Sunday, April 29, 2012

Good Times

Happy Sunday! What are you up to this weekend?

I made this little card for the CR84FN Challenge #53. Aren't those colors soft and yummy? Lots of October Afternoon on this one, plus a retired Stampin' Up! little cream flower and lots of very old Prima flowers, pretty proud of myself for using up some of those! :)

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bless Your Little Heart

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well! We have state tests this week, so I've spent the last couple of nights trying to make this card, and it's been close to getting thrown out the window! Ever feel like that?!

I loved the image for the Embellish Chevron Color Challenge, so I thought I'd give it a go. Only trouble, I don't have any chevron stamps or any chevron paper in those colors. I tried white pigment ink over other color chevron paper, ummm, yeah, it doesn't work. Anyway, I decided to just stitch some chevrons. They still sort of look like chevrons, right? Then the 2nd night of the card was spent trying to get these colors, which I love, to work. It would NOT come together. I decided to use a Cameo girl for the Paper Crafts Silhouette challenge, and well, I'll spare you all my ramblings with the twists and turns this decision created! *wink*

Now, it's late and past dinnertime, so excuse me while I go eat and watch New Girl on the dvr and try to shake off this card stress! :)

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

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Birthday, Michele!

Welcome to a special Happy Birthday Blog Hop for the 
Cas-ual Fridays Challenge blog founder, Michele Gross! Michele is such a great leader and inspiration to us, we are thrilled to celebrate her birthday today and hope you will hope along with us and wish her well! 

If you're following along the hop, you have just come from Karolyn's blog, wasn't her card amazing?! She never disappoints! From here, you'll hop next to Debby's blog, and wow, I just recently started following her and can't believe what I've been missing! 

If you lose track anywhere along the way, here is the line up for the entire blog hop:












Julie Ranae




Edited to add: 

Yikes! I forgot to mention that I used the fabulous Colour Q Challenge #133 for this card! Don't you love the retro vibe?!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #155

Happy Sunday! The Google blog composition window seems to have changed, so I'm not sure what I'm doing, ha! Here we go, having to learn something new! ;)

I've had a pretty lazy Sunday but took a few minutes to play along with the Unscripted Sketches #155 challenge. There's a piggyback so that in addition to the sketch, they challenge you to use something recycled on your card in honor of Earth Day. I used a 7 Gyspies business card that came in a package they sent me one time when I won some blog candy from them. Isn't that old-timey image awesome?! I saved it knowing I would want to use it for something one day. 

Well, off to get some "inspirational" treats ready for the 3rd graders who are taking their first ever state STAAR test this week. I'm a little bit terrified for them, but will put on a brave, happy face. I'll get a picture of the treats posted later this week. It's an idea tweaked from Pinterest, of course! :)

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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cas-ual Fridays: Opposites Attract!

Hiya! How is your week going? Anyone else super glad tomorrow is Friday! ;)

I'm not officially a Girl Friday until May 4, but I thought I would go ahead and play just for fun and share here a card for the Cas-ual Fridays Opposites Attract challenge! I thought I was being BRAVE by picking bright yellow and purple, but then I ended up using SO much white, I think I kind of cheated! hee! hee! I think the challenge is "officially" over, but there were some beautiful samples, go check them out! And a new challenge will be posted tomorrow!

Take care! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs!

Stamps: Pursuit of Happiness
Ink: Concord Crush
Cardstock: Whisper White, YoYo Yellow.
Accessories: Big Shot, Papertrey Ink die, paper piercer, my grandma's yellow yarn.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Retro Sketches #7: DAD

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend!

I took time yesterday to play along with this fabulous Retro Sketches #7, loved it and the card came together so quickly! Lots of October Afternoon Farmhouse goodies on this one.

Off to school now! Is it wrong for me to know that there are 33 school days left?! So close, and yet so far!

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

Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey Kissing Booth, My Mind's Eye Love Me.
Accessories: October Afternoon Farmhouse Label Stickers and Miscellany, Stampin' Up! Tab Punch, 7 Gypsies Tape, Big Shot, Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Dies Collection.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Clean & Simple FTL #185: Inspire

Happy Saturday! Busy day with Saturday school and then prepping for next week, but things are looking good for spending some time with hubby this evening and tomorrow! What a treat! :)

I made this teachery card last weekend for the Clean and Simple FTL#185. It all started around a scrap piece of patterned paper on my desk, but then when it was time to glue all the elements together, I didn't like that piece and it got replaced with the polka dot paper you see above. Does that ever happen to you?! It ended up being pretty "matchy" with all the paper coming from the Kraft Fun Day pad from My Mind's Eye, but oh my, it is a deliciously krafty stack of paper! LOVE it!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Studio 112
Cardstock: Kraft Fun Day from My Mind's Eye, Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Early Espresso.
Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive.
Accessories: Big Shot, Papertrey Ink die

Friday, April 13, 2012

Who loves Cas-ual Fridays?!

I do! And I'm super exicted to announce that I'm now a Girl Friday for the Cas-ual Fridays Challenge Blog! I have loved Michelle's clean and simple challenge blog every since it started last year, and she has some exciting new things in store for us all in the next few weeks! I'll be part of a special Facebook team designed to bring more inspiration all week! Head over to Cas-ual Fridays to see the rest of the designers on the team...super talented ladies that I'm sure you know well!

Here's a quick scrapbook share (I know, rare for me, but I'm trying!) of my darling nephew Logan. He recently turned two, so I'm trying to catch up with my scrapping. He is cute beyond belief, and I'm sure I'm not prejudiced at all! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing my exciting news! Hugs and happy stamping!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Embellish Jeweled Color Trends

Happy Hump Day! Hope it's been a good one for you!

Time to share another card I made last weekend, this one for the Embellish Jeweled Color Trends Challenge. I just love those little beaded shoes! I used one of my newer Stampin' Up! sets, Sweet Cake. Love the retro feel of its images, need to play with it some more.

Ta Ta for now! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Sweet Cake
Cardstock: Going Gray (retired), Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder.
Ink: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder.
Accessories: Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Lush Blue Rhinestones, vintage rhinestone button, white perle cotton thread.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #46: Let the Hunt Begin

Happy Tuesday! Here's a quick share that should have went up on Easter Sunday, but it was raining in Dallas so I couldn't get outside to take a photo! I know, I know, it's time to break down and get a light tent thingy! :)

I played along with the fabulous Cas-ual Fridays #46 challenge to make a card using something that would be found in an Easter basket. There are some beautiful samples over there, go check them out!! I pulled out this retired SU set, An Egg-cellent Easter, one of my all-time springy favorites! I kind of wish I hadn't stitched around the bottom in brown thread, it looked better in my head! Ha! I do like my handmade grass though, I'm usually too much of a chicken to do anything "freehand"!

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

Stamps: An Egg-cellent Easter
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Twitterpated DSP, Flirtatious Specialty Paper (cut-out doily).
Ink: Memento black.
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Die, Twitterpated Fabric and designer button, Pure Color Pencils, Maya Road tulle ribbon.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Freshly Made Sketches #29: You Inspire Me

Happy Saturday! Hope you are enjoying your Easter weekend!

I fiddled around a little bit in the stamp room this afternoon playing with my new Summer Smooches goodies and the Freshly Made Sketch #29. To make the flower, I just cut a strip of paper and folded randomly, gathering into a circle, then stitching the button through all the layers. Working with brights is a challenge for me sometimes, so still not sure about this! ha!

Off to see a movie with friends, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. I do love some Ewan McGregor! *smile*

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

Stamps: Bright Blossoms, Perfect Words.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, SommerParty & Twitterpated DSP.
Ink: Island Indigo, Old Olive.
Accessories: Daffodil Delight button, Twitterpated fabric, Island Indigo brad and twine.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #46: Name That Tune

Happy Sunday! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! Can't believe how warm it's been! We had a very successful Super Science Saturday yesterday at school, but today I've been a bit lazy! :)

Here's a quick card for the Cas-ual Fridays #46 Name That Tune challenge. Can you guess what the song inspiration is for my card? Yup, abc by the Jackson Five. I always end up needing "schooly" cards, so it seemed perfect!

Enjoy your day! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake.
Stamps: Jenni Bowlin composition notebook stamp.
Ink: Memento Black.
Accessories: Jenni Bowlin hexagon stickers, Cosmo Cricket chipboard letters, sewing machine & black thread.