Thursday, December 30, 2010


Today is the day for the New Release Blog Hop over at Dude Time Doodles! Boni has 8 new images and several sentiments in the STORE available starting today, December 31, 2010! To get some fantastic savings, be sure and use the promo-code HAPPY2011. Limit one coupon per customer for the sale beginning today at 10:00 a.m. EST thru January 2, 2011.

Visit each of the DT members to see the wonderful new images (and get alot of inspiration). Be sure and leave a little love at each stop because one of the DT will be the Mystery Hostess of the Hop AND one lucky commenter will receive a new release image or any individual image of their choice!!! How cool is that!

The Hop doesn't have a starting and ending point so no matter where you are, you're at the right spot. Once you complete the circle you've completed the Hop!

Your next stop on the Hop is.......DUDE TIME DOODLES

If you do happen to get lost along the way, come back here for the links:

Lynn (that's me)

For my card today I've used the new release image called Revenge of the Nerd Ned! Isn't he just about the cutest little nerd you've seen today! When I first saw him I kept thinking of the "Geek Squad" from a store that sells computers. My thought on the subject though is that I don't care what the guy looks like - if he can work on computers, he's "A" Number One in my book!!!

Be SURE and check out Dude Time Doodles and the STORE for fantastic images and savings!

Thanks for stopping by............


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Let the Sun Shine

The challenge over at Creative Inspirations Paint is to make something inspired by your "dream vacation"! With all the cold and wet weather we're having right now I decided that my dream vacation would be any place where there is SUN! And when I think of sun, I think of the beach! This is a little different from all the Christmas and Valentine's Day cards you've been seeing lately. I'm still not sure if I'm liking this or not, but one thing for sure.... it's BRIGHT!

I used the Just Beachy set from SU and the sun image is from Marks Finest Papers. All the paper is from SU and I believe the layout is an old one from SCS. All the images have been "popped" up on dimensionals.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Bold and Free

I've seen so many one layer cards at different blogs and also with these little lines "framing" it. That should be very easy for me to do - right? Wrong! First of all I started off trying to do the one layer deal. After about 6 tries (and ALOT of card stock) I finally decided that I'd REALLY like that red frame around it. So I ditched the one layer idea in a hurry. Ok, got a piece of white, stamped the image, then the sentiment...and all is looking good. I then decided to do the black line around to kinda "frame" it like I've seen so many ladies do. Got the ruler out and away I went - no problem! Yikes! A BIG problem! Even using the ruler things started going a little crazy! Let's just say - this very simple looking card used up about a half a ream of paper, a ton of ink, and I think my ruler is crooked now!!!!!

The image is from the Bold and Free set by Marks Finest Papers and the sentiment is from Happy Birthday by CTMH.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays

Just a short post to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone.

Enjoy your day..........

Lynn, Jim, and Rambo

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tweet, Tweet, and Merry Christmas

Just a quick post showcasing this cute little Winter Bird from Starry Nights Studio Digi Shop. Stop by her store today and check out all the wonderful images she's created. I colored him in Prismapencils and used some Ballet Blue and White card stock. The background was completed using the Swirls embossing folder. I made the "frame" using a couple of SU punches and the bow was made with the Bow-Easy.

I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by..........


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Early Christmas Present

I've received an early Christmas present - and am SO excited to share with you! As you know I've been a Guest Designer for the month of December for Dude Time Doodles.

Well.......drum roll here........I've been asked to stay on a permanent basis as a Design Team member for Dude Time Doodles! I'm so honored and excited about this as it's such a fun blog. Check out Boni's images in her STORE and you'll see some adorable images for the "dudes" in your life. Be prepared to laugh, smile, and just get a good feeling all over.

Other news: I've pre-posted a card for tomorrow but will not be around for a few days. I've got two very lovely little granddaughters here and they just need all my attention right now! I will be checking in on your blog as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by.............


Monday, December 20, 2010

Inspired By.....

Dude Time Doodles is having an Inspiration Challenge - and as the Guest Designer for this month, I get to participate! But you can participate too. You have 2 weeks to link your entry for this challenge. Be sure and stop by today and check out Dude Time Doodles.

When I saw this picture for the inspiration - I saw BLUE!!! And when I think of blue AND this cute little Youth Football image from Bonibleaux Designs, I think of my son, David. (Yep, get ready for a story here!)

When my son, David, was a Freshman in high school, he decided to play football. David was at least a head shorter than all of his classmates. I mean REALLY short. He looked EXACTLY like this in his Hondo High School football uniform. The bottom of his jersey came down past his knees (it was the smallest jersey they had)! Of course he never got to play and was just the best bench-warmer ever - but he dearly LOVED football. He finished his Freshman and Soph. years and was still short (and SLOW) and still warming the bench. When he was a Junior, they let him play about six minutes - for the entire year!! Still he loved being on the team. His Senior year they changed coaches and put David on defense. Even though that jersey still just hung on him, he was GOOD at his position - and went on to make All District, Player of the Week, etc........He was an inspiration to the entire team and the younger players since he was so small. His heart was into the game and it finally paid off for him. David is a grown man now and an attorney in Dallas (of course he's still my baby - and yes, still pretty short)! This Inspiration reminded me of the blue and white of HHS and the inspiration my son was for so many young boys.

Be sure and check out Dude Time Doodles and submit your entry for the Inspiration Challenge. You could win the Top Blog or Top Three!! Take a peek at the Design Teams projects - You'll find so much creative talent.

This is also for the following challenges: Paper Pretties (to make a masculine themed card) and Totally Gorjuss (for someone special).

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Bum Steer Award

If you're from Texas, more than likely you've read Texas Monthly magazine. At the end of every year the magazine publishes the Bum Steer Awards for truly outrageous things that have happened in Texas for that year - for example: In a cost-saving move, Texas A & M University decided to stop stocking student dorm bathrooms with toilet paper! Yikes!! Anyway, the TOP Bum Steer Award this year went to the University of Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboy football teams. Talk about a non-winning year for both!! This is NOT good because Texans DO love their football!

So, this little card is dedicated to all the UT Longhorn football fans (burnt orange is the teams colors)! Don't you just love those eyes on this little guy! He looks about as sad as all the Longhorn football fans have looked this year.

This card will actually be a birthday card for my brother in law (a die hard UT football fan). The image is from Kah-Wink-E-Dink. I'm not sure where that patterned paper came from. I colored him with Prismapencils and used SU card stock. The big brad with the star in the middle is from SU.

This is for the following challenges: Creative Inspirations Paint (inspired by a star) and the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jarheads For OWH Midweek Throwdown

I'm so proud to be a contributor to Operation Write Home and join in the Midweek Throwdown challenge being sponsored by Dude Time Doodles today.

Check out the Operation Write Home blog today and pick up a FREEBIE or two!!!!!

Now what is a JARHEAD!!!! When I was working on this card my husband walked in and looked at it and said it looked like a jarhead! Well, hello......what in the world is that? Since he's a former Marine, he just happened to know what he was talking about. A jarhead is the slang term that was used by sailors in WWII for Marines because they said that when Marines were in their dress blues with their stiff collar they resembled a Mason Jar - hence the name Jarheads.

This image from Bonibleaux Designs is called The General. Of course I HAD to use some camo paper on it and I also printed the image twice and paper pieced his pants and hat in the camo. The flag was also printed twice, colored, then "popped up".

Thanks for stopping by........and go check out Operation Write Home and Boni's store at Bonibleaux Designs today! While you're roaming around in blogg-land, don't forget that Bnoibleaux Designs is also sponsoring the Stamps R Us Challenge (anything goes).


Sunday, December 12, 2010

WARM Christmas Wishes

I know some of you ladies are just simply freezing your buns off right now! Alot of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and just plain cold weather out there. This little Santa dude has no worries about the cold weather and snow though.....he's just as happy as a clam - sitting in Paradise and sipping his margarita. How many of you wish you were with him right now?

A new Stamps R Us Challenge begins today - and it's going to be a great one. First of all, the theme is Anything Goes! Yep, that's right - just whatever suits your fancy! Be SURE and submit your entry sometime within the next two weeks! The next super deal with this challenge is this - there will be TWO winners for a gift certificate - one from Stamp it Crazy and one from the store at Bonibleaux Designs! Plus the top three will be able to add a badge to their sidebar! See, I told you it is a great challenge.

This little Santa image I used is called Santi Beaches from Bonibleaux Designs! She has so many cute images to choose from. Also, she has a blog called Dude Time Doodles and there are some fantastic things going on there as well! There's a Sketch challenge happening now AND - get this - she has a FREE IMAGE you can use/submit your project/and, if selected, be the next GUEST DESIGNER (for January). How cool is that! Be sure and submit your entry for the Guest Designer spot - the DT are a bunch of fantastic, funny, ladies that you'll have so much fun with. sure and check out Dude Time Doodles and Bonibleaux Designs - and, of course, the Stamps R Us Challenge and Stamp it Crazy.

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Stylish Blog Award

Well, no one has EVER accused me of having style - but since I received this sweet, sweet, Blog Award from Monica, I guess you'll just have to say - I Got Style!!! This is the second Blog Award I've received from Monica - how terrific is that!!!! Love it Monica. Be sure and check out her BLOG as she makes such sensational cards.

I think I'm suppose to give eight facts about myself........

1. I'm older than dirt - but still kicking (just not as high anymore)
2. I have two granddaughters and my husband has six (alot of happy feet running around when they're all here at the same time) Plus, my son and his wife will be having a baby in February
3. We have a little doxie named Rambo - who RULES this household
4. I used to be a sailing, canoe, and swimming instructor - and no, I was NOT the bikini type (although I'm sure I would have looked stunning in one)
5. I retired as a Pre Trial Release Probation Officer after 24 years. I knew it was time to retire when the defendants kept getting younger and I kept getting older. One of my last "clients" said his goal in life was to become a Rock Star - time for me to retire!
6. I started making cards because I thought I could save money making my own!!! Yikes
7. I live in an extremely small town in Texas but love it.
8. I enjoy making crafts and blogging and would not trade anything for the blogging buddies I've made. They are all very special.

That about sums it up............hope everyone is having a nice weekend and be sure and check out Monica's blog.

Thanks for stopping by.................


Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas 2011

This just may have to be my first Christmas card for 2011! I have all my cards for this year completed and ready to mail. Now I need to get to the Post Office before Christmas is over with. Hopefully, tomorrow.

I've had this card in my mind for a while and decided I'd better make it before I forgot what I was thinking. So, yes, you get to see one more Christmas card I'm afraid. I used some Cherry Cobbler (LOVE that color), Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, and some SU DP. The image and sentiment are from To You and Yours from SU. I used my SU markers to "color" the image. The lace - ah....another one of those thrift shop finds! I used glitter on the "snow" on the house, ground, and the swirls. The panel in Cherry Cobbler was embossed using the Square Lattice die.

This is for the following challenges:

Rubber Red Neck - Color challenge to use Real Red, Crumb Cake and Old Olive. I substituted Cherry Cobbler for the Real Red. This is color round-up #12
Stampin Royalty - Winter Holiday (Christmas)
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by a snow globe - when I was growing up we had a snow globe with a little house similar to this in it. It always amazed me and I wondered how they got all that "snow" in there!

Hope everyone has a nice weekend.........
Thanks for stopping by.........

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Some Mojo

I'm not real sure what's going on with me.....I think I'm having a complete "let-down" from Christmas cards. My mojo is gone, history, lost, kaput! I finally MADE myself sit down today and make a non-Christmas type card. I may try to make a couple more Christmas cards in a few days just to have for next year.

I used some Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, and My Minds Eye DP on this. The image is from Penny Black and and the sentiment from SU. In case you can't tell, that IS a chocolate brown bow on the side. It looks black in the photo but it's brown....and I made it myself (in other words, no Bow Easy was used!) I also made that red bow on the previous post. Maybe I'm getting a little better at this bow making stuff.
This is for Mojo Monday - sketch

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Monday, December 6, 2010

All Wrapped Up

I was hard at work making this card, coloring the image, getting the layout I wanted, etc..when hubby walked through the room! STOP - Put on the brakes - WHOA! "Hey", he said, "now THAT IS WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS!!!" How easily they forget - I said, "Don't you remember that this is exactly how I looked before I got my hair cut?"!!!!! After a couple of "eye rolls" and him saying "Yeah right", I decided that I'd actually give this to him for Christmas. I'm thinking of putting it in a huge box and literally "wrapping it up"! So then I had to change the entire outlook on this card - and make it to look like a little wrapped up gift!

Stamps R Us is having a challenge to submit a holiday card. Anyone can play AND the winner will receive 7 free images from Bugaboo! Plus the winner and the top three will get a badge to put on their sidebar! BE SURE and check out the Stamps R Us blog today - you still have one more week to submit your entry! This little sassy lady is just one of the many images that Bugaboo has to offer.

I'll be entering this in the following challenges:
Mark's Finest Papers - red and green

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

It's Sketch Time at Dude Time Doodles

Hey everyone - it's Sketch Time over at Dude Time Doodles! ANYONE can play along. So come on over and submit your project using this sketch as a guideline. And I must say, the sketch is fantastic!

A couple of rules here: You'll have 2 weeks to complete the sketch challenge. Flip it, twist it, or whatever suits your fancy - just be sure and submit it to Dude Time Doodles. You aren't required to use one of the images from Bonibleaux Designs but if you did, it would sure make us happy. Your project MUST be masculine themed and you can use humor, innuendos, be sarcastic, or even be a little naughty - just make sure it's for a dude! Just use the InLink at the wonderful Dude Time Doodles blog to submit your creation.

The top three winners and Top Blog winner will be announced at Dude Time Doodles on December 19th. Our sponsor Daisy Doodles is giving away 3 digis of your choice (singles) from her blog. The Top Blog winner and each of the top three winners will also receive one of the cute, cute, badges from Dude Time Doodles. Be SURE and play along - such fun!

This is probably the cutest Santa image I've seen in a long, long time! He just makes me want to sit on his lap and give him MY wish list! You can find this little Santa dude over at Boni's store. That, plus many more cute images! I was really wanting to add my name to his little list - I mean I've been PRETTY good throughout the year! Um.....well, that could be debatable I guess. Anyway, I'll be sending this to a family that his three children - Austin, Kennedy, and Kyleigh. I KNOW they'll want to be included on Santa's stop to their house. That's one of the nice things about the image - you can write in whatever you want on that list.

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Friday, December 3, 2010


I was cleaning up my computer desk this evening and noticed my flower press! Um..I wonder if there's anything in that? Yep! About a month ago (before it started getting too cold) I picked some vinca and leaves and put it in the flower press. It was dried and ready to go - on something. After I saw the sketch at Clean and Simple Stamping, I knew where it was going to go.

I'm such a chicken - was going to just put all this on the card base, but decided to put it instead on another piece of white card stock and pop it up. I mess up enough paper, card bases, etc, as it is and didn't think I wanted to mess up another one tonight - so that's why I popped it up. Anyway, the sentiment (Well Scripted from SU) was stamped in Lovely Lilac and the ribbon was in my stash. The flowers and leaves are REAL!

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Not an Easel Card

Everyone does these wonderful easel cards, so I thought - hey, I can do that too! I actually DID one with this image, etc. and it turned out very nice. I kept wondering though if the recipient was going to figure out how to stand it up and all. I finally decided to just go ahead with it and sat down to take a few photos so I could post it here. THIS is where the problem started! I think I took about twenty pictures of the card and they all looked FAT, FAT, FAT! No matter what angle I photographed it from it still looked FAT! We're talking like about 500 pounds FAT too. So............I ditched that and made this card (extremely CAS) instead. I really like it even though, as I said, it's super CAS.

The image is from Snow Swirled (SU). I heat embossed it with the Egyptian Gold (Judikins) embossing powder. The gold ribbon I used had these little swirls in it and it really matched the image. Even still, the photo looks a little fat - although not the 500 pound kind.

This is for the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations Paint - inspired by the Midas Touch
The Paper Players - wet embossing.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dude Time Doodles Blog Hop

Dude Time Doodles is having a super fantastic Blog Hop! This is your chance to win an ENTIRE SET of the new release images from Bonibleaux Designs. This is a circular Hop so just follow the links and you'll end up where you started! The winner of the Hop will be chosen from a Mystery Blog Hostess so be SURE and leave a little love at each stop for a chance to win.

To continue the circle, hop on over to Dude Time Doodles and just keep going until you get back here. Have fun and get ready for some wonderful inspiration......
If you do happen to get lost along the way, come back here for the links: Ginny, Nancy, Tammy, Theresa, Fink, Anne, Cleota, Ruth, Hetty, Boni, Lynn (that's me), and Dude Time Doodles.

The image I've used for this Blog Hop is called Armchair Arnie. He is just READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!! He's got his popcorn, beer, favorite recliner, and remote. Total relaxation for sure. The image has the little patched up places on the recliner and I added some duct tape to that - gotta hold that chair together for one more football season. I used some Liquid Glass on that yummy looking bowl of popcorn. Go check out Boni's store for not only this brand new release, but alot of other fantastic images.

Thanks for stopping by.........and have fun with the Blog Hop.........


Sincere Sympathy

A friend of mine asked me to make a sympathy card for her so she could give it to a family that had lost a loved one. I CASEd this from a card I saw on SCS by "knightrone". Hers was not quite this clean and simple but I kept mine like this so it could be mailed without any extra postage. I really like the simplicity of it though. That bow is actually brown, but looks almost black in the photo. I used the Thoughts and Prayers stamp from SU and used some Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, and some DP I had in my stash.

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving (if you celebrate this). All my company is finally gone and after five days of cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, etc......I'm really ready for things to be back to normal again.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Penguin Party

I still haven't decided if these are penguins or black and white owls! They're SUPPOSE to be penguins though so that's what we're going with here. I saw a card on Michelle's Stamping Blog that was similar to this and since I've had that owl punch from SU for several weeks and hadn't used it I thought maybe now was the time. I still haven't punched out any owls yet!

This is another very clean and simple card. I really didn't have all the punches required for this but used the owl punch and the Itty Bitty Shapes punch. The rest of it was done by just cutting up some of the scraps (as if you couldn't tell)! The sentiment is from Christmas Scripts (CTMH).

This will be for the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge - spreading your wings. And yes, penguins DO have wings....they just use them for swimming instead of flying. I'm also entering this in the Just Us Girls challenge - to use the colors red, white, black, and yellow.

We have a slew of company coming in tomorrow for Thanksgiving and some of them won't be leaving until Saturday!!! Yikes! SOOOOO, I'm going to be on a short break from blogging for awhile. I will try to pop in on your blog if possible - and if not, I'll catch up with you after Saturday. Thanks to everyone for all your wonderful comments. They mean so very much to me and each and every one of them is appreciated! Hope you and your friends and family have a nice Thanksgiving.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Caroling Snowmen

Every two weeks, the blog group Stamps R Us has a challenge. This time the theme is Sparkles and Scallops. Be sure and go check it out. You have another week to submit your post. Also note that there is a PRIZE involved here . If you like Stamping Boutique images (or if you've never tried them and want to) be sure and submit an entry in this challenge.

There is alot going on with this card - in fact, maybe a little too much. I used two different embossing folders (Snow Flakes and Swiss Dots). The scalloped border and the snowflakes were made with a MS punch. I added glitter not only to the snow flakes, but also to the little scarves and hats on the snowmen. Actually, since that one little "guy" has a pink outfit on, I guess you can say two snow men and one snow woman! I printed out the image twice and popped up the second one - then again popped up the entire panel the snowmen are on.

This is for Paper Sundaes challenge - to use at least two of the following: Punches, Ribbon, Embossing and the color blue. As it turns out I used all four. I've also submitted it for the challenge over at Paper Play - let it snow.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wanna Party?

This is a free image I snagged from Bugaboo Stamps not long ago. Isn't she a cutie all dressed up in Christmas attire. She's ready to party, or maybe she's had one too many parties! I think she kind of sums up what I look like after having to take all the decorations down after Christmas. I really don't usually mind putting everything up, but taking it down in another story! Maybe I just need two homes so I can leave it all up all year in one home and live in the other one!

This wonderful layout is for a sketch challenge that is going on at Bugaboo right now. I really like the layout - pretty well clean and simple.

I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder on the red background and the patterned paper is from Paper Studio. The snowflakes were made with a MS punch.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Back When......

Ok, I know you're probably looking at this post and thinking that there is no way this card could be for a guy! Well, believe it or not, IT IS!

This is a birthday card for a friend (guy) of mine that was, and probably still is to some extent, a "hippie" - "BACK WHEN"! He probably even still has his love beads. I know not too many of yall remember "back when" - but it was a totally different "scene" for sure. It was hard to tell the guys from the gals and you just "did your own thing" and "let it all hang out". It wasn't unusual (at all) to see guys in pink and purple with some shimmer and shine! I know I'm really telling my age with this post and as my daughter would probably say - "Mom, NO ONE IS THAT OLD!"

Even though I already had this image, if you hurry you can pick it up at Dude Time Doodles for free. This is for a challenge they're having using this image - with a chance to be a Guest Designer for December.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010


Monica, over at Hand Made Cards With Love, gave me this wonderful Blog Award! How cool is that! She is so sweet and makes the most wonderful creations - a lot with special papers and handmade embellishments. Go check out her blog and take a look at some of her fabulous work.

I have been TERRIBLE about posting the Blog Awards and passing them on - and I've received a couple that never got posted here. For that, I apologize since each and every Blog Award, comment, or even just "stopping by" mean so much to me. My thanks to everyone on that.

I'm suppose to pass this on to five other bloggers - and again, I just am not able to do that. I visit so many blogs for inspiration and I always seem to find something I love in every single one. So I'm going to have to just pass this wonderful Blog Award to everyone! Please take it and place it on your blog and pass it around.

Thanks for stopping by..........


Friday, November 12, 2010

Cowboy Christmas

This is a "first" for me - first time I've ever used a Kitchen Sink Stamp. I have to admit, they're fantastic! And I'm already getting up my "wish list" for more. I saw some cards made with this image on Lynn's blog. Let me tell you - she has the most fabulous creations not only with the Kitchen Sink stamps, but other images as well. If you have a minute go check out her blog. After seeing her cards with this image, I knew I had to have it. I'll be making several of these for Christmas cards this year - and probably in years to come.

If you check out KSS you'll note that some of the images are two layer, three layer, etc....Since this was the first time using one and not knowing if I could do it or not, of course I just HAD to pick out an image that was FIVE LAYERS!!! Whoa! But, I think it came out pretty good for a "first" attempt.

I used some Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, and Cherry Cobbler - oh and some Holly Jolly DP. As far as stamping the images - I used five different shades of brown....or maybe it was three or four, with a couple "stamped off". I was just glad I got them lined up correctly!

This will be entered in the Stamp Man challenge (Christmas), Digi Doodle Shops Best (masculine), and Pixie Dust Studio (masculine).

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Green Leaf

This is a card for fall - and yes, I already know that one little leaf should have been brown, rust, mustard, or anything other than green. However, green it is! I figure you can look at this two ways - either it's symbolic of the last leaf falling with winter coming on - OR - the cut ants got to this tree and just stripped it!

The image is from Recollections and I used some unknown patterned paper (trying to use up scraps) and Old Olive, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla. The image is "framed" with the Scallop Edge Medallion (from the Resources page at SCS). And that shiny, shimmery, multi-colored ribbon was sent to me by Mary at Southern Moments. Beautiful ribbon and thanks again so much.

This will be for several challenges:
Creative Inspirations Paint - leaves (even though there is only ONE leaf here)
Crafty Emma - Forever Autumn

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Three Buttons and One Bow

The theme for the challenge at Stamps R Us is Buttons and Bows. Be SURE and check it out and play along since there is a very nice prize! The challenge started last week and will not end for another week. So get your entry in this week!

This is a digi from, well.....I don't know where! If you recognize where it came from please let me know. I'm about to get myself organized on filing those digis so I'll know where they came from, but just haven't a clue where I got this one. The stripe background paper is also another "unknown"! Ugh! It was in the scrap pile and thought it would fit with the image. The solid blue card stock and the ribbon is Pacific Point. The sentiment is from Tiny Tags (SU).

This started out (at least in my mind) to be a great card.....I was scooting right along with it and decided to stitch around the background out the trusty sewing machine, got it threaded, made sure it was on zig-zag.....and away I went...............After going around the card about 3/4 of the way, I looked down and all I had was HOLES! The thread hadn't been in the machine right!!! Instead of starting over on the entire card (like a normal person would have probably done) I finished "sewing" all the holes around the paper. After that I got some floss and kinda roped stitched in the holes......It didn't turn out like I wanted, but then, if you stop and think, very few cards ever do turn out exactly as planned!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

The Mighty Buffalo

Man dies.
The mighty buffalo dies.
Only the earth and mountains live forever.

My husband, who thoroughly enjoys reading about Indians, read this in a book several years ago. We don't know where he actually saw it or who (tribe) said it... however it carries so much meaning.

This is a CAS card for a male. The image is from In Wilderness (SU) and the sentiment from Happy Birthday (CTMH). I also used the Sanded background stamp around the buffalo. I used Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, and some CTMH DP. I decided not to color anything on this as I think the image, all alone, speaks for itself.

I'll be entering this in the following challenges:

The Paper Players - anything goes
Paper Sundaes - masculine
Cards for Men - masculine

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Name the Pumpkin

Every year for Thanksgiving dinner we usually have about 20 to 25 family members and friends over. Alot of cooking and dirty dishes for sure! However, this year it appears that we may not have that many (whew!). Even though we won't have that many guests this year I still like to make everything look festive. These will be a couple of the place cards I'll use this year - very informal affair. Last year I made some with a turkey on them - these are not quite as creative but think they'll do the trick. (If you want to see the ones I did last year, check it out HERE)

I used the Big Pumpkin image from Hero arts and the nestie scallop die and colored them with Prismapencils. I made a little "backing" on them so they'd stand up and then attached some hay.
You may want to zoom in on these - I was having a hard time getting a good picture since we had about a 30 mph wind and I was taking them outside! I'm really thinking maybe I could benefit from an Ott light!!! Maybe I'll have to throw a couple of hints around for Christmas!!! So, what's your an Ott light worth it?

This is for the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge.

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Monday, November 1, 2010


Hope everyone had a nice Halloween and stayed safe.

This stamp is from PSX that I found in a box of stamps I bought at an estate sale last year! Let me tell ya.....I felt like I'd hit a gold mine. It was filled with alot of very nice stamps and it appeared they'd never been used!

This is for the Stampin Royalty challenge - a sketch. I used some Soft Suede, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, and Paper Studio DP. The images were colored with Prismapencils and the background done with chalk. I added some very tiny pearls (SU) to the flowers in the center but you probably can't see them unless you "click" on the picture to enlarge it.
Of course that bow was completed using the Bow-Easy! I'm actually working on making my own bows but to be honest, it just isn't going so great. I'm just pretty much all thumbs (oh, and sometimes I even use my teeth) when it comes to this!

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Friday, October 29, 2010


Just plain old BOO!!! Hope everyone is ready for Halloween this weekend. Keep the little ones safe and have a fun time!

This was a fun card to make because of this cute little Witchy Poo image (by Boni-Boutelle-Jones) for Firecracker Designs by Pamela. Don't forget, Pamela is closing her store and having a HUGE sale. Be sure and check it out today!

This is my last week as a Digi Guest Designer for FCD and I have to say I've loved every minute of it. So thank you Pamela, Shelly, and all the rest of the DT. It's been a wonderful, enjoyable experience.
The card stock I used for this was Only Orange, Black, White, and Lavender Lace (or maybe it was Lovely Lavender - one of those lavenders anyway). I colored the spooky little gal in Copics and SU markers - note: I also added bloodshot eyes! The "Boo" was done with some chip board I had - colored it and then added a little glitter. On the white "oo's" I painted on some of that fabulous paint ( Fairy Dust) from Creative Inspirations Paint. I did a little stitching around the unknown DP, added the ribbon, tacked the little orange brad on it - and POOF, it was completed.

This is for several challenges - check them out and be inspired!
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by Nightmares (This little green eyed witch would definitely give me nightmares!
Paper Playtime - Halloween
Corrosive Challenges by Janet - Halloween or Orange and Black
Paper Play Challenges - A haunting we will go...
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I Scream, You Scream......

How about a nice refreshing SUMMER card! Actually, we're having temperatures in the 90's again this week and so what would taste better than a little ice cream cone! Looks pretty yummy doesn't it! (Just don't swallow the rhinestones)!
I used the Sweet Scoops set from SU, along with some Pixie Pink, White, and Paper Studio DP. I stamped the little ice cream cones and then after stamping the scoops, cut them out and popped them up. The DP had the little polka dots on it so I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder on the solid pink. Since this will be for a young girl, I just HAD to add those rhinestones to the scoops!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Simply a Birthday

This is a VERY clean and simple card.....and it's a CASE from "Ambouth" over at SCS. I saw hers and thought how pretty it was so decided to CASE it. I will tell you this though - she tied her ribbon a lot prettier that this one!!!

I used Certainly Celery, White, and Brocade Blue. The butterflies were made using the Beautiful Wings die. One of these days I'm going to make a card with it covered in butterflies....this die just makes the cutest!

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Farewell to FCD Blog Hop

It's a party - but a VERY SAD one I'm afraid. Firecracker Designs by Pamela is closing the store. She still has lots of rubber and clear stamps on SALE though so be sure to stop by and check it out. The digital images will be around for awhile so grab some of those too while you're there.

So, it's a sad farewell party! Just try not to get "sloshed" like this little guy - ok!

This is one of the digital images from Firecracker Designs by Pamela called Hillbilly Moonshine (by Boni Boutelle-Jones). He's a cutie with his little jug of brew and he comes with several sentiments that will surely make you smile.

I colored him with Copics and SU markers - dirty feet and all! I printed out the image twice, colored, it, then cut out the jug and popped it up on dimensionals. The patterned paper (from CTMH) coordinates with the Spots and Dots embossing folder I used.

NOW, more about the BLOG HOP!!!!! This will be the last one by FCD so be sure and participate. It's a circular hop - just follow the links and you'll end up where you started. The winner will be chosen from a mystery blog hostess so be sure and leave a comment on every blog so you don't miss out. Also leave your e-mail in your comment so Pamela can contact you if you're the winner. The Hop officially starts at 8:00 a.m. (EST) Friday 10-22-10 and ends on Monday 10-25-10 at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

To continue the circle, hop over to Pamela's Blog and just keep going until you've come back where you started . Thanks so much for playing along and hope you have a great time.

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Another Thanksgiving Card

Yep, here's another card for fall or Thanksgiving. I really don't usually send out many cards (at all) for Thanksgiving, but I'm on a roll here it seems! This is one of those cards that started out one way and ended up entirely different. I finally got the whole thing completed, and decided to add the extra strip of scalloped green. I'm not really sure I should have done that but thought maybe it would kinda "tie" into the ribbon I used. Anyway, what's done is done!

This is for the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge - One of these things is not like the other.

The leaf I used is from Autumn Days set and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes -both SU. The top half (Very Vanilla) was embossed with the Swiss Dots folder and of the scallop strips were done with a SU punch. I also used Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie card stock. And ah......the ribbon! Last year I found this ribbon at Wal-Mart and got a couple of rolls. The more I looked at it (and used it) the more I fell in love with it. Of course, when I went to get more they didn't have any! I even had a blogger buddy looking for some for me and it was just not to be found. Well, a month or so ago, lo and behold I found some! Yipee! I bought all they had. It's just great for fall and Thanksgiving cards.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Riding by......

Just a little fall-ish card for everyone today (oh, and I have another one for tomorrow too)! This bicycle image is from OCL and the set comes with all kinds of accessories. I didn't use any on this card though - instead I used the little pumpkins accessory from Loads of Love (SU). It fit on there pretty good I thought.

This is for the Paper Players challenge - a sketch. I really like this layout because you can either "dress it up" or "dress it down".

As I said, the bicycle image is from OCL and I colored it, and the pumpkins, with Copics and SU markers. I then sponged a little Crumb Cake color around the image. I used one of Texturz plates from SU on the orange background. It doesn't make a deep impression but I liked the look of it. The "frame" around the image was done with SU punches. I kept thinking I needed to make a double frame but it turned out to be just a little bit TOO much so I stuck with the single one.

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Monday, October 18, 2010


Several months ago a friend and I went to Hobby Lobby. She found a "sale" basket and picked up this charm of a cowboy on a bucking horse. It was so tiny you could hardly tell what it was. Well, she threw it into my basket and said I NEEDED it!!! It was only like 25 cents but I kept thinking - WHAT am I going to do with that thing! I threw it in the button container and forgot about it. When I saw the sketch on SCS this week (#302) and decided to make the card with the Little Buckaroo image from Stampabilities, I thought of that little charm. So I guess maybe I did NEED it after all!!! I wouldn't normally think of putting a charm on a little boys card, but I figure he'll be so busy looking for the money inside the card he won't even notice that charm!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010


This is just so clean and simple - and yes, QUICK! If you have a lot of Christmas cards to make though, this is the route to go. I saw this one in Card Marker magazine yesterday by Michelle Woerner and knew that I had to CASE it. It's a very quick card to make - and you use up some scraps in the process! I made one in green at first and then realized I didn't have any green rhinestones. I tried coloring some with a Copic marker but they came out looking a little yellow. So decided to do one in red. The sentiment is from Stampabilities.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Change of Pace

Just a little change of pace from all the Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fall, and Christmas cards! This is actually looking more like "spring" to me - and we have a ways to go before we hit that time of year again. But, I just couldn't resist this precious little digi image and went ahead and made a card with it. The image is from Firecracker Designs by Pamela. Due to her store closing soon, she is have a huge SALE right now so be sure and check it out. Isn't this little bear just the cutest, sitting on that log!! I think he's ready for the party to begin.

I used some Only Orange, Ballet Blue, and Chocolate Chip card stock. The DP is Pawistively (retired) from SU. I printed him out twice and then cute out one of the balloons. After coloring them and adding Liquid Glass, I popped one of them up on dimensionals. I added a little bit of stitching and the buttons to complete the card.

This is my third submission for the digi Guest Designer spot at Firecracker Designs. Be sure and check out Pamela's store for the sale and just to see all the fabulous images and rubber and clear stamps she has! Also take a peek at her blog!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Masculine Christmas Card

I usually send out a couple of Christmas cards to just males. I found this sketch over at Taylored Expressions Sketch #131 and thought Dasher (SU) would, well...just look "dashing" on it! I used some more manly looking colors I think - like the Always Artichoke and Real Red. The patterned paper is from Paper Pizazz. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE plaid - so really like using this. Kind of gives it a "manly feel". I embossed Dasher with some of the Egyptian Gold embossing powder. Again, I used the Square Lattice embossing folder and also used a SU punch. The snowflakes were made using a MS punch and then I added gold brads in the center.
This is for the challege at Taylored Expressions.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Little Things

The theme for the challenge at Creative Inspirations Paint is "Little Things". When I first saw this, I thought of, well.....little things (objects). Then, I thought, about the "little things" in life that make me happy! I mean like you go to the mall and find a parking space right in front of the store you need to go into! about getting a GOOD haircut. See what I mean. To me, another "little thing" is telling someone "thanks". How often do you receive a "thank you" card anymore? I created this card for a friend just to say "thanks so much" for being my friend.

Now you're going to have to just trust me on this one, but this is really pretty and shiny in real life! I used Pretty in Pink and Lovely Lilac card stock and the camera just did not do those colors justice at all!!! The little butterflies were made using the Beautiful Wings die and the sentiment is from Watercolor Trio. On the butterflies I used the colors Amethyst and Tutu Pink by Creative Inspirations Paint and they just shimmer and shine! The rectangle was made using SU punches.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Season of Change

I guess "fall" is officially here however we don't have any leaves falling just yet. They usually start falling in November around here - then I'll probably be more inclined to say "fall" is actually here! This will be one of my cards that I send out at Thanksgiving.

If I'm not mistaken, this is a digi image from Karen's Doodles. So "fallish" looking and pretty. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU). I actually tried something different with this and colored the pumpkins with my stamp pads and blender pens. I think they came out pretty good anyway. I used the Square Lattice die and an oval nestie, along with some twill ribbon, old button, SU punch, and some twine.

The layout is from Get Sketchy - and this is for their challenge this week.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Beautiful Poinsettia

This is probably the prettiest image of a poinsettia that I have ever seen! It's a digital image from Firecracker Designs by Pamela. Pamela has a HUGE sale going on right now so pop over and check it out. While you're in that direction, also look at her blog! It's just great. This is my second submission for my digi Guest Designer spot for Firecracker Designs by Pamela.

I used some Cherry Cobbler and white. The white is embossed with the Scrollwork folder from Cuttlebug. This just makes the perfect background for an image. I printed out the poinsettia twice and cut the center flower out of one of the images. After coloring this with Copics, I added dimensionals to the cut out flower and popped it up. I also added a little glitter to the leaves and flowers for some "oomph"! I felt I needed a little something at the bottom of the image since I didn't center it exactly right in the embossed part (image that!), so I added the little pearls.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ghost Stories

The theme for the challenge over at Creative Inspirations Paints is "Bedtime Stories"! Ok, you ask, so why am I posting a Halloween card?

When I was a very young girl ( a LONG time ago mind you) my brother and I would spend the night at my great aunt's house sometimes. As bedtime stories, she told us ghost stories.....with the ghosts, vampires, goblins, etc. I'm serious! She was a fabulous story teller and we would usually go home and have nightmares for days! In fact, I think I was in high school before I finally quit checking under my bed at night for something like the creature from the Black Lagoon! Scary! I just hope it didn't warp my mind too much!

One of the granddaughters requested that her Halloween card be very shiny and have lots of ribbon! I think this will qualify. I used some Glimmer Mist on the gray looking background -smearing it all over after spraying. Gives it a nice shine. Then I took a match (actually, matches) and burnt all the edges of that piece. I also frayed all the ends of the black and white ribbon to make it look "scary"! On the three images (from SU Booglie Eyes) I used some Copics and Creative Inspirations paint (Silver Frost). Now that stuff REALLY shines! The layout is from Diva Coffee Break Designs.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy Ho, Ho, Ho

Just giving everyone an early Ho, Ho, Ho!!! I'm really not even wanting to think about Christmas just yet, but guess I have too. I'm trying to create a few Christmas cards each week.

This image is from a stamp that I got at an Estate sale last year - from RubberStampede. It really looks very vintage - but my card doesn't. I still like this layout from SCS and card - and think it'll be easy to mail (in other words, NO EXTRA POSTAGE)! What a plus that one will be! I used some Real Red, Soft Suede, and White. The patterned paper is from Flair. I embossed the red background with the Square Lattice folder from SU.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

What Is It?

Ok, here's the question - is this a doxie or a basset? It's L-O-N-G but it also has VERY long ears! I'm going with the answer being a doxie - maybe it's because we have a little doxie about this color and yes, he is long (and you guessed it - his name is Rambo)! He just doesn't have the ears that drag the ground.

Isn't this just a precious little image? It's from the Digi Doodle Shop! Go check it out - they have some very cute (and pretty) images. And also check out the Stamps R Us challenge - the theme for the challenge this week is "Nature"! Be sure and add your entry for a chance to win.

I stamped the image and then "shingled" the roof with some strips of brown card stock. The house is colored red with a Copic marker and the little doxie is colored with Prismacolor pencils. I used chalk for the grass and sky.

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Friday, October 1, 2010


I'm so excited to announce that I'm a digi Guest Designer for Firecracker Designs by Pamela for the month of October!!! What a wonderful store Pamela has. Check it out and you'll see all the digital images, plus red rubber and clear stamps. There's a big sale going on right now as the store will be closing soon (sadly), so pop over there and take a look. Also, go take a look at Pamela's blog! Fantastic!

This little cowboy image, star, and the "howdy" sentiment are from the Cowboy Roundup set at Firecracker Designs. The set has several little cowboy images and sentiments. I used some Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla card stock. The patterned paper is from CTMH. I colored this little guy with SU markers and a couple of Copics. After completing the card, layering, piercing, etc....I felt it just needed a little something extra. That's when I remembered I had some burlap left over from using in a deer blind! So I frayed part of it and also added that to give it a "rustic" look.

Just a very short story here about the "howdy" part. When my son first started college at Texas A & M University we made a trip to visit. As we walked around the campus and passed students, they all said "howdy"! Not hi, hello, or anything except "howdy"! My son greeted everybody the same way. We found out that was one of the traditions of the school. By the time we left there I thought if I ever heard another person say "howdy" in my life, I would just strangle them!!! So before anyone, we do not all greet each other with "howdy" here in Texas!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


The layout for this card was from Clean and Simple stamping several weeks ago. I completed making it at that time, but never seemed to get it posted! So, here it is!

I used an image and the sentiment from In Wilderness (SU). Paper is Always Artichoke, Kraft, Very Vanilla and Manchester DP.
It IS rather clean and simple - and maybe has a little too much blank vanilla space - but I think it'll be good as a masculine card.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Colors of Halloween

You just gotta love all the wonderful colors of Halloween........Have you ever wondered why you associate certain colors with different holidays? I mean, why not use green for Valentine's Day and red for Halloween, and black for Thanksgiving, etc....Kinda makes you stop and think!

Anyway, back to Halloween. As I said before, I'm really not a big fan of Halloween, but I do LOVE all the purples, oranges, greens, etc. that you see on cards this time of the year.

This is somewhat of a CASE from a card I saw in the Sept./Oct. issue of Paper Crafts magazine. Very simple looking - however, getting all those little panels cut the same and them spaced right was just beyond me. Sometimes, the easiest looking projects turn out the be the hardest! And no, you're right, I didn't get them spaced exactly right but I'm hoping that the recipient of this card won't notice. The sentiment and spider are from Happy Haunting (CTMH).

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