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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Golden Days

Today was a beautiful "Fall" day here in NE Ohio.   It was cool at night, warm and sunny during the day.  The golden hues were so lovely today.   We're not seeing color yet because we haven't had a drop below 32 but I would bet it's coming soon ...  Today's card was inspired by this week's Freshly Made Sketches.  When I saw the background stripes I knew I wanted to use this My Minds Eye washi tape.  I just couldn't resist getting it and have been wanting to use it and these colors were inspired by the beautiful day we had today!   Enjoy!

Supplies:   CTMH CS Outdoor Denim, Honey;  MME indie chic washi tape,  SU! Stamps Trendy Trees, CTMH Ink Desert Sand, Chocolate, Sky, Honey, Bamboo,  AMuse Studio Blue Button Assortment, Misc Ribbon

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sending Hugs

Lots of layers on this card!  These cute colors are in the adorable Basic Grey Paper Cottage I just got to finish a cute layout of my kitty Moo helping me in the garden.   The left overs were just too fun to throw away so I decided to use those on a challenge card for   The stamp is from AMuse Studio and it's called "woohoo for you".   Isn't she sweet?    The rest are Cricut cuts from my new CTMH Artiste Cartridge.  

This card is for my friend Dot who I walked with yesterday in the March of Dimes Annual Charity Walk.  Her DGS was one of those kids on the poster that needed the NICU when he wsa born.  It made it very special to raise money knowing it helps great kids like Blake.  

Supplies:  Basic Grey Paper Cottage, AMuse Studio Stamps woohoo for you,  Copics, CTMH Cricut Cartridge Artiste, Crystal Stickles, CM Hearts

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happy Place

well ... since the paper was still laying on the desk,  I decided to do this week's Friends That Scrap Card Sketch with the Authentique paper I had out.   I'm not sure why this paper was marked for quick sale at PC's but I really thought the colors were cute and I'm glad I'm using it and it's not just sitting collecting dust ... LOL.  I used my CTMH Artiste Cricut Cart to cut the bird & leaves.

Supplies:  Paper Authentique Blissful,  Ink Momento Black,  Stamps SU! Cute Converse, AMuse Studio Black Buttons, Misc Ribbon, CTMH Gold Glitter Glitz

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Missing You

I'm very excited because this week I will get to visit my youngest son at college.  It's been almost a month since I've seen him and I'm happy to get the chance for a visit.   This cute sketch is this week's Friday Sketch Challenge and was selected for our CYAO #33 at Paper Secrets.    Unfortunately it's another week of strange stuff to use for the challenge (LOL!).   I chose a digital stamp, watercoloring and the corrugated paper for the 3 challenge items.  I actually didn't have any of the other items so my choices were limited but I thought the stamp was fun.   I found the free digi stamp at Craft Gossip.    Tomorrow I'm walking in the March of Dimes Walk in Akron so wish us good weather. 

Supplies:  Paper Authentique Blissful, Free Digital Stamp, Copics, AMuse Studio Black Button, Misc Ribbon,  CTMH Black Sparkles

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Autumn Greetings

Back with another Fall card ... after all,  I'm playing "catch up".   I don't know what I was thinking but it just dawned on me yesterday that we're half way through September and I was still playing with butterfly and flower stamps.   If I didn't hurry up and get out my Fall faves,  I'd miss the fun.  These leaf stamps are absolutely some of my favorites.   I'm pretty sure I say that every time I use them and post but they really are cute leaves.   I'm thinking about getting the current A*Muse Studio leaf stamps since I always enjoy when I get these out but I'd better hurry up or I won't be stamping fall cards, LOL!   This sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches #48.   This week is pick any past sketch since it's their 1 year Birthday!  Woohoo!  I picked 3 that I liked the most so I'll be back with another card soon.   Enjoy!

Supplies:  A*Muse Studio Kraft, Gingham Dot Paper,  A*Muse Studio Stamps fresh foliage,  A*Muse Studio Ink Lime, Papaya, French Roast,  A*Muse Studio Satin Ribbon Fern,  A*Muse Studio Button Assortment - Green,  A*Muse Studio Twine

Saturday, September 15, 2012

boo to you!

As usual, this weeks' MOJO Monday #258 was a GREAT Sketch and another fun selection for Paper Secrets CYAO Week #32 Challenge.   At least this week the challenge items were more "normal" card items and I was able to make several of these cards for mailing.  Usually when they pick weird items to use, I make only a single card and since I need several per week for mailing,  that doesn't help efficiencies, LOL! I really love how this one turned out.   I got these cute Halloween stamps last year from AMuse Studio and only used them a couple times.   I'm definitely behind on "Fall" stampin' as I was still enjoying my sunshine and butterfly stamps.  Better get busy with leaves and fall holidays.    Thanks for stoppin' by, 

Supplies:   A*Muse Studio Paper Pebble, A*Muse Studio Washi Tape,  A*Muse Studio stamps too cute to spook, A*Muse Studio Ink Papaya,  Momento Black,  A*Muse Studio Just Blooms,  Darice Spider Web Emboss Folder

Friday, September 14, 2012

It's all Scrappy ...

Oh SO Happy it's Friday Night!  What a good feeling to get through the week and still have some energy on Friday for scrappin'.   I actually started out to look for a card sketch idea and came across a great blog site for scrappin'.   The challenge was to use scraps for this page which I did and follow the sketch.  I grabbed a few scraps from the top of the printed paper bin and put them together, dug through the PIF box and found the butterflies that had been sitting there.  I even found an old package of Thickers and some CM phrase stickers to round it out.   The best part is I had a 1 page spot in the scrapbook (I scrap chronologically) that this page will fit beautifully!  All good.  If you get a chance, check out the Great INspiration I found at this week's challenge on

Supplies are all miscellaneous scraps :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gorilla's -- Wild!

Fun -- fun!   I've actually scrapped some of my Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla pictures but these seemed just perfect for the Paper Secrets SYAO #33 sketch (pg 1).   Another week of crazy stuff to add for the challenge but it seemed to work for these pages -- feathers, bingo card, 7+ papers, chipboard letters altered and I used both technique challenges - stencil background and dry embossing.   These cute papers are from the BoBunny Zoology line.  I'm sure I'll use them up,  we go to lots of zoos!   I really like how the stencil background came out too! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to Basics

Today is one of my favorite days of the month -- the 5th for our SCS Crafty Girls Blog Hop!  WooHoo!   Unfortunately, this is not the card I wanted to show off today.   I'm   s-t-i-l-l   traveling and I must have photo'd my card and switched camera cards because it's no where to be found.   Our challenge this month was to use punches in creative ways!  What a great challenge and I can't wait to show you the card I did.  How fun to add more than one.  I can admit that the first punches I ever owned were CM Square and Circle Punches and I held out what now seems like forever with just those punches only.  I still use them constantly especially the circles.  What was your first punch?   I must also admit I now have a large collection of punches and most of them are well used,  especially the edge punches.  Crazy Fun :)   This card sketch is a Mojo Monday Sketch.  

Have FUN checking out the other SCS Crafty Gals Blogs:
                                                            Tracie - The Crafty Touch
Jeannette - Cre8tive Play
Melina - Crafty Scrapper

Supplies:   All A*Muse Studio

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

For the Love of Scrappin ...

ok ... so DH was the one who came up with the title for this post.   He said that it absolutely had to be all about the hoops I jumped to get this page done and posted for the deadline tonight at Paper Secrets SYAO #31 Challenge, LOL!   I've been really swamped moving my Mom this last week and every time I sat down for a minute and thought about scrappin',  I'd fall asleep so...unfortunately it got to the deadline day for the page.   Today was her Retirement Party so ... I had to get this done before 0900 this morning.  If you know me at all,  you know I'm NOT a "morning person" and trying to get this page done before I went off to work was truly "challenging" not to mention being on the "road" I had limited supplies for a tough layout.   Well, this is my last Prom Page and I will go back and add the quote I want included but it's good it's done.  I'm now sitting at a B&N using not only their WIFI but also the plug as my camera battery died and I couldn't upload the picts earlier .... aahhh!   Done is Done!  

Monday, September 3, 2012

New Direction

I'm on the road this weekend moving my Mom to a Retirement/Senior Center.  I looked back at all of the previous CYAO and grabbed the main items we've always used and wouldn't you know, this week,  they changed!  LOL!   Of course, it made this card a little challenging but it's done.   This is for the Paper Secrets #30 CYAO Challenge.   I just hated to get this far and not keep going so I just made it work.   This was a terrific sketch from MOJO Monday this week and I hope to go back and do it justice.

I hope everyone enjoyed Labor Day!