Sunday, April 26, 2015

There's a Hole in my Card Dear Liza, Dear Liza...

Good Sunday morning! It's time for another challenge over at AAA Cards!
This week is a really fun one with so many possibilities!
Create a card with an opening somewhere.
Have fun and keep it CAS,  then head on over to the AAA Cards blog and link up your creation!

Here is my Take:

I have had little to no creating time in the past couple of weeks, but I promised myself that when I can, I will try a technique or two that are new to me. This fun suspended spinner card was inspired by THIS video by Kristina Werner that I ran across as I was pondering this "hole in my card" challenge. Perfect! I love the idea of twisting the suspended die cut several times before putting it in the envelope so that the recipient will get a fun spinning surprise when they open it!

The embossing folder that I used for the top panel has been in my stash for a long while and I have not used it yet, so I am sending this over to Shopping Our Stash #198 - Texture Me - use your oldest embossing supply.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. As always, I appreciate your feedback.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


This week's theme over at AAA Cards is:
The colors of Springtime are bright and fun, fair and delicate. 
All shades of Lovely
Have fun and keep it CAS.

Spring finally seems to be arriving, so I was inspired to pull out my Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds images.  I embossed them on vellum with lime green EP, and colored them on the back of the vellum with Copics.  This is the first time I have tried this technique and I love the way it yields such a soft look.

 Please head over to the AAA Cards Blog to see the wonderful work of the AAA Cards DT and show them some love.  Get your craft on, and join us for the challenge!

My layout was inspired by this week's wonderful Freshly Made Sketch.

I am also linking to this week's The Pink Elephant - Use Pastel Colors on your project.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Retro Thanks

I have so many things in my age old stash as I am sure most of us do... I love this Retro Rubber Challenge. The idea is to breathe new life into your old supplies.  It is preferable that stamps used are more than year old. This wonderful Hero Arts rubber stamp is at least 5 years old and probably much older than that, as is the DP and the Twinkling H2O's that I used to color the image. How fun! I am going to keep coming back for this one!

Thanks so much for coming by to visit.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hope Your Day Is Fabulous

I saw THIS card by Laurie of Stampin Up North, and I just loved it so much.  I've had butterflies in my creative thoughts a lot lately since I connected with a new crafty friend in blogland who works wonders with butterflies. I decided to pull out my yet un-inked PTI Beautiful Butterflies,  Beautiful Butterflies Layers stamps and matching dies and CASE Laurie's card. I just love the way the 3 shades of green work with the stamps, and that little bit of green bling really finishes it off nicely.

This creation was inspired by the following challenges:

I prefer Clean & Simple to a lot of layers, but the embossed top panel and the butterfly with it's wings folded up a bit give this card simple layers and dimension.

Butterflies, greens = spring! Finally!

Thanks Laurie for the inspiration, and thank you for coming by my blog today.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Joy

Time for another CAS challenge over at AAA Cards and this time the theme is Easter Colors.  Remember, AAA Cards are alway CAS.  Please go on over for a look and play along.  Here is my take:

I had these wonderful Memory Box egg dies in my stash - more "Never Before Used Schtuff", so I dragged them out along with some DP that has been sitting for a while, to make this card.  The sentiment is from a Verve set I have had for a long while as well.  I dressed it up with some satin ribbon and called it a card! I debated whether to color the word "JOY", but I left it alone, and I am good with that.

Since I was digging deep into my stash for this one, I just had to send this over to Darnell Krauss's NBUS Challenge:

Also entering in ColourQ 284:

Thank you for your visit.  Hope it is getting springy where you are.  Still pretty cold here in the northeast.  Hope springs eternal...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Joyous Easter

I found this adorable Easter confetti and of course, I had to make a shaker card with it.  I was inspired by the following challenges to come up with this fun creation:
 Click HERE to go to this week's FUSION Challenge. I used the sketch and (Easter) Celebration inspiration.

 Click HERE to get to this week's ATCAS Challenge.  These Paper Smooches images are terribly cute.

Click HERE to get to this week's The Pink Elephant Inspiration Challenge - Eggs and chicks and bunnies...

Click HERE to get to this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I always appreciate your visit and your comments.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy Easter

The jelly beans in this week's Curtain Call Challenge put me in mind of this gorgeous Easter Eggs BG stamp from Peddler's Pack that I have had for 8 years have never used. The Retro Sketches sketch for this week was perfect to showcase my image.  And it goes without saying that this creation is a perfect fit for Darnell Krauss's NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) Challenge.  Darnell is a very talented crafter/blogger/comedienne.  Stop by her blog for a truly delightful experience, and play her NBUS Challenge

I embossed my image with gold EP, then sponged it with Distress Inks.  I then colored bits and pieces of the eggs with water color pencils using the brush to pencil tip method.  The stitched banner is from Lil Inkers, and the image (another NBUS item) is from PTI's Egg Hunt set.

Thank you so much for coming by for a visit. I always appreciate your views and your comments. Have a great day.