Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!



Hello, friends!  I just wanted to stop in to wish my friends and followers a Blessed Easter!








May God's blessings be yours today and every day!

Take good care,
Judy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CASology #91: NOTE

Hello, friends!  What a great WET week we had last week, so many wonderful clean and simple entries.  Keep up the good work!  This week we are back with a new cue word...NOTE!


This week we are sponsored by the fun, extra sweet Sweet Stamp Shop...be sure to check out the CASology blog for all the details!

This week I used a Hero Arts sentiment paired with a Sweet Stamp Shop flower image to paper-piece this CAS thank you note -- I always seem to need them!


I also want to take a minute to wish my teammate Maureen Merritt all the best as she leaves the CASology Design Team...it has been a pleasure working with her and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors!  :)

So, what does NOTE bring to mind for you?  Be sure to link up your 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 week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!


Guest Designer: Dena
Thanks for visiting,
Judy

P.S. We are celebrating Holy Week and Easter this week...I wish all those who celebrate this holy season a Blessed Easter!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Precious Remembrance Shop Blog Hop & Giveaway!


Hello, friends!  I am SO excited to be here today as one of the April Guest Designers for the Precious Remembrance Shop.  Today we kick off the April release day with a Blog Hop and a Giveaway! 

Be sure to check in to the Precious Remembrance Shop blog to see the blog hop list in case you get lost or want to go back and start from the beginning!  For your quick reference, here is the hop order for today:

So, are you so excited to see the new stamp set?  Here it is...let me introduce "New Day!"



I adore the fonts in Precious Remembrance Shop stamp sets, and this set is no exception.  There are such versatile sentiments and images in this set!  Here is the one-layer project I came up with using lots of shadow and mid-tone inks and a few gems here and there.



And how about the GIVEAWAY?  Here's what you have to do for a chance to win this stamp set:
  • Subscribe at the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog.
  • Follow/Like us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram.
  • Share the news about our New Stamp Release with your crafty friends through Facebook, your blog, Instagram, etc.
  • Hop along and leave a comment to each blog and show us some love!:)
  • One lucky winner of the stamp set will be chosen randomly.
  • The giveaway will end on Sunday April 13, 2014.
  • GOOD LUCK!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Happy Hopping!
Judy

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CASology #90: WET

Hello, friends!  After a great week of JOKE inspiration, we are ready for a new cue word at CASology! This week we are sponsored by STAMPlorations...be sure to check out the CASology blog for all the details!

My first thoughts went to the adage, "April showers bring May flowers."  I tried a few things with this in mind but wasn't happy with any of the results.  Moving on...

Next thought?  "Wet your whistle."  What do I like to wet my whistle with every day (multiple times)?  My COFFEE!  I immediately thought of THIS awesome coffee set from Precious Remembrance Shop, along with the splatters and rings from THIS set.  I paper-pieced the coffee cup and fussy cut it, popping it up for some dimension.  I think the embossed frame adds a nice touch while maintaining the white space around the main image.



I wish I could share a cup of coffee with one of my favorite CAS card-makers -- a frequent flyer at CASology and a blogger friend of mine who is celebrating a birthday today -- the amazing Shelly Kurth of Sweet Greetings.  Happy Birthday, Shelly!  Maybe someday we can actually meet and share a coffee!  (Until then, we can continue to communicate via social media!)


I can't wait to see what WET brings to mind for you this week!  Be sure to link up your Clean and Simple 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 week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!


Guest Designer: Michele
Thanks for visiting,
Judy

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CASology #89: JOKE

Hello, friends!  It's April 1st, and today we like to celebrate a little tradition called "April Fool's Day."  Perfect for this week's cue!


I did a little research and found out that April Fool's Day is actually celebrated in many countries.  According to Wikipedia, April Fools' Day (alternatively April Fool's Day, sometimes All Fools' Day) is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated in various countries as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other (called April fools)

We love April Fool's Day in our house, and my darling husband derives great joy from playing tricks on our kids each year.  As they get older, the tricks are becoming more and more involved -- and they are tricking him right back!  We've done it all -- rubber snakes in shoes, frozen bowls of cereal, replacing sugar with salt, changing the time on alarm clocks, rubber banding the sink sprayer to the "on" position, then asking for a drink of water...and the list goes on!

Anyway, in the spirit of a good joke, I made this card using a $1 stamp set by Inkadinkado and a Hero Arts wood grain background stamp.  I will likely give this card to my niece who graduates from high school this year...she has a quirky sense of humor, just like her Aunt Judy!




I kept this card "clean and simple" by using one main image and setting it in the bottom corner of the card so that lots of empty "white" space remained. 

So, what does JOKE bring to mind for you?  I can't wait to see!  Be sure to link up your 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 week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!


Guest Designer: Gay
Thanks for visiting,
Judy

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Merry Monday # 101: Merriest Wishes

Hello, friends!  I'm just under the wire with my entry for the current Merry Monday Challenge #101.  This week the colors are grey, red, and white...how pretty!



Here is my card, using all Hero Arts stamps and a new die cut/emboss bird image I bought at the local craft store.



Now I'm off to visit the blogs of the other entries...some pretty cards in that pool!
Thanks for stopping by!
Judy

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CASology #88: LUCKY

Hello, friends!  It's your LUCKY day...it's time for the new cue word at CASology!



This week we are sponsored once again by Cathy at Stamps and Scrapbooks....you can find out all the details at the CASology blog. 

I once again used a free digital image and sentiment for my card, this time an "oldie but a cutie" by Kim Hughes from Paper Smooches.  (I think these may have been Papercrafts Magazine free downloads years ago!) 

While I was at it, I made two cards...demonstrating some differences between CAS and not-so-CAS (maybe more "clean and layered" in this case).  Here is the "Clean and Simple" version of my card, using minimal embellishments, and while there are layers they are monochromatic, giving the feel of open "white space."

 

Here is the other "clean and layered" version of my card, with a busier background, less "white space," and a busier feeling overall:


If you ever have questions about what "clean and simple" means, feel free to ask any of the DT members or visit the "Helpful Hints" tab at the CASology blog...it's pretty clearly defined there!

Be sure to link up your 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 week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!


Guest Designer: Karen

Thanks for stopping by, I do appreciate your visits!
Judy