Sweet Sunday & Morning or Night?

I'm a morning person.  I'm up on weekdays at 4:30am.  I have a little challenge with myself to see how much I can get done by 7:00...some days I'll have my third load of laundry in, dishwasher unloaded and reloaded, 3 bathrooms cleaned , all beds made and rooms straightened.  But don't expect me to get a thing done after 7:00, my brain has already been shut down for an hour or so.  You are probably wondering why I brought this up.  I do have a point!

See that card above?  I started that card after dinner on Sunday night.  That is something I never, ever do.  I know from experience that nothing good comes from stamping after dinner.  This card was no different.  I sat at my desk throwing away paper for two hours, when I finally said to Doug, "That's it, I'm done.  I don't know why I even tried this tonight."  I showed him that after two hours all I had was the sponged area on this card.  I started cleaning my desk when I saw the Encouraging Words stamp set and BAM, my card was done minutes later.  I turned around and told Doug that I finished my card and he looked at me like I had 5 heads.  "Didn't you just tell me that you were done?" 

Inquiring minds want to know, are you an early bird or do you burn the midnight oil?

My design was inspired by this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch.

Stamps:  Encouraging Words (WPlus9)
Ink:  Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers Distress Inks (Ranger) Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Black (WPlus9)

StampNation Virtual Retreat Wrap Up & PPP Giveaway Winner

The StampNation Virtual Retreat has been an absolute blast.
Our full week event was filled with challenges, videos, giveaways, prizes and fun.

Look at some of the entries so far...

Although we have stopped adding new challenges to the event, the fun continues!

Members have until May 15th to enter the challenges to be eligible to win prizes from our sponsors.

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I know some of you have been waiting to find out who won the Pretty Pink Posh Giveaway!!!

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The Winner is Ceal!

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Awesome Blossoms!

You all know that I am a huge fan of floral stamp sets, right?  I'll never have too many!  So maybe I'm a bit biased, but the new Awesome Blossoms stamp set from Lil' Inkers is truly AWESOME!  I love how some of the flowers are two-step, while others are solitary images.  Depending how you stamp them they can be the most elegant of flowers like they are here paired with gold accents or fun and playful.  The sentiments included in the set make it perfect for so many occasions!

If you are looking for a go-to floral stamp set, Awesome Blossoms gets my vote.  Hands down!

Ink:  Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse (PTI) Rose Red (SU) Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Quilted Stitched Pattern Cover Up Die (Lil Inker Designs)

Hello CTS#120

It feels like forever since I've played along in a challenge.  I had some free time this weekend and I headed right to the CAS(E) this Sketch blog to check out their challenge this week.

I was very much tempted to copy the sketch, but decided to go in a different direction.  In the end I think I go a little carried away with black ink splotches and sequins, but I had fun with it and that's the most important part.  Not every card can be a winner, right ;)

Speaking of sequins, I have a giant Pretty Pink Posh giveaway going on here on my blog.

Hurry, comments close today at 11:59pm EDT!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Ink:  Vineyard Kaleidacolor Ink (Imagine Crafts) Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Black (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Hey Hi Hello Die (WPlus9)  Sequins (PPP)

Camellia Congrats

Using patterned paper in CAS design is a bit tricky.  Too much pattern can sometimes take away from the design.  I find that using it in small doses and pairing it with black and white is a sure fire way to keep your design clean.

You also want to make sure that you stay away from busy patterns on CAS cards, though I do have a trick up my sleeve on how to use those too.  I'll be sharing that soon, so stay tuned! 

Penny Black Products
51-133 Camellia
51-038 Hooray
51-136 Stitched Edges
30-240 Textures
80-009 Painted Blooms

15 Minute Challenge

When I visited Catherine last week, we challenged ourselves to make a card that used masking and sponging in 15 minutes.   That's my finished card above.  When I do challenges like this I usually use a layout I've done before, something I know works.  I've used this idea before, both the layout and sponging many times, so I knew it had to work for the challenge!  Any time you are at a loss for new ideas or if you are low on time, I encourage you to do the same.

Catherine is posting her card today too.  You have to head over to her blog to check it out.  She gave her image a double stenciled look, maybe she even invented a new technique?  It's new to me anyway.

We left the cameras rolling through the 15 minute challenge, you can view the video here on Catherine's blog.  I haven't seen it yet, but I bet it's good for a few laughs.  We were stressing a bit.  At the end I'm looking for a stamp for the bottom of my card.  I was wishing I had brought my WPlus9 Country Charm set, but no luck.  Catherine trimmed that little piece for me, I was low on time and that had to do :)

Here are some pics from the visit...

One more thing before you go...
I have a Pretty Pink Posh Giveaway going on until Wednesday April 29th at 11:59pm.

Stamps:  Flower Sparks (Penny Black)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento) Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink (Ranger)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Black (WPlus9)
Accessories:  4mm & 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP)

Pretty Pink Posh Giveaway!!!!

We are having a blast at the StampNation Virtual Retreat!  I have just returned home from visiting Catherine in Raleigh, NC so we could spend some of the retreat together.  We did two Google Hangouts with SN members and also did a Virtual Retreat challenge and our own timed challenge.  We will be posting those soon!

Anyway, the reason I am here today is because I have a little giveaway for you from our sponsor Pretty Pink Posh!  I've picked out a selection of my favorite  products to giveaway to YOU!!!

This prize package includes:
  • Stitched Banner Duo Dies
  • Pocket Border Die
  • Stitched Labels 1 Die
  • 6mm Aquamarine Sequins
  • 6mm Pink Peonies
  • 6mm Lime Sorbet
  • 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins
  • Springtime Mix
  • Silver Seed Beads
  • Celery, Light Blue & Light Pink Chevron Twill Ribbon

Leave me a comment by Wednesday, April 29th at 11:59pm EDT to be entered to win.

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I will choose a winner next Thursday, April 30th!  The winner will be posted here on my blog and will have 72 hours to claim their prize via email.  If the prize is unclaimed another winner will be chosen.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!  Good luck!