Monday, January 23, 2017

Love You a Ton- CAS(E) This Sketch

Hello again! I have a card to share that I made a couple of days ago for my youngest son's birthday. I started with the current sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch:

I started with a 3x4 card from the Bella Blvd. Tiny Tots collection. I matted it on the dark blue paper. Then I took painter's tape and masked off the edges of my card. I used Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and a combination of Forest Moss and Mowed Lawn Distress inks to blend in from the edge. I used foam to attach the sentiment and then glued a couple of googly eyes onto the elephant for a little extra fun.

52 Week Photography Challenge- Drink

Happy Monday! I'm back with my photo for the From Moments to Memories 52 Week Photo Challenge!  This prompt was definitely more of a challenge for me. I drink mostly water, which is not very interesting... I also drink tea, so that is what I ended up working with for my shot this week. I made some Irish Breakfast tea and then poured a bit of cashew milk into it before snapping this photo.

It looks like next week's prompt is "self portrait," that should be another challenging one!

Monday, January 16, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Winter

Hello! I hope you are all staying warm! We are in the middle of a freezing rain/snow storm, which is appropriate, since the prompt this week for the 52 Week Photography Challenge was "winter." My kids have been loving playing in the snow, and that is what I captured in my image this week. 
I wasn't totally thrilled with this photo when I took it, but a few tweaks in Photoshop to brighten it and I am pretty happy with it! It was taken in late afternoon, so the sun in behind and off to the left of my daughter.

In case you are interested in looking ahead, like I am, here is the list of prompts for the year:

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rejoice- Baptism Card

Hello again! I am back tonight with a baptism card for our goddaughter who is being baptized tomorrow. 

I took inspiration from a couple of places for this card. First was the inspiration photo from The Card Concept:

My second source of inspiration was from the CAS-ual Fridays blog as their current challenge was to use gold.

I started with a white card base and added gold polka dot transparency to the background. Then I stamped my image and sentiment on some white vellum. I colored on the back of the image to soften the color. I finished off the card front with some pearls.

Always Creating

Hello! I had a little time to create this week and was able to create this layout for my daughter's book. She is my little artist, always working on a project and has been since she was little (she was 2 1/2 to 3-years-old in these photos). 

I was inspired by one of the challenges this month at Lasting Memories. They are doing a stash buster theme and their week 1 challenge was punches. I decided to pull out my around the page border punch for this layout. I have used this punch for cards, but I don't think I've ever used it on a layout! I used another border punch for the center strip and a scalloped circle punch for an embellishment. For my journaling and title, I stamped and heat embossed some lines on some vellum and finished the journaling with my title. 

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper- October Afternoon, Echo Park
Punches- EK Success, Martha Stewart Crafts, Marvy
Stickers- Echo Park
Enamel hearts- October Afternoon
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Pens- Sharpie
Software- Sure Cuts A Lot
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Font- Crayon
Ink- EK Success, Tattered Angels, Ranger, Stampin Up
Embossing Powder- Stampendous
Stamp- Stampin Up

Monday, January 9, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- New Beginnings

Hello! It's been a while since I have participated in a photography challenge, and I have been itching to get back into it, so I was super excited when fellow photographer, blogger and Minnesotan Sheila decided to host a year long challenge on her blog! Each week there is a prompt and we just have to get out there and shoot something!

This week the prompt was "New Beginnings." I wasn't really sure what to do with this, but I cleaned my floors last week (no, it doesn't happen weekly...) and I just love how clean and fresh they look when they are just scrubbed. The light and shadows for the windows were kind of interesting too. Clean floors represent a new beginning to me because we get to start over making them dirty! ;) I also found a daily cleaning schedule on another blog that I am hoping to follow to some extent to bring some regularity to my cleaning, so there's another connection.

My youngest turned 4 this week as well. Birthdays are a new beginning too, so here he is on my clean floor!
If you are interested in learning more about the challenge and/or joining in, you can find the details here.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Coming Soon- Baby Shower card

Hello again! I am back today to share a card I made last week for a baby shower I went to over the weekend. 

I used my Cricut and the New Arrival cartridge for my card. I used the card option and then colored the silhouette in using a variety of pens and markers. I then backed the panel with some patterned paper. I cut the sentiment using the All Mixed Up cartridge. To draw attention to the cute stork and baby, I used Liquid Pearls to make dots around the window. I was going to be done with the card there, but when we were signing the card, something got on the front of the card, so I punched the star from the same paper as I used for the sentiment and popped that up over the spot. :) Opportunity to be creative, right?

 I am entering this in the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge this week which was all about "new". I used the "New Arrival" cartridge for this card and it is for a baby and it doesn't get much newer than that!