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Back To School

Hi guys!!  Hope all you parents are getting back into the swing of a routine.  We started school last Wednesday and I think we’re finally getting our groove back.  It’s amazing how every year, we seem to forget how to cope with back to school!!! We struggle with the getting up early, getting lunches made, early bedtime routine, as if we didn’t just do it the year before!!  This year is particularly crazy because my husband is coaching football and I took over as the Vice President of the football league (first year even on the board so I have no idea what I’m doing).  I’m here to tell you, it’s a lot more work than I thought it was going to be!!  That on top of everything else in our lives is making me a little crazy.  So school and football basically start at the same time.  We’ve had Jayden’s best friend, Bubby and his Mom staying with us for a couple of weeks now so it’s been nice having another Mom here to help us function.

Speaking of “Back to School”, that is the theme this week at Always Fun Challenges.  So bust out your back to school stamps and get crafty with them!!   I don’t really have any school/teacher related stamp sets so this was the closest I could get.  I absolutely LOVE these little birds from the Stacking Animals set from Simon Says Stamp.  They work for so many different occasions.


Look how CUTE they are!!!  And the glasses from the Geek is Chic die (by MFT) fit perfect on the biggest bird.  I just can’t get over how cute they are.  I added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the glasses and then topped them off with glossy accents.


This will go live after our hectic weekend, but right now  I’m desperately trying to get my house clean for Jayden’s Birthday sleepover that we’re having Saturday night (so when you see this, that would have been last night).  We just realized 2 days ago that we have to do it this weekend.  My son’s Birthday is next week but next weekend is Labor Day weekend and I’m doing a 2 day craft fair, then we have football games every Saturday night from now until November.  Our next home game isn’t until September 23rd.  And I just realized all of this 2 days ago…  Way to go, Misty!!  My hubby is at the high school football game right now with Jayden and 6 of his friends so I’m taking advantage of this childless moment to CLEAN!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  You guys always leave the sweetest messages for me.  I really appreciate it.  If you have time, head over to the Always Fun Challenges blog and check out last weeks participants.  We have some beautiful entries.  If you have some crafty time, I encourage you to join us this week for some Back to School fun!  As always, AFC is open to anyone and everyone who’d like to participate.  We have a fun, new theme each week.


Blue Bird:  BG10, BG11, BG13 Beak:  YR12, YR21

Orange Bird:  YR01, YR04, YR07 Beak:  YR21, Y32

If you’d like to see how I made this card, just click on the video below.  You’ll also find a list of all of the products I used below that.

Have a great week!!


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Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Let It Sparkle

Hi there!!  Welcome back to another theme reveal for the Always Fun Challenges blog.  The theme this week is called “Let It Sparkle”.  I chose to do a shaker card which has lots of yummy sparkles.  This was my first time using the Secret Garden set by Simon Says Stamp and I am loving it!  It’s just such an adorable set.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with the background though so I made it up as I went.


I started by coloring the fairy first.  I’m very pleased with how she turned out.  Once I had the fairy colored, I moved on to the house.  I chose to match the house to the fairy.  Isn’t she just the cutest??

While I was coloring the fairy, I started flipping through all of my past cards to find a skin tone and hair color that I liked and it doing so, I ran across a beautiful distressed background that I did awhile back for a mermaid card that I had created.  This is the card that inspired the background for my fairy card.  I absolutely LOVE these two colors together.


I used Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron to make this gorgeous background.  It works great for a mermaid card AND a fairy one!


If you’d like to see how I made this card, please click on the video below.  Below that is a list of all the products I used.  Please head over to the Always Fun Challenges blog and join us this week for the “Let It Sparkle” theme!!  It’s always open to everyone who’d like to participate.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Copic Markers Used:

Skin:  E000, E00, E11 (cheeks) R20, R30

Hair:  Y11, Y21, E33, E35 (headband) BV01, G03

Dress:  BG000, BG01, R81, R83, Y00, Y02 (shoes) R81, R83

Wings:  BV0000, BV000

Wand:  Y06, E00

Bird:  BG01, Y06

Mushroom House:  (Base) E40, E41, E42, E43 (chimney) T0, T3 (windows) BG000 (top window) E70, E74, BG000 (door) E70, E71, E74 (knob and front step) N2 (grass) G00, G03 G05 (top of house) R81, R83, R85

Butterflies:  BF11, BG34, Y02, N3