Friday, October 24, 2014

Festive Friday: Wishing You a Merry Christmas

I adore red on kraft and white, so this week's Festive Friday inspiration was right up my ally! I cut up the sentiment just a bit (Maile Belle's inspired), added a tag, ribbon and a touch of enamel elements to finish off the card.  I love how breaking up the sentiment adds just a touch of visual interest to the card.  I hope you are inspired to come play along with us at Festive Friday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fusion: Hello Pumpkin

Oh la la...when I first looked at this inspiration photo, I wanted to create a card with the roses. They are my absolute favorite color of the roses, but when I sat down to create, I went a completely different direction.  Love the sweet little Reverse Confetti pumpkins and decided to use those as my focal point along with the sketch.  How about you?  How will Fusion inspire you for this challenge?
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.

Pop on over to the Fusion blog and check out the cards from the design team!

Time Out: Just Be You

Hello there! It's time for another challenge at Time Out.  For our current challenge, we are using word inspiration.

Inspired by Words:  Birds of a Feather Flock Together

I went very literal and created a feather card featuring all kinds of yummy Lil Inkers goodies (dies and stamps).  Love the crisp combination of gray and white together.

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, October 22, 2014

It's Your Time to Soar

Hi there...happy Wednesday. I hope the week is zooming along for you.  I had some fun with my distress inks making a card for a co-worker who is retiring after 17 years of service with our company. She is an absolute gem and will definitely be missed but deserves nothing more than to enjoy her retirement.  She's calling it her graduation so I thought it would be fun to use this sentiment.  At the crafty weekend I had back in September, I used several distress inks.  I decided to take the plunge and buy more of the blenders so that I had one for every color.  So..I should be using them more often. This card is based on the CAS(E) this Sketch.

I mentioned in my earlier posts that Pat's cousin got married this past weekend. We had an absolute blast.  Below are some pictures of us from the wedding.  Pat's mom is one of six so there were tons of  aunts/uncles and cousins to celebrate with us. The bride (Amy) was absolutely stunning. She asked us not to share actual wedding pictures on social media so I've not included those layouts.  You can tell by all the smiles that it was a wonderful celebration of the start of their married life together.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sending Thoughts & Prayers {and Ryan's Fall Concert}

Can you tell I was enjoying getting my Verve stamps out before I went out of town?  I had fun creating this card for the current Verve Inspiration Challenge.  This card went in the mail to a friend that needed some encouragement for scary health issues happening.  She certainly could use extra prayers.

And a happy dance from over choir season is starting to get into swing.  Ryan had his choreography week start this last week and Jonathon's is this week.  Here's a few pictures from Ryan's fall concert two weeks.  I love watching my kids perform!  I love his facial expressions...and that both Nanas came to see him too.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Love You Mum {and Ethan's Home Run Derby}

Happy Monday my friends. I'm happy to be home after a week away for a business trip and ending the week with a ton of fun at Pat's cousin's wedding.  Before I left, I made a card for my mum who stayed with our boys over the weekend.  I love that the Verve stamps have both mum and nana stamps which are perfect for her.  This sentiment says it all.  This card is being entered in the Viva La Verve Sketch.

I also wanted to share what we were up to several weeks ago.  For those of you have been been on my blog for a while, you know that a teenager in our community was struck by lightning in June 2013.  Last year, our family helped with a fundraiser to benefit Ethan for his long term care.  Last year, Ethan was in the hospital and unable to attend.  We had the second annual Ethan Kadish Home Run Derby.  It was a beautiful day and we were so thankful Ethan was able to attend.  Our home family along with so many fabulous members of our community were there to support Ethan.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PaperSmooches: Christmas Blessings

Hello there and welcome to this week's PaperSmooches Sparks challenge.  It's an Anything Goes week which I always love.  I went ultra CAS this week using new stamps from September's release:  Blessed Christmas along with the coordinating dies.  I did a touch of coloring which isn't normal from me. I find neutral colors easier to color than regular colors.  Love how the chevron paper grounds the design.  

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!