Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year in Review

Greetings! As 2013 comes to a close, in less than an hour where I live, I wish each of you the very happiest of New Years in 2014.  As promised, below are my favorite posts of 2013 from my blog as I reflect back.  I look forward to 2014 and seeing more of you and your blogs!  God Bless You!


Before I go, I also wanted to share a photo of my precious grandchildren taken at our home on Christmas Day 2013.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

You May Say I'm A Dreamer....

Greetings dear friends!  I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  This year sure went fast! Already it is time for the final challenge of 2013 over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.  This time around, we have a color challenge for you!  The colors are:  Chocolate, Raspberry and Cream!  Our sponsor at FSC is FlonzCraft and one lucky participant will win a $20 Gift Voucher!  For my own card, the focal stamps are from FlonzCraft.  My two oldest grandchildren both take piano lessons, so when I saw these images, I knew I wanted to acquire and use them. The images around the edges are complimentary stamps from Crafty Individuals.  The sentiment is from Artistic Outpost.  I cannot read this sentiment without hearing the lyrics in my head!  Inks used include Gathered Twig and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks.  The paper doily was painted with more Picked Raspberry Distress Paint.  Lace, trim, paper flowers and a seam binding bow complete my card.  I hope you will pop on over to FSC and see what the rest of the Design Team have dreamed up to inspire you and then I hope you, in turn, will inspire us with a project of your own.  Please take care and I hope you will stop back in a few days when I post my favorite projects for 2013 and share a photo of my grandchildren from Christmas!  Hugs, Yvonne

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Merry Christmas!  It's Wednesday, and time for another Word Wednesday Challenge over at 365 Cards.  Our word this time is "Celebration."  I chose to work with the "Auld Lang Syne" plate of images from Artistic Outpost.  To add a bit of sparkle, the matting is gold metallic, the sparkly stars are by Tim Holtz, the dancer was dressed in Ranger Stickles and a final touch of gold embroidered stars on the ribbon.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with for your project!  I am also submitting my card to the December Referral Program at Artistic Outpost.  Hugs, Yvonne

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Vintage Merry Christmas

Greetings! It's time for another challenge over at Inkspirational and this week it's Anything Goes!  I hope you will pop on over to Inkspirational to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you.  We hope, too, that you will submit a project of your own for us to enjoy.  For my own project, I began with a gorgeous vintage image from NiceCrane Designs, matted it with gold metallic paper and layered it over a white doily that was layered onto a blue metallic panel that was decorated with white rub-ons from Tim Holtz.  A bit of stamping with images from Artistic Outpost were inked with black StazOn Ink and a bit of glitter glue.  All were mounted onto a white card base.  Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs, Yvonne

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Happy New Year!

Greetings!  It's time for another Word Wednesday Challenge over at 365 Cards.  Our word this week is "New."  I immediately knew that I wanted to make a card for the New Year.  Looking through my gorgeous "Gecko Galz" images, I found this beautiful and fun-filled image of two children and a snow man celebrating the new year.  I enlarged the image to better fit my 8x8 inch card, backed it with snowflake background paper and layered it with a doily to the card front.  The snowflakes are Tim Holtz Rub Ons.  The sentiment is from Artistic Outpost and was stamped with Midnight Blue StazOn Ink.  A simple vintage seam binding bow completes my card.  I look forward to seeing what you might come up with for your project.  Thanks so much for dropping by today!  Hugs, Yvonne

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Joyeux Noel

Greetings!  So nice of all of you to drop by today.  My post today is for the Word Wednesday Challenge over at 365 Cards.  Our word this week is "Soft."  I chose this beautifully soft NiceCrane Designs focal image.  The die cut is by Alterations and was painted with Ranger Crackle Paint in Milled Lavender.  The background and sentiment by Oxford Impressions were stamped with Regal Purple StazOn Ink.  Distress Glitter in Rock Candy was added to the card for sparkle.  I look forward to seeing what you create for the challenge.  Hugs, Yvonne

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Noel, Noel

Greetings!  Just a quick post to share with you another card created with one of those lovely NiceCrane Design images.  I layered the image over several sizes of paper doilies.  Tucked behind the image is an image by Oxford Impressions.  The corner images and sentiment are from the same plate by Oxford Impressions.  
Finishing touches include paper flowers, Dresden Snowflakes by Retro Art Cafe, some gem pearls and vintage seam binding.  I hope you are having a good weekend.  Thanks as always for dropping by. Yvonne

Seasons Greetings

Greetings! It is time once again for a new challenge over at Inkspirational.  This time, we are working from the Photo below as inspiration.  You will want to be sure to pop over and see what the rest of the design team has created and I hope you will consider entering a project of your own.

For my card, I was inspired by the colors and the bird.  I chose a set of images from Oxford Impressions for my card.  StazOn Ink and Distress Markers were used to color in the image.  Old Page Distress Ink was blended over the images to mute the color a bit.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugs, Yvonne

Thursday, December 5, 2013


I recently rediscovered NiceCrane and just fell in love with their vintage Christmas images.  I just had to use one right away!  I kept the tones of my card to Vintage Photo, Kraft and Bright White.  I am so far behind with being ready for the Holidays! How about you? The next few weeks should be quite interesting.  Hoping all of you are doing well. I am also submitting this over at Our Creative Corner where the theme is a Neutral Vintage Christmas. Hugs, Yvonne

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Beauty of the Season

Greetings!  It is Wednesday and time for another Word Challenge over at 365 Cards.  Our word this week is "Feathered."  How will you interpret the challenge?  I chose to work with this gorgeous plate of images from Artistic Outpost called MidWinter.  Most of the images were stamped with Timber Brown StazOn Ink and the images were colored in with Fired Brick, Walnut Stain and Iced Spruce Distress Inks. I added Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter for sparkle.  It can be seen a bit better in the closeup below.  

I look forward to seeing what you come up with for today's challenge.  I am also submitting today's card for the December Referral Program over at Artistic Outpost.  Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Yvonne