Tropical Birthday

WOW – I have missed you all!!

I have been gone on a week long Youth Girls Camp with my church! I was in the beautiful mountains of Utah – no cell service or internet and no distractions! It was really quite lovely!!

And for the week leading up to that camp I was crazy busy getting all the crafts and cutesy things ready for the girls!! I was in charge of the three crafts we did up there – I will be posting about them soon!

But with all that busyness I have not been to visit any of you and I have not posted anything on my blog!!

I am back now and I have been resting and trying to get some blog visits in – I will be to yours soon!!

I have made a card – A tropical birthday card!!

~ Tropical Happy Birthday, Monkey!! ~

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This card was made using a Your Next Stamp set called Jungle Critters, Watercolor paper, my “Ziggy“s, A Versafine Black ink pad and clear embossing powder. The pineapple is from the Tropical Paradise set from Sunny Studio Stamps. I shaded with Creamy Caramel and Bashful Blue ink (both from SU!). Masking was definitely involved! Adding wiggly eyes to the monkey was like putting icing on a cake!

~I am very happily linking this card up to these challenges~

Cupcake Inspirations# 367 Tropical

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My card is most definitely Tropical!!

Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeChallenge: Flora and Fauna

Definition: Flora is plant life; fauna refers to animals. The handiest way to remember flora and fauna is that “flora” sounds like flowers, which are part of the plant world, and fauna sounds like “fawn,” and fawns are part of the animal kingdom.

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I used Flora – my coconut tree and Fauna – my monkey!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeSimon Says: Create a Scene

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My monkey standing on the pineapple is definitely creating a scene!!  :)

Thank you for coming by and checking in on my blog!!

I will be around to visit all of you as soon as I can!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Winnie & Walter Share the Love – Days 1 and 2

I mentioned that I made 5 more cards yesterday – well, right now I am going to show you two of them!

I will pop back in later with a second post showing the remaining three!

The cards I made are ALL for the Share The Love at Winnie & Walter featuring Essentials by Ellen!

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~ Sparkly Floral Happy Birthday ~

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My sparkly Happy Birthday card involved some Inlaid die cutting, embossing, and stenciling.

I started by stenciling my background using Night of Navy ink and the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut using Happy Cutaway from Winnie & Walter – cutting one from my background and one from American Crafts gold glitter paper.  The flower was stamped in gold embossing powder and colored in with Calypso Coral  ink (SU!) and a wet paintbrush. The set used was Bohemian Garden from Essentials by Ellen. And the word birthday also embossed in gold is from the Sugar Rush set by W & W. The doodles around the edges were done using a Night of Navy marker (SU!). I added sequins and a coral colored pearl for the flowers’ center!

~I am HAPPY to link this card up to the following challenges~

Winnie & Walter’s Share the Love week featuring Essentials by Ellen – Day 1 Florals

I used Bohemian Garden from Essentials by Ellen AND I have used a W&W set/die cut (Sugar Rush & Happy Cutaway)

Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeTic Tac Toe

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I have done the row right down the middle – Gold, Stencil, Doodle.

I embossed in gold, I used a stencil for my background, and I doodled faux stitching on my panel.

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 272 Birthday

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There is a bright colored flower on here and on my card.  I used the inlaid die cutting technique!

Paper Issues Take 5 Challenge

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For my 5 items I used the color white, doodling, die cut, ink, and a flower!

For my second card I made

~ Happy to have you as a Friend ~

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For this pink and brown card I used the Happy Cutaway from Winnie & WalterSponged it with Pink Pirouette ink (SU!). Stamped the hearts in the same ink and then stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink (SU!).  The sentiment and the hearts are from an Essentials by Ellen stamp set called Fancy Thanks.  The side border is a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock embossed with a scalloped border.

~I am HAPPY to link this card up to these challenges~

Winnie & Walter’s Share the Love week featuring Essentials by Ellen – Day 2 Sentiments 

I have paired up the W & W cutaway With the Fancy Thanks set from Essentials by Ellen. My sentiment is the main feature on my card.

Cardz for GalzChallenge # 25 Pink and Brown

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My card is made up of Pirouette Pink and Chocolate Chip colors – the brown photographed a little dark but it is brown!

Through The Craft Room Door Challenge June 28 to July 4

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This is Anything!! :)

This is another kind of long post – Hope you enjoyed it!!

Thanks for your visit and your comments – they make me :) !!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Monkeying Around – Now I’m Late!

So I made a monkey card the other day – and when I did I stamped 2 monkeys but only used one!

Using the 2nd monkey I made a Masculine/For a Guy card!

~ Belated Birthday Wishes Monkey card ~

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I made this cute and fun square card by using my Squares dies from MFT I ended up cutting 3 sizes using papers in my scrap file – Love it when I can do that! Ended up with 5 layers on this card.

I stamped the monkey from Smoocheroos stamp set with Versafine black ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Colored him in with my “Ziggy“s and put him on with foam mounted tape.

My sentiment was also stamped in black and embossed, it is from the Word Salad set from Paper Smooches!

~ This card wants to “Monkey” Around in the following challenges ~

Crafting When We CanChallenge # 121  Sketch by Ang

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This sketch was perfect for my square card – I followed it and just put my center square on my card a little skiwampus! ( I spelled that the way it sounds – probably isn’t right – oh, well)

Ruby’s Rainbow Challenge # 132 *Hip to be Square*

My card is as square as can be!!

Paper Smooches June Challenge: Layers

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This card featuring Paper Smooches stamps has 5 layers.

Hiding in My Craft Room# 255  Masculine

I made this card for a Guy!!

Crafty CardmakersChallenge # 166 For a Special Man

I am going to be sending this card to a special guy whose birthday I missed!!

Stampin’ Royalty # 335 To Die For

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I used multiple sized square dies to create this card!!

Now, I promise, I am not Monkeying Around when I say that I am so glad you came for a visit!!

I sure hope you have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Don’t Be BLUE – Celebrate!!

Played around and made a card full of “Blues” – What do you think?

~ Blue Celebrate Card ~

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This card was so easy peasy – I used this stencil (NEW) from Simon Says Stamp

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And a Kaleidacolor Rainbow Pad – Blue Breeze with a stamping sponge to add rays of BLUE to my card! I turned the stencil this-away and that-away so that I had the rays right where I wanted them.

For the sentiment I used an OLD – very OLD stamp from Stampin’ Up! I think it is from 2001.

~This card wants to play in these challenges~

The Paper PlayersPP300 A CAS Celebration from Jaydee

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I took inspiration from the rays of the fireworks and the gorgeous blues in this picture. My card is for someone’s Birthday Celebration!

Stamplorations BlogAnything CAS Goes – Optional Color Twist: Blue

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My card is CAS, one-layer, and full of BLUE!!

Pile It On Challenge# 110 Old, New, Blue + DT Call

Something Old – My Celebrate stamp from Stampin’ Up! (circa 2001)

Something New – The Christmas Tree Stencil from Simon Says Stamp

Something Blue – I used a Kaleidacolor Rainbow Pad ~ Blue Breeze

And my card is linked to 3 challenges!!

Thanks for coming by, please leave some love so I won’t be “blue” :)

Have a Beautiful Day!!

Morning Is NOT my Friend!

So, this morning I woke up early and could not go back to sleep.

I decided to go in my craft room and play!

~ Morning is NOT my Friend card ~

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This fun and simple card started with a top folding Only Orange (SU!) card base. To that I added some scraps that were cut with Paper Smooches Scalloped Frames – I inlaid the middle back in the frame. I stamped the Coffee Loving girl from the Moka Sunshine set from Taylored Expressions onto watercolor paper. I stamped in black Versafine ink and embossed with clear powder. Of course, I colored her in with my “Ziggy“s, fussy cut her out and put her on my card with foam squares. A speech bubble was added and two of the sentiments from Moka Sunshine were added. One was embossed with white embossing powder. A few random enamel dots and jewels spiced it up!

~This Bright, Sunshine-y card is headed to these link-ups~

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge – # 40 Sketch + Clean & Simple

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I tilted my inside rectangle a bit and in the place of the butterflies I put my Coffee Loving girl!

Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

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I am hoping my Sunshine colored card with its’ brightly colored Coffee Loving girl is acceptable as an entry!!

Two Paper Divas June 2016 Card Challenge (Sketch – Coffee/Tea/Cocoa option)

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As you can see, I tweaked my back rectangle to lean the other way. And my girl is there instead of the rectangle!

Have you joined any of these challenges – they are all very fun – hope to see you in the gallery!!
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Monkey Business

Well, hello all you FABULOUS people!!

I have been gone for a few days – we had a Family Reunion, and between preparing for it, being at it, and resting up from it I have not been able to post anything!! But I made a card today, so here you go!!

~ Belated Birthday Wishes card ~

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Started with a Close to Cocoa (SU!) top folding card base, used Scalloped Rectangles die (Lawn Fawn) to cut a layer from Creamy Caramel card stock (SU!). With the Stitched Rectangle dies, also from Lawn Fawn I cut a piece of watercolor paper. I used the Diagonal Stripe stencil (Simon Says Stamp) to ink up this layer with Gumball Green inkpad and a stamping sponge. I stamped the monkey from Smoocheroos stamp set with Versafine black ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Colored him in with my “Ziggy“s and put him on with foam mounted tape. A piece of green twine  was added so it looked like the monkey was hanging from it. My sentiment was also stamped in black and embossed, it is from the Word Salad set from Paper Smooches!

~Linking up to the following challenges~

Crafty Creations Challenge# 317 Tic-Tac-Toe

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I used the middle row, going down: Use a punch/dies – I used 2 dies on this card, Image – my monkey, Birthday – the sentiment wishes the receiver a belated birthday wish!

Just Add Ink!# 316…. Stripes

I used a Diagonal Stripe stencil (SSS) to add some stripes behind my monkey!!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeSimon Says: Animal Magic

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They were featuring  Paper Smooches stamps this go round and I used the Smoocheroos set by PS!

Paper Smooches June Challenge: Layers

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This card featuring Paper Smooches stamps has 4 layers.

Word Art WednesdayChallenge Weeks # 234-235 Anything Goes

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Seize the Birthday Anything Goes 

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I am glad that you stopped by and made me smile!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

There is SUNSHINE in my soul today!

I needed a little pick-me-up this morning so I went into my craft room to play around a bit!

I played around with my “Ziggy”s, a die cut and a stencil.

Using those things I made two sunshine cards!

~Sunshine Happy Birthday~

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To make this card I used a circle die cut as a guide on my watercolor paper. I cut my paper using the stitched rectangles from Lawn Fawn – LOVE those!! See the photo below. Then I used 3 colors of  “Ziggy“s – yellow, bright yellow , and orange and colored in some with each color and then used a wet paintbrush to blend the colors.

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Then to make the rays I used a Simon Says Stamp Layered Tree Stencil. (See Below) I used the zig pens to trace the outline of the stencil and then filled it in by wetting the ink and blending it with a wet paintbrush.

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Finished off the card by doing a really, really light blue wash and added a sentiment from SU! – stamped it with Only Orange craft ink and embossed it with clear powder.

To add a little pizzazz to my card I used some Doodlebug Sprinkles – Tangerine and BumbleBee.

I am linking this card up to these challenges:

Seize the BirthdayBirthday Theme with Sunshine “Toppings”

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My card is full of Sunshine!

Addicted to StampsChallenge # 197 Make Your Mark

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I used my Zig Markers to make my mark on my bright sunshine!

Use Your StuffSizzle Into Summer Blog Hop

I think Summer is full of Sizzlin’ Hot Sunshine!

AAA CardsGame 66: Watercolours

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My Sun and the rays and my light blue background were all watercoloured!

Simon Says StampWork it Wednesday – SUNSHINE

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Sunshine galore in this card!!

I am also going to take my Sunshine to play at Paper Issues!

I was PIN-Spired by this photo –

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The sunshine!!

I also made another version of this card ~ Here it is ~

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And, I think I will end on that note, BECAUSE of ALL of YOU – my world is brighter!!

Thank you so much for the SUNSHINE you bring to my life!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Summer-y Flower Garden Card

This is a busy day for my city – HUGE celebration – Headed to a parade in awhile.

But I stole away some time in my craft room – my sister was over and we talked as I worked.

~Summer-y Flower Garden Card~

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Making this card involved water coloring with my “Ziggy“s – first, I stamped the Doodlie-Do set from PaperTrey Ink onto watercolor paper with Versamark ink and then embossed them with gold powder. After coloring them in I used the Doodlie-Do matching dies to cut all my images out. I die cut a white panel using Large Stitched rectangles from Lawn Fawn. The Green Galore cardstock was die cut using Scalloped Rectangles also from LF.

I matched my Ziggy‘s as close as I could to Orchid Opulence, Bermuda Bay (these links go to the Zig color marker that matched the closest to the SU! ink) and for the Green Galore I actually smooshed the ink pad to get ink on the lid and then picked up the ink using a wet paintbrush.

~This lovely garden card is going to play in these challenges~

Use Your Stuff #225 Colour Challenge

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I used Green Galore ink and card stock and I used Orchid Opulence and Bermuda Bay colors as inspiration of which Zig’s to use – hope it fits!

Make My Monday Photo Inspiration

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I took inspiration from the bright, bold colors and the doodles/lines added to the images – thought my flowers looked a little like them – my gold embossing reflects the light color in the image. I hope it fits!

MarkerPOP # 95 Summertime Challenge 

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This is the cutest card ever – love it!! What a genius source of inspiration – I loved the colors in the bluebird and the butterfly and tried to duplicate them on my Summer-y  flowers using my Zig markers.

Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeSummer Garden

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These flowers were fresh picked from a Summer Garden – hope it is not a stretch!

Thanks for stopping by to see my lovely flowers – hope they brightened your day!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Citrus & Such – Take 2

I really was NOT kidding when I said I love this set from Stampin’ Up! 

Citrus & Such – an oldie but such a GOODIE!!! (This link goes to Pinterest and there is a photo of the set)

~ So I made another card – Here it is ~

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I used the aforementioned set with Only Orange, Daffodil Delight inkpads and I colored on the slice with Pretty in Pink and Apricot Appeal markers. I masked all the images using Post-It notes, and then covered all the images up and used the Diagonal Stripe stencil from Simon Says Stamp in Certainly Celery to create a background! I also used a splatter stamp with the Apricot Appeal marker and added some more color to the background! I used a sentiment from the Chit Chat Stamp set from Paper Smooches stamped in Tangelo Twist!

This is a simple one-layer, “mailable” card!! I need so many of this kind!

~Playing with this card in these challenges~

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeSimon Says: Mask It

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I masked all the images when stamping them and then again so I could stencil the background!

Just Add Ink# 314 Inspiration

I tried repeatedly to put their Inspiration Photo here – but it would not work, Sorry! Click on this link to go and see it.

It is a pile of lovely CITRUS – NESS!! Love it!

Totally inspired by this photo to make this card!!

Hand Stamped SentimentsHSS Inspiration Challenge # 239

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Yes, I am playing with this challenge again – I love these pictures! Inspired by this photo as well!

E.T.A. I am so thrilled to announce that I was one of the TOP Three at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

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I guess you could say that when life gives me lemons, I make CARDS!!!

Thank you for the sweet visit – please leave me some love –

life is a bit “SOUR” 😉 about now!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Happy Christmas

I had a little fun in my craft room today before I am off to babysit the Grand-littles!!

~I Made this Christmas Card~

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I made this card using the following colors of cardstock  from SU! – Regal Rose, Rose Romance, white and Basic Grey.   I used Small Stitched Rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn for two of my layers and the grey layer was die cut using Scalloped Rectangles also from  Lawn FawnI used a set called Happy MeowDay from Simon Says StampI stamped it with Black StazOn ink and colored it in with my Ziggy‘s but I forgot to stamp it on watercolor paper so my coloring does not look so good! I added a few random sequins!

I am hustling to add these card to these challenges:

52 Christmas Card Challenge May Stash Challenge: Dies and Punches

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I used 2 different dies on this card!

Christmas Card Challenge# 26 Color Challenge

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I followed this color scheme in layering and coloring my card!

Hiding in my Craft Room # 252 Any Holiday

I made a Christmas card!

Thank you for coming today – hope you are having a BEAUTIFUL day!