Thursday, September 21, 2017

Clean & Simple Llama Fiesta






I created a card for the 2017 Card Design Superstar Contest.
 

stamps: My Favorite Things Llama Love/Party Balloons  dies: My Favorite Things Llama Love/Party Balloons/Blueprints 11 cardpanel/Creative Clips/Stitched Oval Word Window  pp:My Favorite Things Painted Prints Citrus






 I love this lil' guy~he amuses me :).

Have a good one~

 


You're the Best Cacti



This card happened.



  stamps: Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti, My Favorite Things Because You   dies: Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti, My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Word Window





I used shiny paper framing and accents for~





I just went for whatever colors and messed around until I was happy with it. :)

You know how that goes~



Thanks for stopping by!





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beautiful Soul




My sweet middle daughter is turning 19 this week.


She is such a beautiful soul!


stamps: Verve Beautiful Things, Papertrey Ink Doodlie-Do  dies: Essentials by Ellen Folk Hearts



 Everything from the way she dresses to the way she carries herself is full of grace and beauty.


I'm surprised these colors worked for her birthday card~it happened in that magical way cards do. :)



http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/09/just-us-girls-411-color-week.html


I'm thrilled I got it done in time.

Have a good one~




 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop




I finally got around to it~a creation for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop~


stamps: Mama Elephant Cup of Wishes,Verve Rise & Shine Digi set  dies:My Favorite Things Stitched Square Stax,Spellbinders Classic Circles/Classic Ovals  other: Reverse Confetti Fright Night,American Crafts cardstock,Doodlebug Beetle Black sprinkles



I've had the sentiment around since it was last offered as a free digi~glad I finally used it!
http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/09/2017-fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

Now I want to see what the other bloggers came up with~

thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, September 18, 2017

True, Noble, Right, Pure, Lovely, Admirable




I've got one more card today~I don't want to miss the deadline for the Throwdown.
 


stamps: Verve Poppy Birthday/Masquerade/Potter's Clay  dies: Memory Box Pinpoint Main Street Tags, Verve Mask, Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangles




http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/09/color-throwdown-460.html



I used this sketch but placed the vertical panel on the right side~


http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-2017-vival-la-verve-sketch.html


Thanks for stopping by~



Lookin' Sharp Autumn Colors



I recently saw a cactus in a pumpkin decoration...

which made me think...bring cacti into fall, why not.


I mean, I haven't used my cacti stamps enough, that's for sure.


stamps: Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti  dies: Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti, My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circles




Check out these yummy colors!


https://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/2017/09/ssc161-autumn-rainbow.html






Simon Says Stamp (Wednesday): Clean and Simple




Thanks for stopping by friends~






 

CAS Winter Tree



Yay, another Christmas card!



dies: Simon Says Stamp Winter Snow, Tim Holtz Sizzix Woodlands Thinlits  other:Doodlebug Tangerine Sprinkles 



Yay for a CAS challenge!!!



 I tend to lose my dots for the "i" in dies...this tree solved my problem.

Don't you love when that happens?

If only the rest of my day were that easy. ;)

Thanks for stopping by friends!





Saturday, September 16, 2017

Brushstroke Card




Soooo, here's what happened....

I rescued a little container of paint from a random shelf at Walmart (no idea why it was by the cookies).

I got home and spread it on cardstock here and there, willy-nilly.

I matched it up with pp die cuts.
 


dies: My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circles/Square Frames, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches  other: Dear Lizzy Happy Place


I find this to be clean and simple.




I rarely float things to the top~but felt adventurous. ;)
 

Thanks for stopping by today~






Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Will Never Forget



I may not keep in touch as much as I'd like,
 
...but I never forget my friends. 
 
 I kept it simple today~
 

stamps: My Favorite Things LJD Forget Me Not sentiment, Pretty Pink Posh Thoughtful Greetings hearts
 dies:Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Hexagons,Avery Elle Double Stitched Rectangles





 It's the middle of the week...hang in there friends!!!


 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Heart Deer Card




Here's another deer card~for my hubby.


stamp: Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas  dies: Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas/Winter Snow, Essentials by Ellen Folk Hearts




Monday, September 11, 2017

Faith & a Deer



I'm going to town with masculinity today~


I credit it with having to sit for an hour-an-a-half at a tire place waiting for my car to be worked on.


It was a lot of man in one place and I barely made it out of there alive. 

There was nothing aesthetically pleasing there and it smelled of tires.

That's all I have to say about that.


I would have shut down if my sister had not texted with me the entire time so I didn't have to look up from my phone.


stamp: Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas  dies: Simon Says Stamp Magical Christmas/Painted Faith Wafer die, My Favorite Things Horizontal Stitched Strips




The top layer of deer is stamped...yay!!!



(your favorite stamps)

Honestly, this deer head is included in my favorite masculine Christmas set~

Just Add Ink #376..."Just Add D"

For the deer, yay!

 I'm envious of ladies that have brothers or sons because I get so uncomfortable in these masculine arenas!

 I guess it is what it is and I pray for courage when I have to endure these situations.

I'm such a chicken!!!

Now you know a little bit more about me. ;)


Have a good week friends~


 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

You're the Best Balloon Card



My brother-in-law has a birthday a few days after my daughter...and I tend to forget it.

Not this year!!!

I don't carry many masculine cards...so I made a conscious effort this year to have one ready.


stamps:My Favorite Things Because You/Modern Mosaic BG/Party Balloons  dies:My Favorite Things Party Balloons/Stitched Oval Word Window,Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dress Up Tag



This sketch was my jumping off point~

http://www.cardchallenges.com/2017/08/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-348.html





It's gloomy doomy in my neck of the woods today~I'm glad I have a hobby that's perfect for indoors. ;)

Ya'll bless me, you know that?

The challenges keep me motivated and distracted from things I could be stressing about.

The sweet bloggers that put inspiration out there...doing what they do...

it's a wonderful treat for a gotta-create inny like me.

Thanks for stopping in~

Saturday, September 2, 2017

It's the Big Day Sketch



I created a card for my hubby~


stamps: Papertrey Ink Doodlie-do  dies:My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Word Window/Wonky Stitched Circle, Essentials by Ellen Folk Hearts/Home & Hearth stars


based on this sketch~
 

http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/2017/08/fusion-glamping.html


Once in awhile I dig through my 12x12 paper packs and rediscover great patterns to work with.

These jeweled tones have been staring at me for about a month now.

I cut them into manageable sizes for cardmaking.


Once I saw the sketch it came together pretty easy.

 Yay for a good sketch!

Thanks for stopping in~

 



Comfort Zones



I need this quote today friends.

Yesterday I was soooo out of my comfort zone ...that I needed to take a chill pill.

I had to volunteer at my daughter's sporting event.

I was super freaked out leading up to it.

good grief.
 

stamp:Sweet 'n Sassy Inspirational Word Art 2  dies: My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circles/Square Frames


These primary-ish colors got me thinking about school and all that goes with it.


http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/08/color-throwdown-458.html
You'd think I'd be more comfortable...this being my third kid and all.

But every volunteer situation is still new for me...

new kids, new parents, new situations.

I haven't found my comfort zone yet.

At this point, I don't know if I ever will.

However, I'm always pleasantly surprised by the Godly and kind people the Lord lays in my path.

I wouldn't have known that unless I was thrown into situations I didn't choose for myself.

You're never too old to learn and grow I guess. ;)

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card, and listening to my ramblings.

Friday, September 1, 2017

yOUR bATTLE iS mINE


I. LOVE. THIS. SENTIMENT.


stamps: Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals/Courage sentiment  dies: Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals,My Favorite Things Stitched Squares,Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangles



UGH.


It hits all the feels man~


alllll the feels.



http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2017/08/ellen-hutson-august-pin-sights-challenge.html




http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2017/08/ellen-hutson-august-pin-sights-challenge.html


I'm an absorber...so even if I don't see friends for years...if they go through it....I'm in it also.

I know they feel the same...esp my prayer warrior friends out there.

 You don't know how many times I've had friends call me out of the blue and say I was on their heart.

They pray with me and MAKE me talk.

I love my pushy friends~esp when God knows I shouldn't be alone.


I'm a hide-in-the-cave-'til-the-pain-is-over kind of gal,
 but God won't let me do it!!!


Take care friends~

 



Funky Pineapple & a Sketch



This whole card started with a funky pineapple. :)


stamp: Avery Elle Stay Fresh, Papertrey Ink Palm Prints  dies: Avery Elle Stay Fresh, Papertrey Ink Palm Prints,My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches



There was a gorgeous baby blue acrylic paint in my stash.

 I swiped it on pp~then lined the edge with a glitter washi.

After I die cut the fruit, I went with this sketch (flipped sideways) for my card design.
 

http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/09/just-add-ink-375sketch.html


I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer... I figured a fun pineapple with cool colors would let me hang on a little longer.




 It's FRIDAYYYYY people....yes yes yes


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

You Rock/Oldie but Goodie




I lovesss my Grunge stamps~


stamps: Papertrey Ink Grunge Me  dies:Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangles,Spellbinders Classic Circles



I followed this sketch~
 

https://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/2017/08/ssc160-sketch-fun.html




http://inkspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/2017/08/challenge-142-designers-choice-oldie.html



This was my first "cool" set of stamps.


(your favorite stamps)

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/work-wednesday-august-2017/
 

It was featured in one of my first few posts

This card is for my cool nephew who's graduating.


My masculine sets are few but mighty, and I hold on to them!


Thanks for stopping in~







Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SAF 2017:Take-Ten Warm Up Challenge



My girlie made my day just now...she walked past my card and said, "That's a cool card".

I thought so, but since she said it (and she's a teen), it's legit. ;)



 stamps: Papertrey Ink (retired) Make It Market Kit Tinsel & Tags dies: Papertrey Ink (retired) Make It Market Kit Tinsel & Tags,Spellbinders Scalloped Circles/Classic Circles


I was inspired by Make It Monday #295 Challenge 
(hosted by Ashley), but didn't get around to making one in time.

So, I thought I'd use it in my 10 min planning for


I used this color scheme...

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2017/08/saf-2017-ten-minute-warm-up-challenge.html



I followed the 10 min increments mentioned (except I had to pause about 5 min to kill a wasp in my den!!!).

It took me a few min after that to recover...

I gave myself more time to create another one~


 stamps: Papertrey Ink (retired) Make It Market Kit Tinsel & Tags/Spruce & Sprigs/A Thrill of Hope
 dies: Papertrey Ink (retired) Make It Market Kit Tinsel & Tags,Spellbinders Scalloped Circles/Classic Circles




I added more details and colors, since I didn't have a time limit to aim for.

This card fold is my new fave!!!

Thanks for stopping by~

 

Peace in Blues and Oranges

 
 I received my generous prize winnings from Winnie & Walter and immediately finished a Christmas card!


stamps: Winnie & Walter Scenery:It's a Wonderful Pennant  
die:Winnie & Walter In a Word:Peace Cutaway,Avery Elle Wonky Stitches






Here's some beautiful inspiration:





http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/2017/08/august-color-combo-with-heather-h.html


Blues + Oranges are my FAVE combo!

~happy sigh~


Thanks for stopping by friends~





 

Cut the Clock at 10




 I cut the stopwatch at 10, 
because I didn't want to pass out. ;)


(stamp: Verve Everything Nice   dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Frames/Tree-mendous  other:Pebbles Basics Cardmaking Pad 2,enamel dots)



I'm guessing I went about 5 more minutes.



 Thank you, Time Out, for the optional part.
 
 My nerves can't take a lot of excitement. :0

Have a good one~





Monday, August 28, 2017

For You, Altenew




It's MONDAY!

New week, new surprises. :)


Here's my card for today~
 



stamp: Altenew Handmade Tags/Bells & Bows  dies: Altenew Handmade Tags/Bells & Bows, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches  other: Dylusions Ink Sprays



I just got my order from Altenew~I've had my eye on yummy striped tags and couldn't wait to stamp my own.

I used these colors~

 


http://altenewblog.com/2017/08/01/august-2017-inspiration-challenge/


The blue/green sprayed base panel was a scrap left from a previous project.


 Thanks for stopping by, friends!
 



Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Days Ahead




I know a couple of ladies that started college and I made them each this card.


(stamp: Verve Forever in Our Hearts  dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Square/Wonky Stitched Circle/Tree-mendous,Avery Elle Double Stitched Rectangles)



Cacti are special to these young women
(long story but I'm glad succulents are IN right now...it makes creating for them easier).

 The sentiment, taken from a Verve sympathy set,
 isn't your typical send-off-to-college greeting.

However, the last time I spoke with them, they were pretty freaked out about this milestone.

 I hope this brings comfort and reminds them:
one. day. at. a. time.

No matter what, they are loved and we're still here for them!!!


 My colors were taken from the following photo...



http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/08/just-us-girls-408-photo-week.html


 I love summer themes...esp flamingos, pineapples and ALOHAAAA.

However, I couldn't get a gold tree trunk out of my head
 (plus I was trying to work in the cacti pp)...

so this happened. 

That should be my bumper sticker...

so this happened


😄



Thanks for stopping by, friends~
 



 

Here Comes the Sun



I wanted this to look as clean as possible~with a hint of color.

I couldn't resist a staple.
 

(stamp: Verve Rise and Shine (temp. free digi)   dies:My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circles, Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #5/Songbirds)



Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right



 I don't want to be the only one with this diddly in my head.

you're welcome
:)


I was inspired by this color challenge.


http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/08/color-throwdown-457.html





Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sending Happy Thoughts




I'm slowly getting into trees~'tis the season...


(stamp: Newton's Nook Fanciful Flowers,Pretty Pink Posh Thoughtful Greetings  dies: My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circles/Square Frames/Tree-mendous, Avery Elle Star Frame)



Although not about trees, the following inspiration got me started.



http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/08/just-add-ink-374inspiration.html



The round white plate had me grab for a cut and stamped wavy circle that's been sitting on my desk.

I used it for a tree head :)


 I framed the sentiment with a brown "table", and added shiny gold elements instead of silver (spoon element).


 I've gotten a lot of stampy time in today and I'm loving it~

Thanks for stopping by friends!





Thursday, August 24, 2017

I Can Totally Be Myself




Fall colors are around the cornerrrrrr....


(stamps: My Favorite Things Because You   dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Frames/Because You/Stitched Oval Word/Creative Clips)


This card was inspired by this sketch~


http://www.cardchallenges.com/2017/08/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-347.html


I pray you're having a good day so far~thanks for stopping by!