Joy to you!

Hey there!  Happy Sunday to you!  What a busy weekend but must keep plugging on.  I am excited to share my card today because it's my first card I really got to use lots of techniques on and also I really love it!

It's for Sentimental Sunday's theme which is something found in a garden.  Flowers are certainly found there and this paper from The Girl's Paperie is still a fave of mine.  Sniff sniff that they are no longer in production.  I need to scoop up all I can find before they disappear from the shelves. 

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How I made it: I sprayed my card with Maya Mist and then started layering.  A fave thing of mine!  I fussy cut the flower pattern out and added to the corner.  Next I added a Jenni Bowlin journaling spot cut in half.  I distressed both pieces with ink.
Then I made a little tag from cream card stock and added a brass eyelet and some twine.  I pulled out a KI stamp set that must be three years old and I never used.  The shame.  I stamped joy and the snowflakes (yes, I used a snowflake stamp on a summer inspired card) with a hot pink ink.   Love that color against the blue mist.  Then my last favorite technique is embellishing.

I added a ticket from Creative Imaginations with a rub-on from Jo-Ann's and two metal pink roses.  A lime green ribbon with a button and more floss and two stick pins.  Finally a few rhinestones to finish it all off. Viola!

I will be back tomorrow with a new card and some exciting news! 

Challenges I would like to enter this card into:
City Crafter Challenge: #67 Vintage Garden using this color inspiration from below:

Clear it Out: Anything goes and used older stamp set
Creative Craft Challenges: 3D it-lots of BIG layers
Papercraft Star: #55 Anything goes
Polkadoodle: #30 Anything you would find in an English Garden
Truly Scrumptious: #62 Buttons and Bows
Use It Tuesdays: #12 2fer! 2 hoarded items (paper and metal roses)


Christmas in July

Yep it's Christmas in July for me.  I am ready for it with the hot weather.  Only because my a/c units run non stop and my grass is crispy yellow.  It's almost like walking on a board of spikes.   I can't ever remember the water rotation for my area to water it.  It's nice to have hot weather sometimes but when it starts affecting my pocketbook (electricity & water) not so happy.  That's crafty supplies being sucked up for the cool air running on every level at my house and green dandelions.  Yeah, I admit it.  Not the green thumb here with the grass.  Simon could careless about it as well, so now it's two strikes against the poor vegetation.  I don't want to put the chemicals down on it to grow because it really needs to be completely re sodded which would be huge $$$$.  I would rather go to Europe for 16 days!  ;-)  LOL! 

I digress, my card for today feature's lots of Webster's Pages.  I took advantage of their warehouse sale a while back and was thrilled with my box!  I love the quality of their papers.  Does anyone else rub their fingers between a piece of paper?  Uh-oh.  I think I just admitted another quirky trait I have.  TMI?

This week at Crafty Creations we have a Christmas in July theme so break out all those holiday papers and take break from the heat if you live in the US. 
Challenges I would like to enter this card in:
Crafts and Me: #45 Ribbon
Craft Your Passion: #67 Christmas
Creative Belli: #122 Christmas in July plus old forgotten embellishments:rub-on and yellow stickles
Creative Inspirations: #65 Christmas in July
Papercraft Star: #55 Anything Goes
Paper Shelter: #24 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  The give away will start next week.  Be sure to come back for it :-)


Summer time cards

Hey there!  Hope you are having a great Monday!  I am so excited to finally be back at home but I am ever so tired.  Jet lag?   A day of rest should conquer that.  :-)  I am getting together a fabulous give away so be on the look out for details.  Coming soon---I promise!

I have two cards to share with you today from Paper Playtime's Digi Monday challenge.  The first is using a Bugaboo image.  I think this flamingo is so cute chilling on the beach with his bucket and shovel.  I kept this card really flat cause I want to mail it.  Lesson learned after mailing so many bumpy cards.   Anyhow...

I used a scrap of Creative Imaginations paper (orange and purple ledger) and a tiny strip of Paper Trey Ink (polka dot) for this CAS card.  That;s a Studio G clear stamp which I used SU's Pumpkin Pie ink to stamp and then highlighted with two Queen & Co. rhinestones. 

Challenges for this card:
Creative Card Crew: Animals Anitcs
Dutch Dare: #122 Color Challenge
Paper Sundaes: #79 Beach or Summer

The second card uses a BonieBleaux image and sentiment which you can find at Dude Time Doodles. I love this guy's attitude.  Well, I guess you could say I kinda gave him one with the sentiment.  Hee hee.  Summer days sure make me unmotivated to do anything. 

I printed him on craft card stock because I am really terrible with backgrounds.  Opps!  Did I really just admit that to all of you?  I guess so.   I feel like it does not look so naked and like the guy is floating in space.  Like my flamingo is.  Since it's a masculine image, I kept this card as guy like as I could with the grid paper, red mat as a highlight and some brown twine.  I did use light colored brads for the edges.  I seem to be getting into brads again.  I have enough so it's good to destash.  :-)

Challenges for this card:
2 Sisters: #49 Anything Goes
CES Challenges: #46 Humor/Funny
Cute Card Thursday: #174  For his eyes only
Craft Your Days Away: #25 Summer
Totally Papercrafts: One of the boys
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Enjoy Your Day!

Hope you are enjoying your day!   I am back today to share with you my card from Aud Sentiments.  Our sponsor is Just Some Lines this week.  Super cute images!  I chose to work with an Emo Paula.

I actually avoided using pattern papers which is amazing for me.  I just thought she was too cute to be smothered with fancy/distracting papers.  She is colored in with Copics and adhered to a Mauve Mist card stock panel.  I added Martha Stewart seam binding with a yellow flower and a rhinestone to accent.  The sentiment is from Stampendous.  I used a little tag of yellow card stock and attached with my tiny attacher.  That's it. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges I would to enter my card in:
Clear It Out: Anything Goes (flowers and ribbon are part of dehoarding)
Craft Us Crazy: #13 Anything Goes
KB Cute Monday: #22 Use a digi
Lollipop Crafts: Special Summer Anything Goes challenge
Stamps & Fun= Creativity: #56 Use a digi


Seeing Double

We are seeing double at Crafty Creations this week.  I used a Hope Jacare  Doodle's image which I printed out micro small to print and then cut out to make this fun card to say Yippee! 

I used Sassafras Lass papers for the front panel and then added a strip of light blue card stock to highlight the images.  The rub-on is from American Crafts mini marks.  The tiny ric rac is Wright's.  I popped the images up with foam dots and added a touch of red stickles to the tiny stars inside. 

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A Wise Man

A wise man.  Are you thinking of the 3 wise men?  Not even close to the card I want to share with you today.  Hee hee.  Did I trick you and make you think you were going to be viewing a Christmas card?  I am in Europe still so my mind is in vacation mode.  No Christmas thoughts.  Just beautiful Marseilles, France.  :-)

We have a masculine challenge for this week's Sentimental Sundays so I really focused on using darker colors with a minimal amount of embellies.  Let's see how you think I did.

I mixed a variety of papers for this.  I started with some Making Memories on the lower half.  The top is K & Co. including the banner.  I printed the sentiment(this was a freebie set which she offers each week on the blog)  from Raindrop Echo onto craft card stock, cut out and then clipped the edges to resemble a ticket.  I was thinking banners are seen at men's events like Nascar right?  You need a ticket to get in so a man would be seen with that right?  I seriously was fixating on a race because the brads reminded me of the wheels you see on the cars.  I know.  My mind works mysteriously.  Anyhow, the twine is my favorite and I can;t tell you where it comes from because someone sent it to me.  I inked it with Vintage Touch inks for a tad bit of distressing.

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Boyz to Men for Crafty Creations

Hey there!  Still in Europe but updating my blog with my design team challenges as I can.  I hope you are having a fabulous day. 
My card for Crafty Creations this week features a Lily of The Valley image.  I was ever so fortunate to receive this in the mail from a friend.  It's the sweetest little image entitled "Mr. Fix-It".  I did not get a chance to use before father's day, but I think this card would be a perfect little something to remind that Dad how much he means to you.  I know my father was the "Mr. Fix-It" man and would repair anything that needed it in my household.  I still take things to him to fix when I am clueless of how to fix.  I try but it's often in vain.  Love my Dad!
I used Fancy Pants papers that were in my scrap box leftovers.  I thought the polka dots were cute but not too cutesy.  I kept it simple to focus on the image and used four copper brads to attach to front.  That's it.  All done. I need to hit the that was easy button.  Don't have one but mentally envisioning. 

Challenges I would like to enter my card in:

Bearly Mine:#14 Anything Goes
HLSC:#30 Critters
The Paper Variety:Photo Inspiration
Shopping Our Stash:out with the old in with the new- used old brads and a new image
Use It Tuesday:Animals and hoarded brads

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Inky Fingers for Sentimental Sundays

This week we have an Inky Fingers challenge at Sentimental Sundays.  I chose to use a sponge to apply the ink which can be a bit messy.   I was covered with baby blue fingers this day.  I had fun doing it though!

The sentiment is Raindrop Echo and can be found here.  I love these dressed up labels Ann designed.  I just printed on Bazzill cardstock and then trimed around the edges.  As mentioned, I dId ink the cardfront with a sponge to give a little texture and also go lighter on the coloring. I inked the edges with the pad directly.  I applied a strip  Bazzill yellow scallop border and a piece of orange ribbon which I attached with the  tiny attacher.  Next came my bling and twine with a cream button. Then I attached the image with foam dots and added a red feather for an extra shot of color.  Voila!  All done.
Hope you like! 

Challeneges I would like to enter this card into:

Shelly's Images: Celebrate use 3 things:punches, ribbon, and digi
The Crafty Pad:129 texture
One Stitch at a Time: #70 anything goes


PumpkinSpice DT Call

Squeaking in one last card before I leave.  I made this card for the PumpkinSpice design team call.  Have you seen ShopPumpkinSpice?  If not, you are missing out because the products are at least 30% off retail.  I love deals on scrapbooking items!  Denine is a mom of four that started this business back in May 2010 to offer scrapbookers a chance to design their perfect kit at a discounted price.  The store has My Mind's Eye, Cosmo Cricket, Cuttelbug, Graphic 46, Echo Park, BoBunny and lots more.  What are you waiting for?  Get over there!
The call asks for a  new card especially made for this and  asks you to use two or more designer papers from the list.   I chose Echo Park and My Mind's Eye.  I will say MME happens to be my fave paper company because they always have a variety of lines ranging from cute to shabby chic.  Plus they have tons of embellies which I ♥.

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I layered the stripe paper on a card base.  I cut a panel of the yellow polka dot paper and added a strip of the light blue print to the center.   I stitched the top and bottom together with grey thread.  I punched a ticket using my EK Success punch from the tiny red polka dot paper, cut in half and adhered to the panel.  Then  I wrapped the red baker's twine around the card three times, added a button, and tied a bow. 
Next I stamped the doily and then cut out.  I popped it up with foam dots for dimension.  I punched a small circle from the tiny red polka dot and applied the sentiment with stickers and added to center of doily with foam dots.  I accented with rhinestones. 
Supplies for my card:

cardstock: Recollections white
pattern paper: My Mind's Eye  Stella & Rose "Gertie" Delightful Sweet Stripe  and Echo Park Summer Days Borders and Rainbow
stamp: My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose "Gertie" Girly
ink: Stampin'Up Summer Sun
stickers: Echo Park Summer Days
rhinestones: Kaiser Craft
fiber: Martha Stewart red baker's twine
button: craft supply
tools: EK Success Journal Plate

Thank you for stopping by! Fingers crossed!


You're One of a Kind

My card for Aud Sentiments this week. Our sponsor is Digital Delights and the challenge is "At least 2 Words".  I used the  Digtital Delights sentiment paired with lots of Echo Park papers and a card stock sticker.  A little of stitching too. 
Just a fun card for me. 
pattern papers and card stock sticker: Echo Park Summer Days
digital sentiment: Digital Delights
rhinestones: Heidi Swapp
button: craft supply
other: circle punch and stitching

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Happy Birthday

Well, it's not really any one's birthday that I know of but it could be you or someone you know right?  I made this card for Penny's  challenge using Balloon Kaylee from Some Odd Girl .   I have to tell you my card is based upon Leah's design found here.  I am not normally a "caser" but I thought her card was just incredible! I also have to admit, these are not my "norm" digitals so I felt completely out of my zone.  I tried to add a little shabby with the paper, trim, and flowers.  So not used to this style.  I just want to be sure I give her the credit because she completely inspired me to try and I thank her ever so much for this!
I used Diamond Glaze on the balloons and Stickles on her socks.  A close up kinds shows this:

Challenges I would like to enter this card in:

2 Sisters Challenges: #46 birthdays
Birthday Challenges: #16 birthdays
Colour Create Challenge: #74 fuschia, green,and white
Craft-room Challenge: summer birthdays
Ellephantastic Challenges: July's celebrations
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City of Light

Bonjour mes chers amis! My french is tres rusty but I plan on changing that a tiny bit after this week because I am heading to Paris!  I can not wait!  Visions of architectural delights, fine cuisine, beautiful fashions, and more will be explored as I have always dreamed of.
I am the host for this week's Crafty Creations and my theme was Parisian inspired with an anything but a card.  I decided to create a little matchbook (you can view directions on how to make here) so I could carry it around with me to take a few notes if need be.  Translation-I don't know the French word so I write it down and look it up.  :-)   Here's a picture of the inside:

I used some My Mind's Eye American Made papers which I am still in ♥ with.  The Eiffel tower and postal stamp are from Black Leaf Studios, who are sponsoring us this week.  Have you seen their designs?  They have everything from digital stamps to cutting files to printable invitations and stationary.  They also have some great $1 items here.They generously donated "Poodle in Paris" for us to work with.   I  colored in the postal stamp with red and blue for color then layered it on top of the Eiffel tower.  I printed it three times because I wanted to add some depth to it.  The entire design is distressed with Papertrey Ink's Vintage Touch.  If  you have not bought this yet, what are you are waiting for?  I love this ink set!  I did cut some tiny postal marks out from 7 Gypsies paper to accent.  This was hard to do because I am so coveting that paper since it's hard to find anymore   Sigh.  I am trying to stop my hoarding ways though. Also added a date stamp for me to always remember.  As if I could forget. 
Also want to mention the new guest designer for the month is Shirl Leong.  Her blog is an eclectic mix of crafts that are sure to wow you! Stop on by and say hey!

I may be missing a bit because I will be away but when I come back I have a big surprise to share with my readers! **Hint it's something you might want to receive.** So please be sure and check back with me!  :-)

Challenges I would liket o enter this card into are:
Allsorts: #110 free and easy July
Craft Your Days Away: #23 vintage
Creative Inspirations: #63 red, white, and blue
One Stitch at a Time: #69 use a digi
Stamp Something: use a digi
The Pink Elephant: #106 red, white, and blue
Use It Tuesday: #10 red, white, and blue and used some hoarded papers by 7 Gypsies

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Friendship Tag

Hey there!  How's your day going?  Incredibly hot here with a chance of storms.  Whew!  Hope we get some rain because my poor grass sure is thirsty.  :-)
It's Sunday so that means I get to share a Sentimental Sunday's project with you!  Yeah!  Our theme is anything goes!  I made a tag that I added a digital image to with some lace and a tiny bit of bling.  The sentiment is from Raindrop Echo and you can find here designs here.  I made the tag from kraft paper and attached a gold eyelet that's been hanging around for some time.  I colored and then cut out a single flower for a focal point.  I like that it accents the greeting and also draws your eye down to the lace along the bottom of the tag.  I did add a strip of red rhinestones because it's me, ♥ my flashy bling!  :-)  I hope you like!
Challenges I would like to enter my tag into:
Craft Your Passion: #64 seeing red
Digital Tuesday: #117 Flower Power
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations: Anything but a card
One Stop Craft Challenge: #138 Tag
Paper Play: week 26 Anything but a card