Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday Two Fer!: Happy Father's Day

 Happy Tuesday! Two more days of school and a card made with these 2 challenges:

This is how I spent part of my holiday on Monday, the best part actually! hee! hee! I played along with the Retro Sketches #13 and the beautiful and patriotic inspirational photo challenge from The Play Date Cafe Challenge #133! I'm usually not organized enough to combine two challenges, so patting myself on the back here, ha!

This one's a little "busier" than some of my cards, but I pulled out  my scrap basket and went to town! I'll try to list the ingredients below, but it may be hit or miss on some. The one thing I love the most is how the Gina K Casual Fridays paper "aged" when I ran it through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Herringbone embossing folder. What yummy, aged texture! Hmmm, kind of like me! hee! hee!

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes 
Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Black marker.
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake, bowling paper from some paper pad, red polka dot Daisy D (fairly sure), herringbone can't remember but it's nice and heavy!, and Gina K Casual Friday paper stack (blue denim).
Accessories: Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Bitty Banners Framelits & Apothecary Accents Framelits (available June 1), Cuttlebug Herringbone embossing folder, Jenni Bowlin "play" sticker (adhered to chipboard), Cosmo Cricket letter stickers, misc button, Stampin' Up! linen thread, Corner Rounder, recycled ribbon from a gift (Thanks, Lor!).

Monday, May 28, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #54: Man, It's Casual Friday!


Man, it's Casual Friday! Yes, that's this week's theme at CAS-ual Fridays is to show us your clean and simple masculine cards using patterned paper!

Our fabulous sponsor, Gina K, sent us her wonderful Casual Friday paper pack (dontcha love that name?!) so it was super easy whipping this masculine card up! I stamped the Tim Holtz image in Versamark on different pieces of patterned paper, heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, cut out the pieces, then last step, paper-pieced them back together. Easy peasy! 

If you haven't already, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to play along and check out the awesome inspiration from the other Girl Fridays, and don't forget to check the CAS-ual Fridays Facebook page daily for even more ideas!

Can't wait to see what you come up with! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Catalog Case: Happy Birthday

Happy Sunday! Can anyone feel summer vacation coming on?! It's so close, I can taste it!

Here's a card I made the last Sunday on my retreat, using one of my favorite, old-standby methods...copy a card from the Stampin' Up! catalog! I flipped through the new catalog (I know I say it every year, but it really is the best one ever, great samples and new products!) until I found a card I liked, then I recreated it using different stamps and paper. My card is copied from page 125, a card using the Established Elegance stamp set, which also happens to use a typewriter, just an old-fashioned one. Please overlook the bent corner and dirt specks on the bottom that occurred during the photo shoot when a gust of wind picked the card up and tossed it across the deck, grrrr. 

Leave a comment if you want to try a catalog case too, maybe I can figure out how to get one of those linky things so you can link up here! :)

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

Stamps: You're My Type, Tiny Tags, You're A Gem
Cardstock: Pool Party, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Comfort Cafe DSP. 
Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso.
Accessories: Lucky Limeade  Baker's Twine & Ruffled Ribbon, Jewelry Tag Punch, Paper Piercer, Dimensionals.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

PPA 135: hi!

Happy almost Friday and 3-day weekend!

I whipped this little card up last weekend at my retreat for the PPA 135 Sketch challenge. Such a fun, easy sketch, you should play along too! I used some very old Sassafrass Lass. Are they still in business? I don't think I've seen anything of theirs for awhile, hmmmm. My friend Lori gave me that  yummmmmy ribbon, and it came on the most incredible old spool. How lucky am I?! 

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

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and Newsprint DSP; October Afternoon striped paper.
Accessories: Thickers letters, Sassafrass Lass die cut sticker, green ribbon from Sundance catalog.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Embellish Bicycle Color Trends Challenge


I loved this picture from Embellish Bicycle Color Trends so decided to play along while I was at my scrapbook retreat last weekend. I would never have put those colors together on my own, but I love them, so it was a great challenge for me! Might even have to play with them again!

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

Stamps: Pedaling Past
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie, Newsprint DSP.
Ink: Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Summer Starfruit.
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie jumbo button, The Twinery Orchid twine.

Monday, May 21, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays: Get Punchy!

Hello everybody! It's time to share my sample for the CAS-ual Fridays CFC53 Challenge: Get Punchy! Show us your clean and simple cards using punches or dies! The Girl Fridays were lucky enough to get stamps or patterned paper to play with, so I made my card using yummy paper and a Big Shot with some lovely dies! 
Hurry over to the CAS-ual Fridays and upload your punchy project so you'll have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Lawn Fawn! You'll find some beautiful inspiration there from the Girl Fridays, as well as on the Facebook page, updated daily!

I can't wait to see your punchy creations! 

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

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Lawn Fawn patterned papers.
Accessories: Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies & Black Button, Lawn Fawn gold twine, October Afternoon Sticker Letters.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Freshly Made Sketches #35: Happy Birthday to you!

Hello, everybody! Hope you've had a great weekend! I returned earlier this afternoon from a weekend scrapbooking retreat and oh boy, what a great time that was! Love hanging out with my girlfriends so much! I'm lucky they put up with me, trust me on this! :)

This is the first card I made Friday afternoon when we arrived at the retreat, so thought I would share it first! I have several friends with birthdays this month, so this card should come in handy! I used the Freshly Made Sketches #35. I got my main panel a little long, but I just couldn't bear to cut off part of those awesome pennants!

I better go start getting ready for school tomorrow. Just 8 more days, surely I can manage that, right?! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Under the Big Top
Cardstock: So Saffron, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Big Top Birthday DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Black, Real Red, Going Grey markers.
Accessories: Aquapainter, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Big Shot, Oval Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Dimensionals.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Clean and Simple FTL190: dad

Hello everybody! Happy Thursday!

Quick share using the Clean and Simple FTL#190 and some new Stampin' Up! goodies! I whipped this up in record time, normally rare for me, but always easier when I use one of the Clean and Simple sketches. They are always so easy to work with and easy to visualize. The only thing, does it seem weird having the little boy image with "dad"? Think retro, when dad was a little boy maybe. hehe!

Well, I should probably be getting ready for my scrapbooking retreat since I leave tomorrow. Like maybe packing, doing some laundry, making some cookies that I said I *might* bring, etc. And there's those pesky lesson plans that are due tomorrow morning. Looks like the next stop is the kitchen for a coffee, then I'll be moving! :) 

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

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Family Reunion, Priority Mail (sneak peek).
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Comfort Cafe DSP.
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Circle Punches, Dimensionals.

Monday, May 14, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays CFC52: Feathered Friends

Hiya peeps! Time to share my sample for the CAS-ual Fridays CFC52 challenge: Feathered Friends! Show us your clean and simple cards using birds! I know y'all have tons of bird stamps or bird chippies, so let's see them! You might be the lucky winner of a $20 gift voucher from this week's sponsor: Annabelle Stamps!

Hurry on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to check out the awesome samples from the Girl Fridays, plus lots of beautiful samples already submitted! Don't forget to check out our Facebook page too for inspiration from the Facebook Girl Fridays:

I can't wait to see your feathery creations! 

p.s. In case you're wondering how I created that "hexagon" background...

I'm sure you know that hexagons are all the rage right now and I don't have a one, stamp or die cut either, boo! So I googled "hexagon templates" and came across this link where you can specify the size and print your own! Yippee! If dh would get my color printer hooked up (oh, we only got it back in December! hehe!) I could print them in more colors. Go play with them and let me know so I can come see the awesome stuff you did! :)

Keep Calm...

Last few weeks of school, this sentiment seems oh so appropriate!

Isn't that chevrony paper delish? I had a scrap of it leftover when I had made an oval die cut with my Big Shot and decided it would be perfect for a peek-a-boo window. 

The sentiment is from the new "Carry On' hostess set in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog. A variety of sentiments are available to complete the thought...and Carry On, Shop On, Stamp On, Eat a Cupcake, and Cry a Little (if needed). I know it's going to be one of my fave new sets!

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

All supplies by Stampin' Up! except where noted.
Stamps: Carry On.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Comfort Cafe DSP.
Ink: Raspberry Ripple.
Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Die, Linen Thread, Neutrals Designer Button. Cuttlebug Dots Embossing Folder.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Priority Mail: Eat Cake

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day! Hoping all the moms are having a wonderful day!

I took a little time this afternoon to play with some of my new "sneak peek" goodies from the new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog. Oh my, it is a GOOD catalog! I love the layout and artwork this year, it is absolutely gorgeous! Lots of new stamp sets and accessories to tempt me also, egads! 

This card uses a new hostess set called Priority Mail and three new In Colors: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, and Summer Starfruit. The new In Colors are a little deeper and richer this year, but I'm thinking I'm going to love them!

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

Stamps: Priority Mail.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Comfort Cafe DSP.
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Silver Brads, Big Shot, Ovals Die, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Postage Stamp Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dimensionals.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Happy Birthday, Cas-ual Fridays!

Happy 1st Birthday to Cas-ual Fridays! In honor of this occasion,  this week's challenge is to show us your clean and simple birthday celebration creations! Be sure and check out this post on the Cas-ual Fridays blog and the Facebook page to see lots of beautiful inspiration cards to get you going!

And what are you playing for? This week's sponsor is Simon Says Stamp and you won't believe all the extra prizes and chances you have to win! 

Simon Says Stamp

You still have time to play, deadline is noon EST on Thursday! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Afterthoughts
Ink: Stampin' Up! Early Espresso
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine & Designer Label Punch; Calendar Sticker from Emma's Shoppe by Crate Paper; handmade cupcake embellishment from friend. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

to gnome you is to love you

Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a great week! After today I have 20 school days left, but I'm taking off 2 of those to go on a scrapbooking retreat, shhhh, don't tell anyone! I actually have 3 1/2 personal days left. This is a first in my 6 years of teaching. They are normally gobbled up with sickness, so maybe I've finally built up my teacher's immunity?! Let's hope so!

I played around a little bit in my stamp room last night with the Clean and Simple FTL 188 sketch. Isn't it cute? I finally used my favorite set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini catalog, Gnome Sweet Gnome. It's my favorite, I've had it for months, but just now used it...because it involved watercoloring! Ack! But I tried my best. Note to self: don't use the Memento ink, it ran a little bit. See how the girl's face looks like she fell in the dirt?! hahahaha!

Okay, back to the school computer now, lots of data to prepare for an all day meeting Friday. But, just 20 more school days left, did I mention that?! 

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

Stamps: Gnome Sweet Gnome, Gnomenclature.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Confetti White.
Ink: Memento Black, SU Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler markers.
Accessories: Twitterpated Fabric, Aquapainter, 3 Hearts Punch, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder.