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I love living just blocks from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, in WI. I am a wife to Greg(for 40 yrs in 2012), mother to Heather and Amber (love my girls), daughter to Marion (deceased in 2012 at 88 y/o, lived a life glorifying the Lord), sister to Paul and Samantha, aunt to Paula, Shelley (and fam) and Jeremy (and fam), owner of Whisper (the cat) and most of all...a child of God, saved by grace through Christ Jesus. Life is a gift! Eternal life, a BLESSING!!!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 322

Tuesday Throwdown
Challenge 322
-Baking-

Here's my card for the challenge!
First of all, let me say, I LOVE this little Gingerbread
gal! I printed two of these digis so I could cut out an
extra bow for my cute ginger gal. I picked out my
papers first so I could decide how to color the image. 
Sometimes I do things really weird when I'm creating.
I colored the image with Copics. I added sparkle pens 
to the white on the gingerbread gal and my little dots 
on the cardstock. I colored the extra bow, making a 
checked design. I added a pop dot to the back to raise it 
up for added dimension. 
I die cut her into a circle before adding the bow so it
would overlap the green part of the circles. I added
some funky Christmas twine, popping up my sentiment
on top of the twine. I made a twine bow and glued
it down to complete the card. 

Thanks for stopping by and consider "following" my
Blog before you leave!

A big THANK YOU to our sponsor for this challenge:
Be sure to visit our sponsor's website.
They have wonderful products! 

Still time to get involved with the current 

Monday, December 5, 2016

CYP Challenge 341

always
Anything Goes!!

Here's my card for CYP Challenge 341

I decided I needed to do a Pop-Up card with this
adorable digi image from Crafty Sentiments Designs.
I cut my main card, the long way...4 1/4 x 11. I 
folded it in half and cut a "wave" about 1/2 way down 
the front, to make a snowy hill appearance. I colored
my snowman using Copics...I made the bird a Cardinal. 
Then I fussy cut the image out and that certainly
took a bit of time. lol. Boy, I love die cuts...when available.
I used a tree stamp from A*muse Studios to create my
woodsy background. I stamped, and stamped off, 
many times. I used a sponge to fill in the greens and 
 sponged some colors to the sky, as well, but it didn't 
show up in the photos decent. Oh well. After my
image was cut out 
Image result for pop up cards
I made the pop-up piece. I took a strip of cardstock
cut about 2" by 3/4" and folded it in quarters, making
a square. (Similar to the pic) I attached the square, on 
the fold and top of my card. attached my snowman to
the front of the pop-up square accordingly. I used Stickles 
to add the sparkly snow to the trees, snowman and the hills. 
The sentiment was added to the front using mounting tape.
Boom, done!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Exciting News!

I'm excited to announce a brand new
ANYTHING GOES challenge blog 
starting in 2017...yes, that's right!
Lots of great sponsors and prizes and 
I hope everyone stops over and joins
in the challenges beginning in Jan.
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CYP Challenge 339

always
Anything Goes!!

Here's my card for CYP Challenge 339
First thing I did here was cut out a mountain line. 
I used it for my mask so I could take FSJ Pan Pastels
and create my colorful sky. I removed the mask and
then used it for a layer of raised mountains in front.
You can't really see the dimension but it's there. :-)
I used Stickles to make my snow on the mountain peaks.
I colored my Polar Bears (Two Cubs and Momma) from
ADFD. I'm a HUGE Polar Bear lover and these cuties
are awesome!! I used pop dots to raise the bears and I
stamped my sentiment and put together my layers. 

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 319

Tuesday Throwdown
Challenge 319
-All About The Words-

Here's my card for the challenge!
Obviously I wanted to highlight the words in some way so
I thought that using the Thank You sentiment as a framing
border was a decent idea. I just stamped the words and 
my delicate floral center with black ink. I just wanted a
hint of color so I used my Copics to color the tiny
 flowers and leaves. FSJ Glaze was used on the leaves 
and flowers. 
The glaze added a nice shine and pop. Naturally I had
to add a few crystal gems before I began putting my
card layers together. It was a really simple card 
but I think it the simplicity is what makes it lovely.

Thanks for stopping by and consider "following" my
Blog before you leave!

A big THANK YOU to our sponsor for this challenge:
Be sure to visit our sponsor's website.
They have wonderful products! 

Still time to get involved with the current 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Craft Your Passion Challenge 337

always
Anything Goes!!

Here's my card for CYP Challenge 337
 I basically made this card white on white. I die cut the
sweet tree line and added some layers of "snowy hills". 
I used Fun Stampers Journey Pan Pastels for the 
sky and snow colors. I used a pale blue and lavender.
I colored my cute little snow guy using Copic markers.
I took a silver pen and colored the buttons and the 
band on the ornament. Some puff and Stickles to his cap. 
Naturally, as long as I had the Stickles out I made use
of it all over my snow. I fussy cut my snowman and 
raised him, and some of the snow layers, using pop
dots and mounting tape. I nice little "Peace on Earth"
sentiment (A*muse) stamped in black and DONE! 

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

MFP Stamps Challenge 44

MFP Stamps Challenge 44
(Oct.. 29 - Nov. 4)
 Great news! 
ALL of MFP Challenges are now 
ANYTHING GOES!
Here's my sample card as a design team member 
for Mark's Finest Papers! Thanks for looking and head 
on over to JOIN IN the challenge fun!
I started this card by sponging inks onto 
GLOSSY cardstock. I used die base inks. After I
let the ink set/dry I stamped 3 images with
VersaMark and black embossed them. I stamped
my sentiment using StazOn. Journey Glaze was
used on each flower for some dimension and shine.
After the glaze dried I added my ribbon and black
twine. I put my layers together and completed the
card by adding a few "dots" embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by and consider following my blog.  
Be sure to join in the current challenge now!!

I used MFP stamp sets
"Huge Blooms"
Challenge closes on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

MFP October Blog Hop Final Day 4

MFP October Blog Hop Final Day 4
Theme is: 
Thanks

Join us each day, Oct. 25 - 28, for some 
time to be THANKFUL!
Prize for COMMENTING,
"Calendar"

The MFP Winners Badge for 
commenting and tutorial 
will be awarded. 
Prize for doing a TUTORIAL
"Halloween Selections Mini"

Tutorials
            1. Subway Art Sentiments by Kren
            2. Clip Place Card Holders by Vickie
~~~~~~~~~
Enter your tutorial submissions
~~~~~~~~~
Let's get started HOPPING !!
Here's the Design Team
KarenKrenLois
MarilynnPam,  SandyShirley
ToniVickieMFP Stamp Shop 

Now my card for Day 4
For this card I first picked out my designer
paper and cut it at an angle and attached it to a
piece of white cardstock, leaving a space between
the two so I could stamp my sentiment, 3x, through
the space. I added some ribbon and bow along
edge of the lower piece of designer paper. Then
layered it all on a matching rose colored 
cardstock and then onto the main white card.
I used the stamp set Dogwood Blossoms from MFP.

Enjoy the Hop. Come back each day to be 
inspired! Get to work on the tutorials and 
submit them HERE by Oct. 28, 3pm CT 
and don't forget to be commenting! 
Go to MFP Stamp Shop Blog  tomorrow,
 Oct. 29th, to see if you are a winner!!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

MFP October Blog Hop Day 3

MFP October Blog Hop Day 3
Theme is: 
Thanks

Join us each day, Oct. 25 - 28, for some 
time to be THANKFUL!
Prize for COMMENTING,
"Calendar"

The MFP Winners Badge for 
commenting and tutorial 
will be awarded. 
Prize for doing a TUTORIAL
"Halloween Selections Mini"

Tutorials
            1. Subway Art Sentiments by Kren
            2. Clip Place Card Holders by Vickie
~~~~~~~~~
Enter your tutorial submissions
~~~~~~~~~
Let's get started HOPPING !!
Here's the Design Team
KarenKrenLois
MarilynnPam,  SandyShirley
ToniVickieMFP Stamp Shop 

Now my card for Day 3
This was a fun card to create. I found my cute little turkey
and decided that I needed to paper piece him. I did color
his hat, feet and beak area with Copics. I cut him out and
set him aside until I made my hills, sponging the edges 
with brown ink. I was trying to decide what to do 
with the sky when I found the leafy designer paper. 
I thought that the sky around my house looks like that 
a lot in the Fall. :-) I used a word bubble die cut for the 
Thankful sentiment and added the main sentiment right 
to the "hill". lol THANKS for stopping by! 
I used the stamp set I Am Thankful from MFP.

Enjoy the Hop. Come back each day to be 
inspired! Get to work on the tutorials and submit 
them HERE by Oct. 28, 3pm CT 
and don't forget to be commenting! 
Go to MFP Stamp Shop Blog 
on Oct. 29th to see if you are a winner!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

MFP October Blog Hop Day 2

MFP October Blog Hop Day 2
Theme is: 
Thanks

Join us each day, Oct. 25 - 28, for some 
time to be THANKFUL!
Prize for COMMENTING,
"Calendar"

The MFP Winners Badge for 
commenting and tutorial 
will be awarded. 
Prize for doing a TUTORIAL
"Halloween Selections Mini"

Tutorials
            1. Subway Art Sentiments by Kren
            2. Clip Place Card Holders by Vickie
~~~~~~~~~
Enter your tutorial submissions
~~~~~~~~~
Let's get started HOPPING !!
Here's the Design Team
KarenKrenLois
MarilynnPam (you are here),  Sandy
ShirleyToniVickie
MFP Stamp Shop 

Now my card for Day 2
Any card that requires my coloring "skills", and I use
that term loosely, it takes me lots of time. This rose
was no exception. I fussy cut it out and raised it up
on my pink checked designer paper, after I added
my sparkly green (yes, it's green) ribbon. I just
added my sentiment to the lower corner and that was it!
I used the stamp set ROSES from MFP.

Enjoy the Hop. Come back each day to be 
inspired! Get to work on the tutorials 
and enter them HERE by Oct. 28, 3pm CT 
and don't forget to be commenting! 
Go to MFP Stamp Shop Blog 
on Oct. 29th to see if you are a winner!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 317

Tuesday Throwdown
Challenge 317
-Add a Border-

Here's my card for the challenge!
Our sponsor, Conie Fong Art has some super cute 
images. Be sure to go visit them and check them all out.
I picked "Joy To The World" to create my card. 
I just wasn't sure what border, or type of border 
I wanted to use with this cute little penguin. I finally
settled on leafy vine border adding a couple of 
poinsettias in the corner. I colored my little icy 
friend with Copics and embossed the main white
piece of cardstock. The rest was all just different
layers of cardstock. I added a dotted edge/border
around the penguin. I used a sparkle pen to bling
up the snow, furry hat trim and the "JOY". 

Thanks for stopping by and consider "following" my
Blog before you leave!

A big THANK YOU to our sponsor for this challenge:

Be sure to visit our sponsor's website.
They have wonderful products! 

Still time to get involved with the current 

MFP October Blog Hop Day 1

MFP October Blog Hop Day 1
Theme is: 
Thanks
Join us each day, Oct. 25 - 28, for some 
time to be THANKFUL!
Prize for COMMENTING,
"Calendar"

The MFP Winners Badge for commenting and tutorial 
will be awarded. 

Prize for doing a TUTORIAL
"Halloween Selections Mini"

Tutorials
            1. Subway Art Sentiments by Kren
            2. Clip Place Card Holders by Vickie
~~~~~~~~~
Enter your tutorial submissions
~~~~~~~~~
Let's get started HOPPING !!
Here's the Design Team
KarenKrenLois
MarilynnPam (you are here),  
SandyShirleyToniVickie
MFP Stamp Shop 
Here's my card for DAY 1
My card was obviously a very simple one but
I really like how it turned out. I stamped the 
sentiment 3 times, in different colors, stamping
off once each. Then, the main image stamped in 
black. A bit of layering and done. 
I used the stamp set Autumn Glory 
and Classic Dad by MFP.

Enjoy the Hop. Come back each day to be 
inspired! Get to work on the tutorials and submit 
them HERE by Oct. 28, 3pm CT and don't forget to 
be commenting! Go to MFP Stamp Shop Blog on 
Oct. 29th to see if you are a winner!!