Friday, November 16, 2012

Immortal Love for Fabulous Freebie Friday for Sassy Studio Designs

I just love Fabulous Freebie Friday over at the Sassy Studio Designs Paper Craft Planet group!  Lindsay generously posts a sassy freebie and it's only available for 24 hours.  Make sure to stop over because you won't want to miss this one!

This is a day I've been dreading and looking forward to.  I dread it because the last movie in the Twilight series is being released today.  I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but I really enjoyed reading them.  I always love finding something that my girls and I can do together and reading a fun series is something we can do even though we don't live close.  Today, hopefully, I'll get to go see the movie with some of my favorite girls, my nieces!  Breaking Dawn Part 2 I'm sure will be action packed and full of suspense, romance, and action.  Oh and for me, Jacob!  Yep, I'm team Jacob all the way!  I so enjoyed reading the series with my daughters, just like I did all the Harry Potter books.  Now, after the Hunger Games, my daughter Nichole has me started reading the Mortal Instrument books.  I've got two so I'll be off on a new series.

Here's my take on Immortal Love:

Aren't they gorgeous?  I colored Edward and Bella with copics and Spectrum Noir markers and the papers are from the Immortal Love paper pack from DCWV.  I used some Glitter Spray on the image and the background paper.  The swirls are from Cloud 9 and the flowers from Recollections.  The pearls are from my stash. I love the Wonky Rectangles dies from Spellbinders.  They just seemed to fit this image to me.  I also added some Black Soot Distressed Ink around the edges of the image and the inside.

Here's a quick peek on the sides.

You can see the Spellbinder Floral Swirls I used for the inside.

Here's a closer view of the happy couple.  It was hard to get a really good picture of them with the Glitter Spray on them.

Here's a good view of the inside.  I love this paper and will be sad to put it away for a while.

Make sure to stop by the Sassy Studio Designs blog tomorrow for our new release for Sassy Studio Designs called The Joy of Giving!  I can't wait for you all to see these precious projects that my fellow Fabettes have in store for you!  There some fabulous ideas for you to start off the holiday season right!  Hope to see you there!

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge with Lemon Pepper

Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Ch#46: Thank You Projects
Create a THANK YOU Project.

StartsFriday, November 16th 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, November 22nd, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by Announced: Thursday, November 22nd late afternoon

Our Sponsor this challenge is

Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps
Prize: What a Fox Stamp Set

Here's my project for this challenge:

Saying "Thank you", isn't something I think we do enough.  I love this sweet image called Lemon Pepper from the Cottage Cuties by Elisabeth Bell for Whimsy Stamps.  You know how I love some Elisabeth Bell images!  Isn't she the cutest thing?  I won her and just had to create something special with her.  I love the little bird she's blowing kisses to and since being here with mom, I've become very thankful for the sweet chirp of the birds that gather around all the bird feeders in the yard.  They faithfully come every day and we never let them down and always have something for them to eat.  

This beauty is colored with copics and my Close to My Heart alcohol markers (which I love by the way!) and is cutout with my Floral Ovals by Spellbinders.  I inked the edges with Broken Glass Distress Ink and the gems are from Studio 112.  I added some Stickles to her sweet little outfit and some Glossy Accents to the balloon.  The baker's twine and the sentiment on the inside are from Close to My Heart and the ribbon is from my stash.  The gorgeous papers are from the Autumn Melody packs from DCWV.  

Make sure to stop by the Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge Blog and see what my awe inspiring and ever so talented design team buddies have come up to show their thanks.  I promise you won't be disappointed!  Take some time to join us and show someone some thanks.  We'd love to see what you come up with!

Come play with us!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

September Morning Glories for Tuesday Throwdown Challenge

This week over at Tuesday Throwdown, we're being sponsored by Heart Song Designs and the theme is Thankful for you.  You can visit our blog for all the details and to see all my design team buddies inspiring projects.   I chose September Morning Glories because I'm thankful mostly for my family that God blessed me with. 

Morning glories are one of my favorite flowers.  They're strong, beautiful, and they keep on coming back year after year, more abundant that the year before.  When I was young and growing up in West Virginia, my grandmother had morning glories that grew all along the fence between her yard and ours.  During the summer, she would be on her side and I would be on mine.  She would let me pop three a day but she would pick the three out.  I learned later that they were the ones that were already dying and wouldn't bloom again.  I would come home later in the morning from playing down the road with my friends and the blooms would be so big, pink, blue, and violet.  They were so beautiful and I always associate morning glories with Mommy Walsh.

This image is colored with copics and Spectrum Noir markers and while I know morning glories aren't peach, that's the glory of coloring up your own images!  I added some Stickles to show the glow of morning dew that falls on them.  I cut the image out and framed it with Nestabilities and added a bow to the edge.  The papers are from the Autumn Melody paper stack from DCWV and the gems are from Studio 112.  

Here's a side glimpse of the lace border I used with a Martha Stewart punch.

Here's the inside.  The sentiment is from the So Grateful set from Close to My Heart.  Love that set!  I have been blessed with a harvest of memories of my time spent with my grandmother and this sentiment says it all for me.

My strength and joy comes from my family.  It always has and always will.  Make sure to stop over at the Tuesday Throwdown blog and join us in showing what you're thankful for.  Can't wait to see!  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day!

For those of you who are serving, those of us who have served, those who aren't here any more, thank you for your service to our country.  Some things in life I've done well, some not so good.  Like everyone, I've made some mistakes, and other times, I've made good decisions.  One of the best decisions I ever made was joining the United States Navy.  I had the honor or proudly serving for 12 1/2 years and loved every single minute of it.  I'm proud of what it stands for, respect and honor the sacrifice those sailors and all of our military members, past and present, make for the people of the United States and the fruits that are gained from the jobs that the military does.  Their family life is non-existent some times.  They miss a lot of birthdays, holidays, dance recitals, teacher conferences, dinners, deaths and family emergencies.  What the member goes through, so does their family.  While some of us are nice and cozy in our homes, those military members are out in the heat on a dessert with no air conditioning wearing 35 to 50 pounds of clothing and gear.  Their lives are put on the line every single minute of the day for people they don't know, for people who don't care about them.  And while the members know those people wouldn't spit on them if they were on fire, they will give their lives to defend that right not to respect them.  Shame on those who don't see the selfishness in their ways.  

In honor of this day, I used the image Little Honey - Sailor Honey from Sassy Studio Designs.  I've always loved this sassy girl and she reminds me of so many people I knew and served with.  She really reminds me of me back in my good little sailorette days!  Heaven knows this could very well be my daughter, Tiffany, when she served!

Isn't she something?  She's colored with copics and Spectrum Noir markers and the paper is Fleur Rouge Collection from Anna Griffin.  I love her papers!  She's cut out with my Nestabilities, has stickles on her uniform, distressed ink around the edges, and the brads are from Studio 112.  I used a Martha Stewart edger (you can't see very much of it since it's behind the circle.  I love the sketch that our fabulous Sara, came up with for our Dare to be Sassy Thursday challenge over at the Sassy Studio Designs blog.    Here's a picture of it:

Here's a look on the side.

I think she look like she would be great fun!  I'll be she knows her way around a ship!  My daughter sure did when she was in the navy!

Judy, this inside is for you!

If you haven't already, thank a veteran you know for their service.  Just know that a little bit of thanks goes a long way.  And on my end, you're very welcome.