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Monday, April 13, 2015

All alone again....

Awww, spring break is over. Wildman went back to school today and I have to be honest, I've got mixed emotions about it. Part of me is happy to be at home by myself today so I can get the house all cleaned up again. 'Ya ever notice how futile your efforts are to keep the house clean when everyone's at home? No, lemme rephrase that question. Have you ever notice how all your efforts to keep the house clean when your husband and children are home all day?! LOL When I'm home alone, the house is awesome (little birdies signing loudly) but once the hubby's home all day, I've stopped trying to keep it clean - what's up with that?? (little piggies snorting loudly) Bwaaahhaahaaa Yeah, sorry, couldn't help that one! Hubby's not really a piggie, he's just not as clean as I am.

Okay, so after I worked on getting the house caught back up (not that it was really that bad away) I was able to work on the challenges I couldn't do this weekend. I had a migraine yesterday so I was in the bedroom almost all day - yuck!

I started with my Mojo Monday - I love their sketches - truly I do. I also recently found another sketch challenge site, more on that in a bit. So,  here's this weeks sketch. I've been focused on all my pretty spring pattern paper, that today I decided to shake things up and go Halloween-y.

So, here's my spooky card. I used SU black card stock. The pattern paper is from a great 6x6 pad from Fancy Pants Design called Oct 31. I stamped the adorable skull from an older set from Hampton Arts designed by Ellen Krans. It's a really cute set for Halloween.  The ribbon is old SU. I added Wink of Stella to the bats and the skulls nose and pupils. Can a skull even have pupils? Hmmmm.
My second card was one I created with two challenges in mind (gotta love getting your moneys worth huh.) So, the 1st challenge was for Simon Says Stamps. Monday's "In the Middle" Challenge. My second site was Mark's Finest Papers, Speedy Fox & Friends where we were asked to use gold embossing powder. I edged the circle where I cut stamped the cute little birdie. I also decided I've been grabbing up my Copic's for every little coloring job I have. So, I decided to go old school and use my colored pencil. I tried very hard to do shading and then used my colorless blender pencil to smooth out the colors and lines. I was proud of myself for trying to blend and shade. =) I'll keep working on it
UGH - I have got to get my camera ordered!!! Anyhoo, this card I used Neenah Bright White as the card base, the navy blue accent is SU.  The pattern paper is from my scrap basket. The stamp is Inkadinkado and the twine is from my jewelry making basket.
My 3rd card is also for Mark's Finest Paper. Its for the Friend's of Speedy Monday Challenges. We were asked to create a cool, neat tri-fold card. I love the type of challenge that makes me try something new. Now, I've done gate folds, tri-fold with pockets, and tri-fold incline step like cards, the triangle tri-fold, screen cards - I think you get the idea. So I took to the lovely internet and saw a card that solves a big tri-fold problem, needing real room to write a message. So, this card folds up to a standard A2 envelope AND leaves a good amount of room to write a note. See??
Whoo Hoo! I'll break down the measurements and maybe create a video this week. The pattern paper is from my stash (yes, again) and the butterflies are from a SU little embossing die from a few years back. The hello is a Lawn Fawn die. I do apologize for the picture quality...
So, Anyhoo, here are my efforts for today. I have to play office manager in the morning. I have calls to make and bills to pay - OH - and I have to go to the dang old DMV to renew my drivers license. EEEKKKK! Don't tell anyone, but I didn't even realize it expired on my birthday - March 17th! Yikes! I'll try to post a wee bit tomorrow, but it may be Wednesday before I make it back on. TFSB
My Challenges:
Mojo Monday - Sketch 393
Simon Says Stamp - Monday in the Middle
Mark's Finest Paper - Speedy Fox & Friends
Mark's Finest Paper - Friends of Speedy


  1. Wow you were busy! Cute Halloween care and Love the pennant on the second one!! The Trifold is Awesome1! I love the fold the dp and those beautiful butterflies!! Super job :)

  2. A lovely trio of cards, ending in the trifold one for our FOSTV challenge. The trifold is really nice with the pretty papers and butterflies. Like the other two also.

  3. Your cards are fabulous! The little birdie card is adorable; thank you for sharing it with us at MFP Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge.

  4. How cute are these!!! Love them all.
    Thanks for joining us this week at SF&F.....Jane

  5. What a great creative collection to share! Halloween and fun shapes in the mix. Loving this bit of motivation and inspiration as I browse blogs vs. creating something today. Hope your week is grand! xx Donna K

  6. Fabulous work!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog :) - Ashli

  7. What a cute card! Pretty spring colors too! Thanks for playing along at Speedy Fox & Friends challenge! Please join us again next time too.

  8. A very cute card with the banner and the sweet little blue bird. Thanks, for joining us for the Speedy Fox challenge.

  9. What wonderful cards and I am SO impressed with your tri-fold card on the MFP Speedy TV challenge....wow! Love how you designed it with enough room to write a real message!

  10. Thanks for entering this bit of SPRING A AT mfp sff>>>>>>>> the screen card is lovely.....Lis

  11. Pretty cards. The stamping is Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.



  12. Such lovely cards! Thanks for playing along with Mojo Monday!


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