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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Happy Hump Day Friends!! It is hard to believe we are already at the half way mark.  The week is just slipping away after Hurricane Sandy!! Thankfully the storm was nothing like they predicted it would be here. I pray for NYC and all the affected areas!!!  Prayerfully, restoration will be brought back soon.

Today I would like to share one of the gorgeous new releases from Our Daily Bread Designs which will be released tomorrow: Turtle Dove Ornament.  If you like birds, then you are in for a real treat on this next release!!  But that's not all in the release...there is no more.  The blog hop for ODBD starts tomorrow at 8 a.m. EDT!!!

For my card, I colored my image with copics and then added some glitter.  The glitter made the doves look more blue than gray in the photo.  The embossed background is created with the Sizzix Holly Embossing Folder.  Rather than pop up my ornament, I used the negative of the circle die to create my frame (This is the challenge at Catered Crop).  The ribbon is actually wrinkled red ribbon from May Arts.  The pearl strand going down the side is one strand glued down that I was given by a dear friend.  The sentiment is framed with the Fancy Labels 2 dies from Spellbinders.


Card Recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs- Turtle Dove Ornament (sneak peek)
Embossing folder: Sizzix Holly embossing folder
Dies: Spellbinders Classic and scalloped Circles dies (large and small), Spellbinders Labels Fancy Labels 2 dies
Accessories: Pearl strand, May Arts Wrinkled Red Ribbon, ZVA Creative white pearls



I hope this creation, has somehow inspired you.

Thanks for stopping by!! I treasure all my viewers/blogging friends and their comments.


Have a blessed Day!!!


hugs and blessings,

challenges I am entering my creation in:
Catered Crop: Using the negativeCreative Craft Challenges  Special Occasion NOT BirthdayLEJ Designs -  #27 Anything GoesThrough TheCraft Room Door - Always Anything Goes!Ooh La La Creations -  ChristmasMake it Monday - always Anything Goes Crafty Ann's -  ChristmasAddicted to Stamps Challenge  Things with WingsDream Valley Challenges Glitter and Bling Robyn`s Fetish - Use an Embossing Folder The Squirrel & the FoxUse a RibbonCrafty Hazelnut's Christmas - must be Christmas -  #96 No Patterned PapersTotallyGorjuss -  #155 Things with WingsClearly Inspired Ribbon or TwineStamp Man -  butterflies, birds and beesJingle Belles - Christmas -  Living CreatureHotshot Crafts -  Bling 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hello Friends!!  I hope everyone is safe in light of the storm.  I am prewriting this post...wondering if by the time this post goes live whether we have electric or internet service.  I pray for all those in the path of the hurricane or tropical storms.

Today I am popping in to share this week's Shining the Light challenge this week at Our Daily Bread Designs.

This week's challenge is: Make it Masculine!!  Now anyone who knows me knows that this is a real challenge for me.  

For my creation I used a sneak peek of "The Babe" from Our Daily Bread Designs to be released on Thursday, November 1.





Card Recipe
ODBD stamps used: Our Daily Bread Designs sneak peek- The Babe to be released November 1st
Dies: Spellbinders classic circles, Fancy Labels 2
Paper: Bitter Chocolate, Script Cork and Burlap from Recollections
Accessories: brown stitched ribbon, hemp


For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:


To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, click here.  You have until November 4th to join us.    You do not have to use an ODBD stamp to join in, but we would love to see them if you have them.  Plus....your card will only be featured in the top 3 if you use ODBD stamps.  Anyone, however, has a chance to win the $15 certificate toward ODBD stamps.
We would love to see your creations.

I hope this creation, has somehow inspired you.

Thanks for stopping by!! I treasure all my viewers/blogging friends and their comments.


Have a blessed Day!!!


hugs and blessings,


challenges I am entering my creation in:
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes WordArt Wednesdays  see site to download word art OR use an encouraging uplifting sentiment
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - must be Christmas –Circle, Crafty Ann's -Christmas,One Stitch At A Time -  Make 1 for Christmas Christmas Card Challenges -  must be Christmas - Pop It UpDigi Makeover Challenge - Lots of LayersHooked on Craft  Christmas NO red/green Love to Create -  Lots of Layers The Cutie Pie Challenge -  Distressing Here Come the Boys - must be masculine  Die Cuts/Punches The Squirrel & the Fox  Use a RibbonCrafty Hazelnut's Christmas - must be Christmas -  #96 No Patterned Papers Paper Crafting Journey -  Ribbon or twineCrafty Ribbons ChristmasABC Christmas Challenge - Christmas - Anything goesJust Keep on Creating - Christmas  Tandastamps - MasculineCrafty Catz– Male Card     
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Hello Friends!!!  I hope all have the nice weather we have here in Virginia and are enjoying it.  I know I am trying to get a lot of the outside work done before the temperatures dip in the 40's and 30's next week.  Yuck!!

Anywho...I am here to share a Fall Thanksgiving card. For my creation I used the Apple Wreath image from Our Daily Bread Designs . I colored 2 of the same image with copics and then cut some of the apples and leaves to layer. I also added some Foliage using the Martha Stewart Foliage Punch. The image is cut with the scalloped circles die from Spellbinders and placed on dimensionals on a background cut out with Labels One and Fancy Labels One. The background is scored.






I just love Thanksgiving.  So often we often to thank God for all He has blessed us with.  Yes, many of us have tough times but we get through them and they can always be worse.  Through the tough times I feel His presence and for that I am thankful.  I thank God for good health, freedom in the USA, a loving husband and family, our new home, salvation....and the list goes on.  

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you are somehow inspired by my creation!!  I greatly appreciate all your sweet comments!!
Have a blessed Day!!!



hugs and blessings,
Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Penny's Paper-Crafty  Ribbon and/or buttonsStampavie and More stitches Stamp n Doodle - ribbon/twine Can You Digi It  Giving Thanks Critter Sketch - Embossing House of Gilli Embossing, wet or dryScrappy Frogs - Fall/Halloween The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan  Fall/Autumn The Squirrel & the Fox - Use a Ribbon Colour Me Creative Challenge A Touch of Red Hiding in my Craft Room  Die Cuts
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, Stitching 
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well! Life has been quite busy for me as I have my parents visiting for over a week.  It has a blessed and exciting time but VERY BUSY leaving me little to no time to create or blog.  In a couple of days they will be on their way home and life will be back to normal ( While I thrive on routine, I will so miss having them here!!!)Anywho... I wanted to pop in with a card I made for a L-E-A-F Create your own word recipe challenge this week over at Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge. Use three letters in the word "LEAF" and create a card or project beginning with those letters. For My creation I used the letters L-Leaf and layers E-Embossing A-Adhesive Pearls and Rhinestones F-Flowers and Flourishes .

I used the Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Verses sentiment and stamped it over the Flowering Faith flower image.  The flowers are created with two sizes of the Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch.  The leaves are created with the Martha Stewart Leaf embossed with Provocraft Textile embossing folder, the Martha Stewart Twig punch, and the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish. The sentiment is framed with the Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles and Classic Rectangles (also embossed with the Textile embossing folder) . The background is embossed with the Provocraft Scrollwork Embossing folder. 




Card Recipe
ODBD stamps used: Christmas VersesFlowering Faith
Embossing Folders: Provocraft Scrollwork, Textile
Punches: Martha Stewart Hydrangea (large and small), leaf punch, twig punch
Dies: Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles, Classic Rectangles, Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish
Paper: Neenah White, Real Red (SU), Old Olive, Almost Artichoke, Pear
Accessories: Pearls (Recollections), gold fern from Michaels Floral Department


For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:


To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, click here.  You have until October 28th to join us.    You do not have to use an ODBD stamp to join in, but we would love to see them if you have them.  Plus....your card will only be featured in the top 3 if you use ODBD stamps.  Anyone, however, has a chance to win the $15 certificate toward ODBD stamps.
We would love to see your creations.

I hope this creation, has somehow inspired you.

Thanks for stopping by!! I treasure all my viewers/blogging friends and their comments.


Have a blessed Day!!!


hugs and blessings,



Challenges I am entering my card in:
WordArt Wednesdays -  see site to download word art OR use an encouraging uplifting sentiment
Cheery Lynn Designs - Texture
Critter Sketch - Embossing
House of Gilli -  Embossing, wet or dry
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes 
Ooh La La Creations - Christmas Sentiment 
The Crazy Challenge - Handmade Flowers 
Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - "No Rules!"
Hiding in my Craft Room -  #68 Die Cuts
Totally Gorjuss -  #154 Bling it on
Hotshot Crafts -  Bling
 Inspire Me Fridays – Always Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts – Christmas
Just Keep on Creating - Christmas
Oozak - Die cuts
Sparkles Forum Christmas - Traditional Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks -  Dry embossing
Paper Crafting Journey -  Add some bling
Just Keep on Creating - Christmas
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge -  Sentiment as focal point

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well!  I wanted to pop in with a card I made for a sketch challenge this week over at Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge I used the Be Joyful stamp set available at Our Daily Bread designs.  I stamped the image and sentiment with Memento and colored with Copics, then cut them out with a Spellbinders Classic Circle (layering them on another classic and scalloped circle).  The background is created with the Spellbinders Botanical Swirls!!  I just love this die and the dimension and texture it gives!!!   I added a little bow made with May Arts ribbon and the Bow Easy.





ODBD Stamps used: Be Joyful
Spellbinders: Classic and Standard Circles (large and small), Botanical Swirls, A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B, Fleur De Lis Accents
Accessories: Ruffled Ribbon, May Arts Wrinkled Ribbon, Bow Easy

Here is the sketch I used:


For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:


To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, click here.  You have until October 21st to join us.    You do not have to use an ODBD stamp to join in, but we would love to see them if you have them.  Plus....your card will only be featured in the top 3 if you use ODBD stamps.  Anyone, however, has a chance to win the $15 certificate toward ODBD stamps.
We would love to see your creations.

I hope this creation, has somehow inspired you.

Thanks for stopping by!! I treasure all my viewers/blogging friends and their comments.


Have a blessed Day!!!


hugs and blessings,



Challenges I am entering my card in:
Crafty Sentiments -  - Bows Or Ribbons
Everybody-Art-Challenge - #209 Bling
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - #70 Flowers and Embossing 
Loves Rubber Stamps #22 Out Of The Box Technique- pop up frame
Critter Sketch - Your favorite part of Fall
Cupcake Craft - two of something- 2 circles,images, sentiments...
Kaboodle Doodles - Pumpkin Patch OR Anything Fall 
My Craft Spot - Embossing
There She Goes - Fall/Halloween
Catered Crop  Circles/ Circle Shape 





Monday, October 15, 2012
Hello Friends!! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!  We had a blast camping at Bugs Island.  The weather was gorgeous...a very crisp cool weekend!!  It was not too hot and not too cool.  No artist could ever paint something as beautiful as God's creation!! The leaves have not changed as much here yet but there are many trees with the bright Autumn colors mixed in with all the green.

Speaking of leaves and fall...today I would like to share a card with an Autumn theme.



I just could not resist joining today's Free For All (F4A138) challenge at Splitcoast which was to use the negative parts of a die cut and combine it with Thursday's WT396 Round and Round challenge and Monday's TLC 398 to add dimension!! How fun!! I so enjoyed using the negative to create a card!! It is awesome for using up scraps as well, which is what I used!!


Card Recipe:
Stamps used: Our Daily Bread Designs Pumpkin Wreath and Apple Wreath 
Spellbinders Dies: Spellbinders Foliage, Standard and Classic Circles
Embossing Folders: Provocraft Scrollwork, Soft Swirls
Accessories: May Arts Black Silk Ribbon ribbon, ZVA creative pearl flourishes



I hope this creation, has somehow inspired you.

Thanks for stopping by!! I treasure all my viewers/blogging friends and their comments.


Have a blessed Day!!!


hugs and blessings,




challenges I am entering my creation in:
Sweet Stampin - - Autumn Leaves/TreesChallenge Up Your Life AutumnThe Hybrid Chick Card Caravan  Fall/Autumn Sentimental Sundays - must include a Sentiment - Black/White plus Another ColourScrappy Frogs - FallRobyn`s Fetish - Fall ColoursCatered Crop Circles/ Circle Shapes Great Impressions - Fall Avadares Thankfulness Crafty Ann's - Black & White + 1 colour Just Add Ink – just add bright colorsPaper Crafting Journey Add some blingSouthern Girls  RibbonsShelly's Images - Tic tac toe* (orange, die cut, bling)Little Red Wagon - #154 FallSimon Says Stamp - dies/punchesWordArt Wednesdays  see site to download word art OR use an encouraging uplifting sentiment
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Hello Friends!! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful fall season!   As the weather is getting cooler....thoughts of the holidays are approaching.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and my holiday card making is so behind!!!  With this in mind I created a Christmas card.

I made this card using the SC406 sketch from Splitcoast Stampers designed by Korin. It was so much fun to create a white on white card with a Victorian Flair using it. 




For my creation I used the Perfect Gift Stamp set for my image and Oh Christmas Tree stamp set for the sentiment. Both sets are from Our Daily Bread Designs.

Rather than use designer paper, I added texture with the Lattice Die from Spellbinders and the Sizzix Poinsettia Embossing Folder. The ribbon is pink seam binding. For added elegance I added pearls.




I hope this creation, has somehow inspired you.

Thanks for stopping by!! I treasure all my viewers/blogging friends and their comments.


Have a blessed Day!!!


hugs and blessings,



Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Divas by Design - #56 Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating Christmas 
Simon Says Stamp - dies/punches
Lollipop Crafts -  Something Old, Something New (new image old ribbon)
Victorine Originals -  Lots of Layers 
Dream Valley Challenges - Go Pink
Drunken Stampers  #100 Think Pink 
Jingle Belles - pink Christmas
Shelly's Images - Tic tac toe* embossing, free, pearls
Lexi's Creations -Pink  
Crafts and Me - #105 Anything Goes
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes 
House of Gilli  Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes 
That Craft Place - Make your own background ~ embossed background

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