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Saturday, December 20, 2014

'A' You're Adorable

Coffee of the Day - Marzipan

Hello to all of you! hope you are doing well!  I have a card to share with you today that is for a special little someone. Through a Facebook group for Simply Betty Stamps fans, we were told that one of the ladies' niece had a baby born with some very serious problems in her heart. one surgery has already been done and more are scheduled. Cards for the family were requested. of course I wanted to help!


I used the precious image 'Baby Doll Betty' and a sentiment from Create with TLC. papers are from the Basic Grey Knee Highs collection. a little doily piece peeks out from behind the sentiment while surrounded by pretty pink paper flowers. sorry, they were a lovely gifty so I don't know the mfg. ribbon and button are from my stash. polka dot accents were made with my white gel  pen.

enjoy your weekend! all of my love to you! :)

Challenges:
QKR - lots of layers
Stempelsonne - anything goes
A Little Bit Crafty - anything goes but not Christmas
Lia Stampz - choose your style: patterned paper, sentiment, flowers, die cut
Cards Galore Encore - anything goes
Divas by Design - anything goes
Paper Shelter - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Sister Act - any card goes

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dear Santa...

Coffee of the Day - Eggnog

One of my most important card commissions came along a few weeks ago - one from my youngest son for 'someone'.....no details other than it had to be cute and explosive. okay, suuuuuuuure..... I can do that. ??? no pressure on Mom to create fabulous for you. ;)

I sent him links to multiple images and then sentiments to be sure it was all as he wanted. then came time to put it all together. I was sweating bullets! worst part of all was that in the midst of this his phone died, so that we ended up doing all of our communication through Facebook chats.

card was finally finished and then express mailed to him. given to recipient, and a few days later he had a relationship status change on FB. whew....... I think she liked the card! :)

and now I can safely post it here.....


image is a cutey by Saturated Canary, called Molly the Elf,  sentiment is from a set by Create with TLC. red bg paper is Evergreen by Basic Grey, gold polka dot is actually part of a note card I picked up from Target, as are the fun matching paper tags along the side. red satin ribbon is May Arts, poinsettias are from Hobby Lobby, main image die is Spellbinders, clear flourish die is Sizzix (cut from re-purposed clear packaging), and other items are from my stash. stickles was used on main image for some added bling and sparkle.

hope you have a great week as you get ready for Christmas! remember to take some time for yourself a midst the hustle and bustle......

Challenges:
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Christmas
Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards - Christmas
Crafter's Cafe - Christmas/Holiday Season
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Glittery and Sparkly Christmas (stickles, sequins, and gold)
Lacy Sunshine - Holiday Joy
Pile it On - anything goes Holiday/Christmas
OSAAT - anything goes with a glitter (stickles)
Red Carpet Studio - Elf (she looks a bit like Jovie, doesn't she?)
Sentimental Sundays - anything goes w/a sentiment
That Craft Place - Christmas
We Do Doobadoo - Festive Spirits
A Creative Romance - anything goes
Brown Sugar - red, white, and green
Crafty Catz - last minute Christmas (I had 2 days to get details ironed out and create.)
Jo's Scrap Shack - Happy Holidays
Pattie's Creations - Christmas cards
Sister Act - any card goes
Wags 'n Whiskers - Merry Christmas
As You Like It - fave Christmas film: Elf, because it not only heartwarming, but it has so many classically funny lines. we watch it all year 'round!
Aud Sentiments - bingo: die cut or punches (both), digi or rubber stamp (digis), bling (sequins & stickles)
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Loves Rubberstamps - Winter or Christmas
Paperminutes - upcycling (clear packaging used for die cut flourish)
TTCRD - anything goes
{PIN}spirational - photo inspiration (Santa hats and colors)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Coffee of the Day - Gingerbread 



 Welcome to the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Look at this amazing list of sponsors! :)

17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches

I know there are a lot of stops on this blog hop, but good golly, Miss Molly, you won't lack inspiration for your Christmas gifties, that is for certain! :)


I've been feeling fairly puny lately, but really really really wanted to play along in this hop if I could. lo and behold, The Cutting Cafe came to my rescue with this FABULOUS coffee cup template!!! isn't it wonderful?!?! inside is a little pocket to hold either a gift card or some Starbuck's Via coffees - I haven't decided yet which I am going to give my friend. who knows, maybe BOTH!

papers are from my beloved Basic Grey, this time the Evergreen collection. 'Fa La La' is from a Sizzix die, gold & ivory twine is Maya Road, and poinsettia comes from Hobby Lobby. I cut down a coffee cozy that I had saved from Starbuck's so that it fit perfectly around the card front. it actually slips right over the front and was then adhered. gives a bit more dimension that way. a few sequins were then sprinkled on for that last bit of holiday bling! :)

thanks so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas to you and those you hold dear! :)

Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Going Gray with Scrap Creations - Holiday/Christmas
Loves Rubber Stamps - Winter or Christmas
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Jellypark - ribbons or bows
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Get Creative - Christmas
My Craft Spot - Shaped Christmas Card
Pile it On - Anything Goes Christmas or Holidays
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes with a handmade bow
Stamp and Create - Christmas
Ooh La La - Christmas
Crazy Ch - Christmas
Come and Get It - Merry Christmas
Red Carpet Studio - "Elf" (here goes, this is one of our fave movies! Fa La La - "The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear." " I'm singing. I'm in a store, and I'm siiiiiingiiiiing! I'm in a store, and I'm siiiiiingiiiiing!" coffee - "You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody!" )
Robyn's Fetish - Christmas Cards
That Craft Place - Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round - any Christmas card goes not square or rectangle
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Ch Extra - anything Christmas goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Lia Stampz - add metallic or sparkle (sequins, poinsettia w/gold bead center, and twine is also gold metallic)
Seemacrafts - Christmas
The Craft Garden - Christmas
Hiding in My Craft Room - Christmas Colors
A Crafty Mess - Anything Goes/Traditional Holiday Colors
CRAFT - Christmas
Delightful Ch - twinkle, twinkle: add something sparkly (sequins, poinsettia w/gold bead center, and twine is also gold metallic)
Crafters Cafe - Christmas
Simon Says Wed Ch - Bling it On (sequins, poinsettia w/gold bead center, and twine is also gold metallic)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Have a Most Blessed Thanksgiving!

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Pie


Happy Thanksgiving to all of my family and friends living here in the USA!!! may your blessings overflow! we have so many things to be thankful for....

my family is all gathered here in our home today. I am so grateful to God for all He has provided. life is good indeed! I count each of you among my blessings! :)

enjoy your day to its fullest!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thankful for YOU! :)

Coffee of the Day - Eggnog

Why yes, I am thankful for YOU! grins! y'all put up with my long absences, and I really appreciate you hanging in with me. all of you so rock the casbah! :)

the Simply Betty group over on Facebook has a challenge to use this cute image, add pleats, use autumn colors, and then frame the sentiment that comes with the image. phew..... that is a bunch of stuff to do, especially for someone like me who does not do well with adding those fine details to my watercoloring. but I did try. must say it is not one of my best efforts, but try I did. ;)


the frame for the sentiment comes from Graphics Fairy. isn't it gorgeous? papers are Basic Grey Indian Summer. I am gonna be crying in my coffee when I use the last of this precious collection. it is one of my all time faves. the fabby embossing folder is by Sizzix, and the oval die is Spellbinders. everything else is from my stash.

Hope to be back, if at all possible, with another project before Thanksgiving. y'all take care! much love to ya!


Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - current sketch
Great Impressions - Thankful Thoughts
OSAAT - Giving Thanks
Robyn's Fetish - use a digi
Sentimental Sundays - Heartfelt Thanks
Catch the Bug - photo inspiration
Jo's Scrap Shack - Happy Thanksgiving
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Preparing for the Holidays/Fall
Open  Minded Crafting - Grateful
Paper Pretties - Be Thankful/Thanksgiving
Simon Says Stamp - Thanks/Thanksgiving
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Clear it Out - anything goes
Cuttin' and Stampin' - Thanksgiving
Die Cuttin' Divas - Happy Thanksgiving
Going Gray with Scrap Creations - Give Thanks
Card Mania - use a digi
Craft Your Passion - pumpkins or turkeys
Dream Valley - anything goes
Melondeadz - add a sentiment
Perfectly Rustics - embossing

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Give Thanks

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Vanilla Cream

I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving! it is probably my most fave of all of the holidays! the idea of being thankful for all with which we've been blessed makes my heart and soul just SOAR! :) plus getting together with family and friends is one of the best things to make this old gal get jiggy..... tee hee!


So I decided to use this beautiful A Day for Daisies image, 'Giving Thanks,' along with the fabulous verse being offered for free at Word Art Wednesday. papers and stickers are from the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar collection, flower is Prima, satin ribbon is May Arts, and main image die is Spellbinders. crochet trim is vintage and buttons are from my stash. the little feathers seemed the perfect accent to complete the card. :)


Challenges:
ADFD - krafty tags
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Mojo Monday - sketch 370 (turned on its side)
Crafts 4 Eternity - ribbon and lace
TTCRD - anything goes
Simply Create Too - Thanksgiving
Di's Digi Designs - colors of Autumn
Brown Sugar - Thanksgiving
Pile it On - Special Ocassions (Thanksgiving)
Crafty Catz - ribbon and lace
Fussy and Fancy - Thankful
Quick Quotes - Grateful or Thankful
Wags 'n Whiskers - Let's Be Thankful
Dream it Up - Thankful and Thoughtful
Paper Pretties - Give Thanks
Repeat Impressions DCC115 ~ Time To Give Thanks
Our Daily Bread - Thanksgiving or Christmas (I am sorry that I do not have any of your products to use)
Party Time Tues - anything goes
Eureka - Count Your Blessings
Path of Positivity - Gratitude

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Little Christmas Joy!

Coffee of the Day - Eggnog, to get in the mood! :)

It's been way too long since I've been able to play along in the fun progressive challenges over at From the Heart, so I wanted to do all I could to be sure I participated this month. Just look at this adorable image everyone is to use, "Faithful Friends - Angel Joy."  oh my goodness! sweetness overload! :)


papers are from the Basic Grey Evergreen collection, oval dies are Spellbinders, leafy branch die is Memory Box, and flourish die is Tim Holtz for Sizzix. flowers are all by Petaloo. a bit of paper piecing, and then sparkles added by way of shimmerz paint and glitter gel pens. a few touches with my spica white gel pen, too. sequins, a button, and some pretty vintage lace finish the card.

I used a gate fold technique on this card, as a sketch I came across seemed absolutely perfect to go along with it. the flourish die is cut from a piece of plastic packaging. you know how I love to re-purpose things when I can. :)

sorry I have not been as consistent with my craft posts as I would like. just have been having a doozy of a time with my icky tum. I know y'all get weary of my health yuck posts, so I try not to mention it too often on here. but man oh man, cancer and its side effects just plain ol' stink.

hope you have a most wonderful weekend! we are having a few little snow flurries here. I do so love this season! love to all of you!



Challenges:
From the Heart - sketch and/or twist: gate fold or window (gate fold)
Seems A Little Sketchy - sketch
Alphabet Ch - T is for Traditional Christmas
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - anything goes
Creative Corner - Christmas
QKR Stampede - Let's Talk Christmas
Party Time Tues - anything goes
Sister Act - any card goes
Delightful Ch - patterned paper
Milk Coffee - hand color image
Add a Little Dazzle - photo/color inspiration
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes/celebrations
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - anything goes
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes/paper piecing
WAW - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - make it sparkle (sequins, glitter pens, shimmerz paints)
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - make it sparkle (sequins, glitter pens, shimmerz paints)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes with sparkle
TTCRD - anything goes
Card Mania - use your dies (Spellbinders, Sizzix, Memory Box)
Dream Valley - Christmas
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes w/distressing
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything Christmas goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Die Cut Divas - Holidays w/die cuts (Spellbinders, Sizzix, Memory Box)
A Gem of a Challenge - paper piecing

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Celebrate Christmas with Jellypark! Blog Candy Winners, too!

Coffee of the Day - Hazelnut

Today begins a new challenge over at Jellypark, and Mel was kind enough to invite me to be a guest designer! it was truly a delight to be back playing with the fun images found at Jellypark, so thank you for the invitation, Mel!

the theme for the month of November is Christmas. I do hope you will play along! my former teamie, Lisa Sumpter, so do stop by to see the great cards she has made. :)

I made 2 projects, both using papers from the My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland collection.


for my holiday tag, I used the cutey image 'Skater Girl' and fussy cut her once I had finished painting. shimmerz paint adds shine to her skates while stickles add a bit of texture and sparkle to her hat.

the tag base was embossed using the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder. several shades of ink were watercolored for the bg, and then white craft ink was applied to the snowflakes. blue glimmer mist was lightly sprayed over the top.

snow mounds were cut from lyrics I printed of the song, 'Let it Snow.' shimmery Mr. Huey's spray was added and stickles was applied to the borders. same treatment for ice skating pond oval.

pom pom trim, button, baker's twine, silver cord, tag, sequins, and vintage holly leaves complete the tag. can't wait to add this to a gift at Christmas! :)


my next project is a card implementing the popular chalkboard look. I used the 'Christmas Window' image by Jellypark. lots of sparkle and shine on the main image thanks to shimmerz paint and stickles!

I created the chalkboard tag by drawing lines with a white gel pen and then lightly sponging white craft ink over the entire tag. embellishments include baker's twine, gorgeous wide, white ribbon, buttons, a Petaloo poinsettia, and holiday lights created with dies by Memory Box and matching paper. I added crystal effects to the lights to give them extra gloss.

thanks so much for stopping by! it was wonderful to be crafting again! hopefully it won't be so long between times in my craft room.....


I also now have the winners of my Pinktober Blog Candy. it took me a bit to figure out how to get piccys of the random.org generator, but finally have them! I need the following 3 people to get in touch with me at (jenscull at yahoo dot com) please:
3. Terriavidreader
7. stef h
4. Mel H :)

Thank you to everyone who entered! I wish I could give all of you a prize for being so fabulous!!!

Challenges
Tag:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything Christmas goes
Emerald Faeries - non-traditional Christmas colors
Mema's Crafts - anything goes
The Crafting Cafe - not a card
Pile it On - feeling cool
Christmas at Sweet Stamping - snowflakes
Crafts 4 Eternity - tags & tickets
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - sparkle (shimmerz paint, glimmer mist, stickles, sequins)
Crafty Calendar - all about Christmas
Little Claire's - Christmas
Catch the Bug - anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Delicious Doodles - Baby, It's Cold Outside
MAWTT - winter
Paper Shelter - Christmas
Crafting for All Seasons - Tag It
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - anything goes
Divas by Design - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Word Art Wed - anything encouraging goes
Creative Card Crew - bows
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes w/handmade bow
Crafty Boots - music
Eureka - buttons and bows
Incy Wincy - buttons and bling (sequins)


Card:
Papertake Weekly - sketch (turned on its side)
Animal Fiends - It's Cold with an animal (kitty)
Bearly Mine - Christmas Cards
Emerald Faeries - non-traditional Christmas colors
Really Reasonable Ribbon - anything goes w/ribbon
Pile it On - feeling cool
Crafty Ribbons - tag w/ribbon
Crafts 4 Eternity - tags & tickets
Crafty Calendar - all about Christmas
Little Claire's - Christmas
Brown Sugar - anything goes
QKR Stampede - 3 of a kind (buttons)
Sister Act - any card goes
Aud Sentiments - 2 or 3 words sentiments
MAWTT - winter
Crafting for All Seasons - Tag It
Crafty Creations - brads, buttons, or bows
Divas By Design - anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Word Art Wed - anything encouraging goes
Creative Card Crew - bows
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes w/handmade bow
Eureka - buttons and bows

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pink-tober Blog Candy!!!

Welcome to my Pink-tober Blog Candy for 2014! The end of this blog candy will also coincide with my 6 year bloggy anniversary!!!! who nelly! hard to believe I have been blogging for so long!

so I want to thank every single blessed one of you who has stuck with me through this long journey. it's been quite the ride, hasn't it? who would have ever thought we would have been through all that we have, right?! but y'all have truly been the ABSOLUTE BEST bloggy friends a gal could ever ask for!


if you are interested in winning this candy or one of the 2nd place packages, please add your information to our friendly Mr. Blue Froggy linky friend at the bottom of this post. you do not have to jump through hoops to be eligible to enter - no need to be a follower or post this anywhere. you can do either of these things only if you feel so inclined. :)

the blog candy will run through midnight October 31. I will randomly choose a grand prize winners and 2 winners of the 2nd place prizes. I will post the winners as soon after the deadline as possible.

so far the blog candy contains the following:
  • Prima Sunrise Sunset Doily stencil
  • Heidi Swapp 6x6 Mixed Company paper pad
  • Prima Pink Petite Mums
  • Memento Angel Pink ink pad
  • Hot Pink Glitter Alpha Stickers
  • over 20 yards of various pink ribbons, laces, and trims
  • SRM Stickers Think Pink Awareness stickers
  • Retro Sally Pink Paper Straws
  • Sizzix Ornate Crescent Sizzlits Die (this is gorgeous!)
  • Jolee's Tiara Bling Stickers
  • K & Co. Adhesive Metallic Gems
  • Metal Heart Charms
  • Assorted Pink buttons
  • Pink Tickets and Tags
  • 2 sets Prima Wishful Thinking Cling Stamp sets
  • Webster's Pages Heart Pins  
I will probably add a few more little goodies here and there to all prize packages. :)

I hope you will play along! :)

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice, of course!

Wishing all of you a Happy Pumpkin Day/Halloween!


We have our annual Hot Dog House for trick or treating this evening. for those of you not familiar with our tradition, we go to a friend's home and pass out hot dogs, coffee, hot chocolate, and water to all of those who are trick or treating in our community. We've been doing this for more than 10 years now, and it is always a big hit! We give away more than 200 hot dogs every year. Dave will go over about 5:00pm to help get the tables and grills set up.

Whatever you do for the holiday and weekend, stay safe!

I'll be back later this weekend with some projects I have been working on. don't forget that tonight is your last chance to enter my Pinktober Blog Candy! :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sorry I Haven't Been Around

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel

So sorry that I haven't been around in a while. A little over a week ago I started having shooting pains from my head down into my neck reaching sometimes as far as my legs. I later discovered a lump on my head behind my ear. Have spent most of my time in bed, as it's difficult to move my head in any direction without the spasms and pains attacking. this has, of course, set off my seizures, which just adds to the delightful little mix we call every day life around here. ;)


Thankfully the pains have begun to subside a bit, but then yesterday my fingers began twitching and moving all on their very own. it was quite bothersome last night - almost like something from a horror movie. hey, that's it! my body is just getting ready for Halloween! ;)

anyhow, please be sure to sign up for the Pinktober Blog Candy if you haven't already. several prize packages will be given away!

hope all of you are doing well! love to you! Jennifer

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I Will Gladly Share Pink

Coffee of the Day - Toasted Coconut

I will gladly share pink so that anyone and everyone fighting this horrible beast knows that they are not alone. I will not give up because I fight this battle for my family. they will know that we can have things in life that might knock us sideways, but we are strong and we fight because love matters.


I might grow weary of what is being called 'pinkwashing', but I will continue to hope and pray for cures for EVERY disease. I want to see more research. I want to see less of Big Pharma and high medication costs.

FYI - if at all possible, please make sure that those pink products you see and purchase truly are supporting breast cancer research. more and more information is appearing that companies are using the pink ribbon as nothing more than a marketing tool to put money into their own coffers, with little or no money going to the intended sponsor. actually, you should do this for any organization that states it is donating a portion of its proceeds to a specific non-profit agency. also, are those pink products actually cancer inducing or detrimental in the first place? one that is in the news this week is from a fracking company. that doesn't make a lick of sense..... destroy the planet but donate 10 cents to breast cancer? no, I don't think I'll buy that pink drill bit, thank you very much.


I will continue to collect every single support stamp set I can get my hands on so that I may make cards to send along to others fighting any incurable disease. we are all in this together. no one goes through this journey called life alone.


I will gladly share pink always, always, always. and I will not give up hope.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Love You More Than Bacon....and World Card Making Day! :)

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Bacon Pecan (using the last drops of my bacon syrup.... heavy sigh.....)

Now for those of you who know me and my card style, you are probably gonna need to sit down for this one. you'll be quite shocked. it's kinda CAS. yeah, I know you are just downright gobsmacked about now....

but it is for a really really really good cause! I promise! :)


I'm adding this card to the Operation Write Home World Card Making Day Blog Hop.... gosh, I need another cup of coffee after writing that one out. grins!  so in light of the criteria for all of the OWH cards, I needed this card to be pretty simple compared to anything else I make. not to worry, I have every remaining day of this year to keep my shabby/vintage self satisfied. ;)


as I was contemplating just what in the world I could make for OWH that would go along with the 'love' theme, I remembered this amazing Kelly Purkey bacon set. it does have another name, but it will forever be the 'bacon set' to me. :) the set was an exclusive to Simon Says Stamp a while back. the flair was also a KP design for them.

I used the Lawn Fawn speech bubble border die along with the fun set and flair. heart die is from SU! added a wee bit of distressing, a button from my stash, and some red baker's twine. easy peasy. :)  the speech bubble portion is actually the top flap of the card. the 'I heart you....' is stamped on the inside of the card. does that make sense?

just a reminder for anyone who is interested to join my Pink-tober blog candy here at this post.


Happy World Card Making Day to all of you! now I'm off to go get all pink and glittery and inky since my OWH card is done. tee hee! will catch ya laters, babe!

btw - here is a link to the current needs at OWH.

Challenges:
QKR - anything goes
Sister Act - any card goes
A Gem of a Challenge - CAS
Catch the Bug - anything goes
Anything Goes with a Twist - anything goes
Word Art Wed - anything encouraging goes
Crafters Cafe - punches and/or die cuts (both)
Crafting by Design - anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies - anything goes
Hambo Hoedown - pigs
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes w/no designer paper twist