We survived the September where everything starts! (school, Awana, soccer, & Piano lessons, plus a big family vacation to Disneyland and the flu hitting later too...phew) I was happy to have a little time to create.

I made a snowflake window today:

I had fun playing with the new to me dies for Snowflake Medley. I used some pattern paper, PTI ink, and a sentiment from O Holy Night.

Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. Thought I would share my favorite pictures from our vacation:

It was my parents dream to take the kids to Disneyland, so along with my sister too we made it happen.

This one always makes me laugh.


SAF 2017: 5th Anniversary 2

SAF 2017: 5th Anniversary - Wood
Challenge 2 

Bummer I can't make it through all the challenges...I really wanted to make some salt dough and wool projects. But this will have to be the last one for now:

An inked wood grain background and all the cuteness of Stylized Autumn.

Goodnight SAF 2017,

SAF 2017: 5th Anniversary

SAF 2017: 5th Anniversary - Wood
1st challenge

I was blown away by Lizzie's wood hexagon card! I am in love with this technique, it makes me look like I am an excellent wood worker that can do intricate wood inlay. So so pretty!

I only had balsam wood and a few copic markers but managed to pull this off:

I used Scene it: Mountian View die and Noted Die (‘hello’)

Thank you Lizzie for this neat idea. I hope to try it again with veneer. And all the projects you ladies have done are beautiful!

Happy SAF!


SAF 2017: 3rd Anniversary

SAF 2017: 3rd Anniversary Leather

challenge 1

Is getting up at 5 to finish cards crazy...maybe a little =)

Here's my try at leather made from paper:

I tried some different browns, but I think I over scrunched...my 'leather' ended up quite wrinkly. I'll have to practice this. I used the Give Thanks set and the leaf from Phrase Play #7 to embellish the leather.

Happy SAF 2017!


SAF 2017: 1st Anniversary

SAF 2017: 1st Anniversary

Paper - 2nd challenge

I found time to finish a card =)
Here is my take on Laura's lovely paper & vellum technique.

I wish I had that cover plate I would have made her exact card, it's so pretty!
But I grabbed What the Doodle Feather and had fun:

A little ink smoothing, sentiment from Song Birds, and some sequins finished off my card.

Happy SAF 2017!


SAF 2017: 1st Anniversary

SAF 2017: 1st Anniversary - Paper
Challenge one

Ok those tassels and little bags of confetti were too cute!
I decided to make a large fun tag:

I tried Rebecca's paper bow and confetti bag idea. I used PTIs Shaker and Sprinkles kit...perfect fit no? =) My tag base is from the Post and Parcel kit.

Happy SAF!

SAF 2017:Warm Up

SAF 2017: Take Ten Warm Up Challenge

I told my hubby I need the weekend off...he laughed. But i'm sneaking in some challenges.

Here is the inspiration I chose: 

I know all those pretty colored ones and my brain started coming up with black and white ideas =)

My Card (and envelope)

I was inspired my the black line patterns, paper clips, and circle of sting. So I grab my PTI Clipsters set and Circle Scribbles set and had a blast!

Happy SAF!


Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Our elegant inspiration:

 I was drawn to the monochromatic stamps and thought I would try and re-create something similar:

It was really fast and relaxing to stamp with just one color =)
I used the die from Post & Parcel for my stamp looking mats.

Hawaiian Shores Ink
Songbirds stamp set
Mini Blooms stamp set
Beautiful Brush Strokes stamp set

I hope you have a wonderful week! 3 of the 4 kiddos are at Nana & Papa's this week. I'm enjoying the free time, but it is sooooo quiet! =)

Happy Hop!



 Lots of beautiful inspiration coming our way this week from Papertrey Ink! Here's one from Betsy:

The new Mix and Match dies made me think of the Post & Parcel kit.

I was inspired to use a Post & Parcel die as a mat in my card:

I'm a little late to the Petite Places party, but I got a few new sets that I have been having fun with! The Sweet Shop and the City Station. Here's some more just for fun:

It's officially summer at our house now that we finished our homeschool year! So I've been having a little summer fun myself =)

Have a wonderful week!




I've stayed up too late playing with the Tinsel & Tags Sprigs set but had fun making a wreath for each season:

What a fun challenge Lizzie!  I just had to try it =)
Good night,




A lot of the time I am drawn to a simple graphic look and Lexi's challenge was right up that alley! Her cards looked so fun I had to find time to try it:

I played with Summer Sweetness - my first PTI set I ever bought =)
Words from Swoosh, Pretty Petals, and One Big Happy. I did some dry embossing for the back grounds.

Have a good evening!

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Our lovey inspiration:

I didn't have an idea for my card until my newly purchased You've Been Framed: Hexagon dies and 'hello' Noted Die arrived. I thought the hexagon shape matched well with the shape of the vases and I came up with this:

The 'hello' was masked then ink blended. Then the hexagon piece was coved in glossy accents to match the vases. I also used Beautiful Brush strokes to add the flowers.

Wow...it's been a while. I'm having to remember how to blog =) It was just was a busy spring with the girls' school & activities. Plus little Mr. who is now 10 months old getting so busy! And nice weather means time to try to grow a garden and pick lots of weeds! It sadly leaves little time to make cards =( But I'm still watching, looking, dreaming and I'll join when I can.
Have a great hop,




Happy Saturday!
I had some time to try a stencil from the Post & Parcel Kit.
I used the snow stencil to make some watercolored confetti:

I stamped 'Celebrate' from Celebrate Big and gave it a water wash so it looked watercolored. Then I punched out some balloons and watercolored them. String and clear sequins finished the cards off.

We are crafting this morning and have a bee field trip this afternoon!

Have a wonderful day!


Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

April 2017 Blog Hop

Trying to sneak a card in under the wire...

ugg..sorry for the poor picture. Maybe I can update it tomorrow. It's really a happy background in real life =)

Here was our inspiration:

Lovely colors are they not?

Edited to add a sunny moment picture:

Flowers from:
Stylized Autumn
Mini Blooms

Die and sentiment from:
Post & Parcel Kit

Have a great day!




Lexi gave us a design basic and how the ideas started flying. You could use this idea with almost any stamp set and of course I had so many ideas and so little time =)

I challenged myself to use a stamp set I hadn't used in a while and got one card done.

Made a 'box' using Chevron Stripes. Then added a car and sentiment from Need for Speed
I added a die cut chevron scrap from Clipsters...so fun when you can use those scraps!

Have a great evening,


Make It Monday #279

What a great little technique this week: bend your stamps to create a curved sentiment.

I thought of the curved banner from the Tinsel & Tags kit and got busy:

I used a mask and stamped What the Doodle Feathers all round the banner in Vintage Jadeite and Soft Stone. Then I curved my sentiment from Praying For You mini set and added it to the banner. I popped the banner up a little and added sequined to finish!

Have a wonderful weekend!
We are going to do a little 10 year anniversary celebrating.


Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Blog Hop

Our lovely inspiration:

One of my crafting buddies was inspired by the pretty blue color and flowers:

I lean towards taking the inspiration very literal...I think it's part of the fun to make a card that matches the photo =) So I had to have a blue background, then in white I stamped flowers and leaves from Songbirds, Stylized Autumn, and Bitty Blooms. Then I added color on top of the white.

I used One Big Happy with a little Wink of Stella and some twine to make my little patten panel into a card.

Have a happy hop day!
Thanks for stopping by,




Stephanie's first Make It Monday video was a really neat idea. I was also inspired by Yana's first video and her lovely colors! There is inspiration springing up all over! 

The Challenge:
Create a project with a window chipboard sentiment.

I first die cut a Big Basics Thanks window. Then I grabbed Beautiful Brushstrokes set and stamped flowers using yellow, pink, and grey PTI inks. Last I added my chipboard 'thanks' 

I want to go create more...but I must go chain myself to the kitchen stove and make dinner instead =)

Have a wonderful weekend
Thanks for stopping by.


10th Anniversary Challenge: Altered Envelope

10th Anniversary Challenge: Altered Envelope

Create a new project that includes a card with coordinating altered envelope. 

Played with the pretty flowers from Beautiful Brush Strokes and Praying For You.

You can party on, but I'm headed to bed =)

10th Anniversary Challenge: Multiply

10th Anniversary Challenge: Multiply

Create a new project that incorporates multiples of a single shape, stamped or die-cut.

I did some chevron and line multiples with the Clipsters Kit. Added a few gold chevrons 'leftovers' from Snowflake Medallion. And finished it off with Celebrate 2015 set.

"Celebrate, celebrate! Dance to the music."