Saturday, January 13, 2018

ATSAM # 274 / FMS #319: Merry

Hello, friends!  I'm happy to be able to peek in (between proofreading college essays and organizing my craft corner) to share a card for two challenges:

(1)  Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #274 - Clean and Simple

(2)  Freshly Made Sketches #319: A Sketch by Rita

Here is my card, using a fun Cuttlbug embossing folder frame and a favorite Papertrey Ink stamp paired with a dainty word die by WPlus9 mounted on a die cut banner.

(See the sparkle of the glitter paper and small dots of red Stickles?)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Yay for Snow Days!

Hello, friends! I'm stopping in today because after two days back to work, we have a snow day!

While the snow isn't too bad where I am on the east coat, the wind and low temps are making it a bit nasty for travel.  So, I'm staying inside today, taking down some Christmas decorations, and sneaking in a little crafty time while my four teens continue to sleep the morning away!

I have a card to share for two challenges today:

(1) Merry Monday #271: Embossing -- I used dry embossing on my card.

(2) Addicted to Stamps and More! #273: Holiday -- I'm still highlighting Christmas.

For my card, I kept it clean and simple.  I dry embossed the snowy background onto a plain white card, then stamped "Christmas" in red ink.  Next, I adhered the die cut wreath and "merry" sentiment and added red Stickles all around the wreath for some shine to match the red glitter sentiment.

Stamps: WPlus9 (Hand Lettered Holiday)
Dies: WPlus9 (Hand Lettered Holiday), Reverse Confetti (Vintage Spring Beginnings) 
Inks: Adirondack (Red Pepper)
Other: Sizzix (Snowfall/Speckles) embossing folder, Red Stickles, DCWV red glitter paper

OK, have to get back to taking down the decorations...thank you for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year and Winner!

Hello, friends, and Happy New Year!  I'm stopping by to wish you all the best in 2018...may it be filled with love, health, happiness, and all good things for you and yours!

I am also here to announce the winner from my giveaway post (found HERE). After putting all seven names into a bowl, my daughter pulled the winner...Barb Ghig from Barb's Studio Creations!  Congratulations, Barb, I'll email you shortly!

It feels odd not to be preparing for another year of design team work, but after the whirlwind "vacation" we just had with our four kids, I know I made a wise choice.  It is actually a bit of a relief as I start this new year with a little less on my plate than usual. (That is a rare event for me!)

Thank you all again for your continued support.  All the best to you in the new year!
Take good care,

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Joy to All

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping in one last time before Christmas to enter a card into several challenges.  After this, I'm tuning out for the celebration of Christmas with family.

My card is for the following challenges:

(1) Freshly Made Sketches #318

(2) Merry Monday #270 {Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe} -- I followed the first row down: stamping/die cut/red.  I stamped the snowman, die cut the white panel using a wonky rectangle die, and added a paper-pieced red hat to the snowman.

I stamped one of my favorite (retired) snowman images from Jane's Doodles "Vintage Christmas" set and paper-pieced his hat and scarf for some pattern and texture.  The silver glitter tape adds some sparkle, and the sentiment from Hero Arts is my wish for all of you...JOY!

Thank you for stopping by and I wish all of you who celebrate it a very Blessed Christmas. Happy New Year to all, too!

Take good care,

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CASology #280: KINDNESS - Giveaway & Farewell

Hello, friends!  I'm sorry to say that I am here with my final design team card for the last cue of 2017 at CASology.  After five full years, I have decided to step down from the team in order to spend more time focused on family.  With my four teenage kids (one in in middle school and three in high school -- and two preparing to go off to college in 2018), I need to reprioritize my time.  After prayerful reflection, I realize that my "online life" needs to take a back seat for a while!

I am so grateful to Melissa Chipperfield, the creator and coordinator of CASology, for inviting me to join the team five years ago. I was so excited  because clean and simple is my favorite style, and I had played along with CASology challenges since day one.  The past five years have been so fabulous...CASology has been a huge part of my life (and even my family's life) and I know I am going to miss it.

Thank you to all the lovely ladies, both past and present, on the CASology Design Team. I am inspired by all of you each week and I have loved every second of our time as teammates.  Thank you, thank you!  (Jen, I'm still willing to travel to Bermuda if you ever decide to host a CASology reunion of any sort...just putting it out there!)

Finally, thanks to all of you who play along with us at CASology each week and take the time to leave us some love.  I enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing your awesome CAS creations.  Keep up the good "clean and simple" work!

In gratitude, I have a little giveaway!  I will give THIS STAMPlorations die to one person chosen randomly from all who comment on this post.  My birthday is next week, so let's celebrate together!

Without further ado, our current cue card to finish out 2017:

I am so happy that STAMPlorations is sponsoring our two-week challenge because it is a company that I got to know and love through their generous sponsorship of CASology. Shery Russ has been so kind and generous to the design team and to those who play along at CASology!  Kindness is a word that Shery exemplifies in my book.

For my card, I used a sentiment from Hero Arts paired with a gift image from the STAMPlorations "Warm Hands, Warm Heart" set.  I masked the gift, then masked a base and added Spun Sugar distress ink behind the gift.  I watercolored the present using distress inks, and added some splatters for fun.

I can't wait to see how you interpret the KINDNESS cue in the next two weeks!  You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team and Guest Designer interpreted the sure to check out their blogs!

Guest Designer: Bharati

Our Sponsor This Week: 

I'm entering ths card into the current STAMPlorations December CAS Challenge where anything goes, as well as the STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

I'll be back to announce the winner of my giveaway on January 1, 2018.
Thanks for visiting!   

Friday, December 15, 2017

Three Winter Landscape Cards

Hello, friends!  I'm here to share three cards I made for several challenges using the STAMPlorations (CUTplorations)  "Stitched Spring Landscape" die.  I actually used the die as a winter, snow-covered scene for three Christmas cards!

My first card pairs the landscape die with a STAMPlorations "Warm Winter Wishes" phrase die.

I'm entering this card into the HLS December Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes as well as the HLS December Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.  I used the landscape die as well as a scalloped border die and the warm winter wishes sentiment die.


My next card paired the landscape die with a sentiment from the STAMPlorations "Warm Hands, Warm Hearts" stamp set.  I spritzed the background sky with Perfect Pearls mist and added Stickles to the snow surface for some sparkly shine..and the red gems are pretty sparkly, too!

I'm entering this card into the current Addicted to CAS #126: Sparkle challenge as well as the AAA Cards: CAS Game #105 - Sparkle.



My final card pairs the landscape with a Papertrey Ink sentiment and a snowflake embossed card base.  The little snowflakes needed a little pop of color, so I added lilac gems to the centers.

I'm entering this card into the current Muse Christmas Visions #90.

Since all three of my cards used the STAMPlorations landscape die, I'll be adding all of these cards to the STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

Wow, that was a lot of cards in one post, wasn't it? Thanks so much for sticking with me!
Take good care,

Blessed Christmas - Two Versions

Hello, friends!  I'm here to share two cards I made using the beautiful STAMPlorations Typographia stamp called "Blessed Christmas."  For both cards, I stamped the sentiment with colored ink and then re-stamped using Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for shine.

On my first card, I also stamped the nativity scene from Hero Arts "Greatest Gift" set and clear embossed it as well.

On my second card, I added blue ink to the inside of a snowflake border embossing folder, then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  The snowflakes remained white, while the blue ink covered the card base.  I added some sparkly metallic snowflakes and clear gems to add even more sparkle!

I'm entering these cards into the following challenges:

(1)  Muse Christmas Visions #90 where any holiday card can be linked up!

(2) STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Take good care,