Friday, June 29, 2012


Hello! Are you having a good day? I sure hope so! I am preparing to go on vacation to the beach. Granted it is only 45 minutes away, but it is my favorite week out of the year. Poolside for a whole week = bliss! I will have a couple posts scheduled while I am gone. Also the DT terms for Inky have been revamped, so go check them out and get your entry in. :o)

Today I have a quick card for you. Nothing fancy at all but I hope you like it.

I hope you have a fabulous week! :o)

Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time...........

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Inky Challenge - Beach Fun!

Hello! I am so thrilled you stopped by. It is Wednesday so that means it is time for a new Inky Impressions challenge. Whoop whoop! This week's theme is Beach Fun! Keep in mind, you do not have to use an Inky image, but if you do you will receive two entries in the prize drawings. I hope to see you play along this week! :o)

For my card this week I used Hula LiLi. Isn't she a doll. She is on sale right now, so go grab her up! I also used an Inky starfish charm, digi July ticket set from Inky, and Inky Jelly Rhinestones. DP is Life of the Party by Basic Grey. Twine from the Twinery and ribbon from Inque Boutique (Isn't it Romantic.) Colored with Copics.

Charisma Cardz: summer
Milk Coffee: summertime

Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time...........

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Inky Inspirational Post

Good Morning! It is an exciting day for me. It is my first Inky Impressions Inspirational post since being back on the team. :o) I am super excited. I created a tutorial for my two in one pocket card/gift card holder. Now, I will share a photo here, but the tutorial and close-ups will be on the Inky Impressions Inspirational blog. I hope you will go check it out and maybe leave me some love, if you like it? ;O) It would mean a great deal. Also don't forget about the Inky DT call that is out. Details can be found on the Inky Challenge blog.

OK, run on over and check out the tutorial on the Inky Impressions Inspirational blog. :o)

Challenges I am entering:
Totally Stampalicious: red, white, and ?
Try it on Tuesday: anything goes
House of Gilli: red, white, and blue
DYSU: movie inspired (Monsters Inc.)
Outlawz, Twisted Thursday: Where in the World (N.C. in the U.S.) The Outlawz are having a huge celebration. Games, challenges, prizes, and FUN!!

Monster Blowing Bubbles: Inky Impressions
Red gems: Darice from Inky Impressions
July Ticket set: Inky Impressions
Heart Charm: Inky Impressions
Ribbon: unknown
Jean Paper: The Robin's Nest

Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time...........

Friday, June 22, 2012

Coffee Anyone?

Good evening! I hope you had a fabulous day. I worked on an English assignment most of the afternoon. Not much fun! lol I did manage to get a quick card made. I won a gift certificate from Your Next Stamp and this is one of the images that I picked. Isn't it cute!
I am not sure why the button looks so much lighter than the ribbon but they are very close to the same color in person. Anywho here she is.

I am entering the following challenges. I hope you will join in the fun!

Your Next Stamp: anything goes
Tammy's Scrappin Corner: ribbons or bows
DYSU: movie (sleepover)
Try it on Tuesday: anything goes

Image: Good Morning Fhiona from Your Next Stamp
Sentiment: Skateboard Dude from Your Next Stamp
Paper: Recollections

Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time...........

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Surf's Up!

Good morning! I made this card for my hubby for his birthday, which is in a few weeks. Shhhh don't tell! *grin* I actually picked out this Mo Manning image specifically for this purpose. We are alittle older now, but he was a huge surfer dude when we were younger. Every year he says he is going to go surfing again and every year he doesn't. lol Maybe this is the year? Anyway here is my card. I hope you like it.

Challenges I am entering. I hope you will join in the fun!
Mo's Challenge: masculine w/Mo image
Charisma Cardz: summer
Digi Days: masculine
Party Time Tuesdays: color/photo inspiration (I used the photo and a splash of orange.)
Paper Playtime: anything goes w/ sentiment

Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time...........

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bow-legged Cutie

Good evening! It has been a pretty good day in the Hopkins' house. :o) I got my most recent assignment back from English class with a rave review. My instructor wrote "Truly excellent work. I made a couple of random comments on the file. 100/A+. A pleasure to look at such a well written project." I am so thrilled. I have held a 4.0 GPA for three semesters and I am so paranoid of messing it up. OK enough of my babbling.

It is Wednesday, so that means a new Inky Impressions' challenge: red, white, and blue. We are being sponsored this week by Kenny K Downloads! The other DT girls did a fabulous job! I hope you will go check them out. Come play along, I would love to see what you create! You do not have to use an Inky Impressions' image, although we would love it if you did! Don't forget about the Inky Impressions DT call. You can find all of the information HERE.

OK now for my card today.

Paper Playtime: anything goes with sentiment
Crafty Ann's: it's a girl thing

Image:Bow-legged Cutie from Sassy Cheryl's
Sentiment: Your Next Stamp
Ticket: It's a Party from Inkadinkado
Paper: Recollection

Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time...........

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Saturated Canary GDT call and Challenge

Hi! I hope you are having a wonderful day. My day has been pretty productive. :o) The card I have for you today is for the Saturated Canary GDT spot and for the current challenge. I just adore Krista's images and she is such a sweet lady.

I used the To the Lake image. Notice her glittery shoes. :o)

Image: To the Lake from Saturated Canary
Charm: Inky Impressions
Paper: Crape paper, K&Company
Coloring: Copics and Prisma Pencils
Ink: Memento in Tuxedo Black

Other challenges I am entering. I hope you will join in the fun!
Creative Card Crew: 3.2.1 (3 gems, 2 pair of flip flops, 1 charm)
Papertake Weekly: bingo (lace, free, gems)
Totally Gorjuss: Holiday

Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time...........

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Paper Shelter Challenge

Hello! Thank you for stopping by! I got sidetracked today, so it was late when I finished my card. I will make it short and sweet. :o) I apologize for the photo quality. It was dark outside when I took the pictures.  I am entering The Paper Shelter challenge: anything goes

The image is Little Artist from Whimsy Stamps

Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time...........

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Inky Impressions DT CALL

Hello! I do not have a card to share with you today. We have had a fun, but busy Father's Day. BTW Happy Father's Day to all of the awesome dads out there.
Inky Impressions is having a DT call for the September - December term. All entries need to be in by July 16. The challenge you must follow for the call is "lots of layers with a bit of stitching." It can be real or faux stitching. You can find full details at the Inky Impressions Challenge blog. I cannot wait to see what you come up with!  :o)

I will be back tomorrow with a card to share. Have a super night!

Until next time...........

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Club Kid & Whimsy Stamps

Good afternoon! I hope this finds you well. I just have to give a shout out to Whimsy Stamps. I received a gift card on Wednesday and placed an order with Whimsy. Well my stamps arrived on Friday! Talk about fast service. I am very impressed!

I wanted to do something alittle different. I used jean looking card stock and made a pocket by shading my faux stitching and around the edged of the pocket shape I cut out. I wish I still had my sewing machine so I could have done real stitching, but I am still pretty happy with the way it turned out. So much so that I went back and added the butterfly so it would fit the Kenny K challenge this week. :o) I am also entering it into a few other challenges which are all listed down below.

Challenges: I hope you join in the fun!
Kenny K: animal
Whimsy Stamps: buttons and bows
Cupcake Craft: red, white, and blue
Totally Stampalicious: shaped card
Creatalicious: anything goes
Make it Monday: anything goes
Inspire  me Friday:anything goes

Image: Club Kid by Kenny K for Whimsy
Butterfly: Whimsy
Paper: The Robyn's Nest
Ink: Memento in Tuxedo Black, Copics, Prisma pencils
Ribbon: unknown (gifted, thank you Emily)

Until next time...........

Friday, June 15, 2012

Inky Impressions Blog Hop

Good morning! Remember a few days ago I said that I had some exciting news to share! Well I can finally share the big news. I am proud to be on the Inky Impressions design team again. WooHoo! I am so excited! Before I had to take my break from crafting I was an Inkette and I loved it! I spoke to my gal pal, Nicole a few days ago and she asked if I would like to return to the team now that I am crafting again. Are you kidding, of course I would! I adore Inky Impressions and Nicole is so awesome.

We are having a CHARMING blog hop. If you came here via Patty's blog you are on the right track. If not the start of the blog hop is at the Inky Impressions Inspirational Blog. Be sure to comment on ALL of the blog hop posts for your chance to win a random Inky Impressions character or animal stamp (you get to pick which category) and a sampling of Inky charms. How is that for fabulous! All comments must be posted by June 20

I used the digital stamp Fairy Sitting on Clothespin. I just love her! You will also find a gorgeous variety of high quality charms at the Inky Impressions store. Here is my card for the blog hop.  I hope you like it.

Here is the blog hop order in case you get off track. You do not want to miss out on your chance for a fabulous Inky Prize!
       Jen GD
      Patty GD
You Are Here------> Tonya <------You Are Here

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: photo inspiration
Papertake Weekly: 3-2-1 (3 flowers, 2 stamps, 1 charm)
Craft Your Passion: anything goes
Touch Twin: hair
Creative Card Crew: song inspired (I believe I can fly)

Until next time...........

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Good evening! Sorry for running late with my post today. I have been working on an English assignment that is due tomorrow. I needed some fun so I made a quick card today. It is nothing fancy. There is not even any coloring, but it refreshed me enough to continue with my English assignment. :o) The stamp is from Stampers Best. I won it from the lovely, Karla at Made by Karla. Karla, thank you for the extra trims too, they are beautiful.

Challenges I am entering. I hope you will come join in the fun.
Totally Paper Crafts: Doodle (dots)

Image: Stampers Best
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Paper: Authentique (Thanks Emily), Black and White print paper: The Robyn's Nest
Trim: Gifted, (Thanks Karla)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Marionette Doll

Good evening! I hope this finds you well. It has been a busy but fun few days with my daughters graduation and all of the celebrations.

I did manage to make a card today. I used the Itty Bitty, Marionette Doll stamp by Unity. The sentiment is also by Unity.  I love brown and pink together. The challenges I an entering are down below. I hope you will join in the fun!

You can't tell in the photo but her shoes sparkle (gel pen).

Unity: stripes (ribbon)
Craft Your Passion: anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: crown and/or gems

Image: Marionette Doll - Itty Bitty by Unity, Sentiment - Unity
Paper: Memory Box - Pixie Collection
Crown - Tim Holtz
Buttons - Favorite Findings
Ribbon - Craft Smart
Coloring - Copics
Ink - Memento in Tuxedo Black, Martha Stewart in Walnut
Misc. from my stash

Until next time........

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Polka Dots

Hello! Well graduation is over. It was so emotional. It was a night I will never forget. My baby is all grown up. I wish I could hit the rewind button. lol

It appears Blogger is working properly again. Thank goodness! I apologize for any inconvenience while I was testing.

Ok, so I whipped up a card real quick today before a family cookout. I am not happy with her hair. But I think the rest came out pretty good.

I hope you will come play along in the following challenges.
The Paper Shelter - dots and spots
Totally Gorjuss - sunshine
Make it Monday
Digital Tuesday - anything goes
Digi Haven - use a freebie forever digi

Image from: Whimsie Doodles.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will try to get caught up on viewing everyone's creations, next week.

Until next time.........

Friday, June 8, 2012

Big Day & Paintings

Today is the big day. My daughter graduates. I have alot to do today so I will not have a card for you. As promised I am posting a couple old pictures of some of the paintings I have done. If you missed yesterday's post you can view it here. I hope you haved a fabulous day! Here is hoping I can keep myself together at graduation tonight. Ha!

I am sharing these with Inspire me Fridays.

Until next time.......


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Back to my Roots Kind Of

Hi! I hope you had a great day! My day was frustrating. There was an error in my operating system so I went to restore my computer and the date said May 11 so I clicked the button and realized it was May of last YEAR which is when I got my computer. It wiped everything out of it and returned it to the way it was when I bought it. So I was up until 4 a.m. trying to get everything put back in it. I am thankful that I save all important files to a thumb drive as a backup. But everything is fixed now. Yay!

I am so happy with the way this card turned out. It took me back to my painting days. I was a decorative painter for years and my favorite thing to paint was scenery. I will share some pictures tomorrow.

I have some exciting news to share with you soon! :o) Sorry for being so chatty tonight.

I used about five Copics, Prisma pencils, and peeled a paint distressed ink pad (to watercolor the ground and part of the trees). This was so much fun. More Copics are definitely on my "to get list." I hope you like it as much as I do.

Until next time.........


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Busy, Busy!

I have a super busy week ahead. I have two assignments due for English tomorrow, a meeting for the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) on Thursday, my daughter’s graduation on Friday and a family gathering to celebrate on Sunday. I am tired just thinking about it all. Ha!  It is hard to believe my baby is graduating from high school. Where did the time go! OK let’s get to my project before I get all teary eyed. I used free image from Anji's Antics. Isn't it beautiful! I knew I wanted to use it as soon as I seen it.

 I hope you will come play along with me at the following challenges:
Touch Twin Markers: photo inspiration
The Shabby Tea Room: aqua, or teal, pink and brown
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Creative Card Crew: Song inspired (Rain from Creed)

Image: Anji's Antics
Sentiment: Desert Diva
Paper: unknown ( I think the tan DP is K&Company)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Tag You're It!

Hello, hello! I hope this post finds you well. I have been alittle scatter brained today. I could not sleep last night; I was up until 3 a.m.  So my brain has not functioned well today. Ha! I am behind on visiting everyone's blogs but will try to get caught up as soon as I can. Thank you for understanding.

The challenge this week at Cupcake Craft is "tag you're it." For some reason the green stripes on the paper is not showing as true in the picture. It is actually a lighter shade of the green button and cake. I took about 25 pictures and could not get it right so said the heck with it. lol

Image: Studio G
Sentiment: Desert Diva
Paper: Recollections

Thank you for visiting. :o) Until next time........


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sassy Studio Designs

Good evening! I made this card for the Sassy Studio Design challenge.  I actually named the shop. Isn't that cool! About three years ago Lindsay was having a contest to name her new shop and my name won. Her designs are so cute. If you are not familiar with them, you can check them out here.

Other challenges. I hope you will join in the fun!
Sassy Studio Design: holiday plus silver or gold
Party Time Tuesdays: anything goes
Secret Crafter Saturday: anything goes 
The Ribbon Girl: ribbon or lace

Image: Ashlee's Prom from Sassy Studio Designs (Friday's freebie)
Ticket and sentiment: It's a Party from Inkadinkado
Paper: Recollections
Red Cardstock: Bazzill Basics in Ruby Slipper
Charm: Tim Holtz
Lace, buttons, floss, ribbon from my stash

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Inky Impressions Challenge

I hope this finds you well. I made this card for the Inky Impressions challenge (summer.) I hope it looks summer enough. Of course when I lost all my craft supplies that included all of my gorgeous Inky Impressions stamps. Which if you have not tried Inky Impressions stamps, you must check them out. They are adorable and the highest of quality and very deeply etched. This is a digital stamp from Inky Impressions, which you can find here. I hope you like what I have done with her. The sentiment is from Desert Diva. Other challenges are below.

I colored with a few Copics and Prisma pencils (blended with GooGone)

Her wings are done with glitter glue. Her sleeve cuffs and the metal on the clothespin are done with a silver gel pen.

I am also entering her in the following challenges. I hope you play along too.
Sentimental Sundays: Flowers (plus sentiment)
Totally Stampalicious: summertime
Creative Card Crew: dimension
Creatalicious: bingo (lace, ribbon, buttons.....the center of the flowers are tiny buttons)
Stamp n Doodle: outside