Monday, July 28, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge Blog Hop

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Today for our Merry Monday Challenge we have decided to do something a bit different for one of our Merry Monday girls, LeAnne Pugliese!

I'm thrilled to have met LeAnne in real life back in 2005 as we do not live too far apart! She is every bit the sweetheart in real life as she is online and i'm so happy to be on the Merry Monday Design Team with her now for 3 years! :)

So, today as we celebrate LeAnne's special day, we planned on making her a birthday card and throwing a blog hop in her honor! The Merry Monday blog is the place to load up your birthday card creations this week! We hope you join us this week and make a birthday card to honor LeAnne and celebrate along with us!!

Here is the card I made my friend, LeAnne! 

LeAnne, I wish you a very special day and the best birthday ever! :)

Next up on our special birthday blog hop is the ever so talented, Lesley Croghan! Please be sure to stop by and check out her beautiful card!

And before I go I wanted to share a picture of my oldest daughter, Kirsten. Today is her 30th birthday! We had a small family party on Saturday to celebrate. I just can't get over the fact that she is 30!! Where has the time gone.....
Happy Birthday, Kirsten!

That's all for today!
Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great day!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Just for Fun

Hello & Happy Friday!

It was such a beautiful day here in PA today! I wish it could stay this way! Tomorrow they are calling for the heat & humidity to make a return but it will be short lived. Yippee!

So, today I wanted to sit and just play with some crafty stuff with no deadline in mind. I pulled out a kit that I had ordered about a month or so ago. I need a little gift idea for Kirsten as her birthday is on Monday. Hard to believe she will be 30! I'm gettin old!

So, I started off with this....

and this.....

for the finished product....

I'm going to add some cash and a few little pieces of candy for a cute little gift for her. The party is tomorrow afternoon. She is going to love this little pillow box! :)

I love how easy this kit is to assemble! Stampin Up! has so many cute little kits that makes things easier. Give them a try if you haven't already!

Sumthin Sumthin Kit:

Stamps: Sumthin Sumthin
Ink: Pool Party
Cardstock: Everything is supplied in the Simply Created Kit
Accessories: I just added 2 Glue Dots, a bit of Multi Mono Adhesive, 2 Dimensionals & used a bone folder to curl the silver flower.

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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sketch Challenge 498

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Phew, it's a scorcher here in PA today!
I could hardly stand it to be outside while letting Gigi & Bailee out to potty this morning. They did not seem to mind it but I was a puddle and hurried them to go back into the ac!

So, then I checked out the Sketch Challenge over at SCS and just loved the layout!
After seeing the one sample card was made for Christmas, my mind went right in that direction, too!
 Here is the sketch & my sample:

Since I was sweating outside in the 90+ degree heat & high humidity, I went with something cool, Snowflakes!

This stamped image was in my box as was the sentiment & inside saying. I know my main image is a bit smaller than the sketch panel but I used it anyway and i'm really liking my card!

Sketch Challenge 498 Card:

Stamps: Nature's Secret (retired), Occasional Quotes (sentiment inside & out)
Ink: Soft Suede
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Accessories: Snow Burst EF, Circle Punches, Small Snowflake Punch, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Liquid Multi Mono Adhesive

Hope you like!
Well that's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Color Challenge 488

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

It was a busy day but I finally got my card made for today's Color Challenge over at SCS.
Let's get to it.....

Today we were given 7 colors in which we could use any 3 or all 7. 

Blush Blossom, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding & Strawberry Slush

I wasn't sure what colors I was going to use at first then I found the pad of DSP that my Stampin Up! Demo, Nan, gave me on Saturday for hosting a party! ( Thanks Nan! ) Inside the All Bloom paper pad was this beautiful paper that I decided to use. I pulled out an old set called Close As A Memory so I could color the stems & flowers with markers. I used Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight & Pistachio Pudding on my card! I'm pleased with the finished product! Thanks Mary for these beautiful colors today! :)

Color Challenge 488 Card:

Stamps: Close As A Memory, Wetlands (sentiment)
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush
Cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Neenah White, All Bloom DSP
Accessories: Circle & Scallop Circle Nesties, Oval & Scallop Oval Punches, Finishing Touches Framelit, Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon, White Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that's all for tonight!
It's time to hit the hay!
Thanks for stopping by & have a good night!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge #118

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
We spend Saturday with my parents and then yesterday on the Susquehanna River with Kirsten & Brad, my hubby, Kelsey and for the first time we took Gigi & Bailee with us!

 Oh how fun and the doggies loved it! Bailee took a huge jump in the water to visit another dog that was swimming around. I never expected her to do that! Luckily, Shawn was with her because she did not have a life jacket on. I think we will have to get them one! Gigi liked on the boat but the water, not so much! They had so much fun! Kirsten took us out to celebrate Shawn & I's 24th wedding anniversary which is today! We were treated to a nice time and dinner on the island before bringing the boat back into the dock. 
Happy Anniversary to my awesome hubby of 24 years today! He's the best!

Anyways, today we have a new challenge from over at Merry Monday! Lori is our fabulous hostess this week, so let's get to it!

I had this beautiful image already colored in my Christmas stash so I just went ahead and added it to a card along with my ribbon & button. My card is a Z Fold style card. I love these for bigger images.

Merry Monday #118 Card:

Stamps: DRS Designs, Sentiment is Hero Arts, Inside is DRS Designs
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Old Olive, Real Red, DSP from Kaiser, Neenah White
Accessories: Button, Old Olive 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon, Red Rhinestones, Circle Punches, Dimensionals, 2 Sided Tape

Please stop by the Merry Monday blog to see what the other ladies have created this week! Love all the ribbon & button inspiration!

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sketch Challenge 497

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Today, I played along with this week's Sketch Challenge 497 from over at Splitcoaststampers.

While still having the beach on my mind, this is the card I created. Hope you like!

I pulled out some of Stampin Up!'s new In Color cardstock called Lost Lagoon. I think all the new In Colors are just yummy! Anyways, it matched this piece of DSP from the little tablet called Moonlight. The stamp set I used is called Wetlands. This is a cute set for it's images & nice sentiments!

Sketch Challenge 497 Card:

Stamps: Wetlands
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP
Accessories: Stamp A Ma Jig, Lost Lagoon Ribbon, Rhinestones, Glue Dot, 2 Sided Tape

Beautiful card and very mail friendly too!

That's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

By the Tide

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Today, I went to my stamp table and decided to make something for myself. I noticed that my checkbook cover was pretty ripped up....i've had it for many years (and it had a snowman on it!)! LOL
It was time for something new & improved! I have a slew of covers that I have no idea where they came from. I pulled one out, measured it and got to work! Since we are heading to the Bahama's in 6 weeks, that's the theme that I went with!

I love the beachy colors, don't you?

Now i'll be so proud to pull out my checkbook when I need too!

By the Tide Checkbook Cover:

Stamps: By the Tide, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Accessories: Checkbook Cover, Finishing Touches Framelits, Corner Rounder, Linen Thread, Coastal Cabana Baker's Twine, Circle & Scallop Circle Punches, Dimensionals, 2 Sided Tape

That's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge #117

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

It's time for another challenge from over at Merry Monday! Deanne is our fabulous hostess this week! She gave us one terrific challenge to help get our Christmas cards made so let's get started....

This was such a fun card to make and I think I have found a new embellishment to start using on cards that still make for a very mail friendly card! Thanks Deanne for this fun challenge! I probably would have never even thought to use a sequin!

Merry Monday Challenge #117 Card:

Stamps: Festive Flurry, Joy to the World, Christmas Messages
Ink: Bermuda Bay & Coastal Cabana
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Accessories: SU Snow Burst EF, Festive Flurry Framelits, Corner Rounder, Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon, Sequins, Dimensionals, Liquid Multi Mono

That's all for me today!
Hope you can stop by the Merry Monday blog to check out what the other ladies have created this week! Some fantastic inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Birthday Gift Set

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Today i'm sharing with you the card & gift bag that I made to match the cute little Fry Box that a customer had requested. This all came together pretty nicely and i'm loving the colors!

Birthday Gift Set:

Stamps: Cycle Celebration, Chalk Talk (bag)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight
Cardstock: Old Olive, Old Olive Polks Dot Parade DSP, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Fry Box Die, Decorative Label Punch, Scallop & Oval Punches, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Clothespin, White Pearls, Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon, White Gift Bag, Small Cello Bags, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Liquid Multi Mono

My customer was so thrilled with this that she gave me an order for 8 Sympathy cards. Here's to hoping my mojo soon kicks back in! LOL

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Color Challenge 486

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Today is Color Challenge day over at SCS and the colors are beautiful! I had to play along!

The colors are:

Old Olive, Calypso Coral & Daffodil Delight

The dessert option is: Anything but a card!

I just got an order for a little gift for a lady who is turning 80 soon. My customer wanted a cute candy treat to give as a gift. I just got the Fry Box Die with my last Stampin Up order a week or so ago and this was the perfect opportunity for me to break it in! I'm loving the finished product!

Color Challenge 486:

Stamps: Cycle Celebration
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral
Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive Polka Dot Parade DSP
Accessories: Fry Box Die, Decorative Label Punch, Oval & Scallop Oval Punches, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Small Cello Bag, White Pearls, Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain, Glue Dot, Dimensionals, Liquid Multi Mono

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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge Week #116

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Since it's Monday that means it's time for another Merry Monday Challenge!
This week LeAnne is our hostess and she gave us a great challenge to help us get those Christmas cards made. Let's get started....

I made my card as simple as simple could be. Friday, Saturday & Sunday I just did not have my mind into getting this card made with the pain I was having from my back. My Radiofrequency Ablation was a week ago and my pain has been pretty mild until this Friday. I'm hoping maybe it's a sign that my nerves are dying off but i'm not sure. I guess time will tell.

Anyways, my card is very simple with not alot of frills. I did add a few small white pearls on the snowflakes in the image and a cute loopy bow!

Merry Monday Week #116 Card:

Stamps: Stampabilities
Ink: Lucky Limeade
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Accessories: Rectangle & Scallop Rectangle Nesties, SU Snow Burst EF, White Pearls, Lucky Limeade Sheer Ribbon, Glue Dot, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that is all for me today!
Hope you will stop by the Merry Monday blog to see what the other ladies have created this week! Lots of pretty inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Petite Purses Die

Hello & Happy Sunday!

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

I recently purchased the Petite Purse Die from Stampin Up and when I found the time to sit down and play with it.....I loved the outcome! This die is so much fun to play with and very easy to decorate. I took Hershey's Nuggets and wrapped them in matching DSP and put inside the purse. I was able to get 5 nuggets inside. Cuuuute!

I will be making more of these cuties, soon!

Thanks for popping in today!
Have a great day!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fourth of July

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th holiday! My hubby had to work but he did grill at work for his guys and then once he came home we headed to my parents house for the evening. We watched the fireworks and headed back home since Shawn & Kelsey both had to work early this morning. 
My day yesterday was busy and I did not get around to updating my blog. My back hurt yesterday & this morning worse than it has in the last week. I'm hoping it's a sign that those nerves are dying off. So today I am going to take it easy and get my blog updated, shower and stamp a bit.

Sorry i'm late for sharing these July 4th goodies but better late than never, I guess!

Here we go!

First up is the Shadow Boxes that Vicki & I made while she was visiting last month. Took us quite a few days to finish these but they are sooo pretty in person! 

These are Cookies & Cream Hershey Kisses with the Chalk Talk Tags that were embossed with the Darice Star Embossing Folder. The flag is from Stampin Up in 2001  called God Bless America.

I thought these Patriotic Matchpacks would have been a good seller this year but I am lucky I sold 3. They have a fun size pack of M&M's inside.

M&M Sticks were a good seller! I love the colors of the M&M's!

These treats are my White Chocolate Snack Mix made with red, white & blue M&M's. Vicki & I made these while she was visiting last month. Making the tags were alot of work but oh so fun too!

I'm not going to put up a description of each project but if there is something you need to know please shoot me an email and i'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Hope you enjoyed seeing the July 4th goodies today. 
I'm not sure that I will make things for next years occasion as it was not a good selling holiday.

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