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Spring is here and that means there will soon be birds singing and flowers will start to add color to the world. For those of us who believe and celebrate the birth of Jesus, we also prepare to celebrate Easter to commemorate his resurrection.

We also have the Easter Egg hunt and the best decorated Easter Egg contest.  Just another holiday for families to remember, share stories and have fun bonding time with each other.  I say grab each second and savor the moment for the next one is not promised. 

Of course there has to be time to add a bit of crafting time in, and with crafting you can always find a way to follow the theme at hand.  This time its "Easter" and here is what I decided to create as part of my contribution to this season.

I decided to create one card around the arrival of Spring, so using lavender and white card-stock, some bling and an array of flowers I came up with this Easter card.

I do like how it turned out and I was very pleased that I was able to use my Creative Expression dies to create this.  This particular collection came with 6 pieces and the detail on each piece is just amazing.

I truly think I am going to have a lot of fun playing with these dies.

I can feel my imagination running wild and I'm anxious to start sketching and seeing what all I can get to fall out of these old gray cells of mine.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Boots - Challenge "Spring"
Crafty Cardmakers - #135 "Spring Has Sprung" (4/10)
Craft Your Passion - "Anything Goes" (3/29)
My Creative Moments - Challenge #4 "Think Spring" (3/28)
Get Creative - Challenge #11 "Must Use A Die Cut" (4/3)

My second creation was more around Easter with the bunny and all.  This image is from Mo Manning and I think she is just a little darling. She was colored with a combo of Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.

The designer paper is Graphic 45 combined with standard card-stock from Hobby Lobby.

I added lace ribbon, a few flowers from WOC and a sentiment I typed out on my computer.

On the inside I used the remaining paper and added a blank space for a personal message.

The little strips of lavender was cut using a really old edger I had from MS, back when they were green.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Dream Valley - Challenge #102 "Easter" (3/27)
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #52 "Anything Goes" (3/29)
Artistic Inspirations - Challenge #128 Anything Goes/w "A Twist of Easter" (3/28)
Love To Scrap - Challenge #50 "Anything Goes" (3/30)
Eureka Stamps - Challenge #133 " Think Spring" (3/28)

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Hello my crafty friends and followers.  I have been feeling a bit under the weather with temperatures that are up one day and down the next, and my allergies aren't making things any easier to deal with. Between COPD and allergies I'm not real sure which one is causing me problems these days.

I do have a bit of good news though.  Through all this confinement to my house I decided to try out one of the Creative Expressions die by Sue Wilson.  They were a bit outside the price range I am accustomed to investing but nonetheless I went forward with my purchasing mumbling and complaining the entire time and then they arrived and I did my happy dance while the memory of the price I paid floated away.

They are really very nice and excellent quality and the cut was clean after two passes.  I did get confused when one of the dies didn't cut but silly me it was an embossing die included to compliment the cutting dies.  I can't explain the many ways you could use this die but I did see several on YouTube and pinterest and then decided to give a go.

Here is my bright and cheerful card that I think turned out pretty cute.  Oh and did I tell you the dies are large enough to create a 6 x 8 card easily.  Anyway let me move along to the sharing part.

I created this card using Creative Expressions "Noble Dies" Collection - Classic Adorned Rectangles.

The collection comes with an embossing die as you can see in the white frame.  I also used the small oval die for the sentiment and the center die was the intricate die in the center of the card.

At the bottom of the card I used one of my EK Success edgers to create the flourish outline.

On the inside I used the same colors and added a piece of designer paper stamped with a sentiment and silhouette butterflies.  For the personal message space I used the negative from the original die I used on the front.

This was the first of many cards that I hope to create with my new dies but for today this is truly all I have energy to do.

Don't forget there is still time to join in our "Anything Goes" challenge and don't forget to vote and add your name in our "Bonus Challenge" for more chances to win.  

Sending Hugs From Texas

March Challenge and Announcement

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Hello my crafty friends and followers. 

Beginning March 2015,
challenges at Mema's Crafts
will be offered on the
first Monday of every month.

This means more time for you to create your project and join in the fun.
The challenges will always be 
Anything Goes (create what you want) with a theme.  

Some challenges won't have a theme at all which will make it even easier for you to stop by and play with us. So remember to stop by for a visit
and join the challenges.
Now for this month's challenge which is
 "Anything Goes"
I'd like to share what I created using a KennyK image.

The image I  used is called Present Surprise and you can see it here. Before I printed the image I merged it with the words Happy Birthday using my PC.  Then I printed it using onto 85# Solar White Neenah paper and colored it with my copics. 

The designer paper is the "Mother Goose" collection from Graphic 45.  It was such a fun paper pack with lots of color I thought it would make a great birthday card for a little boy.  Not shown here (because I forgot to hot glue it down) is a red bow tied just below the image in the center.  It does add a little character to the card.

On the inside of the card I followed with the designer paper and used the same border punch to break up the colors.  

The card-stock is either Paper Studio or Recollections...I can't really tell since there isn't a barcode or anything on the back. 

This was a very easy card to make and it will be fitted inside a black envelope that sports a gold border to match the card.

The Copics I used were:
R39, 37, 35 (top and shoes)
C8, C7, C5,C3 (the gray)
B97, 95, 93,91 (Blues)
YG63 and 61
YR17, 19
E23, 29, 55

Hope my card has inspired you
to come and play with us
and don't forget that once
you play with us in our monthly challenge
be sure and vote in our bonus challenge
for a chance at more prizes.

Hugs From Texas~Lesia~

Your comments are always appreciated

Prima Doll Challenge

Howdy folks! Its a cold, wet, snowy and sleet day for us out here in Texas so staying indoors works well for me even if I do have to work :)

I am sure many of you have played with the Julie Nutting Prima Dolls and most likely have already started your collection.  I was only recently introduced to these stamps and then tried my hand at paper-piecing...fell in love with it! I decided to ask my Design Team to participate in a Prima Doll challenge just so I could see what others are doing and to share this new found love of mine with them.

On Sunday, March 1st, I would like to invite everyone to click on the Bonus Challenge tab and see what the Design Team has created for you and then you get to vote for your favorite creation. Since I know it will be hard to select I am giving you an opportunity to vote twice but you'll have to visit twice (I think).

Once you vote make sure you leave a comment and add your name to the challenge using the Add A Link button.  Remember this is effective March 1st!

Additionally, our standard monthly challenge will be in effect as well and to keep it Easy Peasey our theme for March is "Anything Goes!"  

We hope you all will join us and play in both challenges

Having said all that I decided that I too would join in the
challenge and enter a few Prima Doll projects and
I am going to share one with you here.

I had the most fun creating this card! Thanks for stopping by and save the date...March 1st! for both challenges.

I used copics to color my doll and then proceeded to paper piece her dress.  Dies included the gate die from Spellbinders and the heart banner die from La La Land Crafts. On the inside I used more layers and a border punch from Martha Stewart to finish this card off. 

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Paper Piecing/Paper Piercing (3/8)
Scrapper's Delight #41 - Anything Goes (3/3)
Penny's Paper Crafty #216 - Lots of Layers (3/3)
Crafting for All Season #96 - Dies or Punches (3/2)
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Creative Moments #62 - Anything Goes "Paper Piecing" (3/3)

Hugs ~Lesia~
I appreciate any and all comments....I really do :)

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