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as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour,
if we will only tune in.

~George Washington Carver

Wednesday, December 30, 2009




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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Truckin Birthday - PPA22


A bright and cheery card for the last PPA (Pals Paper Arts) challenge of 2009!  It was a very easy card to put together.  The hardest thing was linking all the little swirls dies together to create a spring.

Stamps:  Truck and sentiment are digital stamps from designer Korin at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, colored, printed and cut out.  I actually cut the signboard away from the truck and placed it on red cardstock for a more 3-D effect.

Paper:  DP and cardstock from stash.
Ink:  I used Gimp (similar to Photoshop) to color the digital stamps.
Extras:  Ribbon, colored brads, swirl die and Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Have a wonderful last few days of 2009!  Check back later for an end of year extravaganza of cards I have not posted yet!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

A Harley Holiday


Today is a special card with no particular sketch in mind.  A Christmas card for my brother, a Harley guy.  I thought it would be  fun to have lights stringing behind the cycle and dragging a tree for some holiday whimsy.

Stamps:  Motorcycle, light string and tree and Happy Holidays sentiment.
Paper:  Red and cream cardstock; photo corners, diamond background - DP.
Ink:  Versamark with red, green and black powder.
Embellishments:  Celebrate ribbon, Sizzix photo corner die, red and green gems, red star button.

Seasons Greetings

Another version of the FTL72 .  This time I added some ribbon.  The flower is a Sizzix die cut from the same DP as the background with the edges embossed in gold glitter.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Birthday & Snow Peace


Holiday Birthday - 2S4Y 41

Today's first post is a birthday card for my dad whose birthday is December 23rd.  I like to try and give him regular birthday cards since his special day is around the holidays.  This time I did incorporate the Christmas colors into his card as well as his love of lighthouses.  This card was done for the 2 Sketches 4 You bonus challenge.  Don't know why but I skipped right over their first sketch of the challenge and went right for the bonus!

Stamps:  Lighthouse stamp and Birthday sentiment.
Paper:  Cream and red cardstock; DP green plaid and pine textured paper.
Ink:  Versamark with Rich Red emboss powder for sentiment.  Basic black for lighthouse stamp.
Embellishments:  Cuttlebug mosaic emboss folder; scallop punch; Sizzix swirl die cut; Sizzix photo corners; Le Plume markers on stamp; green brad and red plaid ribbon.

Snow Peace -- PPA21

In thinking about all the people snowed in today all over the country, my second card is a holiday winter theme.  It is all my own creation, sketch and all but I did it in mind for the PPA21 challenge of a winter wonderland.  In the back of my mind was this snowman face and after sketching it out, it's finally done.  He was very fun to create.

Stamps:  Peace sentiment.
Paper:  White and canary cardstock; star and blue stripe DP from stash.
Ink:  VersaMagic Cloud White and white emboss powder.
Embellishments:  Royal gel pen for trim around hat; White flocking powder; Sizzix star dies; buttons, thread and clear gem.

Happy Winter Wonders!
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Well, about half of NC is covered in snow, the other half in rain and later ice!  We, unfortunately, are part of the latter with no white stuff on the ground to shift the holiday spirit into high gear. So, I'm stuck with creating my own winter wonderland here with my cards.

A very simple card tonight using Clean and Simple's sketch from last week, FTL72.  Great sketches for quick and easy cards when you're in a pinch!


Hope everyone across the mid-Atlantic and northeast stays safe and warm through the stormy blast of winter this weekend!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bright Lite, Let It Snow(pink) -Man, Tree Bling and Peace

Winter Advisory for the next two days for the Triangle!  Winter is definitely knocking on our doors here in NC.  It's a good thing I have nothing planned or anywhere I have to go for the next two days but finishing cards, baking and wrapping.  Anyway, I have finally found time this week to get some cards made and am posting several tonight.

Bright Lite Christmas - Get Sketchy #18

The first, is for the Get Sketchy #18 challenge. 

Stamps:  Christmas light stamp from stash.  Merry Christmas tree stamp, Inkadinkadoo.
Paper:  White and red cardstock, green polka dot DCP  and Christmas light DCP from stash. 
Ink:  Pine green for light border.  Versamark embossed in yellow and emerald embossing powders for tree/sentiment.
Embellishments:  Red and green ribbon; Christmas light buttons; cuttlebug emboss folder.

Let It Snow(pink)-Man! -- Paper Cutz Challenge #21

 I made this card  using the sketch for the MMSC 31 challenge at Priscillastyles and  for Paper Cutz challenge to use a snowflake or snowman.  I  got so busy I didn't get it posted for the Midnight Madness challenge, but here it is for Paper Cutz.  The color scheme fell together with the DP background paper.  I wanted to make something kind of girlie and soft.  I love the snowman face and I played around with him in many different colors and techniques before deciding to go with the pink embossing with glitter on top.  I chalked around him, or 'her' I should say being as 'she' is pink, for a softer effect.  I thought the double framing accented more of the dark blue and pink colors and livened the card up.  The snowflakes are yet again a find at Michael's in their Christmas decor section.  I purposely made one side of the ribbon longer to add to the softer look I was wanting.

Stamps:  Snowman face and 'Let It Snow' sentiment - Inkadinkadoo.
Paper:  DP, baby blue, pink, white, and royal blue cardstock from stash.
Ink:  Versamark with pink embossing powder and pink glitter; pink chalk.
Embellishments:  Colored gems, mini snowflake ornaments, baby blue sheer ribbon; snowflake embossing folder - Cuttlebug; corner punches - EK Success and Sizzix sizzlit. Tag - Sizzix original.

My next two cards were free design cards, meaning I designed the layouts and themes myself not to fit any particular sketch or theme challenge.

Tree Bling

I have had the sparkly blue and red paper and when the holidays rolled around and I got one of the Sizzix ornament dies, I knew it was a match.  I had a 'Cheer' sentiment in red on it also but the more I looked at it the more I thought it was too much so I went without it.  I like it much better this way.


In my craft supplies I found a bunch of Christmas stencils and decided to try them on my cards.  I used chalk for the medium, chalked the pine cones and then sprayed them with craft matte spray.  I placed gold ribbons with gold brads on them.  I punched the corners off and adhered it to green textured paper and then gold paper.  I punched the 'Peace' sentiment out of wide, gold ribbon using the Sizzix Skittle Dee Doo alphabet.  Lastly, I used a gold rope ribbon down the middle.

I like the simplicity and masculine look of this card.  I intend to use the stencils for more cards so stop by in the near future to see them!
Season Blessings!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cupcake Bunny

A birthday card tonight for the
PPA 20 challenge.  It stars 'Cupcake Flopsey' one of my gift stamps from My Favorite Things Stamps for winning the CPS challenge a few weeks ago.  This bunny and cupcake is just too cute as are many of their stamps.  Hop on over and a take a peek!

Now on to my card:

Stamps:  Bunny and Happy Cupcake Day sentiment - Cupcake Flopsey from My Favorite Things.
Paper:  Brown, Deep Olive sparkle, gold polka dot DP and gold cardstock from stash.
Ink:  Versamark, Staz On Jet Black; pale yellow embossing powder; brush markers in butter yellow and         golden brown.
Embellishments:  brown embroidery thread; olive brads; brown sheer ribbon.

Warm evening wishes to all!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

'Present'-ly Surprised


Well, yesterday, I did not get finished what I planned to do cardwise.  I did help my son finalize his book of poems to mail out this week to the Poetry Society of America.  And after a morning of baking and afternoon of a little shopping, I can now concentrate on cards until a dreaded Monday morning dental appointment.  What could be worse than going to the dentist on a Monday morning?  Ugh!

'Present'-ly Surprised evolved first with the polka dot ribbon and the puppy stamp.  I loved the puppy stamp when I saw it and thought it would be really cute for a child's card or even a child at heart.  I stamped him, colored him and then used him as a die cut so he could 'pop' out of the box.

Supplies:  Red, white and green solid cardstock; three DPs; three ribbons; dog stamp Versamarked and colored with marker; 'Merry Christmas' sentiment Versamarked and embossed in emerald. 

Well, that is it for now.  Unfortunately I am not very eloquent in my posts these days.  My creative flow is I guess is flowing more out of my fingers and camera than my words.  I must get busy before the week is over and I am scrambling around as usual to get everything done before Christmas.  Thank goodness shopping and some baking are done!

Have a good evening!
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wreath Joy

Seasons Greetings!

Courtesy of N. Salkeld for ShutterSavvy

OK!  It's been a long and crazy week.  I've been trying all week long to get cards done and I've been doing everything else but that.  I spent some time earlier this week updating both this blog and my photoblog  for the season.  So, I finally sit down this evening to do a card for the CPS challenge before deadline and wouldn't you know it, when I go to photograph it, my camera battery dies!  Note to self:  Charge camera battery after taking 500 shots.

I am still posting even though it probably won't be considered for the challenge but because tis the season of sharing, I will share.  The first photo is one of my holiday photos and thought it appropriate to go with my card tonight.  It will show up later in the month on my photoblog.

Now, I am off to help my son in final editing of his book of poetry for submission to the Poetry Society of America for consideration for publication as a Chapbook Fellowship.  If he is one of the winners, he gets a nice cash price to use towards college next year.  So, more cards to come later.

Seasons Greetings!

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!  The season is well upon us.  I cannot believe it is now December 2009.  And of all days, today it does feel like winter!  BRRRR!  So here is my first December post.  I had planned on having several posts by now but as I've come to realize, I have a real blogging!  hahahaha   I've spent the good  part of a day and a half upgrading my blog for the season.  Now, to get on with the meat of the business.......Christmas cards!

Fa La La La La!
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Blessings



Hoping everyone had a wonderful and fulfilling Thanksgiving.  Have been away from cyberspace celebrating with family so did not get to post the last of my cards of thankful blessings.  So for the last hours of November here is a continuation of my last post. Layouts of my own these cards were given to special people in my family's life  who we could not be with this Thanksgiving.  I was running out of time to get them out so I used dies and embellishments from my stash.  The last card was created to be a more masculine/grunge type card so why the sentiment looks ragged and why I used a muslin type paper behind the acorn dies.

Blessings to all!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Palooza of Cards and Challenges

Challenges:  Paper Cutz Challenge #18, Caardvarks Challenge, PPA 17 (Pals Paper Arts), and Color Throwdown #69 (CTD)

A Pumpkin Thanksgiving 

 Paper Cutz Challenge #18  (Thanksgiving Theme) and Caardvarks challenge  (Color It!)


Happy Holidays Everyone!  Happy news --- I won my first card challenge over the weekend at CPS, CPS142!  Thank you so much to everyone at CPS for choosing my card, 'Thankful', posted on November 21, 2009.

Seeing as how it is a busy holiday week for everyone, I have been busy finishing up some cards to get posted online for a few challenges and with the post office! The first one, A Pumpkin Thanksgiving, is a completely stamped and colored card save for the stamped sentiment, ribbon and brad embellishments.

Season of Joy  -- PPA 17 and CTD #69

It took me a while to finally decide what to do with this sketch for PPA 17.  I had various ideas and finally wound up with this one.  I am pretty satisfied with the final product.  I used the color combination from this past week's challenge at Color Throwdown #69.  However, as I said, it took me a bit to finally decide how I wanted to do it and so I missed the deadline to submit for CTD.  I loved this color combo and will use it again sometime.  CTD always has wonderful color combos!

Cardstock: Chocolate, Deep red, Cream, Olive.
Stamps:  Daisy and 'season of joy' sentiment, embossed.
Punch: Square
Embellishments:  Brown organdy ribbon, cream silk ribbon, brown flowers, red poinsetta flowers, crystal gems.

Check back later for I may have more postings for today.  Hope everyone has a safe and happy, FULL-filling Thanksgiving!
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