Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CASology #267: BIG

Hello, friends!  It's time for our next cue card at CASology...this week we are going BIG!

I decided to use a big sentiment paired with a big mug of something that plays a big part of my life...in my case, coffee!  All of my stamping supplies are STAMPlorations, our generous sponsor this week.  While I was at it, I made two cards, one on white cardstock and one on cream cardstock.

Stamps: STAMPlorations (Choose Happy, Sketchy Coffee Cups)
Inks: Hero Arts (Latte chalk ink), Shabby Shutters distress ink
Other: patterned papers

I'm inking up this card duo at the current Fall 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop as I tried to use fall colors in my inks and papers.

In addition, I'm entering them into the STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge as well as the Summer CAS Card Challenge which runs through October 5th.


I can't wait to see how you interpret the BIG cue card this week!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team and Guest Designer interpreted the cue this week...be sure to visit their blogs, too!

Guest Designer: Sunday Stamper

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Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, September 17, 2017

It's Time to Celebrate!

Hello, friends!  I'm sneaking in a little blogging time (before another crazy busy work/school week begins) to share a card I made for two current challenges:

(1) Seize the Birthday: Balloons!  (Yes, I did the optional topping of "balloons.")

(2) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean and Simple

I used a free digital image from Heather Ellis paired with a computer-generated sentiment and colored it with Copic markers.  This was a quick and easy card to make, and I kept it clean and simple by maintaining open space and no embellishments.

That's it for me tonight, off to pack lunches for tomorrow.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

** Click HERE for my post featuring the New Release "Happy Mail" set for the Blog Hop at Precious Remembrance Shop!

Hello, friends!  I'm so excited to be here today with a card I made for the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  The hop runs for the whole week (ending on Friday, September 22nd), so there is plenty of time to play along!

I have so many coffee stamps, at this point it is hard to decide on which one to use for each hop.  I may just have to make more than one card!

For today's card, I stamped my favorite coffee cup from Precious Remembrance Shop's "Coffee Love" set onto a piece of patterned paper, then fussy cut and added onto a pre-designed fall card base.  I dry-embossed the center strip of the cup using a border embossing folder, and popped up the heart on foam tape.  The sentiment is from the same PRS set.

I hope you enjoy the blog hop...I enjoy them each season and hope to make some more cards if I can find the time!

Thanks for stopping by,

New Release at Precious Remembrance Shop!

Hello, friends!  I am so excited to be here today to share with you the new release stamp set from Precious Remembrance Shop!  My first project features the new set called "Happy Mail."

You should have arrived here from our wonderful guest designer, Amy Tsuruta's blog.  If you are interested in starting the hop from the beginning, here is the line up:

Today we are focusing on the versatility of the "Happy Mail" set, especially when planning for the upcoming holidays.  I made Christmas-themed projects featuring the new set along with some other PRS favorites.

I made two tags, but used one to mount on a card.  For both tags, I stamped the "this contains" box image from the  "Happy Mail" set and then masked it.  On my card tag, I stamped pine branches from the "Oh Christmas" set around the perimeter of the tag and added small hearts from the "Sweet Pea" set.

On my gift tag, I stamped the same box sentiment and masked it, then stamped stars from the "Oh Christmas" set all around it.  Those sweet hearts from the "Sweet Pea" set made an appearance again, too!

Here are my projects together:

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    OK, that's it for me today!  If you are hopping along, your next stop is my amazing design teammate, Deidre Payne.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    CASology #266: CAKE

    Hello, friends!  Tuesday has arrived, and that means it's time for a new cue at CASology.

    I Immediately thought of this cake image shared with me a few years ago by the generous and thoughtful Barbara Roe of love2color.  I have a few that I have been hoarding saving and this was the perfect time to use one!  I paired this lovely representation of my latest birthday cake with a punny sentiment from Ranger Dyan Reaveley's "Laugh 'til You Leak" Dylusions cling stamp set.   I framed the die cut square on black card stock to add some interest.   

    I can't wait to see how you interpret the CAKE cue card this week...I have a feeling there will be many entries!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). Check out our Design Team and Guest Designer blogs for more inspiration! 

    Guest Designer: Claire

    Thanks for visiting,

    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Less Is More #345: OLC "Colouring In"

    Hello, friends!  I'm stopping by to share a card I made for the current Less Is More Challenge #345: One Layer Challenge "Colouring In!" 

    My youngest son plays soccer at a highly competitive level.  Unfortunately, one of his soccer teammates was seriously injured during the national playoff games last month.  It was very upsetting for everyone, and his teammate has been on our mind as he recovers.  

    My son and I designed this card together to send as a get well card...we thought the sentiment fit perfectly since the team functions best when all are there working together!

    Stamps: Art Impressions (Get Well)
    Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers

    Get it?  "We can't cover your back forever?"  Oh, how we both love a good pun.  This is such a fun stamp set and it is easy to color in, too -- and I always love a one-layer card, so easy to mail.

    Since I stamped it, I'm also entering this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is "Stamp It."  (This month is one long party over at Simon Says Stamp, aptly called "STAMPtember.")

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Best Teacher

    Hello, friends!  I've had school on the brain this week as I returned to work and my four kids returned to school for another year!  There are a few card challenges out there right now covering similar themes, so I made a card to fit several challenges:

    (1) The challenge this week at Addicted to CAS Challenge #119 is "apples."

    (2) The current theme challenge from Claire at The Paper Players is "Back to School."

    (3) The current cue card at CASology is EDUCATION.  (I'm on the Design Team so I'm not entering this officially, just want to share it for inspiration and remind you to play along!)

    I recently used a gift certificate to purchase a few fun dies from Reverse Confetti, and this cute "All Apples" die set was one of them.  So useful!  I paired it with some cute patterned papers and an old Studio G sentiment for a quick and easy teacher card.

    Stamps: Studio G (Best Teacher)
    Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), white gel pen
    Dies: Reverse Confetti (All Apples)
    Paper: Echo Park (Everyday Eclectic 6x6 pad)
    Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder (Tiffany)

    Be sure to check out all these challenges, the inspiration out there is amazing!
    Thanks for stopping by,

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    CASology #265: EDUCATION

    Hello, friends!  School is back in session here in the U.S., so our cue this week at CASology is rather fitting!

    I am now officially back to work for another school year...my 23rd year working as a school psychologist.  I believe education is important for everyone, no matter who you are, where you are, or how old you are!  I'm still learning new things, and I hope to keep educating myself throughout my life.  I stress the importance of education to my kids all the time, and I don't just mean "book knowledge."

    On a lighter note, I do like to send some notes of encouragement to my little nieces and nephews as they return to school each fall.  This little note is headed off to my nephew who is starting second grade this year!

    I dry embossed the frame in the center of my card using a tan rubber mat and a wonky stitched die...I love the dimension it adds to an otherwise flat card.

    Stamps: Paper Smooches (Sentiment Sampler, Smarty Pants)
    Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers
    Dies: MFT (Wonky Stitched Rectangles)
    Other: black striped washi tape

    What does EDUCATION bring to mind for you?  I can't wait to see how you interpret the cue card this week!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the clever ways our Design Team and Guest Designer interpreted the cue this week, too!

    Guest Designer: Shona

    Thanks for visiting,

    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Sledding Penguins!

    Hello, friends!  I'm here today with a holiday card I made for several challenges as they all lined up beautifully and inspired me to break out one of my favorite Penny Black stamps!  Here is where I am playing today:

    (1) Penny Black and More: September Challenge: Get Ready for Christmas!

    (3) AAA Cards CAS Game #98: Creatures Great or Small (I think penguins are adorable creatures!)

    I made a one-layer card using a fun retired Penny Black stamp (Arctic Bus ) paired with a sentiment from Hero Arts (Joy to All ).  I watercolored the image and background sky, then splattered watered-down white Enamel Accents for some falling snow.  Wink of Stella on the white fur hats and in the sky also adds some sparkle (although it remains ever elusive to capture in photos!).

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Have a good day,

    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    12 Kits of Occasions Guest Designer ~ August 2017

    Hello, friends!  I'm so happy to be here today as a Guest Designer for The 12 Kits of Occasions August edition, with the kit designed by the lovely Lisa Elton of My Paper Tales.  Lisa put together a fabulous school-themed kit entitled {Teacher's Pet} and I think it is chock full of goodness!

    {Teacher's Pet}

    I knew as soon as I received Lisa's invitation that this kit would be amazing, and I was so right!  I spread out all the pieces on my desk and once I started creating I couldn't stop! Every day I'd go back and think of something else to make with what was left.  Her color combinations are so perfect, and I didn't want to leave anything unused!  I made seven projects to share today, and a few more I'll share in the coming days.

    So, without further ado, let's get to what I made!  First up, a card I will certainly be sending to one of my son's amazing middle school teachers this fall.  I'm entering this one in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where "Anything Goes!"

    Stamps: Precious Remembrance Shop (School Days)
    Dies: Papertrey Ink (Enclosed Apple, Pencil Blooms), Pretty Pink Posh (Stitched Labels 1), EK Success (Round Binding Edge border punch)
    Papers: October Afternoon (Sidewalks), Lawn Fawn (Let's Polka in the Meadow), Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise)
    Other:  Papertrey Ink felt (Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse), black brad

    Next up, another teacher appreciation card.  With four school-aged kids, I can never have enough of these!

    Stamps: none
    Dies: Papertrey Ink (Enclosed Apple), Impression Obsession (Hugs), Mama Elephant (Index Card Creative Cuts)
    Papers: October Afternoon (Schoolhouse, Sidewalks), Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy), Bazzill (Juicy Pear)
    Embossing Folders: Darice (ABCs Alphabet), Cuttlebug (Gingham)
    Other:  K & Company (chalkboard label), black and white twine

    I was so excited to see that Lisa included a one layer card with the sweetest Purple Onion Designs image stamped on the front.  What a joy it was to color and add a birthday sentiment for one of my little nieces!  (I had to add a few sequins from Lisa's own mix, Sweet Pea!)  I did a lot of coloring on this card, so I am linking it up to the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge Challenge #257: Make Your Mark.

    Stamps: Purple Onion Designs (Wishing), Simon Says Stamp (Birthday Messages)
    Inks: MFT (Black Licorice), Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers
    Other: Pretty Pink Posh sequins (Sweet Pea), Wink of Stella  

    I have several nieces and nephews in college now, so I thought this might be a good card to send to one of them right before exams.  It's always a good reminder to believe in yourself!

    Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Script Sentiments)
    Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), distress ink (Tumbled Glass)
    Dies: Papertrey Ink (Spiral Notebook Page, Seeing Stars, Pencil Blooms), Pretty Pink Posh (Stitched Tab), Spellbinders (rectangle) 
    Papers: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy), October Afternoon (Sidewalks)
    Other:  Cuttlebug embossing border, black brad, black pearls

    Next up...a sweet milk carton that I hope to fill with goodies.  This might be sitting at my youngest son's seat at the kitchen table after his first day of school...yep, that might happen.

    Here is the back...
    Stamps: Purple Onion Designs (Mia), Rubber Soul (School Bus), Precious Remembrance Shop (Positive Thoughts)
    Dies: Lawn Fawn (Milk Carton), Pretty Pink Posh (Scallop Circle Tag)
    Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers
    Papers: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy), Lawn Fawn (Lat's Polka in the Meadow paper)
    Other: Papertrey Ink ribbon (Harvest Gold), Tim Holtz (tiny paperclip),  black & white twine, DeNami Designs (red button)

    Well, this sweet Purple Onion Designs bunny reading a book stole my heart!  Paired with an encouraging sentiment from Precious Remembrance Shop, I see another card heading off to a young student in my life!

    Stamps: Purple Onion Designs (Zoey), Precious Remembrance Shop (Positive Thoughts)
    Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers
    Dies: Lil' Inkers (Stitched Rectangles)
    Paper: Lawn Fawn (Lat's Polka in the Meadow paper)
    Other:  Sizzix embossing folder (Framed Tulips), twine

    Finally, my favorite Purple Onion Designs image and sentiment banner in a color combo that I adore.  This card is heading to a certain lovely lady who invited me to play along.

    Stamps: Purple Onion Designs (Sweet Offerings)
    Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers, distress ink (Spun Sugar)
    Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Oval Stax)
    Other: Darice embossing folder (Oblong Doily) 

    Phew! Thank you so much for sticking around through all of that!  Big thanks to Lisa for inviting me to play along with this month's kit, I had a blast!  I hope you get to check out all of the amazing cards made by this month's 12 Kits of Occasions team!

    Take good care,

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    CASology #264: SQUARE

    Hello, friends!  It's hip to be square at CASology this week!

    I used a stitched square die to highlight this cute little bunny and added foam behind it to add some depth to my square; I also backed the die cut balloon with foam for interest.  I maintained lots of white space so the overall design would remain clean and simple.

    Stamps: Purple Onion Designs (Stacy Yakula Studio: Willa), Simon Says Stamp (Birthday Messages)
    Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers
    Dies: Simon Says Stamp (Balloons, Stitched Squares)
    Paper: Lawn Fawn (Let's Polka in the Meadow)
    Other: foam, twine

    I can't wait to see how you interpret the SQUARE cue card this week!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). Check out the design team blogs for inspiration, too!

    Thanks for visiting,