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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Christmas Topper - IAS #110

 Good morning. Happy Sunday. I hope that all is well where you are. I'm in my backyard building a boat! LOL! We have been having so much rain. I truly wish I could send it out west where they need it. 

I am half way through my last semester to receive my Applied Associate's Degree in Family History Research. In addition to card making and scrap-booking, genealogy is my other passion. It has taken me two and a half years to get this far and I'll be going on to get my Bachelor's Degree starting in Spring 2022. Yes, taking a little break.

Back to the task at hand. Today I have a card to share for International Art & Soul. This is our 110th challenge since it began. The theme for this challenge is to make a card or other project using a "Topper" or a pre-colored image which was chosen by Design Team member CG. Using a pre-colored image made it easy to put this one together.

Materials Used:

  • Image - Lili of the Valley - pre-colored image
  • Sentiment - LOTV
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Red Glitter
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up
  • Accessories - SU Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Memory Box - Kensington Christmas Tree Die

I  hope that you will pop on over to the IAS challenge website and see what the rest of the Design Team has created and then join in the fun. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Merry Christmas - Slimline - Challenge Your Stash

 Hello my friends. Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day Weekend. I hope you stay safe if you are traveling over this holiday weekend. I will be having a quiet weekend at home. I went to the nursery this afternoon and bought some more plants for my empty flower beds, so I hope that the weather will cooperate and I'll be able to get those planted as well as weed out the beds. That is an ongoing, never ending job.

Today I have a card to share for the SCS Challenge Your Stash challenge. Each month we have a hostess who chooses the theme for that month. Then we all make a card using that theme and supplies that we have in our stash. We are not to go out and buy anything to make the card. It's always fun to see what everyone comes up with. This month our hostess was Barb and her challenges was to make a slimline card or mini-slimline card. Your choice of vertical or horizontal, but be sure to include a sentiment. I am just  getting on the bandwagon for these cards and really love them. I did recently purchase a couple of dies to use when making them, but I didn't use them on this card. This card is actually doing double duty because the challenge over in the Splitcoast Fan Club Christmas Challenge for February was the sketch for this card. So I'll be posting it over there also.

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Kitty Cactus - Creative Card Chicks

Hello, my friends. I hope that you're having a great day. I have another card to share with you today. This is for the Splitcoast Stampers Creative Card Chicks Monthly Challenge. Each month the hostess sends each of the members a card kit which includes some images, pattern paper, and various embellishments to use to create a card or more. Then we each post our card starting on the 21st of the month. I'm also fascinated to see what each of the members creates out of the same kit. This month the hostess was Terry. She stepped in to do an extra hostess this month since our number of members has dropped by a few so some are doing something extra this year. If you're interested in becoming a member, check out our thread on SCS.

Here is my card from Terry's kit she sent. It was fun seeing the cute animal images as cactus.

Of course I had to pick the kitty cactus image. 

Materials Used

  • Hero Arts - Cactus Animals
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Pool Party; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Designer Paper - Not sure which one this is.
  • Accessories - Stampin Up Pool Party Ribbon; Gina Marie enamel dots
  • Copic Markers - Neglected to write down the color numbers.

Congrats Grad - IAS #109

 Good morning. Happy Sunday. I hope you are all doing well. I think it's time for some sunny days. We have had so much rain over the last 7-10 days, my backyard is like a swamp. The kitties appreciate it after it stops because they like to go lap up the rain water. Granted they have a large bowl of fresh water every day on the patio, but there is something about the rain water that attracts them. Go figure.

Today I've got a card for International Art & Soul. The theme is Graduation which was picked by DT member, Debbie. I don't have anyone graduating this year, but put this one together. 

Materials Used:

  •  Image - Whiff of Joy - Graduation Willow
  • Sentiment - Stampendous - Cap and Gown Day
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Crisp Cantelope; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Crate Paper - Confetti Collection
  • Accessories - Stampin Up Ribbon; Wild Orchid Crafts - Flower
  • Copic Markers - B95; E40; E23, E25; E50, E51, E53; Y13, Y15; YR21, YR23

 Do you have a graduate this year?  How did it go with the COVID restrictions in place? I hope that it didn't put a damper on the celebration. Hop on over to the IAS challenge website and see what the rest of the DT has created. I love that they are all so different and inspiring. Join in the fun and let's see your graduation creations.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

I'm a Little Teapot - IAS #108

 Good morning. Happy Sunday. Most important - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Sending wishes to all my friends who are mothers whether it is to your own children, friends, nieces, nephews, furbabies. . . I hope you enjoy your special day. I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers  yesterday from my oldest daughter who lives in California. It is sad that we don't get to see each other as often as I would like, but I do enjoy chatting with her from time to time. 

I do have a card to share with you today for the challenge over at International Art & Soul. The theme for this challenge was chosen by Design Team member, Hazel, and was to make a card or project depicting a nursery rhyme. When I was trying to figure out what to do for this, I googled "Nursery Rhymes" and was amazed at how many there are. Looking over my stamps I decided to use one that I have not used before and I think was perfect for this challenge.


Ever since I made this card, the little jingle has been running through my head. I also thought this was a sweet image to use for a greeting for Mother's Day, "Sweet and Warm Thoughts of You."

Materials used:

  • Image - Bildmalarna - Mimosa Tea Party
  • Sentiment - Art Stamps - Teacup Blessings
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Pretty in Pink; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Crafts Mark - Beautiful Day
  • Accessories - Stampin Up Pretty in Pink Ribbon; Stitched Die, Scallop Circle Die
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B12, B41; E23, E25; E50, E51, E53; R20, R21, R22; R81, R83; Y15

That's all for today. I hope you enjoy your day and that you'll pop on over to IAS to see what the rest of the design team has created for your inspiration and that you'll join us and show us your favorite nursery rhyme.

 I am entering this in the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goe
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Challenge - Anything Goes
Just Us Girls - Layers
Classic Design Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's - Use Pattern Paper
Creations in Pink - Anything Pink

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Purr-Fect Playdate

 Hello my friends. Happy Thursday. It's been a busy week with school work and getting in some weeding and house chores. It's never ending. I finally got the front flower bed mostly weeded. You know that they are not all completely gone, but the big ones have been pulled and dug out. I still have a ways to go in the back yard. I'll probably have to replace a couple of shrubs. My gardenia bush is starting to put out some new shoots, but they are just tiny and way down at the root. It will take years for it to grow to like it was. I'm considering digging it up and replacing it along with my hibiscus that doesn't seem to be showing signs of new growth. 

In between all that, I was able to get a card done for the Splitcoast Stampers Challenge Your Stash group. For this group, we have a hostess every month who picks a theme for us all to use to create our card. We have to only use items from our stash - no going out to buy new things to create the card. This month the hostess was Shelly (mcschmidty) and the theme she gave us was ~~Kiss Your Mate Day is April 28th. Lets make cards showing a kissing couple, a couple in love, even love for a pet!

I don't have much use for a kissing card so I opted for a loving kitty pair. 

 Materials Used:

  • Image - Heartfelt Creations - Purrfect Playdate
  • Sentiment - Heartfelt Creations - Purring & Playful
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Pink Pirouette
  • Designer Paper - Heartfelt Creations - Purrfect Posies
  • Accesories - Heartfelt Creations - Die for Purrfect Playdate; Stampin Up sequins
  • Copic Markers - BV0000, BV000, BV01; E01, E02; E23, E25; G21, G24; R21, R81; Y15; W0, W2
That is all for today. I hope you like it and wish you a great week!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Vintage Sport - International Art & Soul #107

 Good morning and Happy Sunday! I hope you are all doing well. It's a beautiful and sunny day here in H Town. Started off with having the sprinkler repair guy come out. The zone for my front flower bed and the one side of my house was not working. One of the sprinkler heads was just gushing water out. He said that's why the others weren't working because all the water was going to that one. Got that all fixed and a couple adjustments and now everything is working great. He even checked all the other zones to make sure they were all working as they should. This was the first time I've used this company and will call them again if I have any others issues. The company I used before couldn't give me an appointment until the second week in May. Couldn't wait that long since my front flower bed was not getting watered.

Today I have a card to share for the International Art & Soul challenge. The theme is A Card or Gift for a Man which was chosen by Design Team member Jennie. I've had this stamp for some time and haven't used it yet. I don't do a lot of masculine cards, but thought this one would be perfect. Most men love cars. 

Materials Used:

  • Image - Lili of the Valley - Vintage Sports
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - Big on Birthdays
  • Card stock - Stampin Up - Buckaroo Blue
  • Designer Paper - American Crafts - Ready, Set, Go
  • Accessories - Silver gel pen
  • Copic Markers - B0000; E30, E31, E25; G21, G24; W1, W4; Y13, Y15

Simple card for today. I hope that you will check out our posts for this fortnight over at International Art & Soul. See what the rest of the Design Team has created. Then join in the fun and be creative. You could be the Winner or picked as one of the Top 3. Have fun.