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May 2, 2015

A Little Monster

Welcome to the next Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends challenge.  As always the theme is anything goes.  I got to work with a little Bugaboo image for this challenge.  I was inspired by a card that Lou Daubney posted on Facebook.  You can see that card on her blog.


As I have wandered through the Silhouette Design Store, I have stayed away from the frames because I figured I would never use them for a card.  Well, when Lou posted her card on Facebook, I knew I had been very, very wrong!  So using Monster Rose from Bugaboo and Flourish Frame  by Tanya Batrak from the Silhouette Design Store, I created this card.  Monster Rose was colored with Copics.  Isn't he just the sweetest?

I would like to thank our wonderful sponsors for this challenge.  They have put up some wonderful prizes once again!  Click the badge to visit each website.


Sami Stamps (prize of a $12 Gift Certificate)


Bugaboo Stamps (prize of 7 images)



Ching-Chou Kuik Fantasy Stamps (prize of 1 image)





Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Flourish Frame by Tanya Batrak - Silhouette Design Store
Pearls and flowers from my stash




April 4, 2015

Gettin' Shabby!

This is my first official challenge post for the Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog.  I am so excited!  I got to work with the wonderful Whimsy Romance pack from Michele R Designs.  There are so many gorgeous papers and elements in this pack!


I used Whimsy Romance paper #4 (it ended up mostly covered under the second layer) and insert #3.  I also used a tag, banner, and paper bow from the pack.  I cut the die using paper #2.  I love the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo.  It made using the elements even easier and everything is digital so you can scale it to whatever size works for your project.

The only thing I was missing was a stamp!  I used As You Wish from Tiddly Inks and colored it with Copics.  Fans of The Princess Bride will see the inspiration!

The challenge at Tiddly Inks is anything goes, so I am entering this in that challenge as well.

We have some wonderful sponsors for our challenge.  I would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring us.

Cottage Rose Graphics (prize of $20 to spend in store)


Kith and Kin (prize of 3 images)


and Michele R. Designs (prize of €10 Gift Voucher)


Card measures 5" x 5"
Michele R. Designs Whimsy Romance 
Maya Road charm
Paper Studio flower
Lace, trim, and pearls from my stash.




March 29, 2015

Easter Rose

This is so exciting!  My first project post with my new design team, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and I get to take part in a new release from Kith and Kin!  Hop over to the challenge blog and see all of the creations by my new teamies!

Click the picture to pop over to the store.

I would like to introduce to you, Easter Rose and her little bunny friend!  Aren't they adorable?


I colored them using Copics and used my Cameo to cut them out.  I am so loving print and cut for my digital stamps!  I kept the card design pretty simple because the background paper was a bit busy.  I love the rose button.  I got it in a huge grab bag of buttons from Hobby Lobby.  It had a lot of wonderful buttons as well as a few things that left me scratching my head like a leather zipper pull!!  It was so fun sorting through everything to see what I got.  I will probably get more. =)

Thank you to Kith and Kin for giving us the chance to play with this new stamp!

Card meaasures 4.25" x 5.5"
Spellbinders Labels 4
Spellbinders Gold Labels 4
The Paper Studio Medium Polka Dot embossing folder
Stampin' Up! So Saffron seam binding
Jesse James buttons grab bag
Eyelet lace from my stash



March 22, 2015

Exciting News!!

You know the saying "When one door closes, another opens."?  It is so true!  I was so bummed about not being on the Meljen's Designs team any longer.  It was my first and longest design team spot.  (I have really only been on two design teams.)  I would have stayed on the team forever if they would have let me!!  Anyway...I got a message not long after the closing announcement was made asking if I would like to join the design team at Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog.  How could I say no?!  They have some amazing sponsors and I am looking forward to working with another group of lovely crafters.  The Australian time zone will definitely take some getting used to!



So...a little about me...

I am a military spouse of nearly 22 years now (but 25 all together).  My hubby is extremely patient and my best enabler. =) We have four kids ranging in ages from 29 down to 20.  Yep!  Nearly completely grown which means an extra bedroom or two for crafty stuff!!  I have been stamping for nearly 15 years.  It doesn't seem like that long until you see my hoard stash.  Then you can tell I have been collecting for a LONG time.  I am also a quilter, but they take so long!!  I love the instant gratification of finishing a card.  Well...not exactly instant, but far more instant than a quilt!  I have enjoyed crafting for as long as I can remember.

I am so excited to create for Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends and hopefully inspire one or two of you along the way!




March 18, 2015

Cozy Winter Wishes

One of the digital stamp companies I have discovered recently is The Paper Shelter.  The shop has so many gorgeous images and they come with a colored version and digital paper as well!  Digital paper is so much fun to work with.  And it is easy to store!=P  As luck would have it, they are having a Design Team Call, so I thought I would throw my name into the hat!


This image is Cozy Winter Wishes and it was colored using Copics.  I totally fell in love with this little girl as soon as I saw her! The background paper also comes with the stamp.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!  There are so many wonderful entries!

Card measures 5" x 5"
Spellbinders Tear Drop Circle die
The Paper Studio flowers (white, colored with Copic ABS)
The Paper Studio Spare Parts Buttons
ribbon and pearls from my stash



March 17, 2015

Spring is on the Way!

Spring is just around the corner, but in some places it is still cold and snowy.  I am sure they feel like Brittany Bundled Up from Simply Betty Stamps! She has been retired, but Betty is always popping in a surprise bundle or two from the retired vault!


I colored Brittany with Copics and popped her up on some foam before putting her on the die cut.  The sentiment came from a different Simply Betty Stamp, but I thought it was perfect for her!

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Spellbinders Floral Ovals Die
Maya Road mitten charm
buttons, ribbons, and pearls from my stash



March 16, 2015

Baby Betty

One amazing thing about the coloring groups are the fact that they are little communities.  Each person supporting the other in both art and life.  This card was made for a tiny baby in the hospital fighting for her life.  A call went out for cards and support for her family and I was happy to pitch in my effort.



This is Baby Doll Betty from Simply Betty Stamps.  She is of course colored with Copics. Betty has a line of younger images that are so much fun!  This sentiment came with the stamp.

Card measures 5" x 5"
Spellbinders Floral Oval Die
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
ribbon from my stash