Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BBQ Envelope Card

Happy Tuesday! Yesterday was a gorgeous day. I think today will be our last nice day before the rain moves in. Not looking forward to 4 days of rain. I have a really fun card today. Given this weekend is Memorial Day and the Indy 500 is running, it's time to break out the BBQ!


All the images for this card come from the Summer BBQ set from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. It was such fun to create this scene. I used the pre-colored images from the stamp set and I fussy cut every one of them. Took a while to cut them all out. The card is an envelope card and I followed the tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. The clouds are die cut from Spellbinder's Conversation Bubbles 4 and the grass was cut from Simon Says Stitched Hills and Slopes dies.



This is a top view f the card when it's open. And when you get ready to close the card it looks like this.


And the card totally closed can be addressed and mailed if your embellishments aren't too bulky.


If you flip this over you can address the other side. This was such fun to create. I'm going to send this to our nephew for his birthday. He loves to grill so I think he'll appreciate it.
Today my card is featured over at Imagine That! Creative Playground. I hope you'll check out the other awesome guest designer cards.
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Thank you for stopping by today. Hopefully your weather is ready for grilling. I know that's one of my favorite meals. Make it an awesome day!







Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday CAS

It's Sunday once again. These weeks are just flying by. Time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz CAS. This week our theme is wine! It was really my week to take a break but I couldn't resist this challenge.


My image and sentiment is from a set called Wine Diva from Art Impressions. I paper pieced the chair and her dress and ear rings. The rest I colored with Copic markers.The sentiment I cut from the same scrap that I used to paper piece her dress using Spellbinders Conversation Bubbles. This will be my "older" sister's birthday card next month. LOL!
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I hope your weekend has been wonderful. We finally got a really nice day today. I am hoping it will last for a while. Take care!

Donna

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bingo Time

Happy Saturday! It's time for a new challenge at Catch the Bug challenge blog and this week we get to play bingo!
I used the middle column for my card: Bugaboo Image/tag/die cut. And I went with a Christmas theme.


The image is Elephant Christmas Tree. I colored him with Copic markers and used Crystal Stickles to add some glitter to the image. I die cut the image with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Corner Squares. The backing card stock for the image is also cut with a larger die in that set. The cute String of lights Paper is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The green card stock tag is cut from MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. I used my MISTI to position the sentiment that's from an old Flourishes Christmas set called Christmas Music. Unfortunately Flourishes is not long in business. There is also a tag hanging from the present behind the Christmas tree just in case you don't think my flag counts as a tag. LOL!I hope you'll play along this week. Such a fun challenge and surprisingly easy to make a card with one of the rows or columns. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch as my inspiration.

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I hope you have a wonderful Saturday and crafty time abounds. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna




Friday, May 20, 2016

Bugaboo Friday Freebie

Who doesn't like free digital stamps? Every week Bugaboo has a free digi and this week it was my honor to craft with this cutie!


That cute little monster is the freebie today at Bugaboo Stamps. I used a variety of layers to create this cute card, mostly from my scrap box. I die cut the image with a Spellbinder's rectangle die. The sentiment is from Create with TLC. And I found that blue ric rac quite by accident. It's a self-adhesive tape. I thought it fit perfectly. I hope you'll hop on over to the Catch the Bug blog to see all the creations with this cute little guy. The design team always does an amazing job and I am honored to be the guest designer this month!
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Have an awesome Friday and don;t forget to check out the Friday Freebie at Bugaboo and all the other amazing digis Jodie creates!

Donna


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sealed With All My Love

It's almost the weekend! Woot! It's been a really busy week at work and I am so looking forward to the weekend to unwind. Tonight I have a quick and easy card that I made from things I had lying around.

This seal image and sentiment is from Doodle Pantry called With Heart. I had printed off the pre-colored image some time ago and die cut it with Spellbinder's Circles. I backed that with Spellbinder's Heart Circles in red card stock. The background paper is recycled wall paper. It has a really nice gray weave pattern to it. And then I found this red doily tape in my stash that I didn't even know I had. Perfect for this card. The heart has a coating of Wink of Stella for a little sparkle. The card base is white card stock with a layer of gray behind the wall paper. A nice quick easy card. I used the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch as inspiration.


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That's it for tonight. My FIL will be visiting this weekend so I'll have a couple of scheduled posts for you. I'm hoping to get some crafty time in too. Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Donna

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hogs and Kisses

What a week! Work is busy and I have a bunch of design team things I'm trying to pull together for later this week and next. It just seems there isn't enough time in the week anymore. Girl Scout Day Camp and training for that is creeping up on me too, so I really need to get a move on, big time!
So here's a quickie tonight that I finished. This is for the I {heart} sketches with a Twist # 152 challenge. I didn't do the sketch this time although it kind of resembles it. But I did do the twist: enlarge and crop the digi.


The digital stamp is the Stamp of the Month called Hamlet Pigwit in the Planter at From the Heart Digital Stamps. I colored the image with Copics and then cropped it using MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Square Stax. I backed that with a light green card stock. The floral print paper is a scrap from my scrap box, probably from the Paper Studio. The floral is backed with orange card stock. I created a banner with a sentiment from the same stamp set and inked it with Picked Raspberry distress ink. The banner is die cut from MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags
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We finished up interviewing yesterday and they will be offering someone the position for my job. In some ways I'll miss it but I do think the twins will be keeping me busy. And I'll still be working part time until they arrive. Happy midweek. Where is the time going? Have a super Thursday!

Donna


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Just Be Me

Happy rainy and chilly Tuesday. I so want to see some sunshine and warmer temperatures soon. In a moment of weakness today I agreed that I'd work another month at my 30 hours a week. What was I thinking? So I'll move to 15 hours a week on July 1st instead of June 1st. But I'll probably take some vacation time in June. I have over 200 hours of vacation to use. But they will pay me for what I don't use. So all will be good!


Here's another card that I really love. The image is from Beccy's Place called Bear With Me. I love the sentiment but I can't remember where I got it. I embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder and inked the Spellbinder's Labels 13 with Rusty Hinge distress ink. Popped the adorable pre-colored bears and finished it off with three self-adhesive square rhinestones. The background is a dark brown with an animal print paper over the top. What a great sentiment. If you know where it's from I'd love to give credit.
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Thanks for all the lovely comments on my post yesterday about our upcoming additions to our family. I am still kind of in shock. And I guess it will be more of a shock when the twins are born and we have to figure out how to deal with 2 at one time. LOL! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Hugs,

Donna

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Little Miracle, I Hope

Last Friday I had the opportunity and the honor to go with my daughter and son-in-law to the doctor as they had their first visit since she found out she was pregnant again. Some of you may remember we lost their first child last November. So when she got pregnant again of course we are being cautiously optimistic that this child will not have the same problem as out little Alexander did. So Friday we got to see the sonogram and our first peek had our mouths dropping open. Tricia is carrying twins. Oh my! One child will turn their lives upside down and two will put them in a tail spin. I've never had twins but I know how much work one child is at a time. I can't imagine two. It's a little too early to tell if there are any genetic abnormalities but as soon as the 20 weeks comes I'm sure they will be testing given her history. She's at 14+ weeks right now. So I made her this card last night to kind of celebrate.


I used a retired Gina K set called Wee Tees. The sentiment and the lady bug and car are from the same set. I framed them with Spellbinder's Edge Frames. And the little car and lady bug are die cut with Spellbinder's Heart Circles. I paper pieced the onesies with my MISTI. 
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With the news of the twins I am thinking I may have to retire a bit earlier than expected. Tricia's due date is November 11th. But with twins I doubt they wait that long. And she delivered Alex two months early. So I'll discuss this with my boss when I go back to work tomorrow. But I doubt that I work until December like I thought I would. We are just hoping and praying for happy, healthy babies right now. Thanks for stopping by today for my news. Make it a wonderful week!

Donna


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Special Delivery

Back for another round today. We spent the weekend out at Baby Creek so I got some crafting time in. This one is a Christmas card.



 The image is Special Delivery Snowman at From the Heart Stamps. I colored him with Copics to try to match the scrap that I found in my scrap box. I wanted to make something colorful. While cleaning up I found this self-adhesive red border tape and thought it would make a fun addition to this card. It all glittery! The base is white card stock with a blue card stock background for the image. Both the image and the background are die cut with MFT’s Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares Stax. I used the sketch from I {heart} Sketches with a Twist for inspiration. I also used the twist which was to hand-write a sentiment. I’m not the best at handwriting so I usually don’t try that myself. LOL!
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It's been a busy weekend. Our refrigerator conked out at Baby Creek so we had to buy a new refrigerator on Friday. It was delivered yesterday. My hubby forgot to measure for height so we bought one that was too tall for the place it needed to sit. So he had to tear out two cabinets in order to get it into it's place. But I love the new frig. It's so much bigger than the old one. And it works!!! It has an ice maker but we still don't have water there since the cistern leaked and we lost all the water. Our new cistern is on order so hopefully it will be here soon so we can restore the water out there. We've been heating water for dishes and washing up. And only using water out of jugs. Hopefully we'll soon be back to normal out there. I have some other news to share but I have to make a card for someone before I share that news.  Have an awesome week.

Donna

New CAS at The Outlawz

Happy Sunday! Ning has been having problems lately and we weren’t able to load the new challenge at The Outlawz CAS this morning. It finally got posted late this afternoon. Today begins the new challenge and since May is the month for Mother’s Day we are honoring a special woman in our lives. So you could make a Mother’s Day card if you so choose but it doesn’t have to be just for Mother’s Day. I chose to make a card for a special friend.

I won a Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit in April and this lovely flower set and sentiment came with the kit. I loved that it was a two stepped stamp. I think those really give more depth to the image. So I stamped each of the flowers in two tones. I used these distress inks: Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn and Momento Black for the sentiment. I used my Misti for placement. Best investment I ever made. I tried doing it first by hand and had to throw the paper away. I placed the inked white card stock on a purple card base.
I hope you’ll join us in honoring s woman in your life this week with a CAS card. Think of the smile you will put on her face. Come show us you CAS card.
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Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back shortly with another card for a challenge that ends soon. Take care!

Donna

Saturday, May 14, 2016

New Challenge at Catch the Bug

Happy Saturday! This is a scheduled post as I am out of town. So hopefully this will go off without a hitch. I'll update links as soon as I can. Today begins a new challenge at Catch the Bug challenge blog. And this week we have another easy peasy challenge: Flowers galore!


I used Flower Pocket #7 image from Bugaboo Stamps. The image is colored with Copic and Bic markers. The image was die cut with Gina Marie Designs Wine Label dies. And I did a little faux stitching. The background card stock is embossed with the Flourishes embossing folder. I finished it off by using glossy accents on the flowers. I hope you'll hope on over the Catch the Bug and check out the inspiration from all the design team and then play along with us. They always have such wonderful prizes with 3 chances to win.
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Soldier Sam

Today is the new release day over at Imagine That! ...digis by Kris. I had the pleasure of working with a set called Soldier Sam. Since I have two brothers and a sister, not to mention a host of in-laws who were in the military, I thought I could get a start on my Veteran's Day cards.


The image of soldier Sam is a pre-colored image and I die cut him from Gina Marie Cross Stitched Rectangle dies. The brown background is embossed with the Distressed Stripes embossing folder. The cammo paper is from Cute and Useful. I added a sentiment from the Soldier Sam set and die cut it with MFT's Pierced Fishtail Flags. And as a final embellishment I added the heart flag from Designed 2 Delight (now From the Heart Stamps).


Check out the new release at Imagine That! Creative Playground and you could win one of the new sets. Just leave a comment. Easy peasy!
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Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you enjoy this new release!




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thinking of You

Happy stormy Wednesday night! The day was very nice. The first day this week that it didn't rain most of the day but tonight the storms are heading for us once more. We did get our tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and cucumbers in so I'm glad to have those out of our living room window. And we fenced them for the first time, hoping that it might deter the deer from eating everything.
I REALLY like the card I made tonight. I love inked backgrounds. I think they are just beautiful and I am so envious of those who do it so well. I'm still learning and need more practice. But here's a card with an inked background; one of my favorite techniques.


I just love this cute little dog image from the Dog Tales set at  Beccy's Place. I used the pre-colored image. I paired him with a sentiment that I printed off long ago so I'm not sure which company it's from. I'm going to have to be more careful when I print these digis. I used the Simon Says Stitched Slopes and Hills die to cut out the sentiment. Then I popped up the cute pup with Scotch foam tape.
I masked the moon off first and then inked the background with Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers distress ink. Then I masked the background and inked the moon with Scattered Straw distress ink. I think it's adorable! I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch as inspiration:


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Well, I am going to sign off as the storm is getting worse and I'm afraid the electric will go out. It might be early to bed tonight. I'll catch you later!

Hugs,

Donna

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Another Guest Design for Imagine That! Digis by Kris

Welcome back! If you are looking for my Bugaboo post from this morning please scroll down. This post is a card that I made for my daughter who needed a graduation card.


The image is grad girl from Graduation Day from Imagine That!... digis by Kris. The blue background paper is from my scrap box. The rose paper is from Leesa's Tulips. I die cut the image with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares and inked it with Picked Raspberry distress ink. The sentiment circle is also from the graduation stamp set and popped up with Scotch Mounting Tape. I backed the layers with black card stock to make them pop the colors. I finish it off I added some Zva rhinestones. I hope you will check out all the guest designer creations over at the Imagine That! Creative Playground blog.
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Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!



Bugaboo New Release

Happy Tuesday! I will have two posts today: one this morning and one scheduled for later this afternoon. Today is new release day at Bugaboo and Jodie has created a real cutie for you.


This is Ladybug Sunbonnet. I colored her with Copic markers and die cut the image from a Quickcutz Tag and the inked the background with Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean distress ink. (I think I am getting better at inking backgrounds.) I love the little scene. I used MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags to add the sentiment from Stampin' Up! from the retired Grateful Greeting Sentiments.  I am into plaids lately too. This piece was in my scrap box and I couldn't find the source. I'd love to give credit. And to finish off I added some Collections self-adhesive rhinestones. Check out the Catch the Bug challenge blog to see all the fun designs by the design team.
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I'll be back this afternoon with another post. Work is very busy this week. We are interviewing this week for my replacement. We had two interviews today and two tomorrow. I'm looking forward to less hours and training the new person! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Donna
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