Sunday, October 31, 2010

Laughing Giraffes!

What a cute image by Faith this week, at Designed 2 Delight!  Inspired by several challenges in the designing of my card, I decided to keep it simple.
          The front                                           

the inside...

Challenges entered are:

Color challenges:
Creatalicious Challenge - create a card with mostly white.
Phindy's Place Challenge to use your favorite color
The Playdate Cafe to use black, red and white
CCEE Stampers - CAS card, can have embossing
Designed 2 Delight - the freebie lovely giraffes, be sure to stop by, new month starts next week
and you can start getting Faith's images for free!
Double Delight Challenge - use Faith's giraffe image and emboss
Everybody Art Challenge - inspiration photo of a beautiful rose/black background
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - my inspirational sketch
Fab N' Funky Challenge to keep it clean and simple

Thanks for stopping by and a Happy Spooky Halloween to you. Personally, just give me the candy!


Sunday, October 24, 2010


Or on the mainland, know as flip flops! So Pam, palm trees make me think of my daughter, who lives in Hawaii and that makes me think of planes, which is what I wanted to make my card, but then I couldn't find one I liked, so, I thought I could make a beach scene, but I had a hard time going there coz I give all my Hawaiian stamps to Kim, so I knew I had a chipboard palm tree, well, couldn't find it, so I decided to find a flip flop template, did that, and here is the card I made for Kim's day 234 at 365 CARDS! Whew, I'm tired...

this works for me, because when we go to Kim's we kick off the tennies and socks and go for the Slippahs! Which by the way, need to be left at the door...



Halloween Twins

Well, they have already celebrated Halloween at my school (parent conferences this week, Friday off) and this will probably be my last Halloween card. So...I made it count and am entering in several challenges.
Challenges that inspired this card are:

Color Challenges:
Our Creative Corner
Paper Pretties
Some Odd Girl
Stamptacular Sunday

Designed 2 Delight is where I obtained the free digi. I made a mirror image to make twins!
Double Delight used the above image and wants twine or raffia
Crafty Cardmakers said to use a freebie, that's the twins (digi)
Little Red Wagon is looking for hearts
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge wants to see diecuts or a punch, I used both
The Wildflower Patch wants twine also
Stamp Something said to use a digi. I actually 'digied' and stamped too!
Stampin Celebration had an awesome inspiration photo, I used the colors
Tuesday Throwdown is an open challenge
Pollycraft Challenge is also an open challenge

The 3 following challenges are my inspiration for the sketch I used, all similar:
The Critter Challenge
365 Cards, today's Sunday Sketch
Cute Card Thursday

The following 3 Challenges are to make an easel card:
A Crafty Little Place
Challenge Up Your Life
Lots To Do Challenge

And the following challenges are all about Halloween:
A Spoonful of Sugar
Crazy 4 Challenges
The Crazy Challenge
Creative Inspiration Challenge
Dutch Dare Challenge
Stampin' for the Weekend
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
Wee Memories
Other Lovelies, Thoughtful Thursdays

Thanks for stopping by - Have a great week and if you live here in the Midwest, hope for rain!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

I've Been Coffin...

...all day!  Seriously, I have a cough that isn't going away so I decided instead of moaning and groaning about that I would be inspired by the racking, painful cough and make a coffin!  So here it is!

Saw this on several blogs over the years and then found the template on Martha Stewart site and she even has a video. I decided to make mine with Stampin' Up DP and then I added DP covered card stock to the bottom of the coffin and to the lid. Next time, I'll make it out of card stock and then stamp it or cover with DP and do more embellishment. Thinking it would be a good gift for office staff at school.
I am entering in the following challenges:

Tuesday Morning Sketches - all about yummy treats and packaging!

One Stitch At A Time - anything goes, embellish it!

Case Study Challenge - use inspiration card for, well, inspiration!

Stampin' Celebration - inspiration photo, well, to be inspired!

The Shabby Tea Room - another inspiration photo

Allsorts Challenge - interesting challenge, you should try it...Play Bingo!  My row is Brads, Flower, Ribbon.

Simon Says Challenge - A no cook recipe, 3 Types of Embellishments, 2 Patterned papers (and a plain color for layering), 1 Image (My 2nd DP is on the inside).

Charisma Cardz - to use more than one fold

Creative Belli Challenge - Fall/Pumpkins and use a forgotten embellishment. The brads have been in my stash and didn't discover them till about 2 days ago when looking for a button. My first thought was, "Where did they come from?!?"

Creative Inspirations - theme of Halloween

Everybody Art Challenge - Halloween theme

Fussy and Fancy Challenge - Halloween theme

If the Shoe Fits Challenge - Pick a Holiday, Any Holiday, I picked Halloween!

One Stop Craft Challenge - Halloween Theme

Well, if my DH wants me to use this coffin when it's my time, I better not eat the candy in it! 


In the Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Several challenges for such a huge cause! Here is my contribution...

The front...

and the inside.

I am entering this tag card into the following challenges...

365 Cards, Day 227 a recipe challenge -
1 tag (as the card base), 2 pieces of ribbon, green, 1 piece of patterned paper, 2 stamps
Please note I have 1 DP which I printed the digi image on...
and check out my DD's DT card for this challenge!

Stamping Vacation Special Month Challenge - to pick one October's celebrations, I picked Breast Cancer Awareness, of course!

Color Create Challenge - a pink and green challenge

Designed to Delight - Faith made this awesome image. Join in at the beginning of the month and everyone wins with a free digi image.

Double Delight Challenge - use Faith's image and think pink!

Corrosive  Challenge - not to use white

Creatalicious Challenge - color challenge pink (DP, ribbon, flowers), green (card base, frame), and brown (hair)

Have you made an appointment to get smooshed? It could save your life and you'll be around a lot longer to keep your family in line!

More plans to create today so best get to it! Beautiful week-end here in the Midwest, ENJOY!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Simple Willow Flower

A lovely simple card with a digi from Designed 2 Delight by Faith!

Anything Goes Challenge - use ribbon, didn't use a lot of ribbon but it plays an important role in the card!
Designed 2 Delight - the charming flower digi on front
The Dutch Dare Card Challenge - to incorporate a tag
One Stitch At A Time - to use a digi or digi paper
Other Lovelies, Thoughtful Thursday - theme of 'F', I used the sentiment "Friend"
Sentimental Sundays - to tag it
Clean and Simple - is the sketch I used and I followed it pretty darn close!
Double Delight Challenge - to use blues and greens and use D2D digi
A-B-C Challenge - f is for Flowers
Crafty Ann's Challenge - use a digi and favorite coloring medium, I've been stuck on water coloring with an aqua pen and Stampin' Up classic ink pads
Create 4 Fun - use a digi
Little Red Wagon - use something 'old' (brads) and 'new' (digi image)
Speedy Cat's Friends Challenge at Mark's Finest Papers - use stripes, OK, this is a stretch, but it's on the tag's ribbon!
Pile It On! - have it in 3's, the flower bunch
Stamp Challenges - something punchy - the tag
Stamping Vacation (No-No) - No-No to anything that starts with 'S'
Craftalicious Challenge - anything goes
Creative Inspiration - Get Well theme
Die Cut Dreams - Get Well theme
Stamps R Us - All Nature Theme

Thanks for stopping by!  SAM

Saturday, October 2, 2010

2 Apples

Unbelievable! A 10 minute card done in 30 minutes and while eating popcorn! How's that for therapy? Actually my DD called and said "Hurry up Mother, CDAC has a midnight challenge, get it done!" So I did, now I wonder, where is her card? Uhmmmm...
Managed to find 3 challenges to enter this in:
Wee Memories - A Tutti Frutti Challenge, that also would be the apples
Designed 2 Delight Challenge-that's where you can pick up the apple digi for free until Thursday

That's all for now, dishes are done so it must be time to go to bed!


Owl Be Seeing Who, Who, Who...?

What a fun card to make! Love the sketch and used my new SU! Two Step Owl Punch!

I was inspired by the following challenges:

Color challenges:
Inktegrity to use favorite fall colors
Off the Wall Craftiness to use blue, cream and brown
The Pink Elephant Challenge to aqua PP and an embellishment

Embellishments Challenges:
The Alphabet Challenge W is for Wings
A Spoonful of Sugar spots (the trees) and stripes (the vest)
Crafty Creations Challenges is looking for OWLS!
Other Lovelies-Thoughtful Thursdays is "E" for anything starting with E (embellishments)
Paper Cutz Challenge wants 3 Designer Papers
Paper Pretties wants an animal or animal print
Sweet Stampin' Challenge is testing our punching skills!
and Tuesday Throwdown is feeling 'punchy' too!
Wild Orchid is into ribbons and bows

Inspirations Challenges:
Case Study Challenge - challenges us to CASE a card
and Frosted Designs asked to find a book for inspiration: I picked Harry Potter

Anything goes or Open Challenges:
One Stitch at a Time
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle
Sew Many Challenges

Sketch Challenge:
Card Positioning Systems - love this sketch!

Technique Challenges:
Corrosive Challenge wants us to try masking, that's how I made the clouds behind the owl
ABC Challenge asked for an easel card
The Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge also asked for an easel card
OWH Stars and Stripes as did Operation Write Home

Theme Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks wants a chick ie: a bird of some kind
A Crafty Little Place is Autumn theme
For Fun Challenge is Fall
Stampin' for the Weekend is Autumn
Tuesday Taggers is Autumn

Whew - isn't it wonderful how many paper enthusiasts take the time to develop challenges to help us be inspired to develop our love of paper crafting!

OK, gotta go do the dishes, therapy is over, back to reality!