Saturday, February 28, 2015

Paper Sweeties March Inspiration Challenge: Waiting for Spring!

OMG- it's March! Can you believe it?

BUT it does mean that it's time for another Inspiration challenge over at Paper Sweeties!

This month's theme is "Waiting for Spring" and while I know there's a lot of you out there still digging yourselves out of the snow- we've been enjoying some pretty fabulous weather here in Arizona! (well maybe not the last couple of days of gloomy gray skies and rain- but I'll take it!)

Here is the photo inspiration for the month:

I just love those painted mason jars- makes me want to find some to spray paint- LOL!

Anyway, I kept my card super simple this time around and did some paper piecing using the newly released Pretty Posies & Garden Time sets and used the pretty pastels as the inspiration...


As always don't forget to stop by all the design team's blogs to check out what they created too! Hope to see you play along!

February Guest Designer:  Donna

Happy hopping!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Sk8tr!

Just a quick post to share a birthday card I made for my nephew... his birthday just happens to be on Valentine's Day, I'm a little late getting his card to him, but he knows it's on it's way! ;)

I decided to use this Sk8tr image from Tiddly Inks, he's just such a cool dude!

Happy Bday Sk8tr

Thanks for stopping by Happy Weekend!

What's Perking?


And what a happy day it is- we got to start the day off by hearing our lil baby girl's heartbeat! 34 weeks down... 6 more to go (YIKES!)

Anyway, popping in to share a card I was able to pull together whilst enjoying the awesome weather we are having here in AZ (sorry East Coasters..) gathered up some markers and sat outside to color & my son played & "helped..."

Anyway, I finished up my card and I'm joining in on the fun for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Put together by the most FABULOUS hostesses Amy & Chaitali! Hope you get a chance to hop and play along- there are some AMAZING sponsors and lots of fun to be had- the deadline is March 6... so fill up those coffee cups and get crafting!

I just adore this Frappi Anya image from The Greeting Farm, that I just had to use her again!

What's Perking Anya

On my most recent trip to Michaels I found these awesome doilies in all different shades... I just had to pick up one of each color!

I'm also playing along with the Ribbons or Lace FFF challenge at The Greeting Farm this week (I got this ribbon from the dollar spot at Target!)

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Succulents + Copics + Kraft = ♥

I had some time to play this morning and I wanted to play along with the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

AND with the new challenge on Flickr for Simon Says Stamp & Lawn Fawn I knew I just had to join in the fun- especially since the theme is to "Get Crafty with Kraft!" Unless you're new to my blog then you would notice that I love using kraft on my cards!

I had previously created a card with Simon Says Stamps Cups & Succulents on kraft that I just loved the look of so I had to make another! (see it here!)  Except this time I also incorporated the mug from the What's Brewing stamp set- Who wouldn't love a mug full of succulents??

Succulents Mug

Here's close up of the succulents- I just love the look of copic coloring directly on kraft!

hello succulents

Hoping to find some time to also play with some Lawn Fawn & more kraft!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

AEI♥U Masking Challenge

Squeezing in one last card for the weekend and just under the wire for the AEI♥U Challenge!

I had been itching to play along with this challenge all week since I recently got some new (to me) Avery Elle stamps! I thought this Petals & Stems set was perfect for the MASKING challenge!

I just love the look of white stamping on kraft cardstock, and so that's what I did! Along with adding some color using some pigment inks (note to self: buy more inks!)

LOVEly Flowers

With the exception of the sentiment banner, the flowers and leaves are all one layer- here's a close up pic...

Avery Elle flowers

I love the way this turned out and can't wait to make some more cards like this!

Thanks for stopping by- hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!

My family celebrated Chinese New Year this week with lots of food & family time!

& of course the New Year wouldn't be complete without some lucky red envelopes for my son, nieces & nephew. It's the Year of the Goat, but unfortunately I didn't have any goat stamps or images to put on them! But how can you go wrong with some sweet little panda bears?

CNY Red Envelopes

This adorable panda is Shin Shin from Sister Stamps- I just adore him!

Here's my son all decked out in his Chinese outfit wishing you all a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Can't wait for the next New Years when we will have another addition to our family... our little baby girl is due to arrive in April!  I can't believe how fast time is flying!

Off to enjoy the gorgeous weather we're having today in AZ!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Creative for Lawn Fawn...

Hi again...

Back this time for the Lawn Fawn portion of the Anya, Oddies & Others Inspiration blog!

It's another ANYTHING GOES challenge, so I thought it would be fun to pair it up with Lawnscaping's 100th challenge- Birthdays!

I used my favorite critter stamp from Into the Woods- LOVE that lil fox, and the sentiment is from Happy Everything! My nephew's birthday just happens to fall on Valentine's Day too- I *might* just have to send this one to him...if I can part with it myself! LOL

Birthday foxy

Thanks for stopping by- have an AMAZING weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Creative for Anya...

Happy Friday!

Hope you've had a fantastic week!  We're celebrating Chinese New Year this week (more on that later...)

We've changed things up a little on the Anya, Oddies & Others blog and will now be offering a new challenge every 20th of the month- come join us!

For this month's Anya (The Greeting Farm) category- the challenge option is ANYTHING GOES! I still needed to make some Valentine's cards for my older 2 nieces so this was perfect!

First, Totes Anya, she's a new exclusive to TGF and I just *had* to have her!

XOXO Totes Anya

& for my second card, Frappi Anya was on my wishlist forever- and I finally got my hands on her!

Latte Anya

Thanks for stopping by- hope to see you join in the fun! Back in a few with my Lawn Fawn card!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

That's Amor... Anya!

I couldn't wait to get my copics on this new sweet Amor Anya just released from The Greeting Farm! And just in time to play along with the newest TGF challenge too, "Love is in the Air"

I knew she'd be just perfect for Valentines for 2 of my nieces (cards for the older 2 coming soon...)

First, for the one who loves orange, but I couldn't resist throwing in a little pink in there it *is* Valentine's Day ;)

Amor Anya

and for her older sister, I used the same elements on this card but changed things up a bit so they weren't *exactly* the same!

Amor Anya

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Paper Sweeties February Release Rewind!

It's Paper Sweeties Release Rewind day!

Using two previously released stamps, I Love You & Homemade with Love along with the new Pretty Posies to come up with this!

Paper Sweeties Feb Rewind!

I stamped the mug then inlaid diecut the leaves for an added design element, I also diecut the stem & leaves 3 times and layered them together for more dimension too!

Thanks for stopping by! & don't forget to pay a final visit to the design team for another peek of their creations this month!

Annette Witherspoon
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*
Julie Tucker-Wolek
Larissa Heskett
Lysa Rohrer  
Mackie Robertson
Maria Patrick
Michelle Bala
Mynnette Kitchen
Nancy Penir

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Paper Sweeties February Release Party!

It's release day at Paper Sweeties!!

For my card today I used both the new sets together- Pretty Posies & Garden Time along with their matching sweet cuts for this fun CAS card...

Sweet Friend

A bit hard to see in this photo- some of the flowers are popped up for some added dimension along with the white dots! :)

Both new stamp sets and their matching Sweet Cuts dies are available NOW in the Paper Sweeties shop- check them out HERE!

And of course check out the design team's creations...

Annette Witherspoon
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*
Julie Tucker-Wolek
Larissa Heskett
Lysa Rohrer  
Mackie Robertson
Maria Patrick
Michelle Bala
Mynnette Kitchen
Nancy Penir

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy ♥ Day!

Tiddly Inks-Wryn Happy Heart
(Tiddly Inks- Wryn Happy Heart)

Paper Sweeties February Release Countdown!

Hi again!

Time for another peek from Paper Sweeties February release!

I used the Pretty Posies set again along with the sweet cuts dies to create this quick and simple card...


I did some quick copic coloring on the flowers, die cut them, paired them with some fun embossing, a piece of scrap paper I had laying around and a strip of washi tape and called it done!

Don't forget to swing by the DT's

Annette Witherspoon
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*
Julie Tucker-Wolek
Larissa Heskett
Lysa Rohrer  
Mackie Robertson
Maria Patrick
Michelle Bala
Mynnette Kitchen
Nancy Penir

Be back again tomorrow...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Paper Sweeties February Release Sneak Peeks

It's mid-month and you know what that means... time for a NEW Paper Sweeties release!

This month's release includes:

Pretty Posies + Sweet Cuts
Garden Time + Sweet Cuts

For my first card I used Pretty Posies... (& the sentiment is from Sweetie Pie)


and had fun with some water-coloring! Using Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean) I still need some practice with watercoloring, but I'm pretty happy with how this turned out!

As always check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team!

Annette Witherspoon
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood 
Jinny Newlin *special Guest Designer*
Julie Tucker-Wolek
Larissa Heskett
Lysa Rohrer 
Mackie Robertson
Maria Patrick
Michelle Bala
Mynnette Kitchen
Nancy Penir

Thanks for stopping by... be back tomorrow with another peek!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Love you a Latte! ♥

Hi again!

Quick post to share another card I was able to squeeze in this week...

This time for the newest challenge over at Lawnscaping! It's one of my favorites... CLEAN & SIMPLE!

Can you believe it's their 99th challenge? Can't wait to see what the BIG 100 will bring!

I paired the Love You a Latte set along with some tags and washi tape! Think this will make a sweet Valentine too...hmm.. who to send it to? ;)

Love you a latte

Until next time...

Hey Chickie!

Happy Friday!!

I had some time to play along with some of my "new to me stamps" this week!

I finally got my hands on some more Paper Smooches for my stash and couldn't wait to play with these sweet Chubby Chums! & just in time to join in on the SPARKS Anything Goes challenge this week too...

Hey Chickie!

I just love this little chick! Especially since my sister has chickens, I thought it would be a fun "just because" or cute Valentine's card for my niece! ;)

I also used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #109...

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hello Deer!

Have you SEEN the new cute digi critters released this month over at Chi Chi Memories???

I couldn't wait to color up this Cute Deer!

Hello Deer

I paired it with some fun "woodsy" papers from my scrap stash, and added a cute lil' nose using some black enamel accents! I created the sentiment by combining stamps from Lawn Fawn and Winnie & Walter. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tiddly Inks TINGO!

It's time for a new challenge at Tiddly Inks this week!

This week's challenge is "TINGO"! Using your favorite Tiddly Inks image use the grid below to to choose your embellishments!

I used the new Sweet Tooth Let Us Eat Cake and paired her up with the embossing and lace options.

Seize the Cake!

and of course when I was making my card I couldn't find my stash of lace... so I used some lace doilies instead! :)

Check out more AMAZING inspiration from the design team on the Challenge blog!
Hope to see you join in the fun this week!

Seize the CAKE...err the day!