Challenge and a Freebie!

Today is the beginning of challenges over on the new 2 Cute Ink Design Team blog.  Every other Monday, a new challenge will be posted.  To get things started, Heidi (2 Cute Ink's owner) is offering a free digital image, so head on over and check out the details!

The first challenge is an Easter/Spring theme.  I used the freebie to create a spring card.

Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (digital), SU (sentiment)
Paper - SU cardstocks (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue), Paper Trey Kraft cardstock, Copic Blending Card
Ink - SU (Real Red, Basic Black)
Accessories - red gemstones, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), Cuttlebug embossing folder
Coloring - Copic markers
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U Rock

It's been a busy week here!  We spent a good portion of it at my DH's parents' farm.  It's spring break for our boys, so we thought we'd create a trip full of grandparents for them!  I think we visited two sets of grandparents and two other great grandparents within four days!  Whew!  The boys had a blast, though, and DS2 has now put a four wheeler on his birthday wish list!  LOL!  Good luck with that, Son!

I made a masculine card last night using an older 2 Cute Ink image.  Both DS1 and DS2 like outer space themed things, so I'll be saving this little card for one of them.

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Prickley Pear March Sketch

It's March, a new month and a new challenge over at Prickley Pear!  Remember, you have the chance to win a gift certificate for the store!  Here is the sketch:

Here is my take on the sketch:

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Mini Owl Clear Stamps)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP, Gina K white CS, Paper Trey kraft CS, SU CS (Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Ink - SU (Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive)
Accessories - SU Old Olive grosgrain ribobn, SU oval punch, Prickley Pear Mini Owls Die set
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Over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog, there is a new challenge for the month of March.  This month, the challenge is to use ribbon &/or lace.  I chose to use ribbon since I really don't own much lace at all!

This month's sponsor is Digital Delights.

Stamps - Digital Delights (Cupcake Timmy - digital)
Paper - misc. DP, SU cardstocks (Basic Gray, Basic Black), Copic blending card
Accessories - SU black grosgrain ribbon, SU heart punch, orange gemstones
Coloring - Copic markers
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Today is the beginning of a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique!  This time, we're to use gold on our cards!  Being in a CAS (Clean & Simple) kind of mindset lately, I created this simple spring card, using gold cord and, of course, the color yellow (a.k.a. gold).  Now I'm just waiting for the real daffodils and tulips to bloom!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Daffodil), SU (sentiment)
Paper - Copic Blending Card, SU cardstock (Basic Black, Daffodil Delight)
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - yellow gemstone, gold cord, SU scallop border punch
Coloring - Copic markers
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Little Lamb

It's Prickley Pear Monday and my spring fever continues!

This week is supposed to be beautifully mild, once again, and I couldn't be happier about it!  Bring it on!

For today's card, I used a sweet little lamb in an oval scene for a sweet and simple card.  Love textured white cardstock for this kind of creation!  It adds some much needed texture.  I used a small oval Nestabilities die as a frame for creating the sponged background.

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Lamb, The Four Seasons Clear Stamp Set - sentiment)
Paper - Bazzill textured white cardstock
Ink - SU (Basic Black, Bashful Blue)
Accessories - Nestabilities (oval), SU markers (Lucky Limeade, Real Red), corner rounder, foam dot (popped up the little lamb)
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Happiness is…

...a homemade cinnamon roll.

...listening to a gentle rain.

...mild days at the end of winter.

...the aroma of hamburgers being grilled. 

...quiet moments to think and reflect.
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Hootin’ for Spring!

With the spring-like weather we're having already, I am feeling a lot of anticipation for what's to come:
  • green grass
  • green leaves on the trees
  • beautiful blossoms on the Magnolia trees
  • the smell of freshly mowed grass
  • tulips & daffodils
  • song birds welcoming the mornings
  • putting winter coats and gear away
  • lazy outings in the local parks
  • hikes & long walks as a family
  • grilled food
  • popsicles & other frozen treats eaten outdoors
  • water fun
  • sitting on the deck, enjoying the fresh air
My list could go on and on!  What about you?  What are you looking forward to as the weather gives way to warmer temperatures?

To celebrate the welcome changes spring brings, I used the Owl Sparklers digital image from 2 Cute Ink.  I think he'd make a rather cute cheerleader or Fourth of July enthusiast!

Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (Owl Sparklers - digi), Pink by Design (sentiment)
Paper - SU cardstocks (Crumb Cake, Real Red, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight)
Ink - SU (Night of Navy)
Accessories - SU (red button, Real Red polka dot ribbon, star punch, circle punch, Night of Navy marker), baker's twine, paper piercer, Stickles, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), foam dots (popped up main image oval & star)
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We had a rainy night last night.  I had to smile, realizing with happiness that spring is almost here!  I like listening to a gentle rain.  My boys don't particularly care for the thunder and lightning that accompany it now and then, but they seemed to sleep through it last night.

I've got CAS (Clean & Simple) card ideas running through my head these days.  Seems like I get on a CAS kick and have so much fun!  I hope this lasts for a while!

Spring colors are also beginning to pop into my head as I'm brainstorming for color combos.  For this card, I combined a bright, cheery yellow and a deep purple.  Love yellow this time of year!  In another month or so, things around here are going to start coming alive with color!  I'm so excited!

Stamps - SU (Button Buddies, Just Believe)
Paper - SU (Daffodil Delight)
Ink - SU (Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant)
Accessories - corner rounder, foam dot (popped up middle flower)
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Swirls & Pearls

I had a lot of fun making a card for this week's Stamping Boutique Challenge:  Pearls & Swirls!  There is a new Alice in Wonderland line of digital stamps now and I immediately fell in love with the Queen of Hearts!  Such a sassy gal!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Queen of Hearts - digital), AMuse (sentiment)
Paper - SU cardstocks (Basic Gray, Basic Black & Real Red), Copic Blending Card
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - SU grosgrain ribbon, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), Cuttlebug embossing folder, red pearls, circle punch, sponge, foam dots (popped up main image oval and sentiment circle)
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