Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CASology #184: VALENTINE

Hello!  I'm stopping in today with our next CASology cue card...love is in the air, my friends!

I masked and inked the right side of my card using various shades of distress ink, then spritzed with water for a marbled effect.  The poppy die cut was glued down directly onto the card front, and the pink die cut bow adds some more interest.

My Sentiments Exactly "Valentine's Day"
Memory Box "Prim Poppy" die
Reverse Confetti "Finished Frames Elle-ments"
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet 
DCWV pink glitter paper
Water spritzer

Be sure to link up your VALENTINE 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: Lindsey

Our Sponsor This Week:  Uniko Studio 

Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Gerda Steiner Designs - Monthly Challenge February 2016

Hello, friends!  I am stopping by today to share a one-layer Valentine's Day card I made for my neice and nephews.  I'm entering this card in the current monthly challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs - February 2016 Challenge.  This bunny jumping rope is so cute!

(If you play along at the monthly challenge, Gerda sends you the image for the following month's challenge for free!  Isn't that great?)

For my card, I printed three bunnies next to each other, adjusting the size of each one in order to reflect the ages of my niece and nephews.

I added the computer-generated sentiment using a "Hoppy" (instead of "happy") since the bunnies are jumping rope...and, of course, because bunnies hop!

I masked each bunny in order to add the light blue distress ink to the background sky.  I drew the grass with Copic markers and added some shading with distress ink.  The washi tape across the bottom of the card serves to ground the images.

Be sure to check out this month-long challenge -- there is sure to be a lot of inspiration in the pool!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Precious Remembrance Shop {Inspire Me Friday}

Hello, friends!  Just a heads up that I'm sharing my second card for the  "Sweet Pea" stamp set release over at the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today.  

I hope you'll go check out my next installment of {Inspire Me Friday} and the "Love You" card I'm sharing today!

Thanks for visiting,

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CASology #183: GLITTER

Hello, friends!  We are back this week with our new cue card at  CASology.  I'm really excited about this cue...I can't wait to see all the sparkly clean and simple goodness you'll be creating!

I immediately thought of all the pretty glitter papers I have in my stash, and all the pretty dies that would work so well with them.

For my card, I die cut a delicate Simon Says Stamp butterfly using gold glitter paper, then dry embossed an Anna Griffin border and stamped an elegant sentiment by Jane's Doodles beneath it.  The embossed strip was also mounted on matching glitter paper to frame it and add more color.

Be sure to link up your clean and simple GLITTER card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by our Design Team and Guest Designer this week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!

Guest Designer: Sarah

Our Sponsor This Week:  DeNami Design

Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, January 30, 2016

SSS Wednesday Challenge & SSS Flickr Challenge #37 - Anything Goes!

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping in today with several cards to share for the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog with the theme "Anything Goes."  I've been having fun playing with these Simon Says Stamp "Birthday Farm Animals" and I thought they would be perfect for this challenge.  I actually wound up making a set of cards...and I had a blast!

I am also going to link these cards up to the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #37: Anything Goes!  Have you checked out that group yet?  You really must...so much inspiration over there!

Anyway, here are close-ups of each card, paired up with some fun patterned papers (die cut with my WPlus9 "Sunshine Layers" and stitched rectangles).

I added black Enamel Accents and Glossy Accents to the eyes for fun.

Just a quick post today...off to continue the busy Saturday chauffeuring!  :)
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CASology #182: ADORE

Hello, friends!  It's that time again...time for our next CASology cue card!

This week we are sponsored by Concord & 9th, and I knew exactly what stamps I wanted to ink up for the cue card this week!  I won the "Tree Ring" stamp along with the "Grateful" set during the holiday season as part of the company's "12 Days of Christmas" giveaways on Instagram.  (Actually, my design teammate Tracey and I both won!)  I ADORE these stamps, and I would definitely give a card like this to someone I adore.  I'm thinking this simple note may go to my DH on Valentine's Day!

While I was at it, I made a second card.  I'd give this card to someone for a gift that I ADORE!

I stamped the tree ring using khaki ink, and then I spritzed both cards from a distance with Perfect Pearls Mist in heirloom gold.

So, what does ADORE bring to mind for you?  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time).  Check out our guest designer and design team blogs, too...you will ADORE their creative cards!

Guest Designer: Jenny

Our Sponsor This Week:  Concord & 9th

On another note, I have to say how excited I am that I have reached 150 followers!  I consider this a big milestone...and I am so happy to have you visit my blog, whether you are a follower or not!

I am planning on doing a special "I've Reached 150 Followers Give-Away," so stay tuned!
Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, January 23, 2016

GSD: 14th Share Your Design Challenge & SSS Wednesday Challenge

Hello, friends!  Well, the "Blizzard of 2016" has arrived on the East coast and we are all home together, staying safe and warm, and relaxing.  All the kids' activities for the day have been cancelled (including SAT's, two different play practices, indoor soccer, stage crew, and a babysitting gig), and I am enjoying every minute of it!  Apparently it takes a blizzard for us to all be home at the same time with nowhere to go.

Here is a quick pic of our back yard this morning...we are expecting snow for the rest of the day, too, with heavier snowfall in the afternoon.  Sp peaceful...at least our back! Out front is a different story -- my husband and two sons are starting round one of shoveling!

I do have a long to-do list for the weekend (mainly laundry, cleaning, and work I brought home in order to play catch-up), but I gave myself permission to play a little bit and I wound up making five cards in the process!  I made them all for the current Gerda Steiner Designs 14th Share Your Designs Challenge.  I recently purchased these two sets ("Gopher It" and "Howl Are You? Puppy") and I couldn't wait to ink them up.

  Gopher it! 2x3 Clearstamp Set     Howl are you? Puppy Clearstamp Set

First up...this adorable gopher.  I am a sucker for a punny sentiment!  In my usual fashion, I filled up those glasses and his coffee mug with Glossy Accents for shine.  I'm also linking this fella up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Create With Critters

Next up...grumpy dog!  His mug just makes me laugh.  Hoping this one will cheer up someone who is having a rough day.

Finally, I made three easy birthday cards to add to my stash.  I am always in need of birthday cards for kids, especially when my kids get invited to a bunch of birthday parties for classmates.  I figured these designs are good for boys and girls alike.  I filled up their noses with Glossy Accents so they would look wet!

I tried to make this one look like a beagle...tough from this angle, but I think I did it?

Here they are all of my cards together:

I just found out that Gerda Steiner Designs is holding a Guest Designer Call!  I am going to throw my hat in the ring with these cards.  I do love her designs and there are plenty of digi freebies available if you don't have any of her stamps yet but want to try your hand at it, too!  Check it out HERE!

I'm very hopeful to be back with more cards later this weekend...maybe in between laundry and shoveling!
Thanks for stopping by!