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Friday, July 29, 2016

Thanks Flower Hat Kitty

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.....

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! :)

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

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

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! :)

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!

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. :)

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! :)

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

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

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! :)

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. :)

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

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.

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! :)

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

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! :)

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!

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!

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! :)

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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Merry Little Snowman

Design Team Favorite at Tuesday Morning Sketches

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

A new challenge is starting over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra (I'm posting early due to the time difference) as well as it's Oldie But Goodie day on the Bugaboo challenge and inspiration blog. so you get a two-fer from me today! :)

I am using the ever adorable 'Chibi Snowman' image on my card, printed directly onto kraft cardstock. isn't he such a cutie?! :)

papers are from the Basic Grey 25th and Pine collection, satin ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and snowflake corner die is by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. main die is by Spellbinders.

doily was sprayed with glimmer mist, snow on main image was covered in frosted stickles, and little snow drops were created with a Viva Decor pearl pen. I used a white chalk pencil to color the snowman. more sparkly accents were added with my spica clear glitter pen.

little holly piece is vintage as are the buttons. sentiment was generated on the label maker. sorry it's a bit hard to see.

thanks for stopping by! my crafty posts will be a bit further apart, I'm afraid. have left most of my Design Teams due to some health issues I'm having. hope a bit of rest will get me back on my feet in  a few months. :)

until then you'll see me a few times a week, I hope. :)

Tues. Morning Sketches - sketch
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Fab 'n Funky - Christmas
House That Stamps Built - anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - anything Christmas goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Digi Choosday - bling, gems, or glitter ( stickles glitter glue - hope that counts. also glimmer mist on doily which shimmers, glitter pen and pearl pen drops which are also sparkly.)
Holly Jolly Christmas - add a ribbon
Inky Chicks - Christmas in summer
Christmas Card Ch - anything goes
Winter Wonderland - stitching or use 2 designer papers (2 papers option)

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Joy of Discovery

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Macadamia

Happy Monday to all of you lovely folks!

What better way to begin the week than with a fun project showcasing one of Elisabeth Bell's precious images featuring these adorable children!

did you every catch fireflies as a child? did you ever watch them in awe and wonder as they lit up the evening sky? as the July 4th holiday draws ever nearer here in the USA, I thought to myself how God has provided the most beautiful natural fireworks to us each summer evening to delight our inner childlike spirit. :)

My card uses the digital image 'Fireflies', printed onto watercolor paper so I could create a fun evening sky with SU! re-inkers and watercolor brushes. glimmer mist accents create the lovely sparkle.

papers are from the Basic Grey PB & J collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, ribbons & buttons are from my stash, and sentiment die is from Tim Holtz. corrugated cardboard was torn from a shipping box and then inked.

don't forget to join the Digi Bells challenge, too! :)

have a good week!

Ribbon Girls - any image with ribbons
613  Avenue Create - anything goes with optional sights, sounds and tastes of summer
Di's Digi Ch - summer
My Time to Craft - summertime
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - summer
Digital Delights - anything goes
DL Art - summertime
Crafting By Designs - 3 designer papers
Crafty Gals Corner - sparkle & shine
Mod Squad - all that glitters
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - kids

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Merry Christmas, Meadow Magic

Winner at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge
Winner at Hiding in My Craft Room

this is my 2nd post for the day. for my Bugaboo Guest challenge post, please go here. thanks! :)

I am so thankful to be a guest designer for Elisabeth Bell and the Digi Bells challenge blog through July. the images are just so cute and fun! :)

being a guest designer means I also get to play along in the monthly challenges. a new one begins today and the theme is 'Holidays.' since y'all know I'm trying to get a jump start on my Christmas cards, (especially since my MIL took every one of the cards I had in my stash with her when she was here on her visit a few weeks ago), I opted for a Christmas card.

I'm using the oh, so adorable 'Meadow Magic' image along with papers from the Basic Grey Aspen Frost collection. I printed the image onto kraft cs for something a bit different this time. I did my usual watercoloring with SU! inks, with the exception of the snow and snowman. those were colored with a white chalk pencil. talk about something VERY different for me!  snowflakes were accented with a white gel pen.

both main dies are by Spellbinders, 'Merry Christmas' die is by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, seam binding is from Paper Sweeties, and buttons from my vintage stash. angel wings are accented with a wink of stella glitter pen.

that's it for me today! enjoy your weekend, whatever fun plans you have!

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - use a sentiment
Crimbo Crackers - anything goes
Crafty Friends - inspired by a song (Frosty the Snowman)
Hiding in My Craft Room - any holiday
Crafty Catz - let's button it
Simply Create Too - Christmas in July
Ruby's Rainbow - hip to be square
Digi Choosday - pretty ribbon/twine
Incy Wincy - buttons & bows

Thanks a Latte Cup Stack

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Cupcake

Hooray, it's Saturday! the weekend is upon us! :) hope you have all kinds of relaxing, good for the soul kinds of things planned to do today.

this is the first of two posts, so be sure to check back in just a little bit for my Digi Bells Challenge post. :)

There is a new challenge over on the Bugaboo challenge and inspiration blog. it's all about the beautiful colors found in the photo.

I'm still on a coffee kick, well, I guess to be more accurate, when am I not?! but I truly need quite a few thank you cards, so it's fun to combine the two. :)

I'm using the cute digi set, 'Coffee Time - Thanks a Latte' on my card. I created the background by inking the inside of a padded envelope that I received and stamping that directly onto my card base. normally I recycle all of my padded envelopes, but some just can't be used again for mailing. those I save for stamping. :) I then sprayed a beautiful shade of aqua glimmer mist over the top for some pretty shine.

cup dies are by Tim Holtz, main die is by Spellbinders, sentiment & banner punches are by SU!, and sequins are from Lawn Fawn. twine is from Target, I think. pretty little flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts. foam on latte is created with liquid applique. accents on main image were highlighted with shimmerz paint. little flourishes are actually saved from the die I will be showing you in today's later post. :)

see you in just a bit! :)

Alphabet Ch - 'I' is for ink it up
Polkadoodles - use a die cut
Scribbles Designs - sip and savor
Southern Girls - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Crop Stop linky party - anything goes with a product they carry (Tim Holtz)
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed Ch - add some shimmer (glimmer mist, sequins, & shimmerz paint)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Enchanting Fairy

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

Happy Friday to all of you!

I am so excited to have been invited to be a Guest Designer over at Morgan's Art World challenge blog today! the new challenge theme is all about using patterned papers. I would love to see you join along, because we all know how fun it is to use those fun patterned papers on our crafty projects! be sure to stop by the blog to see what the team has made to inspire you!

For my card, I'm using the pretty 'Goth Fairy' image and papers from the Basic Grey Euphoria collection. all papers are from the BG collection except the white used to print the digital image, card base, and white cs to mat the banner & for sentiment.

flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, organza 2 tone ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, floral sequins are from Paper Sweeties, and buttons from my vintage stash. banner die is by SU!, main die is Spellbinders, and doily die as well as sentiment stamp are by Prima. accents of shimmerz paint were added to main image for some pretty sparkle.

thanks so much for stopping by! have a most wonderful weekend! :)

DL Art - anything goes
Art by Miran- anything goes
Scrap 'N Challenge - anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Saturday Let's Color linky party - anything hand colored goes
Scrapper's Delights - anything goes
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - distressing (both paper and ink)
Make My Monday - fairies