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,

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Rejoice in the Lord

Hello all! Just stopping by to post a card that I will be linking to Freshly Made Sketches today.
This sketch is something I will be saving in my sketch folder. Clean and Simple layouts are something I always appreciate. and need.

Products Used:
SU Butterflies Thinlets Dies
SU Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
Verve Scripture Medley 1
Diagonal Folder
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
SU Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum,The Paper Studio, Black unknown

That's about it for today. My GD and I have been crafting, but I have to return her to her Mom and Dad this afternoon, so our crafting time has ended. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you can do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Today I was able to create a card for the The Paper Players PP381 challenge. I looked over some of my older stamps and came across this older PTI Quilter's Sampler Set. I knew immediately it would be perfect for the challenge.  It was fairly simple to put together, but the hardest part for me was the layout.  I looked through some of the sketches by Julee Tilman and was happy to find one that I felt fit the stamps and sentiments.

The products used:
PTI Quilter's Sampler Set (2008)
Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide card stock
SU Night of Navy ink
True Gentleman DSP
SU Stitched Shapes Framelits
Sketch: MOJO #433
Stripe embossing folder
Buttons from my stash. Not exactly a match, but I think they work, although they don't look as olive as they do in the picture.
That's about it for tonight. Hopefully, I will have a chance to work on another card tomorrow, but I think house cleaning might get in the way. ;} Have a wonderful day tomorrow and I hope you get a chance to do something you love!

Live Simply,

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thank You

I had a chance to get inky this rainy afternoon. and created a card to link to Freshly Made Sketches using their sketch, and Just Us Girls colors. By the way, this is the first time I have linked to the Just Us Girls site, but will not be the last.

Products Used:
Crumb Cake, Basic Gray,Bermuda Bay, and Rich Razzelberry SU inks
Totally Trees and Endless Thanks SU Stamp sets
Sizzix Embossing Folder,SU Sliver Metallic Thread,The Paper Studio Enamel Turquoise Stickers

I really chided myself that I hadn't used the Totally Trees only I few times. I was perusing Pintrest and saw so many beautiful cards created using this set. By the looks of my stamps in Endless Thanks, it seems I haven't used that set at all! So sad...

That's about it for tonight. My oldest daughter will be joining us for dinner so I better skedaddle. Have a wonderful weekend and go do something you LOVE!

Live Simply, 

I Had a Little Surprise ...

Well, maybe a big and exciting surprise this morning. The Epic Celebrations card that I linked to the Paper Players last week was chosen as one of The Cut Above choices. Thank you ladies for choosing my card this week. It truly is an honor.

You all need to go over to the blog and check out the other ladies that were chosen. Congratulations ladies all your cards were beautiful. The HEADLINERS card for the week is just gorgeous. Surely worthy of the honor.

Why not go over to the blog tomorrow for a brand new challenge. I know that the challenges always rev up my creative juices. Have a great weekend and go do something you LOVE!

Live Simply,

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Epic Celebrations Birthday card

I'm back again today posting a card that I will be linking to The Paper Players and Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

I just received my Epic Celebrations (SAB) stamp set and wanted to start with the sneakers image. The papers are from SU, Real Red, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake. I colored the sneaker and the shoe laces with Stampin' Write markers( Real Red & Crumb Cake). The sentiment was inked with Memento Black and cut from a die from the retired Circle Card Thinlits.  On the red  layer  I used the sneaker image inked with Versa Mark ink then cut out with a circle die and the large circle from Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I've been crafting almost all day and need to clean up my "mess" before I start dinner in about an hour. Of course, I just as soon stay here at my stamping desk, but my hubby does like to eat!

I hope you have a wonderful evening and are going to do something you love. See you back in a couple of days.

Live Simply,

New Card Class Projects

Today I'm posting the 4 cards that I made at a newly formed SU Card Class. A neighbor of mine just became a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! and graciously decided to hold monthly Card Classes here in our community. YEAH!

Our first meet up was last evening. All of us were new to each other, but crafting brought us together for a fun, creative, laugh filled evening. Four of us attended, 3 with prior card making experience. Linda, who had not made cards before, did a terrific job with hers looking like a seasoned card maker.
Thanks Dianna Banks taking on the challenge as a new demo and offering beautiful card samples for us to recreate.

This card was my spin on Dianna's sample card. I had some difficulty with some of the elements and had to scrap her design by finishing it today and using an older Paper Pumpkin sentiment.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Birthday Card/ Delight yourself in the Lord

I'm posting another birthday card today, because who doesn't need birthday cards? It seems if I don't continue making them I don't have any when I need one. This card today will be linked to VivaLa Verve February Sketch challenge and Seize the Birthday. I've had these papers picked out for almost a week and hadn't used them. I was waiting for the right layout.Then when I saw the Verve challenge, I knew that was the project to use them on.

Card inside

The papers are all retired, I believe. I used a SU 2 1/2 inch punch, a retired embossing folder,and scallop die. The sentiment on the circle on the front is from the Verve stamp set, Scripture Medley 1. An SU set, Bring on the Cake were used to complete the inside. I enjoy using scripture stamps on cards, especially for family and friends. I feel the Word of God is always appropriate and in due season.

That's it again for today. Have a wonderful weekend and as always, go do something you love!

Live Simply,