Aug 29, 2012

Wicked Wednesday is Back to School

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Decorate the Inside


Seems like everyone is going back to school, including Wicked Wednesday! Our generous sponsor for the week is Back to Paper who let us use this adorable Hit the Books image for this week's challenge which is, BACK TO SCHOOL.

I'm still using up all the ITT's (inchie, twinchie, trinchies) from previous swaps and the the little star inchie is from one of the many swaps I have been in. I added a few rub-ons and a torn-out piece of notepad paper to reinforce the school theme.

But if you know know I keep thinking I want to multi-purpose these ATC's, so I thought I would make a little notepad to keep in my purse. I cut the covers out of chipboard and the inside papers are from old, nubby, unstampable cardstock. All corners were rounded with my corner chomper (which might possibily be one of the best tools (besides my Vagabond) I own.) Then I bound it all with my handy dandy Bind-it-All!

Looks like a few other challenge blogs have a Back to School theme going on too, lucky me!
The Kraft Journal: Back to School
My Sheri Crafts: #92 Back to School

Hope you've been inspired to join us at Wicked Wednesday this week, you have until 7:00 pm next Tuesday evening to upload your mini creations!

FBW#203 Decorate the Inside of a Card

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Back to School


This week's challenge at Flutter By Wednesday is to decorate the inside of your card! While we all know that there are times that we just don't want to take the time to finish them, I've personally learned from past experiences that it's ALWAYS best (for me at least) to finish the inside of the card at the same time I make it. If not, it's inevitable that I end up misplacing the last few remaining scraps that were left over and have to use mismatched dp for the inside.

This card was made for one of the sweetest, peace lovin' gals you could know named Jenn, and she is one of those people who I'm more than thrilled to be able to call my "friend." Boho Anya from TGF was used, along with my Feeling Groovy Cricut cartridge and a couple of MS butterfly punches. This adorable sentiment from Inkadinkado seemed like the perfect way to complete this card, along with a few more butterflies and a little gingham ribbon.

We'd love to have you join us at Flutter By Wednesday for this week's challenge, all you have to do is have a butterfly or fairy on your creation. You can link up HERE and while you're there, you can also see the awesome cards my fellow teamies have designed.

Hope you have a fluttery kind of day!

Aug 28, 2012

NOW is the time

Remember all those times you've said to yourself, "When pigs fly!"
Well....NOW is the time, and the pigs are flying, lol.

The FFF challenge at TGF is Paper Piecing this week, so I used this adorable image from The Sky's the Limit set along with a few scraps I had laying around for all of the pp....even the clouds have been pp.

This wonderful sketch is from Kim Yu's August Sketch #7 challenge and super easy to work with. I've actually made another card using this sketch but am holding off posting it...for a week or two, lol.

Lastly, over at the Anyone For Anya challenge they are looking for a card/project that is Inspired by Time and to be honest, it took me a few minutes to come up with this sentiment but once I did, it all fell into place quickly using some old alpha stickers and my Dymo label maker.

The DP is from the SEI Poppy line which,IMHO is a stunning line of paper. The clock was stamped with an older Recollections set then Glossy Accented, the balloons have a coating of GA also. I added a couple of stick pins, ribbon, and faux stitching to finish it off.

My favorite thing about this entire card? The pink ribbon and rick-rack
My least favorite thing? I shouldn't have glittered the clouds

Thanks for stopping by, it's always fun to sit with a cuppa and read your wonderful comments.

Aug 25, 2012

Wicked Wednesday - Whooo Loves Owls Reminder

A couple of years ago I was in a swap on CMB and made a 2"x2" owl twinchie for the swap....and if you know me, you know I always make a couple extra for those "just in case" times. Well, I went to my stash and pulled out one of the extras and knew it was going to work just fine for this week's Wicked Wednesday reminder post. I added a couple of flower stickers, some bling, some glitter, and a DYMO sentiment.

Don't fret, this is just a reminder! You have plenty of time until Tuesday's 7:00 pm deadline to enter this weeks Whooo Loves You challenge, and did I mention that this week's winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Smeared Ink?!! Hope to see you playing along and as always, thanks for stopping by and leaving all the wonderful comments

Aug 22, 2012

Wicked Wednesday - Whooo Loves Owls?

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Can you guess whoooooooo our wonderful sponsor at Wicked Wednesday is this week?!! It's Smeared Ink, and while they generously supplied us with several images to use from, I chose this adorable guy named Hershel. He has been colored, glittered, flocked, cropped, and fussy cut...yet he didn't complain!

This week's challenge runs until 7:00 pm next Tuesday evening and the prize is a $15 gift certificate to the Smeared Ink store....AWESOME!! Hope you can join us at Wicked Wednesday, you know we'd love to see your wonderful little owl creations!

FBW - #202 Friendship

Hello fluttery friends! Flutter by Wednesday has a wonderful challenge this week and it's all about and old! Along with a butterfly and/or fairy on your project we'd like for you to make your project for a friend because as much as our friends know we love's still nice to hear.

Our AWESOME sponsor this week is:

We were allowed to choose any image to use as long as it fit into this week's theme and I chose adorable is this girl?!! I chose blue as my primary color because looking at the hat and tea cup reminded me of Alice in Wonderland...what do you think, sorta/kinda?!! I added some DP from my stash, a stamped butterfly and topped it with an epoxy bubble, glitter brads, scalloped ribbon, pearls, a purple flower, and a border sticker....whew! I found this wonderful quote on Google and had to use it as it fits the image perfectly!

This is my first time coloring a Saturated Canary image and realize I have sooooooo much to learn about Copics and shading...what a shame that I'll have to practice, LOL!

I'll be entering this in:
Yumi & Fumi Handmade: Anything Goes
Sketch Saturday: #221

Thanks for stopping by! We'd love to have you join us for this week's Friendship challenge...hope to see you there!

Aug 20, 2012

Sweet as a bowl of Cherries (x-tra long post!)

We just got back from a relaxing (well...sorta/kinda relaxing) week of vacation in Door County which is known for it's beautiful landscape scenery along Lake Michigan and Green Bay. Everywhere you go are bluffs, beaches, lighthouses, fish boils,and wineries....and DELICIOUS Door County cherries! In fact, while we were there we had...

cherry scones
cherry turnovers
cherry topped swedish pancakes
cherry stuffed french toast
cherry fudge
cherry taffy
cherry lattes
cherry pie
cherry vodka
cherry wine
cherry martini's!

It's no wonder I had cherries on my mind when I spied Jen Shults' Deconstructed sketch #65.

Can you spy 7 different ways I used cherries in this close-up?

I used Unity's Itty Bitty Sweet as a Bowl stamp, Denami Designs cherry stamp, Melissa Francis Kitschy Kitchen DP, a cherry blossom sticker, cherry ribbon, a cherry embellie from M's $1 bin, and the word CHERRY is in the sentiment! If you're scratching your head while looking at the sentiment and thinking that it's fuzzy looking it's because the entire image has super-fine glitter over it and is very pretty in just doesn't photograph well.

If you're wondering why we went to Door County, let me show you.....

Looking out from the top of the Bailey's Harbor lighthouse onto Lake Michigan, it only took 97 stairs to see this amazing view!

A chanel marker/range light in Sturgeon Bay.

A look out point in Fish Creek (minus one of the kiddos who had to stay home to work.)

A fish boil in Fish you see me?!! I'm the one giving a dirty glare to the ladies who decided to show up at the last minute and stand in front of me during the actual "boil" so they could take their pictures...because really, what's rude about that?!!

Lastly, the wonderful log home we rented for the week that was nestled solely among 17 acres, and completely internetless.

Relaxing? You betcha!!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving all the wonderfully sweet comments, they always make me smile.

Aug 18, 2012

Wicked Wednesday - The Blues Reminder

This is just a quick reminder that you have until 7:00 pm this coming Tuesday to join us at Wicked Wednesday for this week’s challenge which is: The Blues. One lucky winner will win one of the several images the DT used from Michelle Perkett Studios, who is our sponsor this week.

I found this gorgeous image of a bird in a bird house over at The Graphics Fairy and thought if anyone should be feeling blue, it might be this little guy....sad, right?!! I stamped the concerto background, then outlined the image with gold embossing powder, and finished it off by adding a bead and the word CAPTURED.

Don’t forget...this Tuesday by 7:00. Hope to see you there!

Aug 15, 2012

Wicked Wednesday - The Blues

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Are you feeling blue? I sure hope not, even though that is what this week’s challenge at Wicked Wednesday is all about...Feeling Blue!

This fabulous image called Elisa the Queen was provided by our sponsor this week, Michelle Perkett Studios and I can’t think of a better BLUE image than a mermaid by the ocean. Blue skies, blue water....{happy sigh}...I think I’m dreaming in blue, which is one of my favorite colors!

The rest of the DT and myself would love to have you join us in this fun ATC challenge which you can find HERE, but you only have until 7:00 pm next Tuesday evening to enter...we’d love to see what you create when you’re Feeling Blue!

Thanks for stopping and hope to see you over at Wicked Wednesday.

Flutter By Wednesday Blog Hog and HELLO!


Hopefully you’ve arrived here from Lynette’s blog and you’re sharing in the exciting news that Flutter By Wednesday is returning with more of the same wonderful weekly challenges and a brand spankin’ new DT…I’m thrilled to be on the new DT along with some familiar faces from the original DT. What better way to celebrate FBW’s return than with a fabulous blog hop?! Come along as we hop(e) to inspire and motive you to join some of these wonderful challenges and let me tell you, there are going to be some fun, fun challenges in the weeks ahead.

This week’s challenge is everyone's favorite – OPEN -- which means anything goes just as long as it has a butterfly or fairy on it. The minute I saw this adorable Strawberries in Milk Fairy image from ADFD I knew I had to use it for this hop and immediately thought about Prima’s Madeline Collection DP, turns out they were a perfect fit. A few embellies, a little glitter, and a friendly HELLO were added to finish this card.

It’s time to head over to Kathy's blog to see what she’s been creating. Don’t fret if you find yourself wandering during this hop, feel free to head back to the FBW Blog to find the correct hop order to make sure you didn't miss any of the wonderful projects from this new (and not-so-new) DT!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments, today I feel like I’m walking on Cloud 9!

Aug 11, 2012

Wednesdays are getting busier....

The challenge at Wicked Wednesday this week is Frankie and his Bride and as much as I tried...I couldn't stop thinking about Tim Curry as the wildly mad Dr. Frank-n-furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show! OMG, I remember when that album was released and why I still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE singing all the songs from this musical. You can't imagine how happy I was when Glee had a Rocky Horror episode!

I started out by printing a picture of the doc I found on Google and added the lyrics from one of the songs. The lips were cut from my Indie Art cartridge, the garter was stamped with Crafty Secrets Sew Special set, and some black ribbon and a bow were added. I didn't even think about using black mesh for fishnet stockings until I had already adhered the garter.

For some reason I just know my teamie Kim could whip up a fashionable EDPD Frank-n-furter in no time, pearls and all! I wonder if I should throw down that challenge for her, lol.

You have until Tuesday evening to upload your ATC, I sure hope you get the chance to pull out some of your Frankie images and join us for this week's challenge.


Just in case you missed it...Flutter By Wednesday is BACK!

I'm so excited to have been asked to be part of this wonderful new DT! Over the past couple of days Danni has been announcing the new DT and if you hop on over to Flutter By Wednesday you can meet the rest of the team. Our first challenge is this coming Wednesday, August 15th and you're going to want to get your butterflies and fairies out and come play with us because there is an awesome line-up of challenges ahead!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving all the sweet comments....they're always a bright spot in my day!

Aug 9, 2012

The Handyman can...

I have to be honest and say that monochromatic challenges are NOT not my favorite challenges (even when I use my fav color) and find I struggle with them...on top of that I thought I'd make this into a guy project...double UGH!!

What guy doesn't love a g/c from a home improvement store? Us girls, well...we love our crafty items but those guys...they love their tools! I think this g/c holder qualifies for a Boys Toys theme, don't you agree, lol.

Handyman Ian from TGF was printed in azure/dark aqua and I used very little color on the image because I wanted to keep this simple. The CS was embossed with the brick and wood folders from TH. The measuring tape is a 4-sided border stamp that I bought a few years ago (yes, from the Goosebarn) that doesn't have a manufacturer's name on it. To finish this off I added a few stickers for the DIY sentiment, along with a few brads.

Totally Paper Crafts: #128 Monochrome
Here Come The Boys: #33 Boys Toys
TGF: FFF Can you digi it

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments, it's nice to hear from my blogging friends.

Aug 8, 2012

Wicked Wednesday Frankie and his Bride

My daughter Francesca giggled when I showed her this because her nickname is Frankie, so it's really true...I {heart} Frankie!

What a fun image from Pixie Dust that the DT was given to work with this week. Actually, there were a couple of different images to choose from but I chose Frankie's bride...isn't she adorable in pink?! We'd love to see your take on this week's Frankie and his Bride challenge. You have until late Tuesday evening to upload your ATC entry over at Wicked Wedneday, hope to see you there.

Aug 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Angela!

Today is Angela's birthday, she is my hubs god-daughter and one of the craftiest 11 year olds I know! She just completed making her halloween dress out of duct tape and is now contemplating the accessories she's going to make for it. CUTE!!

Thank goodness my newest purchase from TGF Anya Celebrates arrived just in time for me to make a quick and simple tag for her. This was colored with watercolor pencils because I don't own any of the Primsacolor pencils, but I am seriously considering purchasing a few because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the look of colored pencils on Kraft.

Anyone for Anya: Flower Power!
My Sheri CraftS: #91 Back & Forth

Thanks for stopping by and leaving all the comments, everyone is always so sweet!

Aug 4, 2012

Wicked Wednesday - Take Time for Me Challenge Reminder

I was walking into a store the other day when I commented to my daugther that there were a lot of senior citizens in the parking lot with white pants and pink shirts was almost an epidemic there were so many ladies with the same color combo on. Then my daughter looked at me and started laughing because, I too, was wearing white pants and a pink top. So here I am after a loooooooooooong day of being with my four kiddos all day...a little stressed and looking for a little "ME" time! You might be laughing, but it's oh, so true!

Isn't this the cutest stamp?!! I have no idea who it is by because the manufacturer's name isn't on the wood block, but I do know I bought it at the Goosebarn over 5 years ago. All the DP's and embellie's are little pieces of leftovers that I held on to because I didn't have it in my heart to throw them away. There is also some hand-doodling and rub-ons above my head to stress the point that I'm feeling a little stressed!

You have until 7:00 pm this Tuesday evening to join us at Wicked Wednesday for this fun challenge! I hope you're able to find some crafty time for you this week!

Aug 1, 2012

Wicked Wednesday - Take Time for You

Ahhhh....nothing screams "me time" like a bubble bath and glass of wine! How relaxing and calming because you get to close the door on the entire day of troubles that came your way...almost like they never happened! Then you get out of the tub, get dressed, and while you still have a "warm and fuzzy" feeling from the wine you look at the tub and realize that...yes, are the only one that is going to clean all the soap scum from the inside of the tub! Back to reality....

The Bath Girl image is from Jellypark who is our sponsor for the "Take Time for You" challenge at Wicked Wednesday this week. I hope you find some crafty time and decide to join us, you have until 7:00 pm next Tuesday evening to enter.
You know we'd love to have you join us.