Thursday, March 29, 2012


I don't usually post personal things on  my blog, but since this is probably my last grandchild,  I thought I would post a picture.  This is Caleb.  Isn't he is a doll?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Challenge # 39 "Anything Goes"

Here is the chance  you have been waiting for,  You are in the process of creating something and you can't find a challenge to enter it in.  Well this is it.  The theme is "Anything Goes".  There is only one restriction;  it cannot be something you have posted before.  You may have created it last month, but never posted.  Well that is ok.  The gals on the Desigonn Team have given you some ideas.  So get crafting as you have 2 weeks to post your creation.

As mentioned below in the information about my sponsor I bought some Cheery Lynn dies the other day and couldn't wait to use them so you will find that I used one in the the post right before this one.  I will be using some of the others during this week. 
My creation is an ornament.  Yes, I know it is not Christmas, but you will see that is has flowers on it.  I hope to make a number of these "garden" ornaments to put on a Spring tree.  One of my DT members, Cindy, told me how to make the ornament.  (She is missing on this post as she is out of town.)  The ornament is made from 3 dominoes on a metal backing.  Alcohole inks are on the background and a rose was stamped multiple times.  The ornament is surrounded by beads I had in my stash.
I'm using the "Anything Goes" theme as a chance to get ready for Easter! I found this darling baby-in-an-egg image from French Kissed Postcards and I've adhered it to some pretty blue lace paper, neutral cardstock and added a metallic Easter Bunny. Who doesn't love an "anything goes" challenge? Please join us!
I've made this "clean and simple" card using some digi images I bought ages ago and hadn't used!!! They are from Digi Design House - I love these funky dancers. I added the quote from the Quote Garden Site and stuck with the pink and black colour tonings.
Spring has definitely arrived and Easter is just around the corner. I created an easterly chunky ATC in form of a little box for Easter treats using my own template and decorating it with EchoPark patterend papers, a bunny image from the Graphics Fairy, stamps from Waltzing Mouse, fabric flowers and some little blings. Enjoy the sunshine!
For my DT piece I have made a tag cut from some Anna Griffin paper. I have over-stamped it with some flourishes in forest moss, and then placed the image - printed onto acrylic - behind the TH die-cut. I have added some bling to the tree, and two vintage scraps; the children at the front, and the owl on the lady's shoulder. 
Jenn here - we had some unseasonably warm temps here in New England last week, and it got me in the SUMMER SPIRIT! I used Country Anya, a digi image from the Greeting Farm, along with a template of a peach found online at Elizabeth Dulemba's coloring page site. My DP is from Authentique - ribbon is from my stash.

My wonderful sponsor this time is Classy Cards and Such and Beverly is giving a $10.00 gift certificate to the random generated winner. 
Classy Cards and Such is having an embossing challenge and she has some embossing folders that I have not seen anywhere else.   
Below are some of the newest things in the online shop.  These are from her most recent listing.
* LOTS of new Want2Scrap in every category!  Rhinestones and Pearls - So Pretty!
* Glitter and embossing powder from Sparkle 'n Sprinkle
* PRE-ORDER Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers Pre-order pricing for a limited time only!! Reserve yours now!!!
* Cheery Lynn - Lace Deco Corners and Mini Flourish One  The Cheery Lynn dies are to "die" for as they are gorgeous.  I just ordered some from Classy Cards and Such and couldn't wait until this challenge to use it.  You can find the beautiful  Polynesian Oval that I cut in yellow in the post right before this one.
The best thing about Classy Cards and Such is that shipping is FREE with $50.00 in Cheery Lynn dies or $75.00 in other items from the store  You can't believe how quickly you receive your "goodies".  Try this online store; you will not be disappointed. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Travel Cards

I have been doing a number of "cute" or "whimsical cards lately, so I thought I would switch and post something a little different.  I love the images on these two cards.  They are from Hampton Arts.  They are great images to use as there are so versatile.

The first card shows only a partial image from the Hampton Art stamp.  I cut it to fit the beautiful Cheery Lynn die,  I like the fact that there are a number of different little images which can be colored.  This I did with Copic markers.
Finishing off  the card, I attached a ready-made embellishment which says "Dream" with a small butterfly attached.  This is what I am doing  now as we  almost made a trip to Paris this summer, but decided otherwise.  Now I can only dream of going.

My second card is also a travel-inspired card; I put the Hampton Art image on a very small mat of burgundy and then place that on some beautiful designer paper which is gold and has copper in the design  All of this is placed on a burgundy base card.  I didn't put a sentiment on this card as I didn't want to distract from the image.  Again, Copic markers were used to color.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hitching a Ride

I have made a number of center-step cards lately and this one uses the cute Just Some Lines image of Tut and Peep. I image that they are going turtle speed down to the finish line and little Peep has hitched a ride. I used.Bingo tokens to show the finish line and colored the two characters brightly with Copic markers.

If you are not familiar with the center-step card, I have two views of it below. One shows the front while the other shows the side. This card sits well on a table and a sentiment can also be placed inside.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Baby ATC

It has been a while since I made an ATC.  Here is one that I made for Wicked Wednesday's ATC challenge "Babies".  I picked an older baby to put on my ATC.  It mainly has scrap papers and little digitals of babies.  I can't remember where I got the digitals.  They were in my stash.  The word "Toddler" is from the newspaper.  This was fun to make.

Easter Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to JUST SOME LINES EASTER Blog Hop!! Our hop starts today, Wednesday, March 21, and goes until Saturday, March 24 at 10pm EST. You will be visiting some of our DT MEMBER blogs to get a look at the NEW EASTER IMAGES available at JUST SOME LINES SHOP!! 
As you hop to the DT member blogs featured in the hop, please remember to leave comments at each stop, including the JUST SOME LINES Blog. You do not need to leave a comment at the last stop, which is the JUST SOME LINES SHOP. Winners will be chosen from the comments left on each blog and there will also be some "surprise" winners chosen at random from comments left along the hop as well as a GRAND PRIZE featuring a goodie bag of crafting treats!

So, let's get started! Your first stop is JUST SOME LINES Blog, if you lose your way on the hop, you can always come back to the JUST SOME LINES Blog and start from the beginning. The rest of the hop order will be


Your last stop is JUST SOME LINES SHOP. Hope you enjoy the hop!! Check back at JUST SOME LINES Blog on Sunday, March 25 to see if you are one of our lucky winners:)

This is my inspiration for the blog hop and this will be the image you can win from my blog.  It is called  Emo Little Boy Easter Egg Peeker.
Your next stop is to Tina.  Just hop on over.  And don't forget to check back at JUST SOME LINES blog on Sunday, March 25 to see if you are one of our lucky winners:)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mini Blog Giveaway

The gals at Just Some Lines are giving away a mini blog.   It runs from March 18 to April 1.  Below is a picture of the giveaway
What you have to do:
1. You must be a follower of the Just Some Lines blog.
2. You must comment below their post about the giveaway ( otherwise they will not know you are taking part) and say what is your favourite image in the shop - you can get to the shop here

A Little Green and Sewing Elements

In honor of St. Patrick's Day I made my card with a lot of green and used some sewing elements which is what is need for the challenge at CS Designs this week.  You will have to drop by Art with No Boundaries to see the inspirations of the other members of the DT and to enter the challenge.  For my card I used the Arabesque image.  Don't you think she is adorable?

She was colored with Copic markers. and put on a green designer paper mat.  That was placed on a larger mat of music designer paper.  Since she looked like she was dancing and her name was Arabesque, (a dance step), I thought the music background was appropriate.  Everything was placed on basic green cardstock.

As embellishments, I  used some stitching trim and covered buttons.  The sentiment is also by CS Designs.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Wind and Rain - Second Week

The Design Team has some more inspiration for you for my current challenge "A Windy and Rainy Day".  You can hop directly to the challenge by clicking at the very top of my sidebar.   You still have a week to enter and Saturated Canary has a great prize for the random picked winner.  I use the random generator to pick my winners so those who are not as experience as others have an equal chance.  On the Tuesday following the end of the challenge, I will drop you a line either by e-mail or in your comments that you are a winner.  Just think...You don't have to keep coming back to see if you won!

Now for more inspiration.
Here is a Center-Step card with Saturated Canary's  image Let it Rain.  I really enjoy coloring Krista's images.  My card has solid blue cardstock on the two flaps on the side and on the front step and behind the image I used a brown and blue doted paper.  A bluish flower embellishes the bottom left corner and to give the card balance I put a matted oval with a handwritten "Hi" at the top right.
Please drop by Saturated Canary and admire Krista's images.
This is the postcard I made for the last challenge. It has been painted with acrylics, partly mixed with stickles, and using punchinella for texture. The umbrella man has also been cut from hand-painted paper .
The text is from Psalm 72, v. 6.
If it's a "Windy and Rainy Day", I want to spend it indoors, reading! So what better way to feature this lovely design by Saturated Canary than on a bookmark! I colored the digi with watercolor pencils and a water pen, fussy cut her out and matted with two shades of purple. I printed the verse and matted with pink. I punched out extra flowers from the designer paper background and added them for interest. A pink ribbon finishes the bookmark off.
Who says that you can only fly a kite in Autumn? At times it is definitely windy enough to do so at the moment. The image is again from Saturated Canary, isn't she sweet? I coloured her with Copics and layered her in digital paper from Tracy Ann Digital. As embellishments I used some buttons, Stickles and some blings.
I've gone a bit different for my new creation for this Windy & Rainy Day Challenge and have used a Gecko Galz Collage image of an Asian Geisha with a parasol. I've used Japanese papers and fibres for the background and layering. I love to create Asian style.
For my second celebration of rainy, windy weather I used a Catherine Moore Character Constructions stamp on designer paper from Twisted Papers. My little man in a teacup with his tiny umbrella is escaping big raindrop stickers which I had to use because they are actually called raindrops! Stay dry and keep crafting.

Krista's images are so much fun to color and create with - I used the same paper pad that I used last week, Jack and Jill from My Mind's Eye, but I used different pieces and came up with a completely different look. I kept this one bright and cheery, hope it makes you smile!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Just Sitting There

Just sitting there.  That's what I would like to do sometime.  Not doing anything, but just sitting there watching.  .   Wouldn't it be great to not have anything to do, but sit and watch others running around?  I am retired and I thought when you stopped working outside the home, that you just sit there being  bored.  Boy was I mistaken.  However, that is what Kyra, the lovely image from Just Some Lines, is doing thing about Spring.  She is colorred with Copic markers.  I placed her on a Spellbinders diecut and then adhered that to a split, but coordinating pieces of cardstock for my background. 

I am entering this in SweetStamps' "Think Spring" challenge.

Drop over to Just Some Lines and see what other wonderful images are there.

Faux Stitches

Here is a little card I made with Faux Stitches. The image is called Angelina from CS Designs   She is on a double Spellbinders diecut with faux stitching around it.  The image is colored with Copic markers and buttonlll accent the card with the sentiment "Sew Much Fun".

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Challenge # 38 - "A Windy and Rainy Day"

Well, in Tennessee we have had a lot of wind and rain lately so I thought that the weather that we have been having would make a great challenge.  Thus "A Windy and Rainy Day" was established.  I don't think I have to explain what type of images would be accepted for this.  You just need to follow the theme.
Here are some samples of images from Saturated Canary that really hit the target for the challenge.  Even though some of us used the same image, our interpretations are different.
Krista of Saturated Canary was so generous to give us some images to use as our inspiration for this challenge.  I chose the Let it Rain image and colored with Copic markers using very light colors.  She is placed on a made which gives you the impression of wind.  This is trimed with a tassel-type trim and a double flower with a bow center.  The entire image and mat is placed on some Spring designer paper on a blue card base.
I used "One of Those Days" - I knew right away which DP I wanted to use, it's from the Quite
Contrary - Jack and Jill pack from My Mind's Eye. Sentiment is a sticker from Oriental Trading Company.
Isn't she adorable with her big blue eyes and wellies? I coloured this delightful image from our sponsor Saturated Canary with Copics and highlighted the teeny tiny raindrops with glossy accents. The image is layered on a white card base, Kraft card from PinkPetticoat and patterend digital paper (Tracy Ann and Crystal'). The clouds and raindrops are handcut and dry-embossed with the Cuttlebug embossing folder.
I'm having "One of those Days"!!!
LOL that's the image I have used from Saturated Canary this week. I've used co-ordinating papers from a Basic Grey Pad to make this card for the new challenge and the image is coloured with Copic Markers. I used the current sketch from Sketch Saturday to layout the card.
This Saturated Canary digi is called "Windy Day." I've colored it with pencils and laid it on a designer background page from Twisted Papers. The wind has been ferocious n the Pacific Northwest lately -- I think if you tried to fly a kite you'd just break it! Hopefully things are milder where you are. But if not, windy conditions are good for staying inside making art!
"Walk In The Rain" Coaster
This little hanging was done on a 4" x 4" coaster. I used Distress Inks & Stain to make the background and shade the sentiment. You can't tell by the photo but there is an acetate overlay with embossed "rain" lines. The Liquid Pearl "rain drops" are placed here and there along those lines. The acetate was attached to the coaster with jump rings.
Saturated Canary
My wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Saturated Canary.  Click on the logo above and you will quickly be directed to the Etsy shop where you will find some wonderful images.  Click on Krista's picture below and you will go directly to her blog.
Hello, my name is Krista. I blog over at Saturated Canary. I also like to draw people. In character style. I like them sweet. Sometimes a bit sad. Pretty. Messy. And maybe a bit tattered. I just love making them for other ladies to fill with personality and colors! It makes my heart feel so inspired to see how others create with them! I'd love if you stopped by and introduced yourself! Love, love to make new friends!:)
Krista is generously offering two images from her Etsy Store, and I know you don't want to miss out on that.  Therefore, submit your entry to the challenge within the next two weeks.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

That "Old" Stuff

Have you got "old" stuff lying around your craft room that has been there for ages?  Well, make a point to use it.  Just Some Lines is having a "Spring Cleaning" challenge.  It is so easy.  The only thing you have to do is to use something that has been around in your stash for at least 6 mos.  Here is the card I submitted as inspiration.
Here is the "old" things I used:

Polka dot paper mat at least 3 yrs old,
Embellishment/bone- ? years,
Butterfly- recycled from a birthday card last Oct,
Grass paper-about 3 yrs,
pink and white flowered paper- 3 yrs
I know you can probably find a lot of vintage - maybe not vintage, but just plan old stash in your craft room too.

Spring Showers

Here is a little quilted-type card I made for Digi Darla's challenge April Showers.  I used some scrap paper for the background and placed it behind the image.  Even though the little turtle is in the rain there is a little sunshine coming out.  T

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Just Some Lines DT

I am so excited to be a part of the Just Some Lines Design Team My first card as a member of the team uses the image Kyra Free-fallingl. As you look at the card you will notice that Kyra is slightly off the card. That is because the image actually swings back and forth. Can't you imagine her just floating through the trees swinging back and forth through the limbs?

Monday, March 5, 2012


Here is a card I made for the Fashionista challenge at Art with No Boundaries.   My image is from CS Designs.  The dress form was colored with Copic markers.  To fulfill the qualifications of the callenge, I used stickers of dress accessories and a Sale sign.  If  you have a chance drop by the blog and take part in the challenge.

The Second Week in "the "Land of Fantasy"

Just imagine that you are in the "Land of Fantasy" and create something special.  Look what the Design Team has created to get you in the mood to enter the land of make believe.
The image on this card is Michele Perkett's Meadow Fairy.  Her hair is full of flowers and she carries a large bouquet of flowers.  This particular image took a while to color with my Copic markes, but it was fun.  I hope everyone has enjoyed looking into our Land of Fantasy this past week and if you haven't already, join the challenge.
This week I took the lovely "Lilly the Fairy of Enchantment" digital stamp and added lots of shimmer and sparkle. I colored her using Twinkling H2Os, pearl metallic paint and Distress Inks. Then the image was accented with Stickles and Liquid Pearls. I sprayed the designer paper with multiple coats of pearlized water to add even more shine. The picture just doesn't do justice to how magical this card looks!
I really enjoy working with these gorgeous, joyous images by Michelle Perkett. This fairy is so happy I think she is about to burst! I colored her with pencils and placed her on two different designer papers. Since she is such a flower bouquet-loving kind of girl I embellished her with many more flowers from a set of borders. I think I should keep this around to look at if I ever feel sad. Or better yet, send to someone else who needs a lift. I hope you'll join the challenge in week 2!

This week I have used a brand new image from Michelle Perkett "Coral" to make this gorgeous emnbossed card using all metallic card & paper. Coral has been coloured with Copic Markers which always look nice & soft on the metallic paper. The fancy embossing/die cut folder is a Cuttlebug Brand.

Lilly the Fairy of Enchantment - This fairy from Michelle Perkett definitely enchanted me with her delicate flowers and wings. I coloured her in bright colours with a little touch os glitter, mounted her on some glittery Kanban card cut with Nestbailities and made her into a little fairy hanging.

Jenn made a page in her art journal, using one of Michelle's gorgeous mermaid images paired with some new DP from Stampin' Up!  Michelle's images are perfect for art journal pages and any other project you can think of.  She generously offers freebies on her blog every Tuesday, too.  Sentiment is from Raindrop Echo Designs.

Thanks to Michelle Perkett for the beautiful  fairy images that the Design Team has been using.  Please drop by her site here and see if there is something you can use.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Second Winner was Chosen

Since I never heard from the original winner of the challenge "Happy Birthday"  a second one was chosen.  Ladies, I, unlike many bloggers, notify the winner either through their e-mail if I can find it or through their comments.  If I don't receive this info  I need I am unable to get your challenge candy to you.

Also, please note, my challenges are now listed at the top of the sidebar.  This is for your convenience and so my current posts aare at the top.