February 28, 2015

Bye, Bye Birdie - February '15 and RetroSketches #155

Happy Saturday and on this non-leap year today is the day we are unveiling our creations at the 12 Kits of Occasions.  Sharron is our hostess for February and the theme is birds. Sharron sent us the mos fabulous kit filled with gorgeous Prima papers, die cut grasses, branches and birds, birds and more birds. I could have and will still be able to make so many  more cards with all the goodies she sent to us.  So grab a cuppa and let get on with the cards.

I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #175 for the following card.


This card was made for this week's new RetroSketches sketch #155.


I used the sketch from the Wednesday Sketch Challenge #217 at MFT Card Challenges for my next card. It was a great way to showcase so many papers from the kit while using MFT Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon and a sentiment from Sea Life.


I love these adorable long legged birds from Technique Tuesday.


For this one I let the beautiful paper stand on it's own.


I am also submitting these cards to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!

Here are all my cards lined up on the windowsill.


February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop


Got your coffee ready?
It's time for the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

Amy Tsuruta and Chaitali Narla are the co-host for this event and the co-hosts of the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Blog. The hop starts there.

I used the Hero Arts Need Caffeine stamp set for my distressed cups and the steam is from Lawn Fawn's Love You a Latte. I used some springtime colours for my mugs, I think we all need this as we are hopefully sending winter packing. My blue panel is a happy accident. I knew I wanted coloured cardstock to back my cups and I pulled this piece out of my scrap bin. I previously cut a wave from it but I actually liked the way it looked so I left it alone.


February 26, 2015

Reverse Confetti SFYTT - February


Can't believe that February is almost done!
Usually the end of February means the ending of winter, the snow will melt soon and the temperatures will start rising. This year that isn't the case. The snowbanks are higher than they were two weeks ago and the temperatures are just plain cold.

This card is for the February Reverse Confetti Sketch For You To Try. This card could be for an engagement or wedding card.


I am also submitting t his to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!

Right now making cheery cards is how I am going to beat the winter blahs, how are you going to beat them?

February 25, 2015

RetroSketches #154


A bit late with inspiration for this week's RetroSketches but I couldn't let the week pass by without sharing a card. How is it possible to make so many cards and to be short on birthday cards? Time to replenish my stash of them.


Hope that you come and play along with us this week, be sure to check in on the RetroSketches blog to see what the rest of the design team has to inspire you!

I hope to be able to share some photos of our vacation but with 5 of us all taking photos and three of them being teenagers I am still trying to get them all gathered together.

February 24, 2015

CCC #135


Happy Tuesday and time for another Cue Word at CASology!
This week our our cue word is:

If you have a tiny die cut image, add some foam tape behind it to make it pop against your background for impact. I use this teeny tiny band aid stamp from Lawn Fawn for my get well card.


Have a look at what the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you...

Guest Designer: Ksenija

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Donut Delight Reminder


There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!  

You have until February 25th at 8:00 AM CST to be inspired and share your project!

I am at the tail end of the party!  I am just back from vacation so I had a moment among the chaos of unpacking and laundry to finish my card for this challenge. I can't tell you how much I love the Donut You Know stamp set from Reverse Confetti. 


We hope you find time to play along, see you there!

February 20, 2015

Uniko Studios Guest Design

Happy Birthday to Uniko Studios and I am so happy to share that I am guest designing with them this month for their 3rd birthday celebrations!

I was so pleased to use the newly released Balloon Bash stamp set for my post today. I created card today just for them with these fun stamps and that amazing bow!

Happy Birthday Uniko!

February 18, 2015

The Card Concept Challenge #29

Time for another new challenge at The Card Concept!

This is officially my first on site vacation card and post.
Due to the events surrounding buying a new vehicle on my own in time to leave for our vacation there were a few cards/posts that did not get completed ahead of time as I had planned.

Arrive in Florida with three teenagers raring to go to the parks and shopping it has been a really fun and really busy vacation so far. We have enjoyed a few dinner's out, a full day at the Magic Kingdom and two full days of outlet shopping. Finally Tuesday night I had some time to finish off my card I started at home and write up my post. With the help of my iPhone, iPad and air drop I was able to snap a few shots of my card on my nightstand.

I was inspired by the fun colours of this challenges colours so I put together a get well card with colourful germs (Thank you Emily Leiphart).  Be sure to visit The Card Concept blog to see what the rest of the team has for your inspiration...  

Tomorrow we are heading to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
Have a great day I will be sure to share some photos once we get home.

February 17, 2015

CCC #134

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Happy Tuesday and time for another Cue Word at CASology!
This week our our cue word is:

When creating a card with a monochrome palette multi-step stamping is great. For my card today I started with a dark park for the detail layer used a light pink for the middle layer and then used the same light pink again for the base. Stamping the base make the middle layer a bit darker and pop more.


Have a look at what the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you...

Guest Designer: Maria

Working on my packing today, 3 more sleeps to Florida!

February 13, 2015

Tag You're It Challenge #15

Happy Friday!
It's time for new inspiration at Tag You're It!

This challenge Donna Mikasa is our inspiration with a card!
You are going to translate the inspiration into a tag...

When I created my tag I was so inspired by Donna's use of colour and water. I created a background on my tag using Distress Inks and a small pattern. Using a paintbrush I picked up some water a kind of squished the water into the centres of each flower, dipping my brush again each flower. I like the way it turned out. I die cut my word and added Glossy Accents.


We hope that this challenge really inspires you to create a mini masterpiece.
Don't forget that the winner will be invited to guest with the team for the next challenge!

Today I am picking up my new wheels and we are off to Florida.

Some of you may recall my post on the Coffee Loving Papercrafers Facebook page from the car dealership last week. Well it was bad, very very bad--timing chain. My Enclave was 7 years old and had 208 000 km (130 000 miles) on it and in the last 6 months has been digging deeper and deeper into my wallet! So Thursday night I signed the papers and we are picking up my new car today and leaving for Florida. The great deal I got on the house we are renting got a wee bit more expensive.  Excited for a road trip!

I have scheduled posts for the next couple of weeks, but along with a much needed holiday I am taking a bit of a blogging break. I am hoping to find my rhythm again and when I return I will be refreshed and ready to jump back in.

Happy Valentines Day!