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Monday, February 28, 2011

My Springtime Garden

Hello and Happy Tuesday! It is time for another challenge over at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations. This week we have a great theme -create something with a child's theme. I went with a child's garden. My kids loved to be outside in my garden when they were young, my son liked to dig in the soil (and he still does,he's a landscaper) and my daughter liked to cut flowers and pick the vegetables. She wasn't crazy about getting dirty. This image reminds me of her. My daughter loved to dress up when she was young, she always had a bow in her hair and love to accessorise. I think she owned as many shoes at age 5 as she does now, too many to count! I think this card is going to her, as a do you remember card.

We also have a fabulous sponsor this week Bugaboo Stamps

This image as well as the images that the ladies used this week are some of their new releases. They are also having a sale for the month of March(til the 25th) 20% off all images. The ladies really did a fabulous job on their creations hoping to inspire you to play along with us this week so be sure to stop by their blogs for a real treat!


Here are some other challenges that fit my card

CES challenge #25- This week their challenge is "Flowers and Flutterbys" 2 of my favorite things.
Craft Your Days Away Challenge #14-This is the fabulous sketch that I used to create my card!
Critter Sketch Challenge #54-This week they are challenging us to use a sentiment on our creation. I think a sentiment is so important to a card!
Die Cut Dreams Challenge #84-This challenge this week is to create a "Spring Garden scene", I am so ready to see pretty gardens!
Paper Romance Challenge #39- This is one of my favorite themes "Anything Goes" so many different creations from everyone!
Lexi's Creations Challenge #34-This week the challenge is to use "Flowers" on your card. I love doing flowers on everything!
Paper Cutz Challenge #80-This challenge would like us to create something for "Spring". A perfect was to forget about all the old, dirty snow outside!
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #44-This week their challenge is a really fun one "Anything Goes". I love these challenges!!!!
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #100-This week their challenge is "You've Been Framed". I love this theme!
Stamps R Us Challenge-This week their challenge for us is "For The Girls" anything with a girl's theme!
Stamp Something Challenge-Stamp something with FLOWERS is the challenge. Great challenge!
Totally Papercrafts Challenge #55-Paper Piecing is their challenge this week, I paper pieced the dress and the shoes on my image!
Alphabet Challenge-This week the letter is Q for quotes or sayings. I love a card with a saying!
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge-This challenge is "Embossing and/or Paper Piecing" I embossed the side panel and paper pieced the dress and shoes.
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C76-This week the challenge is to "Use Flowers" on your creations. I have lots of different flowers on my card.
One Stop Craft Challenge #120-This week the challenge is "Spring Flowers". I can't wait to see them in my garden!
Sweet Stampin' Challenge-Their challenge is "Oh So Girly" what a great theme for a challenge I love doing girly!
Simply Create Challenge #38-This challenge is all about the "Power of Flowers". Who doesn't love to create with flowers!
The Res-Q Challenge RESQ72-This challenge is "Get Packing", they would like to see squares and rectangles on your project. I have lots on this card!
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #100-This week the cupcakes are pretty blues, pinks, and yellows and images for a perfect garden.
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #83-This challenge is all about "Spring Is In The Air". I wish it was around here I am so sick of seeing snow falling!
Lollipop Crafts Challenge #28-This week their challenge is "Think Spring". They say it is right around the corner!
PaperPlay Challenge Week 8-This challenge is "Let's Get Sentimental", use a sentiment on your creation. I love a good sentiment!
The Crazy Challenge CCH#56-This week their challenge is "Here Comes Spring", I love this theme!
Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge #18-This week their challenge is a fun one "Anything Goes", one of my favorite kinds of challenges!
Freshly Brewed Challenge #36-This challenge is all about "ribbons and Bows". I love to use both on my creations!
Southern Girls Challenge #13-This challenge is "Ohhhh Brad, Ohhhh Janet..." so cute! They would like to see brads, gems or dewdrops on the creation. I used star gems in the centers of my flowers on the image for some bling!
Stampin' B's Design Team Challenge #99-This week their challenge is to use a "Flower" on your card. I love to use flowers!
Do You Stack Up? Challenge #8-This is a new challenge for me and they have a fun theme of "Anything Goes"! I love this theme.
Guylou's Inimitablility Challenge-This also a new challenge that I found and they are letting us do "Anything Goes"!
Shelly's Images Challenges-This week this new challenge for me wants to see "Ribbon". I love to use ribbon on all my creations.

These are fantastic challenges be sure to stop by and play along with them or get some beautiful inspiration.

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

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Good Morning! I have a list of things around the house that I was going to do. I went down to start mowing through the craft room and found this image I colored a couple of weeks ago when I got together with my stamping friends. I decided I would work around the mess and make a card with the image instead of cleaning. It definitely made for a happy day for me!

The pretty striped DP is one of the freebies from Bearly Mine Designs for February. The colors in it are so my favorites and love the color on color stripes. When I started to put the card together I couldn't find any floral DP in my stash that complimented the back round and matched the colors I used on the image so I made my own DP. I pulled out my Rubber Stamp Tapestry sets, my ink pads (they are so neglected since I started coloring with Copics) and some white shimmer paper and started stamping. I am really happy with the results, the colors match pretty close. I decided to add some sparkle so I dabbed the flower centers with a bit of Crystal Stickles. It was quicker to make it than looking through my stash of DP for some that worked.

Here are some wonderful challenge that fit my card

Bearly Mine Designs Challenge #4-This challenge is all about "Ribbon and Pearls". Two things I use almost always on my creations!

CES Challenges #24-This week the challenge is spots and stripes, two of my favorite things!

Charisma Cardz Challenge Week #7-Their challenge is "Spring Has Sprung". I am so hoping for the snow to melt and see signs of Spring soon like on every one's creations!

Creative Inspirations Challenge 100- This week the challenge is to use "Stripes" on your creation!

Let's Ink It Up Challenge #9-This month the challenge is all about "Romance/Valentines". This card reminds me of first love. We all had that first crush that you remember, right?

LOTV Challenge #84-This week their challenge is all about "Your Favorite Colours". These soft shades of blue, green and pink are definitely my favorites!

My time to Craft Challenge #129-This week the challenge is to use "Hats" on your creation.

Paper Pretties Challenge PWC142-This week the challenge is to use "Glitter" on your creation. I glittered my paper and the roses!

Sketch and Stash Challenge 55-This is the fabulous sketch that I used for my card and my new stash is the digital DP from Bearly Mine and the beautiful pearl button from Tim Holtz. I love the detail on it!

The Creative Cottage Challenge 33-This week the challenge is "Fabulous Florals" I love using flowers on my paper and as embellishments!

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #37-This week the challenge is 3D, I popped up the butterfly on my card.

Paper Romance Challenge #38-This week the challenge is to use Buttons, ribbon and lace on your creation. I used a lace punch for my lace and a pearl button and my favorite 2 colored ribbon!

Party Time Tuesday's Challenge #4-This is a new challenge blog for me and their fun challenge is "Anything Goes", one of my favorite themes!

Sweet Stamps Challenge #3-This is another new challenge for me. Their challenge is to use flowers on your creation this week. I love flowers on almost any creation!

Tip Top Tuesday Challenge #23-This week their challenge is to "Bling It On". I love lots of sparkle on my creations.

KB Cute Monday Challenge #4-This challenge is asking us to use "Glitter" on our creations. I love to make my cards sparkle!

The Pink Elephant Challenge #94-This week their challenge is to use "Buttons, Lace and Ribbon.
For my lace I used a lace punch.

Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge-This challenge would like to see some stripes on your creation. I love seeing stripes! Great new challenge blog for me!

These are some really wonderful challenges so be sure to stop by to see what they created and play along with them!

Thanks 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

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Challenge Going Grey with Scrap-Creations

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! This is vacation week for me I am loving it. I am hoping to make lots of cards and I really need to clean and reorganize my craft area. Being creative is a messy process for me and I tend to leave a trail behind me. I am in trouble when there are piles everywhere and that is where I am now.

I am really loving using digital paper on my creations. I fell in love with this star paper from Bearly Mine Designs and knew it was perfect for a birthday card. Knowing that I loved this DP I bought the MFT star Die-namics to go with it. I also couldn't resist glittering the stars for some sparkle on the card. This cute digi is one of Mo Mannings that I love!

Being Tuesday it is also time for another fabulous challenge over at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations. This week we have a fun theme that everyone can play along with, BIRTHDAYS! How easy is this theme so come play with us this week. The ladies have made some gorgeous birthday cards to inspire your own birthday creations.

These are some other fantastic challenges that fit my card

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge #89-This is the fantastic sketch I used for my card. So many possibilities with this sketch!

Alota Rubber Stamps Challenge #53-This week the challenge is to use Nestabilities. I used 6 different Nesties on this card.

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 140-This week their challenge is "Birthday Wishes". I have lots to make cards for at this time of year.

AIFactory Challenge AIF #068-This week their challenge is "In The Kitchen" or all about food. My food is a birthday cake!

Aud Sentiments Challenge #22-This week their challenge is all about "Trendy Sayings". What a fun idea for a challenge!

Card Makin' Mamas Challenge #15-This challenge is all about "Happy Birthdays". This is a fun new challenge blog that I found and I am so glad I did!

Crazy For Challenges C4C75-The challenge this week is all about "Sparkle/Glitter/Bling" I glittered all the stars on my card!

For Fun Challenge-This challenge is all about "Birthdays", I love making birthday cards.

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge-Sweet Treats is their challenge this week. I love cupcakes as a special treat!

The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge #6-This month their challenge is "Birthday Wishes" with a furry animal included. Great theme this month!

Gingerloft Challenge GL12-This challenge is all about "Our Furry Friends". I love all animals so I love to put them on most of my cards in case you can't tell!

If The Shoe Fits...Scrap It Challenge #67-This week the challenge is Birthdays! This is favorite challenge of mine!

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #81-The challenge this week is all about using "Punches and Dies", I used 6 different dies and one punch on this B'Day card!

One Stop Craft Challenge Week #119-This week their challenge is "Birthdays". This is a time when great minds think alike with this theme!

Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge 141-This week their challenge is "Create A card For A Child", I created a child's B'Day card.

Scrap It With A Song Challenge Week 43-This week I picked the second playlist "Everyday Love". My everyday love is chocolate cake, I could eat it everyday! (I don't though thank goodness) Great choice for the song.

Simply Create Challenge #37-This challenge is "Bold and Bright". I think this is a really fun theme to chase away Winter and bring on the Fun!

Stamp Something Challenge-This week their challenge is a "Funky Something". What a fun theme to really make you think FUNKY?

Stempeltraume Challenge #71-This week the challenge is to use a "New Stamp". I have this new Digi Stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil.

The Beary Scrap Design Team Challenge #20-This challenge is called "Winter Blues". It can be winter, the color blue or chasing away the blues. I chose the color blue and chocolate definitely chases away the "Blues" most of the time!

The Res-Q Challenge RESQ71-This week the challenge is "Don't Be S.A.D." make something that makes you happy! I love the color blue, things that sparkle, animals of all kinds and chocolate cake. These all make me happy especially when I am creating!

Totally PaperCrafts Challenge #54-This week the challenge is "Do it with Digis". I used a Mo Manning digi that I fell in love with!

Sarah Hurley Challenge #30-This challenge this week is all about "Food and Drink". I love a good chocolate cupcake, don't you?

Friday Fun at Fairy Knoll Challenge #38-This week their challenge is "Birthday or Thank You".
I chose to do birthday this time around. Fun new challenge blog for me!

Stampin' With The Dragon Challenge-This week their challenge is all about "Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays". A great challenge to play along with!

These are all wonderful challenges be sure to stop by and play along with them.

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

Happy Creating,
Mary

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Grown With Love

Hello, Happy Tuesday! This week the weather around here is warming up a bit, there is no snow in the forecast, and the huge piles of snow are dropping slowly because of the melting!!! I almost have a bit of Spring fever. Speaking of "Spring Fever". It is Tuesday and that means another fun challenge of at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations. The fabulous challenge we have for you this week is "Spring Fever". Pull out all those wonderful Spring images and come play along with us. We have a fantastic sponsor this week Bugaboo Stamps


These are some of the cutest digis around and they have something for every one's taste and style. They also were wonderful enough to let us play with some of their cute stamps to inspire you, thank you so much!!!!!!

When I saw the theme this week was Spring Fever and knew I wanted to use this cute Bonnet Girl to make my creation. I fell in love with her immediately tending to her strawberry garden. I also used some new Bearly Mine paper on this card because the strawberries were a perfect fit with this image. I couldn't resist adding more BM dotted DP, dots on her dress, ribbon and on her shoes. I then added dots to all the pink flowers. I love dots on everything!

The ladies really did a fabulous job on their creations this week, lots of inspiration for you to see
Peggy Regan

These are some other fantastic challenges that fit my card

Crafty Ann's Challenge #34-This time around their challenge is "Love Is In The Air". I thought it went with Love in the garden of my card.

Crafty Calendar Challenge 17-This month their challenge is all about "Love".

Crafty Creations Challenge #105-This week their challenge is "3 Little Words". My 3 are "Grown with Love" great challenge!
Bearly Mine Challenge #4-This week their challenge is to use "Ribbon and Pearls" on your creation as well as their beautiful DP. This DP some of my favorite of Donna's Designs!

Creative Inspirations Challenge 98- This week the challenge is a color challenge Red, Pink and White Only!

Cupcake Craft Challenge 129-This week the challenge is I (heart) You and include at least 1 heart on your creation. I have a heart on the dress for that extra touch of love!

Daring Cardmakers Challenge-"Reeling In The Ribbon" is their challenge this week. I found this pretty green loop ribbon in my stash that I haven't used in many years!

Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #46-This week their challenge is "Nature". I love to see everything that grows and blooms!

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge-This week the challenge is "Sweet Treats" use something edible on your creation.

Lollipop Crafts Challenge #26-This challenge is all about "Using your Favorite Coloring Medium". My favorite medium is Copics, I'm not sure what I ever did without them!

One Stitch At A Time Challenge #49-It is their birthday so they are having a party! The challenge is to dress pretty with ribbons, bling, bows or buttons ANYTHING Pretty!

One Stop Craft Challenge #118-This week their challenge is "Love is in the Air". I love this theme!

PaperPlay Challenges Week 6-This week the challenge is all about "Hearts and Flowers" but "NOT" Valentine. I have lots of flowers and a heart on her dress! A little heart goes a long way I think!

Phindy's Place Friday Challenge #42-This is a new challenge for me and what a great challenge "Spring is on the way". I can't wait for Spring!!!!!

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #42-This week the challenge is a color challenge Red, Pink, and White with a sentiment included!

Little Claire's Monthly Challenge #1-this is a brand new challenge with a fun first theme "Anything Goes", one of my favorites!

The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge SSS95-This is the wonderful sketch that I used for my creation!

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge-The Challenge this week is to use the word "LOVE" on your creation.

These are all wonderful challenges be sure to stop by and play along, there is so much beautiful
inspiration at each one!

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

Happy Creating,
Mary

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Playful Puppy

Happy Tuesday! It has been a busy weekend for me. I almost thought I wasn't going to find time to finish this card. My DH is starting a business and this was the weekend that 500 catalogs needed to have business cards attached (which I volunteered to do with my tape gun) and also have price sheets and monthly sale catalogs put into them also. I didn't think I would ever get them done but I did late last night with no complaints because he does everything I ever ask him to do.

I did finish the card up right after I got home from school. This card reminds me of Spring, I am so sick of snow!!! I made sure I made it in bright, fun colors and papers. Being Tuesday it is time for another fun challenge this week at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations. This week's challenge is Animal Antics. We want to see all your fun animal creations.
We also have a wonderful sponsor this week Robin's Fetish

She has some of the cutest images and she was wonderful to give all the DTs some images to inspire you with. Thank you Robin they were so much fun to work with! Be sure to check out all her digis.

Here is what the ladies have created this week to inspire you

Peggy Regan

Kristen Catalano

Kim Howard

Jacki Randolph

Kristine Breach

Marie Bridgeman

Here are some other fabulous challenges that fit my card

Aly's Sunday Sketch Challenge #ASC35-Bling Bling is the challenge. I added glitter to the flower centers, used glitter buttons, white shimmer CS, and pearls.

CRAFT Challenge #88-"All In The Roll Of A Die" is the challenge. I thought of rolling a diecut through my Cuttlebug!

Critter Sketch Challenge #51-This week their challenge is to use a "Critter" on your creation.

Dutch Dare Card Challenge #98-Their challenge this week is Buttons, Buttons, Who's Got The Buttons. I used these great glitter buttons that I found at JoAnn's. I just snapped off the button hole on the back so I could put the as the center of my flowers!

For Fun Challenges-This week is a choice "Spring or Winter". I choose Spring I am so SICK of winter!

Kaboodles Doodles Challenge #53-Their challenge this week is "Break Out That Ribbon Stash!" I love to use ribbon on all my creations!

One Stitch At A Time Challenge #48-This challenge is "Do It With A Digi" Anything Goes. I used this cute digi from Robin's Fetish.

Pile It On Challenge #6-This week their challenge is "Bright and Breezy", they want to see so much color you need sunglasses!

Sweet Stampin Challenge-This challenge is all about "Spring Flowers", something I can't wait to see out my window!

Truly Scrumptious Challenge 50-This is the fabulous sketch that I used for my creation!

These are all fantastic challenges so be sure to stop by and play along with them all!!

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

Happy Creating,

Mary


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Love and Friendship

Hello everyone it is once again Tuesday and we here are getting hit with another huge snowstorm. When it is done it will be Thursday morning and we will have had 12-20 more inches of snow! Our town here in Massachusetts already has 69 official inches of snow on the ground and we haven't even got to February yet. I just got the call that they are letting school out early today (11:45 instead of 3:20) so everyone gets home safely. I am sure school will be canceled on Wednesday so I will be able to play some while house bound!

Being Teusday it is also time for another fabulous challenge at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations!

This week we have a wonderful theme for you "Love or Friendship". We also have a awesome sponsor this week
Di's Digi Downloads
These are some of the cutest digis I have ever seen. They were so wonderful to give us some to play with this week. I chose this adorable bear and ducky, can't you just feel the LOVE! Be sure to stop by and check out all her other cute digis. One lucky person is going to win 5 digis of their choice from Di's Digi Downloads. You can't win if you don't play so link up your creations over at Scrap-Creations.

The ladies did a fantastic job this week on their creations so stop by and let them inspire you and see some more of Di's Digis
Peggy Regan
Kristen Catalano
Jacki Randolph
Kim Howard

Here are some other fantastic challenges that fit my card

Anything Goes Challenge-This week their challenge is butterflies like the cute one flying around the bear!

Mami Doodles Challenge #19-This challenge this week is all about the "Magic of Love". Great challenge so glad I found it, my first time playing with them!
Basic Grey Challenges 36-This week their challenge is "Flower Power". I love this Basic Grey DP from the Sugar Rush pack. This particular paper is my all time favorite because of the colors and the flower print!

Bee Crafty Downloads Challenge 47-This challenge is all about "Hearts". I used lots of different hearts as embellishments on my creation!

Charisma Cardz Challenge #4-This week their challenge is all about "Valentines/Love". I love this theme for papercrafting!

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #67-This challenge is "flowers". I love to have flowers on every card I create!

Creative Belli Blog Challenge #109-This week their challenge is the "Letter P". I have pink, pearl hearts and posies on my card!

Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #57-This week their challenge is "Delight in Your Digi" I love creating with digis!

Lexi's Creations Challenge #32-This week the challenge is to create a "Valentine". I wanted to make a bit of a non-traditional valentine just for a change. What do you think?

Little Red Wagon Challenge #65-This week the challenge is to use "Lace" on your creation. I used a pretty piece down the center of my card.

Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #40-This week their challenge is to create a "Valentine Card". This one is going to a dear friend of mine that I don't get to see very often especially around Valentine's Day.

Moving Along With the Times Challenge #83-This week their challenge is "Spring". I gave this card a definite spring feel even though it is being used as valentine for a friend.

Paper Playtime Challenge #36-This week their challenge is "Digi Monday" the last Monday of every month is going to be digi day, YEAH!!!!!

Paperplay Challenge Week 4-This week the challenge is to "Layer It Up". It is hard for me to make a card without layers!

Fairy Fun Fridays Challenge #45-This week their challenge is "For A Sweetheart" this is for my friend who is a real "Sweetheart" of a friend!

Simply Create Challenge #36-This week their challenge is "Give Your Heart Away" what a great idea for a theme!

Stamps R Us Challenge #13-This week their challenge is "Animals" I have a few cuties on my card!

Stamptacular Challenge #96-This challenge this week is "Whateva" what a fun challenge name!


Sundays With Chrissy Challenge-This month the challenge is all about the "LOVE". A perfect challenge for this month!


Sweet Stampin' Challenge-This is the fabulous sketch that I used for my card, I just turned it sideways.


Totally Gorjuss Challenge #65-This challenge is called "As You Like It". I like using sparkle, pretty blues and pinks, lace and ribbon, pearls and lots of flowers! That's how I always like it!


Try It On Tuesday Challenge-This week their challenge is "Feel The Lurrrvvveeee". I laughed just trying to say it. Great challenge!


Wild Orchid Challenge 16-This week the challenge is "Love Is...." I love any love challenge at this time of year!


These are all fantastic challenges so be sure to stop by and play along with them.


Thank you 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