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Friday, July 24, 2015

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges #96 ~ A Flower In Your Image

It's Friday and time for another challenge at CC&CC.  This time we are asking you to use A Flower In Your Image.  Our Sponsor, Deedee's Digis, let each of our DT choose an image for our card.  My choice is "My Life Is Blessed".  I used their color image, sentiment and printed paper.  I added a die cut frame for the image and the sentiment, then added some pearls.  I really like the vibrant colors.

Please stop by CC&CC and have a look at all the great cards the gals have done.  They are really lovely!  And be sure to join in our challenge.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Creative Knockouts Challenge #99 ~ Paper Piecing

My First Explosion Box

Welcome blogging buddies.  Thanx so much for stopping by.
This project is something that I have wanted to try for quite some time.  I have put it off as I have felt a bit intimidated by it.  Well, I gathered up my courage and gave it a go!

The theme at Creative Knockouts this challenge is "Paper Piecing".  So I thought it would be the perfect time to have at it with the box, lol!  I got the pattern from online and it was very easy to follow.  Some of the boxes have several layers, but I decided to keep it simple with one layer for my first try.  I found it's like making a bunch of cards and putting them all together with a theme.  Mine is flowers.  I used LOTS of die punches and cuts using my Silhouette.  It was great fun, but I worked on it for several days.  Think. . . work. . . think ~  you get the idea!  Here is the result.

Around the outside of the box in blue letters it says, "Thinking of You, Believe, Hope, Dream.

When you open the box and it falls open it reveals all the goodies inside.  I really like the tall flowers on wires ~ they wiggle when it's opened!

Here are pictures of the individual panels:

This is one of those projects that I would call a "labor of love".  Now that I have done one box, I know I will do more and try using more layers ~ if I can think up ideas to fill all the panels!

We hope you stop by Creative Knockouts and see all the great projects the DT have done, and join in our challenge.

Again, thanx for your visit.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Well, my suitcase is all packed and I am ready to return to Oregon again.  This time I will hopefully buy the lot, hire the contractor and have them start building!  But before I leave, I HAD to finish this card for a very special BFF who is going to Italy for her birthday!  We had planed to go together a few years back, but then life got in the way, lol.  She wanted me to go this trip, but of course I can't because of getting my house built.  But I have no doubt that I WILL make it there some day!

The stamp of the little gal is by Little Blue Button Stamps and is called "Miss Lilly Reporter".  I colored her with my Copics.  The background map I found online and printed it.  I love the "old world" look of it.  I also found the banner on line and then added the word "ciao" to it in my paint program.  I cut it out and raised it and my image with pop dots.  I inked the edges of the map and there we have it!

 I hope I have lots of good news to tell you when I return in 10 days.
 Wish me luck!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #95 ~ 1 Button & 1 Bow

Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at CC&CC!
How about making a card using 1 Button & 1 Bow.
Our fab sponsor, The Paper Shelter, gave us two super images to use for this challenge.  I chose "The Sweet Gardener".  Drop by their store and have a look at all the great digis they have.  A LOT of them even have matching printable paper to coordinate with your image!

I used their color image and some printable paper from my collection to do the frame my image is on and also for the layered flowers.  I krimped the one paper background layer and them added my button & bow.

Come see all the lovely cards the gals have done for your inspiration for this challenge.  They have done a FAB job - as always!  LOVE my DT!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Creative Knockouts Challenge #97 ~ Summer Fun

HI!  So glad to have you stop by for a visit.  I am home from my home hunting adventure in Oregon and trying to get back in the swing of things.  Buying property takes a lot of time and research!  But hopefully I am on the right path!

I did manage to get my cards done on time that were due for this week, whew!  It was a real race to finish them, but I succeeded!  Creative Knockouts has a really fun theme for this challenge, Summer Fun.  I sure hope your summer is going well and you are having plenty of fun!  My image is from our sponsor 
It was a LOT of fun to create with.  I did a raised frame around the image which I ran through my paper krimper.  My image was colored with my Copics.  I cut the word summer on my Silhouette, and then added a lot of premade stickers on the frame - I told you I was hurrying to get the card done, lol!  But I really do like the result.

We would love to have you come join us for this fun celebration of Summer.  Show us what you like to do during this fun time of year!