Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fairy Magic

Hello, Happy Thursday! I hope everyone that celebrated Memorial Day had a fabulous long weekend. It was muggy but still enjoyable here in New England. I got the last of my Spring planting done. I think the window boxes and the pots are always the worst and messiest to do so I always save them for last. This week is turning out to be so warm and sunny, I just love it!

This week over at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations the challenge has a fun, whimsical theme, Fairies!
We would like to see fairies of all kinds. I love fairies so I love to have all sorts of them to play around with. So come show us your favorite fairies and play along with us. The ladies have really out done themselves this week so be sure to check out what they created to inspire you!

Here are some other fantastic challenges that fit my card

7 Kids College Fund Challenge #48-Nellie Snellen and/or layers
Aud Sentiments Challenge #55-Any Sentiment
Stamp n' Doodle Challenge-Get Outside
Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #64-Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenge-Add a Ribbon
Crafting For All Seasons Challenge #28-Many Layers
Crafty Boots Challenge-Bowtastic/Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar May Challenge-Things with Wings
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge-Anything Goes
Crop Stop Challenge #74-Pretty Pearls
Deep Ocean Challenge #26-Swirls
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #67-Anything Goes
Divas By Design Challenge #47-Anything Goes
Fashionista Challenge #3-Simply Summer
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge-Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge #61-Something with Wings
Love To Create Challenge #17-Add a Sentiment
PaperPlay Challenge Week 22-2 of something, 2 die cuts, 2 star wands
Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge #86-Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #104-Pocket Full of Posies
Simon Says Challenge-Simon says...Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrappin Corner Challenge #3-Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge #121-Childhood Memories, playing make-believe and every little girl has a magic wand!
The Cutie Pie Challenge #19-Die Cuts and Punches
The Perfect Sentiment Challenge PSC34-Anything Goes with a sentiment
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Week #116-"Color Me Pretty"
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #133-Something New, image and die cuts
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #80-Summer Fun
Whimsy Stamps Challenge #41-Bingo,Pearls, image, flowers

These are all fabulous challenges so be sure to stop by and play along with them.

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me to read. They really make my day!

Happy Creating,

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Little Graduate

HELLO and Happy Friday!!!! Today is a special day at school. With it being Memorial Day our music teacher works all year with the kids to put on a special program honoring veterans. Each class during the year adopts a veteran and then the veteran comes in  and shares his stories about what branch he or she was in and what it was like to serve. The kids love having them come and are full of questions. Then tomorrow there are at least 110 veterans coming to the special program and they will be honored with songs, letters and special presentations from the school kids. This is the 3rd year at our school and it gets better every year. It is a wonderful tribute to them and a way to thank them for all they sacrificed for us. It brings tears to the eyes of everyone there.

I am a guest DT at Raise The Bar Challenge Blog this week, I am very honored to have been chosen. Their challenge this week is "Congratulations" in honored of all the graduates. I decided to do a card for a little girl I know that is so excited about graduating from kindergarten. They are having a graduation ceremony next Friday so this card will be perfect for her.(They are wearing blue caps and gowns). On a side note my stars on this card look a bit odd in this picture. They are very shiny silver with holographic stars on them, the camera doesn't show it too well. I hope you stop by Raise The Bar and play along with this fantastic challenge. The DT are super talented and can't wait to inspire you with their creations.

Here are some other wonderful challenges that fit my card

2 Sisters Challenge #92-Stars
Bearly Mine Challenge #36-Anything Goes
Stamp n' Doodle Challenge-Sparkle and Bling
Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #63-Graduation
Creative Card Crew Challenge #11-Dimension
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge-Dress for Success
Moving Along with the Times Challenge-Celebrate with NO Birthday
My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #56-Congratulations
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge #10-Anything Goes for Kids
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #116- What's your color? Blue and silver with a splash of white!
Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge-Anything Goes for Kids
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #140-Build up your card
The Crazy Challenge #120-3D
The Paper Shelter Challenge #65-Bling It On

These are all wonderful challenges so be sure to stop by and play along with them.

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me to read.

Happy Creating,

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Hello, I hope you are having as beautiful weather where you live as we are here in New England! The last few days have been sunny and warm then it cools off at night for good sleeping. Tomorrow through the holiday weekend is suppose to be just as great.

I made this card for this week's Going Grey with Scrap-Creations challenge BINGO

This is one of my top choices for a challenge. I used the diagonal row, Ribbon, Die cuts/Punch and Pearls (my pearls are the Dew Drops). I hope you like this challenge as much as I do and come play along with us this week. Be sure to check out what the other ladies created to inspire you.

Here are some other challenges that fit my card

Allsorts Challenge #155-Buttons and Bows
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #66-Buttons, Banners and/or Birthdays
Fresh Brewed May Prize Challenge FBC94-Tic Tac Toe, Die cuts, Buttons, Ribbon
Hanna and Friends Challenge #146-Favorite Song, An oldie but favorite because my kids (when they were little) liked to sing it when it was bath time
Love To Create Challenge #16-Song Inspired, My song is "Splish Splash"
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #77-Dig out the old, my buttons, Dew Drops and the paw charm all over 2 years old
Truly Madly Crafty May Challenge-Five, I have 5 Dew Drops on my card

These are all wonderful challenges so be sure to stop by and play along with them.

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me to read. It really makes my day.

Happy Creating,


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Taking After MOM?

This post is all about my daughter, Nicole. I like to think I am crafty but she is creative. She loves to write poetry and has never quite known what to do with it once she wrote it. I thought maybe doing a scrapbook with it but it never seemed right to her. Then she tried a regular journal and the pages are stamped and decorated with small jewels or pearls not enough room for an artistic feel to go along with the poems. She wanted a blank canvas so smash books didn't quite fit and then one day I saw Simple Stories at our LSS. It is like a small 3 ring binder filled with all kinds of different pages. It seems to be a perfect fit for Nicole's journaling (poetry). I thought I would post 2 of the pages and the front of the journal on my blog for her since she doesn't have one of her own. She is definitely having fun with my stash of goodies and tools, and she is starting to collect her own stash of stuff. It is fun sharing what I know about paper crafting and stamping and seeing her take it in her own direction. What do you think? She would love to know what others think of her creative work so far.

I am entering these into a few challenges so I can share her work with others

Saturated Canary Smash Hop-Journaling
Truly Madly Crafty May Challenge FIVE, teal page, 5 different embellishments, flowers, pearls & gems, ribbon, MF swirl and glitter sticker letters
The Corrosive Challenge #149-teal page, Flowers and Doilies and Bling, Oh My!
Anything Goes Challenge #66-Journal Cover, Things with Wings, the Butterfly
Hotshot Craft Challenge #8-Diecuts
The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge-May Flowers
Great Impressions Challenge #3-Anything Goes
Let's Ink It Up Challenge #23-Bling, jewelry box and chandelier are both stamped
Inspire Me Fridays #58-Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by today to see what my daughter Nicole has created. She really appreciates you leaving a comment for her to read.

Happy Creating,
Mary and Nicole

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! I know it is a day early but I am very excited because one of my gifts this year is new garden beds for the front of my house. I have been here in this house for 35 years and have lots of wonderful gardens around the house. Right along the front of the house though we have had evergreen shrubs that had no character and just got bigger and bigger every year. My husband just didn't want to pull them out. This year when my son, who has his own landscaping company, was complaining about the mess that they were causing with the walk and the lawn (and he was tired of listening to me complaining about it)  suggested that it would make a great Mother's Day gift for me to let me have the new gardens. My husband agreed, the old bushes are gone, my son designed the new gardens and I am going to the garden center today with my son to pick new plants and tomorrow my son and husband are going to spend the day putting everything in the ground!

I made this card for the Going Grey with Scrap-Creations challenge this week. The theme this week is Mother's Day. I knew I wanted to do something different for my mom's card this year, and I know she likes classic better that over the top cards. I played around with different ideas until I came up with using my Rubber Stamp Tapestry peg stamps and stamping around just the first letter of Mother. I printed it out multiple times on a piece of copy paper and stamped around the letter different ways, just on the beginning, on just the top or only on the bottom. I decided that I like all around it the best and this was the end result. I am happy with it and think my mom will like it too.
If you made a card for your mom tomorrow why not share it with us over at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations we would love to see what you made for your mom!

Here are some other wonderful challenges that fit my creation

2 Sisters Challenge #91-Make It Girlie
Anything Goes Challenge #66-Things with Wings
Card Makin' Mamas Challenge #45-May Flowers
Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #62-Mother's Day
CES Challenge #85-Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge-Mother's Day/card for a mentor
Crafts and Me Challenge #83-Punches and Dies, I used both
Crafty Calendar May Challenge-Things with Wings
Crafty Creations Challenge #169-Frame It!
Crafty Sentiments Challenge-Mother's Day
Creatalicious Challenge #33-Butterflies and add some flowers
Creative Card Crew Challenge #10-Sentiment as focal point
Creative Craft Challenges-Anything Goes
Critter Sketch challenge #114-Mom
Deep Ocean Challenge #25-"What a Wonderful Woman"
Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #107-Bingo! A bit of Sparkle(on the stamped flowers), Something New Ribbon, Pearls
DYSU Challenge #71-Use a Flower
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #62-Butterflies, Ribbon and Punches
I Brake For Challenges-I brake for florals
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #118-Honoring Mothers
Lollipop Crafts Challenge #79-Mama Mia
Love To Create Challenge #14-For Mom/Special Lady
Made Especially for You Weekly Challenge-Mother's Day with Ribbon
Oozak Challenge #2-Spring Colors
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #79-I Love You Mom
Raise The Bar Challenge #104-Mother's Day
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #47-Mother's Day/Feminine with Ribbon
Ribbon Carousel Challenge #RCC52-Something with a Mother's Day Sentiment
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #185-I Love You Mum
Simply Create Too Challenge #13-Mother's Day
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturday Challenge-Mother's Day
Stampin' For the Weekend Challenge-Lots of Layers
Sweet Stampin' Challenge-Flower Power
The Paper Shelter Challenge #63-Anything Goes
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Week #113-Pretty as a Pitcher
The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #17-One For The Girls
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #76-Clean and Simple
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #97-Motherly Love

These are all fantastic challenges so be sure to stop by and play along with them.

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me to read, it really makes my day!

Happy Creating,