Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sympathy card

Another quick post before bed.  I sometimes try to make sympathy cards to have on hand.  Today, I started to make one and then found out I need it. 

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #154 - use punches, dies, or shapes
Word Art Wednesday #43 - use word art or encouraging sentiment
The Paper Players #110 - sketch

The DP is Fancy Pants and the sentiment is from Clear Dollar.

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Fun Christmas card

I'm getting a pretty good stash of Christmas cards though most of them will be too bulky to mail!!!
My daughter is even getting some made... check out hers in the post below.

 I thought I'd go with a fun theme for this one...

jingle belles JB-12-18 - Holiday B-I-N-G-O (I did the bottom row-dry or heat embossing, tree, ribbon)

Shopping Our Stash Challenge 66 - Use your favorite things -I LOVE embossing!!!! and snow!!
Twisted Tuesday 2TC21 - Cooling off and Getting Inky - something that cools you off (falling in the snow does that!) and ink the edges
Krafty Girls - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Merry Monday #30 - sketch

I intended to play along with Playing in Paradise #81 but forgot they close at noon! :(

We started our kids with skiing lessons last year and when I saw this stamp, I had to have it.  It's an ippity by unity set called Pain and Pride.
~Paper Studio DP, Kraft paper
~Swiss Dots and Distressed Stripes embossing folders
~April Showers cart for the tree
~AC ribbon
~Color Box Cat's Eye inks

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Brenna's back!!

My daughter was playing in my craft room again this week.  This time, I was gone, so I didn't even make suggestions to her!  Maybe that's why she went in while I was gone!  ;-)

She is submitting this to Little Hands Challenge #18 - Anything goes.

The image is a freebie digi from The Crafty Pad Designs

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Morning Sketches #161

Good morning to you!!  Another Tuesday, another Tuesday Morning Sketch!! :)

**I'm sorry to have to say this, but I won't be commenting on blogs with word verification.  For the last couple of weeks, I have not been able to do it no matter how many times I tried. I don't mean to sound rude, but after typing that code when I KNOW I have it right and it still doesn't work, I'm giving up!  FYI, Blogger's spam filters are pretty good.  Since I started in Jan '11, no spam has appeared on my blog.  I get the email about it and delete it from the spam folder.  If you are concerned about it, set it so you can approve all comments.  And maybe that spam isn't bad... they tell me if I click their link, I could make millions of dollars!!!!!  LOL

Back to business...

Our sponsor this week is Raisin Boat.  What a cool stamp company!  You can buy stamps, of course, or you can RENT stamps for a monthly fee so you get new ones to try often!  Very neat!!  And those sweet folks sent the DT some stamps to play with, too!!

So come over and play along with this awesome sketch by Melissa...

And here is my card...

My stamp set is Hydrangea Bouquet...

I went pretty clean and simple on my card...
~white card base embossed with a Paper Studio scalloped circle folder
~K&Co DP
~CB Swiss Dots embossing folder
~Hydrangea Bouquet image and sentiment from Raisin Boat
~Copic markers
~Fiskars scalloped circle punch
~Paper Studio adhesive pearls

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Happy birthday, cowboy!!

Happy Birthday, Cowboy!  But not my cowboy.  My son is not really into cowboy stuff, but some of his friends are, so we'll save this for them.

This card is made with image and sentiment from Daydream Designs.   If you go over to Diane's blog (click here) you can see her great card made with the colorized school set, but also... there is a code for 20% off today and tomorrow (Aug 24-25)!!!  And she has a couple of freebies for you, too!!

Mojo Monday 255 - sketch
Inspire Me Fridays #73 - anything goes

I used Home on the Range Digis
and Howdy Partner Sentiments

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Christmas singing birds!

Another post today!!  **Scroll down for my Tuesday Morning Sketches post**
Aren't these guys cute???  They are a from a Doodle Pantry set that I've had for quite awhile but had not used.  

Doodle Pantry challenge 26 - must use Doodle Pantry image
Shopping Our Stash challenge 65 - "sketch it" use any sketch -see below:)
Merry Monday #29 - sketch

 ~all DP is from my scrap drawer but there was enough to say that the trees and houndstooth is Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
~Doodle Pantry Winter Song Birdies pre-colored image and sentiment -should be brighter... my printer is acting up again! Grrr!!!
~Nestabilites Petite Ovals and Petite Scalloped Ovals
~rick rack
~StazOn Blazing Red; Tea Dye distress ink

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Simple verse card

**Scroll down for my Tuesday Morning Sketch post**

Well, the card is pretty simple, but no verse is simple.  Especially when it tells us of God and His faithfulness!!  This verse really does that!  Over the last few days, I have received news of difficulties for several friends and several blog friends.  The only place to turn is the Lord!!

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #153 - sentiment only (my verse is actually the one that Candace used in her devotional!)
Word Art Wednesday #41 - use word art provided or other encouraging verse or sentiment
Paper Playtime #81 - "Say it with sentiments" + polka dots
The Sweet Stop SSS172 - Sketch with twist... use dies or punches (I used both)

I used...
~g.c.d. Studios "Loverly" DP
~free word art from Papercraft Memories 
~Nestabilites Labels Four
~Sizzix Branches with Leaves embossing folder
~Fiskars Threading Water border punch
~Flora Doodle flower

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #160

This week is really fun at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!   You have 4 sketches to choose from for your project so everyone can find one to fit her style!!

Our sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique.   They have a huge variety of digi stamps and even some digi paper!

Here is your choice of sketches...
They are all awesome but I chose the upper right sketch...

~The Stamping Boutique's 'Audrey the Equestrian' digi stamp
~Fancy Pants 'Summer's End' DP
~Fiskars sentiment
~Tim Holtz 'faded jeans' distress ink
~Copics and Prismacolor markers
~various punches and dies

Thanks for stopping by!!  Be sure to come over to Tuesday Morning Sketches and play along!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband!!

Today, is our  ...  anniversary!  I'll let you figure it out! :)

I am writing this post early and scheduling it for the morning of our anniversary!   We are heading out to spend the day as a family so I won't have time to post it that (this) morning.  (Just the 2 of us will go out later in the week.)

I was so excited to make this card and I am thrilled with the way it turned out!!  I was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.   Check out that one HERE.    I changed the wording because I wanted to number the days that we have been married.  I loved him even before we were married but I could not tell you the exact day that happened!   I remember the date of our first date, but I don't think I loved him at first sight!  In fact, I stood him up the first time he asked me to meet him! :o  

Sorry my ribbon got in the way!  It's 8,766.  And I'm not going to show you what I wrote inside!!!  The font is Lemon Chicken.  It is such a pretty font!!
Can you figure out the years??  Don't think I'm mathematically inept when you divide 8,766 by 365 and don't get a whole number!   Ever heard of leap year??

~computer generated sentiment
~Nestabilities Labels Four
~Recollections "Charming" DP
~Offray ribbon
~Allegro embossing folder
~Tea Dye and Walnut Stain distress inks

As I was putting it all together, the thought came to me that the Allegro folder was appropriate because "we make beautiful music together"!!   We actually do... we have a very harmonious relationship, but we also sing together in church a lot! (Don't mean to sound full of myself by calling it beautiful!!)   But music is what brought us together!  We met in a choir at college.  He was actually dating another girl in the choir, but ditched her once he met me!!  ;)

Thanks for stopping by!!!   Appreciate your hubby today even if it's not your anniversary!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cute little boy's T

I made one of these earlier this year for a lady in our church for her great-grandson, but forgot to take a pic of it!! :/  She recently asked me to make one for another little guy and here it is...
it looks big but it is size 24 mos
 I used Siser EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl.  I cut it all in Make the Cut using Snickles and Segoe print fonts.
It was fun to make!!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Home Tweet Home!

I am playing with more of Diane's images from Daydream Designs!!  :)  I printed out several and then went looking for challenges to inspire me to use them.  This will be a card for someone who gets a new home. 

Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge PWC219 - square card
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #152 - home
Freshly Made Sketches #48 - sketch
Twisted Tuesday 2TC19 - "Are you blue?" -use blue and one other color Oops!  I misread... it is supposed to be predominantly blue and the twist is have only one other color. 

Though it's not, the ribbon looks almost neon!  LOL

I used an image from the Birds and Bees Digi set.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Oh, Christmas Sketch!"

Here is another Christmas card to add to my stash.   I'm getting quite a few, but looking at my stash, I think I need to start making them more mail-friendly.  This one is semi-mailable, I think. :-p

jingle belles JB:12:17 - Oh Christmas Sketch
Celebrate the Occasion #75 - Christmas
52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown August color challenge -red, black, white, silver

the red is not orange IRL!

embossed the sentiment
~Paper Studio "Magic of the Season" DP; Slice specialty paper
~Recollections cling stamp sentiment
~Swiss Dots embossing folder
~tree fro Christmas Noel cut at 3 2/1"
~misc. punches and adhesive pearls

Thanks for stopping by!!!

A baby + an announcement!!

No, I am NOT announcing that I am having a baby!!  I am making an announcement and I made a baby card to go along with it!  :)

Take a look...

I am excited to be joining a very talented group of ladies and to be a part of the design team for Daydream Designs!!  Diane's store just opened on Friday and she has some wonderful digital stamps, digital papers, and great tutorials!! 

Check out Diane's blog, too.  She has some freebies!  You can find Daydream Designs on Facebook, too.

Her digis are very cute!!  I made my first creation and want to share it with you!
My printer made them lighter than they should have been, so I added a little more color with my Copic RV95
I used the Bitty Baby Girl Vintage Combo (Color) set.  Isn't this set adorable?? And the sentiment is from Bitty Baby Sentiments.
All my paper was from my scrap box, I used D'vine Swirls and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Tea Dye Distress Ink, EK Success ribbon, popdots, button brad, and adhesive pearls.

Mojo Monday 254 -sketch(I turned it)

Card Crafter's Circle challenge #35 - "Oh, Baby!"
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge PPMC52 - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to go check out Daydream Designs!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Morning Sketch #159

I'm excited about this Tuesday Morning Sketch because for the first time since I have been playing along (for about a year and a half) and now being on the DT, I am not making a card.  It is an altered notebook.  I love to take an inexpensive composition notebook and dress it up!!

Before I show you my creation, let me remind you that if you play along, you could win a prize!  This week our sponsor is Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.  Check 'em out!  They have some cute, cute stamps!!

I am also entering this in Word Art Wednesday's Challenge #40.

Here is Melissa's sketch for the week...
With all the beautiful detail in the sketch, I thought it would lend itself well to a larger project, so I found a notebook and here we are...
I thought this verse was great because this would be a great 'blessings journal'!  And believe it or not, in real life, the waves actually match the teal in the DP!!
I even made a pen to match...
Unscrew the bottom of the pen, roll up a 3 1/2" x 3/4" coordinating paper, slide it in, and you've got a matching set!  I wish I had cut the paper so the lines were up and down or used the flowered DP, but oh well!!   I use Pentel R.S.V.P. pens for this.

~K&Company 'Julianne' DP
~Doodle Pantry Little Lighthouse colored digi
~Doodle Pantry Ps. 136:1 freebie
~Nestabilities Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
~flower border stamp from ???
~flower, brad, and ribbon from my stash
~Terrifically Tacky Tape - you want an adhesive that REALLY holds well

Thanks for dropping by!!  Come on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches and play along!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Balloon birthday card

A short post with a quick birthday card...

The Sweet Stop SSS171 - sketch
The Stamping Boutique #45 - balloons (it's a TSB image, too!)
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards #19 - emboss
Inspire Me Fridays #71 - anything goes

~fancy pants "love story" DP
~The Stamping Boutique "Balloons" digi
~AC ribbon
~There She Goes "Sentimental Birthday" clear sentiment
~Swiss Dots embossing folder
~SU Soft Sky ink

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Another baby card...

My 4th post of the day!!  Two posts are my DD's creations!!

Several babies are on the way for friends and I realized I have mostly pink and girly cards, so it was time for some blue creating!

Isn't it funny how ants, bugs, and all the things we hate IRL are so cute on cards and LO's???   I really, really HATE ants in my house, but these guys are adorable!!

Doodle Pantry DPDC26 - use featured set- Crescent Moon Ants *until Aug 15, you can download this set FREE!!!
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - "Let's Play Bingo"  I chose the ribbon, die cuts, button row

~DP I've had forever from who knows where
~Crescent Moon Ants from Doodle Pantry
~Nestabilities Large and Small Labels
~Buttons and ribbon from my stash

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Just hanging out...

That's what I feel like I've been doing this week!  With half of my kids away, I've had a lot more time on my hands, but that's all good!!!  I've had much more than normal time in my craft room!!!  My DD created with me this morning, then left me for the Wii! :/  So I kept on going and here is my latest creation...  I've got one more that I hope to post today, too.

I've had this digi printed for awhile, found it today, and used it finally!
Shopping Our Stash Challenge 63 - Monochromatic
Freshly Made Sketches #47 - sketch (Oops! I just realized mine may be "unclean" with the inking!)

~Clear Dollar Frisky Kitty digi image and sentiment
~Basic Grey "Recess" DP
~Nestabilites Large and Small Labels

Thanks for dropping by!!!!

DD's second card

Here is Brenna's second card of the day.  These challenges will let them enter more than one creation, so this will be a second entrance in these challenges...

Simon Says Stamp Children's Holiday Challenge - anything goes
Little Hands Challenge #17 - summer

And her dad and brother were even fishing while she made it!!
~Echo Park 'splash' DP
~boy from ACY cut at 3 1/2"
~ribbon from J's
~Darice "memories" charm
close up of charm
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A creation of my daughter!!

My youngest daughter, Brenna, likes to craft.  Sometimes, she will take over the craft room and have a blast cutting with my Cricut.   BTW, the name is Brenna, not Brenda, not Breanne, not Brianna, or any other variation... it is Brenna!!  Can you tell that most people can't (or don't) read and totally mess up her name at the doctor's office, etc.??  Thanks for letting me vent! :)

OK, I'm calm now.  I found a couple of challenges for kids.  This morning, my husband took our son fishing, the older 2 girls are at camp, so she came and played in my craft room.  I asked a few questions about what she wanted to get her going, but she picked out everything and made 2 cards and did everything herself.  So I'll have another post after this one.

The challenge over at Little Hands Challenge #17 is summer and as soon as I told her, she said, "Ice cream!"   We eat a LOT of ice cream in the summer!!
Simon Says Stamp Challenge has a Children's Summer Holiday Challenge and she'll enter that, too.

~boy from A Child's Year cut at 3 1/2"
~Studio G sentiment
~DCWV Summer Stack DP
~Circles and Dots CB folder
~Ribbon Boutique ribbon

Brenna says, "Thanks for stopping by!!"

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cute kitties!

I don't have a creation to post today so I was enjoying my blog reading and heard a funny noise.  I thought, "Oh, no! Not another squirrel or bird in the wall!"  Then I realized the stirring sound was in the room with me.  I looked up and saw one of our cats on the top of my dining room hutch!!!  So instead of yelling at him, I grabbed my camera. :)

Patch!! He is often in strange places!!!

But he is so fun!!

Pixie is his sister and she is a sweetheart!!!

Peanut was here first and wants us to know it!  He acts like a teenager!!
He is so curious about the outdoors!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my kitties!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A very exciting Tuesday Morning Sketch!!

Why is this one more exciting than the rest of the wonderful Tuesday Morning Sketches???  Because this week, we are using MY sketch!!   Yep!  Sketch #158 is a creation of little ol' me!!  Be sure to head over to check out the rest of the DT and their creations and then play along with us!!

This week is a judged challenge, too!  The twist (must do in order to be considered for the prize) is to make it a birthday card/project. Our sponsor this week is Digi Doodle Shop!

I'm also entering this is these challenges...
The Stamp Man Challenge - Anything Goes - Celebrations
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge 85 - Birthdays
Joyful Stamper's Inspire Me Fridays 70 - Anything Goes

Since it is my sketch, it should be easy, right??  I put flowers in the sketch and intended to use them.  Then I thought maybe this card could be for a man, so decided on buttons.  Then thought the papers are really too 'girly' for a guy, so back to the flowers.  Here are pics of both versions because I tried before I adhered...  (I still have not attached either so let me know which one you like best, ok?)

....Or buttons?

~Fancy Pants "it's the little things" DP
~frame designed and cut with MTC
~Digi Doodle Special Delivery image
~Inkadinkado sentiment
~Swiss Dots embossing folder
~buttons and/or flowers from my stash :)
~Copic and Prismacolor markers (as you can see, I'm still learning!!)

Thanks for stopping by!!  Come over to Tuesday Morning Sketches and play along!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hey Diddle, Diddle!! -baby card

My baby is 10 now, so we don't sing many nursery rhyme songs at our house anymore!  But there are still babies being born, so I can still sing a little. :)  Hey diddle, diddle was always been my favorite!!  Are you singing it now, too???  :-)

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge 151 - baby or only pastels
The Sweet Stop: SSS170 - sketch

~Making Memories "pitter, patter" DP
~Clear Dollar Hey, diddle diddle! stamps
~Oval and Scalloped Nestabilities
~Ribbon Boutique ribbon
~Copic and MS markers

Thanks for dropping by!!!

Thank you easel card

Do you ever have great plans to get a lot of crafting done and then accomplish none of it??  That was my last week and weekend!!  But this week, 2 of my 4 kids are away at camp so maybe I'll have more time... or maybe the other 2 will take more of my time!   And that's ok because they are all growing up too quickly, so I'm enjoying time with them!

Here is my scalloped oval easel thank you card...

I'm submitting this to several challenges...

Word Art Wednesday challenge 39 - use provided word art or other encouraging sentiment
Clearly inspired Challenge #57 - "Things with wings"

~MME "fine & dandy" DP
~Nestabilities large and small ovals and scalloped ovals
~Butterfly from Inqu Boutique Monarch set
~Verse sentiment from Clear Dollar Pretty Little Scripture set
~Thank U stamp from Fiskars
~Memento Rich Cocoa ink
~punches, ribbon, and adhesive pearls from stash

Thanks for stopping by!!!