Friday, January 20, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch 205

I had pulled Branch Out to use this week and I found the perfect sketch for it at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I wanted to do a very clean card that made me think of the starkness of winter.  We've been having a lot of cardinals at our feeder this week, so I had to add him to my tree for a little splash of color.  This set is so elegant and beautiful.  It works for simple cards, but there are lots more stamps you can use to add leaves, butterflies, etc.  It's one of my absolute favorites and I'll always be thankful to Pat for gifting it to me.  It is loved.

I'm off to open the bag I brought home from Michael's today.  It has some fun new goodies in there, so I'm excited to find a place for them in my room.  :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #386

I colored this adorable dragon a while back and found him on my desk again today.  I thought it would be fun to use on a card and he seemed perfect for the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge.  Their sponsor for the challenge is Bugaboo Stamps and that is who makes this cute draong digital stamp.  :)

I'm not sure what stamping I'll get in today, but I'm hoping to use another of my favorite sets to share with you tomorrow. 

Laila and I did a little science experiment yesterday with Borax and we found our amazing results this morning.  If you need an easy experiment that will amaze your little ones, check it out here.  :)  She did great at her evaluation, so we got that over with and now have a month to wait for the report. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 271

Wednesday!  We've made it to the halfway point of the week.  Yeah!  It also means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  The sweetest lady, Cindy, is our hostess this week and I love her sketch.  It's always nice when an idea comes to you quickly when you peek at the sketch.  I knew immediately I wanted to use Washi tape and everything fell into place after that.  This cute unicorn is from a set from The Greeting Farm called Magical Friends.  It's adorable! They have an Anything Goes challenge for their Farm Fresh Challenge this month, so I want to enter this cutie in that.  :)

Don't you love that?  The simple sketches we've been having lately are so good for really getting creative.  I didn't go "outside the box" on this one, but I love my card.  :)

Be sure you stop by and check out the rest of the cards.  I hope you'll play along!  Now I'm off to make coffee.  We are having storms this morning and they woke me up early.  I've folded laundry, got a load gathered to wash, typed out this, and now, coffee!  :) Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

It got a bit warm here in Texas again, so I'm hiding out and pretending it's winter in my craft room.  I saw the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge was Winter Birthday, so that seemed like the perfect challenge.  I used this cute bear and some of my new distress inks.  I had trouble getting the design down, but I'm happy with what I finally settled on.

Is it snowing or cold where you are?  It's 80 degrees here again today, so we are waiting for the rain in the comfort of the air conditioning.  :)

Jason braided her hair over the weekend to see if keeping it that way would help with the tangles.  He's working today, so I will get to try my hand at braiding before bed tonight.  Yikes!  Tomorrow is finally the day when we go to get her testing/evaluation done, so keep us in your thoughts.  I hope we are finally able to get some answers.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stampin' Up! Love is Kindness

Happy Saturday.  Anyone watching football?  Our Texans play the late game today, so that's the plan once Laila goes to bed. :)  This week got away from me and I haven't been making much.  My goal was to work with my favorite stamps from my collection this week and I did use a few of them, the Penny Black hedgehogs and the MFT You're Super set.  This stamp from Stampin' Up! is one of my two favorites from them.  I love this stamp and it never strays far from my desk.  I have to confess, part of why I love it is because it's a wood stamp.  I have switched to clear and cling mount now, but I still prefer wood.  I think I'm an oddball that way, but it's what I learned to stamp with and I love the feel of them.  Storage gets to the the issue of course, so I'm trying to weed out some and only keep the ones I truly love.

Laila had her first haircut this week.  Her hair had been getting a lot of tangles, so I took her in for a trim to get some of the dead ends cut off.  She wasn't too sure about it, but did great.  My stylist barely took any off, but it does have a nice shape now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 270

Back with our new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for the week.  Our sketch this week comes from the fabulous Kim. It took me a bit to figure out what I wanted to do with it, but this set seems to have worked out great.  I had so much fun coloring her.  I am trying to use some colors that are a bit tricky for me to get blended, so the pinks were a challenge.  I love it with the gray and black though.  Just ignore her hair.  I'm sure I'll never be able to color hair.

I can't wait to see what you create.  I hope you'll come join us.  Challenges are such a great way to get in practice and up your skills.  I know I always improve when I set a goal to do them often.  :)

It was a beautiful day in Texas yesterday, so we found a new park to explore.  Laila did great!  She interacted so well with the other kids and no meltdown when we left.  Her testing/evaluation is a week away, so keep your fingers crossed that we get some answers soon and can all learn to cope better with whatever it is.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Penny Black with Sketch Saturday

I've had so much fun coloring lately.  I love this hedgehog stamp and it looked like a fun one to practice on.  I love how the basket turned out.  It's my favorite attempt at it so far.  :)   Penny Black has a monthly challenge called the Penny Black Saturday Challenge and I wanted to enter that.  I also used the sketch from Sketch Saturday., just flipped on to its side.  I'm finding a lot of new challenges to try this year and it's inspiring me to stamp more.  Are you doing anything new for the year?  I'd love to hear if so.

Laila and I had a spa day yesterday.  She loves "soaking her feet" so much.  :)  She asked to do it again this morning, so she's relaxing while I ran in to finish my blog post.  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fab Friday 103

My friend Mindy hosts a fun challenge blog called Fab Friday.  I don't get to play along as much as I'd like, but they always have some great sketches and color combinations.  I saw they were back from break this week and decided to play along.  I pulled out this single stamp from Stampin' Up! called Vivid Vases and picked one of my favorite color combinations (who doesn't love gray and yellow?) and went to work.  I even managed to use Washi tape which is another supply I struggle to use.

It's 22 degrees in Texas this morning so I'm wrapping myself in my blanket and hiding out in my warm stamp room.  It is one of the warmest rooms in the house thank goodnesss.