Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mid-challenge Inspiration for DigiStamps4Joy

Hello, and happy Wednesday, everyone! It is finally beginning to feel like Spring here in NW WI.  All but the largest of snow banks have melted, and the ice is off the small lake across the road from where I live.  The large lakes will remain iced over for another week or so, making for excellent springtime birding close to home!
The current challenge at DigiStamps4Joy is Easter/Spring.  Since we're past Easter, I went with a springtime theme, making this sweet card:
 My very first pet ever was a rabbit named Sniffer.  I got him for Easter when I was 7, and had him for 7 years.  This card brings back many sweet memories of my dear childhood friend.
The name of the digi is "Hello Bunny" (jl124)

I colored the image with Copic markers, used designer papers by Pebbles Papers, I used a Spellbinders label die and a Cheery Lynn butterfly die. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company. The bling is from my stash.
I hope you enter your spring/Easter projects in the DigiStamps4Joy challenge.  I'd love to see what you've made!
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
The Cheerful Stamp Pad -- use 3 different papers
Crafting from the Heart -- anything goes
Crafty Bloggers Network -- diecut or embossing
Cutie Pie Challenge -- Cute Easter Bunnies or anything but a card
Digi Sketch Challenge -- sketch or flowers
Markerpop -- ATG
Scrapbook Stamp Society -- ATG/optional to use yellow
Stamp and Create -- Spring Flowers
The Crazy Challenge Blog -- Spring is Here
Incy Wincy Design Challenge -- Furry Friends

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Jack!

Yea! I made it through Easter! All those rehearsals and church services are finally over -- just in time to go back to work -- the life of a church organist that works full-time, LOL.
My best friend's Golden Retriever, Jack, turns 1 today.  I won't have a chance to celebrate the event until next week because we live 3 hours apart, but I did make a little something to honor the event.
This week, at The Cutting Cafe, the design team had 3 choice of files to work with:




I chose the Alphabetic Window Card Tops.  Using the set, and the Fun with Blocks cutting file, I made this gift for Jack and my BFF, Sheri:
Here's one side of the blocks:
Here's the side celebrating Jack and his birthday:
another side of the blocks:
the fourth side:
and, in honor of her other Golden Retriever:

These blocks are so fun to make and use for home decor pieces.  I've had these sitting on a 1/2 wall near our kitchen and my husband and I are often re-arranging them, just for kicks.
The dog beside a couple of the pictures was carved by a woman who's husband was in our nursing home for awhile.  She made many carved ornaments and gave them to the staff at Christmas.  I leave this cute dog out year-round.
Papers for this project are by BoBunny.  The heart paw print and the bone were found at the Silhouette Online Store.
Here's to many happy years for Jack.  These will be delivered next week when we get together for "Girl's Week."
Make sure you visit the Cutting Cafe blog on Thursday to see the other inspiration from this talented design team.  Leave a comment and you can win 3 sets of your choice from The Cutting Cafe. Yea!
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:

Crafty bloggers Network -- diecut or embossing
Cutie Pie Challenge -- Anything but a Card
Unstampabelles -- incorporate animal or bird (pawprint)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Just Hoppin' By!

Here we are, just a couple days away from Easter! I'm hoppin' by with a quick post today, as I flit between work and church, leading Good Friday services, Easter egg hunts, more Good Friday services (I play organ for 3 today), and have several rehearsals with musicians for Easter Sunday.
I'm posting today on the Pinque Peacock blog, with this cheerful Easter card.

This bunny is a cutting file from My Scrap Chick.  It's part of the Bunny Box Trio Set.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company. It's part of an Itty Bitty stamp set called, "Hunny Bunny."
But, what REALLY makes this card special?  It's that Pinque Peacock Elegant Floral that really makes this card pop!  Get yours HERE at the Pinque Peacock store.
Because it's Friday, and it's Friends With Flair, I'm linking this card up on the Unity blog.  
Happy Easter, everyone! Or should that be Hoppy Easter?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's Almost Easter!

Hello, and happy Thursday, crafty friends.  I'm posting today on the 3 Girl JAM blog.
Easter is just around the corner! We're having an Easter egg hunt at the nursing home where I work tomorrow.  A couple of young children are coming in to help with it, and I wanted to make some cute treat boxes for them, filled with some chocolatey goodness, of course!  And ANYTHING is cuter, decorated with 3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon! 
This bunny belly box is a file from My Scrap Chick. It's from the "Trio of Bunnies" set. And what bunny doesn't need a little hair bow to really dress it up?  This one has some 3 Girl JAM Ribbon Candy Green ribbon from the Ribbon Candy Bundle.
Need some of this glorious Ribbon Candy Bundle for yourself?  Or some other special Easter treat from 3 Girl JAM? Use coupon code JO10 to get 10% off of your order.  Go ahead! Treat yourself!
We're just over 1/2 way through with our "All Things Spring" challenge on the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog.  Use the linky below, or link up on the challenge blog.  I'd LOVE to see your creations!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rain Boots... for My Scrap Chick

Hello, crafty friends.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'm posting today for My Scrap Chick. I decided to take a break from Easter projects and make a Spring-themed card.

How's that for cute?  The frog/rainboot/umbrella image comes from the My Scrap Chick set, "Rainy Day Kids".
All the papers from the card are from Close To My Heart.  They retired several years ago, but I've been hoarding that cloud paper.  The sentiment is a stamp by Great Impressions Stamps.  The bling is from my stash.   
I hope you enjoyed today's card.  I had a great time making it!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Cards -- for SVG Attic

Today is my first official post for SVG Attic, and I'm very excited to be on their design team. I discovered their files in January, bought a bunch of them in February, only to discover the owner was closing the store. Lucky for me, and everyone else who loves the files, the store was purchased by Mike & Kenzie Daley, owners of Snapdragon Snippets. And, even luckier for me, they decided to have a design team and offered me a position.  So, HERE I GO!
As you may know, I work as the activity director at the local nursing home.  I try to make as many cards as I can for each holiday and hand them out to the residents there.  I used the SVG Attic Easter Elements kit on all 3 of these cards:

Everything in this Easter Elements kit went together very quickly.  Before I knew it, I had three images cut out and cards assembled.  I stamped some appropriate sentiments, added some ribbon, and they were done and ready for the Easter holiday. 
Check out the wonderful variety of cutting files at SVG Attic!  I can't wait to start my next project!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A really LARGE gift box -- for The Cutting Cafe

Hello, and happy Monday, crafty friends.  It's Holy Week.  A week, for me, as church organist, of many rehearsals and many church services. Plus, we have some special Easter activities planned at the nursing home.  So, it's a busy week coming up.
This week, at The Cutting Cafe, Regina gave us two choices of files to work with.  Our choices were: the configuration box template & cutting file or the large gift box template & cutting file. I chose to work with the large gift box.
 And, it IS large! It uses 2 12x12 pieces of cardstock for the lid, and and another 2 pieces for the box. Designer paper is by My Mind's Eye.
I also used the Cutting Cafe file "Loopy Loop Bow - Flower".  The tag pictured in this close up is part of the Large Box File. The "for you" sentiment was stamped on the tag.

The brad on the Loopy Loop bow is by BoBunny.  The ribbon is from Close To My Heart.  The twine is "naturally white" twine by Timeless Twine.
What's more fun than a homemade gift in a handmade box?  I LOVE this cutting file!
Don't forget to visit The Cutting Cafe blog Thursday to see the rest of the inspiration from this talented design team.  Leave a comment and you could  win a chance for 3 sets of your own from The Cutting Cafe.