Friday, March 29, 2013

Butterfly Gingham Just Because

Happy Friday!

Today's card is for several challenges:

1) SCS Way To Use It #420; to use gingham
3) Color Q #182; to use Pool Party,  
Wisteria Wonder, Always Artichoke, and Lucky Limeade.
I played around with the editing, and although I did use Rich Razzleberry as the bg and mat, it looks like a dark-brown here in this photo.
Once I got started creating this, I wasn't sure how I'd incorporate the blue into the layout.  I ended up cutting out corner pieces for the frame.
The butterfly was stamped then colored in with CTMH Markers and outlined with Prisma Watercolor Pencils.  I then cut it out, (carefully around the antennae!), then popped it up with foam-adhesives.  I only had a tiny piece of Always Artichoke in my stash and wondered how I would incorporate that as well, and I ended up cutting a tiny piece and used it for the butterfly's body.
After adhering the butterfly, I decided it needed some sparkle, so I used Icicle Stickles in the colored areas.
On to the bow.  I played around with the placement of it, and this is where it ended up!  I'm still not too sure if it's overkill, but I really wanted to use that gingham!
Color Substitutions: I substituted Baja Breeze (for Pool Party), Certainly Celery (for Lucky Limeade), and Rich Razzleberry (for the Wisteria Wonder). 
Card Deets:
Cardstock:  SU! Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Rich Razzleberry, and White.
DP:  DCWV "Peppy Princess" Stack
Stamps:  Butterfly by Inkadinkado, Sentiment by TPS
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Markers, Dew Drops Chalk, Prisma Watercolor Pencils
Other:  Icicle Stickles, Gingham Ribbon, button, brad, white craft-string and foam-adhesives.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chocolate Polka Dot Gift

Hi again!

This week's Color Throwdown #235 is to use Chocolate Chip, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and White...and since I love this color combo, 
I just had to play along!

I ended up having to substitute these colors and used  
Melon Mambo, Soft Suede and Regal Rose.

The layout is from this week's SCS Sketch Challenge #429
and I think it turned out way cute!

Card Deets:
Cardstock:  SU! Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Regal Rose & White
DP:  SU! Thoroughly Modern
Stamp:  Stamping Bella "Prezzibella"
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Dew Drops, Colorbok & Dew Drops Chalks, CTMH and Tombow Markers
Other: Pearls by Want2Scrap, Prisma Watercolor Pencils, scrap-ribbon & foam-adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by again today!


Masculine Birthday

Hey there!

Today's card is for my brother-in-law's birthday today.
(another inspired card from Pinterest!)

I'm not sure why, but I seem to have a hard time creating when it comes to masculine cards.  Maybe because I love to embellish?  I think when it comes to men, simpler is better!

Card Deets:
Cardstock: SU Certainly Celery, TPS
Stamps: Inkadinkado, TPC (font)
Other: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (swirls), Prisma watercolor pencils, and brads

Thanks for stopping by today!     

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sweet Flourishes Inspiration

Hey y'all!

I was able to participate in several challenges today and get this creation done before the Lil' Munchkin (Granddaughter Olivia) showed up today.  With a toddler around, it's hard to get anything done!

Here are the challenges:

(More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise & Daffodil Delight)
I absolutely adore this DP from Colorbok, and with this week's color challenge, I knew it would go perfect with it.

Although I love to incorporate stitching into my creations, I was unable today as my sewing machine isn't working properly.  So instead, I did some faux-stitching.

Card Deets:
Cardstock:  SU! Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, white
DP:  Colorbok "Splendor"
Stamp:  Verve "Because of You"
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black & Dew Drop Chalk
Ribbon: SU! Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Grosgrain
Other: Pearl by Want2Scrap, Spellbinders Rose Creations (diecut flowers), and foam-adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Goodie Baskets

Hey there!

As promised, here's the photo and deets to the Easter Goodie Baskets I created (compliments of Splitcoast Stampers Tutorial)

Every year I try to make a little something special for all of the women in my family, and these were perfect!  The tutorial was very easy to follow, and it didn't take much time at all to create all of them.

The dimensions of this box will perfectly fit 3 chocolate eggs, but since I had so many to make, I opted for chocolate kisses and other chocolates to fill them.

Cardstock & DP: The Paper Studio
Stamp: The Angel Company
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black & Dew Drops Chalk
Other: circle punch, flower-brads, CTMH Markers, foam adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Verve Diva Dare ~ In Sympathy

Hey there!

Today I decided to participate in the Verve Stamps Diva Dare
and here's my take on it.

I chose to do a Sympathy card for this challenge, as a friend of mine recently lost her father to his battle with Leukemia.

It seems cancer has affected the lives of everyone we know...can I just say, cancer-sucks!?

Card deets:
Stamps:  Flower by Verve "Because of You", and Heidi Grace "Greetings"
Cardstock:  SU Sage Shadow, TPS Off-White
DP:  Colorbok "Splendor"
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Studio G & Colorbok Chalks, CTMH Marker and Prisma Watercolor Pencils
Other:  Pearl by K&Co., ribbon, , button, and foam-adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a great weekend!


Sneak Peek Easter Goodies

Happy Friday!

Today's post is just a sneak-peek at one of the creations for all of the women at this weekend's Easter gathering.

The photos with all the details including a link to the tutorial will be posted here on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Congrats Grad Challenges

Hey there!

Today's creation is for my nephew who will soon 
be Graduating from High School.

Eeek!  How is that possible?  By the way, he is by far, THE BEST nephew, son, grandson, brother, cousin, and young man I've ever known.  He is handsome and smart and I cannot believe he's grown now, and will be going off to college this summer!

This card covers both the Sketch #428 and the Color #418 (to use Midnight Muse, Marina Mist & Baja Breeze) Challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers this week.

I know it's a little early to be creating a Grad-card, but when I saw the color-combo for this week, I immediately thought about Graduation.

Card Deets:
Cardstock:  SU Night of Navy (substituted for Midnight Muse),  
Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Black and White.
DP:  DCWV Fall Stack
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Dew Drops Night Sky
Other:  Cuttlebug "Swiss-Dots" Embossing Folder, CTMH Marker, 
TPS Button, Scrap Essentials Star, Nestabilities Labels One, Brads & foam adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sweet Springtime Sketch!

Hey there!

Today's card is for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #180 for this week over at Karen Giron's blog; The Sweetest Thing, for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #212, and for the Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #35 to create for Spring.

I absolutely love this week's challenges,
 and am so happy to be able to play along.

I decided to make a Spring-y card for my sis-in-law who is hosting Easter this year again at her home.  She loves Easter, and tulips especially...and I'm pretty sure she's going to love this card just as much!

Aren't these designer papers pretty?  They're from Colorbok ~ Splendor and I just love them!

Here's a look at the inside...

Card Deets:

Cardstock:  SU Ruby Red, TPS Chocolate, Off-white
DP:  Colorbok "Splendor"
Stamp:  The Angel Company
Inks: Dew Drop Chalk in Red Brick, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Marvy Punches, Bazzill Fab Brad, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Swiss Dots), Ribbon and foam adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 18, 2013


Happy Monday!

Today's card is for my sis-in-law's upcoming wedding anniversary.  
It's a very simple card, as there was no stamping involved!

Card Deets:
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Ribbon: SU Riding Hood Red Grosgrain Striped
Other:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, chipboard heart, 
"Cherish" sticker

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I created this card for a couple challenges about two years ago, and some of you may have already seen it, but, in honor of today...I wanted to share it again as it's one of my faves!

Card Deets:
Stamp: The Angel Co.
Cardstock: SU
DP: Cosmo Cricket (Early Bird)
Other: SU Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing, 
Heart Punch (for the clover), jewel, chalking & mini-brads.

Have a great Sunday & St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mojo Sketch & Free For All

Happy Saturday!

I'm so excited to be able to participate in more challenges!

Today's masculine-card is for my hubby's upcoming birthday in a couple months, and it covers 2 Challenges: the Free-For-All over at Splitcoast Stampers (use blue with music), and also for this week's Mojo Monday #284 sketch.  I wasn't sure how I'd get it all accomplished, but I'm pretty happy with the results!

Card Deets:
Cardstock:  SU Black & Marina Mist, TPS Off-white
DP:  TPS Music on Damask
Stamp:  TPC
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels 1
Other: corner punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Swiss-Dots), 
Twine, Chalking and brads.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, March 15, 2013

For You

Happy Friday!

Today's card was created for my sis-in-law's birthday, and again...inspired by Pinterest!

Card Deets:

Cardstock & DP:  SU Soft Suede & Thoroughly Modern
Stamps:  Verve & TPS
Other:  Ribbon, chalk, small-flower-punch, pearls

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!   

Thursday, March 14, 2013

SCS Challenges; Celebrate!

Hey there!

It feels great to be in my craft-room creating cards again, 
it's like riding a bike!

Am just as thrilled to be able to participate in the weekly challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers.

Today's card is for my nephew's upcoming first wedding anniversary, as part of the Sketch & Color Challenges over at SCS.

Card Deets:

Cardstock:  SU Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery & Marina Mist  
(substituted for Bashful Blue)
Stamps:  TPC & The Paper Studio Clear
Ink: Versamark & Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Old Olive (chalked edges)
Other: Ribbon & foam adhesives

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Hey there!

So, here's the first card (for my Sis's birthday), I've been able to sit down and create in a's been too long!  Am so glad to have my craft-room back!

I got my inspiration for this card from Pinterest of course!

Card Deets:

Cardstock: SU Melon Mambo, other
Stamps: Verve, The Paper Studio
Ink:  Memento/Tuxedo Black
Markers: Tombow & CTMH

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey there and welcome back!

It's been a while since I've been in Blog-Land and a BIG shout-out to my sister Sheila over at Blog Designs by Sheila for designing this new blog for me to showcase my creations!

Just a quick catch-up on my life since leaving in 2010...some of you know that I left due to my son Allen moving back home after being diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, and am very happy and Blessed to say he is now 3 years cancer-free!  Thanks to all of you for all of your kind words, thoughts and prayers through this time.

I am in continuous support of Testicular Cancer Awareness, and would like to remind everyone to please have the men in your life could save their life!

I have more good news to share...I am a GRANDMA!!  My son Allen has Blessed us with a beautiful baby-girl (Olivia) and she is just over a year old now; and the love of our lives!  It's so much fun being a Grandma!!

I'm so excited to be creating cards again, and just as happy to be sharing them with you.  I'm also looking forward to hooking back up with my other crafty-friends and seeing your creations too.

Thanks for stopping by!

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