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Just popping in quickly to say that I will still be using this blog to try an occasional project, or challenge, but I have been having a lot of pain lately. Trying to keep up with regular blog posts just for fundraising for my elevator is a lot of work, and hasn't really amounted to many donations. Sorry to disappoint anyone! Since no one was playing along anyways, I decided to stop the Monday art challenges, but I will still share some crafty projects occasionally.

Heading into the holidays, I am grateful for the friends who ordered cards, donated to our YouCaring page, and supported me with cards, calls, and much needed prayers! <3

The fundraising page will remain open until Dec 31st. We had another meeting this morning with the elevator company. We should have a signed contract in the next couple of weeks, and may even have the architect begin plans before the end of the year!

Until Next Time-

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"stART With A Photo" ART Challenge #5

Hello again! Welcome to our Monday "stART With A Photo" challenge #5. I am still plugging along, even though no one else has played along yet! I will not be deterred! haha

So, if you are still reading, why not consider stARTing your week with an art challenge?

This week's inspiration comes from a greeting card a friend sent me. I thought the little girl pictured on the front was pretty, and I have a thing for wells. Is that weird? Anyways-

I was inspired by the colors this week, but also since I haven't felt well lately, I used my Sizzix Framelits Flip-Its die, to create a couple get well cards.

I have been making a lot of cards lately, but remember you can do any project!

Enjoy yourself. Be creative. Share your link in the comments. Please visit some of the other participant's blogs and leave them some love too!

Thanks for playing along!

If you have some crafty people to buy Christmas gifts for, please consider using my links to shop. This will help me earn fun…

Messy Christmas To You!

Hello! I am just completing the last few cards out of the 80 I made for Christmas this year. I decided to try something new. I have been waiting to buy and use some gilding flakes for the past couple of years, so I went ahead and ordered two colors of flakes and some glue. Also, I am entering another challenge, so if you want to see that entry, it is the last card at the bottom of this post!

First, let me say, that gilding flakes make very pretty backgrounds, accents, etc. BUT they are so MESSY! I mean really messy, like in a tarred and feathered kind of way! This process might just be worse than the dreaded craft herpes....GLITTER! LOL

Seriously though, I advise following all the advice on YouTube and Pinterest from more seasoned professionals than myself, but here are a few tips I learned:

1st- Be sure your work space is large and clear.
2nd- Make sure there is no breeze, fan or movement of air. In fact, it might be a good idea to hold your breath once you open the jar of gilding fl…

"stART With A Photo" ART Challenge #4

Hello! If you are like me, you probably aren't a huge fan of Mondays! However, if you play along with us every Monday, you can stART your week with a challenge. Art makes everything better, even Mondays!
stART with a Photo Challenge #4
This picture was taken by me while our family was serving at a camp for families with disabilities. We were all praying and holding hands. It reminds me of the love of friends. So, I have this special birthday card as my project for this week's challenge.

Enjoy yourself. Be creative. Share your link in the comments. Please visit some of the other participant's blogs and leave them some love too!

Thanks for playing along!
Until Next Time- ~Shari

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Same Paper - Different Cards

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I am still hard at work making Christmas cards, so I thought I would show you a few more. I had lots of scraps and a few larger pieces of an old CTMH Christmas paper pack left, and decided to use the rest of it.

Here are the cards I made using the remnants-

This last one is my favorite, but had to toss in a few other colors to cover the whole card.

Don't forget to check out our weekly art challenge. There is still time to share your projects! 
Thank you to everyone who has donated or placed orders for cards and artwork. Please contact me if you would like to contribute to our fund by placing an order. I am also wondering if anyone would be interested in a small happy mail package for a $15+ donation? I can't decide whether I should make some packages as a thank you. Let me know if you would be interested, and help me decide if it is a good idea!

Until Next Time- ~Shari

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Impatient Alcohol Background

Alright, I admit it. I am impatient. So, when I saw the new Mix-Ability Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers, I wanted to try the alcohol background technique right away. The trouble is, I don't own any alcohol inks, so I made up a different way to do it.

I poured a little rubbing alcohol in a shallow styrofoam tray.

Then dripped in some Distress Inks. They sank straight to the bottom of the tray. Hmmmm

Doing this technique the right way, keep the alcohol ink on top of the water in the dish. You lay the paper on top and pick up the ink. Since that wasn't going to work, I dipped the paper in and pressed down to get it to the ink on the bottom. I smooshed it a few seconds and brought it up. I used one sheet of water color paper (the larger piece). I used a few scraps of white cardstock too, before the alcohol go "muddy" from the ink.

Here are the two cards I made once the paper dried-

Supplies used:

Strathmore Watercolor paperNeenah White CardstockDistress Ink Reinkers: Must…

The Challenges Continue!

I have been having fun playing along with the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge Blog. Some times it is helpful to get a little inspiration from a creative prompt!

I decided to try some clear embossing powder with a water color background, using the colors from challenge #265, but didn't like the way it looked. I tossed the background in the recycling bin, and started over.

This time I tried silver embossing powder and colored pencils instead. Here is my card for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #265-

When I finished that card for the challenge, I realized that the now dried first background didn't look horrible, so I made that into a second card!

I also made a card for Color Dare #266, since I was working with similar colors already.

Here is what I came up with for this challenge-

Don't forget to check out our weekly challenge! You don't want to miss it! :)

Supplies used: 
Penny Black "Gladsome" StampTim Holtz Distress Marker SetPrismacolor Colored Pencils