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I am a SAHM mother of three...only one left home though. Paper crafting is my passion...I love creating things and saving memories. I also enjoy reading, baking, spending time with my friends and family, and walking my two furry children. My goal on my blog is to share something a little crafty, something yummy, and something fun every week. Thank you for visiting & comments are appreciated :)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ribbons Betty

Hopefully you checked out the blog hop yesterday and got to see all the great cards and treats.  Here is a close up of  the card I created for my swap partner.

Here are the details...

Image:  I colored here and then added stickles to some of the ribbons.
Papers:  all from my scrap basket
Extras:  large glitter button, Silkie thread, purple rhinestones, ribbon scraps

Thank for looking!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SBS Ribbon, Fibers & Trims Swap Blog Hop

Another fun swap at Simply B Stamps Fan Group
The theme for this swap was ribbon, fibers and trims.  Now, you should have come from Emily's  .
My partner was Elisabethe Balcavage!  Look at all this WONDERFUL ribbons and trims she sent me!  There are also some fun extras...ribbon flowers, felt ornaments, spooky skeleton hands...I can't wait to use them!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  I also received this lovely card that she created using the Ribbons Betty that we were given for this swap.  I love the colors she choose and the ribbon weaving on the side..  I so enjoy these swaps...I mean who doesn't like getting happy mail???  

Your next stop is:  Lisa

Here is the complete list in case you get lost :)
SBS  http://simplybettystamps.blogspot.com/ ( Vanessa ) on SBS blog
Emily  http://emilyshroom.blogspot.com.au/
Marie  http://marie97-lotlot.blogspot.com/ *** YOU ARE HERE ***

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out all the others to see their treats and cards.  Marie

Monday, July 29, 2013

Come Let Us Adore Him Card

Trying to stay cool today...A/C has decided to not work and repair man can not get here until tomorrow.  Working on the last few "Christmas in July" projects for swaps.  Here is my holiday card for a swap.  This is one of my favorite stamps from Stampin' Up.

Here are the details:

Image - Come to Bethlehem from Stampin' Up; stamped in metallic gold ink
Sentiment - from SU  Come to Bethlehem; stamped in Color Box Chestnut
Extras - Making Memories deco metal stickers, champagne rhinestones, rhinestone glitter paper, cream ribbon, and ek bracket edge punch

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Christmas in July Gift Tags

Just a quick share...I recently purchased Close to My Heart Art Philosphy Cricut package.  This is the first chance I have had to play with it...I made these tags for a swap.  I just the tags and layers from the cartridge.  Then I added Stickles to the ornaments and cute felt penguin stickers to the others; and tied on some pretty ribbons.  They were so easy and pretty!  I am looking forward to creating some more with the coordinating stamps/cuts.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Enjoy the Bubbles Card

This is what I created today during my 'creative time'...Isn't she sweet?  She is from Pixie Dust Studios.    

Here are the details:

Image:  Pixie Dust Studios, colored with pencils and accented with orange and diamond Stickles.

Papers:  from my scrap stash

Extras:  glittered brads, rhinestone brad, paper flowers, ribbon, white gel pen for faux stitching, gold gel pen to accent die cut flourish.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Through the Purple Haze Challenges:  anything with flowers
The Play Date Cafe:  A few of our favorite things - cream, melon, cantaloupe
Charisma Cardz:  #28 - Girly
Dutch Dare Card Challenges:  #226 - Floral Frenzy - a day for daisies

Thanks for looking!  Hope you have a crafty day!

Cards for Soldiers & a Birthday Celebration

So I found this new blog/FB group, Scrapping Everyday Miracles and they were just starting their birthday celebration.  I decided to jump right one.  They had some guessing games, word games, photo challenges and card making challenges.  Scrapping Everyday Miracles Birthday Card Challenges were especially fun because the cards are going to go to Cards for Soldiers.  There were five challenges:  two sketches, patterned papers, rainbow colors,  and military appreciation.  Here are my cards:
Now to send them to the collection person so she can get them to Cards for Soldiers.  these were a lot of fun, as were all the birthday festivities!

Hope you are having a wonderful day.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Horus Roasting Marshmallows Card

Quick card for Through the Purple Haze Challenges first blog challenge.  It was anything goes, so I decided to do this cutie from the Stamping Bazaar.  

Here's the Details:
Image - Horus from the Stamping Bazaar; colored with pencils.
Sentiment - hand written
Papers - from my scrap basket
Extras - black rhinestones, small glittered heart sticker, scallop edge punch.

Thanks for looking!  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

ATC: Seahorse Recipe

Last month's ATC swap on Paper Crafting Divas was a recipe. The recipe:  pearls, color blue, and glitter. Here is my creation:

Pearls - accents in the corners

Glitter - seahorse is cut from champagne glitter card stock, and then cinnamon Stickles was used for accents

Blue - background is blue metallic and blue mulberry papers.

Thanks for looking.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

My July Picks

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.  We finished up with baseball last week, so now we can just relax.  This week is predicted to be in the high 90's with heat indexes in the 100's, so....I will either be crafting...nice and cool in my basement room, or heading to the pool.  Just have a few picks this month.

1.  Technique Zone - great site with lots of cool techniques using embossing, inking, etc.  Check it out!

2.  Faux Alligator Gift Card Clutch - love these!  So cute...I am always looking for creative ways to give gift      cards...will have to give this one a try next.

3.  Sewing Scissor Save - well, this just cracked me up.  I feel that way...fabric scissors are not safe in my house.

4.  Through the Purple Haze - new challenge blog.  Their first challenge went up today...check it out!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful day.  I am off to do a little cleaning and then a little crafting.  Enjoy!  

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Penguin with Gift Card

Another holiday card...this one I made with a cute stamp I received in a recent swap.  I kept it simple...made it about the image.

Here's the details:
Image - Penguin with Gift by Mo manning, colored with pencils
Papers - Bo Bunny scraps, red card stock
Extras - ribbon and gray rhinestones

Thanks for looking!  Happy Crafting!  

Friday, July 12, 2013

Serenity Prayer Card

Quick share...I made this card for a friend who is facing some challenges.
This was a little out of my box...but I do like it...only thing is that the verse did not end up centered on the cut and that is because half way into the project I changed my layout :(  

Here's the Details:

Papers:  all from my scrap basket
Sentiment:  printed on computer
Extras:  MB dies, crocheted butterfly, brads, and paper flowers by K & Company (come in a pad of various colors and sizes...just punch out), moss Cats Eye chalk ink, lace and ribbon.

Now to get it into the mail :)  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In the Manger Card

The theme for the month on Paper Crafting Divas is "Christmas in July", so with Christmas on the brain I decided to color this image.  Isn't it adorable?  It is "In the Manger" by Mo Manning.

Here are the details:
Image:  In the Manger byMo Manning; colored with pencils

Papers:  all from my scrap basket; yellow is an embossed piece I received in a swap - I believe it is embossed with a Tim Holtz folder

Extras:  rafia, buttons, glitter stars cut on the Cricut with my new cartridge, Art Philosophy from Close to My Heart.

I have a few more holiday projects that I will be sharing throughout July.  Hope you are having a wonderful day!  Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Spring Fairy Aleta Card

I was in a coloring mood, which is a good thing as I need several cards for birthdays...I just love this image, Spring Fairy Aleta by Mo Manning, and thought she would be perfect for a birthday card.

Here's the Details:

Image - Spring Fairy Aleta by Mo Manning; colored with pencils and added diamond Stickles to the wings.
Papers -  all from my scrap basket
Extras - moss Cat's Eye chalk ink around edges of image, Gelly Roll clear star used to accent the dandelion seed puffs, Prima rose, ribbon

I am entering her into the following challenges:
DP2 Challenge#192:  "F is for...", fairies and flowers in my case!
Dutch Dare Card Challenges:  No Square Cards

Back to my coloring...Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Birthday Cupcake Cardsketch

Just a quick share as I am trying to get as many projects done today as I can.....

First project:  create a card using this sketch from Paper Crafting Divas:

Sketch from:  http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

This is the card I created:

The ribbon was the inspiration for the color palette...it has been in my stash for quite some time and just needed to be used.  The pink and white embossed papers are from a PCD swap and the blue leftovers from the layout I just finished.  I used a punch for the cupcake and added a little glittery flower sticker.  You knew I would get that glitter in somewhere!

Ok, more creating on the way!  Hope you are having a WONDERFULLY crafty Saturday!  Thanks for looking!


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Priceless Layout

Finally, the "page three" of Spring Fling layout I shared with you in May.  This is a special page I wanted to do for my girlfriend's daughter.  I knew when I saw they picture of her and her daddy that, with everything they are going through, I had to do this layout.  I think it will be very special for her.

I used the following (all from Michael's):

teal ribbon glitter ribbon
Jolee's boutique satin flowers
Martha Stewart rhinestone stickers
Jolee's Bling dimensional stickers
AC Thickers in Silver Glitter
Scrappy Cat Glitter Glue in blue rainbow
AC Silver Glitter Card stock
TPC Aqua Mulberry
Recollections Rhinestone corners and individual rhinestones
black card stock

I also did one of my favorite techniques, layering the vellum over the photo with a cutout to accentuate the people.

Thanks for stopping and looking!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer Card

I have spent the entire day, off and on, working on this card.  This is Summer by Simply Betty and she was given to anyone who wanted to participate in the Simply Betty Fan Page Challenge  on FB.  The challenge was to use the image AND create a background for her.  Well, that is where the challenge part came in for me.  A lot of people were using clouds, so...no clouds for me.  Rainbow?  Nope, already done.  You are not going to believe where my inspiration came from...the radio.  I heard "....dancing in the moonlight..." as I walked down to my craft room and that was it.  So, my summer fairy is dancing with the stars under the summer moon. :)

Here's the details:
Image:  Summer by Simply B Stamps; I colored her with pencils and added stickles in diamond and purple to her wings.

Papers:  black card stock and glossy paper; for the "night" background - I used a piece of glossy background and Memento inks in nautical blue and teal zeal.  I tapped the inks directly onto the paper.  Then I sprayed with a little water and tapped again, blended with a dabber.  I also use a scrap of green handmade mulberry for the 'grass'.  A piece of champagne glitter was used for the large star.

Extras:  For the moon I used a dabber to tap on Memento inks in galaxy gold and moonlight white.  Once the inks were dried, I applied Perfect Pearls in pearl over the top.  It is hard to see in the pictures, but it gives the moon a wonderful, shimmery look.  I also used crystal star rhinestones, white glitter star buttons, and glittered flower stickers.

Once I found my  inspiration, I so enjoyed making this card....fun image to color and lots of my favorite embellishments...glittery stuff!

Thanks for stopping and looking!  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Orange Creamsicle Cake & some weekend fun

1 - ingredients, 2 - Orange Creamsicle cake and mini strawberry cheesecake
mason jar desserts, 3 - YUMMY cake!, 4 - the men - Kevin (BIL), Marvin
 (nephew), Dad, Jarek (DS), and behind Jarek, John (DH)

Had a great weekend with family...parents came over Friday and stayed until Monday;  sister and her family came over Sunday for a cook out.  We did a belated Fathers' Day celebration with our dad on Sunday.  When I was deciding on what to make for dessert, I knew this cake would be perfect.  Orange Creamsicle cake.  I did change it up a little...I did not make cupcakes or use her icing recipe.  Due to time limitations I decided to make a cake and I used store bought frosting.  I picked up one of the new stir in frosting in orange creme flavor...it was good, but pretty sweet.  So....to help cut the sweetness I did not frost the middle of the cake, but used orange marmalade instead.  It was YUMMY!  I also made strawberry cheesecake in little mason jars.  We had a nice dinner, visiting time, and yummy desserts.

Now to get my craft on...I need to make cards, do a challenge, finish up some swaps....feels like a Monday :)  Hope you are having a WONDERFUL day!  Thanks for stopping by.