Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrate Freedom

Happy 4th of July
to my friends in the U.S.A.!!

Hope it is filled with fireworks, family and fun as you celebrate
the freedom we enjoy in this country.

Celebrate Freedom


I had not originally planned to do a patriotic card; however, I was spending some time going through my scrapbooking supplies (which haven't been touched in a decade!) and found some old patriotic papers, from companies no longer even in existence - so no links to the patterned papers!


I am using last week's sketch at Sweet Sunday Sketch.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Birthday to Ms. NBUS!

You don't have to be in the cardmaking blogging community for long before you get to know Darnell Knauss.  (And if you haven't discovered her, you need to run right over and check her out!)  She packs so much into a single post - I marvel at her cards, I laugh aloud at her stories and at her amusing language quirks, and I learn about other crafters as she never fails to welcome new followers.  It's not unusual to see 100 or more comments on each of her posts - a sign of how beloved she is!  She is also the creator of "NBUS" - Never-Before-Used Schtuff - and the NBUS challenge. AND she was the one who suggested we all put our birth dates on our blogs so that we could all share the love with birthday cards.  Whew!!  (And I actually had lunch with her once, so I had a brush with her greatness!)

You don't have to read long before you understand the inspiration for my card - it's Hammy!!  I started in my NBUS stash with the Paper Smooches Happy Birthday die.  The balloon is also from a NBUS set - Paper Smooches Birthday Bash.  The hamster is actually quite well loved as I have used him often.

Happy Birthday Hamster

I hope you have a wonderful day, Darnell.  I'm sure you are spending part of the day crawling out from under the mail bags full of birthday cards.  We love you!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Anniversary!

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and this is a big one - it's time to celebrate!  The curtain went up on Curtain Call two years ago!  I remember chatting with Stacey Schafer, our founder, a few months earlier.  She asked if I wanted to help re-open Curtain Call. Absolutely!  Then a few weeks later I heard from her again and I'm thinking we'll start talking about it. Nope - she's got an entire design team, start date, graphics, sponsors - all ready to go!  So here we are, two years later, and still going strong.

The theme for this challenge is "celebrate" and we are going to go all month long.

I was kind of amused when I saw the photo.  This is my second post today and my earlier post discusses the fact that I don't like the mint color.  Then this graphic has mint-toned balloons.  To compound the problem, I don't like gold.  I don't know why.  I love silver, brass, copper, and platinum, but I don't like gold.  I know I'm in the minority on both of these colors, but there's no accounting for my tastes, right??!

Birthday Sparkles

The colors made this card a little difficult for me, but the dies made it easy.  I love this balloon die. It's actually a full background die, I just covered it with another frame die, and I added the bistro lights die behind it.

Check out all the sparkle.  I'm definitely celebrating!

Birthday Sparkles Close

I sure hope to see you playing along.  Remember, the challenge runs the full month of July.  The Lead of this challenge will be invited to be a Guest Designer in a future challenge.


The gold glitter is Best Creations Glitter Cardstock.  The balloons come from two DCWV Glitter Cardstock Border Stacks that I got from one of the big box stores years ago.  The pictures below show regular sequins for the larger sequins, but at the link you can choose the flat sequins.

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

Celebrate Designers

Freshly Made Sketches: A Little Kindness

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

I was playing at a Stampin' Up friend's house recently and we were discussing the new Stampin' Up In-Colors.  I indicated some disappointment in the new greens.  I was quickly shouted down by all six people there - they all loved Mint Macaron.  As I thought about it, I realized that of every companies' ink/cardstock collection that I collect - I didn't have the "mint" in any of them.  Isn't it funny how our tastes in color vary?  Why would I not like mint - particularly given that I seem to be in the extreme minority?  And I'm sure there are colors that I like that many of you would avoid.

So I had to set out that day to use Mint Macaron.  I became a little more convinced when I saw the Pretty Petals Paper pack.  LOVE those butterflies, and it's hard to go wrong with diagonal stripes!

A Little Kindness

I hope to see you playing along.  And be sure to check out Rita's blog, Rita's Creations, for lots of inspiration!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taylored Expressions: Sweet Summer Fun

I am not a summer person.  I don't do heat.  I don't like bugs.  I hate the noise of fans running non-stop in my house.  My favorite day of the year is the first fall day that it is cool enough to turn off the fans and there is peace.

In fairness, there are a few things that I like.  I love hiking in our Colorado mountains.  I love sitting on the deck as the sun goes down.  And I really, really love fresh-squeezed lemonade!

TE Sweet Summer Fun

I have started collecting the monthly script dies from Taylored Expressions.  I started with June which includes the words sun fun, dad, summer, June, vacation.  They aren't overtly for cardmaking, but I have so many typical dies like birthday, get well, etc. - I love adding to my collection with more unique words so I can do different sayings.

To use my June set for the first time, I knew I had to use "fun" because I love the "f", but since I think it's clear that "summer" and "fun" don't go together for me - I dug around and found the "sweet" stamp - which then obviously led me to the lemonade!!

TE Sweet Summer Fun

I did have fun coloring in the lemonade and made sure I added a touch of sparkle to those wonderful, cold ice cubes!

TE Sweet Summer Fun

Now I'm going to head out for a walk (since it's 6 a.m. and only 62 degrees)!  And then, I'm going to squeeze some lemons, add some fresh mint and a pinch of nutmeg - and I'm ready to face the day!


TE Sweet Summer Fun