Sunday, April 26, 2015

My Butterfly Challenge

     It is a glorious Sunday morning, here in PA!  Fells like spring, smells like spring, and makes you want to get out and work in the yard.  Today I would like to share a card I made for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #29 + L for lace!  Phew that was quite the mouthful!

     I have used so me of the many digi images that I have saved to my computer over the years.  Sad to say that many have no designer names attached, as is the case with these beauties, sorry.  For my embellishments I used a paper lace doily, gold metal gems from KI, and cotton lace.   Also added a little sparkle to my butterfly with some diamond Stickles.  I did layer the Iris over the musical background, so they were 2 separate files.

     I have one of those friends that I sent this card right off to!  Have a wonderful week.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hello Handsome

     Last week, I was so happy to be the winner of Friends with Flair, over on the Unity blog.  My prize arrived yesterday, and was an amazing grab bag of Unity stamps.  Todays card uses 2 of the stamps that I received in that grab bag.  Why don't you come and join in the fun?  You can also be a winner by leaving comments on the projects that get linked up.  This is what I came up with for this weeks Friends with Flair.

Here is what I used for my card:

Card: Neenah Solar White card stock, DCWV jewel card stock, and designer papers from   Pebbles,Family Ties collection.

Stamps: Unity

Ink:  SU! Midnight Muse

Embellishments:  KI metal faceted metal gems

Punch:  SU! 1 3/8 circle

     I am always lacking in my supply of masculine cards, so I may just make a few to have on hand.

I would also like to enter this card at:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is CAS

I always love when you stop by, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Creating a Background

     Good to see you, my blogging friends!  I would like to share a card I made for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is to create a background.  I had an older stamp set on my desk top from Inkadinkado, which was their Wedding/Marriage set.  I decided that this free flowing dove and heart stamp would make a great random background.

     My card also uses my new SB dies set called Ironwork Accents.  I stamped my image and sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and you background stamp was done with Tuxedo Black Memento, since I was adding touches of C1 Copic to the doves.  I sponged edges with SU! Smokey Slate ink.  My background hearts were done with red Memento and covered in Diamond Stickles.  I added red gems from KI. 

     I would also like to take this card over to Pixie's Snippets Playground #173
, since I believe the gates have opened, and I have used more of my bits of white card to create.

     Thanks for the visit, and have a glorious Sunday!

Friday, April 17, 2015

My FwF Post.

     Hi friends!  Sorry I missed last week, but it was not exhausting enough with a new puppy in the house, I went and caught this nasty bug that has been going around.  It made for not much sleep and very long nights.  I will be posting this for Friends with Flair, this week!

     My card this week, uses the Unity KOM from February 2012.  It contains many great stamps, and I have gone back to it time and time again.  My card starts with a white base, which I stamped with the rain drop background stamp, using Smokey Slate ink from SU!.  I then layered on leftover scraps of TH Shabby dp.  I used mounting foam to get some dimension.  The umbrella and sentiment were also in the kit.  Coloring was done with Copic markers, and sponging was done with Smokey Slate.  I added sequins from Fancy Pants, and a bit of sparkle from a Clear Star Gelly Roll pen from Sakura.

     Thanks ever so much for paying me a visit!  I will try and get around to visit before the weekend is over.  I have some friends that are fighting very big battles, and I will be sending this out to one of them.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


     A new little lady has decided to accept us as her parents.  We just brought her home last night.  Her name is Della, and she is a Mini Dachshund.  I have been wanting one to complete our little family for over a year, searching far and wide.  How funny is it that she was to be just 10 minutes away!  Since we have always had large dogs, like Jessie Girl, this is a new experience for us.  Della was born on Groundhog Day 2015.

     Here she is meeting Jessie for the first time, last night.  It was such a good encounter.  Jessie is trying to act disinterested, but following her every move.  It is so cute!  Where Jessie is not a good traveler or boarder, we hope that Della will be the opposite and enjoy trips to visit family.  Dachshunds are known to live over 20 years, so I am sure that this sweet girl will make a great companion for us.

     Just a heads up.... my crafting time may take a hit for a little while.  We will have to see.  Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you very soon.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Flair

     It is the beginning of a busy holiday weekend, and I wanted to be sure and get my Friends with Flair card posted, over on the Unity blog.  We do a cold meal of ham and all the trimmings, so I was able to complete most of the cooking this morning.  Tomorrow can then be left to egg hunts, and enjoying my sweet little GS.  Sounds like we may need to work between the rain drops here in PA.

     My card is created in a CAS fashion, using the March, Unity Kit of the Month.  I slightly popped up my panels.  My middle panel was created with We R Memorykeepers watercolor washi tapes.  My flower and sentiment were stamped in Dusty Concord Distress Ink, and then colored with colored pencils and mineral spirits with accents done in Copic.  The flower centers were added in Stickles for a bit of sparkle.

     Thanks for the visit.  Now let's celebrate, and be joyful!  Easter blessings!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Celebrating Birthdays

     I have many springtime birthdays that need to be celebrated.  When I sat down to create today, I had those in mind, and was very lucky that it fit the theme of some of my favorite challenges.

Here is what I used:

Card stock : black, pale pink, and scraps of Neenah Solar White
Coloring: chalk pastels
Embossing:  Birds folder by Sizzix
Punches:  2 different Martha butterflies, and an SU! flower from Itty Bitty Accents, plus the SU!    
                corner punch
Dies: Happy birthday from Elizabeth Dies, and a new to me die from SB D-Lites called Framed 
Embellishments:  Gems from Queen & Co., enamel hearts from Chickaniddy.

I would like to enter my card for the following:

Pixie's Snippet's Playground #170:  Use snippets
Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #27:  Butterflies plus C for corners
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #255:  Birthday with Butterfly
     Phew, that was a bunch for me!  Thanks so very much for taking a peek.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Puppy Love

     Today is an exciting day for me.  Not only did I get to start playing with my new Puppy Love stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, in a couple hours I am going to hopefully fall in love with a new puppy, myself!  I have been searching for a Mini Dachshund, little girl for over a year, only to find there is a brother and sister not far from my home.  Fingers and toes crossed that this is a good match!  My biggest fear is that I will want the brother also, if he is still available.

     When I saw this set was being released, I know it had to be part of my collection.  The sentiments and images are just great.  My first card uses a Dachshund stamp and I thought the diggity sentiment was fitting.  The set also has assorted sizes of paw prints, and hearts.  I used a scrap of chevron cardstock from my stash, and punched, glossed, and glittered a heart which I popped up. 

     My second card is on a kraft panel, dp from the Crate Paper, Fourteen collection, and a strip of burlap.  I double stamped these doggies with Cracked Pistachio Distress ink,  and Memento black.  I used a C7 Copic to give them a shadow on one side.  I again punched a heart and stamped one of the small hearts from the set inside.  All of this was done on a SB Romantic Rectangle diecut, which I sponged with Old Paper Distress ink.

     Please be sure to check out this set and all of the new release at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  They are fantastic!

     I would like to take these over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes.
Also, this would be fitting for Darnell's NBUS Challenge #4, as my second entry, since these are new goodies I am using.  Have a great week!

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Little Easter Flair!

     Happy Friday, friends.  Today I would like to share an Easter card that I made this week, Using Unity Stamps.  My tree and cute little bunny are from a newer set called Meow . Purr . Baa.  The sweet sentiment comes from the Feb. 2012 KOM.  My cards stock base was embossed with a Decorative Dots EF from SU!.   Seems there is always an endless pile of white scraps on my desk to be used.  I sponged a sky and grass setting around the tree, and popped up my bunny.  My bright border is created with assorted Washi tape.

     I would like to enter this card at the following:

     Unity Friends with Flair:  Must use Unity Stamps
     Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
     Pixie's Snippets Playground: Must use snippets
     Darnell's NBUS #4:  Never Before Used Stuff.  The Unity stamp set, and The Washi tapes.

     Thanks for taking a look, and I hope you are experiencing some of the joys of Spring!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friends with Flair #2

     I was able to make a second entry for this weeks Friends with Flair, over on the Unity blog.  This card also uses stamps from the March KOM.  Have you ever started to create and it ends up in a totally different place?  LoL! 

     Here is what happened.  I looked to my right sitting at my work space, and I found strips of Micropore tape which I had used for a different project.  the edges had been sponged in pink, and there was white embossing on it.  I thought to myself, lets not waste this!  It really made a cool texture for a background.  The problem came when I started adding stamps and extras, when I could not get a good balance.   So, here it is, and if you look real close you will see a tiny bit of the tape sticking out.  Oui!  The designer paper is from Crate Paper's Fourteen collection.  I even did a bit of paper piecing on my cuppy cake.   We have a doily, a bow made with an SU Bow Builder Punch, fishtail banners, an enamel heart, and some sparkle from a Stardust Pen.

     Thanks for stopping by.  

Happy Spring!

     If you are feeling anything like me, you are glad winter is behind us.  The problem is that spring forgot to tell winter to get out of the way!  It is snowing here in PA, and we are expecting inches.  I think I will skip my free Rita's Water Ice tradition today! They give one away free each year, on the first day of spring!   Brrrrrr!

     I would also like to share this weeks card for Friends with Flair, and Pixie's Snippets Playground.
I started with a white base, and then made a smaller quilted panel with scraps. It was run through the Cuttlebug using a Dotted Swiss EF I picked up the teal in the scraps, and cut a spellbinders heart and mat for my sentiment.  Next, I stamped my images from the March Unity KOM, applied clear embossing powder, and did some coloring with Copics.  I found this twisted fiber in my stash from my scrapbooking days, and added a few Chickaniddy hearts to finish.

     Have a great weekend.  Not sure what we will be up to.  We had some new furniture delivered yesterday, and we have move it 3x now.  Could be interesting!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Butterfly Challenge

     Happy Tuesday!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Today I would like to post a card for Mrs. A's #26 Butterfly Challenge + P for pattern paper.  She is just so clever!

     I found this gorgeous designer paper and based my card from those colors.  it is from the DCWV Violet Leaf collection.  My silver and layered lavender butterflies are Recollection Sophia diecuts, as is my lavender mini doily.  The yellow butterfly is a scrap, punched with an MS punch, as is the ledger which I stamped my sentiment on.  Speaking of this sentiment.... anyone have a clue who made it?  It is one of my favorite sayings, but I obtained it when I bought an un-mounted collection, and I have not a clue.  I stamped it in Versamagic ink.  The pearls are Eyelet Outlet, and my enamel heart is Chickaniddy Crafts.  Her challenges run for a couple weeks, so hop on over and give it a try.

     I will leave you with a picture of my GS, as he is ready to depart for school this morning.  Luck of the Irish be with you!