Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Believe in Yourself

Happy Wednesday my friends!  Another week half over...  and just one more day until the winner of my blog candy is revealed - yay!!!!!

The weather here has been H-O-T!  Yuck!  I think this has been one of the busiest weeks I've had in awhile too.  I really don't like HOT and BUSY in the same sentence.  It just wears me out LOL!

I'm posting this a day early since I have a Try It Out Thursday project for ya tomorrow and I won't be home much in the next couple of days.  So today's card is for Paper Romance Challenge #5.  Our theme this week is "Red White & Blue."  Couldn't tell, could ya? hee hee...

I've used this cute High Hopes stamp from Paper Romance called Gertie, Millie & Hattie.  They are just so adorable decked out in their finest!  Amy also has a sentiment stamp (which I didn't notice before!) which fits perfectly with this image.  Chicks with Hat-itude - Gotta love it : )

ooooo sparkles!!!  I used my Quickie Glue pen and Glamour Dust on the bodies so they would stay white.  I LOVE Glamour Dust for that reason!  It's a super fine glitter that you can use alone, or you can add it to other products such as Flower Soft!  Now that I've found it, I can't do without it lol!  I also gave the beaks, legs and feet a nice coat of Diamond Glaze (another of my faves!).  It shines and gives more dimension to the image.  Background paper is called Simply Dots from Bearly Mine.  I love Donna's digi papers!!!  I'm not sure where I got the sentiment stamp... but it's backed by a Fancy Tags label from Spellbinders.

Now you still have today to enter Paper Romance Challenge #4 which is Buttons and Bows.  Then on Thursday, the new challenge begins.

If you play along with us at Paper Romance Challenge, you could be the winner of a $5.00 Gift Certificate to Paper Romance!  If you're loading into an online Gallery, please use the keyword prc5.  We would love to see you use any stamp that Amy carries, but it's not mandatory.  So come join the fun!!!


10% off orders of $25 or more at Paper Romance!
Use code word PRChallenges 

Challenges Entered:
Daisy Doodles - Summertime

Please be sure to come back tomorrow to see what I have cooked up for ya.  I've done something that I've never done before... is the suspense killin' ya? lol!  Soon, my friend...soon...

Lots and lots of love ♥

May God bless you , keep you and comfort your soul ~

Monday, June 28, 2010

Red White and Blue

Hello my friends!  I just learned that one of my friends is leaving for a week long camping trip.  She goes every year with her mom, kids and best friend and her kids.  They've been doing this for the last 10 years.  Doesn't that sound like a ton of fun?  She said that they have special wine and food that they ONLY have when they go camping.  Such a wonderful tradition.  I know that there will be many hours of fun and laughter.  I need fun.  I need laughter.  I wanted to hide out in her camping gear, but she wouldn't go for it...  That's OK.  I make my own fun LOL!

This is the day the LORD has made
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

There.  All better : )

In six days, it will be the 4th of July.  I am signed up to work at the fireworks booth as a fundraiser for my church.  I'll be working a couple of hours this afternoon and then again on Thursday.  I hope we sell A LOT!  Do you celebrate on July 4 with a B-B-Q and fireworks?  Last year, we went to a friend's house for B-B-Q.  Hmmmm.... I don't know what we'll be doing this year.

Today I have a patriotic color theme going on for my Karen's Doodles US Challenge card.  I do not often use red on my cards, but I really like the red and blue together and white to 'tone it down' a bit!  This is Bigsby Juggling.  You can find Karen's digital image Here.

I've colored this lil' guy up with copics.  B06 B05 B02 B01 B00; C9 C7 C5 C3 C2 C1; R29, R27, R24 R22 R20.  Of course, I needed to add some bling!  I covered the balls and the die cut scallops with a nice coat of Glamour Dust.  I LOVE the transparency of this product!  The circles and scallop circle was cut out with my nesties.  The corner 'swirls' are from my EK Success Punch.  I cut off one of the swirls on the end that had two.  I think I like them better this way : )  Rhinestones are added on each end for more bling and dimension.

I used pop dots to layer the die cuts.  Take a look at the white decorative piece under the ribbon as well as at the top and bottom of the image.  Believe it or not, I actually followed through on Becca's tutorial and made a 'postage stamp' size of her Right Angle Punching Technique!  I made four of them (one is under the bow) and edged them with Ballet Blue SU ink.  I love this color blue which works very well with the digi paper from Bearly Mine.

Cool ribbon, huh?  I used my wonderful Bow Easy for the bow... LOVE this tool so much!  I don't know what I ever did without it!!

PRIZES!  PRIZES!  PRIZES!  Here's what you could win if you enter in Karen's Doodles US Challenge (Red White & Blue):

New Release Now Available!

Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Sampler Edition #5
Now Available at SCACD!!!

Lots and lots of love to you, my friends! 
Oh, one more thing...  MY BLOG CANDY ends on July 1 - that's only three days away.  Have you entered yet?  Don't miss out on the chance to win a brand new stamping bella stamp : )

See you soon!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Days are Here Again Blog Hop!

Welcome to Happy Days!!!  You are in for a wonderful treat today!  If you've come from Kim's Blog you are right on track.  If you came here first, but want to start at the beginning, head on over to Suzanne's Blog.  Wherever you go, you'll find incredible talent!!!

We are blessed to have the amazing talents of Elaine Hughes’ DT from Quixotic Paperie joining us to truly make this an awesome Blog Hop of Inspiration!!! We also have a wonderful Guest Designer - Susanna Boyd!! If this is not a Happy group of Designers don’t know what is?!!

Today I've used Wish Upon a Star from the NEW RELEASE by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Sampler Edition #5.  I LOVE this adorable stamp!  It was just begging for one of my fave prods, Viva Decor Glitter Liner in Hologram!!!  If you haven't picked up some of this stuff yet, you are missing out.  Just look at this sparkle and shine...

I've colored this lil' cutie pie with copics, stamped her a second time, colored, cut out and popped her up with pop dots.  The circle and scalloped circle were cut with my nesties...  The butterfly punch is (new for me) and is covered with Glamour Dust and rhinestones for more bling : )  I added some Color Me Crazy Flowers by Petaloo in the corner as well.  I left them white to go with my blue/yellow/white theme, but you could color them to match any project.  The jewels are already attached - how cool is that?  I think it adds just the right touch!

Here's the side of my altered tin.  I used Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Ice White for the 'pearls.'  This product is so quick and easy to use!  You can make the pearls any size - I just love it!!!  The border is punched with my MS deep edge punch.

Challenges Entered:
Paper Cutz - Circle, Stars
Create4fun - Baby Card
Whoopsi Daisy - Ribbon & Bows 
Wednesday Stamper - I Love... 
Crafty Creations - Shine!

That's it for me!  I hope you enjoyed my project.  You've got lots more eye candy coming up as you hop along on our Happy Days are Here Again Blog Hop!!!

Next up is the wonderfully talented Aud!!!  Get ready to feast your eyes on her gorgeous work!

If you get lost, you can find the Blog Hop Order on the SCACD Blog. Oh! I forgot!!!  You need to check to see if you've won the NEW RELEASE... they are NOW available!!!

See you next time, my friends : )

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Try It Out Thursday/CLP Challenge #27

7/1/10 Edited:  I posted this last week for TIOT #73...  The fab sketch is from Chelsea at CLP Challenge.  Won't you join us this month for CLP Sketch Challenge #27?

Hey There!  I've been working on a couple of things in my life lately.  Well, actually it's more like a ton of things, but I can only do a little at a time!  One thing is that I really really want to be on time.  I have a very bad reputation for being late - ugh!  I'm sure there is a reason why I think I shouldn't be early, but this late thing isn't working for me anymore lol!  God is healing me from the inside out and if He says that it's time to change, He surely will get the job done : )  The other thing is that I've been working hard to get ahead on all my DT responsibilities.  I am happy to say that things are rolling along pretty smoothly - a few bumps in the road, but for the most part, I am pleasantly surprised lol!  So, if you are feeling down about not having everything all together, let me tell you... first, you will never have it ALL together - but there IS hope!  It really does get better!!!  Be encouraged, my friend... God's mercy is NEW every morning!

"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
       for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
       great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
       therefore I will wait for him."
          Lamentations 3:22-24

And now, for my card today : )  I bet you thought I'd never get there hee hee!  Today is another Try It Out Thursday.  This week the Try It Out *T* girls were challenged to use weaving in our projects.  If you've been following Susana's Store Blog, you've noticed that there is now two Try It Out days.  The first is Tuesday, the second is Thursday so you get twice the inspiration!

This sweet image is 'A Puppy is Love' by Victoria Case for SCACD - Hearts and Hugs Summer Collection.  This is one of my faves cuz it has the adorable lil' puppies.  I LOVE doggies!!!  Can you believe that there is not one drop of Viva Decor Glitter Liner on this card? LOL!  You know how much I adore bling!  I did use a couple of products...  One is the Pearl Pen in Ice White which I used on the white scallops.  This is such a great product!  The color really is 'pearl-like' and saves a bunch of money!  Instead of buying package after package of pearls, I just use this : )  It's the same size as the Glitter Liner which is a big 25 ml bottle.  It also comes in cream as well as tons of other colors!

The second product I used on this card is Diamond Glaze.  Can you see how her eyes seem to shine and stand out?  I LOVE this product toooooooo!

This darling girl with her pups is colored with my fave copics.  Skin: E11 E21 E00 R20; Hair: E35 E34 YR21 YR20; Pants/Shoes: G28 G24 G21 G20; Puppies: E34 E33 E31 E30.  You can find copic bundles Here.  I used my rectangle and scalloped rectangle nesties to cut out and layer the image.

Challenge Entered:
Simon Says - Friends
Really Reasonable Ribbons - Border

Join us this week in our Weaving Challenge.  Head on over to the SCACD Blog to see what the other DT has cooked up for ya!

Important Things to Note:

Last Chance Happy Days Blog Candy Reminder!  The NEW RELEASE Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Sampler Edition #5 is up for grabs!  Four chances to win these cuties...a whole sheet - how awesome is that?  Here

Don’t forget to join the SCACD DT who will be doing a Blog Hop on the 25th along with the amazing talents of Elaine Hughes’ DT from Quixotic Paperie to truly make this an awesome Blog Hop of Inspiration!!! We also have a wonderful Guest Designer - Susanna Boyd!! If this is not a Happy group of Designers don’t know what is?!!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world : )

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Buttons & Bows

We are now on our fourth Challenge at Paper Romance - Whooo Hooo!!!  Thanks to those who've joined us so far : )  We enjoy seeing what you create!

This week, Amy has challenged us to use buttons and bows on our projects.  Here's what I came up with:

I've used this FUN stamp by High Hopes.  It actually is in two pieces - Aunt Can't Canning Jar and Jar Topper.  I stamped with Memento Ink, colored the Jar Topper with copics (B34 B32 B00) and cut out.  To fill the jar with M&Ms, I stamped with various colors and punched them out with a very old circle punch  by Uchida.  The stamp is a little bit bigger than the punch, but this was the closest I had. So then I glued them in place and....

Covered the M&Ms with Diamond Glaze!!!  Yes!  I LOVE this stuff!  It gives 'shiny things' so much more dimension : )  The circle and scalloped circle are cut out with my nesties - I would be lost without these...  The flowers are from Petaloo called Color Me Crazy.  You could color these any color to match your project, but I wanted to keep them white so they would blend in with the background.  .  The sentiment is another 'oldie' I dug up.  My friend gave it to me years ago : )  It's by Annette Allen Watkins.  Oh, I also used my copic marker to color the thread I used for the buttons.  I love my markers!!!  Did ya notice the lil' pearls I added to two of the corners?  I used Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Ice White.  I am really lovin this stuff.  At first I was a little bit intimidated to put it directly on my card, but now I can do it with my eyes closed.  Oops... my nose just got longer hee hee!

Challenge Entered:
High Hopes - Anything Goes

Thank you for coming back to see me.  I do so love our friendship!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Blog Candy - Last Day is Thursday!

It's almost time!  You have ONE more day to enter for a chance to win a whole sheet of the NEW RELEASE Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Sampler Edition #5...  Susana is generously giving 4 chances to win these ADORABLE stamps!  Ends June 24 at 11:00pm EST.  You can find all the details Here.

Winners will be announced on June 24 at 11:30pm EST.  Don't forget to check back to see if you're a winner!!!

I'll be back shortly with an early Challenge Card - hee hee!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Monday, June 21, 2010

Just a Whisper... I Forgot!

 *Second Post*  See below for Karen's Doodles...

Shall I send you a check now, or would you like to put it on my tab?  You didn't know that you were my therapist, did ya? LOL!!!  I simply can not tell a lie...  I forgot to post this card on Friday!  Really, I'm not that old yet!  I wonder what age 'that old' is - hmmmm...

Anyway, this is my last card for Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge (boo hoo...).  I want to say a huge 'Thank You!' to the F & F girls for putting up with me for so long!  It's been a very rewarding and FUN ride : ).  I'm so glad that it's not good-bye though.  With all this technology, I can connect with any of you in a moment's notice - that could be a good thing... or not! lol!

The challenge this week is "monochromatic and wings."  Oops... hee hee... where's the wings?
I am getting REALLY GOOD at making mistakes!  Aren't ya glad you're not me? lol!

Aren't these lil' cuties precious?  This stamp is called "Sweet Whispers" from the Victoria Case for SCACD Hearts and Hugs Summer Collection.  They are set on top of an embossed panel which I covered with Glamour Dust - I LOVE this stuff!  It gives a beautiful shimmer.  It is totally different than the Viva Decor Glitter Liner in Hologram (which I LOVE too, but for this card, I wanted the white to show through).  I think it gives a very elegant look : )

The image is colored with my fave copics, of course!  Hair:  E35 E34 YR21 YR20; Skin:  E11 E21 E00 R20; Dress and shoes:  C5 C3 C2 C1 C0.  You can find copic bundles Here.

Here you can see the textures and layers.  With a white monochromatic card, you really need to create texture in place of color and patterned paper...  I have to give credit to Suzanne Dean for the idea of this card.  Hers is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than mine, of course, but I was inspired by her 'white on white' card.  So, thanks Suzanne!!!

Challenges Entered:
Charisma - All About Bling
Craftalicious - Monotone
Bunny Zoe's - Nice and Girly
Meljen's - Ribbon...
Whoopsi Daisy - Ribbon, Bows
Crafty Ann's - Embossing 
Creative Inspirations - Monotone 
Caardvarks - Stamp & Emboss

A Few Reminders:  

Blog Candy available NOW at Susana's Store Blog.  Enter for 4 chances to win the latest Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Sampler Edition #5!!!  Each winner will win a full sheet of stamps!

My Blog Candy is open until July 1 - Here.

Blog Candy at Paper Romance Challenge Blog Here.

Let's Go Shopping!

Susana's Custom Art & Card Design has brand new items in stock!  Super sparkly Maya Road Mists and adorable Mini Chipboard - Laundry, Birds with Cage, Crowns and Cupcakes (my fave!!!).  Another new product I'll need to try is the Dreamweaver Stencils and Accessories.  There's a ton to choose from!!  Are you looking for yummy paper?  Look no further, you'll want to check out the Memory Box 6 x 6 DP.  They are scrumptious... gotta get me some!!!

Don't forget to come back on Friday for a FUN Blog Hop!  More info to come...

Have a wonderful day, my friends : )

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

It's Time to Relax!

Happy Happy Monday, my friends!!!  It's time for another new week filled with adventure and excitement!  There is so much to learn and do... there is simply not enough hours in the day to do them all!  I bet you are not much different than me.  You either search for, or come across a tutorial that catches your eye.  You are 'wowed' by it and want to try it 'someday.'  I don't know how many 'somedays' have come and gone lol!!!  All in good time : )

Today's post is for Karen's Doodles US Challenge.  I've used the digi, 'Time to Relax.'  I could use some relaxing in the shade and some yummy lemonade!

I gave this card to my honey for Father's Day.  He liked it - yay!!!  I actually made a FUN mistake as I was opening this image on my computer...  Apparently, I had the blue gingham digi paper from Bearly Mine Designs open already, so the image opened on top of it.  You should have seen my face as that 'a ha' moment came to me!  How cool is that?  I didn't even have to cut around the image or anything.  It was ready to color with the background already there!  I LOVE it : )  If you are interested in knowing which copics I used for this card, please email me... I'm posting late and blogger is not cooperating - grrrr!!!!

I used my cuttlebug, embossing folder and oval nestie for the frame.  I think it's called tiny mosaics (???).  I wanted more texture and thought that this went well with the 'checks.'

I love this Scripture ♥  It is soooooo comforting : )

Here's the sketch I followed which is this week's challenge at Karen's Doodles US Challenge.

You may use any image from Karen's Doodles and you have 3 chances to win!
Let's Go Shopping!

Susana's Custom Art & Card Design has brand new items in stock!  Super sparkly Maya Road Mists and adorable Mini Chipboard - Laundry, Birds with Cage, Crowns and Cupcakes (my fave!!!).  Another new product I'll need to try is the Dreamweaver Stencils and Accessories.  There's a ton to choose from!!  Are you looking for yummy paper?  Look no further, you'll want to check out the Memory Box 6 x 6 DP.  They are scrumptious... gotta get me some!!!

Paper Romance has the NEW June 2010 High Hopes Release!!!  You need to see the new Dustin Pike and Melissa Jenkins stamps!  They are wonderful : )  Don't forget about the SALE going on this month at Paper Romance! 10% off orders of $25 or more! Use code word PRChallenges.

Other News:

BLOG CANDY:  Happy Days are Here Again - New Release!!!  Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Sampler Edition #5.  There are 4 chances to win!!!  Hurry, ends June 24!
Paper Romance Challenge Blog also has CANDY and every Thursday, Amy has a FUN challenge with prizes!!!

Whew!  Lots going on lol! Never a dull moment, huh???

I'll see ya back here with a fun image from High Hopes!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blog Candy Reminder and New Product Alert!

It's Father's Day and I am so thankful for Dads!  What would we do without the men in our lives?  My hubby has been there through thick and thin...  Happy Father's Day Sweet-pie ♥

Have you heard about the New Release Blog Candy?  It's all about Elisabeth Bell for SCACD!  Susana is giving 4 chances to win the NEW Sampler Edition #5.  Each winner will win one sheet - WOW!!!  Is that generous or what????  Head on over to the Store Blog to enter.  Better not walk, but RUN... ends June 24!

New Products at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design!!!!
The only problem you will have is deciding which colors, which style of paper/chipboard/stencils... lol! Susana carries a huge supply and lots of variety!  I'm off to go shopping now before she runs out!!!

See you soon with a (gulp) man card.  I know... I said no more, but I had to do this one for my honey : )

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Secret is Out!!!


Another amazing release by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD is coming June 25th!!!

All I will say is these stamps are so wonderful! No sneak peeks allowed, so you will have to come by the store to see these : ) I tell you these are over the moon!!!

Did I mention 4 chances to win the NEWEST Sampler Edition #5!!! How Yummy is that Blog Candy and how good those chances to win : ) The Candy starts on the 20th so you will need to visit the Store Blog on the 20th to see the mystery question which is all that is needed to enter. One entry per person please.

Did I mention not only our DT but another Fabulous DT is joining us for the Release Hop PLUS guests!!!

You DO NOT want to miss out on what's being offered at the SCACD store the 25th!!!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!  I'll see ya back here soon with another FUN project : )

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Try It Out Thursday

Surprise!!!  I made it to another Try It Out Thursday lol!  Remember last week when I posted that it felt like I was sitting with the cool kids (quote from Alex!)?  Well, I made it past the 'newbie' week without getting a wedgie or anything - how cool is that? LOL!!!  Seriously, the DT girls at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design are wonderful!  This week, we've been challenged to use Viva Decor on our projects.

I hope my photos turn out well so you can see just how sparkly this product is!  I used Glitter Liner - Hologram for the major bling, and Pearl Pen in Ice White for the embellished decorative corners.

This lil' cutie pie is By the Sea, one of the new Victoria Case for SCACD stamps in the Hearts and Hugs Summer Collection.  I wish I was tip toeing through the 'tulips' with her right now hee hee!  I used my oval circle and scalloped oval circle nesties to cut around the image.  Can you see how shiny the water is?  It's diamond glaze - I love this stuff!!!  It is so not intimidating to use.  Goes on smoothly and dries pretty quick (especially in this weather!).  To keep the tip from clogging, I use a pin to clean it out after use, pop the top back on tight and it's good to go for next time.  If you haven't tried it, you really should - it's FUN : )  It's one of my 'staples' you'll see me using over and over... 

Here's a close up of my 'larger than life' butterfly with the Glitter Liner.

I wanted to use my new Cricut cartridge Wall Decor and More cuz it has this really cool butterfly.  The problem I had was trying to cut it out in the size I wanted.  I tried one inch.  Nope, kept tearing the paper.  I tried one and a half inches.  Nope, kept tearing the paper!  I finally went up to two inches.  Can you believe that even after I successfully cut out ONE two inch butterfly, the next several times kept tearing the paper - grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  I am so NOT happy about that cuz the real reason I bought this cartridge was so I could use it for my cards.  Well, so the butterfly is a little bit big. It showcases the Viva Decor Glitter Liner very well LOL!  This is definitely another 'must have' in my craft supplies!

Oops... my watermark is covering the charm!  I used several jump rings to attach the butterfly charm and simply glued it under the bow.  Easy peasy!!!

Now won't you pop on over to the Follow Your Heart Blog where you'll find very inspirational projects by the amazing DT and join in the Try It Out "T" fun?  Remember, you can use any stamp from Susana's store.

See you soon, my friends!  I love you ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Di's Digi Downloads

Hello my friends!  My heart is a little heavy lately.  Two people I love are scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.  One is to repair her shoulder, the other one is to remove some 'black spots' in her jaw.  The spots could be cysts which would be wonderful, but they also could be a recurrence of cancer.  God knows and will carry us all through.  I've gone through the valleys of cancer myself, so I can relate, but it's hard to see my son stand by his girlfriend while they wait.  If I know anything, I KNOW that Jesus HEALS!  Please pray that God would use this time to bring my son's girlfriend into an intimate relationship with Himself.

"God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16

"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8

More polka dots?  Oh yeah...  I need more FUN polka dots : )  This is Daisychain Bunny from Di's Digi Downloads.

This is an accidental, wanna be 'criss-cross' card lol!  I didn't follow the criss-cross card tutorial, but as I was creating, it sort of took on some of those elements...

Here's the cutie round tag : )

This image was so quick and easy to color!  Copics used:  Pink - R85 R83 R81; Green - G28 G24 G21 G20; Gray - C1.  Copic bundles are available Here.  I used my nesties to cut out the circle and scalloped circle.  The decorative corners were punched out with Paper Shapers Photo Corner Fancy and topped with a gorgeous pearl!  The sweet, pink mini roses are from Prima; the leaves are punched with my MS punch.  Why don't they label those?  I think it's called 'frond.'  I'm not sure - that doesn't even sound like a name to me hee hee!  Oh, I used one more punch for the edge of the 'pocket.'  It's an embossing punch by Fiskars - another nameless tool ha ha ha ha ha!  Yes, I DO think the heat is going to my head : )

Thank you for stopping by to visit me!  Have you entered my new candy?  I hope to offer something every few weeks.  I may just sneak in a surprise candy for a random commenter soon...  Gotta keep you guessing and hopefully inspired or at least entertained a little bit!  YOU make blogging fun and oh so worth while.  I know that many of you feel the same!

I'll see you back here tomorrow with another fun project.

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tea with Grandma

It's another week... Happy Monday!  I'm not sure about the rest of the week, but the weather here in California today is HOT.  I know I've said it before, but I much prefer a nice comfortable Spring.  If I could have that kind of weather all year, I would love it!  Isn't that so 'us'?  We don't like to be uncomfortable or inconvenienced.  Oh well, it is during times of trial that we grow the most! (sigh)...

Today I get to have 'breakfast' at IHOP with my sister - yay!!!  I love IHOP.  I wanted pancakes the other night for dinner, but my DH never wants 'em.  He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy - actually more like meat and rice.  His favorite meal would be fried chicken with rice and gravy.  Just what I need to lose weight lol!  Well, except for the ice cream I had before dinner, I only had salad tonight.  Does it count if you have ice cream before you eat a meal?  hee hee! I was so HOT though - grrrrr!  It makes me so cranky.

I have a fun project to show you today.  I really like it!  I took my fave color at the mo, and paired it with an adorable image to create a bookmark.  Then, I decided that I needed a teacup card.  I just love teapots and teacups!  I could have drawn my own, but why?  Karen's Doodles already had one in the image Tea with Grandma.  I cropped it to frame the teacup, then enlarged it to create a card.  I love the pink polka dot paper.  It says, "FUN!"

The rose is a two-step die from QuicKutz.

...and the bookmark

I don't know why Grandma's face looks this way!  
It couldn't be the photographer could it? lol!

Image is colored of course with copics...  Bears:  E35 E34 E31 E30; Cookies and wood:  E18 E17 E15 E13; Pinks:  RV 32 RV11 RV10 RV000; Greens:  G28 G24 G21 G20.  The rose and leaves on the teacup are enhanced with copics also.  Copic bundles are available Here.  Other than my paper trimmer, a pair of scissors and the QuicKutz dies, I didn't use any other tools!
Have you joined in the Karen's Doodles US Challenge yet?  This week's theme is Summer.  Here are the fab prizes up for grabs:

I hope that you enjoyed my project!

See you tomorrow, my lovely friends : )

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Winner and a Surprise!

Winner to be announced July 2

Thank you, everyone who entered my candy and left me such sweet comments!
You are all so wonderful ♥
It's now time to announce the winner of my blog candy... chose #90 

Congratulations Amy!
You have until June 15 to claim your prize.  
If I don't hear from you by then, I'll draw another winner.  
My email is on my sidebar : )

Now... if you're not Amy, but you're still reading... I have a little surprise for ya!

Up for grabs is a brand spankin' new
Teacup Girl by stamping bella

Isn't she a cutie?  If you'd like to give her a home, leave your link below.  One entry per person please.  If you don't have a blog, you may list my blog in URL:  Ends July 1, and winner will be announced on July 2.

Thank you so much, my friends!  I love you ♥

Paper Romance Challenge #2

This is my second post for the day.  If you are looking for my post on Try It Out Tuesday/Thursday #71 (TIOT) scroll down...

Today I have another challenge for you from the Paper Romance Blog.  Our very talented DT, Vicky, has challenged us to create a summer card or project.  Here's what I came up with:

I really wanted to have the image hanging from a branch, but I didn't have one... so I had to go with plan B!  My card just seemed to have a mind of it's own and this is what it turned into lol!  As I see it here, the tire is waaaaaaaaay too dark for the rest of the card.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll redo the image if I can pry it off the paper without ruining it!  This is yet another lesson for me to learn:  Do NOT wait for the last day to finish my card.  Did you see that I said 'finish'?  I did start it on Tuesday...

This is Swinging Shannon from Amy at Paper Romance.  She's one of the cuties by High Hopes.  Amy has many adorable stamps, including Bildmalarna and Popcorn the Bear in her store now and she's adding more and more all the time.

Paper Romance SALE!!!

For the entire month of June, Amy is having a SALE.  If you purchase $25 or more, you will receive 10% off your order!  Use code:  PRChallenges.
In this photo, I wanted you to see how shiny and sparkly she is hee hee!  So how did I achieve those effects?  The shine is Diamond Glaze and the sparkles are Viva Decor Glitter Liner.
Would you like to win a $5.00 Gift Certificate to Paper Romance?  One lucky challenge participant will be chosen randomly each week and announced at the following challenge.  Please have your entries posted and linked to the Paper Romance Blog by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 16 to be eligible to win.   If you are entering your card into a Gallery, please use the keyword PRC02. You don't have to have Paper Romance stamps to play, but if you have them, we'd love to see them.  Good Luck - can't wait to see your creations!!

If you've stayed with me all this time, you'll want to know that TONIGHT I will choose a winner for my blog candy!  THEN, tomorrow I will have another surprise for ya...  You'll want to check back to see if you'd like to enter  : )
Paper Romance Blog Candy Alert! - Up for grabs is a $25 Gift Certificate to Paper Romance!
See you soon, my friends!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Try It Out Thursday

Good Morning, my friends!  Today is another day of firsts.  This is the first time I've had the privilege of playing with the amazing DT at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design Blog (SCACD)!  Yippee!!!  As my teamie, Alex, would say, "I feel like I'm sitting at the cool kids table!" Hee hee... I hope this isn't a dream and I wake up to find I'm still a nerd lol!!!

If you aren't familiar with SCACD Blog, each week the DT has a new technique or challenge to follow.  The team is split up into two groups, so you'll have double the inspiration!  Try It Out Tuesday/Thursday #71 (TIOT) for this week is to make a card or project for Father's Day.  To play along in the challenge, you may use any stamp that Susana carries in her store, SCACD.

I've chosen to use Lazy Days by Victoria Case for SCACD.  She is so versatile as you can see!  I would never have thought to use her for a 'man card'!  This is one of my fave stamps from the new Hearts and Hugs Summer Collection.

 Isn't she adorable?  I LOVE her to pieces : )

She's colored with my fave copics as usual.  Susana has copic bundles available at the store Here.  For her hair, I've used:  E35 E34 YR21 YR20; the 'blues' are:  BG05 BG02 BG01 BG000; the browns:  E59 E57 E53 E51 E50; the greens:  G28 G24 G20; skin:  E11 E21 E00 R20.  To make her eyes 'pop' I used Diamond Glaze.  It's so shiny!  I also gave her sandals and the heart under the computer generated sentiment a nice shiny coat of Diamond Glaze. Viva Decor Glitter Liner in Hologram is so incredibly 'blingy'!!!  You know how much I ADORE bling hee hee!  I had to sneak some in even though I don't think that guys care much about it...  I've lined the oval (cut out with my nesties Here) and gave the butterflies a nice coat of sparkle.  Have you tried Viva Decor products?  They are very easy to use and come in a nice big size!  LOVE it : )

... and last photo hopefully shows the shine in the Diamond Glaze lol!  I love how the heart pops out. It's like a puffy sticker!  Do they still make those?

Challenges Entered:

Sketch Saturday - sketch
Cupcake Craft - Dazzle Us

That's it from me today.  Don't forget to check back after 8:00 PM PST to see if you won my CANDY!  You still have time to enter...  THEN, tomorrow I'll have another surprise for ya!  Check back to see if it's something that you'd like to have!!!

Thank you for coming to visit.  I enjoy your company more than you'll ever know!

See you soon, my friends : )

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

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