Thursday, June 25, 2015

little red wagon!!

If you're thinking Miranda Lambert, think again.  I want you to think Little Red Wagon Challenge!  I am so happy to share with you, I will be one of the newbies designing with the Girlfriends!  If you haven't been to the blog, stop in and take a look at the fun challenges we have in store.  I am thrilled to be starting with them next week.  Challenge #295 this week is 'Cute as a Button' and you got it, Tracy wants to see buttons.

I made this card to commemorate Leon Day.  One of the local radio stations here celebrates Leon (Noel backwards) by playing Christmas carols because it's only 6 months till Christmas!  I thought it would be fitting to add to my Christmas Card stash and use a button.

If you want more inspiration, I have links to the other Girlfriend's blogs on the side bar.  Not only are they lovely and talented, they are witty and reading their posts will make you smile!

We've almost made it to the weekend!  Hope the week has been good to you.

I would also like to enter at:
Craftyhazelnut's Chrismas Challenge Extra - ATG
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - animals


Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas Peeking
Paper:  Doodlebug Design Frosty Friends, X-press It blending card, Colorbok Glitter paper, DCWV vellum
Accessories:  Lawn Fawn lawn cuts stitched snowflakes, Copic markers, All Dressed Up snowflake button, 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Inspired by a Book

Welcome to CRAFT Challenge #317; Inspired by a book.

 Our sponsor this week is:

Truthfully, I did things backwards.  I chose this cute digi from Scrapper's Delight and then remembered a wonderful book, Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan.  This is the card that developed:

Manga Beach Digi 8
I colored the image with Copic Markers, but tried to define the hair more with my Prismacolor Pencils.  (I'm still practicing on hair and folds for sure.)  I fired up my Silhouette to cut the palm tree, the waves and the sand were cut with Lawn Fawn dies and that is pretty much it.

I hope you have time this week to stop in and join the fun.  Be sure to check out by the CRAFT Challenge blog here to see the great makes by the DT.  You can get all the challenge details there too.  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations. 


Image:  Scrapper's Delight Manga Beach Digi   
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas Fun in the Sun set
Ink: Archival Ink Coffee 
Paper:  Neenah cardstock and kraft cardstock, Stampin' UP! kraft cardstock, DCWV vellum, cardstock scraps
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils, Miss Kate's Cutables svg designs, Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts Stitched Hillside Borders and Ocean Wave Borders

Monday, June 22, 2015

We all live...

Hi friends!  Welcome to another Top Tip Tuesday Challenge.  This week our hostess is Elaine and she wants to see how a song inspires you this fortnight.  

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Stamp and Create:

It's pretty obvious what song inspired my card.  Yellow Submarine is one of my favorite Beatles songs and the Beatles are one of my very favorite groups (showing my age).

I had such fun making this card.  I "smooshed" Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers  and  Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks to make the background.  I added a little Smooch Spritz and stamped a Fawn Lawn sentiment.  The free digi is by Kathy Ahrens which I found here.  I printed the digi on yellow cardstock (which is my tip for this week) and then added a little Copic coloring and Sakura Glaze pen to make the rivets.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn, Scripty Sayings and that's about it.

I sure do hope you can make it by the Top Tip Tuesday Blog.  The ultra talented Deneen has a wonderful tutorial for you.  It's one I'm definitely going to try.  You will want to see the DT inspiration, wonderful as usual!  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to seeing what song inspires you.


Image:  Kathy Ahrens submarine 
Sentiment:  Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  DCWV Cardstock, Strathmore watercolor paper, yardstick scraps
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Ink, Sakura Glaze pen, Smooch Spray

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Green, Yellow and Blue Stitches

Short post to show a card I finished last night.  It has been so beautiful today.  I have spent much of the day outside, even did a little digging in the dirt a little.  

The Cat's Pajamas has a color challenge going on.


Little Red Wagon has Challenge #294 going on, where you need to do something with Stitches.

Stamping as Fast as I Can!

This was the perfect opportunity to use my new stamps and stitched cloud dies from TCP.  I got out my TCP slider tool and helped the Bunny take flight. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your weekend is full of goodness!


Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Drop In and Away We Go
Paper:  Colorbok Pattern Pack, Echo Park I Lover Summer Paper Pad, Neenah Cardstock, DCWV Cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Taylored Expressions Sequins, The Cat's Pajamas Stitched Cloud die and Stitched Fly, Slider die

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CRAFT Challenge 316 - Anniversary or Wedding

Welcome to CRAFT Challenge #316.  This week we want to see your Anniversary or Wedding cards.

 Our sponsors this week are:


I chose a wonderful sentiment from Eureka Stamps to use with my  bride from Stamping Bella.  I purchased some Deco Foil and gave it a try on this lovely Congratulations digi.  I had a hard time getting the photo to show the gold foil, in real life it adds quite a classy touch.  

I still have some learning to do when it comes to using foil.  I did find that running through my laminator several times seemed to work better than just once and you definitely have to use a laser printer.

I hope you have time this week to join in on the fun.  Be sure to stop by the CRAFT Challenge blog here to see all the creations the DT put together.  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations. 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers - CAS totally messed up this is CAS with sprays or mists
TIME OUT Challenges - Happy is the bride the sun shines on


Stamps:  Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Brigitte the bride
Sentiment:  Eureka Stamps Congratulations 5507
Ink:  Mememto Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Posh and Studio Calico sequins, Stickles, Coppic Markers, iCraft deco foil, Sizzix embossing folder

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Melonheadz Bright Sweet Sunday

My family and I had a wonderful, lazy Sunday yesterday and as a result I got to spend some time in my room putting together this little card. The layout was inspired by this Sweet Sunday Sketch #273:

The colors were inspired by Summer and met the challenge at Melonheadz Friends which is to use bright colors. I used one of the Melonheadz freebies Nikki so kindly shared. Check out her blog here. I love all her little cuties! So, I want to enter this card in these challenges:

Ok, short and sweet. Hope you have a great week in the works!

Image: Melonheads
Paper: Neenah Cardstock, Echo Park I Love Sunshine paper pad, DCWV cardstock
Accessories: Copic and Atyou Spica markers, Tim Holtz rolled flower die, Sizzix doily and card die, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, sewing thread

Friday, June 12, 2015

Chickens and Checks

Hi everyone!  Yesterday was a work holiday for me, a holiday unique to Hawaii.  King Kamehameha Day is June 11, and celebrates the birth of Kamehameha I.  I hope to have pictures of his statue draped in the beautiful lei in the next few days.  

As a result of the day off, I had some time in my little room and made a few cards (3).  This is really remarkable because I am so slow at putting cards together, especially lately.  Needless to say I was very pleased to get something accomplished.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon #293 - Use a farm animal (I love chickens!)
Crafty Cardmakers #140 - Stitching, real or faux (faux x-stitching around the squares and stitching on the ribbon)
A Day for Daisies #123- CASE one of the ADAF designers cards (it's quite obvious I cased Juliana's great card)

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Image:  A Day for Daisies Sally Hen
Sentiment:  MFT (cropped to make my own sentiment)
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Ink
Paper:  Neenah Kraft cardstock, DCWV cardstock and Gingham paper, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Sizzix embossing folder, and tag die Sakura Souffle Pen, Copic Markers, MFT Cross Stitched Squares, ribbon and paper clip from stash

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CRAFT Challenge #315 - Christmas

Welcome CRAFT Challenge #315 - Christmas.  Play along and add to your ever increasing stash of Christmas cards.  This time you have no other limitations, so put your creativity to work.  

 Our sponsors this week are:


I used a Rick St Dennis image, Skating Santa, for my card.  The card base is from a boxed card set by Crate Paper.  I got them on sale after Christmas at 70% off!

I hope you have time this week to join in on the fun.  Be sure to stop by the CRAFT Challenge blog here to get all the details and to check out the great makes by the DT.  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations. 

I would also like to enter the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More - #148 - Holidays


Image:  Rick St. Dennis Skating Santa
Sentiment:  MSE Font
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper:  Crate Paper Boxed Cards Peppermint, Neenah Cardstock, DCWV Vellum
Accessories:  MFT Fishtale Flag Dienamics, Wink of Stella, Diamond Stickles, Copic Markers, Darice Hemp Twine

Monday, June 8, 2015

Come On, Cut It Out!


Hi everyone!  This week the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge is hosted by Lisa, and she wants you to CUT IT OUT.  As you can see, our fab sponsor is Shape EZ and we all used their wonderful cut files as the base of our creations.  

Before I get to my project, I want you to know, Samantha is extending the DT call another fortnight.  Here are the details on applying and what the requirements are.  If you love coloring and creating, this is a great place to play.

On to my project...
Shape EZ DIY Rolled Bag
I used the very versatile rolled bag. I tell ya, I started cutting these and couldn't stop.   Five bags later and I have pre-made packaging for upcoming birthday treats.  My tip for this week is that you can use these files even if you don't have a cutting machine, just import the image to a word processing program, print the PDF on the wrong side of your paper and cut it out with scissors.  I love that you can change things up and size it to fit your need.  Deneen has some great tips for "Cutting It Out" on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you haven't come from the TTT, head on over there now for the full scoop on entering for a chance to win.  The inspiration from the DT is stellar as usual.  

Don't forget to post your tips for a chance at a guest designer spot.  Can't wait to see what you create.  Also, don't be shy now,  drop your name in the hat for the design team spots, TTT is a really great bunch to work with!

Have a blessed week.


Cut file:  Shape EZ DIY Rolled Back
Image:  A Day For Daisies Cowboy
Sentiment:  The Cat's Pajamas 
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink
Paper:  Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, DP ?, Neenah Kraft cardstock, DCWV cardstock
Accessories: Reverse Confetti Tag, Dress It Up Star Button, Burlap scrap, Distress Markers

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Color Challenge at CRAFT

Hi everyone!  Welcome to CRAFT Challenge #314.  This week we want you to join in on our color challenge.

 Our sponsor this week is:

The prize is a $7.00 gift certificate for their shop.

For this weeks challenge, I used one of my oldie goldie Stamping' UP! sets called "Unfroggetable".  I found this Mojo Monday Sketch that suited my fancy and came up with this card using the challenge colors.

I hope you have time this week to join in on the fun and a chance to win.  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations.   For more information and to see the DT inspiration check out the CRAFT blog here.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by!


Stamps:  Stampin' UP! Unfroggetable and Tiny Tags
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Neenah Cardstock, Bo Bunny Wild Berry Red Dot, Doodlebug Designs Limeaide arrow/dot, Bazzill Cardstock
Accessories:  Darice Hemp, Copic Markers, MFT Pierced Circles Dienamics, Button from stash