Wednesday, October 7, 2015

With Sympathy {and around our house}

Popping in today with a super CAS card. Friends of ours from our community lost their son last week due to muscular dystrophy. Their son, Ryan, will forever have a special place in our heart.  Despite his illness, he always had a smile and a zest for life.  Ryan's younger brother, Jack, played baseball for many years with our Ryan.  Pat loved to chat with Ryan about movie lines and they would go back and forth to see who could get the other one with a movie line they where they couldn't remember the movie title. This card has been put in the mail with lots of love and beautiful memories in our hearts.

On a much lighter note....Around our house, the boys are in the swing of school after being back in since mid August. Collin made show choir, Jonathon will be playing bass guitar for the middle school group and Ryan will be competing for his last time.  Marcel also is getting into the musical swing of things by participating in a mallet madness group for 4th graders.  So...lots of music happening at our house.  Collin was so cute when he tried out for show choir. He's pretty shy so he wouldn't tell any of us what he was singing for the try out. He texted me after he was done, "It was hard to get up there, but I just let it out."  So proud of him that he had the courage to try out and I really can't wait to see him perform. 

Pat has been busy too...he closes on the house that he flipped this week and is now finishing a basement for our friend. In his spare time (that is a joke!), he has been painting, replacing toilets and updating our basement.  I'm certainly thankful to have a very handy hubby! I hope you are all well. I'd love to here what's going on around your house.

Entering this card over at the Just Us Girls Challenge.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

May Your Christmas Be Merry & Bright {and Ryan's Senior Pics!}

Hi there, popping in with yes (my third Christmas card in a row) this week. This card is for the awesome sketch over at CAS(e) this Sketch.  At first, I was going to use poinsettia stamps for this sketch, but changed my mind once I saw this PaperTrey Ink set in my stash. In real life, this card has a bunch of shimmer from covering it with clear Wink of Stella, but it's not showing in my photo.  Oh well.

Since I'm here, I wanted to share Ryan's senior pictures. There are more than these, but these are my four favorite.  His photographer did a fabulous job capturing his personality. I really can't believe he is a senior. Love him to pieces.

Monday, October 5, 2015

You Make My Heart Melt {and I met Tracey!)

This weekend, I was on a Christmas card making role.  I loved the sweet little snowman from Marilyn's card at Muse:  Christmas Visions. For my card, I used a very CAS PaperSmooches snowman and then colored just a touch with my Zig markers.  Very simple, but one more done for the Christmas card stash!  I'm also entering this over at Virginia's View All Things Colored Challenge.

Yesterday, I was so thrilled that Tracey and I got to meet in real life!  She is as much of a sweetheart in person as she is in blog land and we hit it off like we had been friends forever.  Thankfully, it was a gorgeous day out and we sat outside and chatted over lunch in my little town of Loveland.  I wish we had longer, but am so thankful for the time we had together.  Next time, we are most definitely going to need more time together...and to get our hubbies together too. When James dropped Tracey off, I think the guys could have talked for hours too.  I feel so blessed to meet such wonderful friends through blogging.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Merry Christmas

Oh my goodness.  Can I tell you how happy I am to be posting two days in a row?  It had been three weeks...yes...three weeks....since I had been in my craft room. That is WAY too long for me to be away from this fabulous hobby that helps me relax like nothing else.  I love, love, love to create.  So, I was super happy to have time yesterday.  I have several cards to share over the next week. 

This wasn't the first card that I made yesterday, but I need to get it posted before the fun rainbow challenge ends over at Merry Monday! You'll see several more Christmas cards over the next few days.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I apologize for my visits being a bit sporadic lately.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Marcel!

 Popping in quickly before our family comes over to wish Marcel the happiest of birthdays.  No more single digits in our house!  He's celebrating the big 10 today!  Wish I could share with you how much this little guy (who really isn't that little but will always be my baby) lights up our life.  He always has a smile on his face, is hilarious (and doesn't quite realize it yet) and has a very kind loving soul. I kept his card simple....the smiley faces are in his favorite color. to get ready for our family coming over.

PS The card is being entered over at the One Layer Simplicity Challenge and Happy World Card Making Day!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fusion: Best Wishes Today and Always

It's time for another challenge at Fusion!  I absolutely love this inspiration photo and the I loosely did a bit of double Fusion.  Don't you love all the gorgeous fall colors this time of year?  I certainly do...and the cooler temperatures are right up my alley!  I had fun getting out my Reverse Confetti stamps to make this card.  

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.

WinnersWill be chosen by all of our teammates in two weeks! We each will choose one favourite! The winners will be announced at 4am (PST) in two weeks!! Please check the linky for the days left to play with us!  Pop on over to Fusion to play!

Time Out: You are Appreciated

We are back at Time Out with a fabulous inspired by words challenge:
Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile' (William Cullum Bryant)

I love fall colors...and distress inks are the perfect inks to add to your cards to have gorgeous fall colors. For today's card, I pulled out a few different colors and inked up a piece of scrap card stock.  I then die cut the maple leaves from Frantic Stamper to have a variety of colors/gradient looks across the leaves. To finish off my card and add a little texture I attached a touch of twine. The small leaves were super easy to adhere with mini glue dots.

Above shows a close up of the fabulous details on these dies. They cut perfectly!

FRA-Die-09599  Petite Maple Leaves

Be sure to pop on over to Time Out to play along with us!  Our guest designer this week is Glenda.  I'm sure you'll absolutely love her gorgeous inspiration for us!