Friday, April 28, 2017

Taylored Expressions: A Pinecone Hello

Living in Colorado and spending lots of weekends and vacations in our mountains, I truly love pine trees.  Here's a couple of pictures I pulled off my phone from last summer!

Pine trees and pinecones make me happy!  I haven't been to the mountains in way too long - and particularly after a long day in an office without windows, I needed a reminder.  So I pulled out my layered pine cone stamp and created this.


This stamp set also has a fourth layer that can be used for snow which is such a wonderful look for a rustic Christmas (plus most of the sentiments in the set are holiday sentiments!)  But even without the snow, it worked for my pinecone fix!! 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches: HB2U

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

I needed a masculine birthday card which can be hard anyway, but this is for a new co-worker whom I know nothing about.  I prefer knowing something...anything...about the recipient of my cards so I can tailor it for them.  For instance, there's one lady at work who is all about purple.  Another lady is a ballroom dancer and a motorcycle rider!!  One guy is a bicyclist - actually was a serious into racing in his past. I also work with a mermaid fanatic!!  I have ideas and stamps for all of those!!

For this gentlemen, I started with a total copy of the sketch - a star, a circle, etc.  But I could not find the right sentiment in my stash. As I was browsing, I saw this birthday balloon with a simple "HB2U".  That seemed simple, yet fun!


I wanted some contrast so instead of a circle background, I switched to a square.  I found some scraps of paper in my stash that seemed masculine - yet still colorful.  Wooden stars seemed like a nice accent.  It's basic - but it should work!!

I hope to see you playing along this week!!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches: You Anchor Me

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

I had a lot of ideas for this one.  I had pretty much settle on big flowers with patterned centers - but look what came out of my craft time!!

FMS Anchor

I seriously sat down to make flowers.  I even had them picked out.  Then I saw the banner stamps and that got me to thinking about Paper Smooches and I dug through my PS stash, paused on this set and realized how fun it would be with a sailing ship above and anchor below.  I'm usually a brute force cardmaker - try this, try that, try again, photo it, photo again, etc.!!  So when inspiration strikes, I go with it!!

I hope to see you playing along (maybe some of you will do big flowers!!


The patterned paper is from Echo Park's Splash 6x6 pad.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Curtain Call: Tulip Blessings

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

Isn't this just the perfect inspiration photo for today??  Tomorrow is Easter! And, at least in my part of the world, it's a beautiful weekend!  A perfect time to bring out some tulips!

Before I move to my card, be sure to check out our guest designer for our challenge:  Anita Bowden, Neet & Crafty.

My card uses a variety of die sets with the base sets being the Sitting Pretty series which includes the frames, the ledge and the vases.  I found other sets to add tulips to the vases and to add the other Easter themed images.  I pulled the colors from the inspiration and I even used the beadboard in the background!

CC Easter Blessings

I hope to see you playing along with this spring-time challenge - there's so much inspiration in that photo!!  Check out how the other designers used the inspiration at the Curtain Call blog.

Happy Easter!!

He is Risen!!!