Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hello With A GLOW

This is my take on CASology cue 103 - GLOW, and Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge - Anything Goes.  It's hard to see on this photo, but there is a wonderful shimmery golden glow on the embossed panel that I achieved by applying three shades of Ranger distress inks directly onto the EF before embossing on white paper.  I then sprayed the embossed panel with Heidi Swap Gold Color Shine.  The spray blended the colors beautifully and dried to a beautiful GLOW.  The embossed panel really needed no embellishment, so I just die cut the sentiment with the "hello" word die from Paper Smooches Quote Tag die set and voila! Hello with a GLOW.  I appreciate your taking the time to stop by today. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Muse #74 - Thinking of You

It has been ages since I made something that I posted on my blog.  I had lots of tags and quick cards for the end of school/graduation flurry of activity, but they went out of the door the minute I finished them. It's good to be back in my creative space. This is my take on this week's Muse Challenge for which Jen Wills of JENerally Speaking is the Muse! I love Jen's style. Her card inspired me to do a beach-themed creation as well. The angle at which I took the photo makes it seem like the pieces of the chairs don't match up, but when you look at the card head on, they do. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  SU Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Gina K Pure Luxury White.
Stamps: Gina K By The Sea 2.
Inks:  (VersaFine Vintage Sepia) Tsukineko, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Inks - Salty Ocean and Tea Dye, Versa Mark.
Accessories: WOW Bay Area Blue Embossing Powder, Twine, Starfish Charm, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug EF, PTI Double Ended Banners and Tag Sale #4 Dies, Nestabilities Circle Dies, large sponge daubers.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hoppy Easter

I came across a new sketch challenge yesterday by Lisa Arana of Dahlhouse Designs. Lisa posts a new sketch on the third Sunday of every month. You will find a link to the current sketch on the top right of her blog. I used it along with the current Paper Players Color Challenge for inspiration for this punny Easter card.

Thank you so much for coming by today. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

You're Invited

I needed to come up with an invitation for my twin sons' graduation party. I spent a rainy day on Saturday working on an idea, and this is the final product.  I used a combination of challenges for inspiration. The Dynamic Duos color choice for this week was perfect as their school colors are green and white.  I chose gold for the "other color" using metallic for the embossing and a mustardy gold for the base of the circle on the top. I also used the Paper Players Tic-Tac-Toe challenge elements of punch/die, patterned paper, and dots (I have no enamel so I substituted the self-adhesive half pearl on the cap).
Thanks so much for stopping in today. Spring is still struggling to spring here in the Northeast... Hope springs eternal.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

P Is For Paddy

I found a new challenge recently that I really like - the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. Lots of tongue in cheek fun. This week's challenge is to pay homage to all things Irish and green! I went straight for Paper Smooches "A Magical Spring" and came up with this. I had a lot of fun with it. Thanks for stopping in for a look.

Friday, February 14, 2014


This is my take on this week's CASology cue.  In trying to come up with a Valentine for my second teenage son Jon, I decided to design a card using the Instagram image.  I constructed it using a variety of dies.  I often say "who loves ya baby" to him when I do something for him or bring him a special treat... So I typed the sentiment in Word with the hashtag, and printed it on card stock from my printer.  I used PTI's Double Ended Banners die to cut it out. 

I love the bold design, and Jon loved his Valentine. Voila!  Thanks again for visiting!

I Love Roo

This is the Valentine I made for my dear son Greg. "Roo" became my pet name for him in 2005 when we saw Pooh's Heffalump Movie. He was 6 years old then... He is a wonderful, taller-than-me teenager now. The pet name still slips out every now and then. When he opened his card this morning, his smile told me that he doesn't mind...  Thank you Kim, for A Little Lovin, and to Heather Pulvirenti for the inspiration I took from her card in THIS post to create mine.

As part of the Paper Smooches Anniversary Celebration, Kim Hughes posted a special challenge with a prize :  Create a NEW project that is FUN & CUTE! The winner will receive 3 NEW acrylic blocks and a stamp set and die of their choiceYou have until Sunday, February 16th to participate.  Winner will be announced on Monday, February 17.

Get all the details HERE!

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Valentines Day!