Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ Back To School

Wow, our last challenge really captured your imaginations!  Either that or you suddenly relalised that Christmas is truly just around the corner!  Either way, to have more than 110 of you join in was fabulous.  The winner and Top3 have already been posted, and we’re now starting on our challenge for August which the lovely J0 picked, and it’s Back To School.  That event that children the world over dread but parents the world over look forward to since the school hols began, lol!

We have another wonderful sponsor and prize for you this time round and it’s the very generous Marianne Designs.



And here’s my card.  I found the sweet little reading Sprite digi free online from artist Elizabeth Dulumbo and he is copyrighted to her.  She has lots of lovely images so her site is definitely worth a visit.

He’s coloured with Prisma’s, added some Crystal Stickles to his wings, cut him out with a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle die and mounted on to scrap blue card.  The papers are both digital too, from Raspberry Road Farm Chic.  I punched the brown scrap card with an EKSuccess punch that looks like the edge of notepaper.  A little scrap of ribbon, some bakers twine and an apple charm to give to his new teacher!  I made the greeting on the computer and used the smallest Wonky Rectangle to cut it out, it’s also mounted on to blue scrap card.  I also added punched photo corners and added some little black gems.

Please make sure you pop over to the Sparkles blog to see all the wonderful creations by my teamies and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge.

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Hi All – Long time no post!  It’s summer here in Michigan and in general it’s been a very good one with low heat and humidity… so we’ve been out and about, camping, kayaking, biking, meeting friends, two Vintage Grand Prix’s (race trackking!) and another one this weekend coming plus the Vintage air show we always attend.  Busy, in other words, but in a totally fun way.  So there’s been no blogging apart from Design Team commitments, and pretty much my only computing time has revolved around Croatian genealogy records as I’m helping someone look into their family history there.

But I do have a desk to show you this week, I’ve had to cover up what I’m working on but there’s still stuff to see.


The two Memory Box dies on top of the trimmer are new, and yes, I’m working on Christmas again!  At the back is a big pile of yarn as my local store is moving to a bigger premises and was having a big sale on all the end of range, oddments, one offs, mismatched dye lots etc that aren’t going to the new store.  So I came home with a few sock yarns and at the very back, a jumpers (sweater to the US peeps) worth of pure wool in my favourite made in Michigan brand, Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool.  It’s a dark greeny/blue, a bit heathered too.  I’d have preferred a different colour, not so dark, but I got it for a great price and there wasn’t a lot in the store in that kind of quantity any more.

I’ve also completed another two pairs of socks since I last checked in with you all and pair No10 for the year is 75% done too.  My goal this year was to knit 12 pairs, and I’m almost there as pairs 11 and 12 are also on the needles!  After that I’m taking that lovely greeny yarn in the above photo and I’m making a start on that jumper I keep saying I’m ready to make!!

After saying we’ve had a really good summer weather wise earlier, we did have a major weather incident here on Monday afternoon that gave us an “official” rain total of 4.25 inches in a matter of hours.  Just up the road from me a trained weather spotter reported 6″ of rain in 12 hours and at Grosse Ille, an island in the Detroit River between us and Canada they recorded 6.48″.  Most of the major roads and freeways around here were inundated with water and thousands were stranded.  At midday on Tuesday the intersection of two large freeways were still under 12ft of water and police divers were searching submerged vehicles, although no one has been reported missing.  A number of people I know have badly flooded basements and a racing friend now has a totaled car as he and his wife had to abandon it and get to higher ground when they road they were traveling on become submerged by 3 1/2ft deep flood water!  We got 1.19″ of rain where we are, so the garden got a good watering, everything else in my area was unscathed thankfully.  We made headline news on The Weather Channel again though!



Hopefully you’re all staying dry and enjoying the summer, I’m off to link up with Julia.

Snowflakes At Sparkles Christmas Challenge

It’s August 1st and time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenges.  The winner and top 3 from last month have already been posted, make sure you check out who they were!  For the month of August we’re looking for snowflakes.  These can be in any form, a large single one used as a focal point, lots of little ones, embellishments, embossing folders, paper or images, your choice, let’s see what you can come up with!

We’re sponsored this month by the wonderful Di’s Digis, who are offering a $10 voucher to spend at the shop.


For my card I went the clean and simple route with large snowflakes used as a focal point.



I cut the Memory Box Crystal die from white card then cut a piece of scrap paper to cover the aperture and then ran the piece of scrap through the Zyron to make it completely sticky.  I then stuck it on to the back of the white card, die cut another snowflake from blue scrap and carefully stuck it in the original aperture, hopefully you’re still following this, lol!  The original white snowflake was tipped with red ink and when that was dry I stickied the ends and dipped the in coarse Martha Stewart glitter.  It was stuck down in the centre only with a dab of Glossy Accents so the limbs could be curled up slightly, and a single red gem added to finish it off.  The sentiment is by Stampendous and was stamped with Versamagic Red Magic ink, the same as on the ends of the white snowflake.


You can see the dimension better in this photo, although it’s still small, light and will easily fit into the “single layer” category at the post office come Christmas!  I think I’ll make a few more in other colours, they’ll be handy for spares in the card box.

Hopefully you will find time to play along with us this month, Christmas is closer than you think, it’s August for crying out loud!!  Eeek!!



Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Winter Wonderland ~ Anything Goes

Christmas Cards All Year Round ~ Sparkle & Shine

Completely Christmas ~ Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

This week, a rather eclectic mix of stuff but thanks for asking!  The socks take centre stage, a finished pair on the right, an almost finished pair in the middle and a just started pair on the left!

There’s also some stamps (signs of life other than knitting – finally!), including a little pile from the UK that contained that sweet Happy Hopers image as it’s busy knitting little coats for the chicks!  And the zig-zagy thing is a placemat, cause apparently you can make sock blockers out of them for cheap, so I want to give that a go.

And here’s the finished Hermione’s Every Day Socks being modeled, not by Hermione, but by me, on a very warm (84F), very humid (it had rained all morning then the sun came out) Sunday afternoon.  I didn’t keep them on for long, I’m not that mad!


So, head on over to Julia’s if you need info on the weekly link up, I’ll see you on the trail.

Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ Christmas In July

It’s the 15th of the month so that means a new challenge over at Sparkles.  Sweet Miss Rebecca has chosen Christmas In July as let’s face it, it’s not really that far away is it!  That’s a scary thought lol!


Here’s my project for this month.


I used a really sweet LOTV stamp called Birdhouses – Bauble and coloured it with Prisma pencils and glitter, lots of glitter! and a dab or two of Liquid Pearls too.   The sentiment is also from LOTV Grunge Christmas set.  The paper are off cuts from an old DCWV stack, the brown card is The Paper Company and the blue is Bazzill.  The dies are both JoyCraft, pearls are from Michaels and the little wooden snowflake was from a blog win earlier in the year.

I hope you can pop over and join us again this month at Sparkles.  We have a fabulous prize up for grabs from our generous sponsor, Marianne Design.



LOTV Monthly Challenge ~ Take Two ~ Use more than one LOTV product

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Challenge ~ Glam It Up

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper  Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Jingle Belles ~ Shopping Our Stash (DCWV paper from 2008 and lots of Stickles colours that I normally never use)

Shopping Our Stash ~ Bonus challenge with the Jingle Belles (see above)

Christmas Cards All Year Round ~ Non Traditional Colours

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday ~ The Surprise Edition

And it was me who got the surprise!

Hello again desk hoppers, Wednesday once more, thanks for popping in.  So how did I get a surprise?  Well, you may recall I was in Mexico at the end of May, when the crop and the atc swap was going on and didn’t take part.  So imagine my surprise when I got back from the weekend on Sunday (June 29th) to find an envelope from Julia in my mailbox which was full of beautiful atc’s, along with a lovely note!  So they’re gracing my desk this week.



Poor Julia must have been wondering why I hadn’t mentioned them before, or thanked her for them, but they must have traveled the long way round as they were posted on May 27th and arrived here on either the 27th or 28th of June!  I can’t believe it took 31 or 32 days for a small envelope with correct postage and address on to reach me.  But I had a fantastic time looking at each one and putting names to blogs.

So Julia, thank you so much for taking the trouble to include me in the WOYWW ATC swap.  And you truly surprised me too!

So, it was the last weekend in June and I had the Friday off work as we headed down to Mid-Ohio racing track for the annual Vintage Grand Prix that they hold there, and this time we were able to take the little Ginetta G15 with us too.  They have a featured marque at Mid-O every year, along with a special race for the featured marque and this year it was the classic mini that got its turn in the limelight.  They came from all over the US and Canada too, 54 of them to be precise.  I love mini’s, we had three at different times when I was growing up, I learnt to drive in one too, I think most of us probably have a mini story somewhere in our past.

I’ll leave you with this photo from Turn 1 of lap 1 of their race, 49 of them started, 48 finished (no mean feat in itself!).  It was impossible to get them all in one shot, they just kept coming and coming and coming around turn 1!  Wonderful to see, absolutely fantastic actually.  It was the most minis in one place that both Andrew and I had ever seen, or are ever likely to see again.

So that’s me this week.  Head off to Julia if you have no idea why I’m showing you a desk, and while you’re there make sure you

wish her a Very Happy Birthday too!  

And at the other end of the birthday celebrations scale, Happy Birthday America, 238 on the 4th.  And while I think about it, today (2nd July) is also the 20 yr anniversary of Andrew and I arriving in America!!  Plus it’s Darnell’s birthday!  Wow, lots going on this week!

Sparkles Christmas Challenge ~ A Winters Scene

Hello All and welcome to another challenge at Sparkles Christmas.  The winners and Top 3 from last month have been posted, pop over and see if it was you!  The lovely Deb’s chose our theme for this month, and it’s to create A Winters Scene.  So get you thinking caps on and join us.  We’re sponsored again by the wonderful Marianne Designs:


For my card this month I did something I mean to do every year, and that is to recycle a card that was bought and sent to us.  I liked this scene a lot and I like traditional colours for Christmas too, so I stayed with the red and green.



Everything for this card was either offcuts/snippets, recycled or pre-cut and in my little tin ready to go!  The papers are DCWV, Raspberry Road and BoBunny; the snowflakes are JoyCrafts and Martha Stewart and the sentiment is by Penny Black.  The image was cut down from a Christmas card we received, edged with Distress Ink and embellished with Frosted Lace Stickles on the snow around the door and at the carolers feet.  The little holly leaves are from Memory Box but I used tiny red gems for berries instead of the teeny tiny red berries that the die cut as they’re so incredibly tiny that I couldn’t work with them.

The inside uses up some more snippets and a Stampendous sentiment.


Card Recipe:

  • Card: Blank from Michaels ~ The Paper Company ~ GinaK Pure Luxury White
  • DP: DCWV ~ Raspberry Road digital ~ BoBunny
  • Stamps: Penny Black Winter Wonder’s clear set ~ Stampendous Season’s Greetings
  • Ink: Distress Ink Festive Berries ~ Memento Jumbo Java and Red Magic
  • Embellies: Topper from recycled Christmas card ~ Frosted Lace Stickles ~ Red Gems from Michaels
  • Tools: JoyCrafts Snowflake Die ~ Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch ~ Memory Box Holly Leaves Die




Sketch & Stash ~ Current LO and using up old scraps of paper

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazels Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazels Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazels Christmas Challenge ~ Let’s Get Sentimental

Jingle Belles ~ A Christmas Story (A Victorian scene like this always puts me in mind of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol)

Completely Christmas ~ Anything Goes

The Squirrel And The Fox ~ Christmas In July

Sweet Stamps ~ Dreaming of Snow