Thursday, November 24, 2011


Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all of my American friends, wherever you may be, a Happy Thanksgiving!  For those of you not celebrating Thanksgiving today, I wish that happy finds you today in the smallest and most meaningful of ways. 

It has been a busy week and I was just now able to finish up the last 2 cards for this week's challenges for the Card Sharks contest at the Nook.  The first challenge of this, the second week of the contest, is based on the card game of Bridge.  Lilith's clever challenge is to use wood or nails with a nature theme on our card.  Wood and nails being something a bridge is made of.  I told you, clever, right?  :)  I used some older Martha Stewart wood grained felt ribbon with a pretty layered poinsettia with gold beads in the middle for the "nails".

Merry Christmas
Papers: Graphic 45 and MME, Flower: Jolee's, Ribbon: Martha Stewart, Sentiment: SRM

Im linking this card up over at CASE Study (#67) too.  Kryssi Ng has been the inspiration all month and Ive been meaning to play and this card fits the bill this week.  :) 

The second challenge is based on the card game, Kings in the Corner.  The challenge is to make a card fit for royalty.  I had some adorable SRM Princess stickers in my stash that I have been wanting to use.  I paired them with some pretty pink (loads of pink!) MME papers.

Little Princess
Papers: MME, Punches: EKSuccess and Marvy Uchida,, Stickers: SRM, Ribbon: STrano Designs, Flower: Prima, Other: machine stitching

Here is a close-up of the ribbon bow, they are my favorite as of late.

Looking forward to what challenges the next week brings! 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

{card sharks} Week 2

This will be the first of 3 challenges I hope to get done this week for the Nook's Card Shark contest.  This challenge is based on the game of Bingo.  The challenge was to have some sort of grid on your card.  I made rectangle grids of patterned paper and also just happened to have a couple of these cute  Christmas Bingo cards in my stash. 

'Tis the Season
Papers: MME, Bingo Card: Jenni Bowlin, Sentiment: SRM, Other: lace trim, machine stitching, mini cookie cutter

It is a chilly day here today. I am about to go out and mow the lawn.  The lazy gal's way of getting rid of the last few leaves in the yard.  ;)  The big boys have a soccer game later tonight and Brian has one tomorrow afternoon.  Hoping to squeeze in a little more crafty time sometime this weekend.

Happy Saturday, friends!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

{card sharks} #2

The last challenge of the first week of the Card Sharks contest at the Nook is based on the card game, Solitaire.  As a child I would spend hours playing (with real cards!) Solitaire and now I pass the time waiting in line at the store playing it on my phone.  :)  Our challenge is to make a card to bring some cheer to someone who might be lonely. 

Miss You
Papers & Brad: MME, Doily: MS, Sentiment: SRM, Other: glitter branch, handmade flower (thanks Kayla!)

We are on to week 2 as of today.  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Thursday! 

*I hope, as always, happy finds you today*

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

{my sketch world}

It's time for a new card sketch from Lucy at My Sketch World

Winter Wishes
Paper: MME and EP, Cutting Tool: Slice, Punch: Marvy, Sentiment: SRM

I hope you can join us this month at My Sketch World!  We have some wonderful card and layout challenges for November.  If you are looking for a drama-free,  encouraging creative community to call home, come visit My Sketch World and see for yourself!  We'd love to have you!

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

{card sharks} week 1

The Nook is keeping us busy with the Card Sharks contest!  Hilde's challenge is based on the UNO card game and  has us featuring the number 1 on a card.  I love a little banner on a card and had this number 1 left over so I came up with this birthday card.

Happy Birthday

Paper:  MME and EP, Number sticker: MME, Sentiment: SRM, Punches: Fiskars, Marvy

It is a lovely fall day here in Michigan!  There was frost on the ground when we woke up, but it has been sunny all day.  I am thankful I got to have breakfast with my bestie this morning after having all the boys' hair cut!  Hoping to work on the last challenge of the week today. 

Happy Saturday!  Remember, "if you want to be happy, be".

Friday, November 11, 2011

{card sharks} week1

The first challenge at the Nook's Card Shark contest (apparently our first card was challenge zero)  ;) is based on the card game, Phase 10.  Apparently you build on each hand you're dealt until you finish the 10 phases of the game.  Can you tell I've never played?  ;)  Well, our challenge is to make a card in 3 phases.  With certain criteria to meet, we have to create a base, photograph it and then embellish it in any way we like and finally photograph the finished card and post it to their blog

Seek  (base)

Seek  (finished)

Paper: MME, Flower: Prima, Cabon: Papier Valise, Sentiment: Authentique, Other: hand stitching, ribbon

Sometimes a piece of pattern paper is so pretty I don't want to do much to it.  I stitched over the ribbon on the dress form and added some stitching to frame it out on the sides.  I cut out the middle of the flower and added that cabon because I thought it was a little too much pink.  Added a couple loops of the twine ribbon and called it a day. 

Today, I am thankful for the sun that is shining on this cold fall morning.  (and for the coffee I will be getting shortly, shhhh.)  :)   Thanks for stopping by, I hope happy finds you today!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

{card sharks}

What a busy week I had last week.  Hardly any time was had being crafty.  There isn't a better way for me to jump start my mojo than a challenge or a contest.  The Scrapbook Nook is having a Card Sharks contest.  The first challenge was to pretty up an envelope and hide the sentiment inside. 


the sentiment reveal:
Paper, Brad & Chip: My Mind's Eye, Felt Flower: Jolee's, Sentiment: SRM

Can you believe we are already well into the second week of November?  Time is flying by , as it so often does this time of year.  With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Tessa's gentle reminder, I'm remembering to put into words the things I'm grateful for.  Today, it is the peace and quiet in my house.  The busy week I had last week was great fun and I got a lot accomplished, but this morning I am relishing in the stillness of my house.  What are you grateful for today?

Happy Wednesday, friends.