Friday, February 26, 2010

M5D Spring Chickadee Card CLP-22

Good morning!  It's a sunny, beautiful and freezing cold day here in my area.  I don't love the cold, but am happy for the sunshine.  I will take it while I can get it : ) 
I made this card with my Spring Fever in my mind and the most adorable image from the McMahon Five Designs Store.  This image is one of the latest releases from the M5D store .  Be sure to stop by again though on Monday for some additional releases for a look.  There are some awesome Spring images to use.  I have added some other items from the M5D onto this card, such as the Douglas Fir wood paper, the prima flower, and the pretty gems.  I also added a bit of stickles to the egg shells, and they shine like glass.  I just love how cute this card turned out to be. 

I am entering this into the CLP-22 sketch challenge and thank you Chelsea for giving me the sketch to create this with!  Other challenges for this card are:
A Spoon Full of Sugar-Distress inks, glitter and pearls
Stamp Something- Spring
Practical Scrappers-Flowers
Your Next Stamp-Spring colors
Inky Impressions-Think Spring
Fussy and Fancy-Dazzle Us
Practical Scrappers-Stamps
Cute Card Thursday-Ribbon
Dare you to digi- Pearls and digi
CRAFT challenges-ribbon and sparkle

Have a beautiful day everyone, and thank you for giving me a few moments of your time today.  I appreciate your comments very much, and am grateful for your time that you take to make them for me.  Bless you all!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

M5D..My First Easel Card...Melissa

Hi Everyone...I know you are not used to seeing so many posts from me in such a short time, but I guess I am trying to catch up.  I have been seeing these easel cards around for quite awhile now, and I have never had the nerve to give one a try.  Always thinking that something is going to be far more work than it really is.  These are surprisingly easy to make, so if you have been reluctant, take the plunge and give it a try.  They are no harder than any other card, and actually, the change is refreshing now and then.

This card was made with many items from the McMahon Five Designs Store.  I LOVE that store!!  They have everything to create such pretty and unique projects
The image is part of the D'Amour Allure Collection from the M5D store and is printed on Neenah white paper.  The fence is punched onto wood paper, and many of the flowers and gems are all items that can be found at the M5d store

I added some flower soft at the base of the fence to brighten it up and make it look as if those flowers are just bursting happily between the fence posts.
She looks like she is thinking happy thoughts about something.

I hope you enjoy my first easel card, and I would really recommend that you try one if you haven't yet.  Have a great evening my friends.

Challenges for this card:
Secret Crafter-multi-folds
Timeless Tuesday-All About Me
Fussy and Fancy-Dazzle us
Cute Card Thursday-Metal mania
Your Next Stamp- Spring Colors
The Pink Elephant-Ribbon
Incy Wincy-Punch it
Practical Scrapper-Flowers
Paper Sundaes-Glittery Spring
Little Red Wagon-Ribbon
Stamp Something-Touch of Spring
Our Creative Corner-New Technique
Spoonful of Sugar- Spring
Creatilicious-A Little Something
Everybody Art-Easel

MMSC42 Sunrise At The Cross

Hi Everyone~Welcome to the MMSC42 Challenge.  I had some fun doing this one.  This image was a little hard for me to work with.  There wasn't so much coloring involved, so I wanted to add a little spark to it.  I created the sunrise in the background with my pastels, and framed the image with these really cool berries that I happened to find while out and about.  I was hoping to find some palm leaves to use behind the image or at least something that resembled them, but no such luck on my end, and with the weather here the way it has been, I haven't been able to be out shopping as much as I would like to.  So, I used what I had for leaves, and it does add a little splash of color.  I flipped the sketch this week, and I posted a picture of the sketch the was it was designed and the way that I did it at the bottom of my post. 

Congratulations to the winner of the GoldStar and Remarkables:


#103 Sonya Appel

#8 Darlene
#25 Gry-Beate

This image is from our monthly sponsor Cornish Heritage Farms.  What a beautiful Easter stamp.  There are many other beautiful images to choose from as well.   Thank you Cornish Heritage Farms for an awesome sponsor month.  Your stamps are amazing!

I want to take a moment to thank our weekly sponsor:  Delicious Doodles.  I have to admit that I had not known of them until recently, and oh my goodness...they have some really fabulous stamps.  I think I will be spending alot of time there : )

Please visit the Midnight Madness blog for all of the details about our sponsors and their prizes offered. 

Thanks for dropping by for a look.  A very special thank you  and many blessings to those of you that take a moment to leave me a comment and put a smile on my face.  I look forward to visiting you soon.

Some challenges for this card are: 
Stamp Something-Touch of Spring
Practical Scrapper-Stamp

Friday, February 19, 2010

Altered Gift Bag To Wish Good Luck

My dear friend, Abby posted a wonderful altered gift bag this past week, and it inspired me to alter my own bag for my son's student teacher that has finished up her time with the kids and is leaving them this week.  I filled it with some little goodies that any aspiring teacher would love, and my son was so excited to give it to her. 

I had alot of fun altering this bag and really have to thank Abby for the idea.  I am sure that I will be doing this again sometime.

Thanks for taking a peek at this today, and I will be back soon to show you what else I have been up to ; )
Have a wonderful evening!!

Hugs and Blessings,

Challenges for this include:  The Pink Elephant - Ribbon
Incy Wincy - Punch it
Sassy Designs by Susie - Hearts and Flowers
Oh La La - Love
All That Scraps - Valentine Packaging
Simon Says - Love
The Pixie Cottage - Love
Raise The Bar - No stamping allowed

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

MMSC41 Jovi In A Basket Easter Card

I know it's a little early for Easter, but can anyone tell yet how anxious I am for spring to get here?   I just LOVE snow for Christmas, but to be honest, I would be happy not to see it for the rest of the winter after that, but this year, we seem to have enough for about 10 Christmases. 
So, to cheer myself up, I made this sweet Easter card with none other than the adorable Jovi in a basket that can be found at our weekly sponsor's store:  Sew Many Cards  along with many other cute friends and amazing images.  The perfect place to shop for Easter images!!  Don't forget to check out our monthly sponsor's store ... Cornish Heritage Farms for some great images as well.  They also carry some very pretty Easter images.

There is no room for candy in this Easter basket  ; )  Bunnies are fat free and very cute.  What a great alternative to that Easter candy that always puts on the extra pounds and causes need to visit the dentist. 
Who can resist???

CONGRATULATIONS to the MMSC40 Gold Star Award winnter...

86. Holly Miller

Our Remarkables Award this week goes to...

56. America
73. Tracy
88. Darsie Bruno
93. Nancy Brown

Visit the Midnight Madness Blog for all the lastest

So, I wonder what kind of card your imagination will take you to creating for this sketch.  I can't wait to see.  I sure hope that some more of you will do some spring cards to put a smile on my face and some warmth in my bones... hint hint..

Thanks for dropping by for a visit, and for those of you that take the time to leave a comment, a very special thank you to you.  You warm my heart, entice my creativity and motivate me to reach and try new things.  God Bless You!!

Challenges for this card:  Stamp Something - Cute
A Spoon Full of Sugar- Spring time
Polkadoodle- Flowers
Practical Scrappers- Flowers
Incy Wincy Designs- Punches
Crafty Angels- Flowers
Pile It On- Flowers
Dare U 2 Digi- Punches and Digi image
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge- Digi coloring
Tanda Stamps- Quick and cute
Paper Sundaes- A glittery Spring

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Frozen "Niagara"

This is what happens when you get as much snow as we have and then the weather warms up for a day or two.  We are scheduled to get another foot of snow by this Wednesday, and I honestly do not know where we are going to put in anymore.  We have gotten about 5-6 feet of snow in the last couple of weeks, and another foot is not welcome.  We are going to have some flooding, I'm afraid with spring around the corner and all of this to melt.  I am up to shoveling somewhere around 6 plus times a day and much more on those days we are really slammed.  Minus the pain I have inflicted unintentionally upon myself, I am hoping that I have gained some muscle doing this continuous workout.  ; )

I knock icicles down about 5 times a day, but this must have built overnight, and I can't reach the corners sometimes.  Praying that my roof does not collapse or that those icicles eventually crash down and hurt someone or break something.

So, who out there wants to tell me how much they would love to see snow and experience winter?????  The first person who would rather be here than in anywhere that they are that is warm is doing a trading spaces with me for the next 6 weeks  : )  My bags are packed!!!

Have a great week everyone, and I will see you tomorrow with a happy, craft post. YAY!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

M5D Sadie's Floral Hat Card

We are getting a break from the snow today, so I am taking the opportunity to post this card while I have the chance.  This image is from the D' Amour Allure Collection and can be purchased at the McMahon Five Design Shop .  I just got my package in the mail from Sue and could not wait to start creating.  There is such an amazing variety of goodies to buy from there that really gets the mojo going.

Some of the accents on this card that are from M5D are these gorgeous calla lillies that grace this card perfectly.  Of the many gems on here, you can find a selection of these at the M5D store and even the things that you may not readily notice can be found there as well, such as stickles, Neenah white paper and ink.  It's worth a visit over there to see for yourself. 
While you're there, have a look at a special Valentine digi stamp that she has available for only $3 which the majority of the proceeds will go to the Make A Wish Foundation.  You can read about the touching story she shares with you behind her choosing this charity on her site

Thanks for dropping by for a visit today, and please leave a comment.  I always look forward to hearing your thoughts.  It puts a smile on my face and sunshine in my day...and believe me, we could use some sunshine here in the North right now.

Well, I'm off to start pondering my next creation.  Have a great weekend, and Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Challenges for this card: 
Creative Belli~Ribbon
CRAFT Challenge~Digi coloring
Cuttlebug Challenge~Fabric
Fussy and Fancy~Dazzle

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

MMSC40 Life Is Like A Bicycle ... Antiqued Card

As I am recovering from our last winter blast and awaiting the next one to hit us tomorrow, I would like to take a short break and share with you my MMSC40 card.  This image is one that has been shared with us by our sponsor Cornish Heritage Farms  They have some very beautiful stamps to choose from.  Drop by their site for a look.  You will fall in love.  We would also like to thank our weekly sponsor:  Stamp and Create for their sponsorship and giveaway this week.  Drop over to the Midnight Madness Blog for all of the details on this and the lastest MM news. 

Congratulations to our MMM and MMR winners this week:


Darsie #56

An #23
America #61

Beautiful work!  Thanks for playing with us!

These lovely embellishments are from McMahon Five Design's store

Don't forget that you have a choice of sketches this week.  A CAS sketch that can be found on the MM blog or this one.  Which one would you like to try?  I can't wait to find out!  Thanks for dropping by for a look.  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  I am off now to tend to our winter wonderland out there.  Have a beautiful week!

Challenges for this card:  ABC Challenge
Pixie Dust
Wags n Whiskers

Saturday, February 6, 2010

This was our share of the snow.....

We got 25 inches of snow by the time this picture was taken.  It was still snowing at the time. 

I took this one, so that you could see how much actually accumulated on the sidewalks. BTW, I shoveled about 10-12 inches of snow on this same walk right before I went to bed and woke up to find this much more on the ground.

There is a car in there somewhere.  This was the hardest part of snow removal today.  We do the old fashioned way with a shovel.  No snow blowers here.  : (

These are our front steps.  Can you see them there vaguely? 
What a day!  I am sore and tired, but the kids had fun it it, so not all was bad.

I hope that most of you escaped this storm and for you that have....let me know where you are, and I am in the market for a new state to live in....nice and warm and where they have no idea what a snow plow is.  

Have a beautiful weekend everyone, and stay warm!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

MMSC39 Good Dog Card

Hi Everyone.....It feels good to be back again with my teammates at the MMSC.  I have missed working with them these last couple of weeks, but I am so pleased to be back with them again this week, and am thrilled to show you my card that was created with an image from our monthly sponsor this month:  Cornish Heritage Farms.  They have been so generous to us and have some really awesome stamps.  You will not know when to stop choosing when you stop by their shop.  Thank you Richard and Liz!!!  I am really enjoying working with your images!!   Don't miss their awesome giveaway....find out more at Priscilla's blog

Our MMSC38 Gold Star Award this week goes to...  #12 Gry-Heidi

Our Remarkables Award this week goes to... 
#3 SuperNan

#68 Iris
Our MMSC39 weekly Bonus sponsor is.....

Faith of Designed2Delight .  She creates digital stamps with the card artist in mind. Her digi stamps (soon to be in red rubber) are hand drawn and truly unique! Please visit designed2delight.com to view her full range of stamps.  Stop by her store to see what works of art that you can't live without. 

I would like to take a moment to welcome our new guest designer diva this month:  Cheryl.  We look forward to working with her and hope you'll drop by her blog to see what she cooks up this month. 

~~~Now, onto my sample for this week~~~

This was such a fun image to work with, and I enjoyed embellishing this card with all the pawprints, dog bones, and chew ropes.  I also added a rhinestone collar, because he just seemed like the kind of dog that would wear one of those.  Doesn't he look like a good dog?  I had to add the chipboard words to his dog house to show what a good dog he is.  I also added just a touch of sparkle to him and lots of shine to his coat. 

I hope you enjoy my card this week and find some inspiration to create your own work of art for the challenge this week.  I look forward to visiting you, and please leave a comment to let me know that you dropped by and what you think.  Thank you for your time, and have a great day!

May many blessings come your way!

Challenges for this card:  Cupcake Craft Challenge
Raise The Bar Challenge