Monday, August 29, 2011


Good Morning Friends! Our power just came back on, so I thought that I'd better post quickly before we end up losing it again. We lost a little bit of food in our refrigerator, but aside from that, we faired Hurricane Irene pretty well. I'm grateful that we only lost power, water, and telephone for 17 hours. Things could have been much worse.

Luckily, I had Jen's August Sketch For You To Try and last Wednesday's sketch from the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club printed out. Just click on the colored links to see the sketches and play along. I couldn't do any sewing on my cards, but I was happy that I could still make cards.

First up, Jen's sketch. I used this darling little ant from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. She's colored up with Prisma Color Pencils. I used Papertrey Ink Kraft card stock for the card base. It's embossed with the Seeing Spots embossing folder. The sentiment and gingham paper are from A*Muse. The flowered paper is from October Afternoon and the orange print is from Stampin' Up. I also added a Stampin' Up button and some Divine Twine.

My other card is for the MFT Sketch. I colored up and paper pieced this sweet little Pure Innocence girl from the MFT Make Mine A Double set. This time around, I used my Copic Markers (BG000, BG72, E000, E00, E01, E23, E25, E33, G20, G21, G94, G99, and R11). The white and Kraft card stock is from Papertrey Ink and I used some papers from the Minuet collection from Memory Box. My accents include the MFT Die-namics Textile Rectangle for the sentiment piece, Baker's Twine, a Stampin' Up button, and the MFT Die-namics Little Open Scallop Strip.

Thanks so much for visiting with me. Have a beautiful day...Toodles! :D

Friday, August 26, 2011

What A Day!!!

First off, it has been a super busy week because it's the last week before school starts here on Monday. I haven't had any time for blog hopping and commenting, but I'll be getting to that later on this evening or first thing tomorrow. Next, I had not one, but two visits from Mr. Migraine Headache. Thank goodness that was at the beginning of the week. Then, my darling husband had today off so we decided to head down to the Cape for the day, and after a beautiful lobster lunch, we were in a car accident...ugh! Everyone is safe, and the only damage to my car was the mirror on the driver's side. The poor lady that hit us loss control of her vehicle because her brakes didn't work. After she hit us, she had to hit a tree to stop her vehicle...ack! Thankfully, she was safe and we are all safe, and at the end of the day, that is all that matters. So, that's been my week. I really hope that your week was better than mine.

Here is my card for today's Tic Tac Toe Challenge from Blogger's Challenge and the Color Challenge from The Cat's Pajamas. Please click on the links to play along with all of us. The Tic Tac Toe Challenge is something new. Lisa created a tic tac toe board with a crafty element in each square. To get three in a row, I picked embossing, patterned paper, and seam binding/ribbon. The Cornflower Blue, Orange, and Chocolate Chip colors for my card came from the TCP Tuesday Challenge. I used The Cat's Pajamas Birthday Bunny set. My sweet little bunny is colored up with Prismacolor Pencils. (I'm still having fun with those thanks to Dave Brethauer!) The patterned papers are from Stampin' Up. I used the Seeing Spots embossing folder on the bottom of the card and I dressed up the top with some Mango Seam Binding from The Cat's Pajamas.

That's about all for now. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and if you are around Hurricane Irene (like we are here in New England), please stay safe. Thanks so much for visiting with me...Toodles! :D

Friday, August 19, 2011

Challenges! Challenges! Challenges!

Happy Friday Friends! We have one more week before school starts here and I feel like the summer is slipping away! We are trying to squeeze in everything that we can before we head back. Today, we went to the SEE Science Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. They have a LEGO display of the Millyard in Manchester from the early 1900's. It was wonderful! The science center is perfect for children around seven years old and younger. It's well worth the trip if you are in the area.

My card for today combines a few challenges. The sketch is for this week's Blogger's Challenge. You can find all of the details to play along on Lisa's Blog. Then, last week, I wanted to play along in the TCP Tuesday Challenge, but I ran out of time. The challenge was an inspiration challenge. You can find the photograph on Alma's blog. It was filled with reds and greens and Christmas items (trees, ornaments, holiday place settings), and made for the perfect opportunity to pull out my TCP Deep Breath set. I colored up this sweet bunny with Prismacolor Pencils and fussy cut him out. I used some papers from Memory Box and The Girls' Paperie. This week's TCP Tuesday Challenge is to use felt. (You can find all of the details to play along here.) I grabbed my MFT Let It Snow Die-namics to make some felt snowflakes and then I added some little buttons (made with the TCP Buttons CutUps) and Divine Twine to each snowflake. I dressed up the bottom of my card with the MFT Little Open Scallop Strip Die-namics. I used a rhinestone flourish from Michaels and the Seeing Spots embossing folder on the main panel.

Now, you may be wondering why I pulled out my Prismas. I'm usually a Copic Girl, but I had the pleasure of taking a Dave Brethauer (owner of Memory Box Stamps) coloring class last Monday night with my friend Linda. It was fabulous !! I was thrilled to learn how to use my pencils again and I thought that it was time to give them a little love too!

Thanks so much for visiting with me! I hope that you have a fantastic weekend...Toodles! :D

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Back to School!

Happy Sunday Friends! So sorry for being out of the blogging loop lately. We had a huge yard sale yesterday and it literally took me all week to gather things from the attic and around our home, organize all of them, and then set everything up. We had LOTS of items for sale. Thankfully, many of them are off to good homes. So that's where I've was your week?

I combined two of my favorite weekly challenges for today's card. This week's Blogger's Challenge theme is Back to School (to play along, just head over to Lisa Somerville's Blog) and my sketch is from the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club (you can find the sketch on Kim's blog.) My image is from the My Favorite Things a' la modes - You Rule set. She is colored up with Copic Markers (BG000, BG11, BG32, C1, E000, E00, E23, R11, and the Colorless Blender) and paper pieced with patterned paper from the Report Card collection from October Afternoon. My other patterned papers include A*Muse Gingham and the notebook piece is from My Mind's Eye. I used some machine stitching, a heart made with the MFT Hearts-a-Plenty Die-namics, the scallop strip was made with the MFT Simply Scallops Die-namics, and the embossed circle was made with the Sunflower Rosette CutUps from The Cat's Pajamas. I added a Papertrey Ink button with some of my new twine from the Paper Source to complete my card.

Thank you so much for visiting with me. I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hopefully, I'll be back tomorrow with a creation for this week's challenge from The Cat's Pajamas...Toodles! :D

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Cat's Pajamas Meets Blogger's Challenge!

Good Morning Friends and Happy Friday! Today's card combines two of my favorite weekly challenges. This week's Blogger's Challenge is to use the colors purple, green, and brown, (just head over to Lisa's Blog if you'd like to play along), and this week's TCP Tuesday Challenge is a sketch challenge, so I combined the two. If you'd like to play with the TCP sketch, you'll find all of the details on Alma's Blog. When I realized that I used the same TCP set that Leigh O'Brien used on her beautiful card for the sketch, I decided to turn the sketch around to give it a little bit of a different look! This delightful rabbit is from the TCP Kick Some Grass set. I colored him up with Copic Markers (E01, E11, E13, R11, R20, R22, V12, V15, YG11, YG13) and then I fussy cut him out. The sentiment is from the TCP A Cuppa set. The purple and green patterned paper is from Doodlebug Designs. The lime-y green polka dotted paper is as well, and the purple card stock (embossed in the 'Bug with the Seeing Spots folder) is from Bazzill. My other accents include the TCP Icing CutUps (turned around to get these wonderful scallops), the TCP Flower Button CutUps, and some Honeydew Baker's Twine. I also added Star Dust Stickles to the stamped flowers to give them a little bit of sparkle.

Thanks so much for visiting with me. Now, I need to get me and my family ready to head off to see the new Smurf movie...La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!! Have a smurfy day...Toodles! :D