Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Thankful Challenge

Us CAS gals got our Thank You on with this week's challenge! Our task...create a Thank You card using Fall colors! And the team did it again with some AMAZING samples! Make sure to check out the challenge HERE and play along!

Here is my sample for the week...

I wanted it to feel warm and homey, from the sentiment to the felt flower and felt rik-rak!

Probably won't be back before Thanksgiving so please everyone celebrating have a WONDERFUL holiday and please be safe! Love you guys!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Published for the first time!

So I received in the mail 2 weeks ago the Holiday Cards and More Paper Crafts magazine and man was it AWESOME to see my own card published among the other outstanding and completely STUNNING creations they chose for this publication! It was such a surprise to have my card chosen in the first place! Yes, I had to have some kind of confidence in what I was creating to be able to submit, but never did I truly think it would happen!

It is an honor, and extremely exciting to share the card today!

If I had to pick one from the probably 10 I submitted, this would have been the one I chose as well! It was the most fun to create and when it was completed I was so proud of myself for creating it! I'm not usually one for loving or even liking something I make, but this once, I did!

I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the editors, designers and all of the AWESOME people who work at Paper Crafts magazine for bringing our crafty world such fantastic inspiration with each and every issue!

You can use the link above to go directly to the PC website. It is a MUST BOOKMARK spot!! And if you haven't checked out the Holiday Cards and More Vol 6, get going because it's absolutely amazing!

Hugs, loves and sparkles <3

Sunday, November 13, 2011

CASing it up at TOL!

This weeks challenge was picked by ME!! Use your FAVORITE (or one of) your favorite patterned paper on your CAS card! I picked SU! Brights collection....totally LOVE the colors and patterns! I made quite the funky birthday card!

Pretty cute right?! I LOVE this birthday stamp (SU! and I cut it apart!) and that little skull punch is supah cute!! (thank you Rosie for letting me use it!)

Ok that's all for now! Hugs, loves and sparkles around!! <3

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's getting crazier!

This time of year I am sure is wild for EVERYONE who celebrates the holidays the way we do...not only do they come up SO QUICKLY, but they are so close together! UGH it's a super fun time but totally exhausting. And leaves much little time for crafting!

I did however manage a card for this weeks CAS challenge at The Outlawz...HOWEVER...I did it wrong haahahaa, it's monochromatic alright, BUT it was supposed to be a holiday card. I did a congrats card. I had both sentiment stamps out and with the mommy mush brain taking over, I stamped the wrong sentiment! It still works though, I just felt really bad for doing it wrong:( I didn't even catch it until I already had it posted!!! Good gravy! Anyways, here is the mess up!

I hope you will play along, and check back on Sunday for a brand new challenge!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

BLOG HOP AT TOL! And 1000 Member Party!!

If you haven't checked out the 1000 Member Party going on right now at The Outlawz..you are MISSING OUT!! Believe me, you WANT to play along for these prizes...

oh, you thought I was going to tell you what they are? NO WAY! GET OVER THERE and look at the LIST of $800 worth of prizes being given away!

And you know at TOL it is always a friendly, fun environment to get your craft on!

For the CAS challenge this week, we did a super fun challenge..BOO CREW!! Get out your rarely used or unused ANYTHING and create a CAS project using it!! This week, I used a stamp I have NEVER inked up since I got it in 2008!!

I ALMOST FORGOT THE BLOG HOP!! Good gravy! Maureen did an AWESOME tutorial for the Box-In-A-Bag and a gorgeous sample! I created a sample for it as well!

Make sure you head over for some fabulous fun and really great friends!! 1000 members, WHOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!! Here's to the next 1000!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Did you miss me??!?!?!

I KNOW I KNOW...I totally DITCHED my blog. It was a MUCH needed break from the cyber world. You all know how it SUCKS you in and just can manage to take over every aspect of your life...I needed to take a step back, reevaluate, reorganize, pretty much any word you can put the prefix "re" in front of lol!!

BUT..I am feeling much better. I am getting my creative mojo BACK. I am starting to want to do challenges again, I miss my Moxie Fab world so much!! I want to make a billion cards for World Card Making Day. I want to have FUN again! I also so desperately want to reconnect with all of you amazing ladies who have always been on my blog, leaving such love!!

So to kick off my new found attitude....


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Noah is 3!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my most amazing and sweet little man! He is the absolute light of our lives! This tiny guy we have gotten to care for, love, nurture, play with, snuggle with, watch grow, become this 3 year old KID!! Through quickly being potty trained, through the Terrible 2's, through bumps and bruises, through scary dream nights, Noah has become this incredibly smart, complete comedian with a heart of gold and a grin that can make the saddest person smile!! I can not be more blessed to have this little boy, to have made this little boy, to have the joy of watching him grow! It is hard it happens so fast, for anyone who has children....you know what I mean:) And to know one day he will be all grown up, with a family of his own...I am so happy to know I will have gotten to teach him and love him his whole life to get him to where he is going! 3 is an amazing age, Noah is just a sponge of youth waiting for the next awesome thing to happen, and I can't be more thrilled to be here for him!! I love being this amazing little boy's mommy. It is the most wonderful job I could ever ask for. God has certainly blessed our family with him! With both of our healthy, sparkling, bubbly spirited children! I thank Him for this gift of family He has given us! Everyday!!


(taken this morning, he said "I a DRONG man!!" hahahahaha LOVE!)

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

CAS Challenge at TOL!!

It's been a while...this summer is flying by me and I can't really keep up...so I am just going with the flow:)

Sunday is CAS day at The Outlawz and I am posting a bit early because I am BIZZAY tomorrow! What's the challenge? BOLD and BEAUTIFUL! Create a CAS card using bold style, color, theme...anything BOLD and make it BEAUTIFUL! Here is my wild side card...

Head over and have some funnnnn this week! We have AWESOME sponsors (like always ;oP) and you are sure to have a good time!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A few good things..

First up I have the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger! I pinned the Trigger photo on Pinterest as SOON as I saw this gorgeous coat! It's a very inspiring piece and it makes me want to go find a new winter coat!!

And here is my card!

It's not exactly what I had planned in my head but I was definitely inspired by the colors and in an attempt to create ruffles I thought of butterfly wings! Did it work? Maybe not, but a pretty card none the less!

And secondly I have a TTCRD challenge card! It was a recipe this month, 1 Ribbon, 2 Pattern Papers and 3 buttons! In need of a birthday card for my nephew I pulled out some Recollections and DCWV scraps, added a red ribbon and some colorful buttons and WHA-LA! Instant cute little boy birthday card!
I think it came out really cute! And I know my nephew will love it!!

Hope you all are having a good start to your week! Love and hugs!!

Beautiful Botanical!

This is one the one I have been waiting for!! I knew it was going to be a challenge Cathy at Moxie Fab would post and I have had ideas swirling with papers and stamps for weeks! Fanatical About Botanical! is so up my alley with my love for vintagey goodness and anything with flowers! (including that really horribly tacky wall paper from the 70's with giant metallic flowers against black walls!) So...for my first entry into this awesome challenge I did a bright and fun botanical card!

Pretty cute! I love this BG paper it is just too sweet! I am in desperate need of a new pair of fussy cut scissors and because of this the edges of my flowers are a bit distressed but for this card that was no problem...it totally went with the design! So YAY for crappy scissors!! It's blah here weather wise so no good lighting and the colors are a bit bright than they are IRL (if you have this paper in your stash the colors are bright and fun but not has highlighter looking as in my photos!) And I got this new yummo trim from Fine and Dandy by Jen Allyson...LOVEEEE them!! I have more cards for this challenge that are just not put together yet, check back for some more botanical amazingness!! And make sure you check out the post at Moxie Fab because the inspiration Cathy has posted is just beyond words! Lots of love:)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

CAS Challenge at The Outlawz!

The Sunday CAS challenge has posted at The Outlawz and it is a stamperific one! You must use your stamps to create ALL the elements for your card...whether it be patterned paper, or an embellishment! I did just that with my butterfly stamps!

I LOVE these stamps, they are probably my favorites...and that is truly a very hard thing to say about stamps! Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend! Today is my rest day...hanging out in the house and maybe just getting some crafting done. It's been far too long!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

CAS Stars and Stripes!

The new CAS challenge at the Outlawz is use stars or stripes in any way, shape or form, color or theme! I went with a classic red, white and blue combo and masked using my Slice to cut star diecuts from cardstock and inked up a cotton ball to spread the ink! I think it looks wicked cool!! I also added the pearls for the white star because you really can't see the white ink against the white cardstock, no matter how I took the photo. I am glad I did though because it added the perfect touch of embellies to this one layer card!

This is a thank you card for the amazing soldiers who have risked their lives, lost their lives, given their entire selves to create a peace for this country and all of us who live here! Please have a wonderful, safe 4th of July weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Been a while!!

It certainly has....since I posted anything crafty anyways! So I remembered I had wanted to share the metal star I decorated!!

This is for my daughter's bedroom! PS...it is NOT easy to stamp on this uneven surface LOL!!! I created this for the Paper Ala Mode Challenge at The Outlawz!! It used to be the scrapbook group but with a fresh new look and ALL NEW CHALLENGES incorporating all DIFFERENT kinds of crafting projects!! Definitely a place to check out, especially if you LOVE DIY!!! Head on over today for the home decor challenge!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sweetest Blog Award!

So I got the sweetest blog award from my darling friend Angela ! Thanks so much for thinking of me while dishing out this tasty award girl! Sooooo I am passing this award onto 6 other lovely bloggers and very good friends (not already included in the previous passer outer of the award!)

And 7 things about me...hahaha

I love cows.
I HATE spiders.
I do not go anywhere without my pink water cup.
I love to rearrange my house.
I LOVE the beach.
I wear flip flops...all year long:)
I love to cook and bake almost as much as I love to craft.

So there you have a little piece of me! Spread the love bloggy lovelies!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Congrats Grad!

This week in the CAS group at The Outlawz we are celebrating Graduations!! Create a CAS graduation card and post it in the challenge thread! Make sure you check out all the DT samples and leave them some love!

Here is my card for the challenge...

Simple design meets a pop of pink! Hope you have had a great weekend!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

One more for the Moxie!!

I had one more idea for a "sew excited" challenge at Moxie Fab World and here it is in all it's CAS glory!

It's not exactly how I had pictured it but sometimes that happens! And the reason behind one more card is I REALLY wanted to use that pin cushion stamp but couldn't get it to work with the other cards! I think it's just so darn cute! Anywho, I think I have worn this challenge out...I just really got into this one!

PS...sorry for the still not so fab photos, STILL using my phone camera because my charger for my camera camera has yet ot be located :( BOO! May have to bite the bullet and buy a new one!


A Moxie-licious SEW fab challenge...

Cathy always has the BEST challenges running in the Moxie Fab World and I can never resist playing along!

As I type a fantastic challenge I'm Sew Excited!! is going on! Sew, that means sewing machines, scissors, thread and needle, pin cushions, dress forms...whatever you can think of you USE to sew with can be incorporated into your project! I went a little crazy and made 3 cards already...with a fourth in the works!! So here are the first 3 and I think it's funny going from one shabby vintagey style to CAS haha!

How's that for some sewing love!! Hope you are having a fantabulous weekend!!

Another CAS challenge at TOL!

Sunday's mean the CAS challenge goes up at The Outlawz and man do I LOVE it!! Not only do I get to design for this awesome team, but I get to work with the sweetest sistah's IN the world to create the challenges for all of you to enjoy! And it is a long process but a definite GOOD one! I LOVE doing it and am so blessed to be on this design team with every one of these caring and sweet ladies!

Ok onto the challenge, RECIPE TIME! Stripes, Green, and Button(s)

I LOVE how this card came out...perfect mix of CAS design with some delish elements, makes me SMILE!! Hope you all have an amazing day!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tuesday Trigger and and Idol challenge!

I haven't been around to do the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab blog and man did I miss it!! This week Cath has picked these awesome neopolitan pops as our inspiration (and since that's my favorite kind of ice cream it was VERY inspiring for me!!) I also made it for another entry into the Gallery Idol Challenge Paper Crafts mag is having on Flickr! I am having way too much fun making cards for it!

Here is the trigger...

And heer is my paper pieced cake (this was not an easy task with all these teeny tiny pieces to cut out!!)

Hope you enjoyed this little piece of happy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

And the winner is.........

A day late but that's work for ya!!!

This adorable little girl picked your name out of the bowl from over 40 entries!!! Thank you SOO MUCCHHHH to all of you amazing crafters and friends! I wish I could give ALL of you a great big hug!!

MEL, please email me your address to fourbeaves08@gmail.com so I can get your prize out to you!!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Flashback Friday 12.0!

This months Flashback is SUMMER COLORS! I started at the very beginning of my blog and from May 14, 2009 I posted this cute layout from our trip to the zoo in Texas!! It may have been October when we were there but it felt JUST LIKE SUMMER!!! So here is my summery layout...

So now go forth and SEARCH...for an awesome summer project on your blog, make a NEW POST with it and link it up at Flashback Friday!

Summer Party at TOL!!

The party has STARTED!! Well, technically it started yesterday but it was my god daughter's christening making me MIA for my groups CAS challenge LOL!! But it goes all the way until NEXT SUNDAY. The challenge is a fun Summer Recipe but YOU choose the ingredients! Sounds like fun right? Well head over to The Outlawz and into the CAS Challenge Group for a chance to win a fabulous stamp set from our very own CAS DT member Maureen Merritt, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

Onto my card

Hope to see you guys play along with us!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I am keeping my blog candy open for a few more days!! That gives you until JUNE 7TH, to get it posted anywhere for extra chances!! Please make sure you comment on the BLOG CANDY POST with a link to where you posted!

THANK YOU ALL SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for supporting me and being such amazing inspiration and friends to me through this bloggy land we all love! It is such a blessing to have gotten to know each and everyone of you!!

JUNE 8TH the winner will be announced thanks to my daughter who will pull the winner out of a big bowl of names!!


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Whoo-Hoo and My 1st Blog Candy!!!

This post will stay at the top until the end of the BLOG CANDY!! Make sure you check back and see new pieces of what is up for grabs! And just because I am in a super happy mood..there may be ways to get extra chances to WIN!! So stayed tuned!!!

Oh my dear bloggy friends, today completely got away from me...but let me tell you...it was TOTALLY worth spending all day outside with my little ones!! Now onto the BLOG CANDY!!!

Here's how it works...leave a comment:) Yup that's it!! I broke 100 followers and that is AWESOME!! So all you crafty peeps have to do is leave a comment on THIS POST and at the end of the month I will randomly choose not one...but TWO winners of a YUMMY little prize package! Do I hear squeals? Want to know what it is? Well....all in good time:) Hehehe, I have to keep you coming back for something right???? So first photo is just a sneaky peek and as the month goes on I will keep adding little peeks of the whole enchilada!! Which only gives me incentive to add to it as the month goes on!

So post this on your blog, link it to your sidebar, do what you want with it to tell your fellow bloggy friends and cross your fingers random.org chooses your comment!!

Here's your first sneaky peek!!

I just want to thank all of you so much for coming back and leaving me such love since I have started blogging! Your comments always leave a smile on my face! I have been SO inspired by each and every one of you and you have all brought me a long way!! Thank you for being so completely awesome!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

**EXTRA CHANCE*** Post about my blog candy on your blog, facebook, forum, where ever!! For ever place you post you get an addition entry to win the candy!!

**EXTRA EXTRA CHANCE** Get one of your blogging buddies to follow my blog and leave a comment on my blog candy!! Make sure they say who you are so I know who sent them! This will also give your friend 2 ENTRIES into the blog candy!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Soggy Scene!

The challenge that's up at Some Odd Girl is to "make a scene" and I immediately wanted to do a beach scene using Kody on his surf board...and I would link you to it but I can't find him in the shop! So anyways I built up the beach scene with kraft "sand", a fun hand drawn sun, and some narly "waves" (hand cut and gessoed for that foamy ocean look!) with Kody riding on in with his little crabby friend (isn't he the cutest!!)

There it is!! Can't wait to be able to GO to the beach myself with the kids! Emma has done nothing but talk about swimming and wearing her bikini!! Too cute!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Flashback Friday 11.0!!

I haven't had a chance to play along with the Flashback Friday challenges in a while! I clicked over there today and then spent an hour trying to sift through my years of blogging to find the first wedding card I ever posted...well come to find out, it wasn't all that long ago!! I don't make wedding cards often, really only for when there is an ACTUAL wedding, and I have been to 2 in the past couple of years but APPARENTLY I didn't blog about them! So here is the first blogged wedding card I have...

Original post is from March 18th of this year! Oh well, guess that gives me incentive to make more wedding cards!! LOL!! If you haven't been to the Flashback Friday blog you SHOULD!! It is so fun to search for "firsts" in your old blogging posts...and sometimes it's hysterically embarrassing if it's from when you were a beginner! And if you were the kind of beginner I was...well, cheeks will be red but it also shows JUST HOW FAR you have come as a crafter and it's a good feeling! Have a great day!!

Card Patterns Saturday!

First time ever playing with a Card Patterns sketch and man was it fun!! I saw the sketch on Amy's blog along with her amazing card and it just grabbed me! I was in a vintagey mood and thought of these paper scraps I had from Webster's Pages and wha-la! vintagey baby card at it's cutest! And I love this sentiment stamp from Ippity! And if you love it too, click on the link in my side bar to Rona's Ippity Blog! She has a sale going on as well as a NEW RELEASE of some fantastic stamps! Ok, on to the sketch and card!

Isn't this sketch awesome!! I just loved it! And here is my card...

What do ya think? Well, thanks for stopping by and don't forget to scroll up to see my BLOG CANDY POST!!! Open until the end of May!! Big scrappy hugs loveys!!

Scrapbooking at the Outlawz!

Saturday is Scrapbooking day at the Outlawz! I was lucky enough to play along with this weeks challenge which is themed CELEBRATION!! So what fits? ANY celebration! Graduations, birthdays, anniversaries! Dig out those fun photos and start created! Here is my layout, it's Emma at her headstart graduation!

Head over to the Outlawz scrapbooking group today and get your layout on!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Trendy Chevron from scratch!

I so wanted to play along with the Moxie Fab Chevron Chic Challenge but did I have anything in this trendy pattern? OF course not! So I put my crafty cap on and thought, hey, why not use a corner stamp to create the pattern! And man did it WORK!!! I Completely LOVE the effect I got using this swirly little corner stamp from Inkadinkadoo and will definitely be doing this again! Now I want to find tons of corner stamps LOL!!

I also made this for the APC forum, Metal Challenge! See that cute little metal charm? No clue where it came from, it was hidden in my junk stash dish! Cute though I thought!

Have a great day everyone! Might be back later with some more crafty goodness if I have time!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Winged Things on Shaped Cards!

2 Challenges I found today I thought were fun, one from Some Odd Girl (make a shaped card) and the other from Through The Craftroom Door (any winged thing) and immediately a mushroom shaped card using Happy Angel Kaylee popped into my head! After a few trial and error making the card from scratch (obviously I do not own a mushroom template!!) I thought it came out great! I layered...and layered...and layered some more...colored and punched, and lots of cutting out and came up with this sweet thing!

Sorry for the crap photo, but my mom went on a cruise and asked if she could use my camera on her trip so my camera on my phone is holding me over until she gets back next week! (can you say YIKES!! it's been only 2 days and I am having major camera withdrawals!!) Anywho, hope you like my card today! I plan on getting more done tomorrow since I don't have to work..YIPPEE!! Have a great night!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wedding CAS at TOL!

New CAS challenge is posted a little early for tomorrow (lucky you!!) and the theme this week is WEDDING!!! May/June is like the BIGGEST season for weddings! And let me tell you, I am in my friend Carrie's wedding May 28th and I am SO EXCITED!!!! This month has been a WILD one! Doing lots of crafty things for the wedding and once they are finished I will definitely share them with you!

Well onto the challenge card I made for the CAS Challenge at the Outlawz

You know how much I LOVE this MS butterfly punch...welllllll I got a coupon for 40% one MS product at Mike's and went there today and got the OTHER butterfly punch I REALLY REALLY wanted too! So now I have these 2 great punches...{{pure love}} Definitely will be showcasing cards made with that awesome punch!!

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

New Challenge, New Place!

I was invited to (what is new to me) a awesome little ning site for a cool little scrappy magazine Through The Craftroom Door. You can subscribe to the magazine and you can get an online version as well as a hard copy in the mail! AND you can submit to the magazine!! Well, my dear dear friend Lisa(ThePurplePlace) won a challenge there and was offered a one year subscription for herself or as a gift and she gifted it to ME!!! How wonderfully sweet is she?! I can't thank her enough! I am so excited to be part of this group now and I already got their first challenge done...twice!!

The challenge was ANYTHING GOES!! Let loose! Well, I got these FANTABULOUS stamps from Unity and Ippity in the mail from my awesome friend Angie, and I HAD to ink them up IMMEDIATELY!! Just look how cute these sunglasses are!!

I just thought they were so fun and snazzy! And the brights inks from Stampin' Up! were perfect for them...I have so many ideas for these stamps! Tomorrow is another day:)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Trigger and a Challenge!

A Polka Dotted Hullabaloo! There are just so many things to do when it comes to polka dots...and while in all honesty I wasn't totally taken by this weeks Tuesday Trigger, I did have these flowers I have been waiting for the perfect color combo to come along and use and here it is!!

and here's my CAS card! I used Dots For Sure by Ippity...if you love it as much as I do click on the link to Rona's Ippity shop on my side bar!! She's the best Ippity chick around! For some reason the blue in this card looks SO bright on the computer but IRL, it's much darker! Strange!

Onto the challenge! A Moxie Fab challenge to be exact using tissue paper in innovative ways! Now I wasn't too creative in what I made by just taking the twisted paper flowers and turning them into lolli pops BUT it went PERFECTLY along with the Papercraft Star challenge as well!! So since I wanted them to look like lolli's, I twisted 2 different colors of tissue paper together before twisting them together! I used metallic tissue paper to make the lolli pop sticks as well which I really love!

Here is the PCS challenge inspo pic!

And my card!

Hope you like my 2 cards today!

Oh yeah...and one of my cards got accepted to Paper Crafts Holiday Cards and More! VOlume 6 issue!! OMGGGGG!!! SO EXCITED!! I can hardly believe it!! I keep reading the email:)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tuesday Trigger and a SURPRISE!!

The Tuesday Trigger this week is stunning and inspiring as always! I immediately knew what I wanted to do! I loved this tag that Teri Anderson made on pg 16 of PC May/April 2011 issue and wanted to not only make a baby card but use the same layout she did. I spiced it up with some wet/crumple flowers, decorative diecuts, AND I used my MS score board for the VERY FIRST TIME to do something other than score a card!! WHOO HOO!! And I absolutely LURRRRRV the background it made for my card! Simple, sweet, perfect!

Here is the Trigger Photo:

And my card!

NOWWW!!! onto the SURPRISE!! I am ALMOST at 100 followers!!! Do you KNOW what that means???? BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY!!!!! Yes, I will be doing my very first ever BLOG CANDY give away right here!! Be sure to come BACK here on April 25th for ALL of the details!! I am SO excited I just want to tell you now!! But I can't I have to wait, I have to have some self control! Don't forget to tell everyone to head over here! You are all in for a real treat!

BIG scrappy hugs!!