Sunday, February 17, 2019

Turning Fifty and a Card for a few Challenges

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a FABULOUS Sunday. 

This weekend has been eventful. On Friday I turned fifty. 

I have to admit that this has not hit me well. I don't mind the wisdom that comes with age but I do not like the puffiness under the eyes, the crows feet or the forehead wrinkles. I can die the gray out but I cannot fix my slowing metabolism or how I want to still dress like I am younger than I am.

That said, I was pleasantly surprised by my day this year because I knew my husband would not be home to celebrate it. My day started with cupcakes made by one of my co-workers and a rendition of Happy Birthday with a lap dance by one of my crazy friends. (She is a hoot!!) 

I received a TON of texts and when I got home, I had an edible arrangement on my door step from my best friend.

I then went to get a pedicure and it was so relaxing!! My husband came home a bit early from his meeting and we had cake that he had made me the night before. So the moral of the story is, my birthday was so much better then I thought it would be. I don't know what the rest of the year will hold but the actual day was pretty darn good!!

Now on to why I am REALLY posting today. I created a card for a couple of challenges. My inspiration was the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #375 and this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-black/white/ and one other color.

Below is the card I created:

To be honest, this was NOT how I wanted this to turn out. I originally was going to keep the color scheme primarily white, with a touch of pink and black on the sentiment strip. HOWEVER, as things go, I messed the design up totally by adding the pink mist.

I was doing really well until I decided to actually spray it on rather then take the spray part on and use the bottom of it to "throw" it on my card like I usually do. Instead of throwing it away, I added some Tonic Clear Sparkle Marker over the top of the rose so it was visible.

Sometimes you have to make do with what you have so here it is!!

I appreciate you stopping by today. Have a GREAT night!!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "I Love You" Card

Hello everyone!!

Today I am on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog with a Valentine. Below is a sneak peek of my project.

So hop on over to see what I created!!

Hope you all are having a fabulous day!! Stay warm!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Day 5 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge and Something for the Flower Challenge

Hi everyone!! Just a quick pop in. Not feeling well and had to leave work early today. Went to the MD to get a flu test but alas, it is just a virus that has been kicking my butt since Friday!!

I slept all afternoon and had a quick chance to play tonight to make a card for a couple of challenges.

I bought the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers 2 set and had yet to ink it so I decided to create a simple birthday card.

I started the card by stamping the largest flower cluster in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Gold Embossing Powder.

I then pulled out these really old paints I had called Radiant Pearls in Pink, Passion Flower, Sour Lemon and Bitter Apple and painted the flowers. It is difficult to tell by the photo but these paints have a sparkle and shine to them, like they had an overlay of Clear Shimmer.

I actually originally was going to make a one layer card with this BUT some mistakes happened and I had to cut down the stamped panel. Somehow the yellow got on my hands and there were little (and big) spots all over the white!! You can see some tiny spots on the panel I used but I didn't think it was that bad with the overall design so I went with it.

Well, that is all from me today. I tuckered myself out and need to get back to bed!!

I am entering this into the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge and the Flower Challenge #29-using your latest stamps and dies. I know I will be doing another Flower Challenge post later on because I have a TON I have not used as of late and just received more in the mail on Saturday!!

I thank you for taking the time to stop by!! Have a GREAT night!!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Happy Sunday and Some Challenge Entries

Happy Sunday!! I am sure you are all getting ready for the Super Bowl as I type this. Even though the Patriots are one of the teams, I am not so into football so I plan to be crafting tonight. Chris is on a business trip to Texas so I am all by myself.

Haven't posted much but not because I have not been crafting. Had  situation with my dog last week. He ate a BAG AND A HALF of chocolates that were on my craft room floor. (don't ask-my bad-they had been there for over a week too and he had not touched them) He was mad because I kicked him out of our bed. We had to bring him to the emergency vet last Thursday, where he stayed overnight for some IV care. Zack seemed fine when I picked him up Friday. Then Saturday morning he was not putting weight on his front, left paw so I had to bring him to the normal vet for x-rays. Only thing wrong was his arthritis. So we pretty much spent $1300 on him in three days which adds up to a weekend away somewhere. Darn dog!!

I had some time to play this weekend with some challenges. The first card I created with two photos as my inspiration and used a sketch from January to make my card.

I started off my card by using the Echo Park "Falling For You" stencil with Ranger Candied Apple Distress Ink on a Neenah white 4" by 5 1/4" card base. I then added it to a top folding, A2 card base.

I added two panels of red scrap patterned scrap paper over the stenciled background and then added some Hello Bluebird images (the bird is from "Pig Day" and the elephant from "Puddle Play") that I had colored in using Copic Markers for the Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge.

I added some CAS-ual Fridays "Fun-Fetti Fri-Diecut hearts, that I covered in Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss and Glossy Accents. I popped the sentiment on from My Favorite Things "Bitty Bears" set last.

I ADORE how this card came out and want to make a few more of these for my stash for Valentine's Day.

I was inspired by the plate of red hearts in Time Out Challenge #128 inspiration photo, and the red heart picture in the Inspired By Challenge photo for my card. I used a January sketch Freshly Made Sketches #368 for the actual card layout.

For my second card, I used a sketch from last weeks CASE this Sketch as my jumping off point for another Valentine.

 I started off by blending Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar Distress Ink on an A2 Neenah White, top folding card base. I spritzed some water on top, dabbing it off to create some texture on the card front. Again, I stenciled hearts in Candied Apple Distress ink using Echo Park's Falling For You Stencil.  This is my NEW favorite stencil, I think!!

Next I added a sentiment using Lawn Fawn's "Cole's Alphabet" dies, replacing the "O" with a little pig from Hello Bluebird's "Farmyard Little Bits" stamp set. The letters were all die cut from paper scraps I had, and the pig was colored in with Copic Markers.

My last step was to add several moonshine sequins, dabbing some Diamond Stickles in the middle to cover up the holes and the card was complete.

I am entering this card into Sunday Stamps #197 Color Challenge, Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge "Love is In the Air," and Just Us Girls Challenge Word Week #473: Love.

That is all from me today. I hope you all have a FABULOUS night. Thank you for stopping by!!

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