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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Meet me under the mistletoe! lol
This week we have Rick St. Dennis sponsoring my little challenge blog, Inspiration Destination. One lucky winner will receive three digis! Woohoo! Wish I could play to win! lol
I got to play with this fabulous, fun image from RSD. I love the 'morning goddess collection'! I think it's just so fun!
 
 
Click on the images for a closer look!
 
 I flipped the image so you could see what it would look like reversed.
 This is the inside of the card with the predictable sentiment! lol
Card Recipe:
Image is colored with Copic markers, Stickles Glitter Glue in Star Dust, Glossy Accents and mounted with foam tape
Pattern paper is from Graphic45
Spellbinders Labels Twenty Nine
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Plain and shimmer card stock, feathers, ribbon and rhinestones from my stash
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges, please:
Ssooo... I've gone and done it again. Went crazy with the challenges. I hope I got by OK with the rules on all of them! Last time, I disqualified myself out of one. I did my best to read and follow the rules when I could! :) It's how I roll... but I'm human and sometimes I goof! :(
Come check out Inspiration Destination! My DT... who I like to affectionately call... my 'Dream Team' have created some spectacular projects to share with everyone. If I had to pick a favorite, I'd have to pick... mine! lol ;)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Spell

I'm in a hurry to get things done! I rush and rush and life's no fun! 
I think that's how the song goes... Alabama... Florida Georgia Line? Know what I'm talking about?
I'm working now and there are not enough hours in a day to get my job done and then come home and play with paper! I've got to manage my time a little bit better that's for sure because I do not want to give either up! lol Wish I could cast a spell to make me rich instead of beautiful and then I could stay home and craft all day!
 
 
 
 Click on the pictures for a closer look!
Card Recipe:
Sentiment: Unknown
Image colored with Copic markers, Glossy AccentsStickles Glitter Glue in Firefly and mounted on foam tape
Pattern paper from The Angel Company (retired) and plain card stock from my stash
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
I have to apologize. I don't normally link up to so many challenges on one post. I've done it before, but not very often. First, I'm always afraid I've missed a rule and have disqualified myself. Second, it's hard to go back and check to see if I've won. But today... I saw someone enter her card into 82 challenges. 82! I wanted to see if it was possible. These challenges are all just from today. I don't have the time or energy to go all the way back for a week but I am thinking, I might could get near that number. lol I'm just saying! :) So anyway... just wanted to share my thoughts with you on that topic.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

There's an Elephant in the Room!

I struggled with this card. First, it's a very powerful image! Fabulous design and great colors. It's for a serious topic... cancer... well... breast cancer specifically. It's Pink October, folks! In case you've missed all the pink ribbons. 
I live with leukemia every day. My ribbon is orange... in case you want to know. 
I have a brother who moved in with us recently because he's unable to work. He's Stage IV kidney cancer. Last year, they gave him three years. Last month, he had one of his kidneys removed. It's a struggle to watch him every day going through what he does. Kinda makes me feel silly with my little ol' leukemia. 
I have another brother living with a blood cancer as well. It's a really odd name and very rare. It's a one in a million kinda deal... we don't understand why that 'one' was my brother. I can't ever think of the name... it starts with the letter 'M' and that's pretty much it. It's not really something that you learn to pronounce unless you live with it, I guess. My brother can pronounce it fluently. 
I suppose it's like me with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Just rolls off my tongue. Ha! I call it CML.
So... yeah... cancer... it's everywhere... it touches everyone's lives these days.
Anyway, here's my card and I let the image do all the talking:
Powerful image, right? This is for the Imagine That! Progressive Challenge and Inspiration Blog's October Progressive Challenge. This month's freebie is Let's Squash Cancer. Well, it's free if you participated last month. This month you can get it for $2.50 if you want to join in on the challenge and as long as you keep participating, you receive the following month's challenge set free! Isn't that awesome? I've used the pre-colored image and I had this pink card stock that matched the pink on her t-shirt and polka dots on bow perfectly! I then added some pink ribbon and rhinestones for some girly touches. I wanted to make one of those twirled ribbons but I ran out of the ribbon! I should have measured first. On the inside of the card, I added the 'elephant in the room' sentiment that comes with the set.
I thought it the most appropriate sentiment for such a powerful image. Wouldn't you agree?
This is an 'in case I ever need it' card... kinda like sympathy cards. I hope I don't ever need it.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks!

Here's this month's project for the progressive challenge at From the Heart Stamps. It's a great fall image! I love it had apples because that meant I could use red! Ha! Surprisingly, I went dark with it instead. I am in need of a thank you card so I went with the appropriate sentiment from the same set.
 Please click on the pictures for a closer look!
 
 
Card Recipe:
Image colored with Copic markers
Pattern textured card stock and cutouts from Hobby Lobby's The Paper Studio - Rooster Farm Fresh
Handwritten thank you sentiments and highlights on apples with white gel pen
Plain black, red and gray card stock from my stash
I'd like to enter this card into these challenges:
This is the sketch I used, Sketch #083:
Thanks for stopping by my place today!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

JJ's Hobbies

This is my DT project for this week's Challenge #264 at My Time to Craft. This week's theme is Hobbies! How fun, right!?! I immediately thought of Bugaboo's images when the thought of hobbies came to mind but I thought I might be stretching it a bit by using one of my many favorite images of JJ getting her drink on. Hey! Some folks consider that a hobby! lol But there were still quite a few to chose from and I went with this cute image:
Please click on the images to get a closer look!
 
 
 
Card Recipe:
Image colored with Copic markers and Glossy Accents
Sentiment from a retired stamp set from The Angel Company 
Patterned card stock is Cosmo Cricket called Material Girl / Garden Variety Double Deck
Plain card stock, lace ribbon, buttons and twine from my stash
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges, if I may please:
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges: Challenge #90 - Use Your Freebies/Prizes (Image was a freebie)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge Blog: Wonderful Wednesday
Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #155 - Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp Challenges: Button and Ribbon (Lace ribbon and buttons)
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog: Stella Says Sketch #217
This is the sketch (I flipped it horizontally):

Hope you have time to pop on over to MTTC challenge blog and see what all my teammates have created this week! Thanks for stopping by my place today.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Witchy!

I'm super excited to be starting my FOURTH AG challenge at my very own place, Inspiration Destination! In case I've not mentioned it before, I've started my own AG Challenge Blog! Yay for me! I've always wanted to do it and I'm not sure what took me so long to jump in and do it! But here I am tell you all about it when what I really want to tell you is about the current challenge. 
This week we have Sweet 7 Digital Designs! Sweet 7 is offering three digis to ONE lucky winner! How exciting is that!?! It's very exciting let me tell you! lol
Let me show you this card I made with a fun Halloween image and sentiment from Sweet 7. I'm showing you the inside first to I can tell you why I've grown to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE digi stamps. You can flip 'em, you can re-size 'em and they are all safe on your computer... or flash drive... or separate hard drive... or cloud service... or email... or however you chose to save them... point is... they don't take up room in the craft room and that leaves room for more Copic markers and... PAPER! lol
I like my witches to have green skin... I grew up watching Wizard of Oz... OK... well... it was in B&W... but you get my meaning. 
Let me tell you about the first time I saw Wizard of Oz in color. I was 23 years old! Married and pregnant with my son who has chunky cheeks. It was the first time, as a young adult, that I could afford a color TV. It was like watching it for the very first time ever! Ssooo... my witches have green skin! :p lol
Card Recipe:
Images colored with Copic markers and silver gel pen
Plain card stock, pattern paper, sticker paper and 3D pumpkin sticker from my long-hoarded stash
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges, please:
Please pop on over to Inspiration Destination! The DT... who I like to call my 'Dream Team' and I have a heap of fun this week with Sweet 7 and Crafty Sentiments Designs and I would love for you to see what we've done plus read all about the TWO winners we're gonna have from this week's challenge! Thanks for stopping by! 

Smile

I'm super excited to be starting my FOURTH AG challenge at my very own place, Inspiration Destination! I still cannot believe I'm doing it! lol I like to call the DT, my 'Dream Team' because someone needs to pinch me, I think I'm dreaming! :D 
This week we have Crafty Sentiments Designs offering three digis to ONE lucky winner! But wait! That's not all! We've also got... well... I'm getting ahead of myself... let me show you this card I made with an absolutely adorable image from CSD. It reminded me of my son. I gave his face personality by making him have chunky cheeks. When my son was young, he had chunky cheeks. He still has chunky cheeks... but at 28... they are not as cute as when he was THREE! lol Don't tell him I told you that! It's our little secret... sshhhhhh! Just between you and me... no one else! ;)
What did I tell you? Chunky cheeks! Ha! I've been trying to do that on several images after seeing those on a few blogs but couldn't ever achieve it... but I did this time! :D I'm not very patient when it comes to watching videos or reading instructions. I kinda look and just go with it. I'm quite pleased with how they came out. I also gave him eyes and this is my first time trying that. I think they came out OK but maybe I shouldn't have given him eye shadow. Ha! That was an accident... I was trying to give him eyelashes! :p lol
Card Recipe:
Image colored with Copic markers
Pattern paper, Bazzill textured card stock, plain card stock, 
buttons and embroidery floss from my stash
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges, please:
I hope you'll hop on over to my challenge blog and join in on the fun! If nothing else, check out what the DT has created! Besides... we've TWO sponsors this week! How else will you find out who the second sponsor is?!? :D

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pretty in Vellum!

Today is the launch of Challenge #58 - Vellum at Fitztown Challenge Blog. I hope you will join Team C and me for some fun and prizes!
Did you know you could print a digital image on an inkjet printer and then color with Copics? You did! Why hadn't you told me? lol I read it somewhere and I thought maybe they'd drank too much Kool-Aid but then I drank some... and they were right! I wet embossed the image and heat set it before coloring it. Once it was colored, I heat set it again. I wasn't sure that it was necessary but I was being overly cautious. 
 
 
I used a white mat because when I attempted to back the image with black or red, the color of the mat came through the image and changed the colors I'd colored with and I didn't want that.
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Card Recipe:
Colored image with Copic markers
Sentiment: I Hope You Dance Set from Create with TLC
Spellbinders Labels Twenty Nine
Flower was made with a medium daisy punch from Recollections line at Michael's
I punched several and layered them after twisting the petals, added a rhinestone for the center and cut 'leaves' from a circle punch
Sticker, brads and rhinestones from my stash
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I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cup of Tea in a Coffee Mug

OK... I realized when I was done adding the sentiment... her cup is really a coffee mug... but then I got to thinking... maybe... she just really LOVES tea and drinks it in a coffee mug. :) My sentiment reads about a cup of tea. 
 
 
I made this card for the Faery Ink FB Challenge. The image is a freebie called Honey. I've colored the image with Copic markers. All supplies are from my stash. Sentiment is unknown because my chemo-fried brain will not let me remember where I got it! :( 
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by!

Thinking Spot

I left my thinking spot up in New Hampshire. lol I don't have a thinking spot in Texas. I'm kept too busy doing stuff I don't want to do. This little guy has the perfect spot for it though! I'm kinda jealous! Ha!
 
Card Recipe:
Pre-colored image: Thinking Spot from DeeDee's Digis
Spellbinders Decorative Elements Pumpkin Circles (discontinued)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey
Pattern paper, pumpkin brads and ribbon from my stash
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by!

Beauty and the Beast

Blogger is being a booger today. So I'm not sure this is gonna work. I've been trying to post ONE card and Blogger won't cooperate for almost three hours now! :( I also had a time trying to leave comments for challenge participants this morning. It's been awful!
With all that said... I'm gonna make this quick. This is for the second half of the progressive challenge with Rick St. Dennis.
 
I asked my brother to help me decide which of the two images offered the best view of the coloring. :\ Well... he's a male... you know... cause he's a he and a brother... so I decided to add both and let you have a look see at the two... I'm flustered with Blogger and can't make a decision! :(
This is how I put my card together:
Image: Belle et Bete freebie from Rick St. Dennis (progressive challenge image)
Image is colored with Copic markers, Glossy Accents and Stickles Glitter Glue in Star Dust
Spellbinders Labels Twenty Nine and Rose (discontinued)
Sentiment is my own created in Word
Patter paper is from DCWV 2013 Lemon Flower
Plain card stock, ribbon and flower from my stash
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope this posts without issue this time. Fingers crossed!

Tag It!

I think I'll be scrapbooking soon! lol I made this tag for a challenge and halfway through it, I realized it would fit perfectly on a fall layout I have planned in my 'Ema-gination'. :)
This is my DT project for My Time to Craft Challenge #263 - Tag It! Come join us for some fun! The challenge is all about tags... easy peasy, right!?! Be sure to click on the picture to get a better look!
Tag Recipe:
Image: Pre-colored images and sentiment from Pumpkin Monkey at Doodle Pantry LLC
Leaf stickers, tag base, pattern ribbon and paper and plain card stock from my stash
I LOVE Doodle Pantry! Is that wrong? lol 
I especially like that they include small extra images with the sets. I like to create borders with them. I copy an image and reverse it and then I copy and paste, copy and paste until I get an arrangement I like. That's what I did with the single pumpkin images that come with this set. The set also comes with these adorable monkeys sitting on the pumpkins! I got a fit of giggles the first time I saw it!
 Some of the DP sets come with sentiments... AND... some even come with paper! Isn't that awesome!?! I think it's fantastic! :) I'm not on the DP design team nor do I work for them... like I wrote earlier... I. Love. Doodle. Pantry! :)
I'd like to enter my tag into these challenges:
Come visit us at MTTC to see the tags my teammates have made! You're sure to see something that will inspire your mojo! :)
Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amanda

Mo Manning's Design Team lost a member not too long ago and in honor of her memory, this image was created and offered at a reduced rate for the current challenge at Bronte and Bella's Mo's Challenge Blog. Here is my contribution to Challenge #239 - Amanda:
 
 
Card Recipe:
Colored image with Copic markers
Pattern paper from Stampin' Up
Red stickers were a gift
Lace ribbon is from Hobby Lobby's fabric department
Plain card stock, tags and brad are from my stash
Thanks for stopping by!

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