Dreaming of Spring

This morning, as I looked over the weather for the day I once again thanked God for allowing me to live in a warm climate. Yes, I really did. To be honest, He is used to hearing that sentiment from me. 😎 While some relish snowy days and cold temperatures, I am happiest with warm, tank-top, shorts and sandal-wearing weather. Any kind of cold makes me want to stay inside and sleep! A lot like this little bunny who is making himself comfy in the daffodils…

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Image by Art Impressions, “Sweet Easter”

Colored with Copic markers:

Y11, Y15, Y19, Y38 (flowers)

E29, E18, E15 (flower pot)

G21, G94, G99 (leaves)

W1, W3, R20 (rabbit)

This rabbit makes me think of an article I read this morning by Jeff Masters… after sharing information regarding the weather, he shows one of his weather “predictors” – his rabbit! Check it out here 🙂

Stamp Review Crew – Sale-a-bration Hop!

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Hello and welcome to a short and sweet Blog Hop with the Stamp Review Crew. At the moment, Stampin’ Up! is celebrating the new year with our annual Sale-a-bration promotion. Always a favorite, this is where you get to choose free product for every (US) $50 in merchandise purchased. Today’s hop features creations made using these fun products!

As soon as I saw the offered items, the Part of My Story stamp set jumped out at me. The set includes six sentiments you can use to encourage someone or let them know how special they are to you! I think they’ll also work well on scrapbook pages of your special people, too! And, of course, one of the fun things about sentiment sets is that you can pair them with other supplies to make your creations sing!

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  • Floral image Serene Garden, leaves colored with Soft Sea Foam Blends
  • Patterned Paper Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper (6×6 pad)
  • Embellishments: Iridescent Sequin Assortment Silver Metallic Thread

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Thank you for visiting my blog today and for being part of my blogging story. For your next stop on the hop, just click to visit the amazing Kelly Kent. Prepare yourself to be blown away!

*Headed in the other direction? Then your next stop is Bronwyn Eastley!

 

2019 the year of color

The last few days of staycation between Christmas and New Year’s have been very low-key around my house. We anticipate that 2019 will be a busy one, so I think we were just enjoying the chill time while we have it. While my guys were enjoying games and movies, I escaped to my craft room to play around with color.

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One of my creative challenges (to myself) this year is to learn more about color. Along with taking an online coloring class, I decided to play along with the MFT color challenge this week. Color combos don’t come naturally to me (one of the reasons I wear blue jeans so much) so challenges are a great help and coach!

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The challenge helped me with my patterned paper choices and even with what images to use. For some reason the gray made me think of my Cuban coffee maker (not espresso… no, no – this one is reserved for Cuban coffee. Bring on the sugar.) I was able to tie in the remaining colors on the cups.

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Copics used today:

Grays and white: W1, W3, W5

Teal: B45, BG15, BG32

Navy: B99, B39, B37

images are from Altenew “Coffee Love”

 

 

 

pinnable graphic:

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Quiet in a Corner, well mostly

I’m sitting here listening to the air conditioner turn on and the sounds of laughter in the house. I guess you can call it “Mostly Quiet with Bursts of Hilarity.” It’s pretty awesome to hear my husband and boys laughing together while they roast each other over games.

While they do their thing, laundry tumbles and I’ve stolen the time to play with some yarn my sister-in-law gifted me during our recent visit.

It’s SO soft! With six skeins, my current plan is to make a lap blanket (or two?) and donate them to someone. Using a corner-to-corner technique, it’s coming together really fast and the simple pattern makes it easy to stop and start as needed between tasks.

If you would like more info about this pattern, I recommend watching this YouTube video by The Crochet Crowd. Mike explains it really well and, I don’t know about you, but watching someone work through the pattern always helps me to understand it a bit better. I hope you enjoy it!

I also hope you are enjoying these last few days of the year and spending the time on things you enjoy. And may the new year bring you nothing but blessings from above to the sound of much laughter.

Thinking slow on a Sunday

You know, I would love to be able to WOW you with verbal wit or a thought-provoking post. But this is one of those days where the vibe seems to be one of relaxing, doing a few quiet chores and sharing a couple of card-making things with you.

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An important share is a reminder that FMS is looking for new designers, in case you’re interested. I’m a fan of the site and appreciate the sketches and inspiration shared there. Be sure to check them out and scroll down below the sketch to view the entries for even more inspiration! This layout on the left is the current FMS challenge; it’s nice and open, leaving lots of room for interpretation.

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This card along with a few others were created for Bring Smiles to Seniors. This group of volunteers sends donated cards to residents of nursing homes, assisted & independent living communities, home-bound seniors, and seniors participating in elderly nutrition program. Isn’t that lovely? If you would like to be involved in donating cards to worthy causes, I invite you to visit their page or check out the Cards for a Cause forum on Splitcoast Stampers. It’s a great way to share your handmade creations.💞

Isabella – Freshly Made Sketch(es)

There’s a lot of inspiration out there on the web. Doncha love it?! Finished cards, color combos, techniques plus my all-time favorite – sketches! Today, I’m excited to share a card based on Freshly Made Sketches challenge to use this layout:

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This open sketch really leaves a lot of room for interpretation. I went with a stencil and embossing paste to which I added some red ink. It came out a little more pink than I wanted, so I laid the stencil back over and dabbed on more red ink. I used the finished color as a starting point for coloring in this beautiful image by Picket Fence.

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If you also love sketches, you may be excited to hear that FMS is holding a call for Design Team members. You can click the link above to access their site for the details. Tell ya what… I’ll root for you if you root for me! 🙂

Supplies: Image – “Isabella” (Picket Fence); Stencil, embossing paste and ink – Stampin’ Up!; Cardstock – Neenah Solar White; coloring medium – Copics.

Mid-week help… in the form of a pun!

Wednesday, hump day, mid-week… whatever you call it, sometimes we need something to help us smile and keep plugging away at the week. Or maybe it’s just an excuse to indulge in some silliness? You decide 🙂

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I Chews You stamp set (Simon Says Stamp)

 

For those of you who may be interested in the Copic markers used to color the image, I chose the following colors based on the little stickers shown above:

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Other supplies used:

Memento Tuxedo Black, 1″ circle punch, Apple Green Nuvo Crystal Drops

So what will it be? (And a Christmas card, too!)

Thanksgiving is now a memory and my main batch of Christmas cards has been mailed off. It’s hard to believe that the month of November is almost finished and soon we will be celebrating the new year. It’s not a new thought that “time flies”, but it seems this year had extra wings to help hurry it along.

As I look towards the new year and all that it will bring (one son leaving to continue his education and the other starting at a local university), I recognize it as another year to fine-tune myself, one area at-a-time. Last year, my focus was grace – towards others and myself. Somehow, in trying to figure out my own medical issues and changing my diet to a healing one, I had become very type-a. I heard someone define me that way and it startled me. Honestly, I felt like I had been struck. Being organized and aware is one thing, but was I giving the impression that my way was the only way? In some ways… yes. That was a year of paying more attention to my interactions with others but also the things I was telling myself about myself. 

2018 has been more about intentional commitment. Why do I spend my time doing what I do? Where is the value in it for others, even if it’s just being exposed to a better me? When I dropped my previous blog and started this one, my intent was to share more about my life and thoughts. Yes I love card-making (and I have one to share today – promise!), but there is more in my life and I realize that many of my experiences are not unique. Sharing that side of myself just might help you and I can’t think of a better use of time than that. When the urge to shy away from writing posts with anything personal hits and I forget my why & the value, intentional commitment reminds me to refocus and try again. It may be that I need more time with this focus, but it could be that, like last year’s grace, they are meant to remain a part of who we are and a work in progress.

Well, one area where I remain committed with little need for reminding is making greeting cards. (I’m even better at actually sending them these days! Woohoo!) I need just a few more Christmas cards for co-workers and a few to donate, as well. Inspired by a lot of the decor on pillows, clothes and even Christmas trees this year, I created this simple but bold design in just a few minutes with the help of the Buffalo Check background stamp by Stampin’ Up!

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Add detail to your check design with pens or markers. A simple black line was added here using a Copic Multi-liner and ruler.

Thank you for visiting my tiny blog today. If you read the post above, I would love to hear your feedback on what I shared and if you have a focus word or something similar you employ. If you stopped by just for the card, I’d like to hear that, too! For another idea using a check/plaid background, be sure to check out this post which includes a link to a 16-site blog hop featuring the above stamp. 

SUPPLIES → Stampin’ Up! supplies: Whisper White, Basic Black card stock; Cherry Cobbler ink; Silver Twine and Enamel Dots (retired); tree die-cut is from Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (retired) Other supplies: Copic Multiliner pen, sentiment from Flamingo Bells by Avery Elle, ruler

Stamp Review Crew – First Frost stamp set

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Today the Stamp Review Crew is ready to inspire you with projects created using Stampin’ Up!’s First Frost. This 9-piece stamp set contains 6 floral images and three sentiments, two of which can be used year-round!  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to go through the hop and be inspired by the many ideas shared!

For my first card, I used the “frost” part of the name as inspiration for my colors and technique. Repeated stamping paired with white heat embossing helped create the background. Combining silver thread, rhinestones and Tranquil Tide Velvet ribbon as embellishments helped keep it cool but dress it up!

Stampin' Up! First Frost stamp set

For my next card, I decided to warm things up. I stamped the two flower images in 4 warm colors then added splatter (an image from the Touches of Texture stamp set) in Soft Suede. I chose to use this sentiment from our featured set hoping it will bring a smile to someone’s face in the next month or two. (And hopeful you will like it, too!)

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Well, thanks so much for checking out my post today. I hope you are inspired by something you saw and ready to do some stamping soon. For more ideas, I invite you to now visit Stesha! She always has beautifully detailed projects; I know you are going to love them!

If you are already hopping and are going the other way,  Cindy at Hearts Delight Cards is your next stop! Lets see what she has been up to in the beautiful Tennessee hills!

Enjoy blog hops? Check out our previous Buffalo Check inspired hop or click the Blog Hop tag in the sidebar!