February 18, 2013

Buttons and Bows Challenge

Hello my friends.  It's time for another challenge for the Sunshine Mail Foundation.  This month's sponsor is Red Rubber Designs and the challenge is buttons and bows and who doesn't have tons of these fun items hanging around?  I know I have WAY more than I should so it was fun to work on this challenge. 

The buttons and bows challenge will run through the end of February.  We hope you join us by linking up your fun creations to the Sunshine Mail Challenge blog.  In order to be eligible for prizes ($10 gift certificate to Red Rubber Designs) you must send your card to the  Sunshine Mail Foundation

Red Rubber Designs has the cutest images to work with and the stamp set I used for my card is one of their featured stamps for the month called 'Wonder and Joy' - it's an unmounted stamp set with 10 stamps (both images and sentiments).

As part of the Sunshine Mail Design Team I'm posting the card (finished size 5x5) I made for the buttons and bows challenge.   This image was a lot of fun to color with my COPIC markers (see list of markers used below).  The patterned papers used are from the 'DeLovely' paper pad from Cosmo Cricket.  The buttons and bow are from my stash. 

Skin:  E000, E00m E11, R20
Hair: E27, E23
Jumper: R22, 24, R27                                                   
Jeans: B91, B93, B95
Shirt: C00 and colorless blender
Flowerpot: YR18, YR16
Background: B000 and colorless blender

Sunshine Mail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides children in need comfort. support and joy through free Sunshine Mail Care Packages.  Sunshine Mail is filled with handmade cards, care essentials and other age appropriate items and delivered to children in need including hospitals, homeless shelters and foster care. 

I hope you join me in the February 15th challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!



February 6, 2013

It's a Jungle Out There

Hello my friends!  It's been a cold one out there - we in the mid-west have finally gotten some snow although I still think we're below the average from the last few years.  Nothing earth shattering of course but we did have accumulations of about 2-3 inches.  Woo-Hoo!! The temperatures have been dipping into some pretty nippy lows...I woke up one morning and on the radio I heard it was 3 degrees with a wind chill of -17.   Yow-za!!!!!  I haven't seen temps like that since....well, last year!   LOL!  It's really been screwy this year - last week we had highs of mid 60's (yeah 60's...not a typo) and then we dip down to a high of 10! Come on Mother Nature stop messing with our heads!!!

Just a quick update on The Mom.....I've always suspected she has poor circulation in both her legs so I took her for a CT scan which confirmed a blockage - then I took her to a specialist and he said, yep, there's a blockage so I took her on Monday to St Lukes in Milwaukee and she had an angiogram and yep, onced again it was confirmed she has blockage in both thighs.  Unfortunately, the doctor was unable to clean out or insert a balloon/stint to help.....so she has to have bypass surgery on both legs.  Whoa Nellie - I guess I'll be scheduling that soon!

On to more happier news!  The Spring issue of CardMaker Magazine is out and your's truly has a card included.  This one is a baby shower invitation made with animal stickers from Penny Black.  It was so easy to do....I took the stickers of the sheet and placed them on a white piece of cardstock.  I then cut out each animal and placed them on the base of my invite.  I used a leaf stamp from Bo Bunny to decorate the inside section where the details for the shower will be.  I must admit I borrowed the idea to cut out the stickers from my former manager at Archiver's (thanks Megan). 

The card base is created like a pocket card but not adhered at the bottom.  Here's the inside of the card.  The gorilla looks confused, probably because he doesn't know where the par-tay is being held!!!

Hope you enjoyed this card.  Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon.