Raccoon Softie

This is the third softie I have made with PTI's Design a Softie dies.  Unfortunately, the first raccoon I made met an untimely end in a very nasty cat vs raccoon accident.  These dies are such fun and just perfect for my sweet little grandson Jaxon.  He is now 6 months old and he loves to snuggle something soft as he is falling asleep at nap time.

 I used the tie accessory die for the eyes and cut the arms down and folded them over.  The eyelashes were perfect for the paws and I added some black strips to an additional arm to make the tail.  

I will try to take a picture of Jaxon with his new softie tomorrow...if the cat doesn't get to it first!

Edited to add pic with Jaxon:




12 Kits of Occasions: April with Tracey

We are tickled pink today...at least our 12 Kits of Occasions group are as we share our April kit with a pink theme just perfect for Spring.  Our hostess this month is Tracey McNeely of In My Creative Opinion.  She sent each of the members of our group a beautiful package of everything pink...with lots of pretty papers, feathers, flowers and twine.  Here's a picture of our kit ingredients:
                               

My first card is my favorite and also used up the most kit ingredients on one card.
                            
I loved the pink and white straw and the cute banners.  This card is a heavy one and definitely a "hand it to you" rather than mail it kind of card.
                        
My second card used some of the beautiful patterned papers along with one of the mini feathers and sequins that Tracey included in our kits.


I used a pinked rectangle to cut out one of the sentiments that Tracey sent us and ended up using the negative space along with the die cut flowers.  There is a touch of woodgrain added to the white on white too.


Pretty as a picture...that's how I felt about the cute tulip stamps...and that little pink paperclip?  Loved it!

This post is short and sweet...my excuse can be seen in the picture below.  You can find out more about the products we used this month as well as links to the other designers in the 12 Kits of Occasions group over at the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog.  Thank you Tracey for the fabulous kit, which you obviously put such thought and care into creating for us this month.

As if our kit wasn't enough pink, here's another reason why I am tickled pink this month...my second grandchild, Blakely Shea was born just last week and she is adorable and oh so pink!  






12 Kits of Occasions: Song of the South with Marybeth



Today is the last day of March and it's time to share the March edition of our 12 Kits of Occasions cards.  This month our hostess is Marybeth Lopez of Marybeth's Time for Paper.  Our kit this month was right up her alley and it really showed in the beautiful kit she put together for us.  The theme is Song of the South and our ingredients just scream country, homespun, down on the farm and canning in the kitchen goodness.  I had such a fun time pairing up the beautiful patterned papers with the sweet stamped images and die cuts.  Here's a picture of the kit ingredients that Marybeth sent us:

I'm going to share my favorite card first...I love the cute PTI On the Farm animal die cuts.  
I colored the sunburst with copics and popped up the cloud frame with foam. This card was such fin to out together...I had to make myself stop from adding just one more little thing!

My second card uses one of the cute supersized banners and a yummy-looking cupcake served on an elegant country dish. 

I loved the little chef and the What's Cooking sentiment...my third card came together in no time.  


I saved the cute canning jars for my last card...nothing says country like those PTI jars!


I hope you will check out our 12 kits of Occasions blog...there you will find out more about our 12 Kits of Occasions group with links to the other members of our group and their beautiful cards made with Marybeth's kit.  You'll also find a detailed list of this month's kit ingredients. We also are lucky enough to have a guest designer joining us this month.  Renee Lynch of It's A Patchwork Life who also happens to be the founder of our little group is joining us and I am sure she put her Tennessee country charm into her cards.  

Thank you Marybeth for a very fun month...I really loved this kit!

12 Kits of Occasions: February with Sharron


Wow.  It's been a long time since I have made some cards...I almost forgot how to write up this blogpost!  Here's what I have been busy with:
My sweet little grandson Jaxon is now 3 months old and starting this Monday I am officially retired and I get to take care of him during the week while his mom and dad work.  I've been stocking up on lots of baby supplies, and I've got Warren busy putting together a jogging stroller right this minute.  No, not planning on jogging, but no sidewalks around my house and I'm planning on taking Jaxon for a walk every day I can.

This month our 12 Kits of Occasions group all received a beautiful package of goodies from our hostess Sharron Gregory of        .  Sharron must have been stamping and die cutting for weeks getting this package together for us...the theme is Bye, Bye, Birdie and it is fabulous!  Ready to see the kit we all received?
Photo Courtesy of Kelly

Here are the four cards I have made with Sharron's kit:

 I used MFT Blueprints #22 for my collage style card.  I love all the cute script die cuts Sharron sent us.
 I just added a little copic shading and some of the gorgeous twine to the patterned paper from our kit.

 I love the idea of that sweet bird perched on the swing.


Again, more of the pretty script die cut words and some music notes along with the soft and pretty patterned paper from our kit.

That's it for me this month, but you are going to want to check out what the rest of the 12 Kits of Occasions team has made this month. The kit details are posted over at the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog.

Thank you Sharron for a very fun month of sweet little "birdie" fun!

Fusion Card Challenge: Happy 1st Anniversary!

Happy New Year!  Today, I am lucky enough to be joining the Fusion Card Challenge and a whole slew of creative designers in celebrating Fusion's one year anniversary.  A special thank you to my friend and Fusion Designer Jeanne Jachna of A Kept Life for inviting me to join in this happy occasion.  One year ago today, the Fusion Card challenge made its debut with one of the most interesting challenges in blogland.  I am sure you are all familiar with this challenge...if not, where have you been all year?  LOL, this challenge could not be any easier to play.  Every two weeks there is a new challenge posted with both a gorgeous picture or a great sketch to use for your inspiration.  Use either, both or fuse them together to create "Fusion" with your card.  How easy is that?
Here's the challenge for the anniversary celebration:

I used the beautiful photograph as my inspiration.  

I loved the soft pink, tans and the chalkboard in the photo and used stamps from My Favorite Things and a few Memory Box dies to reproduce the yummy looking ombre swirled cake in the photo.  My attempt at making twine tassels did not turn out (they were terrible), so I used a die cut Verve banner across the top instead.

Congratulations to Fusion Card Challenge on their first anniversary and again, thank you Jeanne for inviting me to play along.

Be sure to stop by the Fusion Card Challenge blog and wish them a Happy Anniversary...and don't forget to play along with this special challenge.

12 Kits of Occasions: Baby Edition


Christmas has come and gone and the new year is almost here...time for our monthly 12 Kits of Occasions blog post and after waiting almost a year...it's finally my turn to play hostess.  Our "baby" month theme could not be more perfect for me, while I was waiting for our first grandson to be born I have been collecting all kinds of papers, stamps and dies for my kit with almost "zero" guilt involved.  I am sure I can use every item I bought later on when I make baby scrapbooks...right?  I am sticking to that rationale!  I started my kit off with digital patterned papers from Echo Park, Bundle of Joy boy/girl editions and built the rest of the kit from there.  As always, a complete list of kit ingredients can be found on our 12 Kits of Occasions blog under the tab titled 2014 Monthly Kit Ingredients.

December Kit Ingredients:
Photo courtesy of Kara

I made seven cards this month...my favorite one up first:

I always tuck a gift card into nearly every baby card I make...the little envelopes in the kit are perfect for adding a gift card.  This is the boy version.

Of course I had to make a Baby Girl edition of the same card...loved that pink elephant!
Wouldn't this be a sweet mobile hanging over a baby's crib?

 This piece of patterned paper made it easy to complete a card...just add a die cut sentiment.

The Bundle of Joy digital elements kit has lots of cute little images that match the patterned paper.

I used my silhouette to turn a cute train image into a Print/Cut image...I could never have cut that train out so perfectly on my own!

I loved the sweet duck image and added a pinked rectangle cut from some of the matching patterned paper.

That's enough from me this month, but there are 12 other designers who have also made fun baby cards with our December kit.  This month, we have a special guest joining us...Lynn Mangan of The Mango Boys & Me.  I have always loved Lynn's cards and the fun blog stories she tells about those four boys of hers!  Please be sure to stop by her blog and see what she has made from my kit this month.


Top Dog Dies: Vintage Alphabet Christmas

Last night I finally had a little time to catch up on holiday card posting...I got to babysit our sweet baby Jaxon for a few hours this weekend.  You can't do much else when you are holding a cute little baby in your arms, so here's a card I made using Top Dog Dies Vintage Alphabet Die Set.

I die cut a great big stack of red letters using Top Dog Dies Vintage Alphabet Die set...it's very easy as the dies are altogether on one die.   Then, the hard part, trying to think up as many six letter holiday words as I could come up with!  I admit I cheated and did a google search.  The letters were run through my Xyron and arranged in as straight a line as I could come up with and still have them fit on an A2 card base.  The final row was cut in black and was my attempt to make this card look a bit like Santa and his black belt.

Top Dog Dies has lots of holiday dies available in their store...here's a link to their store for a little last minute craft shopping!

Here's my favorite photo of Jaxon...so far!

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