Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Enjoy Your Day {and Collin}

Aren't the flowers in the inspiration challenge for Cutting Edge fabulous?  I have the PaperSmooches dies used in Lisa's gorgeous card so I decided to use them on my card.  I added a PTI die/sentiment to finish off the card.  Love the pops of color against the black and gray background.  

Thought I'd share a couple of pictures of Collin from this weekend. They capture what he loves:  cooking and creating.  First up was our Sunday breakfast. All by himself he made Marcel, me and himself bacon and eggs.  If you could see the eggs closely, you'd see some with ketchup, others with salt and one with salt/pepper. He is exactly like Pat when he cooks. The order of what he takes out first, how he lines up the plates, etc.  So sweet.
And here he is working side by side with Pat.  We bought a new TV for our basement and the old one needed to be taken apart to fit out the steps. Collin was in heaven using the cordless drill to remove the screws.  He will definitely be the brother that gets called to help out with projects when the boys are older and have their own homes.

 Love how these pictures capture his personality...definitely Pat's son.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

PaperSmooches Sparks: Peace on Earth

Hello there and welcome to this week's PaperSmooches Sparks challenge.  You all know that I've been using my die cuts a ton more lately and I recently purchased the Poinsettia Dies from PaperSmooches.  There are also mistletoe dies which I'm sure will get a ton of use.  I die cut the poinsettias and leaves and then glossed over them all with Wink of Stella. Love the fabulous shimmer it created.  I finished off the card with a sentiment from the Christmas Sampler set.  I'd love to take credit for the layout of this card, but it all goes to Maureen; whose fabulous card from here I cased.  Love the gorgeous design she followed and of course all the white space. 

Highlight card; Don't forget your stamp set links!

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, August 29, 2014

Festive Friday: Merry Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching.  Hard to believe another school year is starting and in a little under four months another Christmas will be here.  Kind of feels like madness how fast time seems to fly as we get older.  I have another CAS card for this week's Festive Friday card.  Pam Allen is guest designing with us.  Please stop by her Flickr account to check out her gorgeous cards.  I first thought chalkboard, but didn't have thicker fonts with Christmas sentiments that I wanted to use for a chalkboard technique.  I ended up combining a Verve sentiment with WPlus9 stamps.  
I made two versions of the same card...just slightly different.  Have a favorite?!  Not sure which one I prefer.  Think I might like it in the bottom right hand corner with the leaves on the top and bottom opposite corners of the sentiment...but decided to let it go...

Thursday, August 28, 2014


It's time for another challenge at Fusion. Check out the fabulous inspiration photo. There is so much to be inspired by: HOPE, flourishes, stars, woodgrain...a ton of jumping off points.  That said, for some reason when it came time for me to make my card this weekend, I was thinking back to school and wanted to use my Verve Teacher's Count set.  So, I went with the sketch this week and substituted the middle oval for a rectangle. That is why I love being on this design team...the inspiration photos and sketches give me so many ways to be inspired. Lots of designer paper on this card for me.  Not my normal lots of white space cards, but perfect for one of the boys teachers.  Hope to see how you are all inspired.

Time Out

Hello there! It's time for another challenge at Time Out.  For this week our challenge is to to be inspired by words.  Our word inspiration is:

if music be the food of love, play on

For my card, I knew the sentiment from the PaperTrey Ink set, Live Music would be perfect.  I added a touch of embossing to the background panel and finished it off with the die cut notes from CAS-ual Fridays. This card could easily go to a number of my immediate family members.

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.   We also have a fabulous Guest Designer:  Rosemary.  Be sure to pop on over to her blog too!  You will not be disappointed!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thanks So Much

 Happy Wednesday my friends.  I keep thinking we're a day ahead this week (and we're not)...so it feels like it is moving slowly.  I'm looking forward to a three day weekend!  Bobby is the fabulous Muse this week. Her fun, retro feeling card below is so cool. I love the movement the flourishes create on the card.  I've been itching to use my Uniko set and thought that the leaf images would emulate the movement that Bobby created on her card.  I was inspired by the oranges and yellows as well.   I love a clean, crisp card :)!

I'm also linking this up to CAS(e) this Sketch!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ardyth Inspired Anniversary Cards

Pat's boss messaged me on Facebook over the weekend and asked me if I'd make a card for his wife. It's their 25th wedding anniversary this weekend.  He's an architect so I thought he'd like something a bit more graphic for Ann versus flowery.  I made two cards...here's hoping he likes one of them. They both have a sentiment in the inside.  Normally the inside of my cards are blank, but I added sentiments inside since that's what he'd get if he went to the store :)

Also thinking graphically, I went to Ardyth's blog and pinterest board to be inspired. This card and this card were the two that inspired me most.   Have a favorite of the two cards?