Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Heartfelt Happy New Year!

Hi bloggers, ready for the new year? It's coming whether we want it to or not I believe. I for one will be glad to see winter half way gone, but still, the time passes so quickly it tends to make my head spin! I am looking forward to the new collections coming up from Heartfelt Creations. The next release will be out on January 13th, and you can find a sneak peek here, on the Heartfelt blog.
You will notice that our new branding has gone live, with different colors and packaging, but have no fear, the same phenomenal quality has not changed one bit. As a matter of fact, I think any of you who purchase the new dies coming out this year will be amazed. They cut like butta!!!
Now on to my card for this week. It started out to be a 25th anniversary card, but I have decide it could also serve as a wedding card, as it is very neutral. I have used the HCPC 3640 Where The Heart Is, cling stamp as my focal point for my card. I used very soft toned Copic markers to color it and then added some flower power with the HCPC 3608 Arianna Blooms stamp and
 HCD 748 Arianna Blooms Die and then a few little flourishes from the HCD 747 Arianna Lace Die
you will find complete instructions, measurements and Copic marker colors I used on the
Heartfelt Blog, along with tons more inspiration from my Teammates.
Here's a close-up of the pretty Arianna Blooms I made. There are several video tutorials HERE, for making this lovely flower along with many others, by our darling Creative Director, Emma Lou.
Thanks for stopping in today and come back again soon,
Hugs, Maureen

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Christmas!

Hi bloggers, all ready for Christmas? I'm still finishing up last minute details. I'm not sure if it's my age catching up with me, or I just like playing with all my Christmas decorations as I get them out.... but whatever the reason it takes me forever to decorate!!!
I have a Heartfelt Creations Christmas card for todays post as it's so close to the holiday I just couldn't bring myself to make any other type of card. I love this holiday and I see a lot of my teammates feel the same way. So my advise for today is grab a cup of something delicious and spend a few moments of relaxation on the computer taking a breather and enjoy all the beautiful creations we have to offer! You can find it all HERE, and each of the projects has a complete set of instructions, along with all the products used, and they are available at the online store.
Here's a close-up of my pretty Christmas roses on my card, and you can see the diamond dust I've added to make them sparkle.
Here's hoping your holidays are magical and joyous and the New Year brings you nothing but happiness!
Thanks for joining me today and please come back again,
Hugs, Maureen

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Heartfelt Inspiration Wednesday

Time again for a bit of inspiration from Heartfelt Creations. My project today is a gift bag. I used the Romantique Garden Collection paper pad and the Heartthrob stamp and one of the Cut, Mat, Create dies to embellish my bag front. You can find the complete instructions for my project on the
 Heartfelt blog. The bag is created with the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board. it's really a fun little gadget. I colored my image with Copic markers and I'll list them below.
Due to the next two weeks being Holiday weeks we will be posting on the Heartfelt blog and the DT's blogs on Tuesday the 23rd & 30th.

Here's a close up of the pretty Bleeding Heart flowers and the Hummingbird.
Copics used:
Flowers- RV95, 93, 91, 69
Leaves- YG67, 63, 61
Hummingbird- G28, 21, 20
R89, 85, 83
I covered the finished Hummingbird with Yasutomo water color pearl paint to give him a bit of shimmer.
Thanks for joining me today and come back soon!
Hugs, Maureen

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Heartfelt Inspiration Wednesday

Hi bloggers. Time for another goodie from Heartfelt Creations. This is a pretty simple card today. Not usually my style, but I'm kinda gettin' the hang of the CAS business! I used only two of the lovely HC products on this card and I think it looks so pretty. I made a fan from the
I made some edges for my card with a Spellbinder die called S6-003 Enchanted Labels 28, used one of the paper pads 5" X 7" card fronts, and a tag from the same pad. I've added flat-backed bead string, glitter, ribbon and silver cord fastened with a jeweled brad to complete my card. Here's a side view so you can see how by just adding glitter to the pre- printed image can make it pop!
Make sure you stop over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see all the beautiful things my Designer Teammates have created for you this week. Remember on the HC blog you'll find complete detailed instructions for each project as well as the products you can get at the HC online store.
Thanks for joining me today and come back again!
Hugs, Maureen

Monday, December 8, 2014

My Besties Challenge- Christmas + Vintage

Hi Bloggers. Time for a great My Besties challenge, which runs from Dec. 8th. to Dec. 19th. This time it is "Christmas + Vintage" How perfect for this time of year. I've used an image from Sherri Baldy's My Besties store called "Raining Snow Flakes" I thought it was just perfect for my out of the box sort of thinking. :-) Her sweet little hat gave her just enough of a vintage look to be appropriate for this challenge. I used Graphic 45 designer paper from the "Christmas Emporium" 8"X 8" paper pad for all the paper elements on my card. The card base is a 5" X 7" Kraft pre-fold from Recollections. The poinsettia is made from Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die and the pine branch is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The Merry Christmas words are from the new Spellbinders S2-118 die. I thought the burlap bow and rusty jingle bells were just perfect for this look. I distressed some edges, sponged a bit of Vintage Photo ink, and if you look rely close you'll see some faux stitching! I've already been asked, so I will tell you here on my blog, the snow flakes were made with a Marvy Ushida Snow Marker pen. You can get them on line if you can't find it in a retail store. I colored my image with Copic markers and I'll list the colors below.
Copics used:
Skin- E11, 00, 0000
Cheeks and lips- R20
Hair- E25, 21, 50
Eyes- E29, 25
Beige's- E44, 43, 42, 41, 40
Reds- R29, 27, 24, 22, 39
Greens- YR99, 97, 95, 93, 91
Holly- YG67

Now girls & guys, we would love you to join our challenge so get out your vintagey mojo and create!
I'm thinking a Bestie Steampunk image would be awesome as a Christmas card too!
Here's the link for you to add your cards to the gallery and I hope you are a winner!
Thanks so much for joining me today & come back soon!
Hugs, Maureen

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration Wednesday

Hi bloggers. Time for another treat from Heartfelt Creations using the Romantique Garden Collection. My card today used one of the beautiful 5" X 7" card fronts. I added some popped up flowers from this collection and the gorgeous swans, this time in white. The beauty of Heartfelt paper pads is they are designed for paper crafters of all levels. Scrapbook pages, cards fronts, 6" X 6" panels, journaling cards, tags, my goodness the possibilities are limitless. Now on to my card.
The products I used on my card are the HCDP1 249 Romantique Garden Collection Paper Pad, HCPC 3641 Heartthrob, and HCPC 3638 Romantique Swans PreCut stamp sets, and the HCD 755 matching die. You can find the complete instructions for my card on the Heartfelt Creations Blog. I colored the flowers and swans with my Copic markers and here is the list:
Flowers- R85, 83, 81 RV000
Swans- C3, 1, 00
Thanks for joining me today and come back again. 
Hugs, Maureen

Friday, November 28, 2014

Heartfelt "Romantique Garden" Release

Hello Bloggers. We are debuting the latest release from Heartfelt Creations today.
This is "Romantique Garden" and our wonderful Kathy has written the most intriguing
description of this collection I just had to share it with you.

Love is in full bloom with the Romantique Garden collection from Heartfelt Creations.  A romantic symphony composed in subtle shades of pink, fuchsia, green, cream and charcoal harmonizes beautifully with picturesque images of dainty hummingbirds, devoted love birds, graceful swans and delicate bleeding heart bushes.  Ornate ironwork backgrounds are in perfect harmony with layered elements of vintage sheet music, lace, flowing handwriting, scrollwork, florals, stripes and flourishes.  Six hand drawn stamp sets capture the idyllic beauty of a peaceful garden where swans glide across the surface of a glassy lake, nesting lovebirds are wreathed in flowers, and hummingbirds sip nectar from blossom laden branches of exquisite beauty.  The coordinating die cuts feature elegant swirled stems, a graduated set of bleeding heart blossoms and a majestic pair of swimming swans.  Dreamy and idyllic, uplifting and inspiring, romantic and moving as a masterfully scored concerto, this enchanting collection is a celebration of love and life amidst the extraordinary beauty of nature.
I have two cards for you today featuring two completely different styles, for me anyway. Although, they are my favorites, Coloring and Glitter! You just can't get any better than that!
My first card is this sweet little garden scene that I colored with my Copic markers. The stamp is
HCPC Romantique Garden. I've also used a snippet of the gorgeous paper pad. It makes me dream of summer, ahhhhhhhh.......
My next card is sparkly, glittery, and bright. I was researching Bleeding Hearts and found this picture of blue ones on the web, so this is where my inspiration came from. Who knew they could be more stunning than they already are??? I've also chosen to color black swans to coordinate with the charcoal paper from the Romantique Garden Collection paper pad.
 HCPC 3638 Romantique Swans PreCut stamp set on my card. Along with the
HCD 728 Timeless Amour Dies on this card.
Here's another view so you cab see how the heart stands up, yet still folds flat for mailing.
You can find the complete instructions for both my cards on the Heartfelt Creations Blog, and take a look at my team mates work, using this spectacular new collection!
Thanks so much for joining me today & come back again!
Hugs, Maureen

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Heartfelt Wednesday Inspiration

Here's another Wednesday post with some wonderful inspiration for you with my ever-growing Heartfelt Creations inventory! I'm telling, you each and every release from them is better than the last. There will be so many exciting gorgeous things I will be sharing with you it will take your breath away. My card today is another from the Classic Sunflower Collection.
This card is my version of clean and simple. I used the Classic Sunflower paper for my background and the Die and cut my flowers from a sheet of the paper pad. I wanted to try something a little different. I LOVE the way it looks on the 6"X 6" card front panel. Doesn't it look just like blue jeans?
Here's a close-up, so you can see how pretty these plaid flowers really are!
There are complete instructions on the Heartfelt Creations Blog on how I made this card, and you can see all the beautiful work the Design Team has put together for you this week. Skate on over there(well here in Wisconsin, it's skate) and fill your day with some awesomeness from the other girls!
Thanks so much for joining me today and be sure to watch for the new release
"Romantique Garden" that will be coming your way on Black Friday the 28th!
Hugs, Maureen

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday Inspiration

Hi Bloggers. Today is my first official post as a Heartfelt Creations Design Team member!
I am so excited to be here to share all the paper and die goodness Heartfelt has to offer.
For the next two weeks it is Designers choice for our posts and then we have a delightful collection that will debut on Black Friday November 28th. This collection is called Romantic Garden, and you can find a preview and tutorial by Olga Jewel here. I have two cards for you today, one Fall, & one Christmas.  I think because the two Holidays are so close, Thanksgiving never gets the recognition it's due. Although my Fall card is a get well card, and not Thanksgiving, it makes me grateful that I am not ill and ever so thankful for what I am blessed with. The pretty Sunflowers make me feel happy and cheerful. You can find this release called Classic Sunflower Collection at the
Heartfelt Creations online store or use the "Find a store" button on the home page to find a retailer near you. Now on to my cards. You can find a list of products and instructions for each card at the Heartfelt blog, and view all the pretties of my team mates too!
The next card is my Christmas card. This card is made from the Festive Christmas Collection.
The paper pad in this collection is awesome! It has card fronts that are so beautiful all you need is a bit of ribbon and some glitter and you'll have breathtaking cards for all your friends and family in no time at all. Oh and by the way, there are thirty, yes 30, sentiments for inside your cards included in this pad! How great is that! This card has a technique that's quite popular right now called
 "Bistro Chalkboard" and instructions are on the Heartfelt blog with my post.
Here's a close-up of the chalkboard look. This makes the "chalkboard" Look like is been erased a time or two.
Thanks for stopping by today and sharing my first Heartfelt post, please come again soon.
Hugs, Maureen

Monday, November 10, 2014

My Besties Challenge #23

Hi bloggers! Time for a challenge from "My Besties" This time it's, Shabby Chic, one of my favorites. I think it's so soft and feminine. I don't create this theme very often, but it is really fun to throw it in once in a while to challenge myself. My card today uses the image IMG730 from
Sherri Baldy's Etsy Store. I have tons of elements on this card, but I guess that's what it's all about, right? I colored my image with Copic markers and I'll list the colors below.
Copics used:
Skin- E11, 00, 0000
Cheeks & lips- R30
Hair- E53, 51, 50
Basket, eyes, & shoes- W3, W1, 00
Green- YG93, 91, CB
Dress- R30, 00, 000
I hope you can join us for this challenge and a chance to win some terrific "Besties"!!!
Follow the link here to enter and be sure to use the linky tools to add you project. We would love to see what you come up with for this awesome challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today & come again.
Hugs, Maureen

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cornish Heritage Farms Challenge #65

First & foremost today is election day so don't forget to go out and VOTE, every one counts!
 Time again for a new challenge from Cornish Heritage Farms. The challenge is hosted by me again and it is to "USE FALL COLORS".
This will be my last post on the design team and I must say farewell. I have had a great time & will miss all the girls, but I am moving on to a larger commitment and need to scale back. CHF's is coming out with some new releases in January and I'm sure they will be delightful, so you'll have to keep an eye out for them.
My card today uses #2338 Cornucopia and #903K Fall Leaves Background which are both from the Digital section in the Fall & Halloween category. This is still only the beginning of November and fall seems to get swallowed up by Christmas so I am glad to be posting this cheerful bright card! I have colored the images with my Copic markers and will list the colors below. I fussy cut all the images out and popped them up to give the card some dimension. The little ticket and pretty die cuts are from Heartfelt Creations. The paper, ribbon and Candi are all from my stash. I've added some Stickles and Glossy Accents here & there just for fun!
Copics used:
Cornucopia & acorn- E37, 33, 30
Pumpkins- YR07, 04, 02, 00
Tomatoes- R37, 35, 32
Green apples-Y11YG03
Purple grapes- V17, 12
Green grapes- YG01, 11
Orange leaves-R24, YR04, 02
Green leaves-YG67, 63, 01
Red leaves- R39, E04, 19

If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you!

To play create a card using CHF images. You can use either CHF digi or rubber stamps to create a card or project.... anything you like as long as the stamps are Cornish Heritage Farms. (Yes, they can be older stamps).

Once you have created your card/project go to the Cornish Heritage Blog and use inlinkz to link to your card/project so that we can see what you created. If you upload your card/project to Splitcoast Stampers please use the keyword CHF65. We can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping in today & come back soon.
Hugs, Maureen

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Announcement

Hi Bloggers. I have an exciting announcement to make........ I'M IN!!!!!!
I was chosen to be on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team. I am so excited to begin my journey with them for the next year. I want to thank all of you who voted for me to help me gain this position on their team. I am so honored. I hope to bring you tons of inspiration with this company's fantastic line of products.
Here is a picture of my Uber welcome package I received on becoming a DT member, excluding the new releases that are coming your way in the next couple of months. It's a surprise you know! 
You will LOVE them!!!
My first post for the Heartfelt Creations Blog will be November 5th using one of the projects I sent in as a semi-finalist. Then each & every Wednesday Heartfelt has a new batch of inspiration and ideas and Emma Lou will have some fabulous video tutorials for you along the way. So come along with me as I weave my way through paper goodness over this next year!!!
Hugs, Maureen

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cornish Heritage farms Challenge #64

Hi Bloggers. Time for a challenge from CHF and todays Challenge is hosted by.......ME!!
I've chosen to challenge everyone to make a card with a pumpkin. My card today uses two stamps from the digital categories at the CHF's store. I've used the 2321 Scarecrow and the 987D sentiment for the images on my card. I've colored my scarecrow with Copics and I'll list them below for you. The background paper is some old Stampin' Up that I have had around for ages and I'm telling you I need to start using some of this paper I have accumulated up!!! I swear I am addicted to paper the way I keep adding to my collection. I'm sure many of you out there know EXACTLY what I'm talking about! Anyway a bit of ribbon, some twine, buttons, and two fall leaf brads to complete my card.
Here is a close up of my happy little scarecrow guy out in the pumpkin patch!
The Copic colors I used are:
Face- E53, 51, 50
Nose- YR07, 02
Cheeks- R30
Hands- Y26, 23, 21
Straw- Y17
Pumpkins- YR07, 02, 00, 24
Hat & socks- E44, 43, 41, 40
Hatband, jeans, birds- B99, 97, 93, 91
Leaves- YG97, 93, 93
Reds- R37, 35, 32
Purple- BV04, 02, 01
Gray- C7, 5, 3
Pointillism- E25, 23, 21

If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you!

To play create a card using CHF images. You can use either CHF digi or rubber stamps to create a card or project.... anything you like as long as the stamps are Cornish Heritage Farms. (Yes, they can be older stamps).

Once you have created your card/project go to the Cornish heritage Blog and use inlinkz to link to your card/project so that we can see what you created. If you upload your card/project to Splitcoast Stampers please use the keyword CHF63. We can't wait to see what you create!

Ann Marie
Maureen (me)

Thanks for stopping by today & come again.
Hugs, Maureen

Monday, October 13, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday

Looking for My Besties Challenge post, please scroll down.

Well here I am again with my last post as a DT member for Prickley Pear. I know this is it for sure as I don't have any more cards made up ahead that were loaded into the Dropbox. My last card is for Halloween, which is only two weeks away now and all the little goblins will be out snatching up goodies as fast as they can! My card today uses the CLR029A Bats Set 2, and the matching
 D029 Bat die. For all their creepiness, I do like this Bat set. I don't like them very much when they are flying around my house though, and yes they do manage to get in here. And close by me at all times is my trusty tennis racket!!
Actually this card was pretty quick to do up. The DP already had the bats printed on it. The bats are cut out with the die and stamped. I did use Versamark & white embossing powder as I cut one bat from black cardstock. The other I cut from white cardstock and embossed with black embossing powder. The web along the bottom is a MS punch and the sentiment banner I cut by hand and stamped with a verse included in this set. (there are two) I sponged a bit of black chalk ink on it and drew some cracks with my multiliner to make it appear as if it is old concrete from a cemetery. Creepy, creepy, creepy!! The spider web in the right upper corner is in this set as well. A little trim and a bow complete my card for today.
Thanks for joining me and my batty card, and be sure to come back again!
Hugs, Maureen

My Besties Challenge #21 "Bling it up"

Hi Bloggers. Time for a fresh new challenge at My Besties International. This time it's to "Bling it Up"!! One of my favorite things. Bling, glitter, anything shiny, whoo hoo!! Right up my alley. I have some strange fascination with anything sparkly. I feel akin to Raymond in the movie "Rainman". Do you think that makes me some sort of savant? Something to ponder......
Don't you want to enter? Sure you do, I mean look at the great prizes you could win! Just go HERE and add your project for a chance to some fabulous Besties to add to your collection, or start one if you don't have one already.
My card today uses IMG764 from Sherri Baldy's Etsy Store. Doesn't she just scream bling? I colored my image and then drug out everything I could find that had sparkle to match her dress & went to town! I love the way this card turned out.
This is such a quick & easy image to color & looks outstanding when she is completed.
Here's a close-up so you can see how really blingy she is!
So please, come join us for this fun & exciting challenge which runs from Oct. 13th through Oct. 24th. Just click here and follow the linky tools to add your entry.
Thanks for stopping by today & good luck, I hope you're a winner!
Hugs, Maureen


Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Besties UK Guest

Hi Bloggers. I am honored to post my card today as a guest designer for the
My Besties UK Challenge Blog. You should really go & visit, they do some beautiful work & have awesome challenges for you to enter & possibly win!
 Carol, aka silverpaws asked me to guest, and I leaped on the opportunity to do it!
I had this Image 958 colored up for a while now & it is one of my favorites, so I decided to make a Christmas card up. I love the image & her two little birdie friends just make it so special. If you'd like to see all the wonderful Christmas images from Sherri Baldy see them here.
My card is a 5X7, one of my favorite sizes to make, and I cut my image with the "out of the box" technique, or in this case, out of the circle. I added some Stardust Stickles to the fur on her clothing, I mean what's Christmas without glitter, right? The snow on the bird house, trees, and ground is Aleene's Glitter Snow, and I added a bit more glitter while the paste was wet. I mean who doesn't want more glitter! The trees are from a Marianne Studio die, the ornament border is from Whimsy Stamps, which I used the negative parts from this die to make the tiny flakes on my trees and background. The snowflake border on the bottom is Frostyville from Memory Box. The "let it snow" banner is from an old Inkadinkado stamp set I have had forever seems like. I fussy cut it to fit through an old Just-Rite oval set, cut out with Spellbinders Classic Ovals Sm. 
I colored the image with my Copic markers, but Unfortunately I can't seem to find the color list.
I'm pretty sure the blues are, B99, 95, 93, 91, and a little B0000 for the pale blue. Here's a close-up of the image for you, just in case you want to figure out the colors on your own, bad me!!!!
Thanks for joining me today for my guest spot, and please come back soon.
Hugs, Maureen

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CHF Challenge #63

Hello bloggers. Time once again for a challenge from Cornish Heritage Farms. Our hostess today is Kelly & she has challenged us to create a card or project using a storybook theme.
I was inspired by Peter Pan. I've read the book, seen every version and remake of it, including the animated versions. But I must say my favorite was the last movie "Hook" with the unforgettable Robin Williams. So my card is in honor of all the children, both young and old who have enjoyed this classic, and like myself, have decided growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional! Just like  Wendy and the Lost Boys of Neverland!
My card today features two digital stamps. Pirate Map 2, from the Pirates and Booty collection, and
Alligator from the Animals collection. I had some map background paper that went well with my scene and the little "Neverland" sign was hand cut by me. I printed some tick, tocks by my gator as because we all know he swallowed the watch along with Captian Hooks hand! I added a few Candi and that completed my card for this challenge.

If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you!

To play create a card using CHF images. You can use either CHF digi or rubber stamps to create a card or project.... anything you like as long as the stamps are Cornish Heritage Farms. (Yes, they can be older stamps).

Once you have created your card/project go to the Cornish heritage Blog and use inlinkz to link to your card/project so that we can see what you created. If you upload your card/project to Splitcoast Stampers please use the keyword CHF63. We can't wait to see what you create!

Ann Marie
Maureen (me)

Thanks for stopping by today & come again.
Hugs, Maureen

Monday, October 6, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday

Well bloggers.... I lied! LOL I told you last week it was my last post for Prickley Pear as a DT member and guess what? Here I am again! I was notified by the coordinator that two of my extra cards would be used for this week and next, so I guess I'm still posting for the team until then. My card today is another Christmas card. I wonder how the time has gone that it is way past time to start making holiday cards, yikes! I have used the FF0177 Santa Checking His List,
 and EE0196 Checking It Twice, rubber stamps for my card today. I mean who doesn't love Santa?
I used some paper from a mat stack by Susan Winget for K&Company, which has the tree & presents already on it. I just added some glitter to the ornaments & star for a little zing! The mat for my Santa is Aspen Snowflake, a PAP from Martha Stewart, and I colored him with my Copic markers. I saved the positive punches from the corners and popped them up on top of a McGill punch to make the snowflakes. I pretty ribbon & bow completes my card.
Thanks for stopping in to see me today & come back again.
Hugs, Maureen

Saturday, October 4, 2014

National Card Day

Good morning all my Blogger friends. It's national card day today and in honor of it I have a card I made for my friends Granddaughter's wedding, which is today. Unfortunately it is nasty(first snow, yuk!) today here in the mid-west & the wedding is outside later in the day. I'm hoping that it will clear up and be nice this afternoon for at least an hour for them. the reception is indoors, so that is a blessing for sure. The bride is wearing off white and all fall colors is her theme. the guys tuxes are black, but have a camo vests of course, as this is the hunting mecca of the north! Anyway I figured it would be safe to post this card today, because the Bride will be too busy to see it on my blog, sneaky huh?

I am showing a close-up of the leaves I stamped and fussy cut out to match the leaves in the bridal party's bouquets. So pretty. There is a story behind all this. Last fall I had a huge garage sale, which included a lot of my crafting supplies that I thought I wouldn't need or hadn't used in a coon's age. Well I can not even tell you how many times I have gone to drag out something to make a card with, and guess what? I discover that I have sold it at my garage sale. Which, I might add included my fall leaves die set. What was I thinking! I will certainly remember this the next time I think I need to do a bit of house (craft room) cleaning.
Well I hope you've enjoyed my post today and you are inspired to make a card or go on a blog hop, or do something crafty, in honor of National Card Day!!
Thanks for stopping in and come again soon.
Hugs, Maureen

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sherri Baldy Art: NEW My-Besties NAME GAME!!!#comment-form

Check out this offer from Sherri Baldy at "My Besties"  You can give her a name, leave a comment, and share this post to get a chance at winning this digi stamp. Go ahead it's fun!

Hugs, Maureen

Monday, September 29, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday

Time for my final Prickley Pear inspiration post. My six month term has drawn to a close and it's time for me to move on. I may have another post next week, if the DT coordinator uses another of my cards for the 10-6 posting. I will certainly miss all the girls on the team, they have done some gorgeous work these past months. Now on to my card.
 I have chosen to use FF0178 Rudolph, EE0197 Naughty or Nice, and the new D050 Mini Flourish, which are all from the new fall & winter release. I love this Reindeer stamp. He was so much fun to color and you'll notice I used some out of the box colors to go with my designer paper. The paper is a 6X6 pad called Christmas Joy from First Edition. I think changing it up a bit from the traditional Christmas colors is fun once in a while & this pad certainly allows you to do that very thing!
I added some interest to my card with the punched snowflakes, twine, and the core'dinations paper that I embossed with a folder and then sanded to make the flakes pop. I think it looks great behind the reindeer that I fussy cut out. And that completes my card for today. Be sure to stop in and visit my team mates listed on my sidebar for some more great inspiration!
I hope you enjoyed my card & thanks for stopping in and come back soon.
Hugs, Maureen

Monday, September 22, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday

Hi bloggers! Time again for a PPRS post with some inspiration to go along with it I hope. My time with Prickley Pear is drawing to a close and I must say I've learned a lot but it is time for me to move on to other adventures, whatever they may be. I'll be here for another week or maybe two and then the new team will announced, and take over for the next six months.
My card today features GG0203 Bat Lady, and DD0219 Potions and Spells rubber stamps. The paper is from Recollections called Midnight Magic. The bats and drippy goo are MS punches. A little braid and some pearls to complete my card.
Thanks for joining me today and be sure to visit my team mates listed on the side bar.
Hugs, Maureen

Monday, September 15, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday + DT call

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Time again for some inspiration from Prickley Pear. I have another Halloween card for you today using the CLR048 Build a Cat set. There are four different cats in this set along with two Halloween sentiments, so if you have in mind to purchase only one stamp set for this holiday, this would be a great choice. There is also a die that matches this set, D048 Build a Cat,  to make cutting them out a breeze. My card today uses two of the cats that reminded me of Egypt and all it's history of Pharaohs and Mummies. Purrrrfffffect choice for my Pyramid background, right? Get it, LOL  
My card is pretty simple, using an A2 Kraft card base, Pyramids printed from the internet, (thank God for Google!) layered on a piece of background paper from Colorbok Hootenany, a punched border to hide the seam, and three pearls to complete my card.
I did want to mention that Prickley Pear is having a Design Team call and if your interested in trying out for a position on their team you can find all the details on the benefits and requirements at the Prickley Pear Blog with this link.
Thanks for joining me today & I hope you enjoyed my creepy creation!
Hugs, Maureen

My Besties International Challenge #19

Hello Besties fans! Time again for a challenge from the "A" Team. This time the challenge is "Bestie with a Pet"  There are tons of Bestie stamps with a pet at Sherri's Etsy store for you to choose from if you can join us. I do hope that you can. My image is from the Besties of Oz collection, IMG639.
I was in a mood for some fall colors so I chose to use bright yellow & oranges when making my card. I think it looks warm, happy, & pretty!
I've used some DP along with orange cardstock and stamped a few fall leaves here and there to make it all come together. I uses a Spellbinder die to make my sunflower. The doily, flourish & corner are all from Cheery Lynn. I colored my image with Copics and will list them below the close-up.
Copics used:
Skin- E13, 11, 0000
Cheeks- R20
Eyes- E29, 25
Hair- E44, 42, 40, 47
Lips- R22
Yellows- Y17, 04, 02, 000
Oranges- YR07, 04, 02, 00
Browns- E35, 33, 31, 30
Basket- E57, 51, 29
Cat fur- E50, 13
Nose & cheeks- R30
Eyes- YG67
Now I sure hope you can join us for this fun challenge and try your hand at winning one of the fabulous prizes we have to offer. This challenge runs until Sept. 27th so you have plenty of time to let your creative juices flow! Enter your submissions here and follow the Linky tools. Best of luck!

Thanks for joining me today & be sure to visit my Teammates listed on the sidebar for some wonderful Bestie inspiration!
Hugs, Maureen

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CHF Challenge #61

Hi there everyone. Time again for a challenge from Cornish Heritage Farms. This time our hostess is Amber and she has challenged us to make a masculine/little boy birthday card. Now this is the biggest challenge for me as I struggle with "man" cards as I like to call them. I feel like there is never enough stuff on the card, but men don't like all that "stuff" right?
I'm actually pretty happy with the way my card turned out. I have a real soft spot for cowboys, so this image was right up my alley.  You can find this digital image at the CHF' store, here. My sentiment was computer generated and then after I got the whole card put together I realized I should have used "Partner" instead of Cowboy. Well, next time I guess. My card is very simple, I used a kraft card base, an ivory mat and some DP. I cut some barbed wire with a Cherry Lynn die that I have and made some stars from a tiny die in my stash. (every cowboy is a star, right?) I did a bit of distressing with my Distrez-it-all, love that little machine. I colored the image with my Copic markers and cut it out with a Deckled Spellbinders die.
 If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you!
To play create a card using CHF images. You can use either CHF digi or rubber stamps to create a card or project.... anything you like as long as the stamps are Cornish Heritage Farms. (Yes, they can be older stamps)
.You can enter on the CHF blog and let us see your creations. If you enter your project on the blog or SCS or Pinterest just remember to use the code CHF61.
 Thanks for joining me today for our CHF challenge and be sure to visit my super talented Teammates listed on my side bar for lots of inspiration.
Hugs, Maureen
Thanks for joining me today and be sure to visit all my super talented Team Mates

Monday, September 8, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday

Hello again bloggers. My time on the Prickley Pear Design Team is winding down. Our term ends September 30th. So this month I will be bombarding you with Halloween goodies and then at the end a wee bit of Christmas! All the cards this month will incorporate the new Fall/Winter releases. You've already seen the Steampunk Gears 3 Set I received if you followed our Hop, if not you can scroll back through my posts to find them. Todays cards uses the HH0172 Mummy rubber stamp and a verse from the CLR048 Build a Cat set.
I've used some Halloween background paper to resemble a dark spooky night for my little Mummy to be sneaking around with his pumpkin. I shaded the wrappings of the mummy with W1 & W0 Copic markers & then fussy cut him out. The moon is punched from orange paper. I cut the clouds from gray cardstock & gave them a few shadows with C0 & C1 Copics. The tombstone I just cut out and matted from grey & black cardstock. I drew the little cracks with a black multiliner for no other reason other than it looked too plain, LOL. A dab of ribbon and some Candi & that completes my card.
Thanks for joining me today & come back soon.
Hugs, Maureen

Friday, September 5, 2014

Exciting Announcement

I am so excited to share this with you all out there in Blog Land. I applied for a position on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team, and I am in the group of semifinalists! This company has some of the most exquisite stamps, coordinating paper, and dies on the market today. They partner with Spellbinders to make dies to match many of their stamps. If you haven't done so before, you need to visit their store!
Here's a peek at one of the samples I submitted. A cute little altered cheese box.
 This would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me, as they are geared toward a Vintage feel and what I love..... FLOWERS!!! I can sit and make paper flowers by the hour and Heartfelt has made it so easy with their line of  perfectly matched floral components and dies to match.
 Heartfelt Creations has sweet little Emma Lou Beechy, their resident Creative Director, who offers tons of instructional videos to guide you on how to make the most of their product and how easy they are to use.
Now here's the really fun part, YOU can be instrumental in choosing the new Design Team. Heartfelt Creations loves to include their customers and followers in the process. You can visit the blogs of the semifinalists and vote for at least five (or  your vote doesn't count) to help them in choosing who will be honored with a position on their team. I would love it if you would cast your vote for me! Here is a portion of the email I received with the links with instructions on what to do. As you can see, this very generous company is awarding a $50.00 Gift Certificate to one of the voters. How awesome is that? So help me out here guests, to possibly win a spot on this highly sought after Heartfelt Creations Design Team. If I am chosen, I promise you lots of Heartfelt visual splendor as a reward!!
DT Semifinalists: Today we are pleased to announce the Heartfelt Creations Design Team Semifinalists. Choosing from such great talent and diversified submissions is very difficult and we appreciate all the applicants that participated in the design team call. Without further ado, here are the semifinalists: Karen ConnerMaureen RussellKaren LetchworthSusan SmitJoyce Erb,
Amanda ReedShellie GeigleDebbie SeyerJolande van OosterhoutJoshi Archana,
 Shona RatliffRobin TharaldsonCandy SlabaughMallika Kejriwal,
 Marzena ZiuziakowskaTracey FehrSusannah McManusAnne Harada, Shena Garton,
 Sandie DunneNupur Priya and Gloria Stengel
Vote for your favorite Semifinalists: We would love to have you particpate and vote your 5 favorite semifinalists. Review each one of their blogs and then CLICK HERE to submit your vote. When you vote, you will also be entered into a drawing to be eligible to win a $50 HC Gift Certificate. You can only vote one time and you have to select 5 or more to be eligible to participate. Voting ends on September 30th, 2014.
Thanks so much for allowing me to share my exciting news with you today. Much love to all my followers and visitors alike.
Hugs, Maureen