Monday, March 4, 2013

The Outlawz Greetings Card "Spring is in the Air" Challenge

Our challenge to you this week is "Spring is in the Air". We'd like to see something that would include flowers and butterflies. We are sponsored by QKR Stampede, a company with lots of fun images. 

As a matter of fact, I just saw them this past weekend in Mesa, Arizona, at the Rubber Stamp Show that is held there twice a year. My sister, Barbara, and I spent Saturday morning at the show. Blowing our money at two booths each. We both bought a lot of items, mostly Cheery Lynn dies, at the Sweet Stamps booth. Then Barbara went to Stamps by Judith for some new rubber stamps, and I went to Judikins for some Diamond Glaze. 

I didn't buy any stamps at QKR, because I use their digi images. I rarely buy stamps anymore, as I've found I'd rather work with digis. It is so easy to size them and storage is a dream! 

Gary wasn't too thrilled when I told him how much I had spent. But he also wasn't really angry either. He is my bestest sugar daddy, doncha know. Besides, I knew ahead of time that he will get a bonus from work in the near future--and I had to help him spend it. Before he did something silly, like invest the money. I can't die-cut a retirement account, now can I?

I was invited to a party Saturday night, but due to spending time at the convention, I couldn't go. Too much crafting to get done. Crazy, isn't it? I am almost caught up again, but just as soon as I say that, something else will happen, and I'll once more be behind. Why? Well, it's a Murphy's Law, isn't it? If any of you find Murphy, especially before St. Patrick's Day, send him on a long vacation, OK? I thank you.

Oh, and I just had a memory flash of St. Paddy's Day in 1977. I was working for an architect in downtown St. Paul. As an office manager. Of one. In other words, I was more like a Girl Friday. And Monday. And Tuesday...well, you get the idea. I did it all. Including running lots of errands for the office. And that particular day I had to go out for something. OMG! I knew then, and there, I would never work in downtown St. Paul on St. Patrick's Day again! It was AWFUL! Oh, sorry for shouting, but it really was. There were so many inebriated people on the street. Throwing beer bottles and garbage. It was an excuse for everyone to act like bozos. I was a young thing then--to be exact, I was 27. And drunk guys were making physical contact with me as I walked down the street. Gag. Me. Aren't you glad I shared that memory? And, just why can I remember something that happened 36 years ago, when I have no idea what I did 36 minutes ago? Inquiring minds want to know.

OK, I will put you out of your misery now and give you the details on my card. I used QKR Picking Flowers, because this is a flower and butterfly challenge, right? I'm on top of things like that. I printed this cutie on Make It Color Blending Card and colored her with Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38, R20, BG90, BG93, BG96, E000, E00, E21, E23, E25, E31, E50, E51, E53, G000, G12. Then I fussy-cut her, and popped her on top of some cheesecloth. Which was on top of a die-cut doily, which was on top of some other die cuts, which were on top of some Stampin' Up ribbon, which was on top of some DP from the Prima Sun Kiss collection, which was layered on top of some Bazzill and Stampin' Up CS. 

The other components are the butterfly die cuts and the Create with TLC sentiment, (which was also die cut and layered), as well as the corner die cuts. And the dies I used for this card were: Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily and Exotic Butterfly Medium; Memory Box Kaleidoscope and Vivienne Butterflies; Spellbinders Marvelous Squares and Scalloped Squares; Marianne Designs Garden Branch and Decorative Elegance; and SCACD Classic Corner.

We had a great turnout last week, and are hoping for the same this week! So, dream of spring and show us your blooms 'n 'flies. And be sure to check out the fabulous cards by my talented teammates!


  1. Good Morning sweetie...

    I love this your colours are perfect...

    Gorgeous creation as always...

    Huggles Pops x x x

  2. This is gorgeous Penny. The image is so cute, your colouring is fabulous and I love the papers and pretty detailing.
    Hugs Sue

  3. Delightful card, Penny! Love the spring colors and cute image! Great design!

  4. This is gorgeous Penny. The image is adorable and beautifully coloured. The colour scheme is stunning as are the beautiful embellishments. Fab bow.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  5. so fun and springy card Penny, i love it

  6. What a darling image!! I love this image and all of the beautiful soft colors you have pretty. Penny, every card you make is beautiful! Great job on this one, thinking I need to go shopping again! sighhhhhhhhhhh. Love the butterflies too.

  7. Ha, Ha..sounds like so much and your sister are my kind of gals! I'd love to go shopping with you all. You have a sweet card as usual! What a gorgeous bow too!

  8. Oh I am so ready for Spring!! This card will help me imagine there is some light at the end of the winter tunnel - so pretty, especially those flutterbies.
    Sounds like you helped out the economy in a big way this weekend :)

  9. Penny this is one beautiful card. Loving the sunny colours and the butterflies.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  10. It certainly doesn't feel like Spring here girlie, but thanks for this gorgeous inspiration. I totally love the image and how you've coloured her. The gorgeous butterflies, and that fantastic bow are perfect adornments. Well done girlie!

  11. Your card is beautiful and definitely looks spring-like with those butterflies. We are getting hit with layers of snow (about 5 inches now) so it will be awhile before I see anything like what you have. I can wish!!!

  12. you crack me up - "i can't die cut a retirement account, can i?" LOL! yay for spring, lovely card and of course your coloring is always lovely :-)
    xo, Kristina

  13. Wow, stunning, love love love...the colour scheme is a wonderful breath of fresh air, :) hugs

  14. Penny, You are just the sweetist thing and I really mean that. It I still lived in Phoenix I bet we would be friends. First of all I know we would meet at the craft shows. I want to thanks you for all the darling comments you make at my blog. Of course I love your card and all those wonderful die cuts, they are so much fun!!! Your coloring is stunning and the awesomr image is adorable.

  15. Great card. She's a cutie and colored so well. I love all the die cuts and layering. You really are soooo great at it.

    I am totally green with jealousy that you got to go to a stamp convention that actually has good booths. The shows we get in my area are kind of blah.

    You should spend St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, where they die the river green and everyone cuts work to drink green beer and grope people on the "L". I have a story that would amuse and horrify you. I might have shared it with you already. It's risqué, so I won't post it here but it involves short women with very long hair and men with belt buckles in a crowded L train. Use your imagination.


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Hugs, Penny