Saturday, March 16, 2019

Challenge #312 - Sketch~ Forever Lovely, Stampin Up


 I had such a lovely surprise visit from my son yesterday.  Nothing like putting a smile on my face when he walks in the door.  I think HP and I did a race to see who could get to him first.  😉 The puppers won. 

Today Hubby is being such a big helper to me.  We are trying to get our basement organized.  After our little warm up in WI.  Many towns are flooded.  It's very sad and scary.  We live on a street that usually floods underneath the train overpass and up the hill where we live.  However so far we have been blessed that the road is still open.  But we do have water in the basement and now we have a little mess down there. So He is down there working on it now, while I'm posting this blog.   

This card I made for the challenge at: 
The stamp set featured in this card today is:
Stampin Up: Forever Lovely
I'm really determined to keep trying to work with floral prints.   At least until I feel comfortable with them.  

I'm almost ready to post pictures of my craft room, so I can update my blog.  My front porch is no longer my craft room so I can't wait to show ya all.  

Tomorrow I will be having a St Patrick's Day sale on my Etsy page.  I hope you will come visit me, and favorite my shop.  There are some stamps for sale too, not just cards.  

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. 
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
PJ



Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #494 Let It Ride, Wishing You Well, Stampin Up


I made this lovely card for the challenge at:
I'm most excited to play along with this sketch for a chance to be in the random drawing for the stamp set.  You see Llama's are so dear to me because of my daughter, she has a term of endearment that she uses for me and it melts my heart.  She calls me her mamala.. (mamalama)  it's so sweet 💗  If I should win it I will be making my first card for her.  

Now onto my card for today.
The stamp sets featured in this card are:
Stampin Up: Let it Ride
Stampin Up: Wishing You Well

I really like the background paper here, and also the little charm I added to the top right hand corner.  The inside sentiment is perfect for this running horse.
I'm also including a picture of this morning dove, who apparently was posing for the picture.  However, I couldn't find the other dove, usually they travel in pairs. 
 And last but certainly not least, my sweet little hound, who decided he didn't want to be on his blankie anymore so took over my bed, and also brought his stick toy on board.  That little rascal, but who can get angry with him when he flashes those big brown eyes and gives ya that innocent little look.. haha..  

Thank you for stopping by and reading my ramblings.    
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
PJ  

   

  

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

FMS379 First Frost, Painted Seasons, Meant to Be Stampin Up


 I want to give a big warm welcome to my new blog follower.  This is exciting❕  

 Image result for minion thank you
       I'm so happy you decided to sign                    up and follow my blog.  💛


My daughter was just telling me the other day about Google+ and the changes coming,  she said not to be alarmed if I lose followers because of that.  I'm always concerned about my numbers here, on my fb page for my cards, pinterest, my etsy shop and now also instagram.  Lot's of social media stuff, but for some reason it really matters to me.   So I'm just thrilled to have another person sign up and follow my blog.  Thank you again.

Now for the card.
   I made this one for the challenge at: 
The stamp sets featured in today's card are:
Stamping Up:  First Frost
Stampin Up: Painted Seasons
Stampin Up: Meant to Be

Thank you for taking time to stop in for a visit and check out my card.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
PJ




Tuesday, March 12, 2019

CTS #312. Garden In Bloom Stampin Up

 My craft room is almost ready for pictures to be posted.  I'm most excited to share it with you my friends.   We still have a few small hiccups to overcome, but we will figure it out.   

This is the second card I made for today, and this one I will submit to the challenge at: 


It's such a delight to see how everyone interprets the sketch.
This is my spin on it.   The stamp set I chose to play with for this card is:  Stampin Up: Garden in Bloom, my most favorite bumble bee is in this set, so I had to make sure to stamp him too.   This card has such a lovely spring feel to it.  I'm so ready for bees to be buzzing and flowers to be blooming. 

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
PJ



Sketch #307 Waterfront, Beach Happy, Cozy Cottage, Stampin Up



 I made a couple cards today and up first is the one I made for

 
The stamp sets featured in this card are:
Stampin Up: Waterfront
Stampin Up: Beach Happy
Stampin Up: Cozy Cottage
I tried to make it look like the sun was setting in the back of the mountains when looking out the window.  I then added a bit of glossy accents to the water to make it look real, and well let's just say it was still wet when I carelessly put my hand on it..*sigh.  Always something here with me.   I thought the cute little lawn chairs were a perfect addition for the sentiment "relax"  Which apparently my dog has no problem doing.  That sweet little fella pulled his big bed out from under the dining room table so  he could get some sun.  Aww. He's a sweetie and so proud of himself.  I had to share the picture.   You might think it's strange having the dog bed under the table, however, I do believe he likes it there.  It's his dog fort, in fact sometimes  I wish I could hide out under there.  😉

Thank you for taking time to stop in for a visit, and to check out my card.


Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping 
PJ


Sunday, March 10, 2019

TMS #493 Incredible Like You, Flowing Fountain, Stampin Up



 I made this card for the challenge at:
I didn't have an oval big enough for this sketch, so I decided to go with rectangles.   I used my new stamp set from stampin up:  Flowing Fountain, and paired it with Incredible Like you.   Which is my favorite set to play with at least this past week. 😉  I hope you will scroll down and see some of my previous cards I made with that delightful set.    I added glossy accents to this card to make the water in the fountain look real.  

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. 

 I'm asking that you will now also please take a moment to check out my nephew's website.  Homesteading Our Way He designed this page for a  high school project.  I think it would be rather encouraging for him to receive a few views, likes, comments.  Thank you all so very much.

Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping 
PJ

Friday, March 8, 2019

SSC199 NATURES HUES~ Incredible Like You Stampin Up


 I made this card for the challenge at:
I chose to work with the three middle colors.   
The stamp set I picked was stampin up's: Incredible Like You.  I also made it a square card, it just seemed to work best with this layout I created.
 This is my second day playing with this delightful set.   Yesterday I made a set of 8 cards.   I had trouble finding pictures of cards I liked, so I decided to come up with my own, and also to keep them simple.  Well folks, I was blown away by the out come.  I posted my picture of the 8 I made on a facebook page.. and the response was overwhelming.. over 360 likes and so many lovely comments.  I'm just filled with gratitude.  

I'm also sharing a picture of HP.  We had to have a little talk, so I told him to hop on the talking stool, so we could have our chat.  It's really funny because he listens, and then turns his head ignoring me, and then finally reaches out his paw as to shake hands in agreement. I Love this dog.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. 
Keep smiling and Keep Stamping.
PJ



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

RRCB105~Banner Banter, Lighthouse, Stampin Up


 I made this card today for the challenge at:
The stamp sets featured in today's card are:
Stampin Up:  Lighthouse 1998
Stamping Up: Banner Banter 2014

I don't ever really know how to color that cloud puff behind the lighthouse on the horizon, sometimes I want to make it more like a mountain, then I go for a sunrise/sunset.. and well today, the colors didn't blend well.  *sigh.   I refused to give up with it though. 

I'm also including a few of my card boxes I have been working on.  I'm going to add them to my etsy shop with a few homemade cards in each one. I hope it will be a hit in my little store. 

Thank you for stopping in for a visit.  

Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
PJ







Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sketch #306 Wishing You Well, Friendly Conversation, Beauty Abounds, Stamping Up


 It's just one of those days.  I have a super long to do list and nothing is getting done but playing in my craft room.   Well folks, if you have been following my blog, you know the "craft room" has been a whole ordeal.  I'm not sure I can give a short story but here goes:  The porch we enclosed many years ago on our old house has always been our shared craft room/desk/Bible Study room.  Well when our kiddos moved out we new one room would stay a bedroom and the other perhaps a lovely little craft room for me, and I do mean little.  Please keep in mind the house is only 945 square feet, so rooms are small.  Well we got everything in here, and that's when the troubles started, the floors were awfully uneven.   Now HP.  who you see below in a couple pictures.. LOVED this because it kept he occupied with chasing his ever rolling toys.  However I with my back and legs, dislike it, and so the room didn't work.  Well after much stress, heartbreak, frustration we got the floors as level as can be in a 100 year old home, so dear hubby moved everything back into this "craft room" We even purchased a little square table on clearance thinking a high table would be a fabulous work station for me, I'm quite tall so it would be awesome.  We have a counter height table for our dining room and we love it.  Well folks can you believe my luck. since being constantly in this room my legs have not stopped swelling and the pain is worse, we are starting to think it's the high table and stool. *heavy sigh❕  My dear husband really wants this to work out for me ( I think because he would like the desk back) haha.. so he said to get a little desk for me and the chair I use to use out there.. so my friends.. That's the next thing we are doing.  GOSH I pray this works out, and if indeed it does.  I suppose I should just have more faith and say, WHEN it works out,  I will then finally be able to show you pictures and update my little craft room.. or as hubby refers to it.. the "workshop"    

Now unto the card for today.  I will submit it to the challenge at:

I absolutely LOVE playing along with their sketch challenges.
I can't believe I didn't make a card yesterday, However I was crafting.  I was busy making card boxes to add them to my Etsy shop, in hopes that I will be able to sell cards in packages.  I will  share a picture of the 4 boxes on another post, since this is so long.   
The stamp sets featured in today's card are:
Stampin Up: Wishing You Well
Stamping Up: Friendly Conversation
Stampin Up: Beauty Abounds

Now for a couple pictures of my playful little pal.  He's such a darlin little buddy.  He loves his toys. 

Thank you for listening to my ramblings, and for stopping by to check out my card.

Oh and on a funny note.. the chicken I'm boiling for soup.. well friends, I boiled the bottom wrapper with it too.  Ya know the little white padded thing the chicken lays on.  MY gosh it's always something here.. Perhaps it will add flavoring 😉

Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping.
PJ


Sunday, March 3, 2019

TMS #492 Penny Black, April Showers, Border Builders 2 step stampin Up

 Today I made this quick card using my Penny Black stamp set called April Showers.    I really like how it turned out.  I added the flowers with Stampin' up's Two step stamp border builders.  I think it worked lovely here.  I was going to add some glossy accents or little sparkles, but I was running out of time and wanted to make sure to enter my card. 
I will submit this card to the challenge at:

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog, and check out my 
card.  
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
PJ



Saturday, March 2, 2019

Challenge 396~ Part of My Story, In This Together, Stampin Up

 I made this charming little card with my daughter in mind.  We have the best time together.  Well actually I have a great time with both my kiddos.   They just make me smile.  
I will submit this card to the challenge at:

The stamp sets featured in today's card are:
Stamping Up:  Part of My Story
Stampin Up: In This Together

Thank you for taking time to visit  my blog, and check out my card.  

Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
PJ

CTS #311 Regarding Dahlias Stampin Up

 The snowbanks are getting mighty high here in WI.   My dad was telling me that he remembered when they use to put little bright colored balls on their car antennas so they could see one another at the corners.    How fabulous.  I could just imagine decorating my little antenna ball.   
Well I suppose I best stick to card making.   So folks I made this one for the challenge at:
I just recently purchased this older stamp set.  I fell in love with it because of the dahlia.   I always try to plant a few of these beautiful plants around our home for the summer.  It's not so easy now since my surgery, but nevertheless I still try for a couple of these gorgeous blooms. 
The stamp set featured in today's card is:
Stmapin up:  Regarding Dahlias. 

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping.
PJ

Thursday, February 28, 2019

FMS377~Beauty Abounds, Incredible Like You Stampin Up


I noticed the cards in the challenge thus far stretched the sketch a bit.  So I thought I would do that too.   I will submit this card to the challenge at: 
The stamp sets featured in today's card are:
Stampin Up: Beauty Abounds
Stampin Up:  Incredible Like You

I really love the stamped stripes behind the floral images, I think gray goes very well with the soft colors of the flowers and butterfly. 

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog, and checking out my card.

Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
PJ