A Simple Thanks

Colors:  SU Rich Razzleberry & Basic Gray

It's design team Monday at Prickley Pear and, needing to boost the number of thank you cards in my stash again, I created a quick and easy card using the new Flower Cluster image and Thanks to You sentiment stamp.  I used just one word from the sentiment stamp.  I like doing that with my sentiments!  Sometimes I only need one word and see a font I like on a stamp that has a whole sentence for a sentiment.  I just color the word I want with a marker and stamp it!  Makes my stamps more versatile!

I hope you had a great weekend!  Mine was pretty quiet.  My parents stopped by on their way to their vacation spot.  It's their anniversary tomorrow and they're taking some time to celebrate!  I love it when they swing by!  They are only three hours away from us, but three hours is three hours and we just don't get down to see them as much as we'd like.  Our boys have been properly spoiled and lots of hugs have been given.  It's going to be a good week.

Happy Monday!
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Dynamic Duos #8

It's Saturday and time for a new color challenge at Dynamic Duos!  This week it's a monochromatic color scheme:  River Rock & Always Artichoke.

I decided to make a white card, using just a small amount of the two colors.  I embossed the white panel in the middle to add some texture and cut the main image out using my oval Nestabilities.  I then layerd it all, popping up the main image with foam dots and adding a button with linen thread.

Don't forget to visit the other design team members' blogs for some more wonderful inspiration this week!  Then, remember to upload your project to the challenge blog by next Thursday at noon (PDT).

Have a great weekend!
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Unity Friends with Flair

Friday.  Gotta love it.  Our weather has finally cooled down to a more enjoyable temperature, so I'm hoping for a good weekend!  I just love it when I can throw open the windows in the mornings and feel cool, fresh air making its way into the house!  Add to that the sound of the morning song birds and you have the beginning of a wonderful day!

Today is the weekly Friends with Flair Hop over at Unity.  I didn't get a chance to get into my craft room during the day yestereday, so last night I decided to spend some time trying my hand with washi tape!  Everywhere I look these days, washi tape is being used on something!  I found this cute polka dotted tape at Target earlier in the week and wanted to make something with it!

Here's my feeble attempt at making it work for me.  I was glad I had some stamps to help me out!

(Stamps are from Unity's May 2012 KOTM)

Have yourself a fabulous Friday and I'll be back tomorrow with a simple card for the beginning of a new color challenge at Dynamic Duos!
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Simply Wednesday

It's Wednesday and I'm already looking forward to the weekend.  I just love having us all home as a family, working through a weekend together!  Week days during the summer are nice too without the rigid school schedule to keep, but weekends are so nice!

Today, I'm sharing a CAS card I made the first part of this week for the CAS Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  It uses the new Betsy's Blossoms set from StampinUp and a sentiment from Paper Trey.

Have a great day!
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Buzzin’ By

Just buzzing by today to say hi and then I'm off to run errands!  With three little ones, it takes some planning!  The van is prepared and we're off to town!

Have a happy Tuesday!
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Prickley Pear Monday

It's Prickley Pear Monday and I can't believe how fast last week went by!  I have a feeling this summer is going to fly by the way things are going!  I guess time flies when you're having fun!

Father's Day weekend proved to be a relaxing one.  We had baked spaghetti and a lemon cake for dessert.  The cake recipe I found on, one of our favorite recipe sites.  DH liked it, but I still want to find a recipe that tastes like that Starbucks lemon loaf!!  Someday...

For today's card creation, I dry embossed a piece of grey cardstock using a new chevron pattern from StampinUp!  I then used Prickley Pear's Mini Hibiscus Die to cut out the hibiscus image and then divided the panel into thirds.  I then placed a piece of chevron patterned decorative paper behind them and mounted everything on a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock.  The sentiment if from the Prickley Pear Hibiscus 2 clear stamp set.

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Dynamic Duos Color Challenge #7

It's Saturday and time for a new color duo over at Dynamic Duos!  This week, it's a bold and sassy color duo with a dessert option of ribbon.

When I saw this color combination, I immediately thought of music for some reason!  I found a music stamp and took it from there.

The main image stamp is from Stampendous & the sentiment from a Prickley Pear clear setI embossed the BG panel using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then adhered a Memory Box flourish die cut.  I couldn't resist adding three bright pink gemstones!

Be sure and visit the other design team member's blogs for more inspiration and then join us this week!

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Unity Friends with Flair

It's been at least a couple weeks since I joined in the Friday fun at Unity, so I thought I'd create a card for today and play along!  It's a Friday blog hop with Unity creations and there are free stamps to be won!

I used a bird image for my CAS card today.  I had a little strip of leftover cardstock I'd stamped with a chevron pattern and put it to use!  I also added some yellow Stickles to the circle frame for a little sparkle.  Of course, some gemstones found their way onto the finished card too!  I absolutely love the sentiment!

I've got a painting project to finish up today.  I always love picking out new colors and putting a fresh coat of paint on things!  I only wish I didn't run out of steam after painting a couple days.  I'd get things done on my painting wish list so much faster!  Ah well, it's getting a bit hot to be painting indoors anyway.  I like to have the windows open and it's supposed to get up near 90 degrees this weekend!  Better go get the last coat on before it heats up today!  The boys are busy playing with bubbles and I try to work on things when they are preoccupied!  :)

I hope you have a wonderful Friday!  I'll be back tomorrow with a new color challenge from Dynamic Duos!
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A CAS Father’s Day

Father's Day is quickly approaching and I needed to get two cards in the mail today!  Why, oh why, do I procrastinate so much?!  You'd think I'd learn!

I created a CAS card this year, switching up the colors a bit for the second card.  On this version, I used Night of Navy and Old Olive on a Kraft cardstock base.  The little tree is from the SU Trendy Trees set, one of my favorites!  The embossing is from a Cuttlebug embossing folder that really reminds me of one of those shiny metal tool box units you can buy for a garage!  :)

Are you ready for Father's Day?  I think I'll be cooking one of DH's favorite meals, either baked spaghetti or a Mexican casserole dish he recently discovered.  For dessert, I need to find a tasty lemon cake recipe somewhere!  Anyone have a suggestion for one?!
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Summertime Treats

Challenge Blog

A new challenge has started over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!  This month, the theme is Summer with Pearls & Swirls and Meljen's Designs is our sponsor.

I had fun with this card.  Summer, in my mind, means a wide variety of cold treats become readily available and root beer floats are near the top of my favorites list!  However, only A&W root beer will do!  Do you have a favorite summertime treat?

The main image is colored with Copic Markers.  I embossed the white panel behind the main image with a swirly Cuttlebug embossing folder and added a red pearl as the cherry.  I couldn't resist adding a bit of clear Stickles to the top of the float and a little Crystal Effects to the glass dish!  The digital float image can be found here.
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