Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wagon Wheel

One word   EXHAUSTED
came home late last night and wow was it raining, 4 hour drive which wasnt bad.. got home about midnight - had drank too much coffee and didnt get to sleep until somewhere around 2 and then to work today - soooooo hitting the bed early tonight (ahhhhhhh my own bed LOL)

I had posted this card over on STV for Vicki's CAS sketch challenge #2....hope you like it
the image was colored with Copics (sorry, dont have my list of colors used) pieced onto scrap vintage dp that was sponged with Memento's Potter Clay....scoring lines dont show very well
this image is from GKD's "Farm Life" by Theresa Momber
(love this set!!)

have a beautiful day

Monday, September 27, 2010

2more "wild at heart" cards

hi there,

my daugher and SIL's flight from Belize had to be cancelled yesterday due to the Tropical Storm that hit down there - they were able to get a flight home tonight but wont arrive here in Goldsboro until about 1am.  Good thing I was already off tomorrow (-:

this first card is for my grandaughter with her fav colors and some sparkle!!
this is a faux matted nestie  LOL  I actually masked the stamp with the cutout nestie and sponged purple all around it, stamped, then stamped sentiment onto card and thickly outlined to look like a mat! of course, glitter had to be added (-:

this one is more of the vintage look that I'm practicing - I need to invest in more "stuff" to put on these cards...I love the vintage cards but it's really a talent knowing what to embellish them with...(tried to CASE Dru and Linda C but WOW! they are like vintage Queens!!!)
wooo hoooo while posting this my daughter called and I leave here in an hour to go get them!

can't wait to hear about their mission trip, so far we know that there were many decisions for Christ!
I will be driving home tomorrow night and then to work on Tuesday.

These past 9 days have been wonderful - but really miss my husband - time to go home (-:
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wild at Heart - continuing the quest to make 10 cards with this set

hi there,
well some of you may remember my personal challenge to use the big background stamp in GKD's "Wild at Heart" set by Melanie on 10 cards - not an easy task when I've not worked with a big background stamp for sooo long....anyway, my goal this week while I'm away was to work with stamps that have just been collecting dust AND to continue this challenge. So have been working with this set today and enjoying these colors from the STV Color challenge (red, brown, green, ivory) using all the gorgeous Fall colors.

On the first card, airbrushed my pumpkin dp with E04 to make the pumpkin more brown instead of orange, stamped tree/fence in memento black and colored with Copics - used one half of a previously stamped WAH image (torn in half and used on both cards) and added faux stiching...and the vintage ticket...and ran the tiny ribbon through the lace...if you enlarge it - it doesnt look like there's a piece of vellum over it LOL

This second card looks like the dp on the bottom is black/grey but its SU's Olive dp (long ago retired), added pearls to the flowers and a piece of vintage scrap...sponged the sentiment, added the lace - done!

have two more to finish using blues (-:

I'm short two cards in reaching my goal, so dont be surprised if I CASE some of the beauties created by Melanie and her super talented Guest Designer, Mary Anne- check them out for some real eye candy with this set!!!

have a wonderful weekend!
My daughter and SIL are due to fly home tonight if the weather allows it - there is a tropical storm headed to Belize that we are praying doesnt affect their flight schedule...

and entered in following Fall or Autumn Challenges:

Friday, September 24, 2010

phriday's are phindy's - this week's challenge "Thank You"

Well, first - thanks to all who entered the Winter Cutie Hop - arent those new Cuties just adorable!
and second - Phindy has a new poll - pop over and give your input and you are entered for a chance to win the Cutie shown on her blog - that's all you do! it's open until October 5th.

This week the challenge is "Thank You"
Have wanted to color-up this little cowboy for so long and it is
*you cant tell in pic but the sentiment is raised in sections so its "wavey"

isnt he just adorable - Phindy named this one "Giddyup" and its available here
The winner of the Challenge will be chosen by and will receive an $8 Gift Certificate to the Phindy's Place store. The Pick of the Week wins a 20% off voucher for the Phindy's Place store. Don't forget that once a month we will choose an overall winner from the weekly winners and they will be offered a Guest position on the DT - and of course a free image from Phindy's Place to use for that week's challenge! Hope you get a chance to pop over to the Challenge Blog and check out the DT's cards.

have a blessed day
my thought for today: Children are a treasure from the Lord!

this little guy's tranport is that hobby horse so entering it into these two "transportation" theme challenges!

 fall color theme challenge:

animal theme challenge
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Card Holder tutorial by Vicki

hi and welcome,
today I've posted an adorable card holder using an easy peasy tutorial done by super super talented ...     Vicki Dutcher.

(dont laugh at my flower - didnt bring any punches on this trip, so improvised - used a quarter and made a circle, then "eyeballed" my 6 blossoms and made flower as usual....not too shabby! but would prefer a punch!! Using the flower and the sentiment to hold my top flap (didnt bring any velcro or magnets!!)

This is my first one, so looking forward to getting bolder on future makes!

Sentiment is from  GKD's "Farm Life" by Theresa and papers are Webster's vellum and green construction paper that my Grankids pop on over to Vicki's Blog for the details - I'm tellin ya, very easy!

have a blessed day!
I am so lovin taking care of my grankids - tremendous blessing and I'm smilin alllllll day!!!

also entererd in these challenges

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MFP' s Challenge - Birthday Card for OWH

hi there,
quick post! one thing about being here with the Grankids is that I cant stay up at night and stamp - too home, getting up and getting ready for work is no problem...dont know why it's so different here with kids LOL  maybe it's fixing breakfast, packing lunches (cant do it the night before) bookbags ready, gym bags ready...hear the shower running but are they actually IN the shower!!
everybody actually has their homework IN their bookbags , etc etc etc  All before 7am. ...Those of you with school kids are smilin I'm too!!! lovin every minute ...and actually they do most of that stuff - so what's different??

this card is for the MFP Challlenge which is another OWH card specifically for a birthday. I have a whole bunch of cards to send to the Charlotte NC address.

I brought with me this week stamps that I've purchased and yet to use. This one is from the Artistic Outpost and sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps. Love this pig and hoping some "good ole country" guy or gal serving in our armed forces will get this to send back home to someone special...

have a wonderful day
also entered in following challenges:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Joan's Challenge

hi there, still in North Carolina takin care of Grankids...I brought two "suitcases" of stampin stuff but still miss things...amazing ... I've collected so much stuff and now spoiled when its not at my fingertips LOL..
How DID I make cards when I was just starting out (-:

thankfully I had the papers that worked for Joan's challenge to use :
Color - Orange, Green and Blue
Embellishment - Printed Ribbon and something hanging
3 different prints - can include ribbon print
Distress with iuk

used stamps from Lindy's Gang!
my sentiment is "hanging" and I didnt distress (because didnt pack inks except black) but I did "shadow" the sentiment with green pencil !!! anyway, will enter  and keep fingers crossed...ok, now off to take kids to school
have a blessed day,

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Phridays are Phindy's!!! this week - Winter Cutie Blog Hop + Challenge

HAPPY Phri-day!
We have two things going on for you - First, a Hop (visit each DT member's blog + Challenge Blog and collect the nine words for a sentence and then in the comment section of the Challenge Blog enter what you think is the sentence) and Second, our weekly challenge!


These oh-so-cute images you have been waiting for go on sale in Phindy's Shop today[link] and we're celebrating their launch with an  amazing blog hop around the DT, where you will see two Cuties used on each blog.
One random winner of the blog hop will receive TWO Christmas Cutie images of their choice! What do you have to do to win? Visit the DT's blogs and leave a comment at each one. Each blog will have a word that you need to collect as you hop along. Put the words together to make a sentence and leave your sentence in the comment section of the Challenge Blog!
Phindy is also giving an image to a random commenter on one of the DT blogs!?
Here is a full list of the participating blogs in the correct order, grab their "words" to make your sentence:

Tammy Maynard
Ann English
Annika Ryan
Anne-Marije Poppen
Lynda Nielsen
Mary B. Giemza
Sylvia Blum
Phindys Place Challenge Blog

    our weekly challenge - this week its to support  OWH!

Now as well as the Blog Hop, we do still have our regular challenge running this week - but with a twist! Our Challenge is to support Operation Write Home by making a card - or even better several cards - and sending them to support the armed forces overseas. This week, for one week only, we have an Open Challenge where you DO NOT have to  use a Phindy's Place image, though we'd love it if you did!

 The winner of the Challenge will be chosen by and will receive an $8 Gift Certificate to the Phindy's Place store. The Pick of the Week wins a 20% off voucher for the Phindy's Place store. Don't forget that once a month we will choose an overall winner from the weekly winners and they will be offered a Guest position on the DT - and of course a free image from Phindy's Place to use for that week's challenge!

Have fun on the Blog Hop, don't forget to leave a comment here and when you're done - leave your complete nine word sentence over on the Challenge Blog.

ok, now my cards - the first one is Phindy's image "Smooch" (sentiment is old PSX stamp) I was all smiles - these are my two youngest grankids! and fits their personalities perfectly!! My Lily who is 3 and loves being the princess and my Logan, loves his big sister but is always the "pawn" in her imaginary games - he doesnt know what to expect LOL
did the close up so you could see the coloring better but I really wanted you to see her red sparkly shoes!! My grandaughter loves her "Dorothy" shoes (-:
this one is Phindy's image "Peppermint Perfection" (sentiment is random wood stamp - may be Hero Arts)
isnt he precious!!!!

long post! so didnt give card details - besides I used every red Copic I just use all of yours!!

Leaving today to go spend a week with the older grankids while their parents are on a missions trip to Belize with their church...please pray for the team's safety and that hearts are open to receive Jesus as their Saviour!

hugs (and to Olga and Bill - praying he comes home today and that the road to recovery is a swift one!)

also entered in :

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I'm in!!!! was selected to join the Heartfelt Creations Design Team

Thud! that was my jaw this morning when I saw the news....
I had never heard of HFC until I saw their booth at a craft show in Chantilly, VA in June - I'm tellin was love at first sight! Couldnt get enough of watching their demo and soaking up all the gorgeous cards they had on display....THEN they were at the next show I attended in Winston-Salem, NC. I wasnt the only one in love with them - I stood in line for what seemed like an hour to buy more "stuff"...their booth was the busiest!
Then a short while ago I hear about the DT call - and here I am...on their Design Team!!!!!!

but the best best best part is that I join some of my dear, enormously talented, stampin friends

and will be meeting and joining new incredibly talented ladies!

woooo hoooo! AND I can now show my projects I submitted for the finalist challenge since they are posted on the Heartfelt Creations Blog

Now I didnt give any details because they are all posted over on the HFC blog AND you want to pop over there and find out how to enter the chance to win their ENTIRE new Cardinal Family Collection which  features 11 new PreCut Stamp Sets and 1 new exclusive coordinating Heartfelt Creations die made by Spellbinders

uh no ...that's ok - some of you will hurt (-:
Super hugs

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wild at Heart

hello - hope your weekend is going well (-:

I havent worked with a "background" stamp for so long. I have *cough * cough...let's just say "many"...especially since I was a Stampin Up Demo...but with the coming of all the gorgeous designer papers - using my BG stamps has fallen away to practically nothing...
along comes GKD's new set Wild at Heart by Melanie!

and now my brain is scrambling....surely I havent forgotten how to use them! So I have a personal challenge to create 10 different cards with this set. I've previously posted one .. so today have added two more - both of these are for challenges over at STV.

this is for the Color Challenge from our new hostess Janice!

stamped this three times - once using red ink stamped onto GKD's Kraft cs, then again using red ink stamped onto GKD's Lemon Drop cs and last used Vivid's Straw stamped onto white cs. Cut and pasted my pieces onto the stamped Inspiration Mosaic (also by Melanie). Sentiments stamped with Vivid's Coffee and are matted with the cardstock base GKD's Chocolate. Also used GKD's Red Rocket for a layer. Added some glitter with pen and gingham ribbon (oh and a little shadowing with Copic E31)

and this is for the Sketch Challenge from Vicki!
Background is embossed and you can see how I did the rest - used GKD's Rocket Red and black cs and I think the dp is from SU....

For more inspiration with this set, pop over to
Melanie's blog at . She has so many tips...
and be sure to visit her Guest Designer, Mary Anne at  knock out cards with this set
and check out the gallery at STV showing more gorgeous creations achieved with this set...

sorry I dont have these linked but blogger is giving me a fit and its the weekend so I'm moving on...LOL
now I'm back to stampin BIG GRIN HERE - no housework today, I can stand the mess !!
hmmmm, can I come up with 7 more different cards...not sure....

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Phri-days are Phindys - Challenge #22 Going Green

Phri-day Happy Dance!
and that means a new Phindy Challenge.

This week - it's Going Green ! challenge is to use the color green and/or recycle something in your project. So I used all different shades of green and my flower is recycled paper! Found this paper at Big Lots a loooong time ago...

The scene is called Birds Go By with Cat and is colored with various green and blue-green Copics as well as E31,35, 49 and 53, used Smooch illuminator on the water and white gel pen for accent. Cardstock is from GKD's All Spruced Up and retired SU dp, gingham ribbon, recyled gold/green paper, used Nestie and SU's Top Note die and MS branch punch.

The winner of the Challenge will be chosen by and will receive an $8 Gift Certificate to the Phindy's Place store. The Pick of the Week wins a 20% off voucher for the Phindy's Place store. Don't forget that once a month we will choose an overall winner from the weekly winners and they will be offered a Guest position on the DT - and of course a free image from Phindy's Place to use for that week's challenge! Hope you get a chance to pop over to the Challenge Blog and check out the DT's cards.


Phindy's Place is pleased to announce a dozen darling "Winter Cuties" coming your way!
****SEPTEMBER 17th****
Come on by the Challenge Blog for our release party!

(more details to be announced)

sneak "tease" peek of ONE

and this one is tooooooooo KA-YOOT! Wait until you see heeeheeeeheeeee (-:

have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend
Olga - know that we are praying for Bill...


Philippians 2:14 "do ALL things without murmuring and disputing"...I think this is one of the toughest verses to conquer - seems like I complain way tooooo much over the dumbest things and I really realize this even more when I see friends with real problems who never complain and keep looking to the Lord.

card is also entered in challenge at:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

one that didnt quite work

hi there - this is one of those times it just doesnt work for me BUT it's after midnight and want to get this entered in a couple challenges and need to get to bed - back to work tomorrow and played all weekend - loved it!

I stamped the new background stamp from GKD's Wild at Heart by Melanie in SU's Pretty in Pink, then airbrushed Copics RV02, R37 and YR09 in different areas. Matted onto SU's cranberry, matted on SU's Wasabi and base cardstock is also SU's pink. These were the colors I have that matched the closest to the color challenge #46 over at Stacey's Stamping Stage - wild wasabi, pink pirouette, peach parfait, poppy parade, whisper white.

Then over at Marks' Finest Paper, the challenge from Geri  is to do "5 of something" I have 5 flowers - 3 are stamped and 2 are pierced.

THEN, I was capping the R37, dropped it and PLOP! right on my card...soooooooo...I had to turn the tag...oh well, only you and I will know....whoever receives it won't (-: Tag is from GKD's Fancy Tag set by Nina.

Can't be upset - weekend was just tooooo wonderful - now back to work week . Thankful for my job.
I was so glad to also get around to do some blog visiting with so many of you that I've missed (-:

have a blessed day,
Spending time with friends this weekend and hearing their health problems - DH and I are thanking the Lord for our good health. Tremendous blessing that we take for granted. Need to work on that.....

also entered at:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mo's Vintage Challenge

hi there,
so happy to be able to finally play again over at Mo's Challenge!
this week the challenge is vintage

I love this rabbit and with this pocketwatch just thought of time as in...time past, ie vintage LOL

Mo's image is called  "Late"  and available here
The background stamp and sentiment is from GKD's Timeless Treasures set by Theresa Momber.

Colored with Copics, distressed with Vivid's Coffee Bean, grundgeboard lock plate sponged with same ink..also distressed edges using side of scissors
ok, I'm off to get ready for grankids today (-:
The weather has been gorgeous!!
so much to be thankful for

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Joan's Garden Challenge

Hi there,
Hope you are enjoying your weekend (and that it extends through Monday!)
This card was done for Joan's Garden's Challenge  to use:
deep rich purple
embellish with a Spellbinders pendant die
cut out flower to be hand colored
punched border

really really enjoyed this challenge - but realized I am out of deep purple cardstock (how did that happen?)

Big flower is done with Heartfelt Creation's "Innoscents Flowers" Stamp set -I curled back petals and added flower soft to center - colored with Copics BV00, 01, 08 and V17.
The "leaves" were done with a Spellbinders corner die from their Pendant Fleur De Lis set. Punched border and small flowers were done with scrap dp - colored the mini pearls with Copic BV08.
Sentiment is from SU and stamped on scrap of Webster's and striped dp is from stash.
Ribbon is from stash.

my pic really doesnt do this one justice....
the stamp is a fav since it's the verse I go to for everything - I cannot imagine life without knowing and trusting that the Lord has it all in control (the good and the bad)
Proverbs 3:5-6

Also entered in the following challenges:
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Phri-days are Phindy's Place Challenge #21 - Paper Piecing

woooo hoooo it's Phri-day! and I have Monday off too!!!

now for this week's challenge over at Phindy's Place - the challenge is "paper piecing"

I love this sweet image. Printed it twice and then cut out the top half (the chair, granma and cat) and attached it over the lap blanket on dimensionals. I wanted her to look all "snuggled in" and comfy in that big chair..the lap blanket reminds me of a beautiful quilt with all the backstitching.

she just looks so completely peaceful and content!
If you would like this image, just click on its name. It's called Nana and Earl.
Colored with Copics W3, 7, C2, E-00,2, 7,9,50, 99, B21, 23, 24 and 0 blender, Scrap design paper and cardstock is GKD's Cranberry. (Sentiment is from GKD's Life is Good by Theresa Momber).

Now pop over to Phindy's Place and enjoy the beautiful creations by the rest of the Design Team!  and enter the challenge while you're there *wink

Using an image from Phindy's Place, the winner of the Challenge will be chosen by and will receive an $8 Gift Certificate to the Phindy's Place store. The Pick of the Week wins a 20% off voucher for the Phindy's Place store. Don't forget that once a month we will choose an overall winner from the weekly winners and they will be offered a Guest position on the DT - and of course a free image from Phindy's Place to use for that week's challenge!

Purchase 4 digi's - at checkout enter discount code: PS914 and get $3.00 off your order.
Sale good through September 14, 2010!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Proverbs 3:5-6
This card is also entered here:

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Unknown Fall image - end of summer gardening

hi there,
Wanted to color up this image for a few days now - its a wood stamp but has no name on it...dont remember where I got it but have had it a long time....did this card for Joan's challenge  to use:
striped paper, piercing, brads or pearls and a fall image!


colored with Copics E31,35,49, Y02,15, N2, 4 and YG63, added smooch carrot on flowers and distressed edges with Ranger's Spiced Mandarin Orange , ribbon is SU's Dusty Durango, cardstock is SU's Not Quite Navy matted onto Pumpkin, dp and leaf brad is from stash...pierced all around the mat.

love doing fall cards - a favorite season (-:

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