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Hi, what a week it's been.  Trying to get ready for the baby shower on Saturday.  I worked quite a bit this week on making favors.  They are finally done.  Now off to buy prizes for the games.  Then wrapping, wrapping, wrapping.  Oh, and off to the restaurant to pay the bill.
Can't forget that one or they'll be no shower.

This card is for Crafty Catz Challenge #139 - Metal,
 and the sponsor for this week is Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

The image I used is from A Day for Daisies.  This card has gone through so many transformations it's funny.  My daughter was visiting when I was originally working on this card.  We picked out a paper and I put the card together.  The  more I looked at it, the more I felt it was way too busy.  A couple of days later I ripped it apart and tried some different papers.  I tried some very simple papers and this one.  I finally settled on this paper.  I left it another couple of days and looked at it again.  Still too busy for my liking.  Along came this challenge to use metal.  I decided to try metal corners on it to see if I like it any better.  The jury is still out on this one.

Copics: B00, B02, B12. B14, BG0000, BG000, BG10, C0, C1, C3, C5, 
E00, E02,E34, E35, G20, G21, G24, R17, Y17, YR09

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Fab 'n Funky Cute & Girly
Charisma Cardz Anything goes
Fairytale Challenge Soft Color Tones

Totally Papercrafts #123-Use a Digi

This week's challenge at Totally Papercrafts is an easy one for me.  It's to use a digi. 
 This week's sponsor is Digistamp Boutique.  
I chose to use a image from Mo's Digital Pencil entitled, Two Tu-Tus.  Cute name!

As I was blog hopping this week, I came across an amazing blog with some really beautiful work. 
 The blog is A Sprinkling of Glitter.  Her work is amazing.  Anyways, she was the inspiration for this card.  On her website is a tutorial for making a card using Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page and also a box for the card, since it's larger than average.  I'm going to try a few cards using this technique.

I colored this image using Copics.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The pearl spray is Zva and the butterflies are cut from a Cheery Lynn die.  I always see butterflies on cards and love the way they look, but always forget to use them when I'm making a card.  I also added some cheesecloth behind the image.  The card is antiqued a bit with Distressed Inks.  The paper is from my stash; as usual I have no idea of the manufacturer, although, I do know it was purchased at JoAnn's.
Copics:  BG000, BG01, E00, E08, E11, E19, E97, E99, R11, R20, R22,
V000, V01, V04, Y15, YR20, YR24

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Art with no Boundaries Anything Goes& Performing Arts
Bunny Zoe's  Girls, Girls, Girls
Digi Makeover Challenge Anything Goes
Hooked on Crafts All That Glitters
Incy Wincy Designs Anything Goes
Love to Create Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp & Show Depth of Distress
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Anything Goes-Any Artist
Partytime Tuesday Anything Goes

Totally Stampalicious-Red, White & One Other Color

For this week's challenge at Totally Stampalicious I chose J.J. Cook available here.  The challenge is to use red, white and one other color.  I like the clean look of how this turned out.  It doesn't show in the photo too well, but the ribbon is pleated and is available at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  The digital papers are from Echo Park.  I'm really beginning to like using digital papers.  Its so much cheaper than buying paper, especially since I have to travel quite a long distance to get to any craft store.  It also has the convenience of not running out.  I just just simply print off another page.

Copics: (Not too many this week)  C00, C0, C1, E00, E02, E34, R24, R39

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Ippity Challenge  Bright Colors
Platypus Creek Digitals Black, White & One Other Color
Robyn's Fetish No Flowers
2 Sisters Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs Spotty and Dotty
Delicious Doodles  1,2,3 Recips (one ribbon, 2 papers, 3 colors)
Dilly Beans Dots
Fab 'n Funky Polka Dots
Ruby's Rainbow Black, White & One Other Color

Crafty Catz-Challemge #138-Pastel Colours

This week's challenge at Crafty Catz is to make a card using pastel colours.  I usually tend to use pretty deep colours so this was a nice change.  Our sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique.  They generously provided a selection of images.  I thought this Noah's Ark would be ideal done in pastels. The winner this week will win three digis of their choice from The Stamping Boutique.

Copics:  B0000, B000, B00, B01, B21, B23, B32, B34, BG000, BG01, C0, C1, C2, C5, E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, E97, R20, R21, R22, V000, V01, Y00,, Y02, YR24, YR31

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations  Baby
Sisterhood of Crafters Circles
Forever Friends  Anything Goes
CMC Copic Challenge Baby Themed
Southern Girls Oh Baby, Baby
Shelley's Images Show Us What You Got
4 Crafty Chicks By the Sea
Alphabet Challenge Journey
Fairytale Challenge Soft Color Tones

Barnyard Rooster

I made this card to enter Digi Doodle Shop's Challenge: Farmyard or Zoo.  I was excited to see that they had a challenge I could color an animal for.  I absolutely love their selection of animals.  I think I own most of them.  Anyone that knows me knows how much I love coloring animals!  My husband doesn't quite like the coloring on this one.  I like it, though.  There will always be room for improvement.  

I finally got to use one of my new paper packs.Farm Fresh by the Paper Studio.  I bought it about three months ago, but then I got out of card-makin' mode.  I'm glad I remembered I had it.  The button is from my grandmother's button collection that was left to me.  I colored this with Copics, of course.  

Copics:  BG72, BG75, BG78 C00, C0, C1, C3, C7, 100, E31, E07, E00, R24, R27, R29, R35, R37, YR20, YR24

I doubt if I will find many applicable challenges.  That's okay, though, I had a ton of fun making this one and I actually finished the inside this time!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
CCEE Stampers Masculine
Stampavie and More Something with Wings
Paper Makeup Stamps  Things with WIngs
There She Goes Winged Things
Cardz TV Anything Goes
Ippity  Color Challenge

Totally Stampalicious-Todally Rocks

This my Design Team entry for Totally Stampalicious' latest challenge, to make a card for a teen. 
 This cute image. Rockin' Frawg, is available here..  The papers were from my stash.  I colored him 
with Copics and added lots of Stickles to the star.  I finished it off by sewing all the layers and 
adding some sparkly brads.

Copics:  C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, E30, G20, G21, G24, R12, R14, R19, R20, Y15, Y17

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

One Stitch at a Time Stitch It
Robyn's Fetish Anything Goes
Squirrel and the Fox Make it Sparkle
Di's Digi Designs Spotty and Dotty
Splendiferous Creations For the Men
Card Crafters Circle Sentiments
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Masculine
Delicious Doodles For the Fellas
Fussy and Fancy Boy Attitude
Delightful Challenges For the Boys
SJ Crafts All About the Boy!
Paper Playtime Say it with Sentiment
Paper Cupcakes  One for the Boys
Cutiepie Challenge Real or Faux Stitching
Stamp and Create Bold & Bright

Girl with Lamb

This is an image I won last week in The Digi Bells Design Team Blog Hop.  
 This week the challenge at Elizabeth Bell's World is to use a sketch with an Elizabeth Bell image.  
Here is the sketch:

I colored this with Copics and used papers and brads from my stash.
Copics:  BG02, BG05, C00, C0, C1, E00, E02, E97, E99, R20, R22, YR20, YR24
I am having the hardest time coloring curly hair.  I have watched a multitude of videos on how to do it.  I'm just not getting it.  Practice, practice, practice.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Di's Digi Challenge  Spotty & Dotty
Card Crafter's Circle  Sentiment
Divas by Design  Summer Theme
Freshly Brewed Anything Goes
Paper Pretties Summer Inspiration

I have gone back and forth to this card so many times today.  I'm trying to get this done while watching the US Open.  Not so easy to do.  The television and my computer are in two different rooms.  Well, I'm done for now.  Back to golf.  See you later!

Dreams-First Crafty Catz DT Post

I was very happy to learn that I was selected for the Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Design Team!  This is my first entry.  The challenge this week is "#137-Embossing."  This week's sponsor is the fabulous Paper Shelter.  I chose this cute little boy, dreaming of the big leagues, for my image. 


I wish I knew the manufacturers of the paper that I used.  I previously belonged to a club that I received kits from each month.  I never got around to keeping track of which companies products were supplied each month so now I have a big basket of papers that I don't know the manufacturers for.  Oh well.

Copics:  B21, BG0000, BG000, BG10, C00, C0, C5, E00, E02, E33, E34, E97, E99, G12, G14, G20,  R14, R17, R20, R27, 
Y17, YR20, YR24

The Paper Shelter will be awarding one participant a gift certificate to their store. If you use a Paper Shelter image you could win a $20.00 gift certificate, with any other image you could win three digis.   So come and play for a chance to win!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Freshly Brewed Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating Anything Goes
Nutcrackers Spots and/or Stripes
Paper Makeup Stamps Seeing Spots
Charisma Cardz Male Card
Cropstop Banners or Pennants
Delightful Challenges For the Boys
Do You Stack Up Masculine

Totally Stampalicious Blog Hop

Welcome to the 3rd stop on our June New Release and Blog Hop!
We have four brand new stamp sets from our fabulous Bugaboo line by artist Jodie Makerel!
Stamp sets are available now at Totally Stampalicious.

As always, they will be giving away prizes to three lucky hoppers!

1st Prize - All 4 New Sets
2nd Prize - $15.00 Gift Certificate
3rd Price - $5.00 Gift Certificate

All you have to do is Hop along with us and leave your comments along the way.
You might be a winner!

This card was made with the stamp set  Sean-Dog.  Such a cute little boy.
Everything used was from my stash.  The ribbon is a left over from my daughter.  It has adhesive on the back.  I just love it, so easy to use!

Copics:  B12, B14, COO, CO, C1, C2, C3, C7, E00, E11, E34, E35, E97, E99,
G14, R17, R21, R22, R29, R37, Y17, YR29, YR24

This image is from the new set Clyde Bug.  I think the ladybug on his nose is really adorable.  
The ribbon is from Taylored Expressions and the paper is from October Afternoon.
 I loved the ribbon so I ordered it in several colors.  All other items are from my stash.

Copics:B0000, B000, B10, C0, R20, V01, V04, Y17, YG93, YG95, YG97

Now hop on over to Leanne's blog and see what she has in store for you.  Good luck !!!

Here is the entire line-up in case there are any glitches along the way.  Happy Hopping!

Father's Day Card for Tony

I just realized that Father's Day is this weekend.  I needed to make a card pretty quickly because it needs to be mailed cross-country before Sunday.  I made this card for my dad, Tony.  He has always liked bulldogs so I thought he might like this image.  The digi is from Just Inklined.  I think I have purchased all of their dog digis.  I'm just waiting for the opportunity to use them.

I colored him with Copics.  The paper is one of my favorites from October Afternoon.  I stocked up on it so it would last a long while. 

Copics:  C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, E97, E99, R20, R21, R22, R24, YR00, YR20, YR24

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Celebrate the Occasion Father's Day
Clear It Out Father's Day
Craft-room Challenge  Furry Four-Legged Family
Crafty Sentiments Father's Day
Die Cuttin' Divas  Happy Father's Day
Flourishes  Father's Day
LEJ Designs  Daddy Dearest
Shopping Our Stash Double the Ribbon
Tiddly Inks Let's Celebrate Father's Day
Tuesday Throwdown Critters
Cards for Men Father's Day
Forever Friends  Anything Goes
Heart2Heart Father's Day!
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner For the Boys
Dream Valley Challenges For That Special Guy
One stitch at a Time That Man in your Life
Scrappy Frogs Celebrate Men
Crafty Pad Let's Hear it for the Boys
Di's Digi Designs Male Inspired Creation
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Father's Day
Card Makin' Mamas  Father's Day
Digi Doodle Shop  Father's Day

Copic Marker Sctapbooking-Blue Jay

This card is my latest Design Team entry for Copic Marker Scrapbooking.  Their latest digi release is entitled "O Canada" and is comprised of several digi images paying tribute to Canada.  There is a freebie available on the website.  The papers are from my stash.  The lace is from Walmart.  I recently ordered the seam binding from The Little Boutique on Etsy.  They have an absolutely gorgeous array of wrinkled seam bindings at a very reasonable price, perfect for card making.  .The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I colored this card with Copics.  Copics:  B21, B23, B24, B26, COO, C0, C1, C3, C5, 100,  E37, G21, G24, R1, R21, Y11, Y15

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar Flowers in Bloom
Emergency Crafters Birds
Polkadoodle Flowers
Sween 'n Sassy Digi  Back to Nature
DRS Designs Flying Friends
Little Miss Muffet Wings
Southern Girls Things With Wings
Willoe Sketchie Animal Antics
Card Cupids Animals
Lias Stampz  Things With Wings
Really Reasonable Ribbon  Flowers & Ribbon
Whimsy Inspiration Things With Wings

For Katie

This is a card I made for my daughter Katie.  She's due August 31.  We found out she's having a boy.  So exciting!  I just had to make this image when I saw it.  No ice cream and pickles for her, though.

The image is from Saturated Canary.  The paper is from Stampin' Up.  I colored her with Copics.  I couldn't find just the right flowers so I made this one.

My project for this weekend is finishing off the insides of about twenty cards.  I should do it when I make them, but I don't, so today is the day.  I'd like to get some of them on Etsy this week.

Copics:  B21, B23, B24, BG72, C00, C0, C1, C2, E0000, E00, E02, E30, E33, G000, G21, R11, R14, R21, YR24, YR30, YR31

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge Ice Cream
Crafty Ann's It's a Girl Thing
Frosted Designs Stitching
Paper Crafting Journey Coloue it Up
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Lots of Layers
Really Reasonable Ribbon
                                       Flowers & Ribbon
Saturated Canary Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Summertime
One Stitch at a Time Use a Digi
Color Me Creative Babies (It's a bit of a stretch here, but there is a baby, just not visible yet!)

Three Cheers

This is one of the latest images from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I fell in love as soon as I saw her.  I grew up on Staten Island in New York City.  Parades were a big thing in our town.  I remember many years of sitting on the curb watching the parades go my.  My favorite part was always the horses, that is until as a teenager I actually got to march in the parades.  There is nothing worse than having to march following a bunch of horses..

The papers and everything else is from my stash.  The flags were kind of plain so I got daring and printed letters on them.  I hate writing on the fronts of cards.  I usually just don't like the way it looks.  It didn't turn out too bad this time.

Copics:  B23, C00, C0, C1, C7, E000, E00, E01, E11, E18, E21,  E97, E00, R11, R22, R27, YR12, YR14, YR20

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Crafty Boots Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge Childhood Memories
The Pink Elephant Vibrant Colors
Joanna Sheen Remember When
Craft Your Days Away Red, White & Blue
Wags 'n Whiskers Summer Fun
Delightful Challenges Red, White & Blue
Digi Doodle Shop Challenge  Get the Bunting Out
DRS Designs Signs of Summer
Moving Along with the Times Red, White & Blue
Paper Play  Use Two of Something (Bows)
Pixie Dust Challenge Summer
Creative Craft Challenges Red, White & Blue
Creative Card Crew  Song Inspired (Stars and Stripes Forever)
Digital Tuesday Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday  Anything Goes

For Julie and Ernie

This is my first entry for the design team for Totally Stampalicious.  I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with this wonderful team. The challenge this week is "Get Your Giggle On."  The image I chose is Gus-Hunter.  He's available here at the Totally Stampalicious store.

As soon as I saw this image I instantly wanted to make it for some friends, Julie and Ernie.  Ernie loves hunting.  He goes away for a couple of weeks during the year to hunt for elk and deer.  This card suits them to a tee.  Julie is indeed patient.  I'll save this until next hunting season and give it to Ernie with a BIG bag of sunflower seeds (his favorite snack to take hunting.).

I showed my husband, a non-hunter, the card.  He doesn't get the humor.  Of well!

I colored this with Copics.  The paper is from Karen Hunter Design.  It's actually a camping paper.  I tried to cover up the obvious references to camping, but don't tell.

Copics:  B0000, C00, C0, C1, C3, C5, 100, E000, E00, E11, E18, E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, G09, G82, G85, G94, R02, R11, R20, YR07, YR09

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Dream Valley Challenges Humor
Here Come the Boys Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time Use a Digi
Platypus Creek Digitals For the Boys
Catch the Bug Anything Goes
Di's Digi Design Male Inspired Creations
Little Claire's Male Themed
Pattie's Creations Card for a Guy
Poodles Parlour Father's Day/Male
4 Crafty Chicks Trees, Branches, Shrubs
Love to Create  Special Guy
Forever Friends  One for the Boys
Lexi's Creations For the Man/Boys in our Lives
Squigglefly Make me Laugh

Birthday Fairy

This image was created by Morgan Fitzsimons and it's available at Scrapbook Stamp Society.  I saw someone do a really lovely job on a mermaid's tail the other day and it made me really want to try the effect she used.  Thank you, for the inspiration, Carole.

I colored this with Copic markers.  I used Stickles on the flower centers and coated the wings with Glamour Dust and a tiny bit of blue glitter to add a little boost.

The beautiful ribbon is hand dyed pure silk from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I'm very frugal with that.  It was a tad pricey.  The papers are digi papers from Bearly Mine Designs.  They are running a great sale right now.

I don't recall who the die is from.  Of course, I've gotten rid of the packaging.

Copics:  BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02, BG10, E00, E01, E11, E25, E27, E29, E33, E37, R11, R22, V01, V04, Y21

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
2 Sisters Inside & Out
Crafty Calendar Flowers in Bloom
Craftymess Challenge Fantasy
Card Makin' Mamas Feeling Punchy
Delicious Doodles Diamonds are Forever (Loads of Bling)
Charisma Cardz Bling
Shelly's Images You Pick Two
Craft Room Birthday
Scrap-Creations Fairies

Daddy Lion

 I've been holding onto this one for a while so I could enter it in some Father's Day challenges.  There aren't too many out there yet, but I decided to go with the few that are.  The image is from Squigglefly and I colored it with Copics.  I did it so long ago I no longer have my color list.  The papers are from my stash.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Catz Buttons and Bows
Dilly Beans Stripes
Fairy Tale Challenge Boys and Men
Pattie's Creations Father's Day
The Stamp Man Make it for a Man
Digi Stamps 4Joy Buttons
Little Darlings Boy Card
The Poodles Parlour Father's Day
Here Come the Boys Anything Goes

First of My June Birthday Cards

This week's project was cleaning my 250+ Copic markers and refilling at least 80 of them.  What a chore that was.  My markers had gotten...