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Monday, July 28, 2014

Fun in the Summer Sun!

It's Summer!  And it's 70 degrees here today!  We just can't seem to get the warmth going here in NW Wisconsin. But August is right around the corner -- we're bound to heat up then!
I have a card today that I'm posting for Timeless Twine that's all about having fun in the sun, and looking cool while doing it.  It's all about the look!


Bella Creationz has the entire Sorbet Collection on sale this month, but July is fast coming to end, so you might want to snatch it up quick!

I used all 3 colors from the Sorbet Collection on this card: Watermelon Sorbet, Key Lime Sorbet, and Razzleberry Sorbet.  It's hard to pick a favorite!
I also used 2 stamps from the Bella Creationz Hello Summer Stamp Set.

Other supplies used on this card:  Great Impressions Beachy Penguins Stamp, Fancy Pants Summer Soul 6x6 Papers, Copic markers, We R Memory Keepers Cloud Corner  Chomper, and a little Liquid Glass on the shades to make them shine.
I think I'm gonna head to the beach -- these penguins have the right idea!  Fun in the sun, indeed!
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Craft-Dee BowZ -- ATG with a Homemade Bow
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- July Linky Party

Swimming -- for Eureka Stamps

It's Monday, so it's time for a new challenge at Eureka Stamps.  This week's theme is "swimming".  
I love ducks, often watching them swim in the small lake across from my house.  So, they were the inspiration behind this project:


I made this mallard image (digi36601) into a bookmark, and colored the image with Copic markers.  I mounted the stamp on a couple of layers of cardstock, punched a hole, added some ribbon, and it was complete.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Make a Wish -- for 3 Girl JAM

Hello, and happy Friday, everyone!  I'm posting today for 3 Girl JAM. We've had a food and food related challenge going on all month, but it's wrapping up soon.  I have one more food related project to share for this month's theme.
Cupcakes!  You gotta love cupcakes!


Cupcakes, glittery cherries, 3 Girl JAM lace, and 3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon.  Is that a yummy combination, or what?  The ribbon is the new 3 Girl JAM Tie Dye Bundle.   The lace is the 3 Girl JAM Distressed Lace.
The cupcake and cherry are from a Cutting Cafe file -- 4 Assorted Cupcakes.  The sentiment is a Close To My Heart stamp.  Papers are from the Fancy Pants Hopscotch 12x12 Collection.
July was a busy birthday month for me, so this card will soon be out the door -- Make a Wish!
Need some of the yummy  3 Girl JAM lace or crinkle ribbon for yourself?  Use discount code JO10 to get 10% off anything.  ANYTHING in the store!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flower Power! for Delightful Challenges

It's Thursday, and time for another challenge at Delightful Challenges.  This week's theme is "Add Ribbon". I love ribbon, and use it all the time, so I had FUN with this challenge!


I used the darling image, "Flower Power basket of Daisies" on this card, and the Spring Sentiments Set



I colored the adorable image with Copic markers, and paper pieced her dress and hat.  I added a couple paper flowers to her hat, and to the ribbon.
Here's a close up of the image:


The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.  It's Coral Crush from the Caribbean Splash Bundle.

Our sponsor this week is: 
They are offering a prize package worth $15-$20!

Come join the challenge at Delightful Challenges! Just add Ribbon!

Paws-ing for a Christmas Card

I got another free Christmas image from DigiStamps4Joy because I entered last month's Christmas challenge. I wanted to make sure and make a card this month so I can keep adding to my Christmas stash, and get next month's free DS4J image.  Here's what I made this month:


I colored the image with Copic markers, and computer generated the sentiment. Here's a closeup of the sentiment:

I have a new bowmaker, and used it to make the triple bow at the top of the card!  Fun, fun!
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- July Linky Party
Craftin' Desert Divas -- Craft It Up and Link It Up -- Christmas In July
Craft-Dee Bowz -- ATG with a homemade Bow
Craft Your Passion -- Christmas in July
House of Cards -- Add a Bow
Lexi's Creations -- Christmas in July
Scrapbook Stamp Society -- Christmas in July
Come and Get It Challenges -- Christmas in July
My Perfect Life -- Christmas
Corrosive Challenges -- Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenges -- Inspiration Photo (used the colors)
City Crafter Challenge Blog -- Christmas in July
DigiChoosday -- Christmas in July
Scrap Creations -- Christmas in July
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge -- Deck the Halls
Twisted Tuesday Challenges -- include a tree
Crafty Hazel Nut's Christmas Challenge -- ATG, as long as it's Christmas
Sparkles Forum Challenge -- Christmas in July
Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge -- Make it Christmas

Monday, July 21, 2014

My First (Intentional) Monochromatic Card

It's Monday, and time for a new challenge at Eureka Stamps.  They don't call these things "challenges" for nothing!  This one scared me!  I have never intentionally made a monochromatic card, although I may have accidentally done it a time or two.  So, setting out to accomplish it set shivers down my spine!  But, I managed it, I think.   In fact, once I figured it out, I decided to make two:


and


I used Eureka Stamps digi 9702 on both of these cards, and colored it with Copic Markers.


The cards were both cut out on my Silhouette.  The butterfly pop up card is found in the Silhouette Online Store.  I used Echo Park cardstock on both cards (same piece of paper, just reversed).
Tell me, which card do you like best?  I can't decided...
And, don't forget to enter the Monochromatic Challenge this week at Eureka Stamps.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- Thankful Thursday -- July Linky Party
Fairy Tale Stampers -- Summer (must use stamp/digi)
Totally Gorjuss -- Butterflies

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Always Wear Your Invisible Crown!

I have this dog, Sophie.  Everyone calls her the princess.  She's my Golden Retriever that goes to work with me everyday.  She has free reign of the nursing home.  That's 97 residents.  And 145 staff.  And families.  And volunteers. And....well, you get the picture.  She's the princess.  So, when given a choice of The Cutting Cafe assignments this time (Top Hat Set, Party Hat Set, or Assorted Crowns), there was really no choice.  It HAD to be the Assorted Crown set.  And, it HAD to be all about Sophie:


I made this layout of Sophie, at the nursing home, with some of her subjects friends.  She's with some nursing students who instantly fell in love with her, 2 young girls who spent all afternoon lying right beside her, and she's with 2 of the ladies that she spends time with each and every day.  Sophie is a well-loved dog!  I could go on for hours about the benefits of having a free-roaming dog in a nursing home, but I think these pictures speak for themselves.  Does this look like an institution or a home?  Do you see people living in these pictures or waiting around for life to end?  Sophie may be the princess, but being princess is no easy job!
The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog has a theme of "Dreams".  Sophie fulfills many dreams for the residents of the nursing home where she and I work.  She is the reason some of them get out of bed in the morning.  They have to make sure her water dish is filled, they have to make sure and "save her a little something" at meals, they have to go to the activity room to "see what Sophie is up to."  She is a dream maker and fullfiller of dreams at the same time.  Our dreams change as we age and become simpler.  Finding joy in something as basic as a beautiful dog makes life better.  I truly believe that Sophie knows she is at work and has a job to do.  Her favorite rooms seem to be the hospice rooms where she spends countless hours with families.  Yeah, she's the princess, but she deserves the title!
Here's a closeup of the sentiment stamp (it's from Close To My Heart), and Sophie.  The crown I placed above her head is from the Assorted Crown Cutting Files set.  Seriously, that dog was made to wear a crown!


Here's a closeup of another crown I used in the set:


I used my Cricut to cut the heart overlay (CTMH Artbooking Cartridge) and my Silhouette to cut the crowns and the Sophie font.  All products are by CTMH, except the 2 foil papers I used on the crowns -- they are DCWV.
I haven't made a layout for a long time, so it was fun to take some pictures and make this one.  Sophie is a great subject to scrapbook about!
Make sure to check out the Cutting Cafe blog on July 21 to see the rest of the projects by the talented design team.  Leave a comment and you may win 3 sets of your choice. Fun!!
(All pictures used with permission)
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Fantasy Stampers -- Animal Magic
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- July Linky Party
Fussy and Fancy Challenge blog -- All About Gilrs