Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School!

Hi again!
(2nd post of the day.. please scroll down or click here for the Paper Sweeties Blog Hop)

Jodi is hosting FFF this week at The Greeting Farm! It's that time of year again.. Back to School! I definitely miss parts of back to school season, but I do love me some school supplies! :) I know I'll be a wreck when it's time for my son to start school in a couple of years!

In the meantime, my nieces go back to school, well one goes BACK while her sister is starting kindergarten! I decided to make a sweet card to give her this weekend along with a little something special (to be blogged soon...)

Back to School FFF

Be sure to check out all the details on the challenge over at the TGF blog! Hope to see you play along!

Paper Sweeties Birthday Blog Hop

Happy Friday! & Happy AUGUST!  (Can you believe another month has passed?!!?)

I am so excited to be posting today- I was asked a little while back by the SWEETEST Debbie M. from Paper Sweeties to participate in her BIG 2nd birthday Blog Hop!  How could I say no?!

You should have arrived here from Colleen's blog, if not I suggest you go to the Paper Sweeties blog to start from the beginning- you won't want to miss all the fun! There's even some big prize giveaways (you'll want to be sure to leave comments along the way *wink wink*)

I couldn't wait to play with these goodies when they came in the mail!

Since this IS a birthday celebration, I made this birthday card using the adorable Paper Doll stamp Abigail, and had some fun mixing clothing from her extensive wardrobe!

Paper Sweeties 2nd bday

I colored her hair and skin with copics and paper pieced her outfit. I used the top from Enjoy Your Day set and the apron, shoes & sentiment from Sweetie Pie! Oh! and you can find those awesome flower sequins in the Paper Sweeties shop too!

I couldn't stop at just one card! I also received this Showering You With Love bundle set- it has matching metal dies! This set is super sweet and so fun to use- and so versatile for birthday, baby, & bridal showers etc. Now, for this card- I die cut the umbrella, stamped the image and instead of paper piecing I colored it with copics.

PS Birthday showers

With some creative masking I made my own greeting- I used the "showering you with love" from the set along with the 'birthday' from the above mentioned Enjoy Your Day to have it read: "Showering you with birthday LOVE"! Again added some sequins- and see that gorgeous ribbon- it's hand-dyed seam binding available in the store too!

Ok that's enough from me... now I'm thrilled to pass you along to the next stop on the hop to my new crafty *friend* & fellow Gallery Idol finalist, Miriam!

and just in case you get lost along the way here is the FULL hop order!

Paper Sweeties Design Team:

Special Guest Designers:
Lysa Rohrer-- *you're here!*
Amy Linkletter #1 , #2, #3, #4

Happy hopping and Happy Weekend! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Missing You...

Popping in quick to share this card I made with Chi Chi Memories' Casual Day image!

She is just the sweetest and I thought with the way she's standing she'd make a perfect, "thinking of you" or "missing you" type of card- so that's just what I did!

Paired her with some fun summery colors: aqua, orange & silver...

Missing You

Can't forget the ribbon and sequins of course!  Don't forget to join us for the CCM challenge blog  monthly sketch too!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Good Day Sunshine!

Here's another scrapbook layout I made a couple of days ago and didn't get chance to photograph until this morning!

It's another from our summer trip in San Diego! It was my son's first time at the beach and he wasn't sure what to think of it all....
Good Day Sunshine

The first day he ventured out to the water (it was pretty chilly!) and took him a few minutes to warm up to having some sandy toes!

But after another day getting a bit closer to the water...
He wanted nothing to do with it! & was much happier building and smashing sandcastles as fast as I could build them! Oh well.. maybe next time :)

Oh and that awesome "Good Day Sunshine" title is a freebie from Kerry Bradford Design! I finally am getting the hang of playing with my silhouette- and it is the coolest thing! :)

Thanks for stopping by! ;)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

1, 2, 3...

I'm so DETERMINED to do more scrapbook layouts.. I sat down last night to make of list of pages I wanted to do and it's very much longer than I'd like it to be!

I was inspired by the page I had created last week with the pictures of my nieces, nephew & son in their "flamingo" stance that I decided to do a facing page with them attempting to jump all together using the same sketch on The Memory Nest, only reversed.
1, 2, 3...

Doesn't sound that hard right? Well... when your subjects range from age 2 to 15 it's a lot harder than you may think! LOL!

Happy Sunday... on to more pages!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July

OMG. Yes. I did it. I made a CHRISTMAS card in the middle of summer! It is exactly FIVE MONTHS until Christmas. I know I say it a lot- but holy cow where does the time go?

Kristina is hosting over at The Greeting Farm today & she chose to do 'Christmas in July' Farm Fresh Friday challenge!  Now, I found this card exceptionally hard to do- because thinking about anything holiday-ish right now blows my mind.... and it doesn't really help that we hit record high temperatures today.  116*F! (46*C!) YIKES.

I used a few different sets (Ian from Xmas Sweeties (retired), the chair from Sitting Casual (retired) & The gift stack from Birthday Bundle) here is what I was able to come up with...

Xmas in July
I dug through my scrap paper stash and found these bits and pieces of some holiday papers- put them together in a slightly color blocking pattern, added some glittery washi tape and sequins :)

Be sure to check out the rest of the team's creations over on the TGF blog (they're pretty fab!) and join us for FFF!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Whole Lot of One-layered-ness

Hi ya! Back at it again today with another card to share!

After doing some blog surfing, I found that Hero Arts, & A Blog Named Hero were both having a one-layer challenge I couldn't help but to play along!  I had this idea pop into my head and just couldn't let it go.. so after much trial and error (like x3 maybe more...) I came up with this final product that I'm very happy with!

Fun, Floral, & 1 layer

I first stamped the sentiment, used a post-it to mask off a circle, and inked & lightly water misted this Everything Flower stamp from Hero Arts with some bright bold distress inks (Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers) onto heavy cardstock (110lb.) Attached my stencil and layered on a thin coat of white embossing paste, sprinkled with some frosted white embossing powder and let dry... then heat set! & Finally finished off with my favorite faux stitching and flower sequins!

I'm also entering this into the embossing challenge over at Simon Says Stamp!

Thanks for stopping by! Would love to know what you think of my card! :)

Until tomorrow!