Saturday, December 31, 2011


Happy Saturday! This is it!  The New Year is almost here.  This is the opportunity to hold on to all the good memories and look forward to making more; and creating more too!
One last ATC for 2011...

Carrot juice, shaken not stirred.  CHEERS!
DP by CoCoMiMiLuLu
Gem embellishments from my own stash
Scalloped corner punch from ek success
Happy Bunny and martini doodle by yours truly :)

Hop on over to Wicked Wednesdays and see what great stuff the rest of the DT has made and it's not too late to join in on the fun!
Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking forward to the new year...

As 2011 concludes, I can hardly believe it's been 12 weeks since I started on this journey withWicked Wednesdays.  I can't express how happy I am that I came across this blog and absolutely have NO regrets in joining in on the fun.  Let's count down to the new year and look forward to more creative endeavors!
Peace and love
Mary xoxo

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Out with the old, in with the New Year!

Hey there!
How was everybody's Christmas?  Mine was awesome for the simple fact that I got to spend it with my friends.  YOU GUYS ROCK!
Hopefully you can shake off the holiday food coma and come join us for another great challenge over at Wicked Wednesdays.  This week's theme is :HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'm so excited about this challenge because the awesome Megan, hostess of Dilly Beans Challenge Blog, is sponsoring this week's challenge and the DT got to use her lollipop party girl :)  Isn't she just the bee's knees?
Purple DP by CoCoMiMiLuLu
Scalloped corners punch by ek success
embellishments from my stash
pencil and ink
look at the sparkles!
Hop on over to Wicked Wednesdays and check out the rest of the awesome creations by the DT.
This sweet girl is also making her debut over at ATCs with attititude.
Here's to a happy and healthy new year!
Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Monday, December 26, 2011

Care for a spot o' tea?

Hey everyone!
Did everyone enjoy their holiday? Mine was tranquil.  I worked 8 to 4, got to see my BFF Carol (she made awesome chicken fried rice for lunch!), then I hopped over to another BFF, Lisa's house after work. Mom and Gene are over and most important of all, I got to see Richie :)

I'm kind of glad that Christmas is almost done. Don't get me wrong, just got the red-green-white color scheme overload :)  So for this week's Dilly Beans challenge I went with a neutral palette.  The theme is using 3 images.

I have to say I was inspired by Sharon, a Wicked Wednesday DT colleague.  Her vintage paper doll is just so creative!  You can see it here.

So here's my chunky page, which I am also submitting to Fat Pages with Attitude:
Vintage tea cup and teapot courtesy of Graphics Fairy
Sentiment by birdscards
Happy Bunny doodle by none other than me :)
embellishments from my stash
Used foam dots to add dimension
Well, I hope that your holiday season was everything you hoped it to be and a wonderful new year to come!

Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wicked Wednesday Reminder: Steampunk

Hey there, how's everyone doing?
Everyone "gearing up" for the holidays? Ha!
Friendly reminder about the steampunk challenge over at Wicked Wednesday.  Here's another mini creation that will hopefully inspire you to make one of your own.  As they say, you gotta be in it, to win it!
Merry Christmas everyone.
Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

I knew it was too soon to take off those training wheels!
Clip art from in
Happy Bunny doodle by yours truly :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Steampunkin' it!

Hi everyone!
Christmas is upon us! Is everyone ready???
OK, so this is my debut over at  Wicked Wednesdays as a member of the DT!!!  This week's image is provided by Tiddly Inks; her name is Priscilla and the theme: STEAMPUNK!
Digistamp courtesy of Tiddly Inks
Steampunk clock, bird, dress form and flower clipart
Digi sentiment by
pencil and ink
In the spirit of steampunk, I went technogeek on this one.  Priscilla's been cropped and merged with several other images using Microsoft Word and my steampunk bluebird is born.  I REALLY had fun with this one...creating outside my comfort zone :)

So, why don't you stop on by Wicked Wednesdays and check out all the creative awesomeness.  Heck, come join in on the fun.  You don't know what you're missing!

Thanks for stopping by!
Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Santa Baby...

OK, is it just me or does anyone else feel like time is just flying right on by?  Well, it's time for another awesome challenge over at Dilly Beans! This week's theme is: Santa Baby.  I've been humming this song all day, trying to draw my source of inspiration from its lyrics...then my "aha" moment came.

"Santa baby, an out-of-space convertible too, light blue
I'll wait up for you dear
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight!"
Happy Bunny wants a light blue convertible this year, hee hee.
My own Happy Bunny Santa Baby and Xmas list doodles
(ink and pencil)
Bazzill cardstock in Grenadine
Origami squares
Buttons, snowflakes and letters by Recollections
Presents by Sandylion
I'm also entering this chunky page at Fat pages with attitude.

Merry Christmas everyone and a happy and healthy new year!
Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Great news and Christmas goodies

Hi everyone!
AWESOME NEWS...I have been invited to be part of the Design Team (DT) over at Wicked Wednesdays!!! This means that I get to create an awesome ATC with each week's sponsored digistamp, which will hopefully provide inspiration for our challenge participants.  Watch for my debut on the next challenge!

One last ATC for the road before I assume my DT post.  This week's theme is Christmas or Winter Holiday.
Meet Tiny.  He's determined to make it to the North Pole to meet Santa.  No need for a gift box, he already comes in one.  Shipping and handling is taken care of.  So handle this package with care and have a wonderful holiday season!

Pencil and ink
Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Oh, the irony...

It's time for another challenge over at Dilly Beans and this week's theme is: Twisted Christmas.  TWISTED!!!  Welcome to the dark side of Happy Bunny...MWAHAHAHA.  Ahem, but I digress.

When most people think about Christmas, they envision gingerbread houses, candy canes and such.  For some odd reason, I thought about fruitcake when I saw this week's theme.  Don't ask.  So, where's the twist in that?

Well, in the world of Happy Bunny, bunnies LOVE carrot cake.  But what if Happy Bunny got sucked through a wormhole into an alternate universe?  Let the nightmare begin...

Welcome to the world of Cheerful Carrot!  Carrots rule and they LOVE bunny cupcakes!  No really, it's just bunnies were harmed in the making of this ATC.  What?  Too creepy?  Blame the SciFi channel. Meh.  Merry friggin' Christmas.  LOL.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Unhappy Bunny ATC
Ink, pencil
I took the ATC and made a card out of it:

My own ATC and sleeping bunny doodle
Cardstock scraps
Embossed photo corners
Paper flower

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Seeing green...

Bear cupcake digi from Stretch N Bubbles
Glitter glue
Cardstock scraps
Flower punch
Ribbon and adhesive gem

What's a girl to do with left over scraps?  Make a card for the green challenge over at MelJen's blog!  I layered all the scraps to make a wreath. I also have a thing for cupcakes.  So anything that's cupcake related, I'm there!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Peace and love,

Mary xoxo

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Who needs a sled when....


Ink, Recollections embellishments
Can you hear Tuttles screaming WEEEEEEE?!
You better slow down there buddy or you'll get a speeding ticket!
Another week, another Wicked Wednesday challenge!  This week's theme is Winter Fun.  Right away I thought about sledding.  My original idea with Happy Bunny got scrapped because no matter how many times I drew the sled, I wasn't feeling it.  So to heck with the sled and here's our turtle.
Just look at him!  He is so free spirited it should be illegal lol :)

Have a great week my friends!

Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Results are in!  I made TOP 3 this week!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Joining challenges to challenge myself

As the weeks go by with each ATC challenge, I get to see other creative people's awesome creations.  I also learn from them.  For example, Pauline has a new challenge blog called Seems A Little Sketchy.  I wasn't sure what a sketch I went ahead and emailed her.  (Thank you for the crash course!)  I also saw Jenn's awesome mermaid creation for A Day for Daisies; this week, it's a color challenge.  When I first laid eyes on that little mermaid, I knew I just had to have it!  So I decided to join both worlds and here's the end result:
Birthday Mermaid digi by ADFD
paper flowers
Orange dotted ribbon
Cardstock scraps
Pearl embellishments
Foam adhesive
turtle and shells clipart
Here's a different view so you can see the different layers!

By the way, I got all my craft stuff over at the clearance bins at Michaels.  The cool thing is that they come in little packets so in case this didn't turn out, I wouldn't waste too much.  But, I am happy how this piece turned out.  Thank you to both Jenn and Pauline for being my inspiration for this!

Peace and love,

Mary xoxo

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas creativity

I think that my muse drank too much Red Bull...I've been in creative overdrive since I took the leap and decided to challenge myself by participating in more than one challenge.  I find peace whenever I am playing my instruments, drawing, painting and now we add crafting.  I've learned so much from other very creative people's blogs.

So, before the first challenge was posted,  Dilly Beans decided to have a giveaway and Megan was cool enough to provide us with one of her images.  I made a chunky page, hope you like it!

I'm also submitting this to the Fat Pages with Attitude challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Dilly Beans Snowman Family digistamp
Red buttons
Snowflake stickers
Vinyl lettering
Foam adhesive
I used foam adhesive to make things pop!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

My Dilly Bean Debut!

Stella the Striped Turtle
I can't tell you how excited I was when I found out that there was a Dilly Beans challenge blog! So, for our first ever challenge: STRIPES!

With the weather turning chilly and daylight shrinking, I thought I'd go with something more "springy".

Well, ta ta for now!

Peace and love,
Mary xoxo

Thursday, December 1, 2011

'Tis the season for cupcakes!

Hi there!

I have been having so much fun with challenges I decided to enter another one.  Jenn, who hosts Wicked Wednesday, is also part of the design team over at Just some lines.  This is going to be my first submission to this blog.  This week's challenge is tic tac toe.  They have this really cool 3 x 3 board and you have to match three in a row like you usually do for the game.  In each box is an "ingredient" you have to use for your creation.

I chose glitter, flowers and brads.  I made an ATC for it.  Check it out:

ATC 2.5 x 3.5 card
Bazzil cardstock in Grenadine
Bear cupcake digi from Stretch and Bubbles
Flower brads
Glazing medium
This is also the first time I used a digistamp.  I won this adorable lil dude over at StretchNBubbles (thank you Pauline!)  I colored it with my Sharpies.  I cut a 2 x 3 piece of Bazzil cardstock and mounted it onto my blank ATC.  I drew the candy cane border and added dot accents with my trusty Sharpies.  I had these cook flower brads for way back when that I never used.  I brushed some glazing medium to them and sprinkled it with pixie dust.  Doesn't he look good enough to eat?

Thanks for stopping by!
Peace and love,
Mary xoxo