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Monday, March 27, 2017

Peace

Today is my day to post on Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog. I think it's wonderful how there are 4 team members and we each have our own special Tuesday of the month! 

I have a favorite set of stamps that are no longer available, and haven't been available, for years.  Do you remember the Precious Moments ceramic statutes by Hallmark?  Well, years ago Stampendous made Precious Moments stamps and I started collecting them.  I've since found them on E-Bay and some are very pricey!  I believe I have my retirement account in Precious Moments stamps!  They came wood mounted, and years ago I unmounted ALL my stamps and put them in topic notebooks in 4 pouches per sleeve making my collection a little easier to maintain.  The stamp below is one of three that I bought off of E-Bay last summer. All three are shaped like church windows (at least that's what the shape means to me).  The images can be religious oriented if you want to look at them in that way, which I do. Here's is a little shepherd sleeping with one of his flock.

I used a stencil to make my 'brick' wall and then cut a hole in the wall and put clear acetate in front of the colored image which is mounted inside so it actually looks like a stained glass church window. I don't know who made the sentiment stamp, but I thought it was perfect with this image and it reflects how I feel.

At this point I need to give credit where credit is due. I didn't color this image, my daughter, Stephanie, did. While she was recuperating from cervical surgery she spent weeks at my house and I found out she liked to color. Between the two of us, she now has sets of colored pencils, markers, watercolor pens and gel pens. I gave her this image to color and I thought it would get her imagination going and keep her busy for a bit. It did both.


With all the beautiful colors in this 'stained glass window', I had to pick a color for my bow. I thought the yellow was pretty against the gray 'bricks' and black frame and I used two different width yellow ribbons for my bow. This bow was so easy to make with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. Attempting to hold this ribbon and tie it would've been difficult without my bow tool. If you have a bow tool, I hope you use it as the bows come out perfect every time!


I hope you've been able to visit the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and see each team member's fabulous projects!  If not, please go here and scroll down!  We'd be delighted if you left a comment, too!

There's a few more days left on our monthly challenge so please get out your ribbon, make a bow, get it on your project and join us at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
                                                                                                     Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                                Gail



This card is entered in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge 243, AG
Crafting With Friends Challenge 39, AG
Penny Black and More Challenge March, AG
The Ribbon Girl March Use Any Image
Stamping Sensations Challenge March, Close to Nature
Catch the Bug March Color Challenge
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1713, AG
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 152, AG
the House that Stamps Built Challenge M2217, AG
Creative Moments Challenge 114, AG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 54, AG
Path of Positivity  (FT)Challenge 47, Birth of New Beginnings
Aud Sentiments Challenge 176, Sentiment (not b’day)
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 181, AG
Crafty Friends Challenge 54, B is for…Blessed, Bow, Bricks

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Baa Baa Black Sheep

There's a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog starting today!  It's a favorite of everyone...ANYTHING GOES. I used this adorable stamp by Little Miss Muffet Stamps named Claribella Sitting.


I fell in love with this little lamb and as I picked my colors, I began singing "Baa Baa Black Sheep Have You Any Wool" song that I grew up with. So, my little lamb is black and I used black flock all over her except her hoofs and face since I wanted to be able to see her face and coloring it black just wasn't an option. So, she really is soft and fluffy like a lamb!

I used my sewing machine and did a zigzag stitch all around my layers. My stitching has improved tremendously after getting a new sewing machine by Husqvarna. When I 'interviewed' the sewing machines, I took a double piece of card stock with me. Whichever machines sewed nicely on the cardstock were in the running to come home with me. Then the final decision was: how hard was the machine to figure out how to change the stitches, thread the bobbin and thread the machine. hahaha! I am not a sewer, as you can tell. The Husqvarna won for ease and the fact it sewed great on double cardstock! (P.S. I'm not getting anything free from the company for plugging the Husqvarna machine.)

We're sponsored by our own Little Miss Muffet Stamps and one lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!

The team at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge blog have some outstanding creations to share with you and I hope you'll visit and join the ANYTHING GOES challenge.
                                                                                                    Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                                 Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Come And Get It Challenge March 19 AG
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1712, AG
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 180, AG
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 151, AG
Crafty Sentiments Challenge Easter
Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge 231, AG
Crafting With Friends Challenge 39, AG
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge March, AG
The Ribbon Girl March Use Any Image
Addicted to Stamps Challenge 144, Easter
Paper Nest Dolls Challenge 3, AG, 2E
Lemon Shortbread challenge 37, AG
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge 25, AG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 54, AG
Sweet Stampers Challenge 5, Easter/Spring
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge 38, AG


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This week is our Inspiration Week at Little Miss Muffet Stamp Challenge Blog. You can find the challenge here.  And, before I go any further, I want to let you know there's a special going on:
I made the card below using Theodore Shamrocks.  I just love this image and how cute he is with this little ladybug on his hat. I am disclosing up front the fact that I saw a card with this layout at the blog Will Stamp for Wine and knew the layout would work for me with this image. This is an awesome layout and I'll be using it again!

Here's a close-up of this image and so can someone tell me how do you color a ladybug's face since if I colored it black it would cover up all of her features? I went with gray but am not keen on it. If you've got any ideas, write them in the comment section below as I read every comment I receive. Aren't these beautiful cut green jewels?  They have such a great sparkle.
And there are times that a bow turns out absolutely perfect, and this is one of them. I used my little bow tool to make this double looped satin bow. I didn't want to load this card up with a bunch of embellishments since these jewels and this bow were so pretty and I wanted them to show up!

The team has made a variety of cards for this Inspiration Week post and they're over on our Facebook page. Please jump on over there and take a look at the great creations!  One lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!

                                                                                                       Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                                 Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1711, AG
Artistic Inspirations Challenge 174, AG
Deep Ocean Challenge 150, Dots and/or Stripes
Dis Digi Designs Challenge Lots of Green
Crafty Creations Challenge 337, AG
Inspiration Destination Challenge 124, AG
Creatalicious Challenge Challenge 111, AG Option Gems
A Perfect Time to Craft Challenge 3, AG
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge 34, AG
Craftaholics R Us, Challenge March, Shades of Green
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 39, AG
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge March, AG
Unicorn Challenge Challenge 19, Go Green
Lemon Shortbread challenge 37, AG
Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge 7, AG Opt Monochromatic in Green
Love to Craft Challenge 8, AG
The Crafty Addicts Challenge 34, AG/CAS
Simply Create Too Challenge 125, Lots of Green
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge 38, AG



Monday, March 13, 2017

April showers....

Okay, so it's not April, but look at this adorable image from Little Miss Muffet Stamps named Puddle Jack. I couldn't resist coloring him up for our new challenge at The Cutie Pie challenge of Digis and Die Cuts.




I used a cloud and sun dies by LaLa Land; umbrella by Spellbinders, boots by Poppy, water by Magnolia, die cut around my duck by Stampendous and oval around my sentiment by Nellie Snellen. I obviously share my wealth among many die cut companies. I colored my image with Copics and added Glossy Accents over my rain drops and puddle.




Our sponsor this month is Little Miss Muffet Stamps. If you've never visited their store, you're missing out! There are so many cute stamps there and what better sponsor than one that has all cute images for The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog!  Our challenge is Digis and Die Cuts and I hope you'll join us this month!



LMMS will award one $6.00 Gift Certificate to the random winner of this challenge. The winner can use the Gift Certificate towards anything in the LMMS store, including digital stamps, rubber stamps and/or metal dies!
                                                                                   Thanks for stopping by!

                                                                    Gail


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge 113, Polka Dots and/or Stripes
Crafting with Friends Challenge 38, AG
Creative Sketchy Girls Challenge 9, Use Die Cuts
Creative Moments Challenge 113, AG
Kitty Bee Designs, Aloha Friday Challenge Challenge 90, Living Things With Wings
Classic Design Team Challenge Challenge 12
A Perfect Time to Craft Challenge 3, AG
Love to Craft Challenge 8, AG, 5E
Love To Scrap Challenge 95, AG
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge 25, AG
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge 34, AG
Happy Little Stampers Challenge March, AG with dies
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 39, AG
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge March, AG
Pattie's Creations Challenge 132, Image with Wings
Sweet Stampers Challenge 5, Easter/Spring

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Trunk Full Of Love

There's a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps challenge blog and it's ANYTHING GOES.  I'm loving these images from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and I used two images on this card, Tine with flower and Trunk full of love sentiment. I really did try to go with a CAS card, but I couldn't leave it too bare. I have so many pretty rolls of washi tape that I never use and when I saw these rolls that matched my card...well, there goes the CAS idea of all white with the exception of the sentiment and elephant. And then I have a very large container of jewels, pearls, epoxy dots and metallic dots and so...that's when I really faltered. I couldn't resist using these pretty pink metallic dots.  I'd still consider this CAS since it's minimal embellishments and it is a flat card.

I colored my image with Copics and added a bit of Glossy Accents to her toenails and to the hearts in the sentiment.

We're sponsored by our own Little Miss Muffet Stamps and one lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!
The team at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge blog have some outstanding creations to share with you and I hope you'll visit and join the ANYTHING GOES challenge.
                                                                                 Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
The Crazy Challenge Challenge 243, We Love Animals
The Paper Shelter Challenge 284, Circles/Dots and/or Str
Crafters Cafe Challenge 168, CAS
Creatalicious Challenge Challenge 110, AG or Green
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge 113, Polka Dots and/or Stripes
Craft Rocket Challenge 34, No Patterned Papers
Crafting with Friends Challenge 38, AG
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 178, AG
Cards in Envy Challenge Keep It Simple
Animals Friends Challenge Challenge 48, Animals with big ears
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 39, AG
Get Creative Challenges Challenge 56, Fav Color Combo (pink and gray)
Love To Scrap Challenge 95, AG
Love to Craft Challenge 8, AG
The Crafty Addicts Challenge 34, AG/CAS



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Always Christmas!

It's the second Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'.  The challenge again this month is ANYTHING GOES WITH CHRISTMAS. I used this older rubber stamp by Bildmalarna for my card. I am a die hard rubber stamper and have hundreds of stamps which some have never been inked!  My goal is to make a card with each of them in my lifetime. At the rate I'm going, I'll be around until I'm just over 150 years old.


I colored her with Copics and used a Martha Stewart border punch and I added some pretty red metallic dots on the green lace. The pretty oval die cut around my image is by Joy Crafts with some gold glitter added to the embossed areas.  My sentiment is by Stampin' Up. I love this shabby white embossing powder by Stampendous.


The team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have made some beautiful projects to inspire you to join us. And, since it is already March, joining this challenge will give you a head start on those Christmas cards you're going to need in 9 months!



                                                                                      Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Catz Challenge 360, Doilies
Season’s Greetings Challenge 2, AG
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge 37, AG
Crafty Sentiments Challenge 3/7, AG
CCC Digi Creations Challenge 78, Ribbon or Lace
Creatalicious Challenge Challenge 110, AG or Green
Jingle Belles Challenge Holly and Ivy
Crafting with Friends Challenge 38, AG
The Ribbon Girl Challenge March, AG w/Ribbon
Winter Wonderland Challenge Use Ribbon or Lace
Artistic Inspirations Challenge 174, AG
Lemon Shortbread Challenge 36 AG
Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 53, AG
Crafting By Designs Challenge March, AG, 3E
Penny Black and More Challenge March, AG
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge March, AG
One Crazy Stamper Challenge March, AG w/no digis
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 178, AG
Love To Scrap Challenge 95, AG
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge 25, AG
Dare 2 B Artzy Challenge March, Lots of Layers


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy thoughts and butterflies

It's time for the Inspiration Post at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog. When you see the words Inspiration Post, that means we're in the second week of the bi-weekly challenge so get your cards posted soon!  The challenge is ANYTHING GOES. I chose this very cute image named Swings 'n Slides Butterflies for my card.




My papers are from Lili of the Valley along with the sentiment. The oval die is by Spellbinder and the butterfly die hanging from the ribbon is from Memory Box.



I colored her with Copics and added Glossy Accents to her eyeglasses. The large butterfly is covered with Wink of Stella that isn't showing up in the photograph at all!




There's still a few days left for you to join the challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog where the topic is ANYTHING GOES. I hope you'll visit the LMMS Challenge Blog and Facebook page for more inspiration!  One lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!


                                                                                  Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge 173, AG
Crafty Sentiments Challenge 28, AG
Creative Moments Challenge 112, AG
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge 111, AG
Scrapy Land Challenge 61, Use Dies
Lemon Shortbread Challenge 36 AG
Crafting By Designs Challenge March, AG
Simply Papercrafts Challenge 44, AG
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge 34, AG
A Perfect Time to Craft Challenge 3, AG
Love To Scrap Challenge 95, AG
Love to Craft Challenge 8, AG
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 467, AG
Creatalicious Challenge Challenge 110, AG



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fairy Wishes

Welcome to a new month and a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge is always ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!  I made a card using this beautiful image from Cute As A Button named Pixie Fairy.
I colored her with Copics and used some clear iridescent glitter for her fairy dust and around my sentiment which I used a layered circle punch and a scalloped die cut. My sequins, jewel swirl and epoxy dots are from my stash.
My triple looped bow was made with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  What an easy time to make a bow with this little tool!  Do you use bows on your cards or projects? If you do, this will save you ribbon and the most precious commodity...your time!  Such an easy little tool to use and get awesome bows every time.

Our sponsor is Cute as a Button. Have you seen the adorable digital images by this fabulous artist, Francesca, of Cute as a Button?
The random prize awarded to one lucky person is 3 single images of the winner's choice!

This is a month long challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ and I hope you'll join us.  Remember, each Tuesday there is another post to inspire and delight you, so please stop back next week!
                                                                                    Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girl Challenge Feb Use any image
Crafting with Friends Challenge 37, AG
Pile It On Challenge 127, Monsters or Fairies
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 177, AG
Artistic Inspirations Challenge 173, AG
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 332, Things With Wings
Crafty Sentiments Challenge 28, AG
Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 306, Ribbon and Bows
Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge 228, AG
Crafty Friends Challenge 52, All That Glitters
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge 111, AG
Lemon Shortbread Challenge 36 AG
Simply Papercrafts Challenge 44, AG
Love To Scrap Challenge 95, AG

Monday, February 27, 2017

Is it spring yet?

It's my Tuesday to post on Craft-Dee BowZ for our February challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW! I used this very cute image from Bildmalarna. I have lots of their stamps and love their sweet faces. I chose this image because my spring bulb garden is blooming now. This year I have paper whites, daffodils, tulips, freesia, hyacinths and crocus! That's why I'm feeling like spring!



I used a Magnolia border die, an old butterfly punch, a corner die and a tag punch. I colored my image with Copics and 'textured' the egg to try and make it look like an actual egg shell. I added a dash of glitter to my flowers and butterflies.


This fabulous bow was made with my Craft-Dee BowZ bow tool. I love how it came out. I used green ribbon and green twine (thank you, Donna!). I love the two textures together and it tied beautifully in the middle. I resisted the urge to put a button in the middle of this great bow just because the bow came out so well!


Our sponsor is A Day For Daisies and they will provide a $12 gift card to the winner of this challenge!



A Day For Daisies provides themed categories of over 3000 digital illustrations and a fast growing line of new clear polymer stamp sets, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!

The entire team (all four of us) post our project on the first of every month using the sponsor of the month's images. Then each Tuesday one of us gets to post a project of our choice. Please take a look at the fabulous creations done this month at Craft-Dee BowZ blog.
                                                                                                   Gail
This card is entered in these challenges:
Crafty Catz Challenge 359, Thoughts of Spring
Reasonable Ribbon Challenge 158, Celebrate Theme with Ribbon
Brown Sugar Challenge Challenge 239, AG
The Ribbon Girl Challenge Feb Use any image
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge Challenge 2, AG
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 177, AG
Creative Moments Challenge 112, AG
Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge 228, AG
Crafty Friends Challenge 52, All That Glitters
Simply Papercrafts Challenge 44, AG

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thinking of You!

I'm enjoying using the images from Little Miss Muffet Stamps being on their Guest Design Team for the next few months. There are so many cute stamps and I hope you'll visit their store. The service is outstanding so if you order a digital, be ready to download it within minutes after placing the order. And if you order any rubber stamps, they'll be shipped right away to you! I'm impressed with the quality of both digital and rubber stamps by LMMS and I hope you enjoy my GDT cards over the next few months.


It's time for a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog and the theme is ANYTHING GOES. I used this very adorable stamp named Polka Dot Pals Lottie. Before I go any further, I'd like to credit Designed by Pauline for this layout. I saw a card she made recently and the layout Pauline used was perfect for my papers.




My favorite color is purple and these papers are all separate pieces from different stores bought at different times but everything went together so smoothly that they were meant to be paired together! I colored my image with Copics and my polka dot bow was made using my bow tool. I love buttons and couldn't resist gluing one in the middle of that awesome bow. I love using ribbon on my cards!




One lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!




The team at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge blog have some outstanding creations to share with you and I hope you'll visit and join the ANYTHING GOES challenge.


                                                                           Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge 110, AG
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 331, Fav Embellishment is ribbon
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge 33, AG
Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenge 227, Ribbon or Lace
A Perfect Time to Craft Challenge 2, AG
The Crafty Addicts Challenge, Add a Sentiment
Crafter's Cafe Challenge 167, No red or pink
Love To Craft Challenge Blog Challenge 7, AG
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge 176, AG
Creatalicious Challenge Challenge 109, Ribbon or Twine
Classic Design Team Challenge Challenge 11
A Gem of a Challenge Challenge 188, Fav Color Combo (purple and blue)
The Ribbon Girl Challenge Feb Use any image
Lemon Shortbread Challenge 35, AG

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Need some inspiration?

It's the week between challenges at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog and we call this the Inspiration Week. I'd like to show you this cute image, Polka Dot Pals Jamie. I thought she was adorable and I had some paper that matched the image pretty well.


Since Jamie is holding a flower with a ladybug on it and there's a ladybug at her feet, I thought this ladybug paper would work. I also had a ladybug button that I glued in the middle of my satin bow to carry my theme.  I used two of my very favorite embellishments on this card...ribbon and lace. I used a round die on the sentiment and then a scalloped die to layer it.


There's still a few days left for you to join the challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog where the topic is ANYTHING GOES. I hope you'll visit the LMMS Challenge Blog and Facebook page for more inspiration!  One lucky winner will be awarded a $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop!

 
                                                                          --Gail                                                                                                
This card is entered in the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girl Challenge Feb
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 46
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges Challenge 1707
Crafty Friends Challenge Challenge 51
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge 110
The Crazy Challenge Challenge 242
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge Challenge 2
Lemon Shortbread Challenge 35
Crafting By Design Challenge Polka dots
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Challenge 110 (my favs: ribbon & lace)
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge Challenge 338 (Lace, Die-cuts, Yellow)