Winter is breathing down our necks here in the Midwest again with the forecast showing a good possibility of a weekend snowstorm that will dump more than just a couple inches on our weary, spring-thirsty surroundings.  Tired of this?  Yes!  Is there anything I can do to stop it?  No.  That said, I'm desperately trying to find other things to focus on while repeating this simple mantra to myself:  "Spring will come."

To pass the time until I can run outside barefoot and breathe deeply without choking on frosty air (& freezing my nose hairs), I've been playing along with the Clean & Simple Spring Design Team Search over at Splitcoast Stampers.  We're into Round 2 and are to create a card with an animal or animal print and think about lingerie (We're on a Macy's tour...)!!!  Yikes!

For some reason, I wasn't really in the mood to use an animal image as my focal point, so I searched my stash for some kind of animal print (more specifically, a leopard print), finding only some animal footprints from various species.  However, I knew that probably wasn't exactly the kind of "print" the challenge coordinator was looking for.  All at once, that life-saving light bulb in my tired brain flickered on and I remembered a trendy set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps that I'd purchased not so long ago!  Whew!  Leopard print triangles, anyone?!

I played around with different arrangements of the triangles and then gave up on creating any kind of recognizable design that would resemble anything to do with lingerieThe closest I came was a bikini top made out of two triangles!  Pushing those thoughts aside, I went with a heart theme, using the triangles to decorate a negative die cut.  Funny how the crazy mind works sometimes!

Have a fantastic Thursday!

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A Purple Kind of Song

I don't know about you, but certain colors evoke particular memories or emotions from me! Take, for instance, the color purple. When combined with this week's cue word over at CASology,

one memory came to mind right away!  Do you remember that silly song called, "The Purple People Eater?"  If you don't, here is a link to YouTube so you don't miss out!  I'll apologize in advance just in case you end up with this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day!

The oh-so-fun Alley Way Stamps is our sponsor this week and I used the Monster Mash clear set to create my card!  The possibilities are endless with this fun, kid-at-heart set!  With little boys in the house, I can see myself using this set many, many times!

I paper pieced the monster and popped him up with some foam dots for dimension.  I added a little piece of purple washi tape and added some little black dots on either side of my simple sentiment using a black marker to create a continuous line from top to bottom.

I hope you'll join us over at CASology this week!  We can't wait to see what the word SONG makes you think of!

Be sure to visit the design team members' blogs for more fun inspiration!

Then, don't forget to link up your own creation by Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST) to qualify for a chance to win this week's prize from Alley Way Stamps!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
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Elmer & Pearl

Once upon a time, there were two creative individuals named Elmer and Pearl.  Being hidden away in two very unseen nooks, they'd never met before.  At least, not in their current world.  Things changed one cold, dark night, however.  The winds of creativity blew and before they knew it, they found themselves mixed up in a sticky, but beautiful relationship.

Supplies:  Verve die cut (letter U), SU heart punch,
Pearl Ex powders, Elmer's school glue, Smooch spray (clear),
Sizzix embossing folder (chevron),
foam dots

Challenges entered:  Moxie Fab Chevron Challenge, SCS Clean & Simple Challenge

Have a fantastic Friday!

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It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!

With little boys in the house, this one should have come easily for me, but, alas, I didn't have that "perfect" image I was dreaming of for my original idea!  I'll have to keep working on that one.  I did, however, find a space themed set in my stash of neglected purchases and inked it up to create a space themed card!  Given that I completely spaced a boy child's birthday recently (no, not a child of my own!!), I think this card will be rather appropriate!

Stamps:  Lizzie Anne Designs
Ink:  SU (Basic Gray, Gumball Green)
Cardstock:  SU (Gumball Green, Brushed Silver), Paper Trey (white)
Accessories:  green gemstones, foam dot
I had such fun cutting out the UFO from silver cardstock and adding those green gemstones!  (It really doesn't take much to amuse me!)  I added a little dimension by popping it up with a foam dot.  The rest was easy!

I hope you'll take a little time and visit the rest of the design team and guest designer blogs this week!  They are one creative bunch of individuals, let me tell ya!

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

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Watt’s Up?

I ended up having a rather late stamping session in my craft room this evening simply because I wasn't disciplined enough during the daylight hours to make myself just go in and start creating.  Not that I mind the later hours for crafting, but there is something about having my creative time mid-afternoon that is rather satisfying for some reason.  It's like taking a breather in the middle of the day!  I was determined to stamp something today, however, and here I am showing you a late night attempt at a CAS card.  I apologize for the mediocre photo, but with no daylight, I used what I had...which wasn't much.  I may try to fix that tomorrow!

Stamps:  Technique Tuesday
I just love Technique Tuesday's fun stamp sets and this one is no exception!  So punny!  I stamped the hanging light fixtures in SU's Basic Gray ink and the sentiment in Poppy Parade.  I then added red gemstones (perhaps overdoing it a bit...) for a little bling.  Last, I rounded two of the card corners.

I entered this in Splitcoast Stampers' Clean and Simple sketch challenge.

I hope you had a marvelous Monday!  The snowstorm they'd originally predicted for our area completely missed us, so my Monday was fantastic!

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After a full morning of school conferences & delivering food to the teachers, I spent a little time in my craft room during DS3's afternoon nap while the older two were out in the snow with the neighbor's friendly dog!

I'd seen Moxie Fab's Camera Craze Challenge earlier this week and have had ideas brewing in the back of my brain since then.  I finally took some time to look through my stamp stash to find some camera themed images and settled on one from My Favorite Things.

I stamped the main image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, paper pieced the dress and colored the rest with Copic markers.  I added a little clear gemstone to the lens of the camera for shine.  I intentionally layered the panels off kilter for a little added interest.  Besides, I have taken more photos than I can count that are not exactly centered!

I'm also linking today's creation up with the Currently Creative Link Up over at Give a Girl a Blog!  I recently discovered this fun and fabulous place!  Right now, everyone is linking up their current creations, so if you've been busy creating something, go on over to link up and share!

Currently Creative
Now I'm off to mail a last minute package or two, pick up some pizza for supper and meet DH back at the house to eat!

I hope you've had a wonderful Thursday!

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A Hoppy Hello

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for a new cue word over at CASology!  As we're getting plastered with yet another round of heavy snow, I'm sitting inside thinking about spring!  Thank goodness this week's cue word is spring themed!

I've seen a few more birds around the yard, but nothing other than a few tracks in the snow when it comes to bunnies!  I'm sure once the weather begins to warm up, we'll see baby bunnies quite frequently!

For my card, I kept it very clean and very simple!  Lots of white space was on my mind...probably due to the amount of white I'm seeing in the landscape again?  A little pop of pink, a punny sentiment, a corner rounder and I was done!

I hope you'll take some time to visit the blogs of the design team and our guest designer this week as they have created some fun inspiration!


Don't forget to link up your own BUNNY creation on the CASology challenge blog by Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST) for your chance to win some great prizes from this week's sponsor, Cindy Coutts Designs!
I'm hoping to spend a little time in the craft room today since the weather isn't exactly encouraging me to go outdoors for very long.  My workout will probably consist of snow shoveling!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Happiness is…

...a pretty cupcake.

...a hot cup of fresh coffee.

...sun shining on bright, white snow.

...time spent with family.

...courteous children.

...a girls' day out.

...seeing spring on the calendar.

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Spread the Love

Clear & Simple Stamps is hosting a Spread the Love Campaign and you can find all the fun details over at Damask Love, Amber's wonderfully crafty blog!  The campaign runs until this Saturday, March 2, at 9:00 EST and includes some fabulous prizes!

Basically, you select a blog you admire, your "blog crush," and give them a shout out while creating a card using one of the gorgeous color schemes provided for the campaign.  I chose to use the one seen below.

Honestly, I really thought I owned at least one Clear & Simple stamp set, but discovered I was only wistfully dreaming!  I think I've visited their store many times, filled my virtual cart with wonderful goodies and then put myself on a mental guilt trip about how many stamps are already in my stash!  Sigh.  Perhaps I should just put "Place an order from Clear & Simple" on my March to do list so that I can't do that to myself again!  I really do adore their stamps!

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (butterflies, sentiment), The Craft's Meow (graphic border)
Ink:  SU (Concord Crush, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Gumball Green)
Paper:  Paper Trey white cardstock
Accessories:  green gemstones, corner rounder, foam dots

My "blog crush" these days?  I agonized over picking just one as I have so many, but found myself thinking of Mama Mo Stamps, Maureen's creative blog!  I love to bop over for a visit just to take in all the gorgeous color of her creations and she has a wonderful knack for designing clean and simple cards (my favorite kind).  She revamped her blog design recently and it looks fantastic!

I'm off to get our evening routine going now!  DS3 and I spent quite a bit of the morning running here and there in town as we had a delivery to make and some other quick errands to run.  Tomorrow, we'll be doing more of the same!

I hope you've had a great Thursday!

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Can’t Help Myself!

More snowflakes have been drifting steadily out of the sky today and I had to run into my craft room for some therapy!  Spring, where are you?!!

I frantically dug out as many flower stamps as I could find and settled on one from SU!'s Betsy's Blossoms set.  It had been neglected for much too long, so I inked it up in some Concord Crush ink (SU).

I CASE'd this card over on Splitcoast Stampers by Ceal (a.k.a. simplybeautiful), for this week's featured stamper on the Clean & Simple challenge.  I was immediately drawn to the big, bold flower on her card and took it from there!

Only one more day until March 1st arrives.  I'm ready for green grass and beautiful blooms.  I'd even be willing to mow the lawn, if given the chance right now!  Yes, winter has lost it's glory for me at this point in the season.  I don't mean to sound all gloomy about snow, but aren't bright, colorful blooms and barefoot days a rather exciting thought?!

I hope you've had a wonderful Wednesday!

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