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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Good morning and Happy Tuesday!  Our weather here has been so wonderful these past few days.  Unfortunately we have a cold front moving in at the end of the week and it looks like a colder, wet Easter Sunday. I hope it will be a nice day wherever you are.

It looks like I'm just getting in under the wire with my March card for The Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge. It's been a hectic month. I've actually had most of this done for about a week, but needed to put it together.
Materials Used:
  • Image - Gerda Steiner - Elephant with bird
  • Sentiment - Whiff of Joy - Spring Sentiments
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Going Gray
  • Designer Paper - My Mind's Eye - Fiddlesticks
  • Accessories - Nestabilities Circle Die and Scallop Circle Die; Recollections - Flower; Martha Stewart - gray pearls; Crystal Effects
  • Copic Markers: B0000; B000, B12; C1, C2, C3, C5, C8; R00; Y11, Y15, Y18; YR12
That's it.  See you back on Thursday.

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

The Outlawz - Progressive Freebie Challenge
Clear It Out - Use Stash items (2) - pearls and flower
Die Cuttin Divas - Use a Die Cut - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Things with Wings
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes with a Twist of Flowers
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenge - Must Use a Die Cut
Mema's Crafts - Anything Goes
My Creative Moments - 2 or more colors
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Add a Sentiment
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Add some Embellishments

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lucky Doxie

Welcome Spring!  We are finally getting some Spring weather - at least for a few days. Chilly and rain should be back on Thursday. I wanted to get this posted over the weekend, but I got involved in household projects that have been waiting for the right time to do them. Since it was a rainy Saturday, I planned to stay in and had done my errands on the way home from work on Friday night.

I'm also all caught up now on my Girls of the Baker's Dozen Monthly Challenge cards.  This last kit came to us from Sue (stampinspooky on SCS).  She chose St. Patrick's Day for a theme.

 Materials Used:
  • Image - Digi from her stash
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up = Fancy Flexible Phrases
  • Cardstock - GP White; SU Handsome Hunter and Creamy Caramel
  • Designer Paper - The Paper Studio
  • Ink - SU Handsome Hunter
  • Accessories - Mesh Ribbon - Michaels; SU 1" punch; 1 1/4" scallop punch
  • Copic Markers - E11, E13, E17; E25, E29, E47, E49; G07, G17, G19; Spica Gold gel pen

She also gave us a Sketch Challenge to use:
I turned the sketch on it's side to use. That's it.  I'm patiently waiting for our April kit and hope to have time to get working on it in a more timely manner. But don't count on it.  ;)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ride Em Cowboy! OSAAT #233

Yee Haw!  Don't you just love a good rodeo!  The Houston Rodeo is just winding up this weekend. I don't actually go, but I do see some of the highlights on the news. Every night during the rodeo part, a major airline gives away 2 tickets to anywhere in the US to one cowboy they call the High Flying Cowboy. That's the one who takes a really horrible tumble off of a bull during the bull riding contest. Some of those guys really get beat up. What a way to earn a living! While I was trying to decide what to do with this cute image, the idea just came to me so I made it look like the cowboy was roping that horse. I like the way it turned out. Our them for this fortnight is Anything Goes With Nature!

Materials Used:
  • Image - Ken Benner - Cowboy Twirling a Lariat; Stampin Up Wanted
  • Sentiment - Found on the Internet and changed the font and added color
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Baja Breeze; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Western Sky
  • Ink - Stampin Up Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories - Twine and cardboard star from my stash; corner punch
  • Copic Markers - BG18, BG57, BG75; C3, C5, C7, C9; E04, E07, E23, E27, E29; E40; E70; E95, E97; Spica Gel Pen - Gold
We are sponsored of course by our own Stitchy Bear Outlet Store and the prize package for the one randomly picked winner is the March Prize Pack. Lots of fun goodies.
 I hope you all will come on over and play with us this month.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
2015 World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Use Some Embellishments
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish - Add a Bow
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
Corrosive  Challenge - Our Animal Friends
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Birthdays
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter Greetings - CK #81

Well, here I am again! It's been quite a week. Now it's Thursday and time for another challenge from Creative Knockouts! I was up way too late getting this posted last night. I hope I can make it through the day and it's going to be another late night tonight. Just hoping that we don't get too much rain.

Our theme for the challenge this week is Anything Goes with a Shaped Card. I would love to do more of these, but don't have the right equipment yet for all the different beautiful cutting that I see all over blogland, but one of these days I will.  So here is my card. Thought I'd get a jump start on Easter. I need to put together a couple of Easter boxes to send off to my grands.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Meljen's - Cuddle Bun Baby
  • Sentiment - Hero Arts
  • Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Bashful Blue; 
  • Designer Paper - Whimsey Stamps - Easter Eggstravaganza
  • Accessories - Circle punches (1 1/4" and 1 3/8"); Nestabilities Die for image and mat; grass die and Memory Box Fresh Foliage die.
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B41, B52; E41, E43, E44, E47; R20, R30, R85
Our fabulous sponsor this week is Meljen's Designs.  I just saw on her blog that she is closing her store at the end of March and is having a huge 50% off sale, so if you've ever wanted to get some of her images, now is the time to do it.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Use a 2 Word Sentiment
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
DL Art Thankful Thursday - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe - What Season Are You In? (Easter)
Crafting For All Seasons - Pastels
Crafty Creations - Chevrons or Stripes
Double Click - Bunny, Basket, or Easter
Inky Impressions - Pastels
The House that Stamps Built - Photo Inspiration

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Happy Western Birthday

Good morning again and Happy Wednesday.  Wow! This week is sure flying by.  We're expecting some more rain today, but warmer temps. Hope you all are warm and dry.

I have another card that I recently did catching up on my Girls of the Bakers' Dozen Monthly Challenge cards over on Splitcoaststampers (SCS).  This kit was sent to us by Diane (DCinkit).  She was celebrating Rodeo in Arizona. We here in H Town are having Rodeo here now too.  This card was pretty easy to put together. All the elements were contained in the kit except for the Stampin Up Chocolate Chip cardstock I used for the base and the mats. One of the challenges from Diane was to make a Western Birthday card.
Materials Used:
Image - Stampin Up - Bronco Busters
Sentiment - Stampin Up ?
Cardstock - Stampin Up Chocolate Chip; Very Vanilla
Designer Paper - Stampin Up Western Sky
Accessories - Hemp Twine; Oval Punch and Oval scallop punch; Nestabilities Die

I've got one more card to catch me up.  I'll be back tomorrow with that one.  Thanks for stopping by.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Chevrons or Stripes
Little Red Wagon - All Tied Up
Scrapper's Delights - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps - Use a Die Cut
Krafin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Shabby Valentine

Good morning my friends, and it really is morning.  I'm getting this posted before I go off to work. I have a few cards this week to show you. I had a very productive weekend including cleaning out the pantry. Ugh! Why do I buy some things since they just get trashed 6 months later when I don't use them?

On Splitcoaststampers (SCS) I belong to a group called Girls of the Baker's Dozen Monthly Challenge. So every month one of the members puts together a kit and sends it out to all the rest of the members. From the title, you may be able to figure out that this swap "year" there are 13 of us. I am usually always behind, but was able to get caught up finally.  My first card to share was from the January kit sent out by Roxie (morgainegeiser).  She sent us Valentine images and some shabby chic embellishments.

Except for the flowers, card base and mats, everything was sent in the kit.
Materials Used:
Image - CC Designs
Cardstock - SU Whisper White and Kraft
Designer Paper - Marthat Stewart (used a piece for the sentiment)
Accessories - Ribbon - Michael's; burlap bow - Recollections; Large Flower - Recollections; Sweetheart blossoms - Wild Orchid Crafts
Copic Markers - E00, E11, E21; E23, E27, E29; E31, E33, E35; R24, R27, R37; R81, R83, R85; Y15, Y23

See you back tomorrow for another post.

I am submitting this for the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Must be Square
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Buttons or Bows
Try it on Tuesday - Hats

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Birthday Time - OSAAT #232

Happy Sunday my friends. I hope you're having a good one wherever you are and whatever the weather is.  And I hope you remembered to turn that clock forward. I hate losing that hour of sleep every Spring. Yesterday was beautiful. We get a day or 2 of nice weather and then it's either cold or rainy. Today is rainy and more to come. At least the case is closed with my car; got my check from the insurance company for the whole amount less my $250 deductible.  That was a great surprise since they covered that whole $585 towing bill.  <insert happy dance> 

Sunday is time for another challenge from One Stitch at a Time.  This week our them is Anything Goes With Women. Here's my card -

Materials Used:
  • Image - My Heart Pieces - Birthday Time
  • Sentiment - Studio G
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Sahara Sand
  • Designer Paper - American Crafts Neopolitan Collection
  • Accessories - Recollections - Lace, Bling, and Flower 
  • Sketch - SC309
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B000, B00, B01, B41; E0000; E50, E51, E53; E23, E25, E29, E33; G0000, G000; R0000, R000, R01, R20; R83; Y02, Y06, Y08, Y18
Our sponsor for this week is our own Stitchy Bear with Prize Pack for March as the prize. Be sure to come play along so you could be the winner or one of the Top 3.
I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
2015 World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Add Embellisments
Fairytale Stampers - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish - Pearls or Gems
Sentimental Sunday - Use a Sentiment
Di's Digi Designs - Birthday
Hiding in my Craft Room - Freestyle
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamp Sun Challenges - Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - More than one Layer

Friday, March 6, 2015

Let's Get Naught-y! (Nautical)

LOL!  Don't expect to see naughty images on this blog post!  This is all about getting "Nautical."  I was invited to join the Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards continuing swap group on SCS. Great bunch of ladies. We make cards on a 2-month schedule so you only have 6 per year and you only need to send in 6 cards and get 5 back. For January/February, our Hostess was MiamiKel4 (Kelly) and here is what she gave us to work with --

Since most of you know my obsessive love of the ocean, and to get you out of your cold months and winter snow, let's create cards with a nautical theme! Think lighthouses, sailboats, anchors, maps and more, let your creativity flow and your heart 'sail' ♥

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Sets your sails creating and I 'shore' can't wait to see your cards!
♥ ~Kelly

Here is the card that I created.

And the inside.
Materials Used:
  • Image - Digi Stamps 4 Tuesday - Bobby
  • Sentiment - Computer Generated
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stamping Up Night of Navy and Coastal Cabana
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Maritime
  • Accessories - Spellbinders - Square Scallop Die; 2 1/2" square punch
  • Copic Markers - B0000, BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG70; E01, E11, E21, E23, E25, E27; R24, R29; W0
I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
DL Art - For a Boy or Man
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes (2)
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Whimsey Stamps - Use a Sentiment
Wonderful Wednesday - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Guys - Sailing
Loves Rubberstamps - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Use Action image

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Elves - CK #79

Hi Friends and Happy Thursday! We were so lucky to have two lovely days with warmer weather and now it's back to being Winter again with temps in the 40's and 50's for the next several days and colder over night. I was hoping that this card with the Spring Elves would keep the warm weather around, but no such luck. Things have kind of settled down here. I'm still waiting to hear from my insurance company to find out how much of the car repair bill they are going to reimburse me for. I got a call from the Service Manager today, but I was swamped at work today and didn't have time to talk to her. I'm sure she is responding to the answers I gave on a survey that they sent me yesterday about my experience in their Service Department. <insert sly look and nasty laugh> I left a message so maybe she'll call me tomorrow. I really do want to have that conversation.

So, it's time for our Creative Knockouts challenge.  This week our theme is "Border Time." Sounds easy to me.  Here is my card.
Materials Used:
  • Image - The Paper Shelter - Spring Elves (comes with a background also)
  • Sentiment - Whiff of Joy - Spring Sentiments
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Mint Melody (retired)
  • Designer Paper - Prima - Hello Pastel
  • Ink - Tuxedo - Memento Black
  • Accessories - Ribbon from my stash; Petaloo - Flower
  • Sketch - MOJO - August 13, 2012 
  • Copic Markers - BG11, BG32, BG34; E30, E31, E34; E40, E41, E43, E44; E50, E51, E53; E83, E95, E99; G12, G14, G05; N1, N3; R81, R83, R85; Y11, Y13, Y18
 Our wonderful sponsor this time is The Paper Shelter.  You can go HERE to check out all the fabulous images they have.
Prize is a $15 GC
Hop on over to the Creative Knockouts Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the Design Team has to inspire you. Then join in the fun. You could be the winner! Hope to see you there.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Creative Moments  - Anything Goes w/Spring Green
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Scrappers's Delights - Anything Goes
Wonderful Wednesday - Anything Goes
Clear It Out - Anything Goes with Stash item (ribbon)
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Spring Colors
Creative Card Crew - Green
Doodle Pantry Digital - Anything Goes with a Digital Stamp
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door- Anything Goes
The Outlawz - Tuesday Color Challenge