Thursday, November 14, 2019

Cold as Ice

We are having Cold weather here in the suburbs of Chicago, so this card I made for Falliday shows how we are feeling!

  Yes, give me a warm drink please!!!  Tea for me : ) 
  This card was made by first placing blue Distress Inks on the background, next, I added a MFT stencil over the back that was wet with water first, then I placed a paper towel over it.  Then, I added Nuvo glotter gel to the bottom.  On the top, I punched out a snowflake using a Martha Stewart punch, and used the negative space as a stencil. 
  The stamps are MFT Cool Days.  I coored the image with Copics.

Stay warm but have a Cool Day!!!

Challenges- TBA

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Oh Christmas Tree.....

One of the 'Falliday' challenges at Splitcoast is perfect for a Christmas image I have been waiting to use! 

  This Christmas Crazy swap kit is from Imke (Germanstampler) on Splitcoast.  I added the Gina Marie die. The image is colored with Copics, Nuvo glitter gel is added.  It has traveled around quite a bit with me waiting to be used!

Challenges: TBA

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Happy Holidays

 While in Florida, I stopped at Whims so Doodle (so sad they are closing), and found 12 x 12 Adorn It Watercolor paper with Christmas images on it. 

I fussy cut out this image after watercoloring it.  I have a very subtle stamped image in the same color as the background Distress Ink blending.  

 A closer look so you can see the shimmer in the background : )

Challenges: TBA

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bugaboo - Thankful

I made a Thank You card for a friend and combined it with the Bugaboo Saturday challenge of Thankful.

 The background is Distress ink blending and a MFT stencil was used for adding a touch of interest in the background.  The (digital) image is called Frame it- For You Flower , and I colored the image using Distress inks and a watercolor brush. There is some sparkle on the card that does not show up too well, as well as white dots added with a Signo white paint pen. A touch of twine finishes off the card.

I hope you will join us for the Thankful challenge at Bugaboo this week!!!

Challenges: TBA

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Brought to you by........

One of the Falladay challenges at Splitcoast is to make a set of tags- a 6 pack. 

 Gofts brought to you by SAnta's elves!!!  I had these elf images with me and thought they would make a fun set of tags.  I colored the elves with watercolor pencils and mounted them with dimensionals.  Washi tape added to the bottom, then a To:  and From:  stamp from Michaels dollar bin.  The red striped ribbon and the silver bow are added for a festive look. 

Challenges: TBA

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Crafters of Faith- November

I am a member in a group at Splitcoaststampers called Crafters of Faith.  November 2019 Hostess Vickie

Scripture: From Isaiah 64:8: "We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." (scripture quote taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible)

Challenge: Create a card or project using any theme but be sure to include some kind of non-paper embellishment.

This is a digital image by Graciellie Designs.  I find so many beautiful images and sentiments in her store!  The images is colored using Distress inks that are watercolored onto the already printed image.  I added gold metallic twine behind the image. 
My non-paper embellishment......

  I am out of town, and looking everywhere to come up with a non-paper embellishment, and my eye caught a baggie..... see the stripes in the top of a baggie.....  thay are there, so I added them as an embellishment on the card : )  I also added them behind the sentiment.

If you want to join us- go to > Forums >  Swaps > cards > open> Crafters of Faith. 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Riding the falling leaves......

I made a card using the bubble wrap technique for the Splitcoast Technique challenge.

 I watercolored the House Mouse image with Distress Inks in the same colors I used on the background.  I have Distress Ink cubes with me, so dabbed them onto the bubble wrap then spritzed it with water, the laid the cardstock onto that.  Once dry, I lightly added more DI to the background.
 The sentiment is by Graciellie Designs.

Try it on Tuesday- Autumn Colors
Tuesday Throwdown- Fall
House Mouse & Friends- AG
Incy Wincy- Animals

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Monday, November 4, 2019

SCS CAS- F is for.......

The CAS challenge at SCS is: F is for..... I have this feather image and some DP to coordinate, so whipped up a card.

 I backed the feathers with a So safflower (color) cardstock that is diecut using a Concord & 9th die. The image is colored using Copics and Distress inks watercolored onto the image.  I added a touch of twine to tie it all together (no pun intended).

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Sunday, November 3, 2019


The Splitcoast Ways to Use it challenge is to use snowflakes.

 I used Ranger Distress inks for watercoloring the images, and I also have watercolor pencils as well.  The Wink of Stella sparkle in the centers of all of the snowflakes and on the hat tassels and steam of the hot cocoa is not too visable, but it is soarkly IRL.
 I used MFT dies for the snow banks, and a SU sentiment. I stamped the images and used the Scan n Cut for cutting the images out.
  Orange and Blue are our home team football colors (Chicago Bears).  It looks like a tough season for our Bears and all of the Bears fans!

CRAFT- Winter

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Forest Magic

Our flight to Florida is delayed, so I took the opportunity to make a card for the SCS Thursday challenge- Black Magic.

I thought I'd try something different than flowers for the technique. The images were stamped and dried.  I added the snow by swiping the White Pigment ink cube onto the cardstock.  Dried that as well, then colored over all of it with Pencils, added white paint pen in the trees and Stardust Gelly Roll over the snow for shimmer.

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Fa La La La La......

I whipped up a quick card for the Sketch challenge and teh Alphapret "F" challenge at Splitcoast.

 This fun stamp set by Simon Hurley just arrived at my home, and I am heading out for a week tomorrow, so whipped up a quick card- as much as the inks would behave...!  This reminds me of a fun movie that starts off the Christmas season each year! 
  Images were colored with the Zig watercolor pens and the main panel with Copics. I used brushes to add color to the background- Distress inks.
 I so love that pup : )

Challenges TBA

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Monday, October 28, 2019

CYS- Fall Colors

October - Vickie - Vickie Y CYSOCT
~~use autumn colors to create an autumn/fall card/project:
I combined this challenge with the Splitcoast Technique challenge and came up with this card:

 I have had this die for a couple of years and I think I have not used it on a card- that I can remember.  I cut a piece of cardstock with a napkin over it and did my best to adhere it to cardstock, then added layers of color using distress inks.  The sentiment is Graciellie Designs.
 I used Marmalade and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks on the background for color. 
 I love this look- try this if you can- you can watercolor on the napkin die cut with any ink spritzed with water- SU inks, reinkers, distress inks.....  This look is pretty cool don't you think???

HERE is the link to the CYS gallery for October over at Splitcoaststampers.  Last years cards will also show up! 
We are using up our unused supplies!!!

You can find us at , forums, Swaps, cards, closed- Challenge your Stash.
It says closed swap, but Barb is happy to have new members! 

Challenges: TBA

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Splat, Splat.....

I joined in with the Friday challenges at Splitcoast today.  The Mixability challenge was Splats!  I used Mixed Media paper and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

 The image by Penny Black was colored with Copics. I added a crimped edge at the top left and bottom right for the Fun 4 All challenge.
 I am entering this in CraftyCatz challenge- AG with option of dressing up. If you Give a Crafter a Cookie- has a picture Inspiration of Halloween themed cookies : )

 Daniel Smith watercolors in one layer here.  The image by Inkadinkado was stamped with Versamark and embossed with black EP.  The diecut and strip of black paper was added.
Just Add Ink challenge wants a technique on a card. And, A Bit More Time to Craft- AG challenge.  Music is the theme at Artistic Stamper Creative challenge.

Challenges TBA

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Floral Garden

I found a quilling kit for cardmaking at Tuesday Morning, and decided to get it out right away and make a card for the Teapot Tuesday challenge at Splitcoast.

    There is no stamping on this card at all.  The butterflies, the DP and the sentiment were all in the kit. I die cut a soft green cardstock using a Cheery Lynn designs edge die.
  I had to use You Tube to figure out how to put the flowers together.  I added ink to the ends of the petals and also enamel dots in the centers of the flowers. I added rhinestones and called it a day.

Challenges: TBA

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

I'm Home!!!

I did not take any stamping supplies with me while away, so once I could sneak away, I did!  I checked into the SCS challenges for today and had fun!

 The Splitcoast CAS challenge today was Get Well.  I have this sweet image that I stamped in the Netherlands with my friend Hetty. (Thanks Hetty).  I used a Gina Marie die and Copic Markers.

 The Technique Lovers challenge was stamping on dark cardstock.  This card looks much prettier IRL, hard to photograph with all of the shimmer.....

  I made a mask for the bottom, placed the top part of it over the card, stamped Versamark on the Not Quite Navy card, then added Stardust EP.  It took on the color of the card under it.
 The tree in one image.  It was stamped in white Pigment Ink, then heat set and then Distress inks were colored onto the image with Distress markers. There is a subtle text in the trees. I varied the height.  The star and the snowflakes are from Stampendous.  I added Prismacolor pencil over the star and over the snowflake image to the larger flake.  I added white dots, then silver Stickles to the centers of the larger snowflake.  I decided to add clear Stickles to the star.
 The sentiment goes with the tree set- i just heat embossed that with White EP.

Card 1-
Dare2BArtzy- Cute Animals
Challenge Up Your Life- Frame

Card 2:
Crafty Cardmakers- Sparkle
Addicted to Stamps and More- Holiday

We enjoyed a beautiful wedding in Sonoma California area- the weather was beautiful and the power was back on!  In the few free hours we had, we visited the ocean and the Armstrong National and State Park- which was a redwood forest.

 Next, we headed to Colorado- Western slope- to visit our sonm DIL and our 5 month old grandson,

 The baby is so happy and smiles and giggles too!  He was great and we had such a hard time leaving.  It was great seeing our son and DIL again too!

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Lil Pumpkin

Hope you are having a great week so far- and the weekend is here!!!  This sweet card was made for the inspiration challenge at SCS today.  The prompt was the Omagazine online- I had no idea the Omagazine was online- lots of fun decorative posts and articles!  

 Although most people are choosing Christmas inspiration, I made a Fall/Halloween themed card.  I have this fun Great Impressions image that needed to be inked up!  I colored it with Copics. The die is a Memory Box stitched die. The sentiment is Sunny Studios.

Crafter's Castle- AG option Fall
DL Art- Fall/October

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Bugaboo- Bingo challenge

We are playing B-I-N-G-O at Bugaboo this week!

I used the image Autumn Leaves Girl on my card, using 3 layers, Orange and ribbon.

   I used Die Cut and Distress. The image is inlaid into the frame- one layer : )  I used a portion of a Gina Marie die for the image and inlay.  I colored the image with Copics and used a touch of Distress Inks- using Distress markers.
  I added twine over the ribbon looks better IRL... the ribbon was white and I colored it with Copic marker E07. The sentiment is a rubber stamp- not sure of the company (I did not make note of it and I am out of town).

 Come join us at Catch the Bug challenge!


Crafty Catz- Fall Colors

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings- Fall

We are Dueling- as it is the 15th of the month!!!  The hostesses for this month are Tracie for the Dazzlers and Barb for the Divas.  We are celebrating Fall!

 Tracie sent us a fun kit with this adorable image from Newtons Nook. I colored it with Copics.  It is layered over a scrap of paper that has Pumpkin Pie ink  that was stamped onto the non-stick pad and spritzed.  I did dry the paper between layers of ink.

Image and sentiment- Newton's Nook Designs-Harvest Trails
Stamped on White Neenah Class Crest Solar White CS using Memento Tuxedo Black ink
DP - Autumn Spendor from Simple Stories
Twine, flower (Prima) , button and Washi from her stash. The washi was used to close her ribbon, but I loved it and added it here!

I love visiting the blogs of my fellow DDD's to see what they create- Dazzlers use one kit, Divas another but with the same theme! Here are the links to blogs and SCS galleries to see all of the fun cards!

Challenges: TBA

Blogs: Beth ,Donna Jeanette  , Shelly- you are here, Terry L  , Tracie

SCS Galleries:    Debbie BTerry S 

Blogs : Barb  , Carol ,  Judy ,   Heather  , Kelly  LJ  Tami
SCS Galleries:  Suzy   


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Monday, October 14, 2019

Off they go

We had a fun weekend in Kenwood (Sonoma) California for a wedding.  We have watched this young one grow up from about age 3!!!  She met her husband in Cape Town Africa- he is from Australia.

 This fun image is by Great Impressions- and perfect for the bride, who loves her cat!!!  The DP was from a magazine and was a perfect fit IMO.  I colored with Copics, and decided to make it CAS. 

 I will make blogging rounds when were arrive at our destination and settle in- heading to see my son and DIL, and Grandson : ) 

Challenges: TBA

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Bugaboo- Humor Me Wednesday

Fir the Bugaboo Humor Me Wednesday post, I am celebrating Emergency Nurses Day which is October 9th, with the help of Stella : )

  LOL, Some medicines do burn a touch : )  But, look at the size of that syringe and needle!

Stella was die cut out using a double stitched boarder, then colored with Copics.  When I worked in the ER and ICU, we wore this color of scrubs- Ciel Blue.  This DP is Echo Park and the cardstock is Ballet Blue.

 I used the Sketch Saturday Sketch for my jump start, and added a few sequins to balence out the card.
Sketch Saturday- above

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fly Away

I had a few quick minutes to create a card- played along with the Color Challenge at Splitcoast and combined it with the Tea Pot challenge.

 I made an emboss resist card using a Michael Strong image.  I used Distress inks as I do not have the colors suggested on the SCS site (for the color challenge) . The yellow cardstock is Daffodil and I used a few little blue strips in the corners for accent color.
  The Tea Pot challenge sends cards to people in need. The challenge asks for us to used a technique from DTGD( Emboss resist), and wants us to try to use a Silhouette as well.  I added a silhouette butterfly, then decided to add a piece of vellum over the top of it. A piece of twine finished off the card.

Challenges: TBA

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Sunday, October 6, 2019


I made a card for a special lady today.  This was inspired by the Featured Stamper over at Splitcoaststampers. 

  I stamped this background in 5 different colors of Distress Inks!  The last 2 were slightly offset in Honey and Spiced Marmalade to add a touch of Fall color to the background.
 The image is Unity, fussy cut and colored with Copic markers. A touch of Washi and a thin Holigraphic washi to finish off the card.

Addicted to Stamps- For a Lady/Girl
Brown Sugar- AG
DL.ART- October/Fall
Crafting by Design- AG
Fab n Funky- Fall colors
2 sisters on the Blog- Fall/October

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Take me out to the Ballgame

Another fun baseball card for my husband!

My husband Ray plays in an over 53 league, and says the most athletic player is usually at Shortstop.  The best runners are in the outfield.  My husband is FAST and plays in the outfield.  He quit diving for balls a few years ago when he broke a couple of ribs..... that was really painful!

 This is Happy Hopper Great Catch stamp by Stampendous.  Coloring is done with Copic Markers, and the DP I used is G45.
  The Free For ALl challenge at Splictoast stampers is to stamp using something you love (Watching hubby play baseball).  The Ways to Use it challenge asks for us to use Wire, so I added the metal finding with ribbon added to it.

House Mouse & Friends- AG + Outdoor Fun
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2- Sketch

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Thursday, October 3, 2019


For the Alphabet Challenge at Splitcoast (SCS), we are on the letter J this week.  I made a card J=Jesus

I stamped this image on 35# Vellum, embosed it with Queen's Gold EP and colored with Copics on the reverse side of the vellum. As it is symmetrical, I stamped it on the back of the Gold, and fussy cut out the frame in the shape of the stamp. Next, I embossed the gold piece, and then adhered the vellum and white piece underneath it. I cut and embossed a star using a Joy Craft die. Finally, I added a Ballet Blue base (retired SU).   The shimmery gold cardstock is from Paper Temptress.

Addicted to Stamps and More- AG
Word Art Wednesday- AG
Christmas Crafts all Year Round- Christmas Angel or Nativity
Merry Little Christmas- Christmas

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Oh Hummingbird!

A color challenge was posted at Splitcoast today, I do not have any of the colors, so had to substitute.....  This is my make:

 I used Calypso Coral, Regal Rose and Certainly Celery Su inks.  I used mixed Media cardstock for this fun project.  I smooshed the ink on my craft mat- first Coral - spritzed then added to cardstock.  I dried the card, then repeated with the Rose ink.  Circle punches in 1", 1/2" and 1/4" were sponged in the Celery, then White Pigment ink by Gina K.  I stamped the flower in Rose, then added a fussy cut flower from a seperate piece of technique card. I added a spritz of water and used a paintbrush to mute the lines a touch just on the fussy cut flower image.
  The die cut by Gina Marie was cut twice from card, and from the negative- sponged the green onto the card base, then applied the white hummingbird.  I covered the hunmmer with Wink of Stella.
  The 'dessert' was woodgrain, so added a touch of that in the corner.

 I do not think I have Fall in my heart yet!!!  I have hummingbirds out of my window- they will be migrating soon!!!

 I thought this bird was playing dead, because the other is very territorial, but apparently, before migration, they drink LOTS of nectar and go into a deep sleep.......

This is normal, watching to make sure no one but me drinks of the nectar the Schmidts provide, except me!!!  LOL

Arty Divas Challenge- AG
My Time to Craft- Birds
Tuesday Throwdown- AG
Dream Valley- Things with Wings

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

CAS- Sports

I found this fun stamp with the coffee stamp I posted yesterday.  I thought I'd join in with the CAS challenge at SCS.

 My husband plays on an over 53 baseball team- wood bats, uniforms, umps....all of it!  I love this image!!!  LOL  It soed not look like my husband though, he is tall and skinny, and can eat all day and never gains a pound.....LOL

 The image is Whipper Snapper, the sentiment is Technique Junkies.

Creative Moments- AG Masculine

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Sip it!

The Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast- was Rebekah.  She had a card I had to case!  It is not the same image....

 My mother bought this image when we on a road trip to Wisconsin.  The image is Whipper Snapper, and the sentiment is MFT. She thought these two reminded her of the early days ot their dating and marriage, when dad would wear a bow tie : )

 I colored the image with Copics. I used purple, as it was her favorite color.  The cardstock and DP are from the Netherlands. The sequins are from Unity.

 My Mom would make coffee, and sip it all day long.  It would get cold and we would have to put the cup in the microwave on/off all day long.

Crazy 4 Challenges- include a drink

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Gelli Print play

I have a drawer full of acrylic paint and 2 Gelli plates- one card sized and one larger.  I don't use it too often, and it is not too difficult to take it out and play with it. So, when I saw the rubber band challenge at SCS in the Ways to Use it challenge, I took it out. Marilyn, one of the sample makers for the challenge, used a Gelli plate and a brayer with rubber bands on it for her sample, so I was inspired!

I used fall colors on this one- reds, orange, yellows and this is how it turned out.  I trimmed it down and chose this fall leaf stamp by Unity Stamps.  I embossed the image using black fine detail embossing powder. I colored in the image with Distress Ink markers. There is a touch of shimmer in one of the paints I used, so there is a nice sheen on the background.

  This is another Gelli print, more orange than reddish. I thought this fun ghost mice image from Great Impressions would be fun on the background. A strip of Washi across the bottom, some sequins and a little stitch border by Hero Arts finishes the card.

Hope you had a great weekend!!!

Challenges :
Love to Create- Mixed Media
Gem of a Craft- AG
Paper Players- Bingo- Fall, Orange and leaves

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Stella Says Sketch and CYS

Its time for Stella Says Sketch challenge at Bugaboo - Catch the Bug Challenge Blog and for the Create Your Stash challenge. For the CYS-Challenge Your stash challenge: September - Suzy - SuzyS1104 CYSSEP
~~We have Choices--Get Well, Hope you are feeling better, Thinking of You, Hope recovery is going well. Pick one of these!

 I used a digital image from Bugaboo that I have never used before- but love it!  And, DSP from Bo Bunny that I have in my stash drawer.  I do not usually go for these colors, but I think that the colors look OK together- what do you think?

You can find the CYS group at Your Stash.  Even though the challenge is in a 'Closed' area, it IS open for new members.  We are using supplies in our stash that are 'unused' for a while!!!

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Fun with new House Mouse Stamps

I really love House Mouse stamps, and recently found some at Tuesday Morning : )

 I made this card for the color challenge at SCS


 This one was made for the CAS challenge at SCS.  It is pretty CAS- stamp and color and mount on the card!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Bugaboo Tip day

I made a card using a fun school bus image from Bugaboo:

I think the rhinestones would look better yellow, but I do not have yellow rhinestones in my stash. 

  Just add some color using any Alcohol Ink marker- like a Copic or a Sharpie. What do you think- looks a bit better, don't you think? I used the same Yellow marker I used to color the school bus image, Kidz School Bus.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cruising by!

 I had a little stamping time today, so looked up the Splitcoast Featured Stamper gallery.  It is Jan Tink today!

 Jan had made a B-day card using a stamp with a crowd of pups.  I decided to change it up a bit- and used some trees in the background and added the fun car of animals in the Sunny Studio set Cruising Critters.   I colored the image with Copics- I sure do love to color : )

 While cleaning and sorting my stamping room, so many images are never used!  So, I am trying to do challenges and use images that need to meet ink!

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Stamping for Splitcoast challenges!

I am working on that sale still, and distracted by sorting and finding images and stamps...LOL
I made a couple of cards to share.

   This is for the Alphabet challenge- Letter L on Splitcoast.  I used this lighthouse and made a card imagining I was up in Door County in Wisconsin- Heaven!!!  I just added Distress Inks across the sky and added sand and of course the lighthouse.
  Images from Gina K Designs.

  And this is for the Ways to Use it Challenge- things with Wings.  I made the background with Distress inks and Distress Oxide inks.  I used a stencil and three colors of distress ink- drying over each application.  The hybiscis and hummingbird were colored with Copic markers.

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Bugaboo- Oldie

I looked in on the Teapot Tuesday challenge over at Splitcoast, and they are asking for cards for kids in the hospital.  One of the suggestions was teddy bears.  SO, I used some great 'Oldie but Good' digi's from Bugaboo and made this card!

  I made this group of Teddy Bears on a colorful background DP, then desiced to add the balloons topper as well.  I think this is a unisex card that could be used for a girl or a boy, and I am thinking Birthday, Celebrating Chemo is over, Platelet count is up....whatever!!! 
 I will be going through my stash and will send more cards OR making more- what a great cause!!!

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