Saturday, September 23, 2017

Happy Shaky, Shivery Halloween


I need 20 Halloween cards, so I'm off to make those (see I TOLD you that I would get distracted from finishing my Christmas cards!)  I decided to use a few of my interactive stamp sets.  This fun little guy is the Wiggle Wobble Skeleton Set from Art Impressions.  I wasted a few minutes entertaining myself by posing him in all sorts of different ways.  I got WAY too much entertainment out of him!!

I'm using the sketch from Fresh Made Sketches for both cards.  It was fun and looks so different with each one.

I'm also joining the Crazy 4 Challenges Saturday challenge.  They want to see interactive cards.  Boom.  Done!

My next card has mini-shakers.  I'm using another AI set: Quivery Mini- Shakers.  How fun are those scared little trick-or-treaters?!!

And since there is embossing on the first card, it satisfies the QKR Stampede challenge this week.  How many challenges can I join in with 2 cards?!!

The Allsorts challenge blog wanted to see wings.  There aren't wings on the skeleton, but there ARE some on my little piggy.  Not your typical winged thing but, I think it counts!


SS 482 Fred She Said


Yep, starting my Christmas cards.  It seems like I always start with good intentions but then ... but then.  Yeah.

So here I am ... trying to finish early, but I don't think anyone will be surprised if I get busy and have a mad Christmas rush right after Thanksgiving!!

Since it's Saturday, it's also time for a new sketch over on the Sketch Saturday blog.  Our sponsor is Fred She Said.  There is a $10 gift certificate to the Fred She Said store for our winner.

I hope you join in the fun this week.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

TMS 420 "Fried" But In a Different Way


Yes, I'm fried ... but unfortunately mine does NOT involve the beach, sun and a margarita.  I am fried aka - super tired.  I had 2 meetings in Denver and ugly traffic on the I.  Can I just say to our state's budgeting committee ... please fix the Interstate now. Widen it. Soon.

But this is how I WISH that I had spent my morning.

I'm using the sketch over on the Tuesday Morning Sketches site.  Too cute.  I love the simple sketches.

I'm also joining in the fun on the QKR Stampede site of Anything goes as well as ...

the fun on the City Crafter Challenge Blog.  They asked to see something that I did over the summer.  If you were to plug in a billion kids at the local pool, then yes, this IS something that I did this summer!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SSW2-121 Bugaboo


It's Wednesday so it's time for another sketch challenge over on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 blog.

This week we have Jodie from Bugaboo as our sponsor ... one of my very favorite sponsors.  She is offering our winner 4 free images.  And speaking of images, I used Grumpy Gertrude - Fake Plants to make my card.  Jodie has so many hilarious images in her store.  It's definitely worth a look.

We would love for you join in the fun this week!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Taking A Break From Birthdays ...


I'm super tired today ... I may have too much wine and fun with a friend this weekend!  I needed some quiet time away from rowdy animals and boys.  So, I took myself off to the basement to finish up a few cards.

I'm using my new Art Impressions Elf Shaker set.  I am in love with how his box jiggles.  It makes me think of my kids at Christmas, shaking all the boxes under the tree to see what was inside.

I'm joining the "Off Kilter" theme over on the Art Impression blog.  I'm also using "Sketch or Trio" theme on the ABC Christmas Challenge.  I have 3 stamps: the elf, his present and the sentiment and this counts as a "trio."   Since I'm also using the "Off Kilter" theme, I'm counting that as a sketch.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

SS480 Just ME!




Welcome to another Saturday (sooo happy it's here).  Is it just me or does the week after a 3 day weekend seem longer than a normal week?

Any who .... another Saturday means that it's time for another challenge over on the Sketch Saturday blog.  This week we have a the return of a favorite sponsor: Just Me. Our winner will receive 2 dici-images from her etsy store.

This week I'm using her darling image: Sloth Love.

I hope you have time to join in the fun this week.

Friday, September 8, 2017

FMS304: More ... Wait For It .... Birthday Cards


Still working on my September birthday cards.  This is a From The Heart image.  I can't tell you how much I miss her talent.  Cancer stinks.

I'm using the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  It was so cute and worked perfectly with this image.

My next card uses an Art Impression image: Elephant Slider Set.  As you can see ... I kinda went with a cupcake/ birthday cake theme!  Can you tell that I'm dieting and not supposed to be eating carbs, sugar, soda, and everything good in this world?!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Birthday From the Dog


I ran yesterday.

Today my body is telling me what an extraordinarily STUPID idea that was ... and for good measure it's telling me that I am old!!  Party Pooper! So sitting down, and crafting between laundry loads seems like a good idea!!

When I saw this new set from Art Impressions, I knew that I had to have him.  I love that there is a die that lets you put all sorts of stuff IN his mouth.  How freakin' cute is he?!!

I'm using the sketch over on the Try Stampin' On Tuesday as well as the theme of "Punches and/or Dies" over on the Tuesday Throwdown site.

I'm also joining in the "True Blue" theme on Dragonfly Journeys.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Little Mousie Told Me It Was Your Day


Still playing with the fun interactive stamps from Art Impressions.  I LOVE this cat though I wish that I had more things to put in his mouth ... a bird, a ball, etc. (get on that AI!  How cute would that be, maybe with a "I'm on the ball" phrase?  Hmm?!!)

Using the darling sketch over on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.

Friday, September 1, 2017

You Wear Your Age With Style


I think that I need a billion birthday cards this month (OK, maybe only 16) but it feels like a billion!!  Oddly I need a birthday card every single day during the week of the 17-23 (wow) how does that even happen?!!

So here is one that I made to use.  I absolutely adore dots and the color combination of grey and lime green so I made sure to use both on my card.  I'm using the sketch over on the Paper Play Sketches blog.  It was too fun not to join in this week.

I'm also joining in the Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SSW2-120 Romance


Our fearless leader, Anne, from the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 blog celebrates her 30th anniversary this month.  Since the traditional 30th anniversary gift is pearl, she requested that we make love/romance or pearl cards to help her celebrate.  She will give our winner a selection of pearl embellishments.

Even though I've been happily married for 17 years, I struggled with this challenge. I'm not sure that either card that I created is REALLY what Anne had in mind when she asked for "romance/love/pearl" cards!

My first card uses the SugarPea stamp set: Undying Love.  How fun is this one ... but in the end I decided it was a bit too Halloween-y.

So ... back to the drawing board I went.  My next card uses the Bugaboo image: Stella/Gus-Commitment and Insanity.  Again, I had my doubts.  Pretty much when you see a Gus and Stella card, true love is NOT what you think about!!

Oh well, I hope that you will join in the fun over on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 blog and wish Anne and Martin a VERY happy anniversary.





Saturday, August 26, 2017

SS478: Bugaboo


Happy Saturday!!

It's time for another challenge over on the Sketch Saturday blog.  This week we are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, one of my very favorite digital stores.  I love her snarky humor.  This week our winner will receive 4 digi-images.

I'm using Jodie's fabulous set Friends Don't Let Friend's Wine 2 for my card.

I hope you have time to join in the fun this week

Friday, August 25, 2017

I'm Not Fat ... Just Easy To See


... Or at least that's what I tell myself each night!!

I started coloring this image when the youngest needed to use my laptop.  I like to be around when he's using it ... you know, just to prevent him from accidentally deleting my operating system.  Not that this event has EVER happened before ...

Anyway, I just had the image in my file folder full of pre-printed/stamped images.  Then once I finished coloring, I wasn't entirely sure how to finish it.  I've only made ONE big mouth card so I had to watch a few YouTube videos to remind myself (what DID we do before YouTube?)

It turned out kinda cute.  I used the sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Silver Lining



I needed a thank you card to give my aunt for the wonderful weekend that she provided.  I think that we all gained about 5 pounds from the wonderful food that she provided.  Yummy.

I used the sketch from the Tuesday Morning Sketches site.  I also used chevron paper to satisfy Jeannie's Chevron Chic challenge on her Dragonfly Journeys blog.

I'm also entering the following challenges
Addicted to Stamps: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: Punches And/Or Dies
The House that Stamps Built: Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Housework Will Suck The Life Out of You

I'm exhausted today.

Something about driving to Torrington, Wyoming, watching an eclipse and then making a mad dash home to avoid traffic is tiring I guess!!  What a trip.  Me driving, and the other half using Google, Waze and any other driving app on his phone to direct me and avoid traffic.

At one point he said, "Turn here."
"Here?" I squeaked.  "There isn't a road here!"
"Well, according to the GPS, there is one."

I'm pretty sure that what we drove on was probably Farmer Brown's tractor road between his property and his neighbors.  But, to give the hubs his due ... it DID get us to the small reservoir that he had designated as our viewing area.  Had I not been so stressed about overturning the truck or getting stuck in mud, I would have taken a picture of the 12 turkeys that crossed the "road" right in front of us.

So instead of vacuuming myself, I settled for just coloring a picture of someone ELSE vacuuming!  I'm joining in the Catch The Bug Bingo Challenge.

I did the vertical row: Embossing (the little black strip separating my two DP is embossed with a zig-zag), Dots & Stripes and 3 Layers.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

TMS 416: Coffee ... Best Meal of the Day!


I had to go to the doctor this morning.  One of the questions she asked was "How much caffeine are you having each day?"  Apparently, "umm, a lot" was not the answer she wanted to hear.  Time to cut back.  This will not be a good time for my family; pray for their survival!

I'm joining in the challenge over on the Tuesday Morning Sketches site.  I really liked the simplicity of the sketch and their sponsor is one of my very favorites.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SSW2-119 DSB


Back again for another challenge on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 blog.

We have Sally-Ann returning from DigiStamp Boutique as our sponsor.  She will be giving our winner a £10 voucher to her store.

We hope that you will join in the fun this time.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Gerda Steiner Progressive-August


Now that I have more free time, I can once again participate in the progressive image challenges that I love so much.

This one is from Gerda Steiner.  The image is called, "I Didn't Eat It (Yet)."  If you buy the first image and make a card with it (which I had to do again, since I haven't played in three months) you will get the following month's image ... for free!

I'm using the sketch rom the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  It's a fun one.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

SS: StarStampz


Good Morning, Sketch Saturday fans

It's Saturday and that means it's time for another challenge on the Sketch Saturday blog.  We have a fun new sketch and the return of Sarah from StarStampz.  Sarah is providing our winner with 3 images from her Etsty shop.

I'm using her sweet "Ice Cream and Balloons" as the image for my card.

I'm also joining in the "Keen on Neon" theme over on the Dragonfly Journeys blog.

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations and give them some love. I hope you will give the sketch a try!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Free Time ... Yay!!


I've had NO time for fun these last two month and before I start studying for the next item on my list, I thought that I would squeeze in a few cards.

I bought this paper specifically for this image ... how sad am I?  OK, but look ... they both have unicorns on them.  How matchy-matchy and perfect is THAT?!!  Totally worth it.

I'm joining in the sketch fun over on the Catch The Bug Challenge blog.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SSW 118 Cute As A Button


Happy Wednesday.

Can you believe that it's August already?  Yikes.  Where did the summer go?!!  My sons are already bemoaning the lack of summery days left to enjoy.  They go back in just 2 short weeks.  I'm actually excited by the date.  I will be done with school in 3 short days.  Yay.

Today is also the start of a new challenge over on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 blog.  This week we are sponsored by Cute As A Button.

Come join the fun.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

SS473 This Coffee Is Making Me Awesome


It's the fifth Saturday of the month over on the Sketch Saturday blog.  That means that we can pick any sketch from 215-473 to use.  Fun!  I chose to use Sketch 465.

This week we are sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls.  They are offering 3 digital images to our winner.

We'd love to see you join in the fun.