Sunday, September 11, 2011

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards I created over the weekend when my husband was hunting.

"Christmas Cutie"
"Snowfriends""Where's Rudolph?""Christmas Sparkles""Winter Snowflakes""Swirled Tree""Holiday Pines"

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Kristin Hannah, As Good As I Hoped For...

Over the past month I have treated myself to several books. I have really enjoyed reading a couple different authors and thought I would share one of them with you!

Kristin Hannah is an author I have wanted to read for a long time and finally got my hands on one of her books and could not put it down.

True Colors is based in Ocean Shores Washington and the plot develops around the dynamics of sisters. The oldest, Winona, is heavier, smart and successful. The middle sister, Aurora, is the peacemaker, married and living "the dream" and the youngest sister, Vivi Ann, is the pretty, daddy's little girl. She can do no wrong. Until an Indian joins their horse ranch and Vivi Ann falls in love breaking an engagement to a successful, home town, vet. The story includes, arguments, tender moments between sisters, and a disagreement that tests the sisterly bond. A very interesting plot and ending that kept me turning the pages.
Winter Garden, also written by Hannah, explores the relationship between mother and daughters. Anya, the mother is devastated by her husbands death and dying wish to tell the entirety of a fairy tale the girls heard when they were younger. As the girls grew up they lacked the bond daughters and mothers should have. Once their father dies, they promise to get to know their mother more. Nina is a world traveler, never settling down and is not always there for her sister Meredith. Meredith stayed at home, helped on the apple orchard and cared for her parents. The book follows the fairy tale Anya tells her girls as they learn more and more about her mother's past.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Color Dare combined with Inkspirations

Oh so much fun was had while creating this card. I love the colors from "The Color Dare" and the sketch from Inkspirations was so fun!

This sketch combined with Pear Pizzazz, Elegant Eggplant, Blushing Bride and Soft Suede created...

This card!!I used a retired set called Friendship Blossoms, but it was so pretty I thought it would work great with the sketch. I added a few punches and the Big Shot and in no time I had a great card to send to a friend.

Play along with the sketch or the color combination. I would love to see what you came up with!

A La Monkey Challenge

I cannot believe it has been over a week since I posted something. I have been creating and having a lot of fun in my craft room, just not finding the time to post.

This morning I was inspired by a couple challenges and wanted to share what I came up with. First was the A La Monkey challenge. I loved the simplicity of the sketch and that I could do whatever I wanted for theme and color. Here is my card!

The Fox and Friends stamp set is one of my favorites! I knew I wanted to use it but not sure how! While looking through my DSP I saw this and knew it would look great with the circles for the whale. Using Pacific Point (my new favorite color) and Old Olive, I think the colors worked great and the card is a fun one for a child's birthday!

If you are interested in playing along, click here!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

JAI 70 - Round Sketch

Just Add Ink had a challenge this week I am really excited to participate in. It is a round card. I have had my large circle scallop die for a long time and this was the perfect spot to test it out. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I also love the color combination. Pink and brown look great together!

Here is my round card...
I added a brad to spin the top around to see the inside. I did this because I wanted to try something different then lifting up and down. It was a fun change.
I used the Simply Said stamp set from Stampin Up. Sadly I believe it is being discountinued, but I will keep the set and continue to use it!

Click here to play in the challenge!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

PPA96 Color Challenge

I have followed Mary Fish for a long time. She has amazing ideas, inspiration and helpful hints. Each week she does a color challenge and I decided to play along.

This week the challenge is to use More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy. However as an added twist it needed to be a masculine card. Male cards are not the easiest for me. I like cute, flowery, soft, etc. But I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and participate. This is what I came up with...
I started with the Coast to Coast stamp set and sponged the blue and more mustard. Then I used blender pens and the cherry cobbler to color in the lighthouse.

After finishing the coloring and sponging, I really did not like the straight edges so I tore them to increase the texture of the card.

Finally I layered the colors onto a sponged piece of white cardstock, added a sentiment and that's it. Simple, but I think it is effective in colors and masculinity.

If you feel a crafty spark, head over to Paper Pals and play along.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

SPCC #102 - Yep Another Challenge

Ok...I am loving the crafty spark I am having while exploring the blog world. After the kids went to bed, I headed up to my stamp room to create another card.

Here is the color challenge...Isn't that a beautiful combination!!This is the card I made.
I began with the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set (retired from Stampin Up). Once I had the flowers made I wanted to add some kind of layering. I do not have the river rock stamp pad or pen so I could only incorporate the color with paper...thus layering.

The layered scallop punch was to create some dimension to the layering. I love the color combination and plan to make a few more of these to have on hand.

Head over to Scrappers Paradise Color Combinations to play along.