Brightening Up

Today is another gray sky day.  After a few in a row, one begins to think the sun is off playing hooky!  It's probably down in a warmer place where there is no snow.  I don't blame it.  I'm tapping my foot impatiently for spring to arrive and that doesn't seem to be helping.  I'm not sure what to try next.

Today's Way's to Use It Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers helped a little today!  The challenge was to use GREY (Yes, there are two different spellings for this one word!) as a neutral color.  I immediately thought of using yellow with it because, after all, yellow brightens up anything, right?!  :)

Stamps - Stampendous
Ink - SU Basic Gray
Paper - SU Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight cardstocks
Accessories - Nestabilities, gemstone, SU Basic Black marker (dots on ribbon), Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder, SU Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon, foam squares

**I rotated the same size Nestabilities die three different times to create the look behind the sentiment.  I also sponged Basic Gray on the edges of the yellow embossed cardstock.

In other news, we spent the morning at the doctor's office.  We went in for the usual well child check up and ended up staying for an x-ray on the littlest guy's hips just to make sure his hip joints are okay.  We had this subject come up shortly after he was born and they said they pretty much ruled anything out with two ultrasounds, but the doctor wanted to do a follow up x-ray now that the bone is dense enough to see on x-ray.  Best to catch any possible issues early!  Crossing my fingers the results are normal again!  The good ole waiting game...

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Cupcakes for Breakfast

Happy Monday!  I didn't get around to stamping until late in the afternoon today as I'm still fighting whatever bug got ahold of me over the weekend and I had all three children home due to the holiday.

I've been wanting to make a cupcake card lately.  What got me thinking about cupcakes was when my boys requested we make white cupcakes with frosting and valentine sprinkles last week.  We did that and then one morning my oldest DS asked me if he could have a cupcake for breakfast!  Of course not...well, actually, I decided to shake aside the perfectionist mother in me and thought, "Oh, why not?!  Let's break a rule for a change!"  I did, however, make him eat a healthy breakfast before he got the cupcake.  :)

This week's Clean & Simple card challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers was to "create your own background."  I sat and mulled this one over for a while and then decided to just wing it.  I grabbed a couple scrap pieces of paper, wadded them up and then dabbed each one on a stamp pad (one color for each piece of paper) and blotted my white cardstock to create a mottled look.  I then embossed two thirds of the front of the card and added color to the dots with my blender pen and another ink pad.

Stamps - Paper Trey (Cupcake Collection sentiment), SU (Out of the Box)
Ink - SU Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight
Paper - Paper Trey white, SU Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight cardstocks
Accessories - Nestabilities, SU circle punch, pink gemstones, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Stickles
Coloring - blender pen

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Happy Valentines Day!

I'm a color kinda gal.  I had to play with some color for this valentine, which I sent in the mail to a DF of mine!  She's a fellow stamper, so I had to use a fun sentiment this Valentine's Day!  :)

Stamps - Paper Trey (Heart Sentiments) & (Tiny Treats:  Valentine)
Ink - SU Poppy Parade
Paper - SU Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, Paper Trey white
Accessories - Cuttlebug embossing folders, distressor, rhinestone brads, foam squares
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Sympathy Cards

I find myself procrastinating when it comes to making sympathy cards.  I don't really know why other than that perhaps it's because I never feel like I'm really going to be able to offer the recipient/s the comfort they need.  I have two sympathy cards I need to put in the mail this week, so I was thankful to come across the perfect card to CASE over at Splitcoast Stamper's in Willow01's gallery, this week's Featured Stamper.
This is the card I CASE'd and here is my version of it:

Stamps - Penny Black (Fantasy), Paper Trey (sentiment from Scattered Showers set)
Paper - SU Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla cardstocks
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories - ivory satin ribbon, SU vintage brads, ticket corner punch, modern label punch, oval punch, sponge (around Very Vanilla piece)

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Themed Thursday: Countin’ My Happies

Today is one of those days when I have to keep my mind focused on positive things because the not-so-positive ones keep trying to put me in a headlock!  Oldest DS kicked his fever bug, but has developed an ear infection.  It was a rough night last night, but my DH stepped up to the job and I was able to sleep fairly well in between the youngest waking up here and there.  The middle DS was still running a 103 degree fever, so slept rather restlessly as well.  We all survived and I gave DH some extra hugs this morning for his courageous night watch!  :)

This morning, we received the news that a neighbor was killed in a freak accident at work, leaving behind a wife and three young children (5 and under).  He was only 33.  It's always so hard to know how to help or what to say, but I do think a home cooked meal will definitely be in order for them once we get this bug completely kicked out the door!

Given all the less than cheerful goings on around here, I decided it was time to make a happy kind of card!  Today's Ways to Use It Challenge (#309) over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use birthday themed things on a card.  I've been wanting to use this sentiment stamp on a card and decided today was the day!  Love it!  The little car stamp I've had a while too and had purchased it to use for one of my son's birthdays.

Stamps - PrintWorks Collection (sentiment), Stampendous (little car)
Ink - SU Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight
Paper - SU Sunny Garden DP, SU Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight CS
Accessoris - SU circle tags, gemstones (headlights), Cuttlebug embossing folder

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A Tea & Toast Kind of Day

Today is a sick day for our oldest DS.  A cough, stuffy nose and a fever of 102 degrees developed last night, so he's home for some extra lovin'!  I can always tell when this boy is not feeling well because he is usually our energizer bunny, speeding around making lots of noise, but today he is content to quietly sit or lay down with very little conversation.  Chicken noodle soup is on the lunch menu and I'm enjoying a quiet, cozy day at home with all three of my munchkins!

Today's card is for the Clean & Simple Challenge (#105) over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I love, love, love Clean & Simple Cards (CAS) on days like today and I love the colors that were selected for the challenge!  Such a cheerful trio on a winter day!

Stamps - Paper Trey (Heart Prints, Mixed Messages)
Ink - SU Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight
Paper - Paper Trey white

Finished card size:  4.25 in. x 4.25 in.  (square)

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Best Friends

I've been wanting to ink up this image from Flower Soft for some time now.  It's just so cute and reminds me of my own boys!  This week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers has a card in her gallery that reminded me to get it out and play with it!

Stamps - Flower Soft (Man of the Match)
Paper - Doodlebug Designs DP, SU Night of Navy and Bashful Blue cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - star brads, paper piercer (around white main image square)
Coloring - Copic Markers  (Hair:  E33, E39, YR21/Skin:  E00, E000, E11/Shirts:  R24, R27, R29, B24, B26, B34/Shorts:  C1, C3/Shoes & Ball:  E31, E33, E37/Grass:  YG03, YG05, YG07)

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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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