Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrate the 200th PPA!

Hello there!  Today is a very special day, the Pals Paper Arts are celebrating the 200th post.  As a special treat for you, both design teams are playing along.  That's right all 20 of us are providing you with some great cards to look at, and guess what?  One lucky participant will receive all 20 cards!  Wow!  Take a look at the sketch, and grab your provisions, create something fun and head on over to the PALS to link it up!Image04

We each were allowed to choose our color that we wanted to use for our monochromatic card.  I chose Bermuda bay because I thought it would be easy to work with, and it is one of my favorite new colors.  However, when I was crafting my card, I had not a single piece of DSP, so I made my own using a stamp in the March Paper Pumpkin kit.  It is a single line of chevrons that is a photopolymer stamp, so it is super easy to line up.  This background was my first and only try, it really is easy.

Dalmatian spots?  That is my favorite expression for these random dots.  The decorative dots embossing folder will be available in the new catalog.

I love the new starburst framelits and matching Starburst Sayings stamp set.  Matted offset on a circle that was embossed, and dressed up with ribbon and a vintage faceted button, it makes a pretty sentiment.

So, are you excited to be the lucky recipient of all of the design team's cards?  All you have to do is participate and you could be the lucky winner!  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Starburst Sayings, March Paper Pumpkin stamps
Paper:  Whisper white, Bermuda bay
Ink:  Bermuda bay
Tools:  Big shot, decorative dots & beautifully baroque embossing folders, starburst and circle framelits, 1/8 taffeta ribbon, white bakers twine, vintage faceted designer buttons

Monday, April 14, 2014

Prom fun

Hello there!  I thought to catch y'all up on what we have been busy with.  Mackie went to prom on Saturday, and I know that my faithful readers would like to see pictures!

But first, the "moms" decided that it would be best if we had Max's bow tie and pocket square made from fabric of Mackie's dress.  Her dress was very long, so we used the extra fabric to do this.  When the bow tie was finished, Mackie made a card to go with it.  Here is the card:

It was a small 3x3 card made using basic black and rich razzleberry.  Mackie heat embossed the You and Me from the Perfect Pennants stamp set in silver embossing powder.  A small strip of DSP (I am not sure which she used) and a bit of rich razzleberry ribbon finished the card.  She wrote a sweet note inside and tucked it into a box tied with black ribbon.

Ok, now on to the cutest pictures ever, Amy, Max's mom is a wonderful photographer, so the day was well documented!


The very next day, Max and Mackie decided to put their prom attire back on and go sailing.  What?!?  That's what true sailor's do, they love to sail!  They really just did it for pictures, but could not resist having fun.

And of course, since the wind was good, they changed into their sailing gear and went back out for an hour of sailing.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I have resolved my computer problems, so hopefully I will be back to posting on a regular basis.  Make sure you come back on Thursday, since the PPA will have a super post celebrating the 200th post!  One lucky participant will receive a wonderful surprise!  I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Birthday Wishes

Hello there!  It's been a long time since I have posted, so thank you so much for coming back to see me!  The fabulous design team at the Pals Paper Arts have a fun color challenge for you this week, so take a look at the colors, grab your provisions and create something fun!

I love this new Just Sayin' bundle, and who can pass up a discount?  The stamp set and matching framelits are super trendy and fun.  Of course, I had to use my favorite new arrows embossing folder!

This stamp set Four You, was on my last order, I just love the fonts and sentiments!  Do you spy some summer starfruit bakers twine?  I scavenged it from a paper pumpkin kit!

This is a great card that can be used for anyone, boy or girl, and it can be mailed very easily, which is always a plus!

We have been super busy here as usual, with traveling to Georgia last weekend for the district sailing regatta.  Mackie's high school team did great for their first trip to districts, we are so proud of them and all of the sailors from our Lake Norman area.  Now we are on to the final preparations for Prom coming up next weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Just Sayin', Four You
Paper:  Polka Dot Parade and I am Me DSP, whisper white card stock
Ink:  Summer starfruit, old olive
Tools:  Big shot, word bubble framelits, arrow TIEF, summer starfruit bakers twine, corner rounder punch

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Glitter Thank You

Hello there!  We have a great sketch to challenge you with this week at the Pals Paper Arts, so take a look at the sketch, grab your provisions and head on over to the PALS to link up your creation!

I just received my March My Paper Pumpkin kit, and these fabulous wood die cuts are in this month's card kit.  There are 8 of them, (oh my), 4 Thank You, and 4 Congratulations.  I love them and the cards that come with the kit.  If you have not subscribed, I would love for you to join and enjoy the fun projects that are planned.

I pulled out my Retro Fresh DSP for the first time and am in love.  The colors are fresh and fun!

I love to add gold sparkle!  Here are two ways to add some fun, champagne glimmer paper and gold bakers twine.

I love this fresh, fun Thank You card, it will be perfect for anyone, young or old, boy or girl.  I have been experiencing a lot of computer problems lately, so I have taken a bit of a break from blogging until I can get everything sorted out.  A new computer is on order, so check back for more regular posts from me beginning in April.  I really hope it will be sooner though!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you are inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Perfect Pennants (inside card)
Paper:  Retro Fresh DSP, tangerine tango, champagne glimmer paper
Ink:  Soft Suede
Tools:  March paper pumpkin kit, gold bakers twine, coastal cabana ruffle ribbon, sewing machine.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Another Sweet 16!

Hello There!  I have a fun card to share with you today.  I know that I told you a while ago that there would be a lot of Sweet 16 cards coming up, I am sorry if it is overload, but it is what's going on in our life now!

This sweet 16 card is for Mackie's friend Haylee, they have been friends since 6th grade, so a special card was in order.  Her party colors are black and gold, but I had to throw some pink in there, so out came my favorite strawberry slush.  For most of my "special" cards, I make them bigger, this one is 5 x 6 1/2.

A quick word in MDS sent to my ecutter explained the card right away!

There are a ton of different items that went into the makeup of this card.  The Modern Medley DSP was front and center, with some sweet accents from the Gold fancy foil designer vellum.

Do you spy a lot of gold embossing?  I do, my absolute favorite gold embossed stamp from the Lovely Romance stamp set made and appearance. As well as the sketch alphabet and number stamp set.  A bit of gold string from another kit dresses it up.

The inside of the card got the "left-overs" that didn't make it onto the front or the envelope, as well as my much loved gold sequins!

 Of course I had to make a special envelope using the envelope punch board.  More gold embossing and vellum, yummy!

 I used this week's Freshly Made sketch for my layout, it was tricky since random or asymmetrical elements are hard for me, but I love how it turned out!

Tomorrow I will share the gift bag that I made to go with this card, so make sure you head back to take a look!  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Lovely Romance, sketch alphabet, Beautifully Baroque
Paper:  Modern Medley, gold fancy foil designer vellum, first edition DSP, strawberry slush, basic black card stock
Ink:  Versamark
Tools:  Big shot, arrows TIEF, scallop circle punch, circle punch, starburst framelits, strawberry slush ruffle ribbon, gold sequins, heat tool, gold embossing powder.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

You're My True North

Hello there!  The challenge this week at the Pals Paper Arts is a color challenge.  The colors are Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder, and Smoky Slate, so grab your provisions, create something fun, then head on over to link it up.Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 1.09.30 PM

I thought that I would try my hand at the watercolor background that is oh so popular now.  I used our watercolor wonder paper trimmed to size, then using my aqua painter and my ink pads, I just colored on the ink from dark to light.  It was very easy, and I liked the first try.

I used three different stamp sets to get the sentiment that I wanted, Hello Sailor, Hello Lovely, and A Dozen Thoughts.  I just pieced them together.  Smoky slate chevron ribbon and night of navy stiched grosgrain ribbon helps to anchor my sentiment.

Stamped twice, once on the watercolor paper, then again on very vanilla and punched out with a circle punch.

I liked how my first watercolor card turned out, I definitely think this is more of "man card" due to the simple nature and lack of frills!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Make a Wish!

Today I am going to share with you another Birthday in a Jar project.  This project fits this week's The Stampin' Royalty challenge, All that glitters is Gold.  So grab your golden provisions, then head on over to the Stampin' Royatly to link it up!

You might remember my Birthday Wishes Jar, this one is pretty similar but I used the great Sweet Sorbet DSP which is free during Sale-A-Bration with your qualifying purchase. Click on the above link for detailed instructions on making this cute jar.

This Birthday jar was made for our great friend Amy.  Her son Max met Mackie through sailing and we all have become great friends since, you might remember some of these pictures;

So on Sunday sailing practice, Mackie was pleasantly surprised (ok, she was giddy) with an invite to go to prom with Max, he asked her in person, then sent her this:

On a summer sailing trip, Mackie had accidentally pronounced her assistive light on her cell phone as an assertive light, and ever since then, it has been their joke.  Max used his "assertive" light to create this super cool picture with help from his mom Amy.

Prom dress shopping has already started and will continue this weekend, we have invited Amy to join us for the fun.  Wish us luck on finding the perfect dress!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Perfect Pennants
Paper:  Sweet Sorbet DSP, gold fancy foil vellum
Tools:  big shot, banners framelits, chalk talk framelits, gold sequins, ribbon, bakers twine

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