Saturday, 22 September 2012

Hallowe'en Cutie

I have just returned from a visit to the city where I spent a few days visiting my Mom & catching up with the friends I used to craft with before moving to the lake. We got together for lunch & a good giggle. I think the waitress was glad to see us leave...we were there for over 3 hours! Have you ever noticed how time flies when you are with great friends? I drove home on Thursday afternoon & I am sooooo glad I didn't wait until yesterday as originally planned. We had the weirdest weather yesterday! Everything from sunshine, cloud, high winds, rain, sleet & even SNOW! Yuck, it is way too early for that dreaded white stuff! Today was chilly but lovely & sunny. So, I have just made my first ever Hallowe'en card! Can you believe it....61 yrs. old & making my first one! And, I think it is adorable if I do say so myself. The image is from Sandi Huggett at The Outlawz, CS is Bazzill & there is NO DP! (another first for me!) the scalloped frame is a sticker from Making Memories that has been in my stash for over a year; the ribbon is also from my stash & is probably 2 yrs. old; the bling is from Queen & Co.

The next picture is a real bear that was chomping on acorns just a few cottages down from us the other night.....he wasn't the least bit concerned that I was there taking his picture (from the safety of my car!)                                                                                                                                                 

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
1. Hiding in my craftroom.....hallowe'en
2. Pattie's Creations.....anything goes
3. Simply Create Too #22.....anything goes
4. Wags 'n Whiskers.....circles
5. DL.Art Thankful Thurs. Ch.....hallowe'en for a child
6. My Heart Pieces.....anything goes
7. Paper Play Ch.....choose a holiday
8. Inky Impressions.....for a child
9. Paper DP
10. Oldie but Goodie Ch.....use something atleast 6mths. old (sticker frame & ribbon)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Crazy September

September is a crazy month for birthdays in my family....last week was my hubby's; this week is my beautiful niece Alyssa's & my sister-in-law Dianne & next week is my brother Terry's. My craftroom has been a busy place lately! For Alyssa's card I decided to use the gorgeous "Ava" from Saturated Canary. I have had this image for ages & have been waiting for just the right occasion to use it. So, here she is:

As always I have colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. The CS is Prism & the beautiful DP is "Airy Fairy" by Kaisercraft. I have used 2 Memory Box dies: Valerian Flourish & Petal Party; the bling is from Recollections & ribbon is from my stash.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
1.  Dream Valley.....Celebrations
2.  No Matter Which Challenge #2..... die cuts/punches
3.  Platypus Creek Ch. #15.....birthdays
4.  Squiggles & Giggles.....punches & dies
5.  The Squirrell & the Fox.....anything goes
6.  Allsorts.....purple passion
7.  Di's Digi Designs.....2 die cuts/punches
8.  Simply Create Too.....anything goes
9.  Crafty Blogger Network.....color challenge (purple)
10. Forever Friends.....purple
11. Lollipop Crafts Ch#90.....2 punches/dies
12. Make It Monday.....anything goes
13. Totally Stampalicious.....girlie birthday card
14. Tammy's Scrapin Corner.....anything goes

Monday, 10 September 2012

Birthday Fishes!

Tomorrow is my wonderful hubby's birthday & when I saw this image from Anne Fenton  I knew it was the one for him. When we lived in the city Bill created a beautiful oasis in our backyard with a big pond, waterfall, patio & cedar gazebo. His pride & joy were the "fishies" that lived happily in the pond all summer & in tanks in our basment in the winter. I think the hardest part for him when we moved to the cottage was leaving his pond & his koi behind! The young couple that bought our house were very excited about taking over the care of said pond & fish but Bill just wasn't sure they would love them as much as he did! LOL We have plans to build a pond here at the lake but until that time comes I thought maybe these little fishies would tide him over! The image as I said is one from Anne Fenton at the freebie challenge on the Outlawz site, colored with prismacolor pencils & OMS, papers are Basic Grey, ribbon is from my (huge) stash & the manly bling is Recollections. Thanks for stopping by....hope you have a great, I have tons of birthday cards to make....Sept. is a big time birthday month in my family!

I want to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Digi Haven.....fins or feather
2. Dude Time Doodles.....2 shades of blue
3. One Stop Craft Challenge flowers

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

I HATE spiders!!!

I hope you all took the time to do the "Jen's Sunshine" blog hop & send some love to our lovely Jen. Wow, there sure were some beautiful cards created. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog & left such lovely comments....I truly appreciate every one of them! I've had a very interesting few days since my last post. On Wed. evening I was sitting on the chesterfield talking on the phone to my daughter when I noticed a big red welt on the back of my leg. Within a couple of minutes my leg started to swell up & got very red, hot & painful. The next morning I could hardly walk with the pain so I phoned the clinic & got an appointment to have it looked at. One look & the doc sent me down to the emergency dept......she said I had been bitten by a spider & had cellulitis. So, I spent all day Thurs. hooked up to IV antibiotics. I have always disliked spiders but now they are on the top of my "squish list"!!! (& I didn't eve see this critter or feel the bite) While I was in emergency the doctor drew lines on my leg to mark where the inflammation was & where it spread to as the day went on. I was told not to wash the marks off until the inflammation started to receed. Well, we were going to a dinner on Sat. for our friends 50th anniversary & I was wearing white capri pants....needless to say my leg got a few stares....with it's blue road map drawn all over this nasty red calf & shin! I'm happy to report it has improved greatly. The pain is gone & the color is almost back to, does anyone know how to get these rotten pen marks off my skin? My card today is the one I made for the anniversary party on Sat. It is the first card I have ever made without an image on it & I really love how it turned out! The CS is Bazzill, DP is Basic Grey Picadilly...breakfast nook, I used the gorgeous Valerian Flourish die from Memory Box...putting 2 of them together with the Recollections flower in the center (thanks to Debby4000 for that idea!) lastly, the beautiful lace is from the dollar store....$0.25/meter....gotta love that deal!!! Whatever you are up to today I hope it makes you happy! Thanks for stopping by.      Hugs, Renee

 This is the inside of the card:

I'm going to try my luck in the following challenges:
1. Crafts 4 Eternity.....less is more
2. Daring Cardmakers.....focus on flowers
3. Inspire Me Fridays.....anything goes
4. Make it Monday.....anything goes
5. Paper Pretties.....square card
6. The Pink Elephant.....use patterned paper
7. The Cupboard Trilogy.....tic tac toe (flowers, lace & glitter (50th)
8. 2 Sisters.....use a primary color (yellow)
9. Basic Grey.....punch it (Valerian flourish)
10. Challenges 4 Everybody.....anything goes
11. Paper Crafting Journey.....anything goes
12. Through the Craftroom Door...anything goes
13. Papertake Weekly.....anything goes
14. Little Red Wagon.....use a number (50)

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Link Up For Pink

Keeping with the Breast Cancer Awareness theme....check out this awesome giveaway that Yolie has at LUFP!

Who wouldn't want to get their hands on this!!!