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Monday, May 2, 2016

Mojo Monday Sketch Contest # 446

This card will be headed to my BFF's mother in sunny Arizona.  We haven't seen much sun in Pennsylvania lately and this week's forecast doesn't call for much either.  Normally, I'd just hunker down and make more cards.  But my annual Mother's Day Luncheon is on Saturday, so I'll be cooking and cleaning most of the week anyway.  Hopefully, there will be one day when it's not raining so DH and I can spread the remainder of the mulch currently in the driveway.

I'm assuming you stopped by to see my Mojo Monday card and not for a weather forecast.  

The stamp is from Newton's Nook.  
The embossing folder was a freebie from a magazine. 
The butterflies cricut cuts are from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.   Here is a closeup of the butterflies.
I used black cs with a velum overlay.

Pile It On Challenge #107 - Garden Creatures 
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #136 - Mother's Day
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge #18 - Anything Goes/ Add a Sentiment 

OK.  That's enough of that.   Places to go (The SPCA to pick up Mom's new kitty.)  Wash to sort.  Cards to mail.  Craft table (aka dining room table) to clear off.  Cleaning to start........

If you see this, inquiring minds would like to know how you are doing and where you are.
Hope everything went well and your recovery is quick. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fairy Kitty

This Mother's Day Gift Tag features a delightful digi from
and is my entry for their current challenge,
My mother, whose name happens to be Kitty (short for Catherine), has decided she needs to get a cat, preferably one who likes to catch mice.  This tag will be purr-fect for her. 

Additional challenges I am entering:
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #128 - Anything Goes/ Fairyland 
Craft for the Craic April Challenge - Anything But a Card 
Crafty Catz Challenge #322 - Fairies or something enchanting
Jo's Scrap Shack Fun Day Friday Challenge #136 - Mother's Day 
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #139 - Things with Wings + ribbon or trim
As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Animal & Why (Cats have always been my favorite.  They are much less trouble than a dog, very affectionate, soft and cuddly.)
Aud Sentiments Challenge # 154- Animal + A Sentiment 
DLArt Thankful Thursday Challenge #179 - Mother's Day
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #69 - Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge - Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge - Mother's Day
The Paper Shelter Challenge #246 - Pearls
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #14 - Anything Goes/ Use Ribbon
Digi Choosday Challenge Week 17 - Things with Wings
Show Us Your Pussies Challenge # 5 - Furrything Goes

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Today we are having an April shower, 
so I'm sharing a rainy day card.

The stamp is CTMH.

 Somewhere in my stash I have little brads that are musical notes, but I couldn't find them.  Oh well,  I added glittery puffy raindrops instead.

Star Stampz Challenge - Weather related
Creative Moments Challenge #92 - Anything Goes w/ optional Showers and or Rainbows
Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow Challenge #128 - April Showers
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #14 - Anything Goes/ Use ribbon
Clear It Out Challenge - Theme: Nature (flowers)  Stash Item: Greenery (ribbon)
Make My Monday Challenge - April Showers Bring May Flowers

As I looked at the submissions in the challenges listed above, I realized that my raindrops are upside down.  That's a big oops!  and a card for next year's April Fool's Day Boo Boo Blog Hop.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Playing Ball with Dad + CTMH Class 4/26/16

Busy, busy, busy making Father's Day cards 
when I should be 
busy, busy, busy cleaning my house 
for my Mother's Day Luncheon next Saturday.  

Here is one I finished this morning, 
suitable for birthday or Father's Day.
This is a precolored digi and sentiment from Sparkle n Sprinkle, letters are cricut cuts from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge,  ball is an old CTMH wood stamp, heat embossed with black detail embossing powder from SNS.

We are due at Aunt Bess's within the hour for an afternoon of card playing, rather than making, so I am quickly entering these
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - Wood in the design (baseball bats)
Ike's World Challenge #62 - Sing Us A Song (Take me out to the ball game....)
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #57 - "e" for embossing (baseball) 

Almost forgot...
We made these 4 cards at Joyce's CTMH card class yesterday, while it stormed outside and my car seat got totally soaked because I left the window down 3 inches.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #291 with Newton's Nook 4/26

Anything Goes for this week's Tuesday Throwdown Challenge
That means my teamies and I will be leaving lots of love on lots of blogs, including yours, if you enter.  
How about a little inspiration? 

With Mother's Day just 2 weeks away, I thought I'd make a Mother's Day card using the Love Grows stamp set by 
our wonderful sponsor, Newton's Nook Designs. 
It's such a fun set that I also made this card....
 and then this card....
I hope you'll enjoy all the wonderful cards featuring Newton's Nook Designs made by Team B for this week's  Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.  When you get a moment, be sure to take a look at the wonderful stamps and coordinating dies at the Newton's Nook Designs Shop and stop by their blog for some great ideas and the Inky Paws Challenge. 

Speaking of challenges, I'll be entering the first card above in the following challenges: 
Dare2bArtsy Challenge - Polka Dots 
Paper Creator Crafts Challenge #46 - Polka Dots or Gingham
Just Add Ink Challenge #308 - Just add "M" (A Monochrome Mother's Day Card) 

Thanks for visiting.
Don't forget to come play in the  Anything Goes Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Mojo # 445

This coming Saturday my grandson receives his 1st Holy Communion, an occasion requiring  a very special card.  Since we will be delivering it in person and I have a stash of square envelopes,  I thought I'd follow today's Mojo Monday square card sketch.
Green is Matt's favorite color.  It was actually surprising that I still had a sheet of green cardstock in my stash.  When he is here crafting, that is always the color he chooses. 
Note to self: Purchase more green cs.
The beautiful image is an Our Daily Bread Designs Stamp. The sentiment is a CTMH stampBoth are stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Sparkle n Sprinkle Glitsy Gold Embossing Powder.  On each side of the image is half of a rectangular die cut by ODBD.
The scalloped oval is a Spellbinders die cut.  The simple circle was cut on the Cricut using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge.  
Here is a close up of the card,
so you can see the beautiful gold paper from Paper Temptress.
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining Light Challenge #273 - recipe: use items start with the letters o-d-b-d 
(o-scalloped oval; d-odbd die; b-green background paper; d-embossed designer paper)
Sparkle n Sprinkle April Challenge - Anything Goes with glitter, embossing powder, or flock 
Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Words for Mom

My yellow tulips are blooming.  Those bulbs are over 30 years old, but they come up every year just in time for Mother's Day.  I didn't even see buds on them earlier this week.  The buds are very small, hiding at the base of the plant.  The flower opens first, very close to the ground among the leaves.  Then the stem grows last, after the tulip opens.  Eventually the flower will stand about 8 inches tall. 

Today I have a Mother's Day card to share.    It features a digi image from Digi Stamps 4 JoyNow that I think about it, this sentiment could be used for just about any occasion.  I added just few touches of color to the image, gems, ribbon with bow, punched border and some butterfly stickers.  

Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #127 - Anything Goes with twist: for a lady/girl
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #190 - Photo Inspiration (I went with the mom theme)
Crafting for all Seasons Challenge #124 - Tic Tac Toe (diagonally from lower left to upper right: girlie, digi image, flowers)
Digi Stamps 4 Joy April Challenge #123 -  Anything Goes with a twist: add butterflies