Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Treats at Tiddly Inks & DT Call

Hi Everyone!
While I was on vacation in Asheville, I saw the new Summer Treats challenge at Tiddly Inks!!
I went on my phone and purchased these yummy summer digis so I could play along when I got home!
Silly me, I like ICE CREAM more than most things on Earth so I already had this one!!

Here is my first card for the Summer Treats challenge @ Tiddly Inks

And my 2nd card...

Close-ups of the yummy treats
are available in the online digi shop @ Tiddly Inks 
or you can buy them together in a 4x6 clear stamp set called

I'm trying out for the Tiddly Inks DT team and the linky closes tonight @ midnight!
If you are interested in applying...hurry, hurry to join in!!
But, the Summer Sweet challenge is on for 5 more days!
Hope you will join us in the FUN!

Here's a little bit about me if you are new to my blog:
Besides crafts, I love ice cream, reading, shopping, & my 2 sweet girls!
They are the inspiration for most of my cards and usually pick the images that I color!
Oh, & I am completely obsessed with the colors: teal, aqua, turquoise, & lime...
just in case you didn't notice on my blog theme!

I LOVE to color Tiddly images -- I have them in rubber from Stamping Bella, 
digis from the TI shop and some of the new clear sets!! Yep, I'm a FAN!
Wryn is my all time fave, but I love the new mermaids, as well!!

**HINT HINT for you Tiddly Fans... There are some new images coming out on AUG 15th!!
SQUEAL!!!  Who will be lining up with me to buy that new mermaid??**

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope you have a LOVELY week and please WISH me LUCK on the Tiddly Inks DT call!
I'm so excited about it ~~ I haven't slept in 2 days!! 

Other challenges that I am linking up with:
"C" is for Challenge: Fresh and Bright
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes
YNS Fun Friday: Inspiration Pic 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

You're So Very Sweet -- BLD Inspiration Tuesday & challenges

Hi Everyone!!
I'm back from my vacation and I have a boy's card for you today!!
WHAT???!   A boy's card...?
I know ~~ it's crazy talk, but here he is...
You probably all know that I am not very comfortable making cards for boys 
& this is my 2nd ever boys card!
Woo hoo!!  I'm getting out there and trying new things!! LOL
But, seriously...I had fun with my "round theme" of yo-yos, circles, and lollipops 
and I just LOVE this boy with his yummy sour apple lollipop!
(That's the flavor that I would pick!! 
Jolly Rancher sour apple, yummers!!)

He is a NEW IMAGE from Lori and you can find him 
right here @ her DIGI SHOP under the What's New category on the sidebar.
You can get him for a limited time as a bundle with
Pedal Pusher Lollipop Girl who is featured here on my card from the blog hop.
They are both oh so SWEET!!

I am entering my cute little boy into these challenges:
The Pink Elephant #210 -- Masculine
Digi Sketch Challenge --Anything Goes
A.R.T. #7 -- Anything Goes

Please head over to the BLD blog to see some more Tuesday inspiration!
Thanks for visiting me today!

PS ~~~ Circle STAX 1 & 2 are half price right now @ My Favorite Things,
if you don't have them already!!  I use mine all the time!!
It's such a GREAT deal!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BLD Inspiration Tuesday -- Summer Fun!

Hi Everyone!!
I am out of town, but sweet little Water Hose Whitney
wanted to make an appearance while I was away. 

I've been feeling retro lately and I wanted to use my new 
My Mind's Eye -- Kate & Co. paper pad, "Oxford Lane"
It just felt like vintage nautical to me.  Such fun colors and papers!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Curtain Call -- Feeling Nautical
Jo's Scrap Shack #9 -- Summer Fun
The Pink Elephant #209 -- Monochromatic
Simon Says... By the Sea

Please head over to the BLD blog to see what the other lovely ladies 
of the design team have for you today!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

National Lollipop Day -- BLOG HOP -- By Lori Designs

Happy National Lollipop Day!!  How does a BLD blog hop sound to help celebrate such a FUN & YUMMY day?!?!  Who doesn't LOVE lollipops?!?!  To help get the party started, Lori has created not ONE, but TWO new images featuring lollipops!!  YAY!!

 We would like to introduce you to Pedal Pusher Lollipop Girl and Puddle Jumper Lollipop Boy!!  They are both available for sale in the shop today and can be found here.

Here's my card featuring: 
Pedal Pusher Lollipop Girl
She's all dressed up and ready for the birthday party!!
I used the colors from this week's Colour Q.
(I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Now what's a hop without PRIZES??
Grand Prize: 
 Pedal Pusher Lollipop Girl & Puddle Jumper Lollipop Boy
2nd Prize: Pedal Pusher Lollipop Girl
3rd Prize: Puddle Jumper Lollipop Boy

Three random winners will be chosen.  All you need to do is leave some love at each stop along the hop. You have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday (July 21st) to leave comments for a chance to win!! Winners will be announced on the BLD blog on Monday (July 22nd).  

***My most recent blog candy winner here 
@Nicole's Craft Nook is:
Michelle Therrien!!!
She wins a $20.00 prize pack 
featuring a paper pack & some new digis!!
CONGRATS, Michelle!!
Another blog candy winner will be chosen next week from my blog followers!!***

Sherry is up next on the list...
Good luck and Happy Hopping!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

BLD # 51 -- Yellow Challenge

Hi there!!
There is a new challenge over at By Lori Designs and we want to see some YELLOW!!!
That's it!  Easy peasy, right? 
You can link up any card with any image or any products as long as you use YELLOW!
If you used a BLD image, that would be even more fun!!  

I used Pinwheel Poppy and a golden yellow for my "cheer up" card.
It has a sentiment that I hope will brighten someone's day! 
You can find Pinwheel Poppy and all of her friends in the Pedal Pushers collection which is under the category of Puddle Jumpers on Lori's digi site.

Make sure you pop over to the BLD challenge blog and check out what the rest of the Design Team created for this week's challenge.  You have 2 weeks to play along, so why not join us in the fun?!?

Close-up pic
I am linking up with My Creative Time for their square card challenge,
 the Tuesday Throwdown for anything goes,
& Cuttlebug Mania for Fun in the Sun.

Please join us this SATURDAY for a BLOG HOP in honor of National Lollipop Day!
The fun begins at 10am eastern @ the By LORi Designs blog

We have a new milestone on followers...
So I will be drawing another name for candy
& will share that name with you on SATURDAY!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a SUNSHINY DAY!!
Happy Stamping!!

Products for this card:
Pinwheel Poppy by Lori Designs
Paper: Cool Summer by Carta Bella
Enamel dot by My Mind's Eye 
Ink: Marina Mist by SU!
Sentiment from MFT
button by MFT

Monday, July 15, 2013

I missed your big day -- MFTWSC132 -- CTD250 -- & 4 other challenges

Hi Everyone!!
Today marks my blog's 3 month mark!!
WOW!  That went by quickly!

This birthday card is for my blogger friend, Darnell, who had her birthday on July 2nd.
(But, I didn't learn of this info until July 6th!!) 
Her card is now in the mail and on it's way to sunny California!! 

I hate that I missed her big day, so I thought a belated birthday card with my very favorite Turtle Girl would be perfect!!

Here are a few things that you didn't know about my older daughter...
When she was born she had broken collar bone as a birth trauma.
She had to wear long sleeves and have her sleeve pinned to her shirt to keep her arm down
& I'll tell ya... it was as heartbreaking as it was a pain in the butt.
Hot Carolina heat made her so unhappy in a long sleeved shirt and she would stretch and stretch her neck to try and get away from the pinned shirt, but it didn't do her any good.
She looked just like a turtle stretching it's neck out of it's shell.

That was when "Turtle Girl" was born.
She had that nickname for weeks, which turned into months and then it just stuck.
When I saw the image from Jennifer Nilsson's Doodle Garden from MFT I knew that I had to have it!
If you haven't checked out these adorable images you can find them right here @ MFT.

The Color Throwdown is celebrating it's 5 year anniversary!!
Wooooo hooooo!!!

I'm also entering this card into Marker Pop #26 and the above birthday card challenges.

Turtle Girl by MFT
Blueprints 5 by MFT
Paper: My Mind's Eye Cambridge Court
Photo frame die by Taylored Expressions
Card Stock: a-muse studio & SU!
Ribbon: Hair Bow Center
Button by SU!

Thanks for visiting!!

Berry Patch Ellie -- YNSFFC02

This is Post #2 Today --If you are looking for BLD, please click HERE.

Hi there!!
I have had this card sitting on my desk since before the 4th of July...
 yep, that was when things got a little crazy around here!!
I thought it was about time that I blogged it...
I left off the sentiment because I LOVE strawberries and
I have a bunch of strawberry stamp sets 
so it can be used for:
Thank you Berry Much
You are a Berry good friend
You are Berry sweet...
I think you get the idea...
This card is for the YNS challenge this month which uses a sketch and/or an inspiration pic! 
You get to choose!!  
For this card I chose the sketch. 
Here's the sketch:
Thankfully, I did notice that the YNS design team did use banner flags of all sizes 
on their cards & I was glad for that... I didn't want to cover all
of my cute strawberry patterned paper.

Also... Since it was a super busy paper, I left off the surrounding embellies from the sketch.
I did stamp and die cut a few strawberries, but they were overwhelming on this very teeny card/image.

Stamp: Berry Patch Ellie from YNS (might be retired)
Paper: Lawn Fawn pink lemonade
Card Stock: Lemon Drop: MFT
Banner flags & layers: MFT
Circle STAX: MFT
Ink: Copics 

Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you will join us this Saturday for a fun blog hop in honor of 
There will be fun, inspiration and PRIZES!!  Woot!  Woot!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Counting the Days... Until the Beach! BLD -- CTD250 -- TPE207 -- CANDY WINNERS

Hi there!! Hope you had a GREAT weekend!
Mine was pretty average -- nothing to write home about...
We are already counting down the days til our last beach trip of the summer...
So, I thought this card would be fun! 
It's BEACH GIRL, HANNAH from By Lori Designs. 

I had it in my head and it needed a little bit of working and re-working!
Kraft is soooooo totally out of my comfort zone -- it's not even funny!!!
I need everything to be BRIGHT and CHEERY! 
So, white is my go-to color of choice!!!  
But, sand is not white... LOL

This card is dedicated to my card making buddy, Amanda
who has always been a great extra set of eyes & has great opinions!!  
 It helps that we are both very OCD and very particular!!
Tee hee!!  Love ya, girl!!   xo 

This card started with the inspiration from The Pink Elephant challenge #207 for this week to use wood grain paper.  (Which is practically in every stack!!) So... I was excited to use some of it!!
The Color Throwdown is near and dear to my heart, I mean it really is!!
I started my blog just so that I could play along with the Color Throwdown!  
(It's true!!  You can check my very first post!)
This week over @ My Creative Time they challenged us to make a square card...well that was super easy for me.   Almost all of my cards are square!!   
I'm also entering this card into Marker Pop #26 for this week.

I colored her with copics and used some fun stamps and dies to add interest to my card.
For the sand, I used shell stamps and matching ink to the card stock for tone on tone shells.
I used the specific Stampin' Up ink colors from the Throwdown, but they do look a little darker on the crumb cake card stock.  All card stock is Stampin' Up, as well.

Image: Beach Girl Hannah by LORi Boyd
All Inks and Card stock: Stampin' Up (Colors listed above)
Pail & shovel stamps from "Just Chillin' by CTMH
Shell background stamps: Michael's craft store
Paper: My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side 2
Snowdrifts die by My Favorite Things
Sentiment from: Unity Stamp Co.
Spellbinders: beach ball die

Thanks for stopping by!!

Here are my most recent candy winners from the last 2 posts & their prizes...

Darnell J Knauss
Tracy MacDonald
I will also be adding some fun "bling" or ribbon into your package.

Ladies, please message me your address and I will get these
mailed off to you!

Hope you will join us this Saturday for a fun blog hop in honor of 
There will be fun, inspiration and PRIZES!!  Woot!  Woot!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

By LORi Designs Tuesday -- Maxie with Sno Cone -- BLOG CANDY!!!!!

It's time for By Lori Designs Tuesday Inspiration 
and we have summer themed cards for you this week.
(This is Post 3 of 3 for today!)
To see the 2nd post of the day, also for By Lori Designs, please click here.

Our family takes beach trips to Wild Dunes in the summer and they are always a great time!!
They have a little boardwalk with a t-shirt shop/surf shop (with tons of beach balls in the window), 
an ice cream shop, houses, etc... and this year there was also a SNO CONE vendor!
My girls were over the moon excited about it!

I'm not sure they had ever had a Sno Cone before, but they have now!
They even asked the man if they could mix colors and flavors to make a new color.
So much fun!!

I hope you like my card for your Inspiration Tuesday over at BLD!
Hop on over to see the rest of the DT's super fun summer creations!!

Here is a close-up of the sweet girl, Maxie.

I used the photo from YNSFFC02 for my inspiration colors 
& I am linking up with their challenge for the month of July.
I am also linking up with Marker Pop for this week's challenge #26. 

Here's a pic of my girls on the boardwalk on the way to the pool.
Here are the materials for my card:
Puddle Jumper Maxie with Sno Cone available in the digi shop for $3.00
Sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co. 
Card Stock: Lemon Drop & Berrylicious by MFT
Ink:  Not Quite Navy by SU!

You can add your name to "followers" and/or bloglovin' and let me know in the comments section if you are a new follower. 

Thanks for stopping by today!!
I hope you have a wonderful sweet happy perfect day!!!

DT Reveal !!!! Thanks for believing in me -- Blog Candy

This is the 2nd of 3 posts today... 
Please click around on all 3 if you are looking for the blog candy!
You will find some winners in my previous posts from right after I came back from vacation! 
GOOGLE followers still works and counts the "fans & friends" for me so please add your name there and/or to your Bloglovin' to qualify for blog candy.  
Thank you, thank you!!

Well... Can you believe it?!!? 
I am now designing for Lori Boyd at By Lori Designs and that just has me super excited...(& grateful!!) 
She emailed me last week on Wednesday and asked if I would like to join her team.  
It took my under 90 seconds to email her back!!  
I then proceeded to scream at the top of my lungs for quite a while waking up one of my girls and alarming them both!!   They were both jumping up and down with me once I explained what had happened.   Then they asked me, "Is that the lady with the puddle jumpers?" LOL, yes it is!!
Here is my favorite Lori Boyd character, Ella,
with a special message from me to Lori and to my friend, Tina, as well.   
(I know that the super big hearted Lori won't mind that this card is dedicated to 2 people.  She is a sweetheart like that!)

Thanks for believing in me, Lori!! I won't let you down!! 
I will design my heart out and give crafty love to all of your adorable characters!!
I really appreciate the opportunity!! 
I am so so so grateful!!! 
Big Hugs!!!

Thanks for believing in me, Tina!!  
You were one of my first followers on day 1 of my blog 
and are usually the first to comment on most of my posts.  
It makes me smile to know that you look forward to my blog as much as I do.
Thank you for encouraging me every day with your comments and messages.  
You told me that a DT position was just around the corner and now here we are! 
I am so happy that you are home from the hospital today & able to share my joy!!

This cutie patootie digi stamp is Puddle Jumper Valentine Ella ($3.00) and you can find her in Lori's digi shop under the Holidays category on the left hand sidebar.
If you are new to digital stamp images this is a great place to start!
The thing I love most about digis is that you can size them for whatever you need -- from cards to scrapbook pages, gift tags and more!  I also love that I can print them out on regular copy paper and have my girls color them with me!! 

Please check out my next post of the day and my FIRST card for BLD TUESDAY INSPIRATION!!
You won't want to miss the SUMMER cuteness that we have for you!!

**If you are participating in blog candy today, please leave a comment on each of today's posts & let me know if you became a follower on google, bloglovin', etc...**
 Here are the 2 other cards from By Lori Designs that I have on my blog so far...
Please join me each week for your chance to win prizes and see some of my cards, as well!!
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hi there!!  
DT Reveal in the next post today!!
Please read all the way through this post for the blog candy winner!! 

I started coloring this adorable image from the doodle garden the other night (the very same night that MFT launched their new releases!!!) and I had to put this one on hold so that I could do my 2 DT cards, but I finally finished it last night just in time for the Wednesday stamp club deadline.
Thank goodness!!

This card is based on a photo shoot that my girls did that holds a very special place in my heart.
It was a time of pure joy, putting their feet into the ocean for the first time in the early evening when the sun was setting.  
They had the best time and the pics were amazing!
Pics below...
Here is Jennifer Nilsson's digi called, 
or you can find her @ MFT, but her name is Doodle Garden Take the Plunge.  
(She won't be for sale until after 10pm tonight)
Here is the sketch from this week's Wednesday sketch club and I just LOVED the picture frame concept!!!  This sketch was super simple and it made quick work of my card tonight. 
I actually wish there were a few more days for this challenge, because I would make 2 more!!
LOVE this sketch, super easy peasy!!

Close up of the cuteness!
LOVE her swim cap!!
Love, love, LOVE it!!!!
I am linking up with Marker Pop for this week's challenge #26!!
Woot!!  Woot!!  I love the marker challenges!!
Last week my watermelon smile was picked as TOP 3!!
Yay!!! Thank you, Marker POP!!
I'm also linking up with the digi sketch challenge for their inspiration of
"summertime" theme this week! 

Here are some pics of my girls...
These are from 2 years ago on our annual beach trip to Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms.
We have so much fun there as a family!!
Photos by Heather Matthews
Hope you liked my card today ~~ it was straight from the heart. 

Laura Nehring you are my most recent blog candy winner and here is your prize:
Yummy summer ice cream!!! 
Please message me your address so I can get this mailed off to you!!

My sweet girls!!
See you for 2 more posts later today!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

BIG BIG NEWS!!!! -- It's Time to Celebrate! -- YNSFFC01 -- CTD249 -- TPE206

Hi Everyone!!!
Happy 4th of July!!!
I have some BIG BIG news!!!
Yesterday, I received an email asking me to join the design team of one of my very FAVORITE companies!!!  I was so thrilled and can't wait to reveal who it is, but I can't yet... 
(I forgot to ask if it was ok to reveal!!  LOL) 
So... just be patient with me and I will announce it ASAP!! 

Today's card started like this...
I saw the inspiration pic @ the Pink Elephant which made me think of 4th of July cake pops, which led me to my YNS cutie Cake Pop Fhiona.   I used the Color Throwdown colors for this week because 
my besties know that I really don't like red (unless it is paired with teal or turquoise!!) so I was excited & LUCKY to see their palette this week for the 4th of July!  YIPEEE!!!  
Simon Says "Patriotic" this week and that's just fine with me!! 
I followed the recipe from Designed to Color #15.

I'd also like to mention that YNS has a new style of challenge like Fusion where you can use the sketch, the inspiration pic, or both!!  TOO FUN!!!  I LOVE challenges like that!!

Ok, "It's Time to Celebrate"!!!!! 
Here's what we are celebrating this week:  4th of July, my new opportunity with an amazing group of ladies (SQUEAL!!!!), & Stacey's birthday over @ the Stamping Stage!!
Grab some cake and join us!!! 

Happy Birthday to Stacey over @ the Stampin' Stage!
Hope you will join me in making her a birthday card for her big day!!

Supplies for today's card:
Image: Cake Pop Fhiona by YNS
Ink: Memento Danube Blue
Paper: Doodlebug Designs
Card stock: Red Hot & Blu Raspberry by MFT 
Dies: Star from Blueprints 4 & Mat from Blueprints 1 by MFT
Fishtail Flags STAX and Fishtail Flags Layers STAX by MFT
Heart banner die by La-La Land Crafts
Stickles: Stardust

I almost forgot!!  Some other exciting news!!! We hit a milestone on followers... so we will be having a BLOG CANDY!!!  I will draw a name with my next posting, so be on the look out to see if you won!!