Saturday, May 28, 2011

OWH Memorial Day Weekend Hop

Good morning!! It's time for the Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop for Operation Write Home! You should be coming here from
Sharon's blog.

If not, or if you get lost, head on back to the very beginning.

I've got a Heartfelt Creations card to share based on this card by Mona Pendleton.I thought it would translate beautifully using the Semper Augustus Tulips. The sentiment is from the Dutch Iris Oval precut set and the hummingbird is from the Springtime Medley Collection - the Angel Trumpet Flower, to be specific. The matching die makes it a snap to get a perfect cut every time.

Over the top, I stamped Unity's Worn Music in Vintage PhotoDistress Ink. As usual, when making cards for Operation Write Home, I've used Memory Box cardstock because of it's white reverse side, making it ideal for any writing conditions.

Copics used were YG13, YG23, RV14, RV17 and RV19.

Thanks so much for visiting me today! Next on the hop is the lovely and talented

PS - I almost forgot to mention! The spousal unit officially retired from the Air Force on 1 April after 24 years 4 months and 17 days.
I'm proud of him.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tulip Love

Hey guys! It's my day over at Creative Inspirations Paint and I made a card that follows a couple challenges, as well as using several of those wonderful, shimmery paints! I love, love, LOVE things that sparkle and shine, so you know I love these paints - and they are just so super creamy and fabulous to use. If you haven't gotten your hands on any yet - well, what are you waiting for??? The sketch is from Lucy's Lovely Lines. This is a new one for me that I found through the sketch challenge links on Stampin' When I Can. Allison provides such a fabulous service for the community and I truly appreciate the trouble she goes to in helping provide a one-stop-shop for all of the sketch challenges out there.

Second, and I really hope this counts, because Ashley has been after me to play along with this one for a while, Lawn Fawn's Lawnscaping Challenge this week is to use polkadots. I'm not sure if my dots around the sentiment count as polkadots or not.

That's it for me today. Hope you all have a wonderful day. Hug your kids and your friends. They're priceless jewels.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Grateful for Paper Maniac & ATU

Good morning. This is the card I posted over at Paper Maniac a couple days ago. I made it with All Things Unity challenge #31 in mind, and chose a couple stamps that I'd never used before - but which were also still in stock at Paper Maniac. I probably have a few too many of those, so I love this particular challenge!! It works for both previously unloved stamps *and* brand new goodies! At least, that's how I read doesn't say how long a stamp has to have been in your stash. Right?

So anyway...I've had the set Simple Blessings since it was released, but I'd only used the leaves before. My friend, Nancy, is a member of My Time Made Easy's Pretty Pattern Sketch DT. She suggested I play along with Challenge #10, so I thought the larger leaf swirl would be perfect for the slanted lines in the sketch. And since Paper Maniac is closing (sniffle) several of us are making cards for Patti, the owner. I chose the Grateful for You sentiment because I am truly grateful for the opportunity she gave to me in giving me a place on the design team and I appreciate the faith she showed more than I can ever convey.I used Memory Box cardstock for the base, Crushed Olive Distress Ink and Oval Nestabilities.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

EtsyInspired #139 - Paula Art

Wow. I almost feel like I've forgotten how to write a real blog post! But I think I can, I think I can! It's Saturday, which is EtsyInspired time again. We're biweekly now, so you'll have 2 full weeks to play along!

This week we've got a super cool shop. Paula Art is contemporary, collectible art for your home, using as many recycled, reclaimed and reused items as possible. This makes for some very intriguing pieces! This is not your everyday, run-of-the-mill art. This truly is super cool and downright funky!

I chose to be inspired by the colours in the photo of these pipe vases - red, white, grey/black, and kind of a sandy colour. I like the colours and I think they're pretty darned awesome looking.

I went totally CAS to coincide with the SCS CAS DT search, but our sponsor this week, Shery K Designs has some great patterned paper that would work perfectly with the colours I chose, including the Victoria Super Mega Paper Pack, which is only $3!!
Stamps: Unity Beach Days & Sun Rays
Ink: SU Real Red, Distress Ink Vintage Linen, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: SU Real Red, GinaK Pure Luxury Base Weight
Etc: Embossing powder - clear & Brushed Corduroy Distress, pop dots

Now it's your turn. For full deets and to link up your project for this week, head on over to the EtsyInspired Blog. You've got until Friday, June 3, at noon, Pacific time. Before you go, though, check out the rest of the EIC team...Ashley & Emily may be a tad late, so if they haven't gotten their posts up when you get there, check them out later today.

Thanks for stopping by and for all of your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Paper Maniac is Going Out of Business

I am very sad to finally add my post to say that Paper Maniac is closing its doors.

Products are flying off the shelves, so shop soon to get the best selection.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blast From the Past May Hop

Hi guys. Long time, no blog. To be perfectly honest, my family has been through hell this past month. But we need a little normalcy, so I'm going to try to get back to blogging and card making. Thank goodness for my dear friend, Ashley (HeartHugs Designs), who pretty much held my hand while I took baby steps in figuring out how to make a card all over again.

Since the theme of this hop is masculine cards and the spousal unit's birthday is coming up next week, I decided to make him a card from all of the kids. I used the birthday sentiment from Pet's Place. I kept it super simple, using Sketch #69 from OWH Stars & Stamps in shades of blue. The dp is Basic Grey Granola.Thanks for stopping by and thank you again for all of your support this past month.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Family Emergency

Hi all. I just wanted to post and say that I have not dropped off the face of the earth. It's simply that we have had a family emergency and it's been something that has taken nearly all of my energy, both physical and emotional. I am not entirely sure when I will be back to blogging, but I will be back as soon as I am able.

Thank you for your patience, and especially for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.