Saturday, July 26, 2014


Hello friends! I hope you are all well. I know the blog has been quiet. Two weeks ago, I actually worked some overtime. And last week, we took a family vacation. I have been busy in the craftroom working on decorations and favors for my kiddos birthday party that will take place in 2 weeks. I have also had some tests done for the palpitations that I have been experiencing. I have my stress test on Monday, and I will be following up with the cardiologist in 2 weeks to go over everything.


So now that you are caught up on what's happening with little ole' me, I have a card to share with you. I cleared away the yards of felt off my desk to create a sweet little baby shower card for a friend of mine. I combined a few challenges to create my card and matching tag. I used the current challenge over at CAS(E) this Sketch! and the current and last challenge for 2014 over at CAS-ual Fridays. 
I inked up Lawn Fawn Plus One and did some paper piecing. This stamp set is dear to me since I used my winnings from my first challenge win over at CAS-ual Fridays to buy it. I also used it for my first guest design spot at well. I used Stitched Borders from Pretty Pink Posh along with some 6mm and 4mm clear sequins. I used clear sequins to mimic raindrops. And lastly, I added some Lawn Fawn twine for my bow. So if you haven't figured it out, I am playing along with the far right column: sequins, emboss and twine.
That is all I have to share for now. It's back to my sewing machine and felt. I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Joshua!

That's right! My little guy turns 3 today. I can hardly believe it! We got back from church late today, but I managed to snap a few pictures of him before we laid him down for a nap. He is holding some water guns that he brought home from another 3 year olds birthday party that he went to yesterday. They are actually only 21 hours apart!
I love that he is trying his best to hold up three fingers even with bubbles in his hand.
Checking out his sister who is watering her plant.
Joshua, mommy and daddy love you so very much! Thank you for being such a blessing to our lives!
I am also linking this up to Simple Things Sunday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 11, 2014

CAS on Sunday, One Layer and personal update

Hello friends! I am popping in today with card to share with you for CAS on Sunday The challenge is to create a one layer card,
For my card, I used my new Altenew stamps. I did some ombre stamping to create a baby shower card for a friend of mine.
And for those of you that know about my heart palpitations, I saw my primary care physician and cardiologist this week. I have some tests ordered but they aren't until about 2 weeks. I still have been experiencing the palpitations despite a drastic decrease in caffeine. The cardiologist didn't seem too concerned, but that doesn't take away the pounding in my chest. It stinks to be sitting at a computer and your heart feels like it just ran 3 miles. She was concerned that I have been having a higher pulse rate. I guess the tests will tell.
That's all for me for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Poppy sketch challenge #8

Hello friends. I hope your week is starting off well. I have two cards to share, but before I do, I wanted to give a quick little personal update. Last week I mentioned that I was having palpitations and went to the ER. Unfortunately, I am still feeling the same. I have some appointments scheduled and hope to have some tests done to find some answers. Meanwhile, I am trying to take it easy which is hard for me because I am always on the move. Sigh.
So today's cards are based on the current Poppy Sketch challenge.
I received some new goodies in the mail on Monday and was able to quickly put these cards together. I used  Label Love from Altenew and Faux Veneer. The first card plays along with the sketch and color. I didn't "prep" the stamps by rubbing them with an eraser. That may or may not have helped with the blotchiness of some of the inks. Thank goodness I am not a perfectionist!
I decided to create a second card using red, blue and yellow for my son, Joshua. I can't believe he will be turning 3 in 5 days! I chose these colors because he will be having a joint Super Hero birthday party with his older sister in about a month.
That's all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th (part 3)

I am back to share Leah's card for One Layer Simplicity. Grrr for not being able to link up multiple cards from one post.

She desparately wanted to make white stars. I had to tell her that it would be hard to add red to her card if she used a dark cardbase and kept it one layer. Since she saw me playing with my sponging and masking, we came up with an idea. We used post it tape to mask off an area so she could create an area to stamp her white stars on. She is such a quick learner and I think she did fabulous sponging on the ink. She used Teeny Star from DeNami in Snow White. Then she inked up Long Solid Rectangle in Pure Poppy to create her flag pole

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy 4th! (part 2)

Hello friends. I am back as promised, but a little sooner that I expected. My daughter Leah was with me in my craftroom and saw me creating my card and wanted to play along.
My card plays along with two challenges: One Layer Simplicity and PTI's MIM: Masking with Dies (insert gasp). It's been quite a while since I have played along with MIM, so I was excited to try out this technique.

To create my diagonal stripes, I used a stencil that I created with my Silhouette Cameo. I created this stencil waaay back using PTIs Stampers Select white. It is quite sturdy and has been used several times and is in great shape even though it is cardstock. I die cut the medium star from Star Prints and adhered it to my cardstock first, then layered my striped stencil on top using my zig 2 way pen. I sponged on some Enchanted Evening pigment ink. My pad is quite dry so I think it's great to create a subtle effect. I used Pure Poppy for my star image and added my sentiment in Memento Tuxedo black in.
Next up is Leah's card.
 She desparately wanted to make white stars. I had to tell her that it would be hard to add red to her card if she used a dark cardbase and kept it one layer. Since she saw me playing with my sponging and masking, we came up with an idea. We used post it tape to mask off an area so she could create an area to stamp her white stars on. She is such a quick learner and I think she did fabulous sponging on the ink. She used Teeny Star from DeNami in Snow White. Then she inked up Long Solid Rectangle in Pure Poppy to create her flag pole.
Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Independence Day!

To all of my American blog readers, Happy Independence day! I hope you day is filled with fun, relaxation, family, friends and lots of yummy food. Oh, and let's not forget fireworks! Yay!

Today I have a card to share with you that plays along with the challenge over at One Layer Simplicity: create a card inspired by your country's flag.
Not only did I used red, white and blue, but I also incorporated stars and stripes. I used only DeNami Design products for my card. I inked up Three Line Border in Pure Poppy. Since the stamp is just slightly smaller than the length of my card, I masked off one end and then did the same on the other end. Unfortunately after inking up all of my stripes, I realized that there was some sort of blob on my stamp. Grrr. After all of that work, I did not want to start over.
Then I inked up Teeny Star in Heid Swapp Navy. I was a little "off:" in my stamping, but I had already put in too much effort to stop now. I also added a score line between the stars and stripes.
That's all for now. I have another idea to play along with this challenge, so I am back to my craftroom before all of our festivities get under way today. Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hello friends! Boring title. I know. But...
...things have not been boring around here. Yesterday I had to leave work around lunch time to go to the ER for palpitations. Ugh! That's right. For no reason at all my heart rate was elevated, I was short of breath and having extra beats. One of the doctors that I work with recommended I go to the ER because she was concerned for me. Fortunately after a couple of hours, they gave me the option to spend the night or go home. Um, I will take my comfy bed, thank you. So by this morning, all of my symptoms have gone away and I am taking it easy. Thankfully I already had today off. So what better way to relax than head to my craftroom. 
Leah and I spent some time crafty time together which I love so much. She made a card completely out of washi tape. Yep, totally her idea. I created this card for a sweet little girl that will turn 3 years old just one day after my Joshua.
This card plays along with three challenges: CAS-ual Fridays, CAS on Sunday and Curtain Call Challenge. My first intention was to use small heart circle from DeNami Design for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge: use hearts in a summer palette. So when I saw the gorgeous photo over at Curtain Call, I knew exactly what colors to choose. The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays: CAS-ual Elegance.  And lastly, the challenge over at CAS on Sunday is to create a birthday card. I can't remember the last time I created one card to play along with 3 challenges.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DeNami Product Spotlight, Balloon Trio

 Today is product spotlight over at DeNami Design. The design team is showcasing Balloon Trio by having a DeNami blog hop. You should've arrived at my blog from Lisa Petrella's blog. If you visit each design team members blog and leave a comment along the way, you will be eligible to win this stamp! You can also add this fabulous stamp to your shopping cart and save 10%, one week only.

This stamp is so much fun and can really be used to create a variety of cards. This time I chose to  create a mini birthday card. Perfect to tuck in with any present.

I used some PTI cardstock and chose my balloon colors based on what copics I had to blend. I just realized that they are almost the same as the product spotlight image. lol. I inked up Balloon Trio and Happy Monster w/Balloons and colored them in. I inked up Happy Birthday from Thoughtful Greetings petite four. To finish off my card, I added some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh using crystal lacquer.
Well that is all from me today. Thanks for stopping by!

Wendy is your next stop!

Deb <------that's me
Tammy Hobbs

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Valentine Mini album (better late than never)

Hello friends! I hope you all had an awesome weekend. Yesterday my sister and her family were in town because my nephew was playing in a tennis tournament just down the road from where we live. He has played in a few at that park. So happy that it is close by. We've been able to visit a lot with them and I am so happy for the time that we get to spend together.
Today I have a mini album to share with you. Tradition has it that I take photos of my kiddos for Valentine's Day. The reason being... how can I resist them dressed up in red and hearts. And it also happens to fall around their half birthday which is a guarantee that I will have photos of them at least half way through each year since there are always birthday photos.
So with these photos, I started making mini albums. Why you ask? Let's just say that the Target dollar spot made it super easy to grab some paper and albums and the rest is history. So the last time I made an album ***insert hanging head in shame*** was in 2012 for my daughter, Leah. So I finally chose some photos for Joshua and also some photos from 2103 and  2104 and printed them!!! Um, that's right, to make mini albums, your pictures must leave your hard drive and end up in your actual hands lol! I am just going to blame it on the fact that I was working super hard these last few months to finish up Joshua's baby album. It is a good excuse, honest.
So enough babbling, here is Joshua's super simple, only 5 page album. For this album, I used some of my DeNami Design stamps and products. I emphasize some, because they have so many wonderful stamps, that I couldn't fit them all into 5 pages. I only repeated two stamps...just because.
To make the album, I used my Papertrey Ink Tabbed Mini Book Page die. For the cover, I used my silhouette cameo to cut out the year. The font used was Impact and I also offset it. I inked up Teeny Heart Background in pink ink over the white cardstock. Then I stamped a heart from Hearts stamp set and fussy cut it out. I layered it over a piece of red cardstock that I had die cut using my banner die.
For the first page I printed it out my picture at 4x6 and then trimmed it some. I added some Red/white hearts washi tape to the botton and then adhered the picture over a small portion of it. Then I  inked up XOXO and stamped it onto a piece of a die cut ticket I had laying around. I also stamped some more pink hearts from Teeny Heart background. Lastly, I added a few stitches with my machine.
For the second page, I used Teeny Heart background again, this time inked up in red. I tore a few pieces of scrap paper and layered it around the edges. I wanted it to have an irregular shape and I think I achieved that. I used another piece of red banner and heat embossed my sentiment from Love Sentiment stamp set. I stamped Small heart circle and punched it out with my 3/4in circle punch.

For the third page, I used this card for the design. Um, I love this heart placed inside of Love Circle, which was featured as a product spotlight this year. I used my Circle Interlock embossing folder and added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

For the fourth page, I inked up Small Splatter in pink several times, changing the angle. Then I stamped Love Script which has also been a product spotlight feature. I stamped Small heart outline in black onto red cardstock and trimmed it out.
For the last page, I also used this card as inspiration. I stamped the stitched heart from Hearts stamp set in red and pink in a "random" pattern. And I used Love You Forever for my sentiment.
And here is my little guy,  proudly holding up his album. All I could get was a cheesy grin. Oh well. I can't believe he will be turning 3 in less than a month. He was only 7 months old in those album photos. Where has the time gone?
Thanks for stopping by!