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Happy Birthday

Hello Everyone.  Sorry I have been incognito for the past two weeks but the weather is changing and that change played havoc with my health.  Regardless to how I try to protect myself I always seem to catch that dreadful cold and it takes me down for a day or two and sometimes more, but amazingly this old body of mine will not give up and so far I have won the battle in the end.

Today I want to share a birthday card that was inspired by my manager's daughter who is a little ballerina and the overall design was somewhat inspired by Tracy...thanks my friend.

The card size is 6x6 and I used some beautiful designer paper from MME (I think) I lost the pack. I used "Lil Ballerina" by Mo Manning and found the flower in my stash of Prima Flowers. 

I also added a bit of cheesecloth and some bling by Recollections.  My card-stock was Kraft and Bazzill. I used Memory Box Flag dies to cut out the greeting and added a Spellbinders corner die to finish it off.

She was colored with copics:
skin--E000, E00, E11, E13
hair--Y21, YR23, E33, E35
tutu--RV91, RV93, RV95

On the inside I layered the cardstock and printed smaller images in the corner.  Again I added corners from Spellbinders and added the greeting with Memento Pink.

This completes my card and I would like to enter it in the following challenges.

Papertake Weekly - Soooo Girlie (11/24)
Fab N Funky - Birthday Celebrations Week 2 (11/25)
Crafting for All Seasons - Challenge #90 Birthdays (11/24)
Party Time Tuesday - Challenge #190 Anything Goes (11/23)
A Crafty Mess - Challenge #1 Anything Goes (12/05)
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #98 Anything Goes (11/22)
Craft for the Craic - Challenge #10 Birthday (11/30)

The Two J's

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I'm still altering items and I have discovered that altering letters is something I totally enjoy doing so when I was asked to alter some letters for a co-worker of a friend of mine I was more than thrilled.

And to make it even better the daughters of the recipient of the letters was so impressed they asked their mom to get them an initial as well to match their rooms.

So of course I jumped at the opportunity to alter a couple of J's for her two girls; Juliana and JoAnna (JuJu and JoJo).  Given the color them and the girls ages I set off to create two letters ready to adorn a shelf or hang on a wall.

Although they did not turn out the way I had planned when I first started, I do believe they turned out exactly the way they should.  They represent the personality of the girls perfectly.

Lots of color and fun for colorful personalities.

The first one was focused on shades of purple with teal accents.  I added pearls because she is such a lady and the phone represents her being at the start of her tween years with popularity measured by number of calls you get. Dangling down the side is a couple of pearls and charms again for this growing diva.  I think the paper is K&Company and the flowers are all Recollections.

On this one I'm sure you can tell what the focus colors are; Black and Green.  For this little one I had to add lots of lace, bling, ribbon and anything girly.  She's only 4 but she knows what she likes and for this J her simple words and this is a quote "Its Amazing" so that means she liked it.  Just look at the grin on this little one:

So when you get photos with words of praise from someone so young then you can be sure that you did a job well done.

I adhere the letters to a base if I am doing initials where one of the letters have a curved base and to hang them on the wall I add a picture hanger (paper mache) or loop a ribbon on the back for chipboard or wood letters.

Well the little people have given me their thoughts but now its your turn to leave me your comments and thoughts.  And if you have any suggestions or ideas on how to display these letters let me know.

Mema's Crafts is looking for a few designers to join her team in 2015.  There are no strict rules and you are allowed to have fun.

Couture Style

Hi everyone, hope the goblins didn't eat anyone out of house and home (smiles).

I have gotten into altering things.  This includes boxes of all shapes, sizes and purpose.  Everywhere I look I can find things that need to be altered or given a face-lift as I like to call it.

I have acquired quite a collection and I continue to put things to the side for a rainy day.  Well it finally did rain a bit this week so I decided to work on one of my projects which happen to be another cigar box.

This one was unique in that it was already black.  I got from our local smoke shop for $3.  Perfect condition without the wood or cigar smell you sometimes find with these boxes.  What a treasure find this was for me and I think after its face-lift is complete it will be the perfect treasure or trinket box for someone else.

This is how a black cigar box starts out once the cigars are removed and placed in a humidor. 

Here is how it appears after getting a face-lift courtesy
of Graphic 45 Couture Collection and a whole lot of 
love and attention.

Both sides are wrapped with velvet ribbon and centered with a metal medallion for no other reason than it was cute.

A front shot of the inside that was once a tannish brown almost raw wood.

Lastly I thought I would give a quick view of the before and after together.

This is a unique one item only that is up for sale should you desire to have it as your own.

If you would like to purchase it click the Buy Now button below to be taken to Paypal where you can make your purchase.

This item has sold!

Farewell To An M&M

Well I've got another challenge starting up and the theme is Anything Goes so we're hoping to see lots of creations!

Mema's Crafts would like to say thanks to say a bittersweet farewell to Judith who is leaving the M&M Girls for life reasons, but she promises to visit us often. Good Luck and thanks for all your inspiration and fun creations.

Our first sponsor this month is The Stamping Chef with their feisty images and I have chosen one that I think represents my thoughts in saying farewell to Judith.

So allow me to take time to share my card that says it all.

The Stamping Chef Image "1000x Thanks"

Card Recipe:
Card Size: 5 x 7
DP: Simple Stories "24/7 Collection"
Computer generated sentiment on the inside
Spellbinders tags #2
Tim Holtz "from the heart" rubber stamp
Image: 1000x Thanks
Media: Colored with Spectrum Noir markers

Challenges for this Card:
Brown Sugar - Challenge 118 "Anything Goes"
Crafty Catz - Challenge 253 "Anything Goes"
Sister Act Card - Challenge 81  "Anything Goes"

That's all I have for today...although its daylight outside I think I really should start the day over with a nap.

Your thoughts are welcomed and comments are appreciated.

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