Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Camper!

Two posts in one day is soooooo unlike me but I wanted to get this one entered before the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Summer ended!  Plus my boss had requested an anniversary card and I always like to give my "customers" at least two choices:)

I'm really interested to see which card he picks.  I thought this one was especially appropriate as he and his wife just upgraded to the biggest fifth wheel I've ever seen - I'm not joking when I say it's probably similar in square footage to my house!  LOL!

I fell in love with this Impression Obsession stamp as it reminds me of the sweet little camper I first started camping in as a little girl (even the white and aqua color combo!).  You know, back in the dark ages before campers came equipped with flat screen TV's and fireplaces and when the bed you slept on also functioned as the kitchen table:)

I embossed the image then water colored it with a combination of Ranger distress ink and Stampin' Up ink.  I popped up the awning for a little dimension and added some silver brads for hubcaps.  Had to computer generate the sentiment.
Other Supplies Used: Stampin' Up coastal cabana cs and twine, Echo Park dotted pp, Mama Elephant clearly creative cuts dies, My Favorite Things banner die

Thanks for taking a peek and for all your lovely comments!

You Float My Boat:)

The current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Summer!  Here in the Finger Lakes in upstate NY thoughts of summer definitely conjure up images of time spent on or near the water:

Pardon the pun, but I used boatloads of product on this scene:)  The boat, seagulls, sentiment and heart images are from a sweet little Lawn Fawn set called "Float My Boat".  Cloud die is Papertrey ink while the sun die is Impression Obsession.  The waves were die cut from Stampin' Up island indigo cs using a wave die from The Stamps of Life Sandal die set.  I can't overstate how much I love my new Mama Elephant stitched and scalloped rectangle dies that are part of the Index Cards - Creative Cuts die set!  I was able to score them on a recent trip to my favie independent stamping store in Buffalo, NY called Buffalo Stamps And Stuff :)  
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey ink white cs, Stampin' Up pool party, soft suede and so saffron cs and island indigo pp, Cuttlebug Hugs & Kisses embossing folder, My Favorite Things banner die

Love when a card turns out just like I envisioned it:)  Got an idea for another summer-related scene - gonna try to get it done today before the challenge closes!  I hope everyone's enjoying these last days of summer - here's a pic of a favorite way my hubby and I like to enjoy a warm summer sunset:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Do You Believe in Magic?

Happy Sunday!  Managed to squeeze some crafty time in and was inspired to play along with the current CASology challenge #108:

We've had some cooler temps the past few days and my thoughts are turning towards Fall and its associated holidays.  I definitely associate magic with Halloween icons and pulled out a Stampin' Up set called Googly Ghouls to create my card:

My talented blogging buddy Greta had recently sent me some Papertrey ink die cuts (Thanks again Greta!) and they were sitting on my desk - in a flash I knew how I wanted to design my card:)  Greta had cut the dies from white cs so I simply used a brayer and some black ink to color the frame.  Because this is a CAS challenge I resisted popping up this layer on the card base, using googly eyes (put glossy accents on the ghouls' eyes instead!) and using sequins (I used recessed die cut stars).  I also added texture to the card base by embossing a Mama Elephant stitched rectangle. 
Other Supplies Used:  sentiment (Hero Arts), baker's twine (Doodlebug Designs), star die (Impression Obsession), white cs (Papertrey ink)

Thanks for the kind comments!  I'm woefully behind on visiting everyone's blogs and hope to remedy that this week:)

Friday, August 8, 2014

SSS: Make it Sparkle!

I was so happy to see that one of my blogging buddies Joy was last week's challenge winner at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!  This week's challenge is Make it Sparkle!  I'm sharing another card I made using the kit materials from a recent Stampin' Up workshop I attended:

Instead of making a pocket to hold a gift card, etc. per the workshop instructions I decided to make a birthday card instead.  I don't think I would have thought to put these two colors together (rich razzleberry and soft sky) but this combination is really growing on me!  The sentiment is from the new SU set called Age Awareness and the fun, dotty pp is from the Sweet Taffy collection. Some scored lines were made on the bottom strip of SU rich razzleberry cs using a Martha Stewart score board.  And I added some sparkle with the addition of the banner die cut from SU silver glimmer paper and the silver sequins.
Other Supplies Used:  SU rich razzleberry ink, SU soft sky pp and cs, Martha Stewart score board, sequins and bakers twine from stash

Have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Simon Says Stamp (Already!)

Ack!  I can't believe it's the first week of August already AND that it's been a month since I last posted!  I hope everyone's been enjoying their summer - and their stamps!  LOL!  I noticed the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is "Anything Goes" and decided it would be a good opportunity to share a few cards I made at a recent Stampin' Up workshop.  At the workshop we used one of the new designer series papers called Sweet Taffy- love the color combinations in this collection!

One of the projects was a birthday gift bag and since I have more of a need for birthday cards I took the kit materials home and used them to "CASE" this fun card from Betsy Veldman.  And here is my card:

Supplies Used:  SU stamp set Big News (sentiment) and Dotty Angles border stamp, SU Sweet Taffy dsp and melon mambo, tempting turquoise and daffodil delight cs, SU daffodil delight, old olive and tempting turquoise ink, SU daffodil delight seam binding ribbon, SU flower punch, Papertrey Ink Ruby Rose stamps and dies, Doodlebug baker's twine, WR Memory Keepers corner rounder, Eyelet Outlet white enamel dot, Making Memories white eyelet, Martha Stewart border punch

I closely followed the workshop design for the next birthday card adding a panel of SU textured Bermuda Bay cs behind the dsp and stamped panels for more contrast and a googly eye:)

Supplies Used:  SU Zoo Babies and Just Sayin' stamps sets, SU Word Bubbles Framelits Dies, SU whisper white, pumpkin pie, bermuda bay and smoky slate ink and cs, Sweet Taffy dsp, SU smoky slate chevron ribbon

Thanks ever so much for your encouraging comments!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Post 4th of July Blues!

I've been feeling a little blue since the big 4th of July week/weekend has ended.  This year the holiday was more special than usual as I got to share it with old friends and newer family members:)  More on that below but first a card share inspired by the current challenge at Virginia's View:

At a recent Stampin' Up open house I attended I started making one of the workshop cards and then decided to finish it up at home to put my own spin on it:

The flower from the Stampin' Up hostess set Bloom with Hope was stamped in one of their new In Colors called blackberry bliss on whisper white cs.  Using a blender pen I colored in the flower petals with rich razzleberry and the flower centers with crushed curry. The love die (also from Stampin' Up) was die cut in both blackberry bliss cs and gold foil - I like adding a cs "shadow" to thinner die cut words.  I also like combining die cut and stamped words to create sentiments.  The stamped "you" is from a Hero Arts set called Big Ticket.  
Other Supplies Used:  Stampin' Up vellum and crushed curry cs, JoAnn's gold sequins

And now a couple of pics from my holiday week:)
That's me on the left with my bestie from high school Sarah - she lives in Tennessee and we hadn't seen each other in 5 years!  She was staying with her brother who owns Indian Creek farm in Ithaca, NY (which you should totally check out if you're ever in the area!).  There's something so special about friends who you can just pick right up with:)  Sarah is such a talented writer and I love reading her blog - I always come away feeling inspired to create and to explore my own surroundings.  

And Sarah didn't brave that loooong drive from Tennessee alone! She brought her sweet daughter Laurel (that's Laurel on the left) along with 3 of Laurel's friends:
Loved meeting them - they were all so smart and funny!  Just the kind of friends you would have wanted to hang out with in high school:)

I also had a reunion with my cruisin' buddies:
There's already talk about a repeat Caribbean cruise vacation this November:)

And last - but certainly not least! - it was all about the newest members to the family at our picnic! Here's Hadleigh checking out great grandma!  Looking quite adorable in the outfit her great aunt Robin got her (we all know I'm a sucker for polka dots!). 
And here's the cousins meeting for the first time:)  And although they are ignoring both each other and the camera I love that Jackson voluntarily reached out to touch his cousin Hadleigh's knee:)
And I especially love this pic of great grandma with the moms and the babies:)  I honestly don't know how professional photographers do it!  I took a gazillion shots of this and in none of them was everyone looking at the camera - *sigh*!
And finally I think this photo speaks to how all of us felt when the day was done - LOL!:

Hope everyone is having a great week!  I'm looking forward to getting caught up on blogs and getting some crafty time in!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hello (Again!)

Hello (Again!) - Yep, I'm sharing yet another card made with my new The Stamps of Life Hello Die!

This time I've also used the hello shadow die.  Last month I went to a Stampin' Up workshop where we got to play with these cute hexie images from the Six-Sided Sampler set - I especially love the gingham one:)  The cs, ink, chevron embossing folder and candy dots are also from Stampin' Up.  The arrow images that I stamped using versamark ink are from Close to My Heart's Artiste Collection Word Balloons.  This isn't my usual style but I do like how it all came together.

And of course I'm popping this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes!  I've challenged myself to enter the limit of 5 cards:)  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Seize the Sketch #23

Happy Weekend!  My day has gone nothing as planned due to a minor household disaster so I decided I may as well share another card I made:)  Last Friday my stampin' sis and I attended a Stampin' Up new catalog release party and got to play with some of the new products:

After stamping this sweet flower duo from the Bloom with Hope hostess set I colored the blooms with the new Stampin' Up alcohol markers (rich razzleberry assortment) and the stems with the old olive assortment.  I was pleased with the result and my only complaint was I thought the ink colors were a bit darker than the colors represented by the marker caps.  Each marker has a fine point option which is great for those smaller areas.

I decided to use the current sketch at Seize the Sketch to make my completed flowers into a "hello" card:

Can you tell I love my The Stamps of Life hello die - I think I've used it on every card I've made this month:)  It was cut from another one of Stampin' Up's new in colors called Tangelo Twist. The butterfly is from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps Majestic Monarchs set and was colored with Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie ink and a blender pen.  This stamp set has several different sized monarchs with matching dies - I can tell already it will get as much use as my beloved Hero Arts Antique Engravings set.
Other Supplies Used:  Stampin' Up whisper white cs and rich razzleberry pp, Carta Bella Merry & Bright pp (grass), Our Daily Bread fence die, Spellbinder oval die

And since the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes I'm popping this into their pool!  Hope your day is going better than mine:)  Thanks for the kind comments!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hello Honey!

At the recent stamping convention I attended in Syracuse, NY I spent a looooong time in the Impression Obsession booth and took many pics of the card samples.  Because of one of the samples I fell in love with their wheat dies and ended up coming home with them -along with several others:)  The card I made is a total CASE of that sample and I searched the IO Design team blogs so I could give the appropriate credit - turns out this particular sample was made by Jenny Gropp and you can find her card here.

And here's my card:

I'm lovin' this combination of Stampin' Up's new In Colors Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss.  I think their Sahara Sand makes a great neutral with this combo.  The pp is from their Moonlight dsp collection - I've used so much of this stack already I'm probably going to order another one!  
Other Supplies Used:  The Stamps of Life Hello die, Cricut Artiste cart (frame die), Stampin' Up Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon

I'm going to pop this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.  I'll be catching up on everyone's blogs this weekend - looking forward to seeing whatcha been up to:)  Thank you for your feedback!!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Oh Happy Day!

Yes, it's a happy day when I can find time to post! With summer in full swing I'm still squeezing in cardmaking in between all the outdoor activities I love to do but I don't always have the time to document my craftiness!   Love that the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes gives me the opportunity to share a card I made with some new "stuff":

I used some of the new Stampin' Up In Color cs (Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey) along with some of the new dsp collection called Moonlight to create this birthday card for one of my besties:)  The sun, cloud and sentiment are from a Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set called (so appropriately!) Happy Happy.  I was introduced to Sweet 'n Sassy stamps at a recent stamp convention I attended in Syracuse, NY.  I picked up a couple of their stamp sets along with the matching dies and am very pleased with the quality and by the fact they are made in the USA.  Impression Obsession had a booth at the same convention and I picked up a set of 4 different eyeglass dies - used one of them to make some cool shades for the sun:)
Other Supplies Used:  Stampin' Up word bubble die and smoky slate cs, Papertrey ink white cs, Impression Obsession star die

I hope everyone's been having a great week!  Thanks for taking the time to give me some feedback- I truly appreciate it!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

hello, hello!

It's been a rainy week here in upstate NY and I spent the whole day yesterday making cards in my sweats:)  I was able to get my hands on some of  Stampin' Up's new In Color cardstock and patterned paper.  At first I wasn't so sure I even liked the new colors but the more I see them combined the more they are growing on me:

 When I saw this stamp set from The Stamps of Life (with matching dies) called "phone4you" and hello die I just "had" to have them!  Brought back memories of being tethered to the end of a phone cord and sitting cross legged on the floor of our kitchen while talking to every one of my friends I had just spent the whole school day with:)  My dad would set the timer on the kitchen stove and when it went off I had to hang up the phone for at least 2 minutes in case someone had been trying to call!  And do any of you remember party lines????  My mom's best friend had one at her lake cottage and I loved stealthily lifting the receiver of the phone so I could listen in on someone else's phone conversation - that is until my mom would catch me in the act:)  Ahhhhh, the good ole days!!

I stamped the phone on and die cut the hello from Stampin' Up's new Hello Honey cs (how perfect is that?!).  The card base and hello shadow are their new color called Blackberry Bliss.  And the patterned paper is from their new paper stack called Moonlight.  The Stamps of Life phone4you set contains some really fun sentiments and I placed them all on an acrylic block and stamped them in SU Smoky Slate ink on a circle die cut from the same color cs.
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey Ink white cs, Eyelet Outlet black enamel dot, Spellbinder circle die

I'm entering this in the current Seize the Sketch challenge (The die cut hello's representing the line across the entire card front and the circle standing in for the rectangle behind the shape):

Have a great weekend and thanks for all the positive feedback!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Make It Monday on Tuesday!

I've noticed several of my blogging buddies sometimes play along with the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenges and I decided to give the current Challenge #168: Baby Wipe Stamping a try:

I used the PTI Delightful Dahlia Additions set with matching dies along with some Stampin' Up reinkers (real red, pumpkin pie and summer sun for the flowers and glorious green and green galore for the leaves).  Lovin' the tie dye effect!  Decided to try making a "nest" of gold elastic cord behind my focal point as I've seen so many others do (after all, this is Robin's Stamping Nest!)
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey ink white cs and sentiment, Echo Park dotty pp, Stampin' Up banner die cut, gold stars, gold elastic cord and real red ink, Spellbinder square die, button from stash

Thought I'd share a pic of what inspired me to use this particular color combination on my card:

I've had this grouping of flower pots forever and this year I decided to spray paint them bright yellow and fill them up with red, orange and yellow flowers - so cheery!  They make me smile every time I sit out on our patio:)

I'm also popping this into the current Seize the Sketch challenge :

I hope your week is shaping up to be a good one!  Thanks for all the feedback!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What's Cooking?

It rained a little bit today so I headed into my craft room to play along with the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.  I don't own anything from the featured companies (Newton's Nook and Lil' Inker Designs) so I had to make do and use some more new goodies I acquired at the Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway in Syracuse, NY I attended this past weekend:

I've been eyeing this cute stove image by Toomuchfun Rubberstamps for a few years now and when I saw they now offer it as a cling mount I couldn't resist:)  I embossed it twice on Stampin' Up pool party cs and again on silver cs.  I used foam tape to adhere the oven front so I could cut out the oven door window and line it with an acetate scrap.  The little pie image in the oven (that I had to cut down slightly) is from a Papertrey ink set "My Punny Valentine".  I don't normally purchase such bulky embellies anymore but I picked up a packet of these sugar and flour buttons from the same vendor as they are the same scale as the stove.  
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey ink white cs, Stampin' Up calypso coral cs, vellum and pp, My Mind's Eye woodgrain pp, Eyelet Outlet black enamel dots, Hero Arts soft brown shadow ink, WPlus 9 heart die, computer generated sentiment

Between the Syracuse show and the one in Buffalo I attended two weeks ago I have enough new product to keep me busy for the next decade- LOL!  I'm so excited over the cute stuff I picked up from new (to me) companies like The Stamps of Life and Sweet & Sassy Stamps that I have a hard time just picking one idea and executing it!  I know, I know - if that's the worst of my problems:)

Thanks for all the lovely comment and Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 26, 2014


Happy Memorial Day to all my blogging buddies in the US and Happy Monday to everybody!  When I saw Simon Says Vacation/Travel for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge I was soooooo excited to break out some new stamps and play along:

My Stampin' Sista and I made the almost 2 hour drive to attend the Creative Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention in Buffalo, NY 2 Fridays ago and are we ever glad we did!!!  While neither of us are scrapbookers we were introduced to Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life and fell in love:)  If you check out the link you'll see that the stamp set (with matching dies!) I used on this card (flipflops2stamp) happens to be the stamp of the month!  I love that you can customize the flip flops and I chose to use some little resin flowers from Stampin' Up to fancy mine up a bit.  The sentiment, little starfish and waves are part of this set while the fish is from a Paper Smooches set.  I also picked up the fun pp at the convention - it's the Echo Park Here & Now collection.  I've had the sand pp in my stash forever and I was happy to have a use for it:)
Other Materials Used:  Papertrey ink white cs, Cricut Doodlecharms cart (sun die cut), Stampin' Up pool party and midnight muse cs, Staedtler flexible ruler, Mementos soft sand ink

Thanks for all the lovely feedback!  I look forward to catching up on everyone's blogs this week!  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Case of CASEing Two Lin/Lynn's!

Yesterday I needed to make and get a birthday card out in the mail to one of our nieces who lives in S.C.  AND, my mother-in-law asked if I could also make one for her as this particular niece is also her granddaughter:)  Hmmmmmm, what to do when you need not one, but two cards for the same person and your mojo is slowjo......

You CASE it!!  Ironically, I ended up unintentionally CASEing two different Lin/Lynn's:) I saw this beautiful card here on Lynn Put's blog using Papertrey ink's set Ruby Rose and it inspired me to create this:

I changed up the colors to Stampin' Up's coastal cabana and baked brown sugar (for the sentiment) and Hero Art's butter bar and green hills.  Couldn't resist adding the Recollections enamel dots and Darice sequins.  I really love how fresh and pretty this color combo is!
Other Supplies Used:  Stampin' Up's stylish stripes embossing folder, coastal cabana cs and pp and sentiment; Papertrey ink white cs and flourish (from The Sweet Life set), MFT banner dies, Hero Arts sunshine cs 

I absolutely ADORED both cards in Lin's post here and knew I had to give this pie chart technique a go:

I used the die that coordinates with Papertrey Ink's set Hello Sunshine to die cut my pie chart triangles from Amy Tangerine's fun Sketchbook pp collection.  The negative flower panel was die cut with Spellbinder Blossom Two.  I thought the quirky font of this sentiment from Paper Smooches Pretty Phrases set was perfect:)
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey Ink white cs, button from stash, Stampin' Up white twine

Speaking of celebrating!  Just had to share a pic of the Mega Margaritas our local Mexican restaurant served to our group last night in honor of Cinco de Mayo:

Hopefully it's "kosher" to enter my second card only in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes!

Thanks to both the Lin/Lynn's for their awesome inspiration!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dynamic Duos Last Challenge

Made me sad to learn the Dynamic Duos challenge is closing. While I didn't play along every week it sure filled a void when the Play Date Cafe challenge ended last year.  I wasn't even sure I'd have time to play along with their last challenge:
but today I completed a card I had started at a recent Stampin' Up workshop:

All supplies are Stampin' Up except:  silver pearls (Queen & Co), enamel dot (Recollections), scalloped oval die (Spellbinders)

Thanks to the DD's challenge administrators, DT members and participants for providing such awesome inspiration!!!  It was a great ride:)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Just a quick post today to wish everyone a blessed Easter Sunday! And to share one last Easter card:

I based this on the current sketch at the Seize the Sketch challenge #18 :

And since it features a couple of animals I'm going to pop it into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Animal Antics.

Supplies Used:  Papertrey Ink white cs and Hippity Hoppity set (bunny, chick and sentiment) and matching dies, Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight cs and word bubble die, Hero Arts cloud bg, Kiss From the Sun set (sun) and soft pool shadow ink, Echo Park Dots & Stripes pp, Googly eyes, black gem, pom pom and ruched cloth trim from my stash, copic markers, Spellbinder rectangle Nestie

Not sure I'm done playing with all the cute new bunny stuff I acquired this year so you may see them pop up in some of my springtime creations:)

Thank you for taking the time to peep - Oops, I mean peek!  I guess I've got Peeps marshmallow treats on the brain:)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hoppy Friday!

Hoppy Friday!  Yep - I've got a bunny card to share:)  I based my springtime scene on the current Seize the Sketch challenge sketch:

I think this may be the most dies I've ever used on one card!

The sentiment (from Hero Arts) is the only lick of stamping I did!  Supplies Used:  Papertrey Ink white cs and cloud die, Stampin' Up island indigo, pool party, calypso coral and lucky limeade cs and soft suede and lucky limeade markers, Superior Memories Unicorn pigment ink, Hero Arts latte chalk ink, Memory box tree and flower dies, MFT grass and banner dies, Impression Obsession bunny and bird dies, Martha Stewart fence punch, Spellbinder circle die, American Crafts burlap specialty paper, Carta Bella Merry & Bright pp, Hampton Art black gems(bunny eyes)

Phew!  That's quite a supply list but this was fun to put together and I know my mother-in-law is going to love it:)

Since I used a couple of animals on my card I'm also going to pop this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Animal Antics.

Have to share a recent pic of my great nephew Jackson:

Such a trendy little guy! I giggle every time I look at it:)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I Fought the Stencil...

and the stencil won!  Yep -thanks to the current Virginia's View challenge I have officially jumped on the stencil bandwagon!

I have to admit for some reason I've been a little intimidated by stencils.  So many of the stencil creations out there are so cool and "artsy" - two adjectives I would never use to describe my own work:)  When I went through my supplies I came across an old Stencilability brass stencil called Happy Bunny (you know, the kind we all used back in the dark ages with our light tables and a stylus!) and thought to myself, "Hey!  I got this!":

I used Superior Memories Unicorn white pigment ink to sponge his body and Ranger spiced marmalade and peeled paint distress inks for the carrot.  Decided his ears needed a little color so I added a little bit of Ranger worn lipstick.  The background was created using Hero Arts CG139 Cling Dots.  The sentiment is also Hero Arts(don't know the product #) and I thought it went perfectly with this happy bunny!
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey ink white cs, Stampin' Up melon mambo and crumb cake cs, WPlus 9 banner die, Cricut George and Basic Shapes cart (die cut tag), Martha Stewart baker's twine, ribbon and pom pom from stash

Since I used Sketch #2 and some Hero Arts products I'm going to enter it in their current challenge:

And since I used an animal why not enter it in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Animal Antics!

Have a great day and thanks for all the constructive comments!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let It Snow.....NOT!

Ole Mother Nature has decided to take two steps back:(  Here in upstate NY there is snow on the ground and the temps are below freezing....Whaaaaaaattttt????!!!!  Just two days ago it was in the low 70's and the hubster and I were tooling along our beloved trail on our bikes....*sigh*.....  

Anyhoo, have you seen the new challenge on the Hero Arts blog????  They're gettin' sketchy this time around: 

I'm scrambling to finish up Easter cards this week so I pulled out an oldie (but goodie!) Hero Arts flower stamp and used Sketch #3:

I also used the colors from the current Dynamic Duos color challenge (with soft suede as a neutral):

Supplies Used:  Hero Arts Blossom Art (CL495) and sentiment and latte chalk ink, Stampin' Up wisteria wonder, so saffron and soft suede cs and wisteria wonder pp,  Papertrey ink white cs, Memory Box Tessatina Border die, MFT banner dies, Darice sequins

I also used some new burlap specialty paper from American Crafts I found at JoAnn's (with a coupon!) to die cut one of the banners- I'm really pleased with how cleanly this cut!

Thanks for your lovely comments!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bunny Chop Shop

Happy Friday!
I was so glad to see the current challenge theme at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog:
Happy Easter and/or Sweet Treats

as it gave me the perfect excuse to show you the bunny treat boxes I've been spending all my crafty time on and the reason the hubster has nicknamed my craft room "The Bunny Chop Shop":)  Here's a pic of some of them nestled in a basket:

I had a ball pulling out different 6 x 6 patterned paper pads to color coordinate the ears and eggs!  Here's some brown bunnies made with Doodlebug Designs Sweetheart pp collection:

And aren't these gray bunnies made with some papers from the Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection adorable?

Here's a duo of more gray bunnies using American Crafts Neopolitan and Echo Park Dots & Stripes pp:

And last, but not least, here's a trio of white bunnies using some REALLY old pp in my stash (from the days when I used to buy reams and reams of 12 x 12 sheets!):

I just realized I should have also taken pics of their backsides as I was able to color coordinate their pom pom tails with some colorful ones I found at the Dollar Tree:) 
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey ink Bunny Bag die and White cs,  Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate and Baked Brown Sugar cs, Darice white pipe cleaners, MFT pink felt, Michael's googly eyes, Velcro 5/8 in clear coins, Zig 05 pure black pen and LOTS of SU Sticky Strip adhesive

Kind of time consuming but fun to put together and even more fun to see the reactions from the family, friends and co-workers I've been handing them out to - especially when they discover they're filled with Easter candy:)

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!  Finally feels like spring has sprung here in upstate NY!!  I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's blogs to see how you've all been getting your spring on!