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Friday, April 18, 2014

Blog Candy Winner and Easter Weekend

Coffee of the Day - Hazelnut

I still haven't heard back from the winner of the Lots of Love for Lauryn blog candy  -
8. Verna Angerhofer  
  if I still haven't heard from her by Sunday, I will choose another winner.

it's Good Friday. a day filled with the emotional ups and downs of our faith. so glad the hope of Sunday is coming. my prayers are with the Jewish people of the Ukraine right now. how terrifying that something like this is taking place in this day and age.

edit - just heard from Verna, so blog candy is claimed. makes me wonder just how much of my email I never receive or of what I send, never makes it to its destination. hmmmmm..... those rascally yahoo email gremlins!

I am going to be away the rest of the weekend spending time with my family. I feel absolutely horrible right now - guess  my food shopping adventure on Thurs took much more out of me than I originally thought. I want to try to give as much time and energy to my family since everyone will be here for Sunday. Ryan came home last night and Tyler arrives today. Mick comes Sunday since he still has to work.

no crafting, as I just don't have the energy. I really really want to stay out of bed if I possibly can. so the computer is going off for the next few days. whatever I have to give goes straight to my guys. they are the reason my heart keeps beating.

love to all of you! my prayers for a most beautiful and blessed Easter for each of you! :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Zombie Easter Bunny

Coffee of the Day - Highland Grog (tastes like pecan praline or butter pecan - yum!!!)

We have a new challenge starting up over at Oddball Art Stamps - create a Spring or Easter themed project. well all of us on the DT had the option of going cute or zombie. go ahead - guess my choice? it wasn't too hard was it? nope, didn't think so. zombie will win over cute any day, especially with Lizzy's fabulous images!!! just wait until you see my card...... I LOVE IT!!! actually so did Dave. he laughed and laughed!

I combined several of Lizzy's images - Zombie Big Eye Girl & Bunny and the matching Zombie Easter Basket. every bunny needs a basket, right? the basket was printed twice, with the 2nd one popped up on foam tape. the eyeballs were covered with crystal effects to give them an even shinier, slimier appearance! the sentiment is one I came up with on my own and then printed out on the computer.

papers are from the Basic Grey Urban Prairie collection, flower is Prima, ribbon is May Arts,  flourish piece is from a Cheery Lynn die, main image was cut with a die from MFT, while senti was cut with a Spellbinders die. buttons, sequins, and faux stitching complete the card. oh yes, our little bunny has a fluffy stickles tail!

to help add to the 'zombie' feel, I first painted the image as usual, then gave the figures & basket a light wash with grey ink to help 'muddy' them a bit. rather than add more healthy tones to her skin, I used greys & tans to highlight. kinda hard for the undead to have pink undertones to their skin! grins!

***and the winner of yesterday's Lots of Love for Lauryn blog candy is #8 - Verna Angerhofer  Please send me your mailing address so I can get this out to you!  (jenscull @ thank you to everyone who stopped by! :)

Deconstructed Sketch - sketch #146
Fitztown - pick 3: buttons, ribbon (under the flower), flower
Craftin' Desert Divas - color inspiration
Eclectic Ellapu - Easter
One Stitch at a Time - use a digi
Outlawz Greeting - Happy Easter
That Craft Place - anything goes/Easter
My Sheri Crafts - a moment of laughter
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - stripes
Delicious Doodles - Easter
Left of Center - anything goes dark
Sister Act - any card goes
East Wind - humor
The Stamping Chef - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Happy Easter and/or Sweet Treats with Basic Grey (oh yeah, got that covered no prob!)
TTCRD - anything goes

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lots of Love for Lauryn Card Drive Blog Hop!

Coffee of the Day - Maple Walnut

Isn't this little girl just precious? Let me introduce you....
Lauryn was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 27, 2014. She is currently hospitalized in the DC area undergoing chemotherapy to fight this terrible disease.  Lauryn is Linda Payne's granddaughter...many of you in the stamping community probably already know sweet Linda!

As news of Lauryn's illness spread via social media, many of you have asked if there is anything you can do to help, so we have come up with a plan. We decided to have a Card Drive and would like to invite YOU to help by sending "happy mail" to Lauryn and her family.

Please create cards to share your love and encouragement for Lauryn and her family. Lauryn's parents are Josh and Elizabeth and she has two older siblings: Lily and Logan. We thank the Lord for this dear family and need to pray for them as they are seeking to glorify the Lord throughout this trial. 

Cards can be mailed to:

Children's National
Hematology/Oncology RM 437
Lauryn Newsome
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington DC 20010

You can find updates on Lauryn via a Facebook page that has been set up by some family. It is Fight on Little Lauryn. They have shared how encouraging it is receive a simple "like" on a Facebook status or words of love and encouragement that is posted.
Here is the fabulous group of bloggers who have joined us in promoting this Card Drive. We would love for you to hop with us as numerous bloggers have blog candy and all you need to do is leave a comment... 

Olga Jewell Craftieodamae
Mary Anne Kelemen Lakeside Stamping
Lisa Haines The Purple Place
Colleen Holmes A Card’s Delight
Jennifer Scull Just Coffee Please…& Stamps & Ribbons & Paper YOU ARE HERE! :)
Anita Autore Cards & Coffee 
Sandra Van Blaricum Cards and Creativity 
Nina Brackett Crafting in Croatia
Linda Coughlin The Funkie Junkie
Kathleen Curry Will Stamp for Wine
Melissa Czapor My Many Journeys
Vicki Dutcher All I Do is Stamp
Tera Fujan Stamp Queen 
Joy Hadden Pieces of Joy
Karen Knegten Studio at the Lake 
Lee Murphy My Reality
Betty Neville Betty Neville's Blog
Jackie Randolph Paper Moments 
Shirley Ross Card Art, Etc.
Brenda Turner Stamp It Up
Geri Utterback Geri’s Cards 
Cheri Weston Stamp’n Boomer 

The card I have made for Lauryn uses an image offered by Claire Keay of Jellypark for a donation to the family.  Claire drew this from an actual photo of Lauryn! isn't that so cool! there are more images in the set if you are interested. Several other artists donated digital images, too, so be sure to check out the Lots of Love for Lauryn blog to see them all featured.

I won't go into a lot of detail about the products on my card. if you would like more info, please either leave a message in the comments or send me an email. don't want to take up too much of your time in case you are trying to stop by other blogs today.

thank you for popping in! and please consider helping out this family if at all possible. :)

I do have a small prize to offer to anyone who would like to enter. I am keeping it light in weight so that it can be sent anywhere in the world. one randomly chosen winner will receive not only this Spellbinders Corner Sprigs Shapeabilities die, but some ribbons, flowers, and other little goodies! add your entry through our friendly Mr. blue froggy! you only have until the end of today! I will announce the winner tomorrow!

Your Next Stamp - inspiration or sketch (sketch)
Aud Sentiments - sentiment for a friend
Hobbybook - 2 or more die cuts (Spellbinders & Cheery Lynn)
Crafty Hands - anything goes
Whimsy Inspires - anything goes
Stamping Chef - anything goes
Crafty Bloggers - die cuts or embossing (there is embossing on the top large, lace die)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes with patterned paper
WAW - anything encouraging goes
TTCRD - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - use a digi
Hobbycutz - bingo: die cut, button, bling (stickles & shimmerz)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dance with Faeries

Coffee of the Day - Marzipan

The new challenge at Pile it On this week is to add tulle or mesh to your project. Our sponsor is Inky Impressions, and the prize will be a $10 gift certificate to their store!  be sure to stop by the Pile it On challenge blog to see all of the amazing inspiration by the DT!

My card uses the Inky Impressions image 'Wishing Well Fairy'. This card is going to little Lauryn's older sister, so it needed to be as girly as I could make it. :) that meant it was time to pile on the pinks and purples!

papers are from the Basic Grey Green at Heart collection, sentiment is from Create with TLC, die is Spellbinders, punches are Martha Stewart (leaves) and SU! (tag top & postage stamp). white trim and satin ribbon for flower are by May Arts. please forgive me that I can't remember the mfg. of the tulle ballerina fringe. isn't it a delight, though? enamel dots are more of my handmade ones. a doily, some buttons, and an edge of white gel pen dots complete the card.

tip - enamel dots are super trendy right now. it's easy to make your own at home using pony beads. melt them in a toaster oven on parchment paper at 450* for about 15+ min.  keep an eye on them as they melt. it is a bit of a stinky project. best to do it with the windows open. let cool for just a few minutes, then they are ready for your projects! easy to adhere with glue dots.

tomorrow is the big day for the Lots of Love for Lauryn card drive blog hop, so I do hope you will stop back by! lots of prizes, sponsors, but most importantly, lots of inspiration for cards to send the family. :)

Inky Impressions - dots & stripes
Aud Sentiments - sentiment for a friend
Paper Crafting Journey - for a special lady (young lady)
Cards Galore Encore - include your fave color (pink!)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Faeries Ch - shabby or vintage
Sketch 'n Dies - sketch (die from Spellbinders)
Baffies Kreativladen - for a woman (young woman)
Crafting For All Seasons - dies and punches (die: Spellbinder, punches: Martha Stewart & SU!)
Creative Moments - anything goes girly
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - add wings
Paper Pretties - punches (Martha Stewart & SU!)
Rhedd and Rose's - anything goes
Fan-tastic Tues - anything square goes
Top Tip Tues - cute
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Card Makin' Mamas - buttons, bits, and baubles (buttons & enamel dots)
Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards - use stripes
Savvy Handmade Cards - make believe or mythical creature
Sister Act - any card goes
Catch the Bug - springtime
Bearly Mine - Spring
Sassy Studios - make it creative i.e. make your own embellies (made enamel dots from pony beads, flower from ribbon, and tag from decorative paper)
Crafty Calendar - things with wings

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Love is From God... Card for Lauryn

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice

I am sharing with you the first of my cards for Lauryn. if you aren't familiar with her story, you can check other posts in the past 2 weeks here on my blog, head to the Lots of Love for Lauryn card drive blog, or stop by the Fight on Little Lauryn Facebook page.  (not to worry, I will have a card on Monday, the day of the blog hop, too!)

the image for my card was drawn by Tracey Malnofski of The Stamping Boutique. there are actually 2 images in the set, which is available for a donation to Lauryn's family. I used the Bible verse on the inside of the card.

the card is a gate fold, opening in the middle. the main image is adhered on the left with foam tape. papers are from the Basic Grey Serendipity collection. gorgeous die set is Spellbinders. stickles lightly cover the little flowers on the image, leaf flourish is by Cheery Lynn, and everything else is from my stash.

I am getting so excited for the big card drive on Monday! sure hope you can stop by! :)

The Stamping Boutique - distress it
Squirrel and the Fox - all creatures great and small
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes w/a gate fold
Open Minded Crafting - pastel colors or Easter
Paper Creator's Crafts - spots and dots (polka dot paper behind main image)
Creative Corner - let it hop
4 Crafty Chicks - polka dots (paper behind main image)
Little Miss Muffet - distressed
Creative Moments - anything goes girly
Rhedd and Rosie's - anything goes
Die Cuttin' Divas - pastel colors (Spellbinders & Cheery Lynn)
Paper Minutes - more than 1 fold
Fitztown - fancy folds
Melonheadz - time for spring
Catch the Bug - springtime
Crafting for All Seasons - dies and punches (dies - Spellbinders & Cheery Lynn, punch - EK Success)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Stained Glass Easter Blessings

Coffee of the Day - Hazelnut

I have discovered that I have a little chipmunk friend who has taken up residence in the ceiling above my craft room. he pops his head in every once in a while to say hello, and talks to me on occasion as well. it's been quite interesting listening to his little pitter pattering feet as I sit crafting! my room used to be a porch that was sealed in by the previous homeowner. We (Dave and the boys! I had nothing to do with it other than telling them it was what I wanted.) put in a corrugated metal ceiling in my room. you should hear the way this little guy's feet sound as he races across it! it makes me smile!  anyway, on to my project....

My card today uses both an image and sketch by From the Heart. the image is a new one called 'Easter Morning Stained Glass.' it is so pretty! the papers are from the Basic Grey Euphoria collection, a REALLY old one. I used my buttermilk spica glitter pen to add some accents to the flowers. the itty bitty dies are from Cheery Lynn. flower is pretty Prima. I am sorry I don't remember the name of the Etsy store where I found this FAB stitched and torn floral polka dot fabric trim. I've had it several years and just never found the perfect project for it. this seemed the ideal use! :) at least I like it.

whoops - forgot to add that the sentiment is from an old Shady Tree stamp set. Nancy always has the best sentiments with her stamps!

hope you have a great weekend! will check in with you again later.
still waiting on my blogger dashboard to get straightened out so I can start popping by all of your blogs again. it was okay for one brief shining moment last week, but it happened to be a time I wasn't feeling well. wouldn't you know?

i {heart} sketches - sketch #61
Crafts 4 Eternity - Easter
Alphabet Ch - 'E' for Easter
Craft for the Craic - Easter or Spring
Digi Haven - Easter and use brown
Digitally Sweet - Easter
Jellypark Friends - Happy Easter (waving hi!!!)
Jo's Scrap Shack - Easter
QKR - Easter
Totally Papercrafts - Easter
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Get Inky - spring or Easter
DL Art - Easter
Moving Along With the Times - Easter
Milk Coffee - Easter (hello!!!)
Always Something Creative - Easter
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Bearly Mine - Spring
Sparkles - Easter Parade
Add a Little Dazzle - Spring/Easter
Crafting with Dragonflies - Easter
Divas by Design - Easter/Spring
House That Stamps Built - Easter
Paper Shelter - Easter
Simon Says Stamp - Happy Easter or Sweet Treats with Basic Grey focus (well, no surprise, I happened to use BG papers!)
Artistic Inspirations - Easter animal
Path of Positivity - peace (it comes from my precious Saviour!)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bam! Awesome! It's Spiderman! well..... almost!

Coffee of the Day - Coconut Macadamia

I'm continuing along in my effort to make a card for everyone in precious little Lauryn's family. today's card is for her big brother, who happens to be a big fan of Spiderman. I remembered that several years ago I had found a cute freebie given out by the kind folks at Whiff of Joy. believe it or not, you can still download this image here. I tried to make the card as bright and cheerful as I could, especially for a young boy.

papers are from the Basic Grey Cupcake collection, word art is from Create with TLC, sentiment stamp and linen thread are SU!, and enamel dots are some of my homemade ones. buttons are from my stash.

don't forget the card drive blog hop on Monday for Lauryn and her family! check out the Lots of Love for Lauryn blog for all the information. :)

TTCRD - anything goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - numbers
Love to Create - anything goes for kids
Ooh La La - for a child
Feeling Crafty - anything for a child
The Crafting Cafe - one for the boys
Dragonfly Dreams - make it for the boys
Ditzie Digi Designs - anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - one for the boys
Mojo Monday - sketch #340

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

White on White Easter

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel Pecan

Today I have the honor of being a guest designer over at The Sisterhood of Crafters. thank you, Darlene, for inviting me to be a part of your team this month! I'm so excited! :)

the theme for this fortnight is 'White on White.' when I first heard the challenge theme, I knew it would indeed be a challenge for me. I have never made one of these cards before, so took a deep breath or two and away I went! :)

I started with the Tim Holtz Fancy Frame embossing folder and layered a cross from the Spellbinders Cross collection in the center. a Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die wraps around the cross and embossed frame. the butterfly is from the Cheery Lynn Tiny Things with Wings die set. I actually die cut 2, stacking one on top of the other. the top butterfly's wings bend upward. roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and sentiment is from  a Shady Tree Studios stamp set. I used sahara sand ink to lightly distress all edges. some pearls, a stick pin, and a pretty satin bow add finishing touches. rock candy distress stickles add touches of glitz and shimmer.

I hope you will try your hand at this technique and play along with us! thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Crafty Sentiments - Easter
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Easter
Just Inspirational - embossing
Sweet Stamps - Easter
Bunny Zoe - monochromatic
Card Mania - Easter
Craft Dee Bow Z - anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes/Easter
Craft Your Passion - no designer papers
Crafty Bloggers - die cuts or embossing (both)
Eureka - ribbons and bows
My Craft Spot - Happy Easter
Cheery Lynn - anything goes
Dream Valley - Easter
Sweet Stampin' - Easter
Craft for the Craic - Easter or Spring
Cut it Up - die cuts and Easter
Get Inky - Spring or Easter
Sister Act - anything goes
Emerald Faeries - Easter and/or color combo (used 2 of the colors in palette)
Crafting Musketeers - monochromatic
Natalie and Amy's - embossing
WAW - anything encouraging goes

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Easter Chicks with Egg Cart

Coffee of the Day - Hazelnut

I have to start out my post with a great big apology to everyone. I have been feeling absolutely horrid for so long, and have really been taking it out on everyone around me - both online and in person. I am so very sorry and ask your forgiveness. no matter how I am feeling, it is no excuse to be anything less than kind. all I can say is that I will try to do better.

I did manage to get to my craft room today for a little while. I really want to get a card made for everyone in Lauryn's family. if you aren't familiar with Lauryn's story, you can read more about her on the Facebook page that has been created by her family. she is the 2 year old grand-daughter of Linda Payne, who many people know for her talent and contributions in the crafting community.

I used images from the Crafty Secrets digital set, 'Spring Chicks.' papers are from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection (I've told you how much I love this one, haven't I?!?!), flower is Prima, twine is from Target, ticket punch is EK Success, kraft reinforcement sticker is from The Kraft Outlet, and everything else is from my stash. I added a cute little yellow envelope, a doily, some buttons & sequins, a bit of washi tape, and faux stitching. oh yes, I also used my SU! ink squirty tool. so love that thing! :)

I hope Lauryn's mom and dad like the card. make sure you stop by the Lots of Love for Lauryn blog to see what's up in preparation for the card drive blog hop on Monday. I had to pull out of helping out with it, but I still plan to take part in the hop. so many artists have provided artwork available for a donation and lots of prizes, too. :)

Crafty Secrets monthly linky party - anything goes with Crafty Secrets products
Clear it Out - anything goes with real or faux stitching and stash items
Creative Card Crew - spring
Fan-tastic Tues - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - spring has sprung
{pin}spirational - photo inspiration (chicks, flowers, colors)
Artistic Inspiration - Easter animals
Card Mania - Easter
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes/Easter
Crafty Boots - Easter
Created with Love - Easter
Digi Makeover - anything goes w/a digi
Incy Wincy - 3, 2, 1 recipe (3 designer papers, 2 digital images, 1 twine bow)
Lexi's Creations - Easter
Lunagirl Moonbeams - Victorian Spring
Melonheadz - time for spring
613 Avenue Create - anything goes with twist of sights/sounds/smells/tastes of spring
Dream Valley - Easter
Hobby Cutz - fauna and flora
Robyn's Fetish - Easter
Outlawz Paper a la Mode - animals
Simply Create Too - Easter or bunnies
The Stamping Boutique - Easter
Always Something Creative - Easter

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Love You So Peas

Coffee of the Day - Gingerbread

The response to our very first challenge over at The Doodle Garden was outstanding! thank you so much to everyone who played along! A new challenge begins today and the theme is a beautiful color palette you may use any way that inspires you! Design Seeds has the  most beautiful color palettes every day. I have long been a subscriber!

Please be sure to stop by the Doodle Garden challenge blog to see how all of the DT used the colors. it's fun to see the different ideas! you might find a free image (hint, hint) you can use on an Easter card! ;)

I chose to use the cutey 'Sweet Pea' image for my card. the paler hearts are covered in distress stickles. papers are from the Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper collection. sentiment is SU!, flower is Prima, twine is from Target, enamel dots are my homemade ones, wooden clip is one I painted, and then some washi tape and faux stitching were added to finish it all off. :)

just a happy little card I can pop in the mail to surprise my hunny bunny at work one day!

the card drive/blog hop for Linda Payne's grand-daughter is coming along nicely! it will be on April 14 and we have so many generous folks who are donating some great prizes. head over to the blog to see the fabulous digi images that are available for a donation. grab a badge for your blog! let me know if you would like to be a part of the hop. We want to flood this family with cards and love! :)

Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch turned on its side
Fan-tastic Tues - square and use patterned paper
Craftitude - anything goes or add cardboard
Scrapping 4 Fun - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Stampin' with the Dragon - spring
STAMPlorations - stamps and your fave technique (distressing)
Totally Papercrafts - pastels
Craft for the Craic - something for Easter or Spring
Crafts Galore Encore - include your fave color (pink)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Flat Friends - include a sentiment
LEJ Designs - fave dies (Spellbinders)
Mema's Crafts - anything goes w/ optional Easter or Spring twist
Catch the Bug - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - color a stamped image
Delightful Ch - hip to be square
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes w/ twist to use fave color
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lots of Love for Lauryn Card Drive/Blog Hop!

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Biscotti

Just a quick post to let you know that we have started a blog designated JUST for the Lots of Love for Lauryn Card Drive/Blog Hop! There isn't much info there yet, but keep an eye open! We'll be adding stuff in the upcoming days!

grab this badge to add to your own blog or post it on Facebook to spread the news!

most importantly, if you want to take place in the blog hop, please be sure to leave a comment so we can include you! :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Miss U

Coffee of the Day - Marzipan

Today at Oddball Art Stamps we are starting a challenge in the Facebook group. unlike the challenge blog where you can use ANY image, on the FB group we are going to require the use of an Oddball Art Stamps image. Our challenge theme will be 'anything goes,' as will all of them on FB. all challenges will run for one month and the prize for winning will be 3 digis from the Oddball Art Etsy store.

so on to my card -
I used 'Big Eye Girl image 2' and paper from the Basic Grey Lucille collection. the designer paper was cut with the new SU! hexagon thinlits die. I am proclaiming right here that as cute as that die is, I do NOT recommend it to anyone. it is a nasty beast to cut with and tore up several sheets of paper before I could get one to produce a fairly decent cut. it took more than a dozen passes through the Big Shot to even cut this one little thin piece of paper, turning it all different directions. even then it was hard to get all of the pieces out. doubt I will ever use it again, which is a real shame. it's been more than 30 days since I received it, so it's too late for a return. :(  not up to the usual standard for SU!

okay, off of my rant. sorry.
deep cleansing breath.....
the piece underneath is stamped with the SU! script and woodgrain bg stamps. ribbon is also SU! and flower is Prima. if you look closely you can see that I popped up some separate hexagons on foam tape over the solid hexagons. lots of dimension irl - quite a few different thicknesses of foam tape. LOVE this image!!!!! sentiment is from the same cutey little MFT stamp set I've been using a lot lately.

be sure to stay updated on the card drive for Linda Payne's grand-daughter. I'll post info as I have it. :)

Craft-Dee Bow - anything goes with a handmade bow
Craftin' Desert Divas - anything goes
Catch the Bug - recipe: at least 4 layers, flower, and ribbon
Cutie Pie - cute with dies and punches (SU!, Spellbinders, and EK Success)
Outlawz Greeting - anything goes
Timbro Scrap Mania - only for girl
Use Your Stuff - die cuts (SU! and Spellbinders)
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes
Quirky Crafts - Spice Girls
Allsorts - use those dies (SU! and Spellbinders)
{pin}spirational - photo inspiration (shapes from turtle's back and colors)
Alphabet Ch - 'd' is for die cuts (SU! and Spellbinders)
Art Impressions - getting girly
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes
TTCRD - anything goes

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fight On Little Lauryn

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Biscotti

I need to tell all of you about something that is quickly becoming a passion for me.

Just a few short days ago, a friend of mine, Linda Payne, discovered that her 2 year old grand-daughter has leukemia. Linda and I have known each other for several years, serving on a few DTs together. my heart is breaking at the news and what this family is having to endure.

Here is the 'Fight on Little Lauryn' page on Facebook. Some of us are also putting together a card drive/blog hop to help get cards for Lauryn and the family. it looks as if that will take place on April 14. Several digi artists have already agreed to draw images to help raise money for the family medical expenses, and prizes are being donated! what generosity!

if you would like to send a card or some other fun little something to brighten their day, contact me or leave a comment for the address at the hospital.

When I received my cancer diagnosis, some very kind and loving people got together and put on a blog hop and fundraiser for my family. it truly touched our hearts. I still treasure each of the cards I received. even though my battle is far from over, if I can help another family to know that they are not alone going through this, then I know I will have in some small way, 'passed it forward'.

I will be posting updates to the card drive as I have them. but remember, the most important thing is that we shower this family with love and support.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pretty, Happy Mail :)

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel Pecan

Today starts a new challenge over at Pile it On - Floral Fantasy! let's see you pile on the flowers! we are sponsored by Crafty City. the winner of our challenge will receive a voucher valid for 15% off of their total purchase. :) also please be sure to stop by the Pile it On blog to see all of the amazing projects made by my fellow teamies. they are so very talented and would appreciate your comments. :)

about a month ago I was super-dee-duper blessed to win one of the brand new stamps over at the Stamping Bella blog. This beauty, 'Uptown Girl Maybelline Loves Mail', arrived in MY mailbox just a few days ago. I knew she would be perfect for this floral challenge! isn't she fab?!?!? she also comes with a sentiment.

of course my new fave Basic Grey Fresh Cut paper paired gorgeously with her. I added a punched butterfly with pearls, some SU! seam ribbon, a pretty pink Prima, and buttons from my stash. the 'happy' letters are also part of the Basic Grey collection.  both regular and distress stickles, a black Viva Decor pearl pen, and black spica glitter pen were used to accent the main image. I really love the way the watercolor pops so well on this image! oh yes, the banner is a SU! die.

The Paper Shelter - spring delights
A Creative Romance - spring flowers
Sister Act - any card goes
Southern Girls - floral frenzy
Totally Paper Crafts - think pink (I always do this!)
Fan-tastic Tuesday - anything square goes
Milk Coffee - welcome spring
4 Crafty Chicks - spring
Stampin' for the Weekend - spring colors
STAMPlorations - stamps and spring
Papertake Weekly - sketch #88 (on side)
Your Next Stamp - sketch or inspirational photo (photo - flowers & colors w/kraft)
CRAFT - weather/what season is it where you are? spring
Crafty Ribbons - ribbons and buttons
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - twist: add a butterfly
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Hobbybook - spring
Simon Says Stamp - buttons
WAW - anything uplifting goes
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - spring
Aurora Wings - anything goes
Crafting From the Heart - spots or stripes
Melonheadz - girly
Stamp and Create - ready for spring
Crazy Ch - flower frenzy
Come and Get it - in the garden
Eclectic Ellapu - flowers and butterflies

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Always Sassy. Yep, That's Me! :)

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice

I'm posting another progressive challenge card today. this one is for the Sassy Studios Facebook challenge to use some of your fave color combos and the image provided. Well I do so love my pinks and purples, so this seemed like the ideal time to slap them ALL on a card! of course I HAD to use my Basic Grey papers, too! :)

the image is called 'Sassy Showgirl' and papers are from the Basic Grey Soleil collection. sentiment is from Create with TLC. flower is one I found a while back at Michael's. I love the great beads in the center!  I used the MFT Harlequin die to cut a piece from a manila envelope. this was glued across a piece of vintage crochet lace. the button was actually taken from one of the boy's shorts before they were thrown out. you know how I love to re-purpose as much as I can! our showgirl has lots of sparkle courtesy of both regular and distress stickles, as well as a clear spica gel pen.

I forgot to add that both the sentiment circle and the Harlequin die cut portion were sprayed with walnut gold glimmer mist. the sentiment circle was also sponged with pale plum ink.

well crafting has worn me out, so I am gonna crash on the couch with the dogs and watch a movie. I am so thankful for Netflix and Megashare. and of course our local library! :)

enjoy your weekend!

Sassy Studios - go green tic tac toe: reuse, buttons, die
Sassy Studios Facebook Progressive - fave color combos
Deconstructed Sketch  - sketch #144
Allsorts - dies (MFT and Spellbinder)
Outlawz Paper a la Mode - use glitter (stickles, glitter pen, and glimmer mist)
Word Play Saturday - anything
Stamping with the Dragon - bling it up (stickles, glitter pen, and glimmer mist)
Dream it Up - anything goes
Pink Elephant - fave color combo
Cut it Up - anything goes with die cuts (MFT and Spellbinder)
Penny's Paper Crafty - fave color combo
TTCRD - anything goes
Lexi's Creations - punches (circle) and dies (MFT and Spellbinder)
Lunagirl Moonbeams - sassy showgirls

Friday, March 28, 2014

O Holy Night - Progressive Christmas Challenge

Hello again!
I am trying to finish up my entry for the Digi Stamps 4 Joy Progressive Christmas Challenge.

Everyone who played along last month was sent the image of this Christmas paper. (I used it for the bg) I also added another DS4J image, '3 Kings' to my card. things started off in an interesting way when I ran the Basic Grey paper through my printer. my lovely printer must be possessed by the same gremlins that inhabit my Yahoo email account, because it grabbed the printer all wonky and printed the image out crooked. since this paper has long been discontinued, I only have the one sheet of it. I was gonna have to use it wonky! as I used to tell people taking classes from me, there are no mistakes in crafting, only opportunities for whimsy. well you are staring whimsy right in the face here. ;)

I sprayed the paper with walnut gold glimmer mist and then used a gold metallic gelato to highlight the words 'O Holy Night'.  papers are from the Basic Grey Figgy collection, lace trim is vintage, pretty flower is from Hobby Lobby I think, (picked it up while visiting Ryan in Indiana since we don't have HL near us.) little tabs are made from a SU! punch that was cut in half. stickles and shimmerz paint were added to the crowns on the 3 Kings image.

edited to add new photo. went back and re-made card. really didn't like the other one at all. the free image given printed very pixel-y. took the elements from the other card and came up with this one. new sentiment is from an old Shady Tree Studios stamp set. snowflake dp is what was left from previous printed piece. much happier with this one! :)

Digi Stamps 4 Joy Progressive Christmas Challenge - use image
Christmas Challenges - sketch
Chcolate, Coffee, and Cards - glitter (shimmerz & stickles) and lace
Completely Christmas - anything Christmas goes
Scrapping 4 Fun - lace and buttons
Winter Wonderland - kraft (card base)
Crimbo Crackers - anything Christmas goes
Fab 'n Funky - Christmas
Fan-tastic Tues. - anything square goes
Holly Jolly Christmas - bingo:  snowflakes (bg paper), free space (glimmer mist), blue

My First ATC

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Vanilla Creme

Yesterday on Facebook there was a convo going on about ATCs - Artist Trading Cards, and how much fun they are to make. well I confess that I had never made one before, as the size was a great deterrent to me. Each card has to be 2.5" x 3.5". my shaky tremory hands have a really really hard time working on anything that small. but I decided to give it a go. don't ever let it be said that a challenge was going to stop me from at least trying. ;)

So ta da! don't know if it conforms to all of the proper ATC rules, but then I'm not exactly a conformist anyhow. I think it's pretty dad gum cute, if I do say so myself. so I will! grins!

image is a freebie over at A Day for Daisies, papers are from the Basic Grey Soleil collection, flower is Prima, twine is Webster's Pages, sentiment stamp is MFT, and dies are Spellbinders. the floral rectangle piece has pretty embossing on it that I tried to accent by sponging with white craft ink. flower centers are dotted with distress stickles. used my white gel pen to add a few doodle dots here and there. pretty pink sequins and a distressed ticket finish the card.

have a great weekend! hugs to ya! :)

A Day for Daisies - pretty pastels
Outlawz - sketch (I traded one of the square for a circle)
Wicked Wed ATC - forest/flower fairies
CRAFT - what is the season where you are? Spring
Milk Coffee - welcome spring
Sassy Studios - pretty pastels
Kaboodle Doodles - dreaming of spring
Crafter's Cafe - add some doodling
Hobbybook - spring
Paper Shelter - spring delights
WAW - anything uplifting goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - twine it up
TTCRD - anything goes
Created with Love - girly
Crazy Ch - flower frenzy
Catered Crop - spring fever
Feeling Crafty - digi and bling (stickles and sequins)
Ladybug Crafts - anything goes
Craft Garden - pastels
A Creative Romance - spring flowers
Crafty Hands - shabby chic
Get Inky - circles
Craftitude - anything goes or add a brad or eyelet

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This is Why I Craft....

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Macadamia

image credit Fresh Picked Whimsy

I saw this beautiful photo on Facebook today and it sums up so completely why I craft. especially since I am able less and less to leave my home due to illness.

this is why I craft. it's truly an act of worship for me. thank You, God! I do so love You!  <3 p="">

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Baby Boy Diaper Fold Card

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

I have to begin by apologizing for the quality of this photo. I tried my best to scan the card, but because of the puffiness of it, it just wouldn't scan properly. that left me with the only option of my phone. and all of you know how very shaky I am when it comes to taking pix. I did my best, but no amount of photoshop can fix the monkey behind the camera! ;)

anyway, this card was great fun to make, even if it did cause me a bit of grief from time to time. I found a wonderful diaper card template on Aly Dosdall's blog. That lady has some awesome talent! Part of the problem is my shaky hands. my tremors have gotten to the point I dread cutting anything out. but I did my best. I could go on and on about all of the mistakes I made on this card, but you don't want to hear about that. you put up with enough whining from me as it is. ;)   I'll just hope that our nephew and his wife can instead see the love we have for them and their new son each time they look at this card rather than all of the problems with it.

designer paper is My Mind's Eye Gnome Sweet Gnome, embossing folder is Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, cream ink is My Favorite Things, and fab buttons & linen thread are SU!  olive ric rack is from my stash, so I apologize that I don't know mfg.

Allsorts - all about the boy
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Challenges and Candies - embossing
Crafts 4 Eternity - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies - baby
Cuttlebug Mania - dotty (swiss dots embossing folder)
TTCRD - anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - anything goes
Glitter 'n Sparkle - use some blue

Friday, March 21, 2014

Such a Cute Big Sister!

Coffee of the Day - Coconut Pecan

Yesterday we received the news that our nephew and his wife welcomed their second child, a handsome boy, into their family! mom and son are doing great, thank goodness! I am putting final touches on the baby card, so will hopefully share that with you tomorrow. but in the mean time I want to show you the card I made for 'Big Sister'.  I didn't want her to feel left out in the excitement of Baby Brother coming home. :)

the image is one given out over at Maurie Manning's new "Bronte and Bella's Clubhouse" on Facebook. it's a great group of VERY talented crafters. there are challenges and contests that will take place all the time. this image was given so everyone could practice their face coloring and shading.  I know I'll be using it to work on some much needed Copic coloring skills. sigh..... no way could I ever afford one of the Copic classes, so will practice practice practice away here at home with this cutie!

papers and sticker embellishments are from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection. sentiment banner was sprayed with glimmer mist. stickles was dotted on the butterfly sticker. ric rack, a doily, button from my stash, and pretty pink wired ribbon complete the card. a few little dots with my white gel pen sit in the upper corner.

Have a great weekend! :)

Bronte and Bella's - plenty of embellies
Sweet Sketch Wed. - sketch
As You Like It - fave coloring medium and why (I really enjoy watercoloring with my SU! inks.  I like the different looks I can get by using the various brushes and amounts of water. they are just so much fun!)
Aud Sentiments - anything goes with a sentiment
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbons
Crafting By Designs - use a ribbon
Penny's Paper Crafty - buttons and bows
WAW - anything goes encouraging
Outlawz Twisted Thurs. - anything goes with texture twist
Fan-tastic Tues. - anything goes square
Ladybug Crafts - for a special lady (I hope a young lady counts! grins!)
{pin}spirational - photo inspiration (pink, flowers, polka dots)
Artistic Inspirations - for the kids
Created with Love - girly
Melonheadz - girly
Shabby Tea Room - anything goes
Bearly Mine - one for the girls
A Gem of a Challenge - for a special lady (again, a young lady)
Sweet Stampin' - special (young) lady
Aurora Wings - anything goes