You’re Amazing

Hello there :) Another Wednesday has rolled around and that means it’s time for another challenge at

We are at the CAS part of our theme cycle right now, and have the wonderful

as a sponsor!  The DT ladies have created some beautiful projects, so please make sure you stop by!

AmazingI used the Ribbons and Stars border from Eureka, and kept it VERY simple (for me, anyway!).  I added a sentiment before printing, then colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers. I couldn’t resist adding 2 different shades of silver glitter to the stars. I matted it with black CS, and was done :)

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:

                                                                            Sweet Stampin – No Designer Paper

   Moving Along with the Times – CAS

      Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – ATG #40

Teacher Preparation

Prepare Yourself!!!

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of August already, and the kidlets are getting ready to go back to school.  Not only kids, but teachers, EAs, and other school staff as well.  This time of year brings mixed emotions from everyone – excitement, dread, relief, resignation, determination…..I’ve been hearing all kinds of reactions, depending on the perspective.  I can remember quite a few of these feelings from when my kids were younger, as well!!

Today marks the start of a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. and the theme this week is Back to School.  We have 2 wonderful sponsors this time,


that have generously provided the Design Team with images to work with.  We would love it if you would stop by the blog, and maybe be inspired by the DT’s creations to enter your own Back to School project!!

Teacher PreparationI decided to take a totally different direction in the Back to School theme, and used the image JJWine from Bugaboo.  I’ve got a friend who’s an EA, and we joke about when it’s time for her to go back to work, and how much she has to drink to prepare herself :)  She loves kids, and is absolutely fantastic with them, so the jokes about wine are only in fun.   I added a computer generated sentiment, and colored the image with my SN pencils….still need practice with these guys, but I’m rather happy with how it turned out.  I kept the design of the card pretty simple, as the image was quite large.  The background paper was kicking around in my stash, the wavy strip and the enamel dots were added for just a bit of extra detail.  I’ll be taking a bottle of wine over to my friends place on Sunday, to prepare…..or celebrate :)


Sunshine and Ice Cream

Hello there :)  It’s time for another challenge at Come And Get It.  This time, our theme is  “Summertime.”  We have 3 fantastic sponsors for this week:

Click for Current Challenge  and       and   Sponsorship

Make sure you stop by to see the teams amazing inspiration projects….and leave some love while you’re there :)

SunshineI was given Ice Cream Avery from the PaperNest Dolls to work with.   I colored this little cutie up with my SN markers, then fussy cut her out.  After assembling a sunburst background, made with shimmer and plain yellow CS, I added a curved border with a stamped sentiment.  I placed Avery , then added a glitter circle “sun” – and THOUGHT I was finished!!  However, my darling pup decided to help, and got his grubby little nose all over this project while he was checking out what he could fix on the card.   So, I had dirty little doggy nose smudges in a few places :(  The image was pretty firmly adhered, so I had to figure out a fix.   I re-cut some of the sun rays, and patched over some of the marks, but there was an obvious smudge on the bottom white part…..I covered it up with an ice cream brad….which bothers me to no end, because I liked the clean white portion….I guess an ice cream fits the mood better than dog nose marks :)

Coffee Fairy

Christmas Coffee Fairy

Hi there!! It’s time again for another challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.  We realize how easy it is to leave our Christmas cards until the last minute, then fly into a panic in December, so we’ve been giving you Christmas theme challenges throughout the year to help out a bit.  And with THAT preamble, you have probably guessed that our theme this week is Christmas!! Lol :)  For our sponsor, we have the fabulous  Nikki Burnette :)

Coffee FairyI was given the beautiful Sadie, to work with.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then glittered her wings up (because I have a firm belief that fairy wings sparkle!!)  For the cup and saucer, I dotted parts of each with a white gel pen, then colored them over again with colored pencils to get the polka dot effect without losing shading detail.

For the papers, I dove into my Christmas scrap folder and had some fun :)   I tied the bow, then adhered some candy canes that I fussy cut from another paper scrap and topped with Glossy Accents.  A computer printed sentiment and some silver glitter baubles finished this card off :)

I hope that you can stop by the  C.R.A.F.T.  challenge blog and enter a Christmas make, and while you are there, check out the beautiful inspirational projects that my amazing teammates have created :)

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Robyn’s Fetish – Glitter and a Bow

Crafting When We Can – #125 Things With Wings

Sunflower Goodbye

Mixed Goodbye

Sunflower GoodbyeHello there!! I’ve been messing around with my blog, trying to give it a new look, and I’m still not sure what I’m doing.  I think I like it so far, but  I will continue to play, and try to get it to where I want it.  I am so technologically illiterate, though, that it will most likely take a lot of time!!

It’s time for another new challenge at  Addicted to Stamps and More

and it’s a favorite….Make Your Mark!!

Our sponsor is

who are offering 2 digital images to a lucky winner :)  My teammates have made their mark in the most wonderful ways, so please be sure to stop by and see their projects and prepare to be amazed!!

I didn’t know what to make my mark with for this card, so I just kept playing along, making marks with whatever caught my fancy at the moment!!   I used Stamplorations Close Up Flower image, which I think has been discontinued, because I can’t find it in their shop (found a bunch more to get me into trouble, though, lol).  You might have better luck finding it……  I colored it with my SN markers, then sponged some Distress ink around the edges of the card.  I got out a stencil by Tim Holz, and used a couple darker shades of the DI to ink it….I overlapped onto the flower a bit, so it appears to blend into the background.  Stamps make marks, so I took a pretty fluorish stamp, and added that in a few places…. THEN, well, mists make marks…..grin – I was starting to have fun here!! I gave a few quick spritzes of Antique Gold Glimmer mist.  My paint was looking rather left out, so did a quick few spatters with gold paint, before stamping the sentiment.  I had so much fun playing with so many different mediums, I hope you like my card :)  Stop by Addicted to Stamps and More and show us what kind of mark you can make :)

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges:

Creatalicious Challenges – #97 ATG

Crafty Girlz Challenges – August ATG

Not Just Cards – #35 August

Your Scrapbook Place – August – Twixt Summer and Fall

613 Avenue Create – #188 ATG

Orca Bday

Orca Birthday

Orca BdayI have a friend that ordered a card for someone who loves orca whales.  I did a search for images and found this fantastic image at ByMissRach on Etsy.  She has all kinds of cute animal digis at great prices :)  I haven’t played with my alcohol inks lately, and, since I wanted a blue, ocean-y background, I figured this card was a good one to pull them out for.  After getting the inks done the way I wanted, I gave a spritz of Goosebumps spray (that you can’t see in the pic) and cut out some random circles from the background.  I wrapped some floss through the cut outs, then mounted it all on a blue textured paper that I had in my stash.  After putting the image on, I added a black bow, some adhesive water droplets and a Cricut sentiment :)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Pile It On – Make Your Own Background

Sunday Stamps – Shades of Blue

The Craft Barn – Blue or Blues

CCC Digi Creations – Shades of Blue

Not Just Cards – #35 August ATG

Birthday Babe


Good morning!!! Thursday has rolled around again, and with it comes a new challenge over at C.R.A.F.T. Challenges!!! This week, it’s everybody’s favorite theme….ATG!  So, stop by and enter any of your projects created after today’s date, because the sky’s the limit….and…..of course we have some wonderful sponsors that are offering prizes that you can win :)


How great is that?? Do what you want, and 3 possible prizes :)  Stop by the blog and check out the fabulous inspiration projects my teammates have created – they are the greatest group of ladies, and deserve some love for their amazing projects!!

I was given the image “Copacabana” by Rick St. Dennis.  I love the ladies he has, they have such style and attitude!!  When I made this card, I didn’t have any “vision” of what it would look like, not even the colors… I truly “winged” it from the start :)  Sometimes those are the most fun projects to create!! I decided to go with a camel color suit with pinky gold accents (ok, the accents started really pink, but looked crappy with the camel, so they turned into pink gold).  The fur and feathers on her outfit started off pale pink, then took on a more gray tint, then settled on a pinky taupe (told ya I winged it, lol)  Love that about my SN markers, I can change my mind with them :)  If I sound as if i was indecisive with my color choices – you should have seen me with the paper!!!! OMG, I amaze even myself sometimes!!! It was ALL over.  Like most cardmakers, I have enough paper to last me about 12 lifetimes, and I swear, I looked at almost every piece and scrap of it!!!  I like this one I picked….didn’t even realize I had it, haha. I will not get in to the process of picking embellishments….I will just say that if I didn’t keep it as simple as I did, I would be writing this post well into next year.  The sequins and flowers are both about 20 years old, from some of my mom’s old craft supplies, and the bow I tied from some gorgeous ribbon I won in a recent challenge win – thank you, POPPET!!

Christmas Elephant

Elephant’s Christmas :)


It’s time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges :)  This time, we have a fun theme, Buttons and Bows, and we are sponsored by the one and only Bugaboo Stamps!  The team has come up with some pretty awesome cards to inspire you for this challenge, so be sure to stop by and see their projects!

I was given the Elephant Christmas Tree image from Bugaboo to work with.  I colored this sweetie up with my SN markers, then did some shading with pencils.  Then my brain totally went blank, and I just couldn’t figure out what to do!!! I went through piles and piles of paper, numerous sketch ideas, you name it!! I’m not too happy with the result, for some reason, but it has the buttons and bows, and will be a perfect Christmas card for a girl at work who loves elephants :)

Pretty in Pink

Pretty In Pink

Hi there!! I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by! August already, and I haven’t done half the summer stuff I was hoping to do!  It’s also time for another ATG challenge over at Creative Fingers. We have two amazing sponsors for our month long challenge (we’re on summer schedule). They are:


As always, my teammates have creations that are absolutely stunning, so be sure to stop by and be inspired :)

I was given Leilani by Connie Fong to work with. What a beautiful image, and so much fun to color with my SN markers!  It was screaming “pink!!” at me, so what could I do, but comply? :)  I found some pretty coordinating papers and a doily, and kept arranging them until I was happy.  Then, I went into my flower jar and found some roses to place on top of the pink bow I had put in the corner.  I edged one of the roses in pink, because it was too white, and spritzed the smaller ones with some pearly mist to give them shimmer.  Some pearls, a sentiment and a few gold dragonfly embellishments finished this card off in a way I was very happy with :)

I’d like to enter this card in the following challenges:

In The Pink – #100 Birthday – ATG

Whimsy Cake


For some reason, a bunch of my posts are not publishing….checked everything I know, and I just don’t get it….and of course, I haven’t been double checking that they showed up… is only a wonderful thing when it works!!

Party without cake

Hello, it’s time for another challenge over at C.R.A.F.T. – this time we have a color challenge for you!

 Of course, we have some fabulous sponsors, and this time they are:


Although I struggled a bit with this color palette, my talented team mates really knocked it out of the ballpark with their stunning creations, so make sure you check them out and give them some well deserved lovin’. :)

I used the Whimsical Cake image from SLS lines….found HERE.  I colored it up with my SN markers and pencils, then matted it, and the stamped sentiment from Hero Arts (I think), on orange CS.  The background paper was stamped and embossed with yellow embossing powder.  Some yellow dotted ribbon and a few enamel dots finish this birthday card off :)

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