Monday, October 31, 2011

SRU Masculine Challenge

The challenge at Stamps R Us for the next two weeks is themed Masculine.  Show us your "guy" cards and you may be a winner!  Our sponsor is Doodle Pantry, who provided our DT with several very nice images.  The one I selected to use is called Vintage Auto.  Great image for a guy - or I guess you could color it pink and make it for a female! LOL!

I used some SU card stock, DP, and antique brads for this and then colored it with Copics.  Not much shading was done though.  If you want to see some beautiful coloring and shading on this image check  out the rest of the DT's creations on the blog.  I did another attempt at distressing and then topped it with some chocolate brown ribbon.  Also added a couple of mini brads to the wheels.

Sending big hugs to everyone regarding my husband.  We got back home from the hospital yesterday and he's doing pretty good I guess.  We're just taking it day by day now.  He had some mega serious infections inside the incision from the bypass but hopefully they're getting it all cleared up now.  I never in my wildest dreams ever saw myself as a caregiver - but I'm learning real fast now.  I'm trying to catch up on all my commenting on everyone's blog - and will eventually get it done (maybe!).  I'm not sure when I'll post again this week as it just seems like there's a million and one things that have to be done.    Thanks again so very much.  I feel like I personally  know each and every one of you and I appreciate you being so supportive. 

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

Friday, October 28, 2011

So Many Thanks

EDITED:  I apologize for not getting around to anyone's blog for the last few days.  My husband is back in the hospital with some serious complications and just don't know when I'll be back on here.  I haven't forgotten anyone.....just don't have access to a computer right now....don't have an iphone, ipad, or even an ipod!  Yikes!  LOL!   Hopefully I'll be back on Monday or Tuesday.  Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

I figure you're still trying to get over the Funny Friday that appeared on Wednesday this week, so I won't bore you with another one today.

I created these two cards using the sketch at Clean and Simple Stamping.....easy sketch and it makes up nice CAS cards in a hurry. Two very lovely ladies sent me some goodies in the mail recently and this was the perfect opportunity to use a few of them.

My first card is pretty in pink!  Monica, over at Hand Stamped with Love sent me some of the homemade flowers she makes (which are gorgeous).  They got a little bit squashed in the mail since they came from Indonesia, but I was able to fluff them up a bit - and added some pearls to the centers.  She also sent this handmade pink paper!  Awesome looking - it just shimmers.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

On my second card I used some tiny little bows that Sharon from Sharon's Kardz Korner sent - all the way from South Africa.  Aren't they just precious!  So cute and remind me of little bow ties.  This is a SU sentiment I used and then added a row of rhinestones.

Thanks so much (again) to both fantastic ladies!

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An Elf-ing Christmas Card

It's New Release BLOG HOP time over at Dude Time Doodles!!!  Yeah!  So much fun and I just know you'll enjoy - so start HOPPING!  You'll see fabulous creations by the DT using all the new images from the Dude Time Doodles store. If you get lost along the way, just check into the Dude Time Doodles blog.

Nothing like a little poetry for the inside of this baby too!

This new release image is called Mooning Elf (by Marlene for Dude Time Doodles).  You just gotta love this little guy!  And in keeping with our "Think Pink" theme for the month I've decked him out in pink and green and just a tad of purple.  I used the snowflake embossing folder and some Paper Studio DP on this card.  I used a tiny little bell I found at Hobby Lobby on the end of his hat and a couple of rhinestones on the toes of his shoes.
Now come on - be honest - wouldn't you just love to send this card to a couple of folks on your Christmas card list!! LOL!

And now a very sad note:  This will be my last post on the Dude Time Doodles Design Team.  After almost a year, I've decided to step down in order to give someone else the opportunity to take my place and experience all the wonderful images.  Next time there's a DT call at Dude Time Doodles, consider throwing your name in the hat - I guarantee you'll have a load fun and will love all the rest of the DT members.
Thanks so much (again) to the DT and Boni for everything - I've had so much fun - and I won't quit using these fantastic images - so get ready to see more!

If you came from Michelle's blog, you're on the right track.  You next stop on the hop is NANA CONNIE.

Thanks for stopping by..........and have fun on the Hop

Monday, October 24, 2011

Last of the Litter

This is the last of the litter on Halloween cards for this year - THANK GOODNESS!  I have enough to send all the grand kiddoes (plus a few more) so I'm done for the year.

On my first card I used a Stampabilities cat.  Was really wishing I'd had some black embossing powder but don't have any right now.  I tried doing the Versa Mark and then black and then clear embossing but it just doesn't look good.  I sponged the sky ( I know, MORE clouds - what can I say)  in some gray and added several rhinestones under the sentiment.  This was my first attempt at sponging a "moon" and it looks more like a big ole sun instead....but I'm working on it!

The second card features the Zombie Bunny from Hambo.  This is for their progressive challenge - a sketch  this week.  If you didn't play along and get this image free, you can always go to the store and grab it.  Be sure and check out the sketch at Hambo Hoedown and play along this week using any Hambo image.  That background paper didn't photograph like I wanted it too.  It's actually a very pretty orange but looks a little washed out in the photo. 

***My "Funny Friday" card will be on Wednesday this week - yep, like day after tomorrow....So be sure and stay tuned.  But be WARNED~You'll crack up laughing***

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

Friday, October 21, 2011


This is a free image from Beyond the Fringe - and isn't it a beauty.  So much wonderful detail.  Be sure and check out this wonderful site.

I printed the image on some white card stock and sponged the sky using Tumbled Glass distress ink.  The water was also sponged using Bashful Blue and Brocade Blue from SU.  I attempted to give the sails a little color with Antique Linen distress ink but think maybe gave them too much.  Next time I won't do that.  The Marina Mist back was embossed with a folder from SU.  As always, there are things I'd do different next time when making this card - but then that's usually the way it is with most of my creations.  Maybe that just makes me pretty normal! 

I'll enter this in the Sweet Stampin Challenge (Masculine).

Thanks again for all the well wishes - hubby is doing pretty good I guess and I haven't completely lost all patience (a think I have a smidgen left anyway).  

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hot, Hot, Hot

Time for another Inspirational Challenge over at Dude Time Doodles.  We're still "Thinking Pink" in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, so come on over and join the fun.  You can find the Inspiration photo on the Dude Time Doodles blog - be sure and check it out!  It's very yummy looking!  You have one week to submit your artwork and who knows - maybe you'll be the winner!   Be sure to check out all the wonderful creations by the DT too.

This is Howie Hot Hot Hot and you can find him in the Dude Time Doodles store - along with so many more cute images.  He's a hottie for sure all decked out in his pink!  (I actually saw an article on Yahoo Monday telling about a real firefighter that has been wearing a pink fireman's outfit in honor of his three sisters!!!)  I colored Howie with Copics and used some DP from SU and Paper Studio.  "HOT" was completed using some pink alphabet stickers I've had for a long time.

Be sure and stop by Dude Time Doodles, check out the Inspiration photo, and enter your creation!

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

Monday, October 17, 2011

Snowman Love

First of all I'll like to thank everyone for all the well wishes, thoughts, and prayers for my husband.  The surgery went well on Friday and we were finally able to come home yesterday (Sunday) evening.  Now the fun begins I'm afraid - taking care of the incision that runs from his groin all the way past his knee and trying to keep him from doing too much!  Of course, right now he can't do much of anything except get from the kitchen area to the bedroom.  But, all is well, and we're good to go (as long as my patience holds up! LOL).
Thank you, again.

It's time for the Stamps R Us Challenge - themed Nature's Gift.  Come on over and play along for this challenge.  You have two weeks to enter and our sponsor for a fabulous prize is Heart Song Designs - who also provided us with all the cute images you'll see from the DT at Stamps R Us Challenges.

The image I used is called Snowmen Love.  I colored (shaded) it with some Prisma pencils and Copics and framed it with a nestie.  The blue background was done with the Snowflake embossing folder and in the center of the bow I used a snowflake rhinestone sticker.

Thanks for stopping by............I'll be getting by everyone's blog in the next day or two so bear with me on this.  Just very tired right now.  It's been a very LONG three days!


Friday, October 14, 2011

A Droopy Day

As you're sitting her reading this post, I'll be sitting in the hospital with hubby.  He's having bypass surgery on his leg today - and IS NOT a happy person with all this right now!  Thought I'd make him this card so when he woke up after the surgery maybe he'd at least get a small chuckle.  I really doubt there will be much laughter though.  But, the way I look at it - at least they can do something for him and there are so many they can't.

This image is from Just Inklined and I thought it was just too cute.  If this little pup had been a doxie it would have just been perfect since that's what kind of dog we have.  We've really been trying to train Rambo (our doxie) to be a little bit nicer when he's on the leash.  He's a very strong little guy and has already busted  three leashes.  This last one we got is for dogs 50 pounds or more (Rambo only weighs 13).  He hasn't busted it yet but it's real hard to tell who is walking who.

I'll enter this in the challenges at Cards for Men (Make Us Laugh) and Sweet Stampin Callenge (Masculine).

Thanks for stopping by........I'll pop in to see everyone as soon as I can but they may be hit and miss for a couple of days.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mummy Mash

It's time again for another challenge over at Hambo Hoedown!  It's a progressive challenge and if you played along last week, you received this cute little Mummy, along with this sentiment and one other.  If you didn't get a chance to play, be sure and join in this week with a color challenge of using black, orange, purple, and green.  You need to use a Hambo image and can find the Mummy and so many more images and rubber stamps in their store!

Isn't this little guy cute - I say "guy" because he reminds me of something my son would have like to dress up in for Halloween - and then find out he couldn't move a muscle all wrapped up like that!  I pulled all the colors for the challenge from the DP and then added a purple, orange, and green button with bakers twine added.

The sketch I used is from Fetch a Sketch for their challenge this week.

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Several CAS Cards

Just several very clean and simple Christmas cards.  When I'm working on this type of card I don't call them "clean and simple" - I call them "git 'er done" cards!   At least I'll have a few more made and may even put these back for Operation Write Home.  They'll be fairly easy to mail.

**Please Note:  Dude Time Doodles is having their FREEBIE challenge starting today!!!  I didn't create a card for it but head on over there and pick up your free image, create with it, and enter it in the challenge.**

Short post here - but I WILL have a Funny Friday coming up so stop back by.

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

Monday, October 10, 2011

Flower Monster

The challenge over at Hambo Hoedown is in full swing.  It's a progressive challenge so head on over there and submit your creation for the challenge, use any Hambo image, and the next image will be free.  Fun challenge and great images.
The challenge for this week is to use something on your creation that begins with the first letter of your first name (and I'm so very thankful my first name doesn't start with something like a Z)!  So...............

Since my name is Lynn, I used some stuff called Liquid Glass from CTMH on the nose and ears of Mr. Monster - and also on the center of the flower.  Of course I just had to color him in one of the lavender Copics too.  I stitched around the polka dot paper and distressed the edges a little.  

I'll enter this in the challenge at Little Miss Muffet (Animals and Monsters) , Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog (Stitching), Stamptacular Sunday Challenge (distressing) and Digi Doodle Shop (distressing).

Thanks for stopping by............and check out the Hambo challenge!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Falling for Fall

We only got up into the lower 90's this week (Ugh) - so fall is in the air!   At least we feel like it may be here soon anyway.  It does get a little cooler at night  so that's a good sign.

Hope no one is disappointed that I didn't do another Funny Friday today.  I just really wasn't in the mood - but hopefully will be next Friday!

I used this scarecrow stamp by Hero Arts and  think it's just perfect for Fall.  He's colored with Copics.  The patterned paper I used is from Paper Studio and then added the Chocolate Chip and Old Olive from SU.  I used some brown embroidery floss and orange and white Baker's twine to wrap around the base and then added the button.  The left corner........I did some cross stitching with the brown floss but wish I had done them further apart so you could tell what they were.  But, done is that's it.

I'll enter this in the following challenges:  The Stamping Boutique Challenge (Changes of the Season), the challenge at ICopic (All About Fall), Paper Play Challenges (Autumnal Colors), Dolce Stamps and Cards (Autumn), and Stamping with the Dragon (Fall).

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Power of Pink

This is the first Wednesday of the month and our challenge over at Dude Time Doodles is usually a sketch challenge - however, due to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're doing things a little different.  So "Think Pink" and show us what you got!  You have one week to submit your artwork and who knows - you may be the winner or one of the top three of our challenge.  You're NOT required to use a Bonibleaux image but of course it always makes us smile when you do.

I kept this card SUPER simple because I wanted you to focus on what a cute image this little Breast Cancer Awareness Girl is.  You can find her and more great images in the Dude Time Doodles STORE.  You can also get a whole bunch of sentiments to go with this - like "fight like a girl", "save the hooters", etc.  I did do a little stitching on this but other than that it's just very plain - but hopefully, this image "says it all". 

Breast Cancer has touched so many of our lives in different ways.  Take time this month to "be aware".  Get check-ups and mammograms and if you know someone that hasn't done this in a while, encourage them to do so.

Thanks for stopping by.......and be sure and check out the challenge at Dude Time Doodles!


Monday, October 3, 2011

SRU Happy Fall

The challenge we have for you over at Stamps R Us beginning today (and running for two weeks) is themed Fall!   Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish.  Be sure and submit your creation and who could be a winner of a wonderful prize package from Robyn's Fetish - or one of our top three blogs!  Please help us give a great big welcome to our new Design Team member, Jo.

I struggled with this card so bad it wasn't even funny!  If I colored it once, I colored it twenty times - and am still not satisfied with it!  So, just disregard the coloring, look at the cute image, and let your imagination take over!!!   The image is one that Robyn's Fetish so graciously gave us to use and it's just as pretty as can be (until I started trying to color it! LOL)  Check out all the wonderful images in her store.

A tip for putting brads on your cards that I learned over at Jaydee's  blog......If you don't want to poke holes in your paper to run the brad through, simply cut off the prongs on the back (scissors work) and then use a glue dot to put your brad on the card.  ( Duh....why I didn't I think of that! )  This way you don't have the bulk of the prongs under the card stock!   Thanks Jaydee!

Thanks for stopping by.........and head on over to Stamps R Us Challenges and show us your fall cards.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hambo Hoedown CASE

The challenge over at Hambo Hoedown is to CASE a card from the main gallery or digital gallery.  This is a progressive challenge and if you played along last week you received this little Dragonfly image.  It also came with two sentiments but I didn't use either on my card as I plan on using this for a birthday card.    If you didn't play and want to join in for the challenge this week, just use any Hambo image and CASE a card from the gallery.

I used some Paper Studio DP on my card and embossed the light lavender panel and Very Vanilla circle with a SU Texturz plate (although this is very hard to see in the photo as the Texturz plates do not give a deep impression).  I added pearls around the scallop circle nestie and then popped up the dragonfly that I'd colored with copis and added glitter glue to it's wings.  The dragonfly looks like one set of wings is colored darker, but they really aren't.  I think it was just the way the light was hitting the photograph.

Here's the card I CASEd that was made by Gloria Steiger.  I changed up a couple of things and didn't add a sentiment.  Check out the galleries at Hambo Stamps to see some wonderful creations.

I'll also enter this in the challenges at Crafty Catz (Things with Wings) and Meljens Designs (Use a Square and a Circle).

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