Friday, May 29, 2009


That was what my daughter asked me when she saw even more of these cards. LOL. But they honestly are addictive. They come together quickly, and best of all you get to use up all those cool scraps that have been piling up. I have so many colorful little pieces just waiting to get used, this is the perfect opportunity.
So, hopefully you are not sick of seeing them here cause here come a couple more. I wanted to show you the inside of this one as that is where I did my stamping, rather than a hang tag on the front. The stamp set is from Stampin Up and is called Oval All. Its in the Occasions Mini catalog, which is good thru the end of june.

These flowers are a bit more pastel. I have used some older flower punches to make all of these flowers. The back part of the flower is a McGill punch, and the front flower is a Marvy Uchida flower punch.

Blue flowers? I know~ they are kinda hard to find in nature, but I thought they looked pretty on this card.
Many thanks for stopping by...
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I've finally done them~ A few weeks ago I saw a great tutorial on SCS on how to do these flower pot cards. Since my art studio was still under construction, I was not able to do anything more than read about them.
Oh ~ how I wanted to make one- or 3 or 5 or?????. They are a blast to make. they are fun, easy and I got to use so many of my scraps too cute to throw away. Seems like a win win to me!!!!
The directions are on Split Coast. Look up flower pot cards. If you have any trouble, please contact me and I'll help you. The flowers and leaves on both cards are all made from various punches and Cuttlebug dies.
The most tedious part was making my 2 part leaves. Its hard to glue such tiny pieces together without glue ending up everywhere. I think they were worth it though. The stamp is from SU's mini catalog. The set is called OVAL ALL and is made to work with their punches. Quick and pretty. This second card I made and promptly sent out to my parents to thank them for all they do for me. My mom loves all types of earth tones, oranges, browns, greens, and most of all yellow. So these scraps were perfect for her card. I used crystals for the flower centers to add a little bling. The pot is embossed with the new embossing folders from sizzix. I like the triple dot look.

Love you Mom and Dad!!!!! Thanks for all you do!!!
And thanks to all who stop by to visit my blog~

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Our first stop on the journey was to our favorite ice cream shop. We sat in the rockers outside and TT got her beloved chocolate ice cream, pretty much the only flavor in the world to her~
Here I am in our mode of transportation for the day- our sporty golfcart. We love it, and use it often. TT took my picture in front of the Cape Fear River near Waterfront Park. The sky is usually such a beautiful blue, but it was cloudy and a bit windy yesterday.

Sally Jane is one of the horses that will take you by carriage ride on a tour all around Southport. Here she is waiting by the Shell Shop for her next passengers.

This seafood shack is a local attraction. It sits on the river with some awesome views. Nothing fancy- its all paper plates and finger stuff, but the food is real good and visitors to my tiny town always make sure they stop in before leaving. This photo is a newly restored bed and breakfast near the river. The house dates back to something like 1873? We got the chance to tour it during Christmas time. Its just as pretty inside, with fireplaces everywhere.

The end leg of our ride was TT asking to see her old Elementary school, so we swung by there.

Here she is- posing on a bench in the childrens garden.

I thought this sign was so precious, it is in the garden area of TT's elementary school that she graduated from a few years ago. The door to the Exceptional Childrens class looks out onto this garden. They also help to plant it.

Here is TT standing in front of the most delicious smelling vine. It grew up all the way over the brick garden wall.

Hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend, taking time to remember those who fought for our freedom, and spending some quality time with those you love.

Many thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Hi~ Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend. I am enjoying mine, and part of my pleasure has been spending time stamping!
There is a great company called Two Scoops, which sells digi stamps as well as traditional stamps. They are so kind as to offer free digi images sometimes. This adorable little fairy is one of their earlier offers. I just think she is sooo cute, that I had to show 2 examples of cards made with her today. These are both tent topper cards which are fun and easy to make. You can see this technique on SCS. I have used my Copics to color her in, Bazzill cardstock for the base, and scraps from my stash. Nesties have cut the rectangles, and the ribbon is from Michaels. Flowers are Prima. The stamped sentiment is an old Hampton Art Stamp.
The bottom card also used punches (Martha Stewart) and a white gel pen for the little circles.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 18, 2009


I saw this wonderful little box on another blog~ Wonderfully Whimsey~ and had to try one for myself. I made a few small tweaks here and there, but her idea was so nice I didnt want to deviate too far from the original. I made this one for myself and a similar one for my sister for Mothers Day. The box is made from SU cardstock and DS paper. It contains 25 pull out cards with self inspiring/ self motivating thoughts on them. This is a great way to start the day or to make yourself feel a bit better when you may be feeling down.
The flower is an old silk flower, and the ribbons are Martha Stewart, Offray and asst. others. All the words are computer generated with the Bamboo typeface.
After printing out on a creme cardstock, I used creamy brown chalk inks around the edges and punched the corners with my SU ticket punch. Each card has flowers stamped in River Rock (SU) ink. The stamp sets I used are Eastern Blooms and Pocket Silhouettes, also SU.
This is a shot of the back of my little box. I used a paper distresser from CTMH to tear up the edges a bit. I thought it added a nice touch.
Many thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Welcome to my blog!! I am very excited to be participating in my very first blog hop! And to have it be with such a great company as Unity makes it so much more exciting~

If you did not just hop over from Michelles awesome blog, start at
This is a journal I have made using the August Kit Of The Month which happens to be one of my favorites. There are so many great images in each kit!
The sentiment can be used for a personal, travel or even prayer journals. Paper is from my scrap stash, and flowers are Prima. Journal is from my local dollar store.
Now please hop on over to Danielles blog, where more treats await you.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


I thought that I would share with you 2 Mothers day cards using some of my vintage images. These cards have almost no stamping on them (gasp), but are pretty just the same.
Dont you just love the little French girl blowing her Mom a kiss?
Too sweet...

Monday, May 11, 2009


I would like to wish everyone a belated Happy Mothers Day!!
For my day, I wanted to go strawberry picking at a local farm. Lewis Farms in Wilmington is a favorite place of ours to signal the true beginning of spring/summer by visiting to pick their delicious stawberries. The weather was perfect also, in the low 80's with no humidity.
This picture is Michael, TT and I enjoying the gazebo after we were done in the field. I am having homemade strawberry sorbet. It was sooo yummy. The farm has a small snack bar where the treats are all made from strawberries.

This is us before we began our picking.

This photo shows Bob, Michael and I displaying the fruits of our labor. TT always manages to get some good photos.

A shot of me and Theresa Lauren.

TT looking for some good fruit.

Out in the field. The farm has kids that work there and they direct you to different rows of berries so that everyone is spread out and you can go at your own pace.

"This one looks yummy~ I'll have to eat it now"

After picking and enjoying our strawberry snacks, we took the ferry home and went out to eat at a favorite local Italian restaurant of ours. Waiting at home for me were 2 bouquets of flowers and beautiful cards.
My children gave me a white rose bouquet, and my husband gave me a mixed bouquet of the prettiest white, pink and purple wildflowers. I also got to pick out a shopping bag full of stamping supplies at a favorite store of mine!!!
Hope everyone had a great day too. Thanks for stopping by....

Saturday, May 9, 2009


I'm almost back!! Here are some updated photos of my new art studio, almost ready to go~ I cant wait till Im back in action.
The wall colors are called Lemon Souffle and are such a pretty soft yellow in person. My husband had the good idea to paint the ceiling a pale, periwinkle type of blue and it looks so nice against the yellow paint and the white trimming.

All this has to find a new home where it shall stay nice and neat. (A girl can hope, cant she?)

I was fortunate enough to buy a few of these paper racks from a scrapbook store that has recently gone out of business nearby. (if you call 35 miles away nearby-LOL). I have 2 of the double racks, and 1 tall single rack that holds my solid cardstock. Paper has up to now always been a big problem for me as far as what to do with it after I bring it home. It is now housed in milk crates on the floor. not the best answer, but it has been workable like that for the past few years.

This is a photo of the new side taken from the old side. There was some unused space above that far wall, so we opened it up and it will provide extra storage for things I dont use too often.

This is my new pretty chandelier that I purchased from another store that was going out of business. It is centered over my yard sale table.Do you see a pattern here? My favorite places to shop are always off the beaten path. Its so much more fun to find these great things at yard sales, thrift stores, out of business sales, etc.
Thanks for stopping by and being patient with me as my posts have been few and far between. That will be changing real soon.