Monday, October 25, 2010

Die Cuts!

Die Cuts are the thing this Monday for our challenge for Paper Cupcakes . Gloria has asked us for our challenge this week to use die cuts on our project. I used the image from Paper Cupcakes called "Harvest Geese", which I am in love with. I printed this out on watercolor paper, die cut it with Spellbinders Labels 4 and colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. My card base is Stampin' Up chocolate chip and my dp paper is by Basic Grey. So please, I invite you to hop on over to our challenge and let's see what you create. You don't have to use an image from Paper Cupcakes, but if you do you will be entered into the drawing for the prize of two images from PCC twice. What a great start to the week...hope you feel the same.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

This is a card that I created earlier this week for the challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ where we were to put either a verse, prayer or something on our card to let the recipient know we were praying for them, but I forgot to post it. I used Stampin' Up white card stock for the base and then layered dp and solids from a pack by Pressed Petals. My sentiment and images are from the set "Hugs and Prayers" by Gina K Designs. My ink is Tim Holtz distress Peeled Paint and Memento Summer Sky. I hope you are all having a wonderful week-end. The skies are what Rick calls blue bird clear and the temps are so pleasant. Well, back to cleaning house and laundry. Take care, my friends.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Karen's Doodles

Isn't this an adorable image? "Pumpkin Mailbox" and it is available at Karen's Doodles . I made this for their challenge to distress it, my coloring was done with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. Karen's has some adorable images for sale and also some freebies if you would like to try them out first. Her challenges are always lots of fun and I hope that you can stop by this week. Hope you have time for a comment.

cs- Stampin' Up Really Rust, Bazzil Textured brown and unk orange
ink- Versamagic Sahara Sand, Primsmacolor pencils and oms
Image- Karen's Pumpkin Mailbox
extras- GKD button, SU linen thread and sticker from Harvest at Wal-Mart

Breast Cancer Awareness

I am submitting this card for the challenge at Delightful Inspiration this week where Faith sent this image as our freebie for participating in the challenge last week. This is a combined collage from her two newly released sets. I printed the image in my Word program and enhanced it with the picture effect which gave it a reflective quality at the bottom. I only used Memento Angel Pink and Rose Bud to color the image and then sponged the edges with Versamagic Sahara Sand. I really like how this turned out and appreciate Faith spotlighting Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October. If you are not playing along in her progressive challenges you can buy this image " Beautiful Blessing" in her store or I believe she starts it out with a freebie the first of each month. Stop by and check out her lovely work, and thank you for stopping by to see me. I have a couple of other posts coming...keep an eye out.

cs- GKD pink, dp Basic Grey EVA, Best Occasions textured
ink Memento Angel Pink and Rose Bud, Versamagic Sahara Sand
Pink satin ribbon Dollar Tree

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tag Time!

This week's challenge for Paper Cupcakes is hosted by our wonderful Dru and she asked us to make a tag using any image from PCC. I made a tag using the image by Nina called "Autumn Splendor" and then attached it to my card front. I dug out my crimper that I haven't used in ages to make a background for the tag. I hope you can stop and play along with our challenge this week, Nina is giving away this set of stamps to one lucky entry.

I distressed the edges of the tag that I cut out using a Coluzzle and sponged the edges with Versafine Vintage Sepia. I colored the image using Prismacolor Pencils and OMS. Thanks for taking the time to check in today and here's hoping you have a wonderful start to the week and find time to play along with us at Paper Cupcakes.

cs- Stampin' Up More Mustare, Old Olive and dp from Imagine That
ink- Prismacolor Pencils and oms, Versafine vintage sepia and SU old olive
extras- crimper, coluzzle, hemp SU, ribbon Wal-Mart

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sketch card for StampTV

Another Christmas card, I need to count and see where I am in my total for this year..could I be close? This one is in response to the sketch challenge issued by Vicki at StampTV . It is a fun one this week and I really enjoyed creating this card. I don't usually make odd sized cards but part of her request was to make a square card anywhere from 4 1/4 to 5 1/2. Mine is 5 x 5. I used all GKD card stock in black, ivory and lipstick red. The stamps are from Gina's set Blessed is the Season, I stamped the dove with Versamark and then stamped the sentiment over top with Versafine Onyx Black. I love how my Michael's glittered snowflake (found these in the $1 bin) coordinates with my snowflake embossed ivory paper. My inside uses another sentiment from this same set.

How are you doing with your Christmas cards? Can't believe it is already the middle of October. Hope everyone has a wonderful week-end.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving for Sugar Creek Hollow

Not long back I came across a new blog site for me called Sugar Creek Hollow , I loved the name and the logo,funny what will catch your attention sometimes. They have some fabulous freebies at their store so I decided to try this weeks challenge which is a sketch challenge...

I flipped the sketch vertically and took one of the free images, vintage and copied it several times to make my background paper. Then I printed the Thanksgiving Tag,another freebie, both of these I colored with the sepia tool in my Photo shop program. I distressed with VersaMagic Sahara Sand and added some cream lace that I picked up at Wal-Mart. The lovely flowers are some that I won in a blog candy give away a couple of weeks ago, aren't they pretty? You cannot see it in the photo but I also embossed the layer of cream card stock behind the oval nestie and sponged it as well. Check out this blog if you have time, beautiful images. Thanks for stopping!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Delightful Inspirations Challenge

This is my second post for tonight and I am again using an image from Faith and Designed 2 Delight. She has a challenge with a free image going on at Delightful Inspirations . I made my first ever Z fold card, using Faith's image Whimsy Flowers. I put 3 of these together and cut out with a Labels 4 die. I used my SU embossing folder "Elegant Lines" on the larger piece. My card still measures as an A2 card. I sponged with Memento Summer Sky and SU Old Olive.

I am also going to enter this card for the recipe challenge at Joan's Gardens . She is asking us to use a vertical strip, die cut flower, alteration to card stock and swirl. My embossing is my alteration and my swirl. Hope you like it and are having a creative week. Take care and talk with you soon.

cs- Stampin' Up Old Olive, Ballet Blue and dp by K&Co.
ink- SU old olive, Memento Summer Sky, SU Brillent Blue, Ballet Blue and Bliss Blue
Sizzlits flower, Silver Brad and SU Elegant Lines embossing folder, Labels 4

Fall Leaves

Isn't this a gorgeous digital stamp! It is a Freebie right now at Papercraft Planet through Delightful Inspiration and Faith's company Designed 2 Delight. It is for a limited time only so hurry on over. I created the card today for a challenge at Digital Tuesday Challenge and they are sponsered this week by Designed 2 Delight . This image " Fall Leaves" I printed out twice so that I could layer it. I did a partial cut with Spellbinders round nestie. I started with a black layer and then used Really Rust. I bought a punch by Martha Stewart the other day with leaves and this is perfect with the image. I sponged with several shades of Memento Ink to color my leaves. I put another piece of the rust card stock inside and stamped a leaf and sentiment from Stampin' Up's set Country Blessings. We were to sew, either real or faux and since I do not sew, mine is faux. I have another card to post later if you want to check back in...

I am also entering this in the challenge at Stamp Something where they want you to show something with dies or punches.

cs-SU black, really rust, watercolor paper
ink- Versafine Onyx Black, Memento bamboo leaves, cantaloupe, tangelo and Versamagic sahara sand.
Image Designed 2 Delight Fall Leaves and SU Country Blessings
Spellbinders Circle Nesties, SU linen thread, Martha Stewart Leaf border punch

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

3 of a Kind

I decided to make an easel card using an older set of stamps from Stampin' Up that I found in my stamp cabinet that haven't been used very often called "Happiest of Holidays". I made it a monochromatic look as well by using SU Always Artichoke and Mellow Moss card stock as well as dp from the pack of SU Always Artichoke Prints. I stamped the blocks with Versamark and embossed with SU clear embossing powder and then sponged with AA ink. I stamped the top part of the sentiment from the same set on the front with Versafine Onyx Black and then stamped the other two lines on mellow moss which I punched out with the large oval punch by SU. I left a space above the punched sentiment inside to write a personal note. This came together fairly quickly and I like the way all the layers look together. The pearls along the side are from Queen & Co and meet the criteria for two challenges that I am entering this card in. Both are new sites that I found through the Daily Dare and both are new to me...They both want us to use 3 of something on our creation...why don't you check these out with me and play along.
Tuesday Throwdown and
Papertake Weekly .
Here is a picture of the card open.

For those of you that might be wondering about my appointment at the rheumatologist yesterday...he is going to try and get me approved for the next step up in drugs for the rheumatoid arthritis since the ones I am taking now are not working as well as he would like. I could have increased the chemo drug that I am now taking another notch but one of the additional drugs that goes along with it would have to be upped as well and it is starting to bother my stomach. The new one is an injectable that I will take anywhere from once a month to 4 times a month, depending on which one the insurance company will allow. I must say that I am not looking forward to this as it seems each time I go that my treatment just gets more involved.I now take approximately 20+ pills a day not counting the chemo med and anitnausa meds that I take once a week, but if this new drug were to work, he says I could start to back off of some of the ones that I am on. I keep flaring with the RA which I was doing yesterday ( could not raise or use my right arm very well) and he wants to try this before I have severe bone damage which I do not have at the moment. Sorry to make this so long, hope you have stayed with me long enough for me to thank you for stopping by and hope your day is going fabulously.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Deco Flowers for a Magical Monday!

Good Monday morning to everyone!!
I am so excited to show you my card for the challenge this week at TMITA . Our lovely Carol has asked us all to take the image by Nina "Deco Flower 2" and frame it. I love this dp from Stampin' Up called Elegant Soiree. It reminded me of old wallpaper so I decided to "frame" my picture and hang it on my card wall. I used pop dots to adhere the image to the card front...I pierced the scallops on the long rectangles and mounted it over chocolate satin ribbon, just like they used to hang pictures years ago. I hope you love this image as much as I do, I can see myself using it a lot. My image was colored with SU watercolor pencils.
I hope that you can play along with us this week. We had some beautiful entries for last weeks challenge and I hope to see you all play along this week.
I am at the rheumatologist today and it is almost a 2 hour drive each way, but I will visit all of you later. Can't wait to see what the design team has to share this week.
Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment if you have time.

cs--SU baja breeze, dp SU Elegant Soiree, watercolor paper 140lb
ink- SU watercolor pencils
extras--Spellbinders long rectangle scallops, piercing mat and tool, satin ribbon from Dollar Tree

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thank you !!!

This is my card for the challenge that my blog pal Patti J. is hosting at Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week. Doodle Pantry is sponsoring their challenge and I had printed and colored this image of Laurie's cornflower a while back so I just chose some dp by Pressed Petals and used the sentiment from Stampin' Up's set Simply Said. I colored this with my SU markers. I don't think you can see it in my picture but I highlighted the flower with Studio G glitter glue. This is the inside of my card...I used the same dp, but used a fiskers punch to make the border in the green dp.

Don't know if you noticed but this is the same image that I chose to create my watermark at Doodle Pantry. Love the way this turned out.
I am also changing my header again....taking the picture of my mums off and putting up a picture that I took today of the maple tree above our that blue sky peeking through. Hope you are all having a wonderful Fall week-end.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Clearly Delightful

That describes my challenge site and the day here in southwest Virginia. It is a lovely Fall day and I am so enjoying the sunshine and blue skies. I am showing a card that I made for Laurie's blog challenge #10 this month. I love her site and the wonderful images that she sells at Doodle Pantry. She also has freebies to use if you do not already own any of them. This month we are to use an image from the Doodle Pantry and easy is that!

My card base is Stampin' Up pretty in pink and I layered with dp from the Sasha Collection and a piece of berry card stock from my scrap stash. This is two images from Laurie, the Stone Wall Garden and Psalm 91:2 from Lord's Stronghold. I colored this with my Prismacolor pencils and OMS. I hope that you can join us in playing along this month, the challenge is open until the 19th of October and you get a free image just for linking a card. So what do you have to lose? Free image to use, free image for playing and the chance for blog you get to make a card. What are you waiting for? See you at Clearly Delightful.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Gift bag for Karen's Doodles

I don't know if anyone noticed but my name was drawn to win 2 digis from Karen's Doodles last challenge...I was so happy, as I am enjoying creating with her images. I am entering her challenge again this week, it is to make your card or project Fall or Halloween. I decided to use her freebie again on this one and maybe use my free digis next week, so you will just have to wait to see what I picked. I love this free image, it is so gorgeous and a lot of fun to color. I printed it out and die cut it in my Big Shot using the large scalloped oval nesties, I also cut out two more of these in the smaller size with Stampin' Up only orange card stock. I took a circle die and embossed by hand the ridges to make them look like pumpkins and then hand made my stem and vine. They were sponged with Memento Tangelo and Potter's Clay to give them an aged look. I put the chocolate chip card stock through the Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder. I would love to get something in this bag, how about you! Let me know what you think...
Guess I had better get off this computer, as I am having company for dinner tonight and still don't everything done~~hope you have a great afternoon...see ya soon!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

T for Tree

Loving doing the challenges at ABC Christmas Challenge where each two weeks we are given the next letter in the alphabet and criteria to make a project. This time is was the letter T and to use a tree with the option of putting on buttons. I used some of the Just For Fun stamps that I recently won in one of their challenges, love the large and small snowy pines. I stamped these with SU old olive on a card stock base of the same old olive. Then I took the stamp Cat in the Window and using Versafine Onyx Black to stamp the image, I then cut it out,sponging Memento Summer Sky and SU Going Grey to make a winter sky.
My sentiment is from a set by Creative Clear Stamps.
Lovely to have you stop by today!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas at TMITA

Pat is hosting us this week at TMITA and she wanted us to create a Christmas card with snowflakes. I used Nina's image "Snowman with Star", love those snowmen. My base is Stampin' Up Riding Hood Red and their new Christmas dp. I colored the image using SU markers and then punched my snowflakes with a Martha Stewart snowflake punch. I adore this image and love this color combo.
I hope that you can stop by the challenge blog and play along with us this week, it's never to early to start your Christmas stash. We hope you will find some inspiration from our design team and leave us a comment telling us what you think. Make your Monday Magical and stop by There's Magic in the Air .

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Harvest time at DeeDee's Designs

With the crispness of the air and our leaves starting to peek a little color, what better time to make a harvest themed card for the challenge at Deedee's Designs . I used her image that I have had for a while called "In Season" and colored it with SU markers. The card base is Stampin' Up Always Artichoke and the dp is from the Basic Grey paper pack Origins. I like this LO and think this is cute image for Fall harvest time. Thanks for stopping by and hope you have time to leave me a comment. Love hearing from you. I have another card posted today....please scroll down if you would like to see it.
Evidently I had the time to enter incorrect, this challenge is over, but still enjoy the card and check out her blog if you have time.

Karen's Doodles Challenge #30

I am playing along this week for the challenge at
Karen's Doodles where we were to use 7 of something. I stopped by her store and picked up the Fall Wheelbarrow as a is a beautiful image, and this is what I came up with. I sponged some on my ivory card base and stamped 7 leaves, these are from Gina K designs---Autumn Beauty and A Year of Leaves. The image is colored with SU markers and watercolor pencils and then cut out using Spellbinders Labels 4. Gina K is also where I got this beautiful ribbon. Thanks for the use of the free image, I love it and had fun playing in this challenge. Stop by if you have a moment and check out her things.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Blog Hop is going on at the CDAC

I posted the other day about the blog hop at CDAC this week-end. You have the chance to win prizes from CDAC and also the chance to win prizes from each of the participating vendors. You just need to follow the hop and all the instructions for your chance to win. I had created two cards using the new Snow Angel image from Paper Cupcakes for Nina to showcase when you stop by her blog. She is showcasing one of them and I wanted to post the other one for you to also see. The design team has done a beautiful job with the new be sure and take the hop this week-end. Now off to play for the day, have a good one!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday!!
I was looking at some of the challenge sites that I have in my Favorites and decided to check out Card Patterns where they are having a sketch challenge this week. This is my creation for the sketch using an older Stampin' Up set Harvest of Friendship. I stamped, colored (with SU markers) and cut out the fireplace. The card base is SU Always Artichoke. Rick loved this one I hope that you do too, I want to use this fireplace again as there are all sorts of accessories in the set to put around it. You may see it again. Hope you all have a wonderful week-end. Rick and I are going shooting sporting clays at a friends course tomorrow and we are looking forward to a few hours away. Have fun whatever your plans may be.