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Loving You

Loving You
Happy Saturday!  Yesterday was a no school day for us and, despite the extra noise and commotion in the house, I actually found a little crafting time mid-afternoon!  DD is really in love with painting these days and loves to spend time in the craft room with me.  Granted, I have many little clean up moments to tend to, but overall, we have fun crafting together! I've been trying to get Valentine's Day things wrapped up.  School valentine exchanges are coming up next Tuesday and I like to have a little something ready to give our kids at supper on the holiday.  The local schools don't allow sugary treats anymore, so pencils it is this year.  For here at home, I try not to go overboard with sugary gifts either, but I do let the kids indulge a little.  Moderation in everything is my personal motto! I was going through some of my beloved Unity Stamp Co. stash recently and realized I have so many treasures hidden away that I haven't touched in ages!  Time to change that!  I created a clean and simple valentine by combining a pretty sentiment from the November 2012 Kit of the Month with hearts from the adorable Loads of Love set.  I stamped the hearts in red and then applied sparkle with a Crafter's Companion Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, one of my new favorites.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink.  The main panel was created using Mama Elephant's Peek a Frame Creative Cuts Die Set .  I added a tiny clear gemstone to one of the hearts before popping up the finished main panel with foam dots. A very simple valentine in classic colors!  This could be modified using different sentiments for a variety of people.  Quick and easy is my ball game and this design is so easy to mass produce!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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CASology Hero

CASology Hero
It's Tuesday and time for a new CASology cue word!  This week, we're turning our thoughts toward heroes.  So many unsung ones, aren't there? Avery Elle With Avery Elle as our sponsor, I created a congratulations themed design using their Oh Yeah stamp set.  A sentiment focused card is a good way to keep things clean and simple!  I simply stamped the lower portion of the speech bubble on the main panel, added the simple sentiment and then dressed both up with a touch of clear sparkle using a Wink of Stella Brush Marker!  The main panel was then popped up with foam dots for dimension.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!  Can't get much simpler than that! I hope you'll take some time to go visit the design team and guest designer blogs this week!  They've created some fantastic inspiration, once again! DT Badge
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Guest Designer:  Dena
Don't forget to link up your own CAS creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Avery Elle!
Have a terrific Tuesday!
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A Blog Named Hero February Challenge

A Blog Named Hero February Challenge
Happy Monday!  Today is the beginning of the February challenge over at A Blog Named Hero and it's right up my alley with clean & simple as the theme!

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Jane's Doodles is our sponsor and I combined one of their fun sets with a Hero Arts set to create a feel good card!  The raccoon was stamped and colored with Copic markers on a die cut stitched panel.  I couldn't resist adding googly eyes, of course, especially when he has a drink in hand!  The wine glass was stamped, colored with Copics and fussy cut before being popped up for dimension.  I added sparkle to the wine using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  I added three tiny clear gemstones for embellishments before popping up the assembled main panel on the card base using foam dots.  Such a fun and simple design!  That raccoon makes me smile every time I see it! Be sure and play along this month with your own CAS design!  Head on over to A Blog Named Hero to check out the inspiration from the design team!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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CASology YOUTH

CASology YOUTH
A brand new cue word is up over at CASology!  This week, youth is the focus.  Whether you think of babies, quirky habits or wrinkle free skin, you'll want to play along and link up to what's sure to be a fun gallery! 2016 KittyBeeDesigns Logo With Kitty Bee Designs as our sponsor this week, I chose to use their adorable Ipod Panda as my focal image.  I printed the digital image and colored with Copic markers.  I added clear stickles to his headphones because what youth doesn't like a little extra flair?!  I haven't used my Nestablities Circle Dies for what seems like forever, but used one to frame the panda and then popped it up with foam dots to add dimension. I hope you'll take a little time and leave some blog love for the design team and this week's guest designer on their blogs!  They work hard each week to provide inspiration for the challenges! DT Badge

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Guest Designer:  Lucie

Be sure and link up your own YOUTH creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Kitty Bee Designs!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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CASology GLISTEN

CASology GLISTEN
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word over at CASology!  This week is bound to inspire a pretty gallery! With Poppystamps returning as our sponsor, I combined a couple of their stamp sets to create my arctic themed design.  I'm pretty sure Antarctica glistens.  A lot. After stamping and fussy cutting the iceberg and sweet little polar bear, I used a Copic marker on the bear's cheeks and ears.  The iceberg was covered with Diamond Stickles for the GLISTEN-ing effect.  I used a Mama Elephant landscape die to create the grounding water piece and then popped everything up with varying heights of foam dots.  The little red heart was also colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and popped up.  I stamped the sentiment below the scene to preserve white space in the main portion of the card. I hope you'll take some time and visit the design team members' blogs, leaving them a little blog love!  They are such an inspiration each week, brainstorming and creating wonderfully CAS designs to jumpstart everyone's creativity! Don't forget to link up your own clean and simple creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST)!

Happy Tuesday!

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A CASology CUT

A CASology CUT
It's Tuesday and a new cue word is up for brainstorming over at CASology!  We're going with a small word, but it has many interpretations you could go with!  With STAMPlorations as our sponsor this week, the design team used many of the word die cuts found in the online store to create their CAS designs! I'd chosen the word "Hugs" and used it to create a valentine type card.  I used a pale aqua blue along with pops of red for the main color scheme.  The clouds were stenciled with STAMPlorations' Clouds ARTplorations stencil and white ink.  I stamped a red heart balloon from the Balloons and Banners stamp set, fussy cutting it and dressing it up with red glitter.  It was then adhered to the main panel using foam dots. 2017 Jan17 CUT peek The "hugs" was die cut with the Hugs Word Die polka dot paper using polka dot decorative paper and adhered directly to the main panel.  The assembled main panel was then adhered to the card base using foam dots for dimension. I hope you'll take a little time to visit the design team members' and guest designer's blogs and leave a little blog love this week!  I know they'd love to hear from you!

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Don't forget to link up your own CAS creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from STAMPlorations, this week's sponsor!
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Winter Greetings

Winter Greetings
Just a quick little hello from my icy spot on the map today!  I had a little time last night to whip up a handful of cards for upcoming due dates on the creative calendar and was inspired by the weather to make a winter themed card too! 2017 Jan16 HappyWinterPine WM Rubber Dance Stamps was our sponsor for last week's FOREST challenge and I just had to use one of the pine images again from the Pines Fir Yew set!  So lovely!  Given that we are a bit iced over here right now due to freezing rain, I added Crystal Effects to the pine image to give it the look of ice.  I really like it!  I simply added three tiny, clear sequins as embellishments after stamping the pretty sentiment and called it good. I hope your week is off to a good start!  It's looking like we'll be thawed out in a day or two and we're looking forward to unseasonably warm temperatures later in the week!  The weather this winter has been a little strange.

Happy Monday!

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CASology in the Forest

CASology in the Forest
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  We're taking a hike into the forest and can't wait to see what we find in the gallery! week-231-forest With Rubber Dance Stamps as our sponsor again this week, I used their fantastic Pines Fir Yew set to create a clean & simple design!  I stamped the pine image on kraft cardstock and framed it with a stitched journal card die from my stash.  The pine cones were stamped, fussy cut and dressed up with a little sparkle & frost from a white Wink of Stella brush marker.  These were then popped up for a little added dimension.  I added layered green & red sequins after stamping the selectively inked sentiment in black.  I love the woodsy feel of this card.  The multiple pine images in this set make it quite versatile for creating a variety of looks!  This set is the prize for this week's winner, so be sure and link up your own creation for a chance to win it! DT Badge
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Don't forget to link up your own FOREST creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Rubber Dance Stamps, this week's sponsor!
Happy Tuesday!
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CASology COLD

CASology COLD
It's Tuesday and time for the first cue word of 2017 over at CASology!  We're focusing on cold things this week! week-230-cold Rubber Dance Stamps is sponsoring us this week and I chose to use the bird and a pretty sentiment from the Frosty Friends set to create my design.  This set is the prize for this week's winner, so you'll want to link up for your chance to win! 2016-rubber-dance-logo I stamped the bird and sentiment in black ink and then colored with Copics.  I die cut the stitched main panel using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card die.  I used clear Stickles to create sparkle on the snow and then added three tiny clear sequins as embellishments.  I love winter themed cards and this bird image is just perfect for one! DT Badge
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Don't forget to link up your own COLD creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Rubber Dance Stamps, this week's sponsor!
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A Blog Named Hero January Challenge

A Blog Named Hero January Challenge
Today is the first challenge of 2017 over at A Blog Named Hero!  The challenge theme for January is "New to Me."  Just dig out anything new to you in your stash or use a new technique to create a card!  Easy peasy! 2017-jan-challengelogo Right At Home Stamps is sponsoring and we're showcasing two of their brand new stamp sets! 2017-jan-rightathome-logo If you're a coffee lover, you're going to love How Have You Bean? and Cup of Joy! 2017-jan-rightathome-newsets I used How Have You Bean? along with Hero Arts' LOL set to create a little smart phone message. The phone was stamped in black ink and fussy cut before applying Glossy Accents to it.  I wanted the phone to have a realistic shine!  Once the Glossy Accents was dry, I selectively stamped the sentiments and coffee bean images.  The coffee beans were colored with a Copic marker.  Three tiny gold sequin stars were adhered as embellishments.  The finished phone was then attached to the kraft card base using foam dots to add a little dimension.  The polka dot washi tape was added last. I just love this particular sentiment!  It's so true for me right now when life gets hectic.  There's nothing quite like a soothing cup of hot coffee to sip on at the beginning of a day to ease into things! I hope you'll join in this month's challenge!  There's lots of excitement ahead over at A Blog Named Hero this year, so you'll want to keep up-to-date by participating in the monthly challenges or follow along on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Happy New Year!

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Run with Your Heart

Run with Your Heart
So many times, my New Year's resolutions include running goals.  This upcoming year will be no different.  I began running back in high school and have continued to run over the years since then.  Many runners will tell you that it's an addicting form of exercise and I'd have to agree with them.  I'm not big into competitions or races, but I enjoy a good run that clears my mind and energizes me for living life.  In more recent years, I've been so inspired by people close to me who have taken up running and have seen big life changes because of it.  On those days I find myself grumbling about lacing up my running shoes and heading out on a run, I think of them and it inspires me to just get it done! I love Simon Says Stamp's Running with Your Heart set and made a monochromatic design with it.  The main image was stamped in black ink and fussy cut.  I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker and added a tiny red heart for a little visual interest.  I popped up the finished main image with foam dots for dimension.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2017!

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