Friday, July 25, 2014

FMS #146: Smile Happy Birthday

Hello, friends!  I had some time to play today, so I decided to make a card following the cool sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  While Amy's sketch is #146, this is my first time playing along and I'm excited to give it a go!

For my clean card, I used several pretty patterned papers from the Pebbles "Front Porch" 6x6 paper pad with some of my favorite stamps by Precious Remembrance Shop.  I love the layers but I also love that it is flat enough to mail with ease!

Be sure to check out the great cards that the FMS Design Team posted HERE.   I was definitely inspired by their creative takes on the sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CASology #105: RUN

Hello, friends!  What a fun week of PETS we had last week!  I was so impressed by the awesome CAS cards in the was tough to pick a winner, let me tell ya!

Now it's time for our new cue at CASology!

This week we are sponsored by Add a Little sure to check out the CASology blog for all the details!  Mónica, the founder and owner of Add a Little Dazzle, was kind enough to send the Design Team members some metallic sheets to play with for the challenge, so I was really inspired to try something different and fun this week!

This is one of those cue words that can be 
interpreted in a variety of ways.  I went with the literal meaning, mainly because I was a runner in my younger days, my husband was and still is a runner, and now my two sons enjoy running cross country and track (amidst other sports).  My husband and I met in high school through cross country/track and so I have fond memories linked with running.  My three brothers also ran cross country and track all through high school and still run when they can.  Running is great because it can be a life-long sport, assuming injuries do not interfere (it is tough on the knees).

So, my card is inspired by the idea of the finish line at the end of a race.  I glued the purple metallic paper to white card stock before I die cut the banners so that they would be sturdier for gluing (although it is not necessary).

Stamping Supplies:
Purple metallic paper by Add a Little Dazzle
Stamps by WPlus9 (Label Layers 4)
Banner dies by MFT/Dienamics 
Stitched Rectangle dies by Lil' Inkers
Nicole's eggplant die ink, Hero Arts Soft Lilac Shadow ink
Paper piercing tool

Now it's your turn to RUN and make a card for this week's challenge!  :)   Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). Be sure to check out the clever interpretations of the cue by our Design Team and Guest Designers this week, too!

July Guest Designer: Lindsey
This Week's Guest DesignerMeg

Need more inspiration?  Here's a sweet little song by Ben Kweller called "Run."  This catchy little song reminds me of high school when my husband and I first started dating (especially since we both liked to run).  It makes me happy...such a cute song!  (To listen click here.)

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CASology #104: PET

Hello, friends!  After a fun week of glowing entries, we are back with a new cue card at CASology.  I have a feeling this cue is going to be a popular one!

Having asthma and allergies has prevented me from having furry pets throughout my life, and now two of my four children have the same issues.  However, we have had fish for several years, so they are our "family pets!" 

Would you believe my daughter had the same goldfish for over four years and it grew to seven inches long before it died?  It even jumped out of its tank once and survived!  We found it flopping on the kitchen floor one day when we returned home from a day out, immediately placed it back in the tank, and it was fine!  (And they say cats have nine lives!)   

So, needless to say, this card was inspired by our family pets...our fish!

I highlighted the spotty fish with Glossy Accents and added some glossy bubbles, too!

Supplies Used:
Fish stamp from "Sea Mates" by The Alley Way Stamps
Mason jar from "Oh So Fun" by Precious Remembrance Shop
Sentiment stamp from "You" by Simon Says Stamp
Glossy Accents, Copic markers

Be sure to link up your PET card by noon on Monday (Central time).  Be sure to check out the creative cards by our Design Team and our amazing Guest Designers as they interpreted the cue this week, too!

July Guest Designer: Lindsey
This Week's Guest Designer:Angela

A little fish humor before I go, one of my favorite Far Side cartoons by the very funny Gary Larson (found on Pinterest):

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CASology #103: GLOW

Hello, friends!  It's Tuesday, and you know what that means...a new cue card at CASology!

This week we are sponsored by STAMPlorations so be sure to check out the CASology blog for all the details.

So many ideas came to mind when I saw this cue...glowing neon signs...glowing lightening bugs in a jar...glow sticks (we always have them for the kids at our July 4th family barbecue)...the glow of fireworks in the night sky. 

Then I went a little "outside the box" and went for a different kind of glow.  Tell you get the reference?

Supplies Used:
"Maternity" stamp by Katie & Co.
"Scrolls" embossing folder by Darice
"Clear Star" Gelly Roll pen by Sakura
Copic markers

I'm so excited because two of my sisters-in-law are expecting their third children (and almost have the same due date).  I will be an aunt for the 16th and 17th time early next year!   I love all my nieces and nephews so much, and I love to see our families growing!  It makes my heart happy.  And my sisters-in-law are both glowing!

Needless to say, this card will be heading straight to one of my sisters-in-law (no worries, I already have a card for the other).  I left the front blank and added a congratulations sentiment on the inside of the card.  I left the white embossed frame untouched but added a tiny line of glitter pen around the inner frame for interest.  One main image, lots of white space, a clean and simple card.

Be sure to link up your GLOW card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team and Guest Designer interpreted the cue this sure to check out their blogs, too!

July Guest Designer: Lindsey
This Week's Guest Designer: Quyen

A little inspiration before you go -- here is a picture of one of my nieces at our July 4th barbecue with her glow sticks as she hid under the dining room table in the dark...check out her glow!

Thanks for visiting...have a great day!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Hello, friends!  I just wanted to wish all of my friends here in the USA a Happy Independence Day!

We host an annual family barbecue and I send out a variety of invitations each are two that I sent out this year using a gingham background stamp and two different patriotic printables.

Now off to prepare and celebrate!
Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CASology #102: FLOAT

Hello, friends!  It's once again time for a new cue card at CASology!

This week we are sponsored by the wonderful Cindy Coutts so be sure to check out the CASology blog for all the details...there is a stamp set to be won!

I decided to play with some of my Jane's Doodle's stamps and came up with the idea of this cute girl holding a floating balloon.  Balloons are a great way to celebrate a fun occasion!  I kept lots of white space and let the girl and her balloon take center stage.

Supplies List:
Stamps by Jane's Doodles
Balloon punch by Martha Stewart
Embossing folder by Cuttlebug "Pinking Stitch"
Floss, Glossy Accents, white Enamel Accents (on dress and hat), Copic markers

Be sure to link up your FLOAT-inspired card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team and Guest Designers interpreted the cue this sure to check out their blogs for some creative ideas!

Guest Designers: Kylie and Lindsey

I'm also dropping this card in the pool at the current CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge following this layout:

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 30, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch & Hero Arts One Layer Challenge Combo!

Hello, friends!  Today I am stoping by with a card inspired by two challenges. 
First up is the new Hero Arts One-Layer Challenge -- I do love one-layer cards, so I had to play along!


My one-layer card was inspired by the very fun sketch at the current CAS(E) This Sketch #82:

When I saw this sketch I immediately thought of my Hero Arts "Monster Party" digital stamp set.  I sized up a blank card (paper size 4.25" x 11" with minimal margins) on my computer, inserted the image and sentiment following the sketch layout, and printed. 

Once printed, I colored in that cute little monster, stamped the Hero Arts speech bubble (from the "Write Your Message" clear set), masked the sentiment and monster and stamped some more Hero Arts goodness in the background using Soft Vanilla and Tide Pool inks.  I added white Enamel Accent dots all over the monster for a little texture.

Here is my finished one-layer card: 

Of course, who can stop there?  I mean, after all, I have this cute little layout all set on the computer ready for mass producing!  So, I cut three different colors of card stock to card size and printed them.  However, I wanted to do some colorful paper-piecing for this set of monsters, so I copied the monster image from my card to another Word document set up at 6x6 (with minimal margins so they fit) and pinted multiple monsters on to two different patterned papers by American Crafts. Since I copied the monster from my original card, I am guaranteed that they are the same exact size!

After fussy-cutting the monsters I added them to the colored cards, embossed a frame and stamped some zig-zag backgrounds, added some funny eyes for interest, and voila, I have a great set of birthday cards!  I also have some extra little monsters for future cards as needed.  Love that!

As always, thanks for stopping by...I appreciate your visits!