Thursday, February 28, 2013

Seize the Birthday {Sailing by with Birthday Wishes}

Happy Thursday!! Are you ready for another challenge at Seize the Birthday!  This is our last week with our sponsor Alison from The Alley Way Stamps! Thank you so much Alison! This week I used the sweet sailboat from the Kid and Caboodle stamp set. And paper pieced it with some polka-dot paper. I love this paper. I used some retired designer paper from my stash and it had clouds on it, perfect! I added a simple amount of twine at the end. I wanted to play along with the Simon Says "Anything Goes" Challenge and CAS-ology has the theme of CIRCLE.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Paper Smooches and Color Throwdown {Love Will Keep US Warm}


Did you see the fun colours over at the Colour Throwdown? I just love the mix of pink, green and yellow with kraft!!! Swoon! And then I was inspired by the FUN inspiration photo over at the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge...have a look!! Hilarious! 

So I created a love themed card and don't the two lovebirds in the photo look warm and cozy, hence my sentiment "Love Will Keep us Warm". I decided to also use the sweet heart image from the Paper Smooches set called "Warm Hearts". I love the country feel of these hearts and the graphic in the CTD colour story got "Country" in my brain!

Stamps: Warm Hearts
Inks: Melon Mambo, SO Saffron, Lucky Limeade and Black
Papers: White, Kraft, Melon Mambo, Bazzill (Avalon Paper)
Extras: Baker's Twine, 1" Square Punch

I also decided to play along with the lovely ladies at The Pink Elephant in their Anything Goes Challenge!

Monday, February 25, 2013


Good morning!!! Today I am honored to share my Guest Design projects I created for the Sweet Stamp Shop. Nicole Rixon invited me to design for her this month and I was absolutely thrilled with the images she sent for me to use! Thank you Nicole! 

My first project features the super versatile set called "Baby Love". This set has so many possibilities, not just to create Baby Cards! That "love" sentiment jumped out at me right away and I had the idea to used it as a the end of the rainbow is that sweet bundle! I went with red and yellow to create a happy feel to my project!! Below you will see I also created a matching Pillow Box to go with my card. It will hold a small gift card for the mom to be.

My next project is a super cute stamp set called "Old Fashioned Afternoon". I paired it up with that Love sentiment from "Baby Love".

This card was simple to make! First I created a Polaroid photo look with my Spellbinder dies. Then I used some aqua blue paper for the background to create a sky. The kite's were paper pieced with red and yellow. I added some simple aqua blue twine to accent the sky! Notice that I added a small punched heart to the beginning of the word love..

I created this card last week with another of Nicole's fun sets called "Perfect Match". I was thrilled to receive Honorable Mentions at CASology and CAS(e) this Sketch!!

Have you checked out the Sweet Stamp Shop?  You should! There are so many wonderful sets to use and they stamp beautifully!!

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #51-Tic Tac Toe

Welcome to my weekly Christmas card Challenge called "Merry Monday"! Each week, I post a challenge to inspire you to create a Christmas card for your Christmas card stash! I have a design team of 10 lovely ladies and we are all working on getting a Christmas card done each week! This week I inked up an adorable set from the Sweet Stamp Shop...I loved  the old fashioned feel of the card and HAD to have this set!

{Supplies Used}
Inks: Copics
Papers: White CS from Flourishes, Red from Michaels
Extras: Scallop Trim Edge Punch

This week we have a TIC TAC TOE Challenge and we are looking forward to seeing what you created using three across, diagonal or up and down! The design team has come up with some fabulous samples for you!!! We hope you join in the fun! Welcome to Carol L as our Guest Designer this week!! Would you like to be a Guest Designer? Be sure to play along, as our weekly winner is our next Guest Designer!

Merry Monday Winners {Elegant Christmas Cards}

Thank you to everyone who joined us this week at Merry Monday!!! Lots of elegant cards this week and we appreciated all the hard work you put in, making your cards EXTRA special!!!

This week's Top Pick chosen by the design team is Katherine Elliot!!! Didn't she created an elegant beauty! Wow! Congratulations Katherine! We hope you will join us as our Guest Designer for Monday, March 4th. Please email me by clicking the envelope icon at the top of my blog. Be sure to put "Merry Monday Guest Designer" in the subject line.

And our Honourable Mentions were voted on as well, if you received a vote from a design team member, your card and link is below. Congratulations! We hope you will display your badge with pride! If you are viewing this in Google Reader, you may have to visit the blog to see the actual cards that are linked below.

Tomorrow's a BIG Day for Me...

I am so excited about tomorrow! I am going to be featured on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog as a Guest Designer and it would mean so much to me if you could stop by and say hello!!! My post goes live on my blog at 8am (PST). EEK!!! Here is a sneak peek!! I am so excited! I love their stamps!

Friday, February 22, 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch, Simon Says, CASology & Moxie Fab Challenge

Wow! Ever have one of those crafting nights when you have a great idea to make a card in your mind and then it does not transpire into the final product? And here I am...looking at this card and thinking...why didn't I use neutrals? But then I remind myself that this IS a birthday card and bright colours should prevail! Shouldn't they?

My card is inspired by the following challenges:
Moxie Fab- Camera Element {mine element is the photo shape}
CASology {keyword: FLAME}-the cupcake candle
Simon Says Stamps {Arrow-the designer paper and the sentiment inside reads- Hope your Birthday is Wonderful in EVERY WAY}.

I was inspired to make this card because of a card I saw on Amy Tsuruta's blog HERE. Thank you Amy for the wonderful inspiration!!! 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Pink Elephant Monday Sketch Challenge {Happy Birthday} & The Sweet and Sassy Digi Challenge

Had the chance to play along with Lori's sweet sketch over at the Pink Elephant Monday Challenge! I love this sketch and can see myself using it time and again! It was a clean lined look that I love!!! It even challenged me to use more "embellishments" on my card, which I have been trying to do!

Wow, I used a bunch of different pattern papers on this card but I am happy with the look!! Now I need to go make some supper. I am actually just home from a long day and there is nothing like creating a card to help unwind!!

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I am also linking up to the Sweet and Sassy Digi 321 Challenge!

Here is how I used the challenge:
I used 3 different patterned papers
I used 2 different punches/die cuts
I used 1 digital image 

Seize the Birthday #7 {Circus Birthday}

This week at Seize the Birthday, we have a brand new sketch brought to you by me! This sketch I wanted to keep clean and simple so it could be dressed up or could go casual!! The design team went to town with the sketch and created some serious eye candy!! This month we are being sponsored by The Alley Way Stamps. For my card, I printed one of Alison's free digital stamps! I used the paper pack from Bella Carta called Paris Girl and the papers reminded me of this cute free circus tent digi!! I loved the sentiment too!

I hope you get the chance to join us over at Seize the Birthday! We have been building our stash of birthday cards!! I love that I have so many ready to go when I need them!