Monday, June 29, 2009

TMTA - Faces

What a unique idea for a challenge and this week at TMTA they want us to put our best face forward so here is my little ATC beauty.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!!

Art Pieces ATC Challenge - Vintage

Our challenge set forth this week at Art Pieces is to create a vintage ATC. Here is my vintage creation.


Images Vintage photo pool at flicker

Paper Watercolor

Medium Gel medium and Glaze Medium

Technique Glaze medium transfer

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!!

The Next Level Issue #5 & Roses On Paper Challenge #14

The challenge this week over at The Next Level is a card sketch.

The catch to this is the stitching. I have to be honest with you I don't know how to sew. I just got my sewing machine a week ago and started tinkering with it. Well I have to say it has been a real experience after 2 broken needles, stitching my hand in the machine "OUCH!!!" and lots of broken thread I think I have gotten it under control. I have to give a super big thank you to True who did the amazing sewing tutorial 2 weeks ago. Her instructions were perfect and lead me through the process with real easy. I am also entering this in the ROP Challenge where they have asked us to create a card with flowers and link it to another challenge. Here is my take on this weeks sketch.




Image Magnolia "Tilda with Puppy" Whiff of Joy "Arm Chair"

Medium Derwent Softcolour Pencils, Gamsol and blending stumps

Paper Bazzill, Diecuts with a view and Hot Off The Press "Ladybugs" Collection.

Sentiments Two Peas Platform Shoes font

Flowers Prima

Tools QK Revolution and Dies, MS punch, EK success punch and Brother Sewing Machine.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Blog Candy Winner

Good Morning!!!

I just wanted to say thank you to all who have visited over the past few weeks to celebrate some of the little milestones on my blog journey. I am so excited about announcing the winner. The number was done at and it selected:

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Timestamp: 2009-06-28 23:44:27 UTC

Congratulations Michelle of ART AND SOUL!!!
Please email me with your address at
I hope you enjoy your candy package and have many hours of happy crafting.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

This Give-A-Way Is Now Closed /Blog Candy Celebration Alert !!!

This Post will stay on top till June 29th

YES! It's that time again, candy time!!!! As promised I am back this week with a package of yummy candy. I just wanted to join in on the celebration of the launch of The Next Level and being selected as one of their guest DT members for the next 8 weeks. I also have another milestone to celebrate and that is, I have almost reached the 5000 visitor mark. So here's the candy!!!

This sweet candy package will contain:

One 8x8 Making Memories "English Garden" paper pack
One 24 pack of Prima paper roses
One Package of Rub-on Sentiments by Paperbilities
An assortment of ribbons to match paper
Two generous packages of Due Drops in Pink and Rose
One package of Half Pearls
Three Packages of American Craft Buttons to match paper
One 4 pack of Mini Embossing Folders from Cuttlebug
One Memento Ink Pad in "Tuxedo Black"
One Happy Hoppers mounted rubber stamp
12 Assorted stamped images from my personal collection to include: Sugar Nellie, Gorguss Girls and Whiff of Joy Images
Lastly we have a 10 pack of Neenah 80# ultra smooth solar white card stock for stamping in style.

So here is what you do to enter the drawing:

1. Become a follower ... if your not already.

2. Post this candy somewhere on your blog with a link back to here so others can see whats up for grabs.

3. Most important leave a comment on this post for entry, I will be using to select one winner on June 28th I will announce the winner on June 29th. So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and enter.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Blog Award

Hi folks sorry I have been MIA the past few days. I have been feeling a bit under the weather but, I am back up and running again. Two very sweet ladies Sue and Katherine have gifted me with another blog award and I have to say this one is alot of fun and I can't wait to give it some really fun bloggers today. It's the Honest scrap award and here are the details.

The rules that go with this lovely award are to:
a) Thank the person who gave it to you.
b) List 10 honest things about yourself.
c) Pass the award on to 7 people.
So here we go-

1. Family always comes first.
2. I love my Doxies, they are like my kids.
3. I am still unemployed.
4. I just started to ride a motorcycle with my husband.
5. I am in love with paper crafting.
6. I have read all the Harry Potter books.
7. My father is my hero and the smartest person I have ever known.
8. I am super proud of my kids.
9. I am married to the best man on earth.
10. I love all the new friends I have made on blogger.

So now I gift this award to:

Norma Jean

Thank you again ladies and I hope you enjoyed the little bit of me.

Happy Crafting!

The Next Level Issue #4 - A Step Card

Our challenge this week at The Next Level is to create a step card. Well at first I thought OMG!!! I'm in over my head then I grabbed my trusty Scor-Pal and away I went,it was amazingly easy making the the base for the card. The rest just fell into place. The hardest part was cutting out those little mice. Here is my creation.


Image House~Mouse Twinkle Toes

Paper Bazzill, Doodlebug sugar coated paper and Imaginisce Fairest of Them All collection

Medium Primsa colored pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps and Memento Ink

Embellishments Fiskars rain dot hearts, Rhinestone flowers and ribbon from personal stash and Stickels

Tools Quickutz Revolution, QK alpha die, spellbinders oval dies and Scor-Pal

Tip of the week: When scoring the step card remember to flip the paper back and forth on the Scor-Pal to make your steps. EI: Score #1 page face up, score #2 page face down. It will make the step fold easier and have less chance of tearing a step.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Some Fun Things For The Day

I have some really fun things to share with you today that have been shared with me and I want a chance to give back so here is my way of doing it. The first thing to share is the "Pay It Forward Challenge". I got involved in this yesterday through my friend Marlene's blog. Here is how it works: If you're one of the first five to respond to this post you get a gift created by the blog owner that would be "Me". Now for the PAY IT FORWARD rules:

Here's the RULES:

1. The gift will be a mystery of my choice, created especially for the recipient.

2. I have one year to get all five gifts made, but I'm sure it won't take me that long. LOL!!!

3. If you're one of the five, you must make a post in your blog offering to make a gift for five people, spreading the joy of creation.

4. When you receive your gift, you should make a post on your blog and show everyone inspiring others to follow the chain and participate.

So if you think you want to spread the joy of creating please sign up and pay it forward.

The second order of sharing is another blog award I received today, this one is from Sue.

Sue makes the best ATC's and has some really cute projects on her blog you must go by and see her. Thank you so much Sue for sharing this award with me and now for my very favorite part giving it to some very deserving crafters. So I would like to give this award to:

Norma Jean

Now ladies here are the rules for sharing this with others:

1-Comment on this blog.
2-Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog.
3-Nominate 5 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
4-Link to your nominees within your blog post.
5-Comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve received the award.
6-Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

The last order of sharing for this day is my new motorcycle helmet that my dear husband gave to me this weekend. There is a little story to go with this so bear with me. I have for many years had a very big dislike and fear of motorcycles the reason being I have worked in the Orthopedic Surgery field for almost 15 years and I have seen many a messed up person and also my dear husband almost lost his life on a motorcycle in 2005, so now you see why I have the dislike. Well the past two weekends have changed my view a little, I felt really bad every weekend when my hubby would ask me to go riding with him and his friends and their wives so I decided to give it a try, well I totally loved it. I even went to Galveston last weekend on the motorcycle, so my hubby got me a new helmet for the Galveston trip and here she is.

You should see the looks I get in this helmet it is funny. I love it though. It has the most beautiful colors and flourishes, but at the same time says I am tough. LOL!!!

I hope today finds you all doing well thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Very Sweet Award

My new friend Tracey (AKA Booyagirl) has given me an award this morning. I was so excited to receive it and can't wait to give it back to others bloggers I have recently met. Thank you Tracey!!! Please stop by and visit Tracey at her blog.

Okay here are the rules:

* Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
* Pass the award to 6 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award. If you can’t pass it on to 6 just pass it on to as many or as few as you like!

I am passing this on too:


Thank you and Congratulations

Monday, June 15, 2009

Art Pieces "Magic"

The theme for the Art Pieces ATC challenge this week is Magic. I happen to love fairies in all their magical beauty and mischief, so this little guy was hanging about today and needed to be let loose upon blog land. His background is made with a baby wipe and watercolors.


Image Vintage photo from my personal stash

Paper Baby wipe mounted on watercolor paper

Medium Blue and Yellow liquid watercolors and glaze medium

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

TMTA- Summer Solstice

This week over at TMTA the theme is "Summer Solstice."

In celecbration of the longest day of the year I have created an ATC with Hula dancer giving thanks to the suns warming rays of life giving light.


Image Bugawumps "One Wicked Wahine" Collection by Laura A. Jacobs

Medium Ranger big and juicy vibrant primary, Ranger acrchival ink jet black and Pentel oil pastels

Paper GP 110# card stock

Tools EK Sucess Round punch and foam brayer

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

The Next Level Issue #3 - Card Sketch 1

Welcome to week #3 at The Next Level. This week the challenge is to create a card with the sketch below. The twist is to make a removable tag in the card. I made the tag hidden to look like part of the card so there would be more of surprise when the card is opened. I then made a stick pen with dangle from the Vintaj jewelry line. The image is from Whiff Of Joy and is coated in UTEE to make it look like crackled glass. The flowers are from Prima and unfortunately I cannot remember the paper line I used as they were all scraps and there was no name on them.

Hint of the Week: When heating UTEE with a heat gun sometimes it will blow off the top of the page so heat it from the bottom it won't blow off and it give s a nice even surface when it cools.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Whiff of Joy

Don't forget today is the release of the Whiff Of Joy "Women's Delight" Collection. Please go by and visit Katharina's blog and see the new goodies. I promise you won't be sorry. Sing up for her blog candy while your there. Hugs XXX Beth

Thursday, June 11, 2009

TMTA Magical Worlds

I have done it again while looking through blog land today I came upon another ATC challenge this one is Think Monday - Think ATC. They are a mixed media challenge and I love to play with many different techniques when creating so this blog is right up my alley. Here is what I created for submission to this weeks challenge.


Image Vintage lady from Art-e-Zine

Paper 110# card stock, phone book page and butterfly paper cut out from graphic 45

Mediums Gel Medium, Glaze Medium, Turquoise acrylic paint, water colors and archival ink pad

Embellishments Flowers, Rhinestones, gold embossing and Signo pen

Stamps Victorian Butterflies by Rubber Stampede and Laundry Line by My Minds Eye

Sentiment Stamp Love by Heidi Swapp

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tilda and Friends ATC Challenege - "Summer Fun"

This week at Tilda and friends ATC challenge is Summer Fun. We were asked to create a card with a summer theme or feel to it. So here is my summer filled ATC for this weeks Challenge.


Image Gorjuss Girl "Goth" from Sugar Nellie

Medium Copic Markers, Chalks and Memento Ink

Paper Neenah Solar White card stock

Stamps and Sentiment Studio G

Embellishments Stickles and Icon Rhinestones

Enjoy and Happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Art Pieces - Frames and Polka Dots

Well I have made another ATC challenge blog discovery this week it's Art Pieces. I just could not help myself and I had to play. So here is my submission for this weeks challenge we had to make an ATC with a frame and polka dots.

I hope you enjoyed and thanks for looking.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Next Level Issue #2 Challenge - A Ribbon Border Card and a Message of Friendship

This week at The Next Level the challenge is to try your hand at a ribbon border. I have to say at first I was very intimidated by the technique, but by the time I was done I was thrilled. Unfortunately I gave myself even more of challenge on this card because it was for a boy and I have never done a boy card before. To say the least though I am very happy with the end result. The theme for my card this week is Friendship, I think we will all be making lots of Friends here at The Next Level and for me that's what it's all about, Good Friends! I also want to invite all of you to sign up for the blog candy I am giving away to celebrate being a guest Designer at The Next Level so when your done peaking go to the first post on my blog and see whats up for grabs. So now let's take a peak at my new creation shall we.

Front View

Close Up Details of Card Front

Inside View

Detailed View of Inside

Wow that was a lot of pictures, right? Well the materials list is pretty big too. so here we go.


Image Whiff of Joy "Charlie and Dog" by Elisabeth Bell Stamped onto Neenah solar white ultra smooth 80# Card stock with Memento Tuxedo black ink.

Medium Prisma colored pencils, Gamsol used with blending stumps, Marvy White Puffy Applique with glitter sprinkled on it and heat set. Background was a masking and resist technique using Eclipse paper, versamark, embossing powder and "Pine Needles" Distress ink.

Papers Bohemia "Backyard Memories" paper collection and My Mind's Eye "29th Street Market" Collection.

Sentiment Inside sentiment came from an online resource at The Outer Sentiment is Autumn Leaves "Always and Forever Seals".

Embellishments Buttons, ribbons, snowflakes and brad from my personal stash, Pebbles Candy Dots, Tim Holtz trinket pen and Fragments.

Tools Paper trimmer, Vintage photo distress ink applied with the blending tool, Assorted adhesives, xyron 510 Adhesive Machine, Glossy accents, and heat gun.

Lastly Here is my tip of the week:

When crafting with ribbon you always have to be careful of your ends fraying, but that can easily be remedied by taking a lighter IE:(Bic) and just slightly edging it through the flame it will seal the ends and prevents fray.

I hope you enjoyed the card today, thanks for visiting and Happy Crafting!