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Happy Leap Day!!  I hope everyone is well.
I am so proud of my card today!  It turned out so good and makes me smile every time I look at it.
What a beauty!  I can't believe how much I love this card!  The colors worried me at first.  Fantabulous Cricut's challenge this week is purple, turquoise, and green...and while all of the design teams projects were so fabulous, I just couldn't get anything to work in my head.  But I tried anyhow.  I've had this purple patterned paper in my stash for so long.  It seemed like a good one to use for this card.
The bird cage is cut out from the Cricut French Manor cartridge.  I cut out the layers in 2 different shades of blue, and then staggered the layers just slightly so both showed through.  I cut a small piece of chain and added it to the top of the cage with a couple brads.  Then added some light blue stickles to the top layer.
Both frames are cut from the Lacy Labels cartridge.  The purple layer on the large frame has been embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.  It's a one sided piece of paper so the other side is white, which once the paper was embossed, the white popped through a little.  I was going to ink some purple on top to cover that up, but I'm glad I didn't because I feel the little bits of white really brighten the card up.
I had some extra blue petals from my card yesterday so I made another blue flower.  The purple flower petals are cut from the Wild Card cartridge, just cause that's the cartridge I have plugged into my jukebox that I know has a flower on it :)  I inked the edges of the purple flower with purple to cover the white.
In the centers of the blue and purple flowers, I dotted some 3D paint and then poured on some of my new tiny beads to make a shimmery center.
I rolled up some of my roses, but I made them a little smaller than normal.  Added some swirls, a few purple pearls, and some glitter to the blue flower and it's all done!  I'm still debating if I want to add some glitter to the birds wings and the white roses...what do you think?
I just love this card!  Yeah, I make creations that just don't work...but it always feels so good when something turns out just perfect!
This card is entered in the following challenges:
    Fantabulous Cricut #100-Purple, Green, Turquoise
    Kaboodle Doodles #108-Shades of Purple
    Stampin' Sisters in Christ #128-Variegated Colors
    The Crazy Challenge #108-Anything Goes
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Thank You Card

Happy Tuesday to everyone!
Today's card is pretty simple and was fun to put together!
 Not many details to describe here...I stamped out the thank you sentiment and then heat embossed it with some light blue powder from JoAnn Fabrics.
The flower is a cut file I had sitting around...can't remember where I found it :(  I cut it out in several sizes, rolled the edges and staggered the layers.  Then I put a goldish pearl embellishment in the center.
The swirls cascading below the flower are 3D paint dots in blue and gold, and then I sprinkled some tiny beads on top.  I found the tiny beads at a craft store this weekend and they were cheaper than loose glitter so figured I would try them and see if they could be a replacement to glitter.  I'm not sure if they will be a complete replacement...yeah they shine when put in the light but they don't sparkle like glitter does.  But they will be fun to use as a different element on cards.
This card is entered in the following challenges:
    Card Patterns #154-Sketch
    CES Challenge #74-Blue and Cream
    Through the Craftroom Door #20-Clean and Simple Plus a Sentiment
    2 Sisters #80-Anything Goes
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Anniversary Doves

Wanted to share this quick card I made before moving on to my next one.
This one went super quick and was easy to put together!
I cut the shape of the card and the little frame from my Cricut Lacy Labels cartridge.  The frame behind the doves was embossed with the Spellbinders Impressabilities Paisley template but the design didn't seem to press very well into the paper...I'm not sure if the paper was just too thick or what...
The doves are then cut from the Cricut Wedding cartridge.  I added some light blue stickles to the heart so it sparkled.  I chalked some roses with pink and then added some pink glitter to the tips and placed them around the doves.
The interior is decorated with the sentiment.
This card is entered in the following challenges:
    Critter Sketch #103-Sketch
    Tuesday Throwdown #86-Use Blue
    Crafting for all Seasons #21-Shaped Cards
    Charisma Cardz #7-Love is in the Air
    Clearly iStamp #46-Let's Get Shapley
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I'm Sorry....

...for making this first card!!  lol...
My schedule for Monday included making an "I'm Sorry" card.  So I looked through the sketches I had for challenges this week and decided on the sketch at Sketches by Carly:
Pretty cute right?!
So I get started on my card, choose my papers and colors...and produce this terrible, awful, never going to show this again card!
It wasn't looking good from the beginning, but I kept hoping that the next element I added would pull it all together...and it just didn't!  I was sooooo disappointed!  Once again I had spent precious time and valuable materials to make something that was just plain ugly...
Well I couldn't end my day that way, so I tried again.  I looked up a different digital sentiment to use and changed my colors a little bit.  I didn't want to totally give up on the patterned paper or sketch I used...what would be the challenge if I didn't try to improve on something I didn't like?
Once I had my plan set out, I started putting it all together.  And this is the result:
Tada!!!  I LOVE it!  As you can see, I still used the floral paper, but I covered it with a piece of vellum to tone down the brightness of it.  Instead of the original brown I paired it with green, and I chose a pinkish second patterned paper.  The sketch is flipped to the side but still contains all the needed elements.
I cut out some floral shapes with my cricut and started constructing the flowers.  I spent a good part of yesterday looking up details, styles, and techniques on how to make different flowers.  That was so fun!  But ultimately put me 2 days behind on my initial "schedule."  Opps!  Oh well :)
The centers of the large flowers are just big blobs of 3D paint.  I don't have any gems or pearls large enough to fit in those centers.  I was hoping it would have been a bit more shiny when dry...but doesn't appear to be.
I made some buds using the same petals as the large flowers, I just cut out the centers so the petals were in a strip and then twisted them up.  Then punched out some little daisy shapes, added a little glitter to them and a gem in the centers, and shoved them into the arrangement :)
 On the right side of the sentiment is another flower, but I also made some little "stick pins."  They aren't really stick pins, they are strips of paper with a decorated heart glued to the end!  But again, I don't have stick pins so I had to work with what I've got :)  I think they turned out super cute!  And they do add something extra to the whole card.
This card (the second, much prettier card :) ) is entered in the following challenges:
    Sketches by Carly #50
    Crafty Cardmakers #62-1,2,3 Recipe (1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellishments)
    Paper Makeup #24-Word Art
    Delicious Doodles #13-Pink
    The Corrosive Challenge #143-Another Dimension
    Sentimental Sundays #90-Let's Get Sentimental
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Pink, Pink, Pink!

TGIF!  I don't know about you, but this week has been dragging for me!  I'm glad it is finally the weekend!
Today's card is very simple but oh so sweet!
The image is from Pixie Dust Studio and I just love it!  Every time I scan through my collection, I spot this one and tell myself I need to use it SOON!  Well I finally did!  I was also able to use up some of my scraps stash on this card.
The pink leopard print paper I have had for quite some time, and I had made a box with it awhile ago which left me all these tiny odd sized pieces.  But they were perfect size for this layout!
I colored in the image with my colored pencils...each time I use them I realize that my color selection is quite minimal...like when I make a pink card and want to color the shirt pink...but oh right, no pink pencil!  Ugh...I will have to improve my collection very soon!  But I did the best I could with what I had :)
For the heart, I added some glossy dimensional accents to it and then sprinkled it with red glitter.
I cut out the pink border using my Cricut Holiday Cakes cartridge and then punched the little holes with my eyelet tool.  I strung a pink glitter ribbon across the top of that and added some red pearl embellishments.  Then I did some hand stitching/doodling around all the panels and it was done!
Like I said, simple but so sweet!
This card is entered in the following challenges:
    Pixie Dust Studio #114-Sketch
    Deep Ocean Challenge #19-Pink and Brown
    Digital Tuesday #147-Use Your Stash
    Cardz TV #102-Stitching
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Engagement Couple!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
I am so excited about this card!  As I was pulling stuff together I was worried it would be too cluttered, but now that it's done, I love it!
Isn't that so sweet?! I found the image via a Google search and made a few modifications to fit how I wanted it to look.  It's cut out 3 times, 2 in black and 1 in white.  The white is sandwiched between the 2 black cutouts.  I felt that gave it a slight highlight and looked the best.
The circles and heart in the corner are cut from my Cricut Lacy Labels cartridge, and I embossed the large on with 'the Dvine Swirls folder.  The middle circle is a bit bigger than I had wanted but I think in the end, it all worked out :)
I typed out and printed the sentiment since I didn't have any in my collection that suited the theme. 
There is a small silver gem where the diamond ring should be.  I really wanted to highlight that area but my original idea wasn't going to work, so that is when I decided to put the heart behind their hands and the gem in the ring box.
I spun up some of my roses to place around the card, and included the larger red one that I had made a few days ago for my Valentine table decoration.  There is a red pearl embellishment in the center that gave me quite a bit of trouble getting in there...seems the opening was just a little too small for the pearl...but I shoved it in :)
I added some glitter to the hearts and roses and it was all done!  What a sweet card!  So love it!
This card is entered in the following challenges:
    Sketch Saturday Sketch #194
    By the Cute and Girly-Love is in the Air
    The Crazy Challenge #106-Valentine or Love
    Die Cuttin Divas #52-At Least 2 of Designated Colors (Red, Pink, White, Black)
    Crafting for all Seasons #20-Love is in the Air
    Stampin' Sisters in Christ #126-Create a Happy Card
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Bunny Basket

Happy Wednesday to everyone.  I hope you all had a great Valentine's Day.
My card today is one that initially I was not very fond of...it's always disappointing when I make a card and don't like it...all that hard work!  But as I played a little more with the elements and added some things, it grew on me :)
I'm really happy with how the basket turned out.  It was so cute, and yet it seemed like anything I put behind it just didn't mesh very well...but I kept trying!  I think the blue dots and the banner are what really pulled it all together for me.
The basket and all it's details are cut from the Cricut Easter cartridge.  I embossed the white behind the bunny with my Swiss Dots folder and the bottom of the basket with the peacock folder in the Animal Prints bundle.  The background frame is cut from the Lacy Labels cartridge and then embossed with D'vine Swirls.  I then inked some blue on top of it to help the swirls stand out and not be so flat...otherwise it just didn't have much pop to it...
This card is entered in the following challenges:
    Sketches by Carly Sketch #49
    Totally Stampalicious-Texture
    Ladybug Crafts-Spring is in the Air (Easter counts as Spring right? :) )
    CES Challenge #72-3 or More Layers
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Baby Shower Invite

Happy Monday to everyone and thanks for stopping by my blog!
Today's creation is one I have been working on for a few days...it's not a super difficult creation but I kept walking away from it or getting distracted over the weekend so it took a bit longer to complete than what it really should have...oh well!  lol :)
I tried my hand at stitching...not machine stitching but hand stitching...probably not as pretty as it would have been using my sewing machine, but I still like the effect it has on this project.
Isn't that just so adorable!!!  When I won the challenge over at Crafter's Cafe, I was able to choose 3 images from The Stamping Boutique.  Well all 3 were fairies because they were just so cute!  But when I saw this one, I knew I just had to have it!
The image and frame around it are cut from my Cricut Lacy Labels cartridge.  I colored the image with my pencils...nothing fancy :)  I cut out some small circles and made little calla lilies, then placed them around one of my pink roses.
Then it was on to the inside!
The invite part isn't anything fancy.  It's the same frame shape as the image on the front.  I cut a couple slits in the top and made a bow with the black and pink ribbon that I used on the front.  I just love it!
I will have to keep playing with the stitching thing, maybe with my machine next time :)
And I think I am going to go back and add some glitter to the front of this creation...I was so excited to share it with you that I kind of skipped that step :)
This creation is entered in the following challenges:
    Card Patterns #152-Sketch
    Paper Pretties Monday Challenge-Use Flowers
    My Time to Craft #172-A is for Adorable
    Ribbon Carousel #39-Anything Goes
    Charisma Cardz #5-Things with Wings
    Paper Crafting Journey #2-Fairies/Angels
    A Gem of a Challenge #39-Fairies
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Cross and Lily

Finally a post!  I have been busy all week with a wonderfully large purchase from Etsy so I haven't had much time to make any other cards or posts!  But that order is finally done, so I'm back!
This card turned out so fabulous!  I just can't stop looking at it, it's so pretty :)
I was really sketchy on how the pink, black, and gray colors would work together but I think it is all fabulous!  I followed the sketch at Mojo Monday for this week.  Originally I had a whole different idea for a Valentine card...but I just couldn't get the image of the cross out of my head!  So I changed gears and went with the cross :)
I embossed the pink background with my D'vine Swirls embossing folder and the white frame around the cross with the Swiss Dots folder.  The frames around the cross are cut from my trusty Lacy Labels cartridge!  I had planned on putting sunburst type accents around the cross but I think this frame worked pretty well since it has a spiked edge.
The cross is cut from the Wedding Solutions cartridge.  The top layer is a white glitter paper.  I really wanted the cross to shine, so that was the point of the glitter paper.  Then I cut out a pink heart, added some glossy accents and clear glitter so it also sparkled, and placed it in the middle of the cross.
On to the flowers!  Those lilies gave me such a headache! 
I made so many of them trying to get them right...I still don't think they are great but better than before!  The first few I made didn't stick together at all!  The next few just totally crumbled in my fingers...seemed like my paper just completely soaked up my glue and became mush...but alas, I finally figured out a few things that made them sturdy and was able to get them put together!  (I watched a few tutorials :) )
The roses are dusted with some pink chalk and then glittered.
As I said before, I just love this card!!
I've entered this card in the following challenges:
    Mojo Monday #227
    Fantabulous Cricut #97-Love is in the Air
    Kaboodle Doodles #105-Hearts and Flowers
    Lexi's Creations #58-Love
    The Pink Elephant #134-Pink
    Ruby's Rainbow #21-Flowers with a bit of Sparkle
    Delicious Doodles #12-All Loved Up
    Stampin Sisters in Christ #125-A Project That Shows Love
Some of these challenges are for "Love" projects, which at this time of year would represent Valentine's Day.  But to me the cross represents the greatest love of all!  So even though it is Valentine's Day soon, the cross will always be the greatest symbol of LOVE in my life!
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"Some Love" Wedding Card

Happy Wednesday!
I've been doing a lot of digging around on the internet lately for cut files and different flower/border/frame ideas.  I came across this great site today:  Images by Heather M.  She has so many great cut files and tips on how to make your own.  I found it very useful and spent a good part of this morning just reading her posts!  So I decided to use one of her border cuts and her romantic frame cut on my card.
I was going to do another Valentine card, but decided to do a wedding theme instead.  As mentioned before, the frame and the side border are both from Images by Heather M.  I punched out my own flowers and added some glitter and paint dots to the centers.
The sentiment is a digi stamp from my collection.  I thought it went pretty well with this card :)
I added some cord around the border and then made a bow.  I just bought the cord and haven't really used it before, so I'll have to play with it a bit more to really get used to how it looks.  I really love this card!  I think the pink, black, and white color scheme works really well and makes it very romantic...probably why I decided to do wedding as the theme :)
This card is entered in the following challenges:
    Deconstructing Jen Sketch #36
    Color Throwdown #177-Colors Black, Melon Mambo (pinkish), White
    Paper Pretties Monday Challenge-Love
    Totally Stampalicious-Clean and Simple
    Deep Ocean #18-Love You
    Ladybug Crafts #52-Loves Me, Loves Me Not
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