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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Saying Goodbye to Paisley

Good morning. It's been a mixed bag of emotions this week. It started off with my having to have Paisley euthanized on Monday. She had been dealing with pancreatitis for some time but had been getting along well with no problem with her appetite, but it was only a matter of time. That time came on Sunday evening/Monday. She had her own room and when I went into feed her Monday morning I didn't see her. It's a small room so she couldn't go very far. I looked around and found her curled up under the large food storage shelving unit I have in there. I knew then that it was time to let her go. She was just two months shy of her 19th birthday, the oldest cat I've ever had. She's now been reunited with her brother Chancey and her other step-siblings that have gone before. She was one of  so many rescues that I've had. A Russian Blue and so beautiful, sweet, and loving. She is missed every day. I still find it hard to believe that she's not in her room whenever I go by or have to go in there for something. Rest in Peace, my beauty.

The good part of the week is that my Monarch butterflies have finally returned. I've been looking at my Milkweed almost daily and seeing nothing and then yesterday, I started counting little caterpillars. I had to go back to the nursery to get more plants because there were so many caterpillars (about 60 or more). I knew they would eat up those original plants in no time at all and would need some backup food. I think the summer was too hot for them and they made their way farther north. Now they are on the south route back to Mexico for the winter.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sparkle and Shine - IAS # 43

Hi friends. Happy Sunday. At least I hope it is where you are. We are to have some nice weather today after days and days of rain. I'm tired of it. Also, our weather is starting to cool off. I'm so not ready for the cold yet.

Since Glynda had her bladder stones, she has been on a different diet. I had five large bags of Kit & Kaboodle stored in my garage. I like to have food storage for my kitties too. The outside kitties all have to be on the same diet as Glynda so I needed to get rid of that extra food. This morning after my hair trim appointment I went by Friends For Life, a no-kill animal shelter and took them all the bags of food. They were very appreciative. I support them on a monthly basis because if anything happens to me, that's where I want my kitties to go to find loving new homes.

I do have a card to share today. This is one that I created at the CKC Convention back in August. It is from Stamplistic. I love their stamps.  This one is called Love Is Love and to make this card, we cut off the outside circle with the words in it.  http://www.stamplistic.com/product.php?id_product=3604


They are made so you can use the stamp by itself or you can use the all-in-one die and cut it out with that, or you can use their layered die cuts where each piece of the stamp has it's one die so you can layer it all up.







 For this one, the green and purple sparkle are solid colors and then the black lace are die cuts. Those are real Swarovski crystals layered on top.

For this challenge at International Art & Soul, the theme was NOT CAS - Layer It Up! I hope you'll pop on over to see what the rest of the Design Team has created and we would LOVE to see what you create.

Super Girl - Creatalicious #148

Good morning my friends. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. This is post number one of two post for today. I was actually quite productive in getting some things done around the house like cleaning out the cabinets and the refrigerator freezer.

I've had this card ready for awhile so glad to get it posted on time this month for the Creataalicious challenge which is Anything Goes with an optional of Use  Texture.


Materials Used:
  • Image - Mari Designs - Super Girl
  • Sentiment - Power Poppy - Good Thinking
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Brocade Blue; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Simple Stories-Summer Fresh
  • Accessories - K & Company - Flower; Stampin Up, Scallop Oval Punch, Ribbon- Stampin Up Blue
  • Copic Markers - B12, B14, B000; E000, E00, E01, E53; E71, E74, E77, E79; R20, R24, R27; Y18
 Thank you to our wonderful sponsor for the images and the wonderful prize offered to the winner which could be you! Or you could be picked as one of the Top 3. Come on over and play with us.


Prize  -  1 of the 3 images the DT used on their projects

Friday, September 28, 2018

Autumn - Challenge Your Stash

Hi my friends. I hope you've been having a great week. I can't believe September is almost over. It did get a little cooler this morning and it felt nice, but I don't want it to get much cooler than it is. Haha! Like that's going to happen.

Second week of school is almost done. It's a lot of work, but I'm learning some interesting things.

Today I have a card for the Challenge My Stash challenge on Splitcoast. Each month one of the members picks a theme for us to use to make our card. We are only allowed to use things that we already own in our "stash."  This month our hostess was Barb and she challenged us to make a Fancy Fold card with the theme of Autumn. I just  happened to have the perfect stamp for that, but I didn't have a clue about the fancy fold. I did a little searching on the Internet and found some new and different ones.

This is my card all folded up. I was having some trouble with it staying closed for the photo, so I have it paperclipped at the top.


Here it is open. You can see the hint of what's inside.
And here it is open and flat to see the whole inside.
I did forget to write down the name of the blog where I found all the pretty fancy fold cards. I saved it on the other laptop, so I'll have to check that out and add it here.
Materials Used:
  • Image and Sentiment - LOTV - Autumn
  • Card Stock - Stampin Up Delightful Dijon; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up Autumn Spice
  • Accessories - Prima - Flower; Gel Pen
  • Copic Markers - E34, E35, E37; E50, E51, E55; R24; YG11, YG61, YG63, YG67; Y21, Y23; YR15, YR16, YR24 
That's it. I'll see you back here in a few days.


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.

I Forgot!

Hello again. Here is my blog post number two for today. Another group I belong to on Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) is the Challenge Your Stash group. In this group the hostess of the month picks a theme for us and we each make a card using that theme. The fun part is that we are only allowed to use items we already have in our stash. No new items are supposed to be used.

Our hostess for June was Lola (Raevon). Her theme for us was to use either an elephant or a flamingo. I had a hard time trying to decide which to use since I had images of both of them. I finally decided on this cute elephant image from Mo Manning called I Forgot.


Materials Used:
  • Image - Mo Manning - I Forgot
  • Sentiment - Lili of the Valley - Sweet & Simple
  • Cardstock - Papertrey Ink - Sweet Blush
  • Designer Paper - Prima - Rondelle Collection
  • Copic Markers - B0000; G24, G40; R20; W0, W2, W4
  • Accessories - Bling and ribbon from my stash; Nestabilities dies Classic Circle; Scallop Circle


I'm Stuck on You!

Hello friends! Yes, I'm still here. It's been such a long time that I almost forget how to create a blog post. First, Happy 4th of July! I hope you are enjoying your day. It was nice having the day off even though I spent most of it doing homework. I'm counting down the weeks though - only three more to go before this semester is over!

I've tried to squeeze in a little crafting here and there between class work. So I have three cards to get put on my blog. This is number one. I should have blogged it back on June 21, but I was too busy with school to get it on here even though I had it done. This one was for Creative Card Chicks, a stamping swap group on Splitcoast Stampers. Each month we have a different hostess who puts a kit together and sends it out to all the rest of the group. We each then make at least one card to share with the group. It's always fun to see what everyone creates. They are all different and always amazing. The month of June was Debby's turn to be hostess. She sent us all these cute succulent images, some great designer paper to go along with it and some fun embellishments.

The image is from Woodware and the paper from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment is from Deadbeat Designs. I had to figure a way to use the tag and I like how this turned out.

There was so much more to the kit. Maybe I'll have time one day to do some more crafting with the supplies. I usually write down what Copics I used, but sorry, I didn't do these. I think they were part of the RV and YG families.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

My Baby Boy - Creatalicious #140

Good morning and Happy June!  I don't know about you, but it really feels like Summer here. The temps are already in the upper 90's feels like over 100! Needless to say, I don't spend a lot of time noutside. LOL! Good old air conditioning.

I'm a little late getting my card posted, but this has been another busy school week with lots to get done. I was lucky I was able to get my card made for the challenge. Since the image is called My Baby Boy, I for sure went with a blue theme. We have a photo inspiration them this time. Not only did I use the blue, but also used a flower background.


Du kannst die Farben oder auch das Foto als Inspiration nutzen...
You can either use just one or more of the colours or the photo as your inspiration...

I don't do many baby cards, but it's always good to have one on hand just in case.
Materials Used:
  • Image - Cute As a Button - My Baby Boy
  • Sentiment -Stampin Up
  • Card stock - Stampin Up - Soft Sky; Xpress it Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Basic Gray - J'Adore collection (retired)
  • Accdessories - Martha Stewart Fir Branch Punch; ribbon and from my stash
  • Copic Markers - B000, B01, B02; E31, E33; E50, E51, E53; R20, R81, R83, R85; Y00, Y21, YR23

Unser Sponsor für diese Challenge ist
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Preis - 2 digis
Prize -  2 digis

I hope you'll come join us for this challenge. Hop on over to the Creataliciouis Challenge to see what the rest of the Design Team has to inspire you. While you're there, you can always apply to be on the Design Team.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Edna with Cupcake - Creative Card Chicks

Hi my friends! I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I know I'm enjoying having three days off from work. Trying to get some stamping time in. Hard to do during the week when I'm working on school stuff - only 8 more weeks to go!

Today my card is for the Creative Card Chicks on SCS Monthly Challenge for May. We received our kit from Carol (momcgw) and it was just such fun to play with. I am late getting mine posted, but better late than never!
Materials Used:
  • Image - StampingBella - Edna with Cupcake
  • Sentiment - Same as image
  • Card stock - Stampin Up, Pretty in Pink;  Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer paper - Joann's
  • Accessories - Carol's stash
  • Copic Markers - B000, B00, B02; E000, E00, E01, E11, E50, E51, E53; R000, R00, R01, V25, W0, Y08, YR04, 0
Fun stuff.  Thanks Carol for a great kit. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Flower Elf - Creatalicious #138

Welcome back my friends. I'm a little late getting this posted, but better late than never, right! No more wasps, just busy with getting a handle on class work for this week. There is a lot of reading and writing.

Here is my card for the Creatalicious challenge for this fortnight.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Fabrika Fantasy - Summer Elf
  • Sentiment - Lili of the Valley
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Sahara Sand; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up
  • Accessories - Ribbon - Stampin Up; Flower - Recollection
  • Copic Markers - BG70, BG72, BG75; E40, E41; R12, Y13, Y18; YG00, YG03, YG05, YG13
 Thanks to our fabulous sponsor for my image. I loved using it. 

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is

Prize  -  3 digi images

We are a small creative team writing and illustrating fantasy adventure and children's books. We love to draw fun and amusing characters, and are happy to offer them to you as digital stamps. We hope you like these digital images and they help make your creations bright, interesting and memorable!
 
I hope you'll come play along with us. You could win this fabulous prize or be chosen as one of the Top 3.  Good luck. See you soon.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Happy Birthday Explosion - IAS No. 32

Hi all! Happy Sunday. It's all good here. Pain from my wasp sting is all gone and you would never know to look at me.

I have spent a lot of time today working on my lessons for the week. Both classes require a lot of reading and writing, which is not my thing. I've never been crazy about any kind of writing. I'd much rather be creating and making pretty things. One of the questions for the discussion board this week is "To what extent is writing a natural talent and to what extent is it a skill developed through hard work?" I know what my answer is. :)

Well, on to the business at hand and my real passion - card making! The challenge for this fortnight over at International Art & Soul was to make an Interactive Card. I was kind of late getting mine done because of school, but I had seen this tutorial and I thought it would be fun. This is my second attempt. I messed up following the directions on the first one, but I like the way this one turned out.


 




This didn't take much to put it together, just pay attention to how you are to score it and do the folding.
Materials Used:
  • Stamps - Stampin Up Happiest Birthday Wishes; Age Awareness; Balloon Adventures
  • Ink - Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up Tasty Treats
No copics, no coloring.

I hope you'll come and join in the fun. I'd love to see what you create. You could be the winner or picked as one of the Top 3 and receive one of these lovely badges for your blog.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

April Flowers from my Stash

Hi friends!  I hope you are having a great weekend. Mine was pretty productive with only one hitch. I was out working in the back yard cleaning out passionflower vine that is growing into my Knockout roses. I happened to see a small wasp nest up in the corner of the door entry so I got a long stick to knock it down. I didn't see any of the mud daubers in there, but it turned out that there were a few and one of them nailed me on the bridge of my nose! I was able to brush it away quickly as soon as I felt the sting and get some ice on it so it didn't swell up and got rid of the sting quickly. After I took care of my nose, I got the wasp spray out and able to hit three of the mud daubers.

Even though I get started back in school this week, I had some time today to work on some cards. This one is made from a kit that I got from Heartfelt Creations last August after being at the Creative Keepsake Convention the weekend Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. I went to CKC so I could take the Heartfelt Creations classes to learn how to make these paper flowers. I love the cards that they make from their products. Unfortunately, they left the convention early because of the hurricane, so I've been watching videos to learn how to make these flowers.

This card was made for the Monthly Challenge on the Challenge Your Stash group on Splitcoast Stampers. Sue (stampinspooky) was our hostess for the month of April, and her theme for us was to use Flowers or Showers. I love using flowers on my cards, so I chose to make mine Flowers.


I used a pale yellow ink on the flowers and pink on the small flowers.  It is so much prettier in real life.



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Blossom April Monthly Challenge

Hi my friends and Happy Sunday!

I hope that you're enjoying your day. Has Spring arrived yet? It came here and then departed. Our temps have been on the cooler side for us. I know some of you are thinking - Cool??  It's downright cold where I am!!  LOL! I'm sure. There  has been some wonky weather of late, but hopefully that will pass over soon and we'll get to the good stuff. I do have plants growing and flowers blooming, but so far not a butterfly in sight. I'm ready for them though with about 8 milkweed plants that are looking very appetizing - to a Monarch butterfly.

I finally have a card to share with you after finishing up my second semester of school. My third and last of this series of classes starts tomorrow (Creative Writing & English) and goes to the middle of July.  Maybe be the time it's done, I'll learn to like writing.

My card today is done for our Monthly Challenge group on Splitcoast Stampers - Creative Card Chicks. Each month one of the members sends out a kit to all the other members and we each get to make at least one card from the kit and share it with the rest of the group. This month it was Jeanette's turn to be hostess (Forest Ranger on SCS). She sent us this adorable image and sentiment. I just loved it even though I'm cat person.
The image is Blossom from Your Next Stamp. All the embellishments, papers (American Crafts), and ribbon came from the kit. I used Stampin Up Blushing Bride cardstock to mat everything and some gold Liquid Pearls to accent the flowers.

Copic Markers I used: B0000, B000, B00; E000, E00, E21, E23; G21, G24; R81, R83, R85; Y18

It really did remind me of Spring and brought some freshness and peace into a rather hectic time of my life.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Summer Walk - Creatalicious #136

Hello my friends. I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. Our weather was picture perfect and spent time with family. All that has made me late in getting my card posted for this challenge.

Our theme for this Creatalicious challenge is Anything Goes with the Optional of Friends/Friendship.
Materials Used:
  • Image - The Paper Shelter - A Summer Walk
  • Sentiment 
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Baja Breeze; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Ink - Stampin Up Baja Breeze
  • Designer Peper - Basic Gray - Plumeria collection
  • Accessories - circle punch; Stampin Up scallop punch and edge punch; button and ribbon from my stash
  • Sketch - Retro Sketch #25
  • Copic Markers - E0000, E000, E00, E23, E25, E29, E50, E53; R24; YR0000, YR00, YR02

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is


Prize - $15 Gift Certificate
I hope you come play along with us. You could be the winner of this prize or picked as one of the Top 3. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Tulips

Hello friends and Happy Spring!  So sorry if Spring hasn't caught up to you yet. I know some are still digging out from snow storms. Been there; done that. Don't want to do it anymore. I'm so glad that our cold, rainy season seems to be over for the time being and we're enjoying some pleasant weather with a bit of sunshine.

I love flowers and tulips are one of my most favorite. That is one thing I miss about being up North is having the beautiful bulbs poke out of the ground every Spring. The image for our card this month was just what I needed. This card is for our Creative Card Chicks on Splitcoaststampers. Each month our hostess sends out a kit containing images, paper, embellishments, and whatever she wants and then we all will make a card or two or three and post it on our thread. This month our hostess was Paola. Sad to say she'll be leaving the group after this round for personal reasons. We all wish her the best.
Here is what she has to say about her kit. "The image is from a stamp set from Sparkle and Sprinkle which is kind of local to Florida. The paper is from Michael's (The zigzag is more blue than the green that it looks like.) The butterflies are die cuts.

I used Stampin Up Baja Breeze for my card base and some Stampin Up ribbon for the bow.  I used my Copic markers to color in the image - B0000, R81, R83, R85; YG03, YG06, YG63, and YGY67.

That's it for today. See you soon.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ugly Sweater - IAS #29

Hello my friends and Happy Sunday! It's a little gray and gloomy here today, but hopefully the sun will come out soon and warm things up. Yesterday was a beautiful day and I was able to do just a little bit of work out there before I had to come inside and rest. That really irks me because I used to love to work out in my gardens and would spend hours out pulling weeds and digging in the dirt. That is one thing that age has placed limits on. 😧

So, what makes me happy now is time spent in my craft room. I did have a little bit of time during the last couple weeks to spend some time doing some creating. This card was made for the latest challenge for International Art & Soul. Our DT Team Member Jeanette picked the theme for our challenge which is to "Add Humor."






Materials Used:
Image and Sentiment- Art Impressions
Cardstock - Stampin Up Cucumber Crush; Xpress It Blending Card
Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Be of Good Cheer
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Flower from Hobby Lobby; ribbon from my stash
Copic Markers - B0000, B02; E00, E11, E23, E25, E51; G14, G16, G19; R24, R35, R46; Y18, Y35; YR04; W12

Now it' up to you. I hope you'll pop on over to the challenge blog and add your creation. I look forward to seeing some Humor on your projects. You could be a winner or one of the Top 3.

Our badges are our way of saying a big congratulations to you for sharing your creative spirit with us, for taking the time to join in and celebrating the freedom of art and crafting with us.  Please take your badge knowing it is given to you with all our love :)




I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

heARTful stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Creative fingers - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Happy Birthday Butterfly - IAS #28

Hi friends and happy Sunday! I hope you had a good week.  Busy here.

I love nature - flowers, trees, birds, butterflies - all the beautiful creatures. The other day I heard on the news that there was a yellow cardinal feeding in the backyard of a home in Atlanta, Georgia. Wow! Then today on Facebook, someone actually posted a video of the bird eating from a bird feeder. It is BEAUTIFUL! I can't imagine seeing it in real life. I have a pair of red cardinals that come and feed at my bird feeder and they are gorgeous, but a yellow one - awesome1

My card today is simple. I was a little pressed for time this week, but wanted to get a card done for the challenge since I missed the last one. I knew what I wanted to do from the start and so happy that it turned out pretty much the way I envisioned it. Our theme for this fortnight is to use embossing (wet or dry) and to use a die cut.




Materials Used:
  • Die-Namites - Butterfly die
  • Practical Publishing Int's - Floral Friends Embossing Folder
  • Hero Arts - Ribbon Messages, Stamp & Cut
  • Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Crisp Cantalope and Daffodil Delight, white scrap
  • Accessories - bling from my stash
All done!

I hope you'll come and join in the fun this week at International Art & Soul. I'd love to see what kind of dies you have and embossing you like to do.  You could be the winner or picked as one of the Top 3!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Rory's Orchids - Creatalicious #134

Hello again!  Here is my second card for today.  This is for the Creatalicious challenge you can find HERE.  Our theme for this challenge is Anything Goes with the optional of Girly! I think I did girly pretty well on this one
Materials Used:
Image - Lacy Sunshine - Rory's Orchids
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley - Sweet & Simple collectioin
Cardstock: Stampin Up Mauve Mist (retired), Certainly Celery; Xpress it Blending Card
Designer Paper - Basic Gray Kioshi
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Wild Orchid Crafts - Lace and Lace Butterfly; Flowers from my stash; Martha Stewart Leaf Branch punch

Copic Markers: E21, E23, E25; E40, E41; E50, E51, E53; R20; V000, V01, V04; Y13, Y18, Y19; YG00, YG03, YG11


Our generous sponsor for this challenge is




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Prize  -  3 digis of winner's choice
I hope you'll come play along with us and pop on over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration. 

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Design - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes'
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Pearls and Lace
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Retarte - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Miss Anya Special Day - CYS

Good morning my friends. I have two cards to share with you today. This first one is for the group I belong to on Splitcoaststampers - Challenge Your Stash. Each month we are given a theme to use by the hostess and then  we all make a card to go with that theme.  Our hostess for February is Tracie (taclary on SCS). The theme was to use a heart somewhere on the card. I'm having a heck of a time with Photoshop and the color contrast. This has a hint of yellow.
 Materials Used:
Image - The Greeting Farm - Anya. I've had this stamp for a really long time and it finally saw some ink. 
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley - Sweet & Simple collection
Cardstock: Stampin Up Pretty In Pink; Xpress It Blending Card
Designer Paper - Pink &  Main Spring Fling collection
Accessories: Stampin Up Twine from Sweet Sorbet collection; Wild Orchid Crafts - Flowers; Martha Stewart edge punch and leaf branch punch; heart charm from my stash; Nestabilities Classic Oval die
Copic Markers: B0000; E35; E25, E27; E50, E51, E53; R14, R27; R81, R83, R85; Y21, Y23, Y26

That's it for this card.  

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
 
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Design - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes

Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Retarte - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes - Optional Use Flowers
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dollies - Anything Goes

Sunday, February 25, 2018

On Safari - Creative Card Chicks

Hello my friends!  I hope you're having a great Sunday. The weather here has been very rainy and dreary as it has been for most of the month. I always am so glad to get February over with. Everything else is going pretty well.

I am a couple days late with getting my card done for our Creative Card Chicks Monthly Challenge, but school and work kept me pretty busy this last week. We are changing our document storage at work to a document control database program instead of just keeping everything on our servers and there was a lot of work to do to get all the active files ready to be transferred to the new system. We've been having lots of training and meetings about it and more coming up this week. We'll go live in April.

Meantime, here is my card for the February Creative Card Chicks Monthly Challenge. Our Hostess this month was KellyS.  She sent us all some images and a kit of papers and embellishments to use to make our cards. It's always interesting to see all the different cards that are made with the same ingredients.

Materials Used:
Image: My Favorite Things - On Safari
Sentiment: My Favorite Things - On Safari
Cardstock: Stampin Up, Soft Suede
Designer Paper: Hobby Lobby
Accessories: Offray  Ribbon, Scallop scissors
Copic Markers: B0000; E23, E25; E50, E51, E53; T1, T3, T5; YG11, YG61, YG65