Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm Here for You

Hello there...I'm popping in to share two fun cards inspired by Laurie's Make It Monday challenge.  I don't have an cover plates so I decided to use the Mighty Leaves die.  I also didn't have press and seal so I improvised!  I put removal adhesive on the card base and placed it over the die cuts.  I love how clean and crisp the tone on tone looks.  

Then...I took the cover plate and had fun with distress inks inking up the back of the card.  

Thanks for the inspiration to stretch my supplies Laurie!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Masculine Thank You

Are you ever in need of masculine thank yous?  I quite often need them for co-workers at work.  I was looking at the color combinations for the current One Layer Simplicity Challenge and decided to use the berry inspiration/colors to make my card today.  I used my new Verve Peaceful Medallions set and took the cue from this card to stamp the medallion and then used the back of a different stamp to create a soft outline to the medallion.  This would be a great set to make it in a variety of color combinations (I'm thinking an all season thank you card set.)

The boys are all back to school tomorrow supplies have been purchased and we'll be getting back into a much early bed and wake up times!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Merry Christmas

Happy Monday. I absolutely adored the clean stamping and color combo on Therese's MUSE inspiration card this week. Truly stunning. I was thinking about floral stamps all week, but decided to go with in-laid snowflakes instead.  This card came together quickly after I saw Ardyth's card too.  I love those Lil Inker snowflakes.  The card was finished off with a quick Verve sentiment.

While I'm here, I also wanted to share a recipe with you. I don't cook very often (Pat is a fabulous cook), but when I do find something easy to make I'll make it often.  On Saturday, my college roommate was in town with her family after dropping her daughter off at the University of Dayton (our alma mater) and they came down Saturday night. So, I made this easy chicken parmesan casserole.  Everyone enjoyed it and it's easy!  If you have any easy recipes that you'd like to share, I'd love to have a copy.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PaperSmooches Sparks: Anything Goes

Hello there and welcome to this week's PaperSmooches Sparks challenge.  I had fun making this card for a co-worker who just had her second knee replacement. This was sent with well wishes for a very smooth recovery for her.  I did just a touch of paper piecing on the tennis shoes.

For this card, I used a variety of stamps and dies:  sentiment is from Salutations; sneaker stamps are from Hope; Notebook Paper and Clipboard stamps and dies.

Please be sure to stop by the other design team members blogs to check out their fabulous creations.

And of course, we'd love to see you play along. You'll have until Saturday at 11:59 PST to join along.   Hop on over to the PaperSmooches Sparks blog to play along with us!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I Tried It! I've been watching the embossing paste trend from the sidelines.  Moe has been creating gorgeous mixed media cards, Laura Bassen (whose blog I think I could pin everything under the sun) created a Make It Monday video featuring embossing paste and Lindsey, whose style I adore and family I love hearing about, created a card inspired by Laura's video.  Today I decided it was time to give it a go.  This morning I went to a local stamp store, Simply Said Stamp, and picked up embossing paste and a stencil.  And the rest is history...

Here is my first card inspired by Laura's Make It Monday video. I don't own a single reinker so I used Laura's tip of using distress inks to mix with the embossing paste.

And my second...using the new stencil that I picked up today.
I have to say I'm pretty happy with the end results (don't look closely at a few of the areas that could be smoother.)  Lindsey told me it wouldn't take long for the smaller images to dry and she was right.  I'm sure I'll be giving it ago again soon.  What about you?  Any trends you are or aren't trying right now?  I'd love to hear.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Festive Friday

Hello there friends.  It's time for another challenge at Festive Friday.  I'm pleased to let you know that Maureen Plut, at Buttons & Bling, is our guest designer for this challenge.  Be sure to stop by the Festive Friday blog to check out Maureen and the rest of the design teams creations for the current inspiration photo.
For my card, I decided to add a touch of color to the neutral color palette. I love these sweet trees from PaperSmooches. It was very easy to paper piece this card.  As you know, I always love a one layer card!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fusion: Thanks So Very Much

It's time for another challenge at Fusion!  When I saw the inspiration photo I was absolutely thrilled. I've been thinking about fall colors but am not ready to think about fall yet.  The floral colors shout summer to be so I was happy to play along using them.

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.

Be sure to pop on over to Fusion and check out the fabulous cards by our design team!

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!