Yes, my life is in transition. I am now getting used to life as a widow. What will this bring? Time will tell.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

India


Darn!!! My internet has been down for 2 days.
We've had severe thunderstorms here and we thought
that is why we lost our internet. After hours and hours,
and finally a call. The internet wasn't down, we were just
down. It turns out it was our router.
But, all is good now.

India
Something New

The 'something new' is the new clipart'. Every image has
been altered in some way. I think that it all blends nicely
now.

We are expecting more storms all week. Some of the
thunder has rattled the windows. I like it much better
when it is out in the ocean.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Music, Music, Music


I can't sing or play and instrument but I do love music.

Music
Songs We Sing

I stamped the music notes on the music paper printed paper.
Added mesh and flowers and that's about it for this card.
Nothing spectacular but I kind of like it.
Not too sure that I like the flower center. I might
just have to change that.

The music note stamps are from CowTown Stamps.

I'm having a laid back Sunday. How about you?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Happy Saturday


I made this 4 x 4 for the following challenges

cemetery angels
architecture

I googled both of these images. I left them pretty much as
I found them. The angel was more of an antique brown color so
I altered the color and solorized the image. I really like how this
turned out.

I was surprised to type in cemetery architecture and have scads of
images to choose from.

Today is a brand new challenge at Soartful.
Our theme this week is
A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread and Thou.
The inspirational image is in my sidebar.

And, we have blog candy galore at I Did It Creations.

Follow these links to sign up for your non fattening candy.
Fun challenges are happening at both challenge blogs.








Friday, June 25, 2010

A Little Under the Sea Fantasy



Good Morning everyone.

I have a lot to tell you about today.

First this card is for

3-D
Emboss It
Something New
Summer Dreams
Turquoise, Gold, Cream

The image that I used is from Fanyella and is a brand new image
that I've just added to my collection.
The background is embossed and sprinkled with
turquoise glitter. I used crystal glitter on the image. It looks
much better in person. The shell is something that I picked
up on one of my beach walks. It has been inked turquoise and
glittered. I even glittered the grasses.

At I Did It Creations challenges this week we have
our Challenge #10 3-D and blog candy.


Be sure to stop in and leave your comment for the blog candy.
There are some beautiful sample cards for you to see
using this Fanyella image.

Drum Roll, please.........

Here is our Blog Candy.

I hope that you join us in our challenge.






Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's a Beautiful Morning

This is a beautiful way to spend a morning.
Strolling the beach early in the day before the crowds arrive.
The sunrises are gorgeous.
I am renewed after spending time there.

I made this layout for the following challenges

Green and Brown
Sketch
What makes you go Grrrrr?
I Did It, Stitchy Bear Did It, U Do It 2
Inspiration challenge

I really had fun making this layout.
It isn't something that I do very often.

I used this sketch from Sketchy Thurs.

The photos are some pictures of the beach where I go,
What makes me go Grrrrr? When I'm walking on this
beautiful beach and I see litter. How can people
just leave and not take their trash with them? Grrrr!

Thanks for looking.
Your comments are appreciated.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Something Old and Something New


For the following challenges
Something Old
My something old is the textured silver fabric.
Black, White plus one color


What's new at the I Did It Creations Shop?
These cute new digi stamps by Robyn's Fetish.




There is a new scrapbooking challenge coming very soon.
Like, tomorrow June 22nd.
Will be posting the first challenge
Today we are announcing our
"Grand Opening Blog Candy"

So all of you scrappers pay this brand new challenge a visit.
Grab our logo and post it on your blog with a link back to
The 'Grand Opening Blog Candy Announcement"
is ready for you to leave your comment to be in the
random draw.
See ya' there.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Soartful on a Saturday


The Theme at Soartful Challenges this week is
She's Got Style

This is the image that we are using in our artwork
or just for your inspiration. What is your style?
Show us at Soartful.


Quotations
My quotation is from Mid Summer Night's Dream
by Shakespeare
Summer Solstice

I used Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed
characters in Midsummer Night's Dream and a quote
from the play. The characters have been cropped from the
original image and placed on this summer block print.

It already feels like it's midsummer here. It's been hot, hot, hot.

This is hot, too.

We are having a DT Call at
follow the link for all of the details.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I Did It.....Now You Do It


Be Creative
Open Challenge

This week we are sponsored by Trees aWard in Digital Stamps
Teresa has graciously offered a freebie to use for this challenge, here.
Follow the link to see more beautiful creations by the DT
using Teresa's lovely digi stamps. She even has a card that
she made on display. Don't miss it. It is stunning.

Now, I couldn't make up my mind which image I wanted
to use this week for the challenge. So I mixed and matched and
used 2 of Teresa's images. I added the sandbox and the truck from
my clip art collection.
My creative juices came up with this card.

The theme is 'Be Creative'. I think this is pretty creative. It's just
another example of what you can do with ease with digi stamps.
A little resizing here, a little add on there, print all in black and white.
Ta da......all ready to color. I colored with chalks. I made my image
to large to put on a background so I layered it and added photo
corners. If you look at the original digi, here, 'little Joey' is really
at the beach. My 'little Joey' doesn't live near the beach, so.....
a sandbox it is.

My second sample is for a challenge that begins this a.m.
at I Did It, Stitchy Bear Did It, U Do It 2 Forum
Bookmarks


I have been dying to use these tiny playing cards for such a long time.
I thought this worked pretty good. To make my bookmark I scanned
in a book cover. I cropped and sized for my needs.
Added the bright red text and printed. I trimmed it down and
added the playing card in the space that I left. Punched 2 red hearts
and added some fiber. This only took me about 15 mins start to finish.
And, I like it.

You are welcome to come join me in both of these challenges.
Follow these links
and

Join us we have lots of fun and we give prizes.

T.G.I.F.
Be Creative


Thursday, June 17, 2010

For the Guys


June 19th is Father's Day.

Here are a couple of guy projects that I made
for several challenges

Men
Vintage Bookmark
Image Provided


Lace and/or Buttons
Photo inspiration
One for the Boys
Monochromatic


This is the photo from Art Creations Friday that inspired this card.


I went with the textures of the different fabrics in this photo to create
my card. I used fragments of burlap, distressed paper lace and leather.
The embellishment is a vintage leather button.
I know, lace for a guy? Well, it isn't really frilly and
I did distress it by wrinkling it up and then distressing with ink.

If you are interested in free Copics classes or a free Paint Shop Pro class.
The details on both of these free classes are here.

Enjoy your day.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Red, White and Blue

Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon.
Cute little Teddy is is flying high on this card.
I made it for these challenges
Red, White & blue
Movie Inspiration with a Teddy Bear
My inspiration is 'Around the World in 80 Days'
It may not be a hot air balloon but it's a teddy and balloons
Use an Image from the Forum
Sketch


I don't have an oval die so I used a circle. I tried cutting one by
hand, ha ha. Talk about crooked. I used my Cuttlebug with abandon
on this card. Texture is everywhere. I love embossing folders. The white
circle is already textured paper from CowTown Stamps. The image is
by DigiSparkle colored with Copics.

Speaking of Copics

One our designers from the I Did It Creations Shop is having a
series of Tutorials at
Fany not only sells in the shop as Fanyella she is a Certified Copics Instructor.
She has an article posted in the forum, Copics, Crayons, Pencils and More
Group. This is just a preview of what Fany is going to share in her
tutorials.

This is an excerpt from her article

"This is a little help, especially for beginner's who want to buy there first copic, it contain lots of little hint, for your purchasing worth. Because let say it copic could be, a big investment"

Just a Note: Fany translates for us from her native language French.

Have you wanted to learn to use an image program.

Robyn, from I Did It, Stitchy Bear Did It, U Do It 2 Forum

is now taking signups for her free class on

Paint Shop Pro.

This program is a free download and here is an excerpt from

a CNET review

"Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt on January 26, 2010

What you get with the latest version of PaintShop Pro is a midlevel photo editor with a low learning curve and some very nice editing and output features. The easily navigable interface puts photos front and center and surrounds them with tools and menus......."


Follow the above link for these fun and informative classes.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Bag Full of Goodies

Yesterday we hit 96 degrees. Whew! It was so hot
and steamy out. I spent some time in my craft room yesterday.
I'm gradually getting back into doing challenges, which I've
really missed doing.

Cats
Roses


My kitty has just dumped over a bag full or roses.

I told you that I still do rubber stamping. This is a tag made from
what is called a scrapling. Hero Arts has some nice samples
of scraplings. And if you use Google Images and search for
Scraplings lots of them come up. I found out about these a year
or so ago at Cardmaker in one of the swaps that we had there.

I decided to pass Scraplings on to others at the
as a challenge for the Christmas in June Party.
If you want to join in this challenge it doesn't close
until June 25th. There are many other fun challenges
to take part in while your there.

Back to the Scrapling. Mine is in a Christmas theme.
My scrapling is made from a 1 1/4" x 4 1/4" scrap. This is the
the piece that is left after cutting your card from a full sheet
of card stock.

Let's Make a Scrapling Challenge
Love
We could choose from something or who
we love. I chose distressing.
Xtra Special
I chose Christmas for my extra special.

I distressed the background with several colors of green. Then I stamped
the pine branch with permanent black ink 3 times. Used a dark green
to smudge over the branch. Punched a hole in the corner and used
dark green floss (drab green) and a brown flower for embellishment.
This is a folded piece so you could write a little note
inside. They are fast, fun and you usually have lots of
these scraps just waiting to be used.

I've made a logo for my challenge blog


I think it matches the blog background pretty good.
Take a look and let me know what you think.

Have a great day. It's going to be another
hot and steamy one for me.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Flying High with Shakespeare


I was happy to see the theme of Shakespeare at

It reminded me of my many visits to the Old Globe Theater
in San Diego. While living in LA we made many trips there
to see the wonderful plays. I am surprised by how many of
todays stars I saw there in their early days. One was
a very knobby kneed Jon Voight. I'm afraid he didn't
look all that great in tights.

This piece also works for
Lots to Do
Birds/Wings
One Powerful Hour
'B'


The party is over at I Did It, Stitchy Did It, U Do It 2. I had
a lot of fun and it seems that everyone else did also.
The many challenges gave us some ideas for our
Christmas cards this year. All of the challenges are
still up and everyone has until June 25th to send in
their entries. Our surprise Guest Designer
did a tutorial on paper piecing using the computer. She used a
digi stamp ornament from Robyn's Fetish. Marlooney
turned this simple digi stamp into a beautiful Christmas ornament in
just a few easy steps.

Now, I haven't abandoned my rubber stamps but digi stamping
is so much fun to do. Sometimes I use both rubber and digi in one project.

It was a very busy weekend for me. Today I'm kicking back a little.
Enjoy your day.




Sunday, June 13, 2010


The challenge at
Alice in Wonderland

I used a cartoon version of the Cheshire Cat and mixed
it with the original artwork from the novel.

A challenge is now up at Soartful Challenges
'I'll Dance at Your Wedding'
image in sidebar.
We've already had some amazing entries.


It's Sunday and the last day to choose the challenges and join in
the contests at the Christmas in June party. There are also
lots of freebies there for you. All of the fun is happening at

I Did It Creations Challenges is following right along with the
Christmas in June theme for the challenge this week.
We also offer a freebie so that you can join in the challenge.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Challenges and a Party



I had a very trying day yesterday. So many new things are
happening right now and I wasn't getting much cooperation
from my computer. Nothing serious. With help and a hug
from my wonderful very computer savvy husband, all my problems
were solved.

DT call. Check it out.

Just one of the many things that I was working on yesterday
was this card for my challenge blog
Christmas in June
colors Red and Green

This image is from our current sponsor the Crafty Pad.
This is Ted posting his Christmas mail.

You are invited to join us at I Did It Creations Challenges.
There is a freebie for you to use and a chance at our weekly prize.
It's fun!!!

Another site in our I Did It Creations family is our forum

Today, Friday, is the first day in our 3 day
Christmas in June Party.
We will have 3 fun packed days of challenges, contests
and prizes. A special Guest Designer
will be visiting on Saturday.


There is also a Blinkie Contest going on now. If you design
blinkies you might want to check it out. Your design may
be chosen for our advertising campaign.
You can find the details here.

Can you believe it! We are opening a brand new
challenge blog called
We are currently under construction but
will be posting a DT Call soon. Stop in and
become a follower.

I hope that I see you at the challenge blog and at
the party today.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Summer Day at the Farm.....

......at the Day Lily Farm in Georgetown, SC, that is.
I posted about this wonderful place once already.
But, I enjoyed myself so much that when I saw these
challenges, I knew what I was going to use.

Down on the Farm
Summer
Floral Tributes

My farm just happens to be a beautiful day lily farm. I admit it isn't
the first thing that you think of when you think a farm. But, then you aren't
me and have not just visited this lovely place.
For my card I used my own personal photos taken that day.
I also added a frame, butterfly and text.
There you go a beautiful summer day at the Day Lily Farm.



Yes I'm a member of the new tongue twister forum
that we call

This is new place to come for all of your paper crafting
fun. If 'you do it' we probably have it.
Every challenge featured has a prize.
One of our weekly challenges gives you the digi image to
complete the challenge and a chance to win 2 more free digi images.

Robyn is also having a Create a Blinkie Contest. The blinkie that you
create might be chosen for our ad campaign.
This forum is a part of the I Did It Creations family. In just one stop
you can access our shop featuring 17 designers. There is another
link to take you right to the forum and one that takes you
to our Friday I Did It Creations Challenge blog.
We call it the Welcome page.

DT Call
Find out all of the details and apply.
The call is open thru 6/20/10

The Christmas in June Party is posted on our calendar
for Friday, June 11th thru Sunday, June 13th.
It's going to be fun.
It's never to early to prepare for Christmas.




Monday, June 7, 2010

Day Lilies and Butterflies

This ATC that I made is for a new challenge on the block.
Wings, Blue, Yellow and Brown

I love the texture on the background paper. It looks like fabric.


A Day Trip to see the Day Lilies

This is our car (husband inside) all nestled in a field of Day Lilies.
This is just a portion of what there was to see. We saw fields and fields
of beautiful day lilies. People were having so much fun pulling
around their wagons full of day lilies dug right from the ground.
There is a beautiful pond at the rear of the property. All is
bordered in gorgeous hydrangeas.
I'm so glad that we went.

Enjoy your day.

Friday, June 4, 2010

T.G.I.F. and I Did It Creations Challenge

follow the link for all details.

Ha! I don't have to worry about it being TGIF because
everyday is a Friday for me. Although, I have been waiting
patiently for Friday to arrive so I could post this card for
Challenge #7
Sketch
For the Little Ones
Ribbon and Bows

This week at I Did It Creations Lauretta's Digital Stamps is
our sponsor. This is one of her lovely digi stamps called
Lili Rose.

I love how this turned out.
When I saw her name Lili Rose,
I had in mind this rose paper for a background and a
monochromatic color scheme. Who knew it was so hard
to blend beiges. The background turned out to be a bit off
from what beige Copics I have to use. With a mixture of
yellow, pink and beige I got a pretty good blend. Her shirt is
Antique Linen Distress Ink applied with a brush. Antique Linen
is also sponged lightly over the bg paper. The base card is
ivory, ribbon is shear gold metallic and the paper roses
were just the right color. The sketch that I followed has an
oval in the center but I used a Spellbinder circle in my handy
dandy Cuttlebug.


To me a sketch is a starting place. My cards never exactly
match the sketch. Visit the challenge blog to see how each of the
DT members interpreted this sketch. You will be amazed
at how they are all the same and yet very different.
Lauretta has also graced us with a beautiful card that she made
using the Lili Rose image. Also, you can meet our newest DT member

There is also a Freebie there just waiting for you to grab
it and play along with us in the sketch challenge. You
just might win 2 free images of your choice from Lauretta's
Digital Stamps.

So come play with us.

A final note: Lili Rose is just one of the new releases that Lauretta
has added in the shop. The I Did It Creations shop has 15 designers
selling their digis so you can always find something new.
There is also the sister site I Did It, Stitchy Bear Did It, U Do It 2 Forum.
(deep breath needed after saying all of that)
We have a fun and friendly forum and you are invited.
Also, get ready for our Big Christmas In June Gala, June 11th.
It should be fun filled with all things Christmas.

Enjoy

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Here's to the Girly Girl


Girly Girl
Black, Pink & White
Metal Madness
Sketch Challenge

Quirky, Crazy, Magical and I Did It.
I think this card qualifies

The great image that I used is from Trees aWard in Digi Stamps
You can find her images on sale at I Did It Creations Shop.
Teresa creates wonderful images for us to use.
Even her shop logo is beautiful.


Now, on to my card.
The black and white background is stamped. Not having a stamp
positioner it isn't aligned all that well. But I fixed that with some
black and white sequins. The image is colored with Copics and popped up
with pop dots. The metal for my card is from a broken bracelet.
So there you have my recipe for quirky, crazy and magical and I Did It
all by myself.

Have a wonderful day.



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

For All of the Birthdays in June

Including me. Yes, today is my birthday.

I made myself a birthday card.
It also works for

Personal Symbol and Myths


I Googled images of Zodiac Signs and found this one.
I love the colors. I found a background that I liked and cut out the
main image and popped it on with pop dots. For June's birthstone
I used stick on pearls. There is also a touch of gold here and there.

The complete image is in my blog banner to
celebrate everyone that has a birthday in June.

Have you visited the new forum?
We are still under construction but today we are going live.
So come on over and join us.

Have a wonderful day everyone.