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The Wings of the Butterfly

Hurray! It's Sunday and that means the new challenge is up on the Sentimental Sundays blog. The challenge this week is "Encouragement & Support".

I wanted to use something a little different than "Hang in there" or "Thinking of You" so I decided to use this sentiment from Tlc Creations. It says "May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun and find your shoulder to light on." For some reason, it just strikes a chord inside me and I love it.

I hope you will join us this week and share your cards of support and encourgement on the Sentimental Sundays blog. A random entrant will win 4 digital stamp sentiments of their choosing or a sentiment set from Raindrop Echo Designs Whismy Stamp digital collection. The only rule is that you follow the theme and you must have a sentiment somewhere on your card.

Thank you for looking!

Challenges for this card:

365 Cards - Day 117 Favorite 5 (aqua, gemstones, love this sentiment, standard shape is my fav, Cric…

Did Somebody Say "Cake"?

I am so excited to be the guest designer on the Card Patterns challenge blog this week.

I have been wanting to use this cute Cocoa the Mouse image from Sweet 'n Sassy for some time and finally printed him out and colored him especially for this sketch.

Isn't he cute? I think he is peeking out looking for a piece of cake. Or maybe it's just that I want a piece of cake.... Hmmm... Cake for breakfast, now that's an idea.
. Here is a look at this week's sketch. Be sure to link up your creation on the Card Patterns blog.

Thank you for looking! Have a terrific week end!

Challenges for this card:
Clearly Inspired- BirthdayCow Girl Sunday - Anything GoesCrafters Digital Art Center - Anything Goes with a digiCrafts & Me - BirthdayCrafty Creations - We want to see you shine (Stickles on hat)Donna's Den of Crafts - BirthdayFab N Funky - Sew & SewFresh Brewed Designs - Anything GoesGem of a Challenge - Ribbons & ButtonsShelly's Stamps - 3's (3 blue buttons, 3…

A Bookmark For My Daughter

I am so happy that my daughter loves to read. She is going through books this summer like crazy. Her latest craze is the "Little House on the Prairie" books.

A few months ago, she was looking over my shoulder when I was blurfing (blog surfing) and saw that some one had made her daughter a book mark. She has been asking me for one ever since. Luckily, the Meljen's Designs challenge this week is to make a book mark or tag. I had to take this opportunity to make her a personalized book mark.

Here is a look at the clip I used on the back. I bought a package book mark clips a while ago with the intent of using them to make her a book mark but had not had the time to use them. (They are from Jewelry Shoppe Findings purchased from Hobby Lobby for $1.99 for 2.)

Here is a close up of the cute little sunflower from Meljen's that I paper pieced. It was sprayed with Glimmer Mist even though it does not show up in the photo.

Here is a peek at the entire new release. Remember you can …

Berry Sweet

I don't know about you, but I just love fresh strawberries. They are one of my favorite signs of summer.

I made this card using the new Strawberries & Watermelon digital stamp set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. These look so yummy I just want to wash them off and dig in. I paired them up with a doily I have had sitting out for a while and some lace.

Here is a look at the dimension on the card. I used pop dots between the layers.

Here is a look at the complete set. You can get the entire set of 7 images for just $5, which I think is a bargain. You will definitely be seeing more projects from me using these. Lindsay has several new sets in the store so you might want to go check it out.

Please stop by the rest of the DT to see the eye candy they created for you this week. As always, Lindsay will have a freebie on her blog.

Lindsay Weirich(Owner & Stamp Designer)
Cindi Hooks
Diane Bove
Jennifer Bliss
Karin Martin
Leanne Garner
Lisa Jurecek
Margie Visnick
Micki Harper
Rebekah Doak
Rhonda …

Sentimental Sundays - All About You

Hello my friends! I am sorry I don't have any eye candy for you today. Between migraines, storms, a police search for an armed fugitive in the area, loss of power, loss of A/C, child freaking out about the storms, A/C, and said fugitive and just life in general this crazy week I wasn't able to get my project done. Thankfully the migraine has passed, we have power and the 2nd repairman got the A/C going again. (The police are still looking for the fugitive but think he left the area.)

This week for the Sentimental Sunday's Challenge, Ann is asking us to use our favorite sentiment. Hmmm.... How about something to the effect "Life is too short to skip the chocolate"? It is all about the chocolate, isn't it? Or I know, how about "Calgon take me away!". It may not be a proper card sentiment, but is seems appropriate this week. Anyhow, I saw sneak peeks of some of the projects from the rest of the DT and you don't want to miss them. So go over to the…

For A Special Dad

Whew! I got the Father's Day for my husband done in the nick of time.

I think I might have went a little nuts on the distressing but my husband always says he likes when I "rough up the edges so everything isn't all perfect." This card should be perfect for him.
I wanted to share one of my favorite pictures of my husband taken last year at our Halloween party / bonfire.

Thank you for looking!
Challenges for this card:AI Factory - Distress ItCards for Men - Father's DayCorrosive Challenge - #68 SketchCrafters Digital Art Center - Anything Goes with a digiCrafty Card Makers - Cards for MenCrafty Little Place - MasculineCreative Crafts - For the Man in your lifeCreative Inspirations - One for the BoysDaisy Doodles - Father's DayDouble Dutch - Father's DayFab N Funky - Just for DadFairy Fun Friday - For DadIncy Wincy - For the MenMagical Crafts - Father's DayMy Time To Craft - Some one Xtra specialPear Tree Design - Father's DayRaise the Bar - What a Spec…

For The Love Birds - Happy Anniversary

The new challenge on the Meljen's Designs challenge blog is Fiber, Ribbons or Lace. I used the opportunity to make an anniversary card for my sister & brother-in law.

I colored my ribbon using Copics and then threaded through the lace. I love that look. The kraft layers were distressed to add some texture.

My friend Joy found the sheet music for me at a antique/fleet market. She picked up several different packs and I could not wait to use it.

I hope you will join in the Meljen's Designs Fiber, Ribbon & Lace challenge for your opportunity to win some Meljen's Designs images.

Stop by the blog on Monday for your freebie from Melissa. You can also find a link in this post to a zip file to download all the past freebies.

Challenges for this card:
AI Factory - Distress ItAll Sorts Challenge - Lace or ButtonsBee-Crafty - Blooming MarvelousCity Crafter - I used sheet musicCard Patterns - #68 SketchCrafters Digital Art Center - Anything Goes with a digiGem of a Challenge - Ribbo…


I just LOVE the new On The Line digital stamp set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. As soon as I saw it I had a zillion ideas. My only disappointment is that I only had time to make 1 card this week. (So that means you will be seeing more of this set in the future!)

I thought I would start out using the banners/pennants that are so popular lately.

This is was a fun and easy card to make for a man's birthday. I don't have a specific recipient in mind but I need a bunch of masculine birthday cards in the near future.
I paper pieced/layered the banners using some scrap DP. This paper from October Afternoon is too cute to toss any scraps so I keep them all just in case I can use them for something fun like this. The clouds are sponged on the blue using white ink. The bottom layer is distressed to add a little texture.

Here is a look at the complete set of 19 images. (They're just $6!)

Please stop by the rest of the DT to see what they created this week and Lindsay will have her weekl…

And the winner is.....

The winner of the Stampin' Up Picture This stamp set is......

....Melanie Risk! Congratulations Melanie! If you get the chance, stop by Melanie's blog to see her lovely creations. She has some fantastic cards & projects.Melanie, please email me your mailing address at shestamps11-blogs at yahoo dot com and I will get it in the mail to you this week.

Now onto the truths and lies from my Creative Writer Blogger Award.

1) My secret (or now not so secret) guilty pleasure is watching Glee. **True - and sadly the season is over.... Insert sad face here.

2) I am a Starbucks mocha junkie. **True - Although I don't like coffee, for some crazy reason I have a weakness for cafe mocha.

3) I love hip-hop music. ** False - I love all kinds of music except most hip-hop, rap, and heavy metal. If you are a music fan, feel free to look me up on lastfmHERE.

4) I couldn't live with out chocolate. ** True - Isn't that a sad state of affairs?

5) I have been to London 3 times. ** True - I…

It's Summertime with Sentimental Sundays

It's summertime and the living is easy..... I love that song. It brings back some fond memories.

The challenge this week on the Sentimental Sundays blog is "Summertime". And to me, one of the hallmarks of summer is a pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade.

I made this card both for the challenge and for a friend who is going through a bit of a rough patch. The pitcher is covered with a couple of coats of UTEE. The lemon is coated with just one coat in IRL looks a little dimply like a real lemon.

If you like this pitcher of lemonade and the lemon, you can get them from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of this digital stamp set go to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). ALSF is committed to finding a cure for all children with cancer. Click HERE to purchase.

The sentiment comes from the Doodle Pantry's Lemon Ants digital stamp set. This set is currently free!
Please join us in the Sentimental Sunday's "Summertime" challenge. A…

So, what's going on?

No eye candy for you today. I have just a few reminders.

First, have you signed up for my blog candy? Sunday I will be picking the name of one lucky person to win a new Stampin' Up Picture This hostess set. This is easy, no jumping through hoops, all you have to do is sign up. Click HERE for details.

Don't forget Lindsay is having a big sale in her Mygrafico store. Click HERE to go to the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store.

There is still time to join the Sentimental Sundays challenge - New or Neglected stash for your chance to win a sentiment set from Raindrop Echo Designs. ' ' You have through Wednesday to join the Meljen's Designs challenge - Sparkle, Glitter & Bling - for your chance to win some Meljen's Designs image. ' ' Have a great week end!

Sweet Sparkle, Glitter, Bling

This week's Meljen's Designs challenge is Sparkle, Glitter & Bling. Although I use a lot of gemstones, I typically do not use much glitter so I challenged myself to use glitter on my card.

I wanted to find a way to use glitter where it would not get all over. I cut "Sweet" out of Stampin' Up Real Red CS using my Cricut and added multiple layers of UTEE. On the 2nd to last layer, while the UTEE was still melted, I poured red glitter on it. I sealed with an additional coat of UTEE so that the glitter would not come off. I love the way it turned out. It looks great in real life (better than the picture). To add a little extra sparkle, I used Stickles on the image and the scalloped mat.

I hope you will join us for our Sparkle, Glitter & Bling challenge for your chance to win some Meljen's Designs images. Visit the blog to see more inspiration from the Design Team.

Do you want more opportunities to win Meljen's Designs images? Check out all the challenges…

Perk Up with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I made this card as a "Get Well" card using Coffee Talk from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.

The inside sentiment, also from the set, says "I hope you perk up soon." Here is a look at the complete set.

You can pick up this set during Lindsay's School's Out Sale. Lindsay is offer 40% off all her products this week Thursday through Saturday in the LSS store on mygrafico. This includes her digital stamps and SVG files. Go check it out!
You also might want to sign up to win my blog candy. Click HERE for more information. Take a moment to check out what the rest of the DT is up to.
Lindsay Weirich (Owner & Stamp Designer) - Stop by for her weekly freebie!
Cheryl Gorka (DT Coordinator)
Cindi Hooks
Diane Bove
Jennifer Bliss
Karin Martin
Leanne Garner
Lisa Jurecek
Margie Visnick
Micki Harper
Rebekah Doak
Rhonda Walker
Tamara Bennett

Thank you for looking!

Challenges for this card: ABC Design - SketchBee-Crafty - Blooming MarvelousCrafters Digital Art Center - Anything goes with a digiF…

Yeah! I'm a Ginger Gem!

My card was picked to be showcased for the GC54 - Pencils challenge. Today was kind of a crumby day and this just brightened it up!

Creative Writer Award & Blog Candy

Scroll down for blog candy info.

Joanna, my fellow DT member from Sentimental Sundays, gave me this fun award. As with all awards, there are responsibilities. :) Here are the instructions for this award.

1) Express gratitude to the blogger that bestowed the award unto you... Joanna, I humbly accept this magnificent award. I am touched and honored that you bestowed this upon me.

2) Display this picture proudly on your blog. (Looks just like me.)

3) Be nice and provide a link to the person who gave it to you... Joanna's blog with her amazing creations can be found HERE.

4) Tell 6 outrageous lies about yourself and one truth, or switch it about and tell 6 truths and one will have to decide for yourselves what you believe.

5) Nominate 7 creative writers who might be into doing this .
6) Post links to the 7 you nominate and let them know..............

Okay, here are my truths and lies. You decide what you believe. Hint, I may have 6 lies, or 1, or something in between.

1) My…

Father's Day Card with Sentimental Sundays

Our new challenge on the Sentimental Sunday's blog is "New or Neglected Stash". I have a little bit of both on this card that I made for my dad for Father's Day.

The paper is from my "new stash". I bought most of it from Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago. The "Father" stamp is from my "neglected stash". Believe it or not, it is an actual stamp not a digi. Shocking isn't it? I bought this stamp a couple of years ago for Father's Day but then never used it. I also used a sadly neglected background stamp on the heart to give it a little texture.

Since the sentiment is a little hard to read in the photo, I will save your eyes and tell you what it says. "A father is someone who listens with his heart, speaks with his hugs, and teaches not by words but by example."

To make the white frame around the main panel, I used painters tape around the edges, sponged with the blue ink, and then removed the tape. (I'll let you in on a …

Honey, It's an Oldie

I found out that this card that I submitted months ago for OWH Stars & Stamps sketch 88 is going to be posted on their blog on Sunday.

This was one of the first images I colored with my alcohol markers when I got them. I was trying to keep the card relatively flat for easy mailing.

In the picture it looks like there is a little smudge above the heart but IRL there is nothing there. I'm not sure why it is doing that in the photo.

If you have a chance check out the OWH Stars & Stamps blog. If you would like to help support Operation Write Home with either blank, hand made cards or letters of support to our troops, you can get more information HERE.

Thank you for looking

Image: Honey Bee Buckets (Freebie) from Meljen's DesignsPapers & CS: All scraps except base Stampin' Up Whisper WhiteInks: NoneEmbellishments & Tools: Prismacolor markers, black pen, misc heart punch, misc buttonTechniques: Faux stitching

You're So Tweet

I have had this image printed and sitting on my desk for a few weeks. I loved it the second I saw it but I just haven't had time to sit down and color it. So finally, over the long holiday week end, I was able to pull it out and make a card with it.

Aren't these birds cute? Originally the sentiment was supposed to say "Home Tweet Home" so I could sent it to my aunt and uncle who just bought a new home. Well, I don't have a craft area. So right when I was in the middle of "crafting" I had to clean off an spot on the kitchen table so I could give my daughter lunch. When I went back to my card, I could not find the sentiment. I tore everything apart looking for it but could not find it. My hubby even looked in the garbage for me. (Isn't he sweet? I gave him a kiss for that....after he washed his hands....and showered in Lysol....) I still couldn't find it so I went with "You're So Tweet!". Of couse when I was cleaning up when I finishe…

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is Cool!

This Lindsay's Stamp Stuff image brings back memories from my childhood. As a special treat, my dad would occasionally make us floats (brown cows or black cows depending on the soda). It was always a special time because we did not often have dessert or soda when I was a kid. When I was scrolling through my LSS images and preparing to make my project this week, this image just jumped out at me and brought the memories back.

So, what's your favorite? Black cows (made with Coke) or brown cows (made with rootbeer)?

Please take a moment to look at the projects from the rest of the DT. We have a new member on the team, Diane Bove. Give her a warm welcome with some comment love. You'll also want to stop by Lindsay's blog to check out the freebie she is giving away today.

Lindsay Weirich(Owner & Stamp Designer)
Cindi Hooks
Diane Bove
Jennifer Bliss
Karin Martin
Leanne Garner
Lisa Jurecek
Margie Visnick
Melissa Craig
Rhonda Walker
Shannon Neparko
Tamara Bennett


City Crafter - …

Daisy Doodles Blog Hop

I am so excited to be asked to be a guest designer on the Daisy Doodles Grand Opening blog hop. I have a lot of information to share with you today, so please stick with me.

If you didn't come from Mary's blog be sure to visit Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges blog and start the hop from the beginning. If you get lost along the way, you can always see the hop list on Daisy Doodles blog.

The hop will begin each day (June 1-3) at the Daisy Doodle Creative Challenge blog at 8:00 EST. Each day of the hop one lucky winner will receive the new "Summer Fun" set that is due to be released the day of the opening. For your chance to win, hop along with us and a winner will be chosen at random from the blog comments. The winners will be announced on Friday on the challenge blog .

During the blog hop, there is also an event happening in the Daisy Doodles group on SNR Card Universe being hosted by DT member Lawren. Stop on over to share in the fun.
When the Daisy's Digi Doodles S…

Big News!

Whimsy Stamp has a new line of products for sale. Starting today, you can purchase customized blog signatures and watermarks. You can check it out here. I have my new watermark that can be seen in my blog post tomorrow.