Monday, November 24, 2014

Well it's me again My Dear Sweet Friends 

Yep, this is my second post for today.  I currently have my Not Just Cards DT hat on and we have three amazing sponsors this week:

I have included the links above and there is more information on the NJC Challenge Blog.  

For this project I decided to alter a small notebook I have had laying around for a while and calling my name.  I used an image called "Love Blocks" - "Love Conquers All".  I love all the butterflies and the sweet sentiment just says it all as far as I am concerned.  And no project is complete without some bling bling and more bling.

The DT has some great projects this week and I hope you will join in the challenge and visit all the wonderful DT blogs.

Have a blessed day!!

With hugs and smiles

DT - NJC - Not Just Cards

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Pink and Silver" Christmas - FItzTown

Hello my Dear Sweet Friends

Happy Happy Monday!!  I hope your weekend was wonderful.  I did manage to get several projects created this past weekend.  I will be sharing them later in the week and some at the beginning of December with a couple of surprises thrown in.  It's all a mystery for now except for the 

Today I am sharing the card I made as a new CT member for the Fitztown.  Yep, I am excited to be a part of this wonderful group of ladies.  

Challenge #63 is all about "Pink and Silver Christmas".   

I used an image called:  "Winter Bird #   and just fell in love with her sweet face.  Of course, pink being my favorite color I couldn't wait to start coloring her.  I also added some stickles around the brim of her hat, the cuff of her mittens and the pom pom on top of her hat.  I had some 1/4" shimmery velvet ribbon that I was finally able to use and just created a velvety border around the image.  

There are some gorgeous cards from the CT and it makes me smile even more because there is a lot of pink pink pink over there.  So come on over and join us in this challenge.  I can't wait to see what you create.

I used the following Copic Colors:

C0, C1, C3, YG03, YG06, YG13, R81, R83, R85, YR23, YR24

Have a great Monday!!

Hugs and smiles
CT Fitztown

Friday, November 21, 2014

Odd Ball Arts Challenge

Well it's me again my Dear Sweet Friends -

This morning I am wearing my Creative Fingers Design Team hat. And this challenge #57 is Anything Goes.

It was fun creating this card for the challenge and using one of the adorable Oddball Arts Images.  Oh my - I would be coloring 24/7 if I had all the adorable images I would want to create with.  So many digi's but so little time.  

I used the image called:  

Big Eye Girl Eve Has Something To Say Image No. 127 

This big eye girl was such a hoot to color with my Copics.  It took numerous attempts with the Copic coloring but I am pretty happy with the final card.  

So my dear friends I hope you will join in the challenge and who knows you could be the next challenge winner.  The link to the Creative Fingers Blog is listed above.  There are also some beautiful cards created by the Design Team and you may notice we used various paperclip on our cards.  It would be great if you would stop by, say hello and enter the challenge.

Have a blessed day!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Avenue 613

With hugs and smiles

DT Creative Fingers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"All Dressed Up'

Happy Happy Friday My Dear Sweet Friends

Yay - It's almost the weekend and I am so looking forward to it.   My hubby and I have some big plans to get a lot of craft projects done this weekend.  What are your plans??  Christmas shopping?  Thanksgiving food shopping?  Creating something special??

Today I am sharing my DT project with Sister Act using an image from "All Dressed Up".  They are of course our sponsor for this challenge.  Oh, I think the images are so cute and adorable.  I used my copics to color this little cutie.  Once again I put my copics back in the tote before writing down the colors I used.  So frustrating and hopefully won't do that again.  Silly me!!  

Winner will receive two digital images.  

So come on over to Sister Act and join in the challenge. The link is listed above.  It will be great to see what you create for this challenge.  There is some great inspiration from the DT as well.  

Have a great weekend!!

And I am entering her in the following challenges:

Avenue 613

Hugs and smiles

DT Sister Act

Speed Challenge - The Power of "HOPE"

Happy Happy Thursday my Dear Sweet Friends

Oh my goodness - Thanksgiving is a week away which also means Christmas is around the corner.  Have you done your Thanksgiving shopping yet?  Christmas??  I haven't even started mine.  

Today I sharing my Design Team project with Speed Challenge.  As you already know I am a huge fan of this challenge as it helps me to just jump in and enjoy the process.  I have a tendency to way over-think at times (especially with my crafting) and this has begun to change with each challenge - and I love it!!  

For this challenge I wanted to alter an altoid tin.  I have been wanting to have a pretty altered tin as a special place to hold some of my favorite quotes and scriptures.  My other goal is to complete and decorate one small page each day until all the pages are full.  I will carry it in my purse to pull out whenever I need something positive to remind me everything will be okay.

I gathered my supplies (see above photo).  I have collected a lot of magazines over the years (I won't admit to how many I have) but I am finally using some of the gorgeous artwork inside of them to create some of my personal projects.  

I must confess it's quite frightening to actually tear a page out of some of these craft magazines.  To me, it's like tearing the Mona Lisa into little pieces and tossing the left overs away.  I know - rather dramatic but it's how I feel.  And then I realized its really a great way to take something I admire and think is beautiful and create something special from it.  So, the first tearing page out was the hardest but I am hopeful it will continue to get easier.  I sure would love to have a lot more projects completed than a stack of magazines getting higher and higher in the corner.

Anyway - for this challenge I tore some of the page into several pieces.  I sanded the top and bottom of the tin so the paper would adhere better.  I used Mod Podge to seal the paper to the tin.  I had to work pretty fast so I wouldn't have a lot of wrinkles in it (the paper was so thin).  I was so excited - I thought I was going to finish this project in record time.  However - that turned out to be incorrect.  Then I:

*Let glue dry for few moments.  
*Flipped over & did same to bottom.  
Problem created - 
*Most of my fingers on left hand were getting stuck to front and back of tin.  
Not GOOD!!
Got fingers unstuck and added another top coat of Mod Podge.
Had to wash my hands to get pieces of glued on magazine page off my fingers.

(bottom of tin)

*Lightly sanded around outside edges for a cleaner look.
*Used super tacky tape to adhere blue/silver ribbon around the bottom edge.
*Added bling around some of the top edges.
*Added blue flower.
* Added bead stick pin.
I thought WOW this is great I am almost done.
It's only been 6 minutes 5 seconds.
Stinkin thinkin again.

What I wasn't counting on was how long and/or how many attempts it would take me to create the little album that goes inside.  

It took over four attempts to finally get the pages cut, scored evenly and added to the tin.  It was unbelievable and frustrating something so easy was taking so much time.  And yes, the clock was tick ticking away.  And the photo below shows just how much time it took to finish this challenge.

I was really happy I had already added the stick pin.

So here is my completed Speed Challenge project.  As I mentioned earlier I am going to create one page a day until the pages are done on both sides.  I will share an updated photo once the entire project is complete.

I really really hope you will join in our challenge this week.  We have a wonderful new sponsor joining us.  You can find out more information as well as see the other design team projects.  All it takes is 15 minutes and your project is done.  Yes - it really is possible.  You just have to be willing to jump into the deep end and trust you will float.

Thanks for stopping by - I really appreciate it as well as your sweet comments (or not so sweet comments if the situation arises).  Hopefully NOT.

Have a wonderful day!!  I can't wait to see what you create and I will be looking at all of them.

With hugs and smiles
Laine K

I am also entering this project into the following challenges:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Material Girl - Altered Frame (Magnetic Board)

There is also a GDT and DT call at Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent.  There is more information on the website.

Hello my Dear Sweet Friends -

I am so incredibly excited to share this project with you today.  I had so much fun creating this altered picture frame.  I created this project for CS Designs for the current challenge called: "Material Girl" at Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent.  

The irony is the more I kept working on it the more ideas I kept having.  Which I have discovered can be a good thing and not such a good thing.  From the beginning I wanted to use fabric as part of my design which I will share more about a little further down this post.  What I have just realized is that I didn't take a photo of the frame that I have altered for this project. (My bad).  It was a 12" x 12" frame I found at a thrift store several months ago.  I also wanted to use fabric (material girl - hint hint) instead of coloring in most of the digital designs from CS Designs.  I love every one of them. 

To reinforce the fabric I used cardstock as the backing. And this also means I did a lot of paper piecing.  There was so much cutting I was getting cramps in my right hand (but its back to normal now).  The quote and the rulers are cardstock - everything else is fabric.  And its fabric I have been holding on to for quite a while and I wanted a Shabby Chic sort of feel to the whole piece. The stretch lace I won during a blog challenge and just love it.

All the buttons shown are from a huge vintage find at an Estate Sale.

The flowers I had used on a prior project that was destroyed by my friends dog however the flowers you see are the ones I managed to salvage.

You can see I also added two paper doily hearts that I was lucky enough to find at another estate sale.  I know they aren't vintage but it was fun finding them anyway.  I added lace around the border of the frame to make it look more like looking through a window into a sewing room.  

I also took three old vintage buttons to make the magnets but you guessed it - I forgot to take photos of those but will add them to my blog post.  My biggest challenge was getting some decent photos - the weather has been horrible as well as the lighting.  I  think it's time to get my portable light box created so I can shoot photos inside (I really like using natural light).  

I hope you are inspired by the design teams projects to enter the challenge this week and it is Anything Goes - as long as you recycle something.  I also hope you will visit their blogs.  I can't wait to see what you have created.   Here's the link to the challenge blog:

Hugs and smiles


I have also decided I am just going to use this as a decorative piece in my craft room rather than a magnetic board when Mark and I get our own place.  

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Warm in Winter

Happy Happy Happy Friday My Dear Sweet Friends

It is so cold here - we actually have had a little snow (just flakes) today but its just to cold for me.  And winter hasn't even begun yet.  How are you this Friday??

Today I am sharing the card I made for the Sister Act Card Challenge.  It's fun being a part of this Design Team because it actually helps me take the time to make a few greeting cards.  I probably should start making my Christmas cards but haven't had been able to yet.

For this card I used an image from "A Day for Daisies" called Warm in Winter - and I think this little bird is just to cute.  I paper pieced the bird and colored with my Copics.  I just had to add some snow - so used some dimensional puff and used my heating gun to puff it up.  I am happy to see he is a happy little bird with a full belly eating all those berries.

The Design Team has some great cards to share this week and I hope you will go visit the Sister Act Challenge Blog as well as join in the challenge.  

Thanks so much for stopping by - I always appreciate it and it means so much to me.  Have a great weekend!!  

I have been working on some new projects and can't wait to share them with you a little later this week.  

With hugs and smiles

Monday, November 10, 2014

Autumn Blessings & Billy Golden Bells Elf

Happy Happy Monday My Dear Sweet Friends

I sure hope you had a wonderful weekend.  It was absolutely gorgeous here but now the temperatures will start dropping to the low 30's starting on Wednesday.  Yikes - I am not really looking forward to that.

I have a two creations to share with you for this weeks challenge at Not Just Cards.  

We have two amazing sponsors this week:

First we have StampArt Design by Kathryne called "Autumn Blessings" with WhimsyStamps.  Such a beautiful and sweet image.  

StampArt Designs by Kathryn

I am entering this card into the 613 Avenue Create Challenge

And our next amazing sponsor is Rick St. Dennis

I used the Billy Golden Bells Elf and decided to create an altered small composition book.  Gosh - I think he is such a cutie and was so much fun to color with my copics.  Rick St Dennis Etsy Shop.  It is so much fun to look through his Etsy Shop - he has such a wide range of designs and I think they unique, interesting and very imaginative.  

I am also entering this Small Altered Composition Book into the 
613 Avenue Create Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by and I really hope you will join in this challenge.  Here's the link:  Not Just Cards Challenge Blog. I look forward to seeing your creations.  And please check out the DT blogs - you will find some amazing inspiration this week.

With hugs and smiles
DT - Not Just Cards

Friday, November 7, 2014

Silly Dilly Beans

Happy Friday My Dear Sweet Friends

Yep, you aren't imagining things -  this is my second post for today.  I have a new Design Team hat on and its with Creative Fingers Challenge Blog.  The card I am sharing today is my first as a Design Team member and I am so happy to be a part of this amazing team of talented women. Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is Dilly Beans.  

I created this card using a Dilly Beans Image and used my copics to color her.  I hope you will join in this challenge and check out the design blogs and take a look at all their creations for this challenge.  

Thanks so much for stopping by - it's been a busy busy week and its time to get a few hours of sleep before digging into a few more projects.

Have a great weekend.

With hugs and smiles 

Clean and Simple Masculine Card

Happy Happy Friday my Dear Sweet Friends -

I am back with my "Sister Act" Design Team Hat on for this weeks challenge which is "Anything Goes".  Our sponsor this week is "Fitztown" and I created my card using one of their vintage car images.  You've heard me say this more than once already but I love Fitztown.

Since I was going to create a masculine card I decided to keep it clean and simple.  I did some paper piecing for the vintage car and even added a little bling.  I hope you will join in our challenge and check out the other beautiful cards by the Design Team.

Thanks again for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you create.

With hugs and smiles

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Altered Shabby Chic Heart

Happy Happy Thursday my Dear Sweet Friends -

Oh my goodness - it's hard to believe it's Thursday and the weekend is just a stones throw away.  What about you - do you have any special plans for this weekend?? 

I am so incredibly excited - today's project is my first as a design team member with the Speed Craft Challenge.  I must confess I was chomping at the bit to begin this project and what a thrill ride it was.  

I began my exhilarating ephemera scavenger hunt which truth be told was a quick trip to my craft room closet.  However, tucked away in the far left back corner was a box.  A special box.  A pretty box.  A pink box covered in beautiful flowers and a white satin bow.  Inside this box were things I have been collecting and it all began with the heart shaped chipboard I covered in vintage dictionary pages about six months ago. 

Truth is, I wanted to create something similar to my finished project below but found the thought of it intimidating.  Why?  I have no idea - but I just starting collecting little things anyway and kept them inside my pretty box.  

 These are the pieces for my 15 minute speed craft challenge.  

And so there I was , ready to jump into the unknown and discover what's waiting on the other side.  I can hear my mom saying in a high pitched frustrated tone "Debra Laine - stop being so melodramatic."  Am I??  Maybe?  

But the reality is that I had such high hopes for creating something pretty from a piece of chipboard that I was paralyzed with fear.  Sounds so corny to even type these words but its the truth.  So, I told myself to have fun, trust the process and to remember it doesn't have to be perfect and my hubby pushed the "Go!! on the stop clock.  

And there I was playing with the flowers, the photo, the lace and ribbons and felt like a little kid playing in the mud making mud pies.  It was FUN!!  And then I got really brave and took out my roll of glue dots and started gluing everything down.  And I forgot about the ticking clock, and I was no longer worried about making a mistake and ran to my craft room to find a few more goodies and before I knew it I was done.  Yep, what you see below is my finished creation. 

 And I had 24 seconds to spare.  

And you know whats so amazing -  I love my finished project.  I don't understand why I had myself worked up for so long over something that was just plain fun.  

So I hope you will decide to join in this challenge and see what you can create in 15 minutes and then share with us at The Speed Challenge.  It truly is liberating and FUN!!  And before you start your project why not go over to The Speed Challenge Blog and look at the other beautiful creations by the rest of the Design Team.  I really would love to see your finished creations!!! By the way, this challenge is "Anything Goes".  

With hugs and smiles


Monday, November 3, 2014

Exciting Exciting Exciting News

Hello again my Dear Sweet Friends

I am so excited - I just couldn't wait to share the news.  I know, I know - two posts in one day.  Yikes!!

I have included the link, however I am leaving it a mystery for now but the answer is only a click away.  

Don't you just love a mystery??

With hugs and smiles


Guest Design Team Spot at Fitztown

Happy Happy Monday My Dear Sweet Friends -

It's cold, wet and gloomy here - I guess that means its beginning to look a lot like winter.  I don't mind the cooler weather except it makes my fibromyalgia pain worse. The wonderful part is Mark and I got a gift card from a very special friend for our wedding a month ago and we bought a gorgeous charcoal gray soft and fluffy blanket today with the gift card.  It's so FLUFFY!!!!!  I also love it because it keeps me warm without heaviness.  Thanks Diane!!!

Today I am sharing a card I made for the Fitztown Challenge as a Guest Team Designer.  Yay - so excited and I love their images.  The image I chose is called Fae35 and I think she is an awesome image to play around with.  I especially like to practice my Copic coloring and look forward to the day when I get better at it.  My secret desire is to take the online coloring classes through Kit and Clowder.  Anyway - she's really fun to color and I am looking forward to using her again.  

For this challenge I used her for the Love/Anniversary theme and added the "Thinking of You" as the sentiment.  The Design Team at Fitztown have some great creations to share for the challenge this week.  I hope you will check them out and join in the fun.  I have included the link underneath the greeting card.

Thanks so much for stopping by - it always means so much to me!!

With smiles

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

(Image is from Fitztown and called Fae35)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A New Meaning to "Going Postal" - Challenge

( CS Designs is also having a DT and GDT Call )

CS Designs is also having a DT and GDT Cal
Happy Happy Saturday My Dear Sweet Friends

Wow!!  October and Halloween are behind us and now it's really crunch time.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. I haven't even begun that journey yet.  What about you, have you started your Christmas cards or Christmas shopping yet??  Funny, I am not even sure where to even begin except with this next CS Designs Challenge.  

When I first heard the theme "Going Postal" I pretty much knew what I wanted to do.  Nope, not the usual interpretation of "Going Postal" however what it means to me.  You see, going to the Post Office is on the top of my "Hate List".  It literally puts me in a horrible mood, I am stressed, frustrated and that's just the beginning.  In other words,this problem is now solved and its all because of these amazing images by Chris Stern and the "Re-Cycle, Re-Use and Re-Invent Challenge Blog.

I found this vintage tool box at an estate sale.  It measures approximately
18.75" wide; 7" deep; 4" tall (closed).  

Such a wonderful place to hold all my shipping stuff.  
I made some magnets to utilize the space on the inside of the lid.  

 Here's another view with the extra envelopes removed.  You can see the various storage containers as well as the small altered composition book and chipboard album to hold my postage stamps, the various post office forms, etc.  

 This shows a closer look at the altered composition book and stack of six greeting cards made from recycled cardboard.  On the back of each one there is some plain cardstock so I can write a quick note.  You can see more of the altered greeting cards below.

 I also used chipboard to create this 5" x 4" album.  It now holds different post office forms and post stamps.  See the example below of the first page.

 Now all the forms I may need are in one little pocket album & I love it.

 These are the altered magnets.  I also used cardboard and magnets I have saved over the years from the backs of worn out magnets.

The top container is one I found at a yard sale and the two empty dog food cans.  

I really was immediately inspired to create these projects when I saw these adorable images from CS Designs.  They were perfect and I am not finished yet.  I still have some copic coloring to do with the cat bones not only around the cans but the insides of the chipboard book.  It's still a work in progress but what's so amazing is that not only does the vintage tool box make me smile but everything inside does too.  Its a box full of smiles and joy!!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today - I really appreciate it.  

I hope you will join in this challenge - I would love to see what you are inspired to create.  

With smiles and hugs
DT - CS Designs

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Butterflies in October - Sister Act DT Challenge Card

Hello my dear sweet friends

Hope you are all doing great!!  Has anyone else felt like October has been the longest month ever?  My goodness, for me it seems October wasn't just 31 days but double that.  Don't know why but I am glad November is just around the corner.

So my post for today is my second card as a DT member with Sister Act - Challenge #81.  There are a lot of wonderful cards made by the entire design team and I hope you will check them out as well as join in the challenge.  

Our proud sponsor for this challenge is:  

I am a big fan of quick and simple cards and this one was really fun to make   I stamped a greeting on the inside however didn't take a photo of it to share (but I can if anyone would like to take a peek. And I never miss an opportunity to create something with pink and butterflies.  

I sure hope you will check the blogs for each of the Sister Act Design Teams and say hello and check out their cards. The link to the Sister Act Challenge Blog is highlighted above.  Enjoy!!!!

More later

With hugs and smiles

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Butterflies, 15 Minutes and a BIG GOOFY SAD MISTAKE

Hello my Dear Sweet Friends -

How are you doing this cloudy Wednesday (it is here anyway)??  Yay - it's also Hump Day!!  Maybe that's why my head is in the clouds (actually more often than not) - at least that's what my family always tells me.  

First of - A little disclaimer before the journey begins:

I promise not to take you around the blog world in 90 days.  I also promise the word "SAD" in my post title is nothing serious or life challenging.  

Disappointment in myself - YEP BIG TIME!!  So with patience in tow:

Have a seat, buckle up, and hold on because the journey starts now:

It all started a few days ago when I promised myself I would work on my 15 minute project for the Speed Craft Challenge.  So I gathered my supplies, took photos, set up my timer, pushed the start button and told myself to take a deep breath and "Go!!"

Forgot to take photo of my tote of Copics
(Image by CS Designs)

Here's what I did:

01.  Covered large piece of recycled laminate with cardstock using Mod Podge.
02.  Ran over to paper trimmer to cut edges off butterflies image.
03.  Ran back to work area (carrying trimmed image).  
04.  Used my fingers to work out the air bubbles from step 1.  
05.  Cut off the excess edges of green cardstock.
06.  Colored  butterflies with my Copics (which took most of the time).  
07.  Used more Mod Podge to glue butterfly image on top of green cardstock.
08.  Add "Diamond" Stickles for some bling on butterfly wings.
09.  As I began adding lace realized I added the above bling to early.
10.  Carefully added ruffled lace anyway along with a thin lace border on top of lace.

So this is how far I got in 14 minutes and 58 seconds.  Yep - 2 seconds to spare.  

I had done it.  I had two seconds to spare and my project was complete.  Only problem was - I started thinking of other things I could still add to it.  So I added the thin lace border across the top.  Grabbed three of the flower pieces from the plastic bag and used a bling brad to hold them together.  

And this is the finished project 5 minutes later.

By the way - this is now a completed refrigerator magnet.
This gorgeous image is from CS Designs.

I took more photos, began to write blog post and went to Speed Challenge to submit my entry.  It was then I discovered   ......................................

this is where things turn ugly, ugly and even more ugly ................... ..............................................

hold on...............

almost to the end....................  I saw these words (verbatim)

"Challenge 5 - Halloween and Winner/Top 3 announcement"

Did you catch that?  (Clue: HALLOWEEN)

My reaction:

1.  Are you kidding me?
2.  Oh my goodness - I already knew that but totally forgot.
3.  Poop - I really wanted to enter this challenge.
4.  Oh man - I am not in the mood to start all over again.
5.  I am not a quitter.
6.  Oh well, I can still blog about this project but I have to go back and re-write my post.
7.  I am not a quitter.
8.  And then it occurred to me:

I can still enter this challenge and this is why:

My challenge entry fits the Halloween theme perfectly and it makes total sense to me:

My Halloween Challenge entry is actually a "caterpillar dressed up in a butterfly costume".  

I know, I know - its a stretch but I am going to stretch the rules and enter it anyway. And I do so not only because I can but most importantly its been a wonderful process.  I absolutely love doing this challenge.  And if I have time - I will do another project and actually follow the rules this time.

Thanks so stopping and I really hope you will check out this great blog challenge and spend 15 minutes creating your own challenge entry and submitting it to the Speed Challenge.  If you do, will you let me know about it?

With hugs and smiles

I am also entering this version below into the