Monday, May 4, 2015

We did it! {A Half Marathon in the Books!}

 Happy Monday friends, popping in with a card for no particular challenge and pictures from yesterday at Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon. We had gorgeous weather for race day. Warmer than we've had all year.  My niece, Elizabeth, wanted us all to run so despite not training together we've all been keeping up to date on how we've been doing. We were all super pumped up.  Neal and I stuck together for the first 7 miles and then I told him to go ahead when we were going up a huge hill.  Couldn't quite keep the legs going!  We were cheered along by our parents, Pat and a special treat to have my Uncle Danny and Auntie Pat visiting from England (Sandie's amazing mum and dad).  Neal finished up first at 2.07.59 and I came him behind him at 2.14.02. 4.40 better than my previous best. Elizabeth didn't have as much time to train and Cindy stuck with her.  Elizabeth gave us a scare at the end (her temp went up really high...see her in the ice tank below), but most importantly she is okay...and still finished with an amazing time at 2.30.  Love all the smiles!  Happy Monday...another one in the books...not sure I'll do it again! Third time might have been the final!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

PaperSmooches: Thanks

Man oh man was I happy to get inky to make this card.  I was inspired by the colors on this custom invitation.  I kept the pops of color small against the grays and blacks but I think that they pack a punch.  I have zero thank you cards in my stash right now so there will be lots of thank you cards popping up!

I used the following PaperSmooches goodies:
Please pop on over to the PaperSmooches Sparks blog and play along with us!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy to be Creating! has been 10 days since I've made a card. The last couple of blog posts have been pre-scheduled for quite some time.  Loved that I had time to pop in to my craft room and make a few cards last night.  Creating makes me so very happy and relaxed!

This card features die cuts from Frantic Stampers.  I think there is a certain elegance to white on white cards.  The detail on the Quatrefoil Card Panel is absolutely perfect for the white on white trend.  Since this is a pretty intricate die, I used a double sided adhesive on the card stock before I die cut it.  It made adhering it to the card base super easy.

When I popped out the negative pieces of the die cuts, they were perfect to add a few little flowers.  I used distress inks to ink up the flowers and the leaves.  The leaves were made by cutting the small negative pieces in half.  The flowers were finished up with a few enamel elements.

The final touch was to stamp the sentiment on the wavy banners.  This will quickly go to a co-worker her for doing a fantastic job.  Happy Friday my friends...we have an awesome weekend planned:  a family dinner tonight, baseball Saturday and my half marathon run on Sunday!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time Out: Sparkle On Your Day

Welcome back to another challenge at Time Out!  This week our theme is a Home Sweet Home Challenge where we're inspired by this fabulous photo from Wall Murals Gallery. You could pick up so many elements:  hardwood floors, stripes, florals and lots of other little elements.  I was inspired by the rich pinks and purples.  This card was given to my niece a few weeks ago on her 18th birthday.  Time is flying as she'll be graduating from high school this spring.

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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fusion: Happy Birthday

Hello!  It's time for a Fusion Challenge.  Last challenge I went 100% in on the sketch and this time I'm 100% on the inspiration photo.  I loved all the stripes so I added a grungy type stripe to my card with the vibrant yellows and then followed the floral lead with a touch of soft blue. This card went to my niece a few weeks ago for her 18th birthday!  Man is time flying!  I'll have an 18 year old in just a couple of short weeks!

We love seeing your cards in the gallery!  Be sure to come play along!

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.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

With Deepest Sympathy {and Jonathon's Confirmation}

Popping in really quickly this morning to share a card for the current CAS(E) this Sketch. Unfortunately, I have two more sympathy cards to send this week.  Several of my friends have lost family members over the last couple of weeks. Long battles with cancer where it is so hard to lose their family member yet their is gratitude for their family member being out of pain.

On a much happier note, Jonathon was confirmed last Wednesday night.  Uncle Tim was his sponsor and Nana/PopPop, Nana and Uncle Neal/Aunt Cindy were there to support him.  He is absolutely blooming before our eyes.  I love watching him grow up and see where his passions take him. He surprised us by being one of the few students who popped up to answer the bishop's questions during mass.  He's just started track this year and received the news this week that he moved up from the B team to the A team. The most important part is he's so happy!  Very proud of him!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

PaperSmooches Sparks: The Big 16th!

It's time for a PaperSmooches Sparks Anything Goes Challenge!

We celebrated our nephew, Connor's 16th birthday, over Easter weekend, so I had to have a card for his special occasion.  Originally, I set out to make him a grunge or sports type card but then quickly spotted this fun little car from the My Guy set...and the rest was history!

Love how this fun little card came together. I used the following PaperSmooches goodies: