Sunday, June 30, 2013

Follow me and some Verve

Hi everyone!  I had some extra time (where did that come from??) today to whip up a card with some Verve goodness.....I always love using my Verve.....
But first I want to share that since there is just a few hours left of Google Reader.......I have chosen to switch to Bloglovin'.  If you currently follow me on Google Reader and wish to continue, I encourage you to follow through Bloglovin'.  You can click HERE or find my link on my side bar----->
When the new sketch came up for Viva la Verve this week, I just couldn't stop thinking about what an awesome sketch it was to use pattern paper!  Lord knows, I have PLENTY.  So the next thing was to choose one paper pad.....hehe.....that was the hard part!  :) 
My sentiment (from Wordy Birds) was stamped on vellum and overlayed onto this pattern paper......I just couldn't cover up the pretty florals!! 
Here is sketch for the first week of July.  I layered my papers a bit differently but I used the basic sketch.........

****And stay tuned to all the Mojo Monday blog tomorrow for a special celebration........300 sketches!!!  You do NOT want to miss this celebration!!!****

{Thinking of you}
Stamps:  Wordy Birds (Verve)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  In Bloom (MME)
Dies:  Stitched Mats: Circles (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Pearls, Foam Adhesive

12 Kits of Holidays {June Kit}

Welcome to the June Edition of the 12 Kits of Holidays!  This group has been together now for a year and a half!!  Every single month we get goodies from the hostess for the month. So many new things arrive..... makes it so fun!!!
This month's kit was sent to us from Jeanne from A Kept Life.  Jeanne sent papers, die cuts, buttons ribbon and other goodies!  Thank you so much for sending out such a beautiful holiday kit!!
June Kit
{photo courtesy of Kara}
I have been flying solo most of this week so I didn't have a lot of time in between 8 ball games in two different towns to get my post done (on time) for this morning.  I've made 2 cards with Jeanne's kit and I know I've only scratched the surface but what I'm excited for this month is to see what else the group has done that I can CASE!  I have made this a priority to do this so I can get my holiday card stash prepared! 
Good tidings  
Holiday greetings  
That's it from me today but let's go check out what the rest of the group made with this kit!!! Make sure to stop by Jeanne's blog for a full supply list!!!
Jeanne {A Kept Life}--June Hostess
***If you'd like to see ANY of the 12 Kits of Christmas/Holidays cards/projects, Renee has started a 12 Kits Board over on Pinterest HERE. Go check it has current projects and oldies too!***

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hello Friend....

***This is my second post of the day......please scroll down for my last Fresh Squeezed Stamps post!!***
Gallery of the best experiences and I am very proud of my entries this year.  I may not have won but I have gained so many new friends the past month and had tons of fun!  This is my chance to thank YOU for all the votes, messages, emails, etc. because I know it took time and I will be forever grateful for that.  From the bottom of my heart.....thank you so much!!  Congrats to Deasy for her awesome work in the final round!!!  Much deserved!!
I made this card using the sketch this week over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the set Peacock Pretties from Reverse Confetti

That's all for this post......I'm off to more ballgames today and tomorrow!  The weather has been pretty nice......warm.....but not humid.  I can handle that!

Sent with love.....

Hi everyone!!  It is with a heavy heart as I write my last Fresh Squeezed Stamps post as part of the inaugural Design Team.  The new DT will take over soon and I can't wait to find out what rockstar ladies they've chosen!!  It has been such a fabulous team to be on.  Shannon and Ryann are some of the most supportive ladies around.  Thank you BOTH for taking a chance on me with your fresh new company.......I've had a blast!
Speaking of a blast.......I thought it would be fitting to share a "blast from the past" with some of my favorite Fresh Squeezed Stamp projects over the last 6 months.  But first.......I have a new card to share using The Envelope, Please.  I just LOVE how this turned out and is one of my favorite FSS cards to date!  There are so many little images in this set.......I've used 5 of them here on my card. 
sent with love  
Are you ready for the "blast from the past"?  Here we go..........
 This is my all time FAVORITE FSS card.
i dig you  
I love you 
Thanks again Shannon and Ryann for the last 6 months with your stamps!!!!  I'm going to miss you!

Friday, June 28, 2013

let's celebrate!

Hi everyone!  We are amidst 2 baseball/softball tourneys right now.  We played last night but the game was called due to lighting before it was considered a full tonight, we play the same team again!  Go Xtreme!
Anyway, I have a card to share using one of my favorite stamp sets from Neat & Tangled called On the Strip 2.  I adore this set and I may or may not have channeled my inner Laura Bassen for this one!  I did not attempt something very detailed as I wouldn't hold a candle to Laura's plaids!  :)   Here's my simple version:
let's celebrate2
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful start to your weekend!!! 
{let's celebrate!}
Stamps:  On the Strip 2, Party Dots (Neat & Tangled)
Paper:  True Black, White (PTI)
Ink:  Grass, Papaya, Bubblegum (AMuse), Versafine Onyx Black
Misc:  Black Gems

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Brighten your days!

If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a picture of my bed last night.  It was a pup tent in my living room.  Payton, my daughter, has been sleeping in there for over a week and she's been asking for a "camp out".  Since I was off today, I told her we could do it.  Let's just say that this body isn't sleeping on the floor again without an air mattress!!!  I'm sooo sore.....first the right hip, then the left hip, then my back, etc etc etc.  :) 
So with my day off except for swimming lessons and loads of laundry, I whipped this up for the current CAS(E) this Sketch! using some Verve goodies and a new paper pad, Beautiful Life from Echo Park.  This paper collection is packed with COLOR!! 
****There is even a Verve SALE going on right now through June 30th!!!  There are stamps, dies, and ribbon!  Click HERE to see the sale!****
I had a little fit with my sewing machine for this one.......and my stitches still aren't right but oh well!!!  Going to have to mess with my tension......but first gotta find the book.......

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!  Stay cool where you are!
{Brighten your days}Stamps:  Brighter Days (Verve)
Paper:  Encanted Evening, White, Harvest Gold (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  beautiful LIFE by Laura Passage (Echo Park)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Dies:  Loopy Blooms Die Set, Rounded Scallop Frame (A CUT above DIES by Verve)
Misc:  Janome Sew Mini, Enamel Dots (MME)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop--Touch of Gold

Hi everyone! 
Just wanted to say thanks to those who have cast their vote so far, this competition has been such a fun time.  It really stretches your creativity.  Here's my collage photo of all FOUR cards I made for the last round of Gallery Idol.  You can vote HERE
Gallery Idol .
A quick post as I'm heading out to a ball game after work.  I had to play along with the PTI June Blog Hop!
Using Modern Basics, I stamped my pattern in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.  Adding in a quick sentiment from Bigger Blooms in black ink, I mounted the white embossed panel on a black card base.  For good measure, I threw on some big gold pearls!
Stamps:  Modern Basics, Bigger Blooms (PTI)
Paper:  True Black, White (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Misc:  White satin ribbon, Gold embossing powder, Heat tool, Gold pearls

Monday, June 24, 2013

Gallery Idol 2013--Round 5

Hi everyone!  I am just thrilled that I made the Top 5 in Paper Crafts Gallery Idol 2013 card contest!  Wow!!!  The last round was full of cards using EXACTLY 10 embellishments!  That was a difficult challenge round!!  Thank you all SOO much for your votes!!!
You can see the Paper Crafts post HERE
If you'd like to vote for the FINAL round, you can vote using the link on my side bar!!!
Well everyone.......this is the week where you all vote on the challenge we worked on.  The challenge this round is to make four color-coordinated cards in four different styles!!!  Here we go with my versions of this challenge.....I hope you like them!
The first thing I did when preparing for this challenge was to choose a color palette.  This was not easy but I kept going back to one that I used recently that I thought would be perfect.  This however, proved to make designing each of these cards a bit difficult. 
The 4 styles I chose to work with are:
Classy and Elegant
Clean and Graphic
Fun and Cute
Freestyle Collage
Gallery Idol
CARD #1 uses the Classy & Elegant style.  I wanted to stamp a background that would be eye catching with bits of color and adding some simple elegance with pearls.  The sentiment was heat embossed with white Filigree embossing powder.
CARD #2 uses the Clean and Graphic style.  This is right up my alley and I love this stamp set from Papertrey Ink.....and Maile Belles!  This set screams graphic and I am embracing the "tilted" once again! 
CARD #3 uses the Fun and Cute style.  There really is no explaining this style.  Just see for yourself.  I made a window card for my little scene adding in some texture with the woodgrain impression plate on the front panel. 
CARD #4 uses the Freestyle Collage style.  This style is new to me so this is my first attempt!  I decided on bringing my color coordinating papers into the background and using a wooden tag for the focal point of my collage.  Adding in some flair, Washi tape, enamel dots, colored burlap, twine, and a tiny sentiment flag rounded out my collage.
Here are the chevrons in action......I had a really hard time getting a photo of these that weren't blurry or an optical illusion....ha!
Check out the close-up of the collage feature I created:
There you have my FOUR color-coordinated cards in four different styles.  This was definitely a challenge this week but I had such a fun time creating these cards!  I hope my versions of the four styles I chose are enough to get your vote.  Thanks soo much!!!!
{To you. From me. With love.}
Stamps:  Round Repeats, Mini Blooms (PTI)
Paper:  White. Guidelines II  (PTI),  Island Indigo (SU)
Ink:  Orange, Ocean, Grass (AMuse), Versamark
Misc:  Filigree white embossing powder, Pearls, Foam Adhesive, Corner Chomper
{Hello My Friend}
Stamps:  Sketched Shapes (PTI)
Paper:  White (PTI), Island Indigo (SU)
Ink:  Orange, Ocean, Grass (AMuse), Versafine Onyx Black
Misc:  Enamel dots (MME)
{We Belong Together)
Stamps:  Paired Up (Clearly Besotted)
Paper;  White, Orange Zest (PTI)
Ink:  Grass, Ocean (AMuse), Kraft (PTI), Versafine Onyx Black
Dies:  Circles (Spellbinders)
Misc:  Aqua Blue Twine (Timeless Twine by Bella Creationz), Foam Adhesive
{Hey girl, Happy Birthday}
Stamps:  Sign Language (PTI)
Paper:  White, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse (PTI), Island Indigo (SU)
Ink:  Orange (AMuse)
Dies:  Cover up die--Pieced Chevrons (Lil' Inker Designs), Cosmic Star Set (Memory Box)
Misc:  Wood Tag (Maya Road), Flair (Bossy Joscie), Enamel Dots (MME), Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn), Memo Pin (Tim Holtz), Girl Wood Veneer (Studio Calico), Colored burlap, Twine

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Simply Wonderful

Hi everyone!!  For the entire month Timeless Twine has joined up with The Robins Nest to help them celebrate 15 years!!!  How exciting!! Be sure to head on over to their blog and store, so you can see all the goodies they have!
I've used some fabulous Honeycomb Glitter Daisy paperI didn't want to cover up any of this delicious paper so I stamped my sentiment onto vellum and layered over my pattern. 
you are wonderful
I've used the Chocolate Chip Brown twine from Timeless Twine by Bella Creationz.
Thanks for stopping by today!!!  Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Whale Done......News and a WINNER!

Hi everyone!  Yesterday......BIG news came my way yesterday!!!
I made it into the Top 5 of Paper Crafts Gallery Idol Contest!  I am just thrilled to have made it this far especially with what talent is in this group!!!  Wahoo!!!

I have a WINNER to announce from my Summer Card Camp 2 post yesterday..........this person wins a spot in this summer's class!  Congrats goes to.................lcdzines!!!  I will be contacting you soon!!! 

Now to share a card made with some Reverse Confetti stamps......Happy Harbor!  I certainly hope you are not tired of me using this set because I have so many more ideas for it!!  This idea came from a photo on Pinterest.........from Pottery Barn Kids.

I focused on the layers of shades of blue and white stripes in the right side of the photo.  I just loved the look of those image pictures hanging on the stripes.  Thus, my card was born.....and a simple one at that!  There was no rhyme or reason to the widths of the strips.....I just cut random widths and then arranged them similar to the photo.  No measuring involved so this card came together very quickly!


{Whale DONE!}
Stamps:  Happy Harbor (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Night of Navy (SU), Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, White (PTI)
Ink:  Night of Navy (SU)
Misc:  Corner Chomper, Button Twine (PTI)
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