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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Kid Balloons

Coffee of the Day - Maple Fudge


Tuesdays mean new releases in the Bugaboo store, so it's a day for cuteness overload! pop over to the inspiration and challenge blog to see what myself and a few other designers have created with one of the fun new images!

**the watermark I've been given by Bugaboo is the little lady in the car. 
it is NOT part of the card.**

I've used 'Kid Balloons' with Basic Grey RSVP papers, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, a fun wood veneer sentiment from Michael's, vintage buttons, cream seam binding (distressed) & foxglove hand dyed silk ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and a re-purposed Starbuck's coffee cozy that was inked. I thought it made the perfect back drop! :)

my MIL is here visiting from Texas until tomorrow. we are having such a great time! it's been several years since I last saw her, so we're catching up on lots! she's having me send her a huge box of my cards, too, so she can give them to her friends and neighbors. this card was one of the first ones she added to the pile. always makes me feel good to know my cards are going to happy homes! :)

hope you have a most amazing day!


Challenges:
Outlawz Paper a la Mode - anything goes
Fairy Tale - girly
{PIN}spirational - anything goes
Get Creative - bingo: buttons, printed paper, ribbon
Crazy Challenge - fave color (pink and aqua)
Cupcake Inspiration - photo inspiration
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - bingo: distress, patterned paper, ribbon
Polkadoodles - birthday
QKR - birthday

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Treat Bag with Bugaboo

Coffee of the Day - Maple Fudge


It's Memorial Day and I have a cute little project to share with all of you today! for 'Anything But a Card' over on the Bugaboo challenge and inspiration blog, I wanted to make a little something for my son who is off doing his summer internship. as a mom missing one of the birds in her nest, it's all about sending lots of care packages! :)

**the watermark I've been given by Bugaboo is the little lady in the car. 
it is NOT part of the card.**

when looking through the Bugaboo store, I fell in love with the Edward USA image. I created my own star stencil using punches for the grey chevron bag. a quick spray of glimmer mist, papers from the Authentique Glory collection (they truly have the BEST patriotic papers!!!), glory blue seam binding (distressed) a re-purposed postage stamp, and this bag was ready to be filled with some goodies! hubby helped pick out the red, white, and blue treats plus a few sparklers for fun! shimmerz paint and a spica clear glitter gel pen add shiny accents to the main image.

while my project is fun and light hearted, we do pause to remember those who have given their lives as the greatest sacrifice for the freedoms we so cherish here in our country. I am thankful to them for their honor and bravery.

thank you so much for your continued kindness each time you stop by! it means so much to me! :)

Challenges:
Decorate to Celebrate - anything goes
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Eureka - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Pile it On - tic tac toe (stripes, die cut, bird)
Crafting with Dragonflies - animals
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Simply Create Too - red, white, and blue

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Li'l Polly, Li'l Cutie!

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Hazelnut

Hello and Happy Sunday! I have a post over on The Digi Bells blog again today with the precious "Li'l Polly"  that was sent as a Freebie Friday image. if you subscribe to the newsletter and Creative eBook, you'll get free images and fun info every week in your mailbox. it is one of the best deals around! :)


papers are from the Basic Grey PB & J collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, red swiss dot grosgrain ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, airmail baker's twine is from my stash so I apologize that I don't have a mfg for you, and buttons are from my vintage stash. flourish was cut from clear packaging with a Tim Holtz die and then the edges painted with acrylic paint. the flower in her hair was painted with shimmerz and some faux stitching was added to the punched border piece along the top of the large banner.

you can find lots of great images in Elisabeth Bell's digital collection at her store. :) her rubber stamps are for sale in many locations listed along the sidebar of the store site if you prefer those.

thanks so much for stopping by! hope you are having a good weekend! :)

Challenges:
Creative Moments - anything goes with optional music
Bunny Zoe Crafts - Lovely Layers
Melonheadz - ribbon/lace/twine
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes with stitching (faux along top)
Fantasy Stampers - all about the girl
Art by Miran - anything goes

Friday, May 27, 2016

Be Happy

Coffee of the Day - Coconut

Hooray! It's the weekend!

so does that mean more crafty time for you? do you have a big picnic planned for the holiday? whatever you do, I hope the sun shines bright on you and your loved ones! :)

when I first saw this image from Elisabeth Bell, the little girl's joy was so contagious! I couldn't help but pair her with the 'be happy' Sizzix sentiment die (cut twice for extra ooomph and dimension)! :) she is called 'Laundry Peeker' and was part of a great Dollar Digi deal that takes place for a limited the first of each month. I can't wait to see what next month's image will be! :) I'm over on the Digi Bells blog for my first Guest Designer post if you would like to stop by.


nothing says 'happy' like the color yellow, so I grabbed some of the cheery 5/8" maize taffeta ribbon to tie a big bow. a bit of light pink mini ric rac adds the perfect accent to the bow. one of my fellow RRR DT members gives me a hard time for saving all of my little teeny tiny bits of ribbon, but doesn't the little pop of bright green swiss dot grosgrain look perfect here?! I thought so, too. tee hee!

a wonderful bouquet of assorted Wild Orchid Crafts mulberry flowers make a lush topper of sunshine! papers are from the Basic Grey Nook & Pantry collection, main & matting dies are by Spellbinders, buttons are from my vintage stash, and little dew drops are from Double Click Skittles. doily was sprayed with glimmer mist for even more shine.

and don't forget to play along in the Really Reasonable Ribbon vintage challenge as well as Elisabeth Bell's 'Tag You're It' challenge!

Challenges:
Digital Delights - anything goes
Outlawz Festive Fridays - National Go Barefoot Day
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Dream Valley - add a doily
Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
Alphabet Ch - 'G' is for girly

Thursday, May 26, 2016

It WILL Be Okay

Top Pick at Path of Positivity
Voter's Choice Winner at Path of Positivity
Most Inspiring Winner at Path of Positivity
Design Team Delight at Path of Positivity

Coffee of the Day - Sweet Potato


Hello, everyone! I hope you are doing well! sorry I've been hit and miss around here lately. still dealing with not feeling so whippy and this nasty headache/migraine that has been plaguing me since the first of the month. makes it so difficult to be on the compy. hope you can understand. I don't mention things like this often 'cause I know y'all don't want to listen to me moan and whine.

so let's get to the crafty stuff, shall we? that is much more fun! :)


today begins a new challenge of 'Anything Goes + a sentiment' over at Aud Sentiments as well as it being Oldie But Goodie day over on the Bugaboo blog where I am still doing my Guest Designer stint. I hope you will pop over to both blogs to see what everyone has created to inspire you! :) there are just so very many talented crafters! :)


for my card I started with the Bugaboo image, 'Frame It Greeting It'll Be Ok.' the bg was created with a stencil by The Crafter's Workshop, embossing paste, gelatos, and glimmer mist on watercolor paper. decorative paper is from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection. Lyndsey crochet lace ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, aqua chrysanthemum is from Wild Orchid Crafts, wood veneer is from Lawn Fawn, and buttons are from my vintage stash. accents with the wink of stella glitter pen were used on the main image.

I'm sending this card to my cousin who has been taking care of her parents for almost her entire life. sadly, my uncle has just passed away. her mom has dementia, so her caretaking days are not over. I just wanted her to know that she is not alone.

thank you so very much for stopping by! see you tomorrow as we start the weekend! :)
have a most amazing day!

Challenges:
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes
Country View Ch - use a stencil
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media - shine (glimmer mist, metallic gelatos, wink of stella glitter pen)
Path of Positivity - empathy

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tag, You're It with Elisabeth Bell

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

 

Happy Wednesday! Since I am serving as a Guest Designer with the Elisabeth Bell and the Digi Bells, that means I get to play along in their fun challenges. Today starts a new one with the neat theme of '1, 2, 3 - Tag You're It.' so you add 1 of something, 2 of something else, and then 3 of something else along with a tag and an Elisabeth Bell image. the image can be one of her stamps or digis. 

 if you haven't already, make sure you sign up for the newsletter & Creative eBook. not only do you get some cutey images free right off the bat, but every Friday a free image is sent straight to your email! can't beat that with a stick! :)



for my card, since it's my first time playing along in a challenge, you know I had to go for a coffee theme, right?! ;) the image is actually called 'Willow with Hot Chocolate,' but hey, it's a girl with a coffee cup in my eyes! tee hee! :)

papers are from the Crate Paper DIY Shop collection, bay leaf seam binding that I distressed is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons & crochet lace trim are from my vintage stash. both dies are by Spellbinders. tag was sprayed with glimmer mist and wood veneer corner piece was painted with acrylic paint then distressed with inks. it is from Michael's. oh yes, I also added a little smidgen of torn cardboard along the side in addition to one of my fave little punched banners. 

my 1, 2, 3 items are 1 wood veneer corner piece, 2 designer papers, and 2 vintage buttons.

thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back again tomorrow. hope you have a most amazing day! :)

Challenges:
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - anything goes with ribbon
Open Minded Crafting - fave technique (distressing - you'll see examples of both paper distressing and with ink on this card. I love to distress anything I can get my hands on! grins!)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

It's Time for Bingo at Bugaboo!

Winner at CCC Digi Creations

Coffee of the Day - Carrot Cake


The new challenge over at Bugaboo Stamps this week is all about the Bingo board! you even get a player's choice space to fill with whatever you would like! sure can't beat that, so come play along with us! you could win some of the cutey images in the Bugaboo store! :) I am having such a blast being a Guest Designer with them!


I decided to use the oh, so adorable 'Tulip Hedgie' image on my card. isn't she so sweet?! from the bingo grid I have the Bugaboo image, tag, and die cut or flowers, tag, and player's choice of a doily.

**the watermark I've been given by Bugaboo is the little lady in the car. 
it is NOT part of the card.**

papers are from the Basic Grey Soleil collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, leaf flourish die is from Cheery Lynn, main die is by Spellbinders, crochet lace trim and buttons are from my vintage stash, and fuchsia seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. burlap doily is from Hobby Lobby, and I have GOT to get more. as you can tell from previous posts, I love these things! :)

hope you are having a most fabulous weekend so far! I'm off to spend some last moments with Ryan before he heads back to Indiana. won't see him again until probably Thanksgiving or Christmas... won't think about that just yet, 'cause then the tears will be raining down.... oh sigh.....

Challenges:
Alphabet Ch - furry friends
Pause Dream Enjoy linky party - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Little Red Wagon - blooming fun
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed - anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Sweet Stamps - anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes with a die cut
Cutie Pie - escape to the country
CCC Digi Creations - Tag, You're It

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Cutie To Brighten Your Day

...and this is the last post of the day! :) please feel free to grab a cuppa and enjoy the other posts from this morning if you would like!  Bugaboo & Coffee Loving Cardmakers here  and Really Reasonable Ribbon here. thanks!



now for some fantastically amazing news - I am THRILLED to be a Guest Designer with Elisabeth Bell's Digi Bells now through the end of July! talk about happy dancing all around the house! oh yeah. every kind I could think of, and quite a few I made up on the spot! tee hee!

so here I am, part of the blog hop! wooo hoooo! you've probably landed here from Alethea's most marvy blog! if you get lost at any point on the hop, just head on over to The Digi Bells blog for the complete list. :)

if you've been hopping, then you know we are all using the precious image 'Em Jay' on our creations. isn't she just the sweetest?! you can find her in the Elisabeth Bell digi store. btw - if you are new to EB images, be sure to sign up for the newsletter. you'll start getting all kinds of freebies in your email!


papers are from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection, sentiment is from Create with TLC, picket fence die is by My Favorite Things, corner die is from Wild Rose Studios, butterfly die is by Cat's Pajamas, and main dies are by Spellbinders. whew! ;)

buttons are from my vintage stash, summer rose seam binding (distressed with inks) is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. butterfly is covered in distress stickles and picket fence is stamped with woodgrain bg stamp by SU!

now head on over to Lynda's gorgeous blog to see what she has made to astound you! I know you will be inspired! be sure to leave her a comment letting her know how much you enjoy her project! :)

and thank you so much for stopping by! enjoy your weekend!


Challenges:
Outlawz Tues. Color - photo inspiration (colors, flowers, shabby/vintage tone)
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
World Wide Open DT - anything goes
Art by Miran - anything goes
Crafting with Friends - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - dies and/or puches
Morgan's Art World - add sparkle (distress stickles)
Inky Impressions - die cuts and flowers
The Crafty Addicts - add a sentiment
Card and Scrap - flowers

Vintage Rose Girls

This is my second post of the day. please scroll down for my first post with Bugaboo and Coffee Loving Cardmakers.


Today beings a new challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog. Our theme is 'Vintage' which you know is right up my alley! I hope you will play along with us. I'd love to see what you make. :)


I started with this precious vintage image of little rose girls from Create with TLC. I added frantage embossing powders to the image for a bit more of a vintage touch. edges were distressed and then inked.

papers are from the Authentique Treasure collection. Rosemary crochet lace trim and fuchsia satin with stitched center ribbon are both tied around the card base.  light pink mini ric rac is tied around the fuchsia bow.  a pale pink English rose and baby pink aster daisies adorn the corner of the vintage image. a sweetheart blossom sits in the opposite corner.

additional vintage items include buttons and appliques.

be sure to stop back in just a bit for one more post today! thanks so much! :)


Challenges:
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - flowers
Craft Rocket - flower power
Crafty Ribbons - ribbon and lace
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - just us girls
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - May Flowers
In the Pink - Happy Anything
House That Stamps Built - photo inspiration
City Crafter - pretty pink and pastels
Deep Ocean - shabby chic or vintage

It's All About the COFFEE!

Winner at Fresh Brewed Designs

Coffee of the Day - Creme Brulee



This is a double Guestie post, since today I have the honor & privilege of being a Guest Designer over on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker Blog as well as my position through July with Bugaboo.

You could have knocked me over with a feather when Amy asked me if I would be interested in being a guest for her on the CLC blog. I'm a member on their Facebook group and play along in as many of the seasonal hops as I possibly can, but to be a guest designer?! whoa nelly! that is big time!!!

so of course I said YES!, spilled my coffee all over the place, brewed another cup, and then started planning what to make. could I stop with one project? heck no. had to make 2! :) 'cause that's just how I roll....

as soon as I saw the image that was going to be this week's Friday Freebie at Bugaboo, my twisted sister mind went all googly and came up with this sentiment. so I typed it out on my compy and got busy crafting! isn't this "I'm Cute" monster just so much fun?


bg was created by stamping an old coffee bean bg stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps on watercolor paper with versamark. I embossed it with copper ep. then I went to town with my gelatos and watercolors using lots of bright, cheerful colors. spritzed it with an overcoat of glimmer mist. paper is from the Basic Grey Highline collection.

burlap doily is from Hobby Lobby, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, vivid pink seam binding (distressed with several shades of ink) & pink burlap string are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and wood veneer coffee cup is from Latina Crafter. buttons are from my vintage stash. Starbucks coffee cozy and clothespin were painted with acrylic paint and then sponged with inks.


next card is made using a template from The Cutting Cafe and papers from the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar collection. I simply adore this coffee themed digi set from Bugaboo! made me smile the first time I saw it! meet 'Ruby Tidbits - Coffee.' :) isn't she a hoot? Bugaboo has lots of great coffee images!

bright pink swiss dot grosgrain & plum grosgrain ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon and floral sequins are from Paper Sweeties. button is vintage and coffee cozy & stirrer are re-purpsed from a Starbucks trip. :)

thank you so much for stopping by! and thank you again to Amy for asking me to be a guest with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers!

I have several posts on my blog today, so grab a cuppa and stay a while if you'd like. :)

Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - food or drink
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Cr8tive Hands - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - embossing (top card - embossed bg)
Crafting for all Seasons - add some embossing (top card - embossed bg)
Double Click Skittles - something yummy (for me it is ALWAYS all about the coffee!!!)
Fresh Brewed Designs - coffee (wooooo hoooooo!)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Just a Heads Up...

Coffee of the Day - Maple Fudge

.... to give you fair warning that tomorrow is going to be a HUGE day on my blog! soooooooo excited!

I'll have a big pot of coffee ready for all of you! hope to see you as we kick off the weekend! :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sweet Hour of Prayer Sympathy Card

Nothing soothes the soul like a bit of vintage, a touch of shabby, and the sweet sound of an old hymn. add some pretty ribbons & trims, and we have the makings of a beautiful card to bring some comfort when a heart needs a hug.

I found a lovely old digital postcard image of a rose cluster that I knew would be perfect for a sympathy card I was making. when out on an antique adventure a month or so ago, an old hymnal was being given away. I quickly grabbed it because I love to use the pages on cards and other paper craft projects. a run through the printer and I can use this hymn as often as I like without worrying about running out of pages or songs.


The Edna crochet lace I used is currently out of stock, but there are many others that could easily be substituted. Forsythia seam binding was distressed with several shades of ink to age as well as lightly moistened and wrinkled before tying into a bow with natural burlap string. a pale yellow magnolia was lightly painted to match the image and then a leaf added for accent.

papers are from the Basic Grey Vivienne collection, buttons are from my vintage stash, and burlap doily is from Hobby Lobby. distress stickles edges the vintage postcard image that was overstamped with a SU! French script bg stamp. I also used my SU! ink squirty tool on it to add a bit more distressing.

be sure to check out the current challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, too! we'd love to have you play along!

Challenges:
Allsorts - vintage
Bunny Zoe - lovely layers
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Incy Wincy - texture
Card and Scrap - flowers

Beary Happy Birthday

Coffee of the Day - Coconut Hazelnut


Today is all about the new releases over at Bugaboo Stamps! stop by the store to see the cutey new images! :) I tell ya, I'm so excited to be a Guest Designer with them!

**the watermark I've been given by Bugaboo is the little lady in the car. 
it is NOT part of the card.**

I'm using the fun image, 'Sign It - Birthday Critters' for my card today. I've added text from another Bugaboo image, 'Bobblehead Greetings - Beary Birthday' to the sign portion. just seemed too cute!

papers are from the Basic Grey Life of the Party collection and orange seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. buttons are from my vintage stash. balloon was tied with a little scrap of baker's twine I had sitting on my craft desk. I love adding balloons to birthday cards! :)

thanks for stopping by! I'll have another post shortly, so please check back.

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Love to Scrap - anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Sparkles - animals
TTCRD - anything goes
Star Stampz - birthday

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Peace on Earth Angel

Winner at Crimbo Crackers

Coffee of the Day - Creme Brulee


It's time for our mid-way post over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge! believe me when I say it's never too early to start working on your Christmas cards! we'd love to see you  play along and get a head start! :)


I have used the oh, so adorable Peace Angel digi from QKR Stampede on my card. papers are from the My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland collection, all flowers except center rose are by Wild Orchid Crafts. the glitter rose is from Michael's as is the glittered wood veneer snowflake. lipstick red seam binding and Christmas plaid ribbon snippet are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

the stars are painted with shimmerz and her wings are covered in wink of stella gitter pen. vintage buttons, ticket portion, and a doily finish with embellishments.

hope your weekend is truly marvelous so far! thanks so much for stopping by! :)


Challenges:
Outlawz Sketch - sketch
Crimbo Crackers - anything Christmas goes
Sparkles Christmas Ch - Christmas cuties
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - pink, a little or a lot
Kitty Bee Designs - girly
Polkadoodles - things with wings
Quick Quotes - things with wings
Creative Knock-outs - doily delights
Pile it On - You're a Star

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Thank You So Much Flowers

Coffee of the Day - Spiced Pecan


Today starts a new challenge over at Catch the Bug, with the theme being 'Flowers Galore.' using flowers is never a problem for me, and I bet it isn't for YOU either! so come play along with us! :)

**the watermark I've been given by Bugaboo is the little lady in the car. 
it is NOT part of the card.**

I chose to use the pretty 'Make it Snappy - floral Mom's Day' image, which also comes blank so you can fill it in with whatever sentiment you want. here I have added a thank you sticker from SRM Stickers.

papers are from the Basic Grey Mint Julep collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon as is cutey little yellow chevron bag. faux stitching was added  for funsies. :)   I'll probably add a gift card to the tag when I get ready to send out the card. the tag is the perfect size for one. accents were added with a clear spica glitter pen.

thanks so much for stopping by! enjoy your weekend! :)

Challenges:
Art by Miran - anything goes
Simply Create Too - thank you
As You Like It - fave embossed or patterned papers (I LOVE my Basic Grey papers & so miss this company. it hasn't stopped me from using them though, as you can see from this card. I adore their vintage and whimsical designs which so totally fit my style! )
Craft Rocket - flower power
DL Art - flowers or graduation
Simon Says Stamp Wed - flowers
Crafty Sentiments - tag it
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - spring flowers
Deep Ocean - flowers everywhere
Glitter 'n Sparkle - one for the ladies
A Gem of a Challenge - flowers
Sweet Stampin' - thank you

Friday, May 13, 2016

Memorial Day Bingo Card Wall Hanging

Coffee of the Day - Coconut


Hello and welcome to my stop on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop! you should have come here by way of GINNY'S gorgeous blog! that lady sure has some talent, doesn't she?! :)


if you ever get lost while hopping along, stop by the RRR blog for a complete list. and be sure to stop there when you finish the hop so you can enter the contest for a chance to win your very own monthly ribbon kit!

when I saw this gorgeous collection of patriotic themed ribbons, I knew immediately that I wanted to create something for Memorial Day. I also knew I wanted something other than a card, so I looked through some of the vintage goodies hubby and I had picked up while out on our antique adventures. I saw the bingo cards and thought, 'Bingo!' tee hee!


I used a wonderful Memorial Day vintage image from Create with TLC in addition to several of the ribbons from the monthly kit. star ribbon was distressed with ink to give that shabby look I love!

bark stars are from Live and Love Crafts. doily was sprayed with glimmer mist. buttons are all from my vintage stash. mulberry flowers include chrysanthemums, apple blossoms, open roses, tea rose, and a little bead berry spray.

if you want to see more detail on the photo, just click on the picture. it will take you to another window. :)

now grab a refill of coffee and head on over to CHERYL'S most amazing blog! be sure to leave her a comment letting her know how much you enjoy the project she has made to inspire you. :)

Challenges:
Craft for the Craic - a step back in time
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Creative Corner - Let's Celebrate
PDE linky party - anything goes
Southern Girls - anything goes
Decorate to Celebrate - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes with a handmade bow
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Classic DT - anything for a DT

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Congratulations, Grad!

Coffee of the Day - Sweet Potato


It's time for a new challenge over at Aud Sentiments, and our new theme is everyone's fave - 'Anything Goes + a sentiment'!!! that means that pretty much ANY papercraft project you create is eligible for the prize just so long as you include a sentiment! :)


I've made a graduation gift card holder using the fun AKV Boy Grad image by Bugaboo. today is also Oldie But Goodie day over on the Catch the Bug blog for Bugaboo, so you'll see some of the cute, but older images being showcased.

**the watermark I've been given by Bugaboo is the little lady in the car. 
it is NOT part of the card.** 

I found this card template online, but had to do a bit of tweaking to it once it was printed.I made the tassel from some baker's twine I had in my stash. the big button in the center really is black. it looks a bit off due to the photo. sorry about that.


cute little yellow dew drops are from Double Click Skittles. black houndstooth ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I kept embellishments to a minimum since this is going to a teenage guy. ;)

thank you so much for stopping by! hope you have a most amazing day! :)

Challenges:
Creative Moments - anything goes with optional black/white/one color
4 Crafty Chicks - black and white
Crafty Ribbons - a man's world with ribbons
Cute Card Thurs - more than 1 fold
DRS Designs - it's a guy thing
Moving Along With the Times - man or boy
DL Art - flowers or graduation

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Thank You, Little Ladybugs

Winner at DL Art

Coffee of the Day - Creme Brulee


Tuesdays at Bugaboo Stamps mean a new release, and this one is a cutey! who doesn't love little ladybugs in their garden? stop by the blog to see what the other designers have come up to inspire you! :)

Dave & I stopped by a nursery yesterday and they actually had ladybugs for sale. :)  how I wanted to buy some for my garden, but it isn't quite ready yet. hoping to work out there a bit today so I can make it a lovely home for the ladybugs, bees, and butterflies!

**the watermark I've been given by Bugaboo for being
 a Guest Designer is the little lady in the car.
it is NOT part of the card.**

this adorable little 'Ladybug Sunbonnet' helping out her ladybug friends image was the perfect thing to go with the new Authentique Cheerful papers. flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, forsythia seam binding, red burlap string,  & crosshatch emerald satin ribbon are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and vintage buttons & green ric rack are from my stash. doily was sprayed with red glimmer mist.

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

Challenges:
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
DL Art Thankful Thurs - Mother's Day/thank you
The Crazy Ch - 3 or more layers
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - add a sentiment
Come and Get It - card for a woman
Pile it On - garden creatures
Corrosive Ch - spring
Crafty Catz - female
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Broken Fairy - anything goes with ribbon or twine (both on here)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice (my fave for a special day!)


Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there! and a most special prayer to all of you moms who have children in Heaven.... I'm hugging you real tight and sending you lots of love today! :)


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Altered Gift Basket and Tag for Baby Girl

Woooo Hoooo! It's the weekend! (this is the 2nd post today. scroll down, please, for my Bugaboo guest post)

I am excited to be the Guest Designer over at My Sheri Crafts! the theme for this fortnight is "Let's Go 3D". I am combining this project with my post for Really Reasonable Ribbon, especially since I use Really Reasonable Ribbons on almost every project I make. ;) thank you, Sheri, for asking me to be a guest with your fun blog! :)

Here in the United States we are celebrating Mother's Day tomorrow, so I thought it would be fun to share a little project I made for our neighbor who is expecting her second little girl anytime in the next week.

I started with an old fruit basket that hubby & I found on one of our adventures antiquing. a coat of acrylic paint, sponging with a few more, then several squirts of different shades of glimmer mist, and I was ready to decorate!


The edges were trimmed with a ruffled crepe paper border topped with Priscilla white crochet lace and  wild rose grosgrain ribbon. the same wild rose grosgrain also formed the bow, when combined with  pink burlap string. you can see that I also used the grosgrain and burlap string on the tag to continue the theme.

the flower cluster is formed with a pink chrysanthemum, pink aster daisies, and sweetheart blossoms, a mini sweetheart blossom decorates the tag.

The tag was also sprayed with glimmer mists. the adorable baby image is from Free Pretty Things For You and papers are from the Authentique Crush collection. (I made it all to match the card from back at this post.)

the basket is filled with diaper bag sized essentials every new mom will need. and she loved it when I delivered it several days ago! :)

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there! :)

don't forget Really Reasonable Ribbon's current challenge going on, too!

Challenges:
Crafting With Friends - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
PDE linky party - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Crafting With an Attitude - anything goes
In the Pink - for a child/baby
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Little Red Wagon - anything but a card
The Crafty Addicts - anything goes/use ribbon
Classic DT Open Ch - any project made for a DT goes
Sisters of Craft - anything goes

Happy Mother's Day with Bugaboo!

Coffee of the Day - Coconut


Since I am a Guest Designer with Bugaboo, I get to play along in their challenges. A new one begins today with a fun, "Anything Goes" theme. I thought this would be the perfect time to make a Mother's Day card for my neighbor who is expecting her baby in the next week. (you might remember the little purse I shared on yesterday's post for her daughter.  check back in just a little bit for a baby gift I made.)

I don't know if you check the Bugaboo store very often, but every day a different stamp goes on sale for only $1. Between the daily sale and Freebie Fridays, it's a great way to stock up on cute images for not a lot of money! :) I happened to get this 'Mom Flower Trio' image a few weeks ago when it was on sale for $1. sure can't beat that!

**the watermark I've been given by Bugaboo is the little lady in the car.
it is NOT part of the card.**

I kept the card simple because I remember what it was like back in those days of having little ones in the house. no matter how much you tried to keep things out of reach, they still managed to get their hands on things that were supposed to be off limits. ;)

papers are from the Pink Paislee Hey Kid collection, sweetheart blossom is from Wild Orchid Crafts, and vivid pink seam binding is by Really Reasonable Ribbon. doily and buttons are from my stash. you can see I've used that ever present banner punch by SU!, too.

see you in just a little while with another post! :) and be sure to stop by the Bugaboo Challenge blog to see what the DT has come up with to inspire you!

Challenges:
Outlawz Paper a la Mode - Mother's Day
Brown Sugar - Mother's Day
Pattie's Creations - Mother's Day or flowers
QKR - feminine/Mother's Day
Stamping Boutique - Mother's Day
Cr8tive Hands Friends - anything goes
DL Art - Mother's Day
Sasayaki Glitter - Mother's Day
Crafty Gals Corner - Celebrate Mom
Creative Craft Cottage - 3 of a kind (buttons)
Paper Minutes - Mother's/Father's Day

Friday, May 6, 2016

A Pretty Little Pink Purse

Top 3 Pick at Scrapper's Delight

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Macadamia

Our neighbor is expecting her 2nd child within the next week or so, and I wanted to make a little giftie for her daughter. She is just the cutest little girl and really loved to say hello to Mocha whenever we were all outside together. :)


This 'Lipstick' image was given as part of the Progressive Challenge over in the Scrapper's Delight Facebook group, so I thought it would be fun on a cute little paper purse.

a little doily smidgen, several shades of glimmer mist sprayed on the card stock, spot of vintage lace, WOC cosmos, a big bright button to hold it together (actually a velcro dot hidden under the flap does the trick!), and finally a strap made from hot pink quatrefoil satin ribbon tied in a bow.

we found several flavors of Burt's Bees lip balms to tuck inside. perfect for any 3 year old ready to be 'Big Sister'!!! :)

and she loved it! I was so happy when she kept putting on her 'lipstick' and then looked all over her house for things to put in her new purse! :)

Happy Friday to all of you! enjoy your day!

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Love to Scrap - make it girly
Not Just Cards - anything goes
In the Pink - for a child/baby
Creative Knock-outs - tic tac toe (digi, distressing, flower)
Through the Purple Haze - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes or nautical
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Life Give You Limes? Make Margaritas!

Coffee of the Day - Spiced Southern Pecan

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here in our house we LOVE our Mexican food! so Cinco de Mayo is a day we love to celebrate! and yes, I do love a margarita, too! on the rocks, no salt for me. but I make a mean frozen one, too. especially when fresh summer fruits are available. yum, yum! nothing like a fresh watermelon margarita when it's super hot outside....

Betty, over at Simply Betty Stamps, drew this fabulous 'Rita Limes' image a few weeks ago. I knew she was one that just HAD to be part of my collection. :) and what better time to make a card with her than today!


paper is from the Authentique Utopia collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, cream seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and dyed to match, as are gingham ribbon and crotchet trim snippets. sentiment portion was lightly sponged with ink and then sprayed with olive glimmer mist. I added rock candy distress stickles around the rim of the glass to mimic salt.

hope you have something fun planned for today to celebrate! we're having a fabulous breakfast with fresh salsa and chorizo then cooking fajitas on the grill for dinner. oh so tasty! :)

make it a good one, folks! thanks for stopping by! :)




Challenges:
Outlawz Wed Sketch - sketch
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Coloring in Scrapland - celebrations (Cinco de Mayo)
Sunny Day Crafting - photo inspiration: colorful or fruit
Allsorts - fruit or berries
4 Crafty Chicks - Sassy Woman


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

One Cool Chick

Coffee of the Day - Gingerbread (found it tucked away in the cupboard! so excited!)


Today happens to be International Respect for Chickens Day, so I am celebrating it with a card for Humor Me Wednesday at Bugaboo. as I had mentioned before, I'm a guest designer with them through July, so you'll be seeing quite a few posts featuring their cute images!

Tyler's girlfriend, Danielle, is always finding such neat things for me to use in my crafting. she came across this fun pair of paper sunglasses a while back, so they were the starting point for my card. as soon as I saw the fabulous 'Cool Chick' image in the Bugaboo store, I knew a fun card would come together! :)


papers are from the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, hot pink grosgrain ribbon with silver edge & violet baker's twine are both from Really Reasonable Ribbon. a spica glitter pen was used to add sparkly accents to her eyes! this chick's gotta have her bling! ;)

thanks so much for stopping by today! hope it's a good one for you! :)


Challenges:
TTCRD - anything goes
Fab 'n Funky - 3 or more layers
Crafter's Cafe - feminine
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
{PIN}spirational Ch - photo inspiration (flowers, colors, and verse itself. I especially like the 'she laughs without fear of the future' part! life is too short to be taken seriously all the time!)
Retarte/Stampart Papel - anything goes
Critters & Creatures Linky Party - anything goes with a critter or creature
Get Creative - pink + 1 color (purple)
Challenge Up Your Life - critters
Simply Create Too - ladies only (I hope lady chicks count!)