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.

Color Dare Challenge

While blog surfing I discovered The Color Dare and I loved the color combination for the challenge. I am so excited to be participating in a second challenge!!

As soon as I saw Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz and Vanilla I thought of my Build A Bear Dies. I got them a while ago and have been really excited to use them. This was the perfect opportunity!
I started with the chocolate chip to make the bear, then did the skirt, jacket and purse with the tempting turquoise. The purse and flower were from the berry girl add on. Vanilla shirt and it was a complete outfit. (I would love some suggestions or input on her eyes. I did not like making them lighter, but I feel like they are hidden in her face. Suggestions?)

I tried to use the Pear Pizzazz for her shoes and purse, but just did not like the combination so I went for a flower. I love the bird punch with the leaves. I use it all the time. After adding a rhinestone and a little hello, the card was close to being done.

One I put it all together on the vanilla background it seemed very stark so I grabbed my Big Shot once again to add some subtle texture. Overall I really like how it turned out.

If you like the color combination and want to play along head over to The Color Dare and enter! Can't wait to see what you have come up with!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A La Monkey Challenge


So excited to be posting my first challenge!! Hope to get some feedback on my card from new people. Thanks to A La Card Monkey for the inspiration to go craft!!!

This card was made with my dad in mind. He helps me out so much with many different projects, ideas and hugs. Love him lots.

I used "Totally Tool" from Stampin Up and the paper is from the local scrapbook store. I love the red, actually "Cranberry Crisp" retired paper from Stampin Up.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Here We Go!

Hello and welcome! I have decided to do a second blog because I have so many interests I would like to talk about, challenges I want to play along with and organization to show the world, however I do not think my in-laws and parents want to see all of that. So this was my solution. They can visit Caldwell Cuties to see what the grand kids are up to and this is where I can be creative.

Some things I hope to post are cards I have made, fun girl things I am doing, book reviews, challenges, garage sale fines, bargains and finally organization. I am not so good at this organization thing, but when I do get inspiration or a good idea, I would love to show the world.

To begin my creative blogging I want to start with some cards I made this weekend. I have been obsessed with finding punch art on the computer. I have saved many, many pictures and over 100 pages of directions. I love to make the images as much as I thought I would. They are quick, easy and so adorable!! Here are the first cards made with punched art images...drum roll!! :)


Isn't this little frog the cutest little guy you have ever seen? I found him online and do not remember who I cased it from. If you see it and it is yours please let me know. The happy birthday is actually stamped on the inside of the card and then I punched the shape to expose the wording.
Little frog again! I could not get her to turn correctly for the life of me, so you are going to have to turn your head. They are adorable it is worth the extra effort!. I thought it would be fun to use him with a more feminine card. Love the dots for the background of the first one and then the frog surrounded by flowers is super cute. The little flowers are just a bit to add to the "girliness" of the card. (Yep I even make up words! This is going to be fun!)Finally I made this tractor. It reminds me of my son Kenneth. He LOVES tractors, well anything that has a motor! I am not super crazy about the tree in the background, but for now that is where the tractor is going to live.
Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your holiday weekend!