Birthday Wishes for John



I bought this stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle when I went to visit my friend, Kristy, in Florida for a week of fun.  We went to Sparkle N Sprinkle to take a couple of classes.  This is stamp set 493–Silhouettes.  Tomorrow is my brother’s birthday so I used black embossing powder for this image.  Then I took Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pens and used them as my watercolors to make the background.  I love the look that I got.  I hope you enjoy this little card.  I will be posting a card every day this coming week because I am going to be the GIU girl for the week.  You will have a chance to win 2 Itty Bittys from Unity if you comment on each of my cards next week so be sure to come back.

Until we meet again…Ciao…





Blowing Bubbles–Fresh Brewed Designs


Isn’t this little girl the sweetest?  Heather at Fresh Brewed Designs released this back in August but it reminds me of Spring.  It is called “Blowing Bubbles”.  You can find your own by clicking on the link.  The March choose your challenge is still going and will be going for 9 (nine) more days so you still have time to enter.  I chose to use the sketch.

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Let me give you a quick run down on what I used for my card.  I used Copics:  BG-0000, BG-000, E-000, E-21, E-70, E-71, E-74, E-77, R-20, V-12, V-15, a Marvy Silver gel pen, AC pastel CS, Recollections CS, Oriental Trading Ribbons, Michael’s pearls, Spellbinder’s Scalloped Oval, Sepllbinder’s Lacey Oval, and a Sizzix Majestic Labels #2.

I will have 1 more post for Fresh Brewed Designs.  You all know that I think the world of Heather.  I am going to take some Copic classes in April to try to get certified and then a couple more Copic classes in May.  I have a couple of classes for some techniques scheduled this month.  I want to try to get my skill levels up higher so that everyone enjoys my cards more.  Please don’t go anywhere because I will be sharing the journey on my blog.  And please keep visiting Fresh Brewed Designs.

Friends With Flair Friday!

Yay!  It’s another Friends With Flair Friday at Unity and that means fun, fun, fun!  Well, it is triple fun today.  It has been a hard week for us so I have three cards to share.  Here is the challenge that is going on at Unity:


And here are my cards to share with you:



My son’s girlfriend’s grandfather passed away and they had the funeral Tuesday.  There is a theme for Tuesday here.  Anyway, I wanted to make her a nice Sympathy card.  I used the With Heartfelt Sympathy stamp (from bunches of love).






Tuesday as my son and his girlfriend were headed to her grandfather’s funeral in another town he looked back in the back of his car, (he was taking his dogs with him), and his first dog as an adult had passed away in the car.  This was a very sad thing as Corby wasn’t sick in any shape, form, or fashion and had been my son’s buddy for at least the past 13 or 14 years.  You know that it is bound to happen but you are never ready.  So again, it was time to break out the stamps and make a different kind of Sympathy card.   This one I took the dog from Phyllis Harris’ “More Blessed to Give” and embossed him in black embossing powder.  On the inside I used a couple of stamps from “With Sympathy” which to me is a must have in anybody’s stamp collection!  It is SO versatile!!!  It is on sale now too if you don’t have it!

Thank You (at the least)--Unity


Yesterday was my birthday.  It was truly an awful day.  My husband gave our Shih Poo a ham bone not thinking anything about it.  It was a large one.  Well that was Tuesday.  He was up all night regurgitating it.  He was still sick Wednesday morning.  So my husband took him to the veterinarian.  He was very, very ill.  She did surgery on him yesterday.  Anyway, he is recuperating now and hopefully will be home Monday.  It will be a long recuperation and our dogs will no longer get ANY bones.

But let’s talk about the card.  I used  “Thank You” (at the least) to make my sister and my brother-in-law a thank you card for the lovely birthday gift that they gave me.  It was very nice and I was very grateful.

I hope that you are inspired to get your stamps out and join us at Friends With Flair Friday at Unity!  You still have time to play along.  Be sure and check out what the rest of the ladies have made for you!  Until we meet again…Ciao.


Friends With Flair Friday!

Today is Unity’s Friends With Flair.  I have just started trying to play.  I think I have played 3 or 4 times.  I couldn’t last week because we weren’t home but today I was able to.  I have a friend that is having surgery today.  I’m very concerned about him.  I went through my Unity stamps and came up with a little something I think that he will like.


This is the new monthly challenge at Unity.  Now when you do this challenge–you can pick 1, 2, or all 3 of the challenges.  They are only a suggestion as well.  I chose the color challenge.   I looked at my Copics and decided what colors I thought each of these colors would be.   I chose R-20, R-17, BG-32, E-84, and Y-26 respectively.  I chose two of Unity’s stamps for my card.  I chose Chick in the Rain created by Tracey Malnofski and Joslyn Nielson for one of the stamps.  I also chose Under the Weather by Nikki Sivils.  The weather outside is so pretty that I tried taking the picture outside but the wind is blowing so you have to hurry quick to get the picture.  Here is my finished product:



Both stamps are darling.  I didn’t want to put a bunch of pink since it is for a man but I think that it all came out just fine.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Please leave me a comment.  I will want to visit you at your blog too!  Until we meet again…Ciao…


Fresh Brewed Designs March Digi Release and Blog Hop

Good Morning.
It is time for our Fresh Brewed Designs Blog Hop and Digi Release.
Our first hop stop is at Freshly Brewed Challenges. 
If you have already visited the challenge blog
 and are arriving here from Marji’s blog, you are right on track!
Pack your bags, we’re going on a trip!
Hop along with us to check out some fantastic, NEW,  travel themed digital stamps.
I am excited to share the new digi SUITCASE with you today.
I used paper from Cloud 9, a vellum quote from Happy Trails, and on the inside used the Hitchhiker b font.
Here are the Copics that I used:  E-37, E-39 and Y-28.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
I hope you enjoyed your visit here at my blog.
It’s time for you to pick up your bag and travel on to your next destination.
My friend Kim is waiting with open arms and has a fresh pot of
creativity brewed up just for your viewing pleasure!
Remember, comment on each hop stop for a chance to win a free digi from this release.
The hop ends on March 12, 11:59 PM EST
Have a blessed day!
Hop Order:

Until we meet again…Ciao…

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Fresh Brewed Designs March Challenge of the Month

It is time for another CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE with FBD!
Freshly Brewed Challenges has had a ‘challenge makeover’ this year.
We are offering you a choice – therefore opening the window of your creativity
a little bit wider. Letting your mojo flow a little bit stronger.
We are here to take that inspiration thief and throw him in jail where he belongs!
If you feel like you have been looking for your long lost friend when you step into your crafting space,
Check out our inspiration pieces for March:
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YES! I saw a spark in your eye!!!
I knew it would happen! 😉
For these challenges you can use the sketch or photo as your inspiration!
Come back on the 10th for the blog hop!  Until we meet again.  Ciao…
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Dragonfly Dreams March Challenge Sponsored By Imagine That

This month the challenge at Dragonfly Dreams is sponsored by Imagine That.  The theme is Up, Up in the Air:  clouds, birds, kites, balloons, butterflies.  If you are like me you are ready for Spring!  Here is my card:



Here are the items I used from Imagine That.  I used the Birds in Spring kit specifically Psalm 118.24.  I also used the Spring in Bloom Digi Papers specifically Leaf Floral, Dotty Blues, and Cherry Blossoms coral.  I loved this set.  I used my Copics to color the image.  Here is the list of Copics that I used:  B-0000, BG-01, BG-34, E-23, E-25, E-27, E-29, R-20, R-24, YG-23, and YG-25.  I used Spellbinders Grand Label One to cut out the image.  I hope that you will join us at Dragonfly Dreams for a fun challenge.  Please go visit Kris at Imagine That and look at all of the really nice images that she has.  I was not aware of her site before now and perhaps you weren’t either.

Please go to Dragonfly Dreams and check out the wonderful cards that the rest of the DT made as well.  They are a very talented group of women.  Until we meet again…Ciao…

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Birthdays Are Coming!

March is one of the busiest months for our family and birthdays!  In fact my birthday is in March too!  I wanted to share two of my Unity cards on here so I can get them in the mail so they won’t be late.

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Age & Wine Inside--Unity


This one is for my sweet daughter-in-law.  She is the first of four of our children to turn the same age.  I’m not going to tell her age because it is bothering her this year.  But she has her birthday March 1, then my youngest son has his October 5th, his girlfriend has hers in November, and our daughter has hers January 14th.  I had already put them a year older than they were.  Shh…don’t tell anyone!  I thought that Unity’s Age and Wine stamp was perfect for my daughter-in-law since her birthday was bothering her this year.  I have to let you in on a little hint.  Right now and through the weekend, Unity is having a March Madness sale.  You could get this stamp for its regular $6.99 but get another Itty Bitty for 1 penny!  That’s basically 2 for 1!  Pretty good, huh?  For the inside of the card I used the Unity Stamp “Happy Birthday to You” from the Bunches of Love set.  Let me tell you what I used for this card:

Copics:  E-70, E-71, R-32, R-37, R-39, R-46, Y-11, Y-15, Y-18, YG-23

Flamingo Liquid Pearls

Sizzix Majestic #2 Labels

Creative Imaginations Signature Collection

“Happy Birthday to you”–Bunches of Love

Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink

Glossy Accents

Wine bottle button

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Sucks to Get Old--Unity


Sucks to Get Old Inside--Unity


This birthday card is going to my stepson that I have raised since he was younger than 8.  He isn’t much younger than me.  I thought he might get a kick out of this.  I have used Unity Stamp’s “Sucks to Get Old” and “Happy Birthday to you” which is from the bunches of love kit.   This mean if you wanted to get the Age and Wine stamp plus the Sucks to Get Old stamp then you would only have to pay $7.  That’s a good deal since both stamps are regularly $6.99.  Here’s what I used on the Sucks to Get Old Stamp.

Hootenanny paper from MME

Copics:  BG-18, BV-17, E-81, R-46, R-59

Sizzix Circle Framelit

Glossy Accents

Paper Studios CS

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Happy Birthday to you — Bunches of Love set

Don’t forget to go check out the March Madness Sale at Unity this weekend.  I hope that my birthday cards could be an inspiration.  Until we meet again…Ciao…

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Fresh Brewed Designs Love Bird Owls Rubber Stamp



I needed to make an anniversary card and I went to my Fresh Brewed Designs

rubber stamps and pulled out “Love Bird Owls.”

I think that they are so, so cute.  I used my Copics to color them.

Here is the list of Copic colors that I used:

B-24, B-26, B-28, C-6, C-7, C-9

E-31, E-33, E-35, E-37, E-39, E-40, E-42, E-44, E-47, E-57, E-59

R-27, Y-26, YG-00, YG-13, YG-17

I used Paper Studio  burlap and Spellbinders Heart Nestabilities.  My cute

“It had to be you” stamp is from PrintworksCollection.

Some hearts strategically placed and my card was ready

to be mailed.

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We have another challenge happening over at the Fresh Brewed Blog,

and the above blog candy is the prize. Read all the details HERE.

You must follow the rules to be eligible to win, and here they are:

For each entry,  you must:
**Create a NEW card using an FBD image (Digi or Rubber Stamp from Fresh Brewed Designs).
**Can enter up to 3 times each.
**MUST post CANDY badge on your sidebar (at the top)linking back to Freshly Brewed Challenges and add this blog candy photo in EACH post with your card with a link back to this post.
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You have your choice of the sketch or the photo.

There are still 6 days to enter and only 5 entries.
You have a great chance to win if you enter and the
blog candy is SWEET!
Thanks for coming by my blog today.
Until we meet again…Ciao…
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Wishing You Joy

Unity has some awesome red rubber stamps.  Today I am showing three of those stamps.  I needed to make a thank you card for a friend so I chose to use the “Wishing You Joy” set.  This weekend Unity is celebrating having 16,000 Facebook friends.  They are having an awesome sale.  It is 46% off SITEWIDE with the Coupon Code:  FB16.  For orders over $16 you get a free Itty Bitty.  Also there are 61 stamps that they have marked down 61%.  You really need to go check it out.  It is an amazing sale.

Now let’s get back to my card.  Here are the pictures:





Here are the details.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and AC Cardstock.  The paper is Pretty Poppies by Autumn Leaves.  I added some detail with Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls.  I dry embossed with a “Stampin’ Up” Textured Impressions Flower Garden die.  I used Autumn Leaves Pretty Poppies brads.  Here is the list of Copics that I used:  B-60, R-20, R-24, R-27, R-29, and YG-25.  On the inside the embellishment is also from Autumn Leaves Pretty Poppies Set and the “Thank You so much” stamp is from Unity’s Bunches of Love set.  That set is perfect for SO many things.  It is a MUST HAVE in any cardmaker’s stock!

Well as always, I hope that you have found some inspiration here today.  Until we meet again…Ciao…

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