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Sunday, May 30, 2010
Happy Monday Everyone!! Here is the USA it is a national holiday-Memorial Day. I wish everyone in the USA a happy Memorial Day and everyone else a good day and week. This weekend has been a mixure of family time, celebrating, and yard work...no crafting...

Today I would like to share the Stamp and Create Product Spotlight. This week's spotlight is Shimmerz. Since it is the Product Spotlight, it is also 25 % off!!! What a deal!! I love the sheen and glitz it gives to projects and cards!

For my card, I used the Whiff of Joy-Henry with Broken Leg from the new Get Well Collection

I also used paper from the Basic Grey Wisteria Collection, Kaiser Craft Snow White pearls, butterfly charm, white silk ribbon, Labels 10 nestabilities and added Opal Shimmerz to the ears and cheeks and PearlZ Pearl Shimmerz on the cast and on the die cut butterfly. You may want to click on the photo to get a better view of the shimmerz.

I made this card for my sister in law who recently had surgery and is slowly recovering. I hope this brings her a smile. I incorporated the Whiff of Joy challenge which was to use Yellow and brown and one other color. My other color is blue.

Challenges:
Whiff of Joy challenge
Tuesday Throwdown-to use a stamp you can color with
Friday Sketchers
Quixotic challenge- emboss it
Stampin for the Weekend-Cheer someone up
Sew Many Challenges- Threes a charm
Pixie Dust- Go round and round- round embellishments
delightful sketches-texture-dry embossing and distressing
Your Next Stamp-Use a border punch
Flutter By Wednesday- butterfly, angel, or fairy
Crafty Creations- Use your favorite stamp- this is my fave thinking of you of recovery stamps

For more inspiration using Shimmerz, please visit my dt sisters:
Sharon, Joy, Lacey, and Jeanette.

Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments. Have a great day!! I hope you are able to stop by again tomorrow for the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog hop at 8a.m. EST and the Whimsy Blog hop at 12 p.m. EST. There are many new beautiful releases to be shared.

hugs,
Chris

Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.

Since today is Sunday, that means we have a new Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge this week.

This week's host is Linda and she chose the verse: Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Do we dilgently seek him? When we pray, do we believe that He is there listening and answering our prayers or are we going through the motions? There is a verse that states Therefore whatever you ask for prayer, believed that you have received and it will be yours. Mark 44:24. How powerful faith is! Do you have that faith? I do think you need to be careful though when looking at this verse, however, because you can pray a sister is healed from Cancer or that you receive a million dollars and believe it and not receive it. I think this verse means what you ask that is within his plan. What a comfort to have the Faith and know He is there to seek at any time!


Linda challenged the team to Use a heart on your card or project, it can be on your DP, an image or an embellishment.

For my box, I used the Bag it Up template by Leigh Ann Baird available at the Wild flower Patch shop and the God Loves You sneak peak from Our Daily Bread Designs to be released on June 1.
The bookmark uses the Sneak Peek of Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Series Collection 1 and God Loves You sets to be released on Tuesday, June 1. I made this set to cheer up a friend and encourage after the loss of her son. I try to send something to her weekly.

Challenges:
StampInsanity Rubber Stamps- bookmark
Abc Challenge- V is for Vintage
Pink Elephant- Bright Fun Colors
Stamp for the Weekend- Thinking of you or Cheer up card or project
Delightful Sketches- texture
ooh La la- use the colors of the challenge blog- purple and pink
My time to Craft-Vivid Greetings
Tuesday Throwdown-Use an image you can color

Quixotic challenge- emboss it
Polka Doodle - (Sewing - faux and hand stitching!)
Just Us Girls - dry embossing

For more inspiration for the hearts challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ, please visit my dt sisters: Candace , Grace , Kathy, Kristine , Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi

If you should create a card or project for this challenge, please leave a direct link here. Should you upload your creation to SC or PCP, please use the keyword SSIC41.


Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments! Have a blessed day!!


Saturday, May 29, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you all are having a great start to your weekend. It is so exciting to have my husband home for three days and to actually have the opportunity to get some things done this weekend in the yard. I can't wait to get started. The results are so worth it.

Anywho....today is Saturday and time for another Shining the Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.


This week the challenge team is you to use stars and/or stripes on your creation. Since Memorial Day is coming up, we thought this may be fun. Please note that your card or project can be patriotic but it does no
t have to be.

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize , a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, June 3. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them.

For my creation, I had so much fun inking up the new Our Daily Bread Designs sneak peak From Me To You. I just love Fuscia flowers and this set has them!!
For my card I used the Midnight Madness Sketch. I had completed this card on Tuesday when the sketch was posted on the Midnight Madness blog. It was so hard to wait until today to share it. After being on the MMDT for a year, I guess I too am a creature of habit. I must say it is fun being a sketch player though as much as I miss the team.
Here I go babbling again...sorry...I used some newer dp carried at the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog from the Memory Box Frond collection. For my stripes I used American Crafts ribbon.

card recipe:
stamps:
Our Daily Bread Designs - From Me to You and God Loves you available on June 1st!
Paper: Memory Box Frond collection
Accessories: gold cording, American crafts ribbon, MS Latttice punch, Spellbinders Scalloped frames, ZVA Creative Pearls

Challenges:
Midnight Madness Sketch
Totally Gorjuss: Bling it on
crazy challenge: it is a girl thing
Crafty Ann's - lot's of color

Papertake weekly - Say it with flowers
Pixie dust studio- Round and Round- round embellishments on your creations such as flowers etc.-mine are pearls
Creative Card Crew- Pink and green
Tuesday Throwdown- any image you can color


For more inspiration for the Stars or Stripes challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

I hope you are inspired by our creations and would like to join us for the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!!



Friday, May 28, 2010
Hi Everyone!! The weekend is upon us!!! Woo hoo!! And here in the USA it is a holiday weekend to boot!! I am so excited!! This is the weekend my dear husband do a lot of our yard work. Today we will have 12 yards of black mulch delivered to use in all of our landscaping. It is a lot of work but it is so rewarding when it is complete. It is also my last weekend of preparing for our family birthday party next week where we will have 25-30 guests spending the weekend with us. Am I ready....no....not yet!

Well Anywho...today it is time for a Wags n Whiskers challenge and Our Daily Bread Designs Sneak Peek.
First....the Wags n Whiskers challenge.
This week's challenge is hosted by ubber talented Melanie and her challenge is: Handcrafted Embellishment!!
Get creative and get crafty this week!!Just remember that you must use a Wags 'n Whiskers stamps to be entered into the drawing for ONE FREE WAGS 'N WHISKERS STAMP OF YOUR CHOICE!!

For my creation, I used a handcrocheted flower and felt flowers for my handcrafted embellishment along with the cute Wags n Whisker Best Friends image. The layout uses the Sketch Saturday Sketch from last weekend.

The sentiment is one of the Whimsy digital sentiments from the Flowers In Bloom Sentiment digital collection. I colored my image with water colors. I also used pearl shimmerz on my head band and on the frame around the image (blue frame). The shimmerz is this week's product spotlight at Stamp and Create which means it is also 25% off this week!! The dp is my new favorite!! Capella from Basic Grey!

Please be sure and check out all the Design Teams blogs to see their gorgeous creations. They have lots of inspiration in store for you:
Lacey, Karen, Michele, Debbie, Sharon, Jeanette, Melanie, Tina, Nikki, Renata, Christa, and Jacqui and Our Guest DT this week: Tara

Then please join us over at the Wags 'n Whiskers challenge blog and show us your creation with a handcrafted embellishment.... But remember....you must use a Wags 'n Whiskers image to be eligible to win a free stamp!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Wags n Whisker Best Friends, Whimsy digital sentiments from the Flowers In Bloom Sentiment digital collection
paper: Basic Grey Capella
accessories: Button from JoAnn crafts, pearl brads, kaiser craft pearl-snow, ZVA Creative pearls, felt flowers, handcrocheted flower, MS Shell border punch, butterfly charm, blue silk ribbon, pearl shimmerz,

Challenges:
Pollycraft Monday challenge: buttons and butterflies
Sketch Saturday Sketch
Charisma Cards- 3D
Flutter By Wednesday- open with butterflies, angel or fairy
Practical scrappers: felt
Incy Wincy: button up

Totally Gorjuss: Bling it on
ABC Challenge - V is for Vintage
crazy challenge: it is a girl thingCrafty Ann's - lot's of color
Papertake weekly - Say it with flowers
Pixie dust studio- Round and Round- round embellishments on your creations such as flowers etc.

Now on to my Our Daily Bread Designs Sneak peak!! I just love flowers and boy do we have a fun release coming up on June 1!! Fuscias!!! I just love fuscias. We have them hanging on our front porch. The card I am going to share with you today uses a sneak peak of the new release God Loves You at Our Daily Bread Designs. My fave fuscia color is purple and pink so I used that color scheme for my card as well. The card follows the Our Creative Corner sketch for this week.

card recipe:
stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Sneak peak: God Loves You
Paper: Basic Grey-Green at Heart, purple CS, white cs
Accessories: Buttons, MS Butterfly Punch, pink ribbon, pearls, Labels 10 spellbinders, hero arts heart pearls

Challenges:
Pollycraft Monday challenge: buttons and butterflies
Flutter By Wednesday- open with butterflies, angel or fairy
Incy Wincy: button up

Our Creative Corner

Thanks to everyone for their well wishes for my daughter and husband. Meghan is getting better slowly as is my husband. The hardest part of Meghan's condition is her mood swings do to the medication and steroid she is on. She is off the wall. Poor girl!!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!!

hugs,
Chris
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Happy hump day everyone!! It is hard to believe it is Wednesday already. The week is just flying by. Today looks like a hot one here!! Almost 100 degrees and VERY HUMID. Life is always so eventful at the Olsen household. Monday my hubby came home from the Emergency room after slicing two of his fingers on sheet metal and needing stitches...yesterday my youngest daughter woke up with a rash on her face we thought she had hives...well it wasn't hives...it is poison ivy. This a.m she woke up and it is worse...now her eyes are almost swollen shut.
Since Meghan is miserable my time is limited today. So today is a short post.

The card I created today uses Angelica's Heart Socks from Inky Impressions. I used the Crazy 4 Sketch for this week.

I made it to coordinate with this box that I created with Bag it Up template by Leigh Ann Baird available at the Wild flower Patch shop.

I will add more to this post later...I just got a doctor appointment for my daughter and I need to take her right now. Have a great day!!

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I am back...looks like Meghan does not have poison ivy just a very severe allergic reaction! Yikes!

anywho....
here is the recipe and deets for my card...

card recipe:
Stamps: Angelica's Heart Socks from Inky Impressions
Paper: Bella rose dp, Old olive, bitter chocolate Bazill
accessories: Kiwi kiss ribbon, felt flower, buttons, silver baubles, MS butterfly punch, circle spellbinders

challenges:
Pollycraft Monday challenge: buttons and butterflies
Crazy 4 challenge- Sketch
Flutter By Wednesday- open with butterflies, angel or fairy

Digi Doodle Shop Best: # 8 Sparkle, Glitter, Glitz
crazy challenge: it is a girl thing
Charisma Cards- 3D (my image is paper toled and popped up) (plus box is 3D)
Ooh La La - Bright and Cheerful
ABC Challenge - Unused stash (felt flower)
Crafty Ann's - lot's of color-can be many colors or mostly one color-I went with lots of bright colors

Practical scrappers: felt
Incy Wincy: button up

Totally Gorjuss: Bling it on- silver baubles and rhinestones
Stamp something: use two of something - two dps

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your comments! Have a great day!
hugs,
Chris
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I hope you are having a bright and beautiful day where you are like we are having here. It is still early and the sun is shining brightly. It is suppose to be warm so I hope to go out early and plant flowers in all my window boxes.

Speaking of bright and cheery....I have a very bright and cheery card to share with you today (for me anyway) A Spoon Full of Sugar is celebrating their 2 year Blogaversary!!! so for this weeks Challenge it is to make a Celebration Card!!! There will be 2 prizes given away this week for one lucky participant!!! One from Whimsy Stamps and the other from Bunny Zoe Crafts!!!! So pop on over and join in the fun this week HERE!!!

Debbie asked the Whimsy Design Team if we would be Guest Designers to help celebrate their Blogaversary!!! For my creation today I made a Birthday Card using this wonderful Whimsy Image from the Crissy Armstrong Digital Collection called Party Snail. I used the Friday Sketchers sketch for this week and SEI Birthday Party. I even had the opportunity to use my much neglected Tangerine Tango dp. Since I was using one of Crissy's images, I could not pass up the opportunity to join in her Sunday's With Crissy challenge which was to use layers. Not at all too difficult for me. LOL!


Crissy Armstrong is also offering a free image inspired by Jayme. If you have not heard...Jayme is my Whimsy dt sister, Lisa's sister who has terminal lung cancer. . Lisa has a special request on her blog regarding her sister Jayme. Lisa is asking us to send a card to Jayme. She'd like us to send a funny card (with a frog if we have one!) but not a get well card, to give her sister some joy and smiles at this time. She is offering a huge blog candy to a random participant and many companies have donated to the cause. Please see the details on her post HERE.

card recipe:
stamps: Whimsy Image from the Crissy Armstrong Digital Collection called Party Snail, Whimsy Ticket sentiments designed by Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs
Paper: SEI Birthday party, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: SU Scalloped border punch, Tangerine Tango ribbon, blue rhinestones, small prima roses, glitter

Challenges:
Friday Sketchers sketch
Sunday's With Crissy challenge - layers
A Spoon Full of Sugar- celebration

Fussy and Fancy: 3 dps, 3 different types of embellishments, and 3 images (one can be sentiment) I used the snail and balloon digi, made another balloon from digi and added a sentiment
Totally Gorjuss: Bling it on
Stampavie: Flower Power
Stamp something: use two of something (2 blue primas, two balloons)
Sew Many Challenges: anything goes

ABC Challenge - Unused stash (tangerine tango ribbon and paper)
Crafty Ann's - lot's of color-can be many colors or mostly one color-I went with lots of bright colors

Creative Inspirations - Card for a Child
Ooh La La - Bright and Cheerful

Charisma Cards- 3D (my image is paper toled and popped up)
PIO: out of the box (if you look at my blog, orange and bright colors is very out of the box for me)
C.R.A.F.T: Celebrate/Birthday
Digi Doodle Shop Best: # 8 Sparkle, Glitter, Glitz (my balloons are glittered...which you can see if you click on the photo)
Crafty Creations: 68 Celebration/Encouragment.
LaLaLand: 39 Birthday Wishes
crazy challenge: it is a girl thing

Papertake weekly - Say it with flowers

Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments!! Have a great day!!

hugs,
Chris
Monday, May 24, 2010
Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!! I know I did...did not accomplish much blogging or crafting but had some quality time with my family!! I sometimes feel I slight them with my addiction to crafting. So I feel so good about taking the time out for the girls and Scott. Now, however, I am feeling slightly behind. Oh well.

Since today is Monday it is time for the product spotlight at Stamp and Create. For the next two weeks, Lacey has all her Shimmerz on sale for 25 % off! So be sure and visit Lacey's vast selection of colors soon before they are gone.

Also, don't forget about the ribbon challenge that is going on all month at the store blog! Lacey is giving away a FABULOUS prize! And all you have to do to enter is use any stamps available at Stamp and Create along with some ribbon on your project! So many of us love using ribbon and since she has so many different lines of stamps, it is so easy to join the challenge ((you don't have to purchase the stamp from her, there are so many different companies that Lacey carries in the store including Penny Black, Greeting Farm, Wags n Whiskers, Popcorn Bear, Stampavie, Kraftin Kimmie, My Heart Stamps for you, CC Designs, High Hopes, and Whiff of Joy that it is hard to not to join us!!)

Here is my creation using a new Whiff of Joy Image in Lacey's store from the Get Well collection: Sick Henry. Since I was feeling sick last week this just seemed like the perfect card to make. The mouse looked like I felt. LOL!
I took this photo in my backyard so I could capture a lot of the shimmerz I used. The flourish die cut uses Angel Wings Shimmerz and then I distressed it with chocolate chip ink. The little roses are ivory yellow roses that I painted with Opal shimmerz. I also added shimmerz to the bigger Lilliput rose to blend it in with my mauve color combo. The ears and tail were accented with Opal Shimmerz as well. Lastly, I distressed my oval with chocolate chip and opal shimmerz.
What do you think?The layout uses the Lili of the valley sketch for this week:


The dp is the Basic Grey Capella that has tones of pink and yellow and brown in it.

Card Recipe:
stamps: WOJ Sick Henry
paper: Basic Grey capella, Ivory CS, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Shimmerz: angel wings and opal, Mauve silk ribbon, butterfly charm, labels 10 spellbinders, Teaberry-Lillyput rose, Kaiser Craft snow white pearls,

challenges:
Lili of the Valley Sketch
Whiff of joy- yellow and brown (used subtle brown for coloring and distressing as well as in dp) and one other color (I chose pink)
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday- chipboard (my flourish that I painted with shimmerz0
Flutter by Wednesday- flowers and butterfly
Papertake Weekly- say it with flowers
Stamp something: use two of something (2 designer papers)
Sew Many Challenges: anything goes
Creative Belli- holes (I pierced the oval around my image)
Charisma cards- 3d I dimensionalized the image and added lots of details for added dimension
Crazy Challenge- All things girly
Spoonful of Sugar: cute and girly
Crafty Creations: encouragement
Totally Gorjuss: Bling it on
Stampavie: Flower Power

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Sorry it took me so long to get this posted but blogger caused me a lot of technical difficulties today!! Grr!!

For more inspiration using the shimmerz, please visit my dt sisters:
Joy, Jeanette, Sharon and Lacey.

Have a great day!!!

hugs,
Chris




Sunday, May 23, 2010
Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope everyone has been having a great weekend! I know I have. I did not accomplish much but my dear hubby sure did!! Ever have one of those sent for and could not quite make it days....I did this weekend...but I must say I did a lot of relaxing.

Today is suppose to be rainy....after church would be a good nap and crafting day!!

Well...since it is Sunday, it is time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge. This week's challenge is hosted by the sweet, inspirational and talented PeggySue.

PeggySue chose the verse: Isaiah 64:6 KJV "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."

This is the miracle upon miracles of the entire Bible that although sinful by nature and so weak and temporary, that God sent His son to die for us and make us clean again in His eyes. What a gift.
To go with this verse, PeggySue has chosen this challenge:

Use distressing or sponge the edges of your project, any chosen technique to give it a vintage or distressed look.

For my creation I used the Sweet Pea set I won at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge. I have had my eye on this set for what seems like forever and I could not wait to ink it up.

I used the sketch from Mercy's Tuesday Sketch challenge and incorporated the Timeless Tuesday challenge from Flourishes as well. The challenge there was to use chipboard. I created a chipboard frame by cutting cardboard to go behind my embossed frame giving it more dimension. The dp is too different designs of Pink Pirouette designer paper that I distressed and stamped over with a Stampin up flourish as well as the Sweet Pea. The image is watercolored.

What do you think? I can't wait to ink this image up again sometime!!

card recipe:
stamps: Flourishes Sweet Pea, Stampin Up flourish
Paper: Pink Pirouette dp (2 designs), bazill brown, ivory
Accessories: MS pearls, lace, butterfly charm from my dear friend America

Challenges:
Mercy's Tuesday Sketch challenge
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday: Chipboard
Pollycraft Monday: Summer blooms
Flutter by Wednesday- butterflies and flowers
Papertake Weekly: Say it with flowers
ABC Challenge - Unused stash (pink pirouette dp)
Stamp Something- two of something-two pearls
Crafty Ann's - lot's of color-can be many colors or mostly one color-I went with mostly pink
Sew many Challenges: anything goes

Penny's Challenge: recipe (1 ribbon or lace, 3 embellishments, and 2 dp's)


For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters: Candace , Grace , Kathy, Kristine , Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi

If you should create a card or project for this challenge, please leave a direct link here. Should you upload your creation to SC or PCP, please use the keyword SSIC40.


Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments! Have a blessed day!!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!! The weekend is here! It looks like the weather is going to be nice here and I have no plans so it should be relaxing. Just what I need!!
Today it is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge!


This week the challenge team is challenging you to create a Card or gift with a sentiment as the focal point!!

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, May 27 to Mr. Linky on the ODBD blog here.. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them.
If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC14. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Here is my take on the challenge:
For my creation I used the Midnight Madness Sketch # 54. I had used this sketch one time earlier this week but I thought it was perfect with a sentiment rather than and image....less busy.


The butterflies are all glittered but you may have to click on the image to see it.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: As you Graduate from Our Daily Bread Designs, Ironworks Borders from Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: SEI Bisette, Chocolate chip and white
Accessories: Scalloped frame spellbinders, MS Classic Butterfly Punch, White satin ribbon, rhinestones, MS Pearls, ZVA Creative pearls, thin white ribbon, SU Flower punch, gold cording

challenges:
Midnight Madness Sketch # 54
Creative Inspirations - Punches or Die Cuts
Practical Scrappers: Patterned Paper
Spoon Full of Sugar: Cute and girly

Pollycraft Monday: Summer blooms
Charisma Cards- 3D
Flutter by Wednesday- butterflies and flowers
Papertake Weekly: Say it with flowers
Simple Saturdays - Use Scallops
ABC Challenge - Unused stash (ribbon)
Stamp Something- two of something-two flowers
Crafty Ann's - lot's of color-can be many colors or mostly one color-I went with mostly mint green
Sew many Challenges: anything goes

For more inspiration please visit my dt sisters:

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments.

blessings,
Chris
Friday, May 21, 2010
Happy Friday Everyone!! The weekend is upon us!! Woo hoo! We have no special plans here...we will just be home. I am actually looking forward to a restful weekend. Since today I feel like I was hit by a truck and zapped from all energy...the rest begins here and now (if my kids will allow it that is).
Anywho....today is another Wags n Whiskers challenge.


This week we have a fun and easy challenge challenge for you!


Jacqui is our hostess and her challenge is called "Just Good Friends". You can either make a card using one our images with two characters, or you can just make a card for a friend. She is leaving the challenge open to interpetation. Just remember that you must use a Wags 'n Whiskers stamps.

One lucky participant will win ONE FREE WAGS 'N WHISKERS STAMP OF YOUR CHOICE!! This is an easy peasy challenge so I sure hope you will join us.

This is my take on the challenge:




I like to do different things and change things up a bit so I don't get bored or become stagnant in my crafting so this weeks Simon Says Stamps to make a tent card with a charm challenge was perfect for me. I have never made a tent card before and it was so much fun!!! I used the Summer Treat image from Wags n Whiskers and Basic Grey Euphoria paper.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Summer Treat from Wags n Whiskers
Paper: Basic Grey Euphoria
Accessories: sponging, Embroidered Flower white lace, MS Twig punch, MS Border punch, rhinestones, Fancy Tags Spellbinders
ZVA creative Rosebuds, Prima sparkle flowers, Butterfly charm from my dear friend America.

Challenges:
Simon Says Challenge: tent card and charm

Creative Inspirations - Punches or Die Cuts
Practical Scrappers: Patterned Paper
Spoon Full of Sugar: Cute and girly

Saturday Challenge: Metal
Pollycraft Monday: Summer blooms
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Blooming Charming

Charisma Cards- 3D
Flutter by Wednesday- butterflies and flowers
Papertake Weekly: Say it with flowers
Creative Belli- hole Punch (for suspending my image)

Please be sure and check out all the Design Teams blogs to see their gorgeous pink and green creations. They have lots of inspiration in store for you:

Lacey, Karen, Michele, Debbie, Sharon, Jeanette, Melanie, Tina, Nikki, Renata, Christa, and Jacqui and Our Guest DT this week: Crystal Irwin.

Then please join us over at the Wags 'n Whiskers challenge blog and show us your friendship themed creation.... But remember....you must use a Wags 'n Whiskers image to be eligible to win a free stamp!

Thanks for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Your comments and visits are much appreciated!! Hugs!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Happy Thursday Everyone!! I hope you are all doing well!! I am trying talk myself out of being sick and catching what the girls have but I have a feeling I have the same thing....Yuck!! That is not suppose to happen. I feel cruddy...
Oh well....Today I have journal I created for the Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge. Lori sent each of the team members this inspirational photo:I was inspired by the floral background, the colors and the yellow butterflies. Rather than make a card, I thought I would make something functional, a journal.

The image I used is from Whimsy stamps and is called Summer Day Emma. The sentiment is from the Whimsy Flowers in Bloom Digital Sentiments. The layout for the cover uses the Sketch Saturday Sketch for this past week.
The designer paper is Basic Grey Sultry. I water colored and used paper tole for my image.

Journal Recipe:
Stamps: The image is Summer Day Emma. The sentiment is from the Whimsy Flowers in Bloom Digital Sentiments.
Paper: Basic Grey Sultry
Accessories: Lotus Die, pearls, sunshine cameo rose, rhinestones, butterfly tassle (recycled from a bookmark I had), Embroidered Flower white lace

challenges:
Divine Diva Inspirational Challenge
Sketch Saturday

Papertake Weekly: Say it with flowers
For Fun Challenge~pink or red, green and yellow

Flutter by Wednesday- butterflies
and flowers
ABC Challenge - Unused stash (recycled tassle that has been sitting in my drawer for just the right project)
Your Next Stamp - Cut it out and pop it up
Crazy Challenge -Something new- (Journal and stamp)
Pollycraft Monday: Summer blooms
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Blooming Charming

Charisma Cards- 3D (Journal and popped up)
Crafty Catz - Petals and Pearls
Creative Inspirations - Punches or Die Cuts
Practical Scrappers: Patterned Paper
Spoon Full of Sugar: Cute and girly

Crafty Calendar: The great outdoors
Saturday Challenge: Metal

I hope you are inspired by my creation. For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

Anne
Lori
Donna
Julie
Kerri

Hope you are inspired to come and play along with the Divine Diva Challenge. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC28.


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Whimsy announcement:

Whimsy Stamps DT Call Now Open






This is just a quick note to let you know about an open DT call at Whimsy Stamps! If you are a talented paper crafter that would like to share a little Whimsy with others, please visit the website, HERE, for more information on how to enter!
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Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments!! Have a great day!!

hugs,
Chris
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Happy Hump Day Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week!! Unfortunately the weather has been very dreary and raining and both my girls are sick. Now that is depressing!!! They must have caught some sort of flu in Virginia....
Anywho...Today is Wednesday and time for another Inky Impressions Challenge...

Since it is May, many of us are thinking FLOWERS. Rather than challenge you to just using flowers, the Inky Impressions team is challenging you to choose two from our recipe of sorts using the letters in flowers. For example:
Choose two letters from:
F: flowers or faux (faux stitching, faux suede, faux leather...)
L: Lace or lacing
O: circles or circle embellishments (brads, pearls, etc)W: Water coloring, Wax Paper Resist
E: embossing or easel
R: Ripping, Distressing, tearing or ribbon
S: stitching (real or Faux) or sparkle
Please let us know the letters and items you chose.

This weeks challenge will be going on for TWO WEEKS so you have plenty of time to come and join the fun. No need to use Inky Images but if you have them we would love to see you use them!!!! To be eligible to get Inked by the Inkettes you must have all creations uploaded to Mr. Linky by May 31st by Midnight Eastern Time. We can't wait to see your creations!!!

Here is my take on the challenge:

I used one of my favorite Inky images Nikki's birdie. the layout follows the Truly Scrumptious sketch for this week. The items I used for the Inky Impressions challenge include: F-flowers, O-circles and circle embellishments, W-Water color, E-easel and dry embossing, R-ripping and ribbon, S-Stitching and Sparkle.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Inky Impressions- Nickie's Birdie
Paper: SEI dp and Basic Grey Wisteria
Embellishments and tools: Prima Teal Fairytale rose, Classic Butterfly Punch, Fancy Tags Spellbinders, pearls, round spacer, silver baubles

Challenges:
Truly Scrumptious sketch
Sentimental Sundays-New Beginnings (retirement-beginning a new venture in life)
By the Cute and Girly: Celebrations
Papertake Weekly: Say it with flowers
Cute Card Thursday: Someone special (this is a retirement card for a friend)
For Fun Challenge~use a "real" stamp.

Flutter by Wednesday- butterflies

ABC Challenge - Unused stash (ribbon)
La-La Land Crafts - Anything goes
Your Next Stamp - Cut it out and pop it up
Crazy Challenge -Something new- new fold-I have never made a circle easel before
Simple Saturdays - Use Scallops
Crafty Ann's - anything goe
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Stamp Something - celebrate (retirement)
Crafty Catz - Petals and Pearls
Creative Inspirations - Punches or Die Cuts
Practical Scrappers: Patterned Paper
Spoon Full of Sugar: Cute and girly

Creative Belli-Hole punch (for tag)

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Crystal, Beth, Angela, Cheryl, Domi, Jackie, Kim D, Kim Y, Pam

Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments!!

hugs,
Chris
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I am back from Virginia after driving through the night yesterday and am just starting to get back into blogging and crafting again. Boy was I feeling good for nothing yesterday and just could not get out of my own way!!

Today I have the Stamp and Created Product Spotlight to share with you!! I so enjoyed using some of my favorite line of stamps:

Whiff of Joy.
My image is water colored and the sketch is from Whiff of Joy.

For the next two weeks, all previously released Whiff of Joy stamps will be on sale for 25% and their newest Get Well Collection and Aladin Store Kit will be on sale for 10% off. Now is the perfect time to pick up these gorgeous stamp at a low price because they are on sale!

For my card I used Willow with Champagne illustrated by Elizabeth Bell.Card Recipe:

Stamps: Willow with Champagne illustrated by Elizabeth Bell

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Grey Wisteria, Bashful Blue

Coloring: water colors using distress inks and SU markers

Embellies: flower charm, Blue Bayou ribbon,Embroidered Flower white lace, sunshine cameo rose, blue small roses, Kaiser Craft snow white pearls, round spacer
Tools: MS Border Punch, Spellbinders Label 10, Classic oval, Bow Easy,

Since Stamp and Create is also sponsoring the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, I thought it would be appropriate to use the Midnight Madness sketch and one of the Wags n Whiskers stamps available at the Stamp and Create store to make a card. This is a birthday card for a sweet nephew of mine using Speed Racer and Basic Grey June Bug Paper. I don't often do male cards ....This sketch was loaded with buttons and I am sure my little nephew will be mesmerized with all of them and the colors. Hopefully he does not rip all the buttons off. LOL!

challenges:
Midnight Madness: sketch for the car- card 2
Cards for men: outdoors (card 2)
Stamp with fun: stripes (ribbon strips-card 2)
Hand Full of stamps: Let it shine (card 2-my car is embossed and all my buttons and silver baubles are shiny)
Going Grey with Snap Creations- basic grey and card or project for a child
Whiff of Joy- sketch (card 1)
Allsorts: Birthdays- Birthday card for a niece and nephew (card 1 and 2)
By the Cute and Girly: Celebrations (BOTH)
Papertake Weekly: Say it with flowers (CARD 1)
Cute Card Thursday: Someone special (this is a birthday card for a niece and a nephew)
For Fun Challenge~use a "real" stamp.
(both cards)
Flutter by Wednesday- butterflies
(CARD 1)
ABC Challenge - Unused stash (blue bayou ribbon on first card and buttons on the second card)
La-La Land Crafts - Anything goes
Your Next Stamp - Cut it out and pop it up (both cards)
Crazy Challenge -Something new- new stamp (both cards)
Simple Saturdays - Use Scallops (scallop punch on both cards)
Crafty Ann's - anything goe
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Stamp Something - celebrate (birthday card for both creations)
Crafty Catz - Petals and Pearls (1st card)
Creative Inspirations - Punches or Die Cuts (both cards)
Ooh La La Creations: Bright and Cheery (both cards)
Pollycraft Monday: Summer blooms (card 1)
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Blooming Charming (card 1)
Practical Scrappers: Patterned Paper (both cards)
Spoon Full of Sugar: Cute and girly
(card 1)

Don't forget about the very first Stamp and Create Challenge!! This month our challenge is: Ribbon and Fibers. The only rule is that you must use a stamp that is available through Stamp and Create and link to that stamp in the store.

Some of the companies Stamp and Create carries include:

Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamps, High Hopes Rubber Stamps, Whiff of Joy, The Greeting Farm, Penny Black clear stamps, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Stampavie, My Heart Stamps for You, Basic Grey, Ribbon, Charms, Shimmerz, and more!

Thanks for stopping by today and for your wonderful comments!!

hugs,
Chris
Monday, May 17, 2010
Happy Monday Everyone!! It is a beginning to a new week and Whimsy is kicking it up with some fun!! ...... A blog hop for their new release!!! Today is the release of 2 images illustrated by the uber talented Crissy Armstrong and a sentiment set created by none other than my talented dt sister Ann!!

If you have been on the hop and came here from Debbie's blog, you are in the right place, if not, you may want to start at the beginning here at Crissy's blog. You won't want to miss the team's exceptional creations or the blog hop prize....two random hoppers will receive the two carousel new releases. The prize is hidden among our blogs and you never know where it may be so you will want to leave a comment on each of the blogs along the way.


Here is my creation for the hop:
I used the new Whimsy Party Pony image that is being released today. I had so much fun coloring it with my water colors!!! The dp is SEI Happy Birthday. I used three different patterned pieces of paper from the collection (including the paper piecing of the presents on my gifts)
The sentiment is a new release of sentiments created by Ann!! I love ticket sentiments!! The layout uses the current Creative Card Crew Sketch.
I added lots of stitching and sparkle but you may click on the picture for a close up to see it.

challenges:
Spoonful of Sugar - 3 Designer Papers & 3 Buttons (2 dp are used for paper piecing gifts)
Allsorts: Birthdays
By the Cute and Girly: Celebrations
Papertake Weekly: Shiny, sparkly
Cute Card Thursday: Someone special (this is a birthday card for a niece)
For Fun Challenge~use a "real" stamp.
Flutter by Wednesday- paper piecing and butterflies
Creative Card Crew Sketch
ABC Challenge - Unused stash (buttons)
La-La Land Crafts - Anything goes
Stampavie and more - Pink
Your Next Stamp - Cut it out and pop it up
Crazy Challenge -Something new
Simple Saturdays - Use Scallops (scallop punch and scalloped circle)
Crafty Ann's - anything goes
Stamp Something - celebrat
Crafty Catz - Petals and Pearls
KLSNS Challenge - Show Animals Some Love

Creative Inspirations - Punches or Die Cuts

I hope you have enjoyed my creations!! Now for the next stop on the hop ....the ever so talented and sweet Denise.

Have a great day!

hugs,
Chris



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