Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Impossible Card

The week hasn't started out too well for me. Not sure what I've come down with but it's keeping me close to home and this was supposed to be my busy week this week. Just achy and blowing my nose a lot. I did manage to get a card done this evening so this should be a quick post and then to bed I go!


Beccy from Beccy's Place posted a fun tutorial for an Impossible Card, so I thought I would try it out. I used Berry Wreath by Beccy (wasn't able to find it on the web site to link) and I added a sentiment in the center from Create with TLC. The wreath is fussy cut and then popped up from the background paper. The background paper is from American Craft and Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The sentiment on the striped paper is from Beccy's Dasher and Dancer stamp set. For embellishment I use a Zva gems (stalk and leaves). I am entering these challenges.

Yesterday I finished making sauce out of the rest of our garden tomatoes. Tonight we finished off the hot peppers by making hot sauce. So now I;m going to take my sneezing nose to bed and hope that tomorrow is a better day. Take care!

Donna

Saturday, September 15, 2018

It's Dueling Time

The 15th is the Dueling Darlings Day. Hello to all my dueling sisters. This month the Dazzlers' hostess was Debby and the Diva's hostess was Suzy. I am a Dazzler so thanks to Debby for the awesome cute kit that she sent. This month the theme is sunflowers.


In our kit we had: Hammock Hibernation Stampability Stamp; Inked with Memento Black ink' Designer paper from the Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby); and embellishments were from Deb's stash. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits. I added Glossy Accents to the middle of the sunflower and the bear's nose. I used the honeycomb designer paper, the polka dotted black ribbon and three of the black self-adhesive gems, Deb suggested that we use our favorite sentiments. I really tried to find a fall sentiment to go with this image but just didn't find anything that I liked. So I decided to make this a masculine birthday card and found this "Treat Yourself" sentiment in the Latte Love from Jillibean Soup stamp set. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and die cut it with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. The image is de cut with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. I hope you'll check out the fun cards from the rest of the Dueling Darlings.
Dazzlers:
Darlene
Jeanette
Shelly
Terry A (Splitcoaststampers Gallery)
Terry L
Tracie
Debbie B (Splitcoaststampers Gallery)

I will be spending today with the twins and my DH. Today is my birthday and I'm sure we'll have a great time together. I always love spending time with the twins. Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful weekend! If you are in the southeast US please know that I am praying for your safety. 

Donna

Friday, September 14, 2018

Fall Blessings

This didn't post yesterday so I'm a little behind.
Happy Thursday! I haven't had a lot of crafty time the past couple days but the rest of this week is mostly clear so I am hoping that will change. I did finish a card last night that's been on my desk.


The image is a blended digital image. The mushrooms are from Pattie's Creations (the freebie for this month) and the little elf is from Birdie Brown (a designer for MFT). The background papers are Basic Grey Origins 6x6 pad. The card base is kraft. The sentiment is from my stash and I wrote the source as splendid printables but haven't been able to find it on the Internet. I used these dies: MFT Stitched circles (image) and sentiment (MFT Stitched Ovals). The sentiment is inked with Siced Marmalade distress oxide ink. The image and sentiment are popped up with foam tape.
I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to be back with some other creations soon. For those of you in southeast US, my prayers and thoughts are with you. I have family in the area so I'll be keeping tabs on the hurricane. Please be safe.

Donna

Monday, September 10, 2018

You Make Me Feel Special

If you frequent my blog, you will likely know that I volunteer for several organizations. But my favorite time of the week is the time I put in at Head Start with my twin grand twins . I usually go to their classroom every Wednesday morning and spend time with all the kids in the class. They make me feel like I'm doing something special and they leave me with a smile on my face for the rest of the day. Last week I got an email that said the teachers at Head Start had nominated me for an award that's given at the Senior Salute luncheon. I've never been to the luncheon before so this will be a new experience. I'll be presented with the award in two weeks at the luncheon. Tom is going with me and three of the teachers from Head Start will also be there. I am very honored that they would think I deserved this award. I think they are the unsung heroes working with these kids. At any rate, I wanted to have a card ready to send to Head Start thanking them for nominating me for the award. This is what I came up with.


Earlier this year I won a bunch of shaker card pouches from Jillibean Soup that had coordinating stamps and dies. This is the large flower shaker pouch and because I wanted to add the sentiment inside the shaker I didn't use the flower stamp outline. The leaves around the edges are from that stamp set (Flower Bloom). I tried using the smaller flower stamp in the lower right corner but didn't like the way it stamped so I switched to using AlteNew Heart Stamp set and coordinating dies. I inked them up with Mustard Seed and Bundled Sage distress inks and finally Memento Black ink. I don't make many shakers but I hope I'll use these shaker pouches a bit more often. They are kind of bulky to send through the mail so I'll probably keep these for hand delivered cards.
I am entering these challenges:
Hope your week is off to a great start. Looking forward to some crafty time this week I hope. We got to see our youngest son yesterday in Indianapolis. He was in the vicinity for a wedding so we drove up and had lunch with him and his lovely wife before he flew back to Boston. Those visits are too few and far between but it was great to see them. Thanks for stopping by.

Donna

Friday, September 7, 2018

Christmas Trio

I had time to play a little last night after mowing the lawn. We got it in before the start of the rain. As I was looking through a pile on my desk, (do you have piles like I do?) I found several Bugaboo Christmas image already colored and ready to go. So why not use them.


The image is Bugaboo's Christmas Trio Block. I'm pretty sure I used Copics to color this image.  I die cut the image with Gina Marie Cross Stitched Rectangles. I was following the Tuesday Morning Sketch design for this week.

So the sketch dictated some of my choices. I used the Laurel Leaf border punch to create the border under the image. The designer paper is from American Craft Christmas paper. I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with the little squiggles to the left but I finally decided to fashion this wreath out of Doodle Twine and found these wooden embellishments that I got eons ago from a Simon Says stamp kit. So the wreath ornaments and the embellishments bottom right are from that stamp kit. The sentiment is from Altenew Halftone Holidays. I stamped the sentiment with MFT Cherry Crisp Pigment ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. But the red ink reacted with the green cardstock so it really looks black anyway. LOL! So I am entering these challenges:
Wishing you a happy Friday and a wonderfully relaxing weekend. We just found out that one of our sons is coming to the area for a wedding and we'll meet up with him in Indianapolis on Sunday for a brief visit before he flies back to Boston. I am really excited to get to see him. Thanks for stopping by. Take care!

Donna


Thursday, September 6, 2018

We all Scream

This is post number 2 today. It's not very often that I get two cards completed in one day. I am enjoying this extra creating time. Sometimes after a season is over and I should be moving on to the next one, an idea will come to me for something that I should have done earlier. In this case it was a combination of a sketch and a sentiment. If you've hung around here for any length of time, you probably know that I am very into sketches and it's not very often that my cards don't start with a sketch. In this case, I should be moving on to fall but I am back with a summer card.


This is a one layer card that used double masking. The sentiment is from Create with TLC. The ice cream cone is from a retired Simon Says Ice Cream Dream kit (2014). I colored the ice cream cone with Spectrum Noir markers and added "chocolate chips" to make my mint chocolate chip cone. Yum! I created two masks: one for the cone and then a circle mask to add the background color. The background is my favorite Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink. To cut the circle mask I used Spellbinder's Circle dies. A fun a very mailable card! I am entering these challenge:

I did my errands this morning. Finished up a project for Opportunity House, where I volunteer. Waiting for the storms to roll through. If they hold off until after dinner I will try to get the grass cut. And maybe a little more creative time this evening. Now I am off to finish dinner. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a super end of your week!

Donna 

Happy Birthday to Ewe

Happy Thursday morning! Supposed to be another hot day today but slightly cooler (under 90). I am so ready for fall. Even if it means getting out jackets. Besides anniversaries in September, I also have lots of birthdays (including mine!) So it's birthday cards today.

The image is from Bugaboo Stamps called Circle Sentiments - Birthday Ewe. I colored the image with Copic markers and die cut with MFT Stitched Circles. I inked the edges with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink. I die cut 3 MFT Heart Balloons in the three colors that I used (blue, green and yellow) and then added Wink of Stella to give the balloons a sparkle and some white gel pen accents. Also drew in some strings for the balloons. The background paper is MFT Perfectly Plaid and I embellished with three enamel dots in the bottom left corner. I am entering these challenges:

I have a "free day" today. That doesn't happen often. So I'll run my errands and make dinner and maybe get some more play time in! Have to get moving on my FILs Christmas cards. Making 30 of them takes some time. Make it an awesome day!

Donna

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Happy Anniversary

September is a month of anniversaries for our family so I need a few anniversary cards. I thought I'd work on one today.

I inked up the background with Distress Oxide Inks: picked Raspberry, Lucky Clover and Salty Ocean. It's difficult to see in the photo but I sprayed and then dropped water on the ink. When it was dry I Die cut the panel from the stitched panel die in MFT Blueprints 13 and mounted it on the black cardstock to make it pop. The image is from Eureka Stamps. I colored it with Spectrum Noir and American Craft markers and added white gel pen for accents.  The image was die cut with MFT Stitched Squares but I die cut it twice to fit the image better so it came out as a rectangle. The sentiment is from MFT Essential Sentiments and die cut with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. All the card elements were backed with black cardstock and finally added to a green cardstock base. I am entering these challenges:

We are on the down side of the week. It's been hot and very dry here and we are predicted to get rain for the next couple days but so far everything has passed us by. So we'll wait and see what happens. As long as out temperatures are below 90 I will be a happy camper. Thanks for stopping by. Have a super day!

Donna

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Feel Better

Last week I needed a get well card. I don't send many of those kind of cards but I decided that I should at least have one on hand in case the need arises again. So that was the impetus for today's card.

The image is called Water Can from Limited Runs. I colored the image with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers and die cut it with Spellbinder's Labels 35. I added the sentiment from MFT Essential Sentiments. I traced the Labels 35 die on purple card stock to get the background piece. The plaid background is a scrap from my scrap box. I punched the butterfly border from a Martha Stewart punch and then added three pink pearls to each butterfly to form the body. The flowers are some leftovers out of my embellishment box, as is the extra butterfly. I used Wink of Stella on the water can flowers to add some shimmer. I used the leftover butterflies from the border punch to decorate the envelope and the inside of the card.
I am entering these challenges:
Well, that's it for me today. It's been a busy one. I have to go shred a roast that I have in the crock pot for tomorrow's dinner. Tomorrow morning is my favorite time at Head Start. Looking forward to seeing the twins. Have a super "hump day!"

Donna





Monday, September 3, 2018

I'm Bats About You

Monday is about to end. We had the twins today and poor little Arthur took a tumble down our stairs. The stairs are carpeted so it could have been worse. Once we got them to bed and I made it back home, I had some time to make a card this evening.


This was a fairly easy card to put together although it did take some time. I used the MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips to die cut the designer paper from my scrap box. The bats and sentiment are from the MFT Witch Way is the Candy stamp set and coordinating dies. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and die cut it with the MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I also added some wiggly eyes to the bats. I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me tonight. I am ready to fall into bed and stay there for a while. Tomorrow I'll be catching up with some work I need to get finished. Hope your week is off to an awesome start!

Donna

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Happy Fall Y'all

It doesn't quite feel like fall here. Today was 94 degrees here. But maybe if I start thinking fall, we'll get more fall-like temperatures. I don't mind putting the shorts away and the trees turning pretty colors. I am anxious to take the new camper out to enjoy some natural surroundings. Tom suggested that we live out of it for a day or two to make sure we have everything we need when we do get a weekend to camp. We just might do that some time soon. So my card tonight is for the fall.


I used Brat Pumpkin from Bugaboo Stamps for this card. I colored him with fall colors from Copic and Spectrum Noir markers and die cut him with MFT Stitched Ovals. The card base and the backing oval is kraft card stock. The designer paper is from Basic Grey Origins 6x6 paper pad. The sentiment was a freebie from Paper Craft World. I distressed the edges of the main card layer with Spiced Marmalade distress ink. I am entering these challenges:

Wishing you all a Happy Labor Day if you are in the U.S. I hope it's a relaxing holiday for you. I'll have the twins tomorrow so not really too relaxing but it will be fun. And maybe after they go home I'll get some time in my craft area. One can hope anyway. Have a super week!

Donna

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Christmas is for the Birds

Happy September! Oh my, where is this year going? It's time for a new challenge at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. The challenge is always anything goes (that's Christmas) but we like to add a little twist if you'd like to be challenged. This month we want to see birds on your cards. Have a tweet Christmas!

Our sponsor this month is Sparkle 'n Sprinkle. The artist for this stamps set is Beccy Muir. The set is called Grumpy Goose. I colored him with Copic markers and used three different digital papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The sentiment is from the Grumpy Goose stamp set. I used MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags to die cut the sentiment and surrounding designer papers. I added some twine and a MFT die cut button for embellishment. I hope you'll pop over to the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up and check out our latest challenge. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your September brings all good things to you and your friends and family. It's really time to start getting ready for the holidays so make a Christmas project and share it with us at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!

Donna


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Get Well Wishes

I don't send too many get well cards, or at least not up until now. But a family member has been having some medical problems and I just wanted him to know we were thinking about him and keeping him in our prayers. So I made this card.


The image is the Old Well from Beccy's Place. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I die cut the image and sentiment with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. I used scraps from my scrap box for the wood grain paper and the backing green cardstock. I used Stampin' Up! corner punch to add some corners on both the outside and inside the card. I am entering these challenges;
We'll be away this weekend to visit my FIL and stock up his wood for the coming winter. That seems a long way off but it will be here soon than we want. I'm looking forward to enjoying a little fall weather first. I do hope I can take some crafty things with me. Thanks for stopping by. If you are a U.S. friend, happy Labor Day weekend!

Donna

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Happy Pawlidays

Whew! I know it's August but it sure is hot around here. We had a little rain this morning and that just upped the humidity to unbearable. Nothing new, I guess. I went to Head Start this morning. Little Arthur is home sick so Valerie had me all to herself. She was a happy girl. I finished a Christmas card to share today.

The image is puppy from Pattie's Creations called Merry Pups. I colored them with Copic markers and die cut the image with Spellbinder's Tear Drop Circles. The sentiment is from MFT Happy Pawlidays stamp set. The plaid paper is from MFT Plaid Patterns Merry and Bright paper. A very simple and easy card. I am entering these challenges:

Now it's back to the drawing board, as they say. I need to walk to the post office to mail some letters. More rain headed our way so I'll need to do that quickly. Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back with another card hopefully by tomorrow. Take care!

Donna

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Donut Calories

Happy weekend! It's finally here, although my week went pretty quickly. It was a busy one. I finished a card using the progressive image from The Outlawz challenge this month. The image this month is Donut Hippo from Sandra Caldwell.


I colored the image with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers and die cut it with Gina Marie Cross Stitch Rectangles. The background paper is from My Favorite Things Plaid paper stack. The sentiment is from Create with TLC and die cut with MFT Stitched Circle dies.. I found that spring embellishment in my stash and thought it was fun and it went along with the sketch that I was inspired by at Tuesday Morning Sketches. The ribbon is from my stash. I am entering these challenges:
We drove to Indianapolis this morning to pick up our new camping trailer. Now the fun begins although it means less time at home on the weekends. It rained all day so we haven't taken a picture yet but I'll get one up as soon as possible. The twins will be coming tomorrow so I have to get busy. Have a super weekend!

Donna


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