Friday, November 30, 2012

Whimsy and Stars Studio Freebie!


Did you stop by the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog to download this adorable little Christmas tree image?   Mabelle is offering it up as a free download until Saturday, December 1st.    Go stop by, say “hi”, and download this digi.  Don’t forget to sign up as a follower while you are there.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hoppy Birthday Bunnies

Just a quick post today to share a birthday card I made for a friend.    These have been sitting in my stash for a while and I was happy to have a chance to ink them up.


2012-11 Nancy bday WM

Sorry to keep this so short.   ‘Tis the season to be busy.

Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:  Leap Frog from Lili of the Valley, Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Roller Date Stamp
  • Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Close To My Heart Hollyhock
  • Papers:   Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey Melon Berry  & Kraft CS, October Afternoon Cakewalk DP
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Tiny Tags die, Stampin’ Up edge die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Maya Road sparkle silver twine cording, Paper Studio pearls, misc. buttons


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Merry & Bright Gingerbread Boy

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Did you find any super Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals?    I was pretty good.  I bought a few Christmas gifts on Etsy and managed to stay strong and not take advantage of any of the super deals some of my favorite paper crafting sites were having.   It was soooo hard.   Usually when shopping for Christmas gifts, I end up buying more for myself than any one else. 

Instead of shopping, I busied myself in my craft room and made a card using “Gingerbread Boy” from Whimsy and Stars Studio.   For some reason, this little guy always cries out for paper piecing when I use him.   After printing him on DP, I used my Copics to shade him and color in the berries and embellishments.    All the pieces have a bit of distressing with the edge of my scissors and are finished off with some paint.    I added some texture using some of my favorite recycled elements – Starbucks coffee sleeves.   (Have I mentioned how much I love using them?)    The sleeves were perfect to cut out a little tag and punch 3 little stars.



2012-11-27 Wss Gingerbread boy WM


If you are not already, you might want to follow the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog or  Facebook page so you do not miss out on any freebies.  (That’s a hint!)   You also won’t want to miss our blog hop on December 4th introducing the new Winter 2013 Design Team.


That’s it for me today.  I hope you have a fabulous day.  Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:  Gingerbread Boy (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Signature Christmas from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks: Close To My Heart Olive ink & Distress Ink Antique Linen
  • Papers:     Handmade Holiday paper pad from Simple Stories, Papertrey Ink kraft CS, misc. sheet music, Starbucks coffee sleeve
  • Tools:  Big Shot, Seeing Spots Provo Craft embossing folder, Stampin’Up edge punch, small star punch, Copic markers  
  • Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk paint dabber, Tattered Angels Snow Queen glimmer mist, Maya Mist Latte, May Arts burlap twine, Hug Snug Dusty Olive seam binding, misc. buttons & bell


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fun Times

Look Ma!  No stamping!  I made this birthday card for my blogging friend Maria using some of my October Afternoon stash.   I imagine Maria looking something like this when she was younger.  (If you don’t know her, she loves dogs, works as a volunteer at a shelter, and is very involved in animal rescue.)   I didn’t use any stamping on the front of the card, just these cute chipboard pieces.



2012-11 Maria Bday WM


Happy Birthday!  Sorry I was late getting this to you.     Every one else, stop by Maria’s blog (Craftycre8tions) to give her some late, birthday love in the form of a comment.

To all my friends in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for stopping by!



  • Papers:  October Afternoon Sidewalks paper pad,  Papertrey kraft CS
  • Embellishments:  October Afternoon Sidewalks Chip ‘n Stick chipboard, misc. baker’s twine
  • Tools:  Sewing machine



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Give Thanks

With Thanksgiving coming up later this week, I thought I would make one last autumn themed card for the year using my favorite autumn image, Blessed Harvest (digital stamp) by Whimsy and Stars Studio.  


2012-11-20 WSS Give Thanks WM


I tried something a little different for me, I colored on kraft paper.  As often as I use kraft paper, I realized that I rarely color on it.   I also stepped outside my comfort zone again and left some white space.    Once I was finished with the card, I decided it looked a bit bare with out a sentiment so I created a rub on in order to add one on.  (You can see my tutorial on how to create a custom rub on here.)

Thank you for stopping by!   Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!   Thank you for stopping by.



  • Stamps:   Blessed Harvest (digital stamp) by Whimsy and Stars Studio
  • Inks:  Distress Ink Antique Linen
  • Papers:  Papertrey Rustic Cream & Kraft CS, Simple Stories Harvest Lane paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities (circle),  Die-namics Designer Labels 3, Taylored Expressions Chicken Wire impression plate,  Stampin’Up Photo Corner punch, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Burlap
  • Techinque:  Custom rub on  (you can see my tutorial here).  Fonts used are Aparajita and MA Sexy


Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Fresh Brewed Blog Hop!

I was excited to be asked to join in the Fresh Brewed Designs blog hop to help show off the images being released for November.  I’m so happy you could join us too.

This is the LAST Fresh Brewed Designs LAST rubber stamp release and blog hop for 2012!  If you are just arriving here, please go to the start of the hop at Freshly Brewed Challenges.   If you are coming from Celeste's blog, then you are right on track!

I had fun working with the new rubber stamp “Love Bird Owls” and decided to do some paper piecing.   Don’t they look sweet cozied up together?



2012-11 FBD Owl card WM


Don’t forget 2 stamps are being released today.  For the duration of this hop ONLY, you can get both cling mounted stamps (Love Bird Owls and Hannah Belle) for just $10.50!!! Stop by the shop to get yours!

Don't forget to hop to each stop in the hop to see all of the fabulous cards and to have a chance to win some yummy Blog Candy!!!   (The hop will end at midnight EST on November 19th.)

Here is the hop order in case you need it:

  1. Fresh Brewed Designs:
  2. Yolanda:
  3. Sheryl:
  4. Sarah:
  5. Celeste:
  6. Cheryl: (guest)  (You are here!)
  7. Linda: 
  8. Heather:
  9. Blog Candy Hop Stop:



Thank you for stopping by today. Your next stop on the hop is Linda. I know she has a fabulous project to show you.




  • Stamps:    Love Bird Owls (rubber stamp) from Fresh Brewed Designs
  • Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Papers:  Papertrey white, kraft, dark chocolate CS, My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, copic markers, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Creative Memories corner punch
  • Embellishments:  May arts burlap twine, misc. buttons, American Crafts white ink pen



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Happy 11th Birthday

Today is my sweet girl’s birthday!  I can’t believe she is 11 years old today. 

About a week ago she told me, “Mom, I can’t wait to see my special card you’re making.”   I’m so happy she appreciates my cards, but man, oh man, now the pressure is on to make a card she will really like.  I hope she will like this one.



2012-11-15 Liz bday card WM


Since my crafty mojo has been lacking since I was laid off in September, I had to search my Pinterest files for inspiration.  I found some in this gorgeous card from Anna Marie Nelson.

I wanted to share some pictures of my baby with you.    I don’t have any digital photos from the day she was born but here is one from her 1st birthday. 


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And here is a recent photo.   Both show the same sweet smile.

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Happy Birthday Liz!




  • Stamps:   Rosie by Stacie Yacula at Purple Onion Design
  • Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, October Afternoon Cakewalk DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities, Papertrey linen texture plate, Stampin’ up edge punch, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Sakura clear glitter pen, Papertrey silk ribbon & button twine, Thickers letters, misc. buttons, glitter, & tag, Adirondack pearl & snow cap paint dabbers, Tattered Angels Starfish glimmer mist


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Twinkling Angel

Happy Tuesday!  I have a new project using “Twinkling Angel” from Whimsy & Stars Studio to share with you.   Isn’t she sweet?


2012-11-13 WSS Twinkling Angel WM

Can you believe how quickly Christmas is coming up?  I actually started my holiday shopping.  I’ve picked up a couple of stocking stuffers, nothing that really shortens my shopping list.    Speaking of Christmas, do you have a favorite album?  I would have to pick either Bing Crosby’s or Andy Williams Christmas albums.   I think I love them so much because they remind of Christmas as a kid.  My mom would always play these on the record player.     Are you looking forward to any new albums coming out this year?

Oh well, enough chatter.  I hope you have a fabulous day!  Thank you for stopping by.


  • Stamps:  Twinkling Angel (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Tiny Tags II from Papertrey Ink
  • Ink:  Close to My Heart Hollyhock, Distress Inks Antique Linen
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey white & kraft CS, My Mind’s Eye 12 Days of Christmas paper pad, Stampin' Up vellum
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Papertrey tiny tags die, Die-namics Let It Snow die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug seam binding (colored with copics), May Arts burlap twine, misc. button, Paper Studios gemstones, American Craft white ink pen, Sakura silver pen, Close To My Heart glitz glitter, Fun Flock, Tattered Angels Turquoise Blue glimmer mist


Friday, November 9, 2012


I’m so sorry that I have to turn Blogger’s word verification on for comments.  I am being bombarded by spam.   I know how frustrating word verification can be – I personally hate it.   I hope you will stick with me while I try to find a better way to manage all the spam.    Thank you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Like Peas & Carrots

Today is my hubby and I’s 14th wedding anniversary.   This is the card I made for him. 


2012-11 Annv card WM

The colors in the photo are slightly darker than real life.  The matting is carob brown, not black as it looks here.    Oh well. 

He says all my cards are the same so I tried to change it up a bit with this card.  I think this is pretty CAS for me.  There is NO SEWING and hardly and DP.   Check out all that white space.   I feel the need to fill it, but I showed some restraint.  :)

If you haven’t seen this stamp set, stop by the Sweet ‘n Sassy store to check it out.  It is just the cutest.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  You & Me (clear stamp set) from Sweet ‘n Sassy
  • Ink:  Close To My Heart Chocolate
  • Papers:  Papertrey white CS, Bazzill Basics carob CS, Echo Park This & That Charming paper pad
  • Tools:  Big Shot, Papertrey Banner Basics die
  • Embellishments:  Copic markers, May Arts burlap twine, misc. buttons


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Holiday Cheer

Did you have a good weekend?  I was able to spend some time in my craft room on Sunday and made 4 projects!   This is one of the first projects I completed.  I want to make sure that I have a few wine bottle tags on hand for the upcoming the holiday season.    It seems like we end up bringing a bottle of wine to several functions over the holidays and I think they are a cute way to spruce up the bottle a bit.    (If you don’t care for wine, these tags are also really cute on soap or lotion bottles.)


2012-11-06 bottle tag close WM


Although you can’t see it in the picture, the snowflakes are slightly shimmery from LuminArte Icicles.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!


  • Stamps:  Santa (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Holiday Wishes from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Distress Ink Antique Linen, Close To My Heart Cranberry
  • Paper:  Papertrey kraft & rustic white CS,  October Afternoon Holiday Style paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey wine bottle tag and damask snowflakes dies, Stampin’Up word window punch
  • Embellishments:  Hero Arts gemstones,  LuminArte Icicles, misc. pom-pom