Thursday, February 27, 2014


Brrrr! Another cold snap has hit us again, with temps down in the single digits. I am so ready for warmer temperatures! But who are we kidding. Where I live we can still get snow in April! The way this winter is going, that just might be the case!

I've noticed  that spring is a common theme for challenges lately. Seems like we all want it to come! So I decided to make a spring themed card. We're trying to get my husband hooked on Downton Abbey, so last night we watched the first one and I got out my pencils and colored. This House Mouse is one of the images I did.

Robins are always the bird to watch for when looking for spring. We usually have a couple pair nesting around us and it is so fun to watch them feed their babies. They are all mouth, waiting for that bug to drop in!

Just a humorous note. When I was searching for a sentiment to put on this card, I almost used one from the same stamp set that says "yum". My daughter wanted me to. Guess I've passed my sick sense of humor on to her!

I'm entering this card in:
Crafty Cardmakers - Come Fly with Me
Little Red Wagon - Spring
Mod Squad - Thinking of Spring
Cute Card Thursday - Springtime
House Mouse - anything goes
Hiding in my Craft Room - What's buggin' ya
Crafting by Design - Colors of Spring

Thanks for stopping by! Hang in there, spring is coming!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Just got back from breakfast with my dh. When we left the restaurant, I was preparing myself for the blast of cold air when I opened the door, and guess what? It wasn't there!! What hit me was warmer spring air. It was wonderful!! Now, I know this is only a tease, but it brings the promise of spring. I am so excited! Plus, we are going to be tapping trees for syrup today. That is a sure sign that it won't be long now.

I made up this card yesterday for the challenge over at Dynamic Duos. Their challenge was to use daffodil delight and black. I used two IO stamps to make the background and I think it's an Inkadoo stamp for the flowers. Finished it off with some black ribbon. Simple, but I like it.

Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully, you're getting a taste of the spring weather too!

Monday, February 17, 2014

There's a new Sheriff...

I just love this little guy! I think he is so cute, and I have quite a few sayings that will go well with him. For today I chose the new sheriff saying. I tried to find a little star to pin on him, but didn't like the way they looked. I used some retired SU paper, the star is a sizzix die and cut out a a shimmery paper (it's hard to tell from the picture), and I colored him in with prismacolor pencils. It was about a year ago that I discovered mineral spirits work really well with the pencils, and I've been in coloring bliss since. Now all I need is the full set of pencils! Hmmm, I think I have a 55% off coupon for ACMoore!

I'm entering him at:
Less is more - masculine
The Crafty Bloggers Network - all about boys
CAS on Sunday - masculine

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. Have a great week!

Saturday, February 15, 2014


It's so quiet in my house! My hubby had to work and all 3 girls are gone somewhere. I'm all alone in peace and quiet. Even the dog is outside! So I thought I would take a minute and post some cards I made this week.

The first one is for Inky Impressions. The have a sketch that reminded me of a die cut I have from MFT.

I'm also entering it in:
Just Us Girls, who have this wonderful color challenge.


ABC challenge - flowers
Brown Sugar - use a die cut or punch (I used both)
Stampin for the Weekend - flower power

While I had the die out I made another pocket card. I was missing Not Quite Navy from the SU line up, but found that Island Indigo makes a nice denim too!

This one I'm entering in:
Little Red Wagon - Valentine
The Male Room - Valentine

The last card is for ABC Christmas Challege whose theme is chocolate creams. I decided to go with chocolate colors because I don't have any stamps with chocolates in them, which is probably good, because it would have made me hungry! Plus I got to use this dp that is flocked and I have been wondering what to do with it. I think it made a nice ornament.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Spring, please...

I know it is only February, and only a little over a third of the way through it, but I am longing for spring. I want to be able to go outside without putting boots on, to dig around in my garden, to watch the new life spring up in all the plants and trees. Oh, to feel the warmth of the sun, smell the fresh turned earth, to hear the birds sing ...  It's coming. And soon I hope.

I know I'm not the only one longing. Over at Sunday Stamps, they have a challenge of looking for spring. Don't those daises look cute! I might have to go see if I can buy some flowers to brighten up my home.


I decided to make up a card for it. SCS was having a stair-step challenge so I used the word celebrate for my steps, and the colors from Sunday Stamps. The flowers are from a Tim Holtz die cut and the burlap ribbon is SU.

I'm also entering it in:
Hiding in my Craft Room - Super Scraps Saturday
Sweet Stampin - Sentiments
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Sister Act - ready for spring

Here's to looking for Spring!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Anything but a valentine...

My hubby and youngest daughter are out sledding with friends. I'm a wimp. I like being inside where it is warm. When they come home, they will probably have a nice hot cup of cocoa, which is the theme over at Curtain Call. When I saw their challenge, I knew I had to use this House Mouse stamp.

I"m also entering it in Crafting When We Can whose challenge is food. Those are marshmallows in the corner, and in my book, anything chocolate is food!

This next card is for Art Impressions challenge to "pop it up".

They want you to pop the image off the page with pop dots. It's hard to tell from the picture that I did pop her off the page. 

I really enjoyed these challenges because I wasn't using red, pink, or hearts! It was nice to do something other than valentines. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Love is in the Air

A quick post this morning. Had a yummy breakfast out with my hubby, now I need to get ready for our school co-op. But wanted to post this card for a sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps that ends in a couple hours.

Just love these images from MFT!

I'm also entering it in Cards in Envy whose theme is Love is in the air. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wine tags

I can't believe how fast time is going by! Valentine's day is right around the corner. Seems like it was just Christmas a few days ago! Maybe that's because I still have decorations in my hall waiting to be thrown away or put away! 

I've been trying to get some valentines made without much luck. Life can be so busy. Another snow storm has derailed our plans for a trip so I snuck up to my craft room to get creative.  I made up some wine tags for a chocolate and wine tour at a local winery.

This first one is for the love challenge over at House Mouse and Friends

This next one is for Paper Players, whose theme is Sweet treats. 

The last one is a Christmas one. I'm entering this at Christmas Card Challenges and Holly Jolly Christmas, who both have a challenge for tags. I'm also entering it in Dynamic Duos, whose challenge is red and teal.

I'm going back to my craft room to see if I can be inspired some more! Thanks for stopping by.