Birthdays Redefined

My dear mother is turning the big 6-0 later this year and I wanted to use this sentiment along with her favorite color in the whole world:  purple!  I found the perfect opportunity this afternoon while browsing through the gallery of Sue Walsh (aka Tillymint) over at Splitcoast Stampers.  She was selected as last week's featured stamper and what a wonderful gallery of cards she has!

Stamps - SU (Hello Again) Hampton Art (Age) sentiment
Paper - SU Kraft, Rich Razzleberry cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Rich Razzleberry
Accessories - gemstones, SU eyelet border punch, SU polka dot ribbon in Rich Razzleberry, Nestabilities (Ovals & Scalloped Ovals), sponge (around sentiment oval)

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(Need I say more?)

Stamps:  Gel-A-Tins (Chocolate Bliss), Elzybells (sentiment; company no longer in business)
Paper:  Paper Trey white
Ink:  SU Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing border, Stickles (color = Cotton Candy), pink rhinestone

This card was for today's Inspiration Challenge (#270) over at Splitcoast Stampers.

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Today is a special day.  It was my grandmother's birthday.  She passed away about a year ago and the memories live on.  If I had to choose one word to describe her it would be "Peacemaker."  I won't forget her twinkling eyes, her laugh and her wonderful smile.  I made this card thinking of my own mother today as it was her mother that we lost.

Stamps:  Paper Trey (Women of Life), Hampton Arts (Beautiful Butterfly)
Ink:  SU Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White (around edges of black circle)
Paper:  SU Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Accessories:  Sizzix embossing folder, SU Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon, SU 2.5-inch circle punch & large oval punch, foam squares (used to pop out the butterfly), sponge (used around sentiment oval), pearl

This card was for this week's Free for All Challenge (#50) over at Splitcoast Stampers.

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I've been in scrapbooking mode the past little while and, thus, the lack of posting here!  I found myself wanting to try my hand at stamping again this week, though, and here is a newly made flowerpot card!  The tutorial can be found at Splitcoast Stampers.  Easy to make and fun to give away!

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Themed Thursday: Valentine

School has been cancelled again today!  It's so cold outside!  Brr!  We were out briefly this morning, taking dear husband to work and we could hear the snow crunching beneath the tires in protest!  I'm sure it's going to feel cold when I run into the post office later this morning, the freeze your nose hairs kind of cold!

This morning, the little one is napping nicely and the older two are playing well, so I'm eeking in a little creative time while all is calm!  I'm in Valentine's Day mode now.  Afterall, it's less than two weeks away!  I haven't played with any of my Magnolia stamps yet this week, so I chose to color a sweet little Tilda image.  This week's Ways to Use It Challenge (#308) over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use hearts!  I also tried to play along with yesterday's Sketch Challenge (#318) and discovered the Just Magnolia Challenge for this past week is to use dots!  Then, I found the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge this week is to use hearts also!  Wow!  Four challenges in one card!  Hooray!  :)

Stamps - Magnolia (Tilda), Inky Antics (sentiment)
Paper - SU Poppy Parade & Basic Gray cardstocks, SU Sunny Garden DP, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Basic Gray (sentiment), Poppy Parade (sponging around main image)
Coloring - Copic markers (Hair: E33, E99, YR21/Skin: E00, E000, E11, R20/Clothing: C1, C3, C5/Hearts: R02, R05, R08)
Accessories - silver brads, Heart Nestabilities, SU Eyelet Border punch & Word Window punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder

I can't wait for Valentine's Day!!

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Life’s Sweet

I seem to be on a Magnolia kick this week.  I guess I'm back in the mood for lots of coloring!  What fun!  :)

Here is a card I made for a recent Magnolia sketch challenge.  Love this little gal and doesn't that chocolate cake look tempting?!  Good thing this particular one is totally calorie free...and tastes like paper!
Stamps:  Magnolia images from Yummy collection, sentiment from Paper Trey Cupcake Collection
Paper:  SU cardstock (only orange, gable green, very vanilla), DP from Basic Grey
Accessories:  SU rhinestone brads, gemstones, SU eyelet border and Boho blossoms punches, Prima flowers, Stickles
Coloring:  Copic markers (see below)

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Watch the Clock Wednesday: Simple Birthday

I love it when a card comes together quickly because some days I just don't have the time I'd like to sit and play around much with design.  Today was one of those days.  We had a nice snow day and I survived my day with three children home & out of the usual weekday routine.  My day consisted of making snacks, fixing meals, supervising extra activities, helping get snow gear on and off, drying snow gear between trips outside, feeding and napping the baby, playing peacemaker, loading a snow blower onto a truck with a former neighbor, processing the laundry, etc.  I won't bore you with anymore details.  Let's just say I'm weary.  I eeked out a run/walk on the treadmill about mid-afternoon to re-energize and, about the time I hopped off all red in the face, the former neighbor I mentioned earlier arrived at the front door to load the snowblower!  I'm sure I was a sight!  LOL!  Ah well, so is life.  It's not perfect, but it would be rather boring if it was, wouldn't it?!  :)

I'm finishing up the day with this very simple birthday card, another card for this week's Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge:

Stamps - Paper Trey (Enjoy the Ride)
Paper - SU River Rock, Basic Gray cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Whisper White, Basic Gray (I stamped the WWhite first, then the BGray over it.)
Accessories - QuicKutz embossing folder, SU Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, pearls

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Skating Pair

I made this for this week's color challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I love watching figure skaters when I get the opportunity.  I had the privilege of attending a performance by some Olympic skaters once with some co-workers & it was absolutely breathtaking!  The skaters always seem so graceful and make things seem so easy.  Then I go ice skating myself and realize just how amateur I am!  LOL!

Stamps:  Magnolia, SU Short & Sweet (snowflakes around main image), Warm Words (sentiment), SU Jumbo Sassy Sparkles wheel
Ink:  Encore! metallic silver, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Brilliant Blue, Real Red
Paper:  misc. DP from my stash, SU Yo Yo Yellow, Brilliant Blue CS, Paper Trey white
Accessories:  gemstones, CM cutting system (circles), SU Modern Label punch, foam squares
Coloring:  Copics (as seen below)

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After Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day always comes and goes before I realize it's gone!  Afterward, I'm left wondering what to do next in my craft room!  I looked at my handy calendar where I keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and the like and saw I have a few little girl birthdays coming up in the months ahead.  I also saw Memorial Day smiling at me as I dared to look farther than the spring that I'm impatiently waiting for!'s what I came up with.  This way, if I change my mind about what card to give to the girls on my list, I can save this card for Memorial Day!  Oh yeah, there's always July 4th too!  LOL!

Stamps:  DRS Designs (main image), Paper Trey (sentiment, It's a Celebration set), SU Sweet Stars jumbo wheel
Cardstock:  SU Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Paper Trey white
Ink:  SU Basic Black, Versamark
Coloring:  Copic Markers
Accessories:  star brads, Stickles (Diamond), corner rounder punch, SU ticket corner punch

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The Warmth of Winter

The snowstorm is imminent and somewhere around 3 p.m. today, we will be seeing the first beautiful snowflakes from the near foot of snow we may end up with!  The coffee is brewing in anticipation and I'm dreaming of something warm and gooey emerging from the oven.  Do I keep that a dream or make it a reality?!  Perhaps the treadmill would like to see me for some quality time first.

Today's card is for Splitcoast Stampers' Color Challenge (#308).  I really wasn't sure how to put the three colors together when I first read the list (SU River Rock, Basic Gray & Whisper White).  I stared at them on my counter for a while and then just dug in my heels and started playing.  What do you know?  I came up with something that didn't make me want to avert my eyes!  Besides that, I think I might quite possibly be making more cards with this soft, wintry combination!  Funny how we surprise ourselves sometimes, isn't it?

Stamps:  Inkadinkadoo, Elzybells Cool Beans set (company is no longer in business, unfortunately)
Ink:  SU River Rock, Basic Gray, Staz On Black
Paper:  SU River Rock, Basic Gray cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Coloring (coffee cup):  SU River Rock and a blender pen
Accessories:  glitter snowflake brads, Nestabilities (Labels 4, Scalloped Oval), SU Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, SU Modern Label punch & Horizontal Slot punch, distressing tool (around embossed piece), Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam squares (to pop out the sentiment piece)

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Butterflies of Winter

With a major snowstorm headed our way in the next couple days, I'm feeling some creativity brewing inside and I'm kinda likin' it!  :)  As much as I'm ready for spring, there is still something rather exciting about a big snowstorm on the horizon!  Granted, I'm betting school is going to be closed and dear husband won't be in a big hurry to get into work (although, we're lucky to have his work less than five miles away from us now!).  There's nothing like being snowed in with a fire in the fireplace, warm baked goodies to munch and a little family to love!

I made this card for today's Try a New Technique Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  It also qualifies for the Clean & Simple Challenge a couple weeks ago!

Stamps:  Hero Arts (sentiment)
Ink:  Versamark, SU Basic Gray (sponging & sentiment)
Paper:  SU Basic Gray, Shimmery White, Basic Black cardstocks
Accessories:  clear embossing powder, Sizzix Northern Flurry embossing folder, SU ticket punch, SU double rectangle punch, SU Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, sponge (for adding ink around edges)
Tools:  Cuttlebug, heat gun

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Thinking of Spring

I had some quiet time to stamp this afternoon while the rest of the family was napping.  Well, resting, anyway.  The older boys have a habit of wiggling and jiggling in a kid fashion to keep from actually going to sleep sometimes and today was one of those days.  But alas, they did stay in their room for the scheduled "rest" and provided their mother with some quiet time to think and create.

I made this card, CASE'ing a card for today's Featured Stamper Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I love browsing through the galleries and finding wonderful cards to CASE!  Such talent over there, I tell ya!  What an inspiration!

The weather people are telling us there is a snow storm coming within the next three days, so I loved making this card as it reminds me that spring will eventually come; winter does not last forever!  :)

Stamps:  Elzybells (no longer available...the company went out of business), Hero Arts (sentiment)
Ink:  SU Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Basic Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  SU DP, SU Pumpkin Pie textured CS, Paper Trey white CS
Accessories:  SU rhinestone brad, SU tag punches, SU lace border punch, SU ribbon (Elementary)
Coloring:  Blender pen

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