Saturday, February 18, 2017

Papertrey Ink Mum's the Word

I managed to make another card for the Papertrey Ink Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future challenges.  This card was inspired by the 2013 look back and a card made by Wanda.  I didn't have the stamps featured this time, but I used the colors of Wanda's card with a set I did have.  I added some vellum over my large panel to play on the vellum leaves of her card.  I have another panel I tried first and got a little too water happy, but I think I can use it with the vellum like this one.  It hides a bit.  :)

Papertrey Ink Hands of Time Stamp Set. Card by Wanda Guess. 10 Year Celebration of PTI

Hopefully you can see the inspiration.  

Now I have to go clean my desk AGAIN.  I'm the messiest crafter! 

Sketch Saturday with PTI

Papertrey Ink has a fun series going on right now.  Not only are they looking back at the history of the company, but they are hosting challenges as well.  Today they are looking back at 2014 and I was so inspired by the colors of so many of the cards, especially the one below that was made by Betsy Veldman.  I decided to use those along with the new sketch at Sketch Satruday to make a card.  :)

    Life Is Beautiful - Betsy
Isn't that die awesome?  I thought about my mom when I saw it, so I had to get it.  I am going to save this card for her birthday in April.  I think she will like it. It's so fun to find stamps and dies that remind you of people you make cards and projects for.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Stampin' Up! Barnyard Babies

Barnyard Babies is an adorable set from Stampn' Up! that I just loved when I saw it.  Now once I got it, I was clueless!  After reading Animal Farm this week, I was inspired to pull it out and try to make something.  My little animals are way cuter than some of them in the book.  :)  This wasn't a challenge card or anything like that, just playing around. It's nice to do that sometimes.

Now I'm off to rest.  I volunteered early this morning and it was a lot of lifting and moving boxes, so I'm worn out.  I did sneak in a nap this afternoon, so I should get a few episodes of my current Netflix show in.  Have you guys watched American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson?  I'm a true crime junkie, so I was excited when it was one of the new shows they added in February.  I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I acutally have a master's degree in forensic science.  I've always been interested in it, but I do wish I had went the criminilogy route instead of the science one.  I don't handle the sight of blood very well and get light-headed when I see it. That's probably a good thing to know before you pick a career.  Oops!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Paper Craft Crew 231

I haven't played around with my distress inks and stencils for a bit, so this sketch from the Paper Craft Crew seemed perfect for that.  I don't know if it's too much brown, but I kinda like it.  Monochromatic cards can be fun sometimes.  The stencil and butterly are Tim Holtz stamps and the sentiment is from Neat & Tangled.  (On a side note, I used up my first reinker last month.  Early Espresso, of course.  It's my favorite Stampin' Up! color, so I need to get a new one! I love that color so much.)

Visit the Paper Craft Crew and play along with Card Sketch 231. #pcc2017 #cardsketch #papercraftcrew

Now I'm off to clean up my desk.  I made a huge mess making this one.  I changed my mind a million times on various things, so my desk is a pile of maybe, maybe nots.  :)   Have a great end to the week! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 275

Happy Discounted Chocolate Day!  :)   I managed to get myself together this week to play along with my amazing ladies at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our Queen of Layers, Narelle, is the hostess this week.  Her card is awesome and layered, so be sure you go check it out.  :)   The rest of the team made some pretty amazing cards too.  I'm a bit in awe of their creativity this week!

Do you have some of those stamp sets that you got because it was cute, but then it was hard to use?  And you almost never used it?  Yeah, that was this set from Stampin' Up! called Crazy Mixed-Up Love for me. I challenged myself to use it this week and I did it!  Yay!  I managed to find a stamp and embossing folder that helped shed some light on things.  lol

Laila was so excited about Valentine's Day.  It's probably my second least favorite holiday, with Christmas being first, but I tried to make it fun for her today.  Jason worked, so I took Laila to dinner as my valentine.  She loved her little gifts and flowers, so it was a nice day for us both.  Jason got me roses and a fancy coffee grinder.  I love how yummy the coffee smells when it's freshly ground.  I hope your day was nice as well. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch 208

Can you believe it is almost Valentine's Day?  It's not a holiday that I particularly like, but I wanted to make a couple of cute cards to send to friends.  I loved the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch, so I thought my little animals would work with it.  My friend loves squirrels, so I need to find a couple more stamps so that she doesn't get sick of seeing this one.  :)  It's from The Greeting Farm, while the sentiment is a Stampin' Up! one.

Isn't that a fun sketch?  I always love to see the new ones from this challenge.  They always get my brain thinking.  

We had some nice not-too-hot weather yesterday, so we headed down to the beach.  Laila had a blast! She was covered in sand and ruined her shoes, but she sure had fun doing it.  Yesterday was one of the few family outings that I can remember where nobody got mad and there were no meltdowns.  It was so wonderful.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mojo Monday 483

Trying to keep up the momentum again. I'm tired today, but I did finish this card for the new sketch at Mojo Monday.  I used more patterned paper than I do these days, but it's fun to revisit your old style sometimes, right?  :)  I think the cat has a good message too.

Layers, layers, layers!  :)  

What? You don't check your mail while wearing a chef's hat?  :)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Fab Friday 105

Hey!  Did everyone survive that Super Bowl game?  :)  Sorry it's been a bit since I've posted.  Laila got sick, passed it on to Jason, and I've been trying to hide from their germs for a week.  I did stamp a bit last week, but I mailed them off before I took pictures.  I made an effort to send as many cards as I could last week.  I think I got around 20 out, so that's pretty good.   This card should be cute to send soon for Valentine's Day.  I used the new sketch at Fab Friday and this cute little bear from Stamping Bella.  The arrow and stamp are from the Sent with Love set that Stampin' Up! put out a few years back.  It's cute to decorate envelopes, but the elements can be used on cards too.

Now I'm headed to bed to read for a bit.  Part of the lack of stamping is due to reading.  It seems like I get on a kick of one or the other.  I have a huge list of books on my to-read list, so I need to try and fit it in more.  Have you read anything good lately?  My current book is Hillbilly Elegy and I'm speeding through it.  I grew up not far from the area in Kentucky that he discusses, so I understand his family and their struggles. 

This was my poor pumpkin last week.  She was just worn out.  One night we ended up just getting up at 2:30 because she couldn't stop coughing.  I am way too old for that, so we went to the doctor the next day to make sure it wasn't more than a cold.  He gave her some better medicine to help the cough at night, so it's been some better.  I think she managed to sleep until after 5 this morning before she woke us up and then went back to bed once she had water, a full humidifier, and more meds.