Fruit Smoothie in a Card

Happy Monday! What a beautiful weekend we had!  It finally feels like spring may be here to stay and we spent a good amount of time outdoors enjoying the mild temperatures!  Absolutely divine!

I'm sharing a couple cards I created for the newest installment of Picture Perfect over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog.  Today's topic?!  How to use a point-and-shoot camera to take photos of your cards!  Yes!  It really is possible to get nice photos with a basic camera!  Go take a look at today's tutorial!

With warmer weather, I find myself craving smoothies more than ever!  The Yummy Love set was calling my name, so I whipped up these two cards:

DS1 & DS2 have this thing for the Annoying Orange on YouTube.  They have also been telling lots of knock knock jokes lately, so I thought it would be fun to make a card with these two things in mind!  DS1's birthday will be here soon, so this is going to be his card...with a little joke inside, of course!

Love these adorable fruit images as much as I do and don't have them as a part of your summer stamping stash yet?  Well, guess what?!  Today is your lucky day and I'm sharing a discount code for the Sweet Stamp Shop for you to use (TODAY ONLY)!  How is that for happy Monday morning news?!  Here you go:  MS15.  That's for 15% off your entire regular priced purchase today!  Go ahead!  I give you my permission to shop (not that you really need it)!

My dear children are now adjusting to the return on the camera.  The warmer months give me lots of opportunities to take photos and they are often the subjects.   It's a good thing they're such good sports!  Want to see what I do with my camera when I'm not taking photos of cards?  Go take a peek at my photography website, Pixel Moments!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Sweet Stamp Shop April Release #2

Today is just so full of excitement! This is my second post for the day, so if you're looking for the new CASology post, scroll on down!

Sweet Stamp Shop is releases the second round of sweet goodness today!  You're not going to miss out because these new sets are THE cutest!  Hey, don't I say that about all the Sweet Stamp Shop sets...I just can't help stating the obvious!

Just take a look...

I am such a big hedgehog enthusiast when it comes to stamps!  When I saw this set was about to be released, I could hardly contain my excitement!  Aren't these little critters so sweet?!  I used little black gemstones for their adorable little noses!  Take a look at the rest of the Hedgehog Kiss set:

Next up?!  How about a little Artsy Fartsy fun!

I added a little gloss to the tip of the paintbrush for a wet paint look.  I couldn't resist making another card with the cute little glue bottle...

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Artsy Fartsy, Mr. Octopus - sentiment)

Take a look at the rest of this set!

I'm thinking I'll use this for end-of-the-year school cards for DS1 & DS2's teacher gifts!

The third set in the new release contains even more cuteness!  (Does the cuteness ever stop?!)  How about a little sea creature who has a thing for coffee and donuts?!  Mr. Octopus is just learning how to use today's modern technology, but hasn't quite figured out that food and computers don't mix...

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Mr. Octopus, Today Was)

I used the grid from the Today Was set as a background.  I actually applied gloss to the icing on the donuts, but this particular photo doesn't show it well.  Orange Stickles were applied to his stylin' spectacles and clear gemstones were adhered to the corners.  Yep, he's into fashion statements too.  Take a look at the rest of this fun stamp set:

Now head on over to the Sweet Blog to see the fourth new release set and more sweet design team creativity!  You'll want to grab the sets you love right away because there is a discount code for you to use on the new release and it is only good for TODAY...Code = AR10!

It's errand day here, so now I'm off into the sunshine!  I had a busy weekend and am getting my balance back slowly, but surely.  Sorry about the missing Happiness Is posts lately.  I am definitely still happy, just lacking in blogging time the last little while.  Hoping for smoother sailing now!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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CASology #91: Ransom NOTE

Today marks the beginning of a brand new cue word week over at CASology!  Like many of the cue words, this week's word can be interpreted more than one way!

I took off in a direction that will give away the fact that I'm a big mystery novel lover.  Oh, and I have a thing for chocolate too...

Sweet Stamp Shop is sponsoring CASology this week, so I used one of their many fantastic stamp sets on my card, Alpha Tabs.  I added a few chocolate looking ink smudges for good measure and then had this crazy idea that I should crumple the ransom note a bit because, after all, isn't that the official way to make it look like I mean business?!  I preserved white space by using small letters to create both dimension and interest.  The message is the focal point of the card!

Please be sure and go take a look at the Sweet Stamp Shop's new release that is kicking off today!  You'll want to take advantage of the discount code over at CASology for 10% off (today only) in the Sweet Shop on the new release sets!

Also, go say hello to the CASology design team members and this week's guest designer on their personal blogs!  They work so hard each week to provide inspiration for you and they would love to hear from you!


Be sure and link up your own NOTE creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win this week's Sweet prize!

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CASology 89: Wet


It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word over at CASology!  With April rains beginning to fall, this word made me think of umbrellas.

Stamps:  Tim Holtz
I decided to pop up the sentiment a little for dimension and also added some dew drops and gemstones to guide the eye around the card.  Notice I kept my embellishments clustered in three groups.  Love this particular image!

Go take a look at the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as this week's guest designer photo gallery!  You'll find lots of fantastic inspiration!


Don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win this week's prize from STAMPlorations!

Another day of laundry as well as errands awaiting, so it's off I go!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Sweet Stamp Shop: Part II

Well, whaddya know?! I made it back to blog Part 2 for today!  Here's the second card I wanted to share with you today:

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Fall Gratitude, Today Was - sentiment)
I decided to use a stamp set that wasn't quite as new to create a spring-like card.  I'm thinking it will indeed be a happy day when spring finally shows some evidence of its arrival!  I'm thinking of some ways to use the feathers in this set for spring time birds...

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...and this set has my wheels turning too now that I've inked it up:

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I continue to love just how versatile Sweet Stamp Shop stamps are!  With a little creativity, a person can use these stamps in so many ways!

I hope you had a great Monday!  I made it about half way up Mt. Washmore before I had to stop trying to conquer it entirely in one day.  I think everyone in the household now has enough to wear for at least a couple more days...

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A Sweet Panda Hello: Part I

Happy Monday to you!  A fresh start is once again here and I'm playing catch up today!  We've had guests coming and going since last Thursday and now I am trying to jog my memory to see what exactly I may have forgotten between then and now!  Quite a bit, I'm sure, and I am so thankful for my planner!

Today, I am sharing some more Sweetness from the Sweet Stamp Shop!  I've got another installment of Picture Perfect up over on the Sweet Blog that you'll want to go check out too!  I'm going to be posting in two parts today here on my blog as, like I mentioned, I am playing a bit of catch up today, so stay tuned later today for more Sweet goodness!

For now, I thought you'd like to see some panda cuteness!  DS3 is in love with these critters and I've felt the urge to play with the Panda Face set again lately!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Panda Face, Speech Bubbles - sentiment)
This little guy is quite intrigued by the butterfly that perched on his nose!  I used Martha Stewart's butterly punch to cut three butterflies from red glitter cardstock.  The panda is fussy cut and popped up with foam dots for even more dimension.  The sentiment is from the oh-so-popular Speech Bubbles set.  Black, white and of the more classy color combinations, in my opinion!

Be sure and check out the Sweet Stamp Shop store for the fantastic new sets that were released last week as well as some favorites sets that are being retired!  You'll want to grab the ones you love!  Oh, and remember that next week is the second April release and you aren't going to want to miss it!!!  Check out Facebook for more information and sneak peeks!

Okay, I'm off and running!  Mt. Washmore is about to overtake the laundry room, so I'd better go start feeding the washing machine!  Then, it's down to the craft room with DS3 while DD is napping!  There's also meal planning/grocery list making to do & a quick library run to make after DD awakens, so better try to keep focused!  Easier said than done...

I'll be back later!  Until then, enjoy your Monday!

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Sweet Stamp Shop April Release, Part I

No Wordless Wednesday for me today...

Are you ready for a little excitement?!  I hope so because today is the first of two new releases this month over at Sweet Stamp Shop!  Four sets are being released today and I used three of them to create some cards, knowing full well that I might just be enabling some of my faithful followers (insert disclaimer).

So here you have them...

I used the Feeling Today set to create this card, stamping two of the words in two different colors to create a background.  I then layered a white sentiment strip over the top.  This card pretty much sums up how I felt using these new goodies!

I then made a card with the coordinating Emotions set, creating a happy, colorful card:

The little dots were created using a stencil and by sponging the colors of the rainbow onto it.  I stamped the words in black on top and then stamped the little heart and added red Stickles to it before popping it up with a tiny portion of a foam dot.  Red glitter cardstock was used as a base for the main panel.

Just look at all those fabulous words!!!

I made two more cards with the new Hats set:

Is this absolute fun, or what?!  With Mother's Day fast approaching, this one will be perfect for those Mother's Day cards and gifts!  In fact, I already have one of my cards made for this year thanks to this set!  I layered some of those adorable hats, popping them up with foam dots after coloring them with Copic markers.

I then made a thank you card with the same set, using the little square check boxes from the Feeling Today set to create the checkered pattern.

Just think of all the fun cards these hats will help you create for lots of different occasions!  This card is a "thanks for the ride" type card.

Be sure and visit the Sweet Blog today to see even more inspiration from the design team!  You won't be disappointed!  Then, if you see something you like, be sure and grab it fast because the Sweet Stamps have a habit of flying off the shelf once released!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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CASology #89: Laughter is the Best Medicine


Laughter really is the best medicine and I just had to make a get well card for this week's JOKE challenge over at CASology...

When you're feeling down and under, a little laughter never hurts.  I remember when my own mother was in the ICU when I was a teenager and moments of laughter were like little mini vacations from the seriousness at hand!

I stamped the main image thinking I was going to color it all in, but changed my mind as I really wanted to preserve as much white space as possible!  Granted the black & white image still takes up space, but it just feels less intrusive without color.  I had to color that hospital gown, however!  Anyone else notice how unattractive those things tend to be?!  I'd love to say that they're comfortable and that makes up for the ugly, but I can't do that.  Who can feel comfortable in something that always has you tugging at the gaping hole that is revealing your backside?!  I added black gemstone earrings to the nurse's ears for dimension and added interest.  The inside reads, "Get well soon."

I hope you'll join us this week as we joke around a bit over at CASology!  Remember these helpful hints when creating a CAS card:

1.  One main image
2.  Lots of open space (uncluttered)
3.  Limited layers & embellishments
4.  Quick & easy to recreate

Don't forget to bop over to the design team member and guest designer blogs to get more details on their humor!

Guest Designer:  Gay 

It's a blustery, grey day here today!  Spring is trying so hard to arrive, but winter is being stubborn.  I'm using the extra cool days to get some indoor things done because once the warmer weather arrives to stay, I'm going to be living outside!  Enough of this cabin fever!
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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