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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fluttering By To Say Thank You

Woot! I am here, today, with some awesome news! I've been accepted as part of the design team for Crafts Galore Encore! I've been out of the design team world, for awhile, due to having been taking care of my husband for the past several months.  I'm thrilled to be back, though, and so happy to have been accepted into a team that is super nice! Thank you, Crafts Galore Encore, for allowing me to join you!

Those of you not familiar with the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge, you should really check it out! We're a monthly challenge blog and the theme is always Anything Goes, so you can create anything your little heart desires, to link up with us! Of course, there's a prize - A $10 gift certificate to Fred She Said up for grabs and you could even be selected as one of the Design Team favorites! We'll be picking 5 favorites! So, what are you waiting for?! Come on over to Crafts Galore Encore and link up your creations for a chance to win!

Now that's out of the way, let's talk about my card!

For my card today, I've used the Marigolds and Morpho Digi set, from Fred She Said. Even though they're Marigolds, I went with colors that tickled my fancy, when coloring.  The images were colored with Promarkers. The "wild"  black and white paper is from my stash. I think it makes for a "wildly striking effect, with this image and colors I chose. I fussy cute all the images and I just love the way they turned out.  The butterflies were attached with foam tape, for added dimension.  I chose a beautiful silver and black ribbon to make a handmade bow, for embellishing the top of the frame.  Black pearls were added in the top left corner. It's difficult to see in the phot, but I used a clear star gelly roll pen to add glitter and sparkle to the center butterfly.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenges #365 Anything Goes at Crafty Creations
Challenge #164 Anything Goes at Crafty Gals Corner
Challenge #149 Anything Goes at Inspiration Destination
Challenge #377 Anything Goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
Challenge #49 Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Leaves at Sisterhood of Crafters
Challenges #332-#333 Anything Goes at Word Art Wednesday
Challenge A2518 Anything Goes at The House That Stamps Built
Challenge #108 Wild at Time Out Challenges
Challenge #400 CAS at 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge
Challenge #414 Anything Goes at Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge
Challenge #66 Anything Goes at Crafting With Friends
Challenge #17 Anything Goes at Colour Crazy Challenge
FFC#231 Anything Goes at Jo's Scrap Shack
Challenge #293 Anything Goes at QKR Stampede
Challenge #17 Anything Goes at Polkadoodles Crafting
Challenge#82 Flowers at Crafty Friends Challenge
CIC#445 Photo Inspiration (Flowers) at Cupcake Creations
Challenge#80 Anything Goes at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Challenge #45 Anything Goes at Cardz TV 
Challenge #325 Anything Goes at Pixie's Crafty Playground

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Well, here I am, finally!

Hello everyone! I have been absent from my blog for awhile.  Things have been hectic and chaotic.  My husband was diagnosed with a serious illness and I've been kept busy caring for him.  Things are starting to settle down some and I've found a little time to craft and relieve some stress.

I took inspiration from the Inspiration Challenge at the Altenew blog.  I've used some of the colors from their inspiration photo, but mostly I used the feeling of a "relaxing vacation," that I took from the inspiration photo.  My husband keeps telling me I need a vacation getaway to recoup from all that's been going on.  I agree, but, with me having been out of work to care for him, we cant afford a vacation right now, and I've exhausted all my vacation time and FMLA time, while I was off caring for him.  So, for now, my Spring Like vacation getaway will be in my mind, and depicted in this card. Any place tranquil and quiet would do just fine!

Along with the photo inspiration, I've used the Birch Land stamp set from Altenew, to create this tranquil vacation scene.  I fell in love with this stamp set as soon as I seen it, but I admit, once it arrived, I felt a little intimidated by it and all the elements.  I  am very happy with how it turned out though, for a first attempt.  The tree was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink and has been colored with Arteza watercolor brush markers.  (My first time using them - There is a learning curve, which I'm still riding! LOL!) I stamped the lovely array of leaves in various gorgeous colors of Altenew crisp dye inks.  (LOVE thier inks! So awesome!)  I sponged the bottom with green ink to create a hillside.  I drew the birds by hand with a Versafine black marker. The clouds were done with a stencil and Altenew crisp dye ink. .This was my first time using the cloud stencil and I struggled with figuring out the positioning of the stencil.  All in all, I think it turned out decently and is the perfect getaway vacation in my mind.

I'm still deciding if I'm going to turn this into a card, or frame it.  What do you all think would be the best choice?

This is my first time entering challenges this year! I have just been so consumed with RL, that crafting got away from me! It's so good to be back into crafting again!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hop Hop Hop With Unity

Hey Hey Hey Unity Fans! Thank yo for stopping by, today, as part of the GIU Girls Blog Hop! There are so many talented ladies in the line-up today. I hope I can measure up! Of course, I'm the last stop on today's hop.  I hope you've enjoyed all the awesome Unity creativity along the way. You should have  hopped to hear from Carisa's blog, where she surely wowed you with her gorgeous creation. If not, and you got lost along the way, or would like to start from the beginning, head on over to Iona's blog. You don't want to miss out on her stunning creation! The full hop order is listed below.

Iona B Unny
Teresa Godines
Helen Mazengarb 
Sandra van Blaricum 
Pam Nezrick Loris 
Amy Martin Jones 
Brittany Kohl 
Carisa Zglobicki 
Sammibug (You are Here)

For today's card, I used the set, Set Sail from Unity Stamp Company. This card was made for someone very special to me, who is going through major health issues. I hope it brings a bright spot to their day and provides some encouragement and uplifting thoughts. All papers used are from my stash The image has been colored with Copics.
Thank you for hopping along, today and for stopping by to see my creation.  Be sure to leave comments on all the blogs along the way, in order to be eligible to win a prize from Unity Stamp Company!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Celebrate Ugliest Dog Day

uses an image from the birthday set, BugBDpupset, from Bugaboo Stamps

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hi - Floral Block

Stella Says Sketch

uses the image 4 Square Floral, from Bugaboo Stamps.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Doggone it! Consider Yourself Hugged

Humor Me Wednesday at Catch The Bug

uses the image, BugPuppyLove