Tuesday, September 30, 2014

12 Kits of Occasions - Rewind

Good morning!
Can you believe it's already the end of September?
Yup!
Cooler weather...
autumn colors...
they're all just around the corner.
We're supposed to get a cool front this weekend and I may change the sheets to the flannels...
they're so warm and cozy that even though I am a summer girl I actually look forward to being able to put the flannel sheets on.
And since today is the last day of September it's time for an another 12 Kits!
And this month there was no kit...
we decided to try and use up some of the extra's we all seem to have each month...

Again...
Thank You Kara for the awesome collage!

And I'm gonna be honest...
I just have a few cards and they are total CASE cards...
and I could have made about 100 more if time had allowed...
but this is at least it's a start on all of the cards I want to CASE each month...

CASE'ing Christina...
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CASE'ing Kara...

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CASEing Amy...

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CASE'ing Sharron...

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Because I'm in the holiday mood I was really concentrating on holiday cards...
and I've barely scratched the surface!

Now we've got lots of guests this month joining in so make sure to stop by the 12 Kits Blog HERE to see who all is joining us so you can pop in and see what surprises they have for you!
AND we are so excited to announce that Lindsey from Occasional Crafting is permanently joining us...
YAY!!!... 
so make sure to pop in and give her a huge welcome as well!

And we'll be back again next month on the 30th!
Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Good morning and Happy National Coffee Lovers Day!!
Popping in very quickly this morning to join in the...


Chaitali Narla of Cuts, Crops and Creativity is hosting a blog hop honoring the beverage of choice for so many...
coffee!!
I know I can't start my day without a few cups each morning...
and though I love a Vanilla Caramel Latte more than anyone else I know...
I start my day with Colombian...
black.
And I literally found these stamps yesterday...
had tucked them away and forgotten all about them so I took it as a sign that I should play along...

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The cup and sentiment are both from Whippersnapper...
and I just colored that wonky, fun mug up quickly with some Copics and then cut a couple of flags from Simple Stories Say Cheese...
adhered it all onto a Sno Cone cardbase (MFT) along with stamping the sentiment.
All done!

Hope you have a wonderful day...
I've got a long list of projects to get to but I'll stop in later to do some blog hoppin'!
Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

No One Freak!

Good morning!
Seriously...
2 posts...
in 2 days?!!
It may be time for a freak out because over about the last year or so...
I think this may be a record! *grin*
And I gotta make this one a quick one because it's homecoming week and the kids are out at half day tomorrow for the parade and festivities...
but for my little guy and the fact that it's also the end of the first 9 weeks...
his school is having a rewards day and so far all I've done this morning is bake and frost 36 cupcakes...
with sprinkles because you know they make or break a cupcake! *wink*
So much for getting back on track with my race training this week...
but I'm posting this and then I've got to go get a quick run in!



So it's the 25th and while the date is permanently seared in my mind as to what it means...
I'm not always so good at getting to play along with PTI's Blog Hop.
I guess I should thank the cupcakes this morning for giving me a few minutes while they baked...
and it was such a beautiful inspiration picture...


Nichole provided sketches and color recipes and I choose the first color palette to work with...


and I kept it extremely very simple...
seriously...
I don't think they come any simpler than this...

PTI Blog Hop 9/14

I used the leaves from Phrase Play #7 because they reminded me of the basket...
and cutting them in silver shimmer cardstock gave them more of a galvanized look.
I cut the smallest rectangle from Stitching Rectangles because it reminded me of the tag on the sweater and I stamped the sentiment from Communique Curves in Enchanted Evening.
A few simple buttons from Bitty Button Stack in Autumn Rose for the berries...
and then adhered it all onto a Sweet Blush card base.
See...
extremely very simple!

And now I'm off for a quick run!
Since one little guy has scouts, one big guy has football and one daughter is working on floats...
I'll be almost alone tonight and can hop around to see what everyone else was able to come up with this beautiful inspiration...
see you then!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Time Traveler's Wife

Good morning!
Hope your week is off to a great start!
If not...
at least it's hump day and half over...
the weekend is just around the corner! *wink*

Today I'm popping in quickly while running a marathon of Season 3 Call the Midwife...
finished Scandal Saturday and had thought to myself "I wish season 3 of Call the Midwife was available"...
and guess what!
I either have ESP OR magical wishing powers ( which would be REALLY cool! *wink*) because Netflix sent me an email Sunday afternoon that it was now available...
YAY!!
So anyway...
popping in quickly with a quickie try at the Make It Monday #181 over at PTI.


Danielle posted a really cool technique this week using something I never imagined using for paper crafting...
toilet tissue!
But it looked fun and I wanted to give it a try and here's my very simple attempt at it...

MIM Paper Casting

I used Tag Sale #4 to cut the tag before stamping...
then I used Peace Be Still for the actual images.

MIM Paper Casting

If you look really close you can see that the dove's eye even came through with this technique which I didn't expect.
I gotta admit I had a little too much fun doing this...
don't laugh but this technique was all the more fun because for just a moment while wetting and cutting and stamping this plain white Charmin that picked up tiny specks of colored cardstock from my cutting plates and merged to create a unique speckled paper...
but for just a brief moment... 
I was able to pretend that I was Clare Abshire DeTamble... 
in my studio merging and molding paper...
while waiting for Henry to return from one of his trips...
wondering if he would return.
And if you have to ask who Clare and Henry are...
you really need to read more.
It's one of my all time favorite books in the whole history of forever...
took my breath away the first time I read it and I couldn't leave it for days after finishing it...
I even have a signed 1st edition, 1st print and it's one of my most prized material possessions...
The Time Traveler's Wife.

And now that you know I really do have a most active imagination...*giggle*
I'll let you get to your day.
Thanks so much for stopping by...
see you next time!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

Hi, everyone!
It'e been a while...
I think this blog should have the word(s) "occasional" or "sporadic" or just plain "when life allows" in the title since I don't seem to make it over here as much as I always think I'm going to.
But a quick catch up...
football season with Robert will soon be over so I'll hopefully be around a tiny bit more just with that alone.
Am still in training for my first race on Thanksgiving morning...
but the last couple of weeks have seen me slipping a bit with that so I'm getting back on track as of Monday. It's just a 5K but right now I'm slower than a herd of turtles and now that weather is starting to cool I'm gonna start running at the track and hopefully shave off about 5 minutes on my time before the actual race.
But the reason I slipped...
hubby had the world's smallest heart attack a couple of weeks ago...
and those are the cardiologist's actual words...
not mine.
He's fine...
and his heart is in excellent shape...
no damage or blockages...
it was all stress related and he's working on relaxing a bit and trying not to stress over every small thing that comes along...
but it definitely caused life to deviate a bit from the norm.

So trying to get life back to more of a "normal" feel...at least for a little bit.
And you may not be aware of this...
ssshhh...
don't tell anyone in case it causes mass hysteria...
but the holiday's are coming!!! *giggle*
I personally get very excited about this time of year...
I LOVE the holiday's...
they are my weakness and I have so many projects I want to do...
some of which I've already started and you'll be seeing at some point...
but I get so excited about the new holiday stamps and dies coming out and I know Christmas is only one a day out of year so how many stamps do I really need?
Apparently...
a lot.
I ordered up a lot of the new goodies from PTI earlier in the week and they arrived yesterday and I couldn't wait to use O'Tannenbaum.
I fell in love with the set from first peek but it was when it was previewed and I saw another tree included in the set that I was completely sunk.
See...
I LOVE this retro tree card I found a while ago...



seriously...
I die over it.
So I used it for inspiration for this...

PTI O'Tannenbaum

I stamped the tree on Soft Stone in Memento Rose Bud and though they're a little hard to see...
the lights and surrounding snow fall/twinkling are stamped in Fresh Snow.  
I added little touches of Copic marker for shading under some of the lights and then stamped the small "burst" image from Shakers+Sprinkles to some of the lights...
also adding some small dots using a white gel pen for extra lights.
The sentiment is from Keep It Simple: Season's Greeting's.
I adhered the small panel onto a slightly larger silver shimmer panel and then adhered it all to a Raspberry Fizz base.
Actually very easy and there will be a quite a few of these mailed this Christmas season.

So hope your weekend is off to a great start...
it's gorgeous weather here and I'm going to be heading outside for a bit of yard work before hubby and the kids take off for the afternoon and leave me to some alone time...
which is going to see me playing with some more new goodies while I marathon Season 3 of Scandal on Netflix.
Till next time!

EDITED 3:20pm: My sweet friend Marybeth told me about the challenge at Festive Friday and I'm gonna link this up over there.  It's a proven fact that my friends have to make me aware of challenges because I have absolutely no clue about what's going on out there in blogland.  Thanks, Marybeth!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

12 Kits of Occasions- August Edition

Good morning!
Can you believe that tomorrow is going to be the first of September?
Where did August go?
My kids have already been in school for a month...
and after a 4 day weekend this holiday weekend...
in another 4 weeks they will on a 2 week fall break...
YIKES!
It's going so fast!
But after a milder than usual summer the heat and humidity finally arrived so I'm hoping to start seeing some cooler temps this coming month.
It's just not right to watch football when you're sweating...
you should be bundled up in sweaters and blankets and drinking hot cocoa.

But since tomorrow is the 1st day of the month that means today is the last and that it's time for 12 Kits of Occasions!
This month Kara was our fabulous hostess...


and is also our wonderful kit photographer!
She always makes the best collage photos of the kits...
I don't know what we would do without her!

This month is about birthday's...
and Kara included bright, cheerful, fun patterned papers...
cool elements...
but you'll have to pop over to the 12 Kits blog HERE to get the full list of supplies...
and you're gonna want to pop over anyway because Kara has a fun giveaway that you may want to find out about!

Now to the cards!
Had a really hectic, bad week so I didn't get to fully play with this kit the way I had planned...
but here's what I have so far...

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And I have so much more to play with in this kit...
which since next month is a "leftovers" month...
I'll have plenty of time!

Now make sure to head over to the 12 Kits Blog HERE to see what all the others were able to come up with using Kara's incredibly fun kit...
and we have a special guest joining us this month...
Alanna from Alanna's Spot in the World so you'll want to pop in and give her a hello...
PLUS you'll want to find out about Kara's giveaway!
Kara, thanks you for such an awesome kit...
I loved it!
And you can see all the creations from all the 12 Kits on our Pinterest board HERE!
And I'll see you again soon!
Till next time!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps DT Release Blog Hop

Hello, Hello!
Well, it's finally here...
Waltzingmouse Stamps release!
YAY!!
And everything is now available in the store HERE!
But just in case you need a little more help deciding what's on your list I'm hopping along with the rest of the DT in our Release Day Blog Hop and you should have arrived here from Karin's blog but if you've gotten lost along the way you can always catch up on Claire's blog HERE.
And remember to leave comments along the way...
someone will win the stamp set of their choice just for doing so!

Up first a little more Happy, Hello, Thanks...

WMS Hello Happy Thanks

I used my favorite color combo for this time of year...
orange and navy...
for this one.
I stamped the sentiment on a piece of soft stone cardstock in SU Night of Navy adhered over a piece of navy cardstock which was then adhered at an angle onto a piece of Basic Grey's Persimmon patterned paper on a soft stone cardstock base.
A thin gold tape line was applied to the sentiment strip just to add a little pop...

WMS Hello Happy Thanks


Next up is a sweet little idea using Boo from Boo and Friends...

WMS BOO and Friends/Peek-a-BOO

look how perfect he fits this tag from Stitched Tags!
And the black band...
it's stamped with the star cluster element from this set as well...

WMS BOO and Friends/Peek-a-Boo

A closer view of one of the treats...
how cute is he?!!

And last...

WMS Tis the Season

I don't think I will ever get tired of the chalkboard look and 'Tis the Season is perfect for this technique.
And course I used my black, red and white color combo again...
this time adding just a touch of green in the form of die cut holly and berries from Festive Foliage stamps and dies.

And that wraps it up for me!
Hope you've had as much fun as I have the last few days...
and now I'm gonna send you on your way to Teresa's blog.
You have until 6pm CT on August 29th to leave comments for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice!
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!
Till next time!

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