Holy Birthdays!!!





December and January are filled with birthdays...Mom, sister, sil, bil...the list goes on!! I loved splitcoasts sketch (259) so much I made two cards using it :) I chose PTI's Friends til the End and a sentiment from Damask Designs. It's hard to see in the photos, but I used some dazzling diamonds around the inside of the flower image. It's a subtle touch and oh so feminine!!
Tonight we will be ringing in the New Year at home. A nice quiet night with the family! Whatever you do, I hope you all have a very safe and happy New Year!!

Merry Christmas!



Hello! I hope you have had a wonderful holiday!! We certainly did. Lots of good times and memories made this year. Today I have posted what was supposed to be my Christmas card this year. I actually cut and stamped them all and never got them into the mail (GASP!) My Mom is the only one to have received this particular card. Well, at least I am ahead of the game for next year :) I have also posted our placecards for Christmas dinner. Aren't they adorable? Of course I used my most beloved set "Holiday Button Bits". I'll be sad to put that away :(

FTL72



While making a card for my sister-in-laws b-day, I pulled out some colors I rarely use! Pinks and purples don't often show up on my stamping table. But, my SIL loves purple and butterflies and all things girly, so this is how I came to use these colors. This is not her card, but as I've mentioned before, I like to make several cards at a time without having to clean up. It's a fantastic way to use up scraps!!! And, this weeks FTL was PERFECT for using scraps!!! I LOVE this layout! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. So quick and easy, just my style!!! I used Damask Designs and Polka Dot Basics, both from PTI. I heat embossed the polka dots on the pink paper at the bottom of the card!! I'm definitely making some x-mas thank you's using this layout. I'll post them once they are made.

We are in the home stretch of x-mas preparations. I'll try to post at least 2 more times before the big man in red arrives!!! Have a great one!

A gift for Mom


Each December, my Mom, sister and I get together to celebrate Christmas. Just us, like when we were younger. We exchange gifts, eat to much and laugh a whole lot too. We had our "Festivas" celebration yesterday (as it was named years ago). Oh, what fun :)
I made this page for my Mom. I framed it and it turned out beautifully, if I must say so myself. I had the idea to make a page every year using the kids Christmas picture. When Christmas comes around in 2010, my Mom will receive a new page for her frame, as well as an album to store the previous years page. I think she really liked it. She gasped when she opened it and hung it on her wall immediately. Success :)

CAS sketch



I finally got into my stamp room this week :) It's always so hard to get the mojo going after taking a little break. After cutting tons of paper, starting and stopping, I finally came up with something I was happy with. I combined the CAS44 color challenge (red, brown, white or cream) and sc258.

Have a great weekend!!

Slowly coming back



I didn't mean to take a break, it just kind of happened. We had a wonderful long weekend away for Thanksgiving and the catching up definitely cut into my crafting time!!! I made this card about a month ago, I can't believe I haven't shared it yet. I used a sketch from Splitcoast (I'll look for that and post it later). The colors are not "typical" holiday colors, but I find them striking together!!
I hope you like my newest addition of Quick & Easy cards. Enjoy!

**Edited to add the sketch for SC252.

Quick & Easy - Part 4


Happy Saturday. Here with another installment of quick and easy holiday cards. This is my favorite of all the others I made. That bird on the holly branch, oh, and to think I came upon using these two sets together completely by accident. Love the touch of white around the edges of the card and the little bits of dazzling diamonds that look like snow.
The boys are all at the high school state champs game and I was left home alone. I'm heading up to my stamping room and finally starting my mass production of x-mas cards.
Have a great weekend!

Clean and Simple




Yes, another sketch. I'm telling you, if it's wasn't for sketches I'd never be able to make a card. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but it definitely helps to get the mojo going!!! This is another new-to-me sketch. I've been visiting the CAS blog for a while, I just never had a chance to use one of their sketches.
Trying very hard to stay away from my holiday stash. Here I used some of my other most beloved stamps: Damask Designs, Polka Dot Basics and Star Prints.

Two posts in one day, phew :)

Mercy's Sketch



I've been wanting to do Mercy's Sketch challenge (mtsc48) for a while. I finally had a chance this week. I loved the 6 x 3, something I don't usually do. I decided to break away from the holiday cards again and use Tea for two.
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great one!

Vera Bradley Inspiration


CAS41 challenge was to use Vera Bradley handbags as an inspiration. I was inspired by a brown and white toile print bag with bright pink accents. I love this color combination of brown, pink and white.

I'm going to be sending this card off to my niece at college, it looks trendy enough for an 18 year old, right?

Quick & Easy - Part 3



Two more quick and easy cards. Do you see a pattern here? Quick, easy and Holiday Button Bits. More to come :)

Quick & Easy - Part 2



Here's another quick and easy holiday card, shown in two different color schemes. I usually mass produce for my holiday cards, but this year lots of different cards will be going out. Now, how to choose who gets which card?

Quick & Easy


For this month's PTI Guest Star Stamper Contest the challenge was quick and easy holiday cards, right up my alley. This is one of my submissions. Don't you love this cute little gingerbread man? And, he's another image from my favorite Holiday Button Bits.

Kinda short on words today. I was supposed to be attending the SCS NJ, PA & NY get together today, but my husband and my oldest are both sick :( Totally bummed!!!

Lots to share over the next couple of days, so stay tuned!!!

Damask Prayers


Well, the silence wasn't quite as long as I thought it would be :) I was able to complete this card today for the CAS40 challenge at SCS. The challenge was to use white and only one other color. I chose white and navy, one of my favorite color combos right now. I think it so elegant and simply striking.

This is one of my favorite layouts. If you have been visiting my blog for a while you've seen it many times. It's the one I use when I am short on time and need to produce a nice card quickly. It's not always exactly the same, but I fall back on it often!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great one!!!

Silence

Sorry for the silence here on my blog. I have sooooo much to share, but have to wait a couple more days. I am attending the SCS NJ, PA, NY Get together on Saturday and have been working on my shoebox swap and card front swaps. I've also made a ton of PTI holiday cards. I'm planning on participating in the CAS challenge this week too...so hang in there, I'll have lots of eye candy for you soon :)

Hello birdie!!


Love this little birdie!! And those legs:) Unfortunately I dropped the stamp on my leg and now have two long birdie legs on my own leg :(
So, I've been on a roll making my Christmas cards and had to take a break and make something non-holiday related. I used the CAS39 sketch to get me started. I'll be sharing all of my holiday cards soon!!! Have a great weekend!

CAS Christmas


Here's a CAS card I made this weekend. Playing with this set has really put me in the holiday spirit. A bit early, but at least I'm getting some cards made. I'm making this a short post, off to get some "purple juice" for the little guy. (That means apple juice in the purple sippy cup). Have a great week!

Me, non-traditional?



I'm a pretty traditional person when it comes to christmas cards. I usually stick with shades of red and green, sometimes come chocolate. But blue? Never blue. I know, it's really not all THAT crazy, but it's very out of character for me. It's exciting that I'm stepping outside my comfort zone and I'm loving the result.
Yes, I'm still playing with PTI Holiday Button Bits. I used a sketch that was posted by Lauren today from Limelight (llpc033). The great thing about sketches is that they are a starting point. Sometimes I spend so much time trying to come up with a layout and I stamp and cut and stamp and cut and...you get the picture. Lots of wasted time and paper. I made this card in about 10 minutes today :) Gotta love that!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

PS-sorry this pic is so dark, it's cloudy today and I just couldn't get a good shot.

Simple Moments


Last year a friend of mine took pictures of our family as practice while trying to get her photography business up and running. She took so many amazing shots, that a year later I am still going through them. Some of the pictures are so amazing and precious that I don't think I can do them justice by scrapping them. I've held on the this photo in particular for a long time! I was looking for that special paper to make it pop. When I saw this paper in SU!'s mini, I immediately fell in love. It's absolutely stunning. I used the Justrite monogram stamper for the "M" medallion. I've used this layout and many variations of it before, it's definitely a good one to fall back on when I haven't scrapped for a while. The quote at the bottom is a rub on that says "Simple moments make great memories". So true :)

Celebrate




Not only was I able to participate in Dawn's color challenge, I also had a couple of minutes to play along with the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge. This card literally took 10-15 minutes. And these birds, aren't they so adorable?!?!? This is my first card using them and I can't stand how cute they are. I'm glad that I couldn't resist them any longer.

Raspberry buttons



This is my second entry for the RSCC18. Lately I've been trying to make several cards when I get out my materials. For my son's birthday, I made all of the thank you cards using the same colors, dsp & a variety of stamps. It's a great way to use up scraps and get a lot of cards made. Dawn also just posted something similar recently on her blog.

I used Holiday Button Bits again on my card (I think it will be a while before I put this set away!). This beautiful holly branch is my favorite image from the set and is the one I will be using for my x-mas cards this year!!! I also used Damask designs and polka dot basics.

Ok, I think this will be my last post for this challenge, I stress THINK. Sounds like we are getting a storm, better log off. Have a great one!!!

Raspberry Suite Holiday Button Bits



Yay, I finally got to play with my new stamps!!! I'm loving this set. It's so cute. I had the HARDEST time choosing a set for my holiday cards this year. I finally chose Holiday Button Bits, it just makes me so happy!!!
Dawn's color challenge this week (RSCC18) was to use green, raspberry, cream, kraft and chocolate. I immediately thought Christmas!!! I love this little tree and the buttons. Just too cute. I can't wait to play with the other images. I definitely can see myself making little gift tags this year :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Oh, and I'm so excited that I finally figured out how to copy the image for the challenge from Dawn's blog!!! It's not difficult, but for whatever reason, I was stumped. Problem solved!

Mojo107


Looking for some inspiration, I came across the Mojo sketch this week. Here's my entry, a little shabby chic stationary. Hope you are having a great weekend!!

WCMD Challenge #4 Australia


This was so quick to make!! I love the simplicity of it. Nichole suggested using dotted outlines, similar to the Aborigine art...so I did, and it turned out amazing. It really makes the image pop!! I had so much fun participating in all of these challenges. What a great way to spend the day :) Hope everyone enjoyed World Card Making Day '09.

WCMD Challenge #3 India


I needed some further inspiration on this one too! I found a beautiful picture of a woman wearing a traditional headress. It inspired my colors and design. However, I didn't do the headress any justice :( Not so sure about this one, definitely not my normal style, but that's why they call it a challenge!!! It's hard to see in the the photo but I used gold ink on the center medallion and polka dots. TFL.

WCMD Challenge #2 Mexico


I had to do some research before beginning this challenge. I googled Mexican art and found a picture of a beautiful bright pink and yellow flower. That was my inspiration for this card. Two more countries to go....

PTI WCMD Challenge #1 Japan


I was psyched to see a WCMD challenge on Nichole's blog this morning. All of the challenges are based on a different country. The first, Japan. I had to use my "Tea for Two" set for this challenge and red, black and white. Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon, I completed all four countries :)

World Card Making Day & a color challenge


In honor of World Card Making day, I participated in the Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #17, to use, red, kraft, chocolate, aqua and vanilla (optional). I had so much fun with this one. It's been so long since I distressed and aged a card. I'm definitely going to be doing it more often.
I hope you are celebrating today too!!!

Clean and Simple Color Challenge


I did it! I made my first card in over a month. I used the CAS31 challenge, to pop it up on dimensionals or pop dots, and the cc235, to use eggplant, black and olives. I feel so accomplished :) Thanks for stopping in!!

Life


Sometimes life just gets in the way!! I started working outside of my home a few weeks ago and haven't had a minute to escape into my stamping and scrapping room ever since. I have no idea how to balance work, lesson planning, house work, and creative time. Any suggestions? I'd like to keep up my blog, since it's really the one thing I do for myself. I just haven't figured out when to fit it all in!! I guess that comes with time.
This is the scrapbook page I did for Jen Peel's scrapbook sketch challenge in August. I love this kit, SU! retired "Hoppy Memories", I've used it on so many layouts and I think I still have some pieces left :)
Continue to stop by every so often, I hope to get better about blogging!!

Buttons and bows


This card contains everything I love...buttons, bows, a flourish. It's pretty and feminine with polka dots and clean simple lines. What do you love?

Rasberry Suite Color Challenge #13


I think I say it every time, but these color challenges are REALLY a challenge. You can not even imagine the amount of scraps and trash I had on my desk by the time I was done with this one, phew...I didn't think I'd complete it. I should have taken a picture, it looked like a tornado went directly through my stamping room!! I'm pretty neat when it comes to stamping. I never make a 2nd project before finishing and cleaning up a first one. Not the case last night. OK, moving on...

I used Fifth Avenue Floral (SU!), Fancy Flourishes (PTI - for the leaves on the flower) and Damask Designs (PTI) for the sentiment. Colors are: Ruby Red (SU!) Berry Sorbet, spring moss (PTI) and Whisper White (SU!). The butterfly punch is Martha Stewart. I don't know what's gotten into me but I'm loving butterflies lately. I'm really getting girly. Maybe it's because I live in a house full of boys!!

Have a great weekend. I'll post next week when we get home from our Ohio trip!!

Time for more tea...



Here are two more cards I made with Tea for two. I've been into making sets lately. These two cards coordinate with two I posted a bit ago. I just can't get enough of kraft and baja breeze lately :)
My husband gets so domestic in the summer. He's a teacher and home all summer, so he has lots of free time on his hands! As I type, I am smelling the sweet smell of blueberry pie baking in the oven. He and the boys picked a bucket full of wild blueberries this morning. (They actually taste better than the ones I buy at the grocery store.) They came home and whipped up a pie and it smells amazing. I can't wait to try it tonight, yum :) I think they are making blueberry jam next :)

Home


Happy Friday all! Thanks for stopping by. My layout today is one of two based on "Home". Home is a funny word these days, on a more personal note than usual, our house burned just about 4 years ago. Although we are all rebuilt and have been back for almost 3 years, our sense of home is no longer the same. Home is where my family is. Whether we are in our house, a condo, townhouse, living with family...as long as we are all together, we are home!!
I did this layout using a sketch for the design team call for Creative Scrappers. I didn't make the team, but had fun trying!!

I hope you have a great weekend!! Maureen

CPS125 & a gift set


My nieces 18th birthday is next week and we are heading out to Ohio to celebrate her high school graduation and birthday. I'm so excited for the trip, it's been two years since we've seen her. I knew I wanted to make her a personalized card set and when I saw the CPS sketch this week, I KNEW it had to be a design for one of my cards. I used the JRS c-30 diy monogram stamper kit...don't you love it?!?!? Next, I came up with these two cards to finish out the set...


And, the whole set together

She'll get 2 each of the three different designs. I hope she likes it!! Thanks for looking :) Maureen
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