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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kindness Shared at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Today marks the midway point of the Bunch of Kindness Challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog. A very simple way I show kindness to my friends is to surprise them with a coffee (or tea or Diet Coke) and a visit when they're least expecting one. It's like a hug in a cup!
I also extend this kindness to strangers when I'm in a drive-through. If I have some spare change, I pay the bill for the car behind me. It makes my day to be able to share this random act of kindness. It brings a smile to my face, as well as the cashier and the driver behind me. What a great way to start the day, huh?
Today I had no time to craft, except on my computer. So I created this digital card for my new neighbor. She's a coffee drinker, and loves when I bring our dog Wilson for a visit.
I colored a digi image called Paper Coffee Cup from Ike's new store. This month Ike is having a Summer Blowout Sale. You won't want to miss it - lots of images at 50% off!!
Here's what went into my digital card:
Pixel Scrappers: Pauline Thompson’s Eroded Hues Glitter, Brishti Pearls 1 & 2, SLSB Brad 2, Curly Ribbons 2 & 6;  Marisa Lerin’s Stars in your Eyes Printed Edge.
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles: A Grungy Christmas Purple Textured paper
Patacake’sPages: Rainbow Paper from Pixel Scrapper Blog Train Free Mini Kit

How do you show kindness to others? A bunch of flowers, a phone call, a "Thinking of You" card - create something that shows a "Bunch of Kindness" and link it to Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis from Ike's Store.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Midway at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog

Today I created a card using an image from Ike's Art called Husky. This month Ike's Art is sponsoring the anything goes challenge at Your Scrapbook place. Today is the midpoint of the challenge. 
Once I colored my Husky with my trusty Copics, I fussy-cut it and placed it onto my dry embossed cardstock. I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder around the edges before adhering it all to my card base. Using a black marker to ink the edge of that base, I made an "oops" at the top - a nasty black "oops". So I cut out and added a few hearts, the topmost one covering my mistake.
Where will your Muse take you this month? Wherever you go, whatever you create, don't forget to link your project with your Scrapbook Place challenge Blog. And don't forget the double bonus at SBP: you get twice the chances of winning the random draw of prizes, AND you can also visit Ike's World Challenge Blog and enter there for a chance to win free digis. You can find Ike's Art Freebies HERE and on Facebook HERE.
Challenges I am Entering:
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Use Your Noodle to Doodle at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Last year when my husband was diagnosed with ALS, we joined an ALS support group. We became very close to one of the couples, and the wife and I started emailing, texting and phoning each other with our worries, fears, discoveries and experiences. We could vent to each other about our feelings at being our husbands caretakers, knowing that each would understand that we while we may complain, whine and begrudge the time and effort, we are at ease in knowing that we won't be judged by the other. She knows how much I love my husband and would go to the ends of the earth for his comfort, just as much as I know she would do the same.
This month Bill and I go to her husband's funeral. I created this sympathy card with the love and understanding I feel for my friend who bravely fought by her husband's side, battling this incurable disease.
I have been lucky to have witnessed several shooting stars in my life. I thought this digi image from the Scribbles Store was the perfect image to show my friend that her crushing grief will pass, just as a shooting star passes across the sky. I printed and then embossed the image, called Shooting Star, then doodled a border around the edge. This fulfills the challenge theme this month to "Doodle with your Noodle" at Scribbles Designs challenge blog.
I also printed out a Gold Glitterati textured paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles before adding some lace, pearls and flower.
Are you fingers constantly doodling? This is the perfect challenge for you! You have a month to use your noodle and doodle up a project - don't forget to link it up at Scribbles Designs challenge blog for your chance to win free digis from the store!! Good luck and happy crafting!

Challenges I am Entered:
Scrappers Delight - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Time to Relax at Ike's World Challenge Blog

 What do you do to relax? Besides, craft, that is?! I like to lose myself in a book. I like to read science fiction/fantasy, as well as themed mysteries like Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson mysteries.

One of my favorite authors is Charlaine Harris, whose Sookie Stackhouse series spawned the TV show True Blood. Her new series, about the people in the town of Midnight, will be a summer TV show in the States, premiering later this month.

Relaxation is the theme for this fortnight's challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog, and I ran with my love of reading to create the book bag above using a digi image called Book of Dreams. Ike's Store is celebrating a summer blowout sale and you can get this image for just $1.50 US! The sale lasts through July and there are LOADS of images for 50% off.
Here's a close-up of my colored image on my book bag. I used colored pencils, gel pens and Copics, as well as Stickles for a little sparkle.
You have one more week to create something that shows how you relax and link it up to the IWC challenge post for your chance to win free digis from the new store. While I Keep Calm and Read, you  Keep Calm and Craft On!
Challenges I am Entering:
Allsorts - Magical & Mythical
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Holiday Hoopla at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

It's the midway point of the challenge at Scribbles Designs, and their Holiday Hoopla challenge is over the top!
Today I chose to create a Valentine's Day card. I love to change up images, as in using an image for let's say Halloween, and using it on a Valentine's Day card, like mine here.
I used three digi images from Scribbles Designs:
F105- Heart Arrow, Mason Jar and Batty. While the textured paper in the foreground is mine, the background bordering my card is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Glitterati Paper Kit. The font is called Crazy Killer.
I am a caregiver for my husband now, so my craft time is very limited. My laptop is always at hand, so I can still create digitally, at least until I find some free time (or take it and run with it).
Back to the challenge at Scribbles Designs - crafters have until the 14th of July to link their holiday (any holiday) cards or projects for their chance to win free digis from
After creating my digital Valentine's Day card, I surfed the Web, looking for different holidays.
WOW! There are tons of "unofficial" holidays all over the world. Check below for  a list of International holidays starting from today midway point through the end of 2017. (I will be skipping July 16- NO THANK YOU) LOL
Jul 11, 2017
World Population Day
Jul 16, 2017
World Snake Day
Aug 06, 2017
International Friendship Day
Aug 08, 2017
Universal & International Infinity Day
Aug 09, 2017
International Day of the World's Indigenous People
Aug 10, 2017
International Biodiesel Day
Aug 12, 2017
International Youth Day
Aug 13, 2017
International Lefthanders Day
Aug 14, 2017
World Lizard Day
Aug 23, 2017
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
Sep 08, 2017
International Literacy Day
Sep 13, 2017
International Chocolate Day
Sep 15, 2017
Software Freedom Day
Sep 16, 2017
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
Sep 19, 2017
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Sep 21, 2017
World Gratitude Day
Sep 22, 2017
World Car-Free Day
Sep 29, 2017
Inventors Day
Oct 01, 2017
International Music Day
Oct 02, 2017
World Farm Animals Day
Oct 03, 2017
World Temperance Day
Oct 04, 2017
World Animal Day
Oct 05, 2017
World Teacher's Day
Oct 10, 2017
World Mental Health Day
Oct 16, 2017
World Food Day
Oct 17, 2017
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Oct 24, 2017
United Nations Day
Oct 29, 2017
International Internet Day
Nov 08, 2017
World Town Planning Day
Nov 16, 2017
International Day for Tolerance
Nov 21, 2017
World Television Day
Nov 25, 2017
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Nov 30, 2017
International Computer Security Day
Dec 01, 2017
World Aids Day
Dec 02, 2017
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Dec 05, 2017
International Volunteers Day
Dec 07, 2017
International Civil Aviation Day
Dec 10, 2017
Human Rights Day

Monday, June 19, 2017

Finding Faith, Hope & Love at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog

Welcome back, crafters! My girlfriend and her hubby are celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary this month. She loves vintage, so I thought this digital image from Luna Girl would be perfect for the digital papers and elements I chose from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, one of two sponsors this month at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. The optional theme is Faith, Hope and Love, and you certainly need all these to maintain a marriage!
My card uses the following:
 Luna Girl Vintage Romance 2 Image 1 
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Hearts & Swirls pp,
As Time Goes By Cranberry Plaid pp,
Glitterati Gold Glitter Paper,
Mommie Dearest Textured Paper #5,
and Pixel Scrapper A Janner Designs' Cluster Freebie

The challenge theme asks to see wedding, anniversary or engagement cards. Of course, the challenge theme is optional, but in order to have a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a scrapbooking kit from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, you must incorporate some faith, hope and/or love in your card. Please remember to type in the letters FT after your name when you link your card up so we know you followed the theme. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of three images from Pattie's Creations, another of our guest sponsors this month. 

I have FAITH in your creativity. I would LOVE to see what you make, and HOPE to see you link it up for your chance to win this month's prizes. And as always, have fun!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Have a Furry, Fluffy, Feathery & Finny Christmas at 12 Months of Christmas Blog

What would Christmas be like without our furry, fluffy, feathery or finned companions in our lives?! Since Wilson, our rescue Silkie Terrier, came into our lives, I can't imagine Christmas morning without his sniffing around the packages, giving me those sad brown eyes over breakfast, and jumping in excitement from one person to another as presents are unwrapped. Wilson adds an extra helping of joy to our Christmases. That is why the 12 Months of Christmas wants to see Christmas cards that features an animal that one might have as a household pet. Dog lover, cat lover or somewhere in between, what will your focus be?

My digital Christmas card features a digi image from Imagine That! Digis from Kris called Happy Howl-i-days. The sentiment is also from Imagine That Digis. And I couldn't resist popping Wilson in there! I also used the following digital goodies:
 Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' It's Ornamental Paper Kit Green Balls PP and A Grungy Christmas Green & Burgundy Textured papers; Snow Much Fun Glitter Snowflakes Kit Red Snowflake

Sometimes I like to send Christmas cards via email to my international friends who live in Australia, Canada, Greece, Germany and elsewhere. Sometimes I like to print them up and send them to my neighbors, just to remind them that we are all part of a community.

So, In order to have a chance this month to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor, Imagine That! Digis by Kris, make sure that your Christmas card has an image of a household pet as the focal point (cat, dog, bird, mouse, rabbit, hedgehog, ferret, fish, turtle, etc.) If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that you are included in the draw for this month's sponsored prize prize of a $10 gift certificate to the Imagine That! Digistamp store.

As always, you don't need to follow the theme to earn a free paper each month from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, and have your name thrown into the year-end draw for some extra digital goodies.

Whatever you choose, however you craft, just have fun knowing that when the Christmas season rolls around, your stash of cards will be ready to mail and give out!! No stress, no worry, no running to the store. Done and done!

Happy Crafting!