Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back To School!



It is hard to believe that we are soon going to be at the end of our summer. I can remember my mom saying the older you get the faster time flies. It is so true as I watch my grandsons growing my leaps and bounds. Keeping with the end of summer tradition our challenge at The Paper Shelter  is "Back To School". I have chosen The Enchanted Professor for my back to school card. I think he is cute and who knows he might just be teaching at one of our universities! If you ever watch "Water's World" you would believe this is possible! I added some liquid glass to the ink bottle to make it look real and fussy cut the stamp and popped it with foam dots. A spellbinders label and some pearls finished off my card. Remember if you use a Paper Shelter stamp you can win $30 credit in their store. Since their stamps are some of the best around, why wouldn't you? (They are also the best bargain you will find!) So grab one of their stamps and play along! 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: ABC (The Jackson 5)
You went to school to learn girl
Things you never, never knew before
Like "I" before "E" except after "C"
And why 2 plus 2 makes 4
Now, now, now
I'm gonna teach you

All about love girl

Sit yourself down, take a seat
All you gotta do is repeat after me
A B C
It's easy as, 1 2 3

Saturday, August 20, 2016

All That Glitteres is Not Snow!

A closer look at the cute stamp!
The gold poinsettias!
Pretty pearl centers.
I am sorry this is such a poor photograph. I don't know what is wrong but I could not get a decent picture of this. I have had this digi stamp for many years and I still love to color it. I was trying to keep this card neutral tones. I was quiet happy with the way it turned out. The poinsettia die came from my dear friend who now irons in her craft room, Elaine Livesey! I have used them for many years and I love how they always turn out perfect. I really didn't have a reason to make this card, I just wanted to play a bit. 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: Even Santa Claus Gets the Blues (Marty Stuart)

Lost my favorite reindeer in a hurricane
Got so get-away on a count of rain
Countin' my troubles by threes and by twos
Even Santa Claus gets the blues
Well, I wasn't given for just one silent night
Just me and mama close by the warm fire light, yeah
But Christmas time is comin', there's just so much to do
Even Santa Claus gets the blues
But I know every single chimney like the back of my hand
People leave me milk and cookies, I just think that's grand
As the story goes, I'm a dearly loved man
But the reason for the season, some folks just don't understand

So, it's back to the work shop to make more toys
Can't wait to give 'em to all the girls and boys
I'm hookin' up my sleigh, go ahead and spread the noose
But sometimes, even Santa Claus gets the blues

Monday, August 15, 2016

"N" is for "Noel"



Are you ready for a Christmas card? It is hard to believe that Christmas is just a little over four months away! I was happy to make this Christmas card as it adds to my stash and it will be used in the upcoming holiday season! Our letter at ABC Challenge 
is the letter "N" for "Noel"! We want you to create a Christmas themed card. Our lovely sponsor is  "Magnolia-licious"!
You can find so many lovely Magnolia stamps and other wonderful companies in their fun store. Also, be sure and grab some of their lovely dies! I can't wait to see what you come up with! 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: The Heart of Christmas (Matthew West)
I’m gonna make a wish this Christmas
I’m gonna say a little prayer
I’m gonna stop here for a moment
Before the moment disappears
The world’s in a hurry this December
City streets and shopping malls
I wish we could slow down and remember
The meaning of it all
Wherever you are, no matter how far
Come back to the heart, the heart of Christmas
Live while you can, cherish the moment
The ones that you love, make sure they know it
Don’t miss it, the heart of Christmas

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Punches and Dies, Oh, My!







Doesn't this stamp make you think of the 60's? Maybe it was because I grew up in that era and even dressed like this to some degree. (I never wore a peace sign!) It was a time of Woodstock, Beatles, and rock and roll! I think I just told you my age! LOL! Back to present day, it is time to play along with The Paper Shelter Challenge. Our theme this week is is "Punches and Dies".  We want to see your card loaded up with all kind of embellishments from punches and dies! How fun is that? Remember! If you use a Paper Shelter Stamp (and why wouldn't you?) you could win up to $30 in prizes. 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: "Tapestry" by Carole King
My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision of the ever-changing view
A wondrous, woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold
Once amid the soft silver sadness in the sky
There came a man of fortune, a drifter passing by
He wore a torn and tattered cloth around his leathered hide
And a coat of many colors, yellow-green on either side
He moved with some uncertainty, as if he didn't know
Just what he was there for, or where he ought to go
Once he reached for something golden hanging from a tree
And his hand came down empty
Soon within my tapestry along the rutted road
He sat down on a river rock and turned into a toad
It seemed that he had fallen into someone's wicked spell
And I wept to see him suffer, though I didn't know him well
As I watched in sorrow, there suddenly appeared
A figure gray and ghostly beneath a flowing beard
In times of deepest darkness, I've seen him dressed in black
Now my tapestry's unraveling - he's come to take me back
He's come to take me back


Monday, August 1, 2016

"M" Is For Maiden!


A closer look at this cute stamp!

 Don't you love her cute face?
 The inside of my card.

Here we are starting the month of August the end of summer will soon be here! Time is flying by so fast I am not sure  I am ready for summer to be over. What I am ready for is another challenge at "ABC Challenge"! Our letter is "M" for Maiden! We want to see cards for a young girl. My card is going to a sweet little girl from church who is celebrating her birthday the end of September. Our wonderful sponsor is The Paper Shelter you can find this image along with many more fun images. The winner of our challenge will have a hard time choosing their prize. 
I colored this stamp called "My Cuppy Cake"
with my Copics.  I love the bright printed paper and some pretty fabric flowers from Queen and Co. added to the whimsical feel of this card.  The pretty gingham ribbon and bow finished off my card. I hope you will join us with our fun challenge. I can't wait to see your   "Maiden" cards.
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: Mr. Blue
Winter sounds crying like an old man slowly dying
And the only sound, the wind that fills the trees
Even colder comes the moon
And though it never seems too soon
Sudden stillness as the rainfall starts to freeze
I'm Mr.Blue
I'm here to stay with you
And no matter what you do
When you're lonely, I'll be lonely too

Friday, July 29, 2016

To You from Me!




 This past few months have been hard and I have found myself struggling to keep up with my cards. It started last year when my Aunt passed away. She had M.S. and had been struggling for years with health issues. Next to go was a favorite uncle he had cancer and was taken far to early. Then 8 weeks ago my SIL broke her leg. After six weeks of agony in the hospital she was sent home and told to start PT. Her health kept going down hill and then a cat scan was done and she had cancer throughout her body. Two weeks later she passed away. I share this in hopes each of you will take the time to spend time with those you love. We are not guaranteed tomorrow and we each need to let those we love know how much they mean to us. Also, I would ask that each of us be just a little kinder to those we meet along the way. We don't know what struggles they are going through and your smile or kindness might just help them along the way.  I am so grateful to my team leaders on ABC Challenge and The Paper Shelter for the kindness and understanding they have shown when I could not meet my obligations with commenting. For all who have said prayers and sent words of encouragement, thank you! You have touched my heart and I will always appreciate your kindness. Tomorrow brings a new day for each of us and I plan to enjoy it! God is good and He still reigns! 
On to my card. . . I have had this digi for many years. I believe he is called Fergus, but I am sorry to say that I have forgotten the artist. He is a fun color and my go to guy when I need a quick card. I attempted to make him look furry but I  am not sure I achieved that! My sentiments are from "Sweet and Sassy". I do love their sentiments. 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying,
"I love you".
I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.
Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunshine!

My Card
 
A Closer Look


One More Look!

My Flowers I Created!
 Lots of Sparkle!

 The Inside of My Card!
 One More Look!
I must confess that I spent a long time creating this card. It was truly a labor of love. I fell in love with the darling stamp from THE PAPER SHELTER. She is called Sunshine and you can purchase her here! Since we are getting plenty of sunshine she is the perfect stamp for my card! 
This is a two week break for all of the DT member at THE PAPER SHELTER. So, we want you to enter our challenge but we will not be leaving comments on your lovely cards. I will be checking in to see your beautiful makes and you can see both A and B teams inspirational work created for this challenge. 
Last November I attended the CK Convention in Tacoma, Washington. Not only did I have a wonderful time with my BFF Wendy, but I also made new friends Kathy and Heidi. I was also a lucky winner of this Heartfelt Creations stamp and die set. I am still playing with it and I was pleased with the fun sunflowers I made for this card. I thought they tied in beautifully with the sunflowers  on my uber cute Sunshine stamp! I added lots of Stickles to show the sunshine lighting them up. I added a flourish, and leaf die cut and some half pearls for added interest.
I am entering this card at the following challenges:
My Song: Sunshine On My Shoulders (John Denver)
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high
If I had a day that I could give you
I'd give to you the day just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
I'd sing a song to make you feel this way
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

Saturday, July 23, 2016

She's A Lady!

My Card
A pretty die cut from Joanna Sheen
 Pretty flowers from WOC
 The inside of my card!
When I found this pretty paper in my stash I knew I wanted to use the newer stamp from The Paper Shelter called "The Lady" and you can find her here! She was so much fun to color and I think she has a bit of a saucy look in her eyes! I used a twin die cut from JoAnna Sheen. I love this particular set of dies and find myself reaching for it often. Just a fun card for a special friend. I hope you enjoy it! I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: She's A Lady (Tom Jones)
Well, she's all you'd ever want
She's the kind I like to flaunt and take to dinner
But she always knows her place
She's got style, she's got grace, she's a winner
She's a lady
Oh, whoa, whoa, she's a lady
Talkin' about that little lady
And the lady is mine
Well, she's never in the way
Always something nice to say, and what a blessin'
I can leave her on her own
Knowin' she's okay alone and there's no messin'
She's a lady
Oh, whoa, whoa, she's a lady
Talkin' about that little lady
And the lady is mine

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lots of Layers





Good-morning! Are you ready to play in our next fun challenge at "ABC Challenge"? I think the hot weather made me thing of the sunshine when I made this card. I love the color yellow so it was a fun card for me to make. Our challenge is "Lots of Layers"! I hope you can see the three layers of paper flowers on my card and the the cute little buttons are the fourth layer. I also have two layers of paper on the card, plus the image. I am loving the "Lemon Shortbread" stamps and thrilled they are our sponsor for this challenge. This lovely stamp is called "Flowers and Curls"
she is just one of the beautiful stamps you can find in the shop. Warning! These stamps are addictive and you will want more than one!
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: What the World Needs Now (Jackie DeShannon)
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone
Lord, we don't need another mountain
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last 'till the end of time
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Holiday Time"

 A closer look at the image!
 My homemade flower!
The inside of my card.
I hope for most of you that the summer brings around a family holiday. The time we spend having fun with our loved ones is so important. With that thought in mind I thought about the family vacations when our two kids were teens. Our daughter loved to shop and had to look fashionable, she needed to have plenty of time to get ready and then of course a latte to get her going. When I saw this cute stamp from The Paper Shelter I had to use it for our "Holiday Time" challenge. She is called "Spring Style" and can be found here.
I colored my stamp with Copics. I used some of the brighter oranges and I have to admit that I liked the way it turned out. I also made my own flowers...I am quiet proud of them (truth be told I copied one that a dear friend of mine  Glenda Brooks. She makes some of the best flowers and I have kept one she sent me thinking someday I would make one like it. I used Queen and Co  "Topping Set".
Some pretty die cut leaves and pearls finish my card. 
Be sure and hop over to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog and join in on the fun. I can't want to see what you choose to represent your "Holiday Time". Remember if you use a Paper Shelter image you can win $30 to spend in the store....a great deal for you!
I am entering this card at the following challenges:
My Song: Yesterday (The Beatles)
Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday
Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly
Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday
Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Saturday, July 2, 2016

"K" is for Kindness



I don't know where my head has been but I was supposed to have this posted for the 1st of July, but for some reason I must have spaced it out completely! This last month has been a tough one. My younger brother lost his wife to cancer. While on vacation in Florida she stood up and fractured her leg. She had to have the leg pinned, and a plate put in. once she was released from the hospital they returned home. She continued to decline in health  and finally a local Dr. ordered a MRI and it was discovered she had cancer throughout her body. Two weeks later she was gone. This has been a very difficult time for my brother and we are all saddened by his and our loss. I flew back to Georgia to be with him and it was there I saw the kindness of the people who know and love my brother and those who loved his wife. So, this challenge from ABC Challenge came at a perfect time. Our letter is "K" for Kindness and our lovely sponsor is Lacy Sunshine. The cute stamp is Emmilou Boo.
You can click on the link to find her in Lacy Sunshine's shop. We are also being sponsored by The Ribbon Girl !
I am sorry to say that I forgot to add my ribbon to this card, but if you check out this fun shop you will find many fun things you will need to add to your stash!  I hope you will all join us for this fun challenge and show kindness along the way. 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:
http://creativecornerchallenges.blogspot.de/

My Song: Proud To Be An American (Lee Greenwood)
If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away.
And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.
From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,
From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, there's pride in every American heart,
and it's time to stand and say:
I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Photo Inspiration Challenge!

I kept this card CAS as the paper was busy enough and it worked well with this cute stamp from The Paper Shelter! She is called "Retro Chic" and can be found here.We are having a fun challenge at the Paper Shelter it is a photo inspiration. The following photo is your inspiration!
 
You can pick your colors from this photo!  I can't wait to see what colors you choose. Remember if you use a stamp from The Paper Shelter you could win $30 to shop in their store. That is a fabulous deal. So check out the store and use one of the fabulous stamps you find there. 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Someone told me long ago there's a calm before the storm
I know, it's been comin' for some time
When it's over, so they say, it'll rain a sunny day
I know, shinin' down like water
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin' down on a sunny day?
Yesterday and days before, sun is cold and rain is hard
I know, been that way for all my time
'Til forever, on it goes through the circle, fast and slow
I know, it can't stop, I wonder
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin' down on a sunny day?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Egg-stra Special Wishes!

 A closer look at the fun stamp!
 The left inside of my card.
 The  right inside of my card!
Just a quick posting this morning. I have just returned from a quick trip to Americus, Georgia. My younger brother's wife passed away and I flew there from Idaho to attend her funeral. I hated to leave my brother as he has a lot of adjustments to deal with in the coming months. Ruth Ann was his best friend and they enjoyed traveling and seeing new things together. He had just retired so they could travel more and then it was discovered she had cancer throughout her body. Cancer is such an ugly disease. It has devastated Bud and Ruth's family. Please keep them in your prayers. 
On to my card. This was a quick card I made before I left. I needed it for a friends birthday. She raises chickens and sells the eggs for extra income.  I thought this fun card would be prefect  for her. I have a new chicken wire die cut and I love how it looks. I actually cut 2 so I cover the background with the chicken wire. The stamp is a Saturated Canary stamp and it was intended for Easter. I just changed the egss to regular eggs and it changed the whole look of the stamp. I don't normally use stickers on my cards, but I was in a hurry and so I added some pretty country flower stickers stickers to add a pretty frame effect. The chicken on the inside and the sentiments are from Stampin Up!  I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: Beulah Land (My SIL's Favorite)
I'm kind of homesick for a country
To which I've never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
For time won't matter anymore.
Beulah Land, I'm longing for you
And some day on thee I'll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land
I'm looking now across the river
Where my faith will end in sight.
There's just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

All It Needs Is Lipstick and Rouge!


 My next card was created with two lovely stamps from our fabulous sponsor Rick St. Dennis.




When I was younger I can remember my dad saying, "All it needs is lipstick and rouge". We had just moved into a house that was old and had rough treatment by the previous owner. My dad could fix just about anything and he was meticulous with what ever he did. It wasn't long before my parents had painted and repaired the house to where it was a warm comfortable home for them, my brothers and myself. I always try to bear in mind that sometimes all we need is lipstick and rouge to brighten up something in our life. These two images from our great sponsor Rick St. Dennis reminded me of this memory from long ago. The first stamp on the front of my card is called Original Morning Goddess
She looks like many of us who crawl out of bed not quiet ready for the new day to start. Although, I will admit to wearing a ratty old robe a few times in my life, I never wore those silly bedroom slippers!  The second image on my card is Queen of Heart, just a little lipstick and rouge and she is looking fine! LOL! Well that is my story of lipstick and rouge! I hope you will join our challenge at Inspiration Destination as always it is "Anything Goes"!  
 I am Entering this card at the following challenges: 

My Song: Ruby (Kenny Rogers)
You've painted up your lips and rolled and curled your tinted hair
Ruby, are you contemplating going out somewhere?
The shadow on the wall tells me the sun is going down
Oh, Ruby,
Don't take your love to town
It wasn't me that started that old crazy Asian war
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore
And yes, it's true that I'm not the man I used to be
Oh, Ruby,
I still need some company