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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hockey Lover!

What a WONDERFUL WEEKEND! The weather here is perfect and lots is getting done on our addition and today I finally finished this card!
I bought this Kenny K hockey digi as soon as it came out. I decided that it would make the perfect birthday card for my son, his birthday is in a few weeks. We are a huge hockey family, it has taken up all of our lives for a very long time! The card took me longer to finish than I thought because I couldn't quite decide on embellishments for it. When finished I was happy with it. I am sure he will be too!

These are some of the fantastic challenges that fit my card

Hand Full of Stamps Challenge HFOS #38-The theme for this challenge is Sept. and Oct. Great Challenge these months are the start of the hockey season so this card is a perfect fit!
One Stop Craft Challenge #91-This challenge is to use patterns on your creation. The DP that I used repeats hockey words on both the white and black sheets.
One Stitch At A time Challenge #23-This week they have a color challenge, black white and one other color. I used maroon as the other color to match my son's uniform.
Stamp with Fun Challenge #69-This week they picked the theme of a card for a boy or a man.
Stampavie and More Challenge #103-This challenge is also a color challenge to use black, white and one other color.
Digi Doodles Shop's Best Challenge #18-This challenge is called "Punch or Cut Me". I punched out the corner squares and the tabs on the sides and then cut out all the rectangles and the digi image!
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #123-This is a fun challenge this week, "Texting Crazy", use text on your card. I have it all over my card!
Raise The Bar Challenge #29-This challenge would like us to use a "sticker" on your creation. I never use stickers but this time the word score is a sticker and worked perfectly on my card!
The Res-Q Challenge RESQ56-This is a really fun challenge this week. Use "ALL CAPS" on your words on your creation. All the letters on my card in came in ALL CAPS!

Be sure to stop by and see all the wonderful creations at these challenges and maybe even play a few of them.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for my to read.

Happy Creating,
Mary



Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Nicole!

YEAH!!! The weather here in New England is finally gorgeous. There is no humidity and only 80 degrees. The sun isn't real bright but just being able to shut off the AC is wonderful and it is suppose to stay like this until Tuesday! Funny how something like the weather can make me sooo happy!

My daughter's 29th birthday was this week and this is the card that I made for her.I colored quite a few different images but none of them seemed right for her card. My daughter loves shopping, clothes and accessories. She has always been this way. When I saw this stamp from Lilli of the Valley I immediately thought of Nicole. So when I was looking through all my stamps for a couple more images to color to maybe use on her card this one jumped out at me. As you can see it worked perfectly and Nicole laughed when she opened the card because she thought it was just like her!

Here are some fabulous challenges that fit my card

Lilli of the Valley Challenge 58-This is a sketch challenge that was wonderful to work with.
Ooh La La Challenge #59-This week their challenge is a Birthday Theme!
Wild Orchid Challenge 2-The challenge this week is "Lovely Lace". I love to use crochet lace on my cards!
Dutch Dare Challenge DDCC #83-"Anything Goes" is their challenge this week. I love these challenges!
Fairy Fun Friday Challenge Week 30-The challenge this week is to have something "3D" on your creation. This is my first time playing along with this challenge, really fun theme!
Alota Rubber Stamps Challenge #39-This challenge is to use "Glitter and Pearls" on your creation. I glittered the flowers, leaves, dots and flower on her dress and hat, it doesn't show in the photo very well and I love using pearls!
The Crazy Challenge-Their challenge this week is "All About Birthdays".
PaperPlay Challenge Week 30-This week their challenge is a fun one "Anything Goes"!
Stampin" B's Challenge 69-This challenge is to create a Birthday Card. Great challenge this week!

I hope you get a chance to check out all these wonderful challenges and play along!

Supplies
Stamps: Lilli of the Valley Rubber Stamps
Paper: DP Melissa Frances, SU Mint Melody and Pretty in Pink CS, Paper Cut Shimmer CS, Papertrey White CS
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Paper Shaper Corner Punch, MS Heart Border Punch and Branch Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Melissa Frances Lace, SU Crochet Flowers, CTMH Flowers, Prima Roses, SU Pearls, Stickles, Paper Lace Doily, Class A Peels Happy Birthday

Thank you so much for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me to read.

Happy Creating,
Mary

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Christmas in July

Today is Tuesday and that means it is time for another great challenge from Going Grey with Scrap-Creations. OOPS! Today is Wednesday and I am a day behind posting my card for the Going Grey Challenge this week. I finished my card with time to spare and started to write my post and then had to stop and planned to finish it later Monday night. I feel asleep on the couch and stayed there with a blanket all nice and comfy. Tuesday morning came I went off to work at summer school thinking I would post as soon as I got home but went to a long lunch with a friend and then forgot about posting because it was my daughter's B'Day last night. So here I am now finally posting my card and hoping you get a chance to play along with us this week! This week's challenge is Christmas in July! What a great way to start your holiday cards early.

I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted to play with that was Christmas when starting my card and then saw my Rubber Stamp Tapestry box and pulled out all the poinsettia sets (I have 3 different ones) and mixed and matched the different pegs to make a one of a kind holiday wreath. I love lots of sparkle at the holidays so I loaded up the wreath with Platinum Stickles so it would sparkle without outshining the wreath itself. I also made the saying by stamping the greeting then putting the acrylic bubble over it so it would be a bit more unique than just the saying stamped.

The ladies really outdid themselves with super cute cards for this challenge so be sure to stop by and see what they created to inspire you this week!

I hope you come play with us this week and remember to use Basic Grey paper on your creation!

These are some other fantastic challenges that fit my card

One Stop Craft Challenge #90-This challenge is a great sketch and include some metal on your creation!
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #69-Their challenge this week is Christmas in July any way you like!
The Creative Cottage Challenge #19-This challenge is "Touchy Feely", they want lots of textures. I have that covered!
Christmas Cards All Year Round July Challenge-Anything Goes is the challenge, any kind of Christmas card you like!
Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge-This challenge this week is "Anything Goes"!
Drunken Stampers Challenge #26-This fun challenge is Christmas in July this week!
Little Red Wagon Challenge #39-This challenge is Christmas in July! Early start on my cards!
Pile It On Challenge #29-This week the challenge is "Stretch the Plastic" use some plastic on your creation. I used a plastic oval bubble over my greeting.
Polka Doodles Challenge Week 29-The Challenge is Christmas in July. Fun challenge to do!
Practical Scrappers Challenge-This is a fun challenge, use 7 or more items on your card.
Stamp Something Challenge-Flowery Something is the challenge. I have LOTS of flowers on this card!
Tuesday Taggers Challenge-This challenge is also Christmas in July. Great minds think alike this week when picking a theme for their challenges!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments you leave for me to read!

Happy Creating,

Mary

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Life Is Good!

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far. It is supposed to be beautiful here in New England tomorrow. I can't wait! I created this card for the Lilli of the Valley Challenge 57 challenge this week. I absolutely love their stamps, they are so adorable. This week they had a great sketch to work with. I love this image with the little boy enjoying the day and I thought it was perfect to use for my card. These 3 colors aren't normally what I use together but when I found this piece of scrap DP in my pile I knew it would work.


Here are a few other challenges that fit my card

Crazy For Challenges C4C46-This challenge this week is to use buttons on your creation. I love the look of buttons on a boy's card!

Allsorts Challenge 61-This challenge's theme this week is "Summer Days". How perfect a summer day is for a nap under a tree.

Crafty Ann's Challenge #19-for this challenge you need to pick a song by Sir Cliff Richard. I chose All you Have To Do Is Dream, I think it is perfect for my card!

Just Us Girls Challenge #42-This week the challenge is a color challenge, orange, green, navy, and cream. Great color combo!


These are all wonderful challenges be sure to stop by and check them out and maybe even play along!

Supplies
Stamps: Lilli of the Valley Stamps
Paper: SU Pumpkin Pie and Certainly Celery CS, Papertrey White CS, DP Tim Holtz
Inks: Copics, Memento Black and brown
Accessories: Nesties, SU Slot Punch, Paper Shaper Leaf Punch, Cloud Maker, Basic Grey Buttons, Michaels Ribbon, Misc. Brads, Twine

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I have created. I really appreciate all your wonderful comments that you leave for me to read.

Have a WONDERFUL WEEK!

Happy Creating,
Mary

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Flower Cart In Bloom

It is Tuesday and that means another Great Challenge from Going Grey with Scrap-Creations. The challenge this week is to use 3 embellishments on your creation. That was easy for me seeing that I LOVE putting lot of embellishments on my cards. My embellishments are the 2 different ribbons, Dew Drops, Flower Soft, and my tissue paper flower.

We have as fantastic sponsor this week Digital Delights By Louby Loo!
They are offering the winner of this challenge a $10 Gift Certificate to spend in their store. They have super cute images just check out the DT cards this week they are wonderful and all made with Digital Delights images that were graciously given to us by Kate to play with, thanks so much Kate!
I chose the ice cream cart right away but decide that I would make it into a flower cart. i love using my Flower Soft so I drew in some pots on the cart and filled them with the Flower Soft. I also added a separate pot at the bottom to bring in some more flower color. I also wanted to make the cart a bit more playful so I used my MS border punch and and the DP the same as the back round and added it to the bottom of the cart. When I use this digi again I think I will pop up the bottom of the awning to make it look 3D.

I did try something I have never done before. I had Prima flowers in the top corner but they just didn't look right so I made my own flower out of tissue paper. It was a lot easier and quicker to make than I thought. I had a lot of fun making it!

Here are the fabulous creations from the DTs this week. Be sure to let them know how much they inspired you!
We would love to have you come play with us this week so dig out those embellishments and don't forget your Basic Grey paper. Come have some fun at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations!

These are some other challenges that fit my card

Paper Sundaes Challenge 27-This week the challenge is to make your own flowers. This is the first time I tried them and it was a lot of fun!
Stamp Something Challenge-This is a challenge where you have to use a digital image. This cart image is from Digital Delights.
One Stitch At A time Challenge #22-The challenge this week is to use a digital image on your creation!
KL Stampin N' Scrappin Challenge KLSNS #39-This challenge is to use ribbon. I used a pink satin and white flower ribbons on my card.
For Fun Challenge-I love their challenge this week, it is to use what you love to color with, COPICS is my favorite coloring medium!
Stampavie and More Challenge #102-This challenge is "Anything Goes", I love these kinds of challenges!
Frosted Designs Challenge-Their challenge this week is to use a border punch on your creation. I used my MS border punch on the bottom part of the cart to add some detail to the image.
Sweet Stampin' Challenge-Their challenge this week was a photo inspiration challenge. it is a banner made by Spring Chick. My inspiration from the photo was the way that the banner came to points and when I saw it I used my border punch to recreate the effect of the points as a design.
AI Factory Challenge 44-"Flower Frenzy" is their challenge this week. I made flowers with my Flower Soft and made a tissue paper flower to match my DP. This is my first time playing this challenge, so glad I found them!
One Stop Craft Challenge 89-This is a color challenge this week, pink, blue, green, and a bit of red, also flowers and bling if you like! This was a fun challenge!

Please make sure you stop by to check out all these fantastic challenges, they would love to have you play with them!

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me to read!

Happy Creating,
Mary

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Swinging The Day Away! Going Grey with Scrap-Creations Challenge

Happy Tuesday afternoon! Today is a little different at
Every Tuesday we post a fantastic challenge that we love to have you play along with. Well because of last week being a holiday and so many of you being on vacation or enjoying the holidays with family and friends we at Going Grey decided to extend the "summer" challenge for one more week! So that means you have til next Monday night at 6:00 to play along. Also that means you still have a chance to win $15 GC from Whimsy Stamps! I can't wait to see all the wonderful creations that you make, just remember to use Basic Grey paper on your creation.
Go here to add your card to the challenge.

This card that I made for the summer challenge has a beautiful image from Whimsy Stamps done by Chrissy Armstrong. I just love her images. To add to the image I stamped the branch (Stampscapes) and leaves (Rubber Stamp Tapestrey) then made some grass with my Copics. I printed out the digi the used my Stamp-a-Mejig to line up the branch to the rope ends. I love when they make tools to make everything so fast and easy!

Here are some fabulous challenges that fit my card

Truly Scrumptious Challenge 36-this is the great sketch that I used plus the have an optional theme of How Does Your Garden Grow. I added lots of flowered DP and flowers to give the card a garden feel!
Wild Orchids Challenge Week 1-This is a new challenge that started this week. Their challenge is to "Say It With Flowers". They want us to use flowers as an embellishment on our creation. No problem for me I use flowers on almost everything!
Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge-This challenge is to create something that uses ice cream or sherbet colors! I used the colors of Raspberry Sherbet and Pistachio ice cream!
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 25-This challenge is a photo inspiration challenge. I used the color green as my inspiration and also because it is candy and every time someone gives me a piece of candy they usually tell my to "enjoy" it so that is the saying I put on my card!
Creative Inspirations Challenge 68-This challenge is "On The Move". I have an image of a girl swinging, so she is moving, KWIM?
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 120-"School's Out For Summer is the challenge. This cutie can now swing all day in the sunshine!
Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #15-Their challenge this week is to add "TEXTURE" to your creation. I added ribbon, flowers, and glitter for texture.
Dutch Dare Card Challenge, DDCC#81-This challenge is a photo challenge, I did lots of flowers on my back round and as embellishments as my inspiration!
Paper Sundaes Challenge #26-The challenge this week is to add lots of layers. I definitely have that covered!
Papertake Weekly Challenge-This challenge is "In The Garden". What a fun theme for a challenge!
Polka Doodles Challenge Week 27-This challenge as a summer theme as their challenge. I think this little cutie is swinging and enjoying the summer day!
Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays Challenge-This challenge this week is to create a scene. I added the branch, leaves, sky and grass to create a scene around the image!

These are all fantastic challenges so be sure to check them out and maybe even play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I have created! I really appreciate all your wonderful comments.

Happy Creating,
Mary

Friday, July 9, 2010

My Dear Friend

Good morning everyone! I am so happy that we are suppose to get a slight break from the here this weekend. We have had 7 days of very hot and humid weather. I have had all I can do to keep my flowers from baking. I am going to hate to open my water bill after this!

I made this card for a dear friend. She loves roses and grows the most beautiful ones every year.I decided her card would have roses on it. I just got this amazing Fiskers punch at the stamping convention. I had never seen a double punch before, I love having the 2 levers next to each other to punch the pattern around the card. It is the easiest yet to do and comes out perfect every time. I am definitely going to get some more of them soon! I cut out the little boy and popped him up as well as the rose frame. Not my usual thing to do but I felt it needed some dimension. Her favorite colors are pink and purple so this BG paper fit perfectly. I really hopes she likes it.

Here are some wonderful challenges that fit my card
Stampin' Royalty Challenge #27-This challenge is a really great sketch that I used.

Craftalicious Challenge #3-Their challenge is "cute", I think this little boy is very cute!

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #48-Their challenge this week is "punches", I used this great rose border punch.
Stampavie and More Challenge #101-This week the challenge is "sparkling", all my flowers even the ones he is holdings are loaded with sparkle!

One Stitch At A Time Challenge #20-I love this challenge. They want us to use lace, ribbon and a bow. I love using all of these on my cards!

Pile It On Challenge #26-This is really fun challenge. My Favorite Things is the theme and my favorite things are embellishments, Sparkle and any kind of DP(especially Basic Grey). I used all my favorite things on this card!
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #66-The inspiration from these yummy cupcakes for me were the pink, white and green colors and the roses!

Sweet Stampin' Challenge #33-"Pearls and Pins" is their challenge this week!

Stempeltraume Challenge #38-This is a recipe challenge this week- Lace, # flowers, 3 half pearls. A really great recipe!

These are all fantastic challenges so be sure to check them out and even play along!

Supplies
Stamps: Bildmalarna Stamps
Paper: Bazill CS, Basic Grey DP
Ink: Copics, Memento Black
Accessories: Fiskers Rose Border Punch, Stickles, EK Success Leaf Punch, Prima Roses, Melissa Frances lace, CTMH Stick Pin, JoAnns Heart Pin, Recollection Sticker Pearls, Michaels Ribbon, Walmart Metal Tag

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I have created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments you leave for me to read.

Happy Creating,
Mary

Thursday, July 8, 2010

WOW, What Awesome Candy!!!!



Just look at this awesome blog candy that the Wild Orchid Challenge Blog is offering! They are starting a new challenge next Monday (July 12) and are giving this away to let people know about it! I love embellishments especially flowers so I was drooling over this fantastic candy. I see you drooling right now too so head to their blog HERE.


Happy Creating,

Mary



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Going Grey with Scrap-Creations Challenge 18- SUMMER!

Hello Everyone, I hope everyone enjoyed their long 4th of July weekends. I know I did though I am exhausted from it! Today is Tuesday and that means another great challenge from
This week it is a really fun challenge, SUMMER!!!! Who doesn't love summer and all the fun things you can do, like fishing with your BFF. Don't you think this image is super cute! I couldn't resist it! It is one of the new digis by Chrissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps.


I used this image this week because our sponsor is WHIMSY STAMPS. How great is that and they are giving the winner of this challenge a fantastic prize of $15 to spend in their store!!!! Wouldn't you love to win this great prize, all you have to do is play along by creating something with a summer theme and use Basic Grey paper on your creation! A winner will be picked next Tuesday.

In case you need a little inspiration check out the fabulous creations by the Going Grey Ladies. Whimsy was gracious enough to let us play with some of their digis for this challenge, thanks Crystal!

Here are some other wonderful challenges that fit my card

Sketch Saturday Challenge Week #110-This was a great sketch to play with!
The Creative Cottage Challenge 17-Summer Surprise is their challenge this week, how fun!
Allsorts Challenge 59-This was a fun challenge, you needed to "create a scene" on your creation. I did a lake scene.
Crafty Catz Challenge #39-Their challenge is to use distressing on your card. I thought distressing would look perfect on my card.
KL Stampn N' Scrappin Challenge #37-This week the challenge is to create a summer and beach creation. My two favorite things!
Dare U 2 Digi Friday Challenge DU2DS 41-The challenge this week is the "Great Outdoors", what a great challenge idea!
Tuesday Taggers Challenge-This challenge would like us to "make a scene". I love to make scenes on my creations!
One Stop Craft Challenge 87-Distressing is their fun challenge this week!
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #90-This week they are challenging us to use "water " on our card!
Stampin' B's Design Team Challenge 65-This week their challenge is "summer vacation"!
Res-Q Challenge Res-Q 52-This challenge this week is "sunshine", show it somewhere on you creation!
The Crazy Challenge-This week their challenge is "Up in the Air", I have a sun up in my air on my card!
Crafty Calendar Challenge-"SUMMER" is their challenge this month!
By the Cute and Girly July Challenge-The challenge this month is "Warm Summer Days". A perfect challenge!
Ooh La La Challenge 57-The challenge this week is "Simply Summer", how perfect!
The Pink Elephant Challenge TPE74-This is a recipe challenge this week-3 layers, 2 die cuts and ribbon.
Drunken Stampers Challenge #23-This challenge has a theme of sumer/vacation this week. Sitting by the water with your BFF makes for a GREAT summer vacation!

I am happy you stopped by today to see what I created. I can't thank you for all your wonderful comments they mean so much to me!

Happy Creating,
Mary

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday To You! Happy Birthday To You!

Happy 4th of July! It is really hot here today and they are saying that it is going to stay in the 90's (feel like it's over 100) most of the week. I spent a lot of the morning working in the garden to try to help the plants hold up under such sun and heat. I hate when everything looks droopy.

I decided I needed a break inside in the AC so I finished up this card that a friend asked me to make for her grandson's birthday. She asked that it be bright and glittery, everything else was up to me. I had these ducks from Sassy Cheryl's digis that I love and thought they looked like they were celebrating so I put the words to Happy Birthday on the card like they are singing it. I used glitter DP and I also the green stripes on the second DP is also glittered. You can't see in the pic but the buttons on the bottom are also glitter buttons. I think I took care of bright and glittery, I wish it showed up more in my photo. I think he will laugh when he sees it!

These are some challenges that fit my card

Create 4 Fun Challenge Week 27-They have a great sketch this week that I used on my card.
Stampavie and More Challenge #101-Their challenge this week is "sparkling". I have that covered I think!
Crafts and Me Challenge-This challenge is to create a card for a birthday.
Paperplay Challenge Week 26-The challenge this week is to create a card for a child or teen. Mine is for a 5 year old boy.
Copic Creations Challenge #31-Create a card that has a "bird" and is colored with Copics.
Stamp With Fun Challenge 65-This week their theme is to create a card with a birthday theme!
Digi Doodles Shop's Best Challenge #14-This fun challenge is to use circles and dots on your creation. I have them everywhere!
Alota Rubber Stamps Challenge #38-For this challenge they would like you to decorate the outside and inside of your card.
Crazy4Challenges C4C44-Their challenge this week is to use a least 2 different ribbons on your creation. I love this funky ribbon I found at my LSS!
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge 48-This challenge is to use something with wings on your card. These ducks are definitely flapping their wings!
Everybody Art Challenge #97-This challenge this week is all about "Birthdays".
A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge 110-This challenge is called "Animal Crackers". How fun is that!
If The Shoe Fits Challenge FF#40-This challenge is called "Spread your Wings". They want you to have wings on your creation.
Lots To Do Challenge Week 26-This challenge this week is to have a hat or crown on your creation. One of these dancing ducks definitely has his "party hat" on!
Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired #90-The challenge this week is to create an easel card. I wanted a surprise element for this card so I made it an easel card.

These are all fantastic challenges so be sure to stop by and see all the wonderful creations they have. Maybe you even want to play with some of them!

Supplies
Stamps: Sassy Cheryl's Digi Stamps
Paper: SU Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Papertrey White CS, DP S.E.I. , Glitter DP unknown
Inks: Copics
Accessories: Circle Nesties, SU Scallop Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, American Crafts Glitter Buttons, Recollection Sticker Pearls, LSS Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all your wonderful comments that you leave for me to read.

Happy Creating,
Mary