Friday, February 5, 2016

A snowy Friday....

....not exactly the weather I had hoped for today, but better today then on Sunday, when I fly off to  sunny, warm San Diego!  Woohoo, I can't believe it's now only two days away!     I am SO excited and happy to be making this winter escape and also that I'll be seeing my son, Brian, who I miss so much!    I had originally planned to do a lot of little errands today, but thankfully, I can do them tomorrow when I go out for my day of "pre-trip" pampering.  I'm having my hair done, followed by a wonderful Mani/Pedi!   Yay!!  I am also thrilled that I decided to fly out early (for Superbowl) and make those changes a couple of weeks ago, which turned out to be a blessing, since the forecast is for more snow Monday into Tuesday, which is the day I was originally leaving!   PHEW !!  Now, I'll already be in San Diego enjoying gorgeous sunshine and temps in the mid 70's!

   I love Fridays despite the snow and now that I am part of the Festive Fridays Challenge Design Team over at "The Outlawz Challenges", it's they are even more exciting.   This week we have another fun challenge, and as always we have four fun themes you may choose from, all based on fun days and events celebrated this week - 
Backwards Day
Inspire your Heart and Art
Groundhog Day
 Weatherman's Day

    At the time I picked my theme and created my card, I did not realize that "Groundhog Day" would have already gone by.  However, since it was celebrated this week, it is one of the themes you may choose and I hope these two fun cards might help you also decide to go with that theme, especially since we now know that we can expect an early Spring!!

    Both of my cards were created with Digital Images that I bought over at Melonheadz Doodles a fun store on Etsy.  Melonheadz has a wonderful selection of super cute images and I have always been a fan of Nikki's adorable designs.

    And speaking of stores on Etsy that I love, I am also very excited that a2z Scrapbooking, is now a monthly prize sponsor for "The Outlawz Challenges", where they will be gifting a  $20 Store Gift Card to one lucky winner, each month.  On top of that a2z is also now the sponsor for the "Festive Fridays" challenge and one lucky winner from that challenge will win their choice of any of the wonderful Hero Arts Digi Kits from the store!  My special thanks to a2z for being so generous.  As your know, I'm very fond of the entire a2z family and loved being part of their DT for the past two years.   Happily, I will still be part of the team taking on Guest Spots from time to time, Yay!!

    If you LOVE Hero Arts you'll love a2z Scrapbooking, and right now you can find lots of goodies in stock from Hero's latest release!  Love it !!  And you can also save with the current store promo code - LOVE15   which will save you 15% off any and all orders of $25 and up (excluding shipping)!!  Be sure the enter the code at check-out.   I'm also inviting you over to the a2z Blog where they have a brand new Design Team, which you can read about here, an of course, their own challenge, which this month is all about "Masking".   

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      Wishing you all a Fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!  I will be taking my Laptop to San Diego and do plan to stop by from time to time to post updates.  I'll also plan to post pictures and updates on Instagram, where I'm also known as "ThePurplePlace".  

       PS:  Before I go, I want to also remind you all to join me in the fabulous 30 Day Coloring Challenge over on Kathy's Racoosin's Blog - The Daily Marker!   It's already been so much fun and I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!!  She is amazing and I adore her!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

..and more challenge cards...

   If you stopped by to read  my a2z Scrapbooking Guest Designer Post, please click on the link or go to the post below this one.  Thanks so much for visiting and I hope my card inspired you to play in their "Fireworks Challenge".  And speaking of challenges, I'm back this afternoon with three more cards that were all created today for more of my favorite challenges.
   My first card was created for a "Color Challenge" being hosted at "The Outlawz" and was based on this gorgeous inspiration image --


  I love anything with Purple, as you know and I love that using it with other shades, especially the complimentary shade of green and of course, lavender and white!   This card was super easy to create too.  it's simply a card base, a few layers of cardstock, two heart die cuts, a white doily and some sequins and gems.  It literally only took me about 10 minutes to make and I was very happy with the outcome!  YAY! 

   Once I was in my "Purple" mode -- I  continued on and created a new cards for this week's Muse Challenge, based on this lovely card by the newest Muse Member -- Jenni Murray.  Congratulations Jenni on your new role at one of my favorite challenge groups!
  I loved how she added her card panel off to the right side of the card and then added the sentiment coming in from the right, which is what I chose to use in my design.   I also went with a floral theme, using a SSS Die cut, called Calliope Flourish.  I cut it from white cardstock and colored it with my Copic Markers.  I finished off my card with some gems on the floral die cut and the "Love you" sentiment, which is from this Hero Arts set - (CL944) Color Layering for You Flowers, a brand new set, I had to add to my collection!    
CL944 - Color Layering for You Flowers by Hero Arts
  My last card today was today was created for the newest challenge over at "Cas(E) This Sketch" and was inspired by this wonderful sketch.
    I immediately knew that I wanted to use this a fun "Sunshine" die that is part of my large collection from Simon Says Stamp.  

    I die-cut my "sun" in white and they layered it onto a piece of Hero's Sunshine Layering paper, which I also used to create my card base.  I then stamped the "You are my Sunshine" sentiment, from the Sun Showers Stamp set, (shown below) another favorite from Hero Arts.  I used an "oldie" Spellbinders Label die to cut it out and added it to my card with pop dots.   I pulled out a pretty silver vintage style button, (part of a sweet RAK that my card swap friend LesLee sent to me this week), and added that onto after tying on a little yellow bow. 
    And now I am off to working "packing" some for my upcoming trip to San Diego!  I am so excited that it's now only a week away.  Just think, as this time next Sunday, I will be in California and getting ready to watch the Superbowl at Rare Form!    

Very excited today... be back as a "Guest Designer" for the a2z Scrapbooking.  Today is also the very last day of the month and your last chance to enter their January challenge, which you'll find HERE!!  The theme for January is called "Fireworks" -- we would love to see lots of Sparkle and Shine, using your favorite Hero Arts products, of course!

    I have two cards to share and this first one, is the card that I created earlier this month as my entry to the challenge.   I used Glitter cardstock along with a little "Hello" die cut set, one of my favorites from my Hero Arts collection of their Stamp and Cut Sets.   Note:  This set is currently sold out, but we'll be happy to order it for you and are always happy to do "Custom Orders".


    For today's post I created a brand new card with one of the adorable Stamp and Die sets, by Lia.  The set I used today is called "Avery", how cute is he!   And the best part is that all these fun sets are currently On Sale,  along with lots of other goodies, all in our Etsy Store.   Please click HERE to go directly to the Sale and Retired section!

"You are Great"

   On top of the sale, I encourage you ALL to use our current Promo Code - LOVE15, which will take any additional 15% off any and all orders of $25 and up, excluding shipping.  The code works for everyone and can be used as often as you'd like.   It's also good for any item in the store, including the brand new release!  A great way to save even more at the a2z Scrapbooking Store!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Creating again...Yay!!

  Happy Saturday!  I'm back to creating again and loving it!   Today I have two new cards to share, both created for challenges.

   My first card was created for this current challenge over at CASology, where this week's them is "Adore".  As soon as I saw the challenge I new exactly which stamp I wanted to use, which is an "Oldie but Goodie" from "Memory Box".


    A very easy CAS card made very easily with this wonderful "collage style" stamp, which stamped with Black Versafine Ink, onto some white cardstock.  I colored the peonies using Wink of Stella markers, in one shade of pink and two shades of green.  I then added dimension to the flowers by coating them with a layer of 3d Crystal Lacquer.  All I had to do next was trim my image, and foam mount it onto a Black Hero Arts Card base.

   My next card is another very easy card, and this one was created for this week's "Anything Goes" challenge hosted over on the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenger Blog!  I am also sharing in in the Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday challenge!   

  This card was started by using this wonderful new SSS "Heart" die and my main focal point.  I die cut it in white and then took a piece of lime green textured cardstock and created a window using a Stitched Circle Die.  I layered that onto some matching pattered paper from Stampin' Up, and adhered the heart on top.  I added the fun polka dot flair button, mounted it all onto a Hero Arts Card front and I was done! 

   I have a few more, but they are for upcoming DT projects, so you'll to stay tuned for those.  Please be sure to come back tomorrow, as I have a fun new card that was created for a Guest Designer post over at a2z Scrapbooking!!   Bye bye for now

Friday, January 29, 2016

Happy Friday!!!

   Be sure to hop on over to The Outlawz for our brand new Festive Friday Challenge, where our themes this week are:  
Beer Can Appreciation Day
Chocolate Cake Day
Irish Coffee Appreciation Day and
Bubble Wrap Day!!
  Who would have know we had all these fun days to "celebrate" the last week in January!   For my card this week and because I have been "Craving" some Chocolate Cake, I made a Birthday Card, using a super cute digi image from Bugaboo Stamps, which I colored with my Copics and some sparkling glitter!!   Be sure to hop on over to Bugaboo every Friday, where you can download their "Friday Freebie"!!

And speaking of Coloring, my friend Kathy Racoosin is hosting another fabulous 30-day Coloring Challenge on her blog - The Daily Marker, and it starts on Monday, February 1st.!! 

   Kathy is a fabulous designer and a true artist when it comes to coloring.   I adore her and feel so lucky to have met her in person, she's a gem and is also a lot of fun!   Her 30 Day Coloring Challenges are always a lot of fun and are well-loved for all!   For all the details, please visit this POST!!   Kathy is also an amazing cook and will often share some of the recipes with us on her blog, including this great post and video where she makes some "Yummy" goodies for Valentine's Day that I am dying to try!   Here is a picture to show you just how delicious they look.  (Courtesy of Kathy's Blog). 

     I also wanted to post a little update about the fabulous "Watercolor for Cardmakers" class that I'm currently taking over the Online Card Classroom.  Sadly, due to having had "cataract surgery" this week, I have fallen behind on painting, but I have been watching every lesson and they have all been amazing.   The class content and instructions videos are superb, I can't begin to tell you just how fantastic this class has been!   A huge value and one I highly recommend!!  I am planning to spend all weekend catching up and will be sharing more cards and class projects soon!   Note:   The surgery was a total success and I am so happy to have wonderful vision again in my left eye!  YAY!!

    Stay tuned on Sunday (January 31st),  for a special post I'll be sharing as a Guest Designer for the a2z Scrapbooking Store and Challenge blog, both of which are very near and dear to my heart!  As you know I was part of the a2z Design Team for well over a year and truly enjoyed every minute!  I had planned to apply for their latest DT call, but decided it would be best to stick with one team for now, at least until I return my wonderful vacation to San Diego, which starts in just nine days!  YAY!!

   In the meantime, I'm having a blast being back on the DT at The Outlawz Challenge Group and really hope you'll come on over and join the fun!!    

  That's it for today !!  Have a Fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!  


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Northeastern, Massachusetts, United States
Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness I now live with along with a new fight and am now Battling Brain and Lung Cancer, as BATTLE I will win. I have two amazing Medical Teams, along with the LOVE and SUPPORT of ALL may family and friends! I am a Mom to two grown sons, Alex who is now 23 and married to Acacia, my wonderful new "Daughter", and Brian amazingly is 29 and now living in San Diego. Hubby, me and our three "Pups" (Molly, a Senior Mini Dachshund, along with Skye and Zeva, two adorable Chiweenies, who we rescued in 2013), all live very happily in a tiny coastal town in Massachusetts. We lost our dear "Scoutie" to Cushing's Disease in April of 2015 -- We cherish his Memory every day I miss him dearly. I am very lucky to be blessed with wonderful friends and I adore and cherish each of my friends as much as my family! I am an avid card-maker and totally love every minute I can spend in my craft room. It's become my passion, a wonderful way to relax and my own little form of therapy.