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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Henry Hugging Bauble - CCC #67

Good morning friends and happy Tuesday!  Thank you for all the good wishes for Maggie Mae.  She's such a sweet kitty.  She was on an antibiotic for 4 days and it was making her sick, so I've stopped giving it to her.  The capsule was huge for her little mouth; made for people; purchased at a people pharmacy.  Since the vet is not even sure what, if anything, is wrong with her, then I can't see upsetting her, stressing her out, and giving her meds that might not be anything good for her.  I'm still putting drops in her eye and it is almost cleared up.  The rest, well, we'll see how things go.

So, on to my card for this Creative Card Crew.  Our theme if you can't tell is Christmas in July.  I had such fun putting this one together.
Materials Used:
  • Image - Whiff of Joy - Henry Hugging a Bauble
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - Joyous Celebrations
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Marina Mist; Metallic Silver; Xpress it Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Deja Views - Christmas
  • Accessories - Recollections Ornament Sticker; Scrappin Dreams - Silver Twine; Stampin Up - silver stars glitter; Silver Gel Pen; Crystal Effects; Silver Glitter; Stampin Up small oval punch
  • Copic Markers:  B0000, B01, B02, B04; E0000, E01, E31, E33, E35; E41, E42, E43; R24, R27, R29
Our wonderful sponsor this fortnight is Whiff of Joy, and the prize is 1 rubber stamp.
I hope you'll come play with us.  I know that I really need to start working on those Christmas cards.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Craftin Desert Divas - Christmas in July
Lexi's Creations - Christmas in July
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Christmas in July
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Glitter, Embossing, Flocking
The Crazy Challenge - Die Cuts and Punches
The Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Storyteller - Christmas in July
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Christmas in July

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Amalia's Christmas Lights - CK #47

Hello my friends and Happy Thursday!  Ah, just one more day til Friday.  I'm also feeling happy because my boss is out of the office for 2 days. <insert happy face here>  I can use a bit of good news.  This week has not been all fun and games.  I had to take another one of the kitties (Maggie Mae) to the vet this week.  She's the little one in the middle of the header up above.  And what a sweetheart she is.  She likes to come sit up on my computer desk with me when I'm working and then she crawls up on my shoulder to snuggle.  I noticed the other night that she had a film over her left eye.  The vet drew some blood for tests and I should hear something back by Friday.  Right now I'm having to put 2 drops of meds in her eye 3 times a day.  Lucky for us she's not a psycho cat like Corey so I've been able to take care of this pretty well.  At least for now.  A prayer or two for her would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Now on to my card.  It certainly is NOT cold here in H Town this time of the year, so do you think that having a challenge of Christmas in July can get us in the holiday spirit?  That's what it is over at Creative Knockouts this week.  I hope this will motivate me to get some more Christmas cards going or I won't have any to send out this year. 

Here's an up-close shot of the image.

Materials Used:

  • Image - Dilly Beans - Amalia's Christmas Lights
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up Holly Jolly Rub Ons
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up Be of Good Cheer
  • Accessories:  Bling, snowflake & brad from my stash; Lace - Wild Orchid Crafts; 1 1/4" round punch; Nestabilities Classic Circle Die; Crystal Effects; Cricut Die Cut Winter Lace Cartridge; Stampendous Frantage Shabby White
  • Copic Markers:  B000, B12, B45; C8; E50, E51, E53; G00, G07, G14; N1, N5, N7, N9; R22, R24, R27; Y11, Y13, Y18; Y32, Y35, Y38
Our fabulous sponsor is Dilly Beans.  Check out her store.

Now it's your turn.  Hope you'll come play with us this week.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
4Crafty Girlz - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Christmas in July
DL Art - Christmas in July
Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Anything Goes

City Crafter Challenge - Christmas in July
Clear It Out - Christmas in July (Stash - Snowflake, bling, Sentiment)
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Hand Colored Image
Deep Ocean Challenge - Lots of Layers
Die Cuttin Divas - Christmas in July with a Die Cut
Digi Choosday Challenge - Christmas in July
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes (Square)
Scrap-Creations - Christmas in July
Papertake Weekly - Jolly Holiday
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - 3 or more designer papers
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Christmas in July
Digi Makeover - Must Use Punch or Die
Lexi's Creations - Christmas in July
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - Die Cuts and Punches

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sea/Beach - CCC #66

Hai friends.  Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all have had a wonderful week.  Lucky for me this one has been pretty quiet.  Yeah!  I have been spending some time cleaning up and organizing my stamp room.  It's not done yet and will probably take a lot more time.

Meanwhile, I have another card for Creative Card Crew.   This time our theme is Sea/Beach.  At first glance, this may not look like Sea or Beach, but the last time I was visiting my daughter in California, we drove up the Pacific Highway to a restaurant on Laguna Beach.  There were all kinds of beautiful flowers growing around the restaurant including roses.  The two strips on the side remind me of the sandy beach.  The flowers in her hair remind me of sea anemones.

  • Image - Aurora Wings - Woman with Gardenias and Pearls
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Real Red
  • Designer Paper - Memory Box - Brioche
  • Accessories - Ribbon - Shear Creations; Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts; Martha Stewart - Leaf Punch; Nestabilities Classic Circle Die and Scallop Circle Die; Pearls - from my stash
  • Copic Markers - B0000; E50, E51, E53; E55, E57; R08, R20, R21, R22, R46; YG00, YG21, YG61; Y08, Y21, Y35
Our fabulous sponsors for this fortnight are:
Dies R Us - $10 Gift Voucher

Aurora Wings - $15 Gift Voucher

Now it's your turn.  I hope you'll come join us and show us your creativity.  You could be one of the prize winners or one of the Top 3.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything Goes with a handmade Bow
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Digi Makover - Girly Girl
Love to Create - Petals and Pearls
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Glitter N Sparkle - Anything Goes
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Speedy Fox & Friends - Red
Crafty Catz - Flowers
Fussy & Fancy - All About Girls
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Wags 'n Whiskers - anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Crafty  Ribbons - Sunny Yellow with Ribbons
ABC Challenge - P is for Pearls
Crafts Galore Encore -  Anything Goes

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Eleanor's Hummingbird - CK #45

Hello again my friends.  Happy Thursday.  This week seems to have just flown by.  I hope you all had a wonderful and safe 4th of July.  Mine was quiet which is how I like it.  Managed to get some outside yard work done and also worked in my stamp room trying to get it a little bit organized.  It's still got a long way to go.

I'll get right to my card for this challenge.  The theme is "Sew It Up."  Please use some kind of stitching either real or faux on your card otherwise you'll have to be disqualified.

Materials Used:
  • Image- Lacey Sunshine - Eleanor's Hummingbirds
  • Leaving the sentiment for later
  • Cards stock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Razzleberry
  • Designer Paper - Basic Gray - Green at Heart
  • Accessories - Lace and bling from my stash; Wish I remembered where I got that die.  I really love this one.  Signo White Gel Pen
  • Copic Markers - B0000; E31, E50, E51, E53; N1, N3, N5; R81, R83, R85; V04, V06, V12; Y11, Y21; YG21, YG61, YG63; YR01, YR02, YR04.
Our sponsor this week is, of course, Lacey Sunshine. She has some adorable images in her shop.  You really need to check it out.

Now hop on over to the Creative Knockouts challenge blog and check out what the rest of the Design Team has for you and I hope that you'll play along with us this week.  Get inky!

I'm submitting this card for the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs - Use Die Cuts
Divas By Design - Things With Wings
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Challenge -  Punches and/or Die Cuts
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Use a Stamp or Digi Stamp
Craftyhazelnut's Pattern Paper - Anything Goes with Pattern Paper
Just For Fun Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Black and White - Monthly Challenge

Hi friends.  I hope you've had a wonderful 4th of July holiday.  Mine has been a quiet one which is good after the week I had.

I had a harrowing experience on Thursday going to pick up my car at the dealer after leaving it there on Tuesday to have the A/C fixed. I had a rental car and needed to have it back there by 6 on Thursday to pick up my car.  I left my office about 4:15 and as I drove, I headed into a storm that was brewing and I followed it or it followed me all the way out to the dealer.  The rain was coming down in buckets and it was hard to see the road except following another car's lights in front of me.  We inched along the highway and I finally made it.  The rain was still pouring down.  I don't know if all dealerships are like this one, but it has about 4 different areas all separate.  The showroom, the service area, the parts department, and the body shop.  Since the last time I rented a car there, they moved the car rental office from the service area over to the body shop area which is quite a hike if you have to walk it.  When I first got there, I drove up to where I thought the body shop was and found a place to park outside.  Even though it was still coming down, the rain had slacked up a little bit, so I got out of the car into 6" of water in the lot and ran inside, only to find out I was in the Parts Dept.!!!!!!!  Darn. I was also soaked, so I turned around and went back to the car and saw where I was supposed to be so turned around and drove over to the Body Shop.  Yikes, over there the water in the parking lot was over a foot deep!  Lucky that the car I was driving was not a little compact.  So even though I was parked right out front, when I stepped out of the car, I stepped into water that was about mid calf or higher.  It got the bottom of my capris wet at least 2 or 3 inches high.  I was already wet so what the heck.  Of course the rental person wasn't there and they had to call them to come and I had to wait there shivering in the AC so I went out on the little porch to wait.  Took awhile for him to get there.  I had called the service guy to let him know that I was there but couldn't get over to the service area.  He said he would send someone in a car to pick me up.  Even though the rain had stopped, the water in the parking lot was not going down.  He was finally able to go around to the back door where the water was only about 6" high and I was able to get in his car without too much problem.  Finally got over to service and was able to retrieve my car.  Lucky the front parking lot was not as flooded as the one at the body shop, so I was able to drive out of there without too much difficulty and be on my way home.  Got here about 6:45.  What an experience!  I hate driving in rain and in fact, when I first learned to drive which was here in Texas and not in PA, I wouldn't drive if it were raining.  At the time I wasn't working so it didn't matter.  If I was going somewhere and it started to rain, I'd turn around and go back home and wait until it stopped.  I've gotten better about that over the years since I haven't had much choice after getting a job, but I'm still not thrilled with having to drive in the rain.

So, with a quiet weekend, I've been about to play in my craft room.  I belong to a Monthly Challenge group.  Each month one of the players sends out a kit to the rest of us with stamped images, papers, embellishments and such and we all make at least one card or more from whatever was sent.  We're allowed to use our own supplies in addition to what we received.  It's a lot of fun, but I'm usually way behind in getting my cards done.

Today I am posting one card from Sue's (stampinspooky on SCS) envelope which she sent for March.  Yikes, sorry Sue that it took me so long to get this posted.

 We were to make a black/white card with a hint of red.  The image is from Stampin Up Vintage Vogue.   I used Stampin Up Real Red for the mat and the photo corner.  I'm not sure where the pattern paper is from.

My next card is from Suzy (our great leader who keeps us all on track)(Suzy1104 on SCS) for the May challenge. Suzy directed us to make one card using only black and white.  It was a challenge to figure out which image to use.
I'm not sure where the image comes from.  The pattern paper on the base is from Graphic 45 - Patterns & Solids collection.  The Polka dot paper is from The Paper Studio.  The white trim is a Martha Stewart border punch.  The ribbon Suzy sent is from Celebrate it 360* and the flower is from The Paper Studio. The cardstock base and mats are Stampin Up Basic Black.

Guess I better get busy on the rest of the envelopes that are sitting on my desk.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hug Me - CCC #65

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  It was quiet at my house which is a blessing!  Gave me some time to play in my craft room.

If it's not one thing, it's something else.  I kind of had the feeling that the A/C in my car was not working properly over the last week or so and yesterday morning confirmed it.  No A/C on the way to work.  I took it by the dealer after work, but had to take it home and take it back this morning.  The car rental store at the dealer closed about 10 minutes before I got there.  Ugh!  Hopefully it won't be serious and I'll get it back before the long weekend.  I hate to have to have a rental car for that long.  

Well, today is Tuesday so it's Creative Card Crew day for a post and yet another masculine card.  Funny how they have all come about the same time.  The color is a little off in this.  The pennant and corner are more green than gray. 

I found a sketch that I liked over at My Favorite Things even though it's not current.
Materials Used:
  • Image - QKR Stampede - Hug Me
  • Sentiment - Hero Arts - Thinking of You (I love this set)
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Mellow Moss
  • Designer Paper - My Mind's Eye, Lost & Found - Portobello Road
  • Accessories - Nestabilities Classic Circle Die; Stampin Up Burlap Ribbon; Buttons and Twine from my stash; Square punch; Pentel Blue Gel pen
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B000, B12, B41; C0, C1, C3; E02, E18, E31, E35, E37, E50, E51, E53; R00, R01; YG01, YG61, YG63
Our fabulous sponsors for this week are
Prize: Surprise! Die cuts and/or acrylic stamps

Prize: 5 digi's
I hope you'll hop on over and check out what the rest of the Design Team has to show you and then join in the fun.  You be one of our winners this week.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges --
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Card Mania - Circles
Incy Wincy Designs - Make us Laugh
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Crafting at the Weekend- Anything Goes