CASology #94: METAL

It's time for a brand new cue word challenge over at CASology and, this week, we're going elemental.


With Father's Day coming up soon, this word made me think of a toolbox and all those guy things that are found out in the garage!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Dad's Tool Box)
I simply embossed a piece of Brushed Silver cardstock (Stampin'Up!), mounted it on another piece of Brushed Silver cardstock and then popped the layered panel up with foam dots.  I stamped and fussy cut the sentiment on Brushed Silver also and popped up the letters with foam dots.  The black gemstones were added at the end.

As you can see, a monochromatic color scheme works well on a clean and simple design.  Add a little texture and you've got some dimensional interest!  It only takes a few well-placed elements to create a CAS design!  Figuring out how to combine that handful of elements is the real challenge.

I hope you'll join us over at CASology!  The design team and this week's guest designer have provided some fantastic METAL inspiration and Cindy Coutts is back as our sponsor, offering a wonderful prize to this week's winner!


Be sure and link up your creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) to be eligible to win the prize!

Off to run errands today!  Drywalling is about to begin!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Sweet Monday

It's Monday and today I'm sharing a bit about cameras over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog! Ever wondered what the difference between a point-and-shoot camera and a DSLR camera is? I'm sharing a little about the two, so head on over to the Sweet Blog!

Yesterday was my mother's birthday, so I had birthdays on my mind and created a fun, text only birthday card!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Feeling Today, You Had Me At)
I combined two stamp sets to create the birthday message:  Feeling Today and You Had Me At.  I stamped the checklist, mounted the entire main panel on a piece of My Mind's Eye decorative paper and then popped the entire thing up with foam dots.  I added a trio of festive sequins to add to the party atmosphere!

I created a second card using paper piecing.

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Elegant Flowers, Baking Love, Cookie Sprinkles, Stinky Skunk)
Mother's Day was actually what was on my mind when I was working on this, but I decided to turn it into a thank you card instead.  I combined a flower bud from Elegant Flowers, the bowl from Baking Love , the "thanks" from the Cookie Sprinkles and the shadow (under the bowl) from the Stinky Stunk set.  I masked the bowl and flowers and then paper pieced the flowers with some polka dot paper in my stash.  The bowl was colored with Copic markers.  Three small clear sequins were added for a little extra interest.

I hope if you've been following the Picture Perfect blog series over the last few months, you have learned something that has helped with photographing your cards.  I love playing with a camera and product photography is one area that I have an interest in.  If you ever have a question, please ask!  I've found the best way to figure something out sometimes is to just ask!  Don't be shy!

There will be one more new release this month from the Sweet Stamp Shop, so if you want the inside scoop on it, be sure and follow along over on Facebook!

On the home front, DH is putting in exhausting hours in the basement!  Poor guy.  That's what happens when you create a deadline for yourself!  In some ways, it's a good thing because it forces you to focus.  In other ways, you begin to realize all that you have left to do and things quickly begin to feel urgent.  Very, very urgent!  I think I'm going to try to convince him to take a break this afternoon!  Coffee only helps for so long!  Tomorrow is the big day when the drywall guys begin hanging drywall in the basement, so today is the final prep day for us!  Off I go!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Don’t Worry

It's Friday and the day is flying by with DH home working on the basement!  I'm tidying up the messes when I can to keep his work area fairly decluttered, holding boards, delivering food and caring for DS3 & DD.  Things are going pretty well, but boy, there are moments when every single person in the house needs me!  Yikes!  DS1 & DS2 arrive home from school in less than an hour and a busy weekend begins!  I took a little quiet time this morning while DD was napping to tinker in the craft room with DS2.  I chose to play along with the current photo inspiration challenge over at Mama Elephant!

I've been wanting to play with some of their adorable critters that have been hiding in my stash for a while now!

Stamps:  Mama Elephant (True Friend, Honey Bunny)

I was inspired by the soft colors and all the white in the photo.  Since the photo seemed to be a spa/relaxation theme, I decided to put a bunny (from the Honey Bunny set) in a bubble bath, soaking his worries away.  Who doesn't like a long, relaxing bath at the end of a day?!  I layered Landscape Trio Creative Cuts using Shimmery White cardstock & foam dots for the bubbles.  I nestled the bunny behind the layers after coloring him with Copic markers.  I popped up the entire main panel and added tiny clear sequins.  The sentiment (from the True Friend set) continues inside to say, "it's gonna be alright."  I'm thinking about sending this to a new mother.  How well I remember the shock of having my first child.  The sleepless nights.  The wondering if I was doing anything right.  Hoping my little one was doing okay.  By the time child #4 arrived, I wasn't such a worry wart, but what mother doesn't continue to worry a little about her children?!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I'm off and running!

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Sweet Stamp Shop May Release #1

Today is the day!  Sweet Stamp Shop is releasing three new stamp sets and just wait until you see them...

Always giving us something to smile about, another adorable critter has joined the others in the Sweet Shop!  This time, it's a skunk!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Stinky Skunk, Dad's Tool Box - 'sorry' sentiment)

Sometimes one needs to admit they've been a bit of a stinker, so this card is for such an occasion.  Apologies aren't easy, but they're necessary at times!

With Father's Day next month, the next set I'm going to show you hits the nail on the head!  What father doesn't like tools?!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Dad's Tool Box)
The main panel is embossed with a woodgrain pattern.  I actually cut apart the "DAD" so that I could pop up each letter with a foam dot.

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Dad's Tool Box)
On this card, I used black sequins to replicate little washers and added some sparkle to the toolbox with Smooch Spritz.  The main panel is embossed with a brick pattern.

Here is the entire set:

Adorable, no?!!  There is one more set being released today, but I'll let you see it over on the Sweet Blog where even more creative inspiration awaits!  Be sure to take advantage of this coupon code for 10% off the new release sets (good for today):  MR110
The new releases have been selling like hot cakes, so you'll want to be quick to grab the ones you want!

It is still not feeling much like spring around here.  I guess we're getting a late one this year.  I just hope we'll at least get a few nice spring days to enjoy before plunging into the heat of summer!  Rain has been ours most every day so far this week.  Indoor projects are going strong, including a basement that is about to be drywalled!  Exciting, but also a bit nerve wracking!  We're in a bit of a time crunch in our house!  Here's a peek at my future craft room (Yes, I'm trying so very hard to contain my excitement!):

This is actually a room that will be able to be used as a bar or a little apartment kitchen by future owners, if desired.  The line of boards you see sticking out from the wall will be an island with bar stools, a perfect height for someone like me who prefers to stand when crafting.  There will be a few cabinets in an L-shape to go along with the island.  I'll post more pictures as things begin to come together!

The camera is still snapping photos of other things, of course...

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology #93: ELECTRIC

It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  I think you'll really like this one...

I couldn't help but think of all the birds that like to chat on the electrical lines this time of year as they are moving back into the area!

Three Little Birds.  Ever heard that song?  It's a rather catchy tune and now I've got it running through my head!  This is a super simple CAS design.  I used the diagonal electrical line to create interest for the eye and then placed three little birds in varying colors on it.  Yes, that crazy number three showed up again, didn't it?!  I decided to place the sentiment in the lower right corner to force the eye to complete the visual triangle that was started by the diagonal line.  My copic markers had the honor of brightening up the birds this time.  I'd considered paper piecing them, but time is of essence for me right now!

Be sure and bop over to the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog for inspiration and some CAS design tips!

Guest Designer:  Harriet 

Also, go take a look at Stamps and Scrapbooks (Stampin' Up! products), our sponsor this week!  There are a lot of retiring stamp sets and products that will soon be gone, so you may want to go grab the ones you need before it's too late!

Then, don't forget to link up your own electrically charged creation on the CASology challenge blog by Monday at noon (CDT) for your chance to win a fabulous prize!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
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CASology #92: Garden


It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This time, we're going to visit the GARDEN and see what we can dig up for creativity!

I actually found a sentiment I liked and went from there.  It just so happened that the sentiment was part of a floral set.

Stamps:  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Hibiscus 2)
I layered a piece of black cardstock behind the main panel in a way to add a little interest and to bring out the black accents in the design.  The flower is popped up with foam dots to add dimension and three black gemstones were added to the center of it.  Remember, three is a magic number in design!

Take a moment to visit the design team members' blogs!  They've been hard at work, creating inspiration for this week's challenge!  They'd love to hear from you!


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

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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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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