Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop

What a glorious morning!  Today is the last Tuesday in the month of January and also the day for the monthly Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop.  What fun it is to get together with former design team members from Heartfelt Creations and create projects with some of our favorite HC stamps!  If you arrived here from Carla's blog then you are on the right track.  If not, you will want to start at the beginning with Olga's blog so you don't miss any of these beautiful creations!


My card base is Georgia Pacific as well as my lacy frame made with Martha Stewart Double Loops Punch Around the Page punches.   My design paper was made by sponging Stampin Up Orchid Opulence ink on the inside of a Cuttlebug folder, Kassie's Brocade, and then embossing another panel of Georgia Pacific cardstock.  I stamped my image and sentiment from Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3371 Dutch Iris PreCut Set with Adirondack Pitch Black ink and colored it with Copic Markers YG0000, YG11, YG13, Y32, Y35, G24, BV0000, V0000, V01, V06, V20.  I cut my image out with Spellbinders Large Petite Ovals and framed with HFC 710 Decorative Oval Window Die.  The sentiment was cut with Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2.  I added a scrap of lace and pearls made from a Viva Decor Pearl Pen for the final touch.

Thanks for visiting!  Your next stop on the hop is Linda's blog and she has a gorgeous creation to share with you!  Be sure to leave a comment on every blog you visit while you're hopping because one randomly chosen commenter will win a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.  You have until Friday, February 3rd at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be announced Saturday, February 4th at noon.

Here is a complete hop list in case you get lost hopping:

Marsha (you are here)

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Valentine Be Mine

'Tis the season, for Valentine's cards that is!  I have a new card I created using Create with TLC's February Club collection, "Valentine Be Mine".  This is a vintage image and I had some "vintage" paper in my stash that was the perfect companion:

This is a little busy, but I enjoyed adding all the elements.   My hearts were all cut with the new "Victorian Romance" Cricut cartridge.  My fence was made with a Magnolia die and colors by Copic.  I topped it all off with a Bazzil bow.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, the sun is still shining brightly in the Carolina's.  I'm going to get outside after church and enjoy this glorious day!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Grow A Little Love

What a lovely Saturday we had today in Carolina, the sun was shining bright and it was a good day to just spend some time outside.  This is the time of the year to take advantage of these gifts of warmth and sunshine, the weather is certainly unpredictable from now until April.

I spent some quality time in my craft room today too.  I wanted to enter the current Tiddly Inks Challenge #78.   The challenge this week is to use the colors yellow, orange, green and blue.  I chose one of the new digital designs Christy recently created, "Wryn - Grow A Little Love".  I think she is just adorable!

I didn't really "gussy" this up too much.  I concentrated more on my coloring and matching the colors in my design paper from My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Collection, "Mabel".  I used Spellbinders dies and a Magnolia fence die.  Copic colors used were:  E11, E55, YR18, Y21, Y23, Y32, Y35, B21, B93, R32 and G24.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Love Birds

I have another beautiful digi image to show you today from Create with TLC.  This set is called "Love Birds Vintage Collage".   Well...I love vintage and I've been dying to use this cute birdcage from the Cricut cartridge "Straight from the Nest":

I decided to keep it simple, or should I say simple for me!  I colored my birds in Photoshop and then found matching cardstock to use for my birdcage and card base.  The design paper is from Webster's Pages, the ruffled ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat and silver dewdrops.  I think this would make for a great Valentine's card!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Our Daily Bread Sketch Challenge

I adore Our Daily Bread stamps and I'm so excited that I was able to enter their latest sketch challenge, ODBDSLC93.  I decided to go with "texture" for the emphasis on my card:

I used the Our Daily Bread stamp set "The Word of God".    My arched embellishment was cut with my Cricut and the others were made with Spellbinders Parisian Motifs and Parisian Accents.  I colored my image with Copic markers and sponged with distress ink.  The design paper is from Queen Bee and the sheet music is a copy of "The Crystal Sea".  I added burlap and pearls from Michael's.  

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Love and Valentines

Oh, the joy of being in love!  Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I hope everyone has that someone special or special ones in their lives to share it with.   It could be a husband, children, parents, friends or even pets.  I have a Valentine's Day card to share with you today.   This "Couple in Hearts" looks so loving and carefree!  The image is from Create with TLC.

I created flowers and the lacey frames with my Cricut.  The "couple" in Paulette's store is in black and white so I Photoshopped the digi and changed the colors.  My design paper is from Basic Grey.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cross of Hope

I have another new cross design to share with you from Create with TLC,  "Cross of Hope".   I love butterflies, what a great embellishment to have on a cross!  This gave me the opportunity to play with some of my Cherry Lynn butterfly dies I 've never used before and  a Cricut lacy diecut.

I cut out the cross after coloring with Copic markers and popped this up on my Cricut diecut.  I then cut out my butterflies to color coordinate with design paper from K & Company.  The pearls were created with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

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Cross of Faith

Where would we be without faith?  Faith in God is what keeps me going, especially during difficult times.  Faith has been my constant companion the last two weeks since my mother passed away and has given me peace.

So I was really excited when Paulette from Create with TLC asked me if I would like to try my hand with her newest release, Cross of Faith.  

I've had this design paper from October Afternoon in my stash for a while, just waiting for the right card.  I love the elegance and felt it would be the perfect background for my cross.  I used my Cricut cartridge "Inspired Heart" to cut the Bible frame that my cross is mounted on.  

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Stampin Sisters In Christ Challenge #122

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Let's Hop with TLC

Welcome to the  Create with TlC Calendar Girl Blog Hop and introduction of the new design team members!  Paulette is hosting today's Blog Hop to launch the newest team and introduce the "calendar" girls!   That is what we are calling ourselves today because each designer has a creation using a calendar of the month.  And as a special treat from Paulette, every designer will be including the image they used as a freebie!  Your next stop on the hop is the sensational Carla's blog!  If you get lost along the way, please return to the TLC blog to get started and to see the complete list of designers.

My first calendar image for the hop is "September".  I never think of this month without remembering this was always the month for starting school:

I chose Cosmo Cricket's "Odds & Ends" collection for my card and cut out embellishments with my Cricut "George" and "A Child's Year" cartridge.  I also used a Sizzix embossing folder sponged with Stampin' Up ink.  My wooden letters came from Michael's.

My second month is October and I of course, Halloween!  I used to love to "trick or treat" and still remember the thrill of choosing a costume.

I used Basic Grey's "Curio" for my design paper.  My Halloween embellishments were cut with my Cricut using the "Happy Hauntings" and "October 31" cartridges.  A little burlap from "The Funkie Junkie" and a purple button completed the scene.

Please be sure to grab the "freebies"!  We'd love to see what you create with this!  

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tribute to My Mom

Mary Layden Williams
10/13/22 - 1/09/12

There are many types of love, the love that God has for us, the love of a husband and wife, love of a parent for a child and of a child for their parents - plus many, many more.  I want to dedicate this card today to my mother, Mary Layden Williams.  They say when you become a mother it is to decide forever to have your heart  go walking around outside your body.    
My mother lived an eventful life for all of her 89 years.  She grew up during the Great Depression and had "not so fond" memories of picking cotton as a young girl.   She  enrolled in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.  After the war, she married my father in July of 1950 in a little Baptist church near where she grew up.  She gave birth to a daughter and an only child in March 1952.  She continued to nurse in a local hospital until I was older and then devoted herself to being a parent and homemaker.  My mother suffered emotional distress from all the casualties she encountered and was frequently a patient in various VA hospitals.   Other than these stays in the hospital, she lived a full and enriched life with a husband devoted to her, her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.  About five years ago my mother was admitted to a nursing home.  She fell and broke her hip and was never able to walk again unassisted and also suffered from dementia.  My mother and I were great friends and spent many hours together in her later life after I retired.  Some of my fondest  memories after she went to the nursing home are the car trips we made all over the county of her birth.  I think we traveled every road in Perquimans County. While driving, I would ask her if she knew where we were and she would say "no", to which I would reply "neither do I"!  We had a great laugh over this and also when I would ask her how old she was.  She never remembered and when I responded she would look at me in amazement and then we would laugh at that too.  

Thank you for taking the time to read my tribute.  I am thankful for all the prayers I have received from my blogging friends.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Purr-fect Friend

I love this new image and matching word art from Create with TLC!  I don't tell my friends often enough how much they mean to me and this would be a perfect way to tell them I care.   

I colored my kitty with Copic markers and used Basic Grey's "Pyrus" design paper.  My corner embellishments were made with  Cricut's Paper Trimmings cartridge.  I used a Spellbinder's die to cut out my image and some seam binding ribbon from my stash.  My burlap trim came from "The Funkie Junkie".

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Oh Joy!

Catchy title?  I can't believe I had this adorable image from Sugar Nellie for so long before I used it!  My precious granddaughter Sophia "chose" this image for her birthday card and also the colors, LOL!  Can you tell she's spoiled?  Here is her card:

The image is "Joy Sitting" and my design paper is from My Mind's Eye "Stella Rose" collection.  I colored Joy with Copics and shaded the edges with distress inks.  The flowers are from Prima and my ribbon is from my stash.  The awesome sentiment is from Create with TLC.  

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Love is Doing Things Together

This vintage image from Create with TLC just grabs my heartstrings!  If you're like me, you've just packed away your Christmas things and now its already time to be thinking about Valentine's Day!  Paulette has a wealth of Valentine's images to select from at TLC.  Some are freebies and some are available for a small donation.  Here is my card using "Love is Doing Things Together":

  I just love the little mice and I added a polka dotted heart also from TLC.  My cupids and hearts were made with the new Cricut cartridge "Victorian Romance".   My design paper is from Basic Grey's "Sugar Rush".

My hubby and I are doing lot's of things together now, LOL!  He had back surgery in December and I have to help him on and off with his back brace, besides doing all the bending and lifting around the house.  We are blessed that the surgery went so well and I am more than happy to be able to assist.  I broke my wrist horse back riding a few years back and he was the perfect helpmate.  

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Design Team at Create with TLC and Blog Hop!

As an introduction to the new members of the Create with TLC Design Team.......Tlc and the team will be hosting a "Calendar Girl Hop".  Curious?.....wanna see what the Calendar Girls will be offering as freebies?....and what creative goodies they have lovingly put together as visuals?  Well then you better mark your "calendars" ......... the hop will being January 14, 2012, at 8:30 PST.
See You There~!
Hope you will join us on January 14th and don't forget...  there will be freebies at each stop on the hop!  

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

I can't believe it is 2012!  This last year passed by so quickly - and yes, it is true when you get older the time passes much, much faster than when you were a child!  

I have been MIA quite a bit recently, my husband had back surgery on December 6th and then Christmas came like a runaway train.  My mother is in a nursing home and her health has been steadily declining the last two weeks.  It was with great joy that I was able to work in my craft room the last couple of days and I do have a couple of New Year cards to show you today.  My images are from Create with TLC, Paulette has an absolute wealth of images on her blog, many are free and some are available for purchase or a small donation.  Here is "Joyous New Year" and "Time Flies Clock" with "Goodbye 2011":

I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year, thanks for visiting!  I love reading your comments and appreciate all your support.

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