Monday, August 31, 2015

Bring It!

I love From the Heart images/stamps - and the birdbrain ones are some of my favorites! Oh, who am I kidding, choosing favorites is so hard because ALL of the images they have are fabulous! Wouldn't you agree?

See what I mean? 
Don't you just love the "No Snow Birdbrain"???

And this time of year I am so over summer. I'm ready to move on. (I will miss the tomatoes, but I'm tired of the heat and the bugs and the heavy air.) *gasp! Please don't hate me.

And yes, bring on some snow. I'm ready for it!

Here's the inside of my card:

And since confession is good for the soul - Sheesh! I already confessed that I'm ready for summer to get over, I guess it can't hurt to confess some more things. Confession #2 - I have decided to apply for the design team call at From the Heart... and today IS the deadline. I decided here at the very last minute that I just HAVE to do that.......... because I love From the Heart images so much!

Whew! I almost waited too long to decide to apply, didn't I? Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Image/Sentiment: From the Heart No Snow Birdbrain
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black, Kraft, and White
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Michael's Sugar Dot and Rhinestones, Oriental Trading Candy Dots, and Recollections Snowflake Brad

Favorite Part of School = Lunch

What was your favorite part of school? For some it was a beloved subject (I absolutely LOVED my Public Speaking class!). For others it was seeing friends. For others it was RECESS! Oh, and some would say it was lunch time (okay, maybe not many would say that, but some did like lunchtime best.)

Brock loved lunch time at school. When he was in High School, the lunch ladies knew what  he would buy every day... and they always had it ready for him. They were pretty incredible!

So, for this week's MelonHeadz Friends Challenge (the theme is Time for School), I chose to use the MelonHeadz Illustrating Dawn's Lunch Ladies bundle to create my card.

Here it is:

Thank you to all the lunch ladies out there. Your job is often thankless, but the Brocks in the world sure appreciate you!

Please join the fun at MelonHeadz Friends!

August 31 - September 13
Theme: Time for School

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image/Sentiment (on front): MelonHeadz Illustrating Dawn's Lunch Ladies colored with Copic markers
Sentiment (inside): AMuse Studio Essential Sentiments stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler
Designer Paper: Me & My Big Ideas Mambi Sheets Paper Pad
Embellishments: AMuse Studio Ribbon, Foof-a-La Buttons, and Michael's Sugar Dots

Sunday, August 30, 2015

An A+ for Nikki of MelonHeadz Illustrating

I have been so fortunate to have been a part of SEVERAL really incredible design teams over the years! And yes, I do love serving on design teams. Each one is so unique and the opportunities to get to work alongside some great paper-crafters is a real bonus. So here's a little shout out to all my fellow design team members (past and present)! I think you are all pretty incredible.

Speaking of incredible............. Nikki, the owner of MelonHeadz Illustrating is pretty incredible, too.

Yes, I am on the MelonHeadz Friends Challenge design team - so I know first-hand how gracious, kind, and generous Nikki is. Let me give you just one example.

 Each year Nikki adopts a school teacher/class and gives them some pretty awesome gifts. This year it was $100 in school supplies, $50 in graphics from MelonHeadz Illustrating, and monthly gift boxes shipped to the school, because, in Nikki's words "all kids need to know that there are good people in this world that care for them, too."

To enter the giveaway, teachers posted comments to Nikki's blog post HERE. If you have time, I'd encourage you to read some of the comments made by the teachers. So touching... and definitely some tear-jerkers, too. I'm pretty sure Nikki took the time to pray for the needs she read about in those comments. I, too, found myself praying for the teachers who took the time to comment.

About a week later, a teacher was selected (randomly) and received the gifts for her classroom.

Oh, but it doesn't stop there. Nikki announced the winner HERE and she also put two free images (a colored one and a line-drawn one) on the blog post for ALL OF US (so go get yours!). Wasn't that thoughtful of her?!?!?!?

THANK YOU, Nikki for your generosity!

Of course, I had to have the image, too. She's such a cutie!

Here's the card I made with her:

Here's the inside:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: MelonHeadz Illustrating pre-colored freebie found HERE
Sentiment: Annette Allen Watkins "Best Wishes" stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Cardstock: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Taken with Teal
Designer Paper: DCWV My Sunshine Stack
Embellishments: Buttons Galore Buttons and Sequins from an unknown vendor

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I'm a Winner!

WOW! Maxine sure surprised me this morning! She's one of the ladies in the Stamp Addicts blog group. THANK YOU, Maxine, for letting me know that I was one of the winners at the Inspiration Destination Challenge! YAY!!!

THANK YOU, Inspiration Destination! And thank you for the PRIZE, Inky Impressions!

If you notice, I rarely enter challenges. Truth is, I usually only do so when I post a One Stitch at a Time card - since they ask their DT members to enter at least 5 challenges. Therefore, I also rarely - very rarely - check to see if I am a winner. So without Maxine's help, I might never have known. LOL! I just figure that if you don't enter them often, the chances of winning are pretty slim.


That just might be a myth......... since I "did" win. (hmmm... I may need to start entering challenges more often.)

If you're interested in seeing my blog post featuring the card, click HERE.

Thanks again, Maxine!

And thank you to all of you who stopped by my blog today!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


If you were here on my blog yesterday, you saw a card that I made with Roxie's kit (as well as manufacturer information, etc.)

Here is the second card I made with Roxie's kit:


It's a very simple card, but I like it! 
Thanks again, Roxie, for a fun kit!

Here's the inside:

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Monday, August 24, 2015

An Apple for the Teacher

Roxie sure knows how to put together a fun kit! She was the August hostess for the Baker's Dozen group. Here's what she said:

I have always made back to school cards for my DD and step kids and now for my step grandkids and in Florida where the grandkids live they go back the second week in August, here in Michigan not til after Labor Day (it's the law here). So either way it will be soon. I fell in love with Doodlebugs Back to School paper line that just came out. I love the Owls and the great Washi tape. So my challenge is to make a back to school card for a child or an adult. If not the Owls are cute for a birthday card, etc.

Doodlebug designer paper - Back to School
SU Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Memento black and SU for the blue and red
Lace - SU
Washi tape - Doodlebug - Back to School
Stamps used - The Greeting Farm, CC Designs, & Stamp of Life


So I did - enjoy, that is! I made two cards. I 'll show you one today and the other one tomorrow.

Card #1

Here's the inside:

Thanks for stopping  by my blog today!

And THANK YOU, Roxie, for a fun kit!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

What Has Four Legs?

.... the new One Stitch at a Time Challenge!

Challenge #244 

August 23 - September 5

Sponsor: Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet

Here's the PRIZE package one lucky person will win:

Here's my card:

I tried to do something a little "artsy" - I'm not sure it worked. But I do LOVE the "Boxer" image. It's available in the Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet store - HERE.

I put a little fire hydrant brad inside my card:

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Now... get busy and create a 4-legged sort of card, and join us at OSAAT!

Image: Stitchy Bear "Boxer" Digi
Cardstock: Recollections Black, Red, Sand, and White
Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors