Good morning.  I hope your holiday weekend has been off to a good start!  I was able to finish up the planting yesterday morning.  I think I planted 3 more large containers and 4 small.  I ran out of dirt with a flat and a half left, and decided at that point I was done.  I walked the flats down the street to my neighbor and left them as a surprise on her patio.  I’m sure she’ll find something to do with them.

I’ve been holding onto today’s card for a couple of days, so I could fill in between Graphic 45 Projects.  Because . . . I have another project being showcased on the Graphic 45 Blog tomorrow .

I needed something fun last week and decided get back in the groove with this card.


The image and sentiment if from Heartwarming Vintage Creative Scrap Farm Fresh and the background paper is Melissa Frances Kitschy Kitchen.  I couldn’t help myself . . . I had to use the chicken paper with the chicken image!  To make the yellow in the chickens on the paper pop a little, I decided on a seam binding ribbon dyed with Scattered Straw Distress Ink.

Well, that’s all for me today.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way!




Good morning!  A few weeks ago, I was approached by the owners of Lily Pad Cards about participating in a blog hop to help kick-off their new challenge blog that will feature challenges, videos, articles, interviews, prizes and more.  I  am very excited to be part of the Lily Pad Blog Hop.

This hop started on Monday, featuring seven blogs each day and will end on Friday, April 1, which marks the grand opening of Lily Pad Cards.  Even though Lily Pad doesn’t officially open until Friday, you’ll be able to see a new sneak peek every day until then.   If you encounter a bad link, please email [email protected]. (You can always go to the main blog for Lily Pad Cards to get to the next stop.)

No blog hop is complete without prizes!  Go here to see contest rules and to register to win one of three prize packages with a combined total retail value of over $800 – including $100 in gift certificates to a very popular online store!  In addition, they have a prize opportunity on their FaceBook page.  Send them a friend request AND post on their Wall to enter your name in a drawing for a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate!

But that’s not all! To show their appreciation for your support, is giving away a 2-month InLinkz subscription to everyone who signs up to win one of the prize packages! (If you already have a subscription, InLinkz will extend your subscription an additional two months.)  InLinkz is what I’ve been using to show you the product listed at the bottom of each post.  I LOVE it and hope you do too!

Now that I’ve given you all the details, it’s time for my card!  I really had fun with this one and it’s two-fold.  First to welcome Lily Pad Cards to the blogging scene, but also to welcome Spring (because I know we all need to think of warm weather, birds, bees and flowers).


I just got my hands on this new paper from PinkPaislee called Butterfly Garden.  I fell in love with it at CHA and truly, it just screams Spring!  I also used another new set from Crafty Secrets, Birdies.  Okay the set is not new (it was released at Summer CHA), but it’s new to me.

I used a number of Spellbinders™ die templates (shown below for your convenience), dyed my seam binding pink using Victorian Velvet and stamped by images in Peeled Paint, Archival Coffee and Tumbled Glass.  If you can’t see it, there is a teeny, tiny birdie stamped very lightly in blue inside the bird cage.

Now for the wrap-up!  You should have came to me from the Simon Says Stamp Blog and from here you will be going to Kristina Werner.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and thanks for stopping by today!


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Good morning!  I hope you had a good weekend and the start of your week was okay.  Our weather here yesterday was in the 80’s  . . . I almost don’t know what to do with myself.  I would love to get out and work in the yard . . . but in reality, it’s going to be in the 50’s later in the week.   Needless to say, I’ve enjoyed my time in the sun walking the little shitzes!

When I was working on my card for The E-Team hop last week, one of my choices was to use Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps – Farm Fresh.  There is an image on this scrap that reminds me of an old picture I have of my aunt.  She’s all scrunched down, sitting on her heels with her head tilted up just a bit.   Yesterday when I was looking for something to do, I decided to make a card with this image.


This card truly took me longer than it should have and I wasted tons of time trying to get the ribbon just right.  I wanted red, felt like the card needed red, but alas . . . no red.  I just couldn’t get the correct color of red to work with the cardstock.  Now that I think about it . . . duh! . . .  I had my old SU ink in this color that I could have used on my seam binding!  Well hell.   Lesson learned I suppose.

I ended up dying the seam binding with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and misting with tons of water.  I did the same thing for the May Arts Crochet Lace too . . .

Well, that’s it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and remember  . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way!

Just now, as I typed the last sentence, I thought of yesterday.  A friend of mine from high school has a gospel band, Younger Than Noah.


They were here in town over the weekend and gave a concert yesterday afternoon.  I sat here waffling, do I go or do I not go.  I finally to go and I’m so glad I did.  I embraced the adventure and had a wonderful time seeing old friends from school, and hearing Tom sing his new song, My Hometown, for the very first time . . . I am so glad I went!


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the corner!  Can you believe it?  Where has this year gone?  I was thinking about decorating the other day (not that I was going to decorate here) and realized that I threw my tree out last year.  Hmmm now the big question is . . . do I buy another 7 footer or simply use my little table top tree?

For those asking about my smoking . . . still not smoking!  I’m into week three of the patches and instead of sucking on straws, I’ve moved to toothpicks!  I will admit that I’m not able to sleep with the patches on so I’ve resorted to taking them off before bedtime.  When I get up in the morning I’ve been using a nicotine lozenge and then putting a patch on.  This seems to be working for me and I don’t have the major cravings for a cigarette.

On with today’s project.  I love this image of the kids playing in the snow and it just had to be part of a card.


Of course, you can’t have snow or a snowball without snowflakes!


Can you see the Krystallos glass shard glitter in the photo?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!  Remember, life is short . . . . take advantage of the adventures that come your way!  Otherwise, eat dessert first!


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