Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hop, hop, hop

It's time for a blog hop at Craft-Dee BowZ and the Design Team has created outstanding projects for you this hop! The Team has focused on Breast Cancer Awareness for our blog hop topic and to use the color pink. I love using pink because there are so many shades of it. You've got shades that have a lavender tone to those with a peach tone. So many pretty shades of pink! I used this awesome digital image by Karleigh Sue for this card.

The big pink rhinestone ribbon is from Me and My Big Ideas. Isn't it just fabulous! I colored my image with Copics and then used my Sakura glue pen and sprinkled pink flocking on the words "HOPE". I love the texture and dimension it gave the letters. I used Pebbles Pearlescent Chalk for the background around my image. The stitched rectangle dies are a set by Memory Box.

The pretty pink pearls and ribbon are from Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ (thanks, Donna!), and the little charm hanging from the white embroidery thread bow comes from a bracelet that I bought at a craft show. My bow was made on my Craft-Dee BowZ maker and it's a triple looped bow. I'm so happy with how it came out!

Since this is a blog hop, you'll want to leave comments at each of the stops.  We've got a small team here at Craft-Dee BowZ, so doing our hop is super easy!  Here are the links to follow:

It's always fun to participate in a blog hop where there's a prize...and the prize here is a 25' spool of ribbon. You'll need to leave a comment on each of the stops above, though, to be included in the drawing.  On October 12 a name will be drawn, so please check back at the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog to see if you've won!  
Thanks for participating in the hop and I hope you like our creations. Good luck in the drawing!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Catch the Bug, 613 Avenue Create, Jo's Scrap Shack, Crafting from the Heart, Crafty Sentiments, Creative Moments, Pile It On (1 image, 2 bows, 3 pink pearls), Penny's Challenges, Inspiration Destination, Craft Your Passion, Julia Spiri Challenge, In the Pink (1 image, 2 bows, 3 pink pearls), Art by Miran, Wags n Whiskers, Morgan's Art World, Glitter n Sparkle, One Stitch at a Time, Inky Chicks, Love to Scrap, As You Like It, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Craft Rocket, Crafty Girls Creations, World Wide Open Design Team Challenge, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Chalk n Stock, Sweet Stamps, Crafts Galore Encore, Digi Stamps 4 Joy (B is for breast cancer, bling, bows, brown eyes), Crafting by Designs, The Sisters of Craft, DL. Art, The Paper Nest Dolls, Where the Heart Is, Not Just Cards, Our Crafty Corner, Whoopsie Daisy, Unicorn Challenge, Crafting with an Attitude, Let's Craft and Create, Dragonfly Dreams, Eclectic Ellapu (pink team)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Little Jack and Bushels

I was invited to be the Guest Designer today at Paradise of Stamps where the new challenge topic is "BOYS" -- your card needs to have a boy image on it.  I used this rubber stamped image by Elisabeth Bell named Little Jack and Bushels "Painting the Fence". Making boy cards isn't something I do very often and it was quite a challenge to not add lace, flowers, ribbon and pearls!

I colored my image with Copics and used Glossy Accents to make the paint look wet. I used EK punches for my sentiment, the oval dies are a nesting set by Quic Kutz, and the fence is a die by My Favorite Things.  There's a brass buckle at the top corner that I wrapped the baker's twine around and on the bottom is a brass corner that I  added a few dark blue rhinestones.  The brass pieces are from Stampin' Up.

Poor Jack had to paint this old worn fence during his summer vacation and you can see he's gotten a bit too much sun on his back!  And his friend, Bushels, is smart enough to stay out of the way of that paint!

Thank you, Laurigami, for inviting me to be your Guest for this challenge and thank you to the Design Team for their nice comments about my card.  I hope you'll visit Paradise of Stamps and see the awesome projects made by the Design Team to inspire you to join in this BOY challenge.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pink pink pink!

There's a new monthly challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog for October and it's ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. Sound familiar? Well, it should if you've been to Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog before since it's the same topic every month making it pretty easy for you to remember and enter!

Do you have a color that you like to use a lot?  I have so many 'favorites' that it's hard to pick just one color, but the range of pinks that are available in paper, embellishments and coloring mediums is probably one of the largest. If anyone doesn't like pink, please squint your eyes starting now.

I bought this rubber stamp image and sentiment from Rubbernecker at the Spring Convention in Mesa, Arizona this past March. I saw the image and thought it reminded me of my youngest sister (Dawn) who is an avid shopper and comes home with BAGS of clothing that she got for pennies on the dollar. She's a fabulous shopper and if there's ever a contest for the person who can get the most for the least, she'll win. I've gone with her a couple of times and come home with fabulous clothes, great shoes and tired feet.

I used my brand new Die-namics frame die on this card and the die cut I used on my image is from Spellbinders. That's a Magnolia border die up the side on top of a piece of pretty lace (that's hard to see in the photo), and I layered a strip of pearls that I got from Ribbon Girl. (Aren't they so pretty!)  I colored my image with Copics and then I used my Sakura glue pen and sprinkled iridescent glitter by the Rubber Café on the shopping bags. A girl can never have too much sparkle!

And here's my bow. The ribbon was sent to me by Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ with two other kinds of ribbon to play with this month, and I'll be using all of them on my cards in October. All are pink and will go great with my goal to use lots of pink this month. The ribbon has glitter on it and using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool, you can see below how nice the bow came out!

You probably know what I'm going to say next, but since this is a new month or you might be new visiting me, I'd like to remind everyone that the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ for October is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. The Design Team here at Craft-Dee BowZ is small so it won't take much time to look at their fabulous creations and, hopefully, inspire you to enter the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams, Glitter n Sparkle, Crafting from the Heart, Where the Heart is, Jo's Scrap Shack, Not Just Cards, Let's Create, Love to Scrap, Inky Impressions, Craft Your Passion, Penny's Challenges, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Crafty Girls Creations, Little Miss Muffet (Bingo: Dies/Sentiment/Glitter), Inspiration Destination, Simply Paper Crafts, Crafting with Friends, Die Cuttin' Divas, Digital Delights, Morgan's Art World, Inky Chicks, Petal Lu Challenge

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Coffee, Tea or Me!

I love the colors of autumn but don't get to see them in person since I live in the desert of Arizona. I love the oranges and reds with the golds and greens!  I used my image from Scrappers Delight and thought I'd use some of my pretty autumn papers.

The acrylic leaves are from Michael's and I'm not sure they even sell them this year since I picked them up at Thanksgiving a couple of years ago.  I colored my image with Copics. The three dots in the corner of the image are Prima jewels. I added a little glitter to the heart on the tea cup.

I enjoy cold tea in the summer and hot tea in the winter so my little image so I decided to use this image with her holding a cup of tea!

Thanks for stopping by!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Come and Get It (stash item: acrylic leaves), Catch the Bug, Classy Cards 'n Such, Coffee Loving Cardmakers, Jo's Scrap Shack, Make It Monday, Our Crafty Corner, The Paper Girls, Craft Your Passion, A Gem of a Challenge, Melonheadz Friends, Simply Create Too

Are we there yet?

How many times have we said this as a child: are we there yet?  How many times have we heard this as a parent: are we there yet? Now comes the many times have I've said that as an adult to my husband as he's driving!  I don't think we outgrow being excited and anxious to get to our destination!

I'm honored to be invited as a Guest Designer at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog for Challenge 24.  The topic is TRAVEL.  Such a great topic with so much interpretation! Here's the inspiration image. Isn't this an adorable little trailer...makes me want to rethink my rules that: a) I don't camp out; b) I never sleep on the ground no matter what kind of mattress there is; and, c) I want a real bathroom to use with running water. Okay, it ALMOST makes me want to rethink my rules but not quite.

For my card I used an image from Stampin' Up that I got in 2004. I know the year since it's on the stamp set and I remember getting it as soon as it came out and then bought the "extra" set that has more 'stuff' that you can put in the back of the pick-up truck.  A very versatile stamp set!

I've interpreted the theme as travel as this:  This is the farmer traveling to deliver his pumpkins to market.

I colored my truck and pumpkins with my Prisma colored pencils and blended them with Gamsol. I was attempting to keep it older looking because the stamp isn't all solid lines, but is somewhat 'sketched.  My leaves are dies by Tailored Expressions, the rake is a die by Marianne and my paper is from Bo Bunny. I don't know where I got my sentiment from, sorry!

I'd like to thank Jane and Katie for their invitation and help getting my card posted to the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and also thanks to the Design Team for their encouragement and nice comments.

I hope you'll join the Design Team at Retro Rubber for Challenge 24 with the topic of TRAVEL.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Birthday cakes have no calories!

This is a bittersweet challenge for me.  First of all, the new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge blog is BIRTHDAY WITH A SENTIMENT.  I LOVE this challenge since I can always use birthday cards and like to have some on-hand. 

And second, this is my last challenge as a member of the The Paper Shelter Design Team.  I was invited to the join this Team two full years ago and have enjoyed it so much!  After two years, though, I think it's time to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy being on the Team and the beautiful art work of Pedro and Veronica who are the artists behind every image at The Paper Shelter.

For my last Design Team card, I've used this sweet image named  Spring in the Heart. I think this is an awesome image for a birthday card since she's eating cake.  And since I love chocolate, my little image's cake has chocolate frosting!! Now I don't know if it's true or not, but someone once told me that birthday cake doesn't have any calories.  I think that must be true since who would ever lie about something like that!

I've used dies from CandiBean, Spellbinders, Marianne and La-La Land. I applied Stampendous white chunky embossing powder to the view master slide die cut and then applied the pink jewels. The banner was sponge inked and then I applied Ranger Crackle Accents and while it was still wet, I sprinkled iridescent glitter by Rubber Café on it. This is the first time I've used the Ranger Crackle Accents and it's so neat how it cracks after it's dry! The pink and white pearl swirls are from Prima. I punched out my sentiment from Whimsy with my Nesting set of Creative Memories punches and the papers are from Nellie Snellen.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again for the last time...if you use an image from The Paper Shelter, the prize is an awesome $30 voucher. If you win the drawing and you've used an image by another company, the prize is three digital images of your choice.

I'd like to say a special thanks to Marie and Shirley, the team leaders at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog, for their kindness over the past two years while I was on the Team. I've enjoyed being on this Team and wish them and my teamies the very best!  They are super talented and it's been an honor to be with them all. Thank you, Pedro and Veronica, for sharing your beautiful art work with me and I will treasure each and every image you've given me. I look forward to receiving the posts of new images you've designed and I know I will always be a customer of yours!

                                                              Many hugs to my TPS family,

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Simply Paper Crafts, The Stamping Boutique, Crafting With Friends, Allsorts, Catch the Bug (Bingo: Bling/Texture/Sentiment), Crafty Friends (B: Bling/Butterflies/Bonnet), Glitter n Sparkle, Crafting from the Heart, MelonHeadz Friends (try something new: Crackle Accents), Scrapbook Stamp Society, Card Mania, Crafting for all Seasons, Craft Your Passion, Digi Stamps 4 Joy, World Wide Open Design Team, Sweet Stamps, Crafting by Designs, Crafts Galore Encore, Crafting with an Attitude, Your Scrapbook Place, Cute as a Button, CCC Digi Creations, Julie Spiri Challenge, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, Art by Miran, Creative Corner, Digitally Sweet, Crafty Calendar, The Artistic Stamper, Dragonfly Dreams, Let's Craft and Create, Not Just Cards, Love to Scrap, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Whimsy Inspires, Aurora Wings

Monday, September 21, 2015

Steampunk it is!

It's the fourth Tuesday of the month...and that means it's my turn to post on Craft-Dee BowZ. I love how this team of four each gets our own Tuesday every month to make a project and be featured. It's hard to be the fourth Tuesday of the month, though, as the projects from my fellow design team members have preceded me and they are truly outstanding projects! And here's some fabulous news.  Our team of four have decided to stay together for 2016!

The Design Team had two topics to chose from: Numbers or Steampunk and the colors we used were brown, burgundy and copper.  I chose the theme Steampunk and incorporated all three colors on my card. These are great autumn colors!

I used a pre-colored image from The Paper Shelter but colored over some of the already colored areas so that I could include the color burgundy. I also used digital paper from The Paper Shelter for my background. I love this very girly Steampunk girl! Remember, YOUR challenge for September at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.

I used a Spellbinders die for burgundy paper around my image and the "stitched" oval die is by My Favorite Things, the gears are a die by Memory Box and the clock is a die by Marianne. My favorite dies are ovals since most of my images look nice in that shape on my square cards. I colored all my silver screw heads, clock and padlock charms with copper paint.  I used wide double sticky tape behind my brad looking lace and then sprinkled Sahara Glitter Ritz over it so between the areas of the black mesh, you see the glitter. I then colored all the silver tack strip with my copper brown colored Copic pen. The tan meshy ribbon was sent to me by Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ along with the charms; thanks, Donna! After I tied my bow using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool, I tightly wrapped thin copper metallic thread from Stampin' Up around the middle to add more copper on my card.

The Team has created fabulous projects for you this month and I hope you've enjoyed looking at them so far. If you haven't see them, please cruise the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog and take a look at them. If you haven't made a card or project for the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ, you still have a week+ to make a creation for our monthly challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination, Crafty Gals Corner, Penny's Challenges, Little Miss Muffet, Crafty Girls Creations, As You Like It (my fav dies are ovals), Simply Papercrafts, Crafting With Friends, Digi Designs, Doodle Pantry, Crafty Friends (B is for: bow, brads, brown), DL Art, Crafting from the Heart, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Natalie and Amy's, Craft Your Passion, C.R.A.F.T., Creative Moments, Your Scrapbook Place, Sweet Stamps, Digi Stamps 4 Joy, Julia Spiri Challenge, Cute as a Button, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, CCC Digi Creations, Connie Can Crop, Crafty Calendar, That Craft Place, Not Just Cards, Love to Scrap, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I've got mail!

I'm a rubber stamper. I use digitals, but I love to rubber stamp. Maybe it's because I'm old and gray...and that was the way we made cards for many years before we all owned computers. This little image is an old Elisabeth Bell image. She's old enough that I can't tell you much about her because I can't find her on the Elisabeth Bell site. And, I just realized that she doesn't have the Elisabeth Bell initials and year she was released down in the bottom of the image, which shows you she's not a new stamp!

I colored this sweetie with Copics and as you can see, I added Glossy Accents to the hearts on her shirt and headband and the heart on her envelope. My papers are by Joy and I love the soft pastels of the greens and pinks and all the different small sized patterns!  I used 4 patterned papers: the light green background with the pink flowers on it; a print of light and darker pink on top of that; green polka dot paper as my third layer and pink polka dot paper for the hearts in the La-La Land banner...and I used the solid green paper, too.  So I have 5 different papers on my card.

The oval around my image is one of my nesting set by Quic Kutz and the green paper die cut behind her is a die by Marianne. The banner is a die by La-La Land, my pretty die cut corners are from Whimsy, I can't remember who the butterfly die cut is by and I covered the entire butterfly in Glossy Accents and then sprinkled white iridescent fine glitter by The Rubber Café all over it. The sentiment tag is from a set by Lili of the Valley that I've had for a couple of years now and love them! The pretty pink and green jewels, as well as the pearls, are from Queen & Co. The little charm hanging from my pink seam binding bow is a mother-of-pearl heart. My flowers and leaves are from Wild Orchid and Magnolia.

Oh, as you read this, you can see the butterfly right above this sentence and all the gorgeous shine that Rubber Café glitter gave it. I didn't make this card as a Design Team assigned card...this one I made just because I wanted to use this sweet image that I ran across in my Elisabeth Bell stamp notebook. It was nice to use whatever colors I wanted, with whatever supplies I wanted, and I think I'll be doing that more in the future!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge, Digi Designs, Crafty Friends, Ribbon Girl, 613 Avenue Create (Create your own challenge: Image/Die Cut/Glossy Accents/Flowers/Ribbon), Glitter n Sparkle, Retro Rubber, Craft Your Passion, Crafting from the Heart, Tuesday Throwdown, Card & Scrap, Papertake Weekly, Word Art Wednesday, Creative Moments, Inspiration Destination, Penny's Challenges, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Crafting for All Seasons (Tic-Tac-Toe: Flowers/Die cuts/ Patterned Paper), Lacy Sunshine, Love to Scrap, Inky Impressions, Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge, Card Mania, Crafting by Designs, The Sisters of Craft, Crafts Galore Encore, Crafting With an Attitude, Cute as a Button, World Wide Open Design Team Challenge, Digitally Sweet, Dragonfly Dreams, The Paper Nest Dolls, Where the Heart Is, Whoopsi Daisy, Not Just Cards, Crafty Gals Corner

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Isn't she CHARMING?

There's a new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog...this week it's CHARMING -- USE A CHARM ON YOUR CARD. I hardly consider this a challenge since it's something I often do, but it is so much fun to find the charm you want to use and then find an image to fit it!  If you have a collection of charms and wonder which image to you, let me suggest you go to The Paper Shelter and pick an image from the store for your card. For using a store image, if your card is chosen as the winner, the prize is well worth the cost of the image!!  I used this super cute image named Refreshing Time.

My image is colored with Copics and I've added Glossy Accents to her eye glasses, sunglasses and her glass of lemonade. I added some clear Wink of Stella on the fan wind going around, but it's not showing up well in the photos. That's a Spellbinders die that is the turquoise under my image and it's been embossed.  I used my trusty little rounded corner punch on my image. The tiny red gems are from Queen & Co. This is my favorite layout and I love being able to use two or more papers to bring more color to my cards...and my papers are from Doodlebug.

Here's a close-up of these pretty die cut butterflies and I added pearls for their bodies. My die cut daisies are a gift from my best friend, Lillian who cut them out of white for me and send me a bunch so I colored them with my Copics to match the daisies on her hat. I used brown paint in the middle of the daisies and then added brown flocking while the paint was wet for texture in the center. The daisy leaves are a die by Marianne.  Oh, if you look at the pic below, you can see the  Wink of Stella on the fan breeze!
My sentiment is from Whimsy and I used my big EK punch to cut out the circle.  The yellow felt die cut doily is from Michael's. The red satin bow is a double loop and the flip flop charm is from my stash of charms. I pick up charms everywhere I go and can't keep track of where each one came from! I used red embroidery thread to die my charm to my satin bow.

Our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, generously donates this awesome prize each week...a $30 voucher if your card/project is chosen and you've used an image from The Paper Shelter. If you win and you've used a non-TPS stamp, your win is 3 images of your choice.
The Team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog has made beautiful creations and we hope that we've inspired you to join in the challenge this week of USE A CHARM.

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, As You Like It, Crafty Girls Creations, Simply Papercrafts, Crafting with Friends, Crafty Catz, Crafty Friends, Digi Designs, Allsorts, Glitter n Sparkle, Ribbon Girls, 613 Avenue Create (create your own challenge: image/sentiment/glossy accents/flowers/ribbon), Craft Your Passion, Crafting from the Heart, Artistic Inspirations, Jo's Scrap Shack, CCC Digi Creations, Cuttlebug Mania, Card and Scrap, Petal Lu Challenge, Creative Moments, Julia Spiri Challenge, Simon Says Monday Challenge, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, Reasonable Ribbon, Crafting for all Seasons (Tic-Tac-Toe: Flowers/Die Cuts/Patterned Paper)Lacy Sunshine, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Creative Craft Cottage, Love to Scrap, Art by Miran, Natalie and Amy's, Crafts Galore Encore, Sweet Stamps, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Lia Stamps, World Wide Open Design Team Challenge, Crafting with an Attitude, Digi Stamps 4 Joy, The Sisters of Craft, Scrap & Craft, Digitally Sweet, The Artistic Stamper, Dragonfly Dreams, Crafty Calendar, Let's Create, The Paper Nest Dolls, Whoopsi Daisy, Where the Heart is, Not Just Cards, Crafting By Designs, Papertake Weekly

Time to decorate!

It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means there's a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. The topic this month is FESTIVE DECOR. What makes the holidays special for you? I live where we don't get any snow and it's tough to get into the holiday spirit. I love going to the shopping mall to see all the decorations up and the sparkle of the lights. I always try to put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving to give me time to get into the holiday spirit as we walk around in shorts and flip flops!  It's not easy living in the desert and celebrating Christmas. I imagine my situation is similar to those south of the equator!

I used the stairway die by Memory Box, the tree with it's overlaid die is by Memory Box, the garland on the hand rail is by Poppy and the wreath is by Spellbinders. My package under the tree, poinsettias and plant pot are all buttons from Dress It Up (and I tied some embroidery thread thro ugh the holes on the pot).  I used assorted tiny rhinestones to represent Christmas lights on my tree and garland and teeny tiny rhinestones for the berries on my wreath. My sentiment is from CardZ TV.

When I look at this card I think of my grandmother's house that had the flowery wallpaper and the stairway leading up to the bedrooms and I smile with childhood memories of the fabulous holidays with all my relatives meeting up at my grandmother's house. My mom comes from a family of 12 kids, all of whom were married and had kids, so you can imagine the noise and all the kids running around from ages infant to college age. This card reminds me of the quiet before the storm...the night before Christmas...when all of us were at our own houses and grammy was resting before we all arrived!

The sponsor for this challenge is Flat Friends who are donating two digital images to the winner.

Please stop by Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and see what the Team has created to inspire you to join the challenge this month of FESTIVE DECOR


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Jingle Belles (tic-tac-toe: glitter/die cuts/stamping), Crafty Catz, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge, Winter Wonderland, Glitter n Sparkle, Jo's Scrap Shack, Creative Card Crew, Holly Jolly Christmas, CCC Digi Creations, Cuttlebug Mania, Creative Moments, Christmas Stampin' All Year Long, Crafting For All Seasons (tic-tac-toe: flowers/die cuts/patterned paper), Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, A Snowflakes Promise, Sweet Stamps, Christmas Cards All Year Around, One Crazy Stamper, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra, Sparkles Christmas Challenge, Let's Create, Little Claire's, Not Just Cards, 12 Months of Christmas, Crafting By Designs

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Relax, it's your birthday!

Hi, I'm Lucy Lass, the beagle in the picture below...well, kinda.  I look a lot like this, but if you look at the picture on the right side of this post, you'll see me and my bro, Linus. Mom thought this corgi dog could be colored up to look like me, but my ears are longer and flop down. But, oh well, I guess mom did okay...not great, but okay.

Mom made this card for Dad's birthday. My dad has a leather La-Z-Boy recliner that he loves so much and mom thought this was a great image to use for his birthday card. Oh, and she paper pieced the chair with paper that she thought looks like leather. I watched her do it and she said: oh this is so neat looking. Whatever...neat looking would have been if it had a pattern of dog bones. Just my opinion. With the help of her friend, Roxie, she got the dog closer to the recliner, too. Mom told me to say "thanks, Roxie".  Dad loves to watch tv in his recliner and when he and mom went to an Arizona Cardinals game a couple of weeks ago, she took pics with her phone and used one to represent what he's watching on tv on this birthday card. Pretty cool idea to show what dad likes to do when he's in his recliner.

Do you remember last year when she made the card with me and Bailey in the truck driving with dad?  I liked that card, too. Bailey went over Rainbow Bridge last October 28 and Linus arrived a couple of weeks later. Bailey was my big brother in every way and now I have a little brother, but he's bigger than me so I tell people I have a younger brother, not a little brother.

I don't fetch slippers. This is not an accurate portrayal of me and dogs my age don't fetch slippers. And anyway, I'm a princess and princesses don't fetch stinky slippers. Now Linus..the pup...he doesn't fetch slippers, either, but he likes to eat them. Man oh man...that Linus is really naughty and it's amazing he's still living with us. Mom hugs me all the time and says "you're my good girl".  She NEVER hugs Linus and says "you're my good boy"...big surprise, huh?  I mean, seriously, Linus has eaten a hole in a mattress cover, a hole in the bedspread, torn a fitted sheet, ate the straps off two pairs of Crocs, ate the straps of two pairs of flip flops and even chewed the corner off of two pillows.  I mean, truthfully, it is AMAZING he still lives with us. Oh, and Linus is a lemon said that's the color he is...lemon.  I think he's a lemon all when you buy something and it never works right and you call it a lemon.

So, here's the card for dad's birthday on September 11, and by the's my birthday, too! I'll be 6 and I don't know how old dad is, but he's older than me. Even in dog years! Mom said maybe next year she'll find an image with 2 dogs in it so Linus doesn't feel left out. I told her all she has to do is find an image with a bunch of chewed up furniture and everyone will know that Linus lives with us.

Mom found these challenges to put this card in:
Deep Ocean, Cardz 4 Guys, Penny's Challenges, Word Art Wednesday, Inspiration Destination, Morgan's Art World, Simply Create Too, Crafty Catz, Ruby's Rainbow, Moving Along with the Times, Scribbles DesignsV's Sweet Ideas (I like paper piecing), Sweet Stamps

Monday, August 31, 2015


Hello, and welcome to the September challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!  Our challenge this month for you is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  I used this adorable hippy image from Saturated Canary that I purchased in February of 2013 (my images are dated on my thumb drive of when I purchased them) and have had in storage on a thumb drive. Unfortunately, a vast number of never been used images are on my thumb drive!

I love the bright and cheerful colors of this card and my papers are from Doodlebug. This is my favorite layout because it gives me a chance to use two printed papers and by putting my image on the side, I can put my flowers, bow and sentiment on the other side, so that I feel it looks balanced. I love birthday cards that have a small sentiment on the front, too, and then a nice birthday saying inside.
My image is colored with Copics and I added some Wink of Stella on the flowers in her hair (but it doesn't show up in the photo).  That cute little butterfly is a punch by EK and I added some iridescent glitter but it photographed opaque looking while it really isn't!  The oval nested die set is by QuicKutz and the larger pink die cut around the image is by Spellbinders.  My pearls and jewels are from Queen & Co (my fav store for sparklies).  The large pink and turquoise daisy jewel in the corner is one from a package given to me by Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ and was a perfect fit with this card.
The bow was made on my Craft-Dee BowZ tool and is double looped. The metal charms were silver and I colored them with Copics. Thanks, Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ, for the pink jeweled flowers, the ribbon and charms!  My daisies are from Wild Orchid and the leaf tucked among them is a die by Marianne.
The Team at Craft-Dee BowZ have created fabulous projects to inspire you this September. I hope you'll stop by the blog and see their creations and join us for our month long challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW!
This card is entered in the following challenges: