Monday, May 31, 2010

I'm a Senior!

Good morning everyone and HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!  May I take this moment to say thank you to all of the military families and military personnel who serve this great country.  Your daily sacrifices do not go unnoticed!

Now...the post title.  No, I'm not in school.  No, I'm not a senior citizen either.  I'm a Senior Design Team Member at The Digi Shack!  Toni has decided to keep me around a little longer.  :O)  Head over to The Digi Shack to see who else is on the team, or check my sidebar!


I have an adorable card to share with you today.  Our very own Marlene, of Disguised as a Grown-Up, has created this big hunk of burning love for our June release!  You will be able to purchase King Phat on June 5th! 

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Flowers with Dustin Pike

Good morning everyone!  I hope that you all are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and that you were able to participate in the Operation Write Home blog hop yesterday (see my previous post)!  It was amazing!  :O)

Today is the time for another challenge at Doodle Dragon Studios Challenge Blog.  This one involves flowers!  Any kind of flower you could be in the digital image, designer paper, ribbon, Primas...whatever your heart desires!  Just remember that you must use a DDS image to qualify!  There are tons of freebies on Dustin's Blog!

I used an oldie, but a goodie for my card today.  Tea party is so cute, eh?  How many of you used to have tea parties with your stuffed animals?  *grin*  I used some Kaiser Crafts DP, nesties, mulberry flowers and my trusty Copics to color!

This challenge runs through June 12th...we would love to see you play along!  Be sure to check out the creations from the other DT members too...links are on my sidebar!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day tomorrow!  Stay safe and remember what the day is all about!

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Good morning and happy Memorial Day weekend to you all!  Today is the day of the Operation Write Home (formerly Cards for Heroes) Blog Hop!!!

If you have arrived from Katlyn's Blog, you're on the right track!  If not, please start at the beginning at the Stars and Stamps Blog so you don't miss anything!  There will be freebies/blog candy scattered throughout the hop!

I would like to challenge any of my friends or followers who stop by today to send in a batch of cards or a donation for postage...get the addresses HERE! (Right hand sidebar)  I have donated 40 cards this many will you send?

Need some inspiration?  Check out the HERO BLOG that is filled with letters from heroes and their families.  Hear what they have to say about receiving all of our great cards!

I made the following card with a sweet image from Wink Wink Ink.  Melanie, the owner and artist, is amazing!  She made this digital image just for the blog hop today.  Be sure you didn't miss her!

I cannot find the words to appropriately express how grateful my family and I are that so many Heroes are putting themselves in harm's way to protect us and our country every single day.  The U.S.A. is the land of the free and the home of the brave...but only because of the courageous men and women who serve.  We wish them and their fellow troop members complete safety throughout their tour of duty.  May they return home soon to a TRUE HERO'S welcome!  Their sacrifices do not go unnoticed!

Do you have a family member or friend deployed?  If the answer is yes, please let them know that we said "THANK YOU!"

I have candy for you as well...anyone who becomes a follower (sometimes being a follower is fun!) and leaves a comment here will be entered to win this Close to my Heart acrylic stamp set!  Please comment by 12:00PM (noon) CST on Memorial Day!

Next stop on the hop route is Diane!  

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Vintage Summer with Wink Wink Ink

Hello all my lovely peeps!  Happy Thursday!  Friday's almost here...Memorial Day Weekend!  I want to take one second to thank ALL the soldiers out there who fight for us every day.  Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed!  Come back on Saturday at 9:00AM CST for an awesome blog hop for Operation Write Home!

I made this adorable card yesterday featuring the latest digital image "Pearl" by Wink Wink Ink.  She is so darling!  I used the Mojo Monday sketch and I am really loving the way it turned out.  I picked the paper and went off coloring with my Copics...happy as can be.  I put it all together and the white shape at the bottom didn't have anything in it...just looked strange.  I went digging through my stash and what did I find?  A brand new pack of Fancy Free rub-ons from Fancy Pants!  The perfect colors and the perfect phrase!  Don't you {LOVE} it when you luck into something like that?  :O)  I added the pearls and here she is!

Check out the Wink Wink Ink Shop to buy Pearl...and lots of other cuties too!  ;O)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Inktegrity New Release & Sketch...

***This is my 3rd post today...please scroll down for The Digi Shack & Flutter By Wednesday posts!***

This will be the last post for the Spring design team at Inktegrity.  Joni has decided to take the summer off to spend plenty of time with her kiddos.  I think that's wonderful!  I want to take a second to say thanks to Joni and the design team members.  It has been a blast working with you all and getting to know you all a little better.  I do hope we can still visit from time to time!

Inktegrity is having their last release until the summer is sure to head over and see what Joni came up with for us!  She asked us to request any image we wanted and I got her to make this awesome, whimsical tree with a tire swing.  If you head over there right now, you could win this image just for commenting!  Also, don't forget to "swing" by the Challenge blog...Diane gave us another great sketch that I used here.  :O)

Check out all the great creations from my teamies...links on my sidebar!

Bye Bye Flutter By!

***This is my 2nd post today...please scroll down for Sketchbook Wednesday by The Digi Shack!***

Good morning again everyone and Happy Hump Day!  It's time for Flutter By Wednesday...a sad one for me, but it was time to give the other ladies their time on the team.  Today is my last post as a Design Team member for Flutter By Wednesday.  I've been along for the ride watching this challenge grow week by week for over a year now.  Danni has been the best leader and working with all the girls has been a real joy.  Thank you all for your awesome comments and your friendships.  I do hope that you'll continue to come by to see me.

Okay, now on to my card.  This week is an open week, so all you need to do is use a butterfly, fairy or angel on your creation.  I used this awesome glitter paper from BoBunny, Martha Stewart punch and the sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You.

Be sure to check out the rest of the creations by the design team...links on my sidebar.  Stop by the Flutter By Wednesday blog to see the beautiful new look too!  :O)

TDS Sketchbook Wednesday...Upcycled!

Good morning everyone!  It's time for Sketchbook Wednesday at The Digi Shack!  Woot!  Toni gave us another great sketch to work with...come and join in on the FUN!  We would love for you to use one of our images (most are only a dollar!), but it's not required...any digital image will suffice.

I used FLOWER BUNCH from The Digi Shack for my card today and colored it a bit non-traditionally.  I colored the leaves and such all in gray.  I really love the way it turned out.  The color combo came from a "card" that I got from Office Max with my Max Rewards coupon.  I love the black on black design and the pop of yellow, so I decided to upcycle it!  I added some rub-ons and pearls...a little dry embossing...some scruffing up and voila!  What do you think of it?

Be sure to check out my teamie's creations too!  Links are on my sidebar!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Zoo Has Arrived...

Good morning all.  It's time for another super cute release from Dustin Pike / Doodle Dragon Studios!  It's the much anticipated Zoo release.  These guys are too darned cute!  There are 24 images in the set and he's even throwing in colored ones too.  All for the low price of $5!  Get them while you can!  ;O)

Before I forget...I told you that I would share a photo of Jake and I on his 13th we are.  Following that is the birthday card I made for him.  The image from Digital Pencil Too was perfect since you can ALWAYS find him playing the Xbox 360.  Orange is his fave color, so that's the color of his shirt, the chip bag would be sour cream and cheddar, the soda can is Mt. Dew Live Wire and the candy bar is Butterfinger.  All his favorites...he looks at the card every morning...that makes me grin!  I used the current sketch from Mojo Monday.

Here is the layout I made with the elephant, hippo and rhino from the DDS Zoo Release.  ;O)
Page 1 (above)

Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's creations too...links are on my sidebar.  (If the release isn't posted on Dustin's blog yet, be'll be there!)  Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Flowery Flutterings...

***This is my 2nd post today...if you were looking for my post from The Digi Shack, please scroll down!***

Good morning again all my crafty friends!  Hapy Hump Day!  It's time for another Flutter By Wednesday!  This week your challenge is to use flowers with any butterfly, fairy or angel image.  Will you accept this challenge and join us?  We'd love to see what make!

I used another CC Designs image...well, 2 images, actually.  BOTH had flowers...along with flower DP and the paper roses too!  :O)

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's creations...links are on my sidebart!  Have a great day all!

Fun Sketchbook Wednesday with The Digi Shack

Good morning people!!!  It's Wednesday...woot!  I survived my first day of being the Mom of a teengeager.  :O)  We had a great day!  I will post a photo of Jake and I a little later today...come back and see how cute my boy is!

Toni over at The Digi Shack gave us an awesome sketch to work with today...join us!  Though we would love to see you use a TDS image, you can use any digital image to play along.  TDS has a few freebies you can try HERE!  I used the butterfly image (yes, again).  I love it!

Check out the rest of the design team's creations...links on my sidebar.  This sketch challenge is open until next Tuesday...are YOU our next winner?  ;O)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fancy Folds...Joy Fold for BSC#2

Good morning everyone!  It's official...I'm the parent of a teenager!  YIKES!  How scary is that?  I took him to IHOP for birthday breakfast this morning...we had fun.  He has been asking me what we were getting him and I always say underwear, so I made a stop on my errand run this morning and picked up a couple of packages of boxers for his gift bag.  I couldn't lie, could I?  LOL!  He'll be sooooo excited.  One can never have too pairs of undies anyway!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAKE!!!

Now, on to my card.  I made this one for the challenge over at The Beary Sweet Challenge for The Beary Scrap.  Fancy Folds is the name of the game.  I made my very first joy fold fun!  I really want to try (at some point) a swing card or flip flop card, I've heard them called...the instructions at SCS sounded confusing, so I passed it up.  {If any of you know of another place that has directions to make it, please let me know.}  On my card I used a brand new image from Wink Wink Ink called Hanging Out.  There is a boy and a girl version (b&w AND colored) along with sentiments...too stinking cute!!!  Be sure to get on over there to the STORE and buy yours today!

I hope you can see the dimension.  I printed two copies and colored and popped up her head and arms to make it look like they are really sticking out through the tire.  :O)  I love the effect.  I used some jute for the rope and I sprayed the Prima flower with Smooch Spritz to give it a little bling.   Not bad for my first attempt at this type of card, I think!  Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ribbon, Sparkle & Dimension...OH MY!

Hello everyone!  Happy Monday to you all!  Once again it's rainy, cold and dreary here in Kansas City.  Tomorrow is my son's THIRTEENTH birthday!!!  Woot!  I cannot believe how the time has flown.  He's such a good boy and really always has been...let's hope the next 13 years will be the same!

On to the action!  The current challenge for Wild Flower Wednesday at The Wild Flower Patch is RIBBON, SPARKLE & DIMENSION.  I made this up for the challenge last night.  I used a freebie image I got from WFP's PCP group...Jen shared it for Mother's came in this version, just the flowers (no bowl), "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment and a sweet little Mother's Day quote. I definitely got the dimension down with the 2 layers on the flowers and the butterfly.  I used one of the sketches over at Caardvarks's too.  What say you?

Wild Flower Wednesday - ribbon, sparkles, dimension
Caardvark's - sketch
Papertake Weekly - shiny, sparkly & special
ABC Challenge - unused stash
Your Next Stamp - cut it out and pop it up
Meljen's - flowers & blooms
Practical Scrappers - punches

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Let's Par-tay!!!

Happy Sunday everyone!  It's been 2 weeks already...time for another challenge Doodle Dragon Studios Challenge Blog!  Woohoo!  The current challenge is to make a birthday must use a DDS image to qualify!  There are a ton of FREEBIES on Dustin's blog!  Won't you join us?  You have until May 29th to enter!

I used the party animals on my card...they look like they're having so much fun, don't they?  Maybe they had a little vino before their photo was taken?  Woot!  That's my kind of party!  ;O)

Check out the rest of my teamies to see what they have done!  Have a wonderful day!!!