Tuesday, August 15, 2017


 I'm cutting (haha) it close here with this project.  I really wanted to play along with 
                   The Tic Tac Toe Challenge  
this board→
was created by Nicole Watt.   I chose the middle row straight across: anything but a card so I made a hot chocolate sleeve. ( which now holds a bag of popcorn, but that works too) With the fun fold being the cute candy cane box.  I then water colored all the leaves.  I was so tempted to pull out my markers, but I didn't want to be dishonest so I painfully water colored each one. Ugh!   I figured the little belly band needed to have a candy cane there when the real one is gone.  I'm still shocked I had candy canes in the cupboard but no hot chocolate packets, but never fear I do have a tub of cocoa.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

CTS #234 & PP357

Well,  I tried to keep this as simple as possible, especially after my last card.  I chose to combine the colors and the sketch of these two great challenges: 
I got to play a little bit more with my new Daisy Delight Stampin up set.  Whoohoo💚  I can't wait to try my hand at those beautiful bouquets that people have been making with this set.
Gosh not much more I can say .. except that I did try to match the calypso coral with some card stock I have on hand.  It looked liked it matched until I took the picture. 
What a day here.. we pulled our daughter's car to the garage, that's always fun.   I love doing stuff like that, but hubby thinks I drive to fast when we pull with chains.  So I get the "look"  and the hand gestures to slow down.  But gosh when it's going so well, I just think we can cruise along, apparently not.  Anyways driving the truck means I'm now on ice and my legs are numb. *GRRRR  but thankful to be home safely. 
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CCT15 & CTS #234 ~ Palm Tree Christmas

Typically I LOVE making Christmas cards... but the challenge this time at: Christmas Card Throwdow
Really had me thinking.. I only have one little lonesome palm tree.. so I went from there to make it a "Tropical Christmas"  I stamped some little red lights and fussy cut them, and I do mean fussy fussy cutting.  Then I drew up some stockings to hang on the tree, added some tinsel/garland around the base to make it shine.   I used an embossing folder that worked well with the washi tape on the side. Very thankful for the challenge at: 
It was the perfect layout for the palm tree, being it was simple and had a small focal point.  However I really wanted to play with my new daisy stamp set, so I might be trying again. There ya have it, my take on 
🌴"decking the Halls" tropical style.🌴
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I am now off to sing Christmas carols stamp a card.. oh and maybe  do some house chores.. 

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sketch #224~Daisy Delight

 Card # 3 I made for the challenge at: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Such a Lovely opportunity to play with my new Daisy Delight stamp set.  Oh my gosh.    How fun is this card.  A bit of polka dots, some fancy punched ribbon trim and  added sparkle.. WOWZA!!   I stamped the daisy twice, and then curled the petals under a bit, to give it some character,  I  then doubled up the  pop dots to give it height.  I think it turned out sweet.   I'm also sharing a few more pictures of my recent trip to the zoo. These will be the last pictures that I post of the zoo.. Ya all might be getting sick of seeing them.. so I had to end big with my favorite.. the Moose.   Also the  Eagle, how regal, and perhaps a little grumpy here, perhaps he's not to fond of having his picture taken.
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Freshly Made Sketches #300~Daisy Delight

 Card #2 today I made for the challenge at: Freshly Made Sketches
I am so excited to showcase this card because it's with my brand new stamp set.  YAY.. Daisy Delight.  I love daisies.  I think they are so pretty, and honestly I couldn't wait to order this one, but we are on a very limited budget so I had to wait a bit, but I'm so not disappointed.  I will be playing around with this one for awhile.  IN fact check out my other card that I made today it will be on my next blog post.   I really liked the layout of this sketch. Just elegant and simple with the trio cluster off to the side.  Lovely.  
I've been sharing a few snap shots of my zoo trip this past week.  It was an amazing time.  Hope you like the pictures too.
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 Well card number one for today I made for the sketch at: Paper Craft Crew Challenge Blog

 I used a Lawn Fawn stamping set to make this card.  I think the most difficult part with this card was tying the bow on the button.  Any how since I chose the cow image to stamp,   I thought how fitting to throw in a couple pictures of my recent trip to the zoo with my kids.   It was a "moo-ving" experience as always.    I'm such a big kid at heart that they knew I'd want to feed the goats and sheep, so my daughter even brought a long extra quarters for me.  I sometimes think we have reversed roles. (haha) any ways here are a few pictures of the goats  and an alpaca that was quite friendly too.  

Aren't they so cute?  
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ch# 47 F is for Flowers ~Color Throwdown #455

 I made this card by combining two great challenges:  Sunny Day Crafting  

Ch# 47 F is for Flowers

I tried to stick as close as possible to the colors, while adding flowers everywhere.  I stamped them first then fussy cut them out and layered them.  I also used my clear wink of stella(it's running dry..YIKES)  and traced the whole "just for you" sentiment to make it shine. In each little flower I dropped a little pearl paint to give it some dimension. 

I also added a few pictures of the flowers in my yard. That matched the color challenge.  I have no idea what this tall pink flower is.  It just shot up and there are no leaves.  If you know what it is please leave me a comment.   I also have these purple ones growing.  I think it's something like mint/lavender?  Honestly I don't know where it came from but thankful for it, because it is a survivor.  You see HP loves to plow through there to play under the deck.    Speaking of my little fella.  He apparently wanted his picture taken.. Hence the last two pictures.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Week 261: SAFARI & Addicted to CAS Challenge #117 - One Layer Card

I missed my stamping porch.  I went to the zoo yesterday with my kids and even though it was difficult it was so fun.   So  hence the card and the sentiment.   The little giraffe I believe is from a Michael's stamp set.  The sentiments and grass are from Stamping up: Here For you, and Basket bunch.   I colored in the little giraffe markings and thought "long"  haha  about putting googly eyes on him, but opted out.   Instead I lathered him down with clear wink of stella to make him sparkle.  I think for a one layer card it turned out pretty cute.  I am going to submit  it to the challenges at:

 Here are a couple pictures of the "real" ones we were blessed to see at the zoo.  How cool is that?   I'll share a few more pictures of our day in the upcoming posts. 

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The Challenge #94 {Inspirations}~Camping

All signs on the telephone post say this is a camping card.  Haha.. I even tried to make the post have an "authentic" wood look.  I had so much fun playing around with these little stamped images. Can you believe I used 5 different stamp sets to get one card?   I just couldn't find the right sentiments.. I think these work lovely together.  Lining up the little highway marks proved to be a challenge for me.. but not to shabby.  I suppose it's fitting as I submit it to:

Just want to say how sorry I am to see this blog challenge come to an end.  Wishing Lesley "Happy Trails"  with whatever she chooses next.   
Thanks for a great blog challenge.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TMS#415 ~#GDP099 ~Challenge 18~ Wedding

This must be some sort of record for me because today I'm going to enter this card in three different challenges.  YUP you read that right.. Three.

Theme: "Let it Sparkle"
I've got wedding on my mind trying to help my daughter with her plans, and gosh it's a bit overwhelming at times.  So thought I'd take a break and make a card using the colors she has chosen, and play with Global Design.  I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning for my template and I sparkled it up a bit for the Always fun challenge theme.
I used the stampin up set called special reason for the flowers and the sentiment is from Close to my Heart: The happy couple.
I also was able to play with my ribbon punch, you might have to look closely so you can see it under the flowers, the background leaves are die cut out of silver sparkle paper which I thought worked loving with the silver sparkle twine. yay.. it turned out not as expected, but then again my projects never do.   Nevertheless, I'm happy with it.  
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Monday, August 7, 2017

PCC #254~BBQ~Summer

This card I made for the challenge at: Paper Craft Crew.  I can honestly say  I don't have any stamps with burgers and bbq type images.  So being that I wanted to play along, I found the one stamp I bought from the thrift store in town, that pretty much ties summer all together.   I colored in the images and gave it a nice hefty coating of the wink of stella clear glitter.  Tied it together with a little twine and called it done (kind of like a burger on the grill)   However after I took the picture as always I thought of one more thing that could have made it better.  Seriously my best ideas come afterwards.. but how cute if I stamped two of those images and then fussy cut out a few shells to add in the bucket.. oh drats!  Well, there is always next time.   Live and learn.
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Week 260: JUICY~Lemonade SCS

I made this simple little card for the Challenge at: CASology
Being that it is SCS on my blog, I had to find a way to tie in a Scripture verse.  I thought this one worked loved with the stacked up lemons.  I LOVE lemonade, it's "juicy"  good and refreshing.  I had a difficult time stopping myself with the embellishments and such, but I'm glad I did.  It turned out cute.
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