Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hawaii 2014

Visiting family over Christmas has given me some downtime to finally go through our Hawaii pictures, yay! I haven’t done any editing, but wanted to share all the amazing sights we saw on Maui! We spent 5 days there and can’t wait to go back again soon.

Click below for the full album (all 502 photos)!

These are a few of my faves from the Luau we went to.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Balloons

I really should be packing, but since I crossed several other things off my to do list, I decided I had some time to play. ;)

I’m the worst card-giver ever (goal for next year!) but I wanted to make sure I had cards to take with me when we visited my family, so I used the color combo at Nacho Average and the one layer challenge at Stampin Royalty to whip up a quick card for my brother-in-law!

 Balloon Happy Birthday Using the combo of Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzaz and Silver I stamped the balloon images (from a new set from the Occasions Catalog called Celebrate Today) onto Neutrals White cardstock. I heat embossed stars onto the Lagoon balloon in silver, and also punched the stars and then added the glimmer silver paper stars to the inside of the card to stay consistent with the one-layer challenge and also add a fun dimension.

Balloon Happy Birthday Close Up

  Here’s a close-up of the punched starts between layers. I am LOVING this new set and can’t wait to play with it more!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Mitten Gift Card Holder

I never thought I’d utter these four words…I miss the snow. It’s crazy to think I’m missing the snow right now as it just doesn’t seem like Christmas, much less December, without the snow!

Add to that craziness, the last two weeks have been ridiculously busy and go-go-go. All last week I battled migraines, headaches and nausea which left me feeling tired and grumpy. Not a happy crafter and not productive at all. This week has been non-stop with wrapping up some work projects before taking off to spend Christmas with my family. I have been grateful for the busyness though as it’s made the week go by quickly as I count down the days in anticipation of getting to hug my mom and dad! :)

So tonight, I’m sharing a project that was made quite awhile ago since I haven’t had time to play, and is reminiscent of the days when we will finally get snow that stays longer than 24 hours in the valley.

Mitten Gift Card Holder 

This little mitten gift card holder is a Silhouette cut file and is super simple to put together! Although the actual ribbon trim and paper I used is no longer available, you can definitely substitute with other colors to create your own cute gift card holder!

I’m hoping I can squeeze some play time in among my lengthy to do list! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sparkly Christmas

 

Sparkly Christmas Tree

Sharing a super quick card today. This Be Jolly set from Technique Tuesday was another I had previously won and finally inked it up. I love this tree shape with the fillable ornaments and thought it would be perfect for the color challenge at Just Add Ink.  A simple star and bakers twine topped off the card, but it’s the bright and festive colors that make it fun.

Sparkly Christmas Tree Close Up

Although hard to tell in the photo, I added dazzling diamonds to the garland across the tree.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Frosty the Snowman

Growing up I loved watching old Christmas movies. Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town were, and still are, some of my favorites!

Frosty Snowman

This little snowman (from Hero Arts) reminds  me of Frosty, cute and plump! I won this set awhile back in a Moxie Fab contest and the set came with the coordinating die which makes it super easy to stamp and cut this little cutie.

The card base is Pool Party, and snowflakes from the set were stamped on the card base also in Pool Party. Paper strips were leftover scraps with Frosty layered on top. The sequins were added for fun. :)

Linking up to Mod Squad for their Snowman challenge!

 

 

Frosty Snowman Close Up

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Heartfelt Thanks

Do you keep the little pieces or bits from past projects that you didn’t quite use? I admit to hanging onto those random bits with the thought or idea that one day they might come in handy and I’ll use them on a future project. While it doesn’t always happen, today was one of those days and my hoarder tendencies  became useful. 

Gold Thanks

It all started with this gold square that I’d used to die cut a heart, and saved the cut-out thinking I’d use the gold piece later. It’s fun to be able to use the negative of die cuts! I used the color combo from Crazy 4 Challenge and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches to pull everything together.

Gold Thanks Close Up

I stamped the dots from Gorgeous Grunge in Lost Lagoon ink onto a Very Vanilla card base, and then layered on the gold square which had a little piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock behind the heart. The sentiment strip also in Lost Lagoon, was embossed in gold and then a mini Strawberry Slush heart and gold sequins accent the main panel.

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Happy BDAY

I’m always in need of birthday cards. I like to keep a stack on hand for when the kids are heading to a friends birthday party, but am not the best about giving them out myself! New goal  for next year.

 Happy BDAY

Manly and boy cards can be tricky. Not a lot of bling or embellishments and neutral colors are generally safe bets, but can be kind of boring, right?  I loved the color combo from Nacho Average Challenge of Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Pistachio Pudding, and thought it would be perfect to use to whip up some birthday cards for my stash.

Happy BDAY Close Up

I started with a Soft Sky card base, and stamped the letters from the What’s Your Type set to spell out BDAY onto Whisper White cardstock. The “happy” came from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. After the stamped image panel was adhered to the card base I added some Pistachio star sequins to the card front.

Super CAS (clean and simple), a little graphic and easy/fun to create – totally my kind of card! The colors can also be changed to match a recipients favorite colors.

Also linking up to Seize the Birthday for their anything goes birthday challenge, and to Addicted to Stamps for their CAS challenge.

 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Noel

Noel

I love making Christmas cards. You can go traditional in red and green colors or go snowy with blues - either works!  This card wasn’t my favorite but some friends said it was their favorite out of a bunch we had at my Christmas Card Class. You never know what people are going to love!

Noel Close Up

Lovely as a Tree has been one of those stamps that I’ve had for years but it’s still in the catalog! It must still be super popular since it’s still around! I have my wood mount stamp set (really need to take the time to convert my favorites to clear right?!) and used the lone pine tree for this card.

Stamp in a lighter color and then slightly stamp off in a darker color to create a shadow of your image. I used Smoky Slate and Night of Navy here, and used those same colors throughout the card. The card base was embossed with the Northern Flurries embossing folder.

Linking up today to The Card Concept for their snow/tag on a card challenge (using the Clean and Layered Style) and the Paper Players for the  tic-tac-toe challenge using the tree, embossing and glitter row, or you could say the star, die cut and glitter row works as well. ;)

 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Purple Floral Birthday

Purple Floral Birthday

I love the color purple but sometimes have a hard time working it into my projects. I think because it’s such a bold and rich color, and could overpower your design in some ways.

I was totally inspired by this card (thanks Laura!) and wanted to try it with purples to incorporate the photo inspo challenge from Stampin Royalty.  Having a lot of white space helped balance the purples but still add lots of color to the card.

Purple Floral Close Up

So here’s the how to behind the card. I started with a Naturals White card base (side note I love the specks in the cardstock!) and watercolored with my Aqua Painter using Blackberry Bliss, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder inks. The flower and leaves were die cut from white cardstock with my Silhouette and then spritzed with a Stampin’ Mister and Elegant Eggplant ink. 

Finally, the sentiment from Remembering Your Birthday was stamped in black ink on Perfect Plum cardstock and mounted to the card base with dimensionals to lift it off the card.  I’m also linking up to Seize the Birthday challenge for a birthday card with leaves.

This card totally reminds me of my Mom, she loves purple and flowers! I might have to save this, or erm, give it to her as a belated birthday card for this year. Only three months late. ;)

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Santa’s List

Santa's List  

He’s making a list and checking it twice. Are you naughty or nice? Pretty sure I’m on the nice list this year. At least I hope so.

Super simple and quick card today for the Freshly Made Sketches sketch challenge.

 Santa's List Close Up

The patterned paper background (Moonlight DSP) adds a fun twist as it looks like graph paper for lists and makes a pop. Fun tip – stamp directly onto your DSP, you might be surprised! This Santa is retired from last year but I loved him so much and wanted to pull him back out.

Washi tape and twine from the November Paper Pumpkin kit (washi tape also available from the holiday catalog) anchor the main image panel and tie in the gray color from the patterned paper.

I’d say I’m about 85% done with my Christmas shopping, but still have a few more things on my list!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Happy Holidays Shaker Card!

My Siberian Husky is super sad we still don’t have snow. Sure, there is quite a bit up in the mountains, but nothing in our backyard yet. I’m not complaining about the 60* weather we’re having on the last day of November, but I would love to see my puppy happy (along with my 11 year old) so I guess I’ll start doing a snow dance. Or better yet, I’ll just make some snow cards.

Happy Holiday Close Up

It’s been ages since I made my first shaker card at a long ago SU workshop, so I was pretty excited to make one again today.  Glad to see them making a comeback in the card making world.

I used the stamps from the November Paper Pumpkin kit to stamp the snowflakes, snow flurries and sentiment. Images stamped in Coastal Cabana ink and sentiment embossed in white. Joining the Nacho Average Challenge for their sketch, and The Paper Players for a tic-tac-toe challenge.

Happy Holidays

Using the right side tic-tac-toe board I have white, snowflakes and glitter. The shaker circles are filled with dazzling diamonds glitter, Coastal Cabana sequins and the snowflakes and silver sequins from the Frosted Sequins embellishments. The shaker panel is Pool Party and sentiment strip is also Coastal Cabana.

The weather forecast doesn’t show snow for the first week of December, but weather can be fickle and change in an instant so maybe there’s hope for snow!

 

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KP – New blog design

I’ve been wanting a pink, black and gold confetti design for my blog for quite some time now. Tonight (er, last night) I decided I’d try and see if I could make my vision come to life.

Multiple hours later (it’s 1:30 am…let’s not talk about when I started) it’s finished and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I shortened the blog name, redid a lot of the sidebars and came out with what I think is a clean and modern look. My favorite thing besides the colors of course are all the circle side bar photos for our adventures (travel/trips) section!

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For anyone reading in another window, come pop over to the blog and check it out! Here’s a peek at what you’ll find!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Holiday Calories Don’t Count

I wish that were true. I would have eaten more pie this year.

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Speaking of pie, how about a card with a pie where the calories really don’t count?

This cutie little pie is the free shape of the week at the Silhouette Store.  I removed the “give thanks” and resized the pie pieces to fit on the front of a card. Sentiment from the October My Paper Pumpkin kit stamped in Momento Black. 

I struggled to come up with an idea for the EAT cue card at CASology until I remembered this free shape and the sentiment. It all came together so easily after! One of those moments I wanted to smack my forehead, ha. Using the sketch at Case This Sketch again because it was perfect for this concept.

Also linking up to My Pumpkin Challenge. If you’re delivering an extra pie or some Thanksgiving leftovers this would be the perfect accessory to your pie, right? ;)

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Celebrate the Season

Brr, it’s cold in here…there must be some Torro’s in the atmosphere!

(Name that movie. I love you forever.)

I am not one made for cold weather. The fact that I’ve lived in Utah, aka the Greatest Snow on Earth, for going on 13 years should be testament enough that I love my family, friends and job because otherwise there’s no way I would live here, ha! We’re retiring to Florida with my family. For reals. I’ve decided. But to be fair, we’ll probably be Boston “snowbirds” so hubby can fulfill his retirement dreams to watch the Red Sox home games during baseball season.  I’m all about compromise. ;)

Since I’m not a cold weather fan, the closest I come is the occasional ski day and making cards with winter elements. I’m a trooper. ;)

Celebrate the Season Snow 

Today’s card was inspired by  the Friday Mashup to create a weather inspired project with the mashup of a metal embellishment and the challenge at Inkspirational to create a Christmas card with the twist or no red of green. I used lots of my favorites on this card!

I started with a Whisper White card base, and then layered on some Pool Party cardstock that had been embossed with the On Point embossing folder. The white rectangle was stamped with the snowflakes and sentiment from the Endless Wishes stamp set in Island Indigo, Pool Party and Smoky Slate. My metal embellishment came in the form of staples securing the glitter strip and Lost Lagoon ribbon, and then topped off with a strip of washi tape. The bottom edge was torn and a few sequins and snowflake were clustered in the corner.

We’ll be celebrating Christmas this year in Florida and while that will be a change (no snow!) I’m SO looking forward to spending time with my family! As much as I don’t like the cooler weather I have to admit I love these frosty colors, and how beautifully the snow blankets everything in pristine white and glitter. Hopefully I captured a little bit of that magic in this card!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Wonderful Christmas

I’m not a Black Friday shopper, but I am heading out to meet up with some friends for lunch and to make a few purchases.

Posting a quick card before I head out the door!

Happy Wonderful Christmas

Playing along in more challenges today! Sketch from The Paper Players and color combo from Color Throwdown to use Kraft, Red, Aqua and Silver. Pretty straightforward card, but I did paper piece the ornament to give it a different look instead of coloring it in.

Happy Black Friday to anyone out shopping today!

 

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stitched Leaves Hi

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I have a simple but cute little card to share.

Stitched Leaves Hi

Although fall leaves are quickly disappearing I wanted to do one final fall card on Thanksgiving before winter is fully upon us!

I drew little leaves and the sentiment on Crumb Cake cardstock with a pencil, and then poked holes to stitch through with embroidery floss. After stitching I mounted the panel to the card base with dimensionals. Stitching can be time consuming but oh so worth it to add a homespun touch to your projects!

I’m linking up my card to the All Sorts Challenge for no decorative/design paper and to  Crazy 4 Challenges to create a card that says hello. “Hi” totally works, right? ;)

Hope your day is full of fun, food and family!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Merry & Bright

Sometimes you get a crazy idea.

And then sometimes you actually act on that crazy idea.

Merry and Bright

After seeing the photo inspiration at Just Us Girls I had the crazy idea that I wanted to make a snowy and frosty wreath like the one in the photo. Queue the Time Out Challenge  for embossing with the optional twist of sparkle and pull in the sketch from Case This Sketch and your crazy idea just might work. Maybe.

Now, if I’m being honest this maybe doesn’t quite fit the CAS part of CASe this Sketch with all the sequins on the sparkly wreath, but overall it’s still pretty simple in design, right? ;)

I started with a Smoky Slate base and stamped the sequins from Hello Darling. I absolutely cannot put my wreath framelits down and die cut two wreaths in Whisper White, embossed both with Dazzling Diamonds and then layered them together with dimensionals. After adhering to the card base I began adding the sequins along with a die cut bow in glimmer paper. The sentiment from Endless Wishes was stamped and embossed in silver.

Super crazy, but I think I kinda love it. ;)

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