Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wedding Treats

It's Tuesday. My day off of work yesterday was extremely busy. Laundry, dishes, shopping, and working on day camp and wedding ideas made the day go way too fast! So it was back to work today wishing I had gone to half time instead of three quarter time. LOL! Next year maybe.
I can't believe that my baby boy will be getting married next week. Of course we are in charge of the rehearsal dinner. I wanted to make a favor of some kind to give out to the 65 participants. So here's what I came up with.

The image is called Bride and Groom from Beccy's Place. I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners die for the tag. I fussy cut the image and printed the sentiment on my computer and die cut it with Spellbinders circle die. I trimmed the top with ribbon. I added Hershey Hugs and Kisses to my Cello Treat Bag and stapled the tag to the bag behind the ribbon. I hope they like the little treat for the dinner. Dessert with dinner. What do you think? One down and 64 to go. LOL!

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Hope your week is off to a fabulous start. Thanks for stopping by. 


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stenciled Christmas

So behind on Christmas cards this year. I need to pick up the pace or I won't be ready for Christmas cards this year. So I have a card that I made for a couple challenges.

I used the Simon Says stencil and inked it with Versa Mark ink and then added the gold embossing powder to make the night sky. I added a red edge to match the snowman's coat. I embossed the sentiment with the same gold embossing powder and cut it into a banner. The snowman is embellished with Clear Stickles. The snowman image is from From the Heart Stamps called Catching Flakes. I colored him with Copic markers. I used the sketch from i {heart} card sketch with a twist. The twist is cute, cute, cute. I'm not sure if I got the twist in or not. What do you think?

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I gave away all the fudge I made on Monday to the Girl Scout leaders this evening. It's out of my refrigerator. Yeah! I do have some brownies left since I had to bring a dessert but not very many. I received the Leadership of Excellence award. Over 20 years of volunteering for Girl Scouts. I still love working with the girls even though I don't have a daughter in a troop anymore.
Stay tuned! I have just finished posting over 1000 blog posts. So that deserves some candy I think. I'll get something together and post very soon! Stay tuned. Have an awesome Friday and hope you have a crafty weekend!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Birthday Smiles

Happy Wednesday! Beautiful weather today but a little cool. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer. But I do love the sunshine. Earlier this week I posted a card for my Mom. Today I have another card that both my Mom and MIL would have liked but for different reasons. My Mom would have loved the pansies. She always talked about their cute little faces and my MIL would have liked this card because it's purple. She loved purple.

The image is a pre-colored image of the month from Imagine That! There are actually two very pretty stamps of the month and either one can be used for the challenge. The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp of the Month kit. I die cut the image with Spellbinder's Circle die and backed it with a Spellbinder's Beaded Circles. I used Stickles Yellow glitter to enhance the image. I cut the sentiment into a banner shape. All the paper used as the background and die cuts are from my scrap box. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for my card.

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Well, we are on the down side of the week. Are you looking forward to the weekend? I am. I hope we get to spend it out at our other property. Very quiet and relaxing and I'm sure I'll get some crafting time. Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you've been crafting!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Father's Day Love

Happy Monday! This was my first Monday at home since I changed my work hours from 40 to 30. Last Monday was actually my first Monday off but I spent 14 hours in a car driving back from Pensacola after helping my son move to a new apartment. I can't believe how much I accomplished today. I was able to get an appointment with my eye doctor. I've been trying to get that in since February. I cut and packaged fudge for a recognition dinner for Girl Scouts on Thursday and made  a second batch as I need 50 packages of fudge. I paid some bills, got my hair cut and made two meals for the week. I am so thrilled to have a day to get things done. Now why can't I do that one the weekend? Oh well, now I have Monday. Did I say I was thrilled? What a blessing Monday will be!

My card today is for Father's Day.
I actually used a Tuesday Morning Sketch but didn't get this loaded before the challenge ended. The image and sentiment are from DeeDee's stamps and it's the image of the month. The set is called Dad's Day Off. I used a pre-colored image. I used my wood grain embossing folder. Inked the sentiment and added some brads and twine as embellishments. I am entering these challenges:

I guess that's it for today. Tomorrow is back to work but I'll feel lots better since I got so much done. Take care and have an awesome week!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Sunday! Happy Mother's Day to all of you out there who are mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, or significant female role models. This is your special day! I've been very busy today. My DH and I went to buy plants today and get our garden in order. My daughter and her husband came for dinner tonight. My DH made a wonderful pork roast on the grill.
Today is a new CAS challenge at the OutlawzThe challenge this week is to create a card for your mother or someone you regard as your mother.  If she is no longer on this earth playing with the angels, one to remember her by. We lost my mother-in-law over this past Christmas. My Mom has been gone since 2006 but I chose to make a card that I think she would have liked.

My mother was a huge flower lover. Her gardens were absolutely beautiful so I made a flower card for her. And I am thinking of her today. The image and sentiment are from DeeDee's Digis called Rose Regards. I used the pre-colored image, copied it three times and popped up pieces of the flower to give it texture. I used a Stampin' Up! punch to make the corner pieces.

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Our sponsor this month for the CAS challenge is Through the Craft Room Door. Winner will receive a free 1 year subscription. What a great prize. I hope you will share a card for your mother this week. Thanks for stopping by and visiting today. Have a wonderful start to your week!


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lazy Days

Happy Saturday! How was the start to your weekend? Today is graduation day for Indiana University so you can't move in this town. Traffic is heavy and you can't get into eat at a restaurant. It's a good weekend to go out of town. But after this weekend the town will be in summer mode and everyone who lives here will breathe a sigh of relief. Townies love summertime! So my card today was inspired by summertime and those lazy days!

The inside says "I'm in energy saver mode!" I think it's a great sentiment! A great summer card. The digital image and sentiment are from DeeDee's Digis called Lazy Day. I used the pre-colored digi and die cut it with Spellbinders square dies. I embossed the background with the Victoria embossing folder and added some brown ribbon. I used this card as a CASE.

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Hope your weekend is off to a great start. We were forecasted for rain but so far we haven't gotten any. I am praying for Oklahoma because they have obviously had their fair share. See you tomorrow with another CAS challenge using another DeeDee image. See you then!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blooming Happiness

Wow! It's hump day already. We spent 14 hours riding in a car Monday to get home from Pensacola and it was back to work bright and early Tuesday morning. Last night I played catch up with laundry and groceries so no play time. I finally eked out a little time this evening for a card. I wanted to play in the i {heart} sketches with a twist #108 this week.

The twist was to use lots of layers. One of my favorite things to do! I used the free stamp of the month called Apple Blossom Birds

I colored the Apple Blossom Birds with Copic markers. The flowered paper is from a Simon Says Stamp kit. I embossed the pink layer with Flower Garden embossing folder. I used my ticket stub punch for the corners. I thought that would add a little different look. The sentiment is from the same set and I inked it with Salty Ocean distress ink. i layered everything with blank scraps. I used a Stampin' Up! Corner tab punch for the blue textured accent. Hope you like this one as much as I do! I just think this image is so darling!
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Thanks for stopping by. I hope your week is going smoothly. I am looking forward to the weekend and some crafting time. One can always hope anyway! Take care of you!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy May

Happy May to you all! I can hardly believe that we are into May already. So much happens for me this month. On May 1st I went from full time to three quarters time so I have 10 more hours in my week for me time and I hope some of that will be crafting time. My youngest son get married on May 30th so this month will be a busy one. At present ,y DH and I are visiting out youngest in Pensacola, Florida, helping move apartments before his bride moves down with him. We'll be driving home on Monday, a long day of driving. But I wanted to share with you all the new challenge at the Outlawz CAS group. How about sharing a May basket of flowers.

The image is from From the Heart Stamps called Spring Baskets. The image is colored with Copics. I cut it out with Spellbinder's Rectangles. I used two punches to create the borders. I used scalloped ovals and a Hello die from Simon Says. Behind the hello I added sequins of the colors that I used for the flowers in the basket. It's very difficult to see in the picture. I used the sketch at i {heart} sketches #107
The twist this week was no designer paper. I just used card stock for this card. I hope you will find the time to share some May basket love with us over at the CAS Outlawz challenge
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I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. After making a trip to the apartment, we moved most of the furniture yesterday and tomorrow we'll be cleaning the old place. Today we took some time off, went to the Pensacola Crawfish Festival and then went out to dinner at Peg Leg Pete's. Thanks for stopping by. 


Sunday, April 26, 2015

I Frogot!

I am working on my final progressive challenge of the month. About time I guess. Can you believe the month of April is almost over. S here's the card I worked on this evening.

The image is the progressive image from the Outlawz Freebie Progressive challenge. I used Spellbinders Beaded Ovals and then used the Distressed Stripes embossing folder to try to make it look like a lily pad. I wasn't totally successful at that. The chevron background paper is a Kleenex box recycled. The sentiment I dry embossed with black embossing powder. The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set. I thought it was perfect for the image.
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Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful start to your new week!


Lip Service

Happy sunny Sunday! Yesterday it rained all day but today dawned with brilliant sunshine and although it's chilly here the sun is making my mood light and airy! I thought today would be a craft day but so far I haven't had any time. I've been pretty busy. Today is a new challenge at the Outlawz CAS challenge. How about some lip service? Lips should be the focal point of your card.

Once again, Bugaboo is our sponsor so I chose  Bugaboo Birthday Fishes as my focal point. Just love those fish lips and thought they were perfect for the challenge. I colored the image with Copic markers and cut it out around the frame and made the sentiment separate. I backed each of these in black. My designer paper is from my scrap box. I will be very sad when I don't have anymore of this paper as I use it so often for a nautical theme and sea critters. Take a look at what my DT sistahs did with this lip service theme. I hope you will join us this week and play along for some Bugaboo images.
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Hope you have a wonderful Sunday! My week ahead is busy! I'm not sure I'll have a lot of crafting time. We'll see how it goes. My last week of working full time. Yippee! May first I drop to 30 hours a week. I am doing a happy dance. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Loads of Fun

How was your Wednesday? I hope it was outstanding! Sunny but chilly today. At lunchtime I was able to take two bags of books to the library to donate them to the book sale. Exercise and a good deed too. I had "loads of fun" tonight making this card.

The image is from Doodle Pantry called Toy Truck Ants and it's one of my favorites. My boys would have loved this one when they were little had I had it then. I reminds me of them playing trucks in the sand box. I used the pre-colored image and added one of the sentiments from the set as part of the image. I used a punch to do the border and then pieced the colors from the image into the punched border. I added a couple rhinestones for embellishment. I didn't have an orange color so I switched that one to brown. The patterned paper is also from Doodle Pantry. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for inspiration.

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We are starting to wind the week down. As usual I am looking forward to the weekend. Hope you are too. Wishing you sunny skies and crafty moments. Take care!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

hello friend

Happy Tuesday! It was very windy today. I did go for a walk at lunch today and other than the wind the temps weren't too bad. At least the sun was mostly out. Lots of meeting today at work so the day went pretty quickly. I had another round of physical therapy this afternoon. Got a new exercise so I have a bunch of exercises to do now.
I got a chance to craft tonight. Here's my card.

The image and sentiment are from the stamp of the month from From the Heart Stamps called Hamlet Pigwit Being Shy. I colored Hamlet with Copics. The heart background paper is from my scrap box. I backed the layers with black card stock. I cut the sentiment into a banner and inked the edges with Stampin' Up! ink. I added some small hearts stamped around Hamlet and one on the sentiment.
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I hope your week is going well! May your Wednesday be sunny and you have crafty time. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, April 20, 2015

You Float my Boat

Ah, rain, rain go away. Come again another day! It's been raining for the last two days and has turned much colder here. Not freezing but still colder than I like it. My Monday was busy at work. Only one more Monday to work and I'll be done with Mondays. May 1st I will drop to 30 hours a week. One step closer to retirement.
My card tonight is for the digi of the month challenge at Imagine That! I used the provided digi.

Here's my card with using My Sailmate.

I used the Sweet Sunday sketch to design this card.  I colored the boat with Copic Markers and inked the sea and sky. The background paper is my favorite "wave" paper from my scrap box. I wish I had made the image a bit smaller so that paper was more noticeable. I added one of the sentiments from the stamp set and inked it like the sky. Here's the sketch:
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I hope your week is off to a great start and your weather is warm and sunny. I'm hoping for the same. Take care!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Try a New Technique

Happy Sunday! Welcome to a new challenge at Outlaw CAS. I have such fun with these CAS challenges. It does take practice. I didn't think I was very good a CAS a few months ago. But I think more and more I really like these CAS cards. Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo Stamps. Play along and you could be the winner of 7 awesome Bugaboo digis.

Our challenge this week is to try a new technique or a spin on a technique that you haven't done in a while. I've done gatefold cards before but I found this technique at Beccy's Place called a Gatefold Window card. I really love the way it turned out. I used Bugaboo's Snowball Penguins colored with Copic markers. The paper is Authentique. I added some punched snowflakes to the right bottom corner which I added Diamond Stickles and a light blue pearl. Such a fun card to make.
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I hope you will join us this week at the CAS challenge and try something new for your chance to win Bugaboo digis!

Have a wonderful Sunday. Hope it's warm, sunny and crafty! 


Thoughts and Prayers

Happy, happy Saturday! It's gorgeous here and the temperatures are definitely spring like. The flowers are blooming and the Red Bud trees are Bee-u-ti-ful! I love this time of the year! And speaking of blooming flowers, my card is blooming today too!

This is the stamp of the month at DeeDee's Digis called Blooming Blessings. There is a ton of sentiments and images and ways to mix and match in this set. I took the thoughts and prayers sentiment and added it into the oval image in the set. The I cut that image with Spellbinder's Lacy Scalloped Ovals. I printed two of the the flower images off and fussy cut them. The black and pink layers are from my scrap box and I found the printed pink paper in my scrap box and decided to use it to break up the background. I finished it off with some Yellow Stickles. It doesn't show in the photo but even the small flowers have the Stickles in the center. In real life, they look like little diamond chips on the card. I really like the finished product. This is just an all purpose card. I could use it for just about anything! Yeah!

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I hope your weather is as spring-like as our is and you have some time to get out and enjoy. Happy weekend! Happy crafting!


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