Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fusion: With Deepest Sympathy



Be sure to play along with us over at Fusion...look at this gorgeous cake we have to inspire you.  I quickly thought of this PaperTrey Ink set for this challenge and had fun mimicking the lovely blue flowers. I'm always in need of sympathy cards so I was happy to add this one to the stash and hopefully it will stay there for a long time.
PROCEDURES:
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.
Pop on over to the Fusion Blog to check out the fabulous cards by our design team showing you how it works!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dream Big


We are officially six days from Ryan's high school graduation. He takes his last exam tomorrow and the younger boys all finish school for the summer on Friday.  Life is good with lots of end of year activities.

The two cards I have to share today are for graduation. The first one one top is for the CASology challenge and goes to my sister-in-law. She made a ton...and I mean a ton of cookies for Ryan's graduation party.  I am beyond thankful for her. She loves to bake...so this card will be going to her with a gift card for one of her favorite places.

The second card is going to a dear friend's daughter for her graduation. She reads  my blog (Hi Katie :)!).  So wish we still lived in the same city so we good celebrate together.  Miss her tons! Playing along with Tracey's gorgeous card over at Muse. 

Okay...that's it for tonight!  Off to get ready for the work week ahead.



Ingredients:
Stamps: PaperSmooches Reflections and Thanks Set, Verve (Dream Big)
Stencil:  Tim Holtz
Inks:  Impress Fresh Ink

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Time Out: Cast Your Cares



We're back with another challenge at Time Out.  We have a fun inspiration quote to inspire you!

'May All your weeds be wild flowers'



My card was colored in from a fabulous TPC stamp that was shared with me during my stamping away weekend in February.  I loved how the Zig markers made this sentiment pop.  This was sent to a dear friend whose mother is battling brain cancer. Such a beautiful Psalm for such a terrible disease.

Be sure to pop on over to the Time Out Blog to check out how our design team was inspired.   And we're very lucky to have the fabulous Clearly Besotted Stamps sponsoring our challenge...so a lucky winner will win a gift certificate...and we have a great guest designer, Julia!  Be sure to stop over to check it all out.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy Birthday and Serenity Prayer




In addition to Ryan's prom, I had a 50th birthday party to attend for one of my dear friends, Candice. Instead of a 50 card, I made her a traditional card. She likes to craft too so I know she'll appreciate the card.  We had a great time celebrating her...and best of all she was surprised. Love that her kids planned her party for her along with her dad.

While I had the floral stamps out, I made a second card. I'm using this card as a sympathy card for a dear friend who lost her dad to brain cancer.  Sending lots of love to her.
 
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

With Deepest Sympathy



As soon as the CASE this Sketch came out this week, I knew I wanted to play along with this PTI set.  It reminded me of a quilted background.  Unfortunately, I'm in need of three sympathy cards to send so it was definitely going to be a sympathy card.

In happier news, we are enjoying all the end of the year activities with the boys. Lots of choir concerts, prom and on the 28th Ryan's graduation.  We're cherishing it all!  I've been getting my Project Life pages up to date (still love that app!) and thought I'd share one of  my favorite pictures of the last several weeks. Love, love, love my boys.


And here's a few more...




 
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Birthday Sandie!



Today we're celebrating my gorgeous cousin, Sandie!  It is her 50th birthday...and she definitely fits the phrase of 50 and fabulous!  Our teammates over at Time Out are celebrating her so be sure to pop over and check out all the birthday celebrations.  We are having a special challenge to celebrate some of Sandie's favorites:  CAS with the optional twist of purple. Sandie's all time favorite color is purple. For her birthday card, I inked with different shades of purple after I embossed the background. The photo is a bit blurry but I think she'll like it with the touch of a couple of sequins.

I so wish that Sandie and I didn't live across the ocean from one another as we would have so much fun crafting, shopping and a sharing a drink or too. We're definitely blessed to be cousins and have had this wonderful crafting hobby to share together.  I love her dearly and am thankful to be cousins but even more to be dear, dear friends. Here's to 50 and a fabulous day Sandie!  Love you tons!

And PS if you play along with us over at Time Out, we have a $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate for the winner.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Curtain Call: Thinking of You


It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge! The birdhouses in our inspiration photo are absolutely adorable.  I picked up on the pinks and reds and all the fun florals. I almost went with some tone on tone vellum stripes to pick up the wallpaper but instead went with an embossed square die cute.  I love a good floral card!



Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

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