Thursday, April 19, 2018

Betty's Sympathy Card

Before I started my job, I was helping my best friend with her Mother.  She has been failing over the past year, and was in the hospital for a week before she went to hospice to pass away.  There was disagreement among the family about her care and how to handle end of life issues such as hydration, antibiotics and pain medication which was unfortunate for her mother, Betty.  She is at peace now.  This is the card, that I made for my friend using the sentiment from TLC, Create.
Yesterday we got 7.5 inches of snow which should melt by this weekend when we should have temps back up in the high 50's.  This weather is so unusual.  So my parent's Anniversary party is rescheduled for June 9th because they ended up getting 20 inches of snow!!!




Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  Recollection
Sentiment:  TLC, Create
Punch:  EK Success
Die:  My Favorite Things
Flowers:  Prima; Recollections
Spellbinder:  Pennant
Bling:  Mark Richards

Challenges
Sketch Saturday - Ch. 509
Crafting from the Heart - Ch. 202 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 330 - 331 Anything Goes
Allsorts - Wk 463 Spring Flowers or Showers

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Back up my hard drive?

Well it's a new Stella Says Sketch at Catch the Bug.  For my card I used Stella Tidbits - Hard Drive. I put Glossy Accents on her glasses.  This is how I feel about my computer since my husband did all the things with it, lol.
This is the weekend that my parents are having their 50th Anniversary party.  My Mom didn't want it in February because she was worried about bad weather; however, here this weekend it is raining and it is suppose to have rain/sleet/snow.  So it will be interesting.  I will see what pictures that I am able to get since she will not agree to having a photographer.  My best friend was going to go along to take photos, but her Mom was hospitalized and now is being put into hospice care so she isn't going to go along.  Change in plans...since the weather was so bad today the restaurant called and canceled the Anniversary party for my Mom and said they would call her on Monday to reschedule.  They got 8 inches of snow and are getting more besides had freezing rain first so cars are just sliding off the road.  So she had to call everyone to tell them and has 150 cupcakes to freeze to save for another day.  She had balloon arrangements that will have to be redone.  The big thing is keeping everyone safe. It's just funny she didn't want to have it in February when their actual Anniversary was since she was afraid of the weather instead waited until April when she thought it would be nice and SURPRISE it was worse than anything we had back then.  Someday we will laugh, but not today.




Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Stella Tidbit - Hard Drive
Flower:  Recollection
Bling: Recollection
Spellbinder:  Small Circles
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug

Challenges
Crafting from the Heart - Ch. 201 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 330 - 331 Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty - Ch. 375 Anything Goes
QKR - Ch. 291 Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles - Ch. 27 Anything Goes

Friday, April 13, 2018

Eight

My nephew turned eight the other week and this is the card that I made for him using the Bugaboo image which happens to be the Friday Freebie this week and a sentiment from TLC, Create.





Patterned Paper:  Fancy Pants; Recollections
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Bugs Brat Boy Bugs
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Eight
Sakura jelly glitter pen
Baseballs:  Dress it up
Spellbinder:  Grand Circle

Challenges
CHNC Patterned - April
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 330 - 331 Anything Goes
The Male Room - Ch. 83 Symmetry
Aud Sentiments - Ch. 201 Happy Birthday
Penny's Paper Crafty - Ch. 375 Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

There is a new release today at Catch the Bug, and it is adorable. I had to color the flowers purple and put the little girl in peach.  I made this a Center step card, which is one of my favorite layouts. I put gold washi tape on the sides.
I'm sorry if I haven't been around to make comments...with working I feel like there aren't enough hours to craft, get online to post comments, clean my house, make meals and keep up with errands. I need to find an elf, fairy or hire someone to help me out, but I've only had one paycheck so that's not going to happen for sometime.  So please be have patience with me if I don't get to see everyone's beautiful creations in a timely manner like I used to do.



Patterned Paper:  Recollections
Cardstock:  Bazzil
Stamp:  Bugaboo - MI Kidz Mom Day
Flowers:  Recollection
Washi Tape:  Stash

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet - Ch. 186 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Wk 14 Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Ch. 240 Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Ch. 201 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Ch. 277 Pearls or Mother's Day
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 328 - 329 Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fish Tremble

My son has his Golden Birthday coming up, but I wanted to get the card done so I can mail his present out to him.  He loves to fish so I made this criss cross card for him using a Bugaboo image Boy Fishing Digi stamp along with a sentiment from TLC, Create.  I dry embossed one flap of the card and put Sakura jelly glitter pen on the fishing line and the firefly trails.  My son is picky and doesn't like to get a standard card, so I thought I would give him a card design that I had not made for him before.



Patterned Paper:  Fancy Pants
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Boy Fishing Digi Stamp (see above for direct link)
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Fish Tremble
Sakura jelly glitter pen
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix
Washi tape:  stash
Corner Rounder:  Creative Memories

Challenges
Dream Valleys - Ch. 176 Dry Embossing
Crafting with Dragonflies - Ch. 101 Criss Cross Card
International Art & Soul - Ch. 30 Card Type that you haven't tried before (Criss Cross)
Pearly Sparkles - Ch. 27 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

Gus Buddha

Today there is a new release at Catch the Bug, and I think it is great it is Gus Buddha and comes with a perfect sentiment...especially after Easter.  I put Glossy Accents on the glasses. Check it out this week while it is half price.



Patterned Paper:  DCWV - Taj Mahal
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations; Recollections
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Gus Buddha
Bling:  Paper Studio
Glossy Accents

Challenges
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 328 - 329 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Wk 13 Anything Goes
QKR - Ch. 289 Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Ch. 363 Anything Goes



Sunday, April 1, 2018

Glue Stick

Happy Easter for all of you who celebrate or Happy Spring for those of you who don't. 

Since Easter falls on April Fools Day it is only fitting that I have a Stella card, lol.  Today there is a new sketch at Catch the Bug, and for my card I used, Stella Glue Stick which I find to be too funny and true. I put Glossy Accents on her glasses.




Patterned Paper:  Recollections
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Paper Studio
Stamp & Sentiment:  Bugaboo - Stella Glue Stick (see above for direct link)
Glossy Accents
Flower:  Prima
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Pearls:  Mark Richards

Challenges
Word Art Wednesday - 328 - 329 Anything Goes
JUGS - Ch. 434 CAS
QKR - Ch. 289 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
4CC - Ch. 396 Anything Goes


Friday, March 30, 2018

Advice from a flower

Tulips are my favorite spring flower.  Today there is a Friday Freebie at Catch the Bug, using this beautiful image of Bug Jar Tulip and I used a sentiment from TLC, Create.  I put Glossy Accents on the vase and outlined the images with Sakura jelly glitter pen.  I used lots of buttons for all the colors.



Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp:  Bug Jar Tulip
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Advice from a flower
Glossy Accents
Sakura jelly glitter pen
Buttons:  Stash
Hemptique
Spellbinder:  Pennant

Challenges
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 328 - 329 Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - Spring Flowers
Aud Sentimets - Ch. 200 Spring/Easter
Cardz 4 Galz - Ch. 68 Buttons ad/or bows
Penny's Paper Crafty - Ch. 373 Anything Goes

Monday, March 26, 2018

Cat on bookshelf bookmark

Today is a quick post...I meant to get this done sooner, but life got crazy.  I had the image colored and finally put it together.  Since the image had books....I wanted to make a corner bookmark and followed the tutorial on making it which is the first time I made this one.  This is the progressive challenge at Gerda Steiner using Cat in Bookshelf.


Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  DCWV; Recollection
Stamp:  Gerda Steiner - Cat in Bookshelf (see above for direct link)
Flowers: Paper Studio
Border Punch:  Fiskars

Challenges
Gerda Steiner - March
Show us your Pussies Cats - Ch. 28 Furrything Goes
Crafty Animals - Ch. 12 
Creative Knockouts - Ch. 238 Border Time

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Congratulations, You Two

Well I made it through the first week of my new job and today slept half the day away.  I wanted to make a wedding/engagement card for my stash.  I recently purchased this Splendid Swans set just for this purpose.  I used my distress oxides to make the background.



Cardstock:  Core-dinations; Recollections
Watercolor Paper:  Strathmore
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
        Distress Oxide:  Salty Ocean, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers


Challenges
My Favorite Things - MFTWSC377
Crafting from the Heart - Ch. 199 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 326 - 327 Anything Goes
Mix it Up - Ch. 11 Make your own background
Double D - Just wing it

Friday, March 23, 2018

Brat Easter

Today there is another Friday Freebie at Catch the Bug and I used the Bug Brat Easter 02 image with a sentiment from TLC, Create.  I can't believe that Easter is right around the corner.  So if you need to make a few cards here is a great image to grab for a cutie.



Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  Craft Smith; Recollection 
Stamp  Bugaboo - Bug Brat Easter 02
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - April Words
Bling:  Mark Richards
Lady Bug:  Dress it Up
Sakura jelly glitter pen
Ink:  Distress - Broken China

Challenges
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 533 Easter
CRAFT - Ch. 460 Spring/Easter
Crafting with Dragonflies - Ch. 100 Easter
A Gem of a Challenge - Ch. 215 Easter

Thursday, March 22, 2018

We are Strongly Bonded

I am really liking my new job, but suffering from crafting withdrawl.  Also, sitting so much is making my muscles and joints stiff and sore so that I can't wait to see my massage therapist tomorrow.  Besides getting up early and learning new material everyday is physically exhausting.  My co-workers are supportive and it is a positive work environment.  So it has been an adjustment.  I had to make a card.  I made this yesterday, but went to bed because I was too tired to post.  I played with my distress oxide ink which I haven't done in quite sometime and some embossing.  I just had to flip the side of the sketch.



Cardstock:  Recollection
Watercolor Paper:  Strathmore
Stamp:  My Favorite Things - Retired Chemistry Set
VersaMark
Embossing Powder: Stampendous
Enamel Dots:  Recollection & Paper Studio
Inks:  Distress Oxide - Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade

Challenges
My Favorite Things - MFTWSC377
Crafting from the Heart - Ch. 199 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 326 - 327 Anything Goes
Mix It Up - Ch. 11 Make your own background
Penny's Paper Crafty - Ch. 372 Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

the Glory of Easter

Well I survived my first two days of work.  I feel exhausted though when you have to learn things. I feel badly that I have not been online to view and comment on everyone's cards.  I had a few minutes before work this morning so I put together a card from an image that I colored a couple years ago.  The sentiment is from TLC, Create.  This lamb is a cutie from Cuddly Buddly, Spring Lamb.




Patterned Paper: Pebbles
Cardstock:  Recollection
Stamp:  Cuddly Buddy - Spring Lamb (see above for direct link)
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - the Glory of Easter
Punches:  EK Success; Martha Stewart
Flowers:  Recollections
Ribbon:  Hobby Lobby

Challenges
Crafting from the Heart - Ch. 199 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 326 - 327 Anything Goes
Crafting with Dragonflies - Ch. 100 Easter
Creative Knockouts - Ch. 237 Spring is on the way
CRAFT - Ch 459 Animals

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Christmas Brat Boy Stocking

Today starts a new Stella Says Sketch at Catch the Bug.  For my card, I made a Christmas card to try to keep up with my Christmas stash.  Being from WI he is wearing Packer colors naturally.  This image is Christmas Brat Boy Stocking and I used a sentiment from TLC, Create.
Well yesterday spent the day with my daughter shopping for a dress for her for my parents' Anniversary party.  My daughter is 4'11" and has poor self esteem about her appearance.  So we disagree about what she should wear.  I know that she is beautiful and thin, and she doesn't agree so she picks out clothing that doesn't flatter herself.  She tells me that I just say those things because I'm her Mom, and if I put a picture of the dress she chose online without her hair done she would never forgive me.  We finally purchased one that is gorgeous...so now just have to get some alterations.




Patterned Paper:  American Crafts
Cardstock:  Paper Crafts; Recollections
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Christmas Brag Boy Stocking
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Stocking Heavy, Heart Light
Doily:  Momenta
Ribbon:  Michael's & Waverly
Ink:  Memento - Rich Cocoa

Challenges
CHNC - Ch. 377 Anything Christmas with optional no patterned paper
Merry Christmas - Ch. 11
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 326 - 327 Anything Goes
QKR - Ch. 287 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiment - Ch. 199 & BINGO (Pattern Paper, Digi, Favorite Color)  (Green)


Friday, March 16, 2018

precious. little. One

Today at Catch the Bug there is a Friday Freebie of this Cute Troll.  For my card, I used a sentiment from TLC, Create.  I think this troll is just so adorable and colored it for a baby boy card.



Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey
Cardstock:  Bazzil
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Cute Troll
Spellbinder:  Large circle; Eyelet circle
Button:  Stash
Hemptique
Flowers:  Prima

Challenges
Tuesday Throwdow - Ch. 383 Buttons
little red wagon - Ch. 437 Focus on Family (baby card)
Polkadoodles - Wk 10 Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet - Ch. 184 Anything Goes

along came a Spider...

I colored this image from Mo Manning, Miss Miffet, several years ago and had it sitting in my stash.  So when the challenge at Allsorts came out for Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes I knew that I had to put it together.  I used a sentiment from TLC, Create and inked the edges.  I also found a spider from my Halloween collection.  I put Sakura jelly glitter pen on the string from the spider on the image.




Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye;  Paper Studio
Cardstock:  Bazzil
Stamp:  Mo Manning - Miss Muffet (see above for direct link)
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - along came a spider
Sakura jelly glitter pen
Ink:  Memento - London Fog
Ribbon/Lace:  Thread trends
Pearls:  Mark Richards
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Spider:  Recollections


Challenges
Allsorts - Wk 458 Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes
Crafting from the Heart - Ch. 198 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Ch. 326 - 327 Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty - Ch. 371 Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Ch. 79 For a special lady



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Multiply like bunnies

I keep seeing these cards on Pinterest and I just had to make one.  Since I have so many die cuts and punches I figured that I could easily do this and I was right.  I decided to make it an easel card, which is just one of my favorite layouts.  The sentiment is from TLC, Create.





Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe; Core-dinations
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Spellbinders:  Small and large petite ovals, Heart
Punches:  EK Success
Dies: My Favorite Things
Sakura jelly white pen
Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Border Punch:  Martha Stewart
Twine:  Darice
Buttons:  Stash
Flower:  Prima
Marker:  Zig

Challenges
The Paper Players - Ch. 384 Any shade of Pink
Creative Knockouts - Ch. 235 Die Cuts/Punches
Brown Sugar - Ch. 276 Spring/Easter
Tuesday Throwdown - Ch. 383 Use buttons

Egg-cited about Easter

My kids aren't around anymore so I am thankful that I don't have to buy any jellybeans.  However, I do miss hiding Easter baskets and dying eggs.  We always made sugar cookies and they kids had sprinkles everywhere. For my card today, I used an image from Bugaboo, Bug Brat Easter 01 and a sentiment from TLC, Create.





Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe - Spring Forward
Cardstock:  Core-dinations:  Paper Studio; Craft Smith; Recollections
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Bug Brat Easter 01
Sentiment:  Egg-cited about Easter
Egg:  Celebrate It
Pearls:  Mark Richards
Butterfly:  Recollections
Flowers:  Prima
Sakura jelly glitter pen
Spellbinder:  Grand Circle

Challenges
Crafty Sentiments - Easter Challenge
Let's Craft & Create - Ch. 135 Anything Goes with optional Easter
Brown Sugar - Ch. 276 Spring or Easter