Monday, December 23, 2013

We're Friends and Family Blog Hop

Hi everyone!!  It's almost Christmas and though we all have family and friends we enjoy spending time with at this time of the year, we also have family and friends that we don't see or visit with often enough but still mean just as much to us!  Us gals on the Design Team of Color Me Creative Challenge Site wanted to take a moment to say send a big HUG and a special thanks to our fearless leader, Suzanne Dean.

Suzanne HAS to be the easiest and sweetest person to work with and, as many of you know from reading her blog, about the funniest too (though sometimes we ALL think she'd be better off leaving the house in bubble wrap! LOL)  *Kidding!!*

As you may have figured out, Suzanne adores the time she spends with her family and quite often shares her travels and outings with us.  So, as a little way to encourage her to continue doing what she loves best AND to keep sharing it with us... the DT would like to invite you to share in our little blog hop sharing our creations for Suzanne that remind us of family, sharing, recording memories and love.  Suzanne is a perfect example of how to share as much time as you can with those you love and to create memories that will last a lifetime for generations to come.

So here's to you, Suzanne... we love you, your crazy ways and think you are just like family to us as well.

Even though I am not much of a scrapbooker I thought this would be the perfect way to honor Suzanne and her family.  I snagged some new pictures off her blog, creepy huh? ha ha.  On one of her recent projects she used a wooden frame to create and ornament and I loved the idea(she always inspires me).  I used some ink around the edges of the frame and colored this sweet chickadee stamp by  Sweet 'n Sassy. I added some Liquid Applique to the punches and stamp to resemble snow, a little Crystal Stickels finished it off.

Copics- E44, E43,E42/E31, E30/W3, W2, W1/R59, R24, R24

Now head on over to Jenn Cochran and enjoy the awesome project she is sharing with Suzanne.  If you missed the beginning of the hop, you can head on over to Tina Gilliland.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas and that you make all the memories and treasured times you can with your family and friends!

We love you, Suzanne and thank you for another fabulous year with the CMC DT "family"!!


Hop order:  

Tina Gilliland


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Teacher Gift Ideas

Wow, I have never gone so long without posting or visiting everyone.  The school year has been a crazy busy time and I took on way more than I should have.  I am missing my Copics so much!  I haven't given up crafting, it has just been done in other areas than cards.  I am going to share a few things that I have given as gifts over the past year.  I got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and then put my own spin on things and a few were my own ideas. Just follow the link to see the pins and my boards. I hope you will find some inspiration and start visiting me again as I start adding new posts.
Most of the things I made I created just using Word and making quick and easy tags.  With three kids and so many great teachers and staff I had to start thinking thoughtful and easy.
 Happy Halloween
I made several of these for Halloween and they loved them!! Inexpensive because  I used the small bags and they went a long way.
Manly Bouquet
For this one I used the cinnamon rolls from Costco, small cellophane bags and tied them with raffia.  I wish I had a bigger label for the container but this was very last minute and had to work with what I had.
Wild About Learning
This idea was all me.  I found these great zebra items at Michaels and ran with it for an end of year
Mason Jar Flowers
I used the stamp set Poppies and Greetings from Sweet n' Sassy to create this flower vase.  A little burlap type ribbon hot glued to the jar made a cute presentation for the flowers.
Picture Perfect Year
 Candy, Popcorn and a Movie Gift Card for the end of a great year.
Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you again soon!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Paper Shelter #130 Faux or Real Stitching

Hi everyone. Today is a bitter sweet good bye because today is my last challenge as part of The Paper Shelter Design Team.  This is the first time in over three years that I haven't been on a team and I am excited that I made this decision.  This will allow me more time for my kids but also to create with no limits or boundaries, everything for fun.
Thank you so much to my great design team leaders Marie and Shirley and also to the fabulous Pedro and Veronica who create the most amazing art work.
I had to go the faux stitching route because, sewing is just not what I do well.  I used In the 20s for my image,  I have always loved this one and finally got around to using her.
Skin E11, E00, E000, R20 
Clothes- G21, G24,G20/R02,R01/E43,E42,E41
 I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Caught By Your Spell

I hope everyone is having a good week. The calendar is overflowing with activities that are making me miss the quite of summer.  Did anyone get the chance to apply for The Paper Shelter Design Team? If so, I wish you the best of luck.
For this week's challenge at The Paper Shelter we want to see you use the Sun, Moon or Stars on your project. Veronica and Pedro are offering you a fabulous prize of $30 to spend on their website if you use a Paper Shelter image or 3 digis if you use another.
 I used one of the new images called Incantation.  Isn't she the prettiest little witch? I love her!!
I have been wanting to play with my Silhouette Cameo and am I ever glad I did.  Look at the detail on the spider web.  It amazes me the way it cuts. There is absolutely no comparison to the Cricut and yes, I have both.  The sentiment is from C.C Designs and the star punch is from the Paper Studio.
It seemed that with her casting a spell I needed to add a glow around her with my Copics. I then sponged in with black ink.  I am so tired right now I am going to be lazy and not list the markers I used, sorry.
Have a great day!!! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

TPS Challenge Lace and Pearls

Happy Wednesday my friends!! This is day three of back to school and I don't like seeing 5:45 AM. So far the kids are adjusting well but I am sure the tired and grumpy will catch up with them this afternoon. It is so strange having all three of them gone during the day, I am going to have to adjust and get a new routine down.
With all of the rush of getting ready for back to school it left me with no energy to craft so that is when The Paper Shelter's pre-colored image came in very handy.  They are beautifully colored and they print perfectly.  So if you are running short on time and need a quick card I highly recommend trying them out and the best part is they come with the digital line images.
Today I used A. Mucha Influence- Summer to go along with the new challenge at The Paper Shelter #125 Lace and Pearls.  I distressed the edges of my papers and added some pearls to the C.C. Designs Leafy Branch Die Cut.
Veronica and Pedro from The Paper Shelter are offering you a fabulous prize of $30 to spend on their website if you use a Paper Shelter image or 3 digis if you use another. 
Maybe soon I can share some fun things I have done this past year including three parties and my kids room make overs. Have a great day!!


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cave Girl

Hey there everyone!! I know it has been a very long time and you can guess by my lack of posts I am enjoying summer with the kids. Truthfully though I can rarely get on my computer because my son is obsessed with Minecraft as is the rest of the young boys of the world.  We have about a week and half until school starts, yuck!!
This week the B team is hosting the challenge at The Paper Shelter and we want to see you use that Ribbon.   I used the Cute Cave Girl today and I just think she is so fun.  I layered a few different ribbons with Bo Bunny's Zoology paper.  The sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set.  I didn't write down the Copic colors today, sorry about that.
Veronica and Pedro from The Paper Shelter are offering you a fabulous prize of $30 to spend on their website if you use a Paper Shelter image or 3 digis if you use another, great prize either way.
Have a wonderful day!!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Anything Goes Challenge at The Paper Shelter

Good Morning!! I hope everyone is ready for a wonderful day. This is going to be a super quick post because I have so much to do around the house before the kids get up. Summer is so much fun having the kids home but also makes it impossible to get things done.
 This week starts the Anything Goes Challenge at The Paper Shelter.  The challenge is going to run for  2 weeks this time and both Design Teams have created something to share with you for inspiration.
I created a book mark using the very appropriately named The Most Adorable Panda.  The nice thing about TPS images is that you get a colored version along with the line drawings so if you have a quick card to make you can just print them out and you are ready to go.  This is the first time I have done this because I love to color but I am super happy with the results, you can't even tell it wasn't hand colored.
 I made this book mark to where it opens up and can slip over the pages.  All three of my kids were fighting over who gets to keep it so I will be making two more to keep the peace in the family.
  Please head on over to The Paper Shelter and get all of the details about the challenge and enjoy the rest of your week.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Swirly Girly Challenge at The Paper Shelter

Hello!! I hope that everyone is doing well.  Summer is flying by and I really wish it would slow down.  I enjoy having a relaxed schedule and sometimes not one at all.  The weather has been surprisingly mild for a South Texas summer which is a nice change.  We have been working on a family project building a Lemonade Stand that will double as a Girl Scout Cookie Booth and Cub Scout Popcorn booth too.  I will have to share some pictures when we get it done.
Today starts a new challenge at The Paper Shelter #120 Swirly Girly - Make a card for a Girl with at least one Swirl on it. I used this fun summer image called A Refreshing Drink form TPS. Veronica and Pedro from The Paper Shelter are offering you a fabulous prize of $30 to spend on their website if you use a Paper Shelter image or 3 digis if you use another.

 I have been on such an orange kick lately but I think I have it out of my system now.  The paper is from My Minds Eye called The Sweetest Thing Tangerine and the little drink embellishment is from Recollections.  The swirls are a Memory Box die. I love to use my Cameo for swirls but I forgot to order a new blade so I had to use what I had and doubled it up.
Hair E35, E31, E50 YR21 
Skin E11, E00, E000, R20 
Clothes/ Bench BG3, BG11/Y15,Y13, Y11/R08, R05, R02
 Ground E41, E42
Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Ride

Hello!! I hope the week is treating everyone well so far. This week starts Vacation Bible School so I am busy helping with kids crafts. We just finished swim lessons and the girls are taking a break from dance so I think the rest of the summer should be more relaxed and maybe we can start crossing things off of our bucket list.
It seems that Google Reader is definitley going away so I swithched over to Bloglovin and it seems to be working out so far. Here is the link to continue to  Follow my blog with Bloglovin.
I want to share my card for the latest challenge at CMC Copic Challenge Group and to tell you that this will be my last card as part of the Design Team.  I have decided to make sure that I spend as much time with my kids this summer as possible especially since my youngest is about to start Kindergarten.  I love Suzanne so much for allowing me to be part of such a wonderful team and for the chance to know what a wonderful person she is.  This isn't goodbye, just time to take a short break.
NEW CHALLENGE #71 will run thru July 5th!!
Your challenge this time is all about
** Colors of Summer**
color ANY IMAGE with
Any Colors that Inspire Thoughts of Summer
We want to see you use YOUR COPICS, ProMarkers, other alcohol markers or Colored Pencils!!
This cute image is by Milk and Coffee, our sponsor for this challenge and it is called Lady with Antique Bike.  The die cut is from Memory Box Floral Circle.  I cut the circle a part to make the green vines and added the flowers.
Hair-C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
Skin/Eyes-E00, E000, R20/B00, B000
Clothes/ Bike/Sky- BG75, BG78, BG72/R35, R32R30/YG23, YG25, YG00/B000
There is also a sale going on right now at the Color Me Creative Classroom so here are the details for that.
Have a wonderful week and I will see you soon!!


Monday, June 17, 2013


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had a busy one with both of my girls having a dance recital. It is so cute to watch them and they just love getting to perform on stage. We spent today trying to spoil the hubby for Father's Day.
I wanted to share a card that I made that reminded me of my girls for the latest CMC Copic Challenge Group.  
 NEW CHALLENGE #70 will run thru June 21st!
Your challenge this time is all about
** Gorgeous Brunettes**
color ANY IMAGE but
Color the hair or fur in brunette/brown tones!!
We want to see you use YOUR COPICS, ProMarkers, other alcohol markers or 
Colored Pencils!! 
Our sponsor for this challenge is Digi My World and the image I used is called Besties.  The paper is Prima Doodle Deux and the metal flowers I picked up at Michael's but don't remember the brand.  I sponged the back ground using a cloud template that I cut out.
Hair- E49, E57, E37, E29/E25, E31, E50
Clothes-R24, R22,R21/B02, B01, B000
Sand E44,E43,E42/YG93, YG95
Have a wonderful week!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Get Well Wishes

Hi everyone!! I hope you are having a wonderful week. The kids had their last day of school Friday but we are still in busy mode for another week with swim lessons and dance recital coming up this weekend. I am looking forward to not having so many scheduled things and just resting and doing whatever, whenever.
I want to thank everyone for stopping by and commenting over the past few weeks. I am a little behind on visiting blogs so bare with me. I am hoping to have more blogging time very soon.
Today starts another new challenge at The Paper Shelter so I hope that you can join us.  The challenge this time is to use Pink and White or Blue and White. Veronica and Pedro from The Paper Shelter are offering you a fabulous prize of $30 to spend on their website if you use a Paper Shelter image or 3 digis if you use another. 

 I used this weeks sketch from The Sweet Stop SSS214.  The image is one of two Cute Nurses from TPS.  The sentiment is from There She Goes- In All The World and the edge punch is from Sweet 'n Sassy.  My coloring was a bit off this week but hopefully the cute stamp makes up for it.

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Seeing Orange at CMC

I just wanted to pop in and remind you about the challenge at the CMC Copic Challenge Group.  You have until June 7th to show us those cards colored with Orange.  The sponsor this time is Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  With summer coming up it is a perfect time to take a class at CMC, trust me you will learn so much and they are so full of techniques.
 I used Theodore Birthday Sign by Bugaboo along with paper from My Minds Eye and a few simple embellishments.  I really need to add to my birthday card stash for the kids friends.
YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12/Bear E59, E25, E33, E31
R29, R27, R24/ BG02, BG01/YG25. YG23
I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

School's Out for Summer

The countdown to summer is here, 7 1/2 days left for my kiddos. It seems like the year flew by and I am still in denial that my youngest will be starting Kinder in the fall. I try to always take mental snap shots and try my best to remember all of the small things because they grow so fast. I wish I was better about keeping a journal or scrapbook, maybe that should be my summer project along with a million other things I would like to craft and organize.  What do you do to keep those memories?  I would love to hear from you.  I have always loved making Shutterfly books to get those pictures off the computer but I am very intrigued by Project Life too but haven't even started that.

Today I wanted to tell you about the latest challenge at  The Paper Shelter.  This time it is a little bit out of the normal comfort zone for most, we want to see those Shaped or Easel cards.  I had such a hard time with my card this time, well this was my third attempt and that is all I am going to say:)
I ended up using my Cameo to cut out the apple card shape which came from the Silhouette on line store.  The Cameo is another thing I need to learn more about for  sure.  I used my Sharpie  Paint pen to create the stitching and colored the little wooden scissors and apple with my Copics.  The paper is actually different journal cards and quotes that I pieced together from Pine Cone Press School Days collection.  I fussy cut cut my image Learning is Fun by The Paper Shelter.
Hair-E27 E47, E44, E42, E41
Skin- E11, E00, E000, R20
Clothes/Accessories- R59, R229, R27, R24/Y17, Y15, Y13/Y16/B95/C9, C7, C5, C3
 Veronica and Pedro from The Paper Shelter are offering you a fabulous prize of $30 to spend on their website if you use a Paper Shelter image or 3 digis if you use another. 
Paper Playtime #11- Use 2 or more ribbons( I used 2 to create my bow).
Twisted Tuesday- School's Out for Summer - Must use a Child image Twist Use Yellow
Ribbon Carousel Blog RCC81- Celebrations(Celebrating Graduations and the End of School)
 Enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you in a couple of days with my card for the CMC Challenge that is going on right now.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Keep Cool and Anything Goes at The Paper Shelter

Happy Wednesday!! This week is just flying by as they all seem to do. It was busy for me last week trying to make sure all of the teachers and office staff had a little something everyday for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I hope they all know how much we love them for taking such good care of our kiddos.
 Today starts a new challenge at The Paper Shelter and it is one we all love Anything Goes so there is no reason not to play along.  I thought I would try to get in the mood for summer although I dread the heat that comes with it.  I used one of the TPS digis called Sunny Days that I have always thought was so cute.  Unfortunately, this didn't turn out how I planned because I found out the hard way that the blade on my Cameo was dull so my cute embellishments and cut out sentiment had to be replaced with a not so great flower.  Oh well sometimes you just have to go with it or change it up when the new blade comes in.
Don't forget Veronica and Pedro from The Paper Shelter are offering you a fabulous prize of $30 to spend on their website if you use a Paper Shelter image or 3 digis if you use another. 
I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Rock Star

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. I just wanted to pop in and say "Thank You" to all of those who visited this past weekend for the CMC Birthday Blog Hop.
 This week there is a new fun challenge over at The Paper Shelter and MUSIC MAESTRO is the theme.   I hardly ever use purple, not sure why but I was totally in a purple mood and I kind of love the way this rocker chic's hair turned out.
 This TPS digi is called Rock Star.  I started by coloring her with Copics  and created a tag that I thought my girls can use for a book mark.
Hair- C9, C7, C5, C3/V17, V15, V13
Clothes- C9, C7, C5, C3/V17, V15, V13/B05, B04, B02
Guitar-V23, V24/E41/C3

Veronica and Pedro from The Paper Shelter are offering you a fabulous prize of $30 to spend on their website if you use a Paper Shelter image or 3 digis if you use another. 
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