February 23, 2014

{rs103} Retro Sketch JOY Tag

What a JOY to participate in the retro sketch challenge today! 
Thank you Wanda for such a fun sketch!

It was nice to create a tag for something different and I'm picturing this tied to a nice bottle of wine for a housewarming or hostess gift.

The 5" tag shape was cut using my Cricut machine and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  The base layer is kraft cardstock and the blue layer is Stampin' Up! soft sky, which I still had on my worktable from yesterday's card creation.  The designer paper is also from same 6 x 6 My Mind's Eye paper pad. See yesterday's post for more info.

Happy Sunday and thank U for blogging by today!   Hugs & smiles... 

February 22, 2014

{ctd280} Believe in Happiness!

Now this is a color palette that make me HAPPY! :)

There is just something about these coordinating colors that I *love*...they inspired me actually, as did all of the beautiful creations by the Color Throwdown Team and all of you who **InLinkz** up your creations.

Since the colors went together easily for me, I tried to challenge myself with a new design.  I have been in a real slump creating very similar layouts on all my cards and I wanted to try a "clean and simple", more modern look.   

Well, as you can see, I wasn't exactly successful with "clean and simple", but I did come up with a different design.  I hope you like it!   :)

The designer paper is from a 6 x 6 designer paper pad by My Mind's Eye {Lost & Found - Breeze}.  The stamps I've used on the front and inside are from a new clear acrylic set by Stampendous.  I purchased it from my new favorite Facebook site - Purge to Splurge Scrapbook Surplus.  I've been purging some of my surplus lately, but also splurge now and again.  
The inside verse reads:  You have to believe in happiness or happiness never comes.

Thanks for stopping by today and please leave with a *smile* on your face, ok?  : )  Hugs & Smiles...

p.s.   if you're still with me, I want to let you know about an *awesome* age-defying face creme I've been using!  I'm not into pushy sales at all, but this is just too good to be true and I can't resist telling everyone about it...especially those of you my age!  {which is...whispering...60 in March!}   So...if interested....here is the link to the product NeriumAD .  Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

February 16, 2014

Belated Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Sunday my dear stampin friends!
I had every intention of posting these on Thursday evening to wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day on Friday.   Well, better late than never, so here you go. . . a few of the Valentine's cards I created for my Etsy Shop - Serendipity Cards.    

Can you tell I love creating Valentine's?  I also *love* sending them out and have been known to mail a big stack to the postmaster at Valentine, Nebraska to give them their special Valentine postmark.  This year, I am embarrassed to say that other than family, I didn't get any sent out!  I know... shameful!   Especially, when i made so many!   Oh well, now I'm ready for next year.

Hugs & Smiles!  

February 09, 2014

{ctd278} A Yummy Color Challenge!

Oh my yummy goodness!  Look at those tempting treats!  How could I resist the Color Throwdown Challenge this week with coordinating colors like these and a photo that makes my mouth water?!

Can you tell I didn't use all the exact colors?   I thought these from my stash were a close match and since I don't have pistachio pudding or pink pirouette, I improvised.  But I did use crumb cake for the base cardstock and real red ink for the heart.   I've also used an assortment of Stampin' Up! stamps for this...the heart flower is from Love Is In The Air and ~always~ is from Small Script.  I'm not certain, but they are probably both retired sets.

On the inside, I've stamped one of my favorite little sentiments ever... my heart smiles with thoughts of you.  This is a Hero Arts stamp.

A little sponging around the edges with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and a crumb cake colored button tied on with linen thread finished it off.

Wishing you all a *lovely* week!  ♥

Another Birthday . . . but who's counting?!!

Surprise!  It has been so long since I've posted that Blogger has a new look and I wasn't sure my blog would still be here!  What can I say?  I miss all of you. ♥    I mean that!  There is such a fun camaraderie among stampers and bloggers.  A "support group" in a sense.  :)

This COLD winter weather this year has kept me snuggled up in my craft room with more time than usual to be creative.   Today, I want to share a birthday card I made using some random pieces of glittery designer paper and a pretty little butterfly embellishment by K & Company.

The sentiment on the front is a wood mount rubber stamp by Stampendous and funny thing is that I received it in error when ordering online and I've used it often.   Of course, it's perfect for all my "over the hill" friends... same age as me!

Hugs & Smiles . . . until next time!