Saturday, July 25, 2015

All by my lonesome crafting!


I've had an interesting end to my week. The Piglets went back to West TN with my sister a couple of days ago and I had Friday ALL to myself at home. Even BD worked late so I didn't have to interact with anyone socially until nearly 6pm last night. (Other than the clerk at the market who sold me my Starbucks Energy drink and texting throughout the day.) It was quite the sweet little vacation day. I've never really had babysitters much or even had family keep them because none of them live close. Now that the kids are older, we are all more comfortable with an overnight stay back with my family. I will leave to go get them a little bit later today. They will probably have horns and be rotten and cranky tired. Eep!

Before I have to leave, I wanted to share the cards I made yesterday. I had fun and the time FLEW by, of course.

The first is my favorite and the one I spent the most time on, especially considering I made an oopsie stamping one of my birds - after I had colored the first one up. Stupid rookie mistake! I knew better than that.

I used my Paper Smooches My Peeps stamp (new to me) and I lurve it. I colored my cute little birds using my Zig Brush Markers (I can never remember the exact name of those things and I'm too lazy to go look! I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about anyway.) so these are stamped and heat embossed on watercolor paper. I used the sketch over at Sweet Sunday Sketch to inspire my layout on my card and Anything Goes challenge at Paper Smooches SPARKS for the theme inspiration. (Well that and using my new stamp.)
Next, I played with more Paper Smooches stamps, Leafy Greens and Spiritual Sampler, for a quick CAS card.
This card was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch! The panel is die-cut using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle dies from Lil' Inker Designs. I used PPP turquoise sequins and little brown pearls from CTMH.
I'm also playing along with Anything Goes at SPARKS again and Stampin' Royalty's Keep it Simple challenge. 
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Lastly is a card I made a little earlier this week, playing with some Lawn Fawn stamps. I wanted to play along with the current Lawnscaping Challenge, COLOR, using Rainbow colors on your project (one of my fave ways to stretch my stamps).

I stamped the little birdies repeatedly from my Chit Chat stamp set and then colored with PrismaColor Pencils. The sentiment is also from Chit Chat and white heat embossed on black cardstock and then hand trimmed before popping up with foam tape. I layered my little birdie line over some Lawn Fawn paper (I LURVE their pattern papers.). My panel the birds are on was die cut using MFT Stitched Fishtail banners and the banner ends trimmed off to make a stitched strip. :D That was a happy accident, I now have to remember to repeat. I finished it off by tying on some Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings twine. (I lurve how it's stiffer and SO easy to make a neat bow with their twine.) :D

Thanks SO much for stopping by to visit! I finally seem to be back in my crafting groove as summer winds down and I've now adjusted to The Piglets being here all day. Every day.  :D   EVERY. SUMMER. I get in the groove about time for school to start back! Ha!

Please visit again soon!

God Bless,

Gal 6: 9-10           NKJV  (New King James Version)
          And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
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  1. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at 613 Avenue Create this week those little chicks are so very sweet.
    Lorraine DT

  2. Awesome cards! I love each one you made, the techniques and stamps are so cute! Thanks so much for playing the Lawnscaping Challenge!

  3. Super fun cards Mandy! I was so excited to see your card in the links for the Sweet Sunday Sketch :) such fun w/ the PS goodies! :) glad you enjoyed your vacation day! ;)

  4. All your cards are gorgeous! I love the colourful little birds, and your take on the CAS(E) This sketch is fabulous. Thank you for joining us over at Stampin' Royalty for our Keep It Simple challenge, we hope to see you soon again! Karola, Guest DT, InvisiblePinkCards

  5. Three great cards. I love your rainbow birds though, such a cheerful card, great layering of papers, and perfect to make someone feel better!
    Thanks for sharing at ATSM this week, Anita x

  6. Beautiful cards Mandy!
    The leaves on your CTS card is a fresh idea, and the line of birds for Casology are just so cute and colorful!
    Thanks for joining us at Casology and Case this sketch!

  7. All EXCELLENT and so well done!! Your colorful cards are just that - colorful, bright, and happy!! And your sympathy card was so soothing and tender!! AWESOME that you got time alone!!

  8. Love your little line up of colourful birds.
    So pleased you joined us this week at ATSM. :)

  9. Oh - all your cards are DARLING! I'm particularly fond of the first one - LOVE the watercolor background!!! Thanks so much for playing along at Paper Smooches SPARKS!!!

  10. What a fabulous line up of cards, and what a cute line-up of little birds! Love how you rainbow-coloured them. Sure to cheer anybody up! Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week!

  11. Sweet tweet birds all in a line!!!! Thanks for joining us at CASology -Sure hope you join us again this week! It will be a FUN one too!

  12. Very cute card! I love all the different stamps and techniques you used! Thanks so much for playing the Lawnscaping Challenge.

  13. These are all wonderful! I especially love your take on the CTS sketch!

  14. Wonderful take on the CTS sketch! Love the fluttering leaves!


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