Celebrate For 2 Crafty Critter Crazies + Other News

Hello friends!  Happy April 1st which means it’s time for a new monthly challenge for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge!  Remember that it’s always an “ANYTHING GOES + CRITTER” challenge to enter your creation.  We’re looking forward to seeing your projects!

This month we’re being sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios!  They were kind enough to provide images for the design team to create their projects with, so here’s what I’ve made for my challenge project:

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I think I could probably celebrate with these cute little hedgies, couldn’t you?!🦔🦔

This image is called Hedgie Party from Digi Doodle Studios and it was super fun to color up for my card!  We can always use birthday cards in our stash, so I pulled out some papers from my stash…including some left over pieces to assemble the design.

I used a Simon Says Stamp stamp set to heat emboss the stars over the green decorative paper with gold EP.  I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the paper from the same stamp set with black ink.  I cut out this panel with a square stitched die, layered over white cardstock and then attached it to a piece of orange top folding 5″ square card base.

I pulled out some gold mirror cardstock cut with a scallop square die and layered it over the design, wrapped some gold ribbon around it, placed the layered image panel over top of that with craft foam and added the bow.

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Here’s a closer view of the image I’ve colored with Copic markers.  I’ve also used a white and gold gel pen to create some polka dots over parts of the image.

Hard to see in the photo, but I covered the big present bow with a glitter brush pen too.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using this sweet DDS image!  Please be sure to enter your creation over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog for a chance to win a prize from Digi Doodle Studios!  Thanks for stopping in!

If you make a creation using any DDS image, please be sure to share it over in the DDS Facebook Fan Group and don’t forget about the DDS monthly challenge blog as well!

Other news:

Just FYI that this post will be my final creation as a design team member for not only 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, but also for Digi Doodle Studios as well.  Although I adore everyone on these design teams very much, it’s just time for me to let DTs go for a while.

**DON’T FORGET TO CHECK BACK ON MY BLOG TOMORROW TO SEE WHO THE WINNER OF MY PURPLE DAY BLOG HOP GIVE AWAY IS!!**

Challenges:

  1.  Krafty Chicks – All Occasions
  2. Di’s Digi Challenge – Birthdays
  3. QKR Stampede – #391 Anything Goes
  4. Creative Knockouts – #343 Anything Goes
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2013 Ribbon
  6. Country View– Animal Magic

Purple Day Blog Hop For Epilepsy Awareness

Hello my friends!  Today starts the annual “Purple Day” blog hop and I have joined with my friend Fiki to help bring awareness about epilepsy.  I hope you will join along with us for information, to help spread awareness, view inspiration and be in for a chance to win a prize from some fabulous sponsors!

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Please take a moment and read important information about this special day:

Purple Day is a global grassroots event formed with the intention to increase worldwide awareness of epilepsy, and to dispel common myths and fears of this neurological disorder. Further intentions of this movement are to reduce the social stigmas commonly endured by many individuals afflicted with the condition; to provide assurance and advocacy to those living with epilepsy that they are not alone in their ongoing endurance; and to initiate individuals living with the condition to take action in their communities to achieve these aims.

The day occurs annually on March 26.  To read more about epilepsy or how you can help in the U.S., check out the Epilepsy Foundation’s website.

Blog Hop information:

It would be nice if you follow each person along the blog hop, but it is not necessary to be included in the draw for winning.
You will have from Thrusday, March 26th – Tuesday March 31st to hop around!
Here’s the list of blogs to follow:  (Be sure to check out EACH blog as some will have their own blog candy to give away…including myself below!)
                                                                               Ike

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Vicki<<<<<<<<<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!!!!

Our sponsors:

We have some really fantastic sponsors giving away images of choice to a winner:
DDS
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These companies are also giving out images:
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You can pop over to join their their Facebook pages here:
Digi Doodle Studios (FB fan group)
Knitty Kitty Designs (FB fan group)
Ike’s Art (FB fan Group)

Thank you so much to these wonderful sponsors!

So what must you do to be in draw for the prize?  It’s simple.
You must comment on each blog stop. (list linked above)
Leave a comment telling us what you’ve learned about epilepsy.
(To be eligible for MY blog candy…please enter with InLinkz below!)

I hope that this was helpful information and a way for others to become aware of the seriousness of this condition.  I’ve learned even more about epilepsy this year and I hope you will be able to do the same by checking out the information above!

My card inspiration:

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Isn’t she just the sweetest little girl with her big heart?!  So delighted, of course, to have been provided this darling image from Digi Doodle Studios which is one of the sponsors for our blog hop today!  This image is called Sweet Carlina and I’ve got her colored up in purples and pinks.  She has a little white heart tucked in her jacket pocket to go with the white hearts on my design.   😁

I found some pretty purplish decorative papers from a recent card kit I had and then I just followed along with a sketch to complete my design. (See challenges below.)  After coloring her out, I’ve cut her out with a MFT Wonky Stitch rectangle die and then layered with a purple cardstock layer cut out with a MFT Scallop Stitch rectangle die.  I popped it up with craft foam over strips of lace, twine and accents I’ve created with the papers.  I’ve used a LF scallop border die to cut accents to go with my heart paper strips.  Extra hearts left over were used in the top corner.  I also added a purple flower button with twine to finish it off.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done on her with my Copic markers.  I’ve used  white gel pen to dot her checks and color the heart in her pocket.  You can barely see the shimmer that I’ve done over the heart she’s holding with a glitter brush pen.

You’ll also notice that I’ve printed out this image twice, fussy cut out just the portion of the heart she’s holding along with her hands and popped it out over the colored image to give it some depth.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my inspiration for the blog hop!  I sure enjoyed creating it and helping to give support to my friend along with creating awareness for epilepsy!

I also want to thank each and every one of you for helping to support this blog hop and leaving comments along the way!

Please be sure to visit each link above along with visiting the kind sponors that are providing prizes for the winners!

Challenges:

  1. Time OutPurple (helping to support epilepsy awareness with us!)Time Out Challenge 158 Badge
  2.  Sketch Saturday – sketch #602602
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2012 Anything Goes
  4. Arty Divas – #18 Anything Goes
  5. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  7. The House That Stamps Built – M2520

If you are interested in entering for another prize, this is the blog candy that I’m giving away personally from myself and would be happy to ship it anywhere in the world to a randomly chosen winner…

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Here’s a  list of what’s included in this blog candy:

  1.  pkg. of rainbow shattered glass Decofoil transfer sheets (5 sheets 6″ x 6″)
  2. Darice embossing folder
  3. My Favorite Things “You Have the Biggest Heart” clear stamp
  4. Watercolor Pencils (set of 8 colors)
  5. Tombow Water Brushes (set of 3 different sizes)
  6. Package of sentiment cards
  7. Package of Puffy Stickers (40 stickers)
  8. Purple Glitter Sheets (2 pieces cut at 5.5″ x 4.25″)
  9. Purple Ribbon with pink saddle stitch
  10. Brutus Monroe Mixed Media Tags (2 approx 4″ x 8″)

If this sounds like something you’d like a chance to win, then be sure to leave me a comment below that you are interested in the prize to qualify.  (This way I know who’s interested in the blog candy or who’s just wanting to leave a comment.)

YOU WILL HAVE UNTIL WEDNESDAY APRIL 1st BY 12:00 AM CST TO ENTER!!!  I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF MY BLOG CANDY ON THIS BLOG BY THURSDAY APRIL 2nd.  IF THE WINNER DOESN’T CONTACT ME WITHIN 3 DAYS, ANOTHER WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN.  Good luck!🤞

Sorry about the problem with the InLinkz tool……..
I have the following people listed to enter the give away: (I will update it as people enter)

  1.  Kitty
  2. Janis
  3. Sandie
  4. Ike
  5. Meghan
  6. Olga
  7. Chandhini
  8. Subhashini S
  9. sharti
  10. Karen Ladd
  11. Sue D
  12. Valerjia

Please just leave me a comment below that you are interested in the give away!!
So terribly sorry about this as InLinkz really just didn’t like my blog at all!!🙄 

Peyton is Painting Eggs for Easter!

Hello there friends!  Where have I been?  Well, I went off looking for my “MOJO” and he’s doing some disappearing acts on me for sure!  I’m having such a hard time getting motivated and feel that my creative juices have completely dried out!  Do you ever feel this way too?  What are some things you have done to help you?  I will keep trying for now!  LOL!  So sorry for being MIA lately!

Today I must share with you a card I came up with using this really adorable image from Digi Doodle Studios just in time for Easter!

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Isn’t he adorable?!  This digital image is called Peyton’s Painted Eggs from DDS and he’s busy at work painting up eggs to get them done in time for Easter!  I’d say he looks like myself getting messy and into the job!  LOL!

After coloring him up, I used a MFT die to cut him out and create the layered frame around him with some purple glitterstock along with some black and white cardstock.  I white heat embossed a sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp) and cut it out with a banner die to go over the image panel.

I took some white ribbon and wrapped it around the corners and attached a bow on the top corner with a flower embellishment in the center…found in my stash.

Also “found in my stash” was the fence and grass dies that I used to attach to the bottom of the card front panel.  Some of the “grass” was placed behind the image panel and some in front of it.  I also attached in the center a strip of the purple glitterstock Lawn Fawn Spring Plaid paper for the front of the card and this was layered over another piece of black cardstock which was mounted over a top folding 5″ square white card base.

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Here you can see how I’ve got him all colored up with Copic markers.  He was actually really fun to color up.  My first notion was to make him a white bunny, but I thought he would really stand out if he was brown in color instead.  I added some blades of grass around him with my markers.

I left the egg he was in the process of painting white along with the plain one on the ground…after all, he IS in the process of working on them! LOL!

I’ve only used the white gel pen for his cheeks and  I’ve used a clear metallic gel pen on the paint brush.  The “shinny” areas you see on the “fresh paint” colors are the places that I’ve covered with glossy accents.  The light is naturally highlighting them!

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed my Easter bunny card today and it’s helped get you in the mood thinking warm Spring thoughts!  I know I’m really looking forward to warmer weather and being outdoors for sure!  Easter is just around the corner now!

Please be sure to join us over in the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Fan Group for inspiration, fun and challenges!  There is also a DDS Challenge Blog to share your creations for a chance to win a prize as well!  So go check things out!

Here’s the Digi Doodle Studios product I’ve used on my card today: (Click photo to view/purchase image from the store.)

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Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #73 Anything Goes
  4. Love to Craft – LTCCB44 Anything Goes
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #127 Anything Goes
  6. Creative with Stamps – #48 EggCWS#48Egg
  7. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2010 Anything Goes
  8. Crafty Creations – #407 Anything Goes
  9. Creative Fingers – #181 Anything Goes
  10. Sweet Stampers – #42 Easter or Spring
  11. The Sisterhood of Crafters – Easter

 

 

Owl-rageous Thanks

Hello friends!  We’re finally on the last Friday of February!  Yay!

Although we’ve had snow in our forecast recently, I’m feeling Spring will be in the air soon and I really look forward to it along with all of the pretty flowers and green grass!  So today, I’m sharing a card I’ve made using this adorable Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Isn’t this little owl the cutest?!  I love how he has his little wings out for a hug!  I’ve used several of the images from the “Owl-rageous” Pairables set to create the scene on my card.  (Be sure to check out the bottom of this post to see all the images included in the set!)   I have used Word.doc on my computer to arrange and size the different images where I wanted them for my scene and printed it out to color.  I’ve also printed out the flower image from the set along with the sentiment separately to cut out for my design.

As you can see, I’ve taken the flower image and sized it differently and arranged it around the stump for the scene.  I’ve also used it to cut it out separately to attach to the twine next to the sentiment as well as the twine bow at the bottom.

I’ve printed out the sentiment, cut it out and then cut the fish tails on each end and ink blended with brown ink around it.  I’ve matted it with the same brown cardstock that I’ve layered the image panel on and it’s also the base of my top folding A2 sized card.

I’ve pulled out some textured woodgrain cardstock as well as the Spring Plaid papers from my Lawn Fawn stash.  I thought the woodgrain and Spring-like colors worked well for this cute owl.  I’ve finished it off with some clear sequins.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cutie!  I’ve used the W tones to color him in and then the E20s to color the stump.  I also end up going for the G24, G21 and G20 for coloring my grass.  I love the bright Spring green it gives I think.  I highlighted his cheeks and eyes with a white gel pen.

You can also see a subtle cloud line behind him.  I’ve used the MFT Cloud Stencil with my ink blending tool and Tumled Glass distress ink to create the background.

You can see that I’ve wrapped some twine around the center of the card where the two different papers meet as well as wrapped around each corner of the image panel.  This is where I decided to add the cut out flowers on each end.

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I feel like this owl with my arms open and ready to take in all of Spring when it comes and thank Mother Nature for bringing it around! LOL!  How about you?

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and that you’ll take a look at this darling Pairables set as it can be used in so many different ways!  I had so much fun creating with it!  You can check it out below and click on the photo to purchase/view in the store:

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If you create a project using a Digi Doodle Studios image, please be sure to share it with us over in the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group as we would love to see it!  There is also a challenge you can enter for a chance to win a prize as well!  Don’t forget about the Digi Doodle Studios Challenge Blog and play along each month over there too!

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends!  I’ll be seeing you soon! 🙂

Challenges:

  1.  Creative Fingers – #180 Anything Goes
  2. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2008 Anything Goes
  4. Arty Divas – #16 Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  6. Cute Card Thursday – Spring Fever

Seally Me!

Hello friends!  I hope that you’ve had a great weekend!  The temps actually got up high enough that I was able to take a nice walk Sunday!  Then of course since it’s February, Mother Nature says we will be getting several inches of snow today!  For some reason this month seems really long, so I’m ready to move along to March! LOL!

You may have noticed a little updating that I’ve done on my blog.  I like this format better as the photos are larger along with the font and I changed up my blog header as well…hopefully this makes things more “visually appealing”! 🙂

Since we are still getting snow, I thought it would be a great time to pull out this adorable “Seally for You” Pairables digi set from Digi Doodle Studios and make some cards:

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For my first card, I’ve arranged the images from the set and printed it out.  You may recognize the balloon floating in the air which is another digital image that came from the DDS Little Ones Pairables set.  (So don’t forget that you can always mix sets together to come up with some really fun scenes!)

To finish out the scene, I’ve used some masking paper and ripped up pieces of scrap paper to create the “hills” in the background along with the “water” that the seal is taking a ride on over a piece of ice.  I used some blender brushes to blend the colors for the background.

I’ve used some liquid glue around the edges of this panel and covered it with some glitter.  I printed out the sentiment from the set separately over a piece of colored cardstock and cut it out for the banner.

Since I was trying to keep this a “wintry” style card, I kept the colors more blue and purple.  I found some fun papers in my stash that worked for a fun birthday theme and then I used an embossing folder and embossed that strip of Prism paper in the center that I’ve placed the ribbon over and added the bow.  Lastly, I’ve added the heart sequins and covered the balloon and ice images with a glitter brush pen.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring on this cute little seal as well as all of the shimmer and sparkle everywhere!  I’ve used a white gel pen for his cheeks, eyes and for lines on the water.

“Seally Me”….I’m always forgetting a birthday here and there!  LOL!  Which I guess is why I’ve decided to create another card:

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For this card, I’ve kept it pretty much the same in a more simplified way with less layers and details.

As you can see, I’ve printed out the scene panel with just the seal on the ice platform and then I’ve used blender brushes here again to just give the “water” a bit of color that fades out towards the center of the panel.  I printed out the “icebergs” and sentiment separately and then cut them out to place over the design.

I’ve also used a MFT balloon die to cut out with black and turquoise glitter paper and popped that up along with the “icebergs” over the panel.  Lastly I’ve added some sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on this seal.  I’ve kept him the same colors, but for this one, it’s a bit softer in tones.  Again, I’ve used a white gel pen for this cheeks, eyes and water as well as a glitter brush pen over the icebergs and ice platform.

I honestly am not sure which one I like better than the other, but that seal is cute regardless and that face might help me “get away” with being late for a birthday when I send it along! LOL!

Really hope that you’ve enjoyed my cards or have been inspired in some way!  Still struggling with no MOJO, but trying to work through it and hopefully it’ll miss me and want to come back soon!  Until then, I will keep trying to create through it.

Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Here’s the Pairables Digi stamp sets that I’ve used on my creations today, so click on them to view/purchase in the store:

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Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Di’s Digi Challenge – Use a Digi Image
  2. Papercraft– #55 Winter Fun
  3. Createful Heart Design – #17 Anything Goes
  4. Jan’s Digi Stamps– #8 Anything Goes
  5. The House That Stamps Built – F1920 Winter Color Palettef1920
  6. Aud Sentiments – #245 Anything Goes + Sentiment
  7. Penny’s Paper-Crafty – #465 Anything Goes

It’s Going to be “Owl-right!”

Hello friends and welcome to the weekend!  I hope you have some great plans ahead of you and have some fun!

Today I’d like to share this card I’ve made with a darling feathered cutie and the punnyness that goes along with him….

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Isn’t this little guy the cutest owl you’ve seen?  This image was actually created on my computer with the “Owl-rageous” Pairables digital stamp set from Digi Doodle Studios.  The owl, the branch and the sentiment are all seprate images, but I’ve pieced them together on my computer and printed it out to create this scene!

I’ve actually printed out an “extra” owl and flower to color in and pop up over the image for added dimension.  I used the “out-of-the-box” technique to circle die cut out the image.  The branch is sticking outside the circle.

I’ve used a woodgrain embossing foler and rubbed some white ink over it and also added a strip of yellow paper from my stash wrapped in twine along the edge.

I die cut a flower and rubbed some pink ink over it, attached a button and twine bow over it to pop up over the owl panel.  Then added some sequins filled with glitter glue in the centers.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the images.  I’ve used a purple glitter gel pen for the tiny hearts on the branch and then a yellow glitter gel pen for the centers of the flowers.  I’ve used some yellow ink to sponge around the circle panel.

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This card actually has me longing for Spring to come with those flowers!  He’s letting us know that everything is OWLright!! ha ha ha!!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I really appreciate you stopping in!  See you soon!

ETA:  Hubby said I should include the song….

Challenges to enter:

  1. Cheerful Sketches – Feb sketchsketch a
  2. Love to Craft – LTCCB43 Anything Goes
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #72 Anything Goes
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2006 Anything Goes
  5. Not Just Cards – Feb Anything Goes
  6. Arty Divas – #115 Anything Goes
  7. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  8. Alphabet Challenge – ‘W’ is for “Anything You Wish”

Seally For You

Hello there friends!

There’s something brand new in the Digi Doodle Studios store this month and it’s just perfect for making an adorable Valentine’s Day or love themed card!  Check out this sweet card I’ve made for you today:

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Aren’t these snow seals just the sweetest?!  I’ve used the brand new Pairables digital set called Seally for You from Digi Doodle Studios for my card here.

It’s really easy to create a scene on your computer with the images and then just print them out to color!  I have this cute couple arranged in a “Titanic” situation (If you’ve seen the movie, then you know what I’m referring to! LOL!)  on my scene here, but also have printed out a couple of extra hearts along with the fish and floating ice cube to fussy cut out and add to my scene later after assembling it.  The “water waves” that I’ve added to my scene is actually from the DDS Otterly Loves Pairables.  That is what is so cool about these Pairables sets, is that you can use the different elements together with another set to create some fun & unique scenes!

I used cut out vellum for the water and added another strip that I actually clear heat embossed the sentiment as it came out of the printer.  You can heat emboss over vellum as the ink stays wet a little longer after printing it out.  (Not for too long though!)

I added the colored up fish, hearts and ice cube to the design as well as sponged some soft pastel clouds with a stencil.  I was also trying to be different by tilting the image layer over the card.  The card front panel was embossed with a falling snow embossing folder, I wrapped some ribbon around the corner and attached this piece to an A2 sized top folding white card base.

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I’ve colored the images with Copic markers.  You can see that I’ve fussy cut out the smaller heart and then popped up the top heart with foam tape.  I tucked the ice cube and one of the fish behind the vellum and then popped up the fish over the ice cube with foam tape.  I took one fish and attached next to the heat embossed sentiment.

You can also see the hearts long with the ice cube and ice platform that I’ve taken a glitter brush pen to add some shimmer to them.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today or have been inspired to create your own fun digital scene to play with too!  Thanks so much for dropping by today and I’ll see you soon!

Please be sure to stop on over at the Digi Doodle Studio store and check them out!  I’m sure if you like digital stamps, then you’ll want to collect them!

Check out the Digi Doodle Studios products that I’ve used on my card today.  (Click on the photo to be taken to the store to view/purchase.)

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Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Challenge Up Your Life – Winter Landscape/Scene (6 total challenges)
  2. Crafty Friends – Love/Romance
  3. Get Creative – Use Hearts
  4. Creative Inspirations – Anything Goes
  5. C.R.A.F.T. – Love/Valentine’s
  6. Creative Moments – #184 Anything Goes with twist:  love