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Its Gonna Be Twins

Hello everyone! I'm back with a couple of mini albums to share with you all.  This time I've created a set of twin minis, one for a girl and one for a boy.

I used the tutorial for a pocket mini by "Arlene" of Butterfly Kisses so thanks Arlene for the fabulous tutorial.  These minis are cute and so easy to make.

But since I have a lot of photos to share let me just go ahead and get started with what I have. Just beware this post is photo heavy!

Front of Both Mini Albums

Back of Both Mini Albums

Page with Journal Tag and Photo Mat

Basic Page or Photo Pocket

Page with Journal Tag and Photo Mat

Basic Page or Photo Pocket

Page with Journal Tag and Photo Mat

Photo Mats and Journal Tag

This is all I have to share for tonight.  But I want to remind you that our first July winner was announced but there is still time to enter for our second drawing on July 30th.

Next month is a 5 week month, so as usual we will have bonus challenges and this time its easy peasy because "Anything Goes" but until then come on and join us now for a chance to win some cool prizes.

Thanks for stopping by.


Pencils and Markers

First of all thanks to everyone that played with Mema's Crafts and her M&M Girls in last months challenge. Hop on over to the challenge and see what the DT has created for you. 

This month our challenge theme is:
 "Make It A Duet" 
I've selected a couple of really cute images 
to use for this month's duet challenge.

Here's what I have to share with everyone. 

My first card was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and mounted on Recollections Kraft Cardstock.  The image is from Stitchy Bear and the illustrator is Delicious Doodles.  I believe the image is "Plowing the Fields"  Oh and I didn't forget...for my Challenge "Duet Colors" I used Blue and Brown with White as my accessory color.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Ladybug Crafts Ink - Anything Goes (07/06) - 80
Fan-tastic Tuesday - #42 Anything Goes (07/06) - 75
Creative Card Crew - #65 Masculine (07/12) - 26

This lovely image comes from Kenny K and is called "Socialite".  She was colored with Copic Markers and outlined with a Prismacolor Pen.  Lace, Pin and flowers are all from WOC.  The heart banner is a die by La La Crafts.  I sure hope I got these names correct. My Challenge "Duet Colors" on this one is Lavender and Grey and White is my accessory color.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown -#202 Anything Goes (07/06) - 61
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (07/06)-126

Well I think I'll hop over to the challenge area and see what the M&M Girls have been up to.  Come along with me by clicking on the July Challenge tab, and don't forget to submit your entry and you can enter up to three times.

Don't believe me ....check out the rules.

Stay Safe Where Ever You Are


Remember to check the winners channel for the announcement of our final June Challenge Winner!

Views of the Seaside

In preparation for next month's challenge I decided to look at a few of the images offered by one of our sponsors and stumbled across some sketches that really captured my eye.  There were so many fabulous designs, and choosing one was difficult to say the least.  I finally decided on a few select ones that showcased the Seaside.  So finally in addition to selecting the one donated by my sponsor I purchased a few additional ones.

I immediately began coloring these amazing images with my Prismacolor Pencils and was just having myself a good old time when I realized that I had forgotten all about my upcoming challenge and therefore did not apply my challenge theme rules.  So of course I had to purchase another that was a really cool excuse to buy more (smiles).

I'm not real sure which one is supposed to be used in my challenge but I will use the one that follows the theme.   All of my images are from Delicious Doodles and colored with Prismacolor Pencils unless otherwise noted. Check her out if you haven't already, and when you visit Stitchy Bear look at her illustrator tab and you will find a list of very talented folks who's images cover a range of styles and themes.  There is so much to choose from.

Now, without further ado here are my cards that are fast becoming part of my collection I am referring to as "Views of the Seaside."

Image: "In The Harbour"
Inside Image:  "Open Sea" by Stampin Up
CS: Recollections
Media: Prismacolor Pencils, Memento Ink and Distress Inks
Sentiment: TPC Studio
Embellishments from stash

My second card in the collection is my attempt at a Window Card
Image: "The Scottish Castle"
Cardstock:  Recollections and Paper Studio
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Marianne Designs: Lighthouse Dies
Media: Prismacolor Pencils

This one although last is actually my favorite of these three.  I'm really proud of how my coloring turned out.

Image: "Sunset At Sea"
Image Inside:  "Beacon of Light" by Stampabilities
Cardstock: Bazzill
Media: Prismacolor Pencils
Sentiment: Tim Holtz
Embossing Folder by Darice

Challenges I'd like to enter are the following:
That's Crafty Challenge - All At Sea (07/11)
Sister Act Card Challenge - #63 Anything Goes (07/03)
Digi Haven - Life's A Beach Challenge (07/10)
Jelly Park Challenges - Beside the Seaside (07/02)
Crafty Catz - Challenge #237 Anything Goes (07/02)

So now that I've gotten everyone ready for wet and wild fun over the 4th of July holiday, I am going to hop over to see how the challenge is going.  Its almost time to announce our lucky winner.

So until next time stay safe where ever you are
 and create beauty where there is none.


"Thanks for stopping By"

An Artist Has Escaped

Beware my fellow crafters, because there is an artist on the loose in the neighborhood.  Seriously, this crafting world is filled with so many different things that fall in the category of being artsy and crafty.  Last weekend I felt like I had lost my mojo and wanted to do something different but couldn't make up my mind so I called my grand-daughter (Ari) and asked her for some suggestions, but for some reason I just couldn't muster up any interest in anything she suggested so eventually we hung up and I went back to my craftroom to see if I could find my mojo.

An hour or so later, I hear the voice of my little Diva (Ari) calling my name as she made her way back to the craftroom where I was hiding.  I looked up from my desk and there she stood smiling with ink, brushes and canvases in hand. She says "we're going to watercolor or paint" in a very matter of fact tone, so I opted for painting because I didn't get the impression that I had any other choices to make, and it would be new since I hadn't tried painting with acrylic before.  Now that what we were going to do was settled, she proceeded to give me instructions and a color wheel to get me started.  She also rearranged my workstation, stating that she needed to be able to see what I was doing in case I needed her I taught her too well!

She handed me a pre-printed canvas and of course I immediately began to look for the instructions for painting by the number when I noticed the look she was sending my way.  The look that said get busy with the business at hand. So there I was all quiet looking at my image, trying to decide what to color, and exactly how to color with acrylic.  Ari decided she was going to mix colors and create new hues as I simply starred at her. Then finally she gave me that no nonsense tone to get started and so I began to just go with the flow.

Then slowly but surely I felt my mojo waking up and I was smiling with joy. My hand seemed to know what to do as far as how much pressure to use, how to brushstroke, what size brush to use, and how to keep the ink from dying to fast.  Such wonderful joy and fun this was!!!!  There was an artist being held prisoner inside of me and it was finally escaping!!!!  Run little artist, run for your life!!!  No more hiding and struggling for are free to paint!

While this newly discovered artist could never make a living painting or even drawing a straight line, I do believe that it will be a great addition as part of my crafting hobby and therefore I vote that it is definitely here to stay and on occasion will paint or color just for the joy of it. 

Of course the canvases will all need to be pre-printed which leads me to the technique of photo transfer, which I will tell you about later.  As for now check out my work below. Both of these were pre-printed and painted using acrylic paint.


I will soon be posting a notice that two surprise grab bags will be up for grabs.  One winner will be chosen from my followers group and one will be chosen from the comments we get.  The grab bags have not been completely filled yet but we're really close to filling them up so, check back often to see how you can win.   

Okay that's all for tonight.  Thanks for stopping by!

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