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Friday, December 9, 2016

A Cup of Christmas Joy

Coffee of the Day - Moon Pie (yes, it's an actual coffee flavor!)

The long anticipated day is finally here! I have a crafty post on my blog once again! hooray! :) Thanks so much to those of you who have left such kind and encouraging comments as well as emailed me. you have been so sweet and patient. :)

Today also kicks off the Winter Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog hop. while I might not have something for every day of the hop, I hope to have several projects to share. :) you know me and my love of coffee!

My card uses the precious 'Willow with Hot Chocolate' image by Elisabeth Bell and a sentiment from the 'Joy to Go' stamp set by Unity.

main image and die for polka dot paper are both by Spellbinders while the holly leaf flourish die is from Cheery Lynn. papers and poinsettia are some I found at Hobby Lobby. buttons are from my vintage stash.

tag was sprayed with glimmer mist and then also sprayed with my SU! ink squirty tool. seam binding is from Zipper Stop & distressed, and that gorgeous trim along the side is a vintage find. :)  other flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

have a most lovely weekend! hope to see you back here again soon! :)

p.s. I'll have some new DT news to post shortly! so excited! now just need to find a new year 'round Christmas team..... I LOVE to make Christmas cards all year long! grins! yes, I'm strange that way.... ;)

Winter Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog hop
Choux Choux Paper Art - Visions of Sugar Plums Christmas challenge
Christmas Cards All Year Long - anything Christmas Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - vintage or anything Christmas
Crafty Calendar - Christmas Time
Christmas with the Cuties - Christmas and cute
Scribbles Designs - Happy Holidays
Crafty Ribbons - Christmas
613 Avenue Create - Holiday Happiness (you had better believe that coffee is my happiness! ha!)
Morgan's Art World - anything goes

Thursday, December 8, 2016

While You are Waiting....

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice ( I MIGHT have enough of this to last me almost every day of the year.... grins! )

As you patiently wait for me to post something new on my blog, (tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow!!!), head over to the Digi Bells blog to see all of the fun flash back holiday creations that the DT are sharing with you. so many pretty Christmas projects sure to inspire you and make you break into carols galore! :)

soon my blog will overflow with lots of cards and blog hops and my long anticipated Growing In Unity week with Unity Stamps. what an honor to be among those chosen this year! :)

see you back here tomorrow! love ya!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Just Hang in There....

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel

Hey there! I know it has been ages since I last posted anything crafty here on my blog. I am so very sorry about that.

My hubby and I took a trip to Standing Rock Reservation the first part of November. it was truly an amazing experience and quite eye opening.  Unfortunately,  I have been sick ever since we returned. haven't been this ill in a very long long time. to add insult to injury, the seizures started up again in the wee hours of the morning today. yuck.

but I was finally able to get into my craft room this past weekend. have been busy working like a crazy woman trying to get a LOT of projects completed that are due for my sons of all people in the next few weeks. they are hard taskmasters! :) actually they need gifts and cards for girlfriends & their families.

so if all of you can bear with me, I'll start sharing some things in the next few days. thanks for not dropping me! I appreciate it! :)

see you in a few days!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice, of course! ;)

just a quick post to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of my special friends here in the States! thank you for your continued support of both myself and my little blog! :) you are so kind to me and fill my heart with sunshine every time you stop by to say hello! :)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Pretty Breyer Horses in Pink

Winner at Creative Knockouts

Coffee of the Day - Bourbon Pecan (yes, I'm drinking a lot of it this fall. it is so very tasty!)

Hello all of you lovely Digi Bell fans! I'm  here to share a bit of crafty inspiration with all of you today from Elisabeth Bell's archives.

By now all of you are probably aware that I am a HUGE fan of her weekly newsletter. I urge each of you to sign up if you haven't already. Elisabeth so very kindly sends out a free image to her subscribers every weekend. can you believe that?! free!!! and they are adorable!!!

the digi I am sharing today is probably the one that got me hooked on her cuteys to begin with. it's called "Breyer Horses" and was once a rubber stamp. isn't it precious? although I am certain I say that about each and every image that lands in my mailbox. giggles!

papers are from the Basic Grey Sun Kissed collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons are from my vintage stash. the main image die and the matting one are both by Spellbinders while the banner die is from SU!. the gorgeous horse die is a new to me one from Memory Box. isn't it great?! I sprayed the doily with granite glimmer mist. little distressed seam binding and ric rack snippets were attached with the Tim Holtz tiny stapler. sure do love that thing! :)

don't forget there is a great challenge going on over at Elisabeth's fun challenge blog. the theme is Autumn or Halloween. you could win some digis from the store!

I hope you have a most amazing weekend! now go get your craft on. ;)

Craft Rocket - pretty pinks
Crafting with an Attitude - anything goes
Creative Knock-outs - doily delights
In the Pink - lots of layers
Through the Purple Haze - add embellies
Fab 'n Funky - animals
Crafty Boots - in the pink (as a fighter of breast cancer myself, I appreciate your challenge theme!)
Dream Valley - for the girls (the young daughter of a pastor friend of ours saw my card posted on Facebook and fell in love with it. my oldest son will be delivering it to her over Thanksgiving as a surprise!)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Boys and Their Pumpkins...

Winner at Joy Clair

Coffee of the Day -  Bourbon Pecan

Please forgive the tardiness of my post, but a new challenge began YESTERDAY over on Elisabeth Bell's beautiful challenge blog. I was so busy working out at Camp for several groups that were there through yesterday that I completely forgot to schedule my post. shame on me! please pop over to see the lovely projects created by my teamies to inspire you for our new theme, 'Autumn or Halloween.'

I chose to go with the 'Autumn' theme for my card, using this adorable little fella from Elisabeth's line at Whimsy Stamps. he is 'Little Jack Happy Harvest' and just as cute as can be! I stamped him with a neat ink by Ranger called graphite that looks just like pencil lead. it is super cool irl. almost gives that 'no ink' look you see on some digital projects that some of the really talented folks do, but is easy for the not talented people like me! :)

papers are from the Authentique Grateful collection, seam binding is from Zipper Stop, and flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts. pumpkin template is from Shape EZ and little wooden veneer leaves are from SU!. matting die is by Spellbinders. some vintage buttons and ribbon snippets along with a sentiment from a label maker complete the card. the little pumpkin he is holding was paper pieced.

thanks so much for stopping by! hope your week is fabulous! :)

Catch the Bug - color inspiration
Double D - plaid
{pin}spirational  - photo inspiration (plaid, pumpkin, colors)
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Joy Clair - color inspiration
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - pumpkins or orange
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed - anything goes
Dare 2B Artzy - fall

Friday, October 21, 2016

Welcome Autumn! and a Digi Bell Blog Hop!

Coffee of the Day - Bourbon Pecan (it's a tasty new one! yum!)

Welcome to my happy little spot on the Digi Bells Blog Hop today! Grab a nice piping hot cup of coffee to keep you toasty warm on this rainy Ohio Friday.... let me tell you, God is truly in His splendor this fine Fall day. it's absolutely GORGEOUS here! while it might be raining and cool, the changing leaves are fabulous to behold! squirrels and chippies scurrying here and yonder, birds serenading us at the feeder - oh, life is so very beautiful indeed! :)

so let's celebrate it all with this precious new image Elisabeth has brought forth from retirement called 'Fall Errands.' she is just as sweet as can be with her packages and jaunty little hat! and that messenger bag! adorbs!!! of course I had to color my cookies to look like Walker's shortbread. ;) if someone were bringing me a tin of cookies, that is what I would love to have delivered. tee hee!

you should have arrived here from the absolutely AMAZING blog of FIKI, my sweet friend!!!! if at any time you get lost on the hop, just head over to the Digi Bell's blog for the complete list.

for my card I've used papers from my most fave ever fall paper collection, Basic Grey's Indian Summer. main die is by Spellbinders, pumpkin die is from Sizzix, and leaf dies (sprayed with glimmer mist) are by Tim Holtz. seam binding on tag is from Zipper Stop and crochet trim across top is vintage as are teh buttons. little wood veneer pieces ans washi tape are from SU! all flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. sentiment stamp is from Shady Tree Studios.

now hop on over to my dear friend, LYNDA's blog to see what simply breathtaking project she has made to knock your fluffy socks off! she is some kind of talented! :) be sure to leave her a comment, too. it just makes people feel a little extra special when you take the time to say hello on their blogs. :)

thanks so very  much for stopping by! enjoy your weekend!

Fussy and Fancy - shades of autumn
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Cardz 4 Galz - use at least 1 die
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - ribbon or lace
Moving Along with the Times - trees and/or leaves
Sasayaki Glitter - Autumn/Harvest/Halloween
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed - anything goes
{pin}spirational - photo inspiration (colors, leaves)
Scribbles by Sandy - fabulous fall
Ooh La La - shades of autumn
Whoopsi Daisy - die cuts/punches
Eclectic Ellapu - autumnal
Ribbon Girls - use any image
Dare 2 B Artzy - fall

Hop to Stop - Domestic Violence Awareness

While I don't think I'm going to be able to participate in this amazing blog hop, I do want to let all of you know about a very special one going on right now. Becca, The Damsel of Distressed, put together the Hop to Stop several years ago to bring about awareness for domestic violence. the numbers of those affected by this are staggering.

I encourage you to head over to her blog post and read more about it. there are some wonderful sponsors for the hop, and if you feel so inclined, create something using the color purple as your main focus.

I hope to see you as I hop along!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Christmas Joy, Christmas Bells

Top Pick at Word Art Wednesday

Coffee of the Day - Creamy Chestnuts

In my opinion, it's never too early to be making Christmas cards! :) I make them all year long as many of you who follow my blog know.  Elisabeth Bell has soooooooooooo many precious stamps and digital images to make card making all the more easy!

for today's post I'm using the adorable Christmas Bells digi combined with papers from the Prima Blooming Retro digital collection, pretty mulberry flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts & Hobby Lobby, ribbons, lace, and other beautiful embellies to make a holiday card anyone would love to have pop into their mailbox!

of course a bit of glitter always helps to bring a bit of sparkle and shine to the the season, don't you think? ;) thank goodness for all the variations of stickles! all dies are by Spellbinders.

be sure to link up your holiday cards over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge blog for a chance to win a gift certificate from Bugaboo. and the Digi Bells challenge is still going on, too.  you KNOW you want a chance to win some of her gorgeous digis! :)

thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Catch the Bug - bingo; sentiment, distress, ribbon
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - cute or anything Christmas
Di's Digis - add a sentiment
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wed - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - bingo: flowers, buttons, dies OR distressing, lace, buttons
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Southern Girls - punches & dies (sentiment punch is by Jenni Bowlin and dies are by Spellbinders)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - glitter and sparkle (stickles on die cut frame and for snow)
Creative Craft Cottage Digi - add a bow
Merry Christmas Ch - add a sentiment

Friday, October 7, 2016

I'll Never Forget

Coffee of the Day - Moon Pie

Hello and Happy Friday to each of you! :)

I'm here today to bring a bit of Digi Bell sunshine into your day. Today is the day subscribers to Elisabeth's newsletters get super excited, because we know we have happy mail coming by way of a cutey free image courtesy of our own sweet benefactor! she so faithfully sends out the most adorable images every week to everyone who signs up for the fun newsletter. have YOU signed up for you free copy? click here for a super easy sign up and also a cool eBook that has some neat free images, too!

My card today uses a free image from a few weeks ago called 'Sally and Ellie.' This little girl with her elephant are as precious as can be! I found the perfect sentiment at Create with TLC to go with it, too. :) I added little flowers to her top with markers.

papers are from the Basic Grey Saturday Morning collection, doily was sprayed with several shades of glimmer mist, seam binding (distressed with a few shades of ink) is from Zipper Stop, and dies are by Spellbinders. gingham ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. flowers are from both Wild Orchid Crafts and Michaels. buttons are from my vintage stash.

Be sure to join along in the current challenge we have going on, too. it's a fun theme of 'Buttons and Bows' - easy peasy for most of us. ;)

enjoy your weekend! Jennifer

Anything Goes with TLC - anything goes with an image by Create with TLC
Crafting Circle/Crafty Awesomeness - anything goes
Just Keep on Creating - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Creative with Stamps - add a sentiment
DL Art Oct linky ch - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mystery Craft Boxes for Sale - Coming Soon!

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice

Since my crafting time is at a bare bones minimum these days thanks to my dear, sweet pets, I have decided to start going through the items in my craft room that just don't get the amount of loving they properly deserve. ;)  I am trying to limit the stuff in my room to what I actually use and nothing more. big dream, right?!

but that means good news for all of you! I'm putting together Mystery Boxes that will have a value of at least twice the asking price. each one will contain stamps, dies, new buttons, and ribbons - at least to start. we'll see what happens after that....

I'll have the complete set of Tim Holtz distress ink pads and their respective markers for sale. most are brand new, never been used.

also available is a brand new Simple Stories 6x6 leather SN@P album, complete with both weekly and monthly inserts.

stay tuned! I hope to start selling these fun boxes next week! :)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Skull Wreath for Halloween

This is my second post for today. :)

I want to thank both Avril and Teri over at Delicious Doodles for having me as their Guest Designer this month! I was blessed to be a previous challenge winner from their fun blog, so they invited me to be a guest with them for October. isn't that fun?!

the theme for the month is Halloween, and while we don't typically celebrate this holiday, I couldn't let the opportunity go by to create a skull wreath card. doesn't everyone need a skull wreath as a decoration?! grins! maybe it's just those of us who happen to have a similar last name!

I started with the Skully Christmas Wreath image, printed it multiple times, popped up a few skulls on foam tape for more dimension, and then added it to my little mausoleum crypt. this was created with a Spellbinders die that I added embossin paste to a  Crafter's Workshop stencil.I inked the paste after it dried and then used my ink squirty tool.  another Spellbinders die adds the laurel at the top.

the grasses are a My Favorite Things die. pretty border die at the top is from Whimsy Stamps and sentiment comes from Create with TLC. orange satin ribbon is from SU! while orange twine is a Michael's find. paper is from Echo Park.

and while we're on the subject of skulls, since this is our last name, my sons decided that it was time we all got a family tattoo. so each one of us is getting a skull tattoo, unique to the individual. I had mine done last week. I also had a Winnie the Pooh one done on my arm to represent me with my sons. yes, I am the enigma - a skull and Winnie the Pooh all at the same time! :) but I love them both dearly!

Tyler had his tattoo done at the same time I had mine done. Mick had his done yesterday. I think it's neat that they all want to do something that unifies us as a family! :)

well, that's it for me.... all of you have a most amazing weekend! and I hope you get a chance to play along in the Delicious Doodles challenge this month. :)

Choux Choux Paper Art - Halloween linky party
Anything Goes with TLC - anything goes with a TLC image/sentiment

Funky and Fun Christmas Ornaments

Coffee of the Day - Moon Pie :)

Today starts a new challenge over on Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog, so I hope you'll join us for some holiday fun! As always, we are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, so someone will win a gift certificate for some great images from their store. if you join along, that someone could be YOU! :)

For my card this month I am using this retro funky image called 'Christmas Ornaments' and giving it my own little spin. main image and matting dies are by Spellbinders while the banner die is by SU!  papers are from the Basic Grey Juniper Berry collection. pretty poinsettia is from Prima and seam binding, which I distressed with several shades of ink, is from Zipper Stop. some vintage buttons and a fun little piece of Christmas flair were also added. I used a clear spica glitter gel pen and wink of stella glitter pen on the main image to add lots of sparkle, and then a white gel pen on the matting die to add some fun highlighted dots.

thank you so much for popping over this Saturday morning. :) hang on and I'll have another post for you!!!

enjoy your weekend!

Catch the Bug - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - anything goes w/optional twist to create own bg
DL Art  Oct linky party - anything goes

Thursday, September 29, 2016

It's Your Birthday, with Puppy Kisses!

Coffee of the Day - White Chocolate Macadamia

Hubby and I returned very late last night after spending 2 days visiting our youngest son in Indiana where he is currently a senior in college. it was his birthday and we wanted to spend a bit of time with him. it can be anywhere from a 5-6 hour drive depending upon road work and bathroom stops, so we don't get there all that often. ;)

I'm not sure if I've introduced the latest member of our family here or not. as I think I had mentioned before, in June we rescued a cat named Moon Pie. then at the end of August, we rescued a puppy that we named Palmer. he is mostly ladrador. he travels with us whenever we go somewhere. :) this was his 2nd trip to Indiana.

obviously I needed to make a card for Ryan's birthday, so when I saw this adorable image over at Bugaboo, I knew it was perfect! it's called 'AKV Boy Sitter with Dog.' I created a bit of a concrete wall for them to be sitting on.

papers are from the Basic Grey Clippings collection, main die is by Spellbinders, zig zag die is by My Favorite Things, and leaf die is by Prima. flower is from Michaels and red twine is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. buttons are from my vintage stash and sentiment stamp is from a company that has retired. I added a few dots with my white gel pen to the card base & zig zag border for some extra fun. :)

I hope you have a most amazing day! thanks for stopping by! :)

Catch the Bug - photo inspiration challenge (flower, colors)
Fresh Brewed Designs - animals
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Sasayaki Glitter - animals
Through the Purple Haze - furry friends
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Crafty Addicts - anything goes/use patterned paper
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Going Grey with Scrap Creations -  birthday
Cutie Pie - birthday plus cute

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice, of course! ;)

Today begins a new challenge over on the Elisabeth Bell challenge blog. the theme is one that is near and dear to my heart - 'Buttons and Bows'. :) how much fun is THAT?! and an easy one to combine with lots of other challenges, too, if you are like me and enjoy linking to lots of them!

I'm using the adorable 'Willow with Hot Chocolate' image, but have her drinking my fave pumpkin spice instead. it is that time of year, you know. ;) the fabulous sentiment is by Create with TLC, pumpkin is actually a Shape EZ card template file, and digital papers are from the Carta Bella Fall Blessings collection.

I have re-purposed a label from one of my precious bags of pumpkin spice coffee. it's fun to use them in this way! gorgeous flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts and buttons are from my vintage stash. seam binding is by Zipper Stop, plaid ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and pretty lace is from SU! main image die is by Spellbinders.

thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a most glorious weekend so far! be sure to grab yourself a cup of something especially wonderful today! :)

Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop
Fussy and Fancy - my favorite things (pumpkin spice coffee!, bow, vintage buttons, mulberry flowers, EB images!, re-purposing)
4 Crafty Chicks - colors of fall
CRAFT - Autumn/ Halloween/ Thanksgiving
Star Stampz - it's fall y'all
Anything Goes with TLC - anything goes with a TLC image
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Pile it On - autumn colors
Corrosive Ch - anything goes
Crafts and Me - anything goes optional twist: autumn
Crafting Circle/Crafty Awesomeness - anything hand colored goes
Di's Digi Designs - ribbon, lace, and/or twine
Sweet Stampin' - buttons and/or ribbons
Creative Corner - autumn

Friday, September 23, 2016

Autumn and Apples Are Here - Digi Bell Blog Hop

Top Pick at Crafty Ribbons
Winner at The Stamping Boutique

Coffee of the Day - Pecan Toffee

Today is a fun hop for The Digi Bells featuring the adorable 'Apple Blossom and Milkshake Baking' image. you might remember that this used to be a stamp over at Whimsy, but then it retired. well now you will be able to get it as a digi! hooray! :)

if you are following the hop, then you will have arrived here from LYNDA's absolutely GORGEOUS blog. if at any point along the hop you ever get lost, just pop on over to The Digi Bells blog for the complete list.

for my card I've used papers from the Basic Grey Nook & Pantry collection, a fun sentiment by Create with TLC, apple from a Shape EZ card template file, and leaf dies by Prima. main die is from Spellbinders. little flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and seam binding (which I distressed with several shades of ink) is from Zipper Stop. vintage buttons, sequins, a tiny ribbon snippet, and some fun little dots with a marker around the border were added to complete the card.

now off you go to SEBRINA's lovely blog to see what wonderful goody she has created to inspire you! :) be sure to leave her a comment while you are there!

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Brown Sugar - anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Stamping Boutique - apple season
Digital Delights by Louby Loo - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - sweet treats with ribbon (seam binding, twine on button, and ribbon snippet on apple)
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Come and Get it - lots of layers
Anything Goes with TLC - anything goes with a TLC image

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fairy Tales

Coffee of the Day - Coconut

Hello everyone!
I'm here to share a card to hopefully inspire you to grab your beautiful Elisabeth Bell images and head to your craft room for some creative time. :)

My husband and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. quite the milestone in this day and age! I made him this card, using the precious 'February Flutter' digital image and the inspiring sentiment from Ginger's House you see here. the inside reads, "thank you for being my happily ever after." :) he really is!

while the card style might be a bit more frou frou-y than I would typically make for him, he did like it! especially when he saw that the fairy prince was wearing the same colors as his favorite super hero - The Incredible Hulk! ;)

Papers are from the Basic Grey Kioshi collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, little flourish die is by Cheery Lynn, and grosgrain ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. doily was sprayed with several shades of glimmer mist and a pretty floral postage stamp was re-purposed in the corner. buttons, as always, are from my vintage collection. dies are by Spellbinders and sentiment punch is by SU! lots of shimmerz paint added to the main image, too.

may you have a 'happily ever after' in your life, too! :)

Come and Get It - lots of layers
Glitter 'n Sparkle - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes with a special day (anniversary)
Ribbon Girls - use any image and ribbon
Crafter's Cafe - use buttons
Fantasy Crafters - anything fantasy goes
Let's Craft and Create - spots and/or stripes (both in papers)
Paradise of Stamps - fairy
Petal Lu - anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies - fairies/fantasy
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Art by Miran - anything goes
DL Art - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
RRR- things with wings and ribbon or trim

Friday, September 16, 2016

So Sorry Rose Tag Sympathy Card

Coffee of the Day - Pecan Toffee

Some very dear friends of ours recently lost their mother (and mother-in-law), so I needed to make a sympathy card for them. in fact, we are getting together with them tonight, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to hand deliver it. I am not one who can make sympathy cards ahead of time. I need to think and pray for the people I'm making for. it's just what I do. ;)

I used an image from Bugaboo called 'Rose Bud Tag.' papers are from the Basic Grey Tea Garden collection, and gorgeous mulberry rose is from Wild Orchid Crafts & was dyed with SU! ink refills, seam binding is from Zipper Stop (and distressed with inks), lace is vintage, and burlap doily is from Hobby Lobby. buttons are from my vintage stash.

I hope you have a most amazing weekend! :)

Stella Says Sketch - monthly sketch
QKR - anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes
DL Art - gardens
Crafty Addicts - anything goes add lace and/or pearls (lace)
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
Melonheadz - hand colored image
The Crazy Challenge - burlap and/or twine (burlap)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Merry Christmas Santa Tree Stocking Card

Top 3 Pick at Dream Valley

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Bread Pudding

It's time for the midway posting over at the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog. I love to make holiday cards, that is for sure. :) so this gives me a chance to work on them all year long. have you made any yet this year?

I have been on a shaped card kick lately, as those of you who visit my blog frequently can tell. I decided to pull out my long forgotten SU! stocking die for this one. why don't I use this cute die more often? it is so much fun! :)

I also used the AKV Santa - tree image by Bugaboo to make more lighthearted card. I like to have a nice mix of fun as well as pretty cards in my collection so I am always sure to have just the  perfect card on hand for each person or family!

a few sequins, vintage button, ribbon, pom pom trim, mulberry poinsettia, and adorable little rusty bell are all the decoration this seemed to need. I added in a few hand drawn dots with a white gel pen and marker. simple, but festive! :)

hope you have a most wonderful day! thanks for stopping by!

Christmas at Sweet Stamping - Christmas die cuts
WAW - anything encouraging goes
A Snowflake's Promise - anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - shaped Christmas card
Cards and More - no designer paper
Glitter 'n Sparkle - add some metal (little rusty bell in top corner)
CRAFT - Christmas
DL Art - anything goes
Dream Valley - no squares allowed

Monday, September 12, 2016

It's a Nutty Birthday Squirrel!

Top 5 Pick at Creative Corner
Top 3 Pick at Animal Friends Challenge

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Cupcake

Today we have a birthday in the house, so of course I had to make a card to celebrate! :)

My son just loves squirrels, he has ever since he was a very little boy. we used to go to the park to feed them back when it was just the 2 of us, so that tells you just how long his love of them goes back! :)

so it seemed appropriate to make him a squirrel birthday card as he turns 26. gosh, those years have certainly flown by! sigh..... I am so proud of the man he has become! :) pardon my proud momma moment.

I used a Sandra Caldwell image and did my best to take the 'angry' out of him. ;) I just don't have any other little squirrel images in my collection, as hard as that is to believe. papers are from the Basic Grey Vivienne collection. The card base is another of Tammy's adorable card templates from her Shape EZ store on Etsy. trims are from my stash and buttons are vintage. sticks for the acorn top are from my yard! grins!  leaf dies are by Tim Holtz.

the inside of the card reads, "We are nuts about you! Happy Birthday!" :) yes, I am goofy that way....

Hope your week is off to a great start! :)

613 Avenue Create - anything goes w/fall color twist
Addicted to Stamping - trees, branches, and/or leaves (actual branches & leaves)
Dare 2B Artzy - Happy Birthday
Catch the Bug - the great outdoors
Di's Digis - autumn
Creative Corner - woodland creatures
Simply Create Too - fall colors
QKR - fall colors
Animal Friends - animals with fur
Die Cut Divas - fall

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mermaids and Sea Shells

Coffee of the Day - Macadamia White Chocolate

Hello! Starting to get my craft back on, so today is my first post back over on the Elisabeth Bell blog.  sure did feel good to get back in my craft room again! :)

Even though my project is late for the current challenge going on over on  The Digi Bells' blog, I still wanted to play along. I mean, WHO could resist a chance to use our adorable Elisabeth Bell images?! I hope you have had the chance to enter your own project, or are in the midst of working on it.

The theme is 'Make a Splash' and this cutey little mermaid image, 'Catch of the Day' seemed the perfect one for my card. my friend, Tammy, owns an Etsy shop that sells Shape EZ card templates. I have used her fun sea shell template here.

I am a goof for all things Basic Grey, so even though the company has retired, I've used their papers (South Pacific) and die here for the shabby feel that I oh, so love! this die (Curly #2) is my 'go to' for waves.  it's a bit quirky & fun, and I absolutely adore it. :) I hope you do, too!

sea horse and sand dollar dies are by Tim Holtz while main image die is by Spellbinders. little fern punches are by Martha Stewart and hopefully look like seaweed as they sit by the actual shells I have added.

ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. netting was distressed with ink to look more shabby and aged.

thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a most fabulous day! :)

Love to Craft - anything goes
Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
Ribbon Girls - any card with ribbon goes
Mark's Finest Paper - anything goes
Crafty Catz - anything but square
Morgan's Art World - use kraft
The Stamping Boutique - your inner child or for a child
Crafter's Cafe - use 2 patterned papers
Doodle Pantry - anything digital goes
Fantasy Crafters - anything fantasy goes
Happy Little Stampers Dies Ch - anything goes with dies (Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, & Basic Grey)
Sparkles Forum - lots of layers

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Peace on Earth Sitting Angel

Coffee of the Day - Creamy Chestnuts

I'm back again! 2 posts in 2 days! that's a record of late. :) still haven't been able to get to my craft room, but at least I have some things to show those of you who are stopping by my blog. I am so thankful to my faithful followers who leave me such beautiful and encouraging comments! love to each of you!!!!

I'm finally getting a chance to share my project for the new challenge over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra, sponsored as always by Bugaboo. you can link all of your Christmas cards for a chance to win a fabulous gift certificate to the Bugaboo store!

for my card I have used the precious Angel Girl Sitter image and painted her a brick chimney to sit upon.  the digital papers are, I believe, from Far Far Hill. I forgot to write down the name after I printed them off the way I usually do. the sheet music is "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

shimmerz paint was added to the angel's wings and halo while a clear spica gel pen adds sparkle to the bg. pretty pink seam binding was distressed & is from Zipper Stop, glitter rose is from Michael's, and other flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. buttons and lace are from my vintage stash. sentiment stamp is by Shady Tree Studio. main image die and pink die behind it are by Spellbinders.

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

Catch the Bug - anything goes
Deep Ocean - bingo: buttons, flowers, sentiment
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - layers
Love to Scrap - flower power
Christmas Cards All Year Round - shabby chic or monochromatic
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - vintage or anything Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas - song (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)
Paper Creator Crafts - Christmas
Sparkles Christmas - angels or fairies
Christmas Card Ch - anything Christmas goes
Jingle Belles - music
Broken Fairy - anything goes w/optional twist of things with wings
A Gem of a Challenge - ribbon, lace, or twine (ribbon and lace)
Di's Digi Designs - anything with wings

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Purple Wall Hanging for Word Art Wednesday

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel

Well, once again I am late getting my post up for the Word Art Wednesday challenge. so very sorry about that. I'm sure they are happy that my guest designer time is up with them. I've not been a very good guest since my last 2  posts were late on my blog. at least I had the projects finished on time. :)

for my final project I decided to make a wall hanging with the beautiful scripture that they provide. you can find it on their blog. I added a lovely piece of vintage art from Create with TLC and printed it all out on a piece of watercolor paper. I do apologize for the rubbish photo. it was hard to capture all of the shine from the sparkle of the paints with the glare from my lights. I am terrible at photo editing, as you can tell.

I used gelatos as well as ink refills to color the background. this was adhered to a chipboard piece that was painted with acrylic paints and distressed. various ribbon & trims were added, in addition to sequins plus a bit of rubber stamping. you know I had to add a vintage button! it's a gorgeous mother of pearl button, too.

I gave this to Tyler's girlfriend at the end of summer so she could either have it in her room at home or take it with her to school. she ended up hanging it in her new apartment at school.

I do apologize for not being around. still fighting the migraines and seizures. I really hope they go away soon so I can get back to crafting. I have another post to share in the next few days with all of you. thank you for your patience! :)

love to all of you and enjoy your week!

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Fairy Tale Ch - make a decoration
Creative Moments - Anything Goes w/wedding or anniversary twist
Sunny Day - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wed - anything goes
Craft-Dee Bow-Z - anything goes with a handmade bow
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Ooh La La - girly
Ecletic Ellapu - gifts (wall hanging I gave to my son's girlfriend)
Creative Fingers - anything goes
ATG with TLC - anything goes with a Create with TLC digi