October 18, 2014

Happy Birthday

Greetings!

I hope everyone is doing well, and having a craft filled weekend.  It's been a fairly lazy weekend for us, with the exception of all of the homecoming activities going on.  While my daughter and her friends were participating in everything, I got some time alone, in my craft room.  Here is what I created.


I had a difficult time getting a good picture, so this will have to do.  I'm trying to figure out how to get good photos taken, using a light box that I got, but I have yet to master that.  Anyway, this was quick and simple, and I know the recipient will love it as these are her favorite colors.  I am going to enter this into the following challenges.

Seize The Birthday: Anything Goes
Tag You're It #8: Photo Inspiration

I do hope to be back with another card soon.  It's time to start bulking up on my Christmas cards.  I WILL send them out this year. lol  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
What's In It?
Paper: Gray Bazzill Textured Cardstock, SU Whisper White & Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Bo Bunny Polka Dot Patterned Paper, Simon Says Stamp Orange Stripe Patterned Paper
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Friendship Messages
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Accessories: May Arts Twine, Martha Steward Butterfly Punch, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Tags Die, Keiser White Pearls

October 5, 2014

Happy Autumn

Hello friends!

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I last posted anything.  It's been a rough few weeks, and I haven't really been motivated to create anything.  I broke my foot, was sick (which almost never happens to me), then my mother was sick, and then I have been busy and traveling for work.  On top of everything, this last week was supposed to be homecoming week at my daughters school, but two of her friends were killed in a car accident on Monday so everything was postponed.  Sydney and Lexi had been friends since kindergarten.  I feel guilty.  I'm so hearbroken for my daughter, and for Lexi and Caleb's families, but I am so thankful that it wasn't my daughter in that vehicle with them.   It's been hard for my daughter, seeing as how this is the first time she's ever really had to deal with death.  As a parent I feel helpless, not being able to fix this for her. *sigh*  I am so sorry to ramble, I guess I just needed to vent, and I have never had a problem talking about the not so nice things we have to deal with in life. 

Anyway, I was finally able to muster up a bit of creative mojo, and make a card.  I decided to keep it simple.


This is about as simple as it gets, for me.  I used distress inks with a stencil for the chevron pattern, added white ink splatter, and then stamped the sentiment before adding a couple of sequins.  It looks how I pictured it in my head, so that's good.  Hopefully, I'll be able to create more cards soon.  I think it may take a while to get back into it though.  I'm going to enter this into the following challenges.


Before I go, I want to share a picture of my daughter (on the left) and Lexi.  I hope she's resting peacefully.


Make sure to hug your children a little more each day, if you can.  Life is SO short!

Hugs!
 What's In It?
Paper: Bazzill Dark Brown Textured Cardstock, SU! Whisper White Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Stamps: Winnie & Walter Moonlight
Ink: Barn Door, Wild Honey & Mustard Seed Distress Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Mister Huey's Opaque White
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Brown Sequins, Studio Calico Chevron Mask

September 14, 2014

Thanks

Hello everyone!

How are y'all?  Things have been rather crazy around here over the last couple weeks, but I'm glad they're finally slowing down enough to get crafty again.  The weather has been chilly, so it's perfect for staying indoors and making stuff.  I've received several boxes of crafting goodies over the last couple weeks, so I'm excited to finally get to use them.

Chevrons seem to be super popular these days.  Winnie & Walter have this amazing stamp set called V is for Chevron, and I had to ink it up first.  Here is what I created.


I really like the bright colors on this one.  Set against the black, they really seem to pop.  I hadn't really used my Hero Arts Neon inks yet, so this was a great time for that as well.  I loved the Stitched Border die from Pretty Pink Posh too.  It added just the right touch of "something" I was looking for.  In all, I really like how this turned out.  I was excited to combine the following challenges in this card.

Virginia's View #7: Patterned Paper
The Friday Mashup #177: Sketch (my interpretation of it)
Pile It On #37: Flowers and/or Feathers (I used flowers)

Before I go, I will share a couple of photos from R's last visit.  He brought Hulk, and I have to admit, we all fell in love with him.  He's so beautiful, and such a sweet, sweet boy.  He's very smart too.  My daughter taught him how to sit and shake, just in the four days they were here.  He's going to be a very BIG boy though.  He just turned 3 months old on the 11th, and weighs 35 pounds already.  Full grown, we're told he'll be between 150 and 160 pounds. lol  We really miss them, and are happy they'll be returning for another visit soon.




I'm hoping to be back with something crafty, but different than cards or scrapbooks, in the next day or so.  It's something I've had fun participating in over the last couple weeks, and just realized that I could be posting pictures on my blog of each prompt. lol  I'm just waiting for the lighting outside to be good enough to get a decent photo.  I do hope you have a wonderful Sunday, filled with crafty goodness!

Ciao!
 
What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White & Basic Black Cardstock, Amy Tangerine Black & White Chevron Patterned Paper
Stamps: Winnie & Walter V Is For Chevron & You've Got Love Mail
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Hero Arts Neon Pink, Blue, Yellow, Green & Purple Dye Ink
Accessories: Maya Road Natural Twine, I Am Roses White Paper Flowers, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 1 & Stitched Film Strip Dies

August 29, 2014

No Longer Two

Happy Friday!!

So, while I have been waiting for R and Hulk to arrive, I was able to create one more card for my collection.  As you've probably noticed, I don't make many shabby or vintage cards.  That's because I totally SUCK at that style. lol  Today, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and attempt something shabby.  Here is how it turned out.


I have to say, I'm quite impressed with myself. lol  I tried to channel a couple of my favorite shabby cardmakers, Andrea Ewen and Becca Feeken, and think they might actually approve of this one. :-)  There are more layers on this card, than any of my cards recently.  I think I'll have to continue this, as it looks awesome.  I love the old Bible print, and the background stamp with VersaMark too.  You can't really tell in the photo, but I gently sponged the roses with Spun Sugar distress ink.  They're really pretty in real life.  The only thing I think I need work on, is tying bows with seam binding ribbon.  I just couldn't get it to smooth out, once I had tied my bow.  It looks a bit awkward in the picture, but it's a little better, in person.  Eh, maybe I just need to practice more.  I'm going to submit this for the following challenges.

Mojo Monday #360: Sketch (it's not tall and skinny, i hope that's ok)
Shabby Tea Room #233: Celebrate (Photo Inspiration)
Simon's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #147: Anything Goes

I hope that all of you have a wonderful, and safe holiday weekend.  I will be back next week with another something crafty, hopefully.

Hugs!






What's In It?
Paper: SU Blushing Bride & Very Vanilla Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock, Page from an old Bible
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Love Scriptures, Hero Arts Flourish Background
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, VersaMark, Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Sakura Clear Stardust Pen
Accessories: Memory Box La Rue Heart Die, Spellbinders Labels 4 Small Die, SU Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Martha Stewart Scalloped Border Punch, I Am Roses White Paper Roses, I Am Roses Green Leaves, Zva Creative Pearl Flourish

August 28, 2014

R

Hi ya'll!

For some reason this didn't go live at 7am, like I scheduled it.  I guess Blogger wasn't in the mood to cooperate with me today. lol  I am excited as today is my Friday, and we get Monday off for the holiday.  That's a whole 4 days that I get to sleep in.  I'm also super excited because R and Hulk will be here tomorrow.  I cannot wait to see them.  I have to be honest, even though I'm independent and strong willed, this long distance thing is hard.  I miss him more and more each day.  I'm thankful that we do get to see each other about every other month though.  And fortunately, my daughter keeps me busy.  I am also happy to be creating regularly again.  That's another fantastic distraction.

So here is the next card I have to share with you.


I'm not sure I (personally) could get any more CAS.  Look at all of that crisp, clean, white space.  It was very difficult not to add more stuff to this.  I had to walk away and put my supplies up, before that happened. lol  I know exactly who will be receiving this card, very soon.  I hope they like it as much as I do. :-) 

I'm happy to participate in the following challenges.

The Card Concept #17: Photo Inspiration (Be Inspired)
The Pink Elephant #265: Anything Goes
CASology Week #110: Letter (I chose a monogram as my interpretation)
Pals Paper Arts #217: Sketch

I don't think I'll have much to post over the next few days.  I do hope everyone has a safe, and happy holiday weekend.

Stay crafty my friends!






What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White cardstock, Bazzil Yellow textured cardstock, SSSCK (August 2014) Yellow Floral patterned paper
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Sketched Alphabet
Ink: Simon Says Stamp Smoke dye ink
Accessories: Clearly Besotted Small Geometric Rose die, Maya Road Natural Twine

August 26, 2014

Matthew 1:21

Good day!

How is your week going, so far?  Between work, workouts, and school sporting events, I have had very little time to do anything else, and it's only Tuesday. lol  The silver lining to all of the chaos this week is that R will be here with Hulk, for the holiday weekend.  I'm super excited.  It's the first time we get to meet Hulk since R got him.  I have a feeling it's going to be very difficult to let them leave.  I can't wait until they're with us, full time.  Long distance stuff is hard. :-(

Anyway, here is the next card I want to share with you. 


This is probably the MOST non-traditional Christmas card I've ever made.  But, by now you know how I LOVE the non-traditional holiday stuff. ;-)  The sentiment is beautiful, but I probably would have never paired it with these colors on my own.  I do love the simplicity of the card, quite a bit, because the message stands out.  I'm going to enter this into the following challenges.

Wanna Sketch #19: Sketch
Word Art Wednesday #146: Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenge #38: Inspiration Photo

I'm off to work, and then workout, and then another volleyball game.  I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Stay crafty my friends!

  




What's In It?
Paper: Purple Shimmer cardstock, SU Melon Mambo & Whisper White cardstock, SU Designer Series paper
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Verses
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, Salty Ocean distress ink
Accessories: Zva Creative gems, PTI Tag Sale die, SU Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon

August 24, 2014

Rejoice

Hello, hello!

Yesterday was a hot and humid day here, so I stayed indoors, and made stuff. :-)  The girls went to the pool for the last time this year, and came back looking like lobsters. lol  I'm glad my daughters sunburn will turn into a nice tan, but feel bad for her BFF, who will stay bright red and then just peel.  Poor girl.

Here is the next card I would like to share with you.



When I saw the colors for the newest Color Throwdown challenge, I knew immediately that I wanted to play along.  Then the new Freshly Made Sketch was posted, and I decided I wanted to make another non-traditional Christmas card.  Love it!

I've combined the following challenges in my card today.

The Cutting Edge #8: DT Inspiration (I flipped the sketch to accommodate the card posted)
Color Throwdown #306: Night of Navy, Pale Plum & Pear Pizzazz
Freshly Made Sketches #150: Sketch
Papertake Weekly: To Die For

I'm off to fix a few meals for this week, and then read up on my new toy, a Keurig for my office.  I'm excited that I won't have to walk across the parking lot for coffee anymore.  It's already annoying to do that when I have to use the restroom. lol

I hope ya'll have a great day!





August 23, 2014

Shore Do Love You

Hey ya'll!

It's been a very busy week around here, and I didn't even get to make anything.  Boo!  I did however, lose 4 more pounds, so I guess I'm not going to complain too much. :-)

Since last night and this morning were stormy, I was content to sit in my craft area and finally make a card.  There are a couple new challenges I found, and am excited to participate.  Here is the card I'm sharing today.


I'm still working on my CAS cards.  I love this lighthouse from Reverse Confetti, and thought it would be perfect for combining the following challenges.

Colour Me #34: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon & Neutrals
Mod Squad: Coastal Inspiration
CAS(E) This Sketch #89: Sketch

I'm off to take the girls to the pool for the last time this season, and then work on a couple more cards before we check out a new Thai restaurant for dinner.  I'm super excited!!  I hope everyone has a great day!

Hugs!






What's In It?
Paper: SU Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock, SU In Color Designer Series patterned paper
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Happy Harbor
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, SU Blendabilities Calypso Coral Assortment
Accessories: SU Twill Ribbon

August 19, 2014

Key To Heaven

Good day!

Since I will be studying all week, for my test on Wednesday, I was happy to get some time in my craft room last evening.  Here is the next card I have to share with you.


I'm not sure this turned out exactly how I pictured it, but I think it's pretty.  I don't know if I like the flowers at the top and bottom of the sentiment panel yet, but I think I'll just leave it alone.  I was excited to play along with the following challenges.

Word Art Wednesday #145: Anything Goes
Fusion Challenge: Photo Inspiration & Sketch
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes

I'm off to my busy day of work, and then I'm hosting a "study group" at our house, for those of us who want the extra push to get things absorbed before tomorrow's test.  I hope all of you have a wonderful day!

Hugs!






What's In It?
Paper: SU Melon Mambo & Whisper White cardstock, Bazzil Lemon Yellow textured cardstock, Bo Bunny Yellow Polka Dot cardstock, Teal Chevron patterned paper
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Quote Collection 3, CASual Fridays Casual Comfort
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, SU Strawberry Slush & Pistachio Pudding Stampin Write markers
Accessories:  SU Arrows Embossing Folder, SU Little Leaves Die, Prima Charlotte Flowers, Prima Say It In Crystals Border

August 18, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hiya!

How's your day going, so far?  My alarm went off this morning, and I think I hit the snooze button four times, which isn't like me.  I was so exhausted, but unsure why.  I'm sure my day is going to be chaos too, since I was out four days last week.  I'm thinking quite a bit of coffee will be added to my diet today. lol

After we got tired of watching movies yesterday, my daughter went up to play video games, and I made a couple more cards.  Here is one of them.  I think it turned out very cute.


I think this is the most white space I've ever had on a card.  It was difficult for me not to want to keep adding stuff to it.  I love these Paper Smooches stamps.  I don't really enjoy "fussy cutting" anything, but these are very easy to cut, and they don't look mutilated like some of my images. lol  I know exactly who will be getting this fun birthday card.

I was excited to combine all of the following challenges.

Color Throwdown #305: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Kiwi Kiss & Tangerine Tango (I got as close as I could, with what I had)
Mod Squad Challenge: Masculine Birthday
Seize The Birthday: Anything Goes
FTL #303: Sketch
The Paper Players #209: CAS Kids Birthday Card

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge: Anything Goes

I'm off to work, hoping today will go smoother than I expect.  I hope everyone has a great day!

Stay crafty my friends!
 





What's In It?
Paper: SU Tangerine Tango & Whisper White cardstock
Stamps: Paper Smooches Cuteasaurus, Sentiment Sampler & Birthday Buddies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, SU Coastal Cabana dye ink, Iced Spruce distress ink, WPlus9 Sweet Nectar dye ink, SU Blendabilities Old Olive, Smoky Slate & Skin Tone assortment