Friday, April 29, 2016

Have an Amazing Birthday.

Good Morning Everyone!

This is my second post today. You can read my first post which is my "Coffee, Tea and Books: April Edition" by clicking the link.

I don't have a lot of time today, so I'm just going to post today's card with a quick run down of supplies I used and then the challenges I'm linking it to. The star of this card is Verve Stamps Poppy Birthday. I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored it with some Copic markers. Some simple embossing and layering and this card came together rather quickly!




Challenges:

1. Crafty Girls: Anything Goes (2ndEntry)
2. Creative Knockouts: Lots of Layers
3. Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes (Birthday)
4. Jade's Sparkling Butterflies: Anything Goes
5. Alphabet Challenge: E is for Embossing Folders

Have a great day, everyone and enjoy the rest of your Friday. I will see you again tomorrow for Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe!

Coffee, Tea and Books: April Edition

Good Morning Everyone!

It's the last Friday of the month, so it's time for another book review edition! I read three books this month, which is about what I usually average. I'm reading a couple now that I'm almost done with; but didn't quite get finished, so they'll go in next month's review.

Ok, let's get started!

The Little Paris Book Shop:




3/5 stars.

This is a story about a Parisian man named Jean Perdu who owns a little bookshop in Paris that just happens to be on a barge called Lulu. Jean is somewhat of a Literary Apothecary. He just seems to know what book a person needs to read and when, even if they completely disagree. He's never wrong in his selections. He is a simple man, living a very minimalist life. He has up to this point only really loved one woman; but she is no longer in his life. He has a letter from her that has remained unopened for 21 years because he is afraid he already knows what it says, and can't bear the impending rejection and farewell that lies within it.
Eventually, Jean discovers that he will never be able to move forward unless he opens the letter and faces it head on. Unfortunately, when he does, he realizes he was all wrong about what he believed was in the letter. Thus begins Jean's journey to right his wrongs as best he can. He along with a perpetually writers blocked novelist, Max Jordan, set off on the Lulu to seek redemption, understanding or perhaps clarity. The people he meets along this journey are all parts to the puzzle he must complete. In the end, Jean comes to understand that his life took all the turns it as always meant to take.
I liked this book; but not as much as I was hoping I would. I found myself unable to recall really what had happened during previous reading sessions which tells me, what I was reading wasn't making a strong enough impression. The plot line was simple in theory; but proved to be a little more complicated in practice. I felt as though the story was weighed down a bit in the middle with characters and scenes that were not necessary to the development of the plot. Max's role in the story as a supporting character was not really justified until the last 1/4 of the book and then really only in a convenient way.
The book was saved somewhat, however, by its ending. It is just unfortunate that the path it travelled to get there was unnecessarily burdened.


The Secret to Hummingbird Cake





5/5 stars


When I sat down and made my list of books for 2016 (yes...there's a list) I added six new releases to my list. New releases meaning having been released in late 2015 or some time in 2016. One of those books was The Secret to Hummingbird Cake  by Celeste Fletcher McHale. I'm not sure if the other new releases on my list are going to be able to measure up to this beautiful story; but I do know that they are going to have to try REALLY hard!
This exquisitely written story about the powerful life long friendship of Carrigan, Ella Rae and Laine is everything you hope it's going to be and so much more! It is genuine, and honest; funny and heartbreaking. It is the friendship you longed to have as a teenager and wish you could find as an adult; but at the same time, grateful you are spared the tragedy that occurs. Yes, I cried...more than once reading this story; but I also laughed out loud, and at times just sat in quiet contemplation soaking in this story.  I don't want to say too much about it because I don't want to spoil anything. Honestly, just add it to your TBR list, you will NOT be sorry!

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah




4/5 Stars

This is my fourth Kristin Hannah novel and as always she did not disappoint! This is the story of a unlikely friendship between two adolescent girls that develops, grows, and changes over the course of 30+ years. I really enjoyed this friendship, especially the realness of it.  I love that it was filled with love and laughter; happiness and regrets, loyalty and betrayal. As a stay at home mom, I found myself identifying a lot of with Kate especially her struggles as she watched Tully succeed in her career. I think in the end though that Kate realized she ended up with the better life. The book did have a few minor flaws in it, which prevented it from being a five star for me. I wasn't as pleased with the ending as I would like to have been. This is a hard book to talk about without spoiling. If you're a KH fan, put it on your TBR list, you'll be glad you did. If you haven't read anything by her yet, this is a good story with which to start!


That is all for me today, my friends! I hope you find some time to relax and unwind with a good book this weekend. Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for another edition of Coffee Cafe!











Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hugs: The Best Remedy

Hi Everyone!

We've reached the half way point of the week and we're that much closer to the weekend, Yay!! I hope you're all having a good week so far.

Today's card is a fairly simple design because really wanted the focus to be on the sentiment. Isn't it just so true? Hugs can fix anything! It feels great to get a hug and to give a hug. I mean really...you just can't go wrong when it comes to hugs!



I wanted some cheerful colors to go with my "Hugs" card today, so I chose SSS Island Blue, Sea Glass and Doll Pink.  From PTI, I chose Sweet Blush and New Leaf. I embossed the Sea Glass piece with Geometric Rings Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and then layered the pieces as shown. I die cut the Sweet Blush and New Leaf pieces using SSS Stitched Rectangle Dies and then stamped the sentiment from SSS Best Hugs in Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress inks  I added the heart from that same set and applied some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen over it. I rounded the corners and completed the card with some faux white stitches around the edges of the Doll Pink piece.

Have a great day; and I'll see you all again on Friday!

Challenges:

1. Lemon Shortbread Challenges: Anything Goes
2. Retarte 75: Anything Goes
3. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
4. Addicted to Stamps and More: Anything Goes
5. Crafty Gals Corner: Anything Goes
6. Freshly Brewed Designs: Anything Goes
7. Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes












Monday, April 25, 2016

Always Thinking of You Butterfly

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was busy with baseball and someone running into my backyard fence, knocking it down and then driving off...so yeah, that was an unnecessary complication to my weekend!


Another busy week ahead, so I'm going to jump right in with the first card this week. I have had this Sweet Threads 6x6 paper pad from Basic Grey forever! About the time I think I can't possibly get any more use out of it. I manage to squeeze together another card. For this card, I paired the scraps of pattern papers together with PTI Smoky Shadow, Hibiscus Burst, and Simply Chartreuse. 
The butterfly is from PTI What the Doodle Butterfly Die Set. I cut the bottom layer of the butterfly from SSS Fog and the top butterfly from some darker grey card stock; and then the center one from Hibiscus Burst with a Chartreuse and white die cut flower center. I layered the butterfly pieces so that the top layer stood up a bit from the bottom.  Once I attached it,  I added the glitter stickles for some sparkle.


The sentiment is from SSS Very Special.  I stamped it with SSS Beanstalk ink on a die cut circle and then edged with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.

That is all for me today. Thanks for visiting with me. Have a wonderful day, and I'll be back on Wednesday!

Challenges:

1. Come and Get It Challenges: Glitter and Bling
2. Card Mania Challenges: Spring
3. One Stitch at a Time: Anything Goes with Wings
4. Glitter N' Sparkle Challenge: Anything Goes
5. Our Crafty Corner: Anything Goes (3rd Entry)
6. Use Your Stuff: Scraps
7. Dream Valley Challenges: All Creatures Great and Small
8. Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
9. Amusing Challenges: Anything Goes






Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe

Hi Everyone!

Here today with a new version of Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe. In the past when I've done this post, it's been really long and time consuming to put together. After a little thought and planning, I decided to follow a structure of 4, 3, 2, 1. Four recipes that I either tried or piqued my interest around the blogosphere, and interweb. 3 crafts, 2 parenting related blog posts or articles and 1 quote or picture of the week. So, ready? Grab your coffee and let's get started!


Recipes: 

1. Turkey Salisbury Steaks--recently my daughter and I have made the move to cut out red meat and pork from our diet. We're not quite ready to go completely vegetarian, however, so we're still eating turkey, chicken and fish. It's hard to find good ground turkey recipes to take the place of some of our more well-liked beef dishes. We tried this dish and were very pleased with the results. It was easy to make for a simple week-night meal!

2. Ravioli Lasagna--throw this dish together with 3 simple ingredients in a disposable foil pan and it is the easiest dish ever for a busy weeknight!

3.  Cheesy leftover mashed potato pancakes--I have leftover potatoes in my refrigerator waiting to be used in this recipe. I hope it turns out as good as it looks, because I don't know about you; but I ALWAYS have leftover mashed potatoes!

4. Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes--There is a batch of these on my kitchen table as I type this. SO GOOD!! The cupcakes are super moist and yummy. And the frosting?! Say what?! Guys, this frosting is SO delicious, it's ridiculous! You should just make these...that is all!



Crafts: 

1. This beautiful card  from Jo over at Boots Blog. Such a soft and warm card for the slowly but perhaps surely to come warmer weather!


2. This framed art piece by Varada is just so pretty! I love when crafters do something unique with card-making supplies!

2. One of my favorite crafty people to follow on Instagram is KreativeKristie. I think her work is just amazing. It's so elegant in its simplicity and design, you just kinda want to keep looking at everything she does over and over again! I love all her work; but this beautiful card really caught my eye this week!

Parenting: 

1.  Buzz Feed has put together this awesome list of 26 ways to preserve your child's memories. I think so many on this list are fabulous; but my favorite is the "Quotable Kid" book. My children are forever  saying the whackiest things and I find myself hoping I won't forget them as they get older and more importantly as I get older!


2. This article from Anxious Toddler talking about the 4 C's of parenting is such a great perspective on parenting; and one that I totally agree with. Give it a read, you'll be glad you did!



Finally, we'll wrap it up with a simple but so very true quote. Sometimes it's easy to get wrapped up in the busy, chaotic pace of life. Take a minute, slow down and just enjoy it! Enjoy the rest of your weekend; and I'll see you on Monday!





Friday, April 22, 2016

Sunshine and Laughter:Thinking of You.

Hi Everyone!

I hope you have all had a great week; and if not well, TGIF, right?! It has been a rainy week here in Iowa, so not a lot of fun playing outside, unfortunately. On a good note, the tulips in my front yard have been getting a nice healthy drink!


So to end the week here on the blog, I have a nice spring card to share with you. For this card, I started with PTI New Leaf for my base. For the striped panel, I used my Basic Stripes from Clearly Besotted and alternated stamping the stripes in Simon Says Stamp Coral Reef and Maliblue ink.  I added the sentiment from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings. This has to be one of my most used sets and anybody I know that has it, would totally agree. Once a year I usually purge my craft supplies, getting rid of things I don't really use any more; but I know I will NEVER get rid of this set. BEST $15 ever spent! Once I stamped the sentiment, I was at a bit of a loss for what to do on that striped panel. I knew that I didn't want to do another sentiment and I didn't really have an image that fit the size or design that I wanted to use. In the end, I decided to keep it really simple, and I just added the three prima flowers with button centers. I added some May Arts Natural Twine for a bit of interest and then some dashed white lines to the coral stripes for final embellishments.

That is all for me today. If you get a chance, stop back by tomorrow. I intend to start Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe again. If you don't know what that is, you can view a previous post. I hope you enjoy it.

Have a great day, enjoy your weekend and thanks for visiting with me!

Challenges:

1. Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes
2. Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes (3rd Entry)
3. Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes
4. Creative Knockouts (C8): Buttons
5. A Beautiful Mess: Anything Goes
6. Brown Sugar Challenge: Anything Goes
7. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
8. Creative Corner Challenges: Words








Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It's Your Day, Let's Celebrate!

Hi Everyone!

Well, we've arrived at the middle of the week; and I hope yours has been fabulous so far. I have managed to accomplish all of the "to dos" on my lists so far, so I am counting this week as victorious so far! We'll see how the second half of the week goes!



A happy card to share with you today! I am sometimes guilty of buying things and then forgetting that I have them. Are you like that? I know I can't be the only one! One example of such a product for me is the Circle Border Die from Simon Says Stamp. I came across it the other day, and decided, "I am going to use this!" For my color palette, I chose PTI Papers in New Leaf, Aqua Mist, and Tropical Teal, along with Neenah Solar White. I embossed the Aqua Mist with a Paper Studio embossing folder. I die cut the circle border die twice: once in white and once in teal and used the white as the outer edge and the teal as the center. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Sparkle and Shine in Maliblue Ink. I stamped the bottom "let's celebrate" sentiment which is also from the same set in Simon Says Stamp Tropical Teal ink. The small triangles at the bottom were stamped with Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf ink. I added some white stitching around the edges of the card and some sequins to add some sparkle

Challenges:

1. Crafty Sentiments Challenge: Anything Goes
2. Lemon Shortbread Challenge: Anything Goes
3. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
4. Crafty Creations: Stitching, real or fake







Monday, April 18, 2016

Thinking of You: Strength in Family

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was good and productive, so that's always a good thing! Now it's a rainy Monday here and a perfect day to stay inside and do a little crafting, which I will get to a little later, hopefully!
I have another card to share with you today using Papertrey Ink's "Brushed Off" stamp set. I love the versatility of this set and how easy it is to create a rustic feel to your card. For my color palette, I chose Neenah Dessert Storm as my base and cut it to 4 1/4 x 11 and folded it to create a side fold horizontal card. I stamped a piece of Neenah Solar White Card Stock with the alternating large and small brush stamps in Abandoned Coral, Seedless Preserves, Evergreen Bough and Scattered Straw Distress Inks.


I swiped that same Scattered Straw ink pad across some more white card stock to create the top strip
across the stamped card stock and then repeated the same process with Seedless Preserves ink with the top layer, using my scalloped edge punch before adhering it together. I stamped the "Thinking of You" from Hero Arts in Abandoned Coral and the secondary sentiment below it is from Papertrey Ink's "Words of Comfort" set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Some dashed white lines and some white embroidery floss were the final simple touches to finish the card. I also used my We R Memory Keepers corner rounder to round the top right corner.
Since the message of the card is intended to be either a sympathy card or words of comfort message, I didn't want to add any sparkle or glitzy embellishments to it.
I was really pleased with how this card turned out. I love the color combination with the Kraft and white.  I hope you like it as well.

That is all for me today. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, and I will see you again on Wednesday!


Challenges:

1. Crafty Calendar: Anything Goes
2. Scrapper's Delight: Anything Goes
3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
4. 613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes
5. Crafting from the Heart: Annything Goes
6. Craft Your Passion Challenge: Anything Goes
7. Dream Valley Challenges: Anything Goes
8. Our Crafty Corner: Anything Goes







Friday, April 15, 2016

Hello Beautiful!

Hello Everyone!

TGIF! I hope you have all had a good week. Mine has been good and rather productive. Spring seems to have finally arrived...maybe...hopefully!


I wanted to share this simple card I made today using Hero Arts Swirl Stencil. I have a few pictures to show you since I wanted to highlight a couple of things. I wanted it to have a softer tone, so I decided to use Kraft card stock as my base. This is Neenah Desert Storm and I cut it at 4 1/2 to make a top folding card. I cut another piece of 4 1/2 x5 1/2 as the front panel of the card and stenciled directly on that. I used some sponge daubers and added Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink to the center of the card. Now, here is where I made a rookie mistake...I didn't allow that white ink to dry thoroughly before adding the colored ink around the outside. The result turned out ok for the card...not so much for my ink pads; but it's only a little bit in the corner of the pads, so hopefully they'll be ok. I chose Simon Says Stamp Coral Reef, Beanstalk Green and Caribbean Blue for the ink colors.


Once I was done with the stenciling and inking, I die cut the sentiment using Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Cut set.  I cut the word out 5 times and then used my Xyron adhesive runner to layer them all together, resulting in a "faux" chipboard sentiment to put in the center. I added the "beautiful" which is from the same set underneath it. I just stamped it in Coral Reef ink, made a little flag end and then edged it with Carribean Blue ink.  For a final touch, I added some sequins around the stenciled area as well. When the front panel was complete, I adhered it to the card base with some foam adhesive.


A rather simple card, really; but I really like the colors on the Kraft card stock and that stencil is gorgeous! I can't wait to use it again.

That is all for me today. Thanks for visiting with me, have a great weekend; and I'll see you all again on Monday!

Challenges:

1. Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes
2. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: CAS
3. Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
4. Little Miss Muffet Challenges: Anything Goes
5. A Bit More Time to Craft: Anything Goes
6. Crafts Galore Encolore Challenge: Anything Goes
7. Brown Sugar Challenges: Anything Goes
8. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
9. PDE Linky Party: Anything Goes
10. Simply Papercraft: Anything Goes













Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Thank You. You are Awesome

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you're all having a great week, so far. If not, well...at least you've reached the half way point, right?!


I'm here today to share a Thank You card. Now, let me apologize for the quality of this picture today. It is not my best work, for sure. I waited a little too long in the day to take the picture and unfortunately fell victim to the afternoon shadows coming through the window where I normally take my pictures.  I wanted to use some bright colors with a black base, so I chose Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks. I used "Perfect Shapes" from Simon Says Stamp for the top and bottom border pieces.
I went really old school and used my Quik Kutz hand tool to cut out the "Thank You" letters. I did two of each and used the white ones to create a highlight or shadow base for the pink letters.
I heat embossed a smaller sentiment underneath with white powder. This sentiment is from Altenew's  "You Are" set.

Pretty simple card today; but I wanted the focus to be on the sentiment, so I tried to keep the embellishments etc to a minimum.

Have a great day! Thank you for visiting with me; and I'll be back again on Friday. I may try to start posting a weekly recipe again as well, so stay tuned!

Challenges:

1. Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes
2. Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes
3. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
4. Tuesday Throwdown: Use your die cuts












Monday, April 11, 2016

Hugs and Happy Thoughts

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was good, we did some shopping to get our boys ready for baseball season. It's my favorite sport to watch them play so I'm super excited; but I won't lie...I'm also ready for it to warm up a bit. This under 50 degrees with wind gusts of over 45mph is NOT nice baseball weather!

Anyhow, I decided to play with my "Beautiful Day" from Altenew. I love the complex realistic look you get by layering these flowers. I tried to do a bit of making again as you can see; but for some reason, I kept getting a white space between the leaves and the flower, especially on the bottom flower. I'm not sure why that is, so if anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to comment and let me know!



I find that when I use this set, I often spend a lot of time trying to figure out what layers of colors to use for the flower. To help this, I decided to make a sheet of possible combinations for a quicker reference. I'm sure I'll add some more in the future; but for now, I thought this was a good starting point. I took a picture of it and decided to share it here. I hope you find it useful as well. The ink colors are listed in order that I stamped it, so 1 is the bottom layer; 2 the second and so on.



Anyhow, back to the card. I stamped the two flowers and then added the sentiment panel in the center as shown. I actually mounted the front panel of the card with foam adhesive on to another top folding white card base.

That is all for me today. Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me. Have a wonderful day; and I'll be back on Wednesday.

Challenges:

1. Come and Get It: Bright Colors
2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
3. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
4. Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
5. Dream Valley: Anything Goes
6. Our Crafty Corner: Anything Goes












Friday, April 8, 2016

Life Happens...Coffee Helps

Hi Everyone!

I'm back today with another card featuring Verve Stamps Coffee Helps set. This time I chose one of my favorite sentiments in this set. Isn't this just so true?! I know some people that don't drink coffee; and that just baffles me! Seriously?! How do you function without coffee? For that matter, how do you parent without coffee?! Now, I'm not one of those drink it all day long; but my 2 cups in the morning are definitely non-negotiable!


I chose a color palette with some earthier and warmer colors for this card: PTI's Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry, Scarlett Jewel and a Summery Yellow. (The yellow should have been PTI's Summer Sunrise; but I don't have any of that at the moment, so I just found a comparable substitute in my 
stash of scraps) I stamped the little coffee cup on to some PTI Vintage Cream card stock with Simon Says Stamp Khaki ink and then used the coordinating diecuts to cut it out. I used some Copic markers to add a little color to the mug and to the foam on top and then adhered that to the 
yellow circle I cut out using my Simon Says Stamp circle dies. I added some texture to the background Melon Berry piece by embossing it with the "Quatrefoil" embossing folder from The Paper Studio. For the sentiment, I stamped it in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with a copper embossing powder from Stampin Up, that I've had for literally over 10 years! I matted the sentiment as shown and then adhered it to the front of the card with a little foam adhesive. Some final details of ribbon, white gel pen and stickles completed the card. 
That is all for me today! Thank you so much for visiting with me again. Have a great weekend and I'll see you again on Monday!

Challenges: 

1. Stampin Royalty: Anything Goes 
3. Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
















Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Happy Birthday, make a wish!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all having a wonderful week so far! Mine has been busy but productive as well. I have a simple birthday card to share with you today. I wanted to use some more muted and neutral colors with this design. I chose Iced Spruce distress ink and Green Leaf, and Lipstick Red from Simon Says Stamp for the balloons from Altenew's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set.
I did some masking; and after some trial and error finally got the balloons the way I wanted them. Masking is one of those techniques that admire a lot...but have such a hard time actually doing it!


To coordinate with the the balloons, I chose Kraft for my card base and then Ocean Tide, New Leaf and Pure Poppy from PTI. I added "Happy Birthday" sentiment beneath the balloons in Iced Spruce and then heat embossed the bottom sentiment with versamark and white embossing powder. Finally, I added some simple final details: white gel pen, stickles and some wink of Stella clear glitter pen over the balloons. 

Challenges: 

1. Cards and More:Use Kraft card stock
2. Lemon Shortbread Challenge: Anything Goes
3. Retarte: Anything Goes
5. Little Red Wagon:  Celebrate 
6. Simon Says Stamp: Birthday








That is all for me today. Thanks for visiting with me. I hope you all have a fabulous day and I'll be back on Friday!























Monday, April 4, 2016

Keep Shining

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a good weekend. Mine was good and relaxing, and I even survived driving lessons with my teenage daughter and except for a near run in with a mailbox, she did ok! A few more lessons in empty parking lots may be in order before we get her out of the road with traffic! Still, it's a milestone I've been both dreading and looking forward to as a parent.

Anyhow, I digress. Let's get to today's card, shall we?


I noticed that lately I've been doing a lot of inking and coloring; but haven't really delved into my pattern papers in a really long time. So, I decided to break out my box of 6x6 paper pads and see what I could use. Now, full disclaimer here, my patterned paper box is a whole hodge lodge of whole
sheets, scraps big and small, so I'm not going to tell you from where these specific pieces I used on the front of the card came because honestly...I really don't know! I just rifled through and found things that I thought looked pretty decent together.

I was also able to use my new Rise Above stamp set from Verve Stamp. I think this "Keep Shining" sentiment is such a great and versatile sentiment. It can be used for encouragement or congratulations or just a general "you're awesome" sentiment. In keeping with the sentiment, I added some stickles around the circle. Here's an up close picture of the center of the card so you can see the sparkles and that I wanted to add some dimension to the center and to kind of curl up the edges of the center die cut.



That's all for me today. I'll be back on Wednesday with another card to share. Thanks for visiting with me and have a GREAT day!

Challenges: 

1. Glitter N Sparkle: Use a punch/Die Cut. I used the coordinating die for the center circle 
2. Crafty Calendar Challenge: Anything Goes
3.Crafty Friends Challenge: Anything Goes
4. Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes
5. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
6. Our Crafty Corner: Anything Goes




Supplies: 
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110lb, various pattern papers
Stamps: "Rise Above" Verve with coordinating Die Cuts
Ink: Wild Honey Distress ink, Audrey Blue (Simon Says Stamp) 






















Friday, April 1, 2016

Thinking of You Makes Me Smile

Hi Everyone!

I am back today to share a one layer card I made using a stencil from My Favorite Things, along with some distress inks and a simple sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.


I masked off the center of the card while I did the ink blending through the stencil to keep the area where I wanted to put the sentiment clean. Once I was done with the stenciling and blending, I removed the mask and added the sentiment.

There's not really a whole lot to say about this card today. Just an easy peasy design today!

Challenges for today's card:

1. 4 Crafty Chicks: Anything Goes
2. Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes
3. Southern Girls Challenge: Anything Goes
4. Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Supplies: 
Card stock: Neenah Solar White 110lb
Stencil: My Favorite Things: Abstract Petals
Distress Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Victorian Velvet, Crushed Olive
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Very Special 


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