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Friday, September 21, 2018

Birthday Blooms

Hello friends. Well, for once in a very long time I'm on time with my post for the Creative Card Chicks Monthly Challenge. The Chicks are a group of ladies who have a monthly challenge. We have a new hostess every month who sends us all a card kit with images, sentiments, designer paper, and various embellishments and then we all get to make a card or more. Our posting dates are between the 21st and 23rd of each month.

This month our hostess was Sue (stampinspooky). I was thrilled to get her kit because it contained flowers! I love working with all kinds of flowers and this one lent itself to some fun shading.
Materials Used:
  • Image - Stampin Up Birthday Blooms
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up Birthday Blooms
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Melon Mamba
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up Pop of Pink
  • Ink - SU Melon Mamba
  • Accessories - Sequins, twine, SU oval scallop punch
  • Copic Markers - C7; RV52, RV55, RV63; YG11, YG23, YG35, YG97
I'm glad to get back into the swing of card making and hope that I'll be able to keep up now that school has started. This first week has been pretty easy, but I don't expect that will continue to be the case. See you soon!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bloom With Hope - IAS #42

Good morning my friends. Sorry I am so late getting this posted. I got distracted this past weekend with the start of the Fall Semester of school! Yes, I'm a college student attend BYU-Idaho Online. I'm at the start of my dream of becoming a certified genealogist. Family History Research has been my passion for a long time.

I've also been away from IAS for some time now too. I was finishing up my studies through the Pathway Connect program and graduating from that program July 26. I'm glad to be back and hope to do better getting my projects done and posted.

Our challenge this fortnight is Nature.

 Materials Used:
  • Image - Stampin Up Bloom With Hope
  • Sentiment - SU Bloom With Hope
  • Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Card stock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Summer Sun (retired)
  • Designer Paper - Bo Bunny - Country Garden collection
  • Accessories - Recollections Bling
  • Copic Markers - G21, G24, G28; Y15, Y18, Y19; E13, E15, E18.

We want to see you artwork containing the beauty of nature using anything to do with this subject be it through an image or a physical 'nature' product.  Hope you have lots of fun :)

Come on over to International Art & Soul to see what the rest of the Design Team has created and join in the fun. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Happy Bee-Day!

Hi my friends and Happy Sunday!  We just had a whale of a storm come through with really high gusts of wind and drenching rain! The word from the weatherman is that we should be having even more rain throughout this week. I hope it's not as bad as it was today.

I am so behind on my blog posts and am going to try to catch up. Maybe I can do one a day until it's time for a current one. The first one I have is one I did for the July Monthly Challenge for Creative Card Chicks, a group of us who exchange stamp kits every month. In July, Terry was the hostess and she sent us a really cute kit with a couple of theses images from a retired Stampin Up set. So cute. She also included the designer paper and some cute embellishments to use. Here is my creation:

I colored my image with Copic Markers: B0000, B01, B14; E30, E31, E34, E35; G12, G14, G21; R81, R83; Y32, Y35, Y38; YR02.

That's it for today. I hope to be back tomorrow with another belated card. Have a great day.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Summer Fun - Creatalicious No. 146

Hello my friends.. With all that has been going on at my house, I was still able to get to my craft room and do some crafting.

Today I'm showcasing a card that I made for Creatalicious Challgenge.  Our theme for this challenge is Anything Goes + Optional use Pastels. No stress if you'd rather not use pastels. Just come along and have fun.  I enjoyed making this card. I wanted to do kind of a scene card so I used some extra stamped images to create one. The top photo looks a little off because it's bent in the middle. I couldn't get it to lay flat again. That's a fold so when it's open, it looks like the bottom photo.  Lighting is also not so great.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Sasayaki Glitter - Summer Fun
  • Sentiment - Lili of the Valley - Sweet & Simple
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up More Mustard and Baja Breeze
  • Designer Paper - Recollections - Blush & Mint collection
  • Accessories - Sun and seahorse images - Craftin Desest Divas, Enchanted Tales; Cloud dies; classic circle dies
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B000, B12; E000, E00, E01, E04,  E07; E23, E25, E29; R20 R21; Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y18, Y21; YR65
 Our generous sponsor for this challenge is
Prize  -  1 digi of winner's choice (non-coloured)

I hope that you will come join in the fun and play along with us. I will love seeing your wonderful creations! You could be picked as the Winner or one of the Top 3. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ups and Downs Week

This has sure been a week of highs and lows and I hope not to have to deal with these issues again for a long time.

 If you can't tell from the name of my blog, I am a Cat Person. I have a few that live inside my house and then some that live outside. I have a large patio on the back of my house which is where the outside kitties get fed every day, twice a day. They don't always stay in the yard though. They go off to parts unknown when they are not eating especially when the weather is bad. They are all strays so I have no idea if they have other family in the neighborhood or not, but I've still taken it upon myself to have the females spayed so we don't get anymore kitties in the neighborhood. Four of my inside kitties are those that were born in the back yard over the years.

The low point came first thing Monday morning. I had already put food out for the kitties on the patio, but only three had shown up. No. 4 Doris was missing. That happens a lot so I didn't think anything about it. Right before I was leaving for work, I remembered that I had not put seed out for the birds, so I went outside to do that. When I went out I noticed Doris jumping over the back fence. But she didn't come up to the patio to get breakfast. She just laid down by the side fence and cried. I walked over to where she was to get a good look at her. She was crying and panting and didn't seem to be able to stand up on her own. Of course, I went and got a carrier and got her in it with no problem and immediately called the vet's office to take her in for an exam. We got there about a half hour later. She was in a lot of distress with her breathing so the vet put her in an incubator to give her oxygen. Later after she was a little stronger they were able to take x-rays which showed she had a huge hernia - her diaphram had been damaged and her stomach was pushed up into her chest making it difficult to breathe. Later we noticed that she also had damage to one of her back legs. There was no doubt that she had been hit by a car. I am amazed that she was able to make it back into my yard after going through this traumatic experience. I had to make the very hard decision to let her go. She was a very sweet and friendly little girl, and I miss her every day.

It is very good when the lows are offset by highs. One of my other outside kitties - Glynda has been living in the house mostly in a crate for the last four weeks. I first noticed outside that she was a bit lethargic and didn't seem to be eating very much if at all. I decided that it was time for a trip to the vet. I love my vets. It's a cat clinic, no dogs allowed. The vet that saw Glynda diagnosed her at first with a UTI and treated  her for that. They were going to keep her overnight because I was having her groomed also. She's a long-haired cat and had not been grooming  herself very well, so she was dirty and had mats that she wouldn't let me cut off. Better to let the professionals handle that. They gave her a lion cut, and she looks pretty cute, but I'll be glad when the rest of her hair grows back in. I hope it does before the cold weather gets here. While she was there they noticed that she had some bleeding in her urine and did an ultrasound on her bladder and found that she had two small stones in her bladder that were the cause of her problems. This meant she had to be on a special diet to dissolve the stones and also that she would have to be inside confined to a crate where she could be fed her diet.  That has caused a little bit of upset with the other kitties who live in the house, but they are coping. Two weeks turned into four, but yesterday she was given a clean bill of health! The stones are gone and she will be able to go back outside to her friends and family. She and the other outside cats will now have to also be on a maintenance diet to keep this from happening to her again or any of the others. I decided to keep her in the house until Saturday when I'll have three days to monitor how she does back outside.
This is Glynda before her health issues. Even though I lost one of my kitties this week, I was able to save this other one, so that's pretty good.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Serenity Fairy Kisses - Creatalicious #146

Good morning friends. Wow! What happened to July? I can't believe it's already August. The good thing is that school is over for the semester and I came out with an overall A! Yippee!

We have had some issues here with the kitties. My oldest at 18, Paisley, was diagnosed with pancreatitis and will be on medication for the rest of her life. She's doing well. You would never know that she was sick and she's doing better at taking her pill. Unfortunately, it's not one of those that I can mix in her food.

Next, I noticed that one of my outside kitties seemed a bit puny and got her to the vet. At first she thought it was a UTI, but after a dose of antibiotics, we found that she has two small stones in her bladder which meant additional medication and special food. She is now crated in the house so that she can eat her special food for two weeks. This has caused a little disruption to the other kitties, but I hope in a few days they will be used to her. Not sure she's going to be used to being in a crate though. It is not her happy place.

So much for all that. Time to get down to business with my card for the Creatalicious challenge.
Our theme is Anything Goes with an optional Under the Sea or Fairytales. As you can see, I chose Fairytales. I am going to be looking for a new camera. The colors on mine are not coming out like they should even with my photo editing.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Di's Digi Stamps - Serenity Fairy Kisses
  • Sentiment - Lili of the Valley
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Pink Pirouette
  • Designer Paper - Best Creation - Ballet Princess collection
  • Accessories - Nestabilities Die; Studio Light Beautiful Flowers die; Flower, ribbon and bling from my stash; Stickles glitter glue
  •  Copic markers - E50, E51, E53; R20, R21, R22; V01, V04; Y11, Y15, Y19; YR24

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is

who's offering a $12 voucher to the winner
I hope you will come play with us. You could be the winner of this great prize or picked as one of the Top 3. Remember, the theme is optional.
Oh, and another of my pet peeves is that even after applying the "so-called" fix, I am still not getting email notifications that replies have been posted to my blog and I've gotten a couple spams which I never used to get. This is very frustrating.
I'll be back soon with another post.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Number 1 - Creatalicious No. 142

Okay, this is my last post for the day. I am just a few days late with my post.  Just sitting here watching fireworks on the TV. We had a terrible rain storm today and the big firework display here in H Town was cancelled. I wouldn't have gone, but a lot of people do. I'm watching Macy's right now, but will watch A Capital Fourth later.

This card is for the Creatalicious Challenge.  The theme for this challenge is Anything Goes with the optional For A Hero! The theme is optional so you can still join the fun and not use the theme.

Last year we had some great heroes in our town - the Houston Astros! Our baseball team won the World Series. I colored this little guy with the Astros colors in honor of them. We're hoping that they can do a back to back and win again this year.

I think it may be time to look into getting a new camera. This one is not doing justice to the colors.
Sorry, but I can't figure out now where I got this stamp from. The cardstock is SU Midnight Muze and the designer paper is also SU Patterns Pack. The sentiment is from LOTV- Sweet & Simple.

The copics I used were B0000, B37; E00, E02, E04; YR02, YR04, and YR07.

I hope you'll come join in the fun. I can't wait to see your creations.

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is

$15 gift cert.