Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time Out: Celebrate

Hello there.  It's time for our challenge at Time Out and we have a super fun challenge for you!  Not only are we being inspired by Deepti's gorgeous card below, she is also generously donating her new stamp set to the lucky challenge winner.  I'm so thrilled for Deepti that she has started designing her new stamps. They look gorgeous. Deepti's blog is Dee's Art Utopia

Here's a little more about Deepti (in her own words):

I am a sketch artist by default and a card maker by choice. My card making started with making some new year cards back in 2013 and now it has turned into a passion.
I am excited to tell you that I have moved a step ahead, now I am an Illustrator with my own line of stamps. Thanks to Shery for offering me to design under the umbrella of STAMPlorations :)
My stamp line "Dee's Artsy Impressions" was recently introduced with my very first set Blooming Buds. It is also one of the stamp sets that you can pick if you sign up for the STAMPlorations Stamp club in June.

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. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

With Sympathy

I am frequently in need of sympathy cards and always love to have a few extra on hand. It feels very hard to create them on demand when you have to have one versus having at the ready when the time comes. I love this big sentiment sympathy die from Frantic Stampers as it let's the card message do the talking.  For sympathy cards, I also like to keep the colors fairly muted.  A stamped border of flowers was added and I stamped off quite a bit to mute the colors a bit more.

Hope this card inspires you for those times when you need to express your sorrow for the loss of a loved one.

FRA-DIE-09359 - Large with Sympathy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Congrats '15

This week's CAS(e) this Sketch almost had me stumped...but I'm glad I kept thinking about it!  There will be several more graduation cards popping up on my blog over the next few days, and I love how this one turned out.  My Cricut has been getting use by my cutting out little graduation caps and it was used to cut out these super tall numbers to use as a mask for this card.  Think this design will go into mass production next year when I need a ton of graduation cards. In real life the distress inks are a bit more vibrant.  What I like is that I could easily turn this into a thank you card too.  My mind is starting to plan for Ryan's graduation next year. Can you tell?! 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Birthday

Can't remember the last time I posted twice in one day, but yahoo for long weekends with extra time to create.  My second card today in inspired by the PTI Blog Hop photo below.  This is one of those moments where I wish I could challenge my inner Laura Bassen and creating some wickedly cool card that knocks the spectrum of colors out of the park. This card doesn't rival a Laura card, but I'm happy with the end result :)!  Have to do what a girl has to do!  How you are having fun with your family this Memorial Day weekend!

It's Your Time to Soar

This will be my first of two posts today.  With the long weekend, I have been able to get in lots of crafty time which makes for one happy person over here!  I was itching to play along with the Curtain Call Challenge. Loved the combination of gold and pink.  Building up the graduation card stash that will quickly be given away over the next couple of weeks.  Most of the grad cards I need are for boys but I needed a couple girl I'm happy to pop the bright pink onto this card.  Pop back in just a bit for my PTI blog hop card! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

PaperSmooches: Happy Birthday

Happy Sunday my friends.  It was Ryan's 18th birthday a few weeks ago and this is is hard.  He loves to go out for a milkshake so I thought this would be a fun card for him. I absolutely love that big Happy Birthday die. The script is perfect.  To mirror the sketch I stamped off navy ink from a floral stamp to give the feeling of bubbles behind the cup.

What do you think?  Are you inspired to come play along with us?  We'd love to see what you create.  Come join us at PaperSmooches Sparks!

For this card I used:
  • Think Fast Stamps -
  • Think Fast Dies -
  • Bold Blooms -
  • Happy Birthday Words Die

Friday, May 22, 2015

For the Happy Couple

Happy Friday my friends!  I'm really looking forward to the three day weekend. We have a few graduation parties to go to on Sunday and am I throwing a wedding shower tomorrow afternoon. So, I was very lucky to have already had this card made and it fit perfectly with the challenge over at CASology. The wedding colors are teal and navy...ignore that my stamping could be significantly straighter! I should have used my Misti.

I thought I'd share this note Collin left for his third grade teacher yesterday.  Absolutely melted my heart.  He is finishing up 5th grade but man oh man did his third grade teacher rank on his all time favorite list.  She now teaches sixth grade so we are hoping he gets her again next year. This note sums Collin up...multiple pens...looks like there is dirt or something all over the page...he loves writing in cursive but added an extra ma to his name.  Don't worry he knows how to spell it. He melts my heart.  And I love how he signed as her favorite student. She got a big kick out of it and sent it to me.