Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hi Kids

I'm so sorry I haven't been around very much these last weeks. Had to do some 'company cleaning' in advance of DH's brother and our new sister-in-law's two week visit, which we're in the midst of even as we speak. Since they split their time between Greece, Germany and North Carolina, and don't get to the Midwest often, we don't see them but every four or five years. Right now, they're sight-seeing and I had time to make a quick card for a couple of challenges. I will definitely get back on track with visiting your blogs and commenting soon.

I took inspiration from both Freshly Made Sketches and Inspired By All The Little Things. I think you can see just how...




And here we go...


I'd been hoarding saving this navy blue woodgrain paper, as well as those poppies, for some time. Today was the day to pull them out and actually use them! I stamped and die cut some EH leaves, used an MFT flag die, and a MB sentiment. EZPZ. For now though, I'm off to clean the bathroom and run the vacuum before our company returns. Sending you all tons of warm wishes! And...


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NBUS Round 2

Hi Kids. Just an uber quick post today. DH is still sleeping, as he isn't feeling well, and I have a minute to post a card made using this NBUS set by PPP. It's cute, and without a sentiment at present because I haven't decided what to put there as of yet. Since it's full of NBUS goodness, it will, naturally head off to Darnell's NBUS Challenge!!

IT'S HERE!


Love these sweet images! Just a little ink blending for a background, cut with a ME scalloped edge die, and the other images are from PPP, colored with Copics, and cut with their matching dies. And I'm off. Hope to get to some commenting today...It just depends on my "Sweet Baboo..." 


Friday, September 29, 2017

Guest Designing At Tag You're It

When Bobby emailed and asked if I'd like to be Featured Artist at Tag You're It, it was a no-brainer for me. Absolutely, positively had to say yes (and maybe do a little happy dance for good measure!!)!! How exciting! TYI is such a fun place to play, and the DT is fabulous. Thank you so much for having me!

I don't know how your nearly-Fall weather is, but here in SE Wisconsin, it's been hot. Eighty plus degrees as of late, but today it's definitely more seasonable. Since I'm not quite ready to let go of summer yet, so these warmer days have been good with me! The longer I can wear my sandals and tee-shirts, the better! My tag reflects these very last vestiges of summer:










A while back, I was perusing SSS without the intention of actually shopping (snort, giggle, laugh, yeah right...) and came across this set by Photoplay. The bathing suit image immediately caught my eye, and somehow, this set jumped (all by itself, I swear) into my cart! Isn't this just a fun image?!! It's paired with a SSS sentiment and some AE flowers which are colored with a Copic marker, die cut and popped up. The striped PPP ribbon reflect the stripes in the suit, and because I had no matchy-matchy hot pink ribbon, I used the same Copic as the flowers to color a bit of white ribbon. Worked well and my sense of matchy-matchy is happy! Do stop over at TYI and see the wonders that the DT has created and play along! It'll be fun, I promise!!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Case This Sketch

I've got one errand to run in just a few minutes, so will keep this short. I saw the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch, and wasn't sure I could make anything work. As it turns out, something came to mind and worked the first time around! So happy it did!!


My take looks like this:


Lately, I'm enamored of Gina K's ivory cardstock. Had to use it here along with a few scraps from the blue folder. They've been cut with a PPP die - isn't that just the sweetest??!! The sentiment is from SSS, and the flat, red sequins are from Amy Tsuruta. (Thanks Amy!!) While there are tons of patterns in the papers, because just a hint is showing, surrounded by all that ivory, it remains pretty CAS. And I'd better get moving, kids. Have a great day!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Darnell's NBUS #12

It's time for this installment of the incredible Darnell's NBUS Challenge. Isn't she just the best????!!!! I absolutely adore her, and I'm 100% sure that there are thousands of us in this lovely card making world who love her as much as I do!! If you've gotten to meet her in person, then you know she's as genuine and funny in real life as she is on her blog. Darnell has challenged us to grab our newest, "Never Before Used Schtuff," and ink it up. And since I had a few (cough-cough) new things, I had to play along! You will be playing, too, right?! Hope so!!

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

Everything on this card, except the ink, sequins, and papers are NBUS.... I'm so bad....



Just thought this was fun. The cut-out die is from Memory Box, as are the fish stamps, fish dies, and sentiment. My sister liked this one. She's a very good 'chooser.' Hi Sue... And I hope to see you and all your NBUS enabling goodies in the gallery, too! Sending a big thank you to Darnell for having this challenge! I look forward to it each and every time! As always...


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Here Again

I'm back in blogland again. We had company and a birthday party last weekend, then for some reason unbeknownst to me, the migraine troll decided to have a five-day vacation in my head. Ugh. That despicable troll finally checked out late yesterday morning, and I couldn't be happier! Since he left, I played a little in the old craft room! I've got one card for you to scope out today, and unintentionally, it's a one layer card. This one will go into Where Creativity Meets C9, where the challenge is to use Ink Only.

  Concord & 9th


For this card, I've used the Flourish Stamp Set


For this I've layered inks both on the blossoms and on the leaves. I love the way the peeks of browns show on that pretty green in the leaves. I chose orange and yellows for the blooms in honor of Fall. That's an RC sentiment, stamped like those leaves. I've got to run for now; that migraine troll did no cleaning, so that's on my agenda for today. As always...


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy Stamptember!!

Who doesn't love Simon Says Stamp??!! And I'll admit, I look forward to Stamptember every year, so when on August 18th, Heidi Crowl posted this on Facebook, I thought, "Why not?!!"



Hi Crafty Friends! I had an idea today.... STAMPtember is coming very soon and we would love to GIVE some of our crafty friends some of the new products to try! You can tell your friends about the products if you love them and tell us about how you want us to make them better if you don't love them. The question is... WHO WANTS TO TRY SOME NEW STAMPtember products!? If you think you would like to.... please comment and like this message. Email Marketing@simonsaysstamp.com with your name and mailing address. We will chose (MANY!) wonderful crafters to mail sneak peek parcels to this week. If you are chosen, we will REPLY to your email and let you know. Sound good!? Yes? Then Ready..... Set..... GO!

So I commented and sent off an email. And then this was delivered in my mailbox:


Along with this:


I waited until today to post, because I happen to have a "Stamptember" birthday... Containing myself this long was not an easy task, believe me! And of course, I made a card with that fun set!


I love this sentiment! For other supply details, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to let you know what I've used besides this amazing sentiment set. I've got to run, as I'm getting ready to party!