Cottage image Hannah Swinging found in Michelle's store here.

The image was water colored and attached. I drew and water colored the sun. The fun sunny DP is from Cosmos Cricket. I added the rick rack down the side and popped up the sentiment. Be sure to stop by The Pixie Cottage to see the rest of the talented team cards.

Entering Challenges:
Make It Monday: Always Anything Goes
Desert Islands Crafts: Any three from list...square,image&pattern dp
Card Cupids: Bright and Bold
Truly Scrumptious: Anything Goes
Gingerloft: Plant a Tree
Delicious Doodles: Let the Sun Shine in
I Did It Creations: Anything Goes
Clear It Out:Any Coloring Medium
Penny's Paper-Crafty: Here Comes Summer

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Our challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown is stripes. Our sponsor for this week is Inktegrity Stamps.

I've used the cute tractor image. I comes in a set with several different wagons that pulls behind the tractor. I used the hay wagon to form a border across the bottom. All the images are water colored and silver stickles added on the metal
parts. Pull out the striped dp and join us.

Entering Challenges:
Emerald Fairies: Anything Goes
Sugar Creek Hollow: Masculine
Lexi' Creations:Spots/and or stripes
Woodware USA: Anything goes
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central: Masculine
Catch The Bug: Summer Celebrations

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Happy Saturday to you! Today is Armed Forces Day and my card is to honor all those who have served and are serving our country. My father was in the US Army and fought in WWII so I was raised in a very patriotic home. My girls father also served and fought in Vietnam, was wounded and received several medals but didn't consider himself a hero but rather just serving his country. Both of my daughters are married to military men who are deployed at this time. The last time my SIL was deployed to Iraq I was visiting them in Alaska and attended the Deployment Program. It was truely one of those life changing events. As I looked out on that sea of men and women on the tarmac and looked around me at all the fathers, mothers, wives, husbands and children in the bleachers the reality of the situation struck me. There would be some who would not return home alive and the lives of those left behind would be forever changed. It is at a great cost our brave men and women serve and I honor their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families. It's not easy for the families to send them off either.

I had this old homespun SU set that I used. Since I cant sew, emboss or use dies I made it very simple just using a couple of punches for the border and little stars.

I really like this quote from Will Rogers " We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by." So I applaud all of our heroes serving today.

Entering Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturday: Military

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


For today our challenge is Pink & Girly and or the sketch. Be sure to stop by The Pixie Cottage and join us this week. My card is using one of the newer stamps Hannah by the Fence. You will find her and lots of other stamps, digis and other supplies at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. She is water colored and cut out with the scalloped Spellbinder and matted on another pink one. I used Stickles for the dots around her. The scallops were also dotted with the Stickles. The flower was made from a recycled box with a punched center and jewel. The loopy edge is made with a MS looped punch and also dotted.

Entering Challenges:
The Emerald Fairie: Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: Glitzy & Bling
One Stitch at A Time: Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday: Pink a Licous/ must use a stamp
A Spoonful of Sugar: Anything Goes
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz: Die Cuts & Punches
The Cheerful Stamp Pad: Color my World
Divas by Design:One for the Girls
Creative Card Crew: Cute and Girly


This month we are featuring lace at Passionately Artistic. My card was a little difficult to make as my cuttlebug broke and I couldnt make any die cuts or emboss. Had to dig in the scrap box and pull out a few things to see what I could make work :) But I suppose thats the point of challenges right?
Entering Challenges:
The Corrosive: Birthdays
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Lace
Make It Monday: Always anything Goes
Stamping Scrapping: Birthday Theme
Paper Sundaes: Birthdays
Scrappy Frogs: Anything goes
Ellephantastic: Birthday Party
Paper And Such Designs: Birthday
Sweet Stamps: Birthday
I Did it Creations: Lace and ribbon

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Good Morning, I for one am glad its a new week and looking forward to better days. I mentioned last week about the flood from the washer, after that my sewing machine broke, then I had put a dozen eggs on to boil and opps forgot and went to work... WOW what a smoky stinky mess that made not to mention ruined my very best pan and for toppers my cuttlebug broke on Saturday. Do you remember life before a die cut/embossing machine??? Now that's a challenge:)For todays Tuesday Throwdown challenge we are looking for Baby/Child creations. Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear Stamps. They have so many wonderful images be sure to stop by their store. I am using the Raggedies image. You don't see many of them any more. When my girls were young everyone had one. I decided to make a little ABC book for my Granddaughter. The image was water colored and attached to the red checked dp then the dark blue. No machine so lots of faux stitching. My little flower is make with some dotted paper, punches and the blue and wht center I outlined it with the dots, attached little hinges and the eyelets to attach the ribbon. On the inside each page has three letters and pics for the sound.

here is a peak inside

Entering Challenges:
By the Cute and Girly: Anything Goes
Creative Cowgirls: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Cutie Patootie
Digi Design House: Anything but a Card
KB Cute Monday: Anything goes using a digi
Lexi's Creations: Spot and or Stripes
Stamps R Us: Use something Digital
Tip Top Tuesday: For a Child
My Time to Craft: Something you would find in a toy box
City Crafter: Stripes & Dots

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Are you ready for the new "TAG IT" theme and/or the sketch.
Stop by and see the talented teams great creations and then show us yours.

I decided to make a shaped card and a flower pot sounded good. The flowers were made with red and yellow SU paper. I added red beads to the yellow ones for centers. The bottom of the pot was embossed and then distressed and creates the pocket for the tag.

The Pixie image is Hannah on the Bench by . She was water colored and cut out then added to the Spellbinder scalloped oval. The removable tag has the Big red flower on it with some of the leaves. I used buttons to attach the little tag with the sentiment. I love to make flowers and this project was great fun. I dyed some ribbon to match Hannah's dress and attached with
little red button. I really like how cheery the red and yellow look.

Entering Challenges:
Bloggers Challenge: Nature
Crafty Ann's: Happy Birthday
Floweret :Spring/green
Phindy's Place: Embossing
Raise the bar: Flower Power
Card Creations & More: Embossing
Crazy 4 Challenges: Lots of Flowers
Ellephantastic: Birthdays
Word Play Weekend: Flowers
Card Cupids: Flowers
Dream Valley: Flowers
Stampin Sisters in Christ: Ecclesiastes 3:11 All things beautiful
Get Hippity with Ippity: Flowers
Squigglefly: Shaped Cards
The Ribbon Reel: Use one or more...Red, Yellow, Green or Blue
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday: Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday: Flower Frenzy
Everybody Art: Flowers

Passionately Artistic

Passionately Artistry is featuring lace this month. So look in your stash and find some lace. We want to see what you have created with it . I decided to do a round card today. I used a MS punch for the daisy border. Next I gathered the lace and attached then added the Cricket print DP center cut with a Spellbinder flower 2. My friend Martha sent me a little package of beautiful lace trim. I have used one attaching it with brads diagonally across the card. Next I dyed some ribbon, made the flower, leaves, butterfly and cut the tag with a Spellbinder Beaded Circle.

A quick little card for that special friend.

Entering Challenges:
Lexi's Creations: Friendship
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Squigglefly: Shaped Cards
LinkAly's Sunday: Shaped Cards
Wee Memories: Use one or more I chose... Ribbon, Color & Floral
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Lace
Clear it Out: Ribbon and trim
Going Grey with Scrap Creations: Circles
Claudia & Company: Butterflies
Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps: Shaped Cards
Sweet Stamps: Butterflies

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Hope your week is going well. Mine has started off a bit rough. The water on my washer didnt shut off and ran for over a hour. Two room flooded one being my craft area. I store some things in cardboard storage boxes so some stuff ruined and a huge mess to clean up!! Well enough of that... Today the sponsor for our Use Die Cuts Challenge is Bugaboo Stamps. They have a ton of wonderful images to choose from. I chose this cute cowboy because it brought back a flood of memories. My husband team roped and my oldest daughter rodeoed from a young age. She can ride like the wind and although the image is a boy it still reminded me of all the rodeos, gymkhanas, ropings, drill team practices and parades we attended as she was growing up so just had to use it!!

I used two dps for the base stitched on. Then I water colored the image, cut out a second hat and pieced for a little added dimension. The image was cut out with a Spellbinder Scalloped rectangle and attached with star brads. The stars were cut with Spellbinder stars out of cardboard and some gesso slopped on them. They were foam dotted on top of one another. I had the perfect star button that I attached with some twine.Used a punch for the little tag. Cowboys always need a rope so there is one hanging there ready to throw :)
Entering Challenges:
Catch the Bug: Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge: Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodle: Lots of Layers
PollyCraft Monday: Boyz to Men
Stamps R Us: For the Men in our Lives
Scrappy Frogs: Anything Goes
Creative Cowgirls:Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Anything goes
Divas by Design: Anything goes
Make it Monday: Anything goes
Papertake Weekly: Fancy a Punch..punches & dies

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Passionately Artistic

We are looking for lace here at Passionately Artistic this week. Stop by and join us.

I t was pretty slim pickings in the trim box. This was my only piece of lace trim. I would have liked to make a lace flower but no such luck :) The periwinkle paper was embossed, the bottom edge punched and then and stitched on. First I stamped a little flower image lightly on the paper then stamped the sentiment over them.Next I cut the scripture out with a Spellbinder label #20. Used some salvaged white corregated paper for the flower and added a little tulle in with it. Made a couple leaves and a bow and added the pearl flourish.

Entering Challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ: No dp must start with solid paper
Clear it Out: Ribbon/trim
Papertake Weekly: Anything goes
Stamp with Fun: Ribbon and lace
Stamping Scrapping: Anything goes
The Crafty Pad: Pearls and Swirls


Our Challenge this week is One for the Boys and/or the sketch.

Sooooo dive into your stash and find some of those manly things then come show us your creation! Be sure to stop by and see the Great creations from the team.
This card is for my Grandson. His birthday is Sunday and I can hardly believe he will be 12. Seems like it was just yesterday they put him in my arms and I finally understood what all those grammas were always going on about LOL Well anyways enough rambling. Chase loves to fish and his daddy is in Afghanistan right now so he hasn't been fishing lately. I thought I would make him a fun fishing card with the cute Pixie Image Gone Fishin by Di Carubia. Ths water colored image is cut out with a Spellbinder label #3 and added brads to the corners then foam dotted onto the blue. I used some hemp to tie on the button and the fishing hook that my sweetie so kindly let me snag from his tackle box. The sentiment was cut out with at Spellbinder label#17.
Entering Challenges:
Timeless Tuesday: For Children 13 or younger
Tip Top0 Tuesday: Anything goes
Use it Tuesday: Brads, fasteners, eyelets and buttons
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: One for the boys
Scrappy Frogs: Anything goes
Ellephantatsic: Birthday/Party

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

City Crafter Challenge

Good Morning, I'm so honored to be a guest at Kirsty's City Crafter Challenge. She has a beautiful Color Inspiration Challenge for you this week. Be sure to stop by and see the teams Fabulous Creations for some inspiration!

Since I love flowers and the inspiration pic is flowers I ran with it. I used some creme Bazill paper for the base of my card. I didn't have any dp to match the colors so I made the striped paper for the top and stamped the flowers on it. The top was cut out with a Spellbinder
label #20, stitched on and some buttons added. My niece loaned my the pretty embossing folder for the top section of the easel. I made a variety of flowers. The small ones have stickled centers for some bling and the large ones have brads. Some of the leaves are Spellbinder foliage and some I cut out and embossed them all with the dotted swiss folder.
The ribbon is dyed to match the blue flowers. The sentiment is cut out with Spellbinders label 20
some blingy jewels added and foam dotted on.

The base is embossed with the dotted swiss folder and stripes added to the sides. A piece of the coral is stitched down each side and the dots added. The flowers and ribbon added and a button stop finish the base of the card.

Entering Challenges:
Get Hippity with Ippity: Flowers, flowers and more flowers
Kaboodle Doodles: It's the B's knees
There she Goes: 3D Flowers
Dream Valley: Flowers
Catch the Bug: May Flowers Pastel Colors
Shannon's Sentiment: Handmade flowers
Fairy Fun Fridays: April Showers Bring May flowers
Just Add Ink: Add a Flower
Sew Many Cards: An easel card
Squigglefly: April showers bring May flowers


Its time for a new Challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. The theme is Mothers Day and our sponsor great Robyn's Fetish sent us images to use.

After embossing the green I stitched it down and foam dotted on the water colored image. Used a MS daisy punch for the white and purple border then stitched down the center. I made big flower by making a pin wheel, then added the inside petals and center with a brad and made a couple leaves to go with it. The sentiment is cut out with a Spellbinder and foam dotted on. Lastly made the three little flowers to go down the side

Entering Challenges:
Kreative Friends: Mother's Day
Happileigh Scrappin: Mother's Day
Stamp N Doodle: Mother's Day project
Creative Cowgirls: Mother's Day
Creative Inspiration:Mother's Day or special lady
I Did it Creations: Mother's Day
Sentimental Sundays: For the Special Women in your life
Stamptacular Sunday: Mums the Word..must use mom mum mother
One Stitch at a Time: Embossing