Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I found some time this week to play along with the  retrosketches challenge this week. I love the simplicity of the layout.


  I tried something new with this card. I used an outline sticker from Elizabeth Crafts to which I added two different colors of Glitter Ritz. Believe me this technique was a lot harder than I imagined.

 Although you can't see it , the bottom 2/3rds of the card is embossed with the Linens Impression Plate. Here's an up close shot of the glittered tree. The mat stack die was cut using PTI's Christmas pattern paper released in 2011.

  I applied some glitter to  a Pure Poppy button
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Elmo Birthday Card

 Here is the birthday card I made for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday along with the Elmo Party decorations.

 I just love those dots on the Fabulous Frames. I used my computer to generate the Elmo says:
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

August Blog Hop

 I must be perfectlly honest. I really wasn't thrilled with this month's PTI Blog Hop challenge which is all about autumn patterns, textures & textiles. Below is this month's inspiration.

   However, since I have two masculine birthdays in September, I decided to create a CAS card using my new Herringbone Impression Plate and felt.  I used the Happy die from Pretty Peonies with black felt.

A close up shot of the inside sentiment.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Turning 2 with Elmo!!

My granddaughter turned 2 yesterday. We celebrated her birthday on Saturday. She wanted an Elmo Birthday party! Her shirt reads, "Elmo loves hugs!"

  Of course, this grandma can't resist making party decorations. The street sign was inspired by pictures on Pinterest.

 One of my favorite party decorations is making birthday banners. I used the Pure Poppy Striped Pattern Paper with Orange Zest card Stock for the pennants. Loved how it turned out.

  Instead of a cake, my daughter made cupcakes. She doesn't like having her children eat foods with red dyes. The cupcake toppers turned out so cute!

  Of course, no birthday party for "little uns" is complete without party hats. Love those white polka dots stamped on the Orange Zest card stock.

Lilly seems content with her cupcake.

 Her Papa (whom she absolutely adores (even more than grandma)) painted her a special gift.

 When she was going upstairs to take her nap after the party she told her mom, "Elmo, upstairs!"
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

PTI Ribbon Goodness

  I've been getting a little crafty making some bows for my grandaughters. Olivia has outgrown the small hair clips I made her when she was little. Thus far I made her these using grograin & twill ribbon.

She had told me that she didn't want a button on the bows. However, I needed to put a button on her sister's bow. Since both girls want what the other one has I thought it best to do so with the blue one since I only made one bow for Lilly as I am experimenting with the size.

 Lilly wears 2 bows and boy did she let me know it as soon as I gave her this one. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Duo challenge

  It's time for another Retrosketches #22 card. At least this week I am submitting my card on time. This is the fantastic sketch being featured this week.

 In addition, I am also playing along with ColourQ this week. Submitting a card for more than one challenge rarely happens for me. I think I may have done this one other time. The colors this week are out of my comfort zone. But seems like I have been playing more with different color combinations since SAF.

 I pretty much stayed true to the sketch.

An up close shot of the flower. I decided not to color the leaves because I was afraid I would mess them up. Coloring the flower was enough for me this go round. I stamped the image in Berry Sorbet and used Copics R 20 and R 22. The center was stamped in Orange Zest.

I am also going to submit this to Rhonda's Thankful Thursday blog. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

CAS-ual Friday Color Challenge

 Just a quick post today featuring two birthday cards for two nephews having August birthdays. Despite having tons of stamps, nothing really was appropriate for teen boys so I borrowed PTI's Boy Basic : Game On from my neighbor.

I thought the colors from this week's CAS-ual Friday color challenge would be perfect for a boy's card.

CFC63: Create a Clean And Simple project using the challenge colors-
lime, aqua & navy
Without further ado, here's my CAS card.

My 2nd rendition:

Do you have a preference? I really haven't made up my mind yet. Now to determine which nephew gets which card. Thanks for stopping by.