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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges #81 PARTY TIME

HAPPY 2015!

We are starting the new year off with a PARTY at CC&CC.  Come show us your cards that celebrate a party!
Our sponsor is the great Bugaboo, one of my favorites!
The image that I used is called "Friends Don't Let Friends Wine Alone 2" and is a real cutie.

Come join us for our FUN PARTY!

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar #126 ~ Happy New Year
Dilly Beans ~ Ring In The New Year

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges #80 Christmas

Greetings and Merry Christmas!
Of course we have to celebrate one of everyone's favorite holidays, Christmas.  
We are very happy to have A Day For Daisies as our generous sponsor over at CC&CC.  I LOVE working with Tammy's images, they are beautiful!
When I was looking through all of her lovely images, I found this adorable one  and immediately knew I wanted to use it.  The theme of the card just popped into my head as soon as I saw her.  She is called "Can't Sleep".  I really like how it turned out.

I created this scene of a little girl staying up to see Santa.  The window and cat are die cuts.  I did the tree freehand and added all the decorations.  The little girl I printed out on the holly paper and cut out her pj's to add to the image.  The presents are hand cut from glitter paper and then I added the string bows.

We would love to have you join us for our Christmas challenge at CC&CC.  And while you are there, be sure to check out the great creations of our DT.  We have several new ladies who are so talented, and we are so happy to have them with us.  I am very proud of my team!  They are FAB!

Merry, Merry all!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Creative Knockouts #67 ~ Tis The Season

Merry, Merry everyone!  Time to celebrate this great holiday season.  So let's get in the mood with Creative Knockouts and their "Tis The Season" challenge.  Our great sponsor Inky Impressions gave us two great images to choose from, along with the sentiment.  I chose this little cutie called "Snow Kitten".   

I used  die cuts for the tree and the background circle.  Then I dusted the tree with snow flocking, colored the kitten with Copics and a bit of Applique on her hat and skirt, added the sentiment, bow and snowflake.

Please join us for this great challenge, and be sure to check out out DT's creations.  They are FAB!


Friday, November 28, 2014

More sad news . . .

I wanted to let you all know why my last two posts were late.
I had told you all that my father passed away on the 7th of November, but with the passing of his life we were so happy to have a new life on the way.  My daughter and her husband were expecting their first child.  Unfortunately they lost the baby this past week and we are all devastated to say the least.  She is recovering slowly, and we hope that when they try again they will be blessed with a lovely, healthy child.

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges #79 ~ Use A Charm

How about adding a charm to your card?!  That is the theme for our challenge over at CC&CC.  I chose to do a Thanksgiving card in which the design in the circle is a cut file that I  cut with my Silhouette.  For my charm I used a little gold cornucopia on a leaf under the bow.

We would really like you to join us for our fun challenge and see what kind of a charm you will use.  See you there!

Creative Knockout #65 ~ All That Glitters

I love the image that I got to use for this challenge at Creative Knockouts!  It is by The Paper Shelter and is just soooo cute!  She is called "Fantasy On Ice" and was a really pleasure to color with my Copics.  I framed her with a lovely die cut called "Frostyville Frame".  It is mounted on a layer of embossed snowflake paper that was dusted with Perfect Pearls, and then the glitter paper background.

The die cut on the inside is called "Snowflake Corner". and the sentiment is also a die cut.  It is done in a dark purple, but it looks black in the picture.
Please come join us at Creative Knockouts and show us 
your glitter and bling!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Autumn Apples

I know it is Autumn, but for some folks I think Mother Nature just jumped right to Winter!  So much snow all around the country.  If you are in one of the hard hit areas, stay warm and safe!

Here in Phoenix it is finally cooling down - 71 degrees here today, really nice.  Over night the temperatures are down in the 50's making it really feel like Fall.  And this time of year is always my favorite.  The smell of wood smoke in the air, crisp days and juicy apples!  This card is a cut file from SVGcuts from a set called Autumn Box Cards, and was cut out by my Silhouette.  I love the way the layers pop up, it gives it such nice depth!  For mailing it all folds flat, but quickly just pops back up into shape.

This card made me hungry!  Time for a nice crispy apple!
Happy Crafting

Friday, November 14, 2014

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges #78 ~ Your Favorite Holiday

We make so many cards for so many occasions, but I think we do the most cards for holidays.  Join us over at CC&CC and show us which holiday is YOUR favorite!

I chose Easter as my favorite and used this cute image called 
#511 Hatch In Egg.  It's from our super sponsor Scribbles Designs.

Come over and join us!  We would love to see YOUR favorite holiday!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Creative Knockouts #63 ~ Use A Banner

I had a lot of fun with this challenge at Creative Knockouts.  The theme of "Use A Banner" is a good one for me as I don't use them very often.  I don't know why, because I really like them!  So it was fun to come up with a design and incorporate the banner into it.

Our sponsor is the great Bugaboo, one of my all time favorites.  I used this pretty Autumn design titled "Jar - Autumn".  I colored the image with my Copic's, used tiny labels as my banner with leaves added to them and strung with dark brown cord.  Then I added the raffia and button bow.  The frame behind the image is cut with a die from dark brown burlap.

We would love to have you stop by and join us.  If you have never used a banner or not done one in a while, here is your chance to have some fun using one.  ALSO, be sure to visit the blogs of our great DT to be really inspired by some super creations!

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Cards 4 Guyz ~ #44 Thanksgiving or Thankful
PDE Linky Party ~ Banners
(PIN)spirational Challenges ~ Inspirational Image
Digistamps 4 Joy ~ Preparing for the Holidays/Fall
Freshed Brewed Designs ~ Fall Colors

Friday, November 7, 2014

On A Personal Note . . .

You may have noticed that I have not been around visiting my blogger friends much recently.  I was on a trip to Oregon to visit my daughter.  While there, my father became very ill and had to be admitted to intensive care.  He has been declining for some time and his body was failing.  Yesterday day I arrived home in time to be able to speak with him for a few hours while he was still cognizant.  He was in so much pain and suffering terribly.  The Dr.'s did all they could for him, but at 93 his poor body was shutting down.  He was placed in hospice late in the afternoon and and given the drugs he needed to be comfortable.  I left late in the evening and at 3:45 am this morning they called to tell me he had passed away.  It is hard, but he is not suffering any more.

On the bright side, I am so happy to announce I am going to be a GRANDMOTHER!  While visiting with with my daughter she found out, and we are all delighted!  The baby is due July 1, 1915.
The circle of life is a miraculous gift.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #77 ~ Halloween

Another late post - it's hard when you are not at home to get everything done on time!

Our theme at CC&CC is HALLOWEEN!
We are announcing a great NEW sponsor!
Please check out this very talented artist and his fantastic images!
 I have used this very spooky and great image titled 

Hop on over to CC&CC and join in the spooky fun!

Creative Knockouts Challenge #61 ~ Patchwork Pretties

I am so sorry this is posted late, but I am away from home visiting my daughter in Oregon.  I managed to get some computer time and get it psoted, my apologies!

Our fun challenge this time is to use a patchwork on your card.  Our sponsor Sassy Studios graciously let us choose our image, and because it is Halloween I chose this cutie witch called, "Little Honey's Wicked".  She is so adorable!

We would love to have you join us for this fun challenge at

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chocolate, Coffe & Cards Challenges #76 ~ For The Boys

Hi there, thanx for stopping by!  Time for another great challenge over at CC&CC.  We have a fun theme this time.  It's a chance for you to make a card for a boy or man.  We are being sponsored by the great Bugaboo Digi Stamps, and they graciously let us choose an image of our choice.  I decided on this cute "Guy Golfing".  He was colored with my Copics and I added some lettered brads that spell "golf".

We would love to have you join us for this challenge.  So head on over to CC&CC and show us your card for a guy!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Creative Knockouts Challenge #59 ~ Animal Friends

Animal Friends, that says it all!  I know that my kitty Zazu is my best cuddly, fluffy fur ball and best animal friend!  No matter what kind of animal it may be, they are all special.  So Creative Knockouts is celebrating our animal friends. 
We are being sponsored by the great Sweet N Sassy Stamps.  They generously gave us several images to choose from, and my choice is this adorable little guy called "Rhubarb's Punkins".
He is perfect for the Autumn season!  I did lots of layers, colored him with my Copics, made a tag and added the flowers.

We would love to have you join us for this fun challenge.  It's your turn to show us your favorite animal friend!  Our DT has done some wonderful projects that you will be sure to appreciate, so come join the fun!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges #75 Heel & Purses

Hello everyone.  I am so sorry this post is late.  Life does get in the way at times.  But here we go.  This was s fun challenge for me.  I love using cut files with my Silhouette.  So this challenge I decided to make a purse shaped card.

Be sure to drop by CC&CC and join us for some fun with this challenge.  You will be sure to be inspired by the great cards our DT have done for you!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Creative Knockouts #57 Ribbon/Lace

Happy October everyone!

This challenge at Creative Knockouts we are being sponsored by the SUPER Stamping Chef!  If you haven't seen their images yet, be sure to go check them out!  They have awesome digis, so cute and sexy!

Because of the season I chose this cute gal called "Nancy Brew" and used her to celebrate Oktoberfest.  I made the beer mug pattern and cut it out with my Silhouette.  I raised the foam layer, image and bottom of the mug with pop dots.  Nancy was colored using my Copics.  I really love this image!

We would love to have you create a fun card or project for our challenge.  Just be sure to use ribbon or lace, or both!  Join us at Creative Knockouts and see the fun cards our DT have done for your inspiration!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Creative Knockouts #54 ~ Happy Fall Y'all!

Hello friends.  We are about to enter my favorite season of the year, Autumn!  I love the smell of wood smoke in the air and the leaves changing colors.  To me it's "Mother Nature's" most beautiful season!

To celebrate this season we are doing a Fall challenge over at 

We were free to choose any image we liked from our own collection, and I decided on this cute little guy from Dearie Dolls.  I love his adorable little round face and sweet smile!  The image also reminds me of playing in the falling leaves when I was a child, I loved it!

I colored him with my Copic's and mounted him on a die cut circle and frame.  The background is a variety of strips of Autumn papers.

Drop on by and visit us!  Our DT has done some fab creations for you that we hope you enjoy.  See you there!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Creativ Knockouts Challenge #53 ~ Tic Tac Toe

Happy Thursday all, thanx for stopping by.  We are having a fun challenge over at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme is Tic Tac Toe!  Take a look at the board choices:
 Our generous sponsor is Crafty Sentiments, and what adorable images they gave all the DT to use.  I chose the adorable "Henry".  BE SURE to go see the  creations the DT did for you at Creative Knockouts.

My choices were Die Cuts/Punches, Shaped Card, Ribbon/Twine.  The shape is an SVG file from My Scrap Chick.  I love that site!  The card is called "Bright Side Easel Card".

Now its your turn to show us your fave picks from the
Tic Tac Toe board.  Have fun, and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

For My Son-In-Law, Travis!

It doesn't seem that long ago I posted a card for Travis when he left for Alaska (but to my daughter it has seemed like AGES!).  He is coming home on September 13th, his birthday!  I made two cards for him, the first for my daughter to give him, and the second from me for his birthday.

Welcome Home

Happy Birthday

The airplane is a cut file from the Silhouette on line store.  I used it because Travis loves to fly.  He will be going up on his birthday. 
Happy Birthday Travis & Happy Flying!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Chocolate, Coffee & Card Challenges ~ #71 BINGO

Welcome to my blog.  It's time for a fun game of BINGO over at Chocolate, Coffee & Card Challenges!  Take a look at the card that we are using:

My choices are YELLOW, String, BLUE.  And my cute image is from our sponsor Scribbles Designs and is called #914 Sundae.

Come take a look at the fun cards the DT have done for your inspiration and play a game of BINGO!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Creative Knockouts #51 TAG IT!

Our theme for this challenge at Creative Knockouts is to use a tag.  I must admit, I don't do a lot of them, but when I do I sure enjoy creating them.  They can be used in so many ways; on a present, a gift bag, bottle of wine, on a card, the options have no limits!  For my tag I used this cute image given to us by our super sponsor  digistamps4joy.  
They have a fab selection of images!  It's called "Bettie Bow", soooo adorable!  I made the tag and then applied it to a card.

Be sure to drop by Creative Knockouts and see the great challenges they have going on!  The DT have some awesome creative inspiration for you.
See you there!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sunny Day

We are half way through the week and all is well at my home.  I'm sure some of you have seen in the media all the rain and flooding we are having here in Phoenix and surrounding areas.  What a mess!  I really feel sorry for the people having to deal with all the damage from the storms.  Hopefully they will get assistance to repair their homes.

Today's card is another for my Aunt Mary.  I ordered a new die cut by Creative Expressions called "Austrian Collection - Background", and I LOVE it.  It is so quick and easy to make a lovely card.  I am going to cut a bunch in different colors just to have them ready to work with.

Enjoy the rest of the week, the weekend is not too far away!
Hugs to all.

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Amusing Challenges ~ Die Cut
PDE Linky Party ~ Metal Dies or Punches

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thinking of You Bouquet

Happy Friday everyone!  Time to have some fun over the weekend!  I have house guests arriving and I am thrilled to be sharing time with them.  I wanted to post this card before I get too busy!

It is hard as we get older to reconcile to the thought that life moves so fast.  Having recently put my Pop in a care facility has really been a wake up call for me.  Now he and both of his surviving sisters are in care facilities.  They are 94, and 92 years old, and Pop is 93.  I know that they enjoy receiving "snail mail" and like to set the cards out for a bit of cheer.  This card is for my Aunt Mary whom I adore.  When I was a child she sewed tons of doll clothes for my dolls, and also matching outfits for me!  She is a very talented seamstress, and still sews at 94!  Amazing!

I hope this brings a smile and a bit of sunshine to her day.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge #71 ~ Fairies

Dainty little creatures ~ fairies.  There are so many tales and stories about them, and also so many lovely images of them available to us as crafters.  My favorite was always Tinkerbell.  When I saw Peter Pan, I fell in love with her!

We are celebrating this adorable little creature in our current challenge over at CC&CC.  Along with our super sponsor Whoopsi Daisy we have created some lovely cards. My image is from sheet 199.  I used soft colors, tiny pearls, die cut corners, border punch and a bit of ribbon.

We really would love to have you play along with us and show us your lovely fairy creations.  So come join us at CC&CC!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Creative Knockouts Challenge #49 ~ DOILY FUN!

Hello, and welcome to another great challenge at Creative Knockouts!
It's time to get out your pretty doily's and put them to use.  Make a creation and include a doily!  We are so fortunate to have A Day For Daisies as our super sponsor.  The sweet image that I have used is 
called "Mom's Hat".  I love it, so adorable and it reminds me of 
childhood playing dress up, so fun!

I colored the image with my Copic's then cut it out, used Martha Stewart doily's that I cut, then added some roses and pearls.

We would love to have you stop by Creative Knockouts for some Doily Fun.  While you are there be sure to check out all the wonderful creations our 
DT have done for your inspiration. 

Entered in the following Challenges:
Crafting by Designs ~ Vintage/Shabby Chic
Hobbybook Designer Challenge ~ All about Kids
Simply Create Too ~ Old/Vintage

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For My Dear Friend

It is always so hard when a friend is going through sorrows and sad times.  My SBC (Sister By Choice) if facing one of those times now.  In the past week she has lost a very dear friend, and yesterday she had to put her beloved kitty, Pippy, down.  It breaks my heart to see her dealing with these events.  She loves receiving my cards, so I did this one for her to let her know how much she is appreciated and that I am there for her as she always is for me.

I cut the "lattice" top piece on my Silhouette and laid it over a piece of flowered paper from my new pack called "Park Bench" by Fancy Pants Designs.  I hand made the flowers from punch pieces and added the flourishes and butterfly from a die cut.  Then I added the sentiment and the fancy pin.

Our friends are so important.  I cherish her friendship and am so thankful to have her in my life.  Let your friends know that you care ~ you never know when you may not be able to tell them how happy you are to have them in your life.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Chocolate, Coffee & Card Challenges #70 ~ Polka Dots

I love polka dots!  And that is what we are using for our theme over at CC&CC!  And to make those polka dots really look special, Bugaboo is our super sponsor who gave us our choice of image to use.

My image is called Heels - Polka Dot.  I really love this image, it is so cute and girly!  Besides, I love wearing heels too, so it was perfect for me.

We would love to have you join us at CC&CC and show off YOUR polka dots!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Creative Knockouts ~ Christmas In July

This challenge is a really different one for me ~ Christmas in July!  It was 116 degrees here today!!!  It sure as heck does NOT feel like Christmas!
But, none the less, I made a Christmas card for this fun challenge at Creative Knockouts.  Our super sponsor, Dilly Beans, generously let us choose our image, and I really liked this gal.  She was so fun to color!  She is called "Amalia's Christmas Present".

Well, I have one holiday card done, now for about 40 more, lol!  I hope you join us at Creative Knockouts for this challenge.  Our DT has done some amazing creations for you.  AND, you can get a jump on those holiday cards!