Thursday, December 1, 2016

Curtain Call: Warmest Wishes

Happy 1st of December!  How is your Christmas shopping going?  As of this weekend...I have one very small gift purchased.  Not like me so I need to get a move on quickly. But in the meantime, we have a fun card inspiration photo for you to play along with at Curtain Call!  I think you can see how I was inspired to play along and I hope you are too!

The LEAD of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!

Next up, is the ever-fabulous Curtain Call Crew with their amazing projects!

Betty Wright, Crafting With Betty
Kim Singdahlsen, Joyful Creations with Kim
Leigh Penner, To the Full
Lori Tecler, Inking Aloud
Lynn Mangan, My Mango Boys and Me
Marisa Ritzen, Rosemary Reflections
Melody Rupple, A Paper Melody
 Maureen Plut, buttons & bling
Monika Davis, M.A.D. Stamper
Sheri Gilson, Paper Crafty's Creations
Silke Ledlow, My Life
Stacey Schafer, Stacey's Stamping Stage
Tara Godfrey, Inking on the Edge
Tammy Hershberger, Stamp Happy

Now, it's your turn!  To enter the challenge, simply follow these instructions:

1.  Create a new Anything Goes paper project (card, scrapbook page, 3D item)...with the option of drawing inspiration from the challenge graphic.
2.  Post your project to your blog or public gallery that directly mentions and links to this challenge here at the Curtain Call. You must also copy and paste the inspiration graphic into your post.
3. Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of five other challenges.
4.  Complete the Inlinkz section below using the direct link to your project before the deadline on December 10th at 8:00 AM CDT.
5. Prizes, when applicable, will be awarded to randomly selected challenge participants. The LEAD of each challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer for the next challenge.
The LEAD, Show Stoppers and Prize Winner will be chosen by the crew and announced on December 14th at 8:00 AM CDT.

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Time Out: Magic of the Season

It's time for our reminder post at Time Out!  We have a theme challenge for you:  

Christmas with the optional twist of using glitter and/or shimmer

I went with the optional twist by adding just a very small touch of silver to the bottom...more and more this is becoming my go to card layout with a strip of paper on the bottom or the side of the card. I also love when the sentiment does the talking on a card...nothing like a clean and simple Christmas card for the stash. These will be getting in the mail soon!

Valentyna is our guest designer.  Be sure to stop by her will love her CAS style!

I hope you are inspired to play along with us at Time Out too!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanks for the Gift

To days in a row of posts!  Yeah!   Today's card is going in the mail to my sister-in-law who came down from Chicago and provided us with a housewarming gift.  I looked up the Inspired By post...and for some reason thought the ornaments, etc. were in pink...yeah well think again!  But I made pink poinsettias...and I'm rolling with it!  I need to mass produce some thank you I am in need, but it will be a bit before I get to that.

Hope that your week get's off to a great start today.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wishing You...

Happy Sunday my friends. I'm so happy to say that I'm crafting live today!  We've been in our house for almost a month now and this is the first day I've broken out the craft supplies. We are pretty much unpacked and the Christmas decorations (not the tree) are up.  We always have our family over the Sunday after Thanksgiving so it was the perfect excuse to get the decorations up.  I love coming home to them but will also be happy to take them down at the end of the month :)!  Pat is busy working on my mum's bedroom/bathroom/closet. She will be moving with us in the next couple of weeks. Tile and painting are on deck this week for him.  We're all really looking forward to having her here.  

So back to crafting....I was in need for a card to congratulate one of my college professors on his retirement. He has been at the University of Dayton for 30 years. He definitely was someone who made an impact on my career so this will be popping in the mail to him with a gift card this week.  Thanks to CAS(E) this Sketch for inspiring me to get back to crafting.

If you are's my current makeshift craft space.  Eventually Pat will transform this into my craft room!  In the meantime...I'll happily craft right here.

I hope that all of my American friends also had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend!  Back to reality tomorrow!
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Jonathon!

Popping in with a belated Happy Birthday Jonathon message!  He turned 16 today, but is off busy in the things he loves - youth group and robotics so we celebrated with dinner and new parts for his computer last night. 

Here's a picture of how we started the day.  He was so pleased to win this 5k  - a wonderful run raising money for lung cancer.  My dear friend, Katie, lost her mom to lung cancer 18 months ago and she and her sister sponsored the event.  It was crisp and cool, but a great day!

I love the young man Jonathon is becoming.  A hard worker, with such a kind, loving heart!  Love you tons Jonathon!
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Verve Release Retrospective!

Welcome to Verve's November Release Retrospective Blog Hop!  

Have you had a chance to get your inky fingers on the latest Verve release? It's a beautiful holiday release and the Verve Divas and November Guests are hopping again today with a fresh dose of inspiration using the new stamps! Everything in the shop is on sale 25% off right now, so it's a great time to stock up. Come take a tour of our blogs to see these fun stamps in action, then leave a little comment love as you hop about for a chance to win today's prize!

I made three cards for the blog hop. The first two at the top of the post are very similar...just used a different color for the beautiful holy family image.  Love the touch of shimmer with the silver paper.  The stamps are from the Beyond Measure set.  The second card below is using the adorable stamps and dies from Jolly Jingles and the Winters Friend Die set.  Love how fun and whimsical the stockings are! I have loved being a guest for Verve's release and hope you have had a chance to shop and pick up the new stamps!

Want to win some shiny new Verve? One lucky comment from all of the stops along today's hop will be randomly selected to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, comment on each of the stops below. Comment deadline for the prize drawing is Monday, November 28.
Release Retrospective Hop List
1. Julee6. Laurie
2. Lee Ann (Guest)7. Charmaine
3. Lynn (Guest)8. Betty
4. Tenia (Guest)9. Maureen
5. Marisa10. Teresa

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Time Out: To My Very Special Mum

It's time for a reminder of the challenge at Time Out and we have a fun inspiration photo for you to play along with this week.  At first I was thinking about a dream catcher card but then picked up on the pinks and the wings...translating into a pink/gold butterfly!  This card will be going to my mum when she moves in with us. Pat has just started the remodeling but it shouldn't be too long before she is with us.  

I hope you are inspired to play along with us at Time Out too!

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