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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cupid got me!

Or I should say, I hope Cupid got him!  Him being my hubby, of course!  It's time for Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #112...our theme this week is "One for the Girls"...mine isn't for a girl but it's girly and for my hubby! 

We have 2 sponsors this week at Penny's- QKR, and Sassy Studio Designs.  I picked SSD's rendition of Cupid:

Yep, I hope Cupid hits him in the heart and he follows what Cupid's sign says: Pucker Up!  

Here is a closer look at Cupid:  

Think she will do the trick?  If I looked like her, well, ......

Anyway, colored with Prisma Pencils and framed all the mattes with Spellbinder's Romantic Rectangles dies. Some Glossy Accents on her hat and lips, along with a little bit of lace and ribbon.  And a ticket hubby can turn in for that kiss...MUAH!!!

Sure hope to see you at Penny's this week.  We "love" to see what you create.  My Teamies have loads of inspiration for you, too!  

We still have time before Cupid hits, so watch out for her, she just might hit you with a Bright Spot!


I am entering the following challenges:
Sugar Creek- Lots of Layers
Challenges 4 Everybody #12- Anything Goes
Platypus Creek #24- Valentine's
Scrappy Frogs- Try Something New! (new hair technique; triple matting of same die; lace on sentiments) 
That Craft Place- New Year- New Goodies! (new heart ribbon) 
Sassy Studio Designs- Love is in the Air! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Just RELAX-ing!

That's it!  Just Relax-ing!  You have to add the "ing" or you aren't relaxed!   Now that the world is figured out, we can get down to business.  Are you relaxed?  You will be if you enter Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge this week!  I bet we even have one of your favs for a theme too- Buttons and BowsNow the name of my digital image for this fav challenge is......are you relaxed?  Okay, okay, quit messing around, it's "Just Relaxing!"  If you were relaxed before you probably aren't now!  Here we go with Crafty Sentiments Designs "Just Relax:"

There she is, sitting pretty in the sunshine and a field of flowers.  Ohhhh, that does sound relaxing.  She is just "too cute," isn't she?  The sentiments are from CSD also.  Here's a little closer look:

OK, I've done my part now you get to craftin' and head on over to Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge and enter your creation.  If you need inspiration, my Teamies have wonderfully artistic examples for you as well as our Crafty Inspirations Blog.  No excuse now, is there?  Then you can sit back, say AHHH, and relax!  One more thing- don't forget to look for Bright Spots while you are on this trek.  

PS Watch for our Spring New Release Blog Hop coming early February.  This release has the cutest stamps EVA!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Princess Honor

Hello, Friends!
Time for Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge!  Have we THE sponsors for you this week- Saturated Canary and Stamping Dragon!  When looking at SC and SD images, you can pick them right out of a line-up!

I had the privilege to make up a Saturated Canary image named "Princess Honor".  She is sooo beautiful!  Have a look-
 Have a closer look-
Colored with those Prisma Pencils, adding a chalked pink cloudy sky.  I'm taking advantage of that Christmas present Bigkick for sure!  Honey, I need new dies!!!

Penny's theme this week is Embossing-wet or dry.  My back paper is embossed and the forefront butterfly paper is highly embossed.   Come stop by and see the lovely work of my DT buddies...very inspiring talent to light your crafting fire!  Enter and have a chance at winning digitals from these great artists.

I bid you a fond farewell from Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge!  I hope to see you there!

PS  Wishing you lots of hugs, sunshine and Bright Spots, too!

I am entering the following challenges:
Sugar Creek- Lots of Layers 
Challenges 4 Everybody- Anything Goes!
Platypus Creek #24- Valentine's 
Scrappy Frogs- Try Something New! (new hair technique) 
That Craft Place- New Year- New Goodie! (new dies)
The Corrosive Challenge #166- Put a Pin in it! (hat pin in upper left corner)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Boop Boop Dee Betsy!

As in Betsy from Stitchy!  It's One Stitch AT A Time time!  Boop Boop dee(?) Boop!  It's a lovely Sunday morning, don' you think?  And have I a grand challenge for you!  What can't we live without?  Your right!!!  You guessed it!  LOVE!!!   Ahhhh, the pleasure of it all...tingling from your head to your toes.  Not hungry, can't sleep, preoccupied.  Sort of like when you sink your teeth into your favorite chocolate.  Yes, love.  Okay, snap out of it, Manderly and get going on this post!!!  Well, aren't us artists the romantic type?  I've known a few who totally make this a lie, but never mind.  Okay, here is Betsy, drawn by Stitchy, available in the StitchyBear Store, made for the One Stitch At A Time Challenge, with the theme this week of "Love."


A closer peek at Betsy:

This has to be one of my favorite images to color and make up into a card!  Colored with Prisma Pencils, Romantic Rectangle Dies, ribbon and lace from Hobby Lobby.  I decorated the inside but you notice I forgot to take a picture of that!

I am positive my Teamies have had fun with this challenge at OSAAT too, so let's both head over there and see what they are up to!  Fall in love this week, fall in love again this week, find something or someone to love, love the One above, and make a luuuuuv card!

Yeah, a Bright Spot already this morning!  What's yours?

Thank you so very much, new Followers!  Blowing all of you a kiss...did you feel it on your cheek?  Just a peck...naw, it is really a big juicy one!

Hugs too, Friend!

I am entering the following challenges:
Sugar Creek- Lots of Layers 
Challenges 4 Everybody- Always Anything Goes!
Dream Valley #49- Girls, Girls, Girls! (for my Momma!)
Platypus Creek #24- Valentine's
Scrappy Frogs Challenge- Try Something New (very first die cut!)
That Craft Place- New Year- New Goodies! (new die, new DP)
The Corrosive Challenge- Put a Pin in It and/or Inspirational Photo


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

You are invited to Barry's Birthday Party!

Yep, you sure are!  Invited to Barry's Birthday Party, that is!  Place- Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.  Time-all week long.  Sponsor- StampFairy. Theme- take a quess...awww, come on, guess!  Ok, I'll tell you....Teddy Bears!  And you could win a prize from StampFairy, with Bonus gifts from StampFairy, too! Sounds fun, don't you think?  Barry looks awfully excited.  Yes, he does.

Well, there you go, Barry all dressed up in his Barry Birthday #3 suit, just waiting for his party to begin.  I wonder what the others are wearing?  Maybe you could peek at my Penny Paper-Crafty Teamie's Barry's and find out!  They dress to the nines!  See you at the party!

ps there are lots of Bright Spots to be found at parties!

I am entering Barry into the following challenges: 
Forever Friends-Favorite embellishment (Glossy Accents)
Forever Friends Monthly Challenge- Birthdays
Little Miss Muffet- Winter Birthdays 
Moving Along with the Times- Happy Birthday 
Sarah Hurley- #76 Celebrate 
Shelly's Images- Recipe: one word Sentiment, 2 papers, 3 embellies 
For Your Inspiration: Photo Inspriation

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Well, hello there!  Happy Tuesday!  Very first thing...thank you sooooo much to my new followers!  Gosh, it feels nice.  I look forward to our card making adventures!  Heartfelt thanks.  xxxooo

Onto this fortnights's Crafty Sentiments Designs time!  Today, I have for you BLITZ...what a cool name, huh?  Speaking of "cool," our theme for the next 2 weeks is "Winter Fun!"  Blitz looks warm in her cozy sweater as she strolls outside having winter fun!

A closer view of Blitz:
Besides Blitz, I used Birdhouse and Quotes and Phrases for All Sentiments, which are all CSD digital images.  The Birdhouse has really neat roses on it and a little bird, which I covered with a few WOC roses. Birdhouse looks wonderful without the emellishments added. I colored Blitz with Prisma Pencils and used my Christmas present BigKick to cut the oval and Birds on a Wire.  What fun!

I hope you will join us at CSD this fortnight.  A L10 is up for the winner and you get 2 entries if you use a CSD image.  Stop by our Crafty Inspirations blog too, as we showcase such lovely projectsYou are sure to be inspired!

See you tomorrow!  Bright Spots anyone?


I am entering Forever Friends Monthly Challenge- Birthdays  

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Annabell's Sweet Sixteen Blog Hop Party!

We are having a party!  A New Release Blog Hop Party, that is, at Crafty Sentiments DesignsWe have been partying for 2 days, but it's not too late for you to join in the fun!  If you are participating in Crafty's Hop, you should have arrived here from the lovely and funny, Anne Let's get this party swinging and onto Annabell's Sweet Sixteen!

 TA DA!  Just adorable, don't you think?  Annabell is so versatile- she will make a wonderful image for that special pre-teen, all the way up to Granny!

Here is a closer look: 

Look at those cute sandals and eyelet skirt!  A blast to color and make up!  Here is a little peek at the inside:
Alright now, leave me a comment then it's your time to hop on over to Suzette's blog, next on our blog hop list.  Do you know who Suzette is?  She is the wonderfully talented artist behind these fantastic New Releases.  She is Crafty Sentiments Designs!  Master Designer of all those adorable images you have come to love.  So hop on over there and don't forget, to be eligible to win you must leave comments on each of the hop's DT blogs, leave a comment on the Crafty Inspirational Blog also, and become a follower. 

You are sure to have come across many Bright Spots over these last 3 Blog Hop daysMy best to you for a win!  That would be a super Bright Spot!  See you again soon, dear ones, ...bye bye for now!


I am entering Forever Friends Monthly Challenge- Birthdays

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A story and a very "Special Delivery"

Hello all!
I hope this finds you doing well, getting back into your routines after the holidays.  There is sort of a comfort in routine, yes?  Boring tho sometimes!

I have a quick little story for you- how do you lose your dog in your house?  Well, it happened to me just the other day.  Our pup, U-lee, follows me around like a shadow especially when Larry, U-lee's twin, is gone running errands.  Larry is my DH.  My printer is set up in another room of the house and we keep this door closed when not in use.  I printed and knew U-lee had followed me into the room.  I said, "Let's Go," and thought he was right behind me.  About 20 minutes later, as I was crafting, I looked to see if U-lee was on his blanket.  No U-lee.  So I checked U-lee's recliner (use to be mine).  Not there.  I checked the printing room.  Not there.  Okay, so now I've checked all the usual spots.  I knew I hadn't let him outside, so he couldn't have been out there.  I checked anyway, doubting my memory.  Now I am more frantic, starting to tear up, running run to run, looking under beds and in closets, "U-lee!"  Then I tried bribing him.  He's always good for a treat. "U-lee, you want a treat?"  Still no U-lee.  Larry calls me in the middle of this and I tell him, "I can't find U-lee!."  "What do you mean you can't find U-lee?"  Finally, in the print room, I looked under the bed one more time, and there he was, tucked way back in a corner, just shivering.  I think what happened is that he went to follow me out of the print room, and I slammed the door on him....several times!!!  Poor little guy was just shivering as I cuddled him.  He must have thought I was mad at him as we will sometimes put him in "his room," if he has been bad.  Can you just picture the scene of running room to room, looking high and low, crying U-lee? He was lost for about half an hour.  What a relief to find him, I tell you.  And he did manage to get a treat out of me!  Silly story!

Now onto other news, great news!  I am proud to say that I am on Penny's Paper-Crafty Design Team!  We are a weekly challenge with super cool sponsors.  Our theme this week is "Anything Goes," everyone's favorite, I think!  Today, I have an image created by a very talented digital artist named Kathryne.  She is the Art in StampArt Designs Kathryne also designs for Whimsy Stamps.
Kathryne's logo is even adorable!  She just came out with a new release named "Matti and Kristi," the first in line of new StampArt characters.  You've got to see this image, you will fall in love with this captivating couple!  In fact, you'll love all of StampArt's digis!

This image is called "Special Delivery." What a treat to color and make into a card!

Colored with good ol' Prisma Pencils, and buttons for wheels.  He is a cutie for sure.  StampArt's "Special Delivery" comes with a bonus sentiment that says, "Hello Friend."

Well, that's it for today.  I'll be back tomorrow with another.  I hope to see you at Penny's Paper-Crafty Anything Goes Challenge #109 this week! Check out my lovely team mates works, too.  A very, very talented team that will be sure to inspire you.

Have you any Bright Spots for 2013 yet?  I bet we each get 365 of them!  See you soon!



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Kia and Her New Home

Happy Tuesday!  Happy New Year!  Officially  Never imagined 2013 back in 1965! Now did you?

Here we are with Kia, a real cutie-pie from Crafty Sentiments Designs.  That "Kitty on Wall" is from Crafty Sentiments also!  Super background image.  Kia is colored with Prisma Pencils  and is surrounded by die cuts from my BFF- the tree, hearts and flowers in the front.  Really cute add ons.  The ribbon is a new one I found from our local craft store and it is made of burlap and comes in lots of colors.  I find myself using it a lot.  I also added some Glamour Dust to the flowers and tree leaves, the background is made up with water color pencils and pencil strokes of grass.  That's it! Kia was so much fun to color and work into a card.  It looks like the place this sweetheart card is going to, my sister in law who recently moved back to the foothills of California where my husband grew up.  And she loves to garden.


We are having a fantastic New Release Blog Hop soon at CSD.  It will start on January 8th and run to the 10th.  You sure won't want to miss it!  Stop by our Crafty Inspirations Blog, too.  You will be inspired!  Promise!  It's a fun place to go!  We have a sale going on now also.  Stock up!

I don't think this Crafty girl is going to make it to midnight, as I am writing this New Years Eve....nope, haven't had any champagne either!  So I will say goodnight to you all, see you in the morning at Crafty Sentiments Designs!

Would you please point me to a bright spot?  You know, now that I think about it, you are bright spots to me!  Yeah!  Thank you for stopping by!


I am entering the following challenges:
Whimsie Doodles- Photo Inspiration
Digi Galore- Something New