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Monday, September 30, 2013

September Crochet-A-Long 2013

Here it is the September square for the CAL 2013 at Ravelry.com

National Mud Pack Day!

Received this cute and creative card from Bridget Collins for the September Holidays Card swap in the Anything Goes group at Paper Craft Planet.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

DS4J New Release Sunday!

 Time for another new digi image release over at Digistamps 4 Joy! You must see the new images they are fantastic I know I want them all and you will to!

Challenges Entered:
  1.  Challenges 4 Everybody - 2W, 3E - (1st week) Challenge #30: Anything Goes
  2.  Red Carpet StudioW, movie inspired, layout, card - Challenge #54 Pretty in Pink.
  3.  Scribble and Scrap - 2W, SIO, E3, C15 Challenge #2 Always Anything Goes.
  4.  The Squirrel & the Fox - 2W, 2E - (2nd week) Challenge #53 Happy Birthday.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Crochet Holiday Chimpanzee

My first crochet swap item finished. Isn't he so cute! I am going to have a hard time parting with him. He was originally supposed to be a Sock Monkey Ornament from a Red Heart yarn pattern I found online, but I turned him into a winter chimp! I even made the little pom pom for his hat! I am so pleased with how he turned out he's so adorable! I am thinking he may stay here with me and I may make something else to send for the swap. I have always had a soft spot for monkey's. :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

International Peace Day!

What an adorable surprise I found in my mailbox to celebrate International Peace Day September 21st! This sweet little notebook from Mary Gregor over in the Anything Goes group at Paper craft planet we joined a swap group called the September Holidays. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Crochet Swap!

This beautifully crochet piece is my received item for the Dish Soap Apron/ Potholder or dish cloth swap. It has been handmade by Dagmar Rogers from the Blazing Hooks Swap Group and mailed to me! Isn't it so very pretty! I sure love receiving mail especially when they contain such beautiful surprises! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Crochet Dish Soap Apron


     For this project you may be wondering where in the world did I get the idea to crochet an apron for my dish soap. Believe it or not I can not make this kind of stuff up. After much searching on the internet I found that there truly are quite a few patterns for making Dish Soap Aprons. Why am I making one you may be thinking. I joined a Crochet Dish Soap Apron And Potholder/Dish Cloth Swap through a page on Facebook. I thrive on pushing myself to try these projects. I tell my husband how much I just love making stuff out of string! For my Apron I decided to make it as a matching set for the Cherry Potholder I made over the Summer in Crochet Camp 2013.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Release Sunday!

Another great image released today Misteri - Artist! She's not the only NEW RELEASE so come on over to DS4J store and check out more!! 

Challenges Entered:
  1.  Robyn`s Fetish - W -CHALLENGE # 178 -Back to School.
  2.  Artistic Inspirations - W, E3 - Anything Goes / Bright Colours
  3. Digi Makeover Challenge - W, SIO, must use digi - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Color Challenge at Digistamps4Joy!

Color Challenge With a Twist - Add twine or ribbon

Your creation can be anything as long as you use the colors in the inspiration picture, and you must add a stamped image.  Use more than one color.
Challenge #76 runs from September 18 to October 1
DATE CHALLENGE STARTS ON DS4J BLOG : Wednesday 18th September 2013
DATE CHALLENGE ENDS : Tuesday 1st October 2013 

Challenges Entered:
  1.  Ruby's Rainbow - 2W, JFF, C10 - #62 Masculine (2nd week)
  2.  Penny's Paper-Crafty - 3E - #144 Anything Goes
  3.  Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge - M, must use a stamp - anything goes

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

March with Modern Wagoneerr Sam

This beautifully designed layout although I take a crooked photograph. I found at Let's Scrap challenge site. I have less than a month to finish my scrapbook and I feel like I am so far behind that I may not make it! But at least I am taking in some crafty time fun! That has been my main focus lately searching for new places, sites, and groups to join in some fun challenges and make some new crafty friends as well as take on a challenge or two!

I recently was searching for a paper challenge site where the groups are not stagnant like at Paper Craft Planet. Don't get me wrong my current design team Digistamps4Joy has a group located at Paper Craft Planet but most of the groups at PCP have been stagnant not just for months, some haven't had a topic for years. I sent the owner of the site Suzanne Boyd a message about this, her advice rather than delete these groups and clean up house at her Ning site, was for me to step right in to the groups and get them fired up again. Why would I want to step on someone's toes and just start taking over their group? That just doesn't seem right to me.

 I joined  a couple groups at PCP and I started taking on old stagnant challenges, some groups it encouraged others to start chatting again but others not a word, just silence. I found a challenge group I thought I could possibly kick start into gear, but being that it was started by someone else I decided to send her a message asking if she would relinquish her group to me. That didn't work out, the group has been silenced so long that I never received a response. 

I found the Anything Goes group which isn't really anything goes challenges that I have noticed it is mostly Random Happies, where you send someone from that group a random greeting card, and they also do Holiday card swaps where you pick a silly holiday in the month you join and send cards to group members. I joined Anything Goes and the Cuttle-buggers group.  The cuttle-buggers started to clear the cob webs and get it going again.. YAY!

Feel free if you have a challenge site that you think I may want to try out please let me know in my comments section! I would love to stop by!

Monday, September 16, 2013

I'm A Top 3 Pick!


Lzazovi I Slatkisi  ("Challenges and Sweets") Top 3 -  Angela Bonanno, & Margy (DS4J) 

So exciting that not only I was in the Top 3 pick but the owner of the Design Team at Digistamps4Joy is also in the Top 3! YAY!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

New Releases Sunday 500th Image!

Wow, the amazing, artistic and very talented designer Jen Leeflang has made it to her 500th image drawn for Digistamps4Joy! Congratulations Jen! I am so thrilled to be designing with your beautiful images! 

Want to see more of her wonderful NEW RELEASES stop on over at Digistamps4Joy shop!  In my card is the Misteri as Dorothy image.  

Challenges Entered:

  1.  Challenges 4 Everybody - 2W, 3E - (1st week) Challenge #28: Anything Goes
  2.  Come and Get It Challenges - W -Focal Image on Side of your Card/Project

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Teddy Bear Day!

That's right in September we celebrated Teddy Bear Day, thanks to my Paper Craft Planet, Anything Goes group, September Holiday Card Swap partner, Mary Gregor. What an Adorable Teddy Bear card!

 And from Josie Hancock for Read A Book Day I received this beautiful card! What a super fun swap to take part in!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Merry September Christmas!

 I received HAPPY MAIL! 
This little ornament came from my Blazing Hooks Crochet Swap Holiday Animal Ornament Partner, Sandra Floyd. He is so dang cute!  I know he will make a great addition to my holiday tree! 
Thank you so much Sandra!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I WANT A Hippopotamus 4 Christmas!

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do..
Don't want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy!

 I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
I don't think Santa Claus will mind, do you?
He won't have to use our dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front door, that's the easy thing to do!

I can see me now on Christmas morning, creeping down the stairs..
Oh what joy and what surprise when I open up my eyes
 To see a hippo hero standing there!

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, no rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too!

Mom says the hippo would eat me up, but then
Teacher says a hippo is a vegetarian

There's lots of room for him in our two-car garage
I'd feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage
I can see me now on Christmas morning, creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise when I open up my eyes
To see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles or rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too!

Do you know that holiday tune? I just love it! So much I thought I would share all the lyrics!  I crochet this Amigurumi Hippo in hopes he would be small enough as a Holiday ornament for an ornament swap I joined, I think he is to big to call an ornament but isn't he so cute! I might put him in my tree but not everyone stuffs toys up in the branches like I do! I go crazy with the lights and ornaments on my Holiday tree, my most favorite are handmade and vintage glass ornaments like mother always had, I admit I am a fan of PEANUTS gang and have a small collection of ceramic ornaments. Christmas is my favorite time of year! Looks as if Hippopotamus stays with me this year! ;) 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Modern Wagoneer Sams Month Two

Here she is, page two of my Scrapbook for the Modern Wagoneer Sam Oklahoma Chapter. Yes, I am way behind on getting this Scrapbbok made. I am at a rush to get it done and I am not sure at this point if I am following the guidelines for the competition or not.

 I am designing my layouts from the challenges at HOME AND SCRAPPED. For this layout it was a fun game of tic-tac-toe and my line of three items are the color black, stars, and cogs. I incorporated all three items in my page for the challenge!

 If you have a really good eye you can look at my first layout and you may recognize the gray paper on the background. My objects in my first layout were cut from this piece and I incorporated the scraps out of the stash!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cuttle-buggers Challenge

In Challenge #160, all members of the Cuttle-buggers group at Paper Craft Planet have been challenged to make a card using only the colors black and white, an embossing folder, and at least one die cut.  Be sure to label your card Pccuttlebug 160.

In my project I decided to make a tag, my Cuttlebug Embossing folder, a Cherub cut from my Cricut Expression, I tossed in some punched flowers and a little tied bow! 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Monthly Freebie!!

Time for a monthly freebie at Digistamps4Joy! This is a perfect image for the 60's themed challenge as well! I call it a 2fer! 1 great image + 1 great challenge= 2 a great time to be visiting and playing at Digistamps4Joy!

Moon walk

For my card I added some adorable space stickers that were given to me years ago, 2008 when I joined some of my first card swaps for Anysoldier.com. One of the ladies was finished with swapping and sent me all of her scrapping stash!  I used the stickers from the stash to create this fun card for a boy! I definitely need more cards in my stash to give to the guys in my family, since guys out number the girls in my family!   

Challenges Entered:
  1.  Creative Corner - W, 3E  - No.34 - Child's Play
  2.  Daring Cardmakers - W, C5 – Colour Combo*

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

FAR OUT! 60's Inspiration Challenge!

Be there or Be Square! It's Going To Be A Groovy Time at the Digistamps For Joy Challenge for the next 2 WEEKS!

THEME : '60's inspiration

This is going to be fun! The 60's are synonymous with the following, so you have such a variety of ideas to work with:

The first moon walk
Painted VW combis
Music - Temptations, BeeGees
MINI skirts!!!
Straight dresses (Twiggy style)
Twiggy hairstyle
HUGE round sunglasses
BLACK eyeliner (see Twiggy again)
BIG earrings

I'm sure you will come up with many more!

So come on over, Don't Lose Your Cool, Don't Sweat It , Get A Load Off!  Hang Ten! Can You Dig It?  Catch You On The Flip Side! Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Challenges Entered
  1. ColourQ - Colors*
  2.  Creative Moments - 2W, 3E - #25 Birthday/Anything goes
  3.  Stampin' Royalty - C3 - #192 Patterned paper

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mystery Mouse Swap

Over at Paper Craft Planet in the House Mouse group they were having a Mystery Mouse Swap. For my mystery mouse, I made this mini magnet board with a set of House Mouse paper clips, I used Digistamps4Joy digi from a set called Buttons on the bottle cap magnets, I used a Butterfly Gina K stamp on my magnet board, made my adorable little mini pencil out of a piece of wood and Copic markers, added a bow in twine. All of this in an  up-cycled cigar tin of my husbands that I covered in zebra print duct tape.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

New Release Sunday

Sunday is the best day of the week at Digistamps4Joy!
 It is New Release Sunday! 
Above is the card I made using Misteri In Uniform based off the movie A Soldiers Love Story, and below you will find the other wonderful images released today! 

So what are you waiting for? Go shopping right now at Digistamps4Joy!

Mini Misteri - arms full of love
Mini Misteri - belle of the beach
Misteri in uniform
Misteri - mistical dancer
Misteri with bouquet

Challenges Entered: 
  1.  Addicted to Stamps Challenge - 2W, Must use stamp- Challenge #62 (1st Week) Anything Goes.
  2.  Challenges 4 Everybody - 2W, 3E - (1st week) Challenge #28: Always Anything Goes
  3.  Gingerloft - 2W - (2nd week) It's a Small World. (Ends 7th of September)
  4.  Glitter n Sparkle - W - Challenge #48  Anything Goes.
  5.  Red Carpet StudioW, movie inspired, layout, card - Challenge #52 Anything Else.