Sunday, June 30, 2013

Say Cheese

It's the last day of June so the Crafters of Faith blog group has a little project to share, as we do on the last day of every month. This month Barb is the hostess, which means she got to choose the theme.

Barb's Theme

June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin. I remember when I was growing up there were dairy breakfasts at farms in our area and my 4-H club had a pie and ice cream social every June. Now - I am not sure that everyone has a dairy themed image. But - if you have something farm related - cow, chickens, ducks, barns, fields, etc. or dairy products related - ice cream, cheese, milk, eggs, cream puffs (the Wisconsin State Fair favorite!), or use your own imagination to honor the dairy farmer. Do you have some farm related DSP or an embossing folder? Chicken wire, barbed wire, farm animals, etc. - please be sure to use that.

I hope everyone enjoys creating a card or scrapbook page with a Dairy Farm Theme! Do you have a farm related story from your childhood to also share when you post your card? We would love to read about a favorite memory.

Have Fun - Enjoy the Challenge! Thanks - Barb

I actually have quite a few farm related items in my stash of toys, but I decided to go with CHEESE! I used a Whipper Snapper stamp (they're from Wisconsin, you know) called The Big Cheese.

I went with a very CAS layout - and for once, I actually like the CAS card I created. (I usually don't.)

Memories to share? I guess my fondest farm-related memories all center around time spent with my grandparents (they were farmers). They dabbled in a little bit of everything on their farms - a few dairy cows, hogs, hay, crops, chickens, etc. There was always something to explore and chores to help with when we visited, though I suspect I was probably not much help. My favorite time of day was when the dairy truck came to collect the milk from the large milk cans. I liked that best because the driver always gave my sister and I a Kraft caramel or two. YUM!

Thanks for stopping  by my blog today! Be sure and stop by the other Crafters of Faith blogs to see what they made, okay? You'll find the links to their blogs in my left sidebar.

Image: Whipper Snapper The Big Cheese
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Sentiment: computer generated
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Staples White
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Surfer Boy Orange Texture
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Friday, June 28, 2013


On the 28th of every month, the Calendar Girls blog group posts the monthly challenge projects. Today is the 28th! FUN!!!

Miss June is none other than Deb. She is such a kind and creative woman who is way too busy with a full-time job, a number of children at home (who are all involved in a lot of activities), etc - yet she still finds time to create cards. I am in awe!

This being Deb's month - she got to choose the challenge for the Calendar Girls. Just wait until you see/hear what she did......................

She sent each of us a little stamp/set. You know, those stamps that we often times are tempted to buy - because they just cost a dollar. She decided to give us a theme of


Back in early May she mailed us each a different stamp and admonished us not to lose it (she knows us so well!). And then she gave us this challenge...

The requirements fo the June theme are:

1. At least two layers.

2. You must use the $1 stamp you receive on the card. However since the  $1 stamps are small you can use background stamps or other stamps to create a background, and sentiment stamps of your own on your card as well. But I would like the $1 stamp to be the focal point.

3. If you have any buttons, ribbons, or other embellishments that you bought for $1 or less, embellishments that were gifted to you, or recycled items,  please  use those products to embellish the card.

OOPS! I blew #3.... totally forgot that part of the challenge. I'm sorry, Deb. I hope you'll like my card anyway.


Here's what Deb sent me:

Can you tell what my stamp is?

It's a birdhouse. I was actually so excited when I saw it because I had some adorable little wooden bird embellishments that I had been wanting to use, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity. In my excitement, I totally forgot the $1 embellishments part of the challenge.  UGH! I have no idea what I paid for the bird embellishments. Oh......... I  know! Let's just say it was $1. ;)

Here's my card:

Here's the inside of my card:

Now, let's go over to the Calendar Girl blogs and see what the others made (and what Deb sent them). You'll find the links in my left side bar.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I'm so glad you did!

Image: Studio G
Ink: Stampin' UP! Wild Wisabi
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Baja Breeze, Ivory, Perfect Plum, and Wild Wasabi
Designer Paper: Pressed Petal Glitter Paper Pack
Embellishments: Recollections Wooden Birds and Stampin' UP! Wild Wasabi Ribbon

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Peaceful Waters

First things first... I'm home again after nearly two weeks abroad. I missed all of my blogging and swapping friends, but thanks to scheduled posting, I was able to post a few things for you to see while I was gone. Thank you to all of you who stopped by and left a comment. I ♥ you all!!!

Now........... it's Tuesday and time to tell you about a couple of new challenges!

June 25 - July 1

Here's the photo to {PIN}Spire us:

The sponsors for this challenge are

THANK YOU Elizabeth Bell and Di's Digi Designs!

Each sponsor is providing a FABULOUS prize package for a lucky participant, so be sure to play along in this week's challenge for a chance to win!

Here's my card:

Image: Merry Weather
provided  by Elizabeth Bell for the design team's use

Here's the inside of my card:

Then there's the Twisted Tuesday Challenge...

June 25 - July 8

Theme: Nautical

Twist: Use at least 7 embellishments on your project

Here's my card:

My seven embellishments are three buttons, a Charm, Ribbon, Hemp, and (though it doesn't show up well in the photo) Stickles Glitter Glue on the waves.

Here's the inside of my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you will participate in both of these incredibly challenges!

Image: Elizabeth Bell Merry Weather
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and scraps from my scrap file
Designer Paper: Paula Dean
Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Pearls from an unknown vendor

Image & Quote: Our Daily Bread Waves of the Sea
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections
Designer Paper: Paper Pizazz Purple Sponged
Embellishments: Autumn Leaves Buttons, Stampin' UP! Linen Thread and Ribbon, Stickles Glitter Glue, and an Anchor Charm from an unknown vendor

Monday, June 24, 2013


Today seems to be a summer'y day. ;) Both of my cards make me think of summer.

First there's the ABC Challenges card...

June 24 - 30

Theme: Red, White, and Blue

I honestly couldn't quite figure out what to do with this one. I like to use Stampin' UP! stamps whenever possible for the ABC Challenges - just because Patty (the owner of ABC Challenges) is a SU demo and I like to honor her that way. But I didn't have any patriotic SU stamp sets. So instead I decided to use a new set that I just recently got - Feeling Sentimental.

I need to practice some more with the ferris wheel stamp... it looks wonky to me. But I didn't have time to perfect it (I made this card as I was rushing to get ready to go to Thailand for nearly two weeks), so it is what it is.

I guess you figured out that I created my own DP with the Celebrate stamp.

Here's the inside of my card:

My second card truly is a Summer'y card...

June 24 - July 7

Theme: Summer Fun

Here's my card:

Isn't she darling?
She's a MelonHeadz image!!!

And it just amazed me that I actually found a ribbon in my stash that had summer fun on it. WOW! What's the odds of that???

Here's the inside of my card:

Yes, that's another image from the MelonHeadz Water Fun Bundle.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you'll participate in the ABC Challenges Red, White, and Blue Challenge and the MelonHeadz Friends Summer Fun Challenge!

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' UP! Feeling Sentimental
Ink: Brilliance Mediterranean Blue and Memento Lady Bug
Cardstock: Staples White and Stampin' UP! Brilliant Blue and Real Red
Embellishments: Wrights Ribbon

Images: MelonHeadz Water Fun
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections and Staples
Designer Paper: Recollections All Seasons Paper Pad
Embellishments: Making Memories Ribbon

Monday, June 17, 2013

Old Truck

I absolutely love this week's {PIN}Spirational Challenge.

Take a look at the fun photo...

Isn't that just way too cool!!?!?!?

June 18 - 24

The sponsors for this challenge are


THANK YOU to both of our sponsors for providing prize packages as well as images for the design team's use!

Here's my card:

The image is from Fred She Said

Here's the inside of my card:

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope you'll participate in the {PIN}Spirational Challenge this week!

Image: Fred She Said Designs
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Crumb Cake and scraps from my scrap file
Designer Paper: Paper House Pine Porch and Sonnets Sand
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Grosgrain Ribbon and Brads

Flowers in Bloom

It's time for another fun challenge at ABC Challenges...

June 17 - 23

Theme: Summer Theme

For me, summer time means lots of beautiful flowers!

Here's the inside of my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you will participate in the ABC Challenges Summer Themed Challenge this week!