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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Spring!

My project for Bloobel's March 2016 Progressive Challenge. I've posted this on FB in the group's album. This was also my day 3 coloring for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.
 Here's the card before I added the sentiment. I was wanting to add one that read "Happy Spring" but for the life of me, I could not remember where I put it! Ugh! Such is the story of my life these days. :\
I am using Easter Parade Judy from Bloobel. I've colored the image with Copic markers, gold gel pen, American Crafts Galaxy Markers, Liquid Pearls in Buttercup and Stickles Glitter Glue in Crystal. The flowers are a hostess gift from Fun Stampers Journey. I used a daisy punch from Michael's Recollections line. The oval die cut is from Darice. Pattern paper is from Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up. All plain card stock is from my stash.
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Be Your Own Hero

Hiya, bloggers!
Here's a little something I put together for the Stamping Bella Bellarific Friday Sketch. I'll have to be honest with you. I'm not sure what I am doing! Ha! I did color the image for The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge last weekend. Then I wanted to add this to the sketch challenge at the SB blog. I got really confused when there was a note about emailing my entry but then I saw other entries using the linky so here I am. lol 
So, here's the sketch:
And here's my take on it:
This is Tiny Townie Hayley the Hero colored with Copic markers. My first time ever to color in a shadow behind the image! Talk about nerve-wrecking! Ha! I used a Cuttlebug Stars A2 embossing folder. All card stock, buttons and twine are from my stash. This stamp comes with a sentiment that reads 'Be your own hero'. My intention was and I actually did die cut a circle to stamp with the sentiment and place it where the buttons landed but in the time it took me to measure and cut... I lost the sentiment! I looked every which way for it too! I hope I did not toss it in the trash when I was throwing scraps... although... truth be told... I did look in there as well. Ugh! Drove myself almost nuts looking for it so I finally had to settle on the buttons. Don't you just hate it when things like that happen? 
Anywho, I love how cheerful and bright it came out. In addition to the SB sketch challenge, I'd like to enter it into these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge!!

I may have bitten off more than I can chew! But that's how I roll most days so nothing new! Ha!
I'm participating in Kathy Racoosin's “The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge”! I don't know that I can do it... but I sure am gonna give it a try! If anything, I'll get some good practice getting in some coloring I'm uncomfortable with like coloring whites and creating textures. My fear of whites makes me avoid coloring winter scenes and snow-people. Another reason most of my chickens are brown! :-p I also thought what a great way to use all of my awesome rubber stamps I don't ever get to use! And then finally... it'll kinda force me to blog more often. Something I've struggled with since day one. I really thought I'd be able to blog daily when I started this endeavor but I've been surprised at how often life interferes with that! Bummer, right! :)
So anyway, Happy Sunday morning, crafty peeps!  I've been thinking about running off to McD's to get one of those awful sausage egg cheese McGriddle and a mocha frappe! Not sure why I'm still sitting here! Ha! Just wanted to share this little card I made for my sister who lives across the street. My sister, Eva, and I have breakfast every Saturday morning to catch up with each other because, despite being relatively, pun intended, close and living across the street from each other, we rarely see each other! Isn't that crazy?
Funny thing, Eva is, I think, six years my senior and growing up, she was a nightmare of a sister! She was the baby of the family until I came along and, rightfully so, resented me to no end! Stories I've heard growing up she was always trying to get people who came to visit to take me home with them! Ha! Then, she was an awful tattler! I got so many spankings when I was young because of her. I was ssooo glad she married and left the home when I was 12! lol
Eva informed me her husband had a colonoscopy on Wednesday and they've discovered a growth that appears cancerous. He has dementia so he's all forgotten about it but my sister is carrying that entire burden all alone. His daughters immediately told her to take him to Houston but did not offer help. I'm baffled at people's insistence to offer advice or suggestions at a time like this and not just jump in and do something. Speaking as someone who's been through something like this, not that my cancer is life-threatening in that I'm bedridden but I suffer from fatigue caused by the oral chemo like you wouldn't believe! Peep who visit me CLEARLY can see that and will hear me say I cannot get about to clean like I normally do with my knee injury on top of the fatigue and, yet, no one ever offers to help! Once I've completely recovered from my knee injury, if I hear of someone going through difficult times, the first thing I am doing is showing up at their house with cleaning supplies WITHOUT offering to help!  lol Been there, done that!
Got off the track, sorry about that! lol So as I wrote, I am participating in the 30 day coloring challenge and this is the result of the fourth day of coloring. I had my sister in mind when I saw this stamp I won years ago... back in 2014 to be exact... and used for the very first time yesterday! For shame, for shame! lol 
My very pregnant daughter, Nina, came over last night after her second baby shower and she hadn't seen my coloring in forever and a day. She was mighty impressed!  By the way, Nina is fixing to burst! lol After the two baby showers, she tells me all that is left to purchase, for now anyway, is the Owlet baby monitoring system and a Medela breast pumping package. I'm getting her the Owlet baby monitoring system and my local non-crafting bestest friend, Ana, has offered to purchase her something she needs so I'm gonna just say she didn't get the Medela, or something similar to it, breast pumping package but she should get her whatever she'd like because at this point, it's no longer about what she NEEDS but rather what she WANTS. She's made out like a bandit after the two showers! She's lots of friends who've had babies recently and gifted her their overabundance of gifts as well. Ana and I go back years! The only bad thing I can say about her is that she doesn't craft! lol I may end up getting Nina that breast pumping system anyway. Curses! The downside of being a grandmother! lol Her due date is March 17th and as you can well imagine, I'm bursting from excitement! My very first grandbaby! At 55, my granddaughter decided I was old enough to be a grandmother! Ha! I don't think I'm old enough but what can I do about that now! 
Once again! I've gotten off track! Here's my day four coloring project. I quickly made it into a card because it was super easy to turn it into a one layer card. Awesome! lol
And because, I no longer know if my eye vision is blurry or I've taken a blurry picture, here's another shot:
This rubber stamp is from Wags 'n Whiskers Love You Sis. The sentiment is from Look for Rainbows at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. I've colored the image with Copic markers. I usually use chalks to create the clouds but I am becoming a brave girl now and using Copic markers more often but I still regularly continue to use a cloud template I found online from Bev Rochester of All the Things I Love. I'll be honest. I didn't watch the video. I kinda just winged it but I do use her template. I've found it to be very handy! :) I also used a tutorial I found at Some Odd Girl for making the denim look worn on the dress and jacket. I thought these came out pretty good for a first attempt. What do you think?
I'm rather pleased with the final outcome so I've got to share this in a few challenges! I hope I can find some! lol
I'd like to enter my finished card with these challenges:
Thank you all for stopping by!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Time Flies!

Hiya, fellow bloggers! My DT project for My Time to Craft Challenge Blog.
We have Challenge No. 25 - Travel. That is, use any mode of transportation. Easy peasy, right? :D
Click on the images for a closer look!
I've used this fun rubber stamp from Stamping Bella called Senorita Dolores. The image makes me laugh and the sentiment is perfect. I colored the image with Copic markers. I embossed some clouds with a Darice embossing folder and then cut out a few to use as accents. I should loosen the purse strings a bit and purchase a cloud die cut but until I can do that, I'm doing this. lol I'm such a cheapskate! :p The enamel dots are from Fun Stampers Journey. I've inked the paper edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord. All plain and pattern card stock is from my stash.
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog Challenge 239 Anything Goes (1E/2E)
Colour Crazy Challenge Week 8 Anything Goes (1E/2E)
Crafting With Friends Challenge Blog Challenge 37 Anything Goes (1E/3E)
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog Challenge 125 Anything Goes (1E/3E)
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC 177 Anything Goes (1E/3E)
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge Week 8 Anything Goes (C10)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge Weeks 270 - 271 Anything Goes (1E/5E)
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Huge Birthday Wishes

My DT project for the current JFF (just for fun) challenge at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog.
I've used Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Party Animals. I've colored the image with Copic markers. I kept this simple and allowed the image to steal the show! lol
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog Anything Goes Challenge
Retro Rubber Challenge Challenge 56 They Say It's Your Birthday
Penny Black and More Challenge February Use Your Favorite Stamp
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

E - A - T!

Hi, all! This is my DT project for My Time to Craft Challenge Blog. We have Challenge 339 - Anything But a Card. I've got a clipboard here I've altered for my kitchen. I have several I've altered for my craft room and office and this is one I made for the kitchen specifically to hold recipes while cooking. I love how it came out!
 Click on the images for a closer look!
 Some closeups of the image and doodads:
 I colored her apron to match the apron in the pattern paper under the letter 'a'! I thought myself very clever for thinking of that! Ha!
This is Bake Me a Cake from Bloobel Stamps. I've colored the image with Copic markers, American Crafts Galaxy Marker, a silver gel pen and Liquid Pearls in Buttercup and Ivory. All papers used are from Echo Park Happiness is Homemade. I inked all the papers with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. All chipboard and ribbons are from my stash. 
I'd like to enter my altered clipboard into these challenges:
  1. Bloobel Progressive Challenge - February 2017
  2. Brown Sugar Challenge Blog Challenge 237 Rhinestones and/or Ribbon (1E/2E) (ribbon)
  3. Colour Crazy Challenge Week 6 Anything Goes (1E/2E)
  4. Crafting With Friends Challenge Blog Challenge 36 Anything Goes (1E/3E)
  5. Crafty Catz Anything Goes With Twist - Use 3 Designer Papers (1E/3E)
  6. Creative Fingers Challenge Blog Challenge 124 Anything Goes (1E/3E)
  7. Polkadoodles Craft Challenge Week 6 Anything Goes (C10)
  8. QKR Stampede Challenge 230 Anything Goes or Embossing (1E/4E) (anything goes)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Congratulations!

My project for Kraftin' Kimmie's Stamps Challenge 366 - White. What a challenge! Not one of my favorites because I'm a colorful character. Ha! But I think I got it done...
 Click on the images for a closer look!
 Some closeups of the images:
 
 A closeup of the flowers and butterfly:
This is a stamp set I purchased recently at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps called Let's Celebrate and this is my first time using it. I've colored the images with Copic markers, Stickles Glitter Glue in Diamonds, Liquid Pearls in Opal and Glossy Accents. Embossed paper is retired and from SEI. I stamped the images and sentiment with Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black. The layering butterfly punch is from EK Success. Flowers, ribbon, rhinestones and textured and white card stock are from my stash.
Along with Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge 366, I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Come join us and have some fun!
 Click on the images for a closer look!
 Here's a close up of the shimmer:
What a time I had photographing this. I couldn't get a good pic of the shimmer. But you get the idea! In life, be your own kind of beautiful and stand out! :D The feather stamp is from Sunday International when it was still Sunday International. lol The sentiment is from Beautiful Happiness Stamp Set at Fun Stampers Journey.
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Riding By!

Hi all!
I've made this little number to participate in Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge 365 - Square Cards. I mean, who wouldn't absolutely LOVE to win some Kraftin' Kimmie goodness!?! lol 
I've purchased a heap of Kraftin' Kimmie stamps lately and hadn't really found time to play with them but we've had an awful windy day and it kicked up some dust like you wouldn't believe! Left me completely congested and miserable. I was sitting on the recliner with Lady at my feet when I decided, now was a good time to play with my new stamps. I thought it might take my mind off my misery. It worked! lol Yay!
This is Minnie, Maisie and Me clear stamp set from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. I've colored the image with Copic markers and a silver gel pen. I then fussy cut the image and I think after doing that, I deserve a banana split from DQ but it's late now and I don't like to drive in the dark so it'll have to wait till tomorrow! lol It seemed like a good idea when I started but then I got to the itty bitty spaces and then it didn't seem like such a good idea! Ha! I mounted the image onto some foam tape so it could kinda pop off the page. All pattern paper is from Echo Park's I Love Family paper pad. The clouds are cutouts from a Darice embossing folder. Ribbon is from Michael's. Flowers are a hostess gift from Fun Stampers Journey. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad in Wild Honey to ink the edge of the papers. Plain card stock is from my stash.
In addition to KKS Challenge #365, I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by!

A Little Somethng...

Just for you! lol I always think that when I see this image. This is a new release from Lisa Bloobel. How I laughed when I first saw it! Hysterical!
This is Digging for Treasure from Bloobel. I've colored the image with Copic markers and the sentiment is retired from Stampin' Up. I have a sister who's got a birthday coming up. I invited her for lunch to celebrate her special day. I also asked her if she had a birthday wish list. Her response was that lunch was sufficient... and I don't know why... but her response made me remember this image so I had to go get it! lol On the inside, I've stamped... just for you! Then I went on to add a handwritten note that I'd still take her to lunch! lol I hope she gets it! I thought myself so clever when I had the thought! lol :p
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges: 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

No Means No!

Hi all! Lisa Bloobel started a progressive challenge on Facebook and this was the first image for the challenge. I wasn't sure I wanted to participate in a progressive challenge because sometimes, life overwhelms me and I cannot follow through. But I was too late for the freebie so I had to pay for the image. That took the pressure off! lol
This is I Must Protest from Bloobel. I colored the image with Copic markers and created my own background. The alpha stamp used for the 'protest' sign is one I've had since 2006 so who knows the maker! :( lol
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Bloobel Progressive Challenge January 2017
Crafting with an Attitude: Challenge 23 - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Challenge 32 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: Challenge 333 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments: Challenge 109 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lick the Bowl!

Hiya, bloggers! This is my DT project for the bi-weekly challenge starting today at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog where it's always anything goes! 
We have the wonderful The Paper Nest Dolls sponsoring us this week!
This is my little project:
Click on the images for a closer look!
This is the inside of the card:
I've used Chef Angelina from The Paper Nest Dolls. I've colored the image with Copic markers. The Happiness is Homemade rubber stamp set sentiment and baking pin and whisk die cuts are both from La-La Land Crafts. All pattern paper is Happiness is Homemade from Echo Park

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What's New, Chickie?

Hi all! I colored this image months ago but hadn't been able to put her down on paper. Finally, I found the inspiration to finish her!
Click on the images for a closer look!
This is Egg Collecting from the Work & Play Collection - Country Life at Polkadoodles. Sentiment is unknown. I've colored the image with Copic markers and a silver gel pen, Liquid Pearls in White Opal (eggs) and Michael's Recollections Flocking Power in Yellow (chicks). The sunflower is a cut out from a rubber stamp I've had for years and the center is Liquid Applique in Walnut sprinkled with Crystal Snow Glitter. Pattern paper is Farm Fresh from The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby. Enamel dots are from Fun Stampers Journey.
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: Challenge 233 - Anything Goes (2E/2E)
Colour Crazy Challenge: Week 2 (1E/2E)
Crafting With Friends Challenge Blog: Challenge 34 - Always Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges: Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: Challenge 122 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by!

Coffee Time!

Hi all! I saw one of Bloobel's newest stamps and I knew immediately I had to have it! First of all, she's got my long legs! :p lol 
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This is Tea Break from Bloobel. I've colored the image with Copic markers and Liquid Pearls in White Opal (buttons). The sentiment is from Kraftin' Kimmie's Coffee & Friends. All paper I used are from my scrap pile! Awesome, right!?! Pattern paper is retired from Me & My Big Ideas. I got the shimmer card stock from Tuesday Morning on a Saturday! Ha! I know, I know! I can be so corny sometimes! When I got it, I thought I didn't need to keep the package it came in because I'd ALWAYS remember who made this beautiful paper. It was a pack with yellow, red, green and blue. Truly pretty card stock and I've been pretty good about using it despite my tendencies to hoard pretty paper. lol But alas, for the life of me, I cannot remember who it's from! :( Shocked, right?!? lol ;)
I'd like to enter my card into these challenges:
Hiding in My Craft Room: HIMCR #284 - Super Scraps Saturday
Scrapper's Delights Challenge Blog: Challenge 62 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: Challenge 233 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Challenge 50 - Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can: Challenge 135 Anything Goes (2E/2E) (5C)
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

My Favorite Christmas 2016 Present!!!

Hiya, folks! Thanks for stopping by my place today. :)
I've something to share with you. Not really DT related in any way, as I barely have time to eat and dress myself these days. lol Times like these, I wonder why clothes are really necessary. :p lol
Anyway, I received an OttLite as a Christmas present from daughter, Nina. Now, I'm not one to really like to admit I have favorites when it comes to children, family and gifts but none of them read my blog so I'll tell you all about it! lol
I. Love. My. OttLite! I had unpacked it from the box last week and turned it on to check out the works. I did this in the living room and all my crafty goodness happens in my craft room. So, yes, it worked and I kinda wondered if I'd steered myself wrong in putting this item on my wishlist. But yesterday was a good day for my knee and I thought I should take advantage of the pain-free day and kinda put things away in my craft room. My table looked horrid! I'd ordered myself a whole bunch of awesome krafty goodies from Kraftin' Kimmie at her last sale and... I have to admit, I went kinda crazy! So when they arrived, I'd only tossed them onto the table because as I wrote earlier, I've just not had time for anything! 
So clearing off my desk and setting up my lamp was maybe about #4 on my list of things to do. Ssooo it was pretty late in the day by the time I got around to it. I'm still hobbling so EVERY. THING. takes forever and a day to get accomplished. Once I had the lamp set up, I felt the need to give it a good ol' college try... and boy howdy! I'm glad I did! Because I arrived at the conclusion I stated earlier... I. Love. My. OttLite! This particular model has a four-touch brightness level thingymabob. lol You know what I mean! :p So here's a look at my precious lamp:
And this is what I did with it:
 Go ahead! Click on the images for a closer look!
 
 
Boy howdy! It sure picked up my lack of coloring skills! lol But to be honest, I hadn't colored since last year. :p lol Yes, a super long time ago!
This is Flapper Twirl Girl from lemonshortbread. I colored the image with Copic markers and Stickles Glitter Glue in Diamonds. I bought some new Copic markers and refilled the reds and I hadn't caught that these splattered all over the card front! So I got kinda creative with some Symphony Tissue Tape by Tim Holtz Idea-ology. To balance the front of the card, I added some Rainbow Drops from Fun Stampers Journey I bought recently and this is my first time to use them. I really like how they sparkle. Now, I'm kinda stuck for a sentiment! lol But I'd been itching to color this image since I got it recently. I just love the image! Anyway, the image is new to me and although I've had the tape for awhile, today was the first time I've used it as well! lol My secret is out! I'm a hoarder! *GASP!*
I'd like to add my card to these challenges:
Again, thank you so much for stopping by!

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