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CAS(E) this Sketch #78

So sorry for this super late post today :(
The new sketch is up at CAS(E) this Sketch!

This sketch was the perfect opportunity for me to use my new
Reverse Confetti "Doin' the Wave" dies!

These dies are so much fun!  Not only did I use them to add wavy color, but I also used them to die cut my card front.  What a fun and easy detail to add to your CAS cards!  The Lil' Inker Mixed & Stitched Alphabet seemed to fit this design just perfectly!

Make sure you check out the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Where I Hang Out

Do you have a favorite place to hang out online?  My fave is StampNation!  The ladies there are such a hoot and there is always so much going on.  New techniques to learn, new teachers joining us, challenges, mini-classes, events... well, you get the idea.  This past week our challenge was a sketch challenge.  I have to say that the DT turned out the most amazing cards ever!

Check out a peek of the DT cards...WOW, right?!

I loved the sketch so much, that I made another card using it.  I originally planned to just stamp the wreath from Valentine Wishes by WPlus9 but it felt, get this...TOO clean (I know, write it down.  I'll never say those words again.)  I apprehensively took spray mist and flicked it very lightly on my card.  I cringed a bit because you never know where that stuff will land.  I only flicked once, I was looking for a subtle affect, I like the way it turned out.

Want to see more of what we do at my favorite hang out spot, StampNation?

Botanical Thank You

Happy Friday!  Just stopping in quick this morning to share a card I made yesterday.  I've been itching to join in a few challenges and I FINALLY got a chance to stamp.   My color palette was inspired by the Fusion Challenge that has already closed, oh well, I'm loving this combo right now so it was fun to use anyway.  I'm also joining along in the Avery Elle  & Simon Says Stamp Monday Botanicals challenges.

Have a great day!

Stamps:  Oh Happy Day, Love Notes (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Wild Mango, Silver Lining  (WPlus9)  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers) Butterfly Punch, Rhinestone (SU)

CAS(E) this Sketch! #77

It's Thursday and that means a new sketch at CAS(E) this sketch!

Looks like the Bokeh effect to me!

I can't believe that I have only posted on my blog twice since the last CAS(E) this sketch! challenge.  Blogging/card making, I miss you :(  The end of the year craziness is in high gear, I am so ready for Summer vacation!!!

Make sure you check out the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Bokeh Builder (MFT) Hand Lettered Hello (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Mint Julep (HA Shadow Ink), Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet (PTI), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories: Stitched Mats - Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)

Hello Spring Blooms!

It's finally feeling like Spring in our neck of the woods.  The trees are blooming, the birds are chirping...it's about time already... it's almost Summer (haha!) which we got a taste of this weekend at the beach and I am so ready for it!

If you are looking for a quick and easy to mass produce card set, this is it!!    Spring Blooms is the perfect set for making note cards.  I love the variety of blooms available within the set.  I decided to use two sizes of the same flower, but you can mix and match too.  I didn't get crazy about perfect placement here, I just stamped randomly.  To get a balanced background when stamping randomly, stamp your images in a triangle (notice how the flowers create triangles), then fill in with the extras like greenery and berries until the background is balanced.  Hand Lettered Hello is stunning as a stand alone sentiment. 

I think this card fits in perfectly at the Simon Says Botanical Challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!

You Are Awesome

Hello there!  We have an exciting weekend going on here...a wedding, a half marathon (Doug, not me!) and a quick trip to the beach :)  Before we head out though, I wanted to post the card I plan to give my hubby after he finishes his race.  How anyone runs 13.1 miles is beyond my comprehension!  I sure am proud of him though for continually working hard and challenging himself to do this.

My design was inspired by this card over at Muse.
I loved the colors, layered stamping and mix of sentiments and fonts!

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me :)
Enjoy your weekend!

Stamps:  The Big, The Bold and You (Winnie & Walter) Spot On (Lil' Inkers) Epic Dad, So 80's (WPlus9) Mod Borders (MFT)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento) Wild Mango, Silver Lining (WPlus9) Aqua Mist (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU) Aqua Mist (PTI)
Accessories:  Enamel Dots (MME) Star Rhinestones

CAS(E) this Sketch! #76

It's Thursday and that means a new sketch at CAS(E) this sketch! woohoo!

I had fun with this one!

Sketches always get my mojo going!  I love the creativity a sketch allows you.  Here I replaced the large hexagon with my stamped feathers and the circles with Ink Splats and Sparkling Sequins :)

Make sure you stop by the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

PS- If you haven't signed up for our Cards For HIM class yet, the price is going up tonight!!  Click here for more info!!!

Stamps:  Fanciful Feathers, Ink Splats (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Mint Julep (HA Shadow Ink), Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Sour Apple (MFT) Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories:  4mm & 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Penny Black Guest Designer

The entire StampNation Design Team, along with our guest this month Virginia Lu, is being featured over at the Penny Black blog this week!  Today is my day and I'm sharing another card using the fabulous Delicate Wings die.

Prize Alert!

One lucky participant from this weeks challenge at StampNation will get to choose 3 products from the new Penny Black Catalog!

  And,  Penny Black is giving away 2 one-month subscriptions to StampNation!
Leave a comment on the PB blog for a chance to win!!!

Good luck!

Fun with Washi

Hello all!  It feels like it's been ages since I played along in a challenge, so that is exactly what I set off to do yesterday morning.  PaperCrafts open auditions round of Gallery Idol started last week, so I thought that was a great place to start.  I have to admit, I struggle with washi tape and when I saw that was the theme for open auditions I hesitated, but I set out for a challenge and that's exactly what I planned to do, challenge myself!

To make this card, I started by lining an entire 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of card stock with various washi tapes from my stash.  I was intending to use it to line my card base, but it was way too loud for my liking.  Instead I die cut my sentiment from that piece using the Happy Trio Die.  That way I got the colors & patterns, but the print wasn't so overwhelming.  I also die cut my balloons from washi and added a bit more washi on the side of my panel.  I don't know how clever or creative my use of washi tape is, but I think the end result is fun and perfect for a young boy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy Monday!

Stamps:  Whole Lotta' Happy (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories:  Whole Lotta' Happy Die Happy Trio Die WPlus9), Bakers Twine (SU), Washi Tape (various companies)

A BIG Change to the CAS Classroom at StampNation!

I've been writing lessons for the CAS Classroom at StampNation for the past three years.  I've covered Focal Points, the Rule of Thirds, White Space, Balance, Flow, Flower Arrangement, Mass Producing, Sketches...you get the point.  Recently, I've been struggling to come up with new ideas, I feel like I've already done it all.   But after reviewing the older lessons I realized that I've grown and evolved myself. 

So, where do I go from here?  


Yup, you read that right.  I will be doing monthly video tutorials for the CAS Classroom exclusively for StampNation members!  The first video went live this morning and I have some serious butterflies in the pit of my stomach!!!

Here's a peek at my project...

Members, you can click here to view my first video tutorial.

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I hope to see you in the CAS Classroom!

CAS(E) this Sketch! #75

**This is my 2nd post today.  
Please scroll down to view my StampNation/Penny Black post.

Are you ready for a new sketch?

I love that little tag in the upper corner!

I had a blast dressing up my tag.  I used some of my favorite products including Fresh Cut Florals, Hand Lettered Hello & Flat Metallic Gold Sequins!

Make sure you stop by the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

StampNation teams up with Penny Black!

This weeks challenge at StampNation is being sponsored by Penny Black!  We have a beautiful inspiration photo to be inspired by and as you can see in the above collage, we were VERY inspired.  The Penny Black designers have also joined us and made cards using our photo inspiration. 

I had a ton of fun playing with the Penny Black products.  Here's a peek at my card for the SN challenge.

I didn't stop there, I made another card to feature here and another you'll see next week!  Fun stuff!

Here I used the Delicate Wings die by Penny Black.  This butterfly is just stunning, just look at the detail!  I love that it comes with a solid butterfly too so you can layer.  To make my butterfly, I colored on watercolor paper with Distress Markers and brushed over it with water.  Once it dried,  I die cut the butterfly and covered it with Wink of Stella. It's so glittery in real life!  The sentiment is from Happy Everything.  The font is gorgeous and there is a sentiment for every occasion.

I bet you are dying to get your hands on some of these fabulous products!  One lucky StampNation challenge participant will get to choose THREE products from the new Penny Black  catalog!  woohoo!!

Are you a member yet?

National Teacher Appreciation Day!

As a former teacher and wife of a teacher, I always like to acknowledge and thank my kids teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day. 

This year I PLANNED to make monogrammed note cards for all of the teachers, however, I only got one done.  This set will go to Ethan's teacher.  He transferred schools midyear and I haven't gotten to make anything for his teacher yet.  I am especially grateful to her for making the transition so easy for all of us!

I used WPlus9 Monogrammed & Fresh Cut Florals sets, with a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins.

Each teacher also got an Amazon gift card.  I die cut these adorable owls using the Give a Hoot Gift Card Holder.  These came together so quickly and easily.  It honestly took me longer to pick out the papers than it did to put them together :)  I adhered them to a card base that was die cut with the Quilted Stitched Pattern Die.  This makes the owl a bit more sturdy and gives me a place to write a nice note of thanks and gratitude!

Thanks for stopping by!

Blog Makeover

My blog got a makeover!  Don't you LOVE it?!!!!!

Wish Big & the Cards For HIM winners posted!

This Proud Peacock Cutting Plate by Taylored Expressions is another treat I was lucky enough to play with at the StampNation retreat!  I gasped when I saw it in Catherine's stash, snagged it and got to work with it!  I love the subtle detail it adds here and when die cut and pieced with colored card stock, WOW. 

CAS-ual Fridays was one of our sponsors, each of the attendees received a 4 Petal Die Set.  I used mine here for a little pop of color!

The Cards for HIM Blog Hop Winners have been announced here.  Head over to see if you are one of the lucky winners of a free subscription OR a gift certificate to Reverse Confetti!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Make A Wish

I can't believe that it is Friday already, believe me, I am happy, but this week has flown by!

I made this card last weekend at the StampNation retreat.  I didn't pack many supplies this year.  I PLANNED to mass produce monogrammed note cards for Teacher's Appreciation Day.  However, once I got to the retreat, I wanted to create.  Last year I brought too much, this year too little.  Maybe next year I will find a happy medium :) 

One of the fun things about the retreat is getting to play with products that you don't have at home.  This stamp set by PTI has been on my wish list forever and I finally got my hands on it.  I also used the Corner Chomper here, another product I've been wanting.  I'm glad I got a chance to use it too, because I'm not very fond of it.  I have small hands and it is just too big for me to use comfortably.  If you've followed me for a while, you'll remember this post I did about my CM Corner Rounder, my first ever scrapbooking tool.  I still favor that above all corner rounders :)

I made two more cards using this same color combo (one of the only colors I brought) and I did finally get down to business and completed one note card set.  I'll be sharing those over the next few days!

One more thing, can you believe I didn't even bring my camera to the retreat?!  ME?  Well, luckily others did and I've seen a bunch of pictures floating around.  This is one of my favorites, the SN DT selfie right before we opened the doors on the first day :)

 Have a great weekend!

CAS(E) this sketch! #74

**This is my 2nd post today.  
Please scroll down to view this week's CASE Study Challenge .

Are you ready for a new sketch?
I am, I hope you had fun playing along in the Runway Inspired Collaboration.
I've seen a ton of fabulous entries!

Isn't this one fun?!

The squiggly lines in the background had me a bit stumped at first, but then I thought of the Rainbow Stripes die by PTI.  I don't own them but my friend Kristie does and I just so happened to see her this past weekend at the StampNation LIVE retreat, lucky me!  I paired those with the Epic Dad stamps and dies, then finished my card off with some star rhinestones that Heather gave me.  Does she know me or what?!  Star rhinestones, LOVE!

Stop by the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

CASE Study #189 & a Farewell

Thursday's always mean a new CASE Study challenge. For as long as I remember I have stopped by CASE Study on Thursday morning to check out the new challenge. I love the variety of inspirations, the monthly muses and the wide talent of the design team!

This was a very difficult decision, but I have decided to step down from the CASE Study Design Team.  I am honored to have been on the team.  I'm so thankful that Chupa gave me this opportunity!

If only there were more hours in the day, I'd stay forever!

Before I go, I thought I'd share with your the muse for the month of May...

She will most definitely inspire you this month!