Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Case Study 202: friends.

...and I'm back with my final week of Guesting over at CASE Study!

In case you missed it, I'm guesting along with Awesome Tenia Nelson!  This month's muse is the FABulous  Shari Carroll!

Here's this week's inspiration:

Seriously, what's not to love?

Here's how I was inspired:

stamps:  stampendous friends cup, stampers anonymous background text, a muse coffee break set ink:  memento rich cocoa, various copics

I'm especially proud of this project because I managed to use 2 woodmount stamps:

Evidently, I love to display my woodmounts more than I love to use them.

So my project is a square of fairly thick cork with a magnet on the back:

Won't this make a great gift for a fellow Coffee Lover?

I can't wait to see how you're inspired!

Don't forget to pop over to the Case Study blog to see what the design team created!

A big shout out to Chupa for inviting me to be a Guestie this month!  I truly enjoyed my time!

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

CASE Study 4th Anniversary

neon happy birthday


This card posted on the Neat & Tangled blog earlier this month but I also wanted to share it here on my blog:

cardstock:  stampin' up  paper:  house of three, teresa collins  stamps:  neat & tangled photo booth  ink:  zing white embossing powder  other:  neat & tangled neon yellow sequins 
inspired by Case Study

I'm not sure why, but birthday cards are not my go-to cards to design.  I'm trying hard to have a stash of birthday cards because it always seems like I'm making them after the occasion.  

This card uses the wonderful Photo Booth set:

The 'sentiment girl' in me loves this set but really, isn't it fabulous.  The images are all fabulous.

I'm also a 'neon girl'...I think it's one of those things, people either love it or don't.  

How can you resist them?

So tell me, what are YOUR go-to cards that you love to make?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Scream, You Scream...

So, for the past 1+ month, I've been only posting DT projects...I'm trying to get back onto the challenge wagon:

august 2014 simon says stamp kit, lawn fawn enamel dots, glossy accents, hero arts hues, pinking circle dies.

I recently received my August Simon Says Stamp kit and wanted to start using the sweet summery goodness.

The creamsicle has been covered with Glossy Accents.  I love the look but truly do NOT have the patience for the stuff to dry!

The Freckled Fawn Enamel Dots are fun, aren't they?  Gotta love the neon colors.

I was inspired by 

I've been wanting to play along with this challenge because, maybe it will inspire me to fire up the Cameo AND I have quite the die collection going.

I was inspired by Melania's design and colors!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Monday, July 28, 2014

add lime...

Happy Monday!

I'm back to daily posting and lovin' it!  I spent several hours on Sunday craftin' up a storm.  

I'm smitten by the Reverse Confetti Fresh 'n Fruity set!

paper:  dear lizzy 5th & frolic, fancy pants design burlap & bouquets  stamps:  reverse confetti fresh 'n fruity  ink:  memento rich cocoa  other:  reverse confetti/confetti cuts/fresh 'n' fruity/love note, stampin' up dazzling diamonds glitter, impress felt, dcdw cork

I combined Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic along with Fancy Pants Design Burlap & Bouquets.

I love adding the extra details to the fruit:


I was inspired by the current

I hope you have a fantastic week!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

for you: fancy chickaniddy

Good Morning!

I'm blogging live today with a card that I whipped up this morning.  It's amazing what a girl can do when she wakes up at 3 am!

paper:  chickaniddy crafts twirly girly, fancy pants designs as you wish  other:  may arts twine, jillibean wooden flag, cherry wood veneer paper

This card was made especially for the girls that spent yesterday afternoon with me.  We all got together for a Stampin' Up Stamp Camp.  We cranked out 6 projects...chatted a lot, laughed a lot, ate a lot and learned new things!  It doesn't get much better than that, does it?

I don't generally mix different companies but the base is Chickaniddy's Twirly Girly Collection (A Girl's Generation & Grandma's Quilt).  

The blue striped panel is Fancy Pants, As You Wish with a coordinating Brag Card.  The 'Smile!' is from the Ephemera Pack.

The twine is May Arts and the wooden flag is Jillibean.

Do you see that Wood Veneer strip?  It's glorious Cherry Paper that I have been hoarding, big time.

I was inspired by

blue:  check
pink & orange:  check
pine:  check

I was also inspired by

I wanted to show a quick pic I took from my afternoon with the girls.

I made buffet flags for the various wraps and salads.

I used Reverse Confetti's Label Me Confetti Cuts along with Petals 'n Posies.  The yellow is my new Fresh Ink Lemonade {LOVE it} along with Grass.

That's it for me today...I'm going to be crafting up a storm today...going back to daily blogging.  I just have too many supplies to NOT blog {at least} daily.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts: Focus on Brads

The other day was my day over on  Chickaniddy Crafts! I'm featuring Chickaniddy Crafts brads!

Supplies:  Paper (DN14OS02)  Mini Sticker Tags (DN14EB04)  Mini Sticker Banners (DN14EB03)  Mini Sticker Sentiments (DN14EB05) Brads (DN14EB06)

I'm a huge fan of brads and I love Chickaniddy's!  I mixed metal rimmed with a diecut embellished brad.  

For added interest, I've stacked the brads on cork circles.

TIP:  Look at household goods to supplement your craft supplies.  Today's card uses cork that is marketed to adhere on the bottom of your furniture legs/feet.

I love the movement of the Date Night Dance School paper.  You simply cannot go wrong with mint + navy!

This card measure 4.25 x 4.25.  

I love to make smaller scaled cards so that the embellishments pack a punch!

How about you, what is your favorite card making size?

Friday, July 25, 2014

CFC134: Hello

Click HERE for the PTI July Blog Hop!

We're back with a new CAS-ual Friday challenge!

CFC134: July 25-August 22
Theme: Choose a tic tac toe row (down, across, diagonal) and create something uber cool using those prompts. · 

Remember to keep your projects Clean & Simple!

This is a pretty special's the last one for this Design Team term and the last one for 2014.  No worries, the challenge will be back in 2015!  Please be sure to pop over to the CAS-ual Friday Challenge blog for all the deets!

A big shout out to Michele and the AWESOME team that I had the privilege of working with!

Okay, onto my project!

I picked

Sequins *Emboss*Twine

cardstock:  pti  paper:  amy tangerine plus one  stamps:  cas-ual fridays wallfower  ink:  paper source picante embossing powder  other:  whisker graphics chevron bitty bag, divine twine solid white, studio calico wood veneer, neat & tangled tangerine/mermaid tail sequins

I had a TON of fun putting together this shaker card!   Although the focal point is quite busy, I managed to include a bunch of white space.

Make sure you check out my teamies:

Before you go...each of the Girl Friday's has a give-a-way:

To be eligible:

Leave me a comment

Extra bonus if you play along with CFC134 (be sure to leave me a comment to tell me that you linked up!)

papertrey ink July 2014 hop: reason to smile.

Click HERE for CAS-ual Friday Challenge 134, the last one for 2014 & a Give-a-way!

It's that time again, the Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop!

Check out the inspiration photo:

So, I should start by saying that I love that red/white gingham...a lot.  I even started cutting strips of cardstock to do some paper weaving and then ditched the idea.

I tend to always fall back on the Phrase Play collection:

cardstock:  PTI pure poppy/vintage cream  paper:  Echo Park for the record  stamps:  PTI phrase play #1  ink:  hero arts hues  other:  PTI phrase play #1 die, impress wood button, may arts twine

So here goes:

gingham:  switched it up and used green/white gingham
red/cream colors:  used it with phrase play #1
doily:  check
floral bouquet:  check
buttons:  check
wooden spools:  wooden button
thread:  twine

I can't wait to see how everyone else was inspired!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts: Focus on Brads

Click HERE for Case Study.


Today's my day over on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog!

Here's a sneak peek of my project:

I'd love for you to pop over there and check it out!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Case Study #201: hello

Click HERE for Chickaniddy Crafts.

...and I'm back with Week 4 Guesting over at CASE Study!

In case you missed it, I'm guesting along with Awesome Tenia Nelson!  This month's muse is the FABulous  Shari Carroll!

Here's this week's inspiration:

Oh boy, what a great design, eh?

Here's how I was inspired:

cardstock:  pti  stamps:  neat & tangled gifts for you, hero arts/basic grey highline chalkboard background, winne & walter the big, the bold, and the happy ink:  hero arts hues, memento tuxedo, impress fresh ink provincial gray/melon, various copics

I picked up the Highline Chalkboard Background at Impress last weekend.  I love it so much and knew that I wanted to incorporate it into my design for this week.

See that sweet girl?

She's from the new Neat & Tangled Gifts for You set...isn't she adorable?

The hello is Winnie & Walter.

Make sure you pop over to the CASE Study blog for TONS of inspiration!

CASE Study 4th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

hippo birdie to danny♥

Click HERE for Pinkfresh Studio/Neat & Tangled Blog Hop
HERE for Poppy Sketches
Click HERE for Curtain Call

Happy Tuesday!

paper:  carta bella hello again  stamps:  lawn fawn/year four  ink:  stazon black, various distress markers  other:  lawn fawn speech bubble border, lawn fawn year four lawn cuts

Sadly, this is the first time I've inked up that cute Lawn Fawn Year Four set.  I watercolored the hippo & birdie with distress markers and my aqua painter.

When I read about sweet danny, (thanks Stacy!) I knew that I wanted to use that cute hippo set:

Read the article here.  He's celebrating his 5th birthday on Friday, July 25th.  He's battling an inoperable brain tumor and wants birthday cards.

Come on peeps...we can do this!

Danny Nickerson
PO Box 212
Foxboro, MA  02035


Linking up my card to Lawnscaping Challenge

Monday, July 21, 2014

Curtain Call Anything Goes Reminder: lemonade

Click HERE for Poppy Sketches
Click HERE for Pinkfresh Studio/Neat & Tangled Blog Hop

cardstock:  pti  stamps:  lemon/impress, jar/savvy, reverse confetti fresh 'n fruity sentiment ink:  hero arts hues, fresh ink mint/lemonade, copics, other:  pinkfresh gold/coral alpha made into straw

Don't you love that Reverse Confetti sentiment?

There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes!  You have until July 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!

photo source:

and that's not all!
We have loads of sponsors for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes!  Check out all of the amazing prizes that our sponsors are giving away to YOU, our randomly selected challenge participants!  A LEAD and several SHOW STOPPERS will also be named from the Anything Goes challenge gallery!

$15 Gift Certificate

$20 Store Credit

choice stamp set

$25 Gift Voucher

Say Cheese Lawn Cut Die

$20 Gift Cerfificate

$20 Gift Certificate

£15 Gift Certificate

$25 Voucher

12 x 12 Scrapbook Kit

Swag Bag

 £15 Gift Card

$25 Gift Certificate

$15 Gift Certificate

$30 Gift Certificate

I had the pleasure of spending my Saturday morning at Impress.  That shop not only carries a bunch of FABulous stuff but their card samples are ALWAYS inspiring.  

My card was inspired by one that I saw loved...they used a different sentiment, a real straw and oranges lemons {love that}.

My jar is by Savvy Stamps, the lemon is by Impress.

I made the straw by cutting apart a PinkFresh gold & coral alpha.

We look forward to seeing your creations!

Be sure to pop over to Curtain Call on July 31st for the Lead and Show Stoppers from this challenge.

Then come back on August 1st for the next challenge!