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Saturday, July 31, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!! I am back from spending quality time with my parents and brother and sisters families.  We had a great time but it is great to be home again and see Scott.  The girls and I really missed him while we are away.

Anywho...it is time for the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge.

This week's challenge:
This week the team would like you to use a ribbon and charm and one other embellishment- but no flower embellishments unless it is your charm.

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, August 5. 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 ODBDSLC23. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Now on to my take on the challenge:

For my creation, I decided to use Happy Fall a sneak peak from Our Daily Bread Designs to be released tomorrow!!!!!!






I used the Bag it up template from Leigh Ann Baird.  These stamps were perfect for filling this box up with chocolate covered sunflower seeds.  The girls were so jealous to see me making this as a gift for someone else.  They so love these.  I may have to make one for each of them as well.

For more inspiration, please visit the challenge team:
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!!  I hope to see you tomorrow for the Our Daily Bread Designs New Release blog hop!! We have some really fun and gorgeous sets to show you!!


Blessings,
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Happy Thursday Everyone!! I hope you are all doing well.

Today I have a short post to share with you.  I just love this sweet dog and had to create a combo masculine/feminine card with it.  It is mostly masculine with the Basic Grey Max and Whiskers paper with just a touch of femininity with the lace to brighten it up. This creation uses the fun Whimsy dog and sign image and Ruff Day sentiments.  What do you think?


challenges:
The pink elephant~ brown
Paper romance~ brown, teal and white
Mami doodles~ anything goes
Creative Inspirations~ Anything goes
The creative cottage~ touchy feely, lots of layers and textures (stitching, embossing, Lace)
Practical Scrappers~ 7 or more items (lace, 2 different dp's, 3 colors of cardstock, lace, gold cording)
Hand Full of stamps~punch the stress out
Daring Card Makers~ layer it up
Stamp with Fun~ Card for a man or boy ( I think this would work for either gender)


 Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have enjoyed my creation.


Blessings,
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Good Morning and Happy Hump Day Everyone!!  I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your week!!  I am having some quality family time in upstate New York with my parents, brother and his family and my sister and her kids from Boston!!  It is so exciting to be together since as our kids get older, it is getting tougher and tougher to synchronize our schedules and meet.
Any who...Today I wanted to share an easel card I created using one of the Your Next Stamp images, Rainy Day Fiona.  I just had to paper piece this.

The polka dotted dp is actually material dp that I received my dear friend Crystal in a RAK she sent me.  I just love the color and how fun it was to work with.  The other dp is Basic Grey Eva.  The clouds in the background are from the Flying High Fiona stamp set.


I have had a few emails asking me to post a tutorial on how to make a circle easel card so I hope to do this next week.

Challenges:
Your Next Stamp: Easel Card
Meljen's Designs: Easel Card
 Creative Inspirations: Anything goes
Papertake weekly: Cutie Patootie
Crafty Creations: Happy or Sweet
Charisma cardz: Anything but Square
Fussy And Fancy: Stitches Scallops and sparkle
Stamp Simply: Two something- two button brads
Crafty Calendar: Summer
Stampavie: Anything goes
Stamp Something- flowery
Create4Fun- Flowers


I hope you enjoyed my creation today.  I am challenging myself to think outside of the box and not only create square cards. Thanks for stopping by today!! Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Have a great day!!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Happy Monday Everyone!!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  We sure did.  Nicki did a beautiful job playing the piano in church for the prelude and postlude duet.  I was more nervous than she was!!  She looked like such a natural playing up there at age 11. I am so proud of her!!


Anywho... Today we have another great Stamp and Create Product Spotlight for you this week.
But before we get to that, just a reminder that Lacey will be on vacation until July 31st. Her husband is attempting to get stamp orders out, but since he's new at it, so not all orders will probably go out until after I return on Aug 2nd.  As an added bonus,however, all orders received from Friday, July 23rd-Aug 1st will be entered into a special drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate (this is separate from the regular July Customer Rewards drawing - so if you order during this time, you will actually be entered into both drawings)!!


This week's Product Spotlight is: Sweet November Stamps!! Amy Young has illustrated the most adorable mermaids and pixies!!
All Sweet November stamps will be on sale for 25% off through Sunday, August 1st.


   I used the Image Pearl Tidepool and Seamoor for her circle easel card. I also used the sentiment from Popcorn Bears Thanks A Bunch, Fancy Tags Nestabilities, Big Scalloped Ovals and blossoms nestabilities on my card all available at Stamp and Create. The dp is one of my faves from SU called Parisian Breeze.





 Challenges:

OSSAT: Black and white and one other color
 Creative Inspirations: Anything goes
Papertake weekly: Cutie Patootie
Crafty Creations: Happy or Sweet
Secret Crafter: Fairytales- The little Mermaid
Charisma cardz: Anything but Square
Fussy And Fancy: Stitches Scallops and sparkle
Stamp Simply: Two something- two flowers
Crafty Calendar: Summer
Stampavie: Anything goes
Your Next Stamp: Easel Card
Meljen's Designs: Easel Card
 Stampin For the Weekend: recipe (3 dps, 2 flowers, 1 ribbon and an extra of gems)
Stamp Something- flowery
Create4Fun- Flowers


For more inspiration using this week's products Spotlight at Stamp and Create (Wags n Whiskers) please visit: Joy, Lacey, Jeanette and Sharon.

I hope you enjoyed my creation today.  I am challenging myself to think outside of the box and not only create square cards. Thanks for stopping by today!! Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Have a great day!!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!!  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!!  It is real hot here but we are enjoying it all the same.  Today my dear daughter, Nicki, plays a duet in church with her piano teacher.  I am happy, excited and nervous for her all at the same time.  She also invited her grandparents (my husbands parents) and her aunt and uncle to come listen as well.  Then we are going to have a family cookout.   It should be a fun filled day!!

Well anywho...Today is Sunday and time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.  This week's challenge is the dear sweet and talented Peggysue.  Peggysue has chosen the verse:
Luke 8:16 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light."

I hope that in all I do that I let my light shine and that others will know that I have been redeemed!!  What joy this brings to know that I have Jesus right beside me in all I do in both the good times and the bad and that no matter what the outcome I will have eternal life and be with Him some day because He died for me!! What joy, what grace...There is no greater Joy that I would want to share.  This is a joy I want to pass on to my children and for all those I love or come in contact with! This salvation is not a secret but something all should shout from the rooftops with.

Peggysue's challenge this week is:

Make a votive holder or a card/project depicting a candle.  Here are two examples of what you can make:  Votive Cover and tag votive holder.  For my creation, I did not do either.  I created a luminaria using Beate's tutorial on Splitcoast.  It was easy and fun.

For my image I used Wedding Fiona from Your Next Stamp. I added lots of glitter to her veil, baubles to the top, and pearls to Fiona's dress. 



 The candle inside is battery operated (Much safer!!)  This luminaria is part of a set to accompany this card.

challenges:
OSSAT: Black and white and one other color
Creative Craft challenge: Wedding
 Creative Inspirations: Anything goes
Papertake weekly: Cutie Patootie
Crafty Creations: Happy or Sweet
Secret Crafter: Fairytales- Cinderella
Charisma cardz: Anything but Square- luminaria
Fussy And Fancy: Stitches Scallops and sparkle
Stamp Simply: Two something- two stamped images
Crafty Calendar: Summer (since most weddings happen in the summer, I thought this would fit well)
Stampavie: Anything goes

I hope you enjoyed my creations today. For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit:
Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, and Cindy

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge. 
This week's sponsor is  Karen's Doodles. 

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!!


Blessings,
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!!  I hope you all are having a great start to your weekend!!

Today I would like to share my creation for this week's Our Daily Bread Designs.


This Week' Challenge:
The team would like you to distress it. You can use ink, tearing, or ripping...whatever it takes to give a distressed look somewhere on your creation.


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, July 29. 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.As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs

stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by July 29 at 8 p.m. EST.

If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC22. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.


Here is my take on the challenge using the sneak peak Harvest Blessings to be released on August 1.

The image is embossed in gold and water colored.  The bow is made with May Arts Ivory Silk ribbon and the bow easy. The background is stitched with gold zig zag stitching. I used my new CB Brocade Window Embossing Plus Plate to frame my image.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs- Harvest Blessings
Paper:  K& Co.
Accessories: May Arts Ivory Silk Ribbon, Bow Easy, CB Brocade Window Embossing Plus Plate

Challenges:
Stampavie- Anything goes
Ann's Creative Nook- how do you dry emboss
Lexi's Creations  -real or faux stitching
 Stamp and Create- Stitching
Practical Scrappers- One year stash- my dp




For more inspiration, please visit the challenge team:
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!!


Blessings,
Friday, July 23, 2010
Happy Friday Everyone!!  Sorry for my lack of posts this week.  Life has been crazy!

Any who  I am back with a post for the Wags n Whiskers challenge for this week. The challenge today is hosted by the sweet and uber talented Melanie. Melanie's challenge is called:


In Stitches

Melanie is asking for you to use either real or fake stitches somewhere on your card or paper project.

Here is my take on the challenge:

I used the  Sweet Danni and Bella image illustrated by Crissy Armstrong for Wags n Whiskers.  This image is sold as both a digi and a rubber stamp. The layout uses the Midnight Madness Sketch for this week.  This card is very shimmery with the glittery paper in person...you probably see it better if you click on the photo.






I purposely used a Christmas image to make a Christmas card to enter in the Sunday's with Crissy challenge this week.

challenges: 
Sunday's with Crissy challenge
 Midnight Madness Sketch
Papertake weekly- cutie patootie
Stampavie- Anything goes
Ann's Creative Nook- how do you dry emboss
Fussy and Fancy ...stitches, scallops and sparkle
Lexi's Creations  -real or faux stitching
 Stamp and Create- Stitching
Practical Scrappers- One year stash- my glitter paper and the dp from K & co.
Crafty Creations- Happy or Sweet
Ellephantastic Challenge- Sew Special
Mami Doodles-Anything Goes


For more samples of this fun Challenge In Stitches for the Wags n Whiskers challenge,  please visit my my talented DT sisters.



Lacey
Crystal
Michele
Karen
Sharon
Tina
Jeanette
Melanie
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today!! I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!!!!

Have a great day!!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Happy Tuesday Everyone!!  I hope you all have had a great start to your week!!  If you missed the Whimsy blog hop yesterday, you still have a chance to join us until next Monday July 26.  Denise has a very generous prize of 5 stamp sets for one lucky winner from our blog hop participants.  The start of the hop is right here on my blog.

Anywho...I have lots to share with you since today I also posted on the Our Daily Bread Designs and Whimsy blogs.  I will to make each description short so it is not too long!!


Today is the day I post my Bella Blog hop candy winner.  The winner is

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
6
Timestamp: 2010-07-20 18:04:13 UTC

And #6 is Marlene!!!

Please email me with your snail mail address Marlene so I can get these out to you.

Now on to my creations...

My first creation is one I made for Our Daily Bread Designs using this months new release Our Daily Bread designs release "Bless This Home"and an older set called Path of Life.  The two sets coordinate so well together!!


card 1

The card is 5 x 7. The image is stamped with Memento and colored with Copics and Prisma color pencils. The sky is sponged using a scalloped oval Baja Breeze ink and a large sponge.   Ultra Fine - Raspberry and Shamrock Flowersoft is used throughout for the the flowers and moss to give more detail and dimension. I used my new CB Brocade Window Embossing Plus Plate on Bitter Chocolate Bazzill CS to frame it as well as a MS fence border punch.
To finish off the card I added silver baubles, stitching and green grosgrain ribbon.
YOUR NEXT STAMP

My next creations are made using Your next stamp sets.
Your Next Stamp is having a DT call right now looking for some new designers. When I saw this call I couldn't wait to give it a shot. I LOVE these images and the current team.
I wanted to share a few creations I made using these ADORABLE images.

My first card is using the Wedding Fhiona image. I used a variety of spellbinders and cuttlebug folders to frame the image.  If you click on the photo you can see the ribbon frame I created with the Lotus borders Spellbinders die.

card 2:

My next creation I made for the Your Next stamp challenge, flowers.  I created a set using Flower Bouquet Fiona and cosmo cricket dp (Earth Love).  The card uses the Friday Sketchers Sketch for this week.  The box is a Bag it Up template created by Leigh Ann Baird which can be found here.

set 3:


My next set I divided into two different pictures so you could have a closer look at each.  I wanted to create a card with a scene but did not have any background scenes to match so I used scissors, punches and dp to create my own.  The images are Flying High Foina and Ellie With Pressies

The fence I cut out posts and used the Distressed stamps embossing folder to make it look like wood.  The flowers use the fern punch from MS and buttons. I have a grass scissor...what a time saver!!

card 4
The box holds a cupcake and matches the card.  The dp is from Earth Love (Cosmo Cricket).  The Hey cupcake template is one which is again created by Leigh Ann Baird and can be found here.

5. cupcake box

Challenges:

All Sorts- Summer days (card 1)
Pollycraft Monday- Birthday celebration (card 4)
Papertake weekly- cutie patootie (set 3 and card 4)
Stampavie- Anything goes (all)
 Your next Stamp: flowers (set 3 and card 4)
For Fun Challenge- color your image with your fave medium (set 3)
C.R.A.F.T.- children (card 4 stair step card)
Secret Crafter Saturday- Summer (set 3 and card 1)
Bunny Zoes Challenge- Summer (set 3)
Cutie Stampers- summer (set 3)
by the Cute and Girly- warm summer days (set 3 and card 4)
Ann's Creative Nook- how do you dry emboss (card 1, card 2, card 4
Gingersnap G62 spicy supply challenge- markers (card 4)
Town scrapper- anything goes 
Fussy and Fancy ...stitches, scallops and sparkle (card 4 and cupcake box 5)
Lexi's Creations  -real or faux stitching (all projects and cards)
The Shabby Tea Room- From the garden (card 1)
Practical Scrappers- One year stash (cupcake box 5- Baja breeze ribbon)

Thanks for stopping by today!! Your comments are greatly appreciated.


Have a great day!!
Monday, July 19, 2010


Good Morning Everyone, Happy Monday!!! Today Whimsy Stamps  is kick'n off the week with some fun!!! Welcome to the Whimsy New Release Hop!!!

Whimsy Stamps is releasing some brand new rubber stamps today, and to celebrate the DT are having a Blog Hop!
We have 3 new stamps from Whimsy Crissy Armstrong Collection and 3 amazing Sentiment stamp sets by Raindrop Echo Designs to show you today.
The blog hop will run from today, Monday July 19th at noon EST until Monday July 26th at noon EST.

The team has lots of creativity and inspiration to share with you so why not grab yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy the hop.



And of course, for joining us, we have a special blog hop prize of all six stamps being released today. All you need to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs and enter your name for the random drawing at the end of the hop!!

Just in case you should get lost along the way, here are all the links in the order of the hop:


I am the first stop of the hop!!

Chris Olsen-You are here
Nathalie Jobin
Debbie Eastman
Erin Bailey
Lori Pachkowsky
Marley van der Heijden
Rowena Barnard
Crissy Armstrong
Denise Lynn
Ann VentoDonna Smith
Patrica Garcia
Vanja Stevanovic
Crystal Irwin
Simonne Clay -Annika Ryan
Bev Rochester - end of the hop

Today I wanted to share a creation I made using the fabulous Moonlit Ride Carousel Horse and accessories illustrated by the uber talented Crissy Armstrong. I water colored my image, cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals. The layout uses the Pixie Cottage sketch for this week. They also added the twist of triple play meaning add three of one item. I used 3 white flowers. The dp is some long neglected paper from my stash from DCWV.


Hope you enjoyed my creation. The next stop on the hop is the sweet and talented Nathalie Jobin.

Challenges

 Stamp Scrap and doodle...animals
 Fussy and Fancy ...stitches, scallops and sparkle (my rhinestones)
Pixie Cottage Sketch for card 2 and triple play (three baubles and three flowers)

Lexi's Creations  -real or faux stitching (both cards)
Pollycraft Monday- Happy Birthday
Tuesday Throwdown- stitching
Stampavie- Anything goes
 Your next Stamp: flowers
For Fun Challenge- color your image with your fave medium
Creative Card crew- to die for (card 2) I used my scalloped frame die
Gingersnap G62 spicy supply challenge- markers
Town scrapper- anything goes
 Caarvarks...Birthday

Thanks for stopping by today!! Your comments are greatly appreciated.


Have a great day!!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!  Today I have two cards to share with you.

The first is for the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.  This week's challenge host is my dear friend Grace.

Grace chose the verse:  Psalm 127:1a "Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it".
Have you ever thought I can do this on my own.  I don't need anyone's help or guidance.  Well we all need His direction in our lives.  We need to pray each day that He will guide us down the right paths so we do not stray from His leading.  God has a plan for each one of us.  Not seeking His guidance is laboring in vain.  Life is so much easier (although not easy by any means) with God's guidance.

Grace challenged the team and any of the challenge participants to:

Use an image of something that is "built" using a set of plans ... a house, church, school, automobiles, even a bird house...anything that would be built according to a set of plans.

I decided to use one of my many neglected Stampin Up stamps, Winds of Grace, and make a masculine thinking of you card with a summery feel for a guy who recently lost his father.  Most all the materials on this card are Stampin up other than the brown thread and silver baubles.


For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit:
Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, and Cindy

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge
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Today I also  have a Product Spotlight to share with you over at Stamp and Create. Lacey is offering a sale on all summer stamps for 10-25% off! Here is your chance to get some of the stamps on your wish list at a discounted price.

Don't Forget Stamp and Create does have a monthly challenge!! On the first Friday of each month, we have a challenge for a chance to win....
...a $20 gift certificate to Stamp and Create!!

There are new rules to the challenge...You may use ANY stamp now!! Just please make sure to mention that you are participating with the Stamp and Create Challenge.
Kim (who won the first Stamp and Create challenge) is our guest and she chose this month's challenge...Stitching/Sewing: can be hand, faux or machine stitching!!
I created a card using Bernadette Admiring flowers from Stampavie.  The Belle Arts Novelty rose  and Mandarin cameo roses, Basic Grey Indian Summer Paper, Pink silk ribbon, and Scalloped Edge Frame Nestabilities are also available in the store.


challenges:
Pixie Cottage Sketch for card 2 and triple play (three pearls and three flowers)
All Sorts- Summer days (both cards)
Lexi's Creations  -real or faux stitching (both cards)
Pollycraft Monday- Bold and bright (card 2)
The Crazy Challenge- It is hip to be square (card 2)
Papertake weekly- in the garden (card 2)
Tuesday Throwdown- stitching (both)
Stampavie- Anything goes (both)
 Your next Stamp: flowers (card 2)
For Fun Challenge- color your image with your fave medium
Auds sentiments- no sentiment
C.R.A.F.T.- children
Sir Stampalot- summer
Going Grey with ScrapCreations- Think summer
Creative Card crew- to die for (card 2) I used my scalloped frame die
Totally Gorjuss- Thinking of you (card 1)
Secret Crafter Saturday- Summer
Charisma cardz- Pink
Bunny Zoes Challenge- Summer
Twisted Thursday 65- water, waves, wetness
Creative prompts for you- Paradise in a picture
Creative Craft- Summer lovin
Cutie Stampers- summer
by the Cute and Girly- warm summer days
Ann's Creative Nook- anything goes
Gingersnap G62 spicy supply challenge- markers
Town scrapper- anything goes

While normally I would post the Stamp and Create Product Spotlight on Monday, tomorrow will be the new release of Whimsy stamps.  Tomorrow will be our new release blog hop which will begin here, at my blog at 12 p.m.  I hope you can join us.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!!


Blessings,
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!!  I hope you are all having a good start to the weekend.


Today I have the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge to share with you.



The team would like you to create a card or project

that has a colored image.


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, July 22. 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 ODBDSLC21. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Now on to my take on the challenge:



Since so many challenges are focusing on Christmas in July including the Stamping in Time Challenge at ODBD, I thought I would get a head start creating a calendar for my Mom and Dad for Christmas.  I used the Sing for Joy stamp set and the verse from Christmas Verses at Our Daily Bread Designs.  

My dear blogging friend Dawn has been sharing her wonderful calendar pages on her blog for some time.  I so loved this idea as a Christmas gift that I had my dear husband create me a calendar holder as well.  I then printed off the calendar templates created by Cat at SCS here.  It has all the months for 2010.  I hope soon that I can find a template for a 2011 calendar so I can continue my calendar pages.
 challenges:
Lexi's Creations  -real or faux stitching
Ooh La La Creations- Christmas
Pollycraft Monday- Bold and bright
Practical Scrappers- embossing (i used heat embossing)
The Crazy Challenge- It is hip to be square
Shabby Tea Room #18- Christmas in July
Papertake weekly- in the garden (my pine tree boughs and bird)
Little Red Wagon- Use a tree on your project
Stampavie- Anything goes
 Stamping in Time- Christmas
Cute Card Thursday- Get a headstart 
All sorts Anything Goes
Creative Belli- Alter it
 Magical Crafts- Christmas in July
Freshly Brewed- Christmas in July
Fabby n Funky- Christmas in July
For more inspiration, please visit the challenge team:
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!!


Blessings,
Thursday, July 15, 2010



Happy Thursday Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week. Mine is going well....just super busy!! Boy is time flying!!

Anywho...today is the Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge! Lori sent the team this photo to be inspired by:I was inspired by the pink flowers in the center of the wrapping paper. Since I have several friends that have lost a parent, I need to be sending out Sympathy cards. I thought the flower in Close to my Heart from SU were very similar to the flowers on the gift wrap. The frame I created around my window was cased from the ever so talented Yvonne here. My very dear friend, Grace just blessed me with the Lotus borders set in some Happy Mail!! Thanks Grace!!!
The sentiments are from Our Daily Bread Designs- Thinking of You and With Deepest Sympathy.

There is lots of embossing inside and out but the outside has lots of dies that cover it so it is hard to see in person. The layout uses the Pixie Cottage layout from last week.

card recipe:stamps: Daily Bread Designs Thinking of You and With Deepest Sympathy, SU- Close to my heart
Paper: white and pink pirouette
Accessories: SU embossing folder, nestabilities- Lotus borders, Lotus pendants, Hero Arts Pearls

challenges: Creative Card Crew- to Die for,*Crafty Calendar- Summer, *Speedy the cat- Punch it, Paper Sundaes- Lots of Layers, Crazy challenge-It is hip to be square, Papertake Weekly- In the Garden, Your Next Stamp-flower power, Practical Scrappers- Embossing, Secret Crafter- Aperture, Charisma cards- pink, Stampavie- Anything Goes

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 DDIC.
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My second card is one that I created with the Sketch for you Try to Try by Jen del Muro. I love her sketches and don't often get to play. This week I made a point of water coloring my from Wags n Whiskers Best Friends Forever and using her sketch!! I plan to send this card to my cousin's daughter who has been in out of the hospital after having complications with getting her tonsils out. She just turned 6 so I think she will enjoy this image.
Card recipes:
stamps: Wags n Whiskers Best Friends Forever (available as digi or rubber) , SU Priceless
Paper: SU Urban Garden
Accessories: SU buttons, handmade flower, MS punches, swiss dots embossing folder

challenges: * Your Next Stamp-flower power, *Stampin' Bees- Polka dots, * Tuesday Throwdown- Stitching, Sketch for you Try to Try, *Lexi's Creations - stitching, *Creative Card Crew- to Die for,*Crafty Calendar- Summer, *Speedy the cat- Punch it, * Paper Sundaes- Lots of Layers Stampavie- Anything Goes

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

Have a great day!!
Oh if you have not signed up for my blog candy for Bella hop, you still have a few more days. You can click here to get there.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Happy Tuesday Everyone!! Today I have a very special blog post. My Whimsy design team sister, Erin, has organized a series of blog hops in honor of a very brave little girl- Bella Tucker. This is the fourth and final hop in the series of hops and I have the great honor of joining this great endeavor of getting cards out to Bella.

Bella is a member of the same gymnastics group as Erin's daughter, and is a very brave little girl, eight years old, who has been through a horrific experience that will change her life forever. She has been through so much. You can read all about Bella and her story HERE

***You should have hopped over here from Adrina Smulder's blog. If not, then pop over to DENISE LYNN's blog and start from the beginning.****

Here is my card using the Hang in There Digital image and sentiments from Whimsy as well as the rubber sentiment Whimsy Circle Postmarks. The image is completely paper pieced. The image panel is a pocket where the ticket sticks can pulled out of. I used the Midnight Madness sketch.challenges: *Little Red Wagon- Nestabilities, *Fresh Brewed Challenges- summertime, Midnight Madness sketch, Creative Card Crew- to Die for,*Crafty Calendar- Summer, *Speedy the cat- Punch it, *Cute Card Thursday- Summer or School's out, * Paper Sundaes- Lots of Layers, *Hannah friends- Unused stamps (circle postmark stamp), Flutter By Wednesday-butterfly, Incy Wincy Designs- distress it, Lexi's Creations - stitching, A time to Craft- Butterfly bliss, The Crazy challenge-It is hip to be square, The Pink Elephant- pocket cards- the tickets are in a pocket behind the image, Papertake Weekly- In the Garden, Your Next Stamp-flower power, Stampin' Bees- Polka dots, Bee-Crafty-3D, Tuesday Throwdown- Stitching

Erin is hoping that we can all shower Bella with cards for the rest of the month. We all are crafting anyway....So, please, if you have the time, send a card to Bella!! It does not have to be a new card. It can be one from your stash. We want that PO Box stuffed to the brim everyday with cards from around the world! Let's send Bella wishes and smiles!!! How many cards do you think we can get?????

The mailing address is:

The Bella Tucker Fund
P.O. Box199
Londonderry NH
03053 USA

Erin is offering a weekly prize including goodies from Crissy Armstrong, Whiff of Joy, Firecracker designs by Pamela and Whimsy Stamps. The winner will be chosen from her blog.
Erin is also offering a grand prize. can enter for this prize until 12 noon EST on Monday July 19th.

Erin will be picking the winner and announcing it on her blog. Anyone who sends a card to Bella and links their card to THIS POST is eligible to win.

You could win a fantastic prize and make a little girl smile!

The next stop on the hop is Christy Dillman.

Please be sure to hop on over to Christy's blog to see what she has created for Bella.

This weeks blog hop list is as follows:

Denise Lynn
Elizabeth Pujalka
Julie Glasgow
Tanya Rudd
Adrina Smulder
Me- Chris Olsen
Corry Arnason
Katharina Frei
Rachel Vaughn
Pat Sergeant
Erin Bailey


I have "a little thanks for hopping with us today" candy for you.

The candy includes:

Wags n Whiskers-Summer Fun stamp, Whimsy Holiday Postmarks (generously donated by Denise from Whimsy), a collection of May Arts Ribbon, and a 6X6 pad of Kioshi paper from Basic Grey.

To enter for a chance leave your name and blog link in the linky feature below and leave a comment (you never know if Mr. Linky will go down and if I have to choose a random comment from my commenters or not). Good luck and thanks for hopping with us today! You have until July 18 at 11:59 pm EST to enter.

Have a great day!!


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