Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags: For You




Happy to be here again today sharing a tag for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  I absolutely adore Tracey and am so pleased that she invited me to play along today. We have a fabulous time connecting in blog land and through our day to day email chats. I truly hope that one day I get to meet her in person.

Tracey has an incredible line up of sponsors and there are prizes to be won from the following companies and I hope you've been hopping for the last 20+ day. It is hard to believe we are already close to the end of the 25 days!
·        Reverse Confetti
·        Clearly Besotted
·        CAS-ual Fridays
·        Neat and Tangled
·        Paper Smooches
·        Lawn Fawn


Don't forget!  You can win my commenting on Tracey's blog as well as on my blog post too.  Just leave a comment and I'll forward them to Tracey to be entered in the drawing on the 28th.  Happy hopping!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags: Joy to the World


Oh I am so pleased to be here today sharing a tag for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  Today, PaperSmooches is participating in the blog hop.  I hope you've had the chance to follow along and comment as the tags have been amazing.

Tracey has an incredible line up of sponsors and there are prizes to be won from the following companies:
·        Reverse Confetti
·        Clearly Besotted
·        CAS-ual Fridays
·        Neat and Tangled
·        Paper Smooches
·        Lawn Fawn



And guess what?  You can win my commenting on Tracey's blog as well as on my blog post too.  Just leave a comment and I'll forward them to Tracey to be entered in the drawing on the 28th.  Happy hopping!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

PaperSmooches: Designer Drafts


Hello there and welcome to this week's PaperSmooches Sparks challenge.  Check out this sketch below. I'll admit that I stared at this one for a bit and then I started to search through my die cuts thinking about how I could mirror those shapes.  The rest is history :).  If you look through my stamp stash you'll see that most of my stamps are sentiments.  Think that needs to change so that I can switch up my cards a bit more!

For this card two dies were used:  Loopy Leaf and Hot Spots Large Set 2.  I love this sentiment.  We all need reminders to believe in ourselves.  Even on the best days there is that voice in our head that needs the reminder that we will succeed.  The Group Hug set has this and so many fabulous sentiments.



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, November 21, 2014

Festive Friday: Christmas Greetings


Hello there!  We're back with our last Festive Friday challenge of the year.  The year has flown by and I hope that this challenge has helped you jump start your Christmas cards. I have loved seeing all your gorgeous cards throughout the year.  My card picks up the beautiful ribbon and colors.  Love how the pink pops against the kraft and white.

Please come play along! I hope all your holiday preparations are going well.  Take a break and come play with us at Festive Friday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fusion: Joyous Noel

Oh la la...I love this week's inspiration photo...silver and red...music notes...I was inspired by it all. I was also pretty close to using the sketch too.  I didn't follow it exactly, but you get the feel!  We'd love to see you play along.  How do the photo and sketch inspire you?


PROCEDURES:
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.

Here are some fabulous cards by our design team showing you how it works!

WinnersWill be chosen by all of our teammates in two weeks! We each will choose one favourite! The winners will be announced at 4am (PST) in two weeks!! Please check the linky for the days left to play with us!

Time Out: Merry & Bright

If you're interested in stamps for sale, please click here.  I've updated my for sale page!

Hello there! It's time for another challenge at Time Out.  Our challenge this time is: Embossing with optional twist:  sparkle.  Initially, I thought I'm made a card with traditional heat embossing but I went a different direction.  When I was away on my craft retreat, Chrissy Larson had silver embossing paste.  So...I had to give it a go.  When I see gray, I most often want to add pink.

Thanks for the inspiration Chrissy!  I am also pleased that the amazing Lesley (Always Playing with Paper) is our fabulous guest designer for this challenge. Be sure to pop on over to her blog and check out her gorgeous card.


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!

We also have a great sponsor for this challenge:  Avocado Arts.  Be sure to pop on over to their blog as well!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Jonathon {one day early}


Tomorrow we're celebrating Jonathon's 14th birthday.  He's growing up before my eyes and becoming more and more outgoing as each day passes.  Over the last year he has grown a ton....and is about a 1/2 inch shorter than Ryan.  Jonathon has my dad's build (tall and lanky) and will soon pass up his older brother.  I'm not sure if he'll break the six foot mark like my dad and brothers, but he'll certainly be a tall Mangan!  I love to watch him grown into a wonderful young man.  He's trying new activities (thinking about track for the spring too) and making lots of new friends. I'm proud of the young man he is becoming.  His smile and laugh are certainly contagious!  Happy birthday my beautiful brown eyed boy.



His card is inspired by the repeating images on the current The Cutting Edge challenge.  Instead of repeating hearts I used stars for the birthday boy.