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Friday, May 29, 2015

Graduation Over and Thank You

Hello friends!
Happy Friday to ya!  I am looking forward to getting some much needed time for some scrap-booking in my stamp room this weekend and hope to finish up a book for my son.
Speaking of my son, we had his graduation party last weekend and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for it!  The weather cooperated very nicely.
Here is the handsome young grad holding his cake....
I had ordered his cake a week prior and thought that since the rest of his decorations had the traditional black colors, that I would get his cake to match with the black as well even-though his school colors are navy blue and gold.  It was a yummy cake regardless! :)

Hard to believe that this guy used to be THIS cutie a short time ago....
This was his pre-school graduation! :)  Where oh where does the time go?!!!! sigh...
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 I had previously made a post with the graduation announcement.  (CLICK HERE to see that post.)  Here's a photo of the card I made specifically for him for his party:
I thought that I had already posted this, but then realized that I hadn't done so yet!
So basically I've taken his school colors to make this card and I used pretty much the same products on this that I had used on his announcement.  (These are all Stampin' Up! products.)
I've heat embossed with gold embossing powder the "Class of 2015" stamp and then I took some left over star pieces from the confetti star punch to attach in places over the gold embossed image.  I then layered that onto a navy card stock piece and then again layered that over a piece of shimmery gold card stock.  (To match the embossing).  I then popped that panel up over the navy card base which I've embossed with the stars embossing folder and to make them stand out a bit more, I swiped my white ink pad over top of the stars.
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 I finished up his thank you cards and got those sent off too!  Here's what the thank you cards I've done look like:
I've got a few different stamp images going on here from Stampin' Up! as well as from My Favorite Things.  I cut the navy colored curved stitched borders with a die cut from My Favorite Things called Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges and then I added a small strip of gold card stock on each end of it. The Grad cap was from the Stampin' Up! stamp set called "Class of 2015" in the Occasions catalog and the sentiment was from the Stampin' Up! "Four You" stamp set and the stars were from the MFT stamp sets Wavy Greetings and Totally Happy.

Here's what I put on the inside of the card:
I computer generated the greeting and tried to match up the computer ink with the navy, but it came out a bit lighter than what I wanted.
I then took the Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts from Lawn Fawn to cut it out and mounted it onto a layer of the navy card stock and attached it to the inside of the card.  I've also added a few more of the same stars that I used on the front of my design to compliment the inside as well as on the envelopes.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  I wish you all a really fabulous weekend!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter my card for:
Creative Moments - Anything Goes - Inside/Out
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes or create your own challenge
Simply Create Too - Keep it Simple


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Anything Goes with Addicted to Stamps & More!

Hello friends!
Here we are on the LAST week of May already! Wow!  Time has really flown by this month and hopefully I can start s-l-o-w-i-n-g down to enjoy the Summer months! :)
I'm here to share with you a brand new challenge up over at the
For this week's challenge...it's an EASY PEASY...ANYTHING GOES!
This is a special posting as well because there is also a DESIGN TEAM CALL up!  They are looking to fill a few positions for team members needed for the next 6 month term!  If this is something that you'd be interested in, then hop on over and check out the details on how to apply!

We also have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge too!
They are offering up a $10 gift certificate for the lucky winner!
So be sure that you enter the challenge for your chance to win!!

Here's the card that I have chosen to do for the "anything goes" challenge:
For my card, I have used a Lawn Fawn stamp set called "Color My World".  This was a limited time stamp set offered last year and not available for purchase anywhere.
I have also tried out a new technique that I had never heard of before until I saw the talented Laura Bassen's video on it.  I was very intrigued and wanted to save that idea to try out later.  This is my attempt at what she called "Ink Smooching".  (Click on her name to be taken to her video....P.S.  You can't help but giggle a bit when you watch/listen to her videos!!  She's so funny!)

I got a bit more "wild" with my smooching than she did.  I laid on the ink really heavy, but I wanted to cover up my background with lots of color because of the theme of my design of course. :)
I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out and layer the sections of my background and layered them with some black card stock to pop it out a bit and give it dimension.
I colored in my crayon characters with Copic markers and I even put some eyelashes onto the pink colored crayon so that one looks like a boy and the other a girl crayon. LOL!
I finished it out with some enamel hearts above the blue crayon.
I thought this was so fun and I hope to try out this new (to me) technique again!

So I hope you've enjoyed my card today and I do hope that you will come and check out the challenge and/or DT call to enter!!  Can't wait to see your creations! :)
Thanks so much for joining me here this evening!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter my card for:

Lawnscaping Challenges - New Technique (I used "Ink Smooching")


Little Red Wagon - To DIE For! (use die cuts)

Creative Knockouts - Sentimentally Yours

Creative Corner - Anything goes

The Pink Elephant (TPE300) - Anything goes


My Hero

Hello friends!
Wow, I can't believe it's been almost a week from my last posting! Ooops!
I meant to get this one posted yesterday for Memorial Day, but missed the chance to post it!  I did get into my studio to stamp which is a good thing though! :)
Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend.
 **Wanted to take this special moment to thank each and every one who has or is serving in the military and let them know how thankful we are for your service. **  

I was busy with things that I will share later this week, but for now, I wanted to share this card:
I really like the way this turned out.  I was going for a masculine rustic feel along with a 'non-traditional' colored patriotic look.  I thought that this card could be used for several occasions including a thank you for Military Service Persons.
I've pulled out a stamp set from My Favorite Things with lots of stars in it called Totally Happy and paired it with a Mama Elephant sentiment from one of her 'limited edition' stamp sets no longer available.  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder over the strip of Crumb Cake card stock.  The stars were stamped with Whisper White ink and the set of three stars on the sentiment strip was stamped with the Crumb Cake ink.

I've used my (retired) Stampin' Up! star punches to punch out the large and smaller stars with in the Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow card stock colors.  The smaller stars were popped up over the sentiment strip with dimensionals.

I've also taken the Crumb Cake ink and distress the edges of the main panel with it and also distressed the edges with my distress tool.  I thought this helped with the rustic look of the design.  I then layered the Crumb Cake main panel to a Lost Lagoon and finally layered onto a Mossy Meadow A2 sized card base.

Needed to get this card posted for a few challenges that are about to end! Yikes!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you've enjoyed my card and I will be back again shortly with another post for a new challenge!!   So stay tuned! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:

1.  The Male Room - color challenge:


2.  Pals Paper Arts (PPA252) - sketch  whoops! MISSED IT!


3.  AAA Cards - For the Guys

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

You're So Tweet!

Hello friends!!
It's the middle of the week already and I have plenty to keep me busy throughout the rest of this month!  Spring seemed to get here and everything got into a big hurry all the sudden! LOL!

So, before the end of the month gets here and I completely forget to do this, I wanted to use this sweet image from the progressive challenge over at From the Heart.
So check out my card:
And this darling little image is called Apple Blossom Birds.  I enjoyed coloring these sweet peeps to make them look like the robins that hop around my area.  I printed the image twice and colored in another image with the blossoms to pop them out over the design to give them dimension.

I cut out the image from a strip and then use a curved stitch die cut to made the curve along the right end of it as well as the brown layer behind it.  The sentiment was cut out and layered with the brown and popped up over a gold line sticker.  I also added THREE banners to the bottom of the sentiment by punching them out from design papers with my banner punch.

I used an embossing folder for the background and mounted it over a piece of gold metallic card stock and then layered that onto a brown A2 card base.
To finish it off, I decided to add some gold sequins to bring out the other gold on the design.

Here's a closer view of my coloring:
You can barely see in the photo, but for the apple blossoms, I've used my white gel pen to make some lines and I've also used a gold gel pen to make "dots" in the centers of the flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hope you've enjoyed my card.

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
From the Heart Progressive Challenge:


i {heart} sketches... with a twist: use three of something
 (I guess my twist is the three banners)


Sentimental Sundays - Funny and/or Cute sentiment


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Missing You at Tuesday Throwdown

Hello friends!
Here with you today to share a new challenge up over at
TUESDAY THROWDOWN
For this challenge, we'd like to see "Missing You" themed creations.

The sponsor for this challenge is Fred, She Said Designs and they are offering a prize for the winner, so be sure to come play along for your chance to win!
Here's what I've done for my card:
I've used this really stunning image kindly donated from our sponsor called Marigolds & Morpho digital stamp set.  I printed up this image twice and then on one of them, I colored in the background flowers with blue inks and then went over them with my Copic markers to add some shadowing and green leaves.  For the center of the flowers, I've used my gold and white gel pens to dot them.  I fussy cut around the outline shape of the image and placed it over my mosaic embossed white background panel.  I added some gold ribbon and the sentiment banner along with the pearls at the bottom and attached this to an A2 white card base.


I then colored in the butterfly on the other image and fussy cut it out and covered it with my Wink of Stella Glitter pen and colored in the eyes with a silver gel pen.  I also covered the middle of the butterfly with some glossy accents.  All I did was use some liquid glue only on the center of the butterfly and attached it to the blue colored floral image right over top of the other one.
Once the glue was dry, I was able to pull up on the wings and curve them to give them some dimension.  I wanted to make the flowers blue instead of yellow so that the butterfly would pop out against them.  Looking at this now, I wish I would've added in one more gold element to tie it in with the design better, but I thought the gold colored centers would tie in with the ribbon.

Hope you were inspired by my design today and I do hope that you will join us this week for the challenge!  Stop on over at the challenge blog to see all of the other stunning inspiration from my DT friend!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Come & Get It - Ribbon & Bling
Creative Corner - Spring is in the air!
Just Us Girls - Color Week (I chose: teal, yellow, green & neutral white/black)


Monday, May 18, 2015

Be Happy and SMILE!!

Happy Monday to you friends!!
Well, it happened....my youngest has graduated from High School yesterday!
As you can see, he has become quite taller than his mom!! :)
I'm so proud of him for making it through all of those years of sweat and tears!  We look forward to a promising future with him as he begins college this Fall.  I look forward to watching him learn as he continues into his young adult years.
Now to move onto a grad party for him this weekend and celebrate!
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I did manage to find some time to actually make a card too!!
I have decided to pull out some of my new MFT stamps and dies and play along with both their color and sketch challenges!  (See below for the challenges.)
I've used the Modern Blooms stamp set and inked them up with the Tickled Pink and Ripe Raspberry Hybrid inks.  I die cut all of the flowers out with the coordinating Die-namics Modern Blooms.  As you can see on the tall Whip Cream panel that I die cut with the Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips, I have taken the same stamp set and stamped some leaves and dot clusters with Fuse Green and Kraft Hybrid inks.  The flowers were layered over top and I've put gold enamel dots in the center of each one.

For the Ripe Raspberry Circle, I have used the Die-namics Stitched Circles Frame to incorporate into my layout.  I then used an image from the same Modern Blooms stamp set to stamp the Whisper White (SU!) 'dots' around it.  The background was made with Kraft card stock and Kraft ink which I used the Stampin' Up! version of the Hardwood that I stamped for my background.
The curve on that panel was made with the MFT Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges.  All of this was mounted onto a Fuse Green A2 sized card base.

As you can see, I've woven some SU! gold 1/8" ribbon through the circle and around the Hardwood panel on the card.  For the sentiment at the bottom, I used the MFT Totally Happy stamp set and curved it on my acrylic block before I stamped it with VersaMark ink and then embossed it with white embossing powder.  I thought it would be fun to fit around the curve and the fact that it looks like a smile works for me! :)

Hope you've enjoyed my card today and I will be back again tomorrow with a new challenge post!
Enjoy this beautiful weather and thanks for hanging out with me today!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
MFT Color Challenge:

MFT Sketch Challenge:

Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Twist of Flowers (Has to be a square or rectangle card)

Creative Card Crew - Embossing (wet or dry)

Crafting by Designs - Flowers

Crafts 4 Eternity - Wood


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Surprise... Birthday Linky Party!

Hello friends!!
Yes, I'm still around and I have a special post to share with you today!

*CLICK HERE for the party Link UP to join in the fun!*
We are celebrating a special friend's birthday who I happen to be on a DT with over at ATSM challenge blog!  Several of her friends and DT teammates have all teamed up together to surprise her with this fun birthday link party in her honor!

This special person is the awesome
Sandie Munro
If you have time, come join the linky party FUN and tell Sandie happy birthday!

I have made a special birthday card for her too!  Thanks to Sandie, I was able to get out some of my crafty goodies that I had bought and hadn't had a chance to play with yet!
I have always loved the chalkboard look and was happy to pull out my "Big Day" and "Chalk Lines" stamp sets from Stampin' Up! along with some specialty chalkboard paper to create this look.
To get the different colors over the black chalkboard paper, I have used Whisper White ink along with some special chalk inks for the colors.

I die cut a tag with my MFT stitched tag STAX and then I die cut a tag hole at the top of it so that I could add some white twine at the top.  I've also used a chalk marker to color in portions of the cake and then I stamped the sentiment again with white ink and fussy cut the "celebrate" border to pop it over the design.  I've also popped the tag up over the strip of "Chalk Lines" and over the "Best Year Ever" DSP from Stampin' Up! as well.  This is attached to my A2 white card base.

And this card is on it's way over to Sandie...hope you have enjoyed your special
blog hop birthday my friend!

Many happy wishes and hugs!!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to link this card for:
Fab 'N' Funky - Tag It
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS challenge

Hello friends!!
Sorry about my missing presence in blog land!  Just extra busy doing things at home right now, but I promise I will catch up as soon as I can with you all! :)

Hope you all had a great Mother's Day weekend!  I sure did!  I enjoyed spending time with my boys, they are always fun to visit with as they make me laugh.  I also enjoyed spending time with my mom and having a wonderful cook out!  She said that the card I picked out to give her was her favorite one! LOL!!  (I ended up giving her the wheelbarrow of flowers card.)

So now on with my post today, there is a brand new challenge up over at
(Click on badge above to see the challenge.)

The theme this time is a CAS (clean & Simple) challenge!
We also have an awesome sponsor joining us this week as well:
(click on badge to be taken to the store.)
They are giving away 4 digital stamps to the winner from this challenge!  So be sure to make your CAS style card and link up for your chance to win!

Here's what I've decided to make for the challenge:
I've got lots of white space on my card and I've used a couple of fun stamp sets from Whimsy Stamps to help me create it.  First, I stamped the "brush stroke" looking image (Distressed Backgrounds and Ink Splats) in different colors across the top portion of my card.  The white brush stroke was actually stamped and embossed so that it would stand out a bit over the white background.   I die cut the "happy" (Happy Large Word Die) out and popped it up over what I die out from the stamped images.  The sentiment (Happy Everything) was embossed with silver embossing powder and then I die cut the front card panel out with my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die and attached it to the front of a white A2 card base.

Here's a closer look at the details:
 To pop out the sentiment die cut, I die cut it again with white fun foam and used that to pop up the sentiment over the card.  I just glued in the negative pieces to match the stamped background.

Hope to see YOUR CAS style creation this week!!  Be sure to hop on over to the blog and check out the rest of the inspiration from the talented design team!!
Thanks so much for stopping in today!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this card for:

1.  ShowCASe Your Style - color inspiration:

2.  CAS on Sunday - "Cheer Up, Buttercup" (make a "cheerful" card)

3.  Crafty Catz - CAS

Friday, May 8, 2015

Graduation Time!

Hello friends!!  Happy Friday!
As mentioned before, I have a special post to share with you today!
If you remember, I said May was going to be a very busy month for me!!  So I've been busy crafting for my youngest who is graduating this year and trying to get some things done for that event!

First, I'd like to share a graduation card...this one is NOT for my son though:
I think a travel type of theme is such a great idea for graduation because honestly this is the beginning for them traveling down a different road in life.  Weather they are still near at home or traveling to another college somewhere else, their lives begin on the path to adulthood.  (They have a long road yet to travel, both exciting and nerve racking at the same time I'm sure!)

So looking in my stamp stash, I've found a couple of older (both retired and retiring) sets and put them to use on my card.  I've played along with a couple of challenges and one of them called for this color combo which I actually really like on this card!  (see below) .  I also thought if I had changed my mind about having this for a grad card, I could take a thin strip of card stock and cover up the grad sentiment and make it something else.  I think this is also a nice Summer design as well.  I think it could be used for many different occasions as well as masculine really!
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Here's what I have been busy working on lately:
This is the front of my son's graduation announcement.
His school colors are like a Navy Blue and Gold, so this is what I went with for the color scheme.
Both the graduation hat/diploma and the numbers were cut with my Cricut machine.
I used Brushed Gold card stock for the strip along the side which covers up a star border which you can see in the photo below.  I've used the negitive pieces from that border and glued some stars on the gold stip with the numbers.  I punched out a scallop circle from the brushed gold card stock and then embossed the stars with my embossing folder before I add the grad die cuts.

I've also stamped some extra stars in gold Encore ink on the Navy base panel.
When you open up both flaps, this is the inside:
I put together two panels that measure 7" x 10" with the longer side being folded in half and then attached them together to make this 5" x 7" tri-folding card design.
I took one of his Senior photos (5x7) to place in the center of the announcement so that the recipient can cut off the edges and frame his photo if they wish.

The panel to the left of his photo explains what I was talking about above with the border punch of stars.  (You can see the gold strip underneath the stars.)  Along the side of the star border, I took a "Class of 2015" stamp that I had got from Stampin' Up! and embossed it in gold embossing powder.

The panel to the right of his photo was generated on my computer.  I typed up what I wanted to have on my son's announcement and printed it out on some confetti white card stock.  I cut off around the edges and then punched out a navy banner to place at the top and then I took that same "Class of 2015" stamp and embossed a gold grad cap and punched that out with a small oval punch and popped that up over the banner.  I also took a few more of the negative stars from the punched star border and added those to that side as well.

Obviously, the white scratch marks on the announcement is not what it looks like, I just brushed it out with Photoshop for privacy.

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I thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today!  I really appreciate you taking the time!
Wishing you all a wonderful and beautiful weekend and for all you mothers out there:
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter the card above:
1.  Curatin Call - Travel On

2.  The Paper Players (PP243) - Transportation

3.  Nacho Average Challenge (NAC140) - color combo

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Moonlight Watercolor Bug

Hello friends!
With all of this rain it is starting to also get a bit humid out, so I'm glad there is a breeze blowing!
As we get more rain to follow, I have some more to share with you:
I got this Lawn Fawn stamp set and coordinating dies a while back and I have been really wanting to get these out for a play!  I've used the cute Bugs and Kisses stamp set along with the coordinating dies to cut it out with.  I have water-color on the branch and the leaves to color them in with.  The bug was colored with Copic markers.

The sky turned out a bit different than I had envisioned it to be, but I still like it!
I've pulled out those luscious Kuretake Gansi water-colors again to make my background.  I had masked a circle for my moon, but some of the blue seeped through, but after getting it all put together, I think it makes it look like a more realistic moon with the darker colors mixed in. (In the photo the moon appears a bit more green than what it actually is.)   I've used several different shades of blues, turquoise, navy & yellow to achieve the look of the background.  The "stars" were done with me taking my paint brush and loading it with the shimmer as well as the white water-color to make it looks like stars.  Of course it always looks so much better IRL!
When I put it all together, I die cut the panel with the LF Stitched rectangle die and then mounted that onto a brushed silver piece of card stock and then attached it to the front of my white card base.
The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder.  This is not a Lawn Fawn stamp (I know they have something similar to this, but I don't have it.),  it came from the More Than Words stamp set by The Alley Way Stamps.  I tend to do a lot of mixing and matching from different sets...sometimes it just works out better! :)

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see the "stars" and how they shimmer a bit better.
I've popped up a couple of the leaves on the branch as well as the bug.  I've also covered the bug's wings and the leaves with some Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, but it's hard to see in a photo of course.

Hope you have enjoyed my water-color creation today and thank so much for stopping by for a visit!  I sure enjoy you being here and following along with me! :)
Enjoy the rest of your week!  I will see back on Friday for a special post!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:

1.   Lawnscaping Challenge - water-colors


2.  CCEE Stampers (CCEE1518) - National Astronomy Day (Inlcude stars)

3.  Crafts 4 Eternity - Inspired by Nature

4.  Crafty Card Makers - Make Your Own Background

5.  Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes with Optional Extra:  no patterned paper

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday Throwdown has "Flowers For Her"

Hello friends!
Last night started the heavy rains we are supposed to get this week.  This will be good because all of the things we just finished planting will have some nice rain to help water them.
This will also give me some time to do some stamping! Yay! :)

I'm here to share a new challenge with you for
TUESDAY THROWDOWN
For this week's challenge, we'd like to see some "Flowers for Her" on your creations.
Such a perfect time of year for that and so easy!
Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More this week, so be sure to play along for your chance to win a wonderful prize from them!
They have also kindly provided the design team with images to use, so here's what I've done:
Isn't this image just gorgeous?!  I've used the Spring Cart image from Robyn's Fetish to make my "Flowers for Her" card for the challenge.  I just love all of the different flowers bursting from the wheelbarrow!  I really enjoyed coloring it in with my Copic markers.  I've also sketched in some grass blades around the bottom of the wheelbarrow.  I then took my metallic gel pens and colored in the wheel spokes with silver and the center of the pink flowers with yellow.  I also thought it would look nice to add some white dots with my liquid pearls.

I took a Copic multi-liner pen to make the dash lines around the image panel and then layered this onto a black piece of card stock that I punched a scallop border along the right side.  If you notice the background on the pink card base, I decided to add some more flowers with white ink.  The floral background stamp is a very old stamp from Stampin' Up!  I've also pulled a "mother's day" sentiment from a stamp in my old stash and then took my Copic liner pen to make additional dash marks on each side of it.

Before attaching my image panel to the card base, I took a hole punch and attached an eyelet to the image panel so that I could run my black gingham ribbon behind it and then added my bow over it.  I then used some foam tape to pop it up over the pink card base.

  I think I've made several Mother's Day cards this year as to confuse my mom on which card she may or may not get! LOL!!  It will be a surprise when I decide which one I want to give her! :)

Be sure to pop on over to the Tuesday Throwdown challenge blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the design team!!  We can't wait to see those beautiful flowers!!
Thanks so much for joining me here today!  See you again soon! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the other challenges I'd like to enter:

Cute Card Thursday - Use a Sentiment

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Spring has Sprung

Creative Corner - For Mom

Get Creative - For the Ladies/Mother's Day

613 Avenue Create - anything goes with optional feminine theme




Monday, May 4, 2015

Pet Sympathy

Hello friends!
Hope you are starting to enjoy this warmer weather and are seeing some flowers come out as well!  We are supposed to have a rainy week this week, so I'm hoping this means I can get some things done as I have a feeling this month is going FLY by!! LOL!

I have made a special pet sympathy card for a fellow blog friend and DT team mate (Asha - click her name to see her post about it.), who has lost her beloved pet.  I didn't have any dog images that resembled her beloved Rosie, so I thought I'd use a doxie image to convey sympathy from my fur baby, Mocca!  :)  Asha, I'm so sorry this is late and you're seeing this before you get your card, but it's on the way...so that you know Mocca and I have been thinking of you!  HUGS

If you remembered my last post, I had gotten a hold of the newest released stamp sets from Newton's Nook...and of course I HAD to get the doxie set! :)  This one is called Delightful Doxies...and it is THE CUTEST doxie set I have ever seen!!  They did such a brilliant job with this one!

And do you remember the baker's twine from the photo that the stamp sets were wrapped up in?  I also used that as part of my design as well.  I found some papers to match up with it and I think this card came together quickly after that.  I colored the sitted doxie with Copic markers and stamped a few hearts around her from an image in the set and colored those to match the card.  I've used my gold glitter pen to color in the metal on the dog's collar and added some dots with it around the hearts.  The sentiment is from an old SU! stamp.  The image panel was die cut with a stitched square die and matted on the orange colored card stock. The old papers are from my stash.  I just used my scissors and made banners with the strips and then glued on my twine and bow at the top.  The image panel was popped up on the card base with some foam tape.  My idea for this card came mainly from the color of the twine and the sketch I was trying to follow along with.  (see below)

Here's a closer view of the image details:
After getting my image popped up on the card base, I took my Wink of Stella Glitter Pen and went over the hearts with it and then I also added some glossy accents over that as well.
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 Here's a recent photo I have taken of Mocca enjoying the warm weather as she works on her tan out in the yard! LOL!!
She is going to be ten years old in the next couple of months and has a few battles of her own to deal with.  She is plagued with arthritis and commonly has her back "go out" due to being a long dog with very short legs...it's hard for this breed to live in a "tall" world! LOL!  So we take her regularly to see a specialist that helps her with that.  She also has pancreatitis which can make her very ill unless she continues on a special diet and probiotic that she takes every day to help control that.  Other than this, she is very happy, healthy and active for her age and so much fun to be around.
She has been such a wonderful blessing to our family and we are so lucky to have her in our lives!
Remember to love and care for your pets and make them as comfortable as possible while they are here...their time with us is way too short my friends.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
I will be back again tomorrow with a fun challenge to share with you!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:

Inky Paws Challenge (IPC20) - sketch

Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Twist: use twine/string (must be square/rectangle card)

Creative Inspirations - Cute Critters

Just Us Girls - Twine

Friday, May 1, 2015

An OLD Bird!

Yay!  Happy Friday friends!! :)
We are also starting a new month in May!  Awesome!
This next month promises to be a very busy month for me!  Hubby is home for the time being and we are working on things around the house and I also have my littlest one graduating!  So it will be touch and go for me during this month!  Hopefully I'll still find some time to play!

If you are used to seeing my posts go up a tad bit earlier...then you are right, I'm a bit late this morning, but I got it up!!  Ran out of time to finish up my blog post to schedule it yesterday! :)

Anyway, I have a really fun card that I put together for you today:
LOL!!  I just LOVE the look of the eyeballs on this bird!!  I've had so much fun with this set from The Alley Ways Stamps called Birds of a Feather.  (Speaking of TAWS...they just had a new release and have come out with some fun underwater critters too!)
The tag that I've created above his head was actually computer generated by me because I didn't have a stamp to say what I wanted for my card.  I printed it out on the computer and then die cut the stitched circle and used a tag topper die cut to make a tag out of it and pop it up on my design with some gold cord.  The bird was colored with my Copic markers and I've popped him up on that banner you see covered with some washi tape and a strip of gold dazzles sticker.

And in case you can't see this in the above photo...
This is a "see-through" card!  I've used my stitched circles to make frames with some gold card stock as well as a circle frame with black card stock to attach to the circle die cut on my card front.
The bird, washi tape banner and circle tag are all popped up along the edges of the circle opening in my card.  I can't believe I've not attempted one of these before, but I like the idea!

And because this is a "see-through" card, I've had to strategically stamp my inside greeting:
This fun greeting actually came from the stamp set I stamped the bird with...so it works perfectly with my design of course and I wanted to get that in there! :)

And here's a close look at the details of my "old bird":
As mentioned above, I colored my bird with Copic markers in shades of black and gray.  I wanted to keep the bird white and so I went around the areas with that in the lightest gray tones.  Coloring him with the black and grays make him look more like an "old bird"! LOL!  I've also covered those funny "surprised" looking eyeballs with some glossy accents.  The only other finishing touch I gave to this card was the black enamel dots.

Of course the back side of the bird and the edge of the tag show through to the other side of the card, but it's the inside of the card and when the recipient opens it, I'm thinking they are looking at the greeting and not thinking..."GOSH!  She made such a messy backing on that!"  LOL!  The front of the card and the inside greeting is what is most important to me when making a card.  What do you think?  Do you worry about what someone sees on your hand-made cards?  Just curious! :)

I sure had fun with this one!  Hope you've enjoyed it!!
And to give you an idea of what I'm going to be working with next, I have just recently received some really fun goodies to play with....
Yay!!!  So check out that doxie set!!!  I couldn't RESIST snatching up that one from the new release Newton's Nook just had!!  I think all of these look like SO MUCH fun and I can't wait to have a play with them all!  So which set do YOU want to see me use?!!  (Of course they come neatly wrapped with that twine, which I'll need to use on one of my cards as well!) :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I appreciate your visit and hope you'll come again to see what else I'm creating over here!!  Enjoy your weekend!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some fun challenges I'd like to enter my card for:

1.  Addicted to CAS - code word:

2.  AAA Cards - There's a hole in my card!

3.  Sweet Sunday Sketch (SSSC266)


4.  Cardz 4 Guyz - Flight


5.  The Male Room - birds


6.  Less is More - Recipe:  include a tag

7.  The Alley Way Stamps - monthly link up

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