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Well folks, you can tell Spring has arrived in Texas! Not only do the temperature change on a daily basis, we experienced a week where temperatures were perfect one day, rainy wet humid and cool the next, which switched into yet another two days of lovely sunshine and outdoor activities that lasted for most of the second day and then the lighting and thunderstorms with flood warnings and all that jazz.  But this only took us through the first four days so for the last three days we saw three tornados that were hidden or wrapped within the shower of rain only showing themselves when the sky lit up from a bolt of lightning, and then the dreaded back to back downpours traveling west to east, with hail falling and traveling east to west....Wow and OMG became the most verbal words in most everyone's vocabulary not to mention a few others.

I found myself trying to decide if I should go to bed since the lights were on and off consistently...finally, I shut everything off turned on battery operated lamps and tried to read a book and listen to my emergency radio all within the comfort of my bathroom (smiles).

But eventually, the weather cleared and the biggest most beautiful rainbow peeked from amongst the clouds reminding me of God's promise so many many years ago.  I was able to clear the debris from my backyard and then settle down in my craft-room. Even with the chaos of the weather I still found peace and comfort within the four walls I call my craft-room. Being there with all my paper, ink and glue I felt safe and at home (smiles).

So now I will share my latest creations with you.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Recipe for this layout:
Video & Tutorial: Happiness is Gabrielle Pollacco
DP: Timeless Memories "Prima" & Alma's Sewing Room "Pion"
Chipboard Decorative Scrolls: Dusty Attic
Chipboard Title Happiness Is: ScrapFx
Flowers: Prima
Miscellaneous Items: Chalk Ink, Vellum Butterfly, Resin Clock, Cord, and wooden key

I'd like to enter my page layout in the following challenges:

2 Creative Chicks - #26 Anything Goes (no cards) (5/30)
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes (5/30)

Celebrate Spring Whites

Spring is trying its best to break through!The trees are full of beautiful green leaves and the lawn is definitely announcing the onset of Spring because now it is begging to be cut every week..the joy and pain of Spring.

There has been a lot of Spring weddings and most of them are white, ivory or cream with a touch of color here and there.

A friend of mine challenged me to create a card that would reflect these soft subtle colors and I decided to hang out with a little white on white.  That combination does add a bit of style class and elegance regardless to the theme.

So that is what I have to share with everyone today.

1.  A Full Cup
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I carried the white theme on to the inside using an embossing folder for dimension and attention.

I created this card using cardstock, embossing folders, a bit of lace and the help of my dies and punches.

2. Thank You With Elegance

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Another card where I used card-stock, embossing folders, punches and dies and a piece of ribbon.

Hope you like them.

Thanks for stopping by
Hugs from Texas


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I hope everyone, that celebrated the resurrection of Jesus was filled with the spirit and open to the many blessings that commemorates this miraculous event.

As I sat on my patio this Easter Sunday I couldn't help but notice how calm the wind was and how the temperature of the day was cool and crisp; perfect patio weather.  I thought out my design while sipping a cup of coffee and noticing that the trees in my yard were in full bloom, boasting their resurrection of life and my grass seemed to be growing a bit fuller.

This scenery along gave me inspiration to visit my craft room for another round of pure tranquility.  So here I am my friends having completed two cards to share with you.  This simple layout can be converted to celebrate multiple occasions so I can see this being used in several of my next creations.  But today I created two cards to celebrate our Moms.

Both cards were created using the same layout but different paper collections and some minor changes with the embellishments.  Below are both cards.

Card 1
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Card 1:
DP:  MME Happy Day
Card-stock #65
Ranger Distress Inks
Spellbinders Label Four, Foam Dots, Ribbon, Bling

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Little Patch of Crafty Friends - #7 Anything Goes (4/16)
Glitter and Sparkle - #131 Anything Goes (4/10)
Classy Cards and Such - #79 Simply Yellow (4/09)

Card 2
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Card 2:
DP:  MME Market Street
CS:  Recollections 65
Distress Inks
Spellbinders Label Four
Offray Ribbon
Spare Parts Flowers

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion - #256 Anything Goes (4/12)
Crafting From The Heart - #54 Anything Goes (4/12)
613 Avenue Create - #118 Anything Goes (4/10)

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Spring Colors

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REMINDER: Mema's Crafts Challenges are now the first Monday of each month, so don't forget to come back next week and join the fun...It's anything goes as long as you use a "Die or Punch" somewhere in your project!

NewsFlash! I was selected as one of Dream Valley's Top 3!!!

YEAH!!!!  Now on to my project for today.

Today I have a really bright and colorful card to share with you. Needless to say that playing on this side of the color wheel doesn't come naturally to me.  I struggle getting the right combination in the right amount when using the lighter colors and I do the same when I use pastels.

Using these colors are definitely outside my comfort zone but I was encouraged (more like pushed) by my family and friends to give it a try.  So I agreed to allow my grand-daughter select the colors for my next card and this is how it turned out.

I'm not that thrilled with it but according to my grand-daughter I did just fine and that's good enough for me, but you can leave me your thoughts...I'd love to read them.

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I started out thinking I would make a small A2 card but that quickly changed as I decided that I need to add a bit more flavor and of course I want to try my luck in a few challenges.

I used Designer Paper from My Minds Eye and layered it up to add dimension.  I also used a stamp and die set from Cuttlebug to create the flowers and used pop dots to make it appear to float.

Using a neat technique I learned from YouTube I was able to color the flowers with my copics without damaging the embossing the die created.

The inside is quite simple with a few designer papers adorning it and a blank space for a personal message.  Below is a list of the products I used and the names of a few challenges I'd like to enter.

DP:  My Mind's Eye
CS:  Recollections 100#
Distress Ink
Cuttlebug Vine Die
Copic Markers
Hero Arts Stamp
Recollection Pearls

Challenges I'd like to enter are as follows:

Mod Squad Challenge - Tick Tack Toe (4/6)
Inspiration Destination #27 - Anything Goes (4/6)
Fab 'N' Funky #253 - Lots of Layers (4/5)
Crafty Creations #286 - Anything Goes 'no foolin' (4/12)
Crafting By Design April Challenge - Anything Goes (4/25)

Easter and Spring

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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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