One Hundred!

Yes, things are looking a bit different here today!  I have been wanting a cleaner look on my blog and decided to give myself an early birthday present!  Cindy at Blessed Design Studio did a fantastic job and I'm going to be keeping her on my list for future blog designs, should I ever need another!


One hundred.  That's how many entries we had for last week's Happy Challenge at CASology!  To say I am thrilled would be an understatement!  All I can say is, "THANK YOU!" to all those who have made this such a fun experience!

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new cue word at CASology:

I've been wanting to use some cherry images from my stash for quite some time now and this was the perfect opportunity to dig them out!

Stamps:  SU (Mouthwatering), C.C. Designs (sentiment)

I decided to use a kraft card base this time, stamping the cherries directing on the cardstock with SU's Cherry Cobbler ink (perfect color for this, huh?!).  I embossed a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and ran it through the Cuttlebug machine with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I then trimmed a very narrow piece off of it and adhered it to my card base as a divider between my image and sentiment.  Last, I stamped the sentiment.  A very easy card!

The design team has some wonderful cards to share this week too, so be sure to visit their blogs if you have the time!

Hope to see you at CASology this week!
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A Masculine Monday

Welcome to a new week!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  DH and I spent Saturday doing house projects in between entertaining the three boys!  Our main project was redoing the pantry and it feels so good to have that pretty well done!  Whew!  When your kitchen floor and island is full of the contents of your pantry, it feels like you'll never finish the project!  I'm so glad we pulled it off because Sunday morning, we had 20-some people coming!  Isn't that the way it goes, though?!  I still have a little rearranging to do, but I had to get my sleep, so didn't concern myself too much with the fine details.  Sometimes you have to use a space for a while before you know how to arrange things in an efficient manner, anyway!  I'll show you the before and after following today's card.  I know I love seeing those kinds of photos!

First, it's time to share a Prickley Pear creation!  I made a masculine card for today with two of the newest stamps from the store!  I love it when I happen to create a masculine card because it's not something that comes easily for me!

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Best Dad sentiment, Vintage Cars)

I added a little decorative paper to the lower portion to dress it up a little, used a masculine image and went easy on embellishments, coloring three clear gemstones with a Copic marker to create the color I needed.  This will be either a birthday card or for next year's Father's Day!

Okay, on to those pictures I promised:

The shelves were just too deep!  We frequently found ourselves digging in the back for things and were getting frustrated not being able to see anything very well!  Our method of organization with this was to throw things in!

We decided we wanted shorter shelves and more of them!

Much better!  I keep opening the pantry doors to look at this!  I'm so thankful for a DH who has a knack for this kind of thing!  All the measuring and cutting is not my cup of tea!

Now off to make some muffins!  The boys have been asking for more blueberry ones and what a good way to start the week!

Have a memorable Monday!
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Dynamic Duos #12


The weekend has arrived and, with it, a new Dynamic Duos color duo!  This week, it's a Black Tie Duo, Poppy Parade & Basic Black, with a dessert option of PunchesAfter playing with this color combination a bit, I discovered I really like it!  A lot!

I chose to use one circle image and one sentiment for a very simple card.  I rounded off one corner with my corner rounder punch to add a little visual interest.

Stamps:  a*muse, The Craft's Meow (sentiment)

I don't know how many times I've wished I had a card with such a sentiment to send with a loved one on a trip!  Now I have one on hand!

Don't forget to visit the other design team members' blogs for more fabulous inspiration this week!  With this color duo, you'll definitely be stunned!  Also, don't forget to link up your creations on the challenge blog by Thursday at noon (PST)!
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Friday Flower

It's Friday again!  That means it's time for Friends with Flair over at Unity!  I love participating in this each week because there are so many wonderful creations and lots of people participate!  I'm also entering this card into the Stamp It! Cards Hello Challenge in the Moxie Fab World!  There are so many talented card makers and just a whole lot of fun over at Moxie Fab!

I started out with a one-layer card, but just couldn't seem to shake the feeling that it just wasn't enough!  I ended up stamping another flower and popping it up with a foam dot on top of the one I'd already stamped on the card base.  I added some tiny dots to the flower center with a fine tip red marker and added a small gemstone to the center.  I also added tiny dots to the sentiment to coordinate the polka dots a bit more.

Fresh blueberry muffins and coffee await, so I'm outta here!  I'll be back tomorrow with a card for the new color duo at Dynamic Duos.

Have a fabulous Friday!
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Butterfly Beauty

I've been looking through my butterfly stamps lately and realizing again how much I admire those little creatures!  So elegant.  So fun to watch.

I remembered a butterfly themed sentiment stamp that I had in my stash and dug it out.  I used it on the card and then decided it was too much and removed it, choosing a single word instead.  Funny how the stamp that started the whole creative process for this card was abandoned!  That's how it goes sometimes!

Stamps:  The Craft's Meow (butterfly), Paper Trey (sentiment)
I'm about ready to research rain dancing!  We are so dry here that the lawn is actually crunchy under our feet now!  The grass reminds me of winter, but thankfully, the trees are still green with leaves!  I don't know when we mowed last?!

Off to our final day of swimming lessons and then errands.  I love it when errands consist of drop offs and drive thru type things (no, not fast!  That means less buckling and unbuckling of little ones!  It's those little things sometimes for a mom, you know, that make a big difference!

Have a terrific Thursday!
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Doggone It!

I wanted to play along with this week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers and finally got a chance to stamp last night!  The challenge this week is to use twine.  I spent a little while just trying to come up with something different than the usual bow or knot that I typically create with a piece of twine.  First, I thought I'd stretch a piece between two trees and perch a bird on it.  Then, I thought about creating a clothesline with some mini clothespins I have in my stash, but the clothespins ended up being bigger than the miniature clothes images I had!  Finally, I settled on a dog with a leash after digging through my miscellaneous wooden stamps!

In true perfectionist style, I found myself debating whether to tie the twine around the pup's neck or try to make the leash look attached to him some other way.  I decided to tangle him in it instead because I think dogs are very adept at this?!

Stamps:  Inkadinkado (pup), Paper Trey (sentiment - Tiny Treats:  Valentine)
I added three gemstones to the collar and popped the pup up with foam dots.  It would probably take me much less time to recreate this card than it did to put the idea together!  Good grief!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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CASology Week 2: HAPPY

I am absolutely amazed at how many people posted entries for Week #1 over at CASology! When I set up the challenge, I never in my wildest dreams thought it would take off with such a roaring start! To say the least, I am so happy!!! This week, we are moving on to a new cue word:

I originally thought of a smiley face since I adore smiley faces, putting them on most every note or letter I write!  However, as much as I wanted to, I didn't end up with a smiley face card at all!  Instead, I created a very simple birthday card consisting of a little glittered birthday hat!

 I popped up the hat with a portion of a foam dot to give my card a little dimension and then colored the sentiment with coordinating colors.

The design team has some wonderful cards to share this week too, so be sure to visit their blogs if you have the time!

Hope to see you at CASology this week!
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A Little Pink

Prickley Pear:  Thank Heaven (sentiment), Mini Butterflies Die

After a weekend of decluttering and organizing, I'm ready to return to the daily routine!  I love the end result of such a project, but what a mess sometimes!  It needed done.  We've lived here two years now and haven't really felt like we're completely settled because we haven't taken the time to stop and think about how to best organize some of the main rooms!  Granted, we moved here two weeks before DS3 was born and things were a little crazy for a while, but it's time to buckle down and focus on getting things in place around here!  Next up?  The pantry.  Wish us luck...

Since it's Monday, it's time for a Prickley Pear creation.  When I received the sentiment stamp in the mail, I wondered how I was going to use it as most of my stamps and papers revolve around little boys in this household of male dominance!  I do have one niece who I feel a bit sorry for sometimes with all the boys she's surrounded with, so it may come in handy!

Switching gears to pink, I found some girly pink decorative paper and went to work.  I used my mini butterflies die to cut out three butterflies, dry embossed the largest one, added gemstones and adhered them in what I hope is a decent pattern!  I rounded the card corners to soften things a bit and my card was complete!  I keep looking at it, trying to figure out if there is something else I should add, but I think I like the simplicity of it!

Now off to my day!  The sun is shining and it looks like it's going to be a rather warm one!

Happy Monday!
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Happiness is…

...a tadpole.

...waking up & finding a rainbow in the morning. chocolate chip cookies.

...fresh air.

...a decluttered, reorganized room.

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Dynamic Duos: Challenge #11

It's time for a new color duo over at Dynamic Duos!  This week, we're using a "Subtly Yours" duo (soft, romantic colors) with Pink Pirouette & Baja Breeze!

When I saw this combination, I immediately thought "baby!"  I dug through my stash, trying to find the perfect baby image, but just didn't find anything that grabbed me.  I kept going back to a silhouette image I'd purchased on a random trip to Michaels and, after a little thinking, decided it would work!

Main Image:  Hero Arts, Sentiment:  SU Short & Sweet
Wanting the image to stand out, I simply adhered a panel of Pink Pirouette cardstock to a piece of Baja Breeze.  I then used foam dots to adhere the main image panel to the Pink Pirouette.   I stamped the sentiment and added four gemstones for good measure.

Be sure and visit the other design team members' blogs this week as they've created some more wonderful projects!!  Hope you can join us!

Enjoy your weekend!
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Friday Thanks

It's time for Unity Friends with Flair again and I have a thank you card to share today!  Moxie Fab is also having a Stamp It Cards Thank You Challenge, so this will be linked up there too!  What fun!

For this card, I used a combination of Unity's October & December Kits of the Month.  I'd seen a card by Erica in which she stamped a jar image on a window sheet to give it some shine and wanted to try it!  My photo doesn't show the glossy window sheet very well, but it's definitely shiny in person!  I actually stamped the jar twice, once on the window sheet and once on a white piece of cardstock.  I then stamped the yellow butterflies on the white piece by masking off the top and bottom of the jar.  I then adhered the trimmed window sheet image to the trimmed cardstock image.  The sentiment was also fussy cut and adhered using a foam dot.

Swimming lessons are done for the week and now it's on to summer school worksheets, reading and some good ole summertime fun!  After all, it's Fun Friday in our house!

I'll be back tomorrow with a card for the newest color challenge at Dynamic Duos!

Have a fabulous Friday!
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