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Oh Boy!

Hello friends – It’s time for another challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog.   The challenge is a Boy Theme – all the details are found here.

My card uses no stamps – just a fabulous die set.

I used paper from a Christmas paper pack I’ve  had for years.    Love the plaid pattern – doesn’t just about every little boy end up in a  plaid sweater vest and bow tie at least once in his life?   I hope you’ll participate is this challenge and look forward to checking out all the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I Brake For… Beautiful Sunflower!!

Hello my crafty friends and happy August to you.

I’m doing double duty today with this post.  It’s my day to host the I Brake For Stamps Blog, and it’s also the start of a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters Blog.  I have a sunny combo to show you today…..

A big and bold sunny sunflower gets a lot of work in this card and gift bag combo.  The image is called  Beautiful Sunflower and can be found here on the IBFS store.  It’s a great size – about 3.25 inches across so it makes a wonderful statement on a card.

I colored the image with copics and cut it out.  I then stamped just the center portion of the sunflower, colored it, cut it out and popped it up on the larger image.  All the patterned paper was from the same paper pack ( I think it was a DCWV pad) and went perfectly with some yellow cardstock I had in my stash.


 

Now onto the bag.  I recently picked up a We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board.   Boy, where have I been all this time!  With this wonderful little tool it took no time at all to make the gift bag.  Here is a closer look.

It’s made with the same cardstock as the card and measures 7.5 inches tall and 3 5/8 inches wide.  The punch board comes with  instructions and measurements plus there are a ton of videos on YouTube with ideas.

I stamped the bag itself with the sunflower image using  Memento Cantaloupe ink .  Then I cut a tag shape and stamped/colored the image again.  The stitched banner die is stamped with a Thank You stamp from IBFS that can be found here.

Onto the Challenge….The Sisterhood of Crafters new challenge starts today and the theme is Harvest.  Check out all the details on the blog here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you will visit the IBFS store where there are thousands of great stamps!  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

 

 

 

I Brake For….Joe Surfer!!

Hello stamping friends!  I have a real hunky card for you today!  I’m pulling double duty with this one – it’s for my turn on the I Brake For Stamps blog as well as the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog.  Take a look at this guy!

This hunky guy is called Joe Surfer and can be found on the I Brake For Stamps store here.  He is one of the many Humorous Seniors stamps available at IBFS.  You can see the entire senior collection here. Don’t you just want to see him on your local beach!!   I stamped him in Memento ink and colored with copics.  I built a little scene behind him with a pierced circle sponged with some distress inks and added the sand with a curved border die.  Since I live in Florida I tend to have a lot of beachy type paper packs which sometimes will include a few stickers – I’ve added those along the left side.

The Sisterhood of Crafters new challenge starts today and the theme is…Boys To Men/Masculine.  So get out those guy type stamps and have a go at it.  The challenge blog can be found here.

I hope you will hop on over to the IBFS site to take a look at all the stamps available.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sisterhood of Crafters

Hello my fellow crafters.  I have some news to share with you today…I am now on the Design Team for the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog!! This blog offers challenge on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.    The challenge starting today is to make something representing the part of the world, country and/or state where you live. 

I live in Florida  – which means I have so many things to choose from – anything Disney, beachy, tropical, fruity…and how about flamingos?

 

This super cute Flamingo stamp is from Viva Las Vegastamps and I’ve had it for years and actually started coloring it awhile ago, but never finished.  This challenge was perfect to push me to finish it and make it into a card.  The sentiment and tag die are from a Hampton Arts set.

Now…let’s talk flamingos shall we?  I love the bird – the color is pretty, they are tall birds and they walk funny!  But here in the Northwest part of Florida the only flamingos are in the zoo – they are not found in the wild up here.

Here are my two flamingo stories…

Several years ago my husband and I took a cruise to the southern Caribbean.  Once of the places  we visited was the beautiful  island of Bonaire.  Since we were only going to be on the island for a few hours we elected to take a guided excursion.  We saw one offered by the cruise that said “Flamingos!”  The description went on to describe how we would see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. There were a few other island stops as part of the tour, but the focus was going to be on flamingos.  SO – sign me up!!  We hopped on the tour bus and it takes off,  The guide gets on the microphone and starts telling us all the sites and animals we will see.  And then he says we probably won’t see any flamingos…..

WHAT?????

I was dumbfounded.  The whole point of the tour was flamingos.  He went on to say that it had been dry lately and flamingos like wet areas and by they way they are shy and if there are any they won’t be very close…..

To say I was disappointed is an understatement but we were stuck on the bus at that point so there was nothing I could do.  We did the tour and at the very end the bus pulled up along this area where there was a very large pond.  The tour guide then pointed out that if we looked carefully we would se a flamingo way off  in the distance.   I squinted my eyes and noticed something pinkish way across the pond.  It may have been a flamingo, or a piece of pink cloth.  It was too far away to make out what is was……

So, after the tour ended we walked around town before heading back to the ship and I found a refrigerator magnet to remind me of my time in Bonaire – one that depicts the flamingos we did not see!!  Here is the magnet!

My second flamingo story is much better…  A few weeks ago Tropical Storm Cindy blew though here and dumped a bunch of rain on us.  The worst of the storm was west of us but we still ended up with a ton of rain.  Now, remember I said the only flamingos in our area are the ones in the local zoo?  Well the morning after TS Cindy came through people saw several flamingos on our local beach – Johnson Beach and snapped these photos.

Everyone thought they were escapees from the zoo, but the zoo reported that all their flamingos are accounted for.  So – these were real, wild flamingos!!  The experts think they got caught up in the storm and came up from the Yucatan Peninsula!  It was so cool to know we had some wild flamingos here!  I have no idea what ended up happening to them.  I hope they were able to find refuge somewhere along the beach.  The area of Johnson Beach is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and has many protected areas so it would have been the perfect place to land!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you will check out the Sisterhood of Crafters blog here and take part in this challenge.