Sunday, July 29, 2012

From Summer to Winter...

Aha, it is summer.
But soon,
it will be winter.
Keep scrolling down to see Summer and Christmas~

Summer card...front

Summer card...with the front relaxed a bit...

And, summer card...back view...

What a fun card to make.
If I had to do again, I would look carefully and
make the back design run in the same direction as the front.

Inspirational Challenges are:
Love to Create - spots and dots
Saturday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful
The Play Date Cafe - Color Challenge (Cobalt...Goldenrod...Peony)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - 3 pattern papers (2 on front, 1 on back)
Totally Gorjuss - Pearls
Stamping 411 - Sketch
First time I looked at this sketch, I immediately thought
of a diamond fold. So...that's what I did!
Crazy 4 Challenges - what you love to do on a Hot Summer Night
I like to walk around the flower beds and enjoy the flowers.
Lately it's a necessity and I added watering to gazing.
Kaboodle Doodles -'What's in' in the crafting world
I picked punched flowers and fancy folds
Do You Stack Up? - Friendship
One Stop Craft Challenge - Just good friends
Simply Create Too! - use it twice
(flower is stamped/punched twice and layerd)

Now, let's move on to winter and a non-traditional Christmas card...
New embossing folder from the soon to be introduced
Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog (Aug 1).
*I used the debossed side
*2 step bird punch
*Stamp set Perfect Punches
*Pink color is the new in color Primrose Petals

Inspirational Challenges are:

Moving Along with the Times - Pink, Pearly and Pretty
 (2nd entry but way different from the first!)
Christmas Stamping All Year Long - Inspirational Photo
I used the wreath to inspire this card.
Craft Your Passion - black, white plus one
Creatalicious Challenge - Christmas in July
Creative Card Crew - Use black card stock
Creative Craft Challenge - pink and black
Lexi's Creations - Christmas in July
Lollipop Crafts - Christmas in July
The Order of the Opus-Gluei - Seasonal (I picked Christmas)
Party Time Tuesdays - Christmas in July
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge - Christmas theme
Sugar Creek Hollow - Christmas in July
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Christmas in July
Top Tip Tuesday - It's All About Circles
Totally Stampalicous - texture (dry embossing and wreath)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Friday, July 27, 2012


I found some really cute images at Dearie Dolls
 to make it even a better day - they are free!
Want an even better day?
You can get them already colored!
For free!

But I decided to use my investment in the Copics company -
I colored mine!

I was inspired by the following challenges...

Moving Along with the Times - Pink, Pearly and Pretty Celebration
Touch Twin Challenges - color Inspiration photo
p.s. - chance to win free markers!
Color Creative Challenge - Anything Goes w/ a Girly Twist
(Image MUST be colored with Copics, ProMarkers, other alcohol markers or Colored Pencils!)
Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger Inspiration photo
This Week's Tuesday Trigger
Incy Wincy Designs - Let's Party!
Anything Goes Challenge - Let's Not Be Square!

Thanks for stopping by.
And thanks for the brief break of rain and cooler temps.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Doesn't feel like Christmas here in the Midwest
with 90-100+ temps for weeks now.
Although my DH did accused me of having Cabin Fever.
Honestly, I don't.
I love the peace and quiet.

But with all the Christmas challenges
I just HAD to make a Christmas card!
Y'all left me no choice!

Inspirational challenges at this holiday season are:

Totally Gorjuss - It's Christmas!
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Blog hop and Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenge - emboss resist
Lollipop Crafts - Christmas in July
Corrosive Challenge - Sentimentally Yours
Totally Stampalicious - favorite embellishment (pearls)
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas in July
The Pink Elephant - Christmas in July
Creatalicious Challenge - Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland - sentiment as focal point
(ornament and sentiments stamps new, never been used!)
Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July
Crafty Creations - Free for All
ABC Challenge - T for two
Totally Paper Crafts - Lots of Layers (at least 3)
Party Time Tuesdays - Punches, Die Cuts (used both)
CCEE Stampers - Reverse Masking (ornament on tag)
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas in July
2 Sisters Challenge blog - Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by -
Gotta go water some more flower beds!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Decided it was time to get out the Copics and practice coloring again.
Luckily I won a free digi from Desert Island Crafts Challenge
the sponser was Dilly Beans and I chose

FYI- Look at the sun.
I made it with 1 circle punch and 2 punch of the SU! 5 petal punch.
Layered it - and - Viola! a 'cool' sun!
Actually, my fun is in the house, not outside in the sun.
The sun in the Midwest has not been much fun -
even though the temps are on the down slide -
the humidity takes over so it is still uncomfortable to have -

Fun in the Sun!

To learn more about the creative side of this card,
check out the following inspiring challenges...

Little Red Wagon - Life's a Beach
Pile It On - It's a Shore Thing
Love to Create Challenge - colors inspired by picture
Make My Monday - color wheel challenge
Tuesday Throwdown - Hot colors
Creative Card Crew - swirls (embossing) and Pearls (necklace)
Deep Ocean Challenge - A Sea of Love
Sketch Frenzy Friday - Sketch (I turned it)
Simply Create Too - Summer Vacation
Totally Paper Crafts - Here Comes Summer
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Fun in the Sun, optional sparkle and Shine
(You'll have to click to enlarge and look real close to see the 'shine')
By the Cute and Girly - A day at...the beach
Craft Challenge - Splash Water


Monday, July 2, 2012

To the Land of the Free!

Decided to make a Independence Day card.
Don't have many Independence stamps.
That means I have to reach for some creativity.

3 things about this card

1. I used the SU! stripe embossing folder, used VersaMark
and embossed with red glitter embossing powder.

2. I stamped on the satin ribbon and used
red and blue Gelly Roll pens to color the letters

3. I used a Hawaiian quilt punch that I just had to have.
That was several years ago.
First time I used it!

The picture doesn't do it justice.
The star is silver glitter CS.
The red stripes are glittery and very shiney.
The rhinestones on the quilt squares are red.
BTW, embossing/glitter powder is everywhere!

Few good inspiring challenges today.

The Critter Challenge - And some sparkle
The Cupcake Craft Challenge - bright (colors) as a (blue star) button
Cute Card Thursday - Patriotic
Incy Wincy Designs - Patriotism (use color or items)
Just Us Girls - Use stars and sparkles
Love to Create - Stars n' Stripes
Paper Craft Star - No designer paper
Scrappy Frogs Challenge - red, white and blue
Sentimental Challenge - be patriotic with sketch
Nicole sketch 1
Simon Says Stamps - sporty and/or Patriotic
Simply Create Too - Theme, country where you live
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - red, white and blue with a little sparkle too!
Top Tip Tuesday - Independence Day or Stars
Desert Island Crafts - Pick at least 3 of 10,
   1. Sketch Challenge
   2. Glitter
   3. Use Rubber stamp
   4. Silver
2 Sisters Challenge - red, white, blue optional glitter/bling
365 Cards Sparkle and Shine - use 2 sparkle/shine techniques
   1. embossing powder/glitter
   2. Glitter CS
Aud Sentiments - Bingo (Bling, Embossing,die cut)
Bearly Mine Challenge - Anything goes
Card Makin' Mamas - red, white and blue
Paper Pretties - red, white and blue

Love trying new techniques, keeps my mojo goin'!
A Happy 4th to you.

I'll never forget the 4th that a firecracker exploded in my hand.
Made some real good blood blisters.
Watch your kids - closely.
Stay Safe!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wishing You a ~ Happy Birthday!

I know a special little one
 (and I mean little!)
with a birthday approaching.
Can't tell you who.
She never really comes out and says "Thank you!"
But her actions are louder than words -
and know she appreciates all of her gifts!

There is a clue in this card as to who it is -
Can you guess?
...and of course I made another envelope,
this time lined flourished stamped with the flap embossed.
...and a shout out -

The following challenges have been very inspiring for the creativity on this card.
Also, I used a new SU! Hostess Stamp Set, Summer Afternoon

Anything Goes Challenge - Polka dot with birthday wishes
Kaboodle Doodles - colors of your flag (red, white and blue with gold fringe!)
The Play Date Cafe - colors, cotton candy, ruby, citrus, dusk
Totally Stampalicious - red, white and ??? (blue!)
Crafty Creations - embellish
ABC Challenge - surprise! show us your creativity
Creative Card Crew - Easy as 1 (image), 2 (designer paper), 3 (pearls, ribbon, twine)
Stamping 411 - sketch
Do You Stack Up? - Blue Skies and Clouds

Thanks for stopping by.
And - whoever it was,
thanks for sending the rain!
And our trees thank you too!

Have you figured out who the card is for?

Check the comments, I bet someone knows!   ;)