Sunday, September 21, 2014

grow old along with me.

On Friday I had lunch with former co-workers.  I always realize how much I miss them when we get's often quite a span of time in between meetings but we catch up without any hesitations...that's friendship.  As an added bonus to my day, I went shopping afterwards.

There aren't many local crafts stores around here...Yes, I'm a fan of Impress, but really, it's a stamp shop.  There is M's & J's but I don't tend to go there for paper...I go to Ben Franklin!  I'm proud to announce that I basically stayed within my 'allowance' I gave myself.

One of the new collections I picked up was Fancy Pants Designs, True Friend.

I gotta tell you that the color palette and the sweet woodland creatures makes it one FABulous collection.

See those sentiment panels?  They are MAMBI Pocket Pages Journaling Cards {Thanks Kimberly!}.  I carefully sliced & arranged them on my card base.

Since I picked up the True Friend Ephemera package, I actually had quite a number of choices for embellishments but I decided to go with the stacked leaves...I'm going to tuck this away in the airplane for Darin to find:)

I was inspired by

My friend and I have made it a tradition to meet up at the local Farmers Market in September.  Everytime I go, I always wonder why I don't go more often!  We met up yesterday and of course, I thought that same thing.  Only to find out that they have one more Saturday!

Here are a couple pictures I was able to snap, I made the mistake of forgetting my shopping bag so things were shoved in my purse and my hands were full:

mini donuts



Cranberry Romano Shelling Beans
(aren't they cool looking?!)

So much fun, and yes, I hope to go back next Saturday and drag my Momma and boy along!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts: Happy Fall

Post 2 of 2 for me HERE for my So Thankful for You post.

Hello & Happy Saturday!

I'm up on the Chickaniddy Crafts Blog today with a Fall Inspired card!

Here's a peek:

It's a card that I made especially for my girl!  She's living on her own {with 2 roomies!} and starting her 2nd year at the University.  I'm sending it to her along with some goodies!

Here's a card that I made for my boy:

My boy is in his final year of high school.  Sigh, time flies.  

Yes, I do still love the Chalkboard technique.  Isn't the Scrumptious Collection, well, scrumptious?  New in the collection is Die Cut Tags.  The "You Shine" is from that package.  Super fun, eh?

The Fun Times tag is from a sheet of 12x12 called Home Sweet Home.  The tag and the Fun Times are actually separate pieces that I put together.

The brads...yes, those are matte brads, LOVE them to bits!

His Senior Year is filled with tons of homework and activities, definitely a busy guy!  In our household we're Journal-a-holics.  So, when I saw those Eames Journals at the Nordstrom Rack, I had to get one for each of the kids.

There you go...remember to pop over to the Chickaniddy Crafts blog to see the full reveal of my Happy Fall card!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

so thankful for you & publications

post 1 of 2 for HERE for my Chickaniddy Crafts project.

By now, it shouldn't be a surprise that I'm a Stampin' Up Fan {again}.  We have this friendly challenge among a group of us, which includes Katie, Kimberly & Tonya.  This time Katie picked THIS as our challenge.  Here's a quick peek at the color combo:

As I was ooohhh and aaaaahhhing over the terrific colors:

Basic Gray/Pool Party/Calypso Coral/Lucky Limeade

I realized that I didn't have anything that really matched the {gorgeous} Lucky Limeade color.  At a SU Party that I hostessed, No, I'm not a Demo, I picked up a package of the 2013-2015 In Colors so I translated the above combo to:

Basic Gray/Coastal Cabana/Crisp Cantaloupe/Pistachio Pudding

Here's the result:

cardstock:  stampin' up crisp cantaloupe/basic gray/pistachio pudding, pti white, paper accents vellum  stamps:  stampin' up I like you/dotty angles  ink:  zing white, fresh ink black tea/coral and teal re-inker  other:  spellbinders oval die, corner chomper

I've been really enjoying the I Like You set.  One of my go to sets is, Dotty Angles.  Bonus points that it is from their Photopolymer Collection.

The card base is tall and skinny using Crisp Cantaloupe.  One of my all time favorite grays, Basic Gray.

The blooms have been paper pieced with Pistachio Pudding.  I incorporated the Coastal Cabana by using my Fresh Ink Teal reinker and coloring in the centers of the blooms.

How totally awesome that my color match with:

One of the many challenges that I'm inspired by is CASE-ing the Catty.  I'm a huge fan of the Stampin' Up 2014-2015 Catalog and I'm constantly inspired by the projects that they've featured.  Unfortunately, that particular challenge is SUO {Stampin' Up Only}.  One thing I won't convert to is the SU inks.  I have way too many inks as it is, check them out HERE, scroll down to the last photo.

So I challenged myself by using this inspiration:

(pg 153)

So, if you're interested in any Stampin' Up products, reach out to my SU Demo, Tonya.  She's awesome!  I'm happy to say that we are bloggie friends AND IRL {in real life} friends!

If you've made it this far, I truly appreciate your time!  I wanted to finish up my post with a little story.

A couple weeks ago, a bloggie friend reached out to me and asked me to team up with her for the PaperCrafts & Scrapbooking Creative Remix Submission.  I loved the added pressure to 'step up to the plate' since it wasn't just me, it involved another designer.  I'm happy to report that I had 2 projects picked up for the Cards Creations:  Volume 13!  Lesson learned, don't give up ladies...give it a try!  I know that submitting for publication isn't on everyone's 'to do list'.  That's cool...but, if you've been holding back, jump in...with both feet.  Do it if you enjoy it...because if you're creating/designing without the added joy, why are you doing it?

Friday, September 19, 2014

celebrate autumn is my favorite season of the year.

The Pacific Northwest has been having an unusually warm summer.  Definitely not what I signed up for...I love the PNW for the mild weather we typically have.

Anyways, when I design with apples, I always think of Washington State.

cardstock:  pti kraft  other:  impress felt, dcwv felt, srm stickers/fall sentiment, project life americana, paper accents vellum, reverse confetti class act confetti cuts

Harvest of Washington apples begins in mid-August and generally ends in early November. Each year, Washington harvests over 100 million boxes of apples, each weighing about 40 pounds. (source)

The journal card is from Project Life Americana.

The apples have been die cut using Reverse Confetti's apple die (class act) with the felt from Impress and the cork ala DCWV.

The sentiment is by SRM Stickers/Fall Sentiments.

I was inspired by

Don't forget that there is still time to link up to SRM Stickers/September Challenge:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

you are the best

I love color.

How about you?

cardstock:  PTI white, stampin' up crushed curry/pixie pink  stamps:  reverse confetti all about you/so stripey/whole lotta dots  ink:  impress fresh ink charcoal, zing white  other:  lawn fawn journal die, reverse confetti tag me too die

I had fun with a whole lotta Reverse Confetti.

I was inspired by the Reverse Confetti Color Challenge:

Although I would never think to team up these colors, I'm pleased with how this turned out:

pink:  stampin' up pixie pink
gray:  fresh ink charcoal

I'm also linking up to City Crafters Challenge:

stamps:  Reverse Confetti So Stripey

and I was inspired by

...more die cutting on this card so I'm linking up to the current challenge over at Stories of stamps, paper and...

die cuts

dies:  Lawn Fawn Journal & Reverse Confetti Tag me too

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

hippo birdie seattle style!


Blogging late & live!

Wednesday's...I Love Wednesday''s one of my days off. 

I've been up since 3 am cranking out cards...Pssstttt...Neat & Tangled's September Release starts this Monday and um, you're going to LOVE it!!!!

This little card was being quite wouldn't keep rockin' while I attempted to take a photo...

cardstock:  PTI white, misc gray  paper:  crate paper, lawn fawn  stamps:  lawn fawn hippo birdie  ink:  memento tuxedo, various copics  other:  circle dies, lawn fawn hippo birdie dies, impress seattle landscape die

I have Virginia to thank for my shaped card obsession.  

Did you see that I've joined my first international design team:

The girls on the Design Team are so sweet and have made me feel so welcome.  I'm playing along in the current challenge which is to use dies.  I've managed to use:

2 different sized circles
Seattle City Scape die
Hippo die
Birdie die

I'm also linking up to Virginia's View Challenge:

I used 3 different Patterned Paper in my shaped card.

and...last but not least

I used Lawn Fawn's  Hippo Birdie set.  This sweet 'lil duo always makes me smile.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

a yawn is a silent scream for coffee.

I'm a happy girl when I buy new coffee stamps:

cardstock:  paper accents vellum, strathmore watercolor  paper:  pebbles homemade  stamps:  verve coffee/one cup  ink:  staz on black, fresh ink black tea, T's watercolor tray  other: hero arts gold shimmer spray, mme wood dots

Actually, those coffee mugs are from a tea set.

I wish you could see the shimmer from the Hero Arts metallic spray!




I'm playing along with the Diva Dare

3 mugs
3 wood dots

also linking up to

Viva La Verve

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Curtain Call Wishing Well: oh happy day

Post 2 of 2 for me HERE for my International Design Team Announcement.

cardstock:  strathmore  stamps:  whimsy stamps/tea time additions  ink:  memento tuxedo  other:  whimsy stamps/tea time additions die set, we r memory keepers journal card, circle die, studio calico wood veneer, misc acetate

A shaker card!

There's a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:

We have a wonderful new sponsor, Clearly Whimsy Stamps, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Wishing Well!  A randomly selected participant in the Wishing Well challenge will receive $25 store credit to Whimsy Stamps and the LEAD will be invited as Guest Designer of a our next challenge!

I had the pleasure of working with

Here's the interior of my card:

I was inspired by the colors of the card and incorporated the pink & peach colors.  

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Wishing Well Designers

Before you go, I wanted to share the wonderful Happy Mail I received from Lisa Henke:

I was part of the Curtain Call Fall Fun Swap and Lisa got my name!  Here's a tall skinny card that I made with some of the supplies:

Everything is from my Happy Mail except for the sentiment...isn't that an awesome stencil?

Thanks soooo much Lisa!!!!

Stories of Stamps, Paper and...

Post 1 of 2 for me HERE for the new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.


I'm super excited to announce that I've been asked to join 

My first international Design Team!

The designers on this team are wonderful and I hope that you'll join in the monthly challenges!  

The current challenge is to use dies.  The next one will start on October 1st!

I'd love it if you'd leave me some bloggie love on the blog

Sunday, September 14, 2014

keep it real


Keepin' it real

cardstock:  pti white, stampin' up hello honey & bermuda bay  stamps:  stampin' up dotty angles & hello love  ink:  fresh ink pool/harvest  misc:  freckled fawn arrow

So Kimberly challenged Tonya and I to

I really LOVE this color combo.  I substituted coastal cabana with bermuda bay.

I used Stampin' Up

I was inspired by

I did a clean & simple version of the mojo sketch!