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JUGS Wild Card and Mixed Media



This week over at Just Us Girls….it’s time for our Wild Card Challenge.

We have a Wild Card Challenge when we happen to have 5 Saturdays in a month.

Marisa is our go to gal this week and she has chosen

“Distressing” as our theme.  Great idea Marisa!!

I just so happen to have recently gotten a distressing tool

from Stampin Up that works great.  Mind you, I have been using the sides of

a pair of scissors for years and it’s worked well…but this is a little safer. LOL

I also think it does a better job.

I am also linking this card to a really fun challenge site called

Mixed Media Color Challenge.  You have to check it out!

Very talented ladies run this site!  Their work is mind blowing!

They are giving away an amazing gift this time!

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Here are a few things I did to create this card.

I used a clear block, some moment rose bud ink,

and a spritz or two of water  to create my background

on my watercolor paper.  Love how easy this is!  You just

ink up your block….spritz it with water and stamp!

Then I Heat embossed my dandelion flowers with white embossing powder.

My fence posts or gates were cut out with my Cricut.

I sure hope you can tell what they are….I was worried about this!

They are two fence gates that meet in the middle.

Added some Washi tape and the rest is rather self explanatory!

Hope you have a fantastic long weekend!  I can’t tell you how

happy I am to have an extra day to catch up on some Creative time…..I hope!

I will be back tomorrow with a new challenge from CAS on Sunday!



Happy Birthday Chick!

Hello Friends,

It’s time again for another Seize the Birthday challenge!

We had a great time on our first challenge with the new Design Team

and had over 125 participants!!

Isn’t that AMAZING!!!!

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I thought it was time to shake things up a little and make something

different ( at least different for me) and a little fun.


This is a tri-fold card, and this is what the inside looks like!

I always leave my inside’s blank till I’m ready to send it!

DUH…..I am sure most of us do…LOL!


The supplies are mostly Stampin Up… including the paper, embossing folder, and card stock.

The letter’s were made with an alphabet set that is a must have!

Punches: scalloped border and circle

I kind of regret making the final chick that I put on the top!

I just free handed it with scissors.

Don’t think it was necessary now though…..Oh well!

Thanks so much for checking in on me…I Soooooo appreciate it!

Please head on over to STB and see what my Talented Team Mates are up to!

Here are the links to get you started!  I sure hope you will join us!

It’s so simple, all you have to do is keep it a Birthday theme!

Maybe we can even beat last week’s count!!!

Seize the Birthday




JoAnn B





Hope you have a wonderful day!



Seize the Sketch

I have been wanting to play with Seize the Sketch since it’s inception

and I finally found some time tonight to sneak into the studio and

be productive.  HOWEVER, I may have gotten a little carried away with the

sketch and stretched it a little far.  YIKES!

Here is the sketch followed by my

card and I will explain.



After I placed my sweet little elephant on my card and

photographed it, I looked at it again and realized I wasn’t

quite happy with it and it felt like it was missing something.

 So I decided to add the flag. ( placement is eeh!)

I do believe it makes the card feel more balanced and complete,

I also feel I may have stretched the sketch to far.  So ladies

I understand if you feel this is a little bit to much for such a

a basic sketch.  I soooooo understand!!!

I am also linking it up to 2 other challenges.

Crazy 4 Challenges

(to use an animal)


and “ABC” Challenges

(No flowers this time!)

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The sentiment is SU.

The elephant is from Verve.

Used my Cricut and Cuttlebug.

SU lattice embossing folder.

 Scalloped border and circle punches.

Fussy cutting with scissors!

Have a wonderfully creative day,



My 500th Post and Giveaway!

Yesterday was a HUGE milestone for my blog and I !

I posted my 500th post!  I still can’t believe it!

Who would have thought when I started this endeavor back

in June of 2008, I would still be here and still going strong!

If it wasn’t for all of you…. my trusty friends and followers

this would not be occurring!  I really appreciate each and everyone of you!!!

Your comments and your encouragement along the way

have given me a sense of purpose and happiness

( especially when my son left for college)

and I am truly grateful!

Here’s to 500 more!!!  

So In honor of my milestone, I thought it would be fun

to do a giveaway or Blog Candy as everyone calls it!

To keep it interesting I am going to make the

prize a secret!

I promise it will be great!  It will have a little of this and a little of that!

Why not share some of your supplies that are being neglected to someone else!

That’s my motto!


So what’s the catch or how do you enter??

It’s very simple!

Leave me a comment in my comment section with these details…

How long have you been paper crafting?

Who was your enabler/ who got you started?

And if you have a blog , how long have you been blogging?

I will post my Winner on Sept. 4th. or shortly there after!

Good Luck and thanks for celebrating with me!



Freshly Made is having a Celebration!


I have been a long time follower of Freshly Made Sketches and they

are celebrating their 100th Sketch this week!!!

Congrats to the FMS team past and present!!


I have a celebration of my own this week, but more about that in 

a day or so!!!  Hope I peaked your interest to come back and see what it is!

No hints either…LOL!


Today’s card has been a work in progress.  I don’t think my mojo was quite

awake this morning when I attempted for the 3rd time to finish this card,

 at least that’s the story I am sticking with!

It seemed to get better as the day progressed, I am happy to say!


Every time I put a ready made flower on my card….I call myself a cheater. LOL

I also, realized I put my candy gems from SU in the wrong place…  :/ ugh!

Here are a few details:

DP is from Basic Grey.

Sentiment is Michaels….it’s only a part of the entire greeting.

Used MS punch to make the rest of my flowers and the scalloped border is SU.

The stems were made with my Cricut!  Love them…I use them a lot!

Lattice embossing folder is from SU.

Hope your having a great day!

Thanks for stoppin’ in!



Inspiration time over at JUGS~

Hello friends,

School is back in session and this Chic is wiped out!

 It’s going to take me a couple of weeks to get back to this

5 days a week and then some… work sort of thing!

Plus, my son left for college again on Wednesday

so it’s back to that empty nest feeling again.

Let me just say, I don’t like it very much at all!!

 Hubby and I were spoiled this summer having Ty

here since the middle of May.  SIGH!!!

Anyhoo, speaking of school!

 Tangii has a great inspiration photo for us this week over at JUGS!


This is what I did with it!


One of my teacher’s at school gave me this awesome sticker set last year

because she knew I loved to scrapbook.

I found it the other day as I was setting up my room

and thought this would be perfect for my card for JUGS!

So, I have a mixture of stamps, die cuts, and ink on this card.

I must admit I felt as if I was cheating using those stickers!

The paper is a stamp from Verve.  The sentiment is SU.

I distressed the card stock, the apple and the stem a little bit,

but looks as if I should have done more!  I thought the white pen

was a nice touch at the end!….and of course a ribbon!

I am also linking this up to the back to school challenge over at

The Friday Mashup!

Sure hope you join us this week over at Just Us Girls for our

Inpsiration Photo Challenge!

Here are the links to my fellow teammates blogs to

help get you started with some inspiration!

JUGs blog

Elise Durenberger

Maria Levine

Marisa Ritzen

Tangii Crain

Lisa Kind

Vicki Dutcher

Have a great weekend,



For the Love of Polka Dots…

Hello Crafters!!

It was my turn to post a project over at

The Crafty Card Gallery this month.

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Jennifer had asked us to incorporate Polka Dots.

That was a great challenge for me because…..

Polka Dots are very near and dear

to my heart because my mother LOVED them!

So any time I see them, especially on clothes,  I think of her!!

So I incorporated my mom’s love for dots and how much

I love her, miss her, and think of her on my card itself.

What I have done here, is taken two pieces of ribbon and

glued them in behind the negative part of a heart that I cut out using my Cricut.

(Make sure the ribbon is tight.)

To give it some stability and so that you can’t see through it,

I adhered it to another piece of white cardstock to give it a backing.

 Trimmed it out with some Pool Party and Basic black paper.

 Added a MS heart border punch to a strip of black to add some interest.

The sentiment is from Close to My Heart.

And finally, I took the sentiment and punched it out with a great

SU Modern label punch, and bordered it 2 more times.

This is a great trick.  Punch out the label punch again

and then cut it in half and put it on opposite ends.

All you see is the ends anyway and it looks like one

continuous piece.  If that doesn’t make sense….drop me a

comment and I will explain it better.

I used this interesting sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and these

great colors from Dynamic Duos to spark this card!



This card was a lot of fun to create!

Thanks for your continuous support….and make sure you

stay tuned because  I see a Blog Candy Giveaway in the very near future!

Craft Your Heart,



Happy Anniversary

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 Today over at CAS on Sunday we have a Floral Fantasy going on.

Not sure my card qualifies as a fantasy…lol…. being that I chose all white, but the challenge

is to just use florals on your card/ project in any color or style that you choose!

That’s simple enough!

Here is our sponsor for this month.

Team Utopia- Stampin Up Demonstrator Miranda

And this is the great prize you can win!

These Stampin up candy dots are amazing, infact

I just got these exact ones today!

Sure hope you come on over and join the girls and I at CASOS,

but Just remember to keep it Clean and Simple!


My flower was created with my Cricut.

The stem is a die cut from My Favorite Things and

the leaves are a MS punch!

The sentiment is Stampin Up along with the tag punch.

Hope you have a marvelous day!

Happy crafting,



Monochromatic at Just Us Girls


Over at Just Us Girls this week…the ever so talented Vicki has

challenged us to a great color challenge .  Your card or project must have

a basic  theme of Monochromatic Blue, but you may add a neutral as well.

I had a hectic week back to school this week, so my card is rather simple!

I never have enough masculine birthday cards laying around,

so thanks Vicki for the color choice!


I have had this piece of Design paper forever, and it worked so well for this challenge.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts.


Please jump on over to the JUGS blog and join us this week…we would love to see

what you do with this challenge!  You can stop by my wonderful teammates blogs

and see what they have designed for you as well!

Hope you have an amazing weekend either creatively or how
ever you wish to spend it!


Seize the Birthday…..

Hello Everyone,

Today is my first challenge as a Design Team

member for Seize the Birthday…. I am so stoked!

I still can’t believe it myself!  Pinch me would ya!

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What’s great about STB is that every other week it will

be an “Anything Goes” Challenge as long as it’s a

Birthday Theme!  Isn’t that great???  The sky is the limit!

Here is what I came up with for my first post!


The card front is cut in half ….  and I am not sure you can tell, so here is another angle.


and another….


Love the way this came together.

Here are some of the details:
Cardstock is varied…Stampin Up, Gina K and

DCWV Sweet paper pack for my DP.

Sentiment is Gina K.

Cupcakes are Stampin Up ( one of the very first sets I ever bought.)

Used my Spellbinders Picot die for my fancy circle.

The leaves are cut out with my Cricut and run through

my lattice folder using my Cuttlebug.

Stampin up corner punches and some Stickles for effect!


If your looking for a Sketch to get that mojo pumping try their

new sister blog…….Seize the Sketch!

Now head on over and see what my FABULOUS teammates  have created

for you to get you inspired!!!




JoAnn B





Happy creating,