Get your "Spring"on!!

We have a really fun Card Challenge this week at SSC. Ready? Using the word "Spring" you must make a card using the following supplies.

S- Staples

P- Paper

R- Ribbon

I- Ink

N- Neon

G- Green

Here's what I came up with:

I hope you'll join us and play along too!!!

Stamps: PTI Fancy Flourishes & Star Prints
Ink: SU! Certainly Celery & Old Olive
Paper: PTI Kraft & White, MME PP
Accessories: SU! Certainly Celery ribbon, corner rounder, PTI button

Many Thanks!

While I had everything out the other day, I made two more cards with my new MTME stamps. Again I used So Sentimental and Fanciful Flourishes together. This time I chose the smallest flourish & flower from the set. And, don't you just love that label? Here, I used my oval punch and popped up my sentiment on dimensionals. All of the Sentiments and phrases fit inside that label. Clever, right? The Basic Black layer was run through the cuttlebug, but the detail didn't show up in my pic :(

Next up, is a 4x4 card. I really can't stop making these. I used a smaller dot flourish and the flowers to make a fun cluster around the bottom and side of my top layer. To make the two toned flowers, I inked up my stamp in Ruby Red, stamped off onto my grid paper and then rolled the outside of the flower back in the the Ruby Red ink. I also added some leaves to the flowers.

That's all for today! Oh, and real quick, today is my husband's 40th birthday! I pulled off the big b-day surprise party, phew! It was a blast. Happy 40th Doug :)

Color with a twist!

This week's Card Challenge at SSC was "Color with a Twist". Here is our inspiration photo:
Isn't this a fun bedroom, not for myself, but the kids. I just love how fun and funky it is :) Our challenge was to use the colors in this picture and circles.

I happen to be roaming around Walmart (yes, Walmart, I'm not embarrassed. It's the only "local" store and it's still 20 minutes away!) and saw these cute stamps. I thought of this challenge and had the get them (they were only $4 dollars, how could I pass them up?). I just knew they'd be perfect for this challenge!!!

I love this color combo, not something I ever would have put together myself, but it totally works. I love having to think outside the box. I'll definitely use these colors again.

Busy weekend ahead...gotta start early :) Take a minute to think outside the box today, you may surprise yourself!! xo, Maureen

New toys

I recently made my first purchase from My Time Made Easy. I've been following Lauren Meader for a couple of years and was thrilled when she launched her own company. She is so talented and such an inspiration!! This months release just spoke to me! I have been looking for an all purpose sentiment set F-O-R-E-V-E-R!! Something that can be used inside and out. I don't really have a stamping budget (*sigh*), so I have to choose the sets I purchase wisely. I don't need a whole set with birthday stamps, or baby stamps...well, Lauren did it, FINALLY, in all her brilliance she designed, what is in my opinion, the perfect all occasion sentiment stamp, "So Sentimental". That set along with "Fanciful Flourishes" were must haves for me.

This was my first attempt with my new sets. I was sick and down for the count this past weekend but, I had to rip them out of the package and start using them right away. (So, please excuse the adhesive that is showing, oh, that bothers me!) I always have a hard time starting out with a new set. I think I just have so many ideas running around in my head that I can't put anything together on paper.

I envision so many different cards with these two sets, oh, I just love them. The quality is awesome! The images are crisp and clear upon first use. I'm definitely impressed!!

I made two more cards with these two sets using all of the same supplies. That will come tomorrow. Until then, Happy Friday :)

Stamps: MTME So Sentimental, Fanciful Flourishes
Ink: SU! Old Olive, Ruby Red, Basic Black
Paper: SU! Basic Black, Old Olive, Ruby Red & PTI White
Accessories: SU! Oval, Oval Scallop & Edge Punches, Ribbon

Throwing it back, one more time!

Here we go, another throwback layout:

This was Easter Weekend, just about 4 years ago. Ugh, there are just so many things "wrong" here. Through this stage of scrapping I was obsessed with making sure I scrapped EVERY picture. Seriously, was that necessary? Um, no!
I also made sure that every page coordinated. I never put two pages together in my album unless they somehow coordinated. How things have changed! I was also a big fan of the diagonally split photo.
I also look weird, don't pay attention to that, focus on my 18 month old sucking on a Corona :)
Head over to Pryn's blog (So Not Mocha-vated) on my Sidebar to play along. Have no fear!!


Spring has sprung!

We made it through another long winter, phew!!! I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to seeing some green on the trees :)

Today, I bring you a Springy SSC Color Combo Challenge.

My take:

The SSC Design Team Gals made some really beautiful samples this week. Head over and see how they interpreted the colors.

Short post, I haven't been feeling so hot. I'll be back to post my supplies later. Have a good one!

My Favorite Things

* This is my second post, scroll down for my first post of the day :)
Clare, a fellow SSC Design Team Gal, challenged us to make a card using our favorite tool or embellishment. Well, I used them all! My favorite crafty things change from time to time, but today they are: buttons (of course), bows, my Stampin' Up! edge punch and my corner rounder.
I've had the idea for this card in my head for a while. I had only planned to have 3 hot air balloons, however I got black ink on my paper (urgh!) and had to add a couple more for fancy cover-ups!

That's all for now, thanks for coming by and thanks for the fun challenge Clare!

Stamp: Everyday Button Bits
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: PTI Kraft, SU & October Afternoon pp
Accessories: PTI Buttons & Ribbon, SU! punches

Thank you's

I am horrible at sending out thank you's from my kids. I totally admit it!! Using the CPS sketch #155, I made a thank you for Conner to send out for his birthday presents. It's STILL sitting on the counter!! His birthday was on Feb.17th, isn't it awful?! I really have got to work on that!!

I took the sketch and flipped it, to make this...
Have a fab weekend everyone!! Enjoy this awesome Spring weather while it lasts!!!

Stamp: Justrite Monogram Stamper
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: My Minds Eye, PTI Dark Chocolate & Spring Moss
Accessories: Ticket punch, ribbon, circle punches

Is it Spring?

Just about!! With the snow almost all melted, the warm air and the sunshine, it certainly feels like Spring. And what better way to start out the new season than with a bright color combo.

Honestly, at first glance (and maybe second, third, I thought, "What on earth am I going to do with these colors?" The challenge is for THESE colors to dominate with only 10% or less of neutrals. Yikes...After a couple of tries, I came up with this card.

I'd love to see what you come up with!!
I hope this card brightens your day! Happy(almost)Spring!!

Stamp: Friends til the End
Ink: Only Orange, Yo-yo Yellow & Elegant Eggplant
Only Orange, Yo-yo Yellow & Elegant Eggplant, PTI white
Accessories: 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, cuttlebug, ribbon, pretties

Being Inspired

This week's SSC Card Challenge is all about being inspired. Check out this awesome inspiration photo:
What really jumped out for me was that big scroll. I was also inspired by the greens and blues and nature.
I knew immediately that I would use PTI's Fancy Flourishes embellished with butterflies. Oh, how I love that set used in combination with my MS butterfly punch! They make me happy :)

So, are you going to play along too? I can't wait to see what you create!

It's time for another Throwback...

Here we go again! I'm playing along with Pryn's Throwback Tuesday's!I made this layout shortly after being introduced to stamping. Hmmm, have you noticed I don't really stamp on my layout's these days? THIS is why, oh my!! This was also during my phase of cutting squares on an angle and putting them in every corner. Seriously, I did this on every layout for like a year. It must have been the only "technique" I knew, lol!!!

Visit Pryn at "So Not Mocha-vated" on my side bar to see more throwback layouts!!

Stranger in the Woods

For Christmas of 2009, the boys received a book from my Uncle entitled. "Stranger in the Woods". It is a story depicted with true photographs of nature. Looking through the book is like looking into our backyard. The story is about a boy and girl that build a snowman and fill the hat with seeds and leave treats for all of natures creatures. The deer, birds, squirrels are all weary of this stranger in the woods. We decided it would be fun to build our own stranger...
And I used this weeks Sketchy Saturday Sketch:
***This is a horrible photograph, the weather here is rain, rain & more rain (better than snow!). Sorry!

The snow was so heavy that day that our snowman started to collapse, but I was able to get a shot of a deer enjoying our treats before it fell!!
This is now a winter tradition that we all enjoy. "Stanger in the Woods" has become a family favorite too!!

I kept the layout pretty simple, I really wanted the photos to stand out and chose red on the light blue to make them pop. I made a journaling tag and patterned paper using PTI Journaling Lines Polka Dot Basics and Beyond Basic Borders. I punched out some snowflakes and added rhinestones for the finishing touch.

Have a great Sunday. Don't forget to spring ahead!

Shabby Baby

I didn't mean to leave that last post up for so long!!!
This weeks Card Challenge over at SSC was a technique: distressing. I tend to distress a lot so this was easy peasy!!
I wanted to try making my own patterned paper with Polka Dot Basics. It looks so cute. I happen to be going to a baby shower tomorrow, so this card is going right into an envelope :) I love when I actually get to USE the cards I make. Most of the time they sit in my stamping room and collect dust. I was thrilled when a friend asked if I'd be willing to donate some cards for a fundraiser for a young girl with cancer, OF COURSE!!! I collected 40+ cards and can't wait to give them to her.

What do you do with all of the cards you make? Do you actually send them out? Donate them? Can't wait for some good ideas girls!

Have a great weekend!

Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Basics, SU! So Many Scallops
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Sahara Sand
Paper:Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirorette, PTI White
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Ribbon, sponges, scallop edge and scallop circle punches

Just for Fun!

My SSC Design Team friend Pryn has been posting throwback scrap pages, I promised to play along ...Please be kind...these are NOT CURRENT PAGES!!! (I can't believe I'm actually going to do this!) Please scroll down to see this weeks Color Challenge and my current cards and pages from my earlier post today!!

Here we go (insert hanging my head in shame):
It's so funny to see this now! I remember these pages taking days to complete. I love the printing with bubbles on the ends and sticker alphabets with matching bubbles! The random pepperoni's are also a nice touch :)

This page I believe uses Me & My Big Idea's patterned paper that I so nicely trimmed out playground equipment from. Apparently I was obsessed with my corner rounder and circle cutters from CM. Probably because they were my only tools, lol.

There you have it. Hey, everyone has to start out somewhere right? I guess I'll stop complaining about my mojo now :)

It's all about color!

Color is such an inspiration. We use it in so many ways in our everyday lives, decorating our home, dressing ourselves, cooking...etc. It even has an impact on our moods!
Check out this weeks SSC Color Challenge. How does this inspire you?
What gorgeous, bright colors to work with! They made me think of the summer sun and flowers, the sky and grass. (Pretty much everything makes me think of summer lately, lol!!)
I used all scraps for this card. I love doing that!
Make sure to stop over and see what the rest of the SSC Design Team Gals did with the challenge.

Stamp: PTI Everyday Button Bits
Ink: SU! Old Olive
Paper: SU! & PTI White
Accessories: All SU!

Loved and Going Green

There is so much going on over at SSC, that I can't even keep up on my blog posts!! Before even more challenges post tomorrow, I figured I should get these out in blogger space...
First up, Sketch Saturday. It's an awesome sketch to work with! I had fun with this. This is Ethan at 6 months and 4 1/2 years old. Journaling reads: Loved you then, Love you now, I'll love you always.

Next up, is the March Wild Card Wednesday Challenge. Our challenge this month was to make a card or layout using green. I chose this beautiful leaf image from PTI's Beyond Basic Borders. I love how eay it is to make a CAS yet elegant card with their stamps.

Tomorrow another Color & Card Challenge posts. Stop by to see what we have for you this week...have a fabulous night & enjoy this gorgeous weather. 52 never felt soooo good :) See ya!

Still looking

While searching for inspiration, in hopes of finding my mojo along the way, I came across this weeks Just Us Girls Challenge.
I thought I'd give this one a try.

I've had this paper in my stash for years and it just kind of spoke to me. I tried to go with a bit of a shabby chic feel...hmmm, Still not thrilled and really hoping my mojo returns soon. I think my problem is that I don't have a plan. I usually have an idea of something in my head, a stamp set or paper, etc. Yesterday, I just didn't.

You know, I think I know what would help...some new stamps & paper. Now that's a sure fire way to get the mojo going again :) Oh, and printing some new pics to scrap, and punches, ribbon, dies....

All supplies SU! except rhinestone strip from unknown manufacturer.

In need of Mojo...

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. We had a fabulous, relaxing day with my sister-in-law yesterday.
Today, while the boys were outside playing, I headed to my stamping room and found that my mojo is missing today. What happened? How does this happen some days? hmmm...I turned to the Mojo sketch (128) hoping it would help, um, not so much.
And, my take.

It's not awful or anything, I'm just feeling uninspired. It's just blah!

What do you do when you lose your mojo?

Puffy Flower

I've been seeing a ton of these puffy little flowers all over lately. It seems like crafters are putting them on everything. I decided to give them a try after watching a tutorial on Dawn McVey's blog. Talk about easy-peasy!!! With just a scallop punch, a brad and button, you can make a super cute embellishment for a card or scrapbook in no time at all.

Using this week's SSC Card Challenge:

I made this little number:

Not only was I psyched to try this technique, I also got to use my cuttlebug for the first time!! What a fun day :)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a great week! And, thanks a million times to everyone that leaves me means so much to me that you take the time to do that, it really makes my day!!!

Stamp: PTI Star Prints
Paper: PTI White & Kraft, SU! dsp
Ink: SU! basic gray
Accessories: Cuttlebug, scalloped circle & edge punch, brad, PTI button, linen thread

SSC Color Challenge: Mom this one's for you!

The colors this week are GORGEOUS!! I want those beads!!

Here's what I did with the colors:

This is my Mom as a baby. Isn't she precious? She looks like a little doll! I have had this picture since I was a little girl and I thought would look beautiful with this color combo. For quite some time, I've been attempting an album just for me. I have layouts of my great-grandparents to layouts of me and my husband dating, etc. It's a hard one to work on, but every once in a while I add to it. I seem to get so wrapped up in scrapping the kids, that I forget about myself :( I decided that one day the kids would want to know about me & their ancestors...and so it began! This beauty is was meant to go in the album, however, I'm going to frame this one and hang it in my stamping room, it's always been a part of my decor and it's a little piece of home...A reminder of where I came from. Having this piece of home means more than you know. Wow, I'm long winded this morning! I have more to say on that, but that will be for another day.
Mom, my biggest fan, I hope you like it!! Love you!

In love

Good morning! I hope everyone has had a great start to their week. I have to admit, I was happy to get everyone packed up for school yesterday so that I could get a little time to myself. We were all home from Tuesday until Monday, phew! I didn't do anything special, just errands & stuff, but I was alone, ahhh!!

With so many days snowed in the house, I had plenty of time to craft!

This was a super quick card to make, just my style, CAS! I've been seeing a lot of black and white cards lately and I find it so striking with the pop of red.

Come by again tomorrow. I'll be posting the SSC Color Challenge. I'm really excited to share this one :)

Stamps: PTI Friend 'til the End, Damask Designs
Paper: PTI White, SU! Basic Black
Ink: SU! Basic Black & Real Red
Accessories: corner rounder, offray ribbon, rhinestones