Friday, July 29, 2011

Hope, Friends, Love

Oh I have missed playing challenges while I was away.  This creation is a combination of two challenges -  Less is More which is a recipe challenge - Ribbon(s) or Button(s)  and Play Date Cafe which is a color inspiration : Coral, Petal Pink and Antique Gold. I love the beauty of these colors together.

My dear friend lost her mother this morning, and I wanted to make her a very special card.  This simple card took me many tries, but I am satisfied with it in the end.  The image and sentiment are from PTI's With Sympathy.  I used PTI's Half & Half with matching Die for the background and the die cut piece that holds the sentiment.  The ribbon is from a long retired assortment from SU.  I added a butterfly with 2 tiny pearls above the sentiment.  It feels so good to rev up my inner LIMette and to play the Play Date Cafe challenge again.  Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Life Is Good

I've been away for a while, and though I had a wonderful vacation with my family, I have missed my craft room.  I am so happy to have a little time to create today.  I made this card for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challengeCFC13-The Long and Short of it: Create a 4 x 9 card and keep it Clean And Simple!  I just love Teeny Bikini from Wilson Designs and It's a Shore Thing from the craft's meow for fun summer-themed creating.  Last week's Color Throwdown 151 challenge was to use rainbow colors - ROYGBIV.  I missed the deadline for that, but in thinking about what I would do if I could, I got the idea to line up these adorable polka dot surfboards in rainbow colors.  When I saw the CAS-ual Fridays challenge today, this design popped into my head and I went with it.  I masked and sponged the Soft Sky background.  I also masked each surf board so that I could overlap each one with the next.  The surfboards and the waves are hand cut.  The sun is cut with Nestabilities.  The tops of the surf boards are popped with Dimensionals.  I love this happy creation.  It feels so good to be back.  Thanks so much for stopping in today!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Today is the 4th of July - Independence Day - the national day of the United States.  Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.  Canada Day was July 1. Canada Day also means fireworks and the year's biggest national party.  Lots of patriotic celebrating out there!
Yesterday, I was pondering what my Less Is More challenge creation might be for this week.  While looking through blogs posting some comments, I saw THIS creation  by Isha of New Ideas.  Isha was one of the winners of the CAS-ual Fridays CFC8 challenge last week.  Her creation was so striking to me.  I had it in my mind when I saw this week's Less Is More challenge #22, which is to use shades of blue in your CAS creation.  Then I ran across a blog that is new to me - Stampin Royalty.  Their challenge #78 this week is a theme challenge to Go Patriotic
With these two challenges in mind, and my admiration for Isha's creation,  I came up with a CASE of Isha's card with several shades of blue and a patriotic theme.  I used MFT's Die-namics Star Border to cut star borders in six shades of blue - Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise.  I ran them through my Xyron to apply adhesive to the backs.  I made french knots on the left-most star of each border with The Twinery's Maraschino Twine.  The sentiment and large star are from Verve's American Hero collection.  The large star is colored with Copics and accented with a gold atyou Spica glitter pen.  The white panel is mounted on Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler.  I am thankful to Isha for her inspiration, and so glad I found another fabulous blog to play with.
Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Kraft-man Congrats

This week's Girl Fridays over at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog have a fun challenge for us -
I enjoy the CAS-ual Fridays challenges so much, and the DT and participants are wonderful.  Lots of luscious comments are exchanged, and that is so encouraging and supportive.  If you have not, please go on over to visit and play.  Lots of amazing talent there.
This project is so very simple.  I tried adding a little ribbon, a corner piece, some twine, some buttons or brads, but it really stands so well on its own so I left it alone.  I am learning...  The music is from Waltzingmouse Stamps Musical Backgrounds collection embossed with VersaMark and white embossing powder.  The guitar is from PTI's Rythm & Soul.  It is stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink, colored with Copics, cut out and adhered with 3D foam squares.  You can't see it in the picture, but I used my gold Zig Painty pen to give a shiny brass look to the tuning heads on the guitar.  I love little details like that. 
I am off to link this up and check out the other CAS-ual Fridays creations.  Have a wonderful day!