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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Wise and Precious House.... WAW Guest

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice

I am so very sorry to have been away for so long. seizures and migraines have been keeping me in bed. being on the computer is like kryptonite to Superman - sure to send me straight to seizure city.


this post is going to be super fast, only because it is already a week late for my guest posting over at Word Art Wednesday. thankfully they are a very kind and forgiving bunch. ;)  and I'm ever so happy that I was able to get my projects completed ahead of time since these were the last things I made before everything hit. nothing crafty has been done in weeks, sadly. :(


anyhow, y'all don't want to hear about any of that. on to my card. papers are from the Basic Grey Origins collection, precious little cottage digi is by Saturated Canary, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, ribbon and seam binding (distressed with inks) are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and buttons are from my vintage stash. doily was sprayed with several shades of glimmer mist. accent dots were added to card base with a white gel pen.

thanks for your patience in waiting on posts from me! sure does mean a lot! I hope to be back to crafting in the next few weeks. it normally takes about that long for my seizures to cycle through....

if, by chance, I have won any challenges, please pop me an email. I haven't been around to check the challenge blogs in ages because it is just too hard on my head. I'll try to get caught up on that as soon as I can. if you happen to come across my name, I would be ever so grateful if you could shoot me a message. thank you! :)

have a great day! love to all of you! :)
Jennifer

Challenges:
Creative Moments - anything goes
Classic DT Open Ch - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Sunny Day - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w'patterned paper
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Paradise of Stamps - anything goes
Crafty Friends - anything goes

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sun Fun Beach Kitty

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel

I have a fun little shaped card to share with all of you today. I know it seems like it's been ages since I last shared anything with you. so very sorry about that. been so busy behind the scenes getting projects made for upcoming posts. :) horrid tease, aren't I?!


I am also joining the Doctor Digi DT over on their Facebook page, posting every other Thursday. the images are a hoot, some causing eyebrows to raise! not in an offensive way by any means, so don't worry.

edit - sadly some health issues have come up so I am now a 'one hit wonder' with this team. I'm not going to be able to be a part afterall, much to my dismay. but please do head to the store and Facebook group to see all of the fun things they have to inspire you.

Today is my first day posting, so pop over to the group. if you head to the store, you'll find sections of both free images as well as some called 'cheapies.' both of the images on my card today come from these 2 areas.


I placed the fun cat, Schrodinger (ha! the nerd in me loves this!!) under the beach umbrella and then fussy cut the scene. I then painted in a little sand and ocean for him. the great sun card shape is a template from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

papers are from the Basic Grey Shine On collection, buttons are from my vintage stash, red twine is from Michael's, and little flower is by Wild Orchid Crafts. sentiment was generated on the label maker.

p.s. I have a secret I have been hiding. Moon Pie, our rescue cat from 2 months ago, has an online girlfriend. yep. it's out now. meet Princess Anna. she is the model for my cat coloring these days. because it's not easy to paint a black cat and not have it look like a blob. so I seem to always paint Anna. grins! isn't she a beauty though? he comes up to the monitor every time my friend, Debra, posts a piccy of her. isn't that a hoot? he is smitten!


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a most amazing day! :)

Challenges:
Crafty Creations - on the beach
Double D Challenges - I love polka dots (why, yes, I do!)
Creative Moments - anything goes with circles option
Show Us Your Cats - anything goes with a cat
Deep Ocean - seaside/beach
Classic DT Open Ch - anything goes
Critters and Creatures linky party - anything goes with a critter or creature
Cutie Pie - cute plus work, rest, or play
Animal Friends - summer
Country View - hot summer days
Creatalicious - sea/beach
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Allsorts - spots and stripes
Crafty Calendar - summer fun
Dare 2B Artzy - animals

Thursday, August 4, 2016

YOU are the Definition of Gracious! plus a bit of news...

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Cupcake

Hello to all of you lovely Bells!


I don't know about you, but I always seem to be in the need of thank you cards. almost every image Elisabeth Bell creates can be used for a thank you themed project. it's super easy to add your own thank you type sentiment to most any of the images from her wonderful store!


I have taken the precious 'Little Miss Mouse' image and added a great sentiment from Create with TLC so that my card is ready to send off to a fabulous friend. adding pretty papers from the Basic Grey PB & J collection, Zipper Stop seam binding, and embellishments lets my friend know I think she is pretty special and appreciate all she has done for me! :)

buttons are from my vintage stash, dies are by Spellbinders, and sentiment & banner punches are by SU!. large golden colored flower and pretty aqua sparkle in lower corner are from Michael's. other flowers & leaf are from Wild Orchid Crafts. the fairy's wings are accented with a wink of stella glitter pen and distress stickles are in the center of each golden flower.

I'm so excited to announce that I'm now a permanent part of The Digi Bells Design Team! this is like a dream come true! :)

please be sure to welcome our new Guest Designers as they post in the next few days. :) and join our latest challenge, too! always something fun going on over at The Digi Bells!

thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Challenges:
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Crafty Boots - use a stamp
Artistic Inspiration - anything goes
Bunny Zoe - summer floral
Get Creative - lots of blue
Incy Wincy - anything goes
Crazy Challenge - sunshine and smiles
Card and Scrap - anything goes
CCC Digi - anything goes
Emerald Faeries - make it sparkle (wink of stella glitter pen, distress stickles, aqua sparkle gem)
World Wide Open DT Ch - anything goes
Robyn's Fetish - faeries

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Have Faith and Be a Fisher of Men

Winner at Little Miss Muffet

Coffee of the Day - Carrot Cake


Today I have the honor of letting all of you know that I have been invited back to the WordArt Wednesday challenge blog all this month as a guest designer! I was so excited when Karen sent me the email asking if I would like to return. :) of course!  it's always an honor to be asked to be a guest designer with a blog, but especially one that glorifies God in such a beautiful way as these ladies do.

Today's lovely scripture really spoke to me  as a back to school card for our youngest son, Ryan. he is in school in Indiana pursuing a double major in both Youth & Children's Ministries. he has been away all summer in an internship with a huge church there. I know God has Ryan exactly where he needs to be. :) This beautiful scripture today, paired on the inside with Matthew 4:19 "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." go so perfectly with this adorable stamp from Kraftin'Kimmie.


papers are from the Basic Grey Bowties collection,  Kraftin'Kimmie stamp is a retired one called Fishin' Friends, orange seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, while orange jute string/twine is my fabby Michael's find. buttons are from my vintage stash. die for scripture is by Spellbinders, and little grass snippet die is by My Favorite Things. accent dots were made with a white gel pen and a small piece of a Starbucks coffee cozy was inked to nestle beneath the cut out fisherman with his pup. :)

thank you so much for stopping by today! may your day overflow with joy in all that you do! :) and hello to my most recent followers! I'm so happy to have you here!!!

Challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed. - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - tic tac toe: button, patterned paper, ribbon/twine
Craft-Dee-BowZ - anything goes with a handmade bow
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Dream Valley - buttons & bows
Male Room - Olympics/sports
Scrappy Hands - sports

Monday, August 1, 2016

Winter Friends Bring Christmas Joy

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Hazelnut


Just another manic Monday..... grins! now you will have that wonderful song stuck in your head all day - grins! so while you sing along, I'll share with you my newest creation for the monthly challenge over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra. :) as always, we are sponsored by Bugaboo, so get your holiday bells ringing so you can play along for a chance to win some cute images!


I have used the adorable Peekers - Winter Friends image on my card, along with papers from the Basic Grey 25th & Pine collection and a sentiment from Create with TLC. liquid applique and shimmerz paint accents were added to her hat, while little touches with a spica clear glitter pen were added elsewhere on the main image. stickles covers the snow on the ground.

pink seam binding is from Zipper Stop, gorgeous ombre lace trim is vintage as are the buttons, large glitter rose is from Michael's, and the rest are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

thank you so much for stopping by! I hope your week is off to a great start! :)


Challenges:
Sweet Sketch - sketch turned on its side
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
ATG with Create with TLC - anything goes
Christmas Card Challenge - anything Christmas goes
Glory of Christmas - use kraft cs (card base)
Allsorts - a touch of sparkle
Challenge Up Your Life - Christmas in July
Classic DT Open Ch - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - anything Christmas goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - anything Christmas goes
Little Claire's Designs - anything goes
Mark's Finest Papers - anything goes
Art by Miran - anything goes
As You Like It - fave papers & why (Basic Grey without a doubt! anyone who knows me knows that I have been a BG gal from the very beginning. their style suits my vintage/shabby style to a T! even their more retro designs can always find a way onto my projects. even though they have retired, I still use them on almost every project!)
Delicious Doodles - All Creatures Great and Small

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Final Guest Post at Bugaboo - 2 Hot, BBQ

Coffee of the Day - Cinnamon Hazelnut


Well today is my last post as a guest designer with Bugaboo. I sure have had a lot of fun! and the team has just been as nice as can be to me. :) thank you to everyone for having me!

I end with a post for the new challenge on the inspiration & challenge blog, 'Recipe: 3 Strips of paper, distressed edges and a tag.'


I've used 'A Kid's View - BBQing' for a card I'm going to give our oldest son. one of the things he has done out at Camp all summer is cook burgers and hot dogs on the grill each week. this image immediately made me think of him when I saw it. :) I thought it would be fun to give him a gift card tucked inside to a restaurant that DOESN'T serve burgers so he and his girlfriend could go out for a fun dinner once Camp season is over. it's also a way to say thanks for all the time he put in behind that huge grill.

papers are from the Photoplay Summer Day Dreams collection, main die is by Spellbinders and bbq grill die is from Memory Box. sentiment is by Create with TLC. dew drops are from Double Click Skittles and orange seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. orange twine is from my great 30 cent find at Michael's.

hope you have a most amazing weekend! :)

Challenges:
TTCRD - anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Craft for the Craic - summer breeze (can you smell those burgers cooking as the breeze comes by? yum yum!)
Crafting with Friends - anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Ooh La La - add some texture

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thanks Flower Hat Kitty

Top 3 at Creative Craft Cottage

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

Happy Happy Friday! it seems so rare that I actually make a card that isn't for some required project, but that is what I am sharing with you today. I am so very far behind on thank you cards and really need to play 'catch up' on them.

I was super blessed to win some fun images from Sami Stamps a few weeks back. I chose one that I knew would be perfect for this one thank you card I needed to make. a friend I've made over in the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Facebook group has a cat named Anna. Debra and I have struck up quite the friendship as we talk about coffee, cats and crafting - the 3 'C's! :)

a little while ago she sent me an envelope chocked full of these beautiful Starbucks coffee cards. the stores in my area don't carry them, so I was tickled pink to receive this package from her. 2 of the cards are on my project here. my poor photography skills don't even begin to show the beauty of these cards! most of them are embossed in copper and truly gorgeous! I treasure each one and will use them VERY sparingly.


so for my card I have 'Flower Hat' and paper from Basic Grey's Fresh Cut collection. you can see the only embellishments I've used are the Starbucks items and ribbons & trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. NO BUTTONS! ;) what is up with that?! grins! they just didn't seem to fit this time. I know - you probably think I have bumped my head. no worries. I'll make up for it on another project! :D

thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow with my last Bugaboo guest designer post.... sniff sniff.....


Challenges:
Ike's World - a little sketchy
Show Us Your Cats - floral kitties
Sami Stamps - anything goes with one of Sami's images
Craft Rocket - spots and/or stripes
DL Art - anything goes with 'thank you' option
Corrosive Ch - animals/nature
A Gem of a Challenge - animals
Creative Craft Cottage - anything goes
Let's Craft and Create - 4 legged friends

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sailing By, Little Crab

Coffee of the Day - White Chocolate Macadamia

Today's little crab is sailing by to say 'hello' to all of you! :) actually, he'll be sailing into the mailbox of one of our sons soon! I wanted a little something to brighten the day of one of our guys, and this fella seemed the perfect way to do so!


it's also Oldie But Goodie day over on the Bugaboo inspiration and challenge blog, so do pop on over to see what several of the DT members have created to inspire you. the big sale will soon be ending in the Bugaboo store, so be sure to grab those images you have had your eye on! the 50% off sale only lasts until the end of the month.


I have used the cutey 'Crab Boat' image on my card, in addition to papers from the Basic Grey Adrift collection. stitched cloud dies are by La La Land. it's a fairly simple card, but I wanted something easy to put into an envelope. burlap ribbon is from May Arts.

thanks so much for stopping by today! have a good one! :)

Challenges:
Paper Shelter - anything goes
Scrapping 4 Fun - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Male Room - red, blue, plus one color other than neutral (several shades of blue, hope that is okay. other color is golden yellow)
4 Crafty Chicks - fave designer/paper/company (Basic Grey is and always will be my ab fab fave EVER paper company!!)
CRAFT - summer
Creative Knockouts - anything goes
A Snowflake's Promise - summer

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Sweet Friendship, with Strawberries

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Cupcake


Well I am back for part 2 of my posts for Elisabeth Bell's challenge blog! grins! if you read my post yesterday you know I made a huge  mistake and needed to re-do my card for the challenge! I tried ordering a stamp, only to discover this morning that it had sold out and the system didn't make the needed corrections to stock.

thank goodness Lynda, the team leader for The Digi Bells, came to my rescue!!! she was my angel yesterday! so kind and understanding. :) and look at the cutey digi she made just for me to use for the challenge! she took the adorable 'Valentine Angel Blowing Kisses' image from the store and added strawberries. :)

(understand that altering images in the digi world is almost ALWAYS a no no. but being who she is on the DT, she is allowed to do this and had the proper permission.)

so off I went to make my new card for the challenge - strawberries AND red. :)


I had these fun papers in my stash from Wild Rose Studios called Strawberry Picnic. just perfect! strawberry dies are by Sizzix while all other dies are by Spellbinders. flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and all other supplies are vintage. sentiment is from Create with TLC.

accents to main image were made with a spica clear glitter gel pen. the flash really lit those up like fireworks! whoa nelly! also added some faux stitching to the borders.

thanks for your patience while I got this new card finished!
enjoy your day! Jennifer

Challenges:
Everybody Art - summer/holiday
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Classic DT Open Ch - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - summer (LOVE to pick fresh strawberries at our fave fruit farm every summer!)
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies - any card goes
Inky Chicks - use 5 or more flowers (8)
Shopping Our Stash - A Stitch in Time (faux stitching)
Card Mania - lace and/or pearls
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Creatalicious - anything goes w/optional add flowers
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes w/Dies - anything goes with dies

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Cherry On Top

Winner at Dragonfly Journeys
Top 3 at Broken Fairy

A fun new challenge begins today over on Elisabeth Bell's World challenge blog. our theme is 'Strawberries or Red.' I hope you will play along with us. :) would love to see what you come up with!

UPDATE - I completely botched this one, folks. when I was told the challenge theme, I thought it was strawberries OR red. I have just discovered it is AND red. my poor little card does not work for the theme afterall. so I need to try to buy a stamp and get it here as fast as I can so I can get another card made. Please disregard my post and make a "strawberry AND red" card. so sorry. :(

****working on a new project... will post in the next day or so. 


Since I don't YET have one of her cutey images with strawberries on it, I chose to go with a red theme. in the summertime, one of our favorite fruits around here are the yummy cherries. in fact, hubby just picked up a huge tub of tart cherries from our fave fruit farm. I put 3 big packages in the freezer to use later for baking, and added some to an apple pie for him. :) made such a tasty mix with the fresh apples from that same fruit farm. he was quite the happy camper!


I've used 'Sweet Sundae' and papers from October Afternoon's Cherry Hill collection. all dies except the cherries are by Spellbinders the red frame has pretty cherries embossed on it. :) the cherries are from Sizzix. fun sentiment is by Create with TLC, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons are from my vintage stash. red seam binding is from Zipper Stop, and red lace is a vintage goodie as well.

my dad and I used to have a game when we would use this saying. we would add all kinds of fun toppings to our sundaes after the cherries: sprinkles, strawberries, nuts - you name it! I smile every time I hear or see this to remember those fun memories! :) thanks, Paulette, for creating this sentiment for all of us to use! :)

Challenges:
Morgan's Art World - use a die cut
613 Avenue Create - create your own: image, patterned paper, sentiment, watercolor (how I color my images), die cut, embossing (on red frame), flowers, buttons, square card, ribbon
Eclectic Ellapu - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes with dies
World Wide Open DT - anything goes
DL Art July linky party - anything goes
Stamping Sensations - anything goes with a stamp and ribbons
Ribbon Girls - any image plus ribbon (easy peasy for me!)
Broken Fairy - embossing (on red frame)
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes
Dragonfly Journeys - sugar rush (ice cream sundae!)
Creative Corner - like ice in the sunshine (ice cream sundae)
Star Stampz - summer treats

A Simple Magnet of Encouragement

Coffee of the Day - Creme Brulee


Sometimes we all have rough days, and yesterday was one of those for me. I just needed a bit of crafty time, so I put together a simple magnet to either place on my refrigerator or card stock credenza to remind me that better days are ahead. it was the perfect little thing to add to the Bugaboo 'Anything but a Card' post for their inspiration and challenge blog.


I used the pretty 'Frame It - Meant to Be' image and re-purposed a microwave popcorn box for the backing. 2 pieces were die cut with the SU! Top Note die, painted, and then distressed with inks. magnetic strips were added to the back. shimmerz paint was added to several words of the main image and glitter pen accents to the butterfly trails. ribbon snippets are from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the chrysanthemum is from Wild Orchid Crafts.

sorry for the horrid photo. it really was the best of the ones I took. my tremors are getting pretty bad these days and I just flat out can't see well either. my sight is going, which is part of the reason for the yuck day. oh well. trying to stay focused on the many blessings in my life. :)

I'll be back in just a bit with my challenge project for The Digi Bells. hope to see you then!


Challenges:
Not Just Cards - color challenge
Scribbles Designs - how does your garden grow?
Colour Crazy - anything goes (watercolor brushes and SU! inks)
Through the Purple Haze - peaceful/harmony
Allsorts - anything but a card (magnet)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Let's Go to a Tropical Beach Somewhere....

Coffee of the Day -  Pecan Toffee


whew, it's Saturday! did you ever think we'd make it to the weekend? ;) well, my time as a Guest Designer at Bugaboo is winding down, so just a few posts left to share with all of you. I have had a grand time with the lovely peeps there and the oh, so fun images to be found in the Bugaboo store!


today there is a neat photo inspiration challenge on the Bugaboo blog. I remember many moments like this from our years of living in Florida. whenever we went to the beach, I refused to wear shoes the moment my toes hit the sand. my feet needed to feel the sand between my toes!


I chose to use the adorable little 'Kidz Beach' image for my card. papers and little card are from the Authentique Utopia collection. beautiful seam binding is some that I won from Crafty Ribbons. gorgeous color! I did distress it a bit, as I am wont to do. ;)

stitched sun die is by La La Land, palm tree die is a retired one from Whimsy Stamps, and main image die is from Spellbinders. chrysanthemum is from Wild Orchid Crafts and of course my vintage buttons are from my beloved stash. little accent dots and waves were made with a white gel pen.

I really do appreciate those of you who stop by to say hello and leave such kind comments! enjoy your weekend & stay cool on these hot summer days. :)
Jennifer

Challenges:
ABC - 'L' is for lots of layers
Crafts and Me - anything goes w/optional summer memories
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Delicious Doodles - beside the sea
Dies 'R Us - water/beach
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - dies and/or punches
Paradise of Stamps - anything goes
SLS Lines - 3 or more layers
Sweet Stamps - anything goes
Paper Shelter - ribbons

Friday, July 22, 2016

Water Play and the Digi Bells Blog Hop!

Winner at Crafty Sentiments

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Bread Pudding


Welcome to my stop on this summery Digi Bells Blog Hop! :) if you have been following along, then you would have arrived here from LINDA's absolutely gorgeous blog. should you get lost at any point along the way, then just head over to the Digi Bells blog for the complete list. while you are there, be sure to submit your project application for the Guest Designer call out! I have had the absolute BEST TIME as a guest these past few months. :) everyone is just as nice as can be!

as y'all know, each of us are showcasing the adorable images, 'Beach Ball Baby' and 'Big Splash,' former rubber stamps at Sweet Pea. these 2 are so precious! but then, aren't all of Elisabeth's images?! :) You will be able to find them in the digital store here, along with lots of other cuties.


I used papers from the Basic Grey Picadilly collection, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, a little ribbon snippet from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and red twine from Michael's. let me tell you, that twine was quite the deal! it was marked on sale for only 30 cents for 20 yards! yes, I grabbed several spools at that price! :) it's the same quality as what I have ordered from other stores for much more.

main image die is by Spellbinders, banner die is by SU!, and stitched sun die is from La La Land. cute wooden veneer 'play' is also from Michael's. I added a bit of orange stain and white Mr. Huey's to it for some summertime fun. a touch of wink of stella glitter pen was added to the water spray coming from the hose.  a bit of burlap doily and my ever fave vintage buttons complete the card.

now pop on over to ALETHEA's fun blog to see what wonderful project she has created to inspire you! thanks so much for stopping by! have a most amazing weekend! :)

Challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown - fave embellishments (vintage buttons!)
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes
Crafty Addicts - anything goes/friends
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed. - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes
A Snowflake's Promise - summertime
Crazy Challenge - summer fun
Fab 'n Funky - tic, tac, toe (die cut, digi, flowers)
Di's Digi Designs - hot or bright colors

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cowboy Found a Rope

Top 3 Pick at Crafting When We Can

Coffee of the Day - White Chocolate Macadamia

Happy Wednesday to all of you! thank you to those of you who have so kindly dropped by my little blog to say hello. :) I know the posts are few and far between these days, so your friendly comments make me smile and brighten my day! hopefully it won't be much longer before my health is back to normal and all is right as rain again. :)


I do have a post to share for today's Humor Me Wednesday over on the Bugaboo challenge and inspiration blog. don't forget the big sale going on in the store until the end of the month!


for my card, I've used the cutey 'Wee One Cowboy - Relaxing' and a sentiment I printed on my computer. it just made me giggle! papers are from the digital Carta Bella Giddy Up collection and brown grosgrain ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I added a little handmade lasso with some twine I had, adding a bit of distressing to it since a cowboy's rope is going to be well loved. ;) both main dies are by Spellbinders.

hope your week is going well! Jennifer

Challenges:
TTCRD - anything goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - make us smile
Come and Get It - checks or stripes
Crafting When We Can - based on a movie (City Slickers)
Try it On Tuesday - make us smile

Friday, July 15, 2016

Christmas Curls in July

Coffee of the Day - Pecan Toffee

Hello and Happy Friday!


It's Christmas in July! have you made any of your holiday cards yet? there are so many cuties available in Elisabeth Bell's digi shop, and if you subscribe to her newsletter, you just might find a few popping into your mailbox, too! :)

One of those freebies that showed up in my inbox was this adorable image, 'Christmas Curls.' isn't she precious with her little kitty?! since we have just rescued a cat here in our home, this one really struck a chord with me. in face my own kitty cat is sitting in his special bed right here on top of the desk beside me as I type this post! yes, he might just be a bit spoiled, but as a rescue, he has a right to be! :)


papers are from the Basic Grey Evergreen collection, main die is by Spellbinders, pretty snowflake border die is by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions, and little flower is by Petaloo. lace along bottom, buttons, and holly sprig are all vintage stash. pink seam binding (distressed) and gold cord are from Really Reasonable Ribbon. tag was sprayed with glimmer mist. distress stickles were added to holly berries and shimmerz was painted onto bells of main image. some faux stitching and a burlap doily complete the card.

this is my last post on the Digi Bell blog as a guest designer, and I have had such a lovely time! I still have a few more posts with them, but no more on the blog. it's sure been a fun ride!


it's also a mid month posting over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra challenge, so be sure to link up those Christmas cards you are making!

have a great weekend! :)
Jennifer

Challenges:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything Christmas goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas in July
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Classic DT Challenge - anything goes
World Wide Open DT Challenge - anything goes
Craft Rocket - anything goes
Crafting With an Attitude - anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - anything Christmas goes
DL Art July linky party - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tinsel in a Tangle Recipe Challenge

Coffee of the Day - White Chocolate Macadamia


Today's challenge over on the Bugaboo challenge and inspiration blog is a fun one. it's to make a funny card and add scallops, bling, and layers to your Christmas card. how's it going getting a few holiday cards made? kind of nice to think about snow and cooler temps during these heat waves, especially here where we don't have air conditioning. ;) don't forget the big sale in the Bugaboo store that is going on all month!


for my card, I'm using 'Christmas Ornament Gal' and a sentiment from the 'Gertrude - Tinsel in a Tangle' set.


papers are from the Basic Grey 25th and Pine collection while the embellishments are from their Juniper Berry collection. the red patterned paper had the prettiest scallops on it, so I didn't feel the need to add any others.

I used a wink of stella glitter pen and both pink & clear spica glitter pens to add touches to the main image. a white gel pen was used to add dots to the card base. green pearls are at each corner of the card. the glitter rose is from Michael's and seam binding is from Zipper Stop. buttons are from my vintage stash.

thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! it really means a lot to me. :)

Challenges:
Di's Digi Designs - Christmas in July
A Gem of a Challenge - let's get krafty
12 Months of Christmas - anything Christmas goes with optional blooms twist
ABC Christmas - 'N' is for no rules
Fab 'n Funky - add a sentiment
Digi Choosday - for the girls
TTCRD - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - bling it up
Get Creative - celebrations
Holly Jolly - inspired by a song (Grown Up Christmas List)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Christmas Mice are Stirring Tag

Top 3 at SLS Lines

Coffee of the Day - Pecan Toffee


Today's Christmas in July challenge on the Bugaboo challenge and inspiration blog is all about making holiday tags. there are some great prizes up for grabs as well as half off everything in the store through the end of the month! :)


For my tag I have used the cutie 'Scene It - Christmas Mice' image. I used a card template for the tree since my tag is rather large and edged it with Prima chalk ink. tag is sprayed with glimmer mist.


lots of little accents of distress stickles and spica clear glitter gel pen on the main image for added holiday sparkle. some of the same distress stickles was added to the poinsettia, too.

a tiny snippet scrap of 25th and Pine Basic Grey paper added to the upper corner along with a vintage button and Zipper Stop seam binding make this a fun tag for any Christmas gift! :)

I'll have one more holiday project for the Bugaboo excitement this week, so please check back. sorry I couldn't play along in all of the challenges. this being sick is no fun whatsoever.

Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Winter Wonderland - Let's See a Christmas Tree/make it cute
Star Stampz - celebration
Creative Fingers - anything goes
SLS Lines - anything but a card
Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Left of Center - animals

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Candy Cane Stocking Sketch

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Bread Pudding



As part of the week long Christmas in July fun going on over at the Bugaboo challenge and inspiration blog, today is all about using a cool sketch. don't forget the great sale in the store, too! half off of everything until the end of the month is a deal that can't be beat! :)


for my card I'm using the pretty 'Candy Cane Stocking' image and papers from the Basic Grey 25th and Pine collection. you'll be seeing quite a bit from this collection during this week! :)


the shine from the gold doily threw the camera off, so I do apologize for that. my photo editing skills are not the greatest either, as we all know. so very sorry.

pretty flower is from Petaloo, ribbon snippets are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, while lace and twine are from my stash. buttons are from my vintage collection. I used a gold glitter gel pen to add accents to the main image and a gold marker to add dots to the card base.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope your day is filled with all that makes you smile! :)

Challenges:
Ike's World - Christmas in July
Art by Miran - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
The Crazy Ch - lace
Glory of Christmas - 2 or more patterned papers (I have used 3)
Broken Fairy - Christmas in July
Fab 'n Funky - 2 or more designer papers (I have used 3)
12 Months of Christmas - anything Christmas goes with optional bloom theme

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Snow Friends at the Window

Top Pick at Emerald Faeries

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme


as we battle warm summer temps, it's nice to have cool thoughts of Christmas in July! today begins a fun week long celebration over at the Bugaboo challenge and inspiration blog, with each day having a new theme to jump start your holiday card making. you will also find that the entire store is on sale through the end of the month! :)

today's theme is 'Some of My Best Friends are Flakes - use SnowMen or SnowFlakes.' I'm using the 'Snow Friends Window' image on my card along with papers from the My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland collection.


seam binding is from Zipper Stop, snow flake dies are from Sizzix, main image & matting die is by Spellbinders, buttons are from my vintage stash, and glitter rose is from Michael's. touches of stickles were added to snow of main image. stitching stamp is by Gina K and 'joy' sentiment was generated on a label maker. a few sequins were added for some final sparkle.

I won't be participating every day since I'm still not doing very well, but will play along in several of the challenges.

thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a good weekend! :)

Challenges:
Creative Corner - anything goes
Cut it Up - anything goes with die cuts (Sizzix and Spellbinders)
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - anything Christmas goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Ch - add a ribbon
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Robyn's Fetish - Christmas in July
Emerald Faeries - winter blues
Sparkles Christmas - snowflakes
12 Months of Christmas - anything Christmas goes with optional blooms theme

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

YOU are My Happy Place!

Winner at Dare 2B Artzy

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice


I hope you are having a most beautiful week so far. :) the card I'm sharing with all of you today is guaranteed to bring a spot of sunshine and smiles into your day! why, you ask? well it has an image by Elisabeth Bell, of course! don't her images always make you smile?!


I'm using "I Love You This Much" along with the photo frame die by Lawn Fawn and stitched sun die from La La Land. papers are from the Pink Paislee Hey Kid collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and red seam binding is from Zipper Stop. stitching stamp is by Gina K and sentiment stamp on photo die is a SMASH one. buttons are from my vintage stash.

a friend needs a bit of cheering up, so I knew this adorable image would certainly do the trick!

here is a reminder that YOU are indeed a special person, too, and bring sunshine into the lives of those around you. :) thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams - anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes with a twist of ribbons and/or bows
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Paper Shelter - sunny days
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed. - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes
A Snowflake's Promise - summer
Fairy Tale - summer
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Ooh La La - 'F' is for frame, flowers, faux stitching, bare feet :)
Dare 2 B Artzy - lots of layers
Ribbon Girls - any card goes with ribbons
Doodle Pantry - anything goes

Saturday, July 2, 2016

So Sorry For Your Dog Loss

Coffee of the Day - Chocolate Peppermint

Some very dear friends of ours recently lost their dog of many years. he was such a sweetheart, and I just couldn't let the moment pass without making a card to tell them how very sorry I was at his passing.


the card works perfectly for the new challenge over at the Bugaboo challenge and inspiration blog where the theme is 'anything goes.'

I had not seen such perfect images for these types of occasions until I came across a card someone shared on another blog. I'll be picking up the cat version soon. here is the link to the one I used on my card, 'Sign It - Dog Condolences.'


papers are from the Basic Grey Oxford collection, main die is by Spellbinders & pet item dies are retired ones from Whimsy Stamps, seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and buttons are from my vintage stash. corrugated cardboard and die were distressed with Prima chalk ink. flower centers were dotted with distress stickles and dog tag was painted with shimmerz.

thank you for stopping by! enjoy your weekend! :)

Challenges:
Crafty Calendar - punches and/or dies
The Pencil Case - anything goes
Crafting With Friends - anything goes
Just Add Ink - 'S' is for sympathy, spots, shimmerz, stickles
Polkadoodles - use a ribbon or twine
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes