Thursday, September 27, 2012

CASE Study Challenge #110 -- Hope card

Whoo-wee. Two posts in one night!

And all before the kids are in bed. I don't know where it's coming from, but I'm coming close to the worthless part of the evening so I have to type fast. Every  night I have a little mental list of things I want to do after the kids are down and all is quiet again....and every night I crash and fall into bed shortly after they do! I've found that time of night is only good for reading or surfing the web. Maybe playing a little Words With Friends. One day, I'll stop kidding myself, plan accordingly and altogether avoid the disappointment of being dawg tired by 9pm.

On to CASE study! I always love this challenge but rarely get to  to play. I decided I was doing it today -- I thought it fit nicely with a card I wanted to make for a dear friend still fighting a breast cancer diagnosis. She's progresing nicely, but yesterday several more weeks of treatment were proposed as a "just to be safe" situation and it hit her hard, as anyone can imagine.

Here is the CASE study's inspiration piece for this week:

And my card inspired by this design:


With the brighter pink, this isn't as soft as I usually make for the pink ribbon cards, but I really like how it turned out -- cheerful and happy. We're thinking positive!
The paper kit is Sophia from CTMH and I used blush ink for the ribbon and Cotton Candy ink for the sentiment, butterfly, and inked edges. The pink pearl gems are KaiserScrapbooking. (leftover from a LONG ago idea - but matched perfectly! Love when that works out.  ... and who am I kidding? I need that to happen.    ALOT. ... I have a "ghosts of scrapbooking past" drawer in my craft room.  And it was all stuff that seemed like a good idea at the time. Of course.)
I used my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut the artisan labels. And, the pink ribbon and butterfly are adhered using 3-D Foam Tape. (one of my go-to supplies)
Thank you for visiting. And, if there are any prayers you are willing to whisper on my friend's behalf, it would be most humbly appreciated.
God bless!
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PDCC #151 and Unscripted Sketches #177

Happy End-of-the-Week!

For us, Fall Break is only days away and that means a beach vacation is practically here. Everyone is "happy, happy, happy." These days, leaving the state on a pre-booked getaway is the only way we can see Big Daddy. The Husband is working a ridiculous amount of hours and we are all looking forward to a getaway and some well deserved "play time."

Beautiful colors over at the Play Date Cafe and I put them with the sketch from Unscripted Sketches because I seem to be all about sketches lately. I don't want to turn one down if I can make the time to do it. (Sometimes I'm making time, when I probably should be doing something else! But please keep that between us.)

Aren't they both fabulous? I just want to jump into each of the pictures on the color scheme! (I love fall. Have I mentioned that before?)

My CTMH colors are Vineyard Berry (stamped chicken wire and flower), Olive (patterned paper from Mayberry kit, twine, stamped sentiment and leaves), and Goldrush (cardstock). The kraft cardstock is from PaperTrey Ink as is the chicken wire stamp set (Background Basics: Farm & Barn). The sentiment is from Skipping Stones Design (Heartsong 2) and the flower and leaves are from CTMH (Flirty Scrapbooking Kit stamp set). The cute little matching rhinestones are from Michaels.
Thanks for visiting! 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Colour Q #156 and Flirty Fall Favorites

Good evening!

Fall is definitely in the air. The sun is going down earlier (here at about 6:30pm). The animals are happy running around outside, as opposed to napping in the air conditioning. And, I actually made a pot of homemade applesauce today! It feels more "official".

I jumped on the Colour Q inspiration this week as it made me think of my new Flirty paper packet from CTMH.

I paired it with my new Fall Favorites stamp set and came up with this simple card.

CTMH colors are Sunset, Goldrush, Flirty Rasberry, and Chocolate. The twine and kraft cardstock are from PaperTrey Ink. I colored the stamped image with General's Chalk Pencils and smoothed it with my CTMH Blending Pen.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your week! Pin It

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CFC 71 - Autumn is here!

This week's CASual Friday is all about Autumn. And this time of year - who isn't? It's so beautiful.
Even our cats love it! :)

CFC71 Create a Clean And Simple project inspired by autumn

I decided this was the perfect challenge to ink up a fresh new CTMH stamp set - Fall Favorites. It is the September stamp of the month. I got wild and wooly this month and submitted an order (even under my new personal help program where I want to use up before I buy up!). I think everyone knew that never meant Cold Turkey! That would be CRAZY. Plus, I just wouldn't make it - I'd be ill as a hornet by December if I didn't get anything new.

Here is a picture of the adorable stamp set:

Here is my card:
I stamped the image and sentiment (from Card Chatter - Sympathy CTMH set) in Cocoa ink. The card base cardstock is also Cocoa. I colored the images with General's Chalk Pencils and smoothed them out using my CTMH blending pen. I tied a bow around the panel with PaperTrey Ink's ribbon (Fine Linen) and secured 2 Mocha Pearls (CTMH). Easy - peasy!
Hope you are enjoying a great fall week and happy to see October right around the corner.
Thank you for visiting!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

FM77 Indian Summer

Happy First Day of Fall!

I know it's beautiful here and hope you are enjoying the same blissful atmosphere.

It goes right along with Friday Mashup's Indian Summer challenge.

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:

  1. Make a "Indian Summer" themed project.
  2. Or Make a project with any three colors from "Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade & Early Espresso".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Indian Summer Themed project with the color combo". 
I used CTMH colors of Chocolate, Barn Red, and Goldrush to stamp this fun tree.
The stamped image is matted in Autumn Terracota textured cardstock and the gray wood patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye. And my green ribbon and brown gemstones are from Michael's. I stamped the sentiment from the Card Word Puzzle stamp set and used Cocoa ink.
Thanks for visiting!
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Freshly Made #53 - catching up

I'm catching up on a few neglected blog posts. It feels good to cross something off my list. :) I've been so busy this week and not home much at all. Hard to feel "behind" and feel like I've got all the time in the world, too, but somehow I manage to pull that one off -- I'm a complicated girl.

Yesterday, I tinkered with the Freshly Made Sketch and one of my favorite themes -- FALL. I put it with my CTMH Remarkable Wreath stamp set. I love the versatility of this set -- just change up the colors and Voila!   It's like a whole new set.

My wreath colors are stamped in Desert Sand, Goldrush, and Sunset. I used Desert Sand base page, Sunset patterned paper (from Olivia), and Cocoa patterned paper (from Veranda). I'm on a mission to get through all my old kits and I have to get creative to use them up! :) My own personal challenge, if you will. I'm still loving the hand-dyed crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot.
Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!  
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Dynamic Duos #20 and Retro Sketches #29

Good morning!

I crashed and fell asleep before making a second post last night! Ha!  .... It happens. I was worn slap out!

This card is one I made yesterday and is one of my new faves. I used the Dynamic Duos color challenge and the Retro Sketches challenge.

I went with a Halloween card as mentioned in the DD Dessert Option, but it's hard not to with those fabulous colors. I love it.

I used PaperTrey Ink's Kraft cardstock as my base, green patterned paper from Scenic Route (from an OLD Halloween collection), and black patterned paper from CTMH (Hooligans kit).
My stamped little witch lady is from CTMH (a retired Halloween Stamp of the Month from Fall 2011). I stamped her in VersaFine Black ink and trimmed the image, adhering with 3-D foam dots. The "BOO TO YOU" sentiment is from CTMH Captured Memories stamp set. Black pearls from CTMH and Green Ribbon from Michael's.
Thanks for looking!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday Mashup # 76 - Starburst Technique

Good evening -

Hope all are enjoying mood-lifting fall weather as we are. I didn't get hot and cranky when "pitching" to The Boy today after shool. Very encouraging.

I'm exhausted tonight after a long, busy day, but bound and determined to get, at least, one post in! I've missed several posts lately, but, rest assured, I've still been playing along, keeping up with challenges, and blog hopping. I don't give it up entirely when things get hectic.

I've had somewhere to be every day this week, but have squeezed a few cards in now and again.

I experimented with the Starburst Technique this weekend to participate with the Friday Mashup challenge.

I used the sketch and starburst technique to create this Fall card (pulling out Fall colors makes me positively giddy!):

I jumped in my "Way Back Machine" to make this card using Grace patterned paper and Enchantedpatterned paper from CTMH. They are both quite old and definitely no longer hip but I loved the colors for my Fall theme. The solid cardstock is Olive.

Thanks for looking! Hope you are having a great week! Pin It

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Retro Sketches #28 ... "tis the season"

Happy Pre-Fall Saturday!

A "cold" front has moved into our area and I'm not going to lie - it is blissful. It just makes everything seem so much more fun. High 70's - Low 80's for almost a week - I'll take that anyday.

I took advantage of some free time this afternoon to make the first of a series of Christmas cards for a good friend's birthday in November. I plan to make the set using the CTMH "Ms. Holiday" stamp set. I think she will really like it.

I decided to use the sketch from Retro Sketches  this week. I want to use up several sheets of Christmas paper I have from Scenic Route and a CTMH Mini-Medley set that has been growing mold in my stash. Out with the old - in with the new! (hopeful on the "in with the new" part)

Here is my card using the supplies I mentioned:


The green cardstock in this case is a leftover piece of BoBunny paper. The green was more solid than what I had from Scenic Route (I'm not wild about a crazy print as a mat) and it matched the ribbon really well. I colored Ms. Holiday in with General's Chalk Pencils and smoothed it out using my CTMH Blending Pen. I stamped part of her image again and trimmed only the sack and adhered it. The white on her hem, collar, and headpiece is covered in Fun Flock for extra fun. For any of you who watch The Big Bang Theory, it's "Zazzy".

Thanks for looking and visiting my blog. Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Retro Sketches #27 and H2H MiniCard

Howdy. Hope everyone survived the return to reality after a beautiful holiday off on Monday! My family made it pretty good today. Kids didn't want to get out of bed, but that is nothing new, I can assure you. They make me look almost perky in the mornings; I can assure you, that is not the case! Not at all.

I enjoyed my holiday with crafty time in my Fortress of Solitude. It was a nice day and I made a few cards - it was "the most fun".

For this card, I combined the Retro Sketch with H2H's Mini Card Challenge posted on Labor Day.

The paper is from last year's Mischief  paper packet and I was proud of myself for finding it a Non-Halloween use. (I am really working to let go of my "all-things-Halloween-are-fantabulous-obsession". I know it's unhealthy - I've admitted that. Step 1 - CHECK!)
The stamp set is from the November Word Puzzle (retired) and I colored it with Generals' Chalk Pencils, then smoothed with my CTMH Blending Pen. Cocoa ink was used for the sentiment and the beautiful crinkly ribbon is from My Craft Spot. Two brown brads to finish out the package and Voila! Card complete.
My card size 4x4 square and all paper edges were sanded prior to adhering.
Thanks for stopping  by and visiting. I hope you've had a wonderful beginning to your week and it will finish out the same.

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Unscripted #174 - Christmas

I had fun with the Unscripted Sketch this week, mostly because I made a Christmas card with it. I had so much fun with Christmas cards last year that I've looked forward to starting them again this year. Maybe, I'll should make it a year-round thing. Spread the joy throughout the year. :-)

I loved the idea of dropped Christmas ornaments hanging from string in place of the flowers in the sketch. Here's how it turned out:

I also loved the idea of the "non-traditional" Lagoon blue (CTMH color) in this Christmas scene. That inspiration came from the patterned paper I chose from the CTMH Stella kit, (Lagoon and Olive). The solid paper and ink for the sentiment is Cocoa. The ornaments are stamped in Cranberry and Lagoon, with matching ribbons and twine used for each. The Red Glitz Glitter Gel is dabbed in the center of each little snowflake on the ornaments and sentiment. (All products are CTMH.)

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a great week. Don't forget to check out Unscripted Sketches for more artwork and for inspiratoin from the Design Team and other challenge participants. Pin It

Sunday, September 2, 2012

PDCC 147

Good afternoon,

Another post! On a roll.

The Play Date Cafe colors were different this week, I thought. So I definitely wanted to give it a try!

My CTMH colors used are: Juniper, New England Ivy, Orchid Bouquet, and Lilac Mist. I used a stamp set from My Mind's Eye, Miss Caroline collection for the butterflies and the sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink's Happy Hexagons set. The bling is from Michael's.

After stamping my butterflies, I used a craft knife to trim around the top set of wings on each butterfly. As a result, they seem to be fluttering off the page with those top wings popped up. I like that it added a 3-D effect without adding more bulk to the card.

Thanks for looking -- Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend! Pin It

H2H, Colour Q #152, and CFC #67

Happy Labor Day weekend!

I'm using the holiday weekend and kids playing at the neighbor's as catch up with bloggy time.

Friday I made several cards and finally felt as though I had my "mojo" back! Whew. I was beginning to wonder about myself. I couldn't make anything I was happy with.

The CAS-ual Friday this week and H2H challenges are for Back to School. I decided to pair them with the Colour Q colors for non-traditional school colors to spice things up for a bit of fun.

CTMH colors used are Sky, Olive, Bamboo, and I used pewter brads. I used the "Vintage Type" and "Blue Ribbon" stamp sets.

Very simple! Didn't take long at all. That's always the most fun. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great holiday weekend! Pin It

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