Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Finally... I found my smile

... and it's good to be back stamping and coloring and blogging!  I'm so very sorry to have been absent so long. More on that later.  Right now I'm going to share a new card with you.  It will take me a bit to get my skills back up to snuff, but here's my starting attempt.

This is a sweetie of an image from Stamping Bella named Ramona and her Wagon.  There are several Ramona stamps and they are all a-DOR-able!  What a fun way to get back into creating cards, right?  I colored her up, added white flowers w/ gold buttons (like daisies?), butterflies, gems, the sun, some glitter and some fluff stuff.  Voila.  I even get to enter a recycle challenge or two as the sun is from the packaging of something I bought the week before.  This was the inside of that packaging.  {smile}

Simon Says Stamp - happy birthday
Papertake Weekly - bingo -- glitter...die cuts...blooms
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - recycle -- the sun
Happy Campers - flower power
Bellarific Friday - splendid spring
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - spring
Wags 'n Whiskers - April showers/spring
2 Sisters Challenge - anything goes
One Stop Craft Challenge - birthdays
Crafty Calendar Challenge - sunshine and showers
Crafty-Emblies - anything goes
Spark Your Creativity Now - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes spring fever
Cupcake Inspirations - polka dots
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - anything goes
Dream Valley - happy birthday
The Squirrel and the Fox - inspired by a song or movie -- "Don't Eat the Daisies" ... both movie and song
Great Impressions - pastel colors and/or polka dots
Stamp with Fun - birthdays
stamps & fun = CREATIVITY - girl
Card Mania - punches and/or die cuts
Lexi's Creations - use your punches and/or dies
The Crafty Bloggers Network - anything goes
Paperminutes - chevron
Sassy Cheryl's - anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes

Just to let you all know, my absence was due to my mom passing away last fall.  I was just not ready for that and it just broke my heart.  It's taken this long for me to find my feet and find the desire to do things I enjoy again.  I still miss her terribly, but most days are much, much better!  I just wanted to give my mom props!!  She was one of a kind and my life has changed a great deal since she's been gone.  Bless you Mom.  You're the best!!

Thanks for popping by.  I hope to have more of a presence here.  I really miss you all.  Take care dear friends.


Sandra van Blaricum

You're card is beautiful Denise!!
Love all the embellishments.
Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges!


I Love your card, the colour combo and papers work so well.
Thanks so much for joining us at The Squirrel and The Fox, hope we'll see you again next fortnight!
Linda xox

Carla S.

So very sorry for your loss, Denise. Your card is beautiful! Love the papers and the sweet image! Thank you for joining in on the challenge at 613 Avenue Create!


gorgeous card and super cute. thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar.


This is so pretty. I love your choice of colours and embellishments. Good to have you with us at CRAFT this week. Hugs Sheryl xx


Thanks so much for joining us at Brown Sugar challages.
It's really nice card that you have made @-->--
Have a nice day
DT Brown Sugar


Sending you hugs!! what an adorable card!

Lynne Armstrong

Sorry to hear of your loss Denise. Your card is beautiful. Love the cute image :) Thanks for joining our challenge at The Squirrel & The Fox


So cute! Love the flowers with the buttons. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


CraftyGirl OSAAT DT


Love how bright and strong your card is Denise, wonderful colour combination. I find it pretty hard to work with DP and keep continuity but you have managed this perfectly Great digi too. Good luck in this weeks OSAAT challenge and hope to see you back again soon. Hugs Jane OSAAT DT

Helene Siermans

Love love love this. Great design. Love the yellow, black and red. Great little image.

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck!


Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings

OMG... you are back!!! how wonderful.. and what a sweet card you have made!!
the colors of papers and your coloring... just gorgeous.

happy to have you back


Beautifully done, Denise! Nice composition, great coloring and wonderful execution! Welcome back. We hope to see a lot of you on our street at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana, Owner


Gorgeous card, love the colours and design, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

Jenn Bedient

What a fun card! Love the image, colors and layout. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Wags n Whiskers and 613 Avenue Create. Hope you have a great day!

- Jenn DT

Mamma Mia

Hi Denise - so sorry to hear of your loss. What a come-back card! Love the colours and pretty image. Thanks for sharing your card at Lexi's Creations this time.
Helen x (DT)


So sorry to hear of your loss, time will heal the pain. Your card is lovely , thanks for sharing it in the Brown Sugar challenge.


What a cute card, thanks for joining in this weeks OSCC xx


Love all the polka dotted fun! The colors and the image are superb! Thanks for sharing at Cupcake Inspirations!

Clarissa Andrea

So cute! Thanks for joining us at stamp with fun and good luck.
xoxo Clarissa


Very lovely! The image is adorable! Love your design and colors! Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challendges.


I'm so glad you found your smile -- this card certainly gave me one! Thanks for joining our "Anything Goes" Challenge at One Stitch at a Time, and hope you'll join our new challenge today. Best, CG


Very pretty card, love the image, thanks for joining us over at the CBN Challenge this month
Crafty Bloggers Network DT
My Blog: A Crafty Blether

Mary Marsh

This is such a pretty card. I like your fab coloring on this cute image. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Great Impressions Stamps April pastel colors and/or polka dots challenge.

Shelagh McCarthy

Great card Denise, Love the image, and layout ... Thanks for joining in at Happy Campers x


A fab card - love the sunshine! Thanks for joining our Happy Birthday challenge at Dream Valley. Susie x


Gorgeous card! Thank you for joining our Happy Birthday challenge at Dream Valley :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx


Lovely card! Really beautiful!
Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges!
Hugs, Mila


Fab colouring, gorgeous card. Thankyou for joining us this month at Crafty Bloggers Network.
Geraldine M