Sunday, July 24, 2016


I am so happy when I get more than an hour to create.  This afternoon I had about two hours to create and got four cards done for the Stamp-a-Faire challenges. The first card is my favorite of the bunch. It was for Kay's Water Color Like a Master challenge.  Best part about this was that I didn't have to worry about the stamps lining up perfectly. Love the soft, soothing feel of this card.

My second card is for Amy's Starry Night challenge. I didn't have any white paint or thick white I couldn't quite do the whole technique but am pleased with the way it turned out.  Always good to get a bit more use out of my distress inks!

My third card is for the Masterpiece Inspirations Challenge.  I  loved the bold colors in Henri Matisse's picture.  This card will probably go to Ryan when he's off to college.  Only a few weeks to go...and this mama's heart is happy but hurting a bit at the same time.

My last card is for Lizzie's Drips & Splatters challenge.  You can tell I'm a bit of a CAS I kept the splatters a bit minimal. This card will go to a co-worker whose birthday is in a few days.

I'm hoping to play along with one or two more challenges before Tuesday morning. We'll see how much energy I have when I get home from work tomorrow!

Now I'm off to see Me Before You with my mum. Think we'll need to bring some tissues for sure.
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Blessings of Your Heart

Post number two for Stamp-a-Faire...this will probably be it for today unless we get back tonight and I have some creative energy...highly unlikely!  The current challenge is the Masters Color Challenge. I was inspired by this Van Gogh picture below.  At first, I thought I'd go with the Monet Poppies color inspiration, but when it was time for the ink to hit the paper I changed my mind!  I love the sentiment from this set.  Thinking I need to make a masculine card for Ryan with this sentiment.  He likes to journal and write music.  For an album he just released click here and you can take a listen :) My favorite song on the album is the third one called "Hope/Doubt".  He is on vacation now and brought his journal with him. In the future, I'll make a card to send off to him with this sentiment while he's away at school.  Hope you are all have a fabulous weekend.

Praying for You

Good  morning!  We have an awesome weekend planned. It started off with me sneaking in some crafty time with my long time card club friends. We hadn't gotten together in so long and it was awesome to craft and share a glass of wine together!  Today, we're headed up to the University of Dayton to catch up with Pat's friends from college.  We're going to see people we haven't seen in a really long time. I can't wait.
I'm also going to try and sneak in some crafty time to play along with PTI's Stamp-a-Faire.  First up is the challenge from last night to share one of your favorite PTI cards. This is one I made last night so I thought I would share it today.   Not sure how many challenge I'll get to play along with, but hope to get at least three or four in before the deadline. 
I hope your weekend has lots of fun plans too! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Time Out: Happy Birthday

We're back with another challenge at Time Out.  This week is our Home Sweet Home challenge...where we are inspired by the photo below. One of my best friends had her birthday a couple of weeks ago and she loves red...absolutely loves it. So I was inspired by the red in this photo as well as the frames. Can you tell how the design mimics the layout of the different picture frames?

Be sure to pop on over to the Time Out Blog to check out how our design team was inspired.  Our guest designer is the fabulous sure to stop by and check out her designs!
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Serenity Prayer

The serenity prayer is one of my all time favorites.  I wanted to make this card for someone very dear to me who (like all of us) could use the reminder that at times there are things we cannot change.  Having the grace and wisdom to accept this can be hard.  Hopefully having this prayer will help a bit.

I have two different Verve stamps that have the prayer.  I was looking for a challenge that would be good to play along with and use this stamp. You can see I adapted the CAS(E) this Sketch a bit, but I think it fits in well.  Kept it very CAS letting the prayer and patterned paper finish the design.  
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Irish Blessing

Happy Monday my friends.   We had a relaxing and fun weekend.  Started off the weekend by sharing a couple of glasses of wine with my dear friend and neighbor on Friday night sitting on my back patio.  On Saturday, we welcomed Jonathon home from his mission trip.  It was an amazing experience for him. It was wonderful to hear what he learned and how it helped him grow in his faith as well as experiencing truly serving others.  He has an amazing heart.

Yesterday was relaxing.  Watching the Tour de France and British Open (wow!  was that an amazing display of golf!) and finishing the day with our parents coming over for dinner.  On Saturday, I also tried hot yoga with Ryan and got in some crafting.

This card is going to a friend who lost her daughter last October.  Her parents continue to be in my prayers and thoughts and I wanted them to know that we're thinking of them.  Played along with Just Us Girls color challenge using PTI and Verve stamps. I hope your week gets off to a great start!
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Curtain Call: Wishing You

Pat has two cousins getting married this summer:  one in August and one on Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, we are only going to be able to make one of them...but I was in need of cards for them both.  And...the Curtain Call:  Unicorn challenge was the perfect challenge to play along.  I loved the boarded background and used that inspiration to score the white background panel. At first, I planned on making a baby card, but quickly switched to the wedding card and picked up the pinks and oranges.  I love this gorgeous heart and fabulous sentiments from Verve.