Wednesday, July 30, 2014


When I saw that Bev from Happy Dances was the MUSE this week, I new I had to play along. If you haven't been over to her blog, I encourage you to do so.  She's super talented and quite candidly one of the kindest bloggers in blogland.   I love the color combo on the card (but am now sitting here noticing that I left off the green!).  I decided to mimic the frame with a rectangle that I cut out on my rarely used Cricut.  I stamped the background several times using my PTI stamps and then die cut the sentiment in white.  This will be going to a co-worker who was sweet enough to spend time with Collin last week when he came to work with me for a few hours. Doesn't he look adorable with his hair gel :)!  Love that little man.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Now and Forever (and Collin's Drum Recital)

I've updated my stamps for sale page.  If you are interested, please click here.

Happy Tuesday friends.  Popping in with a quick card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.  When I was working on some other cards this weekend and had my die cuts out I was inspired to use these WPlus9 die cuts for the current sketch challenge. I love the touch of patterned paper and the funky vibe it gives to the card.

On Sunday, Collin had his drum recital. He is super shy so before he went up he told me he was going to look out the window instead of at the people in the audience. The rehearsal was held at Graeter's (a fabulous Cincinnati based ice cream shop).  Each of the kids in the recital got free ice cream after they played. He did an awesome job.  His teacher videotaped him in class so if you're interested you can check out what he played on You Tube.  I love his sweet little smiles when he plays one of the parts that is a bit harder!  As always, we're so lucky to have family close by to come cheer him on.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Peace on Earth

I've updated my stamps for sale page.  If you are interested, please click here.

I was over the moon thrilled to win the Cutting Edge Challenge last week. I've had so much fun playing along with the gorgeous inspiration they have each week.   When I first saw this week's inspiration, I was going to pull out some patterned paper that mimics the inspiration card, but when I thought about it further I thought of my one-liner Christmas dies.  This might be one that I have to mass produce.  I love cards that aren't too many steps to create. 

Yesterday was an awesome day creating.  We had a lazy day with the exception of popping out for Collin's drum recital. Perfect day for me :).  Hope you had a fabulous weekend too.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

PaperSmooches: Designer Drafts

Hello there and welcome to this week's PaperSmooches Sparks challenge.

I had a lot of different ideas for this sketch, but in the end decided to put flowers in the place of the scalloped border.  I had fun mixing and matching stamp sets and florals to create the card. The sentiment is from the Spiritual Sampler set, the leaves and dies are from Reflections and the flowers are from the Calico set with the Big Bloom 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!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Festive Friday Reminder: Holiday Cheer

I'm starting to crank up the creation of Christmas cards.  This fall is going to be very busy for me with more work travel than normal so I'm trying to plan ahead (we'll see how I really do :)).  I love our inspiration photo as always at Festive Friday. I embossed on vellum and fussy cut before adhering to my card base.  At first I put the silver directly on white but felt I needed a bit of color so patterned paper was added to the base of the card.

Please pop on over to Festive Friday to play along. I'd love to see how you are inspired!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time Out Reminder: Thanks So Much

Hello there...I am in love with all the colors in the inspiration photo for Time Out. There a lot of geometric patterns, but I decided to go with circles.  I stamped the circles and then stamped them slightly off.  I added a die cut sentiment and then added the so much to the card.  When I stamped it it looked logical, but now I look at the card and read so much thanks...not quite right!  But...I'm rolling with it.

We'd love to see you pop on over to Time Out and show us how you're inspired by the fun inspiration photo below.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Life is Good & You are the Best

We've made it to the middle of the week.  My three youngest are going to summer religious education so we're having earlier nights as they start at 8:15 each morning. We've been having really lazy summer days so the early wake up calls haven't been great :).  

I'm popping in with two quick cards. The first is for the current One Layer Simplicity Challenge:  be inspired by your flag. A clean, crisp, red, white and blue inspired cards.  And the second card is a Fusion reminder card.  This was my first card I made for our challenge.  I don't love the colors so made another one, but this will serve as your reminder to come play along with us!  Like me, I hope you are getting lots of crafty time these days!