Saturday, May 23, 2015

OWH Finishing Strong Blog Hop

Happy Memorial day weekend everyone!

Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Finishing Strong Blog Hop!
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Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. 
All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!

The theme for today's hop is to make a red, white & blue card based on a OWH SketchI have two cards to share with you- both featuring images from 
On my first card I used OWH Sketch #232 and the fun Rock Star Boy image.
Materials: Copics, Pebbles Americana-paper, Paper Smooches- sentiment, EK Success- music note & corner punches, Recollections- star punch & Glossy Accents 
On my second card I used OWH Sketch #241 and the sweet Flower Bird image.
Supplies: Copics, MFT- sentiment, Recollections- paper, heart punch & sm. circle punch, Sizzix- flower EF, Joy Crafts- flower die

I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to Sandy, the OWH board and all of the volunteers for your years of hard work and dedication to OWH!
I feel so proud to have been a part of this wonderful organization!! :o)

 Have a happy & safe Memorial Day weekend and have fun hopping!

  Click on the banner at the top of this post to continue to hop.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Friends are the Essence of Life

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I thought I would pop in today and share a fun, bright card with you!
This adorable little dragon is an image from Bugaboo Stamps and the sentiment is included! He's colored with Copics and the paper is from Recollections. I used Nellie's Multi frame dies for the squares and a MFT die for the stitched circle. A Joy Craft die was used to create the flowers... added some green enamel dots and a tiny punched heart and there you have it! 

Thanks so much for stopping by... I'm participating in the OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop, so I'll  see you Saturday! :o)

Challenges I would like to enter:
Catch The Bug- Bingo (Green item, 3D object & Sentiment)
Craft Your Passion- Always Anything Goes
Die Cuttin' Divas- Water a Flower Day
Incy Wincy Designs- Exotic Animals
Kreativeinkauf- (C10) Ladybugs
Make My Monday- Things with Wings
One Sweet- Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp Monday- X, Y, Z (Y for Yellow)
The Sisters of Craft- Anything Goes
WordArt WednesdaysAnythings Goes

Friday, May 15, 2015

Buzzin' by...

Good morning everyone!

It's time for a new challenge at Creatalicious and this month the theme is...
Butterflies
My card features the adorable Bitsy Bug Rosa image from A Day for Daisies and the sentiment is from Penny Black. She's colored with Copics and then I added some sparkle to the wings with the Wink of Stella Pen. I used Nellie's Multi Frames dies for the squares & ovals and the papers are from MME- Heirloom Collection. I used a EK Success punch for the corners and a MS punch for the butterflies... added a few pearls and it's done! 

This month we have two fabulous sponsors... Stamp and Create and Wild Orchid Crafts so make sure you stop by the challenge blog for the prize details and to see the other 'Butterfly' Creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft for the CraicWings
Crafter's Cafe- Feminine
Creative CornerSpring Is In The Air
Crafting with an AttitudeAnything Goes/Spring Fever
Cutie PieLayers
Dream Valley- (C10) Things with Wings
Graph'It Colour- Anything Square
Mema's- Anything Goes
Polkadoodles- Things with Wings
Whoopsi DaisyThings with Wings

Monday, May 11, 2015

Birthday Girl

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I wanted to share a birthday card that I made for one of my nieces!
It features an image from Dilly Bean Stamps... Isn't it beautiful?! And what a perfect image for my niece's birthday! It's colored with Copics and I added a touch of sparkle with the Wink of Stella Pen. For the background I used Tim Holtz Latticework stencil and Peeled Paint distress ink, the sentiment is from Paper Smooches. I used a MFT die for the corner and I cut the flowers out of some Simple Stories polka-dot DP with a Joy Craft die... added a small punched flower and gem to the center of the flowers and there you have it!

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges I would like to enter:
613 Avenue Create- Anything Goes/Let's Celebrate
Come and Get It- Got Flowers?
Crafting from the Heart- Anything Goes
Crafty Time- Anything New
Deep Ocean- Flowers
Di's Digis Designs- Load on those flowers
Hiding in my Craft Room- Super Scrap Saturday- I used scraps for my flowers
Scrappers Delights- Always anything goes
Scribble and Scrap- Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Breakfast in Bed for Mom

Good morning everyone! 

I'm popping in today to share a vintage style card that I made with a sweet image from my PrintMaster Platinum DVD...  
It was originally a B&W image that I changed to a sepia tone and then I added a touch of color with a yellow Spectrum Noir marker. I used Spellbinder dies and a couple of small punches to create the flowers and the papers are from MME. The edges have been distressed with Walnut Stain ink and I added a bit of shimmer to the colored portions with the Wink of Stella pen. To finish it up I added a punched heart and some tiny yellow pearls to the center of the flowers.

I think this image is sooo cute- I love that little guy serving his mother breakfast in bed AND look in the left hand corner... he walked by a spider! Yikes! lol!

 Well, that's all for now... enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges I would like to enter:
Craftin Desert Divas- Mother's Day
Get CreativeFor the Ladies or Mother's Day
Incy Wincy DesignsMOM's the word
Little Claire's- April - use kraft card
Little Red Wagon- Distress It!
Lunagirl Moonbeams- Mother
Make it Monday with Kraft OutletMother's Day + Kraft CS
Open-Minded- Shabby chic
Pile It On- Mother's Day/For a Lady
Perfectly Rustics- Use 3 of something (3 flower & 3 pearls)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Best Friends Forever!

Happy Friday everyone!  
I'm back with my second post for today! :)

It's Alphabet Challenge time and today's letter is... 
F for Friendship/Friends!
For my DT card I chose this adorable BFF Mermaids image from Michelle Perkett and the sentiment is included! It's colored with Copics and I used Vintage Photo ink for the distressing. I used a Momenta die for the shells & Sea Horse and the corner was cut with a Spellbinder die. The paper is from MME and I used Darice Damask folder for the embossing... added a few gems and there you have it!

Now head on over to the main challenge blog to check out the rest of the DT
fabulous cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafting with an AttitudeFreestyle/Fantasy
Crafty Gals Corner- Stripes and/or Polka Dots
Cute Card Thursday - Use A Sentiment
DoubleClick Skittles-For a Mom or a Girl 
Inspiration Destination- Always Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps- Use at least 2 dies
Simply PapercraftAnything Goes or Lots of Layers
Top Tip Tuesday- Duo: mermaids & sea shells
Whimsy InspirationColor an Image

Hello Bokeh!

Good morning everyone! 

Today is the start of a new challenge at House of Cards and this month we would like you to create a card using the Bokeh Effect
To start... I added Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint and Peacock Feathers distress inks to a craft mat- sprayed it with water and then "smooshed" my watercolor paper through the puddles... I let that dry completely. Next, I made a very easy stencil... I just cut different sizes of circles out of acetate using circle nesties :o) Then I went to town sponging through my stencil in different shades of blue/teal inks! The sentiment was cut from a Cuttlebug die, I used a MFT die for the stitched circle and a Spellbinder die for the dragonfly and there you have it- my first attempt at the Bokeh Effect!

I hope you can join us and don't forget to pop on over to the main challenge blog for
more inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by... I have one more post scheduled for today, so I will see you soon! :)

Challenges I would like to enter:
Addicted to Stamps and More- (C10) Make Your Mark
Aud Sentiments- Things With Wings + a Sentiment
Crafting by Designs- Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty- Anything But Square
Perfectly Rustics- New Technique (Bokeh Effect)
Shopping Our Stash- Opposite Day (make something that's opposite of your usual style)
Simon Says Stamp- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday- Anything Goes
Stamps and StencilsAnything Goes

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring has Sprung!

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I'm sharing my last post as the Guest Designer over at Sweet Stamps. I've had such a wonderful time designing with their stamps! Thanks again for having me on board this month!

The challenge this week is... Anything But a Card
I decided to make a garden/spring gift bag- it's filled with seed packets, gardening gloves and pruning shears and it featuring the adorable Spring Sprung Buggie set! It's stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with Copics, the papers are from Recollections & American Crafts. The gift bag was created with the WRMK gift bag punch board and I used Spellbinders Carnation nesties for the flower. A MFT die was used for the fishtail flag and I covered a mini clothespin with one of the papers... added several sequins and the gingham ribbon and Voila- it's done!

 Now hop on over to Sweet Stamps and enter your ABaC creations! 

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges I would like to enter:
Catch The Bug- Garden/Flower Photo inspiration
Come and Get It- Spring is in the Air
C.R.A.F.T.- Make Your Own Embellishment
Craft Your PassionAlways Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas- In the Garden
Kreativeinkauf- Spring in the Garden
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- (C10) Anything Goes
Not Just CardsAlways Anything Goes
One Sweet- Spring Has Sprung

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Old Timer...

Good morning everyone! 

Just a quick post today to share a very bright masculine card... featuring Gus from Bugaboo Stamps! :) 

I used Copics & Spectrum Noir markers to color this fun image and the sentiment is computer generated. The papers are from Recollections and I used QuicKutz nesting dies for the circles. I punched the stars out of a heavy yellow cs, added Dimensional Magic and sprinkled them with Glamour dust... I love the 3D effect and what a perfect way to add sparkle to a masculine card!

Well, that's all for now... enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges I would like to enter:
Catch The Bug- Bingo (Bugaboo image, texture & 3 Layers)
Chocolate, Coffee & CardsUse a Die Cut
Come and Get ItThings That Start with "B" (Birthday, Balloons, Bling & Boxer shorts
Crafty Cardmakers- (C15) Dots

Crafty Creations- Seeing Spots
Cut it UpFunny Cards
Incy Wincy DesignsFaux Techniques (Faux enamel stars)
Little Red Wagon- Seeing Spots
Love to ScrapAnything Goes
Sisterhood of CraftersMonochromatic
Tuesday Throwdown- Up In the Air

Monday, April 20, 2015

Let's see Pearls @ Sweet Stamps!

Happy Monday everyone!

I'm here today to share another Guest Designer card for Sweet Stamps!

The challenge this week is Pearls
My card features the fabulous Margery image and Old Fashioned Wish sentiment! It's stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with Copics, the papers are from MME & American Crafts. The flower was cut out of an old dictionary using the flowers creations three nesties and I used a MFT die for the flourish. The edges have been distressed with Vintage Photo ink... the lace & pearls are from my stash. 

This card was so fun to make and I really like how it turned out! With the vintage touches- it's going to be a perfect birthday card for my wonderful mother-in-law
next month!

  Well, that's all for now- thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to Sweet Stamps to join the fun!

  I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps- Girly But No Pink
Artbymiran- Anything Goes
Crafty Catz- Its a Girl thing
Lacy Sunshine- Vintage
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- (C10) Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper- Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Open-Minded- recycle something (an old dictionary)
Stempelsonnen- Anything Goes with a hand-colored stamp
Suzy Bee's Bloomin'- Anything goes /use a die or punch 
Vintage Stamping/Flonz Craft- Handmade Flowers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Growing Old

Good morning everyone!

It's time for a new challenge at Creatalicious and this month the theme is...
Embossing... wet or dry! 
This month we have two fabulous sponsors... Bunny Zoe's Craft and Sparkle N Sprinkle- my card features the fun Birthday Friends image and sentiment from Sparkle N Sprinkle! It's colored with Copics and the papers are from MME. The background paper is embossed with Shabby White Frantage and I used Peacock Feathers & Vintage Photo ink for the distressing. I used a MFT die for the Fishtail Flag and a Joy Craft die for the flowers... to finish it up I added teal gems to the center of the flowers. 

 For more inspiration be sure to stop by the challenge blog to see the rest of the DT 'Embossed' creations!

 That's all for now... enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ABC- (C10) H is for Happy Birthday 
Crafty Sentiment DesignsAnything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore- Make a Card
Fresh Brewed Designs- Birthdays
Incy Wincy DesignsEmbossing (Wet or Dry)
Inspiration Destination- Always Anything Goes
Simon Says MondayIn the Middle (My image is in the middle & the cake is in the middle of the friends)
Sparkle N Sprinkle- Anything goes (I embossed my bg paper with Frantage)
Top Tip Tuesday- 3 of Something (3 flowers & 3 gems)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pink Creations @ Sweet Stamps!

Happy Monday everyone!

I'm back with my second card as the Guest Designer for Sweet Stamps!! :o)

The challenge this week is PINK!
For my GDT project I decided to do a monochromatic card with hot pink as my matting- although it looks red in the photo :(  Darn camera, I hate when that happens! LOL!
Anyway... it features the adorable Glam Girls- Trish image and Tiny Happy Day sentiment. I colored this little cutie with Copics and paper pieced her hat. The background is embossed with the Darice Damask folder and the papers are from Studio G & The Paper Studio. I used a Joy Craft die and a couple of small punches to created the flowers... added a few tiny pearls and there you have it!

Now hop on over to Sweet Stamps and enter your Pink creations! 

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by! 

Challenges I would like to enter:
4 Crafty Chicks- Die Cuts
Crafty Catz- 2 or more patterned papers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- (C10) Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty- Anything Goes
Polkadoodles- Pink & Pretty
Scribble and Scrap- Always Anything Goes 
Sister Act CardAnything Goes
Stamping Sensations- April:  Pretty in Pink

Monday, April 6, 2015

Guest Designer for Sweet Stamps!!

Happy Monday everyone!

 Today is a very exciting day for me! I have been invited to be a Guest Designer for Sweet Stamps for the month of April!! :o)
 I want to thank Kendra and the entire team for this wonderful opportunity- I'm very honored to be working with all of you this month!

I will post a new creation each Monday in April featuring their gorgeous stamps- so make sure you stop by!! :)

The challenge this week is... Flowers
My card features the beautiful Gerbera Daisy Bunch stamp... It's stamped (twice) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics... I wanted an extra image so I could 'pop' up a few of the daisies. For the background I used Tim Holtz Latticework stencil & Mustard Seed Distress Ink and I embossed the orange panel with the We R Memory Keepers Chain folder. I used a Cuttlebug tag die to cut out the Happy Day sentiment, the hand dyed seam binding and heart button are
from my stash.

 Well, that's all for now- thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to Sweet Stamps to join the fun!

  I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create- Anything Goes
Artistic Stampers- Flora and Fauna
Craft-Dee BowZAnything Goes with a Handmade Bow 
Crazy 4- Daisies
Dragonfly Dreams- Lets See Spring 
Fussy and Fancy- Buttons & Bows
Hiding in my Craft Room- Think Spring
 Monday Morning- Colorful Creations
Simon Say Stamp Monday- A is for... Alcohol markers & April flowers
Simply PapercraftAnything Goes

Saturday, April 4, 2015

You're Old... embrace it :o)

Good morning everyone and Happy Saturday!

Just a quick post today to show you a birthday card that I made for my Dad... it features a fabulous image from Tim Holtz- Vintage Things Blueprint stamp set! 
I stamped the image with Black StazOn ink onto watercolor paper... I used Faded Jeans & Black Soot Distress inks to watercolor it. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches and I used Tim Holtz Postage Stamp die for the base of the card. Added a few black adhesive nail heads and there you have it... a very quick and easy masculine card!

My hubby and I will be spending Easter with family tomorrow, so I can give my Dad his card... I hope he likes it! :)

Have a wonderful Easter and thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges I would like to enter:
Catch the Bug- Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers- Humour
Crafting Musketeers- It's a man's world
Crafty CatzAnything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner- Humor, Comedy, Funny
DoubleClick SkittlesUse A Punny or Funny Sentiment
Simon Say Stamp- Happy Birthday
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers(C10) J is for Just Kidding 
One Crazy Stamper- Anything Goes

Friday, April 3, 2015

Beautiful Dancer...

Good morning everyone!

It's Alphabet Challenge time and today's letter is... D for Dance/Dancing
My card features a sweet digital image from Wags and Whiskers. I've worked with this image 2 other times so I wanted a completely different look this time. At first I wasn't sure about the olive, kraft & white color combo but now I really like it! :)

The image is colored with a combination of Copics & Spectrum Noir markers and cut out with the Spellbinder's Labels 18 die, the sentiment is from Stampabilities. I created the flowers with the Rose Creations nesties & a small flower punch and then I added a generous amount of sparkle with the Wink of Stella pen. The paper is from Recollections, Crushed Olive and Walnut Stain inks were used for the distressing... to finish it up I added dew drops to the center of the flowers.

For more inspiration be sure to stop by the challenge blog and take a look at the DT beautiful creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by... I'll see you tomorrow! :)

 I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ABC- (C10) G is for Go Digital
Card Mania- Flowers
Country View Crafts- Use Kraft Card
Creative Card Crew- Handmade Flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack- Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps- Use Your Favorite Embellishments (flowers)
Mod Squad- Tick Tack Toe (Flowers, Dies & Dimension) 
Paper Creator's Crafts- Flowers
StempelsonnenAnything Goes
The Crazy- Floral

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Colorful Butterflies

Good morning everyone! 

Today starts a new challenge at House of Cards and this month we would
like you to... Add a butterfly, use the colors or both.
For my card I chose this fabulous Fairy Fae image from Delicious Doodles... It's colored with Copics and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. The background is embossed with the QuicKutz Swirls folder and I used a MS punch for the butterflies... added a few light blue gems and it's done! :) I love how this card turned out and it was so fun to color! 
Here's a close up of the beautiful image.
I hope you can join us and don't forget to pop on over to the main challenge blog for
more inspiration.

Enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges I would like to enter:
Crafting By Designs- April Anything Goes
Fairytale Stampers- Anything Goes/Things with Wings
Inspiration Destination- Always Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine- Butterfly Kisses and Springtime Wishes
One Stitch At A Time- Anything Goes with Nature
Sisterhood of Crafters"Come Fly With Me"
Top Tip Tuesday- Mellow Yellow
Try It On TuesdayThey who have wings

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Got Carrots?

Good morning everyone!

Just popping in today to share a really fun Easter card with you!
This adorable rabbit and sentiment is from Paper Pretties... It's colored with Copics, I used Walnut Stain ink for the distressing and the papers are from MME & Simple Stories. The Chevron die is from MFT and to created the carrot I used a MFT heart die, a woodgrain ef and a MS Branch punch... added a small raffia bow and Voila- it's done!

Well, that's all for now... thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your day!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More- (C10)- Make Your Mark (I used Copics)
Animal Friends- Easter
Artistic InspirationsAnything Goes with a Twist of Easter
Card Mania- Spring
C.R.A.F.T.-Inspired By A Film (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
Crafty Gals Corner- Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew- Easter Critters
Deep Ocean- Easter/Spring
MAWTT- In the Wild

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring is in the Air...

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I'm here to share my second post as the Guest Designer over at 

The current challenge is... Spring is in the Air and my card is for the Midway Motivation post and it features a sweet Easter image from Prima Marketing... 
It's stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa, colored with Copics and the sentiment is from Inkadinkado. The flowers were created with the Flowers Creations three nesties, I used a MFT die for the Dainty Lace Border and a Fiskar punch for the corners. The papers are from MME- the Notable collection, Spiced Marmalade & Mustard Seed inks were used for the distressing and to finish it up I added tiny yellow pearls to the center of the flowers.    

Now pop on over to Fantasy Stampers and enter your 'Spring is in the Air' cards!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks so much for stopping by! :o)

 I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Catch the Bug- Bingo (Easter, border & pearls)
Crafty Gals- Hippity Hop: Easter Theme
Creative Craft Cottages- Three of a Kind (3 flowers & pearls)
Die Cut Divas- Spring / Children
DoubleClick Skittles- Use a Bunny, Basket or Easter
Fairy Tale- Flower Power
 Inspiration Destination- Always Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper- Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Scrap & Craft- Flowers
 Simon Says StampSpring Pinterest Inspiration (chicks, basket & eggs)
Whimsy InspirationUse A Die Cut