September 30, 2011

CAS-ual Friday loopy

Get this. The school calls me at work yesterday and says my oldest has pink eye.
What the heck is pink eye?
(I'm thinking he got marker in his eye or something)
They tell me it's really conjunctivitis and is highly contagious.
WHAT? They want me to bring him HOME?
Are they serious? 
I don't want any contagious diseases in my house, who are they kidding? He can stay there with all the other walking, talking petri dishes. And that's final.

Okay. I'll come get him.
Poor kid. 12 years old and can't run in the school Marathon today because he's contagious. And I have to take the day off from work. Poor me.

So things are a little loopy around here, to say the least. 
I am running around after him with a spray bottle of vinegar and a cloth, wiping everything he touches, telling him not to touch his eyes/face/nose every 15 seconds, and making him drink colloidal silver. 

Which brings me to this week's CAS-ual Friday challenge...

Make loops of some sort on your project this week!

We were sponsored by the AWESOME folks who make the coolest ribbon storage system on the planet!

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and made oodles of loops on my card!
I hope you'll play along with us and join in the loopy fun.

Now I have to get back to my son with pink eye and make sure he hasn't infected the rest of us yet. I don't personally care for the color pink. *wink*

Thanks for stopping by today,

September 29, 2011

For you

I'm swamped again in Must-Be-Done things. Ugh.  
But I couldn't resist the challenge that Paige offered up to use 3 border punches on one card.
This was a true challenge for me, but lots of fun too!

All stamps are WPlus9, inks are Amuse Studio and Fresh Ink, ribbon and pin are from my stash, edger die, CS, button, and PP are PTI, 2 other border punches are Martha Stewart.

Thanks for stopping by today,

September 28, 2011

Pumpkins and Jack-o-lanterns

Today's post is all about the tiny jack-o-lantern stamp you see in the corner of my card.
Isn't it darling?
It's on sale this week for 10% off at Denami Designs!

Be sure to check out the samples that the DT created just for your inspiration at the Denami Blog.
SO many cute ideas!

I also used the large brushed pumpkin, a Happy Halloween sentiment, some Tangerine buttons, and a piece of PP from the Chandler variety pack

Thanks for stopping by, have a good one!

September 25, 2011

Natural Beauty

I'm keeping this brief. 
You're only here for the pictures anyway!
(who has time for anything else?)

All stamps and dies by Verve, ink is Ranger Archival, CS and twill are PTI.

Thanks for stopping by,

September 23, 2011

Monochromatic CAS-ual Fridays

How's your week been?
I'm ending my day with a parent/teacher conference so I KNOW I will be looking forward to the weekend. *smile*

But right now it's time for another CAS-ual Friday challenge!
This week's theme is Mostly Monochromatic

Pick three shades of a color and add chocolate brown.
Simple and easy, right?

Green is a healthy, vibrant color and because we drink a lot of raw green smoothies in our house it was a clear choice for me!
And with this fabby flower BG stamp by Stampotique, and a matching sentiment...I was set!
Stampotique is sponsoring us this week and each designer was sent several stamps to work with. (I love this job!)
I was also inspired by their monochromatic green logo!

Cool, huh?
Keeping it clean and simple was the hard part for me this week. 
I wanted to add multitudes of flowers for all those names on the BG stamp, but I restrained myself with three 2-toned cherry blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts

I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge. One of the highlights of my week is perusing all of your submissions and being inspired, so keep 'em coming!

Thanks for stopping by,

September 21, 2011

Birthday Blog Hop


Happy Wednesday, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nami, the owner and stamp designer behind Denami Designs!
In her honor, we are having a birthday Blog Hop, so stick around because TWO amazing prize packages are up for grabs!

TWO lucky commenters will win all of Nami's favorite things. WOW. Now that is a prize package I wouldn't mind winning. *wink*

Here are the participants:

You have until September 23, 2011, 11:59 pm PST to leave comments on all the blogs to be eligible for the prize package.

I know that Nami likes animals and because she designed this adorable giraffe I thought it was appropriate. Denami is also still hosting the animal challenge, so it's a reminder to get your projects entered here before the deadline!

Full supplies shown below.

We are so lucky to be on your team and to be part of your creative journey!

Thanks for stopping by,

September 18, 2011

Birthday Party

My youngest is headed to a birthday party for his classmate today. 
The birthday girl is turning 8, and I wanted to make her a fun card but also something a bit more grown-up. She's new in the school, so he wasn't sure what she liked, but I thought brights would work, *fingers crossed*

I even stamped the inside! (and drew tiny purple flowers with a glitter pen.) youngest asked if he could make her a card too.
He loves to stamp with me and make cards, so I said yes and he got to work.

Before I show you what he made, let me tell you that he's only 6, and did everything by himself (except for the dispensing of glue). 
He picked the papers, the colors, inked and stamped the stamp himself, did most of the punching (I helped with the border), and decided on the placement of each item. 
He even took the photo on his own using my iphone.

Isn't this great?
I was so proud of him!
And when he was done he was pretty happy with it, saying, "It's good Mama, just like one of yours!" 
*sniff sniff*
I'll leave you with a photo of my boys early this month.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hope you have a good one,

September 16, 2011

Mini CAS-ual Friday

I'm coming at you today with a set of super simple mini card for this week's CAS-ual Friday challenge!
Mini cards are so fun, and working with a smaller canvas gets my mojo flowing so I frequently make smaller cards in multiples.

ATC (Artist Trading Cards) used to be my "mini" canvas of choice, but mini cards are more practical and can be slipped into backpacks, lunchboxes, and under office doors with a smile too!

Can you see the Copic marker in this photo?
 I put it in for size reference. Sometimes when looking at pictures of mini things, you can't really tell they are smaller without something to compare them to. 
All stamps used on these are Practicing Creativity Designs. Love those dandelions. *sigh*

Our sponsor this week is 
They have an amazing assortment of high-quality photopolymer stamps and various other crafty supplies. Check them out!

I hope you feel inspired to join us this week for the mini card challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.

Thanks for stopping by,

September 15, 2011

Friendship flags

Hi everyone!

Wanted to post this card I made for a friend who loves plaid and gingham.
It's not easy to combine the two. 

Gingham conjures up images of aprons and tablecloths and country farmhouses, while plaid always makes me think of Scotland and kilts and winter scarves!

BG was created by stamping two different gingham stamps in opposite directions in both grey and red. Sentiment and leafy branches by The Stamps Of Life. Flag PP is Basic Grey, and twill is May Arts.

Thanks for stopping by,

September 14, 2011

Apple thanks

I'm popping in today with a thank you card featuring Denami's small apple stamp, which happens to be on sale this week!

I love pink lady apples. 
They are my favorite flavor of apple, so I created this card in their honor.

                                                                                                                      Source: via Tracy on Pinterest

 Who says apples must be red, green, or yellow? *smile*

I stamped the apple outline several times and colored all but one in with Copics. Then I added simple designs. I paper pieced one and stamped it with versamark using the Decorative Flourish stamp. All the leaves are colored with a Spica Atyou glitter pen. The sentiment is one of my favorites from Denami, because I am thankful for many people in my life.

To see many different ways to use this adorable stamp, check out the Denami blog! The DT came up with some really great cards to share.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you feel inspired today!

September 11, 2011

Fruit Salad

9/11-We will never forget

 Good morning friends. 
I'm joining in the Denami Blog Hop today which is all about tasty treats!
You should have arrived from Suzanne's blog, but if you are lost just go to the Denami Blog to see a list of participants.

One of my favorite foods in the whole world is fresh fruit salad. *swoon*
 I could eat it daily, and often do!
Many mornings this summer I have chopped up half a melon, a few plums and peaches, and tossed in some blueberries or raspberries and a sliced banana.  With a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice it's the best breakfast ever!

Not only did I use a variety of fun fruit stamps from Denami, but I also used the rainbow stamp to help me make the bowl! After inking and stamping the last arc of the rainbow, I simply drew a tiny bottom and a curved top. I then created a vellum overlay to make it look as if it were a clear bowl.

So now that you've seen my Tasty Treat card, be sure to leave a comment because Denami is giving away TWO $20 gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!

Next stop is Carol's blog and you are in for a treat (pun intended)!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you have a good one.