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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Confetti Shower!

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  Today is a confetti kind of day!  Our inspiration photo this week just makes me happy!  I hope you like what I have done with it!  Here's the inspiration:

 I will be really honest with you here... I punched all of the hearts confetti for the card, stamped on the Window sheet, put the confetti in the card and stitched it up, THEN I found the green confetti that I had punched... AFTER it was sealed!!  Ugh!  Please just imagine that the green is in there!!  I did you a varigated thread, so there is some green in there, but I have a little pile of green hearts here...  Oh well, check it out:


Okay - I will post all of my supplies below, but please be sure to hop along and check out the rest of the gang - back to Robbie or onward to Helen - all of them will be great!


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Graduation Time!

Hello!  Today I am coming to you with a card that has a bit of a special purpose!  My oldest son, Alex, will be graduating from 8th grade next week...  Where has the time gone?  I remember dropping him off for his first day of preschool, and now he is taller than me!  He is becoming such a wonderful young man, and we are all so proud of him.

I also have made this card as my Design Team card for The Paper Plunge.  This week's theme, over at the Plunge, is retiring favorite things. I have used a few things that won't be back in the new catalog, to include the stamp set - Just Sayin' and the matching framelits set - Word Bubbles.  Check out the list below, and don't miss out on these retiring items!

 and a closer view so you can see how I have popped up the different layers




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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - lotsa flowers!

Hello and happy Wednesday!  I have been away on vacation, but am home and just getting my feet wet crafting again.  I have just received my first shipment of all of the new treasures from the upcoming new Catalog, and will show you one of them here!  First of all, I have missed my friends - so be sure you hop the whole circuit here and see what they have been up to... you can go backwards to Robbie, or move on to Helen, either way, we are still a circle.

Here is the inspiration photo, and the colors we were supposed to use:

I really missed not being in our weekly challenge over at The Paper Plunge this week, where the theme was May Flowers, so I thought I would go ahead and make a flower card just for grins...  Here is what I made
Did you spot the new tool??  Here is a closer look:
Yeah, Baby... it is a new punch, that will punch banner flags for you, in THREE DIFFERENT WIDTHS!!  So exciting!  Okay... time to hop along!  Go say hi to my friend Helen and give her some comment love!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mother's Day gifts!!

Good morning, and HAPPY FRIDAY!!  You survived another one...  and weather here in Chicago looks good for the weekend!  I am happy to post some great Mother's Day (and fabulous Teacher Appreciation ) gifts!  I was inspired by another demonstrator, Chiaki, to make these gifts to both teach and give to the teachers in our lives...  Also, this is the latest challenge for The Paper Plunge, so get your Mother's Day cards and projects made and photographed and get over there!  You can now even add your challenge submissions via Instagram!!

Check these out!
If you aren't crafty yourself, but are in love with these great bags, you can go pick up a few at             Vintage Fresh.  That is a local store that has a little bit of everything, (including my paper items), but a whole lot of things not to be missed!  The ladies who run this store are amazing and so creative!  They do an outstanding job painting and finishing wood furniture, and if you live in the Chicagoland area - it isn't to be missed!!  They are located at 5122 Main Street right in the center of Downers Grove, IL
Here is a snap view of their store:
Okay, back to work!!  Be sure to get over to The Paper Plunge and get your projects uploaded!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happy Friday- Sad Goodbye!

Good morning!  What a crazy week... with the Retiring List coming out this week, I have been hopping all week... and wanna know how you can really tell that you are tired and it is time to get some rest??  See the photo at the bottom of this post! 

Today's card is a simple and sweet card I made for The Paper Plunge this week.  This week we were supposed to use the retiring In Colors, which are those sweet, ice cream colors we have enjoyed so much these past two years!  I jumped right in, and used retiring stamps, punch, and even some retiring embellishments... I did use some Rhinestones too, and I am guessing that those will never retire!

Here is what I have for you:
This uses the Crisp Cantaloupe ink and cardstock, the Baked Brown Sugar In Color Stack paper, the Blossom punch, and the Mixed Bunch stamp set... I think the paper stack is sold out, but as I am writing this, I think the rest is still available!  I stuck a little Crisp Cantaloupe sequin in the center of each flower, and put a rhinestone inside of that! 
And as promised... I am showing you how I know it is time for me to take a little break... 
In the last 5 minutes alone, I have dumped a drink on my work surface (and I never do that), and spilled the sequins everywhere.  I am sure I will be tracking these little beauties all over the place for awhile!  I didn't realize how many came in the little container until I had to pick them up...  750!!  Yep!  No lie... I read the package!  Holy cow!  They are everywhere. 

I really hope you will show us a little bit of what you may have done with these fabulous colors, and join our challenge this week... just a reminder... the colors we are asking you to use are: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, and Crisp Cantaloupe!  Hope to see you over at The Paper Plunge!


Here is a link to get you to the Retiring List, and if you want to get this stuff now, (as opposed to later from Ebay, if you can find it at all...), you can SHOP HERE!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - poppies

Hello, and welcome back!  I hope you have had a great week!  Seems like spring fever has hit our house, aside from Influenza, that was here last week... I hope you are getting outside and enjoying the weather a bit.    This week, our blog hop team has a great inspiration photo for you - which instantly made me think of a stamp set that I haven't even used yet -I'm going to get on with it here, because I can't wait to do the hop - It begins with Robbie, so if you missed her, you can either go back, or hop forward through the circle - you won't miss anyone...  Here is the inspiration:

Now, I only used a few of these colors - Crisp cantaloupe, Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive, but I easily could have shaded the background with either of the other colors... I just needed a sympathy card, and didn't want too much happening here.  Here is what I have for you:

I watercolored this image, which is always fun...  The Melon Mambo was a little too bright for my tastes, but in person it looks a bit softer than it does in this photo...  Carol is taking a break from our hop for a bit, and we will certainly miss her, but you can hop along to Helen, she is sure not to disappoint!!  Have a great day!


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - try this!

Good morning, or dare I say afternoon.  I am a bit late posting today, as I have a sick little girl on my hands and had to make a quick (2 hour) urgent care visit today.  We are a sharing kind of family, and lately we have been sharing a cold.  So let's get this hop on...  I saw Robbie's card this morning, and it is great.  She omitted a color or two, and I also had chosen to omit one...  Here is this week's inspiration photo and color card:

I used all of the colors, except Tangerine Tango, and this is what I did... By the way... the reason there are two cards here is that I just couldn't decide...but there is a bonus to that too:
 and a close-up of the bow:


Thank you for being so patient with me!  Be sure to hop along to see what Carol has for you today... I need to get over there myself and finish this hop!


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Hoppy Easter!

Good morning!  We have made it through yet another week, and just in time for a brand new challenge from The Paper Plunge!  Our challenge to you this week, is to make AND SHARE an Easter project!  If you are crafting something other than cards this Easter (fabulous baskets??  Wreaths?? Centerpieces??), then those count too!  I was playing with bunnies again this week, and here is what I have made for you!
We made this in my Easter/Spring stamp a stack, and the ladies all loved it!  I will list all of the fun ingredients below, but in the meantime, just revel in the cuteness.  Be sure to Hipity Hopity over to The Paper Plunge this week and show us your Eater creations!


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Happy Mother's day!



Welcome!  I am happy you could join us this fun evening for a very first for me!  Tonight I am joining the very exciting "Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop"!  You can click on the link below to hop through an amazing group of fabulous stampers to see what is happening in the Stampin' Up! world for Mother's Day!  I had so many fun things that I wanted to use, that I re-made this card about 5 times!  Here is what I have for you tonight:

I will list my "ingredients" below, but I have "free-floated" the Happy on the ribbon, so you get many layers when you see this card in person.  Here is a side view to give you a little more perspective!

Here are all of the fabulous products that I used:

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Now please hop on to the next stamper!  I am sure you will be inspired by what you see!
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sad So Long to Saleabration!

Saleabration ends today at midnight *sniff sniff*!  Did you get everything you want?  Did you know you get to pick a free item for EVERY  $50 you spend?  Stock up now!  For me it is always a bit sad to say good bye to some of my new favorites. Here is where you can see all of the cool-i-o Saleabration items:
HERE, and more HERE, and Yet more... HERE!   I am adding a few pictures here of projects that I have made using Saleabration items.


If you missed any of these fun things, and want to pick them up before they are gone for good, be sure to get your order in HERE by midnight, or it will just be too late!  If you use the Hostess code: EKGK2KZC I have a bonus for you!! You will receive a surprise gift in your order!  

Tonight at midnight is also the very last night of the special price on the pre-paid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions!  These great little monthly kits include everything you may need (except adhesive) to complete the enclosed projects.  The price also already includes shipping!  Know someone who loves to craft as much as you do?  Get them a gift subscription (and get a discount) and you can assemble your kits together each month!  What a great way to get together!  Also, since the 3 month pre-paid subscription is just over $50, if you order it today before midnight you get to "double-dip" and also pick a free Saleabration item!!

Order HERE
Here is what I used in the cards above:  Lightbulb card:



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and the You Made My Day card:


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

This Little Light of Mine... Spotlight Technique Challenge

Yay!!  It's Friday, and today is going to be a great day!  First of all, today is the day a brand new challenge gets posted on The Paper Plunge.  This week we all made cards or projects using the Spotlight Technique.  I first thought "flowers", but I am so excited to see some of my friends tonight, that I thought this may fit better! This is the fabulous From the Herd stamp set, and the sentiment is from the So You set!



C'mon, everybody has a group of friends like this... which one are you??    So I am adding a few close ups, one so you can see how I used the ink pads and the Blender Pen to color the crazy llama, and the other so you could see the detail in the ribbon knot.  Sometimes adding just a little piece of baker's twine into the knot adds just a bit of the unexpected.

Okay, so the second reason, and I could use a little help here... is that I am competing with a few friends in an all-out, live audience, "Iron Quilter" challenge tonight.  Not paper crafting, as you usually see, but quilting!  There are 3 teams of 4 (plus our Professional Quilter, Debbie Caffery in our case).  All teams run into the auditorium and are handed a stack of 14 fabrics (every team's fabrics are different, and you have no idea what you will get) ... We then have to concept, design, cut and piece an ENTIRE quilt top in only TWO HOURS!!  Yes, crazy, but crazy fun!  We finished with seconds to spare last year, and even had a few minute break in the middle to do a little dance number!!  Did I mention there is a LIVE audience, and even a bit of heckling??   Here is last year's quilt:


We are the team on the right, my head is peeking over the top, and here is a little piece of the action:

video 

So send us all of your creative MOJO, and wish us luck.  I will let you know next week if we won!!  Have a great weekend, and don't forget to pop over to The Paper Plunge and add your version of the Spotlight Technique!  We can't wait to see what you create!!





Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Cinnamon and Sugar

Yeah, you are like me... you saw the title, and you just had to look!  Well, this color combo won't disappoint!  We are a big circle-hop.  If you started with Robbie, then you began at the beginning, if you started here, no sweat - like I said... circle!  Just keep hopping along!

Today's color combo (and inspiration photo) made me think of spicy warm Michigan cider mill sugar doughnuts...  not great for the waistline, but yummy none the less.  Check these out:

Okay, I know you are looking for a "food" card here... but I am trying to eat healthier, and that is not in my plan...  So, as I felt a very masculine vibe here, I thought I would make a retirement card for my uncle, who has been working in the lumber industry for as long as I can remember!  He has always loved the outdoors, and being in the woods, so I needed to make him a woody card!  Here you go, Uncle John!  Congratulations!
 You can see here that this card has a lot of textures to it... Stamping on Crumb Cake gives it a rougher feel.  Also, I have embossed a few of the pieces, and added a little linen thread.  the brown glimmer brad just gives it a pop of celebration...  I also didn't skimp on the Dimensionals here...  you can see what I mean below:

I am listing all of my supplies below, but after peeking at those, please hop on over to Carol to see what yummy thing she has in store for you today!  Thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Now if this said "coffee"...

Good morning and happy Thursday!  Today is another cold one, here in Chicago, and I am getting itchy to get outside.  In the meantime, I am doing what all good hibernators are doing... no, silly, not sleeping... CRAFTING!  I received a new shipment on Tuesday, and just had to play with it right away.  I have been wanting this new stamp set since I first saw it, and it is here!

Every Wednesday I have a morning craft group... it is a loose kind of thing, where we just get together and make a card and a little project of sorts.  I really want to share with you what we made yesterday - since it is using those new stamps.

Almost good enough to eat, right?  Yes, that is right... I really DID use Aluminum Foil in this card!  Here is a closer view:
So, this stamp is perfect... now, if it said coffee instead of chocolate, then that would be REAL love - but I wouldn't use that stamp much, because there isn't much that I love more than coffee!

Thanks for swinging by, and be sure to come back tomorrow, as we have a whole new challenge starting then over at The Paper Plunge and I will have my design team submission to show you!


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