Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Get Better Quick

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and it is my third week as their August guest designer!!


I have been working really hard at not being tied exactly to a sketch. For instance, in today's sketch, those flowers could be stars, they could be popsicles, they could be trees or many other creative ideas!  But my card for today is pretty much exact.  I just got a new Stampin' Up set called Fabulous Four with four big sentiments that I knew would work perfectly in all of that open space.  I'm also in the middle of a major stamp reorganization.  My stamps are now being sorted by company, instead of theme.  The only part of this that is giving me a little headache are my Stampin' Up singles.  Flowers used to be in the flower section, sentiments with sentiments, etc.  So I am having to dig through my stuff and find all of my Stampin' Up singles.  This big Five-Way Flower was literally sitting on my desk waiting to be reorganized.  I took this as a sign and, of course, I had to follow the sketch exactly.

Sorry You're Sick

Be sure to head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the rest of the design team's work.  Then I am looking forward to seeing what you do with this sketch!
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Five-Way Flower, Fabulous Four
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Hello Honey CS, Lullaby dsp
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Hello Honey, Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar
  • Accessories: multiple Stampin' Up Scalloped Circle Punches, Stampin' Up Pool Party Twine, misc gem

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Catered Crop: Musical Expressions


It's time for a new challenge at Catered Crop.  The theme is "musical expressions".


Music expresses that which cannot be said
and on which it is impossible to be silent.
~Victor Hugo


I do a lot of musical cards throughout the year.  I have two obsessive high school marching band members, so I am always doing "make some noise" cards, or "woot woot", "high 5" or "amazing" type cards with music notes or instruments.  But I decided to go in a very different direction for this challenge.

I have been weeding out my rubber stamps and making some tough stay-or-go decisions.  Susan, over on her Simplicity blog, says that if something hasn't been used in six months, it's time to get rid of it.  I haven't used rubber in at least a year.  I have nothing against rubber except that I have gotten very used to being able to see through clear stamps so I can line things up without pulling out a stamp positioner.  I can't simply get rid of all of it because some of it just wouldn't get used often by virtue of what it is (such as retirement or new home sentiments) so I'm looking through it a section at a time.  Some stays, some goes.  This past weekend, I stumbled on a set by Unity called "Faith".  I don't think I've ever used it and the sentiments are quite nice and very current looking.  It's staying! I paired one of the sentiments with a music note die from CAS-ual Fridays.

Sing to the Lord

I don't sing, but I do play.  I played piano for church services and choirs for years.  Right now, my only "gig" is playing with a group of my friends (three sing, one plays guitar) in a praise group.  We rehearse every Monday night, followed by wine and great conversation, then we lead a worship service one Saturday a month. It is a wonderful way to praise Him and I am so very blessed to have music and this group of musical friends in my life.

As usual, Linda has curated a Pinterest board for your inspiration.  This coming Sunday on Catered Crop, she will gather up what each of us on the design team have for even more inspiration.  You have until Saturday, August 30th, 8 pm EST to play along and link up your musical card.  I hope you join us!

  • Stamps: Unity Stamps Faith
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Amy Tangerine Plus One dsp (on the music note)
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow
  • Accessories: CASual Fridays Heart Note die, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, misc sequins

Friday, August 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Tropical Trip

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Tropical Trip!!



I really don't have tropical flowers in my collection, but I had the fun Petals 'n Posies set by Reverse Confetti out on my desk and decided to give it a try in the colors in the photo.  The sentiment comes from the Here We Go set.  The sentiment also needed a heart and since it was turning into a Reverse Confetti day, I used the woodgrain heart from Forever Fall.

My Heart Is With You

I'm feeling the tropics, what about you?  Check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team.  You can find them all at Curtain Call or they are listed below.  Then be sure to play along!  We love to see your work, so the it's technically an "anything goes" challenge, but there is the Tropic Trip inspiration graphic to challenge you!

Tropical Trip Designers



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  • Stamps: Reverse Confetti Petals' n Posies, Here We Go (sentiment), Forever Fall (heart)
  • Paper: Simon Says Island Blue
  • Ink: Simon Says Island Blue, Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana and Poppy Parade, Versamark
  • Accessories: Reverse Confetti Petals 'n Posies and Tag Me dies, Lil' Inkers Square Stitched dies, Doodlebug sequins and enamel dots
Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Tropical Trip for the challenge details and to play along with us!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reverse Confetti and Paper Players: An Adventure

Today's card was a bit of an accident.  It started out as a card for a challenge that opens tomorrow - I can't tell you any more except the card was blue, aqua and red.  Today's card didn't end up being blue, aqua and red!

Life Is An Adventure

I am playing along with the Sketch for You to Try at Reverse Confetti.


I had the Petals 'n Posies set out on my desk from a baptism card from this past weekend.  I knew they would work well for the challenge coming tomorrow (that you can't see until tomorrow) so I busily started cutting blue, aqua and red flowers; I stamped a blue airplane; I had it all laid out (which is saying a lot given how many times I had rearranged that strip of flowers) - and at that point, I realized the sketch ends today and the actual card was for a challenge that starts tomorrow.  That didn't work.  So I swept the blue, aqua and red flowers aside (you'll see them tomorrow) and I went looking for colors.  The colors at The Paper Players called out to me and I like it even better than my original plan!!


(I love happy accidents!)
  • Stamps: Reverse Confetti Petals 'n Posies, Here We go
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Blushing Bride, Basic Gray CS and dsp
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Hello Honey and Basic Gray
  • Accessories: Reverse Confetti dies: Petals 'n Posies, Here We Go, Love Note (the scalloped frame), Diagonal Stripe Pretty Panels, Class Act (I used the rounded rectangle in this set to put under the diagonal pretty panel so that it was easy to tuck flowers underneath and not be seen)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Chase Your Dreams

It's my second week guesting at Freshly Made Sketches and I can hardly tell you how much I am enjoying it. Obviously, their sketches are fabulous to work with.  What I am in awe of is the design team's camaraderie behind the scenes.  It's a great group!!  If there are any of them you don't follow on your own blog lists - definitely add them - there is so much talent in this group and I am honored to be part of it for August.

Here's this week's sketch:



I am absolutely thrilled with my card - not because it's particularly great or unique - but because I think it's just perfect for the recipient.  Last Friday, I mentioned a friend's request for two cards for young ladies heading off to college.  She had described one young lady as a "princess", and she got the pink and sequined card that I showed you last week.  This card is for the "English major".  I love the quote, and the alphabet background seemed like a great touch.  I made this last week and I hadn't really been thinking about this Freshly Made Sketch - but the lightbulb went on when I thought about arrows to match the idea of the quote.

Chase Your Dreams

Isn't this what makes cardmaking the perfect hobby?  I had a wonderful time crafting - and I was able to make cards tailored for a "princess" and for an "English major"!

This card is all My Favorite Things - except for the ink.  I love MFT - enough said.  But I do want to give a shout-out to the ink.  It is Papertrey Ink's Smokey Shadow and it is a staple in my collection.  It's very dark and, seen on its own, might even appear to be black, so perfect for sentiments.  But if you see it next to black, you can see just a hint of brownish smoke.  So on cards like this with a natural kraft background, it's less in-your-face than a black sentiment.  It's also great for pastel or softer cards.  The sentiment still stands out but it appears less harsh. If you don't have it, it's one thing that I would highly recommend.

Be sure to check out the rest of the cards at Freshly Made Sketches - then I hope you play along!

  • Stamps: My Favorite Things Vertical Greetings, Typewriter Text background
  • Paper: My Favorite Things Lemon Drop, Orange Zest, Blu Raspberry, Kraft
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, ColorBox White
  • Accessories: My Favorite Things Peek-a-Boo Chevron die, Tag Builder Blueprints 1 (the tab), Lemon Drop button, Hemptique 10-lb. natural twine

Monday, August 11, 2014

Deconstructed Sketch: On Your Baptism

Yesterday we attended my niece's baptism.  I was born and raised Lutheran and Lutherans do infant baptism (which is more so that the parents, godparents and congregation can promise to raise the child in God's word) and then, as a middle schooler, the child attends confirmation so that the child can "affirm their baptism".  My niece is in a church at which they decide when they are ready to accept God into their hearts and be baptized.  I have to admit that after a lifetime of infant baptisms, I was very impressed at the number of people - of all ages - who made that decision yesterday.  I was especially proud of my nine-year-old niece who told her parents she was ready to be baptized and was able and proud to make such a public statement of faith.

I wanted to model the card off of the gift bag that I was using.  But I did decide to add a little more whimsy using my favorite funky, polka-dotted flowers from Reverse Confetti.  Here's the gift bag.

Gift Bag

And here's the card.

On Your Baptism

I used the current sketch at deconstructed sketches but I was working off the tiny image that I had on my personal challenge "spreadsheet" that I use to collect all upcoming challenges and I didn't notice the two little flags.  I guess I could say that the flowers cascading down were my deliberate replacement of the flags - but I actually wish I would have noticed the flags because it would have been a nice balance.



  • Stamps: Reverse Confetti Petals 'n Posies, My Sentiments Exactly sentiment
  • Paper: My Favorite Things Grape Jelly and Grapesicle CS, Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade dsp
  • Ink: My Favorite Things Lemon Drop and Blue Raspberry, Simon Says Doll Pink, Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade
  • Accessories: Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles, Spellbinders cross die, Reverse Confetti Petals 'n Posies dies, My Favorite Things Lemon Drop button, Hemptique 10-lb white twine




Saturday, August 9, 2014

Congrats to my New Driver!!!

I have a new driver in the family - a teenage boy.  And I'm not even nervous!!  My oldest is a sweet and charming guy, but somewhat timid about life.  He's a ways past the normal age that kids get driver's licenses and I am truly tired of driving him around - so this is a day of rejoicing for me!   As I was getting more and more frustrated with the situation, I was calmed by many parents with the same stories - their kids just weren't interested in getting their license.  None of us had the answer, but we wonder if it's just a matter of these poor kids knowing too much.  They see drivers with cell phones glued to their ears; they hear our frustration, and even fear, when other cars do stupid things; and they all know kids who have had serious accidents.

FYI - If you are still reading my blog in a few years when my other teenage boys gets his license - you will definitely be hearing another story.  He'll be there on his birthday, and I will be scared to death.  He's an entirely different personality and I am NOT looking forward to it!!

The only thing that worried me slightly - nothing to do with my son personally - but the driver's test started and ended in 6 minutes.  And 2 minutes of that was sitting in the parking lot stepping on the brakes and using turn signals.  Only four minutes of driving and my guy has a license.  Seriously?  I am now officially scared of every other licensed driver out there!

I had a "congratulations" card all ready to go. This Bravo set from the new Stampin' Up catalog was in my first order.  It's full of congrats and way-to-go's and I saw myself getting a lot of use out of it as I have a high school senior and high school freshman this year.

CongratYOUlations

This card is based on the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches just stretched a bit to be taller!


  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Bravo
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Confetti Celebrations dsp
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Gray, Copics
  • Accessories: Spellbinder narrow rectangle die, Hemptique 10-lb Natural twine, Stampin' Up star bard (retired), Pretty Pink Posh silver star sequins