Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #92 and Mojo Monday #329

Supplies: cardstock- kraft cards (paper studio), cranberry, twas the night before christmas and vanilla (amuse studio), chocolate chip (stampin' up), ink-cranberry (amuse studio); stamps- making spirits bright (amuse studio),  accessories: EK success punch, scallop die cut (spellbinders), burlap chevron ribbon (paper studio)

I now have my first Christmas card for 2014 completed! Woot! Woot! I've wanted to participate in the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Blog since the beginning of the year, but just haven't had time. This week though, I found the time.  I had to...I love kraft cardstock and I knew just exactly what stamp set I wanted to use.

I also based it off the sketch at Mojo Monday.

Here's a close up of the border punch and how I turned it up just a little so you could tell it is an added extra layer.  Since the notecards are only 4"...I just attached a 1/4" of the pattern twas the night before christmas to the border of the card to give it some more texture and pizzazz. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Case Study #174, Studio Calico Sketch and my Sailor!

 Supplies: cardstock- sugar and orange polkadot(amuse studio); ink- summer sky inkpad (memento), black ink pad(memento), midnight glimmer mist (tattered angels), YG45, R29, Y19 (copic markers), orange (sharpie); stamps- amuse studio; accesories-pearls(amuse studio)

I sponged the summer sky ink onto the sugar cardstock and then just dabbed the midnight mist on.  From there I fussy cut clouds and popped them.  I actually stamped the kite on the sponged cs, then popped up the colored one.   It's a lot more softer in real life.

Here was my inspiration ...
If you have not stopped over to see the Design Team's takes on the muse...it is well worth your while! Love them all! 

 Supplies: pattern paper and cs(studio calico Aug 2012 kit), red cs (coredinations), sugar (amuse studio); saying and black flower: Little Yellow Bicycle stickers; accessories: 2" scallop punch (EK success); red twine (twinery); blue pearls (amuse studio), dazzling diamonds glimmermist (tattered angels).

I found this card sketch over at Studio Calico blog and decided to play along. 

And here's a close up of it.  
If you want to know how I made the flower, you can check out my tutorial here from a few years ago.  I did not ink it.  I only sprayed it with dazzling diamonds glimmermist.

I was MIA the end of last week because I went to my oldest daughter's Navy Boot Camp graduation.  I can not describe to you the aching I had to see her, but yet how proud I was/am of her.  When the garage door opened into the hall and the divisions stood there with their big raincoats, white scarves and all decked out in their uniforms with over 700 sailors standing in that line...tears began to stream down my face.  The tenacity those "kids" had/have is unbelievable.  If you've never been to Chicago...let me just tell you...it's FREEZING there! All it did was snow while we were there.  My body ached for the sun! (And now we're back in PA and we get 5-6" of snow today! GRR!) When her division entered the building, I spotted her right away, but kept on second guessing myself!

Here she is after waiting what seemed like FOREVER to hug her!
 And here she is with her sister.  Love the smiles!!!
Now I will at least get to talk to her on the weekends.  She is staying in Illinois for her ASchool! BRRRR! is all I've got to say!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay warm!


Case Study #173

I loved this card from Donna Mikasa.  
She is the muse over at Case Study Challenge Blog 
Isn't that so cool?!!!
I wanted to try my hand at it.  After several tries (and throw outs).  Please tell me you do that too!?

Here's what I came up with...
Supplies: cardstock- sugar and pebble (amuse studio); ink- burano, fern, sky, bubblegum, currant and papaya (amuse studio) and black (memento) ; stamps- smile (amuse studio); butterfly from Priceless (stampin up!); accessories: washi tape (amuse studio), minibrads (stampin' up)

And a close up...
I REALLY like the colors I chose!
My daughter thought the butterfly I popped up should be the currant color .  I agreed with her and it made sense since there was only one complete butterfly in that color.  But when I tried it, it didn't work.  She even agreed with me! Those minibrads were the death of me trying to get them to stay in a straight line....I finally conceded and let it go!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Tuesday!


Colour Q #223, Retro Sketch #97 and Seize the Birthday Challenges

Do you know how many card challenges are out there? A boatload! I had such a great time putting a bunch of cards together over the weekend.  Now to get them all posted before the due dates.  I am quickly getting the Colour Q #223 card posted tonight. It is due by 12 midnight CST.

Here was the challenge...
I used Retro Sketch #97 too and flipped it.  
This one isn't due until Friday, January 17th at 11:59 pm CST.

And I also chose to make it a birthday card with numbers on it to play along over at Seize the the Birthday Challenge Blog.

 And here is my card...
And a close up of all the embellies...
 Supplies: cardstock-sugar and seattle (amuse studio); ink- burano, fern, cranberry and seattle (amuse studio) and waterbased black marker; stamps-happy everything(stampin up!), chevrons and handscripted (amuse studio); embellishments- sassafras lass, stampin up; recollections; punches-scallop edge stampin' up and mcgill 2 1/4" fancy square.

I certainly won't be sending this card in the mail! This will definitely be a card that I need to hand deliver with all the "stuff" on it!
Thanks for stopping!
Happy Tuesday!

Freshly Made Sketches 118

 Supplies: paper-Jennifer Ellory papers from December 2013 papercraft inspirations magazine, sugar cardstock (amuse studio); embellishments-Jennifer Ellory; stamps- tiny sayings (stampin up!); ink- amuse studio

I picked up this magazine at JoAnn's this weekend and then used the free papers and embellies to make this card.  This was the first time I have ever gotten the magazine.  It is from the United Kingdom.  It was nice.

The card above is based off of the sketch below from Freshly Made Sketches.
A big thanks to Kristine Davidson for cleaning up my blog a little for the new year! She is very talented and such a sweet sweet person! She has given me a remodel twice and then this small little facelift.  Stay tuned this week for the announcement of something special that you might be able to win!!! She also is one of the newest members of the Simple Stories Design Team.   Woot!

Thanks for stopping! Have a great day!


One Song for the New Year

My life has changed tremendously in many facets.  One of the ways that it has changed is I am no longer teaching regular elementary education.  For the past two years, I have been teaching a Life Skills classroom where the kiddos are in grades K-3.  They are so special in so many ways.  They have taught me so many things and I have returned to my younger years as a Mom where we watched Sesame Street and all those furry monsters.  They are all now in my daily life again.  This song happens to be one of all my students favorites and I have to say it is mine too.  I hope it touches you as much as it has touched me.

Remember you are special! 
We have to celebrate our differences and remind ourselves that each one of us is so amazing!
If we believe that...and dream it...we will keep getting stronger!
Wishing you all a fabulous New Year!
Big Hugs!


Retrosketch 95

Ok...so I messed around with this one tonight too over at Retro Sketches.  It is amazing what a sewing machine can do because let me tell you before I stitched around it...I was ready to throw it out!  Again, I am sorry for the poor photo quality, but that's what happens when I am trying to take a picture at night!

 Supplies: cardstock-kraft (paper studio); pattern paper- webster's; fiber-making memories

By the way make sure you go check this out if you haven't already...
Thanks for stopping by! Happy creating!

Case Study 172 and Sketchbook Saturday

This picture at Case Study had me going back and looking at it over and over again.  I started a card and had to scrap it because it looked like you know what?!!!!  I finally decided to break out my gelatos and use the sponge stamp that was in the kit.  This card is growing on me.
Supplies: cardstock- sugar (amuse studio); ink- black (memento), gelatos (faber castell) and stickles (ranger);  stamp- thank you(stampin up!); ribbon- barely banana (stampin up) dry embossing folder- cuttlebug provocraft

Here's a close up:

Here you can see for sure that I added some stickles to give it a little more texture and a little something extra. :)
I am also entering this card in the Sketchbook Saturday 112 challenge.  Chupa's work is amazing! She is so very talented.

Sorry that my photos are not that great.  That's what happens when you wait til the last minute to do a challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketches 117

This sketch is just amazing.  Kudos to Amy over at Freshly Made Sketches!  I think it could be used a lot of different ways. I was so excited when I went to AC Moore and found a bunch of Little Yellow Bicycle's stamp sets for $2.  Then they were marked 40% off.  I had to use it on this card with Studio Calico's Atlantic 6X6 collection.
 Supplies: cardstock (paper studio); pattern paper- Paper Studio (Atlantic); stamps- LYB (Little Boy), Inkadinkadoo; ink- basic black , sage shadow and barely banana (SU!), black (memento), sharpie fine tip marker; accessories- popdots and minibrads(SU!)
Here's a close up of the water coloring I did on the sailboat.  I accented it with the white gel pen.
There's still time to play at Freshly Made Sketches.  You have until Monday!
Thanks for stopping by!