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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Let's Dance

It's Sunday again and time for another challenge

This week the challenge is all about 'dance'.
Stop by and pick up your freebie and play along.  This week
we are being sponsored by 

This is my DT card using Slyvie's Stamps 'Kiss'.

I love this image and I didn't want it lost in a lot of embellishing.
I colored with coat with gold and silver gel pen.  The rest of the image
is colored with Copics.   The simple music banner and sentiment are
computer generated.  The layering is edged with gold marker.

Everyone is welcome to join in our 
I Did It Creations challenges.  I hope to see you soon.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

I'm Going Back to Nature

with I Did It Creations challenges
The theme this week is Animals.
and this is my DT card

Oops, it's a bit tilted.  Sorry about that.

This week at IDIC challenges 
JLJ Designs is sponsoring us.  
They supplied the DT with images to use and
will be giving our prize this week.

I think we get in a rut with digi stamps by just putting them in
a panel and embellish around the panel.   I wanted to put my bear in a
scene.  What I did was put my digi image in my image program and duplicate it.
Printed and then colored one and cut the other out for to use as a mask.
I lightly added spots of Zig 2 way glue and let dry.  This creates a  
a glue that can me re-positioned.   When the glue was nice and dry
I covered my colored image with the bear mask.  First I chalked green for grass 
and blue for sky.  This looked sort of plain so I decided to scallop
the top.  I used my toothpick holder to trace around for my shape.
I stamped the tree right over everything several times using different
shades of green.  Sometimes I used the stamp twice before re-inking.
Now, I can't draw worth beans so I scribbled in a line of bushes.  They are
mostly just different shades of green dots.  My bear is taking a minute
to stop and smell the roses by going Back to Nature.
I embellished with twigs from the yard.
Masking is really should give it a try.  
See, where there is some blank area around the bear's head.  That shows
where the mask should have been trimmed just a bit smaller.  
The tree stamp that I used is by Stampin Up.  This is such an old
stamp I don't even know if they carry it anymore.

I'm entering the following challenges

Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Paper Pretties - Animals
Pollycraft Monday - The Great Outdoors
HLSC Challenge - Critters

That's it for today.  
It is a glorious Sunday and right after breakfast and the Sunday paper,
I'm going to go back to nature in my yard and pull some weeds.  
This part of the nature's bounty I could do without.  But, I will be outside
with the birds, butterflies and lizards.  I also have a barking frog
outside somewhere.  Maybe he will bark at me today.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Primitive Bear

I've been wanting to use this adorable Primitive Bear from
the Primitive Collection.  I just love the images in the collection.
I think I've used them all now.

I am doing a Guest Designer spot for 
Do You Stack Up Challenge this week.  I decided to finally use
the Primitive Bear.  I thought he would work good with 
the theme Sew - Faux or real.

Well, I hardly sew a stitch so I went for the Faux.  Looking through my
designer papers I found this fun paper that reminded me of a quilt.
The dp is the Mykonos variety paper pak by 7 Gypsies.
I bought this paper at 
Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium at a great discount price.
Now, I've got my primitive look started.  I gathered a up a few other supplies that
I thought would work.  I ended up with rick rack and buttons.
I colored using Copics.  The faux stitching was done with a black

Thanks for stopping by today 


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Having Fun

This week I'm a Guest Designer on
The challenge theme is Sketch

This is the sketch that I chose to use

and this is my finished card

I used the Friends Forever digi image from
I used chalks for the backgroung and the digi image is
colored with Copics.  Punched a couple of circles for
part of the sentiment.  Uhm, it was lacking something.  I couldn't
find just the right thing but settled on the button.
Colored designer papers to match and the card is all
ready to mail to someone.

Challenges Entered
Totally Gorjuss - Summertime
2 Sisters - Summer Time fun
One Stop Craft Challenge - Summertime
Digi's with Attitude - Anything Goes
Dutch Dare - Summer Fun
Do It With Digi's  - Spots and/or Stripes
Paper Playtime - Summer
Kreative Stamp Friends - Summer
KB Cute Monday - Something Cute
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Summer

I thought I was going to melt yesterday.  It has been so hot
and humid here in Coastal South Carolina.  I hate to see my
electric bill this month.  I'll probably have to take out a loan to pay it.

If you are staying in and keeping cool like I am.....
stop in at OWSE Events and have some fun with us this weekend.

We are hosting a Christmas in July party.
We will be partying beginning Friday, July 15th thru the 19th.
We will have challenges, games, a very special guest and prizes.
There are even a few surprises in store for you.
Get out that party hat, think Christmas and join us
for our Christmas in July Party.

Thanks for joining me today.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Simple Floral

our theme is Floral.
The new challenge begins at 7:00 this morning.
And, it is being sponsored by my friend Stef of 

My card

The digi stamp that I used is Silhouette #1 w/sentiment.  You can find this
digi in Glitterbabe's shop HERE.   I love this sentiment "Nature Never Goes Out Of Style"
I don't use a lot of sentiments on my cards but I do like
this lovely saying.  My inspiration for this card
is from and older magazine article that showed a similar card  using
a silhouette and a gradient background.   I added a thin black border
for just a bit more definition.

I hope you will join us for this week's challenge.  You can see
 DT samples using Glitterbabe Digis, request a 
freebie and you might even win a prize.

This is also for the following challenges

Catch the Bug - Clean and Simple
Allsorts- Free and Easy July
Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays
Aud Sentiments - At Least Two Words
Charisma Cards - Flowers
Try it on Tues - flower Power
Cupcake Crafts - Single Layer Card
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Ooh La La  - Summer Flowers
KB Cute Mondays - Anything Goes

And, please join us at OWSE EVENTS the Christmas in July Party.
There will be all kinds of fun for you.  
Put on your party hat and join us July 15 - 19.
Everyone is invited.
 OWSE Group  and OWSE Shop are proud sponsors of this event.
Join us at Outlaw Women ScrapbooK Emporium  (OWSE) Group so you 
can take advantage of our discount prices at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium (OWSE) Shop.
If we don't have it just ask.

Thanks for joining me this week.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Irresistibly Sweet

Yummy!  Look at this strawberry pie.
Now, that is something irresistibly sweet.
I'm pleased to have my blog associated with something
this darn good.

I have Susan to thank for this award.   You can find Susan at several places
on the WWW.  Her personal blog is the Stampin' Kat,  she also writes the
Robyn's Nest post each Tues. and she is
the very important Director of Marketing for Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps.
Take a minute and visit the Robyn's Nest and get your freebie and 
enter the contest Susan is now having.

Now, I'm notoriously bad about following the rules 
when receiving one of these awards.
So everyone, please forgive for not making my lists, etc.
That doesn't mean that I don't appreciate receiving this, 
because I certainly do.  I'm just bad at that part.
So, a big thank you again to Susan.
I think my blog must be in some pretty good company.
This will be posted permanently in my sidebar.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Little Patriots

In celebration of the 4th of July

I Did Creations Challenges
has a brand new challenge this week
Theme:  Patriotic
These cute little patriots are by
who is the sponsor of our Patriotic challenge this week.

United by Beary Dust Stamps
I just love these little bears.  I think they are so cute
dressed in their 4th of July finery.
I kept the coloring pretty simple on this card.  What coloring I
did was with Copics.  
I forgot where I got the background paper.  I've probably had
it in my stash forever.  I used two different ribbons and
a cluster of punched stars for embellishments.
They are all ready to lead the parade.

Challenges I've entered with this card

Our Creative Corner - 4th of July
Card Makin' Mamas - Red White Blue
Digi Stamps Joy- Red White Blue
Penny's Papercrafty - Red White Blue
Cooking It Up With Katie - Colors of My Flag, red white blue
Tues Throwdown - Red White Blue
Cards for Men - Stars
Party Time Tues - 4th of July
Die Cut Dreams - Red White Blue

Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium Shop
We are opened and ready for business.   OWSE shop has
been down for maintenance but we are all ready to start
taking orders again.
We are a discount shopping club and our membership is free.
Join and shop with us at group discount prices.

Now on Sale for one week only
Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium
If you visit our shop and don't see what you want.....
all you have to do is ask.  We'll see if we can get it for you.

Our Yahoo Group is a very fun and active group that you might
like to become a member.  We not only have lots of fun but 
also discount shopping privileges.  

OWSE group is such a popular group that we had to open
a special site just for our Special Events.  
Our first event is 
Christmas in July
July 15 - July 19
We will be having challenges, games, a very special guest and
of course prizes right from our shop.
A good time will be had by all.