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!

Donna



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!

Donna


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.

Donna


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!

Donna


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!

Donna





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!

Donna



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!

Donna

 

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!

Donna


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!

Donna


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!

Donna




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!

Donna


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!

Donna


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.

Donna


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.

Donna


Monday, June 28, 2021

For My Valentine

 I am back with my fourth card for June! Not very productive this month but I hope July is better! Tonight's card is for the Progressive challenge at The Outlawz.


The image for June is from The Paper Shelter called Sharing is Caring. I used the pre-colored image and die cut it with MFT Stitched Circles. The sentiment is from Doodle Pantry, I think. It was printed out before and added to my stash. The designer papers are from my stash. I thin the heart paper is from the Paper Studio. I layered each element with black card stock. I finished it off with some pearl hearts and square pink gems. I am entering these challenges:
I have tomorrow to play again so I hope to get at least one more card done. Looking forward to cleaning off more of my desk. Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe. Peace and all good.

Donna


Sunday, June 27, 2021

Sweet Holiday

 Happy Sunday morning. In about an hour we'll be picking up the twins for the day. It's supposed to be hot, hot, hot here so the swimming pool and sprinkler might be our friends this afternoon. Also have a painting project lined up and all their favorites, like marble run. Since I've now made a total of 3 cards this month (woohoo!) I decided to clean off my desk and try to straighten up a little. So my Christmas card today features an upcycled apron that I jazzed up a bit. 


I can't remember if the apron was off a card or package but I dressed it up with some stickers (the holly and berries, the candy cane stick and the peppermint candies). The background paper is Recollection Christmas that I bought at a thrift store. It has a black layer and a raft card base. Pretty simple but since my time is limited and I'm cleaning off my desk, this is it. LOL! I am entering these challenges:
My clean up will continue. I have lots of stuff on my desk to make thank you cards for Teacher's Warehouse. That may be my next project. That would definitely take a lot of stuff off my desk. Hope you have a crafty day today. Be back again soon I hope! Stay safe. Peace and all good!

Donna


Friday, June 25, 2021

Cutting Hedge Technology

 So sorry it's taken me so long to get back to making cards. When life happens it happens big around here. Way too many things going on and more to come I'm sure. But today I made myself take some time to do some of the progressive challenges that are expiring very soon. (How did it get to be the end of June already?) This one is for the Imagine That Stamp of the Month!


The stamp set this month is called The Lawn Ranger; super cute! I love puns so this sentiment caught my eye right away. The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers with an inked background (Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn distress inks). I die cut the image with MFT Square dies but then decided to cut the right and left edges to make more of my background paper visible. The leafy paper is from my stash that I got at a thrift store. The card base is green card stock. The sentiment is from the same set and inked with Mowed Lane distress ink. I am entering these challenges:
I am hoping that after dinner I get back to my desk. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Just in case you are wondering about my absence, on June 1st our twin grand children moved in with us with their mother for 16 days. Lots of laundry, dishes and clean up and no time for crafts! After that it was getting caught up with our volunteering jobs. And by the following weekend we decided to go out to our other property and just take a break from everything. The night we arrived we just got everything unloaded when it started to rain. By the morning our rain gauge had fallen over so we knew that we had more than 4 inches of rain. The creeks were flooded and we couldn't get out. The electricity went out Saturday morning and wasn't restored until Monday morning. Out for more than 48 hours. We do have a generator and could keep our refrigerator running. After the creeks went down enough that we could get back into town we decided to come home (where we had electricity) and loan out generator to a neighbor that lives out there full time for his frig. At home our rain gauge registered more than 5 inches. Trees had come down and it was clean up time. Never a dull moment. More rain expected this weekend and most of next week. It's either fast or famine. That's just a few of the bigger things we've been dealing with. Hope your life has been calmer. Take care. I hope to be back soon. Peace and all good!

Donna


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Let Heaven and Nature Sing

 Welcome to June! And a new challenge at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. I am getting this up a little late as the twins showed up earlier than I expected today and I had to make them lunch and dinner. I hadn't planned on that. I am one tired Grammy tonight. One day down and 15 more to go. But they do make me laugh, a lot! So our new challenge for June is, as always "anything goes" with our special twist which is "Merry ChristMouse" this month. Our sponsor is Hetty Clare Art and of course Decosse's Dynamite Doodles



I used Hetty Clare's Christmouse Caroller and added several tress in the background and also inked the background with Memento London Fog for the snow and Salty Ocean and Broken China Distress Oxide inks. I also used MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil. I die cut the scene with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares. The background paper is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Velvet Jewel Tones.
The music paper is from my stash. The sentiment is computer-generated. I do hope you'll play along this month at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. I hope that at some point in the next two weeks I'll get a chance to craft something, but if today is any indication I will be wiped out by the time they go to bed. Take care! Stay safe. Peace and all good.

Donna


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sending Love

 Long time no see? Haven't been doing much crafting lately. I'll have a design team card on the first of June and then I'll be busy again. Our grand twins will be moving in with us for two weeks on June 1st. So I doubt that I'll have much crafting time. But I did this quick card tonight specifically for the Rudolph Days challenge. So here's to Christmas!


I used up lots things that were already printed and die cut. The image is from From the Heart Stamps (sadly no longer in business). I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. I die cut the image with Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Frames. The outside frame was a scrap from my scrap box already cut with the same die. The sentiment was already printed and die cut with MFT Blueprints 13 (retired) washi tape dir. I added Diamond Stickles to the stars and several of the birds. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. I know that the twins will keep me busy for the next few weeks but maybe I'll get a chance to play a little. If not I'll be back in a few weeks. Take care. Stay safe. Peace and all good.

Donna


Monday, May 10, 2021

Hoppy Birthday

 Happy Monday! I hope all is well with you. It's been a while since I've had a chance to craft and it will be a while until I am able to craft again. Tomorrow we leave for Boston for two weeks. We are finally going to get to see our boys, Haven't seen them in almost 2 years. Since we are fully vaccinated now, we decided to make the trip. We are driving and not flying so the drive time will be two days out and two days back. So a lot of time in the car. I am pretty much packed and ready to go. At first I wasn't taking anything with me to do, but decided I'd take a small box with images to color. So when I return home I'll have images ready to add to cards. Tonight I had a chance to use an image that was in my "ready to craft" box.


The cute frog image is from Beccy's Place called Frog and Oleander. I die cut the image with Spellbinders Large Octagons. I inked the card stock with Altenew Rose Quartz ink. The sentiment is from Firecracker Designs (found a Facebook page that turned up "not found"). I lightly inked the card stock with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. It's die cut with MFT Sentence Strips. The background flower paper is an upcycled greeting card. I loved the colors. I added a white dotted pink ribbon from my stash. All the layering is done with black card stock. I am entering these challenges:
I do have one other card that I will post when I get the time. Otherwise, I probably won't be posting much for the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe until we meet again! Peace and all good!

Donna


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Another Year Flies By

 A rainy day here today. Very gray and chilly and just a good day to stay in and do things around the house. I got a few chores done and had a meeting on Zoom for a committee that I am on. But finally this evening I had a chance sit down at my desk. Since we are leaving for Boston a week from today I am trying to get my progressive challenges done for May. So tonight I used the digital stamp set for May from Imagine That called Go Fly a Kite.


I decided to pull out the instructions for a fancy fold card that I found on Brenda Quintana's web site called a Pull Out Card. There are 3 images in the Go Fly a Kite set. I used the adorable bunny image for the front of my card. When you open it, it looks like this:


The inside is a Z-fold card that pops into the aperture in the front of the card. And finally this is the inside of the card:

Stamp sets: Imagine That Go Fly a Kite (images and front sentiment); Stampabilities Card Phrases
Card Stock: navy blue and white
Designer Paper: Imagine That
Ink: Salty Ocean Distress Oxide 
Dies: MFT Stitched Circles, MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags, Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Embellishment: yellow self-adhesive gems
I think I need to try more fancy folds. I like how this one came out. I am entering these challenges:
I hope your week has gotten off to a great start! Thanks for stopping by today. Stay safe. Peace and all good!

Donna


Monday, May 3, 2021

Trust Issues

 Rained this morning so volunteering this morning kept me busy. But this afternoon  I got some crafty time. Tomorrow is supposed to be more rain so maybe more crafty time. 


This image is Bertha's Bread Baking Bonanza from Dr. Digis House of Stamps. It's the free progressive image at The Outlawz this month. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut the image. I changed her bread-baking habit to cookie baking. The sentiment is from my stash but I neglected to write down the source (possibly Create with TLC). I die cut the sentiment with C.C. Designs Say What Bubbles (retired). The chocolate chips along the bottom of the card are from Sweet 'N Sassy Chocoholic. The card base looks much darker in the photo than it really is. The chocolate chips show up much better in real life. I added a ribbon from my stash. I really wanted cookies on the background paper but had to settle for this striped paper. Not only did I not have any cookie paper in my stash but I don't own a cookie stamp to make my own paper. I was surprised. Oh well. This one is going to my SIL who (as the story goes) used to swallow raisins whole when she got them for snack at a Girl Scout meeting because she didn't like them. I thought this might bring a smile for her. I am entering these challenges:
That's it for me tonight. With luck I will be back tomorrow. I have several cards I need before we take off for Boston next week so I'm going to have to carve out some time this week. Take care! Stay safe. Make it an amazing week! Peace and all good.

Donna


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Thinking of You

 We had a beautiful day today and the twins had lots of fun outside for a change. The rain returns tonight and supposed to be around for a couple days. We were able to get the tomatoes and peppers planted at the house this evening before the rains came. And after we did the planting, I had time for a card.


Coloring: Spectrum Noir markers
Sentiment: Stampabilities Card Phrases heat embossed with  walnut embossing powder
Designer Paper: from my scrap box
Ink: Shaded Violet distress ink around image
Embellishments: ric rac ribbon; Diamond Stickles on flower centers
Card stock: purple and white

I am entering these challenges:
Bugaboo Stamps Stella Sketch: sketch 
Creative Knockouts challenge: Tic Tac Toe (embossing, image, sentiment or blue, die, ribbon)

I hope your week will get off to a great start! I hope to get some creating time this week. I have a few cards that I need to complete before we leave for Boston next week. Stay safe! Peace and all good.

Donna


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