Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Best Wishes

Best Wishes

It's a busy day here so I just have a quick post.  Again, my apologies for the poor picture quality.  I'll hopefully have that fixed this week.  Here's a sweet image I've had colored up for awhile and finally put to paper.  Usually I choose my papers first but I went through a period where I did a bunch of coloring and have the images all ready to put together.  I hope your having a fabulous week so far!

Have a great day!

Challenges entered:
Crafty Catz - Things With Wings
Designed2Delight - Use colored pencils
Scrapalicious - Anything Goes

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mummy's Coming For You! LOL

Good Morning!

Most of us are back to work and it's no different for us stay at home mom's!  Time to clean up from the weekend of fun and get back to the farm chores.  My girls gave me five eggs this morning - Yay!  The Americana gave me a HUGE blue one.  Seriously, it's like twice as big as the others.  Probably a double yoker.  We're saving up for the coming weekend.  Our wonderful friends are coming to play for the whole weekend.  Lots of laughs and tons of good food.  Always a blast when we're together!

(My apologies for the poor quality picture)
Today I have a card I lovingly call "Mummy's Coming For You" - LOL  The image is from Just Inklined, I got it last year and have colored it lots of times.  It's such a fun one.  I got a package of sample halloween paper last year and have used it here.  The pin on the flower came from a package I received from my Secret Pal.  The flower is another one I've made from the miscellaneous box of leftovers.  The top of it is a green felt flower.  Ribbon again is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  If you haven't checked out their monthly ribbon kit you really should.  It's wonderful. 

Thanks for stoppin by and I'll see ya'll tomorrow!

Challenges entered:
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Trick or Treat
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons - Pretty Spooky
Little Miss Muffet - Animals and Monsters
Moving Along with the Times - Spooky Halloween
Paper Cutz - Shake, Rattle, and Roll Halloween

Friday, September 30, 2011

Rick St. Davis

It's Saturday and I have a special image from an artist that is new to me.  I'm guessing it's new to many of you too since I haven't seen many of these in blogland.  This is "Hedwig Halloween Digi".  I thought she was perfect for a vintage halloween card to a friend across the miles.  Rick St. Dennis has MANY more images just as fabulous.  I also have a disturbed looking clown and another fantastic feline to color up next.  I colored her with my prisma's to match my double sided paper which I used for the background and then flipped it for the backing on the image and the strip behind the image that I cut a border on, which I noticed you can't really see - oopsy.  I'm bad about the manufacturers name of the paper, but if someone really wants to know I'll check it out.  I added some Kaiser rub-ons and embellished them with some E. gems.  Added some ribbon and distressed everything with Tim Holtz Fire brick.  I hope you enjoy it!

That's it for today.  Got lots more work ahead of me!
I've been really enjoying catching up with all my blogland friends.  Again, if anyone knows of a headless horseman image please leave the link.

Hugs to all!

Challenges entered:
Gingerloft - Vintage or distressed
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Include a sentiment, step out of comfort zone
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - Fall Colors and/or Thanksgiving
Paper Pretties - Fall Inspired
Woodware USA - Fall/Autumn
Anything Goes Challenge - Anything goes 2nd week
Raise the Bar - hats (couldn't resist this one! LOL)

Sweet Tricks

Happy Friday!

Wow, this week has flown by.  It's a bit breezy here but perfect to get all those little farm chores done.  My goats are browsing around the garden cleaning up the bits left from the crop.  The chickens are into their second week of laying and our Americana's gave us our first blue/green eggs yesterday.  Now I'm onto a search for some good homes for the kittens.  They'll be ready to go in a couple weeks.  I still can't believe my cat got pregnant while nursing the last batch.  We're definitely headed to the vet next! LOL

I have a sweet image from Stamping Bazaar today.  I did a guest spot over there awhile back and just fell in love with their images.  This is an older one but still fabulous, it's called "Marvin Trick or Treat".  The papers are from some old stock I've had for years (like 15+) ha ha.  A couple challenges wanted homemade flowers and I followed the sketch at The Sweet Stop and it called for them too.  The bottom layer is fabric, the next two are paper and the center is a flower gem.  They were all just pieces left over from other projects but once put together were just beautiful on this card.  The ribbon, of course, is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, who else!?!

Have a great day and don't forget to stop by tomorrow.  I have an extra special card for you to see!

I'm looking for a headless horseman digi image.  I've only seen a couple and their not quite what I'm lookin for.  I have an Equestrian friend and would like to make a card for her.  Let me know if you know of any.  Thanks so much!


Challenges entered:
Sweet Stop - Sketch
Crazy for Challenges - Halloween card or decor project
Di's Digis Designs - Make Your own Flowers
Hiding in my Craft Room - Halloween Card
Send a Smile for Kids - Cute fall or Halloween Card
Squiggles and Giggles - Spooky Fun (Halloween)
Shopping Our Stash - Black and White plus one other color

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Birthday Wishes

It's almost the weekend - Yay! 
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and has some great plans for this weekend.  I'm planning on enjoying some family time.  I made the following card for my son's girlfriend for her birthday.

I again used a piece from http://www.heartwarmingvintage.com/.  I still ahve tons left and they make such a great focal point.  I recycled a flower I had and this key I found.  I had  this sweet tag and some Really Reasonable Ribbon with some added pearls.  I thought the striped pattern paper went really well with the whole "vintage" theme.  Of course I distressed everything with Tim Holtz.  I need to get more creative in that area.  Birds and vintage go so well together how could I go wrong.

I'm tryin out some new challenges too.  If you know of one that's especially fun mention it and I'll check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Boots Challenge - Things with wings
Citter Challenge - Anything goes
Nettie G - Anything goes (wish I had some Nettie G's)
Celebrate the Occasion - Must use ribbon
Die Cuttin Divas - Shabby Chic or Vintage

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I'm Only a Phone Call Away

Just a quickie card today. 

I was able to make two from the same idea and they will be going into some card packages I'm working on.  I used one doily and cut it in half.  All the papers are from a RAK I did last year and were just scraps that were sent to me.  I'm so lovin my scraps at the moment!  Thanks for stoppin by.

Challenges Entered:
Basic Grey - Pink and Brown
Kaboodle Doodles - Use a doily
Die cut Dreams - Brown, Pink, Cream
Heart2Heart - Sentiment stamp only
Make It Monday - Anything goes


Sunday, September 25, 2011


Good morning! 

It's been a very long time since my last post.  I've been stalking around blogland admiring my blog friends artwork.  It's encouraged me to get back into my craft room.  I realized how much mental therapy it gives me and how much I so enjoy it.  So I have a simple card today. 

I started out in my scrap box just to get the juices flowing.  I found this postcard image made by "Heart Warming Vintage".  It came on a sheet with tons of other images too.  There's stamps, seed packets, and lots of birds.  Just beautiful.  So I used it as my focal point and just added some brads, from Basic Grey and a scrap of ribbon.  Everything is distressed with Tim Holtz for a little depth.  It's finished off with a Thank You sentiment from Kraftin Kimmie, and there you go. 

Thanks for taking time to have a look!

Hugs !

Challenges entered:
Just Some Lines - Fall colours
Totally Gorjuss - Birds of a Feather
Totally Papercrafts - Thank you
Polka Doodles - Distress It

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Good Morning!

Made it through the storm!  Hope ya'll weathered through it as well.

I just wanted to let ya know I've updated my blog candy page with some great products.  And there are some wonderful tutorials that I've provided links for as well.  The faberge egg tutorial is fabulous.  You really gotta check it out.  Talk about some talent!

Thinking of you!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Some Funny Bunnies!

Happy Saturday! 
 I wish the weather was as warm and sunny as my card today.  Nope, stormy and rainy.  Oh well, maybe I'll do a rainy day card next!

I participated in an image swap awhile back from PCP.  This stamped image is from The Stamping Place.  I just love how soft and sweet the image is and wanted to color it that way as well.  So I used my prisma's but kept them a bit muted. I started out with papers from Graphics 45 and added some ribbon from RRR monthly spring kit.  I added "Easter Wishes" in Jenni Bowlin Studio stickers. That bright yellow flower is from Prisma and I just added some of the ribbon to kinda finish it off.  I also used some pearls from Pizazz Aplenty to finish off the ribbon sentiment I made.  It really gave it a finished look and tied in the blue from the sky.  The 3D stickers, which are the flower and dragonfly are really cool.  They're from Jolee's and are pieced together.  Really neat dimension to them. 

Keep in mind I still don't have all my photo programs and software available to me so my pic's aren't the greatest sorry 'bout that.

Challenges Entered:
A Spoonfull of Sugar - All Creatures Great and Small
Top Tip Tuesday - Spring has Sprung
Stamps R Us - Easter
Creative Belli - Eggs/Bunnies

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I treasure hearing from each one of you!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

DZ Doodles Challenge #8

DZ Doodles Challenge #8
and a new FREEBIE!

Bear with me a little longer as I try to get my projects pulled together.  It looks like our hard drive needs to be replaced on my main system.  I'm trying to get by with my laptop.  Unfortunately it doesn't have any of the capabilities my main system does and isn't hooked up to the printer either.  Yikes!  My hubby had a procedure at the hospital this morning so I just got access to bring you the good news!

We are offering up another freebie.  It's the cute silly bear I've used on my card.  It will work great for so many card themes.  That's one thing I really appreciate about Diane's designs.  Even the cute little christmas angels can be colored to work as birthday cards.  I just love the versatility and cuteness of her designs.  You should take a look here, there's tons of new spring flowers too.  So pop over to the DZ Doodles blog and get your freebie and enjoy some inspiration from our talented team.  Then go make a card and join in our challenge!  What could be better?!?  Have a fabby day and I'll see you in the AM!

Challenges entered:
Charisma Cards - Wedding/anniversary (anniversary)
Fabulous Fridays - Brads
One Stop Craft - Monochromatic
Totally Gorjuss - Anything fluffy
Crafty Emma - Monochromatic
Sunday Sketch and Stamp - Sketch
Woodware USA - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - cute and cuddly animals

Happy Crafting! Toodles

Monday, April 11, 2011

Goth Night

It's Monday and I actually have a card post! Woohoo.  We broke records this weekend with our sunny weather.  It got up to 92 on Saturday.  Talk about a scorcher! Usually we have a month of transition before we hit those high temps and the humidity kicks in.  I was a walking sauna!  Much cooler today and even have some more storms comin in. 

So I was inspired to put together a card over the weekend.  I've got several images colored up and this one I've had sitting on my shelf with my papers picked out just waiting for inspiration to hit for a sketch or design.  I found one through The Sweet Stop that I thought worked great and I was off and runnin.

I started off with a 5X7 base of cardstock from Colorbok.  Then cut my DP, which are from Graphics 45.  I embossed the circles with diamonds.  The strip of ribbon is from RRR, and was a perfect match for this card.  The flower was from a candy blog, I just addedsome leaves and a button from Pizazz Aplenty to spice it up a bit.  This is actually my first attempt at coloring a Sweet Pea.  This gorgeous girl is ching-chou kuik's Soft Goth Night.   I saw one called "Field of Poppies" that is just gorgeous.  Check that one out here.  Perfect for this time of year.  She's also got some great insects that are just gorgeous!  Oh and the line of expecting mothers......to die for!

Well thanks for stoppin by!  I'm sad to say I've lost a few followers but that's to be expected when you go inactive for a bit.  I hope you'll continue to follow me and I'll come see you too!  I love to be inspired by others!!

Challenges Entered:
Sweep Pea Stamps - Card for your hero or mother
Paper Take Weekly - Anything goes + something new (my stamp)
Top Tip Tuesday - Thank you
Penny's Paper Crafty - 1-image, 2-embellies, 3 DP

For a great list of challenges that are offered weekly check out Feline Playful!
Thanks and big hugs to all!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

GDT at Michelle Perkett!

Hello and Happy Thursday! 

 I was asked to do a guest spot at Michelle Perkett and of course who could say no to this fabulous artist!!  I used her "Thanks Mum" image to go along with their challenge this week which is "Thanks Mom".  You can join in here.

This card is made with items from various swaps that I have received.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the the butterfly is from Mariposa.  I used my Prisma's and my glitter liner for the image and some bling highlighting on the flowers.  I used a brad on my ribbon and hung my sentiment off that.  I believe the sentiment is from Paullette over at TLC, but I can't verify it because I haven't gotten my system fully fixed and that's where the file is.  So my apologies if I get it wrong. 

Thanks for stopping by and please do take some time to look through Michelle's images here and pick up a couple for yourself.  She is one of those talents that you know immediately who's work it is when you see it.  Love it!

Challenges entered:
Flutterbye - Anything goes with Wings
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Pick 3: Ribbon,Flowers,Glitter
Creative Inspiration - Mothers Day
Digi's With Attitude - Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gardening fun at DZ Doodles

Welcome to Challenge #7 at DZ Doodles

We have another fabulous sketch by Rosalien and a gorgeous freebie you definitely won't want to miss.  It's not the one I used though!  You'll have to pop over to check it out.

Now for my card I opted to use a gardening image

I've been trying to combine the vintagey thing lately, as you know if you follow my blog.  It's not working that great but at least I'm tryin somethin new.  I used my cuttlebug to make the shapes for the central images.  The DZ Doodles image is colored with my Prisma Pencils which I matched to the DP before starting.  I added some rubons from Mariposa.  Wow those are sticky little buggers.  I had to redo it and lost half the page by not cutting out just the image I wanted.  I'll have to remember that for future.  Now that it's finished I wish I had've put the rubons on white paper to make them standout more, but oh well.  It says "Lovely" and then Birthday Wishes.  I may need to go back to my regular style.  I just have such a hard time not doing everything in counts and fine lines.  Sheesh! 

I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to those of you that have continued to follow me and comment, or email me through these last couple months.  I truly appreciate each and every one of you.  I'm almost there!

Take some time to check out what the rest of the DT have put together for you.  They are truly beautiful cards!

Challenges entered:
DZ Doodles - Sketch
Digi Doodle Shop - Birthday

Warm Hugs!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Challenge at DZ Doodles

***Okay, so when you schedule something did you know you have to hit PUBLISH!"  I am such a dork!  But I'll blame it on the fact that I haven't been blogging much this last month so I'm not well greased! LOL  Forgive me!

It's a new week and that means a new challenge over at DZ Doodles!!  Diane and Valerie have made some huge changes to the challenges and you won't want to miss out.  I think there's something for everyone over there now.  Diane has added so many adorable new images to the store you just have to go take a peak.

It's Challenge #6 and it's a picture inspiration with a FREEBIE!  It's perfect for all those spring cards you have to make.  We're also looking for some great Guest Designers to join us.  You can find all the details on the blog.  So here's the inspiration picture:

And here's my interpretation and my card.

I wanted to try my hand at some vintage stuff.  I thought this image was perfect for that.  I took the colors from the image and muted them to vintage and came up with this.  The embellishments are from my Creative Scrapbook monthly kit.  The papers are from a swap I did on PCP so I don't know who makes them.  I used my Prismas to get the coloring right.  It doesn't show up great but I did yellow centers with pink and a hint of purple on the edges.  Any ideas or suggestions for my next vintage would be greatly appreciated.  I have a ton of Graphics 45 papers I wanna use and they are very vintagey!

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
DZ Doodles - Spring Picture inspiration
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Squigglefly - Spring theme
Paper Playtime - Green and Purple

Peace and Love!

Guest Spot at Stamping Bazaar

I was thrilled to have been asked to do a guest spot at the Stamping Bazaar.  They have the most adorable characters and you can find them here.  I chose to use "Hansel with Present".  I like images that are really versatile and this one could be used for so many themes.  Now that I've got a sneaky peek at these wonderfully adorable images I'll be joining in their challenges on a regular basis and I hope you do too!

I made my card mostly from my scrap box this week.  I love to challenge myself to do that.  I really liked the ribbon backing on my image.  On my coloring I'm also trying to focus more on shading and hope it shows in this image.  The birthday sentiment is from Pink Gems.  I added a brad to the middle of that.  I used some green baubles to help set off the image and make it look more finished and the flower is made by Prisma.  I hope you enjoy having a look and come back and see me some more!

If you're looking for the DZ Doodles challenge post it's above this one!

Challenges entered:
Stamping Bazaar - Guest Spot
Kaboodle Doodles - Happy Birthday
Magical Mondays - Spring Colors
Shabby Tea Room - Celebration
Top Tip Tuesday - Birthday

Peace and Love to all!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Teddy Bo

Happy Saturday! 

It's pouring down rain here!  Perfect day to just relax and do some catch up on my crafting.  YAY!  It was such a gorgeous week  I didn't get alot of that done.  And next week it's supposed to be sunny and gorgeous too!  Might have to move out to the porch and enjoy it. 

I've had this card done for awhile just haven't gotten around to posting it.  The challenge ends in a few hours so I figured better hop to it!  This is one of the new Teddy Bo easter images and the challenge was to use Blue and Chocolate.  I just love these colors together anyway so wasn't hard for me.  I added a little butterfly from Pizazz Aplenty and an easter sentiment from "Netty's Cards", it was a freebie.

I also wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Karen over at Feline Creative.  I won her winter blog candy and got it in the mail yesterday - OMG, what a haul.  I'm thrilled and can't wait to start using everything!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll update the challenges I'm entering in as soon as I get my list updated. 

Challenges entering:
Teddy Bo - Blue and chocolate

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

DZ Doodles here again!

Oh no!  We usually have our challenges on Thursdays, but I looked at the date wrong.  It's TODAY!  Woohoo!!

This week the design team was given an ADORABLE NEW image that we are sharing with you too!!! (This image will only be available for free till the end of this challenge then will go up for sale in the store.)  So hurry up and grab it so you don't miss out.

Rosalien gave us a great sketch again.  Here's what I came up with. 

I was NOT happy with my coloring on this one.  Some of the other girls did some two-tone coloring and it's fantastic.  Make sure you check it out.  Try one out yourself and then don't forget to join in our challenge this week. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out our post.  Head on over to DZ Doodles and grab the freebie and make something great.  Don't forget to let Diane know if you like it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Miss My Blogger Friends!

Good Morning and a happy Wednesday to all of you.  I must first apologize for not coming around and visiting everyone this past month.  It's been a bit of a rough one for me.  I've been overwhelmed with trying to keep up and it just hasn't happened.  Thank you to those of you that check in on me on a regular basis, I so appreciate that and love to read what you leave for me.  I'm optimistic that the next month is going to be a great one.  I believe in the power of positive thinking and now I just need to put it to use.  My crafting is and always has been my outlet and I'm going to focus on it and hope that I can overcome some other things going on. 

So..... for today I have a Kraftin Kimmie Birthday card to share with you.  This is the quirky "Charlotte", which is also my sis's name so all the better!  I've used Cosmo Cricket papers to follow Kimmie's sketch this week.  I added some gingham checked ribbon from Pizazz Aplenty.  I didn't think I'd use this color but it matched perfectly.  I finished it off with a birthday sentiment and a little decoration on the inside. 

I'm off to find some inspiration from my favorite bloggers now.  In celebration of my new blog design I am getting things ready to post a blog candy this weekend.  So make a note to check back!

Challenges entered:
Do you stack up - Ribbons
Stamp Something - Something funky (Charlotte and her dolls are always funky!)
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Stripes and dots
Totally gorjuss - Checks/Checkerboards

Warm Hugs

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spring is on it's Way!

Good Morning or rather afternoon, I guess it is now.  It's been a busy week at the McLaughlin household and not much crafting got done.  Last night I sat down and did some coloring.  I've tried to focus more on techniques lately with my Prisma's.  I found a great tutorial over at my friend Dorcas' site for coloring clouds.  I've also been working on the coloring challenges Zoe is doing over at Make It Colorful.  Last week was to focus on shading, which is my biggest hurdle.  If you're in the same boat you might try out some of their tutorials.  The thing I have to remember is it takes practice so don't get frustrated if the first couple aren't just right.   I've got some great DT projects I'm working on this weekend that will give plenty of practice.

So onto todays card.  This is the adorable "Wonder" by the most talented Mo at Mo's Digital Pencil Two.  What an artist!  I love everything she does.  Mo's had a sketch for us to follow this week.  This is the first time I've colored her and thought she would be great for some spring colors.  I'm working on coloring hair too.  It's better, but still has some work to go.  I've paired her with some papers by Pebbles.  I just love those little flowers.  I used my EK Success punch to make the border at the bottom.  I added a scrap of ribbon from my stash and some flat back pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty(love that store!!!!)

To finish off my card I took a scrap of cardstock and built my embellishment.  I started off with two leaves, twisting the stem around my paintbrush then adding a beautiful yellow rose.  I love those little ribbon scraps they just add so much and that butterfly was perfect for a spring sentiment which is also from Pizzazz Aplenty

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy your weekend wherever you are and whatever you are doing!

Challenges Entered:
Lollipop Crafts - Favorite Coloring Medium (Prisma's)
Simon Says - Make your own embellishment (flower cluster)
Charisma Cards - Spring has Sprung

Monday, February 14, 2011

Teddy Bo!

It's another gloriously sunny day here in Tennessee.  Our grill out yesterday was fantastic.  DH grilled up venison steaks to perfection and along with some spuds and corn who could ask for more!  I also got a cute little coffee mug that is made of chalkboard.  So my boys each wrote me a message on it to enjoy while I drink my luscious coffee - yummmmmmmy A big HAPPY VALENTINES TO YOU AND YOURS!!

I've had this little cutie colored up for a couple weeks now and was looking through my stash of papers for the perfect match. (Since I didn't pick papers first -sheesh!)  I finally chose these, which were from my scrap bin so I can't remember who they're by.  Dang it!  I followed the sketch over at Friday Sketchers.  The circle sentiment is from Bizzy Bec's and was a freebie.  I'm using one of the new Teddy Bo's by Gayle, I just love them!  This one is "Teddy Bea", which I won on a challenge.  I colored her with my Prisma's and was pleased with the way she turned out.  I hope you enjoy her too!

Challenges entered:
Teddy Bo - Pink, use Teddy Bo image
Whimsie Doodles - Red and white
Colour Create - Chocolate Strawberry Cream
Stamp-N-Doodle - Red Pink White plus one
Fuzzy Wuzzy - Birthday Wishes
Really Reasonable ribbon - Pink Red and White
Sentimental Sundays - Red Pink and White

Thanks so much for taking the time to look and visit with me!  Have a fab-u-lous day!
Hugs - Jen

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Birthday Wishes

It is so nice to see the sun shining for once!  Woohoo.  It's a blazing 56 degrees out and we are grillin out today.  Can't wait.  So here's a quick post before I'm off to the grill.............

Today I'm sharing a Sparkle Creations stamp called "Cupcake Ruby" found here.  I only have two Sparkle stamps but I sure love the ones I do have.  This is my very first time playing over there so I'm kinda excited.  This stamp is perfect for all those birthday cards you need!  I've used Graphics 45 papers and followed the sketch at Sparkle Creations.  I'm working on my coloring following the weekly challenges over at Make It Crafty too.  This week we are focusing on shading.  There is an excellent video on it you can check out here.  This was my first attemp, not great, but I'm gonna try again on the next one.  Have a fabulous week and hopefully I'll see you again tomorrow!

Challenges entered:
Sew Many Cards - Anything Goes
Make It Crafty - Shading

Warm Hugs - Jen

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Here's my second post for today.  I got the quickie card out of the way so then I was able to get down to business - lol  I got My Creative Scrapbook kit and it was chock full of fairies!  Graphics 45 fairies that is.  So beautiful, I can't wait to see what else I create with this awesome paper.  I also got a package from Pizzaz Aplenty this week and a few of the items went gorgeously with this paper.

I used a new digi image from Crafts and Me "Dusk".  There was this beautiful scenery on the backside of one of the designed papers and I thought it paired beautifully with this frame and my image.  I followed the sketch at Sunday Sketch and Stamp and added some Pizzaz flowers and that gorgeous butterfly.  The circle sentiment was a freebie at Digi Doodle Shop.  Love the swans in the background of it.  When I was all finished I spritzed the card with BaDaBing Bling.  Such a pretty shimmer.  I really hope you enjoy my card.  Thanks for looking!

Challenges entered:
Magical Monday - Love - Magical
Top Tip Tuesday - Frame it
7kids College Fund - I heart You
Charisma Cardz - Mythical/Fantasy
Stamp Something - Use a digi
Totally Papercrafts - Friendship

Warm Hugs - Jen

CAS Quickie

Well..........I locked myself in my craft room/office/storage/dog kennel/gym/stress center today and vowed I wasn't leaving till I made a card.  I've been looking for inspiration but it was hiding just out of my reach.  I got a swap package a few weeks ago and decided that was a great place to start.

I used this gorgeous medallion that my friend Wanda Rohlfing made and added a Cricut "love" sentiment and some hearts.  Very quick, very easy, just what I needed.  It actually fits into several challenges too.  So that led me to my next post with some magical fairies.  Check it out when you're done here.

Challenges entered:
Paper Playtime - Cupid or Hearts
PCP CAS29 - Adding an embellishment
Whacky Wednesday - Valentines
Paper Romance - Clean and Simple
Polka Doodles - With Hearts
Totally Gorjuss - Sketch

Thank you so much to all of you that take the time to leave me a comment.  It means so much to me.  I read every one of them!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cupid Mini Blog Hop

NEW RELEASE at DZ Doodles!!

There are 6 of these adorable NEW cupid's!!! These are available for purchase today as a single image or all grouped together here. You should have arrived from the DZ Doodle blog, if not head back over there and read up on the details.   

I hope you'll take a few minutes and hop through our DT.  Make sure you leave some love along the way so you'll qualify for the giveaway.  Then head over to our store and pick up one of these cuties to play in the upcoming challenge on Thursday!  Or if you're really on the ball check out the easter cuties and get a head start on your easter cards!

Challenges entered:
7Kids College Fund - I heart you
Flutterbye - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Love is in the air
Polka Doodles - With hearts
Stampin for the Wknd - Valentines Day
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Pink.Red.White
StampIt Crazy - Valentine

Phew....that's ALOT for me!  Have a great week and hopefully fingers crossed I'll still have my MOJO tomorrow!

Big hugs - Ms. Jen

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Someone to Watch over You"

It's Wednesday and that means a new challenge over at DZ Doodles.  We have so many new images in the store it'll blow your mind.  Diane has been super busy and talk about C-U-T-E!  You've gotta check them out here.  

This week we are offering a candy case template for our freebie.  You'll find it on our blog, just scroll down.  Now I'll be honest I don't do well with templates but this one was really easy and really fun.  (I'm still trying to figure out the accordian template from PCP and it's like the easiest one out there! LOL)  The pssibilities with this template are endless.  It looks like a french fry holder.  You could fill it with anything and with easter just around the corner it'll be perfect for a door hanger treat for your little one.

I opted to make a candy case to fill with small items that will make you feel better when you've lost a loved one.  I still have to shop for that stuff but the case is ready.  I opted to use "Thelma" as my image.  She reminds me of my mother and I thought her in the clouds watching over you is a very comforting sentiment, at least it is to me.  I used dp from one of my Swirlydoo's kits.  Then I measured and cut out hearts along the bottom of each side piece before gluing it on the base, which is cream cardstock.  I inked the edges with distress ink and added lace along the top.  I didn't want to waste those hearts so I flipped and glued them down along the top as well.  I then added some vine ribbon from RRR and flowers and a swirl across the front.  Oh and I spritzed those flowers with Bada Bling spritz.  Yummy!   

Challenges entered:
DZ Doodles - Use template
Kaboodle Doodles - Monochromatic
Paper Playtime - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Show some love

I hope this inspires you to go grab the freebie and create something of your own. Now pop over to the blog and check out what my DT sisters did with their candy boxes.  You'll be amazed - truly! And don't forget to enter it in our challenge here.

Much love - Jen

Monday, January 31, 2011

I won!!

I WON a BLOG CANDY!  And it just came in the mail today!  WAHOO, I was overjoyed at what I got from Kimberly over at Scrap It Girl's blog.  My favorite thing in the package was the Sakura glitter liner pens.  I have been looking everywhere for them but didn't know exactly what I looking for.  The hunt is now over because I got 2.  Thank you so much Kimberly for everything!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Time stands still when you're in love!

Good morning and a happy Sunday to you.  I hope you're enjoying your day of rest.  It's a quiet day here, 56 degrees out and warm.  Especially when we had snow on the ground just a couple days ago and more coming this week.  Oh well, we'll enjoy the warmth while it's here.

Today I have a Tiddly Ink's image, "Alice".  I'm looking for a quote something like Time stands still when you're in love.  I'll add it when I pick the right one.  I used Basic Gray papers from the two scoops Dreamsicle pack.  The cute little cherubs went great with my theme.  The ribbon is from RRR and the gems are Prisma.  I was thinking that I should probably back the heart swirl on top with yellow cardstock???  Watcha think?  The Love in hearts was in my January RAK package.  I just love it. 

Challenges entered:
Tiddly Inks - Quote me
Do it with Digis - Pink and girly
Do you stack up - Patterened Papers
Charisma Cards - Valentines/Love

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Go Colts...

A friend asked me to make a birthday card that had something to do with the colts.  I'm not a huge football fan myself so this was a hard one.  I found a football player image at Kenny K's and followed their sketch as well.  I tried to color my image in the uniform colors, which I had to look up online.  It's not great, but it got the job done.  Hope you enjoy.

Challenges entered:
Kenny K's - Sketch
Paper Playtime - Anything Party related
Pollycraft - Black.White and one other color
Digi's with Attitude - Go Digital People
Polka Doodles - Partytime

Thanks - Jen

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Woke up to snow! And a card

YAY, snow again, NOT!
I had to share a funny pic of my fur baby "Ruffis".  He's a chocolate lab with a bit of hound in him.  He's Buddies daddy. (The one that got hit by a truck and had his tail amputated, yep, that's the one!)  His momma was a beagle, yes folks it does happen.  Poor old girl had two litters of his pups before she went to puppy heaven. She was a strong little thing. We call them "Beagledores", half/lab - half/beagle

On to my card!  Of course, you now know why I was thinking about fur babies today.  I used this adorable image "Hershey Bath" from Sew Many Cards.  He's just too darn cute.  I paired him up with some of my papers from an old Swirlydoo's Kit and ribbon from RRR.  I made my bow and added a little blue stick pin with a heart on it.  I pushed it down under the layers so you won't get poked opening it.  I love the phrase "Oh no you didn't!", which is from Kraftin Kimmie's.  I'm NOT happy with the coloring on the barrel, but I am happy with the glazed water look.  I used my glossy accents for that and sprinkled just a touch of glitter on it.  I also distressed all the edges and inked it with Tim Holtz, Weathered Wood.  I'm really trying to use different products and colors that I'm not so comfortable with.  One day I will actually figure out shading, until then I'll keep on trying!

Challenges Entered:
Sew Many Cards - Monkey Business
My Sheri - Organic (Can't get more organic than water!)
StampIt Crazy - Loopy - Something to cheer you up
Simon Says - Animal Antics
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Critter Sketch - Distressing and Circles

 I'm trying to make a point to also decorate the insides of my card as well this year.  Nothing fancy just to finish it off.

I hope everyone stays warm!


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