Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nature Hello

Just a little nature hello.  I love the fall colors on this card.  This is me...fall, earthy colors.  The DP and the tree with the owl are from the Boo to You Collection by My Mind's Eye.  I absolutely love the colors and all the coordinating papers and accessories in this collection.  A quick and easy card to make once I decided on my layout.  I used the hello stamp from Everyday Expressions by The Paper Studio.  I stamped it on a piece of DP, rounded the corners and add 3 orange brads.  The tree and the sentiment are added to the card with foam tape.  I can feel fall in the air...it can't come soon enough!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Pollycraft (a little nature)
Craft Your Days Away (wings)
Mark's Finest Papers (a friendship card)

Thanks for stopping by!

"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you".
~Elbert Hubbard~

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Back to School Thank You

I am not sure where I did get this apple with a worm digital image?  If you know, please let me know so that I can give credit where credit is due.  I am thinking that most children are back to school by now or are starting very soon now.  When I came across this cute apple with the worm, it made me smile and think of school.  I colored the image with my markers.  I colored two images and cut out the worm and leaf from the second one and added it with foam tape right over the original design.  You can't tell from the photo, but it gives the card some dimension.  I added some glitter, faux stitching, a scalloped strip using Check Him Out DP by the Just Dreamy Collection and red cardstock and a couple of yellow buttons.  The sentiment is Greetings by TPC Studio and stamped in black ink.  The green background paper is embossed with leaves and is by Bazzill Basics.  I really don't like worms, but I do think this one is awfully cute!

ETA:  The cute little apple/worm image is from Meljen's Designs.  She had the cutest images!
I am posting this card in the following challenges:
Stamp Something (School Theme)
Bee Crafty (Anything Goes)
Crafty Emma (Anything Goes)
Fussy and Fancy (Back to School)
Cute Card Thursday (No punches or die cuts)
Fab n Funky (3 papers, 2 embellishments and 1 image)
Freshly Brewed Designs (Give Thanks)
Lil Red Wagon (Back to School)
Paper Pretties (Back to School)
Paper Take Weekly (3,2,1)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Monday!

"Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot".

Hansa Proverb
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Snowman Joy

Another Christmas card using the same snowman image as yesterday.  Instead of blues, I used reds and greens for this card.  It a great way to use the same image and get a totally different look by using a whole new color scheme.  I started with a red card base and added a swirl embossed white layer.  I colored the snowman with my markers, cut him out and layered him on a  piece of red card stock.  I added some sparkly snowflake stickers and red brads on top of the snowflakes in the image.  Some red ribbon and a sentiment from 4 Klear Stamping finished off the card.  Maybe this image will cool down the weather outside??  I am submitted this for the Christmas in August challenge over at Sew Many Cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine".

~Anthony J. D'Angelo~
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Snowman Pleated Fun

This was a really fun card to make.   The Snowman digital image was easy to color and I am not sure where the image came from, but I had it on my computer.  If you know where this image came from or are the original designer of it, please let me know so that I may give you credit and link back to you.  I basically, just colored the snowman with markers and then added dimensional glaze to the buttons and his nose.  The patterned paper is from The Paper Studio.  It was the perfect addition to the snowman image.  I tried a new technique with the ribbon....pleating.  It was actually quite easy using sticky tape and glue dots to help hold the pleats in place.  There is a challenge going on over at No Time to Stamp using pleated ribbon.  The sentiment is from Everyday Expressions by The Paper Studio.  I added some snowflakes that I found in the Christmas aisle at Hobby Lobby and some pearls.  I corner punched the top corner to finish the card.

Happy Monday to you!

"Snowflakes are kisses from heaven".
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Black & White

The ink is black, the page is white... I had this song in my head, Black and White by Three Dog Night the whole time I was making this set of note cards.  OOPS...I am showing my real age!!  Yep, it was a 70's song and yes, I was in high school in the 70's.  Life was great back then...so carefree and fun. 

Here is the set of note cards that I made using the Clean & Simple style...

I used 3 different patterned papers from The Paper Studio and cut out a 3.5" square and layered them with black card stock.  They were tied with ribbon from Hobby Lobby and attached with foam tape.  I stamped 4 different sentiments from Greetings by TPC Studio.  A great little gift idea.  I am thinking of doing some matching envelopes and tieing them up with a white sheer ribbon and there you go...all done and ready to be gifted!

I hope your Sunday is going great and thanks for stopping by!

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless".
~Mother Teresa~

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

2 Sisters Challenge 5

2 Sisters Challenge 5

This week's challenge is sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps.

Two already successful stores have combined forces into one easy comfortable place to shop for all your digital needs. Be sure to check out the new store and while you're there take advantage of the great sale that is going on. The winner of this week's challenge will win 5 digital stamps of their choice from the stamp designers in the store. (This excludes the cross stitch patterns).

  We were challenged to use the following sketch and one of the Stitchy Bear digital stamps of our choice to make a card.

It's a pretty easy sketch (Thanks Mary for going easy on us!!) to work with and I really like the way my card turned out.

I choose the image, "Summer Fun" by Stampin Dragons.  I fell in love with this image when I saw it...beach, sand, water...what's not to love?  I ended up changing the rectangle in the middle to a circle.  I had a lot of fun coloring this image and thinking that I really don't want the summer to end quite yet.  This image of a beautiful, relaxing scene on a beach.  Ahhh...I can smell the fresh ocean air, hear the waves and feel the sand between my toes as I look at this card.  The dotted Swiss card stock is from Bazzill Basics and the DP is the Bloom & Grow collection by My Mind's Eye.  I added some gold pearls under the sentiment (Everyday Expressions by TPC Studios) and one big blue pearl to the beach ball.  I colored an extra beach ball and popped it up with foam dots.  The beach chair is paper pieced with the DP.  I am ready for a trip to the beach!

Go on over to the 2 Sister Challenge Blog and take a peek at all the other design team's creations.  I hope you play along with us and link up your card so you can be eligible for the prize.

Thanks for stopping by!

"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want".
~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbs~
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Pink Ballerina Bear

Here is another take on the Ballerina Bear image by Beccy.  I did one in a purple color scheme in this post.  Having 2 granddaughters close in age, I usually just do two of everything and just change things up just a little to keep them different.  I used lots of pink on this card.  Pretty simple layout...just colored the images with markers and then added lots of glittery goodness.  The polka dot paper is from The Paper Studio and the sentiment is from Greeting by TPC Studio.  A pretty satin bow, a flower and some pearls help to add a little more bling to the very "girly" card. 

Don't forget to come back by tomorrow.  It's another challenge over at 2 Sisters Challenge Blog and I am so "over the top" with the card that I made.   

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!


"It's never too late to be what you might have been".
~George Eliot~
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Home

I am getting a lot of mileage out of my DCWV Songbird Collection.  Here is another card using a couple more pieces of the DP.  All I did was cut the pieces to size and glue them on a red card base.  I really like the piece of DP that looks like stitching. I stamped the sentiment from Everyday Expressions by TPC Studios and added 2 red pearls.  A great house-warming card!  That's pretty much it for today...

Thanks for stopping by!

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open".
~John Barrymore~
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Tulip Notecards

I am staying with the clean and simple style today.  I found this lovely tulip digital image over at Create with TLC.  There are tons, and I am not kidding, of FREE digital images and sentiments.  I made 4 cards, coloring each tulip a different color with my Copic markers.  I layered the image on a piece of card stock to match the tulip and stamped the "hello" sentiment by TPC Studios (Greetings) and added 3 pearl gems below the sentiment.  This would make a great little gift for someone.

Happy Monday to you and I hope you have a great week!

"There aren't enough days in the weekend".
~Rod Schmidt~
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Songbird Thank You

Can't get enough...The DP, I mean.  Another card using the DP from the Songbird Collection by DCWV.  This card is a little on the clean and simple side.  Just a piece of DP for the focal point with a red polka dot bow, a simple sentiment from Greetings by TPC Studios and 3 red pearl gems.  Quick and easy and I guess that is what clean and simple is all about!  And you thought it was the Hokey Pokey...

Thanks for stopping by!

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted".
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bloom & Grow

OK...not a lot of stamping on this card.  I had picked up all the coordinating papers in the Bloom & Grow Collection by My Mind's Eye and used some of them to create this birthday card.  The collection had a page of card stock embellishments and I used 3 of the flowers and the piece with the curvy shape (not sure what you call that) and the dotted lines.  I cut the curvy piece in half and stamped the sentiment.  the sentiment is actually 2 different sets, happy birthday from Greetings by TPC Studios and to you from Everyday Expressions by The Paper Studio.  I pick up some Recollection pearl gemstones that matched the colors exactly.  I added some below the sentiment and one to the center of each flower.  It's pretty easy to put a card together when you have all the coordinating elements. 

Thanks for stopping by!

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination".
~Henry David Thoreau~
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Friday, August 13, 2010


A Basket of Strawberries is the digital image from Beccy's Place that I used for the focal point on this card.  Is this card not so sweet and yummy?  It was really fast to color using my Copic markers.  Lots of red polka dots.  The DP is Basic dots from Recollections.  I didn't have the right sentiment and ended up creating my own on the computer and embellished it with some red pearl gemstones by Recollections. 
This is for all my sweet readers that take the time to leave me a sweet comment.

Thanks for stopping by!

"Everyday is Earth Day".
~Author Unknown~
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday Claire

My beautiful granddaughter, Claire turns 6 today.  Although she won't get her card until her party on Saturday, I am posting it today.  I am sure that she doesn't read my blog.  I used a FREE digital image from Beccy's Place.  She has a wonderful blog and posts lot of her digital creations that are so adorable.  When I saw the ballerina bear, I knew it would be perfect for my two Granddaughter's birthday cards.  I decided that Claire's bear needed to be purple to match her bedroom,  I colored the bear with my Copic markers and love the way it turned out.  I couldn't help but put a little glitter here and there on the image.  After all don't all girls love things that sparkle?  The purple polka dot paper is from The Paper Studio and the sentiment is Greetings from TPC Studios.  A big white bow, purple flower and a gemstone finish off this very "purplish" card.   I can't wait for the big party on Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

"Each day comes bearing it's own gifts, untie the ribbons".
~Ruth Ann Schabacker~
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OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge

I think this card fits the OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge...A fall card with no sentiment.  I love fall and all the wonderful smells and colors of the season.  I am a very "earth tone" person.  It will be nice to have some cooler fall weather to be outside and enjoy the changes of the season. 

I used a neutral card base and added the DP and embossed card stock that have the corners rounded.  to separate the DP and card stock, I added a strip of brown and a couple of copper large brads.  The stamped pumpkins were colored with colored pencils and OMS.  Actually, with the DP there is no need for a sentiment on this card.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

i {heart} u

What a great challenge over at iCopic Lover!!  I would love to win some more Copic markers {insert happy face!!}.  Here is the card I did based on the colors. 

I started with a digital image by Sassy Cheryl's.  I don't remember where I found it, but it is so absolutely adorable.  I worked mainly with the colors, chocolate, ivory and gold markers to color the image.  The main card DP is from the Lush Collection by My Mind's Eye.  Very chocolate brown and very masculine.  The sentiment is from the Everyday Expressions by The Paper Company.  It's a great little stamp set with tons of words to create your own sentiment. 

I am submitting this card for consideration for the Southern Girls Challenges Design Team.  I used a digital image as my favorite product.  I am hooked on digital images lately.

Thanks for stopping by!

"A life without love is like a year without summer".
~Swedish Proverb~
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OWH S&S Sketch Challenge 29

Here is my take on the sketch challenge over at Operation Write Home (OWH).  It's a wonderful organization that I support by making and donating cards to our hero's in the military.  It must make them feel good inside to be able to send a homemade card home to their loved ones.  It's almost time for school to start and here is my card and the sketch. 

I went with a back to school theme.  The background DP is Check Him Out by ? and I found it at Hobby Lobby.  The manufacturer's label must be on the piece I cut and glued down...oops!  The piece of pencil DP is The Homework Collection by Cosmo Cricket.  The piece that looks like a piece of notebook paper is the opposite side of the pencils.  I love it when a piece of DP has 2 great sides.  It's like getting 2 for the price of 1 and who doesn't love a bargain?  I colored some hole reinforcers with a Copic marker and added them to the paper to look more like a piece of notebook paper.  The sentiment is from Greetings by TPC Studio.  I think the paper clip adds just the right finishing touch.  I really like this sketch and plan to use it again.

 Thanks for stopping by today!

"A book is a gift you can open again and again".
~Garrison Keillor~
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

DCWV Thinking of You

Another day...Another card and more DCWV DP from the Songbird Collection.  When I saw this piece of DP in the collection, I was wowed by the fact that there was little I was going to have to add to make it into a card.  The DP pretty much was already a card sketch.  A white card base, a yellow scalloped border, the sentiment (Greetings by TPC Studio) and some red pearl gemstones was all I added in addition to the DP.  I hope you are not getting tired of this collection quite yet, as I have lots more paper left to create with.  I am really proud of myself for cutting into this paper and using it rather than hoarding it until it becomes extinct.  

Thanks for stopping by!

"A single rose can be my garden...a single friend my world".

~Leo Buscaglia~
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Monday, August 9, 2010

Songbird Hello

It makes me happy when a card comes together so easily.  I pulled out my Songbird paper pack by DCWV and made another really quick and easy card.  I started with a white card case and added a piece of embossed card stock by Bazzill Basics.  I pick up this card stock at Michael's and I am really liking it.  It comes in quite a few different colors that are embossed with different designs.  How great is this for papercrafters that don't want to invest in a die cutting/embossing machine?  I guess, maybe I am being a little lazy because I do own a Cuttlebug and lots of embossing folders.  But really, I couldn't resist buying the already embossed card stock that had trees all over it.  I added the DCWV sentiment block to a piece of yellow card stock with a scalloped bottom edge and attached the whole piece to the card with foam dots.  It's a simple, easy and very reproductible (my spell check is telling me that this is not a real word!) card.  I just realized...no stamping on this card....but something did occur to me.  I have never thought of making my own embossed DP using embossing powder.  I am thinking that is something I need to try soon. 

Happy Monday to you and thanks for stopping by!

"Somedays there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway".
~Emory Austin~
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

2 Sisters Challenge 4

2 Sisters Challege 4 sponsored by Crafty Sentiments

Woo Hoo...Challenge 4 is here already over at 2 Sisters Challenge Blog.  Today, we were given a choice of digital images from Crafty Sentiments to use and the theme today is stitching.  Ok, I know lots of you use your sewing machine to stitch on your cards and have been doing it for some time, but me....NO.  I admire everyone's creations using real machine stitching and want to try it, but NO, I never have UNTIL....now.  Since the theme is stitching, how could I not put my paper to the sewing machine and find out how really easy it is and how much I really liked doing it?  Well, the fear or procrastination or whatever you want to call it has been conquered and it may become a regular on my creations.  Can I tell you something else that I tried for the first time ever on this card?   Paper piecing...yes, it's been around forever and why oh why have I not ever tried it?  I love it and it was so easy to do!!  Crazy me and my silly insecurities in life...

On to the card...I used Pat Sitting by Water image by Crafty Sentiments and as you can see I paper pieced her overalls in a floral My Mind's Eye DP to make them all girly.  I colored the rest of the image with my Copic markers.  I layered a piece of lt blue card stock and piece of My Mind's Eye DP together and Zig Zag stitched them together.  They were then mounted on my white card base.  I cut out the image and mounted it with foam dots.  The sentiment is stamped on white card stock with Everyday Sentiments by The Paper Studio and mounted on a strip of lt blue card stock that was punched with the lattice edge punch by Martha Stewart, then I stitched with just a straight stitch above and below the sentiment.  I was even amazed that my stitching was really straight!  I added 3 brads on each side of the sentiment.  I guess all those years of sewing since Jr. high have finally paid off....I can stitch on paper! 

This week's challenge is sponsored by Crafty Sentiments.
Come play along and your card should feature stitching (real or faux) and you could win 2 digital images of your choice from Crafty Sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by!

"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be".
~Douglas Pagels~
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Friday, August 6, 2010

May Your Dreams Take Flight...

I made a set of note cards to have on hand or maybe give away as a gift to someone.  I used my computer to generate the sentiment, "May your dreams take flight".  The whole idea came about from a package of 3 dimensional butterfly stickers and some My Mind's Eye DP that matched perfectly.  I even made matching envelopes for each card.  These cards have a clean and simple look to them and were very quick and easy to make the whole batch in no time at all. 

Thanks for stopping by!

"Happiness is like a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you".
~Nathaniel Hawthorne~

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Birthday Pippin

I am not a mouse lover or even liker...the truth be known, I am deathly afraid of them, but this little Birthday Pippin image from Digital Delights is so adorable.  She is so girly looking.  I colored the image with my Copic markers and added quite a bit of glitter to the stars and flowers.  The DP is Girl Multi Stripes from The Paper Studio found at Hobby Lobby.  Staying with the "girly" theme, I added some yellow, pink and purple layering under the image and scalloped one edge of the purple card stock.  A pretty purple bow and a pink button were added to fu fu it up just a little more.  The sentiment is from TPC Studios (Greetings).  It's a great stamp set with lots of different card sentiments.  The great thing...it's on sale this week at Hobby Lobby!  I have some upcoming girl birthdays and this will make a perfect card for one of them.

Thanks for stopping by!

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".
~James Matthew Barrie~
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Sending a smile to brighten someone's day.  I finally broke down and bought the Songbird paper pack from DCWV.  Of course, not full price, but 60% off at Michaels.  I am in looove with all the yummy paper.  I started with a red  card stock base and added the floral DP...the color combo of red, golden yellow and green makes me smile.  So happy and so cheerful.  The rectangular image was part of a sheet of sentiments included in the paper pack.  The smile sentiment was perfect for this card.  I layered it over a piece of red card stock and added a golden yellow scalloped edge and attached to the base of the card with foam dots.  The red pearl gemstone was the right touch to the center of the flower and there you have a finished card very quickly.  I decided to keep the card simple without a lot of embellishments since, it will be on it's was to Canada very soon.  I am sending this card to brighten up Nancy's mom's day.

Thanks for stopping by!

"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing". 
~Mother Teresa~
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

CCAYR August Snowflake Challenge

This month's challenge over at CCAYR blog has a snowflake theme.  This is a great time to get going and make a few Christmas Cards and get ahead of the holiday game.  Once I got started on the snowflake theme, I just kept going and before I knew it, I had 5 cards made.  5 cards (and they can be 5 of the same design, too) is all it takes for a chance to be the winner for the month.  There are always some great goodies to be had.  Feel free to create as few or as many cards as you would like.  I would love to see all your "snowflake" creations!

Card stock:  Red, white and green .
Patterned Paper: Red Dot Basic by The Paper Studio.
Stamp:  Studio G.
Accessories:  Black ink, glue, red brads, 1/2" circle punch,  snowflake punch, scallop edge punch and foam dots.

Card stock:  white and  lt blue.
Patterned Paper: White Swirl Embossed by Bazzill Basics.
Stamps: Season's Greetings by 4 Klear Stamping.
Accessories:  Black ink, snowflake sticker (Paper Bliss), Pearl and glue.
Card stock:  White and lt blue.
Patterned Paper: Classic Snowflakes (The Paper Studio).
Stamps:  Season's Greetings by 4 Klear Stamps.
Accessories:  Black ink, glue, scallop edge punch, pearls and foam dots.
Card stock:  White
Patterned Paper: Night Water (Bazzill Basics).
Sentiment:  computer generated.
Accessories:  Sheer ribbon, scallop edge punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, snowflake sticker (Jolee's), glue and foam dots.

Card stock:  White and red.
Patterned Paper:  Christmas Polka Dots and Christmas Stripes (The Paper Studio)
Sentiment:  Chipboard sticker (Recollections)
Accessories:  glue, foam dots, chip board stickers (Recollections), and red pearls.

Whew...that is probably the longest post I have ever created.  I hope you stuck with me until the end.  You need to go over to the CCAYR blog and check out all the other wonderful design team creations.  I know it's hotter than ...., but stay cool inside and work on some great Christmas cards!

Thanks for stopping by today!

"Snowflakes are kisses from heaven"
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