Well Wishes for CTD512 and FMS356

Hello All!

Thanks for peeking in for today’s card!

I combined 2 Challenges to achieve today’s card.

A Color Challenge and a Sketch Challenge!


Here is the Color Challenge from Color Throwdown #512





Here is the Sketch Challenge from Freshly Made Sketches #356


FMS 356


Here is my Card using BOTH Challenges!



I have been wanting to use this ‘Love What You Do’ Stamp Set more and these stems

are my favorite stamps…I think I love anything floral!!! These stems can also be used for

some background stamping too! I will be doing that on some future cards!


I kept the inside simple too!






Whisper White, Thick- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″, score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Whisper White, Regular- 3 strips @ .75″ x 3″

Bermuda Bay- 1″ x 3 1/8″

Smoky Slate- 1″ x 3 1/8″

Old Olive- 1″ x 3 1/8″


Teeny Tiny Wishes- greeting wish

Healing Hugs- inside sentiment

Love What You Do- 3 flower stems


Bermuda Bay- left flower

Smoky Slate- center flower

Old Olive- right flower, greeting and inside sentiment


Burlap Ribbon- 1.25″ x 5.25″, across card front

Stampin Dimensionals- to pop up panels over the Burlap Ribbon.


Here is the Card once more!


This Card is going to my Friend Patsy! She is still going through her illness,

and Thankfully she is consumed with her new Grand-Daughter! It gets her mind

off her pain and limits, and she can hug and cuddle and smile with this bundle

of joy, God provided at the right time! God is Good! Patsy says she is so Blessed!



Recovery here in Fairfield Harbour, in New Bern, seems to have hit a wall.

Thankfully Red Cross is still delivering sandwiches to people here.

It seems a lot of the work has come to a slight stand still.

All those affected by the Hurricane are waiting…The FEMA decisions.

The group that was to come down from VA to help in clean up has been cancelled

because of the wait now for FEMA. I asked for names from church people that need

food and I have a couple of names. plus the couple I did earlier…I’m sure they need

another meal and shower. I sign off with work to do today.

 Thank you Lord for allowing me to be able to this, in Jesus’ name, Amen!




HO! HO! HO! for CCSC291

Hello Everyone!

Today’s Card is for another sketch Challenge!

These are my favorite challenges!

Today’s Challenger is

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #291

Here is their Challenge!


Sorry about the picture…I can’t copy and save

the picture of the challenge from their blog.

I took this with my iPhone and then had to do all the

transfer stuff too! But it is showing the sketch challenge!


Here is my take on the sketch!


Isn’t this DSP and characters cute?!

I cut the characters out of one of the sheets of the DSP!

Another sheet with smaller characters are the background!


Here is the inside of the card!


Loving the elves!




Garden Green- base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Poppy Parade- small mats (top to bottom) 1″ x 1 1/8″, 2 5/8″ x 1 7/8″, 1″ x 1 1/2″

greeting mat-1 1/8″ x 1 5/8″         inside mat-4″ x 5.25″

Whisper White- inside panel, 3.75″ x 5″   front greeting panel, 1″ x 1.5″


Santa’s Workshop- front panel, 4″ x 5.25

Characters cut from one of the sheets! Santa with list and the little gifts behind him,

are cut out using the Santa’s Signpost Framelits!

The 2 Elves carrying gifts were fussy cut from the same DSP!


Poppy Parade- greeting, inside sentiment bottom

Garden Green- inside sentiment top


Teeny Tiny Wishes- retired, inside sentiment bottom

Signs of Santa- inside sentiment top

Back to Basics Alphabet- retired, greeting


Big Shot- die cutting machine

Santa’s Signpost Framelits- to cut out Santa from the DSP (I fussy cut the Elves)


Here is my Card again!


All these Characters are so Stinkin’ Cute!

This DSP is a lot more fun than at first look!

I am not a big fussy cut fan…I couldn’t help but smile cutting them out!

The Santa’s Signpost Framelits made some, easy to do!


Until the next Post…Blessings and Smiles to you ALL!




Anniversary Wishes…for SIP169

Hello Folks!

Welcome Back for another peek at a Card for a challenge!

Today’s Challenge Card is for

Stamps Ink Paper #169


Here is the Challenge!

SIP-169-Background stamps

I have several Background stamps…some old and some new!

I went with an older background stamp…Post Script.

It is a retired background stamp…but I do use this for many collage type cards!


Here is my card!


I went with a vintage feel…the elements are all representative of all the

Anniversary Milestones! Pewter, Copper, Silver, Gold…


The inside I just kept plain. The message is the star of the inside!




Whisper White, Thick- base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Whisper White, Reg.- front panel, 3.75″ x 5″   greeting banner, .50″ x 3″

Gold Foil Sheet- Front mat, 4″ x 5.25″

Champagne Foil Sheet- greeting banner’s mat  .75″ x 3.25″


Artistic Etchings- retired, Eiffel Tower, Crown, Key

Beautiful Bouquet- greeting, inside sentiment

Post Script- background stamp


Memento Tuxedo Black- background stamping

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad- pre stamp for heat emboss powders

Stampin’ Emboss Powders:

Copper- Eiffel Tower

Gold- crown

Pewter- key

Silver- greeting

Black- inside sentiment


Banner Triple Punch- to flag the ends of greeting banner and it’s mat

Heat Tool- to heat set all the embossing powders


Copper Trim- bow

Basic Jewels Rhinestones- scattered over the front of the card


Here is my Card again!


So regally eclectic! Love it!



Today, many couples break up because they seem to fall out of love…I guess

if the mad passion isn’t there anymore, they seek that madness

in a ‘fresh and new’ other person.

I am not mentioning abuse…that is a whole different issue than

what I mention here. If abuse, I say run and get out.

Sometimes Marriage will lack the ‘passion’ because of many factors…health,

age, special needs children, surgeries…many other reasons.

These reasons I mention, are doable.

When the vows are said…sickness and health, richer or poor, better or worse.

My Parents went through many ups and downs in their marriage…some would

say they should have given up and let it go…but the one thing they wanted, was

to make it work…willing to give up, whatever it was

that was separating them from each other.

They didn’t stay together, because of the kids, they stayed because

they BOTH were willing to make it work!

They were into the ‘Staying There’!


They both told me…during my lifetime…

They ‘Warm and Fuzzy’ feelings will fade over time.

It can. That is reality. You need to work to bring it back.

The hard times with no money and wondering how you will make it.

It happens. That’s reality. Make do with what you have.

Wondering what to make for dinner, with whatever is left.

 That’s Reality. Many Breakfast for dinners.

Feeling as if your world only revolves, for a Special Needs Kid.

It does. That’s Reality.

Not able to have Sex, because of a medical condition.

It happens. That’s reality. There are other Intimate ways to Love.

My folks always looked at the vows they took.

They took their Vows, seriously.

I miss my Parents, but I thank them for all they brought and taught us kids.

Mommy passed away in Jan. 2015.

Daddy passed away May 2018.

In October, it would have been 66 years for them.

They passed the Milestones shown in my Card.


I will give this Card to a family Member,

on their Anniversary,

in Honor and Memory,

 of my Parents.

Mom and Dad (4)

My Favorite Picture of the two of them!


Until the next Post…Blessings and Love to you ALL!

The Pumpkin Patch for JUGS 459!

Hello Folks!

Welcome Back and Happy Fall Y’all!

Today’s Card is for an Inspiration Photo from

Just Us Girls #459 (JUGS459)

Here is the Challenge!



Here is my Card!


Several Things done to achieve the Pumpkin Patch!


 Look Closely!


The  Pumpkin Trio were stamped, colored, fussy cut, and adhered,

the large Pumpkin is Punch Art!

I used the, now retired, Small Oval Punch, punched 5 ovals and sponged

with the same colored ink, to give some depth.

Hand cut a stem and some wispy vines.


Here is a side view of the Pumpkin Patch!




So Saffron- base. 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Cajun Craze- front and inside mats, 4″ x 5.25″

Whisper White- front and inside panels, 3.75″ x 5″

a small scrap to stamp small pumpkin trio and fussy cut

Pumpkin Pie- 5 small ovals punched

Granny Apple Green- stem and vines


Merry Café’- Greeting, inside sentiment, inside cup and lid

I masked off the bottom half of the greeting to get the ‘Hello Fall’

I used the whole stamp for the inside

Country Livin’ – truck

Spooky Fun- retired, trio of pumpkins


Cajun Craze- greeting, inside sentiment, cup

Pumpkin Pie- inside lid, sponging of punched ovals


Light and Dark Poppy Parade- truck

Light and Dark Real Red- truck, went over the Poppy Parade, for a darker red

Light and Dark Crumb Cake- truck wood

Light Basic Gray- truck fender, lights, hub caps and grill

Light Basic Black- truck tires

Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie- pumpkin trio

Dark Granny Apple Green- pumpkin trio stems, grass

Ivory- truck windows

Color Lifter- headlights


Small Oval Punch- 5 ovals for large pumpkin


5/8″ Burlap Ribbon- across card front


Here is the Card again!


Here is a peek at the inside!

100_5280I have 2 special people these are going to!

I wonder if they can guess who they are? LOL!


Until the next Post…Blessings and Pumpkin Spice Latte Love to you ALL!

Painted Harvest for PP411

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for peeking in for Today’s Card!

Today’s Card is for a Sketch Challenge from

The Paper Players #411


Here is the Sketch!


Here is my take on the Sketch!


I like the Fall feel of this Card. Although it is a Sympathy Card, it is warm.

The DSP is printed with all the Botanical names for flowers.


Here is a close up of the flower center!


I used the Stampin’ Blends-Bronze to color the Pearls!


The inside of my Card


It is never joyful to make these cards…but I like to have them in my stash,

should the need for one arises.




Grapefruit Grove- base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored @ 4.25″ folded in half on the score

Basic Black- front and inside mats, 4″ x 5.25″

Whisper White- inside panel, 3.75″ x 5″ ,  scrap for stamping flower and leaves


Share What You Love- front panel, 4″ x 5.25″, cut the top off on a diagonal, then

adhere to the front Basic Black panel.

inside strip, .50″ x 3.75″


Painted Harvest- 2 step stamp set for leaves and flower

Verve Stamps-Forever In Our Hearts, greeting, inside sentiment


Grapefruit Grove- flower, leaf

Calypso Coral- flower detail

Early Espresso- leaf detail, inside sentiment

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad- pre stamp for heat embossing

Calypso Coral Stampin’ Emboss Powder- retired, for greeting

Stampin’ Blends Pen- Bronze, to color the pearls


Leaf Punch- leaves  (flower was fussy cut)

Heat Tool- to heat emboss the greeting


Basic Jewels Pearls- flower center, pearls colored with Bronze Stampin’ Blend Pen


Here is a peek at the card again!




The call came out to feed a crew from another state at out church. I have the makings for a dinner and dessert, I have offered this. Waiting to hear back…things are progressing, but with dotting i’s and crossing t’s…it does take awhile to really get things moving along. The big thing now is getting the services up for the massive curbed trash pick up started. Many can’t strip houses till their Insurance Companies have inspected their homes and the damage. Unfortunately, the wait causes the items to sit longer, and it can cause undamaged items to get damaged from moisture and new mold growing. The Companies are overwhelmed, they are being precise and concise, being patient is hard for many…so many elderly are here and need help cleaning out their homes of all the damaged furniture, flooring, and even cutting out the walls and insulation. Many homes are still without power, the water was that deep. The electrical crews are starting to put up temporary power poles to those homes that were affected. The schools have sent work crews of students and also many churches are sending out their youth groups to help…a GREAT thing, but the needs are greater still. I ask for prayers for New Bern residents…they need help. The businesses are starting to reopen in the Historic Downtown area…but the garbage heaps are there too. I have been through a few things, but this is one of the worst I have seen. The only thing that was worse was 9/11. I am not going to minimize New Bern’s damage, it is great and all over…however, we are not giving in #NewBernStrong!

A Twofer for TGIFC178…

Hello Folks!

Welcome Back!

Today, I have 2 Cards to share!

The first Card is for the Challenge!

The second card…well, I hate to waste, so I used

the negative of Card #1 to make Card #2!

But first…the Challenge…from TGIF #178

Here is the Challenge!


I am guessing that both cards would qualify for the challenge, but I

only thought of making Card #2, way after the fact!


Here is my Card (#1) for the Challenge!


I love this new Thinlits die ‘Detailed Deer’!


Here is the inside of my Card!


Christmas must be sparkly! That’s my motto!



Whisper White Thick- base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Whisper White Regular- front and inside panels. 4″ x 5.25″

Silver Glimmer Paper- 1″ x 4″

Glimmer Silver Paper- retired, 1″ x 4″ (great to hold on to stuff!)

Year of Cheer DSP- retired, 1″ x 4″ (held onto this because of the silver and gold!)

Champagne Foil Sheet- retired, to die cut deer, 3.25″ x 3.25″


Dashing Deer- greeting, inside sentiment

Endless Wishes- retired, inside snowflakes (saved this stamp set, just for the snowflakes!)


VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad- for pre-heat embossing stamping

Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder- greeting, inside sentiment, heat embossed


Big Shot- die cutting and dry embossing machine

Detailed Deer Thinlits- deer

Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF- dry embossed panel on card front (LOVE this TIEF!)

Banner Triple Punch- to flag end on greeting banner and mat

Heat Tool- to heat emboss greeting, inside sentiment and inside snowflakes

Here is the Card again!


I love this Card! In person this card is so soft looking!

Photographing glittery stuff…it seems to show it a bit harsher than it really is!


On to the Bonus Card!!!

Do not throw out the negative of your die cuts!

Repurpose them to make another Card!


Here is the Card I made!


Totally different from the first! Still Shiny and Sparkly!


Here is the inside!


I used the same stamp set for the inside of my Card!




Basic Black- base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Real Red- front square, 3.5″ x 3.5″

Champagne Foil Sheet- left over from Card #1 (3.25″ x 3.25″)

Whisper White- front square, 3.75″ x 3.75″       inside panel, 4″ x 5.25″

greeting banner, 1″ x 3″


Dashing Deer- greeting, inside sentiment, inside deer


Real Red- greeting, inside sentiment, inside deer


Big Shot- die cutting machine

Detailed Deer Thinlits- front deer cut out (the negative from Card #1)


Frosted Finishes Embellishments- retired, adhered with Mini Glue Dots to greeting banner

Here is Card # 2 again!


I was looking at the negative and  was thinking that I would hate to throw it out, and then the light bulb lit and I made a totally different Card!

To my Card-makers out there…Have you ever made Cards with your negatives?

Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear what you made!


Until the next Post…Blessings and Positive Thought to you ALL!



A Whole Latte Love for PCC307!

Hello Folks!

Thank you for stopping by today!

This one caught my eye…coffee is my friend!!!!


Here is an Inspirational Photo Challenge from

Paper Craft Crew Challenge! PCC307


I can smell the coffee…can you?!


Here is my Card!


I have used this layout before…a fresh new card!


Here is the inside of my Card!





Crumb Cake- base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Whisper White- inside panel, 4″ x 5.25″    front banner, 1.5″ x 3.25″


Coffee Break- front panel, 4″ x 5.25″       large front banner, 2″ x 5″

2 cross banners, .75″ x 3.25″


Verve-‘Coffee Helps’, greeting

Cake Soirée- inside sentiment


Early Espresso- greeting, inside sentiment


Banner Triple Punch- to flag ALL banner ends


Corrugated Elements- oval under coffee cups


Here is my Card again!


My Coffee loving sisters will love this one too!

The person who invents IV coffee will be a millionaire!




Slowly getting back into the swing of things!

I am still in awe of the damage to homes in this area.

I know we are not sitting in a flood zone…although the waters came past my house

they were not deep enough to flood the house. Almost like an overflow of the water

retention ditches…we have debris (we have cleaned that up) but nothing like those that

lived close to the water, the Neuse River flows into our waterways here. On National

television, they showed New Bern…that was in the Historic District of the City.

There are several areas that are all part of New Bern.

We live in what the natives here call the boonies!

We are located, a ways off, from the main parts of the city itself.

I have to say I am happy we picked this house. When Mr. Hubster super-imposed

the flood zone map over out area, this house was not in the flood zone.

 Whew! That is what I think saved us from flooding…however, the two lots on either

sides of us, had many trees snapped off at the top and took out smaller sapling-like trees.

Our neighbor and us, were spared trees on our houses, but she ended up with several

tree tops in her back yard! None hit the house! Thank you Lord! The lot on the other side

of us, one tree snapped and took out a smaller tree that laid across our side yard.

We don’t have any idea who owns the lot, but we pushed

the tree branches back over to the lot.

We mow what is part of the lot, the trees and undergrowth, I don’t touch!

Thankful and Blessed to be ok. Now on to helping those that need it!

My Posts maybe sporadic…

If I don’t post for a few days…I am trying to help people, near me.

Until the next post…Blessings and Love to you ALL!