Good Friday morning!  I hope y’all have had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.  It’s Kentucky Derby weekend here in Louisville and so far I’ve been able to avoid all the hullabaloo and such.  By the time the Derby Festivities are over here (with all the morning news reporting from trackside, etc.) you really get burned out.  I don’t even have a pick this year . . . and can think of lot better things to do with $5 across the board or a $10 box.

Since today is Friday, it’s also Just For Fun® Friday – Color Challenge #9.  This week I’ve challenged the Design Team, and you, to use the following colors:


I hope you play along this week and post a direct link to your project using Mr. Linky on the Just For Fun® Blog.

Here’s my card for this week using my inspiration for the challenge colors, Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman.


I decided to make some Inchie Art since I hadn’t played around with inchies for quite some time.  I stamped out the 2 cars from JFF and then die cut/embossed using the 1” square from the Spellbinders™ Square Nesties.  To add some texture to the inchies, I covered all three with Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  When it was dry, I sponged Old Paper Distress Ink over the cracks.


Being a masculine card, no bows but a knot, and plenty of brads!  The twill was so clean compared to the rest of the card, that I dirtied it up with a tad bit of Old Paper and water and then swiped some Vintage Photo across it.

Don’t forget to visit the JFF Designers participating in the Challenge for further inspiration:

Kat Tucker
Broni Holcombe
Sandy Sandrus
Starla Nelson
Terre Fry
Margarita Ybarra
JFF Blog

That’s all I have for now, but check back tomorrow because I think I might have a nice new adventure to tell you about!  See, you have to take advantage of adventures that come your way because life is too damn short!


Good Thursday morning!  Wow I totally missed hump day all together.  To be honest with you after 3 days of cleaning, moving Mallory’s stuff, etc., it really felt good yesterday to sit on my butt and let my leg and back muscles rest.  They were a little sore and tired. I was still busy . . . I had plenty of phone calls to make, emails to answer and just general behind the scenes things to do. I feel a little better now that some of those chores are out of the way!

I’ve had an idea in my head for a few weeks using a sentiment stamp and I thought last night would be a good time to work on. The only thing is, once I got my idea down on paper . . . I hated it! AND to make matters worse, the little flower I wanted to add didn’t even enter into the picture. Oh well . . . . what CAN I say! Maybe the original idea will eventually make it to paper and ink.

Anyhoo, here’s the project that ended up partially the way I had envisioned it.


The papers are Webster’s Pages Postcards from Paris that were stitched to a cream background. I used the same cream then for all the other accents and the image on the card. The background of the sentiment is a floral image that I inked with both Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage, bouncing and rocking the stamp pad on the image. I didn’t want it very dark so I lightly placed in the stamp on the paper and quickly brought it back up. The sentiment is stamped in Coffee Archival ink to match the designer paper. I once again used a lightweight coaster covered in the designer paper to make my frame around the sentiment.

Well, I hope y’all have a good day and thanks for stopping by, and remember  . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures of the day!


Smiley from Good morning!  How are y’all today?  I have sorority social at my house tonight so I spent yesterday doing some cleaning . . . . I know, I know . . . such an ugly word!  You know things like washing rugs, mopping floors  . .Smiley from . . all those dreaded must dos every once in a while.

For my card today, I thought it would be fun to show you an entirely different look for the poppy I posted yesterday.  I thought yesterday’s card was pretty plain for me . . .  no distressing, not much layering  . . .  pretty clean actually.

Well, I just couldn’t help myself last night!  Lots of distressing, layers on layers, sponging until you rub the sponge off the dauber, and red poppies colored with Copic Markers.  It makes you think of Dorothy and Toto  . . .


The striped frame was made from light weight chipboard covered in the paper.  YES, my Labels Four Nesties cut through the chipboard coaster!

That’s all for today . . . thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, take advantage of the adventures that come your way!

Smiley from


Happy Sunday!  Wow what a fast and furious weekend.  I left here at 6:30 am Friday morning to attend my Copic Certification in Indianapolis.  I knew Lori Craig was going to be my instructor, but I had no idea so many of my fellow Dirty Girls were going to be there!  I was sitting with Dawn Lusk and Amber Hillman when Jennifer Buck walked in!  I was also able to meet one of the newest Splitcoaststampers Dirty Girls, Lisa Henke!  Not only did I get to meet up with some old and new friends, but I also got to meet some of my blog readers . . . it couldn’t have been any better.  Nancy Shope was so sweet and brought me a wooden box filled with wooden tiles!  She said a friend gave them to her and thought of me and my chunky art immediately.  I can’t wait to have time to see what I can come up with them . . . it’s going to make one fabulous set . . . that I’m sure of!

After class I drove over to spend the night with Mallory and visit with her on Saturday.  It was great to have dinner and spend some quality time with her.  We packed up 75% of her room, loaded it into my car and now when she comes home in a few weeks she’ll have very little to pack up.

I was going to work on my card for the Just For Fun® color challenge during the NASCAR race today, but I got so into it that I didn’t make it to the studio until after the race . . . great finish today!

Before I show you my card, I need to tell you that the new designers for Just For Fun® will be announced tomorrow at 4:30 am, EST, on the Just For Fun® Blog.  It was a tough decision and we want to thank everyone who sent in out my pad  . . . well it was just like a new pad of paper with very little used from it.  That should tell you just how much I do use these colors!  Here’s a reminder of the Color Challenge in case you missed it.


AND you still have time to play along with the JFF Designers.  All you need to do is make any type of card or project using these colors and post a direct link to the Color Challenge post on the Just For Fun® Blog using Mr. Linky.  Who knows, you might win a 25% Discount on your next shopping spree at Just For Fun® Rubber Stamps.


I colored the image of the poppy orange with Copic Markers, masked it with Eclipse Tape and then airbrushed the area around the poppy with a light yellow.  I used Spellbinders™ Circle Nesties to matt the poppy.  The Marrakech background papers were sewn to a background of light blue, and the actual card base is grey!  I got all the challenge colors  . . .

I hope you’ve had a good weekend and thanks for stopping by!  Lots to show you this week  . . . So, I’ll be back!


Good morning!  I’m off today finally getting Copic Certified.  The best part is Lori Craig is my instructor  . . . I haven’t seen Lori since last Summer CHA!  I hear rumors that other people I know will be there too . . . .  I will be taking the camera!

Today is the Just For Fun® Color Challenge #8.  Broni challenged us to use the following colors this week.


We hope you will participate along with us and post a direct link to your project on the Just For Fun® Blog using Mr. Linky.  The winner of last week’s 25% Discount is also posted on the Just For Fun® Blog but I’ll tell you here that it is Sylvia from Little Treasures.  Sylvia if you see this, send me an email and I’ll tell you how to claim your discount.

The JFF Design Team deadline has passed and the new designers will be announced Monday on the Just For Fun® Blog.

I don’t have a card today.  I was going to work on it last night, but stupid me . . . . I took the car up to the self-serve carwash and closed my finger in the door.  It’s a little sore and won’t bend so there was no stamping for me.  I’ll make sure I get something done the first part of the next week though.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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