Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Birthday Cheers!

 Long time no see! We've been away for a family funeral. Five states over the last week. It was quite the trip and we are glad to be home. Our youngest son has a birthday coming up and I need to get his package in the mail. Here's the card!

The image is from From the Heart Stamps (sadly no longer in business) called Birthday Brew. I colored with Spectrum Noir markers The candle flame and beer "suds" are covered with Stickles Diamonds for some texture and bling. The sentiment is from the same set and die cut with a die from an MFT Blueprints die set. The paper is from my stash.
I am entering these challenges: 
That's it for me. I haven't been feeling well the past few days since we got home. I had a Covid-19 test today and I am awaiting results. I don't think I have Covid but the doctor wanted to rule it out. So I am in quarantine until my results come back. So no volunteering tomorrow like I usually do. Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you peace and all good!


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Geared Up For A Great Birthday

 Tomorrow our twins will turn 5 years old. Where did 5 years go? I posted a picture of the card I made for Valerie last week so I finally got Arthur's done this morning. We are going to celebrate with them tomorrow so I won't mail them this year. 

The image and sentiment is from an adorable set from Beccy's Place called The Long Haul. I used the pre-colored version but added some Dimensional Magic on the lighter areas of the cement mixer to give it some dimension. I popped up the image with foam tape. The sentiment panel was die cut with Gina Marie Designs Mosaic Triangle Edge Squares. The background papers are from my stash. The embellishments are Jillibean Soup Wooden Flowers but I thought they looked like gears.
I am entering these challenges:
That's it for me today. I have to finish my shopping and wrap the twin's birthday gifts. And see if I can tackle some of the other jobs on my list today. Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe. Peace and all good!


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Be Touched by Peace

 The last day of September. Time is flying by and I still have so many things on my list to do. But I did manage to get one more card done for a total of 3 cards this month. Not my most creative month for sure.

This card did not photograph very well. I used embossed resist to make the background. The snowflakes are from a very old Gina K Designs stamp set and the sentiment (which you can barely read : Be Touched by Peace) is from Technique Tuesday's Christ is Born stamp set. I inked the background with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Inks. To finish it off I added some Lucy's gems as the center of the snowflakes. I did spritz the background with water also. I am entering these challenges:
As we wish September good-bye and usher in October, I hope you are healthy and safe. Thanks for stopping by. Take care/ Wishing you peace and all good!


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Birthday Princess

 Another birthday card but this time for my adorable granddaughter, Valerie, who will be turning 5 on October 6th. I am also working on Arthur's birthday card but it's not ready just yet. But Valerie is always talking about princesses and is in love with Disney princesses so I thought her card should be her favorite colors (pink and purple) and be all about princesses. And definitely sparkly just like her personality.

The image is the progressive image from The Outlawz for September called The Little Ballerina by Hetty Clare. Yes, I realize it's not a princess per say but I think she'll still be happy with the card. The background paper is from my stash. The glittery pink "crinkled paper is the background. The plaid paper is from Paper Pizazz I added a punched out tag piece in the top left corner that's chunky glitter paper. (It didn't photograph very well.) I used a purple gel pen to add some faux stitching to the plaid paper. The sentiment is computer-generated and die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags (retired). The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut. I am entering these challenges:
I have several more cards I need to get done. But I am running out of time. Thanks for stopping by today and staying with me in my long absences! Take care. Peace and all good.


Meerkat Happy Birthday

 Where did September go? I couldn't believe that I haven't made one card in September. And I told myself at the beginning of the month that I wasn't going to wait until the last minute to do my progressive challenges, but here I am; last minute once again.  But I managed to make a card I like, even though I feel like I've regressed since I stopped making cards. 

This adorable little guy is from Imagine That Digital Stamps called Meerkats. Lots of fun images and sentiments in this set. I needed a birthday card so I didn't use the sentiments from the set. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. Then I created the background by drawing the horizon line and coloring the "grass" and using MFT Cloudy Day stencil to ink the clouds with Salty Ocean Distress Ink. The base and layering are brown card stock. The background paper is from American Crafts Animal Prints Collection. I found some brown ric rac in my stash. The sentiment is from a retired set from Gina K Designs called Heartily Yours Additions by Nina Brackett, die cut with Quikcutz Tags, and inked with Tea Dye Distress Ink. To finish off the design and give it some sparkle I used Now and Then sparkly gold enamel dots. 
I am entering these challenges:
One down and one to go. Why do I do this to myself? Haha! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are safe and healthy! Peace and all goos!


Monday, August 30, 2021

Thank You Part 2

 Last night I added a couple of thank you cards that I've done for Teacher's Warehouse and explained a little about what we do there. So to finish off the set that I made here are the last two cards.

Image: recycled greeting card
Sentiment: Desert Diva freebie
Ink: Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
Card Stock: kraft and white (somehow I lost the border frame for this one so I just added a white card stock frame from my stash)

Card #2:

Image: recycled greeting card
Sentiment: Simon Says/Newton's Nook Pocketful of Happiness (STAMPtember 2020 limited set)
Ink: Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
Card Stock: kraft

I just love "punny" sentiments to give a little humor to the card. I use them often. I am entering these challenges:
I hope your Monday gets off to an amazing start. We are supposed to have rain today and I hope we do as it's very dry here. My garden could certainly use it. I will leave you with a picture that my husband took the other day.

Our squash do very well out at our second garden as you can see from what we picked on Saturday. The one that made me laugh was the 8 pound zucchini that I am holding. It was big enough to be a baby so we sent this picture to our kids to introduce them to their new "brother." Haha! Into the freezer tis baby goes. Zucchini have a way of hiding until you can't miss them. Besides zucchini we are growing spaghetti, butternut, and honeynut squash. I can't wait to start harvesting the sweet potatoes. Thanks for stopping by. Please stay safe. Peace and all good!


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Thank You's Part 1

 I am going to end my month with a couple of thank you cards: two today and two tomorrow I hope. Tom and I volunteer at Teacher's Warehouse. Teachers from 5 surrounding counties can come shop at the store for free and get what they need for their classrooms. The only thing that we ask them to do is write 5 thank you notes to volunteers and donors. So with lots of teachers coming in for supplies we need lots of thank you notes. So I am on a mission to use up things from my stash to make thank you notes when I have the time. All the thank you notes I made this week are using recycled pictures from commercial greeting cards. I used dies and sentiments to embellish the cards.

Image: recycled greeting card
Sentiment: Tales from Pollycraft (this was a freebie; I see the blog hasn't been updated since 2015)
Ink: Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber
Card Stock: Kraft

Image: recycled greeting card
Sentiment: Create With TLC
Dies: Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Frames, MFT Pierced Fishtail Banners (retired)
Card Stock: kraft

I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate you dropping by. Hope you have an amazing week. Stay safe. Peace and all good!


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

New Driver!

 Happy Wednesday! Two days in a row is a real change for me. I was acting manager at Opportunity House today. Our regular managers are on leave so we are taking turns being manager lately. But I have another card today for my other progressive challenge at The Outlawz.

Image and sentiment: Twinkle Lane Designs New Car
Designer Papers: the Paper Studio and Papers by Lozzy
Ribbon: from my stash
Die Cuts: MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares (sentiment); Die Cut Essentials Bright Rosa With Love Issue 62 (pierced rectangle behind image and sentiment)
Card base: red card stock
I am entering these challenges:
This stamp set came right in the nick of time for me. Tom's nephew just got his driver's license so this card is headed to him for his achievement. That's it for me today. Have to move on to a meeting on Zoom in about 45 minutes, so thanks for stopping by. Make it a wonderful day! Stay safe. Peace and all good!



Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Moooo Chas Gracias

 It's been quite a while since I had a chance to sit down at my desk. And once again the end of the month is approaching quickly and I don't have my progressive challenges done. So I am trying to get them caught up this week. My first card uses the fun stamp set from the Imagine That Digi of the Month.

Stamp set: Pretty Calf Imagine That Digi Stamps
Sentiment: from Create with TLC (Sorry I didn't use one from the Pretty Calf set but this is my favorite sentiment to use with a cow image!)
Dies: MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Square (image), TODO Basic Rectangles (sentiment)
Designer Paper: the Paper Studio (both papers)
Inking: Black Soot Oxide ink around the image

I am entering these challenges:
I hope to be back with my remaining progressive challenge some time this week. Time is rolling by. Please stay safe. Peace and all good!


Friday, August 6, 2021

Happy Anniversary

 Welcome back! I needed a few cards this week so I made some time to get a  few done. Today's card is for an anniversary of a dear friend.

Sentiment: from my stash (I neglected to add the source)
Designer Paper: from my stash
Embellishments: Flowers cut from designer paper; leaves from Spellbinder's Foliage dies
Entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today! We had the twins all day today because we'll be traveling tomorrow. They will be going back to school on Monday. We had a great day! Take care. Please stay safe. Peace and all good!


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Warm Winter Wear

 Welcome to August! It's time once again for a new challenge at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Sadly this is my last post for the design team. I have decided to leave the team for now. But this month we have a fun challenge for you. As always you can do anything goes as long as it's a card or you can choose the option which is Warm Winter Wear this month. Our sponsor is All Dressed Up!

Because of the sketch I chose to use I could easily make two cards for this challenge. The image is from All Dressed Up called Christmas Couple. I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers and die cut them with Gina Marie Designs Wonky Circles and inked them with Lemonade distress ink. The background papers are from the new set from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles named Knitted Textures. 
Someone who enters will win this set. I added pearls (brown on one and white on the other) for embellishment around the stitching. I also added buttons die cut from MFT Button Quartet (retired). Each of the sweaters had a snowflake on them. The snowflake was rather tiny and difficult to see so instead I added a white heart shape die cut from Paper Smooches Paw Prints die set. To finish off I used Diamond Stickles on the Santa hat and hearts. I hope you'll play along with us this month and show us what you are working on.
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by to check out my creations. Make your week blessed. Stay safe. Peace and all good!


Friday, July 30, 2021

Happy Birthday

 Back again today with the last of my progressive challenges for July. The Oulawz gave us a really detailed image from Fabrika Fantasy. It was great fun to color!

  • 4 1/4 inch square card in black card stock. Layering in black card stock also
  • Stamps: Fabrika Fantasy Red Panda, sentiment from W Plus 9 Unforgettable
  • Paper green gingham
  • Dies: MFT Blueprints 13 (sentiment)
  • Embellishment: Then and Now pink enamel dots
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today! I have a busy weekend so it's not likely I'll be back until Sunday evening when I post my design team card for 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Stay well! Peace and all good!


O Come Let Us Adore Him

 I noticed my last post of July 7th. I've only posted 3 cards this month. So sad! My motivation to create (and my time to craft) has evaporated. I will be leaving my blog up to post occasionally but I won't be here as often as I used to be.  Maybe things will get better soon.

My card today is for the Imagine That Progressive challenge using We Three Mice:

  • Stamps: Imagine That We Three Mice (totally adorable!
  • Paper: Recollections Christmas Collection and scraps of another company I can't think of
  • Dies: MFT Stitched Circles, MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags (double cut so the piercing would be all around the sentiment, and MFT Blueprints 32 (the tall rectangles)
  • Ink: Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide 
  • Embellishment: Yellow Stickles on the star
I am entering these challenges:
I have one more card that I'd like to finish before the end of the month, so I hope to be back either today or tomorrow to add that card. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are all safe from the fires and heat and the Covid variant. Peace and all good!


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Guest Designer for Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

 I am so honored today to be a guest designer for Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2! Today begins the July challenge with 2 awesome sketches to chose from. The sponsor this month is Fred She Said, who generously gave us an image to use for the challenge.

I used Fred She Said Cornflowers digital stamp. I colored it with Prisma Color Pencils and mineral spirits.  I die cut the image with Gina Marie Designs Wonky Stitched Ovals and then added a black layer with the wonky stitching. The sentiment is from my stash of already printed sentiments (sorry I don't know from where) and also die cut with the wonky ovals; then inked with Seedless Preserves Oxide ink and AlteNew Purple Wine ink. The background papers are from my stash. The ribbon is from Bo Bunny. To embellish I added  2 Foam Fantasy Glitter Butterflies. Thanks to all the gals at Sweet Sketch Wednesday for having me as a guest designer this month. Much appreciated!
I will be back later to add some challenges. We have the twins today and we have to go pick them up. Stay tuned. Have a super day!
Edit: The twins were great today and we had a blast with them. Took them to a splash pad and playground, so they got hot and sweaty and then could cool off in the water. They had a ball. I wanted to add some challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful tomorrow! Stay safe. Peace and all good.


Thursday, July 1, 2021

12 Months New Challenge

 Today begins a new challenge at 12 Months of Christmas challenge. This month the theme is anything goes Christmas in July with no optional theme. So really anything goes. Here's my card!

I used a Bugaboo Stamp image colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I used several sets of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles for the designer paper. To finish off I added some gems. There are lots of Christmas in July challenges. Hope you will join us too at 12 Months of Christmas challenge. I am entering these challenges:
Finally got a chance to finish this. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July if you are in the United States. God bless America! Stay safe. Peace and all good.


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