Monday, July 30, 2012

Imagine... and... BIG NEWS!

What's the BIG NEWS?.... Well, I'm so excited to announce that the talented and creative Lori Boyd over at The Pink Elephant Challenge Blog asked me to join her amazing design team! Lori and I have been blogging buddies for several years, and my dear Hannah even has one of her hand-painted tea sets! Sending a big shout-out to Lori and the gals on the TPE design team...thanks so much for this fun and creative opportunity!
Head on over to the The Pink Elephant and play along with the TPE 159, using this sketch as your inspiration!
Don't you just love the cluster of buttons on this card? Since I'm an embellishment fanatic, I've been wanting to try this technique of grouping buttons together. The TPE 159 sketch gave me the perfect opportunity to use some of my button collection.
Thanks for stopping by the stage! Have a great week:)
Stamps: Rue Des Fleur, Word Play Ink: Rich Cocoa (Momento), Copics Paper: Naturals White, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Regal Rose CS, Attic Boutique DSP Other: Big Shot, dies (Spellbinders), punch, buttons, baker's twine, sewing machine & white thread Pin It

Sunday, July 15, 2012

It's Time to Bloom

This was a fun card to make, a clean and simple card, a style that I rarely use, but always love the result when I do use it! The CAS-ual Friday, CFC61: Let's Strip, was what got my card going...lots of white space with strips. There are two panels, both embossed with different embossing folders, the vertical strip was flagged at the end with a square punch. Though, the fishtail flag dies from MFT are definitely on my wish list.
The color explosion on my card was inspired by the Color Throwdown 200 using Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, and Tempting Turquoise. I had to dig and dig to find some retired Pink Passion:)
Jen's Sketch For You to Try worked great with the other two challenges and really helped me keep my card clean and simple, which is usually difficult for me!
Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for a new look at the stage coming soon!
Happy Sunday!

Stamps: Bella's Bloom Ink: Chocolate Chip Paper: Whisper White, assorted (retired) DSP Other: Big Shot, die, embossing folders, punches, button, twine Pin It

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Birthday

Hey there, folks! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! While the boys and Greg went out to the county fairgrounds to set up for the upcoming fair this week, Hannah and I had a chance to catch up on some crafting! As she likes to say, "Mom, are you ready to go get our craft on?"
For this birthday card, I was inspired by Arielle's beautiful color combination, cQc145 at the ColourQ Challenge using Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, and White.
Jen's deconstructed sketch 60 was the perfect one to create a sweet birthday card! You can never have too many birthday cards on hand for those times that you're in a pinch!
I'm also entering my card for the There She Goes Challenge 164: Sewing and Stitching:) Thanks for stopping by! Veronica over at VK Design Company is working on a bloglift for me and I can't wait to share that with you! Stay tuned:)

Stamps: Pretty Postage Ink: Chocolate Chip Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz CS, assorted (retired) DSP Other: Scalloped Edge & Tag punches, Pear Pizzazz Poly Twill (retired) and Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons (retired) Pin It

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

You're On My Mind

Hannah and I spent a little while in our craft space tonight. She was working on some drawings and coloring, and I was able to do a little stamping! The two challenges that inspired me to make this card were...the CR84FN Color Challenge #58 using red, yellow and neutral... and
the retro sketches #19.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Upsy Daisy Ink: Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Black Stazon Paper: Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake CS, assorted DSP Other: punch, button, twine, pins, color spritzer Pin It

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hello Sunshine

Good morning! Even though the sun is shining bright this morning, the temperature has cooled off a great deal...thank goodness!
For my card, I used the sketch from Viva la Verve July 2012 Week 2 as my inspiration! Moxie Fab World has a fun challenge going on now, too...the Stamp It hello card challenge.
My dear daughter, Hannah, will be in our county fair Little Miss pageant in a week. I was able to get into my craft room and whip this up for her early this morning while she was still sleeping. She is my sunshine!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies: Stamps: Let it Shine (Verve) Ink: Black Stazon, Daffodil Delight (SU) Paper: Cardstock and Designer Paper (Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients) Other: Big Shot, Spellbinders dies, Scallop Trim punch (SU), ribbon & buttons
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

You Make Me Smile - VLVJul2012

Good Morning!
I inked up some of my Verve stamps for this card and pulled out some old Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients to use. Speaking of Verve, the Viva La Verve sketch challenge for July Week 1 was the layout inspiration for my card. Awesome one!
Since moving and reorganizing my craft space to the basement, I have rediscovered some oldie, but goodie stampin' supplies:) That's right, my son, Noah, wanted his own, over Christmas break, we moved my craft stuff out of an upstairs bedroom and he moved in. What we do for our children! Actually, I'm really enjoying my new space...more room! Here's a little sneak peek of what it looks like right now:)
Here's a closeup of that butterfly that I tried to color with Copics...a little (a lot) out of practice:)
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!!
Supplies Stamps: Blue Skies from Verve Ink: Black Stazon, Copics, Daffodil Delight Paper: Assorted CS and DP from Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Other: Big Shot, Spellbinders, button, ribbon, punch
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Friday, July 6, 2012

Thanks - MFTWSC79

Hope everyone is staying cool! It has been incredibly HOT here in the midwest, too hot to be outside, even to swim! If nothing else, the hot weather has given me a chance to work in my craft space and enjoy some stamping time! I grabbed some vintage-inspired papers, die cuts, etc., and whipped up a "scrappy" card for today. The sketch, My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge #79 over at Splitcoaststampers was perfect to utilize some of these vintage pieces.
I even worked a little (very little) bit on the inside of my card. Definitely need to do more of that!
I added a little tea stain ink around the edges of my die-cuts and adhered them with lots of dimensionals to create depth and character to my card. The greeting and inside stamp were done with heat embossing with Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stamps: Rue Des Fleur Ink: Versamark, Tea Stain Paper: Attic Boutique DSP, Pool Party CS Other: Attic Boutique Side Notes, Heat Tool, Embossing Powder, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Vintage Brads Pin It

Thursday, July 5, 2012

thanks so much - Tuesday Trigger & SSSC162

The fabulous Tuesday Trigger inspiration over at Moxie Fab World is a goodie, A Plate of Pretty Poppies! Loved the bright red and coral to showcase on my creation today!
Karen's wonderful sketch, the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #162 was just right to allow a bouquet of poppies in the center of my card! Moxie Fab World has a challenge, too...the Stamp It Cards thank you card challenge:)
My card measures 4 1/2 X 4 1/2 (love square cards:) and is layered up with cardstock and designer paper, along with a little stitching, several stamped and hand-cut flowers, and finished off with some yummy ribbon, button, twine, and pins! Love my accessories:) Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Curly & Swirly Verses Ink: Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Pretty in Pink CS, assorted DSP Other: Big Shot, Spellbinders, sewing machine, decorative punch, designer button, ruffled ribbon, twine, pins Pin It

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

wish big

I'm a little behind the rest of you...using these cute little pennants and doilies on my projects, so it's time to catch up! My sister's birthday is coming up, so I had her in mind when I created this "wish big" card. In fact, her birthday is just three days after mine! Almost every year, she reminds me that Mom and Dad brought me home on her 13th birthday, and really what she wanted was a new dress instead:) LOL! I got my inspiration for this birthday card from Create for Fun 57, using Bright Pink, Kraft, and White...
Retro Sketches 18, using two embellishment trios, and the Paper Play Challenge 26 using flags/pennants/banners. Moxie Fab World has a challenge going on now...the Stamp It Cards birthday card challenge:)
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Pennant Parade Ink: Melon Mambo Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette CS, assorted DSP Other: Big Shot, Delicate Doily die, Melon Mambo pom pom trim and jumbo button, Crumb Cake seam binding, Scalloped Edge and Pennant punch, Linen Thread, Pretty in Pink brads, pins Pin It