Friday, August 1, 2014

Festive Friday: Merry Christmas

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How sweet is this antique car?  Wish I had a stamp for this that I could paper piece.  So plan B, I went with the fabulous wreath on the front.  I used my Avery Elle stamps to make the wreath.  Oh how I love stamping.  This was a quick, easy card to make with stamping and a touch of embossing.

Be sure to pop on over to Festive Friday to play along with us!   And...we are so thrilled to have Julia Ashton as our guest designer this month.  I always love seeing her cards in the gallery at Festive Friday.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fusion: Thanks a Bunch

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

It's time for another challenge at Fusion!  I love hydrangeas, but don't have any hydrangeas stamps so I decided to play along with the colors and the sketch for this week's inspiration.  Only one stamp and lots of dies cuts from Reverse Confetti.  

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!

Time Out: Congratulations

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

Hello there! It's time for another challenge at Time Out.  The theme for our current challenge is celebration with an optional twist to use butterflies.  I am really loving the Uniko butterfly stamps I have so I had a great time embossing in white and doing a bit of coloring.  Coloring is not my go to technique, but it was definitely enjoyable to spend some time doing so.

Sarah is our guest designer this month.  She is a fabulous creator. Be sure to pop on over to her blog to be inspired.

We also have a fabulous sponsor from our design team, Shery.  Thanks to Shery, Stamplorations is sponsoring us this week.  Below is a little bit more information about Stamplorations.

About STAMPlorations:

David and I (Shery) are a husband-and-wife team and we own and manage
STAMPlorations™ from our home office in Central California. All of our
stamps are proudly made in the USA. Our clear stamps are made from the
finest, non-yellowing photopolymer resin. I'm an avid paper crafter
and I love graphic design, so in June 2013, my husband and I launched
our stamp company featuring my designs and illustrations. Through our
stamp line, we hope to encourage crafters of all ages and experience
levels to "Stamp with all your ART!". Our regular stamp release is
every other month, but in June 2014, we began releasing one large (5"
by 7") stamp set in between our official release months. Please stop
by our shop at to see our current

And Shery is offering the following prizes:


* 1 stamp set for the entry that has the twist (butterflies)
* 1 stamp set for the entry that has a STAMPlorations stamp (with or
without the twist)

We love seeing how you are inspired by the challenge at Time Out.  Be sure to pop on over and check out the design team's creations and play along with us.  You will not be disappointed!

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!