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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Flower Elf - Creatalicious #138

Welcome back my friends. I'm a little late getting this posted, but better late than never, right! No more wasps, just busy with getting a handle on class work for this week. There is a lot of reading and writing.

Here is my card for the Creatalicious challenge for this fortnight.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Fabrika Fantasy - Summer Elf
  • Sentiment - Lili of the Valley
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Sahara Sand; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up
  • Accessories - Ribbon - Stampin Up; Flower - Recollection
  • Copic Markers - BG70, BG72, BG75; E40, E41; R12, Y13, Y18; YG00, YG03, YG05, YG13
 Thanks to our fabulous sponsor for my image. I loved using it. 

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is

Prize  -  3 digi images

We are a small creative team writing and illustrating fantasy adventure and children's books. We love to draw fun and amusing characters, and are happy to offer them to you as digital stamps. We hope you like these digital images and they help make your creations bright, interesting and memorable!
 
I hope you'll come play along with us. You could win this fabulous prize or be chosen as one of the Top 3.  Good luck. See you soon.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Happy Birthday Explosion - IAS No. 32

Hi all! Happy Sunday. It's all good here. Pain from my wasp sting is all gone and you would never know to look at me.

I have spent a lot of time today working on my lessons for the week. Both classes require a lot of reading and writing, which is not my thing. I've never been crazy about any kind of writing. I'd much rather be creating and making pretty things. One of the questions for the discussion board this week is "To what extent is writing a natural talent and to what extent is it a skill developed through hard work?" I know what my answer is. :)

Well, on to the business at hand and my real passion - card making! The challenge for this fortnight over at International Art & Soul was to make an Interactive Card. I was kind of late getting mine done because of school, but I had seen this tutorial and I thought it would be fun. This is my second attempt. I messed up following the directions on the first one, but I like the way this one turned out.


 




This didn't take much to put it together, just pay attention to how you are to score it and do the folding.
Materials Used:
  • Stamps - Stampin Up Happiest Birthday Wishes; Age Awareness; Balloon Adventures
  • Ink - Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up Tasty Treats
No copics, no coloring.

I hope you'll come and join in the fun. I'd love to see what you create. You could be the winner or picked as one of the Top 3 and receive one of these lovely badges for your blog.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

April Flowers from my Stash

Hi friends!  I hope you are having a great weekend. Mine was pretty productive with only one hitch. I was out working in the back yard cleaning out passionflower vine that is growing into my Knockout roses. I happened to see a small wasp nest up in the corner of the door entry so I got a long stick to knock it down. I didn't see any of the mud daubers in there, but it turned out that there were a few and one of them nailed me on the bridge of my nose! I was able to brush it away quickly as soon as I felt the sting and get some ice on it so it didn't swell up and got rid of the sting quickly. After I took care of my nose, I got the wasp spray out and able to hit three of the mud daubers.

Even though I get started back in school this week, I had some time today to work on some cards. This one is made from a kit that I got from Heartfelt Creations last August after being at the Creative Keepsake Convention the weekend Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. I went to CKC so I could take the Heartfelt Creations classes to learn how to make these paper flowers. I love the cards that they make from their products. Unfortunately, they left the convention early because of the hurricane, so I've been watching videos to learn how to make these flowers.

This card was made for the Monthly Challenge on the Challenge Your Stash group on Splitcoast Stampers. Sue (stampinspooky) was our hostess for the month of April, and her theme for us was to use Flowers or Showers. I love using flowers on my cards, so I chose to make mine Flowers.


I used a pale yellow ink on the flowers and pink on the small flowers.  It is so much prettier in real life.



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Blossom April Monthly Challenge

Hi my friends and Happy Sunday!

I hope that you're enjoying your day. Has Spring arrived yet? It came here and then departed. Our temps have been on the cooler side for us. I know some of you are thinking - Cool??  It's downright cold where I am!!  LOL! I'm sure. There  has been some wonky weather of late, but hopefully that will pass over soon and we'll get to the good stuff. I do have plants growing and flowers blooming, but so far not a butterfly in sight. I'm ready for them though with about 8 milkweed plants that are looking very appetizing - to a Monarch butterfly.

I finally have a card to share with you after finishing up my second semester of school. My third and last of this series of classes starts tomorrow (Creative Writing & English) and goes to the middle of July.  Maybe be the time it's done, I'll learn to like writing.

My card today is done for our Monthly Challenge group on Splitcoast Stampers - Creative Card Chicks. Each month one of the members sends out a kit to all the other members and we each get to make at least one card from the kit and share it with the rest of the group. This month it was Jeanette's turn to be hostess (Forest Ranger on SCS). She sent us this adorable image and sentiment. I just loved it even though I'm cat person.
The image is Blossom from Your Next Stamp. All the embellishments, papers (American Crafts), and ribbon came from the kit. I used Stampin Up Blushing Bride cardstock to mat everything and some gold Liquid Pearls to accent the flowers.

Copic Markers I used: B0000, B000, B00; E000, E00, E21, E23; G21, G24; R81, R83, R85; Y18

It really did remind me of Spring and brought some freshness and peace into a rather hectic time of my life.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Summer Walk - Creatalicious #136

Hello my friends. I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. Our weather was picture perfect and spent time with family. All that has made me late in getting my card posted for this challenge.

Our theme for this Creatalicious challenge is Anything Goes with the Optional of Friends/Friendship.
Materials Used:
  • Image - The Paper Shelter - A Summer Walk
  • Sentiment 
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Baja Breeze; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Ink - Stampin Up Baja Breeze
  • Designer Peper - Basic Gray - Plumeria collection
  • Accessories - circle punch; Stampin Up scallop punch and edge punch; button and ribbon from my stash
  • Sketch - Retro Sketch #25
  • Copic Markers - E0000, E000, E00, E23, E25, E29, E50, E53; R24; YR0000, YR00, YR02

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is


Prize - $15 Gift Certificate
I hope you come play along with us. You could be the winner of this prize or picked as one of the Top 3. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Tulips

Hello friends and Happy Spring!  So sorry if Spring hasn't caught up to you yet. I know some are still digging out from snow storms. Been there; done that. Don't want to do it anymore. I'm so glad that our cold, rainy season seems to be over for the time being and we're enjoying some pleasant weather with a bit of sunshine.

I love flowers and tulips are one of my most favorite. That is one thing I miss about being up North is having the beautiful bulbs poke out of the ground every Spring. The image for our card this month was just what I needed. This card is for our Creative Card Chicks on Splitcoaststampers. Each month our hostess sends out a kit containing images, paper, embellishments, and whatever she wants and then we all will make a card or two or three and post it on our thread. This month our hostess was Paola. Sad to say she'll be leaving the group after this round for personal reasons. We all wish her the best.
Here is what she has to say about her kit. "The image is from a stamp set from Sparkle and Sprinkle which is kind of local to Florida. The paper is from Michael's (The zigzag is more blue than the green that it looks like.) The butterflies are die cuts.

I used Stampin Up Baja Breeze for my card base and some Stampin Up ribbon for the bow.  I used my Copic markers to color in the image - B0000, R81, R83, R85; YG03, YG06, YG63, and YGY67.

That's it for today. See you soon.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ugly Sweater - IAS #29

Hello my friends and Happy Sunday! It's a little gray and gloomy here today, but hopefully the sun will come out soon and warm things up. Yesterday was a beautiful day and I was able to do just a little bit of work out there before I had to come inside and rest. That really irks me because I used to love to work out in my gardens and would spend hours out pulling weeds and digging in the dirt. That is one thing that age has placed limits on. 😧

So, what makes me happy now is time spent in my craft room. I did have a little bit of time during the last couple weeks to spend some time doing some creating. This card was made for the latest challenge for International Art & Soul. Our DT Team Member Jeanette picked the theme for our challenge which is to "Add Humor."






Materials Used:
Image and Sentiment- Art Impressions
Cardstock - Stampin Up Cucumber Crush; Xpress It Blending Card
Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Be of Good Cheer
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Flower from Hobby Lobby; ribbon from my stash
Copic Markers - B0000, B02; E00, E11, E23, E25, E51; G14, G16, G19; R24, R35, R46; Y18, Y35; YR04; W12

Now it' up to you. I hope you'll pop on over to the challenge blog and add your creation. I look forward to seeing some Humor on your projects. You could be a winner or one of the Top 3.

Our badges are our way of saying a big congratulations to you for sharing your creative spirit with us, for taking the time to join in and celebrating the freedom of art and crafting with us.  Please take your badge knowing it is given to you with all our love :)




I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

heARTful stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Creative fingers - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes