Saturday, October 22, 2016

Life is a Juggling Cat!.....Uh.....

So, do you ever feel like that?  Sometimes we have so much to do we feel like we're juggling too many different balls all at once.

This little tiger from Gerda Steiner Designs seems to have it under control and enjoying it at the same time!  He is part of The Outlawz Progressive Challenge.  That means he was free!  Want to be a part of this challenge and receive your image?  Go HERE and check out the details!

Material list:  
Gerda Steiner Designs Image:  Juggling Tiger
Font:  Chloe Whimsy
Copic Markers
CTMH Paper/Cardstock:  White Daisy, Dream Pop (retired)

 I'm so happy you came by for a visit!  Feel free to check out other pages/posts, leave me comments or questions, or check out my YouTube Videos!

This little cutie is juggling off to the following challenges:  

Gerda Steiner Designs:  Use a GSD Image

Thursday, October 20, 2016


It's Thursday, and that means it's time for a challenge over at Twisted Thursday at The Outlawz!  Our twist this week is Surprise Us!  I decided to use Pumpkin Jack from MHK Designs to decorate this bag which definitely surprised the judge at our Pumpkin Patch Fall Classic a couple of weekends ago!   
I love making bags and this one was no exception!  I cut the bag and stamped the chevron pattern with Versa Mark ink.  I heat embossed with white embossing powder and assembled the bag.  I cut the pumpkin and the sentiment on my Cricut and adhered them to the bag along with a spider web border also cut in Design Space.  

So, what was the surprise in the bag?  This MUG filled with cocoa packets and a gift card.  

Material List:
Pumpkin Jack Set from MHK Designs 
Copic Markers
SVG Cuts:  Bag Cut
CTMH Cardstock/Paper:  Urban, Sunset, Slate
CTMH Cartridge:  Artiste (Spider Web Border)
CTMH Embellishments:  Liquid Glass, Flaxen Twine, Black and Gold Ribbon
Tissue paper from stash

My bag is off to the following challenges:

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some of my videos at my YouTube Channel.  Be sure to check out the surprises from the rest of the team!  Our twist is always optional, so be sure to share with us whatever is in your workspace.  We'd love to see it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


This is a card I had published in the TTCRD magazine back in March.  I decided to release it on my blog now since I taught a class in masking last night!

For more information see the video:

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Ecclesiastes and the Harvest

We are midway through the month over at Path of Positivity and we are celebrating Friendship as our theme.  I decided in my first post to share the wonderful attributes my friends have and how those traits make them such wonderful friends for me!  

In this post, I'm going to take a little different direction.  When I saw this lovely digi from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Welcome Autumn, I immediately thought about Autumn harvest time here in the Mid-west.  (Try to stay with me on this meandering thought process....)  Now, for some reason that made me think of an episode of Little House on the Prairie called A Harvest of Friends.  This particular episode was about how Charles had made so many wonderful friends who all came to help in his time of need.  Anyway, that reminded me of the following verse:

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12  (KJV)
9  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

10  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow:  but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

When I looked back at this lovely digi with the cats birds, butterfly and mouse all together, I thought about what unlikely friends they would be.  Yet, here they are all together with the harvest.  It all seemed to make for a great fall entry in my faith journal.  

Again, my journey travelled a twisty path to get to a conclusion, but it did get there!  

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Material List:
Copic Markers
Journal from Hobby Lobby
Wreathe cut from CTMH Flower Market Cartridge 
CTMH Inks:  Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue
Bo Bunny Glitter Gel:  Copper
Lace and Ribbon from stash

Prizes are sponsored by:  Sparkle N SprinkleCreative Bug Digis, and Decosses Dynamite Doodles.  

Thanks for dropping by today!  Now, be sure to head over to PoP to see what the team has for inspiration.  We can't wait to see what your thoughts are on the topic of friendship.  

Friday, October 14, 2016


It's that time of year for us over at PATCH by Design!  We had our Pumpkin PATCH Fall Classic.  It was great!  The kids, parents and team all had a super time with the horses.  I'm so lucky because this event gives me the chance to show off what the kids have learned, spend time with horses, AND CRAFT!  If you would like to learn more about PATCH by Design and see some pics from our show, click HERE.

I make many of the gifts, decorations and the programs!  Since the theme of my show is Pumpkin PATCH, I get to use my program in the Cut It Up Challenge.  Pumpkins are the theme this time!

I created this by welding, slicing, dicing, julienning......... ok, not really julienning!  I combined the Grass Border from CTMH Artbooking, Jack O'Lantern Cutouts from CTMH Artiste, the Pumpkin from CTMH Artistry, and some basic shapes in Design Space.  The horse image is from Old West.  

I'm sure you've got some great dies to go along with your pumpkin stamps or you have tons of great pumpkin dies to choose.  However you decide, as long as your project includes a pumpkin and a die cut!  No need to hang out waiting for the Great Pumpkin when you can create one yourself!

My program is off to:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge:  Pumpkins

The Craftin Desert Divas are sponsoring this challenge!   We can't wait to see your pumpkin creations.

Thanks for dropping by today!  Feel free to hang out and peruse other pages/posts or pop over to my YouTube Channel.  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pumpkin Floral

It's Thursday and you know what that means!  Time for a Twisted Thursday Challenge over at the Outlawz!  This week's optional twist in the challenge is all about sparkle or bling!  

We are sponsored by MHK Designs this month and I found this great pumpkin and poem in the Pumpkin Jack Digital Stamp Set.  

I decided to do something a little different and create a fall themed vase for our banquet table at the Pumpkin PATCH Fall Classic.  (To learn more about that you can go HERE.)

I started by up-cycling a container for baby snacks!  I covered it in purple felt and tied a scrap of lace around it.  I tied an orange grosgrain ribbon into a bow and adhered it with a glue gun.  I cut the tags from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge where I used the Print and Cut feature for the poem.  I inked the pumpkin with Sunset Ink and colored the eyes, nose and mouth with a Copic-Y17.  Then I painted Glass Bead Glitter Gel by Faber Castell over the Copic.  This adds a lot of sparkle!  

I blinged out the tag with some gems from BoBunny after inking the edges with CTMH Gypsy ink.   At the banquet I put real flowers in the vase, but for photo purposed I used the artificial ones I had on hand.  

My vase is off to the following challenges:
MHK Challenge
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge:  Pumpkins
613 Avenue Create:  Optional Twist Green and Gold--I skipped the twist on this one.

Thanks for dropping by today!  Feel free to hang out and peruse other pages/posts or pop over to my YouTube Channel.   

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Masculine Cards!

Time for a Masculine twist over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge.  Yea, I know; those guy cards can be tough, but we have some ideas for you over at TT.  So, come on over and take a look.  You just might be inspired to make one yourself and link up for a chance to win a great prize from our sponsor this month ~ MHK Designs!  

I liked this beautiful image so much, I used it for my husband's birthday card and you'll see it again later in the month used in a very different way.  I really enjoyed the versatility of the Lift Me Higher Digital Set from MHK Designs

Material List:
MHK Designs Image:  Lift Me Higher 
CTMH Paper/Cardstock:  Black, Rustic Home Fundamentals
CTMH Inks:  Cashmere, Archival Black
CTMH Twine/Ribbon:  Rustic Home Ribbon Pack
CTMH Stamp:  A Bunch of Love

My card is off to the following challenges:
 MHK Designs Challenge:  Using an MHK design, so I'm going AG
613 Avenue Create:  AG

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some of my videos at my YouTube Channel.  Be sure to check out what the Design Team has to share over at Twisted Thursday......remember, the twist is always optional!  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Friends Enlighten Us!

When it comes to friendship, there are traits that really make me light up!  I truly like a friend who makes me think and inspires new ideas.  I want friends who brighten my world and bring out my light.  Of course, my friends have to be ready for a plan that seems crazy to everyone else.....and they have to be ok with getting messy and tangled up!

I'm so blessed to have friends who are bright, helpful, kind, and!  

Over at Path of Positivity we are talking about friendship this month!  What is more fun than talking about our crazy cohorts, our amigos, best buds, pals, comrades, etc?  

Ok, so how about you?  What do you look for in a friend?  How do you define friendship?  Tell us, or show us, what you think about friendship in a card, scrapbook page, poem, song, art journal page, etc!  We'd love to see your ideas.  

Prizes are sponsored by:  Sparkle N Sprinkle, Creative Bug Digis, and Decosses Dynamite Doodles.  

Material List:
Sparkle N Sprinkle Image:  Brighten the Holidays Penguins
CTMH Cardstock:  White Daisy, Sapphire
CTMH Twine
Cuddlebug Snow Embossing Folder
Gel pens
Gems from Stash
Font:  Chloe Whimsy

Thanks for stopping by!  Please PoP over to see the DT's ideas on Friendship and then link up your creations/thoughts; we'd love to see them!   

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Trio of Stamping for World Card Making Day!

So, today was World Card Making Day!  I thought every day was card making day ~~ unless of course, it's scrapbooking day, or art journaling day, or some other crafty day!  

Here's a trio of cards I've put together to teach a stamp masking class this month.  All supplies are from CTMH, but I'm afraid the stamps are all retired since they were stamps of the month.  No fear, there are still lots of great stamps at CTMH......just not these.

I'm sending my trio off to:
Between the Folds:  Creative Stamping Techniques

You can check out all the goodies available at!  Want to see some videos, check out my YouTube Channel.

Thanks for stopping by and remember.....everyday is a good day to make a card, or scrap, or journal, or stamp, or.....well, you get the idea!  ;)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pink/ BCA at CIU

Time to Think Pink over at Cut It Up!  Our theme this week is to use pink and/or BCA.  

This challenge we are using images from Digital Delights, our sponsor, to show our support.  So put on your pink and grab a die to show your support.

Oh, where's my die, you ask?  Ah, I used a a die to make my background!  I cut a stencil from acetate alternative using the CTMH Artbooking cartridge.  If you'd like to see how I use stencils over images, take a look at this video:  Masking Backgrounds.

Material List:
Digital Delights Image:  Fight Back Set
Copic Markers
Font from CTMH Artistry
CTMH Cardstock/Paper:  Hollyhock, Daisy White
CTMH Inks:  Hollyhock, Blush
CTMH Pink Twine

Thanks for dropping by today!  Now, head over to Cut It Up and join in our Pink challenge!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Anything Goes means Coffee at my House!

Time for an Anything Goes Challenge over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday!  Now, if it's anything goes and we are in the midst of the Fall Coffee Bloghop,,,,,,well, I'm going with a a coffee theme!  

Our sponsor over at Twisted Thursday is Digi Stamps 4 Joy and that is where I found Emma!  Isn't she adorable.  She looks so happy.....she must be a latte drinker!  hahaha  So, I combined her with this cute coffee cup cut from CTMH Artistry Cartridge and added the "True Love" in the font from the Artbooking cartridge.  

Miss Emma is off to visit the following challenges:  
613 Avenue Create:  Fall Colors

Material List:  
CTMH Cartridges:  Artbooking, 
CTMH Cardstock/paper:  White Daisy, Sangria (retired)
Mocha Gems and RicRac

To get the tattered/straw look on her hat, I colored the hat and then used the 0 Copic ink on a piece of denim.  I held the saturated denim down on the ink and it creates the look!  

Thanks for coming by today!  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Coffee Lover's Horse Mug!

Well it's day 4 of the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop and I have to say, there are some wonderful creations over there!  I'm sure everyone contributing, commenting or just hanging out looking is having a great time and drinking lots of coffee, cocoa or tea at this point!

I found this mug at my local Dollar Store and loved the fall colors.  I'll be going back for more of these to make cups for my team at PATCH!  PATCH by Design is the name of my therapeutic horsemanship program.  Every fall we have a show/banquet (the Pumpkin PATCH Fall Classic) and I like to give a token to all my friends who volunteer with me!  

The horse is from Old West cartridge and the font is from the CTMH Artiste Cartridge.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Day 2

It's Day 2 at the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  You need to grab a cup of your favorite beverage and pop over to the hop!  I'm tellin' ya, there are free images from the sponsors and chances to win lots of prizes!

This is one of the free images and it is generously provided by Stamplorations!

This was a quick and easy put-together using the Stamplorations image and Designer Paper from Scribble Doodle Designs!  Hey, here's another little can download that paper for free if you click the link!

The other paper/cardstock and embossing folder are all from CTMH.  Tied it all up with a little scrap embroidary thread and there it is!

My fall card is off to:
Stamplorations Anything Goes using a Stamplorations Stamp
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Coffee and Cowboys

Yee Haw!  It's time for the 

Yep, it's time to make the coffee cards, journal pages, layouts, crafts, etc!  What's better than coffee and paper?  Ok, if you add Bugaboo to the mix it really creates tons of fun....and what better way than this cowboy waking up to the fall hay field dreaming of his morning coffee?  

This card was made with 2 images from Bugaboo: Bugaboo Cowboy Fence and Coffee Words.

My cowboy is off to:
Catch the Bug:  BINGO  2 images, circle (sun), and Funny Sentiment (coffee words....ok, maybe not so funny if you're the cowboy dreaming of that first cup of coffee!)  OK, this BINGO was a stretch, but I wanted to share this card with you over at Catch the Bug!
613 Avenue Create:  Fall Colors
Pile It On:  Autumn Colors

Thanks for dropping by today!  Off to drink more coffee before heading out to horse work and fall show prep.  Feel free to hang out and peruse other pages/posts, see the CTMH Specials, or pop over to my YouTube Channel.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Be Strong and Think Pink!

We have a "Think Pink" theme going on over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge this week.  We are sponsored by Digi Stamps 4 Joy where I found this beautiful Flamingo Pair image.  I thought about how beautiful the bird is with its pink feathers, how strong it appears, and how all that beauty is supported by those long, thin legs.  

This made me think how this would be the perfect image for this challenge.  I layered the image over a Cricut Cut from the new CTMH Flower Market Cartridge.  It's like her neck is making the "R".

Remember, over at Twisted Thursday the twist is always optional, so feel free to share whatever is on your workspace this week!  We'd love to see it!

For those who are battling any sort of plight:  May you be blessed with strength and peace as you bravely move through with grace.