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Headed out, but first...colourq

I am leaving for a trip to Denver for the Free to Breathe Forum, which is a meeting of all the Free to Breathe lung cancer event organizers, so I won't be able to craft anything for about the next week or so.

But in the meantime, I'd say head on over to the October Afternoon blog, where they posted my card today in a post about Mother's Day Inspiration...it's my card from the Play Date Cafe Challenge a few days ago (YAY!)...and there are lots of cards from some other super-talented people there as well! Lots of EYE CANDY!

And then tonight I made this card really quickly for this week's ColourQ Challenge:

I know it's not my style, but I still haven't packed and it's late and I can't see half of my supplies. Like I said, I made it QUICKLY. :)

Have a great week...see you when I get back!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: ; Paper: ; Ink: ; Other:

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papertrey april blog hop challenge

The theme for this month's blog hop challenge at Papertrey Ink is "Boys to Men," meaning that we should focus on masculine themes, colors, etc. I made a card for my dad, who is just the best guy on earth for too many reasons. Here's a photo of him from my wedding day:

And here is my card for him:

I remember a card that Carly Robertson made once with Star Prints, and I think that she used a top note die as her layer; that was the inspiration for using the Nestie die as my own layer, but a smaller one so you can see the "headline" of the newsprint.

The woodgrain and newsprint backgrounds were both stamped in Versamark, and then I stamped over the woodgrain with the splat image in terracotta tile, trying to angle the splats in the direction of the star that's mounted on the bottle cap, which I stuck to the paper by layering several layers of foam top on top of one another.

Can I just say how HARD it was for me to not add ANY ribbon to this project? VERY! :-)

Happy Blog Hoppin'!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Star Prints, Background Basics: Newprint, Background Basics: Woodgrain, Splat (Recollections); Paper: Terracotta Tile, Kraft, Rustic Cream; Ink: Versamark, Terracotta Tile, Dark Chocolate; Other: Star punch, double-ended banner die, Nesties die, bottle cap 

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Hapy Easter! We made our meatballs this morning and I was able to sneak away to make a card for my mom, which I am entering in the Play Date Cafe challenge for the week:

And look above at what the Easter Bunny brought me! I love it! The color is gorgeous! Have a great day!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Button Boutique, Tiny Tags; Paper: October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker collection, kraft, vintage cream; Ink: chocolate chip, chamomile, crumb cake (SU!), real red (SU!); Other: red & ocena tides felt, sweet blush ribbon & buttons, pearl stick-ons (Michael's), Janome Sew Mini, heart die, button card die, DMC floss

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colourQ challenge #81

Here we are with a new card for this week's ColourQ Challenge...on time this week. The colors took me out of my comfort zone with those soft pastel-y tones to them. I have been itching to use some enamel flowers that I picked up at Michael;s and this seemed like perfect opportunity:

Yesterday was my sister's followup appointment with the hematologist. We waited for over 3 hours to see the doctor, but that's a minor detail at this point. LOL! Most of her tests were negative - so no lymphoma or endocarditis...but one of her tests that is linked to rheumatoidy type of things was slightly high. So no definitive answers yet, but the bad things have been ruled out. So this means we are celebrating by making meatballs this weekend. Yes, I am going to share my perfected recipes with my sisters this weekend if they are up for the challenge. :)

Happy Easter, everyone!

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easter: ode to all my cas friends

I had one hour to make a card last night...and I knew that I wanted to make something for Easter, with the intention of submitting it for this week's Off the Wall Craftiness challenge, which was to make an Easter project with BRIGHT colors...and because the stamp I used is super adorable, I am entering the card into the Wee Memories "All Things Adorable" challenge too. Please check out their pages, as they are super fun! More challenges = more fun!

I didn't think I could make much of layers of bright colored patterned papers, so I decided to go totally clean and simple and make this card in honor of Laurie Willison, Christina MacLaren, and Kasia Curry (and all my other CAS friends), whose clean and simple styles continue to amaze me:

So, what are your plans for Easter? This time of year always reminds me of how I thought I saw the Easter bunny standing over me one night in my bedroom when I was in the 2nd grade. I spent all of Easter Sunday searching for furballs in my room, looking for clues. LOL! He was wearing a shiny light blue vest and had glasses. My heart was beating a mile a minute, it all seemed so real!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: A Muse; Paper: summer sunrise, raspberry fizz, berry sorbet; Ink: dark chocolate, Copics C1 & R35, Marvy marker in butterscotch; Other: Hero Arts gems, aqua mist ribbon, mat stack die, EK Success border punch, pinic plaid & polka dot impression plates



embellish: crochet trim color trends challenge

Hello! Another card for everyone today with more patterned paper from the Echo Park "A Walk in the Park" collection. I have found that buying the collection of paper is nice because it comes in a reusable plastic wrap that keeps all the scraps nicely stored with all of its coordinating papers, and it seems like you get more paper for your money. It also means that you get paper in colors that you might not otherwise buy individually, which can come in handy for challenges like this one with unique color combos.

Here's the card that I made last night, with one of my all time favorite stamps from SU! -- to me, it will never ever get old. I colored the image with a marker since I didn't have a matching inkpad around:

Here's a shot of the shimmer spray on the tag:

If you'd like to play along, you can visit the Embellish Blog here. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful week,

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: SU! stamp; Paper: patterned papers from Echo Park A Walk in the Park Collection, solid paper from PTI; Ink: Marvy Uchida marker in Peacock Green; Other: crochet trim from Michael's, pearl stick-ons from Michael's, mat stack die, 1.75" circle punch, limitless labels die, polka dot ribbon, shimmer paint spray (SU!)

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colourQ challenge #80

Woo Hoo for Second Post of the Day! Because that means I got home from work earlier than I thought, thus proving that I can get twice as much work done when nobody else is around. Maybe I should make this a habit and see if I can trade that for 2 free days during the M-F? Nah. They won't buy it!

I have been trying lots of new challenges lately. They help me use up my supplies so I can buy more. This is my first try at the ColourQ Challenge, I hope you will play along too! The colors this week are bold, I wasn't sure how I would put them all together, until I realized that my Echo Park papers came in this color assortment:

So here's my card, which I just realized is too late to be entered for the week (OH SCHNAP), but oh well...(MEMO TO SELF: read the instructions!!!) I love it the same.

Enjoy your Sunday...

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Paper: patterned papers by Echo Park (Walk in the Park collection), kraft cardstock; Other: white ribbon, Tin Pin from October Afternoon (Modern Homemaker), flower sticker (SU!)


shoebox swappin' at jessica's

I had every intention of crafting last night after dinner, so that I could photograph some cards when I got into work this morning (yes, I am at work on a Sunday, an entirely separate issue in and of itself) - I photograph my cards on the window sill in my office. HOWEVER, yours truly fell asleep on the sofa just before 8pm.

Instead, I realized I never shared the cards from the shoebox swap that Jessica organized a few weeks ago...so I have those to share for today:

This is the card that I made for everyone - I was totally inspired by something that I saw on Betsy Veldman's blog a while ago. I left it without a sentiment figuring that people could use this for Easter, Mother's Day, birthday, etc.


Here's Jayne's card. I believe those stamps are from Close to My Heart. I love this because I generally avoid stamps that require coloring, but to be honest the coloring on this one was minimal (=doable for me) and I just love how it came out. SO SWEET.

Next up is Dena's card. I am head over heels in love with the kite die from My Favorite Things. And I really love the technique we used to ink those clouds. Fabulous idea!

Lastly, we have the lovely Jessica's card. This card allowed me to play with the Sending You set before I ordered it. It is an awesome card. I loved using the gigham stamps, which weren't too tough to line up, and as always, Jessica's perfect choice of bright bold colors had me hooked.

Have a great Sunday!



monday mojo 186

Here's my first attempt at the Monday Mojo Challenge!!! It's a sketch challenge, and I really enjoyed making today's card. You should play along too!

I took some liberty with the scallops since they didn't fit very well behind the sparkle frame. :)

I am searching for sentiment sets that have some ca-chunk to the lettering, such as the one I used on this card, but without being too BIG in size. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them! Thanks so much!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Say It with Style; Paper: Ocean Tides, Red, Patterned paper & stickers all by October Afternoon (Modern Homemaker collection); Ink: Enchanted Evening; Other: DMC floss, sparkle frame by Making Memories, Jolee's rhinestones, Prima flowers, rhinestone brad from SU!, scalloped border die

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