Retro Rubber Challenge 12

Hey Friends – it’s time for a new challenge over on the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.


Challenge 12 is an embellishment challenge to use brads. 


Sadly, the weeks are getting me and I haven’t seen any time at the craft table.  I’ve also decided that I’ll be stepping down from the design area  of the team and will just be helping behind the scenes on the Challenge Blog. 

Remember that every other Tuesday a new challenge is posted. 

Easter Road Trip

Hi friends!! 


I hope that you enjoyed your Easter and spent it with family and friends.  We decided at New Years to travel to my brothers house for Easter. 

Talk about planning. 


But we need to plan something when we have enough time.  It’s about a 7 hour drive.

446 miles. 



We traveled through the south eastern tip of Montana that is pretty vast, yet so beautiful.  Sadly, I was driving when I wanted to be taking pictures of just how cool the different parts of MT are. 

Anyway, we enjoyed a few good days at my brothers house.  My SIL and I went junking, we did a little bit to help them out around their place.  We played with my niece and snuggled on my nephew. 


Oh how I miss those days of snuggling them to sleep. 

Yet, I love my nights of full sleep.  Sorry Lindsey!  Winking smile 


Mother nature said that she was going to howl for a couple days and I just didn’t like that we’d be traveling right through it on Monday.  Remember the vastness I talked about before?  Well, that means no one travels that way often.  HA! 

So our trip was cut short, but really it was just awesome!!

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A few highlights – since we have been to the Back Hills area before, we tried once before to locate the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis.  We found it quite by accident this weekend and Greg was super happy.  We stopped and went in and checked it out. 

If you aren’t sure why, it’s because Greg used to watch the reality show about this bar during Bike Week. 

They boys also got to attend a Rapid City Rush Hockey game, which will be talked about until the next trip I’m sure! 


The sun is peeking out this morning, so it’s going to be a great day!

Family easter

Thanks for the visit!!

Retro Rubber Challenge 11 | Kind of Sketchy

Hello there!! 

I am skidding in just in the knick of time to share my card with you for the week.  We were at my brothers over Easter – and I’ll be back to share that trip with you later this week.


For today, we are still playing with Challenge 11 at Retro Rubber. 



It was a sketch challenge so it was fairly easy.  I hope you play along!! 



The stamp set that I choose to work with this week is from Stampin Up!, called Word Play.  It’s an older one, but always a classic when it comes to great sentiments. 

I wanted to use these metal brads from Simple Stories so I found some paper to pair with it.  I decided to change the scallops under the main panel to a doily. 



It was very fun, and ready to go. 


Make sure you check out the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and play along. 

Retro Rubber Challenge 11

Hello there friends!!





Challenge 11 is up over at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  It’s a sketch, which I love!!  Head over and play along. 


I will post my card next Tuesday when it’s my turn to share!!



And with that – I will not be back to post until next week.  We are going to enjoy Easter at my brothers house and there isn’t enough time for everything. 

Have a great Easter with your family – and remember the Reason for the Season!  ♥

Random Bits | Project Life Update

Hey all!!  Happy Friday.

I have been on the go quite a bit lately, my free time is scarce.  I was thinking about the blog yesterday, and I thought I’m out enjoying life, so I can’t feel bad about not having anything new for you to see.  However, I miss sharing when I don’t blog. 

I did want to share  a couple things with you today tho.  Mostly about Project Life and then some other new goodies I have gotten lately.


I finally got the Project Life App on my iphone.  To be honest, I wasn’t really interested in it, but it was free on St. Patrick’s Day.  So I thought I would look into it. 

I have to say, it’s super easy and a lot of fun to do.    I could easily see myself using this each week and Bam!!  be done!!  Yet, part of me loves the actual stuff that I can play with and see and be more creative with.

Another part of me has guilt that I have this room full of stuff and I should use it. 


I did mess around and created this spread from last weekend.  This is what our weekends look like now – basketball.  Bleacher Butt.  However, we had some great friends visiting too and we enjoyed time with them.  The guys played some pool while we waited 2 hours for our meal. 

2 hours.  Really. 


The app also lets you create collages like this one.  I can see me doing more of these with the app and just printing them 4x6 for my book. 


Anyway – I looked into printing costs for this option, and on the app, it’s $1.99 for a 12x12 layout.  I looked around and saw that some ladies are using My Digital Studio from Stampin’ Up and getting them at cost.  They never did say what that price was.  Anyone know?

I do think that I will make a few layouts this way and get them all printed at once.  Shipping is $6.99 so I need to make it worth it.  Maybe save them up and wait for a free shipping offer? 



I also made a choice to try out the Gossamer Blue Life Pages Kits for awhile.  I know I had said that I wasn’t going to buy anything for PL, but I caved.  They are very pretty. 

I’ll try them a couple months and see what  I think. 

One problem I have found with kits, is simply that they tend to go pretty and coordinate, and it doesn’t always work with my photos.  We will see. 



This is the current state of my desk.  I set up shop to get caught up on PL and I’m not taking it down til I do.  I am going to finish up a bit tonight, and then I’ll be caught up. 

Honestly, the mess drives me batty. 



Also lately, I picked up the new Quick Stitch Kit from Papertrey Ink.  I have picked up all of their little stitching projects over the last couple years.  I was super happy to get some flower dies for it. 

I sat down and die cut a bunch of flowers from all my felts and then some other elements.  I’m hoping to take it with me this weekend to have something crafty to do while basketball is going on. 


So I have plenty to do – but no time to do it or share!! 

I think it will get better!! 

Gnome Pop Up Card


Hi there!! 

Last week, I posted a video and a simple card making a pop up card, based on a store bought card I’d seen. Well, the ideas were running wild in my head I had to get them out. 

You can see that post HERE. 

When I went to look for something to work with, I came across this Gnome set from the late There She Goes Stamp store.  Jessica was the master at creating scenes form her stamps. 

I’m sorry they are no longer available, but any Craft for Sale site may let you post in search of this set.



I started just by stamping a lot of the images and coloring them.  This has to be the best part of stamping for me.  Coloring.  I went a little wild in the end with my white gel pen to make some white dots as well. 

Aside from adding dimension with foam dots, I kept the front simple and scene like. 



Then, we you open it up there is a cute scene as well.  Because of that, I decided to stamp a couple images in a light kraft color. 


For the inside, I used a few more gnome images, as well as mushroom and flower images from the set to help create the scene.  I also die cut the fence and grass, and added those in as well. 



The pictures are not as great as in person, but this was a super fun card to make.  I stamped Happy Birthday, so now I wait for the right recipient!! 

Thank You | PTI Make It Monday

Hey there – my mojo has been on fire this week.  Sometimes I see things and do not get inspired.  This week, all of the challenges and ideas I have seen has really got me thinking!! 

However, this will be my last post for the week. 


This week’s Make It Monday video over at Papertrey Ink shared the idea to “Confetti Cluster Stamp” and create an image.  Well, I dug through all of my PTI stamps finding the small images.  That was interesting!! 


I thought about my design for a couple days.  I knew that I wanted to use this Thank You set, and hoped to create a circle around the larger sentiment part.  However, the swirls on the top and bottom would have made it too big.  So I chose the smaller sentiment, and then grabbed a heart image. ( I apologize, I cannot find the stamp set that I used on this card on PTI.  I do believe it was a one time thank you set that I got years ago!!)


The outcome was a very fun, one layer Thank You card.  The color scheme could be easily changed, as well as the sentiment. 

Very fun! 

Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your weekend everyone!!  (For the first time in awhile, it’s only a two day weekend for me!!  HA!!)

Vintage Vibe | Art Impressions Challenge

Ole Man Winter came back to Montana today.  BOO…  There is a dusting of snow.  However, we are supposed to be back in the 50s for the weekend tho.  I was really enjoying the high 60s weather!!


Ok, onto a card.


The challenge this time at Art Impressions Stamps is to make a vintage card.  They just released some fun vintage images, but I don’t have any yet.  I did have this TryFold set, Lakehouse.  This is just the front image from that set.  You can see a card I made with the whole set HERE. 


I had this idea in my head and I needed to get it down.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then I used my distress inks to color it with a water color brush.  It took some trial and error to find colors that made it look black and white.  I wanted a bit of sepia too, but this was as close as I got.

I then ruffed up the edges and paired it with some steel grey cardstock and a piece of patterned paper from Simple Stories line.  Then I finished with these cute sprockets. 

This would be a fun manly card to give.  Maybe for my dad or grandpa for Father’s Day. 



Art Impressions Blog

Retro Rubber Challenge 10 | Emboss It!

HEY!  It’s Tuesday and time to play with a new challenge at Retro Rubber. 


This time our challenge is to bring out the Embossing Powder.  When I started stamping, this was probably one of the first huge “extras” that I was adding to cards.  It really was a fun way to make something really pop off your card. 

I then really forgot about it, until recently, when I invested in some more powders and dusted of the heat tool.  (Pun intended there!! HA!)


I couldn’t decide which way to go, and then I procrastinated too long.  I ended up stamping this tree from the old Stampin Up! set, Thoughts and Prayers. 

I embossed it in white and then sponged around the image with my ink.  I embossed the sentiment in black.  I kept the rest really simple as I do with all the Sympathy type cards I make.  I matted with some more cardstock and then I added to some matching cardstock for a base. 


Make sure you head over to the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog to play along with us!!


Thank you for visiting me!