Saturday, August 31, 2013

Unscripted Sketches - #15 / There's no place like Home

Saturday August 31, 2013
End of the month and so todays the end of Flashback Summer at Unscripted sketches. Hope you have been playing along and enter for the prizes up for take.

 Unscripted Sketches #15 sketch challenge
 I have been wanting to use this stamp set from Technique Tuesday and I found the perfect sketch. I am loving this card. So simple and colorful. I love the red hearts that I added. Heart of the home. I drew the square around the houses in red spica pen so it has a little bling to it and did diamond glaze to the hearts.

4 Crafty Chicks #157 - crazy egg-squares
Make it Monday #155 - anything goes
Sister Act #122 - anything goes
Five Simple Things #118 - anything goes
Stampin for the Weekend -colours of summer

recipe: very vanilla/su, technique Tuesday /memories of home, quick quote ink, atyou spica red, simon says heart die, quick quote scrap (for hearts)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Aud Sentiments #88 Anything goes / The two most important

Thursday August 29, 2013
This weeks challenge is being sponsored by Prairie Fairy
                                                        Aud Sentiment challenge

       challenge #88  runs from August 29 - Sept 10  is ANYTHING GOES.
                                     Just remember to use a SENTIMENT
 For my card, I did not use a Prairie Fairy image. I got my card done before the images were issued and I hate being late on making my card with weekends being so busy and all. I got some new stamps from PTI so decided to go for it.  I keep saying I am not a pastel person but dang I keep using those colors. What's up with that? I have to admit I do like the colors for this card. I saw Dawn McVey using two background stamps and putting them together to make a background so I did the same and love the look.  I hope I have inspired you to play along at Aud Sentiments and remember use a sentiment on the front of your card. Have fun.
A*Muse Studio - anything goes
Colour Q #204 - Color challenge
Loves Rubber Stamps #67 - favorite color combo /greens/blues/coral/dark purple
Make It Monday #155 - anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes
Eureka Stamps #54 - be sentimental
Created With Love #55 - anything goes
Tammy's Scrappy Corner #77 - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #95 - anything goes
recipe: very vanilla, pti lovely layers die and stamps, inside out birthday sentiments pti, basic polka dots pti, music pti, quick quote inks, stickles, corner chomper

Paper Pretties #273 - BLACK - WHITE- one other COLOR / Hey Chickie

Wednesday August 28, 2013
Paper Pretties challenge #273 - BLACK - WHITE- ONE OTHER COLOR
I used Return of Cluck for my image as I love yellow with black and white. Give a great pop to the card. Had to add the google eyes to this fun chick. This is a fun card. Hope you play along and post your card over at Paper Pretties.
A*Muse Studio - anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps #67 - favorite color combo - black/white/yellow
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes
Created With Love #55 - anything goes
Tammy's Scrapping Corner #77 - anything goes
Eureka Stamps #54 - be sentimental
Make It Monday #155 - anything goes
recipe: return of cluck/pp, bazzill, mme/meadow lark, google eyes, su punch, su die, mft die, embossing powder, viva pearl pen, diamond glaze, stickles, copics

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Catch the bug New Release / Be happy

Tuesday August 27, 2013
Where has August gone? I can not believe fall is just around the corner.
I hope you all have had a great summer and done some fun things.
Catch the bug has a new release this is BEAR BEE HIVE. I'd sure hate to get stung by this bear-bee..LOL  speaking of bee's, hubby's truck is in the back pasture over a bee's nest the kind that make theirs in the ground. He went back there to get some branches to make some beauty bark and parked it but when he went to get in not only was the truck dead but the bee's are all over and he's allergic to bee's so not a good thing. He hopes to get someone to tow him out and hope the bee's have not taken up residence in the truck.
Any how I hope you head over to the Catch the bug store and see the new releases.
A*Muse Studio - anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #27 - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - use your initial  (Bear/Bee button/Be- for Billie )
TIP: if you find a button and think it would make a cute embellishment, take sharp cutting pliers and cut the shank off and file it down, that's what I did to the be button. Lays flat and looks great.
The Crazy Challenge #152 - animals
A Gem Of A Challenge - starts with a B (Be, Bear, Bee button)
Make It Monday #155- anything goes

recipe: bear bee hive/ctb, bazzill, su scraps, Annabelle bella stamp, chocolate spica pen, pti summer sunrise ink, copics, simon says die, mft die, bee button, twine, stickles.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Unscripted Sketches #7 / Sending you a very happy little hello

Saturday August 24, 2013
Unscripted Sketches Flashback summer. Sketch #7
So have you been playing along with the Flashback summer bingo over at Unscripted Sketches?? I sure hope so, it's lots of fun and prizes.

This is my card for the challenges. I stuck with Papertrey Ink for this whole card.. well not the paper that's SU but the stamps, ink and die. One of my new favorite stamps is the Dahlia stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I love this new stamp but it's a little tricky to line up the layers for the flower. Let's just say this is the 4th flower I made and the other three will never been seen, EVER, NADA. I need to find the trick on lining those three stamps up. I tried to follow Dawn McVey and her sketch on how to line up but easier said than done. But I will be using this image more and more. Practice makes perfect.  I also made my own background by using some polka dot basic pti stamps and just stamping and over stamping. I like the look. I later thought the corners needed rounded. I like this look. I hope you play along and use the sketch above and enter your card over at Unscripted Sketches.

Make It Monday #154 - anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty #141 - dies and or punches
Whimsy Stamps #62 - clean and simple
Hobby Cutz #13 - create your own background
NutCrafters #50 - spots and or stripes
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
Capture the moments - recipe remix
recipe: very vanilla /su, delightful dahlia, polka dot basic pti, die pti, ink pti, 1/2 pearl k&co, corner chomper, colored pearl with copic.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Catch the bug - Free Friday / with sympathy

Friday August 23, 2013
Welcome to Catch The Bug and FREE FRIDAY - FLOWER BLOCK LILY
I made this into a sympathy card but you could really make it into other cards. It just spoke sympathy to me. I lightly colored the flowers as I like of look of the white showing through. I did a glitter pen over the green dots and the orange but you really cant tell in the photo. The grid is die cut from the YNS tile letter die. When I took the letters out of the die it left this awesome grid which I love cause it broke up the image from the background with out hiding the awesome background paper.
Make It Monday #154 - anything goes
Little Red Wagon #199 - layers
Penny's Paper #141 - dies and or punches
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
recipe: Lily block/ctb, pti words, bazzill, clubscrap dp, yns die, zing embossing powder, glitter pen, copics

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Paper Pretties #272 - GIRLY / BFF - OMG!

Wednesday August 21, 2013
Paper Pretties Challenge #272
What better way to go girly but with this darling new image I got from Paper Pretties using
 Best Friends. I love this darling stamp and the cute sentiments that go with it. There are more. Do you have a best friend? I have been blessed with best friends. One of my oldest best friends who I knew over 30 years  has passed on almost 5 years ago and I miss her daily.  I have another best friend who I hold dear, I never want to loose a best friend again but that is life, God has his plans and who are we to question why. I cherish all the time I can have with my best friend.
Crafty Sentiments Designs - colorful
Make It Monday #154 - anything goes
Cupcake Inspiration #224 - color theme
IDIC #174 - lots of layers
Totally Gorjuss #197 - die cuts and punches
Partytime Tuesday #134 - color challenge
Challenges 4 Everybody #27 - anything goes
Use It Tuesday #61 - un-inked stamp
The Cutie Pie Challenge #51 - anything goes
recipe: best friends/pp, bazzill, bg clippings, mme love me, su scraps, spellbinder, pti die, punch, stickles, glitter pen, sequins, corner chomper, memento ink

Catch the bug / Humor me Wednesday/I'll rise but I refuse to shine

Wednesday August 21, 2013
Catch the bug Humor me Wednesday "Senior Citizen Day" August 21st.
This is my card at Catch the bug I used Morning Margaret
I guess I could of used Stella as she's an all time favorite but thought Margaret fit the sentiment I wanted to use. Me being a senior citizen.. oh my, yup I am.. I can relate to this some days. I still work full time out of the house so believe me, some morning are just that. But of course as I get up and moving and ready for work I am my ol jolly self.  You have to shine to get through the day.
I kind of mimicked the background paper for the background behind Margaret. I did not want to make it as busy as the background paper. I love the bright colors, how can she not shine with those bright colors.. ?
Crafty Sentiments Designs - colorful
Make It Monday #154 - anything goes
The Kraft Journal - color challenge
Squiggleyfly - ribbon, twine or floss
Kaboodle Doodle #185 - song or quote
Craft your Passion #175 - don't get your twine in a tangle
recipe: morning Margaret/ctb, kraft base, bg fiction dp, twine, corner chomper, art impressions words, zing birthday powder, pti beautiful blooms, copics

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Catch the bug - Bingo / Thanks

Saturday August 17, 2013
We are back from our two week break at Catch the bug.. I got a lot of dies cataloged and put into CD jackets and put in my stand. I got a lot of my clear stamps put in pockets and labeled. Makes my life a lot easier. I got some cards made. I've been posting other cards so it's not been a total two weeks from bloggin... Only thing I did not get done and need to soon is go through my two boxes and one drawer of scraps. I hate to throw my dp's away but know that some of those pieces are just not usable...but could be used here or there, it's just the right color..  you have those stashes too?
Well we are starting off with BINGO. Those are always fun challenges as there are quite a few options. I hope you play along and post to the Catch the bug site.

this is the card I made using the bingo middle row reading across
 - no designer paper- sewing - flower... I really had fun sewing and I thought I would use some old rayon thread I have and then I kind of tied a bunch together and tied off in the bottom corner for a cool look. I spritzed the green paper with some glitter spray and some Mr. Huey spritz but ended up covering most of it up. Oh well. that happens. I can always use Thanks cards so that is what I decided to do.. remember those containers with scraps I made up, well I also had made one of die cut letters and yup I went through it and found all the letters needed for THANKS.. pretty cool huh and the color I needed.

Fab N Funky #181 - anything that looks like summer
Stampin Royalty #189 - Photo challenge
Word Art Wednesday #93 - anything goes
Sister Act #20 - anything goes
Make It Monday #153 - anything goes
recipe: bazzill, flower block name/ctb, mft die, mr. huey spritz, copics, bling, sewing machine, rayon, scraps, itty bity su, versa mark

Unscripted Sketches Flashback Summer #69 / You're my BEST friend

Saturday August 17, 2013
We are still in our Flashback Summer BINGO bash at
We are going back to some of the old sketches from way back when. I hope you play along and play in the bingo party going on there too.

 Sketch #69  you can turn this sketch, make a scrapbook page or frame your project.

 This is the card I made using this above sketch. I really wanted to keep it monochromatic and also add some soft color so I used a dark glitter embossing powder and then used just versa mark for the other tone on tone.  Dear hubby thinks it's too dark.. but I love it. hope you do and it encourages you.
Word Art Wednesday #93 - anything goes
Simon Says - monochromatic
Sister Act #20 - anything goes
Dream Valley#63 - monochromatic
Creative Belli #176 - glitter
Make It Monday #153 - anything goes
recipe: stampin up choc chip, bg Lucille, gina k botanical, mft complementary greeting, clear embossing powder, green embossing powder, memento, sequin, spellbinder, corner chomper

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Aud Sentiment #87 Anything But A Birthday / I'll always be here for you

Thursday August 14, 2013
Welcome to a new challenge at Aud Sentiments  #87  this weeks challenge is
AND REMEMBER TO ADD A SENTIMENT after all we are called
 Aud Sentiments

This week our challenge is sponsored by Stamp Art Kathryne at Whimsy Stamps. This challenge runs from August 15 - 27th. So you have two weeks to get your anything but a birthday card with sentiment posted. Hope you play along. I love visiting your blogs and seeing your creations.  It keeps me inspired.

I have the honors of using this darling image by Kathryne called ARI & TOBY   I used a lot of bright colors for this image. I wanted a cheerful card and with it being a little girl I did not want drab sad colors. It's meant to be an uplifting card. Hence it's raining hearts vs. rain drops. 

One Stop Craft #238 - pastel colors
One Stitch At A Time #176 - use a digi
Pile It On # 32 - outdoors
Love to Create #78 - color challenge
Make It Monday #153 - anything goes
Squigglyfly #32 - thinking of you

recipe:  Ari & Toby by Kathryne, bazzill, su heart plate & heart singles, mft umbrella die, bg indie bloom, mft die, copics

Paper Pretties #271 - Back to School Inspiration

Wednesday August 14, 2013

challenge for this week is
I used Sweet 16 Lily for my back to school card and made her a book bag that's hanging off her shoulder. I thought this cute paper would fit the theme and laughed when I stamped "hey you" for her name.. her being a girl and having a good witty humor she'd put that, I also like the "whatever that's just behind the bag.   This card was a lot of fun to make and school is starting soon and she looks ready in her cool outfit and book bag
One Stop Crafts #238 - pastel colors
613 Avenue #32 - anything goes / use a school supply (book bag, name tag)
Love to Create #78 - color challenge
Make It Monday #153 - anything goes
Created with Love #53 - back to school

recipe:   pp/sweet 16 lily, bazzill, basic grey hipster, quik kutz die, brad, simon says stamp, lawn fawn stamp, copics

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Unscripted Sketches #92 Flashback Summer / This birthday

Saturday August 10, 2013
Unscripted Sketches is still having their Flashback Summer challenge. The sketches were from he past.  We still have the bingo game going on over at the site so visit and see what you need to do to play.

This is the easy sketch for this week. You can turn it the sketch, make a scrapbook page or framed photo. just have fun and play.
 This is the card I made using the sketch. I went through a bunch of stamps and sorting out old ones that I wonder what was I thinking and some nice ones that I just don't use. Well I found this one that I do love and is a keeper. It's the A Little Slow image from Taylored Expressions blog. I love her work and she's got some awesome dies and stamps and other products. This little guy was just too cute so found some awesome papers and this is what I made.  (I need to sell some of my stamps and other craft items.. what is the best way to do this? with them being small, and so many I don't know what is the best way. any suggestions would be appreciated- Thanks)

Paper Shelter #123 - punches and dies
Sister Act #19 - anything goes
Five Simple Things #115 - anything goes
Delightful Challenges - make it pop
Word Art Wednesday #92 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #281 - die-ing-to punch
Make It Monday #152 - anything goes

recipe: bazzill, qq scraps, su scraps, spellbinder die, a little slow /te, circle punches, bg brad, copics, doodle deux print.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Paper Pretties #270 - Dream big

Wednesday August 7, 2013
Paper Pretties new challenge #270 and the theme this week is
USE AT LEAST TWO PATTERN PAPERS..  Now that is easy huh?
I decided to keep this card C&S.. I don't stamp right on the base of the card enough because I never know what to do with the background. So I usually stamp on a separate piece of paper and cut it out or die cut. It felt good doing it this way and masking it and spritzing the background.
I used four different pattern papers - instructions said to use at least two so why not four.. I am loving how this came out.
One of the challenges this is being entered in is coffee break/or food.. well this cat is thinking food so hope it qualifies for the challenge..
I used Hang in there stamp image (which is currently out of stock.. must be popular!
Make it Monday #152 - anything goes
Eureka Stamps #51 - C&S
Anything Goes #98 - coffee break/food
2 Sisters #155 - anything goes
One Stop Craft #237 - keep it simple
Crafty Sentiments - animals
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Loves Rubberstamps #64 - anything goes

recipe: Paper pretties/hang in there, mr hueys sprays, scraps of QQ dp, copics,
memento, crystal accent

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Three fun cards and my tryout for YNS DT ; )

Sunday August 4, 2013
Well I have been busy today making cards.  Your Next Stamp is having a DT call and I really, really, really want to be on this team. So I am submitting these three cards. They are all different in how they were done and to give a sample of my style and personality. (is that the same meaning for both?)
This first one is using the YNS clear rubber image Christmas Bauble. I colored this cute little image and cut it out and layered it on top of this awesome paper. I was trying to figure the bird color and came up with the color arrangement. I like the look as it gives contrast to the rest of the cards colors. I used stickles on the hat trim, glitter pen on the ornament - but you really cant see it too well, and embossed the sentiment. I put a piece of SU twine and bow for the ornament string. Papers are SU and MME and a scrap of QQ.

This second card is a digi CTB Stella / Mondays .. Oh yea I feel her pain and that could very well be me on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.. then I perk up and WOO HOO it's almost Friday.. I like using digi's as then you can size them so fit what ever your doing. I sometimes use the sentiment that comes with the image, as this one did. Or I use something else that fits what I need at the time. 
I used Genius die, QQ scrap, SU scrap, liq. pearls petal pink, ribbon, embossing folder and copics.

 This last card I made for my dear friends who I call my other daughter as she is the same age as my daughter and they grew up together. She is getting married the 17th and her wedding is based on hydrangea's (stamp rubber PSX)  I stamped it with stazon black on water color paper and using water color pencils colored it in. I then took liq. pearls and touched the center of the flowers. I used embossing powder for the PTI word "together" and PTI die for the "forever", I used a dark blue and green to give a shadow look. I used Swiss dot embossing folder on the very vanilla card base and a small piece of DCWV pattern paper behind the flower panel to give it a pop of color. Rounded the bottom corners with corner chomper.   (just realized I was so excited about posting my cards I chose this one that is not cropped.. oh well it still looks nice just not as close up as I would like it to be.. and don't know if there is a way to re-add if I deleted it.. didn't want to take the chance.)

All three cards are entered in the following challenges:
2 Sisters #155 - anything goes
One Stop Craft #237 - keep it simple
613 Avenue #31 - anything goes/with a sentiment

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Unscripted Sketches - Flashback Summer- Berry lucky

Saturday August 3, 2013
With summer coming and everybody being so busy we did not get our Christmas in July done. So we are having a Flash-back Summer.  We have picked an old sketch #56 for our challenge this week.
We also have a Flashback bingo challenge so check out the happenings at Unscripted Sketches  it's the whole month of August.
Unscripted Sketch challenge  sketch, remember you can turn the sketch, make a scrapbook page, frame it just have fun and play along. Don't forget the bingo challenge for the month of August.
This is the card I made. I love this green (green is one of my favorite colors) and thought the red and black was a great touch to keep it a fresh card. I love the colors together. I love strawberries. I make a strawberry smoothie every day for breakfast. Kind-a looks like these strawberries are setting in chocolate.. nothing wrong with that but that was not my intention..

Crafts and Me #139 - anything goes
Divas by Design - favourite color combo (lime green, black and red)
Word Art Wednesday #91 - anything goes
Scrap Creations - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks #153 - bling
Cute Card Thursday #280 - anything goes
Make it Monday #151 - anything goes

recipe: bazzill, scraps, rubber café fruit medley, copics, marvy pen, embossing folder, sequins, qq green