CASology #86: The Root of the Matter

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week?  We're digging deep with ROOTS!

I know this immediately makes one think of gardening, but I lack a green thumb, so decided to take this word off on a different tangent...

Stamps:  SU,
I had this vision of pigs rooting around and went looking for an image of one of those creatures.  This little fellow was perfect for what I had in mind!  And he even likes chocolate!  I added the strip of colorful washi tape at the last minute for a pop of color and to add a bit of a playful feel.

I hope you'll take some time to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as this week's guest designer's blog!  They've created some beautiful inspiration for you!

One thing I should mention:  In order to give participants more time to play along, we are extending the deadline for entries to Mondays at NOON (Central Time). Due to this extension, we will now be announcing our winners and honorable mentions on Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m. (Central Time), one hour before a new challenge begins. Challenges will begin at the same time as usual, 8:00 a.m. (Central Time) on Tuesdays.
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Sweet Stamp Shop Puppies

Happy Monday!  Isn't crazy how quickly weekends go by?!  I always feel a bit confused when the alarm goes off on Monday mornings, wondering if I'm just dreaming that the weekend is done!  I hope you had a good one!

Today, I'm back over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog explaining how you can easily create a free watermark for you photos!  It's easier than you think, I promise!  Go take a look if you don't have a watermark and would like to learn how to make one and apply it to your photos!

I created two cards to share today and I think you'll agree that the new pup (Doggy Dog) released last week is a keeper!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Doggy Dog)
I masked the triangle in blue and then popped up the colored main image in the middle of it using foam dots.  I actually cut apart the three words in the stamp set to place them on each of the three sides of the triangle.  This little guy is ready to recycle some bones!  Isn't he so thoughtful?

I brightened things up a bit for my second card...

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Doggy Dog, Too Hip, Just the Basics - sentiment)
We have a nephew that loves the color orange and has a little dog he adores.  I colored the puppy in the colors of his dog and then cut it out and popped it up again with foam dots.  The orange dots I created with a pencil eraser and orange ink.  I added star sequins for a little shine.  The little party hat is from the Too Hip set!

I hope you're adjusting well to the time change if you have that where you live!  It always seems like it takes me about a week to get used to it, so I'm dragging a bit today!  Thank goodness for coffee and the sunshine that is shining in the windows this morning!  We have some major snow melting going on with the temperatures climbing into the 40's!  It's so exciting to see grass peeking through the snow!  Of course, first comes the mud...

Have a marvelous Monday!

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DeNami Fuzzy Critters Blog Hop!


Today happens to be a day filled with all the cuteness one could ask for!  You see, DeNami Design is having a Fuzzy Critter Blog Hop and when you see all the adorable creatures along the way, you're going to be smiling from ear to ear!  I couldn't resist joining in the fun!  I've had a few of their sweet critters for a while now and it's always good when someone nudges me to use some of the things in my stash!

There will be three $20 gift certificates for the DeNami store given away (one to a random participant - excluding DT members - and two to two people who comment along the blog hop), so be sure and hop along, commenting as you go!

You probably arrived here from Paulina's wonderful blog and you're over half way to the finish line!  Isn't this FUN?!  I have a couple clean & simple cards to share with you because that's just my style!

Stamps:  DeNami Design (Swinging Chickie, Little Hedgehog), Paper Trey (sentiment & branches)
I had so much fun with this card!  I used a Memory Box window die and adhered a bit of window sheet to the back of it to give it a more realistic look.

I used the Swinging Chickie and the oh-so-cute Little Hedgehog.  Mr. Hedgehog was feeling kind and lifted Chickie up to peek in the window.  This kind of thing actually happened at our house once, but with a curious squirrel...

We got such a kick out of his little face peeking in the kitchen window!  I was surprised he stayed long enough for me to capture his mugshot!

I had to make another card with the stinkin' cute Little Skunk image!

Stamps:  DeNami Design (Little Skunk), Hambo (sentiment)
I stumbled across the perfect sentiment in my stash while trying to figure out what I was going to use with this little guy!  I couldn't resist.  The thought bubble is a die cut.

Now it's time for you to head on over to Lisa's blog to see her fuzzy critter creation!  If you are arriving here on my blog and haven't visited previous entries in the hop, be sure and start from the beginning on the DeNami blogYou have until March 10th at 11:59 p.m. PST to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Sweet Stamp Shop March Release!

This is my second post for the day, so if you're looking for the new CASology challenge post, click here.

It's time for more sweet newness over at Sweet Stamp Shop!  Today is the first of TWO new releases that are happening in March!  Yes, I said TWO!  There is so much sweetness in store this month that Nicole decided to divide it all into two celebrations!  Today's release is going to make you want to go adopt a furry friend (if you don't already own one)!  Take a look...

My sense of humor tends to follow that of my three sons', so you'll have to cut me some slack here.  I can't help it.  This features a fire hydrant image from the new Doggy Dog set:

Oh, you need some more sentiments to accompany this little pup you say?!  Never fear.  Sweet Stamp Shop can read your mind...

Just look at that cute little paw, would you?!  Here's the rest of the new High Five set:

(You might be able to see a little clue in this set regarding the second new release that will be happening in a couple weeks!)

I have one more of the new sets to share with you!  How about the flexibility of a new alphabet?!  Whether you need to send a happy hello...

...or thank an awesome teacher...

...the new Upper Outline Alpha has you covered!

There's one more set in today's new release, but I'm going to send you over to the Sweet Blog to see it (as well as more design team fabulousness)!  Don't forget to take advantage of today's new release coupon code:  MFR10!  You'll get 10% off all the sets in today's new release!

One other thing...if you haven't done so already, be sure and Like Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook so that you don't miss out on future insider news and coupons for upcoming releases!  There are sneak peeks and more!

Now I'm off to climb the first level of Mt. Washmore.  It's the first of the week's laundry days today and the loads don't seem to want to wash themselves.  DD is napping, DS3 is playing quietly & the sun is shining brilliantly on some fresh overnight snow (will it ever end?!), so life is good!  A second cup of hot coffee and I'll be fully charged!

Until tomorrow...

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Carnival at CASology


Are you ready for a brand new cue word challenge over at CASology? This week, we're going to a carnival. Well, some of us are, anyway. I'm going on a cruise. With Carnival Cruise Lines. Just kidding. I have no desire to go on a cruise!  I'd rather go hiking somewhere and avoid the open sea, but that's just me!  I have friends who enjoy taking a cruise now and then, so this card will be theirs next time they venture onto one of those big ships!

I masked the big sun and used yellow and orange as the colors.  The ocean liner was fussy cut and popped up with foam dots for dimension.  I added the three black gemstones to add a little interest while creating a bit of a visual triangle for the design.

I hope you'll take the time to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as this week's talented guest designer's blog!  There is some rather awesome CARNIVAL inspiration for you to see!

Don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Happiness is…

...freshly baked cookies.


...learning something new.

...a positive attitude.

...a warm fire on a cold evening.


...a quiet evening at home.

...the hope a new day brings.

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CASology #84: PAINT

It's Tuesday!  Time for a new cue word over at CASology!  This week's word might just get you thinking about all those spring painting projects you'd like to get started on!  Problem for me is, it's just a tad too chilly outside to open windows, so I have to wait a while.  This will give me plenty of time to change my mind a few more times regarding colors.  There are too many choices out there when it comes to paint colors, don't you think?!  It's like taking a child into a candy store with walls covered with choices and then you can't figure out why they aren't making a final decision in a timely manner and keep changing their mind!

Thankfully, CASology keeps things simple and I chose to keep my design extremely simple with a paint swatch image from Sweet Stamp Shop.  I was going to get all colorful, but decided to do something more monochromatic using black and grays.

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Color Wheel, Cityscape - sentiment)

I wracked my brain for a sentiment to go with the image.  It was a challenge because of my choice not to use bright colors.  I could have used "You color my world." or something similar, but alas, I hadn't used color!  The sentiment I finally settled on made me laugh a little as I thought of it in relation to the cue word.

Please be sure and visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as this week's guest designer's blog for more fresh inspiration!  Then, don't forget to link up your own PAINT creation by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!

Guest Designer:  Hannelie

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Sweet One Layer Celebrations

It's time for another installment of photography tips and tricks over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog and today I'm sharing how to do some basic editing using PicMonkey, a wonderful online editing site!  Go check out the post and then go have some fun exploring PicMonkey!  It's so fun playing with photos over there that I often have to peel myself away from it!

I decided to create a one layer card for this week's card example.  Take a look...

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Elegant Sentiments, Sparkle and Shine)
I stamped the sentiment first and then added varying sizes of the sequin image in three different shades of color.  So easy!

I went ahead and used the same layout on a second card to show you just how easily this design would work for other occasions!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Elegant Sentiments, Sparkle and Shine)
I used the second large sentiment from the Elegant Sentiments set and then used colors for the sequins from the Sparkle and Shine set that weren't so similar for a more cheerful look!  Inside, this card says, "birthday!"

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I hope you'll take time to visit Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook if you haven't already done so!  By Liking them, you will have access to the special fan page for each new release as well as special coupons to use in their store from time to time!  March will have TWO new releases, so you'll want to have the inside scoop!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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