Friday, August 17, 2018

Commencing Happy Dance

Welcome to my blog and if you haven't noticed, the second session of summer school has commenced at the MFT blog. The first session is all about monochromatic cards. There are several ways you can win MFT prizes so you might want to check it out. Here's my monochromatic card.


I started by cutting my white card stock with the stitched rectangle from MFT Blueprints 13. I used Press n Seal to help me ink up the MFT Star Grid stencil. The background does not look all one color IRL. I used Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Broken China Distress Oxide inks for the stencil, but it isn't showing up well in the photo. I stamped and die cut the MFT Puddle Jumper stamp. He is so adorable. He's colored with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. Then I heat embossed the sentiment that's from MFT Anything-but-Basic Birthday Wishes. Doesn't it look like the puddle jumper is dancing? Since the background is so busy I didn't think it needed any other embellishments. Hope you'll check out the summer school and join in the fun!
I am entering these challenges:

Wednesday I went back to Head Start for the beginning of their new school year. New faces to meet and they have a bug in a cage in their room. It's a praying mantis and my mischievous little Arthur has figured out how to open the cage.  I think they may have a problem if he releases his new little friend. Hehehe! But here's some pictures of the twins from Wednesday.

Valerie on the playground.

Arthur coloring or eating crayons. They both had blue teeth by the time they finished coloring.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a marvelous weekend and find the time to get crafty!

Hugs to you all,
Donna

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August Dueling Darlings

We are halfway through the month and time for the Dueling Darlings challenge. Each month a member of the team sends a kit for all the members to use. We all use the same materials centered around a theme to make a card. This month our hostesses were Terry L for the Dazzlers (my team) and Tami for the Divas. And the theme this month is wine.

So here's what was in the kit:
Image is from Art Impressions Wine Divas
Sentiment from Art Impressions Wine Divas and MFT Uncorked (lots of great sentiments in this kit)
Paper from the Paper Studio
Embellishments: Ribbon (white and green); Twine (white); Gems (clear Recollections and green the Paper Studio)
Flowers: white from Michaels; green from Got Flowers)
I colored the image with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers. I used a white gel pen for details. I die cut it with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Rectangles. The sentiment is from MFT Uncorked and die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. I backed all the layers with black card stock. I used one of the designer papers that Terri sent. For embellishments I used the green gems and the green flower.


I don't often do the inside of my cards but this was great to have the card finished and ready to go. So I used the leftover designer paper backed with black cardstock to add elements on the inside of the card. This sentiment is from the Wine Divas stamp set and I added a Happy Birthday from MFT Essential Sentiments die cut with the Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles to mimic the front of the card. This was a fun card kit and I loved working with it. Thanks Terri! If you'd like to see what the other's did with this kit I've provided the links below:
Dazzlers:
Darlene
Jeanette
Shelly
Terry A (Splitcoaststampers Gallery)
Terry L
Tracie
Debbie B (Splitcoaststampers Gallery)

I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. I am headed for Head Start this morning to play with the twins and their friends. My favorite activity of the week. Take care!

Monday, August 13, 2018

A Savior is Born

I bet you can guess what today's card is going to be. LOL! Working on Christmas when I can. I rarely have enough of them made when the time comes to send them. And I make 30 cards for my FI: each year. I thought this might be the card I'd make for him but he didn't think anyone would read the entire verse on the front so he didn't want this kind of card. I will admit that I was trying to make it easy on me so I guess I will have to start again and keep thinking.


This was a super simple card. The image and verse are from Eureka Stamps. The image is Bethlehem with Verse. I printed it out and then use Copic Y15 to color the star and windows/doors of the town. Then added yellow Stickles to the star. I mounted it on Yellow card stock. Easy Peasy! I like this one and if I need additional quick Christmas cards this just might be the one I do this year. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! Take care.

Donna

Happy First Birthday

This week we have a first birthday on my husband's side of the family. An adorable little boy. Happy birthday Liam! Here's the card I made for him.


The cute little bear is from Beccy's Place. It's a retired set that I really love for making kid's cards. I colored the beat with Copic markers and then added white gel pen accents. The background is a napkin with lots of birthday balloons. The sentiment and balloon was stamped from the Jillibean Soup Balloon Party stamp set and then die cut with MFT Stitched Circles. The heart background is Spellbinder's Hears Circles. I put small little slits at the bottom of the balloon so I could add some black thread and then wrapped it around the bears hand as if he's holding the balloon. Hope Liam likes this colorful card! I am entering these challenges:

I think I will have a fairly easy week this week. I volunteered today at Opportunity House but I don;t have any other cashier shifts this week. I'll head back to Head Start on Wednesday this week as the twins started back today. I am really looking forward to that. Hope your week is off to a great start. Thanks for stopping by today!

Donna

Friday, August 10, 2018

Book Boy

Happy Friday! I managed to get one more card done last night. This image was last week's freebie at Bugaboo stamps. They have the cutest freebies.


The image is Big Book Boy. They also have a Big Book Girl. I thought this would make a really cute Back to School card. Our school system started back to school this week. Seems way to early to be back to school but that's the way they do it now. I used some scraps of plaid paper and a piece from my school papers that I have with my scraps. This follows a sketch from The Outlawz challenge. The blue pieces are stitched with white gel pen and I added some Queen and Co. adhesive stars for embellishment. I am entering these challenges:

I will be volunteering at Opportunity House this afternoon. I have more cooking to do to use up my freezer stuff. No plans for the weekend yet but the twins will likely show up at some time. They will be heading back to Head Start class on Monday. Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Donna

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy Halloween, My Little Pretty

Hello, and welcome to my blog. I am working on progressive challenges today since I have one due by the 13th. The Limited Run challenge has an odd image this month and I wasn't really sure what to do with it. Maybe that's why I am coming down to the wore to get it posted. I decided to use it for a Halloween card.

I didn't see an actual title for this digital stamp but he's kind of a cross between a monster and a sock puppet. And to me he's kind of ugly so when I found the Create with TLC sentiment I figured it would kind of be an ironic card. I colored the images with Copic markers and fussy cut them out. The sentiment I printed and die cut with MFT Stitched Squares. The background paper is from my Halloween stash of scraps. All in all I think it's kind of a cute Halloween card.
I am entering these challenges:

Well, thanks for stopping. I went to volunteer today and found out that my shift was really tomorrow afternoon. Another senior moment. Oh well. Have a wonderful Friday!

Donna

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy Anniversary

Can you believe how fast this week is going? It's flying by. Yesterday I cooked all day trying to use up as much as possible from my freezer. Today we had the twins all day since they aren't in Head Start this week. So these last two days have been a whirlwind. We just took the twins home for the day after two visits to the park, one to the library, swimming pool fun in our backyard, naps, and homemade lunch and dinner (some of the cooking from yesterday). I'm tired just thinking about it. But I think they had a ball. No complaints. They are such good kids. Here they are at the playground doing there favorite thing.



I almost forgot to post this card. I needed a quickie anniversary card this week.

The circle sentiment was a freebie from sentiments4you (no longer found on the Internet). I added the Dutch couple to the circle and colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. The Dutch couple image is from Create with TLC. The background paper is gold and I used washi tape across as a divider. Both of those are from a 2015 Simon Says stamp kit that I won last week. The star embellishment also came in the kit.
I am entering these challenges:
That's it for me today. I am bushed. The twins wear me out and tomorrow is another busy day. Thanks for stopping by and hope your on the down side of your week!

Donna


Monday, August 6, 2018

A Colorful Hello

Happy Monday, even though it's getting close to being over. It's been a busy day today. Over the weekend we were away until Sunday afternoon. When we returned home I found our freezer door had been left open. I am trying to frantically cook everything that was in there. Fortunately it wasn't a lot. Well, I did want to clean out my freezer.
This afternoon I got a few minutes to work on a card.

The image is from Bugaboo Stamps called Flower Box Digi Stamp. I colored the image with mostly Copic markers and added Wink of Stella to the flowers and butterflies. I also used a white gel pen and a black Micro pen to add some highlights on the flowers and butterflies, as well as the purple paper strip, The birder is a Martha Stewart butterfly border. I thought that fit nicely with the image. I used my favorite plaid paper and added the purple strip of card stock. The sentiment die is from Memento dies(Hobby Lobby). I am entering these challenges:

Well, I can smell my crockpot cooking my pork roast. I suppose I should go shred the pork before I drop into bed. LOL! Gave a wonderful week/ Thanks for stopping by.

Donna

Friday, August 3, 2018

Getting Better with Age

Hello! Happy Friday! Seems August has arrived and I find myself needing lots of birthday cards this month. And I need several masculine cards so I thought I'd get started on those first.


This was a fun card. For the background paper I used a stencil and two different colors of distress oxide ink: peacock feathers and salty ocean. The stencil I used was MFT Chunky Herringbone. I first used Peacock feathers and inked the card stock using heavy ink toward the top and lighter ink toward the bottom for a gradient look. Then I turned the stencil and used Salty Ocean to get some overlap areas and a neat pattern on the card stock, again using heavy ink toward the top and lighter ink toward the bottom. I cut the panel down a bit and then added the sentiment. The sentiment is from MFT All About You stamp set, I double heat embossed it with white embossing powder and then die cut with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. The large "You" is die cut from MFT You Trio and then mounted on blue fun foam cut from the same die. I toyed with adding some sequinsto the card but decided not to since I am sending it to a guy.
I am entering these challenges:

I have another busy weekend. The twins will be back on Sunday and we have friends coming for dinner tomorrow evening. Have to get busy, busy, busy cooking and cleaning. Hope your weekends is more relaxing! Take care!

Hugs,

Donna


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

12 Months of Christmas Link Up Challenge

Happy August! I took a few months off from the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up design team to get through the wedding and day camp and get back up to speed. So this month I am back with the Sleigh Belles to open the new challenge for the month of August. The challenge is always anything goes but we have an optional theme. This month the theme is to add some greenery to your card. Our sponsor this month is Lunagirl Digital Stamps. If you love vintage stamps this is the place! Here is my card:


The greenery frame is from Lunagirl Christmas Holly Digital Collage Sheet. I added a sentiment from Create with TLC inside the frame and printed and fussy cut the frame and sentiment. The plaid paper is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Holiday Hoopla Paper. After gluing the plaid paper in place I added the frame and sentiment and finished it off with the faux stitching around the triangle areas. As we get closer to Christmas, I know you will be getting started on Christmas cards. I sure hope you will share them with us at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Be sure to check out the 12 Month's web site for all the challenge details and rules.
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. We had the twins all day today. We took them to Wonder Lab Science Center to play. Lots of fun! See you again soon.

Donna

Monday, July 30, 2018

Love is a Flower

Happy Monday! We are closing out July already. How did that happen? I am scurrying to get some of my progressive challenges done. I guess it's about time.


This image is for The Outlawz Progressive challenge. The image this month is Tulip Border from Sheepski Designs and I colored it with Copic markers. I paired the image with a quote from John Lennon: Love is the flower you've got to let grow. The sentiment came from a blog called Making Our Mark and I am unable to find it now. I finished it off with a few sequins covered in glossy accents. The panel is matted on purple card stock and the base is pink card stock. A CAS card this month.
I am entering these challenges:

Today was a volunteer day at Opportunity House. Tomorrow I have a free day. Have some errands to run and I hope to get some crafting time in. Hope your week is off to a marvelous start. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna

Friday, July 27, 2018

Final Day of Christmas in July

We've reached the final day of Catch the Bug's Christmas in July challenge. All week the underlying theme has been "Baby, it's cold outside!" For Day 7 we had a photo as inspiration.


The freebie at Bugaboo Stamps this week fits well with this photo.  SoI used it for my card.


The image is Tropical Santa - Buried. I created an oval background (from MFT Stitched Ovals) of beach and sky by making a mask from MFT Stitched Basic Edges 2 and then used the mask to cover and ink each area. I colored the Santa image with Spectrum Noir markers and added some Crystal Stickles to his hat. Santa is popped up from the background with foam tape. The background paper is snowflakes, continuing with the baby, it's cold outside theme. And to give it a pop of color I added the Magnolia Berry Lace die cut with green card stock behind for the leaves and a pop of red card stock. For the berries I added red gems glued into place. The sentiment is from Peachy Keen Stamps Chill Baby Chill Snowman stamp set. So there you have it. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to eke out enough time to finish the challenge but I actually did it. I am entering these challenges:
So now I need to hit the ground running. My FIL in due in about an hour. I need dinner for tonight and tomorrow night done. Twins will be here tomorrow afternoon. My DH wants to spend the weekend at Baby Creek, our weekend retreat which means everything needs to be packed. At least the weather is nice outside. Thanks to all the DT and Josi over at Catch the Bug for a fun week and seven more Christmas cards in my box. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a marvelous weekend!

Donna



Thursday, July 26, 2018

Christmas in July Day 6

Day 6 today was a color challenge. I am not a fan of color challenges but I made it work and I think I found a way that made it easier for me. Tomorrow is the last challenge. The end is near. LOL!


Thursday is oldie but goodie day and I think this little guy might be retired. I couldn't locate him on the Bugaboo website. I colored him using Spectrum Noir markers and die cut him with MFT Stitched Circle dies. I added Yellow and Crystal Stickles to the image. The sentiment is a retired Gina K holiday set. I punched it out with a 1 1/4 inch Stampin' Up! circle punch. I added a self adhesive gem to the center of the snowflake. The triangle corners I die cut as a square from Spellbinder's die and then cut in half diagonally. All layers are backed with green card stock. To finish it off I found this snow couple in my stash. It's a button that had the back cut off. I am entering these challenges:

That's all I have today. Just found out my FIL will be visiting this weekend and we have the twins on Saturday afternoon. So I need to get one more card in tomorrow. Hope you have a wonderful start to your weekend! Thanks for taking the time to visit!

Donna


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Day 4 & 5 at Catch the Bug

I have a two fer day today. I am catching up with the Christmas in July challenges. So Day 4 was a bingo board.

I chose to do the top right to the bottom left corner diagonally (sparkle, Bugaboo Christmas image, bling or pearls).

The image is Bugaboo's Little Penguin Winter Bench. I colored it with a variety of different markers and then started to add bling and sparkle. There are a number of adhesive gems on the tree and I used Yellow Stickles on the star and Crystal Stickles for the snow. The light embellishments are from MFT Happy Pawlidays stamps and coordinating dies. I used a white gel pen to accent the lights and then drew lines to connect them. I used several dies: MFT Stitched Inside and Out Rounded Squares and Spellbinder's Lacy Squares. The background paper is a scrap of American Craft paper. And I added gold ribbon. I am entering these challenges:
Now for Day 5 (today) the challenge was to create a funny project.
Since Santa was in a bathing suit in the image I decided to use one of the Tropical Santa's from Bugaboo.

The image is Tropical Santa Surfing. I colored him with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers. The background paper is from Trimgym and I thought it kind of looked like waves. The image is die cut with Gina Marie Cross Stitch Rectangles. The sentiment was a freebie from Paper Crafts magazine and the flip flops were a freebie from Betty Bee. The sentiment is die cut with Quikcutz Tags and inked with Barn Door distress ink. The red paper is from my American Craft Christmas stash and actually has darker red dot but they aren't very visible in the photo. I added some ribbon from my stash. I love the red, white and blue color scheme. I am entering these challenges:
I am done for now. But tomorrow is a color challenge. I always find that difficult. Love sketches but give me a pallet of  colors and I freak. We'll see how I do. 
Today was my last day volunteering at Head Start for this school year. They only take a two week break so I'll go back mid-August. I really love playing with the kids. Only 4 of the 8 will move to the new room but one of their teachers is moving with them so that will be awesome. Hope your week is progressing well. We are on the down side now. Take care!

Donna







Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Christmas in July - Day 3

Over at Catch the Bug, the Christmas in July challenges are continuing. Day 3's challenge was anything but a card: either a gift or gift card holder. I chose to do a wine tag for a wine gift.


I really like the Christmas colors on this and the snowflakes go well with my image. I thought this was a frame it image but I haven't been able to find it on the Bugaboo website, but here is the tag version called 4 Snowmen Tag. I colored the image and just fussy cut around the frame and added all kinds of sparkle using Crystal Stickles and Red Stickles. I also used a white gel pen for some accents on hats and noses. Here's a closer shot.

The background paper is a scrap from my scrap box and I added some self-adhesive gem stones in the center of each of the big snowflakes on the designer paper. The tag base is green card stock. The image I made into a tiny little card so I could write something on the inside. I wrote: "Something to keep the chill away during the holidays!" The theme for the week is "Baby, it's cold outside!" A bottle of wine and a fire in the fireplace" What more can one ask for?
I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. I have a list of things to accomplish this week and I've slowly been ticking things off. Tomorrow is my last day at Head Start for this school year. The twins will have a two week break before they start the new year. I'll have to find out if their new teacher wants me to come help. Have a wonderful week!

Donna
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