Saturday, March 31, 2012

Crafters of Faith March challenge

Hi there,
I am sorry to my fellow sistahs of the Crafters of Faith group for posting so late - worked late last night and back out early this am - just now getting to computer - knew I should have auto posted KWIM!

Anyhoooooo, each month one of our sistahs challenges us to create something and for March our challenge is from Carolina. Her requirements:
use a lighthouse or some kind of light
at least 2 designer papers
and bling!!!

I used the retired stamp set from Stampin Up called "A Light Unto My Path"  combined with Artistic Outposts "Beyond the Sea"
my "bling" is a brad that I snipped the prongs off of...all designer paper from scrap box, black frame cut with Cricut-mini, cardstock is SU's Not Quite Navy and the light cardbase was's kind of a mustard color.

This talented group is listed in my sidebar if you would like to see their take on this challenge...
also entered in the new vintage challenge blog Frilly and Funkie's their first challenge and perfect timing for me to be able to join in...

have a beautiful weekend


This post is to announce the winner of the Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop. 
Winner was picked randomly from Angelica's blog......
 the winner is MeMaw. 
 Her comment "This is really cute - simple and to the point is so crisp - good to get away from bling once in a while.
Love the Card

 Congrats MeMaw!!!
 You can contact EmmaLou ( to claim your $25.00 gift certificate. Be sure and put Winner of March Alumni Hop in the subject line.

 Thanks everyone for joining us this month!!!! 
Next Alumni Blog Hop will be on April 24th - hope to see you again
note for anyone who has seen the post stating Caroline D was the winner, my apology. When the random winner was chosen I didn't realize that she was on the DT - so a second random drawing was done and MeMaw won! sorry for any confusion...

Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge

and Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow . This week we want you to make vintage, shabby chic or primitive cards...with the theme "BIRTHDAY"....easy peasy!

Phindy's Blog 
This week's sponsor is Phindy's Place  and the winner will receive one of Phindy's images!!!

 (Now of course I am so tickled since I'm on Phindy's Design Team LOL)
 Phindy provided the team with a couple of her images...the one I received is Mr. Brown Goes Shopping .

 I love coloring Phindy images but on this one used almost every Copic E that I have!
 Now I'm thinking I colored it to bright for vintage...what do you think? 

Hope you get to join us in this week's challenge...remember besides winning the image from Phindy - the winner will receive a winner's badge to display. The Design Team will also select one project as Top Pick and the creator will receive a badge to display and will be in the running for our monthly Guest Designer spot.

See ya soon

Speedy the Fox Challenge

Hi there,
Well its, finally here. This is my last week as a member of the Speedy the Fox Challenge Team. So for this week's challenge at the Speedy the Fox Challenge Blog , I've made it very easy - the challenge is to create "using a square card"!. Now that doesn't mean a normal sized card (or any other kind of card) with a square on it LOL...but a true square card!

For my  5 x 5 card, I used the new set "Mother's Magnolias"
The cardstock, trim and ribbon are all from Mark's Finest Papers. The designer paper is from Graphics 45 - Once Upon a Springtime Collection.

Used Spellbinder's "Twisted Metal Tags & Accents", Labels 16, and Beaded Squares.
Ink is Memento Black and Bamboo
Copics: RV11, 34, 42, G20, YG03
Embellishments: Viva Liquid Pens - Salmon, and Diamond Stickles.

Enjoy the challenge and remember the winner receives a FREE MFP Stamp set!
See ya in blogland,

Friday, March 30, 2012

Copic/Pro Marker Challenge at the Outlawz

Hi there, 
glad you came back for the 2nd post for today - it's the last Friday of the month, so it's "Anything Goes" they have been doing calendars each month and the template is available at the bottom of this week's challenge (each month's is available at the bottom of the last challenge of each month) if you would like to join in on making a calendar. I do want to...just cant decide what my theme will be!

Pop over to the Outlawz Copic/Promarker Challenge Team  and check out their adorable calendars! then you'll want one (-:
For my "anything goes"...I chose a fav image from Phindy's Place called Hot Cocoa .
wanted to match the stash designer paper - colored with Copics but have lost my little slip of paper with the numbers, sorry :(
this is short because.....I'm out of time LOL
just enough time to get the auto posting done for this weekend...

wish all this "rushing" would make me lose weight!!!

Phri-days are Phindy's!

 Only a week to go until we will be holding our 100th challenge.  There will be special prizes and a fun hop with candy along the way!  Be sure to join in this week and be ready to play along next week.  Big hint:  you'll want to dig out and colour your Phindy's Place images, the challenge will require you to use a Phindy's Place image if you want to be eligible for the draw.

Hi there,
 First let me say I have really missed getting around to visit everyone...have been able to pop in here and there, but not much! With the gorgeous weather rolling in, just very busy at work...back to some very long days again...not complaining - it pays the bills (-:  Just wanted to let everyone know I miss ya!

This week at Phindy's Place Friday Challenge Blog the challenge is to create...using ribbons and bows!! oh yea baby...right up everyone's alley (-:

well I've been wanting to try something new...and it seems like there are "baby momma's" everywhere expecting those precious little for this challenge I grabbed Phindy's adorable image  Counting Sheep

sentiment is computer generated

Faux Fabric is done using the technique I saw over on my sweet friend Patti's blog . by Clare's Creations. It is done using that. Here is the tutorial that Patti shared with us if you are interested. It took me several tries to get the hang of it...thinking I still need more practice but happy with this one.
cardstock:  SU's Not Quite Navy and white
Designer Paper - stash
ink: Memento Summer Sky and Cantaloupe
Copics: YG 63, 67...G000, C0, R2, RV04, B91, 95...E00, 11, 21, 25
Embellishments: decorative scissors, SU ribbon, mini adhesive pearls

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

Good morning,
Well, it's the last Tuesday of the month so today is the beginning of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team's monthly Blog Hop. This month the designers participating in our March hop are:
and ME (-:
I chose two sets this month and took a couple pictures
trying to show the sparkle!

HCPC 3354 Classic Message PreCut Set
HCPC 3306 Posy Patch Garden Delights PreCut Set

the sparkle in the flowers is from Heartfelt Creations called Gala Glitz - used purple and blue...colored with Copics, stash designer paper and Viva's Pearl Pens - Lilac and White

Hope you enjoy the hop! We love creating these projects for you each month!

One of our blogs will be randomly chosen and from all those that commented on that blog, the winner will be ... again, randomly chosen. 
Blog Hop will remain open for comments on everyone's blog through midnight Friday night March 30th.  The winner will be posted here (and on the member's blogs who are able to post) by noon on Sat March 31st. 

 The winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations!

have a beautiful day,


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge

Hello, and Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow
We want you to make vintage, shabby chic or primitive cards...with the theme "STEAMPUNK" ..
ok, now THIS is a challenge! and that's one of the things I love about Sugar Creek Hollow...

I had never done one before and had to go see what I could find on this...
here you go...
from Wikepedia...Steampunk is a genre which came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used ... Steampunk is most directly influenced by, and often adopts the style of, the 19th century scientific romances of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Mary Shelley. 

AHA! light bulb I understand the Steampunk Paper I bought from Graphic 45....bought it because I liked the colors... didn't understand any of the images LOL

Done completely using only Graphics 45 - Steampunk Debutante Collection designer paper and my own computer generated sentiment....lightly sponged with Ranger's Distress Rusty Hinge. Used Spellbinders "Twisted Metal Tags/Accents", cardstock is SU's Bashful Blue and pearls done with Viva's Gold Pearl Pen....

Hope you decide to try this "thinking outside the box" challenge...for more inspiration pop over and check out the Design Team - their creations are awesome!!!

Cant believe I did a "Steampunk" card LOL...especially since I had never heard of it before this challenge!!!!


Speedy the Fox Challenge #100 ONE HUNDRED! can you believe it !!!

This week over at the Speedy the Fox Challenge Blog , Barb has challenged us to create "with shades of pink"....
ohhhhh what gal doesn't love THIS challenge... 

 so grabbing the new MFP set "Blessings" and doing a lot of paper piecing's my card!

you know how hard it is to get a good pic when you want everyone to see the sparkle !!

hope to see your entry in the challenge - remember ...random winner receives a FREE set from MFP!

Cardstock: SU Regal Rose and SU designer paper
Ink: Memento Rose Bud and Angel Pink
Copics:  R20, 22, 32, 81...G00, 14, 17, 28
Embellishments: MFP Ribbon, stash button, Stickles - Cotton Candy, Yellow and Spellbinders Labels 4

Friday, March 23, 2012

Copic/Pro Marker Challenge at the Outlawz

 Hi there...wanting something to get your mojo going...welllll.....
The Outlawz Copic/Promarker Challenge Team challenges you to create with any or all of these three themes... 
 Remember, you can use any stamp or digi you chose! 

 AND did you see the March prizes ??? Well I listed them here for you  (-:
 four lucky people will each win one of these

 Oozak.Com $50.00 Gift Certificate!!

 Gilli Stamps Gilli Goodie Bag 

 Paper Temptress $20.00 Special Collection for The Outlawz!

 Winner will receive an invitation to a classroom of their choice at the Color Me Creative Classroom!

Pretty great prizes for just making a card LOL
Best of luck to everyone


A while back I Guest Designed for Sweet n Sassy Stamps and it was the first time I ever used digi's... addicted to digi's ever since (-:
While scrolling through my digi collection for this challenge, this one caught my's from Sweet n Sassy and is called    Christ Arose 

Cardstock is SU's Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green,  used MS border punch, sky is sponged with Memento's Sky blue and Cantaloupe. Sentiment is computer generated...
Copics: E11, 49, 55, 57, 59...N0...Y02...YG 63, 67, 95, 99...BV00, 08, 11

This one is going to my 92 year old Mother-in-Law! who is still "sharp as a tack"! Thank you Lord!

Hope you get to enter our Copic/Promarker Challenge...
Thanks for taking time to check out this long post

Phri-days are Phindy's!

This week has been SO CRAZY...think I will shout THANK GOODNESS IT's FRIDAY! part of the craziness is because we are having our annual Missions Conference at church ..and for those of you whose church does know how that week seems to be just so crazy!!! 

anyhow..any whoooo...

This week at Phindy's Place Friday Challenge Blog the challenge is to create...with an ANIMAL !

 Well, Phindy has adorable animal images but I needed a specific one...and this one from Phinday called
  I Glub You was perfect!

kept this one on the CAS side - going to a "soon to be" 8 year old boy - who has an aquarium!
see why I said this image was perfect...

OK, back to craziness - we have services tonight at 7:30, tomorrow is the Mission's Dinner (some good eating, let me tell ya!)  then Sunday we are hostessing one of the missionary couples and having several
 friends over to eat !!! 
now somewhere in there I need to go to work, clean my house, get the groceries and cook!!!
not complaining because I know it will all work out .... whew!

WOW, I really vented and didn't even take a breath to say - hope you get to join our challenge (-:


cardstock SU Temptin Turquoise and retired designer paper
Copics:  E21, 25...YR04, 20...C2...BG000, 01, 02, 13
embellishments:  McGill corner punch, Viva Pearl Pen -clear

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Designing DIVA's Oldie but Goodie Blog Hop

Hi there, 
Well if you are following the Blog Hop - you've just come from the truly blessed, talented blog of my sweet friend Vicki!
The theme of our hop is just what the badge says - we are to use something we've had at least six months and haven't I have a TON of those kind of stamps! KWIM !!!

My oldie is my stamp and designer the stamp I have had for years...truly! There is no name of a company other than what is here in this pic

and my designer paper is from Bo-Bunny Press...this was my last piece of this and thankfully the corner had the name of the designer (-:

 there are so many friends that are sick right now...needed one for a guy that is never the rabbit slippers and teddy bear LOL...his reaction will be interesting (-:
colored with Copics: E00, 11, 17, 25...B21,41...C3, Y21,26...R32, YG91, 95, 99
Sentiment stamp I purchased years ago from I think Michael's. It is stamped "designed for studio g". 
I'm pretty sure it was in one of their $1 bins.

Now if you are doing the hop, your next stop is to Maria's super elegant, wonderful blog!
Hope you enjoy us bringing out our "oldies" ...I love the "Push" to pull them out


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge

Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow
We are a challenge blog dedicated to creating ONLY vintage, shabby chic or primitive cards/projects.

This week we are proud to have a new sponsor...

Play with us this week!! the randomly chosen winner will receive
FIVE FREE IMAGES from Robyn's Fetish!

Our challenge this week is to create using "layers".... but remember the theme is vintage, shabby chic or primitive!

Using Robyn's image Primitive Doll , I created this Primitive style card... hand pierced at random, hand cut hearts and hand written sentiment on the hearts! also, paper pieced the hat and apron...

Remember,  one randomly chosen winner will receive  5 images from Robyn's Fetish and the "Winner's Badge" to post on your blog! The Design Team will also be selecting one project as the Top Pick and that person will receive a Top Pick Badge for their blogs AND be in the running for a Guest Designer Spot.

Looking forward to seeing your entry!


cardstock: SU Not Quite Navy (large card - 5 x 7),  stash "cranberry" for matting hearts
DP: Basic Grey - Pyrus and MME - Follow Your Heart
Copics: E00, 09, 11, 25, 49...YG03...G85, 99
ink: Ranger's Distress Aged Mahogany
embellishment: paper piercing tool, rafia bow

Speedy the Fox Challenge #99

This week over at the Speedy the Fox Challenge Blog , I have challenged us to create " a CAS/ one layer card"... 
These are tough to me! so grabbing the new MFP set "Lighthouses"....I started to think "one Layer" hmmmmm
 Using a reverse mask from Spellbinders Labels One, I sponged the sky with Memento Summer Sky, Danube Blue, touch of Cantaloupe and Angel Pink. Using a post-it-note so would have straight line for the water, I added Paris Dusk.
 Then paper pieced the lighthouse that was gently colored with Copics E11,YG63, Y11 and T3. Sentiment was stamped with Memento Danube Blue.

now I have to say, I do like this one layer card - it works for me (-:

hope you get a chance to play in this weeks' Speedy the Fox and Friends Challenge...
remember the randomly drawn winner receives a FREE stamp set (-:

hugs everyone,
and a side note, I have decided to step down from the Speedy the Fox Challenge blog. Have been with them for almost a year and felt it was time to "move on" as they say ...Will be participating through March with MFP. Appreciate time spent  as a Senior Design Team Member and Speedy the Fox DT Member....

Friday, March 16, 2012

Stamp TV's CSS Alumni Blog Hop

Hi there...glad to have you stop by...
This month the CSS Alumni were given a color combo challenge brought to us courtesy of Melissa S.!  
Thanks Melissa (-:

would love to have these dishes (-:
Now you should have arrived here from the elegant blog of Kay Simmons....if you missed starting at the beginning, pop over to STV and begin the hop from there. You don't want to miss any of the blogs and make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (March 20th) the randomly chosen comment from all the blogs will win a 
HUGE GRAB BAG of fabulous Gina K Designs Stamps!

for this hop I used two GKD "oldie but goodie" stamp sets (-:

Layered CAS card

always love anything from Nina Brackett  this is GKD's "Grand Damask" by Nina!

lightly sponged edges with SU's Sage Shadow, center with SU Barely Banana, and image with Memento's Bahama Blue. Cardstock is GKD's Turquoise Sea, Lemon Drop, Creme de Menthe and white. Accents Viva's Pearl Pen - Light Green, stash ribbon and button...

 Framed Pears
went thru awesome sets I have from Asela Hopkins - love love this set...GKD's "Fruitful Harvest" by Asela!
Had designer paper from K & Co (Nature) that matched perfectly, Cardstock is GKD's Turquoise Sea and Lemon Drop. Used CB folder for dry embossing and Spellbinders Ovals Lg and Beaded Ovals. Nostalgia tape from THoltz , stash ribbon and stickles. 
Colored pears with 
Copics: E35, Y11, YG03, 63, 91, 95
OK, that's it for me...
your next stop is the awesome blog of Melissa Shultz ....
Enjoy the hop and remember to comment (-:
Best of luck to everyone on being the randomly chosen winner!


Phri-days are Phindy's!

Hi there everyone, wooooo hoooooo Friday!!

This week at Phindy's Place Friday Challenge Blog the challenge is to create
 " with a Spring theme - Spring has Sprung"  ...get the idea (-:
so glad to see Spring right around the corner! we have had some gorgeous tease weather days...I work outside quite a bit and this image from Phindy is how I felt the other was a glorious 73 degrees with just a wonderful slight breeze...

so using the fab image from Phindy's Plump 'Uns Collection ... Tender Tootsies !

isn't she wonderful - the DT and I have used her a LOT!
TIP: I raised her using a cut piece of a styrofoam container...saving those pop-dots!
Hope you get a chance to play along - you don't have to use a Phindy image!
and remember....
We will choose one random winner who will receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store. The Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week. The creator will also receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.

have a beautiful weekend,

Cardstock:  SU retired Vintage Violet, Lavendar Lace, Mellow Moss
DP: Basic Grey - Wisteria
Ink:  Memento Sweet Plum
Copics:  E00. 11...YG03, 11...BV000, 00, 01, 08, 11
Embellishments: Vivid Liquid Pearls - Lilac, CB folder, Spellbinders Ovals Large

The Outlawz Friday Copics/Pro Markers challenge

Hello again - crazy that I have two Design Teams to post on Fridays!! Thanks so much for taking time to visit me twice (big hug to you)

This week at the Outlawz, the Outlawz Friday Copics/Pro Markers Team is challenging you to create using "HUMOR"...LOL...really looking forward to this!!!
so dig out ANY stamp or digi of your choice and make us smile...a big ole laugh would be great!! This world can always use more humor!

I love my Art Impressions stamps and haven't pulled them out in a very long time!
here is a fav of mine...probably because so true..big sigh... LOL

Hope this made you smile ...
now pop over and visit the rest of the Design Team at the Outlawz and have a great laugh (did that come out right !!!)  and check out the awesome prizes for March!!!

Big Hug to ya with a Big ole Smile (-:

Cardstock: SU Tempting Turquoise, Rich Cocoa with MME designer paper - Lost & Found
Ink: Memento Black
Copics: E00, 04, 11, 43...C3 W3, RV21, Y08, BG000, 10,  13, 53 and G13
Embellishments: Spellbinders Labels 4, flowers from Prisma, Cheery Lynn die, stash ribbon

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge

Hello, and Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow. We want you to make vintage, shabby chic or primitive cards featuring something that "is monochromatic Green" !

I don't use St Patrick's Day cards, so stayed with the "Green" images from Graphics Fairy

Hope you get time to enter our "monochromatic Green" challenge...really enjoy visiting the blogs of those that enter our challenge - always get awesome inspiration !!

We will be giving one randomly chosen winner a digi of our choice and the "Winner's Badge" to post on your blog! The Design Team will also be selecting one project as the Top Pick and that person will receive a Top Pick Badge for their blogs AND be in the running for a Guest Designer Spot.

This week we Welcome Debbie Marcinkiewicz as our Guest Designer! Amazing talented lady (-:

Enjoy your weekend,
Images:  Graphics Fairy
Cardstock: MFP's Black, Deep Olive and stash designer paper
Ink:  Memento  Bamboo and  Pear
Embellishments: LOC's Sentimental Banners, Spellbinder's Ribbon Banners, MFP's trim/stash ribbon, MS corner punch, mini pearls, scraps of scrunched seam binding, CB Victorian embossing folder

Speedy the Fox Challenge #98

This week over at the Speedy the Fox Challenge Blog , Tammy has challenged us to create "using her Bingo card" ..sorry - it's drawn by hand and not very good photo

For this Bingo challenge - I used Lace, Bling, Circles with the new set Mother's Magnolias

Lace and Ribbon from MFP
Bling is the Gold Metallic cardstock and Stickles in the flower center
Circles - the gold pearls

Lightly sponged designer paper with Memento Pear and Bamboo
Used Memento Black for sentiment and background stamping
Copics:  G20, YG67, E00, 02, 11..RV02, 04

Didn't take long - and that was nice for a change!
How much time do you think you average in creating your cards ?...not counting CAS cards


Friday, March 9, 2012

Copic/Pro Marker Challenge at the Outlawz

Hi there, 
 Well the challenge this week over at the Copic/ProMarker Challenge at the Outlawz  is to create with themes of " St Patty's Day/ Irish/ or Green!

 I went with "Green" and used the adorable image from Isabella's Sketchbook called Mary Mary

Hope you like this and are inspired to participate in the challenge - Pop over to the Outlawz  check out the amazing coloring done by this group of ladies and 
check out all the sponsor prizes for March...oh yeah! that's what I'm talkin about....the prizes!! (-:

Image Isabella's Sketchbook
Sentiment: SU 2007 but set unknown
Cardstock: GKD - black, white, green (green was wet and scrunched up then ironed out - i did a whole bunch)
Copics: E00, 01, 11, 26...G02, 05, 20, 21...C1, 5 and opaque white, V06, RV02
Embellishments: SU corner punch, MS page punches with retired SU dp, Vivid Pearl Pen - Light Green

Busy weekend here -have a beautiful weekend everyone,


Phri-days are Phindy's!

Hi there everyone, wooooo hoooooo Friday!!

This week at Phindy's Place Friday Challenge Blog the challenge is to create..."using monochromatic shades of green"...

 Using the new image from Phindy Special Luck
Created this using scraps! loved that!  pulled out some of the smaller scraps of green and using Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles...made the background circles (the whiter ones are from my Shaving Cream technique scraps - card smells soooo good LOL)

Everything here is from Stamping Up - except the silver accent pen that was used to do the faux stitching
and my Copics : E00, 02, 11, 31, 26...G02,14,20, pen on the buttons

We will choose one random winner who will receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store. The Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week. The creator will also receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.



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