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

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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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Monarch Inspiration

After ending last week with a bedroom painting project and a family road trip to the zoo, it's back to the daily routines and another week of summer vacation!

For Prickley Pear's Design Team Monday, I have a very simple, butterfly card to share with you!  I've been seeing some Monarch butterflies fluttering around lately and their distinctive black and orange color served as my inspiration!

I used Prickley Pear's Clearly Beautiful Butterflies set and the coordinating Butterfly Die.
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Dynamic Duos Challenge #6

It's Saturday and that means it's time for a new color challenge over at Dynamic Duos!  This week, it's a soft and subtle color duo and I can't wait to see what everyone creates!  So pretty! 


With summer arriving and graduations behind us, I decided to make a wedding card.  These colors are perfect for such an occasion!

This challenge ends on Thursday, June 14, at Noon (PDT).  A few rules to keep things fun and fair:
  1. Any project is welcome...paper crafts, scrapbooking, digital, or crafts...
  2. Please ONLY use the two colours listed for your project. Neutrals are welcome.
  3. Combine us with as many other challenges as you would like, except other color challenges.
  4. Please add our graphic to your blog with a link back to us. 
  5. Any offensive or inappropriate posts will be deleted respectively.
Be sure and visit the other design team members' blogs too!  There are some fabulous cards to be seen!
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Be Yourself

Is it Thursday already?!  Time is flying here at our house and I think it might have something to do with school being out for the summer!  We're all adjusting to no bus schedule, no homework, later bedtimes, etc., but I really think we're going to survive!

Today, I'm sharing a card with you that I made a little while ago, but had stashed away and forgotten.  Imagine!

The girl silhouette is from a Close to My Heart stamp set I've had for a long time.  Love it!  This card really says it all.  So many times I look at others and see qualities or talents in them that I'd love to have, but really, I need to be making the most of what I've been given!  When it comes to creativity, I'm finally beginning to realize that, right now, my creative style is clean and simple.  You won't find a lot of extra embellishments on my cards because I love having one focal point that is easy to find, makes an impression and uses a little creativity in design.  At least, I think that's what I see in my creations?!  Perhaps in the months ahead I'll evolve into a different style, but I'm feeling pretty content right now. 

What about you?  Have you figured out your creative style?
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The Cleaning of a Craft Room

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I'm beginning the process of going through my craft room inch by inch and keeping, organizing or parting with whatever I find!  I've put a few things up for sale under the "for sale" tab above, so if you're in need of something in particular, you may want to check my list!  I will leave most things listed there for a week or two and then they'll be moved to Ebay.

I hope to add at least one other bigger item to the list within the next week...

Stay tuned!  :)
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Prickley Pear Monday

I'm dragging a bit this morning, but with coffee in hand, I think I can handle today's activities!  It's the last day of school for DS1, so summer vacation is about to break loose and I still need to finalize some plans and routines!  I feel like I have a million ideas floating around in my head, but haven't organized them into something we can work with yet!  Better get that done today or things will quickly turn into a zoo around here!

Since it's Monday, it's time to share a Prickley Pear creation!  I've been thinking in black/grey and white quite a bit lately, so it's no surprise that this is what I came up with for today!

I used the newer Clearly Beautiful Hibiscus 2 set and Hibiscus Flower & Leaf Die.  I love how versatile the clear sets are and the coordinating dies make them all the more fun to play with!

Now I'm off to deliver a boy and his teacher gifts to the bus stop!  Have a great Monday!
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