Sunday, April 28, 2013

Happy Graduation


Happy Sunday! Hope you are having a good weekend!

I needed to make some graduation cards for a coworker, so I jumped in first with this Retro Sketch #61. Isn't it a great sketch? I think I'll need to use it again. Thank goodness for my SRM Stickers, they came in super handy for these cards! She wanted something "glittery" for one card, so I used my Cuttlebug Tag Sale Alphabet die with some red glitter cardstock for the card above. The card below uses some Thickers that came in an old Scarlet Lime kit. Whoo! Hoo! Opening some old kits! hehe!




The card below is for her son, who is graduating from UNT. I was cruising through my Feedly on my iPad and saw this great Stars and Stripes card by Kathy Martin, so used it as my layout inspiration. Those toothpicks in the kitchen come in super handy! hehe! Thanks, Kathy! *smile*


 Well, back to laundry and school prep. As we left school Friday we got some devastating news about a principal change effective immediately, so I've been sitting around stunned and mournful all weekend. I did drag myself to a kid's soccer game, and just keep reminding myself: it's about the children. 

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




Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Michele!









Woot! Woot! It's time for a Birthday Blog Hop for one Amazeballs woman, Michele Gros! 

You probably know her better as the founder of the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog (where you probably saw from last week's challenge that her birthday was coming up this week!) and the founder and creator of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

The Girl Fridays decided we needed to show her some extra birthday love today because we are so crazy about her! If you are following along the hop, you just came from Pamela's blog. That girl is crazy, artsy talented! 

I loved the card I made for our birthday challenge, but thought I would kick it up a notch for Michele's "official" card. You've probably seen Julie's amazing tutorial for a new washi tape shaker card, or at least some cool cards made using the technique, so I gave it a go using the Amazeballs stamp set. Instead of using sequins for my shaker bits, I used the enamel dots from My Mind's Eye. I stuck a few down permanently so they'd line up under the stamped circles, but I left the rest "free" to be shaken. I dipped the enamel dots in clear embossing powder, then dusted them off, so they wouldn't be sticky on the back anymore.

Hope you enjoy the card and our blog hop for Michele! From here, you'll want to head on over to Leigh Ann's blog to check out her fantabulous birthday card! If you get lost along the way...or want to venture out on your own...here are the hop stops: 


Leigh Ann
Sanketi
Alice
Kelly
Jingle
Lorena
Lindsay
Sylvia
Deb
Jocelyn
AJ
Pamela
Angie


The Ink Squad girls from CAS-ual Fridays are also hosting a blog hop for Michele! Is she loved or what?! You can follow along with them too: Dana, Karen, Kelly, Laurie, Lynn, Michelle, Piali, and Virginia

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

Thursday, April 18, 2013

CAS-ual Fridays #99: Birthday Bash!






It's CAS-ual Fridays time! 

This week we have a super big CFC99: Birthday Bash...create a CAS birthday project!

Michele, our fearless leader/challenge blog creator/CAS-ual Fridays stamp designer extraordinaire has a birthday coming up, so we are going to celebrate for 2 WEEKS with this challenge! Yay! And Michele is offering a super prize...a $45 shopping spree with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! Why not $25? Well, let's just say Michele's not turning 25! hahahaha!



For my card, I used the fabby CAS-ual Fridays Stamps set Amazeballs! I especially loved showing it to DH, who asked, "What's Amazeballs?" Well, if you gotta ask, I can't tell ya! hehe! Oh, I also used this amazing sketch by Robyn Werlich (loved her forever!) for Studio Calico.

Head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to check out the awesome birthday creations from the other Girl Fridays and upload your project! I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

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



Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Amazeballs.
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Kiwi Kiss.
Ink: Memento Black, Heidi Swapp Color Mist Spray.
Accessories: Washi Tape, SU Clip, My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots.

It's Your Birthday






Happy Thursday! Have I really been away a week?! Yikes!

Here's a card I made earlier this week for someone special, and it actually got mailed! Yes, I am totally serious!! I used the awesome Retro Sketch #59 and used some new goodies from WPlus9 Design. I love, love, love the Written on Ribbon stamp set and matching die! 

Hope you're having a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!


Recipe
Stamps: WPlus9 Design Written on Ribbon
Cardstock: Bazzill gray, SU Whisper White.
Ink: SU Poppy Parade, Memento Black, Heidi Swapp Color Mist Spray
Accessories: SU Black Rhinestones, WPlus9 Design Written on Ribbon Die, Maya Roads Earl Grey Tu Tu Tulle Ribbon.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

CAS-ual Fridays #98: All That Glitters



It's CAS-ual Fridays time! 

I hope you'll play along with this week's CFC98: All That Glitters...
or as I like to call it...If You Liked It Then You Should've Put Some Bling On It!
Ummm, hmmm, don't make me start singing!

But seriously, your challenge is to create a CAS project with some glitter, Stickles, glittered ribbon, etc! Glitter it up! Walk out of the house with that glitter on your face and clothes proudly! 

This week's winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp, oh yeah! 



It's a glittery miracle, but I actually have two cards to share! A coworker needed two cards this week, one for her son's wedding anniversary and one for her niece's confirmation. I didn't even really intend for these to be my challenge cards, but they both ended up with glitter on them somehow. 
Sweet (glittery) serendipity!

For the first card, I used some silver glitter cardstock from Stampin' Up!, plus some paper and stickers from Amy Tangerine. I also added some washi tape banners where I folded the tape over on itself. For the card below, I used the bursting rays from the Shine On stamp set from Sweet Steph Designs for Market Street Stamps embossed with Heat & Stick powder, then Martha Stewart glitter, and the cross is a digital stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps that I applied Stickles to. I definitely got plenty of glitter in there! *smile*


Head over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see the awesome cards from the rest of the Girl Fridays and to link up your projects! Can't wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Hugs and happy stamping!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Birthday Wishes





Happy Tuesday! I'm back with another card for I made last night for The Play Date Cafe Challenge #176! See, I told you I loved these colors!

A lady at work asked me to make a card for her friend's birthday, and her friend loves birds. So this is what I whipped up. Not so CAS, but when I gave it to her this morning, she loved it. I did another sentiment on the inside with some washi tape, but forgot to take a picture of it. Oh, and see that striped die-cut frame? It's the leftover part from yesterday's card. I love it when that happens! 

I left work at 12:30 with a mirgaine I had been fighting all morning and picked up my Imitrex refill. Ugh. Now it's the posthead fog. I think it's from this big storm that's coming in.  Can't believe Colorado and some states got more snow! I'm praying we don't actually get any hail or tornadoes tonight. Stay safe out there, just in case!

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


Recipe
Stamps: SU Nature Walk & Bring on the Cake.
Ink: SU Early Espresso & Basic Gray, Versamark, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Tinsel.
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake, Basic Grey Basics Manila, Teresa Collins He Said, She Said.
Accessories: Big Shot, SU Woodgrain Embossing Folder & Apothecary Accents Die, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, SU Crystal Button & Vintage Trinket Safety Pin, Wilton Doily, Maya Roads Earl Grey Tu-Tu Tulle Ribbon, White DMC Cotton Perle Thread.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Happy Birthday...vintage, stringy style

 



Happy Monday! This neutral color combination from The Play Date Cafe Challenge #176 may be my favorite ever, swoon! Now that I think about it, these are the colors in my house too! No wonder they appealed to me. ha! Their sponsor this week is Jenni Bowlin, another major swoon! The vintage card behind my striped tag is from her March papercrafting kit. I'm super bad about hoarding her kits, but I'm trying to do better. I also used this awesome, versatile sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #22. Hope I didn't get it too "stringy" for CAS!

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






Sunday, April 7, 2013

More Chevrons & Flowers



Happy Sunday! Back with a few more cards that didn't quite make it to my CAS-ual Fridays CFC97: Chevrons & Flowers post below! For the card above, I had the little piece with the chevrons  and "Squeal" but I got stuck on adding a flower to it, so threw it in the scrap heap. Got it out today and worked on it some more! :)

Same for the card below. I had the flower and chevron piece...this is the one dh suggested getting rid of the chevrons...ouch! hehe! I got it out of the scrap heap and turned it into this:


This last card below, I actually did finish, and dh liked it, but I just wasn't convinced. Seemed kind of not special enough to me, but maybe I was just in one of my moods. You get those?! Please tell me you get those! hehe! The photo isn't very good, wish you could see the embossed clouds (from the Stampin' Up! spring mini catalog) better.


Okay, better dash. The laundry is not going to do itself apparently. Anyone watching Madmen tonight?! That will help with my zombie withdrawal! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

CFC97: Chevrons & Flowers







It's CAS-ual Fridays time!

I hope you'll join us for CFC97: Chevrons & Flowers...use both design elements in  your CAS creations! I KNOW you have some flowers and chevrons in your collection! Who doesn't, right?!

I have almost TOO MANY flowers and chevrons in my collection, and I couldn't decide what do to! ha! This is like the 4th project I made, the one I was finally happy with and could stop! And I didn't ask dh because one of his earlier suggestions was, "Can you get rid of the chevrons? They're not working." Ummm, no, I can't! lol! A tag pulls out of the vellum envelope, and it holds a gift card attached with mini glue dots. Beauty and function! hehe!

Head on over to CAS-ual Fridays, check out the awesome cards from the other Girl Fridays,  and link up your creation! You might win a $25 gift certificate from this week's sponsor, Ellen Hutson



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


Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Only You
Ink: SU Early Espresso, Studio Calico Mister Huey's Warm Calico Color Mist.
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, SU Chevrons Embossing Folder, Flower Folds Bigz XL Die, Antique Brad and Vintage Trinket Safety Pin. Teresa Collins He Said, She Said paper and garland.  Pick Your Plum tag. SRM Stickers Glassine Bag. Muslin fabric.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Case Study #134: Happy Birthday





Happy Tuesday! Popping in for a quick card share! I'd been meaning to play along with the Case Study challenge all through March since one of my all-time favorite stampers ever, Julie Ebersole, was their inspiration muse! Julie is one of the first paper-crafters I "met" online years ago. She helped me get set up with Webshots to share my photos...yup, these were pre-blog days! lol!

For my card, I took the flowers and sentiment from Julie's card, but just reversed their placement. Then I used Washi tape for my horizontal line at the bottom. I never seem to have enough birthday cards, so I used the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Casual Elegance stamp set and my flowers are from their Truth Is stamp set. I "tried" watercoloring...you know it's not my thing...so don't laugh! :)

Gotta dash, lots still to do and already wiped out from the 1st day of Texas state testing, yippee! And there's another day of it tomorrow! Double yippee! 

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


Recipe
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Truth Is and Casual Elegance.
Cardstock: SU Whisper White.
Ink: Staz-on Black, SU Melon Mambo and So Saffron markers.
Accessories: CM Corner Rounder, Washi Tape, SU Aquapainter.