September 28, 2012

CAS-ual Friday (toot)

Never has being present in the moment been more important to me. Truly celebrating the small stuff can bring us happiness for what we DO have. 
A few of you know that I have been going through some rough times for almost a year now. I'm not one for "keepin' it real" on this blog, so I've been quiet about my personal life. 
But suffice it to say that "Celebrating Today" is vital to me right now!

 And it kind of goes along with the title of my blog...Kismet (fate), art, and life:)
Which ties in to this week's CAS challenge perfectly!

This week's CAS-ual Friday challenge is my favorite I think! 
Create a clean and simple project based on your OWN blog header:)
You can see both my card and my header'd I do? 
Does it fit?

If your own blog header inspires you, join us this week and toot your own horn! *smile*
We are sponsored by Amuse Studio and boy are they offering up a SUH-WEET prize package!!

Thanks for stopping by, (((hugs))) to all of you!
(and remember, everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle, so be kind to one another:)

September 26, 2012

I love my Mum

Welcome! Hope everyone's week has been fun so far!
Is it chilly where you are? It's completely sweater weather here. Brrrr.
I'm popping in today to share a card I made for the Denami Spotlight happening this week.
This darling little mummy cling stamp is on sale, and I couldn't resist making a play on words with this card for my Mom. *smile* 
Get it?
My 13 year old did NOT get it when I showed him this card...*sigh*

DeNami Products used:

For even more inspiration using this little guy, check out the DeNami blog!

Thanks for stopping by,

September 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Nami!

This is my second post of the day. The CAS-ual Friday post is right below:)

Hi All! 
Some of us are gathering to celebrate the incredibly talented Nami (the genius behind Denami Designs) by giving her a birthday blog hop!
Did you come here from Lisa's blog?  (She's so awesome, isn't she?)
 If you'd like to see everyone in order, begin at the Denami blog though.

Since Nami designs the majority of the images that Denami carries, I thought it fitting to use only Denami products for her birthday card:) 

Leaves from Spring Flowers set (cling)
Celery and Magenta cardstock

Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Tina!

I hope you have a wonderful day Nami, and feel loved and celebrated by everyone around you. The world would not be as magnificent as it is without your presence!


CAS-ual Friday (Fall fun)

Brrrr. It's so chilly out here in upstate NY already. *pout*
The leaves on many trees have already turned and my kiddos have been raking the yard.
I'm not ready for sweater weather yet!

But never-the-less, Autumn is on it's way.
So why not embrace it with this FALL fun challenge from CAS-ual Fridays?

Our sponsor is Great Impressions stamps, and I have a ton of their designs.
 LOVE them to pieces!
For my focal point on the above card, I stamped and embossed several leaf outlines in white ON white, and then drew 4 lines separating the rectangle into sections. Then I colored each section and went over my pencil lines with a white gel pen.
Leave stamps are SU, sentiment is PCD from Fall Fest.

Come join us at CAS-ual Fridays and show us your interpretation of Fall Fun!

Thanks for stopping by,

September 15, 2012

10 Minute Craft Dash

*gasp* I'm posting on a weekend?
I had some spare time in between loads of laundry, making meals, and running errands. I created this last night and still had time to read to my boys and sing them a song before bed.

And because I had so much fun the last time I played along, I wanted to participate in the 10 Minute Craft Dash once again.
Everyone has 10 minutes, right?

Stamps from Lawn Fawn

This card took me 9 and a half minutes to execute. The heat embossing was killing me and almost put me over the edge! *chuckle* I was getting seriously stressed out that I might pass the time limit! And then fussy cutting too!
Silly of me I know *smile*

I really enjoy this new challenge though and hope I can continue playing along with the Craft Dash!

Thanks for stopping by,

September 14, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays ( B&W +1)

Remember when Asian themed cards were all the rage? 
NO? Well, perhaps it was only in my stamping circles back in 2005 ish...*chuckle*

I LOVE challenges where it's all about the black and white, and this week's CAS-ual Friday challenge is perfect! I usually focus on the black much more, but felt like changing it up this time around. I was going to use red as my plus one but went with gold at the last second:)

Did you see the incredible samples by the DT? 
Holy wow were they spectacular, or what?!

Our sponsor this week is Neat & Tangled!
They have some of the sweetest hand-drawn clear stamps around:)

If you are feeling in the mood for a B&W challenge, why not join us at CAS-ual Fridays and link up your clean and simple project to the blog? We love seeing new players each week.

Thanks for stopping by,

September 12, 2012

Fuzzy ball!

I'm blogging from my iphone, so excuse the wonky formatting!
I'm so excited to be posting this card today for the Fuzzy Ball spotlight. I thought long and hard before attempting something like this. I knew that the fuzzy ball stamp was popular and could be used in lots of different ways, but I really wanted to change it up and surprise someone:) The solid leaf stamp made the perfect petals for my larger flowers, don't you think?
Denami Products used:
Fuzzy Ball (on SALE)
Small Solid Leaf (also on SALE!)
Be sure to check out the Denami blog for some ADORABLE samples using this Fuzzy Ball stamp. The Design Team really outdid themselves with this round! I was impressed!
Thanks for stopping by,

September 09, 2012

Back-to School Hop

Hi friends!
Welcome to the September Denami Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from Ruza's awesome sauce blog, but check out the Denami blog if you want to start at the beginning.

A $20 gift certificate will be awarded to TWO random people who comment at each stop along the hop, and also to ONE random blog hop participant. 

Denami Products Used:

I know that the ladies participating in this hop have some awesome inspiration for you, but none more so than the incredible talent of PAULINA, who happens to be the last stop. Go see what she has in store for you!

Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you want to be eligible for a gift certificate!

September 07, 2012

CAS-ual Friday (embossing)

Happy Friday all!
I'm in such a great mood today:) 
A friend is coming to hang with me for the weekend and we are going to have a blast!

Looking for a fun challenge for the weekend? How about this week's CAS-ual Friday challenge?

We are looking for a guest designer too, so the top spot wins the prize and gets to design with us!
Dry embossing, heat embossing, show us your skills:)

We are sponsored by SimonSaysStamp

Join us and link up your project to the CAS-ual Friday blog:)

Thanks for stopping by, Have a fabulous weekend!

September 03, 2012

Anything Goes challenge

Are my stateside friends enjoying their Labor Day Weekend?
The kiddos and I went to the BlueMoon potluck and Big Leg Emma concert Friday night. 
What a blast! I danced until I was exhausted. Then we drove to the FingerLakes on Saturday for family fun, camping, and two of my great-nieces getting baptized. 

School begins tomorrow for my youngest and he is terribly excited:)
Ahhh I remember those days...

This card is for the Anything Goes Challenge issued by Denami!

Products used:

Join in the challenge if you are feeling crafty and show us what you cook up!
The Denami blog has all the details and several pieces of eye candy!

Thanks for stopping by,