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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Blossom April Monthly Challenge

Hi my friends and Happy Sunday!

I hope that you're enjoying your day. Has Spring arrived yet? It came here and then departed. Our temps have been on the cooler side for us. I know some of you are thinking - Cool??  It's downright cold where I am!!  LOL! I'm sure. There  has been some wonky weather of late, but hopefully that will pass over soon and we'll get to the good stuff. I do have plants growing and flowers blooming, but so far not a butterfly in sight. I'm ready for them though with about 8 milkweed plants that are looking very appetizing - to a Monarch butterfly.

I finally have a card to share with you after finishing up my second semester of school. My third and last of this series of classes starts tomorrow (Creative Writing & English) and goes to the middle of July.  Maybe be the time it's done, I'll learn to like writing.

My card today is done for our Monthly Challenge group on Splitcoast Stampers - Creative Card Chicks. Each month one of the members sends out a kit to all the other members and we each get to make at least one card from the kit and share it with the rest of the group. This month it was Jeanette's turn to be hostess (Forest Ranger on SCS). She sent us this adorable image and sentiment. I just loved it even though I'm cat person.
The image is Blossom from Your Next Stamp. All the embellishments, papers (American Crafts), and ribbon came from the kit. I used Stampin Up Blushing Bride cardstock to mat everything and some gold Liquid Pearls to accent the flowers.

Copic Markers I used: B0000, B000, B00; E000, E00, E21, E23; G21, G24; R81, R83, R85; Y18

It really did remind me of Spring and brought some freshness and peace into a rather hectic time of my life.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Summer Walk - Creatalicious #136

Hello my friends. I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. Our weather was picture perfect and spent time with family. All that has made me late in getting my card posted for this challenge.

Our theme for this Creatalicious challenge is Anything Goes with the Optional of Friends/Friendship.
Materials Used:
  • Image - The Paper Shelter - A Summer Walk
  • Sentiment 
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Baja Breeze; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Ink - Stampin Up Baja Breeze
  • Designer Peper - Basic Gray - Plumeria collection
  • Accessories - circle punch; Stampin Up scallop punch and edge punch; button and ribbon from my stash
  • Sketch - Retro Sketch #25
  • Copic Markers - E0000, E000, E00, E23, E25, E29, E50, E53; R24; YR0000, YR00, YR02

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is


Prize - $15 Gift Certificate
I hope you come play along with us. You could be the winner of this prize or picked as one of the Top 3. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Tulips

Hello friends and Happy Spring!  So sorry if Spring hasn't caught up to you yet. I know some are still digging out from snow storms. Been there; done that. Don't want to do it anymore. I'm so glad that our cold, rainy season seems to be over for the time being and we're enjoying some pleasant weather with a bit of sunshine.

I love flowers and tulips are one of my most favorite. That is one thing I miss about being up North is having the beautiful bulbs poke out of the ground every Spring. The image for our card this month was just what I needed. This card is for our Creative Card Chicks on Splitcoaststampers. Each month our hostess sends out a kit containing images, paper, embellishments, and whatever she wants and then we all will make a card or two or three and post it on our thread. This month our hostess was Paola. Sad to say she'll be leaving the group after this round for personal reasons. We all wish her the best.
Here is what she has to say about her kit. "The image is from a stamp set from Sparkle and Sprinkle which is kind of local to Florida. The paper is from Michael's (The zigzag is more blue than the green that it looks like.) The butterflies are die cuts.

I used Stampin Up Baja Breeze for my card base and some Stampin Up ribbon for the bow.  I used my Copic markers to color in the image - B0000, R81, R83, R85; YG03, YG06, YG63, and YGY67.

That's it for today. See you soon.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ugly Sweater - IAS #29

Hello my friends and Happy Sunday! It's a little gray and gloomy here today, but hopefully the sun will come out soon and warm things up. Yesterday was a beautiful day and I was able to do just a little bit of work out there before I had to come inside and rest. That really irks me because I used to love to work out in my gardens and would spend hours out pulling weeds and digging in the dirt. That is one thing that age has placed limits on. 😧

So, what makes me happy now is time spent in my craft room. I did have a little bit of time during the last couple weeks to spend some time doing some creating. This card was made for the latest challenge for International Art & Soul. Our DT Team Member Jeanette picked the theme for our challenge which is to "Add Humor."






Materials Used:
Image and Sentiment- Art Impressions
Cardstock - Stampin Up Cucumber Crush; Xpress It Blending Card
Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Be of Good Cheer
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Flower from Hobby Lobby; ribbon from my stash
Copic Markers - B0000, B02; E00, E11, E23, E25, E51; G14, G16, G19; R24, R35, R46; Y18, Y35; YR04; W12

Now it' up to you. I hope you'll pop on over to the challenge blog and add your creation. I look forward to seeing some Humor on your projects. You could be a winner or one of the Top 3.

Our badges are our way of saying a big congratulations to you for sharing your creative spirit with us, for taking the time to join in and celebrating the freedom of art and crafting with us.  Please take your badge knowing it is given to you with all our love :)




I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

heARTful stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Creative fingers - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Happy Birthday Butterfly - IAS #28

Hi friends and happy Sunday! I hope you had a good week.  Busy here.

I love nature - flowers, trees, birds, butterflies - all the beautiful creatures. The other day I heard on the news that there was a yellow cardinal feeding in the backyard of a home in Atlanta, Georgia. Wow! Then today on Facebook, someone actually posted a video of the bird eating from a bird feeder. It is BEAUTIFUL! I can't imagine seeing it in real life. I have a pair of red cardinals that come and feed at my bird feeder and they are gorgeous, but a yellow one - awesome1

My card today is simple. I was a little pressed for time this week, but wanted to get a card done for the challenge since I missed the last one. I knew what I wanted to do from the start and so happy that it turned out pretty much the way I envisioned it. Our theme for this fortnight is to use embossing (wet or dry) and to use a die cut.




Materials Used:
  • Die-Namites - Butterfly die
  • Practical Publishing Int's - Floral Friends Embossing Folder
  • Hero Arts - Ribbon Messages, Stamp & Cut
  • Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Crisp Cantalope and Daffodil Delight, white scrap
  • Accessories - bling from my stash
All done!

I hope you'll come and join in the fun this week at International Art & Soul. I'd love to see what kind of dies you have and embossing you like to do.  You could be the winner or picked as one of the Top 3!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Rory's Orchids - Creatalicious #134

Hello again!  Here is my second card for today.  This is for the Creatalicious challenge you can find HERE.  Our theme for this challenge is Anything Goes with the optional of Girly! I think I did girly pretty well on this one
Materials Used:
Image - Lacy Sunshine - Rory's Orchids
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley - Sweet & Simple collectioin
Cardstock: Stampin Up Mauve Mist (retired), Certainly Celery; Xpress it Blending Card
Designer Paper - Basic Gray Kioshi
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Wild Orchid Crafts - Lace and Lace Butterfly; Flowers from my stash; Martha Stewart Leaf Branch punch

Copic Markers: E21, E23, E25; E40, E41; E50, E51, E53; R20; V000, V01, V04; Y13, Y18, Y19; YG00, YG03, YG11


Our generous sponsor for this challenge is




Store  -  Blog
Prize  -  3 digis of winner's choice
I hope you'll come play along with us and pop on over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration. 

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Design - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes'
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Pearls and Lace
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Retarte - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Miss Anya Special Day - CYS

Good morning my friends. I have two cards to share with you today. This first one is for the group I belong to on Splitcoaststampers - Challenge Your Stash. Each month we are given a theme to use by the hostess and then  we all make a card to go with that theme.  Our hostess for February is Tracie (taclary on SCS). The theme was to use a heart somewhere on the card. I'm having a heck of a time with Photoshop and the color contrast. This has a hint of yellow.
 Materials Used:
Image - The Greeting Farm - Anya. I've had this stamp for a really long time and it finally saw some ink. 
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley - Sweet & Simple collection
Cardstock: Stampin Up Pretty In Pink; Xpress It Blending Card
Designer Paper - Pink &  Main Spring Fling collection
Accessories: Stampin Up Twine from Sweet Sorbet collection; Wild Orchid Crafts - Flowers; Martha Stewart edge punch and leaf branch punch; heart charm from my stash; Nestabilities Classic Oval die
Copic Markers: B0000; E35; E25, E27; E50, E51, E53; R14, R27; R81, R83, R85; Y21, Y23, Y26

That's it for this card.  

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
 
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Design - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes

Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Retarte - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes - Optional Use Flowers
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dollies - Anything Goes

Sunday, February 25, 2018

On Safari - Creative Card Chicks

Hello my friends!  I hope you're having a great Sunday. The weather here has been very rainy and dreary as it has been for most of the month. I always am so glad to get February over with. Everything else is going pretty well.

I am a couple days late with getting my card done for our Creative Card Chicks Monthly Challenge, but school and work kept me pretty busy this last week. We are changing our document storage at work to a document control database program instead of just keeping everything on our servers and there was a lot of work to do to get all the active files ready to be transferred to the new system. We've been having lots of training and meetings about it and more coming up this week. We'll go live in April.

Meantime, here is my card for the February Creative Card Chicks Monthly Challenge. Our Hostess this month was KellyS.  She sent us all some images and a kit of papers and embellishments to use to make our cards. It's always interesting to see all the different cards that are made with the same ingredients.

Materials Used:
Image: My Favorite Things - On Safari
Sentiment: My Favorite Things - On Safari
Cardstock: Stampin Up, Soft Suede
Designer Paper: Hobby Lobby
Accessories: Offray  Ribbon, Scallop scissors
Copic Markers: B0000; E23, E25; E50, E51, E53; T1, T3, T5; YG11, YG61, YG65

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Bloom With Hope - IAS #26

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great weekend. Mine has been 50:50. Saturday was great. I went to a genealogy seminar all day; met some great new people, and learned all about researching in the UK. I'm going to have to come up with a name for a new blog. I'm going to have to start one dedicated to genealogy.  This week I was contacted by someone looking for help for a research project so I've been HIRED! Wow! I didn't think it would happen so soon. I've very excited. I just hope I can do a good job. Anyone have any good ideas for the name of my new company???  Meanwhile, dealing with the old laptop and the new laptop and somewhere in between I have lost some files!!!!!  Not happy about that. I was able to search the old laptop and the external hard drive and the files aren't on either one. I'm going to contact the Geek Squad on Monday and seen if they think they can still get deleted files off the hard drive of the old laptop. Ugh!

So, to he business at hand. This is my DT card for International Art & Soul, Challenge No. 26 which is Anything Goes with Texture! You can make anything, but make sure you use some texture on it.  On mine, I used dry embossing. I haven't done that for awhile. I think it came out pretty good.






Materials Used:

Image - Stampin Up - Bloom With Hope
Sentiment - Stampin Up - Bloom With Hope
Cardstock - Stampin Up - Cool Caribbean
Ink - Stampin Up Cool Caribbean, Old Olive, Versamark
Accessories - Ribbon from my stash; Stampin Up label punch; white embossing powder
Copic Markers - forgot to write them down, but I'm pretty sure I used BG0000 to start with.

I do hope that you'll pop on over to International Art & Soul this week and play along with us. You'll have fun!  You could be the top winner or picked as one of the  Top 3.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hugs and Kisses - Creatalicious No. 132

Good morning and Happy Hump Day! So glad for Wednesday. Are you seeing the Super Blood Moon this morning?  I could see the super moon out my bathroom window, but it hasn't started turning red yet. I  hope I'll be able to see it in a little while.

Today I have a card that I made for the Creatalicious Challenge for the theme Love, Anniversary, Thinking of You. I chose to do a Valentine's Day card.


Image - Whiff of Joy
Sentiment -
Cardstock - Primrose Petals
Designer Paper  - Digital
Accessories - bling and flower from my stash
Copic Markers  - B23, B41, B45; ;E21, E23, E25; E50, E51, E53; G20, G21, G24; R14, R24, R35; W0, W2, W4

Our great sponsor today is Wild Orchid Crafts


Prize  -  £15 voucher

They do have beautiful flowers and other embellishments. I do shop there a lot even though I didn't get to use any on this card. 

I hope you'll stop by the Creatalicious Challenge blog and see what the rest of the Design Team has to show you for your inspiration and come on and play along. You could be the winner or picked as one of the Top 3.

I am submitting this for the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Mod Squad - Valentine/Love
Simon Says - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts -Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cats in the Christmas Tree

Okay, so here is my last Christmas card post for January. They are supposed to send out emails to let us know that the next theme is going to be. I hope with my school work I'll be able to find some time to play along some more.

BTW, school is going pretty well. We are doing Math this semester. Have I ever told you how much I hate word problems!!!!! I guess with enough practice, I'll figure it all out eventually.
I finally found the digi stamp that I used.  It's from Mo Manning called Cats in the Christmas Tree.  The paper I'm sure is from Stampin Up, but I don't recall the collection. My "C" word for this card is "Cat." The ribbon is from my stash as well as the star chipboard. The sentiment is from Stampin Up - Happy Scenes and the mat and card stock is Stampin Up Mellow Moss.  That's 3 done for January. Not too bad.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

A snowflakes promise - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments design - Anything Goes

Digi Chooseday Crafting - Anything Goes

Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

A Christmas Wish

Here I am back again so soon.  I have two cards that I want to get posted in the SCS Dirty Dozen Christmas challenge and they need to be posted by January 31, so I needed to get on here and get them uploaded.  The challenge this month is to use the letter "C." For this one, I used my Copic markers to color the image of the snowman. The card base and mat are Stampin Up Daffodil Delight. The seam binding ribbon and bling are from my stash. The sentiment is from Stampin Up Joyful Season stamp collection.
I do need to work on my photography. The color on this is a little off. It gets either too light or too dark. That's all I have for this post. I wish I had jotted down the markers that I used.  Duh!

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

A snowflakes promise - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments design - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenges - Let it Snow
Digi Chooseday Crafting - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Circle or Square
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Cowboy Christmas - Christmas Card Challenge

Well, here I am again! I've now got a backlog of cards that I've made that I haven't posted so I'm going to post this one tonight and then I'll post a couple tomorrow night and then a couple more on Tuesday. I'll be working on school work starting tomorrow so no time to do more crafting until the end of the week.

I have a stack of images for Christmas sitting on my table. These are the second image that I printed off. Whenever I print an image, I usually will print two just in case something happens to the first one which means I get a lot of unused seconds. I decided to keep the Christmas ones on my desk so that I'll have them handy. I'm going to try to do the Christmas Card Challenge this year so I can have enough cards made by the time Christmas rolls around again. This one is for January and the theme is "use the letter C." I have three ready to post. The thing is, I colored these while I was recuperating from Shingles and I didn't  keep track of the colors I was using or where I got the image.
The cardstock is Stampin Up Real Red and Soft Suede. Not sure about the dp. I used my Copic markers to color the image which was cut using the Nestabilities circle die and the scallop circle die. The sentiment is from a retired SU stamp set and cut out with the 1 1/4" punch layered onto a circle of Soft Suede cut with a 1 1/2" punch. It was kind of tricky to get the stripe of Real Red lined up on the diagonal like it is, but I finally figured it out.

Hope you are having a great weekend. So sorry to see if come to a close and back to work tomorrow.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys - The Power of Red
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
 Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Celebrate - Challenge Your Stash

Hi my friends. Hopefully I'm back on track and will be getting my blog posts done on time.Today I have a card for the Challenge Your Stash challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. Our hostess this month is Jeanette. The theme we were given was to use three different designer papers.

I made this card some time ago and completely forgot to write down anything about it. I'll have to do a search on the stamp. It's not digital. The designer paper is from Basic Gray, Hipster collection. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections and I used Martha Stewart's Fir Leaf Punch.  The bling is from Recollections on a Nestabilities Scalloped circle punch. The image is colored with Copic markers: BG000, BG01; E21, E23, E25, E27; E50, E51, E 53; R14, R20, R21; Y17, Y19, V20.

That's it for today. Hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

Avenue 613 Create - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Blue

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Chloe Good Luck -IAS #25

Here I am back again today. It's been so rainy and dreary out. I'm so glad that I was able to do all my grocery shopping online and have them deliver it to my house! This is something that is so worth the money. Today I shopped at three different stores.

This is another late card. It was supposed to be posted on my blog last Sunday, but with the computer issues, it didn't get done.  It's a little early for St. Paddy's Day, but I have a GF at work who is Irish and has a birthday in February. I think I'm going to give this card to her.

Materials Used;
Image - Tiddley Inks - Chloe Good Luck
Cardstock - Stampin Up Garden Green; Xpress It Blending Card
Designer Paper - Dowloaded from Computer
Accessories - "Luck," ribbon, bling - from my stash; Martha Stewart edge punch
Copic Markers - E50, E51, E53; G000, G00, G03, G05, G43; Y00, Y03, Y21

I hope you'll hop on over to the International Art & Soul blog and check out what the rest of the Design Team has created. You still have time to play along. Our theme for this challenge is Anything Digital. Easy Peasy.  See you next time!

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:


Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes

Colour Crazy - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers  - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
The Fairy & the Unicorn - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Something New

Happy birthday - Creative Card Chicks

Hi my friends. Happy Saturday. I'm only a week late with getting this card posted, but I was without my main laptop for most of the week. Last Friday the screen went out and after five days with the Geek Squad, they determined that they could not repair it beyond sending it back to the manufacturer for repair which would have cost a lot of $$. Was advised to not do that since the computer was old and was on the road to lots of other problems, so I opted to purchase a new one. With some help from one of the IT guys at work I was able to backup the old laptop to my external hard drive. I'm in the process of getting what I need uploaded to the new laptop. I must say, it is rather pretty.

So, last  Sunday was the first day to post our January cards for Creative Card Chicks. I was frustrated because I had mine done way in advance this month and then I couldn't get it posted. So finally, here it is.
Our hostess this month was Barb and she sent us this fun birthday kit.
Image: Whipper Snapper - Stack O'Birthday Cakes
Sentiment: My stash
Cardstock: Recollections; Stampin Up Baja Breeze
Designer Paper: Stampin Up - It's My Party
Accessories: Stampin Up Candy Dots, Crushed Curry 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
Copic Markers: B0000, B01, B02; G00, G000; R20, R12, R22, R46; Y21, Y23

That's it for now. I've got some catching up to do, so I'll be back in a bit with another late card.

I am submitting this for the following challenges:

Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Birthdays
Colour Crazy - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers  - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Thank You - IAS #24

Happy Sunday, my friends.

I am happy today since the weather has warmed up a little bit. At least it's not 26 anymore and hopefully won't be any more this Winter. It's been a rather cold week here in H Town. All the kitties outside are doing just fine. I have 2 dog houses in the backyard, and I put some unused flannel sheets folded up in each of them. The kitties love to lay in there now.

School starts up again this coming week. We are doing Math this semester and since that is my forte, I look forward to getting through this one without too much trouble. I have been able to sneak in some crafting time this week so I'm back in my happy place.

One of the things I created was this White On White card for International Art & Soul challenge. I have a few Thank You notes to write and thought this would be a good design. It's simple and slips right into an envelope.

 

No coloring on this one. I used a dot embossing folder on the front of the card, then I used an edge punch on the long edge of a strip of cardstock 2 1/2" wide. The trees are dies from Heartfelt Creations and the Thank You die was in my stash. I don't have listed where I got it from. The bit of bling also came from my stash.

I can't wait to see how you all handle this challenge and what you will create. You could be the winner this time or one of the Top 3. Hope you'll come join us.