Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pretty Pink Petals

Hi friends.  I hope you're having a great weekend.  It has been a quiet weekend for me, because I did something to my back and am having a hard time getting around.  I'm good at entertaining myself though, so quiet time is fine with me.

Isn't this a beautiful evening sky?  Even though storm clouds were moving in, it was still so pretty.  God's handiwork. :)  I wish the wires weren't in the middle of the picture, but I can't begrudge my neighbors phone and electricity. lol


I'm not sure who makes the flower and butterfly stamps.  They're unmounted stamps that I've had for ages.  The sentiment stamp is from Heart & Soul Rubber Stamp Company.  One of my favorite stamp companies.  I put some foam tape under the upper portion of the butterfly's body to give it some dimension.

Challenges:
Inspirational Challenges - Inspirational Word Challenge Flight #65

Kitty Bee Designs - In the Sky #32

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - Anything Goes #46

A Creative Romance - Anything Goes

Alphabet Challenge - P for Pretty Petals

QKR Stampede - Things with Wings #104

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes #149

Blessings:


  • The beautiful birds in my back yard and the woods behind my house.
  • My hubby was able to get a much needed upgrade on his phone for free.
  • Sweet, chubby baby cheeks. :)
Have a wonderful day!!!

Inky hugs!
Shelly





Friday, September 5, 2014

Vintage Birthday

Hi friends.  My little dog, Princess, had another encounter with a critter the other day.  On her first trip out in the morning she found a possum.  Princess has hated possums since one lived literally under the bathtub in our house for close to a year.  She kept telling us something was under the tub.  Our house is built up off the ground, so we thought she was just smelling an animal under the house.  However, we later discovered that there was indeed a possum living in the space under our tub.  So now anytime Princess gets a chance, she nails a possum.  She had never bothered the possums before the possum lived under our tub.  She's such a gentle little dog, other than the possums.  She has cornered bunnies inside the fence and never hurt them, but she hates those possums. lol


I tried a new coloring technique on this card and was happy with the way it turned out.  I was trying to give it a vintage look.  The compass is a digital image from Handmade by Paula.  I printed it out four times, colored it, fussy cut the different pieces I wanted and layered it so that it is four layers. The anchor is a digital image from The Graphics Fairy.  The map is from Artefacts.  The sentiment is an old, wood mounted stamp by PSX.  Everything is layered on a Kraft card.



You can see the layers of the compass better in this picture.


Challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - #148 Anything Goes

A Creative Romance - A Touch of Kraft - The card is Kraft.

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #73 Vintage

Craft for the Craic - Something with Circles on it - The compass circles fussy cut and layered.

Crafts 4 Eternity - #192 Digital

Crafty Catz - #245 One for the boys

Daring Cardmakers - September Colour Combo Dare

Frosted Designs - Include Stamping

Simply Create Too - #69 Show Us Something New - I used a new coloring technique

Sister Act - #73 Anything Goes

Sweet Pea Stampers - Use Lots of Layers - The compass is four layers, plus the other layered papers on the card.

Blessings:

  • A fun and relaxing day with my daughter.
  • New stamps in the mail from my sister.
  • A family picnic. Great food and even better company.
Have a fabulous day!!!

Inky hugs!
Shelly

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christmas Memories

Hi friends. When I let the dogs out yesterday there was a large, black snake climbing up the side of the rain gutter on our house.  One of the dogs went after it and knocked the snake down.  The snake slid right up our back steps and on to the porch.  Totally freaked me out.  I had never watched a snake go up stairs before. lol

With approximately 16 weeks left before Christmas, that means it's time for me to panic get serious about making Christmas cards.  On this card I used a digital image by Inger Harding.  I added some Crystal Lacquer to the window panes.  The flowers are from my stash and I adhered some flat back pearls to the centers.  The sentiment is computer generated.


Challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts' Christmas Challenge - #192 People Matter

Lacy Sunshine Challenge - #41 Include a window

Scrapbook Blessings Club - #28 Anything Goes

Allsorts Challenge - #274 Early Christmas Makes

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Sept. 2014 Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday - #147 Anything Goes

Blessings:

  • My husband and his mom sang as part of a trio at church this morning.  It was so beautiful to see them singing together for the first time. (This was his mom's first time singing in public.)
  • Extra family time tomorrow as hubby gets part of the day off for Labor Day.
  • Butterscotch hard candy to satisfy my sweet tooth occasionally. :)
Have a fabulous day!!!

Inky hugs!
Shelly

Friday, August 29, 2014

When Life Hands You Lemons.....

Hi friends.  When life hands you lemons, throw them back and ask for chocolate!  That's great advice and also the sentiment in this card. :)

This card makes me smile.  I love these little mice.  They are a free digital image from Mary Ellen at Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps.  Be sure to check out the rest of her adorable digi stamps on her blog.  She's an incredibly generous lady and very gifted.  I love the places that her imagination takes her in her drawings. :)


I added glitter to the sugar cubes to make them look real and because it's fun to play with glitter. lol



Challenges:

C.R.A.F.T. - Animal/Pet

Crafty Little Fairies - Cute and Cuddly

Brown Sugar - #109 Anything Goes

Sister Act - #72 Anything Goes

Blessings:

  • My sister had her 2nd surgery in 4 months for the same problem and came through well.  Please pray for her a she heals.
  • The great things we accomplish when we work together as a family.  Not only do we get things done, but it's so sweet to work together.
  • A friend, who has been seriously ill, is doing much better.
  • My hubby found a new paper cutter for me at a thrift shop for $2.00!
Have a wonderful day!!!

Inky hugs!
Shelly

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stacked Hearts

Hi friends.  Life took some unexpected turns and kept me from posting for awhile and from visiting other blogs too.  I'm hoping to get around to visit my blog friends this week.

My mom sent me the materials and instructions for making the hearts on this card.  She said her friend cut the hearts on a Cricut.  I stacked four hearts for this card.  I kept the card simple, because I wanted the hearts to have all the attention.


Here's a close up of the hearts.  Thanks for making it possible for me to make these fun and beautiful hearts, Mom.  I really enjoyed making them.


I'm entering this challenge:

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Love Is In The Air

 Blessings
  •  Our family member that has been sick is continuing to improve. 
  • A visit from a friend I hadn't seen in a long time.
  • Our heater stopped, but it was something simple that my hubby could fix.  
Have a terrific day!!!

Inky hugs!
Shelly

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Something New

Hi friends.  I'm coming to you with something totally new for me - an art journal page.  My online friend, Marsha, inspired me to start art journaling.  It's a more vulnerable feeling for me to share this than it is to share a card.  But I tell you I am absolutely loving art journaling.  I can't get enough of it. 

This page is about my "word" for 2014.  My word is "Determined".  I'm determined to make progress in a number of areas of my life, but exercise is one of the biggies and that is what I had in mind when I made this page.  And btw, I'm happy to report that I have been exercising faithfully so far in 2014.


Challenges I'm entering:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Blessings:
  • Discovering art journaling.
  • Blueberries
  • Safety for my mom when she found herself in a bad situation on slippery roads.
Have a joy-filled day!!!

Inky hugs!
Shelly

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Snowflake Legend

Hi friends.  This week just flew by for me.  It's hard to believe the weekend is already here. 

Today I have a Christmas card.  The snowflake legend stamp I used on my card is from Heart and Soul Rubber Stamps.  They have awesome stamps.  The spatter stamp is from My Paper Moon, which is another terrific place to shop for stamps.  I don't know the origin of the flourish stamp.  I embellished my card with ribbon, snowflake punches and a couple stick pins.


Challenges I'm entering:

All Sorts - Use Ribbon, no bows.

Catch the Bug - Winter Wonderland

Crafty Calendar - Let's Celebrate - Christmas Card

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Winter Weather

Crazy Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Celebrate Winter

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Blessings:
  • I'm so thankful that I know how to mend and alter clothing.  I use these skills nearly every week for myself or my family.  
  • We're back to warm weather!!!!  I'm a cold weather wimp. lol
  • I was able to do my exercise this week, despite a high pain level and a migraine.
Have a fabulous day!!!

Inky hugs!
Shelly