Sunday, December 5, 2010

Joy, Peace

Thought I would post a Christmas card tonight and maybe that will help me get into the spirit of the holidays!  I used Inkadinkado sentiment as my main image.  Lacey circles by spellbinders was use to outline the sentiment.  I also used a piece of cuttlebugged cardstock.  This was a new embossing folder I bought last year and it was still in its wrapper!  I used Jovial pattern paper from Basic Grey.  The white cardstock is from Papertrey Ink and the red riding hood cardstock is from SU.  I embellished with some Hero Arts paper poinsetta, punced out leaves, and added a white pearly brad.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Poinsetta Ornament

I have really neglected the blog this fall!  I got snowed under with so many different things going on in my life but I am now back and hopefully can upload lots more!  Today, we had our Christmas luncheon at work and went to a new resturant for most of us called Beer Run.  Their main room has beer lined around the room and, of course, there were numerous different kinds of beer on tap.  The food was delicious and one of each deserts lined the table at the end.  We all shared in the scrumplus deserts! 

The card above was made for the monthly set of cards going to  I used a shiny red and shiny gold cardstock that I had had in my stash for ages.  Stamp Set 418 - Nesties OrnamentsI picked the ornament with the poinsetta, stamped and embossed with gold detail embossing powder.  I then used Spellbinders dies called heirloom ornaments.  I love this set of stamps from SparklenNSprinkle.  Don't you?  Everyone enjoy their weekend!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Party time

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Fall Inspiration Blog Hop!  For my first card, I used Dani's Garden Swing rubber stamp set #393.  This is such a relaxing set of stamps to "play" with!  I used lots of Sunset glitter #G1040 and some Embers glitter #G1034 on this card.  For my second card I used rubber stamp set #348P4 -- Birds.  I colored the bird with Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol.  I used an embossing folder for the back ground and covered all of the fall leaves with Sunset glitter, #G1040 and then used Bon Fire embossing powder #EP399 on the berries.  When I spot cover like this with embossing powder, I first apply glue and then sprinkle on the embossing powder and heat seat with the heat gun.  It will work the same was as glitter!   I hope all of you enjoy the blog hop and try to win a prize! 

If you hopped here by way of Donna Maligno's blog, then you're on the right track. If you've arrived from somewhere else, you might want to start from the beginning, at the SNS blog, at

so as not to miss anyone's remarkable cards! At least one prize is involved. The more visitors we have, the more prizes will be awarded, so tell your friends! To become eligible for a prize just:
Leave a comment at each designer's blog about her card and who you think has the Hidden Birthday Prizes
To continue the hop, please visit Jill Jacobsen at who will be sharing her spin on Autumn!

Enjoy the blog hop and I'll cross my fingers for everyone to win!!! LOL! 
We love your comments!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Halloween projects

This is such a beautiful fall day!  Windows open, sun shinning, great temperature, good health -- what else can we ask for?!  I thought I would show you some pics of halloween projects that I have been working on.  The bird house was bought at a crafting store, painted, covered with designer paper and cut-outs added.  I also added some fake spide web to the top.  For the purses I used a stainless steel die cut from and assorted designer paper.  The mailboxes were bought at Target ages ago and they hold lots of candy.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Breast cancer awareness month

Good morning everyone and happy Sunday!  The weather here in Virginia is beautiful!  The leaves are starting to turn, sun is shinning, and my grandsons will be here this afternoon to spend the night and all day tomorrow as they don't have school tomorrow!  Plus my older grandson was here yesterday playing his favorite games on the computer.  Life is good!!  This is an easel card using Spellbinders dies for the shape of the card -- easy peasy!  The ribbon stamp and sentiment are from  I have been making lots of cards with this set of stamps in honor of breast cancer awareness month.  I am a 20 year survivor and I know how important it is to put the word out.  At Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. our doctors bought all of the employees pink ribbon shirts to wear this month and I make a display of ribbon cards and tiny purses with candy in them to set in the office window.  One of our employees, Mary Ishee, lost her mother to breast cancer this year and another employee, Becca, found out her mother has breast cancer and is now undergoing chemo.  I am giving Becca "pink" cards to send to her mom.  I will be back uploading more "pink ribbon" cards soon!  Enjoy your day!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy 13th Birthday SNS

SparkleNSprinkle are celebrating their 13th birthday!  They are having a super birthday party at, giving away many nice prizes during the month of October.  Each of the wonderful design team members have made "out of the box" autumn themed cards to start off the birthday celebration.  My butterfly has seven different colored glitters on it.  I used the Sakura glue pen and allowed about 15 minutes drying time between each color.  I cut out the butterfly design and layered it on black cardstock using Spellbinders dies to frame the butterflies.  Visit every day to see the beautiful cards and register for prizes. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Find the Cure

Since we are fast approaching Breast Cancer Awareness month I thought I would show a few cards to honor October.  The stamps, tape, and all of the sparkly thingys ae from http://www.sparklensprinkle/.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and embossed.  I then used Range distress inks to blend in my colors using the blending tool.  I then misted with water mixed with perfect pearls.  The pink embossing powder really makes the ribbon flourishe sparkle.  Enjoy!

Friday, September 17, 2010


I  haven't been on my blog lately because I'm spending all of my spare time in my "crafty"  room!  Fall is here and I have three craft shows in October.  I love this time of year!  I got an order for a couple of name frames.  Aren't these adorable?  It is a happy time when you make things for those little cuddly babies!!

Enjoy the beautiful weekend!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Wow!  I am so lucky winning prizes on blogs!!  I did a blog hop and saw so many gorgeous cards that are published in this magazine - "Coloring Techniques for card making".  You can view the book on Kathy's blog at  She has four cards published in the book and it covers water coloring, pencil coloring, and Copic markers.  I love coloring and this book will probably be one of my most prized possessions!  I'll have more cards over the weekend!  In the meantime have a safe fun filled holiday weekend!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hero Arts Leaf

I stamped this card a couple of months ago with white ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I then used one of the green Ranger inks for the background.  I used a sparkly spray over the front of the card but it doesn't show up in this photo.  In real life it is very sparkly!  I am presently working on fall cards in this technique.  It is such a fast technique and I found it on either the Hero Arts blog or Jennifer McGuires blog. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fall wreath

I'm in the mood for fall and have made a couple of these cards.  I bought this stamp set at the Hampton rubber stamp show in October of 2009 and thought it was time it saw ink.  The stamp set is really neat, by Darcie's, and has many different images so you can make it into an Easter, Christmas, fall, etc. card.  I stamped the wreath and colored the leaves in with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I used glitter on the berries.  I cut out the pumpkin and popped it up with pop dots.   I also used a MS border punch.  Think fall and cooler temperatures!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hero Arts

Here are two cards made from a rubber cling set from Hero Arts.  The set has the flower and two birds.  I stamped the background using Pearlescent Coral ink from Brillance (most of their inks have a pearly shine to them).  I cut the flower border using a Martha Stewart punch.  I colored my images with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink punched out with SU punches.  I used Tear-rific tape from to tape on the ribbon.  I applied areas of Tear-rific tape to the ribbon and then twisted so you can see both sides.  The Tear-rific tape comes in several widths and has a super hold.  Now that I am back to working about two days a week you will see more cards!  Enjoy!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Blog winnings

Wow!!  I have won another blog candy.  This is the fourth time within the past two months.  I'm so happy.  This is a stamp set from  I commented on Judy's blog at  This is so neat!!  I'm going to invite all of my stamping friends down one day so we can play with all of my new goodies!  A couple of weeks ago I won a magnolia stamp from  These are both great blogs and have super inspiration in case any of you want to check them out!  I'm doing the happy dance!

Love Birds

Just a cute card before I leave for work.  This is such a sweet card to use as a wedding or anniversary card.  You can find this stamp set at  The directions for making the card is on their website at   Have a great day!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July to everyone!  It is going to be a hot day here in Virginia so thought I would upload a beach themed card.  The bookmark tag can be removed and used as a bookmark or tag for that special "beach" person.  I used Stamping Up cardstock for the card and tag.  I used watercolor cardstock for the shell -- stamped the shell with white ink and embossed.  Then I covered the watercolor paper with Ranger distress ink.   I love this technique -- so easy.  I then cut out the image with my Spellbinders circle and sprayed with a mixture of perfect pearls and water.  Very sparkly.  I distressed the tag and flourish with Ranger inks and stamped "Beach Bum".  I glued on real shells at the bottom.  All images are from the set Stamp Set 403 - By the Seashore by  This set has three lovely shells in it that can be cut out with the circle nestabilities from Spellbinders.  HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND!! 

Sunday, June 27, 2010


How do you like this die cut that Tilda is sitting on?  I love the design and how delicate it looks.  A couple of weeks ago I announced that I had won 100 pounds of merchandise from  I picked out mostly Magnlia stamps as I only had one and I had fallen in love with them.  I also got the Magnolia summer magazine which I couldn't find in any book stores.  I finaly got a card made with this Tilda stamp and used the new die cut that I had bought at  This company has such beautiful die cuts.  Why not visit Nikki at http:/// and place an order?  She has super customer service and the shipping is very reasonable.  You can find Nikki's blog here  Thank you so much Nikki for pulling my number for the month of June!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dani Relaxing in the Garden

First of all, I want to thank everyone that has visited all of the blogs and I hope you will continue to follow.  This is the third and final day of the blog hop!  I created a card from Dani's Garden set from  Dani is so peacful reading her book with the dragonfly on her knee.  I colored the image with Copic markers and used Waterfall glittr glitter on Dani's dress and SunnyDaze glitter on the dragonfly.  I used Spellbindes dies to cut out Dani and then sponged inside of the die with a light turquoise ink. I used some lace that I found in my garage a few weeks ago.  The chipboard swirl is colored and covered with Waterfall glitter from

Remember you can win Stamp Set 393 - Dani's Garden Swing. We will be sharing ideas with you for 3 days using the Dani’s Garden Umbrella, Dani’s Garden Swing, Fairy Dust, Dream Fairy, and Garden Fairies stamp sets. All you have to do is visit the blogs listed below and leave a comment on each blog, then your name will be entered once for each blog you comment on for a daily drawing of your choice of any of the 5 stamp sets on cling cushion.

Now off to the next blog for more inspirations:) just click on the names and hop along! - Jill - Julie - Eleanor (you are here) - Barbara

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Framed Dani

Don't you just love Dani swinging in her garden?!  I embossed the white cardstock with Scrollworks embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  I then used wasabi green cardstock and Spellbinders dies to cut out a frame.  Dani is colored with Copic markers and I used two glitters from -- Sunny Daze and Autumn Medley for the sunflower.  I added some paper roses and a sparkly butterfly for bling.  Remember you can win Stamp Set 393 - Dani's Garden Swing.  We will be sharing ideas with you for 3 days using the Dani’s Garden Umbrella, Dani’s Garden Swing, Fairy Dust, Dream Fairy, and Garden Fairies stamp sets. All you have to do is visit the blogs listed below and leave a comment on each blog, then your name will be entered once for each blog you comment on for a daily drawing of your choice of any of the 5 stamp sets on cling cushion.

Now off to the next blog for more inspirations:) just click on the names and hop along! - Jill - Julie - Eleanor (you are here) - Barbara

Monday, June 21, 2010

Would you like to win this stamp set from  We are having a blog hop and one lucky winner can win this stamp set.  Stamp Set 394 - Fairy Dust has many lovely sentiments and two differnt fairies. Spirited Green and Sunny Daze semi-transparent glitter was used on this card.  They are so glittery!  Be sure to hop to each blog and register --  you may win!!  Check the blog list below.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop

We will be sharing ideas with you for 3 days using the Dani’s Garden Umbrella, Dani’s Garden Swing, Fairy Dust, Dream Fairy, and Garden Fairies stamp sets. All you have to do is visit the blogs listed below and leave a comment on each blog, then your name will be entered once for each blog you comment on for a daily drawing of your choice of any of the 5 stamp sets on cling cushion.
Now off to the next blog for more inspirations:) just click on the names and hop along! - Jill - Julie - Eleanor (you are here) - Barbara - JP

Friday, June 18, 2010

Elijah -- my youngest grandson -- has turned 4!  Isn't he the sweetest?!


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Lovely Tilda

Guess what?!  I won a shopping spree from for 100 pounds!  This is so neat and Nikki has lots of Magnolia stamps and other stamps plus loads of charms, ribbon, distress inks, stickles and so much more.  Plus she is the greatest with shipping fast, etc.  You should also check out her blog at  Wonderful ideas!  At present I only have one Magnolia stamp of Tilda.  I colored Tilda with Copic markers and die cut with the circle nestabilities.  I used Papertrey Ink melon berry cardstock, ribbon and button.  I used some of the lace that I found in my garage.   Once I receive my "shoping spree" order from I will really be posting cards with Tilda on them.  Be sure to go check out Nikki's store. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My grandson, Ethan, is going to have a visit from the tooth fairy tonight!  He had lost his front upper teeth at age 3 when he and a table collided so he was really excited about this tooth!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

12" cardstock

This has been a beautiful day here in Virginia!  I made this card the other day.  I was surfing and found this card (sorry I don't remember where) and decided to try it right then!  I used pattern cardstock cut 5 1/2 x 12 inches and scored at 2,4,8, and 10.  I layered the opposite side of the cardstock in the area that is 5 1/2 x 4,  I used Spellbinders labels to die cut the image from Impression Obsession and the red dies.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the birds. Why don't you try this card?! Very easy!  Great way to use that 12" heavier cardstock.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Dani relaxing

I made another card this afternoon using Dani's Garden stamp set from  This is one set that I really love and is being given away when the blog hop finishes on 6/5/10.  The stamp set is shown after the cards I made previously from this set.  Wouldn't you like to win?  Leave a comment on this blog and hop to the other blogs listed below and leave comments.  Then a name will be pulled and someone will win this lovely set!  I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix die to cut out the swirly chocolate die.  This is the first time I have used the new ribbon I ordered. This ribbon has a thread on one side which you pull and it gathers up.  How easy is that?!  I topped the ribbon with a chocolate button and a small rose prima flower.  BTW, thank you, everyone, for all of the comments I have received during the blog hop.  I hope you will continue to follow my blog as it grows!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dani Reading

This is such a relaxing card!  Dani is reading in her flower garden and enjoying the dragonflies!  I used a MS punch for the lattice and colored the images with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  I also found this stash of old lace (had bought it at a yard sale years ago) in my garage.  A full bag of lace!  What do I do with that much lace?  Narrow, medium, wide, all sizes -- white, ivory, beige, a few colors.  Anyway, I took a piece of the ivory and colored it with crushed olive distress ink and put some of it on the card.  I love the way this card turned out!  Again, I used Sunny Daze glitter by on the dragonfly wings. is also going to lauch a blog hop so stay tuned.  You may win a set of stamps and Dani's Garden Swing set is one of the sets that will be given away!

Swinging Dani

In this phot Dani is really swinging high!  I used Basic Grey pattern paper as the background and also made a small flower out of the paper.  I used MS punch for the leaves.  I added Sunny Daze glitter to the bees and the flower.  The yellow sure does sparkle!

Dani's swing

Happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone!  Isn't Dani in the sunflower swing gorgeous?  I stamped her with Momento black ink and colored her in with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  I added Sunny Daze glitter by to the bees.  I also added light green pearls to the swing because I had to cover up a mistake.  There is never a mistake in stampig, right?! 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blog Hop


You've met Dani and her Garden Friends in your local stores, now they are available for you to purchase online. You also have the opportunity to win a free set of your choice on cling cushion by leaving a comment on the participating blogs (make sure to leave your email so we can contact you if you win). Comments will be open until June 5 at 5:00p.m. At that time all the names of the comments will be put in a hat for a drawing. I will post the winner on June 6. It's that easy!

Be ready to be inspirited by all the wonderful ideas!

You can follow the blog hop by clicking on the participating designers names below:

DeeDee        You are here

Monday, May 31, 2010

Cuddly bear

Don't you love this cuddly bear by Penny Black?  I finally made a long card so I could stamp the sentiment beside of the bear.  I used Basic Grey pp and layered that onto Papertrey Ink Ripe Avacodo cardstock.  I love PTI cardstock because of the weight and wonderful colors.  It is so sturdy.  I stamped the bear image and sentiment with Tuxedo Black Momento Ink and colored with Copic markers.  I layered this onto PTI Poppy Red cardstock and puched out butterflies using the butterfly Sizzix punch sold by Stampin Up. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Distressed tags

Good morning everyone!  Here in central Virgnia it is cloudy but these gentle rains sure are making the vegetable garden grow!  Can't wait to bite into a tomato!  Over the weekend I felt like doing working with my disress inks and the Tim Holtz dies and these tags are what I came up with!  I used the new crushed olive (love that color), tumbled glass, and rusty hinge for the colors.  I used Papertrey Ink Ivory cardstock.  The Tim Holtz dies are so neat and cut through heavy materials which I love.  I love the way the bird cage looks.  I used rusty hinge and crushed olive to make it look aged.  I also colored the lace with rusty hinge.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Innies & Outies

This is the other card I made from the set of Innies & Outies by  The tag fits in the pocket and you only see the top of the first line so anyone would have to take the tag out to read it.  I used SU cardstock and put some glitter from on the butterflies.  The embossing folder I found at  My friend, Sonnie, is coming up this afternoon and we are going to catch up on gossip while we "play" in my craft room.  We usually try to get together once a week to stamp but she had a migraine on our day last week so we do have a lot to talk about today!  I'm also going to try to get an order made for those new pearl pens so I can make my own pearl dots.  I have read good reviews about them.  I hope everyone enjoys their day!

"Book" continued

This is the second part  of the card I uploaded yesterday.  Everything seems to be working much better today when I resize my photos and send them to De at

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Outies & Innies

I am having a rough time uploading photos today!  I have a second card that shows the second page with the "outie" phrase  on it but cannot get it to upload!  Anyhoo, this set is called "Innies & Outies" by,  This set was amazing!  After you turn the page of the "book" the other phrase is "I noticed the improvement immediately!!!".  I stamped the phrases with Tempting Turquoise ink from SU and applied EP393 Poolside embossing powder which is also from  The "book" was die cut using Spellbinders Labels Seven.  The flower is hand made by cutting a 3x3 inch square, drawing a coil and then cutting out the coil with scalloped scissors.  I love doing these flowers and they add piazz to the cards!  Hope everyone has a great day!

Saturday, May 15, 2010


This is  a pic of my two youngest grandsons from the other weekend.  They love to run in our yard and they spent last night with us so I'm sure we will be outside playing again shortly.  It is such a beautiful day!  We had two big storms last night with hail, wind, rain, etc. But today the garden really looks good so it doesn't look like anything got ruined.  Also, Robert's mother passed away last night (Bless her soul) and he will probably be in Madison all day with his family.  She was 89 and had lived a good life.  Ethan and Elijah will be here all day so I couldn't go with him but that is okay.  He has a large family and they will take care of everything. 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Birthday card

I did this card for my friend, Mallory, who works with me.  She sent the card to her sister for her birthday.  The shoe stamp is from the dollar bin at Michael's which I bought several years ago.  The sentiement is from Stampin Up.  Don't you love the way Birthday is written?  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the brown leaves and the ribbon is from Martha Stewart.  The cardstock is all Papertrey Ink.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Good morning everyone!  I hope everyone has a great day!  Since I am up early today I decided to upload another fairy card,  This fairy is from the same set that I posted last night.  This is such a neat set of stamps from  If interested just go to their web site and order.  I used a yellow and deep pink glitter on the wings, the wand, and along the milky way.  The pattern paper is new from Basic Grey.   Enjoy!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Don't you just love this fairy with periwinkle and pastachio glitter?   This stamp is from set 394 from  SNS has so many colors of glitter!  I used SU pale plum and perfect plum cs.  The pattern paper is from Basic Grey which I placed as an overhang and I paper pieced the fairy's dress.  The star brads were dipped in gllue and then dipped in the Periwinkle glitter.  The border is from a Martha Stewart punch. 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

altered hair bands

This is another project that I made for the craft show.  I made the flowers from coffee filters and I used Ranger distress inks for the color.  For the center of the flower I used rhinestone brads.  I watched the video that Sherry had on her blog at  Sherry is so talented and I subscribe to her blog so I won't miss any of her ideas.  Match the little girl's dress with the flowers!

Altered project

This is a frame I covered with pattern paper.  I antiqued all of the edges and used SU ribbon.  I used the Spellbinders star nesties to cut out some SU Dusty Durango cardstock.  The buttons are from Papertrey Ink.  Can you imagine a little baby boy's picture in this?

Altered project

This is a picture frame that I covered with some Graphic45 patterned paper.  The flower in the corner is made using coffee filters and alcohol inks.