Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time Out: Spirit of Christmas


Hello there! It's time for another challenge at Time Out.  This week we're to be inspired by words: Christmas is Love with All the Trimmings. I thought the sentiment spoke to this perfectly with the spirit of Christmas being love and with a few extra trimmings of candy canes and a touch of Christmas bling in the form of sequins.  (As an fyi;  my panels are tilted on purpose, but it looks funny in the photo!)

Shirley is our guest designer for this challenge. You're sure to love her creations so pop on over and take a peak!

We love seeing how you are inspired by the challenge at Time Out.  Be sure to pop on over and check out the design team's creations and play along with us.  You will not be disappointed!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Anniversary

My sister-in-law's parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this month so I was in need of a golden wedding anniversary card.  I decided to keep it fairly CAS (no surprise there) and add a touch of bling. This card reminds me of my cousin, Sandie.  Love the jewel tones. Gail's parents are celebrating by taking their children and grandchildren on vacation to Cancun. Sounds absolutely fabulous to me. An all inclusive resort when it is very cold outside...perfection!  Her parents are a wonderful, loving example of a strong marriage. They live in Wyoming so we don't get to see them very often, but love when we do!  Here's hoping they have many, many more anniversary celebrations.

I also have a card to share for this week's CAS(e) this Sketch challenge. Love this sketch design...you've seen it a lot on my blog!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congrats Grad!

This week I'm go to have a hodge podge of cards to share with you.  Today it is a graduation card for a co-worker of mine recently completed her under grad and I wanted to get her a little something.  I had originally made this for the Runway Inspired challenge, but waited too long to post it!

I'll leave you with a picture of Collin all dressed up for his band concert last week. He was really pleased with his tie and hair gel when I got home. Love that although he normally avoids his picture being taken he was proud to be "dressed handsome."  And of course, Marcel had to sneak in the picture too.



Monday, December 15, 2014

I'm So Thankful {and blog candy winner}

I'm popping in with another just because card (not for any particular challenge).  For Christmas, Pat's parents gave us a print of one of his uncle's paintings.  This painting will have a very special place in our home. It is absolutely gorgeous; click here to see it.  His uncle had a traumatic brain injury several years ago, so his painting is not what it used to be.  Thankfully though, Uncle Chris still has a zest for life. Since his injury, I've regularly sent him cards.  He appreciated them so much that he asked us to pick out a second print of his. This made my heart happy that he loves receiving the cards.  So...if you aren't mailing your cards, this is a gentle reminder that everyone loves receiving a happy note now and then!

And my blog candy winner from the Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop is Jerrie from Coloring Outside the Linz...Jerrie, I've popped you a note.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks: Photo Inspiration: Wish Big


Hello there, it's time for another PaperSmooches Sparks Challenge. I picked up on the earth tones in the stones to make a card for my father-in-law's birthday that was a couple of weeks ago. To make the card, I embossed the chevron pattern from Kissables 2 with Versamark and clear embossing powder and then inked it up with three different distress inks. To finish off the card, I distress inked a piece of paper with the same distress inks and die cut the Loopy Leaf.  I finished the card off with a sentiment from Group Hugs and a touch of sequins.



Please be sure to stop by the other design team members blogs to check out their fabulous creations.

And of course, we'd love to see you play along. You'll have until Saturday at 11:59 PST to join along.   Hop on over to the PaperSmooches Sparks blog to play along with us!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Have an Amazing Birthday


This past Saturday my sister-in-law texted me asking if I had any birthday cards in my stash. Sadly, I only had one, but I told her I could quickly make two for her if she could wait a bit for me to get them done. They had Marcel spend the night on Friday night for a birthday sleepover (tons of spoiling going on there...which is fabulous!) and were dropping him off a bit later.  The first one is based on this layout from Laurie's card.  And the second is based on this incredible card from Cristina.  I love making cards with a particular person in mind and the inspiration from two of my favorite blogging friends gave me a jump start on both of these.  What about you...do you typically make cards just because or with a particular person in mind?  Most of my cards (with the exception of Christmas cards) are made with a particular person in mind. 

PS the sequins on the first card really do match the card...no sure what is up with my camera colors.  Top card has a Verve sentiment; bottom card is all PaperSmooches.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time Out Reminder: Happy Winter Days


Hello there! I'm back with a reminder card at Time Out.  We're continuing our inspiration challenge of being inspired by Aimes from Crafting Confessions.  I picked up the colors and snowflakes again and pulled out my new Lil Inker goodies for this week's card. The cover die is incredibly detailed and I love the sentiment stamps too.

How are you inspired by Aimes's card below?  I'd love to see your cards!

Our guest designer for this challenge is the fabulous Mila. Please pop on over to her blog and check out her gorgeous creations.




Be sure to pop on over and check out the design team's creations and play along with us.  You will not be disappointed!