Saturday, June 15, 2019

Halloween with the Darlings!

It's the 15th of the month and again I am participating with the Dazzlers and the Divas for a fun duel all about Halloween. This month Terry L and Tami are our hostesses and they decided to "use what we have" for the kits this month. The theme is Halloween. Here is what the Dazzler kits contained:
Images and sentiments: My favorite Things "Witch Way is the Candy?" (one of my favorite stamps sets!)
Papers: The Paper Studio (both designer paper and solids)
Enamel Dots: The Paper Studio
Ribbons: from Michaels
Die Cuts: A Muse fence, spider web and bats
I had such a great time playing with this kit that I made two cards. Here's the first card I made:


Using the My Favorite Things sketch for this week and the kit. The images are colored with Spectrum Noir and American Craft Markers. I inked the sentiment with Orange Marmalade Distress Ink and die cut it with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. The image and background paper was cut twice with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares. Terry, I just loved the spider web and spider. What fun embellishments! Here's the inside of the card,


I used the rest of the piece of designer paper and the extra piece I cut off the orange textured paper to brighten up the inside of the card.
Because I liked this kit so much and had some extra time I made a second card.


For this card I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. Terry included two bats but since I have the stamp set I stamped and colored a third bat for this card. I love the spooky fence she included and the trick or treat ribbon was perfect. I didn't quite get the inside finished in time for posting so I'll finish that up later. Thank you Terry for the super fun theme and kit. Can't wait to see what everyone else is doing with this one. Check out my side bar and visit them too!

Hope your weekend is full of relaxing fun. Girl Scout Day Camp starts on Monday. Both Tom and I are volunteering again this year. So our weekend (after we play with the twins on Saturday) will be getting ready for day camp. We are doing two activities this year: Crayon Slime and Survival Kits. With over 200 girls from ages 5-17 that will be a challenge. Lots  of materials to get ready. I am peeling and shredding crayons. LOL! Tom is working on the survival kits. I probably won't have time to craft this next week. Make it an awesome week!

Donna


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Greetings from the Funny Farm

Happy Wednesday! I have a fun card today with lots of layers and fun stamps. I love farm stamps because they have such fun punny sentiments. And I like the scenes you can create.


Stamps: Limited Runs Stew the Sheep; Gina K Funny Farm background farm scene (retired); Clear Dollar Stamps Fun at the Farm sentiment (retired)
Dies: Simon Says Stitched Slopes and Hills; MFT Fresh Cut Grass
Markers: Spectrum Noir and American Craft
I am entering these challenges:

Hope your week is going well. The weekend is on the way. Take care!

Donna

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Father's Day

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I know I've been erratic at posting lately and it's going to get worse over the next month before it gets better. Next week is Girl Scout Day Camp so I'm trying to get my act together for that event. Tom and I are resource people this year. Two days we'll be making Crayon Slime and the other two days we'll be talking about and making survival kits with about 200 girls. It's always a busy week! Two weeks after that we have Tom's retirement party. I have tons to get ready for that before the big day. It might calm down a bit after the retirement party. At least one can hope.
My Dad has been deceased for years but we are still blessed to have Tom's Dad with us still. So here's my very easy card that I made for him.


I loved this sentiment so I made it the focal point of the card. The little took box is from Patties Creations. Dad was a carpenter and tools still play a huge part in his life. I liked the wood panel designer paper from my stash. I backed everything with black card stock. Pretty simple but my husband liked it.
I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me tonight. I am off to see what else I can get done. I made myself a long list this morning and accomplished a lot but still not quite done for the day. Hope you are heading for a wonderful "middle of the week." Tomorrow Tom and I will go play with the kiddos at Head Start. Take care!

Donna

Monday, June 3, 2019

It's All About the Cake

Happy Monday to all! It's hard to believe we are headed into June. Our school system is already out for the summer and the kids are running around the neighborhood. I managed some time at my desk today and finished a card.

The cupcake and sentiment was a freebie from Pattie's Creations for the monthly challenge. I colored them with Spectrum Noir Markers. The plaid paper is from my stash. I used some kraft card stock for the base and some green card stock as an accent for the image. The cupcake is die cut with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares. I cut it twice to get a more rectangular shape. The corner accents are from Spellbinder's Lattice Pendant dies and accented with self-adhesive gems in green and pink.
I am entering these challenges:
We filled the little pool for the twins yesterday. They had a ball pouring water from one container to another and playing with some little plastic fish. We bought swim suits off season when they were 90% off and they are a bit too small. So I'll need to get them some new ones. Summer will definitely be fun with them. Hope your week is off to a fine start! Thanks for stopping by!

Donna

Saturday, June 1, 2019

A June Challenge

12 Months of Christmas Link Up has a new challenge starting today. Have you started your Christmas cards for 2019? If you are anything like me I'm already behind. I send dozens of cards and I haven't made very many this year. Our challenge is always anything goes but we like to add a fun twist that you can choose to use if you want to. This month our sponsor is Beccy's Place (one of my personal favorites!) and our twist is gingerbread.


My image and sentiment is from Beccy's Place Sugar and Spice digital stamp set. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. The gingerbread background paper is from the new paper set that you could win at 12 Months. Lisa designed a new set of paper for this challenge. You can vote for your favorite paper. The layering paper is kraft. The green layer is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Holiday Hoopla Patterned Paper. I added a ribbon layer with the fun gold embossing on it. The image is die cut with MFT Stitched Circles and the sentiment is die cut with Impression Obsession Mini Rectangle Tags 2. We hope you will join us this month at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up for a chance to win some awesome stamps from Beccy's Place or some fun paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

I am entering these challenges:

Welcome to June! I hope the weather is sunny for you. We've had a lot of rain but at least I haven't had to water the garden. Tomorrow we have the twins to play with. They certainly keep us busy! Have a super fun weekend!


Friday, May 31, 2019

Happy Anniversary

My youngest son and his wife celebrated their anniversary yesterday and I finally finished the card to send them. I'm not very on the ball lately. It will go in the mail as soon as I go out today.

Background stamp: Penny Black Floral Thread in clear embossing powder
Ink Resist technique with distress oxide inks: Candy Apple, Orange Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover, Broken China, and Seedless Preserves
Cut the panel apart and glued to black card stock
Sentiment: MFT Together Forever heat embossed with white embossing powder and die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags
Embellishments: I found a little iridescent heart in my stash and added to the sentiment strip. I also added some iridescent sequins around the card (hard to see)
I am entering these challenges:

Well, I need to get my day going and my errands done. My DD's wash machine broke and she wants to wash the kids' clothes so I'll have to go pick her up. Have a wonderful weekend. I will actually be checking back in tomorrow with another card for the new challenge at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Hope you will stop back then. Have a blessed day!

Donna

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I'm a Froot Loop

Last week, as we drove to Ohio for a funeral of a friend, I realized that I had spaced my brother's birthday. And of course I didn't have a belated birthday card made so I needed to make something quick. Since my eye surgery, my heart hasn't been into card making. But I managed  to get this card done last night.

I found this sentiment in my belated birthday digi folder and then went to the Internet to find some matching images. The sentiments (outside and inside) were freebies from Marlene, who has taken her blog down. But she always had a quirky sense of humor that I liked. I was sad to see her take it down. The frame and sentiment on the front of the card was die cut with MFT Single Stitch Rectangle Frames. The border is punched with Martha Stewart French Scroll. The ric rac is from my stash. I tried to match card stock colors with the Froot Loops.

The inside sentiment was die cut with Gina Marie Designs Cross-Stitched Rectangles and I added a few more Froot Loops to finish it off.
I am entering these challenges:
I have two more hurry-up cards to make. Both of my sons married the loves of their lives in May so I now need two anniversary cards. I guess I better get on it. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Donna

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings go Masculine

Another 15th of the month has rolled around and this month Shelly (Dazzlers) and Carol (Divas) are our hostesses for a masculine/motorcycle duel. Justin time for my BIL's birthday card!


Here's the information that Shelly sent us:
Images are from Artistic Outpost
Sentiments (there were a variety): Stampin' Up!, MFT, and unknown
Ribbon: Stampin' Up!, Europa and from her stash
Embellishments: Stampin' Up! and from her stash
Designer Paper: Kaisercraft, Moxie and Reminisce

If anyone has been visiting my blog they know that I love plaid paper so I had to use the plaid for my card. I also used the plaid scraps on the inside of the card. I used three of the ribbons and layered two of them underneath the motorcycle image. I used two dew drops and three sequins. The sequins I filled with Dimensional Magic to make them shine. The image is die cut with MFT Stitched Ovals and the sentiment is die cut with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. Be sure to check out the others cards created by the Dazzlers and the Divas. You can fin the links on the right hand side of my blog.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Floating by to Say Hi

Just a quick post this evening with a quick card that I made for the Limited Runs progressive challenge. The deadline is quickly approaching and since we have the twins all day tomorrow I figured I should get this one done.

Pretty simple card but I love making these cloud backgrounds with a scalloped circle and ink. I did a tutorial on this technique. I used Salty Ocean and Broken China Distress Oxide inks and then spritzed with water. The bunny and balloon are colored with Spectrum Noir markers and I used a white gel pen for the balloon accent. The image is Limited Runs progressive freebie. The sentiment is from Doodle Pantry Hot Air Balloon Birdie (no longer in business). I backed it with red card stock on a blue card stock base.
I am entering these challenges:

As we head into the weekend I hope you have a wonderful, sunny time. Our weekend is supposed to be rainy but I am hoping we can get the twins to the park for a bit. They love to play on the swings and slides. Thanks for stopping by. 

Donna

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spring-Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Welcome to a rainy Thursday! I was hoping it would dry out so I could start to get my garden in but it's not to be. Those spring rains are supposed to be here all weekend. The garden will have to wait. So maybe I'll get some crafty time in. I saw a Facebook post for the Spring-Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop and thought I might join in. Tea is my thing more than coffee but it looked like fun and I know plenty coffee, tea drinkers.

Details:
Sentiment is from Create with TLC
Coffee cup images: Limited Runs (on the right); The Alley Way Stamps (small); Dee Dee's Digis (top left)
Card stock: yellow and black; Designer Paper: Bo Bunny Early Bird (background and paper-pieced coffee cups)
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Doodle Bug twine
I am entering these challenges:
That's it for me today. I am off to get dinner together and finish up some little odds and ends. Hope you are enjoying sunshine and craft days!

Donna


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Super Birthday

Happy Tuesday friends. It's been a while. It seems to take me three or four days to get a card done. So I am not moving too fast in creating things. I needed a birthday card for a DIL so here's what I came up with.

I guess you can tell she's turning 32. I used Wink of Stella on the numbers that were die cut 3 ties and glued together so they pop up off the card from MFT Pop-up Numbers. The stamp set I used was MFT You're Super with the coordinating die-namics. The sentiment is stamped in pigment ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder; then die cut with MTF Pierced Fishtail Flags. The designer paper is a scrap from my scrap box. I am entering these challenges:

We've had 2 days of gorgeous sunshine but it's coming to an end. It's supposed to rain the rest of the week. I'll never get my garden planted at this rate. Oh well. Hope you have a day full of sunshine! Thanks for stopping by!

Donna

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

12 Months of Christmas Challenge

Happy May! I'm a bit late at posting this today. I fell asleep after dinner and suddenly realized I missed my post time. Welcome to the May edition of the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up Challenge. This month the optional theme is creature feature. You can enter anything Christmas but add a creature and the design team will be thrilled. Our sponsor this month is Baby Cakes Digis and Designs by Sandra Caldwell. The prize is a $9 gift certificate. Sandra provided some fun images for us to use.


I used Candy Cane Hippo for my card. My card has lots of layers. The image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits. The image is die cut with MFT Stitched Circles. I used Diamond Stickles on the candy cane and the snow. The sentiment was computer-generated and die cut with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiments. The designer papers are from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles and include papers from Candy Cane Flavors, Holiday Hoopla Textured Papers, and Holiday Decorations Patterned Paper Mini Kit. My background layers are black card stock and the card base is red card stock. I hope you'll join us this month at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up for a chance for some fun images from Sandra Caldwell. 
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll get started on your Christmas cards this month and join in the fun. Take care!




Thursday, April 25, 2019

Birthday Penguin

Sadly my cards have been few and far between this month. It may not get much better in May. We'll see if my mojo returns at some point. I needed a birthday card for my beautiful DIL, who we are flying to Boston to see tomorrow morning (along with my two sons and a second DIL). She loves penguins but rather than do a traditional penguin I thought she'd like this "spring penguin" with her bright colors.

Image and Designer Paper from Little Scraps of Heaven called Spring Penguin
Dies: Spellbinder's ATC Card dies (image); MFT Happy Birthday Circle (sentiment rings); Paper Smooches Paw Print (little heart on penguin)
Black card stock and Wink of Stella on heart and flower in image.
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by my blog and hanging with me even though I haven't posted much lately. I am headed to bed to get up at 2:30 a.m. for a 5:20 a.m. flight to Boston. Hope you have a crafty weekend!

Donna


Monday, April 15, 2019

Space Exploration with the Dueling Darlings

Happy Monday and welcome to a new edition of the Dueling Darlings monthly show. This month Terry (for the Dazzlers) and LJ (for the Divas) chose the theme and sent out kits for an outer space theme. Terry sent my wonderful kit using the My Favorite Things Space Explorer stamp and coordinating dies. I also have this set so I was able to use it to supplement a few things on my cards. Here's what Terry sent: All images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar Crest white and Gina K base weight white (for die cut images). DSP: MME Blastoff, Echo Park Lost in Space, Photoplay Infinity & Beyond, Photoplay Intergalactic. Embellishments: Hampton Art action wobble, Recollections star brads, Recollections bling, Darice baker's twine, Kaisercraft wooden pieces. There was so much in this kit I could probably do half a dozen cards. I made two to showcase.


For this first card I used this week's My Favorite Things Sketch challenge for additional inspiration.
I used one of the double-sided designer papers for the strips and the banner die cuts are from MFT too. Everything is colored with Spectrum Noir markers including the wooden pieces that I used for embellishments.

For my second card I decided I had to use the action wobble, so this is where I made an extra die cut of this image and fussy cut just the little guy to wobble. The background paper is another of the designer papers included and I used the same paper from the first card for the MFT Double Scallop border. You can also see some of the other fun golden embellishments that were included in the kit. I used a while gel pen for embellishment on the balloons. Here's the inside of this card:


I mimicked the front of the card but used a different sentiment. I also stamped and die cut another rocket for the inside.
I am entering these challenges:

I want to thank Terry and LJ for such a fun theme and especially Terry for the wonderful kit! This was such fun. Check out all the darlings' cards by following the links on the right to see the other fun space cards. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Donna

Friday, April 12, 2019

What's Cookin'?

It's been quite a while since I posted a creative project. I've been in a slump creating anything recently. I have lost my motivation for a lot of things recently. It took me three days to make this card. I can't explain why but at least I got it done before the deadline.


The image is from Limited Runs and is their progressive image for this month called BBQ Cook. The red and white paper I believe is from Imagine That Designs by Kris.  The blue striped paper was from a Simon Says kit. The sentiment is from a free digital sentiment page from Whimsy Stamps. The dies I used include: MFT Blueprints 13 (stars), MFT Mini Tabs 4 (sentiment), and MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. The base and layering is black card stock. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping in and hanging in there with me. I'll have another card soon as dueling day is coming up with the Dueling Darlings. Have a super weekend. 

Donna

Monday, April 1, 2019

No Foolin', It's Christmas

At least a Christmas card today. April 1st brings around a new challenge at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Our challenge is always anything goes but we love to have a twist if you really want the challenge. This month the twist is fairies. Our sponsor is A Day for Daisies, who kindly provided the design team with an image to work with.

I used the Frosty Snowflake Fairy on my card. The background paper is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Frosty Swirls The Pastel Collection. My card stock is two different colors of purple. The sentiment is from the Little Paper Shop (no longer in business). I grabbed some gold ribbon from my stash and used gold glitter glue on the snowflakes in the image. The image is colored with PrismaColor pencils and mineral spirits. I hope you will join us this month and get started on your Christmas cards a little early. Pop over to the main blog to read all about the challenge.
I am entering these challenges:
That's it for me today. My eyes are slowly recovering. I went for a check up this morning and he said they would improve over the next month or so. But making this card was difficult in the coloring. So I may take a little more time to ease back into it. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!




Sunday, March 24, 2019

Egg-stra Special

The weekend is almost gone. We had the twins all day today so I'm pretty tired. And I discovered that my eyes aren't what they used to be when creating cards. Tomorrow will be my last eye surgery and hopefully after they both heal I'll be able to go back to crafting and feel like I've done a good job. My coloring and spacing is off on this card. But I needed to get it finished before the end of the month.


Stamps: Eggs by Sandra VanBlaricum (image); Create with TLC (sentiment) 
Paper: blue and green card stock, MFT Sweet Celebration Paper Pack
Embellishment: wooden butterfly
I am entering these challenges:

My day is done. I am headed for bed to get ready for my eye surgery tomorrow. I may be away for a bit. I hope to get back to crafting as soon as I can. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for stopping by. Take care!

Donna

Friday, March 22, 2019

Let's Celebrate

Happy weekend. My mojo has been lacking for a while. Since I had eye surgery yesterday and another one coming up on Monday, I haven't had a lot of creative time. So this took me several days to put together.

Stamps: Bugaboo Brat Cake. MFT Birthday Cutie (sentiment)
Dies: Gina Marie Cross Stitch Rectangles, MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags
Paper: MFT Sweet Celebrations Paper Pack, black and pink card stock
Embellishments: striped washi tape, self-adhesive gems
I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to get back to creating after my surgery on Monday and my eyes get back to normal. Possibly without even needing my glasses. We'll see. Have a super weekend!

Donna

Dueling Day, Yay!

It's the 22nd of the month and we are a week late posting our Dueling cards this month due to a postal glitch. This is a scheduled post.
The Dazzler for March left out group so Heather from the Divas picked the theme this month: "Punny Foods". Jeannette from the Dazzlers sent each of us an image and sentiment to use and we each provided our own papers and embellishments. Thanks to Jeanette for the cute image and sentiment.


Stamps: Whipper Snapper The Big Cheese colored with Spectrum Noir markers, Whipper Snapper Age Doesn't Matter(unable to find a link)
Dies and Punches: MFT Stitched Circle Die (image), MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags (sentiment), Martha Stewart Swirling Lace Punch (border)
Paper/Card Stock: dark gray and yellow card stock, Recollections Basic (dotted yellow paper), Not sure of the origin of the brick paper; it's a digital paper that was in my stash.
I wanted to explain what I did with the sentiment strip. I punched out several sizes of circles and used them for masks to make the sentiment strip looks like Swiss cheese. Inks used: Fossilized Amer and Mustard Seed distress inks.
Embellishments: 3 gray enamel dots of various sizes
I hope you will check out the rest of the Dazzler and Diva's cards. Their links are on the right sidebar. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Donna

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Blooming with Happiness

This day really flew by. I've been under the weather today and tried to get a card finished. But I changed it so many times. Here's what I finally ended up with.

Stamps: Limited Runs progressive image this month colored with Spectrum Noir markers; From the Heart Apple Blossom Birds (sentiment)
Dies: Spellbinder's ATC Cards (image); Spellbinder's Sunny Day dies (sun and cloud); Clear Dollar Stamps Designer  Tags (sentiment)
Patterned Paper: Papers by Lozzy (blue and green checks); Doodle Pantry (yellow checked background)
Inks: Salty Ocean distress ink (clouds in image and die cut cloud); Fossilized Amber distress ink (accents on the sun)
Embellishments: ribbon
I am entering these challenges:
Well, I am calling it quits tonight a bit early. Hoping that if I get a good night's sleep I'll be able to go play with the twins at Head Start. I'll see how I am feeling in the morning. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week!

Donna
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