Sunday, July 31, 2011


 Good Morning folks!
It's Sunday and time for another challenge over at Pike's Playground and this time we are asking you to use one of Dustin's images and make a Girly card or project. For my card I used this one of Dustin's dragons and of course as it's a girly project I had to color her pink! I also added some glitter to her fins/flippers and mask! Hey you have to look good even when snorkeling right!!! LOL
 I'm on a role with easel cards lately and I have more to come! I just love the way they show everything at once, inside and front! I wish I could remember the name of this awesome background dp but I don't! Sorry! I thought it was a great addition as it reminded me of water drops and what better for a background for my little snorkel dragon! I colored the image in copics, added stickles in Diamond, ric rac is from JoAnn's and flowers from Michael's. That's about it! 
Thanks for stopping by today! Now I'm off to go snorkeling myself! 
See you soon!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Good Morning everyone!
I'm writing today's post with a little mixed emotions as we have to say goodbye to one of our DT members, Lovely Linda. She has played along with us here on Midnight Madness from the start, became a guest designer and finally a part of the MM team. My feelings are mixed because she has become such an integrel part of this team and is one of the most positive people I have met in blogland, and inspiring to everyone she comes into contact with. My sadness is partnered with happiness for her future endeavors as I know she is going to do amazing things. My best wishes go to Linda and I know she won't be a stranger around the blogging world. We love you Linda!

Did you know that over at CDAC they have NEW Progressive Challenges Starting!  Vintage ATC Swap OPEN for sign ups and an awesome Mini Paper Bag Album Swap Open for sign ups. 
You still have plenty of time so head on over and check it out today!

Would you like to be a part of these teams? We always have a look out for some talented crafters. Not only for the Midnight Madness DT, the "priscillastyles" DT but the CDAC Dream Team. So if you are interested in taking a super fun journey with some very talented crafters, we want to hear from you.
Email Priscilla at with your information!
This weeks's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.
Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)
Our MMSC113 Gold Star Award goes to...
27 - Made by Mandy
 Our Remarkables Awards this week go to...
2. mocca22
20. Vickie Kertz
23. Lori U.
Our MMSC113 Weekly Bonus Winner is...
19. Audrey E.
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For my project this week I decided to alter a box and make it into a keepsake for something special! Not sure what that special something is yet but I'll find something! I started this by sponging the outside with a pretty "Natural Flourishes" stencil from Layers of Color in Martha Stewart ink Blue Sky.
 The flower center creation was made using Petaloo flowers "assorted Layers" and "Mini Rose clusters". I sponged them with the same Martha Stewart ink, then sparkled the edges with Stickles in Baby Blue and Waterfall.
Thank you for stopping by today, please visit the rest of the DT to leave them some love.
I want to end my post by sending out my thoughts and prayers to all our Norwegian friends who continue to pick up the pieces from the recent sad events.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Happy Tuesday folks!
So how was your weekend? Great I hope with lots of fun stuff! For us it was time to get a little of the garden organized! I've neglected it for so long that the weeds were getting tall in our vegetable garden and I've been wanting to get it cleaned out for ages but never seemed to have the time. We visited the garden section of our local Home Depot and picked up just a few new plants to see how they grow this year. We have tomato, peppers, lettuce, blueberries and blackberry plants....I didn't even know they would grow here in Miami!!! LOL Anyway, it is nice to see the two veggie boxes planted again (one with flowers, the other with the fruits and veggies), and I'll keep you all posted as to how they grow! Might have an issue with the little garden lizards again which devoured my moonflowers last year and I was totally disheartened by that!
It's another challenge over at Midnight Madness and I really enjoyed making this card as it was a fun challenge not to have one main image this time! Are you all ready to play?
This weeks's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.
Congratulations to all our winners this week!
Our Masterpiece Award goes to
Our Remarkables Awards go to

Our Sponsors this week are
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Our Montly sponsor is
My projects this week were a card and little mini gift bag using the beautiful flowers from Petaloo! It was hard to get a good photo this time as they seemed to disappear against the white background and the sun was so strong outside that it was not a good photo either, so I ended up taking a photo in my bathroom to get a neutral but better background!

The dp is from Tim Holtz, mini gift bag was part of a secret santa gift from another DT, flowers by Petaloo, word stickers and gems all from Micheal's.
I hope you will play along with us this week and don't forget to stop by my DT sisters and leave some love!
Before I leave I want to share a couple of photos of my little one who spent the afternoon with his grandfather cleaning out the Koi pond! He had a great time petting the fish!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Good Morning Folks!
It's good to be back after my vacation and I'm looking forward to actually getting around to all your blogs again, once I'm caught up with the chores! That's the downside of going away, right, there's always lots of laundry to catch up on when you return! Anyway, it's another day for another challenge over at Pike's Playground today and this time we are asking you to make a card or project with the theme of "Animals Rule" using one of Dustin's images.  
For my card I used a few of Dustin's adorable zoo animals which were colored in copics, and I made a kind of a step card, it's really a combination of an easel and step card, but I'm happy with how it turned out and hopefully the little boy who recieved the card is happy with it too!  
I had a lot of fun coloring these critters and I'm sure you will if you decide to use them too! You can find them all HERE and believe me you don't want to pass these up as Dustin has them as a set for only $1.00! Yes, that's right, all these images below for just $1.00! But, don't delay as I'm not sure how long they will be available at that price!
So, what you waiting for? Hop on over to Dustin's site and grab these wonderful images then go create your project! Have fun!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Good Morning my fellow bloggers!
Well it's time for me to catch up with a bunch of things now that I'm back from my vacation, and get back into the swing of daily life. Canada was great and we had fabulous weather during our trip, better than what Florida had while we were away! We flew in to Montreal and spent a couple of days there, then drove via Ottawa to our little rented house in the woods! I think for us our favorite area was Niagara Falls, which is so beautiful, especially at night when they put the colored lights on the waterfalls. While we were there we were lucky to see some wildlife too, some deer, little chipmunks, and some black squirrels! OK enough about my vacation and onto the other important stuff going on at Midnight Madness~
This weeks's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.
Your Choice
 Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)
Our MMSC111 Gold Star Award goes to...
 Our Remarkables Awards this week go to...
 Our MMSC112 Weekly Bonus Sponsor is...
D'Amour Allure you can purchase these images at McMahon Five Design
 Check out the awesome MMSC112 Bonus Prize
Prize details
Language of Love – 24 Stamps
4  - 12x12 Sheets of Kaisercraft To Have & To Hold Paper Collection
6 Prima Eminence Roses
What a great prize..thank you so much Jeni :)
Our July Monthly sponsor is....
For my projects this week I have a card made with an image from D'Amour Allure and flowers from Petaloo and my altered box is using flowers from Petaloo.
The image is called Arabella. The flowers on the card were stained with brewed coffee granuals that were cooled and squeezed out onto them. When they were dry I edged them with a copic pen in pale sepia. 
The flowers on the box were stained with Moon glow's starburst stains in Autumn Maple Crimson from Lindy's Stamp Gang and water. I painted them in different strengths of the starburst stain to make them look realistic.
The corners were made with a Sizzix Sizzlits die from the Architectural Accents set. Lace is from my stash and gems from Micheal's.  
Here's a closeup of the flowers, don't they look pretty? I love how my project turned out and am really loving these fabulous Petaloo flowers.
Thanks for stopping by today and for your kind comments. Don't forget to stop by my DT sisters blogs to leave them some love too.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Good morning everyone!
We are here once again with another Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, are you ready? I'm still on vacation so my posts have been scheduled earlier, so if I'm missing any information, please check the Midnight Madness blog!
Congratulations to all the winners this week!
Our weekly sponsors are
Our Monthly sponsor is  
I have to tell you that when I first got the flowers from Petaloo I was like WOW, there were so many to choose from, but the thought of actually coloring them myself was a little scary! However, when I started with them, I couldn't stop and really loved playing around with the different flowers and various mediums to create my own look.
All the flowers on my projects are from petaloo Color Me Crazy collection which you can see HERE! On my gratitude journal I used "Orchid Spray Phalaenopsis" as my main image then the "mini rose clusters" on the outside.
I created my flowers by first staining with MoonGlows Starburst Sprays in Tiffany Blue, then when that was dry I dabbed them with Starburst dauber in Creme Brulee Creme and touched them around the edges with stickles in Waterfall. The starburst stains can be found HERE at Lindy's Stamp Gang.
For my matching card I used flowers from the assorted layers group and the butterflies from the silhouette shapes collection called Butterflies and Dragonflies.
The butterflies were painted the same as the orchids but the main flower I brushed with Martha Stewart ink called Blue Sky then treated them with some sparkles from Stickles in Waterfall.
As you can see I took lots of photos of these projects, can you tell I love these flowers!!!
Here's a closeup of the butterfly so you can see the gentle shading effect that was created with the starburst stains.
For the center of my flower I used a left over metal piece from a bracelet I made a while ago, which has that pretty blue gem in the middle. I believe that was from Micheal's in the jewelry making department.
Another close up of the Orchid flowers.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you'll be back next week as I have more flower creations to share!
Have a great day!