Sunday, April 29, 2012

You Are Fabulous

Happy Sunday!! Finally found some time to blog!! I have been blessed with some crafty time lately!! 

I subscribe to the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit and love it!! Every month I receive cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon and fun embellies! I made the card below from the April 2012 Key Ingredients kit.  One of the other cool benefits of getting the kit is that there is an Inspiration Sheet each month. You can either download it or buy a printed copy.  For this card I used the card created by Debbie Carriere as my inspiration!! I just loved how she added the flowers in the corner. 

The image is one from my {ippity} set - Where You Should Be. Of course my favorite {ippity} chick is Aletha. 

Thanks for coming by today!! 

Blessings and Hugs,

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Softpencil Tuesday Inspiration

Welcome to another Softpencil Studios Tuesday!! I hope you enjoyed the 3 blog hops!! It was fun to see Elizabeth's images used in so many different ways!! 

Speaking of different - did you know that Softpencil Studios Shop has branched out into stickers, rub ons and even clear polymer stamps.  I was so excited when I received 2 sticker sets to play with. They are even more bright and vibrant in real life than on the website!!

I used the set called "Best Friends" in pink

The sentiment is from the Bedtime Story Pure Innocence set at My Favorite Things. Sure brought back memories. When my oldest was little, we always said "I love you to the moon and back"- then we'd try to add a bigger number of times than each other!! It makes me smile even now!! Of course now that she's 10 those days are gone!

I made this card to hide in my oldest daughter's book bag the morning of her first statewide testing. She has always done very well on them but was exceptionally nervous this year.  I told her all she needs to do her best and that's all we expect. I am hoping finding this in their will make her smile!! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges -

One Stitch at A Time - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Let's get Cute (I hope stickers are OK for this)

As always, thanks so much for stopping by today!! 

Blessings and Hugs,

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Sharing

Hope it's a good Sunday for everybody!! I just wanted to stop by and remind you that we have the Rain or Showers challenge happening at Get Hippity with Ippity!! 

While, this card doesn't fit the challenge it is one I created using {ippity} images. You can order all your {ippity} stamps directly from Aletha at her blog. Also if you're over at the Unity site and adding some {impity} images to your cart be sure to pick Aletha as your {ippity} chick.

 I usually make the cards for the various birthdays, weddings, etc.. at my school. This week is Administrative Professionals day so I made a few cards!! 

I used one of my favorite {ippity} sets for this card - oh wait a minute - they are all my favorites. The set used is Music of My Heart.
All of the papers are from this months Key Ingredients kit at Taylored Expressions. I just love how everything arrives at my doorstep ready for me to create with. There is also a wonderful Inspiration Idea Sheet each month!! I also have to tell you, I make A LOT of cards from each kit. I just finished using my March 2011 kit and that's the only one I've completely used!! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges 
Robyn's Fetish - use pastel colors only
Fussy and Fancy - punches and dies

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you have a fabulous week!!
Blessings and Hugs!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Softpencil Studios Blog Hop #3

YAY!!! It's finally my turn to be part of the fabulous Softpencil Studios Hop!! This is the third and final one so don't miss it before it goes. This hop will run from today until April 25th. If you arrived from Rhonda's blog then you're on the right path. If not you probably want to head back to the Softpencil Studios blog and start so you don't miss any of the fabulous projects!!

There are even prizes to be won!!
• Elizabeth will be choosing a random winner (through from the players who complete the blog hop, who´ll receive a gift certificate of $15 for the Softpencil Studio shop... and a surprise!
• All the players who participate by leaving their comments on each blog will receive a free digi-stamp of their choice. Yes! only leave a comment on each blog and win a digi-stamp! Write to let me know you commented on all the blogs.
• And there is a "mystery blog" so all the girls who leave a comment on that blog will be entered in a drawing to win a digi-stamp... and a little surprise too! 

I used several different images for my project. 

Image - Lily

Image - Sunny Gardener

Ladybug and Flower

Image - Sunny with Flowers
The template and house images for the house are from My Time Made Easy - Shop Around. This is one of my favorite templates!!

Thanks for coming by now hop on along to Michelle's blog and see her beautiful project. I've also included a complete list of people on the hop just in case you get lost along the way - 

Tere Azúa
Melissa (you are here)

As always, thank you so much for stopping by!! I hope you enjoy the hop!!

Blessings and Hugs,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog Inspiration

Yep it's the 3rd Wednesday of the month which means it's time to share another project for The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. Remember the theme this month is "Spring with pastel colors."

Our wonderful sponsor is Meljen's Designs!! The prize is four (non-colored) images of your choice from her store!! Let me tell you there are some FABULOUS images over there. 

Melissa was kind enough to share some of her fun spring images with our DT to help inspire you!!  For this project I used one of Melissa's whimsical word art images - Spring is the Time for Growth.  The sentiment made me think of planting flowers and one needs a wheelbarrow for that right? So I created this wheelbarrow using the Barrow of Blooms template from My Time Made Easy.

While you can't fill this one with dirt, it would make a fun little pick me up gift for a friend filled with chocolates or candies!! 

Be sure to check out the rest of The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog's Design Team's inspiration over at the blog! I look forward to seeing your "Spring with Pastel color" creations over at the blog!! You have until the end of the month!!

Thanks for coming by!! 
Blessings and Hugs!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Get Hippity With Ippity Challenge #19

If you're looking for my Softpencil Studios post please look here!!

Today I am here to let you know about the newest challenge at Get Hippity with Ippity!! You need to create a project with the theme Rain or Showers. You can make a card, a layout, or ATC whatever you'd like just as long as it has rain or shine incorporated!! You can find all the details and rules for the challenge here. 

The prize is a set of your choice from Aletha's sales blog. Have I mentioned that she has AWESOME customer service? Also if you are ordering over at the Unity site and including {ippity} in your order please pick Aletha as your {ippity} chick. (she's in the bottom row)

We've been having quite a mixture of these rain and sunshine here in Ohio so there's been lots of natural inspiration!! Not to mention temperatures up and down, up and down!! :-)

For this challenge I chose the {ippity} set Raining Happy!! This umbrella is adorable and the sentiment is fabulous!! Of course it has to be since it was designed by Tracey Malnofski who is also the artist and owner of the The Stamping Boutique.  

Ok on with my card -

This is one of the {ippity} itty bittys.

I've been thinking about using this set for a retirement card but don't know if the person would take it the wrong way. It's not that we're happy they are retiring but that they should be happy retiring. Does that even make sense?

I hope you'll join in the fun. I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations at the GHWI Blog!!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges -
Craft Your Passion - punches and die cuts 
Lexi's Creations - punches or dies
Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes
Paper Sundaes -anything goes
Stamptacular Sunday - freeebie - anything goes

Thanks for coming by!! Blessings and Hugs!!

Softpencil Studios Tuesday

Don't forget that the 2nd of 3 Softpencil Studios blog hops is happening. You can start at the Softpencil Studios blog and find all the details. Let me just tell you, there's a couple of ways of winning and everyone who completes the entire hop gets a digi image of their choice. So get over and hop a long. Oh wait please check out my card first!! :-)

This week I used the sweet Charmy image to make a card. I left off the sentiment so that I can use this card for whatever occasion I need to. 

Also remember the Softpencil Studios shop now carries clear stamps, rub ons, stickers. I just love all the new goodies available and am sure you will too!!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges -
Incy Wincy Designs - Digis only
The Squirrel and the Fox - things with wings

As always, thanks for coming by!! Many Blessings!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Softpencil Hop #2

I just wanted to stop by and remind you that the 2nd Softpencil Studios Blog Hop starts today and runs through Friday!!

The hop is celebrating quite a few firsts for Elizabath - the first year of the  Tinytwinies™, the first year of Softpencil Studios relaunching, and her 10th. anniversary as a professional artist.  As if that isn't enough reason to celebrate, we are also celebrating the opening of Elizabeth's own shop where you'll find all her products - digi-stamps(yes, 
they´re back!), clear stampsstickersrub-ons, kits for card making, scrapbooking and paper crafting (they´ll be available on the upcoming weeks) and many more products coming soon! hope you join us!I

These are the prizes you can win,
• Elizabeth will  be choosing a random winner (through from the players who complete the blog hop, who´ll receive a gift certificate of $15 to the Softpencil Studio shop... and a surprise!
• All the players who participate by leaving their comments on each blog will receive a free digi-stamp of their choice. Yes! only leave a comment on each blog and win a digi-stamp! Write her at to let me know you commented on all the blogs.
• And there is a "mystery blog" so all the girls who leave a comment on that blog will be entered in a drawing to win a digi-stamp... and a little surprise too!

And here are the blogs you have to visit, don´t forget to leave your comment on each one!

Softpencil Studios blog


I hope you make time to hop on through and see all the fabulous creations these ladies have made!!

Many Blessings and Hugs,

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fresh Brewed Celebration!!!

Don't miss the awesome Fresh Brewed Designs new Rubber Release hop which starts here.  Heather is also celebrating her birthday with birthday candy too!! Heather is also having some awesome deals.  So head over there and check it all out today!! 

I want to wish Heather a special birthday!! She is one incredible woman!! Many blessings my friend!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Softpencil Tuesday and A HOP!!!!

Yep time to share another of Elizabeth's Softpencil Studios wonderful digi images from her new Spring Collection.  You'll also notice when you head over to the store that the rub-ons and stickers are now available!!  It is certainly an exciting time for Elizabeth and I feel honored to be part of it all.

But before I share my card, I want to let you know that there is a Softpencil Hop happening today and the NEXT 2 Tuesdays!! When Elizabeth asked who wanted to be part of a blog hop, the response was so great she had to break it into 3 weeks. Love that!! 

There are prizes!! You gotta love prizes!!! 
  • A winner will be chosen from each hop and will receive a $15 gift certificate to Softpencil Studios new store.
  • If you participate by leaving a comment on each blog you will receive a free image of your choice. Elizabeth will be sending you an image for each hop you leave comments on all of the blogs. So you could earn up to 3 free images!! You'll need to email Elizabeth at to receive your image.
  • Finally one blog along the way will be a mystery blog and a commenter will be chosen to win an image as well!

I'm not part of the hop this week but here are the ladies you'll need to hop by their blogs. The hop runs from today until 8AM EST next Sunday April 15th. Then the next hop starts that morning when the first hop ends.

You'll be starting and ending at the Softpencil blog.  Here's the complete list for the first hop!!

1- Ashley
2- Alidalis Acevedo
3- Ann Vento
4- Tenia Nelson
9- Jessica Esch
12- Kimberly Clark
13- Piali Biswas
14- Lawren Fowlkes
15- Marsha Sanderlin
16- JennBorjesson

Even though I'm not part of the hop, I still wanted to create with one of the adorable new Spring images. So, I chose Amy with Flowers.  

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cupcake Crafts - Spring is in the air
Make it Mondays - always anything goes
Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - Favorite cute Stamp

I love being home and having more time to not only create but also to blog!! Thanks for coming by!!
Blessings and Hugs!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

A few cards to share

Happy Monday!! It's our first day of spring break!! We didn't plan any trips so its nice to just get up when we feel like it and have no schedule. Of course I was still up at 5am but at least I didn't have to wake and rush the girls for school!!

Here's a few cards I've made over the past few weeks that I haven't had time to share yet.  I used an image from ByLORiDesigns!! I really need to print more of these and find some time to play because they are just adorable!!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges 
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes

Here are just a few more. I have such a hard time making masculine cards so these are pretty basic!! Neither one of these has stamps but they were fun to make. I actually went out on a limb and drew the TV myself. The first card was for Tom Roig our dog sled guide and the second for the Video Club Director at my school who video taped Tom's presentation and made a DVD of it. 

As always, thank you so much for stopping by to see my crafty work. Many your week be filled with many blessings!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Think on These Things Mini Book

Good morning my friends. I wanted to stop by and share a few pieces of a mini album I'm working on.  The idea came from Courtney Walsh's Scrapbooking Your Faith class at Big Picture Scrapbook. I haven't taken any online classes in a while and now I remember why - I'm not good at keeping up or completing them. As in many parts of my life - self discipline is not one of my strongest characteristics. Anyhow, I think this project is one that I will work on over the next few months.

The project is to create a mini book filled with all of your favorite verses, quotes, etc... that touch your heart. It is titled "Think on These Things." So far I have only finished a few pages and they have all been verses. I do have a few quotes I'd like to eventually include. 

I wanted it to have a consistent look and since I feel color challenged as well as mixing designer papers challenge, I used Echo Park's Walk in the Park. I figured since they were a line of papers they must all go together well!! :-) 

Here is the title page -

The first verse I chose was Philippians 4:11.

I have to admit if I had to do it over again I would make it a single ring at the top of the album because sometimes it is difficult to flip through with the three rings. Since I'm still not very far along I may go back and try to change it by covering the holes and re-punching them. 

I'll be back to share more from my little book. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog April Challenge

I know can you believe it is already the first Wednesday of April?? That means its time to start the new challenge at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. This month the theme is Spring using Pastel Colors.  

Our fabulous sponsor is Mel Jen's Designs. The prize is 4 free images!!!!! Melissa has some of the cutest digi images around.  Be sure to hop over to her store to see them all.

Since Easter is this Sunday, I made a fun little Easter card to share. The image is called Easter Bunny.

Be sure to check out the rest of Team A's wonderful creations at the TCCCB today. You can also visit their individual blogs that are listed in my sidebar. Then be sure to stop back next week at the TCCCB blog to see Design Team B's fabulous work.

Thanks for coming by!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Get Hippity With Ippity Challenge #18 - Color

Please scroll down for my Softpencil Post or click here!!

Hope everyone's week is off to a wonderful start!! So far so good here!! I have a beautiful color challenge from Get Hippity With Ippity to share with you today!!

We get all our wonderful palettes from Jessica at Design Seeds. Let me tell you I think each combo is more beautiful than the one before!! Well here's this months - Henna Tones -

Aren't these just gorgeous!! I always love the pictures Jessica finds to go with her palettes. 

Here's my card: 

I used the {ippity} set Devoted which can be found on Aletha's sales blog.

All of the papers are from the Taylored Expressions May 2011 Key Ingredients kit! I borrowed the little letters from someone at the crop I was at. 

I hope you plan on playing along at the Get Hippity With Ippity Challenge. I think there are going to be some incredible creations using these colors. Don't forget to check out our groups at The Crafter's Cafe and Facebook.

Softpencil Tuesday

I'm so glad you could stop by today! I have another project to share from the recently reopened Softpencil Studios store. Not sure if you know but you can also buy Softpencil goodies at EAD Designs and clear photopolymer stamps at Latina Crafter!! 

For my card I used Easter Chick -

I also wanted to let you know that we are going to be doing a 3 blog hops in April. They will be: 
8 AM EDT on April 10-15th
8 AM EDT on April 15th-20th
8 AM EDT on April 20th-25th. (This is the week I'm scheduled for) YAY!!!

I'll be posting more information and reminders for each one because of course there will be prizes and I wouldn't want any of you to miss them.

Be sure to stop by the rest of the Design Team's blogs that are listed on my side bar. This is one talented group of ladies and you wouldn't want to miss their beautiful work this week!!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges -
Addicted to Stamp - Spring/Easter
Paper Sundaes - Easter

Thanks for coming by today!! I hope your day is blessed!!