Sunday, May 1, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Charming

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Charming.

I thought the subtle colors and soft patterns would be just perfect for Mother's Day!  So I pulled out a quilt die and added a little lace.

CC Charming for Mom

I love the soft and warm look of a quilt - as I am typing it is gray and snowing outside and I am wishing that I were under a quilt with those "charming" pillows from the graphic!  Of course, I can't complain too much. It's Saturday morning so the rest of my family are curled up in their beds and I am peacefully enjoying a cup of coffee and time at my craft table!
I hope to see you playing along with Curtain Call!


The patterned paper is from the Lawn Fawn Bright Side collection. The lace is from Stampin' Up.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches: Flowers for Mom

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Timko.

I had some new felt on my desk and I also had some large flower dies that I hadn't used yet. I figured big bold flowers would fill up all of that open space perfectly!

FMS Mothers Day Flowers

Big, bold and soft - all at the same time!!

I'm not going to chat today. I'm actually typing this on Monday morning before I head off to my first day at a new job!!  I'm an early morning person so I'll always have a little time to read blogs or create cards before I get ready to head out. How perfect is that? I am definitely looking forward to this job, but it's even better in that I get to keep a little of my crafty life every day before I start working. (My family are not early-morning people so they can have my time in the evenings!)

I look forward to seeing what you create with this sketch.


Just the sentiment comes from Simply Succulents. The diagonal paper is from the scrap pile.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Storms and the Rain

This card was so totally simple that I almost didn't post it!  But I got the stamps precisely for their simplicity so why not embrace it?!

Runs Out of Rain

I just got these stamps from Papertrey Ink. When I saw that the current challenge at Addicted to CAS was "Rain" - my new stamps didn't even disappear into my not-yet-used-stash!

The image is Papertrey Ink's Splits: Get Well Soon Mini stamp set. It's a small set that only comes with the sentiment "Get Well Soon". During their release week, Amy Sheffer did a variety of cards using the new Splits set and on one of them she tucked in a sentiment from an older set called Rainy Day Sentiments. I'd never noticed this set before but it has fabulous sentiments - so I was sold!

I can't seem to leave a card unmatted or unframed. I love it when I see other people embrace all of the white space out to the edges - but I just feel a need to frame it. So I pulled out my new go-to frame set from My Favorite Things - the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames. A few sequin raindrops and sunspots and I think it will bring a smile to someone.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Fairy Lanterns

I spent a wonderful afternoon this week at a friend's house making fairy lanterns!  (Thank you Michele!!)

Fairy Lantern

My friend had the stamp sets, she had found all of the supplies and had everything out and ready to go. It was a beautiful afternoon with the sun shining in.  There's not much more that I need in life - a friend, a shared hobby and sunshine!!

Fairy Lantern Close1

The fairies comes from Lawn Fawn's Fairy Friends. They had created little scenes with them in jars which gave my friend the idea for the lanterns.  As another option, she also had the You Gnome Me set from My Favorite Things (that's where the snail came from). 

Fairy Lantern Close2

Truth be told - I am absolutely terrible at dimensional projects.  Poor Michele had to handle the glue gun (I tried once and burned myself), she had to bend the wires for the flying fairy, and she had to reach into my lantern and plant the various flowers and images!  So I can't really claim responsibility for my little lantern - but I really wanted to show it off!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches: Hugs

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Amy.

I went right to my never-used box of dies to see what rounded shape that I could put in the background and was thrilled to see these rounded roses.  Right next to them in the box was the "hugs" die!!  LOVE it when things come together quickly and easily!

FMS Hugs

I did have to cheat just a little bit because I couldn't use a wide strip (the darkest piece in the sketch) because the flower would be covered, so I just used a piece of twine.

I hope to see you playing along!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Taylored Expressions: A Diploma in 2016

The newest release from Taylored Expressions included a die for a diploma. I immediately realized it's the same size as the numbers in the Just a Number die cuts!

KimAPRIL2016Grad WM

Everybody has cards that they find difficult to make. For me, it's graduation cards. Having a 20-year old and a 16-year old myself, the difficulty is that it is a serious occasion - but the recipients are still children at heart.  I liked using the diploma because it adds just enough whimsy that I think the "child" in the graduate will enjoy it.

KimAPRIL2016Grad CloseUp

This is a card that works well if you have graduates from a variety of schools. You could do an elegant black and white version - maybe add some gold, or you could easily do each one with their school colors. I like doing school colors - but have you noticed that many of the high schools have really ugly color schemes. Sometimes it's just easier to stick with black and white!