Thursday, April 24, 2014

MIA Requires Detective Work

I don't know if you've noticed, but once I reached the 100th day of 2014 - and met my goal of having a blog post every day - I've sort of been MIA here on my blog. I've posted on days that I had a design team responsibility and another time or two, but for the most part I haven't been around.

There's a very good reason for that.

I'm going to Thailand in just a little over 7 weeks. We will be teaching Vacation Bible School to American children for a week while we are there. I've been busy the past two weeks, working on the preparations.

The theme of this year's VBS is a spy/detective sort of thing. It's a really fun theme, with a lot of possibilities. I've done some online searching for ideas for decorations, craft projects and more. I ran across a WONDERFULLY fun punch art spy/detective on Pinterest, that directed me to Crystal's blog, where I found the details.  Don't you just love Pinterest???

Sooooooooooooo.... for one of the crafts we'll do with the children, we're going to adapt the cute little punch art spy/detective and use him on a VHS case for a decorative item, that can serve as a secret cubbyhole in which to hide special items.

I think I'm going to get a "Top Secret" stamp and let the children stamp that in the lower right corner where my watermark is. They will like that.

You can go to Crystal's blog to find out what punches I used. She also did some shading with ink on the different punched pieces, but I wanted to keep mine VERY simple since I'll be using this design with young children and limited supplies.

Now, you know me... I had to make a card, too, just because it was going to be fun to do so. And this is Thematically Thursday - the fourth Thursday of April - which means I'm supposed to CASE something.

Here's the inside of my card:

That's it... CASE CLOSED!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Sentiment: Stampabilities Hi
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Staples White
All Other Papers: from my scrap file

Monday, April 21, 2014

Owl Have Ice Cream

How about you?

It's OWL good!

The inside is way too plain!

Thanks for stopping  by my blog today!

Image: Stampendous BlockArt Owl Cone
Sentiment: Studio G
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Early Espresso and Melon Mambo
Embellishments: Michael's Ribbon and Stickles Glitter Glue

Sunday, April 20, 2014

What is Your Favorite?

This week's challenge theme at One Stitch at a Time is Favorite Things, which gives us an opportunity to create with our favorite embellishments, papers, images, and such - or to show on our project something that we consider a favorite thing to do, etc. It's going to be a fun challenge.

Here's my card:

Can you tell what my favorite things are?

Designer Paper (I love designer papers!), Rhinestones (one of my two favorite embellishments - the other is ribbon), Copics (I colored the image with Copics), and layering with black cardstock to make everything have that finished look.

Challenge #209

April 20 - 26

Theme: Favorite Things

Sponsor: Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet

Prize: Aprils Prize Pack of 7 Images

I can't wait to see what YOUR favorite things are - so please join the challenge!

Oh, and here's another of my favorite things,
decorating the inside of my cards, too:

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Crafty Hands - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes with Girly
Imagination Crafts - Anything Goes
Rhedd & Rosies - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Stitchy Bear Priyankas School Girl
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Red
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tweet! Tweet!

You know how much I love designer papers, right. I have a huge stash - I could open a store with all the designer paper I have.

I also love to add lots of layers to cards!

So this week's Sweet Stampin' Challenge is PERFECT!

April 19 - 25

Theme: Lots of Layers

Here's my card:

I think there are 10 layers of paper, counting the card base.

And there are more layers inside:

I hope you'll participate in the Sweet Stampin' Lots of Layers Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Stampbendous BlockArt Owl Birdie
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Sage Shadow
Designer Paper: A Muse Studio Clouds and scraps from my scrap file
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones and Ribbon

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Peek At My Week

It’s Friday again…time for another Peek at My Week post.


1.      What was a highlight of my week?

I thoroughly enjoyed speaking at the Women’s Retreat and hanging out with the women from our area. It was a wonderful experience!

2.      What lesson/s did I learn this week?

Twenty-four hours a day is not enough time. (‘nuf said)

3.      What did I make this week?

I made soup! I know, seems strange, since it is spring. However, it was cool the first part of the week, so it was perfect soup weather.

4.      What have I enjoyed doing this week?

I finally got to go to Card Class this week. The ladies are such fun. While I didn’t come up with the design, I thought I’d show you the two cards we made in class. I thought they were pretty.

5.      If I could change one thing about this week, what would it be?

I would have skipped the meeting that my husband and I went one evening – my time could have certainly been spent in more productive ways.

6.      What did I do for this week’s 30-Minute Challenge?
What is a 30-Minute Challenge? It will vary from week to week, but basically, I am going to choose something to do – perhaps it’s an organization task that is calling out to me, or a topic I want to research, or (*gasp!) an exercise I want to try, etc. – and I will set the timer and invest 30 minutes in that challenge.

I spent 30 minutes Thursday afternoon putting away things that had migrated to the kitchen from my Cubbyhole (craft area). Whew! Much better.

7.      What are my plans for the upcoming weekend?

It’s Easter weekend, so it will be a special time at church, reflecting on the resurrection. I’m not sure we’ll do anything special at home, since it’s just the three of us, but that’s okay. It’s still a special weekend..

SCORE TIME: Would I give this week a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”?

My goals for the coming week…

1.      I will work on my Thailand lessons!!!

2.      I will go to the city for a team meeting on Saturday – and will enjoy Chipotle and Starbucks! YUM!!!

3.      I will update my blog lists (design team information).

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I appreciate you so much!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lots Going On

I have so much to show you today, so this blog post might be a bit lengthy. But it's all good stuff! First I'll tell you about not one but TWO challenges and then I'll show you my Dueling Darling card.

Because I was running close on time, I made one card that fit both of the challenges.

Image: Elizabeth Bell

The two challenges are the {PIN}Spirational Challenge and the Twisted Tuesday Challenge.

April 15 - 21

Here is the picture to {PIN}Spire us:

The Sponsors for the {PIN}Spirational Challenge are:


THANK YOU to all of the sponsors!

April 15 - 28

Theme: Use more than 3 patterned papers

Twist: You can't do your paperwork without a pen. 
Show us writing or doodling!

I don't doodle well, but here is a closeup of some of the doodling on my card:

Pathetic, I know. :/

Here's the inside of my card:

It has more doodling. 

I hope you'll participate in both the {PIN}Spirational Challenge and the Twisted Tuesday Challenge.


Let's see what the Dueling Darlings are up to this month.

Kadie and April are the hostesses this month and they chose the theme...

Girl's Night Out

You know how this duel works, right? We have two groups and the hostess from each group comes up with a theme. Then they each send kits to their group members and we show our projects on the 15th of the month. It's a big surprise... none of us know what the other group is getting until the reveal.

April sent the Dazzlers (I'm a Dazzler) a wonderful kit filled with lots of fun goodies! THANK YOU, April!

April's kit included:
Wood Embellishments ~ Prima's Princess Collection
Metal Index Tabs ~ Making Memories
Asst'd Ribbon ~ her stash
Card Stock ~ Sugar N Spice, Coffee, and Fuschia Fizz  by Coordination
DP ~ Pink Swirls and Pink Gingham by Paper Pizazz
      ~ Paper Jazzy by ColorBok
Sequins ~ Teresa Collins
Stamp Set ~ Ginger Snaps Celebrate by C.C. Designs stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black

Here's the card I made:

Now, I'm a tee-totaller (never touch alcohol).... so that's a cherry limeade in her hand. ;)

I love the little wooden embellishments April included in the kit!

A tiara!

And a sweet sentiment!

Here's the inside of my card:

As a little extra fun, Kadie and April what the Dueling Darlings to share who our longest friend is and what we like doing with her. hmmmmmmmm... well let's see, my sister is about 5' 9" tall... I'm guessing that makes her about my longest friend from top to bottom. *snickering!

Seriously, my sister is the friend I've had the longest... my entire life, in fact. We live many miles away from each other now and see each other only a few times a year. So I guess the think we most like doing is keeping in touch via text and phone calls.

Now, let's go check out the other Dueling Darling blogs...




Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Elizabeth Bell
Ink: Copic Markers and Zig Wink of Stella Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Lovely Lilac
Designer Paper: DCWV Girlhood Paper Stack
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

The only thing I used other than what was in April's kit was a piece of Staples White cardstock for the card base and my Copic markers for coloring.