Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dude Time Doodles Blog Hop

Dude Time Doodles is having a super fantastic Blog Hop! This is your chance to win an ENTIRE SET of the new release images from Bonibleaux Designs. This is a circular Hop so just follow the links and you'll end up where you started! The winner of the Hop will be chosen from a Mystery Blog Hostess so be SURE and leave a little love at each stop for a chance to win.

To continue the circle, hop on over to Dude Time Doodles and just keep going until you get back here. Have fun and get ready for some wonderful inspiration......
If you do happen to get lost along the way, come back here for the links: Ginny, Nancy, Tammy, Theresa, Fink, Anne, Cleota, Ruth, Hetty, Boni, Lynn (that's me), and Dude Time Doodles.

The image I've used for this Blog Hop is called Armchair Arnie. He is just READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!! He's got his popcorn, beer, favorite recliner, and remote. Total relaxation for sure. The image has the little patched up places on the recliner and I added some duct tape to that - gotta hold that chair together for one more football season. I used some Liquid Glass on that yummy looking bowl of popcorn. Go check out Boni's store for not only this brand new release, but alot of other fantastic images.

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Sincere Sympathy

A friend of mine asked me to make a sympathy card for her so she could give it to a family that had lost a loved one. I CASEd this from a card I saw on SCS by "knightrone". Hers was not quite this clean and simple but I kept mine like this so it could be mailed without any extra postage. I really like the simplicity of it though. That bow is actually brown, but looks almost black in the photo. I used the Thoughts and Prayers stamp from SU and used some Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, and some DP I had in my stash.

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving (if you celebrate this). All my company is finally gone and after five days of cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, etc......I'm really ready for things to be back to normal again.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Penguin Party

I still haven't decided if these are penguins or black and white owls! They're SUPPOSE to be penguins though so that's what we're going with here. I saw a card on Michelle's Stamping Blog that was similar to this and since I've had that owl punch from SU for several weeks and hadn't used it I thought maybe now was the time. I still haven't punched out any owls yet!

This is another very clean and simple card. I really didn't have all the punches required for this but used the owl punch and the Itty Bitty Shapes punch. The rest of it was done by just cutting up some of the scraps (as if you couldn't tell)! The sentiment is from Christmas Scripts (CTMH).

This will be for the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge - spreading your wings. And yes, penguins DO have wings....they just use them for swimming instead of flying. I'm also entering this in the Just Us Girls challenge - to use the colors red, white, black, and yellow.

We have a slew of company coming in tomorrow for Thanksgiving and some of them won't be leaving until Saturday!!! Yikes! SOOOOO, I'm going to be on a short break from blogging for awhile. I will try to pop in on your blog if possible - and if not, I'll catch up with you after Saturday. Thanks to everyone for all your wonderful comments. They mean so very much to me and each and every one of them is appreciated! Hope you and your friends and family have a nice Thanksgiving.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Caroling Snowmen

Every two weeks, the blog group Stamps R Us has a challenge. This time the theme is Sparkles and Scallops. Be sure and go check it out. You have another week to submit your post. Also note that there is a PRIZE involved here . If you like Stamping Boutique images (or if you've never tried them and want to) be sure and submit an entry in this challenge.

There is alot going on with this card - in fact, maybe a little too much. I used two different embossing folders (Snow Flakes and Swiss Dots). The scalloped border and the snowflakes were made with a MS punch. I added glitter not only to the snow flakes, but also to the little scarves and hats on the snowmen. Actually, since that one little "guy" has a pink outfit on, I guess you can say two snow men and one snow woman! I printed out the image twice and popped up the second one - then again popped up the entire panel the snowmen are on.

This is for Paper Sundaes challenge - to use at least two of the following: Punches, Ribbon, Embossing and the color blue. As it turns out I used all four. I've also submitted it for the challenge over at Paper Play - let it snow.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wanna Party?

This is a free image I snagged from Bugaboo Stamps not long ago. Isn't she a cutie all dressed up in Christmas attire. She's ready to party, or maybe she's had one too many parties! I think she kind of sums up what I look like after having to take all the decorations down after Christmas. I really don't usually mind putting everything up, but taking it down in another story! Maybe I just need two homes so I can leave it all up all year in one home and live in the other one!

This wonderful layout is for a sketch challenge that is going on at Bugaboo right now. I really like the layout - pretty well clean and simple.

I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder on the red background and the patterned paper is from Paper Studio. The snowflakes were made with a MS punch.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Back When......

Ok, I know you're probably looking at this post and thinking that there is no way this card could be for a guy! Well, believe it or not, IT IS!

This is a birthday card for a friend (guy) of mine that was, and probably still is to some extent, a "hippie" - "BACK WHEN"! He probably even still has his love beads. I know not too many of yall remember "back when" - but it was a totally different "scene" for sure. It was hard to tell the guys from the gals and you just "did your own thing" and "let it all hang out". It wasn't unusual (at all) to see guys in pink and purple with some shimmer and shine! I know I'm really telling my age with this post and as my daughter would probably say - "Mom, NO ONE IS THAT OLD!"

Even though I already had this image, if you hurry you can pick it up at Dude Time Doodles for free. This is for a challenge they're having using this image - with a chance to be a Guest Designer for December.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010


Monica, over at Hand Made Cards With Love, gave me this wonderful Blog Award! How cool is that! She is so sweet and makes the most wonderful creations - a lot with special papers and handmade embellishments. Go check out her blog and take a look at some of her fabulous work.

I have been TERRIBLE about posting the Blog Awards and passing them on - and I've received a couple that never got posted here. For that, I apologize since each and every Blog Award, comment, or even just "stopping by" mean so much to me. My thanks to everyone on that.

I'm suppose to pass this on to five other bloggers - and again, I just am not able to do that. I visit so many blogs for inspiration and I always seem to find something I love in every single one. So I'm going to have to just pass this wonderful Blog Award to everyone! Please take it and place it on your blog and pass it around.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Cowboy Christmas

This is a "first" for me - first time I've ever used a Kitchen Sink Stamp. I have to admit, they're fantastic! And I'm already getting up my "wish list" for more. I saw some cards made with this image on Lynn's blog. Let me tell you - she has the most fabulous creations not only with the Kitchen Sink stamps, but other images as well. If you have a minute go check out her blog. After seeing her cards with this image, I knew I had to have it. I'll be making several of these for Christmas cards this year - and probably in years to come.

If you check out KSS you'll note that some of the images are two layer, three layer, etc....Since this was the first time using one and not knowing if I could do it or not, of course I just HAD to pick out an image that was FIVE LAYERS!!! Whoa! But, I think it came out pretty good for a "first" attempt.

I used some Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, and Cherry Cobbler - oh and some Holly Jolly DP. As far as stamping the images - I used five different shades of brown....or maybe it was three or four, with a couple "stamped off". I was just glad I got them lined up correctly!

This will be entered in the Stamp Man challenge (Christmas), Digi Doodle Shops Best (masculine), and Pixie Dust Studio (masculine).

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Green Leaf

This is a card for fall - and yes, I already know that one little leaf should have been brown, rust, mustard, or anything other than green. However, green it is! I figure you can look at this two ways - either it's symbolic of the last leaf falling with winter coming on - OR - the cut ants got to this tree and just stripped it!

The image is from Recollections and I used some unknown patterned paper (trying to use up scraps) and Old Olive, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla. The image is "framed" with the Scallop Edge Medallion (from the Resources page at SCS). And that shiny, shimmery, multi-colored ribbon was sent to me by Mary at Southern Moments. Beautiful ribbon and thanks again so much.

This will be for several challenges:
Creative Inspirations Paint - leaves (even though there is only ONE leaf here)
Crafty Emma - Forever Autumn

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Three Buttons and One Bow

The theme for the challenge at Stamps R Us is Buttons and Bows. Be SURE and check it out and play along since there is a very nice prize! The challenge started last week and will not end for another week. So get your entry in this week!

This is a digi from, well.....I don't know where! If you recognize where it came from please let me know. I'm about to get myself organized on filing those digis so I'll know where they came from, but just haven't a clue where I got this one. The stripe background paper is also another "unknown"! Ugh! It was in the scrap pile and thought it would fit with the image. The solid blue card stock and the ribbon is Pacific Point. The sentiment is from Tiny Tags (SU).

This started out (at least in my mind) to be a great card.....I was scooting right along with it and decided to stitch around the background out the trusty sewing machine, got it threaded, made sure it was on zig-zag.....and away I went...............After going around the card about 3/4 of the way, I looked down and all I had was HOLES! The thread hadn't been in the machine right!!! Instead of starting over on the entire card (like a normal person would have probably done) I finished "sewing" all the holes around the paper. After that I got some floss and kinda roped stitched in the holes......It didn't turn out like I wanted, but then, if you stop and think, very few cards ever do turn out exactly as planned!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

The Mighty Buffalo

Man dies.
The mighty buffalo dies.
Only the earth and mountains live forever.

My husband, who thoroughly enjoys reading about Indians, read this in a book several years ago. We don't know where he actually saw it or who (tribe) said it... however it carries so much meaning.

This is a CAS card for a male. The image is from In Wilderness (SU) and the sentiment from Happy Birthday (CTMH). I also used the Sanded background stamp around the buffalo. I used Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, and some CTMH DP. I decided not to color anything on this as I think the image, all alone, speaks for itself.

I'll be entering this in the following challenges:

The Paper Players - anything goes
Paper Sundaes - masculine
Cards for Men - masculine

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Name the Pumpkin

Every year for Thanksgiving dinner we usually have about 20 to 25 family members and friends over. Alot of cooking and dirty dishes for sure! However, this year it appears that we may not have that many (whew!). Even though we won't have that many guests this year I still like to make everything look festive. These will be a couple of the place cards I'll use this year - very informal affair. Last year I made some with a turkey on them - these are not quite as creative but think they'll do the trick. (If you want to see the ones I did last year, check it out HERE)

I used the Big Pumpkin image from Hero arts and the nestie scallop die and colored them with Prismapencils. I made a little "backing" on them so they'd stand up and then attached some hay.
You may want to zoom in on these - I was having a hard time getting a good picture since we had about a 30 mph wind and I was taking them outside! I'm really thinking maybe I could benefit from an Ott light!!! Maybe I'll have to throw a couple of hints around for Christmas!!! So, what's your an Ott light worth it?

This is for the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge.

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Monday, November 1, 2010


Hope everyone had a nice Halloween and stayed safe.

This stamp is from PSX that I found in a box of stamps I bought at an estate sale last year! Let me tell ya.....I felt like I'd hit a gold mine. It was filled with alot of very nice stamps and it appeared they'd never been used!

This is for the Stampin Royalty challenge - a sketch. I used some Soft Suede, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, and Paper Studio DP. The images were colored with Prismapencils and the background done with chalk. I added some very tiny pearls (SU) to the flowers in the center but you probably can't see them unless you "click" on the picture to enlarge it.
Of course that bow was completed using the Bow-Easy! I'm actually working on making my own bows but to be honest, it just isn't going so great. I'm just pretty much all thumbs (oh, and sometimes I even use my teeth) when it comes to this!

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