Thursday, August 30, 2012

Autumn Fun

It’s getting to be autumn and time for back to school.   It was “Meet Your Teacher” night at my daughter’s school last night.  She was suffering from the stomach flu and wasn’t able to go.  (Insert sad face here.)  While I stayed home with her, my husband stopped by the school to drop off her school supplies.    

I have an autumn card to share with you today using Acorn Squirrel from Whimsy and Stars Studio.  This sweet little squirrel makes me smile.  I love her cute little face.


2012-08-21 Autumn Squirrel WM

While you are here, don’t forget to check out my blog candy give away.


 Cheryl's {belated} birthday blog candy


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  Acorn Squirrel (digital stamp) by Whimsy and Stars Studio
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest Solar White CS, Paper Studios black CS, Papertrey kraft CS, American Crafts Night Fall DP
  • Tools:  Copic Markers, Big Shot, Die-namics scallop die
  • Embellishments:  The Twinery Charcoal baker’s twine (from Papers and Such), May Arts black jute ribbon, misc. button


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Don’t Miss Out!

Don’t forget the sale at Wings & Willows ends at the end of the month!   You can take 40% off your order using code wandw before August 31st.  

Rebecca has some new, really cute digis in the store.    Here is a peek at my newest favorite.  I purchased him yesterday and can’t wait until I have time to color him.   Isn’t he fun?



As Rebecca says, he is a nice little reminder to never give up!   


Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Paper and Such “Wings & Things” Challenge

Today we have a new Paper and Such challenge for you!  The new theme is “Wings & Things”.  

As I mentioned before, I just love the Wings and Such stamp set and have just a ton of ideas about projects that I want to make with it.  So when I found out that our new challenge was “Wings & Things”, I had to use pull out this set again.

I tried something a little different for me.  Do you see the misting?  And check it out, hardly any layers.  Even though this card is out of my comfort zone, I just love how it turned out.


2012-08-28 PS Wing challenge WM


Please stop by the Paper and Such blog and link up your Wings & Things projects.  I can’t wait to see what you make!  This week’s prize is….



Don’t forget to check out my blog candy!


 Cheryl's {belated} birthday blog candy


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  Wings & Such from Paper and Such
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Chocolate
  • Papers:  Papertrey Rustic White, Kraft, Dark Chocolate CS, Echo Park This & That Graceful paper pad
  • Tools: Stampin’ Up edge punch, Big Shot, Moroccan Screen embossing folder
  • Embellishments:  Baker’s Twine, Tsukineko Fireworks in Angel Pink & Lady Bug


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happiness Is A Butterfly….

Isn’t this a beautiful quote?  I couldn’t resist making a card that focused on this lovely sentiment included in the Wings and Such stamp set.


2012-08-26 PSS post WM


I used a mix of papers, paint, pearls, buttons and twine to give my card a shabby chic feel.  I even used one of my favorite things to add texture to a project, a die cut from a Starbucks coffee sleeve.    I love the way they look and it is a bit of recycling/reusing. 


2012-08-26 PSS post 2 WM


Here is a little bit of a closer look so that you can more easily read the sentiment.

Today is my first day posting on the Paper and Such blog.  If you get the chance, stop by to say “Hi” and you can take a look at some projects that the rest of the DT created.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope that happiness will alight upon you.




  • Stamps:  Wings and Such from Paper and Such
  • Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa & Distress Ink tea dye
  • Papers:  Papertrey Kraft & Dark Chocolate, My Mind’s Eye Stella and Rose Hazel DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Die-namics Designer Labels die & large scallop die, Papertrey Victorian Lace Border die
  • Embellishments:  May Arts burlap twine, misc buttons, Paper Studio pearls, Jenni Bowlin malted milk paint


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thank You Bunches

I love all the sunflowers that you can see every where this time of year.  Unfortunately the sunflowers in our back yard did not do so well this summer.  I think the drought and the chipmunks did them in.

Since I don’t have any in my yard, I’ll have to settle for images of sunflowers.    Over the weekend, I decided to color the Whimsy and Stars Studio image “Sunflower Teapot”.


2012-08-28 WSS Sunflower teapot

Have a wonderful day!  Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps:  Sunflower Teapot from Whimsy and Stars Studio
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft and dark chocolate CS, Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard paper pad
  • Tools:  Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  misc. rick-rack, button & twine,  Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard die cuts


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Paper and Such–Just Stamp On It


** I have 2 posts today, please click here to see my Whimsy and Stars Studio post **


It is time for the new challenge at Paper and Such!   For this challenge, we are challenging you to “Just Stamp On It”" – stamp on designer paper. 

For my project I used Wings and Such again.  I told you I had a ton of ideas for this set.  I stamped one of the butterflies on DP and cut it out and also stamped the sentiment on DP.



2012-08-12 PS challenge WM


You can see the challenge rules and link up your project at the Paper and Such blog.    I hope you will play along with us to win a Paper and Such stamp set of your choice.



Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  Wings and Such from Paper and Such
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Chocolate
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, October Afternoon Sidewalks paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders circle nestabilities , Stampin’ Up edge punch
  • Embellishments:  Misc. baker’s twine, Paper Studio pearls


Autumn Thank You

** I have 2 posts today, please click here to see my Paper and Such challenge post **


It is getting to be my favorite season – autumn!   I know it might be  a little early for some but I really felt like digging into my fall themed images and papers this weekend.  I coupled this fabulous, autumn themed image with some dp scraps that I still have stashed away from last year to make a simple thank you card.


2012-08-14 Wss Thank you


I have my new laptop set up and am only missing my Photoshop soft ware.  Since I have heard some great reviews on Light Room, I decided to give it a try.   I’m not sure what I think of it yet.  I was so used to editing my photos in Photoshop I could have almost done it with my eyes closed.   If you use Light Room, let me know what you think and what your favorite presets are.

We had a wonderful experience over the weekend.  We attended Field of Honor:  A Salute to the Greatest Generation.    When WWII vets are passing away at a rate of 900 per day, it was a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to their greatest accomplishment,  the allied victory in WWII.    As the main event, the movie “Honor Flight” was premiered.  If you get a chance to see it where ever you live, I would say it is worth the time and price.   I have to admit that I had tears in my eyes a few times during the evening. 

It was incredibly moving to see such a large gathering of so many veterans.   Although the focus was  on WWII vets, there were also vets from Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, etc. and current service members.    Below you can see a picture of my daughter proudly wearing the jacket that my husband has from his time spent in the US Navy.


2012-08-11 Field of Honor


The grand finale of the evening was to find out that we helped set a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records.  We were part of the largest movie premier with over 28,000 people in attendance.    Here a snippet of the crowd.  (Yes, we were in the nose bleed seats.)


2012-08-11 Field of Honor crowd

If you are interested, you can see more about the movie or how you can help out  at Honor Flights.    Although the movie focuses on the Wisconsin, there are Honor Flight chapters across the country.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  Blessed Harvest from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Wings and Such from Paper and Such
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Autumn Terracotta
  • Papers:  Papertrey white and kraft CS, American Crafts Night Fall
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders circle nestabilities, Stampin’ Up Word Window & Scalloped edge punch
  • Embellishments:  Close To My Heart button, May Arts burlap twine


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Paper and Such Blog Hop Winner


Are you the winner of the Things and Such stamp set from the Paper and Such blog hop?  You can find out right here.


If you were not the lucky winner, you can purchase the Wings and Such stamp set for $12.00 at the Paper and Such store


Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Paper and Such August Blog Hop


I’m so excited!  Today is my first blog hop with the Paper and Such Design team.    Today we are showing off our creations made with the new stamp set, Wings and Such.    If you just stopped by my blog, you might want to start at the beginning of the hop at Paper and Such so that you don’t miss out on any of the eye candy.   While you hop along, you will want to leave a comment at each blog because one random commenter will win the Wings and Such stamp set.

I really love this set.  It is so versatile and can be used for a variety of occasions.   In fact, I love it so much that I have already made 4 cards and a scrapbook page using it.  (You will see the rest of my cards later this month.)  For the blog hop today, I decided to make a birthday card to add to my stash.  Both the butterfly and sentiment are from the Wings and Such stamp set.


2012-08-09 PS blog hop card WM


Here is a look at the entire set.  You can purchase it at the Paper and Such store for only $12.  I love that you can either color the butterflies or stamp them on DP.  Either way they look gorgeous. 



I’ll let you get on your hip, hoppy way to see the rest of the creations from the design team.  Your next stop is Jacquie.   I know she has something lovely for you.

If you get lost along the way, here is the entire blog hop list.  Don’t forget to leave a comment at each stop for a chance to win Wings and Such.

Paper and Such
Cathy McCauley - Guest DT
Cheryl (you are here!)
Paper and Such

Thank you for hopping by!  Have a great day!


  • Stamps:  Wings and Such from Paper and Such
  • Inks:  Stampin’ Up Going Gray
  • Papers:  Papertrey Rustic Cream CS, Paper Studio pink CS, My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Dolled Up paper pad
  • Tools:  Big Shot, Spellbinders circle Nestabilities, Taylored Expressions Small layering doily, Sewing machine
  • Embellishments:  Queen & Co pearls, misc. baker’s twine, buttons, washi tape




Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Whimsy & Stars Studio–Amelie


I am still having issues with my computer so I’m going to keep this short.   I have a new laptop on order .  I have my fingers crossed that it will be delivered and I will be able to get everything moved over before this one totally fails.

This week I made a card using Amelie.  Isn’t she sweet?   I chose her because I wanted more practice coloring pleats.  


2012-08-07 WSS Amelie WM


As I mentioned before, I’m keeping this short.  My computer has locked up numerous times trying to type this post and I’m starting to get frustrated.  Keep your fingers crossed for my that my new computer is delivered today.

Have a great day!



  • Stamps:   Amelie by Whimsy & Stars Studio,  Tiny Tags from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Stampin’ Up Going Gray
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey white CS, Carta Bella Beautiful Moments DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities, Papertrey Tiny Tags die
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug Seam Pink Tulip seam binding, Paper Studio pearls, The Twinery Stone baker’s twine (available at Paper and Such), misc. button



Sunday, August 5, 2012

Catching Up

I feel like I haven’t been able to get online much lately.  Besides being busy, I am having some issues with my laptop.  It sounds like my hard driving is failing so I need to figure out what I’m going to do pretty quick.  Meanwhile, I have been trying to back up all my files.  Knock on wood for me.  I hope I can get a new laptop before this one goes kaput.


I also need to announce the winner of the Just Rite Curlz Monogram stamp set.   



And the lucky winner is …….     #17 - Tracy MacDonald


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Congrats Tracy!   Email me at shestamps11-blogs(at)yahoo(dot)com with your mailing address and I will get your candy in the mail.


I also have a heads up on a great sale.    Do you remember the adorable digital stamps from Wings & Willows?   (You can see my project here.)  Rebecca is having a SUMMER CLEAN OUT SALE! Take 40% off your total order when you use code wandw!   (enter in the coupon code section)   Don’t forget to check out the sale section -- Everything in there right now is just a dollar!     The sale will last until the end of the month.  You can check out the Wings & Willows shop HERE.


My daughter and I had a wonderful trip to visit my aunt and uncle in Virginia last weekend.  We spent a lot of time relaxing on Smith Mountain Lake, visited Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the Roanoke farmers market, and downtown Charlottesville.  




This is a picture of my daughter with her big catch.  She caught an 18” catfish off the dock.   After the photo op, she released him back into the lake.  Look at that big smile!


Before I go I have a new song to share with you.   I heard this song on and it has been going through my head the last couple of days.  It’s a catchy little tune. 




Have a  great day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wings and Such

I’m so excited!  This is my first post as a member of the Paper and Such design team.   Today I get to share a sneak peek of the new stamp set, Wings and Such, which will be available next week.

When I saw this set, I immediately thought of these pictures that I had of my daughter and wanted to scrap.   The rest just flowed together. 


2012-08-02 PS Wings layout WM


I think this might be my quickest lay out ever.   I completed the entire thing, including editing and printing the pictures, in a little over an hour.  That is a record for me.   I guess when your mojo is flowing and you have some beautiful stamps and papers to work with, everything just goes together. 

I know it is a little hard to read the sentiment stamped on the tag in the photo, so I’ll tell you what it says.

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness, and riches

Today, tomorrow, and beyond.

~Irish Blessing

Isn’t that beautiful?   What a perfect sentiment for a child.


Be sure to stop by the Paper and Such blog every day until  Wings and Such is released to see sneak peeks from the design team.   Stop back here on August 9th for the new release blog hop!


Don’t forget that now through August 4th, you can get FREE SHIPPING on any order at Paper and Such.  (No coupon code necessary.)


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!





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  • Stamps:  Wings and Such from Paper and Such,  Bountiful Backgrounds by Verve stamps
  • Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Close To My Heart Blush, Distress Ink Tea Dye
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Carta Bella Beautiful Moments paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Copic marker
  • Embellishments:  Misc. tag, bakers twine