Thursday, July 20, 2017

Smile, Family, & Joy

We got back about a week ago from visiting my family in Hawaii.

I've missed them so much!!!!

Mom and Dad look great and so do my sisters and their families. ;()

There were lots of smiles~so grateful the Lord let us travel to see them.

(stamps: Verve Great Friend  dies: Verve Great Kindness, My Favorite Things Lucky Stars, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches)

 Mom and Dad went over and beyond in hosting I was inspired by the latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

 I've wanted to mix up my stars and florals for some time now, and this challenge pushed me to try it!

I've got two great sets of stars from My Favorite Things (featured product) so I hope to get at least one more done in time for this challenge~

Thanks for stopping by~


Sunday, July 16, 2017


I don't know about you...but focusing is a struggle!

I multi-task wayyyy too often and unnecessarily.

(stamp: My Favorite Things Bokeh Builder  die: My Favorite Things Tree-mendous)

The Lord leads me to prioritize.

If not...I'm gonna lose it, people.


One day at a time...

 This day, I chose this challenge...

Thanks for stopping in!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Celebrating With Patterned Paper

I have a niece who is celebrating her birthday~

(stamps: Prima Marketing Holiday Bliss  dies:My Favorite Things Inside & Out Stitched Stars/Stitched Hexagons,Spellbinders Classic Circles,Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Banner Duo,Avery Elle Dotted Elle-ments,Papertrey Ink Customer Appreciation Celebrate Big banner)

The yellow patterned paper was a left over piece that I framed the birthday character with.

 I built up from there~

 I hope you are making the most of the day and squeezing in a bit of crafting time!

I have a ton of things to do...but I wanted to get some "me time" in~plus I needed a card!

That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. :)

Thanks for stopping by~

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Simply Balloons

I created a simple card for any occasion~I mean, who doesn't love balloons?

(stamps & dies: My Favorite Things DC Party Balloons)

These bright colors make me happy~

I hope your day is running smoothly, friends!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pantone Chip Inspiration

hosted by Lexi

If you have the tiniest bits of solid cardstock pieces saved~this is the challenge for you!

I was inspired to create three cards from my solid cardstock remnants.

(SNOWFLAKE CARD: Papertrey Ink What the Doodle Snowflakes/A Thrill of Hope
NOEL CARD:Papertrey Ink Make It Market Tinsel & Tags/In the Meadow/Spruce & Sprigs
AFLOAT CARD:What the Doodle Waves)

 Two of them are CHRISTMAS guys....I'm super super proud of myself for looking ahead. ;)

I'm patting myself on the back for the masculine card too...
 I can almost hear the roar of the crowd's applause!!!


Okay, I'll end my lap around the arena now. ;)

 Thanks for stopping in~


Monday, June 19, 2017

Always True

Sometimes I just want to stamp and have at it...

(stamps: Winnie & Walter In Bloom:Eva's Favorite Flowers/True)

I followed the lead of this inspiration...using the colors and designing floral "stripes" with black highlighted details.

I hope to get more crafting in today before my errands take over. 

Thank you so much for stopping by~

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Because I Love You

Flamingo paper followed me home :)
and I wanted to make a just because creation.

(stamp: My Favorite Things Because You  die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Peek-a-Boo Wonky Windows/Because You, Spellbinders Classic Circles  other:washi tape for the stripes)

I used this sketch, but in landscape form, to make room for the script die cut.

Time Out Challenge #85: Home Sweet Home

has been on my mind!

I'm positive it influenced my recent tropical paper purchase. ;)

Aloha & Mahalo!

Thanks for stopping in friends~

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Duo With Greens and Touch of Copper

(stamps:Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Flowers,Essentials by Ellen Courage Stamp & Die, Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangles)

I designed a couple of cards that carry a larger portion of greens and touch of copper (twine) as per the following gorgeous inspiration~

When I'm tempted by shiny accents at the store~I tend to grab the copper.

It's like the other white meat of shinies, you know?

It gets me out of choosing silver or gold ;).

That's it for me today~thanks for stopping by!


Window Sentiment

With the right sentiment, a simple window is all you need.

(stamp:Pretty Pink Posh Thoughtful Greetings  die:Spellbinders Classic Circles)

My "window" was a pretty scrap sitting on my desk~

I re-purposed this trendy clothing tag by adding a ribbon and button.

I don't know when I've last pulled out a needle and thread...

it felt good, it really did.

Simon Says Stamp (Monday): Touchy Feely

 Have a wonderful day~

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

HoMe Is WhErE It'S aT

(dies: SugarPea Designs Home Sweet Home,My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circles)

I love cutting panels at an angle and keeping it abstract~

and those abstract angles keep it masculine.

I added buttons for a 3D effect (I am hand delivering this one) which fits this challenge...

I know lots of my friends are traveling these days~and all I can think is how happy they'll be to get back home. ;)

I could use a staycation right about now...



(stamp: My Favorite Things Because You  other: patterned paper gift from a Verve order~thank you!!!)

It's our 25th wedding anniversary today guys!!!

I'm kind of in shock, seriously.

 I mean, I hoped we would make it this far...I just didn't expect to get here so fast!

Time flies when you're raising kids and doing life, I guess.

I wouldn't do it with anyone else, I know that~

Made this card for my guy~I even gave him a fist pump.


Honestly, we both deserve trophies or something. ;)

Thanks for stopping in~


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Masculine Christmas Card Noel

Well look who decided to get a Christmas card done....

(stamp:Verve Winter Tree  dies:My Favorite Things Horizontal Stitched Strips,Verve Winter Fun)

December Marlena will be thanking June Marlena for her creation!

I went clean and graphic with this card for The Card Concept #75.

Purple/blue debuted instead of pink, but I used the tan chairs and bold pattern for inspiration.

The following masculine challenges had me add a watercolored striped panel that's been sitting on my desk for months.

Thanks for stopping in~

I Heart Dad

I love my dad!

(stamp: Hero Arts CL335  dies:Papertrey Ink Inspired:Hope, Verve Great Kindness)

I threw in just a couple of his best qualities here~

 Thank you, masculine card challenges, for motivating me to create a card in time for Father's Day. 

Now if I could just mail it in time~


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Thank You Dance Teachers

My girlies needed cards to fill with written love for their amazing dance teachers~

I went with our studio's dance colors~

(stamps: Verve Potter's Clay,Stampin' Up End Pointe   die:Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #)

I die-cut rectangles to insert (my girlies share the same each card will have both of their hearts written).

I figure the pressure to thank their teachers for 8 years of amazing  support could be overwhelming~

 As the school year is winding to a close...I am enjoying these little moments of breathing craft and post.

Thanks for stopping in~


Sunday, June 4, 2017


Friends, it's been an eventful month or so of dance!

 Within the past 6 weeks my girlies have competed in two competitions and had their recital.

 Sadly, it all concluded with goodbyes.

The only comfort through this were love-ya gifts.

Little bit of background info: the senior performance company was paired with the junior performance company in Big Sis/Little Sis format.

Since there are more juniors than of my daughters has three littles and my other daughter has two. 

Count 'em...FIVE littles to look for.

 I looked HIGH & LOW for dance-related gifts for my girlies to give their little sisters.

After failing miserably...I dug around my craft room and found these dance embellishments (which I spray painted lime to match the leaves on bright patterned paper).


Know that the dance embellishments, little frames...even the spraypaint...

 were for separate "didn't get done" projects that saved me when I needed it!!!!

 The old Marlena was looking out for the now Marlena~

who says hoarding doesn't pay off now and again.


I created tags to match, with second-hand ballet stamps I found forever ago.


(stamps:Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Alpha Tabs,Stampin' Up End Pointe  dies: Verve Pennant Trim, Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #5   other: Want2Scrap Dance embellishment)

Here's the back~

 (stamp:Verve Beautiful Things sentiment  die:Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Banner Duo 1)

It's all a blur friends~glad there's a video and pictures to document it!

The little sisters gave rave reviews of their gifts, apparently~yayyy!!!!!

I'm entering the following challenges~

'Flowers and Friends make life a garden'

Thanks for stopping in!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Create Along With Us: May 2017

I hoard strips of cardstock....

(stamp: Papertrey Ink Movers & Shakers Sentiments  die:Papertrey Ink Winter Woods)

So when I saw Wanda's creation for Papertrey's newest release...

 I was inspired~from the sectioned sentiment down to the colorful dots.

I washi-blocked a sentiment from Movers & Shakers and stamped each phrase on a delicious strip.

Hope your day is floating along smoothly friends~


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Faith Card

I assembled a card with bright cutouts that were laying on my desk.

 I'd rather get a card done than stash them away~

(stamp: My Favorite Things Bokeh Builder  dies:Simon Says Stamp Painted Faith,My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circle,Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings butterfly)

This time I stamped the dots~

 Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Because You Make My Heart Happy

(stamps: My Favorite Things Because You  dies: My Favorite Things Because You/Wonky Stitched Circle,Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings butterfly)

A water colored circle sitting on my desk needed a card to sit on.

This BRIGHT pack of paper seemed to play well with it.

I die-cut a dotty butterfly and dotty circle for

Hey guys, IT. IS. FRIDAY.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Hey Sweet Thing!

Hey sweet thing!!!


(stamp: Essentials by Ellen Stay Golden  dies: Essentials by Ellen Stay Golden,Die-namics Cross-Stitch Oval)

Hope you are having a fine Monday~

I have a card to share, it's for the

Ellen Hutson May Mix It Up Challenge with Reverse Confetti.

 I pulled out my Reverse Confetti Fright Night dp for the stitched oval panel~

I fussy cut around the sentiment~this font and placement has just the right dips and placement for such a technique.

Thanks for stopping in~

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Watercolor Wash Background

This is probably the best watercolor experience I've had ~thanks to the latest Make it Monday.

(stamps:Papertrey Ink City Scene/Celebrate Big customer appreciation set  die:Papertrey Ink Celebrate Big customer appreciation set)

If you'd like to improve your watercolor wash art...check out the video at Nicole's blog!

hosted by Laurie 
I need a card for a party next's for a traveling friend.
She's been all over the world and back and there's a celebration to hear all her deets!

I need to leave this card where I can find it in a month....

Take care friends, and thanks for stopping by~

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mom's Colorful Card

I got mom's Mother's Day card done, because she lives quite a ways away and I need to mail her box.

The Mother's Day stamp set I bought months ago had wandered off, but I found it! 


(stamps:Hero Arts CL334, Verve Beautiful Things/Potter's Clay/Great Friend,Papertrey Ink Palm Prints  dies:Verve Great Kindness/Pottery/Beautiful Flowers,Papertrey Ink Photo Finish Strips/Palm Prints,My Favorite Things Tree-mendous)

Check out the pops of color here at Card Concept!

I couldn't decide on one color~wanted to represent allllll of them on this clean and layered card ;).

 The card base came from a pack of polka dot card bases~it represents the boot.

I used the Tree-mendous die for the "egg" the birds are set on.

Hope you have a good one~

Lifts Your Spirits

I've wanted to try out palm prints~

(stamps:Papertrey Ink Palm Prints,free sentiment panel with Verve order-thankyou!  dies:Papertrey Ink Palm Prints)

These colors were perfect~

I can't even wrap my brain around how quickly Monday got here again.

So far, I'm surviving~hope you are too!

Thanks for stopping by~


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bit of Graffiti

I picked up this lightbulb stamp recently and it's finally been inked.

(stamp:Joy Clair, Papertrey Ink Inspired:Jesus/Grunge Me  die:Papertrey Ink Zappy Birthday)

I was inspired by

Thanks for stopping by friends~

Amazing Pineapple

(stamp: Essentials by Ellen Stay Golden  dies:Essentials by Ellen Stay Golden/Verve Amazing Adjectives Word/My Favorite Things Peek-A-Boo Wonky Windows/Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Banner Duo 1)

My card was inspired by this photo~picture a pink pillow on a grey couch.

This just-because card will come in handy for any fun celebration.

 Praying you're making it through this week as best you can~

blessings friends.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Friend Flowers

(stamps: Papertrey Ink Doodlie-do, Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings dies:Winnie & Walter In a Word Friend Cutaway,Papertrey Ink Doodlie-do,Sweet 'n Sassy New Beginnings)

When I started this clean and layered card~I began with this inspirational photo.

I focused on the white flowers, blue vase and orange butterfly.

After trying to make the focal panel work on a neutral base, I went with a colorful dotted cardbase.

I have a friend who could use a bright, happy card right about now.

Thank you for stopping in, friends!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Zappy Background

I finally picked up Zappy Birthday!

I've coveted it for some time now.

(stamps: Papertrey Ink Zappy Birthday  dies:Papertrey Ink Zappy Birthday/Tag Sale #5)

I participated in MIM by stamping a pattern with the dotted "zap" behind a die cut window.

hosted by Dawn

Bumpy washi is fun for texture~

it's got circles AND it's metallic!!!

I already got one "stamp" (ha!) of approval from my daughter who caught a view of this card.

She said "Ooooh, I love superhero fonts like that!!!".


Too bad her bday is in March.

I hope I remember.

Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Trees

This is literally how our trees look at the moment~tiny blossoms here and there.

Realistically speaking, they sit on bare branches.

But I can do what I want ;).

(dies:My Favorite Things Tree-mendous)

I used sequins to imitate the swirling butterflies hovering over a white face (Time Out's inspirational photo).

Thanks for stopping by!