Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Giveaway at Wee Memories

Wee Memories is having a giveaway.  Go check it out.  You have until June 12th to enter.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Masculine Card

I never realized how busy Spring Break could get, but I finally found the time to make a card today.  It's a relatively simple card.  I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 154
and the masculine theme from My Crafty Spot. 

Here is my card using paper from Wild Asparagus, The Angel Company stamp, Tim Holtz distressing inks, and star brads that I've had forever and distressed with a hammer.  I flipped the sketch on the side to make the card.

Inside says "Happy Birthday, Cowboy". 

Thanks for looking.  Be sure to check out the challenges for both the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (a new one will be posted tomorrow) and My Crafty Spot with two more days left in the masculine challenge. 

I also posted this card on 52 Card Pickup Week 11 on the Old Back Porch blog. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

It's a layout! Whoo-Hoo!

This layout is for the Color Suite Challenge hosted by Scrapbook & Cards Today.  The color inspiration is this awesome scheme:

Very pretty, right?  Going through my paper, I found the perfect one by Basic Grey for this color suite challenge.  I have to admit, I'm not current at all.  The little cherub in this photo is now 11 years old. 

After I stuck down the flourish, I realized it kind of looks like a art deco face.  lol  Maybe it's just because it's late.  

Thanks for looking and good night.

Need to find my Mojo

I finally made another card.  Lately my mojo has been misplaced, lost, gone, absent.  I hate when that happens.  With the start of spring break, I was bound and determine to find it.  So off to my scraproom I go after a filling dinner of fettucini alfredo and creme brulee (still on a soft food diet, but at least it's real food and not liquid).

My card is based on this sketch from Mojo Monday 231.  I used my new Spellbinders dies that I bought during my retail therapy stage of non-creativity.  lol  I also made it for the 52 Card Pick Up Week 10 at the Old Back Porch.


It's a start.  Maybe I'll get a chance to make another card tonight if I can't sleep.  Anyway, thanks for looking.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Vintage and denim birthday cards

My first card is a vintage type card.  I used the sketch from Just Us Girls #126 and the inspiration from Playing in Paradise challenge # 56 

My card:
JUGS126 / PPC56
I used the inspiration photo from the Inspired by #13 and the sketch from My Favorite Things Sketch challenge.

My card:

Thanks for looking and good night.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Variety is the spice of cardmaking

My two cards today are certainly different.  My first card has lots of color inspired by the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 149

and using the sketch from There She Goes 145

to create this:

CIC149, TSG145
Not my favorite card, but I tried something new.  I used the colors of the toppings of the cupcakes as my  inspiration. 

My second card is for the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge 153

and the color challenge (or lack of color) for the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 174 which is white on white. 

It's difficult to see, but the balloons are glittered as well as the strings.  The balloons were colored with Copics before applying crystal stickles to them.  This card I like because of the textures from the embossing and the bow that gave me no trouble.  lol

Check out the challenges and give them a shot.  It's fun to stretch yourself and step outside of your box every once in a while. 

Thanks for looking and good night.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Feeling kind of purpley

My card for today is purple.  You know how some days a color just calls your name?  Well, today purple called to me.  I made this card based on the Simon Says Challenge of using three different papers

My card used Doodlebug paper, Bazzill cardsrock, Marvy punches, miscellaneous rhinestone, swiss dotted cuttlebug embossing folder, and a sizzix die.


The only change I made was the floral embellishment.  I liked it better on the other side, so I went with it. 

The Simon Says challenge is open until 8 am CET Wednesday morning and the Unscripted Sketches is open until the new sketch is open on Saturday. 

Thanks for looking and have a good night.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Market Street Stamp block party and a Sketch For You to Try

My first card is for the Sketch For You to Try  for February.  It's a sketch with lots of possibilities. 

See what I mean?  I love it!  I decided on my stamp before I started on my card.  It was from my first set of stamps from a Close to My Heart group I was in for a long time.   I think I discovered a love for paper piecing.  lol


My second card is for the Market Street Stamps block party.  I never attended one before, so I decided to give it a shot.  Since I didn't have one of their stamps, I used their free digitial stamp.  Love this little bird.  You do have to sign up for the block party to have access to the digital stamp.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Candy's Craft Corner Giveaway

Candy at Candy's Craft Corner is celebrating reaching 400 followers.  To celebrate, she's have an awesome giveaway. 
Here's a little peek at what is included in the giveaway.

The giveaway is open until March 19 so head on over to Candy's blog, look at all her lovely cards, and leave her a little love to enter into her giveaway.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Guest Designer for Scrapbooker's Playing in Paradise Challenge #55

I have the honor of being guest designer for the Scrapbooker's Paradise Challenge #55 this week.  I'm so excited!

You have an entire week to create a scrapbook layout, a card, or any project that you are inspired to create using this awesome photo inspiration.
I took my inspiration from the word sepia and the beauty of the lone tree stranding strong against the storm.  It reminded me of the strength of friendship and how is grows even stronger through good times and bad. 

Click on over to Scrapbooker's Paradise Challenges and enter a card of your own.  I would love to see what you create from the inspiration.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Paper Smooches blog hop with prizes

Today is the first day of the Paper Smooches Pep Rally week where they are sharing samplings of the new Paper Smooches March stamp release with you! The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase on March 1st.  You will find them HERE.
To add extra fun to the blog hop...Paper Smooches is offering up a prize! Just leave a comment on any of the five participating design team blogs for your chance to win one of the three new March stamp sets! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify) You have until midnight MT on Friday, February 24th to leave a comment. Please check all five blogs on Saturday, February 25th to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

So click on over to the Paper Smooches blog and start hopping!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Loving distressing inks

Lawnscaping Challenge #28 is having a distressing ink challenge this week.

Now, I love me some distressing ink!  lol  So fun to play with and so much you can do with them.  Here's the card I came up with:

I distressed the background paper with peeled paint.  I stamped, distressed, and watercolored the focal image in peeled paint with a touch of stained walnut and iced spruce.

It took me all day, but the end result was worth it.  Thanks for looking and good night.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Two cards then a pain pill

I never realized how hard it was to do anything after having a medical procedure done.  I hate sitting down and doing nothing or sleeping.  It took me all day, but I managed to make two very simplistic cards today. 

One card is for the Blogger's By the Sea Challenge by Lisa Somerville.  I went with the colors of sand and a sunset plus my most favorite quote ever from Ferris Bueller.  :)  I also made this card for the Old Back Porch 52 Card Pick Up Week 7 challenge. 

My second card is for the CASE Study Challenge #78.  If you click on the link, you will see the gorgeous inspiration card.  I took the pretty colors and came up with my card


I am now off to get a  pain pill.  Thanks for looking and have a good night. 

Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Printer giveaway

On the Create blog, they are giving away an Epson R2000 photo printer. 
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Head on over to the Create blog for more information and enter to win.  You have up to three entries and you have until Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 12 am MST.  Remember, if you don't enter, you definitely won't win.  Good luck!

Time out for surgery

I know I haven't  posted a card in a couple of days.  I had dental surgery on Thursday.  I was in the chair for about 3 1/2 hours according to hubby.  I feel okay as long as I take the pain medication, but then I can't keep my eyes open!  I'm having to drink all my meals, so eating no longer takes me a long time.  lol   Since I've been on my "dental diet", I've lost 7 pounds.  Definitely not the way I would suggest to go about weight lost.  lol

I'm hoping that today I will be able to make a card or two before needing to take any meds and getting worn out.  My goal is two simple cards.  We'll see.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Red Solo Cup and a tropical card

For my first card, I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 152 

and the inspiration for the Scrapbookers Paradise Ponderings challenge which is to include song lyrics or title as the text, title or theme of an project.
Well, I could have picked many, many songs.  The song I picked was one my children introduced me to on the country western station--Red Solo Cup.  Yes, folks, there is an actual song about the beloved (?) red solo cup.  lol   

My card:

PPC53, SSSD152

Inside says:  Let's have a party!  Happy Birthday.  Everything but the Happy Birthday is lyrics from the song.  Gotta love country music. 

My second card is for the Ribbon Carousel Challenge 40 sketch

My card:


I'm thinking I really need the new ribbon machine that came out at CHA that cuts and fuses the ends of ribbon all at one time.

Thanks for looking and have a good night.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Grey Rose

My card for tonight will be a valentine for my hubby.  I used the colors from the picture inspiration from the Inspired By #10 challenge

and the sketch from the My Favorite Things Challenge #58

and came up with my card

MFTWSC58,  Inspired by #10

The red heart is a 3D heart I made by punching lots of hearts, folding them in half, and glueing the halves together, then fanning them out in a flat honeycomb type formation.  It looks pretty neat to me. 

Thanks for looking and good night.  

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Couldn't sleep so I made cards

I'm having a hard time sleeping and I can't just lay in bed so I made two more cards. 

The first card is a simple card for the Lawnscaping Challenge #27 with a photo inspiration  (I was inspired by the red and hearts)

and the Simon Says Challenge of Love in the Air (heart represents love) and for the Simply Handmade facebook page (it's a valentine). 

My card:

I've discovered the joy of embossing folders.  I definitely need to get more of those little babies.  Love the ease of use and the added texture they give to a card.

My next card is for the Alley Way stamp challenge.  

I was inspired by the bright and fun patterned quilt on the bed.  I found the image and sentiment under their freebies on their blog and colored it with my copics.  Don't you just love the pun?  lol  When I read it, I knew I had to make a card with it.


Thanks for looking.  I'm off to bed to try to get some sleep.  Have a good night.

Rock star and an old lady

I don't think you can go any farther in different directions than a rockstar theme and an old lady theme for cards.  lol

My first card is using Lisa Somerville's Blogger's Challenge of the theme In Bloom and the Mojo Monday 227 sketch.

My card:
Mojo227 (outside)

Mojo227 (inside)

What does the old lady have to do with an In Bloom theme?  Well, she's in her second "bloom" of youth, of course!  lol  I hope when I get really old, I'll have the gumption and self-confidence to get on the pony ride outside of a store and have fun without a thought of what other people think. 

My second card is my rockstar card.  I used the inspiration piece for the Inspiration Hop on stampTV hosted by Gina K stamps

Isn't it a gorgeous painting?  The first thing that struck me were the rich, deep colors of the painting.  Love those colors so that was the inspiration I used for my card. 

I also used the sketch on Unscripted Sketches 145

My card:

Although I'm not the rock and roll type, I do love this stamp set.  It's not as "rock n roll grunge" as I would have liked it, but it's a good step outside my comfort zone. 

Blogger's Challenge closes in 4 more days.
Inspiration blog closes Monday.
Unscripted Sketches posts a new sketch every Saturday.

Thanks for looking and have a good night. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ribbon Carousel Challenge and giveaway info

I am a little ribbon inept.  lol  For some unknown reason, I have a difficult time using ribbon.  It's either too wide or too thin, not the right color or design, too sheer or not sheer enough.  I'm bound and determined to break through my "ribbon wall".  I have tons of ribbon and I need to use it!  When I came across the Ribbon Carousel challenge blog, I figured this would be perfect to make a break through. 

This week's Ribbon Carousel Challenge is "anything goes."  Great way to start off.  I usually start off with picking my paper, but since my ribbon is what gives me trouble, I started with that and I was on my way. 


I made this card for a masculine birthday.  Nothing fancy with the ribbon, but it's there and not sitting in a box in my craftroom.  Gotta take baby steps, you know?  :) 

By the way, Create is giving away a Ribbon Carousel and Whisker Graphic's Middy Bitty Bags!  Head on over to the Create blog for all the details.  You have until Wednesday, 12 am MST, to enter so what are you waiting for?

Thanks for looking!