Thursday, November 24, 2016

Penny Black - Clean and Simple

Thank you all so much for the kind and thoughtful comments you made on my last post.  I appreciate each and every one of you and all of your prayers!!

I am feeling better every day and hope to get back to card making SOON!

Before vacation I made this CAS card for my turn on  the Penny Black Simplicity blog.

Here is a sneak peek : ) Please follow THIS LINK to see my Clean and Simple card!  Come on!! you KNOW you wanna see more! giggles!!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by : )


Friday, November 18, 2016

A funny thing happened on the way to Jamaica!

Hello friends,

Have you noticed how life sometimes doesn't go the way we plan?  As it turned out after less than 48 hours on the ship I suffered a severe medical emergency and my hubbers and I ended up in an air ambulance from Jamaica to New Orleans (for customs clearance) and back to South Dakota where I spent my "cruise" in ICU and missed all we had hoped to do afterwards in Florida visiting family and friends from Blogland. : (

I am home now and I'm going to be fine.  I have some recovering to do and, as frustrating as it is, I'm told it will "just take time". pooh!

Blogland is where we go to "get away from it all" and enjoy one another and our hobby so I have decided to keep "over sharing" in check. : )

I did get a couple of pictures as we were in the boarding area and of our room and in a misty rain off the nose of the ship a picture as we left port in Miami.  I also got  a "selfie" in my mirror that my sister, Susan, told me to take. Little did I know this was my last chance to get a picture of my husband and I together - I wish I would have asked him to join me in the mirror : )

Our cabin was sweetly decorated at my husband's request when we got there and as you'll see in the photos he spoiled me with roses and gifts.

Thank you in advance for your kind words of encouragement.  There were many disappointments in this trial but we got to see the hand of God in some amazing ways. He carried us through and carries us still. : )

I will be back to Blogland very soon, until then...

BIG (((Hugs)))

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Penny Black - Fun Friday with Patti Kehl BLOG CANDY Winner!

Hello friends : )

It's really me this time - not a scheduled post : ) I am home and am a little late in announcing the winner of my BLOG CANDY - $25.00 in the Penny Black product of your choice.  I do apologize for being late.

I want to thank each and every one of you for the HUGE blessing you are to me!! I loved reading each comment - thanks to you and all your love my new hat doesn't fit! (big head - get it?) heehee

Without further ahhhh-do!!  The Random Generator selected:

Congratulations Birgit, my friend : ) e-mail me so we can work out the details and get you your FREE STUFF!! : )

I've been working on a post to share a little about our adventure on the "high seas" but have decided to wait until tomorrow to post it so as to not take away from my blog candy winner post. : )

We are getting snow right now! welcome winter : )  I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are!!

Finally a BIG HUGE thanks to Jill Foster and Penny Black who have welcomed me into their "family" and made me feel so loved and appreciated.  I love my feature on "Fun Fridays with Patti Kehl" and I hope you will see me and my favorite PB products here on my blog often!! : )


Seize The Birthday - Presents!

Who doesn't LOVE presents!?! : ) At Seize The Birthday, for the next two weeks, you get to love presents more than ever before!! : ) because the "Toppings" for our challenge is:


If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

The choice is yours!

I love these products that let us create such sweet cards in such a short time!! : )

As far as I know we are home from our vacation : ) This is still a scheduled post that I've written from home before we left.  It is a weird feeling writing a post that will be scheduled out so far in advance. I think I am kind of "anal" (hate that term) because I worry that  my links wont work or something will be off but it sure is nice to be able to continue to participate in my challenges while I am away from my computer : ). Thanks for bearing with me if I goofed things up heeheehee.

Don't forget to link up with us in the gallery.  We love seeing your work there!

That is it for me today.  I really hope to be back with you IRL very soon! : ) Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day!



Enclosed: Present die by Papertrey Ink
Balloon Bash stamp set by Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Welcome! to the Serendipity Blog Hop

... and the theme for this month's Blog Hop is:


There are some really fun things happening during our Blog Hop! like a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the Serendipity Stamps Store!!  to one commenter randomly selected from all the blogs. Hoppers can leave comments through 11-20 the winner will be announced on Mary's blog on 11-21.

Also a reminder that the regular challenge for Serendipity that runs for the whole month is going on right now! The theme this month is Texture! : )  Enter your card in the gallery for another chance to win $20.00 : )

Don't forget that Serendipity Stamps brings us an amazing deal! with 50% off the Stamp of The Month!

50% off

I just love this Holly wreath.  I would love to have it hanging on my door.  I colored it using Prismacolor Pencils - shading with Gamsol.  I "wrapped" it with a Copper thread and popped it up before adding it to my card base.

That is it for me today but I wanted to share the best reason to hop with us today - and that is the inspiration you will get by visiting the blogs of our wonderfully talented Design Team!  We love it when you visit. Be sure to comment on each blog to enhance your chances to win!! : )  You should have arrived here from Miriam's blog and your next stop will be Carole

Thank you for hoping by : ) and have a wonderful day!!

Holly Wreath
$1.00 Paper Mini Mash Up assortment

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Seize The Birthday and Seize the Stencils!!

Hello Crafty Friends.

Welcome to another challenge from Seize the Birthday where the toppings this time are "Stencils"

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!

My darling image #40-430 "Va Voom!" is riding on #21-010 Zigs & Zags Stenciling. The sentiment is from  #30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles.  All the products listed are from Penny Black.

I'm hoping that you are having a wonderful time doing what you like best!! I hope I am too : ) this is our sixth day at sea : ) Can't wait to tell you all about our adventure when we return! : )

BIG salty  (((Hugs)))

Monday, October 31, 2016

Serendipity Stamps - Texture

It's November 1st already? what happened to October?? - Actually I don't care what date it is giggles!! When you are reading this I am on a cruise ship getting FAT!

I won't feel too bad for you though because you get to get inky today and I don't! : )  Today starts the one month challenge at Serendipity Stamps! and this one is a good one!! :  )

What a better way to add texture than to add it to a Gingerbread House! : ) There is all sorts of texture on my card from the snowy sky I created with an Embossing Folder to the Deco-Art Snow-Tex I used on the roof : )

I am such a kid at heart.  I am a sucker for things like paper dolls and things you can put together.  I love fussy cutting and the little details on just about any project.  When I saw this adorable Cottage Die I knew I had to have it! : )  I especially love all the little elements included in this die so that you can add as much or as little as you like making it a quiet little Cottage or even a Gingerbread House! : )

You won't want to miss out on this month's 50% off Stamp of the Month because you are going to blink and November is going to be over too : ) This guy is so happy looking! I would love him greeting me in my mail box : )

We hope you will join us by posting your card in the gallery.  And please be sure to pay a visit to our talented Design Team for added inspiration!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Fun Friday - Fun and Funky!

Today is my last feature on the Penny Black blog with my Fun Friday posts! Today we are bringing you some fun and funky projects we hope you'll really enjoy!

Before I get to the projects I would like to encourage you to read the entire post so that you won't miss out on the chance to win the BLOG CANDY I am giving away.

I have created some ornaments using Butterfly dies by simply die cutting two each of each butterfly and gluing them together with some string sandwiched in between just at the body.  As you can see I have dolled them up a bit.  I will explain more and give a link to the product I used in the pictures below. ALL the ornaments were cut from water color paper.

For this one I began by cutting the large butterfly in #51-132 Flights of Fancy. I Stamped #40-440 Elegance in motion image on both butterflies and embossed them with silver Embossing Powder. Next I glued the two butterflies together sandwiching some white string in between. finally I embellished it with three teal rhinestones : ) To give you some perspective this butterfly is about 2.5" high and 3" wide.

I created a matching gift tag using the same #51-132 Flights of Fancy Creative Die. For this little tag I used one of the smaller, very detailed, butterflies.  I stamped the To: and From: from #30-307 Holiday Snippets.

This little sweetie is about 1.75" high and 2" wide.  In the same manner I cut two butterflies from 51-110 Flicker & Flutter - stamped them with a snowflake from #30-307 Holiday Snippets.  The word Joy is also from Holiday Snippets.  I colored the snowflake with a hint of Red and Aqua. And glued them together - this one with a Copper Thread from my stash.

This one might be my favorite.  I water colored a wash of Turquoise using Zig Clean Color Ink.  Then I stamped a sentiment from #30-307 Holiday Snippets  a couple of times and finally embellished his head with a Turquoise Nail Head.  I made a couple of little gift tags to compliment this ornament.

This lovely detailed butterfly #51-137 Swirling Wings measures about 2.5 high and 3.5 wide.  Again, I laid a Turquoise wash on the butterfly on the top only of each die cut.  I assembled it the same and added a red rhinestone.  As you can see these are very simple and very elegant! : )

Next up in the Fun and funky category : ) is a fun little shaker card.  I simply cut three circle shapes for the Shaker feature - assembled it and finally added the #51-257 Jingle All The Way Creative die and I was done : ) Clean and simple - Super Fun! and a tiny bit funky : )

Last but by no means least this card.  I started with an A2 card cut from white cs.  Next I cut a tag from #51-007 Tagged.  I stamped an image from #30-381 Festive Cheer in black ink an then laid a Turquoise wash (noticing a pattern here?) just behind the word "Cheer" to make it pop! I added some interest to the tag with supplies from my stash.  Before popping up my tag and attaching it to the card I ink splattered! : ) Finally I placed my pretty little sequins and this FuN card was finished.

And my Fun Friday with Patti Kehl feature is finished as well.  Hopefully you have read my original post HERE.  In it I explain that I am personally giving away $25.00 in FREE Penny Black product as a way of thanking my friends, family and followers for your support.

The rules are that you must enter a comment ONCE on both this blog and the corresponding  post on the Penny Black blog.  You do not have to comment on every post but within the day that I am featured you must comment on BOTH my blog and the Penny Black blog for that day to be eligible to win.

I have been featured on SEVEN non-consecutive Fridays.  Obviously the more you comment the better chance you have to win so here is a link to each of the SEVEN days that I have been featured on PB.  I am including a link to both my blog and to the PB blog to make it easier for you.

Week One - August 19th:
Stationery Styles blog
Penny Black Blog

Week Two - September 2nd:
Stationery Styles blog
Penny Black blog

Week Three - September 16th:
Stationery Styles blog
Penny Black Blog

Week Four September 23rd:
Stationery Styles blog
Penny Black blog

Week Five - October 14th:
Stationery Styles blog
Penny Black blog

Week Six - October 21st:
Stationery Styles blog
Penny Black blog

Week Seven is today : )

Once again I want to thank you all so much for cheering me on!! : ) It means more than you could know.

I will draw one name using the Random Generator to select the winner on November 15th and I will announce the winner on November 18th : )

Finally a HUGE Thank You to Jill Foster and Penny Black for this wonderful opportunity! I hope to work with you often in the future : )

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!!

BIG (((Hugs)))

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Penny Black and the Simplicity Sisters

That's me : ) a Simplicity Sister!! I still can't believe how honored I am to be a part of this great blog along side such amazing talent!! Please click HERE to see my card today on the Simplicity blog.  Please don't fail to look around at the beautiful and inspiring work of the whole team!!

Have a wonderful day!! And I hope that you will stop back by tomorrow when I will be featured on the main Penny Black blog with some "Fun and Funky" projects for my last feature on "Fun Fridays with Patti Kehl" : )


p.s. The rest of my posts through the end of November will be scheduled posts because we are flying to Miami bright and early tomorrow!! I'm so excited!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October Challenge with Birgit and Marcia

I have the honor of joining with two sweethearts in Blogland, Marcia Hill of Marcia's Stamp Pad blog and Birgit of Crafting While I Wait blog, to challenge ourselves and each other each month.  The challenge this month is a fall theme.  Fall happens to be my favorite season.  I love Thanksgiving most of all because it isn't commercialized - too much - and it brings out the thankfulness in us all.

Sadly because of my many other obligations and getting ready for our trip I was only able to make four cards this time.  Still, I hope you'll enjoy them.  : )

I sat down to create my cards for this challenge and I had zero Mojo! I couldn't turn off my brain from the many tasks that are pulling at me to complete before we leave so I went searching for inspiration. This is a CASED card from Jen Wills. I used Doodlie Do - as well as a Swoosh Die both from Papertrey Ink.

Jen's card got my Mojo moving and I had a good time creating this card.  Again using a set in Betsy's Doodle Series. I'm blushing but I cannot for the life of me find the set I used for the sentiment! I have searched my table of contents for my stamps and it isn't jumping out at me.  If anyone recognizes it please let me know and I'll edit my post : ) Thank you!

This card was so fast and easy - just what I needed in my busy week. : )

I used Sent-i-mentals set by Papertrey Ink along with Stitched Mats Rectangle from Lil' Inkers. Easy Peasy!

And finally another super fast and easy card using a retired set from Close To My Heart called Something Splendid and a sentiment from Mums The Word by Papertrey Ink - those Lil Inkers Stitched rectangles and some Topaz rhinestones! and whoosh!! on to the bookkeeping yahoo!

Please don't miss the opportunity to see some FALL COLORS! at Marcia and Birgit's blogs.  Thank you so much for stopping by! have a fantastic day!!

BIG (((Hugs)))

p.s. I know it is a lot to ask because I'm not doing much commenting right now but if you have the time please stop by tomorrow when I will be sharing a Clean and Simple card I created for the Penny black Simplicity blog!!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Penny Black feature - Fun Fridays with Patti Kehl

Today I am being featured on the Penny Black Blog.  As you read this post you will find that you can win $25.00 in Penny Black product that I am personally giving away - so please be sure to read the entire post to find out how!!.  Today I get to share three "Golden Touches" cards I created for Penny Black's marketing department.  

I started with and A2 card base and then cut a top layer approximately  5 x 4".  I inked my sentiment from 30-383 "Holy Night" in a dark red ink directly to the top panel. Before adding my 51-273 Tall Trees die cut I painted just the tips of the trees with Liquid Leaf paint.  Once it was dry I glued one tree directly to the top panel and popped up the remaining two trees for added dimension.  Finally I popped up the top layer with foam tape and attached it to my card base.  It took longer to explain this process than to actually create this card!  That is one of the things I truly love about Clean and simple cards! they are just so SIMPLE! and... clean : ) 

I have always love the the look of cream and gold together for my holiday decorating. And for a holiday greeting card this combo is beautiful and elegant as well : )  I started with a Cream square card base and then cut a square top panel from the same Cream card stock.  I cut my 51-259 "Oh Holy Night" sentiment and 51-254 "Manger" from the same Cream cs as well. Before gluing these elements directly to the top panel I painted Gold Liquid Leaf to the rim of the Manger die cut. Finally I carefully "dotted" the top panel with some Liquid Leaf paint using the end of a small paint brush.

This is an A2 card base with a top panel cut slightly smaller.  I ran the top portion only of the top panel through my Big Shot using the 51-250 "No Two are Alike" Snowflake cover plate - however I didn't cut the die this time I embossed with it. I love doing this technique because it really expands the uses of your dies. Next I cut 51-021 "Love & Joy" and 51-253 "Happy Holly Days" border.  I embossed the garland border using Versamark and Gold embossing Powder.  I cut this border from water color paper so that I could add a light wash of green on the holly using Zig  Clean color real Brush Pens.  I stamped the "To the World" sentiment from 30-307 Holiday Snippets and added some red rhinestones for the berries.

Thank you for hanging in there with me for this long post. Now let's talk BLOG CANDY!! : ) 

Next week, on Friday October 28th I will be flying to Miami!! woo hoo - but not before posting my final Fun Fridays with Patti Kehl in this series : ) It has really been a pleasure bringing these cards to you!!

Next week I will post a link to each feature post - both my my blog and on Penny Black so that you can be sure you have not missed any opportunity to win my blog candy.

 I am personally giving away a $25.00 in free product from Penny Black - Your choice! !! See all the Details HERE

You have until November 14th, 2016 to make your comments.  This will give everyone plenty of time to make their comments : ) and I will announce the winner here on my blog on Friday November 18th.  

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. But don't forget to leave a comment here on this post as well as on the PB blog today in THIS POST.

Thank you so much for stopping by to share my fun news but mostly, friends! thank you for the kindness and encouragement you ALWAYS show!! It means the world to me - it really does! : )

BIG (((Hugs)))

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Seize The Birthday - Lots of Leaves

Hello Crafty friends! today at Seize The Birthday the Toppings are Lots of Leaves!! As you can see I have lots of leaves on my card and you might have guessed... they are stickers from my stash!! : )

But the best thing about the the challenge at Seize The Birthday this time are the THREE new Design Team members we are honored to have joining our team!! Please be sure to visit STB for a proper introduction!!

We hope you will join in on this festive challenge.  You have two weeks to enter your card in the gallery.  If you like you can use our Toppings Theme "Lot's of Leaves" or, as always, you can do a "Anything Goes ".  Just be sure to keep it a birthday theme!

So many of you are faithfully still commenting on my posts even though I've been seriously MIA!! Thank you so much for hanging in there with me.  I'm finding I have NOT had any time to PLAY!! since arriving home from WI/Minnesota and now getting ready for our trip.  I've been busy helping my husband who is working very hard to be able to get away for our anniversary cruise - not to mention our scarf business and the normal every day stuff PLUS shopping and finding just the right hat! and a slip for that tropical dress my friend found at a garage sale for me and then the packing plans and... giggles! Thank you, as I said, for hanging in there with me I will be back in full swing! even if it is not until after we return mid November.

GREAT BIG INKY (((((Hugs)))))


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Serendipity Stamps October Blog Hop!

The Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop theme this month is Celebrate!! I love to celebrate Thanksgiving more than any of the other holidays so I chose this incredibly pretty wreath to feature my favorite holiday : ) 

I started with a water color paper base and brushed just the faintest color blue on the main card base using my Ziggys.  Next I cut a top panel 4.25 x 4" and stamped "Winter Wear Background" in a light green ink.  I stamped "Autumn Wreath" and embossed it with gold EP - then colored it with my Zigs.  Using the same blue Ziggy wash that I did on my card base I carefully inked around the wreath. I then added a stripe of Gold Washi tape to the right side of the card.  For my sentiment I wanted two different fonts so I used a portion of "Happy Birthday Verticle" and "Thanksgiving 1$ Sale" for the rest of the sentiment.  I mounted the sentiment on a little banner and added two gold nail heads. I popped the top panel up with foam tape : )

Our regular monthly challenge is still going on and there is plenty of time for you to join the fun where the theme is Anything Goes!! Just be sure that you include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (stamp or die) on your design! You have until October 29 to join us at the challenge - you can find it HERE at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.

This sweet Pumpkin Border is the Stamp of the Month this month and that means you can get it for 50% off!! So be sure to stop in at the Serendipity Stamp store and start off your shopping spree right! : )

I'll let you get on with the HOP!! Your next stop is the UBER talented and sweeter than pie, Carol Mayne's blog!! but before you go... PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT. One random comment will be selected from the blogs on the hop as winner of a $20 gift certificate for Serendipity Stamps! Who knows it might just be YOU! But you have to leave a comment to enter! You have until midnight US EST on Sunday, October 23 to leave a comment. Mary will announce the winner on her blog on Monday October 24.

Here's the complete blog hop list for your convenience.

Thank you so much for HOPPING by!! : )

Have a wonderful day!