Sunday, April 29, 2012

12 Kits of Christmas

It's that time again...
Christmas in 90 degree temps...


The 12 Kits of Christmas!!
YAY!!!

I love this group we started.
I love knowing that on December 23rd I will not have had only 2 hours sleep from an all night card making session and finally dozing on the last cards made at my table when the coffee runs out...
and those cards then have to be trashed because of the drool that may have possibly occurred during said 2 hours...
just so I can rush to the Post Office and be able to say "I mailed them before Christmas!"
*giggle*
And this group is just full of some absolutely amazing talent...
I stand in awe of all of them!
We've only been together for 4 months now...
and I love getting to know these incredible woman...
some I knew beforehand...
some I only knew "of"...
and still can't believe any of them would be associated with me!
That's what you call "Courage" people!
*giggle*

But I learn so much from them each month...
truly I am awed and inspired...
and I get so excited when I know kits are on the way...
then I'm bouncing off the walls when they get here...
and have a hard time sleeping on posting night because I want to see what everyone was able to do with the same ingredients!
Though I did threaten to just hold onto my kits and let everyone post their cards so I can then CASE everything they do...
seems like a great plan...
right?
But I did play...
though in all honesty...
that thought stayed in my mind so I did hoard a bit of the kit so I can then CASE...
but sshhh!!
Don't tell anyone!!
I think I'm kind'a cheating ;)

So Marybeth was in charge of kits this month...
and she sent such a gorgeous array of goodies...
images...
die cuts...
papers...
ribbons and little embellies...
and here is a shot of all the goodies from our group photographer Kara...
because she is SO awesome...


Seriously!
Look at how amazing her photos are...
wouldn't you designate her for photos too?
I wish I could have her photo everything for me...
do you think she would?
*giggle*

OK...so here we go...
this first one is very...
and I do mean very CAS...
I'm almost embarrassed to show it but though I can't tell you why...
I like it like this...

Maybe it's because the image just really shows...
and I love the image...
so vintage Victorian.
I added the small wreath from Waltzingmouse's Twas the Night Before Christmas...
it was just the right size...
and now I have a Victorian Christmas post!
And the inside...
I don't normally show them but I had to with this one...


How perfect is this sentiment with this image?
This is from Waltzingmouse Compliments of the Season...
one of my most favorite sets ever...
the fonts are so incredibly gorgeous in it...
I just melt every time I pull it out!


OK...
number 2...

and my personal favorite...

I used PTI's In the Meadow dies for both of the last 2 cards...
and I honestly have to say those dies see so much use around here.
They very rarely are put away before I'm pulling them back out again...
and I know I can hand cut hills...
but for someone who failed scissor cutting in kindergarten...
it's best for everyone that I don't attempt.
So that officially makes these dies some of my all time favorites!
And that perfectly gorgeous lace...
Suzanne has me totally addicted to the Ribbon Carousel now...
and they have LOTS of gorgeous ribbons and lace...
and I can't fail to mention...
sparklets!!


Now...I know that seems my cards aren't festive this month...
I just realized they all have black on them...
but I love them!
So apparently black does go with everything...
*giggle*

OK...now you absolutely must go and visit everyone and oogle all their creations...
I know I'm going to!
And I know I'm going to have oodles to CASE before I'm done...
so glad I devised my hoarding plan for that very reason!
*giggle*


Cathy
Suzanne
Marybeth
Joyce
Amy 
Christina
Kim
Kara
Jessica
Jeanne
Sharron

And we'll be back again next month with more...
Joyce will be our hostess and I know kits are soon on their way so I will be having a happy mail day this week! :)
Hope you have a wonderful one!
We're going to be HOT...
high 80's to 90's...
I finally broke and turned on the air today.
Love of my life is Yankee born...
and even after all this time...
he still has not adapted to Southern heat so he's been singing Frosty the Snowman for the last couple of days...
giving special emphasis on "before I melt away".
Do you think it was a hint?
*giggle*

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #95

Good Saturday morning everyone!
4 more weeks! ;)
And if you're behind a little and don't know quite what I'm talking about...
Summer Break!!!
I can't wait!
I have so many stamps and projects that I want to use and do...
and that's not even including the home projects I need to get to!
After falling at the start of Summer last year...
I didn't accomplish much all Summer break.
I love painting and usually give the rooms a fresh coat every year or two...
it's been a while now for some rooms and they are in desperate need...
so I have samples taped to the walls...
fabrics waiting to be sewn...
rugs waiting to be braided...
a busy Summer!
But I can stay up late...
sleep in...
I'll be on my own schedule and I love that thought!

So since it's Saturday...
you know what Saturday's always bring right?
A new Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge!
This week we have another fabulous sketch from the wonderfully talented Karin...
Isn't it fabulous?
I have to admit I was a little stumped at first and well...
and when I'm stumped...
I go simple!
Here's what I came up with using Waltzingmouse Heirloom Patterns and Compact Sentiments...


I love that Harlequin Pattern that Anya so brilliantly included in this set...
I just melt over it...
and it lines up so perfectly!
But if you look close you'll also notice the stripes and the small houndstooth patterns that are also included with this set.
I thought the lines kind'a looked like notebook paper...
so I stamped them onto a notebook die cut and then stamped a versatile sentiment from Compact Sentiments on to the front.
You know how I love the $1 spot at Target, Michael's...anywhere!
I found those crocheted flowers at Michael's a while back and thought they would be perfect for this!

So are you ready to get inky and join in the fun?
Take a hop over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog and feast upon all the eye candy that the Mischief Makers have to inspire you...
and then link up your creation so we can stop by and oogle!
Just remember to use at least one Waltzingmouse product and one lucky participant will win the stamp set of their choice just for playing along!

And are you still drooling over the gorgeous sets from last release?
Well...here's your chance to win some!
Waltzingmouse is Moxie Fab this week...
which we already knew that ;)...
and you can have the chance to win 5 of the sets from the last release just for stopping by here and leaving a comment!
But do it before Sunday night!
That's when the contest closes!
And...
next release is right around the corner!
You want to make sure to check Claire's blog for upcoming details so you don't miss anything...
are you excited?
I am!!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
I'm off to strip wallpaper and get the small bath ready for some fresh paint and new curtains!


The Details:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Heirloom Patterns and Compact Sentiments
Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy, True Black and Rustic White
Dies: PTI Notebook
Misc: flowers, buttons

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Little Bit of This...A Little Bit of That

If you're looking for my Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge or MSS Guest Designer posts...just scroll down!

It's been a long since I wrote a post without a card or project...
and I know some visit just for that...
but I miss "talking".
Catching you up a bit on life and it's happenings.
Claire will call it "waffle"...
and that must be an Irish term because to be quite honest...
the first time I read it I really thought she was sharing a waffle recipe...
or talking about that morning's waffles...
I didn't know!
But I've decided I just like that term for what I'm about to do...
and so today...
I'm going to do a bit of waffling.
*giggle*

Now...if you've been around here for any amount of time...
you know I love to read.
I've often said if I ever had to choose between reading and stamping...
well...
I would miss it greatly...
but stamping would have to go.
I love and enjoy stamping...
making cards...
gifts...
but I need words.
And I mean that quite literally.
The only way I know how to describe it is as a hunger.
The constant...ever present...need inside me that demands words daily.
And the thought of passing one day without them...
ohh...it fills me with a literal fear that causes me to catch my breath...
sets my heart racing...
I break into a sweat.
Tell me I have to go without food for the day...
I'm fine with it.
Sure...I know I may feel hungry...
in fact...just by telling me I can't eat all day is probably a pretty good way of me not being able to stop thinking of food...
and wanting to eat...
but I can do it.
I do.
All the time.
And usually it's when I'm totally and completely engrossed in a book.
I can...
and do...
forego food...
drink...
sleep...
everything...
when a book captures me.
It becomes my sole focus.
And luckily...
when I am that enraptured...
I have a husband who understands.
Who feeds the kids...
keeps them occupied...
watches them to make sure no blood is spilled...
and lets me disappear into those words...
until the last one is read.
And then...
when I begin to emerge to this world again...
he picks me up off the floor...
or helps me out of bed...
dries my tears...
and brings me back to him...
and those 4 reasons that I breathe.
And this is a man who didn't read when I met him...
well...
no more than was absolutely necessary...
but who married me anyway knowing that sometimes...
I'm going to leave him.
I'm going to be here physically...
he can see me...
he can touch me...
he can hear me...
but I'm not here.
I'm somewhere else...
and since I read depending on my mood...
and there's almost no genre that is off limits...
I may be dealing with a deranged psychopath...


a family dealing with heartache...

fighting the paranormal...


or walking through a world I never want to leave...


I so love that man that I married.

But books...
they are my first passion.
My first love.
I have always read...
began reading at an early age...
in fact here's a little tidbit that most people don't know about me...
I'm quite literally half deaf...
in both ears.
Allergies.
Which also caused me to have extreme speech problems when I was younger...
but it wasn't until the beginning of 2nd grade when they placed me in a remedial reading class that anything was done about that because on the first day of this class...
when tested...
the teacher had to call my parents and request a meeting and he told them then...
I was 6 years old and reading on a high school level...
but...
and these were his exact words...
"you can't understand a damn word she says".
So I entered speech classes instead.
But even now...
after all these years...
there are still sounds...
or even just certain words...
that I try to avoid when speaking.
Now don't think my parents were negligent in any way...
they weren't.
I think it was just that they were used to way I spoke and could understand me quite well...
I mean...
my daddy always said I was born talking...
so they had listened to me for 6 years and didn't understand why no one else could understand me.

But I did love to read.
I think it was because when I was reading...
the words were sounded in my head and sounded perfectly normal...
just like everyone else.
It wasn't until I was in 7th grade...
and I'll never forget this...
I picked up SE Hinton's The Outsiders at a book fair...
and reading went from just being something I enjoyed...
to being my passion.
It changed the way I looked at books...
and I can't tell you...or explain to you...why that particular book ignited that within me...
but it did.
And I will always remember the book that began my first love.

So bring us to present day...
and you now know why I get excited when I am planning to stop by here...

This is McKay's.
And if you're ever in TN...
there's one in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville...
and I quite literally refer to it as "my crackhouse"...
and this is why...


this is only one small section of one row.
Now imagine hundreds of these.
Every genre...
fiction...
non-fiction...
new releases...
out of circulations...
hardcover...
softcover...
all stocked in one spot...
and you now know why I refer to it as "my crackhouse"...
it's because I can fed my addiction here.

This is another new addition to my addiction...


At the end of 2010...
we lost my favorite indie book store in Nashville...
Davis-Kidd.
I would get high just walking through the doors when I would go to hear an author speak...
meet a friend for lunch in Bronte's Cafe...
or just pick up the latest release.
I cried when they closed.
And luckily for us...
Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, The Patron Saint of Liars) lives in Nashville and decided to try and soothe our loss of Davis-Kidd by opening Parnassus late last year...
God bless her!
A little pop quiz for you...
where does the name Parnassus originate?
Ideas?
Guess?
I'll tell you!
In Greek Mythology Mount Parnassus was where one learned literature, learning and music...
and since Nashville is home to the only replica of The Parthenon...
the Athens of the South if you will...
I don't think a more fitting name could have been found.
It's small...


but beautiful.
Look at how the sections are each marked...
written by hand in chalk.
And yes...
that's a library ladder...
ohhh....I want one so bad!
But I hope that as time goes on...
that eventually it will grow and she'll have to find another...
larger...
location...
and maybe yet again...
and that someday it will bring back to Nashville what Davis-Kidd once did.

Now...
are you still here?
Did I lose you?
I'm sorry...
this got to be a little more wordy than I originally thought it would...
but then I should have known that since this was about books...
and that my 2nd favorite favorite thing to reading them is talking about them...
I would go over my allotted time!
Sorry!

OK...
do you read?
And yes...
I know you can read...
otherwise you wouldn't be here...
but do you enjoy it as a hobby...
a pastime...
are books one of your passions?
And what are you reading right now?
I'm always on the hunt for my next journey so please share!
Until next time...












Saturday, April 21, 2012

Market Street Stamps...Take 2

If you're looking for my Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge post...scroll down or click here.

Hi, everyone!
I'm back today with my last posting for Market Street Stamps as their Guest Designer...
and I just have to say I have had such a fantastic time with them.
Their stamps are incredible...
such clear, crisp images...
if you haven't tried them for yourself...
you need to treat yourself and head over and check out all the goodies they have to offer...
you will not be disappointed.
Not with the images...
and definitely not with the quality!

I've got a couple of projects to show you today using a couple of their new stamps...
Daily Grind and Candy Stripe.
First...
I'm a coffee drinker.
OK...
maybe more of a coffee inhaler...
I don't get out of bed without knowing that coffee is waiting...
and I don't stop with just one cup...
or even two...
more like 8...
10...
ok...
I can drink the whole pot all by myself!
*giggle*
And if you happen to drop by...
that's what's going to be offered.
Unless it's Summer and 90+ outside...
then you'll get the offer of a nice, cold, from-a-can...
because that's the only way to drink it...
Mtn Dew.
So anyway...Market Street came out with the best coffee set last month...
I loved it from the first little peek.
It has so many great elements to it...
just truly a coffee-loving-stamper's dream set!
And here's a couple of ideas I had using it...


I used Daily Grind and Candy Stripe to create a gift for a fellow java junkie...
which if you'll bare with me...
I'll explain the couple of different ways this is a gift.
First off...
a card...
extolling what we coffee drinkers already know...
there's nothing that caffeine can't fix!
Tired?
Gives you that much needed boost!
Going through tough times...
maybe contemplating a hard decision?
No better way to reason it out than over a cup of coffee.
I LOVE this sentiment...
says it all.

And not only is this a card...
it also contains a card...


When slipping the small insert out...
the recipient can then discover the gift that's been tucked inside!

Then...
if you want...
you can include magnet strips on the back of the card so that afterwards the recipient can hang it from their refrigerator for daily reminders...
or even include it in a picture frame...
and it can sit on the counter to greet them every time they go to pour a cup!

Now...you can tell from the photo above that I also used Candy Stripe for the background...
and have you tried their background stamps?
They are fabulous!
They came A2 size...
and so easy to use...
one stamp can create your entire background!
And they're clear!
Seriously...
fail proof!
And Candy Stripe...
so perfect for so many occasions...
I'm already picturing Holiday cards...
Halloween...Christmas...
I have lots of ideas using this one because it is so verstaile!
But from the above picture did you also notice the other background?
Look close...


HUGE coffee beans!!
I love them!
And because the images and sentiments in this set are so fabulously sized...
there is no limit to the home decor projects you can create with this one!

Now for my second card...


I love the old fashioned percolator image included with Daily Grind...
you just don't see them anymore so it's a nice nod to vintage style seeing that included...
I love it!
And when I saw it I immediately thought back to coffee commercials and ads that would feature a sunrise...
so I made "rays" by cutting small strips of paper...
and do you recognize the "sun"?
Yup!
Candy Stripe!
Just punched it out with a circle punch and adhered it to a sunburst die cut!
And can I also say I love that sentiment...
so perfect for a someone that's under the weather...
or just going through a rough patch!

Well...
what do you think?
Ready to go visit Market Street Stamps and snag these fabulous stamps?
You won't regret it...
promise!
And they have lots of stuff coming up for you over the next week...
Earth Day Celebration...
new blog reveal...
release!!
Oh!
And don't want to forget...
your chance to be Guest Designer!!
Lots of inspiration and giveaways coming to you and you don't want to miss it so make sure to visit the Market Street Blog every day!

I want to give a HUGE Thank You to Angelica and Jose...the entire fabulous Market Street Design Team...
for giving me the honor of being able to play with them this month...
I have loved and enjoyed it immensely!
A fabulous company...
inspiring designers...
who wouldn't want to have this kind of fun?
With all of my heart...
Thank You!


The Details:
Stamps: Market Street Stamps Daily Grind and Candy Stripe
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Rustic Cream, Harvest Gold, True Black
Dies: PTI Card Base-ics, Limitless Layers, Banner
Misc: ribbon, button, pearls



Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #94


Hi, everyone!
Hope you are having a wonderful start to your weekend!
I started thinking the other day we only have 5 more weeks of school and then we will be on Summer break...
I'm literally more excited than the kiddies are...
I have so many projects planned that I want to be able to get to!
Darn that Pinterest!
*giggle*
So Saturday's are my countdown gauge...
and I'm staring at only 5 of them left!
Why Saturday's?
Because they are my favorite day of the week!
And why is that?
Because then it's time for another Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge!
And we've got a fabulous one this week from the just amazingly sweet, creative and uber talented Karin...

I had a lot of fun with this one...
pulled out some more new sets...
Waltzingmouse Heirloom Patterns and Paris Noveau...


Now I left this one sentimentless (is that even a word?  Sounds good though! *giggle*) on purpose...
it's a good all purpose card and I can stamp a sentiment on the inside that will fit whatever occasion when I go to send it.
But you'll notice that gorgeous Harlequin pattern that Anya designed and is included in Heirloom Patterns...
in the background...
and I wanted to give it a distressed look so I purposefully didn't ink it really well to give it that uneven stamping look.
And if you haven't used this yet...it stamps like a dream and is so incredibly easy to line up perfectly!
I then cut a Spellbinder's Label 25 and stamped with a coordinating design from Paris Noveau...
along with the incredibly detailed Eiffel Tower...
a little seam binding and a "vintage" button...
and voila!

So are you ready to get inky?
You gotta go by the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog and check out all the incredible inspiration that the amazing Mischief Makers have for you...
and then link up your creation so we can enjoy your creativity!
Just remember to use at least one Waltzingmouse product...
and one lucky participant will win the stamp set of their choice just for playing along!
Can't wait to see what you create!


The Details:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Heirloom Patterns and Paris Noveau
Cardtsock: PTI Kraft, Vintage Cream, True Black
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 25, PTI Edgers #1
Misc: seam binding, button

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse Blog Party

YAY!!!
It's the 17th...
which means the month is more than half over...
which also means that in just a little over a month...
Summer Vacation!
I know some moms may cringe with those two words...
but not me!!
Summer Vacation means no 5am mornings...
I can stay up all night crafting...
or reading a book and not need a caffeine drip the next morning just to get out of bed.
It means staying in my jammies all day if I want because I don't have to drive kids to and from school!
It means sun and pool...
swinging and sweating...
I LOVE Summer!!
OK...and guess what else the 17th means...
you guesssed it!!
Waltzingmouse Blog Party!!

Can I get another YAY?
This month's theme is New Beginnings...
baby...
wedding...
anything that means a new beginning to you!
I went with baby.
All of my friends seem to be having little ones right now and I'm always in need of a baby card...
of course they're all also having boys so it's only natural that I made this...


*giggle*
I miss pink!
And green!
I love those colors together and it's been a while since a friend had a baby girl so...
I had fun!
I pulled out what I think is now officially my new favorite set...
Waltzingmouse French Country.
Stamped the upper background with the florals included in the set and colored with Copics...
and then stamped that hands-down-easiest-can-not-mess-it-up-if-you-tried background that Claire so cleverly designed for the bottom portion.
Do you see the sparklet?
Isn't it fabulous?
It's even better in person!
Suzanne (thecardyard) has had me salivating over these for a while now and I finally ordered some from  Ribbon Carousel...
which is also where that fabulous silk crush ribbon came from as well!
And see that little tag...
I used Waltzingmouse Join Us to stamp it doing a little selective stamping with a couple of the stamps...
and now...
I think that's it!

Now it's time for you to go and check out all the incredible inspiration I know is waiting for you at the party...
and there's still time to create and link up!
Check all the details at Claire's blog here...
and I hope to see you along the way! :)

The Details:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse French Country, Join Us
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select, Hibiscus Burst
Dies: PTI Tiny Tags
Misc: ribbon and bling (Ribbon Carousel)

Monday, April 16, 2012

4 of a Kind-April

It's that time of the month...


time for another 4 of a Kind with Joyce, Cathy and Kim.
This month I was hostess...
and I planned this kit for the longest time...
knew my colors...
the stamps...
papers...
and here's a peeksy at what I sent out to everyone...


Waltzingmouse French Country...
with a little Chicken WireVintage Labels 25 and Join Us tossed in for good measure!
I love these sets...
Claire just blew me away with French Country...
it's so incredibly gorgeous...
and so versatile!
I was looking on Pinterest the other day and even saw a French Country baby shower and nursery...
I'm so going to have to try a baby card using this set!
But today I kept it simple!
I only did a couple of cards...
but more because I'm acquiring quite the stash and am running out of room to store them...
so I opted to keep them simple and versatile...




Now this last one...
I did take a little liberty with it...
though I really did try to stay with what the other girls had in their kits...
but if you open the small card on the front...
it's actually a dinner invitation.
Only I can't show you the picture.
When I went to post the pic...
I realized it was so crooked you would just die from laughter and wouldn't even see it...
and all I can say is...
I have no idea what happened! :)
But I used Join Us to stamp "For Dinner" at the top...
then "On", "At" and "RSVP"  for the details.
A great set for making custom invites...
and I thought French Country complimented it well...
especially if French cuisine is on the menu!

I did stay pretty CAS with this...
the sentiments were kept general so that they can fit various occasions...
but now you have to go and check out what

Joyce
Cathy
Kim

were able to do with this month's kit.
I know that I'm going to be inspired and well...
you don't want to miss that do you?

And hoping to see all of you at the Waltzingmouse Blog Party tomorrow...
you can get all the details on Claire's blog here! :)

The Details:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse French Country, Chicken WireVintage Labels 25 and Join Us
Cardstock:  PTI Pure Poppy, True Black, Harvest Gold, Blueberry Sky and Rustic White
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Sidewalks
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 25
Lace: The Ribbon Carousel
Misc: PTI and Amuse buttons, Kaiser pearls, PTI ribbons, stick pins

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #93

Good Saturday morning everyone!!
It's the weekend...
YAY!!
The sun is shining...
the weather is nice...
and it's time for another Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge!
We have another fabulous sketch by the incredible Karin...
take a peek at this...


I gotta admit it kind'a stumped me for just a bit...
but then I just took a look around my kitchen and there was the inspiration...
right in front of me.
I'm currently in process of freshening up my kitchen...
after Waltzingmouse French Country was released I found a gorgeous tablecloth in a French Country motif...
and well...
there's nothing stopping me now...
there's paint samples on the table...
chairs have been recovered...
and I'm even going to attempt making my own braided rugs...
the fabric arrived yesterday!
So I'm in French Country mode and what better set to turn to for this challenge...


Love these colors...
the red, blue and yellow...
they're so fresh and inviting...
don't you think?
And the detail to that rooster...
love it!!
And I have to tell you...
if you have not tried this set...
the background alone is worth it because it is so incredibly easy to line up...
stamps like a dream!
I think Claire just designed my favorite new set!

OK...you have to pop over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog and check out all the incredible inspiration that the Mischief Maker's have for you...
and then join us for the fun!
Just remember to use at least one Waltzingmouse product and then link up your creation...
and one lucky participant will win the stamp set of their choice just for playing along!
And don't forget about the Waltzingmouse Blog Party...
every month on the 17th!
This month's theme is New Beginnings...
and you can read all about it on Claire's blog here.
Can't wait to see what you create!

Now I'm off to get busy with a lot of projects...
some outside...
some crafty...
and hope you have a wonderful week!
See you Tuesday for the Party!


The Details:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse French Country
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Harvest Gold
Dies: Spellbinders Label 25, PTI Banner
Misc: lace, twine, button and ribbon

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I've Been Waiting...

If you're looking for my Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge...you can find it here...or just scroll down


for this day to get here!
Today I have the pleasure of being Guest Designer for Market Street Stamps...
YAY!!
I was given this honor in February during their Block Party weekend...
did you know about this?
Each month after they hold a release...
while waiting for the new goodies...
Market Street Stamps hold a Block Party...
you can use any image of theirs and then link up over at the Market Street Blog for your chance to win a prize package or be chosen to host one month as Guest Designer...
which they choose me!
Can you believe it?!!
Oh...poor things just didn't know what they were getting themselves into did they?
*giggle*


But now the time is here and I get to show you what I came up with...
only first I have to prepare you...
I went rustic with this.
I don't usually go that way but...
I am a Southerner...
born and bred.
Grew up right outside of the home of country music...


Nashville, TN.
You can't throw a rock around here without hitting some country artist...
seriously.
I worked at the local KMart when I was a teen and I kid you not...
the man in black himself...
Johnny Cash...
came in one day out to the garden center where they stuck me one day hoping I would be quiet and wouldn't find anyone to talk to.
Only I knew who he was...
and that he owned a farm in a neighboring county...
and I talked to him....
though he didn't talk that much so I carried that conversation.
And took his money.
He paid in cash though so I didn't get his autograph.
So anyway...
growing up here and being surrounded by all the legends and music history...
I naturally was an 80's hair band metal fan.
*giggle*
Country music was just never my thing...
and even today I still have to ask who someone may be...
but everything else about me is country.
I love country cooking...
country living...
and though I have never owned a cowboy hat...
you just can't beat a good pair of boots!
I also love the eclectic casualness of country decor...
and I hope it came out just a bit in what I'm about to show you because they are already fixtures in my home...


When I first saw this sentiment from Neighborhood I knew that I had to have it...
it just touched my heart.
And I saw using it to create a picture with the cottage style home in Home Sweet Home...
and that is now residing in my crafty space and just makes me happy every time I look at it because with all the different aspects of me...
home is where I start...
and home is where I end.
Now...
this is my very first effort at paper piecing...
so forgive me if I did it wrong...
but my original idea...
well...
I'm not going to share it because it wasn't such a great idea and I want you to at least have the illusion that sometimes I know what I'm doing...
so we'll just go with that!
*giggle*


I used papers from Simple Stories Generations because the colors fit my home perfectly.
No light, bright pastels here...
I'm totally into the earthy shades of browns, reds, greens...
they make me feel so warm and comfortable.


I used some mailing twine on the button to keep with the rustic feel...
tea stained the edges to give the idea of "history"...
and then attached it to a canvas background.


And then I went back and revisited my first idea...
and I believe improved it because it still wasn't such a good idea...
and created this...


I stamped various images from Neighborhood and Home Sweet Home onto canvas and then hand stitched to create the "Country Sampler" feel from long ago...
and I'm just going to apologize ahead of time and say "I'm sorry"...
but I love this!
It turned out so much better than I "saw" in my mind...
and that never happens because...
well...
let's just say I have quite the imagination and we'll end there!
*giggle*


Again I stayed with the rustic feel...
and though it's hard to tell in these pics...
I heavily tea stained the edges and then went in with a Copic to give some slight "aging" to the individual images themselves...


The only color to this is the hearts located throughout that I filled in with a red Copic...
I had to add a little color right?
And then I finished off with some rustic wooden buttons I found.


This one is staying with me too...
but it would also make a fabulous housewarming gift for a family's new home so I decided to make a sweet and simple card using the same colors to coordinate...


Again I used one of the sweet images from Neighborhood...
I just selectively stamped one of the homes for this...
and then added a sentiment from Home Sweet Home.
A little lace...
ribbon...
a heart pin and it's done!


And that's it for me this week...
are you still here?
If you've held in this long...
God bless you and I hope I've been worth your time...
and that you'll come back because I will have some more goodies to share with you from Market Street Stamps soon!
In the meantime...
if you've never visited Market Street head over and oogle the goodies they have to offer...
they have something for everyone and their stamps are so fabulous...
they stamp so clear and detailed...
and they're peach colored!!
If you haven't already...
you've got to give them a try!


I'm hoping you have a wonderful Easter holiday filled with family and memories...
and gobs of the ever important chocolate!
*giggle*
We're having our nighttime egg hunt here tonight...
and if you don't know what that is check this out...


                                            http://lilluna.com/glow-in-the-dark-easter-eggs/

We've been doing the night time egg hunt for about 4 years...
and my kiddies look forward to it every year!
I found glow-in-the-dark tape and have used it...but this will be our first year using the glow-in-the-dark bracelets inside the eggs so hoping they work well!
And we hunt in-side!
It's Spring...
in TN...
we have snakes...
enough said.
And if you happen to give this a try...
let me know how it worked for you!








The Details:
Stamps: Market Street Stamps Neighborhood and Home Sweet Home
Cardstock: PTI True Black, Kraft, Rustic Cream
Patterned paper: Simple Stories Generations
Dies: PTI Card Base-ics Ticket Corner
Misc: canvas, DMC floss, buttons, mailing twine, lace, ribbon, pin from Maya Road

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #92

Hello everyone...
remember me?
I'm this person who used to blog until my MIL came into town and then I got so busy...
well...
It's ok if you've forgotten me and in case you have I'll just remind you that I occasionally make cards...
*giggle*
But my MIL left a couple of days ago...
after 8 days...
and everyone is still alive and well...
and that's all I'm going to say about that!

And now that I have some "me" time again I get to get back to doing what I love...
just having fun with paper, rubber and ink!
And what the perfect occasion to get inky...
another Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge...
YAY!!!
This week's fabulous sketch is by the incredibly sweet and talented Karin...

Isn't it fabulous?
I missed my stamps and paper so much over the last few days that I just wanted to have some fun and this is what I came up with...


I pulled out Waltzingmouse Half Pint Heroes and went to town just having fun!
Colored that cute little car with some Copics...
and the sentiment...
well when I saw the word "zoom" all I could think of was the car commercials that used to run and the little boy would pop up and go "zoom-zoom"...
so what else could I put but "zoom-zoom"!
I wish I was that little guy zooming around in that zippy little car with the top down...
wind in my hair...
blue sky's above...
and no kids!
I love 'em...
I breathe for the little one's...
but sometimes a mama needs to "zoom-zoom" all by herself just to recharge some batteries!
And this mama's just dreaming because if the kids hear me grabbing the car keys...
they beat me to the car!
*giggle*

So are you ready for some fun of your own?
Hop over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog and oogle all the yummy eye candy the Mischief Makers have for you...
believe me...
it's time well spent and just oodles of inspiration!
Then get inky and link up your creation so we can come oogle your eye candy...
just remember to use at least one Waltzingmouse product...
and one lucky participant will win the stamp set of their choice just for playing along!

And did you catch the details for this month's Blog Party?
You can read all about them at Claire's blog here...
but the theme this month is New Beginnings.
It can be baby...wedding...anything that makes you think of a new beginning!
Hope to see you there!

The Details:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Half Pint Heroes
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select, True Black, Pure Poppy, New Leaf and Spring Rain
Patterned paper: October Afternoon Sidewalks
Misc: Twine (The Twinery), PTI Skateboard and Clouds dies, Fiskars grass punch

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