Friday, April 19, 2019

I start off the day with...

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday, hope all is well?!...

*For my AJVD post, please scroll down.*

It's been good here, busy and somewhat tiring, but good. My husband has been out of town for the past week, so it's just been me and the kids. Though, he gets back in later today! Needless to say, we're excited to have him back home! ;)

 I didn't really craft much at all while he was gone, until today that is...(I might have done some shopping though. lol)

I'm sharing a card I made for the current Unity Stamp Co. mini Facebook challenge, which is all about rainbow of colors. I was going to just share it on there, but thought I'd share it here too. ;)


So very simple of a card, yeah?!...I used some watercolors and painted them directly on my stamp and then stamped it on my paper. I did quite a few panels because every time you stamped it on the paper you get a different look. Which I love, some were darker with the colors, some more 'blotchy', etc. ;) Once done with my watercoloring, I simply stamped on a sentiment in the middle using black ink and then topped things off with a touch of burlap twine. Easy peasy, right?!...

Well, that's all for me today.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great Friday and weekend! :)

AJVD Post-Mom card

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday! :)

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a sweet Mom card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon!

Friday, April 12, 2019

every birthday needs confetti

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday, hope all is well?!...

Of course things are still busy here, but things are good. :)

*For my AJVD post, please scroll down.*

I'm swinging back in today to share a card I made for the current Altenew April Inspiration Challenge.


Such happy and bright colors, yeah?!...Gotta love the photo, too! ;) 


I kept things very simple. I used the all the colors for my confetti and then after stamped on a sweet sentiment in the middle. I was going to leave things as it was, but then thought a frame would look nice around it. ;) So I made a frame using a couple dies and then used some foam tape on the back of it, to give it some dimension. Easy peasy, right?!...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great Friday and weekend! :) 

AJVD post-Mom...Sunflower

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday! :)

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a sweet Mom card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

You're TURTLEY awesome

Hey y'all!
Happy Saturday, hope all is well?!...

If you been following and reading my blog post, you know that the past little bit has been rough on me. I apologize if some of my posts sounded like a 'debbie downer' (nobody wants to be a debbie downer...don't be a debbie downer lol) (sorry, had to do that). However, I do want to say that I while I still have some things going on, I, myself am doing good. :) I even had a ladybug land on my hand today, so that must be a good thing, right?! ;)

Today, I'm sharing a fun card I made for the current Paper Smooches April Challenge.


You think a sketch challenge would be so easy, but I haven't done any in awhile so this took some thinking for me! But I had fun! :) 


I had bought some 'Nuvo Bursts' awhile back and have barely put them to use. (I am so good at doing that. lol) So when I saw this sketch I thought they would work perfectly for a background. ;) After, I did a little coloring with markers for my turtle and then added on my sentiment piece. Easy peasy, right?!...

Well, that's all for me. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great weekend! 


Friday, April 5, 2019

AJVD post-Celebrate new beginnings

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a simple and sweet card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

It's the little things...

Hey y'all!
Happy Thursday, hope all is well?!...

Just when I thought things were looking up, new things hit. I don't want to go into details but let's just say things are somewhat out of control right now and I'm just looking for a break. :( I have an appointment to go to today and hoping that it will give me some much needed relief and hope. I am so ready to feel good and have things back to normal...so ready.

Anyhow, trying to block some things out and stay busy, I did make a card. :)


I saw the current PinkFresh Studio April Challenge and just knew I wanted to play along! It's been awhile since I made a shaker card. ;)


As you can see I kept things nice and simple. :) I used the big paisley die with a dark blue cardstock to make my shaker. I filled it with some gold, clear, and white sequins. And for my background or 'back of the shaker' I used a rainbow patterned paper. To finish things off, I stamped a tiny sentiment on white cardstock and then made a little 'flag/banner' and added it to my card. Easy peasy, right?!...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon!

Friday, March 29, 2019

AJVD post-Happy Easter

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!!

I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today sharing a sweet Easter card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon! 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

April showers bring May flowers

Hey y'all!
Happy Sunday, hope all is well?!...

Things are okay here, for the most part. I somewhat wish I could redo this past week, but we all know we can't go back in time. So at this point 'it is what it is' and I'm just trying to move forward. Long story short, besides having appointments for my kids (which were all fine) I ended up in the ER twice. The second time was for an allergic reaction the the medication the gave me the first time and now, they gave me a new medication to try and who knows how this one will react?!...Trying to stay positive but I'm still suffering from the previous reaction, so it is a little rough for me right now. But like I said, trying to stay positive and stay busy so I don't think too much about things.

Anyhow, a few days ago I made a card and then finally was able to edit it. So I do have a card to share...yay! :) I made this for the current Uniko Challenge #52, which is Spring with an optional twist Easter.


I went with using just the Spring theme and tried my hand at some no-line coloring using colored pencils...


I certainly did keep things simple. :) I randomly stamped on my flowers in a light ink and then went to town coloring them with colored pencils. I'm no expert and certainly need to practice more, but I had fun and think it turned out nice!?!...After, I simply added a sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and then a touch of ivory burlap twine. Simple, yeah?!...

Well, that's all for me today. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon! 


Friday, March 22, 2019

AJVD post-SomeBUNNY...

Hey ya'll!
Happy Friday!! :)

I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a sweet Easter card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Thanks for everything

Hey y'all!
Happy Tuesday! :)

As exhausted as I am, I somehow managed to whip up a card today! I recently ordered a couple stamp sets from Altenew and they were just sitting on my desk...begging to be inked up. lol Seeing that the current Altenew March Inspiration Challenge is still going on, I thought I'd play along. :)


How did I ever not see this Japanese Mum stamp set?!!...Needless to say, I'm in love with it! ;) 


I kept things relatively simple. For the blooms I chose to use blues, which for some reason I was thinking of the sky at the time. lol I know, a little weird...my mind runs wild at times, I tell ya. ;) I did use greens for the leaves, though! lol Once having my blooms and leaves done, I used the matching dies with them. For my card base, I stamped on a sprinkling for red 'confetti' and then stamped on the sentiment in black ink. When adding my blooms I chose to pop the front bloom up by adding foam tape on the back and then a few leaves I did the same with, as well. Simple, right?!...

Well, that's all for today.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon! 




Monday, March 18, 2019

Smile...I am always here

Hey y'all!
Happy Monday, hope your week is starting off right?!...

This week my kids are on spring break so I'm hoping to fit in some crafty time. :) I really wanted to 'take it easy' over their break, but I did schedule dentist appointments for them and one for our dog as well. So maybe in between that and aside from still fixing up our home, I'll be able to find some relaxation. ;)


Anyhow, I do have a card to share. Yay! I made this for the current PinkFresh Studio Challenge.


I kept things very simple. I randomly stamped on some floral images using a light grey ink. Then did some die cutting for the 'smile', which I layered three times using yellow cardstock. And after, I added a little sentiment underneath the die cut smile. Easy peasy, right?!...

Well, that's all for today. I'm going to start getting dinner ready and then try to catch up on blog visits. :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and week...see you soon!

Friday, March 15, 2019

AJVD post-Bloom...

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday! :)

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a simple and sweet 'Spring' card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Hola

Hey y'all!
Happy Monday, hope your week is starting off right?!...

I'll tell ya, yesterday with the time change I was doing just fine. Until...bedtime came. lol I was tossing and turning all night and now (needless to say), I'm tired!

Anyhow, I did make a card! Yay! I saw Honey Bee Stamps Facebook Challenge, which is all about 'green' and thought I'd join in on the fun. :)

Seeing how I don't use too much green on my cards, this was a good challenge for me. Luckily, I had the perfect 'new to me' stamp set to use! ;)


I kept things very simple. I just did some coloring with markers and a little die cutting with a few of the cactus. Easy peasy, right?!...To finish things off, a sweet little 'sombrero', then a simple 'Hola', and a touch of burlap twine.

Well, that's all for me today.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great week and see you soon! :)

Friday, March 8, 2019

AJVD post-Peep...

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a fun Spring card. Here's a little peek...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Wishing you lots of love, coffee, & flowers

Hello, hello!
Hope all is well and your week is starting off right?!...

I'm happy to say, everyone is feeling good! :) Though now, we are doing some renovations and 'spring cleaning' to our home, so it's a wreak right now! lol Anyone that knows me, knows I have to have a clean and organized house. If it's not I start freaking out a bit. No joke. Though, I'm trying to think of the end result and how nice it will be. ;)

Anyhow, I do have a card to share! Yay! I didn't make this for a challenge or anything...just for fun.


I've been loving all these coffee images lately and just can't seem to resist buying them! However, there are some new ones out there (that I want) and I haven't caved in yet, so that's a plus, right?!...I mean, my husbands wallet will be happy. lol

That's all for me today (tonight). I'm going to finish up a dt post and then try to catch up on some blog visits and commenting. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day/evening and see you soon!




Friday, March 1, 2019

AJVD post-Friend...you are one cool chick

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!! :)

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a fun friendship card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Watercolor Hello

Hey y'all!
Happy Sunday, hope all is well?!...

I've had quite the last week with some sick kiddos. Needless to say, not fun. Thankfully, all seem to be on the mend. In between all of that, I've been trying to craft and work on the good ol' editing skills. ;)

Today I'm sharing a simple no-line watercoloring card. One thing I keep noticing with these watercolor cards is I have to be patient. If I rush, it seems like one big mess and nothing looks good to me. So for me, patience is key. And maybe for you, too?...


I used an older Concord and 9th set. And I chose THIS specific set because I figured I could handle the no-line watercoloring with it. lol I'm still trying to full grasp it all, so I've been sticking with simpler images. ;)

Well, that's all for me today. I have a few more photos to edit and some DT work, then some commenting and blog visits to do. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day...enjoy!

Friday, February 22, 2019

AJVD post-Some BUNNY special

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!! :)

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a simple and sweet card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and see you soon!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Just saying hello

Hey y'all!
Happy Saturday, hope all is well?!...

Things still are busy here, so just a short and sweet post today. ;)

I'm sharing a card I made for the current Altenew February Inspiration Challenge. 




Really I didn't know where this card was gonna take me. But in the end, I think it works?!...Not sure if I've 'mastered' the layering of these butterfly stamps and I'm not even sure if I used all the layers for this butterfly? Though, I think you can see that it's a butterfly and with time I'm hoping to figure all the layers out. ;) 

Well, that's all for me! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great weekend! 

Oh, and you already know how much I looove the photo editing (catch the sarcasm, there...) well, the other day I logged in 'pic monkey' and wouldn't you know they changed things up! So, after navigating my way through things and playing around with things, I'm starting to grasp it. Though, I still can't seem to find that 'sweet spot' with editing my photos. So for now, my photos might not always look the best but please bear with me...I'm determined to get a hang of all the 'new' things. ;) Thanks! 

Friday, February 15, 2019

AJVD post-Just CHICKEN in

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a fun Spring themed card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Ice cream love

Hey y'all!
Happy Monday, hope your week is starting off right?!...

I have quite the busy week this week and next week. I have some dentist appointments for my kids this week and next week. Then in between the mix, it's my youngest boys' birthday on the 18th. Though I still need to get him a few things and figure out what I'm doing for his cake...so yeah, a little crazy for sure. ;)

Though, I'm still finding some time to create! Yay! :) I did make this card for the Current Paper Smooches 'Hearts' Challenge.


Ice cream, anyone?!...


Who doesn't love ice cream?!...I really enjoy a good vanilla ice cream or if I'm getting 'fancy' I'll take coconut or mango. heehee. And I should clarify that by 'fancy' I don't mean something like gold flakes on top, I just mean something other than good old vanilla. lol ;) Anyhow, I'm starting to ramble on and on...

As you can see I kept things simple. Just some coloring with markers and die cutting. And rather than having just a plain background, I used an embossing folder. Say what?!...lol I actually pulled out an embossing folder! Do people still use embossing folders?...I don't think I heard of them much lately?...I don't know. Though, I saw the x's and o's on it and thought it would work perfectly. ;) Sweet, yeah?!...


Well, I guess that's enough of me chatting for the day (or evening here).
Thanks so much for stopping by!
See you soon! :)

P.S.
And you can see once again 'photo editing' beat me. lol Hence why I had to add a second close up photo. ;)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

My love

Hey y'all!
Happy Saturday, hope all is well?!...

I just have a short and sweet post today. I have some DT work to do and a few things to do around the house. And hoping I'll even find some more crafty time in there. ;)

Anyhow, I saw the Honey Bee Stamps challenge on Facebook and thought I'd join in on the fun and play along.


Cupcakes, anyone?!...
I kept things simple and actually used some colored cardstock! lol Been awhile since I've used something other than white cardstock. ;) I did some coloring with markers and then added a sprinkling of hearts. Easy peasy, right?!...

Well, that's all for now.
Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!



Friday, February 8, 2019

AJVD post-& hugs

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a simple and sweet love card. Here's a little peek...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Kitty love

Hey y'all!
Happy Sunday, hope all is well?!...

I'm swinging in today to share a 'just for fun' card. I thought I'd do a little ink blending and make a scene for my card. A simple scene. ;)


Are those little kittens cute or what?!...I just wanted to do something fun with them. Being 'love is in the air' I thought I'd go with that for a theme.


I know it may be hard to tell, but the die cut sentiment says 'hello'. I probably should have done it in another color or somehow changed the angle of my photo...buuut we all know how time consuming editing photos can be. Right?...lol So it is what it is. ;) 

Well, that's all for me today.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 1, 2019

AJVD post-Love is in the air

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a simple and fun love card. Here's a little peek...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
See you soon!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Smile...

Happy Sunday!
Hope all is well?!...

Today is nothing but rain here and there's no sign of it clearing up. Not even a slight break in it...just rain. And cold. Needless to say, it's a 'stay warm and cozy...do some cooking/baking...watch some TV...do some crafting' kind of day. ;) 

I'm swinging in to share a card I made for the current Pink Fresh Studio Challenge


For this challenge you get to choose which month you are inspired by/want to do...With so many decisions it was hard to choose, but I ended up going with October. October's theme was all about fussy cutting and/or die cutting. 


I had no actual plans or anything, just pulled out a few goodies I haven't really used and just went with the flow. Overall I kept things simple and just used some different pink and red inks for my background. Then for my die cut sentiment I did the bottom half in gold glitter cardstock to give it an extra 'pop'. Easy peasy, right?!...


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your day! :) 


Saturday, January 26, 2019

You deserve the very best

Hey y'all!
Happy Saturday! Hope all is well?!...

Well, (knock on wood) my head isn't hurting anymore. I think that headache yesterday was more of a migraine...really took a toll on me. Whew. Hopefully no more of that. ;)

Anyhow, I'm swinging in today to share another 'just for fun' and no-line watercoloring card. I've been still practicing away with the watercoloring...even though they may take me DAYS to finish, I think they are worth it in the end. :) I'm sure others can do a whole watercolor card in the same day, but I'm just not at that level yet. lol


Once again, simple. And please excuse my slightly crooked sentiment...I was not going to start over! lol 

Well, that's all for me. I'm off to visit some blogs and do some commenting. :)
Have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by! 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Smile!

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday, hope all is well?!...

I'm keeping my post short and sweet today. I have a terrible headache that won't go away...though, I'm still trying to stay active and do things. But probably will lay down in bed soon or at least sit on the sofa.

I wanted to share a simple card I made for the current CASology Challenge. 




Pretty straight forward, right?!... ;) 

Well, that's all for me. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great weekend! 

AJVD post-Your love is electric!

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!

I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today, sharing a fun love card. Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Banana love

Happy Wednesday, hope all is well?!...

I'm sharing a pretty simple card today, which this card actually reminds me of when I first started making cards. ;)


Pretty straight forward. Just a little bit of patterned paper, simple stamping and coloring, and a simple layout. Nice and easy, right?!...


I'm going to enter this into Virginia's Show and Share Challenge. If you haven't heard or seen about it yet, you should definitely check it out. ;) I used to play along with her other challenges, so to see this challenge start up, I was so happy. They are always so fun and inspirational! :)

Well, that's all for me today.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!




Monday, January 21, 2019

Coffee and friends

Hey y'all! Happy Monday!
Hope your week is starting off right?!...

Today, is one of the 'cozy up inside' kind of day. It is so cold here and windy on top of it, which just adds to the cold factor. So I've been taking it easy, cooking and crafting. 

I'm sharing a fun coffee card using some Honey Bee Stamps goodies. I saw their Facebook challenge is all about coffee, tea, and cocoa...


I really just was having some fun with this card. I had no idea where things were going...I started messing with things late last night and then this morning finished things up. I was actually surprised it came together...somehow. lol

Well, that's all for me today. I'm off to do some blog visits and type up some posts.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and week!



Friday, January 18, 2019

AJVD post-Love

Hey y'all!
Happy Friday!

Today, I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog sharing a super fun and simple love card! Here's a little peek I have to share...


To see my full card, be sure to swing on over to the AJVD blog! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hey sweet friend!

Hey y'all! Happy Thursday, almost Friday!
Hope all is well?!...

I'm back sharing another no-line watercoloring card. No challenges or anything, just for fun and practice. ;) And I have to say, this card took me a couple days to do because I was trying a few different things.

I played with using different watercolor paper and whatnot and what seemed to work best for me was using heavy weight bristol smooth cardstock. I normally use a mix media cardstock but thought I'd try something else. For me, it seemed my colors were able to spread more easily and stay more vibrant. I found the drying time was fairly quick and just overall easier for me to grasp this whole watercoloring thing. ;)


I really enjoyed making this card because I felt more at ease and things just went smoother. I also think it looks way better than the others I've tried...well, that's what I'm thinking?...I'm still going to be playing around more...hoping to make some more progress in the watercoloring world. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Monday, January 14, 2019

You are SO beautiful...

Hey y'all!
Happy Monday! Hope your week is starting off right?!...

I'm swinging in today to share a card I made for the current Altenew Inspiration Challenge.


I decided to try my hand at some no-line watercoloring (again). I'm still trying to learn more with the whole watercolroing thing and how to grasp it better. Hopefully with more time I'll get better at it. ;) Though it is relaxing, isn't it?!...


As you can see, I kept things very simple. I just worked in different areas at different times until the first area was dry and so on. After, I added on my sentiment and topped things off with some burlap twine. Simple, yeah?!...And I know you probably can't tell, but my sentiment is stamped in a darker green ink. ;) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope you have a great week!