Wednesday, December 7, 2011

O Christmas Tree

I thought I'd share with you the story of making this card. I walked into my craftroom to size up the possibility of moving it all downstairs to join up with my happy little sewing nook. Shaking my head in the realization that I had way too much stuff to fit where I thought I could squeeze it in, I walked over and glanced down at a small snowman from Whimsie Doodles waiting to be colored. I thought to myself, "go ahead, even though this is NOT what you're supposed to take time to do right now, color him quickly towards having another Christmas card ready." "Okay", says I. So I colored him quickly, cut him with my SB Circle die and then used a scalloped die to cut out a backing in red wool felt. "Perfect, now finish the card." So I pull out my Webster Christmas paper from last year, only those colors are muted and my snowman is in bright colors. I pull out my PTI Christmas Tree die to find a way to somehow bring it all together, find a tree on one of the Webster papers and die cut it with my Christmas tree die. Perfect again, only not for the snowman. I decide on an ornament-sentiment from my new PTI set called "Holiday Lights" and stamp it with Versa Mark and heat-emboss it with my new Stampin'Up Pewter Embossing Powder, which is gorgeous, by-the-way. I like what I've got so I sponge the components of the card with Antique Linen and adhere everything to the card. Then I pull out my Polar White Flower Soft and dust the tree with it and then add Glossy Accents to the ornaments to make them stand out. Wow, I like it. I add little "jewels" to the star-ornaments in the sentiment and voila, I've done another card. I should have been sewing my girls' Christmas dresses but I'm happy to have another card done and really like how it turned out. (I am now actually writing this post while my fabulous sewing machine is embroidering a snowman on the front of one of the girls' pinafores. Ya gotta love sewing when you're not even touching the machine. Actually I love sewing in any mode, but what fun that it sews on it's own.) Thanks for stopping by and reading about my side-tracked creation.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Long Overdue Post

I know I have been MIA on my blog and I apologize. I have been very busy in another venue and my poor cards have been somewhat neglected for awhile. Now, I will qualify that by saying that we put together 30 Christmas cards to send to our church missionaries, and I've got almost 20 of my own Christmas cards done, but other than that I've been in my other craft sewing room. Here are two of the outfits I've made for my sweet grandbabies. The robot outfit was for my grandson's 1st birthday, and the Christmas dress is for one of my granddaughters. I still have another one to make just like that. I was blessed with the acquisition of an embroidery machine back in July. It was a used machine, but new to me and I've been loving sewing again. I've made lots more dressed and outfits than these but thought I'd offer an explanation of where I've been. Sadly our Copic Creations challenges came to an end due to a very full plate on our leader Mary. She hated to quit the challenges but time is not allowing her to keep up the extensive work involved in putting all of the challenges together. I loved being on the team, as did all of our team members, but alas it's time to move on. I'm sure I'll get back to my cards soon but I'm still on a honeymoon with my machine and decided I best be sewing for the kids while they're still young enough to wear the cute stuff. I'll try to share more items if there seems to be some interest in seeing them. Thanks so very much for stopping by and for your patience with my long absence.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 1 Copic Creations Challenge

Happy Autumn hellos and welcome to another Copic Creations Challenge. I can't believe the month of September is already gone and we're in October. Some months seem to go by more quickly than others....does anyone else notice that? Our challenge this time features some fabulous images from Belles 'n Whistles (details on Copic Creations blog.) The name of mine is "Little Eden" and the theme this time is saturated colors. Follow the link to learn more about this. I used B23,24,26,28 for Little Eden's clothes and E17,25,29 for her hair. She is such a cutie with a wee bit of a pout perhaps(?). The DT has done a wonderful job with these images so I do hope you'll check them out and then challenge yourself by playing with saturated colors. Have a lovely Fall week-end and thank you so much to all who stop by.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I thought I would share with you my new "favorite" layout. I got this idea from Susan "Rainy" in her post from last week and flipped out over how neat the look was. You can see that I have two different sentiments that I can adhere inside the card, depending on which one I need. I also thought it would be a perfect entry for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, since that's what I worked on. I even made a version for a Christmas card, although I haven't completed the image yet so I'll have to post that later. The papers I used are SU's Autumn Vine from a few years back. The sentiments are from SU's "Thoughts and Prayers."
I'll have another post for our Copic Creations Challenge on Saturday, so stay tuned. Thanks for dropping by and be sure and take a look at the beautiful cards Susan did, (link above.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Copic Creations Challenge Time

This sweet little drumming bear is from Stamp Fairy, who is one of our two sponsors for this mid-September challenge. The theme is "coloring fur" and I think you'll find all these cute furry critters illustrated by our DT to be looking quite cuddly. We have another sponsor as well, which is My Creative Classroom, and you can find out all that they have to offer by clicking on the link, or reading about it on the Copic Creations blog. I put a Christmas sentiment with him because he made me think of the little drummer boy whose wish was to play his drum for the newborn King. I will add it to my "stack" of Christmas cards for this year. I hope you get inspired to check out the tutorials for coloring fur and then join us for this challenge. Happy Fall to all and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Peeked Out Peeker"

Yep, that's the name of this adorable image from Elizabeth Bell's new Peeker's Collection #2 at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, who happens to be our awesome sponsor for this Copic Creations challenge. Happy September 1 to all of you. Our challenge theme is "pink" and we want to see what you do with those wonderful pink Copics that you have. My sweet little peeker is colored mostly with the R81,83,85,89 group, with a wee bit of R00 and R20 for her cheeks. My DP's are from Memory Box "Jubilee," sponged with Crushed Olive and Victorian Velvet distress inks. Our talented DT did some beautiful cards for this challenge, so be sure to click the link to our Copic Creations blog and be inspired. We also have an awesome winner from our last challenge whose card you'll definitely want to see. Thanks so much for stopping by. To those I try to regularly follow, please forgive my absence. I know I'm the one missing out on seeing all those beautiful cards you're doing and reading of all that's going on with you. I am still sorting out time conflicts, but I will try to visit very soon. I'm so glad there's a promise of at least slightly cooler weather ahead. Have a wonderful Labor Day and first week of September.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Copic Creations Challenge-Time

It's time for another Copic Creations challenge and in the midst of this I'm suffering from a dead computer thanks to a juice spill that freakishly invaded the back of my laptop. Thus, I am having to post this in a roundabout way. I'm not even sure if my post made it to the DT leader to put on our CC site, but I'll at least post it here. Our challenge is sponsored by A Day for Daisies and my adorable little image is called Sarah. The theme of the challenge is coloring with Blue-Greens. I used BG10,13, and 18 for her dress, and BG72, 75 and 78 for her hat.
I am enjoying having our eldest son and his family here for a visit and having the house full of grandkids enjoying getting to play with their cousins. It's been quite chaotic at times with 17 of us for dinner each night, but what fun! I wouldn't trade it for anything. Things will settle down before long and I'll be back to my posts. Hard to believe the Summer is going to be Fall before long. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Copic Creations Challenge

It's time once again for our Copic Creations challenge, and yes, I'm late posting this. I feel very badly about that, but it was impossible to isolate myself to get it done, photographed and posted. Anywhoo, our sponsor this time is Lily of the Valley, and this wonderful little image is Daisy Chain. The challenge is to add some sort of background scenery to your image - grass, bushes, whatever you like. Check out the Copic Creations blog for the details. You'll also get a peak at LOTV's latest Christmas images and they're adorable. For my image I added some additional grass and some lavender behind the sweet little girl. I must confess that I used a stamp for the lavender, but I did embellish it with my Copics. Hope you can play along and show us your creativity. I am swamped with cards to make and dresses to finish sewing before the middle of next week, so I'll be back just as soon as I can. As always, thank you so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Go-To" Sympathy Card

Today I am sharing a sympathy card that went together fairly quickly but I liked it's style. The sentiment is from SU's Thoughts and Prayers, and the die cuts are stamped with Waltzingmouse's Vintage Labels 10, and then die cut with Spellbinders dies to match. The top and bottom flourishes are also from this set, and the strips in the middle are from an SU punch and then sponged in distress inks. I would like to come up with several "go-to" designs to have on hand and I think this should be one of them. I know y'all already do that, but while I've intended to do that, it hasn't happened yet. I need a go-to design for a lot of occasions where I need a card quickly but don't have the time to stop and put one together. Hence, the following:

I have been in another craft room for the last 1-1/2 sewing room. My love of sewing was re-kindled with the acquiring of a new (used, but barely) sewing machine, plus the upcoming visit of our oldest son. Their youngest is 3, and my granddaughters that live here are ages 3 and 7. I have been making matching dresses and aprons for the 3 of them to match, and of course playing with the embroidery capabilities that I now have on my machine. I so wish I could clone myself (don't we all) so I could be stamping and sewing, but for now, that's where I've been hiding. I will try to remember to take pictures of their outfits and the girls in them to share with you. Meanwhile, please forgive the absence of card posts. I'll be back soon with our next Copic Creations challenge post. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sweet Treats

It's time once again for a fresh challenge from Copic Creations, and this time the challenge is coloring "pastels". Our sponsor this time is Sparkle Creations and they've got some adorable images. (See our CC site for what you could win by participating.) This one is called Sweet Treats Emily. She's serving up a plate of chocolate chip cookies (my interpretation, anyway) and of course she inspired me to go bake some chocolate chip cookies. YUM! My "Baked Edible Goods" is from one of my favorite Waltzingmouse Sets and my DP's are Prima's "Jack and Jill." Thanks to all who joined us for the last challenge. I hope you can play along this time, so get out those Copics and think pastel.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WM Sketch Challenge

Today's post is a card I did for the WM sketch challenge. The set is called Blessed by You.
This is one of my new sets so I wanted to use it in the sketch challenge. From my perspective the tree suggests something rather "colonial" so I stamped it on Kraft CS. I created my own plaid background with WM's Picnic Patterns. I'm still not sure if I like the tree stamped on that color of CS, but I'm not sure what else to go with to give it that feel, so here it is for now. I've been trying to stay on top of commenting, along with posting more frequently, but golly.....there are a lot of new posts out there today. I love the inspiration I get from so many of you. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up the momentum. I'm loving summertime and want to work up so many summer images, but I'm already feeling pressured to get to creating cards for the holidays. Oh, the demands we put on ourselves, yes?? Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're enjoying your summer days.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Farm Fresh Challenge

I realize I'm surprising many of you with the frequent posts, but the fact is that this week has allowed me to focus more on my stamping and blogging and I'm enjoying it very much. I don't know if it will last, but while I'm able to I am going to participate in as much as I can.
Flourishes is having a Farm Fresh challenge prior to their new release. I decided to color one of my Apple of My Eye images and set it off with papers in my favorite colors from my Stella and Rose "Gertie" papers. The little bit of blue behind the image is from K & Company's "Americana." Flourishes does have awesome fruits and veggies to color up, so I hope you can at least get to smile at the gorgeous cards the DT has come up with and join the challenge if you can. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Vintage and Lace

Vintage with Distressing and Lace - that's the theme of this week's challenge at Mo's Challenge Blog. I colored this adorable cupcake fairy, "Birthday Fairy Lee," distress-ink style with my Copics (again referencing Suzanne's Coloring with Distress Ink videos linked in previous post.) I also colored my Prima flowers and attached my Ecru lace. The challenge at Flutterby Wednesday is an Open challenge as long as it is a fairy, angel, or butterfly, so this one would certainly qualify. I'm happy I got a chance to enter a few challenges. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sweet Tilda

I wanted to share this card I did a little while ago for my granddaughter's birthday. I colored her using Suzanne's method of distress coloring. I really loved how much fun it was to color this way, and how she turned out. My border is an embossing folder from SU! I would love to post this to a challenge but not sure where to post it. The Just Magnolia challenge already has 166 entries but I guess I'll post her there-what's one more entry, right? If you love coloring with your Copics then I think you'd love Suzanne's You-Tube tutorial on this. Thanks, Suzanne. Thank you for stopping by. I'm really hoping to enter some challenges soon. I've got new stamps I'm anxious to ink up. Until then, hope you can stay cool!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Copic Creations Challenge

Well, I can't believe it has been half a month since my last post. Needless to say there has been a lot going on here, but I still feel badly that I haven't been able to keep up with posting and commenting. Hopefully July will go a bit more smoothly. Now, without further ado, welcome to another Copic Creations Challenge. Our wonderful sponsor this time is La-La Land Crafts and my adorable little image is "Dr. Marci." Our challenge is coloring white clothing. Dr. Marci's lab coat is just that, colored with N1 and a Colorless Blender. Her gown is R0000 and N1, plus the Colorless Blender. Of course she has to have her tennies for moving quickly from one patient to the next, but she's taking time to take good care of this little patient. I borrowed a sentiment and prescription bottle from an MFT set called "Bunny Slippers." The DP's are Kaiser's "Rewind." I hope you'll be able to join us for this challenge, and be sure to see the awesome entries from our talented DT. Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous 4th.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Copic Creations Challange and Winners Announced

Happy mid-June to all of you. I hope you're all off to a great start to summer. It's plenty hot here so the kids are getting lots of pool time. It's time for our next Copic Creations Challenge and this one is sponsored by Penny Black. Our challenge this time is "doodling" and you'll have to get all the details at the challenge blog. My Penny Black image is called "By the Cartful." I used my 0.2 Multi-liner and I doodled some squigglies on the bow of the red package, and also added extra hearts around the top of the packages. While you're there be sure to check out the happy winners of all the great items being offered for our anniversary challenge. Speaking of winners, the winner of my blog candy is (drumroll please.....) Crafty Math-Chick. Please e-mail me with your address so I can send you the papers and stickers. Be sure to check out the great cards our DT put together using the adorable Penny Black images and as always, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Flourishes Star Spangled Challenge

Flourishes is have a Star Spangled challenge using red, white and blue and the happy winner gets the new releases, which look quite fabulous. You can get all the details here. To see a sample of the new releases, check out Leslie Miller's blog here. I decided to make a Father's Day card for my entry, and the images I used are from Flourishes "A Man's View." My DP's are K & Company and my letters are from my Martha Stewart Alphabet punches. The new releases are really grabbing me and I have no doubt they'll grab you too, so be sure to check them out. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Way to Go, Kiddo!

Happy Saturday to you all! I have a card to share with you that I made for my grandson's K-5 graduation. I used PTI's "Way to Go, Kiddo" set. It's an adorable set and I'm glad I finally got to use it. My tree branches and mushroom tops, as well as the background papers are more of my favorite...."Stella and Rose." By now I've left enough plugging for them, and links, that you probably all have your own, or else your tired of seeing them. I'm so very excited to have reached 100 followers. I'm certainly honored and I want to thank all of you who follow my blog, and I love when you take a moment to leave comments. I have been applying Suzanne Dean's Distress Coloring with Copics techniques referenced on our Copic Creations Challenge Blog and I have to say I'm thrilled with the look. I'll post the card I made for my granddaughter's birthday using one of these images. I'm hooked on this manner of coloring. Be sure to visit the blog and see all the blog candy you could win for our 2nd blogiversary. I'm off to a very busy day, as I'm sure you all are. Have a wonderful week-end.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Copic Creations Celebrates!

We're celebrating our second anniversary here at Copic Creations Challenges....two years of bi-weekly challenges! If you were with us last year for our one-year anniversary you'll remember that we had multiple sponsors to help us celebrate, and we're happy to be celebrating with 12 sponsors this year! How cool is that!
The theme of our challenge is "Distressing - with Copics," and our images were graciously provided by Crafty Secrets. The image I colored is from a set called Garden Girls and I fell in love with this set when I saw it. If you remember my Easter Basket post you'll recognize the 2-5-7-10 box that I made into a "vase" this time for the greenery inside. The colors I used on her apron, (or pinafore,) were E40,41,42,43,44. The vintage images really lend themselves nicely to a distressed look. I used N1,2,3,&5 on the watering can and E97,99 on the clay pots. The box and handle were sponged with SU's More Mustard. Many of our DT members are offering blog candy, so be sure to check out their posts for this challenge. I am offering paper and stickers from K&Co. with a patriotic theme. The winner will be chosen and announced on our 6/15 post. We also want to welcome a new design-team member - Wendy Ramlakhan from Sugar-Pea Designs. Be sure to check out her link and welcome her to our team. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll join our celebration with a little distressing. Don't forget to leave comments for a chance to win some blog candy.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Kick Back and Relax

Just a quick post to share with you on this busy Memorial Day week-end. My second oldest grandchild turned 15 yesterday. My goodness, where have the years gone?! He lives in the rather warm state of Arizona, so thought I'd suggest a "cool" suggestion for him to celebrate his birthday. The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil, the papers are Stella and Rose-"Hattie" again (you'll probably be seeing a lot more of these) and the sentiment is from Flourishes "A Man's View." I used my glossy effects for the water in the pool. I hope you are having a wonderful week-end. My heartfelt gratitude goes to all of our men and women who do serve and have served in our armed forces to keep this nation free and our flag flying high. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Waltzingmouse

It's WM's 2nd anniversary, and to celebrate, Claire is offering a HUGE grand prize for one lucky winner from those who post an entry using one of her templates. I tried my hand at one of the teacups and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I love this little template...there are so many possibilities for making these. I used my Gold Sharpie Poster Paint pen to do the edges. I'm going to get this in before the submissions close and wish Waltzingmouse a Happy Anniversary. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Here Comes Summer

Today's post is for Mo's DP2 Challenge blog and the theme is "Summer." Their DT has some awesome entries and makes me want to acquire several more images as I dream of the good 'ol summertime. I colored this adorable little giggling girl with my Copics but wanted to incorporate my yummy new Jillibean Soup, "Blossom Soup" papers, so I fashioned her skirt out of the happy flower print. I started out just giving her shiny red shoes and then decided the cherries needed some popping up and showing off with my Glossy Accents as well. Summer fruits are definitely one of the highlights of summer, are they not? The sentiments are from Flourishes "Peaches and Cherries," and the cherries along the side are from SU's "Tart and Tangy." Be sure to check out the entries for this challenge - they will put a smile on your face. Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful May day.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Whatcha Readin'?

Read any good books lately? This image is called "Moody for Reading", and she's one of the many super images available at PMS (Paper Makeup Stamps-our own Katie Cotton) who just happens to be our sponsor for this particular Copic Creations Challenge. The sentiment at the bottom is also from PMS and I thought it was quite appropriate to go with the image. The challenge this time is Coloring with Yellows. I mainly used YR21,23,24, but also used Y15,17 and Y000,02 (for the hair.) I am still in love with these papers from Stella & Rose- "Hattie" & "Gertie"(My Mind's Eye) and I'm trying to feature several of them with each image. I had to order more - I'm really hooked. Hope you can join us for this challenge. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Nurse Teddy Bea

Just a quick post before leaving to visit family. I made this card for my dear friend Linda. She may have made a few of these to give to her nurse-buddies, but she certainly deserved one of her own. This is Nurse Teddy Bea and I'm once again using the Stella & Rose "Gertie" papers (My Mind's Eye) that I'm so in love with, along with stamping a faint plaid pattern on my CS - another technique I'm in love with. I colored her with Copics, of course. Happy Nurses' Week, Linda! I was excited to learn I was featured in the LMM Spotlight, so I had to show off my blinkie. Off to exercise and hit the road. Many thanks for stopping by my little korner. Be back Sunday with another Copic Challenge.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


This is Cinnamon, and she was colored up for the current Little Miss Muffet challenge, which is to use die cuts and/or punches. I have no less than 5 die cuts and 1 punch on this card. I used my Spellbinders Labels 14 and 10 plus a decorative butterfly corner from Spellbinders Decorative Frames. The sentiment is punched with my SU Word Window punch. Last week I received a pack of papers called Jilli Bean Soup/Blossom Soup. They looked like papers I was going to love so I ordered 2 paks and I'm so glad I did. I have to say that I love coloring the LMM images. They're just so cute and not too busy. I hope you're having lovely weather wherever you are. Enjoy your day.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Best Friends

This little guy and his puppy are joining the challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge blog, and the challenge this week is Monochromatic. I colored this using my Copics, E40,41,42,43,44,47,&49, (oh, and E00,01 & 02 for the skin-tones). I had fun coloring this - I could spend hours coloring with my Copics, but alas, reality calls and I have to return to it. Mo's is having a Guest Designer call, so be sure to check out the challenge blog if you're interested. Their DT did some amazing cards so take a look and get inspired. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week-end.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

WM Sketch Challenge

I am participating in another WM sketch challenge. I'm using papers from my new "My Mind's Eye-Stella & Rose Collection." I used the Very Vintage Labels #10 set again (I know I'm going to use this set a lot) with a sentiment from SU's "Refuge and Strength". The flowers are die cut from PTI's Beautiful Blooms II die cuts out of their yummy wool felt. The scallop along the border is also PTI's Large Scallop Border die cut. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful week-end and a Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mother's Day on my Workdesk

I told you that I'm enjoying a new love-affair with WMS (Waltzingmouse Stamps) so I have more to share with you. I couldn't wait to try making my own plaids with my new WM "Pic-Nic Patterns" set, so I came up with a Mother's Day card that I'm really quite pleased with. It also uses "Very Vintage Labels #10" which I am loving as well. I included hearts from my SU heart punch, ribbon from PTI, a sentiment from Flourishes "Spring Bouquet" and the children playing are also from Flourishes "Kids at Play" set. My inks are So Saffron, Marina Mist and Soft Suede, all from SU! My workdesk shows the elements prepared for assembly, so I'm going to link to the What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday post. I've already mailed out 3 of the 5 cards I made. Bethany, on the outside chance that you actually look at this post, Happy Mother's Day! -early. Thanks for stopping by. I should have another challenge post for you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

"Go Nuts"

My goodness, it's May 1 already. Didn't we just get through the Christmas holidays a short time ago? It's also time for another Copic Challenge, and this one is one that will probably stretch you. It did me, but that's why it's called a CHALLENGE. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?! Our sponsor is LOTV (Lili of the Valley) and the challenge is creating clouds. Mary has posted some great tutorials on the Copic site so be sure to check them out and then give it a try. My image is called "Little Acorn", and I chose this one immediately because my 2-year-old grandson has been going around singing the "I'm a nut.." song. I decided this would have to be his birthday card for his 3rd birthday in June. The balloons are carrying away the little fella in his acorn so it worked out nicely to feature the sky challenge. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I was glad I had it to put with this card. Be sure to check out what the rest of our talented DT has come up with, and please note that we welcome a new DT member, Cheryl Valadez. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely beginning to the month of May.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Afternoon Tea

I wanted to play more with my Waltzingmouse stamps so I made a card for this week's sketch challenge. This one uses the "Afternoon Tea" set, and the Afternoon Tea Sentiments for the little flourishes and the "Need a Cup?" sentiment underneath the Afternoon Tea. I love the look of the main image, which I stamped twice in two different colors and cut out and layered. The embossed design is Cuttlebug's "Texture". I'm off to do some serious kitchen cleaning - we have had electricians here for a week and a half now and today they re-wired the kitchen. I'm sure that I, and they, will be glad when this project is done. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Quick and Easy Easter "Baskets"

I wanted to share these little "baskets" I made up following the tutorial for the "2-5-7-10" box here. I altered it by not making the top flap and folding down the top edge 1" instead. I used my Spellbinders Egg Die and my Martha Stewart grass punch for decoration. The sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps' "You're Eggs-trordinary". I plan to fill them with Easter grass and candy for my little ones. These were made from SU's "Banbury" DP (not sure if it's still available, but the colors worked well for Easter.) The weight actually ended up being the easiest to work with, after several attempts with regular CS. (The one in the middle is CS covered with DP, and it's really sturdy, but I didn't want to take the time to do that for all the remaining baskets I had to make.) I also ended up using Tacky Glue and it went together more quickly than using my double-sided tape. Just a quick post for any of you last-minute preparation people. Happy Easter. I'm off for a run to prepare for a local race next week-end. Yikes!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #43

I am jumping in on the end of a Waltzingmouse sketch challenge. I've recently discovered their stamps and how much I'm drawn to them. This set (Very Vintage Christmas) was the only set I owned up until a week ago, and since I had already made this card and it fit the challenge, I added flowers from my most recent set and I was good to go. The flowers are from their Rescue Remedies set, which coordinates with Spellbinders 4 Dies. I got the inspiration for this card from another blog last Christmas, but I honestly can't remember who it was....I'm so sorry. I altered it but I was so drawn to this set thanks to the stamper who shared this. I'm going to post this to the challenge site and hope I'm in time. Have a wonderful Easter week-end and as always, thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Another Miss Muffet Cutie

I want to share another one of the "Little Miss Muffet" designs with you. This one is is called "Birthday Bunny" and I made this for a sweet little boy who just turned one. I love their designs because they're easy to color and just so cute. They even have a challenge blog which I keep meaning to jump into. My papers are Basic Grey. As you can see I kept it pretty simple for this one-year-old. Thanks for stopping by. I do appreciate so much the comments you leave. Have a wonderful day and Blessed Easter.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Paper Temptations

Hi and welcome to our next Copic Creations challenge. Our challenge is being sponsored by the Paper Temptress and she has some wonderful papers. My image is colored on her super Cryogen White paper, which has a bit of a sparkle in it and was wonderful to color on with Copics. The image I colored is "Nutmeg" and she's one of the Little Miss Muffet stamps found here. They are digital images and I really fell in love with them. This one I colored very similarly to their sample image because I wanted to put her with the beautiful iridescent papers from the Paper Temptress. The picture doesn't do justice to the shimmer, but you can perhaps catch a glimpse of it on the rose-colored quadrant. I colored another MM image, "Peppermint," which I will post soon and she was colored on the Heavenly White CS, also from the PT, and I'm pleased with how the coloring turned out - I just need to make her into a card. I think you'll find that the DT has responded very favorably to this paper so be sure to check their submissions. Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you're having a beautiful month of April.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Celebrating the Reason for the Season

In light of the true meaning of Easter, these friends of faith have gathered together to celebrate and share the Good News that Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind and that He did rise from the dead so that all those that put their trust in Him would indeed be forgiven and have eternal life....Hallelujah! We wanted to emphasize the true reason for celebrating Easter with a card that draws attention to just that.

I used Flourishes "Easter Blessings" set (now 50% off) for my image and sentiment on the first layer and colored my image with Copic markers. I then printed the words to the chorus of that beautiful song by Keith Getty "The Power of the Cross" on vellum paper and layered it on top of the main image.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank him. Psalm 28:7 (NAS)

We invite you to join us:
Karen (You're Here)

While we cannot even begin to reciprocate the Lord's gift to us, there is "blog candy" on some of the hop stops as a token of appreciation for your comments and encouragement.
We also invite you to celebrate the real "Reason for the Season" by posting your own creation celebrating Christ's Resurrection. There is a place to link on Catherine's blog, and a prize is up for grabs for one randomly selected card/project. The blog hop ends on Saturday at midnight (Eastern Time). Thanks so much for stopping by.

Enjoy the hop!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Copic Creations Anniversary

Happy April! It's time for another Copic Creations challenge. Mary, our DT leader, has done a fabulous job of seeking out sponsors and coming up with themes for our challenges. Mary, you're awesome, girl! Today is officially our 2nd Anniversary, but we're postponing our celebration until the June 1 post where we'll have several sponsors and lots of blog candy. For this challenge we want to say a big thank you to Crafty Secrets for sponsoring our challenge. I am using an image from one of their sweet, Medium sets called "Little Boy." The theme for this challenge is to use our favorite technique. That was a bit of a head-scratcher for me, but I realized that I like to use my die cuts and cut out my images to work with them when they "overflow" the die shape. This card is sort of doing the reverse. I didn't cut out the image but the die cut had to go "behind the image." That meant that I had to cut out a portion of the little boy image so that I could slide the die shape underneath and then create the opening for the sentiment. I have two sweet little grandsons with birthdays coming up in June, so this is going to be for one of them. I'm not going to list all of the Copic colors I used this time, but if you're interested just e-mail me and I'll be glad to tell you. Each time I post I'm hopeful that I'll have more frequent posts for you. I have several occasions coming up that require cards, so maybe I'll surprise you and have lots to share. Be sure to check out what the other DT members have created and find out what their favorite technique is. Thank you for your faithful visits and I hope you have a wonderful month of April.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Copic Creations and Sugar Nellie

It's mid March and time for another Copic Creations challenge. This month's challenge is sponsored by Sugar Nellie and the theme is "coloring blues." I just love this little image called "Country Style". The blues that I used are B32,34,39 and B93,95,97,99. I also used B0000 for the background. My ribbons are from SU! and my sentiment is Just-Rite's new "Fancy Tags" coupled with Spellbinders coordinating dies. The DT has done some adorable cards so be sure to check them out. Hope you can join us for this challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Copic Creations Challenge

Welcome to the month of March and another Copic Creations challenge. This challenge is sponsored by Crafts and Me and the theme is Complementary Colors. The name of this sweet image is "Noon". I chose colors in the Yellow-Greens and Violets and they're all listed on the Copic Creations website. My sentiment is from PTI's "Mailbox Greetings" and the lovely plum-colored strip is a new punch from SU! The DT did a wonderful job coloring their images so be sure to check them out and find out what you could win by entering this challenge. These color challenges have been most helpful in learning more about color. I hope you'll join us and thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sweet Birthday Hugs

My sweet little granddaughter is having her third birthday, so I played with some new papers and stamp and made her this card. The image is called "Snuggle", from the Greeting Farm, and the DP's were a freebie from SU's Sale-a-bration. The pretty blue CS is called Marina Mist, from SU! and I love the color. The border and flowers are stickers that came with the fun paper. I've been quite busy with Spring cleaning, so stamping is sadly not the priority at the moment. It will be soon, though, and I love when the house, or parts of the house, sparkle and shine. Wish I had time to see if this fits any challenges, but I have to keep up the momentum on the house. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week-end.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Two Challenges and a Birthday Card

I chose this image as my "favorite" House-Mouse image, probably because it's happy and peaceful and fun to color. It was hard to pick a favorite amongst all those cutie images, but this one is the one I chose for the "Favorite" challenge. I made it for a birthday card for a very dear friend, and she loves blues and yellows so I hope she likes this. I followed the sketch for Friday Sketchers challenge which I am just getting in before the cut-off, I hope. The inside of the card says "..on your Birthday". I used my new blue from SU called Marina Mist and I LOVE the color. My clouds are from MFT's Rain or Shine and I colored it with my Copics (my happy time.) Better close and get this posted. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Warm Colors Challenge

Welcome to our next Copic Creations challenge. Our challenge this time is "warm colors," and our sponsor is Bugaboo stamps. I chose this adorable little fireman in the Sunbonnet collection that you can find here. They have some really cute images so you'll want to be sure and check them out. My sentiment is from the MFT Rain or Shine set. I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day and I hope you're experiencing some warmer temps. We are here and it feels quite nice. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you can play along with us and some warm Copic colors.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Have a Heart

I'm happy to be able to join the challenge at House-Mouse. I'm hoping that my stamping time is returning but we'll see. The theme is hearts so I think I've captured the theme with this image, colored with my Copics, and my heart-stamped background. I hope you're staying warm wherever you are. It's pretty cold here in northern Florida, but at least the sun is shining today. Thanks for stopping by. I'm babysitting today but I'm hoping to do some stamping.