Friday, August 28, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch!
Java Great Day!

I hope you're having a great day!    Lately it looks like it will be raining any minute and somehow the dark clouds just pass right on by!  I'm not sure if that is good or bad because I think that I don't have to water the garden or all the pots.. because it sure looks like rain.. and then nothing.   The weather in the Chicago area can be very tricky. It's no wonder the weather man always gets it wrong!! 

The cloudy skies make me want to come inside and make something bright and cheery.  I thought I'd give my self a new challenge and another new place to play this week.  Here's the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!  You know I'm always trying to perfect my CAS skills - so much harder than it looks and all that clean white space can make me crazy!   I'll be honest here..  I really do love it all - clean or fussy.. doesn't matter to me as long as it's bright!!  I    I hope this still counts as CAS - it sure is for me - this one is about as flat as it gets here! 

The stamp set is new from Waltzingmouse called "Coffee Set"  - it has lots of super cute accessories and sentiments - you can see lots of them stamped on the background - coffee cups, creamer, coffee beans, spoons, flowers and dies that match too.
 I hope you find some time to play today! 

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps & Coordinating dies:  Waltzingmouse Coffee Set

Thursday, August 27, 2015

PLS Feature Die Cuts
Winnie The Whale

This little cutie is Winnie the Whale.  It's easy to create with die cut images - already printed and ready to go.  Pretty Little Studio has everything coordinated to work together so you just know it will be a perfect match!

Want to see more? Just click here!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
PLS Products
Die:  Winnie Whale
Treasure Island Boardwalk Bookmark Tag
Treasure Island Navigator Note Flags
Pattern Paper Treasure Island Collection
Stamp:  Simon Says Stamp “Handwritten Greetings”
The Twinery Denim Twine

Wood Veneer Stars Studio Calico

Dragonfly Journeys Challenge
If Friends Were Flowers

I'm behind uploading my galleries as usual - I think I'm somewhere in July! LOL!  Do you keep a gallery and are you good at updating it regularly?  I get side tracked so easy with playing a new challenge that the gallery gets stuck on the back burner and  has to wait for a rainy day when I'm feeling uninspired.  I got the sweetest comment on one of my cards from Jeannie at Dragonfly Journeys.  She mentioned a challenge she hosts on her blog so I thought I would play along! 

Her challenge this week is Girlfriends!  I thought this one would work beautifully because it's the sort of card I would send my bestie!  Bright and cheery and filled with love!
 All the dies are from Top Dog Dies, and the sentiment stamp is from Lawn Fawn!
The Pocket Summer Page Die includes the frame, flowers and butterflies and layers over the Pocket Page Banner perfectly.  The Twinery Twine is called "Shore".
If you want to try a new challenge or make a new friend stop by and say hi to Jeannie!


Finished Size:  4.25 x 5.5”
Top Dog Dies:  Dotted Borders, Pocket Page Summer, Pocket Page Banner, Leaves
Other Supplies:
Pattern Paper:  Pebbles “Garden Party” 6x6”
Stamp:  Lawn Fawn “Hello Friend”
The Twinery “Shore”

Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SSCB#46 - Anything Goes
Veggie Basket

I hope you're having a great day!  It's starting to feel like fall lately. With DH working nights we're spending time together in the mornings again.   Today we went to the local nursery.  I don't know if you remember me telling you that the town accidentally cut down our 10 year old cherry tree last fall?   

A really sad thing for me because my dad has been coming over for the past 5 years or so to pick them.  He and my mom make pies and jam.  I can picture all of us out front filling up a big bucket.   

In the Spring we planted three new ones - and two of them didn't make it through the summer.   This time of year you can find lots of plants on sale so we thought we'd see what we could find.   I loaded up the car with one cherry tree, three blueberry bushes, and a hydrangea.  Everything was half price!  I hope they decide they like living here and flourish! Fingers crossed - and let it rain!!! LOL

So you probably know that I'm a gardener too!  This is the time of year everything is ready to pick... lots of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and so much more!!   This veggie basket sort of says it all!  It's also the 50% off stamp of the month for August at Serendipity!

We're at the half way point of the challenge.  We've switched up the dates a bit lately.. maybe you've noticed. The first Friday of the month we show new releases.  The second Wednesday of the month a new challenge starts and the Fourth Wednesday of the month is the half way point.   So yes we are at the half way point!  You have 2 weeks left to join us!! 
The stitched scallop border is from Pretty Pink Posh and available at Serendipity.  The wood sequins are from Serendipity and don't you think that smile word die is too cute smiling back at you?  I thought it would be fun to layer it over the scallop circle so they look like teeth!   Is that just silly or what?
I hope you'll join us at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog - Remember it's anything goes - so sky's the limit!  

Finished Size 4.5 x 6.25"
Stamps:  Serendipity Stamps Large Veggie Basket
Dies:  Serendipity Stamps Smile, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders, Spellbinder Petite Ovals, Petite scalloped Ovals, Paper Smooches Flag Tags
Twinery Maraschino Twine
Sequins - Serendipity Stamps
Pattern Paper;  October Afternoon Daily Flash
Ink:  Copic, Memento

Monday, August 24, 2015

Seize the Birthday!
Anything That Flies!

Trying to get in a few last minute challenges.  This one is for Seize The Birthday.  They're looking for Anything that Flies on a Birthday Card!  I love this negative balloon die from Serendipity Stamps.
The background is a sheet of water color paper that I created using a smooshing technique.  I've taken a few classes on Craftsy and am trying some of the different techniques I've seen there.   I topped the watercolor paper with a die cut piece of card stock, stamped the sentiment and that's all she wrote!  
 I love all the bright bold color peeking through.  And the hardest part?  Waiting for it to dry!   No patience here!  And seriously a miracle that I didn't set something on it while it was drying.  My craft space looks like a tornado went through lately!
 If you want to play along at Seize the Birthday you better hurry!!   Have  a great day!!

Finished Size:  4.25 x 5.5"
Die:  Serendipity Stamps Hot Air Balloons Reverse Die
Stamp:  Serendipity Stamps "Let Your Dreams Soar"