Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy New Year everyone!

We had a wonderful Christmas! Lots of family and friends! Delicious food and goodies!
My last house guest left Sunday! It was all really wonderful but I'm ready for things to return to normal!

This is for today's color challenge and for the DDC challenge!

For the background I used Memento's cantaloupe, potter's clay and SU old olive! I stamped The foliage (Judi Kins) several times and embossed using clear e/p on one side of the background! The Flourishes *Beach Life* palm trees were colored using copics. Barely Banana was stippled around trees! Nesstibilities oval was cut and embossed using the Cuttlebug! TFL!

Hope your day is marvelous! Thanks for stopping by!

Hi everyone!

Just doing a little updating of my blog! That is going to be one of my New Years resolutions, keeping my blog updated! Another real big one is keeping my stamp room clean and organized! (help)

All images are from Rubbernecker's *Kittie Kits - The Moose is Loose*. The cabin was stamped then masked to stamp trees in the background! Extra trees were stamped, cut out and popped up! The sky was sponged using a homemade template! The ground is covered with sparkle and Flower Soft! The sweet little moose is hiding a big green thumb print, but I kinda like him there!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your day is marvelous!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hi everyone. Hope this finds you all well and hopefully not snowed in! My brother drove from S.C. today! It took him about 5 hours longer than usual because of the bad weather, snow covered roads and detours! He is here and safe, so that is what is important

The challenge on Splitcoast was the perfect inspiration for this card that I made for my brothers birthday tomorrow!

The frame was made using a Spellbinders Nestibilities die cut and the faux wood tech. The lovely GinaK image "Life is Good" by Theresa Momber was stamped and the cabin was masked to add the background trees! Flower soft and glitter were added for the snow and ice effect! The background panel was cuttlebuged.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a marvelous weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This is my first all white card! I have seen a lot of beauties in the Splitcoast galleries but was afraid to try it! I think I like it!

I have had this awesome Spellbinders *Fleur-de-lis die cut for awhile but was unable to get a clean cut with it! Thanks to so many wonderful people on Splitcoast (Anne (jdmommy), NancyRuth and many others) that shared the info for perfect cutting, it works like a charm! You layer a piece of waxed paper between the die cut and your card stock and after running it thru your die cut machine turn it 90 degrees and run it thru again! Fabulous results!

No stamping on this creation! The background was scored then added a Sizzix embossed layer and the Fleur-de-lis! The snowflake was made using two Marvy punches and adding some glitter!

Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hi everyone! Hope your weekend is going good!

This is for the Featured Stampers Challenge! Today we are honoring Birgit (Biggan)! If you have not checked out her GALLERY you are missing some fabulous creations!

This is from one of the fabulous Innovative Stamp Creations sets that I won doing a blog hop! I had forgotten about doing it and one day a package of three beautiful sets arrived! Don't you just love it when that happens!

The lovely image (Joyful Christmas) was stamped twice and colored using copics! Then I cut one out added Glossy Accents and popped it up! The bow was made using the fabulous Bow Easy! TFL
The reason I have not posted in over a week is because I was having issues with a swollen finger on my right hand! After getting a shot of cortison all is back to normal!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope your day is blessed!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hi everyone!

This sweet image is by Penny Black! It was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and  colored with copics! Some of the flowers were cut out and popped up! The sky was done using template and sponging with Bashful Blue! The decorative border was done using a M/S punch! The background panel was cuttlebugged!

This card was for four challenges! The Limited Supply Challenge found Here!

The DDC and Mothermark Teapot Tuesday found  HERE!

It is also for The Play Date Cafe Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hi everyone!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! My computer genius son came this weekend and got my new Dell laptop conected with all the bells and whistles! It is an awesome Dell, dude!

This lovely image is Flourishes "Dove and Holly"! The image was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored using copics! The holy at the top and bottom of the oval were colored, cut out and popped up!

This is for two  challenges! The Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge was to make a gift bag or gift box! I chose to make this wonderful gift box! It was so easy to follow this fabulous Tutorial! Angie Tieman's instructions and video were fabulous! Thanks for sharing Angie!

This is also for todays Color challenge to use Bravo Burgandy, Kraft and Very Vanilla! Thanks for the wonderful colors, Betty!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hi everyone! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Sunny and about 55 degrees!

DH sold one of his treasures today! His 48 ford coupe! He had one too many antique cars, so something had to go! The buyer drove all the way from Tennessee, so I guess he really wanted it! Come to think of it, I would drive all the way to Tennessee to buy stamps!

Well I can't imagine having one too many stamps or copics, so I guess I can keep it all! tee hee!

This lovely wreath is Flourishes "Christmas Wreath" and the background is also from Flourishes "Christmas Music"!
The wreath was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored using copics! The background was cuttlebugged using c/b musical embossing folder!

This was for three challenges!

l. Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge we were to use neutral colors for the background and add a pop of color in our stamped image! The background was also to be textured!

2. The Color challenge on Splitcoast we were to use neutral colors for the card stock and a pop of color in our stamped images!

3. For the Double Dog Dare challenge we were to have four or more layers and use a ribbon or cord!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Good morning! This is for todays inspiration challenge found HERE! Todays challenge was hosted by Anne (Itsapassion)!
Fabulous inspiration site, Anne!

The image (Inkadinkadoo) was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored using Copc markers! I finally broke down and purchased the Bow Easy! It is fabulous, makes perfect bows everytime! I will admit I had to watch the VIDEO
several times before I got it! Gina's instruction is perfection! I used Spellbinders die cuts and borderabilities and the background is cuttlebugged! All card stock is GinaK's Pure Luxury!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a blessed weekend!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Good morning! Just trying to update my blog by uploading some recent creations! I'm way behind in my bloggin duties!
Thanks for stopping by!

                       Stamp: Great Impressions
                       Card Stock: All GinaK Pure Luxury
                       Colored: Copics  and Brilliance Galaxy Gold (using a brush with the gold)
                       Spellbinders Borderabilities
                       Cuttlebug and Snowflake folder
                        Bow Easy


The lovely Penny Black was stamped using versamark  and moonglow e/p and heat set! The background was created using several colors of glimmer mist masking each stage with torn paper!

                                      Penny Black stamp
                                      SU Dusty Derango and unknown beige
                                      Glimmer Mist
                                      Dew drops
                                      Cuttlebug and C/B folders 

  Lockhart Stamps
  Bazzill Blink - GinaK Pure luxury                                                            
  Cuttlebug and C/B embossing folder and diecut

  Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hi everyone!

I'm never ready for winter but I love these little images! The Flower Soft really makes the snow look so real! It even gives it a little frosted icicle effect!

The images are Craft Lounge *Tweet Winter Wishes*, stamped using Mememto Tuxedo Black! Then colored with copics!
The snowman was done using fun flock! The Flower Soft was used on the rails and the ground!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a marvelous evening!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A big hello to everyone!

This is for the Inspiration Challenge found HERE

The image is SU Lovely as a Tree! I added Flower Soft and colored the tree trunk using copics! The soft colors around the tree were also added using copics! The leaf was stamped, colored with copics, cut out and popped up!

It's a beautiful fall day! Lovely sunshine and warm!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hi to everyone!

This is for todays Sketch Challenge found HERE!

 I really lke the versatility of this beautiful image from Our Daily Bread "With deepest Sympathy"!
 The image  was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored using copics (Flourishes Timeless Copic collections Flesh Tones 2, Fields and Water)! The background was stamped using SU background stamp! The small panel was cuttlebugged!

This is also for the DDC Challenge I do with some of my SCS friends! This week was hosted by Anne (jdmommy)! We were to make a masculine card! No ribbon or flowers! The perfect challenge because I needed a birthday card for my son!
Saturday is his birthday! We are taking him to one of his favorite places to eat, P F Chang's!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a marvelous evening!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Good afternoon everyone! Hope you are all having a marvelous day!

This is for the Clean and Simple Challenge on Splitcoast found HERE!

The frame was made using Spellbinders Nestibilities! The sprigs of grain were stamped and colored with copics! The pumpkins were stamped, colored with copics and cut out! After coloring the pumpkins I brushed on some Pearl Glimmer Mist! I think it looks like there is morning dew on the pumpkins! The background layer was brushed using Glimmer Mist's *yellow daisy*!

Copics used for pumpkins Y15, YR04 and YR07    Copics used for grain E00, E31 and E49
GinaK's *Signs of Autumn*

Thanks for stopping by!     Hugs, Fran

Saturday, October 3, 2009

This is for todays Inspiration Challenge found HEREThis is the picture that inspired me!

Stamped the sweet little owl and branch using su Choc. Chip and colored with su reinkers and an aqua brush! The background was stippled using su cameo coral. I then took a small su background stamp and lightly added su creamy caramel and then over stamped that with moonlight white! I cut a piece of white c/s and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist (Suede) for the card base! The Glimmer Mist give a beautiful shimmery look to the card base! Hard to see in the photo!
The inside sentiment says Rest Your Wings! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed and wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

This if for the challenge found on Splitcoast! We were to make a card using a Christmas Tree! Maybe this will get me started on my cards! Only 59 more to go! (tee hee)!

The background was cuttlebugged then used a craft knife and template to cut oval! Stamped the tree using Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with copics and added Flower Soft for the snow! The sweet little mice were stamped, colored with copics, cut out and popped up!  Copics for the face C00 & C3 - Clothes R24, R27, G40 and G82 - Tree G85!

Mice (Art Impressions)  Tree (Inkadinkadoo)

Can't you just hear them singing *Ohhhhhhhh Christmas Tree* and *Joy to the World*!

Have a blessed evening!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday (FTTC35)! It is the last Tuesday of the month and it is a privilage and an honor to be the guest host this month!   I am challenging you to extend your creations outside the frame. Whether you want to make a dimensional piece or use subtle cut lines, the look is to go beyond the frame you choose for your card. We can not wait to see what you create!!!

The beautiful image is from Flourishes Cottage House set! It was stamped several times, colored with copics then cut apart and assembled for this out of the frame challenge!

Be sure to check out the other
Friends of Flourishes Blog Team Designers
to see what they created for you this week.

Betty, Silke, Dee, Kim and Cindy

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Good morning and happy Sunday to all! This is for todays featured stamper challenge! Nancy Ruth has a fabulous gallery!
I purchased this delightful image at a lovely shop "Papertrix" located in Nashville, Indiana! The shop owners are always so helpful!  Nashville, IN. is a lovely small town with lots of shops and wonderful restaurants! Beautiful fall foliage!
The image was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black then colored using reinkers with an aqua brush and copics! The background was embossed using the Cuttlebug and a C/B embossing folder!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your Sunday is marvelous!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Good morning everyone!

These images are from a sweet Penny Black set! The background was made using white cardstock sprayed with Glimmer Mist! I used three different colors - Tiger Lily, Yellow Daisy and Olive Vine! I masked the paper in different stages  to get this effect! The images were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black, colored using copics, cut out and popped up!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a marvelous day!



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good afternoon all! I made the mistake of going to get my flu shot before uploading my card! Almost three hours later here we are!

This is for two challenges! Both were hosted by Betty (gbedwright)! Thanks for hosting two fabulous challenges, Betty!
FLOURISHES TIMELESS TUESDAY challenge we were to mix patterns! My background is a mixture of embossing and bazzil bling! The ribbons are a misture of satin and grograin! The lovely image is from Flourishes *Cottage House* set was colored using Flourishes The Fields Copic Collection (G40, G82, G85, G94), SU reinkers and an aqua brush!

The Color Combo challenge CC236 we were to use Pretty in Pink, Suede and white!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a marvelous evening!

Monday, September 14, 2009

I received these blog awards from Betty (gbedwright)! Betty's creations are awesome! Thanks so much, Betty! You can view Betty's fabulous work HERE!
After accepting the awards I am to list five things I love to do and pass these on to five people!
l. I love creating cards and learning new creative ways to do this!
2. Love spending time with my family!
3. Love going to my DGD high school football games and watching her cheer!
4. Love to eat out!
5. Love to dance!
These are the five talented ladies I am passing these awards to!
Thanks for stoping by!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Good afternoon! This is for Flourishes FLLCSEPT Challenge! We have until 4:00 PM today to upload our creations! If yours is randomly picked you will receive all four *Fall Sets* free! Wow!

This is from Flourishes *Peaches and Cherries* set! It was colored using Flourishes Poppy and Spring Greens Copic Collection! I also used G94 and G85 along with the Spring Greens for the leaves! The background panels were embossed using the cuttlebug and c/b folders! The white background is a Sizzix embossing folder!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a marvelous day!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Between taking my little mother to all her appointments today, I finally got the card finished and uploaded to my SCS Gallery and blog! I can only hope when I am ninety years of age I will be in as good a shape and health as my mom!
This card is for three challenges! #1 The WT235 challenge to use red in your creation! Thanks, Julia! #2 Flourishes Timeless Tuesday CHALLENGE! Cindy Haffners design! Thanks, Cindy! #3 The DDC challenge I do with some of my SCS friends! This week we were to use buttons!
The lovely image is Flourishes *Poppy Patch* and colored with Flourishes Copic Poppy Colection! Makes coloring so much eaiser!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a marvelous day!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Good morning all! I haven't been blogging lately due to painting (ugg) and my brother is visiting from South Carolina (fun) We have been sightseeing and eating at some really yummy fun places!

I made this for my darling granddaughters birthday! When she was about this age we were planting flowers together and she decided she wanted her very own container of flowers! Well of course what ever the *princess* wants (within reason), Nana gets it for her! It also fits today's IC196 challenge! Thanks Lori!

The sweet Sugar Nellie image was colored using Flourishes *The Copic Collection* Crocus (V01-V05-V06-V09) and Spring Greens (YG00-YG03-YG06), cut out and popped up! The flowers are the top portion of a wheelbarrow filled with flowers (Santa Rosa, CA.) The clouds are sponged in using template (Mothermark) and bashful blue ink! The decorative frame is Spellbinders Die Cut!

Hope you all have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Today was my birthday and a wonderful birthday it was! It's always wonderful when you have your loved ones around no matter what day it is! We have a lot of birthdays within about two months of one another to celebrate!

My granddaughter came to help me celebrate!

The one on the far left is my son Rick! The one in the middle background is my brother Tim. The one in the grey shirt is my grandson! This is my husband Joe and my little mother!
We had a wonderful day cooking out, enjoying each others company and eating way too much! WOW! Happy Birthday to me!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Thanks so much Liz (allee) for nominating me for this award! Wow! I am so honored!
 Liz's Blog

After accepting this award, I had to complete the following list!

 *Thank the person who nominated me for this award!
 *Copy the logo and place it on my blog!
 *Link the person who nominated me for this award!
 *Name seven things about me that people might find interesting!
  *Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers
 *Post a link to the seven blogs!
 *Leave comments on the seven blogs letting them know I have nominated them!
    The seven things about me:

I am a native Floridian!
The American Indian name for the little town where I was born is *Grassy Waters!*
We moved to Miami, FL. when I was 10
I have a brother that is 10 months older than my son!
I used to play local competitive team tennis!
My stamp room is in the basement!
The first stamping party I attended I was so overwhelmed when my order arrived I shoved it all into a closet! I didn't use it until the following year when I attended another party and was really bitten by the stamping bug!

The seven people I am nominating!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lovely Gerbera Daisies!

This is for two challenges! Anne (Itsapassion) hosted the Inspiration Challenge! This is also for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge! We were to use red, olive and black! You could also use one neutral!

The Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge can be found here:Flourishes

The beautiful image is from Flourishes *Gerbera Daisies* set! It was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored using Flourishes Copic Collection Dusty Rose and Poppy! These copic set are awesome! It takes all the guess work out of the coloring! I used SU cert. celery and old olive for the stems! The red panel was embossed using a Sizzix embossing folder! The corners are cuttlebug die cuts!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful blessed weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

This brings back warm and fuzzy memories of my childhood! I remember visiting my great aunts farm in north Florida. Have you ever heard of Lulu Florida? If you blink you will surely miss it! Anyhoo, I would visit for a few weeks in the summer! I thought all those chores were fun things to do! Of course, my cousins that had to do them everyday thought I was nuts!

The card measures 4 by 4 1/4! All images are by *Clear Stamps*! Stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black. Colored using copics and reinkers with an aqua brush! I added *Flower Soft*. The background was embossed using Cuttlebug and a Sizzix embossing folder!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Nova Scotia Bound!
This is for Cindy's (Mothermarks) Teapot Tuesday Challenge! We are headed for Nova Scotia Somethin" about there are no facilities except a lighthouse! The rent is 42,000 pounds of fish! We've got a husband coming to teach us how to fish, a mermaid to show us where the fish are, Barbie and Spider Man fishing poles so how can we miss!
The image was stamped using Mememto Tuxedo Black and colored using copic markers and reinkers! The water was colored using bashful blue and an aqua pen! For the sand I used copics E31 and E33! The flowers are copics R20, R24,and R27! The railing is copic E27 and then lightened using colorless blender! The bricks are a combo of copics C00 and C3! The piling under railing is copic E40! The sailboat is copic R24. The sky is a template (Mothermark) and SU soft sky sponged! The tabs are SU punches! The charm is from an old purse! TFL!
Thanks for stopping by!
Speaking of stopping by! My soon to be 21 year old grandson stopped by unexpectedly this morning! That always warms my heart! Wow, 21 and takes the time to visit his grandparents! Awesome!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Northwoods Pines!

Good morning! This is for today's Clean and Simple Challenge! Today we were to create a masculine card!

The lovely image (Northwoods) was stamped using Versamark, sprinkled with black embossing power and heated with a heating tool! I colored the image using copics E27 and E09 for the pine boughs and YG03 for the pine needles! The border was made using an EK Success border punch! The inside was layered and an embossed pine bough was glued in place! All card stock is from GinaK's fabulous Pure Luxury Collection!

This is for our neighbor that has been housing one of my DH's toys. He has now sold it so it will no longer be cluttering up Bill's garage! Anyhoo, it was really nice that he could do that and it saved us having to rent a space!

Big boys and their big toys!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your have a wonderful blessed day!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Nothwoods Beauty!

This Lovely image is from Northwoods! It's another
new toy I purchased when I attended the Stampaway USA convention!

I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black! In my opinion this is the best ink to use when coloring with copics! It does not bleed! The image was colored using SU reinkers, copics and pastels! The clouds were sponged in using a cloud template and SU Soft Sky! To color the bird I used Flourishes Flesh Tones Copic Collection 1. E00, E11, E31 and E33. The decorative corners are die cuts from Cuttlebug!

I read a tip by Kurtis, in GinaK's Stamp TV Stamping Lifestyle on line magazine, if your photo has a lot of white or soft colors play around by using a darker background to bring out the colors! I changed my white background to black and I think it enhances the soft colors!

This is a Featured Stamper Challenge! Today's featured stamper was *Stamp Muse*!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a blessed and marvelous day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Signs of Autumn!
This card was done using GinaK's Signs of Autumn Showtime Stamp Kit! She did the awesome video tutorial on Stamp TV. Found here! It's called Josephs Coat! I used Versa Magic Thatched straw, Oasis Green and Tea Leaves! Then used Brilliance Coffee Bean to sponge over those! The main image was stamped using Momento Black and colored using copics! After coloring I brushed Shimmerz Sunflower on the petals and Glimmer Mist on the leaves! Too bad it doesn't show up in the photo. In real life it really gives the flower a wonderful shine! This is for today's sketch challenge!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bee Good Bee Kind!
This is for three challenges! Anne (jdmommy) hosted a DDC challenge that I do with some of my SCS friends. We were to make an out of the box card! Charlene (LilLuvsStampinP hosted DDC challenge that we were to use the Mr Good Do Bee from an old TV series teaching good manners! The third challenge is for Cindy's (mothermark) Teapot challenge featuring a Bee! If you haven't checked out Cindy's teapot challenge on Tuesdays you are missing out on all the fun!

I didn't have a bee image so I Googled *cartoon bee coloring* and printed this cute image! It is colored using the Tiger Lily Copic Collection from Flourishes! These are awesome because they take all the guess work out of blending with copics! I then cut it out and popped it up! When I sat in on a demo. at the Stampaway USA Convention this weekend I picked up a tip on coloring the leaves of a plant! She told us to pick up a little of the color from the flower and add it to the leaves! The small panel was done using new toys by *Just for Fun* that I purchased from the convention! I used a template and a stipple brush to add color and then stamped floral image silhoulettes! The decorative border was done using a M/S punch! The background was cuttlebugged! The photo corner is a Paper Shaper punch! I also used Spelbinders die cut for the small panel!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Northwoods Tranquillity!

This is for today's Clean and Simple challenge hosted by Jen! The lovely Northwoods image was stamped using Versamark, embossed using black e/p and colored using an aqua brush, SU reinkers and copic markers! The card measures 4 l/4 by
4 l/4. Added the crystal hearts for my bling!

This is one of the many, many new toys I purchased at the fabulous *Stampaway USA
Convention* this weekend! It you have never attended mark your calenders for next year! Wow! Forty eight companies all under one roof!

I was hanging out watching a demo and spotted Sherry as in *Bad Sherry*! I also met Kelley that owns *Our Daily Bread*!

After spending the day at the Convention, my friends and I stayed over night so we could visit the wonderful stamp store *Stamp Your Art Out*. So, if you are ever in the Blue Ash, Ohio area make a point of stopping by! Wonderful store with lots of smiling and helpful people!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a marvelous and blessed day!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Peaceful Holiday!

This is for three fabulous challenges! Don't you just love it when that happens!

The color challenge CC230, the DDC challenge I do with some of my SCS friends and Flourishes Timeless Tuesday! Found here:

For whatever reason my computer is not letting me copy and paste in my blog. I will have to get my son to help me with that later!

The image is from Flourishes *Beach Life*! I'm really lovin this set!

The images were colored using reinkers and an aqua pen. The chair was stamped twice, colored, cut our and popped up! After coloring in the sand I used a versamark pen to add Golden Sand e/p to areas of the beach! The background was done using a cuttlebug and c/b folder! The decorative border is a punch by M/S. Added eyelets from M/M. Sentiment and punched circles are from SU!

Yesterday was our 36TH Wedding Anniversary! My wonderful husband treated me like the Queen I am! (tee-hee) He took me out for breakfast, prepared lunch for me and then we dined out! Waaaaa-hooooo no cooking! Of course that left lots of time for stamping!

I wasn't totally selfish, I did give him a thirty minute back rub!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a marvelous and blessed day!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Anniversary to my darling husband!

Today is our 36Th Wedding Anniversary! So many wonderful years!

This card is also for today's CAS26 challenge on SCS! The lovely image is from Flourishes *Beach Life*. It was stamped using Brilliance black! I used an aqua brush and reinkers to colors the trees! After coloring the sandy beach (creamy caramel) I used a versa pen to go over parts that I wanted to emboss with Golden Sand Opaque by Stampendous! This give the sand a wet look! I then brushed in the ocean (bashful blue and brilliance blue) and drew a line using night of navy! I also used a copic marker (BG0000) and a tiny bit of liquid applique! The sky was sponged in using a homemade template and bashful blue!

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you are having a marvelous day!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Wishing You Butterfly Kisses!
Good morning all! Hope your are having a fabulous weekend! This is for today's Featured Stamper challenge! Teresa (va.sunshine) is today's featured stamper! Congrats to Teresa! The background collage was colored using SU markers applied on the stamp and then used the huffing tech. and stamped! The adorable Tilda is from Magnolia. Tilda was stamped using Brilliance black. I like Brilliance black because it does not bleed when you color with copics! Tilda was colored with copics (flowers R20, R24 and R27) (Tilda's outfit YG00, YG03 and YG06! These were in kits put together by Flourishes. Takes all the guess work out of coloring!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a marvelous and blessed day! Hugs!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hey Lady *Bugs*!
This is for today's sketch challenge hosted by Roxie! Wonderful sketch! It took me forever to make this card today! Tried Twinkling H2'Os, reinkers and embossing. Nothing worked! Finally
settled on my copics! I found this delightful stamp at a wonderful craft store in Cincinnati, Ohio called Stamp your art out! Fabulous store! If you are ever near Cincinnati you should make a point of stopping by! They also sponsor a stamping convention, that I will be attending with some friends, on the 7th and 8th of August! Can't wait!
Back to the card! The image is by The Artful Stamper! It was stamped twice using Brilliance Black, colored with copics and part of it was cut out and popped up! The background and small panels were cuttlebugged!
Thanks for stopping by! Always glad to hear from you! Fran

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Have a Berry Nice BD!
Hi to all! Hope you are having a wonderful day! This is for two challenges! The color challenge was hosted by Betty (gbedwright). Thanks, Betty!
Today's colors are Pixie Pink, Cert Celery and Apricot Appeal! I donated my PP card stock. PP makes my teeth hurt! So I used Papertrey Berry Sorbet instead!

This is also for a DDC challenge I do with some of my SCS friends. We were to use an edible image and ink and card stock colors with the names of food! I used berries for my image! Card stock all have names of food in them. I did color with copics from Flourishes Poppy Collection! I think that should be allowed! Don't you! This week was hosted by Anne (Itsapassion). Thanks, Anne!

It was fun combining these challenges! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Flourishes *Beach Life*
This is for two challenges!

Today,s Clean and Simple challenge hosted by Jen (Miss Boo)! This is my first time entering this fun challenge! Thanks, Jen!

I think this is the fastest card I have ever made! The lovely image was stamped using Brilliance black! The only coloring is on the flip-flops! Also added tiny Chrystal hearts! The background was cuttlebugged!

This is also for Sharon's DTG challenge to make a black and white card with just a touch of red! Love this challenge! Thanks, Sharon!

Just wanted to share with you what a wonderful company Flourishes is to deal with! Not only do they have beautiful images but their customer friendly service is first class!

They sent me the wrong stamp set by mistake! When I called to tell them I offered to pay for the right one to be sent! They told me not only to keep the one they had sent in error, but they would send the other one free of charge! Awesome!

Hope you have a fabulous day!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood! Hope your day is going good! This is for two challenges! One is the FS129 challenge hosted by Debbie. The talented featured stamper is Lori (Versamom)! Yea Lori!
The sweet image is by Penny Black! It was stamped using Brilliance black and colored using SU reinkers and an aqua brush and copic markers! The tiny flowers were punched using SU Three for You punch, then I used the large end of a stylus to make the indented patterns on each petal then you flip them over and press in the middle with the stylus and it makes a sweet little embossed flower! (Not my original idea - I read about the tech. some where.)
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

This is for Michelle's (sf9erfan) "Dare to Get Dirty Challenge! For this we were to create a masculine card! It also had to have at least one piece of patterned paper, use two stamps and use 3 different colors!
I have had this wonderful Thomas Kinkade stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms for a long time, just never used it!
The image was stamped using Brilliance black then colored with StampinUp reinkers and copics.
After stamping the image I cut it out then stamped it again on the old olive c/s. I used the cuttlebug to give the frame texture. The background was also cuttlebugged. The trees were stamped on the d/p using Stazon black! Added eyelets at top!
My Son, Glenn, in Hamilton, Ohio set up this blog for me! This card is to thank him for all his help! He is our computer genius!
Thanks for the fun challenge, Michelle.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hi everyone! Hope your day is going good! This is for today's Sketch Challenge SC238. Roxie keeps us supplied with great sketches!

The images were stamped with versamark and then embossed using gold ep! The flowers were stamped twice cut out and popped up! The butterfly was done the same!
I colored the butterfly and flowers using SU reinkers pretty in pink, regal rose and rose red and an aqua pen! The butterflies wings were outlined using a black copic!
The background was sponged using a home made template and pretty in pink!
Really enjoyed making this card!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you have a marvelous evening!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

This is for today's Inspiration Challenge! Stef posts such wonderful sites for us each week. Great inspiration!

This wonderful image is from Our Daily Bread "Quiet Waters". I colored the image using StampinUp reinkers and an aquapen. This is one of my favorite ways to color. When using the aquapen I chose not to fill it with water. I can't seem to control the amout of water that comes out so instead of filling it I just dip the brush in water and then the reinker!

The trees were filled in using Rubberneckers "Kittie Kits". Can't tell you how many times I go to my "Kittie Kits". There's just that "one litte thing" you can always use to help enhance your card or project.

The flock of geese is a stamp from Stampscapes!

The background is embossed using the cuttlebug and c/b folder.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a marvelous day and weekend

Friday, July 17, 2009

The LSC challenge today was to use your high school or wedding colors! We were also to use either staples, clips or photo turns. I chose wedding and photo turn!

All the images are from Our Daily Bread! I used the flowers from ODB Sing To The Lord! The sentiment is ODB
1 Corinthians 13. Images were colored using pastels, reinkers and copics! Thanks for all your comments!

Hope you all have a marvelous day and weekend!

We are having below normal temps. and it is glorious! Another beautiful day in the neighbor!