{4.23.2013} de-LIGHT-ful

Hello Tuesday.

I shared this card on the Unity blog yesterday.

These are some of my stamp designs.  I love a good pun, thus we have a bit of a punny stamp.  The other sentiment that goes with the light bulb is OH GOSH i just remembered.  Ha.  I’ve used that one too.

I ordered some Neenah paper in a linen texture.  I LOVE it.  The Deco Hound has a fun worn look when stamped on the texture.  It also has a very clean and classic feel that will be good for pretty clean and simple cards.  I’m excited about it can you tell?  Lol.  The circles were cut with my Cameo from various scraps of cardstock.

Thursday is my hop day with Unity.
I have a special card planned and will have a freebie to go with it.
I *might* have a free Cameo file involved.
Just saying.

Have a fabulous day my friends.

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{4.22.2013} Monday SPARKS with Paper Smooches

Hey Sugah.

Here is the NEW SPARKS challenge
from Paper Smooches.

week 4

Doesn’t this photo make you crave a cupcake?
I sure did and almost ran out to get one.  I refrained… barely.

Instead, I stamped them!
The front of the card is trimmed short to show off the patterned paper from the inside.
Then the cupcakes hang over the bottom a little.
Kinda a little fun twist.

There is MORE inspiration over on the SPARKS blog and with these talented ladies.

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{4.21.2013} wanna sketch no. 4

So…

I’m beginning a new journey.
A rebirth of sorts and a rediscovery of my craft.

I have been at this blogging thing for 4 years and so much has happened since my first post in March of 2009.  More than I ever imagined.  I have been blessed with AMAZING experiences, lessons, friends, accomplishments and a deep love for a craft I never knew existed.  As with anything, I have grown and evolved.  I have learned and still need/want to learn more.  I have also reached a point where I feel like I need to step back and return to the love that started this adventure.

I recently mentioned that my plate is full.  Well, it is… with normal life.  It is amazing how time flies and how it disappears so quickly.  I’m trying to grasp it with both hands and to cram everything I can into those fleeting moments.  Thus, my blogging has suffered a bit.  You might have noticed or not, but I feel it.  My mojo felt the crunch and let me know I needed to lighten my outside blogging responsibilities.  I am continuing on with Unity (and will forever or until Angela kicks me out) and with Paper Smooches Sparks (my term ends soon, but I’d stay forever if I could).  So now, I can return focus to my blog again.  I can focus more on creating for me and for the things that inspire me.  I’m hoping this will mean more videos and more tutorials.  I have a love for my Cameo and want to share more files with that.  These are just things I have been thinking about and we’ll see what the future brings.  But I am excited.  I feel like the ol’ blog has been ignored and that is not a good thing.

With all that said… I am pleased as punch to bring back Wanna Sketch?  What is this you might ask?  Well, forever ago, I said I wanted to share some sketches I like to create.  Well, life got in the way and I started creating sketches for my design teams instead.  Sadly, Wanna Sketch? got put on the back burner.  Well no more, it is back and I’ll post a new sketch every 3rd Sunday of the month.  It is all for fun.  There are no rules.  I may even combine my sketch with inspiration from another challenge.  I’ll share my card and sketch and you are welcome to link up yours.  I’ll stop by and leave a little love and then select my favorite (or two or three) to highlight in the next month.
Then it all begins again.

So are you ready to see this month’s sketch?

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Such a great basic sketch.  I see so many possibilities with that little banner.  Patterned paper, stamping, different shapes, sentiments… the sky is the limit.  I can’t wait to see what you all do.  I decided to go with embossing.  I’m using the brand new Stamp of the Week from Unity.  The butterfly is just gorgeous.  I grabbed the sentiment the current Kit of the Month as well.

I was also inspired by the Runway Challenge this week.  All that black and white… just stunning.  I couldn’t help but add a little bit of color, but it is pretty muted with the ribbon.  I think this might be the first card I have used ribbon on this year.  How is that possible?  Well, we have remedied that with some soft pink, satin ribbon.  Whew, I feel better.

So, if you feel inspired to create with my sketch, please link up below.  I’d be thrilled if you shared the sketch and link back this post as well.  Like I said, there are no rules.  However you are inspired to use the sketch is just perfect.  I’ll post a favorite or two next month with a new sketch.

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Click on the cute little frog to add your card.


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{4.18.2013} no. 24

CAS(E) this SKETCH!

CTS is a challenge blog to inspire you to create a clean and simple card based on a fun sketch.
Here is my inspiration for this week’s challenge and brand new sketch.

It is that time for our friend’s twin boys to have their birthday.
I always make them an airplane card and this year is no exception.

Lots of stamping this week again.

I’m sad to say this will be my last post with the CTS gang.  My plate is a little full and I’ve had to make some hard decisions to lighten up on some of my blogging commitments.  It is really difficult to say goodbye to this design team.  I’ve put my heart into the start up and the creation of cards plus sketches.  But life has other plans for me right now.
I will still be around cheering everyone on and playing from the other side.

Hugs to all my amazing team members, I will miss working with all of you.

Make sure you hop over to the CTS blog for challenge rules and a blog full of inspiration.
The design team girls are so talented and have the most fabulous cards to share.

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{4.11.2013} Unity Thursday

It is Unity THURSDAY…
let the STAMPING and SHOPPING begin.
You are hopping along with the design team today, if not,
all the action starts on the Unity blog.

I always get giddy with a new AngieGirl release.
There are TWO new kits being released today and they are darling.
I’m using AbbyGirl in her adorable chevron skirt.
Here is a fun fact… at least 3 of the girls on the design team have a skirt like this.

I’m a simple girl… so this little lady was cut her away from the background.  I love the option of having the girl alone or with the easel.  Aren’t options fabulous?  I’m also in need of birthday cards.  Do you have a ton of April birthday?  I sure do.  And I always forget until I need one right away and then realize I best get moving.  I’ve combined the sentiment from a couple different sets to create my own.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 3 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

That is all from me, head on over to the amazing Renee next!!!!

Here are the list of blogs hopping today.

Sue (guest blogger)
Angie
Erin
Jen B.
Jolande
Joslyn
Lisa A.
Renee
Shellye
Shilo
Stephanie

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{4.11.2013} no. 23

CAS(E) this SKETCH!

CTS is a challenge blog to inspire you to create a clean and simple card based on a fun sketch.
Here is my inspiration for this week’s challenge and brand new sketch.

LOVE this sketch!
I’m using lots of stamps in this one and NO pattern paper.  I’m also using my favorite color combo right now.  Teal, yellow and kraft.  Amazing.
I have to say this is one of my all time favorite cards.
Mainly because it is a bit snarky.
hee hee

Make sure you hop over to the CTS blog for challenge rules and a blog full of inspiration.
The design team girls are so talented and have the most fabulous cards to share.

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