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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge # 322 with Robyn's Fetish

I hope you'll be able to play along and maybe win one of their lovely digital designs.


Featured on my DT card is Snow Lady Chef, a digital stamp from Robyns Fetish Stamp Shop.
I hope you'll join us this week at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mojo Monday with Issues

For some inexplicable reason, the editing software for my camera has decided to stop working.  I've been fiddling with it for hours.  It opens, it transfers pictures from my camera, and that's it!  
No editing! 
That's going to throw a major monkey wrench into my blogging!
And the monthly blog hop in which I participate is fast approaching!
I wanted to share a second Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #477 card with you.   It is also my entry for Day #1 of Holiday Chaos at Bugaboo Stamps, where the theme is All That Sparkles!
Bugaboo image & CTMH Sentiment & papers
Additional Challenges:
Sparkle n Sprinkle December Challenge - AG with loose glitter, flocking, or embossing powder (I used glitter and black detail embossing powder)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenge #131 - Anything Goes + Make It Sparkle

Perhaps, after a good night's rest, the photo editing software will work tomorrow.
Fingers crossed! 

Mojo Monday Mouse

Normally, I wake up Monday morning, reach for my Kindle and check out the Mojo Monday Sketch.  Today, I was up for a while before I even remembered that it was Monday.  Too much else on my mind, I guess.  Holiday Chaos with Bugaboo Stamps started Dec. 3rd. so I thought I'd use a Bugaboo digi and combine the two challenges, the Mojo Monday Sketch with Red and White Stripes.

Now I have discovered that my mind isn't even functioning this morning.  Although the Holiday Chaos challenge calls for red and white stripes, it is actually a Gift Tag challenge.  
More tea, please!

Have a great day! 


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Wish

This simple fold using hexagons was fun to make.
  I used stitched hexagon Die-Namic dies and also a Cricut cut for the sentiment piece and frame.  The sentiment, itself, was a magazine freebie stamp.

Brown Sugar Challenge #227 - Anything Goes 

Sorry, my mind is not functioning so well.  Either I need another cup of tea or a nap.  We were up early for our grandsons' first basketball games of the season.  Nick's team won with a sizable lead.  Matt's team lost by a lot.  But both boys played well and had fun.  Nana and Papa (that's us) enjoyed watching.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Just finished reading: The Captain Takes a Wife The Captain Chronicles, 1875 By Doris Durbin

Today I'm wearing my new "book review" hat for the very first time.   Let's see how well it fits.  I hope my loyal followers won't mind this deviation from my normal card posts from time to time.  Perhaps, I'll even include a card reflecting some aspect of the book. 
Now that's a novel idea. 

      The Captain Takes a Wife The Captain Chronicles, 1875 by Doris Durbin was such a delightful read, I am sorry I'm finished. 

     As the book begins Harry Richardson, The Captain, has just received his theology degree from Mercer College and is about to embark on a new chapter in his life, as a circuit preacher in the mountains of northern Georgia.  The Captain really has no immediate thoughts of marrying, although his Aunt had told him that in his new position as a country minister a wife would certainly be an asset.  And then, before boarding the train, Harry comes across a young lady who enlists his aid.  Not only is she in trouble, but she's also in a wedding dress, trying to escape an unwanted arranged marriage.  
    Seeing Harry with Sarah at the train station, his friends reach the conclusion that there is an elopement in the works.  They decide to buy tickets and surprise The Captain with a proper wedding aboard the train.  Also on the train are a young reporter and photographer, ambitiously following what looks to be an interesting story, Reverend Peterson, one of Harry's college professors, and his wife on their way to Atlanta,  several deputies searching for Sarah, as well as a man who looks like a hired gunman.   Why is the man Sarah was supposed to marry going to such lengths to find her?  Poor Sarah has no clue in what she has unwittingly become involved.  But, as promised, Harry does his best to protect her from whatever danger is following her.  A very eventful train ride ensues, with several twists and turns along the way, as this very enjoyable story unfolds. 

This book has wonderfully developed, very likeable characters.  Although occasionally it seemed a bit predictable, there was ample plot movement and various surprises to keep the reader turning the pages.   Once finished, the first thing I did was check to see if there was a sequel available.   And there is!

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Under the circumstances, I think a wedding card is in order:
For this card I used a velum flourish die cut,  a Verve stamp, and
a doily embossing folder from which the center flower was fussycut in 2 layers and popped, sheer white ribbon bow, and glitter gem.

Card Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #169 - Anything Goes + a sentiment 

Power Poppy card

In an effort to keep my craft supplies contained to a small area, I am doing my best to use up some already printed digis rather than getting out a lot of stamps and inks.  My thinking is I won't have another big cleanup before Christmas if I control myself.
I'll let you know how that works out.

This digi from the La Vie en Rose Digital Stamp Set  at Power Poppy has this wonderful area in which you can stamp any sentiment you'd like, making it a very versatile digi stamp.
 I used a CTMH stamp for the sentiment, markers to color the flower, and a die cut by Our Daily Bread Designs.

CCEE Challenge 1648 - Use Red 

 Well, I must go to make some bows.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Yummy Birthday Card

After a month making daily holiday cards, I have a birthday card to show you.  It's relatively simple in design.  I rescued the patterned wrapping paper from a gift.  It's looks pretty good on a card!
Stamp is by CTMH
Fresh Brewed Designs November Challenge - Pastels and/or Friendship