Clearly For You

Is it Friday already, holy moly this week flew by!  Today the design team from Flourishes is showing cards using clear card stock, for our Friday Focus.  The clear card stock available from Flourishes is very very thick and sturdy, its not flimsy like acetate.  Its fun to use something different every once in a while for a card base.  The flowers are from the Summer Blossoms stamp set, after I stamped and colored them in, I cut them out & mounted them on the card using foam tape.  I finally got my hands on some new Wisteria Basic Grey paper, boy is that one pretty pack of paper!  Head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter to see today's sneak on the Finishing Touches of them being HAT that not awesome or what, and they are really really pretty too!!
"for you...clearly"

materials used:
Summer Blossoms stamp set from Flourishes
Clear card stock from Flourishes
Copic markers, Crocheted white ribbon, black satin ribbon
scalloped border punch
foam tape

Go and visit the rest of the amazing design team to see what they cooked up using Clear card stock!

I closed on our new home yesterday, it was a very long closing since I had to sign for my husband too,  it was kind of sad when they handed me the keys and he wasn't there to be excited with me.  So is the life of a military wife right...I did get to talk to him last night for about 3 minutes so that was nice.

Grateful and Finishing Touches Ribbon Slides

Today, I'm showing you this beautiful ribbon slide that Flourishes is releasing this week, this is part of the Finishing Touches collection.  To learn more about this hardware, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter.  This is a fairly clean a simple design, very minimal, but by adding the luxurious silk ribbon and a ribbon slide, it just adds that extra touch to the card.  I send my cards out, so its very exciting for me when I can make a pretty card and have it be sent with just one stamp.  The sentiment and image are both from the Poppy set from Flourishes.

Be sure to visit Julie and Christine, they are also showing cards today using the ribbon slides, but in Gold and Copper

ps and if you are wondering... I have not found a cord yet for my camera, so I am borrowing my 13yr old daughters camera and cord until I get mine replaced >"<

Big news and broken camera cord

Hello peeps!!  My camera cord finally went capoot on me.  Off to Best Buy to see if I can buy a new one separate from the camera.  Does anyone know the answer to that?  The little connecter part that goes into the camera broke off and the wires are sticking out now.  Kind of sucky, but I have other things to worry about.  I did the walk through of our house yesterday, found minor blemishes, so I will do the final walk through tomorrow and will go to the closing afterwards.  Woo hoo!!

Flourishes is releasing beautiful hardware the next few days, and its called Finishing Touches.  Today over on the Flourishes Newsletter, three ladies of the design team are showcasing, Beautiful Brads and Finishing Florals.  They will come in gold, silver and copper.  Make sure to come back tomorrow, I will be showcasing another item in Finishing Touches...and believe me, you are going to flip when you see them.  See you tomorrow!!

Kazan's sketch #27

This week Starving Artistamps sponsored the 2sketches4you design team.  For my first card, I used a baby carriage, and a striped background stamp, both, from Starving Artistamps.  Kazan's sketch #27, made it so easy to create a card.  There is a baby boom going on around me, so I made two cards, one for a baby boy, and then another card for a baby girl.  This week all of the 2sketches dt are following along with Kazan's sketch #27, an also doing a card we are calling "freedom of expression" card, where we just get to play with the stamps from our sponsor without a sketch.  Only 7 more days until the Ultimate Card Showdown starts!!!  For more information go to the 2sketches4you site, you also want to play along this week for your chance at winning your own stamps from Starving Artistamps.

"Sweet Baby"
kazan's sketch #27

freedom of expression card

Have a lovely day

I know its a late post for the day, however I could not for the life of me find my camera cord that hooks up to my computer, talk about stress lol.  Yesterday in the mail I received my May Unity kit of the month, it has some really sweet images, so I sat and colored last night.  I found some scraps of paper that went well with my color combination of the house, and tied the card together using some really fun American Crafts ribbon.  The sentiment is from Our Craft Lounge stamps.
I hope you all have a lovely day, I think I'm going to clean and organize...then craft later and have a new mess to clean up lol.
"have a lovely day"

materials used:
vintage cream card stock
cosmo cricket designer paper
bo bunny designer paper
Unity Stamps
Our craft Lounge stamps
American Craft ribbon
Copic Markers

Memorial Day Weekend

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, I hope you all take a moment to think about why this day is celebrated.  A day to remember all of our Men and Women who died while wearing the uniform of our country.  A terrible tragedy happened this week in the Naval helicopter community.  A helicopter went down off the coast of San Diego, and 5 families lost a loved one, its beyond sad, and really hard to think about.  So if you have a minute, send good vibes to those families who really need strength right now.

On a different note, this rain is causing me pain lol.  We so need the rain, but this is a little much now.  6 days straight of my power flashing and having to re-boot my modem and my network for our house, so annoying.  So that is why no new cards..  Will have something tomorrow >"<

Poppy Love

When we lived in New England (New York & CT) in the colder months we would have Nor-Easters.  Right now Florida is having torrential rains because of a Nor-Easter!  What the heck...we really need the rain, its just so weird having the weather man say nor-easter in Florida.  Now if my husband was home, he would go into some long explanation on how that is possible, because all pilots are part weather men lol.    From the bad weather, it has been really hard to have long periods of internet service, kind of frustrating, but you can't fight mother nature.  When there is a fast change of weather, my body kind of freaks out.  We went from 90 degree to the fifties, and now if feels like my bones are about to break.  I've been laying under my covers and just coloring.  I colored this poppy from Flourishes, using Copic markers, then dug through my scraps to find some coordinating paper.  I settled on some Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday, and some Bo Bunny polka dotted dp, then layered it on some kraft card stock.  I really like this layout, it would be really easy to reproduce a bunch of these.
I have to go out and do a bunch of stuff today, hopefully all the crappy drivers decide to stay home.  It is going to be another wet one...yesterday some parts of town were getting an inch of rain a hour, mixed in with strong winds, it made it very bad to be on the roads.  I hope you all have a fantastic day!!

2s4u sketch and HUGE NEWS

Hello ladies!!  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.  Today I'm showing you my card for Laura's Sketch #26.  To see the rest of the 2sketches4you DT's cards head on over to the 2s4u blog.  They have HUGE news!!!  You don't want to miss it.  The countdown begins today, 14 days until the ultimate card showdown begins.  Tons of prizes are going to be given away and the Grand Prize winner is going to walk away with over $500 worth of product!  Getting excited yet?  I'm so excited for all of you, and I can't wait to see your cards, being I am one of the judges.


This weeks sponsor over at 2sketches4you is Shorcuts.  For my card I used some of the Clear Frosted Card Stock, man this stuff is sturdy and very easy to use.  I know this card looks girly with all the pink, but I snuck this card into my husbands bag Saturday night, he left yesterday and will be gone for a month, sniff sniff.  He is missing our anniversary in June, so I wanted him to have something on the day we declared to the world our love for each other.

materials used:
Frosted card stock from Shortcuts
stamps from Unity and PTI
Making Memories letter stickers
Circle die from Spellbinders
Cosmo Cricket dp
pink satin ribbon, twine, Copic Markers

more challenge cards

Here are a few more cards I did, playing along with the Virtual Stamp Night on SCS.  There is still time to play along click here to go to the forum.  My first card, is for the challenge from Kristin, to make a non-traditional wedding card & you had to use bright colors.  It was a challenge for me thats for sure.  I think this pink paper and ribbon is the brightest stuff in my stash.  The sentiment and champagne glass are from the You are Invited stamp set from Flourishes.  For my second card I used the same stamp set, but this challenge was from my bud Sara.  Her challenge was to make a card and the only colors you could use were, red, white & black...that is it.  I added some pretty crocheted black lace that you can find at Flourishes, and the polka dot ribbon is from PTI.
"you are invited"
"lets get together"

Double Down challenge

Here are my samples for my "Double Down" challenge over on Splitcoast.  To play along click here
Today is going to be a busy day, both kids have sports, and we will leave the house at 7:30 am, and get home around 4 pm.  Kendall's game is in the boonies about 1 hour away, and I always forget to brink snacks.  I will have to make a stop before we leave town, the town her game is in doesn't really have anything there.  I hope your day is wonderful!!

sets are available

Flourishes May Releases are now available here

VSN Tonight

Ladies, do not forget to join me tonight over on Split Coast Stampers, I'm hosting the first challenge for Virtual Stamp Night that starts at 7pm tonight.  Can't wait to see you there.

You can find my challenge here, don't forget there are some pretty awesome prizes SCS is going to be giving away for some lucky participants

A Man's View, May Release

Today is the final day of sneak peeks from Flourishes May release, I'm showing you images from "A Man's View".  Typically I struggle making masculine cards, but this set makes is so easy!  Clean and simple is the way to go when making a card for a man, unless he is a girly man and might like bows and flowers lol.  I stamped the image in Memento ink, then colored it in using Copic markers.  If you would like to win this stamp set head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter, and leave a comment for your chance to win. 
"love you dad"

materials used:
A Man's View stamp set from Flourishes
Spellbinders label dies
Copic Markers
corner rounder, black brads, red grosgrain ribbon
basic black and kraft card stock

Stop by the rest of the design team to see their samples using this set

DIY Topiaries, May release Day 2

Boy are you in for a treat today, I'm showing a sneak of DIY Topiaries.  I LOVE this set, you can mix and match how you want your topiaries to look like.  For this first card, I did a lot of masking using eclipse tape (really is the bomb) and created a little scene using the roses.  I colored in the images using Copic markers and then I sponged around the edge of the paper, just to give it a little tiny distressed look.  Again I used the black lace that Flourishes sells, I couldn't help myself, I just love that stuff.  The sentiment is from the Home Tweet Home set.  If you would like to win this stamp set, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter, they are having a one day only blog candy.
"home tweet home"
For this second card, its a bit more clean and simple.  I stamped the topiary, colored it in with Copic markers, cut the topiary out, and then popped it up with foam tape.  Before I adhered the topiary, I put the cream lace and black ribbon at the bottom of the card and stamped the sentiment on the right hand side (sentiment is from Sweet Violets).
"thank you"

You don't want to miss what the rest of the DT created, take a visit at their blogs:

May Release, Day 1

Flourishes is releasing 3 new stamp sets this week, and today I'm showing a card using the new set called Nasturtiums, which feature nasturtium flowers.  I stamped the image in Memento ink, and colored it in using Copic Markers.  For your chance to win this set, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter and leave a comment, they are having a one day only blog candy.  I have said this before, my favorite coloring medium is Copic markers, they do not have the easiest learning curve, but with lots of practice, trial an error, you will get amazing results (with the right paper of course).
Now this card would have been just as beautiful without the black border and lace, it would be very clean and classy, but when you add a little bit of black contrast it makes the colors in the card very vibrant, and in my experience your card will photograph better too.
"Orange Delight"

materials used:
Nasturtiums & Violet stamp set from Flourishes
Curvy Rectangle Nestability, scallop border punch
black lace, orange gingham ribbon
Copic Markers

Take a blog stroll through the rest of the DT to see their gorgeous cards using this set

Kazan's sketch #26

Kazan's Sketch #26
Today I'm blogging my first card for 2sketches4you Summer Design Team.  This team is so unbelievably talented, the girls really are going to knock your socks off!  To see what the rest of the team did with this sketch, head on over to 2sketches4you.  This weeks sponsor is The Cutting Cafe.  This was the first time I have ever used  "printable" images from my printer, and I have to say it was really easy.  The bracket shape with the lines through it, the circular Mother's Day sentiment, and the cut out letters that spell out "MOM" on the bottom of the card, are all of the images I printed out onto my card stock.
"happy mother's day"
materials used:
The Cutting Cafe printable images
Basic Grey Porcelain paper
Kraft & Ivory card stock
Basic Grey Sticker, SU mini library clip
twill, satin ribbon, twine
Copic Marker
Circle Nestabilitie dies,  EK Success punch

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

Things are hard, really hard right now for many families in our country.  If you happen to fall into that category, don't look at today, and think about what presents you didn't get.  Take today and be a family.  When you are older, its the memories you make that matter, not the things you have.  So go out and make a happy memory today.

His & Hers pre-release challenge

With next week, being release week for Flourishes, today the design team is bringing you a challenge. 
 ~Pre-release challenge~
 “His & Hers” 
This challenge is all about finding the versatility in your card layouts. Make a feminine card and then, using the same layout, give it a masculine spin. You do not have to use the same paper or embellishments -- just the same basic card layout - one fit for a girl - the other fit for a guy! This contest will close at 5PM Eastern on Friday the 15th. The winner of the drawing will take home all three of the new releases!  Please use key words FLLCMAY on Splitcoast and leave a comment on the Flourishes blog with a link.  Head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter for more contest information.

"welcome sweet one"
materials used:
Rock a Bye Baby stamp set from Flourishes
Cosmo Cricket designer paper
Kraft and Ivory card stock
foof a la buttons
circle spellbinder dies

materials used:
Rock a Bye Baby stamp set from Flourishes
Bo Bunny and Cosmo Cricket dp
Kraft and Ivory card stock
foof a la buttons, may arts twine
circle spellbinder dies

Stop by the rest of the uber talented design team to check out their challenge cards:

Spot of tea...

A few months ago I bought this stamp set from My Favorite Things, and I have to say coloring in this teacup and mouse, is so much fun.  A lot of times I color in an image, cut it out with a spellbinder die, and then put it aside until I find the right paper choice that will flow right.  
The designer paper used in the card is from Crate.  The gingham ribbon I bought by the yard at some store, I wish I could remember, because I love this ribbon (its wired).  The cute little image was colored in using Copic markers.  Using Copics, is probably my favorite coloring medium.  The "thing" about the markers is that you need to practice, practice, practice, and  you will see an improvement in your coloring.  Its pretty hard to ruin one of them, so just experiment....
Have a wonderful day!
"spot of tea"

We are having thunderstorms in the area this evening and I'm having a hard time scheduling my post for tomorrow, so I will post sometime Thursday.

quick and easy Mother's Day card

Holy moly Mother's Day is this weekend!  I have not mailed out any cards yet, or really made any...oops.  Its better late than never right?!?  This is a really clean and simple card, to be honest I made it when we got home after the Cinco de Mayo party we went to.  I couldn't really get into making a card, so I went the simple route.  Plus I have a ton of Mother's Day cards to send out, and that means I can't spend too much time fussing over the design.  The card base is chocolate chip as well as the grosgrain ribbon, the strips of designer paper are from Crate Paper.  The stars were cut out using a CM star punch, I added a button and twine to tie the card all together.  
Thats all from me today.  Have a great Wednesday!  Its has been in the 90's the last couple of days, I can't imagine how hot the summer is going to be.  I'm not complaining, I actually enjoy the heat and humid weather, I just don't like being at the baseball fields for 3-4 hours when its this hot lol. 
"happy mother's day"

what's cooking

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Is anyone going out or making mexican cuisine tonight?!?  We are going to a little party type thing.  Its for adults only I'm excited to kind of go out on a date with the hubby.  Its pretty rare we go any where without our children, so its special when its just us two.  Here is a card that I made for the hostess.  The apron image is from the Hero Arts CL333 stamp set, it has all the baking images in it.  I colored in the apron using Copic markers, on Neenah Solar white card stock.  The designer paper & the ribbon, is from Papertrey Ink.  The card base is Kraft paper {love that stuff}.  I cut an embossed the squares using the square Nestability dies from Spellbinders.
I hope you all have a great day!  Oh and a big "thank you" to all of you who wished me a congratulations for making the Summer DT for 2sketches4you, and for my friend Chris who told me I should apply for the team.
"what's cooking" 


Did you see the new over on 2sketches4you!?!  I'm on their summer design team!!  So super excited!

Birthday wishes

Hey everyone!  I've been MIA since Friday, however I was in a heap of paper work.  My kids are finished with school for the year & they are going to be evaluated this week.  So, I was busy getting their portfolio of work completed.  Then on Saturday and Sunday I had the worst headache I have ever had in my life, I think it was a migraine, it was awful.  I'm still feeling blah, but at least my head is no longer throbbing.  Oh and for the cherry on top, the school I can see from my house, is shut down for the next few days because the CDC believes a child with the Swine Flu goes there, and the school district has to disinfect the entire school before the kids are able to come back.  Kind of scary.
I have this package of really cool textured notecards, that I just stare at.  Its by Hero Arts and I bought it years ago, so I busted it out and made a card with it.  I stamped the flowers (Friends set from PTI), colored the flowers in and then cut them out using sharp scissors.  Before adhering the flowers down, I ran satin ribbon around the cardstock, added a tag and button to the center of the bow, and tied it in place with twine.  Using the Slice machine I cut out the tag, and then trimmed it to size.  An easier way to make this card would be to directly stamp on the cardstock, cutting the flowers out took a little bit of time.  I hope all of you had a great weekend, and have a wonderful Monday.  Mine is going to be a busy one.
"birthday wishes"

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