Saturday, June 3, 2017

The sky's the limit


This is the time year where graduations abound. My BFF told me she was going to her granddaughter's graduation from preschool. Preschool!!!! I then found out there are graduations not only from preschool but kindergarten, elementary school, middle school. Geez, you can tell I don't have kids! 😀 Well if all these graduations are going on, you are going to need a bunch of congrats cards. I figured I better get a stock in.

CAS(E) this Sketch and Addicted to CAS both had a challenged that when I saw it, I knew exactly what I was going to do. Sometimes it happens like that. You just grab your stamps and 20 minutes later you have your creation done.


Die cuts seem to be a buzz word this week. Both The Male Room and Just Us Girls are looking for us to use them in our work.


 



I used Lawn Fawn's Blue Skies. I sponged the blue sky background and added the clouds and hot air balloon, all colored with copics.  Die cut them. (what would we do without dies?!!) The sentiment and gems were added and voila- the card was done.


These are some really fun challenges. Click on my links and play along too.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pinkalicious


School started last night, but I am still going to keep crafting. I don't thinkthis class will be quite as challenging as my last. 

I created today's card for the challenge at Addicted to CAS. They want you to use pink! Well that is a no brainer. My Mom's favorite color was pink. She loved it so much that my brothers and I knew she had to be buried in a pink coffin!!! Who knew there was such a thing!



Anyway I digress. Not only did my mom love pink, but my crafting buddy Margarita says all the time- "Pink is the most beautiful color in the world!!". This card is for her, especiallty since she has a birthday coming up next week.

The flamingo and sentiments are from a no longer available set from Reverse Confetti. Are flamingos no longer popular? I seem to be a day late and a dollar short with these stamping trends!! 😀


I used a new Tim Holtz stencil for the background. It seems to be my go to stencil lately.


I even finished the inside of the card. I liked this card so much I made it in turquoise and might it in yellow.

There is only one day left for this pink challenge at Addicted to CAS, if you have time check it out!!



Thursday, May 11, 2017

You are unique


 Massive computer problems today, some how I lost ALL of my photos. I will be on the phone with Apple all afternoon. In the mean time I managed to backdoor my photos for today's posting from here to there to there to get them in blogger.

Before all this craziness happened, I made this card for the MIX-IT-UP challenge going on over at Ellen Hutson's blog.





Ellen is asking us to mix it up using stamps from Essentials by Ellen and Reverse Confetti. Two of my more fav companies!!



For today's card I used these sets from Essentials by Ellen: Wish Big and Bokeh Dots. From Reverse Confetti I used this tag die and the Fabulous Flamingos- unfortunately it is no longer available.


This was a great challenge and if I didn't have to spend the afternoon on the phone with Apple, I might have tried making another card. Please check out this awesome challenge.








Sunday, May 7, 2017

That bites!


This weekend has been all about stamping with a few meals thrown in. Today's card is in responce to a few challenges. And I know it is hard to believe, but this CAS card took me all day to make. Originally I had three fish, way to many. Then trying to find an fun and appropriate sentiment. Why don't I have a "birthday fishes" greeting. Does anyone know where I can find one?


The challenge at Less is More is to use yellow and grey. I have never found these colors particularly appealing, but one of my staff is having twins and these are the colors she chose for the babies' room. So I am practicing.



Next I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch. I have to say I don't mind the yellow and grey so much on this card. 


Lastly, because it all fit I am entering, the photo challenge over at  Addicted to Stamps and More

Well this as been a fabulously creative weekend in my studio. Please check out these great challenges too!!






 


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Hippo hippo hipporay!



How exciting to get my mojo back and to be blogging. Crafters- when you feel your mojo or when lack inspiration, my advice to you is to check out a challenge.  I was checking out various challenges and saw two that inspired me.


AAA Cards is one of my "go-to-challenge" sites. The challenge is bright and beautiful. I think my card is bright, I don't know if it is "beautiful", but it is fun and whimsical. Can you see what mistake I made on this card? I will let you think about it and tell you at the end of my post. AAA Cards are having a DT call. I had stepped down from all my previous DT commitments due to school, but things have settled down, so I am ready to be part of a challenge team. So, I am throwing my hat into the ring at AAA Cards.


Another challenge that I love is CAS-usual Fridays. I have been lucky enough to win this one a few times. They are celebrating their 6th birthday!!! To celebrate the challenge is to use 6 of any item. I know you are looking at my card and are thinking 6 of anything- where is that? Well I used 6 stamps from one item- one set- the "Wish Big" set from Essentials by Ellen.

Remember if you need and inspiration check out these great challenges. Wish me luck with the DT call at AAA cards.

OK- if you couldn't figure out what was wrong with my card, the banner embossing folder is upside down!!😄





Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cool Chick


Gosh- I know it has been awhile since I have blogged, but I didn't think I would forget how to use blogger! I had the worst time trying to upload my photos from iphoto. Anyone having problems with that?

Anyway, I figured out a workaround. Grad school has been incredibly stressful and time consuming. This past week was the first time I have had to really sit down and stamp.

Today's card fits the bill for a few challenges. These were supposed to be Easter cards, but since I didn't get to stamp until after Easter, they are spring cards!! 😀 

I used this super cute stamp set from Simon Says Stamp- Some Bunny. The background was done using this fun stencil from Timmy and a rainbow of distress inks. 

This card just makes me splashing in puddles, dancing in moonlight, spinning under the sun kinda happy!

I am entering it in a few challenges:









Use a Stencil

I have a few weeks off until I am back at school, so hopefully you may see me again soon. Until then check out these great challenges!



Saturday, January 28, 2017

CASing Sandy


I came across this video from Sandy Allnock sometime after Christmas and the bright colors on her cards really intrigued me.



I watched it and immediately had to play. I pulled out my color burst powders and created my own bright backgrounds.

I decided these warm reds would make a perfect Valentine card. I won't describe the process, please watch the video.

CAS on Sunday is challenging us to use hearts in our work, so I am entering this. card.



Try your hand at this awesome technique and play along at CAS on Sunday!