Nov 20, 2014

Marjorie's Challenge

I was telling my friend Marjorie that I have been unmotivated lately, so she challenged the both of us to make a post-it note holder from THIS tutorial. It's such a good tutorial that it hardly took any time to finish, making for an easy peasy project. You can see Marjorie's take on her challenge HERE. LOL, the things Bestie's do for each other! 

I used an image from Michele Perkett called Juniper and Cecilia that I colored with Copics a couple of years ago when my family went on vacation in Door County. The green skirt was a different color but I just used my handy dandy YG11 to color over would never know it was purple at one time. 

The doily was a gift from Marjorie and inked with DI in Spun Sugar
DP is MME Bramble Rose
Flowers, skeleton leaves, ribbon, bling, and Viva Paper Pens were also used.

I found a new blog I'm pretty excited about called Clear it Out Challenge Blog....the name of the blog speaks for itself and I'm always up to the challenge of using what I have.

Anything but a Card:  #41 Anything Goes
Clear it Out Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #276 Recipe
Loves Rubberstamps: #127 Things with Wings
Stamp and Create: November - Ribbons and Bows


Today I'm going to the Autumn Festival Arts and Crafts show at the Odeum with a very good friend.This will be our 14th year straight of going to craft shows and spending the day together... shopping and laughing, with the emphasis on laughing. I'm hoping to find a few holiday gifts too.

I hope you have a great Thursday! 

Nov 19, 2014

WW #133 Falling for Fall

The challenge this week at Wicked Wednesday is Falling for Fall ...our sponsor is Sami Stamps and the image they provided is called Acorn Harvest.

After coloring the image with Copics I masked it so I could use my new mini stencil from Just a's so small and perfect for ATCs. I used gesso tinted with Gelatos for the color. Spica Glitter pens were used, along with alpha stamps and a white Signo pen for detailing. When done I sealed the entire ATC with Modge Podge infused with gold glitter...a stunning look, but the shine made it hard to get a good picture. 

Feel free to click HERE to upload your ATC and to check out the Wicked Wednesday Falling for Fall challenge that runs until 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening. We'd love to have you join us!

Just one more week until Thanksgiving! This will be the first year in 15 years that I will not be cooking and our family will be going to my hub's relatives. I'm already sad because we'll miss some of our favorite holiday dishes. On the plus side....I won't miss the extra cleaning!

Happy Wednesday my crafty friends!

Nov 14, 2014


It feels good to create again, even if it is something as simple as a card and this week I actually made two projects....WOOT! I'm on a roll!

I have had scraps of 4 x 4 pieces of paper with circles cut out of them from a previous project sitting on my desk for over a month. I didn't want to part with the negative pieces for a couple of reasons.....I had too many and knew they would come in handy AND I loved the DP. As soon as I saw the challenge at PDE I thought they would be perfect for a banner. Then I saw this week's sketch at DS#177 and knew this project was meant to be. This is what I came up with and I have the perfect place in mind for it...just in time for the holidays!

The letters where cut from the Cricut Storybook cartridge and pop-dotted. The Santa image is from a $1 JoAnn stamp and wet embossed with white opaque EP. Mesh bling, glitter, ribbons, twine, circle Nesties, scallop punch, CS, and mat board were used. Check out the felt covered jingle bells that I found at Michael's a few years ago which are hanging off of a TH swivel clasp. This bow would never exist without a Bow Easy.

Seriously, if I know I'm going to put glitter on a project why wouldn't I just use glitter paper instead of running it through a Xyron and pour glitter all over it? I asked myself that twice this week.

PDE (Linky party): Banners
Anything But a Card: #41 Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room: #173 Super Scraps Saturday
Deconstructed Sketch:  #177 ( sketch used for the letter O)

I love these challenges, they keep me motivated!
Happy Friday,
happy weekend.

Nov 12, 2014

WW #132 Something Sweet or Hearts

Wicked Wednesday Challenge #132: Something Sweet or Hearts
Sponsor: A Random Fan
Image: Baker Arie

How funny that I was driving to see my mother today, listening to the radio and guess what song came on the radio? Yes, Def Leppard was singing, "pour some sugar on me." Too funny! Did you notice the music note background? If you paid very close attention you'll notice it was stamped upside down...unintentionally.

This fun challenges run until 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening. You can link your ATC  at the Wicked Wednesday challenge blog HERE. We'd love to have you join us!

Nov 5, 2014

WW #131 Skully X-mas

Wicked Wednesday #131: Skully X-mas
Sponsor: Oddball Art Co.
Image: #120 Ellie the Elf

What a fun challenge at Wicked Wednesday and such a cute image provided by this week's sponsor!
Copics and Stardust Stickles were used on the image.
The entire background was colored using YG11.
Sharpie paint pens in pink, red, white, and green were used for the dots, along with a white gel pen.
Background skull is from TGF Matey Set and stamped in DI Spun Sugar.
Large X is from a Thickers alpha set.
Pink skull is a rub-on that was applied to white CS, then fussy cut.
Edges inked in DI Peeled Paint

The entire DT used the same image and just wait until you see what we all did with it! Grab your skullies and Christmas images and upload your ATC's never to early to start on your holiday projects! You have until 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening to join us for this fun challenge.

Loves Rubberstamps: #125 Anything Goes

Oct 29, 2014

WW #130 Things that go Bump in the Night

Sponsor: Smeared Ink
Image: Pumpkin Head

What an interesting image, right?! I'm not sure why I didn't think of the standard Halloween sentiment, "Trick-or-treat, smell my feet" until just now. The image was colored with Copics and the background was painted with Gelatos. I smudged a yellow Gelato into a star stencil, then did a little outlining with a black pen.

You have an entire week to join us at Wicked Wednesday, just make sure your ATC is uploaded by 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening. Feel free to click HERE to hop over to the Wicked teamies are sure to inspire you.

My Sheri Crafts: #145 Black Magic
Through the Craft Room Door: Oct 27th - Nov 3rd Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say hi, especially during these busy days!

Oct 15, 2014

WW #128 Halloween

Happy Wednesday!
The challenge at Wicked Wednesday  this week is HALLOWEEN and how fabulous is it that we have not one, but two awesome sponsors: QKR Stampede and Dilly Beans.

I used Copics to color #274 Heart Monster 2....he is one of my favorite digi stamps at Dilly Beans.

I'm almost ashamed to admit how easy this ATC was to make.....the base is a journaling card I cut to the standard 2.5" x 3.5" ATC size. I used a gelato in Tangerine to paint the orange background, a Sharpie for doodling,  along with a charcoal pencil and white Signo pen for added details. EASY PEASY!

You have until 7:00 pm (EST) next Tuesday evening to join this fun challenge, feel free to click HERE to link your it scary, creepy ,or cute.....just make sure it is HALLOWEEN themed!

Dilly Beans: Halloween 
PDE (Pause, Dream, Enjoy): Anything Halloween

Oct 9, 2014

Enter....if you dare

Lately I've been dabbling in coloring with Distress Inks and I am finding it to be much harder than it looks. Maybe because of the limited number of inks I have and/or because I'm not even sure if I want to learn a new coloring medium. I will continue practicing with DIs but honestly, my 1st love really is Copics.

Here is one of  my attempts at coloring with DIs. 

This cutie is from the new Spooky Kit by many images in the set, all of which are adorable.

 It's a bit difficult to see in the picture, but if  you look closely you'll see the word ENTER...which will make this door hanger fair warning for anyone attempting to enter my daughter's dorm room! 

Challenges I am entering this in:

Hiding in My Craft Room: #168 Halloween Colors
Loves Rubber Stamps: #121 - Anything Goes 
Stamp and Create: October Fall/Autumn
The Greeting Farm:  FFF Happy Halloween 
Through the Craft Room Door: 10/7 - 10/13 Anything Goes 

Only one more day before we can say TGIF!
Thanks for stopping by, happy Thursday.

Oct 8, 2014

WW #127 Feathers/Wings

The challenge this week at Wicked Wednesday is FEATHERS/WINGS. We are being sponsored by Delicious Doodles and the image is Raven.

After printing the image, I cut the paper ATC size, masked the main part of the image with a circle and used distress inks in various colors of the sunset. Stickles, mesh bling, alpha stamps and a grass stamp from The Rubber Cafe were used to finish it off.

You can enter your 2.5" x 3.5" creations HERE, we would love to have you join us! Don't forget to check out the FEATHER/WINGS  ATC's by my teamies created for more inspiration.  Your ATC must be linked by 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening.


I was hoping the trees along the Mississippi were turning colors last weekend but we were still a week or two early for the sugar maples. Here is one of the highlights from our daughter's college campus.

Happy Wednesday, enjoy what comes your way!

Oct 2, 2014

WW #126 Something Girly

The SOMETHING GIRLY challenge at Wicked Wednesday this week is being sponsored by A Day for Daisies and how adorable is this image called Tiny Pixie Daisy?!

I used flowers, pearls, and glitter for my SOMETHING GIRLY. The image was printed and colored with Copics. The background was painted with Gelatos, stamped with a floral border, and edges inked with Distress Ink. The large flower was stamped, colored, and fussy cut. The sentiment was added, along with pearls and Stickles.

What a fun challenge, we hope you can join us! To qualify for the the sponsor's prize you must enter your ATC by 7:00 pm EST next Tuesday evening, you can upload your image HERE.


Our plans for the upcoming weekend are to take a scenic drive along the Mississippi River to visit our daughter at college, have some birthday cake, and see the San Jose Taiko drum line at her campus theater. Can you say,  "FUN!!!"  Next to seeing Frankie, I'm really looking forward to the changing colors of the trees on our drive...Galena's country roads are gorgeous in the fall. Hopefully I'll find some crafting inspiration along the drive which I am desperately in need of!

Hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy week!