Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Be My Valentine?"

 A closer look at the two images!
 A die cut  key embellishment.
 A die cut valentine!
 Another look at the new stamps!
 The left inside of my card!
 The right inside of my card!
If you have been paying attention to the calendar you know that in just four more days it is time to ask that special someone "Be My Valentine?"! Over at THE PAPER SHELTER we are gearing up for that special day with our newest challenge "Be My Valentine". You can create a card for that special someone or someones and enter the challenge for a chance to win a fabulous prize from The Paper Shelter! 
That is like killing to two birds with one stone or two cupids with one card! If you haven't checked out the latest and greatest stamps in the shop make a point to do that today. They are truly beautiful. Remember if you use a Paper Shelter Stamp you could be the winner of a $30 prize to spend in the store! In case you are wondering I made this card for my sweet husband. His birthday is February 15 so he will be getting a birthday card that is a surprise as he reads all my postings!  
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

My Song: He's A Tramp (Peggy Lee)
(We went to the movie "Lady and the Tramp" for our 1st date!)
He's a tramp, but they love him.
Breaks a new heart every day.
He's a tramp, they adore him.
And I only hope he'll stay that way...
He's a tramp, he's a scoundrel
He's a rounder, he's a cad
He's a tramp, but I love him.
Yes, even I have got it pretty bad.
You can never tell when he'll show up.
He gives you plenty of trouble.
I guess he's just a no-count pup
But I wish that he were double.
He's a tramp, he's a rover
And there's nothing more to say.
If he's a tramp, he's a good one
And I wish that I could travel his way...
Wish that I could travel his way...
Wish that I could travel his way...

Monday, February 1, 2016

"A" Is For Animals

I have neglected my Magnolia stamps lately. Actually, it has been hard since Christmas to find time to craft. Life has a way of getting in the way of my time to relax and play. So, I was thrilled to have Magnolia-licious
as our lovely sponsor for this challenge! At ABC Challenge we are starting at the first of the alphabet! Our letter is "A" and the challenge is "A is for Animals".  I have a sweet little girl at church that this card will go to. She loves horses and is taking riding lessons now and she loves it. I know she will like this card also! Again, the pictures are not great. It is dark, cold and gloomy in Idaho and I can't seem to get a decent picture! I am ready for a bit of sunshine to brighten the days. 
I hope you will bring some sunshine to someone today with a card and one that will work in our challenge!  
Our second sponsor is Marianne Design and I used one of their lovely dies to frame my image! Please check out these dies as they are lovely and you will enjoy how they cut so smooth and clean! 
I had just enough of this SU ribbon to tie a small double bow on my card. Some 'horsey' embellishments added to my card. I will pick a sentiment at a later date.  I hope you enjoy this card and will join in the fun at ABC Challenge!
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: Don't Fence Me In (Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby)
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don't fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don't fence me in
Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western skies
On my cayuse, let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise
I want to ride to the ridge where the West commences
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
And I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies
Don't fence me in
Let me ride through the wide country that I love
Don't fence me in

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Paper Shelter Challenge Time: "Winter Sports"

I had so much fun coloring this cute, new, image from The Paper Shelter. This is "Snowboarder Girl" and it is one of the many new fun images. Remember if you use a Paper Shelter image you can win up to $30 in stamps. Each stamp comes with a jpeg, ping, outline, and background paper! How fun is that? Our challenge is "Winter Sports". 
I had one piece of this Christmas paper left from a long gone pad. I thought it would work perfect for a winter card! Some pretty snowflake buttons and a bit of glitter for some sparkle. Some liquid glass to the goggles added a fun look. The large snowflake is wooden and the "Brrrr" is several years old and glued to the button. A bit of glitter her and around the die cut heart  adds lots of bling. I fussy cut the image and then mounted her with foam dots to pop her. I think she looks like she is flying through the air!  A pretty gingham ribbon and bow finished off my card. 
Now, you can play your winter sport and join us for this fun challenge! Keep warm and enjoy your day!
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: "Wolverton Mountain" by Claude King
They say don't go on Wolverton Mountain if you're looking for a wife
Cause Clifton Clowers has a pretty young daughter
He's mighty handy with a gun and a knife
Her tender lips (Her tender lips)
Are sweeter than honey 
And Wolverton Mountain protects her there
The bears and the birds tell Clifton Clowers 
If a stranger should enter there
All of my dreams are on Wolverton Mountain 
I want his daughter for my wife
I'll take my chances and climb that mountain
Though Clifton Clowers he might take my life

Friday, January 15, 2016

"Z" is for Zero!

 The left inside of my card!
 The left inside of may card!
 Another look!
I am sorry for the poor pictures of my card. But, we are having such dark, dreary days, and cold, cold temperatures in Idaho, it is impossible to get good light for pictures. 
Can you believe we are at the end of the alphabet again? So for our letter "Z" the challenge at ABC Challenge and "Z" is For Zero. No embellishments! That's right you cannot use any embellishments of any kind! If any of you are groaning I am right there with you. It was hard for me to not add some pearls, rhinestones, or even a flower or two. LOL! I survived it and you will too! Our lovely sponsor is Lacy Sunshine and you can find her lovely stamps here!  
I used two new die cuts to set off this lovely stamp and colored my image with Copics!  I hope you will join our fun and "Zero" challenge!
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

My Song:  Never My Love (The Association)
You ask me if there'll come a time
When I grow tired of you
Never my love
Never my love
You wonder if this heart of mine
Will lose its desire for you
Never my love
Never my love
What makes you think love will end
When you know that my whole life depends
On you (on you)
Never my love
Never my love
You say you fear I'll change my mind
And I won't require you
Never my love
Never my love
How can you think love will end
When I've asked you to spend your whole life
With me (with me, with me)

Shade's of Blue

With winter chill upon us the next challenge at THE PAPER SHELTER of "Shade's of Blue" is perfect. I hope you all are keeping warm and can take some time to join us this week. Remember if you use a Paper Shelter image you could win a fabulous prize of $30.00 to spend at THE PAPER SHELTER shop! With each stamp you get a JPEG, PING, Black  Outline, all ready to color, and a colored version (which includes the colored stamp and background paper). You cannot find a better bargain anywhere. So show us your Winter Blues. Remember blue must be the predominate color please don't enter a card or project that is just a little tiny touch of blue somewhere! 
My lovely image is called  "Autumn Love" 
As you can see it can easily fit the 'Shade's of Blue' and is certainly indicative of the weather many are experiencing across the USA!  The flowers are all from WOC and I used a die cut lace and ribbon as accents. I have not stamped a sentiment inside yet, but I will do so when the appropriate time to use this card comes! I hope everyone is safe from the flooding and winter storms. So enjoy some craft time and join our challenge!
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: Maybe Your  Baby's Got the Blues (The Judds)
If you hear her cry at night
Better turn on your light
Maybe your baby's got the blues
When she says there's nothing wrong
She just wants to be alone
You can bet your baby's got the blues

Thursday, January 7, 2016

"A Little Birdie Told Me"

Some of you may know that I have been having a nightmare with my new computer. Thank heaven's for my husband who has stayed up late and worked through the wee hours of the morning trying to get it straightened out. For those I contacted who resent the images I had bought previously I want to give a big shout out to "Fairy Ink, and Redonkulous, Time For Tea Designs, " I can only say you have my heartfelt thanks and my future business. I did have a backup of most of my images but for some reason everything I had stored out on One Drive  was lost. I must say that I was surprised by some who didn't even bother to reply or say no. I realize that situations like this are time consuming, but if you sell through Etsy then you could just extend your date that the images could be downloaded. I will be more careful whom I do business with in the future! 
Now onto brighter things. This cute image is from Mo Manning. She is part of the "Raggedy Images" and I love the way the stamp puts a smile on your face. I love all the "Raggedy Images" and I am in hopes Mo Manning will do more of these images!  I used a die cut from "Joy Crafts" for the mittens and hat. The sled is a new die cut from Memory Box! The fun sentiment is from "Oriental Trading". So now, I have officially started  my Christmas cards! Since I only had a few prepared for this year I think this is a great start! 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:
My Song: It Is No Secret (Elvis Presley)
The chimes of time ring out the news,
Another day is through.
Someone slipped and fell.
Was that someone you?
You may have longed for added strength,
Your courage to renew.
Do not be disheartened,
For I have news for you.
It is no secret what God can do.
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.

Friday, January 1, 2016

"Y" Equals "Your Choice"

This image evokes all sorts of childhood memories. My family lived in a small house and it was heated with an oil stove. I can remember my mom and dad opening the doors to the stove and we kids would back up to the stove and get warm. My mom always made pajamas for my brothers and myself  out of warm flannel. I slept on a feather bed that my fluffed up each morning and it was loaded with homemade quilts that kept me warm and snug all night. Does anyone else have memories like this? So different from walking over to a thermostat and turning up the heat. OK, I have walked down memory lane long enough! On to my card.
I used paper that I had in my scrap bin and used a Spellbinders die to frame the stamp. I fussy cut the stamp and in doing so cut off several of the wispy curls. The stove I added some rhinestones to for a bit of sparkle. (I also added a few to the die cut.) A pretty pink bow and a vintage button completed my card.  You can find this stamp at our lovely Sponsors blog: "The Paper Shelter"
and she is called "Brrr...It's Cold" and you can just click on the links to go to the store or the stamp!
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: Baby It's Cold Outside (Dean Martin)
(I really can't stay) But, baby, it's cold outside
(I've got to go away) But, baby, it's cold outside
(This evening has been) Been hoping that you'd drop in
(So very nice) I'll hold your hands they're just like ice
(My mother will start to worry) Beautiful, what's your hurry
(My father will be pacing the floor) Listen to the fireplace roar
(So really I'd better scurry) Beautiful, please don't hurry
(Well, maybe just half a drink more) Put some records on while I pour
(The neighbors might think) Baby, it's bad out there
(Say what's in this drink) No cabs to be had out there
(I wish I knew how) Your eyes are like starlight now
(To break this spell) I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Luke's Christmas Card For His Dad!

Hi, my name is Luke and my grammy lets me use all of her stuff in her craft room. I wanted to make a card for my dad for Christmas. I made this card all by myself. I told my grammy that I wanted to enter it in some contests so she is showing me how to do that. I hope you like my card!
I am entering this card in the following contests (my grammy calls them challenges). 

My Song: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there's no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe
She'd been drinkin' too much egg nog
And we'd begged her not to go
But she'd left her medication
So she stumbled out the door into the snow
When they found her Christmas mornin'
At the scene of the attack
There were hoof prints on her forehead
And incriminatin' Claus marks on her back
Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walkin' home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there's no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe

Thursday, December 17, 2015

And the Winner Is. . .

Merry Christmas everyone....Thank you to all who took the time to leave a comment on my blog for The Paper Shelter Blog Hop. Each of our design team could pick a winner from our comments. My lucky comment winner is: Alicia Borowski!
Congratulations Alicia, please contact The Paper Shelter  to pick your prize. Enjoy your image and have a wonderful Christmas!

I have posted some of my Paper Shelter cards that I made this year. I love all of these fun images and  I am currently working on some of the new image to share with you!  Enjoy and hop on over to The Paper Shelter for some holiday fun !

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Anything Goes Challenge at The Paper Shelter

A closer look!

It is just about time for the year 2015 to come to an end. For me it had so many blessings, and some sorrows. It was a year I said good-bye to a wonderful uncle and my favorite aunt. My uncle died of colon cancer and my sweet aunt died of complications of MS. Both are horrid diseases and hard for those who love the individuals to watch the ravages they take. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend my Aunt's memorial service. She lived in Republic Missouri and my sweet husband made it possible for me to fly there and spend a week with my favorite uncle. My uncle gave me several mementos of my aunts. We spent each night talking to wee hours of the morning. For me it was a special time and I feel so blessed to have had such special people in my life. This card is a thank you to send to him.  Ok, enough about me and on to my card.
We are having a fun and easy challenge at THE PAPER SHELTER  it is "Anything Goes". You can do anything you want and show us your talent! Remember if you use a Paper Shelter stamp you could win a prize of $30 dollars to spend at the Paper Shelter Shop.  
So grab your favorite Paper Shelter Stamp and show us your stuff. 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: Sissy's Song (Alan Jackson)
Why did she have to go
So young I just don't know why
Things happen half the time
Without reason without rhyme
Lovely, sweet young woman
Daughter, wife and mother
Makes no sense to me
I just have to believe
She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees
And she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting
And I know she's smiling saying
Don't worry 'bout me

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"X" is or X-Treme!

Another look!

A closer look at the image!
The sentiment from "Our Daily Bread".
The pretty die cut from our sponsor Marianne Design!
Boarder die cut from our sponsor Marianne Design!
Left inside of the card die cut by Marianne Design!
Right inside of the card die cut by Marianne Design!
Is anyone like me and just not ready for this year to be over? It has flown by and I am not quiet ready for Christmas to come! But, as the saying goes 'ready or not'! It is also your last chance to play with ABC Challenge this year! This challenge should chase your winter blues away. We want you to go "X"-treme! Show us your bright and bold colors. I will tell you that my colors are brighter than they appear in the pictures....but it is a dreary dark day and my photo skills are limited! The stamp is a Saturated Canary and you can find a whole array  of lovely rubber at one of our lovely sponsors "Stamp and Create". You may want to grab some to help Santa fill your stocking! All of my die cuts are from Marianne Design. The front of the card die is a set called Anja's Flowers Border. I added pearls, rhinestones, charms and glitter to finish off this card. 
I hope you will join us at our fun challenge and show us your "X" tremely bright colors! 
I am entering this card at the following challenges:

My Song: (Because I am missing some very special people this year)
"A Different Kind of Christmas"
The lights around the Christmas tree don't burn as bright
And all around the world it isn't a silent night
Outside I hear the voices sing the sweetest sounds of caroling
But somehow there's a sadness in the song
In our hearts we know that something's wrong
It's a different kind of Christmas
In a different kind of world
Even though it looks the same
Everything has changed
It's a different kind of Christmas
Children opening gifts with wonder and surprise
I wish that I could still see through such innocent eyes
I used to feel so safe inside I had a place to run and hide
In my daddy's arms I felt secure
No one can protect us anymore
  Everything has changed
It's a different kind of Christmas
Sending cards that talk of peace and love and cheer
Oh that's what we need if we'd only believe
It would be!
Everything has changed
It's a different kind of Christmas