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Friday, April 29, 2016

Watercolor San Antonio Riverwalk

Coffee of the Day - Dulce de Leche

I've been playing around in my craft room with my gelatos, watercolor paper, and digital images. it's so much fun to just get into an inky mess sometimes. :)

Problem is that photographs, at least mine, can't capture all of the sparkle, texture, and color of the actual image. in real life (irl) it is sooooooo cool!


I printed the San Antonio Riverwalk digi image from Eureka right onto my watercolor paper then went to town with both regular and metallic gelatos. I added details with my watercolors. the water has such a gorgeous shine that is hard to see in the photo.

papers are from the Basic Grey Dear Heart collection, linen thread and banner die are from SU!, sentiment stamp is from a company that is no longer in business, and sequins are from Lawn Fawn. ribbon snippets and vintage buttons are from my stash. acrylic paint edges the card base.

hope your weekend is off to a most fabulous start! thanks for stopping by! :)
Jennifer

Challenges:
Eureka - add some bling (metallic gelatos, sequins)
Outlawz Paper a la Mode - mixed media
A Beautiful Mess - anything goes
DRS Designs - it's a new day
Sisterhood of Crafters - birthdays
Cards in Envy - birthday
De-Stempelwinkel - outside/outdoor
Dragon's Lair - anything goes

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dance, Ballerina

Hurrying to post this card before a challenge deadline.... that's me.... sliding in by the seat of my pants! thought I had until the end of the month. nope! ;)


The 'Ballerina' image by Morgan's Art World was offered for several days as a freebie over in their Facebook group. it can be found now for a special price in the store.

I paired it with digital papers from Far Far Hill and a sketch from The Outlawz. flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, vivid pink seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, pink lace is from Michaels, sentiment is by Create with TLC, and buttons are from my vintage stash.

I sprayed some white Mr. Huey's over the card before adhering the main image. small pearls were added below the sentiment. flower centers on the main image were dotted with a pink spica glitter pen.

I'll be back tomorrow with another card to share with all of you. see you then! :)


Challenges:
Morgan's Art World - monochromatic
Outlawz Wed - sketch (turned on side)
Craft Rocket - pink and pearlie (pearls on sentiment portion and 2 of the buttons are mother of pearl)
Digital Delights by Louby Lou - anything goes
Paper Shelter - pearls (pearls on sentiment portion and 2 of the buttons are mother of pearl)
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wed - anything goes
Crafty Boots - monochromatic
Come and Get It - glitter and bling (glitter pen used on flower centers of main image)
Sweet Stampin' - pink and girly
Pause Dream Enjoy Linky Party - anything goes

Paddling By...

Coffee of the Day - Spiced Southern Pecan


Today starts a new challenge over at Aud Sentiments and our theme is 'Animals plus a sentiment.' 
Imagine That Digis is our sponsor and provided the team with some cuties for all of us to use. :) I hope to see your fun project linked to our challenge! come play along!

I used the cutey penguin on a float from the 'Poolside Penguins' set. he just made me smile!  sentiment is from the same set.


papers are from the Basic Grey Lauderdale collection, flower is from Michael's and was painted a bit to make it match, wave dies are from Whimsy stamps, and main die is by Spellbinders.

I added dots of Mr. Huey's shine spray to create water dots and then added polka dots to his swimming trunks with a white gel pen. my SU! ink squirty tool adds multi colored sprays of ink across the lower portion of the card base.

navy seam binding wraps across the bottom of the card while bits of parrot green netting peek out from the corners. a few buttons complete the fun! :)

I'll be sending this card off to one of our sons this summer, just to say 'hi' - as the sentiment says. :)

enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges:
TTCRD - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Crafting By Designs - let's hear it for the boys and men (sending to my son)
Outlawz Festive Friday - Penguin Day
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Fresh Brewed Designs - anything goes
Inky Impressions - all about the boys (sending to my son)
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Dream Valley - creatures

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It's Your Birthday

Hello and Happy Wednesday! this is my second post of the day. to see my Guest Designer post for Word Art Wednesday, please scroll down. thank you!

I'm going to share a birthday card with all of you today. it's always fun to use my great ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbons on cards and projects. :) and you know I enjoy distressing my ribbons, too.


I've used the dark brown gindham ribbon and  baby pink seam binding tied into a fluffy bow along the side of the card. pink burlap string is tied into several of the vintage buttons.

Mulberry flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts include a pink edged magnolia, pink sweetheart blossoms, cosmos, aster daisy, and hip rosebuds.

the precious image is by Elizabeth Bell ans is called 'Honey, Honey.' I'm submitting this card to their Guest DT call out, too. :) shimmerz paint and a clear spica glitter pen were used on the image.  papers are from the Basic Grey Vivienne collection. sentiment stamp is from a company that is no longer in business.

Don't forget to play along in the RRR current challenge! we'd love to see what you've been creating with your favorite ribbons and trims! :)


Challenges:
Outlawz Mon Greeting - anything goes with a sentiment
A Snowflake's Promise - anything spring
Crafty Sentiments - birthday
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Inky Chicks - birthday time
Crafting Desert Divas - in the garden
Scrappy Hands - spring
The Corrosive Ch - girls, ladies, women
The Ribbon Girls - any image plus ribbon
Classic DT Open Ch - any project created for a DT
Connie Can Crop - Queen Bee
Crafty Friends - all things cute
Hiding in my Craft Room - any holiday (birthday)
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - female birthday
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie - photo inspiration (bees, flowers, and yellow)

Psalm 9:10 for Word Art Wednesday

Coffee of the Day - Carrot Cake


Hello! So happy to be on the Word Art Wednesday blog today with my last post as a guest designer for them. what a privilege to have been asked! thank you, Karen!

Today's word art is especially poignant since I have been needing so very many sympathy cards lately. there is so much comfort to be found in the hope & promise of Scripture.

in our church district, Dave & I have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. we travel to various churches over the many states served in the District. this card will be going to the pastor and his wife at one of these churches, since they are sadly in need of a sympathy card.


digital papers are from the Prima Anna Lee collection, butterflies are by A Day for Daisies, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons are from my vintage stash. several of the butterflies were printed and colored twice, then adhered only down the center to give a more dimensional effect. the centers of the butterflies are coated in distress stickles while the wings are covered in Mr. Huey's clear shine spray.

Turquoise plaid ribbon that I distressed with ink sits over the top of pink satin double ruffle ribbon. a re-purposed postage stamp adds interest next to a doily snippet.

thanks for stopping by! check back in just a bit for my Really Reasonable Ribbon post. :)

Challenges:
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes with tic tac toe twist (opted to not do twist)
Digi Choosday - things with wings
Retarte (StampArtPapel) - anything goes
Artistic Inspiration - anything goes
Melonheadz - pastel colors
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes with wings
Robyn's Fetish - anything goes
Card Mania - spring
Crafter's Cafe - what season are you in? spring
Crafting Musketeers - spring is in the air
Creaine Ch - spring
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - anything goes with a butterfly twist
Open Minded Crafting - Easter/Spring/pastel colors
Paradise of Stamps - pastel colors
Scribbles Designs - A Little Note to Bug You
Di's Digi Designs - pastel colors
Creative Corner - words

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Always in My Thoughts Sympathy Card

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Hazelnut

Sadly, needing more sympathy cards.


I chose this pretty 'Daisy Bird Bath' image from A Day for Daisies, paired with a sentiment from Create with TLC and papers from the Basic Grey Kioshi collection. buttons & lace are vintage, flowers & leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and lavender seam binding (which I distressed with several shades of ink) is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. main image die is by Spellbinders and senitment punch is from SU!


Challenges:
A Day for Daisies - add lace
Outlawz Tues Color Ch - color board
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies - anything goes/buttons and bows
Crafting With An Attitude - anything goes
Star Stampz - use a digi
Fab 'n Funky - winged things
The Crafty Addicts - girly
Clear it Out - theme: nature, stash: greenery: leaves
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Come and Get It - things with wings

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Keep it Happy, Little Frog!

Any Stamp Winner at Eureka Stamps

Coffee of the Day - Southern Spiced Pecan

Hello to all of you! hope the sun is shining on you, wherever you are in this great big world! :)

With all that has been going on with my family, I've gotten behind with some of my personal 'fun' crafting. one of those projects was using a Friday Freebie image from Scrapper's Delights called 'Froggy Frog' that was available last month to members of the Facebook group for a limited time. our middle son, Mick, has always had a fondness for frogs, so I knew this would make a fun card to send to him if I ever had a chance to get one made.


I combined the cutey frog with another image from Scrapper's Delights called 'Lily Pad Scene 2.' one of the houses we used to live in had a huge pond behind it and I could always find Mick out back catching toads and frogs. :) I think he'll appreciate this card wishing him good luck on finals! especially since he is studying to be a Wildlife Resources Manager!

I made the card into a gate fold, using papers from the Basic Grey Hillside collection. all dies are from Spellbinders and the sentiment is by Create with TLC. burlap ribbon is by May Arts and natural burlap string that ties the vintage button is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I added a little dragonfly charm to the main image.

have a most amazing day and thanks for stopping by!

Challenges:
The Paper Shelter - for the boys
Scrapper's Delights - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - monochromatic
Digi Choosday - tic tac toe (charm, animal, sentiment)
Crafty Boots - use a sentiment
Eureka - buttons and bows
The Paper Girls - fancy folds
Crafting With Dragonflies - masculine card
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Ch - anything goes with a make it male twist

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tips for Distressing Ribbon and Mother's Day Card

Coffee of the Day - Carrot Cake

Happy Monday, everyone!

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I knew I needed to get a card made for my Mother in Law so I could get it in the mail soon along with her gift. I turned to the RRR current monthly club kit for my inspiration.


The turquoise gingham in the kit is one of my very faves! I knew I needed to use it on my Mother's Day card, without a doubt!  I'm also addicted to every color of the seam binding, so I use it on almost every project I make it seems.

my card took on a shabby/vintage flair, so my ribbons needed to follow suit. one of the things I love about almost every ribbon at RRR is how easy it is to distress them.

the turquoise gingham was run through kraft ink to give it a county/shabby feel. you could also use a kraft marker to achieve the same effect.


the forsythia seam binding was slightly dampened. while wet, I added small amounts of 2 different shades of ink to my hands and crumpled it all up into a small ball. I kept rolling and rolling the seam binding into a ball, similar to what you would do with clay or play dough until I had achieved the desired effect - lots of wrinkles and different shades. unravel and it's ready to use! if the seam binding is still damp, just let it air dry or hit it very fast with a heat gun.

the mulberry flowers are just as easy to distress. the turquoise chrysanthemum was a bit bright, so I added a wash of kraft ink with a watercolor brush. used the same technique to change the color of the white one, too. easy peasy! pale yellow open roses and a mini sweetheart blossom were added to the floral bouquet.

natural burlap string is tied through the large vintage button. the digital papers are from the Prima Anna Lee collection, which matches the gift I made for her. digital library card printable is from Cameo Shoppe, and the Mom digi is by SheepSki Designs as part of the Outlawz progressive challenge. distress stickles was added to both the digi and the little tag.

be sure to play along in our current challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, "Things with Wings and ribbon or trim!"

Challenges:
Eclectic Ellapu - spring flowers
Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
Allsorts - ribbons and roses (roses are tucked in with the chrysanthemums as well as on the papers)
Hiding in My Craft Room - lots of layers
Little Claire's - spring colors
Through the Purple Haze - layers
Creative Corner - spring flowers
Pattie's Creations - Easter or springtime
Polkadoodle - floral frenzy
A Beautiful Mess - anything goes

Friday, April 15, 2016

Things with Wings Challenge at RRR

Ooh La La Winner at My Sheri CRAFTS
Color Spotlight Project at Outlawz Color Challenges

Coffee of the Day - Maple Fudge


We have a new challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog starting today, and the theme is 'Things with Wings.' I hope you will not only play along with us, but also stop by the blog to see the beautiful projects made by some of my team mates! they are so talented and constantly inspire me with the things they create! :)


Several weeks ago, my hubby and I were out for a walk at Camp. I came across this gorgeous piece of wood and knew it would make a neat piece of art.


the wood was first mod podged to seal it. I added moss and a wonderful piece of rusted and painted chicken wire I came across at Hobby Lobby. tiny sweetheart blossoms by Wild Orchid Crafts were added.


the birds were created from templates I found online and a box that once held microwave popcorn. ;) nothing like re-purposing what's around the house! each bird is several layers thick.


Birds were covered in Prima Anna Lee digital papers, edged in SU! glitter glass and stickles, and then tied with peacock alley & baby pink seam binding. I used vintage buttons for their eyes.

even the little nest is made from ribbons! I used a fabulous tutorial by my creative muse, Melissa Phillips, found here on her blog, Lily Bean Paperie. I used copper forest hand dyed silk, chestnut mini ric rac, and natural burlap string.


I searched and searched the stores for little bird eggs, but couldn't find them anywhere. ended making my own out of modeling clay. think they turned out cute! used my SU! ink squirty tool to add little speckles. of course the nest needed to sit on some branches, so grabbed a few from my yard. 2 cottage roses surround the nest.

just a reminder that if you want to see more detail on any photo, just click the piccy and it will take you to a larger one in a separate page.

this is going to my MIL for her Mother's Day gift. sure hope she likes it! :)

I hope this project inspires you to see art wherever you are and try something new!
enjoy your weekend! :)


Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Outlawz Tues color - color inspiration with nature twist
Altered Eclectics - anything altered/mixed media goes
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media - wings
Sisters of Craft - anything goes
As You Like It - fave non-card project (found treasures! I like coming across something and seeing what kind of artwork I can turn it into. I also enjoy taking something like the popcorn box and re-purposing it, such as I did with the little birds. recycling at its best!)
Whimsy Inspires - spring colors or Easter
Crafting for All Seasons - tic tac toe: flowers, ribbon, backing paper (Prima, on birds)
A Place to Start - up-cycle a common household item (microwave popcorn box - at least in our house they are commonplace! also buttons)
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Critters and Creatures - anything goes with a critter or creature
Not Just Cards - anything goes
The Crazy Ch - spring is here
My Sheri Crafts - Mother's Day flowers
The Stamping Boutique - flowers
Scrapping 4 Fun - birds

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pink Mitten Victorian Christmas Card

Coffee of the Day - Highlander's Grog (butterscotch and caramel flavor)


Today begins a new challenge over at Aud Sentiments Challenges, with a fun 'Anything Goes' theme. Our sponsor is My Artistic Adventures, a lovely Etsy store of digital print outs with a vintage theme.


I chose to work with the Pink Victorian Mitten files for my cards. it doesn't show in the photo, but these are actually file folder cards.

I first applied the Crafter's Workshop mini harlequin stencil to the folders and used white craft ink. pink glimmer mist was sprayed over the top. various elements from the digital file were fussy cut and distress before adhering to the folders. platinum stickles decorate some of the edges while frosted snow stickles was used on her muff. small dots of stickles accent the holly berries. I used a clear spica glitter pen to add garland to the tree.

Madison crochet lace trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon accents the tops of each mitten, bows made of baby pink seam binding are tied across the bottom, and little snippets of moss gingham were stapled to the uppermost corners. pretty poinsettias are from Michael's and were painted a pale shade of pink to match.

I hope you will join our fun challenge! and thank you so much for stopping by. :)
Jennifer


Challenges:
ABC Christmas - 'H' is for Christmas Hats (you can click on the photo to be taken to a new window to see the image closer if you would like)
Crafting By Design - ribbons and lace
A Snowflake's Promise - anything goes
House of Cards - color inspiration and/or use script
Sparkle Creations Christmas Card Ch - anything Christmas goes with optional photo insp.
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes with twist of fave color (PINK!!!)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gingham Cherry Card Set for the RRR Blog Hop

Coffee of the Day - Cinnamon Hazelnut


Welcome to my stop on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop! :) grab a cuppa and sit back for a moment while I share a little project made with our current lovely set of ribbons in the monthly kit!


You should have arrived here from Ginny's absolutely gorgeous blog. if at any time you ever get lost, head over to the RRR blog for the complete list. plus you'll want to be sure to stop there at the end for the magic question. one lucky person who comments will win the monthly ribbon kit! you know you want to be the winner! :)

I decided to make a set of cards to give as a gift later on. I've used several of the ribbons in the kit. as much as I simply ADORE the turquoise gingham plaid (because I've bought quite a bit of it!!!), I decided to go with the red houndstooth and sheer cherries.


I started with a base of kraft card stock, inked the edges, added red gingham paper by Die Cuts with a View and faux stitching (after distressing edges), some solid red cs, and a doily cut from a paper bag with a die by Prima. whew... that's a lot! ;)


the cherry tags are from the Cameo Shoppe and matted on brown cs. edges were again distressed. sentiment dies are by Tim Holtz. one tag is mounted on foam tape to give a bit of dimension. a little scrap of cardboard was adhered beneath the the tag on foam tape.  a Tim Holtz paper clip holds a tiny banner punched from kraft cs.


the red houndstooth ribbon is tied across the bottom of the card into a bow. red burlap string ties a little cherry charm to the bow. flowers include red trellis roses, red aster daisies, white sweetheart blossoms, pink cosmos, and lillies.

I recently saw a challenge calling for the whitewash technique, so even though these are too late to qualify, I thought it would be fun to give it a try. it was fun and fit perfectly with the country feel.

thanks so much for stopping by! now hop on along to Amber's fun blog to see what wonderful project she has made to inspire your creativity! :)


also there is a big sale going on over at the RRR store! check the blog for the appropriate codes.

Challenges:
Deep Ocean - Spring is in the Air (cherry blossoms turn into cherries, right?!)
Ribbon Girls - anything goes cards
Paper Minutes - ribbons
Craft-Dee Bow Z - anything goes with a handmade bow
Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes with distressing
Catch the Bug - recycle/upcycle a household item (paperbag made into doilies)
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - Spring is in the Air
Quick Quotes - tag it
Simply Papercraft - anything goes

Guest at Word Art Wednesday

Top 5 Pick at Incy Wincy Designs

I have the honor of being a Guest Designer over at Word Art Wednesday for the month of April. I was so very excited to be invited!



I combined the Bible verse word art with a precious little image by Ppinky Dolls Art called 'Thinking.' I don't have many of her digis, but I do love the few I have.


papers & sticker are from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, little clip is by Tim Holtz, and buttons are from my vintage stash. enamel dots are some of my handmade ones. peach diamond satin ribbon and Sharon crochet lace are from Really Reasonable Ribbon. banner die is by SU! and verse die is by Spellbinders.

I hope you will play along in the challenge at WAW. would love to see some friendly faces while I'm there! :) you can also pick up this beautiful piece of scripture word art for free when you stop by the WAW blog.

and thanks to all of you who have left such lovely, thoughtful comments for us about Mocha. you are so very kind!

Challenges:
Come and Get It - bright colors
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Sweet Stamps - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Incy Wincy - fave coloring medium (inks and watercolor brushes)
Melonheadz - let's get girly
Ooh La La - words
Dare 2 B Artzy - polka dots
Robyn's Fetish - add a sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Wed - Let's Do the Polka

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

RIP, Precious Mocha

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

Yesterday our precious pup, Mocha, passed away. I can't even begin to express the overwhelming sadness and despair we all feel. her sister, Latte, died last June, and Mocha hasn't really been the same since.

Tyler, Danielle, and Mocha

The house is far too quiet. one or the other of the 2 dogs would always lie in the doorway of my craft room when I was in there. the thought of going in to my room is almost too much to bear right now. I would talk to Mocha these past few months when I was busy making things. she didn't want to be alone with her sister gone, so she followed me everywhere. at least until Dave came home. then she never left his side. he was her forever buddy. :)

she loved her Daddy! :)

But I know we'll meet again. until then, she and Latte are playing in the fields again, chasing groundhogs and playing with the foxes.

thanks for taking care of us, Mocha. we will always love you, puppy!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bird Blooming Sympathy Card

Coffee of the Day - Dulce de Leche

It's Friday! the weekend is almost here! :) I hope you have some fun things on your calendar! I have LOTS of craft projects that I simply MUST get caught up on.

Today is my cousin's funeral, so it's fitting that I am sharing the last of his family's sympathy cards. I also want to show a photo taken of him with his children. it's several years old, but definitely captures the love they all share for one another. :)


RIP, Dan. we love and miss you.


my card uses the pretty image from A Day for Daisies called, 'Bird Blooming.' papers are from the Basic Grey Hillside collection, dies are by Spellbinders, grass green seam binding is from Really Reaonable Ribbon, flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons are from my vintage stash. once again, that all purpose sentiment is by SU!   you can tell I sure do get a lot of use out of it!

a few accent dots were added with a white gel pen. I did add some little touches to the mulberry magnolia with inks and watercolor brushes to have it match a bit closer.

thank you so much for stopping by today! :)


Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch turned on its side
Cre8tive Hands Friends - anything goes
Star Stampz - flowers, flowers, flowers
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Animal Friends - birds

Thursday, April 7, 2016

General Store Sympathy Card

Coffee of the Day - Spiced Hazelnut

Almost finished sharing the sympathy cards for my cousin's family. seems appropriate since today is the viewing at the funeral home and tomorrow will be the service and burial. it's been tough making all of these and knowing I can't be in Texas with all of the family. hopefully the cards will bring a bit of comfort in the days ahead. if you have a moment, I know they would appreciate a prayer. thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful comments you have left here on the blog and on Facebook. they mean a great deal to me. :)


Today's card uses a wonderful stamp I received as a prize. it's a fairly new release from Little Darling Stamps, Dove Studios, called 'General Store.' gingham paper is from Die Cuts with a View. a bit of torn paper bag was added, along with some burlap ribbon from May Arts, vintage buttons, ticket, and tag tied with seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon. sentiment stamp is by SU!

thank you ever so much for stopping by! :)
Jennifer

Challenges:
Dragonfly Journeys - Tag, You're It
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Retarte - anything goes
Artistic Stamper - distressed
One Crazy Stamper - anything goes
Paper Creator's Crafts - polka dots or gingham
A Place to Start - upcycle a common household item (paper bag saved from shopping)
Our Crafty Corner - anything goes
Come and Get It - Tag, You're It
4 Crafty Chicks - scenic

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wooden Deer Hanging

Coffee of the Day - Creamy Chestnuts

Hey there, ribbon fans! :)

I have a different kind of altered project to share with all of you today. Back in January, some friends invited my husband & I to their cabin in the woods of Pennsylvania for a weekend getaway. we had such a lovely time, walking in the snow and watching the deer come right up to the house.

As we were putting wood into the stove one evening, I saw this cute little piece that I knew would make 'something' special one day and asked if I could have it. our friend handed it right over.

I decided it would be the perfect 'thank you' gift for our friends when a few little doo dads were added here and there.

Really Reasonable Ribbon to the rescue!

here is that piece of wood, all gussied up and pretty-fied!


the deer tag image from Polly's Paper Studio was mod podged to the base, topped with a small piece of 2 1/2" plain cotton ribbon, die cuts added, and then decorated with Wild Orchid Crafts mulberry open roses & Chrysanthemums. the same cotton ribbon was used as a hanging loop and tied with hand dyed silk.

die cuts are from Memory Box and Cheery Lynn.

try something new and try an altered project! it's so much fun! :) and I do apologize for the shine on the deer tag image. I was trying a different photo editing software, and frankly am not too impressed with it. will be using my regular one again.

be sure to enter the current challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, too!



Challenges:
Craft for the Craic - anything but a card
Morgan's Art World - for the men (it was the gentleman of the couple who gave the wood to me)
Creative Card Crew - die cut (Cheery Lynn and Memory Box)
Digi Choosday - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
2 Creative Chicks - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Classic DT Open Ch - anything goes
Sweet Stamps - anything but a card
Fresh Brewed Designs - ribbon or twine
Paper Sweeties - photo inspiration

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

In My Thoughts and Prayers Daisies

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice

Hey there, blogging fans! I'm treading in tender waters here, as I've been fighting migraines off and on for a while now. a nasty one hit yesterday and really hit me hard. makes it tough to get any crafting done, that is for sure, those rotten things! ;)


anyhow, sharing another sympathy card for my cousin's family today. this one uses the pretty 'Daisy Window' image from A Day for Daisies.  papers are from the Basic Grey Vivienne collection, pearl flourish is from Michael's, seam binding (that I distressed) is found at Really Reasonable Ribbon, sentiment stamp is from a set by Unity. flower centers are covered in distress stickles and little accent dots are made with a white gel pen.

again, keeping the design fairly simple.

hope you have a most wonderful day! thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Challenges:
Scribbles Designs - a song in your heart (My Prayer by The Platters)
ADFD - add glitter (stickles)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes with patterned paper
CCC Digi Creations - anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - anything goes with pearls (pearl flourish)
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - flowers

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bird on a Limb Sympathy Card

Coffee of the Day - Highlander's Grog (butterscotch and hazelnut flavor)

Sharing another of the sympathy card's for my cousin's family. Your prayers for them are greatly appreciated, especially with the funeral coming up in a few days.


This card uses the Wild Bird image from A Day for Daisies, paper from the Basic Grey Vivienne collection, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, burlap ribbon from May Arts, and buttons from my vintage stash.   little banner punch, linen thread, and sentiment are by SU!  accent dots were made with my white gel pen.

I've been keeping all of these cards fairly simple.

thanks so much for stopping by. hope the rest of your weekend is amazing! :)

Challenges:
Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
Catch the Bug - anything goes
My Sheri Crafts - Thinking of You

Saturday, April 2, 2016

I Will Give You Rest Flower Fairy

Top 3 Pick at Robyn's Fetish

Coffee of the Day - Carrot Cake

It's the weekend! Hooray!

I'm sharing with all of you yet another of the sympathy cards I'm making for my cousin's family. I'm almost finished with them - just a few more to do. hope to get them completed this weekend if all goes well.

Today's card uses a precious little image from A Day for Daisies called 'Baby Cherry Blossom' and a verse given away over at Word Art Wednesday.


I confess that I first saw the verse this week and knew immediately that I wanted to use it. I was looking through my ADFD images on my computer and came across the cherry blossom one. it wasn't until the entire thing was printed and on my craft desk that I actually saw the little flower fairy hidden inside the image. C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were both Christians and used fairy folk in their writings, so I guess my one little card should be okay. ;)

papers are from the Basic Grey Typeset and Dear Heart collections, buttons are from my vintage stash, bay leaf seam binding (that I aged and distresd) is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, mini sweetheart blossom is from Wild Orchid Crafts, and little banner punch is by SU!  a wink of stella glitter pen was used to add sparkle to the main image.

enjoy your day! :)

Challenges:
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Robyn's Fetish - add a doily
ADFD - add glitter (used the glitter pen)
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Digitally Sweet - fantasy
Craft Rocket - mythical creatures
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wed - pastel

Friday, April 1, 2016

Thinking of You Sympathy Window

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Macadamia


Today begins a new challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore with a fun theme of 'Anything Goes'! We are sponsored by Beccy's Place this month. I hope you will play along with us. it's such an easy theme and gives you lots of options for linking. :)


I have used the pretty 'Spring Window' image on my card, using it for one of the many sympathy cards I need. paper is from the Basic Grey Dear Heart collection, lace & buttons are vintage little pink seam binding snippet in the upper corner is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and flowers aer from Wild Orchid Crafts. leaf flourish die is by Cheery Lynn. card base is embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.

thanks so very much for stopping by today! :)

Challenges:
Classic Design Team Open Ch - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes
Southern Girls - anything goes
Paradise of Stamps - ribbon or lace
Left of Center - embossing (card base)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Christmas Love with Trimmings

A new challenge begins over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra blog, so let's get those jingle bells jingling! a reminder to those of you here in the USA that the challenge blog is based in the UK, so I have to share my post early to coincide with everything going live across the pond.


Bugaboo Stamps is our fabby sponsor every month, so be sure to play along for the chance to win a gift certificate to shop in their store.


I have used the cutey 'Kidz Reindeer' image on my card, along with papers from the Basic Grey Juniper Berry collection. dies are by Spellbinders, and sentiment is from Create with TLC. punch for sentiment & little banner are by SU! and tab punch is Jenni Bowlin.

ribbon snippet is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. buttons are from my vintage stash. stickles was added to the main image for snow. a marker was used for faux stitching and accent dots.

I hope to see you in the new challenge! and thanks so very much for stopping by! :)



Challenges:
Stella Says Sketch - sketch
Crimbo Crackers - cute kids
ABC Christmas - G for green or gold (used both here)
Winter Wonderland - for a child
Pile it On - stitching
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Cute Christmas

Happiest of Birthdays, Aud Sentiments!

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme



Today begins a new challenge at Aud Sentiments, with our theme being 'Birthdays' as we celebrate 6 years of blogging and challenges!!!! I do hope you will pop over to see all of the beautiful projects made by the team to inspire you!


I am using an image and sentiment by Simply Betty Stamps for my card. papers are from the Basic Grey Saturday Morning collection. ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon and twine is by Maya Road. the little flowers were given to me, so I'm sorry I don't know the mfg. buttons are from my vintage stash.

check back later this evening for my Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra post. have a most wonderful day! :)


Challenges:
Crafting When We Can - sketch
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes
Inky Impressions - Let's Hear it for the Girls
Sweet Stamps - anything goes
Dream Valley - girly