Marvelous. That's what butterflies are. I can't help but stop and watch one whenever I see one fluttering by! What is it about them that's so intriguing?

I keep reaching for Prickley Pear's Mini Butterflies Clear Stamp Set lately!  It's just full of pretty butterflies and has a coordinating die!

CLR023 Mini Butterflies

For my card today, I used one of the butterflies in the Mini Butterflies set, a flower stem from the Mini Owls clear set and the Marvelous sentiment stamp.  I love combining single stamps and stamp sets to create a card!  Sometimes I find an image that works really well with those from another stamp set!

Have a great Monday!
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Unity Friends with Flair

Every now and then I need a little reminder to keep my chin up.  We all have those days (or weeks...or months) when life just isn't the most enjoyable due to circumstances, etc.  It's good to remember that just because this moment or this day isn't looking so bright, that doesn't mean that the next moment or the next day has to be the same.  Each day holds out its own unique opportunities and I want to be looking for them and taking advantage of them!

I love this sentiment from Unity's April 2012 Kit of the Month!  I'm sharing this card over on Unity's Friday Friends with Flair link up party!  If you've got some Unity stamps handy, create a little something and join in the fun today!

I am also entering this into Challenge #32 over at Freshly Made Sketches!  Here is this week's sketch:

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Dynamic Duos!

I am so thrilled to share some exciting news with you!  I have been asked to be a part of the design team for the brand new Dynamic Duos challenge blogBeginning Saturday, May 5, there will be a new color challenge each Saturday, using two colors!  Here is the monthly schedule:

The challenge is divided into weekly "themes"...
Week 1-Bold and Sassy-bright, happy colors
Week 2-Subtly Yours-soft, romantic colors
Week 3-Black Tie-one color plus black and a dessert option
Week 4-Monochromatic-same colors in different hues (light/dark)
Week 5-Mix and Match-we choose one color and you add the other color to ours to create your own "Dynamic Duo".

While you're waiting for the fun to begin, go visit the other DT members' blogs!  I can't believe the talent I get to work with!  :)

The Dynamo Team:



*See you on the challenge blog on Saturday (May 5) for the inaugural challenge!*

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Goodness in a Cup

I'm long overdue to make something coffee themed, so today's creation involves a little coffee...on paper and in hand!

I've been digging through my bottomless stash of creative things lately and found an adorable coffee set and coordinating dies from Lil' Inker Designs!  The little "to go" cup is popped up on foam dots and embellished with little red gemstones.  I embossed the background panel with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I played along with the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.
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Spring Pastels

It's time to share another creation for April's challenge over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!  The theme this month is Spring with Pastels.  Our sponsor this month is Meljen's Designs, an online store full of fun and fabulous images!  For today's card, I chose to use Chickadee Teacup.  Isn't this image just adorable?  I used a Martha Stewart leaf punch and added clear Stickles to the whipped cream on the birds' sweet treat just for fun.  The fabric flower in the bottom corner is one I discovered in my bottomless stash.  I'm working on shrinking that this year...

Remember, if you play along this month, the prize is four (4) digital images (uncolored) from Meljen's Designs' online store!
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Inspiration for me usually comes out of the blue.  I can be driving down the road, shopping, reading a magazine or even just enjoying the great outdoors.  Usually something catches my eye, whether it be a color combination, a unique design or a fabulous pattern.  I don't usually intentionally go looking for it, but the gallery over at Splitcoast Stampers is a great place for creative eye candy!  For me, I love the thrill of noticing something totally unexpected!

This week over at The Stamping Boutique, we're having an inspiration challenge.  The photo is a flower garden with lots of spring flowers and a rustic wooden wagon.  For my card, I focused on the flowers, using the Boutique's Poppies digital image.  The sentiment is from SU.

This is my last official creation as a DT member for The Stamping Boutique.  I enjoyed my time with the team and will miss the gals over there!  They're a wonderful group!  :)
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Forty.  My big brother turned forty this past weekend!  I remember when my parents turned forty and I thought it was so far off in the future that I had a great amount of fun joining in the jokes and mayhem of a typical fortieth birthday bash!  They say forty is the new thirty and I'm not going to object to that way of thinking!  You're only as old as you feel, after all.  For some reason, that doesn't ease the realization that I'm next.

I decided to make a soft, comforting card using a koala bear image from Prickley Pear Stamps.  I've had it for a while now, waiting for the opportunity to use it.  This week's sketch over at Card Patterns was perfect!  I trimmed the decorative paper to the size of the card front, added the image on a layered piece, using white and grey cardstocks from SU and then embellished with baker's twine, buttons and SU ribbon.

The sentiment is from Prickley Pear's Oak & Maple Leaf Clear Set.

**I am entering this in the current sketch challenge over at Card Patterns:

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Unity Friends with Flair: Friday!

Friday.  A cloudy one where I'm at, but the card I'm sharing today is anything but cloudy!  I used one of the stamps from Unity's January 2012 Kit of the Month to create a card for the Unity Friends with Flair Hop today.  I need to increase my stash of thank you cards, so this is the first one for that purpose!  The papers are from Stampin' Up (Summer Smooches DSP)!  Quick and simple!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hot Air Balloon

It's time for a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog and this time it's an Anything Goes theme!  Have fun with this and play along for the chance to win some free images from the store!

The DT used the fun Birthday Hot Air Balloon to create some great cards and gifts!  You need to go check them out!

I used my favorite color combination on my card, SU's Tempting Turquoise and Real Red.  I colored the balloon with Copic markers and then fussy cut it, popping it up with some foam dots & adding some little red gemstones to the image.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background and added a button with baker's twine.

I am also entering this card into the April challenge over at Sundays with Crissy:  Use your favorite color combo.  Real Red & Tempting Turquoise has got to be my favorite!
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Embossed Gratitude

I don't know when the last time was that I felt so grateful for Monday's return!  Last week was crazy busy!  A good kind of busy, mind you, but just a lot busier than this momma is accustomed to!  Every spring we have some extra privileges with our church and, with those, there are special visits & meals that need tending to.  Despite the busy feeling that wells up within me, it is all so worth it!  It never fails that I come away from it all refreshed, strengthened and encouraged beyond measure.  Like the photo above (a landscaping project DH & I tackled Saturday), I'm a work in progress!

The evenings have provided some time for me to unwind and a little of that time has been spent happily creating some clean and simple cards to share this week.  Love clean and simple cards when life isn't so clean & simple!

Today's card features a Quickutz embossing folder, baker's twine, an oval punch, a butterfly stamp from Prickley Pear's Mini Butterfly Clear Set and some tiny red gemstones.  Quick and so very simple!

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