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Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Skull Wreath for Halloween

This is my second post for today. :)

I want to thank both Avril and Teri over at Delicious Doodles for having me as their Guest Designer this month! I was blessed to be a previous challenge winner from their fun blog, so they invited me to be a guest with them for October. isn't that fun?!

the theme for the month is Halloween, and while we don't typically celebrate this holiday, I couldn't let the opportunity go by to create a skull wreath card. doesn't everyone need a skull wreath as a decoration?! grins! maybe it's just those of us who happen to have a similar last name!

I started with the Skully Christmas Wreath image, printed it multiple times, popped up a few skulls on foam tape for more dimension, and then added it to my little mausoleum crypt. this was created with a Spellbinders die that I added embossin paste to a  Crafter's Workshop stencil.I inked the paste after it dried and then used my ink squirty tool.  another Spellbinders die adds the laurel at the top.

the grasses are a My Favorite Things die. pretty border die at the top is from Whimsy Stamps and sentiment comes from Create with TLC. orange satin ribbon is from SU! while orange twine is a Michael's find. paper is from Echo Park.

and while we're on the subject of skulls, since this is our last name, my sons decided that it was time we all got a family tattoo. so each one of us is getting a skull tattoo, unique to the individual. I had mine done last week. I also had a Winnie the Pooh one done on my arm to represent me with my sons. yes, I am the enigma - a skull and Winnie the Pooh all at the same time! :) but I love them both dearly!

Tyler had his tattoo done at the same time I had mine done. Mick had his done yesterday. I think it's neat that they all want to do something that unifies us as a family! :)

well, that's it for me.... all of you have a most amazing weekend! and I hope you get a chance to play along in the Delicious Doodles challenge this month. :)

Choux Choux Paper Art - Halloween linky party
Anything Goes with TLC - anything goes with a TLC image/sentiment

Funky and Fun Christmas Ornaments

Coffee of the Day - Moon Pie :)

Today starts a new challenge over on Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog, so I hope you'll join us for some holiday fun! As always, we are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, so someone will win a gift certificate for some great images from their store. if you join along, that someone could be YOU! :)

For my card this month I am using this retro funky image called 'Christmas Ornaments' and giving it my own little spin. main image and matting dies are by Spellbinders while the banner die is by SU!  papers are from the Basic Grey Juniper Berry collection. pretty poinsettia is from Prima and seam binding, which I distressed with several shades of ink, is from Zipper Stop. some vintage buttons and a fun little piece of Christmas flair were also added. I used a clear spica glitter gel pen and wink of stella glitter pen on the main image to add lots of sparkle, and then a white gel pen on the matting die to add some fun highlighted dots.

thank you so much for popping over this Saturday morning. :) hang on and I'll have another post for you!!!

enjoy your weekend!

Catch the Bug - anything goes

Thursday, September 29, 2016

It's Your Birthday, with Puppy Kisses!

Coffee of the Day - White Chocolate Macadamia

Hubby and I returned very late last night after spending 2 days visiting our youngest son in Indiana where he is currently a senior in college. it was his birthday and we wanted to spend a bit of time with him. it can be anywhere from a 5-6 hour drive depending upon road work and bathroom stops, so we don't get there all that often. ;)

I'm not sure if I've introduced the latest member of our family here or not. as I think I had mentioned before, in June we rescued a cat named Moon Pie. then at the end of August, we rescued a puppy that we named Palmer. he is mostly ladrador. he travels with us whenever we go somewhere. :) this was his 2nd trip to Indiana.

obviously I needed to make a card for Ryan's birthday, so when I saw this adorable image over at Bugaboo, I knew it was perfect! it's called 'AKV Boy Sitter with Dog.' I created a bit of a concrete wall for them to be sitting on.

papers are from the Basic Grey Clippings collection, main die is by Spellbinders, zig zag die is by My Favorite Things, and leaf die is by Prima. flower is from Michaels and red twine is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. buttons are from my vintage stash and sentiment stamp is from a company that has retired. I added a few dots with my white gel pen to the card base & zig zag border for some extra fun. :)

I hope you have a most amazing day! thanks for stopping by! :)

Catch the Bug - photo inspiration challenge (flower, colors)
Fresh Brewed Designs - animals
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Sasayaki Glitter - animals
Through the Purple Haze - furry friends
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Crafty Addicts - anything goes/use patterned paper
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Going Grey with Scrap Creations -  birthday
Cutie Pie - birthday plus cute

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice, of course! ;)

Today begins a new challenge over on the Elisabeth Bell challenge blog. the theme is one that is near and dear to my heart - 'Buttons and Bows'. :) how much fun is THAT?! and an easy one to combine with lots of other challenges, too, if you are like me and enjoy linking to lots of them!

I'm using the adorable 'Willow with Hot Chocolate' image, but have her drinking my fave pumpkin spice instead. it is that time of year, you know. ;) the fabulous sentiment is by Create with TLC, pumpkin is actually a Shape EZ card template file, and digital papers are from the Carta Bella Fall Blessings collection.

I have re-purposed a label from one of my precious bags of pumpkin spice coffee. it's fun to use them in this way! gorgeous flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts and buttons are from my vintage stash. seam binding is by Zipper Stop, plaid ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and pretty lace is from SU! main image die is by Spellbinders.

thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a most glorious weekend so far! be sure to grab yourself a cup of something especially wonderful today! :)

Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop
Fussy and Fancy - my favorite things (pumpkin spice coffee!, bow, vintage buttons, mulberry flowers, EB images!, re-purposing)
4 Crafty Chicks - colors of fall
CRAFT - Autumn/ Halloween/ Thanksgiving
Star Stampz - it's fall y'all
Anything Goes with TLC - anything goes with a TLC image
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Pile it On - autumn colors
Corrosive Ch - anything goes
Crafts and Me - anything goes optional twist: autumn
Crafting Circle/Crafty Awesomeness - anything hand colored goes
Di's Digi Designs - ribbon, lace, and/or twine
Sweet Stampin' - buttons and/or ribbons
Creative Corner - autumn

Friday, September 23, 2016

Autumn and Apples Are Here - Digi Bell Blog Hop

Top Pick at Crafty Ribbons

Coffee of the Day - Pecan Toffee

Today is a fun hop for The Digi Bells featuring the adorable 'Apple Blossom and Milkshake Baking' image. you might remember that this used to be a stamp over at Whimsy, but then it retired. well now you will be able to get it as a digi! hooray! :)

if you are following the hop, then you will have arrived here from LYNDA's absolutely GORGEOUS blog. if at any point along the hop you ever get lost, just pop on over to The Digi Bells blog for the complete list.

for my card I've used papers from the Basic Grey Nook & Pantry collection, a fun sentiment by Create with TLC, apple from a Shape EZ card template file, and leaf dies by Prima. main die is from Spellbinders. little flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and seam binding (which I distressed with several shades of ink) is from Zipper Stop. vintage buttons, sequins, a tiny ribbon snippet, and some fun little dots with a marker around the border were added to complete the card.

now off you go to SEBRINA's lovely blog to see what wonderful goody she has created to inspire you! :) be sure to leave her a comment while you are there!

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Brown Sugar - anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Stamping Boutique - apple season
Digital Delights by Louby Loo - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - sweet treats with ribbon (seam binding, twine on button, and ribbon snippet on apple)
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed - anything goes
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Come and Get it - lots of layers
Anything Goes with TLC - anything goes with a TLC image

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fairy Tales

Coffee of the Day - Coconut

Hello everyone!
I'm here to share a card to hopefully inspire you to grab your beautiful Elisabeth Bell images and head to your craft room for some creative time. :)

My husband and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. quite the milestone in this day and age! I made him this card, using the precious 'February Flutter' digital image and the inspiring sentiment from Ginger's House you see here. the inside reads, "thank you for being my happily ever after." :) he really is!

while the card style might be a bit more frou frou-y than I would typically make for him, he did like it! especially when he saw that the fairy prince was wearing the same colors as his favorite super hero - The Incredible Hulk! ;)

Papers are from the Basic Grey Kioshi collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, little flourish die is by Cheery Lynn, and grosgrain ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. doily was sprayed with several shades of glimmer mist and a pretty floral postage stamp was re-purposed in the corner. buttons, as always, are from my vintage collection. dies are by Spellbinders and sentiment punch is by SU! lots of shimmerz paint added to the main image, too.

may you have a 'happily ever after' in your life, too! :)

Come and Get It - lots of layers
Glitter 'n Sparkle - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes with a special day (anniversary)
Ribbon Girls - use any image and ribbon
Crafter's Cafe - use buttons
Fantasy Crafters - anything fantasy goes
Let's Craft and Create - spots and/or stripes (both in papers)
Paradise of Stamps - fairy
Petal Lu - anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies - fairies/fantasy
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Art by Miran - anything goes
DL Art - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
RRR- things with wings and ribbon or trim

Friday, September 16, 2016

So Sorry Rose Tag Sympathy Card

Coffee of the Day - Pecan Toffee

Some very dear friends of ours recently lost their mother (and mother-in-law), so I needed to make a sympathy card for them. in fact, we are getting together with them tonight, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to hand deliver it. I am not one who can make sympathy cards ahead of time. I need to think and pray for the people I'm making for. it's just what I do. ;)

I used an image from Bugaboo called 'Rose Bud Tag.' papers are from the Basic Grey Tea Garden collection, and gorgeous mulberry rose is from Wild Orchid Crafts & was dyed with SU! ink refills, seam binding is from Zipper Stop (and distressed with inks), lace is vintage, and burlap doily is from Hobby Lobby. buttons are from my vintage stash.

I hope you have a most amazing weekend! :)

Stella Says Sketch - monthly sketch
QKR - anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes
DL Art - gardens
Crafty Addicts - anything goes add lace and/or pearls (lace)
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
Melonheadz - hand colored image
The Crazy Challenge - burlap and/or twine (burlap)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Merry Christmas Santa Tree Stocking Card

Top 3 Pick at Dream Valley

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Bread Pudding

It's time for the midway posting over at the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog. I love to make holiday cards, that is for sure. :) so this gives me a chance to work on them all year long. have you made any yet this year?

I have been on a shaped card kick lately, as those of you who visit my blog frequently can tell. I decided to pull out my long forgotten SU! stocking die for this one. why don't I use this cute die more often? it is so much fun! :)

I also used the AKV Santa - tree image by Bugaboo to make more lighthearted card. I like to have a nice mix of fun as well as pretty cards in my collection so I am always sure to have just the  perfect card on hand for each person or family!

a few sequins, vintage button, ribbon, pom pom trim, mulberry poinsettia, and adorable little rusty bell are all the decoration this seemed to need. I added in a few hand drawn dots with a white gel pen and marker. simple, but festive! :)

hope you have a most wonderful day! thanks for stopping by!

Christmas at Sweet Stamping - Christmas die cuts
WAW - anything encouraging goes
A Snowflake's Promise - anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - shaped Christmas card
Cards and More - no designer paper
Glitter 'n Sparkle - add some metal (little rusty bell in top corner)
CRAFT - Christmas
DL Art - anything goes
Dream Valley - no squares allowed

Monday, September 12, 2016

It's a Nutty Birthday Squirrel!

Top 5 Pick at Creative Corner

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Cupcake

Today we have a birthday in the house, so of course I had to make a card to celebrate! :)

My son just loves squirrels, he has ever since he was a very little boy. we used to go to the park to feed them back when it was just the 2 of us, so that tells you just how long his love of them goes back! :)

so it seemed appropriate to make him a squirrel birthday card as he turns 26. gosh, those years have certainly flown by! sigh..... I am so proud of the man he has become! :) pardon my proud momma moment.

I used a Sandra Caldwell image and did my best to take the 'angry' out of him. ;) I just don't have any other little squirrel images in my collection, as hard as that is to believe. papers are from the Basic Grey Vivienne collection. The card base is another of Tammy's adorable card templates from her Shape EZ store on Etsy. trims are from my stash and buttons are vintage. sticks for the acorn top are from my yard! grins!  leaf dies are by Tim Holtz.

the inside of the card reads, "We are nuts about you! Happy Birthday!" :) yes, I am goofy that way....

Hope your week is off to a great start! :)

613 Avenue Create - anything goes w/fall color twist
Addicted to Stamping - trees, branches, and/or leaves (actual branches & leaves)
Dare 2B Artzy - Happy Birthday
Catch the Bug - the great outdoors
Di's Digis - autumn
Creative Corner - woodland creatures
Simply Create Too - fall colors
QKR - fall colors
Animal Friends - animals with fur
Die Cut Divas - fall

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mermaids and Sea Shells

Coffee of the Day - Macadamia White Chocolate

Hello! Starting to get my craft back on, so today is my first post back over on the Elisabeth Bell blog.  sure did feel good to get back in my craft room again! :)

Even though my project is late for the current challenge going on over on  The Digi Bells' blog, I still wanted to play along. I mean, WHO could resist a chance to use our adorable Elisabeth Bell images?! I hope you have had the chance to enter your own project, or are in the midst of working on it.

The theme is 'Make a Splash' and this cutey little mermaid image, 'Catch of the Day' seemed the perfect one for my card. my friend, Tammy, owns an Etsy shop that sells Shape EZ card templates. I have used her fun sea shell template here.

I am a goof for all things Basic Grey, so even though the company has retired, I've used their papers (South Pacific) and die here for the shabby feel that I oh, so love! this die (Curly #2) is my 'go to' for waves.  it's a bit quirky & fun, and I absolutely adore it. :) I hope you do, too!

sea horse and sand dollar dies are by Tim Holtz while main image die is by Spellbinders. little fern punches are by Martha Stewart and hopefully look like seaweed as they sit by the actual shells I have added.

ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. netting was distressed with ink to look more shabby and aged.

thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a most fabulous day! :)

Love to Craft - anything goes
Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
Ribbon Girls - any card with ribbon goes
Mark's Finest Paper - anything goes
Crafty Catz - anything but square
Morgan's Art World - use kraft
The Stamping Boutique - your inner child or for a child
Crafter's Cafe - use 2 patterned papers
Doodle Pantry - anything digital goes
Fantasy Crafters - anything fantasy goes
Happy Little Stampers Dies Ch - anything goes with dies (Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, & Basic Grey)
Sparkles Forum - lots of layers

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Peace on Earth Sitting Angel

Coffee of the Day - Creamy Chestnuts

I'm back again! 2 posts in 2 days! that's a record of late. :) still haven't been able to get to my craft room, but at least I have some things to show those of you who are stopping by my blog. I am so thankful to my faithful followers who leave me such beautiful and encouraging comments! love to each of you!!!!

I'm finally getting a chance to share my project for the new challenge over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra, sponsored as always by Bugaboo. you can link all of your Christmas cards for a chance to win a fabulous gift certificate to the Bugaboo store!

for my card I have used the precious Angel Girl Sitter image and painted her a brick chimney to sit upon.  the digital papers are, I believe, from Far Far Hill. I forgot to write down the name after I printed them off the way I usually do. the sheet music is "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

shimmerz paint was added to the angel's wings and halo while a clear spica gel pen adds sparkle to the bg. pretty pink seam binding was distressed & is from Zipper Stop, glitter rose is from Michael's, and other flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. buttons and lace are from my vintage stash. sentiment stamp is by Shady Tree Studio. main image die and pink die behind it are by Spellbinders.

I hope you have a most amazing day! :) thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch the Bug - anything goes
Deep Ocean - bingo: buttons, flowers, sentiment
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - layers
Love to Scrap - flower power
Christmas Cards All Year Round - shabby chic or monochromatic
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - vintage or anything Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas - song (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)
Paper Creator Crafts - Christmas
Sparkles Christmas - angels or fairies
Christmas Card Ch - anything Christmas goes
Jingle Belles - music
Broken Fairy - anything goes w/optional twist of things with wings
A Gem of a Challenge - ribbon, lace, or twine (ribbon and lace)
Di's Digi Designs - anything with wings

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Purple Wall Hanging for Word Art Wednesday

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel

Well, once again I am late getting my post up for the Word Art Wednesday challenge. so very sorry about that. I'm sure they are happy that my guest designer time is up with them. I've not been a very good guest since my last 2  posts were late on my blog. at least I had the projects finished on time. :)

for my final project I decided to make a wall hanging with the beautiful scripture that they provide. you can find it on their blog. I added a lovely piece of vintage art from Create with TLC and printed it all out on a piece of watercolor paper. I do apologize for the rubbish photo. it was hard to capture all of the shine from the sparkle of the paints with the glare from my lights. I am terrible at photo editing, as you can tell.

I used gelatos as well as ink refills to color the background. this was adhered to a chipboard piece that was painted with acrylic paints and distressed. various ribbon & trims were added, in addition to sequins plus a bit of rubber stamping. you know I had to add a vintage button! it's a gorgeous mother of pearl button, too.

I gave this to Tyler's girlfriend at the end of summer so she could either have it in her room at home or take it with her to school. she ended up hanging it in her new apartment at school.

I do apologize for not being around. still fighting the migraines and seizures. I really hope they go away soon so I can get back to crafting. I have another post to share in the next few days with all of you. thank you for your patience! :)

love to all of you and enjoy your week!

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Fairy Tale Ch - make a decoration
Creative Moments - Anything Goes w/wedding or anniversary twist
Sunny Day - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wed - anything goes
Craft-Dee Bow-Z - anything goes with a handmade bow
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Ooh La La - girly
Ecletic Ellapu - gifts (wall hanging I gave to my son's girlfriend)
Creative Fingers - anything goes
ATG with TLC - anything goes with a Create with TLC digi

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Wise and Precious House.... WAW Guest

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice

I am so very sorry to have been away for so long. seizures and migraines have been keeping me in bed. being on the computer is like kryptonite to Superman - sure to send me straight to seizure city.

this post is going to be super fast, only because it is already a week late for my guest posting over at Word Art Wednesday. thankfully they are a very kind and forgiving bunch. ;)  and I'm ever so happy that I was able to get my projects completed ahead of time since these were the last things I made before everything hit. nothing crafty has been done in weeks, sadly. :(

anyhow, y'all don't want to hear about any of that. on to my card. papers are from the Basic Grey Origins collection, precious little cottage digi is by Saturated Canary, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, ribbon and seam binding (distressed with inks) are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and buttons are from my vintage stash. doily was sprayed with several shades of glimmer mist. accent dots were added to card base with a white gel pen.

thanks for your patience in waiting on posts from me! sure does mean a lot! I hope to be back to crafting in the next few weeks. it normally takes about that long for my seizures to cycle through....

if, by chance, I have won any challenges, please pop me an email. I haven't been around to check the challenge blogs in ages because it is just too hard on my head. I'll try to get caught up on that as soon as I can. if you happen to come across my name, I would be ever so grateful if you could shoot me a message. thank you! :)

have a great day! love to all of you! :)

Creative Moments - anything goes
Classic DT Open Ch - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Sunny Day - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w'patterned paper
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Paradise of Stamps - anything goes
Crafty Friends - anything goes

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sun Fun Beach Kitty

Winner at Show Us Your Cats
Winner at Crafty Calendar

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel

I have a fun little shaped card to share with all of you today. I know it seems like it's been ages since I last shared anything with you. so very sorry about that. been so busy behind the scenes getting projects made for upcoming posts. :) horrid tease, aren't I?!

I am also joining the Doctor Digi DT over on their Facebook page, posting every other Thursday. the images are a hoot, some causing eyebrows to raise! not in an offensive way by any means, so don't worry.

edit - sadly some health issues have come up so I am now a 'one hit wonder' with this team. I'm not going to be able to be a part afterall, much to my dismay. but please do head to the store and Facebook group to see all of the fun things they have to inspire you.

Today is my first day posting, so pop over to the group. if you head to the store, you'll find sections of both free images as well as some called 'cheapies.' both of the images on my card today come from these 2 areas.

I placed the fun cat, Schrodinger (ha! the nerd in me loves this!!) under the beach umbrella and then fussy cut the scene. I then painted in a little sand and ocean for him. the great sun card shape is a template from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

papers are from the Basic Grey Shine On collection, buttons are from my vintage stash, red twine is from Michael's, and little flower is by Wild Orchid Crafts. sentiment was generated on the label maker.

p.s. I have a secret I have been hiding. Moon Pie, our rescue cat from 2 months ago, has an online girlfriend. yep. it's out now. meet Princess Anna. she is the model for my cat coloring these days. because it's not easy to paint a black cat and not have it look like a blob. so I seem to always paint Anna. grins! isn't she a beauty though? he comes up to the monitor every time my friend, Debra, posts a piccy of her. isn't that a hoot? he is smitten!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a most amazing day! :)

Crafty Creations - on the beach
Double D Challenges - I love polka dots (why, yes, I do!)
Creative Moments - anything goes with circles option
Show Us Your Cats - anything goes with a cat
Deep Ocean - seaside/beach
Classic DT Open Ch - anything goes
Critters and Creatures linky party - anything goes with a critter or creature
Cutie Pie - cute plus work, rest, or play
Animal Friends - summer
Country View - hot summer days
Creatalicious - sea/beach
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes w/patterned paper
Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Allsorts - spots and stripes
Crafty Calendar - summer fun
Dare 2B Artzy - animals

Thursday, August 4, 2016

YOU are the Definition of Gracious! plus a bit of news...

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Cupcake

Hello to all of you lovely Bells!

I don't know about you, but I always seem to be in the need of thank you cards. almost every image Elisabeth Bell creates can be used for a thank you themed project. it's super easy to add your own thank you type sentiment to most any of the images from her wonderful store!

I have taken the precious 'Little Miss Mouse' image and added a great sentiment from Create with TLC so that my card is ready to send off to a fabulous friend. adding pretty papers from the Basic Grey PB & J collection, Zipper Stop seam binding, and embellishments lets my friend know I think she is pretty special and appreciate all she has done for me! :)

buttons are from my vintage stash, dies are by Spellbinders, and sentiment & banner punches are by SU!. large golden colored flower and pretty aqua sparkle in lower corner are from Michael's. other flowers & leaf are from Wild Orchid Crafts. the fairy's wings are accented with a wink of stella glitter pen and distress stickles are in the center of each golden flower.

I'm so excited to announce that I'm now a permanent part of The Digi Bells Design Team! this is like a dream come true! :)

please be sure to welcome our new Guest Designers as they post in the next few days. :) and join our latest challenge, too! always something fun going on over at The Digi Bells!

thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Crafty Boots - use a stamp
Artistic Inspiration - anything goes
Bunny Zoe - summer floral
Get Creative - lots of blue
Incy Wincy - anything goes
Crazy Challenge - sunshine and smiles
Card and Scrap - anything goes
CCC Digi - anything goes
Emerald Faeries - make it sparkle (wink of stella glitter pen, distress stickles, aqua sparkle gem)
World Wide Open DT Ch - anything goes
Robyn's Fetish - faeries

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Have Faith and Be a Fisher of Men

Winner at Little Miss Muffet

Coffee of the Day - Carrot Cake

Today I have the honor of letting all of you know that I have been invited back to the WordArt Wednesday challenge blog all this month as a guest designer! I was so excited when Karen sent me the email asking if I would like to return. :) of course!  it's always an honor to be asked to be a guest designer with a blog, but especially one that glorifies God in such a beautiful way as these ladies do.

Today's lovely scripture really spoke to me  as a back to school card for our youngest son, Ryan. he is in school in Indiana pursuing a double major in both Youth & Children's Ministries. he has been away all summer in an internship with a huge church there. I know God has Ryan exactly where he needs to be. :) This beautiful scripture today, paired on the inside with Matthew 4:19 "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." go so perfectly with this adorable stamp from Kraftin'Kimmie.

papers are from the Basic Grey Bowties collection,  Kraftin'Kimmie stamp is a retired one called Fishin' Friends, orange seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, while orange jute string/twine is my fabby Michael's find. buttons are from my vintage stash. die for scripture is by Spellbinders, and little grass snippet die is by My Favorite Things. accent dots were made with a white gel pen and a small piece of a Starbucks coffee cozy was inked to nestle beneath the cut out fisherman with his pup. :)

thank you so much for stopping by today! may your day overflow with joy in all that you do! :) and hello to my most recent followers! I'm so happy to have you here!!!

Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wed. - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - tic tac toe: button, patterned paper, ribbon/twine
Craft-Dee-BowZ - anything goes with a handmade bow
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Dream Valley - buttons & bows
Male Room - Olympics/sports
Scrappy Hands - sports

Monday, August 1, 2016

Winter Friends Bring Christmas Joy

Winner at Delicious Doodles

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Hazelnut

Just another manic Monday..... grins! now you will have that wonderful song stuck in your head all day - grins! so while you sing along, I'll share with you my newest creation for the monthly challenge over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra. :) as always, we are sponsored by Bugaboo, so get your holiday bells ringing so you can play along for a chance to win some cute images!

I have used the adorable Peekers - Winter Friends image on my card, along with papers from the Basic Grey 25th & Pine collection and a sentiment from Create with TLC. liquid applique and shimmerz paint accents were added to her hat, while little touches with a spica clear glitter pen were added elsewhere on the main image. stickles covers the snow on the ground.

pink seam binding is from Zipper Stop, gorgeous ombre lace trim is vintage as are the buttons, large glitter rose is from Michael's, and the rest are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

thank you so much for stopping by! I hope your week is off to a great start! :)

Sweet Sketch - sketch turned on its side
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
ATG with Create with TLC - anything goes
Christmas Card Challenge - anything Christmas goes
Glory of Christmas - use kraft cs (card base)
Allsorts - a touch of sparkle
Challenge Up Your Life - Christmas in July
Classic DT Open Ch - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - anything Christmas goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - anything Christmas goes
Little Claire's Designs - anything goes
Mark's Finest Papers - anything goes
Art by Miran - anything goes
As You Like It - fave papers & why (Basic Grey without a doubt! anyone who knows me knows that I have been a BG gal from the very beginning. their style suits my vintage/shabby style to a T! even their more retro designs can always find a way onto my projects. even though they have retired, I still use them on almost every project!)
Delicious Doodles - All Creatures Great and Small

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Final Guest Post at Bugaboo - 2 Hot, BBQ

Coffee of the Day - Cinnamon Hazelnut

Well today is my last post as a guest designer with Bugaboo. I sure have had a lot of fun! and the team has just been as nice as can be to me. :) thank you to everyone for having me!

I end with a post for the new challenge on the inspiration & challenge blog, 'Recipe: 3 Strips of paper, distressed edges and a tag.'

I've used 'A Kid's View - BBQing' for a card I'm going to give our oldest son. one of the things he has done out at Camp all summer is cook burgers and hot dogs on the grill each week. this image immediately made me think of him when I saw it. :) I thought it would be fun to give him a gift card tucked inside to a restaurant that DOESN'T serve burgers so he and his girlfriend could go out for a fun dinner once Camp season is over. it's also a way to say thanks for all the time he put in behind that huge grill.

papers are from the Photoplay Summer Day Dreams collection, main die is by Spellbinders and bbq grill die is from Memory Box. sentiment is by Create with TLC. dew drops are from Double Click Skittles and orange seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. orange twine is from my great 30 cent find at Michael's.

hope you have a most amazing weekend! :)

TTCRD - anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Craft for the Craic - summer breeze (can you smell those burgers cooking as the breeze comes by? yum yum!)
Crafting with Friends - anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Ooh La La - add some texture

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thanks Flower Hat Kitty

Top 3 at Creative Craft Cottage

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

Happy Happy Friday! it seems so rare that I actually make a card that isn't for some required project, but that is what I am sharing with you today. I am so very far behind on thank you cards and really need to play 'catch up' on them.

I was super blessed to win some fun images from Sami Stamps a few weeks back. I chose one that I knew would be perfect for this one thank you card I needed to make. a friend I've made over in the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Facebook group has a cat named Anna. Debra and I have struck up quite the friendship as we talk about coffee, cats and crafting - the 3 'C's! :)

a little while ago she sent me an envelope chocked full of these beautiful Starbucks coffee cards. the stores in my area don't carry them, so I was tickled pink to receive this package from her. 2 of the cards are on my project here. my poor photography skills don't even begin to show the beauty of these cards! most of them are embossed in copper and truly gorgeous! I treasure each one and will use them VERY sparingly.

so for my card I have 'Flower Hat' and paper from Basic Grey's Fresh Cut collection. you can see the only embellishments I've used are the Starbucks items and ribbons & trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. NO BUTTONS! ;) what is up with that?! grins! they just didn't seem to fit this time. I know - you probably think I have bumped my head. no worries. I'll make up for it on another project! :D

thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow with my last Bugaboo guest designer post.... sniff sniff.....

Ike's World - a little sketchy
Show Us Your Cats - floral kitties
Sami Stamps - anything goes with one of Sami's images
Craft Rocket - spots and/or stripes
DL Art - anything goes with 'thank you' option
Corrosive Ch - animals/nature
A Gem of a Challenge - animals
Creative Craft Cottage - anything goes
Let's Craft and Create - 4 legged friends

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sailing By, Little Crab

Coffee of the Day - White Chocolate Macadamia

Today's little crab is sailing by to say 'hello' to all of you! :) actually, he'll be sailing into the mailbox of one of our sons soon! I wanted a little something to brighten the day of one of our guys, and this fella seemed the perfect way to do so!

it's also Oldie But Goodie day over on the Bugaboo inspiration and challenge blog, so do pop on over to see what several of the DT members have created to inspire you. the big sale will soon be ending in the Bugaboo store, so be sure to grab those images you have had your eye on! the 50% off sale only lasts until the end of the month.

I have used the cutey 'Crab Boat' image on my card, in addition to papers from the Basic Grey Adrift collection. stitched cloud dies are by La La Land. it's a fairly simple card, but I wanted something easy to put into an envelope. burlap ribbon is from May Arts.

thanks so much for stopping by today! have a good one! :)

Paper Shelter - anything goes
Scrapping 4 Fun - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Male Room - red, blue, plus one color other than neutral (several shades of blue, hope that is okay. other color is golden yellow)
4 Crafty Chicks - fave designer/paper/company (Basic Grey is and always will be my ab fab fave EVER paper company!!)
CRAFT - summer
Creative Knockouts - anything goes
A Snowflake's Promise - summer

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Sweet Friendship, with Strawberries

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Cupcake

Well I am back for part 2 of my posts for Elisabeth Bell's challenge blog! grins! if you read my post yesterday you know I made a huge  mistake and needed to re-do my card for the challenge! I tried ordering a stamp, only to discover this morning that it had sold out and the system didn't make the needed corrections to stock.

thank goodness Lynda, the team leader for The Digi Bells, came to my rescue!!! she was my angel yesterday! so kind and understanding. :) and look at the cutey digi she made just for me to use for the challenge! she took the adorable 'Valentine Angel Blowing Kisses' image from the store and added strawberries. :)

(understand that altering images in the digi world is almost ALWAYS a no no. but being who she is on the DT, she is allowed to do this and had the proper permission.)

so off I went to make my new card for the challenge - strawberries AND red. :)

I had these fun papers in my stash from Wild Rose Studios called Strawberry Picnic. just perfect! strawberry dies are by Sizzix while all other dies are by Spellbinders. flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and all other supplies are vintage. sentiment is from Create with TLC.

accents to main image were made with a spica clear glitter gel pen. the flash really lit those up like fireworks! whoa nelly! also added some faux stitching to the borders.

thanks for your patience while I got this new card finished!
enjoy your day! Jennifer

Everybody Art - summer/holiday
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Classic DT Open Ch - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - summer (LOVE to pick fresh strawberries at our fave fruit farm every summer!)
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies - any card goes
Inky Chicks - use 5 or more flowers (8)
Shopping Our Stash - A Stitch in Time (faux stitching)
Card Mania - lace and/or pearls
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Creatalicious - anything goes w/optional add flowers
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes w/Dies - anything goes with dies

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Cherry On Top

Winner at Dragonfly Journeys
Top 3 at Broken Fairy
Top Pick at Creative Corner

A fun new challenge begins today over on Elisabeth Bell's World challenge blog. our theme is 'Strawberries or Red.' I hope you will play along with us. :) would love to see what you come up with!

UPDATE - I completely botched this one, folks. when I was told the challenge theme, I thought it was strawberries OR red. I have just discovered it is AND red. my poor little card does not work for the theme afterall. so I need to try to buy a stamp and get it here as fast as I can so I can get another card made. Please disregard my post and make a "strawberry AND red" card. so sorry. :(

****working on a new project... will post in the next day or so. 

Since I don't YET have one of her cutey images with strawberries on it, I chose to go with a red theme. in the summertime, one of our favorite fruits around here are the yummy cherries. in fact, hubby just picked up a huge tub of tart cherries from our fave fruit farm. I put 3 big packages in the freezer to use later for baking, and added some to an apple pie for him. :) made such a tasty mix with the fresh apples from that same fruit farm. he was quite the happy camper!

I've used 'Sweet Sundae' and papers from October Afternoon's Cherry Hill collection. all dies except the cherries are by Spellbinders the red frame has pretty cherries embossed on it. :) the cherries are from Sizzix. fun sentiment is by Create with TLC, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons are from my vintage stash. red seam binding is from Zipper Stop, and red lace is a vintage goodie as well.

my dad and I used to have a game when we would use this saying. we would add all kinds of fun toppings to our sundaes after the cherries: sprinkles, strawberries, nuts - you name it! I smile every time I hear or see this to remember those fun memories! :) thanks, Paulette, for creating this sentiment for all of us to use! :)

Morgan's Art World - use a die cut
613 Avenue Create - create your own: image, patterned paper, sentiment, watercolor (how I color my images), die cut, embossing (on red frame), flowers, buttons, square card, ribbon
Eclectic Ellapu - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes with dies
World Wide Open DT - anything goes
DL Art July linky party - anything goes
Stamping Sensations - anything goes with a stamp and ribbons
Ribbon Girls - any image plus ribbon (easy peasy for me!)
Broken Fairy - embossing (on red frame)
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes
Dragonfly Journeys - sugar rush (ice cream sundae!)
Creative Corner - like ice in the sunshine (ice cream sundae)
Star Stampz - summer treats