Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge & Passionately Artistic Challenge

Can you believe this is the last day of August? Wow this year is zooming
by isn't it! Two posts today~~~

First Post is The Pixie Cottage Back to School and /or the Sketch
Many of The Pixie Cottage Stamps & digis are able to be combined with others.
I used the digi A Place to Sit by Artish. You can find images, copics, papers and
much much more at Michelle's Scrapbooking & More!

Water colored the bench and my little Tilda, adding stickles to the metal
parts on the bench and partially cut it out. Drew and cut out some books,the
apple and a few for a simple Back to School card.

I layered the green and print stitching them together then punched the
edges with a MS dotted scallop. Cut out the cardboard A, punched the
sentiment and attached with a brad and added the buttons.

Supplies used: Bazzil & DCVW papers, water colors,
stickles, misc buttons & brad cardboard, A MS
punch and a Marvy tag punch

Entering Challenges:
Crazy Amigo: Back to School
Jen's Digi Stamps: Back to School
The Stamping Boutique: Back to School
Paper Pretties: Back to School
Sparkles Forum: Punch it

Second Post is for Passionately Artistic and our theme is Anything Goes
so be sure to stop by and join the Party.
My card for today is simple with no image just a sentiment. It is for
one of my husbands friends so didn't want it to be to girly.

Started with a paisley print and matted on a dark burgandy to
match the dp.

I stamped the sentiment then embossed and used chalks to add a little
color to match the dp. Using a old SU paisley image
I stamped a strip in brown and then added a couple
layers of narrow strips to each side. A little
bow and button completed the card.

Entering Challenges:
Sugar Creek Hollow: Make it Masculine
Creative Card Crew: Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life: For a Man
Daisy Doodles Creative: Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Hope you all are well, here in the desert we have been having some Extremely hot
weather but by Thursday we are supposed to be under 113 Yipeee! Well anyways onto
the challenge. This week at Tuesday Throwdown we have a very fun challenge,
it is....Punny Sentiments. It has some very funny possibilities :)

When I saw the image choices I knew what I would do.
One day when Dr. was a little grumpy his granddaughter said to her Gramma
well he's a crabby cake today. It has become a office joke, so now we tease Dr,
OH crabby cakes needs some chocolate. S000 I just had to use that crab :)

I water colored the crab and added some beach sand around him
then matted on the pale blue.
The dp had lots of swirls in it so reminded me of water.
The fish net was made from some recycled netting from a veggie bag.

The shells were stamped with versamark and embossed with several
colors, cut out and foam dotted on. The top shells are some small
ones my grandson and I picked up while I was visiting them.
Be sure to stop by to see the teams fun cards will
get a good chuckle!

Entering Challenges:
Forever Friends: 3D & animals
My Craft Spot: Sew Much Fun
Daisy Doodles Creative: Anything Goes
I Did it Creations: Nature

Monday, August 29, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Are you ready for a new week? We are starting the week with a new
Heart Song Inspiration Challenge and you can choose from
Anything Goes
and /or your favorite color combo. Our talented
team has
lots of inspiration to inspire you.

I love this image and dp, they reminded me of a retro 50's kitchen
The Cherry Frame was water colored and cut out. The
center was cut out and distressed. The sentiment stamped
distressed and set behind the cut out with
a little cherry added .

Cut out a mat with Spellbinder scalloped circle. I love
all the vintage Graphic 45 dps and I thought the cherry print was perfect
with my image so stiched around it.

The ribbon was hand dyed and this cool vintage button came from one my

Entering Challenges:
Card Cupids: Stitching
Creative Inspirations: Lots of Layers
Totally Gorjuss: As You Like it
Jellypark: Punches or Dies
Paper Crafting Journey: Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge & Passionately Artistic Challenge

Wednesday brings two challenges and it makes it much easier to do them
all in one so please patiently scroll a bit to get to the bottom...
Hope you all are staying cool. Here in the desert we are having
some really hot days. It was 117 degrees today
and supposed to be hotter tomorrow!

The first Challenge is at The Pixie Cottage.
As always we have a theme and sketch. You can choose one or
both. I used the theme
Summer Nights. MY brother has
a birthday on the first

so this man card is for him.
He just retired and now will have
the time to do the things he likes. One of those things is
fishing a
nd here in the desert it is way to hot to go in the
day so night fishin
g is pretty popular in the summer.

My image is called Gone Fishing, it was water colored and cut out
with a Spellbinder label #1 and matted on the green. Used the same
Spellbinder to cut out the fish dp. A little meandering stitching round
and round in brown just for a little interest. The card is tied
together at the top with the ribbon. I cut out a couple fish, shaped them
a bit and foam dotted on along with the sentiment.

Supplies used: SU and DC papers, SU scalloped
punch, Spellbinder Label #1 Pixie Cottage image,
Offray ribbon,foam dots water colors,
and Misc button.

Entering Challenges:
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Birthday
Tip Top Tuesday: Man Card
Cards for Men: Anything goes
Lollilpop Crafts: Make it Masculine
Sparkles Forum: One for the boys

The second Challenge is at Passionately Artistic and our theme is
Anything Goes. Some great prizes so be sure to stop by and link up to
the party. My card is using an old image from a stamp that doesn't
have the name or make on it.

I used water colors and some copics to color this image then
cut it out. Added some stickles around the frame and to the
roses. I stamped the scriptureand inserted in the cut out center. Matted the image onto the beaded
circle and attached that to the base embossed base.
There it is a small simple card.

Entering Challenges:
Cards and More: Anything but a Square
Papertake Weekly: Dies to die for
Shopping Our Stash: Red, Ribbon or Roses
Digi Design House: Dry Embossing
Clearly I Stamp: Scripture
SU papers, swirls embossing folder,
Spellbinders Label #4 and Spellbinder beaded circles,
misc image and stickles.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown and see the teams wonderful creations!

The challenge today is Texture and Dimension. We had a choice of several
images from our sponsor My Grafico. Our images are all from the
Pretty Primitive Set and I chose Strawberry Jam. The image is water colored
and then I drew and colored another strawberry to pop up for added
dimension then cut the imagewith a Spellbinder label 21.

Very frustrated because my camera cannot zoom close enough to really see
the details so I've included several pic so you might be able to get a better
idea of what the card looks like. It has lots of texture and dimension
in person.I cut four squares of the dp and embossed with the dotted swiss
folder then stitched onto the background.
The edges of the image were distressed, a little faux stitching and then
foam dotted on. The red edge was punched with a MS checkerboard
and attached to the underneath piece.
I used a SU scalloped punch for the sentiment and then attached to the red
cut with a Spellbinder scalloped oval and foam dotted on. A little bow and
button finished it off. I made three strawberry boxes and embossed them
to go with the card. Stuffed a few little chocolate kisses in them.
Tomorrow is my Sweet Mama's Birthday and this is for her, an
amazing lady~~~ 83 years old!

Supplies used: SU & KB papers, Dotted Swiss
embossing folder, SU Scalloped oval punch,
Martha Stewart checkerboard punch,
Spellbinder Scalloped oval & label 21, Misc.
ribbon and button plus some candy kisses :)

Entering Challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles: Ribbon
Karens Doodles: Punch it Out
Make It Monday: Always Anything Goes
Just Some Lines: Embossing

Monday, August 22, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Hope you all had a great weekend. It is very hot here and I can't wait for cooler weather!
So onto this weeks challenge at Heart Song Inspiration. Its your choice~~
Shabby Chic and/or pearls.
We would love for you to stop by and join us.
I'm using the Pansy Frame image. Being a flower lover this one is one of my favs!

It was water colored and cut out. I then stamped the sentiment and distressed around it.
Used gold stickles on the flower edges. The background was punched down each
side with a MS arch then embossed. I gathered some crepe paper for two rows of
ruffles at the bottom then stitched a strip of the stiped print over the edge.

I distressed a piece of the striped dp to mount the image onto. It was all foam dotted on.
The bow was made from hand dyed ribbon and attached. Lastly put the pearls on.

Supplies used: SU papers, crepe paper, SU pearls,
Heart Song image, seam binding , diagonal embossing
folder, stickles and Martha Stewart arch punch.
Entering Challenges;
Allsorts: Framed
The Corrosive: Girlie
Kenny K's Crafty Girlz: Layers
One Stitch at a Time: Bling
Designed 2 Delight: Anything Goes
Mark's Finest Papers: Emboss it

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Wednesday brings two challenges...First Pixie Cottage Challenge Big on
Birthdays and/or sketch I used another one of the fun South End Girls. Part of her
was water colored with the skirt paper pieced, stickled wings and the whole i
cut out.She was foam mounted onto the two embossed mats cut out with
a Spellbinder die. I wanted to do the stitching in hot pink but of course wouldn't
you know I didn't have any. I live in a rural area and have to drive 30 minutes
to get things like thread so that wasn't happening!

Just did several meandering rounds with the white. Used a MS punched for
the three rows of border, a little ribbon and some pearls to finish it off. The
sentiment was punched and hung with a the bow. Lastly the flower was
made with several layers of clipped circles.

Supplies: SU & Cosmo Crickit papers, SU scalloped oval
punch Spellbinder Fleur De Lis Square, Cuttlebug Swirl
embossing folder, Stickles and misc pearls and ribbons.

Entering Challenges:
Squigglefly: Texture
Victorine Stamps: Birthdays
The Crafty Pad Designs: Cute N Girly
Craft Your Days Away: Birthdays
Just Some Lines: Embossing

Second Challenge is for Passionately Artistic with an Anything Goes theme.

Although my card is layered it is pretty C&S just the image and a ribbon.
My image is an old PSX Morning Glory botanical that I water colored. I cut
down the side with decorative scissors and inked the edge with blue.
Added the sentiment and mounted on the blue and then on a
scrap of blue print.
The team has lots of GREAT ideas and creations so be sure to stop by and
link up to the party! As always some great giveaways for the winners.

Entering Challenges:
Paper Creations Ink: Flowers
Pile it On: Three shades of blue

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Are you ready for a new Tuesday Throwdown? Our challenge is a bit different today,
NO stamped sentiment. You can use a handwritten, stencil, rub on etc.
Our sponsor for today is Mc Mahon Five Designs. Be sure to stop by and check
out their Great selection of images! I started sewing when I was 8 and love
old dressmaker forms and sewing notions, etc. I chose this lovely image called
dressed dummy. Don't you just love it?

I decided to make it a little funky so I used this piece of Webster paper. I love
the color of the checks with the fun cherries, so I stitched it on the cream base.
Next I water colored the dress an aqua color and added
the red stickles to the bows and a little red jewel for the necklace. After I cut it
out I added the faux stitching and foam dotted on.

Next cut the little aqua border and added the scrim which was dyed, gathered
and stitched on. Added the ribbon and bow. I had this fun little mirror so added
the red stickles to it and put in the center of the bow. Also used silver stickles
for the metal stand. I computer generated a sentiment and
punched out with the oval.
Supplies used:
Webster pages & SU papers, stickles,
dyed seam binding, misc jewel, mirror & foam dots,
Spellbinder Label #20 and SU oval punch.

Entering Challenges:
Make it Monday: Anything goes
The Pink Elephant: Stitching
Paper Playtime: Anything goes
Anything Goes: Birthday/Celebration

Monday, August 15, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Today is a special day at Heart Song Inspiration!!

Our sweet leader Leah is returning from a very long trip with some very" special cargo." The adoption is complete and they are coming home with their precious new son Makaio. It has been such a long arduous journey but now they can rejoice he is part of their family. We are
very excited for you and your family Leah!

This week our cards are celebrating his homecoming!

Our Challenge is use an animal image and/or pleated paper or ribbon.

As you can see I did paper pleating.
I chose the sweet Heart Song Image: Precious Baby . It is water colored and cut out
with a Spellbinder looped square. The blue bg was cut out with at MS looped
punches. The plaid was punched with a MS dotted scallop punch then pleated and
stitched down with a zig zag stitch. Dotted around the bg and at each scallop
joint. The ribbon was dyed to match and a button added. The little
name tag was punched with a SU oval and hung with a little white
safety pin.

Entering Challenges:
One Stitch At A Time: Anything goes
Crafty Ann's: Scallops and/orFancy borders
The Stamp Man: Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Punches and Dies

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


My first post is for The Pixie Cottage. As usual you can choose to use the theme and/or the sketch. The theme is my very favorite FLOWERS! I started with a pretty piece of My
Minds Eye dp and decided to go with coral and black. Stitched the dp to the black and coral.
My chic little image is one of the South End Girls Collection found at
Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.

She is water colored, cut out with a Spellbinder label and foam dotted on. I made a couple flowers from some scrim and dyed them the cor
al color. While digging in one of my button
boxes I found these lovely taupe pearl buttons to match the dp for centers.

Cut and distressed a
few leaves to go with the flowers. The ribbon was dyed with some tea and made into
a scrunchy bow. Stickles
were used
to cover the chipboard flourish. I double punched
the black flower border and added coral centers.After I punched the bottom border I
added the stickes centers.

Supplies used: My Minds Eye, SU & Bazzill papers,
MS hydrangea punch, Stickles, misc buttons, seam
binding and Spellbinders Label#14and SU oval punch

Entering Challenges:
Spoon Full of Sugar: Birthday
Anything Goes: Birthday
Papertake Weekly: Grow your
Sweet Stamps: Bling it Up
The Cheerful Stamp Pad: Petals
Lexi's Creations: 1 image, 2 flowers, 3 papers
Divas be Design:Birthdays
Creative BElli: Non paper materials...scrim flowers

My Second post today is for Pasionately Artistic....our theme today is Back to School.
I decided to do a teacher gift set. Cut and made a little tent fold with decorative flap to
hold the candies. Cut a small window and framed it with some school print dp, faux stitched
and filled the little bag with candies
then tied shut with the button.

The card is simple
with the dp stitched on and the same label used to make the sentiment.
Finished with a yellow bow and
viola done :)

DCWV & SU papers, misc button and ribbon,
sentiment, cellophane bag and candies, Marvy
tag punch and Spellbinder Label#21 & 16.

Entering Challenges:
Celebrate the Occasion: Back to School
Hooked on Craft: Sweet Treats
Kaboodle Doodles: Primary Colors
Make it Monday: Anything goes
Little Darlings: School Days

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


A wonderful gift from my special friend Martha. Since my cuttlebug broke she has been on the lookout for one for me. She found one on ebay and surprised me with it! I'm so blessed to have the bestest friend!! She is always sending me packages of treasures she find. Not only did she send me the cuttlebug but also sent some pretty little butterflies and 12 Copic markers... I actually thought that this posted last week I got it over a week ago. Now Im back in business :) Thanks to Martha


Our new Challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is Birthday. Everyone can use birthday cards so be
sure to hop on by and join us. Our sponsor Sweet & Sassy gave us a great variety of images
to use. I decided on the sweet little girls "Kate & Lizzie".

They are water colored and cut out with a Spellbinder. After coloring them I found
this perfect little plaid with the same colors... that was a great little score :) I cut
the the littlepennants and added the letters and stitching. The string was attached to the
little buttonsand hung. The purple was stitched on and everything else was rest
faux stitched. Pretty clean card didnt seem to need much in the way of
embellies.Our new team members will be joining us this week so check out all the
very talented ladies with their great creations to inspire you.

Supplies: Bazzill, SU & papers, Sweet & Sassy image,
Spellbinder Label # 11, 17 & small pennants, misc string and buttons.

Entering Challenges:
Cupcake Craft: Stitching..real or faux
Karens Doodles: Button & bows
Paper Creations Ink: Stitching
Squigglefly: Stitching
Victorine Stamps: Birthday
Sparkles Forum : One for the Girls

Monday, August 8, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Before I get to the Challenge just wanted to remind you all to please remember and pray for the many families and friends affected by the Huge tragic loss of lives from
the Helicopter crash in Afghanistan!

A new week and a new Challenge at Heart Song Inspiration...Theme of Back to School and/or Circles. An easy one to do so be sure to hop on over and join us. We have some new team members and lots of wonderful Inspiration for
you this week.Check it out~
This image is from one
of the new releases. I water colored, cut it out and mounted on the mat. The mat was cut with a Spellbinder Small Labels. The fun little school print dp was stitched onto white and the ribbon added with a button and little round tag for
the sentiment.

Used... Brazill, SU & DCWV papers
Marvy scalloped circle punch, Spellbinder Small Labels
Water colors, misc. button and ribbon

Entering Challenges:
Card Cupids: Buttons and/or Ribbons
Catch The Bug: Anything Goes
Send A Smile 4 Kids: Anything goes for Kids
My Sheri CRAFTS: Back to School
Daisy Doodles Creations: School Time

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Today is Pixie Cottage Challenge....Share a favorite technique. I'm sitting this week out so I dont have a card to share. Be sure to stop by see the Brilliant team cards

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Today is Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Be sure to stop by and see the wonderful team creations. Im sitting this week out.

My daughter and 2 grandbabies left last night to fly home :( :( It will be another year before I get to see them SO every minute I wasn't working I have been spending with them
instead of card making and visiting you alls wonderful blogs :)
I will be back on track and visiting soon.

PLEASE HELP....notice the FUNDRAISER on the top of my sidebar. Kim's friend needs to go see her very sick son and really needs some help. There are two
very nice images ( one is a set) to purchase for a nominal fee
to help finance her. Do stop by!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge


Our Challenge at Heart Song Inspiration is Monochromatic and/or Brads. Just couldn't find the right papers for mono so I did brads. My yummy little Ice Cream image is one of the Fab new Heart Song releases. Be sure to stop by Here and check out the great new sets!

Embossed the bottom, used a scrap striped dp for the top and stitching around the whole thing.I used three layers of scallops to bring some of the stripe colors down to the bottom.The looped little border down the side was made with a MS looped punch. My image is water colored, cut out and foam dotted on. A hand dyed ribbon bow, foam mounted sentiments and
brads finish it.
The team has lots of Wonderful Creations be sure to stop to see them
and join us in the challenge.

Entering Challenges:
Card Cupids: Birthdays
Come and Get It: Anything goes
Alphabet: M for metal
Bloggers Challenge: Embossing
Sew Many Cards: Anything goes