Thursday, September 24, 2015

Team Swap - Wonderland

For our team meeting this past week, our focus was on Christmas. I found a card on Pinterest that I just loved, so I made a card similar (didn't want to case it totally) that I just loved. Unfortunately, I didn't have the name of the person who created it to give them credit.

Here's my version of the card I loved:

The gold embossing on black makes quite a statement, and I love the snowflakes in the background. I made some extras so I can give them out as Christmas Cards this year as well.

Stay tuned for more designs ... I'm sort of on a roll.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Build a Birthday

It's blog time again, and our coloring down the lines challenge seemed to come easy this week. Go figure! Sometimes the colors I love the most are so difficult to create a design for, but the ones that are variations of colors just flow. This one did just that. I didn't have to think too hard, and I was finished before you know it.

Let's check out the photograph and color pallet first.

 Now, looking at the photograph, what would you have designed for the challenge this week? Do you want to see what I made? Yes, ok, I won't make you wait .... here it is:

I added some touches to the card by coloring a satin rose using rose red, and lined the cake plate with tip top taupe lace ribbon. I think the lace gave it just the right effect I was looking for.

If you've arrived here from Amanda's blog, be sure to keep hopping on over to see what Joni created as well. I love seeing all the designs from everyone. Gives me inspiration to create, create, create.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ashley's Birthday Card

It's always nice making cards for people, and this time was no different. Our son Tj's girlfriend Ashley's birthday was Monday, and I wanted to make her something special. I found a card that I was using for inspiration, and how funny, the card never looks anything like the inspirational card. That's ok because I love originality.

For Ashley's card, I chose blackberry bliss as the color I wanted to use. I ended up taking the "into the woods" designer series paper and cut a circle around a bunch of flowers, and the card blossomed from there.  Take a look:

I took a couple of paper flowers that were hand made by another demonstrator, and I popped them onto the card for some added drama.  It totally made the card. Below is the inside of the card.

So, what do you think? My son liked it, and I hope Ashley did too.

Thanks again for stopping by to view my creations. I love it when you do.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sympathy for a Friend - Timeless Elegance

I had to make a sympathy card for a friend of mine who lost her father.  She told me he lived a great life, and it was his time.  Still, it's always hard to lose a parent, or loved one, for that matter.

I wanted to make something nice, and I selected the "timeless elegance" paper and worked the rest of the card around the paper.  I wasn't thinking of using black, but it all came together.

Here's the card I made for my friend:

I didn't think I would like the paper as much as I do.  It's subtle, but elegant, just like the name:  Timeless Elegance.

It just so happens that a co-worker also lost a loved one, so I made two cards.  I think I just might make some more to have on hand, with a little twist on each.

Hope you like the card, and I do hope that the card blessed the people I gave it to.

See you back here soon, I hope!

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Paper Plunge #48 - Country Fair Time

Summer and Fall are the best time for Country Fairs.  Living somewhat in the country myself, I do enjoy the all the sites and sounds of fairs.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do for the challenge, so I just decided to make a card that featured fruit.  There's always fruit at fairs, so I thought it appropriate.

Here's the card I made for the Plunge challenge this week:

The stamp set used for this card is "market fresh".  The wood background (designer series paper) added the perfect touch to the rest of the card - making it "country".

Hope you like it.  Make sure you hop on over to ThePaperPlunge and try submitting a design that you've made with a country flair.  It's fun!  Hope to see your lovely creations there.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Sheltering Tree

Hello stampers!  It's blog time again, and the colors this week are very pretty.  I wasn't sure which way to go with this one, and since I've had a long day and didn't get home from home until late, I made a simple card this time.  Let's check out the color pallet first, then I'll show you my card.

Now, here's my card for you this week.

I placed the focus on this card to blackberry bliss.  Of course, it's one of my favorite colors!  I hope to do more Fall cards using bbb, so stay tuned.

Check out Amanda's blog, along with Joni's blog to get more inspiration flowing.  

See you back here soon ... 


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Woodland Fall Scene

Today is my birthday, and I'm away at a weekend stamping retreat.  How fun is that?   It's also my mother's birthday, but she is no longer with us and every year when it's our birthday, I miss her even more.  I'm hoping to come home with lots to share with you ... so I do hope you'll stop back to check them out.

I made this card using the woodlands textured embossing folder.  It's really a nice folder, and if you don't own it, think about purchasing it.  There's a lot you can make with it.

Here's a Fall scene that I made.  It was pretty easy, and the background makes an impact on the entire card.

The pumpkin is from a retired stamp set, and the leaves that the pumpkin is sitting on is from the bird punch.  Hope you like the card.  I think I want to do another card using the woodlands folder, but this time, make a spooky Halloween card.  Oh la la.

Come back soon .. I'll have lots to share.

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Paper Plunge #47 - Have a Holly Jolly Christmas; Happy Scenes

Took the plunge this week designing a Christmas Card using the Happy Scenes stamp set.  I wanted to do a snow scene, so I like trees of all kinds, so I played around with the picture and used a tree from a retired stamp set as well for my card.  It balanced it out, and I was going to put a snowman in the foreground, but decided not to.

I'll probably focus on Christmas cards within the next few weeks, and I've made some Halloween and Fall cards too.  Tis the season to go wild with stamping!

So here's my card I made for the challenge this week.  I took a picture of my card and when I went to upload it, it was sideways.  So I had to take another shot and there's a lot of my dining room table showing in the picture, so I'll have to master getting closer on the photo without it turning on me.

Here it is ...

Don't forget to check out the cards from other members of the design team over at ThePaperPlunge. There's some nice cards that I just might have to CASE.

Have fun!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

VIntage Leaves

Have you been thinking of Fall yet?  With the weather being so steamy these days, I'm ready for Fall! I thought I'd make some Fall cards to share with you, and they were fun to make.  I wanted to make a card with leaves, and I decided to emboss and do something a bit different.  Let me know what you think.

I embossed the leaves in gold, then I used a dauber to fill in the rest of the leaves for an elegant look.  The card actually looks better in person, but I tried to give you a close up view of the leaves, but it still doesn't show the true beauty of the card.  I topped the background off using gorgeous grunge, and finished it off with twine.

More to come ... so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Awesomely Artistic

Happy Hump Day, and welcome back to our Blog Hop.  First, I want to say that I feel badly that I haven't been posting much lately, but my life seems to be topsy turvey with work.  I've been working 10 to 13-1/2 hours a day.  Something has to give, and I sure do hope it happens soon.

Anyway, enough of the depressing stuff ... this is where I find my peace, stress release, and fun.  And yes, part of all of it is you.  Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comments.  It means the world to me.

So let's check out this week's challenge.  This is the photograph and color pallet we used for ideas and inspiration.

The colors are pretty and look nice together, don't you agree?  I used all the colors in my card this week ... and here it is:

I used the cards and labels framelits and lots of labels framelits on this card.  The stamp sets are awesomely artistic and cottage greetings.  The result .. nice!

Hope you like it.  I'm really liking the awesomely awesome stamp set and have made some nice things with it.  I'll share with you soon ... perhaps even tomorrow.

Now, if you've arrived here from Amanda's blog, don't forget to shoot on over to Joni and check her card out.  It's fun to see what everyone does with the colors we have to work with.  Totally, or should I saw, artistically awesome!

Have a wonderful tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Circle of Spring

Hi everyone, it's blog hop day and all is well here in Spring City.  Did you start the hop over at Inkedx2; where it all begins?  If not, it's a nice place to start, so hop on back one if you missed it.

This week, our color pallet was a pretty one ... and it reminded me of Spring, even though we're heading into Fall right now.  But, it's always nice to get one last Spring-time card in before the cool weather sets in.  As of now, I don't see that happening for a while, but you never know.

So let's start with the photograph and color pallet we used for inspiration this week.  Check it out and see what you would have designed using this challenge:

Ok, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with a stamp set I like - very similar to what I used last week, but with slightly a different twist.

I used the Circle of Spring, A Dozen Thoughts, and Hardwood stamp sets to come up with this design.  The brick embossing folder was used to create the soft, brick wall behind the window frame, shutters, and base of the window.  The hearth and home framelits and wonderful wreath framelits were used for the window and wreath, which added just the right touch I was looking for.  The green, wood-like shutters and base of the window added a nice touch - a little bit o' country, with a Spring flair.

Now that you've had a chance to look at my card, why don't you hop on over to Joni's blog and check out what she's got in store for you this week?  And don't forget to continue the hop ... there's more good ideas right behind me.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you live on the East Coast, stay cool ... it's going to be hot tomorrow and the next day.  Of course, tomorrow is my community service day where I'll be helping out at the animal shelter, but just seeing the sweet animals will make me forget all about how hot it truly is.

See you soon.