Sunday, June 18, 2017

Rise and Shine -- Farewell Mojo Monday

The above sketch is #500 from Julee Tilman.  With this sketch she is ceasing the Mojo Monday sketch challenge blog.  I understand completely and support her reasons for doing so but I am sad to see this sketch blog go away.  When I first started making cards I stumbled onto the Mojo Monday blog and loved Julee's sketches.  They have been my go-to sketch for years now. So even though I have my son and granddaughters here on vacation, I had to use this sketch and make this card as a way to thank Julee for all the inspiration she has given me.  And if she keeps her blog up, I will continue to turn to her sketches for inspiration.  This is my card using one of Julee's free digital sentiments. (She is as generous as she is talented)

I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp May Work It Wednesday.

So there you have the final card for the Mojo Monday challenge....but definitely the final card using your sketches. I am glad Julee will still be running Verve stamps which are the makers of some of the most beautifl, fun and uplifting stamps on the market. I need to start building up my collection of them.  Thank you Julee for all you have done in the card-making industry! I wish you many years of prosperity in your business and in your family.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Her Protector

My sweet little Izzy and her pup Titan are nearly inseparable.  And Titan is VERY protective of her. I just love this picture of them and I knew I wanted to scrap it right away.  Everything on this page is from my old stash...and some of it has been around quite awhile. I used this sketch from
Stuck? Sketches:

I am also entering this in the Scrap Our Stash Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge:

I went straight down the left hand row and used red, a camera (sticker) and wood (the wood heart)

That is for this weekend....vacation is coming up nearly the end of this weekend. What are YOU looking forward to??


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Cheri

I have had this felt ice cream cone embellishment in my stash forever and decided to make an ice cream themed birthday card for my sister-in-law. I had the perfect papers from Doodlebug and along with the Simon Says Stamp HAPPY die and a stamp from Paper Smooches in a cute font, I was able to assemble this card in no time at all. The sketch that helped me put it all together was from the 5th birthday bash at Sketch-N-Scrap:

I am entering this card in the CAS-ual Fridays Use Those Pattern Papers challenge

I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge

Well, thank you for stopping by to check out my blog.  I am up early this morning because we are going deep sea fun is that?? Hope you have fun today also.


Have a Beautiful Day

I love the sentiment in the stamp set from My Favorite Things and decided to showcase it on this card. I found this awesome sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap:

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.

Well the weekend is just beginning....hope yours is fun and relaxing.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Random Moments of Fun

I had one more page to create to finish off the Florida vacation album that I made for my son and grandsons. When I saw the sketch at Creative Scrappers I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do. Here is their awesome sketch:

Tanks for stopping in to check this out....I am off to work. Oh goodie.


Monday, May 29, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #WSC334

This card started off being a birthday card and then morphed into a thank you card.  Does that ever happen to you? I like the way it turned out however so I am not going to complain about it.  I used this fabulous sketch from My Favorite Things:

I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday We're Going Around In Circles Challenge.

That's about it from me from this holiday weekend. Back to work (ugh) tomorrow.  Thank you for stopping by and checking out my card.


I Love Summer -- May Kaiser Craft Blog Challenge

I have not had much chance recently to do any crating but I am making up for it this weekend.  This is my 4th layout that I have created this weekend.  I used all Kaisercraft materials except for the ombre background paper and the twine on the tag.  I played along with their blog challenge and I went right across the top row using a photo and patterned paper, several die cuts from their sandy toes collection and a large circle. 

I am also entering this page in the Monday Simon Says Stamp We're Going Around In Circles challenge.

Thanks for stopping in with me .....I hope you had a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rock This Joint

Wow! It has been 2 weeks since I last blogged.  And it has been a busy and difficult two weeks.  We moved my Dad into an Assisted Living facility.  The first several days there were quite difficult for him but he has made a friend, loves the food and we have his apartment furnished very nicely for him. With this being Memorial Day weekend, I finally got a bit of time to get creative. I finally scrapped these nearly 7 year old photos from my granddaughter Abby's last trip here to Florida.  In 2 weeks she, her dad (my oldest son Matt) and her little sister Izzy will be heading down here again for nearly 2 weeks of fun, sun and spoiling. I used this sketch from Stuck? Sketches:

Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog.....hopefully it will not be 2 weeks before I post again.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Florida Hockey Road Trip Revisited

For the last couple of years my husband and I have gone to see our favorite hockey team...the Chicago two games against opponents here in Florida.  They always seem to lose when they come to Florida but we have a good time regardless. When I saw this sketch at Scrapbook and Cards Today last Saturday (National Scrapbook Day) I knew I wanted to use it to document this year's hockey road trip.

I squeezed in a few more photos but tried to stay as true to the sketch as possible while still making it mine.

Well we are off to a Jimmy Buffet concert....should be fun.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Kick Some Bass

Tomorrow is my brother-in-law Bob's birthday.  He lives in North Carolina and is an avid fisherman. I bought this stamp set from Your Next Stamp especially with his birthday in mind but have used it several times is a fun set to use.

For this card I used the current sketch from Your Next Stamp and am entering it in their Sketch Challenge #63

I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday The Great Outdoors Challenge

Well, that is all for now....I have a busy day with a very full to do list. I will be back later with more to share.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Our Graduate

This is another page for my scrapbook album....most of my pages get put in scrapbooks and given to the person who is the subject of the grandsons, granddaughters, my sons....they all have a scrapbook in progress. When it gets full, I give it to them and start another. But this page is mine, all mine. What an awesome picture this is of the whole Farley family....even my ex-husband is in the photo. It was a great day to get together and celebrate Jacob's 8th grade graduation.

I used this awesome sketch from Freckled Fawn:

 I used lots of Freckled Fawns fun embellishments: the big YAY, the silver puffy stars and the aqua washi tape at the bottom of the page. I am entering it in their April Sketch Challenge

Thanks for stopping by...ugh it is Monday tomorrow.  Not my favorite day but after work I think I will make a fun birthday card for my brother-in-law. A little crafting always makes a Monday better.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Looking Good

I love this selfie of Dave and I from last December when we got our new glasses. (He wears glasses all the time while I only wear mine for reading.) I saw this sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap and knew that this picture was perfect for this sketch.

I am so proud of myself that I used all four of the sketches from Sketch-n-Scrap this month. They have an awesome prize from PinkFresh this month which would be great to win, but more importantly I got 2 pages done and cards made and sent out. Yay! I feel very accomplished.

I am also entering this page in Elle's Studio Challenge Day Work An Angle Challenge. Everything on this page is from Elle's Studio.  Another accomplishment is that I was able to enter 3 out of 4 Elle's Studio challenges this month....go me!!

Well I have a little free time this evening and I just might see if I can put together another challenge layout. I hope you are enjoying your weekend....I am.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Thanks Mary Kay

Recently an online acquaintance sent me something I really wanted and was having trouble finding. I thought that was so sweet of her that I wanted to make her a thank you card and I finally got to it.  This is just a clean and simple little card but I hope it will put a smile on her face.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.

TGIF!!!  Bring on the weekend!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Every Good and Perfect Gift.....

I am part of a small community of online friends who craft together and share our lives together.  One of the ladies has been a tremendous encourager of me recently and I wanted to send her a card and a few little goodies to thank her. I found this sticker in my stash and knew it would make the perfect focal point on a card for her.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge

Thanks for stopping by....only one more work day and then it is the weekend....YAY!!


You Are Braver....

My husband and I work with a man who has been on leave fighting head and neck cancer.  It has been rather rough for him lately so I wanted to send him a card with some encouragement.  I whipped up this simple card for him and mailed it off a few days ago.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.

I will be right back with another blog post and another card to share.  Thanks for popping in.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I'm So Lucky

If there is anything that I love as much as coffee it is making coffee themed cards.  Here is another card from my card making marathon last Saturday.  And this card came together quite easily.  The sentiment and coffee cup image is from a from free digital printable from Julee Tilman of Verve stamps. The polka dot washi is old and from my stash and the coffee themed washi is a new purchase I just picked up at a recent shopping spree at Whim-So-Doodle in St. Petersburg. What an awesome store that is and I am not ashamed to say that I dropped a good sized chunk of change there.  Good thing I live 3 hours away! I also used the awesome and fun sketch from Kerry Urbatch for the Coffee Lovers Blog Sunday Sip and Share feature:

I am also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge

That's it for tonight....I will be back tomorrow to share some more.


So Egg-cited!

My daughter-in-law, Amy texted this picture to me on Easter morning of my youngest granddaughter Izzy and her excitement at the goodies in her East basket. I just love big sister Abby in the background looking on in amusement at her sister's excitement. I hate living 1000 miles away sometimes and always missing the little celebrations of life.  But when I get a cute picture like this it helps me deal with it better.

I used this fun sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap.

With this layout, I have used all but one of  the sketches from Sketch and Scrap this month and entered their challenges. And I have the last sketch laid out on my desk to get to before the deadline this month hopefully. They really knocked it outta the park this month with inspiring sketches!

I am also entering this page in Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge which for April was a Spring or Easter theme.

Thanks for stopping by tonight.  I will be back soon with another project to share.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Simple Thank You

I don't know about you, but I can never have enough thank you cards. So in my marathon card making session last Saturday I made a couple and this was one of them.

I used this perfect card sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap:

I am entering this card in the Sketch-n-Scrap April card sketch challenge
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Showers and/or Flowers Challenge

Thanks for taking a peek at what I have been up to.


Be The Reason....

I have had this card on my desk in my scraproom for months. I knew I wanted to use it to make a card and finally on Saturday, I had a card making marathon and this was one of the 10 cards that I made.

I am entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Showers and/or Flowers Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by tonight.  I hope your week is going well.


Monday, April 24, 2017

My Kind of Town

I was born and raised in Chicago and lived there over 40 years before moving 14 years ago first to South Carolina and then to Florida 10 years ago. My sons and their families, including my 4 grandchildren and many friends still live in the Chicago area.  We visit at least once a year and I must admit I miss my hometown nearly every day.

Recently I saw a wooden block rubber stamp (I LOVE those....don't you?) with the Chicago skyline made by Hero Arts and I just had to buy it.  I absolutely love the crisp clear image I get when I stamp with a rubber stamp. Hero Arts is one of the leaders of the industry and is currently celebrating their blog's 5th anniversary. The challenge this month is Anything Goes.

I inked up my stamp for the first time and made this card. I am going to send it to my friend Renata who is a fellow transplanted Chicagoan residing here in Florida. She was my maid of honor 40 years at my first wedding (how could that be 40 years ago????). 

I added just the tiniest bit of Copic coloring and a few small puffy clouds from my stash.  I think I need to make one of these and frame it for myself.  There is still time to enter the challenge yourself....just make sure to use Hero Arts products.  You can see all the details by clicking HERE

Thanks for stopping by.  I will be back shortly with more projects to share.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hello --- MFT Color Challenge

I am not usually one to enter color challenges.  I find them difficult to enter. I wish I had more of an assortment of inks but I do not, so I rely on my ability to put together papers and embellishments that match the colors in the challenge.  This time....they fell into place quite easily. I am entering the
MFT Color Challenge. And I am entering the sketch challenge since  I am using this sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap:

Here is my card.  The sentiment is from my new MY Favorite Things Stamp set You Give Me Butterflies.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I will be back tomorrow with another card to share.


Oh Joy....It's Your Birthday

I have always love pigs. So when I saw this set by My Favorite Things, I had to have it.  And then I won a $25 gift card to their shop....guess what I bought? Yep, the adorable pig set.  This is the first card that I made with is. I am very new at coloring with Copics and I am not happy with the pig....I wanted to make her a much more muted color.  But it takes practice to get better and now next time, I know what NOT to do. I may not know what TO do but I sure do know what NOT to!

I used this sketch from My Favorite Things

There are still a few more days to enter the sketch challenge....for all the details, go HERE

Thanks for stopping by. I just came from the gym and grocery store so I am going to shower and head out to spend the day with my in-laws.  It has been far too long since we got together.


Saturday, April 22, 2017


Where does the time go? 37 years ago this week, I was in the hospital 37 weeks pregnant with a bad case of pre-eclampsia. But thankfully to a wonderful team of doctors and an awesome hospital, my oldest son Matthew was born completely healthy and weighing 7 lbs 12 oz. And I survived the ordeal also. Fast forward to 2017 and that little tiny baby boy has a wife and two pretty little strawberry blonde haired girls, two dogs and are looking to buy a bigger house. Wasn't this little boy who's hand I held just yesterday and took him to kindergarten?? Life goes by in a blur sometimes and birthdays remind us just how fast life is.

This is my son's birthday card that I made the other night. It is already on its way to the Midwest along with a couple of gifts that I think he will like. I will get to see him in June and I can't wait.  I hate missing life's little celebrations like birthdays. :(

I am entering this card in the Challenge Day Card Challenge at Elle's Studio.  Everything on this card is from Elle's Studio with the exception of the card base and the navy cardstock for the background.  The challenge was to use a tag on the card and I actually have 2 tags layered on here and plenty of little snippets. So I am also entering this card in the Pixie's Snippets Playground.

I have been busy creating lately and today I sat down and in a few hours created 10 cards so I will have lots of upcoming posts to share them.  Thanks for always stopping in to see what I am up to.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Behind Every Successful Woman....

Have I ever mentioned that I love coffee? I can actually function and think clearly before 9am because of coffee. I have only been drinking coffee for about 5 years but I cannot imagine functioning on a daily basis without it.  So to show my love, I collect coffee mugs from places we have been...especially the Starbucks mugs from cities and states and I make lots of coffee themed cards.  Here is a card I whipped up because I saw an awesome sketch on Sunday from Kerry Urbatch and wanted to play with it. Here is the sketch:

I am entering this card in the Coffee Loving Cardmakers sketch challenge.

Well....that is about it for tonight. I have a busy day tomorrow...12 hours of work/commuting, a visit with my Dad in the rehab facility he is in currently and then game 4 for my Blackhawks. It could possible be the end of my hockey season tomorrow night if my boys don't get it can be sure I will be sitting on the edge of the couch and screaming tomorrow evening. I wonder what the neighbors think???? LOL

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Love These Shoes

I really miss my family up north. It has been nearly a year since I last saw them. When I start missing them really bad, I will start scrapping up a storm. It helps me feel like I am part of their lives when I scrap the pictures of them and their activities....even I was not there to witness them.  This is Abby right after her 9th birthday in March.  We sent her the outfit she is wearing and a $50 bill.  She was ecstatic over a $50 bill and after much deliberation decided on these shoes and a mosaic art kit. She really takes after her and crafts!!  I used this fun sketch from Stuck Sketches:

I am also entering this in the Elles's Studio Challenge Day Recipe Challenge. The recipe was to use:
1. A vertical photo
2. Patterned paper for the background
3. Wood veneers
4. Stamp on a Tag (I stamped "You Are Awesome" on the tag on the upper left)
5. Journal on a tag (My typed journaling is on the tag in the lower right of the page)
Most everything on this page is from Elle's Studio except the stamp and the twine.

Finally, I am also entering this page in Clique Kits April challenge to stamp on a layout.

That is it for tonight.  Tomorrow night I have to work on a card for my son who is turning 37 at the end of the month. Where did the time go????


Monday, April 17, 2017

Our Buddy Banjo

I am going through a very stressful time right now with my father's health quickly deteriorating and taking care of him, his finances and finding a nice assisted living place for him, it can be really overwhelming.  Especially since I am still working 50 hours a week with another 10 hours per week of commuting. But I have read about the importance of taking time for myself and that is just what I did this weekend.  I worked on this layout and for about 90 minutes on Saturday, I was just concentrating on being creative.  It helped me tremendously the rest of the weekend feel a lot less stress.

I used this awesome sketch from Kristine Davidson for Clique Kits:

I stayed pretty true to the sketch and the other part of the challenge was to include stamping on my layout.  I stamped and heat embossed the quote "All this world needs is more wagging and less barking".....Amen to that!  I am entering it in the April challenge at Clique Kits.

That is about it for tonight.  I am going to watch a little hockey before I go to bed.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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