Crafty Creations Challenges

Ever heard of Crafty Creations Challenges blog? It rocks! Cool challenges every single week!

Well, I'm just tickled periwinkle (cuz that's my favorite color - and that's about as close as I can get, but to see the REAL version, click HERE) to say I'm part of their design team and we're kickin' it off TODAY! Hop on over and check out all the amazing designers!!

Here's a sneak peek at my creation, but to see the complete version, pop in over HERE and give us some lovin'!!

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Robyns Fetish A Little Birdie Told Me
Papers: PTI Kraft, Rustic White, Dark Chocolate, DP by MME
Ink:  None!
Accessories: nesties, Copics, colored pencils, Janome Sew Mini, PTI buttons, jute twine, PTI Kraft ribbon, rock crystal glitter, Mister Huey Spray

  The Poodles Parlour - Winged Things
  Sparkles - Nature
  Truly Madly Crafty - Summer Fun
 Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer

TLT - Paper Piecing


Hi friends!!

Thanks for popping in; I truly love when you visit! 

Today, the bugsters (Totally Ladybug Tuesday by Ladybug Crafts Ink) and I are challenging you to paper piecing - one of my FAVE techniques. And I had cute little buttercup with the most adorable dog house just WAITING to be paper pieced - and I even came across this woodgrain-like DP from MME. Meant to be! I also paper pieced the flower and Buttercup's sign - covered with glossy accents...of course. What cute girl doesn't need some shine?  :D

The layout is Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #166 - can you believe I do not own ANY type of pennant flags...circle, triangle, flag, etc. - not. a. single. style...therefore I cut some strips and used my square punch to make small flags...the best I could do!  :D

Lots of rich fall colors going on here, an older MME paper pad, but great colors for little buttercup. PTI has a stamp set designed by Dawn McVey (Scattered Showers) which has this perfect sentiment "cheer up buttercup"; thought it was perfect since Buttercup is in the dog house - HA!

Hope you'll join us this week for paper piecing!

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Ladybug Crafts Ink Buttercup in the Dog House
Papers: PTI Terracotta Tile, Rustic White, DP by MME
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: nesties, Copics, Janome Sew Mini, square punch, PTI buttons, Caribbean twine

  Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

  The Card Caravan Challenge


CIC175 - Teacher Appreciation

Welcome back for another week at Cupcake Inspirations. LOVE this cupcake picture - ah yes, school is underway for all our babes!

And this week we are sponsored by the fantastic Bugaboo Images!

Remember when I made THIS for our son's teacher? Well, that was for his home room teacher - he technically has two teachers and they rotate for various classes, so I didn't want to leave the other teacher out, I at least wanted her know we greatly appreciate all they do! These teachers have now had all 3 of our kids!!! I owe them, right?    :-/

I made this little guy with red hair just like our son - LOVE how it turned out! I gave him a few freckles too - our little red-head is COVERED in freckles - just like his grandpa!! I decided to add the little clip at the last minute.
CIC175 August 26

The apple is from PTI's Teacher's Apple set and covered with glossy accents. The layout is Jen's deconstructed sketch #66; I added some stitching, sponging and that's it.

Hope you'll join us this week at Cupcake Inspirations; we'd love to see your creations!

PS - I'll have a new post Tuesday for the cute little ladybugs AND I'll have a big announcement on Wednesday - hope you'll stop back by!!


Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Stamps - Deacon School Sign It
Papers: Copic Xpress Paper, PTI Simply Chartreuse, GKD white
Ink: VersaMagic
Accessories: nesties, Copics, Janome Sew Mini, Glossy Accents, Lil Inker flag die, misc. clip

  Polka Doodles - Stitching
  Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
  Crafting for all Seasons - Stitching
  Divas by Design - Anything Goes
  Deconstructing Sketch
  Simon Says - Back to School
   Simply Create Too - Back to School
   Fussy and Fancy - Back to School
  Crop Stop - Back to School
  Raise the Bar - Back to School


Quick CAS

Totally CAS cards - one is made with Lavender Moon card stock; the other Plum Pudding. Embossed hearts in the background, white embossing on the circle layered onto a doily - added a swirly thingamajig (official word - yeah, I'm sure) gifted to me at Christmas! :D

Two anniversary cards - quick, clean and simple, done!

Thanks for popping in today (always hate when I type 'pooping' - thank goodness I usually catch that error)!


Stamps: Verve Visual Heart's Desire
Papers: PTI Lavender Moon and Plum Pudding, GKD White
Ink: SU! Craft White
Accessories: white embossing powder, cuttlebug embossing folder, swirly thingamajig, doily


Glue--less Gift Bag - Teacher Gift

This post will be full of pictures so my words will be short. Stop it - sit down and quit celebrating that I won't be rambling on...and on...and on!!  :D

I used this post from High Hopes to make my Glue-less Gift Bag. Super easy to make and works like a charm.

I made 6 small thank you cards (2 of each style) for the teacher (size 4.25" x 4.25") along with matching envelopes; the opposite side of the gift bag is filled with 2 candy bars.

Here are the pictures starting from the gift bag empty to each card (2 of each style) and then once it's filled - LOVE this idea!!

Thanks for stopping by - hope this gives you some inspiration for your teacher gifts!

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Basics, Verve Visual Dream Big, Imaginesce school images
Papers: PTI Rustic White, Imaginesce school papers
Ink:  Barn Door, Faded Jeans and Scattered Straw
Accessories: nesties, Copics, misc. punch, misc. ribbon

Empty Glueless Gift Bag

All 6 cards (2 of each style)

Red card

Blue card

Yellow Card with glossy accents on all the windows!
Filled with cards and matching envelopes
Candy - YUM!!


CIC #174 - A Little Birdie

Welcome friends - hope you are having a GREAT weekend!!

Welcome back for another Cupcake Inspiration - here's our picture:

I think these cupcakes are just adorable!! I didn't have a specific image for this one, so instead I went with this cute little birdie with inspiration from the blue frosting - yummy (minus the fish - HA)!!

The layout is Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #165; I struggled a bit with the banner/flag strips - more so because I don't have a die for this shape; I have to use my square punch to cut the end of the flags...and you KNOW how challenged I am to do things straight/even. LOL

That's okay; love how it turned out. Papers are from My Mind's Eye - love how they match perfectly with the image! I printed a 2nd digi image and cut out the flowers and mounted with dimensionals - can you see how raised they are? Image was colored with Copics and colored pencils. Buttons are from PTI; two stacked together and tied off with some jute twine.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join in our inspiration challenge this week! Have a great Sunday!!

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Robyns Fetish A Little Birdie Told Me, Verve Visual Hope Blooms
Papers: PTI Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, DP by MME
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa (inside)
Accessories: nesties, Copics, colored pencils, Janome Sew Mini, PTI buttons, jute twine

  Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge


Happy Anniversary MOJO254 Style

Earlier this week I had some time to craft...unfortunately my computer battery died just as I started on this card using the MOJO254 sketch so I was left to my memory. So hard to imagine my 25  year (*cough cough*) old brain not remembering ALL the details but alas it happened. :-D

I only missed one piece - not too bad eh? I really like how it turned out; I wanted it all floral-ly (new word, yep, sure 'nuf) and distressed - I think I accomplished that. The main yellow panel was stamped with a variety of stamps from Verve Visual's Love Notes using Pumice Stone. I then edged all the distressed panels with Pumice Stone and swiped it directly across the main panel. The flower, also from Verve (Great Friend) was stamped twice, cut out and layered. I finished it off with this vellum butterfly (I've had this pack of 4 vellum butterflies for over a year *** GASP***) - so glad to finally use one. The pearls are actually already a part of the butterfly, I added a few more down the side per the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a GREAT weekend!!


Stamps: Verve Visual Love Notes and Great Friend
Papers: PTI Ocean Tides, Smokey Shadow, DP by MME
Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Accessories: vellum butterfly, Heidi Swapp distressor



Anni-VERVE-sary Challenge

Tosh & Charmaine hosted a CAS (clean and simple) challenge for Day 4 of Verve's Anniversary Challenges - and tonight, I needed CAS for a last-minute card request.

Some kraft card stock, some pink card stock and a birthday cake - that's about all I needed to wrap this one up; completely clean and simple! I rounded some corners and called it good!

Thanks for popping in; I have tons of cards made - just need some time to sit down and share them with you! :D In the meantime, thanks for popping in!

On a personal note - our son started school today and the girls start tomorrow; the beginning of school always seems to add a bit extra stress to "life", alas we'll be back into the school routine soon and all will be fine.

Hope you and your loved ones are well!


Stamps: Verve Visual Wish Big
Papers: PTI Kraft and Sweet Blush, DP by MME
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: corner chomper, Verve Die, spica glitter pens (yellow, green  purple)


TLT - Summer Fun!

It's a mid-month post for the Ladybugs and we're celebrating Summer Fun! Hasn't this summer been fantabulous with the Olympics? Oh for the first week I accomplished NOTHING around the house - I'd go to work, come home, change clothes, plop on the couch and catch up on the Olympics (just like the card says "kick back, relax and take it easy").


BUT I did find some time to whip up a card; nothing says summer like flip flops at our house! And really, what girl doesn't love pink flip flops with a sparkly flower?

Super CAS card with a sweet little flag, the sentiment is finished on the inside. Thanks for stopping by; hope to see you again soon!

... what summer fun have YOU been up to? ...


Stamps: Ladybug Crafts Ink Shoes 'N Bags
Papers: PTI Raspberry Fizz, True Black, DP by Echo Park
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: nesties, Copics, colored pencils, Janome Sew Mini


Thank you

A super quick card requested by a friend for a male professor - I tried to keep it very simple, a little retro and a little grunge...

I used distress inks; these clear stamps are not "distinct" images, meaning they are not solid and complete. I love how it added to the grunge look!

I distressed all the edges, added the "thank you" panel and some red/white baker's twine and that's it friends!

Here's hoping you have a great week!


Stamps: Inkadinkado In the Groove,
Papers: Neenah White
Ink: Distress Inks
Accessories: red/white baker's twine, Heidi Swapp distressor



Yeah - admit it, you're jealous!! It's okay, I can take it - I'm a big girl!  :D

YOU, my dear friend, are jealous of MY BRA...oh wait, Stella's bra! Your jealous of the gorgeous coral and chocolate color eh? And the polka dots eh? And that sparkle eh? Oh yes, and you're jealous her boobs leave SUCH a shadow on her dress eh? Yeah, almost down to her waist I'm tellin' ya!!

But hey, a girl's gotta have a gorgeous bra, right? LMBO!!

This is Stella Peeker Braless digi image from Bugaboo stamps; isn't she adorable!?! Love!!

I used Deconstructed Sketch #64 and lots of DP from MME; some funky stitching and distressing to add to the "aged" look...Stella's looking a bit aged!! The sentiment comes with the stella image and says "If I went braless it would pull all the wrinkles out of my face!".

Of interest? The image and sentiment were printed on pure white Copic Xpress paper - I used my E30 Copic to give it a more "beige" look to match the other papers.

Super fun...and super funny (IMHO)! Thanks for popping in; hope you have a great weekend!!

... beautiful bras are better ...


Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Stamps - Stella Peeker Braless
Papers: Copic Xpress Paper, PTI Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, and Kraft, DP by MME
Ink: None!
Accessories: nesties, Copics, Star Dust Stickles, Janome Sew Mini, Heidi Swapp distressor, corner chomper