Aug 31, 2013

Wicked Wednesday #99 Magic Show

If this is Saturday it means my hubs and I are en route to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa...we are on our way to take our college freshman to her dormitory. It is a 5 hour drive each way, which means she is 5 hours away from us *sigh*. This past week I was able to spend quite a bit of time with her and she showed me a side to her which made me so proud and confirmed that she's becoming a smart, considerate, and compassionate young woman.  Every once in a while she will still take my hand when we are walking and this week it meant more to me than words can say, and it makes me think I'm going to miss her more than I know.
Wicked Wednesday's challenge this week is Magic Show. Our sponsor is The Graphics Shoppe and they provided the entire DT with various images that would fit into the magic theme.  I know I'm a tad bit late with my WW post that was due Wednesday....I'm just happy to be able to get back to crafting and posting with all that's been going on at my house lately. I choose this sweet magician image, colored him up....then added stars, glitter, a rabbit, and some block lettering.
Abracadabra...everyone loves a little hat trick!
This is my Saturday reminder ATC for the Magic Show challenge. I've had this adorable wizard clear stamp for a couple of years and it is from Karber Stamps. There's no denying that this guy can perform a little bit of magic!!

The Magic Show challenge at Wicked Wednesday runs until 7:00 pm ET next Tuesday evening...we'd love to have you work your magic on an ATC and join us! Feel free to link your ATC's HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, my little hiatus from two DT's is over which means I'll be back to posting on Wednesdays and Saturdays again....along with an occasional Sunday!


Aug 25, 2013

Y&FH CH #22 Photo Inspiration

Happy Sunday! I have a quick reminder that you still have a few more days to join the current challenge that's going on right now at Y&FH....which is this inspirational cake photo with it's bright colors and gorgeous flowers.

  • One of the biggest changes to Y&FH bi-weekly challenge rules are that you can now use ANY stamped image!
  •  As a bonus for using a Y&FH image,  your name will be added a maximum of one (1) extra time after the last linked entry.
  • All projects/cards must have a hand-colored image, "sentiment only" cards are NOT allowed.  
  • One (1) entry per person.
  • All of the challenge rules can be found HERE.
The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade online store and the Top 3 will receive a 10% discount code to be used in the Yumi & Fumi Handmade online store.

We would love to have you join the Y&FH "Photo Inspirational" challenge!  Feel free to scroll down or click HERE to find the original challenge post and link your entry.  The winner and Top 3 picks will be announced on Saturday, August 31st.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment or two, it's always nice to hear from everyone during these hectic back-to-school days!

Aug 11, 2013

Y&FH #21 Anything Goes Reminder

Have you been wondering where I've been lately?!! I asked a couple of my team leaders if I could take the month of August off from my DT responsibilities as I was planning on a vacay with my hubs, and our daughter will be leaving for college at the end of the month....I was hoping to spend some quality/uncrafty time with my family. Sadly, the vacation in Napa was put on the back burner with my father's recent rehab stay and "family time" has turned into sporadic spurts of dorm shopping and a trip to the theater to see Wolverine. *sigh*
Today's post is a reminder for Yumi & Fumi Handmade Anything Goes Challenge.  There are  new rules over at Y&FH...with one of the most exciting being that you can now use any stamped image for all of the challenges, which means you are no longer limited to using just Y&FH images. Feel free to check out the rules HERE

Not only are there new challenge rules, but there are now two DTs who will be alternating each week to bring you lots of inspiration, Team Yumi and Team Fumi....can you guess which team I am on?!! LOL!

I used Summer Fumi, Tiki Surf Set, and Aloha Honu Set for this tag, all are from the recently released Hang Loose series. I know you can't see it in the photo, but the paper is holographic and shimmers just like water and looks totally awesome. Lots of ribbons, washi tape, and border stickers were used for added details, along with a small handmade charm.
We hope you will join the ANYTHING GOES challenge using ANY image of your choice. All entries must be linked by Friday, August 16th, with the winner and Top 3 picks being announced on Saturday, August 17th. Again, challenge rules can be found HERE.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today, enjoy what comes your way.
Happy Sunday!

Aug 6, 2013

Happy Birthday Jenn!

JSL (Just Some Lines) secretly provided the entire Wicked Wednesday DT the most adorable digi image called Jenn...named after our fabby WW leader Jenn Borjeson. It just so happens that today is Jenn's birthday and the DT is hoping to surprise her by creating ATCs with birthday wishes for her.


You can see all of the celebratory ATCs HERE.

Aug 4, 2013

Coloful Anya

I thought I'd play along with a couple of my favorite challenge blogs when making this card for our God-daughter's upcoming birthday. Here's the inspiration photo Anyone For Anya posted for their Colorful Photo challenge.

I used Anya Lifts and colored her hair a gorgeous shade of purple for TGF's FFF Getting Wiggy With It challenge. I LOVE this challenge because it requires any TGF image colored with non-traditional hair's a little out of the box and a fun challenge!

In keeping with the inspiration photo I tried to use the 3 main colors I saw...yellow, blue, and purple. I think this fun and colorful leopard DP is a great choice and makes for some adorable balloons.

Speaking of balloons....the hubs and I went out to eat last night with some good friends and we went to a wonderful restaurant along the Fox River. All four of us agreed that it was the nicest evening of the summer, so we decide to sit in the outside dining area. Good food, great friends, and an unexpected hot-air balloon passing by.

I hope your day is filled with unexpected surprises!

Aug 3, 2013

WW #95 Zodiac/Astrology

Oh my goodness, I am not acting like the typical Virgo who is usually very reliable and always meticulous...why, some might say I'm meticulous to a fault. Instead, I am being more of a slacker because I forgot to make a post for Wicked Wednesday last week! Aaack!
This is my ATC from a couple of days ago for the Zodiac/Astrology challenge...the image was provided by this week's sponsor: Smeared Ink. I chose Virgo because it is my astrological sign, but a few of my teamies used other zodiac images for their AWESOME ATC's....which you can see HERE.

Here is today's reminder ATC using an image I found through a Google search. I added some leaves and lined them with gold to give it a regal touch...I was trying to replicate a crown of laurel leaves. I love using Google and decided to search the use of laurel leaves ....I discovered laurel leaves are just another name for bay leaves.  Not as regal as I had envisioned. 

This Zodiac/Astrology challenge at Wicked Wednesday goes until next Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm EST, feel free to link your ATC HERE.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Oh what the's another picture from the scrapbooking retreat I went to last was a blast!

Myself, Vanessa Fox, Vi Feirer, Kay DeWall
Happy Saturday!

Aug 2, 2013

Team Fumi

Yumi & Fumi Handmade has announced their new DT which is being divided into two teams...
Team Yumi and Team Fumi.
I have been asked to be the Senior DT for Team Fumi....WOOT!!!!!
Please welcome the entire Team Fumi HERE!
Have you wondered where I've been lately?! Between traveling back and forth to see my dad who went into a rehab facility this summer and out-of-town was my turn to host the annual scrapbooking retreat for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Crops. Needless to say, I have been busy!  The scrapbooking retreat was held at a fantastic B&B in Sycamore, IL called The Paper Doll House. OMG, the owner Mary Kim spoiled us from the moment we pulled into the driveway with a valet who unloaded our cars, to her fresh baked tea time delicacies each day. Did I mention her cupboard of decadent sweets?!
Good times with good friends....old and new! We've changed the name of the group to the Sassy Sisters as the group has changed members and some are now a bit sassier than in previous years, lol!

This is my favorite picture from the entire real life sis, Diana (L) and my sistah from anoth-ah  moth-ah, Carol (R).

I drove a few of the girls to Sinissippi Gardens in Rockford and found the memorial bench for my BFF/maid-of-honor who passed away 15 years ago, *sigh* I miss her everyday.

Thanks for stopping by, wishing you the happiest of Fridays!