Friday, March 27, 2015

Twice the Fun at Ike's World Challenge Blog

I am entranced with the images I find at Ike's Art. Her challenge blog asks crafters to use more than one image on a project, with extra points for use of her images (but not necessary). I just recently received the digi image called "Easter Bunny," and Ike offered the another image, Bunny on Shelf, as a freebie on her blog. I used them both to make a tongue-in-cheek card for my hubby.
My card is 6x6, and everything but the images came out of my stash. I really am trying to trim that stash down, but I evidently have very generous friends who like to think of me as their Crafty Goodwill Donation Center. I do have a problem with saying NO!! LOL
Check out Ike's Art at her store, then go to the blog for some fun, inspiration and maybe a chance to win free digis!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
Jo's Scrap Shack - Happy Easter
Brown Sugar - Easter
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic - BINGO Board (I used the top line going across: flowers, sentiment, image)
4 Crafty Chicks - Humor
C.R.A.F.T. challenges - Inspired by a Film (House Bunny)
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Mod Squad challenges - Easter
Crafty Sentiments - Inspired by a Song (The Bunny Hop)
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes with a Twist: Easter

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Anyone Up for a Little Celebration?

Most people, when arriving at "a certain age." try to forget their birthdays. but I'm a glass-half-full kinda gal, and I like to celebrate things like another trip around the sun. So, to share in this festive time of my personal year, I am hosting a BIRTHDAY BLOW-OUT.
What is a birthday blow-out, you may ask? Well, here on my blog it means loads of chances to win blog candy! And what better way to "dish" out the candy than a giveaway every day from April 1st until my birthday, April 15.
To get the party started, Lisa from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles is offering everyone who participates during this time period, and I mean EVERYONE, this special birthday patterned paper from her Birthday Bash Paper Kit.
Other prizes include stamps from Creative Bug Designs, Ike's Art,  Simply Betty, Stampin Up and Lawn Fawn. Other treats abound from companies like K&Co, Martha Stewart, Fiskars, Making Memories, and many more. I have a box and an Inbox loaded with crafting goodies for all my party guests, so mark your calendars and come ready to play (for prizes).
April 1 is when it all starts, and I'm not fooling!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Get Well Theme This Week at Outlawz Greetings Challenges

I need to get busy making several Get Well cards for the many friends who seem to be feeling off this week. Besides a couple girlfriends with long term illnesses, I have a friend who came down with the flu and could use some cheering up. So I pulled out a lovely image from All Dressed Up called "Little Dreamer."
All Dressed Up has the most delectable images to color and create with, and the Outlawz Greetings challenges is so lucky to have them as one of this month's sponsors. This week, the challenge is to create a Get Well card, and I thought this little dreamer would be perfect to do so.
I cut up a piece of leftover patterned paper from my stash into several smaller pieces, then framed them with dark card stock and moved them around my card front until I liked the arrangement. After coloring her with Copics, I popped Little Dreamer onto the same card stock and adhered her to my card. The sentiment is from a vellum sticker stack from K&Co (also on same card stock.
There wasn't much room to embellish, but I found a space for a couple paper flowers, as well as my butterfly. That should definitely cheer her up, don't you think?
I hope you have some time to create this week. If so, come join us at the Outlawz Greetings Challenges. 
Other Challenges I am Entering:
All Dressed Up _ Anything Goes
Card Mania challenges - #66 Spring
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Spring
Crafty Cardmakers -  Spring Has Sprung
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts - Anything Goes
Ooh La La challenges - Fashion
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
the Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hope Springs Eternal

Today brings a quick reminder that very very soon (April 1) I will be celebrating another year of glorious life on this planet with a Birthday Blowout. There will be games, questions, and challenges, and of course, PRIZES, from generous sponsors like Ike's Art, whose image, Shhh, is showcased in a card above. Other sponsors include Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, Creative Bug Designs, as well as prizes from Queen Kat Designs, Simpy Betty, Stampin Up, and many more.
For my card today, I wanted to help those still in the throes of winter temps, like Chicago. We had one fantastic day of Spring, where short sleeved shirts and capris could be seen against a background setting of mucky old hills of icy snow. Well, the snow finally melted, but Spring hid from our cheers and temps fell back into the 30s and 40s.
So I created this card to warn my peeps to be cautious in welcoming Spring. She's a little shy this year. I colored her with Copics, then popped her onto a shimmery card from DCWV. I added ribbon, jeweled flowers, a butterfly charm, a couple pearls, and even doodled a tad on one edge. My sentiment continues from the word "Shh" to the inside of the card, which reads, "You'll scare away Spring."
I am entering my card in Ike's World Challenge blog, whose challenge for another couple days is "Coloured Hair." I gave her the rich colors of Spring flowers (trying to get her to return). Wish us luck here in the windy city!
Other challenges I am entering:
(Pin)spirational challenges - photo inspired
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe - What Season Are You In?
Fab n Funky - Spring into Color
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Scrappers' Delight - Always Anything Goes #43
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes #51
Crafty Boots challenges - Spring
Monday Morning challenges - Think Spring
Stamp & Create - Is It Spring Yet?
That Craft Place - Add a Charm

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dancing with Serendipity on the Path of Positivity

When a person takes the dance floor of life, she is at the whim of the music, the tempo, even the partners that she may dance with. When the music stops, whatever the outcome, it is at the whim of serendipity.
This month's theme at the Path of Positivity challenge blog takes us down the path of Serendipity, that unexpected good fortune that we have all experienced at one time or another. One of this month's sponsors is Luna Girl, heavenly website of gorgeous, whimsical, and vintage image sheets. I got to play with Music Sheet.
I tore into the images--literally tearing individual images to form a collage on an 8x8 canvas. Sheet music (found at a rummage sale) and patterned papers formed a base of sorts. I adhered images, and a die-cut sentiment that reads: "Everything has a rhythm. Everything dances" by Maya Angelou. 
To embellish, I used ribbon bows, paper flowers and doilies, lace and pearls, then sprayed everything with homemade shimmer mist. I love the look of my project, and can't wait to hang it in my room. Or should I give Serendipity a helping hand and send it to someone as a surprise?
Come join me on the Path of Positivity as we explore serendipity together in the way of cards, mixed media, and writing. The challenge is open through the month of March, and I would love to bump into you there!
The sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:

A $12 gift certificate from Sami Stamps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

There will also be:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a couple different ways) from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
Other Challenges I am Entering:
Luna Girl Challenge blog - Fruit &/or Flowers 
Craft My Life - All crafts 
 Frilly & Funky challenges - Bring on the Bling
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes (no cards-mine is an 8x8 canvas)
Crafting Musketeers - Ribbons & Pearls
Altered Eclectics - Mixed media only 

Show Off Those Ribbons & Bows at the Outlawz Greetings This Week

Today brings a new challenge from the Outlawz Greetings challenges: make a card with Ribbons & Bows (and as always, a sentiment must be on the front). I colored up an image from All Dressed Up, our sponsor this week. She's called Sweetie Pie, so I had to make a sweet card with which to showcase her.
Now, I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here in Chicago, we still have lumpy hills of snow and ice in our yards. So when I saw this little sweetie, I thought she looked like I have been looking for the last week, thinking that Spring would never come!
My card is actually a gate fold card, and the photo above shows off one of the "gates." Here's a photo of the card open. The quote is from a poem/song by Gertrude Tooley Buckingham and reads, "Gentle Spring's around the corner, Waiting just to show her face
And to bring us flowers and sunshine; Winter's almost run its race!"
Like her, I have hope that Winter will soon disappear until next year, and Spring is already working its magic under that frozen blanket.
Got some time to create a card this week? Come play in the Outlawz Greetings challenge, where all you need is a sentiment and some ribbon & bows!
Don't forget to check out all the lovely images over at All Dressed Up! There are some freebies as well, which you can use on their challenge blog.

Top o' the Mornin' to You

Top o' the mornin' to you all, peeps! I couldn't resist a Spring holiday card using this fabulous digital image from Rick St. Dennis. She's called "Colleen" and is available at his store. I colored my Irish maiden with Copics, then cut almost all of her out with the Scalloped Oval Spellbinders Nestabilities die before popping her onto some glittery green paper with punched corners. I also framed her with lace and ribbon. My sentiment came from QKD. Some Skittles and a handmade shamrock made out of punched hearts and inked twine.
Today finds us with a new Anything Goes challenge at Craft Your Passion challenge blog. So how about a St. Paddy's Day card, or whatever your little heart desires, and come play with us this week.
Before I go, I leave you with the Irish blessing on my card:
  "May your home always be too small to hold all your friends."
Other Challenges I am Entering:
Naughty or Nice Challenges - Make Green a Central Focus
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Order of the Opus Gluei - St Patrick's Day
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - L is for Leprechaun