To make it easier to read about our trip to Ireland, I have made a page that is just for that. There is a tab above for Ireland Trip 2014 or click on the Home tab to read my other posts.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Peacock

Hello!  I love peacocks!  I have had the pleasure of seeing them roaming around some beautiful gardens and they are one of the prettiest birds in the world.
One of my scrapbooking/stamping friends let me borrow this beautiful peacock stamp, thanks Jen!
This peacock stamp is from Inkadinkadoo.
I stamped it onto white card stock and colored it with my FlexMarkers.
My nephew and niece used peacock feathers in their wedding, so when I was making their wedding scrapbook, I got a 'peacock' pad of papers, this blue was in that pad. It is just gorgeous, and worked great with the peacock stamp.
I used the "celebrate" from the "Friends" set (#46202) from QKR Stampede.
I stamped it onto white card stock and then went over it with a gold pen, then fussy cut it.
I thought this card came together very nicely.

Thanks for stopping by today. 
Leave a comment if you will and come back soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Country Brunch Invitation? Possibly.

When I started this card, I had no idea where I was going with it. 
I stamped the "Large Jar and Apples" (#23105) from QKR Stampede onto water color paper and colored with water color crayons.  I loved the image and how it turned out, but couldn't decide what kind of card to make with it.

One of my friends, Cheryl, suggested that it would make a cute invitation to a country brunch.  I liked that direction, so it's the direction I took.
I had bought the checked paper specifically to use on some cards and it seemed to go well with the country idea and the image.

When my son, one of my trusted critics, saw it, he thought it looked like a "Grandma card" 
Either way, country or Grandma, I love how it turned out.
What do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Small Lacy Butterfly

Hello stamping and crafty friends!
Today I'm showing you a card that I made using
"Small Lacy Butterfly" (#58902)
I stamped the image onto a page of an old book and colored it with FlexMarkers (alcohol ink markers)
I punched several strips with a EK Success border punch
and inked them with brown ink. 
I layered the scalloped strips onto a white card base for about 1/2 of the card, then covered the rest with another piece of a page.
I stamped the "Small Lacy Butterfly" onto the card.


After I fussy cut the colored image, I adhered it onto the card right over the stamped image on the card.
I lifted the wings up a bit to give it the look of flying off the card.

Eureka! Stamps has many wonderful butterfly images to choose from in red rubber and digital, so there is something for everyone.

Thanks for stopping by today,
leave a comment if you will and come back soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Party Poopers

Hello all!

Today I have a card to show you that I made for a challenge on one of my favorite blogs, Going Buggy.
Each month Enfys posts a challenge and I have been saying that I'm going to do the challenge, but I haven't before. 
I always have good intentions,
but I am so bad at getting challenges done. 
Well surprise!  This month I did it!
The challenge was to make a card for a child.
Here is my card.
I used "Party Poopers" (#14303) from Eureka Stamps
I colored the image with my FlexMarkers (which I love working with)
I layered it onto some red card stock from my scrap stash and added the bit of ribbon and the balloon brad, then adhered it to a card base covered with some fun polka dot paper.

I had a lot of fun making this card.  I hope you'll pop on over to
and see all the cards entered into the challenge
and maybe you'll join in too.
Be sure to check Enfys' other posts, I'm sure you'll enjoy them.

Thanks for stopping by today, leave a comment if you will and come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 20, 2012

QKR April Bunny Hop

Hoppy Day to you all!
Welcome to the April "Bunny Hop" for QKR Stampede!

If you have just happened onto the hop, you will want to go to the beginning as you won't want to miss any of the "Bunny Hop" projects.
If you have come from Jessica's blog, you are right on track. She is so talented, isn't she?!?!

As I'm sure you can tell, this months theme is bunnies.
QKR Stampede has a lot of bunny stamps to choose from and I chose
"Daydreaming Bunny" (#15209) for my project today.
I also used "Some Bunny" (#10603) for this card.


I think this "Daydreaming Bunny" is the cutest guy!
I stamped him onto water color paper and used some water color crayons to color him.  Just a little bit of gray and pink did the trick. 
The flowers were made by punching some paper flowers and layering them then using a bit of stickles in the centers.

Inside I used the "Some Bunny" sentiment stamp.

Now you can hop on over to see what
has to show you at her blog. 
I'm sure it will be something wonderful!

Now hop to it!

Once you have finished the "Bunny Hop" why not hop on over to the
QKR Stampede shop and see all the adorable bunny stamps they have to offer.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll hop in again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Box with border design.

Hello!

Today I'm showing you a little box I made.
I used 2 stamps from Eureka! Stamps on this project.
First I stamped the brown card stock with
"Baroque Background" (#57701) using Versa Mark Watermark Ink.
Then I stamped a strip of tan card stock with
"Filagree Border" (#57703) using Color Box Fluid Chalk Ink.
I scored and cut the brown card stock to make the box.
I cut the tan strips into pieces for the sides of the box and adhered them with ATG tape. Then I folded and adhered the box together.

I did cut a piece of cardboard for inside the bottom
of the box to give it a little extra stability. 
This will be used at My Happy Place Scrapbooking
to hold everyone's punch cards. 

We have punch cards that are punched each time a person comes for a crop. Once they have 10 punches they receive a free evening crop. 

Many of our scrappers/crafters were putting their cards in a safe place and forgetting where they were, so we decided to keep the cards in this little box along with the punch that we use on them.

Everyone loved the box when I took it in, I think it turned out very nice.

Eureka! Stamps has many background stamps that are wonderful for giving a plain piece of card stock or paper a little extra pop.
Borders can be added as a border or as a focal point of a project.
Stop in to the Eureka! Stamps shop and see what they have to offer!

Thanks for stopping today!
See you again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Love Those Sunflowers!

I know a lot of people who really love sunflowers.
They aren't my favorite flower, but they are up there!
I do love this "Flower Border" (#17915) image from QKR Stampede.
There are actually 2 sizes of this particular image and this is the larger of the two.  It measures 4.5"x1.5" the smaller version "Sunflower Border" (#17501)measures 3"x1"
I am a huge fan of Kristina Werner and she often uses
Color Box Fluid Chalk Ink, I finally decided to give it a try.
I'll tell you, now I know why she uses it so often. I love it!
I stamped the Flower Border onto water color paper and colored it with water color crayons.

I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the brown paper.
The ribbon is cream grosgrain and I finished it off with a
large goldtone brad that I had in my stash.

I'm pleased with how this card turned out, I do love those sunflowers!

Thanks for stopping by today, leave a comment if you wish
and please do come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Stamped Easter Eggs

The day before Easter, I decided that I should make some Easter eggs and that I should try stamping on them and coloring them with my new FlexMarkers from Letraset.  FlexMarkers are alcohol markers, much like the Copics that are very popular.  Letraset is a company out of the UK.

I had won them (from Going Buggy, one of my favorite blogs)  and just received them in the mail the day before and was itching to try them out.

So I boiled up some eggs and set about gathering some of my stamps.

I learned a few things in the process.
*It is pretty difficult to stamp onto eggs.
*Ink doesn't dry very well on eggs.
*Ink doesn't clean off the eggs very easily.
*Even heat setting doesn't work all that well.
*I don't think this is something I will be doing again.

I found that getting a nice clear, unsmudged image was very difficult,
consequently, you will see that there are some areas that are missing a bit of the image and others where there is a bit of a smudge.

None the less, here are the 3 eggs that are good enough for anyone to see.  I had 10 eggs that I worked on and 3 that were decent.

For the first one I used "Bunny with Flowers" (#13407) from

The other two were made with "Happy Duckling" (#6807) from
QKR Stampede, both the same stamp, but colored a little differently.
How can they be the same image and one duckling looks happier and one looks a bit worried?


Since I only had 3 eggs that I wanted my company to see, this is how I "displayed" them on the dinner table.

So if you have any thoughts about stamping on eggs, here is what I'd recommend.
*Use small images, they will be easier to stamp.
*Maybe alcohol markers aren't the best choice as they can't be used with all kinds of ink and will cause the ink to run.
*Water color crayons may be another choice, although I didn't try them, so who knows?!?!
*Lastly, maybe it's not a good idea to decide to do this the night before you need them done.  LOL! Leave it to me to wait till the last minute.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing my eggs and maybe you have been inspired to try something different and new.
Take that leap, experiment, try different techniques and supplies. 
You never know what you'll discover.
Leave a comment if you wish and maybe tell me something different that you have tried.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Treats

On Saturday evening I decided that I needed to make little treats for those having Easter dinner at our home.
I don't know why I do that, wait until the last minute like that, but I do it often.  When I say I decided Saturday evening, I mean pretty late.
I started making these at about 11:30.
I'm a night owl anyway, so it was okay and I was happy with how they turned out. 
If I had more time, I probably would have done a bit more with them, but none the less, I thought they turned our cute.
I used 2 stamps from QKR Stampede,
Daydreaming Bunny (#15209) and Some Bunny (#10603)
I stamped "Daydreaming Bunny" onto white card stock and colored them with my new set of Letraset FlexMarkers.
These markers are alcohol markers and I won a complete set of 90 from my cyber friend Enfys' blog Going Buggy.
Thanks to Enfys and Letraset for this wonderful prize!



I had so much fun coloring them in all different colors.
Of course there aren't really pink or blue bunnies, but I wanted to try out as many colors as I could of my new markers. 
And boy did I love playing with them! 
I can tell already that I'm going to be using them a lot.

 On the back of each bag topper I stamped the "Some Bunny" sentiment. 
Then stapled them to the little bags full of Easter goodies.
The treat bags were placed on each plate at the dinner table.
Everyone seemed to like their little treats and I had a lot of fun making them.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Leave a comment if you like and come again soon.  I always like visitors to my blog.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I made my own ink daubers

I saw this idea on Pinterest and figured I'd give it a try.
I'll admit it, I'm cheap!  I hate to buy anything that isn't on sale or that I don't have a coupon for. 
Then there are the things that I think the price is ridiculous  and I just won't buy it.
Ink daubers is one of those things that I figure I could do with out, the darn things are a crazy price and I'm just too cheap to pay for them.
So when I saw some instructions on Pinterest I knew I needed to make my own.

Here are the supplies. 
* PVC pipe, this is a bit under 1" 
(it was in the garage, part of some project Jaryd did while in high school)
*My little saw from my craft room.
*Cosmetic sponges, which I had in my craft room also.

I used my handy little saw to cut the pipe into pieces.  You could of course mark it and actually cut it all the same size, but I tend to fly by the seat of my pants and I have several different sizes.
Wish I could have gotten to cut straight across, but they didn't and it really doesn't make a difference.
There were a lot of rough edges, so I used an emery board to sand them down nice and smooth.
Then I folded a cosmetic sponge in half.
And shoved and twisted and turned that little guy down into the piece of pipe.
Until it popped out the other end.  Some of the longer pieces of pipe, I needed to use a pen to push them through, my fat little fingers don't fit down into the pipe.
And here they are, my home made ink daubers!  
They may not be pretty, but they sure will work just fine.
And when the sponge gets too "dirty" or wears out, I can just pull it out and put in a new one.

Please ignore my terrible dry skin and lack of manicure.
Isn't that just the cutest little dauber?!?!
This little buggers didn't cost me a cent!  
I happened to have all I needed here in the house, but even if you don't, you can get those cosmetic sponges at the Dollar Store and some PVC at the hardware/home store.  
I hear it's pretty cheap.
So stop spending money on daubers, make your own and spend that money you saved on some other supplies that you can't make yourself.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment if you like and come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Up Up and Away!

Hello!  Welcome to my blog!
Today I'm showing you a fun card I made with stamps from
I used 4 different stamps from the Balloons/Holders category.

I stamped "Flying Girl Holder" (#21701) onto water color paper and colored her with water color crayons.
I stamped "Oval Balloon" (#5201) and "Heart Balloon (#5204) onto a variety of scraps.
I fussy cut all the pieces.
The background and hills were pieced onto a white card stock base.

I then added all the cut pieces and stamped the
"Up, Up and Away!" (#11802) sentiment onto the card.

I loved the card, just needed to add the strings to the balloon.
Well, let me tell you, card making is not an exact science and at times we just need to go with the flow and remember what I always say
"There are no mistakes, just chances to be more creative."

Well, this was one of those times!
I didn't think about the 'hills' being cut out of vellum when I stamped the sentiment.
VersaFine Ink does not dry on vellum, so when I went to tie the strings onto the balloons the black ink smeared all over the card.

Luckily most of it cleaned off with a baby wipe.
I stamped the sentiment onto white card stock, fussy cut it and
adherred it to the card. 

Honestly, I like it better before, but as they say, it is what it is.
I still like the card, just not as much as I did before my chance to be more creative.

Thanks for stopping by today. 
Leave a comment if you wish and come back soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

April Eureka! Stamps Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my post for the Eureka! Stamps April Blog Hop.
If you have come from Jessica's Blog you are on the right track.
I'm sure she had something wonderful to inspire you.

If you have just happened upon the hop, you will want to start at the beginning so you won't miss any of the beautiful inspiration from our design team.

Eureka! Stamps has many beautiful and versatile butterfly stamps.
For my card today I chose "Eureka Butterfly" (#9702)
I stamped the image onto water color paper and colored it with water color crayons.  I then used Pearlessence to give it the shimmer.

Now, I'll send you off to
where I'm sure you will find something lovely.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have been inspired to create something beautiful.
Stop in to the Eureka! Stamp Store and see what wonderful stamps they have to create with.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy Easter Chicks

Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate!
Today I have a cute Easter card that I made with 2 stamps from
Lg Chicks in Egg (#3406)
and
Happy Easter with Bouquet (#3501)
I stamped the Lg Chicks in Egg onto white card stock with water color crayons and added some glossy accents and stickles to the design on the egg.
I then used just the Happy Easter greeting from the Happy Easter with Bouquet stamp, which I also colored with water color crayons.

The card base was made home made "washi tape."
To make the "washi tape" I put 'score tape' onto tissue paper, then trimmed it to the width of the tape.  Easy peasy!  Now just had to cut, peel the 'protective' cover off the tape and layer it onto my card base.

I think this makes a very cute Easter Card.  What do you think?
I hope you all will have a very blessed Easter.
Come again soon, I love having visitors!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Rose and Butterfly

Happy day to you!

I have to say, I am loving this card today.
Being on the design teams for QKR Stampede and Eureka! Stamps
gives me the opportunity to use so many wonderful stamps and
I enjoyed making this card so much!

I love both stamps that I used on this card.
"Rose" (#17505) from QKR Stampede and
"Eureka Butterfly" (#9702) from Eureka! Stamps
have such versatility!

"Rose" and "Eureka Butterfly" were both colored with water color crayons.
I made a few score lines on either side of the Rose image to add a little interest.
Once the Eureka Butterfly was fussy cut, I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the body and antenna before adhering it to the card front. 
You can't see in the picture, but the wings are not attached to the card, so it has the appearance of being ready to fly off the card.

I hope you enjoy this card and these two images as much as I do.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Come again soon!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!