Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sweet Scrapbooking Project

Here is an 8x8 layout of some photos I took at the 2008 Strawberry Shortcake Convention. 2008 was the first year that the convention had an official Show & Tell time for the attendees. I brought along a quilt that my mother made for me using the vintage Cut & Sew Strawberry Shortcake pillow dolls. It's one of my most precious and prized possessions.

I found the perfect paper for this album at Big Lots. It's DCWV paper that is just $5 per pack! I went back to get some more and it was completely sold out. I'm loving the Stampin' Up Photo Corner Punch. It's a simple way to highlight the photos and bring more interest to pages. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love to read your comments.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blogger is Driving Me Crazy!

Here is the picture of the card that I soooooooo would like to be able to show you right side up, but Blogger keeps turning it on it's side. :(

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Autumn Breezes

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought a simple autumnal card would hit the spot. :) For this card, I used scraps I had laying around and a tag from a K& Company box. I like the simplicity and elegance. It's not a very good photo, though, as the colors don't look right. In real life, the card base matches the ribbon and and tag perfectly. I hope to be a card making machine tomorrow. I only had to work two days this week. Yay! I tried to upload a beautiful card that I made, but Blogger keeps turning the picture on it's side and I can't figure out why. :(

Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Life Happens

The above picture is of a thank you card I made. It's simple, but I like it. The next picture is of Grandma and I, taken in February of this year.
This is my very first paper bag album. It was so easy that I want to make another one soon.

Grandma Thelma passed away last month. Although I know that she's in Heaven with Jesus, I miss her presence here terribly. I wish so much that I could hug her one more time or hold her beautiful hand in mine.

During the difficult times of her illness, her passing, and now, our sadness; I've become more accutely aware of the true friendships that I have in this world. The people who take the time to call, send a card, and just say, "Hey - I'm prayin' for ya'." So, I'm on a mission to make about 100 thank you cards to express my gratitude for all of those prayers and generous gifts.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Love and a Hug,

Saturday, October 3, 2009

It's So Good To Have a Friend Like You

I found a sketch in the back of a papercrafting magazine that inspired me to make this card. I've loaned the magazine out, or I'd give it credit here. Anyhoo - It's a long card and was fun to make.
Brian's grandmother is still hanging in there, but it's been a very exhausting couple of weeks. I feel like I'm losing touch with day to day life in many ways. However, I'm not complaining. Every minute that I have with her is a blessing.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Changito says, "Happy Birthday!"

I seem to feel anxiety on a nearly daily basis, lately. I think it's my grandmother-in-laws illness and daily suffering. It's hard to watch someone you love so much suffer so terribly. Over the past four years or so, I've found several way to lesson my anxious thoughts. I love to read The Bible, pray, write in my prayer journal, write poetry, clean the house, exercise, and, of course, papercraft. There is something about working with the paper and the tools that just calms my spirit. It's like active therapy. This card was born out of one of those therapy sessions. I used a Changito monkey stamp and the sentiment is a rub on. I love rub ons. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I know my cards aren't very good when compared to the other Busy Bee Bloggers, but I'm grateful for any positive comments or constructive criticism. :)


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy Waiting

Wow! What a week! I'm beginning to wonder if I've completely overplanned my schedule. Here it is, 5:55 a.m. on a Saturday morning and I'm up because I need to go to grocery store before my scrappers club gets here. I was too exhausted to go last night. I'm hoping that some scrappin' time with my friends today will refresh my spirits some.
I made this card for a coworker. It's simple in it's design, and I love the way that it turned out. I tend to embrace clean and simple (CAS) cards. I used the Swell News set, some paper I've had for about six years :0 and I colored the image with Bic Mark Its. These markers are my new favorite playthings.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.
Love and a Hug,

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Blog Candy - Blender Pens

Win some blog candy over at Small Fry Stamping! A new pack of blender pens could be yours, just for the cost of comment. :) Good Luck!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

You Grow, Girl!

I made this card for a coworker that is expecting. I really like how it turned out. She's having a boy, hence the blues and greens. I have several pregnant friends, so I need to get busy on some more baby cards in the months to come. Baby cards are some of my favorites to make because of all of the cute images. This image is from the retired Stampin' Up set, Swell News.
On the topic of Stampin' Up, I'm in a dillema. I want to put in an order this month, but I really need to stick to a $50 budget (including shipping). The following items are on my wishlist: Photo Corner Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Whisper White Cardstock, Top Note Die (I borrowed one from a friend for the card above), Harvest Home Stamp Set, Forest Friends Stamp Set, and about six ink pads. If you were me, what would you purchase?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Gift of God's Grace

Life isn't always easy. In fact, sometimes it's just plain difficult. However, we are never alone. The Lord is always with us, always blessing us with a multitude of graces.

Supplies Used: Stampin Up Cardstock and Ink, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Offray Ribbon, Sentiment Stamp by Stamps by Judith, Making Memories Jeweled Brad, Dollar Tree Dimensionals

Friday, September 4, 2009

Changito Says, "Thank U!"

After struggling with Blogger for more than a week, I was FINALLY able to post a new card. I just love how this little creation turned out. I colored the Changito stamp with Bic Mark-Its. My good friend Veronica turned me on to these markers and now I use them all of the time. The color is very smooth, even, and striking. Many of the colors match Stampin' Up cardstock colors, too.
I am back to school now so I haven't had any time at all to make cards or scrapbook. However, I have many, many cards that I made the week before school started, so please keep checking my blog.
Brian and I are going camping this weekend, and I can't wait! We are headed to the hills of central West Virginia. I love to listen to the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves, the crackling of the campfire, and the birds singing in the morning. Ahhh.... God's Glory is so abundantly prolific in the wilderness.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Card Supplies: Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder, Offray Ribbon, Prima Flowers, Making Memories Brad, Duck Adhesive, Changito Stamp, Stampin Up Ink and Cardstock, Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch, Patterned Paper (Maker Unknown), Bic Mark-Its Markers, Stampin Up Ticket Punch

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Shiny New Blog and First Card Post

Welcome to my all new blog! A great big THANK YOU to my incredibly talented and super sweet friend, Veronica. She made the gorgeous blog header for me. It's perfect. I'm very excited to be a part of The Busy Bees Bloggers Group. I hope to post two cards and/or scrapbook pages per week.

What you can expect from this blog:

- One or two posts per week

- Projects using a variety of stamps, papers, and supplies ~I'm not loyal to any specific company. I just buy and use what I love.

- Clean and simple designs ~ I'm not usually up on the latest trends, and quite frankly, I don't have hours and hours to spend on one card. As a result, many of my cards are simplistic when compared to others. However, I embrace a clean and simple style.

So, for my first card:

I fell in love with this sentiment stamp as soon as I spotted it at the Great American Scrapbooking Convention in Chantilly, VA, earlier this summer. I finally found the time to ink it up last week. I think my next few stamp purchases are going to be Christian/Verse themed. I love the way the shades of blue work together in this card. Also, it's impossible to tell from this photo, but the sentiment itself is pop dotted away from the rest of the card. That really adds dimension. Also, the gold hues in the patterned paper are picked up in the gold elements of the ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by my new blog. I hope to gather lots of new followers, and more importantly, new friends!

Love and a Hug,