Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Hello, Friends! I can't help but be thinking of tomorrow when The Greeting Farm releases it's new sets and...it's my first official day on TGF design team (aka Gardener for Spring)! I'm overjoyed to be part of such a great company and a very talented team. And have you seen the previews of what will be released tomorrow?? If not go here and check it out. And be sure to stop by Club Anya too because there is going to be an early release for a couple of those too!! Can you stand it?!?
Here is a card made with one of my favorite TGF stamps, Fairy Tink
Enjoy! And I'll definitely meet you right back here Tomorrow!!

The Greeting Farm, Fairy Tink
Paper: Basic Grey, Euphoria; Taken with Teal, Green Galore, Mat Stack Brights, Purely Pomegranate
Ink: SU! Inks and Aquapainter, Black Stazon, Clear Spica
Embies: Jewel Dots, Scalloped Rectangle Nesties, Small Rectangle Nesties, SU! Corner Punch

Monday, March 30, 2009

Old Faithfuls

My husband calls those clothes that you change into when you get home from work and just want to relax or unwind "old faithfuls." I call them "comfies", but I kinda like "old faithfuls." It reminds me of an old friend...someone you feel like you can be totally yourself with. My first stamps were from Stampin Up! and I have a bunch of them that I hardly visit anymore. But when I do get out those stamps and put some ink to them, it's as if we've never been apart. This set called 'Branch Out' isn't an old one, you can find it in the current catty, but it feels like an old friend or and "old faithful" to me. I love the tree. My whole life I've been surrounded by trees and no matter what season they are in, they are always peaceful and beautiful to me. I adore this stamp set and all it's elements (rubber boots, a bird, a tire swing, butterflies). I'm sure this set will speak home and old friend to me whenever I visit it. Does that sounds silly? :)
Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Stamp: SU! Branch Out
Paper: K & CO. PP, AC textrued CS, Watercolor paper, Misc blue CS
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss, Sage Shadow, Grey
Embies: Michael's Dashes and Dots Ribbon, Life scrapbook pin

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Great Catch

I am SO happy it's Friday! I'm really looking forward to the weekend because I get to spend some time with my DH, some time with friends, babysit some kiddos, relax and of course...get in some stamping time! What are your plans for the weekend?
Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment on my Rockin Rebel card yesterday. I so loved reading the comments. You gals are too cute (and your DH's too)!
Today's card uses one of the stamps from TGF's Rock the Farm. I adore this set. I had a lot of fun with this card too. Most of the time I don't watercolor because it takes me longer than using my SU! markers. But I really wanted this card to have a rustic look, as well as have a water/stream feel to it. And so I wanted to show that in the papers and by watercoloring my image. I hope you like this one. I'm going to give it to my friend who loves to go fishing and is currently single...A Great Catch for any of you single ladies! :)
Have a great weekend!

The Greeting Farm, Rock the Farm Ian
Paper: Basic Grey Two Scoops, Mat Stack Brights, SU! Wintergreen DSP, Turquoise Vellum, AC textured CS Earth Tones
Ink: SU! inks (and aquapainter), Black Stazon, Gold Emboss Powder
Embies: Making Memories Eyelets, Twine

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rockin Rebel

Oh my goodness! Have you seen this card challenge over at Club Anya? What a fun idea and the DT has done an incredible job of providing inspiration for the challenge by showing some of their own creations.
I was working on another card last night when inspiration for this one hit. I had to set everything else aside and just go for it. Can you tell what song it is?? ?
I'm not sure I would consider Robert Palmer a 'Rebel Rockstar' but I just couldn't resist dressing up Rockstar Anya as the red-lipped, guitar playing beauties. And it was SO much fun!
Of course, I can't get this song...Addicted to Love...(that's right, you know it!) out of my head either. Everytime I look at the card it sets off the song again in my head. LOL! I hope you enjoy this card...or at least get a chuckle out of it!

The Greeting Farm, Dress Me Ian, Rockstar Anya, Wardrobe #1
Paper: K & Company, Brenda Walton, Mira DP; AC textured CS Primaries and Earth Tones
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Silver Spica
Embies: SU! Real Red Ribbon, Michael's Black Satin Ribbon, Jewel Dots

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Plop Plop Fizz Fizz

Hiya! First, let me apologize for the horrible photos. I keep my camera at work and over the weekend I made a quick card for my sister to celebrate her getting a second BA. I didn't think I would end up liking it SO much and then, of course, I didn't have my camera. And so, another camera phone shot and this one is not so great. Sorry! But at least you get the idea. Happy Wednesday!

Sugar Nellie, Leanne Ellis, Fizz ; Michael's $1 bin-sentiment
Paper: Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Mellow Moss, Flower made of SU! DP and Mat Stack Brights
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Misc Teal Craft Pad
Embies: Marvy Uchida Flower Punch, Calipso Prima, Gold Brad, Scor-Pal, Dashes & Dots Ribbon, Nesties, Pearl Dot (not pictured, added to flower in hair)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Will You Be My Friend?

Were you ever afraid of Monsters when you were little? Or afraid of the dark? I was afraid of the dark...probably still am a little bit too. LOL. I used to have this drum with Animal from the Muppets on it. It was his face on the front of the drum with that big ole crazy grin of his. Most of the time that drum would sit on the shelf in my closet and if the closet door was open when my mom tucked me in and turned of the lights, there he would be taunting me. There was no way I could sleep with the closet door open! My mom said that when I would play that drum I would beat it so hard; she always thought it was because I was so afraid of Animal! LOL! But I think Animal was actually my favorite Muppet. He wasn't afraid to be himself, even if others thought he was all crazy-like.

Well, this Big Guy is adorable to me. He looks so sweet and friendly, like he just wants a friend. It makes me think of Monster's Inc...he just wants someone to call him "kitty." I had a lot of fun with this and I even got to use my fun flock for the first time! I showed the card to DH last night and he said he liked it but wondered "what's up with the flowers?" I told him I was trying to be ironic. I hope this card makes you fall in love with Monsters...they're not so scary afterall.

Victoria Case, Monster Bedtime; Studio G sentiment
Paper: Basic Grey, Euphoria; AC textured CS Brights
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon
Embies: Hazy Gray Flower Soft, White Liquid Applique, Basic Grey Two Scoops Buttons, Kaiser Scrapbook Flowers, Dashes & Dots Ribbon, Paper Piercer

Monday, March 23, 2009

It's About Time

For another Twilight character, eh? Ever since I first started posting Anya's and Ian's dressed up as Cullen's, I've had Jacob and Reneesme in the works (I haven't forgotten Carlise or Emmett, either, not to worry). So, in honor of my dear friend, Michelle, who is totally the leader of Team Jacob...here is your "woof" (as she so affectionate calls him)!
Did anyone get to watch the movie on Saturday? I had received an email last week saying that my pre-ordered copy wouldn't arrive until March 25. So imagine my great surprise and delight when I opened my mailbox on Saturday and there it was! Yay! I couldn't resist and had to get my fix later that night. :)
I hope everyone has a great start to his or her week!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Dress Me Ian; TGF Hero-sentiment and Pretty Hat-wee woof
Paper: K & Company PP, AC textured CS Earth Tones, Mat Stack Brights
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Embies: Orange Fibers, Misc brad, Paper Distressor

Friday, March 20, 2009

Beach Baby

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be at the beach today...or for the weekend? I wish! It is cold and rainy here in Seattle and more snow is forcasted. Bleh.

Well, it's a good thing then that this month's Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards theme is 'Vacation' because it is helping us all dream of warmer climates and fun times to come (or fun times remembered)! And I couldn't think of a better swap to use my very first Rachelle Anne Miller stamp for! Yay! This cutie beach baby Lily was given to me by my dear friend, Mary and I adore the stamp, but not nearly as much as I adore Ms. Mary!!
For this card I really wanted to use this water background and so I wavered back and forth as to whether I would cut out the image or leave it with a white background. In the end I chose to show more of the water.
Thanks for stopping by and Have a wonderfully warm weekend (some of us may have to get creative in ways to stay warm *wink*--that was for Mary!!)

Stampavie, Rachelle Anne Miller, Lily-A Day at the Beach; Misc $1 sentiment stamp
Paper: Anna Griffin DP, Brocade Blue, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Old Olive
Ink: SU! Inks and Watercolor pen, Black Stazon
Embies: Celery yarn, Jolee Seashell, Navy thread

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Birthday Greetings

I have another birthday card to show you today. This ones comes to you care of Lily from Pink Cat Studio. I have this pack of paper from K & Company that is so wild and vibrant in color. It's as if every time I open the pack of papers a party jumps out and starts dancing about my table! LOL! It's great because it challenges me to use colors that I normally wouldn't go for. There's a lot of color this week! I also did some stitching again on this card. I wanted to emphasize the flowers and create some depth, but I also wanted it to stand on it's own and be different than the first birthday card I posted this week.

I hope you all have a great Thursday (it's payday for me! wahoo!) and I'll meet you back here tomorrow.

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio, Lily and Tweet; SU! sentiment
Paper: K & Company, Berry Sweet; Green Galore, Purely Pomegranate, AC textured CS Primaries
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Clear Spica
Embies: Jewel dots, Thread, Michael's Dots and Dashes Ribbon

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


It's Wednesday, Yay! It's getting closer to Twilight on Dvd (shhhhhhhh don't tell my DH!!!).
For today's card I channeled a little bit of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (hence the darker shades for the background). I just LOVE this collection of Fairie's from The Greeting Farm! There's three of them and they are adorable!

Until tomorrow, have a FAB Wednesday!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Chloe; Magnolia Stamps, Big Daisy, TGF Shepherd Boy sentiment
Paper: K & Company Brenda Walton Mira DP, AC textured CS Earthtones and Primaries, Whisper White
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Clear Spica
Embies: Oval and Scalloped Square Nesties, Making Memories Eyelets, Diamond Stickles

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My Song

Do you want to see a Fairie?? I bet you want to see a fairie, don't you...well, hmmm...not today...perhaps if you stop by tomorrow you will spy a fairie named Chloe!
As for today though, it's all about me. Haha. I say this because I have just finished my cards for a swap called 'What Song/Music are You?' hosted by the ever-so lovely Paola. There were a ton of songs I could have chosen, as I have a varied taste in music and I definitely like to shake my groove thang! But I decided to go with a song that has meant a lot to me over the years. When I first signed up for this swap the first song that came to mind was His Eye is on the Sparrow (A Hymn; Words by Civilla D. Martin, 1905- Music Charles H. Gabriel, 1905). I have always LOVED the version that Lauryn Hill and Tanya Blount did in the Movie Sister Act 2. And ever since I became a Christian in college I have treasured this song because of the encouragement I've found in the Bible passage that speaks of God caring for us as He does for the sparrows, knowing even the smallest of our needs, as He knows even the number of hairs on our heads (Luke).

I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

And that is my song. Thanks for letting me share it with you! And thank you to my dear Catherine for allowing me to borrow this beautiful stamp.

Much Love on this beautiful Tuesday,

Magenta Crafty Individuals
Paper: SU! Afternoon Tea, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, White Stazon
Embies: SU! Soft Subtle Brads, Michael's Dots and Dashes Ribbon, Scor-Pal, Paper distressor

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Special Day

Hello and Happy Monday! I had a very relaxing weekend, complete with lots of card making time. I'm excited to show you some of those cards this week. I'm especially excited to show you today's card that was inspired by a dear friend of mine who isn't afraid to use color. I chose the stamp first, Leanne Ellis's "Blossom" (you might remember her from last week) and then I just had to use this adorable paper from K & Company (I think it has whales on it)! After that, I just let the colors do their thing. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy, no comment is unwelcome!

Stamps: Sugar Nellie, Blossom by Leanne Ellis; SU! Eat Cake-sentiment
Paper: K & Company, Berry Sweet; Taken with Teal, Regal Rose, Green Galore, AC textured CS Autumn
Ink: SU! Markers; Black Stazon; Clear Spica
Embies: SU! Ribbon (retired), Pearl Dots, Thread

Friday, March 13, 2009

School Picture Day

Happy Friday, Everyone! Today's card was a collaboration of all things grammar school. I recently bought a few new Lily and Billy sets from Pink Cat Studio and this little Lily stamp was included in one of them. Instantly I thought of all the fun hair colors Lily could have, and then after I'd colored them it was impossible to choose just one. So, I came up with the idea for school photos and that way I could use them all! Then from that I wanted to use basic colors so it was reminiscent of a box of crayons. For the most part I think it all came together. Enjoy! And have a GREAT weekend!

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio, Lily and Billy Sweetheart
Paper: K & Co. Urban Rhapsody, Wild Wasabi, Bayou Blue, Perfect Plum, AC Textured CS Earth Tones, Whisper White
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Clear Spica, Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Embies: SU! Hardware, SU! Ridinghood Red Ribbon

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's All About the Coffee!

My friend, Tanja is hosting a coffee and tea card swap over on SCS. I have done a couple coffee and tea related swaps before and wanted to come up with something completely different than what I had done in the past. My sister gave me this Pike's Place Market stamp for my birthday last month...so it got me thinking. What do a lot of people associate with Seattle and where do I go every morning before work??? Starbucks!!! Of course! And it just so happens that the very first Starbucks is at Pike's Place in Seattle. And there you have the entirety of my "aha" moment and the result was this card.
My friend, Kelly mentioned the other day that she might be starting a new swap called "Where I'm From" or "Where I Live"---Well, this card is Totally where Ms. Kadie is from. Why don't you come visit and we'll go for coffee or tea!

Stamps: Impress Public Market stamp, Impress Seattle stamp, SU! Like It Alatte
Paper: AC textured CS Earth Tones, Choc Chip, PP
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Emboss Powder, Cotton Grey Copic
Embies: SU! Choc. Chip Ribbon, Scalloped & Classic Rectangle Nesties, Classic Circle Nesties

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

For Someone

Helloooooo! I am so very happy it's Wednesday because it's that much closer to Friday! Yay!
The card I have for you today was inspired by a card I received last week from my friend, Susan. I just loved her layout and technique so much I had to CASE it! I have to get her to show me her versamark technique though because I just couldn't get a handle on it. If at first you don't succeed, right? I hope you enjoy today's card. You can find this little pot of flowers at The Greeting Farm and the set is called For Someone. Thanks for popping in today!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm, For Someone, SU! sentiment
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Lilac, AC textured CS brights, SU! Sale-a-bration DP
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Clear Spica
Embies: SU! Ribbon, SU! Hardware, Making Memories Flowers, Cuttlebug emboss folder

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tell People That You Care

Good Morning (or good afternoon or evening)! I hope that you all are having a fine start to your week.
'Tell People That You Care' is my theme for today and I can't think of a person who embodies this more than my friend, Kelly. She really knows how to show and tell people that they matter and are cared for. If there's every anything going on with one of us in our little group of friends she is one of the first to send an email or drop a little encouragement into the mail. I am amazed and so grateful that our paths crossed. And I'm so blessed to call her my friend.
So, with all that said...I received a little surprise in my mailbox on Friday from Kelly. This phrase written by Susan Kantor is a handmade stamp that is only available at Kelly's LSS. I thought that was pretty cool and I am excited that I get to own one! And I couldn't agree more with that little saying. Thanks, Kel!!

Stamps: Sugar Nellie, Blossom by Leanne Ellis; Sentiment-Susan Kantor
Paper: Kraft, Old Olive, Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Raspberry Tart DP
Ink: SU! Markers; Black Stazon; Clear Spica
Embies: Pearl Dots

Monday, March 9, 2009

I'm There for You

Hello and welcome to another fun filled week! I hope everyone remembered to push their clocks forward an hour. Yesterday my DH and I had planned on sleeping in an extra hour and going to the second service at church but because DH randomly woke up and took the dog out at the time we would have gotten up for first service he also noticed that one of our self changing clocks showed a different time than all the rest. Phew! We made it to church on time (I'm still looking for that extra hour of sleep though)!

Last week was a VERY exciting week for me! I am just still in awe that I'm going to be on the Spring DT for The Greeting Farm. I couldn't be more excited and I'm so thankful to all my dear SCS friends for inspiring and encouraging me. You ladies know who you are!

And now for today's card. I just adore this brand new set from TGF called Shepherd Boy. There is something so sweet and peaceful about it. I knew right away that I wanted to try and emulate that serene feeling in my card. So this was my attempt at creating a meadow. I hope you like it!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Shepherd Boy; sentiment SU! Absolutely Fabulous, SU!Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Basic Grey, Boxer (background from Sultry); AC textured CS Earth Tones
Ink: SU! Markers; Black Stazon
Embies: SU! Ribbon, Martha Stewart Punch; Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Friday, March 6, 2009

And Here She Is

Ta-Da! And here she is in all her glory! I hope the card was worth the wait (thanks for indulging me).

This dainty Miss Anya comes to you from The Greeting Farm's Miss Anya collection. Isn't she sweet looking? I picture her being so graceful as she pics flowers...and you guessed it, I also envisioned her with a French accent!
I hope you enjoyed today's card and as always Thank YOU for stopping by!

Oh and PS......I'm a GARDENER!!!!!!!!!!!WAHOOOOO!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Miss Anya; sentiment SU! Carte Postale; butterflies SU! Kind Thoughts
Paper: Basic Grey, Sultry; AC textured CS Earth Tones
Ink: SU! Markers; Black Stazon; Opaque emboss powder
Embies: Michael's Dots and Dashes ribbon, Long Rectangle Nesties

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Little Bit More

Hi friends! Thanks for all your sweet comments yesterday (glad you're not throwing old veggies at me for deciding to stretch my one card out to 3 days)! As promised here is a little bit more of my card. LOL!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sneaking One In

Hiya! I hope everyone is having a FABulous Wednesday!
I mentioned yesterday that because I LOVE to color, I have a bunch of images colored up just waiting for layouts. And of course layouts come a little bit slower to me. I wish there was a remedy for that because I get so excited about the images once they're colored; I always run back to my table to see if they've joined with the papers I chose and materialized into a card by themselves! A girl can dream.
So, I finally got a layout finished that I'd been pondering and staring at for 3 days and was sooooo excited to show you today BUT...
I really wanted to show you 5 cards this week (yes, I was trying to be all cool like that) and then I realized last night, after I was patting myself on the back for finishing my card, that (sigh) I have meetings tonight and tomorrow and won't be able to make 2 more cards! Arggg...
So I came up with a plan...I'm just gonna make this card last until I hit my 5 days! HAHA!! Sorry to be a tease but it'll also keep ya coming back!
See ya soon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Stylish Miss Anya

Oh my goodness, have you seen these stamps yet?? The Greeting Farm just came out with a new line of Anyas...a slightly older "Miss" Anya. I was so excited to receive them in the mail, I've already got all of them inked up and waiting for layouts! Did I mention that I love to color?? And these lil ladies are soooo fun to color up!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a Fabulous Tuesday!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Miss Anya; Sentiment from For Someone (TGF)
Paper: Basic Grey; AC Textured CS Earthtones
Ink: SU! Markers; Black Stazon; Clear Spica Pen
Embies: Diamond Stickles; Dew Drops; Martha Stewart Ribbon; Brad; SU! Scalloped Punch; Rectangle Nesties

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Hero to Thank

My little brother was serving the last 5 years or so in the Navy. He has been on stints to Japan, Iraq and Kuwait. He has seen quite a bit and accomplished a lot. He even shook the hand of the (now former) President along the way. It's hard to know just how to thank all those who serve our country, but I do know that every little bit matters. My brother received many care packages when he was in Iraq but he shared with us that it was the kindness of strangers who sent him a package filled with items of gratitude that touched his heart the most.

Marie at The Greeting Farm did a wonderfully kind and generous thing for those of us with close family members in the military by creating a stamp set with our military Heroes in mind and then gifting it to all who wrote in at that time. Thank you, Marie.

I have created this card for my brother and I plan for this to be just the first of many that I will send out to encourage our military heroes. I hope that you will take the time to reflect on and encourage the Heroes in your life as well, whether it be military or not. Have a great Monday!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Hero Ian
Paper: Basic Grey, Archaic; AC Textured CS Earthtones
Ink: SU! Markers; Black Stazon; Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Black Emboss Powder
Embies: SU! Ribbon, Silver Wire, Black Brads, Crystal Effects (on goggles)