Thursday, May 25, 2017

CTS #223

Talk about slow going today!  I put off this post until this morning thinking I'd have plenty of time after my 7:30 doctor's appt to work on it.  Little did I know that it would take until 9:00 to be finished with the appt.  The day just got crazier after that too but I won't bore you with the whoas of a mom.  Ha ha!  I'm finally getting my card posted for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and the sad thing is, I'm late on my card for my own sketch.  Silly!  Better late then never. 


Not even a single stamp was used on this card.  Crazy!  I used elements from the March 2017 Clique Kit called Play.  I just loved this little lion paired with the stars which I popped up with foam tape.  The sentiment is a combo of stickers I happened to have laying on my desk.  I thought it all worked perfectly with the sketch and I hope you like it!


Thanks so much for checking in with me even when I'm slow.  Have a great day and see you over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Emoji Grad!

Good morning!  I'm still working on Grad cards and with all the awesome products out there, it's not getting boring at all.  Sometimes I have a hard time staying motivated when I have the same old products to use over and over again.  Don't get me wrong, there are products that are good ole standbys but I don't always want to come up with new and interesting ways to use things.  It's fun to have products that are just inspiring when used exactly as intended and that is totally how I feel about the Pixelated Dies from Neat and Tangled.  They never get old!  Here's my creation with them:


I grabbed some fun striped paper in orange and some blue paper and cut them using Dual Stitched Rectangles.  Orange and blue are the colors for my nephew's high school.  Next, I set about making my smiley emoji using Pixelated Circle and Pixelated Faces dies.  I added a little extra fun to the sunglasses by embossing the stamped 2017 image from Grad Class Stamps.  Finally, I embossed a sentiment from Go Confidently Stamps at the bottom and I think it finishes off the card perfectly.  Here's another look:


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Have a great day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CTS #222

Good morning!  I hope you've checked out this morning's post over at CAS(E) this Sketch!  The challenge this week is great!  Of course, they always are!  If you are stopping by after seeing my card over there...thanks so much!  I'm flattered that you wanted to see how I made my crazy creation.  :)  You guys are awesome!

This week has been crazy and stormy.  Luckily, we have only had branches down, a broken basketball hoop, and a few bend uprights on a trampoline net.  So many people have trees down on houses and cars as well as power lines.  Driving through town yesterday looked like a war zone.  I swear, I felt like I was still in Florida and a hurricane had just gone through but I guess 70mph sustained winds will do that to a place.  Here's hoping that was the last of that.

Spending so much time in the basement has its perks.  I actually get cards made while ensuring the kids understand that everything is going to be ok.  They even settled down and crafted a bit too.  Anyway, one of the cards created during the storms includes this one for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.


This card is created with some stuff from the March Clique Kit called Play and the April Kit called Jellybean.  It started with this polka dot paper and added a black strip of paper popped up with foam tape to prop up my blue chipboard letters.  I then finished the sentiment with some alphabet stickers and finally, those amazing acrylic stars and some bling.  Super simple and fun!  Here's another look:

 
Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CTS #221

Good morning!  In case you haven't heard already...it's nuts around here!!  Kittens, baby chicks, graduations, confirmations, farming...you name it, it's happening.  Luckily, I've been having time in my crafty space too.  If  I wasn't, I'd be bonkers by now.  ;)  I have to say that my take on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge isn't in the least bit CAS but what's a girl to do?  Sometimes, I just can't control what happens when I get going.  Ha ha!  Here's my take:


This was a super easy card to create.  It's really just a pile of pre-made elements layered with some enamel dots.  I'm not usually a pink girls but that's just how this card came out.  Ha ha!  Here's a closer look:


I hope you'll come join us this week on CAS(E) this Sketch!  Now back to the craziness!  ;)  See you soon!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I Did It!

Good morning!  I'm a little slow getting this post going today.  Remember our new fuzzy addition?  Well, we have 15 more fluffy additions.  My oldest son and husband decided they needed to start an egg empire and our 10 chickens were not enough so, they brought home 15 chicks yesterday.  Turns out, the hatchery decided 16 would be better.  I counted twice this morning and counted 16 each time...good gracious!  Now, I love chickens but we've never had more than 6 newbies at once and the stress of hoping all this little peepers live is getting to me.  I know I'm doing everything  I can to make sure they have a great start but chicks are always doing things that make you question their health.  They sleep all sprawled out sometimes and make you think they are surely dead.  They don't let you see them drink and then you get paranoid that they aren't.  They fall over when they shake their heads and make you think they must have something wrong with them.  I'm telling you, it's giving me panic attacks and I've been through this twice before.  See why I stopped at three kids?  I'm a stress ball!  Ha ha!

Let's get to something that doesn't stress me out.  Thank goodness for card making!  Even when I feel rushed, it still relaxes me.  My card today is another fun grad card for another awesome graduate!


I went with school colors for this card but decided on using a fun striped background to get the black in.  I cut a piece of red using Dual Stitched Rectangles.  Then stamped the "Nailed It!" from Grad Class Stamps in the corner and the first part of my sentiments from I'm All You're All Stamp Set in place.  Next I cut some speech bubbles using Speech Bubbles Die Set and stamped the corresponding sentiment from I'm All You're All Stamp Set on the bubbles.  I attached my speech bubbles with foam tape and then added some graduation caps which I fussy cut after stamping them using Grad Class Stamps.  I arranged these on the front along with some enamel dots and sparkly stars to finish off the card.  Here's another look:


Thanks so much for visiting with me today.  I'm off to check on the little peepers.  I swear I'm hearing peeping in my sleep.  ;)  Have a great day!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Grad Time!

It's that time of year again and I'm busy working on graduation cards.  I can tell we are getting older because friends and family now have kids graduating and I know it won't be long until I'm in that boat.  Doesn't seem possible!  The card I'm sharing today is for a very special girl who is going to make a name for herself no matter where she goes or what she does.  A girl like that, deserves a card as fun and unique as she is.  So, I created this fun card and I hope it will make her smile.


I knew I wanted to use various fonts for my sentiment and I just loved these yellow chipboard letters so I picked my coloring scheme based on them.  Yellow just looks so nice with black...you can't argue with a bee afterall.  I grabbed a fun black and white speckled paper for my card base and stamped some graduation caps and "2017" from Grad Class Stamps randomly on a yellow faceted paper to create a a border across my card front.  I cut a white piece of card stock using Dual Stitched Rectangles to serve as my base for the sentiment.  I created my sentiment using the chipboard letters, letter stickers, and two stamp sets:  Sassy Script Stamps and Pretty Painted Alphabet Stamps.  I backed this layer with some black card stock to make it pop.  After all was said and done, I thought the chipboard letters needed a little black so I drew a line separating the solid portion from the dotted portion.  I topped off the the "G" with a grad cap from Grad Class Stamps.  Here's another look:

  
I hope you liked my card today and I hope you have some awesome grads that you are creating for.  It's always so fun to create something with a specific person in mind.  It always makes me smile.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

CTS # 220

Good morning!  Sorry this post is a little late.  I was distracted by a little ball of fuzz named Loki this morning and forgot to make sure it published on time.  Of course, it's the one morning that I left the post in draft.  Oops!  Seriously though, who wouldn't be distracted by this face?


Loki is settling in well and has become my little shadow.  He even "helps" in the craft room.  Here's what we came up for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.


I loved playing with this week's sketch.  I decided to do a little loose water coloring at the case of the card front but then decided it needed a little something more.  So, I grabbed the Inky Flower Stamp Set and went to work stamping it in greys and black along the base.  For the sentiment, I used a foam happy from my Clique Kit and combined it with part of a sentiment from Sketched Floral Stamps.  Here's a closer look:


Thanks so much for checking out my creation today and I hope you'll join us at CAS(E) this Sketch!  You'll have a blast, I promise!