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I love to think of nature
as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour,
if we will only tune in.

~George Washington Carver

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I Can Be Me - Revised

This card is a revision of another card I did last week and the more I looked at it the more it bugged me.  I just wasn't satisfied with the result so I revised it to this.  I think the three emus do actually add more pizzaz and I decided to forgo the flower and make it a little more masculine.

 Original Card

Well, it's late so I should try and get some shut eye.

Valentine Angel

This card won the Delicious Doodles Challenge on 2-18-11

Hello again!  I got sidetracked and now here it is Tuesday! Here is a cutie pie Raggedy Ann angel digi stamp, thanks to StitchyBear.  When I was a child, my grandmother got me collecting dolls, mostly small ceramic dolls but then my collection grew to include all kinds from ceramic to stuffed, cornhusk, and of course, Barbie!  I even have a doll that belonged to my great-grandmother when she was a child, which probably makes it close to 100 years old or more.  So Raggedy Ann here stole my heart and pretty fitting for Valentine's Day.

I used the colors from last week's Color Throwdown challenge and the sketch challenge from last week's The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #94, but missed their deadlines.

Color Throwdown #128

The Sweet Stop #94

Stamps: Raggedy Ann digistamp - StitchyBear; Sentiment Digistamp- Squigglefly.
Ink:  Laser printer
Paper:  DP from stash. Black, pink and white cardstock.
Extras: Red and pink gems.  Heart gems.  Red satin ribbon.  Scallop border punch, scallop circle die.  Nestability scallop square.

The Sisterhood of Crafters - In Love With Valentines
The Pink Elephant - Be My Valentine
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - #69 Valentines/Love
Delicious Doodles Challenges - #12 Valentines Day


Monday, February 14, 2011

Love Blooms

Good evening and Happy Valentine's Day!  It's almost over.  I spent the weekend creating cards so I am just now getting them posted.  Hope everyone had a wonderful {Heart}day.  We got a surprise spring day here in central North Carolina with temps in the low 70s and VERY breezy! It felt more like a March day than a February one.  It was just warm enough to enjoy a nice meal on the patio before the hubby had to go off to work.

My first card is not a typical Valentine card.  Last week's Wee Memories challenge was to use paper from your scrap pile and as my scrap pile is beginning to grow, I decided to thin it down. 

Stamps:  Flower with Sentiment stamp from My Favorite Things.
Ink:  Staz On Jet black; Craft pens.
Paper:  White, purple and olive green cardstock, DP from scrap pile.
Extras:  Lace border punch; fench border punch; sage ribbon; purple felt flower; polka dot brad.


Raise The Bar - Challenge #53 -Valentine with No Pink or Red
Sisterhood of Crafters -  In Love With Valentines
Stampin for the Weekend - Challenge #3, St. Valentines Day


Friday, February 11, 2011

Butterfly Hearts

A Fave Fluttering on 2-16-11

Hearts, swirls and butterflies.

Stamps:  None
Paper:  Kraft, red velvet and DP from stash.
Ink:  N/A
Extras:  Sizzix heart dies; small heart punch; rhinestone swirl sticker; red gems; white lace button.


Whoopsi Daisy Challenge: Give Us Your Heart challenge
Flutter By Wednesday: Challenge #141
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge: "Hearts a Flutter"


With Gratitude

It seems like forever since I have been actively blogging and crafting.  It is amazing how much we truly tend to take life for granted when it sails along smoothly.  Add one or two little hiccups and it can feel like someone either 'switched channels' or hit the pause button, especially when one of those hiccups winds up being a health issue.  I just spent four months with not only physical pain, but the uncertainty of whether it was serious and/or would require surgery.  The good  news came earlier this week confirming I can now get on with life.  No surgery and no serious issues.  To borrow a pun, "Oh what a relief it is!"  I am now taking some time to catch up on my creativity and crafting while I get back into the swing of things.

So, it only seems fitting that I begin with this card, '"With Gratitude", as I am thankful that life is getting back on track with less worry.

This is a card for the Paperplay challenge this week.

Stamps:  Sentiment:  Fiskars.
Paper:  DP:  Sandylion and Stampin UP!  Brown, Tan cardstock.
Ink:  Staz On Timber Brown
Extras:  Spellbinders Impressabilities Floral & Stone; Spellbinders label and peony dies; Sizzix Tim Holtz Floral die; Cuttlebug emboss folder; tan ribbon; light blue eyelets; metal label; heart brads; twine; flower stickers.

Paperplay Challenges:  Week 6 - Hearts & Flowers, But No Valentine


Sunday, February 6, 2011

I Can Be Me

I just love this cute Emu digi stamp!

Stamps:  Sentiment Digistamp from Whimsy Stamps and Emu Digistamp from Stitchy Bear Stamps.
Paper:  Cardstock and DP from stash.
Extras:  Mosaic emboss folder; Destresser;  Fabric flowers; coral raffia; white heart buttons.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bright Hearts

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #96

Stamps: Valentine Sentiment Digital Stamp by The Cutting Cafe.
Paper:  Brown and white cardstock.  DP from stash.
Ink:  Printer & Photoshop
Extras:  White heart brads; brown polka dot ribbon; flower stickers - Sandylioin; scallop heart punch; wavy heart die from Sizzix; emboss folder.

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #96
Get Sketchy #73

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cupid Silhouette

Off The Wall Challenge #43

A valentine card tonight.  I just purchased some silhouette digital stamps and decided to try one for the Off The Wall challenge this week.  I love it when a project comes together!  The photo didn't turn out so great to show the cream color of the DP totally.

Stamps:  Cupid Silhouette Digital Stamp - Stitchy Bear Stamps; Sentiment - Hampton Art.
Paper:  Black and cream cardstock; DP - DCWV All Dressed Up.
Ink:  Staz On Jet Black.
Extras:  Heart doilie; Black/white stripe ribbon; various border punches; heart punch; scallop circle die; pearl gem; pearl buttons.
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