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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Winston! Creatalicious #124

Hi my friends. Here I am again. Of course it's been a hectic week at work, at home and at school. It is quite an experience. Thank goodness I was able to sleep in this morning an have an easy day. I got all my school work done and submitted yesterday so today was a free day.

I've got a card today for Creatalicious. Luckily I had some time previously to get this one done, just late to getting it posted. We do have a Design Team call, so if any of you are looking to join a new team, now's your chance. It's a great group. You only have to create one card each month, either the 15th or the last day of the month depending on which team you are on. Melanie is great to work with. She's so forgiving of our shortcomings. Check out the challenge thread here. Here is my card.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Paperdoodles - Birthday Winston
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Tasty Treats
  • Accessories - Ribbon from my stash; Stampin Up Candy Dots;  Stampin UP Scallop Edge Punch; Wink of Stella Gold; Kararina Wink Dandelion
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B000, B00, B02; E000; E21, E23, E25, E27; E47; T5; Y12, Y18, Y35
I used a sketch from MOJO Monday Week 188, April 25, 2011 by Sarah Bigelow.

                                       Our generous sponsor for this challenge is

Prize  -  £6.75 / US $10 digi voucher
That's it for now. I hope you will hop on over and see what the rest of the Design Team has to show you. Have a great week!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Spooky - CYS

Hello again my friends. Happy Thursday. It's the 28th of the month so that means it's another challenge from Challenge Your Stash on Splitcoaststampers. The idea is to use things that are in your stash and not go buy something new to use to make your card. We are given a theme to use and then go from there. This month our hostess was Terry S and her theme was to use Washi tape or our cards. I was good with that. I have a whole box of Washi that I hardly ever use, so it was good to get some of it out to play with. I had a Halloween theme in mind.

Materials Used:
Image - Besties - Not So Wicked Wendy
Sentiment - from some dp in my stash
Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie
Designer Paper - A piece from my stash.
Accessories - Washi Tape - C3, C5, C7; E25; E50, E51, E53; E93; G21, G24, G28; R20; V01, V04, V05; Y19, Y21, Y28; YR15, YR16, YR18; YR24

That's it for today.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Autumn Leaves are Falling

Hi my friends. I hope you are all doing well. Everything is well at my house although people are still cleaning up from Harvey and will be in the process of rebuilding their homes and their lives for some time to come. It's heartbreaking.

I've added something new to my life.  I've gone back to college!!!  Wow! It's been a long time, but this time I intend to finish what I've started. The plan is to eventually (3 years) receive my Associates Degree in Family History Research and then become a certified genealogist. Currently though I'm taking the prerequisites to apply for the Associates Degree.

Meantime I try to fudge in a few minutes here and there to play in my craft room. I have a few cards that will be showing up on my blog in the next few days. The first one is way late getting posted. It was supposed to be posted Sept. 21-23, but things were just way to busy to get that done. This card was for the monthly challenge over on the Creative Card Chicks thread on Splitcoaststampers. Our hostess this month was Kelly Henkins a/k/a Kelly 2 a/k/a ScappinCEO.  Kelly2 sent us all the ingredients, we just had to sort it out and make a card or two.  I made one so far.
The designer paper she sent is the Painted Autumn collection from Stampin Up.  The little leaves are from Craft Smart (Michaels) and the broomstick is from Studio G. I layered everything on Chocolate Chip from SU. The card base is SU  I colored everything in with my Copic Markers. I have a list somewhere. :)  It was a fun kit to play with.  Thanks Kelly2.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

IAS #16 Lace and/or Pearl

Hi my friends. Happy Sunday! What can I say? The City is finally starting to clean up although there are still areas that have flooding and people cannot get back into their homes yet. For many life is starting to get back to a normal routine. I went back to work on Thursday although not everyone was back. On Friday they brought pizza and salad in for us for lunch. That was really very nice. I don't indulge in pizza very often, but I did on Friday. It was yummy. It's nice that we can have our crafting to bring some light and smiles into our lives. It's especially important at times like these. I'm so happy to participate in International Art & Soul.

The day before Hurricane Harvey hit I was taking classes at a CKC Convention in The Woodlands which is about 45 minutes North of H Town. I was disappointed that some of the vendors pulled out and left, but so thankful that some of them stayed through Friday and showed us some exciting creative projects. These cards were presented by Susan from Clear Scraps. She and her husband are the owners and they manufacture all of the products that are sold in their store. This was the first of 3 classes that I signed up for. They are acrylic cards.

Here is a photo where you can see the acrylic layer on top which has been distressed with white stazon ink.

Here is our Dandilion card. I didn't put a sentiment on it yet. I'll decide that when I decide who I want to send it to.
 And the inside.

Here is card No. 3.
And the inside.

Materials Used:
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Ink - White Staz-On; Black Staz-On
  • Stamp - Stampendous Floral
  • Zig Painty Pens - White, Yellow, Green, Black
  • Clear Scraps Acrylic
  • Lace, ribbon, doily, chipboard words, flower, pattern paper all provided
International Art & Soul is always a Just For Fun challenge.  Our theme this fortnight is to use Lace and/or Pearls.  I hope you will come join in the fun. You could be the winner or one of the Top 3 and receive a lovely icon for your blog.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Creatalicious #122- Pure Innocense

Hello again my friends. Wow! I'm really busy this week. Glad to have been able to get this card done for Creatalicious.  Well, this card was scheduled to be posted on August 31, but it looks like for some reason, it never posted.  ???????????

Materials Used:
  • Image - The Paper Shelter - Pure Innocense
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - Balloon Adventures
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Mauve Mist; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Prima - Fairy Belle
  • Accessories - 
  • Copic Markers - E21, E23, E25; E50, E51, E53; BG0000, BG01; R81, R83, R85; V01, V000
Our fabulous sponsor this fortnight is The Paper Shelter


 Prize - $15 Gift Certificate

Come on over and play along with us. You could be the winner of this fabulous prize or picked as one of the Top 3.  Surely you have a fairy or dragon laying around. 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Prairie Flower - CYS

Hi my friends. Well, Harvey has finally moved on away from H Town. Sadly, it has moved over to Port Arthur which is substantially underwater and Beaumont which is getting hammered. They had to evacuate 250 residents of a nursing home this morning and finally tonight got the last 12 patients onto a huge helicopter and they brought them back over this way to Conroe. H Town is not out of the woods yet, there is still a lot of high water in places including in our downtown area. And the cleanup starts.

With all the time off from work (back to work tomorrow), I had time to play with my stamping toys.  This card was for the August Challenge Your Stash challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Our hostess was Darlene and she wanted us to create our own background and not use any designer paper. Yikes!

Bringing some light and sunshine I made this pretty card with a lovely bunch of Prairie Flowers.
Materials Used:
  • Image - Power Poppy - Prairie Flowers
  • Sentiment - Power Poppy - Prairie Flowers
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Pink Pirouette; Papertrey Ink -
  • Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories - Nestabilities; SU scalloped punch; Cuttlebug flourish embossing folder.
  • Copic Markers - (coming)
That's it for this time. Hope you all are safe and dry.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Stamplistic Book Box CKC 2017

Hi friends.  We are still dealing with the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. Thankfully it has stayed dry in my house although we have had a ton of rain and it continues to come down, but not the torrential rains we saw yesterday. My office is closed today and at least tomorrow. Right now it's not possible to get to my office because of the high water around it.

This past weekend was a mix of fun and sorrow. Creative Keepsakes Convention came to my town and for the first time ever I decided to attend. It was being held up in The Woodlands which is pretty far North of where I live. There were a couple of workshops Thursday night and then workshops were scheduled for all day Friday and Saturday. Hurricane Harvey was predicted to make landfall Friday night down around the Corpus Christi area which is 4 hours South of the City of Houston. Shouldn't have been that bad for us.

I went to the workshop Thursday night that I was signed up for. It was put on by Stamplistic. So thankful for them for coming and staying. There were a few vendors who actually got to the venue and then turned around Thursday night and left.  Thought they would stay at least through Saturday. One of the vendors who left Thursday night after getting to the venue was Heartfelt Creations. I was really sad and disappointed since they were one of the main reasons that I decided to go to the CKC this year. I had purchased a lot of their products and wanted to take some classes to learn how to use their products.  Such is life.

So, getting to Stamplistic. Jennifer was FABULOUS. I can't say enough good things about her. She was patient, generous, and just a fun person to be with and learn from. I took this class to make this Book Box (by Kaisercraft) and I mean "make" it. It was a kit and it came in pieces. There were 4 of us in the class and we had to build the box piece by piece, painting, gluing, applying pieces of Kaisercraft scrapbooking paper. The class started at 3 PM and we were there until 9 PM. Some were there after that. I finished up the boxes yesterday and today while I've been home because of Harvey.
This is the front of the box. Decided I liked it the way it was and didn't want to add any more embellishments to it.

  •  Designer Paper - Ubed collection -
This is the inside. Each of those little boxes had to be constructed and then covered. I used a 7/8" inch punch to punch out the half circles.
Materials used:
  • Stamplistic - Ochre Neopague Paint.

 You can see here the top, spine, and back, all of which are covered with designer paper.  What a fun time. Again, Jennifer from Stamplistic was so great. I got a photo with her but promised I wouldn't put it on FB, and I guess that also means not on my blog. I enjoyed spending some of my refunded $$ at the Stamplistic shop. I'll have another post soon of the Make 'n Take I did there.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Creative Card Chicks - Fairy Nice

Hi my friends. If you're in and around the Texas area, I hope that you are NOT in the flooded areas like I am. Hurricane Harvey came ashore to the West of us and is dumping billions (yes, BILLIONS) of gallons of rain on us. Luckily, my house doesn't flood, but my street does, so there is no way to get out of the neighborhood. The water is about 5 feet up into the driveway. Schools closed for days. No telling when this will end. More rain probably later today and overnight.

That being said. I did have time to make a card this weekend for Creative Card Chicks SCS challenge.  This month, Suzy was our hostess and sent the card kit to make our card. This was supposed to be posted Aug. 21-23, but I was still busy with my last report for my Genealogy course I was taking and then I went to the CKC Convention that was being held in The Woodlands here in Houston. Unfortunately, some vendors pulled out on Friday and they closed the Convention for Saturday. I did get to go Thursday night and most of the day Saturday.

Here is my card for CCC August.
  • Image - Stampin Up - Fairy Nice
  • Sentiment - SU - Fairy Nice
  • Cardstock - SU - Mauve Mist - Retired
  • Designer Paper - Paper Studios
  • Accessories - bling and brads from my stash; Stickles; Multiliner -Warm Gray 0.3, Flower puncheds; Stampin Dimensionals
  • Copic Markers - B0000; E23; E50, E51, E53; G21, G24; R85; T3, T5; Y15, Y17, Y18; Y38
 That's it for today. I've been busy so expect to see some more cards in the next few days.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Come and Get It - 2 or more different embellishments
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Anything Goes
heARTful stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Imagine That - Anything Goes
Scrappers Delights - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Making Media Crafting - Anything Goes
Morgan's Art World - Anything goes
Pattie's Creations - Anything Goes
Simply Create too - Use Flowers
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Boxes and Bags - IAS #14

Good morning my friends.  I hope that you are having a great weekend. It's been busy here for me and I wasn't sure I was going to get to play in this project, but I really wanted to make this box. First, I got my DNA project finished and submitted on Friday. Wow! That was tough even with an open book. Now to wait for my grade. We are on to identifying people in photographs; very interesting. We are winding down the course - only 3 weeks left to go.

On to my project. Our theme at International Art & Soul this fortnight is Boxes and Bags.Here is the finished box.

Another view from the front.
And a view from the top.

The straight part of the ribbon got a bit cattiwampsus when I was photographing it. Here is a link to the template for creating this. It's from Graphic45. I love their papers and they have so many great ideas for inspiration.

The finished size is 4 x 4 x 5. I added a piece of cardstock to the top of the 4 x 4 box to make it taller and to accommodate the lid. You'll see as you look at the directions. Also, they say to cut the lid 5 x 5, but it has to be 6 x 6 to give you the 1" overlap and to fit the box. My cardstock for the base was from my stash. I have no idea where I got it. The designer paper is from the Autumn Spice collection from LilyBeeDesign. I believe that they no long are in business. I couldn't find them anywhere on the internet.

The sparkley trim is by Recollections and the brad on top is from my stash. No coloring.

I hope you'll come take the time to play along with us. I'd love to see the different types of boxes and bags. I"m always looking for new things. You could be our overall winner or one of the Top 3! See the link at the top. Good luck.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Celebrate Good Times - Creatalicous #120

Hello again my friend. The start of a new week. I hope it turns out well for you. I'm excited to start a new Unit in my genealogy class about DNA Analysis.

Today I have a card for the Creatalicious challenge. The theme is Anything Goes - Optional Stars. As you can see, I did not go with the optional this time.

Materials Used: 
  • Image - Kenny K - Texting Friends
  • Sentiment - Power Poppy - Mixtape 1
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Crumb Cake
  • Designer Paper - Pion Design, Scent of Lavender, Small Leaves
  • Accessories -  Recollections - Flower
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B000, B93, B95, B97; BG01; E23, E25, E25; E50, E51, E53; G40, G43, G46; R81, R83, R85; R43; Y04, Y08; Y17, Y18.
         Our generous sponsor for this challenge is Kenny K.
Rock Your Crafts with KennyK Stamps! 
Prize  -  3 digi stamps

It's probably the last challenge they're sponsoring as we are starting on the last day of their sponsorship... So if you would still like a few more KennyK digis, get ready to join our challenge!
I hope that you'll come on by and play along. Being the winner will be the only way you'll be able to get Kenny K digi stamps since they have closed their doors. Sad. One lucky winner will get this great prize. If not the winner, you could be chosen as one of the Top 3!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Christmas Fairy - Challenge Your Stash

Hello again. This is my second post for today. I'm catching up on the cards I was to have posted early this month. I'm only 2 days late for this one which we post on the 28th of the month for the Challenge Your Stash challenge on Splitcoaststampers. This month the hostess was Carol (momcgw) and her theme was Christmas card or item (decoration). With limited time I went for a card to add to my Christmas card stash.

 Materials Used:
  • Image - Bugaboo - Fairy Christmas
  • Sentiment - Charm from my stash
  • Card stock - Xpress it Blending Card; Stampin Up Real Red
  • Designer Paper - Pion collection
  • Accessories - Arrow paper clip, ribbon; Nestabilities die
Copic Markers - B12, B14; E23, E27, E29; E50, E51, E53; G03, G07, G16; R24, R29, R37; Y18

That's it for today. Hope you have a good one.

Bringing in the Tree - July CCC

Good morning my friends and Happy Sunday.

It was so good to get back in my stamp room to be somewhat creative. My Genealogy class has been keeping me pretty busy. After our Unit on Documentation (writing citations) finished up (with a B-), we moved on to Forensic Genealogy. So interesting. This is all about finding people and includes DNA Analysis. I approach it with a bit of trepidation. Hopefully my lame brain will be able to get around it and I'll do well in this one.

But on to the card I have for you today. This is for the Monthly Challenge of the Creative Card Chicks on Splitcoaststampers. Our kit came from Roxie (morgainegeiser). She sent along a couple images, some papers and some embellishments.

The elements I used from the kit were the image from Stampin Bella, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The designer paper is from Bo Bunny - Sleigh Ride. The sparkley snowflake and twine are from Stampin Up. I added some bling from my stash to the tree and also created snow with my liquid applique. I used Stampin Up Navy cardstock and a gray metallic gel pen. I put the sentiment on the inside, but didn't photograph it.

Copic Markers - B00, B01, B02, B60; BG90, BG93; C3, C5, C7; E23, E25, E27; E50, E51, E53; G21, G24, G46; R00.

That's it for today. It was a fun kit. There is another image from the kit that I've got colored up and hope to get it made into a card soon. Glad to be getting started on my Christmas cards.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Poppy For You - Creataliious #118

Hi friends and Happy Friday!  Yeah, made it to the end of the week.  Happy Friday, Happy Payday, Happy weekend, Happy day off on Monday! Yippee, don't have to go back to work until Wednesday.  Wish it was time off to play, but school work calls my name!  I received an overall B+ for Module 2 and am hoping to bring that up to an A or A+ this next Module, so I need to stay focused. Wish me luck!

Time to get to the business for today. I'm already late getting this posted, but ran out of time last night to get it done. The challenge this fortnight over at Creatalicious is Anything Goes with the Optional of Red, White & Blue. Here is my card.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Crafty Sentiments - Emma Loo - Poppy For You
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up Retired
  • Cardstock - Papertrey Ink - Poppy Parade (just perfect)
  • Designer Paper - My Mind's Eye - A Mother's Love (just perfect)
  • Accessories - Ribbon from Stampin Up; flowers and center from my stash; Stampin Up Little Label punch; Nestabilities Classic Oval die
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B12, B14, B34; R22, R27, R25; E50, E51. E53; E23, E25, E27; C5

That's it for tonight. Gotta go hit the books. I hope you'll hop on over to Creatalicious and see what the rest of the Design Team has for your inspiration.  Come play with us. You could be the winner of the Crafty Sentiments prize or picked as one of our Top 3.  Have a great and safe weekend and a sparkley 4th of July!

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is

Crafty Sentiments
Prize  -  3 digi images

Crafty Sentiments Designs is an online base family company own and run by Suzette, the images are cute fun and make any cards and projects look amazing.

Suzette and Justyna are the main artist, all images are exclusive to Crafty Sentiments Designs and there is lots of digital stamps available, sentiments, rubber stamps, crafting CD's, exclusive Crafty Sentiments Designs dies and much more. you can also find us on facebook, printerest and twitter.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Relax A Bit - CYS - June

Hi friends. Here I am again for the second time today. This time I am on time. This is a card for the Challenge Your Stash challenge on Splitcoaststampers. This month Suzy was the Hostess and challenged us to make a card showing our favorite beverage. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do like a good cup of caffeine-free tea now and again.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Mark's Favorite Papers - Relax A Bit
  • Sentiment - Mark's Favorite Papers - Relax a Bit
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Soft Sky; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Have a Cuppa
  • Copic Markers - B0000; B000, B00; E00; G12, G14, G16; R22, R24, R27
That's it for today. Hope you have a great week.

Beach Babes - CCC June

Hi friends.  Happy Wednesday night. It's been kind of a rough week, a bit of illness, but hopefully it's past. Getting kind of tired of that.

My Genealogy class is going well. Even with all I think I know, there is so much more to learn about research. About half way through the course. I don't know how people work and take a full load of college classes.

Luckily, I had a day between Modules to play a bit in my stamp room. It was feeling quite neglected. This is one of the cards I was able to put together for the Splitcoaststampers site - Creative Card Chicks. Each month one of the members sends us a kit with images, papers, and fun embellishments to use to create a card to two. This month is was Debby's turn (littledeb on SCS). She's planning a holiday soon and will be a beach babe.  I am really a little late getting this posted. I really liked the bright colors of the designer paper, so I brought that into the image. I even have the perfect person to give this to.

Materials Used:
  • Image - unknown
  • Sentiment - Deadbeat Designs
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Tempting Turquoise; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Debby's stash
  • Accessories - K&Co., flip flops; Paper Studio - Enameled Dots
  • Copic Markers: BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02; C3; E21, E23; E30, E31; E40; E50, E51, E53; G0000, G12, G21; R81, R83; Y11, Y15, Y18; YR01, YR01, YR68
That's it. Thanks Debby for a fun kit. Hope you have a great time on your Vacay~

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Noel - IAS #11

Hello my friends and Happy Sunday.  I've had a busy few weeks with class projects that needed to be done. Wow!  I don't know how people do this all the time - work and go to school and take more than 1 class. This last project that was due today was a real doozer - a scavenger hunt on the Internet. We were given 10 different scenarios to look for and find answers to the questions. It was tough. Luckily I get points for my research even if I don't find the answer, but I managed to get 7 out of 10. We'll see what I end up with as a final score. So far I've been doing pretty well with an average of about 90. Anyway it doesn't leave a whole lot of time for crafting, but I managed to sneak in a little time for this one.

Yes, time for another project for International Art & Soul. The theme for this fortnight is Flowers. My favorite thing. I love flowers whether there are an image or added embellishments. I've got to start thinking about Christmas so went with a Winter theme for this one. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do with it so I left off a sentiment and will add that later.


Materials Used:
  • Image - Lili of the Valley - Noel
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Silver Metallic; Xpress It Blending Card; Shimmery White
  • Designer Paper - Bo Bunny - Attitude
  • Accessories - Flowers and Lace from Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections; Die - Memory Box, Frosty Border; Silver Gel Pen
  • Copic Markers - BG0000; BG000; BG10; E50, E51; G34, G28, G43; R35, R37; V0000, V01, V12; Y11, Y23, Y26
That was pretty easy. Love the colors on this one.  I hope you'll hop on over and play along with us this time. Can't wait to see what you do with flowers. You could win one of our Prize Badges or be picked as one of the Top 3. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Surfer Dad - IAS #10

Hi my friends. Getting a late start today. I've been really busy the last couple of weeks with my class assignments. The research lately has been very time consuming causing many days of late nights. It's been so hectic that I forgot to post my card for this challenge on our Design Team page so for now, it's not on the IAS blog. I decided I'd go ahead though and post it on my blog. I really like how it came out.


Materials Used:
  • Images - Make It Crafty - Surfer Dad; Beach stamp set by Provo Craft (very old)
  • Sentiment - See D's Birthday collection
  • Cardstock -Stampin Up Yo Yo Yellow, Baja Breeze; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up Cupcakes & Carousels
  • Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories - Sun punch
  • Copic Markers - BG11, BG23, BG000; C1; E000, E00, E11, E25; E40, E42, E43, E44; Y06, Y13, Y15, Y21; YR04.
 That's about it. Our theme for this challenge is For The Men. So anything with a masculine theme is good. I hope you'll pop on over to the International Art & Soul Challenge website and see what the rest of the Design Team has created. We are a Just For Fun challenge, after all crafting really is just about having fun :). Although we don't give away prizes we do have some awesome badges for you. You can enter our challenges with any types of craft that takes your fancy so long as you follow our theme. We would love to see how creative you are so altered art, die cutting, glass etching, jewelery etc. are all permitted.We will have a new challenge for you each fortnight so be sure to check in with us regularly and we hope you have lots of fun playing along with us.

I am submitting this for the following challenges:
Dare2BArtzy Blog - Summer
Great Impressions - Masculine Final Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug - Fast & Furious - Men
Crafty Calendar  - June Boys Will be Boys
Imagine That -  Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Frosty Rory - Creatalicious No. 116

Hello again. I'm back for another blog post. Wow!  It was so good to be able to be in my stamp room the other day and be creative. I also took all the cards I've made and haven't given away (way too many) and organized them into plastic containers. I used the ones from the SU stamps that I've been unmounting. .They really fit very well. Glad that I figured out a way to use them instead of just throwing them in the trash.

So, here we are with another challenge for Creatalicious. For this fortnight, the challenge is Anything Goes with Using Your Favorite Colors.  My favorite holiday is Christmas and I love the non-traditional Christmas colors (blue and silver).  I haven't put a sentiment on this one yet. Not sure if I want it on the outside or just on the inside.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Lacy Sunshine - Frosty Rory
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Soft Sky
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up - All Is Calm
  • Accessories - Recollections - Flower and bling flourish; Kirarina Wink Silver Metallic; Kirarina Wink White; Stampin Up corner rounder punch
  • Copic Markers - BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG10; E25, E27, E29; E50, E51, E53; N0, N1, N3, N5, N7; R00, R29; Y06, Y15, Y21; YG03, YG61
Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous --

Store  -  Blog
Prize  -  3 digis of winner's choice
I hope that you will stop by the blog and see what the rest of the Design Team has going for your inspiration and then jump on it and play along with us. You know you want to. You could be the winner of this fabulous prize or picked as one of the TOP 3. Hope to see you there.

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Friend's Birthday - CYS May

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are all enjoying a day off with friends and family or just chillin'. I spent time yesterday with my family. We were celebrating two high school graduations. My grandson (the youngest) and my youngest great nephew. Next we start on college graduations. It was a pleasant day with lots of fun chatting, food and photo taking. Can't believe he's all grown up.

Today has been a relaxing day away from school books. Yes, I'm taking a class and it is really tough. It's an online class so I can become a certified genealogist - one of my passions. I love the research and investigation part, not so much the reading and writing reports part. We'll see how it goes. It's only been two weeks and I still have about thirteen weeks more to go. I was able to spend time in my stamp room again. So nice to get back in there and get creative.

I made this card with a girlfriend in mind. She loves pink. I'm going to save it for her birthday. No, it doesn't look like a birthday card, but this sentiment really spoke to me about her.  Inside it does have a birthday with for her.
This card was also for the Challenge Your Stash challenge on SplitcoastStampers. Our hostess this month was Terry L. (terry0926 on SCS).  Our challenge was to ~~Use your favorite floral stamps for your focal image. You can make a card for any occasion, but make sure you focus on flowers
We are not allowed to go buy anything new to make our cards, it all has to come from our stash. I also checked out the gallery on SCS and found a card by Gosia Hoot that I loved and so this is my CASE card from hers. I'm a day late posting this, but once I picked out the stamp set and the layout, it came together pretty quickly.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Stampin Up - Bloom in Hope
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - Feel Goods
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Blushing Bride
  • Designer Paper - Basic Gray - Bittersweet
  • Accessories - Nestabilities - Dies. For some reason I didn't put this one in my book and have no idea what it's called and I can't seem to find it online either so probably retired.
  • Copic Markers: G21, G24, G43; Y02, Y08; Y19; R81, R83, R85; 110.
That's it. Hope you have a great week!

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Coloring in Scrapland - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes
Angie's Digital Stamps - Anything Goes
Glitter N Sparkle - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Flowers

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tickled Pink - CCC May

Good morning my friends. It's time for another card kit from the SCS Creative Card Chicks. Each month the hostess sends us all a kit with images, papers, embellishments and some direction and we are to make at least one card from the kit. This month it was Terry Serman's turn to send out the kit. I was happy to see that she used a retired SU set - Tickled Pink. I've always loved this set. So much fun.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Stampin Up - Tickled Pink
  • Sentiment - MFT - Tickled Pink
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Pixie Pink; Gink K - Layering White
  • Designer Paper - American Crafts
  • Accessories - MFT Sun Die; Paper Studio Twine; K&Co. Pink Gems, gold stickles
  • Copic Markers - I put my markers away before I wrote down the colors that I used. I know that I used RV52, RV55, and RV63 for the flamiingo and G07 for the leaves. 
That's it my friends.  Wishing you a great day!

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Crafty Friends Challenge  - Use Summer colors
Imagine That - Creative Playground - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delight - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - More than 2 Layers
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Things with Wings
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hooray for Hot Colors - IAS #8

Good morning my friends. I hope that those of you who are mother's with your own children or those who mother other's children in one way or another have a very Happy Mother's Day. I received a phone call from my daughter who lives in California last night and had a pleasant conversation with her. I have dinner plans tonight with my other daughter who lives here in Texas close to me. My grand children are going to fix dinner for us. Can't wait!

Today also is Challenge No. 8 for International Art & Soul. Our theme this time is Hot Colors. It hasn't gotten all that hot here in H Town yet, but I know that it will in time. Our summers can be brutal at times.
I just love this image. She looks so happy and vibrant. I thought she would be perfect for Hot Colors.

Materials Used:

  • Image - Make It Crafty - Melody
  • Sentiments - Hampton Arts
  •  Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black 
  •  Cardstock - XPress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Daffodil Delight
  •  Designer Paper - Basic Gray
  •  Accessories: Stampin Up scallop oval punch; Recollections - Flower; Wild Orchid Crafts - Lace
  •  Copic Markers - E31, E33, E37; E50, E51, E53; Y18; YG03; YR61, YR65 YR68
I hope you will stop on by and see what the rest of the Design Team has to share with you and play along with us. You could be a winner of a lovely blog badge or one of the Top 3. Good luck.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Flowers
Crafting With Dragonflies - Lots of Flowers
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes with Pattern Paper
Making Memories Crafting - Anything Goes
Morgan's Artworld - Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations - For the Girls
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Create With TLC - Anything Goes

Monday, May 1, 2017

Super Hero Birthday!

Hi again my friends. I'm a little late getting this posted to my blog. I belong to a group on Splitcoast Stampers - Challenge Your Stash. The idea is that we create our card using only items that are already in our stash - no buying anything new. This month the idea came from Kelly (MiamiKel on SCS). The idea was to create a Super Hero card or a card with Super on it somewhere.
I was really worried about doing this card until I found this great digital image from Dover Publishing. The sentiment is a retired stamp from Stampin Up. The Lightning bolt is also from Dover Publishing.

I used my Copic Markers to color the image. What fun that was.
E23, E25, E27; E50, E51, E53; G21, G43, G82; R23, R27, R37; Y06, Y08, Y11, Y18; YR0000, YR09, YR15, YR27, YR61, YR68.

That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Celebrating You - IAS #7

Oops, just a little late getting this posted. Got tied up last night making cookies for my kids that are coming for dinner today. This is my second post for today, this time for International Art & Soul.  Our theme this fortnight is Anything Goes - Vintage. You are not limited to making a card, but can create any project as long as you follow the theme. Here is my card.
Materials Used:
  • Image - Ching Chou Kuik - Time Flies
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up retired
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Pink Pirouette; Xpress it Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Prima Princess collection
  • Accessories - doily and ribbon from my stash; butterfly sent to me by a friend; Stampin Up oval punch; Nestabilities Gold Labels Four
  • Copic Markers - E11, E21, E34; E50, E51, E57, E59; B000, B01; G12, G43; R02, R81, R83; Y26, Y28, bon YG93; V05, V15
Since our challenge is Just For Fun, we don't have a sponsor, but we do have some really pretty blog awards that you can win or you can be named as one of the Top 3 by Design Team Members. I hope you'll come play with us.  Thanks for stopping by.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges
 Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - Freestyle
Scrapper's Delights - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes'
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Anything Goes
JO's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Morgan's Artworld - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs - Use Something Digital
Really Reasonble Ribbon Put a Bow on It
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes or Wheels

Happy Everything - Creatalicious #114

Good morning my friends. Happy Sunday. I hope that your weekend is going well. If you are in one of those cold places that is getting snow, YIKES!  It's been pretty nice here, but we are supposed to get some of that cold air here in H Town by Monday. Crazy weather this Winter.

Today I have a couple of cards to share with you. My first is for the challenge over at Creatalicious.
Our theme this fortnight is Anything Goes - With the Optional For the Girls/Mother's Day. Mother's Day will be coming up pretty soon. Since my mom has been gone now for a number of years, I decided to do a card that I could use for any special occasion.
Materials Used:
  • Image - My Favorite Things
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up
  • Cardstock - XPress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Going Gray
  • Designer Paper - Authentique - Essentials collection
  • Accessories - Stampin Up small labels punch; Martha Stewart Lea Branch and Fir Branch punches; Memory Box Flower Flourish; Spellbinders Labels Fourteen; Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections; hat pin from my stash
  • Copic Markers -B0000; C2, C5; E31, E33; E50, E51, E53; G28; R01, R21, R22, R24
That's it  . . I hope that you'll come play along with us.

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is

$15 gift cert.
You could be the winner or chosen as one of the Top 3. Hope to see you there.  I'll be back in a bit with another card.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - Freestyle
Scrapper's Delights - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes'
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Anything Goes
JO's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Morgan's Artworld - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Woodland Deer - Creative Card Chicks

Good morning friends.  I hope you're having a great weekend. We were predicted to get rain yesterday, but it didn't come around my house. We did get a cooling off overnight though from the cold front coming down from the North. Time to get the yard man over to get flowers planted and get ready for the butterflies. My sis and niece have already been releasing some. I'm getting a late start.

Today it's time to post my card from the Creative Card Chicks group over at Splitcoast Stamperes. This month it was Kelly's (Miamikel4) turn to send us a kit. These ladies really do challenge me every month and I love to see all the cards that they create from the same kit. It's inspiring.  Here is my take on the challenge.
Kelly sent us the images from the Stampenous set In the Woods. I didn't clutter up the front with a sentiment. I'll put that on the inside. The designer paper is from My Paper Studio "Woodland Retreat" collection. We were challenged to use the deer and the tree trunk on our card. Of course, you know how I love flowers, so decided to ground the tree with a garden of flowers. These were all in an SU stamp set that I cut apart and planted around the tree. The deer is standing on a little piece of ground made from a piece of burlap ribbon. I used my Copic markers to color in the deer, tree and flowers. That's it for today. Easy peasy. See you next time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mushroom Fairy - IAS #6

Hi my friends. I can't believe that it's Easter already, the middle of April. Where does the time  go? I hope you are getting to enjoy your weekend. We had a holiday on Friday from work so it's been nice to have the 3 days off. It's been busy around here though. I am having some small jobs done around my house, not by me, but this great handyman and his helper. It's so great to find someone who knows how to do so many different things so that I don't have to hire 6 different people to do all my jobs.  I'll be going to my sister's tomorrow to celebrate Easter with all my family. I hear that the Easter Bunny will also be making a trip. If he does, I'll be sure to post a photo of him.

Today is also time for another challenge from International Art & Soul. Our theme this time is Things with Wings.
I used a stamp I got from Lili of the Valley a very long time ago. I'm not sure what her real name is, but I call her Mushroom Fairy. Sorry that I didn't write down all the ingredients that I used. The cardstock is from Stampin Up - Pink Pirouette; the flowers and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts, the die from Spellbinders; lace from my stash. I also used some Stikles on her wings and headband. The sentiment is a retired SU stamp.

I used Copic markers for the coloring: E00, E02, E04; E30, E31, E33; E84; R0000, R81, R83; RV0000, RV00; RV02; V0000, V01, V04, V12; Y17, YG03, YG05

Well, that's about it. I hope you'll come join in the fun and play with us. Of course, since this is JFF, we don't have a sponsor, but you could earn a lovely badge for your blog is your card is chosen as the winner or one of the Top 3. See you next time.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Come and Get It - It's a Girl Thing
Dare2BArtzy Blog - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
heARTful Stamping - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafting Friends - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenges - Anything Goes
Scrappers Delights - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Flowers or Anything Goes
Doing Life - Anything Goes

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Challenge Your Stash March - So Sorry

Hi again. I've got another post for today that I'm late with. This was supposed to be posted back on March 28 for the Challenge Your Stash group on SCS. This challenge was given to us by Shelly aka mcschmidty. We were to make a sympathy card, with some green and 3 of something. March seemed to be a month full of sympathy cards and this has already been sent to a dear friend on the unexpected passing of her daughter from a viral infection which attacked her heart and she was gone. I hope this and the other experiences of my friends prompt us to keep our loved ones close and always remember to let them know of your love for them.

Materials used:
  • Image - Stampin Up - Corner Garden (I love this stamp)
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - So Sorry
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Garden Green
  • Accessories - Enamel Dots; Nuo Dots
  • Copic Markers - B000, B12, B14; G12, G24, G43; G46; BV000, BV01, BV13; E37; R32, R43, R46; R81, R83, R85; Y15, Y18, Y19; YR61, YR65, YR68
That's it. I'll see you again soon.

CCC March 2017 Birds & Friends

Hi friends and Happy Sunday. I hope that the weather where you are is not too bad. We are supposed to get storms this afternoon, so I wanted to get a couple cards posted before the weather turned bad. I'm a little late for this one for March. I was supposed to post it back on March 21. What can I say, I'm a procrastinator. It's for the monthly challenge for the Creative Card Chicks and the kit was sent to us by Sue aka stampinspooky. I'm really not that great with CAS cards and this was no different. I know that it needs something else, but I couldn't figure out what else to do with it. Everything I used is from the kit except for the base card.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Stampin Up - Language of Friendship.
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - Oval All
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Naturals White and Marina Mist
  • Ink - Stampin Up - Marina Mist
  • Designer Paper - K & Company
  • Ribbon - Stampin Up
Accessories - Round Circle Punch and Circle Scallop Punch. Stampin UP oval punch and oval scallop punch.

She also sent a second kit, but I haven't had a chance to work on that one yet. A future project.  Happy Day!