Sunday, December 28, 2014

Use A Little Gold - AAA Cards

What are you doing to celebrate the new year?

At AAA Card Challenge, we're using a little gold ...
Using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set  with gold foil 
card stock, whisper White, some gold embossing powder, 
and some gold glitter - whew!  There's fun gold all over the place!

This is a fun 6 x 6 card with "celebrate" from the Good Greetings stamp set 
stamped in the bottom corner in Soft Suede
 all ready to give to our friends (along with a bottle of bubbly) 
at their wondrous New Year's Eve bash!
So use a little gold this week and post your creation at AAA Cards!  We can't wait to see!

~~ Thanks so much for stopping by ~~

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Cards Galore!

Like everyone's - the last two weeks have been
 crazy busy for me!  Between full-time work and teaching
 card classes three nights out of the seven both weeks, 
I've been more than a little busy!!
A Cherry Cobbler and Silver Glimmer Paper Card
  Love it, though, and wouldn't trade the time
 I get to spend with my gal pal-crafting friends for anything.
Love this bear card using the White Christmas and Holiday Home sets
Just a few of the cards I've been sending out myself here . . . 
My favorite winter birthday card so far ~
I managed to make and send out 176 holiday-Christmas 
cards this year!  It's a new record for me.

Hope you have a wonderful day - thanks so much for 
stopping by and sharing a moment or two with me.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Plaid Christmas - AAA Cards Challenge

Plaid is so much fun!  And so is the 
Challenge this week for AAA Cards.
Be sure to check in and play.  It's a two-week challenge,
from December 14th to December 27th.
So are you nutty or nice?
I can't wait to see what you've got to share!
~~ Thanks for stopping by ~~

Monday, December 8, 2014

Everything Eleanor Sympathy

One of my favorite people died this week - my 88-year-old Uncle Jim.  
So my hubby and I went to the visiting hours this evening.  We got there
 just as the visitation time began and at that point the line 
was already out the door 
of the funeral home.  Yep, he was that kind of a guy. 
 I'm obviously not 
the only person who was crazy about him.
I tried to visit/communicate with him with some regularity.  
He had a beautiful farm, and I went out to visit him and 
showed pictures of some of this gorgeous gardens in this post.

I helped him take his first selfie this summer during one of my visits:
So the reason I have green in his sympathy card for my 
cousins is because of his mad gardening skills.  The flourish 
is on the card because he was one elegant dude.  He was a
 successful interior designer who just loved a touch of elegance 
in everything he did.  

Another inspiration for the card is from the Freshly Made Sketches 
challenge with their fabulous sketch this week:
Give an extra hug or two to those you love today!  
Thanks so very much for stopping by ~~

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thanks Letterpress Winter

Got lots of thank-you notes to send out?  
I feel like I'm always behind on those.  
Time to make a "thanks" card using the Letterpress 
Winter stamp set for me!

With the fun sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!,

as well as the super yummy colors from the Pals Paper Arts Challenge,

some thank-you notes were created quickly!!  Yay!  
I was glad to break out the Letterpress Winter stamp set - it's sooooo pretty.
The sentiment is from the Another Thank You stamp set.

Hope you get a chance to break out a stamp set you haven't 
used much and have a creative day!  ~~Thanks for stopping by~~

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Nature's Peace

Mojo Monday has a great sketch this week, 
inspiring this easy Christmas card creation 
using the Nature's Peace stamp set -
Turning the sketch on its end  
accommodated the large stamp 
- it's great to be getting
those Christmas cards done!  
Ten of these cuties were done in no time!!
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Easy Does It - Santa Stache

Getting into the Holiday Card season in an easy 
way with this fun sketch and go-to stamp set, Santa Stache.
I found this sketch at the As You See It Challenge:
And since I'd been trying to figure out a good way to
 use this stamp set, everything just clicked!

Some of the other goodies I used:
Stamp set - Good Greetings, A Fitting Occasion
Card Stock - Naturals Ivory, Brushed Gold, Chocolate Chip, and Trim The Tree Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink - Memento, and Gold Encore
Stampin' Blendabilities in Cherry Cobbler and Skin Tone Assortment
Dazzling Details, and Stampin' Chalk Marker
Champagne Glimmer Paper, Star Framelits, Oval Framelits, Paper Snips (scissors) and Stampin' Sponges

Whew!  Sounds like a lot of supplies - 
I'll tell you though ~ this card came together in a snap!  

Tip - when coloring with alcohol markers, 
use a piece of wax paper under your art piece.  
It will keep the ink from getting onto your work surface 
and prevent damage to your work surface.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blue Christmas - AAA Cards

With Thanksgiving over, it's time to think about the next 
holiday with some AAA Card Challenge fun - Blue Christmas!!
Whisper White, and Lost Lagoon colors of ink and card stock
 create a soothing palette for this fun Blue Christmas/Holiday Card.
It's a two-week challenge - can't wait to see what you've got!  
Thanks for stopping by ~~

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Awesome Projects & Creating Star-Shaped Boxes

These were the projects we created at Stamper's Club. 
So cute!  They were an absolute blast to make -
and everyone had a great time together,
laughing and teasing one another.  Good times.
So today while looking through YouTube, I found a way
 to make the star box open.  It's a great video - thought I'd share.
Hope you have a wonderful day - thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snowy Day . . .

Brrrr!  I'm not ready for the cold yet.  Are you?
This is what it looks like right outside our house!!
I'm glad I got new gloves, hats, and scarves just the other day.
Also super glad I thought to wash all the winter coats and
get them ready for use. 
I just didn't realize they'd be needed so soon after cleaning!
Hope you stay warm today ~~ thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thankful For . . . AAA Cards

This week at AAA Card Challenge, we are observing THANKS-giving!  
It's a great time, too, since this fun Thanks or Thanksgiving card challenge 
will still be going strong from now and the next two weeks which will be 
over the American Thanksgiving holiday
 of November 27.  
Here's my CAS take on the Thanksgiving - or giving thanks - theme
Thanksgiving isn't just a US thing, though.  Several other countries 
around the world observe similar celebrations - dates for 2014:
Canada - October 13; 
Liberia - November 6
Norfolk Island - November 26; and 
the US - November 27.

Looking forward to seeing your Thank-You 
and/or Thanksgiving cards during this 
challenge - Thanks so much for stopping by~~

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You to Veterans - Happy Veteran's Day

We owe our Veterans so much Gratitude.
According to Wikipedia:
Veteran's Day is an official US holiday that honors
people who have served in the US Armed Forces, also
known as veterans. It's a federal holiday - so banks, post offices,
and all federal buildings are closed - like courthouses, and the 
Patent and Trademark Office (which is the one that really affects me at work). 
This holiday is observed on November 11. It coincides with other
holidays such as Armitice Dayand Remembrance Day, which are
celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of
the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally
ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918,
when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States
also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the
current Veteran's Day holiday in 1954.
Veteran's Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day
celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women
who died while serving.
Hope you have a wonderful Veteran's Day!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Another Thank You - Sketch Saturday

What do you do when you would like easy inspiration?

Sketches are a great way to get ideas!
This sketch is from this week's Sketch Saturday:
This is such a versatile sketch - I turned the it onto its side.

Tip:  the Washi Tape kept things simple and added a fun 
contrast of color and pattern.
Fun card - great sketch - it's a keeper!

What I used - all products are Stampin' Up!:
Stamp Set - Another Thank You
Card Stock - Smoky Slate (#131202); Blackberry Bliss from the In Color pack (#133681); and Whisper White (#100730)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (#131179) and Blackberry Bliss (#133642)
Small Star Punch; Stampin' Sponges (#101610)
Silver Glimmer Paper
gorgeous Washi Tape from the Holiday Catalog

~~Thanks so much for stopping by~~

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Watercoloring With AAA Cards

Yay for Watercoloring!  
I get to feel like such an artist . . . 
Using Watercolor Pencils, an Aqua Painter, and StazOn Black ink,
 creating this card was like therapy.

Watercoloring is the theme this 
week at AAA Cards.
We are headed to a two-week schedule for a little bit; 
easing our way into the busy holiday season.
Please join in - I'm so looking forward to seeing all your blogs 
and what your interpretation is.
Stamp sets -
  • Lovely as a Tree
  • Gorgeous Grunge and
  • Good Greetings

~~ Thanks so much for stopping by ~~ 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sweet Papertake Weekly Challenge

How do you do your shopping these days?
Mine is mostly online - except for groceries . . . that's an in-person deal.
 These cards are a thank-you to my customers who placed 
online orders during October.
I really appreciate their help with my business.
 I'm also entering these into the #95 Papertake Weekly Challenge.
So many fun layers.
Lots of yummy colors.

Thanks so much for stopping by today ~~ it's truly appreciated.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Love that Trick or Treat Using Project Life

If you think Project Life is just for memory keeping or 
scrapbooking, then I've got a surprise for you! 
 See how the card sets that quickly slip into the
Project Life Photo Pocket Pages also make great
layers for cards and other paper crafting projects?
This card came together quick as a wink with 
all my Project Life goodies!
 I just love this pop-up card!
Oh, and I haven't even touched on the sticker
sheets (including letters) and sequins in a variety of colors and shapes
that make great accents on cards and gift items - you can see
all the goodies that came with my Project Life Accessory Pack.
Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack
This cute pop-up card makes me happy.
Hope it brightened your day, too!
~~ Thanks so much for stopping by ~~

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Happiness - AAA Cards

When is Trick-or-Treating in your neighborhood?
Do they even do that where you live?
Ours was last night.

And speaking of Halloween, we're looking 
forward to fun Halloween 
cards this week at AAA Cards:
I kept my card very CAS (Clean and Simple) this week 
with a bit of the Emboss Resist Technique.

That's the name of the game this week at AAA Card - CAS Halloween!
Only about 20 or so kids came to our porch where our younger 
son sat with his girlfriend and handed out candy, 
as well as little toy mice, skeletons, bugs, spiders, 
stuff like that for those who wanted something different 
or can't have the candy due to allergies.

Hope your Halloween goes well ~ looking forward to seeing your 
CAS creations linked up to AAA Cards this week!

~~ Thanks for stopping by ~~

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sympathy Card - Freshly Made Sketches

Carpe Diem!
It's important to make every day count, you know?
Tonight I'll be headed out to support a very dear friend whose
husband has passed.
I made her a card last night, and I'll be giving her 
a packet of thank-yous for her to use.

I followed the fabulous sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge:
Loved this layout - it was instant inspiration.
'Cause you know that sometimes it's hard to know
what to give/say to someone when they're going through
a great loss.
Hope you make today 
the best you can

Some of what I used - click on it to see the product up close and personal or for easy ordering:
Stamp sets - Thoughts and Prayers (#113252) and Everything Eleanor (#131987)
Ink - Island Indigo (#122937)
Card Stock - Whisper White (#100730), Basic Black (#121045) and Island Indigo (#122923)
Regals Candy Dots (#130932), Circles Collection Framelits (130911) and Stamp-a-ma-jig (#101049)
Of course, there was also VersaMark Ink, White Embossing Power, and a Heat Tool

~~ thanks, thanks, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Endless Birthday Wishes with Bordering Blooms

After a full day of working with patents, attorneys, and inventors,
I was looking forward to creating in my Stamping Space.
and CAS(E) This Sketch! - turned on its side,
I now have a great birthday card for my sister.
What I used:
Stamp sets - Endless Birthday Wishes (#137553) and Bordering Blooms (#133660)
Inks - Soft Sky (#131181) and Lost Lagoon (#133644)
Card Stock - Whisper White (#100730) and Silver Foil (#132178)
Edgelits - Large Scallop (#127019), Rhinestones

~~ Thanks so much for stopping by ~~