July 12, 2015


Good day to all!

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend, filled with all kinds of good stuff.  I had great intentions of hanging out at the pool, but that didn't happen.  Instead, I've been dealing with a work issue, since about 6:30 this morning.  No worries though.  Things always wind up working out.  And, I got the chance to make this card. :)

I absolutely adore the way this background turned out!  There's just something about a rainbow that makes me smile, every time I see one.  This is no exception.  I mentioned that I wanted to use my stencils more often, so last night I got them all inky.  I should have more for you to see over the next few days, using stencils, hopefully.  I'm excited to have another card for my stash, and I was excited to be able to participate in the following challenges.

Cardabilities #126:  Sketch
Alphabet Challenge:  K is for Kind Thoughts
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #13:  Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create #14:  Anything Goes

That's all for me.  I'm off to start dinner, and then maybe watch a movie with my daughter.  I hope you have a wonderful afternoon!

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper: Neenah Solar White Cardstock, PTI Kraft Cardstock, American Crafts DIY Shop Patterned Paper, DCWV Glitzy Glitter Paper, Vellum
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Stripe Greetings
Ink: VersaMark, Mister Huey's Opaque White, Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron & Mermaid Lagoon
Accessories: White Paper Flowers, Maya Road Natural Twine, SSS Stitched Rectangles Dies, Reverse Confetti Circles & Scallops Dies, MFT Stitched Fishtail Flags & Layered Heart Border Dies

July 11, 2015



It's hot out today, so my daughter and her BFF are at the pool.  I chose to stay indoors to catch up on some chores, and make some stuff. It's going be in the 90's tomorrow, so we'll all probably hit the pool to cool off.  I'm hoping to work on my tan. lol

Here is a card I made this morning.

I love any shade of blue or purple with yellow, so this card makes me super happy.  I mixed some embossing paste with some MFT Lavender Fields ink, for the damask background.  I will definitely do this again.  It's so pretty, and adds a lot of texture.  I really need to use my stencils more too.  I'm going to send this to a dear friend, whom I love quite a lot.  Hope she likes it.  I was happy to combine the following challenges in my card today.

MFT Color Challenge #25:  Limelight, Peach Bellini, Daffodil & Lavender Fields
Mojo Monday #405:  Sketch
Papertake Weekly:  Anything Goes
Runway Inspired Challenge #87: Holly Fulton  (I was inspired by the lavender, and beautiful lace blouse in the photo)
CAS-ual Chic Challenge #1:  Embossing (I used embossing paste, and dry embossing)
Just Us Girls #301:  Gold

I'm off to find something to make for dinner, then see about making more stuff.  I hope ya'll have a great afternoon!


What's In It?
Paper: SU! Whisper White Cardstock, MFT: Peach Bellini, Daffodil & Lavender Fields Cardstock
Stamps: MFT Words of Inspiration, Reverse Confetti Love Blooms
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, MFT: Lavender Fields, Limelight, Peach Bellini & Coral Crush Hybrid Ink
Accessories: Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins, MFT Hearts A Plenty Dies, MFT In & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles Dies, Reverse Confetti Love Blooms Confetti Cuts, Prima Damask Stencil, Open Book Embossing Folder, Embossing Paste

July 5, 2015


Hey ya'll!

I hope you've had a wonderful holiday weekend.  It's been nice, sleeping in the last three days, and spending time with family and friends.  The weather has been absolutely amazing here too.  So thankful for everything we got to do, and everyone we got to see this weekend. *happy sigh*

I was fortunate enough to get some time in my craft cave today.  Here is what I put together.

I've been hoarding this Lil Inker Designs ombre patterned paper, and was thrilled that it went with a couple of challenges I wanted to join.  I kept it simple, and love how it turned out, although I'm bummed that I got a small ink smudge in the top left corner somehow.  I was able to get most of it off, but it still looks kinda bad.  I was already done with the card when I noticed it, so I just left it.  Ugh.  What do you do when this happens?  

I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges.

City Crafter Week #268:  Nautical
Crazy 4 Challenges #293:  Monochromatic
Just Us Girls #300:  Congratulations
ShowCASe Your Style #18:  Inspiration Photo (Blues)
The Paper Players #252:  The Great Outdoors (sailing is done outdoors, hope this qualifies)
Pile It On #76:  Hot Fun In The Summertime (who doesn't like to go boating in the summer?)
Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #276:  Choose A Past Sketch (I chose sketch #274, my loose interpretation)

That's all for me today!  I'm off to grill some ribs, and finish the potato salad for dinner.  I hope everyone has a wonderful evening, and a great work week.

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper:  Neenah Solar White Cardstock, SU! Baja Breeze Cardstock, SSS July Card Kit Patterned Paper, Lil Inker Designs Ombre Stripes Patterned Paper
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Sailing, Mama Elephant Hustle, Clearly Besotted My Hero
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, WPlus9 Lake House Dye Ink, VersaMark
Accessories:  Detail White Embossing Powder, Silver Embossing Powder, SSS Sailboat Die

July 3, 2015

Christmas In July Blog Hop

Hi, friends!  Welcome to the CASE-ing Christmas "CHRISTMAS IN JULY" blog hop!  There will be prizes from fabulous sponsors, and the challenge will be a bit different from what we usually do, but we think you'll like it!  You should have arrived here from Rocky's blog.  Make sure to complete the whole hop for the most chances to win!

Here are our fabulous sponsors~

Christmas Post
All Dressed Up has been selling it's darling digis on Etsy since 2013.  There is a large variety of seasons and occasions available--check the store out for the perfect image for your upcoming crafty creations!

Chocolate Baroque
Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company owned by Lesley, based in the North-East of England.  We design our own range of natural rubber and clear art stamps and source many quality materials to get your creative juices flowing.

Graciellie Design

Graciellie Design specializes in beautiful vintage digital images, papers, printables, and gorgeous handmade paper craft items.  Gracie Chavez is the very talented designer behind the store, and lives with her family in Honduras.

MHK Designs
MHK Designs digital sentiments are made by Mynn Kitchen of On A Stampage.  Mynn does not at this time have an online store, but for more information, or to request a personalized set of sentiments for a prize,email her at onastampageATyahooDOTcom.

Paper Sweeties
The Paper Sweeties LLC stamp line was created based on Debbie Marcinkiewicz's passion for everything paper, glue, ink, glitter...and whimsical girlie charm!  The original design concept for the line of dolls with outfits and accessories was created in June, 2010, and follow up sets with beautiful frames, labels, banners, sentiments and lovely imaged followed.  She officially launched the business in August, 2012, and has since made thousands of customers happy with her sweet designs!

Polkadoodles Ltd 
PolkaDoodles is a small company owned by Nikky Hall, based in the UK.  Nikky is also the artistic talent behind PolkaDoodle's own range of rubber and digital stamps.  We also stock general craft supplies, and, best of all: Worlwide shipping is FREE!

Wow!  Talk about fabulous, right?  For this challenge we are to CASE ourselves.  It doesn't have to be a previous Christmas card, just one of our own cards in general, made into a new Christmas card.  Here is the card I chose to CASE, and my updated version.  I loved all of the layers, and the simple design.


I love the reindeer, with the ornaments hanging from his antlers.  He's so festive.  For a bit of added interest, I used my clear Wink of Stella pen on the ornaments, for some sparkle.  So pretty in real life.

You have until Friday, July 17th, to link your cards.

Now, here's the hop list~

Your next stop is Cohenna, so get to hopping!  Afterwards, come back and link up with us.  We cannot WAIT to see what you create for us this month!  HUGS and Merry stamping, friends! :)

July 1, 2015

House of Cards July Challenge: Food and/or Inspiration Photo

Greetings my friends!

I have some exciting news to share!  I applied to be on the House of Cards design team again, and was lucky enough to be chosen to return.  I'm super excited!  I am hoping this will help me use up some of the crafty stuff I've been hoarding.  Lord knows I've got a TON of stuff. lol

This month there is an inspiration photo for you.  You can choose to use any kind of food items and/or the colors from the photo.  Here is your inspiration for July.

I love these bright, cheerful colors, and that fruit looks amazing too!  Makes me want to go make fruit salad right now. lol  Here is the card I created.

I was inspired by the colors this week, and I chose to keep it clean and simple.  I watercolored my main focal panel with my distress inks, and added some darker splatters with my Gelatos.  I then cut the butterfly out of vellum, and embossed the tips of the wings with some holographic embossing powder.  Here is a close up of the butterfly, so you can see it better.  I love how it turned out.  It's lovely!

I added the butterfly, some enamel dots, and the sentiment, and called it done.  In real life, the colors are a bit more vibrant.  I really think these butterfly dies are some of my new favorite items.  I will definitely put them to good use.  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges too.

Freshly Made Sketches #192: Sketch (challenge is closed, but I liked the sketch)
Friday Mashup #215: It's All About 3 (I have three enamel dots)
Can You Case It #76:  Color Challenge (I got as close as I could to Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder & Delightful Dijon)
The Pink Elephant #305: Anything Goes
CASology Week 153:  Pop (I kept everything soft, with a pop of bold color)

The other designers have created some amazing cards for you today.  I hope you are able to check them out, and are inspired to join us this month.  You have until July 31st to play along, and I cannot wait to see what you create.  That's all for me today.  I'm off to work, and then another afternoon of softball.

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper:  SU! Very Vanilla Cardstock, SU! Watercolor Paper, Neenah Red Textured Cardstock, Vellum
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Graceful Beauties, MFT Garden Flourish Background
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Simon Says Stamp Fog Dye Ink, VersaMark, Mango Mango & Metallic Melon Gelatos, Distress Ink: Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw & Cracked Pistachio
Accessories:  MFT Flutter of Butterflies Lace Dies, Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles Dies, Freckled Fawn Enamel Dots