Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CASology #148: STORY

Hello, friends!  It's time for a new cue cards at CASology and this week we want to see your STORY!

I recently bought a Technique Tuesday stamp set and this awesome sentiment was a perfect fit for the cue this week!  (I also plan to use it in some scrapbook layouts for my kids.)  I paired it with some vellum flower blooms embossed in white and fussy cut from the Precious Remembrance Shop's new "Blossom" stamp set.  (I know there was a card somewhere out there that inspired this card, and if I find it I will post the credit where it is due!)

I kept the layout clean and simple by leaving lots of white space, adding minimal embellishments, and using one main image.

So, what does STORY 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: Jan

Our Wonderful Sponsor: The Ton 
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CASology #147: WEDDING

Hello, friends!  It's Tuesday and time for a new cue card at CASology!

When it comes to weddings, I always think of this sweet Hero Arts image (part of an old set called "Wedding Celebration") and I thought it would be perfect paired with a sentiment from an Ali Edwards (Technique Tuesday) set called "Favorite Memories."  I love adding ultra fine glitter to this dress and veil, I think it makes it extra classy!  I also love this embossing folder by Darice...I think the lace lends itself to a wedding card.

This card is actually going to be an anniversary card for my husband -- we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this summer and we began dating in high school, so I definitely cherish our story and celebrate our life together!

Be sure to link up your WEDDING 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: Carol

Our Wonderful Sponsor:  Whimsy Stamps
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

CAS on Sunday: Believe

Hello, friends!  I'm so excited because I received the Precious Remembrance Shop "Blossom" stamp set that was just released and I couldn't wait to ink it up!

I went ahead and made a card for the current CAS on Sunday Challenge #58: Cheer Up, Buttercup.  I plan to send this card to a former colleague who is battling cancer and could use some cheering up.  I hope it works!

I want her to believe...believe in healing, believe in hope, believe in her doctors, believe in those around her who offer support and love.  Believe it will be OK.

I kept this card "clean and simple" by keeping it to one layer with one main image, lots of open white space, no embellishments, and it was very easy to create.

I love the artsy feel to these flowers...as soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to put them in the jar from the Oh So Fun stamp set by Precious Remembrance Shop.  I roughly colored the images with Copic markers, then spritzed the whole thing with Perfect Pearls Mist and adhered to a pink card base.  I love flat cards...so easy to mail.

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Freshly Made Sketch #186: You've Aged Beautifully

Hello, friends!  I've been playing with some new (to me) stamps and I couldn't wait to use them with the current Freshly Made Sketch #186 by Jen Brum.  Isn't this a fun sketch?

Apparently some people find the circle "threatening," but I actually love it!  I paired a funny stamp by Art Impressions with a sentiment from Paper Smooches and a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder, and voila!  This birthday card is going to my older sister in the fall...she appreciates my dry sense of humor.  

When I showed this card to my 15-year-old daughter, she laughed, and exclaimed, "She looks like you!"  (Uh, wrong!  I don't have fuzzy bunny slippers!)  Kids -- and siblings -- are so good for our egos, aren't they?  :)

I'm also entering this card into the current Art Impressions Challenge #159 - "Lovely Ladies" since Maude is one lovely lady!

Art Impressions Blog

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Another CASology Card: What Does the Fox Say?

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping by today with another card I made for the CASology cue card this week. I had this idea floating around my head and had to get it out!

So, you have heard the song, "What Does the Fox Say" by Ylvis, right?  If not, you can listen to it and see the music video on YouTube HERE.  I had to play with this retired Sweet Stamp Shop stamp set...isn't it perfect for the cue card this week?  I stamped "Happy Birthday" on the inside...that's really what this fox says!

So, what does MUSIC bring to mind for you?  I do hope you will play along with us at CASology this week so we can see how the cue inspires you!

Have a great day...thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CASology #146: MUSIC

Hello, friends!  Happy Tuesday!  You know what that means, right?  It's time for a new cue card at CASology!

I love music, so this cue is right up my alley.  I love to sing, I play guitar (and ukulele and some basic banjo),  I love listening to all types of music, and I love going to musicals!  When I'm not singing or humming, I'm whistling.  When I'm home alone, I don't watch TV, I listen to music.  My kids all play instruments and I love to listen to them practice and play.  I LOVE music.  LOVE IT!  Music is definitely a big part of my life and brings me great joy.

My card is as basic as it gets.  I played with some Paper Smooches stamps from the "Knick Knacks" set along with some Glossy Accents and came up with this simple card.

I have another card idea that I'll try to pull together and share later in the week.  There are so many ways to go with this cue!

I can't wait to see what you come up with for the cue card this week!  Be sure to link up your MUSIC 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: Loll
Our Wonderful Sponsor:  STAMPlorations
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

FMS #185 & PS Sparks "Anything Goes"

Hello, friends!  Just sneaking in a quick card before the weekend activities take off.  I made a baby card using Cindy's current sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #185 and I used my Paper Smooches stamps as part of the Paper Smooches SPARKS "Anything Goes" challenge this week.


I decided to use soft colors on this baby card and colored with some of my lightest Copic markers. This stamp set, "A Little Lovin," is one of my favorite Paper Smooches stamp sets.  I never get tired of it!

OK, that's all the time I can spare today.  Off to track meet, then our kids' high school production of Les Miserables (my son is in the orchestra and my daughter is an assistant stage manager).  Somehow I have to do laundry and clean in between all that!  The final show is tomorrow...along with two soccer games.  Weekends in the spring can be really crazy, but weekends like this remind me how blessed I am to have children that can participate in all of these activities!  And so, on that note of gratitude, I wish all those celebrating it a Happy Mother's Day!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Baptism and First Communion Cards

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping by to share three cards I recently made (for two First Communions and a Baptism) using Spellbinders cross dies and lots of embossing folders...all for girls.

If you are interested in these cross dies, I have an entire folder of cards using these (and other Spellbinder cross dies) at my Pinterest board...you can find it HERE.  I am always amazed at the creative skills others have...they inspire me!

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day,

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

CASology #145: SHAPE

Hello, friends!  After a fun week in FLIGHT, we are back with our new cue card at CASology.  I can't wait to see how things take SHAPE this week!

For my card, I channeled my "inner Ardith" and went with a shaped card that kept things very clean and simple.  I die cut the circles, added black pearls for eyes, and drew the mouth by tracing a smaller circle die with a fine black Sharpie.  Voila!

The Studio G sentiment on the inside conveys the message behind the smiley face on the card front.

Oh, and before I forget, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout-out is headed to my design teammate Joyce!  Happy birthday, Joyce, and many more!!

So, let's see what SHAPE means to you!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). Need more inspiration?  Check out the Design Team and Guest Designer cards, too!

Guest Designer: Karren
Our Wonderful Sponsor:  Cindy B Designs
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Monday, May 4, 2015

AEI♥U Challenge #24: Spring

Hello, friends!  I'm here today with a card I made for the AEI♥U Challenge #24: Spring.  It's a spring birthday card for my nephew and I used one of my favorite Avery Elle stamp sets!

I fussy-cut the framed sentiment and popped up on foam for some dimension.  

Avery Elle "Framed Fonts"
Lil' Inkers stitched rectangles die
Blue sequins

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Have a great day!