I'll allow "pinning" as long as you pull up the post & pin from it for a direct link for others. :-)

28 March 2010


The K.I.S.S. spotlight today is on pretty papers. Sometimes we tend to do too much with a card & there are just so many papers out there today that can stand on their own. I wanted to make the most of some of my GORGEOUS papers from My Mind's Eye - I just adore the vintage, grungy, OLD feel of them, so I kept embellishments to a minimum.

For this first one, I used a lovely soft teal with one of my sheet music rumpled flowers.

This one is a soft aqua & the dotted band was punched using the 1" wide MS doily lace punch.

And these are the tags that I made to replace the white ones in the prayer journal I shared earlier.I'm off to hang out with my guys and watch Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side." Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your day!!

Prayer/Gratitude Journal

Riddle: What happens when you take a 10¢ composition book, some clearance scrap paper from Hobby Lobby, a blank tag, Ranger Distress Inks, a piece of felt diecut ribbon, some rhinestone swirls, some floral trim from JoAnn's, Prima flowers, half pearls, tan cardstock, papers from My Mind's Eye, crocheted lace, velvet ribbon, & a metal closure from Basic Grey?

Answer: You go from THIS serviceable, but yawn-worthy composition book...
To the most amazing prayer/gratitude journal this little noggin could conjure up! (right click the pics to open larger in another window for better viewing)
I started on this Friday evening & finished it yesterday afternoon. I'm REALLY pleased with how it turned out. The paper on the cover is 8.5"x11" & I got it for 17¢ a sheet at Hobby Lobby last week on clearance - first thing I thought of when I saw it was this book! It was already pretty grungy, but I had to do more with my Ranger Distress colors (faded jeans, vintage photo, walnut stain). I used the crocheted lace & velvet ribbon down the front edge for some visual interest, rhinestone swirls in the upper right & lower left corners, some black Prima flowers & put half pearls in the centers.
I used some tan cardstock inside, distressed with the same inks as the outside, then I made a pocket for little notecards (I'll be changing those white cards to tan with some trims later on). I also have a very OLD bookmark that I copied over to the inside of the journal.
I randomly went inside the book & chose a spot to make a small "divider." I took one page & covered both sides with coordinating papers from My Mind's Eye. The book mark is glued to the inside of the back cover - love those little black daisies!
Then I picked another spot & repeated the coordinating paper step.
Here's a close-up of the tag on the front cover. It started out white, but after playing with my Ranger Distress Inks (same colors I used on the papers), I ended up with this. The first verse of Psalm 5 worked PERFECTLY with this book!

Hope you enjoy this little departure from card making as much as I did! I'll be back in a while with today's Keepin' It Simple Sunday post.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your day!!

21 March 2010


Thought today I'd make a "thank you" card. I used a white A2 card blank, a 1" wide strip of TAC paper (Tuscany Spice Designer Collection), my doily edge punch from MS, 2 shades of ink that were in the same color family as the Tuscany Spice paper strip, two of the smaller flowers from "Petal Pack"by The Angel Company, an oval punch, & the "thank you" from TAC's "Ordinary Greetings."

Time to make this card: less than 20 minutes! Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your day!!

13 March 2010

Makin Up For Lost Time...

Wow! What a crazy week! Every time I thought I would be able to get on here to post something, I got busy. By Friday, I was so drained, I didn't do anything but take the boys to/from school & veg at the house. Today has been much easier to handle, so I sat down with my Playlist & did some creating. The images were printed yesterday afternoon - coloring book pages reduced to stamp size, 4 to a page, cut out with Nesties - then colored last night while hanging out with the boys in front of the television.

You may recognize this first image from old Precious Moments coloring books. I colored her with colored pencils, used OMS on the ground & sky, then inked the edges with Ranger Distress Faded Jeans. Flowers are from Prima & centers are Ranger Liquid Pearls.

The background paper is from the English Garden collection by Making Memories. She was so sweet & easy to color!
Another image from Precious Moments that I colored with my pencils. I pondered putting a sentiment with it, but haven't decided if I want to use it as a "new baby" card for twins or for an anniversary card (I could write "wrapped up in you!"). Background paper is from a pack I purchased a couple of years ago (not sure of the manufacturer).
I actually LIKED the oranges on this & thought the colors really worked out well together...
And finally, a darling image from Sarah Kay, colored with pencils. I used OMS on the ground & sky, but nothing else...I just shaded & layered the colors. The background paper is from a pack I got at Wal-Mart ages ago & the stock for the Nesties layers is from DCWV Spring Mat Stack. I also used some half pearls, Prima flowers, Ranger Liquid Pearls, & leaves punched with my MS punches.
She's so bright & cheery...you can almost smell the flowers!
That's it for me today! I have some more that I printed (I always print my digi images off 10-20 at a time so I can color them as I feel the urge), so I'm gonna grab my pencils and go play.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your day!!

07 March 2010

*sigh* Missed K.I.S.S.

But I have a good excuse...today is Middle Child's birthday. I've spent all day here at the house with him, cooking his favorite one-dish dinner and watching movies. I'll post my KISS project on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by!

04 March 2010

Blog Candy Alert

I've added some candy offerings over on my dedicated page. Be sure to check it out! You can find it here.

I'm practicing a new technique that I should be able to share with you tomorrow, so be sure to pop in here to see what I've been up to. Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your day!!

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