Wednesday, April 1, 2020

It's A Good Day - 2 CCC

It's a good day today..........One reason being is that it's time again for another challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  It's always an Anything Goes challenge and all you have to do is have some type of critter on your card or project.  Come on over and enter for a chance to win!

We're being sponsored this month by Digi Doodle Studio's who has some wonderful the one I used for my card today.  Loving these little hedgies and yes, it's a good day to be happy because it's a birthday for someone.  I colored the image with Copics, used some black glaze on the hedgies noses, added a clear gem to the center of the bow, and added a little embroidery floss.  The white background with the dots was done with a stencil and some Nuvo Glimmer Glaze....shiny stuff!

Thanks for stopping by......and check out 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and enter.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Giraffe

Something a little different from me today.  I finally broke down and bought several Blue Knight stamps the other day.  Love them!!!  I kept seeing so many pretty cards with them so just had to jump in and get my feet wet too.  I love this one with the tree and giraffe.  It also comes with a pretty sentiment but since I was going to use it for a guys birthday card, I added a very old one from Simon Says Stamp instead.   I blended several of the oxide inks for the background and then stamped over that with a stencil with a walnut brown oxide .  I thought it gave the background sort of a giraffe-y look.

That's it folks.......a quick card.

Thanks for stopping by........

Friday, March 27, 2020

Fun Friday - Pumping Iron (Sorta)

Ok, so some of us are in self isolation, self quarantine, sheltered in place, staying at home, or on house arrest (yikes - not really I hope).  Anyway, it's Friday and most people need a little fun in their life today I think.

I've been staying at home/self isolation/banned from leaving the house by the kids......and I decided that instead of just sitting around all day long, we needed to do a little exercise.  (Quit laughing)!  Anyway, the oldest granddaughter who is in college is now back home for online classes due to the university shutting down.  The granddaughter who is in the 7th grade is also at home for online classes due to her school shutting down.  And last but not least, my daughter, who is a principal, is also doing the online deal making sure all the teachers do whatever they're suppose to be doing of online stuff going on here as you can see)

I think the two granddaughters have a daily contest to see who can sleep the longest and I determined that needed to stop and we all needed to get moving up here.  Ok, so the youngest gets out the computer and puts it on some online exercise class.  What a frigging joke this is!!!!!  The instructor or whoever she is looks like she weighs about 90 pounds soaking wet - and can bend anything on her body. They really should have normal people doing this type of thing. 

Ok - we all line up.  The two girls in the front, my daughter, and then the two dogs and I dragging up the rear.  We start doing all these fun little kicks and jumps and I'm actually doing fairly good (for an elderly person).  And then...........she says everyone has to get down on the floor and do a couple of pushups.  HA!  I get down on the floor, the dogs think this is best time ever and start licking me all over, I almost get one push up done, and then she says lets all get up again and do some jumping jacks.  Oh PLEASE!  I just got down on the floor.  So the two granddaughters and my daughter finally get me up back into a standing position.  I'm so tired now I can't even move - so I head to the couch and watch them sweat.  SO MUCH EASIER!!!  I've told them all they can now sleep as late as they want around here!

Thanks for stopping by...........and have a laid back weekend!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Oh my goodness!  It's been way too long since I even attempted one of the watercolor images from Art Impressions.  I love looking at them and even have several of the stamp sets - however, have I been using them.......of course not!  I DO need a lot more practice though!

Times are changing and so I think maybe I'll start trying to change a little too.  You'll see still my usual type cards (can probably pick them out of a line-up pretty easy) but ever so often I'll be trying to toss something else in the mix.

Also, big decision here to quit watching the news so much.  So many are idiots and like Darnell always is short!  It really is -  and damn, it's getting shorter every day!  LOL!  So, I'm determined to be happy for whatever is left of this old life.  I'm not sticking my head in the sand - too much.

Everyone stay safe AND healthy!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A Bit of Rain - And A Tiny Frog

A very quick card using an image from StarStampz who is the sponsor of our new challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies!!!  It's an Anything Goes challenge as always and we'd love for you to play along for a chance to win. 

StarStampz provided the DT with images to use and they have so many cute ones to choose from.  My card is SUPER simple - a little coloring, adding a couple of clouds, some patterned paper, a frame, and that's it.  Still think it'll be a cute card to send to someone. (Did you spot the tiny frog)?

Stay safe and healthy!

Thanks for stopping by........and come on over and enter Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Shucks and a Howdy Ho

Just a couple of little gals - one saying Howdy and one saying Shucks!  VERY simple but two more cards done that  I probably needed to add to the stash anyway.  Clouds, grass, sentiment, paper piecing, twine, coloring.....done deal.

Update on things.......It's a crazy world out there right now so I'm hoping everyone is staying safe and healthy.  I, for one, have been self isolating /banned from going anywhere by the kids.  I don't need this mess and don't want it either so will do everything I can to keep from catching it. I find it a little hard to concentrate on things at times and probably need to quit watching the news.......but then again, how will we know what's happening if we don't watch the news.  It's not as bad here as it is in a lot of places yet and I'm thankful for that.

It's even hard to see much humor in things like this knowing how serious this crazy virus has been, is, and will get worse.  Stay healthy!

Thanks for stopping by........

Monday, March 16, 2020

Yummy Birthday Cake - Jan's Digis

Time again for another Anything Goes challenge over at Jan's Digital Shop Challenge.  Come on over and join us for your chance to win some of Jan's wonderful images.

I went super duper clean and simple on this one today.  I even used the colored version.   I can smell that vanilla icing all the way down here in Texas.  Absolutely the only thing I did to this card was add the ribbon and sentiment (that's part of the set for this image), add some pink rhinestones on the cake plate, and then mount it on some blue card stock.  It was quick and easy - yes - BUT will make a great birthday card too!

I loved the cake plate with this image.  My mother was a teacher and then librarian with the school system when I was growing up and she also made wedding cakes on the side and sold them.  I still have her cake plates and they're so pretty.  Oh, and no, I was NOT allowed to help out making them - in fact I was banned from the kitchen and dining room as she cooked and decorated.  I couldn't even run through the house out of fear the cake would "fall".  She'd do all the decorations by hand and then put them in the refrigerator on wax paper - tiny little flowers and leaves, etc.  SOOOO pretty and  tempting to eat.  ( Yep, they were tasty.  I didn't mind very well!)

Thanks for stopping by...and come on over and join in on our challenge!


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Birthday Flowers

I really have needed these flowers to brighten up my life lately.  I've been so far under the weather I wasn't sure (and still aren't sure) if I'd ever pull out of it.  Things are slowly but surely getting a little better though I guess.  Anyway, that's why I haven't been around. 

The flower image is from Studio Katia.  Love the flowers and wish I was looking at the real thing.  Still too early around here to even plant anything and that's sad.  I need to see some flowers!!!  I used my Tri-Blend Spectrum Noir markers to color the flowers and then added a sentiment for this clean and simple card. 

Thanks for stopping by........

Monday, March 9, 2020

Friends Make Life Sweet - PIP Challenge

Hey guys, it's time again for another challenge from Pammie's Inky Pinkies!  It's an Anything Goes challenge once again so be sure and come on over and enter your card or project for a chance to win.  We're being sponsored this time by The Cutting Cafe who also provided us with the digi images to use.

I'm not sure I've ever done any kind of shaped card before but........I used the mason jar image with the top and the label for the front.  I tied some twine around the top and then added pearls.  Yikes!  I can't even remember when the last time I used pearls on anything but it seemed to dress this up a little bit I thought.  I also stamped the sentiment in some blue ink and then added a tiny die cut heart with a pearl in the center.   I was going to bake up some banana bread or something and show that in the photo with this but well, it seems the banana bread got baked but was eaten before I could get the picture.  Such is life!

Thanks for stopping by......and come on over to enter our challenge!


Monday, March 2, 2020

Some Bunny

We have another challenge starting today over at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge.  It's always an Anything Goes challenge which makes it super easy to play along.  You could be a winner to and receive some wonderful images from Jan's shop so be sure and come on over and enter your card or project.
Note:  A couple of changes will with the April challenge next month.  First of all we'll be doing two random for those using one of Jan's digi's and one for everyone else.  We'll also be going to a monthly challenge instead of twice a month.  This will give you a longer time to submit your entry.

I've used one of her new releases called Cottontail.   Isn't that a cute little bunny!  I used the pre-colored version but it also comes in black and white - along with some cool looking and pretty Easter eggs.  Be sure and check out the set of images and I know you'll fall in love with them.  I printed the image and sentiment on some linen type paper, added the little "cotton tail",  and that was about it.  Makes for a cute card though.  The patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn.

Thanks for stopping by ..........

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Hoot Hoot Hooray! - 2 CCC

We have a special treat today over at our 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge!  Our sponsor is Donna Ellis of Creative Smiles!  Donna not only has a wonderful blog, but also did this fabulous image for us to use on our challenge today - featuring the Great Horned Owl.  It comes in the pre-colored version and also black and white - along with a sentiment too!  Thank you Donna for letting us use this fantastic image!

Come on over and play along in our challenge and you could also receive this set of The Great Horned Owl images from Donna.  The challenge is always Anything Goes and all you have to do is have some type of critter on your card or project.

I did something a little different for my hooter card today ---- Distressed.  EEK!  I haven't done that in several years I'm sure but this little guy just called for it somehow.  I used the pre-colored version because Donna had done such a great job of coloring him and I wanted to show that off.  I used some Very Vanilla card stock from Stampin' Up (not sure they even have that anymore) and some patterned papers from CTMH.  I love using the CTMH papers for distressing since it's white core.  This paper is also very old like the SU card stock.  I cut the owl out with a MFT stitched oval and added some distress ink and twine.

Thanks for stopping by..........and come on over and join in on the challenge.



Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Just a Pinch

I don't speak French at all or I'd lay some on you right now since that's what this little chef reminds me of.  I should have put the Eiffel Tower in the background!  I guess I could always look up something in French and throw it out there but I'm afraid y'all know me better than that.  It just wouldn't be believable with someone like me.

Anyway......I love the little chef stamps from MFT and finally broke down and got them when they had a sale the other day.  Also on this card I used a Memory Box bow die that I honestly don't think I've ever used before.  Not sure why since it's pretty cute.

This is my take on the sketch over at Sketch Saturday so I'll enter this in their challenge.

Thanks for stopping by..........

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Just a quick "bee-day" card for today using a set of stamps from My Favorite Things.  Using a stencil I did a little sponging with distress ink, added the hive, bees, and sentiment - and it was a done deal.

Now we just need the weather to warm up a little bit so we can see a couple of bees.

I'll enter this in the challenge at Case this Sketch (sketch),  Pixie's Crafty Workshop (snippets - I used snippets to make all the little bees and the hive too.), and AAA Cards (one corner with twist of older supplies - I used an older stencil that I love)

Thanks for stopping by..........

Monday, February 24, 2020

It's Almost Here - PIP Challenge

It's time again for another Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge - and it's almost time for St. Patrick's Day too!  Come on over and join in on our challenge.   We're being sponsored by Gerda Steiner Designs who has wonderful stamps and images.  It's an Anything Goes challenge so be sure and play along with your card or project.

I'm using this cute image that was provided by Gerda Steiner Designs.  Love the little cat popping up out of the hat for St. Paddy's Day.  I've colored this in Copics and Tri Blend Spectrum Noir markers, added two different green patterned papers, and a bit of twine.

Thanks for stopping by........

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Is It Summer Yet?

It's not summer yet  - and hey, it's not ever springtime yet.........However, this little gal is all ready to hit the beach (and I wish I was hitting it with her)!  It's really not too early to be thinking of summer I don't guess.  My daughter, the princess (granddaughter), and I went shopping the other day in about 34 degree weather and came home with 2 bathing suits for the princess.  Something is just wrong about putting bathing suits out in the stores when it's this cold.  Oh well..........The princess loves the swimsuits (and they'll probably be too small by the time summer gets here)!!!

I went shopping at the All Dressed Up store the other day and this was one of the images I got.  Love that image and thought it'd make some cute summertime birthday cards!  Very simple card, but just my style.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and it's colored with Copics.

I'll enter this in the All Dressed Up Challenge - anything goes using an All Dressed Up image and the AAA Birthday Card Challenge (Cute).

Thanks for stopping by.........

Monday, February 17, 2020

Loving the Lettering!

It's time again for another Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps.  Be sure and come over and enter your Anything Goes project or card for a chance to win a wonderful prize from Jan's shop.

These are new to the shop and I fell head over heels in love with them!  The granddaughters are always coming in wanting a birthday card so I just hand them the box and they start digging.  They're at the age (or something) where they don't want the critters on them so much.  They're liking cards like the above.  Simple, yet gives a punch too.  So after receiving these images I proceeded to make a bunch of birthday and thank you cards.  Jan also has the word Baby image blocked out in her shop too.  I love them all!

For these cards I printed out the image twice and them popped up some of the letters with dimensional tape.  Cut them out with a MFT die and then mounted on patterned paper.  For the "thank you" card I also added a little die cut flower and a clear crystal for the center.

Check out Jan's Shop for all the wonderful images and be sure and enter our Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by...........

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy V Day

Happy Valentine's Day!  This is the last of the litter on the Valentine's for this year.  Hope you have a beautiful day.

Another short post but I used a die from Sugar Pea for the hearts (cut in half) and then I'm thinking it was either a Sugar Pea or Simon Says stamp love die.  This is done on a linen type card stock.  Quick, easy, but gets the "love" job done I think.

I'll enter this at Cute Card Thursday (CAS) and Pixie's Crafty Workshop (snippets).

Thanks for stopping by..........and have a great weekend.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Alcohol Ink Valentine

Super duper CAS Valentine for a guy today.  I used a scrap of paper where I was piddling around with some alcohol inks.  Added the Sugar Pea design Valentine die and then a part of a Taylored Expressions strip sentiment saying I Adore You.  Card stock was some linen type paper.

How was that for a very short post today!

I'll enter this in The Male Room challenge (masculine love you card) and Clean and Simple on Friday (love)

Thanks for stopping by........

Monday, February 10, 2020

Flowers for You - PIP Challenge

Once again we have another challenge from Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge. It's an Anything Goes challenge so be sure and stop by and enter your card or project for a chance to win a wonderful prize from our sponsor - who is Sheep Ski Designs!  They also provided the DT with images to use.

I used the Forget Me Knot flowers from Sheep Ski Designs and colored them with the Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers.  The sentiment I used is from Simon Says Stamp.  Some crystals were added and the card was done.

Thanks for stopping by ...... and join in on our challenge!

Friday, February 7, 2020

1st Valentine

This is the 1st Valentine of the year.  Like I said in my last post......the further I go, the behind-er I get.  I really don't send out but a few Valentines each year though - like to the grands - so I'm sure I'll have them done before Valentine's Day.    I like making them though so maybe next year I'll plan on sending out more.

The raccoon image is from Hero Arts and the heart die from Sugar Peas design.  I attempted to do some graduating pink/red colors for the background.  Anyway, it's a done deal and I'll be posting a couple more Valentines next week since I probably need to get them in the mail pretty quick now.

Thanks for stopping by...........

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Behind-er

Not sure if it was all the pink or if my computer screen is awfully dirty, but can't seem to get a good picture of this one.  Tired of dealing with it so.......... Anyway...............

My dad always used to say -  the further I go the behind-er I get.  If that's not me lately nothing is.  The neck issue is somewhat better but not normal - whatever that is.  I can do a little at a time though so that's good I suppose.  But, as a result I seem to be getting behind-er on everything I do.  Still plugging away though.

This is one of four birthday cards I need for the month.  Got this one done for the sister in law.  One out of four isn't bad.    Don't you just love that sentiment!  We reach a "certain age" and trust me, you know what I'm talking about when it comes to velcro shoes.  Even better is probably flip flops you can just slide into, but sometimes you have to "dress up"!  After the shoes all you have to do is put a dab of Ben Gay behind the ears and on the wrists and you're ready to paint the town red.  LOL!

The image is from Art Impressions and sentiment from Taylored Expressions.  The background was done with a stencil and distress inks and coloring on the image with Copics and a while gel pen.

I'll enter this in the challenge at Taylored Expressions - Send a Card to a Friend (this will go in the mail tomorrow!) and Addicted to Clean and Simple - Ombre.

Thanks for stopping by...........

Monday, February 3, 2020

Bucket of Flowers - Jan's Digi Shop Challenge

Time again for Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge!  It's always an Anything Goes so come on over and enter your card or project for a chance to win some wonderful images from Jan's shop.

I used the image called Rustic Flowers from Jan's shop.  It comes in the black and white version and also the colored one.  I decided to attempt to color it this time using my Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers.  I also used two different pieces of patterned paper in pinks.  No sentiment was added so that will go on the inside when I decide what occasion I'll use it for.

Thanks for stopping by.............and be sure and stop by and enter our challenge.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop

Hello Blogging Friends!!
Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born with only one X chromosome, instead of two, leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities. This condition occurs one in 2,500 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term. That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES!

Thirty-two caring Sponsors and five DT Members have partnered with us to bring Turner Syndrome Awareness to the Public. For details on how you might win any of these fabulous prizes, please see the home page.

I can't even begin to list all the sponsors that are offering up prizes for this hop - plus some of the members of the hop also offering prizes.  Be sure and check them all out.

For my card today I used a butterfly image from Jan's Digi Shop.   It's been colored in Copics and then cut out and placed on my card.  The flower die is from Memory Box and was cut out using some wood grain card stock - same as the base of the card.  The sentiment was white embossed on vellum and is from Paper Smooches.  I added some clear drops to the body of the butterfly and also the card.  Very clean and simply - but for a very special cause.

Head on over to the beginning of the hop Here and then stop all all along the way to have a chance to win a prize from one of the wonderful sponsors. There are a lot of stops but be sure and go to each one for inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by......


Chick-en In - 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Just "chick-en in" with this peep card for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge.  It's an Anything Goes challenge as always - as long as you use some type of critter on your card or project.  We;re being sponsored by Jan's Digi Shop.  Be sure and check out all the wonderful images from there.

I used Awesome Chick from Jan's Digi Shop for my card today.  I'm slowly (VERY slowly) trying to use up some of my patterned paper and was able to use a little bit on this card - along with some Kraft card stock.

Be sure and enter your card or project for our challenge for a chance to win.

Thanks for stopping by........

Monday, January 27, 2020

Just a Note - PIP

It's time again for another wonderful challenge from Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges.  Our sponsor this time is Polkadoodles.  Be sure and enter your card in our Anything Goes challenge for a chance to win a prize package from Polkadoodles.

For my card today I used an image from Polkadoodles of the little girl posting a letter.  I added some trees with a Spellbinders stamp and some clouds.  For the "snow" I used Twinklets Diamond Dust which is a chunky type of glitter.

Be sure and stop by our challenge and enter for a chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by........

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

No One But Me

I apologize for not being around to anyone's blog to comment this last week or so. I actually HAVE commented but it was on my phone and I just noticed that none of them went through!  UGH!  I'm having a bit of a neck issue and can't sit at the computer for any length of time so that's why I was commenting from my phone.  I guess they're floating around out there in  never never land.  No earthly idea where they are or why they didn't go through. 

So, I haven't forgotten anyone and really have been trying.  I'll be back in full swing as soon as I can get my neck going right again. 


Monday, January 20, 2020

Fancy Flowers - Jan's Digi Shop

Usually you'll see a critter on my blog - however, ever so often I get a little girly here you go!

It's time again for another challenge at Jan's Digi Shop Challenge........Anything Goes!  The winner will receive a wonderful prize package from Jan's shop too so be sure and enter your card or project for a chance to win.

I used one of Jan's newer sets called Tea Time.  So many pretty images.  Once again I kept my card simple and also used the pre-colored version.  No way could I color this pretty!  I basically printed it out and added the sentiment and then printed it out a second time, cut out some of the flowers, and popped them up for dimension.  I'm loving those flowers!  In real life the dimension looks so nice due to popping up some of the flowers.

Be sure and stop by the challenge and enter!

Thanks for stopping by.....

Monday, January 13, 2020

Sweet Wishes - PIP Challenges

I have a little snow couple for you today.  We also have another challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies for Anything Goes.  Our sponsor this time is Bugaboo!  Be sure and come over and enter your card or project for a chance to win a fabulous prize from there!

I used this cute little snowman couple along with some patterned paper with snowflakes all over it.  The rectangle frame was already on my desk from another project.  I stamped a sentiment and added a few snowflakes and that was about it.  They're colored in Copics.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and enter our challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Quick Post

And................She's back!  YAY!

Yes, I'm back now from all the travels.  My daughter and I took a mother/daughter trip at Christmas and went to the Grand Canyon.  We'd never seen it before other than flying over it so it was nice to see.  Everyone should probably see it at least once I guess.  I was so proud of her.......she didn't even act like she wanted to push me over the side of the canyon!  Amazing!

After leaving there the plan was to head to Vegas but due to the weather, we ended up in Phoenix.  They do have casinos there though too so............One pull on the slot machine there and she won $300.  Numerous pulls on the slot machine - and I basically donated money to the casino.   No trip would be complete without a little shopping so we also hit the outlet mall there.  She got to spend some of her winnings - and as usual, I just got to spend my hard earned money.

Got back home from that trip and did all the Christmas business with the grands - and then I took off to do the "I need to see my brother" trip down to south Texas.  All this was really nice but it's even nicer to be back home.

There's no way to catch up on all the commenting so I'm not even going to try.  I know I've missed so much though.  Slowly but surely I'll be back around.

I'll leave you with a super simple "git 'er done" card using a new image from Studio Katia and some tri-colored Spectrum Noir markers that were a very special gift from a sweet friend.  (I do like the markers too!  They seem to blend really easy).

Thanks for stopping by........

Monday, January 6, 2020

Getting RItzy - Jan's Digi Shop

Moving right along into January, it's going to be time for Valentine's pretty soon.  It's also time for Jan's Digi Shop Challenge.  I used one of the images from this cute set called Puttin on the Ritz.  Isn't this little guy a cutie?  There's more cute stamps in the set too.  Check it out HERE!

I printed out my penguin and then cut him out after coloring with Copics.  I used a framing die from My Favorite Things and some pine tree images from Impression Obsession.  The sentiment is also from the set of Jan's stamps.  To create the background I just used some distressed inks for the background and then splattered some gesso for snow.  I was pretty proud of myself on the splatters too.....first time I had actual splatters and not streaks of white stuff all across the card!!  I amazed myself!

Come on over and enter our challenge - it's an Anything Goes challenge and a lot of fun!

Thanks for stopping by................

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Is It Spring Yet! - 2 CCC

First of all............HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Hope you have a glorious year.

We're starting the new year off right with a new challenge from 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  It's always an Anything Goes challenge but you just have to remember to use some type of critter on your card or project.  This month we're being sponsored by none other than Bugaboo!  Such cute images there so be sure and check out the store.

For my card today I'm using Mouse - Big Flower,  It's a fun image and reminds me that even though today is the first of January and cold in a lot of places, spring will be here shortly.  I've colored the image in Copics and believe that's some very old SU patterned paper I used.

Thanks for stopping by...............