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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day

Today is a BIG day here!  Today is my small man's first day of school.  Ever.  Though he's been in day care since he was 6 weeks old, this is different.  His home day cares felt, like, well, home.  This is the first time I will send him off to a classroom environment.  Not only that but he also starts a new after school program as well!  All of this has me more than a little anxious, but I know my smart, sweet, and social boy will be just fine.  Me, probably not so much.

Last week we said good bye to his day care provider of 2+ years.  She is a wonderful lady and we will miss her!  Luckily, thanks to social media, I'll be able to keep in touch with her, but I wanted to do something special for her on our last day.  I purchased a gift certificate as well as a lovely flowering plant, and made a card for her.  I selected Grow from Saturated Canary as my image.  She is colored with Copics and cut using Labels Eight Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  Sketch is based on Tuesday Morning Sketches (#264).  I'm too late to link it up, but it was a fun layout.  I added some extra elements: Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics, Magnolia View Master Doohickeys, a metal binder clip, Scrabble tiles, a big flower, ruler ribbon, and a notebook edge punch.  Papers are Basic Grey - Out of Print and We R Memory Keepers - Grandma's Kitchen: Pen Pals.

Markers used: Copics (E00, E04, E11, E21, E51, E53, E55, E59, N0, N2, YR00, YR02, YG93, R20, R81, R83, R85, BG10, BG13, BG23).

You've already seen the card I made for Kayne that I'll give him before he goes off to school.  I also made him an Artist's Trading Card (ATC) for his lunch box.  I used another Saturated Canary image: Sweet Boy.  I made this with their Facebook group challenge in mind but missed linking that up as well!  lol  He is cropped/fussy cut and colored with Copics.  Papers are DCWV - Grade School stack.  On the back is a note from me with some momma love!  I know he can't read yet, but he'll recognize my art and maybe one of the teachers will read it to him!  Any bets on whether it will make it home in his lunch box or end up in the school trash...?  Haha!

Markers used: Copics (E00, E04, E11, E21, E51, E55, E57, E59, R02, R20, R35, R37, R39, R89, B32, B34, B37, Y35, YG93).

Such a big day for us here!  I will be counting down the minutes at work until I can go pick him up!  I can't wait to hear all about his first day and the beginning of his new adventure!

- Crafting From The Heart: #34-Anything Goes
- Craft Your Passion: #229-Back To School
- Digi Makeover Challenge: #156-Anything Goes
- Dream Valley Challenges: #89-Flowers
- MarkerPOP Challenge: #51-Anything Goes
- Robyn's Fetish: #227-Use A Digi
- Through The Purple Haze: #57-Anything Goes


Monday, September 1, 2014

KennyK's Krafty Krew #179 - Anything Goes with a Twist: Fall

Happy Labor Day!  The unofficial end of Summer is here and my favorite season looms on the horizon!  And over at KennyK's Krafty Krew we're all about it with our newest Anything Goes challenge!  Our twist?  FALL!  Use any KennyK image to play along for your chance to win 3 images of choice (5 if you use the twist)!

Be sure to stop by the blog and see what autumnal splendor Team A{ll That} has created! 


Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Corrosive Challenge #207 - Let's Hear It For The Boys

Labor Day weekend has arrived and left me wondering just where the heck Summer up and went to!  I can't believe tomorrow is September already!  Or that my baby boy starts Kindergarten on Tuesday!  I mean, how is that possible?  I think we are ready... Or as ready as we'll ever be.  He is excited, and I am a wreck.  Sounds about right.  lol  I'm pretty sure there will be tears (and that they will be mine).  He has asked for a strawberry pancake and bacon breakfast to kick off his big day, and I shall happily oblige.  His daddy is even joining us (bacon is hard to resist, after all).

A new Corrosive Challenge has also arrived and the theme is "Let's Hear It For The Boys".  We are sponsored by the ever adorable Meljen's Designs!  I love these darling images and find myself using them as one of my favorite go to choices more and more often.  Play along with any project created for a guy (young, old, or in between) for your chance to win 4 non colored images of choice! 

Masculine projects are not really my forte, but I knew I wanted to make Kayne a card for his first day of school.  I selected Little Chalk Board to color up with my Copics.  I then used a white gel pen to write a "chalk" message.  The Kindergarten chipboard sticker is from Recollections as are the black glitter letters I used for his name.  Papers are DCWV - Grade School stack.  I added a punched border, gingham ribbon, and a banner die (Flag Banner from La-La-Land Crafts).

Head over to The Corrosive Challenge blog to see what other creations the team has for boys to men!  

Markers used: Copics (100, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, G03, G05, G09, Y32, Y35, Y38, R35, R37, R39, R89).

- Kitty Bee Designs: #31-School
- Pumpkin Spice: #81-School
- Sweet 7 Digital Designs: #3-Back To School
- Wags 'n Whiskers: #136-Back To School/For A Teacher
- DL.Art: #139-Back To School
- Milk Coffee Challenge: Back To School
- Creative Moments: #50-Anything Goes/Back To School
- Fab 'n Funky: #226-For The Kids  
- The Paper Shelter: #171-Back To School


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And The Winner Is...

Hello, blogland!  How is everyone?  It's been a tad crazy around here this month, but I'm slowly getting organized and back on track!  I'm sorry for the delay in selecting a winner for my birthday blog candy!  But I finally had Mr. do his thing and the lucky paper crafter is....

Congrats, Marilyn!  Please email me at charmedstamping(at)gmail(dot)com with you full mailing address so I can get your copy of this coveted magazine out to you!  Enjoy!

Thanks to everyone who joined in for the blog candy!  I feel blessed to have so many new followers and I do hope you'll stick around to see what else I get up to this year!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Have a Koala-ty Birthday

Hi!  Things are still pretty busy here so I'm just posting a quick birthday card that I made for a friend.  She loves koala bears and when she saw this image on Facebook a while ago I knew it would be her card this year.  This cute little guy is Huggy Koala from Meljen's Designs.

He is colored with Copics and cut using Classic Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  I also used the Classic Circles dies as well plus a Martha Stewart border punch.  Sketch is from Sketch Saturday (#323).  I kept embellishments simple, just adding a few flowers.  Papers are DCWV - Birthday Wishes stack.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you've had a wonderful week!

Markers used: Copics (N0, N2, N4, R00, R20, R81, R83, R85, YG03).


Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Birthday Selfie

Hi!  I am afraid my procrastination got the better of me this week and I did not have a card for the new Corrosive Challenge, but be sure to head over to the blog and see what the team has done with our "B" Unique theme, sponsored by Dilly Beans Stamps.

I do have a card to share tonight, though.  I loved this Mo's Digital Pencil image the moment she  appeared in the shop and I bought her instantly, already with this project in mind- a birthday card for a beautiful friend!  She is colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The sketch is from Mojo Monday (#358).  I was happy to use several of the My Favorite Things Die-namics I own!  The Insert It-InstaFrame was perfect for the sketch!  I also added a couple of the Cute Cameras Die-namics as well as stamping my sentiment on the Fishtail Flags Stax.  The sentiment itself is also from My Favorite Things - Who's That Birthday Girl.  Papers are DCWV - Vintage Collector.  Other embellishments include a couple of Martha Stewart punches, flowers, and metal corners.

I really had fun coloring this image!  I really need to find time to practice my flicking.  I'm a bit heavy handed, I'm afraid.  Still, I was rather pleased with her hair.

We had a pretty hectic weekend of errands (School shopping!  Eek!  When did my small man get so grown up?!) and a belated birthday dinner out with my family, but hopefully this week will be a bit calmer.

Markers used: Copics (E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, E50, E53, E57, E79, N4, N6, R20, R35, R39, R81, R83, R85, R89, BG72, B21)

- Mo's Digital Pencil Bella & Bronte's Challenge Blog: #235-Happy Birthday for a Girl 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Just Keep Swimming

Hi, again!  Just popping in quick to share the cards I made for Kayne's swim instructors.  He went there 4 weeks ago being a little afraid of the water and left yesterday jumping in the water, going underwater, and swimming on his own (with the assistance of a bubble still, but HUGE progress).  I wanted to thank his two teachers so I colored up a couple of images and threw together cards.

The first features Little Swimmer from Saturated Canary.  She is colored with Copics and I applied Glossy Accents to her goggles and the puddle.  Sketch is Sketch Saturday (#322) and papers are My Mind's Eye - Surf's Up and Breaking Free.  I added some Lemondrop baker's twine, flowers, and bling.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things, a set called Teacher's Pet.

The next card was made using Stamps by Aurora Wings' Merbaby image.  He is colored with Copics also.


The sketch is based on Sunday Sketch & Stamp (#214).  Papers are Graphic 45 By the Sea collection.  I added Eucalyptus Stickles to his tail.  Embellishments include flowers and some Martha Stewart punches.  The sentiment is the same as the previous card and is stamped on a Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics (also MFT).  A sprinkling of pearl "bubbles" was the finishing touch here. 

Thanks again for visiting!  Have a lovely day!