Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Target Practice

Mark's Finest Papers with Speedy Fox and Friends has a fun challenge this week. It is to create a masculine card using the color navy. I had this bow hunter and saying from mfp's Bow Hunter's stamp set and this is where my mind went.

I can't say I'm big in following hunters but target practice I can picture. I really like the detail work in the trees too.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


I don't know of anyone who doesn't love the fall colors that are showing up already in different parts of the country.

Here in Yellowstone, the Aspen trees are at their peak of color as are many of the bushes along the river banks. So when I saw the mfp Inspiration Challenge #80 pictures of all the colors at Ruby Falls, I thought of fall and the changing of the season.

We leave in just 7 days and although I'm looking forward to heading east and out of the severe cold that prevails in these parts, I will miss this extreme beauty. It's easy to look out our back window and say, yeah, so, it's just mountains. But when someone new checks into our cabins and walks around the back taking panoramic shots it's like a wake up call of how majestic the landscape is around us!

This is looking from Yellowstone up to our cabins.

If you click on these pictures, you can see 2 trees between the 2 middle cabins above. Here is a picture taken from between the 2 trees out into the park. Just thought I would share!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Too much fun!

How can a hobby be so much fun? My husband sits and shakes his head as I get excited about a new tutorial or technique. He's especially happy when I am able to do them with supplies I already own!

This week on mfp, the Tutorial Time Challenge #118 is a lesson on how to use a scoring tool and make a weathered wood background look and build your card on that. My brain is spinning with ideas.

This is my 2nd submission to this challenge. I'm using the Mark's Finest Papers Train Talk stamp set.  It's too much fun!!

Dogwood Blossoms

I love this stamp set of Dogwood Blossoms by Mark's Finest Papers :)

I'm entering it in the Tutorial Time #118 challenge. You create your own weathered wood background using a scoring tool and use colors for emphasis. So easy and very effective. Thank you Jane for the great idea!

On this card I used my own paper. The scoring isn't as deep as on a regular card stock but I'm so pleased at the results. I'll be doing this a lot.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Word Art Wednesday

I've been working with the Scripture that posts each week. Since I won't have access to a computer until mid-October, I'm working on creative ways to add the Scriptures to a card.

I'm pleased with the way this card came out, but it still needs improvement. I decided to add it to the cards this week, even though the Scripture is from last week. I used watercolor paper and watercolors for the background and the stamp is by Inkadinka Clings. The Scripture is pen and ink. It starts at the asterisk and weaves it's way around the outside of the square.

Color Weaving

This week's color challenge with mfp is pink, gray, blue. I love the softness of the colors and decided to create a woven effect and sealed the edges by sewing it up. This is a technique Lis taught at our card group but this is the first time to use it.

I will enter this in the mfp Color Challenge. Check out their website for fun tutorials and inspiration for paper crafting!

I'm also entering it into

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eye of Newt

I heard today on the radio that we are less than 100 days away from Christmas. I will add to that we are less than 70 days from Thanksgiving and less than 45 days from Halloween.

These are hard numbers to digest! I believe my cards are going to be taking on holiday themes more often than not from here on out :)

I am entering this card in Mark's Finest Papers SWAT challenge #115. I have a fun paper pack by K&Company that I bought 2 years ago and have gotten so much mileage out of. The bird on the card is a mini stamp set by Studio 112.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Is it Fall yet?

In some parts of the U.S.A. it is raining and sweltering hot. In other parts it is already cold enough to turn the Aspen trees beautiful shades of yellow and orange.

All this to say, regardless of the weather, we are all looking at the apples coming into season along with the wonderful variety of squashes, including the pumpkin!

Mark's Finest Papers has challenge #229 for County Fair. Since I love pumpkin pie and have this cool pumpkin stamp, this is the combination I came up with.

I will also enter this card in:
MilkCoffee Challenge Colors of Autumn challenge
Crafting Station Challenge Anything Goes!

Friday, September 12, 2014

School Days

When my kids were in school, especially when they were little, I was the only mom at the bus stop on that first day that was smiling as they boarded the bus. I still find it funny that moms everywhere cling to their little darlings and weep as they drive out of sight.

That being said, I decided to create a card for the mfp Sketch With A Twist challenge. The theme was back to school. I couldn't resist this sentiment.

I do pray for safety for all our kids. School can sometimes be a scary place these days and their safety is so important for a good year of learning.

I wish all our teachers peace and fun for a wonderful year!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Christmas Friends

Soo, in Yellowstone our temps are dropping and we are in a severe winter weather watch. I realize in some areas of the states, it's still very much summer, but here, well, the weather it is a changin'! And that brings me in the mood to start making more Christmas cards.

For this mfp Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #228, the call is for sparkly and friends. I glued this screen to my card stock and glittered the heck out of it while the glue was still wet. I don't know why it's not showing up, but it's really pretty in person. I fussy cut these cute snowman out and stickled them up as well as the saying.

This card will also be entered into Word Art Wednesday's Anything Goes Challenge. I love their blog! It's very inspirational and contains a great message.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

From One Friend to Another

I have created a card for the Friends of Speedy TV challenge #140 by mfp (Mark's Finest Papers). On this card, there is one simple rose but when shared friend to friend is could be a bouquet! I love these little girls. My granddaughter does too, so I know she will use them next time we are together. I don't know who created this stamp set but I've had fun with them.

Flowering Inspirations

Whenever I see creations people have done with flower pots, I just giggle. Flower Pot People is the inspiration for the mfp Inspiration Challenge this time. They are so cute. I went with this cute little pixie and accented it with a border of lace with flowers.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


This little owl is sitting so nicely in a tree and as he is zoomed in on becomes a colorful character you want to follow. I love his hat and bow tie and it looks as if he is keeping a schedule with the watch hanging from the tie.

I made him for Mark's Finest Papers Tutorial Challenge #117. I love the challenge and will have to try it with another stamp real soon.

I'm also going to enter him in Word Art Wednesday's challenge #148.

Thank you for stopping by!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Peace, Love and all that stuff!

With the new color challenge with Mark's Finest Papers, I decided to cruise through my paper and see what I could find. With the colors being red, yellow and blue, I couldn't resist this cute combination.

The inside has a birthday greeting and my older brother will be receiving this. He's going to look at it and go "What?...What?...  Haha! I think I'll have to do something similar for my Peace Sign loving 14 yr. old granddaughter in December. Hee, hee!