September 28, 2011

Masculine Birthday Card (That I Like!)

Greetings again folks!

I'm back today with a card that I am becoming very fond of, and can you believe it, it's a masculine card!  I know, I know.  I always say how I struggle with them, and only post about 1 out of every 4 or 5 that I make.  I just don't do well with masculine. *sigh*  Fortunately for me, I had a scrap from another project laying around, and I put it to good use.  Check it!

A dear friend of mine is celebrating his birthday and this is what I am sending him.  It's simple, and lovely, and masculine all at the same time.  I think I might have to incorporate more distress inks into my masculine projects from now on.  I think they go really well with the masculine themed projects.  I've combined the following challenges into this card:

Paper Sundaes #88 - Anything Goes
Ribbon Reel Challenge #11 - Birthday, inspiration photo, must use ribbon, lace or twine. (I made mine masculine)
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Men Only
Stamps R Us - Birthday

That's it for me today.  Back soon with some exciting news, hopefully, and more crafty stuff.

September 27, 2011

Thank You

Hi everyone!

I hope you had a good weekend, and are having a decent start to your week.  I was so excited to get some crafty stuff done this weekend, I can't even tell you! lol  It's interesting how badly you miss being able to use your hands.  Anyway, I made this card for a dear friend.

This has got to be the most CAS card I have ever created.  I absolutely love how it turned out.  There is something beautiful in the simplicity.  I hope she likes it.  I've combined the following challenges for this card:

Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge #74 - Things With Wings
Corrosive Challenge #133 - Punches or Dies (my butterflies are from a MS punch)
CAS-ual Fridays CFC21 - Monochromatic plus brown
Raise The Bar #76 - Things With Wings

I'm off to work.  Back soon with another something.

September 25, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge Week #43

Hi ya'll!

I'm sorry that I don't have a Christmas card for you again this week.  I had a follow up for my wrist on Wednesday where they determined I have tendonitis and not carpal tunnel, which is good.  Unfortunately, with work being crazy with end of month stuff, and the doc not releasing me until Wednesday, I didn't get the chance to put anything together.  I will be back later in the week with something, and for sure next Sunday with my next Christmas card. 

This weeks challenge is pretty fun though, handmade flowers. 

I do hope that you'll head over to the Christmas Card challenge blog to see what the other lovely ladies have created for you today.  :)


September 18, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge Week #42

Hi ya'll!

I don't have a Christmas card to share today, and the blog will probably be a bit quiet for the next couple weeks, as I have been put on restriction.  It turns out that what I thought was nothing, could either be tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand.  I am to limit the use of my hand for the next two weeks, to see if the swelling will go down enough for them to pinpoint what the problem is. 

I do hope you'll head over to the CCC blog to see what cards have been posted today.  As I'm sure you know by now, they are wonderful.

Have a blessed day!

September 15, 2011

FYI Challenge #14

Hello everyone!

I'm so excited to be back with our next For Your Inspiration challenge.  This weeks photo is absolutely breathtaking.  For this weeks challenge, click HERE.

I'm loving this photo.  The contrast of the light and dark colors, the jagged cliffs against the slightly rippled water, the way it looks as if something has been thrown into the water to make it "splash" against the sky.  Just gorgeous!  *happy sigh*

Here is the card I created based on the photo. 

I have to say, this actually turned out much better than I expected.  It's been a while since I've gone, WOW, at something I've created. lol  I hope my sister and brother in law enjoy this card.  It's their non-traditional anniversary card.  I've combined the following challenges into this card as well.

Sweet Sunday Sketch #134 - Sketch
Papertake Weekly 9/13 - Things With Wings
Belli Challenge #126 - String (I used bakers twine)
Flutterby Wednesday #171 - Open (must have a butterfly, angel or fairy)
Pile It On #37 - Layer It

I do hope you'll head over to the challenge blog and see what beautiful inspiration is posted.  I know you'll be as delighted as I am.  Remember you have two weeks to play along, and you can create anything you like. 

Have a great day!

September 14, 2011

Heartfelt Thanks

Yay for Humpday!

As mentioned before, I love Wednesdays.  Not more than Friday or Saturday, but it is the turning point in my week, and means I only have to go back for two more days that week, instead of four more. lol 

I've got another card to share today.  One that I think is adorable.

I love this stamp, but this is the first time I've used it.  I actually have quite a few stamps that I own, but have never seen ink.  I am thinking I need to change that and start using them.  I've also decided to pull out a few items I've purchased, but haven't used yet either, and combine them into my cards from now on.  I've got tons of stuff that I just absolutely HAD to have, that I have yet to use.  Damn impulsive buying, I tell ya! lol  I've combined the following challenges into my card, although a couple may already be closed. 

Embellish Magazine Color Trends Challenge 9/2 - Blue, kraft, brown, and red, include stripes
Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge #72 - Use a punch (the brown heart with the butterfly is a punch)
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle 9/10 - Thank You
Delightful Challenges 9/7 - Bling It
Cardabilities #38 - Sketch

Anyway, I'm off to work again.  I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for the next FYI challenge.  Don't forget, you can still play along with the first challenge of the month HERE.


September 13, 2011

Another Birthday Card

Happy Tuesday!

I've got a quick post for you as it's a busy morning already.  I got a work call at 3am, and haven't been able to get much sleep since then.  Ugh, sometimes I dislike my job.  Anyway, onto my card.

I needed another birthday card for a co-worker and wanted to keep it simple.  I thinkg I achieved that, lol.  I've combined the following challenges in this card.

Sketch by Carly #39 - Sketch
Colour Create #79 - Pink, brown, cream and white

I do hope you have a good day today.  I'll be back soon with another card.


September 12, 2011

Blue Skies Are Coming Your Way


I hope ya'll had a great weekend, filled with lots of crafting goodness!  As mentioned yesterday, I spent the weekend creating all kinds of things.  This week will be busy with posts.  :)

I think this next card is among one of my favorites.  Check it!

There is a lot going on in this card.  Lots of texture for sure.  The scalloped circle is actually a paper coaster I got at a restaurant not too long ago.  I loved the embossed texture it had, and definitely had some ideas running around in my head when I saw it.  I used my distress inks for the colors, it started off white, then I stamped a floral background stamp in water, and then I stamped my En Francais stamp in brown over that.  Not bad for a recycled paper coaster, huh?  I'm loving how it turned out.  I've combined the following challenges into my card.

Triplicate Trials Tuesday #8 - Sketch, Colors: red, orange & yellow,  Extra theme of Peace (they're having a blog hop as well)
Do You Stack Up #36 - Textures
Stuck On You 9/9 - Die Cut Flowers (my white rosette is a rolled flower die cut)
Just Us Girls #101 - Text as a background
Annabelle Stamps - Blooms/Flowers
Belli Challenge #125 - Acetate or Vellum (I have a transparency butterfly on my card, if you look hard enough)
Flutterby Wednesday #170 - Butterfly, open theme this week

Whew, talk about lots going on. lol  I'll be back soon with another card.  Don't forget, you still have time to join in on the latest FYI challenge.  It's open until Wednesday.  For all of the details, click HERE.

Have a good one!

September 11, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge Week #41

Greetings to all!

I apologize for the late post this morning, but I didn't get home in time yesterday to get a picture of my card for today.  I spent the day with a wonderful group of ladies, cropping for a cause.  The money raised yesterday is going to benefit Meals on Wheels.  I love it when I can hang out with my friends and crop, while helping to raise money for a good cause.

This weeks challenge is: Vintage.  I love this idea.  For this weeks challenge, click HERE.

I absolutely love the Santa from this MME Christmas collection.  Unfortunately, I used the other sheet of this patterned paper last year, so this is it for Mr. Santa making anymore appearances. lol  I've included the following challenges into my card.

MFT Wednesday Sketch - Sketch (my loose interpretation)
Winter Wonderland - Santa Clause is coming to town.

I hope you'll head over to the CCC blog to see what everyone has created today.  They're pretty awesome, if you ask me.

By the way, I just thought I'd share another picture of what I've asked Santa for this year.  This seems like a good opportunity to share. :)

I think he'd make a fabulous addition to my home decor, wouldn't you agree? *wink*

September 5, 2011

Dear Santa, (2011 Edition)

So, for the last two years I have tried to be really good.  I haven't been as naughty (sorta) and I haven't complained much about anything.  I asked you for David Beckham, as my Christmas gift both years, but to this day he still hasn't arrived.  I'm not sure if he got lost in the mail, or is stuck with the wrong address and zip code on him in the back of a post office somewhere, but I've given up.  *sigh*  Apparently it just wasn't meant to be.  I understand that you're really busy making sure all of the kiddos get their gifts, and am thankful that you make them a priority.  With that being said, I am going to ask for something different, and hopefully, less difficult to deliver this year.  Maybe since I'm sending my request in super early, I will actually get what I ask for.  I'm attaching a photo, so that you know the exact one, when you go to pick him out for me.

Just for your information, his name is Willy Monfret, and yes, you can Google him.  He's a French/Caribbean mix who is about 6'3, with blue/green eyes and an amazing physique.  I hear he's currently living in the US (California area) and is hoping to break into acting from modeling soon.  If you have any questions, or need help with this, please don't hesitate to ask.  I will be more than happy to provide any information you need to help with this request.  Thank you, in advance!


September 4, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge Week #40

Wow, Sunday already. 

Another week has gone by, so quickly, that I can't find where it went. lol  As you read this, I'll be hanging out with two of my most favorite people, my sister and brother in law.  I have Monday off so they came up from Austin to spend the extended weekend with me.  We've done nothing but be bums, and eat shaved ice.  Talk about happy campers! lol

I have another Christmas card to share with you.  This weeks challenge is a color combo of chocolate, cream and cranberry.  For this weeks challenge, click HERE.

I really like how this turned out.  The deep, rich colors, are fabulous together.  I also love the embossing on the patterned paper.  The text paper adds just the right touch to finish off my card.  I've added the following challenges into my card.

Last But Not Least Challenge #8 - Embossing
Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge #71 - Bling
Twisted Sketches #75 - Sketch

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend, and enjoy the extra day off, if you were fortunate enough to have it.  I'll be back soon with another card. :)


September 1, 2011

FYI Challenge #13

Good day to all!

I'm SO excited!  Today begins our new term at For Your Inspiration, and we've got a couple new things going on.  First of all, I'm finally caught up enough to be able to participate in these challenges.  Before, I was just posting my designers' projects, but now I'm participating.  Yay!  Next, there are two new designers joining us for the next six months.  I'm sure you're going to love their projects.  They're amazingly talented and we're happy to have them joining the group.  And finally, and probably the biggest news, the first challenge of each month is going to be a sponsored challenge.  Yep, we've got some rockin sponsors who are being very gracious in providing some awesome prizes.  So, without further delay, I would like to introduce you to our first sponsor.

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is a Christian clear stamp and digi stamp company offering a wide variety of hand drawn designs and sentiments, perfect for any stamper or scrapbooker. Our images are from the hart and we they will inspire you to create beautiful projects from your heart. Check us out at: www.  The wonderful group over at Sweet & Sassy Stamps has generously offered a $10 credit to one lucky participant.  Some of the girls were lucky enough to get to use some of their wonderful digi images as well.

And now, here is this weeks inspiration photo.  For this weeks challenge, click HERE.

Isn't it gorgeous?!  I've never been to see the Eiffel Tower in person, but hope I get to, someday.  Here is the card I created based on the inspiration photo.

I used my distress inks to mimic the evening sky, and then stamped over it with my French script background stamp, spritzed with water.  I'm loving the effect.  I printed one of the beautiful butterflies from the New Creature digi set and colored it with my Copics.  I then cut it out and popped it up for more dimension.  As an added touch, I punched a piece of kraft cardstock with my Fleur de Lis border punch to incorporate more of the French feel to my card.  I adore how this turned out!  I've also included the following challenges:

Annabelle Stamps #41 - Sketch (I turned it on its side)
Speedy The Cats Friends Challenge #70 - Use lace 

So, are you inspired??  I sure hope you head over to the FYI blog to see what my Lovely Lotus designers have created for you and also to see who my two new designers are.  They are outstanding, and I couldn't be more blessed to have such an amazing group of ladies on my team.  Maybe you'll get to play along as well!

Have a wonderful day!