Monday, March 31, 2014

Tie your dreams

I made this card for the Mo Manning Challenge for K is for "kite".  I made a kite using the die cut from My Favorite Things and added some Stickles glitter.  I also used the cloud dies and added some ink around the edges.  The sentiment is from a set at TLC.  Also in honor of Sunday Sketch and Stamp 200th Sketch I used Sketch 195.

Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye; Creative Imagination
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp:  Mo Manning - Kite
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Circle Punches:  EK Success
Spellbinder:  Grand Circle
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix
My favorite Things dies:  Clouds; Kites
Ink:  Versa Magic - Sea Breeze
Twine:  Natural Fibers

Sunday Sketch & Stamp - Sketch 195
Mo Manning - Ch. 226 K is for....
CRAFT - Ch. 252 What is the season where you are?
Creative Knockout - Ch. 30 Texture

Welcome to the Wonder Years

I decided to make this masculine card for Meljens and then I just love this sentiment from TLC.  For this card I also did some stitching and I embossed a flourish on the orange cardstock and rubbed black ink on it.  I never seem to have enough masculine birthday cards on hand so here is one to add to my stash.

Patterned Paper:  Paper Studio
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  Meljens - Flaming Monster truck
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Embossing:  QuicKutz - 12 inch flourish
Spellbinder:  Small and large circle
Ink:  Memento, black Tuxedo
White thread & buttons:  stash
Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Twine:  Darice

Sweet Sunday Sketch - Sketch 213
Meljens - Ch. 203 Let's Hear it for the Boys
Crafty Ribbons - Ch. 82 Ribbon & buttons
Inky Impressions - Ch. 152 Humor
OSAAT - Ch. 206

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Warmest Thoughts Especially For You

This week I had a chance to play with the Mojo sketch.  I used one of this weeks freebies from TLC for the sentiment.  I have had my cats following me around.  I had one at my feet while I was typing my post.  One sitting where I threw some grocery bags on a  chair to do some packing of items and one next to my chair talking.  I took some pictures of them, but they are lonely without my husband and visitors in the house.

Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe - Wild Her; Happy Berry
Cardstock:  Bazzil
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Warmest Thoughts
Spellbinders:  Small and large Circle
Die Cuts:  Verve Banner border
Flowers:  Prima & Recollection

Mojo - Sketch 338
Color Throwdown - Ch. 285
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 314 Floral Delights
CRAFT - Ch.252 What season is it where you are?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ding Dong Spring Calling

This is the hope, that spring is finally calling, it is to be 44 today and expected to get to be around 59 on Sunday, yahoo!  Hopefully all the white stuff will be GONE!!!  It has been raining so it has been muddy so I'm just glad that I don't have a dog that I have to wipe paws.    I finally made my progressive card for From the Heart, just in time I know.  The twist of the sketch was to be interactive so I put a pipecleaner on the back of the sentiment so it is able to move and wiggle.

Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp:  From the Heart - Hamlet PigWit Think Spring
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Ding Dong Spring Calling
Spellbinders:  Small and large circles
Pipecleaner:  stash
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug & Sizzix

From the Heart - Sketch 59
From the Heart - March monthly Challenge
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - Animals
CRAFT - Ch. 252 What is the season where you are?
4 Crafty Chicks - Ch. 187 Spring
Eureka - Ch. 82 No square cards
Creative Knockouts - Ch. 30 Texture It

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easter Celebration

I haven't been around on the blogs much, and I'm sorry that I haven't been out making comments; it's been hard keeping up with everything the past few weeks.  With my husband passing away there has been a lot of phone calls and paperwork to get done.  I haven't begun to go through his things yet, I'm just trying to write thank you notes and get the basics done.  I have continued to work, which being a hospice nurse has been difficult since we have had quite a few deaths and there have been long nights.  This past weekend I did Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and I thought I was going to pass out after that stretch.  It has taken me all week to recover.  There have been some good things, my kids have been wonderful and so have my step-kids we check on each other on a regular basis so we have grown closer.  We have miles between us, but we find ways to stay in touch.  I'm proud of the kids and how they are checking on each other also.  I just never thought it would hit me as hard as it did.  Being that I work with this all the time, I thought I would be alright with it and know that my husband was now in a "better place" and no longer suffering with pain.  I  overlooked my loss with the situation or at least thought it would be less.....which makes it frustrate me even more.  I don't like feeling like a wounded puppy, and I don't like loss of control.  My husband taught for over 36 years and here I get to learn more lessons from his death. 

Patterned Paper:  Studio Calico
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  TLC, Create - Bringing You Easter Chickie Vintage
Sentiment:  TLC, Create Easter Celebration
Spellbinder: Label Twenty Six
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Pop Dots:  Recollection
Buttons:  stash
Divine Twine
Flowers:  Prima

Paper Take Weekly - Sketchie Free for all
Sisterhood of Crafters - Animals
4 Crafty Chicks - Ch. 187 Spring
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 314 Floral Delights
Delightful - Out like a Lamb
613 Avenue Create - Twist of a Feather
Tuesday Throwdown - Ch. Ch. 188 Digi Dimension
Sentimental Sunday - Ch. 199 Flowery Springtime
Cupcake Inspirations - Ch. 253 Garden

The Magic of Christmas

Well as it happens we are getting a few flurries of snow as we speak....even though it is spring. It is to warm up the next few days so it isn't anything that is to last, but it is getting old to see the white stuff at the end of March.  Digi stamp 4 Joy has a Christmas progressive Challenge and this month the stamp was a grouping of sentiments.  What I did was to put the sentiments over a digital background paper from TLC, and then added some Ice Stickles to the snowflakes. 

Patterned Paper:  TLC, Create - Starry Christmas Night Papers 2; Paper Studio
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Sentiment:  Digi stamp 4 Joy - mp128, March Progressive Stamp of the month
Border Punch:  Martha Stewart
Brads:  Paper Studio
Ice Stickles
Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon

Digistamp 4 Joy - March Progressive Stamp
Christmas Challenges with a Sketch - Ch. 116 (see site for the sketch)
Merry Monday - Ch. 101

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Ch. 3 Your Favorite Color Combo (Red, Gray, and white)
Fab 'n Funky - Ch. 209 Christmas

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Welcome April

Paulette had this image yesterday in her latest club, and I just had to make a card with it.  If she posts the image as a seperate image at TLC, I will post it at that time.  I thought it went perfectly with the Prima nest.  I kept the card simple for spring.

Patterned Paper:  Prima
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp:  TLC, Create - Welcome April Banner Collaged
Spellbinder:  Label Twenty Six
Leaf:  Recollection
Nest:  Prima
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug

Mojo - Sketch 337
Love to Create - Ch. 107 CAS
Scribble 'n Scrap - Ch. 14
Tuesday Throwdown - Ch. 187 Tic Tac Toe (CAS, Digi image, die-cut)

Monday, March 17, 2014

HB from the cat

I have three cats, and they love to dig into plants!  That is why I don't keep flowers out.  It is sad that when I have received special flowers we have locked them in the bathroom.  Otherwise, the vase is tipped and the leaves are chewed.  For a progressive challenge at Imagine That, this precious kitty was this month's image.  I used a sentiment and the patterned paper is from TLC.  I also added some Flower Soft to the top of the kitty head to look like dirt.

Patterned Paper:  TLC, Create - Argyle Christmas Paper 2
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations; Recollections
Stamp:  Imagine That - Kitty in Flowers
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Spellbinders:  Stately Circle; Pennants
Flowers:  Recollection
Flower Soft:  Nutmeg Brown

Deconstructed Sketch - Sketch 142
Imagine That - March Monthly Challenge
613 Avenue Create - Ch. 63 Anything Goes with flowers
Sentimental Sunday - Ch. 198 Cute and Cuddly
Fab 'n Funky - Ch. 207 Animals (no people)
the Crafter's Cafe - Ch. 54 Flowers

Picking clover

Happy St. Patrick's Day to those of you who celebrate!  I'm far from Irish, but I did have to make a green card for all the challenges that are out there.  This image from Inky Impressions is just too cute and I added some rhinestones for her earrings.  The green patterned paper is from TLC.  It is from one of the past clubs; however, there is another club just starting.  Check here for more details. 

Patterned Paper:  Echo Park; TLC, Create - The Green of St. Patrick's Day
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp:  Inky Impressions - Shamrocks Lili
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Clover:  Darice
Twine: Divine Twine
Spellbinders:  Pennant
Rhinestones:  Recollections

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - Sketch 09
Catch the Bug - BINGO (Use text paper background, color green, 4 layers)
Colour Q - Ch. 223
Inky Impressions - Ch. 150 Go Green
Craft Your Passion - Ch. 205 Go Green
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Ch. 76 Show some Green
613 Avenue Create - Ch. 63 Anything Goes with flowers

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy Easter to Everybunny

I can't believe how fast time is going.  My daughter will be coming home tomorrow night for the start of her spring break.  We are still having temps in the 20's so it doesn't feel like spring.  I'm just trying to keep up with working and everything else that I have to do right now.  For my card. I used an image from Doodle Garden and an adorable sentiment from TLC.

Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe; Bearly Mine
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations; Recollections
Stamp:  Doodle Garden - Billy Bobble Bunny
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Flowers:  Prima & Recollections
Spellbinders:  Small Circle; Pennants; Leaves
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Corner Rounder:  Creative Memories

Doodle Garden - Ch. 1 Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Ch. 182
Fab 'n Funky - Ch. 207 Animals
Crafter's Cafe - Ch. 54 Flowers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cute tail

Hard to believe that Easter is around the corner.  I just love this sentiment from TLC which I think is a little sassy.  I found a piece of fake fur and used a die cut to cut out a piece to add to my card.  The bunny paper is also from TLC.

Patterned Paper:  TLC, Create - Chocolate Bunnies Paper; Paper Studio
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Core-dinations; Recollections
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Spellbinder:  Small circle; pennant
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug

Mojo - Sketch 335
Make it Monday - Ch. 181
Paper Pretties - PWC300 Lots of layers
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Ch. 74 Add a sentiment

Have a Purr-fectly delightful day

I'm so tired of the snow and cold.  Yesterday we got another 1-2 inches and today we are to get another 1-2 inches.  For my husband's funeral on Monday, a gentleman fell in the snow when we had to go to the cemetery which luckily he wasn't hurt.  We had a large portion of people stay at the church because it was so cold and we were fortunate to have my husband's jazz band play during that time to keep everyone entertained while we were out for the burial.  I saw the funeral director today and he said he wishes that he could have a band like that for all funerals because it was a wonderful tribute and very positive.  I was also rather unusual in that I had a life size photo poster made of my husband so people could have their last photo opportunity with him.  It made people laugh and people actually did it with their cell phones so it was great.  My husband always liked to make people smile and laugh so it helped which again the funeral director had never had, but said it was a nice touch.
For my card I tried to use bright colors to feel warm and the yellow for hopes of sun.  I just love this image since we have three cats.  The sentiment is from TLC.

Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe - Kraft Floral
Carstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  Delicious Doodles - Just Purr-fect
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Have a Purr-fectly delightful day
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Circle Punches:  EK Success
Spellbinders:  Leaves
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts

Sunday Sketch 'n Stamp - Ch. 196
One Stitch at a Time - Ch. 202 Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Ch. 181
Paper Pretties - PWC300 Lots of Layers
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Ch. 74 Add a sentiment
Just Inspirational - Flowers

Celebrate green things

I'm far from Irish, but I had to make this make card using the new image from A Day for Daisies and a sentiment from TLC.  The patterned papers are also from TLC.  The bottom strip is a piece of paper I had in my stash as well as the circle.  Hopefully this card will bring some good luck and we won't get too much snow tonight - I am sooooooo sick of snow blowing and shoveling!!!

Patterned Paper:  TLC, Create - Colors of March & Green for St. Patricks Paper
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Paper Company; Recollection
Stamp:  A Day for Daisies - Lucky boy
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Circle Punches:  EK Success
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Ribbon:  Webster
Bling:  Recollection

Sketch 'n Stash - Ch. 134
A Day for Daisies - Ch. 90 Add Green
Make it Monday - Ch. 181
Colour Q - Ch. 231
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Ch. 74 Add a sentiment
613 Avenue Create - Ch. 61 Anything Goes / Use your stash
Scribble 'n Scrap - Ch. 13 - Anything Goes

Saturday, March 1, 2014

I love you more than my teddy bear

The other night, I colored this adorable image from Sassy Cheryl so I wanted to put it together.  I used a sentiment from TLC.  This image reminds me of my son with his Build a Bear, back in the day.  Now for Valentines he gave his girlfriend a HUGE teddy bear.

Patterned Paper:  DCWV
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  Sassy Cheryl - He is Loved
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - I loove you more than my teddy bear
Spellbinders:  Small and large deckled rectangles
Buttons:  stash
Twine:  Natural Fibers

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 208
Sassy Cheryl - Ch. 203 Punches and/or dies with Sassy Cheryl image
Make it Monday - Ch. 180
Paper Craftting Journey - Make it Manly/boyish
Brown Sugar - Ch. 83 Color Challenge