Thursday, March 31, 2011


Another adorable image from Designed 2 Delight by Faith. Also inspired by Card Ideas to name a new holiday. As a school counselor I teach my elementary students that 12 hugs a day keep you Happy and Healthy! It is a proven fact, so each class lesson starts with us giving ourselves 12 hugs with #12 being a Bear Hug! (we don't hug each other because of that other little bugs called 'head lice' LOL!)

So my new holiday is

I would like to thank Hannah at 365 Cards, Day 31 to use poetry.
 I 'grabbed' the verse she used today for her DT card. Thanks Hannah!

Sorry about the bad picture, a little dark this time of night in the house...
I am entering this in Card Ideas and in Designed 2 Delight to use the above image, Ladybug Bloom.

Thanks for stopping by!  SAM

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Abstract Spring Floral

Look very closely at the purple ink blot. Tell me what you see...send that to me via the comment section and I'll forward it to my psychologist daughter and she will tell you things about your personality that even you didn't know!!! Actually I see an iris, but, I planned on making it into an iris ink blot, so I don't think it will work for me! It took me several tries to get one I liked and I told  my DD that they all looked like bugs to me. Her interpretation? "Uhmmm mom, that means something but I think my  Rorschach book is packed away somewhere."  I really think she doesn't want to know what that means about her mother! It's actually a fun way to make an image. Use glossy CS and reinkers. Go light on the reinker drops to start, you can always add more. And if you want to add a different color let it dry in between the additions. I also dropped one drop of alcohol in the middle and folded it again which gave a different effect to the center of whatever you think this is!

Oh yeah, my card...
My first inspiration for this card is the challenge by Pam at 365 Cards to use abstract art. My DD is the DT for Day 16 and she chose a  Rorschach abstract art piece.

Other challenges that have inspired me are:
Lollipop Crafts - use lace
Flourishes - butterflies - I punched the butterfly from some of the discarded ink blots
Just Add Ink - use the color combo Rich Razzelberry, Old Olive, Whisper Whits and Crumb Cake
Raise the Bar - Wishing U A Happy Spring!
Paper Play Challenge - Embossing
Wild Orchid Challenge - Die Cuts or punches, I did both
Bee Crafty - Spring time theme
By the Cute and Girly - Spring Theme
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Spring Theme
I Did It Creations - Welcome Spring
Anything Goes Challenge - use a die cut
Sketch Saturday - the following sketch

Time to call it quits for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

ps Don't forget to tell what you saw in the purple ink blot in your comment!


Bug Me Anytime!

Love this sentiment. Living my life as a school counselor I have people confiding in me about issues they have, usually about their children. They always apologize for bothering me and really it doesn't bother me at all. So the saying "Bug me anytime!" feels so appropriate. Maybe I'll carry this card with me and give it to the next person who apologizes! I combined the freebie "Caught A Bug" set from Faith's Designed 2 Delight and one of the first SU! stamps I bought a couple years ago. I had it in my head to use transparency film to make a 'jar window' in the front and expand on the lady bugs on the inside. Sometimes executing my ideas is not so easy...

This is the front...

and this is the inside...

I am entering this buggy card in the following challenges...

Designed 2 Delight to use this set so I can get a free digi next Friday!

Off the Wall Craftiness - to use the following color combo

Paper Cutz Challenge - is open to anything goes
Sugar Creek Hallow - is an anniversary, anything goes
Craft Challenge - is paper piecing, just did a little, that would be the cork stopper on the jar.
Creative Sketches - use a technique of Fancy Folds, Cuts, or Punches. This card was all about cutting (!) and I also used a punch for the tag

I hoped I didn't 'BUG' you too much today ~ Tee Hee!
Have a great rest of the week-end!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Be My Christmas Valentine!

My cold is 'almost' gone and my eyes are almost back to normal vision! So I let my heart lead me to this cute little angel and make a two-fer to enter in some awesome challenges!

The first part of the two-fer is a Christmas door knob hanger ~

This cute angel freebie is from Faith at Designed to Delight. I participated last week with the beginning of the month freebie, Lucky Bird, so Faith e-mailed me this one for free!

Card Ideas - is an ABC Challenge, Anything But a Card, hence the door knob hanger, with addtional challenge of a Christmas/winter theme

Craft Challenge - to make a door knob hanger

And then I decided it would be cute to go one step further and turn it into a card for gift giving.

So I am entering the 2nd part of the two-fer into the following challenges ~

Craft Your Passion - is an anything goes week

Paper Cutz - is a color challenge of red, yellow and blue

Simon Says - anything goes

Wild Orchid Challenge - anything goes

365 Cards, Day 11 - Repurpose, find some paper in your stash that was intended for one holiday/season and give it a new life. I used SU! Valentine DP and the sentiment fit perfect with it!

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!    SAM

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Simple Thought...

A simple CAS card today...

the card base is Very Vanilla, but my camera lies!

entering in the following challenges

Speedy the Cat's Friend Challenge - to use lime green and gray, one layer
One Stop Craft Challenge - to keep it clean and simple
Less is More Challenge - a one layer card on the edge (stamp off the edge)
Simply Saturday at Stampin' Moments - the sketch I followed

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the sunshine!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Quick and easy card using DP to set the scene, a digi image from Designed to Delight, a stamped sentiment, embellish with a button, ribbon, rhinestones, punched hearts to make a teeny, tiny shamrock, and a recycled gold tie from a honey jar!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Corrosive Challenge - Going Green
Paper Take Weekly - something lemon, yellow or bright and zingy
The Shabby Tearoom - Luck of the Irish
Designed 2 Delight - the cute Lucky Bird digi [freebie!]
Stamp Something - March Digi Day Challenge
Die Cut Dreams - Spring Garden Scene
Simply Create Challenge - Power of flowers
CES Challenge - St. Patrick's Good Luck
Hand Stamped Sentiments - Go for the Green
Paper Cutz Challenge - St. Patrick's Day theme
Card Ideas - going green by recycling (that is the gold bow)
Crafty Ho's - St. Partick's Day theme

Friday, March 4, 2011

Butterfly Thanks

Quick card for today after I woke up at 3am with a huge sore lump in my throat - tonsils? Never had that problem before. But after numbing it with caffeine it does feel better. No temp Kimberly (my DD) so I will go to work today. After all, it is Principal's Day and we are all dressing with a suit coat and tie. I'm borrowing a tie, if you knew my DH you would know why! Well, after all that caffeine, this is what I came up with...

I am entering this card in the following 3 challenges ~

Sketch Frenzy Friday - using the following sketch...

Pals Paper Arts - using the following colors...


Less is More - to use the following...

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Have a great TGIF!