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I have been married to the same guy for a LONG time ! We have 3 grown children and the 5 loves of our lives that they have given us ... 4 girls and one boy ! I have been crafting all my life and found my true addiction when I taught myself to use Copic Markers and introduced them into my card making ! I am NOT certified in the use of Copics but that doesn't stop me from creating with them ! I always been a bit of a crafting rebel and don't follow directions well !I love crafting with my hands and seldom will you find them idle as they usually have a crochet hook , knitting needles or a book in them . Exercise is not my strong suit ! LOL ! My husband and I also love camping in our RV ( weather permitting ... as in NO snow !) so most weekends from Spring to Fall you find us camped somewhere with our 3 Yorkies .... though don't tell them they aren't BIG dogs ! Hope you enjoy my little touch of my life .... the creative and the real life !

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Stamp Shoppe ... Irma's last challenge

 Over on Stamp Shoppe , our friend Irma is finishing up her Guest DT with this week's challenge with a fun Magnolia card called a special - fold card ! Read about it here . Please join us and get a chance at winning a cool  prize .......... but it is a secret ! LOL ! So , I had lots of time to play this week as DH is on a business trip ( due home tonight though ) . I have gone nowhere all week but played in my room  ! I could decide which card to put on here for Irma's challenge so I am posting 2 ! LOL !

This is a gate-fold card ( I do believe ! LOL ) as it opens two ways ( like hinges ) . It was such a fun card to do ! I used Magnolia's Bandage Edwin ( and had bought it from Heidi at Stamp Shoppe last year ) as I thought he looks adorable on the stone wall .... and so typical of a boy ... banged up and bruised ! My patterned paper also came from Stamp Shoppe and is a beautiful quality that is produced my Magnolia as well . The cardstock I used is from Stampin' Up . The sentiment comes from one of my most used and favorite sets by Stampendous called " Friendly Messages " .... as for my Copic colors .......................... Wild guess is I used E 0000 , E 000 , E00 , E 11 , E 35 , E 30 , E 08B 34 , B45 , YG 06 , YG23 , G85 , G 82 .... and probably a couple more then that ! I really have to remember to start taking photos of my pens all the time not just occasionally !This is an easle card I did with Edwin and Tilda  . The patterned Paper is BG " Green at Heart " and my cardstock was Bazzill . The flowers are Primas and I used yellow stickles in the middle of them . Punches by Martha Stewart were used for the borders and the butterflies ( which were cut from vellum ) . The tulip punchout was then colored with Copics ...... Don't you love the " kids " jumping and playing in the flowerbed ? LOL ) . Again , the sentiments were from Stampendous . Copics used .... I have no idea ! LOL ! It was a couple days ago !

Well that is it for me on my Stamp Shoppe Challenge . Come play and enjoy your weekend !

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Stamp Shoppe - Old and New Challenge

 I am getting in just under the wire this week for Irma's week 3 challenge over on Stamp Shoppe . Read about the OLD and New challenge here . Thank heavens  DH left earlier today for a businesss trip so I could finish this up . I would have liked to have got it in sooner but spent the majority of last week loading the RV and then we left at noon on Friday to go camping ( and freeze ! LOL ) . Needless to say , I am happy with how this card turned out and that it will qualify for old and new . One of my first purchases from Heidi at Stamp Shoppe was the watering can ( so old ) and my last purchase from Heidi was Heartbreaker Edwin ( and new ) .......... I used some new BG KIOSHI paper and some Webster's Pages trim . All images are colored with my wonderful Copics !  The sentiment is also a wonderful Magnolia stamp from Heidi's store Stamp Shoppe so pop on over to get some cute Magnolia stamps and keep an eye open on her site as the new Magnolia Ink magazine should be in the store sometime this week ...... and the Fairytale Magnolias should be in store before long !

Happy creating and have an enjoyable week  !

Drunken Stampers Challenge 13 ......... COFFEE

 Well I am a day late getting this challenge on my blog and I could give you a million excuses WHY but it boils down to us heading out on the first camp of the season , freezing our butts ( it snowed in town yesterday but we just got rained on ) and a very SLOW WiFi connection so I couldn't get this challenge to post ! Okay , the truth is we were CAMPING in an RV not a tent but the connection was still terrible ! LOL ! I could have done a pre-post to blogger but it simply didn't happen with everything else that did before we left ! LOl !

So enough excuses and on to this week's challenge for Drunken Stamper's ! The challenge is to create a card COFFEE related ! Well that is an easy one right ? I KNOW I have stamps of coffee related things here but for the life of me , I have stored them SOMEWHERE and they have hidden themselves so I had to go to plan " B " which may have been Plan " A " regardless as I had something in mind as soon as Peggy and Spike told me what the challenge was . .... Here is my card and then I will tell you all about it ...........

 I have this very cool paper pack from DCWV " HOME " stack that I bought at Winner's for cheap and it is a very heavy , glittery paper , both the background and the cup are cut from this stack . The cup , I freehand drew ( I shocked myself as it actually looked like the shape of a mug .... I am no sketch artist ! ) Then I added LIQUID SNOW to be froth and let it dry then heated with my heat gun ( they look like mini marshmellows .... oh well ! LOL )  . I then inked a ready made tag and hand wrote on it . The HELLO is from a stamp set by VERVE`  and then punched with a SU flower punch and then inked . Before I taped my mug down , I tried to give it some dimension by stuffing with a bit of cotton so it looks like a full cup  ...... Add some ribbon and VOILA !!!! DONE !!! For some added fun , the card can actually become a gift card holder ( that is MY Tim Horton card tucked in the top and does NOT go with the card .... just for visual purposes ! LOL )

Come join us everybody on Drunken Stampers and have a wonderful week .... and HAPPY CREATING !!!
After all this coffee talk , I am off to my kitchen to make one in my Tassimo ...................... I love my " quiet " cup of coffee in the afternoon !!!!  ( and then I going to spend a relaxing afternoon in my room playing with my inks and stamps ! )

Thursday, April 22, 2010

week 6 of Savvy N Sassy Ribbon Rave challenges

 Well I have completed all 6 rounds of Ribbon Rave Challenge over on Savvy N Sassy for a chance to win a year of free ribbon kits ! Well , if you are a scrapper or card makers then you KNOW this is worth more then dollars but more creativity and more playing with extra money to spend on more stamps , more ink and more ribbon ! LOL ! I haven't scrapped much in the past few years as my stamps and cards have more or less taken over my life , my room and my desk !!!

Here are the last 2 layouts I did for Ribbon Rave ....... ( I am posting these for cousin Cherylwho occasionally checks in to see what I have been up too ! Hi Cheryl , hope things are sunny and bright on the Island ! )
By the way , if you click on the photos , they get bigger if you want to look at my ugly mug ... or my journaling  ! LOL !
This was for week #5 and had to be altered ribbon and about yourself ................ bleck ! Not my favorite subject that is for sure ! I even manged to do some hand journaling on here .... something else I am not fond of . To alter the ribbon , I heated it with my heat gun for a very cool effect ..... and you can see what happens when you get heat too close to sheer ribbon .... YUPE ! It melts ! LOL !

So here is week #6

You had to use black and white and only one other color .... make WOW ribbon , journal and add a quote . I am not sure exactly what WOW ribbon is but I did make handmake all the ribbons and then pleated the stipe down the side and again ... used " lightly " heated it with my heat gun just to soften it a bit !......

So this is the last of my scrapping  for awhile as I have cards to get done . I have set up an ETSY store ( see my sidebar ) to one day HOPEFULLY sell a few of these cards that are starting to stack up !

This weekend will see taking the RV out for the first time this season ! See me smiling ? Spring has arrived here and although we were spoiled like crazy last weekend with very warm weather , it has switched again . The cooler weather , snow pellets and rain have started ( so April ! LOL ) but the trees and grass are turning green and the leaves are popping out !!! Unfortunately it will be a very quick weekend as we have to be back here early Sunday morning as DH leaves on a business trip early that afternoon ( see me smiling ? LOL )

Have a great weekend everybody and hope that you find something fun to do out in the great outdoors ! To our friends that are all away because of medical issues ( can you believe 3 of our friends have had surgery out of town in the past 3 weeks in the BIG city ? ) get better , know we are thinking of all of you and remember , the campfire is waiting for you soon !!! This weekend will not be quite the same without you all there !!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Cheryl .......... enjoy your weekend , hugs to you and drop me a line occasionally !!!! LOL !

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Drunken Stampers ...... challenge #12 ....Earth Day

this week over on Drunken Stampers the challenge is to make a project by recycling or repourposing something from your kitchen for Eartn Day . Funny , when we look hard enough what we can come up with ! Here is my take .........

I used the inside waffle wrapper from a cookie package ( and yes I ate the cookies first ! LOL ) , bread tabs stamped with Staz-On ink and then I sewed the edge of my cardstock with butchers twine . My stamped image is from HIGH HOPES and colored with Copic markers and the outside edge of image was airbrushed with Copic markers !

Thanks for looking and come join us over on Drunken Stampers as we would love to see what you come up with for this challenge !

Have a great week and happy creating !

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stamp Shoppe - Week 2 shaped card challenge

Another fun week of crafting and playing with my Magnolias from Heidi at Stamp Shoppe ! This week Irma issued the challenge on their blog to create a shaped card .... not the regular shape of square or rectangular . You can read all about the challenge here !

 Well I am shaped challenged ( in more ways then one it seems ! ) but I gave this card a valiant try after all , I am game if it means winning the prize at the end of the 4th week 15% off at the Stamp Shoppe and a surprise !  So I just want everybody to know , I am totally not an artist ........ I can not draw a straight line if my life depended on it so I thought well I could draw a cloud with no problem  being there are no straight lines to a cloud ................... BAWHAAAAAA !!!!  Just thought I would tell you what that shape was before showing you the finished product ! LOL ! So here it is ...................................

I actually hand-cut four " clouds "  one out of cardstock to make my card base then 3 out of vellum which I ran the largest through my Cuttlebug with a spirals embossing folder . All vellum was then edged with Stickles to make the " cloud " glitter and give the card some dimension . The small clouds were then mounted on foam to raise them over the large cloud and Dreamy Tilda was then mounted on one of the small clouds . All edges of clouds were lightly rubbed with ink to give the cloud edges some definition .

So that is my take on a shaped card ................................

Thanks for looking !

Come join in the fun and Happy creating !

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Stamp Shoppe Challenge ... Pastel card

This month over on Stamp Shoppe ( also known by us " old " regulars as Little Stamp Shoppe ) they are having a challenge over 4 weeks . Read about it here . Pastel card this week is the challenge using a Magnolia Stamp ( Heidi carries only Magnolia stamps in her shop and ships only in Canada ! ) . This months challenge has an awesome prize at the end of the month if you are interested and win ........ 15 % off coupon and a surprise in your mailbox ! Thanks Irma for hosting this great challenge and for being April's Guest DT ! Irma does the most amazing cards and definitely shows a love for the Magnolias that she uses on all her creations !

 Here is my entry for this week using Magnolia " Bee " Tilda !

Tilda was colored with Copics and I used a non-traditional coloring for her ... after all the challenge was pastel colors ! LOL ! My pattern paper was from a stack in my stash  ( it is embossed and glossy but doesn't show )  and the flower was from Michael's bridal section as were the seed twigs ! Ribbon is from CTMH and " HI " from some sentiment package that I bought cheap at Zeller's !

Have fun creating this week and come join in the fun on Stamp Shoppe ( and check out Heidi's store while you are at it ! )

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Drunken Stampers Challenge 11 ..... Use a magazine or newspaper for background

This weeek on Drunken Stampers was a different challenge for me ! The gist is to se use an old magazine or newspaper and create a background paper for a card . Well as I just had purchased this cute stamp from the Penny Black collection I just had to create this card .... a little tongue in cheek ( or is that just CHEEKY ! LOL ! )

If  you notice , each piece of magazine has something to do with food ! How could I resist as it seems a few of us have that " guilt " happening !

Copics were used to color the image and pink bobble ribbon came from Savvy N Sassy . Rhea puts together the BEST ribbon kits so check them out ! By the way , on the forum there they also have a Copic Club happening ... 2 or 3 Copic markers for club members at a very good price ! Check it out !

And check us out here on Drunken Stampers to join in the fun for this week's challenge ! Just hope Spike finds  here camera so we can see what she has been doing too ! LOL !

Have a great week and happy creating !

Friday, April 09, 2010

Just Magnolia ..... Punch It Out Challenge

This week on Just Magnolia the challenge is to use your punches and make a card . Of course , the main image is to be a Magnolia Stamp . Read about the challenge here . I had just finished this card and being I love my Martha Stewart edge punches I thought it would be the perfect card to enter !

I was just playing with some old paper stack by Brenda Walton and thought the flowers and dragonfly would look neat layered so I used my craft knife ( which I am not very good with ) and cut the dragonfly and flowers out of the second piece of DP . I used double faced foam to give the card dimension . The white ribbon and bobble ribbon came from a ribbon from SavvynSassy . Thanks Ali for the challenge over there to use a dimensional ribbbon on a layout or card !  I even remembered to take a photo of my markers ! Things are looking up ! LOL !

Have a great week and happy creating !

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

100,000 posts

Not for me but for Kellie Winnell on her blog here  and her blog candy is so cool

Can you imagine winning all these cute stamps ? Amazing blog candy ! If you have never visited Kellie's Blog then it is time to do so and see some of her beautiful creations !

Congratulations Kellie on all the hits and good luck ladies on winning this candy .... or wait , don't go to her site and let ME win ! LOL !

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Just Magnolia .... week 40 ... Fold - It challenge

this week over on Just Magnolia the challenge is to create a card with more then one fold . Funny thing about this challenge is I had started a birthday for my DIL and had actually done 2 folds on it ! I finished up the card and then read the challenge ! Imagine my surprise when I found out what it was .... so with pleasure I show you my lastest creation and entry for FOLD-It Just Magnolia


Magnolia's Tilda with gifts stamped in Memento ink and colored with Copic markers .The new BG DP was used ... so pretty ! Ribbon from Savvy n Sassy ribbon kits , Peggy's Pretties and beautiful Magnolia flowers finish off this birthday card ...

TFL and Happy creating !!!!!!!!

the fifth Easter bucket ... or tin pail

That was my husband Easter treat  ! He always asks me what I am making so this was a little harder to post as i couldn't get a photo of the pail until he got it ! LOL ! Nothing too elaborate for his but the image isn older Magnolia ( can't recall the name but I think it was something like Skut ) ........ so for Lisa , who asked me to make sure I post the 5th bucket .... here it is !

I have to confess , I recycled the bow off of something I received last year .... it was far too pretty to toss out !

We had a wonderful day as we drove down to see DD and her family and had lunch with them ...... a backyard wiener roast ! Not something Easter-y but so much fun to do ! Hope everybody had a great day and isn't suffering from too much turkey or ham ! I cooked ours last night so tonight it is yummy turkey sandwiches for supper .... the BEST part of the turkey ! LOL !

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Happy Easter

 I spent all day in my craft room on Thursday getting something done for my little peeps .... also known as my grandkids ! They range in age from 14 - 3 so I wanted to do something they would all like . I found these cute little colored buckets moths ago at Walmart and knew they would be perfect with what I had in mind .

Here are the 4 pails together . There is a fifth one too but it is a secret until tomorrow for DH ! I thought it would make a great pen holder .... for me after ! LOL ! This is Greeting Farm's Edward ( does he look like the guy off Twilight ? I wouldn't know as I have never seen any of the movies or read the books !  LOL )This is Greeting Farm's Ebony . I thought the Pink hair added to the Easter-y look ! The little boy is Greeting Farm's Skater Dude ( don't know if that is the real name of the stamp or not ! )  and then Greeting Farm's Hippy Girl . These were fun to do . Inside I stuffed cello bags with Easter chocolate eggs and Aiden will get some Diego paper and a small car in his as he really doesn't need the chocolate as  much - plus he will just help himself to his sisters ! LOL )

 Well I am off to stuff my turkey and get it cooking ... a day early but that is what worked best for the crew . Tomorrow should be a relaxing day here as it will be cold turkey sandwiches and fend for yourself !!!!

 Happy Easter everybody ! Don't consume all your chocolate in one sitting ... savour the moment and remember what Easter is really about !

Drunken Stampers .... Challenge 10 -

 Join us over on Drunken Stampers where this week the challenge is to stamp your background to make your own patterned ( or designer ) paper . I had fun doing this challenge as I knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I saw the challenge . We had some beautiful weather when I made this card so it immediately made me think of camping ! DH & I love to go sit outside the RV and watch the world go by !  Unfortunately , the beautiful weather has disappeared and tonight we are getting a skiff of the horrid white stuff ! BLAH !!!!! I want Spring , green grass and a campfire ! LOL !

I thought this card would make a cute birthday card or a get well card for a friend that just had surgery ! He is our camping buddy and maybe it will help him get better sooner ! The little motor home is colored with watercolor pencils the same color as our RV .................................. fand even looks like our RV without the decal ! LOL !

Come join us on Drunken Stampers and have some fun with us ..........

Happy creating and have a great week !