Is January really almost over?!?  Between all the Holiday activities, building a house and hitting the slopes, I have been helping my son’s girlfriend make some fun and crafty projects for her 1st grade classroom.  I need to visit her class and take some pictures of the agenda strips and job charts, the library checkout system and the attendance magnet board to name a few of the projects I’ve worked on played with.  It has been quite a journey for her as she travels through her first year of teaching!  And it’s been so fun for me that she has let me help her “decorate” her classroom!

Well it’s good to finally be back in my craft room making a few cards.

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Made this one with a few challenges in mind to help get the rusty creative side brushed off:

Less Is More: Week 260 Recipe to include a SILHOUETTE in your creations.

Inkspirational Challenges: Challenge #100 – Blast from the Past – Chose Color Challenge #59 – blue with white or cream.

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Challenge #147 Anything Goes + A Sentiment

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This second card is for my DBIL.

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Again used some challenges to help get the cobwebs out of my brain!

Cardz 4 Guys Challenge Blog: Challenge #104 Spots and or Stripes

Addicted to CAS: Challenge #80 – Code Word RED

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

CAS(E) this Sketch!: Sketch #156
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Hope to be back soon.
Happy Crafting!
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Blue Card:

Stamps: PTI “Brushed Off” and “Think Big Favorites #12”; SU “For All Things”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Not Quite Navy and Handsome Hunter

Accessories: Sequins

Red Card:

Stamps: SU “Gorgeous Grunge” and “Bombs Away Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy; Doodlebug Design “October 31st” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red

Accessories: Baker’s Twine; Button, Washi Tape

Sep 142015

Here are the cards for my twin granddaughters’ birthday this year.

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The icing on the cupcakes was popped up with foam tape for some depth and dimension.

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A strip of the designer paper was added on the inside, too.

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And of course their favorite part of the card… the money!  lol

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Since they live so far away its hard to know exactly what they want/need.  But this year I had some cupcakes delivered to them that I ordered from a local bakery there.  One can always use cupcakes!

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Challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: “Stamp and Punch/Die Cut”

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Things With Wings”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

House of Cards September Challenge: “Stitch It Up!”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper September Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Sprinkles of Life” and “Papillon Potpourri”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Paper Stack

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Rhinestones; Sequins; Grosgrain Ribbon; SU “Tree Builder” Punch and “Elegant Butterfly” Punch; Spellbinders “A2 Curved Borders” Die

Today is the final day to upload cards for the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers, and I have five cards to share!

This first card fits into four of the challenges: DTGD15DiniA, DTGD15vdutchr, DTGD15UnderstandblueA and DTGD15LMcAree.

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This was the first time I’ve played at making a watercolor wash background and admit to using a big background stamp to help me with it.  Once the stamp was inked, I spritzed on some water and then stamped.

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This card is for the DTGDvasunshine challenge.  It may be my first Christmas card for the year.  Gotta start somewhere!

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The star is popped up on foam tape for some fun dimension.

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This third card is for the DTGD15StampmommaB challenge.  It is what I call a “recycled” card to help my hubby out of an awkward situation!Smiley.TeeHeeAni  (See below.)*

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Lots of foam tape on this image panel and the sentiment.

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*Over the years with birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day and other miscellaneous occasions my DH has accumulated quite a large number of handmade cards from me.  And he doesn’t know what to do with them afterwards.  He doesn’t want to toss them.  He thinks this would hurt my feelings.  But he really doesn’t have any place to put them either.  So I decided to rescue him from his dilemma.  After he has had them out for a week or two, I take them back and recycle them.  He is TOTALLY okay with this.  In fact, I think he is relieved!  lol  It is especially fun to dress up the earlier cards.  Below is the original of the card above.  The new version is already off to my DBIL.  And he can do whatever he wants with it afterwards with no worries.  Smiley.GrinHugeAni

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Original card on Splitcoastampers..

Card four is for the DTGD15JeanneS challenge.

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This gears die seemed like the perfect companion for this Graphic 45 patterned paper.  The large butterfly is popped up on foam tape for some depth and dimension.

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Made a trip to my local craft store over the weekend and found lots of NFL goodies.  Had to have some!  Will be sending these fun stamps off to my Tucson Seahawk loving son and family.  Kinda hard for them to find much of this sort of thing there.  lol

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Made a card for fun with some of the designer Seahawk paper to go along with it all.  Added a little football brad to finish off the fun.

This card will be playing along in the DTGD15StampmommaA and DTGD15fattire7 challenges.

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Hand drew a frame around the image of Seattle and added a “12” flag at the top of the Space Needle.

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Hope that you had a chance to play in the fun DTGD challenges over at Splitcoaststampers, too!
Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Market Fresh”, “Watercolor Wash” and “Sprinkles of Life”

Papers: PTI Select White and Spring Rain; Watercolor Paper

Inks: Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick; SU Basic Black; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread; Prima; Self-Adhesive Pearls

Card 2:

Stamps: PTI “Merry Little Christmas”

Papers: SU Kraft; Doodlebug Design “Home for the Holidays” Designer Paper

Inks: Tim Holtz “Old Paper”; Memento Tuxedo Blac

Accessories: Star Button; Rhinestones; Twine; Spellbinders “Stars Five” Dies

Card 3:

Stamps: SU Ancient Art, Canvas, Antique Cracking and Itty Bitty Backgrounds; PTI Birthday Basics

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Taken With Teal and Basic Black

Inks: SU Basic Black; VersaMark; White Gel Pen; Copic100

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Clip; Brads

Card 4:

Stamps: SU “Floral Wings” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”

Papers: PTI Select White; Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells Collection”

Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Basic Black

Accessories: Self-Adhesive Glitter Ribbon; Organdy Ribbon; Rhinestones; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; Memory Box “Steampunk Corner” Die

Card 5:

Stamps: Rubber Soul “Seattle”

Papers: PTI Select White; Scrapbook Customs Designer Paper

Inks: SU Night of Navy; Copic Black 0.1 Multiliner: Copics:
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Accessories: Football Brad; Self-Adhesive Glitter Ribbon

Splitcoaststampers (SCS) is the world’s largest stamping community, with more than 400,000 members of which many are Fan Club Members.  Each year several of the past and the 12 current designers at SCS (known as the Dirty Dozen) have a week long challenge-fest (40 challenges this year!) known as “Dare To Get Dirty (DTGD).” These challenges are especially for the Fan Club Members to say “Thank You” for their support.

Today is Day #1 of Dare to Get Dirty, and I am hosting a challenge which you can see HERE.  (You must be a Fan Club Member to access.) The cards that I am sharing are example cards for my challenge.

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Here’s a little tip.  I like to punch different colored circles to place behind buttons.  By doing this you can really change the look and “pop” of a button.

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This second card will be for my father-in-law’s birthday.  My hubby was recently saying how much he appreciates the fact that his dad, even in financially thin times, had a small boat that the family would enjoy all summer long.  It made for some happy family times.  He can write his dad a note on the inside to that effect.

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A little piece of twine adhered to the punched anchor adds a fun element and completes the card.

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I’ve also entered into some of my favorite blogland challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper August Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Stamp and Create July Challenge: “Patterns”

Hope to see you in the DTGD Galleries!!
Happy Crafting!
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Floral
Stamps: SU “Flower Patch”
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; Authentique “Legacy”
Inks: SU Rose Red and Always Artichoke
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Pearls; Button; SU “Flower Fair Framelits Dies”; 3/4″ Circle Punch

Nautical
Stamps: SU “The Open Sea”; Impress Sentiment
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Pure Poppy; SU Night of Navy; Authentique “Seaside”
Inks: SU Night of Navy: Copics: y000w000.jpg
Accessories: Martha Stewart Anchor Punch; Twine

Jun 292015

I. Love. Summer.  Playing in the lake.  Fresh fruits and bbq.  Fourth of July.  Making cards for family birthdays.

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This one is for my niece whose birthday is right after the Fourth of July.  I wonder how many red, white and blue birthday cards she has received over the years!  hehe

Playing along in some challenges, too:

Simon Says Monday Challenge – Summer

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly Challenge PP250 – Trio-Tastic  There are 3 little self-adhesive pearls.

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

“Just Us Girls” Challenge #299 – Inspiration Week

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Happy Summer!!

Stamps: SU “Market Fresh” and “Birthday Blossoms”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Stack

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories:  Twine; Self-Adhesive Pearls; Washi Tape; 1″ Corner Rounder Punch

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This week’s challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to be inspired by the phrase “Falling in Love.”  So playing with the word “Fall”ing and the word “Love”, here is a wedding card in the Fall color orange.Smiley.Yes1Ani

After stamping the main image, the banner was stamped below and a sentiment added.  The banner was then partially cut out across the bottom.  Washi tape was added to the card base above and below the image panel.

This card is also playing along in two other challenges:

The Card Concept Challenge #20 – Colour Challenge using Black, Orange and White – Card “Classy & Elegant”

Papertake Weekly Challenge – Anything Goes.

Finally, I just have to share this darling little invitation that my daughter-in-law made for my granddaughter’s birthday.  So CUTE!

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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “This Day Forward” and “Take It to Heart”

Papers: PTI Select White and Canyon Clay

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Black Marker; Copic:

Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Tapes; Rhinestones

Sep 022014

Sometimes the crafting is put on hold, and that’s what happened this summer.  Besides moving (again), I learned to surf!!  What FUN (the surfing.. not the moving)!!

Now I’m getting back to crafting and starting on some Christmas card designs.  Here’s one that is playing along in today’s color challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.

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The ornament image is from the new Stampin’ Up Holiday Mini Catalog.  I’ve colored it with Copics.

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This card is also playing along in a new challenge on Tracy’s blog called the Monday Mood Board.  Just love the colors and the black and white and gray leafy images in the Monday Mood Board Challenge #2.

This second card uses a new (to me) stencil from Simon Says Stamp.

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Gotta have a little glitter here and there!

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So glad that I’m finally getting going on some Christmas cards.  Have a long way to go, but at least it’s a start.

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Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Christmas Bauble”; Flourishes “Sleigh Ride”

Papers: PTI Select White and Berry Sorbet

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black; Copics:
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Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi; Rhinestone

Card 2:

Stamps: Waltzing Mouse Stamps “Festive Foliage”; Flourishes “Sleigh Ride”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pinefeather

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Handsome Hunter and Basic Black

Accessories: Simon Says Stamp “Ornament on a String” Stencil; We R Memory Keepers Washi; Stickles “Xmas Red”; Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Tool; SU Piercing Template “Essentials”; Red Elastic Cord

Jun 172014

A couple of weekends ago my DH and I were able to see our granddaughters in Vegas and help our youngest one celebrate her 2nd birthday.

The shells on Kira’s birthday card were colored with Copics.  Then Stickles and sequins were added for some fun sparkle.

I made some matching food cards, too, for the fabulous birthday brunch spread.

Kira loves Ariel so her birthday party was all about her favorite mermaid.  Ariel even came to the big event!

And of course the cake kept up the theme!  It was absolutely adorable, and Kira was thrilled.  (The cake:  Tricia-Ann’s Tasty Creations – Las Vegas)

Kira’s card fits perfectly into this week’s Mod Squad Challenge “In the Ocean or On the Sea”!

Life is good.  Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Hero Arts “Oceans of Joy”, “Magical Castle” and “Birthdays (4)”; SU “Itty Bitty Backgrounds”

Papers: PTI Select White and Royal Velvet

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black; Copics:

Accessories: Ribbon; Silver Cord; Stickles “Turquoise” and “Starry Night”; Hobby Lobby “Decorative Trim Lace”; Darice Crystal Sequins

Here are three Mother’s Day cards for three very special ladies.

This first one is for my dear mother-in-law.  She likes warm colors, and they suit her.  Lotti is such a kind and wonderful woman.  Love her.

The die cut oval is popped up with foam tape.  The image has been subtly shaded with Copics, and the flowers and leaf have been fussy cut and adhered with glue dots.

This next card is for one of my daughters-in-law.  She LOVES purple so, of course, there had to be some purple used here.   Kimber really has her hands full right now with three little preschoolers!  Thank you for being such a good mom to those sweet grandkids of mine!

Added lots of rhinestone for lots of bling.  And for a little extra depth, the white die cut doily is popped up with foam tape.

This last card is for another daughter-in-law.  She is the mommy to three of my granddaughters.  Jenna keeps the girls (and their dad!  heheh) active and having fun.

I had so much fun making this card using my new flower punch with matching image.  Yup, lots more blingy rhinestones and pearls and a popped up image here, too.

All three cards are being entered into the two following challenges:

Simon Says “Spring Flowers” and
Sister Act Card Challenge “Challenge #56”

Hoping all those moms out there today have a wonderful and relaxing day!
Happy Mother’s Day!
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Lotti’s Card
Stamps: SU “Bright Blossoms” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White, Orange Zest and Ripe Avocado; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Only Orange, Summer Sun and Always Artichoke; Copics:
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape; Adhesive Pearls and Rhinestones; Satin Ribbon; Corner Rounder Punch; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Rectangles” Dies and “Beaded Ovals” Die

Kimberly’s Card
Stamps: SU “Serene Silhouettes” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White, Harvest Gold and Winter Wisteria; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape; Adhesive Rhinestones; Gingham Ribbon; PTI “Doily Details C” Die; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Eyelet Squares” Die; “1-3/4″ Circle” Punch

Jenna’s Card
Stamps: SU “Serene Silhouettes”, “Petite Petals” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White and Raspberry Fizz
Inks: SU Pink Passion and Night of Navy; Copic:
Accessories: My Mind’s Eye “Oxford Lane” Washi Tape; Adhesive Pearls and Rhinestones; PTI “Edgers #2” Die; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Circles” Die; “1-3/4″ Circle” Punch; SU “Petite Petals” Punch and “2-3/8″ Scallop Circle” Punch

May 072014

I can hardly believe that my grandson is a year old!  Here is his card for the big day.

The monkey is a cupcake topper that was saved from a baby shower I attended a couple of month’s ago.  A small cut was made in the cardstock, and the little stem was inserted and taped down on the underside to hold it in place.

CAS on Sunday is having a fun “Sparkle and Shimmer” challenge to use glitter.  This card is playing along in the challenge, as this ever so dazzling designer paper has lots of sparkle already built-in.

There are a couple of other challenges, too, that Little Monkey is playing in.  They are the Papertake Weekly Challenge “Anything Goes” and the Simon Says Monday Challenge “Five”.  The “five” things I chose to create this card are: Paper, Stamp Set, Ink, Monkey Topper and Rope Twine.

Happy Birthday, Little Monkey!
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Stamps: Verve “Birthday Bash”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf; The Paper Studio “Eat Cake” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Rope Twine; Wilton Monkey Topper

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