Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Blog Hop for Cox Family!


I'm here with a special post for the Cox Family Blog Hop!

The paper crafting community really is a small world and you may know Ann Cox. She  happens to be a fellow teacher, and I've grown to love this "cyber" friend of mine, even though she kicks my butt regularly at Words with Friends!

Ann's husband, Kevin, recently underwent a triple bypass surgery and is recovering, praise God, but he is also struggling with his one kidney. He previously donated one of his kidneys to his father for a life-saving operation. Kevin has been the primary caregiver to the couple's young son, Liam, while Ann teaches. So you can see, they have their hands full right now.

As you can imagine, when their paper crafting friends saw a need, they jumped right in to help! Ann's longtime friend, Karen Kelly, set up a Go Fund Me page for the Cox family, then another creative friend, Ashley Newell, came up with the blog hop to help spread awareness. If you are able to contribute, please know that any amount is appreciated.

Ashley has organized a great hop, full of warm and encouraging cards to support the Cox family, as well as great prizes for you, the hoppers! Please comment on all the blogs along the hop for your chance to win one of the prizes! Winners will be posted on Ashley's blog on February 11.

Cas-ual Fridays $50 gift certificate 
Lawn Fawn  $50 gift certificate 
Sugar Pea Designs $50 gift certificate 
Hero Arts $30 gift card donated by Amy Tsuruta

If you're following the hop, you would have arrived from Lisa Lara's blog.
Next on your stop is Stacey Shafer!
If you want to start at the beginning, head over to see Ashley Newell.

I hope you like my card. I struggle with creativity frequently during the school year, but this card actually came together very easily, like it was meant to be. :)

Thank you for visiting and please send a kind thought and prayer to the Cox family.

Card Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Butterbows
Cardstock: Spectrum White, polka dot scrap
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, SU Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Gumball Green, Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Tag Buddies and Friendly Flowers Fri-Dies, Big Shot, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool, SU button & cotton thread, Creative Memories Corner Rounder.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: It's Your Birthday, Friend!

Happy Wednesday! 

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays blog so I whipped up this little card for a special friend!

I created one of my special "I don't know what I'm doing" watercolor backgrounds! hehe! I used the sentiments from the Shenanigans stamp set and the Friend Fri-Dies, love that thing! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs & happy stamping!

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Shenanigans
Cardstock: Spectrum Noir White, Studio Calico kit patterned & vellum paper
Ink: Memento Black, Zig Markers
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays "Friend" Fri-Dies, Big Shot, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, SU heart sequins, water in spray mist bottle

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: Love Ya!

Happy Wednesday!

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog! Yay!

I whipped this little card up with some scraps leftover from this card!
I just added a few patterned paper hearts and some glitter, no embolus needed!
I had to use some goodies from my favorite new Girlfriends Collection, like the Curtis Background stamp, the Tag Buddies and Love Ya Fri-Dies, and the Heart Board Fri-Dies (on sale now!)

Head over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog for the step-by-step instructions!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs & happy stamping!

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Curtis Background
Cardstock: Spectrum White, SU Bermuda Bay, Summer Starfruit, Melon Mambo, Studio Calico patterned paper
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: CAS-ual Friday Stamps Love Ya, Tag Buddies, and Heart Board Fri-Dies, Big Shot, white glue, water, paintbrush, glitter.

Monday, January 4, 2016

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: January Release Day 2!

Happy Tuesday!

One more day of sneak peeks of the new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Girlfriend Collection that will be available this Wednesday!

For this card, I started with the Curtis Background stamp again...eek, I love this one! I stamped in red ink on kraft cardstock very lightly, for sort of an uneven effect. Then I cut the piece into thin, 1/4" strips and glued them down randomly on the white card base. Next, I added the "friend" Fri-Die in deep, dusty blue cardstock, and topped it off with some silver cording and sequins. So quick and easy!

Head over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to see more cute creations from the rest of the design team and learn how you can get a chance to win the entire new Girlfriend collection!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs & happy stamping!

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Curtis Background
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, SU White & Midnight Muse
Ink: SU Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Friend Fri-Die, Big Shot, SU Silver Cord & sequins.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: January Release Day 1!

Happy Monday!

I'm so excited for this CAS-ual Fridays Stamps release!
Every stamper with 'girlfriends' will totally need this! :)

You may have seen some of these items before when they were available only through a special box stamp kit. Well, now they are available individually, for the whole wide world!

My card today features the Girlfriends and Curtis Background stamp sets as well as the Love Ya and Tag Buddies Fri-Dies! Oh my, there are so many fun things you can do with these! 

I inked up my Curtis Background stamp and stamped "lightly" across the bottom. It resulted in a sort of "hill" so I used that shape to stamp my sentiments around it. Aren't those fun? The tag dies and love ya dies are awesome! I tried to venture out with some bold colors for me and the New Year! haha!

Be sure and head over to the Casual Fridays Stamps blog to see the creations from the rest of the design team, they'll knock your socks off! All items will be available for sale at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps on Wednesday! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Girlfriends, Curtis Background
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, SU Bermuda Bay, Summer Starfruit, Melon Mambo.
Ink: SU Soft Sky, Summer Starfruit, Bermuda Bay.
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Tag Buddies and Love Ya Fri-Dies, Big Shot, ruffled ribbon, white twine, resin flower.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: All I Want for Christmas is You

Happy Wednesday!

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog, yay!

I was feeling like a super clean card today. 

I used the tree stamp from Autumn Blessings to make a little winter forest. It's great being able to use your stamps for different holidays! I added the "ornament" with the small dot stamp and hand drew the topper and stem with a gray marker. I stamped the tress in green and used a brown marker to go over the tree trunk. I added the sentiment from Must Love Snowflakes, which is on sale now in the store! 

Don't forget Michele also has Retiring Stamps marked down on the website, and there are some great savings there!! Get them before they are gone!

And...check this out...

Use this shop in the store and receive an additional 10% off on all products! Yes, even sale items! The sale is good through 12/31/15!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hugs and happy stamping!

Friday, December 4, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays and CAS-ual Chic Challenges: Snowflakes!


Happy Friday! I'm back with the last CAS-ual Fridays and CAS-ual Chic Challenge of the year! And it's all about snowflakes! Are you ready to join in the fun?

I used one one of my favorite snowflake dies from the CAS-ual Fridays Flurry Fri-Dies on both of my cards. And apparently I was in the mood for pink this week! :) Both snowflakes are made with polka dot vellums. I also used the same sentiment on both's from Lovely Blessings and embossed in silver. 

Thrifty fun facts: the polka dot cellophane on the 2nd card was from a gift bag I received and the pink threads were from a small ribbon scrap that I pulled apart. You know, it's important to use up these little's not like I have a whole room full of supplies or anything! :)

I hope you head over to the challenge sites and play along with us!
Check out what the other girls made to inspire you, some real WOWZA items there!
Challenges are running for two weeks, (you know, you might be busy the week of the 25th!) so no time to waste! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs &  happy stamping!

P.S. In case you missed it, some of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps are retiring and on sale now while supplies last through December 31st! See all items here.

Some of my favorites, sniff, sniff:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: Calling All Sistahs!

Happy Sunday! 

Have I really not posted since November 6?! 
Sheesh, what a deadbeat! :(

Well, I'm posting today for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Michele's new Calling All Sistahs plea. Read about it right here. Such an important reminder, and Michele has been so amazing to share during her journey.

Hugs and "squeezes" to all of you!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Calling All Sistahs
Cardstock: SU Basic Black & Regal Rose, Studio Calico patterned paper
Ink: SU Regal Rose pigment ink
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Sistahs Fri-Dies, Big Shot, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, flower embellishments from stash

Friday, November 6, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays & CAS-ual Chic Challenges: Precious Metals

Happy Challenge Time!

We're into Precious Metals this month at the CAS-ual Chic Challenge #05 and the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #145

For my CAS-ual Chic card above, I used the sentiment from the CAS-ual Fridays Lovely Greetings set and the little, multi-heart stamp from Calm and Loving. I made a heart shape by stamping the little multi heart image in Versamark around a heart die-cut from the Heart Board Fri-Dies (pretty sure a "freehand" heart would not have turned out so wel!), then embossed it in silver. I used the Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies to make little hearts from teal metal cardstock to fill in my empty spots and complete the heart shape. Got my "precious metal" in that way, too! *wink* I clear embossed the sentiment, then did a little watercoloring over top. A metal paperclip with some dyed ribbon and sequin trim added a little bling. 

For my CAS-ual Fridays card with a CAS look, I used the "Blessings" die from the Noel Fri-Dies (I'm addicted to it!), and laid it on top of watercolor paper, then sprayed Teal mist over it. I embossed a sentiment in black from the Calm and Gentle stamp set, added some black ink splotches, washi tape, and a teal metal heart from Jenni Bowlin. 

Head over to the challenges and play along with us! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs & happy stamping!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps: Merry Tree!

Happy Wednesday!

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog, and I was feeling merry!

I used the long swoosh from the Breathe stamp set and the new Noel Fri-Dies.
I LOVE to die cut sentiments!
It was so quick and easy! 
I finished it off with some jingle bells and a ribbon bow.

Are you feeling Merry too?! 

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs & happy stamping!

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Breathe
Cardstock: Neenan Solar White, SU Poppy Parade
Ink: SU Wild Wasabi, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Noel Fri-Dies, Big Shot, Tim Holtz Jingle Bell brads, SU Poppy Parade ribbon.