Just thinking of you-2S4U style

Happy Monday Folks!!
I have another Mint Motif card to share with you.
I am playing along with this weeks sketch from 2sketches4you (best sketches evah!).
If you decided to play along as well,
the card of the week, will win 2 stamps sets from Mint Motif!
How cool is that!!
Head on over to 2sketches4you to check out all of the details, and to see some amazing inspiration using this weeks sketch.
If you want to purchase these stamps, you can find them exclusively through i{heart}papers.

Materials used:
Mint Motif stamps
Palette Ink
Spellbinders S4-192 Blossom die template
Grosgrain ribbon
Cosmo Cricket chipboard

Sent with Love

Hooray for weekends!
I plan on cleaning and doing a lot of relaxing.
I just need to re-charge.
Do you ever just need a breather?
Between design work, busy kids schedule & my hubby's work schedule, my life has been a little tornado.  So relaxation is in order.
Here is a card that I made using the Very Square Sentiments from Mint Motif, sold exclusively through i{heart}papers.  I just love the Cappella line of paper from Basic Grey, and it screams elegant/love/wedding to me.  I stamped the sentiment onto the pinkish color pattern paper, then cut/embossed the paper using the S5-022 Labels Ten die template from Spellbinders™.  The flowers are Prima & the twine and lace are from May Arts.  To soften the card up a little, I rounded the bottom corners.

Materials Used:
kraft card stock
Cappella pattern paper from Basic Grey
May Arts trim
May Arts twine
S5-022 Labels Ten die
Corner rounder
Mint Motif stamps
Prima Flowers

Get Well Wishes

I like to know about new things from other people, so I thought I would tell you about a new stamp company that I just made a purchase from.

Before we went to Orlando a few weeks ago, I bought a few stamps sets from Wplus9.  They are a new to me stamp company, and I found it because a few of my favorite stampers are on the design team.  My stamps arrived super fast, so that was awesome.  One of the first things I noticed about the sets, is that they are really big sets, 6 x 8 inches.  So you really get your monies worth.  I bought the Woodgrain Silhouettes & Woodgrain Silhouettes additions.  They are a wonderful mix of stamps.  You get woodgrain patterns, woodgrain with botanicals, then a bunch of botanical & butterfly images.  Really fabulous stuff.  The stamps are made from photopolymer, so they stamp great and are made in the USA. I am not affiliated with this company, nor did I get anything for free or discounted, I just want to give you an honest review.  To check them out, click here.  

Materials used:
white card stock
My Minds Eye pattern paper
Wplus9 stamps
Waltzingmouse stamps (sentiment)
Palette Ink
Kaisercraft bling
foam 3d squares

My reason why

How are the days just flying by?
My children are keeping me very busy this summer.
I am trying to find a nice balance with everything.
I apologize for the lack of posts lately, I am working on CHA projects and other fun things.

On this card, I used some fabulous Ali Edwards stamps by Technique Tuesday.  The are fun versatile, and have so much meaning behind them.  I was inspired by some pretty My Minds Eye paper that I picked up last month.  This card would be perfect for anyone.  If I were to send it to a man, I would probably change the bow into a knot & maybe remove the butterfly.  Butterflies seem a little feminine to me, and most of the men in my life (dad, hubby, son) are manly men.  To soften the card up, I rounded the corners on the bottom, then on the bottom corner of the pattern paper.  This is a longer/taller card, I believe the measurements are 3 3/4 x 6 inches, and I used bazzill kraft card stock.  Oh and the butterfly is from Jenni Bowlin.

Just thinking of you

I hope you all are enjoying the Summer Solstice.
It is thunderstorming in my neck of the woods.
I am not complaining I actually love thunderstorms, except when I am trying to photograph projects.
I do not use a light box, only natural light, so summer weather in the south can derail me sometimes.
Here is a thinking of you card, using Mint Motif stamps, sold through i{heart}papers.
I love the font on the sentiment, it is so clean and graphic.
I first stamped the sentiment in a rust colored ink, then went over it with black.
In the picture it looks a little blurry, but in person it gives it a really cool effect.

Materials Used:
Mint Motif stamps
Palette ink
Memento ink
My Minds Eye pattern paper
White card stock
saddle stitched grosgrain ribbon

A Spellbinders card

Here is one of my April projects for Spellbinders, you can find all the details on what I used in the gallery here in the Spellbinders Paper Arts gallery.  Make sure to look around too, lots of inspiration going on.
Sorry, that I have not been posting as much lately, I have a lot of deadlines & design work that I am trying to finish up.  Also, my children have me really busy driving them around to their summer sports stuff (swim, volleyball & cross country).  
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend.  It is very hot down here in Florida, but I really don't mind the heat, I'm not one to really complain about the weather.  Today is hot, muggy with a side of thunderstorms hee!

Back to Basics Thank You card

One of my favorite places to send my cards is Operation Write Home.
Cards are sent to deployed Armed Forces, then they are able to use the cards to send home.  One of the requirements, is that they are not bulky.  If you have some cards laying around, please think about sending them to Operation Write Home.  From personal experience, getting snail mail from my husband when he is gone, is the best feeling.  
It is fun to use stamping techniques that I first learned.  For this card, I did some basic stamping techniques, like embossing with clear embossing powder, and creating my own pattern paper by stamping an image repeatedly.  I paper pierced around the edge of the sentiment, and didn't really like the way it looked, so I took some floss, and ran it through the holes for a simple stitch.  Adding the ruffled yellow ribbon, and tying a bow with the floss added a nice feminine touch.  The stamps are from Mint Motif, sold exclusively through i{heart}papers.  

Materials used:
May Arts ribbon
Palette ink
GinaK kraft card stock
GinaK white luxury card stock
EK success punch
Clear embossing powder
Martha Stewart floss
The Paper Company vellum

A quick getaway & a challenge

Oh my goodness, it has been a few days since my last blog post!
Sorry about that.
My husband has been gone an awful lot this year.
He had a few days off, so we took a spur of the moment trip to Orlando, Florida.
It was our first time & it was FUN!!
We stayed at an onsite hotel, called the Loews Royal Pacific Resort.
I loved our hotel, I would recommend staying there.
It was little more expensive, than other hotels close to the parks, but we had great perks.  Because we stayed onsite, we got express passes for free (it is normally around $70 a person).  Also, we had early admission into Islands of Adventure & got to check out the Harry Potter World of Wizardry, which has its official Grand Opening June 18th.  We were really expecting the parks to be packed (like Disneyworld) however, they were not.  It could be that it was really, really, hot or maybe other schools in the country are still in school?  We have never been to these parks, so I don't know if that is normal or not?  

At our hotel was Emeril's Tchoup Chop.
I would describe it as Asian Fusian style food.
It was delicious.
One of the desserts is Banana Cream Pie.
My son & I seem to get this at Emeril's restaurants.

Here are a few pictures of the Harry Potter's World of Wizardry.
If you love Harry Potter Books (as do my children and myself).
This was so COOL!!
They recreated Hogsmead, and the Hogwarts castle really well.
I was impressed.
I could have spent half the day there.

Here are a few pictures of my children at the Hogs Head bar.
They served some of Harry's favorite drinks.
My pretty girl.
You can't even tell it is 100 degrees outside with that smile.

My cutie pie boy.
He just went on the Dueling Dragon roller coaster 2 times in a row.
He was happy!

I took all of these pictures and edited them on my iphone!
That little phone is so much fun.
Well this week I plan on getting a lot of creating done.
In between, swimming, cross country & volley ball practices.
Have a great day & I hope you had a wonderful weekend too!!

Just Rite Stampers is having their Friday Challenge.
This week the prize is Spellbinders product!!
How awesome is that?!
You have until June 17th to get your project in.
Head on over here for the full details.

A stepped up Get Well Soon card

I know this looks a little similar to my card from my last post, however, if I really like the layout of a card, I will sometimes copy myself.
In this case, I did.
Same shape, same pattern paper, but I changed up the image, bow and sentiment.  

This card is going in the mail this week.
Too many people I know right now, are sick or in the hospital.
These are the times, when making an extra fancy card, makes my heart full.
Making someone feel loved & thought of, does wonders for the soul.

Good things today:
Kids last day of school
Avocado turkey sandwich on sourdough
Hubby is home
My children had amazing report cards
Off to shop for a new grill

Even if today was stormy & rainy, it would still be a wonderful day.
So much to be thankful for!
Materials used:
Memento ink
Papertrey ink stamps
ivory card stock
October Afternoon pattern paper

Paper Crafts Gallery Idol

I made it to the top 20, in the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol contest.
The theme was Creativity Heals.
I made a get well soon card.
Only the top 15 will get to move on to the next round.
Go here, to see all of the submissions.
You will need to register to vote.
Only one vote per person, so make sure it is the card you like most.

Materials used:
Walzingmouse Stamps
Memento ink
ivory card stock
October Afternoon pattern paper

A few more Dear Lizzie cards

Here are a few more cards I made using the Dear Lizzie line from American Crafts.
It is a lazy type of Saturday.
The kind where you just want to stay in your pajamas.
I am going to clean, do laundry and get some stamping done.
That is my Saturday :)
Have a great weekend!!

Lawn Fawn sneak

Today is the last day of sneak peeks for the June Lawn Fawn release.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, for your chance to win this set.
I didn't put a sentiment on this card on purpose.  Sometimes I just need a card, whether it is for a birthday, anniversary, celebration, whatever the occasion, it is nice to just write the sentiment inside, or add it when you need it.  This is a girly card for sure, I used, pinks, reds and creams, those colors together just make me happy.  I colored in the cake and flower with Copics, then paper pieced the edge of the cake plate.  The pattern paper is from October Afternoon.

Materials used:
Lawn Fawn stamps
October Afternoon pattern paper
ivory card stock
may arts twine
red butons
Copic markers
Spellbinders S4-270 Fair Isle Pendants Shapeabilities

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

Head on over to Moxie Fab World.
Here is the Tuesday Trigger for the week.
Isn't this table setting yummy?!

Here is my card.
The image can be found at GinaK.
I colored in the flowers using Copic markers.
The embossed white card stock was created using a Spellbinders I2-1013 Fleur De Lis Stripe Impressability.

Sneak of Harold's ABC set from Lawn Fawn

Today I am sneaking the Harold's ABC alphabet set from Lawn Fawn.
I don't know about you, or your children but, my children love to have their names on things.  Anytime I have the chance to personalize something for them, I do it.  Even when they have birthday parties or friends over, I will personalize treats for their friends as well.  Harold's ABC alpha, is so perfect for writing any kind of sentiment or name.  The set comes with, capitals and lower case letters, love that!
For my project, I took a box of Reeses Pieces and altered it.  I think this would be such a fun party favor, or fun gift for a kid.  I trimmed my card stock to the size I liked, and then I stamped the fish from the Critters in the Sea set, in a green ink.  Once the ink was dry, I adhered the card stock to the box.  This is where having a scoring tool comes in handy (thank you scor-pal!).  I cut an embossed white card stock using a Spellbinders S4-246 Labels Eleven die, then stamped the octopus image and set it aside.  Using a scrap piece of white card stock, I stamped the image again, but this time coloring it in with Copic markers (YG03, YG05 & YG06), cut the image out and then set it aside.  One of the awesome features about this alphabet set, is that the letters "butt" up to them perfectly, so I lined up my letters on my acrylic block, inked it up the stamped it underneath the image.  It saved me so much time!!  I wrapped the polka dot ribbon around the box, tied a nice bow, then added a green button.  I put foam tape on the back of the cut out card stock and, adhered it to front of the box, then put foam tape to the cut out/colored in octopus and adhered it to the label.
I love the bright fresh look of this, and I plan on casing myself with this project.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, she has some blog candy!
Visit these talented ladies for more inspiration:
Ashley Cannon Newell
Jessica Rosario
Lynnette Kauffman
Mariana Grigsby
Sarah Martina Parker
Tiffany Johnson  

Just a little inside funny about this project.
As I was about to start coloring in the octopus, I was reaching for some purple markers.  My son Jacob said, "Do not use purple, that is a girly color".  So, that is why the octopus is green, however, I do they he looks mighty fine in that shade of green myself.

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