April 17, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #16


Yay for Friday!!  As you read this, I am in Minnesota on another crafty retreat.  I hadn't been on retreat in over two years, and I've been on three within the last six weeks. lol  I'm lucky to have new friends, who are becoming like family. :-)

Since it is Friday, I have another CASE-ing Christmas card for you.  This week we're CASE-ing Donna.  Here is her card.  Isn't it gorgeous?!

I really loved the window idea, and these colors are a lovely, classic color combo.  I stuck to the layout for this card, and I also chose to stick with the colors.  Here is what I made.

I have had this patterned paper in my stash for a while now.  I am happy to finally use some of it.  I kept my card simple.  I embossed my sentiment and snowflake in white, added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins (I think I'm addicted to these things), and called it done.

I do hope you'll head over to see what the other designers have created for you today.  As always, they're all pretty fantastic.

Have a great weekend!

April 9, 2015

With Gratitude

Hi y'all!

I had some errands to run, so I took this afternoon off.  I'm still technically working from my cell phone, but at least I get to spend a little bit of time at home, so I can post my card. :-)

I wanted to join in on a couple more challenges, so here is what I put together last night.  I like it!

I have to admit, it's hard not to want to put a shaker on everything these days. lol  I think it's fitting for this sketch though.  I love the embossed vellum too.  I think it adds just the right touch.  There are lots of new, to me, goodies on this card.  And I am thrilled that my WPlus9 flowers turned out as well as they did.  Not bad for my first attempt, eh?  I will be dropping this in the mail for a dear friend, who is always there for me.  I hope she likes it.  I will also be entering this for the following challenges.

The Challenge #29:  Sketch
Butterfly Reflections, Ink: April Mood Board (dark blue, light blue, green and gold - inspiration photo)
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: April Shower and/or Spring Flowers (I went with flowers)

I'm off to get my taxes done (insert unhappy face), and then I'm going to take my daughter to dinner.  I will be back soon with another something crafty.  I hope you have a wonderful day!


What's In It?
Paper: Neenah Solar White Cardstock, SU! Baja Breeze, Pacific Point & Wild Wasabi Cardstock, MME Charmed Patterned Paper, Text Patterned Paper (sorry, I can't find who makes this), SSS Vellum
Stamps: WPlus9 Pretty Peonies, Clearly Besotted Say It In Style

Ink: MFT Berrylicious, After Midnight & Daffodil Hybrid Ink, VersaMark
Accessories: SU! Butterfly Punch, Freckled Fawn Blue Pearls, WPlus9 Chevron Texture Plate, Reverse Confetti Wonky Double Edge Scallop Die, SSS Stitched Rectangles Dies, Butterfly Reflections, Ink. Navy Blue & Mint Green Star Sequins, Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow Seed Beads, Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins

April 8, 2015

Happy Birthday


How are y'all doing?  I'm so glad it's Wednesday.  It has been crazy at work, and I'm ready for the weekend already; I get to sleep in.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE sleep?  I blame my new bed. lol

Anyway, I was happy to spend some time in my craft room last night.  There were a couple of challenges I wanted to play along with, before I missed the deadlines.  Here is what I created.

I love the bright, cheerful colors on this card!  These gorgeous Spring Fling Quick Card Panels from Reverse Confetti were just what I was looking for, for this card.  I've got a lot of new goodies on this card.  My goal is to use my new stuff within the month I purchase them.  I seem to accumulate stuff, and then never get around to using it.  I hope to bring a smile to the recipient of this card.  I know it sure makes me smile.  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges.

Sketch For You To Try #23:  Sketch
Virginia's View #14:  Layers & Dimensions
Sparkle & Shine #3:  Spring/Easter (inspiration photo)
The Shabby Tea Room #249:  Rainbow of Colors (inspiration photo)

That's all for me.  I'm off to make dinner, and then veg out with my daughter, watching this weeks Voice episodes.  Do any of you watch?  Who's your favorite this season?  We are pretty partial to Adam Levine. lol  Here's one of our favorite pictures from the Maroon 5 concert a few weeks ago (thanks for sharing your pictures with us Amy!).  We had the BEST seats!!  He's so much more attractive in person.  Enjoy! :-)

Have a wonderful evening!

What's In It?
Paper: Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock, SU! Pumpkin Pie, Reverse Confetti Spring Fling Quick Card Panels, Text Paper (sorry, I don't remember by who)
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Happy
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Detail White Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow Sequins, Reverse Confetti Tag Me Dies, MFT In & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Dies, MFT Vertical Stitched Strips

April 3, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #14

Hello, hello!

I hope you've had a good week, and are planning a fun, craft filled weekend.  It's Friday, which brings us to our next CASE-ing Christmas challenge!  This week we are CASE-ing Rocky.  Here is her card.  I love the colors and that bow!

For some reason this card just screamed shaker, to me.  I don't know why, but I went with it.  I changed the colors, but kept the layout the same.  Here is what I created.


I love the combination of these Pretty Pink Posh sequins, seed beads, and snowflakes.  In real life this card is so much fun.  I hope the recipient of this card enjoys it as much as I do.

I hope you'll head over to see what the other designers have created for you today.  They are always so lovely.  I'm off to work, and then spend the weekend crafting away again, in Sioux City with friends.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter, filled with family, friends and great food.


April 2, 2015

Cards to Share

Greetings my crafty friends!

How have y'all been?  It's been a bit crazy around here with work, and getting ready for prom at the last minute.  Nothing like not wanting to go, and then changing her mind, because a boy asked her. lol  Fortunately, she's easy to shop for and we found the dress she wanted in under an hour (yep, lucky me), and they had the shoes she wanted also.  Win/win for us. :-)

Anyway, onto the crafty stuff.  I was excited to be invited to a small retreat last weekend.  I only knew one person there, but it was fun getting to know everyone.  Amazingly, I created 6 cards.  Usually, I am sitting around talking. lol

I wanted to participate in the latest MFT Color Challenge (#18).  The colors are Daffodil, Brown Paper Bag, Tangy Orange and Berrylicious.  I got as close as I could, with what I had.  I also wanted to try using embossing paste, so I embossed the clouds.  For added interest I dry embossed the background panel, after the embossing paste had dried.  This was inspired by this months Virginia's View Challenge (#14), which is to include lots of layers and dimensions.  Here is how it turned out.

The next card I made incorporates another technique I just started using, ombre.  I'm not a huge pink fan, but these colors were just screaming to be used.  I started with Barn Door, then added Abandoned Coral and finished with Spun Sugar.  I embossed the watercolor background with the SU! En Francais background stamp and embossed with white embossing powder first, for added texture.  The addition of the lovely SSS butterfly finished off my card perfectly, and I love it.  I'm going to submit this card  for The Challenge, which is anything goes, to celebrate their first year.  Yay for them!

My last card is one that I'm a bit on the fence about.  I really like the simplicity of it, but feel like I need to add something.  I got the inspiration for this card from The Shabby Tea Room challenge #248.  I'm thinking that I'll probably add another something to this card, before sending it, but I'm not sure what just yet.  The more I look at it, the more it grows on me, so maybe I'll just leave it.      

That's all for me today.  I'm off to spend time with my daughter, and then cook dinner.  I do hope everyone has a wonderful evening.  I'll be back tomorrow, with my next CASE-ing Christmas card.