Saturday, September 20, 2014

Celebrate Today


Today's a day to celebrate...



because it's the day for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin'...


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September 20 - 26

Theme: Ribbons & Bows

Sponsor: The Ribbon Girl
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Here's my card:


Image: Tiddly Inks Celebrate Joyfully



Here's the inside of my card:



I hope you'll participate in the Sweet Stampin' Ribbon & Bows Challenge!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Images/Sentiment: Tiddly Inks Celebrate Joyfully
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Wild Wasabi
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishement: A Muse Studio Ribbon

Friday, September 19, 2014

Peek At My Week



It’s Friday. It’s time for…


A PEEK AT MY WEEK

1.      What was a highlight of my week?

I went to Verizon and pre-ordered a new phone!!! My iPhone 6 should arrive today. YAY!

2.      What lesson/s did I learn this week?

Perseverance pays off! I bought a storage container at Big Lots over a year ago – got two of them, in fact. And love them! So I wanted more. I’ve gone back to Big Lots MANY times, always looking for this particular item. I found them back in stock this week – and bought several! 

3.      What did I make this week?

I had been admiring a scrap of designer paper and thought it would make a fun card – without any stamping, so that’s what I did. I kind of like it…



Here's the inside:

 


4.      What have I enjoyed doing this week?

I had a very good visit with my aunt this week. I went and spent a few days with her. She is such a sweetheart – and a good hostess, too.

5.      If I could change one thing about this week, what would it be?

It’s been a good week; I don’t know what I’d change about it.

6.      What did I do for this week’s 30-Minute Challenge?
What is a 30-Minute Challenge? It will vary from week to week, but basically, I am going to choose something to do – perhaps it’s an organization task that is calling out to me, or a topic I want to research, or (*gasp!) an exercise I want to try, etc. – and I will set the timer and invest 30 minutes in that challenge.

A friend of mine was in need of 30 hand-made cards that were to be donated for a worthy cause, so I took 30 minutes and went through my stash of cards to find 30 for her. She was pleased, which made me very happy!

7.      What are my plans for the upcoming weekend?

We have several meetings this weekend… so I guess it’s going to be a working weekend.

SCORE TIME: Would I give this week a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”?




My goals for the coming week…

1.      I need to put together a card-making activity for a group of girls (grades 1-6) who will attend our state-wide meeting in early October.

2.      I plan to organize things on that shelf that I mentioned in last week’s goals – yep, it didn’t happen yet. UGH!

3.      I’m sorting through stuff and trying to purge/organize, so I will spend some time this week working on that.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I appreciate you so much!

Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Early Espresso and Taken with Teal
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Hoot Hoot Owl Paper Pad
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones




Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mystery Solved


Today is the 18th, which means we can now share photos of the cards we made with the "mystery images" that Kelly sent for the Mystery Image Swap. This was such a fun round - with a sea-inspired image, oh-so-appropriate for our Miami hostess.






Here's the inside of my card:



This is also "Thematical Thursday" on my blog, which means that today (being the 3rd Thursday of the month) is a Challenge post.

Therefore I am entering this card in the Crafty Bloggers Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Image: My Favorite Things You Anchor Me
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Kraft
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Beach House Paper Pack
Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Taxi! Taxi!


I have only ridden in a taxi a few times in my life, but for some reason I always seem to think it's an adventure to do so. Therefore, I was VERY excited when Jessica (of JessicaLynnOriginal) sent me the When the Sun Goes Down in New York NY digi image to use. It has a bunch of taxis in it!

I wanted to make the taxis the focal point of the image, so I decided to use the "Spotlight Technique" on my card...



Do you see the street light on the spotlighted area? 
It's a rhinestone.




This really is an great image with so man possibilities. Be sure to go to the JessicaLynnOriginal store and look at the card example for this image. The image on that card is fully colored - and the billboards and signs are amazing!



Here's the inside of my card:


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Image: JessicaLynnOriginal When the Sun Goes Down in New York NY
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Gray
Designer Papers: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sweet Dreams


It's time for a new challenge...

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September 16 - 29


Here's the photo to {PIN}Spire us:






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Here's the card I made:



Image donated by The East Wind



Here's the inside of my card:



I hope you'll participate in the {PIN}Spirational Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Image: The East Wind
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Wild Wasabi
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Monday, September 15, 2014

Colors of Autumn and a Duel, Too


MelonHeadz Friends has a new challenge today...

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September 15-28

Theme: Colors of Autumn


For my card I used one of the newest image bundles from MelonHeadz Illustrating - called Lucy Doris Dressing Up...



Isn't she cute?!?!?!?


Of course, I had to do a little something inside my card, too...


 I hope you'll participate in the MelonHeadz Friends Colors of Autumn Challenge!


Now, if you're here to see what the Dueling Darlings have for you this month, you will want to check out the rest of this blog post.

The hostesses this month are Barb for the Divas and Debbie for the Dazzlers. They came up with a theme for us that is different than any this group has ever had...

Recipe Cards


The fun part about this month is that we'll get some new recipes to try out.

Here's the recipe that's on my recipe card:






I actually made these cookies for the first time yesterday. I was fixing a simple meal for the youth group at our church - and we have one youth who is allergic to chocolate, so I knew I needed to avoid chocolate. The cookies were a huge hit! (So was the pulled pork sandwiches and the chips.)



Debbie sent a marvelous kit to the Dazzlers - but unfortunately the Post Office was a little brutal with mine...

 
Yes, the envelope was torn, as was the ziplock baggie that held the embellishments. The only embellishments that arrived were the chipboard pieces... so Debbie, I hope you aren't disappointed with the simple look of my recipe card.

Debbie's shipped these items:

Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip card stock
Image:    MFT a la modes What's Cooking?
Maya Road What's Cookin Chipboard
Clips from Michaels or Joann's
Eyelets from Eyelet Outlet


The only thing I added was some Stampin' UP! Early Espresso cardstock and the white cardstock for the recipe.

Now, let's go see what the other Dueling Darlings have created...

DAZZLERS


DIVAS



Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: MelonHeadz Illustrating Lucy Doris Dresses Up Bundle
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Early Espresso and More Mustard
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Buttons from More Buttons

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Owl" Be Thinking of You


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards Swap group has been together for YEARS! Kadie is the leader of this group, which usually means she keeps us organized. We swap every other month and take turns being the hostess. Kadie was the hostess during the most recent round.

This was Kadie's theme:

I was thinking about a theme for my round and I couldn't get owls out of my head. But then it occurred to me that not everyone may have an owl stamp or image, so I've decided to go with a general bird theme. So the theme this month is called FOR THE BIRDS! All you have to do it use a bird somewhere on your card. It can be for any occassion. Please use at least 2 layers and 1 embellishment. Other than that, it's up to you! Thanks so much and have fun!! Big Hugs, Kadie


Of course I had to use an owl image...






This is actually a stamp that I ordered online, and I had NO IDEA it would be as large as it is. It fills up much of the front of my card. And I thought it was too large to really want to color it, so I used the paper-piecing technique instead. Oh, and I added rhinestones for the center of the eyes.




This is the inside of my card:



Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Image & Sentiment: Woodmare Patch Owl
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Early Espresso and Taken with Teal
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Hoot Hoot Paper Pad
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones