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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Hi Everyone!! I hope you all had a great day!! I was hoping to post this earlier but I am slightly behind this week. Must be in a summertime mode. LOL!

Anywho...I thought I would post a sneak of one of the upcoming digi's released at Whimsy on Thursday July 1, in two days or should I say almost tomorrow....LOL!!!! You won't want to miss these awesome digis from Meljen's design's and Crissy Armstrong!!

The image I am giving you a sneak peak of today is called Puss n Boots and it is illustrated by Melissa from Meljen's Designs. The accompanying sentiment is a digi sentiment designed by our very own dt sister Ann Vento of Rain Drop Echo Designs at Whimsy.


My cousin's daughter who just finished kindergarten last week and had her tonsils out yesterday so I thought I would send her a bookmark and book to cheer her up and to celebrate the beginning of her summer. I plan to send her the book Puss in Boots by Jan Brett my fave children's author ever (the elem. teacher coming out in me....LOL!) I love her illustrating.



I colored the image with copics. The shape of the bookmark uses the Labels 10 Spellbinders Nestabilities Die. The last panel is dry embossed. The dp is from Basic Grey Indian Summer. I thought the cowboy boot was a perfect charm for the bookmark tassel.

I also made this bookmark to submit into Meljen's Designs Bookmark or tag challenge.

challenges:

Crafty Ann's - Embossing (dry embossed last panel to frame the bookmark)
Caardvarks - Embossing (dry embossing)
Sew Many Challenges- anything goes
Cute Card Thursday-reduce, reuse, recycle-I used some of my Basic Grey scraps and a tassel from another older bookmark
Ooh La La Creations -simply summer -bookmark for summer enjoyment
Stampin' Bees- summer fun -time to lie down and enjoy a good book!!
All Sorts- embossing (top card has dry and heat embossing)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Nice and girly.
Stamp and Create challenge: Charms.
Fresh Brewed : Anything goes.
Pile It On: Do something with paper
Delightful Sketches- Summer

Digi Doodle Shop Best: Anything Goes.
Meljen's Designs- bookmark or tags
Sentimental Sundays- encouragement and support- this bookmark is to cheer up my cousin's 5 year old daughter after having her tonsils out
Papertake Weekly-stitching
Spoon Full of Sugar- a card or project with animals on it

Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments. It feels so weird posting so late in the day. LOL! I hope to visit your blogs tomorrow.




Monday, June 28, 2010
Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend!!

Today I want to share this week's Stamp and Create Product Spotlight. This week at Stamp and Create we will be extending our Product Spotlight on the Wags n Whisker images. Which means you have one more week to get these images at 25% off!!!

I created a card using He Loves Me. I also used Basic Grey Capella, Labels 10 Nestabilities, and a butterfly charm available at Stamp and Create.

The layout of my card follows the Midnight Madness sketch.

This card also uses the Stamp and Create Challenge: bling. If you want to join the Stamp and Create challenge this month, you have until July 4th.

Here is what you must do to join:

~ You must use a stamp that is carried at Stamp and Create. That can be anything from a Wags 'n Whiskers Stamp, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp, Stampavie, Popcorn Bear, Whiff of Joy, The Greeting Farm, etc... Just as long as it is a stamp that is available in the store.

~ Post your card/project on your blog and link back to this challenge post. If you don't have a blog, you can use either Paper Craft Planet or Splitcoast Stampers to upload your card.

~ Link the stamp used on your card to that stamp in the store.

~ Be a follower of the Stamp and create blog

This challenge is open until midnight EST on July 4th.

Oh, and feel free to combine with how many challenges that you want!!

Challenges:
Midnight Madness Sketch
Crafty Ann's - Embossing (dry embossed swiss dots on my square panel)
Caardvarks - Embossing (dry embossing)
Sew Many Challenges- anything goes
Cute Card Thursday-reduce, reuse, recycle-I saved scraps and used them for my square panel and for punching my twigs
Going Grey with ScrapCreations- open with Basic grey paper
Ooh La La Creations -flourishes and pearls I used flourish pearls
Practical Scrappers- flowers (dp with flowers and three felt flowers)
The Crazy Challenge- all things spotty- swiss dots panel
Tuesday Throwdown- dry embossing
Simon Says Stamp- friends
Stampin' Bees- summer fun card
All Sorts- embossing (top card has dry and heat embossing)
Speedy the Cat's Friend- 3+ flowers
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Nice and girly.
Stamp and Create challenge: Charms.
Fresh Brewed : Anything goes.
Corrosive challenge: flowers
CCEE Stampers-Summer Card with flowers
Kah-Wink-E-Dink-Free for all
Pile It On: Do something with paper - I distress inked some of it, embossed others, and stitched on others
Delightful Sketches- Summer
Drunken Stampers - Coloring and Bling
Stampin Sisters in Christ: Stripes


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

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

Have a great day!!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. I was not feeling well at all yesterday so I didn't accomplish much in the way of housework, crafting or blog hopping. I hope today I am feeling better since it is my oldest daughter's birthday!! Happy Birthday Nicki! I hope I can make her day special.

Anywho...Today I wanted to share the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge which is being hosted by the dear sweet and ever so talented dt sister Randi.

Randi chose the verse: Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; And with His stripes we are healed.

When I think of my daughters and the small gifts I have bought for her, there is nothing bigger or more special from the gift God has given through Christ's death and resurrection. We did not deserve it but it is through His Grace that he died. It is through his suffering that we can have eternal life if we believe in Him. What a gift!!!
Randi's challenge this week is
In some manner use stripes on your card, project, or Layout.

Today I have two cards to share with you.
The first uses a sneak peak from Our Daily Bread Designs using the Living Bread stamp set to be released on July 1 and the Mojo Monday Sketch.

card recipe:
stamps: sneak peak from Our Daily Bread designs The Living Bread to be release on July 1
paper: Basic Grey Capella
accessories: flower charm, pearls, ZVA Creative pearl butterfly, Soft Suede Ribbon, Labels 1, Labels 10, and Labels 12 dies from Spellbinders
, MS edge punch


The second card I created a card I used the image Traveling Buddies from Wags n Whiskers and the Midnight Madness Sketch challenge for this past week.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Traveling Buddies from Wags n Whiskers (which is 25% off this week! since Wags n Whiskers is the Product Spotlight) For those not in the USA or Canada, they are also available here at Wags n Whiskers.
Paper: Basic Grey Capella
Accessories:Prima Lilliput Roses-Lime Cooler, Labels 10 Nestabilities, Prima Sunshine Cameo roses, Celery silk ribbon, the Bow Easy, and Kaiser Craft Snow pearls

Challenges:
Midnight Madness Sketch for the second card
Crafty Ann's - Embossing (dry embossed swirls on the dp and heat embossed gold on my top card)
Whoopsi Daisy - Ribbons and Bows
ABC - X is for Xtra Dimension
Caardvarks - Embossing (dry embossing and heat embossing on my top card)
Twisted Thursday - Something new (brand new sentiment to be released on July 1 on my top card and new ribbon on my second card )
Sew Many Challenges- anything goes
Cute Card Thursday-reduce, reuse, recycle-I saved scraps on my Capella paper which I used for the smaller panels (can't waste that gorgeous paper! LOL!)
Going Grey with ScrapCreations- open with Basic grey paper
Ooh La La Creations -flourishes and pearls I used flourish pearls on both creations
Practical Scrappers- flowers (dp with flowers and flower charm on the first card and flowers on the second card
The Crazy Challenge- all things spotty- spotted ribbon on the first card
Tuesday Throwdown- dry embossing- top card
Simon Says Stamp- friends- second card
Truly Scrumptious- strawberries and cream- I used the colors of strawberry icecream and vanilla for my first creation
Stampin' Bees- summer fun card 2- going on vacation
All Sorts- embossing (top card has dry and heat embossing)
Speedy the Cat's Friend- 3+ flowers my second card

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

Today we bid farewell, as a dt sister,to Kathy!! Kathy will surely be missed at Stampin Sisters in Christ. She has such a sweet spirit, a love for Christ and others, and is truly an inspiration to me. This is not goodbye Kathy since I will see you at your blog!! Big hugs!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Have a great day!!



Saturday, June 26, 2010
Happy Saturday!! My first post of the week that is not scheduled!! I am home from vacation!! We had a great time but boy does time fly by!! It seemed so short!! The weather was warm with only one evening of rain. What a blessing!!

Anywho...today I have a Shining the Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs to share with you.

This week the team would like you to create a bookmark. We thought it was time to do something other than a card. This challenge will be up for two weeks due to the holiday and new release on July 1st! So...you have until July 8 at 8 p.m. to join us and link your creattion.

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 8. 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.

My bookmark is a creation I created of Our Daily Bread Designs sneak peak Our Daily Bread to be release on July 1!!



It was so much fun to think out of the box and a real challenge for me. I used the Origins Basic Grey Paper and Labels 9 nestabilities. I added lots of ribbon. I am sure to find my place in my devotional bible with all the ribbon.

Card Recipe:
stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs sneak peak Our Daily Bread
Paper: Basic Grey Origins
Accessories: Labels 9 Nestabilities, silk ribbon, cross charm (Thanks America!!), tassel

challenges:
Crafty Ann's - Embossing
Cow Girl Sunday - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Ribbons and Bows
ABC - X is for Xtra Dimension
Caardvarks - Embossing
Twisted Thursday - Something new (brand new image to be released as a digi and rubber today!!)
Sew Many Challenges- anything goes
Cute Card Thursday-reduce, reuse, recycle-scrap ribbon- some of my ribbon was too short for bows or to go around a card but it was perfect for this.
Going Grey with ScrapCreations- open with Basic grey paper
Meljen's designs- bookmark or tags


This week marks the last week as teamies at Our Daily Bread Designs for some of our challenge team members: Natalie, Christine, and America!! Your creations have been beautiful and very inspirational. I will so miss having you as a part of the team!! This is not farewell, however, because I will see you at your blogs!!!! We are thrilled to have Christine staying with us for just a few more weeks. God bless you my friends!!

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!! Your comments are so appreciated!!

Friday, June 25, 2010
Happy Friday Everyone!! Today is the Wags n whiskers Let's Blog Hop!! The team has many wonderful creations using their new release digis illustrated by Emma Metcalf to share with you!!
If you came here from Lacey's blog you are in the right place. If not, you may want to start back at the Wags n Whiskers Blog. Why? So you don't miss all the gorgeous creations along the way and so you have a chance to win your choice of 2 rubber stamps from Wags n Whiskers. That right! There are 4 hidden prizes along the way and even we, the team, do not know where it is, so you will want to comment on each of the teams creations for your chance to win!!

Here is the order of the hop just in case you lose track along the way:

Wags 'n Whiskers blogDebbie
Mag
Lacey
Sharon
Jeanette
Michele Chris
Mina
Nikki
Joy
Karen
Melanie
Crystal
Back to the Wags blog and comment on your favourite design!

Here is my creation for today's release using Toby's Gift:
I created a card and matching gift box. The dp used on both creations are from the Cosmo Cricket Material Girl dp. The top of the gift box is Basic Grey Nook and Pantry dp. The gift box is created with the Cute Carton template available at Perfect Presentations Templates in Wild Flower Patch store.


After coloring my image with Prisma color pencils and gamsol, I added the pearls and ivory silk ribbon.
card recipe:
stamps: Wags N Whiskers: Toby's Gift digital image to be released at 12 p.m. EST
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl dp, So Saffron, Bitter Chocolate and white CS
Accessories: Classic Scalloped Frame spellbinders for borders, Fancy Labels Spellbinders die, ivory silk ribbon, button and pearls, Classic and Standard Scalloped Circle dies from Spellbinders

Carton recipe:
template: Cute Carton template available at Perfect Presentations Templates
stamps: Wags N Whiskers: Toby's Gift digital image to be released at 12 p.m. EST
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl dp,Basic Grey Nook and Pantry So Saffron, Bitter Chocolate and white CS
Accessories: Classic and Standard Scalloped Circle dies from Spellbinders, ivory silk ribbon, button and pearls, Swiss Dots embossing folder


Challenges:
Crafty Ann's - Embossing
Speedy the Cats Friends - Embossing
Cow Girl Sunday - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Ribbons and Bows
ABC - X is for Xtra Dimension
Caardvarks - Embossing
Twisted Thursday - Something new (brand new image to be released as a digi and rubber today!!)
Sew Many Challenges- anything goesDrunken Stampers - Coloring and Bling
Cute Card Thursday-reduce, reuse, recycle- the box I created a while ago and it was not the right color for the image I was going to use on it so I saved it. I just had to add the dp and image and details.
Delightful Sketches- Summer- I used the colors of sunshine
Phindy's Place- 3D project or 3d item on your card

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments. I hope you enjoyed my creations. The next stop on the hop is the uber talented and sweet Jeanette.

Have a great day!!


Thursday, June 24, 2010
Happy Thursday! Today is the second day of sneak peaks of the new digi release from Wags n Whiskers called Let's Party which will be available on Friday, tomorrow!!

The image, Millie with Cupckake, I am using today is also illustrated by new artist Emma Metcalf, a children's illustrator based in the UK. Isn't she darling!


For my layout, I used a variety of scraps from Basic Grey. One of them I recognize as Basic Grey Capella and the others Basic Grey Lily Kate. The yummy celery ribbon is silk which is available at Stamp and create as are the flowers (lime lilliput roses, blue mini roses)

Challenges:
Bunny Zoe - Nice and Girly
Totally Gorjuss - Sugar and Spice
ResQ - Your choice - Pastels and Image that makes you Smile
Crazy 4 Challenges - Paper Flowers
Fun With Shapes - Flowery
Practical Scrappers - Flowers
Alys - Flower Power
Crafty Ann's - Embossing
Speedy the Cats Friends - Embossing
Cow Girl Sunday - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Ribbons and Bows
ABC - X is for Xtra Dimension
Caardvarks - Embossing
Twisted Thursday - Something new (brand new image to be released as a digi and rubber tomorrow!!)
Paperplay - Something Old (buttons and paper)
Going Grey with ScrapCreations- open with Basic grey paper

For more sneak peaks, please visit my dt sisters: Christa, Debbie, Jeanette, Jacqui, Karen, Lacey, Michelle, Nikki, Sharon, Tina, Melanie Holtz and Renata van Miltenburg


Tomorrow is Friday and we will have a blog hop to kick off the New Release of these sweet pary images!! We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Happy Wednesday Everyone! . Today is the day I get to share my sneak peaks with you of the new digi release for you from Wags n Whiskers called Let's Party which will be available on Friday!!

Wags n Whiskers has another new artist Emma Metcalf to illustrate for them. Emma is a children's illustrator based in the UK. The images are darling!


I colored Ellie and Squeak (today's WnW sneak peak) with prisma color pencils and gamsol. The dp is from Basic Grey Marakech. I decided to be more masculine on this creation, limiting my details a bit (not as much fun...LOL!). The sentiment is a Ticket Sentiment from Whimsy's Sentiment collection (designed by my dt sister Ann Vento)



For more sneak peaks, please visit my dt sisters: Christa, Debbie, Jeanette, Jacqui, Karen, Lacey, Michelle, Nikki, Sharon, Tina, Melanie Holtz and Renata van Miltenburg


We will also be having sneak peaks tomorrow!! You won't want to miss the fun...And on Friday...we will have a blog hop!! We hope to see you there!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Happy Monday! Here's to the beginning of another week...I am still away camping so this post is scheduled. I am sure I am having a good time with family!

Since today is Monday it is time for another Product Spotlight at the Stamp and Create store. The Product Spotlight is Wags n Whiskers (that means they are on sale for 25% off ).You can find them all -->here<—

For my creation today, I used my fave image: Say a Prayer. It is perfect for Thinking of you cards, sympathy or even sending a birthday prayer. It is so fun to color and it is available as both a digi and rubber stamp.

My dear friend Grace made this card using a quilting background and I just loved it so much I had to case the idea for my background. It is perfect for using up scraps. It can be time consuming, however, if you are sewing on each panel. LOL!


The papers are a combo or Green at Heart and Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey. The ribbon is May Arts pink silk. Since it is still our Charms challenge for our Monthly challenge at Stamp and Create, I added the cross charm. I also added white and pink mini roses.

If you want to join the Stamp and Create challenge this month, you have until July 4th.

Here is what you must do to join:

~ You must use a stamp that is carried at Stamp and Create. That can be anything from a Wags 'n Whiskers Stamp, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp, Stampavie, Popcorn Bear, Whiff of Joy, The Greeting Farm, etc... Just as long as it is a stamp that is available in the store.

~ Post your card/project on your blog and link back to this challenge post. If you don't have a blog, you can use either Paper Craft Planet or Splitcoast Stampers to upload your card.

~ Link the stamp used on your card to that stamp in the store.

~ Be a follower of the Stamp and create blog

This challenge is open until midnight EST on July 4th.

Oh, and feel free to combine with how many challenges that you want!!

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

hugs and blessings,
Chris
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and I am enjoying mine. LOL! This is a prescheduled post while I am away so I wonder how my trip will be. Will it be raining? The most important part is that I am away spending time with my girls and hubby. What better day to be with family than on Father's Day!! Since I have no crafting along and no computer, I am sure that my dear husband is getting the time he so deserves. I am so thankful to God for putting Scott in my girls and my life. What a blessing!! Wishing all the men or your hubbies and fathers a Happy Father's Day.

Well anywho....Today is the Stampin in Christ Challenge. This week's challenge and verse is hosted by Candace. Unfortunately for us this is also Candace's last week as a team member. She has indeed been a blessing to us all and she will be missed. This is not Goodbye, however, because she will still be in blogland. Thanks Candace for your friendship, witness, creativity and your willingness to share with others. God bless you my friend!

Candace chose one of my fave verses: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

The bible is like a road map which can direct us on the paths we should go. In His Word God directs us and guides us in times of joys, sorrows or when we need the direction. No he does not hit us over the head and say "Hey you go this way" He also gave us discerning minds to apply His Word to our lives. All we need to do is trust in Him. This verse goes very well with my ultimate fave verse. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and Lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your Paths. God does not talk to us through burning bushes or from clouds like He did in Biblical times, He uses His Word.

Candace's challenge this week is not to use stamped images! Make a card with just words (a sentiment/verse)

Here is my take on the challenge:



For my creation I used the Crafting Sentiments digi from Whimsy stamps designed by Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs. I just love this sentiment and how true it is!! I had so much fun using the Cosmo Cricket Material girl dp which I felt was an awesome match for the sentiment with the scissors, buttons and measuring tape dp! I also pierced around my sentiment and added buttons for interest.


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 SSIC45.


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
Meisje, Rebecca


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


Saturday, June 19, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!! By the time you see this post, I will have been on vacation for four days already.

Today I would like to share with you the new Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge


This week the challenge team is challenging you to Use three of the items from the flower recipe below:
f-flowers
l-lace or lacing
o- Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, ovals, or embellishments with circle shapes including gems, pearls, brads, eyelets
w-water color, wedding
e-embossing
r-ribbon
s-stitching (faux or real), swirls

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 24. 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 ODBDSLC18. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Here is my take on the challenge:




I used the letter O for circle pearls, r for ribbon, f for flower, e for embossing, and s for swirls.
Believe it or not...no sewing?!! The square frame is created with the Scalloped frame spellbinders that I cut some loops off of.

Card recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs: God Loves you
Accessories: Fleur De Lis Spellbinders, Blossom Spellbinders, Floral Accents Spellbinders, Labels 6 Spellbinders, Black silk ribbon, Swirls embossing folder

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters. This week we have a special treat as some of the design team has joined us.

Thanks for stopping by!! Enjoy your weekend!!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Happy Friday Everyone!! Today it is time for another Wags n Whiskers challenge brought to us by my uber talented DT sister Sharon who is asking you to think Lemonade Stand-use a little or a lot of yellow on your creation.

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!!
You can use rubber or Digi's :-) You can click the banner to the right of the Wags n Whiskers blog to go shopping!
Here is my take on Sharon's yellow challenge:

I don't use a lot of yellow so this challenge surely did force me to think outside of the box. I used dp from the Basic Grey Origins dp. The Summer Treat image was colored with Prisma color pencils and gamsol. The circle is framed with the Rennaissance Hearts Die from Spellbinders. The layout uses the Friday Sketchers sketch from last week.
Card Recipe:
stamps: Wags n Whiskers Summer Treat
paper: Basic Grey Origins
accessories: White Crocheted Lace, Ivory silk ribbon, MS Shells border punch, scalloped circle nestabilities, pearls, silver baubles


I hope you enjoyed my creation and are inspired to join us. If so, please leave a direct link here.

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

Renata, Melanie, Sharon, Karen, Tina, Michele, Jacqui, Jeanette, and Lacey

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Win, Win, Win!!!! Wags n Whiskers is so excited to announce that they will have a new release on Friday, 25th June!!! This release will be available in Digital Format only.... for now ;-) We have more exciting news to share with you in that this release is with our fabulous new artist Emma Metcalf. Emma is a children's illustrator based in the UK. I am already having fun coloring the new images preparing for the sneak peaks and new release blog hop next week!

The sneak peeks will begin on Wednesday, 23rd June on the Divas Blogs!! The peeks will continue on Thursday, 24th June.

There will be a Blog Hop here beginning at 12:01 EST/5:00am GMT on Friday, 25th June!!!. Then at 7:00 am/noon GMT the Digi's will go live in the stores.

Would you like to win the whole digi release???!!!
Well grab the release badge above and post it on your blog with a link back to the Wags n Whiskers blog. Then leave your name on Mr. Linky here.
One lucky person will win the whole release!!! The winner will be posted on Monday June 28th.

Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments. I hope you have a great beginning to your weekend. I will be back tomorrow with another post. I hope you have a great beginning to your weekend!

hugs and blessings,
Chris

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Happy Thursday everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week!! By now my family and I are probably touring the countryside in Lancaster, PA, shopping in the Amish stores, checking out the selection of dp at the nearby Kings, or just basking in the sun at the campground. Yes I am sure it is the life...I am sure I am also going to be going through internet, blogging world, and crafting withdrawal. Yes, I even decided to leave my crafting supplies behind. Now that is a true miracle!! Time to have some family time and a true camping experience.

Anywho...today is Thursday and time for another Divine Diva Inspiration challenge.
Lori sent the team this photo:

I was inspired by the strawberries in this photo and thought it the perfect opportunity to ink up my Strawberry Fairy digital image from the Meljens Designs Digital collection at Whimsy. I also tried to use some of the colors in the image as well.
Card Recipe:
Image: Strawberry Fairy- Meljen's Digital collection at Whimsy STamps
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl
Accessories: Strawberry charm from my dear friend America, MS Border punch, lace from Joann Fabrics, red silk ribbon



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 DDIC30.

Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments!!Although I am not home, I do have posts scheduled for tomorrow, over the weekend and next week!

hugs,
Chris
Tuesday, June 15, 2010



Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I hope you all had a good beginning to your week. Today is my last post that I am writing from home. Today we leave for vacation. I have many posts scheduled for the next two weeks so you won't even know that I am gone...other than I can't leave comments for you until I come back.
Today I would like to share a card I made using a Whimsy Digital image from the Meljen's Digital Collection called Gruffy Little Gnome. The sentiment is from Ticket Sentiments designed by Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs for Whimsy. I seldom do cards for men but I needed a Thinking of you or Get Well card for an older gentleman at our church who has been very ill and in out of the hospital. I thought this image was so darling and would put a smile on his face.

For my layout, I used the Midnight Madness sketch challenge for this week which I flipped. The papers are from Bo Bunny. The image is colored with Prisma Color pencils and gamsol and sparkle is added to the hat. For the ovals along the thin strip I added sewing and buttons. You can see it better if you click on the photo for a close up.

Since it is a manly card, I used the Labels Eight Spellbinders and distressed the edges. For the sentiment, there is a blank ticket in the Ticket sentiments set where hand wrote the word Sorry.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Gruffy Little Gnome and Ticket SentimentsPaper: Bo Bunny designer paperAccessories: MS punch, bayou blue grosgrain ribbon, black grosgrain ribbon (3/4 inch wide), sewing machine, silver baubles, buttons from stash, copper brads, label eight die from spellbinders.
Challenges:
  • Meljen's Designs #11-Sparkle,Glitter, Bling
  • Stampavie and more-Dots Some of the dp is covered but you can see it on the corners
  • Our Creative Corner-Focus on Corners (I turned back and distressed two corners-adding brads)
  • Charizma Cards Challenge-Spots and Stripes (although my card has a lot of detail, the dp is stripes on one piece and dots on the other, you can see the stripes on the left and the dots on the corners if you click for a close up
  • Off the Wall Craftiness-Brown,Robins Egg Blue,White ( my blue is a tad bit darker)inspiration photo:
Sorry for all the challenges but I wanted to take advantage of linking to all the challenges before I can't while I am away.

I have posts for the rest of this week and next but I won't be able to comment until I get back.

hugs,
Chris
Monday, June 14, 2010
Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all have had a good start to your week and a very restful weekend.

This week we leave for vacation and while I am so looking forward to going camping tomorrow, I have so much yet to do.

Oh well...Today is another Stamp and Create Product Spotlight!! This week Lacey has decided to extend the sale on the Popcorn Bear Images. I just love these adorable stamps. Please do note though that these images are rather large. This card is 6X6 and the image takes up a good portion of the card.


I used the Popcorn Bear image- Someone Special. I also used May Arts ivory silk ribbon, the bow easy, White lace, Scalloped Frame Nestabilities, Cosmo Cricket Material Girl Dp, and a flower charm available at Stamp and Create.

The Layout of my card uses the Midnight Madness sketch challenge for this past week. I flipped the sketch on its side.I also incorporated the challenges:
Daring Cardmakers: pearls
Spoonful of Sugar: Floral Delight
Tuesday Taggers: All that blooms
Totally papercrafts...animal magic
My time to craft...xtra special -this card is for my daughter
Crafty creations...child's play
Simon says Stamp- a recipe-2dp, 1 image, 3 types of embellishments-bling, ribbon, and charm
Charisma Cards- spots and stripes (striped pattern on one side of the dp and spots on the other)
Stamp Something- happy something- Happy Birthday card

Last week was the beginning of Stamp and Create's month long challenge hosted by Joy.
Joy's challenge was to use any image available at stamp and Create and a charm.
I hope you have enjoyed my creation and will join the Stamp and Create challenge. All you have to do is:

1. please leave a direct link to Mr. Linky here. You have an entire month to add a charm to a project.
2. make sure you use one of the images available at the Stamp And Create store. There are many to choose from including: 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, and Popcorn Bear stamps
3. Leave a direct link to the challenge in your post

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

Have a great day!! Thanks for all your sweet comments!!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend!! While it has been busy here we have had a good time as well.

Since today is Sunday....it is also time for another Stampin Sister in Christ Challenge. This week's challenge is brought to us by Lisa.

Lisa chose the verse:

2 Timothy 1-6 "You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops."

As Father's Day approaches next week, we need to reflect on how blessed we are to have the men in our lives who serve as both as both fathers and husbands.

Lisa's Challenge this week is:
Make a Father's Day card/project.
.. or just a masculine card

Here is my take on the challenge:

For my card I used the Midnight Madness Sketch for the week, On Eagles Wings and the Dad set from Our Daily Bread Designs. Since it is a masculine card, I distressed the edges to give it a masculine feel. I have used some pearly new paper from SEI called On the Beach. My background sky is sponged and dry embossed.


Masculine cards are harder for me to make but I think this one turned out o.k. and that my Dad will like it...I hope.

Challenges
Oh Alice- I used the colors from the inspiration piece
Midnight Madness Sketch
My Time to craft: xtra special- This is a card for my Dad
La La Land: have blue as your predominant color
Pixie Cottage- Father's Day
Cupcake Crafts: summer delights- summer theme or colors- in the summer we like to go Rio a state preserved area near by to spot eagles.
Charisma Cards- spots and stripes
Cards for Men: Father's Day
C.R.A.F.T Challenge#54- Boy to Men
Creative Craft Challenge- For the men in your life
A Crafty little Place- Challenge#42 Anything but square
The shabby tea room- For Dad
Totally Gorjuss- for the boys
The Crazy challenge- distress it

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
Meisje, Rebecca

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 SSIC44.

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


Saturday, June 12, 2010
This week's challenge:

This week the challenge team is challenging you to a summer color challenge. Use yellow, blue and green on your creation with any neutrals. You may make your creation monochromatic choosing only one of these colors, use two or use all three.

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 17. 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. You can link your creations here.


If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC17. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Here is my take on the challenge:

A couple of weeks ago my dear friend Grace was recognized as Queen for the Day at Splitcoast. I just love this her and her creations that I just had to case one of her creations. I cased this creation here using a sentiment and the gorgeous butterfly pearls like Grace did. My papers are from Memory Box Frond. The sentiment is framed with the Fleur De Lis and the scalloped frame dies.

card recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs- Scripture Series 1, Fleur De Lis Borders
Paper: Memory Box Frond
Accessories: ZVA Butterflies, Hero Arts green pearls, white satin ribbon, Martha Stewart shell border punch

Challenges:

Sentimental Sundays- New or neglected stash- new ZVA pearls and Memory Box paper
Whoopsie Daisy- ribbons and bows
Alys- Stitching
Corrosive- dies cuts
Cupcake Craft #93: Summer Delights-Summer Colors


For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters. This week we have a special treat as some of the design team has joined us.

Thanks for stopping by!! Enjoy your weekend!!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Happy Friday Everyone!! Today it is time for another Wags n Whiskers challenge brought to us by my uber talented DT sister Michele who is asking you to get distressing! So get roughing up those edges!

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!!
Today Wags n Whiskers is releasing another batch of our older releases into Digi's :-) You can click the banner to the right of the Wags n Whiskers blog to go shopping! You get all of the beauty of our Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamps in the convenience of a digital stamp!

Resize, Flip, alter...or colour digitally in photoshop and add to digital layouts! So many possibilities.
Today I used, two digital images released today: Snuzzle love and Some Bunny Loves you illustrated by Crissy Armstrong for Wags n Whiskers. Crissy is so talented and she does such a beautiful job illustrating. These images are so fun to color and so adorable too!! I am in awe of her drawings....

In addition to using the new release digis Snuzzle Love and Some Bunny Loves you, I used the layout from Fussy and Fancy. It just looked so unique and challenging to me!
The dp is from Basic Grey...Eva.

Card recipe:
images: Snuzzle love and Some bunny loves you digi images
paper: Basic Grey Eva, brown, and pink
embellies: heart pearls, pearls, flower charm
tools: MS punches, dry embossing folder, circle nestabilities
Challenges:
Sunday's with Crissy-relish to embellish
Charisma cards- spots and stripes
Busy Beauties - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - Flower
Wee Memories- punches
Whoopsie Daisy- ribbons and bows
AI Factory- Punches
Pixie Dust - Punches
Alys- Stitching
Oh Alice- Muchness- stitching and coloring
Spoonful of Sugar- floral delight
Corrosive- dies cuts

I hope you enjoyed my creation and are inspired to join us. If so, please leave a direct link here.

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

Renata, Melanie, Sharon, Karen, Tina, Michele, Jacqui, Jeanette, Lacey and our guest designer this week Mary Lou

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Win, Win, Win!!!! Wags n Whiskers is so excited to announce that they will have a new release on Friday, 25th June!!! This release will be available in Digital Format only.... for now ;-) We have more exciting news to share with you in that this release is with our fabulous new artist Emma Metcalf. Emma is a children's illustrator based in the UK. I am already having fun coloring the new images preparing for the sneak peaks and new release blog hop next week!

The sneak peeks will begin on Wednesday, 23rd June on the Divas Blogs!! The peeks will continue on Thursday, 24th June.
There will be a Blog Hop here beginning at 12:01 EST/5:00am GMT on Friday, 25th June!!!. Then at 7:00 am/noon GMT the Digi's will go live in the stores.
Would you like to win the whole digi release???!!!
Well grab the release badge above and post it on your blog with a link back to the Wags n Whiskers blog. Then leave your name on Mr. Linky here.
One lucky person will win the whole release!!! The winner will be posted on Monday June 28th.

Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments. I hope you have a great beginning to your weekend. I will be back tomorrow.


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