School Encouragement Cards

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This year I decided to mail the kids in my life cards at the beginning of the school year to encourage them in the adventure ahead! I then gave them a gift card to a local ice cream place because some days just require ice cream!! Each kid got a card that fit them and their grade in school.

Had a couple 2nd graders and then for the Kindergarten and 1st grade I did the one below.
Digital Image/Patterned Paper: Diane's Daydream Designs
Metal Dies: Stitched Circle
Sketch: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #487
Those kiddos had younger siblings that aren't old enough for school but didn't want to leave them out so they got the ones below. Basically told them to be good and have fun while their older sibling was in school then they could all go for ice cream!
Digital Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps/Lisa's Doodley Doos (Ice Cream Sticks). I colored them to match the kiddo they were going to.
Then my nephew's and niece (Benedict kids) I adopted when a coworker got hurt 3 years ago got these. The younger are in same grade due to how their birthdays fell on the calendar. The older boy is in 8th grade this year.
This image is special not only for my bright young man it went to but because my husband drew it when he was making a few digital stamps for Clearly Digi Stamps. My nephew is also learning how to draw so extra special to have one of Uncle Patrick's drawings.

Digital Image: DunnitAgain Designs - (Time for School)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: 
Digital Image: Miss Kate Cuttables (5th & 6th Grade Title) *I just recolored mine.
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug
Embossing Folder:      (stars)
This was the girl version for the older girls of a couple co-workers kids.

Patterned Paper: Doodlebug 
Digital Image: Paper Trail Design (Free Emoji Faces for personal use)
Cardstock: Bazzill 

This card I made several years ago and had extra supplies made into kits but never got time to make them. Well I got them made this year so this one went to several of the kiddos.
Stamps/Images: Sweet & Spicy Digital Image by DeeDee Anderson (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill (Yellow base), We R Memory Keepers cardstock, 
Patterned Paper – We R Memory Keepers (Hall Pass)
Accents/Tools: ribbons, stapler, Gina K Designs 1/16 Foam Tape
Techniques: Paper pieced the apple

Recipe for a Happy Birthday

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Recipe for A Happy Birthday

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One of my regular customers needed a birthday card for her daughter. Her daughter loves to cook. So I decided to do a recipe theme. There weren’t a lot of ideals out there and mostly were for birthday invitations. So I took some bits and pieces from some cards on the internet then added my own ingredients (ideals came from the mom on how they celebrate birthdays) to make a personalized birthday card!

The “lift category” this month in the April Inspirational Card Challenge @ is to lift Cardiographer!! She is one of my favorites and is a friend of mine. She loves Doodlebug (so do I…friendship at first sight!) and she ROCKS it!! I keep telling her she needs to try out for their design team! Even though I did not “lift” a card of hers I “lifted” the use of Doodlebug which doesn’t count for the challenge but I least made a cute card!! Her cards are cuter but I tried! I fussy cut the presents out of some paper. And used a die cut to make the balloons. The recipe card was from Deedee’s Digis (no longer in business but she has some freebies on her site Papercraft Romance.)

1) April Inspirational Card Challenge – lift Category – used Doodlebug like my friend Cardiographer does!

Digital Image: Recipe Card from Deedee’s Digis (new site with some freebies
Cardstock: Bazzill (Bubblegum,)
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug (Sugar Shoppe), (Birthday Girl on the pink dotted balloon)
Accents/Tools: Paper Smooches Balloon dies, EK Success 1/16 pop dots, black string




A farmer, a cool pop and a BBQ griller!


Cow Fathers Day

So one of the girls at work needed 3 Father’s Day Cards. This dad she said like cows and was a farmer so I said I can do that! When trying to figure how to make it Father’s Day card my husband came up with the inside sentiment “Milk it for all it’s worth!” I loved the saying and so did the lady at work.

I think I might make this into a birthday card by tying balloons to it’s tail!

1) June Inspirational Card Challenge @ – Favorites Category – I used Freshly Made Sketches #1. I love this sketch and have used it several times over the years.

Digital Image: Cow are You by Deedee’s Digis (no longer in business)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Raven, lava)
Patterned Paper: cow paper found on the internet. The sentiment is on a piece of the cow paper that comes with the digital stamp.
Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on a Canon Inkjet Printer

Coolest Pop

I showed her the paper from Photo Play – This Guy Line – Keep It Handsome and she said this image was perfect. I used this card by Jody Marrow as my inspiration for the design.


  1. June Inspirational Card Challenge @ – Favorites Category – I used this card by Jody Marrow as my inspiration.


Patterned Paper: Photo Play – This Guy Line – Keep It Handsome

Cardstock: Bazzill (white, raven,) The Paper Studio (brown)

Accents/Tools: The Paper Studio white brads)

Chillin & Grillin

And her other dad likes to grill. I made a card for him about three years ago but this is a completely different image and feel to the card. I found Team Dad by Echo Park at my local scrapbooking store and thought it would be perfect for several cards. I ended up messing up one of the cards so I cut the grill out of it so I could pop dot it on top of the original image.


  1. June Inspirational Card Challenge @ – Favorites Category – I used Mojo Monday Sketch #420 for my inspiration.


Patterned Paper: Team Dad by Echo Park

Cardstock: Bazzill

Accents/Tools: EK Success border punch, EK Success 1/16th pop dots

Happy Birthday circles

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I didn’t get to play in time for the NSD Sketch Challenge but I was inspired by sketch #4 (original was from I found these papers in my scrap drawers and thought the circle images would work in place of the flowers. I think it turned out pretty good!

1) June Inspirational Card Challenge – favorites category.
2) Allsorts Challenge #365 – in the Pink!

Patterned Paper: Doodlebug (Birthday girl)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Bubblegum) (Limeade, butterfly – discontinued)
Accents/Tools: Cuttlebug embossing folder – birthday, 1/16 Ek Success pop dots,

Sweet Birthday


A friend of mine is a nurse supervisor in a doctor’s office and asked if I would make birthday cards that she can give each employee on their birthday. Of course I said, “YES!” She saw the one I did similar to this and wanted this style for the first birthday that is this Friday. I hope Jodi likes it!

Sweet Birthday


  1. Imagine That….digis by Kris – Customer Link Up – make a card using an Imagine That and link it up…easy as that!
  2. November Card Challenge @ – Favorites Category – got my inspiration from Sketch Saturday #377
  3. Sketch Saturday Challenge #385 – use any past sketch you have saved in your favorites.


Digital Image: Ice Cream Parlour @ Imagine That…digis by Kris

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: scraps in my scrap drawer

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer

No watercolors here

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Scrapbooking Blessings Club has an Anything Goes challenge this month with an optional twist of Watercolors. I usually try to do the twist because I like challenges that make me think outside the box or outside my comfort zone. I did try to do the twist but after several failed attempts I went back to the good ol’ faithful pre-colored digital image!

IceCream is Answer

I’m pretty sure if you have ice cream and Jesus you can get through anything!

I used a sketch saved in my favorites – Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge March 2012


1) Scrapbook Blessings Club – Anything Goes – optional twist of watercolors.

2) July Card Challenge @ – Favorites – use a sketch or card saved in your favorites

3) C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #318 – embossing


Digital Image: Ice Cream Social @ Deedee’s Digis

Cardstock: Bazzill (White,

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer

Accents/Tools: The Paper Studio embossing folder (A2 Diamonds), Cuttlebug embossing folder (polka dots)

A Sweet Day….just in time!


Made it just in time with 5 HOURS to spare but here is my Digi of the Month creation over at Imagine That…digis by Kris.

Sweet Day

Even though I am usually one of the last to enter it wasn’t totally my fault this month!! 🙂 My computer died in the middle of the month. Then last week when I was trying to get stuff ready to go to the annual scrapbook retreat my printer started dying and wouldn’t print correctly. Apparently I print too much and wore down the print head! So hooked up my new printer last night just in time to get this challenge done.

I went pretty CAS on this card which is not my comfort zone but I like the design from SHEL9999 card at that is the “Lift card” for the July Card Challenge @

The patterned paper was from my scrap drawer and I can’t remember whose it is…but I’m thinking it was from Hobby Lobby but I’m not positive.


1) Imagine That…digis by Kris – Digi of the Month Challenge – use the image provided and next month’s image will be emailed to you FREE!!


Digital Image: Ice Cream Parlour – Imagine That…digis by Kris!

Cardstock: Bazzill (Raven, white)

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer

Cute Images to help raise money for OWH


Doodle Pantry is sponsoring OWH and also raising money for OWH at the same time!!  Laurie created 2 sets just for OWH that would be cute for Miss You cards. OWH is ALWAYS in need of these type of cards….cards that soldiers can send home to just let their loved ones know they are thinking of them. You don’t have to make OWH cards with these images but they would love if you did!



Both sets bundled together for $5.00 and OWH will get about 70% of the profits from each sale during Nov 10-30.

On Dec 1, the sets will be separated and priced individually.  They will continue to fundraise for OWH, but at a different rate after Dec 1.

I made a card with the ice cream from the the Miss You Set! But check out Doodle Pantry Blog for inspiration from the team….you will be WOWED!! I also used the sketch from the OWH Challenge.


I loved this saying because I will tell my husband that I love him more than Ice Cream or Chocolate or Pepsi…which all rank pretty high on my list! I used glossy accents on the ice cream to make it look wet like real ice cream. The cherry and whip cream are pop dotted to give them dimension. And yes I used fibers from like 10 years ago!! Goes to show you just never know what you will find in your stash!!

Hope you will come play in the OWH challenge BUT better yet I hope you support OWH by buying the 2 stamp sets for $5.00….what a bargain!! You can also come play in the Doodle Pantry Challenge #40 if you haven’t already. If you use a Doodle Pantry image in the DP40 challenge then you will get Snowman Pile Up Digital Image for FREE!!!


1) Daring Cardmakers Challenge – The Other Occasions – any card that is NOT birthday or Christmas!

2) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #152 – Lots of Layers


Digital Image: Missing You @ Doodle Pantry

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Polka Dot comes with Digital Image

Accents/Tools: Glossy Accents, buttons, twine/fiber, pop dots

Reminder to play in Part 2 of the Calendar Challenge

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Only 3 days left in Part 2 of the Calendar Challenge!!

It is not too late to get motivated to work on a calendar for a Christmas gift. Christmas is only 5 months away so time to start on those crafty Christmas gifts!!

Here are 2 pages for me so only one to go in this round. I hope to get the third one done tomorrow night! Wish me luck!

 I used the sketch from Page Maps June 2013 for inspiration.




Happy Birthday Mrs. Judy!!


My friend, Judy, had a birthday yesterday so I made her this card. We both love ice cream so I figured her birthday was a perfect excuse to get some! So we are going out for ice cream on Wednesday. Yippee!

This adorable image from Clearly Digi Stamps – Scoops was paper pieced. I used Sketch Saturday #235 as inspiration.


1) A Gem of a Challenge #60 – Paper Piece

Stamps: Scoops Digital Image @ Clearly Digi Stamps (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Heat Wave, Day dreams)
Accents/Tools: brads, corner rounder, pop dots
Techniques: Paper piece

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