Thursday, January 31, 2013

Birthday Boy - Seize the Birthday

We have another challenge beginning today at Seize the Birthday!  Our sponsor is By Lori Designs who provided the images for us to use today.  Be sure and check out the blog to see all the wonderful inspiration from the DT and also our guest designer, Sherry Eckblad - and then come on over and play along.  We're using the same sketch that we had last week, but this week we need to see your masculine/guy cards.

I used some SU DP and little tag.  Added some twine and even did a little bit of stitching on this one.  Oh, and I paper pieced those jeans with some denim looking paper.

We'd love to see you play along in this weeks Seize the Birthday challenge.

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fun and Games

Time to play a little "I Spy"!!!   I can remember when I was little and my parents played this with me and then when I got older I played it with my children.  Now, I get to play it with the granddaughters.  An OLD game, but still fun to play.  I won't go into the whole explanation of how to play, but basically you spy something a certain color (or even a thing) and then the other person has to guess what what you "spied".  

The cue word over at CASology is "game" so thought I'd play along in their challenge.   I used a little monster image from SU and stamped him on DP and popped him up a bit.  I was looking for a larger eye but all I had were the smaller ones, so that's just going to have to do it.  "I Spy" was done with some alphabet stamps from CTMH. On the inside  I put "love" - for Valentine's Day.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


We're starting a new challenge at {Pin}spirational today and have some fabulous inspiration from the DT lined up for you - and two wonderful sponsors - Pink Cat Studio and Gingerloft!!!!  That's right.....two sponsors so you can double your chances of winning!  Be sure and play along - if you don't play, you can't win!

I'm using an image that was provided by Pink Cat Studio and aren't these little birdies just tweet-ness all over!!  I colored them in Copics and then used a SU sentiment.  I figure this could be used for a Valentine, Love, or just a Thinking of You type card.  I love the inspiration photo this week too.  Look at all those fantastic colors!  WOW!

Thanks for stopping by........and be sure and play along in the {Pin}spirational Challenge!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blinged Out Valentine Bug

Last weekend my son, DIL, and sweet little granddaughter were here (probably to get their Christmas presents!!!  Yikes) and I got to spend quite a lot of time with them.  Madeline will be turning two next week so she's all legs in motion!   She started getting a little bored playing with the same toys so I went back in the craft room and got a package of dimensional ladybug stickers that I'd never used.   She had ladybugs stuck on her - and all over the house!  FUN stuff!

After seeing the inspiration challenge at The Alley Way Stamps, I knew I'd have to make a ladybug card for her and enter this in their challenge.  I love the yummy colors in that photo - vanilla, red, and pink.    I used a free image and sentiment  from The Alley Way Stamps and an old Retro Sketches sketch.  The DP is actually vanilla but looks closer to white in photo.  Think this will make a cute Valentine for little Madeline.

Thanks for stopping by..........and I'll be back around soon.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lovin' That Bug

Since Valentine's Day is only a couple of weeks from now, I figured I'd better get off my duff and get some cards made - at least for the grand kids.  I actually got two finished and need to finish the rest so it won't be Easter when I get these mailed!

I used a Hero Arts stamp on both cards.  LOVIN' THAT BUG!!!!  I always wanted one of these but never got one.  No, I wasn't a hippie, but did love the car.  When I was a senior in high school my dad surprised me with a vehicle - and I was really keeping my fingers crossed the he'd gotten the "bug", but got a GTO instead.  I really don't think he would have ever bought me something like that if he'd had any earthly idea how fast those babies could fly.  So I didn't get the "bug" but DID get a lot of guys that wanted me for a girlfriend!  LOL!! 

I did a lot of paper piecing on this first card to kinda jazz it up a bit.  Um......actually did pretty much the same paper piecing on the second one too.....of well...  The sentiment I used on this is from Hero Art.

I'll enter this in the challenges at Simon Says Stamps Challenge (paper piecing) and at Totally Stampalicious (paper piecing).

The jury is still out on this one.  Yes or no?  Just seems like a LOT of red on here.  Same image, paper piecing, a SU sentiment, and an embossing folder from Paper Studio.

I used the sketch from Sweet Stop Sketches and will enter it in their challenge.

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

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Seizing Another Birthday

We're here at Seize The Birthday for another challenge with a brand new sketch - and need to see your feminine or girly creations this go round!  We're being sponsored by By Lori Designs who so graciously provided us with some precious images.  Be sure and stop by our challenge and see all the inspiration from the DT.

A fun challenge and a fun come on over and play with us!  You have until next Tuesday at noon to enter your creation.

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's Not A Funny Friday.....however.....

I know it's not Friday and I'll get to that in a minute........

But first wanted to tell you that we start another {Pin}spirational Challenge today! Our sponsors for this challenge are Kitty Bee Designs AND Cardmadfairy!  Yep, two wonderful sponsors.  So, come on over and play along this week - we'd love to have you.

I used some DP from "who knows where" and a little Paper Smooches image.  Look at the expression on this little guys face!  Cute, right!!

Here's our {Pin}spirational inspiration photo for you this week.  Isn't he just a dapper looking little guy!!

Now, on to why it's not a Funny Friday - however.............Thought you'd enjoy a short (no pun intended here) story about our little doxie - Rambo................
Right before Christmas Jim decided to do some caulking in the bathroom shower.  Keep in mind that Jim is NOT at painter - or a caulker!!!  He'd been in there forever just working away and I decided I'd better go check on him.  He had caulking all over the bathroom floor, his pants, hair, and shoes!  Geeze....... I looked at Rambo and he was laying on the bed on his back with all four legs straight up in the air, snoozing away - and his entire underside (you know where I'm talking about here I'm sure), feet, and tail were completely covered in caulking!!!!  I was able to get a little off his tail and feet - but that was it.  Of course it had already dried solid as a rock.  So, for the last three weeks, our "little man" has been running around with white caulking all over his "privates" and not really caring one way or another about this!  NOT a pretty site at all!!   A tiny bit of it is starting to wear off some - just hope he doesn't have to go to the vet anytime soon so I have to give some type of explanation!!!

Thanks for stopping by......and check out our {Pin}spriational Challenge!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Oh Boy!

It's time again for another Seize the Birthday challenge!!  We want to see your masculine cards using the sketch provided, so come on over and play along for your chance to win!  Our sponsor for this challenge is By Lori Designs.

Using the same sketch as last week, I made a card for a little much fun with all those polka dots!  I can't think of anything better than a polka dot cake either!!  I used some SU DP and the Happy Birthday embossing folder. 

Thanks for stopping by...........and be sure and play along in our Seize the Birthday Challenge!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Guilty As Charged

I love looking at everyone's blog - so much inspiration and gorgeous cards!  All the coloring, layering, vintage, CAS, whatever - they're just a all so lovely.  I really do love coloring the images and coming up with something that's hopefully unique and pretty - and then ever so often I just want to punch out something and slap it on a card!  So yes, I'm guilty!!!  I punched out this bird and slapped it on a card!  Hey, I did stamp the sentiment though and even embossed the little wing - that's a plus!

Now, here comes the really weird part I'm afraid.  After doing the little bird and stamping "happiness" under it, all I could think of was the ditty.....may the blue bird of happiness fly up your nose!!!  I don't have any idea where I've heard this before - it may even be in some song from a hundred years ago - but that's all I can think of when I see the card now.  I know, I REALLY worry about myself sometimes too!  LOL!

The cue word at CASology is "Blue" and since that's my favorite color I have to enter this little blue bird!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Gone Batty

EEEK!!!!!.............a Halloween card!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You probably clicked on this post, saw the card, and thought....Gosh, is it time for Halloween already!  LOL!  Not to worry though - we still have a little time before we get to that holiday! 

The reason behind the card ......well, I just discovered The Alley Way Stamps!  SO cute and fun to work with.  Check out the store and the blog.  Right now there's an inspiration challenge going on and even though the photo has penguins on it, I saw orange bats!  Go figure - right!  I've used one of the free images but will definitely have to go shopping now!

Not real sure if anyone else is showcasing a Halloween card in the middle of January - but as I always say....dare to be different!

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Clear and Cloudy

Time again for another fantastic challenge at {Pin}spirational We have two wonderful sponsors, Stamp Art Designs and Beccy's Place , this week.  We also have a beautiful inspiration photo in my very favorite color.  Be sure and stop by the blog and see all the inspiration from the DT - and enter for your chance to win!

I used one of the images provided by Stamp Art Designs of this cute little bear.  I love the expression on that frogs face and it reminds me of spring - that's on the way soon.  The cloud die was embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  When I first looked at this inspiration photo, all I could see were flowers!  Yikes!!!  I just don't "do" flowers very well, so after several attempts decided I'd just go with more of the blue and white in the photo.

Be sure and head on over to {Pin}spriational Challenges and enter your creation for a chance to win.

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

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Poppy Birthday

Another Funny Friday - that went to the wayside yesterday!  I was really going to try to get one done, but just didn't have the energy.  Such a slacker I am!  Hopefully I can get back on track with those soon! 

I didn't get any crafty stuff as Christmas gifts this year (SO SAD),  so figured if I wanted it, I'd just get it myself!  LOL!  This pretty Prim Poppy (Memory Box) was one of those purchases.  I'd seen so many cards using this die so decided I just NEEDED one too!  The sentiment I used is from SU Watercolor Trio.  I also used the Beautiful Wings tiny butterfly in pink and an embossing frame from SU.  The ribbon isn't really new.....but guess you can say it is.  I've had it close to forever, but never used it - so it's new to me! 

I'll enter this in the challenges at Simon Says Stamps (Black, White and a splash of color), and the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown (Shiny and New - use your new stuff).

Thanks for stopping by...........and hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Having A Party - Seize The Birthday #1

Welcome to Seize the Birthday's very first challenge!!!  What a great way to start off a brand new year with this new challenge blog!  Be sure and check out all the details of the challenge and enter your creation using this great sketch for a feminine card this week.  We're being sponsored by Whimsy and Stars Studio who so graciously provided us with the adorable images.

I used some SU DP along with the Birthday Chickie image from Whimsy and Stars Studio.  A little glitter was added to Miss Chick's party hat and to the fluff on her legs.

How about this sketch for our first Seize the Birthday challenge!!!!!!  Fun, right!  Be sure and hop over to the blog now and see all the wonderful inspiration from the DT and enter your creation!  Remember to make a girly type card for this first week.

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Penguin Party

We have another {Pin}spirational Challenge beginning today with a very cute inspiration photo!  We're being sponsored by Bugaboo (who provided this adorable image for my card).   Be sure and check out our blog for all the details of the challenge and enter your creation!

I colored this little "party animal" up with Copics and kept my card super simple - easier to mail this way! LOL!  Think this will be fun for a winter birthday card for someone.

Isn't this a darling little inspiration photo!

Thanks for all the well wishes.....still feeling pretty puny but hoping this will get better with time. 

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Just Chicken In

No, I haven't flown the coop just yet!  It seems I started off the New Year is style......came down with the double whammy super crud!!!     So, this is very short and sweet.  I made this card several days ago for the Retro Sketches challenge, but just hadn't been able to stay awake long enough it get it on my blog!

I apologize for not visiting everyone's blog lately - but will get that done in a day or two.  Oh, the little chicken and sentiment are from Crackerbox Palace.

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