Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Purse-sonality - Digi Playground

Good Morning!  I am so excited to announce that I am on the Digi Playground Creative Team.  I feel so blessed that they have allowed me to be on this team.  And honestly, my first go-around I feel like I've done a face plant.  I had so many ideas and every one of they went bleh in my hands.

Do you ever feel that way, that you're just wanting to create and create and yet everything you touch goes way south from what you pictured in your head?  I have good news for you.  Sometimes you don't have to think about it!  The artists at Digi Playground have taken all the guess work out.  Like with this adorable purse card/envelope combo you can find here in March Kit of the Month by Samantha Walker.  The hardest part of this project was picking out the paper to use.  This could be done in so many ways.  I chose paper from The Delightful Stack by DCWV and pastel card stock from American Crafts.  I've had these little flower brads in my stash forever now.  I was able to put this together in no time and then when I was done... well ideas started flying.  That piece on the front the purse could be cut a second time, adhered on the inside to create a pocket for a gift card!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #295

Good Morning!  Well, officially the month of birthdays ended yesterday.  Hollyanne is 17 and I am just awed by this wonderful young woman she has become.  She's beautiful, she's talented, she's a fiercely loyal friend and despite her diva-like moments, she's very kind-hearted.  But thank goodness, no more birthdays until June.

Anyway, the latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and we have veteran sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps with us this week.  My card features Make it Snappy - Thanks a Bunch.

I have always admired cards created with a spotlight technique.  There's probably tons of ways to create a spotlight, but I really like this one.  I sized the image so that I can make it into a 4 x 5 1/4 mat and then printed it off a second time to create the spotlight.  I did use an oval cut smaller than I wanted but it was it was and I just had to deal with it.  I die cut the rick-rack trim from a die by MFT Stamps and then embossed with the basket weave embossing folder from Stampin' Up!  The sentiment is cut using my Silhouette Cameo.

Pretty easy card - cool punch of color.  Thank you for stopping by and please head over to TMS to play along!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Autism isn't something that personally strikes home, however, I'm here because my friend and TMS design team member Jessi Fogan has two Autistic children.  They sound like amazing boys!  And I want to show my support for her as an amazing mother, talented crafter and sweet friend.

I am trying so hard to put my words together to share how I feel when I hear of others having the audacity to be so cruel to those who are autistic.  They are people... just people who have to figure out their life just as everyone.

We have so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list here: Light it Up for Autism main blog post If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop! Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday April 6. Now here is the card I created for today's hop!

I created my card using two cut files I found on the Silhouette Online store.  The card base is one whole piece with the sentiment and then I cut a puzzle background out twice in two shades of blue and then glued to the inside of the card front.  Then I added a few punched out flowers and finished it off with some pearls.  It's a very simple card but I'm pleased with it.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have fun hopping!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches #294

Good Morning!  Happy Tuesday.  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  We have a great sketch for you this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches and we have an awesome sponsor!  For the first time ever, we have an svg cut files sponsor, SVG Attic!

My card features a fun little creature that I picked up on the Silhouette Online store that is actually by their sister company Snapdragon Snippets.  I couldn't not use this little guy - he is so darn cute!

I paired him with some fishy, watery paper and added some heart bubbles.  I love him so much!  Again, thank you so much for stopping by and we'll see you over at TMS.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches #293

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  I am really excited about this week's sponsor at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Sweet Pea Stamps is sponsoring and this is a new company to me.  WOW!  Some amazing artwork.  I have to admit, some of the images available are very intimidating to me - I'm thinking there is no way that I can make them pretty.  You must go check them out if you haven't already.

My card features Conie Fong's Tori the Dragon - Up.  This little dragon captured my heart, I mean look at those eyes!  I paired it up with another one of those old card kits.  I love this paper, I used to have some in a mat stack by DCWV.  So cute!  Perfect for a little boy's card.

I've got birthdays on my mind - Brendan turned 20 two weeks ago, Levi will be 16 on Friday and Hollyanne will be 17 about 2 weeks after that.  Although mine aren't little anymore, cards for little ones are definitely a favorite to make.  I pulled out old brads, dies I haven't used.  Yes!  I actually used my Cuttlebug and dies and not my Cameo.  Dies are from MFT (circles and banner) and Mama Elephant (bow).

Then to add some sparkle to the balloons, I pulled out the pretty Wink of Stella clear pen.  I thought about putting some glossy accents over that, but I decided to leave it since it matched the paper just like it was.

Thank you for stopping by and looking.  Please leave me a comment so I know you visited.  Have a great day and we'll see you over at TMS.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches #292

Good Morning!  Thank you for stopping by.  The new sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I think it's a fun one, if I say so myself.  Our very own Debbie is sponsoring and she's offering a super fun prize - a set of Spellbinders Dies: Labels Eight.

You know, many years ago I used to participate in a lot of swaps.  One of my favorite types was card kits.  I have probably 100 kits in my closet.  It was definitely time to pull one of those out.  I didn't like the images that came in kit - they were stamped a little crooked and I just couldn't make it work, so I took everything else in the kit, added a couple of my CC Designs stamps and this is what I came up with....  (the photo is bad - it's a dark green card base, not black)

I'm sorry that I am not showing more of that leafy ribbon.  I want some of that!!  I mean more of it.  So pretty!!  I can't tell you about the rest of the supplies since it wasn't included in the kit.  I embossed the background with a clouds embossing folder and then sponged in a little Tumbled Glass distress ink.  It was a quick coloring job, the card stock wasn't great for blending Copics.  Again, I'm not sure what was in the kit.  Overall, it's a cute card.

I hope to see you join us this week.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches #291

Good Morning TMS friends.  Thank you for stopping by.  I'm so happy that you came to visit. The new sketch is up for you to play with.  You can flip it, turn it, change out the shapes - we just need to be able to recognize the basic sketch.  You also aren't limited to the number of other challenges you combine with our sketch.

This week's sponsor is my sweet friend Deedee Anderson of Deedee's Digis.  Always the generous sponsor, too.

Here's my card, I am featuring Pocket Pal Teddy and a sentiment I cut using my Silhouette.  The little blue heart is actually what dots the I but it also worked perfectly as an embellishment and let the little pink heart on the pocket be the dot.

My card also features digi paper that is included with this adorable set that is a great value, too!  Only $2.50 (for US shoppers).  This is the pre-colored image, but you get line images, too for your own coloring enjoyment.  My card went together in just a few minutes and I am ready to say hi to a friend or co-worker.

I do hope to see you this week!