Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thank You!!

First, I want to say Thank you! 
This morning I saw that a card I made for Sketch Saturday was 
chosen as one of the top 3 and this card was chosen 
at Try Stampin' on Tuesday as one of their top 3. 
I've been in such a creative slump this past week that seeing
this news this morning put a big smile on my face!
Thank you!!!

Second, I spent last Friday in the city with my daughter and 
discovered a gem of a craft store! 
I can't believe it's been there 11 years and I had NO IDEA!!
I felt like a kid in a candy store - I came home with all kinds
of goodies eager to play but I had to give my leg a day of
rest first. Which turned into a bunch of days :(

I only used one thing from my shopping spree on this card.
I found some Neenah solar white card stock!! I've been seeing it 
used everywhere and when I saw it I actually did a little scream. 
My daughter thinks I'm nuts but she humored me. 
I completely understand now why everyone uses it. 
I love it!!

Sticking with my goal of using more DSP on my cards I decided
to paper piece the present. It definitely required some 'fussy-cutting'
but I really like how it turned out. After coloring the ribbon I used my
wink of stella glitter pen on it to give it some sparkle and added a few
sequins to finish it off.

Now to make some more cards with the rest of my new toys!

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: crumb cake, solar white (neenah)
dsp: fresh prints
stamp set: cake & wishes (Penny Black), birthday wish (stampendous)
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, bermuda bay, crumb cake
ink: memento black
embellishments: sequins (dollar store), wink of stella glitter pen

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Believe in Magic

Schools are closed today for students and I booked the
day off so my daughter and I are headed to the city. Some of
you know we live in a small town with no craft stores :( and
I am in need of a craft store fix. Plus my daughter has a 
dentist appointment - usually I stack a bunch of appointments 
all in one day but this time it's just the dentist so we're
going to have a day of fun - shopping and lunch and a visit
to Starbucks for a Chai frappuccino. I might even get to see
my sister!

But first I want to share a card with you. The challenge at 
Merry Monday is to use a Santa on your card. I love this image
of Santa! I found him on a free coloring page website. I just 
shrunk him down to fit on the card and colored him in with some
blendabilities and a gray pencil crayon.

I don't use a lot of dsp anymore - I've really embraced the CAS style
of card making but I have A LOT in my stash so I am trying to use more
of it but still keep my cards CAS. I've seen others cover the card base 
completely in a dsp and I always like how it looks but when I did it
here, I didn't love it at first but it's grown on me.

There's also a challenge at StampNation that is to use red on your
project. You can use as little or as much as you want. I thought these
challenges fit perfectly together.

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, cherry cobbler
dsp: season of style
digital image: free coloring page
stamp set: Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: memento black
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, skin tones, smoky slate, pink pirouette
big shot: 4 petals die (CAS-ual Fridays), large stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn)
EK gray pencil crayon
basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cake & Wishes

I am in LOVE with the cake & wishes stamp set from Penny Black!!
All of the images are so adorable!

I am submitting this to the anything goes challenge (except a
digi) over at Penny Black

I've had the set for a few weeks now but haven't had a chance
to play with it. When I saw the inspiration photo at 
I knew right away which image I was going to use.

The hardest part of this card for me was the layout! I was working
with the sketch from Sketch Saturday so that shouldn't have 
been a problem because it├Ęs a great sketch, but...
as hard as I tried I couldn't get myself to decide on three different
patterns of dsp to use for the card base - and I tried a lot of them!

After what seemed like all day but was really about a half an hour,
a light bulb went off! Why am I trying to use dsp when I can
use 3 pieces of white card stock and emboss each one with a different embossing folder and get all that texture! 

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black
stamp set: cake & wishes (penny black)
ink: memento black
blendabilities: crumb cake, wild wasabi, melon mambo, smoky slate,
    daffodil delight, night of navy, wisteria wonder, skin tones, sky blue
big shot: zig zag EF, large polka dot EF, lucky stars EF
embellishments: baker's twine (?)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, February 16, 2015

LOVE is in the Air

The theme at CASology this past week was LOVE.
This card was also inspired by two ongoing challenges at 
StampNation where the theme is HAVE A HEART and LOVE. The
inspiration photo for one has a heart and lots of texture.

I made this card for my husband. Clean, simple and no frills - well
just a very little with the twine - I had to add a little bit.

I'm also submitting this to the challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday
where the theme is Valentine's Day. 

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic gray, smoky slate
stamp sets: I (Heart) Hearts, Good Greetings
ink: cherry cobbler, memento black
big shot: large and small stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn)
            zig zag EF
embellishments: baker's twine (not sure)  

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thank you Kristie!

Look what I got in the mail today!!!
Happy Mail!!

A friend of mine sent me this card to let me know that she is
thinking of me while I am recovering from the fall I took a month ago.
Kristie, also known as Kreative Kristie,  this card.

She's such a talented card maker and an even more amazing person!

Here's a link to her blog Kreative Kristie so you can check out her talent!

Here's an update on my foot.
 I went to the Dr yesterday and he said that if it still hurts in another
2 months then he'll schedule an MRI. He says besides the soft tissue
and ligament damage that there may be a break in the ankle bone. 
The break would not be visible in an x-ray. The frustrating part is (one
of the frustrating parts) is that he said if I was a famous athlete then I
would have already had the MRI but because I'm not...

I'm learning a whole new level of patience.

I am so very thankful for my family and all the help and pampering
that they have been doing.

Thank you to all of you that have been sending me well wishes.
I appreciate each and every one of them and you!!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Back in my Craftroom Again!

Where does the time go? 
I can't believe it's been a week since my last post. I've gone
back to work but I'm still on crutches. I've been on crutches before 
but I'd forgotten how exhausting they can be. I only work 4 1/2 hrs 
a day but by the time I was done I didn't have any energy to get to 
my craft room.

You know that song "Back In The Saddle Again" by Aerosmith?
Well yesterday I was singing "Back In My Craftroom Again" and it felt
fantastic! It's a mess in there and I only managed a couple of hours
before I had to put my foot up and ice it but that's the first time
in over a month that I've been in there!

Here's a picture of the mess...

and here's the card I made for this weeks challenge over
at Merry Monday. The challenge is to make a card with candy canes
on it.

I couldn't find any stamps with candy canes so I looked through my 
digital images and found this one by Doodle Pantry. Those little mice 
are adorable! My coloring still needs some work but I'm happy with 
how it turned out.

Hopefully I can get back in there again this week. I just wish
it was upstairs - it would be so much easier.

all from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
digital image: Mousie Joy (Doodle Pantry)
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, wild wasabi, melon mambo, coastal cabana,
     night of navy, smoky slate, daffodil delight, rich razzleberry, pink pirouette
EK pencil crayon: gray
stamp set: jolly & joyful (lil' inkers)
ink: memento black

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Switchin' it Up!

I had this image from 2 Cute Ink Digital Stamps that I decided
to use in a way it wasn't designed for. It's called Shamrock Bear.
I don't make cards for St. Patrick's Day but I thought if I 
closed the clovers off they would work as hearts. The challenge
right now at 2 Cute Ink is Valentine's/Love theme so I'm entering
it over there.

Since I'd already changed the them from St. Patty's Day to 
Valentine's day why not throw in another holiday?
 I had some Christmas dsp that hadn't been put away yet and 
thought, why not try and use some.

So, St. Patty's day, Valentine's day and Christmas all on
one card - I had my doubts about it working but it I like it.

On another note I want to say THANK YOU to the ladies at
the Merry Monday Christmas card challenge for choosing
my card for an honorable mention. And I want to say
congratulations to all the other ladies whose cards were
also chosen and to Brenda for her card being chosen as the winner.

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
dsp: Season of Style
digital image: Shamrock Bear (2 Cute Ink)
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, skin tones, smoky slate
stamp set: Good Greetings
ink: memento black
big shot: small stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Birthday Burger

Who wants a birthday cake when you can have a birthday burger!

I've having so much fun coloring digital images that I decided to make 
another card for the Seize the Birthday card challenge. 

I'm also
submitting this to the birthday challenge at CASology.

This card makes me think of my oldest daughter. I can't remember
where we were (maybe Science World in Vancouver), she posed
for a picture with a hamburger that was bigger than she was.

I love those little birds peeking out from behind it.  
If you've never checked out the images at From the Heart Stamps
I strongly urge you to do so - they really are fantastic!

I also love the greeting on this one - big, crisp and clean. It's
called Shenanigans from CAS-ual Fridays and it's one of my
favorites! I use it a LOT!!

from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white
digital image: birthday burger (From the Heart Stamps)
blendabilities: daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, cherry cobbler, skin tones, crumb cake,
                   old olive, melon mambo, coastal cabana, night of navy
stamp set: shenanigans (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: memento black
big shot: chevron EF

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pig Out Time!

One of my goals this year is to make more birthday cards. To
help me do this I've decided to enter the challenges at
Seize the Birthday. It's an anything goes challenge
that sometimes throws in a twist.

This week there is no twist. I added my own challenge of
making a card that is not CAS.

I love this digital image of a pig with cupcakes 
from From the Heart Stamps and the greeting is perfect!

I searched my china cabinet in my dining room - which is
where I've been storing some stamping supplies. I had a partially
used Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit that I searched through
and found a few items that I was eager to use. The polka dot
piece is actually from the brochure - I loved it and had to use it.
I used card bases for the kraft layer and the striped layer.
I embossed the kraft layer with the large dot embossing folder
from Stampin' Up! It doesn't seem to show as well in the picture as
it appears in person.

This was definitely a fun card to make!
Now I want a cupcake :)

from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
digital image and greeting: Hamlet Pig (From the Heart)
big shot: large polka dot EF, large and small stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn)
blendabilities: pink pirouette, crumb cake, skin tones, cherry cobbler, bermuda bay, soft sky,
                   daffodil delight, wisteria wonder, calypso coral, wild wasabi
embellishments: wink of stella glitter pen, glitter gem stones (dollar store), lace doily
                      button, clip and thread from everyday occasions kit 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!