Saturday, July 4, 2015

New challenge blog in town

There is a new challenge blog in town:
****Mark your calendar and set your alarms****
Friday, July 10th 
6am eastern
The very 1st CAS-ual Chic challenge!

Remember...while this challenge is presented by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps,
and we will be featuring CFS stamps and Fri-Dies in our inspiration projects,
YOU can use ANY products you want!
and you can play as often as you like!

***We need help spreading the word about this great new challenge***
 that is devoted to Utterly Adorable Layers.
Let's have some fun, shall we?
I'm going to give a prize
to one randomly chosen lucky duck from
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

In your next blog or gallery post...
mention our brand new CAS-ual Chic Challenge
with our first challenge date, Friday July 10th, 6am eastern
and provide a link to us.
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HIMCR #206 - Red White & Blue With a Twist

HIMCR #206 - Red, White, & Blue with a Twist! (July 4th)
Make it Christmas in July!

The sponsor is Scrapper's Delights!

The giveaway is 3 images from Scrapper's Delights!

Red and white paper is from Craft Smith. I colored my image using red and blue colored pencils, added the sentiment and stamped some snowflakes. I used blue and white beads and blue sequins in my shaker element.
I also added some navy rick rack and white snowflakes.


Friday, July 3, 2015

New Adventure

Normally you couldn't get me on an airplane without knocking me out for the duration of the flight but on July 31 I will be boarding a plane heading to visit and help my BFF Renee from Plum Purdy. Renee is a very talented tole painter, designing all of her own items from the wood cutouts to the pattern books.

Renee and I met in Jr. High (does anyone else remember Jr. High instead of, "middle school"?) and we have managed to keep in touch through all of the years, too many years to count. She is always my oldest and dearest friend and she has always been there for me, waiting outside the hospital while my first born was on his way and sending flowers when I lost my kidney a few years back and now it's my turn to be there for her. After many, many years of me in MI and her in SC, we had a great reunion this past February while she was at a decorative painting convention in Vegas.

As in any crafting medium, conventions are very important for getting new and keeping old customers. Renee's usual helper had to back out leaving Renee kind of hanging. I just couldn't keep my mouth shut, just HAD to open it and say that I would love to give her a hand so my ticket has been bought, I am going through my sparse wardrobe and choosing luggage from what we have on hand, I'm even thinking about making a top or two to take along.

After flying into Charlotte, NC Renee will be picking me up then we'll go to her house in SC for a few days to pack up the cargo van and on 8-3 we will get into the van and head off to Columbus, OH for the (HOOT) Heart of Ohio Tole Convention.

I don't know a darned thing about Tole painting but I hope to return home with lots of new knowledge in this old head of mine. I'll turn 60 while on my trip, who better to celebrate with than my old friend? This will be our first road trip ever together, I wonder what adventures we'll find along our way, we had a lot of them as teens in the 70's.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Craft Room - Double Click Skittles #25

This is a fun challenge, show us your craft room. Here is mine, this is about as neat and clear as it ever gets:

Computer area, my punches are in the large bin behind the trash can. There are office products in the container under the monitor and programs, picture discs, eBosser folders and some bigger dies in the storage container under the eBosser.

Daddy's portorit on the wall, the sweater over the chair is the one he is wearing in the portorit. You can also see the eBosser, Imagine and Cricut.

Imagine and Cricut Expression on the table, paper bins underneeth. The black bag holds my quilling supplies.

Backwards bar that holds my Cricut cartridges, some stamps and inks in the wooden boxes, craft magazines, Cuttlebug items, Modpodge and rolls of vinyl tucked underneeth. Small table with items I use when sitting out of the deck.

My telescope and china cabinet with a few of my lighthouses sitting on top.

Filing cabinet which contains some persoanl papers and crafting items. Table with My Story, Cinch, paper trimmers, more Cuttlebug items and more storage bins which contain various items, stamps, special paper collections, ribbons and there are more items behind the bins.

I am entering this challenge:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

HIMCR #205 - Any Holiday

HIMCR #205 - Any Holiday!

The sponsor is Hiding in My Craft Room!

The giveaway is a Cricut Robot Party Cartridge!


I made another Halloween card because I wanted to use these stamps from and all of the papers were in my scrap pile. I am doing my best to use up all that I can from that scrap pile before cutting up more papers/cardstock.
I started with the background, stamping the pumpkin image on with StazOn black ink. Then I added the card base, stamped the sentiment and layered it onto a scrap of black glitter cardstock and foam pads. I finished off with a piece of black/white twine.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

HIMCR #204 - Love is in the Air

HIMCR #204 - LOVE is in the Air!

The sponsor is The Paper Shelter!

The giveaway is a $15 gift certificate to The Paper Shelter!
Yes, love IS in the air my longtime feller and I will be getting hitched this summer and I thought that this image would be prefect for the cover of our mini wedding album. I made a card this time but it just may be used again for our album.
I definitely need someone to push my reset button, I just can't seem to get away from using blue, blue and more blue. All of my papers are scraps again but that darned pile doesn't seem to be getting smaller yet.
I printed and colored the image, backed it with a piece of light blue trimmed with the wavy blade for my Your Story trimmer. The card base was already scored and folded, just the right size for this project. I added a blue butterfly from my stash, a few sequins and Imaginisce jewels, a piece of twine, chomped my corners and the card is ready for whatever I decided to use it for. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I won and more!!!

A couple weeks ago I participated in a challenge over at Golden Goddess Designs and I won. My prize arrived yesterday and I was so surprised at the wonderful extras Alicia had added to the package, she even sent me some earrings that she made, I am planning of wearing them for my wedding.

Here is my prize package:

I hope that you can see the beautiful earrings in front of the spool of twine, they are suns and have beautiful amber stones. Alicia made sure to send a pair that I won't have any allergic reaction to, thank you again Alicia. The wedding stickers and foam stickers in are also extras and Alicia included a very nice card thanking me for my participation in her challenge.
I have been also been busy with making myself a new top in my fav color for the wedding:
Nothing fancy, just a new top in my fav color that is cool enough to wear in the Arizona heat, it is 97 right now, too hot to be going outside. I haven't done much sewing for the past several eons, it was kind of nice to be sitting at my machines again. You notice that I said, "kind of" I used to LOVE sewing and would spend hours sitting at my machine, now it's ok but no longer a passion. I really SHOULD sew up some of the fabric I have, I do need some new clothes.

I also designed and made some wedding announcements that I can mail to family and friends after we tie the knot, all I have left to do on them is print the insides and add the ribbon.
Next on my agenda is to see if I can make a decent paper bouquet to carry down the aisle or at least hold onto, I don't know if there will be an actual aisle or what yet.



Saturday, June 13, 2015

HIMCR #203 - Super Scraps Saturday

HIMCR #203 - Super Scraps Saturday!

The sponsor is A Day for Daisies!

The giveaway is a $12 gift certificate to A Day for Daisies!

I really haven't had much of a chance to use blue in my crafting until recently and now I seem to be on a roll with it. It is my favorite color so someone might have to come by and push my, "reset" button to get me to use a different color.

Every piece of paper I used is a scrap but my scrap pile isn't any smaller.

I didn't color the butterfly but I did change the outline color to blue then I added some blue pearls from my stash. I used a Spellbinder's die to cut the image out and backed it with a scrap of blue (flip side of the outside paper). I added a few sequins and adhered it with foam pads.
The sentiment is from my stamp stash, I wanted to use blue ink on it but the brand I have wouldn't dry on the vellum so I used my black StazOn ink.
After chomping the corners I added some blue Imaginisce jewels.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HIMCR #202 - Summer Colors

HIMCR #202 - Summer Colors! (June 6th)
The sponsor is Sami Stamps!

The giveaway is a $12 Gift Certificate to Sami Stamps!

In my mind nothing can beat the clear blue summer skies especially here in Arizona where the skies are totally clear, we can go for days without seeing a single cloud.
I thought this bubble fairy was really cute and blue fairies are the best. I printed her then colored her with colored pencils and added some Accent Essentials to the bubble, "highlight" areas and to her wings then I sprinkled some blue glitter on her wings. I also added some blue and white stickles to fill in some of the area between the bubbles. Here is a bit closer look at the shaker that I filled with blue and white beads plus a few blue and silver sequins.

 After making the shaker element I cut a piece of watercolor paper to fit my pre-made card base. I colored the paper with my eBrush then used a damp paint brush to spread the color around then I added some circles using a stamp from My Creative Time with blue ink.
After wrapping a ribbon around the folded edge I added a crystal flower and some silver sequins.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Simon Says Masculine Challenge

I've had a little free time this week so I decided to enter the Simon Says Make it Masculine Challenge This is my first Simon Says Challenge.

I decided to go with a file from SVG Attic that I have had for quiet a while but never played with before, named, "All At Sea" I had chosen the file for the lighthouse on it.

Most of the papers are from the June 2014 SEI Scrapbook Kit, the sun's top layer and the anchor are cut with scraps of glitter paper and the boat was cut with scraps of Kraft and white papers.

I went with a stamped sentiment rather than the SVG cut designed for the card. The sentiment is from Simon Says, "Friendly Flowers" stamp set.

Entering into this challenge: