Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September - Free Stamp of the Month Challenge

Happy Tuesday evening All!

Every month, From the Heart Stamps has a Free Stamp of the Month Challenge. If you play along, you get a stamp FREE (you know, budget friendly) AND you play along the next month. Easy Peasy!

I am linking up with them for this month's challenge using an image called Flappy Birthday Birdbrain. HERE is the challenge link.

This is such a cute stamp set. If you love it, you can purchase it HERE.

I feel a little rushed this week because of doctor's appointments and such. BUT I'm happy to say I got the card done and I'm reasonably happy with it. We are nearing Fall, but I thought I'd make one more bright and fun card for Summer/Spring. Sometimes you just need bright colors to uplift you. Pun intended. Ha ha.

Recipe: Image – Flappy Birthday Birdbrain. Ink ~ Copic Markers. DP is a combo of PTI Polka Dot Paper and  Scrap DP. I covered the balloon in stickles and I added ribbon and a pretty flower from K&CO. 

I hope you like it. Check out the Challenge link above and look at all the other fantastic cards.

Love, Hugs & Blessings,


Sunday, September 21, 2014

i{heart} Sketches w/A Twist #79

Happy Sunday Evening!

What a busy day. Mass, Sheering the dog, bathing said dog, cooking, crafting... I love Sundays!

I barely finished in time for this Sketch Challenge, but I did it. I just love these challenges hosted over at From The Heart Stamps!  Here is the link for tonight's challenge: i{heart} Sketches w/A Twist #79

I'm not going to say mine is perfectly to the sketch, but I sure had fun creating with this image. This is the sketch:Sketch079-2

And these are my two cards, made using the Pet Therapy (Faithful Friends) Digi:



Both card's images are colored with Copic Markers. I used striped DP because I don't sew. HA And the I just tried to embellish with ribbon and various other things. I hope you like them.



You all have a great night.



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Birthday Cards For A Friend...

Happy Saturday Evening All!

We had a great visit from some friends earlier this evening. He's a long time friend of the family. He was my hubby's roommate in Iraq. Anyway - he brought his son over for a visit.  So of course, the 2nd card is from his son. And he even signed it! Well, he's 20 months old. So as much as they can sign.

Recipe: Image – Birthday Burger Birdbrain  Ink ~ Copics & white gel pen. Scrap DP. Dew Drops and that's about it. I modeled this after Sketch w/A Twist #63.

Recipe: Image – Super Birdbrain.  Ink ~ Copics & white gel pen. Scrap DP from Creative Memories (from the early 2000's.  The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.  I modeled this after Sketch w/A Twist #64.

I hope you all like them.

I've got more creating to do...

See you soon.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Owl Be Here... Sweet & Sassy Stamps

Hi all,

I sure hope you are doing well. We are celebrating North Texas Giving Day here in Texas. And I have to brag for a second. My child has been giving to the Tarrant Area Food Bank since he was three. And so - he is a "hunger hero" and (and I loosely use this word) starring in a series of clips to pump folks up to GET UP AND GIVE!!!
  • Link to the TAFB's You Tube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC11iZoL8Ubplc780qzd3w_A

  • Link to give: https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/tarrant-area-food-bank
Oh and here is a picture of the Hunger Heros. Awww...

Ok - I know, that's not why you are here. Proud mommy moment!

Sweet & Sassy Stamps previewed their new stamps last week. So many great new stamps for Fall! They also challenged folks to create a Fall Card by today. If they get ten more (right now there are 15, they really want 25) entrants, they will give away two $10 credits to the store.  WOOHOO.

Here is my Fall Card. Since I made this, I did receive the stamps I ordered and will play with them soon and get some cards up here. But this is an older set called Owl Be There.

And here is a little close up of the image/sparkles:

Do you want to know something funny? I had no idea there was an Owl Die. I cut that out by hand. HA Dear heaven's Emily, way to work harder! lol Anywhooo....

Recipe for the card: I started with WaterColor paper by StampinUp. I took various ink colors and water colored the sunset. Then I stamped the trees from the Tree Top Stamps from PapertreyInk.  I used distressed inks for those trees. The tummy part of the owl, I cut from DP I have. I love how that turned out. I added stickler for the sparkle, twine & ribbon and a couple of buttons (that I just realized I didn't put thread in like I like to). The image is colored with Copic Markers and embellished with white gel pen.  The background is smeared with Stickles. Yes I did say smeared. LOL

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day ladies.

Blessings all!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Daddy's Birthday Cards

Happy Tuesday all!

And Happy Birthday Daddy!  He won't likely see this post before his cards get there, so I'm ok with it.

This is my daddy. He's 78 years young this year. And you know what, we are so happy he's with us. Six years ago, on September 8th, he had a massive stroke, well several really. And I am just so happy he is with us. That sweet lady in the mirror reflection is my Aunt Janeen, his sister.  And I'm pretty sure Christopher sent him that shirt a couple of years ago.

AND look how great his cake is.  Christopher and I were supposed to go but we were sick. And I hate to drive to Houston without Marque. Sigh. I'm a big old baby, I guess.  But we missed the little party.

Anyway - on to the cards...

This is the card that Christopher chose for ME to send him (because he liked the pig one).

Recipe: Image - Birthday Burger Birdbrain  Ink ~ Copics & white gel pen. Scrap DP (in fact I received the DP in a box from a friend. I have no idea who made it. Same with the 2nd card). I embellished with ribbon & sparkly flowers (bought @ Hobby Lobby).

Recipe: Image - Hamlet PigWit Pig Out.  Ink ~ Copics, sakura sparkle pen,  & white gel pen. Scrap DP (in fact I received the DP in a box from a friend. I have no idea who made it. Same with the 2nd card). I embellished with ribbon & sparkly flowers (bought @ Hobby Lobby).

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and that your day is blessed.

Love, Hugs & blessings,


Sunday, September 14, 2014

i {heart} card sketches w/ a tWiSt #no.78 - My entry.

Happy Sunday All.

This is my 2nd post today. I know - oh sure, you don't post for months and then you start posting two in a day? What the heck is up with that? Well - I really want to get back to crafting more. And I'm trying to use challenges to help with that.

So I am playing along with the i {heart} card sketches w/a twist #78  Here's the Sketch:

And here is my card. If you go look at the designers cards and then mine, you might be disappointed. But I don't sew on cards. Ok - I don't sew  - PERIOD! But I wanted to play along. AND I had colored this image called Winter Friends.  Isn't it cute. It makes me want Cocoa. And don't get me started on missing the North East. WAAAH. It was in the 70's for two days here and by tomorrow we will be back in the 90's. Winter is short here in North Texas. But a girl can dream.

The image was colored with Copics and embellished with white gel pen and sakura sparkly pens. I simply cut some layers and cut a few squares out of scrap DP, and added some ribbon from my scrap bin. Seriously - I say that a lot - but you all need to come over and see the bins I am talking about. IKEA loves me.  I have their modular system called Expedit and the large bins that fit into the mods are the ones I'm speaking of. HA!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday ladies. You still have a couple hours to play along.

Blessings All!


For The Bird{brains} Blog Hop - Designer Tutorial Link-up

Hi all,

From the Heart Stamps had a For The Bird{brains} Blog Hop Friday, September 5th. And we have until today to re-create a project using one of the Design Team's projects. For many reasons, Kathy Curry is my favorite Designer and I chose to recreate her project.

She created a wine tag - HERE! If you know Marque and I, you know we love good wine and other spirits too. We often give good wine as gifts... and so, this was a natural for me to want to recreate.

And here is her picture:

For my project, I did things a little differently. First, I used the Creative Memories Circle Set because it is easier. And I free cut the end of the tag. I also added color on the circle up top - mostly because I cut too big of a circle (just being honest). But in the end, it was one of those "mistakes" that wasn't! I love it like this.

Other than that, I mostly did the same thing.  I hope you like it.

The image I used for this project is Birdbrain Winter Scarf. LOVE IT!

A close up of the image.

And another shot of the tag on the bottle.

The image was colored with Copic Markers and embellished with white gel pen. The DP is from my scrap box. I used the Stampin UP Tag punches from 2006 or so (I think they have new ones now). And the Ribbon is a gold ribbon from my scrap ribbon bin. The button is from my stash and I used regular twine from WalMart (I know - super exciting).

I hope and pray your evening is going well.

You still have a few hours to play along for a chance to win $15.