Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Our challenge for Pixie Cottage is Strawberries and Cream. My interpretation is the pink red and white color theme for my card. Our little baby image can be found here.

I used a pink scrap for the base and then cut a paper doily in 4ths. Each corner was faux stitched and then dotted with pink pearl dimensional paint.Versatile Baby Blake can be colored to be a boy or girl. This was water colored a little pink bow added and cut out with a Spellbinder scalloped oval and matted on red. I punched the little flowers with the pink scraps and then a little pearl dotted center. The girl ribbon was attached with a little flower brad.

Entering Challenges:
Scrappy Frogs: Use Red
Make it Monday: Anything goes
Creative Inspirations: Babies

Passionately Artistic has a new challenge this Wednesday . I have a very clean and simple card today! The hibiscus is an old PSX botanical that I water colored and cut out.The background was created with yellow and green alcohol inks and attached to the green. Faux stitching and a punched out sentiment complete this simple card.Entering Challenges:
Allsorts: Lemon & lime
Creative Craft: Create your own backing papers
Bearly Mine: Summer is here
Deep Ocean: Flowers
Ooh La La Creations: Flowers

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Tuesday Throwdown is sponsored by My Grafico this week and our Challenge is red white and blue. We were given a set of fun precolored digi flower and border images called spotsy dotsy floral collection.

I duplicated one of the open daisy images to form a chain, cut it out and put across the bottom. I then used a couple other flower images cut out and foam dotted on. I added button centers to all the flowers. Next added the daisy precolored border. The red border is a MS daisy punch. A RW&B ribbon and punched tag finished the

Just returned last night from our 43rd Reunion( Wow can we really be that old?) this weekend.... it way to short!! Here are a couple pics. We floated down Oak Creek a couple times, hiked, shopped, spent lots of time visiting and of course grazed on all the wonderful food :)
I took a bunch of old hats and scarves. Ended up one hat short so I had to wear a scarf :)
Another girl brought these fifties cat eye sunglasses so we took lots of fun photos around the property where we were staying.
This year an emergency arose and one had to leave but this is the crazy group which we have jokingly become known as the Ya YA Sisters.

We all started kindergarten together one left in our sophomore and one in our junior year the rest of us graduated together.

Entering Challenges:
Craft Your Passion: Seeing Red
Scrapbookaholic: Red White & Blue
Die Cut Dreams: Red White & Blue
Squigglefly: Red White & Blue
Paper Playtime: Red White & Blue + a digi
Sentimental Sundays: Patriotic/ your national flag colors + sentiment

Monday, June 27, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

At Heartsong Challenge this weeks theme is scallops. I did my bottom scallops to represent little layers of hills and the top scallops are representing clouds. You know you have to stretch the imagination a bit LOL
Check out the teams cards for a little inspirations.

Friday, June 24, 2011

My friend and I are off to for a extended weekend meeting up with 10 other ladies that we graduated with many many moons ago. We did this two years ago and what fun we had!! I will share some pics when we get home.

Meantime I wanted to mention that Michelle at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More has started a Copic Club. You can go to the link below and get all the information.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Well here in the desert it is definately summer...Temps are over 110 now and the nights are only in the 80's. Our Pixie Cottage theme is Summer Fun and/or you can use our sketch. When its so hot cooling off at the river is a great way to spend your day so that was the inspiration for my card.

The image is called The Dock by Sandra Hammer found at Michelle's Scrapbooking. Be sure to stop by and check out her huge selection of supplies for all your card and scrapping needs. Many of the image are designed to combine with others.

I have added a little Tilda to the dock image. The images were water colored and matted on the yellow. I used a MS butterfly punch for the border and Added a little yellow bow and some butterflies. Be sure to check out the rest of the teams cards.

Entering Challenges:
The Corrosive: Ribbons and bows
Sparkles Forum: At the beach
Mark's Finest Papers: Buttons
Anything Goes: Here Comes Summer
Amber's Crafts and Stuff: Summer

CR84FN Color...Mona's Color Challenge


Wednesday means a new Inspiration at Passionately Artistic today.My card is a simple summery thank you card. I used some old Stampin Up images. The flower image is water colored. I used some yellow embossing powder for the yellow circles border. After matting the flower image and punching the corners I foam dotted it up and attached the cut out flower and bee. Used the little Spellbinder tag for the sentiment and little dotted ribbon.
Entering Challenges:
The Cheerful Stamp Pad: Things with Wings
Sweet Stampin': Things with Wings
Delicious Doodles: Things that flutter

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


A big thanks to all of you who participated in our Birthday Celebration Blog Hop. We will be posting the winners so check our Tuesday Throwdown blog.

This weeks challenge is Masculine and our sponsor is Dude Time Doodles. Be sure to stop by and check out their huge selection of guy images.

Their totally guy images make the man card pretty easy to do. I used Driftin' Denton and the fin lure. Used some solid SU and a scrap of masculine striped dp. I printed a row of the lures to use as a border. The edge is punched with a MS checkerboard. The images were water colored and the big lure has some stickles on for the metal part. I also used some wire instead of fishing line to put on the lure.

We have quite a bit of changes going on at TT so bear with us as we get all our ducks in a row.

Entering Challenges:
Dream Valley: Father's Day
2 Sisters: For a guy
Catch the Bug: Its a mans world
Word Play Weekend: Use blue
Bloggers Challenge: It's manly baby
Paper Creator's Crafts: For the men
Glitter Geeks: Man/Fathers Day

Monday, June 20, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Our Heart Song Challenge is flowers and/ or handmade flowers. Stop by and join us here. The team has some lovely inspiration for you as well.

I made a very simple card with a little of both. I love these poppies, one of the newer botanicals at Heart Song Digis. They are water colored a traditional red faux stitched and matted. The flower was made with several layers of some recycled packing paper with a red and black center. I drew water colored and cut out the leaves. The edge is a MS botanial punch. The sentiment is punched out with a SU punch and mounted on the Spellbinder scalloped oval. Some faux stitching finished it off.

Entering Challenges:
Creative Inspirations: Stitching..real or faux
Scrappy Frogs: Simply Red
Inspire Me Fridays: Anything goes
Just Add Ink: Add coloring to your card
Sew Many Cards: Use a punch

Thursday, June 16, 2011


This is day three of our blog hop at Tuesday Throwdown. Our Sponsor today is Heart Song Digis
Leah has lots of wonderful images to choose from. Today I'm using the Pansy Frame which I water colored and cut out. The poem is mounted from behind.

On the base I used a MS hydrangea punch for the borders. All the little flowers have purple stickles with white centers. The center is a Spellbinder tag with dots around it. I made a pansy putting stickles around the edges and the two little posies have stickle centers also. Two buttons tied together form the stop.

The back was embossed with a dotted swiss folder then the image attached and a hand dyed bow added. Some pretty lace and another piece of the hydrangea border with stickles added. I made another pansy and some leaves to finish it off.

Remember one or two of us will be featuring one of the sponsors images each day thru Sunday so leave your comments to be in the drawings. Lauren is also designing with a Heart Song Digi today so hop on over to see her beautiful creation and leave a comment.
Entering Challenges:
By The Cute and Girly: In the Garden
Card and Scrap: Lace and Ribbon
Little Darling: Summer
Penny's Paper Crafty: Best Friends
Sparkle Creations: Easel Cards

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Our Challenge this week is Grab a Glass of Lemonade and or the sketch. Use your can be yellow, lemony or ??? My daughter will be here in a couple weeks so Im finishing up the recipe book for her. This challenge was perfect for a new page. I used some shimmery lemony striped dp, printed my recipe and matted it . Is this A Picnic Antventure by Artish image the cutest!! You can find it an Many more at Michelle's Scrapbooks & More.

I water colored the image and then drew and water colored the strawberry and lemon border. Then matted it on the red punched with a MS zig zag punch.

I also drew the glass on a piece of acetate then cut and colored the lemons, straw and ice cube to put in it. Next I drew a few lemons to put around. Voila another recipe page done.

Stop by to see all the great creations the team has made.

Entering Challenges:
Anything Goes:Here comes Summer
Going Grey with Scrap Creations: Anything Goes
KB Cute Monday: Bright Colors
My Partner in Crafting Crime: Tutti Frutti
Divas by Design: Anything but a card

Passionately Artistic

Since Fathers Day is right around the corner thats our theme for today.

I had to be sneaky to get this card made for my husband. He usually wants to see each card so this one I had to do under cover :) I loved this cool Vintage Norton Motorcycle image I got from Stitchy Bear.

Although this image is not a Harley my husband will love it. His motorcycle is his only transportation and he rides it rain or shine....Sooo he is definately a motorcycle kinda guy. I liked the zipper, it reminded me of a roadway and the piece of metal behind the sentiment was run thru a diamond plate folder. The little stars were also punched out of metal. I had put a red clip on it for a pop of color but just liked the monochromatic look so took it back off. Pretty clean and simple.

Entering Challenges:
Papertake Weekly: Dads and Lads
Stampin' Sisters in Christ: Eph 6:2-4 Fathers Day
The Stamping Boutique: For Men Only
The Crazy Challenge: Monochromatic
Cupcake Craft: Boy Oh Boy
Daisy Doodle Creations: Fathers Day or Masculine
Digital Tuesday: Get out the gingham

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Yes, its Happy Birthday to us~~~We are celebrating our 1st Birthday this week with a blog hop... here at Tuesday Throwdown. Hard to believe it has been a year since we started. We want to say thanks to all of you who have helped to make our challenge a success. We have several sponsors and our hop will start today and end on Sunday.

All the team will join in today using the different sponsors images. Wednesday thru Sunday one or two of the team will be featuring one of the sponsors images. You will need to stop by and leave a comment to be eligible for the drawing.

Tomorrow CEAL will be designing HERE with a Paper Pretties image so be sure to stop by and leave her some love to be in the drawing.

Thursday Lauren and myself will be featuring Heart Song Digis.....Friday Leah will be featuring Louby Lou....Saturday Kim will be featuring K&K and Sunday DeeDee & Emily will be featuring Whimsie Doodle images. Be sure to stop by each day and leave a comment. I have linked each of the teams names so you can stop by. We will draw Monday and announce the winners next Tuesday.

Today Im using a Louby Lou image called Time for Tea. I decided to make a pocket card with a little tag insert. A little water coloring and and faux stitching on the image. The dotted matting was punched with a MS looped punch. I made a white base and attached the printed dp then edged with the fun dotted ric rack. The birthday tag is a Spellbinder.

The inside tag is made with the two dps and a little border of the ric rack across it. I did a little faux stitching and a looped edge at the bottom. Then used a little daisy punch for the flowers and a MS punch for the leaves.

Entering Challenges:
Woodware USA: Happy Birthday
Kreative Stampelfreunde: Happy Birthday
Bearly-Mine: Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday: Open challenge

Monday, June 13, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

You can choose to use the sketch and/or theme of buttons, bows & bling. Be sure to check out my teamies great creations and Stop by to show off you creations!

I am using two images called Tiny Miracle & Baby Giraffe. Leah has a great selection of digis and you can find them at her STORE .

I used a scrap of yellow and blue plaid for the background and to piece my moon and little piece of blue with a few stars. After piecing my moon I added so stickles and jewels for some bling.
The giraffe was water colored and both images matted on embossed pieces.
A few buttons and a bow to finish of my little baby card.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Join us at Passionately Artistic this week with your summer creations.

I have stamped and water colored this pretty old Penny Black image, cut some of the pansies out and pieced them for some added dimension. I love this soft colored stripes on this Heartwarming Vintage Collection dp. Dyed some ribbon to match and attached with a button.

The bottom edge was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and my friend Martha sent me this beautiful lace a couple weeks ago.

I cut out a piece of the striped dp and layered on the tag my friend Brenda ( Benzi) sent me. I added the sentiment, little pansy, the pink jewels and foam dotted on.

I used the pretty pink and green colors from Mona's CR8FN Color Challenge

Entering Challenges:
Happileigh Scrappin: Flower Show
Clear it Out: Paper Piecing
Craft-room:Anything Goes
Going Grey with Scrap Creations: Happy Birthday
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Lace
There She Goes: Milestones...birthday anniversary etc.
Marks Finest Papers: Flowers
Scrapbook Sisters: English Garden

The Pixie Cottage Challenge

We have a fun challenge this week...Shape it up. Any card with a shape other than square or rectangle. I decided to do a teapot. Can't wait to see your shaped card. Come Join us HERE.
First I did a sketch copying one of my teapots then cut it out. I made the dp with a little stamp out of my misc box. The two beautiful rose images by Artish can be found HERE. I stamped, water colored and cut several layers to make the big rose appear raised as is the one on my own teapot. The other image I reduced and used for the base and for the little top to the lid.

With the rose attached I outlined the oval with some dots also around the bottom. I also used the dots to outline the bottom the lid and for the base. Punched out the tag, dotted and tied on with a little yellow ribbon.

Can't have a teapot with out teabags right?? Made a little teabag cover to match the teapot. Tied closed with a little yellow ribbon.

Entering Challenges:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs: Tic Tac Toe...ribbon, flowers, tags
Gingerloft: Tie a Yellow Ribbon
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs: Happy B-day
So Saturday: Shaped Cards

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Our challenge is Animals and our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish. My little image is called friends. The image is water colored cut out , faux stitched, matted and foam dotted on. I used a MS looped punch for the border around the circle. I found the little piece in my scrap box to create a hinge. A little ribbon and tag finish it up. The papers are Stampin' Up. We have a new Teamie, Dee Dee Anderson. Stop by to hi and see the teams inspiration!

Next week we will be celebrating our first Birthday with a week long blog hop. Our Sponsors will be giving daily prizes. Be sure to mark your Calendars for next Tuesday.
Entering Challenges:
Little Claire's: Shaped Cards
Wee Memories: Free for All
Word Play Weekend: Tails
Bloggers Challenge: Pets
Frosted Designs: Friends & Friendships
Stamps & Fun =Creativity: Friends

The Sparkles Forum is Father's Day this fortnight.
My card is for my son in law. I made two cards alike for them I am so blessed to have men who are great husbands and dads to daughter and grandbabies. I had to get this one off early as one is in Afghanistan right now. I have another son in law who will be returning from deployment sometime Father's Day week and he has received his new duty station. They are moving and do not have an address yet so his will have to wait until after he gets home. I made simple cards the houndstooth embossed paper I recently received from Brenda as a base. My star is cut out of cardboard with the medallion made with some scrap paper and a button center.
The sentiment is punched out matted and fastened with brads.

Entering Challenges:
Come and Get it: Father's Day
Creative Inspirations: Father's Day or for Dad
Here Come The Boys: Father's Day
Craft Your Days Away: Father's Day or Special man
Designed 2 Delight: flowers
Easy Craft Projects: For Dad
Simply Create: All about Dad
The Stamp Man: Boys & Men

Monday, June 6, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration

Heart Song Inspiration Challenges are back. We are starting off our first Challenge with Anything Goes. Leah has a free digi you can pick up over at Heart Song Inspiration. You do not have to use a Heart Song image to enter. Hope you stop by to join us this week.

I am using the free digi called Happy Home colored using water colors. Cut out several layers of the roof and flower and stacked for a little dimension. You notice I have a piece of embossed pink??? That was from my great care package from Brenda! Gosh I was just about on the verge of needing therapy for the withdrawals! NO embossing or die cuts for three weeks thats rough LOL A few layers and some faux stitching make a simple card. I also used one of the die cuts Brenda sent me for the sentiment with a dotted ribbon.

The colors that I used are from Mona's Cupcake's Creations Color Challenge. You can join her challenge here.
Entering Challenges:
'The Corrosive : Summer Colors
Catch the Bug: Anything goes
Creations by Gill: Pink/Green with flowers
Ooh La La Creations: Happy Birthday

Friday, June 3, 2011


Wohoo Would you check this out!! I have to say since I have started blogging I have met tons of amazing Ladies who are so kind. As you may know my cuttlebug and my sewing machine recently broke. You don't realize how much you use them till you don't have them. No cutting embossing or sewing becomes a real challenge when creating that for sure. LOL Over the past year and a half several Ladies have emailed me with tips and instructions, my friend Martha has sent several care pkgs, Mona called me and helped me with making links etc. and yesterday Brenda ( you may know her as Benzi Stampz) blessed me with this big envelope full of all kinds and colors of die cuts and embossed papers to use until I can get a new machine. So I just wanted to take the time to say a big THANKS to Brenda and to ALL of you have helped and encouraged me along the way on this wonderful journey of creativity and friendships. HAPPY FRIDAY TO YOU ALL :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Our Pixie Cottage Challenge this week is Anything but a card....there are so many possibilities to this challenge. Be sure to stop by and see my teammates awesome creations this week!
I decided to make a birdhouse. To start I printed lots of the Dew Drop Dahlia by Artish and water colored them. I cut them out to put all round the bottom of the birdhouse and on the tag.

I made a little tag to go along with the birdhouse. I recycled a peanut can for my little house. I cut the hole and covered with papers from the Heartwarming Vintage Collection. I used some scallops circle punches for the opening. The roof edge and the bottom trellis used MS punches.I found this old piece of green cotton lace for the bottom. Sorta looks like grass doesn't it?? Dug in the button box and found some green, blue and white buttons to go around the bottom. Added a little twig for a perch.

My friend Martha suggest I make the roof removable. I cut a circle and overlapped to create the little peaked roof. I cut out the rest of the flowers and added two layers for each one and attached to the roof along with leaves. Added a bow made with hand dyed ribbon.

I'm filling it with chocolate drops for my Dad. My dad feeds the wild birds and do they have his number! They all stop by every morning for breakfast. It is a little girly but he will love it first because I made it for him and second cuz its filled with his favorite.... Chocolate drops!

Entering Challenges:
One Stop Craft: Buttons and bows
Creative Stamp Friends: A Gift Package
Happileigh Scrappen: Lots of embellies
Incy Wincy Designs: Nature
Karens Doodles: Fathers Day
Sentimental Sundays: Anything but a card
Craft Your Days Away: Fathers Day or Special Man
Easy Craft Projects: For Dad
Just Us Girls: 3D Fathers Day Project