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Shimmering Sunflowers

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to swing in quick to share a super cute card that I adored making!
As you know, I'm addicted to my watercolors right now.  Can't put them down...and I've been trying to find the right combo to use with the sunflowers in the Our Friendship Grows set from Lawn Fawn.
Well, I think I nailed it pretty well with this card!
Some people use coloring as a way to relax...for me it's painting.  I just love to paint and watch the colors move and blend together.  It's just peaceful for me.

So when this card design popped into my head, I took my time with it.  Spent the afternoon painting in the flowers and getting the colors just right.  I love it so much!  Sunflowers are my favorite flower and I have been using this stamp set so much lately because it just makes me smile.

I really wanted the sunflowers to pop off the page so I painted in the background black, but mixed it with some shimmer as well so that it wasn't just a flat black around the flowers.  It looks so awesome!  Really hard to catch it in the picture, but the shimmer is just gorgeous!  And I love the white embossed border of the flowers.  Not only did it help me stay in the lines, but it helps pop those flowers up even more.

The whole card design was kept pretty simple.  I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling die to cut out the sunflower panel, but stretched it a bit so that it was bigger than just the 3x4 size.  I've really loved doing that, and it's super easy with this die.

For the sentiment, I used a banner from a Spellbinders set and stamped a simple greeting on it.  I wanted to do a thank you greeting, but none of my stamps were big enough to fit well inside the die cut.  So I used this one from the Simon Says Flower Friend set.

I added some liquid pearls to the little dots in the centers of the flowers and that was it!  Simple card with a very detailed image that I just absolutely adore!  I will definitely be making more of this card!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Case This Sketch #89
    Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop
     The Cat's Pajamas #273-Photo Inspiration

Thanks for stopping by!  <3
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Wow! - My 400th Post!

I can't believe that I'm already at 400 blog posts!  That's a lot of cards! Lol :)
Thank you so much to all of you that have made these last few years of blogging so wonderful!  I love and appreciate your super sweet comments, and that you take a little time out of your day to visit my small blog.  You mean the world to me!!

So you've probably seen a lot of this type of card around lately (see Kristina, and Dawn's cards! And Jennifer just posted one too!).  I've loved them so much, I decided to try it out myself, with a little twist.
I love the galaxy look.  There is something so peaceful about space.  It's mystery and beauty.  While I don't think my card is totally accurate in capturing that beauty, I still love it!

Over the past few weeks I have been working to finally collect all the mini distress ink pads (and can I say that I have totally fallen in love with them!).  I had wanted to try doing the galaxy with my distress paints, but just never got around to being that messy.  And I'm a little chicken to try the watercolor style yet...but that one's coming, I can feel it!  So I decided to try it with the distress inks.

I took a couple of the mini blending tools and splotched some of the colors onto my watercolor paper.  Then covered it very generously with the black.  I gave it a few squirts of water to get the inks moving and mixing a bit, then dried it with my heat gun.  The black wasn't quite deep enough for me, and some of the fun color spots had faded out.  So I reapplied some of the colors to intensify them and added more depth with the black.  Light misting again and set it aside to dry.

I LOVE it!!!  Oh, forgot to tell you.  Before I did any inking, I heat embossed the Starry Backdrop from Lawn Fawn over the whole panel.  Now that it's done, I think I might have chosen to do that more sparingly, a little more sporadically around the card instead of the whole card front..but I still love it so much!

While the stars are all amazing, I wanted some smaller flecks as well.  So I pulled out my watercolor paints and did some shimmery white splatters around the card to get the tiny white star dots.  Perfect!!!

To finish it all off, I grabbed the In My Heart stamp set from Mama Elephant and used one of the oh-so-fitting sentiments.  I stamped it with the distress ink, and because it stays wet for awhile, I was able to cover it in clear embossing powder and emboss it!!  The final touch was some die cut silver sparkly stars.

I can see myself making a ton of these cards!  It was so incredibly fun and I love, love, love the end result!!

I'd like to enter this card into the Lawnscaping texture challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Back to School - Sami Stamps Release!!

Happy Friday!
Can you believe that it's almost time (or is time) for kids to go back to school?  I don't have any myself but I see everyone else around me talking about summer break and everything, and it seems like it just started...
This year is flying by way too fast.

But because I don't have any kids, thinking about making back to school projects for teachers, or getting things ready for the kids just doesn't cross my mind, and I tend to have a difficult time wrapping my head around that topic.

So for this weeks Sami Stamps release, I really had to dig for some inspiration.  The images are so incredibly cute and I always want to be sure that I'm showing off Sami's images in the best most awesome way I can.
I thought it would be really cool to have an alphabet stencil in sort of a tone on tone effect behind my image...you know school is all about the alphabet :)

So I typed out the letters and got them arranged how I wanted them in my Silhouette studio and then cut them out to make a stencil.  Once that was done, I tinted some embossing paste with some grey ink and smeared it onto my stencil.  It needed a little sparkle, so I lightly covered it with some glittery embossing powder and left it to dry.

I don't have very much red patterned paper in my collection...just doesn't seem to be a color I reach for much.  So I decided to just do a simple watercolor wash for the background, but it really didn't turn out the way I was hoping, so I added some little white embossed dots by using the Swiss Dots embossing folder as a stamp.  That helped a little bit.

Then I set into working on the image.  I really wanted to watercolor this apple.  I felt the most comfortable doing that since my coloring skills with markers/pencils aren't exactly the best and watercolor is a little more forgiving.  Plus I just got that awesome new Gansai Tambi watercolor set and have to use it on everything :)  So I painted up my images and set them aside to dry.  The only problem is, they didn't really dry...the darker areas of the apple still seem to have some wetness to them, even after sitting for a few days.

I managed to leave a couple little red finger prints all over the image panel (strategically covered with some enamel dots:) )...but that frustrates me!  I'm not really sure why those spots didn't dry completely...it's almost like I didn't use enough water to spread out the paint and there's just too much concentration in those spots...who knows!

But to finish it all off, like I mentioned, I added a few enamel dots and the simple sentiment flag.  It's not perfect unfortunately...but with a few suggestions from Matthew for shading and detail, I'm happy with it.

Now go visit Sami Stamps to see the rest of this awesome release!  And remember we have a challenge running right now with an Anything Goes theme, so join in!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Penny's Paper-Crafty #190-Anything Goes
    Sassy Studio #242-Stack it Up
    Viva la Verve Week 2 Sketch

Thanks for stopping by, and making it to the end of my very long post! <3
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Gold Splatters!

I want to say a quick welcome to my new followers!  I'm so thrilled that you are here!  Thank you so much!

We have a new challenge starting for you today at Meljen's Designs and it's Splat!  We want to see you use your ink, paints, and mists!

I have been addicted to my paints lately, and having just bought the awesome Gansai Tambi watercolor set from my local craft store, my obsession grew quite a bit more.  So this challenge was super fun for me!
It's a bit different of a card than my normal style...but I really love it!  I was also able to use up another couple of scraps for this card, which is always exciting :)

That gorgeous butterfly (Fancy Butterfly), yeah that was one of my failed attempts for the "cardstock only" challenge at Meljen's a few weeks ago.  It was too pretty all colored for me to throw it out, but it really didn't work on the card I was attempting.  But it fit perfectly for this one!

I started by mixing up some embossing paste with 3 different shades of pink ink from Stampin Up.  Then swiped them over a checkerboard stencil I cut out with my Silhouette so that they formed an ombre pattern.  Looks so cool!

I took a thin scrap of paper and embossed it with some gold embossing powder, then trimmed it down into 3 stripes.  They were going to all be the same size, but my measuring was off and they all ended up different sizes, but it totally worked!

Now for the fun part, which is always something I struggle with...the paint splatters!  It seems no matter how hard I try, I can never get the really good large splats of color down on my paper.  They are always super small little flecks...so I added a few larger ones myself.

Any tips on how to get larger drops?  I tried adding a bunch of water to my brush...but that didn't help either. 

I covered a couple of the drips with glossy accents so they stood out a little more.  The vellum panel is cut with the Landscape Trio from Mama Elephant.  Absolutely love that those can be used for so much more than just landscapes!  It made the perfect wonky rectangle to go behind my butterfly!

The finishing touches were some wire antenna for the butterfly and a simple embossed greeting flag.  All done!  I so so love this card!!

Stop by Meljen's Designs to see the rest of the DT's creations, and then join in the super fun challenge!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to CAS #44-Gold
    A Gem of a Challenge #125-Embossing
    Crafting When We Can #75-Bright Colors
    Sketch Saturday #322

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Birthday Fun with Mama Elephant!

Hey everyone!
Happy Wednesday!!  We are finally getting some cooler weather here in Montreal, which is such a relief!  I'm not a fan of heat, but I was thankful that the humidity stayed away for most of it.  Now it's rain, which is always refreshing :)

For my birthday a few weeks ago, I decided to buy myself a little gift...some goodies from Mama Elephant that I've had my eyes on for quite awhile.    Believe me...it was hard only picking a few!  I have a whole entire wish list for Mama Elephant, but I had a budget to stick to so only a few things made it into my basket.  But since receiving them, I haven't been able to stop playing!  They haven't even made it to a proper storage place yet because I'm always grabbing for them!  That's how you know you love something :)

Of course, that pile of things-I-can't-stop-reaching-for has gotten pretty large...but oh well!  
See!!  So incredibly adorable!  Since the challenge over at Mama Elephant right now is watercolor birthday, and I'm addicted to watercolor, I decided to join in!  The background is actually a watercolor piece that I did quite awhile ago and never found a proper home for it, but it was too pretty to throw out.  It was a test piece really.  I was trying to do a fun background where you apply paint to an embossing folder, mist it a few times and then press your watercolor paper onto it.  The paint should transfer to your paper and leave the embossing pattern empty.  Well, I learned that too small of a pattern doesn't really work.  This piece, I was trying to use the Swiss Dots folder...but those dots are just too small and all the paint smooshed into them.  There were just a few that showed up in one of the corners and if you look really really hard, you can see them in the upper left corner under the vellum.

But like I said, even without the pattern, the colors looked so pretty that I couldn't throw it out.  But it worked perfect for this card!

One of my fun birthday goodies was the adorable In My Heart stamp set from Mama Elephant.  Love these little cuties!  And it has all the perfect "miss you" sentiments on it, which is something I was telling Matthew a little while ago that I really needed.  I've colored the cute little girls in with my ShinHan markers and then trimmed them all out.

And see all those stitched hills?  Yup!  My second little gift, the Landscape Trio!  I used the fun cloud die to make little shrub mounds in the background.  Looks pretty cool to me :)

The balloons are stamped from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine set.  I had do to a little watercoloring on them to get the shading to blend properly, because trying to wipe off some color and stamp it just wasn't working very well for me.  I added a black border around them and glued some strings so the little girl could be holding big bundles of balloons.

The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter's The Big, The Bold & The Happy.  It was supposed to be more of a silver color, but I picked the wrong embossing powder the first time, so had to go over it again with the right one and I think that muted down the color a bit.  But it still looks awesome :)

A few little flowers and turtles, and some glitter to the balloons and the card was done!  So cute and so fun!

Hope you made it through all those rambling details :) 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Card Mania #53-Birthday Party
    Little Tangles #42-Happy Birthday
    Mama Elephant & Me-Watercolor + Birthday
    Paper Shelter #169-Punches/Dies
    Winnie & Walter-Join in to Win
    Work it Wednesday-Blue

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Just Saying Hello

Hello Hello!  It's been super quiet around here lately...anyone still around? 
While I haven't posted much, I have been super busy!  It's the sort of cycle where I make a bunch of cards, love them all, and then set them aside for other projects...only to forget that I didn't share them with you and they get filed away in my baskets...

I'll try to do better :)  Because, yes I do want to share my makes with you!  I get super excited when they really turn out...so I just need to not set them aside, and pick up my camera right away :)

Matthew and I also celebrated our 11th anniversary this past weekend.  11 years!  Crazy...I still feel like a giddy school girl who's heart flutters when he walks in the door.  To celebrate, we had a small shopping spree this past weekend and he let me buy some super duper awesomely fun stuff!  So I can't wait to share some projects using those goodies with you soon.

But for today, we have a new challenge starting at Tuesday Throwdown!  It's a totally fun sketch, and our sponsor is MyGrafico, who provided some adorable images for us to use.
Now, to be completely honest...this card hasn't grown on me too well.  I loved it when it was first finished..but for some reason my liking of it has shrunk.  Maybe the glittery star stripes are too big?...or too glittery?...I'm not sure what it is.

But I had fun putting it together!  I'm always wishing and looking for ways to use my glitter paper and I thought it would be perfect to pair it up with some of this awesome Lawn Fawn paper.  I didn't really realize it while assembling everything, but the big yellow circle pretty much represents a huge full moon.  Wasn't my original plan, but it works :)

I really love how the owl turned out though.  I wanted him to be really flecked, so I did a lot of short flicks with my markers.  So super cute!  I left all the embellishments off (maybe that's what's missing?...) and just did a simple gold embossed greeting at the bottom.

Anyhow, even if my card isn't all that fabulous, I know the ladies at Tuesday Throwdown have blown this sketch away!  So go check their projects out, and then join in the fun sketch!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Sweet Strawberries - Sami Stamps Release

Happy Friday!
Woohoo!!  The weekend is finally here!  We may just get to go pick some blueberries this weekend.  Not sure yet, but I can hope.  There's nothing better than fresh picked blueberries, and I know it's something that Matthew loves since he used to work on his grandpas blueberry farm - the best one in Michigan!

But this post isn't about blueberries...it's about strawberries!  The next best fruit to have straight from the field, something I used to pick at my own home :)

Sami Stamps has a summer sweet release today that you don't want to miss!  We also start our new challenge for the month with the theme of Anything Goes!
For my first card, I used the adorable image Strawberry Nap.
Of course, I colored the sweet kitty like my baby girl, Cloud.  She's been feeling a little under the weather lately...something's wrong with her tail so we've been going easy around her, and giving her extra special care.  Still makes me feel helpless that I can't do more to make her feel better...so I incorporate her into my cards :)

I've colored everything up with my ShinHan and Copic markers and layered the image onto some light summery papers.  I kind of wish that the polka dot panel under my image was a little bit wider...but I didn't plan properly and it was already cut..so I went with it anyhow.
I stamped the sentiment onto a fun Spellbinders banner that my perfect husband bought me for my birthday, they are seriously the perfect banners for everything!  I've used them on almost every one of my cards this week..lol!  A few rhinestones and some ribbon flags finish of this sweet card.

I'd like to enter this Kitty card into the following challenges:
    Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #70-Polka Dots
    Creative Fingers #44-Anything Goes/Cute
    Let's Craft and Create #95-Ribbon or Twine

This next card features the Two Strawberries image and came together in the blink of an eye!
 I cut out the checkerboard background with my Silhouette and fell in love with it!  Probably one of my favorite backgrounds at the moment and will probably be using it a lot!

The rest of the card is pretty simple because I didn't want to take too much away from the fun background with the big juicy strawberries in the middle.  Just a simple die cut banner (again from my birthday gift :) ) and some gold thread wound behind the strawberries to give some extra sparkle.

Pretty simple, but I absolutely adore this card!!

I'd like to enter this Strawberry card into the following challenges:
    The Crazy Challenge #176-Die Cuts and/or Punches
    Ladybug Crafts-Clean and Simple
    Less is More #182-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

So that's it from me!  Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of the design teams creations with this amazing release!  Then pull out your own Sami Stamps images and join in our Anything Goes challenge!!

Thanks for taking the time to visit!!  I truly appreciate that you are here! <3
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Turtley Love You!

Happy Thursday!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful week!  Mine has been nice and quiet, filled with crafting...perfect way to spend a birthday week :)

We have a new challenge starting today at Meljen's Designs - colorful cardstock!  So we don't want to see any patterned paper, just cardstock!  This one is a bit tough, but give it a shot anyhow!
I made 3 attempts at this challenge...the first one turned out great, but I had made it for my husband and after giving it to him felt it should remain between us, so I started on a new card, but it ended horribly...and so did the next one.  The card I finally put together almost went in the trash as well, but I fiddled and fussed over it and finally got something to work properly.  And then my husband came to the rescue with my birthday present that was perfect for finishing the card off!
The clouds!  Ahhhh...I just love that spellbinders die set!  I'm so thankful that he gave me that for my birthday (along with a few other goodies I'll be sharing with you soon)!!

So my card features the super adorable Turtle's Friend image.  I've colored it in with my ShinHan markers and that was the part that I almost ditched.  It just didn't turn out the way I wanted it to...but like I said, I fussed and fiddled, added a ground and shaded in the sky and then set it aside.  After a little while I picked it back up and actually ended up liking it :)  So I cut a scallop frame around it and used my Silhouette to cut out the chevron background.  I added the hand stitching around the edge because it just really needed something finishing around the outside.

There is a small piece of vellum in the middle of the card.  While it doesn't show all that much, in person it totally completes the card!  I printed off my own sentiment (which made me chuckle...hey I'm easily entertained!), flagged the end and tucked it behind the turtle.

Then came the clouds!  I squealed a little when I pulled them out of my cuttlebug, they were just so cute!  I see myself using those a ton now!

So stop on by Meljen's Designs and join in this super fun challenge!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    613 Avenue Create #82-Anything Goes/Sentiment
    Creative Inspirations #275-Here Comes Summer
    Divas By Design-Anything Goes
    Fab n Funky #224-Walk on the Wild Side
    Word Art Wednesday #143-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!! <3

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Fancy Little Paper Tote

Hey Everyone!
Time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week we want to see something other than a card or tag!  This can be super challenging, but also really fun to step out of your comfort zone, so give it a shot!

Our awesome sponsor is Creations by AR, and they have provided templates for the DT to use this week.
I decided to work with the Haute Tote template for my project.  It was so cute, I just loved it!  But I ended up keeping my design super plain.  As I was putting it together, I had all these ideas for embellishments to add but once it was done, I felt the papers were enough.  So I just added some simple ribbon handles and sewed on some buttons.

I'd like to make up a fun card pack to put in here and give to a friend...maybe I'll be able to get to that this week :)

Be sure to stop by and see the rest of the DT's awesome creations!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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Seattle - Never out of my mind

Hey everyone!
Wanted to stop in real quick before I melt away from the heat to share a card that I made a few days ago.  It wasn't for any other purpose than for me to stare and daydream at during the day.
I have been missing my home in Seattle so much lately.  It's always on my mind and makes me long to be back there again.  I know that if that is meant to happen, it will and I just need to be patient.  But missing home makes patience hard.  So I brought a little bit of home to me.

The silhouette was cut out with my machine and I did a bunch of ink blending on the background for the sky.  Seattle had an absolutely amazing sunset a little while ago and I really wanted to replicate it on this card...but I certainly didn't do justice to the real deal.  You can see photos of it on the Komo News site.

I used a sentiment from Create with TLC that seemed to fit my mood just perfectly!  A few little stars in the sky and a layered button and heart finish off the card.

This will sit on my desk for quite awhile.  When I need a little break, I'll stare at it and dream of that beautiful city!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    A Gem of a Challenge #124-Both Spots and Stripes
    The Crazy Challenge #176-Die Cuts/Punches
    Deconstructed Sketch #160
    Deep Ocean #82-Lots of Layers
    Delightful Challenge-Buttons
    Simon Says Stamp-Spots and Dots
    Word Art Wednesday #141-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Watercolored Thank You

Happy Monday!
Can't believe it's Monday already...the weekend went by way too fast!
But the good news is we start a new challenge at Paper Makeup today!  We want to see your die cuts and punches!

I use my Silhouette for most of my die cutting.  It used to be my Cricut until that decided to die on me a few years ago.  While I may not use it to it's full potential, it definitely opens a lot of doors in creating for me that I never had access to before.
So for my card today, I was able to take one of the Paper Makeup Frames images and turn it into a cut file!  And it was the perfect placement and size to use one of the images from the Dandy Wishes set!

Before printing and cutting out my image, I added a little wash of watercolor to some paper.  When it cut out, I was a little bummed that not very much green made it into the cut, but it ended up lining up perfect for the image!

My background paper was a little brighter than I wanted, so I found this cool patterned vellum in my scraps pile to cover up a small section in the middle.  Then just stamped a little sentiment flag and added a few blue flags under it to help pull that color across the card from the watercolor.

Then I want a little crazy with the gems.  I wanted them there so I had a place to add some glue to the vellum...but I may have added a few too many?  Maybe not, but sometimes I'm not sure where to stop when it comes to gems and pearls  :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Catered Crop-Vellum
    Curtain Call-Anything Goes
    Freshly Made Sketches #145
Thanks for visiting!! <3
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Fox Snuggles and Birdie Hellos - Sami Stamp Deals!

Happy Friday!!!
The weekend has arrived, yay!

So we don't have a new release this week for Sami Stamps, but there are some amazing deals going on at the shop for you to check out!  Instead, we are revisiting some of the past releases and making our samples from them.  I, of course, have 2 cards to share with you today :)
My first cards features the Sunny Spot image, but instead of a sunny spot, I put the sweet little foxes under a night sky.  They just looked so peaceful snuggled up together.

I really love how soft this card turned out.  The vellum in the background really helped to mellow it all out and really make the image pop that much more.  For the sentiment I used one of the Lili of the Valley stamps and tucked it under my cord bow.  I'm frustrated with how stiff that cord still is...I couldn't get that kink out of the tails from the bow, so it looks really goofy...

To finish it off, I added a few Hero Arts pearls.
I'd like to enter this Fox Friends card into the following challenges:
    Artistic Inspirations #100-Anything Goes
    Crafting When We Can #73-Friendship
    Retro Sketches #123
    Simon Says-Spots and Dots

My second card features the Bird on a Branch image.
This card looks so much better in person.  I was really skeptical about it at first.  There seemed to be something missing from it, but I really didn't want to clutter it all up.  I wanted the bird to pop off the card.  But once I added it to the yellow card base, the whole thing pulled together perfectly and I just adore it!

I colored in the bird with my pencils and added a little glitter pen around the wings.  I also paired this image with the Spring Branch image, cutting up the flowers to scatter along the branch so it looked like the bird was sitting on a cherry tree branch.  Love!

Again, to finish it, I scattered some Hero Arts gems around the bird and sentiment.
I'd like to enter this Birdie card into the following challenges:
    Chocolate, Coffee, Cards #69-Birds
    Fusion Card Challenge
    Penny's Paper Crafty #186-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  And be sure to check out the deals at Sami Stamps!  <3

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Time's a Dragon...

Happy Thursday!
We have a super fun challenge starting for you today over at Meljen's Designs.  Use your favorite book as your inspiration!

I don't know if I have one favorite book...I've read a lot that I really love!  So it was hard for me to pinpoint a single book to draw inspiration from...but I came up with something pretty cool so let's see if you can guess which book I chose :)
Any guesses?  Come on, I know you know this!

Game of Thrones!  I've only read 4 of the books so far...I can't decide if I like watching the show and then reading the books or reading the books and then watching the show.  I feel like I get much more emotion with the show and I love that, but my husband really wants me to read the books with him so we can talk about everything that's happening...it's a big situation here :)

The main part of the series that stands out to me (and probably everyone else) is the dragons, so I picked out 3 super adorable dragon images from Meljen's Designs:  Cuddle Dragon, Dragon's Little Friend, and Sleepy Little Dragon.  I colored them all in with my colored pencils and blended them out a little bit so they had a smoother finish than what straight pencils could give.

Since I had already planned out my layout before printing the images, they were already scaled to the size I needed them so placing them on the card was easy.  I also colored up the Fairy Tale Castle image from Meljen's to have in the background.  I suppose if I was being true to the books, the hills would be brown for sand and dirt instead of grassy green...but I like the green better :)

I struggled with a sentiment so browsed around for some inspiration while playing with the words in my head to try and come up with something clever.  "Time's a dragon without ya" seemed like a really cute sentiment, and I stamped Miss You on the inside.

So stop on over to Meljen's Designs and join in this awesome challenge!  You should also check out the rest of the DT's creations as they are gorgeous like always!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    A Gem of a Challenge #123-Animals
    Artistic Inspirations #100-Anything Goes
    Crafting When We Can #73-Friendship
    Crafting With Dragonflies #30-Clean and Simple

Thanks for visiting! <3

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So Nice to Sea You

Hey Everyone!
Ready for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown?
This week we want to see your vacation themed creations!
Our awesome sponsor is The Stamping Boutique and they have provided some super cute images for the DT to use.  But I decided to use one of the images I already had in my collection.
I'm in a shaker card kind of mood.  I just love filling in those clear spaces with these fun little beads and shaking them around!  My original plan was to use some dew drop type beads in the middle, but after layering about 15 circle frames and still not having enough room to shake those beads around, I nixed that plan and went with the tiny beads instead :)  They're more fun anyhow :)

The image I've colored up is Uncommon Friendship.  I've used my colored pencils on everything, and added touches of stickles to all the little sea friends, and the mermaids tail.

Overall, the card was left really simple, but it did take me a little bit to put together because of all the layers for the frame.  And I added a fun sentiment to go with the image :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    613 Avenue Create #80-Anything Goes/Shaped Cards
    Crafty Cardmakers #119-Under the Sea
    The Crazy Challenge #175-Summer Vacation
    Fab n Funky #223-Feels Like Summer
    Let's Craft and Create #94-Shaped Cards
    Simon Says Stamp-Let's Be Clear

Hope you will join us this week!  Thanks for stopping by! <3

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