Giggle Giggle Quack

This week's cue word over at CASology is a light hearted one!  It's time for a good ole dose of laughter and wit!  Or maybe just some pure creativity!  This word just makes me smile reading it!  What about you?  That's the beauty of the weekly cue words!  You can interpret them however you want to and we get to see how your mind works!

My mind, unfortunately, didn't seem to be working all that well this time around.  I couldn't get past the thought of that children's book titled, Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin!  This is one of the boys' favorite books!  The story is too fun and the illustrations are fantastic!  A duck is the main character and a rather sneaky one at that!

Stamp:  SU
Ink:  SU (Basic Black, Daffodil Delight)
Paper:  Paper Trey (white)
Accessories:  Thickers letter stickers, black gemstones, black marker
Honestly, I am not very satisfied with this card.  While I like the components, I'm not too enthused about how they came together.  I decided just to go with it, though, so please forgive me this particular week (pregnancy brain??)!  I stamped the giggles twice in two different colors to give them some life.  The "quack" is simply some Thickers letter stickers and I couldn't resist adding the little gemstone-eyed smiley face (although, I'm not so sure it really adds anything...)!  Hopefully, you are familiar with the book that inspired it and will go read it just for fun!  I know I am going to!

Be sure to take some time to visit the rest of the design team and guest designer blogs to see what prompted their GIGGLEs this week!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creation by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT)!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Flying Hi

I have not forgotten my promise to share a masculine card on Mondays.  I promise!  This week and last, my plate of Life has been filled a bit more with the bare essentials and lacking a bit in dessert (a.k.a. crafty endeavors)!  I'm okay with it, though, because that's just life...sometimes I'd rather have my plate full of dessert, but that's not exactly healthy.  Balance and moderation!  I know I savor the little extras a lot more when they aren't as readily available!

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn
Paper:  SU CS (Bashful Blue), Paper Trey CS (white)
Ink:  SU (Basic  Black)
Accessories:  SU embossing folder, gemstone heart, red Copic marker, foam dots
We have paper airplanes flying around the house like you wouldn't believe these days!  I remember the days when I joined my three brothers in such play except I had this tendency to make my own paper airplanes look pretty!  I probably spent more time decorating them than I did actually flying them!

For this card, I embossed the main white panel and layered it on top of some light blue.  I then stamped and fussy cut the paper airplane, popping it up with a foam dot for dimension.  The sentiment and flight path were stamped in black right on the main panel.  I added the heart gemstone after coloring it with a red Copic marker.  Another card for DH!

Today was a nice spring day with temperatures finally reaching into the upper 60's!  I'm hoping the next few days will prompt the bare trees to start getting serious about leafing out!  I am so ready for green leaves!  Some of the neighbors have mowed their lawns for the first time and I have a feeling this coming weekend we may finally do the same!  Is there anything quite like the smell of freshly mowed grass?!

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

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Mum’s the Word

No, this week's CASology cue word is not a secret!

I just couldn't resist...

I don't typically use the word "mum" when referring to my own mother.  Even though I did live in New Zealand for a couple years growing up, I didn't seem to bring any English expressions back with me.  The accent, yes, but only for a short while and then my American roots took over again.

Stamps:  CTMH (Bohemian Alphabet)
I used an alphabet stamp set from CTMH to create this simple card.  The letters were stamped, cut out and then popped up with foam dots for dimension.  I created the little gemstone flower using gemstone hearts and a tiny circle gemstone.

I'm hoping you'll take a look at the blogs of the design team and our guest designer so you can see where their inspiration came from!  It always amazes me how many different creative ideas show up on the CASology blog each week!


Be sure and link up your own WORD creation by this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT)!

Have yourself a terrific Tuesday!

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Pink Shock

It is time I shared with you, my wonderful blog readers, some happy news.  Over the past four months, I've been fighting waves of fatigue and nausea and I'm sure you've noticed a lag in blog posts here and there.  I am finally feeling like myself again, but with a little extra around the middle.  You see, we're expecting another little one mid to late August!  This will be baby #4 for us, evening up the numbers a bit!

Yesterday, we went in for the usual ultrasound and, low and behold, after three boys we were told we should start planning for a little pink in our house!  Honestly, I went into a bit of shock.  I'd headed over to the appointment expecting to be told we would be adding another boy again, but no!  As you can well imagine, this is going to cause a bit of a shift in our family dynamics (after I get used to the idea)!  I haven't felt the urge to go out and start shopping for pink things.  Yet.  I keep thinking, "It's really a girl!" over and over.

Today, I've started making a to do list for things that will need a little adjusting in preparation for her arrival, including sorting through storage containers of baby clothes and a little painting over some rather dark blue on the wall of the nursery once I can throw the windows open wide.  Grey will be the new color!

I realized that I really don't do pink very well at all.  I have very little of it in my wardrobe, preferring blues, neutrals, plum, orange for a little kick and the occasional touch of green.  I realized, too, that I don't really use pink much in my card making either, when given the choice!  I challenged myself this afternoon to make a totally girly card using pink, but I'm not so sure I succeeded...

I'll keep practicing.

I hope you've had a fabulous Friday!  Enjoy your weekend!

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Destination: CASology

Time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology and, this week, we're going places with the word TRAVEL!  At least, some of us are.  It seems my mind didn't take me much farther than, well, my mind.  Luckily, the lid of my box opened just far enough for me to escape (a.k.a. "think outside the box")!  Here's where my mind took me...

Stamps:  CTMH (arrow), Taylored Expressions (sentiment)
Paper:  SU CS (Brushed Silver, Basic Black), Paper Trey CS (white)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  clear gemstones, foam dots, corner rounder
I couldn't resist using a Dr. Seuss quote, especially one that goes along with the cue word!  Besides, May is coming up rather quickly and that means graduations will soon be here!  I need to have a card ready...just in case!

I kept the design very simple, using a basic layered panel in the middle of my card base, popping up the arrow and rounding one corner.  The gemstones I added just for that little extra bit of pizzazz!

I hope you'll visit the blogs of CASology's design team and guest designer this week!  They've come up with some fantastic inspiration for the cue word!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creation by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
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Masculine Monday: Dreamcycle Love

After a weekend of birthday fun with family, I'm trying to shift gears back to the daily routine!  I realized today was the day to share a masculine card and almost panicked!  Almost.

A couple years ago, DH decided to purchase an older, used bicycle to ride to work.  He figured that if he rode something inexpensive and not too pretty to look at he wouldn't feel so bad if something happened to it!  (I secretly think he wanted something that actually has a comfortable seat.)  One of his co-workers named it for him...the Dreamcycle.  A name which I happen to find rather humorous, yet fitting.

Since we've been getting some family walks and bike rides in along with the arrival of a few spring-like temperatures, I couldn't help but think a bicycle might just be fitting for a masculine card this week!

Stamps:  CTMH, Paper Trey (sentiment)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (kraft), SU (glitter paper)
Accessories:  SU heart punch, foam dot, corner rounder
I love to keep my masculine cards toned down, both in color and embellishments.  On this particular card, I chose to use kraft cardstock and only black ink.  I added just a tiny bit of color and sparkle with a punched out heart, popping it up with a foam dot.  I do believe this may be finding its way into his suitcase when he heads out on his next business trip!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We awakened to the sound of rain this morning, but the sun is now trying to brighten the skies.  With temperatures reaching the upper 60's later today, I think we're in for a rather nice spring day!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Spring Break Elephants

Spring break is literally in full swing around here and craft time isn't much of a priority!  We're loving the milder weather and the ability to just throw on a sweatshirt for going outdoors rather than layer after layer of warmth!  Flip flops are next on my list, but my extremeties get a bit too cold yet to wear them outdoors for very long.  Until then, it's my second favorite...ballerina shoes!

We spent last Friday afternoon at a zoo not far from us and loved being able to see some real, live elephants!  DS3 is in love with elephants these days and seeing a couple up close had him in awe!  Love the wonder in the minds of little children!

Elephants seem to be on my mind ever since that visit and I decided to dig out my Martha Stewart elephant punch for a quick and easy thank you card.  I'm trying to think of themes for kids' cards as I need to make a birthday card for our soon-to-be 3-year-old nephew!  I'd used this same punch for DS3's second birthday party and it is definitely a favorite of mine!

Stamps:  Paper Trey (sentiment)
Paper:  SU CS (Basic Gray), Simple Stories DP (Color Vibe 1)
Ink:  SU (Whisper White)
Accessories:  Martha Steward elephant punch, corner rounder, foam dots
I simply stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner.  Then, I punched out three elephants from three different patterned papers and adhered them to the front of the card with foam dots.  Last, I rounded the lower card corners.  An easy thank you for any elephant lovers you may know!

As I type, a tree fort is being built in the backyard, laundry is calling my name and plans for a weekend of family fun need to be finalized!  It's off I go!!!

I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday!

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