Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #409~ Bella and Friends

 I made this card for the fabulous challenge at: Tuesday Morning Sketches

I think this is such a great layout, I will have to try one more time with another card.  I'm so glad we have that opportunity to do so.   But for today, this is my card.  I used the Bella and Friends stamp set from stampin up.  and added a few little embellishments.  The bumblebees are little wooden pieces that I found at Michael's.  and the hearts are from Stampin up.   I think it turned out ok.  Perhaps I might have chosen a different background paper, but it does pick up the blues nicely.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

MM #254 {Merry Christ-MOOSE!}

OH boy~ A Moose challenge at: Merry Monday Christmas Blog so excited about this one.  I think moose are adorable. I have only 2 stamps, but my home is loaded with moose decor.  I decided to take a picture of my card on one of the shelves in our living room.  That cute little moose with the pipe is actually an incense burner and the smoke comes out the pipe.  I think I've used it 2 maybe 3x.  I'm not a huge fan of incense but thought he was so adorable.  I'm sure he is about 20 years old by now.  

So onto the card.  I used washi tape for the Christmas tree background.  and die cut a couple ovals then stamped the moose which is a single stamp, colored and cut him out.  I added a little liquid pearl around the cuffs of his sweater and rim of his had.  The sentiment is from stampin' Up.   I also put a bit of glitter in the lantern to give it a soft shimmer.   I didn't get the WOW factor with this card, but that's ok.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

RRCB65~Bright Sunshiney Day

 Well folks, I made another card today and this one is for the Retro Rubber Challenge.  They have a cute sketch over there that I just couldn't resist.  Plus I got some great inspiration from a dear friend.๐Ÿ’œ  We may live many states away, but she always puts a smile on my face and encourages me, and this time she did so with this picture I've included on my post.  Check out one of her sweet little goats๐Ÿ.. Polly loves her tractor.  That got me thinking farm and such and ironically I've married into a farming family, but I'm very limited in my "farming stamp supplies"  so I pulled out this ole stampin up What's Moo set from 1993 and combined it with the sentiment from Mama Elephant, My sunshine.  Not sure the year on that one.  But nevertheless it just worked well with the sunflowers and happy little cow.    
As I've mentioned in the last couple posts.  I have a stamp set already to send out to someone in my blog family, as soon as I  reach 100 followers.. I'll be drawing a name. 

  Hope you sign up.  This set will just be collecting dust until then.  
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Simon Says: Lets Take A Vacation~ Beach in a Bottle

Look what washed up on my shores.. A little beach in a bottle.  The perfect little home for this cute crab and his delicious tall glass of lemonade all while resting on a hammock while the sun sets in the background.  My imagination does run wild  with limited boundaries.  As I'm typing I can faintly hear an icecream truck tune softly playing against the  backdrop noises of trains and traffic... so as you can see.. a get away is just what I need.. so that's why I'm loving this challenge at: Simon Says  "Let's Take a Vacation"  I'm dreaming of a fantastic place. I used Lawn Fawn stamps for the little images, and the Mason Jar is from Michael's.   I also included a picture of where I sometimes take my snap shots.  It seems outdoors is the best possible light ever.  *insert smile.  I fussy cut all the little characters on my card, and then glued them down. That little backdrop sun was not intended, but I had a BIG whoops.. so I tried my best to cover it up, and well now that I blabbed it, ya all know. *wink.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

PCC249~Best Birds

Today I made a card for my daughter to give to a co-worker, so I took this opportunity to play along with the sketch challenge at: Paper Craft Crew    The stamp  set is called Best Birds from Stampin' UP.  I enjoyed making this card.  It came together very quickly. I colored the bird with clear wink of stella to give it some shimmer, however, it didn't show up so well in the picture.    I then added a few jewels and some twine.  The washi tape has music notes as to represent birds singing.        
            I thought I'd also share a picture I took with my dinosaur phone when I went for a short walk.  I'm so impressed that it actually turned out.  And  for DAISIES my favorite flower. Yay!!!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017


 I made this card for the challenge at: Tuesday Morning Sketches.
I must have "wedding" on my mind, especially since our daughter's engagement. (June 4th)
This is actually not at all where I was going with this card.  I started with pink and white and was going to use a swan.  Then after I finished I wasn't very pleased, so I tried again.  This time using the seasonal bells from stampin up I came up with this lovely card.  I accented the bells and sentiment with silver foil paper, and used a silver brad to hold the bells together.   I stamped the Mr. & Mrs. in each bell.  Another quick story, I had no idea how to make a square card, so thanks to youtube I found out the dimensions. (yay) 
I thought I'd also share a couple pictures of HP.  It was his 6th birthday this past Sunday on Father's day.  We were blessed to have the kids come down and hang out. (so happy we are all in the same state again) It was such a great day, we had a nice camp fire, made brats and hotdogs and the kids played basketball, and badminton.  However even though our spoiled little hound received a baby pool with a bazillion balls, he still wanted the basket ball and badminton birdies.. oh the joy.  
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Challenge 11~ King and Queen of Hearts

Right away when I saw the design sketch at: Always Fun Challenges
I knew I wanted to play along, and almost instantly this sketch reminded me of playing cards.  Hence the King, Queen and Jack were implented.  However being that I don't have a stamp set with such images I took to the computer like a dog after a bone trying to find something I could print, because I really didn't want to take three out of my deck of cards. (haha)  So after that big pursuit was finished, it left me wondering what to put in the circle.   Which takes me to another short story.  I won that little stamp set "First Kiss" by C.C. Designs from a blog challenge so I thought how cute.  I'll use that and make them the King and Queen of hearts.  I think it turned out darling.  Not so impressed with my blender pen from Michael's, I even used my stazon ink, but it still seemed to smear.  
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Thought I'd share a song that followed "suit" with my card theme. *insert smile.
From a Jack to a King
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HSS Inspiration Challenge 266 & Challenge #333 - Personalize It~ Grandma

The two challenges I'm playing along with today are:
It's the perfect chance to make a card for my Grandma who is 94.  I just wanted to let her know we wish her well, she broke her wrist a couple weeks ago, but she's such a tough little lady, she was in and out of the hospital quite quickly and now home recuperating.๐Ÿ’— 
This card uses a single stamp that I've had for many many years. I don't even remember where I bought it.  The letters that spell "Grandma" are from Michael's. I just water colored the watering can and flowers and added a little glitter to make it sparkle a bit. 
The background paper I layered with are our Wisconsin NFL ๐ŸˆPacker colors. ๐Ÿˆ Green/Gold.  
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Merry Monday #253 {Bears} Christmas

I am submitting this card I made today to Merry Monday, a Christmas card challenge where we are to incorporate bears in our cards.
I don't have any little "cutesy" bears so I chose this big fella to do the trick.  I used a total of 4 different stampin up sets:  Holly Berry Happiness,  Stitched with Cheer, Wonderland, and Thankful Forest Friends.  If you look really hard there are snowflakes in the background and of course after I took the picture an idea pops in my head, hmm, Why don't I use my white gel pen to highlight a few tree branches.. always the best ideas are an after thought for me.   I glittered up the forest star with some wink of stella to make it sparkle.  I tucked the sentiment under the bear's arm as to extend a warm Christmas greeting to his fellow forest friends.  I also added a layer of glossy silver paper, because it reminds me of tinsel, and it just made the whole thing pop.
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CTS #226 & Challenge #85 Home Sweet Home

Yes, indeed I had to play along one more time with: 
I let the colors of the time out challenge inspire this cute flashy pick me up card, while working with the design elements of the case this sketch.  I think it turned out fabulous.  Using a couple different stampin Up products.   The sentiment is a Michael's store special. Love it when it all ties together.
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Friday, June 16, 2017

CTS #226 & Challenge #85 Home Sweet Home

 Gosh it feels so good to be stamping again, we have had quite the week here, more storms rolling in this evening, but nevertheless I'm feeling very blessed and thankful that the flood waters didn't reach the house. (close)  The pictures are right out front of our home.  We live up on an embankment of sorts, because of how the train overpass was put in.. so the ground was cut out to make room for the 4 lanes of traffic that fly through here.  Needless to say there was a wash out and big mess, lots of trees down, and we were without power for 3 days and water.  But the city did run a hose from a neighbor's house and we were able to get water on day 2, just not for drinking.  Feeling thankful we are all safe.   Makes a person put things in perspective quite quickly.

Well enough on that.  Let's talk about the card.  I'm submitting to two challenges. 
I used water color pencils to create the striped background and also add color to the butterfly too.  I die cut the word happy out of sparkle paper, and stamped the birthday with an image I had bought from the dollar tree store.  I added some clear wink of stella to the wings of this delightful butterfly for added glitter, and added a few little pearls to give it some character.  I actually made another card for both challenges.. just not sure if I can submit two.  

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Challenge #332 - ONE layer Sweet Things

 I've really enjoyed playing along with the challenges at: Less Is More                                        and this week is no different.  Gosh it was even more difficult to have just a one layer card, but I found a sweet treat stamp set from 2002 Stampin up in my stash called Hang in There and thought it would be great for this card.  In all honesty I went through quite a few tries.. stamped some background images.. and such, different colors but nothing was giving me that AHA,  this is it moment!  Until this one.  I used my water colored pencils, and added wink of stella clear glitter to the tops of the treats.. I pretended it was like sprinkling on some sugar.  Now for the yummy strawberry cake with the cherry on top.. I used liquid pearls.  Makes the frosting look so real.  I think it turned out cute. 
 It seems like taking pictures outside is just better, so I thought I'd share where I sometimes take a picture.. ya get a sneak peak of my side yard too.
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Sunday, June 11, 2017


My Daughter got engaged last Sunday.  June 4th.  It's so exciting, I just can't stop thinking about it,  so I started playing around with this cute bride and groom stamp set from 1997 stampin up.   I will submit this card to the: Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge Blog                         
 I don't  have the exact shape, so I had to do some cutting and well finally just gave up.  However, I then stamped a bunch of hearts in the background, and being they were so bold I added a piece of vellum over the top to soften the appearance.  I then fussy cut out the bride and groom.  I added some wink of stella to bling up the dress bottom, so it would match the die cut sentiment.   I'm not to fond of the pink wedding dress, however I have some time to play around before the kids say their vows.. so that's comforting, I can practice a bit more.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

SUMMER FUN ~Challenge 9

I L๐Ÿ’›VE Summer!  So when I came across this awesome fun blog: Always Fun Challenges.  I knew I'd want to play along.   As you can clearly see,  I did not practice the less is more concept.  I started fussy cutting all the cute images I had stamped, and didn't want any to go to waste.. so they all got glued down.  The stamp set is from Lawn fawn.  Then I added some wink of stella to sparkle up this lovely little beach scene.  The sentiment "summer" is from Stampin up.    Well that about wraps up the info on this card.  
Hope you like it.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#331 - Neapolitan & FMS291 ~Weather Together

Did you all see what I added to my blog?  Yup that's right up there on the top bar you will find PJ's Porch.  My craft room.  Just thought I'd share my little mess with ya.   I love getting to take a peak at other bloggers craft rooms and spaces.  It's inspirational.  Not that mine will be.  But nevertheless.. it's home.  
This past weekend was HUGE for us.  Our baby girl got engaged๐Ÿ’  super excited about that!! And she also walked her first full marathon.  Very awesome and bitter sweet, being that was something I use to do before all my issues.. Perhaps I'll add another tab on that upper bar for "my story"  to share in detail what I mean.  
So that brings us to>  today's card.  I made this for the challenges at: 
I used Stampin Up Weather together Stamp set along with the sentiment from, To Thine Own Shelf.. which is an awesome book shelf stamp set.  I really should use that a bit more, since we like to read in this family.  I added a bit of bling by using sparkle paper and I think it turned out lovely.  However I must say that after working with the Neapolitan colors.
I have a hankering for ice๐Ÿฆ cream now๐Ÿ˜‰
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

HSS Sketch Challenge #265~PLANT HOPE

I ordered this Plant Hope stampin up set off of ebay and it came in the other day.  I think the palm tree is lovely.  I fussy cut it out and added some wink of stella clear glitter to the tree top.  If you follow my blog, you'll know that lately I dab a bit of stella on everything.  It's fabulous.  My new favorite way to add some shimmer and sparkle.  I thought this was a lovely sketch to play along with at: Hand Stamped Sentiments
Keeping with a tropical theme, I thought I would share a picture of my spring cactus now blooming.  Gosh that makes me happy.   I really love it when things start blooming.  Our winters are long here in WI.  Still waiting for the black walnut tree.. it's the last to get it's leaves and the first to lose them, but such a grand tree to have in the yard.  I've actually had one person offer to buy the wood from this magnificent tree, we said no.  We have planted a few pines (spruce).  I know a lot of people don't like them, but I grew up with white pines and there is something magically beautiful about them in winter.   We also have a lovely Autumn Ash we planted here, that is gorgeous.   Well enough about our trees.  I will have to remember to post pictures of the side yard this summer. 
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017


 This is a card I made for the sketch challenge at:The Paper Players Blog

I used a stampin up embossing folder for the background.  The elephant is a single stamp from the dollar bins at Michael's.  The sentiment is from stampin up.   I fussy cut out the elephant and umbrella after I colored it.  I then dabbed on some clear wink of stella to the image to give it some sparkle.  I added a few enamel embellishments to tie it all together.
I also am tacking on a few pictures of the Hawk that visits my yard frequently.  He enjoys the hunt here, being we live next to a snowmobile junk yard, there is plenty of mice, rabbits etc.  This time I think he got a bird, it was heartbreaking but nothing I could do ๐Ÿ˜”.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

PCC245~ Hope in the Rain.

Well I have not ever played along with a tic-tac-toe challenge, so this was fun.  I went straight across the board with bright colors, enamel embellishments and some sparkle and bling for the challenge at: Paper Craft Crew.  I used this cute little stamp, I bought a few years back.  Then I stamped the image again on the matching background paper so I could cut out his umbrella, coat and boots.   I water colored the rest and added a few enamel hearts to stay with the background theme.  I found this lovely silver sparkle paper and die cut the word "hope" out to give it some of that bling.  I planned on making this into a shaker card but I'm not so good with those yet.  So I just glued the little framed acetate paper directly down.  I think it's ok.
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Happy Memorial Day
♥Thank you♥
God Bless America
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Sunday, May 28, 2017


 Here is a little something different for my SCS (Scripture Card Sunday) I was in need of making a new prayer journal. So I found this adorable little note book at the dollar store.  I actually bought two.  One to cover with my awesome daisy duct tape, because ya all know I LOVE DAISIES, and the other I kept with the cute little flower and think Happy thoughts quote.    So after I taped it up.. I felt like it needed something a bit more yet, as in stamping.. haha.. so here is the finished product.↓
 I even added little tabs like my last prayer journal.
 I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  I like how the silver foil paper pops so lovely against the daisies and such. 

Hope you're all having a Blessed Sunday.   Thank you for stopping by my blog.