So very nice of you to stop by! What a fun and challenging hobby to have!

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
- Irish Blessing

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friends of Speedy TV Challenge Week 9

Friends of SpeedyTV Challenge Week 9

 There have been lots of changes and new things happening here at the site and new stamps and products are coming out to play with. As you've heard,  Mark's Finest Papers has changed hands and is now under new ownership A Heinrich Company. 

Please feel free to check out their store ( Here is the website) 
Also check out the Friends of Speedy TV challenges (Here is the website)
And of course, the every week, Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge (Here is the website)

THANKS for joining in the fun and see you at Speedy TV!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thank You

This is a thank you card for  For Fun Challenges make a thank you card. I needed to make thank you cards for my birthday gifts and this fit the challenge perfectly. (here is the website)

I used MFP Country Thanksgiving and used Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Brown cs by GKD, some stash dp and colored with Copics and sakura glitter pens. Cut it out with Spellbinders Label 1. The sentiment is stamped on Hero Arts Sunshine Designs cs and die cut with Spellbinders Ribbon Banners. Added some ribbon, brads and bows.

The inside sentiment from Stampendous is stamped on Hero Arts Sunshine Designs cs and a sticker added.

And many thanks I will write on the inside!



WHOA! Yer How Old?

This is for the Speedy the Cat's Challenge Week  #83 -- make a masculine card.  A good challenge and a good idea to have a masculine card on hand! I find I can ALWAYS use a masculine birthday card! This challenge runs from Sat., Nov. 26 - Friday, Dec. 2.  (here is the website)

First I had to decide what kind of masculine card to make..hmmm? birthday! Then decided on which stamp set...hmmm? The new Trip to Lancaster by MFP seemed to fit the bill. So...I started!

I used that stamp set and created a "scene" with the barn, the tree and the horse and buggy....stamped it all with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens. The background was Kraft paper from GKD, Karen Foster dp, white cs from MFP. After I had the images all colored I decided Distress inks were the way to go...so used Stormy Sky and Tumbled glass for the sky and Pumice stone and Tea Dye for the road....did some sponging and some blending and the front was done!

The inside I embossed with a Cuttlebug birthday folder and then the sentiment (which was MFP Birthday mini stamp set) was cut out with Labels 7 and sponged with the Distress Ink Pumice Stone and Tea Dye. Had to add a LITTLE bling..masculine or not! :-)

Happy Birthday!



Monday, November 21, 2011

Gift Card for A Merry Christmas

This is for the Outlines Challenge Week 27 -- make a gift card. (here is the website)

I absolutely LOVE their gift card stamps...they work so well and are easy to do and have a nice finished look! This is the first one I have made this year for Christmas gifts...they have several different designs and will fit any occasion! This one is I-927 Holiday Gift Card Holder. I also used Outlines C-1126 To a Healthy.. as the sentiment stamped on the outside.

I used green MFP cs  and Paper Studio I Believe dp. I was able to use the  corner of the dp paper on the inside as decorative background and just had to do a quick stamp of a sentiment and added a few bling...and it was done!

On the front I colored with Sakura glitter pens and Copics, added some Candi bling, 2 present brads and finished it off with Liquid Pearls and Viva Pen dots and added a bow! NOW I just need to go get the gift card to put in it!



Saturday, November 19, 2011

Have a Peaceful Day! in black, white, purple

This is for the Speedy the Cat's Challenge  Week # 82 Color Challenge -- use black, white and one other color.  The challenge runs from  Saturday, Nov. 19 - Friday, Nov. 25.  (here is the website)

I LOVE making black and white cards and this time I chose to accent it with purple. It seemed to be a great combination for Christmas! The black cs from MFP, Paper Studio black and white dp.  I used the Mark's Finest Paper stamp set Brick Wall for the background and  Red Breasted Nuthatch ( even though it is PURPLE!) set for both the outside and the inside. I also used Spellbinders Big scalloped ovals large  for the bird, Labels 6 for the sentiments.

I decided to do embossing and that seemed to work very nicely on the black. AND of course it made a WONDERFUL glittery mess on the table too! I used white detail embossing for the brick wall, Wizard's Wand purple embossing for the bird and then sponged with Brilliance Victorian Violet ink. I colored the pinecones with Sakura glitter pens, added some white, purple snowflakes, buttons with purple and white cord and some ribbon, Added a few pearls too! The sentiment on the inside was stamped with Brilliance white ink and some bling added!

And Merry Christmas! One more Christmas card is finished!



Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Turkey Day

Today I made a Thanksgiving card that will be used for 2 challenges. The first challenge is for the Outlines Challenge 26 (here is their website) -- Thanksgiving and the other challenge is for For Fun Challenges (here is their website)- Can you smell What's Cookin? For this challenge the recipe was:  1)food ( I did vegetables) 2) 2 decorated papers (I did 2 different dp on the front and one on the inside) 3) 3 brads, buttons or eyelets (I used 3 leaf brads).

I used GKD pumpkin spice cs and the dp paper is from TPC Studio and SEI. I used the Outlines Stamps AA085- Tiny Happy Turkey Day, E-770 Thanks for All and I-793 Split Layering Collage Autumn. I stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento and then colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens. I only used 2 of the collage images and cut them out and then put them on a different dp for background. Added some brown twine ribbon and brads on the front.

The inside I used some stickers and one of the collage images. And I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Merry & Bright

This is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.. Week 177....Christmas challenge of GOLD and PRESENTS! Here is their website

I used Ivory CS from GKD and the Recollections gold dp and Basic Grey presents dp on the inside.
The gold dp was cut out with Spellbinders lattice Rectangles. The image from Penny Black Holly-Jolly was embossed with Zing gold glitter and then colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens was diecut with the classic scalloped rectangles and then sponged with Encore gold ink. The sentiment from Penny Black Let It Snow was also embossed with gold and sponged with Ladybug Red Memento and Cottage Ivy Memento ink and die cut with Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio. Added some present brads, some gold ribbon and some gold pearls.

The inside is an image from Penny Black Holly-Jolly diecut with scalloped retangle and the sentiments from both Holly-Jolly and Let It Snow and both embossed with gold and sponged with Memento. Added some gold pearls and a ribbon and A Gift for You card is done and wishing you a holly-jolly Christmas!



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Coffee, Tea and Chalk-Ah-Lot!

Oh this is exciting news for me! I have been chosen to be on a brand new Design Team that is going to be starting up January 8! It sounds like such fun...and a challenge too! The products sound like such a fun challenge too...using powdered chalk! We are anxiously awaiting our goodies and then we can PLAY and get some samples going and then the Challenges will start. The first Challenge will be January 8. YOU will be invited to play along...be sure to stop at the website and become a follower so you receive all of the information! I think you will enjoy playing along and hint hint..YOU won't have to use just chalk!

These are products that are available from this company ...

They have some great looking stamps, with great prices and an excellent variety too. If any of you are also Iris folders, she has those kind of stamps too! The powdered chalk is from here also. 
This is a company owned by LuAnn Hale from Wisconsin.

If you look along the right side of my blog, you will find a list of all of the team members. Click on their names and you can check out their blogs. You will want to be their followers too cuz they have some awesome looking projects on their pages!

I'll keep you posted with the "what's happenings" and when things are getting closer to the first challenge. 
In the meantime, remember 
Coffee, Tea and Chalk-Ah-Lot!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

We Wish You a Happy New Year

This is for the Speedy the Cat's  Challenge .. Week #81 -- using your favorite technique. I chose to do embossing. Embossing is such fun...unfortunately I also make a MESS when I do it...but wipes clean it up! :-) Here is the website

I chose the stamps from Mark's Finest Products . . . A Walk in the Woods for the embossed trees and Red Breasted Nuthatch for the sentiment and Tweet Blessings bird which I diecut with the Spellbinders lacey circles  and put pop ups on them to make them stand out from the trees. The birds were embossed with black detail and then sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress and Versa Lime ink.

 I embossed with evergreen and spring mint glittery to give that shiny look of fresh sparkling snow and added some flower soft Polar Fleece for snow. Then used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks -- Bundled Sage, Pine Needles to add some background to the trees and  a little Danube Blue Memento for the sky. Cut it out with Spellbinders curved rectangles and added the ribbon banners by Spellbinders with the sentiment stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento. The inside sentiment was cut with Labels 23 and stamped in Cottage Ivy Memento. I used Martha Stewart corner snowflake punch and then added some embellishments -- the tree hat pin and charm from Mark's, some gold ribbon and plastic snowflakes. The card is done on Fresh Spearmint from Mark's and Paper Studio dp.

And I hope you enjoy the beauty of Winter's crisp cool silence as you walk through the forest! Be sure to enter Mark's challenge this week and show us your favorite technique.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Gladness of Christmas!

This is for the Outlines Challenge 25  -- Inspiration Photo.  (here is the website)

 This is the photo for Inspiration.

 I decided to do this very colorful Christmas card! I used GKD white cs, Recollections Jingle Bells dp. I colored this Outlines stamp, H-995 Snowman Tower with Copics and Sakura glitter pens and added some buttons, and white polar fleece Flower Soft for snowy look. Also added some bling, ribbon and Candi dots. The Spellbinders Curved Rectangles was used to diecut the snowmen.

The inside sentiments is Outlines D-308 May You and the Snowflakes are B-821 Flurry Sm and C-820 Flurry Large. They were colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens. Again added some Candi dots. It was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

And hopefully your Christmas will be filled with gladness, hope, peace and love!



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanks to our military

This is for the For Fun Challenges Wed.,  Nov. 9 - Tues., Nov. 15.

The challenge is to create a thank you card for the military using stamps...no sponsor this week...but a good worthwhile challenge! Thank you to all of those men and women who are devoting their lives for freedom.  Here is the website

I thought and thought about what kind of card I wanted to do...finally looked in my 4th of July box of goodies and lo and behold LOTS of patriotic there! DUH? Took me long enough to think of that!! Anyway...I found treasures!

First used white CS from GKD and some Best Creative dp. Then stamped with Great Impressions stamp #E343 with the mouse and the flag and rocket...colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens and diecut with Spellbinders stars. I sponged the edges with Distress Worn Lipstick. The thank yous were from Outlines and colored with Sakura glitter pens, sponged with Distress Inks Worn Lipstick  and Stormy Sky, and Spellbinder diecuts with stars. I added a couple of star brads and a flag button and some ribbon from Paper Studio. The microdots are by Around the Block.

The inside sentiment was computer generated from the OWH site and was a freebie and cut out some dp paper and added some microdots...and Thank You Hero is done! The service people do make us proud!!! A job well done!!!

This is my last challenge as guest designer with For Fun Challenges. It has been great and I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be "creative" with the team! It is a great spot to be at and I will keep looking at all of these challenges and see what I can come up with!!! A big thank you to Helen and Kathy for being great people to work with!! Thank you ladies!!



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Have a Healthy Happy New Year!

This is for the Outlines Challenge  24 - Friendly Flyers. (Here is the website) 

My friendly flyer is a partridge in a pear tree -- Outlines I-989. I stamped it on GKD White CS with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I colored it with Copics and Sakura glitter pens, cut out the rectangle and popped it up on some Authentique Paper dp Wonder which was on green grass cs by GKD. Added some ribbon and a little bling. The inside has the sentiments by Outlines C-1126 To a Healthy and A1138 Holiday Hugs. I sponged the Cottage Ivy Memento and Ladybug Red Memento with White Brilliance, added some bling and signed the card!

Merry Christmas! One more Christmas card is completed!



Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's Fall Y'All!

This is for Speedy the Cat's Challenge #80 -- Fall/Winter Theme. This challenge runs from Sat., Nov. 5 thru Friday., Nov. 11.  (here is the website)

I used  Mark's Finest stamp set...  the Fall Mini set.  The background cs was chocolate brown and everything else was stash from the "extra" bin....the cs, the dp, the ribbon. I used Lacey circles spellbinders to cut out the images and the sentiments on the inside. I colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens. Added some sunflowers and a butterfly in the inside.

Give it a try and see what kind of a Fall/Winter Hello you can create for Speedy.



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy birthday to a Special Friend

This is For Fun Challenges -- Happy Birthday to a Special Friend! 

The Sponsor is Bugaboo and the prize is 7 images of winner's choice. So give it a try and come up with a Birthday card for a special friend. The challenge runs from Wed., Nov. 2 thru Tues., Nov. 8.

I made my card for a special friend Vicki.  I used GKD green cardstock and K and Company and Paper Adventures dp. The images were from Bugaboo as was the sentiment on the front...though I added the little "extras" from the computer. They were colored with Copics and Sakura glitter pens.The die cuts used were Spellbinders lattice rectangles and wonky rectangles. I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Versa Fine Key lime and Brilliance Victorian Violet. The inside sentiment is from Inkadinkado. Added some ribbon, some bling and a sticker or two!