Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #12

I know, I have been MIA for a while. It has been a rough past week or so (and a busy one) and then I haven't been feeling well the past couple days, all leading up to no crafting. Not to mention my mojo has also been MIA.... But perhaps it's back.

Here are the colors for Dawn McVey's latest Raspberry Suite Color challenge, and as soon as I saw them, I knew I'd have to muster up the spirit to play. :)

And this is the card I came up with. (Sorry for the slightly wonky pictures, it was getting dark...)
When I saw the colors, my first thought was Christmas. A punchy Christmas, I suppose, but nonetheless. But despite what some may say about timing, July is just too darn early for me and Christmas anything (Procrastinators everywhere, can I get a hallelujah?!), so I went a little girly. Still, I didn't have just the right red in my card stock supply and so I went to patterned paper, stumbling upon this perfect pattern from, of all things, last year's FaLaLa collection from Making Memories. Do you think it's a sign? :)

Once I got out a bunch of supplies that I wanted to use, this card came together in less than 30 minutes, which is record for me. I am the putziest of cardmakers around. I have been trying something new lately when I sit down to craft. Instead of waiting until the very end to glue everything in place (which I normally do, leaving me far too much time to move things around for hours), I have started looking at a piece, making a decision and gluing it down, and then building on that. Sometimes takes the card in a different direction, but not always worse. Sure makes things easier...
Actually getting stuff glued on straight? That's a whole other episode.

Thanks for looking!

Papertrey Ink-card stock (Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz, Vintage Cream), stamps (Bird Watching Additions, Fancy Flourishes, Faux Ribbon), ink (Scarlet Jewel), button
Making Memories-patterned paper
K & Co.-heart bling
Other: Ranger Archival Black ink, EK Success border punch, corner rounder, pop dots


Hero Arts yumminess!!

Hi all! Hope your week has gotten off to a good start. I am popping in quick with a little (read: BIG) announcement. As some of you may recall, I do love to participate in the fun weekly challenges over at the Hero Arts blog. I haven't gotten a project done for one of those in quite some time and I've been meaning to get back into them and let me tell you, this week is the week to do it! If you have never participated, please take a look-you'll thank me later.

Hero Arts has a big week in store: they are planning to unveil lots of wonderful, new changes to their already fabulous blog and website. Wednesday is the day for something HUGE (but I don't know what yet). There will be lots of games, ideas, and of course, prizes, all week, including DOUBLE prizes on the weekly challenge: to create a project inspired by something on their website (not the blog). They are also now on Twitter and Facebook with even more prizes and fun...Go check it out!!

Like I said, you'll thank me later. :)


A card for a dad

I realize that Father's day was several weeks ago now, but I was looking through my computer for some other photos and found ones of this card that I made my father-in-law for Dad's day. I took them quickly before we left the house and just forgot about them. But I quite liked this card and wanted to share. ;)
Since my husband never usually leaves all card making and gift giving pursuits to me, this time I told him to choose what he wanted on the card and a technique for me to use (he watches me craft enough to know what some things are and how they work). He chose something to do with golf, because his dad likes that, and he also chose the argyle background stamp (which really does go quite well with the theme), the colors and he wanted something glossy (I had just smothered glossy accents on something else when he made that decision). The grass, tee and golf ball ideas were mine.
The golf ball I made with a lot of trial and error. What worked in the end? I made a template out of scrap paper and used my hole punch to punch a bunch of little holes. Then I put that over my card stock piece and sponged gray ink through the holes. I cut into a circle and sponged the edges, then covered with glossy accents. I like the way it came out. The tee is hand cut from a piece that I stamped with a woodgrain stamp with brown ink on kraft paper.
Thanks for looking!

card stock-Papertry Ink
Stamps- Studio G (argyle, sentiment); Hero Arts (bird, woodgrain)
Ink-Colorbox chalk ink (blue, gray, brown); Ranger (black Archival ink)
Rain dots- Cloud 9 design
Other-colored pencil, Glossy Accents, 1/8" hole punch


Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #11

Hi folks! Hope everyone is having a great day. Here it has been drizzly all day, but that's okay because it's a good day for crafting and baking cookies! I wanted to post quickly a card I made for Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite color challenge. I finished it a few days ago but, as usual, did not finish in time to actually participate in the challenge. These were the colors:
I really liked the color scheme and immediately wanted to use my new stamp set "Fruitful" from Papertrey Ink for bright pink raspberries and red red strawberries. But once I started on the card and had all my elements out, I couldn't decide on how to arrange them, which took me longer than expected and past the deadline!
Anyhow, I am really happy with how it came out. This little card has a new home in my Etsy shop.
Don't you just love these delicious buttons from PTI, too?! I've got lots of new goodies to play with and still following along with Jennifer McGuire's Thinking Inking class over at 2ps, so hopefully I'll have something more to share soon. Thanks for looking!

Papertrey Ink- card stock (Stamper's Select White, True Black, Pure Poppy, New Leaf); stamps (Fruitful-berries; Green Thumb-sentiment), ink (Fresh Snow), buttons, twine
Bazzill- card stock (gray)
Other: ribbon (Offray), Colorbox chalk ink (gray), white gel pen, EK Success square punch, Marvy Uchida scallop square punch
, stapler


Happy 4th of July!!

Hope all you Americans are having a fantastic holiday weekend! I wanted to pop in with some photos from our celebration, which we chose to do on the 3rd this year. It was in honor of my brother, Steven, who deploys for Afghanistan on July 19. He is a Green Beret in the 82nd Airborne division of the Army, a weapons specialist, and has had lots of training to do what he is now being called to do. But I can't help but wonder if that will be enough to keep him safe. We all enjoyed the day, celebrating our nation, our freedom, and the ones so near and dear to us that make these kinds of days possible. This is one of the first 4th of July's that really carries a lot of meaning for me and I know it won't be the last. This is me and my brother (a goofy picture from a couple months ago):
I don't get to see him all too often, not as often as I would like, and I am going to miss him.

But all seriousness aside, we did have a great time yesterday. We had perfect weather-it was about 85 and breezy as opposed to our usual 98+ and stifling thick air. We swam, ate lots of yummy food, and ended the night with fireworks, sparklers and bottle rockets. Can't beat that.

I made these cupcakes: red velvet with cream cheese frosting and white chocolate raspberry.My mom and I made these fun patriotic pinwheels and vellum firework skewers...they looked so great scattered around in red, white and blue bottles!Love love fireworks!!

Today J and I are taking it easy. We slept in after a busy past few days and perhaps an afternoon picnic and another batch of fireworks downtown tonight. Let freedom ring!!