Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Color Challenge 428

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Hope everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day! Now it's time to get back to our regular programming around here! LOL My hubby starts his new job today, well orientation for a few hours. I know he's so relieved to not have such a long commute to work now. I will be spending my day down at my stamp table since I did not have any inky time all weekend. :)

So, this is my last week Guest Designing with the Color Challenge ladies over at SCS. I will still be playing along when I can! Kim aka Luv Flowers, is our hostess this week and she chose the following colors.....

Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo & Pool Party
with the dessert option of paper piercing!

I went with a Sympathy card this week. A childhood friend of mine lost her mother this past weekend. She had been sick for quite some time. She use to be my son's school bus driver when he was in elementary school and because he has Cerebral Palsy and used a walker to get around, she watched over him like a hawk. Every year up until about a year ago we have always received a Christmas card in the mail from her with a hand written note in. Such a wonderful lady....she will be missed by so many!

Not a very good picture of the inside but I think it is readable.

Color Challenge 428 Card:

Stamps: Field Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes, unknown maker of the inside
Ink: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Memento Black
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Pool party, Pool Party 12 X 12 DSP Stack, Neenah White
Accessories: Apothecary Framelits, Itty Bitty Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Island Indigo Ribbon, Glue Dot, Dimensionals, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that's all for this girl today!
Stamping awaits me!

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Merry Monday Challenge Week #64

Hello & Happy Monday!

Happy Memorial Day too! Hope everyone has a nice day with family & friends!

Our weekend was jammed packed with lots of running around. Friday was grocery shopping, Saturday, I got my hair did for our upcoming trip to Jamaica, Sunday, we went to our very good friends, Deb & Ed's for a cookout and spend some time with them and today we are headed over to Kirsten's for supper! Phew, i'm tired of running around for one week! 

So, since it's Monday, that means it's time for another sketch from the umber talented Lesley from over at Always Playing With Paper. This week's sketch is an really nice one and I love all the samples I have seen from my other Merry Mondays Design Team buddies. Hope on over to her blog to see what the others have created....you will love their creativity!

Here is the sketch and my sample....

I wasn't real sure what I was going to do with this sketch then I went shopping over at Ellen Hudson's and found this adorable die from Impression Obsession and the light bulb moment went off! HAHA! Once I had this hot little die in my hand, it took me 10 minutes to make my card and i'm so very happy with it! Shawn helped me pick out the colors for this. We both had a glass of wine as I was making this and he chose the Crumb Cake card base over the white card base and I loved the look of it! I added my sentiment from the Open Sleigh set and a few pearls with Baja Breeze Taffeta and called it done! 

Hope you can find some time to play along with us this week! It's a great way to get those Christmas cards made before the holidays even get here!

Merry Monday Week #64 Card:

Stamps: Sentiment from Open Sleigh
Ink: Night of Navy
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Neenah White
Accessories: Impression Obsession Die, Baja Breeze Taffeta, White Pearls, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!
Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Color Challenge 427

Hello & Happy Friday!

It's been a crazy last 2 weeks to say the least!
My hubby had all kinds of tests done this past week to make sure his kidney stones were passable. Then a trip to his Urologist. Wednesday he decided to go back to work and halfway thru his morning he passes 2 stones! They were decent sized stones but we also found out he has more in his kidneys which isn't good news. Eventually, he will have to have something done but one good thing....he has finally said NO MORE ICE TEA! This has been the culprit for years. He's drank ice tea since a teenager so it's been hard finding something to replace it but he's determined to find something along with lots of water.

So, then today I woke up early with him as he was heading out to work. This is his last day working at Consolidated Container Co. in Baltimore. He gave his 2 week notice the day before the kidney stone episode set it. He works with a great bunch of people there and I know they will miss him. Driving to Baltimore the last year and a half is over an hour drive each way. He's been looking for another job and Graham Packaging has taken him back in York. Graham is who moved us to Joplin, Missouri in 2010. He worked for them for 16 1/2 years and left to move back home to PA. They hired him back but not in the management field that he has currently been in. He took quite a bit of a pay cut to get something closer to home but thinks in time he will move forward and get back into the management part of it. He's thrilled to only have a 20-25 minute drive to work starting next Tuesday and one thing for sure is.....it will be 100% better on our pocketbook as far as gas is concerned!!

So with all the current events happening around the Aungst Pad the last 2 weeks, it totally threw me off and kept me away from my stamp table. Starting next week I am determined to get back at it atleast up till vacation which is coming quickly!

I have been Guest Designing with the lovely ladies of the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge for the month of May. I had planned on posting my card from this past Tuesday but then all of Shawn's doctor appointments got in the way. I'm catching up now!! LOL

Here are this week's colors....

Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso & Marina Mist

The dessert option was to make a masculine card whether it be a birthday, graduation or Father's Day. Since my vacation is coming up to Jamaica and we fly home on Father's Day I thought i'd better get my Dad's card made while I can! This cabin image reminds me of when I was little and my Dad use to go to the mountains hunting with a bunch of his friends every fall. He hasn't gone hunting in many years now but i'm sure he will love the cabin image and remind him of some great times!

Color Challenge 427 Card:

Stamps: Inkadinkadoo (Cabin), Art Impressions (Sentiment)
Ink: Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Neenah White, Frostwood DSP
Accessories: SU Square Lattice EF, Marina Mist Grosgrain, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that is all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Merry Monday Challenge Week #63

Hello & Happy Monday!

It's Monday and that means it's time for another sketch from Lesley from over at Always Playing With Paper.

This week's sketch is an easy one!
 I only have a bit of this holly paper left from the Holly Berry Bouquet DSP and a few of these felt holly leaves left so I thought i'd use them up and stop hoarding it. I have so much in paper & scraps that I just need to use.
My sentiment is from the Four the Season set. I added 2 red rhinestones and called my card done!

Merry Monday Week #63 Card:

Stamps: Four the Season
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Neenah White, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
Accessories: Circle Punches, Felt Holly Berries, Red Rhinestones, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that's all for me today!
I know it's been awfully quiet here on the blog but my hubby has been home for almost a week now dealing with yet again, kidney stones! I haven't spent anytime downstairs creating since he's been home. It's been 7 days and he still has not passed the stone. All I can say is, it must be a doozey!

Also would like to say a very Happy Birthday to my youngest daughter, Kelsey. She turns 20 years old today!! We had a little family party for her on Saturday with cake & ice cream. It was a fun time!
We had a cookout/birthday party in the garage since it ended up being rainy & dreary out. 
 Shady, Kelsey, Ryan, me, Dawkins & Kirsten
 Kelsey got icing smeared on her cheek from Berto and she's still smiling!

Happy Birthday, Binky!!

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Color Challenge 426

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

It's time for another Color Challenge this week from over at SCS. Peggy is our hostess and she chose the following colors:

Certainly Celery, Regal Rose & Bermuda Bay!

I was really quite unsure what to do with these colors but once I started playing around with them it all worked out!

I guess I had butterflies on my mind when this creation was born! I was lucky enough to find them already cut out so all I had to do was figure out a layout and add my ribbon & sentiment.
I really like it!

Color Challenge 426 Card:

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases
Ink: Memento Black
Cardstock: Neenah White, Bermuda Bay, Regal Rose
Accessories: SU Butterfly Framelits,  Memory Box Butterfly Dies, Certainly Celery Twill,  Square Lattice EF, White Pearls, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that is all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Merry Monday Challenge Week #62

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope all the Mom's out there had a wonderful day with their families!
I spent Saturday with my Mom for a bit. Then on Mother's Day she had plans to go to my younger brother's for a big dinner so i'm sure she had a nice day!
My day was nice! I spent time with all 3 of my kiddo's, the 2 grandpuppies, son in law and my little fur baby, Gigi. Shawn made some burgers on the grill but it was a tad too chilly to sit outside on our new picnic table. It was a gift to Shawn & myself for his birthday & mother's day. We will get lots of use out of it, i'm sure!

So, since it's Monday again, that means it's time for another sketch from Lesley from over at Always Playing With Paper. She has some of the most awesome sketches around!

I loved this sketch the first time I seen it! I had some of these cute images in my Image Box from a few years back. They were stamped in Always Artichoke and I went & grabbed some paper to match. I added some glue & glitter to my image to resemble winter. When I made this card I had just found out the new color line up for Stampin Up and seen that Soft Sky was coming back as a Subtles color! I have always loved this color! My card base is Soft Sky and the next layer is Always Artichoke with my Wintergreen DSP. I added some Soft Sky ribbon & pearls to finish my card and I just love it! I will be making a pack of these for my craft show! :)

Merry Monday Week #62 Card:

Stamps: To You & Yours, Four the Season (sentiment)
Ink: Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Whisper White,Wintergreen DSP
Accessories: Circle Nestibilities, Glue Pen, Glitter, Soft Sky Ribbon, White Pearls, 2 sided Tape

Hope you can stop by Lesley's blog to see what the other Merry Makers have created this week and maybe play along! It's wonderful having these cards made way before the holidays get here which means less stress!

Well, that's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sketch Challenge 435

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Today, I checked out the Sketch Challenge from over at SCS and decided to play along. I haven't played in a few weeks but today I needed to get a card made for a special someone, my hubby! His birthday is tomorrow, he'll be 45 years young! 

He loves anything beach related so I thought this lobster would make a great masculine card for him.
I thought about going with something more tropical since he planned a trip for us to Jamaica in about a month but I really don't have much in stamps that are tropical atleast not yet!

Sketch Challenge 435 Card:

Stamps: By the Tide, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Real Red, Midnight Muse
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Neenah White
Accessories: SU Square Lattice & Stripes Embossing Folders, Silver Beads, Itty Bitty Framelits, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that is all for me today!
Wanted to try to get Gigi to the park for a walk this evening but I see the skies are darkening and storms are on the horizon. She may just have to settle on a walk around the yard instead!

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Color Challenge 425

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Hope everyone is having a great day so far!
It's a gloomy day ahead here in south central PA and rain is on our doorstep almost everyday this week. After a string of beautiful days we really do need some rain.....especially on my garden! I plan to make the most of it with hiding out in the stamp room and working on yet more Christmas craft show stuff. I'm pleased so far at my progress but today I have some good news for you!

I was asked by the lovely ladies over at the SCS Color Challenge to be a Guest Designer for the month of May and I happily accepted! So on that note, here is the first Color Challenge of May. My blogging friend, Karen Barber has chosen these colors....

Basic Gray, Blushing Bride & Pink Pirouette

My card...

Wasn't real sure on these colors but I think my card turned out pretty once it was done!

Color Challenge 425 Card:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Gray
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Neenah White, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Blossom Punch, Itty Bitty Framelits, SU Square Lattice EF, Swiss Dots EF, Blushing Bride Ribbon, Basic Gray Corduroy Button, White Baker's Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Liquid Multi Mono

Well, that's all I have for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Merry Monday Challenge Week #61

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! It was absolutely gorgeous here in PA!
I ment to go do some inking of my stamps but Saturday we decided to clean the house, plant our strawberry plants, shop at Walmart and take Miss Gigi for a nice long walk. I was dead tired till 8 pm rolled around. Sunday was a much calmer day. We took Miss Gigi to the Dog Park on the other side of York where it's a huge fenced in area and we can let her off her leash to run & play with all the other small doggies. She LOVES going there every Sunday morning and is she ever played out till we get back home! :)
Anything for our little Gigi!!!
But anyways, I did find my way down to stamp Sunday afternoon. Still working on lots of Christmas things. I'm excited to show you but will wait closer to the holidays.

So, it's Monday again and that means it's time for another sketch from Lesley! This week's layout is so quick & easy and I hope you can hop on over to her blog to see what the other Merry Makers have created this week and play along with us! Before you know it, you will have a nice stack of cards made way before the holidays arrive!

Here we gooooo....

As soon as I seen this sketch I knew what I wanted to make. I used an old Stampin Up die for my large Real Red snowflake. It was so big that I had to trim some off. I then added my next snowflake in Early Espresso by using a Stampin Up Snowflake Punch. The last snowflake was done with a Paper Studio punch in the Champagne Glimmer Paper. I added a gold bead to the center of my trio of snowflakes and hot glued them onto my card. My sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink from the Merry Messages set. I really like this card and might make a few more!

Merry Monday Week #61 Card:

Stamps: Many Merry Messages
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Real Red, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Accessories: SU Snowflake Die #2, SU Snowflake Punch, Paper Studio Snowflake Punch, Gold Bead, Hot Glue, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that is all for me today!
Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great day!