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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