Monday, August 31, 2015

Christmas Blessings

The stash of Christmas cards is woefully low and I know the next few months are going to zoom on by just like the last few have.  So yesterday when I hit the craft room instead of working on a few sympathy cards that I need to get done, I decided to work on Christmas cards.  The CASology challenge was perfect to get my mojo going.  I used the strip of plaid paper from an older pack of My Mind's Eye paper (it's actually one of the few packs of paper where it has almost all been used). Kara inspired me to get out my felt with her gorgeous cards here, so I was off to the races and made 20 of these.  Yeah me!  Making a dent in that Christmas card stash!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

PaperSmooches Sparks: Your Future....

My niece just started her freshman year at Ohio University, so when I got this new stamp set from PaperSmooches:  Spreading Sunshine, I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for...a card for Laura.  I used my ZIG markers to first make the water color background.  I'm not a very patient crafter so my heat gun came out to dry it quickly. The sentiment was then stamped.  Trimmed the paper a bit to center the sentiment before mounting in on a piece of black card stock.  Felt like the card needed something extra so I added a little bit of thread. Thought about sequins or gems...but just couldn't get them to place where they looked right. Does that ever happen to you?! now it's up to you...pop on over to the PaperSmooches blog to play along with our Anything Goes challenge...and check out all the awesome cards by our design team below. There are tons of us playing along this week.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I think I have officially turned the corner and am ready for fall colored cards versus summer flowers (although don't be surprised if switch back to flowers soon!).  The inspiration photo below was simply gorgeous. When I went to get started on this card, I looked for a loopy leaf and flower die for about 15 minutes.  No clue where they are, so I went with some leaf dies that were already in sight!  Used some gold double backed paper to cut out the die cuts, a strip of left over distress inked paper, a sentiment and a few gems and we were off to the races!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

You are appreciated.

Happy Tuesday my has been a while since I've played along with a PaperTrey Ink Blog Hop. When I got home last night I had a bit of time to get inky and quickly made this one layer card to be sent to a co-worker. The week is off to a busy I'm keeping it short and sweet.  We are enjoying beautiful cool days. Very unusual for August and we're cherishing it!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Time Out: Cast All Your Cares on Him

Happy Friday Eve my friends. It's time for another challenge over at Time Out.  We have a fabulous inspiration photo for you to try!  I love the navy stripes and the pop of red so I went pretty literal in my interpretation!  Added some navy stripes and circles with a pop of red. Like the idea of casting out our cares just life we would a life preserver.  I hope you are inspired to play along too.

Marika is out guest designer for this challenge...Be sure to check out her blog to be inspired!

Be sure to pop on over to the Time Out blog to be inspired by the amazing TO team...and of course to play along!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Masculine Thank You

 When I first saw the color combination over at Just Us Girls, I thought I'd play along making a Christmas card, but that all changed when it came time to put the ink to paper.  I decided to make a masculine thank you note for a co-worker who will be celebrating his 5 year anniversary with us in a few weeks. It all came together very quickly with a few PaperSmooches stamps.  Love when cards are almost all inks and stamps!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Have an Amazing Birthday

Oh la la...have to say this card is oh so CAS and it makes me oh so happy.  I am in love with all the white space on this card, fabulous font on the sentiment, the pops of color and touch of bling with the sequins.  I don't often ooh and aah on my own cards for a while but I love this one.   It was inspired by this awesome CAS(E) this Sketch below.

This card has already been given to a fabulous co-worker to celebrate her special day!