Blue Muse

It's a thundering, grass soaking Friday for us today! The blue skies of yesterday have disappeared and, in their place, grey storm clouds are traveling by leaving evidence of their visit on the many different surfaces of our landscape.  A good day for indoor activites...such as card making!

I wanted to play along with the Muse Challenge again this week when I saw the beautiful blues in the inpirational card photo!  Blue just happens to be my favorite color!

Creator:  Marion Vagg
 I drew inspiration from the banner and the ombre technique that was used.

Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Design Motifs), Simon Says Stamp (You set)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  SU (Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  SU marker (Basic Black)

I wanted to keep things one layer just like the card muse, so resisted adding anything extra after creating the main design!  I also drew a thin black line to create a line similar to the one on the lower portion of the banner in the original muse card.

We're headed to the local library to pick up some reading material for the day and upcoming weekend!  DS1 is such a bookworm now and DS2 appears to be following in his footsteps!  Add in some homemade shaved ice treats and fresh baked cookies and we'll be set for a fun Friday!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Plant Pizzazz

I couldn't resist creating a card for this week's color duo over at Dynamic Duos! With a pretty green paired with black, how could I not play along?!

I even happened to be thinking about plant images before I read the dessert option, so all worked out well!

I've had this single cling stamp image in my stash for a while now, waiting for the opportunity to create something with it.  I don't know how many times I've picked it up, eyeballed it for a moment and put it back.  Luck was with it and it was finally kissed with ink!

I inked it up with Pear Pizzazz and went back over the stems with a Basic Black marker before stamping it on white cardstock.  I trimmed and layered the main image panel on Basic Black cardstock.  I decided I needed to bring in a little more of the green, so added the strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock to the card base before permanently affixing the main image panel with foam dots.  The clear Stickles were added at the end.  What's a card without at least a little sparkle?!

I'm wondering where the week is going!  It's Thursday already and I don't feel like I've really accomplished anything profound.  Such is the story of Summer, I suppose.  Some hot days are beginning this week for those of us here in the Midwest!  I had to double check the freezer to make sure I have plenty of frozen berries for smoothies!  This mama and her personalized space heater need to keep comfortable!  I'd forgotten how much warmer summers seem when you have a little person attached to your midsection!  Funny how we forget certain things.  Only 8 or 9 weeks to go now!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Gone Fishin’

Time for a brand new cue word challenge over at CASology! This week? We're going fishing!

Where did this cue word take me?  Fishing, of course!  Warm days are here to stay now and I see lots of people out fishing every time I'm near a pond or river!

Stamps:  Prima, Paper Trey (sentiment - Tiny Treats Valentine)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  sequins, heart gemstone, red Copic marker, foam dots, cloud die (MFT)

I used dimension on this clean and simple design as my main tool.  The cloud and little boy are both popped up with foam dots, but different thicknesses.  I added a trio of tiny sequins and colored a clear heart gemstone with a red Copic marker for a little pop of color.  Where did this particular idea come from?  Think of that Dreamworks image you see at the beginning of some movies where the little boy is sitting on the moon, fishing in the sky!

Don't forget to visit the design team members' blogs and leave them a little love this week!  They've been working hard to create some inspiration!  Then, remember to link up your own FISH creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Masculine Monday: HB2U

Monday is dawning filled with sunshine and the sound of song birds filling the air.  A wonderful way to start the day!

I hope you had a nice Father's Day weekend.  We spent Sunday just relaxing.  DH took the older two boys "mountain" biking while DS3 took his nap, so I had some unexpected quiet time that included a little nap and simply enjoying the pure silence in the house!

I whipped up a clean & simple masculine card at some point during the weekend.  Saturday was spent tidying up the house after the first full week of summer break with the boys!  It's amazing how much more quickly things become disheveled when everyone is home all day, every day!  I'm thinking I need to be better with daily maintenance over the next few months!  Whew!

Stamps:  CAS-ual Fridays
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  note die (MFT), gemstones

This card was so simple, but after staring at it for a while, I decided I do kind of like it.  Masculine cards are supposed to be fairly simple in design and not overly embellished, right?!  I think this should fit the bill!  I stamped the HB2U, die cut the music note and popped it up with some foam dot remnants.  I added the tiny gemstones simply because I couldn't resist adding something!

We're off for a walk this morning while the air is still morning fresh and the temperatures are mild.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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A Clean & Simple Muse

Here is it Thursday afternoon and I am finally sitting down to do some crafty computer things.  Play, if you will.  I've been busy playing with photos, playing with craftiness, playing with organizing, playing with's all play if you look at it right!  I'm adjusting my sails and I have a feeling we'll soon be back on the smooth waters that a summer routine provides.


I decided to play along with this week's Muse Challenge.  I created a card, inspired by the colors, subtly stamped pattern & leaves and the little circular embellishments.  Of course, I had to go with a clean and simple design!

Stamps:  Verve
Paper:  SU cardstock (Pool Party)
Ink:  SU (Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler)
Accessories:  sequins, SU marker (Cherry Cobbler)

The grid pattern was stamped first and the single leaf second.  I inked up the sentiment in Pool Party ink and then used a Cherry Cobbler colored marker to add a little contrasting color to it before stamping it on the card base.  I added three tiny sequins for embellishments.  A one layer CAS card for a day of fun in the sun!

Here is the inspirational card provided by Therese Calvird:

It's pizza at the park tonight since Pizza Hut has 1-topping larges on sale this week for $5.55!  You really can't beat that for a quick and easy supper on a summer weekday!  No, not the healthiest, but balanced out with healthier food for other meals!  We're back in smoothie mode around here!

Enjoy your evening!

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The Color Happy

I don't know about you, but a little color boost does me a lot of good from time to time and yellow is one of those colors that I can't help but smile about!

This week over on the CASology challenge blog, the cue word is YELLOW and I'm very excited about it!  I'll be thinking happy thoughts as I visit all the creations that are linked up, I'm sure!

For me, the word YELLOW brought to mind those beautiful creatures called butterflies!  What a happy coincidence that turned out to be because I had some Uniko Studio butterfly images and dies in my stash to use and this company happens to be the CASology sponsor this week!

Stamps:  Uniko Studio (Bright Butterflies, All Occasions Sentiments #1)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), SU (Daffodil Delight)
Accessories:  Uniko Studio butterfly die, gemstone, black Copic marker, foam dot

After stamping the big sentiment, I die cut and stamped a butterfly in yellow.  I popped it up with a foam dot for dimension and added a gemstone I'd colored with a black Copic marker.  As you can see, simplicity is my friend these days!

Be sure to check out the YELLOW creations of the CASology design team and this week's guest designer:

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

Have yourself a terrific Tuesday!

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Masculine Monday: A Spec-tacular Father’s Day

Happy Monday!  With Father's Day less than a week away, I took some time to focus on the upcoming holiday by making one final card.  This time, I went with some newspaper print decorative paper and a stamped pair of spectacles!  I don't know about you, but many Sunday afternoons growing up, I'd find my father sitting in his easy chair reading the Sunday newspaper.

Stamps:  Stampabilities, Paper Trey (sentiment)
Paper:  SU decorative paper (Newsprint), SU cardstock (Basic Black, Very Vanilla), Paper Trey cardstock (kraft)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  Crystal Effects, foam dots

I stamped the spectacles and sentiment.  Then, they were fussy cut and snazzed up with a little Crystal Effects for shine.  I then popped them up with foam dots for dimension.  Easy as ever!

I hope you had a relaxing weekend!  Me...not so much.  DS3 took a fall and smacked one of his top front teeth on the bookcase in the living room Saturday afternoon.  Of course, such things always happen on the weekend when doctors and dentists are not in their offices.  Thankfully, I work for a kind dentist who took my call and advised me what to do.  We'll need to try to get an x-ray early this week to see if DS3 can keep his tooth as it was pushed into his gums a bit and could affect the developing adult tooth if it was pushed in enough to touch it.  This mommy is feeling a bit distressed about it all!  Thankfully, the swelling in his face is beginning to subside little by little now.  That, in itself, relieves some of the worry.  A little.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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