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Monday, July 23, 2012

Tammy Challenge# 21: ADFD Bingo


I know it has been a little while since my last post, but I'm recovering from surgery.  I just popped in quickly to post my card for this week's Tammy's Scrapin Corner challenge. I have a funny story to tell before I get into the challenge deets.  I am sequestered to my mom's house until I get the clearance from the doctor to go home.  I am supposed to be relaxing and healing, which I am sorta.  Today I was restless and it is a gorgeous 98 degrees here, so I wanted to go outside.  I really needed to go to my house and get some things (my laptop).  My sister and I waited for my mom to take a nap and we snuck out to go to my house.    Well, that was my adventure for today. lol

The challenge this week is a BINGO challenge and our sponsor is A Day for Daisy.  As a ADFD alumni, I was truly excited about working with these gorgeous images again.  I chose to use "Poppy in my hair" and the bingo squares that I am using are "flower, ribbon and free space."

Here's my creation...

Poppy in my hair
I started this card out with a 6 x6 cardstock base using cardstock and dp from CTMH.  I had this paper and cardstock stashed away and when I was cleaning I discovered it.  I was so happy and decided to use it for this lovely image.  I layered on tons of paper and cardstock and even added in some chocolate cardstock because I thought this color would compliment the other colors well.  I layered the cardstock randomly for a different look and matted the image on the chocolate cardstock.  I colored the image using Copics markers.  I added flowers from Wild Orchids and finished the card off with ribbon from Michaels and a sentiment that I created.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Hiding in My Craftroom:  Lots of Layers 5+
CMC Copic Challenge:  Anything Goes with girly twist

Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in cardmaking, only opportunities for creativity!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

DP2 Challenge - Mo's Irish Dancer


I'm popping in with a card I'm entering in Mo's DP2 Challenge with the theme of "Dance/Singing."  I love to dance.  Some would argue that I am not the best dancer out there; however, in my mind I am a dancing queen. lol  I love all kinds of dance and one of my favorite shows is "So you think you can dance."  I watch that show religiously.  I hope to start taking some professional dance lessons soon, at least that is on my "Leap List." 

The card that I am sharing with you today reminds me of the Lord of the Dance - Irish dancing.  I don't know that this would be a dance that I could ever learn, but I love to watch others do it. 

Here's my card...

Little Irish Dancer

Close up

I started out with a 51/2 x 51/2 scallop circle card based that I created using my Cricut and the Make it Crafty Software.  I used my tiny punch to punch holes in the scallops.  I then layered green SU cardstock and dp from MME Stella and Rose 6x6 paperpad.  I created a decorative embellishment on my Cricut and layered the image on top.  I colored this dancing beauty using Copics.  I used YG05, YG01, Y11, Y00, YR12 (clothes); E01, E00, E000, R20 (skin), and E01, E08 (hair).  I finished her off with Stickles on her skirt and flowers from Wild Orchid.  I used a SU tag punch to cut our the flags and added sticker letters for the sentiment.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Mo's DP2 Challenge #143:  Dance/Singing
Dream Valley Challenge:  Anything but square
Joanna Sheen Challenge:  Going Round in circles
The Craft Place Challenge:  Anything Goes

Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in cardmaking,only opportunities for creativity!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Melonheadz "900 Followers" Give-a-way


I hope your Thursday is sailing bye smoothly!  I don't have a card to post today, but wanted to share a fun give-a-way with you from my e-buddy Nikki, the owner and designer of Melonheadz images.  She is celebrating reaching 900 followers adn I thought I would join in the celebrating by sharing her blogcandy.  You can check out the deets here.

Thanks for looking...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Wednesday (and Challenge)


Happy Hump Day!  Today I am sharing with you a card I created for Whimsy Stamps using Poppy Love.  The challenge this week is to create a monochromatic card.  I must say that I don't believe I have ever created a monochromatic card, but was up for the challenge.  I decided to go with a yellowish-green color scheme. 

Here's my card...

Poppy Love

I created a 5x5 card using cardstock form Michaels.  I used my Spellbinder's Label #17 to cut a design at the bottom of the card.  I then used CTMH stamp to stamp the sentiment.  I added some flowers from Wild Orchids and flourishes from Cheery Lynn.  I used Copics YG11, Y00, and YG01 to color the image.  The ribbon was from my stash and the key was part of a set I found as going through my craft draw.

Make sure you head over to the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge blog and join us for this week's challenge.  I would love to see how you do monochromatic.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Going Grey w/Scrap Creations Challenge:  Use anything you bought from last two months (key)
StampnPlus challenge:  Anything Goes
The Crafty Bloggers Network:  Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge:  Monochrome

Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in cardmaking, only opportunities for creativity!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tammy's Scrapin Corner Challenge #18 - "Anything Goes"


Happy Monday! It's that time of the week for another challenge over at Tammy's Scrapin Corner. This week's theme is Anything Goes and our sponsors this week is Digi Darla and Sassy Studios. I chose to design two cards this week.  I used the "Boy with flowers" from Digi Darla and "Aero Boy" from Melania Deasy.  I didn't realize that I was creating two "boy" cards until I sat down to color. lol  I know making "male" cards initimidate some people, but it just comes easy for me.  I love all the frilly girly things you can do with a "female" card, but I also enjoy the challenge of making a simple "boy" card and getting the same "wow" factor.

Here are my creations...

Boy with flowers
(The gorgeous Spring Fence scene behind the boy is from Designed to Delight.)

Aero Boy

Boy with Flowers
I started out with a diecut shaped card cut out from my Cricut.  I layered on blue Bazzill cardstock and matted my image on top.  I colored my image using Copics and added a border using my Copic multi-liner pen.  I also added a sentiment from Paulette over at Create with TLC and finished it off with a plant charm from my stash.

Aero Boy
I started out with 5 x 5 cardstock from SU and begin to layer on dps.  I used my Spellbinder's circle to cut out a black mat and dp.  I colored everything using my Copics R35, R37, E13, E21,W5, W3, W1, W00, C1, C3, Y08, Y000, Y11, BG10, BG11, and B00.  I used Black Copic marker to make a trim around the image.  I added some glaze to his goggles.  I cut out the clouds and popped them and the image using 3D pop dots.  The sentiment I created on my computer.

Well, I hope that you will join us for the challenge this week.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

The Corrosive Challenge:  Sentimentally Yours
Dream Valley Challenges:  Anything but a Square (Boy with Flowers card)
The Craft Place Challenge:  Anything Goes
DYSU Challenge:  Red (Aero Boy card)

Now get to creating...

Remember: There are no mistakes in cardmaking, only opportunities for creativity!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

GDT JDE - The last installment


Happy Saturday! took forever for the weekend to get here. :-)  I am sharing with you the final installment of my 5 part series of new release images for Jackson's Digital Stamps.  I can not begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed doing this.  A big THANK YOU to the JDE Team!!

For this card I used "A Quiet Moment" and I can totally relate to this image.  I often seek out those quiet moments that I can hear my own voice and hear answered prayers.  This image also made me immediately think about when we are faced with making a crucial decision and we are so conflicted over what to do.  It is in that moment that you really need peace and quiet so that you can here God's voice. 

Here's my interpretation of the this image entitled "The Traveler"...

A Quiet Moment

When I saw this image it reminded me of someone comptemplating a big decision.  I decided that the young man was trying to decide whether or not to take a trip somewhere.  I know funny how my brain works.  I look at an image and begin to write a story. lol  I guess cards are truly nothing but storyboards anyway (so I am not far off).  I started with 6 x 6 Kraft cardstock and layered paper from a dp 6x6 stack.  I then cut out circles from Spellbinder's to make a globe and mat.  I added a banner that I cut out using my Cricut.  I matted the image on cardstock and cut out my sentiment (verse) using the SU punches.  I finished the card off with a tag and twine.  The scripture on my card is taken from Psalm 91:2 (and it is another one of my favs).

God is your refuge
and your fortress,
in whom you should trust.

"Male" cards are always a challenge for me, but I figure the more I do the better I will become.  Practice...practice...practice. :-)

Well, it has truly been a blast and a blessing to share these awesome images with you!  I hope to be able to do this again real soon.  Maybe I will become a professional Guest!  Make sure that you bop over to the JDE blog and check out the fun challenges and creations from the team.

Thanks for looking and commenting.


Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in cardmaking, only opportunities for creativity!

Friday, July 6, 2012

GDT JDE- Wonderfully, Fearfully Made


Happy Friday!  We made it to the end of the week. Look out we come!!  Today, I will get right to it.  I am sharing with you the 4th of the 5 creations that I created for Jackson's Digital Expressions.  I used the "Gettin Ready Girl" to make a tag.

Here's my tag...

Gettin Ready Girl

I cut my tag out using SU chocolate cardstock and dp using the Spellbinder's Label #17.  I then layered on a lace doily, flourish from Cheery Lynn, banner diecut, and Wild Orchid Flowers.  I colored my image using Copics and added some glaze to the mirror.  To finish my tag off I used SU punches to punch out my sentiment which is one of my favorite scriptures from Psalm 139:14.  I then punched a eyelet through the top of my tag and threaded ribbon through it.

I hope that you have been enjoying these awesome new releases fom JDE.  I know I have truly enjoyed working with them.  I look forward to creating with more JDE images in the future.

There is a really cool mini hop taking place now over on JDE...check it out here.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Crafts and Me Challenge:  1 image, 2 papers, and 3 embellishments
Simon Says Stamps Challenge:  TAG/ATC
Creatalicious Challenges:  Anything Goes

Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in cardmakng, only opportunities for creativity!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

GDT JDE - "Home"


I hope that you enjoyed your day off yesterday.  I am back to work today, but it's Thursday so no complaining from me. :-)

Today, I am sharing the 3rd card of 5 that I have created for Jackson's Digital Expression.  I have truly been enjoying posting these creations and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing them.  In the famous words of Dorothy, "There's no place like home."  I was born and raised in Michigan; however, my heart is in the south.  I am so inspired when I go down south to visit my family.   I come from a family of singers (excluding myself) so when we go down south my mom, aunts, sisters and cousins go to my uncle church and they "sang."  We have so much fun!

The image that I used to create this card is called "Country Church House" and it reminds me of my uncle's church.  It actually sits on stilts that stretch out to the water.  When I was a little girl I thought we would get to praising God so tough that it would tip over into the lake. lol

Here's my card...

Country Church House
I allowed this card to come together naturally.  I searched through my new collection of 6x6 pads and found the dps and then I used Kraft cardstock to make a 6x6 base.  I layered the cardstock and dps and then matted the image.  I colored the image using YG01, YG05 ,YG07, YG61 and YG67 for the trees and grass; E50, E51, E53, E42, E41 and E25 for the church; BG02, BG000 and BG0000 for clouds; lastly Y08 and YR04 for the sun.  I added a mixture of gel pens to the windows to give it a stained glass look and finished it off with the silver dots. 

I stamped a scripture on the card using a stamp from CTMH and it is so appropriate, because it reads...

Come unto me,
all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.  ~Matt 11:28

What an awesome promise that God gives us through this scripture.  No matter what we are going through, there is a place where you can rest in him.  I hope that you will continue to check back in here and over on JDE's blog to see my next two creations using the July new release images. :-)

Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Stamping Sisters in Christ:  Use something new (designer papers)
Clear it Out Challenge Blog:  Anything goes add something yellow
Papertakeweekly:  Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryls:  Anything Goes
Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in cardmaking, only opportunities for creativity!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012



Happy 4th of July!  I am a little slow getting moving today.  I am going to make this post quick, because I am working on another post for later.  First of all, I would like to thank all the women and men in the armed forces who sacrifice their lives (and their families) to serve and protect us.  I work at a college and one of my jobs is to raise money for scholarships.  About 4 years ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with a mother who started a scholarship in memory/honor of her son Andrew who lost his life in Iraq.  The courage she took to do this only 2 months after his death was admirable and touching to me.  She told me that she wanted Andrew's legacy to continue forever and I have made it my duty to make sure that happens.  We are still very close to this day and through her I feel like I know Andrew.  What a blessing she has been in my life.

Today, as promised, I am going to share with you the 2nd of 5 cards/projects that I have created as Guest DT for Jackson's Digital Expressions.  The card that I am sharing with you today is called Vintage Hat V; however, I named the card Blessed, because I am. :-)

Here's my card...

Vintage Hat V

I really had a hard time creating this card.  My problem is that I didn't want to use the same old colors.  I wanted something different.  So I started out just coloring the image.  I colored it four times before I finally said, "This works!"  I used Copic colors I wouldn't usually reach for and those were BV02, BV04, Y21 and Y23.  I aslo used my coloreless blender to lighten the lightest color, because I didn't have any of the BV zeros.  It's all about improvising.  I then created a 6 x 6 card base using SU cardstock and layered on some scrap cardstock to match the BVs (which was a challenge-lol), and lastly some dp.  I matted the image (after cutting it out of the die) on to a Spellbinder's Oval lace diecut.  I added flourishes from Cheery Lynn, ribbon from Michaels, and that lace is actually a doily from my e-buddy Kim, thanks again hun!  I finished my card off with some pearls and Copica markers on her necklace to add some bling.

If you haven't headed over to JDE, you are missing out on all the fun.  There are several chances to win some great prizes. 

Thank you for visiting and commenting.

Craftlicious Challenge:  Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts:  Anything Goes
Oozak:  Bright Colors

Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in cardmaking, only opportunities for creativity!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

GDT Jackson's Digtal Expressions New Release: Bridge Ladies


I dare not ask if you are keeping cool.  I live in Michigan and winter will sneek up on us like the flu on a Kindergarten teacher. lol  I just crank up the air and keep my mouth shut.  My prayers go out to those who are dealing with the fires, storms and anyone who is having a difficult time in the heat.  This too shall pass.

Today, I have the honor, pleasure and sincere joy (*doing the happy dance*) of sharing with you one of a series of creations that I have created as the Guest DT over on Jackson's Digital Expressions.  I love JDE's artwork, because they stir up so many wonderful memories of my childhood. 

JDE kicks off their new release images this month and they are starting with an image called "Bridge Ladies."  This is a fun image that illustrators what happens when a group of the girls get together to play a game of cards.  Immediately when I saw this image, I thought about the fact that my mother never allowed us to play cards...only UNO.  To this day, the only card game I know how to play is UNO. :-)

A big THANK YOU to JDE's team for allowing me to play along with them.

Okay, enough's my creation...

Close up of Bridge Ladies image
Front of gift box

Inside of gift box

I decided to make a gift box using this image, so that I could showcase a project.  I believe this shows how versatile the image can be and hopefully it will inspire you to  think outside-of-the-box. (pun kind of intended)  Okay, I must say that I am often plagued by "bright ideas;" however, when I try to execute them they don't always turn out as planned.  I was glad that this idea exceeded my plan.

The box...
I knew I wanted a box that would hold a deck of cards.  Therefore, I started out with the measurements of the deck of cards 21/2" x 31/2" and decided that I wanted the sides to be 1" high with an extra 1/4" to adhere it to the case.   I used my Spellbinder's Label #17 to cut a window in the box.  The "case" for the card deck was created by taking a 8" x 6" piece of cardstock and scoring it at 31/2", 4"(valley score) and 41/2". 

Finishing touches...
I cut the image out and matted it on orange and purple cardstock from my stash.  I used Spellbinder's Circle and Circle eyelet diecuts for the matting.  I also layered on some dp and orange cardstock on the front of the box.  The color scheme was inspired by Mardi Gras colors.  The banner was cut out using my Cricut and I used my sticker stash (which I almost never use) and layered on some funky black and silver letters and some fun cards.  On the inside of the box, I added some more card stickers and added a pencil and pad to keep score.  Walah!  This is my card "Card Box" project.

Now, Jackson's Digital will be having a new release party all month long so you don't want to miss it.  You can head over and check out what's going on by clicking here.  Tell them Candy sent you!

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge:  Anything Goes
PanPastel UK Challenge Blog:  Use a digi
Shopping our Stash Challenge:  Use 3 of something (diecuts)
Craft Your Passion:  Chillin and Grillin

Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in cardmaking, only opportuntiies for creativity!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Tammy's Scrapin Corner Challenge #17: Celebration/4th of July


Happy Monday! It's that time of the week for another challenge over at Tammy's Scrapin Corner. This week's theme is Celebration/4th of July and our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps. I chose to do a card to celebrate the birth of a new baby using the adorable "Hand in Hand" image from Bugaboo Stamps.

Here's my creation...

Hand in Hand

The base of my 6x6 card was created using SU cardstock.  I layered on a scrap piece of dp I had in my stash.  I used MS punch to cut out a brown piece of SU cardstock to put across the middle of the card.  I then layered on a diecut that I cut using my Cricut.  I used a Spellbinder's Lace diecut to mat my image.  My image was colored with Copics E01, E11, E21, E13 and R29.  I used a SU punches to cut out my sentiment which I created.  I finished my card off by adding some pearls.  The sentiment reads...

Hold on to me sweet little one,
and I will guide you
through life's storms.

Well, I hope that you will join us for the challenge this week.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards:  Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts Challenge:  Anything Goes

Now get to creating...

Remember: There are no mistakes in cardmaking, only opportunities for creativity!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

FAB 40 Birthday Blog Candy WINNERS!!!


Happy 1st of July!  Today I have the pleasure of announcing the lucky winners of my blog candy give-a-way.  I am so excited, honored and thankful that you joined me to celebrate my birthday!!

A BIG thank you to everyone so much for sharing your "40 wisdom" with me.  I have included them in my journal for this year.  I am a firm believer that you should always be open to learning new things and that knowledge often takes place outside of a classroom. 
I think this is the teacher in me. :-) 

Well, I am not going to delay any longer.  Here are the prizes and winners...

WINNERgilbyscorner.blogspot  CLAIMED!!

A special thanks to Paulette at Create with TLC for being so generous and kind to donate a $10 g/c to me.  My cup runneth over! :-)

WINNER:  www.lastminutecrafter CLAIMED!


 WINNER:  scrappydayz.blogspot CLAIMED!

Ladies, please email {} to claim your prizes.  Put the name of the company that you have won a g/c from (not the one you wanted to win-lol) in the Subject line. Again, I thank everyone who has joined me to celebrate my 40th!!  I truly feel honored and I hope that you will continue to follow me, because I know there will be several other opportunities to get some yummy candy. {wink*wink}

Please note there may be a delay in me responding to your emails, because I have church today.   I will respond to you as soon as I get home.

Sue Nelson and I

Sue Nelson and I
2009 Rubber Stamp Convention