Thursday, September 18, 2014

Top Dog Dies Halloween Paper Bag Mini Album

I have a tutorial up today on the Top Dog Dies blog for this cute little Halloween paper bag mini album. When my kids were small they loved pulling out the Halloween decorations and finding remembrances of past costumes and photos of how the pumpkins were carved and the house was decorated.  You can make this album as many pages as you would like or make it whatever size you want using tiny, medium or lunch sized paper bags. It is all up to your individual taste and following my easy tutorial all you need are the bags, some patterned paper, some fun die cuts and some adhesive.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CCC #113 and Happy Birthday Bev!


Happy Tuesday!
It's time for a new Cue Card as CASology!

Today is also a surprise birthday party for our friend Bev!

You surely know Bev from her blog Happy Dance.  Bev is just the sweetest and is always visiting blogs with the kindest comments and always doing her happy dance.  Bev is also a fabulous card designer, if you haven't before you should check out her blog. Her cards are always so inspiring.  The party today is being hosted by Darnell and Ardyth--Darnell the master planner and Ardyth is hosting the surprise party link up on her blog HERE!

Now I always like to bring something to the party and with so many people coming to this one I thought I would bring some cupcakes:

Some flowers for the birthday girl:

and really what is a birthday party without a pinata!

Next comes the card. I have tied this weeks CASology cue word in with my card for Bev. Yes I have several grass stamps but I wanted something a bit fussier than what I have so I opted for a digi stamp. I love the pretty daisies in the grass, I hope that Bev does to.  The design of my card is inspired by a card that Bev created herself HERE for CASology.

If you want to join the party to head over to Ardyth's blog were you can link up to the surprise party for Bev that will stay open for a couple of weeks.

Have a wonderful day my friend!


Head on over to CASology today to learn what the 'cue card' means to you, how you can play along and see the all the cards created by the Design Team to inspire you. I can't wait to see what you do!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Wishing Well


It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

We have a wonderful new sponsor, Clearly Whimsy Stamps, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Wishing Well!  A randomly selected participant in the Wishing Well challenge will receive $25 store credit to Whimsy Stamps and the LEAD will be invited as Guest Designer of a our next challenge!

In the Garden Additions

Fence & Grass Die



Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Wishing Well Designers

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Perfect Venue

No card today, just popping in with some (lots) photos from my niece's wedding yesterday. Just a small wedding at the perfect venue. Ashley is a graphic designer and Tyler is an architect, they are very artsy so getting married at a quaint small town art gallery was the perfect venue.  This is the most unique wedding I have ever been to, so I wanted to share the ambiance.

Definitely a chilly day to be outside, but in September you never know, so there were baskets of blankets all around for guests to grab  if they wanted.

The bouquets, handmade by the bride with burlap!

A seat for her Dad, my brother, with the last photo taken of them together before he died.

A stunning wedding gown.

A big brother who officiated her wedding ceremony and planting the wedding tree.

Four siblings--notice the resemblance between her hair and the bridesmaids dresses?

Two cousins who adore each other, Ashley and Brooklyn have always had a special bond.

My niece Lisa checking out her shoes after the ceremony, the ground was a bit soft.

For those who do not like icing, the new thing is the NAKED wedding cake!
Have you ever heard of that?

My great niece Sadie--I just had to share a couple pictures of her cute outfit!!

Thanks for sharing with me.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

For the bride and groom


Hello Saturday, isn't a perfect day for a fall wedding?

Popping in to post a card for my niece's wedding today while my nails dry. Something tells me I am going to be sorry in a minute when I smudge them!

I knew exactly what stamps I was going to use for this card and more specifically because of this quote. It is the perfect quote for those unique and one of a kind couples.  Ashley and Tyler are just that and have been together since the day they met in college. They are so relaxed and so perfect for one another.


on the inside:


I am wishing them a lifetime of happiness together!

Friday, September 12, 2014

MM #125


Happy Friday, for me this week just flew!
Gearing up for a busy weekend, my niece is getting married tomorrow.
For those of you who remember her shower from the summer HERE, the answer is yes, the bride will be married with purple hair.

I have a card to share today for Merry Monday. The theme this week is transportation. I knew right away I wanted to use my woodblock Hero Arts Car with Tree stamp that I bought two years ago and just inked up for the first time. A huge accomplishment the I would able to fussy cut the image without amputating it. I even cut out the windows and I cut it before I coloured it just in case.  Now you are going to be seeing a lot of the Mama Elephant Femme Frames dies because I am so stinking excited to have it. It was out of stock for a long time so now that I have it I want to use it on everything.  So have patience with me.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Top Dog Dies Weekly Post

It`s Thursday and that means another post for Top Dog Dies!

I created a card for Halloween using the newly released Halloween Trios Die Set.  I used a fun Halloween paper from Tim Coffey for my background which I matted on black cardstock. I die cut the black cat to walk to fence. I gave the cat green glowing eyes by applying green Stickles directly to the eyes on the die before removing it from the die. Just a fun accent which is much easier to do in the die for spacing, placement and because Stickles and I do not always get along well!