Monday, November 29, 2010

Here it is....

Is everyone as excited as I am?

I found enough craft supplies to finish up cards for Barb's Whipper Snapper Christmas swap.....

I am sorry that I cant tell you exactly what I used for him, but at least I have some new craftiness on my blog!

Huggz to all,

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nope, I haven't....

fallen off the face of the Earth, but it feels like it.....

We have officially moved and now we are getting to the unpacking....

Bear with me ~ there will be a new post up here, with a card made and everything, on Monday!!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Monday

Good Morning Friends~

Real quick post to show you a card I made for a friends anniversary!

The images are from Deedee's Digis; colored with my Copics.  I used a Fiskar's border punch and some pearls as embellies.

Speaking of Deedee's Digis - for those of you who hopped thru this past weekend, my lucky winner was
Kathy Czygan!

Thanks for stopping, sorry that this is so short - packing away our place for a move at the end of the week, so I am just happy to get something up here~

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Creative Cowgirls Challenge

After much debate, I decided that I was going to rejoin the girls from the Posse to work with them on a fully sponsored challenge blog.  This week, our sponsor is

They have offered up some great images for us to use!
is offering the WINNER the "All My Heart" Stamp Set

Top 3 will each receive an image from

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will stop by the challenge blog to see what has been created for your viewing pleasure and to offer up inspiration!

Guess you might want to see my

I was treated to some awesome western scenery.
I printed it twice, colored it up with my Bic Mark Its and made a scene worthy of a western movie!
The paper is all from my scrap file and I inked the edges with Cocoa ink from CTMH.
I chose to use no bling, but did use multiple layers to bring dimension to my card.

Thanks for stopping,

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tis Better to Give Blog Hop

The holiday season is upon us -- a blessed time of love and laughter, precious moments spent with family, good food aplenty, and, for many of us, gifts and giving. Now, we can almost hear the chorus of groans at that last part -- LOL! Yes, holiday gift giving can be stressful, especially when budgets are tight, gift lists are long, and the pressure is on to "shop 'til you drop." Well, we of the Deedees Digis design team firmly believe that gift-giving should be a joyful experience all the way around. That's why we have come together today to share with you some ideas of fabulous gifts that you can make, so that your gifts this year are meaningful, affordable, and hopefully as stress-free as possible. Join us today on our blog hop as we show you why "'tis better to give" -- because not only will you have fun giving these gifts, but making them as well! :-)

If this is your first stop on the hop, be sure to visit the Crafting with Deedee's Digis blog, where you will find the directions for the hop, a chance to win the grand prize of a $15 credit to our store, AND a little gift for you!

Since our theme this hop is such a 'giving' one, I decided to make the favors for Kyle's holiday sledding party. Last year, a girl in his class had a 'party' at a local sledding hill and that is where the idea came from for a special winter day this season. We will be inviting his class and a few other special friends and cousins and Mike (my DH) and I will chaperone an afternoon of winter fun. The great part is that we will take the camping stove and heat kettles of water for cocoa (to go with some homemade cookies and snacks)! My project showcases their 'mugs' everyone will be able to take home with them!

I was going to make my own template, when I said "Hello - check the internet"!  I found a great template at Mirkwood Designs and it worked so well that I didn't even need to modify it because of the size of my cocoa mix. Gotta love that! I used Picasa to add the sentiment from Snowy Sentiments to the image from Let it Snow. I also added the greeting using this software. I printed in as a 4 by 6 and then cropped it down to the size I needed. This idea would all work great with the Just Chillin' and Warm Wishes sets!!

I colored the image with my Bics and then just added a bit of snow highlight with my white gel pen; and added a sequined snowflake and a clear rhinestone to the top of that - TA DA - easy peasy. The steam coming from the cocoa is just ric rac stapled to the top of the cocoa mix which is in this adorable mug! [FYI - the red background is just that; printed as the background to my little collage thru Picasa.]

Your next stop on the hop is CEAL!

Before you leave, please be sure to leave me a comment in order to be entered to win a free digi of your choice from the Deedee's Digis store! You have until 12 noon Eastern Time on Sunday to comment. All winners will be announced on Monday at Crafting with Deedee's Digis -- be sure to check back then to see if you've won. Thanks so much for joining us today, and happy holidays to you!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Hope you will all
on Friday
Who doesn't love a
and a

Stop back Friday to see the inspiration from
the DT at Deedee's Digis!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Terrific Tuesday

Today I went for a bit of a non-traditional card. I live in an apartment and have the nicest neighbors. I try to change the decoration on my door with the season and this week I put up one to celebrate Thanksgiving, which is quickly approaching!!

I used two great items from the Deedee's Digis store ~ the image from Bountiful Blessings and one of the great verses from Words of Thanksgiving. The cornucopia is popped up above the fancy oval I put through my Cuttlebug. Since the challenge this week at Deedee's is to use the lovely late Autumn colors of red, yellow and brown, I used those as my primary papers - the DP is from my box o' paper and I no longer know that manufacturer. I colored the cornucopia with my Bics! There are two buttons holding my ribbon to my project and a floppy bow to hold it on my door. I will probably re-work the bow, but am not very good at them, so we will

Thanks for stopping here - I hope you are working on your challenge project, as we 'speak'. Deedee's Digis is sponsoring the challenge (Buttons and Bows) over at Tuesday Throwdown, so stop by there and see some more inspiration!


Monday, November 15, 2010

The Dazzlers are DUELING the Divas....again!

I need to give a shout out to Michelle for sending us (the Dazzlers) a wonderful kit this month!!

Our theme this month is so appropriate - "Thanksgiving/Gratitude".
The challenge is to tell you about the person who inspired you to make the card; someone we are grateful for!

The card kit included:
Image: DRS Designs on Neenah Solar Crest white
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
DP: The pumpkin and Graphic 45, Polka dot...Making Memories
Ribbon and Hemp: Michaels
Buttons: Creatology
Leaves: Recollections (Boutique Fleur Mulberry paper)

Now, do you want me to show you the card first, or tell you the story?

Since I feel like teasing you today....

I made this card with my forest friends in mind.  I am grateful for all the love and support they send my way, despite not ever meeting me in real life!  What more can a girl ask for?  Now, I need to tell you that I am not going to send this to any of these great friends...I am going to hang on to it and cherish it and the memories that inspired me to make it.

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me tease you before showing off my creation!
Stop by the other Darlings today and see what that have made to go with this month's theme!

Dazzlers              Divas

April (me)           Barb
Debbie              Carol
Jeanette           Jamie
Melina             Joan
Michelle             Judy
Paola                Kelly
Terry                  LJ


Friday, November 12, 2010

Attitude - with a capital A

Yep, I've got it....

My dear friend Paola handed out this award to me yesterday....and I gratefully accepted it!

I'm not sure I have had the 'right' attitude lately, but sure have had

To accept, I need to tell you three, yep three, little known facts about myself....hmmmm...
{Like any of you really want to know these things about me}
1.  I've always wanted to bungy jump.
2.  I will read just about anything and everything - with the exception of historic fiction.  And, don't talk to me while I have my nose in the book (or, maybe do talk to me b/c I will agree to most anything)
3.  I give most of the cards I receive in swaps away to my church.  The sunshine committee is so grateful for them that how could I not??

I now need to pass this award on....hmmm (as EK would say)....

Have you ever...

...gotten a new image and colored it?...and colored it again?...and well, you get the idea....

Faith over at Delightful Inspiration designed an adorable little angel -Kaela- and it was her freebie (you know the drill, if you had participated in her progressive you received it free to use this week) today.

I have colored Kaela a few different ways, but only got one card done of her.

Isn't she adorable?  My husband will not look at her; she has no mouth and that really bugs  She looked like a Christmas Angel colored like this, so I dug out a scrap of holly paper and added a big bow.  As my son noted (he's 11), I won't be mailing this one is a plain envelope!

Thanks for stopping by!

In case you were wondering what else I was working on today, there is a new challenge blog starting up.  Many of the former Posse members have come together to work on a fully sponsored challenge blog.  Many great companies have stepped and offered us images to work with and we couldn't be more excited!  We hope you will join us on the 19th for our first challenge!

Have a great weekend,

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Okay... you aren't going to see two right now - hopefully, you already checked out my earlier post featuring "Harvest Bounty" from Faith over at Delightful Inspiration.

That being said, here is my second post of the day and my number "TWO" card of the day.

This is my prototype for the two dozen Christmas cards I am making for our family this year.  The image is "Prancer" from Shelly's Images.  The cardstock is from SU - Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.  I colored the wreath with my Bic MarkIt's and Prancer himself with chalk; and his antlers with my son's colored pencils.  I won him a bit ago, have had him colored up, but hadn't put the card together until today!

Thanks for checking out my craftiness today!!
Huggz, April

What a deliciously delightful Tuesday

Today I am sharing with you a card using the last freebie from Faith over at Delightful Inspiration!  This is her 'Harvest Basket."  Isn't it full of all the great veggies that will sustain us through the winter??  I love the autumn months because all of the images are so 'colorable'.  Don't you agree?

I have used my scraps of DP and CS and some left over rhinestones for the embellies!! 

It was a fun card to put together and I want to THANK you all for the love you share with me!!  It has been a hard start to the month, but feel like a huge weight is off my shoulders.  Life is turning around for our family and there are so many reasons to PTL!!

Happy Tuesday and I will see y'all tomorrow!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Sunday Quickie

Just a quick little post because I want to show you the card I made for the Teddy Stampers blog hop!  I must admit that I hadn't heard of the Teddy Stampers until joining the Design Team over at Deedee's Digis, but wowhee what cute cards these stampers make.  I do love me a teddy or fact, my favorite SIL collects Boyd Bears and I am always thinking of her when I see such cuties!

This card uses Deedee's newest bear - Beary Happy Birthday.  I colored him up with my Bic's and tried to make his fur look a bit layered - like a favorite teddy would be worn.  It's great that digis at Deedee's come with sentiments, inked (CTMH) around the edges ; and I used two on this card!!  The paper is from Sandy Lion and the pearl dots are from Michael's.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday, finally.....

Well, after the week from H*E*double hockey sticks, it is Friday.  And that means turkey raffle tonight....

Sound like fun?  Nah, I don't think so I am sending my DH with my FIL and foregoing the experience.

Think I will stay home and make a card or two....actually, I will probably be coloring my images for my Christmas cards....I need to get crackin'~

Here is one I made this afternoon.

It features a wonderful digi from Deedee's called Little Miracles!  Have you stopped over and taken advantage of her sale?  You should....lots of fun at a little price!!

This was colored with my Bic's and faux stitched with my gel pen.  I used two flowers from my stash, as well as a piece of white grosgrain ribbon.  The single dragonfly was made sparkly with some glitter glue!  I love the contrast between the orange and the purple!!

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's been one of those weeks!

I truly don't like to vent here, but my week started out truly cruddy and my crafting mojo went out the door with the warm fall weather. 
Then I was struck a blow when I learned that someone I thought was honest and trustworthy in the crafting community shut the door on not only me, but a whole design team and community.  To say the least, everyone should own up to their own mistakes.  It is the least a person can do and lets honest people (for example, ME) remain honest.  I guess my only mistake was trusting the wrong person in this whole episode.  I do apologize, not for the culprit, but for possibly, unwittingly, using an image that was not legally one I could use.
To top my week off, my husband, who has been jobless for over a year, and I decided that we just can't stay in our apartment for another year and have made the very hard decision to move in with his father.  This won't been an easy move for my husband, or I; but will be VERY hard for our son.  I thank God for finding us a way to keep our heads above water.  While it hasn't been an easy decision, we know that it is one we were meant to make.

Okay, done with that - basically, I hope you all skipped my tirade and moved straight to this nifty card!
I have used a digi from Deedee's Digi, Warm Wishes, and followed her Happy Monday Challenge, which can be found HERE.  It's a great sketch, and I am not sure I did it justice.  (I did tweak it just a bit.)It is actually a very nice card IRL, but didn't translate well in the photo.  The paper was all scraps - I believe that they were from the Dollar Store to begin  That's how long I have had them.  The tag was gifted to me and I added a hole on the bottom so that I could run the ribbon through both ends.  The sentiment comes with the digi (I love, love, love that about Deedee).  The ribbon was from Big Lots and the gems were leftovers - think Michael's brand, to tell you the truth!

Thanks for stopping by!
And for letting me vent!  I will tell you the truth ~ I feel so much better just venting....


ps~ I forgot to mention that when you stop in to Deedee's Digis, you MUST check out her sale!!!