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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thanks, Pardner!

Coffee of the Day - Gingerbread (yeah, not really appropriate for the season, but it sure does taste good!)

My family leaves tomorrow to attend a reunion in eastern PA. I'm not well enough to go along with them, but I am so very happy they get to go! it has been years since Dave last saw his mom, so this is a pretty big deal - well worth a 6 hour drive for them. I know they are going to have a wonderful time!

while they are gone, some friends of ours are coming in to work the kitchen at Camp. Dave wanted me to make a thank you card he could leave for them. this cutey turtle image from QKR Stampede seemed perfect!


I added several of the landscape digi images from Eureka Stamps to help complete the little scene. You'll be seeing these quite a bit in upcoming posts. our theme for this summer at Camp is 'Go West,' and I am making cards for not only my family, but a few others who will be working there, too.

I used digital papers from the Carta Bella Giddy Up collection. burlap ribbon is by May Arts while the red satin is more from the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Club kit that I won. sentiment was computer generated, buttons are from my stash, and flower is by Petaloo. I added a bit of faux cross stitching to the sides of the paisley paper. a touch of shimmerz paint on the dinner bell along with an arrow die cut complete the card.

I hope to get around to everyone's blogs this weekend to say hello. I'm still trying to do a bit of work on my computer. little bits here and there, but it's almost finished! hooray! :)


Challenges:
Digi Sketch - sketch and theme of fave color combo (can't ever go wrong with a patriotic red, white, and blue!)
Eureka - for the boys
Crafter's Cafe - one for the boys
Double Click - Father's Day or project for man
Inky Impressions - ribbon or lace (ribbon from May Arts & Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Mod Squad - masculine
WAW - anything goes family friendly
Fan-tastic Tues - anything goes with texture
TTCRD - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards - say thank you
Crafty Ribbons - men and ribbon
CRAFT - Father's Day/male
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wed - anything goes

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Blessings.... His Soul Goes Marching On

Coffee of the Day - Maple Walnut

Happy Memorial Day to all of my friends here in the good ol' US of A! :) and a big howdy do to everyone else who stops by as well! :)

I come from a family filled with soldiers. some of my cousins are still in the military. so today is one of special significance to me. one of my uncles was killed in combat and many friends have fought in our various wars. I always stop to remember those who have given the greatest sacrifice to our country as well as those who serve.

it doesn't matter what anyone's political views are - there are still people all around the world who are serving in the military in some form or fashion, putting their lives on the line, regardless of politics. and they should be thanked & lifted in prayer. just my opinion of course.


for my card today I used a vintage postcard image by Ellen Clapsaddle. I have quite a collection of vintage postcards myself, but rarely put them directly onto cards or projects. I prefer to print out the images if I can find them in the public domain. This particular postcard was posted yesterday over at Little Birdie Blessings. she shared several that were quite lovely and very appropriate for today.

Papers are a combo of Authentique's Glory and Pride collections. ribbons and trims come from a fabulous May Ribbon Club Assortment I was blessed to win from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I dyed the whites the give them a more shabby feel.

the bark stars and flowers are all from Live and Love Crafts. some of the flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, but I think the poppies are their own private stock. I also hand dyed 2 of them red to match my papers. buttons are all vintage, ticket is from my stash, and postage stamps are some I saved from mail received. they come in so handy on projects like this! the tag was embossed then lightly inked to accent the stars. I think this is one of my favorite embossing folders!

Hope your week is off to a great start! thanks for stopping by!

Challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - red, white, and blue with ribbon
That Craft Place - shabby chic
613 Avenue Create - anything goes or create your own: 1. image, patterned paper 2. die cut (little arrow in upper left corner is a die cut) 3. dry embossing 4. flowers, buttons 5. square card, twine, ribbon
Hiding in My Craft Room - any holiday (Memorial Day)
Creative Corner - anything goes
Robyn's Fetish - anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
Party Time Tues - anything goes
Incy Wincy - all or nothing (I went for ALL!)
The Crazy Challenge - use ribbon or lace

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Patriotic Puppy

Coffee of the Day - Irish Cream

Hooray! I was able to get into my computer files and get crafty today!!! you can't begin to imagine just how happy that makes me! :)  while not among the major things in life to get worked up about, I still wasn't too excited to lose all of my files if I wasn't able to get the files retrieved from the external hard drive....

so on to my card ~


I used this cutey Patriotic Puppy image along with the Declaration of Independence saying, both from Eureka Stamps. (although I used the digi versions) most of the papers are from the Authentique Pride collection. I must say that Authentique has the very coolest patriotic papers, and I frequently use all of them together. I hoard what I do have like a miser. a new collection is coming out soon, so I am very excited about that! :)

the sentiment portion was first sponged and then sprayed with 2 shades of glimmer mist. as you can see, I made a shaker card out of it. a bit of re-purposed packaging works perfectly as the shaker top! the neat wooden bark star at the top comes from Live and Love Crafts. (psssst..... they have a sale going on right now!!!) the denim belt loop is just a fun bit because nothing personifies the spirit of America like a pair of blue jeans! :)

to those of you here in the States, have a safe Memorial Day weekend. I hope to be back tomorrow with another project to share. see you then! :)


Challenges:
Eureka - shaker card
DeConstructed Sketches - sketch #201
Open Minded Crafting - Inspired by a Song (it has to be the Star Spangled Banner!)
Sister Act - any card goes
Crafting by Designs - sentiments
Fresh Brewed Designs - red, white, and blue
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
WAW - anything goes family friendly
Scribbles Designs - 'B' is for.... (blue, buttons, bark, belt loop, bandanna on pup) also waving hi to my former teamies!!!
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Top Tip Tues - animals (waving hi to my former teamies here, too!)
Craft and Smash - animal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Shhhhh.... it might just be fixed!

Coffee of the Day - Sweet Potato

I don't want to speak too loudly so as not to jinx myself, but my compy might just be fixed! quiet hoorahs over here! I have spent 4 straight days working like a crazy woman on it. just glad that I can do many of the repairs myself. VERY thankful for that!

my external hard drive was the culprit, having been corrupted by a file I tried to download several days ago. icky viruses and such. :(

anyhow, since that IS my back-up, I haven't had access to any of my digital files of any kind - images or papers. about 2:30pm today I was finally able to get into the device for the first time so that I could move the files back onto my hard drive. whew.... what a relief!

looks like hubby will be taking a trip to the computer store next week to pick up a new one for me. of course the boys will be more than happy to tag along, since that is one of their most favorite stores to visit!


crossing fingers I will be back in business tomorrow, which means I can be back crafting tomorrow or Monday at the very latest.

thanks for being so patient with me! love to all of you!
Jennifer

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Serious Compy Problems

Coffee of the Day - Kahlua and Cream

My compy is having major troubles right now, so I am going to be away for a bit. I'm working like a mad woman trying to fix it. as soon as I get a few things repaired, then some other ugly problem rears its head. hope to be back in a few days, but we shall see.

in the mean time, y'all take care! big hugs to ya!
Jennifer

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Look for the Small Miracles

Coffee of the Day - Maple Walnut

Today I am sharing a long adored stamp - 'Lavender Bouquet' from the Gruffies line by House Mouse. I have a thing about fresh lilacs. I guess because I used to pick them from the bushes when I was a little girl. there scent is one of my most faves. mine will soon be blooming, and I am so excited! :)


I used some free digital paper from Far Far Hill, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, a precious sentiment by Paulette at Create with TLC, vintage buttons, dies by Spellbinders (main image and sentiment) as well as Cheery Lynn (leaf flourish), some gorgeous floral trim that I can't for the life of me remember where I purchased, manilla tag, satin ribbon, and a little kraft bag that I am re-purposing. the lilacs have accents with a wink of stella glitter pen. little banners along the edge were made with a punch by SU!

card edges were painted with acrylic paint. this is a large card to accommodate the large stamp size. I have left the tag blank for now. will add a sentiment or hand written message once I decide who it is going to. might even adhere a gift card to the tag with glue dots if I am so inclined. :)

Take care, and I hope your week is going well so far!



Challenges:
Aud Sentiments - sketch 131 with a sentiment
Gruffies and Guests - die cuts
Die Cuttin' Divas - water a flower day
Top Tip Tues - animals
Stamp and Create - May Flowers
Fashionable Stamping - old favorite (it's been many years since I last used this fun stamp!)
Glitter 'n Sparkle - use some ribbon
Great Impressions - celebrate spring
Dragon's Lair - bouquet of flowers
Crafting with an Attitude - anything goes/spring fever
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie - photo insp (bear)
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Paper Creator's Crafts - animals
Sisters of Craft - anything goes

Saturday, May 16, 2015

So Adorable Ballerina

Coffee of the Day - Coconut Caramel Hazelnut Rum (well, it IS Saturday, afterall!)

My card share for today is a very precious one to me. you see it was made for a magazine submission, but was returned at the last minute because it was not needed afterall. I try to make all of my cards special, but the magazine ones get LOTS of extra attention and love. I have to take note of every detail, description, and item I use, so it just stands that there is a bit more focus on them. plus, gosh, a ton more people are going to see them! ;)

I have a most adorable young lady in mind that this is being mailed to, so I hope she enjoys it. :)


The image is from A Day for Daisies, papers & elements are from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection (most are printed from digital), flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, chalk tag is My Mind's Eye, glassine bag is K & Co, ribbon is May Arts, and baby button card is from my vintage stash. other buttons are also vintage, and doily is from my stash, too.

main die is Spellbinders, tiny leaf flourish dies are Cheery Lynn, while gorgeous floral corner die is Wild Rose Studio. accents to flowers on main image with stickles and her tutu with clear wink of stella glitter pen.

I'm still dealing with my seizures, so getting to all of your blogs has not been easy. I am so very sorry. hope to get better at leaving comments and stopping by as soon as possible. I do think of each of you often, I promise! :)

Hope your weekend is off to a splendid start so far!

ADFD

Simon Says Stamp

Challenges:
ADFD - photo inspiration board
Left of Center - distress it (ink and with distressing tool)
Crafting with an Attitude - anything goes/spring fever
Sister Act - any card goes
Crafter's Cafe - feminine
Crafting By Designs - flowers
Whimsy Inspires - color an image
Kraftin' Kimmie - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - color inspiration photo
Digi Choosday - flower power
Party Time Tues - anything goes
Crafty Boots - ribbon or lace
Eureka - flowers
Monday Morning Ch - pretty flowers
Kraft Journal - pick 3 with kraft (card base is kraft cs) pink, ruffles, buttons, feminine, tag, mint green - I used more than 3! :)
Ribbon Girls - everything goes with ribbon and an image
Fairy Tale Stampers - bingo: flowers, buttons, text or buttons, glitter, flowers
Hiding in My Craft Room - button up
Catch the Bug - bingo: flower, button, die cut

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thanks a Latte!

Coffee of the Day - Sweet Potato

Crossing another card off of my 'honey do' list, and of course this one was loads of fun to make! :)

Some very special friends of ours sent me a most delicious package of coffee a little bit ago, so I wanted to make a coffee themed thank you card for them. Out came a stamp I had not used in ages - one of the cutey Riley & Co. moose stamps.


papers are from the Basic Grey Hey Boy collection, sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Perk Up set (another from this great set is stamped inside), flowers are a combo of Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts, linen thread is SU!,  and wood veneer pieces are by Latina Crafter. a Starbucks coffee cozy was re-purposed for a bit of fun! :)

a word of caution with these particular wood veneer pieces - as cute as they are, they are VERY THIN. the first banner I used broke apart just from trying to put glue on the back. quite flimsy. cute, but not easy to use. for the bigger pieces, it's not a big deal, but tricky with the banner. I decided to use foam pop ups on this one, just on the ends, to minimize the amount of handling required. it still almost broke apart. I'm a bit worried about how it is going to do going through the mail, even with all of the bubble wrap I added. crossing my fingers. I would recommend hand delivery for the future.

Hope you have a great weekend! :)


Challenges:
Digi Sketch - sketch with animals twist (both)
4 Crafty Chicks - chevrons
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Loves Rubberstamps - add a sentiment
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Make My Monday - coffee or tea
Not Just Cards - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes with celebration twist (only used a/g)
Pile it On - cute animal
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - thank you
Wags 'n Whiskers - lots of layers
Crafts 4 Eternity - wood (veneer pieces)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hello, Friend! ATC

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Caramel Hazelnut

Hello, Friend! that is the theme of my post today! :)

I have been trying to do a bit of crafting here and there when I can. thank you once again for all of you leaving such wonderfully kind posts about my yuck-o seizures. they haven't let up any yet, but I am trying to not let them get the best of me. not always easy when it feels as if I'm on a permanent brain freeze along with 10 bajillion volts of electricity running through my body, but hey, we do what we can to get through the day. :)

thank goodness that each day brings oh, so many reasons to be thankful and find joy!


today I am showing a little ATC that I made. I haven't made one of these in a while, so thought it was about time. they are so fun to create! and the neat thing is that they fit right in a Project Life page or the new Pocket Pages so many people are making.

I've used images from the 'Hamlet PigWit Think Spring' digital set by From the Heart. the daffodil and polka dot digital papers are some I found for free online here.  dies are by Spellbinders and Lawn Fawn, linen thread is by SU!, while everything else comes from my stash. lots of distressing here, too. oh yes, our little piggy friend was paper pieced with paper from My Mind's Eye Indie Chic collection.

I'll be back tomorrow with another project to share! :)


Challenges:
Wicked Wed ATC - lilacs or daffodils
From the Heart - sketch #109 with a twist (cute, cute, cute)
Paper Shelter - charming
Crafty Ribbons - animals with ribbons
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Fan-tastic Tues - square or rect with twist of flowers
TTCRD - anything goes
Top Tip Tues - animals
{pin}spriational - photo inspiration (butterfly & yellow)
Stamp and Create - May flowers (around here our daffodils don't bloom until late April/early May)
Pile it On - cute animal
Digitally Sweet - April Showers Bring May Flowers (digital images & papers)
Kitty Bee - in the garden
Paradise of Stamps - animal

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Quick Get Well Sketch Card

Hey, Everyone!
I'm back with another card to post. this is a quick card using a sketch for a challenge that is ending in just a few hours. hence, not only my 2nd post of the day, but also the fairly fast card.

I have been wanting to use this adorable image that I received for free from Judy over at Bluejeans, Coffee, and Friends. she is so kind to offer a free image each month if you just pop her an email to request it.

I knew I wanted to play with this cutey because it reminded me so much of myself when I was a little girl. my kitty cat and I were inseparable! she even went on trips with me, and I had a special basket on my bike so she could ride along. yep, we were THAT close!


You might remember that I have a friend who is going through some icky health stuff. I wanted to send another card to her, but I did want this one to fit in a regular mailing envelope. the majority of my cards are either hand delivered or go in padded mailers because of all the extra 'stuff' I add. I kept this one simple and flat so it could easily go through the mail. (crossing fingers anyhow!)

papers are from the Basic Grey Soleil collection and the dies are by Lawn Fawn. a little bit of SU! linen thread and dots with my white gel pen finish the card. because my friend LOVES purple, I created a 'ribbon' for the kitty to play with! :)

I do apologize for the icky poo photo. I was in a hurry and took it with my phone.


Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketch Ch - sketch #299
One Stitch at a Time - for a special lady (my friend who is sick)
Loves Rubberstamps - anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Scrapper's Delights - anything goes
Stempelsonne - anything goes
L'il Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
Sugar Pea - anything goes
Southern Girls - Animal Crackers (kitty cat)
Crafter's Cafe - inner child

Blooming Happiness and Happy Mother's Day!

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms, aunts, grandmas, and greats living here in the States! whew.... that was quite the mouthful, wasn't it?!?!! and if you are one of the above living somewhere else in this big, wide world, well, happy day to you, too! :)

my card today overflows with goodies, so you might want to top off your coffee before you go any further.....


I used the adorable 'Apple Blossom Birds' image by From the Heart stamps. it is the May stamp for the monthly progressive challenge. I actually printed it 3 times so that I could layer the images.

papers are Basic Grey Tea Garden (LOVE this new collection!!!), flowers are Petaloo and Wild Orchid Crafts, dies are Spellbinders (main image with mat) and Tim Holtz (polka dot flourish). crochet trim is Maya Road, I think, buttons are from stash, and flowers on the main image have distress stickles in the centers.

I did a bit of re-purposing here - first using the air mail sticker and then with the card in the lower right hand corner. it is actually packaging from Prima flowers. I distressed it with some sandpaper and then roughed up the edges. this is also a great way to get ink to adhere to slick surfaces while giving a shabby look. (tip!!)

I also played with frantage embossing powder for the first time ever. gosh, is that stuff cool! I know I'll be using it a lot more, especially the little bit of pink I have. tee hee!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to get to everyone's blogs in the upcoming week. seizures are still going gangbusters, but I am going to come by to say hello if I can. :)


Challenges:
From the Heart - sketch #108 with a twist of lots of layers (actually did both. if you look closely you will see that I followed the sketch)
From the Heart - progressive monthly challenge
Rosey Hearts - things with wings
Dragonfly Dreams - how does your garden grow?
Crafty Calendar - things with wings
Di's Digi Designs - load on the flowers
Just Us Girls - embossing (frantage)
Sweet Stampin' - spring flowers
Brown Sugar - layers (over 10!)
Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards - spring has sprung
Fussy and Fancy - lots of flowers
Quick Quotes - add a flower or butterfly
As You Like It - fave: land or sea? land because I need my trees! I've lived by the ocean and as much as I love the waves (I made it a point to drive by the water every day for the 10 years we lived there), I really really really need my trees. and my little critters. and the beautiful birds......
Little Miss Muffet - many layers (over 10!)
Inky Impressions - embellishments (buttons)
Simon Says Wed Ch - let's get sentimental
Whimsy - color an image
Deep Ocean - flowers
QKR - nature
Top Tip Tues - duo (not only do I have a pair of birds, but birds & branches go together! my tip is above about using sandpaper on slick paper surfaces)
Crafty Boots - things with wings
Mema's - anything goes
Stamp and Create - May flowers
Crafting Musketeers - use a die cut (Spellbinders & Tim Holtz)
Creatalicious - embossing (frantage)
Emerald Faeries - flowers for Mom
Lia Stampz - embossing (frantage)
V's Sweet Ideas - emboss it (frantage)
Pile it On - cute animal
Come and Get It - got flowers
Robyn's Fetish - lots of layers (over 10!)
Sentimental Sundays - Happy Mother's Day or really girly
Sparkle and Sprinkle - anything goes with loose glitter, flocking, or embossing powder (frantage)

whoa nelly - I think that is a record for me! just like the record I broke with the number of layers on this card! :)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Retired and Going Golfing

Coffee of the Day - Spiced Caramel Nut

no, not to worry. I am not retired, and more importantly, I am not going golfing. ;)  it has been ages since I was last swinging clubs - since I was pregnant with Tyler actually. yes, it's been THAT long! I used to golf every week with hubster and some friends, but again, that was another lifetime.

David, on the other hand, went just last week. he is truly a wonder to behold on the golf course. there are days that I miss those years of him being a golf pro. he is not only an amazing golfer, but patient and fun to watch. he has such a smooth golf swing and can hit it so very far! yes, I am proud of my hubby! :)

anyhow, my card today is for a very dear friend of ours who retired a month ago. yep, I'm late with my card. I need to make several for him, so you'll be seeing more retirement cards in the coming month. (hopefully! eek!) He and Dave work together in the Church District office.


the golf image is from Crafty Secrets and is part of the 'Golf Time' digital set. I also printed out then fussy cut the individual golf bag from this same set. it is adhered to the inside of the card. sorry I didn't take a photo. retirement sentiment is from Create with TLC. papers are from the Basic Grey Boxer collection, washi tapes & buttons are from my stash, and linen thread is by SU!. golf tee may or may not have come from hubby's golf bag..... la la la la la! card base was sprayed with 2 shades of glimmer mist. hey, gotta do something to help frou frou up these masculine cards!

I will actually be back tomorrow with another card, believe it or not! thank you so much for the kind thoughts and prayers about my health. still having seizures, but so happy to be able to craft these past 2 days.

love ya! :)

Challenges:
Crafty Secrets - monthly linky party
Hiding in My Craft Room - use those scraps (both pieces of BG paper are scraps)
Sister Act - any card goes
The Stamping Boutique - die cut or punch (SU! punch for sentiment)
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Card and Scrap - male cards
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sorry

Coffee of the Day - Buttered Rum

so sorry I haven't been around much. my seizures started up again over the weekend and have been going gangbusters. :(   most of my time has been spent in bed, as the computer really hurts my head and makes them much worse.

sadly, no crafting is being done. was happy just to get a shower today, but that completely wore me out.

(this little instant coffee & tea vintage get well image gave me the giggles!
 thought you might enjoy it today!)

one blog candy package has been mailed, and the other one should go out tomorrow. a few of you had a bit of a surprise in your emails, I do believe. thank the random mr. froggy for choosing you! grins! :)

hope to be back soon and get around to all of your wonderful blogs! much love to all of you! Jennifer

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Blog Candy Winners!

Hooray! Hooray!

It's the big announcement everyone has been waiting for! the blog candy winners are being announced!

if you don't happen to be a winner in this candy, just hold tight because there will be another one coming soon, I promise! :)


the winner of the more feminine themed candy is:




and the winner of the more masculine themed candy is:


22. Alicia O'Bryant  

will the winners please send me an email at 'jenscull at yahoo.com' with your mailing address so that I can get your goodies in the mail to you? thanks! if I haven't heard from the winners by the weekend, new names will be chosen.

thank you to everyone for playing along! I really do appreciate each and every one of you! :)
hope to see you back here soon....
Jennifer

Blog Candy Winner Announced Soon!

Coffee of the Day - Eggnog

sorry I have been missing for a few days. have been sick and this is my first day out of bed.

I'll be back soon with the winners of my blog candy! :)

crossing my fingers for ALL of you! gins!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Blog Candy to say Thank YOU! :)

I am so VERY thankful to each of my followers! I don't say it often enough, but y'all are just THE BEST!!!!  :)

I have 2 blog candy opportunities for you - one that is more feminine and the other a bit more masculine. if you have a preference, please add an 'F' or 'M' after your name. otherwise you will be entered into a random draw for both.

because I want to say a special thank you to my followers, for the first time on my blog, this candy is available only to those who are followers please. you are more than welcome to join, but do it because you like what I offer here, not because you are here only for the candy. I do try to offer blog candy several times a year, so there will be plenty of chances to win later on.

The contest will be open to entrants from all around the world. I am blessed to have followers from all over this big blue marble!!!


Feminine blog candy includes:
  • Basic Grey Vivienne 6x6 paper pad
  • Sizzix Kaleidoscope Bloom embossing folders
  • SRM sticker sheet
  • paper flowers from Prima and Michaels
  • mini Magnolia stamps
  • 2 rolls fabric tape & 1 sheet sticker backed fabric
  • Spun Sugar & Abandoned Coral Tim Holtz distress markers
  • Assorted ribbons
  • Manila tags
  • Assorted tickets
  • Prima Blossom Bud chalk ink
  • sequins (I have the incorrect ones shown. please see other photo for correct sequins)
  • ZVA Creative flourishes
  • other goodies seen in photo and tossed in your package for fun! :)


Masculine blog candy includes:
  • Tim Holtz London Icons & Union Jack embossing folders
  • Prima flowers
  • SRM sticker sheet
  • Sparkle Creations Hockey Oliver unmounted rubber stamp
  • We R Memory Keepers Legit die cut
  • SEI Sundries sequin kit (shown in feminine photo. incorrect sequins shown above)
  • EK Success Architexture stone stickers
  • Assorted ribbons
  • Manila tags
  • Assorted tickets
  • Mermaid Lagoon Tim Holtz distress marker
  • other goodies seen in photo and tossed in your package for fun, and I've added a LOT already!!!! :)
Blog Candy will remain open until Sunday, May 3 at midnight. I will post the winners within a day or two after. Winners will have one week to contact me or alternate winners will be chosen.

You are welcome to post either photo on your blog sidebar if you would like. leaving a comment lets me know that have been patient and read all the way through. ;)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blog Candy Reminder!

Coffee of the Day - Toffee Creme

Just a quick reminder that you only have a few days left to enter my blog candy contest! there are several candies available, so your chances are pretty good of winning!


I hope to be back with a papercraft project soon. it's been a busy week with dr. appts., our youngest son coming home from college, stuff in the house falling apart, and just life. you know how that goes! :)

big hugs to all of you! now go enter the contest!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Love and Happiness in Your New Home

Coffee of the Day - Gingerbread

I am slowly whittling down my 'honey do' list of cards to make. actually sat down and wrote out all of the ones I need to do so I can stay organized.

I am a proverbial list maker. and it's always on scratch paper. I hate to waste paper, as it always feels as if there is a poor tree shrieking somewhere for every piece of paper tossed willy nilly into the trash can. so my lists are always on the back sides of envelopes, expired coupons, etc.  it completely drives my hubby mad....

oh well. I have become quite the hippie in my old age. :)  recycling everything, tattoos, eating healthy (although it hasn't done a thing for my waistline), hugging trees & talking to nature..... but I am happy as a little clam! :)


so on to my card....this one is for some friends of ours who moved this weekend. he is an accountant from a family of accountants. hence the ledger papers and other office accouterments. she is an avid tea drinker, so I added the tea tag for her. just a few little touches to make it a bit more personal.

both the image and the sentiment come from Paulette at Create with TLC. papers are from several Basic Grey collections. I printed the house image onto some digital BG ledger paper prior to watercoloring. side was punched using a cool punch by SU! flowers are Prima that were edged in distress stickles. the same stickles was added to the edges of the card base. buttons are vintage and everything else is from my stash.

hope all of you have a great week! thanks for stopping by! don't forget to enter my blog candy! :)


Challenges:
Cheerful Sketches - sketch (turned on side)
CCC Digi Creations - use a stamp or digi & add sparkle (stickles)
Digi Galore - new home
Pile it On - same pattern different ways (different styles of ledger papers - I hope I have understood this challenge correctly. if not, please remove my entry. thanks!)
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Digitally Sweet - anything goes (digital image, sentiment, and paper)
Simply Papercraft - anything goes or lots of layers
Inky Impressions - punch it (SU! punch)
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Crafty Girlz - anything goes

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Enjoy Every Moment Mice

Coffee of the Day - Creme Brulee

It has been YEARS since I took out my poor little mousies, my House Mouse stamps I mean. I was leaving comments on some blogs I follow when I came across a fellow blogger who was playing in the current House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. it reminded me of the days when I use to play with my  mousey stamps all the time! not only do I have a bucket load of these cuties, but a friend I knew at the time let me play with a bunch of hers, too.

so up into the attic in the barn I went to track down my stamps. yes, it's a sad day when the mice are left in the barn.....and out came this cutey patootie stamp. it's called 'Walking in the Rain', but I am having a doozie of a time trying to track down anything on the House Mouse store site to try to link it. so very sorry.


the card is larger than the average bear to accommodate the large stamp. thank goodness I still buy 12x12 cs! grins!

papers are from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection, flowers are a combo of Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo, & Prima, buttons are from my vintage collection, gorgey ribbon is SU!, and tickets & doily are from my stash once again. used my label maker to create the remainder of the sentiment. the little banner is part of the Basic Grey collection, too.

raindrops were highlighted with my clear spica glitter gel pen, and tiny accents were added to some of the flower centers with a white gel pen.

boy howdy, I forgot how detailed these stamps are to color and tough to get a nice, clear stamped impression, too. I've been playing with digis so long, it's kinda nice to be using an actual big stamp again. :)

enjoy your weekend! it's Maple Festival here, which of course means lousy weather. we've had snow for several days, but now it's just cold. good to keep the sap running though.

don't forget to enter my blog candy while you are here. :)


Challenges:
House Mouse and Friends Mon Ch - April Showers
Sweet Sketch Wed - sketch
Pile it On - April Showers bring May Flowers
Craft for the Craic - die-ing for Spring or Easter (Spellbinders die)
Crafts 4 Eternity - anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe - ribbon or lace
Time Out Ch - 'You Can't Make a Rainbow Without a Little Rain' (I went with the rain portion of the theme)
Gruffies & Guests - patchwork with anything goes option
My Time to Craft - spring flowers
Lia Stampz - use ribbon
Art by Miran - anything goes
Dragon's Lair - add an animal
Art Impressions - April Showers bring May Flowers
Dream it Up - showers of showers
Throwback Thurs - any stamp older than 1 year (oh yeah, this poor guy has been in my barn longer than that!)
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Cuttin' and Stampin' - cute critters
Digi Sketch Ch - not sure if the theme is furry friends or flowers because both are mentioned, but thankfully my card covers both. ;)
Stamp and Create - anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - Animal Love
Whimsy - color an image

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thank You Garden Fence

Coffee of the Day - Sweet Potato

still working at making cards off of my long list to get sent out. then was reminded by several friends that I haven't made even ONE Christmas card yet this year. holy schmoleys, normally I have made at least a dozen by this time! so more cards to add to my personal 'honey do' list. grins!


anyhow, today's card uses an image by From the Heart as well as their current sketch challenge. papers are from the Basic Grey Vivienne collection, which just so happens to be part of one of the blog candies I'm giving away! I hope you have entered! :)

main image die is Spellbinders, watering can & leafy branch dies are Impression Obsession, pink ruffle ribbon is May Arts, sentiment sticker is SRM, little flowers are Prima, all buttons except big brown one are vintage, and ticket is from my stash.

faux stitching was added to all decorative paper, and stickles was added to Prima flower centers as well as the hyacinths.


Challenges:
From the Heart - sketch 106 w/twist of 2 word sentiment
DRS Designs - Bloomin' Beautiful
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty - spooled items (twine & ribbon)
Fan-tastic Tues - stitching (faux)
Creative Card Crew - sentiment
Die Cuttin' Divas - Garden month with dies
Inky Chicks - stitching (faux)
Loves Rubberstamps - add flowers
Papertake Weekly - cute as a button
TTCRD - anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes with a twist of spring
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Eureka - buttons and bows
Incy Wincy - fake it (faux stitching)
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Mema's Crafts - use a die or punch (Spellbinders & Impression Obsession dies)
Not Just Cards - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes w/optional diamond twist
A Gem of a Challenge - spring is in the air
The Stamping Boutique - spring
Wags 'n Whiskers - flowers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sketched Roses for Mr. & Mrs.

Coffee of the Day - Almond Joy

I mentioned yesterday that I have several wedding cards to make. I was doing my usual stop by Create with TLC today (I get there as often as I can anyhow) and saw that Paulette had posted a beautiful sketched roses image. I thought it would make a pretty wedding card, so I quickly printed it off this morning. got busy in the craft room, and here is what I ended up with. ;)


The floral bg paper is by Free Pretty Things for You. not sure who made the music sheet paper. I normally add the store's name to each one I save, but this only says, 'free'. I'll try to track it down for you and then post.....

******I found the site for the paper. it is Free Vintage Digi Stamps, and here is the link to the actual page. if you like vintage, then you should follow her blog. way cool stuff on there! *****

image was first shaded with SU! inks and q-tips. I then applied the cracked glass technique. once I cracked the image, I lightly sponged kraft ink over the top.

sentiment is a sticker by SRM, flowers are a combo from Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima, and Making Memories, rhinestone flourish is by Zva Creative, satin ribbon is May Arts, doily is from stash, and buttons are vintage.

hope you have a most AMAZING weekend! :)

Challenges:
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Digitally Sweet - anything goes (digital papers & image)
Quick Quotes - Celebrate (wedding)
Wags 'n Whiskers - flowers
QKR - spring flowers
Fussy and Fancy - springtime flowers
Scrap & Craft - use ribbon or twine (ribbon)
Digi Choosday - pearls and gems (gems)
Top Tip Tues - 3 of something (vintage buttons)
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes w/handmade bow
Corrosive Ch - Floral Fantasy

Friday, April 17, 2015

I Do

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Nut

Some years we have no weddings to attend, and then others like this year, we have so so many! I am working like a busy busy bee trying to get cards made for all of them.


The beautiful image on this card is 'I Do' by A Day for Daisies. Tammy's images are something unique indeed, so I imagine I'll be using them for most of these wedding cards.

I paper pieced the outfits using digital papers from the Basic Grey Little Black Dress collection. the gorgeous die set is by Spellbinders. flowers are a mix of Wild Orchid Crafts and Making Memories, rhinestone flourish is Zva Creative, and buttons & lace trim are vintage. silver doily is from my stash.

I'll be posting my blog candy sometime this weekend, I hope. a few things I had ordered arrived today, so I just need to finish getting things together and then take a photo. one of our pups isn't doing too well, so I've been a bit sidetracked with her. :(

anyway, all of you have a most fabulous weekend!

Challenges:
ADFD - anything goes w/ADFD image
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - use a die cut
Sister Act - any card goes
Crafting for All Seasons - milestone celebrations (I hope a wedding counts)
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Party Time Tuesday - anything goes
Stamp and Create - anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - no sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Ch - anything goes with patterned paper

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Wee Little Note

Coffee of the Day - Carrot Cake

I am showing a triple duty card today - it qualifies for a store's sketch challenge & monthly progressive challenge and will also let our youngest son know we are cheering him on as he starts finals next week! whew.... that is a lot of punch to pack into a piece of card stock! :)

I have used images out of  From the Heart's "Hamlet PigWit Being Shy" digital stamp set, which also happens to be the stamp set of the month. I've been away from their progressive challenge for a bit, so I'm glad to be taking part again. I've also played along in the weekly sketch challenge, but flipped the sketch on its side. I do wacky things like that all the time!


I paper pieced cutey Hamlet the pig, using papers from My Mind's Eye All Spice collection. just a few extra accents were painted in. little banners were cut with a SU! punch. linen thread is also by SU! some accent dots were added with a marker, paper edges distressed, and a button tied to the linen thread. pretty quick for me, plus easy to put in the mail to Ryan.  not to worry, I'll be back to my regular cards again. :)

do any of you ever burn candles in your home? I want to pass along a great deal my family and I have found. we are HUGE fans of the Ashland brand candles found at Michael's craft stores. they are almost always on sale for about $4 or less for a 17 oz candle. they burn for quite a long time, too, and come in the most luscious scents!



Challenges:
From the Heart - sketch 105 with quick card twist
FTH Stamp of the Month - progressive challenge
TTCRD - anything goes
Top Tip Tues - 3 of something (3 decorative papers)
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Dream Valley - let's get krafty
Eureka - 4 legged friends
Melonheadz - 2 or more designer papers (I have 3)
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes

Sunday, April 12, 2015

God Will Lift You...and So Will I

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice (you know it's my fave!)

one of the cards I have on my list to make is for a very dear friend who has just recently received some devastating news. I want her to know that I am here for her. This sentiment today at Create with TLC summed it all up so perfectly.


I'm also using some beautiful free digital items available over at the Crafty Secrets blog. both the bg paper and post card image can be be found there. I hope it creates the peaceful, but encouraging feel that my friend needs right now.

a frame was cut for the postcard image using Spellbinders dies, flowers are a combo of Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts, and my stash, buttons are vintage and stash, twine is from The Twinery, burlap ribbon snippet is from May Arts, vintage sheet music was cut with a Jenni Bowlin punch, and doily is from my stash. distressing and faux stitching complete the card.

I forgot to add that after I cut the frame, I stamped it with a SU! woodgrain bg stamp. there is also a little piece of a ticket hiding under the sentiment banner.

I'm putting together my blog candy and will get that posted soon! hope many of you sign up! welcome to my new followers, too!!!!  :)

Challenges:
Crafty Secrets - April linky party (ribbon: May Arts, twine: Twinery)
613 Ave Create - create your own challenge (square card, encouragement/thinking of you, burlap)
Crafty Calendar - add a sentiment
Pile it On - fancy frames and/or beautiful borders
Robyn's Fetish - use baker's twine
Inksprational - photo inspiration: eggs (nest on postcard) and colors
Brown Sugar - distress
Sister Act - any card goes
Red Rubber Inspirationals - spring flowers
Whimsy Inspiration - use a die cut
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Just Inspirational - stitching
Party Time Tues - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Tues Throwdown - friendship
Mema's - anything goes w/die or punch

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thank You, Friend Bunny!

Coffee of the Day - Gingerbread

Hello to all of you! I hope to be back to posting several times a week if all goes well. thank you so much for the lovely and gracious comments so many of you have left for me! it truly makes my heart sing! :)

I had a BIG project I was working on behind the scenes for the past few weeks, so now that is has gone postal, I can get to the projects I also need to work on for upcoming events in our lives.

I have several thank you cards that need to get out (actually waaaay more than several, but I'm taking them a few at a time!), so today's card is the first I'll post.

a VERY dear friend sent me the most pinkalicious coffee hoodie in the mail about a month ago. little does she know, but I wear it ALL the time! :) I made this card to tell her how much I just LOVE the hoodie and her, too!


the image is by From the Heart and happens to be on sale as I am posting. it's called 'Bunny Hello.' isn't it adorable?!

papers are from the new Basic Grey collection, J'Adore. twine is from The Twinery, flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts and Petaloo, canvas banner is SU!, thank you sentiment is a sticker by SRM Stickers, and buttons are a mix of vintage as well as from my stash. some faux stitching and a little doily snippet finish the card. oh yes, the bunny's tail is coated in flower soft to make it puffy!

Hope you are having a great week so far! the weekend is juuuuuuuust around the corner!


Challenges:
From the Heart - sketch #104
4 Crafty Chicks - die cuts (main image and banner)
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Pile it On - die cuts and/or punches (die cuts - main image & banner)
Crafting for All Seasons - Animal Magic
Inky Impressions - Spring is in the Air
Simon Says - April Showers or April Flowers
Whimsy Inspires - use a die cut (main image and banner)
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Crafty Sentiments - lots of flowers
Digi Choosday - dies (main image and banner)
Fan-tastic Tues - anything sq. or rect. goes with die or punch (dies - main image & banner)
Inky Chicks - stitching (faux)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes with option to add a bunny
Party Time Tues - anything goes
Bunny Zoe - spring colors
Card Mania - Flowers
Eureka - spring flowers
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Spring
Corrosive Ch - hop into spring
Hiding in My Craft Room - think spring
Fussy and Fancy - buttons and bows
Wags 'n Whiskers - buttons
Die Cut Divas - in the garden and die cuts (main image and banner)
Mema's - anything goes with a die or punch (main image and banner)
Sisters of Craft - anything goes