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This Little Pig

Pigs have become more a part of my life than I ever thought they'd be.  DH grew up on a farm with pigs, cattle and wheat and whenever we go visit his parents' farm, our boys want to go out and see the animals!  DS3 is in that stage of childhood now that includes practicing his animal noises and pigs are one of his favorite to mimic!

2 Cute Ink released an adorable baby pig image today and I tried it out on a card!  I am stepping down from the design team in preparation for the busy, warmer months.  I know there are many exciting things yet to come at 2 Cute Ink, so be sure to stop by and visit now and then!  Heidi is one talented artist and I can't wait to see more of her adorable creations in the future!


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Cow Party

I played along with the Ways to Use It Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers today.  The challenge is to color something!  I do love to color, but always feel like I'm winging it a bit since I haven't really had any official Copic coloring classesI'd love to take one someday, but so far the closest ones have been over three hours from where I live.  Someday...

The inside of this card says, "Let's party 'til the cows come home!"  I had to go and Google Holstein cows to make sure I got the spots right.  (I make things more complicated than they need to be...)  LOL!  I'm sure there are cows roaming the countryside with other colors for spots, but I was wanting a black and white color combo!

Supplies:
Stamps - C.C. Designs (Moovalous - digital), Elzybells (sentiment - company no longer in business)
Paper - Paper Trey Kraft CS, SU cardstocks (Basic Black, Real Red), Copic blending card, My Mind's Eye DP (On the Bright Side)
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - red button, baker's twine, corner punch (to create banner tip), Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle), gemstones (red, black), Stickles (red, on hat)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Pastels

Spring brings with it a softness (a.k.a. pretty flowers...oh...and mud) and gentleness (a.k.a. rain) that is so appealing after harsh winter weather.  Although, this particular winter was not what I'd call harsh, by any means!

In the spirit of spring, I made a card using soft pastel colors to go along with this week's Stamping Boutique Challenge.  I also used this week's sketch over at Card Patterns.  Remember, there are freebies to be won over at The Stamping Boutique, so be sure to stop over and enter the challenge to qualify!


Supplies:
Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Daisy Fairy - digi), Paper Trey (sentiment)
Paper - SU cardstock (So Saffron, ), DP
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - pink pearls, corner rounder, SU scalloped border punch, Stickles (clear), paper flowers, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), foam dots (popped up oval panels), SU grosgrain ribbon (So Saffron)
Coloring - Copic marker

Here is the sketch from Card Patterns:

 
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Feeling Krafty

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  After thinking DS2 was too sick to go see his cousins, we were pleasantly surprised to find he just had a minor cold, so we all ended up going for a weekend visit, afterall!  DS2 has a tendency to exaggerate illness, so after monitoring him all day Friday, I decided he wasn't really as bad off as he seemed Thursday night!  We ended up having a fun filled weekend with my brother and his family.

Today, it's time for a Prickley Pear creation.  I have been in a Kraft cardstock kick, so dug out some newer paper from My Mind's Eye called Kraft Funday Happy Days.  Love it!  I played along with last week's Card Patterns sketch, not realizing I wouldn't be posting it here in time to join in over on their site!  Oh, well.  I love playing with sketches and this one was a fun one!


Supplies:
Stamps - Prickley Pear (Mini Butterflies Clear Set, Heart Key Crown Clear Set - sentiment)
Paper - Paper Trey Kraft CS, SU cardstock (Cherry Cobbler), My Mind's Eye DP (Kraft Funday Happy Days)
Ink - SU (Cherry Cobbler)
Accessories - SU marker (Cherry Cobbler - butterfly flight path), SU kraft button brad, Nestabilities (circle), corner rounder, square punch (used to create banner tips), foam dots (popped up banner)
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Turtle-y Sweet

Happy Friday!  I hope you're ready for the weekend because it's almost here!

Well, we did end up making those plans I mentioned for the weekend and then last night, those plans were promptly changed!  DS2 woke up with a croupy cough and I don't like spreading that kind of joy (especially to other little ones), so we'll be staying home (at least some of us will...).  He'll be more comfortable (and I will be too) with the humidifier and all those comfort tools at hand!  Poor kid.  Of all the boys, he doesn't tolerate sickness very well.  Lots of snuggles ahead...

Before the excitement began, I did get a card made for today using 2 Cute Ink's Turtle Sundae image.  The turtle images make me smile every time I use them!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Supplies:
Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (Turtle Sundae - digital), MFT (sentiment)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP, SU cardstock (Chocolate Chip, Lucky Limeade), Copic blending card
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - red button, baker's twine, red gemstones, Stickles (on green layers of ice cream)
Coloring - Copic marker


Challenges entered:
2.  SCS Sketch Challenge #378 
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Laugh Louder

The week is coming to a close and I'm feeling the weekend crunch coming on!  We're contemplating some bigger weekend plans and until I know if those are going to happen, I'm feeling a bit on edge!  :)  Off to my craft room I went to whip up some quick stress relief.  How's this for quick and easy?!  An embossing folder, a sentiment stamp, a little heart punch and some gemstones.


Supplies:
Stamps - Stampabilities
Paper - Paper Trey CS (Kraft), SU cardstock (Real Red)
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - red gemstones, Quickutz embossing folder, SU heart punch, foam dot (popped up little heart


*This card was entered into Splitcoast Stamper's Way to Use It Challenge #368.*
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Big Time Thanks

It's the last week of March and that means time is running out to enter the current challenge over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!  The challenge is to use ribbon or lace and this month's sponsor has been Digital Delights.  I have to say, I'll be visiting their online store again before long!  They have so many cute images, including this adorable little guy!  A perfect image for a thank you card I've been needing to make from my sons!

(I am also submitting this for the current Mojo Monday challenge.)


Supplies:
Stamps - Digital Delights (Peyton - digital), SU (sentiment)
Paper - SU cardstock (Pumpkin Pie), Paper Trey CS (kraft), My Mind's Eye DP, Copic blending card
Ink - SU (Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black)
Accessories - SU grosgrain ribbon (Real Red), SU marker (Pumpkin Pie - dot frame), staple, foam dots (popped up sentiment panel)
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Think Happy Thoughts

We're getting some cooler, grey days this week along with some rain.  We do need the moisture, so I'm trying not to complain about the return of my cold fingers and nose!

Today, a new challenge begins over at The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog and, this time, we are to use a sentiment as the focal point on a card.  I used a happy little sentiment and placed it right in the very center of my card.  I added a couple of simple embellishments to pretty it up a bit, but that's it!


Supplies:
Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Think Happy Thoughts - digital)
Paper - SU cardstock (Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight), Paper Trey white CS
Ink - SU (Daffodil Delight)
Accessories - yellow paper flower, Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle), yellow gemstones, Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam dots (popped up white sentiment panel)
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Floral

Monday again.  After a beautiful weekend that included freshly mowed grass, I'm feeling pretty refreshed and ready for a new week!  Don't you just love a lawn after it's been mowed?!  I'm just finding it hard to believe we're mowing in March!

For today's card, I used Prickley Pear's new Rosebud Fairy.  I started out using kraft cardstock as the base, but ended up changing to yellow.  I think it makes things pop a bit more.  I'm not typically a floral kind of gal (You won't find floral bedspreads or decor in my home...LOL!), but this card was actually fun to make!  Maybe I should spread my creative wings a bit more!


Supplies:
Stamps - Prickley Pear (Rosebud Fairy)
Paper - SU cardstocks (So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler), Copic blending card, Prima DP (Londonerry)
Ink - SU (Cherry Cobbler), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories - SU grosgrain ribbon (So Saffron), Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval)
Coloring - Copic markers
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