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Thursday, March 31, 2011


Susana of SCACD and Elisabeth Bell are having an AWESOME release April 8th and this week there are sneak peeks each day at SCACD BLOG!!!
Don't miss out on this super delish release!!!

The prizes are tooooo good to pass by!!!  GRAND OPENING is APRIL 5th!!!!!!!

Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Little Best Friends!!

My 2nd post as Guest Designer for the Digi Bells DT Blog~~~~Enjoy!!!!
I just have to share this story~~when I was creating this card I was taken back about 20 years ago, when our youngest was 3.  I was a SAHM and babysat for 4 very nice families.  One of the families had 3 kids just like us--all about the same ages :0)  There youngest little girl and ours were Best Buds!!  They did everything together.  They loved to watch "The Little Mermaid" over and over and over again.  They did know it by heart :D  Well they would plan to wear there little mermaid t-shirts on the same day Every week and I do mean EVERY week~~Alissa's was pink and Danielle's was purple~~anddddd when they would do something they were always side by side and hand in hand just like this EB image!!!   Oh how I wish I had a pic to show you how CUTE they were!!!
Sooooo when I was coloring this image I went back in time and thought where have the years gone cuz they are now 22 and 23.  Now on with my creation...................
Found in EB Designs Digi Collection
Colored with Copics.  Added diamond glaze to girlies waistbands and pails and then sprinkled alittle FS sand on the pails for fun :D  
Lots and lots of butterflies!!  Bottom and sides were fancied with Large MS punches.
Sentiments were made by myself and punched with SU word window punch--matted with SU cs and finished with a rhinestone and stickles.
I was truly inspired to try this card by the Uber talented Jacqui of "Cat Whiskers"
You can find the template HERE  THANKS JACQUI~~~{Heart} You!!!!!
Challenges would like to enter:
Scrapbooking Allsorts~~March is Photo Inspiration (my spin is flower punches and paper and lots of butterflies)
Wild Orchid #19~~ Dieing to Punch it Out!
Stamp Something~~Spring Somethings
Simon Says~~Girlie--for my daughter :)
Stamps: EB Designs Digi--Little Best Friends
Ink: Copics, TH stormy sky
Paper: DCWV Pocket Full of Posies Stack, SU cs
Tools: MS butterfly and border punches
Embellies: FS ultra fine sand; Viva Decor Magenta and Lilac Pearl Pens; Rhinestones; Diamond Glaze; Cotton Candy stickles
Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sweet Love

SWC~~~Stitching--Real or faux-- is the challenge theme this month :)  You have less than a week to join in.  Did you see Crissy's new digi's and stamps, they are just the sweetest~~~Click Here to view stamps and ~~~Click Here to view digi's!!!
I used Crissy's digi's Sweet Sarah and Can I Kiss You
My--they are darling together!!!
I shrunk down the original images quite a bit and then colored with Copics.  Gave Sweet Sarah dazzling silver shoes.  The pearls on her shoes and dress collar made with Viva Decor Cream pearl pen.
I created a scene card:  used the Brick Wall Technique idea which I saw on Donna's Blog-- Butternut Sage Designs!! Donna is sooooo very clever and I love visiting to check out what she is up to next :o)  THANKS DONNA!!!!!
Now... now... I have to tell you that I have NEVER sewn on a card before.  So I decided to give the faux sew technique a try :)  Used a template for the wall vine and free handed the beaded circle.  I was so impressed with myself that I even did a faux border on the inside of card LOL~~I am sure that those of you who do sew and are reading this are probably giggling away by now--someday friends I will machine sew cuz I just love the outcome!!
Wondering can anyone relate to this scene~~shy, bashful and maybe that first kiss?? :)
Finally used my Magnolia doohickey lantern~~~oh how I like!!  The antique look came by inking the BG distressed yellow paper with TH walnut stain and then slightly inking edges with Memento tuxedo black.  Brick wall: Paper Temptress Grey Ruche paper stamped with woodgrain background. Then stamped green leafy vine and fauxed the swirl before cutting apart and redesigning.
 The dimension turned out fabulous :)
Inside of card:  see my faux (fake) sewing~~hee hee
Viva Decor has some pretty cool silkicon stamps--this one is called "Labeling Fields". Stamped with TH walnut stain in corners using stamp off technique and then stamped around message area with Studio G--green chalk after using MS around the page punches.
There will be five free digi's given to one lucky challenge participant who will be chosen by at the end of the month! You may now use images from any company and still be included in the draw for the blog candy prize! Those who use one of Crissy's images, either from her rubber or digital collections will be entered twice in the draw. But please respect the rule of no more than three entries per month. Otherwise your entries could be deleted.

Hope you are ready to give this a try :)  Are you a machine stitcher, hand stitcher, do you like the new sew easy tool or a faux stitcher like me.  We would LOVE to see what you create........ and then link your creation to THIS POST!!

Would like to enter challenge:
ATS Magnolia #8~~ Spring is in the Air, Flowers Everywhere and pastels with a touch of brown

Stamps: Crissy's Digi's for Whimsy--Sweet Sarah and Can I Kiss You; Viva Decor Labeling Fields; Stampabilities woodgrain background; TH Stampers Anonymous Collection; Bizzy Bec's sentiment; SU Heard from the Heart  
Ink: TH Walnut stain and mustard seed; Studio G green and white chalks; Copics; Gelly roll white pen
Paper: BG two scoops pad; Paper Temptress Grey Ruche; Black textured CS
Tools: Piercing template; SB beaded circle nestie; Magnolia doohickey lantern; Fiskars scallop circle punch; MS branch and round the page punches
Embellies: Silver embossing powder; Yellow stickles; Viva Decor-- Cream Pearl Pen and Holo Iridescent glitter liner pen
Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

EB World March Project

Happy Friday Everyone!!
The time is getting closer for SCACD Friends with Heart Challenge Blog to Start!!!
Go and join as a follower cuz believe me you won't want to miss out on the chance of winning some Fantastic prizes.  The  more who join the more prizes being offered :o)
 Susana is one generous lady!!!!  Click HERE to tour her store!!!
Today is my first post as GDT for Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog 
The theme for EBW March Project is "Alter It ~~An Easter Decoration or Centerpiece"

I chose to create a framed art using EB Designs Digi~~Pat a Cake and......An Easter Bunny shaped basket.
Colored with Copics~~my usual :0) 
Added diamond stickles to lace ruffle on Mom's dress and accented her shoe buckle, hair tie and sash with Gelly Roll clear star pen

Bunny basket was a template I found online~~cut it out, inked edges with TH walnut stain ink. Tail is a ruffled ribbon from Paper Temptress.
Hobby Lobby had a steal of a deal on frames.  The saying was my own creation :)
Isn't this just the sweetest~~ blue is my fave color!!
Flowers were all spritzed with frost shimmer spritz before assembling.  They are a mix of prima, Wild Orchid and others :) A bunny charm adds a fun touch.
To join in on the Fun~~Click Here to go to EBW blog!!

CES #28~~Inspired by a Song--Here Comes Peter Cottontail is the song I was singing while making this!! 
A SpoonFull of Sugar #144~~ Ribbons, pearls and flowers
Wild Orchid #19~~ Dieing to Punch It Out!

Stamps: EB Design Digi Pat a cake; Saying computer generated; SU Teeny Tiny Wishes--"HAPPY EASTER"
Ink: Copics; TH broken china, scattered straw and walnut stain inks; Gelly Roll clear star pen
Tools: EK Success border punch; MS leaf punches; MS tag punch 
Embellies: bunny charm; Prima,  Wild Orchid and other flowers; Tsukineko frost shimmer spritz; diamond and gold stickles; pearls; Ruffled ribbon and ribbons and glittered heart brad

Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!!

Mary Lou

Friday, March 18, 2011


The Extremely Amazing Elisabeth Bell has a SUPER NEW DIGI  :)
She is Just the Cutest... Sweetest.....Little Dollie you ever saw :o)
So now on to the Blog Hop~~ If you came here from the Wonderfully Superbly Talented  Patricia's Blog you are on the right path.  If you visited me can start the hop at the Digi Bell's Blog.  Great prizes and tons of inspiration along the way!!!   
Prizes are:  This digi Pati's Kisses!!!! Being offered to three lucky peeps. First chance 2 people to win this CUTIE--You must comment on ALL blogs in the hop and 2 winners will be chosen from 2 different blogs.  Second chance--you must comment and then show us what you've got. Come and play along with us, We'd love to see what you'll do with this months theme:


Birthday Gift Set which consists of a shaped card and matching mini journal :)  Doesn't Pati's Kisses just warm your heart!!!
Above is the front of card and below is the inside
Close ups:  above is image on front of card and below is mini journal
To continue along the hop Your next stop would be the Supremely talented Renkata :) She will surely have an eyeful for you!!!

Entering Challenge for:
Simon Says~~ Happy Birthday!!!!
Charisma Cardz #11~~ To "Die" for--use die cuts
Stamp Something~~ Something Sweet!!
Bunny Zoe #10~~ Happy B-day with lots of pearls
TTT #25~~ Happy Birthday
Stamp and Create #9~~ Spring Colors
Wags'n Whiskers #50~~ Spring
Stamps: EB Pati's Kisses Digi Image, SU Teeny Tiny Wishes Sentiments
Ink: Copics; AtYou Spica pens (red, green, silver); TH antique linen and brushed corduroy inks
Paper: SUdp; Paper Co CS
Tools: SB mega curved rectangle nesties; SU word window punch; MS butterfly punch; Joy Craft butterfly; Magnolia Doily doohickey
Embellies: Ribbon; BG rhinestones; Paper Studio pearl brad; Deco Art Snow Writer (used on bears tail); Viva Decor cream pearl pen
Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!! 

Magnolia Circus Horsey

 Just Magnolia is challenging us to use fave colors~~mine are blue and brown!!
Had this cute horsey colored up for awhile now and decided today was the day to make a card.
Colored with Copics-- used pink stickles on harness, blanket and saddle--diamond glaze gave shine to hooves, stirrups and metal rings on harness.  Gelly roll clear star pen blinged horsey's mane and tail :)
Papers are colorbok earth tone pack and SU textured CS.  Cut image out with SB deckled nestie and matted with SB large classic scallop rectangle nestie.
Accented with blue and brown 1/4" ribbons weaved into the raffia ribbon, corduroy buttons and pearls.
The sentiment came in the paper pack.
Inside of card

Used this sketch from Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge blog

Challenges Entering :)
Just Magnolia week 98~~fave color combo (blue/brown is mine)
Fuzzy Wuzzy #7~~ Sketch above
MS Lover's~~ Use dies
Totally Papercrafts #58~~ Add buttons
SSCC~~ Use Pastel colors
Charisma Cardz #11~~use die cuts
Stamp Something~~ something Sweet
Creatalicious #20~~ two tone card

Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!!

Flower Cheer with her Parasol

Happy Day Digi Bell Fans :D
This is my first post as a Digi Bell GDT!!
I adore any of EB talent!!! Thanks Elisabeth!!

My card has 2 images~~both by Elisabeth Bell!!  
Parasol is a supreme special that she has in her digital design collection HERE.
Flower Cheer is an EB for SCACD exclusive stamp from the Winter Sampler Kit 
I just love how these images compliment each other :)
Aren't these SWEET :D
Colored both images with Copics and spica pens.  Diamond glaze on the umbrella gives it the rainproof look!!  Gold ATYou spica for handle and detailed with pearls.  Finished with dangling heart charm.
The speckled background paper is homemade by Mwah~~LOL
Used the wax paper resist technique for the first time--wasn't really sure how it was suppose to turn out so I then continued by taking my TH stormy sky ink pad and stamped it directly over paper~~kinda cool how it left the square pad marks~~total mistake I thought at first and....the more I looked at it .....the more I liked it--Hee hee.  I then sponged TH mustard seed litely over the top 2/3 for brightness!!!  WHOA what a wonderful result in my eyes~~How about you?????  TELL ME PLEASE!!!

Challenges Entering:
BnWhistles~~ Anything for Spring
Bunny Zoe #10~~ Happy B-day with lots of pearls
Wild Orchid #19~ Dieing to Punch It Out!
Simon Says~~ Happy Birthday!!
Stamp and Create~~ Spring!
Charisma Cardz #11~~ To "Die" for -use die cuts
Stamp Something~~Something Sweet!!
Wags'n Whiskers #50~~ Spring

Ink:  Copics; TH stormy sky and mustard seed; ATYou Spica olive and gold pens; Sakura glaze pen
Paper: Paper Co. Papaya Metallic, Other CS from stash
Tools: Nellie's Multi Frames; SU modern labels punch; 
Embellies: Diamond glaze; charms; pearls

Don't forget to join the New Upcoming SCACD Friends with Heart Challenge Blog and you could be the Lucky Ducky of the Newest 2011 12-piece Copic Sketch Markers!!!!

Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!!

Wouldn't you just love these?????
Susana is giving big~~~Don't wait~~~~
Get going~~grab our blinkie--display it proudly and join our upcoming challenge blog to be in the running for these marvelous NEW copic markers!!!
While you are there---you can meet the DT :D

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Grand opening is April 5th!!!!
Stop in each day starting this week and meet the DT as well as check out the peek-a-boo puzzle piece~~~see if you can figure out what the Fabulous prize is!!!
You need to sign up as a follower and the more followers the more prizes Susana will be offering~~~Can't beat that--  so Click Here to be part of the FUN!!!:o)
Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Creatalicious GDT Challenge #20

March is here and Creatalicious  has a fabulous challenge for you!!
Create a card or project that is two tone - if it has an image this can be coloured..... but the surroundings are to be Two Tone Colours only.. If pattern paper is used.. try to keep it two tone paper.

I created a Birthday Easel Card
This is just the sweetest image~~ Called "Love Balloons" from the Blue Butterfly Stamps-Sweet Love Digi Collection. Go check out the whole collection
Colored with Copics----added Diamond Glaze to balloons, shoes and dress----to give a satin/silky sash look :)
Sentiment is also from Bizzy Bec's Store Blog~~Click Here to check it out ~~you may even find some freebies there :D

Fun Challenges I am entering:
Friday Sketchers~~ Sketch above
Charisma Cardz #10~~ An Easel Card
Simon Says~~ Anything Goes
Top Tip #25~~ Happy Birthday
Bunny Zoe #9~~ Spring flowers
Ink:  Copics, TH broken china and dusty concord Inks
Paper:  DCWV At Home Stack--dp and cs
Tools: SB mega nesties, MS infinite loops punch, SU circle punch, Magnolia dragonfly doohickey
Embellies: Diamond Glaze, Ribbon, MM metal clip, MR flowers, WO roses and leaf, Viva Decor lt. blue paper pen

Be sure to visit the upcoming SCACD Friends with Heart Challenge Blog ~~Fun Fun Fun things happening and then of course check out Susana's store <here for all new products :o)
Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!! GOD BLESS

Friday, March 11, 2011

Digi Bells Guest DT Card

Good Day All!!
Hi~~~ Mary Lou here with my first Guest DT creation for the Digi Bells DT Blog
I am still soooo superbly excited to have been selected to share along with this Amazingly Talented Group of Ladies!!!  The images and stamps are so dern beautiful :)
Well enough about me --let me show you what I have to share......................
An apple and a good read~~~surely a stress reliever in my life :)
Colored with Copics....The white background is embossed w/SB Impressabilities folder and then spritzed w/Tsukineko frost shimmer spritz~~IRL very sparkly or should I say Frosty :D
Viva Decor Opac gloss gel used on ladybug spots and pearl embellies.  
Hey there-- have you been to The Beary Sweet Challenge Blog ~~They are celebrating there 1st Birthday with lots of prizes and fun.  Go on and join in~~I love there sketches!!!

Fun Challenges Entering:
BnWhistles~~ white, pink and red
Simon Says~~ Anything Goes
MIC #9~~ Colour with Shine

Paper: SUdp and CS from stash
Ink: Copics, TH tattered Rose Distress Ink
Tools: MS ladybug punches, CB script folder, SB butterfly Impressabilities and Labels 10

*****Be on the lookout for the NEW SCACD Friends with A Heart Challenge Blog~~~~ become a follower now--just click <HERE>
The more followers who sign up the more prizes will be given away~ starting in April!!!!*******
Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!! GOD BLESS

Saturday, March 5, 2011


New challenge blog.............   SCACD Friends With Heart Challenge Blog!!!!
Join Us as a Follower so you won't miss out on any fun and excitment :)
Stay tuned cuz more details to follow in days to come :D

Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!! GOD BLESS

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Even though I am having the most challenging week at work.................. I have some really wonderful news to share with you my friends :D
The Uber talented Digi Bells have invited me to be a GDT for March and April ~~Yeehaw---I am ALL Smiles :D  I feel so truly blessed to be part of this awesome team~~~~THANKS Ladies!!
Appreciate your visit! You have truly brightened my day!! GOD BLESS