Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fusion: Just Sayin'

Just sayin'....this Fusion Challenge stumped me good when I first stared at it.  Yes...I was going to go with the bird inspiration.  And then...I flipped to the sketch.  Aren't these fun little speech bubbles cute?  And I tried to use  the colors in the inspiration photo too.  This card will definitely go to my husband...he's definitely still dreamy in my book!

I'd love to see how you are inspired.  Be sure to play along with us over at Fusion!
1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.

Pop on over to the Fusion Blog to check out the fabulous cards by our design team showing you how it works!

Time Out: Congrats

Hi there, popping in with a reminder card for the current challenge over at Time Out! The challenge is a theme of celebrations with an optional twist of die cutting/fussy cutting.  Sponsored by CASual Fridays-$25 gift voucher-random draw for those who use twist.

I played along using all CAS-ual Fridays stamps and had fun embossing and water coloring the embossed background. This card was given to my hubby a few weeks ago!

Hope you can join us over at Time Out!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Future Belongs...

So...are you tired of graduation cards around here yet? This one is for my gorgeous niece, Madeleine. She graduates this weekend and my sister-in-law asked me to make a card for her. I love this sentiment and thought it was perfect for a new graduate.  On Friday night we get to go see the University of Cincinnati fashion show where her fashion work will be modeled.  Can't wait to see her amazing talent on the runway!

For my card, I used the CAS(E) this Sketch inspiration.  I love the Lil Ink stitched dies that don't die cut but emboss the stitches. They are my favorite dies right now!

Hope your week is going well and that you're finding time to create!
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Always Remember... this picture is not the best, but I think you can tell how I was inspired by this month's PaperTrey Ink Blog Hop.  I decided to go ultra CAS for my card. This card is going to the husband of my good friend's sister who I mentioned yesterday.  I think it is just as important to send cards to the care taker when there is a long recovery period. I have only met him a couple of times, but his sister-in-law was singing the praises of how he is helping her sister (his wife) in her recovery from her stroke.  She has a long road ahead and it is so wonderful that he is by her side.

Hope all of your weeks get off to a great start today.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Keep Up the Fight

Happy, happy Sunday. We are having an absolutely beautiful weekend and I'm sitting outside on our patio relaxing as a type up this post.  The younger boys are outside playing on our neighbor's swing set and running through the sprinkler....and the older ones are in the basement singing their hearts out getting ready for a jazz band concert where they will be performing and singing.  I love when the house is full of kids.

So...I snuck down for a bit of time to create.  I couldn't pass up creating a card inspired by Tracey's gorgeous Muse card this week. The colors are vibrant...and seriously how does she stamp so perfectly on the dies!?  My card is pretty much a straight case of hers and will be going to a good friend's older sister who is currently recovering from a stroke.  Sending it with lots of love and prayers for her.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Hope it is a beautiful one.
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Inspired By: With Deepest Sympathy

Have you seen one of the newer challenges in town? Inspired By:  All the Little Things? I am in love with this challenge. So many soft, delicate inspiration photos.  And...guess what?  This week I was invited to play along as a guest designer by Tracey.   The inspiration photo certainly reminds me of the first buds of spring where it is a little cool out, but the spring sunshine causes the blooms to start.

For my card, I at first thought I wanted to go with a lilac base, but quickly picked up more of the pinks embossing the PaperSmooches flowers in white. I then stamped the sentiment and die cut the panel. The card was finished off with vellum and a soft gray card base. Love the end result!

Please come on over to Inspired By and play along with us!
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time Out: Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams

We're back with another challenge at Time Out.  You all know that I'm in graduation card mode. This card goes to my very special graduate, Ryan. I always love this Verve sentiment for graduation cards.  Go confidently in the direction of your dreams is oh so perfect. I customized it with his college school colors of green and black.  He'll be attending Ohio University in the fall.  And they quite often say, "OU, Oh yeah!", so I thought the little addition of yeah was perfect.

My card fits for the current challenge of celebrations with an optional twist of die cutting/fussy cutting.

We're being sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays with a $25 gift voucher-random draw for those who use twist.

Be sure to pop on over to the Time Out Blog to check out how our design team was inspired. And of course, also check out our guest designer, Elizabeth!