Monday, August 18, 2014

Good Morning!
This past week has passed by in a flurry.  I spent the  week in St. Louis, at Barnes Hospital where my dad had surgery.  It is now Monday morning and I'm getting Mom and Dad out the door and on the road back to Arkansas.  So, I'm a bit late at getting this post out.  With that being said, I would like to share my latest card for Prickley Pear Inspiration.

How sweet is this little one?  I really, really like these vintage image stamps Prickley Pear makes.  I used Graphic45 papers and some sweet little flowers that I had in my stash.  I really love how this turned out.
I used Sleepy Time Baby Red Rubber Stamp, and Mini Vases Clear Stamp Set, and Scallop Oval Nesting Die Set.
If you would like to see the other products Prickley Pear has go Here, and if you want to see more inspiration, go Here.
Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Good Morning!
It's Monday morning and it's time for some Prickley Pear inspiration!  I've got  a bright and cheery card to share with you.  I used my daughter  Mikayla's favorite color - purple.  I think the color for the year should be purple - it's just so pretty.... and, of course, it is the color of the Kansas State Wildcats!!
I just love the whimsical little flower stamp and the papers go perfectly with this Stamp.
If you would like to check out the other wonderful products that Prickly Pear has to offer just go Here.  If you want to see more inspiration from the design team go Here.
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello to you!
I had quite the day today!  Between the crying (actually screaming) baby and dog messes (that I so conveniently tracked all over the house) and trying to prepare some new recipes I found myself with a massive headache. I need to remember that I cannot plan to do anything when I have the boys.  There is a reason why young people have the babies - it's exhausting!
So now I am laying down trying to get rid of the throbbing headache, and I thought I would take the opportunity to share my latest card for Two Paper Divas.

My editing of this card turned out a little blurry.  I'm still getting used to the new tablet, and haven't quite figured out all the details. I will be getting a desktop soon, and that will make life a little easier. 
For this card I used Everyday Sentiments, and the dragonflies are from God's Creations.
I received a couple new stamp sets from Divas yesterday and will be sharing them with you soon.
Have a great evening!

Monday, August 4, 2014


It's Monday morning again and I've had a crazy busy week.  There was so much going on this past week that my head was spinning just keeping up - barely!!  I had been having so much trouble with my computer and it finally crashed.  Needless to say it will be in the shop for awhile and not even sure it will be worth fixing it.  So yesterday, we decided to buy a tablet - something a little more portable and then consider getting a desk top computer instead of a laptop.  The laptop that is in the shop has had three hard drives, and numerous problems.  All said and done we have probably put over 2000 dollars in that thing.  This technology we rely on can be so frustrating. I miss the simpler times of life when there was no computers, cellular phones and electronic games.  Geeesh...what would we do with ourselves?
So yesterday and today I have spent numerous hours just getting familiar with this tablet - so not fun!!  Just trying to remember ALL the passwords has been a mind boggling feat.  Imagine trying to get this card edited, watermarked, linked up and ready to go!!
So with that.. I want to share my card for Prickley Pear.  As usual, its shabby! Would you expect anything but??
Hey look!  No bow!!
If you would like to see more Prickley Pear inspiration, then go Here, and if you want to see what other fabulous products they have to offer, then go Here.
I hope you have enjoyed this card as much as I did making it!
Have a wonderful week!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Good Morning Monday!!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. The weather today is going to be fabulous and I plan on spending some time at the park with the grandkids.
Here is a really cute little card I made for Prickley Pear Inspiration Monday. I used a Prima line of paper that is just really cute.  I colored the little pink flowers with Copic markers, added some pearls, pom pom ribbon trim and a few flowers and there you have it!!
For this card I used CLR013C Scalloped Circle & Oval 4 Floral - Clear Stamp SetCLR027C - Scalloped Oval 4 Floral - Clear Stamp SetCLR002A - Hibiscus 2 - Clear Stamp SetD041 - Scallop Circle Nesting Die SetD042 - Scallop Oval Nesting Die Set.
If you want to see what other fun stamps and dies Prickley Pear offers - go Here and if you want to see what fabulous projects the other design team members have made - then go Here.
Thank you so much for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment or two - it will make me happy!!
Have a fabulous week - and if you live in the Kansas City area - enjoy this beautiful weather!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Time to Catch Up!!

Here to share a card for Prickely Pear Inspiration Monday.  When I first saw this little snail stamp I knew I had the perfect papers to go witht it.  The paper is from American Crafts called Hello Spring.   Although it is now summertime - it still went perfectly with this snail and his friends.  At first, I wasn't sure what sentiment I would use for this card, but my daughter Mikayla found this perfect sentiment in my stash - "Let's catch up".
I had such fun making this card - especially with Mikayla helping me out!!

If you would like to see more Prickely Pear Inspiration you can check it out Here and if you would like to see what other fabulous products they have - check Here.

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment - I would love to hear from you!!
Have a great Monday!!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Good Morning!
I have a card to share with you that I made for Two Paper Divas.  I used one of their wonderful new sets called "Seeds of Hope".  I just love it!!  I used summery papers from Basic Gray in greens, browns, reds and pink.  I used Tim Holtz Distress markers to color the stamp before stamping.  And of course, I had to use a little ribbon and twine.

It has one of my favorite sayings - "Plant seeds of hope".  
You can find the stamp set Here, and you can check out all their other stamp sets Here.  
Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Good Morning!
I have a sweet card to share with you that I made for Prickley Pear.  The saying on this card holds a special place in my heart.  It says "Where hope grows..miracles blossom".  Hope has been a word that I hold close to me, to remind myself daily of.  I will ALWAYS  hope, even when there isn't much else left...there is hope. Hope is that tiny little nudge, the voice in your head and the pull at your heart that brings back the possibility of a miracle.  And I believe in miracles!! With God all things are possible.  So...Hope is my word for the day, and I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do.

You can find more Prickley Pear inspiration Here, and you can check out other Prickley Pear products Here.
Here's Hoping you have a wonderful day today...and remember - There is always HOPE!!  


Friday, July 11, 2014

Z  Fold Card Tutorial

Today I am going to share with you a tutorial for a Z fold card.  I’ve seen many of these cards in many styles, especially on Pinterest.  I adapted the fold to lie horizontally, not vertically, because the image I used fit better in a horizontal position.

For this tutorial you will need an 8 ½ x 11 piece of cardstock.  I used kraft colored cardstock.
Lay the 8 ½ x 11 horizontally and score vertically at 2 ¾ and then at 5 ½ inches from the left.  Then score down the middle horizontally at 4 ¼ .

Now cut out the top left corner that is the size 4 ¼ x 5 ½ .

Fold down the top right flap which forms the card base.

Here is another view.

Now you can add paper and embellishments to the card.

Here is the card opened up.

And here is the card with the front right flap lifted up – where you can put a greeting or sentiment.

To see more Prickley Pear inspiration go Here, and if you want to see more of their wonderful products, go Here.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by.  
Have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Good Morning!
Here to share a card I made for Two Paper Divas using their new Jelly Jar Stamp Set.  I really like this set as it reminds me of the Mason Jar stamps.  I stamped the jar on patterned paper and then fussy cut them out. This stamp set comes with a little jelly jar label where you can stamp the little saying "Jam packed with Love", but I chose to stamp the saying on a small tag and tie it to the bow.

I used October Afternoon papers - which I absolutely love!  This Jelly Jar stamp set has been quite popular. You can check out more samples using this set Here, and if you would like to see more stamp sets that Diva's offer, you can find them Here.
I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

What a fantastic Fourth of July weekend we had. The weather was fabulous and we spent a lot of time doing well, not much of anything.  Got to see some family that we hadn't seen in a few years, and got to catch up with some friends we also hadn't seen lately.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend too.

I have a card I want to share with you that I mad for Prickley Pear.  It is (once again) soft and shabby.  I used Pink Paislee papers that are just so pretty.

For this card I used CLR013C Scalloped Circle and Oval Floral Clear Stamp Set,  CLR027C Scalloped Oval 4 Floral Clear Stamp Set,  D041 Scallop Circl Nesting Die SetD013 Scalloped Circle Die
You can check out some more wonderful Prickley Pear inspiration Here, and you can browse other Prickely
Have a wonderful Monday!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Good Morning!!
Here is my latest creation for Prickley Pear Inspiration.  A few weeks ago I made a sympathy card for the loss of loved pet. I decided to do another one because I really liked the sentiment of this stamp - it is beautiful!  I made this card geared for the loss of a female companion and plan on sending it to my friend who has recently lost her precious cat.  I pray it will bring a bit of joy in her heart!!

I kept this card fairly simple with just a couple layers and a few flowers and floral embellishments.  The papers are from Prima - just beautiful and feminine!  
Check out the other design team submissions for this week - they are just fabulous!!  You can find them Here.  
Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Today I want to share a card I made for Two Paper Divas.  I used one of their new stamp sets called God's Creation.  It is so very pretty and I just love the sentiment.  This sentiment is so very true - God's word is the one constant in this life.  God's word is God's will - it is perfect and it will change your life!!

I really like the look of pink and kraft paper together - it's shabby, yet it has an earthy feel to it.  This card was super easy to put together. Pink and kraft cardstock, stamps, seam binding and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a few pearls - see? - simple!!
You can find this stamp set Here, and you can find other Two Paper Diva stamps Here.  Their stamps are just wonderful!
Have a great day!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Good Morning Monday!!
I'm back again with a card for Prickley Pear Inspiration.  This card was so much fun to make.  The colors are very soft and pretty pinks and blues. Once again, it is hard to appreciate how pretty this card is - you just have to see it in person.  I know I keep saying that, but it seems that only the bright colorful cards show up with the best detail.  I just love this little birdie and the string bow she sits on, and I really all the detail that the little butterflies have.  I think I need to get the other butterfly stamp sets that Prickley Pear have. They are just adorable!!

For this card I used CLR013C Scalloped Circle & Oval 4 Floral Clear Stamp SetCLR027C Scalloped Oval 4 - Floral Clear Stamp SetD041 Scallop Circle Nesting DieD042 Scallop Oval Nesting Die, and D013 Scalloped Circle Die.
If you like this card, you can purchase these items Here, and if you would like to see more Prickley Pear Inspiration, you can find it Here.
Its such a cute little card!!
Hope you have a wonderful week!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Good Morning Monday!
Where has the month of June gone?  It feels like it should still be April with all this rain we have been getting. But I hear that it will soon be warming up - probably too warm!!
I have a sweet card to share that I made for Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration.  I used a really cute vintage image that I just love!!
I colored the image with Copic markers and I used a very vintage line from October Afternoon that I just think is adorable.  For this card I used HH0157 Penny - Red Rubber StampD034 Floral Border Die, and  CLR033 Spring Flourished Oval - Clear Stamp Set.
You can find more wonderful Prickley Pear inspiration Here, and you can shop Prickley Pear Here.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Have a wonderful week.

Monday, June 9, 2014

OK....I have goofed again!!  I scheduled my post for Tuesday morning instead of Today and I didn't catch it until now.  So here it is.. a little late!!

Good Morning Monday!
I've got a Prickley Pear card to share with you today.  I was looking to make a man card and thought why not use these adorable tent and campfire stamps.  It's hard to see the detail, but I stamped the tent on three different pieces of paper and popped it off the card.  The campfire was also stamped on two different papers and pieced together.  
I had an old Bo Bunny camping line that I had tucked away in a box and it fit perfectly with the theme.  All this card needs now is marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate!!
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hope everyone is having a good week.  I know I am!! I don't think I've left the house for days - it's been really nice! The kitchen is finally done - just need to decorate.  The walls are bare and I like it that way.  For years this house has been crammed with "stuff" - everywhere - every nook and cranny. I have been clearing out all these nooks and cranny's and I think I like it.  As I get older I want less stuff (except crafting stuff - more paper please!! I think I may have.....a "problem" - maybe)

I want to share a really cute card I made for Two Paper Divas.  I really love.. love.. love the mason jar stamps from them.  I have all three sizes. the large one and the set of two smaller jars. I don't know what it is about mason jars - and I would have to say that many people feel the same way by all the pins of mason jars on Pinterest. Anyway..I used an older paper line from October Afternoon called Cakewalk - so very sweet!!   And the papers lend themselves well to the strawberry stamp from Divas- which is from Seed Pack Accessories #1.  I also used Divas new stamp set Jar Accessories #3, which has really fun additions for the mason jars.  The sentiment is from Banner's #2 and the work "sweet" on the little tag is from Conversation Hearts - which is also another favorite of mine!
Isn't is just "Sweet"??
Have a fabulous week!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Good Morning Monday!!
Today I'm going to share a card I made for Prickley Pear.  This picture does not show off the glittery, shiny, gold and silver colors of the embossing.  I took the picture about 20 times trying to get the right lighting, but to avail! So you will just have to take my word for it - it's much better in person.
For this card I used Hibiscus 2 Clear Stamp Set CLR002AStarburst Daisies - Red Rubber Stamp FF0174,  Mini Vases - Clear Stamp Set CLR047Floral Border - Die Set D034Hibiscus Die Set D002
Hope you have a wonderful week!!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Good Afternoon!  
A quick post to let you know about my next class that will be held Wednesday June 18, from 4 - 8pm at B's Boutique in Shawnee.  Again, there will be four cards with a cost of $20.  Let me know if you are interested in taking it.

These are two of the four cards we will be doing.  This paper line is the prettiest I've seen in a long time.  It is from Pion Designs.  You won't be disappointed - I promise!  :)
You can call or email me.
Thanks so much ladies - I wouldn't be able to do this if it weren't for all of you.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Good Morning!!
I have a fun card to share with you today.  This dandelion stamp set is from Two Paper Divas.  I had so much fun playing with these dandelions.   At first I wasn't sure how to use it, but after stamping them in different colors I found my favorite - white embossing.  I knew I needed a fairly dark background so I inked the card with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I used Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Barn Door and Broken China - some of my favorite colors!

It is much prettier in person - the colors just pop!  I don't know why I like dandelions so much, but I suppose it could be from my childhood when I would make dandelion bouquets.  I would try so hard to keep them intact - to no avail!!  
This stamp set is a new release from Two Paper Divas and you can find it Here.  Be sure to check out their new releases too - they are adorable and I can't wait to play with them.  You can find them Here.
Hope you have a good Hump Day!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Good Morning!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday yesterday.  It is always nice to have an extra day to get things checked off the to do list.  My family had a reunion this past weekend and a great time was had by all.  It was a small group,  but it was a really good time.
Today I am working on a few cards for my next class and a few projects for By B Boutique.  I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished today - wish me luck!!

I have a very pretty card for Prickley Pear to share with you today.  It is an all white card - I just love them. They are just so pretty!!  For this card I die cut the front of the card using the scalloped oval die and adhered the oval die cut to the inside of the card.  I used two scalloped oval dies to make a scalloped frame that I adhered to the front of the card to frame the opening.  This card is simple yet elegant!

You can find more Prickely Pear inspiration Here

Friday, May 23, 2014

Altered Matchbox Tutorial
Today I am going to share with you a tutorial for a large matchbox that I designed.  These matchboxes can be used for small gifts, keepsakes, candy or even a mini album.  For Christmas last year I made one and then designed a mini album that I stored inside.  It was really sweet so I decided to share it with you. It turned out really pretty and I just love the flowers - they are adorable!!  

This is what the finished product looks like.

Basic supplies:  scoreboard, ruler, adhesive, scissors, cardstock and coordinating patterned papers.

For the base (bottom of the matchbox) - start with an 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 piece of cardstock.  Score it at 1 inch and again at 2 inches on all four sides.

This is what it should look like after scored.

 Cut the three outer squares from each corner.  (cut on the dotted lines)
Fold on all score lines.
Create flaps by cutting down one side of the remaining squares in each corner.  It doesn't matter which direction you cut the flap.  (Note: when I make boxes I like to cut my flaps at an angle. That way when they are folded in the box goes together much better.

Now, glue the four small flaps to the adjacent side and then fold the four most outer flaps in to form a box.

This is the finished bottom of the matchbox.

For the lid:  Start with a 5 1/2 x 11 inch piece of cardstock.  Score it at 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 7 and 8 inches - on the long side of the cardstock.

Fold on the score lines and then glue the two ends together.  I found it helpful to wrap the lid around the bottom of the matchbox to make sure the fit is correct and then draw a line where the edge of the cardstock comes. You don't want to make the lid tight as the bottom of the box will not slide out easily.

This is what the bottom and top look like when finished.
Now you get to embellish the matchbox.  (Note: you will only embellish the lid as the bottom of the matchbox only get the drawer pull)

To embellish the lid you will need two 
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch pieces of patterned paper and two 1 x 5 1/2 inch pieces of patterned paper.
I inked all papers with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Once I covered the lid with coordinating papers I die cut a flourish, and a fancy rectangle that I covered with coordination paper. I stamped some flowers and leaves on cardstock using Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then die cut them.

  I added the drawer pull, pearls and brads to finish it up.

Here is a close up of the top of the matchbox. Aren't the flowers just adorable??

Here is a picture with the drawer pulled out.

Hibiscus 2 Clear Stamp Set CLR002AHibiscus Die Set D002Mini Hibiscus Die D030

Thanks for tuning in. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  

Monday, May 19, 2014

Good Morning!!
Another week down and still not done with the kitchen.  This has been quite an undertaking to say the least!! Tonight we finished spray painting the cabinet doors and drawers -which concludes all of the painting. Now we just have to find the hardware and put the doors and drawers on - then we are finally done!!   YEAH!!  I must say it is really looking nice in there.  Can't wait to get the kitchen table out of the dining room along with all the contents from the cabinets and drawers.  I will post pictures as soon as we get it done -its going to be really pretty.
This week has been really hectic with all the deadlines and commitments I had signed up for.  I am fairly certain that there were a few items on my checklist that did not get done.  And I'm certain that this next week I will get even further behind if I don't get more organized.
This next weekend is my family reunion which will be in Edgerton KS, at my sisters house.  My mom and dad will be in on Tuesday to help prepare and I'm sure I will be involved in that also.  It will be nice to see everyone again. Lot's of fun to be had for all!
I have a really cute card I made for Prickley Pear.  The stamp is just darling and I couldn't wait to play with it.  The little girl is just darling!!

See....I told you she was cute!!  :)  I just love her!!
You can find more Prickley Pear products Here and you can be sure to find more wonderful inspiration Here.

Here is a little more inspiration for you from Two Paper Divas.  This is a card I made a while back using their Seed Packet Banner and Sentiments Stamp.   This is my go to stamp set for many cards that I make. Another one I like is Banners #2.  

Two Paper Divas has both digital and clear mount stamps that can be purchased Here.

Here's hoping everyone has a fabulous week!!  :)  Be back soon with pictures of the kitchen and maybe even a few family reunion photos.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Good Morning Peeps!
It's Monday morning and the beginning of a week which contains a very long "To Do" list.  I'm hoping to get at least half of it accomplished.
Yesterday was Mother's Day and it was quite uneventful.  Went to church, then went home and spent the remainder of the day and evening working on the kitchen. (told you it was uneventful) Still not done yet...but I'm getting closer.  My fingers are bloody raw from all the sanding, and my shoulder and back ache from the painting.  But, it's going to be pretty when it's done - right?  (at least that is what I keep telling myself)
With the kitchen and house in such disarray there hasn't been much time for crafting.  But I did manage to make a card for Prickley Pear's Monday Inspiration.
For this card I used Paw Print - Red Rubber StampDogs Leave Paw Prints - Red Rubber StampScallop Circle Nesting Die, and Scalloped Circle Die.
Making this card brought back such bitter sweet memories of our dog Hank that passed away a few years ago.  He was such a wonderful dog and I miss his sweet disposition and gentle ways. He certainly left a few paw prints on my heart!
You can find more of Prickley Pears wonderful products Here.  Go check them out!!
Have a great Monday!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Good Morning!
Just a quick note to let you know that I have scheduled another class for the Pion Cards. It is going to be next Wednesday, May 14th from 4 - 8 pm at By B Boutique on Shawnee Mission Parkway.
If you are interested, you can call me at 913-915-8200, or via email:
Here are the pictures and they are much more beautiful in person!

Thanks for stopping by!
Rene' :)