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Friendships and Romance

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great week and looking forward to the weekend.  

Since Sunday is Valentine's Day and is celebrated here in the U.S. I thought I would share with you today a few Valentine cards that I've created.

Hope you enjoy seeing them.

My first card is definitely designed with the female gender in mind. 
Created with lots of pinks and flowers

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

Creative Moments - Anything Goes with a twist of Romance (2/11)
Double D - Pretty Pink Hearts (2/13)
Crafting For All Seasons - Love is in the Air (2/13)

Card number two consist of the more traditional colors often used for Valentines.

I think this particular one would work great to give to that gentleman friend.

Yep I think the men would appreciate being the recipient sometimes on this day.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafting By Designs - Hearts (2/13)
DoubleClick - Use A Heart (2/12)
Whimsy Challenge - With Love (2/13)

Lastly, I'd like to share a card that was inspired by one I found on pinterest where the author used inches to create the squares. 

I had to compensate and then decided to pop my squares adding depth.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Hearts (2/13)
The Paper Shelter - Be My Valentine
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and if you like Prima Dolls then check back often for a giveaway coming soon.

Comments are always welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Sending Hugs from Texas
a.k.a  "Mema"

Love Fills The Air

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Hello everyone, Mema here with a couple of cards to share with everyone.  February is here, and soon Cupid will be out with his arrow filling the air with love and romance. February is when love and romance fills the air all around us.  The men tend to be a bit more romantic and the ladies flirt and play coy just a little more. 

I was really excited to get started on my Valentine's cards and I love creating with the pinks, reds, cremes and other colors that speak to the feminine and delicate side of a lady.  We all have our little ladylike side whether we chose to show it or not (smile). I do however on occasion use non-traditional colors when creating my cards, especially if it has to be a masculine one. 

Here are a couple of cards I created and I hope you like them.

I'll start with a card I found on Pinterest. I loved all the elements and multiple layers.

The distressed edges also caught my attention.  I think the paper is Pion Design or MME.

I am not sure but I think my inspiration was from Cathymc Sew Creative but this is a guess. Her cards are fabulous!

As you can see I used several dies from Spellbinders, Marianne Designs, Fiskar (punch) and Cherry Lynn.

The flowers are all from Wild Orchid which is the norm for me although I do use Prima and Petaloo flowers from time to time.  

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Just Us Girls - Word Valentine (2/11)
MTTC #314 - Love is All Around (2/12)

My second card was inspired by one that I saw on the Pion Design blog.

The card that motivated my creativity was a friendship card, but with a few tweaks here and there it became a card perfect for Valentine's Day.

The author of the card was not listed therefore I cannot give credit or say thanks to the crafter that inspired me.

Because the paper was so pretty it was easy to add a sentiment on the inside and leave the paper blank on the right side for a personal message.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Dragonfly Journey - Queen of Hearts (2/12)
Artistic Inspiration - AG Valentine (2/12)

There's lots of challenges out there so I have to go see what other cards I can make so I can join in before they close.

Have a blessed day wherever you are.


Getting Started

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Hello Everyone!  Bet you thought I had forgotten about the "Comment Winner" but guess what I didn't forget.  

I've noticed a drop in my followers and that saddens me but for those of you that have stayed, I appreciate you. 

Okay so Valentine's Day will be here in a couple of weeks and Mother's Day isn't to far behind so I'm thinking we should be getting started on our cards.  Today I have a card to share and hope you like it.

 This is a simple multi-layered card made using an old Graphic 45 collection called "The Romantique" (I think).

The paper is gorgeous with greens, browns and a peach or salmon color.  I absolutely loved this collection.

The flowers are Wild Orchid (as usual) and the punches are Spellbinders and Martha Stewart.

I used the remainder of the paper on the inside to decorate and allow space for a personal message.

I didn't see a need to add any additional treatments or embellishments because I felt the beauty of the paper was enough.  This was a quick view of a quick and simple card that could be used for Mother's Day or any special event (hint: the greeting says it all).

Now before I call it a night I must say congratulations to the winning comment from my post titled "One Stamp - Multiple Card"  and the winner of a eCertificate for two digital images of their choice is:

Entry #3 who wrote the following:

Your cards are lovely. The cross is beautiful 
and your designs nicely highlight it.

Congratulations to Sheila of 

to claim your certificate before
Sunday, February 7th.

Well my fellow crafters and friends...that's all I have until the next time we meet.

Take care and create beauty in all things.

Hugs and Kisses
From Texas

Part Time Workforce

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Hello all and yep it's true...Mema has joined the workforce once again but with a few changes along the way.

I'm still retired but I just can't sit home when I feel that I can still contribute to society and perhaps influence our future generation.  After all they will be our leaders someday and if we survive to see that become a reality I am hoping that I NOT "live to regret it" (ha ha) sort of speak.

I've decided to work part-time and offer up my time to our Community Colleges in their effort to teach and educate our children.  Not as many hours and certainly not the same level of stress as found in corporate america.  This is purposeful work where I can add value and go home smiling and looking forward to the next day, not to mention I still have time to feed my paper passion.

Speaking of crafting, I do have a card to share with everyone.

This card was created using an air brushed image from Wee Stamps that I purchased a while back and added a bit of Frosted Lace Stickles to the wings and I darkened the hair just a little using my Pro Markers.

The designer paper is My Minds Eye and the card-stock is Recollections brand.  The image is layered on a Spellbinders die cut and cheese-cloth from JoAnne's.  

I finished the card by surrounding it with flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and some pearls from my stash.   

The inside uses the same designer paper and has a space for a personal message. The finished card size is approximately 5.5 x 5.5.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Scrappers Delight - Anything Goes (1/30)
Kraftin Kimmie - Anything Goes (1/21)
Crafty Friends - #23 Anything Goes (1/29)
Sweet Stampin - Things with Wings (1/20)
AllSorts Challenge - Girly & Sparkly (1/20)
Gem of a Challenge - Female Birthday 

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back real soon to announce the commenting winner from my previous post so if you haven't read the post and so for a chance to go shopping.

Until next time.....
Sending hugs from Texas

One Stamp - Multiple Cards

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Well, we're almost half-way into the new year and I have so far kept my new resolutions to:

1. Incorporate a little exercise
 in my daily routine
2. Eat healthy; eat from all food 
groups in the right portions
3. Purge and donate items that I 
have not used or no longer 
need to others; to pay it forward

I'm quite pleased with myself for committing to the first two goals but the last goal is the one that seems to give me more joy. It feels good to give to others and to know that because of me someone will be a bit warmer this winter or someone will get that job because they had a suit to wear to the interview. 

Yep goal number 3 gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling. To give freely and from the heart is just so uplifting for me.

I have a set of cards I would like to share. I borrowed a stamp and die set from a friend and while I had the stamp and die I cut out several pieces and stamped a few extra so I could return her items in a timely manner.  I finally used up all the pieces and turned them into creations, of hope, sympathy and heartfelt thoughts.

Tell me what you think and tell me where you like to purchase your digital images (hint hint)

Colored with copics and used a Spellbinders die to create the background.

I cut the die twice; once by itself and then again to include the stamp. This allowed me to create a hint of a shadow.

Added a ribbon and decorated the inside to finish this card.  
Just a "I thought of you" kind of card.

Again I used the same stamp and die cut twice. I wanted the flourishes to have a different color for focus and to add dimension to the cross itself.

The background was used using a Marianne Die that cut and embossed.  I added the greeting "I am blessed" because it was exactly how I was feeling during its creation.

To create this card I used a musical background stamp by Hero Arts and then stamped over it with the cross.  This is a Stampin Up cross set but it is retired and since it didn't belong to me I forgot to write down the names of these things (sorry).

I then embossed the stamped image. Using a second stamped image I cut around the flourishes leaving me with just the cross image which I popped on top of the stamped image.

The greeting "I Am Blessed" just seemed so appropriate at the time. The inside was designed to resemble the front of the card with a space for a personal message.

Does this look familiar? Yep I followed the same steps as I did in the card above and just made a few changes such as the color, and the piercing around the border.

On the mat I stamped and embossed a design for added texture.  A few pearls were added as well to add a softness to the card's purpose. This card was designed to be a sympathy card and the greeting reads "May God Comfort You".

The inside is a simple and clean design with a space for a personal message.

Okay my crafting family...this is what I have been up too.  Don't forget to leave me a comment with your thoughts and tell me where you shop for your digital images. 

(10+ comments and we have a winner)

Thanks for stopping by and next time bring a friend along.  I'd love to have them.

So until next time
Sending Hugs From Texas

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