Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Friend Like You...

After being gone for ten days with no card making, I'm back today with a card. I stopped over at The Paper Players blog and thought I would give the monochromatic challenge a try.

MOJO MONDAY sketch #390

SU card stock:  Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Mango Melody, Garden Impressions DSP
Stamp sets: GinaK  Wreath Builder sentiment and stitched circle, MFT Birds of a Feather die cuts
SU Banner Triple Punch
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

That's about it for today. I'm attending a SU Card Class tonight and get to play stamp and have some fun my crafty friends.

Enjoy your evening and I hope you can do something you LOVE!

Live Simply, Bernadette

Monday, August 6, 2018

I'm here in VA vacationing with my hubby for the next several days.  Today we are having beautiful weather, plenty of warmth and sunshine. It looks like the next 3 or 4 days there will be more of the same. YEAH!!!

Just before I left I received my Gina K order. A sad, sad moment for me. I wanted to stay home and play, but it will be the first thing I'll be playing with when I return home. See me doing the Happy Dance...

I bought this as a bundle. All I'll have to do is cut my paper and make a card. It such an easy system to use to make perfect wreaths. There are some beautiful examples on line if your interested in looking.

That's  it for today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are able to do something you LOVE!

Live Simply, Bernadette

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Happy Birthday Suprise Card and another Surprise Today!

The past several days I have been working on a birthday card for one of my GD's. She will be 11 on the 18th. of this month, but I needed to finish the card before I go away for a few days. I needed something a little whimsical, but also a little "grown up". I think I managed it. I'm linking it over to Seize the Birthday today. This blog pushes me to make the Birthday cards I need for my family.

She loves "stuffies" (stuffed animals) , but the only images I had that I felt she would love were on my Cricut Explore. So to the rescue it came.  I'm not all that keen on piecing the image pieces together or that adept at doing it, but I gave it a try.  I'm pretty pleased the way it came out and hope she will like it. The hardest part was choosing a color combination. I tried several and decided on the bright colors from SU.

Here is the outside. Pretty generic:

BUT open the inside and this is the "surprise" she will get:

I was originally going to put the image on a white card base, but opted to put it on the Lemon Lime Twist. Of course I had it all glued together, so unfortunately, the hat doesn't stand out like it should.

It is a pop - up card!  I just found out how to make these, I know they've been around awhile, over at Jennifer McGuire's blog.  This is a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" top fold card base with the pop-up leaving enough room on the bottom to sign. Jennifer made the examples she gave with windows in the front which I will try the next go around. She is so talented , a great communicator and artist. I love her videos.

Some products I used:
SU: Lemon Lime Twist, Granite, Lovely Lipstick
SU: Retired Polka Dot Paper
SU: Clear Paper Pumpkin Stamp, Retired Hello You Thinlits Die
Cricut: Teddy Bear Parade

The card that I linked to Seize the Birthday for the July 19th. challenge with toppings was chosen as a Challenge Winner! I was so surprised and honored to be chosen. Thank you Seize the Birthday.

That's it for today. I'm off to make cookies for one of my neighbors who just had surgery. Have a wonderful day and go do something you LOVE!

Live Simply, Bernadette

Monday, July 30, 2018

With Sympathy

Today I needed to make a sympathy card for a family member. I'm sure like most of us, they are difficult to create. I saw over at Just Add Ink  challenge blog that the challenge was with a twist.  By using the SU Waterfront stamp set hopefully it fills the challenge requirement.

I layered SU's Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow that was embossed and Pear Pizzazz stamping with similar colors for the scene. The sentiment is from a retired Hostess set, Bloom with Hope and stamped with Soft Suede. I added SU Linen Thread and some Cooper Pearls to finish it off.

Sorry for this being a little washed out. I took it just about dusk this evening.

Have a wonderful , restful evening. Enjoy your Tuesday and go do something you LOVE!

Live Simply, Bernadette

Sending Sunshine

I completed this card on Thursday hoping to post it to the Freshly Made Sketch blog challenge. Unfortunately the Friday I was visiting friends and forgot all about it! That's okay though. I made it for a friend who is recuperating from back surgery and needs a little sunshine. Here in central NC we have had a lot of rain and not much sun, so hopefully this will cheer her up some.

I cut the sun on the patterned paper with my Cricut Expression machine using the the Sun Envelope from Wild Card 2. The paper is an older retired SU paper, the Sunshine die cut is Taylored Expressions and so is the Sunshine sentiment. (Sending Sunshine stamp set, Sending Script die)
I layered a piece of Daffodil Delight behind the negative space and used SU dimensionals on the front of the card base of SU Bermuda Bay. I also added Wink of Stella the sentiment to give it some sparkle.

That's it for today as far as posting. I'm going to dive into some paper and stamps to create a card. I hope you have a wonderful day and can go do something you LOVE!
Live Simply, Bernadette

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Don't Worry Be Happy

I started working on this card yesterday and finished it up this evening. I love this little Hula Girl. I used it in a previous card and knew I would use it again. It is from Taylored Expressions "Do the Hula" which included this die cut with the grass skirt and 6 images. So cute! The background is SU's Tropical Thinlits Dies using the 2 3/4 square die cut and backed with SU Blushing Bride card stock.

I broke out my Prismacolored Premier Pencils to color the image and Gamsol to blend the colors. Although I've been working at my coloring skills with some success,  I'm not nearly as good as I would like to be. It will be practice, practice, practice for a while longer.  I have looked at videos by different Prismacolor artists that have given great advice and tips, but it looks like there will be more months of practice ahead at this point.

I'll be linking this card over to the Freshly Made Sketches Blog for this weeks challenge.

That's about it for this evening. Have a wonderful one and I hope you have some to time tonight or tomorrow to do something you LOVE!

Live Simply, Bernadette

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

They Say it's Your Birthday

I had some free time yesterday to create a card using the Birds of a Feather dies from MFT's June Kit. I really like this kit with the different sized birds, flowers, and leaves, and of course, this sweet birdhouse. I did use SU card stock (Bermuda Bay, Real, Red, Black) with exception of the Dill Pickle card stock which came with the kit for the leaves. The black and white paper is a retired SU paper which I have had in my stash for a long time. :}. The sentiment is from SU's Suite Sayings (retired).

I'll be linking this to the Seize the Birthday challenge today.  I'm really trying to get back into a more consistent routine, but honestly it's been difficult with all our travel these past months. Hopefully, I can get back on track soon.

Have a wonderful day and I hope you can go do something you LOVE!

Live Simply, Bernadette

Monday, July 23, 2018

Birds of a Feather

This past weekend I had a chance to break out my new June Card Kit by MFT. What a cute set of dies! I was a little overwhelmed at first, but thanks for the card examples on the MFT blog and Pinterest, I was able to breeze through 2 cards. I did CASe, but changed them up slightly with some of my own touches and stamps.

Inspiration from Donna Mikasa

Inspiration from Torico

As you can see, they are both Get Well cards. I had no trouble with making them cheerful. The papers that came with the kit made that easy to obtain. I used my sentiments and die cut on the top card from Taylored Expressions Sending Sunshine stamp set  and the separate die "Sending" .

The bird house,the flowers, leaves and bird where all part of the June kit, The scallop edge is an older retired product and so is the striped embossing folder and the wood grain embossing folder.

That's it for this evening. I hope you had time to craft and and do something you LOVED today. I hope to see you in a few days with a few more cards...

Live Simply,

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Aloha Friend

I just opened up my blog for the first time since May 17th. Yikes... Although I have a valid reason for not posting in over a month. We left for Scottsdale, AZ on the 19th. of May and returned home on the 19th. of June. The only craft supplies I brought with me was one adult coloring book and a small selection of children's pencils. Believe me, I was having some MAJOR craft withdrawal!

Our mission this trip was to see if we needed to sell our little place at Road Runner Resort. There is a possibility of the park closing in August 2019, so we had to make some decisions. After talking to friends, the office, and prayerfully looking for wisdom and direction, we felt we needed to let it go.

Our first order of business was to sell our unit to a Broker. Which we did successfully.Then the job of clearing out, deciding what to sell, what to give to charity, what to give to friends began. We put the larger items of some value on Craigslist and the smaller items on Offer Up. That process was a little time consuming, but mostly successful. We also needed to sell our 12 year old Honda Civic which was in need of some repairs and some exterior sprucing. Our decision to sell it to Car Max worked for us. Truly a no hassle process.

The month went pretty smoothly and we got to hang out with some long time friends, which was really a plus through the month. We haven't decided if we will be going back to AZ to buy or rent a place in another Park as of yet.Time will tell. I really love Arizona as much as I love North Carolina.

While I was gone I ordered some stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions, Linda Heller's Paper Share and my local SU Demo Dianna Banks. All of which were here when I arrived home. Don't you just love HAPPY MAIL. I had also decided to get back to using Prismacolor Pencils for coloring my images. I always felt comfortable with them and thought it was time to pick them up again after approximately a 5 yr. hiatus. But the biggest problem being, that I needed a refresher course on how to use them. YouTube to the rescue. I looked at several sites and was pleased with them, but found that Erin at "Simple Art for Adults" was someone whose style of teaching I enjoyed. Thanks Erin for your simple approach and great videos. You should check her YouTube out.

The following sample is my first, but feeble attempt at using my new pencils. Yes, I bought a new set of 72 Prismacolor Premier Pencils. I'm in love. They lay down so beautifully. My old set desperately needed to be replaced and updated , especially after some of my GC and I have used them and they hadn't had the best TLC over the years of owning them.

Here is the card that I created using TE "Do the Hula" stamp and die combination, SU "Tropical Chic" stamp and thinlits, SU Tropical Escape DSP. The card layout is simple and with the help of the thinlits and dies, it was easy to put together. The most time consuming part for me was the coloring. It's far from perfect, but it is the step in the right direction. I will continue to learn and practice and know that my coloring will become better as time goes buy, hopefully.

I just used blended colors and the blender pencil on the image. Once I get some proper paper, I will by trying the Gamsol method which I had in the past.

I apologize for the lengthy post, but wanted to catch you up on the cause of my absence and show off some of my new goodies.

This coming weekend our family will be headed out to the beach for a Family Reunion, so will not be crafting and posting again until after the 10th. of July. :}

Have a wonderful day, go do something you LOVE, and have a great 4th. of July holiday!

Live Simply,

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Birthday Wishes

Just a quick post this morning. I created this card for the Verve May 2018 Inspirational Challenge. I'm not one who likes the color pink all that much, even though I have 4 daughters and 7 granddaughters. Go figure...


Verve stamp
SU Birthday Bouquet DSP
SU Blushing Bride card stock
SU Mossy Meadow Ink
Retired edge embossing folder by SU
SU Triple Tag Punch

Have a wonderful productive, blessed and crafty day!

Live Simply,

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Waterfront Cards

Today I got another chance to play around with the Waterfront Stamp by SU. Both were inspired by different demonstrators, Akemi Geary and Mary Brown. Thanks ladies for the inspiration!

I really like both of them for different reasons. The top one is using the True Gentleman DSP, which I love for the men in my life and it's such a clean and simple card. Got to love those. The bottom one is being used for a young man who lives in Sarasota, FL and loves the beach.  Sand, water, and palm trees , what could be better!

I did have a learning curve using this set, especially with the beach scene. Eventually after 3or 4 tries :{ I was happy with the end results. This set is owned by a fellow stamper and friend of mine,Vicki. Thanks Vicki! This will be on loan for a little longer so I can try my hand at more cards using this set. I'm looking through Pinterest seeing what will get my creative juices flowing.


SU Waterfront stamp, retired SAB stamp,Big Day
SU Inks, Tranquil Tide, Soft Suede, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Memento Black
SU Stitched Oval (large) Oval Scallop, Seaside Textured Embossing Folder

That's it for today. Have a wonderful one and I hope you have a chance to do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

Cricut Rainbow Birthday Card Annabelle

Annabelle and I 
Last Saturday my granddaughter Annabelle celebrated her 3rd. birthday with a Troll inspired party. Her mama decorated one of the walls in her family room with balloons representing a rainbow. I created the card above using my Cricut Explore using an image from Create a Critter and some SU products.

Make it a great day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Mother's Day Cards

Inside of Cards

The cards I am posting today are the Mother's Day cards that I made for the Moms in our family, eight to be exact. They are both using the sketch that is posted at  Viva La Verve for May. I just love Julee Tillmans sketches and stamps. She never disappoints me with her talent.


Verve Stamp - Scripture Medley 3
SU Crazy about You for inside

Papers:  SU Naturally Eclectic, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Emerald Envy, Berry Burst, Whisper White by SU

Retired Embossing Folders, small daisy die (unknown manufacturer)

SU Stitched Shapes Framelits, Scallop die  (unknown Manufacturer)  

Leaves cut by the CRICUT using the Heritage cartridge

I pray you have a blessed day and are to do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

Thursday, April 12, 2018

This picture of an old log cabin was taken on a trail in the
 Great Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN. 

I recently have taken an interest in old, abandoned homes in the area of NC I live in and plan on taking a series of pictures of those homes and perhaps being able to find out their history. As of last week, I have 12 homes on my phone listed to photograph less then a 8 mile radius of where I live. I can't wait to start. Now I need to dust off my DSL camera and lens!

The picture above is an old Cantilever barn that was at the Great Smokey Mountains Heritage Center in TN. It's very interesting structure and something I had never before. Below is some information I found on a Tennessee history site. I hope it is of some interest to you as it was to me.

"Cantilever barns are nineteenth-century vernacular farm structures found principally in two East Tennessee counties, Sevier and Blount. Their characteristic feature is an overhang, or cantilever, which supports a large second-story loft atop one or more log cribs on the base story."

That's it fro me today. I hope you have a wonderful evening and a great Friday and are able to do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

Friday, April 6, 2018

He has made Everything Beautiful Birthday Card

Inside of Card

Today I am posting a birthday card I created for one of my female family members.  As I posted before, I like to use a scripture verse to encourage them. I will be linking these to the VivaLaVerve  and Seize the Birthday sites today.

The toppings being BIRDS

Products Used:

Naturally Eclectic DSP-SU
Soft Sky,Whisper White,Lemon Lime Twist cardstock-SU
Blooming with Kindness inside sentiment (ret) SU
Verve Stamps - Scripture Medley #3
SU Stitched Shapes Framelits, Ovals Collection Framelits (ret), Apothecary Accents Framelits (ret)
Bird - Petal Palette SU
Berry Burst SU ink

We are enjoying a beautiful day today and I really should be outside, but my Craft Space was calling me! Prayerfully there will be more ahead next week.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend AND have a chance to go do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

Friday, March 30, 2018

To A Classy Kind of Guy

Today's post will be of a card that I made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Since I seem to never have enough masculine cards, I pulled out my favorite new set bu SU, Truly Tailored with the coordinating DSP, True Gentleman.

Product List:
Stamp sets, Truly Tailored,Teeny Tiny Wishes
SU Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide CS
SU Night of Navy Ink
Retired Embossing folder
SU Linen Thread

This is short and sweet like I usually like to keep them,besides it's the holiday weekend. I think I'm pretty much prepared for our family dinner. I guess I'll see Sunday if I am!

Have a Blessed Easter and Passover,

Sunday, March 25, 2018

It's Your Birthday!

I was able sit down this afternoon and work on a card that I will be linking to Freshly Made Sketches and Seize the Birthday. Both being entered under the wire ;}

The circle on this card is from Stampin' Ups! Naturally Eclectic DSP, another one of my favorite papers. I love the colors and designs on every piece. I can see some serious paper hording happening!

Products Used:
SU Naturally Eclectic DSP, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist CS
Retired SU embossing folder
The Paper Studio Gemstones
Paper Pumpkin sentiment

That's it for this evening. I'm going to attempt another card before I call it a night. Have a good evening and a wonderful coming week, AND make sure you do something you LOVE during the week!

Live Simply,

Friday, March 23, 2018

Delight Yourself in the Lord

 I was able to do some card making today. I've been AOL for a couple of weeks because of family obligations and cleaning out my craft supplies and attic. I'm very happy that is over for right now, although I still have stamps to purge. Hopefully next week I'll feel like taking on that job.

The card above was created using the Viva La Verve sketch for the month of March. I've been wanting to use it for several weeks and had several ideas rolling around in my head. This was my final decision.

Products Used:
Stamp - Scripture Medley 1
SU Fresh Fig CS, Lemon Lime Twist CS, Naturally Eclectic DSP
SU Stitched Shaped Framelits
SU Silver Metallic Thread, SU Pearls Basic Jewels
Retired Edgelit, Retired SU Embossing Folder

That's about it on my end. Have a wonderful weekend and go do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

Sunday, March 11, 2018

It's Your Day!

I was able to make another card today using the SU True Gentlemen DSP and will be linking it to the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  I'm making entering this challenge just under the wire, but really liked the sketch and had this paper in mind.

Products Used:
SU True Gentlemen DSP, SU Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, and Crumb Cake card stock
SU stamps, Fabulous Four, SAB Epic Celebration
Inks, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide
Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
I did use some Gold stars from my stash which look quite yellow in the picture. I presume my lighting was bad.

Well I need to clean my "mess" up and have a little something to eat. I have a great evening and I hope you have enough time in your evening to do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

You're a Gem

I'll be linking this card to the Paper Craft Crew weekly challenge.

I had a chance to play with stamps and paper today. It's been a rainy and cold day, and creating always seems to warm my soul. Wish it did the same for my body!

I wanted to create a card with the Naturally Eclectic DSP that I have just recently bought.  I wasn't sure I was going to use this particular pattern having not bought the stamp set that complimented it.  I looked through my Paper Pumpkin sets because I thought I remembered having a stamp that I possibly could use. Eureka, I did! Just love when that happens.

Products Used:
SU Naturally Eclectic DSP, Pool Party cardstock, Lemon Lime Twist card stock
Paper Pumpkin Stamp
SU ink Night of Navy
SU retired ribbon - Pool Party
 Rhinestones, SU Silver Metallic Thread
SU Tailored Tag Punch

I hope your part of the world is warmer then NC is right now. We might even be getting a sprinkle of snow. Brrr..., but enjoy the remainder of your weekend and go do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

Friday, March 9, 2018

1st. Birthday/ SU/Cricut project

Today I'm back with a second 1st. Birthday card and the one I'll be sending to my grandson in Maine. Although I liked the one I made a few days ago, this one won my heart with it's bright colors. It just seems to fit his sweet, bubbly personality. I did get my inspiration for this card from a demo Teneale Williams. Thanks Teneale!

Products Used:
SU Naturally Eclectic DSP, SU card stock, Lemon Lime, Emerald Envy,Night of Navy
SU Night of Navy Ink
SU Endless Birthday Wishes on the inside of the card, SU Crazy About You sentiment on front stamped on Whisper White and hand cut.
Cricut Explore Air: #1 - Days and Dates Cartridge, Balloons - Birthday Cakes
Mini Pop Dots, Large Circles embossing folder,Light Chip Board

I'll be linking this to Seize the Birthday today.

Have a wonderful Friday and I go do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

Monday, March 5, 2018

1st. Birthday

I had a chance to work on a card today after being away for the weekend. I've been playing around in my mind with several designs and papers for cards for my 2 grandsons who will be having 1st.birthdays in a few months.. This is was my first attempt.

The sketch is from a previous Paper Players challenge which I did not enter, but liked the layout. I will be linking this particular card to Just Us Girls using the Word Week challenge and  Seize the Birthday .

Products Used:

SU Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder card stock, Birthday Boutique DSP
Cricut Embossing Folder, Cricut Explore Air cut number
SU Watermelon Wonder ink
SU Stitched Shapes Framelits, SU  Bitty Banners Framelits
SU Itty Bitty Banners stamp
SU Enamel Dots

Have a wondeful remainder of the evening and I hope you can do something you LOVE tomorrow!

Live Simply,

Friday, March 2, 2018

Happy Birthday

Just a quick post before I head out of town today. I have linked this card to the Freshly Made Sketches 326 challenge and Seize the Birthday. It is a clean and simple card which is always welcome when you need a quick birthday card.

Products Used:

SU Naturally Eclectic DSP, Soft Sky, Berry Burst
Soft Sky ink by SU
Pearls by Kaiser Scrapbook which were a fairly close match to the Soft Sky

Well I need to clean up my craft area and finishing packing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are able to do somethingyou LOVE!

Live Simply,

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Guy Happy Birthday

I had a chance to work on a card today after doing some sorting and organizing of my paper crafting accumulation. Unfortunately, I still have quite a bit to still do.But I degrees... Onto the card.

This sketch intrigued me by Paper Craft Crew and I had several designs rolling around in my head. Since I always need guy cards, I decided on the SU True Gentleman DSP as the background paper. With the help of my Cricut Explore Air and Design Space, I was able to cut a pipe to adhere to the card for extra interest and follow the sketches design.

Products Used:
SU True Gentleman DSP, Early Espresso,Very Vanilla
SU Chocolate Chip Ink
Age Awareness stamp set
Cricut Design Studio/ Billionare image

That's about it for tonight. I hope you have a great Monday and are able to do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,