Birthday Wishes

Today's card was inspired by the CASE Study muse Torico and her beautiful inspiration piece seen below:

I think it's pretty obvious to see where my inspiration came from, right?!  I actually didn't stray much from the original design.  Why mess with perfection?

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

**Today I remember James Melville, my father, who we said goodbye to 16 years ago today.
Dad, you are forever in our hearts! 

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri, Blooming with Kindness (SU!) Very Vintage Greetings & Spring Tags (Wplus9)
Ink:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Jet Black Stazon 
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Circle Stackers Dies (Wplus9), Beautiful Butterfly Punch (SU!), Pearls

Autumn Blessings

I'm on a fall kick with Wplus9's Happy Harvest stamp set.  This time around I've paired it with Quilt Cuts 1 and some patterned paper by Crate Paper. 

I'm entering this card into several challenges...Cute Card Thursday, MilkCoffee Challenge, All That Scrap, Paper Pretties, Simon Says Stamp and Stamping Royalty.

Thanks for stopping in!  Happy Friday :)

Stamps:  Happy Harvest (Wplus9)
Ink:  More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy (SU)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla (SU) Farmhouse Collection pp (Crate Paper)
Accessories:  Quilt Cuts, Banner Trio & Happy Harvest dies (Wplus9), Perfect Pennants Die, Linen Thread & 2 1/2 in Circle Punch (SU)

Wow & Save the date...

Hello there!

Time has gotten away from me and I forgot to post my sample for last weeks StampNation challenge...To use three or more die cut (or punched) items on your card.  I used the Fun Flowers die to make a pretty focal point for my card. 

I guess I am a bit side tracked since Catherine and I have been gearing up for World Card Making Day (WCMD). 

We have BIG plans for the members of SN!  This event is going to bring crafters all over the WORLD closer together!  So, save the date.  More details to follow.

If you haven't joined StampNation yet, now is the time.  Click here to learn more.

Pure Thanks

Little by little, my projects are making their way to Fall and Winter.  This is my favorite time of year to stamp.  I especially love making Christmas cards!  But since a lot of my favorite stamp companies haven't released their holiday stamps yet, I'm focusing on Fall.  This set by Wplus9 is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!  I don't love Halloween so this set, which focuses more on Fall in general, is right up my alley.  I combined it with some of the background building stamps from Country Charm to make a CAS thank you card perfect for this time of year.

The layout was inspired by this weeks CASE Study Challenge an inspiration piece by Torico:

And, the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge:

Stamps:  Country Charm, Happy Harvest, Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Ink:  Old Olive, More Mustard, Crumb Cake & Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU),  Jingle Patterned Paper (Lily Bee Designs)
Accessories:  Happy Harvest Dies (Wplus9), Vintage Trinkets, Linen Thread (SU!)


Thank you for all of the birthday wishes for Ethan.  He had a great time this past weekend celebrating his 8th birthday.  Unfortunately he came down with a stomach virus early Monday morning, which kind of put a damper on the beginning part of the week for all of us.  Now that he is back to himself, I got a bit of time in my stamp room. 

I am definitely getting in the mood to do some holiday cards.  The weather is getting cooler and I'm seeing more and more holiday projects while blog hopping.  As I switch gears and ease into Christmas, I went with a non-traditional color combo of Pool Party, Lucky Limeade & Not Quite Navy. 

My card was inspired by the CASology Challenge, White.

Stamps:  Snowflake Soiree (SU)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party & Not Quite Navy (SU)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party (SU)
Accessories:  Corner Rounder (CM), Rhinestones

For the Birthday Boy

We will be celebrating my Ethan's 8th birthday this weekend!  He has been counting down the days for the past month and is over-the-top excited that it is finally here :)  Making a card for an 8 year old isn't especially easy.  He doesn't want something "cute", he's into everything "cool".  I initially intended to give him this card here, until he found it and started asking 20 questions:  "Who is this for?", "Why does it say Happy Birthday", "Are you giving it to someone soon?"  I like their cards to be surprises, so when I saw the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge today I knew exactly what I'd make for Ethan's birthday card.

Ethan's favorite colors are black, white and red!  I knew I could come up with something "cool" and CAS (since he says that is his style too ;)  I gave my Wplus9 supplies some serious love here.  I used the Super Star & Label Layers 4 stamp sets, and the Banner Trio and Circle Stackers dies.  I love building up a collection from one stamp company and how everything coordinates so well together!

That's it from me.  I probably won't be back with a card until Monday or so.  Have a great weekend!

The History of a Corner Rounder

 It is official!! I'm addicted to rounded corners :)  This card was finished, I had even taken pictures of it, when all of a sudden I felt the sudden urge to round the bottom corners.  I can't help myself, I love the way a nice rounded corner looks and how it finishes off a card perfectly!  Sometimes one corner, sometimes two...yes, I'm addicted.

The corner rounder I am using is one of my first EVER scrapbooking tools.  I purchased it in 2003 from a friend who was a Creative Memories consultant at the time.  It's the only tool I purchased back then that I still use today.  This corner rounder rounded every picture and mat in Conner's baby book.  I look back at that sometimes and laugh...did I really need to round EVERY corner?  And scrap EVERY picture?  I had no idea how to scrap, but I knew how to use my corner rounder, haha!!!  Maybe I'll feel that way when I look back at this card and many others I have made in the past few months.

Well, this post took a very interesting turn.  I wasn't intending to tell you the history of my beloved corner rounder, but now you have it!  What is your most beloved tool?  Do you have one that has been with you since the beginning of your journey with paper crafting?  I'd love if you left me a comment and shared your story!

My inspiration today came from the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger...

Stamps:  Very Vintage Greetings (WPlus9), December 25th (Kaisercraft)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party (SU!)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party (SU!)
Accessories:  Label Layers Die (WPlus9), Taffeta Ribbon (SU!)

Cloud9 September Blog Hop

Today is the Cloud9 September Blog Hop.  Cloud9 is a place where WPlus9 fans can get together and be inspired while sharing WPlus9 creations.  This month we were challenged to make a project inspired by this photo.

I knew immediately that I wanted to use the hanging birdhouses as the focus for my project, but kept thinking how I wished I had birdhouse stamps to hang from a branch.  After my project was FINISHED I remembered my Folk Art Floral dies, duh!  Oh well, here's what I did come up with...

I started my card by stamping the leafy branch from Love Birds in Old Olive Ink.  Next, I added some faux stitching and adhered a heart from Heartfelt Mix to the end of it.  I stamped some clouds from the same set to finish off my scene. 

I hope you are joining in the blog hop too.  I can't wait to see how other WPlus9 fans were inspired by this beautiful photo!!!

Stamps:  Love Birds, Heartfelt Mix, Pretty Patches Apple (WPlus9)
Ink:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze (SU)
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, dsp (SU),  White (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Banner Trio & Hearts dies (WPlus9),  Baker's Twine (SU)

Sweet Baby

A quick CAS card and post for this weeks CASE Study & CASology challenges.  I went a little bit modern and graphic, using bright colors and bold patterns, on this baby card.

Have a greet weekend!

Stamps:  Sweet Baby, Polka Dot Basics (PTI) Spring Tags (WPlus9)
Ink:  Basic Black, Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Circle Stackers Plus die (WPlus9), Sweet Baby dies (PTI)

Thank You Bouquet

We made it to Friday!  How is it that the short weeks always feel longer?  Anyone else feeling like that? Whatever the reasoning I am happy it's here :) 

On Friday's at StampNation I post my CAS "lessons".  The card above is my sample.  This week I focused on how to use negative space.  I also touched upon balance and flow and pointed out a boo-boo I made & how I fixed it.  There is one thing on this card that I would change if I could to give it better balance.  Do you see it?  Would you change anything to give my card better balance or flow?

This beautiful color palette was inspired by the ColourQ Challenge #153.

 This card is also being entered into the Moxie Fab World Movement Challenge.

Stamps: Mother's Day Bouquet, Very Vintage Greetings (WPlus9), Fillable Frames (PTI)
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Fillable Frames Die (PTI) Bakers Twine, Beautiful Wings Embosslit (SU) Pearl

Neutral Holiday

A new challenge was just posted over at StampNation, to use neutral colors only!  I chose Very Vanilla and Soft Suede to make a vintage inspired Christmas card. 

I started by making a lolli using the Dearest Jane paper by PTI.  Next I stamped the Keepsakes Ornament in Soft Suede ink and die cut it, then pressed it into my Versamark pad, covered it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set it.  It is so sparkly and gorgeous in person, I don't know that the photo truly captures all of its beauty.

This isn't the type of card I'd put in the mail.  It will probably be put in a box that I ship out or hand delivered!

*This card is also being entered into the Moxie Fab World Focal Point challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day :)

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes (SU), Stocking Prints (PTI)
Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark (SU)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede (SU), Dearest Jane pp (PTI)
Accessories: Holiday Ornament Framelits, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Very Vanilla Seam Binding (SU), Banner Trio (Wplus9)

Fall Birthday Wishes

I hope that you all enjoyed the long weekend!  I had lots of stamping time and it was fabulous.  I will have lots to show you over the next week and for a special event coming soon ;)

My card today was inspired this weeks Clean and Simple Sketch (FTL206).

Once I started stamping on this card I just couldn't stop.  I had really only planned to use the scarecrow and sunflowers but I couldn't resist adding more and more details.  I love this Happy Harvest stamp set.  It is so obvious to me that this set was designed by a stamper!  You ask why?  If you look at the card above the bucket, handle, apples and leaves were all stamped separately.  Also, the Scarecrow body, straw, hat...and because these stamps are clear, it is so easy to do!!!  You can really customize your images quickly and easily without have to paper piece or color your stamps with markers!  THAT makes me happy :)

I have a little guy with a birthday right around the corner, I think he'll love this card!

Stamps:  Happy Harvest, Country Charm, Spring Tags (Wplus9)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, More Mustard (SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU)
Accessories:  Happy Harvest dies (Wplus9)

Moxie Fab Quilt Cuts

My card today is inspired by the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger.  I saw this photo inspiration and immediately thought of the Wplus9 Quilt Cuts die.

I am in love with the mix of feminine patterns and colors here and tried to mimic that with my paper choices.  The trim reminded me of a doily and the little bow, bakers twine!  I couldn't resist adding a button to this creation.

Are you surprised that I have made another multi-layered card?  I am!  I find the process...exhausting.  After this card I was ready to get right back into my comfort zone with CAS design.  From my scraps I made this card:

Now, that is more like it!!

My "just a note" card is one of my samples this week at StampNation where I've posted another "lesson" in Clean and Simple design.  The focus is on how to use patterned paper on CAS cards.  We currently have 8 lessons in the series touching on how to build a focal point, white space, balance, OLC and more.  If you haven't checked out StampNation yet, you definitely should! 

Thanks so much
Stamps:  Tiny Tags (SU)
Ink:  Fresh Linen (PTI), Crumb Cake (SU)
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake (SU), Dolled Up Patterned Paper (MME)
Accessories:  Quilt Cuts & Pinking Square dies (Wplus9), Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Jewelry Tag Punch & Bakers Twine (SU), button, doily

Just a Note
Stamps:  Happy Trails (PTI)
Ink:  Baja Breeze (SU)
Paper:  Baja Breeze (SU), White (WPlus9), Dolled Up pp (MME)
Accessories:  Quilt Cuts die, Bakers Twine & button (SU)