Florentine Filigree

Good morning all my crafty friends! Spring is coming and the days are getting longer. It will get here eventually. Of course I woke up to snow here in Central Arkansas today. The chilly weather has me dreaming of the beach and this gorgeous card has a warm Moroccan vibe! So without farther ado I recreated this card from the Stampin’ Up Occasions catalog and it is the card that made me fall in love with my stamparatus. It was so easy to line up the stamps and create the beautiful background with the matching die. I spent a wonderful morning with friends at a crop in Greers Ferry, Arkansas creating layouts and cards and this was my absolute favorite.

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Rooted in Nature

Good morning and happy Sunday Fun Day with the family! It has been way to long since I have posted on here. Life and work seem to have a way of happening like that. I took some much needed time to crop this last week at a retreat in Central Arkansas at the lovely Budd Creek Church camp. They kindly allow us to use their facilities in the off season for scrapbooking retreats. We had scrappy friends from as far as Jacksonville Florida and Las Vegas Nevada. It was an amazing time with friends to learn new techniques. I had a chance to play with some stamps I had never inked up and I fell in LOVE with the Rooted in Nature stamp set by Stampin Up. The images are so calm and serene and relaxing. I love that they can be overtly masculine or soft and feminine and they come with the matching dies available.

Such a simple and uplifting card. Take a few moments out of your day and send a word of encouragement to someone.

I used Soft Suede, Pool Party, Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay for this simple card you can make up in minutes. Take a bit of time away from a hectic day. RELAX and sit down for some crafting therapy. It takes mere moments to make this card and you will be thankful you did.

I spent some wonderful days with good friends even if it did rain all week!

Water Front Memories

Hello all my scrappy friends! This chilly damp weather has me looking forward to a spring break beach trip and the new Water Front stamp set in Stampin’ Up’s Occasions catalog was just the perfect pick me up. It brings back memories from living in South Texas as a child and requesting a camping trip to the beach every year for my birthday. Now as an adult with a family of my own I have children that love the beach as much as I do. Beach trips involve lots of close friends and family and I love the memories that we make together. There is nothing like sitting on the beach and digging your toes into the sand and chatting with your best friend or your sister. I’m also the crazy kite lady. I always have to pack a kite to take to the beach. The breeze is just right. So till March gets here I’m just going to have to pacify myself by making pretty beach scenes with this lovely stamp set. Warm wishes everyone! Let’s chat soon.

Last but not least here are a few of my favorite people to hangout with at the beach. My sister Dawn and best friend Missy and my daughter Victoria.

Definitely Dahlia Birthday Card

  Hello, I’m back from a short weekend getaway and feeling guilty about abandoning my blog for a few days. The flip side of it is that I got to spend a few days with my childhood friend Missy Reynolds of 28 years! She is the one that sucked me into the paper crafting world and I hate to admit it took two years for her to convince me to start scrapbooking and eventually card making. She also coerced me into signing up for my first Stampin’ Up! club. Is that not insane? She ask me all the time how she has been paper crafting longer than me and I own more stuff. I guess I hit the ground running!

I’m pretty new to the challenge scene but my card today was created for a couple of different challenges. The first is the  TGIF Challenge. That particular challenge simply required you to make a birthday themed card.

 
The next challenge is the Stampin Royalty Challenge #295. This was a color challenge that required you to use Crumbcake, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White.


I hope you enjoyed the card I presented today. Feel free to stop by and chat. I love visitors!

Crazy About You Birthday 

Good afternoon. Sorry I’m a little bit late posting today. Here in Central Arkansas we are enjoying beautiful sunny days that just go perfect wth this card.  

 It has very clean lines with a modern feel and I really like it. The Daffodil Delight and Whisper White are so bright and crisp. I did pop up the white embossed piece. Remember, no naked envelopes allowed! Stamp a little something on there. 
 
Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card.

   

Wetlands thank you card


Today’s card was inspired by my love for the beach. It has a whisper white cardstock base with Pool Party blue matting and ink. I used my Aqua Painters to get a watercolor effect. The stamps are all from the Stampin Up Wetlands set which happens to be a favorite of mine. This set has been around for awhile but is still in the annual catalog and gets inked up a lot. The fence is my favorite part of this card and it is a piece of rough burlap that I pulled threads to get that effect. The sand pipers are just darling and make me want to make a quick trip to the beach this weekend. There is not much better than sitting on the beach all day with my family along with my best friend and her children. We make an annual trip to the beach with several families and it is something I look forward to every year.  
Someone actually asked me if we gathered up all the kids on the beach and took this picture and I laughed and said “no”.  This happens to be all friends and family.

Flurry of Wishes

  
Hello everyone! It’s been an exciting couple of days at my house. I received a workshop order that also had a bunch of holiday goodies for me. Yay! From perusing the holiday catalog my favorite stamp set was the Wonderland set and I could not wait to get my hands on it. I have viewed some gorgeous cards made with that product suite. I had card ideas going round in my head like a carousel but by the time I sat down at my craft table all I could think about was the Flurry of Wishes in peppermint stripes. The stripes just seem to invoke a feeling of traditional Christmas. What do you think? I know it’s not the traditional cool color collection for snowflakes but I think it works. I used Real Red and Whisper White  along with several rhinestones. The snowflakes and sentiment are from the Flurry of Wishes and the stripes are from Butterfly Basics. I did stamp off several of the snowflakes to give the tonal effect without using additional ink colors. 

I said I have been super busy and yesterday my 15 year old son bought his first vehicle. The paperwork for that tied up most of my afternoon. He has patiently been saving because he thought he had to have a vehicle by the time he got his drivers license!  At this time he only has his learners permit. I am really proud that he has been so responsible and not expected his parents to buy him a car.