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Winnie & Walter Love

Happy Sunday!
I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend so far!

I wanted to stop in real quick and share a few cards that I've been working on.  If I haven't mentioned it before, I love my Winnie & Walter stamps!  Unfortunately right now I only have 1 set...but I'm dying to get my hands on more as soon as I can afford them.  But even with just one set, there are always fun new designs to make with them!

For this first card, I followed the colors and sketch that Winnie & Walter have for their Playdate #3.  I was a little intimidated to be honest.  The colors are quite different than my normal palette..but I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone and give it a shot!  Believe me...a lot of attempts went into the trash before this one stuck!
I couldn't be happier with this card!  As I mentioned, the colors for the playdate are so much different than anything I'd ever put together, but I really wanted to try.  I had this awesome patterned paper in my stash forever...the other side is covered in some gorgeous butterflies, which is usually the side I use...but this backside pattern offered up some fun ideas and I thought it would work great for this card.

Something else new and exciting for me to try was using embossing paste on only part of a stencil!  I mixed the embossing paste with some purple ink and swiped it over the Distress Grid stencil from Memory Box.  It was really really (really...) hard not to just cover the whole thing, or fill in all the little squares around the edge...I like things neat so leaving the edges messy was tough!  But I did it...and I love it!

The "Love" sentiment (from The Big, The Bold & The Happy) was a left over from a previous card attempt that I thought would work perfect on this card.  I wrapped some sparkly white thread around the card and added some wood veneer hearts that I had covered in white paint, dipped in glitter, and then coated with glossy accents.  They are so awesome and sparkly!!

Of course, since I construct my cards on the fly, I assembled everything and then decided on where to add my sentiment...which resulted in some uneven stamping...but that's okay.  It still looks awesome!  The last touch was a few enamel dots.  I layered this panel onto a patterned piece of coordinating purple paper that's been covered with a piece of vellum to help tone down the color.  Otherwise the papers just clashed too much.

I'm so in love with this card!  It's totally different for me, but so awesome!  I hope you love it too!

I'd also like to enter this card into the Creative Fingers challenge #46-Texture.

My next card is for the Winnie & Walter Share the Love Day 1 to use a rainbow palette.  Well...rainbow colors are another thing I'm obsessed with right now.  It just works for everything and I had a ton of fun making this card!
I started by adding my distress inks to a piece of watercolor paper and misting them a little to get the colors to mix.  Then I placed a stripe stencil that I created with my Silhouette over top and weighed it down with a few bottles.  Unfortunately those weights seem to have caused the water underneath to pool a bit in those areas...but overall it turned out super cool!  I love how the stripes are a bit bolder and helped bleed the colors together a bit more!

For the sentiment circle, I used the large Hello from the Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy set.  The "miss you" is from a stamp in the Mama Elephant In My Heart set, and the dotted border is from the Simon Says Music to My Ears set.  I embossed all of those with black embossing powder on a piece of vellum because I really wanted the background to still show through.

But I wanted some dimension on that panel.  Let me tell you...trying to affix itty bitty pieces of dimensional adhesive behind those letters was not easy!  But I did it, and it looks totally awesome!

I surrounded that whole panel with some fun color matching sequins and added little tiny gems to the centers for some extra sparkle.  Love it!!

I'd like to enter this card into the AAA Cards Watercolor challenge as well.


I hope you made it through all that!  Quite a long post today...but I couldn't resist sharing these cards! :)

Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!!  Thanks for stopping by! <3

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My Lucky Stars - Sweet Babies Sami Stamps Release

It's Friday!  Yay!!  Anyone else as excited as me to finally have the weekend here?

Well before we get to the weekend, we need to check out the new release at Sami Stamps!!  This release is oh-so-precious, you are not going to want to miss it!
Check out this Sweet Boy image!  He's so cute!
To be honest, I loved him so much but struggled to find a good card design to go with him.  Once again, turned to my wonderful husband and he rattled off some ideas...and the starry night theme stuck!

My first card was a disaster...the colors didn't work, the details were all wrong...I was so bummed out by it.  But hubby to the rescue, he talked me through some other ideas and color schemes and helped me produce this adorable little card!

I totally love it!  The black with the light blue, the bright shiny moon in the sky, the sweet little boy staring out the window.  It's just so precious to me.  So glad that Matthew helped me work this card out!  Thanks babe :)

The sentiment is one that I have just fallen in love with using.  It's from the Hero Arts Shoot for the Moon set.  The perfect sentiment in my opinion!

Be sure to swing by Sami Stamps to see the rest of this adorable release!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    The Corrosive Challenge #206-"B" Unique (Black, Blue, Boy, Button)
    Fab n Funky #226-For the Kids
    Loves Rubberstamps #118-2 or More Patterned Papers
    Retro Sketches #129

Thanks for visiting! <3

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You're Amazing

Hey Everyone!
I'm running a bit late with my Meljen's Designs challenge post...sorry about that.  This week has not been so great and my motivation/scheduling to get stuff done has been off kilter...but I'm trying to pick it back up :)

We have a super awesome sketch for you this week!  I love working from sketches.  That is the first place I turn to when looking for a card design idea.  Seems if I don't follow a sketch, all my cards end up looking the same :)
Yes, more sunflowers :)  They're just so bright and cheery and I really need that right now.  So I couldn't help myself, I had to use this awesome Sunflower Buggies image from Meljen's Designs.  It's an image that has been screaming to be used for so long and I kept putting it off for other images.  But not this time!

I printed it off 3 times, colored it all up with my ShinHan markers and then did some layering on the sunflower for some fun dimension.

With the last sunflower card that I made last week, while trying to find some background paper, I found that I loved the honeycomb pattern, but it didn't fit very well with that card.  So it was the first paper I grabbed for this card!  Extra bonus that there are some sweet bees in the image :)

For the fun button and bow, I strung my twine through the button, looped it in the back and then coated the tails with some matte medium adhesive and wrapped them around a pencil to get the awesome curls.  Saw that on a Shari Carroll card awhile ago and have been dying to give it a try :)  I added touches of glitter brush all around the image, and that was it!

Hope you will stop by to play with our awesome sketch this week!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Chocolate, Coffee, Cards #72-Bingo (Yellow, String, Blue)
    Creative Inspirations #278-Flower Power
    Delightful Challenges-Layer It
    Let's Craft and Create #96-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! <3

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You Are My Happy

Hey everyone!
Happy Tuesday!

We have a fun new Anything Goes challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown!  And we have an amazing sponsor - Freckled Fawn!!  They were so incredibly generous to send our design team a little goodie bag of materials to use on our cards!  This was so much fun!
So this card is actually my second attempt to make something.  The first one I had done weeks ago, but it just wasn't working for me...so I decided to try again.

I just love the little patterned acetate sheets they sent us!  And I discovered that those cute sheets have a protective film over them...learned that with the first card (cuz you know...I sewed the panels down and then realized there was the protective film..oops :) )  I made sure to remove it for this card before adhering the sweet heart panels to their frames :)

The Daylily image is from DigiStamps4Joy, which I have used my watercolor paints on.  The colors turned out a bit darker than I wanted...mostly because the printer ink bled pretty bad with the water...but overall I think it still turned out gorgeous.

For the sentiments, I used part of a stamp from Mama Elephants In My Heart set, and the big Happy is from Winnie & Walters The Big The Bold & The Happy, which I embossed with some sparkly embossing powder.

A few simple rhinestones in the corner and the card was done!
My plan was to follow the sketch at Seize the Sketch this week...I veered a little...but hopefully you can still tell where I got the inspiration from :)
 
Thanks for visiting!! <3
 
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More Than All The Stars

Hey!
Hope everyone's weekend is going fabulously!
Stopping in to share another super sweet card with you.  I've been promising to share some projects featuring some of the other birthday gifts my amazing husband bought me.  Well, today I am finally doing that!

See, I have this thing where I really really love animals.  Lately they seem to be about the only thing I want to put on my cards...next to flowers.  So for my birthday, Matthew decided to buy me a super cute set from Simon Says Stamp that I haven't been able to put down.
I adore this sweet little puppy from the You Are Pawesome set!  He's so cute and so easy to put on any card I'm making!  I decided to try flipping him for this card, which ended up working out pretty well.  To do that, I inked up the stamp and then stamped it on the backside of a larger stamp so the ink transferred.  Then all I needed to do was line up the outline with the coordinating die cut shape and it was done!  I ended up tracing around the whole image to crisp up the lines, but it worked so well I know I will be doing that more often!

I have loved making little scenes for my cards lately too.  So I pulled out a cute little star stencil I made with my Silhouette and used some embossing paste to give it dimension.  There is a bit of sparkle gold pigment powder mixed into the embossing paste and in person you can really see the soft subtle shimmer it gives to the stars.

Then I used my Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies to make the bushy background and hills for my pups to sit on.

The last part I added was the sentiment from the Hero Arts Shoot for the Moon set.  I divided it up since the whole thing wouldn't fit in the banner die cut I wanted to use.  So I stamped the I Love You separately and cut it out with the Landscape Trio as well.  Both sentiments are embossed in gold and the second half of the sentiment is cut out with a Spellbinders banner die.

Totally adorable, I just love this fun stamp set and how sweet this pup is!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards #17-Stencils

    The Crazy Challenge #178-Cute Little Animals
    Fussy and Fancy #121-Pets or Favorite Animal
    Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop







Thanks for stopping by!

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Shimmering Sunflowers

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to swing in quick to share a super cute card that I adored making!
As you know, I'm addicted to my watercolors right now.  Can't put them down...and I've been trying to find the right combo to use with the sunflowers in the Our Friendship Grows set from Lawn Fawn.
Well, I think I nailed it pretty well with this card!
Some people use coloring as a way to relax...for me it's painting.  I just love to paint and watch the colors move and blend together.  It's just peaceful for me.

So when this card design popped into my head, I took my time with it.  Spent the afternoon painting in the flowers and getting the colors just right.  I love it so much!  Sunflowers are my favorite flower and I have been using this stamp set so much lately because it just makes me smile.

I really wanted the sunflowers to pop off the page so I painted in the background black, but mixed it with some shimmer as well so that it wasn't just a flat black around the flowers.  It looks so awesome!  Really hard to catch it in the picture, but the shimmer is just gorgeous!  And I love the white embossed border of the flowers.  Not only did it help me stay in the lines, but it helps pop those flowers up even more.

The whole card design was kept pretty simple.  I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling die to cut out the sunflower panel, but stretched it a bit so that it was bigger than just the 3x4 size.  I've really loved doing that, and it's super easy with this die.

For the sentiment, I used a banner from a Spellbinders set and stamped a simple greeting on it.  I wanted to do a thank you greeting, but none of my stamps were big enough to fit well inside the die cut.  So I used this one from the Simon Says Flower Friend set.

I added some liquid pearls to the little dots in the centers of the flowers and that was it!  Simple card with a very detailed image that I just absolutely adore!  I will definitely be making more of this card!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Case This Sketch #89
    Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop
 
     The Cat's Pajamas #273-Photo Inspiration

Thanks for stopping by!  <3
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Wow! - My 400th Post!

I can't believe that I'm already at 400 blog posts!  That's a lot of cards! Lol :)
Thank you so much to all of you that have made these last few years of blogging so wonderful!  I love and appreciate your super sweet comments, and that you take a little time out of your day to visit my small blog.  You mean the world to me!!

So you've probably seen a lot of this type of card around lately (see Kristina, and Dawn's cards! And Jennifer just posted one too!).  I've loved them so much, I decided to try it out myself, with a little twist.
I love the galaxy look.  There is something so peaceful about space.  It's mystery and beauty.  While I don't think my card is totally accurate in capturing that beauty, I still love it!

Over the past few weeks I have been working to finally collect all the mini distress ink pads (and can I say that I have totally fallen in love with them!).  I had wanted to try doing the galaxy with my distress paints, but just never got around to being that messy.  And I'm a little chicken to try the watercolor style yet...but that one's coming, I can feel it!  So I decided to try it with the distress inks.

I took a couple of the mini blending tools and splotched some of the colors onto my watercolor paper.  Then covered it very generously with the black.  I gave it a few squirts of water to get the inks moving and mixing a bit, then dried it with my heat gun.  The black wasn't quite deep enough for me, and some of the fun color spots had faded out.  So I reapplied some of the colors to intensify them and added more depth with the black.  Light misting again and set it aside to dry.

I LOVE it!!!  Oh, forgot to tell you.  Before I did any inking, I heat embossed the Starry Backdrop from Lawn Fawn over the whole panel.  Now that it's done, I think I might have chosen to do that more sparingly, a little more sporadically around the card instead of the whole card front..but I still love it so much!

While the stars are all amazing, I wanted some smaller flecks as well.  So I pulled out my watercolor paints and did some shimmery white splatters around the card to get the tiny white star dots.  Perfect!!!

To finish it all off, I grabbed the In My Heart stamp set from Mama Elephant and used one of the oh-so-fitting sentiments.  I stamped it with the distress ink, and because it stays wet for awhile, I was able to cover it in clear embossing powder and emboss it!!  The final touch was some die cut silver sparkly stars.

I can see myself making a ton of these cards!  It was so incredibly fun and I love, love, love the end result!!

I'd like to enter this card into the Lawnscaping texture challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Back to School - Sami Stamps Release!!

Happy Friday!
Can you believe that it's almost time (or is time) for kids to go back to school?  I don't have any myself but I see everyone else around me talking about summer break and everything, and it seems like it just started...
This year is flying by way too fast.

But because I don't have any kids, thinking about making back to school projects for teachers, or getting things ready for the kids just doesn't cross my mind, and I tend to have a difficult time wrapping my head around that topic.

So for this weeks Sami Stamps release, I really had to dig for some inspiration.  The images are so incredibly cute and I always want to be sure that I'm showing off Sami's images in the best most awesome way I can.
I thought it would be really cool to have an alphabet stencil in sort of a tone on tone effect behind my image...you know school is all about the alphabet :)

So I typed out the letters and got them arranged how I wanted them in my Silhouette studio and then cut them out to make a stencil.  Once that was done, I tinted some embossing paste with some grey ink and smeared it onto my stencil.  It needed a little sparkle, so I lightly covered it with some glittery embossing powder and left it to dry.

I don't have very much red patterned paper in my collection...just doesn't seem to be a color I reach for much.  So I decided to just do a simple watercolor wash for the background, but it really didn't turn out the way I was hoping, so I added some little white embossed dots by using the Swiss Dots embossing folder as a stamp.  That helped a little bit.

Then I set into working on the image.  I really wanted to watercolor this apple.  I felt the most comfortable doing that since my coloring skills with markers/pencils aren't exactly the best and watercolor is a little more forgiving.  Plus I just got that awesome new Gansai Tambi watercolor set and have to use it on everything :)  So I painted up my images and set them aside to dry.  The only problem is, they didn't really dry...the darker areas of the apple still seem to have some wetness to them, even after sitting for a few days.

I managed to leave a couple little red finger prints all over the image panel (strategically covered with some enamel dots:) )...but that frustrates me!  I'm not really sure why those spots didn't dry completely...it's almost like I didn't use enough water to spread out the paint and there's just too much concentration in those spots...who knows!

But to finish it all off, like I mentioned, I added a few enamel dots and the simple sentiment flag.  It's not perfect unfortunately...but with a few suggestions from Matthew for shading and detail, I'm happy with it.

Now go visit Sami Stamps to see the rest of this awesome release!  And remember we have a challenge running right now with an Anything Goes theme, so join in!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Penny's Paper-Crafty #190-Anything Goes
    Sassy Studio #242-Stack it Up
    Viva la Verve Week 2 Sketch

Thanks for stopping by, and making it to the end of my very long post! <3
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Gold Splatters!

Hello!
I want to say a quick welcome to my new followers!  I'm so thrilled that you are here!  Thank you so much!

We have a new challenge starting for you today at Meljen's Designs and it's Splat!  We want to see you use your ink, paints, and mists!

I have been addicted to my paints lately, and having just bought the awesome Gansai Tambi watercolor set from my local craft store, my obsession grew quite a bit more.  So this challenge was super fun for me!
It's a bit different of a card than my normal style...but I really love it!  I was also able to use up another couple of scraps for this card, which is always exciting :)

That gorgeous butterfly (Fancy Butterfly), yeah that was one of my failed attempts for the "cardstock only" challenge at Meljen's a few weeks ago.  It was too pretty all colored for me to throw it out, but it really didn't work on the card I was attempting.  But it fit perfectly for this one!

I started by mixing up some embossing paste with 3 different shades of pink ink from Stampin Up.  Then swiped them over a checkerboard stencil I cut out with my Silhouette so that they formed an ombre pattern.  Looks so cool!

I took a thin scrap of paper and embossed it with some gold embossing powder, then trimmed it down into 3 stripes.  They were going to all be the same size, but my measuring was off and they all ended up different sizes, but it totally worked!

Now for the fun part, which is always something I struggle with...the paint splatters!  It seems no matter how hard I try, I can never get the really good large splats of color down on my paper.  They are always super small little flecks...so I added a few larger ones myself.

Any tips on how to get larger drops?  I tried adding a bunch of water to my brush...but that didn't help either. 

I covered a couple of the drips with glossy accents so they stood out a little more.  The vellum panel is cut with the Landscape Trio from Mama Elephant.  Absolutely love that those can be used for so much more than just landscapes!  It made the perfect wonky rectangle to go behind my butterfly!

The finishing touches were some wire antenna for the butterfly and a simple embossed greeting flag.  All done!  I so so love this card!!

Stop by Meljen's Designs to see the rest of the DT's creations, and then join in the super fun challenge!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to CAS #44-Gold
    A Gem of a Challenge #125-Embossing
    Crafting When We Can #75-Bright Colors
    Sketch Saturday #322

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Birthday Fun with Mama Elephant!

Hey everyone!
Happy Wednesday!!  We are finally getting some cooler weather here in Montreal, which is such a relief!  I'm not a fan of heat, but I was thankful that the humidity stayed away for most of it.  Now it's rain, which is always refreshing :)

For my birthday a few weeks ago, I decided to buy myself a little gift...some goodies from Mama Elephant that I've had my eyes on for quite awhile.    Believe me...it was hard only picking a few!  I have a whole entire wish list for Mama Elephant, but I had a budget to stick to so only a few things made it into my basket.  But since receiving them, I haven't been able to stop playing!  They haven't even made it to a proper storage place yet because I'm always grabbing for them!  That's how you know you love something :)

Of course, that pile of things-I-can't-stop-reaching-for has gotten pretty large...but oh well!  
See!!  So incredibly adorable!  Since the challenge over at Mama Elephant right now is watercolor birthday, and I'm addicted to watercolor, I decided to join in!  The background is actually a watercolor piece that I did quite awhile ago and never found a proper home for it, but it was too pretty to throw out.  It was a test piece really.  I was trying to do a fun background where you apply paint to an embossing folder, mist it a few times and then press your watercolor paper onto it.  The paint should transfer to your paper and leave the embossing pattern empty.  Well, I learned that too small of a pattern doesn't really work.  This piece, I was trying to use the Swiss Dots folder...but those dots are just too small and all the paint smooshed into them.  There were just a few that showed up in one of the corners and if you look really really hard, you can see them in the upper left corner under the vellum.

But like I said, even without the pattern, the colors looked so pretty that I couldn't throw it out.  But it worked perfect for this card!

One of my fun birthday goodies was the adorable In My Heart stamp set from Mama Elephant.  Love these little cuties!  And it has all the perfect "miss you" sentiments on it, which is something I was telling Matthew a little while ago that I really needed.  I've colored the cute little girls in with my ShinHan markers and then trimmed them all out.

And see all those stitched hills?  Yup!  My second little gift, the Landscape Trio!  I used the fun cloud die to make little shrub mounds in the background.  Looks pretty cool to me :)

The balloons are stamped from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine set.  I had do to a little watercoloring on them to get the shading to blend properly, because trying to wipe off some color and stamp it just wasn't working very well for me.  I added a black border around them and glued some strings so the little girl could be holding big bundles of balloons.

The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter's The Big, The Bold & The Happy.  It was supposed to be more of a silver color, but I picked the wrong embossing powder the first time, so had to go over it again with the right one and I think that muted down the color a bit.  But it still looks awesome :)

A few little flowers and turtles, and some glitter to the balloons and the card was done!  So cute and so fun!

Hope you made it through all those rambling details :) 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Card Mania #53-Birthday Party
    Little Tangles #42-Happy Birthday
    Mama Elephant & Me-Watercolor + Birthday
    Paper Shelter #169-Punches/Dies
    Winnie & Walter-Join in to Win
    Work it Wednesday-Blue

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Just Saying Hello

Hello Hello!  It's been super quiet around here lately...anyone still around? 
While I haven't posted much, I have been super busy!  It's the sort of cycle where I make a bunch of cards, love them all, and then set them aside for other projects...only to forget that I didn't share them with you and they get filed away in my baskets...

I'll try to do better :)  Because, yes I do want to share my makes with you!  I get super excited when they really turn out...so I just need to not set them aside, and pick up my camera right away :)

Matthew and I also celebrated our 11th anniversary this past weekend.  11 years!  Crazy...I still feel like a giddy school girl who's heart flutters when he walks in the door.  To celebrate, we had a small shopping spree this past weekend and he let me buy some super duper awesomely fun stuff!  So I can't wait to share some projects using those goodies with you soon.

But for today, we have a new challenge starting at Tuesday Throwdown!  It's a totally fun sketch, and our sponsor is MyGrafico, who provided some adorable images for us to use.
Now, to be completely honest...this card hasn't grown on me too well.  I loved it when it was first finished..but for some reason my liking of it has shrunk.  Maybe the glittery star stripes are too big?...or too glittery?...I'm not sure what it is.

But I had fun putting it together!  I'm always wishing and looking for ways to use my glitter paper and I thought it would be perfect to pair it up with some of this awesome Lawn Fawn paper.  I didn't really realize it while assembling everything, but the big yellow circle pretty much represents a huge full moon.  Wasn't my original plan, but it works :)

I really love how the owl turned out though.  I wanted him to be really flecked, so I did a lot of short flicks with my markers.  So super cute!  I left all the embellishments off (maybe that's what's missing?...) and just did a simple gold embossed greeting at the bottom.

Anyhow, even if my card isn't all that fabulous, I know the ladies at Tuesday Throwdown have blown this sketch away!  So go check their projects out, and then join in the fun sketch!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Sweet Strawberries - Sami Stamps Release

Happy Friday!
Woohoo!!  The weekend is finally here!  We may just get to go pick some blueberries this weekend.  Not sure yet, but I can hope.  There's nothing better than fresh picked blueberries, and I know it's something that Matthew loves since he used to work on his grandpas blueberry farm - the best one in Michigan!

But this post isn't about blueberries...it's about strawberries!  The next best fruit to have straight from the field, something I used to pick at my own home :)

Sami Stamps has a summer sweet release today that you don't want to miss!  We also start our new challenge for the month with the theme of Anything Goes!
For my first card, I used the adorable image Strawberry Nap.
Of course, I colored the sweet kitty like my baby girl, Cloud.  She's been feeling a little under the weather lately...something's wrong with her tail so we've been going easy around her, and giving her extra special care.  Still makes me feel helpless that I can't do more to make her feel better...so I incorporate her into my cards :)

I've colored everything up with my ShinHan and Copic markers and layered the image onto some light summery papers.  I kind of wish that the polka dot panel under my image was a little bit wider...but I didn't plan properly and it was already cut..so I went with it anyhow.
I stamped the sentiment onto a fun Spellbinders banner that my perfect husband bought me for my birthday, they are seriously the perfect banners for everything!  I've used them on almost every one of my cards this week..lol!  A few rhinestones and some ribbon flags finish of this sweet card.

I'd like to enter this Kitty card into the following challenges:
    Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #70-Polka Dots
    Creative Fingers #44-Anything Goes/Cute
    Let's Craft and Create #95-Ribbon or Twine

This next card features the Two Strawberries image and came together in the blink of an eye!
 I cut out the checkerboard background with my Silhouette and fell in love with it!  Probably one of my favorite backgrounds at the moment and will probably be using it a lot!

The rest of the card is pretty simple because I didn't want to take too much away from the fun background with the big juicy strawberries in the middle.  Just a simple die cut banner (again from my birthday gift :) ) and some gold thread wound behind the strawberries to give some extra sparkle.

Pretty simple, but I absolutely adore this card!!

I'd like to enter this Strawberry card into the following challenges:
    The Crazy Challenge #176-Die Cuts and/or Punches
    Ladybug Crafts-Clean and Simple
    Less is More #182-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

So that's it from me!  Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of the design teams creations with this amazing release!  Then pull out your own Sami Stamps images and join in our Anything Goes challenge!!

Thanks for taking the time to visit!!  I truly appreciate that you are here! <3
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Turtley Love You!

Happy Thursday!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful week!  Mine has been nice and quiet, filled with crafting...perfect way to spend a birthday week :)

We have a new challenge starting today at Meljen's Designs - colorful cardstock!  So we don't want to see any patterned paper, just cardstock!  This one is a bit tough, but give it a shot anyhow!
I made 3 attempts at this challenge...the first one turned out great, but I had made it for my husband and after giving it to him felt it should remain between us, so I started on a new card, but it ended horribly...and so did the next one.  The card I finally put together almost went in the trash as well, but I fiddled and fussed over it and finally got something to work properly.  And then my husband came to the rescue with my birthday present that was perfect for finishing the card off!
The clouds!  Ahhhh...I just love that spellbinders die set!  I'm so thankful that he gave me that for my birthday (along with a few other goodies I'll be sharing with you soon)!!

So my card features the super adorable Turtle's Friend image.  I've colored it in with my ShinHan markers and that was the part that I almost ditched.  It just didn't turn out the way I wanted it to...but like I said, I fussed and fiddled, added a ground and shaded in the sky and then set it aside.  After a little while I picked it back up and actually ended up liking it :)  So I cut a scallop frame around it and used my Silhouette to cut out the chevron background.  I added the hand stitching around the edge because it just really needed something finishing around the outside.

There is a small piece of vellum in the middle of the card.  While it doesn't show all that much, in person it totally completes the card!  I printed off my own sentiment (which made me chuckle...hey I'm easily entertained!), flagged the end and tucked it behind the turtle.

Then came the clouds!  I squealed a little when I pulled them out of my cuttlebug, they were just so cute!  I see myself using those a ton now!

So stop on by Meljen's Designs and join in this super fun challenge!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    613 Avenue Create #82-Anything Goes/Sentiment
    Creative Inspirations #275-Here Comes Summer
    Divas By Design-Anything Goes
    Fab n Funky #224-Walk on the Wild Side
    Word Art Wednesday #143-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!! <3

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Fancy Little Paper Tote

Hey Everyone!
Time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week we want to see something other than a card or tag!  This can be super challenging, but also really fun to step out of your comfort zone, so give it a shot!

Our awesome sponsor is Creations by AR, and they have provided templates for the DT to use this week.
I decided to work with the Haute Tote template for my project.  It was so cute, I just loved it!  But I ended up keeping my design super plain.  As I was putting it together, I had all these ideas for embellishments to add but once it was done, I felt the papers were enough.  So I just added some simple ribbon handles and sewed on some buttons.

I'd like to make up a fun card pack to put in here and give to a friend...maybe I'll be able to get to that this week :)

Be sure to stop by and see the rest of the DT's awesome creations!
Thanks for visiting! <3
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