Thinking of you

This morning I've got a really simple card....
Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz cardstock,
along with stamps from the new Stampin' Up! set Sheltering Tree, in Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey and Strawberry Slush ink.
I also added a bit of ribbon, tied in a simple knot.
Which I think is so beautiful, so I wanted to share this today with you!

I keep thinking back on the past year, and I've got so many wonderful people in my life, and I am so grateful for all that I have.

A special thank you to my husband Bill, I love you babe!

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Merry Christmas

This is my last Christmas card for 2014 and I can only say I hope its so very Merry!

You never know where or when the next idea will come from, but tonight it came from my dear friend Justin (and some 6x6x designer Papers from Bo Bunny's Altitude Collection)! He was working on a cards (wow)while we were on Skype this evening (yes Christmas Eve), and SSS came up with a bit of oh have you seen, and oh I've got to have that, type of moment... When we got to talkin' about his card and what the plans were, thats when the Bo Bunny's designer paper came into play. Its amazing how much you can get done when your with a friend!

So well I didn't even make this while we were talking, I got back to it after we'd said our goodnights and a simple Merry Christmas to each other. I'd spent a bit of time with the hubby talking about cards and ideas when I told him about the cards Justin had done (again WOW...) and off I went back to the crafty space to get working on mine. Its mostly Stampin' Up! with the exception of the Bo Bunny designer paper.

I've got a Blackberry Bliss Christmas with a dash of Lost Lagoon... and tons of sparkle!
I great mix of retired products (that still have style), some old and I love it!

I hope you have an amazing Christmas...
I'll be back in a couple of days to share my next project!

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CYCI #50 Designers Choice Holiday Edition

Its been an amazing first year with CYCI and all the awesome people, design team and challengers.
A little over a year, I thought of the idea with my friend Amanda Frankel, and even though she has moved on, I can't imagine a better beginning. We've seen an incredible growth over the year. Each new change is/was so exciting and wonderful how lucky am I that I got to share every moment with each of you.

Starting into our second year in January will be even better, we've gone global and you'll meet the new designers in just a couple of weeks.

Since day one, Tammy Hein has been with me. Sharing in the ups and downs of running the site, building our name and growing as designers. She has taught me that glitter isn't that bad (cough) and that being a family goes beyond just blood, thanks cuz!

I'd like to take this moment to thank the current design team for all their hard work, so Terry, Kim, Cindi, Billie, Shannon, Marisa, Cynthia, Darla, "thank you all!" I'd be lost without you and your awesome craftyness. 

Special thanks to Mr. Justin Krieger and Mr. Brian King for being "AWESOME" (guest designers)!

So to all of you this Christmas, I say "be merry!! and be fabulous!"

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Stampin' Up! Products 

Stamps - Holiday Invitation
Ink - Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow
cardstock – Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow
Embellishments – Buttons Designer Regals Collection, Linen Thread
Tools – Stampin' Trimmer

Simon Says Winter Inspiration

So I'm trying out a whole new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp this week... for their Winter Inspiration challenge.

Thanks to my friend Justin, I am so hooked on SSS and their products... and while I don't have much (yet) I do have the Dec Kit of the Month, and went to work on a card for the challenge...

this is so exciting!!!

Well here's what I came up with, I hope you like it :)

Using the kit December 2014 and the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles this is what I've come up with.... I did add some chunky glitter for some extra bling!

I used a acetate sheet for the window, and some double sided foam to create my shaker card (yup obsessed).  The Tim Holtz's distressed embossing ink, along with Ranger  Liquid Platinum embossing powder on both the background and the sentiment. I love how it looks!

Like I said, I used the kit for this project with a few add ons...

I hope you like it...
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Simon Says Stamp Products 

A Sprinkling of Cupped Gold and Silver Sequins in a variety of sizes
1 Mini Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink Pad
1 Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
1 Ranger Pure Platinum Embossing Powder
1 Sheets 8.5 x 11 inch Cardstock Simon Says Stamp 120 Pound White
1 Sheet 8.5 x 11 inch Cardstock Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass
1 Sheet 8.5 x 11 inch Cardstock Simon Says Stamp Slate Gray

FMS 167 a sketch by Narelle

Freshly Made Sketches #167 - A Sketch by Narelle

I've brought out the cute on this card... its the Lawn Fawn Yeti Set Go with matching dies. I've got blues, greens, whites, silvers, oh and lots of snow for my yeti!!!

I finsihed the inside of the card with one of the sentiments from the set, and I do love winter (just not the shoveling and driving part). The snow is always a thing of beauty.

I've used Stampin' Up! and Lawn Fawn together for the perfect combo of clean and cute.
Colors like Island Indigo, Perfect Pear, Old Olive, Smokey Slate, Basic Grey with touches of Real Red. I used my Memento ink as a base for all the stamping.  I chose All is Calm DSP and Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz and a Island Indigo card base.
I hope you love my yeti!!!

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PPA232 A Sketch Challenge

Got some time in between Butter's assignments today, so I thought I'd check out Pals Paper Arts challenge for the week... and its a SKETCH!!! love it...

Got a Christmas card in the mail today, and noticed I'd sent all the ones I made out and needed another so I'd check out what I can do... Pals has a great sketch that would be perfect for it.
I've got the greys and silvers in my dsp All thats is Calm, with basic black and whisper card stock and a bit of ribbon, a rhinestone and a snowflake from the snowflake card thinlits die. I'm using one of my favorite stamps Endless Wishes and Mingle All the Way. All of the products today are from Stampin' Up!. But if this is going to get where I need to send it... I'm off to the post and get it on its way.

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Fab Fri 56 Color Challenge

So I was chatting with Justin on Skype, so while we were working on projects together, he mentioned Fab Fri, and I am such a weirdo, and so forgot to add them to the blog when I moved to blogger. Its been a while since I visited them and played along. But after seeing the color challenge, I had to give it a try... and here it is. 

I got to use my new die from Simon Says Stamp - Luminary Circles, isn't it awesome! Yes it is!!!!
The color challenge called for five colors, so I've used Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake for my card base, Coastal Cabana for the under layer, and Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay Candy Dots in with the die. I've got Typeset DSP behind my layer of Very Vanilla cardstock, and added a few rhinestones, some linen thread and the hugs and kisses from Good Greetings stamp set to complete my card.

I hope you love it!
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Love and layered Window sheets (Shadow box)

Card made using 5 layers, including background lots of work but well worth it!!!!

Side view of my layered Window sheet Cards "Love"
Look for an instructional video and pictures coming soon!
I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Paper Craft Crew #123

Here is my version of the sketch on paper craft crew challenge this week!
I've got Good Greetings, Mingle All the Way stamp sets, and Lost Lagoon & Whisper White cardstock.... some bling (Rhinestones), and some dsp to brighten my card...

I made it into a gift card holder, and its a great way to share christmas with those you love!

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Products Stampin' Up!
Whisper White and Lost Lagoon cardstock
All Is Calm DSP
Good Greeting and Mingle All the Way stamps
Lost Lagoon and Memento Inks
White Bakers Twine, Rhinestones, All Is Calm Snowflake embellishments
3/4 round circle punch
Stampin' dimensionals (outer edge) for the spacing on the gift card holder

A little snow scene card

Using my new dies from Simon says Stamp and stamps from Stampin' Up! ... so what do you think? I've got three layers of window sheets each stamped with trees and a snowman in front... with lots of sequins and glitter (yes, I know me using glitter)...

I've been planning this card for over a month, and slowly I've pulled it together... some cards are quicker than others... it was indeed a labor of love!

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MOJO 376 - a sketch by Julee Tilman

Dont ya just love weekdays.... nope, me either!
Anyway I've got my card for the MOJO 376 sketch challenge today...

Using a mix of products from Stampin' Up! (ink, cardstock, dsp, embellishments and ribbon) and from Unity Stamp Company (Quiet Voice *Itty Bitty Stamps*)

Well back to the homeschooling the boy...
lol... have a great day!

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CYCI #49 Clean and Quick Challenge

Wow... I can't believe its almost Christmas and that we've done 49 awesome weeks of challenges for Can You Case It? Our Clean and Quick challenge is my favorite challenge. I absolutely love quick cards!

Now my card this week is really clean and super quick... I've got a simple three color palette of Mossy Meadow, White  and Gold.  With a button accent with a bow.

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Stampin' Up! Products 
Stamps - Cheerful Christmas Ink - Mossy MeadowStampin' Dazzle Pen - Goldcardstock – Whisper White, Mossy MeadowEmbellishments - Bakers Twine Whisper White, Designer Vintage Faceted ButtonsTools – Stampin' Trimmer

Freshly Made Sketches 166

Freshly Made Sketches #166 - A Sketch by Karren

Okay, so I've haven't had much time to play at my favorite challenges lately, been so busy with the holidays, and I am hoping to get back to a normal (ha-ha) schedule soon. But today I could not pass up the chance to use my new stamp set "Oh Deer" from Unity Stamp Co. isn't it the cutest thing!

So I've got a mix of markers from Stampin' Up! for the lights on my reindeer antlers! My cardstock is in baked brown sugar, cherry cobbler coordinations(which is using the Simon Says Stamp : Stitched Rectangles), whisper white, and a bit of lost lagoon!
I've added a bit of crystal effects to each of the little lites, and finished it up with some linen thread and the sentiment from the Oh Deer stamp set!

I had so much fun making this!

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ICS Blog Hop - Tis the Season

While I won't be hopping this month, I didn't want any folks who join me each month to miss out!
So here is the link to the start of the ICS Blog Hop - Tis the Season and Deb Naylors blog!
Enjoy and see you all next time!

CYCI #48 A Color Challenge

Well now... we've got some colors for you... Blackberry Bliss, Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake...
Can You Case It? is rockin' this awesome colors and I am lovin' my awesome card this week! 

When I started putting my card together, I told Tammy Hein (another Design Team Member) that  I don't even own Coastal Cabana... She asked me how can you not have that color its awesome! Okay, well maybe not an Eva color (you know me) but I gotta say... it really give my card a pop of kick ass color! Then I remembered I bought a pack of cardstock with the In Colors (2013-2015).

Oh yeah!  I've got some old favs and I even dug in the vault for the Love & Joy from last years Holiday Catty Collection. It had the size and impact I was looking for and I totally love it with the Endless wishes snowflakes!  I got a framed layer of cardstock all tied up with a bow (knot) and completely fell in love with coastal cabana for this card!

The colors are an outstanding combination and I'm so glad it rocks!

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Stampin' Up Products Used
Stamps - Love & Joy (Retired),Endless Wishes
Ink - Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss
cardstock – Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana, Blackberry Bliss
Embellishments – Blackberry Bliss 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon 
Tools – Stampin' Trimmer

Freshly Made Sketches 165

Here is a card, I popped together really quick (less than 20 mins) for this weeks sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!

I'm using just a few Stampin' Up! products, Whisper White cardstock, Rhinestones in various sizes, blushing bride ink and stampin' write marker and vellum. I've got a simple sentiment of I love us from the Good Greetings stamp set... and Gorgeous Grunge stamp for the background. 

For my Hubby and me...
this will be our 14th Christmas together, the first was as friends, the second was as a couple and year after year he is is my heart, and I couldn't love him more.

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