Sunday, August 28, 2016


Happy Sunday morning my friends. I've been up this morning catching up on emails and a touch of volunteer work for school activities and wanted to stop in and share a card I made yesterday.  A friend of Ryan's is going into the Army and his family was hosting his going away/high school graduation party last night. We've known Trevor since he was in grade school and Pat and Trevor's dad coached the boys in baseball for many, many years. So this card was sent with lots of love and prayers for success and safety!

I played along with the Inkspirational challenge of primary colors. Perfect challenge for this card!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Collin

Happy Tuesday my friends. We're celebrating Collin's 13th birthday and the first day of school. It's hard to believe we have three teenagers in the house.   Lucky it was the first day of school or I wouldn't have a recent picture of Collin by himself. He's definitely hit the phase where he doesn't like his picture taken :)  I wish I could describe what a sweetheart he is.  He loves to cook...seriously love to cook and it a very big nurturer. On the nights when Pat is out and I come in from work, Collin always asks what I would like for dinner and is at the ready to make grilled chicken, a burger on the grill or pasta. He LOVES to cook. He is very tactile...anything with his hands he loves to do too. He also loves fishing and is starting to try his hand at golf. He's a very clever guy!  And he never hesitates to give a kiss, hug or a quick I love you. Love him to pieces and hope his 13th year is an awesome one!

Here's a very CAS card for CAS(E) this Sketch.  A very little interpretation of the sketch!

And here's the crew on the first day of school...sophomore, 7th and 5th. Time is flying!  And don't you love Collin's face?!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Amazing.... has been almost a month since I have created.  Several cards have posted, but the last time I made a card was on July 25th...and I was craving creating big time!  We've had a busy but great last month.  We went on vacation to Niagara Falls...then to Seneca Lake...and then to Pat's cousin's wedding. It was a super relaxing trip.  We were back for 10 days and then we just took Ryan to college on Thursday.  I'm so happy for him.  He starts classes tomorrow, but this mama's heart is definitely missing him! Here he is with his roommate, Christian.  They are about half way getting through their room set up here.  We Facetimed this morning and he is definitely enjoying meeting lots of people and finding his way around campus.

So we have lots to catch up on but that can wait for another day.  First up, I'll share a card I made for my cousin's daughter. She just finished up a college level photography class and has done super well so I wanted to pop her a card to celebrate! I loosely played along with the CAS(E) this Sketch for this card. I'll be back tomorrow with a card that is a very literal interpretation of the sketch. I've pushed the strings to the side on this one so that you can have a better view of the sentiment.

I hope your week gets off to a great start!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Time Out: Happy Birthday

Happy Friday Eve my friends!  We have a super fun challenge for you today at Time Out!  We're here playing along with a CASE challenge. Today, we're casing the amazing Julia. Check out her card below. It is absolutely incredible. Of course, I went ultra CAS.  I think you can see how I was inspired...square card...lots of sequins...a tilted image.  Wish I had mad coloring skills like Julia!

Be sure to pop on over to Time Out and check out the amazing creations from the design team...and of course, come play along with us!  Jenny is our guest designer too and you'll be sure to love her fabulous creations.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Curtain Call: Flamingo

 The end of summer is approaching and we have a super fun challenge for you at Curtain Call: Flamingos!  Isn't the inspiration photo fabulous?  Of course, I don't have any I decided to have a little water color fun and mimic the shirt in the photo below. I embossed flowers are my card several times using white embossing powder. To add some color I water colored the floral blooms and finished it off with a vellum sentiment.  I added a touch of blue watercolor between the flowers so that it looked a bit more like the shirt.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Time Out: Merry Christmas

We're back with another challenge at Time Out.  Our challenge for you is holiday with the optional twist of no stamping (stamped sentiment is allowed!).  I am really, really behind on my Christmas cards this may be the year of the photo card, but I'm not giving up hope just yet!  My card is super CAS using sweet little holly stamps from Uniko (our sponsor for this challenge!) and a sentiment from MFT along with a touch of patterned paper from Lawn Fawn.

Be sure to come play along with us...a random winner for those who choose to twist will receive a £15 gift certificate from our fabulous sponsor Uniko!

Be sure to pop on over to the Time Out Blog to check out how our design team was inspired.
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Curtain Call: Snow Cone

How's the summer weather treating you?  It's been hot, hot, hot here!  So we have the perfect challenge for you at Curtain Call:  Snowcones.  For my card I was inspired by the colors and the touch of shimmer from the ice. I used one of my very first Stampin' Up sets to stamp the images in the same colors as the snow cones. I finished it off by added a touch of glitter to each one. Don't you just love all those pastels?