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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

While you are here I hope you will find inspiration and ideas for making your own projects, however any images or projects you find here are my personal property and should not be used for your own monetary gain, or for contests or challenges. Thank You!


2 Sketches 4 You - Kazan's Sketch 55 Challenge

Sometimes cards come easy when using a sketch.  Other times, not so much.  But this card, made using the latest sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You  (2S4U) came together very quick and easy - once I decided to use my new Basic Grey papers!  This week's sketch (Kazan's Sketch 55) is being sponsored by The Cutting Cafe, a really great place to find digital images for every occasion.  Here is Kazan's sketch . . .

And here is my card based on the sketch . . .

"Fruit of the Spirit"

And here are all the details . . .

  • The card base was cut using Cricut cartridge Walk in My Garden, card2 set at 5 inches.
  • The fruit paper was cut using Cricut cartridge Walk in My Garden, card1 set at 4 3/4 inches.
  • The flowered paper circle was cut using Cricut cartridge Plantin Schoolbook, circle set at 6 inches.
  • The small card stock circles were cut using Cricut cartridge Plantin Schoolbook, circle set at 1 inch.
  • The sentiment was printed using my ink jet printer, and trimmed using my Carl PRT-100 rotary cutter using the straight blade.

  • Yellow card stock is Die Cuts With a View - Citrus stack
  • Tan card stock is Bazzill burlap texture
  • Patterned paper is Basic Grey nook&pantry line, fruit salad - both sides
  • Flowers are Prima
  • Button and brown bakers twine from my stash

So there you have it!  My card for the 2S4U sketch this week.  I have SO MUCH scrapping 'stuff', and yet I never seem to have things that match that well, but when I make a card like this, and everything matches and works well together, it makes me a very happy scrapper!  Thanks for visiting!  Becky

Mojo Monday Sketch 144 Challenge

In case I haven't told you before, I really love doing sketch challenges!  You see, my tendency is to go off in my own direction and create from my heart, but sketches push me just a little bit out of my 'free and easy' comfort zone and make me concentrate on following someone else's vision.  It's a good thing, I promise!

The folks at Mojo Monday really come up with some great sketches, and this week (#144) is no different, in fact, it's lovely!  Just the picture of the sketch is pretty, so how could a card made by the sketch not be pretty?  Here's the sketch . . .

And here is the card I made based on their sketch . . .


And here are all the details . . .

  • Card base cut using Cricut, Walk in My Garden cartridge, card2 set at 5 inches.
  • Bits and pieces cut using Carl PRT-100 Rotary Cutter - straight blade.
  • "Hello" label cut using Cuttlebug and Spellbinders 'Labels One' next to smallest die, and word hello was printed on ink jet printer.
  • Embossing was done using Cuttlebug and 'Swirls' embossing folder.

  • Colored card stock is all Die Cuts With a View
  • White card stock is Georgia Pacific 110# card stock
  • Birdhouse paper is American Crafts Backyard line "Cuckoo"
  • Birdcage with black bird is American Crafts Backyard line "Tweet"
  • Striped ribbon is from American Crafts
  • White flower is Prima
  • Flat yellow beads are from my stash
  • Stickles on birdhouses is 'Star Dust'

And that is my card for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge using sketch 144.  I love it, and think it is so cheery and sweet that anyone would love to find it in their mailbox!  Thanks for visiting, and come back soon!  Blessings, Becky

A Wonderful LSS - and a Card!

Hi Folks!  Remember I said I had been out of town for a few days?  Well, on our 3rd day away, my friend and I  drove up from Perdido Key, FL to Foley, Alabama to visit one of her friends.  On the way we stopped at "Gigi's Scrapbookin" there in Foley.  When we pulled up to the store the parking lot was PACKED!  But we went in anyway.  We were greeted with a "Hi, can I help you?" and when I explained I was in heaven and just wanted to look around for a while, she said to go ahead and that they were having their anniversary crop, so please excuse the mess.  Well, it wasn't a mess to me!  As I said before, it was HEAVEN!

The store is 7,000 square feet, packed full of everything scrapbooking, including lots of stamping things and a bunch of pre-made books for every theme you can imagine - all you have to do is add your pictures.  And the cropping area was so nice!  Each person had a space of their own - all very well organized.

And yes, I bought a BUNCH of new papers, including a few of my new favorites from My Minds Eye, Bo Bunny and Websters Pages, plus some Basic Grey, American Crafts, and some others I don't remember right now.  I also got a couple of cute American Crafts ribbon spools, and a cute clear stamp from Imaginisce.  I hope I get to go back down there one day, just so I can go visit the folks at Gigi's.  It was a wonderful store!

Now, on to the card.  I made this for the friend who took me to Florida with her.  The paper is K & Company Tim Coffey "Blue Roses Flat".  I put it on a base of DCWV card stock and used some Stickles 'Star Dust to give it some shine.

The butterflies are made from coquina shells I picked up on the beach while we were there, with the addition of some copper wire antennae.

The sentiment is from a clear stamp, using Versamark ink and Ranger 'Seafoam White' embossing powders.

I hope she enjoys the card, and knows how much I appreciate her asking me to come along on her trip.  Everyone have a great day, and I'll be back soon!  Becky


Daring Card Makers Sketch Challenge

This week the great folks over at Daring Card Makers are issuing a 'dare' based on the sketch below.  The great thing about this challenge is that it is sponsored by Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker, a wonderful new line of papers and embellishments, and Sarah's Cards Ltd, an equally great online store that carries some of the Nikki Sivils products.  Here's the sketch >>>

And here is the card I made based on the sketch >>> 

And here's all the info >>>

Base card is from Die Cuts With a View card stock, as is the blue matting behind the striped paper.  The card base was cut on the Cricut Expression using 'card2' set at 5 inches with the Walk in My Garden cartridge.

The patterned papers are all from Bo Bunny:
  • Abbey Road 'Stripe'
  • Abbey Road 'Vine' and
  • Abbey Road 'Sky'

Pearls are from Prima e-line.  A bit of glitter from Stickles 'Star Dust'.

The sentiment is a rub-on from an old K & Company 'Brenda Walton' tin, and I don't remember the name.  It was mounted on two different colors of scrap card stock.

The lace is from Hobby Lobby, and purchased by the yard, so I don't have a name.  The blue pearl trim is from my stash - a gift from a friend.   The stitching was done on my Kenmore sewing machine.

I love the new papers I used on this card.  In fact, I just bought them on Friday while, on a trip to Florida with a friend, I visited a great store called 'Gigi's Scrapbookin' in Foley, Alabama..  I'll have more on the store in a few days - but I will say this - it was heavenly!

Have a great week everyone!  Becky


A Tad Late, but . . .

So, I didn't get this uploaded in time for the Mojo Monday Challenge for LAST week, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.  Paper is Jenni Bowlin, card stock is DCWV, pearls and ges are Prima e-line, Stickles, stamp is Inkadinkadoo, ribbon, pink bow and flower are from my stash.  Enjoy!  Becky


I Want to Ride My Bicycle Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

I just love Moxie Fab World!  Blogger and Creative Editor of Paper Crafts Magazine, Cath Edvalson makes things fun and exciting to keep up with trends in card making, fashion, home decor, etc., and if you haven't visited the blog, you really should - soon!  The card I am sharing with you is for the "I Want to Ride My Bicycle Challenge in the Moxie Fab World". Here is my card >>>

The theme is 'bicycle', and I had recently seen this vintage image and knew that's what I wanted to use for my card!  Here's all the information about the bits and pieces I used >>>

The base of the card is DCWV card stock, and was cut using my Cricut, Walk in my Garden cartridge, card2 set at 5 inches.  The blue text paper is from Jenni Bowlin and was also cut using the same cartridge and card2, set at 4 3/4 inches. 

The pink checked paper was just a scrap, and I don't have any info to share other than it was cut freehand. 

The vintage images are both from a clipart software.

  The huge pink satin bow is from my stash, the white flower is Prima, the pink flower is K&Co.  The buttons and twine are from my stash, as is the small pom-pom fringe.  The pearls are from Prima e-line, and the blingy touches are Stickles.

This was one of those cards that just came together perfectly, an I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it!  Don't forget to check out Moxie Fab World, and have a great day!!!


Daring Cardmakers "String of Pearls" Dare

I have probably said this before, but Daring Card Makers (aka DCM) is one of my top favorite cardmaking challenge sites.  They aren't 'snobby' about the types of products you use, they throw out some great dares from time to time, and the design team members are great!  Love'em!  That said,  here is my card for their latest dare called "A String of Pearls".  It is the first challenge of June, and the June birth stone is the pearl, and I love me some pearls!  Here goes . . .

How it all came together . . .

That white satin bow (a gift from a friend's stash) with the pink applique flower in the center was my inspiration for this card, so I went looking for cardstock and a patterned paper to match the colors of pink, white and soft baby green.  I didn't have to look far, because I found this piece of patterned cardstock from the Die Cuts With a View 'Be Mine' stack, and it matched perfectly.  I simply cut the card on my Cricut using the 'Walk in my Garden' cartridge, card 2 set at 5 inches.

The sentiment was stamped with a stamp from Inkadinkadoo using Versamark ink and then heat embossed using Ranger 'Seafoam White' embossing powder.

The pearls are all from Prima e-line gems.  The bow is made from a bit of pretty cotton trim I bought at Hobby Lobby a while back.  It was 'by the yard', so I don't have any way of identifying it other than look at Hobby Lobby.

And that is IT!  This was such an easy card to put together, but will be a great card to add to my ever growing collection.  Thanks for visiting today, and I hope to be back soon with a card for the Mojo Monday sketch.

Blessings, friends!  Becky