Thursday, May 31, 2012

CCMC 204

Good morning everyone! I know that I have been very sporadic with my posts lately. My parents are visiting and we are having a great time! I have chosen to take some time off from stamping and posting everyday. But I will be back to regular posts in a while so keep checking back! I do have my Thursdays challenge cards ready to post and today is another great challenge from the wonderful ladies at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we are being challenged with color. 


Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso are the colors that we are to work with. Very pretty and spring like! Here is what I came up with!


I came across a layout that I really fell in love with. I did use retiring stamps and today is the last day to get these!!! Wow! I can't believe that we get to order from the new catalog tomorrow! Be sure to get your retiring products today! Back to the card... My card base is Wisteria Wonder. I used a 1" circle punch to round the bottom right hand corner. I added a layer of Lucky Limeade designer paper. Then I took a strip of Early Espresso card stock and flagged one end and then adhered it to the card. I took a piece of Calypso Coral card stock and stamped the greeting from Thank You Kindly in Early Espresso and then adhered it to the card. I stamped the outline stamps from Flower Fancy in Early Espresso and the solid images in Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade. I cut these out and adhered the leaves behind the flower. I added a flower brad (also retiring) and popped this up onto a panel of Whisper White which is also popped up onto the card. 


Be sure to visit the Create with Connie and Mary website to see their new look! They also are offering early bird pricing on their New Catalog Edition! So many great designers and so many great projects for a great price! Don't forget to make a project using these fun colors and upload it to their site so that we can all take a look! We look forward to seeing what you do! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Flower Fancy, Thank You Kindly; Paper- Wisteria Wonder, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, In Color designer paper; Ink- Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral; Accessories- flower brad, 1" circle punch, dimensionals 

Friday, May 25, 2012

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Good morning everyone! The first day of summer vacation has finally arrived! My parents will be coming in sometime for a visit and we are very excited about that! Today we have another challenge from the Sketch Frenzy Friday team! This week's sketch was created by Robbie Rubala. Take a look!


And my card...


Another very simple one. Again, I am trying to use some of the retiring products. I dearly loved this stamp set, Fifth Avenue Floral. And the Mocha Morning was some of my favorite dsp! For this card I stamped the flower from Fifth Avenue Floral in Soft Suede onto Soft Suede card stock. I tore the upper right hand corner and added some Mocha Morning designer paper. This is adhered to a Very Vanilla panel and then popped up onto a Soft Suede card base. I stamped the smaller flower in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla and cut it out. I added a button from the neutrals collection and some Early Espresso baker's twine. The greeting from Thank You Kindly is stamped in Soft Suede onto a strip of Very Vanilla and added to the flower. The flower is then popped up onto the card. 


Continue on the blog tour by clicking 'here' to go and see what Jennifer did with this sketch. Continue through the tour to get inspired. Be sure to upload your creation to the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog so that we can all be inspired by your work! We love to see what you do with our sketches! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Fifth Avenue Floral, Thank You Kindly; Paper- Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Mocha Morning designer paper; Ink- Soft Suede; Accessories- Early Espresso baker's twine, neutrals buttons, dimensionals

Thursday, May 24, 2012

CCMC 203

It's the LAST day of school!!! Boy is my son super excited!!! And so am I - lol! It will be so nice to have some time to not have so many scheduled activities! We will still have a few but not as many. Today is also another challenge from the ladies at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we are being challenged with a sketch. Take a look!


And my card...


I wanted to focus on some retiring products so I puled out some retiring stamps. I stamped the Medallion background stamp on Crumb Cake card stock in Crumb Cake ink. Then I stamped it again on a tag that I made from Very Vanilla card stock. I stamped it off before I stamped it on the tag to make it lighter. I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink. I adhered a strip of Chocolate Chip card stock to the card. To the tag I added a piece of the Chocolate Chip scallop dots ribbon with a 5/16" Chocolate Chip brad. I stamped the greeting from Thank You Kindly on a strip of Very Vanilla and flagged both ends. This is attached to the tag and the tag is popped up on the card. Very monochromatic and simple!!


Be sure to visit the Create with Connie and Mary website to see what the other fabulous designers did with this sketch! Be sure to upload your creation to the site so that we can all see what you did! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Medallion, Thank You Kindly; Paper- Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Ink- Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- Chocolate Chip scallop dots ribbon, 5/16" Chocolate Chip brad, sponge, dimensionals

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Control Freaks Tour - A Freaky Goodbye




Hello everyone and welcome to another Freaky blog tour! You might have just come from Mary Brown's blog of amazing Stampin' Up! creations! Beautiful aren't they? If you are starting right here that's great, too! When you click the button at the end of this post, you will move on to the next stop in the tour and eventually end up where you started. And you won't be sorry!! You are about to see some very awesome creations!! Please remember that if you are viewing this before the 20th, not all the links may be working correctly. So come back on the 20th to go through the entire tour without any glitches. Now on to the tour.


This month the Freaks are saying good-by to some of our favorite products that will be retiring at the end of this month. I have so many favorites but I managed to narrow them down to a few that I could show for the tour. I am also trying to use up a lot of my retiring product so that I will have room for the new stuff!! My first project is a card.




My card uses a lot of retiring products - Pear Pizzazz card stock, ink and ribbon, Concord Crush card stock and ink, Pocketful of Posies designer paper, scallop circles #2 die, and the Herb Expressions stamp set. I really loved all these products!! For this card I used the sketch for this past Monday at Mojo Monday. I cut a 3" circle from Whisper White and stamped the image from Herb Expressions using the Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz markers. I stamped it repeatedly without re-inking. Then I stamped the greeting in Concord Crush. I adhered this to a scallop circle of Concord Crush and then added two brads. I adhered a piece of the designer paper from Pocketful of Posies to a panel of Pear Pizzazz and tied a piece of the Pear Pizzazz poly twill ribbon around this. I popped my scallop circle onto this and then popped the panel up onto a card base of Pear Pizzazz.


For my next two retiring themed projects I chose to highlight the fabric. I have really been into sewing lately (and I am even working on my first quilt), so I decided to use up some my fabric stash.




Now this project doesn't use any sewing at all! I got this idea from Kimberly Van Diepen. I think this is such a FUN idea! And they come out so darn cute!! I was a guest speaker at one of my downline's meetings this past Christmas, and I used this as one of the make-n-takes. They loved them!! Such fun, inexpensive, and super easy projects! And a great way to use up those scraps!!


My next project uses sewing and a pattern.




This pattern was given to me but I believe you can purchase one. It is from Simplicity. I call this a cup caddy but I have also seen them called mug buckets. Anyway, they are super fun to make and quite useful!! I made a bunch of these for birthdays this year and for my son's teachers. Another great way to use up all that fabulous fabric! Here is a closer view of the inside.




There are little pockets on the inside as well as the outside. And then there is a small space in the middle that is empty and works perfectly for my adhesive!! I don't think you could have too many of these around - lol! And I got the mug for 75 cents at the Goodwill store! Bonus!! While I will miss these fun fabrics, there will be more in the new catalog! I can't wait to get my hands on those and start a new project!


Well, that is all I have for you today. It's time to send you on to LeeAnn Greff's blog. You won't be disappointed! Lots of very beautiful and inspirational things to see there! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!!



Friday, May 18, 2012

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TGIF!!! This is the last Friday of school for the year! Yea!! Only four more days! Nick is really excited! Today is also the day Sketch Frenzy Friday has a new challenge. This week's sketch is provided by Patrice Herrera. Take a look!


And here is what I came up with...


Yes. I know that it is quite a stretch. I just couldn't visualize what I would do with the three panels. So I decided to make it appear as there were three different panels. Again, this is a stretch but I do like the way it came out. I took a piece of Concord Crush and stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs in VersaMark and embossed it with clear emboss powder. Then I stamped the other two images onto Whisper White with Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz and cut them out. I adhered the leaves to the flower and added a punched flower from Concord Crush using the Boho Blossoms punch and an antique brad. This is popped up onto the panel which is popped up onto the card. Then I added the greeting that was stamped in Concord Crush onto a strip of Whisper White with the end flagged. I tucked this behind the flower because I felt like that balanced the card better. So this is my take on the sketch and I do hope it inspires you to stretch yourself as well!


Continue on with the blog hop by clicking 'here' to see what Jennifer created with this sketch. I do hope that you will play along with us this week and make a project using this sketch. You can upload it to the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog. We always love to see what you do with our sketches! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Baroque Motifs; Paper- Concord Crush, Whisper White; Ink- VersaMark, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait; Accessories- antique brad, Boho Blossoms punch, clear emboss powder, dimensionals

Thursday, May 17, 2012

CCMC 202

Good morning, Friends! It's Thursday once again! These weeks sure seem to be flying by! But I do hope you're ready for another FUN challenge at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we are being challenged with color. And what fabulous colors they are! Take a look!!


Poppy Parade, Pool Party and Basic Black. Don't you just love these colors together?! Here is what I came up with. Take a look!


My card base is Pool Party. I took a piece of Pool Party designer paper and adhered a strip of Basic Black that was punched with the dotted ribbon scallop punch. I just love those little scallops peeking out! This panel is adhered to the card. Then I took a piece of Whisper White and made it into a tag. I stamped the tree and sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers in Basic Black. I added a Pool Party brad and a bit of Basic Black satin ribbon. This is popped up onto the card. The last thing I did was to add a flower that was punched from Poppy Parade with the itty bitty shapes punch pack and a pearl. 


Be sure to visit the Create with Connie and Mary website to get more inspiration from the other fabulous designers! Then create your own project and upload it so that we can all take a look! I always love to see what you do with these challenges! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Thoughts & Prayers; Paper- Pool Party, Basic Black, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, In Color designer paper pack; Ink- Basic Black; Accessories- Basic Black satin ribbon, itty bitty shapes punch pack, In Color brads, dotted ribbon scallop punch, pearl, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Retro 10 - The Leaves are Leaving

Good morning, Friends! Another week that seems to be flying by! I got so much done in my craft room yesterday! I took 10 loads out to the dumpster!! I couldn't believe some of the things that I was storing! Some of that stuff has been there for at least a decade! Yikes!! It was so nice to get rid of that stuff and be able to store stuff that needed a home. I still have quite a ways to go but it is definitely coming along! Now I need to spend some time getting some cards stamped and the laundry needs to be attended to as well. Oh, and I do need to go to the grocery store...


Today's card was inspired by a sketch at Retro Sketches. This one was last week's but I really liked the layout. Again, I am trying to use up the retiring products. The only things on my card not retiring are the silver brads, the embossing folder, the Early Espresso ink, and the Very Vanilla card stock. I cut a narrow long piece of Very Vanilla and stamped the greeting from Thank You Kindly in Early Espresso toward the bottom. This panel is adhered to a piece of Peach Parfait that was run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder. I wrapped a piece of Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon around this and added three silver brads. This panel is popped up onto a card base of Very Vanilla. On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla I stamped the leaf image from Autumn Splendor in Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait and cut them out. The Peach Parfait leaf is glued flat and the Pear Pizzazz leaf is popped up. I will really miss these leaves! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Autumn Splendor, Thank You Kindly; Paper- Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait; Ink- Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso; Accessories- Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, silver brads, Square Lattice embossing folder, dimensionals

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Retiring Trendy Trees

Good morning, Friends! I hope your week is off to a great start! I can tell it's getting to the end of the school year as I am slacking off on a few things around here. I am in the "lazy days of summer" mode already. Not good! Especially since I need Nick to finish strong!! I need to get back to my exercising and organizing! I am in the "throw things away" mode which is good. Maybe I will start there...


Today's card was inspired by a sketch I got somewhere. Usually I am pretty good about remembering and then finding them again but I cannot find this one anywhere! I do know it was an older sketch but that's all I can remember. Anyway, I thought I would use up some retiring products and that's what I will be trying to do these last few weeks of May. I started with a card base of Pear Pizzazz and added a piece of designer paper from the Pocketful of Posies pack and then a strip of Early Espresso that has an end flagged. I punched a circle of Whisper White with the 2 1/2" circle punch and stamped the greeting from Trendy Trees in Early Espresso. This is popped up onto the card. I stamped the tree in Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz onto a piece of Whisper White and cut it out and popped it up onto the card. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Trendy Trees; Paper- Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Pocketful of Posies designer paper; Ink- Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso; Accessories- 2 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals

Monday, May 14, 2012

CFC 52 - For the Birds

Good morning everyone! Wow! Hard to believe that we are starting another week! Only two more weeks of school around here! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! I did! We ended up going out for a very nice lunch and then did some furniture shopping. We needed some good lamps for our living room and found two that work beautifully! My husband was great about helping me get a little of the kitchen and living room cleaned up, too! And the weather was perfect! Now here we are back to it!


Today's card was inspired by the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays. This week they wanted to see clean and simple projects with birds. Now I am really not a bird person so I don't have many images with birds but I did have this set, Everything Eleanor that had this bird image and I did manage to come up with something that I really like! My card base is Whisper White to which I adhered a strip of Island Indigo that has the ends flagged. Then I stamped the label from Everything Eleanor in Pool Party onto Whisper White and cut it out. I stamped the greeting from Trendy Trees in Island Indigo on the label and the label is popped up onto the card. Then I stamped the bird from Everything Eleanor in Island Indigo onto Whisper White and cut that out. This is popped up onto the label. The last thing was to punch a flower from Daffodil Delight with the itty bitty shapes punch pack and add a pearl. Pretty clean and simple! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Everything Eleanor, Trendy Trees; Paper- Whisper White, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight; Ink- Island Indigo, Pool Party; Accessories- itty bitty punch pack, pearl, dimensionals

Sunday, May 13, 2012

CSC 90 - Happy Mother's Day!

Good Sunday morning everyone and Happy Mother's Day!! What a beautiful day it should be! I woke up to a beautiful vase of flowers and a nice cup of coffee from the coffee shop - yum!! We are also planning on an early lunch. Then it will be time to get some things done around the house. Ahhhh!! We went to see the Avenger's yesterday in 3-d. Pretty good movie! The hulk really cracked me up!!


Today's card was inspired by the challenge at CASE Study. I decided to use my new Everything Eleanor set. I LOVE the swirl in this set! So I stamped that twice in Wisteria Wonder onto Very Vanilla. I added a piece of Wisteria Wonder designer paper and popped this panel up onto a card base of Very Vanilla. I stamped the flower in Elegant Eggplant onto Wisteria Wonder and cut it out. I colored in the little insides (I forget what these are called) with the Elegant Eggplant. The flower is popped up onto the card with a pearl in the center. Then I stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Elegant Eggplant onto a Very Vanilla strip and flagged the end. This is tucked behind the flower. Super simple and yet elegant for those special mothers in our lives! I love you mom!! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Everything Eleanor, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper- Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder, In Color designer paper; Ink- Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder; Accessories- pearl dimensionals

Saturday, May 12, 2012

FTL 190

Good morning everyone! I hope you're ready for a super weekend! We are having pinch ourselves because we actually have a totally FREE weekend! No sports (well, except maybe a practice on Sunday afternoon), and no where we have to be!!! I think we are going to spend a lot of time trying to get some things accomplished around the house! We even got to sleep in a little! That is why I am later in posting. That and I had to take the photos of the cards I made yesterday and edit them. The card I wanted to show today was not very photogenic. Ugh! So I am going to try again later and see if I can get a better picture of it. 


Today's card was inspired by the sketch at Clean&Simple. I just love the look of a good clean and simple card! And I have been using lots of white lately! In fact I need to order more - lol! Again, I thought I had better use up some of the paper that will be retiring at the end of this month. I pulled out the Flirtatious designer paper pack for this one. I took a strip of it and flagged one end. This is adhered to a piece of Whisper White card stock that was run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and then the panel is popped up onto a card base of Whisper White. Then I punched a 2 1/2" circle from Whisper White and stamped the image from Lean on Me in black StazOn. I carefully water colored her with Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight and Blush Blossom inks and a blender pen. This is adhered to a scallop circle that was cut from Pink Pirouette card stock using the Perfect Pennants die. I popped this up onto the card. Very simple! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Lean on Me; Paper- Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Flirtatious designer paper; Ink- black StazOn, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Blush Blossom; Accessories- Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Perfect Pennants die, 2 1/2" circle punch, blender pen, dimensionals

Friday, May 11, 2012

SFF 051112

Good Friday morning everyone! Are you ready for a great weekend? I do hope you will be able to play along with us at Sketch Frenzy Friday. This week's sketch is provided by Maria Vanderform. Take a look!


And my card...


I did leave out one circle and the three elements in the corner. I just ran out of room. But my inspiration still came from her sketch. I started with a piece of Pear Pizzazz. To this I adhered a piece of designer paper from Pocketful of Posies and then glued this to a piece of Rich Razzleberry. Around this panel I tied a piece of Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon and then popped up this panel onto a Pear Pizzazz card base. Then I stamped the circle image from Just Believe in Pear Pizzazz onto Whisper White card stock, punched these out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and popped them up on the card. I stamped the greeting in Rich Razzleberry and used the Modern Label punch to punch it out and adhered this to the card. Then I punched three flowers from Rich Razzleberry using the itty bitty shapes punch pack and added a rhinestone to each. 


Click 'here' to continue on to Jennifer's blog to see what she did with this sketch. I look forward to seeing what you all do with this fun sketch! Be sure to upload your creation to the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog so that we can all take a look! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Just Believe; Paper- Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Pocketful of Posies designer paper; Ink- Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories- Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, Modern Label punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, itty bitty shapes punch pack, rhinestones, dimensionals 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

CCMC 201

Good morning everyone! It's time for another fun challenge at Create with Connie and Mary! Did you have fun with last week's "Celebration" challenge? I saw a lot of fantastic cards! Thanks so much for celebrating with us! This week we are back to our regularly scheduled challenges and we have a sketch to work with. Take a look!


I think this sketch is so interesting! You could do so many fun things with it! And I was inspired by the Rich Razzleberry color and wanted to use it in my card. Here is what I came up with.


Instead of having my flower stem hang off the main panel, I chose to stamp it on the Pear Pizzazz. So that's how I started my card. I stamped the stem from Fabulous Florets in Pear Pizzazz onto Pear Pizzazz and then ran that through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder. This is glued to the Whisper White card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the stem again in Pear Pizzazz and the greeting from Friendly Phrases in Rich Razzleberry. Before putting the three silver brads in, I adhered this to a strip of Rich Razzleberry and flagged the ends. Then the panel is popped up onto the card making sure to line up the stem. I stamped the flower in Rich Razzleberry onto a scrap piece of Whisper White and cut it out. This is popped up onto the card.


Be sure to visit the Create with Connie and Mary site to see what the other fabulous designers did with this sketch! Everyone always has such different takes on these challenges! And that's why we love to see what you do! Be sure to upload your creation so we can take a look! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Fabulous Florets, Friendly Phrases; Paper- Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Ink- Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry; Accessories- Square Lattice embossing folder, silver brads, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

SSSC 156

Good morning, Friends! I hope your week is going by just super! Nick had a baseball game last night and while they lost, I thought they played pretty good! They were hitting and getting around the bases and their defense was on target, too. But then we just kind of stalled. While our defense was still strong, the bats just weren't connecting and the other team hit quite a few out of the park home runs. Kind of reminded me of the way the Rockies have been playing lately - lol! It was fun and I am excited to watch a little baseball!


Today's card was inspired by a sketch from Karen Giron. This is one of her older sketches. I did leave off a few elements but this is what worked for me. I flagged three strips of designer paper from the Pocketful of Posies pack and adhered them to a piece of Soft Suede designer paper that is adhered to a piece of Soft Suede card stock. This panel is popped up onto a card base of Crumb Cake. For my tag, I cut a piece of Naturals White card stock and put the top end into the 2 1/2" circle punch to round the top. I stamped the image from Lean on Me in black StazOn and used my blender pens and ink pads to watercolor the image. Then I added some Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon to the back and a button with some white baker's twine to the front. I popped this up onto the card. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Lean on Me; Paper- Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Naturals White, Neutrals designer paper pack, Pocketful of Posies designer paper; Ink- black StazOn, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Blush Blossom; Accessories- Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Neutrals buttons, white baker's twine, 2 1/2" circle punch, blender pen, dimensionals

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

CPS 263

Good morning, Friends! I hope your week is off to a great start! Nick is counting the days till school gets out! And it won't be long now!! Tonight he gets to play in his first baseball game. He has had to miss so much because of soccer. But now that the soccer season is over (except for one more tournament), he can focus more on baseball. I am so thankful for his coaches and their patience. I know that can't be easy. 


Today's card was inspired by an older sketch at CPS. It is very simple and not much stamping. This sketch is a super great way to show off some designer paper and since I have a lot of it (and most of it is retiring), this is perfect! I took a piece of Whisper White and cut three panels of designer paper from the Flirtatious pack. The two outside panels got the corners rounded and then all three were adhered to the Whisper White panel. I wrapped a piece of the Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon around it and then popped it up onto a card base of Elegant Eggplant. Then I took a piece of Whisper White and ran it through the Big Shot with the Lots of Tags sizzlets. I stamped the greeting from Friendly Phrases in Elegant Eggplant and popped this up over the ribbon. I punched a flower from Elegant Eggplant with the itty bitty shapes punch pack and added a rhinestone. Super simple!!! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Friendly Phrases; Paper- Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Flirtatious designer paper; Ink- Elegant Eggplant; Accessories- Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon, corner rounder, itty bitty shapes punch pack, Lots of Tags sizzlets, rhinestone, dimensionals

Monday, May 7, 2012

Butterfly for You

Good morning everyone! Time to start another week! Time sure does seem to fly by these days! Hopefully things will start to slow down around here as we won't have to do any traveling for games for a while. It's fun to get out of town but it is nice to be home, too. And I do have a lot of chores that need to get done. I hope to find the motivation to get them done these next few weeks. 


Today's card was inspired by one that I have saved on my Pinterest board. So clean and so simple!! I did add the striped embossing to mine. My card base is Whisper White that I ran through the Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder. Then I punched a 2 1/2" circle from Whisper White and stamped greeting from A Word for You in Night of Navy. I punched another 2 1/2" circle from the Pocketful of Posies designer paper and cut it to fit just under the words. Then I took a piece of Baja Breeze card stock and ran it through the Big Shot using the Beautiful Wings embosslit. I added a mini brad and adhered it to the circle. The circle is popped up onto the card. Super simple! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- A Word for You; Paper-Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Pocketful of Posies designer paper; Ink- Night of Navy; Accessories- Stripes embossing folder, Beautiful Wings embosslit, mini brad, 2 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals

Sunday, May 6, 2012

CFC 51 Happy Birthday!

Good morning, Friends! I hope your weekend has been fantastic! Ours was another busy one with another quick trip to south Denver. Most people went right home after the game but Pat and Nick had tickets to the Rockies game and met some friends of ours there. So I dropped them off and came to the hotel and watched it on t.v. They were off to a super start and then things pretty much fell apart for them. And then the rain started and that's when the boys all came back. Too bad for the Rockies. But it sounds like everyone had a great time! A home run ball got close to where they were sitting!!


Today's card was inspired by the theme at CAS-ual Fridays. The challenge was to create a clean and simple birthday card. I took a piece of the Just Add Cake designer paper and adhered it to a piece of Early Espresso and then to a piece of Whisper White. This is all popped up onto a card base of Whisper White. Then I took a strip of Whisper White and flagged both ends before stamping the greeting from Create a Cupcake in Early Espresso. This is adhered to the card. I punched a 1 3/4" circle from Whisper White and popped this up on the card. On a scrap of Whisper White I stamped the cupcake bottom in Wild Wasabi and the top in Blushing Bride. These were punched out with the cupcake builder punch and popped up on the circle. Then I punched a flower from Poppy Parade with the itty bitty shapes punch pack and added a rhinestone. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Create a Cupcake; Paper- Whisper White, Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Just Add Cake designer paper; Ink- Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso; Accessories- 1 3/4" circle punch, cupcake builder punch, itty bitty shapes punch pack, rhinestone, dimensionals

Saturday, May 5, 2012

iSpy 14

Good morning, Friends! Ready for a great weekend? We are getting ready to leave for the eastern slope once again. This time Nick plays just one game. But afterwards, Nick and Pat get to go to a Rockies game! Woohoo for them and boohoo for me! Just a guys night out. I will drop them off and then head to our hotel. So I get a quiet evening in the hotel and will hopefully get to watch it on t.v.! This is the last league game for the soccer season. I sure do hope they play their best!


Today's card was inspired by the sketch at iSpy. An easy sketch for a quick and simple card. I started with a card base of Whisper White and adhered three strips of Bashful Blue card stock that were run through the Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder. I stamped the twirly words from Flight of the Butterfly in Pacific Point onto Whisper White. This is adhered to a piece of Pacific Point and then popped up onto the card. I stamped the solid part of the butterfly in Bashful Blue onto a scrap of Whisper White and then the flower part was stamped on top in Pacific point. I cut the butterfly out and used my white gel pen to color the flower centers before popping it up onto the card. The last bit was to add a flower that was punched from Pacific Point with the itty bitty shapes punch pack and a rhinestone. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Flight of the Butterfly; Paper- Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point; Ink- Bashful Blue, Pacific Point; Accessories- Stripes embossing folder, white gel pen, itty bitty punch pack, rhinestone, dimensionals

Friday, May 4, 2012

SFF 050412

Good morning, Friends! Time for another great sketch challenge at Sketch Frenzy Friday! This week's sketch was created by Kim Innis! And what a fun sketch it is!


These banners sure seem to be all the rage right now! And I do love using them, too!! They add a really fun element to card making! So this is how I interpreted it.


I took a piece of Whisper White and added three strips of designer paper from the Pocketful of Posies pack. I took a piece of Whisper White and ran it through the Big Shot with the Lots of Tags sizzlets. This is popped up onto the card. Then I stamped the leaves/stems from Flower Fest onto Lucky Limeade in Lucky Limeade ink and the flower onto Rich Razzleberry in Rich Razzleberry twice. I cut out the leaves/stems, one whole flower and then just the middle of the second. I put a flower brad in the flower center and popped this up onto the flower. I arranged the leaves/stems and the flower onto the tag and glued them down. I wrapped a piece of Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon around this and stamped the greeting from A Word For You in Rich Razzleberry. This panel is popped up onto a card base of Whisper White. 


Click 'here' to see what Jennifer did with this sketch. Be sure to visit each designer's blog to get inspired. Then I hope that you will be able to find some time to play along with us this week! We always love to see how you interpret our sketches! I hope to see your creation on the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Flower Fest, A Word for You; Paper- Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Pocketful of Posies; Ink- Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade; Accessories- Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, flower brads, dimensionals

Thursday, May 3, 2012

CCMC 200 - It's a Celebration!!!


Good morning, Friends! I am so excited to be sharing this week's Create with Connie and Mary challenge! They are turning 100!!! Well, Connie and Mary aren't turning 100 but their challenge site is!!! And to celebrate, they are giving away blog candy!!! So this week's challenge is a theme challenge and can you guess what that theme is? Well, the challenge is to create a project with a 'Celebration' theme. We would also like for you to use your favorite designer paper and pennants or banners. Sound like fun? I had fun with this challenge and I know you will, too!


For my card, I started with a card base of Crumb Cake. Then I took a piece of Early Espresso and ran it through the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim die. I added these scallops to the back of a Very Vanilla panel. Then I took my favorite designer papers from the Mocha Morning pack and cut three of them into a banner shape. The ends of these are folded over a piece of Early Espresso baker's twine. The ends of the twine are wrapped around a brad. I did add a dimensional to the backs of the banners, too. Then I adhered this panel to the card base. I stamped the greeting from Perfectly Penned in Early Espresso at the bottom of the card base. A very fun and simple card using some of my favorite products! 


Make sure to visit the Create with Connie and Mary site to see how the other designers are celebrating! Don't forget to enter a project for this week's challenge to be eligible for blog candy!! We always love to see what you do! Remember to use only Stampin' Up! products!! Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with us!!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Perfectly Penned; Paper- Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Mocha Morning designer paper; Ink- Early Espresso; Accessories- metallic brads, Tasteful Trim die, Early Espresso baker's twine, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mocha Butterfly

Good morning, Friends! Another week is flying by! Today is the last day of school for this week. They have conferences tomorrow and then no school on Friday as well! Yipppeee!!! We finally get to sleep in a little! Well, except for my poor husband who really could use a little extra sleep. And, according to Nick, there is less than 15 days of school left in the year! Wow! Where did all of that time go? 


Today's card was inspired by one I saw on the Hero Arts website. I like to look at their website and see their art work. They make some really great cards and I think it's fun to re-create them using Stampin' Up! supplies! I really love this Mocha Morning designer paper and am so sad it will be leaving us at the end of this month. So I decided to get it used up! Actually, I have a lot of designer paper that needs to get used up! Anyway, I started with a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and added strips of the Mocha Morning designer paper to it. Then I punched a window using my 1 3/4" circle punch and rounded the corner using my 1 1/4" circle punch (love how that gives a bigger rounded corner). I laid this panel on my card base of Very Vanilla to give me an idea of where to stamp the greeting from Friendly Phrases which I stamped in Soft Suede. Then I popped the panel up onto the card. Then I took a piece of Crumb Cake to the Big Shot and used my Beautiful Butterflies die to cut the butterfly. I stamped the image from My Friend in Crumb Cake and sponged the edges with Soft Suede. Then I added a button from the neutrals buttons with some Very Vanilla narrow taffeta ribbon. This is popped up onto the card. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Friendly Phrases, My Friend; Paper- Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Mocha Morning designer paper; Ink- Crumb Cake, Soft Suede; Accessories- Very Vanilla narrow taffeta ribbon, Neutrals buttons, Beautiful Butterflies die, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, sponge, dimensionals

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Freshly Made 32

Good morning, Friends! Boy, was it hard to get up this morning!! None of us really wanted to! Only one more morning this week and we can sleep in! Nothing much exciting happening today, so I will continue to get the laundry done and get caught up on some stamping. I may try to organize my stamp room a little, too.


Today's card was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made. Another fun simple sketch! I am trying to use up my soon to be retired designer papers. I love the Mocha Morning papers and will miss them! I adhered a piece of the Mocha Morning designer papers onto Basic Black and then wrapped a piece of Basic Black taffeta ribbon around it then adhered it to a card base of Very Vanilla. Then I punched a piece of Very Vanilla with the 2 1/2" circle punch and stamped the image from Thoughts & Prayers in Crumb Cake. I stamped the greeting in black StazOn and sponged the edges with Crumb Cake. This is adhered to a scallop circle of Basic Black that was cut with the Perfect Pennants die. I popped this up onto the card. Then I punched a flower with the itty bitty shapes punch pack from Baja Breeze card stock and added a pearl. I also added three pearls just outside the scallop circle. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Thoughts & Prayers; Paper- Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Mocha Morning designer paper; Ink- Crumb Cake, black StazOn; Accessories- Basic Black taffeta ribbon, Perfect Pennants die, 2 1/2" circle punch, itty bitty shapes punch pack, pearls, sponge, dimensionals