Week One – ICAD 2018

Happy Friday!  Wanted to stop in with a quick post to share with you what I’ve been up to with my daily creating this past week for the start of the ICAD 2018 challenge!  I go into my stamp studio/room each day to use the prompts/themes given and use this as a basis (or not) to create something on an index card every day up until we’ve done 61 days all together! You can click on the link above for information in case you’d like to join in the fun too!  When I finish, I post it to the ICAD FB group and there is so much inspiration from everyone else that it just makes it a really fun experience.

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I have enjoyed the process of being able to just play on a small piece of card as to not have it be so intimidating and gives you the freedom to just “play around” with your craft stash!  This is how I am storing/displaying my index cards:

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Since the index cards already have a hole in the corner, I am using a metal ring to keep the finished cards all together in one place.  The first one is the “cover” that I’ve made for this year’s ICAD challenge.  I am not supposed to share the “prompts” or “themes” given so that if you are curious enough or want to try yourself, you can CLICK HERE to see all about it!

So since the first week is finished and the second week has already started, I will share what I’ve done for the first week’s cards:

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I enjoyed playing with different media and some that I’ve already had and tried in new and fun ways!  I even attemped to draw my own image which I never do!  I love using both the prompts and themes for a starting point especially since I would be stuck not knowing where to start without them.  And since it’s an index card….so what if I “mess up”, but I have decided that no matter what, I’m not throwing it away or startin over…it’s just how it happens to turn out on that day.  I also made notes and have a date stamp for the back of the cards so that I know the prompt, theme and media used for the card on that day.  I may even use notes about how I was feeling.  I’m also looking forward to seeing how I progress throughout this challenge each week.  Hope you are too!

I am also going to have an additional challenge since I’m headed off this weekend to a stamp convention in Collinsville, IL!  I have taken some items with me so that I can continue with the daily challenges.  I’m excited about going and look forward to meeting a fellow crafty friend or two while I’m there! 🙂

Wishing you a wonderful Summer weekend my friends and thanks for dropping in!

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends and welcome to another Thursday!  Hope you are staying cool and enjoying your Summer so far!  I am looking forward to lots of fun in the coming months and into the Fall Season as well, so I still have many things to share with you and what I’ve been working on!

Thursday brings another challenge over at Cute Card Thursday as well!  We have a very easy ANYTHING GOES this week and we are sponsored by Whimsy Stamps!

The sponsor was kind enough to donate some images for the DT and so I’ve used one on my creation for today:

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I just thought this penguin was just as cute as can be!  I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps digital image called Penguin Loves Watermelon.  I had so much fun coloring in this cute image!  I actually decided to cut him away from the scene he was on so I could just pop him up by himself on my card.

Watermelon is something that I love to eat during the Summer when it’s in season.  I had this punch that made the perfect sized “seeds” and so I thought I’d add some on the image as well as on the card I made. (Looks like he’s spitting out seeds! LOL!)  I covered the watermelon that the penguin is holding with the Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.  I covered the “seeds” with some clear sparkling Nuvo drops.

If you want to make one of these cards yourself, I found this cute template on this website here:  CLICK HERE  I ended up just printing the template directly on my decorative papers and then cut each one out.  I just cut out the “bite” with my scissors after attaching the layers.  I sponged some coordinating ink on the edges of each layer.  I think you could also easliy use a circle die cut and make your own version of this type of card as well.  My finished and folded card measures approximately 3.75 x 6.25 inches.  The sentiment comes from a retired clear Whimsy Stamps set from my stash.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation and I hope that you will join us this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  Look forward to seeing your creations!

Don’t forget to share some smiles today!  🙂

These are the challenges I’d like to enter for this card:

  1.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes (using a critter)
  2. Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C437) – barefoot
  3. Whimsy Stamps – Anything Goes
  4. Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes
  5. That’s Crafty! – A Summer’s Day

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Hello friends!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I’m so tired!  I forgot how much work it takes to put together a garage sale!  We had a nice day for it and it was a great turn out!  We are happy to have gotten rid of those big items in our way around the house.  We ended up donating the rest that did not sell.  Thinking of this, I probably need to go through my craft stash and do the same…but somehow, it’s just so much harder to decide what to keep and what not to…the pile ends up changing eventually! LOL!

If you remember, I have also been participating in the ICAD 2018 challenge which I have been going into my craft studio each day and creating at least once a day.  I can share with you the results of that each week as go, so be looking for that soon!

Today I have some fun “underwater” items to share:

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This card was made from the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box (sold out).  I recieved it a couple of months ago and it helped get me some much needed inspiration that I hadn’t had for a while.  (It’s a long story and probably one best not to type up here.)  Along with a fun painting retreat that I had went to in April this year…it was all the kick start I needed and then came the inspiration to blog again!  I am happy that I did as I missed sharing my art and communicating with my fellow crafty friends here! 🙂

If you haven’t checked out the Brutus Monroe company yet, I highly recommend you check out their products and what they have!  I am very impressed with the embossing powders, inks and a few other items!  Everything I have received, I have been pleased with.  Wish I could share everything I have received from this kit, but I will just share the creations that I’ve made for now.

For the card above, I wanted most of the card to look underwater and that’s where I’ve used the vellum from the kit and die cut out a wave at the top of it.  I stamped the shoe image from above, the fish and underwater background stamp and colored with Copics.  I added the sentiment banner and the awesome two toned pearls over the top.  The edges of the vellum were sponged with blue ink (from the kit) and I added some blue sparkle on the waves.  All papers came from kit.

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Next, I have this really cool Jumb Tag from Brutus Monroe (looks like that’s sold out too!) that I’ve decorated with contents from this same kit!  I’ve used this cool cover die (also BM) and instead of die cutting with it, I’ve used it for embossing.  Before I used the die, I covered the background with some distress inks and splashed some water dropplets over it.  I colored the images with my Copic markers, fussy cut them out and attached to the background.  The embossing powder I’ve used for the sentiment at the top is from Brutus Monroe also and it was called “mermaid tail”.  The green glitter strips and the ribbon at the bottom were from the kit and I attached those as part of my background.  The sea shell sequins at the top came from the kit as well as those awesome scale accents.  This was such a fun kit to play with and a fun tag to put together!

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Here’s closer view of the images colored up.  Hard to see in the photos, but I have covered the mermaid’s eyes as well as the fish eyes with some glossy accents.  You can also see how cool looking those fish scale flat backs are…love the different shimmery colors in it!  And to give you an idea of the size of the tag, it’s 4″ x 8″!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my underwater creations today and I’ll see you again with more of what I’ve been crafting!  Have a great day!

I would like to enter mermaid tag in following challenge(s):

  1.  Hand Stamped Sentiments (HSSIC291)– inspirational photo:

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2.  Cupcake Inspiration Challenge (CIC447) – Magical Creatures

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Life is Good With Coffee

Good afternoon friends!  Today is the final day for the Coffee Lovers Spring/Summer Blog Hop, so I thought I’d share my last creation today using some of my favorite stamps!

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So I thought it would be fun to go with a Summer theme this time with a couple of “coffee lovers” hanging out in the hammock on the beach!  (I am hoping that maybe someday in the future that this can represent hubby and I together!)  LOL!

I have started my card by masking a circle and blending in a nice tropical sky and then spritzing it with some shimmer spray before removing the mask.  I added some scene elements by stamping and coloring images from the Lawn Fawn Life is Good and Love You Latte stamp sets.  I fussy cut them out and then attached them to the scene.  I made a little slit with my craft knife on the hammock to fit the cups inside.  Don’t you just love that mustache?! 🙂  I cut the panel out with the LF Stitched rectangle die and added a black strip along the side which I then mounted to a top folding A2 sized white card base.  And here’s a closer look at that sparkle on the background:

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I also put some glitter gel pen dots on the sea shell and the heart above the cups.

Hope you have a great weekend…I will be working in my garage sale, so looks like no crafty fun for me for a couple of days!  Hope you have a great one!  Thanks for stopping by and sharing a smile with me! 🙂

Here are the challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Coffee Lovers Spring/Summer Blog Hopspringsummerclbh2018
  2. Lawn Fawnatics – Mood BoardLawnFawnatics_summer-inspo-29-e1526845365734
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes (every week)

Cute Card Thursday – Hello Summer!

Hello friends!  I’m totally excited to be back on the design team for the challenges over at

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If you do not already participate in the challenges over there, I highly recommend it!  There is a brand new challenge every Thursday of the week along with fun prizes from our sponsors!  The ladies on the team are so talented and fun, so there is plenty of inspiration provided each week as well!

This week’s challenge is of the theme:  Hello Summer! and our sponsor is the lovely Bugaboo Stamps!

I have used one of the sponsor’s images on my card today:

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This image is called, of course, Pig Vacation from Bugaboo.  Now, I’m not sure about that, but this guy looks so happy that I think I’d like to go along him!  🙂  Summer is definately here where I live as we’ve had some record breaking temperatures!  I think a vacation sounds really good about now as well!

I have used my Copic markers and glitter gel pens to color him in, cut him out with a die-cut tag and added some black twine for a luggage tag look.  The wording underneath comes from a Lawn Fawn die-cut that I glued on.  The rest of the decorative papers and embellisments come from an older card kit in my stash.  I cut the decorative papers using the Lawn Fawn Stitched dies which was mounted onto a piece of black card stock and then mounted onto a white top folding card base.

Here’s closer look at the coloring details:

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I hope that you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog and have a look at the rest of the inspiration for this challenge and enter your “Hello Summer” creation with us this week!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you stay cool as we enter Summer and don’t forget to share some smiles! 🙂

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Brewed Two Ways

Wow!  Thank you so VERY much for the warm welcome here!  I’m blown away by your support and deeply touched!  Please, please bare with me as I try to find my way back to getting “in the groove” with things, but I’m sure it won’t take too long to find it!  I’m excited about creating and sharing what I love to do with you and think this is the best way to do just that!  So let’s continue, shall we?

As I had mentioned in my post yesterday, I saw that the Coffee Lover’s Spring/Summer Blog Hop has begun!  Yay!  I can never pass up a yummy cup of Joe for sure! 🙂

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Since it started yesterday, I thought that maybe I should make two cards!  So of course I’m starting with something that I have “brewed up” in two different ways:

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I have used this gorgeous digital stamp kindly provided by one of the super sponsers for the blog hop.  You can find this image here on the Stamplorations blog.  I sized the image and then used a stitched circle die to cut it out.  I’ve also printed it out a second time and cut out just the cup and popped it up over the design.  I thought it would be fun to create a sepia colored design except for the cup of coffee.  So I’ve used Copic sepia color tones to color in the flowers.  For the background, I’ve used the STAMPlorations Blooming Buds set and stamped the images.  I blended some sepia color inks along the edges to go with the theme.  I took a strip of gold foil card stock to place the popped up coffee cup and I filled the coffee cup with some yummy vintage gold glitter by Ranger.

I’ve taken the same coffee digital stamp and brewed it up in another way…

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For this one, you can see that I have really enlarged the entire image and pretty much have used it for the front of my card design.  I thought the flowers in this image were so pretty and wanted to color them to take up the whole card.  I’ve colored everything with my Copics and glitter gel pens.  For the sentiment I pulled out the image from STAMPlorations A Full Heart and embossed it in white over a strip of black card stock.  I used my scissors to cut a banner with it and stuck it right under the coffee.  Lastly, I just attached some gold sequins and filled the centers with some gold stickles.

I had fun with this pretty image and I thank Shery from STAMPlorations for providing it!  I hope to play some more during the Coffee Lover’s Hop, so stayed tuned in for that!

I have also been getting ready still for the up-coming ICAD challenge as well!  There have been some more warm-ups assigned, so I wanted to keep up with doing that.  I am really loving the creative process with this because it’s all about just “playing around” which is always fun to do with your stash! 🙂  So one of the warm-ups is to make a map of some sort.  I decided to make a “mental map” to remember things that I need as I go along with this creative process.  The next warm-up was to make a card with 3 colors and 3 words.  I hardly use these colors, so I put them on purpose.  The third challenge was to create a cover card for the front of your ICAD creations to place in front of wherever they’re being stored.  Here’s a photo of the results with that:

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my post today!  I have been creating and having so much fun!  Be sure to stay tuned into my blog each week as I report the week’s ICAD challenges that I’ve completed.  Making sure I post it on my blog will help keep me accountable as well!   Don’t forget to check out the badge on the sidebar of my blog if you’d like more information about it!

I would like to enter my coffee cards above into the following challenges:

  1.  Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Spring + Summer
  2. STAMPlorations – Never Ending Challenge – must use their images
  3. Dare 2B Artzy – Dreaming of Flowers
  4. Pink and Main Challenge – #30 Anything Goes

Sorry Connie, I missed that challenge…I’ll get the next one!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and thanks again for stopping in, I truly love that you are here and found me!  Lots more coming!  -Don’t forget to share some smiles today! 🙂