Sunday, September 21, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration: Dream Explore Discover

Just a reminder that there are still 4 days to play along with the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Wishing Well. Cards are due on Thursday, the 25th, by 8 a.m. CDT.  One random winner will receive a $25 store credit to Whimsy Stamps and the LEAD will be invited to be a guest designer!

Each member of the Curtain Call Design Team received a stamp set and a die set to play with.  I used the Dream, Explore, Discover street sign from Travel 2 to create this card that I think would be appropriate for a teenager headed off to college.  (I didn't use the die that I received on this card - but I did show it off on the card that I made when the challenge opened.)

Dream Explore Discover

  • Stamps: Clearly Whimsy Travel 2
  • Paper: Pebbles Garden Party 6x6 pad, Simon Says Sea Glass
  • Ink: Memento Black
  • Accessories: Misc sequins, Taylored Expressions cloud impression plate

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Mickey Birthday

Today is my sister-in-law's birthday and she is a serious Disney fan.  She grew up in California and could see Disneyland from her home.  She, my brother, and their two sweet daughters are in California as I type this! They also have a three-week vacation planned in Florida later this year with Disney World and a Disney cruise on the list!  So when I saw these Mickey balloons at Frantic Stamper, it was a no-brainer that they belonged in my collection. (The set also comes with a trio of balloons and balloon strings.  If you love Disney there are a number of options at Frantic Stamper including a frame with Mickey peeking out of a corner, and a series of Disney princess dies).

A Mickey Birthday

I have to credit Debby Hughes at Lime Doodle Design for this card layout.  She uses tags in the bottom corner somewhat regularly and I love it every time that I see it!

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Happy Sentiments
  • Paper: Simon Says Fog and Sunshine, Simple Stories Say Cheese
  • Ink: Simon Says Smoke
  • Accessories: Frantic Stamper Helium Balloon die, Simon Says Happy Die, WPlus9 tag die, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins, Stampin' Up Hello Honey ribbon

Friday, September 19, 2014

Catered Crop: Good Medicine

It's time for a new challenge at Catered Crop: Good Medicine.  A thoughtful "get well" or "thinking of you" is definitely good medicine!!

“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh.
“There there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

I try to keep a stash of get well cards ready to go because knowing that someone cares really is good medicine.  Get well cards can be difficult - in fact I've never loved the phrase "get well".  It seems so demanding.  These cards could be bright and cheerful or they could be funny, but you always have to be careful to know the recipient's situation. In the case of this card, it is destined for an elderly friend who probably isn't going to feel much better - so I kept it soft and sweet.  Just a note that I really do care.

Feel Better

As usual, Linda at Catered Crop has curate a Pinterest board of inspiration.  Here's a quick peek:

Then next Sunday, all the card from the design team and special guests will be gathered together at Catered Crop for a little more inspiration.  Hope you play along!

I got back two days ago from my mini-vacation and it was mostly wonderful!  Check out the spectacular scenery from some of the hikes that I did.

I also spent quite a bit of time sipping coffee at the local coffee shop and using their free Wi-Fi to keep up on all of your blogs.

We have a tiny, little condo in Frisco Colorado.  About 12 years ago, we had decided to buy a new home in Parker to move out of our tiny little house.  But I kept feeling sick to my stomach at the change in the mortgage payment because we have owned our current home for 25 years and the mortgage payment is wonderfully reasonable.  So instead of a bigger home, we bought this condo in Frisco.  I now have two teeny tiny little places!  One thing about the condo is both good and bad - it's old (at least for a condo). This is good because it was built before the ski industry became a high-end, slick sport and condos became high-end and expensive.  It's also good because with the wooden siding, etc. it feels like a mountain condo. There are beautiful condos up there with much more space than we have, but they feel like being in a city. The picture of the fall colors above was taken about 1/2 a mile from the condo.

The bad side of this is that the appliances are old and wildly out of date.  I'm actually irrationally scared of the oven because it's just a little dark hole - I can't explain it, I just always feel like something creepy is going to pop out, or my food is going to get sucked into the black hole.  The dishwasher hasn't worked in years and it is actually taped shut with a big warning sign for any guests because when it quit working, we just closed it and it really smells bad!

Long story short - on my last day, new appliances were delivered, but my husband's and my fear of home improvements was confirmed.  We are really, really bad at it. First came the refrigerator which we thought we had carefully measured.  Turns out we had measured the width, but not the depth.  It sticks out an extra 4" which made a huge difference. They had to take out the window ledge and the floor boards just to squeeze it in - and now it sticks out clear to the window.  It's quite a hulking presence in the kitchen and makes the window look off-center (which I know all of you cardmakers will understand).  Apparently there are such things as "counter-depth" refrigerators, but even though they are smaller, they are double the price, so I'm going to have to live with this hulking presence.  (We try not to put much money into this place that gets used maybe once a month.)

Then came the stove.  As a very inexperienced home improvement person, I had no idea there were stand-alone and slide-in options.  I bought a stand-alone; I needed a slide-in.  So after battling the refrigerator and then bringing up the new stove, I made them take back the stove.  (Did I mention we are on the second floor?)  Just like with the counter-depth refrigerator, the slide-in range is almost double the price but I don't have a choice on this one.  

Needless to say, my Lowe's delivery guys walked out with six-packs of beer and a good tip!!  They were the most cheerful guys and they kept propping me up by reminding me that there were definitely worse things that could happen than appliances that didn't fit!! 

(The dishwasher is fabulous!)

Well that was a longer story than any of you cared about!!!  Here's the card recipe which is probably all that many of you cared about!
  • Stamps: My Favorite Things Get Well Wishes, Diagonal Stripes background (just on the corners)
  • Paper: My Favorite Things Grout Gray, Bubblegum, Sour Apple, Lemon Drop
  • Ink: Versamark, White
  • Accessories: My Favorite Things Gerbera Daisy die, Leaf-Filled Flourish (I did cut this into three pieces and spread it out behind the flower so it fit around the sentiment)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Snowflake Greetings

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!!  This sketch was created by Cindy.

The instant I saw today's sketch, I envisioned the big snowflakes that Stampin' Up had last year called Festive Flurries.  It was one of those rare moments when I saw the card in my mind - big snowflakes, Lost Lagoon paper and Smoky Slate embossing powder.  That truly never happens to me.  I'm a brute-force stamper - lay it down, look at it, hate it, change it, lay it down again, etc. until it is right.  But then, just so I wouldn't get too cocky, Mr. Mojo slapped me down.  I couldn't find the stamp set.  I looked through my Stampin' Up section, my winter section, my Christmas section, and my NBUS section.  No stamps.  I looked again - nothing.  Then I started worrying that those stamps (a very expensive stamp and die set) were one of those things that my charming pair of cats had knocked off my craft desk into the trash without me noticing.  So I made a different card.  It took two long and frustrating hours and I hated it - because I wanted my snowflakes and Lost Lagoon.  Then I went for a long walk to clear my head.

Stamping is supposed to be relaxing, isn't it???

I looked one more time when I got back from my walk and I found it right away!!!  The problem was simply that I remembered it being a clear set and it was rubber.  Not only did I find it right away, but the card went together in 15 minutes!

If you add it all together - the searching, the bad card, etc. - this was about a five hour card!

Snowflake Greetings

I used some Heat 'n Stick powder to apply a fine glitter to the strip of Lost Lagoon and to the top snowflake. That's the kind of fuzzy look you are seeing in the photo - but it's great in real life!!

I do hope you all play along.  I love the sketches at FMS.  I even put an icon on my iPad with a direct link to the past sketches page at FMS.  It has helped me out of a crafting slump countless times.  This sketch is a definite keeper.  Think of all the shapes you could use - pumpkins and ghost, snowflakes and trees, flowers, stars, or my first card actually had a bunny!!  Then you could use colorful strips of paper to make it fun!  I look forward to seeing what you create.

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Festive Flurry, Endless Wishes (sentiment)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, Flowerpot dsp
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Lost Lagoon, Versamark
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up Festive Flurry dies, Smoky Slate Embossing Powder, Heat 'n Stick Powder (to apply the glitter), Martha Stewart Fine Crystal Glitter

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Bev...Let's Celebrate and Happy Dance!!

Today we are celebrating Bev's birthday!!  Bev is one of the nicest people out there in the blog world.  Happy Dance is one of my very favorite blogs to read.  Her cards are clean, simple and graphic. And every post gives you a peek into her life.  Whether it be about typing a 75-year old manuscript, or the seeing the fox on the bluff, or making potato salad, or enjoying one of the 20 grandchildren - each post makes me smile!!

Bev also remembers birthdays.  It just takes a short scroll through her blog to see all of the birthday wishes that she sends out to others, so we definitely have to celebrate her birthday.  Darnell and Ardyth are the ringleaders of this one.  Darnell's blog is a little busy hosting her current NBUS challenge so all of our birthday cards and wishes for Bev are being linked up here.  Anyone can link up for Bev.

With Darnell as a host and with Bev as a big NBUS player (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff), it was a no-brainer for me to do a NBUS card.  I even dug deep for this one - a stamp set that had gathered dust. Happy birthday Bev!!  I hope you are celebrating and doing a happy dance!!

Yay HB2U
This is my third and final card to link up at the current NBUS challenge.

  • Stamps: Lil' Inkers Spot on Stamps
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Calypso Coral, Simon Says Green Apple
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, Simon Says Green Apple, Coral Reef, Maliblue
  • Accessories: Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Wishing Well

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

Isn't this a beautiful graphic??  I am so looking forward to seeing what everybody creates with this lovely inspiration.

The sponsor for this challenge is Whimsy Stamps who has kindly given the design team members a set from their Clearly Whimsy collection along with a coordinating die.  I got their Travel 2 but don't be misled by the word "travel".  My card for this week is a love card, then on the 21st, I'll be back with a heading-off-to-college (or even graduation) card - so it's not all about "travel".  

Captured My Heart

Do you all recognize the shape in the upper corner?  I think I'm going to have to be careful as to who I give this to.  They have to be old enough to recognize a roll of film!!  At the last minute, I added the light gray camera behind the sentiment to give a bit of a clue.

I also have to give a shout out to CASE this Sketch.  I was actually making the above card a week ago (before I ran away for a quick get-away!).  I was totally inspired by the sketch that was current a week ago, but it didn't even occur to me that the sketch deadline would be long past before I was scheduled to post this card.

Be sure to head over to Curtain Call to check out all of the inspiration from my fellow designers and our guests!  Then be sure to play along - there is a prize from Whimsy Stamps to one randomly selected participant.
  • Stamps: Clearly Whimsy Travel 2
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Garden Green, Peach Parfait and Basic Gray, My Favorite Things Bubblegum
  • Ink: Simon Says Fog, Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow
  • Accessories: Whimsy Stamps Candid Camera die set

Saturday, September 13, 2014

PTI Inspiration Archive: Birthday with Scribble Flowers

A dear friend is celebrating a birthday today.  (Happy Birthday Andrea!)  I have been a very bad friend and it's been a month since I saw her, and I miss her.  (Sorry friend.) I hope you have a fabulous day and we will celebrate big when I am back in town next week.  (I hope it means a little something that I made sure to get a card done, and actually mailed to you, before I left on vacation!)

I recently ordered the Circle Scribbles die from Papertrey Ink because I had seen them used a number of times as flowers.  I thought they would be fun for this card which is mostly birthday and a little apology.

Birthday with Scribble Flowers

I did use the sketch and colors from the Papertrey Inspiration Archive.

  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Sketched Shapes
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Soft Stone, Bashful Blue, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow
  • Accessories: Papertrey Ink Circle Scribble dies, Turning a New Leaf dies, Harvest Gold buttons, Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles