Monday, October 20, 2014

My Bags are Packed...

... I'm ready to go!

Those of you who know me very well know that I love to travel. Whether it's to an out-of-town meeting, a conference in another state, even a mission trip abroad. I'm always ready to go.

In fact, I keep a suitcase packed at all times. LOL! The only thing I have to throw in the bag is some clothes and coordinating jewelry and I'm out the door.

Sooooooo... when I saw the new JessicaLynnOriginal Designer Travel Handbag Couture I just knew I was going to love using it! It is a gorgeous travel handbag!

I'm ready to travel now!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: JessicaLynnOriginal Designer Travel Handbag Couture
Ink: Copic Markers and Zig Wink of Stella Marker
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! River Rock
Designer Paper: K & Co. On the Road Luggage Labels and scraps from my scrap file
Embellishments: A Muse Studio Bakers Twine and Recollections World Globe Brad

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Butterfly in Flight

Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, 
it became a butterfly.

That has long been one of my favorite sayings. Sometimes life really seems to weigh heavy on a person. Nothing seems to be going right. Life is a challenge. Perhaps giving up feels like the only option.

But then, think! The caterpillar struggled, too, while fighting its way out of the cocoon. But then it grew its wings and now it is a beautiful butterfly that can fly!


Today begins a new challenge at One Stitch at a Time Challenge... a BUTTERFLY challenge!

Challenge #222

October 19 - 25

Theme: Anything Goes with a Butterfly

Sponsor: Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet 

I hope you'll participate in the OSAAT Anything Goes with a Butterfly Challenge!

Here's my card:

This is the inside of my card:

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

ABC Challenge - V is for Vibrant
Creative Card Crew - Black Cardstock (WOW! This challenge certainly fits my style!)
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Super Fly
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Gingerloft Sunflower Collage
Ink: Copic Markers and Wink of Stella Marker
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Garden Green
Designer Paper: Recollections Everyday Snapshot Paper Pad
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Best Witches for a Happy Halloween

I've really been enjoying the cute Halloween cards I've been seeing in blogland the past week or two, haven't you? Perhaps, like me, you've even made a Halloween card or two. Well... it's time to make another one so you can participate in this week's Sweet Stampin' Challenge!

October 18 - 24

Theme: Halloween

Sponsor: Crafty Devils
£15 Voucher

Here's my card:

I used several pieces of designer paper out of my scrap file to make this card - all of them Halloween themed and/or orange and black. And something just seemed a bit bland. Then I looked on my desk and there was a bright green piece of paper. It actually had a note written on the back of it - from Kelly. She had put it in my return swap envelope. But you know what, a little writing on the back didn't hurt that green designer paper. Voila! Just the touch this card needed. Thank you, Kelly!

Here's the inside:

I hope you'll participate in the Sweet Stampin' Halloween Challenge!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Images/Sentiment: MFT Witch Way Candy
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Poppy Parade
Designer Papers: from my scrap file - and Kelly's note
Embellishments: Sequins from an unknown vendor

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Peek at My Week

It’s Friday, so it’s time for… 


Something I loved about this week…

My husband was gone most of the week (no, that’s NOT what I loved about the week). He went to visit our daughter in Alaska, where she is teaching Special Ed in the bush. They had a GREAT time together. I asked my husband to look for an Alaska Starbucks mug for me, since I collect Starbucks mugs. He didn’t find one; apparently they’re sold out. But he did bring me a unique and fun souvenir, though it’s not something I would expect to find in Alaska.

Here is a picture of it:

Do you have any idea what it is? I’ll reveal the answer at the end of this blog post.

He also brought me this pair of handmade earrings that my daughter got me. They were made by a Native Alaskan woman that she met shortly after moving to Pilot Station, Alaska.

Something I learned this week…

I learned how to “talk” text messages on my fairly new iPhone 6. It was so fun! (Who knew something so simple could bring me so much joy???)

Oh, and I also learned that there is a way to change the types of pictures I take on my phone – mono, tonal, noir, fade, chrome, etc. Pretty cool!

Somewhere I went this week…

I really didn’t go anywhere – other than the store for groceries and to take my son Brock out for cheeseburgers and french fries.

Something I created this week…

Jessica (of JessicaLynnOriginal) gave me an adorable stamp set - Dachshund Weiner Dog as one of my design team perks. I decided it was time to get it inky! 

This is the card I made with it:

the inside:

Something I’m going to do this weekend…

If it quits raining long enough to do so, I’m going to put the fall/Halloween decorations on the front porch. Rain, rain, go away!

Something I want to accomplish next week…

It is going to be a short week for me since I will be out of town all day Friday and Saturday for a Kids’ Ministry event. I’m pretty excited about that! That being said, I need to get my Sunday Bible Study teaching plans finished early in the week.

I also want to stop at Michael’s while I’m in the city and see if I can find a BIG cake-decorating tip. I want to make special cupcakes for the youth at church – you know; the ones with mile-high frosting. YUM!

Did I take the 30-Minute Challenge this week?
What is a 30-Minute Challenge? Basically, I choose something to do – perhaps it’s an organization task that is calling out to me, or a topic I want to research, or (*gasp!) an exercise I want to try, etc. – and I set the timer and invest 30 minutes in that challenge.

I had a HUGE box of scraps and stuff left from last weekend’s girls’ event – picture approximately 100 girls (grades 1-6) making cards. So I spent my 30 minutes unpacking, sorting, tossing, and storing the stuff in that box.

SCORE TIME: Would I give this week a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I appreciate you so much!

Image: JessicaLynnOriginal Dachshund Weiner Dog
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Staples White
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Oh, and what is that Alaska souvenir?
It is an olive pitter.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kelly Gave Me the Sun & Moon

Thank you, Kelly!

It's no surprise to most of my SCS friends... I love PRIZES. It's also no surprise that someone (Barb!) likes to try to steal my prizes.

But I'm so glad she didn't steal Kelly's prize away from me. Kelly was the hostess of the Mystery image swap - such a cute image she sent us to use. If you missed seeing my card, click here to see it. BUT... I digress. My cards were the first ones Kelly received in the swap, which earned ME a prize! (Yes, me, not Barb!) And what a FUN prize it was! Kelly sent me a little bundle of images and designer papers - almost like a little card kit.

So I made two cards...

the inside:

the inside:

And because this is the third Thursday in October, that means thematically it's "Challenge" Thursday. Therefore I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:

Crafting By Design - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Kelly identified the images - Mark's Finest Papers Sun & Moon
She provided the designer papers, too.

I used my own cardstock - Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Barely Banana and Crushed Curry 

as well as the embellishments - Michael's Rhinestones and Sequins from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dueling Darlings Like Candy

Time for a friendly little dual between the Dazzlers and the Divas. Are you ready?

This month, the hostess are Terry for the Dazzlers and LJ for the Divas. They chose a super fun theme...

Eat, Drink, or Be Scary!

Here's what Terry told the Dazzlers:

As Halloween approaches LJ and I decided to put together kits to celebrate the holiday! I know some of you do not celebrate Halloween, and I apologize for the theme, but for most of us it's a fun day to watch the kids in the neighborhood run house to house looking for the best candy!

In your blog post we would also like you to tell us what your favorite candy is. If you don't have a favorite, let us know what you like to eat....drink....or if you like to be scary at this time of year!

In your kit you will find the following:

Image - Haunted Forest (Stampin' Up!)

Papers - Boo! (Flair Designs),
Jeepers Creepers (Heidi Grace Designs), Halloween Words (the Paper Studio), Sugar Rush (Heidi Grace Designs), Web (not sure)

Embellishments: Candi Dots (Craftworkcards), Ribbon (miscellaneous from Michaels), mini brads (Recollections)

fun creating

Thank you for a great theme, LJ and Terry - and for a fun kit, too!

Here's my card:

Here's the inside:

Now about that "extra something" that Terry and LJ asked us to do... I'm not sure what my favorite Halloween candy is... I wonder if that's even what they meant. But in the fall - this time of year - I do enjoy eating candy corn mixed with peanuts. Yum!

Let's go check out the other Dueling Darling blogs and see what they've made...



Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

The only thing I used other than the items that were in Terry's kit was some cardstock - Recollectins Black, Stampin' UP! Pumpkin Pie, and Staples White.

Thank you, Terry, for sending a FABULOUS kit!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pin It #126

I can hardly believe that the {PIN}Spirational Challenge is already up to its 126th challenge. WOW!

Want a hint of what this week's challenge is?

Isn't that a darling image? As a {PIN}Spirational design team member, I was given this image (by QKR Stampede) to use and I am so excited! Because it is way too cute!!!

October 14 - 21

Create based on this photo:

I hope you'll participate; it's going to be a great challenge!

The sponsors are:


Thank you to our sponsors!!!

Here's the inside:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: QKR Stampede
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Buttons from an unknown vendor