Monday, May 28, 2012

Thank you Friend

 Thank you Friend - Another great sketch challengeis going on at Seems a Little Sketchy! Just look at this beauty!

I am unsure of which pad my DP came from. Sorry, I am a little overwhelmed right now. My 2 year old grandson had major surgery last week and is still recovering. Plus with school out, I also have his older brother to intertain while Mom is at work.

My DP was distressed with my TH distressing tool.

My image is Helping Hand by our sponsor Sweet N Sassy Stamps. I fell in love with these sweet little guys. That bird just needed his mouse friend to help him get a drink.

I colored the image with copics and added Sktickles to the flower and around the edge after it was cut with a SP and inked with Worn Lipstick distress inks.

My flower that I added Stickles to, is from Judy's shop Pizzazz Aplenty. She has the best prices around. The leave is a SB that I shaped.

My bow was tied with my Bow Easy. The stick pin was made with a variety of beads, some of them came from Pizzazz Aplenty.

The sketch from Seems a Little Sketchy is a fun one and I hope that you will enter our challenge and make something with our sketch. Because Seems a Little Sketchy is relativly new, we are not getting a lot of entries yet, so you have a good chance of winning. Plus our challenges run for a fortnight, so it is a good one to use for those of us on DT and need to work a little ahead.

For Fun Challenges  F.R.O.G.  Fully Rely On God - God  always provides a way in our time of need
Fab N Funky Challenges #122 New Beginnings - I think this is the beginning of a beautiful freindship.
Truly Scrumptious Challenge #81 Pretty in Pink
Do You Stack Up #73 Birdie
Totally Paper Crafts #118 Animals
Phindy's Place Challenge #107 1 image, 2 DP, 3 embellishments - ribbon, stickpin, & flower.
Totally Gorjuss #133 Something New - this is a new stamp company for me

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Greek to Me

 Greek to Me - I was invited to be the May guest designer at Corrosive Challenge and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks Regan and the rest of the team. It was wonderful to design with you.

The challenge is Shabby Chic.

My Designer papers are G C D's Ella Blue. I have run my fingers through this pad every time that I went into Hobby Lobby and I finally broke down and bought it. I know that I did not "need" another pad of paper, but I could not help myself, it is so beautiful. I distressed the Ella Blue with my distressing tool.

My flower was several silk flowers that stacked together with some stamens threaded through the center. My double bow was tied with my Bow Easy and I added a pearl spray behind the flower.

I added a Stick Pin to the stray. I love the soft blue and silver of the butterfly. I get a lot of my stick pin supplies for Judy at Pizzazz Aplenty. She is wonderful to work with and her prices are unbelievable.

I must admit that the first time that I seen the Greek God images at Tickled Pink Stamps, I was fascinated by them. Coloring this one the was as much fun as I thought it would be. The flowing folds of the outfit were a delight to color.

My frame is Heartfelt Creations.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my creation as much as I enjoyed making it and that you will join Corrosive Challenges in their Shabby Chic challenge.

4 Crafty Chicks #91 Brown, Blue and White
Totally Paper Crafts #118 Animals

Purple Birthday

 Purple Birthday - It is my teams week to design for Sunday Sketch and Stamp. We have a simple sketch this time, so please join us. It is a great time to win; as we are sponsored by Crafty Ribbons and who doesn't love ribbon?

Here is this week's sketch.

My image was cut using my Cricut and the Damask Decor cartridge. It can be found on page 62 of the handbook.

My DP is one that I found a scrap of in my scrapdrawer. It has been in there for a while and I have no idea who made it. All of the cardstock was also from my scrapdrawer. My ribbon was also a scrap. So, as you can see, almost all of my supplies were old stash. Only the charm is new! The pearls were made with my Viva Decore pearl pen. I was getting some air as I was forming the pearls, so I guess you could call it old too!

 My Sentiment is Hot Off the Press. The bow was tied with my Bow Easy.

Now that you have seen what I have done with the sketch, head over to Sunday Sketch and Stamp and see what my teammates have done!

Top Tip Tuesday #77 Dig Out the Old Must be 6 months or more old
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #55 Any Sentiment

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Summer Fun

Summer Fun - It is time for a new challenge at Craft Your Days Away and this time we are challenging you to make something Red, White and Blue. Isn't that a great theme? Not only is it the colors of the flags of many countries, but it also has a nautical feel to it and so great for those summer projects.

My starry SP was some old paper that my DIL no longer wanted. It was precut into stripes, so was a little difficult for many projects, was perfect for this card.

My image is Cali Girl from Saturated Canary.  She was colored with Copics and I added some Stickles to her bikini. Her sunglasses received some Diamond Glaze to make them shiny. She was a fun image to color. Her hair was particularly fun.

My flower is gathered ribbon with a gemstone in the middle. I stuck the stick pin in the ribbon. Many of my beads, to include the red butterfly bead was purchased from Judy at Pizzazz Aplenty. She has the best prices that I have seen for stick pin and bead supplies. She ships internationally, so all of our overseas friends can take advantage of her inexpensive prices.

My Sentiment is from Hot Off the Press. I stamped it in blue, then heat embossed with SU's Iridescent embossing powder. I love how it sparkles!

Paper Take Weekly #71 Red, White and Blue
The Paper Shelter #65 Bling it on
C Inspirations #164 Anything Goes
Paper Play Challenges #21 Summer Lovin
The Play Date Cafe #133 Blue, Navy and Red

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


 Watermelon - Today starts another challenge at Creative Card Crew. This time we are looking for  Dimension on your cards/projects. So grab those pop-ups and come join us!

For my card, I used DP from a paper block that I have had for ages. The cover is missing, but I believe the block is by The Paper Studio. I bought it at Hobby Lobby and they carry a lot of Paper Studio products.

I used a MS punch and I dragged out my CM circle cutter for the circle. The tag was cut free hand.

This sweet little image is by our sponsor, Stamp Fairy. If you are looking for sweet, cute images, the Stamp Fairy is the place to go. Their images always color up so quick and easy. They are great for paper piecing or decoupaging; as I have done here.

This image is called Muffin 1. Muffin is colored with Copics 3 times, then elements were cut and stacked using pop-ups. I gave Muffin googly eyes for added dimension.

Here are a couple of side views so that you can see the height.
My flowers are a combination of flowers that I have. Most of them are Wilton that are for cake decorating. No, I don't do cake decorating, but I am always on the look out for anything that would look good on a card or scrapbook page. LOL

Crazy 4 Challenges #137 Birthday
Stampin Sisters in Christ #140 Build up your card
Shopping Our Stash # 52 Bingo I used the G row Patterned Paper, Blue, Sentiment, Ribbon, and tag.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home - It is time for another challenge at Alphabet Challenge Blog. This fortnight our Letter is H for Handmade flowers.

The photo is of my new house shortly before it was finished. It is hard to believe that I have already lived in it for a year. The adorable little boy is my grandson Tyler standing in front. At first he liked going to see the construction, but towards the end he was not as impressed. He liked it best when it was dirt and a concrete slab. LOL

For my page, I started with a sheet of paper from my favorite paper company K and Company. This was from the Nature pad. The border is SB Fleur De Lis Doily Accents, which was then inked with Forest Moss distress inks. I added little pearls made from my Salmon Viva Decor pearl pen. I found that it was best to form them on a mat and then glue them on the cardstock. On some papers/mats they flatten out. Now that I have found the perfect mat, I form all of mine this way. I had to throw away so many. What is the mat that I use? I use a bright pink one that is for hot glue that I ordered from HSN. I don't get much from there, but a friend pointed it out to me and it has been the best kit. It has finger protectors; so I no longer burn myself on the hot glue gun. Yea!

The letters were made with my Cricut machine using the Elegant Cakes Cartridge. I really like the font on it.

The image is Heartfelt Creations Chateau Gateway. It is a lovely image, but it was huge; so I only used a portion of it. I colored it with Copics. Wood is one of my favorite things to color with Copic's.

My flowers are Heartfelt Creations Vintage Wildflower. They have a matching SB's that cuts the flowers. I Glimmer Misted and shaped the  flowers. I used more of the Viva Decor pearls in the centers. In the larger flower, I used a brad. I also used SB leaves and inked and shaped them.

The green pearls are from a pearl garland that I picked up in the Seasonal shop at Hobby Lobby.

 I made the semi-finals for Heartfelt Creations and this is what I made for the final part of the try-outs. I did not make the team. Thank you to everyone who voted for me.

Truly Madly Crafty Challenges May - 5 - Flowers
Paper Lovin Gals #32 Photo Inspired - The pearl garland is like the "garland" on the tree

Paper Play Challenges #20 Deconstruction/distressing

Monday, May 14, 2012

Martian Fun

Martian Fun - Bugaboo is sponsoring this fortnights sketch challenge at Seems a Little Sketchy. We have new designers joining us, so take a look at the new talent!

The DP was a scrap from my blue scrap drawer. Yes, I have my scraps divided by color and stored in a chest that I had custom made for that purpose. The drawers are 12 x 12 and there are quite a few of them in the chest.

I have photos of my craft room on another page of this blog. I was very blessed; as my husband just retired and we had our dream home built. I love the craft room that my wonderful husband let me have total freedom to design and make it however I wanted.
My image is martianship by Bugaboo. The images from there are all so cute and quick to color up. I colored martianship with Copic's, then added Diamond Glaze to the opened ship and the martians helmet to make them shiny.

The stars were punched with CM punches out of scrap sugar paper. I love how sparkly sugar paper. I tore the paper, so that the martian ship would look as if he were bursting through space.

Did you notice the glittery milky way? That is glow-in-the-dark glitter. I photographed it without lights, but the effect did not show up.

Divas By Design Challenge #34 One for the Boys
Totally Paper Crafts #116 No pesky girls


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bloomin Blue

 Bloomin Blue - I am thrilled to be Mays' guest designer for Corrosive Challenges. Corrosive Challenges is sponsored this month by Tickled Pink Stamps. Come back in 2 weeks and see what I did with one of their fabulous images!

The challenge this fortnight is Flowers, Bling and Doilies. Perfect for Mother's Day! I want to wish all the Mother's out there a big Happy Mothers! Blue is my mother's favorite color! I know she will love this card.

For my card I used Hot Off the Press's Sapphire DP. I have cherished this little paper pad. The papeers are all blue in different shades. The paper is really pretty and as it is only blues, it is so easy to use.
My image is Designed to Delight. This image was a homework assignment for my Copic's class. We were learning how to color copper. I like how real it looks. The trick is a high contrast as metals are shiny.

I cut the image and scalloped circle with a SB and added little gemstones to the center of the flowers for my bling. My doilie is from the cake decorating area of Walmart.

 I finished the card off with 3 little gems to the bottom left corner.

Crafts and Me Challenges #83 Punches and Die Cuts
Paper Lovin Gals #31 Photo Inspired
CES Challenges #Anything goes
Sketchy Colors #117 Blue, Turquoise, Green


 Daffodil - Daffodils are my second favorite type of flower (tulips are my fave,) so I was thrilled to see the daffodils in this paper pad by K and Company and just knew that I wanted to use is soon.

Sunday Sketch and Stamp's sketch gave me the perfect excuse to  play. Take a look at this week's sketch.

I decided that it was perfect for a Criss Cross card. I haven't done one in a while, but they are so much fun to give and receive.
 We are sponsored by Vintage Milly, which is a new one for me, so I was excited about getting to play with one of their images.

This one is called Festival fun and she is such a cutie pie. She has great locks to color.

I colored her with Copic's and added just a little bit of Stickles to her bodice and bangle bracelet. We all know that we girls like our bling.

The image was cut with a SB and I melted the white tulle behind the image. I like how it gives it such an interesting look. There, yet not very much.
 My flowers are daffodils that were trimmed off a silk bush and the lilac flowers were in the wedding section at my local craft store. I like to shop the wedding isle; as they have the most beautiful things in that area.
I even finished the inside of the card. I don't do that very often, but I was motivated to this time.

I used some of my treasured scrolled ribbon to make a pulley. The punch is EK Success. I also used my kiwi pearl pen to make the tiny pearls.

Shopping Our Stash #51 3 or more DP's
Do You Stack Up #71 flowers
Card Makin Mamas #45 flowers
Crazy 4 Challenges #136 Photo Inspiration
Our Daily Bread Designs Blog #108 Mother's Gift Inspired
Color-me-classroom #43 Anything Goes


Saturday, May 12, 2012

All Creatures Great and Small

 All Creature Great and Small - That is the challenge this fortnight at Craft Your Days Away. We are sponsored by Meljens artist extraordinaire. Meljen creates the most delightful images, that are always fun to color.

For my card, I used K & Company's Garden paper pad. I love the gorgeous colors in it. K and Company is my favorite paper and the Susan Winget is my favorite of all of K & Company's designers. She uses lots of beautiful, bold yet muted colors. They are so much fun to work with.

My butterfly is felt. I used a strip of paper lace that I added gemstones to.
 My image is Meljen's Turtles Friend.  I colored him with Copic's and added Stickles to the spots and butterflies wings.

I am entering this in the following Challenges:
Chocolate Coffee Cards #12 Sketch
Shopping our Stash #51 3 or more DP's
Paper Take Weekly #69 Cute! Cute! Cute!
The Paper Shelter #63 Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious Challenge #80 Anything Goes
Dutch Dare-Card Challenges #164 Birthday Fun
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #132 Birthday
Fairytale-Challenge Blog #41 Wings

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


 Blue - It is time for another challenge at Creative Card Crew and this time, we want to see a focus on words. The challenge is to use a sentiment as your main focus point.

For my card, I bought a 6x6 paper pack at Michael's that was in their $1 bins. As soon as I seen this package, the card started forming in my head. I used to see a lot of blue delft dishes and things, but it has been a while since I have seen any and they have a certain charm to them.

This was a simple card to make and my husband has already asked for it to give to his mother for her birthday.
 I fussy cut the sentiment piece and the shape behind it. I love how they layered together. The tiny white pearls were made with my Viva Decor pearl pen which you can get from our sponsor Simon Says Stamp here. I love these pens; as I can control the size of the pearl. I also used the blue pearl pen on the blue pearls. Viva Decor pearl pens come in lots of colors. The hard part is narrowing it down.
The lace was from my stash. The flower was another cut out that was in the pack. I cut just the flower part the second time to add some layers. 
A very simple, yet elegant card.

I hope that you liked my card and that you will check out all the goodies at Simon Says Stamp and join in our challenge at Creative Card Crew.

4 Crafty Chicks #88 favorite Embellishment - Pearls
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #131 Flowers
Stampinfortheweekend #9 4 or more layers

Friday, May 4, 2012


Garden - Over at Alphabet Challenge Blog we are up to G already and G is for .... Garden!!

I wanted to do something really different and when I was looking for images, this one from Digi Doodles just called out to me. I thought it would be really cool if I did her as a statue, but I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. I gave it a try and I really like how it came out. Even my husband was impressed.

I colored the angel using Copic's, then cut her with SU Framelits. My DP is Meadow by K & Company. Sentiment is from Dreamweavers'. The Scroll is SB that I cut in half.

The Pink Elephant Challenge #146 Spring Time
Anything Challenge #66 Thing with Wings
Moving Along with the Times #147 Summer Sunshine