Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Star is Born

It's time for March to be over...let's get closer to warmer weather!! I think I'll soon have my wish since tomorrow is April 1st, no foolin'!! Welcome to our latest challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas. This challenge, that goes for 2 weeks, we're looking for you to feature a creature. I love this sweet image from All Dressed Up called A Star is Born. I love going thru my scrap pile and finding papers that work, whether they're Christmas themed papers or not. In this case, they're not!!! I hope you can join us over the next two weeks at Holly Jolly Christmas and show us your holiday card featuring a creature.  

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything goes Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes Christmas

Monday, March 30, 2015

Welcome Spring

According to the calendar, we're now in spring. So why did I have to brush snow off my car over the weekend?!! I am so over this!! That's why I used this sweet image from Doodle Pantry called Spring Song Birdies for the anything goes challenge they are sponsoring over at Craft Your Passion. I simply had to use the bumble bee digital paper included in the set as well...so adorable!!! I had a pack of gorgeous spring ribbons too from Really Reasonable Ribbon that needed to be put to use as well. All in the name of spring...would ya hurry up and get here!!!!!!! Join the anything goes challenge at Craft Your Passion for your chance at some Doodle Pantry goodness.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Friend Like You

Today has been a beautifully sunny day!! A bit chilly when the wind kicks up, but, it's been sunny! I washed up some bedding just so I could hang it up outside. It's going to smell wonderful putting it all back on the beds.

With laundry all done (and The Walking Dead season finale tonight!!), I spent some time in my stamp room this afternoon. After all, I had one more progressive challenge to get done for this month, and I did it!!! This is for The Outlawz, using this adorable image from Gerda Steiner Designs called Cute Elephant with Balloon Bird. He is one cute elephant!! The balloon got sparkly thanks to my wink of Stella pen and some glossy accents. All my papers and even the die cut flowers were found in my scrap pile or on my desk. Perfect! Now I can't wait to see what the freebie image will be next month!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Happy Easter, From the Heart

It's getting close to the end of the month, so I'd better get busy with the progressive challenges I'm involved in!! Here is just one block of the Easter Trio set designed by From the Heart. I knew I had to work with the daffodils. It's been so cold and snowy (yes, I said snowy!!!) that my daffodils have decided to stay under ground for a while longer. It's the one spring bulb that the deer around here don't eat up!! I'm off to submit this to the stamp of the month challenge over at the From the Heart Blog.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Fun Wishes

One would think a simple card like this shouldn't take ALL day to finish, but with all the interruptions I had, it most certainly did!! The image and sentiment are from Doodle Pantry, Easter Egg Ants to be exact. I created my own fun background punching out these splat shapes and gluing them onto white cardstock. Fun and simple!!

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Brown Sugar - Easter
Crafts for Eternity - Easter
QKR Stampede - Add a sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Easter

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hopping By to Say Hi

Here's my card for the challenge reminder over at the Fresh Brewed Blog. Easter is on it's way, as is Peter Cottontail, so our theme is BUNNIES. I couldn't resist using this adorable image, Happy Hopper, from Fresh Brewed Designs. He is the sweetest bunny every, peeking around that yummy giant carrot. I paper pieced the carrot then wondered why I didn't also print off in green so I could paper piece the top. Oh well. The papers are from Lawn Fawn, with an autumn theme. I think they still work well this bunny. Hope you can join us this week at the Fresh Brewed Blog for some bunny fun.

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Crafty Boots - Spring  
Crafty Cardmakers - Spring
Eureka Stamps - Think Spring

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Love U

Happy Hump Day!! And welcome back for the latest installment of Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. Being the last Wednesday of the month, we're pulling out a sketch from the vault and revisiting it. A good blast from the past sketch is always fun to so the second time around.  

Our sponsor this week is Meljen's Designs. It's exciting and sad at the same time...Meljen's Designs is closing in April. Read all about it HERE. In the mean time, she's having a 50% off sale this month so let's go shopping!!

Here's my card using the sketch and the sweet image from Meljen's Designs, Cat and Mouse. I don't think either of my two cats would be sleeping so peacefully with a mouse on top of them!! As a matter of fact, here's a picture of them sunning themselves...

It's not often I find them sleeping so peacefully so close together.
Now I hope you can join us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What Makes You Happy?!

Our CAS challenge over at The Outlawz is a fun one. I think we all know the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. We want to know what makes you happy...clean and simple style of course!! I'm happiest when I'm on vacation, at the beach, soaking up the warm sunshine, listening to the crashing waves, eating fresh seafood and feeling totally relaxed. So I went with a sponsor image, Cutie Bug Floats by Fresh Brewed Designs. Of course after the card was done, I wished I had embossed the green card. Losing my mojo has been a struggle when I sit down to make cards. Oh well, keep on keeping on!! I hope you can join our Sunday CAS challenge at The Outlawz. There are 5 free images from Fresh Brewed Designs up for grabs for our winner this month!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Thinking of Ewe

Normally I post on Thursdays with my reminder card for the challenge over at the Fresh Brewed Blog. Well, Thursday came and went and no card was created...until tonight! With Easter quickly approaching, Eggs is the challenge theme this week. I went with a recently released cutie of an image from Fresh Brewed Designs called Ewe - Easter Egg. Now I must admit, I had this image colored and cut out Wednesday evening. Then all I did was sit and stare at it, not a simple idea came to my mind. How sad is that?!!!!! I ended up with a very simple card, thankfully spruced up with an embossing folder and ribbon. It's tough when your mojo takes a walk!!! So here's my Thursday card, made and posted on Friday, for a challenge that started on Wednesday!!! Got it??!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sweet Vegetable Garden

Yep, it's Wednesday, so that means a new sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. Yet another fun and fabulous sketch too, plenty of opportunity to use those pattern papers you've been hoarding (or is that only me?!!). 

Our very generous monthly sponsor, Digi Stamp Boutique, is offering our winner a £10 gift voucher for  their store. Take a moment and browse, I know you'll have a wish list a mile long (or, once again, is that only me?!!!). 

With the nasty cold and snowy winter we've had here in Pittsburgh, PA, it was such a pleasure working with this sweet image, In the Garden - Veggies.  My Dad was the master gardener of the family. Boy how I miss him and his wonderful produce!

I sure hope you can join us this week and share your wonderful inspiration with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.

I'd like to enter my card into the March customer competition over at the Digi Stamp Boutique Blog.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jolly Wishes

It's time for a new challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas, and we want to see stitching on your Christmas project, real or faux. I used an image from one of our sponsors, Crafty Sentiments Designs. It shouldn't surprise you that I went with a snowman image since I totally adore them!!! This guy's name is Snowman Song. I went with real stitching too, running my sewing machine several times across the top in a wonky straight stitch. So fun using up scraps too. A clean and simple card, just the way I like it.

Challenges I'd like to submit my card to include:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Use some black

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sending You Hugs and Prayers

I haven't played in the progressive challenge for awhile over at Imagine That, but I was in need of a sympathy card and this set, Pretty Peacocks, was exactly what I needed. Yes, I kept it clean and simple so I could easily pop it in the mail. I decided to be bold and go with the bright colors too to really highlight the beautiful peacock.

What a beautiful day today!! Okay, it was cloudy and we got sprinkles, but it hit 60 degrees!!! Would you believe we still have piles of snow but they are definitely getting smaller and smaller! Could spring be on its way? I sure hope so!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sweetie Pie

I have a new card to share, it's for our CAS challenge at The Outlawz. Since yesterday was Pi Day, our challenge is to create a project with a pie theme!! YUM! I always laugh when I hear the phrase "easy as pie" because I don't find making pie to be very easy!!! But they sure are delicious! I used a rubber stamp from our sponsor, Fresh Brewed Designs, called Sweet as Pie. I found these papers in my stash of monthly kits I used to subscribe to...how perfect. Join us for some "easy as pie" fun at The Outlawz.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Birthday

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the birthday challenge over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun. My oldest was home last weekend from college so I was feeling sentimental and went with a little boy birthday card. I used Piratey Ship from Doodle Pantry. Believe it or not, I didn't go with the adorable digital papers included in this set, scraps were put to use instead. Hope you can join the birthday challenge over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun for your chance at some Doodle Pantry goodness.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Quirky Armadillo

Just wanted to share my card with you for the 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with a color twist of Aquamarine. Of course I had to play along, Doodle Pantry is the sponsor after all!! I used the adorable Quirky Armadillo set and paper. And the sentiment, also from the set, is so encouraging. The weekend is almost here, hope you have a good one!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Flower Power

Here's my card for the Flowers challenge over at the Fresh Brewed Blog. They can be on your image, papers, or as an embellishment. I used the sweet Daffodil and Daisy from Fresh Brewed Designs. My paper has flowers on it plus my embellishment is a die cut flower -- guess I covered all my bases!!

What a beautiful day today. The sun has been out bright and there hasn't been a cloud in the sky. I did some laundry this morning and hung it up outside...guess I'd better head out and take it down before heading into work. It's fun seeing patches of grass too under the melting snow, making me think spring is definitely on its way! Hooray for spring!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sweet Mushroom Fairy

It's Wednesday, and time to share with you our latest challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. I'm excited to see what you create using this fun, fun sketch!! As always, I love when I get to use pattern papers, and lots of 'em!! 

Our lovely sponsor this week is Sami Stamps. What a fun shop to browse thru, be sure and take a moment to do so. 

Here's my card, using the beautiful Mushroom Fairy. I pulled out from my stack of paper packs several brands that haven't been used in forever. I was drawn to the color combo of this one, lovin' the mustard yellow and ocean blue. Now let's see what you come up with using our fabulous sketch!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Holly Jolly Christmas

With all my dilemmas from last week, I never got a card made until now for the Dies and Punches challenge we have going on at Holly Jolly Christmas. I used an image from Bugaboo, our sponsor --  Kidz Reindeer. I die cut the image, the red and white striped papers as well as the snowflake. The sentiment is punched out. A little glossy accents on the lights give a nice shine. Join us at Holly Jolly Christmas for some die cut/punches fun.

Challenges I'm entering my card to include:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Christmas 
Completely Christmas - Anything goes, twist suitable for a male

Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day to Ewe!

Wow, life sure has gotten in my way!!! First I got sick then we had water coming in our basement! Just what you want to deal with when you're sick!!! And I bet you can't guess where my computer and printer are located? Yep, you got it, the basement. So I've been without my computer for a week now...it's been tough!! My ipad was getting me by, barely. I wanted to share with you the sketch for Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. You still have until this time tomorrow to enter. 

And you're gonna want to play along, because our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps. They are a favorite of a lot of people, me included!! 

And here's my card, using the sweet image Happy St. Patrick's Day to Ewe! I don't send out a lot of St. Patty's Day cards, but I like to have a few on hand. This was a really quick and easy sketch to use so I hope you can play along. We love our fans at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2!!

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Catch the Bug - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes with a twist of green
Get Creative - Green
Simply Create Too - St. Patrick's Day or Mostly green
4 Crafty Chicks - Green

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Take me to your Leader

I am so not feeling well, so this will be one short post. Our theme for the CAS challenge over at The Outlawz is Outer Space. We have a lovely sponsor this month, Heather from Fresh Brewed Designs! I used her image Little Alien Dress Up and sentiment. The background is Hero Arts white ink dauber that I watered down and flicked on the black cardstock with a paintbrush. My mojo was sucked right out of me last night so I didn't know what else to do besides add a few brads. I'm off to lay down!!