Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge

Popping in today with a card I made for the Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge for August!

I started with some pretty Amy Tangerine Papers from the Better Together pad... picked this one up at the brick & mortar shop owned by Kim from Paper Smooches and her husband.  It's an awesome Paint & Wine that includes an adorable shop with some crafty items (including Paper Smooches stamps and dies) and lots of too cute gifty type items... you know... one for me... one for them...lol!  You can find more info about this awesome place to shop and create on the website!

Love the adorable Roadrunner from the Baby Birds stamp set!!  I've been wanting to ink him up for a while!  Super adorable!

And he's perfect perched up on top of these sweet vases/pots filled with sweet plants and flowers from the Garden Greetings set... LOVE these pretty "sentiments"!!  And that pretty Frame 1 die was the exact backdrop I needed.. love the stitching on that one!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check out this challenge over at Paper Smooches!  You need to use at least one Paper Smooches product and you could win some free stuff!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Paper Sweeties August New Product Sneak Peeks!

Welcome to August New Product sneak peeks over at Paper Sweeties!  We're sharing products with the new Congrats stamp and sweet cuts sets being released ... you can get them tomorrow!

I used some more of that cute and fun tropical Doodlebugs paper to create this retirement card!  

I knew the Island Time stamps and dies would be perfect for this one!  Can you tell I've been feeling a bit like summer lately?  I used the Tree of Life sweet cuts for my sand and those puffy stickers from Crate Paper... I cut the tops off of the pineapples and made them into fun tropical drink glasses!  For my straws I just cut a little strip of fun paper, stuck it in the glass and added a little liquid glass.

This congrats die!!!  LOVE!  I cut it once from some fun Fiesta papers and three more times and stacked them together so my sentiment would pop up a bit... the rest of my sentiment is from the Congrats Sentiment Stamp Set... you're gonna love this set!  I heat embossed it in white on a banner from the Sweet Borders sweet cuts... I think it's just right!

Thanks for stopping!  Be sure to see what everyone has made for you today and come back tomorrow for the Release Party!

Nancy Salkeld

And don't forget August is Paper Sweeties Birthday!  Play along with this special challenge for a chance to win $100 to the Paper Sweeties shop!

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Birthdays and Not Making a Big Deal!

Happy Birthday Month to Me!  Along with many of my friends!  I'm sharing with you today a little something I whipped up for a birthday for a male co-worker!  He loves hot sauce... specifically Cholula which happens to be my favorite too.  We were arguing a couple days ago because he didn't want me to make a "big deal" out of his birthday.  TBH, I was just planning on buying him a bottle of the beautiful sunset colored sauce, but it was like he was challenging me!  SO, another friend had given me this TINY bottle of Tabasco sauce because they knew I'd appreciate it... so dang cute!  Lucky I had the It's Fiesta Time stamp set from Hero Arts and it had this adorable Hot Sauce bottle on it and the perfect sentiment!  I decided to make a tiny card to go with it.  This one measures 2" x 1 1/2"...lol... and I wrote on the inside "Happy Birthday!... you asked me not to make a big deal... so I made a little tiny deal"... hahaha!  Of course, then I bought a couple bigger bottles of the good stuff (aka Cholula) and when he walked away from his desk I left these cuties in front of his keyboard and kind of "hid" the other two on his desk... I mean... they weren't hidden.. anyone with eyes could easily see them peeking from their spots!

Just to give you an idea of how little these truly are... I took a pic with my morning coffee cup (don't get me wrong... it's a two cupper... but they're still TINY)!

So when he got back to his desk he IM'd me and thanked me and we laughed.  He wondered where I'd found that tiny card... (seriously??)...men!  Anyway, hours later he IM'd me again and wanted to know when I put the Cholula on his desk...lololol!  That was the payoff... he hadn't seen them like I thought he had right away... "can't find the ketchup"... right?  I repeat... men!

SO!  I'm linking this one up to the A2Z Scrapbooking August Challenge which is Anything Goes!  I don't think there is a size requirement...lol!

Thanks for stopping!  Come back soon... today's my actual Birth Day so I'm celebrating the only way I know how... sweats, coffee, crafts, and my pups... and later Mexican and Margaritas.  And Happy Day to all of my Leo sisters out there!  Your cards WILL be late... but you knew that!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Caffeine Fueled Paper Play - Paper Sweeties!

Today I'm up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog and playing along with a special challenge over at Paper Sweeties that has a $100 prize!!  Hope you'll hop on over and check it out!  Here's a sneaky peek!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Cutting Cafe Inspiration-You're My Type!

Welcome to some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  This time around we're playing with the adorable Typewriter Shaped Card!  Love this file that comes with the shaped card cutting files as well as some cute sentiments in PDF and JPG form!  Give it any theme you want and make it your own!

I LOVE this typewriter because in my youth I spent many hours in front of a typewriter .. my first job transcribing for a lawyer... paid by the page and my fingers flew across these keys to get in as many as I could in an hour.  You don't come across these often and I'd love to pick up an old one to have (where?) in my craft room to type sentiments here and there.  Maybe even a whole letter!!!  (What even is that??)  Anyway, sweet memories.

IDK... I was beginning to think I might be ready for some Fall colors, however lately in my craft room it's been pretty bright and tropical...lol!  These Doodlebug papers were perfect along with some puffy stickers I came across from Crate Paper.  Just a simple note so I can send this anytime just to say Hello!  And I had those leftover leaves from another project and some pretty paper flowers from my stash.

Those sweet little hearts are in the cutting file and I just added a few more of the puffy stickers and hand wrote my hello letters on the keyboard (yes, I know they're not where they are supposed to be..lol!... artistic license...lol!)

I'm playing along with Word Art Wednesday Challenge 346-347 which is Anything Goes!

Hope you enjoyed your visit and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog and check out what everyone has created for you!  There are LOTS of beautiful projects!  And comment on the main blog post for your chance to win three files of your choice!

Come back again soon!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Kat Scrappiness August Challenge-Critters and Coffee!

Well, of course when I found out that Kat Scrappiness was having a challenge this month of Coffee and Critters - my two most favorite things - I knew I had to play along!  I started with one of my favorite die sets, the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies from the shop and some cute Doodlebug Pineapple paper! I love these dies when I want a simple background with just the little bit of character the stitching gives them.  They are just the right sizes for all kinds of projects!

I knew right away I'd be using this awesome Layered Coffee Cup Die from the KS shop!  It was a lot of fun to use them along with this pretty upcycled Coffee Cozy I picked up on my recent trip ... our hotel had the coolest coffee cozies!  And this one had some pretty tropical flair so it was just right!

I picked up this adorable owl from Technique Tuesday and was excited to use her here!  Loved that she had a crown of flowers on... probably placed on her head and she exited the airplane on her way to her tropical vacation!  And those beautiful Hibiscus dies from Newton's Nook... got those a while ago also and was excited to use them with some watercolored paper from my stash.

When I was deciding on a sentiment, I finally landed on this simple die cut one from Stamplorations.  I love making my sentiments so that the card will be the most flexible to send for any occasion!

And here's your inspiration photo!

Hope you'll play along with this fun challenge!  I'm also playing along over at Double Trouble challenges where the theme is Summer  and they're teaming up with Heartful Stamping Challenge's Dog Days of Summer as well so I'm linking up there too!  And can't forget the Outlawz Twisted Thursday where the twist is Travel/Vacation!  You should definitely check these two out as well!

Time to get ready for work and out the door!  Please do come back tomorrow for some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  Thanks for stopping!

Friday, August 3, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #205 Inspiration - Stamp A Pattern!

Welcome to a new CAS-ual Fridays Friday Challenge!  This time around, we're challenging you to Stamp A Pattern!  And here's what I've come up with:

I had a lot of fun creating this background with the Celebrate stamp set.  I used my Misti to be sure I didn't get too far off track and kept my Happy lines straight...lol!  I have a tendency to give a slope to almost anything I try to eyeball.  I have to straighten every photo I take... I think my head might be on crooked...lol!

I used some CTMH inks in the colors I wanted.  I stamped all of the Happy words first to make sure I had them a fairly equal distance apart and then turned to the cute little "jacks" stamps and stamped them in between, alternating my Pear and Lagoon colors by line.  Then I took two Copic markers in colors that were close (YG03 and BG10 mayber?) and just dragged the brush end across in between the word lines.  I purposely tried to vary my widths and make it look hand drawn (not like I'd be able to make a perfect line anyway... but perfectly imperfect.. yeah... that's my deal).  Still feeling it needed a little something, I alternated some Nuvo drops in white and green.  I LOVE the way it turned out!

Then to finish it off, I used the Bubble Box Fri-dies for my sentiment square and stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white the B-Day from the Celebrate stamp set.  I LOVE those cute Jacks Fri-dies that go perfectly with this set as embellishments!  I cut them from some Lawn Fawn plaid paper that matched perfectly and also happened to have this beautiful Lawn Fawn twine that seemed to be made for this card!

I'm playing along with a challenge over at Color My Heart Color Dare!  It's a Tic Tac Toe challenge and I've used the first vertical row on the left plus the green!  The graphic is below!

Hope I've inspired you!  What are you playing for? 10 winning entries will be highlighted on the CAS-ual Fridays Blog the Thursday before a new challenge goes live!  We call it the Happy Hour!  In addition a $25 gift certificate goes to the overall winner.  AND if the chosen winner uses CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus for the card, the gift certificate increases to $50!

So what are you waiting for!  Nothing to lose and $25 to $50 of awesome stuff to gain!  Hope to see you over there

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to checkout this challenge... I can't wait to see what you create!  And don't forget to check out the inspiration from the team!  Some pretty awesome stuff going on there!