Sunday, January 22, 2017

Progressive Challenge at The Outlawz

I can't believe we are coming to the end of January already. Time is just zipping by for me. I have several progressive challenges that I usually play with so I need to get those cards moving. This is the card for The Outlawz Progressive challenge. The image this month is from All Dressed Up. I turned my card into a Valentine for a crafty friend.

The front of the card is pretty CAS. I colored the image with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers and die cut the image with MFT Cross Stitch Ovals. The background is red card stock and I used the Hero Arts Asian Flower Stencil to give it a pattern. I used Picked Raspberry distress ink with the stencil.  I used my MISTI to add my sentiment from a new set of Hero Arts Everyday Sayings sentiments that I bought at Michael's this week. Before popping up the image I added the two pieces of ribbon for some contrast. And I finished the inside of the card to match.

The larger sentiment is computer-generated. The Happy Valentine's Day is from Simon Says Stamps I Only Have Eyes for You (retired). I also added a Cheery Lynn Butterfly die and colored it to match the butterfly on the progressive image. The little hearts are from Paper Smooched Paw Print dies.
I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me today. Hope you have a wonderful start to your week!


Friday, January 20, 2017

The Finale of Under the Sea

Today is the last day of Bugaboo Under the Sea challenge. I thought about this one all week because I hate tying bows. Haha! So I used bows cut from dies instead. Here's the challenge:
And my card with 2 bows, 3 layers (I never know if that should count card base or not. In my case I didn't count the card base.) and 4 pearls:

The Bugaboo image is Turtles - birthday. I colored with Copics and Distress markers and die cut with Spellbinder's ATC Card dies. The bows are Gina Marie Designs Bow and Ribbon. The base card stock is kraft. The background paper s Basic Grey Marjolaine. The embellishments include Wink of Stella on the balloons and Diamond Stickles on the balloons and turtle and the 4 pearls specified in the challenge. I colored the pearls with the same Copic marker that I colored the lighter balloon (YG06).
I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me today. Have an awesome weekend and we'll catch you again soon.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Alligator Birthday Balloon

Happy Thursday!I am off and running today. I literally have a mass of things to do so I need to move fast today. LOL! And I thought retirement would be slow and easy. What was I thinking? Another Bugaboo card for the Under the Sea challenge today. One more to go. Day 6 is all about the kids.

And here's my card:

I used Bugaboo's Alligator Balloon to put a smile on a special child's face. And I hadn't used plaid (from my scrap box) in a while and I was missing it. LOL!I colored the image with Copics and die cut it with Spellbinder's Lattice Rectangles. The balloon has Wink of Stella added. I inked the edges with Picked Raspberry distress ink. My sentiment and banner is from Simon Says Stamps Banner Sayings (retired) and Folded Banner die.The banner was die cut from scraps. The image is popped up with fun foam. I used the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches for inspiration.

I am entering these challenges:
That's it for today. I'm off to get busy with all my errands and then to watch the twins. Yesterday was a 9 hour marathon. I'm hoping it's not that long today. Have a wonderful Thursday!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Two More for Under the Sea

I've been eking out some time here and there to do a few more cards for the Catch the Bug Under the Sea challenge. In January I don;t have any family birthdays so I really try to ramp up my birthday cards because in February I have a ton of birthdays. So this challenge is especially of interest since it is birthday themed. Have you ever made a card that you just instantly loved. That's my card for Day 4 and the Bingo challenge.

I used the diagonal line starting at the top left corner (birthday theme, Bugaboo image, and no designer paper). I stenciled my background using MFT One Way Chevron stencil. It was the closest I had to making waves. I tried to make it an ombre effect with different colors of blue distress ink. Starting from the bottom: faded jeans, broken china, mermaid lagoon and salty ocean. The image is $1 dolphin image from Bugaboo. I printed and colored him twice and then fussy cut him out. Sometimes I don;t color things the way I like but these guys turned out really nice. The sentiment was originally from Birdie Brown who closed her shop several years ago. Her sentiment just said day at the bottom and I changed it to birthday. I die cut the sentiment with MFT Stitched Circles and then inked the circle with more distress ink. This one is my favorite so far for the challenges. I'm really thrilled with how it turned out.
I am entering these challenges:

Day 5 challenge is to make a humorous card.

I am out of belated birthday cards (because I forget too often!) so I decided to make a belated birthday and make a punny card. I love punny sentiments. 

I used Bugaboo's frog image and colored him with Copics. Pretty easy peasy. Then I used MFT Cloud Day Stencil to create the sky. I masked off the bottom section to create the pond. I used Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon as the distress inks. The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Unfrogettable. Very CAS card.
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That's it for me today. I have a long day with the twins. They are always fun but I do wish they'd get over these colds. I hate to hear them struggle with breathing and such stuffy noses. Happy hump day! Heading toward the weekend.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Several Quick and Easy Cards

Happy Tuesday! I had a little time and decided to make a couple quick cards that I could use.

This sentiment and image was all in one and the note I made was "anonymous'. I couldn't find anything like it on the web so I'm not sure where it came from. I simply printed it out and colored it with Copics. To add some pizzazz I used Wink of Stella on the stars. Quick and easy and I'll give this to my hubby for Valentine"s Day.
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My second card is also for Valentine's Day.

The heart frame is from My Scrap Chick. It was a freebie once upon a time. The sentiment inside is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  I used a Copic BG11 to outline the heart frame both inside and out. To embellish it a bit I added gold glitter glue to the corner hearts. Quick and easy!
I am entering these challenges:

The twins and their parents came for dinner tonight. It's always fun having them at the house and I don;t have to travel. Not sure if I am on babysitting duty tomorrow or not yet but I probably will be. Hope your week is off to a great start!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Under the Sea Color Challenge

I usually avoid color challenges. Usually I don't have the right color or they often specify what company to use. Sometimes they just have this whole list of colors that's just daunting to me and at first I thought about not doing this challenge because of the number of colors involved. But it actually wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be and I guess that's what "challenge" means, right?

So here's what I came up with. I don't think my photo editor came out with the colors quite right but here it is.

This is a Bugaboo image but it must be a retired image because I wasn't able to find it on the site. I have it marked as CCCAlligator in my files. I colored him with Copics and die cut him with MFT Stitched Ovals. I inked the edge with Cracked Pistachio distress ink. The sentiment is from a Gina K set called Birthday Greetings.  I die cut the flag from light green card stock from MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. The sentiment is stamped with Memento Chocolate Chip ink using my MISTI. The background embossing folder is Cuttlebug Spots & Dots. I was hoping it looked like bubbles. I used the Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch.

I am entering these challenges:

Well, I'd better get a move on. I am off to babysit the twins. They both have colds and are very stuffy and fussy. But I'll do what I can to make them smile. Have an awesome week!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Under the Sea Birthday Fun

This week Bugaboo Stamps is celebrating their birthday and their have challenges all week and some very fun prizes! So Tom took my shift with the twins this afternoon to give me some crafty time. So I got two cards done this after noon. At Catch the Bug blog Day 1 was a photo challenge:

So here's the card that I came up with:

I used the Birthday Fishes image and Candle Cake image. I used Copics to color the images and then hand cut the fish image around the frame. I used that to trace around the cake so that the two images would be the same size. The card base is 4x4 inches. The background paper is from Trimgym digital papers. The two little extra fish are popped up and are from Doodle Pantry Finny Fish 2. Unfortunately Doodle Pantry has closed.
I am entering these challenges:
My second card for the Bugaboo challenges is a sketch challenge:

I rotated a couple elements in this sketch but all the essentials are there.

I used Penguin 2 image from Bugaboo.  I die cut the image, colored with Copic and Bic markers, with Spellbinder's Teardrop Circles. I used Mermaid Lagoon distress ink to add color to the die cut. The snowflake paper was still on my desk from an earlier project this week so I decided to use up some scraps. The sentiment is from Create with TLC and die cut with an MFT Pierced Fishtail Banner die. I also added Mermaid Lagoon distress ink to the sentiment banner. The card base is black card stock. To finish off I added three small snowflake die cuts from Paper Smooches.
I am entering these challenges:

  • The Outlawz Thursday challenge: anything goes Optional: distress
  • Catch the Bug Under the Sea challenge Day 2: sketch
  • Hiding in my Craft Room: super scraps Saturday
  • House That Stamps Built: tic tac toe (winter, blue, patterned paper)
  • Crafting by Designs: inspired by a movie (Penguins of Madagascar)
  • Doing Life: Create with TLC Element: use a TLC element (sentiment)

  • Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed my cards. I hope your week will get off to a great start. Big hugs to you all.


    Saturday, January 14, 2017

    Snow Fun

    Happy Saturday evening! We dodged a winter storm last night that could have been a real problem. It looks like it went north of us. So sorry for those who got the ice but I do have to admit I didn't mind that it missed us. I had time to make one card today. I am definitely missing being in my craft area.

    This is Eggbert Winter from Bugaboo Stamps. He's the freebie of the week and I couldn't resist using him right away. I colored him with Copic markers and die cut him with MFT Stitched Squares. The sentiment if from Create with TLC. I printed it on white card stock and then stenciled the background with Simon Says Maryanne Snowflake Stencil and Salty Ocean distress ink. I die cut a second panel an snowflake patterned paper with MFT Stitched Squares and also die cut MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags to follow the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

    I am entering these challenges:
    Well, it's past my bedtime and I'm getting really tired. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my card. Happy weekend!


    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Selfie Sandy - New Release

    Good evening everyone! This is my second post today as we unveil the new sets for January over at The Imagine That! Creative Playground. The second set that I'm working with today is called Selfie Sandy.

    This new set has some wonderful background papers included with the stamps and sentiment. I used one of those papers as the designer paper for my card. The image is die cut with MFT Stitched Ovals and backed with Spellbinder's Lacey Ovals. The sentiment is also from the set and just so cute!I inked the sentiment with Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Broken China distress inks to give it a variegated look. The bas is white card stock and the layered with kraft card stock.
    Don't forget about the great bundle deal for the sets I've show today and for the Steampunk sets introduced yesterday.

    I am entering these challenges:

    Stop by the Imagine That! Creative Playground to see what the rest of the design team has come up with. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

    Snappy Sandy - New Release

    Welcome to a new release from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. I'm not particularly a Steampunk kind of person but if you are there were new Steampunk releases yesterday for two really awesome sets. But today I am showcasing two very fun sets. I'll have another post about 8 pm this evening for the second set. But first up is a set called Snappy Sandy.

    The camera, filmstrip and sentiment are from this new stamp set. I die cut the image and sentiment with Gina Marie Cross Stitched Rectangles. I actually die cut it twice to remove some of the excess white space so it looks more like a square on the card. The background heart paper is a retired paper from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. I used the filmstrip to kind of partition the card and add some interest. I also added Glossy Accents to the camera lens and heart as an embellishment.
    The inside uses another sentiment from the set. It reads: A special birthday for an amazing person. (One of my resolutions this year is to finish the inside of cards. I used to finish as I needed them but then I was always behind so I'm trying to make sure the insides are also ready to go.)
    There is a wonderful option this month for the new sets. Kris has a bundle package for both the Steampunk and Snappy sets. Be sure to check out these new sets and the wonderful freebies you get if you by the bundle.


    Of course all of these new items are sold separately also. I am entering these challenges:

    Be sure to check out all the fun new sets and the design teams' awesome samples over at the. Imagine That! Creative Playground. Stop back this evening when I unveil my fun card for Selfie Sandy.

    Saturday, January 7, 2017

    Check Meowt

    Today I have a very simple card that I made with some scraps that I had laying on my desk and some new things that I haven't used before.

    The image is from that was a freebie over at The Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge. I started by using a Hero Arts Asian Flower Patterned stencil and used Rusty Hinge distress ink to make the background. I colored the image with Copics and fussy cut the Sweet Wishes image. The sentiment is from Scribbles Designs die cut with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Diamonds. Just thought it turned out very cute!
    I am entering these challenges:

    Hope you are warm and safe from the storms happening lately. Here's to a creative weekend!


    Lorie's Seeds of Love

    Happy Saturday! Today is the beginning of the first link up for the New Year over at the Imagine That! Creative Playground. There is no theme for our new link up so anything goes! If you use an Imagine That! image you can earn the featured set for the month. I am using the set of the month Lorie's Seeds of Love for my card.

    I used 2 patterned papers from the Imagine That Valentine Digital Paper pack. The image and sentiment are from Lorie's Seeds of Love. I used black card stock to layer to pop the colors. I embellished the Lawn Fawn banner with some heart brads. The sentiment was die cut with MFT Pierced Inside and Out Rounded Squares and embellished with two Simon Says stamp sets (both retired): Flower Friend and Best Mom Ever.

    I hope you will join us this month at The Creative Playground link up. You might win a great rpize and get the featured set (by using an Imagine That image). Let's have some fun!
    I am entering these challenges:

    We had a snow storm blow through. I had to shovel our driveway twice since my DH is in a cast with a broken arm. Now we are sitting at zero temps so baby it's cold outside. Hope you are warm and crafty this weekend. Thanks for stopping by!


    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Snow Happy

    Happy Wednesday everyone! I typed Tuesday first and had to change it. I'm so mixed up on my days. Don;t have much time this morning as I am babysitting early and probably all day. DH gets his cast off today thank goodness. Having a broken arm has not made him a happy camper these last few weeks. I have a fun card today that I really like. Hope you enjoy it too.

    This image and designer paper is the freebie this week at Little Scraps of Heaven. I just loved the paper. So perfect for the cute little penguin. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches for inspiration. I changed the placement of one of the elements to give my sentiment enough room. The sentiment is from Peachy Keen Stamps, a set called Chill Baby Chill Snowman Set. I die cut the sentiment with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags and the image with MFT Stitched Circles. The snowflake embellishments are from Paper Smooches. The inside of the card reads "Snow Happy!"

    I am entering these challenges:
    That's it for me today. I think I am babysitting all day today so it might be a long day. But fun too. Have to go play with my cutie grandbabies! Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful day!


    Monday, January 2, 2017

    Totally Pawsome

    Happy Monday! A last day of vacation for some today. My husband will go back to work tomorrow. So he took the shift with the kids today so I got some time to craft and catch up on a few chores here at home. My youngest Steve left this afternoon to begin his travels to Boston and to start his new job. So our house is suddenly empty after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Our decorations are still up/ The twins love to watch the lights so I've been slow at putting things away. Maybe I'll leave things up until the Three Kings visit.
    I needed one more thank you card to finish off my Christmas thank yous. I know this card doesn't have anything to do with Christmas but the recipients have a dog that they love a lot. So I thought this was appropriate.

    The dog is a Bugaboo image but I was unable to find it on the sight so it may be a retired image. I colored him with Copic and Bic markers. The image is doe cut with MFT's Stitched Circles. The sentiment is from Squigglefly, who has unfortunately closed their doors. I die cut the sentiment with a Spellbinder's Ribbon Tag Trio 2 die and attached it with a piece of red ribbon. I then added a paw print from Paper Smooches using a die cut and then stenciled the paw on the card stock with Gathered Twigs distress ink. The designer paper in the background is Cat Pack Digi Papers from Imagine That Digis by Kris! Yeah, I know my image is a dog but I can't tell the difference between cat and dog paws. I'm sure someone can but I was using up scraps that I already had printed. I backed the layers with dark brown card stock.
    I am entering these challenges:

    Someone reminded me that I haven't written about the twins' Baptism. Lots of family showed up for the Mass and the twins were perfect. They slept through the entire ceremony. We couldn't believe it. Here's a picture of them at the ceremony right after they were baptized.

    Arthur is closest and Valerie is the farther baby. Here's some pics taken before the ceremony. Valerie wore her mother's Baptismal outfit that was made from material from my wedding dress. Arthur wore the same outfit that both my boys wore for their Baptisms. That material was left over from my SIL's wedding dress. It was so cool to have them wearing these for the ceremony.

    This is Valerie.

    This is Arthur.
    And one last picture taken as the same day of their Baptism. My daughter wanted some pictures fro Christmas in their Christmas outfits. We then made a collage that she gave out as presents this year.

    Arthur and Valerie under our Christmas tree.
    Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out what I am up to. I need to catch up with chores around the house tomorrow. But hopefully will get some time to play. I am looking forward to getting back to something resembling normal, whatever that might be. Hugs to you all!


    Sunday, January 1, 2017

    Welcome to a New Year at 12 Months of Christmas Linkup

    Hard to believe that 2016 is out and 2017 is here to stay. A new year of challenges for everyone at 12 Months Of Christmas Linkup begins today. I know Christmas is just over but what better time to start preparing for Christmas 2017. So here is everything you need to know for our new challenge.
    Happy New Year! It was quite a year last year, wasn't it?! Lots of changes in the world and in our own lives. As we bid a fond farewell to one year and say hello to a new one, we thought that this challenge would be a good time to reflect that same kind of thinking in our projects.
    In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, be sure to include on your card, something old and something new that you have just received in the last month. So dip into your stash and grab one of your shiny new items or toys and get busy creating. Please be sure to let us know what your new and old item(s) are.  If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
    Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $15.00 gift certificate from Ike's Art.
    My card uses Christmas Poinsettia from Ike's Art. 

     My something new is the digital image from Ike's Art and my something old is the sentiment from Gina K. The set is retired and no longer available. The two digital papers I used are from Decosse"s Dynamite Doodles. The ornament paper is from the 12 Months of Christmas 2014 set.

    The holly paper is from the Holiday Hoopla Patterned Paper Set 2.

    You have  a chance to win the entire set of featured papers this month for playing along from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

    I layered the designer paper with black card stock. I added some gold Stickles to the poinsettia and some red Stickels to the berries. O hope you will join us during the month of January at the12 Months of Christmas Linkup.
    I am entering these challenges:
    Thanks for stopping by today. Happy New Year to you all!

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