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Monday, April 24, 2017

Erin Go Bragh

It's my Tuesday to post a card I've made for the challenge of ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW over at Craft-Dee BowZ. My daughter has a small part of Irish in her heritage and looks Irish. She's got the freckles, the red hair and skin that doesn't tan. Her 3/4 Italian heritage hardly shows!  When I saw this image by Tiddly Inks named Chloe Good Luck, I knew I had to make a St. Patrick's Day for her with it. But, I couldn't post this until AFTER St. Patrick's Day so it's a little late getting posted.
I used some pretty lace that I have in my stock and threaded the same green satin ribbon through it that I made my pretty bow with. My sentiment is a rubber stamp that I curved and stamped on the image paper.
And here's that pretty green satin bow. I made a 4-looped bow with my little bow tool that made this so easy. The ribbon is 1/2" wide and tied together so perfectly with the assistance of the bow tool!
The team has made some beautiful projects to inspire you to join our challenge this month at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge is always ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HAND MADE BOW. I hope you've followed us each Tuesday for inspiration and you still have a few more days to enter our challenge!
                                                                                                          
                                                                                                      Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                              Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:


                                                                                 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Catch a Falling Star...

It's that special time again...a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog!  Our challenge #161, and is ANYTHING GOES.  For my card this week I used this super cute image named Jr. Hatter Starbright along with the sentiment Catching a Falling Star.



Here's a photo of her close-up. I used my glue pen and added some glitter to her hair. Her tiara is gold super fine glitter. I added some silver glitter to her wand and some multi iridescent to the bottom of her dress. What isn't photographing is the clear Wink of Stella I used over all the stars so that, in person, there's a sparkle to them.



We're sponsored by our own Little Miss Muffet Stamps and one lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!

                                                                                
                                                                                                  Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                              Gail

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1716, AG
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 184, AG
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 155, AG
Through The Craft Room Door Challenge 4/18/17, AG
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge 119, Embellish It
Inspiration Destination Challenge 126, AG
The Paper Shelter Challenge 290, Sentimental
Crafting With Friends Challenge 41, AG
CCC Digi Creations Challenge 71, Add Some Glitter
The Ribbon Girl Challenge April Use Any Image
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 40, AG
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge 4, AG
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge So So Cute
Everybody Art Challenge Challenge 401, Blue and one color (blue and yellow)
The Crafty Addicts Challenge 35, Add a Sentiment
Creative Moments Challenge 116, AG
Scrapper's Delights Challenge 65, 3E
Dare 2B Artzy Challenge April, AG, 3E
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge 39, AG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 56, AG
Creative Fingers Challenge 128, AG
Creatalicious Challenge Challenge 113, AG

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I LOVE Cupcakes!!

This week is our Inspiration Week at Little Miss Muffet Stamp Challenge Blog. I used this adorable image named Polka Dot Pals Opel for my card. I'm not much of a project person, but do love making cards. I love square cards the best, whether they are 5x5, 5.5x5.5, or 6x6 because I love 6x6 paper pads and it makes it so easy for me to pick paper and know it will always fit the base of my square white card.
Here's a picture of my image close-up. Don't the balloons remind you of ice cream sherbet?  The flavors are lime, pineapple and tangerine, right?!  My stitching isn't perfect, but neither am I so I figured accept me, accept my stitching. ;)  I do love the multi-colored tiny jewels and thanks to my best friend, Lillian, for sending me a whole sheet of multi-colored rhinestones a while back that I continue to use since there are hundreds of them on the sheet!
The team has made a variety of cards for this Inspiration Week post and they're over on our Facebook page. Please jump on over there and take a look at the great creations!  One lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!

                                                                                                       Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                                 Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge 176, AG
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 154, AG
Always Fun Challenge 1, AG
The Paper Shelter Challenge 289, Girl Power
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1715, AG
Aud Sentiments Challenge 177, Birthday
As You Like It Challenge 4/6, Favorite Card Shaped Base and Why
Crafty Creations Challenge 339, AG
Simply Papercraft Challenge 45, AG
Creative Fingers Challenge 127, AG
A Perfect Time to Craft Challenge 4, AG
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 40, AG
Die Cut Divas Challenge April, Birthday
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge 35, AG
Digistamps 4 Joy Challenge 135, AG
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge April, AG
Love to Craft Challenge 9, AG
Stamping Sensations Challenge April, AG
Dare 2B Artzy Challenge April, AG
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge 26, AG
Colouring in Scrapland Challenge Girls Rule





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Christmas in April

It's the second Wednesday of the month, so that's means there's a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'!  And remember, this year we are ANYTHING GOES WITH CHRISTMAS each and every monthly challenge. I used this very cute stamp by Bildmalarna for my card. I'm not much of a project maker but I do love making cards and I love making square cards. For one thing, I love 6x6 paper pads so square cards just make sense to me!




I colored her with Copics,and here's a close-up of this adorable image! I've notice that lots of the stamps I love are now gone and the companies have closed. What a sad day it was when this store closed down!



And here's my pretty red polka-dot grossgrain bow with a button glued in the middle which I made using my bow tool.




The team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' has created some fabulous cards to inspire you to join us and by doing so, you'll be one more card ahead for Christmas which is only 256 days away. (Yes, I calculated that with a calendar.)  Hope you'll join us this month!


                                                                                       Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                 Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Challenge 328, AG Christmas
The Ribbon Girl April, AG/ribbon
Artistic Inspirations Challenge 176, AG
Always Fun Challenge 1, AG
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1715, AG
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 154, AG

A Snowflakes Promise Challenge 38, AG
Crafty Sentiments Challenge Flowers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 55, AG
As You Like It Challenge 4/6, Favorite Card Shaped Base and Why
Fussy and Fancy Challenge 184, Embellish it
Reasonable Ribbon Challenge 161, Flowers
Christmas Card Challenges Challenge 10, AG
Simply Papercraft Challenge 45, AG
Creative Fingers Challenge 127, AG
Pearly Sparkles Challenge 15, AG w/pearls
Digistamps 4 Joy Challenge 135, AG
Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge April, Flowers
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra Challenge April AG w/Christmas
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge 4, AG
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge 35, AG
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge April, AG
Delicious Doodles Challenge April, Ribbons and Flowers
Lemon Shortbread Challenge 39, AG
Love to Craft Challenge 9, AG
The Crafty Addicts Challenge 35, Add a Sentiment
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge 26, AG
Crafty Creations Challenge 339, AG
Scrapper's Delights Challenge 65, AG





Monday, April 10, 2017

Coloring Easter Eggs

It's time for a new challenge at Cutie Pie Challenge Blog. And this one is going to be fun for everyone.  The challenge is:  BUNNIES AND CHICKS.  We're gearing up for Easter and so pull out those cute images!  I used this cute image from Pink Gem Designs named Bunny Painting Egg.

This is a stair stepped card and so you can see how it opens, there's another photo below that might explain it. It's easy to make and makes for a fun cute card! I love this paper and it's by Doodlebug.
I colored my image with Copics and the tiny butterflies flying around him are by Memory Box and I added a touch of glitter to each of their wings. The swirls on the sides are by QuicKutz and the daisy die cut and grass are by Joy and I put yellow flocking on the centers of the daisies.  I used my Cuttlebug machine to cut out the dies. The eggs across the bottom are actually buttons with their backs cut off and glued on my card.

The team at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog have made some adorably CUTE cards to inspire you to join us for this challenge of BUNNIES AND CHICKS! Please take a look at their creations!


Our sponsor is Pink Gem Designs. And the prize is 2 "single" digi stamps of the winner's choice!
  
                                                                    Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                             Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
The House that Stamps Built Challenge DCC45, Add a Die Cut
Li'l Red Wagon Challenge 388, Egg-cellent
Paper Play Color Challenge
Star Stampz Fun Folds Challenge
Crafting With Friends Challenge 40, AG
Alphabet Challenge Challenge B is for Bunnies
Dies R Us Challenge 70, Easter
A Gem of a Challenge Challenge 191, Furry Friends
CCC Digi Creations Challenge 70, Include an Animal
Artistic Inspirations Challenge 176, AG/Easter
Creative Moments Challenge 115, AG/Easter
Creatalicious Challenge Challenge 112, AG or Flowers
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge Easter Bunnies
Deep Ocean Challenge 152, Easter
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 55, AG
Di's Digi Designs Challenge Spring and/or Easter
Crafty Animals Challenge 1, AG
Pearly Sparkles Challenge 15, AG (must use pearls)
A Perfect Time to Craft Challenge 4, AG
Classic Design Team Challenge Challenge 13, AG
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 154, AG
Craftaholics R Us Challenge April, Easter
Crafts and Me Challenge April, Things With Wings
Digistamps 4 Joy Challenge 135, AG
Paradise of Stamps Challenge 55, Easter
Sunny Day Crafting Challenge April, Spring
Sweet Stampers Challenge 6, Animals




Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Easter!

There's a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog starting today!  It's a favorite of everyone...ANYTHING GOES. I used this adorable stamp by Little Miss Muffet Stamps named Polka Dot Pals Neomie Easter.


I colored this image with Copics and got a little carried away with the grass. I was trying to make tall grass. I experimented with stitching on this card. I wasn't trying to keep my stitching straight, so the above is not a poor sewing job, but an experiment to see if I can overlap and do a 'scribble' sewing stitch.

We're sponsored by our own Little Miss Muffet Stamps and one lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!


The team at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge blog have some outstanding creations to share with you and I hope you'll visit and join the ANYTHING GOES challenge.
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                       Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                                 Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
My Time To Craft, Challenge 342 Woodland Animals OR Easter
Come And Get It Challenge Easter
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1714, AG
Sweet Stampers Challenge 5, Easter or Spring
Crazy Challenge Challenge 245, Bingo (Blue, Brown, Yellow)
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 153, AG
Crafty Sentiments Challenge AG
Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenge 233, Pastels
Li'l Red Wagon Challenge 388, Egg-cellent
The Paper Shelter Challenge 288, Make It Digital
Crafty Creations Challenge 338, AG
Crafting With Friends Challenge 40, AG
Creative Moments Challenge 115, AG/Easter
Creatalicious Challenge Challenge 112, AG or Flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 182, AG
Incy Wincy Designs Recipe Challenge, 1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellishments
Artistic Inspirations Challenge 176, AG/Easter
Lemon Shortbread challenge 38, AG
Deep Ocean Challenge 152, Easter
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 55, AG
Craftaholics R Us Challenge April, Easter
Paradise of Stamps Challenge 55, Easter
Sunny Day Crafting Challenge April, Spring
Stamping Sensations Challenge April, AG



Friday, March 31, 2017

Tough times

It's a new month and time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ. The challenge this month is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!  My card this month is watercolored with Peerless Watercolors. I often forget I have this wonderful coloring medium as Copics seem to be my first grab, but I do adore watercolor pictures and thought I'd give it a try. I might have to reconsider my favorite coloring medium since I love the blending I was able to achieve with the watercolors! I used this perfect image by Beccy's Place for my card.
I hope that those of you who look at this post can see what I see and what I attempted to show...that no matter how bleak or dreary it is or how tough times are right now, there is a light shining out there for each of us.


And here's the bow. The ribbon is wrapped around my image outlined in black and I made a triple looped bow. Thank you, Donna at CDB, for providing the ribbons I use each month. This blue ribbon tied absolutely beautifully and is the one and only embellishment on this card. My bow tool is the most wonderful tool I own and I keep it right next to my work table since I use it so often. I can make so many different sizes with ease and every single bow comes out wonderful!
Our sponsor this month is the wonderful Beccy's Place.  The image and sentiment I used come in a set named Splish Splash Set . There are also two other wonderful images and three additional sentiments in this set, too! This set caught my eye because of the options of watercoloring, using watercolor markers, even using my Copic air compressor (if I begin to have Copic withdrawal).
Beccy's Place will provide the winner of the challenge with their choice of one set of digital stamps. Yes, that's correct, a whole set!!


I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ where ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!

                                                                             Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                 Gail


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1713, AG
Crafty Sentiments Challenge AG
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge 116, AG
Creative Moments Challenge 114, AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge AG
Aud Sentiments Challenge 176, Sentiment (not b’day)
As You Like It Challenge 3/23, Favorite Coloring Medium and Why
Crafty Friends Challenge 54, B is for…Bow, Blue, Black
Word Art Wednesday Challenge 276-277, AG
Crafty Creations Challenge 338, AG
Crafting With Friends Challenge 40, AG
Time Out challenge 80, Inspired By words









Thursday, March 30, 2017

Signing for Love

Today I've made a card for the Inspiration Post at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge.  I used this adorable image named Polka Dot Pals Soleil and you can get her at the LMMS store. PDP Soleil is doing the sign language for the word "love" and what better sentiment to use on this card than the word itself!


As you can see, I haven't given up on my sewing machine yet. I'm still working at getting a nice stitch since I love that look! My leaves are a die by Sue Wilson and my flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. My image is colored with Copics.


There's still a few days left for you to join the challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog where the topic is ANYTHING GOES. I hope you'll visit the LMMS Challenge Blog and Facebook page for more inspiration!  One lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!
                                                                                          
                                                                                              Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                        Gail


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Dare 2B Artzy Challenge March, Lots of Layers
Paper Nest Dolls Challenge 3, AG
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1713, AG
Crafty Sentiments Challenge AG
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 152, AG
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 181, AG
Cut It Up Challenge 118, Cut It Up (w/die cuts)
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge 38, AG
City Crafter Challenge 355, In Bloom
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge 310, AG
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge 116, AG
Creative Moments Challenge 114, AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge AG







Monday, March 27, 2017

Peace

Today is my day to post on Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog. I think it's wonderful how there are 4 team members and we each have our own special Tuesday of the month! 

I have a favorite set of stamps that are no longer available, and haven't been available, for years.  Do you remember the Precious Moments ceramic statues by Hallmark?  Well, years ago Stampendous made Precious Moments stamps and I started collecting them.  I've since found them on E-Bay and some are very pricey!  I believe I have my retirement account in Precious Moments stamps!  They came wood mounted, and years ago I unmounted ALL my stamps and put them in topic notebooks in 4 pouches per sleeve making my collection a little easier to maintain.  The stamp below is one of three that I bought off of E-Bay last summer. All three are shaped like church windows (at least that's what the shape means to me).  The images can be religious oriented if you want to look at them in that way, which I do. Here's is a little shepherd sleeping with one of his flock.

I used a stencil to make my 'brick' wall and then cut a hole in the wall and put clear acetate in front of the colored image which is mounted inside so it actually looks like a stained glass church window. I don't know who made the sentiment stamp, but I thought it was perfect with this image and it reflects how I feel.

At this point I need to give credit where credit is due. I didn't color this image, my daughter, Stephanie, did. While she was recuperating from cervical surgery she spent weeks at my house and I found out she liked to color. Between the two of us, she now has sets of colored pencils, markers, watercolor pens and gel pens. I gave her this image to color and I thought it would get her imagination going and keep her busy for a bit. It did both.


With all the beautiful colors in this 'stained glass window', I had to pick a color for my bow. I thought the yellow was pretty against the gray 'bricks' and black frame and I used two different width yellow ribbons for my bow. This bow was so easy to make with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. Attempting to hold this ribbon and tie it would've been difficult without my bow tool. If you have a bow tool, I hope you use it as the bows come out perfect every time!


I hope you've been able to visit the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and see each team member's fabulous projects!  If not, please go here and scroll down!  We'd be delighted if you left a comment, too!

There's a few more days left on our monthly challenge so please get out your ribbon, make a bow, get it on your project and join us at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
                                                                                                     Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                                Gail



This card is entered in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge 243, AG
Crafting With Friends Challenge 39, AG
Penny Black and More Challenge March, AG
The Ribbon Girl March Use Any Image
Stamping Sensations Challenge March, Close to Nature
Catch the Bug March Color Challenge
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1713, AG
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 152, AG
the House that Stamps Built Challenge M2217, AG
Creative Moments Challenge 114, AG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 54, AG
Path of Positivity  (FT)Challenge 47, Birth of New Beginnings
Aud Sentiments Challenge 176, Sentiment (not b’day)
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 181, AG
Crafty Friends Challenge 54, B is for…Blessed, Bow, Bricks