Friday, May 18, 2018

Hello Beautiful

My last progressive challenge for this month before we go.The Outlawz progressive challenge features an adorable perfume bottle created by Sandi's Samples.


The card was pretty easy. I used a lot of pastel colors, colored with Spectrum Noir pastel markers. I fussy cut the perfume bottle. The sentiment is from MFT Essential Sentiments. The tag is a die cut from Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banner dies. I added some Doodle Twine to the top of the tag. I am entering these challenges:

This morning I finished all the vases for the centerpieces so I am doing a happy dance. This time next week I will be arranging flowers for the rehearsal dinner. Oh my! I am hoping to get time this afternoon to do a quick thank you card as I need one to take along to Boston. The twins are coming for dinner tonight and stay overnight with us. Tomorrow is our garage sale and then we'll be packing to go. I already have piles of stuff to load in the car but there will be more. LOL! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by. 

Donna

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Not Alone

I needed a quick sympathy card to send before we leave for Boston so I took a little time this afternoon to put this together. I used the MFT Sketch as inspiration.


The flower is from AlteNew Beautiful Lady colored with Prismacolor Pencils and mineral spirits. It's die cut with the coordinating die. The sentiment is from a retired Gina K stamp set called Comfort and Peace. It's a pretty simple design. I am entering these challenges:
That's it for me tonight. I am down to 8 centerpieces to go. Tomorrow and Friday I am going to concentrate on those. I do keep crossing things off my list but the list just keeps getting longer. LOL! How does that happen? Thanks for stopping by.

Donna


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Quackers for You with the Dueling Darlings

We are back to the 15th of the month again and that means it's Dueling Darlings time! This month Paola and Heather were our hostesses. Paola sent this wonderful kit that included:

  • Stamp : Spring Chick - by Cornish Heritage Farms
  • Stamped on Staples 110lbs cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black 
  • DP : from Costco 
  • Memory Box Die cut: Puffy Clouds
  • Ribbons all from Stamping Up
  • Assorted accessories from my stash
And our theme this month is A Spring Tweet. Paola wrote: Spring has been a long time coming! It feels like the snow is lingering and the weather just refuses to warm up! Our feathered friends often bring those first signs of spring, so we're ready to encourage them along this month!  Here's what I came up with using the fabulous kit.


I used two of the four designer papers. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. I used all but 1 of the puffy cloud die cuts and inked them with Salty Ocean distress oxide ink. I cut one of the sentiments out by tracing the cloud die and then fussy cut that one cloud. And to finish off I used the flower and twine included with the kit. Thank you Paola for the wonderful kit and the fun in making this card! Please visit the other Dueling Darlings to see how they used the kit. Links are on the right.
I am entering these challenges:
Our spring really did start off slowly. We had snow into April which is very unusual for us. But the past few days have been sweltering here. Today we had 95 degrees. Yesterday was above 90 too. I think we went from winter to summer and skipped the spring. I have one more card to make and then I will be taking a break from my blog for a couple of weeks. My son;s wedding is May 26th and we'll be helping our youngest son move into his new house May 31st and June 1st. June 2nd we'll start the trek back home again so it will be June before I can get back to crafting. I'll be back at least one more time this week! Hugs to all!

Donna




Monday, May 7, 2018

Exhausted Pigeon

The week is off to a good start but there is lots to do this week. This will be a very quick post. The image I am using is for the Limited Runs Progressive challenge.


I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. You can get the image free at the link and join in the challenge and then get next month's free. The sentiment is from Create with TLC. I use two dies from MFT: the Stitched Circles dies and the Pierced Fishtail Flags die. I created the background using Peacock Feathers distress ink and created circles for a bokeh affect. I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me tonight. I have not forgotten that I promised to post the wedding favors. Coming very soon. Take care!

Donna

Friday, May 4, 2018

Super Birthday!

Almost the weekend and I'm sorry that I've been MIA for a while. That might get worse before it gets better as I am trying to finish up for the wedding in 3 weeks. I did finish the wedding favors this week. I'll post those soon. But today I got a short time to play with a card for a change.


This is a card for the My Favorite Things Sketch challenge. The stamp set is called You're Super. I juts love the images and sentiments with this set. I used Distress Oxide ink to create the background: Broken China, Seedless Preserves, and Soot Black. After I created the background I stamped the cityscape in Memento Black ink. The background was die cut with MFT Stitched Circles. The banner in the background is MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags and I die cut a really shiny silver paper to match the silver metallic on the image suit. The sentiment is also die cut with MFT Fishtail Flags and inked with Broken China and Back Soot Distress Oxide inks. The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and a blue and silver metallic markers. I die cut the image with coordinating dies. I like how this card turned out.

I am entering these challenges:
The weekend is back and the weeks are going so fast. Tomorrow we have the twins all day and Sunday I hope to get a start on the centerpieces for the wedding. I hope your weekend is crafty and relaxing. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Oh Deer!

Happy Wednesday! The week is flying by. My cold or allergies or whatever this is is keeping me home. I was afraid I might pass something on to the twins or the other kids at Head Start today so I didn't go in. I really missed that. That is often the highlight of my week. But I did get a card done. And believe it or not, it's a Christmas card.

That cute image is from Dasher and Dancer stamp set from Beccy's Place. I just love the expression on the deer's face. The sentiment fits perfectly from the same set. I used the Sketch Saturday sketch for inspiration. I tore the edges of the plaid paper and punched the snowflakes. The image was colored with Spectrum Noir makers and die cut with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Rectangles. The sentiment was die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags and then inked with Barn Door distress ink. I used Glossy Accents on the bells around the deer's neck.
I am entering these challenges:
I think I am heading for bed early tonight. I keep hoping that if I get more sleep this will go away. Thanks for stopping by today and come back and visit again soon. Have a wonderful Thursday!

Donna


Monday, April 23, 2018

Dimensional Sunflower

Happy Monday to you all! Another week is on its way and I've either come down with a cold or allergies. My nose is turning red and sore from all this blowing. But I got inky this afternoon and evening and had some fun with some new goodies. I won a Prizm from Scrapbook and Cards Today and Spellbinders.  Not only did they send me the Prizm but they also sent several dimensional flower dies and the Tool 'n One. So I had some time this afternoon to break out the goodies and have some fun.

I was very impressed with the Prizm and will be using it on the go. Very light weight and easy to use. You can't use bigger dies in it; the biggest die it would cut would be 2.5 inches. But it die cut everything on this card. The flower is Create a Sunflower by Spellbinders. I die cut 10 of each size of petal, 4 leaves, 4 bases and one center. I inked all the petals with Fossilized Amber distress ink and inked the leaves with Iced Spruce. I curled each of the petals and then added them to the bases, and finally stacked the bases together and added the center. The flower is gorgeous! I added the leaves to the flower and then also added more leaves from Spellbinders Foliage die set. The background is inked with Distress Oxide inks: Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments and die cut with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I hope you like this as much as I do! Thank you Spellbinders and Scrapbook and Cards Today for my new goodies.

Although I'd love to try out the other flowers, I have to get back to wedding stuff. We are almost 1 month away from the big day and I still have 12 centerpieces to do as well as finish up 64 tags to go with the favors for the rehearsal dinner. Sooo,,, high-ho, high-ho, it's back to work I go. LOL! I am entering these challenges with tonight's card.

That's it for me tonight. I want to get rid of this cold or whatever so I can go play with the twins on Wednesday. They shared so much sickness with me this year. I really don't want them to catch anything from me. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Donna

Friday, April 20, 2018

May All Your Wishes Come True

Happy Friday evening. Unexpectedly I was able to finish one more card this week. I don't think you will see me over the weekend but possibly Sunday night. Just depends on how things go. I was playing with Distress Oxide inks again and came up with a background that I used on my card today.


The oxide inks I used were Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Lucky Clover. I didn't like the background at first but I'm liking it better with the rest of the card. The image is Bugaboo Stamps's Teacup Flowers 1. Those flowers look red in the photo but they really are orange. The plaid paper is from my scrap box and the card base and layering are black card stock. I used these dies: MFT Stitched Circles and Spellbinder's Heart Circles. The sentiment is from MFT Birthday Bears stamp set. I am entering these challenges:

The weekend is upon us. Tomorrow we'll be heading for our other property to return on Sunday. No twins this weekend; so sad but we'll see them next week. I hope your weekend is wonderfully crafty , fun and relaxing. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna

Thursday, April 19, 2018

We Have a Birthday

Welcome to you all! I spent my morning doing errands today. Had quite a few stops before I was able to come home and play a bit this afternoon. And I am happy with the results.


This is one of the stamp sets that I recently got from My Favorite Things. It's called Space Explorer. Both the image and sentiment are from the set. I colored the image with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. I fussy cut the image because I haven't bought the coordinating dies yet. I added some green Stickles to the front of his space suit and doodled some dots with a white gel pen on the suit and stars. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and die cut it with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. The background is distress oxide ink of Broken China, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot. I sprayed it with water and although you can't see it in the photo, there are tiny white spots that really looks like far away stars. I hated to cover up the fun background.To finish off, I added some self-adhesive glitter stars for dimension. My little space man is also popped up from the card with foam tape. I really like this one! I am entering these challenges:

Tom is taking tomorrow off work so we are going to work on reconstructing a retaining wall for the garden. So I probably won't get much crafting time tomorrow. But you never know. Thanks for stopping by and come visit again soon. Hugs to you all!

Donna

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gnome Place Like Home

How did it get to be Wednesday already? The bad news is that time is flying but the good news is that my meeting got cancelled for tomorrow and now I have two days that I can get some things done. I am hoping I get some craft time Thursday and Friday. Yippee! But my hubby said today he may take Friday off so that might make a difference. The card I finished tonight is for another progressive challenge.

The image is a merged image. I used a Dearie Dolls Mushroom Cottage with this month's progressive image from Gerda Steiner called Gnome Couple. The card came together pretty easy. I am still playing with distress oxide inks and tried another one of Jennifer McGuire's tricks for making easy rainbows with distress oxides. After inking the card stock I sprayed the MFT Sun Ray stencil with water and held it to the card stock for a couple minutes. The water leaves the design of the stencil. Pretty cool. I colored the image with American Craft and Spectrum Noir markers and die cut it with MFT Inside and Out Stitched rounded Squares. To finish it off I used a computer generated sentiment: "There's Gnome place like Home". My youngest son and his wife are looking for their first house so I thought when they moved I would be able to send this card. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for inspiration.
Since the sketch had an embellishment in the top right corner of the rectangle I put the sun circle right there. I am entering these challenges:
I hope to be back tomorrow with another card after I get some shopping and housework done. Always have that to do. Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a wonderful week!

Donna


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Purr-fect Day

Happy Tuesday! I haven't had much crafting time lately but I managed to get this card put together tonight. I made the background a while ago with distress oxide inks and MFT Chunky Herringbone stencil. I turned the stencil to get the background. I was hoping for a mixing of the colors but it didn't really work like that on this one. Not my usual color choices but I think it turned out okay.


The image is from Sheep Ski Design called Virgo Cat and is the progressive image this month at The Outlawz.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. The sentiment is from Crafty Cat (no longer able to find her on the web). The banners and background paper is scraps from my scrap box/
I am entering these challenges:

I keep hoping that something will shake loose and I'll have more time to craft but with the wedding closing in on us my time will just be sucked up doing other things. I'll get back here as often as I can. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Donna

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It's Dueling Darlings Day!

I can hardly believe that half of April has disappeared already. It's been a busy week as you can see by how much I've posted this week. Not much crafting going on here right now. But today is our Dueling Darlings post day. This month our kits were provided by Barb and Tracie, and they chose the theme of April Showers. Since we've been without Internet this weekend my card is getting posted a bit late.
Tracie sent these things in the kit:
Whipper Snapper "Sophie" image
Papers from Photoplay "Spring in the Garden" and Doodbug "Anchors Aweigh"
Sentiments from Two Paper Divas "rain or Shine" set
Green umbrella die cut from Memory Box
Yellow ribbon and miscellaneous gem embellishments

So I colored the image with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. I used several of the patterned papers and one of the sentiments. I used these die cuts: Impression Obsession Rectangle Tags 2 (sentiment), MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags, MFT Blueprints 13 (umbrella paper for stitched background), and Spellbinder's Lacey Ovals. To finish it off I used three of the fun embellishments that Tracie sent. Thanks Tracie, for such a fun kit!
I have to go get ready for the twins to arrive. Can't wait to see them. Please check out the other Dueling Darlings fun take on the kits. Links on the side panel. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Donna

Monday, April 9, 2018

Furever Friends

It's the start of the new week and already it's been a busy one! Hope your week is off to a good start! This afternoon I got to play some more with my new Distress Oxide inks. And after watching another video from Jennifer McGuire I came up with a couple of backgrounds. Si I used one for a card this evening.

I created the background using MFT Star Grid stencil. I fist inked it with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and then rotated the same stencil and inked with Picked Raspberry Distress oxide ink. It left this really neat pattern (almost mesmerizing if you look at it long enough). I die it with MFT Stitched Basic Edges 1. All the stamping was done with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The kitties were stamped on kraft card stock and then I stamped paw prints as a border around the top of the card. The kitties and the sentiment are from the Furever Friends set from MFT. I also used the coordinating dies. The sentiment is heat embossed with Winter Wonderland embossing powder and then die cut from MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I am entering these challenges:

We had quite the shock this morning when we woke up. I had no idea that it was going to snow but Mother Nature left us a little present.
This was the winter wonderland that we saw this morning. Most of it was gone by noon although it stayed pretty chilly all day. By Wednesday they are predicting a high of 73. Nothing like yo-yo weather. And I promised some pictures of the twins last week. We took some new pictures on Saturday while they were visiting. 

Valerie is holding her favorite little bear and Arthur is just being Arthur - inot everything. And he has gotten really fast. You can't turn your back on him or he disappears. And his usual smile is in place. 
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a lovely week!

Donna



Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sending Lots of Love

One more quick card for today! I was playing with a new stamp set and Distressed Oxide inks that I just recieved from AlteNew. This set is called Heart Flowers.


This started out as a one layer card but I made a mistake when stamping the Sending Lots of partand had to cover it up. That part of the sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder and die cut with MFT Essential Sentiment Strips. The leaves were stamped with Mowed Lawn ink but I use first generation stamping for the veins and second generation stamping for the leaves.  I'm happy with this first try. I'll be playing with this one some more. I am entering these challenges:

Thank you for stopping by once again. Hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

Donna

Deviled Eggs

Very unusual for me to get a chance to craft on the weekend. But I got another card in today. This one is a little unusual for me but I was trying to use the chicken image from Limited Runs and found this sentiment that I thought was quirky so I went with it.


I colored the chicken with Spectrum Noir markers and the eggs with American Craft markers. I created the background for the chicken with distress ink and then die cut the image with MFT Stitched Squares. I backed the image with Spellbinder's Lacy Squares. The sentiment is from Hudson Holidays and punched with ek Success label punch. I inked the sentiment with Distress Oxide inks. The flourish is MFT Fancy Flourish. The background plaid is from my stash. I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me today. Although I may get a bit more crafty time this evening. We'll see. Thanks for stopping by . I got some new pictures of the twins yesterday while they were visiting. I'll have to get them up so you can check out how much they've grown. Hopefully next post. Have a wonderful new week!

Donna
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