Friday, March 30, 2012

Clarenda's Carrot Surprise

It's Friday and it is Totally PaperCrafts Easter Challenge.  I really had some fun with this one.  My friend Kim of Oak Pond Creations drew this cute little carrot called Clarenda Carrot and was offering it for free.  I just fell in love with the sweet little face swirly flowing leaves and of course a darling little bow.  The minute I saw Clarenda I imagined her in a wreath shape.  Who could be happiest in a wreath of carrots?  Well the Easter Bunny of course!  So I dug out Cheryl Alger's Butterfly Bunny and popped him right in the middle of his greatest dream!  The ole' guy thought he won the lottery!  Of course I had to pop a big ole'' on my card to finish it off, didn't I?

I don't think the pictures allow you to see the dimension and texture I have going on in this card.  I printed and colored the bunny twice and popped him up with foam tape.  Clarenda's leaves are popped, curled up, and glued flat.  You can play with the leaves and ruffle them up a bit.  It makes the card a bit interactive and provides the illusion of the bunny hiding in and popping out of the greenery.  It' is really a fun card IRL.   I used a MS doily for a base to the wreath and my paper is all from my stash.  Sorry I can't give you a designer name.  Once again I cut the label strip off and threw it away before writing up my blog entry.  Sorry my space is so limited where I craft that I have to keep it relatively clear just to find anything.  LOL  (Can any of you feel my pain?)

Crafty Emma's Store is our generous sponsor at Totally PaperCrafts this week.
 One lucky person will win a $10.00 gift certificate to spend.  Will that be you??  Remember you can't win if you don't enter.  Now quick like a bunny, hop on over to see what my oh so talented Design Teamies have created for your delight this week.  Warning, you will see lots of beautiful pastels and then my oh so bold card too!  I can't ever seem to get it right.  :(

I am also entering this is the Easter Challenge at Sassy Cheryls this week.  I always love playing in their challenges.  I should take a pic of my horrible messy desk right this minute and enter it in her SMT challenge too.  I think my camera is burried under this mess somewhere.  LOL

They are having a Easter Blog Hop over at Polka Doodles this week so I am entering this card there too.  There is some fab candy up for 3 lucky winners.  Check it out here.
Hugs, Easter Peeps!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bovine Beauty


It is Friday and time for another Totally Papercrafts Challenge again.  This week we are having some fun with humorous cards.  There is definitely not enough laughter in the world and the gals over at TPC invite you all to join with us  in putting more humor in the world.  So put a smile on your face and make a funny project.  If you enter it here and win, you will get to select a wonderful prize from our special sponsor this week. I purchased my watermark over at Whimsy Stamps.  They have several templates for you to chose from.  Go ahead and check them out.

While browsing my digital library I came across this stamp called Bovine Beauty.  It is from Karen's Doodles.  I have had her awhile, but never used her.  Not much coloring on this one, but I know that my DT sistah, Sarah, the Stressed Stamper will love her glittery dress and hoof nails.  I had fun with the sentiments on this card and came up with so many funny ones, but in the end I chose to use the birthday sentiment because I always need birthday cards.  The paper is all plain cardstock except my sentiment paper which is my favorite Cryogen White from the Paper Temptress.  The Spellbinder Die is Labels 21, the embossing folder used is a  Cuddlebug one called Kassie's Brocade.  The glitter is Stickles, ribbon and button are from my stash.

Aren't you all impressed with me finishing the inside.  I usually don't take the time to do the inside.  Problem with that is when I need a card in a hurry I have to stop and complete it. :( While blogging  I have noticed that many of you are finishing the inside so fabulously and they put me to shame.  I am striving to finish the inside each time I make a card from now on.  Wonder how long that resolution will last.  LOL

Well I am off to bed because 5:00 AM comes early.  I plan on doing some major blogging this weekend and will stop by your blog to do some noseying around.  I would like to apologize for not being around much lately, but I am resolving to do better with that too!  This girl is going to get it together!!! Linda  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tea and Cookies Anyone?

Isn't this a sweet image from the Digi Doodle Shop?  In fact it is so sweet, it is called "Something Sweet" and you can get it here.  But I have to say this is also bittersweet, because it is my last challenge as a member of the Digi Doodle Design Team.  As you know from my last few posts, my Mom has not been doing so well and is in need of some TLC.  We have finally convinced her to move in with us and I am spending more time with Mom and less time crafting.  Now I didn't say I was giving up crafting, only limiting my time, LOL.  My goodness, if you took my Copics away from me I would not be fit to live with. LOL

The Digi Doodle Shop Challenge this week is to use a Digi Doodle Shop image in your creation.  Now that will be an easy one.  Just pop over to their store and pick out one of so very many precious images they have to offer.  Color it up and enter it here for a chance to win a Gift Certificate to spend at their shop.  Now do yourself a big favor and hop over to see what my DT mates have created to inspire you.  You won't be sorry you did.  There are some real cuties on the blog this week.

Take care ya'll and thanks so very much for all your kind comments and prayers for my Mom! They meant so much to me.

Card Recipe:

DP is from Aww Shucks my local Scrapbook store.  (I cut the name of the company off of my paper.  So Sorry)
Border punch and leaf punches - Martha Stewart.
Ribbon and button - Stampin UP
Flower - Recollections
Coloring medium - Copics

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Get Well Card for Momma

I had made this card for another purpose, but the events of yesterday changed it real quick.  My Mom has not been feeling well since my brother left Monday.  She kept attributing it to the excitement of her birthday celebration and sadness of him going home.  I have been trying to get her to come and live with me for the past year now, but she valued her independence so much.  Yesterday, this decision was taken out of her hands and she will now be living with me.

She did not answer her phone when I called yesterday morning.  I was at work so my son went over there to check on her.  She had fallen and several things were on top of her.  She was blocking the front door, so my son called 911 and the most wonderful firemen and medics arrived to break in her back door .  They wisked her off to the hospital before she could protest.  Turns out she has a couple of things going on inside her stubborn body.  She is now hooked up to antibiotics and fluids and will be the guest of the hospital for the next few days.  But this most wonderful doctor told her flat out she would have to live with me or go to a nursing home.  The spunky lady said, "What if I don't, I want to go to my home?"  The marvelous doctor said, "I will have to report you to social services and the decision will be out of your hands".  Guess what her answer was?  "I want to go to Linda's".

Hopefully she will be fine in a few days and home safe and sound where my DH and I can keep an eye on her.  God Help Us, this stubborn tiny little Irish lass will be a handful.  But she is my handful and thank God I have her to take care of.

I had planned on entering this card in Sassy Cheryl's Wearin' Of The Green Challenge this week so I will pop it in there now.  The image is called "Lady Bug In Love" and you can get him here!  I have used him before and love his shyness.  Just look at that face and those feet.  Can't you just feel his discomfort?  Ahh, he is indeed a cutie!

Happy St. Patty's day to all of you Irishmen and those who wish they were on St. Patrick's Day.  LOL

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ahoy Mates! It's One For The Boys at TPC!

Isn't this the cutest little boat you ever saw.  It is called Sail Away and you can get it here at MelJen's.  She is our sponsor this week and I LUV her designs.  They have that cute whimsical personality and I do love cute whimsical.  You can get a chance to go shopping in her store if you are this week's lucky Totally PaperCrafts winner.  Remember you can't win if you don't play.

I had so much fun coloring this little guy.  Of course I used my Copics, but I used a Sakura Jelly Roll pen in Clear to acccent it.  I used a SU Top Note Die to cut it out and it is accented by a flag string I made by cutting out trianges and attaching them to baker's twine.  2 silver brads attach the banner.  The letters are stickers.  I used a EK Success Scalloped Border to punch out some waves with the green paper.  Tied a piece of green tulle around the waves and used a little 3D  life preserver sticker to accent the bow.  DP is a gift an Inky Digit Pal and the red and yellow cardstock are from SU.

I chose not to add a specific sentiment to allow me to use the card for different occasions.  It could be used for a toddler's bithday, new baby, friendship,  encouragement card.  I''ll finish it off with a sentiment inside the card when I decide who I am giving it to.

Hop on over to the TPC Challenge Blog and see all the other male cards my DT has created for you inspiration.  Hope to see you there Dahlings!!  Big Hugs.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Happy 85th Birthday Momma

Here is how I spent my weekend.  We gave my Mom a 85th Birthday Party.  She chose the restaurant, El Cerra Grande in Myrtle Beach.  She loves her Mexican Food.  They even brought her a Mexican sombrero to wear for the candle ceremony.

Here's Momma in her Irish hat.  She wanted a couple of chips and no Salsa.

 I just had to show off some pics of my Grans.  This is me with my 18 year old Grandson, Chase.  Yep he is a Basketball Player.  His Dad is sitting there in front of me.  Sitting, his Dad is almost as tall as me.  They both go at 6'8 1/2 and 6'7. Chase and my Mom share a birthday.
This is my youngest grandson Jonathan, aka, J Fin, Finny, Fin.  He is the entertainer with the Mexican dance for his Great Grandma.
Here's my 3 Granddaughters. Kaylee, Ashley and Caroline.  Aren't they just beautiful?  Bragging you say?  Well they are, aren't they?  Am I wrong in pointing that out?
                            This is me with my brother Bobby, his daughter, Bonnie and my Mom.

Whew, lots of pics to throw at you, but I just couldn't resist the ones of my Grans.  They are my babies after all.  LOL.

So that's how I spent my weekend.  No crafting since last week, so I will caress  my Copics tomorrow.  I am starting to get the shakes LOL.   I am entering this in Sassy Cheryl's SMT.    I am going to get over there and snoop around to see what everyone else has been up to.

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend.   Hugs, Linda

Friday, March 9, 2012

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things.........

If it's Friday and TGIF!!!!, then it must be Totally Papercrafts Challenge time again.  The fabulous Lisa is our host this week and she wanted to see some of our favorite things.  I know you all know that I love turtles, but maybe you didn't know that I am a Teddy Bear fanatic.  I dearly love them and have collected quite a few over the years. In fact, I fell in love immediately with my little dog Bonnie because she looks just like a Boyd's Bear.  I incorporated some ribbon and my precious Copic Markers too.

The image is Teddy Bo Tabs 5 from Teddy Bo.  Treat yourself to a visit to their shop.  They have some adorable little bears.  The stamp comes in a round shape so I cut out some circles with my CM Circle cutters.  I punched a hole in the card and tied a ribbon to hang it with.  The edge punch is paw prints from EK Success  I shaped it into a tent card to allow the movement of the image.  The base cardstock is from Stampin Up and the DP is from My Mind's Eye.  The stripes are the flip side of the polka dots.  Sentiments are some clear stamps from my stash.

Now it is your turn.  Go find some "Me Time" and make a project using your favorite things.  I can't wait to see everyone's favs.  Need some inspiration check out the creations my DT sistahs have created with their favorite things.  Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Lilly Of The Valley stamps.  I know you are just dying to win their prize.  Remember you can't win if you don't play.  Click here and go for it!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Digi Doodles Showing Off the Annimals

This past weekend I worked at my local scrapbook store "Aww Shucks".   The owner went to a show in Atlanta, Georgia and asked me to man the shop for her.  While there I colored this image and then "shopped" in the store for the perfect paper to go with it.  I found this luscious geese paper from The Paper Lofts  Huckleberry Pond collection.  The blue  paper was from the Americana section.  Unfortunately I cut the name off and so I can't tell you who made it.  The bad part was that I bought the last piece and I wanted more for my stash.  I have to tell you that it was a great feeling to be able to choose the DP from anything in the store.  I usually have to go shopping to look for a particular paper, get sidetracked and come home with everything but the DP I went for.

The image is called Mallard Ducks and is from the Digi Doodle Shop.  They have some really awesome animal stamps in the shop.  In fact be sure and check out the new additions to the shop.  You might even find a precious little turtle.  Why not join us for our animal challenge this week.  You don't have to use a Digi Doodle Shop digi, to enter, but to win big, you have to use the image.  Go on click here and check it out for yourself.  My ever talented DT sistahs have outdone themselves this week so be sure to check them out too.

Hope to see you over there this week!  Have a fab weekend.  I will.  We are giving my Mom an 85th birthday party Saturday.  My little brother and niece and coming down from Virginia for the celebration and my sweet daughter is making one of her "oh-so-spectacular" Birthday Cakes.  Maybe I'll have some pics to post next week!  Whatever you do this weekend, make the most of it.  You won't get another for 5 long days.  LOL

Hugs, Linda

Friday, March 2, 2012

Yo Ho Ho, It's A Pirate's Life for Me!

It's Friday, whoo hoo, and that means another challenge is happening over at TPC.  My most wonderful Totally PaperCrafts  DT Sistah Mel has chosen a fun theme this week:  She wants us to show some song and/or dance in our creations this week.  One of my favorite designers Cheryl Alger from Sassy Cheryl's just released this little guy called Noah Plays Pirate in the Bath. I absolutely had to have him!  Can't you just hear him singing in the tub the Pirate Song from Disney?  Little Boys have such magical imaginations.

The card is colored with my Copics, the bubbles have been glazed and stickled.  The paper is all from Stampin Up except for the white the digi is printed on .  That is Cryogen White from the Paper Temptress.  The ribbon and buttons are from my stash  The sentiment is computer generated.  I cut the ovals with a Creative Memories Oval Cutter and then embossed with a bubble folder from Cuttlebug.

If you would like to win a $25.00 gift certificate from our lovely sponsor at Totally PaperCrafts, make up a song and dance and enter it here.

Our sponsor is... 

Simon Says Stamp

Hope you all have a Happy Weekend.  I am working at the local scrapbook store Friday and Saturday.  Patti, of Aww Shucks is going to a show and I manning  the store for her.  Hope everyone comes by to say hi and spend some crafting time.
Sarah of The Stressed Stamper is celebrating her birthday today.  Why not pop on over to her blog and leave her a bit of love.  She could use some major pampering today!

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