Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Find Beauty in Your Day

Before I head out to spend the day running errands, I wanted to share this very cool project I made last night in a class at Memory Bound, my favorite local craft store.  It's a technique similar to the one I use for my photo transfer canvases.  Now I have a new way of covering my canvases.  I can't wait to make some of these up for gifts!  Thanks, Maggie, for such a great class.

Two-sided patterned paper was used.  Butterflies were on one side and stripes were on the other.  It took less than two hours to make this canvas.

Well, time to get tripping all over those errands.  Hope you all have a mighty fine day!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

With Sympathy

So, what are you doing while you wait for the total eclipse of the moon?  Me?  Why, I'm making cards and entering challenges and having ever so much fun in my craft studio.  It's now after midnight so I don't have long to wait for the event to begin to unfold.  Fortunately, we have a clear sky tonight.  In the meantime, here is the card I made for two challenges; The Paper Players Color Challenge and the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

Stamp Sets:  Secret Garden, Mixed Bunch, Flower Shop and Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral and Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  Basic White (Darice), Always Artichoke and Etcetera Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up!); Accessories & Tools:  Stripes Embossing Folder, Secret Garden Framelits, Blossom Punch, Pansy Punch and Pearl Basic Jewels (Stampin' Up!)

The colors I used followed the The Paper Players Color Challenge.

For my card design, I used the sketch from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Friday Mashup Challenge #155

It started raining yesterday and has just not stopped!  It's the kind of spring rain we needed so I'm not complaining.  It gave me the perfect reason to stay home and spend the day in my craft studio.  And, as the saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers."  So, for my card today I made a pretty Calypso Coral flower.  This time The Friday Mashup Challenge gave us the options to use certain colors, a specific shape or to do both.  I tried my best to "mash it up."  I didn't add a sentiment simply because I'm not sure how I'm going to use the card.  Mother's Day, Easter, thinking of you or birthday all seem appropriate.  Guess I'll decide that when the occasion arises where I can use it.

Stamp Set:  Secret Garden (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi (Stampin' Up!); Accessories & Tools:  Secret Garden Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, 1/4" Pool Party Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels and  Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' UP!), Tear Drop Circles Dies (Spellbinders)

For all the details of the challenge and to play along, visit The Friday Mashup Challenge HERE.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to our April “Spring has Sprung” Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  We’re a bunch of Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators who love to create and share that creativity with you.

This month I have the honor of being first stop on our Hop, but no worries if you came here from somewhere else.  The Hop goes round and round, so no matter where you start, as long as you keep clicking on the "Next" button, you'll go through all the participating blogs.  If you get a little lost along the way, just click the “Home” button and head back to the Wacky Watercooler Blog home page to start all over.

For my first card, I'm sharing one I made for a recent swap.  I have totally fallen in love with the Petite Petals Stamp Set and the Petite Petals Punch!  Oh, and I decided to pull out some stamp sets I've not used in a while which is why you are seeing a sentiment from the Oh, Hello Stamp Set.

Stamp Sets:  Petite Petals, Oh, Hello; Inks:  Night of Navy, Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango; Card Stock:  Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Etcetera Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Petite Petals Punch, Labels Collection Framelits, Arrows Embossing Folder, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stamping Dimensionals,Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Next up is a Mother's Day card.  I was going to add a Midnight Muse flower but loved the simplicity of the card so much that I saved the flower for another time.  I'm more of a white gold kind of gal but that Gold Sequin Trim has grown on me.  The sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set that is one of my go to sentiment sets.

Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen; Ink:  Basic Black; Card Stock:  Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Etcetera Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Gold Sequin Trim, Sticky Strip, Crystal Effects

With Easter not too far off, I decided, at the last minute, to make an Easter card.  The Four Frames Stamp Set is another one I've neglected lately.  I stamped off the image so it has a softer look because I wanted the sentiment to stand out.  I've been trying to use up my paper scraps in an attempt to keep my clutter down to a minimum.  I love the colors in the Etcetera Designer Series Paper.  The addition of the little Melon Mambo butterfly gave the card just a spot of bright color.

Stamp Sets:  Four Frames, Delightful Dozen; Ink:  Night of Navy; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Etcetera Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Decorative Label Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Well, there you have it from me.  Now it's time to move forward on the tour.  Just click on the watercooler to enjoy some great projects from Terri Antoniw.

 To revisit Jeanne Kupsh, simply click on the watercooler below.

And, to head back to the Wacky Watercooler Blog where it all began, click the watercooler below.

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Just Hanging Around

Today was a gorgeous day here.  Warm temps but a bit windy.  I was talking to my son on the phone when I glanced out my living room window.  This is what I saw.

As you can see, this is a bird feeder.  I don't know what was put in it this time, looks like some kind of nuts, but Scamper was sure enjoying himself.  He was hanging from the roof with his hind legs and shoveling those treats in his mouth as fast as he could.  His home is located in a tree to the left of the feeder.  He has been so much fun to watch.  He finally lost his grip and fell to the ground and took off up his tree as fast as he could.  Crazy critter!

Be sure to drop by later to take a tour of our April Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  There are eleven of us who will be sharing projects relating to Spring.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thinking of You Grunge Style

Ever have one of those sketches reach out and grab you?  Well, that's what happened when I saw the current sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  It was a perfect way to use my Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set.  I decided to use white on white and let the colors show off.  I think Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry are a match made in heaven.  I love how they work well together.

Stamp Sets:  Gorgeous Grunge, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry; Card Stock:  Basic White;  Accessories & Tools:  Stampin' Dimensionals

The sketch I used from CAS(E) this Sketch can be found HERE.

Now I'm off to finish up my projects for an upcoming blog hop.  Mark your calendars and be sure to come  back on Thursday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. CDT to tour the current Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop!  You are sure to be inspired.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Forever & Always

Well, my time off of the computer was much less than expected.  I took both computers to my friend, Jerry, who takes care of all of my computer problems, on Saturday and by Sunday late afternoon I had them back.  What a relief, especially since the laptop issue was something I thought I did but really didn't.  Unfortunately, the desktop was fried but was given a different one that has more than my old one.  I'm so blessed with such good friends.

So, it's now after midnight here and I need to get some sleep so I'm going to keep this post short.  I'm up so late because I wanted to get in on the weekly challenge over at My Favorite Things.  Here is what I did with the sketch.

Stamp Set:  Loving Thoughts (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Card Stock: Basic White (Darice), Charmed Metallic Print Paper Pad (My Mind's Eye), Gold Foil Sheets (Stampin' Up!); Accessories:  Rhinestone Trim

Now HERE is where you can find all the details for My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Well, at least that is what they say.  I wanted to give you all a heads up that I might be away for a few days.  Both of my computers have issues and are going for a check up.  I'm not sure about the desktop, though.  It's ten years old and I may have just worn it out.  Tomorrow will tell the rest of that story.  As for the laptop, we can chalk that one up to the user.  Yup, little old me!  I think I deleted some files I shouldn't have when I did some clean up.  It's not the first time that has happened.  I just have to hope that my computer guru didn't clean my backup off his external drive.  But then, he may be able to add back what I took off without having to do that.  Only time will tell.  I'm not sure how long I'll be without my computers.  Sigh...

In the meantime, I dug out the very first card I ever made.  That was back in October 2010.  I had no idea what I was doing and had to be told a bazillion times what we were doing.  Thankfully, the demonstrator was very patient and just kept repeating until I got it.  I always have a tendency to make things harder than what they are.  :-)  The Lovely As a Tree stamp set is still my favorite from Stampin' Up! 

Wow, I'm going to have to retake this as this does not do the card justice and I've learned a lot about photography since I took this shot.

So, I'm shutting down for the night and getting this little critter packed up and ready to roll tomorrow.  It's going to hard to have both computers gone.  Whatever will I do?

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Waterfall Envelope Album

Last night was one of those nights when sleep didn't come easily for me.  So, what do I do when I can't sleep?  I sit down at my craft table and get busy.  I've been wanting to make this cute album for a while now.  It was so much fun.  I thought it would be more difficult but it turned out to be very easy.  I love the way this looks and can't wait to make more.  I think it will make a very nice gift for Christmas.

The album will be perfect for the Sunday Stamper Challenge over at Ink on My Fingers.  The theme for this week is browns.  I just recently discovered Hels Sheridan's blog and I simply love her work.

You may notice that my photos look a bit different.  When I went to upload from my camera to my desktop, things didn't go well.  I kept getting a connection error.  Frustration set in... what was I going to do now?  Cell phone to the rescue!  Since I'm somewhat technically challenged, I simply took photos and emailed them to myself because I haven't figure out how to get them off my phone.  I can't use the desktop any more since it is now overheating.  The laptop works but has issues, too.  I did something I shouldn't have done and I have no idea what that was.  I can still use it for now but both go over to my computer guru on Saturday and he will get them all fixed up for me.  For now, here is that great little album.

I'm keeping my chatter to a minimum since there are more than the usual one photo.  Let me know what you think of this cute little album.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Thanks So Much

Well, here I am at two in the morning making cards and writing blog posts.  Being the coffee lover that I am, I do enjoy having a late afternoon, early evening cup of coffee.  Apparently, there is just enough caffeine left in decaffeinated coffee to keep me wide awake until the wee hours.  It's a good thing it wasn't the kind I make in the mornings which is called Night Owl.  The decaf version is called Early Bird which, to me, means it shouldn't affect you and you can still get some sleep.  Fortunately, I'm winding down but wanted to share the card I made for a couple of challenges; the Color Palette Challenge with My Favorite Things and, a new to me sketch challenge from Always Playing with Paper.

Stamp Sets:  Simply Sketched, Serene Silhouettes and Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Wisteria Wonder (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  Baja Breeze - retired, Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Wisteria Wonder (Stampin' Up!); Accessories & Tools:  Banner Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack Flower, 1/8" Silver Mini Brads and Stampin' Dimensionals

HERE is the color palette we had to use for the My Favorite Things Color Palette Challenge #3.

You can find the sketch from the Always Playing with Paper Challenge #3 HERE.

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