Monday, October 31, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

First I just wanted to thank everyone for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments this past week and apologize for not getting by to see all your wonderful creations. I've got an overload of life going on right now but hope to be back on track soon.

It is a new week and here at Heart Song Inspiration we have an either or challenge. It is embossing and/ or 3+ layers. I decided to use both. I used the sketch from My Time Made Easy. My Heart Song image is called Ana and Flower, you can find it and many more Here. The image was water colored and then the wing and flower were cut out and popped up for some dimension. Be sure to stop by and join us.

Entering Challenges:
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fall
Stampin' Sisters in Christ: Isaiah 1:18....fall colors
Craft Your Days Away: Autumn/fall
Wee Memories: Brads, buttons or bows

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Already Wednesday again and time for a new Pixie Cottage Challenge. I used the sketch this week. The theme is Go For The Gold.

My card uses the DCWV glitter sweet collection and SU papers. This is one of the "Sweet" new Pixie Cupckake images available at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.I water colored it and then added the different sprinkles. I used stickles to make the silver cupcake holders. It was cut out with a Spellbinder Label #2. I cut out two little candles and added a little stickles to them also.Used the SU oval and scalloped oval for the sentiment and everything was foam dotted on.

Entering Challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: Anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters: AnythingGoes

A clean and simple card today, the image is an old one with no name on the stamp.
Lots of tiny little areas to color and it was a bit of a challenge but I love the image.
Tried different colors for mat and finally decided the bold maroon was a good
compliment. Really liked the touch of bright white. Be sure to hop on
over and link up to the current party.

Entering Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments: No design papers
Wacky Wednesday: Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Hope you week has started off well. Don't know about you but sure seems to be way to busy lately! Well getting on to the Tuesday Throwdown challenge, It is a very bright one...

Use Primary Colors. Our sponsor this week is
My Grafico who gave us the perfect images for
this challenge, circus. I water colored three of
the images for my card. The fun shiny stripe
seemed just right to go with the circus figures!
Finished with the little pennants. And there you
have it lots of Primary Colors! The team has
lots of very fun creations so be sure to stop by
and see them. Can't wait to see your creations :)

Entering Challenges:
Make It Monday: Always anything goes
Designed2delight: Cute Critters

Monday, October 24, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Happy Monday to you all...hope you are doing well. Heart Song Inspiration
has a new challenge today. No sentiment and/or harvest. I used the new
image Corn & Wheat, you can purchase here.
After water coloring the image I cut it out with the
Spellbinder scalloped oval then matted on the grey.
The yellow crackled dp is from The Paper Studio.
The blue was embossed with a damask folder and
then punched with a EK Success punch. The ribbon
was dyed and tied together with the button and the
tag was punched and added.

My colors are from Mona's
CR84FN Color Challenge

Entering Challenges:
Gingerloft: Halloween or Fall
One Stitch At A Time: Emboss it
If The Shoe Fits: Halloween or Fall
Stampin With The Dragon: Buttons & Bows
Karen's Doodles: Emboss it
Squigglefly: Saying Thanks

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Operation Write Home Fundraiser Bloghop

Have you heard of Operation Write Home?? They are an organization that collects and sends cards to the Men and Women serving our Country. They use these handmade cards to send home to their loved ones! If you have loved ones serving you know how difficult it is for them to leave their families. These handmade cards are a special way for them to send home personal messages! Sending the letters abroad is not a cheap undertaking and with the holidays coming up there are plenty of cards needing to go. OWH is in great need of FUNDS to ship these cards. Deedee and Katlyn have graciously drawn up several different image collections for you to purchase.

These images are available for sale at K 'n K Blog HERE. They are $2.00 a set
or all of the sets for $10.00. A 100% of all proceeds will go to OWH for shipping costs.
We would also encourage you to send cards to OWH. You can go HERE to the site for more information but there is one BIG requirement and
that is NO glitter. It could endanger lives!! Also it is best
to make an A4 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).

You should have arrived here from the talented Tricia's blog

All my cards are A4 size to send to OWH...
First two are from the Kolar's Care Collection

The card was stitched around, lace added and buttons tied on. The image is water colored. I thought the image made a fun little tag to go along with some dog treats.
Entering Challenges:
Cards & Things: A Sketch
Bunny Zoe's: Lace it up
Cupcake Craft: Buttons & Bows
Forever Friends: Sentiment plus animal

The Cute little snowman image is from the Snow Thankful Collection. Made this little one using SU papers, Spellbinders and MS & Marvy punches.
Entering Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments:Snowmen
The Stamping Boutique: Someone Special
Ooh la La Creations: Let it Snow
Mojo Monday: A Sketch

This one uses the an image from the Thoughtful Teddies Collection. A little criss cross pocket card and tag using Bo Bunny dp. The Teddy was water colored and cut out with a Spellbinder flower shape. The edges were made with a MS punch and the sentiment punched with SU punches. The
tag was embossed and a flower added to the top
along with a ribbon.
Entering Challenges:
My Time to Craft: Punches & Dies
K B Cute Monday: Anything Goes
Woodware: Anything Goes
Shelly's Images: Show us what you got
Whimsey Stamps: Make your own flowers

This cute little kitty is from the Patriotic Pickles Collection.
The image is water colored and cut out.
I used the star and dotted swiss embossing folders,
heart punches, button and bow as embellies.
Entering Challenges:
Crazy Amigos: Numbers
Your next stop will be at Cleota's blog so you will to hop on over and check out
her Lovely creation and don't for get to leave a comment!

You will have until Sunday evening at 8:00 pm Pacific time to comment. Comments from all participants will be collected and two Lucky winners will receive a Digi pkgs generously donated by Katlyn at K'nK Designs. We will announce winners on Monday.

PLEASE consider helping by buying one or all the stamp sets or just donating,
any amount would be appreciated! You will be blessing someone who is
serving with the opportunity to receive some wonderful handmade
cards to send home to their loved ones!

"NOT A CARD MAKER? Donate to help with

shipping! HERE

Operation Write Home needs your generous assistance to get the holiday boxes shipped overseas. Sponsor a box for $13, or any amount you choose - click on the yellow PayPal button on the Operation Write Home site to make a gift directly right now, or send in a gift with your box of cards!"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Yeah half way thru the week! That means its time for another Pixie Cottage Challenge.
As always we have a sketch you can use or the theme is Sweet as Candy. I've used
the "sweet image Fairy Molly by Eileen Gutierez. This stamp and all others can be
found at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More

The little candy print is DCWV Sweet Collection
The dotted dp is from my scrap box. The
little image was water colored and Stickles added to her wings. The happy tags are cut with the Spellbinder Label #20,the letters and brads added then foam dotted on as is the image and punched sentiment.

Entering Challenges:
My Time to Craft: Punches & Dies
The Corrosive: Flying Things
The Squirrel and The Fox: One for the Girls

Passionately Artistic has a open challenge going on right now so hop
over and join in. I used an old Stampin Up set stamping several different layers and
adding a little more color with the water colors. Two torn layers for some
color and a dyed ribbon to match. A trio of jewels for a little sparkle.
Entering Challenges:
Twin Touch Markers: Florals
The Ribbon Reel: Pretty Pastel Florals
Stamptacular Sunday: You Choose

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Good Morning ladies... Tuesday Throwdown Challenge
for this week is a Shaped card. Our Sponsor is
Stampin Up Demonstrator Catherine Pooler.
The talented ladies on our team have some great
examples for you today so be sure to
stop by each of their blogs and give them some love.
I'm trying to make things that meet challenge
requirements and will fill my needs for this
busy time of year. I decided a leaf shape
would make a perfect thank you for ladies in my
Women's Ministry group. I drew a leaf then
folded all my 8 1/2 by 11 papers in half length wise. I placed the leaf on the fold as you can see the
left side of the leaf is a bit squared off so it will open.
I used my Stampin Up inks for this project. I dropped
yellows, browns greens and rusts on a piece of
foil then whiffed with water. After it all ran together
I pounced the leaves in it. I'm really happy how
they turned out, they are all a bit different. I then
made lighter colored papers and punched out
the small leaves to put on the sentiment. After
all the big leaves were colored I also randomly stamped with my SU canvas bg stamp using
brown to give a bit extra to them. I then used
a black marker to give some veining to the leaves.
In this pic you are able to see how it opens
from the side. On the inside I cut a piece of lighter colored paper so I would be able
to write a personal message to each of the ladies. A little faux stitching to finish it off.

Entering Challenges:
Crafty Boots: Autumn or Halloween
Get Hippity with Ippity: Fall Colours
Stamps R Us: Natures Gift
UnstampaBelles: Fall/Autumn
Victorine Stamps: Fall creations
One Stitch At A Time: Shape Up

Monday, October 17, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

The ladies at Heart Song have some lovely creations to inspire you today.
Come join us in our newest challenge, my favorite ...Flowers and/or Felt
I have used one of the new images, a sunflower
With the holidays and several birthdays just around the
corner Im working on gifts. My friend redid her bathroom with black tiles and brushed nickle accents and sunflowers. After water coloring several of sunflowers I cut them all out and mounted on the cut out base. I decorated three sides of this jar and lid with the sunflower image then filled it with some bath salts I made for her. Made a little tag with the instructions on it.

The base of the card was embossed then I sewed
around the entire card. Added the layers
stitched, sponged and foam dotted on.
Added the cut out sunflower and dyed some ribbon then tied on with the
little button. And no this card isnt curved
guess it was the angle I took the pic.

Entering Challenges:
Cupcake Craft: Buttons and Bows
Make It Monday: Anything Goes
Paper Playtime: Sentiment plus Buttons & Bows
Stamp With Fun: A Gift
The Emerald Fairie: Flowers

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge & Passionately Artistic Challenges

The Pixie Cottage Post...

Here it is Wednesday again and time for a new challenge at The Pixie Cottage. Our theme is dark & Spooky and there is also a sketch you can choose to use. I used Michelle's spooky tree background image and the sketch. The image was water colored with some stickles added to the clouds. The background was darkened with chalk. The black was embossed with a dotted swiss folder and mounted on the dp. I drew the bat, spider and web to fit in the three little squares then foam dotted them on and tied the sentiment on with a strip of cheesecloth. Be sure to stop on by and join us.

Entering Challenges:
Shopping Our Stash: Spooky or Orange & black
Woodware: Anything goes

This post is for Passionately Artistic

A little gift box made from piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper.It folds up into a perfect
little gift box to fill with treats and treasures. Some stiff plastic covered
wire wrapped around dowel for a handle.

Using a SU scalloped punch on
one edge I made two rosettes flowers adding different centers to each one. The top trim was made with a black piece punched with a SU scalloped punch, the periwinkle punched with the MS daisy punch and a
little white strip added. The big sheer periwinkle bow and leaves were added to the top and a button to the one on the box. Quick and a fun way to give a little gift.

Entering Challenges:
Hooked on Craft: Anything but a card
Make It Monday: Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie: Bingo card...Flower, Border punch & Ribbon

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Hope your week is starting off well. For our Challenge at Tuesday Throwdown we are joining in celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month! I have lost two friends to Breast Cancer but several others have been saved because of the awareness programs. We are using PINK on our cards today. Our Sponsor this week is Sweet 'n' Sassy and the image is called Every Day Miracles. Stop by and join us in the very important month of Awareness!

Thinking pink I started out using a fun little print with lots of pink in it. I used SU pink & white for the rest of the card. The sentiment was cut out with a Spellbinder Label #20. The layers of scallops were also cut with Spellbinder I cut out the butterflies and water colored them, also added a little stickles to them. The little pink ribbon symbol for Breast Cancer in the corner with a little jewel finished it off.
There are many Breast Cancer sites and info available on line and in your local areas. BE SURE to inform yourself and take the appropriate actions. It can mean you life.

Entering Challenges:
Lexi's Creations: Pink for Boobies
Sentimental Sundays: Anything Goes
My Sheri Crafts: Think Pink
Stampin' Sisters in Christ: Anything Goes
Jellypark Friends: Add Pink & a Ribbon
Just Add Ink: Just add...a die cut

Monday, October 10, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

I know many of you have been enjoying nice cool fall weather but here in the
desert it has still been hot. We got some rain last week and it really cooled off for
the weekend. It is warming up a bit but still beautiful! Thought I'd share whats
going on in my part of the world just in case you were wondering lol
Our challenge today is Die Cuts and/or Sponged Background. Be sure
to hop on over to Heart Song Inspiration to see all the creative ideas
the team has for you!

I LOVE this Cherry Frame, so many fun possibilities! It speaks vintage to me so I used some lovely vintage dp from The Paperie.The image was water colored. I also love circles they always have such a great flow to them. Decided to use several layers cut with the Spellbinder Scalloped Circle. Plenty of stitching
real and faux, a little sponging for a bit of
distressing and some decorative corners made with a MS looped corner punch. Lastly made a bow and added an old vintage button because it reminded me of the cherries. Now be sure to hop on over and join us this week.

Entering Challenges:
Crafty Card Makers: Anything Goes
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin': Stitches
Inspire Me Fridays: Anything Goes
Cuddly Buddly Crafts: Check it Out
Card Cupids Blog: Decorative Stamp

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Today at The Pixie Cottage our theme is Fall Fun and
we also have a sketch you can choose to use.

Started with the fall image called Autumn Raking
by Artish found here. First I water colored it and then
punched a few tiny leaves to add a little dimension and a couple layers for a mat. I had a piece of fall colored paper which I stamped with a couple little
leaf stamps then added a little additional color to them then stitched onto the ivory. Next I stamped, colored and punched & cut out the larger leaves for the corners. Finished with a piece of sheer knotted ribbon.

Entering Challenges:
Sweet Stamps: Anything goes
House of Gilli: Fall/autumn
Kreative Stempelfreunde: Autumn Colors
NettieG's Digital Gems:Fall
Stamps R Us: Autumn/Fall
Woodware USA: Anything goes

For Passionately Artistic I have made a
very simple card. The image is one that I
don't the name of. Water colored with a little
chalked dabbed around the image for a little
glow. I cut a oval out to make a frame and
punched the corners. A chip board oval to
frame the sentiment. All put on the white
and burgandy paint put around the edges.

Entering Challenges:
Ladybug Crafts Ink: No dps
Paper Take Weekly:Anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs: Think Pink
Lexi's Creations: Pink for Boobies

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Are you ready for the new Challenge today.
Here at Tuesday Throwdown we are looking for Halloween
creations. Our sponsor Robyn's Fetish gave us the images for this week.

I used the image Bearly a Pumpkin colored with water colors.
I don't do Halloween so a gift bag seemed the best way to go.
I decorated it up, starting with a embossed and punched background.I used the Spellbinder die to created the little
hanging pennants. Cut a larger pennant and ran thru the
crimped for some added texture. After coloring the image I
cut it out and mounted on the scalloped white
then added it to the orange pennant.

Used a MS punch for the
edge of the fan fold medallion then added the reverse
scallop for the orange, added the letter 4. The little dotted
chip board letter seemed to be a fun addition. The number,
pennant and dots letters are glitzed up with some stickles.

Entering Challenges:
My Partner in Crime: Sweets & Treats
Gingerloft: Orange
Hooked on Crafts: Anything but a card
Sparkles Forum: Something that Sparkles
Mark's Finest Paper: Use polka dots
City Crafters: 3D

Monday, October 3, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Good Morning are you all ready to start a new week? Tomorrow
is our anniversary and my honey and I are both off today so I'm
happy we are going to spend a little together time. It's a
brand new challenge for you today at Heart Song....
so easy peasy Anything goes. Be sure to stop by
and see all the talented team creations and then show us yours!
My friend is turning 60 next week and she is NOT a
happy camper :) We are having a surprise party for her and
Since Im doing the cake and it is going
to be a" 60 "cake thought I had better make a nice card for her!
Several layers and Spellbinders with the lovely
Flower of the Month: Marigold found at the Heart Song Shop.
I made the dp water coloring stripes, stamping the butterfly
and then embossing. Punched the edge with EK sucess fleur de lis.

I also made a bookmark for her with a scripture on it. I cut out three layers with the Spellbinder, punched and colored the bottom of the scripture
and then added a cut out section of the marigold.
Stitched and added the ribbon.
I used SU punches for the sentiments.

The inside has a decorated pocket
to hold the bookmark and a gift card.

Entering Challenges:
Crafting 4 Eternity: Anything goes
Inspire me Fridays: Anything goes
One Stitch at A Time: Use a digi
Paper Sundaes: Lots of Layers
The Emerald Fairie Garden: Punches/dies