Sunday, October 25, 2015

PTI - October Blog Hop Challenge

I was so glad this blog hop was on a Sunday.  It seems to be the only time I get to stamp anymore.  I had a few more cards to do today, but finished my card for PTI before 11:30pm!  Here's the inspiration picture.  I decided just to use Red & Green as my inspiration and here's what I came up with.  I love the Holiday Plaid papers and used one of the plaids as the base of my card.  I then pulled out my new stamps from PTI this month and went to work.  I stamped the snowflakes (Quilted Winter) in both Pure Poppy and New Leaf inks and put together the base of my card, with a strip of SU's Real Red cs and a strip of Silver paper from Ranger.  I then stamped the ornaments (Wet Paint Holiday Tags) in both Pure Poppy and New Leaf inks and die cut them out.  I attached a silver bow and strung them together and pop dotted them to the card base.  IRL the way this card turned out.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out PTI's October blog hop here

Sunday, October 11, 2015

My first Christmas card...

 OMGosh!!!  I fell in love with My Favorite Things' Santa's Elves the minute I saw them and had to order them as soon as they became available on their website!  I am so happy I did.  My first inspiration for this card was for Stamp Nation's WCMD2015 for their Scotland challenge (using plaid).  My second inspiration was for Happy Little Stamper's October CAS Challenge Paper Piecing.  Isn't this elf so cute????  I paper piece the present, hat and his jacket from a piece of plaid paper from Stampin' Up's Trim the Tree 4x6 paper pack and colored him with Copics (C5, T7, W8, RV00 and 0) and Wink of Stella in Clear and White inks.  I finished him off with a couple of black gems for his buttons on his coat.  I popped him up on a piece of SU's Garden Green cs, which is mounted on a piece of Gina K's White Luxury cs.  I added a piece of plaid paper on the bottom of the card and added Christmas Joy from Tim Holtz's Sizzix's Holiday Words Script die cut set.  I'm entering this card into HLS October CAS Challenge, and Simon Wednesday Challenge.  I hope this card is clean and simple enough for both challenges.

A bit of Switzerland & Al's Birthday

I'm still working on challenges from Stamp Nation for their World Card Making Day from last weekend.  This card is for Switzerland.  Edelweiss is a flower native to Switzerland and the focus for the challenge.  While I couldn't really think of a flower stamp that would pass for Edelweiss, I thought these two snowflakes from Clearly Besotted's Ornamental Style stamp set would work.  I colored the center with Tim Holtz's Mustard Seed Distress Maker after I stamped the snowflake with Hero Art's Unicorn White ink and then embossed with white embossing powder.  The wreath was stamped with two stamps from Judith (no names or numbers on the stick stamps) on a piece of Stampin' Up's Crumb Cake cs.  I finished the card off with WPlus9 Hello die cut.

This is the card I made for Al's birthday this past week.  He thought the bird looks like a crotchety old bird.  Well, to be honest...I wanted to stamp that said "Happy Bird-day to an old bird", but of course, I don't have one.  I thought about writing it, too, but, I don't think my handwriting is that good, so I decided to use Wish Big, from PTI's Stylish Sentiments Birthday Stamp Set (which is one of my favorite sets, ever!) in Tuxedo Black ink.  The bird is from Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy set that I think almost everyone has bought.  I water colored the bird with SU's inks in Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango for his beak.  I stamped the gingham from PTI's Background Basics: Super Gingham Stamp Set in SU's Real Red ink.  I added a few sequins to finish the card off.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I love it when you do!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

World Card Making Day (Weekend)

Hi everyone,
I didn't have a chance to stamp yesterday as I went up to see Mom and Dad for the day, so I did a few cards today in honor of World Card Making Day!

I decided to use a couple of stamp sets that I've had for awhile (one for over a year) that are NBUS.

I recently joined StampNation and decided to partake their World Card Making Day and participated, so far, in their first two challenges.

This card represents the USA.  I used PTI's Make It Market: County Fair stamp set and made a bandanna type pattern using Hero Art's Unicorn White ink, which I embossed with white embossing powder and I also used SU's Night of Navy ink, too, to complete the pattern and to stamp the Happy Birthday from SSS Big Scripty Greetings.  I added more to the pattern then I originally intended to, because I had a few oopies I had to cover up.  I also added dots with my white gel pen.  I sponged the white card stock with TH's Distress Ink Barn Door and attached to a piece of SU's Night of Navy card stock.  I really like the way it turned out.

This card represents Canada.  I made a plaid pattern from PTI's Plaid Builder stamp set in SU's Real Red, Night of Navy, Garden Green and Daffodil Delight inks.  I die cut out the Maple leaf in SU's Real Red card stock from SU's Leaflets Framelit dies and cut out sending (SSS) from SU's Night of Navy card stock and stamped the words birthday wishes from SU's Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  I popped up the maple leaf and attached the card front to a piece of green card stock, which I bought at a local scrapbook store.  I worked on this card for awhile.  I had the colors to work with and tried to work with stripes first and I just couldn't figure out the rest of the card.  My hubby came through with the idea of making a plaid out of the colors.  Yes, he does help me sometimes when I just can't get a card to work.  I'm always glad to be able to bounce ideas off him and friends from time to time.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.  I am adding the bandanna card to Simon Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Floral Hello

This week's Simon Wednesday Challenge is right down my alley as I love to make my own patterned paper with stamps and inks.  I, also, got to play with my Stamp of Approval kit from Catherine Pooler, too!

I used a couple of pieces of watercolor paper to make my patterned paper this week.  I love that each one turned out differently, using the same technique and ink colors.  On the first card, I used Walter & Winne's In Bloom: Eve's Favorite Flowers with Versa Mark ink and embossed each with Ranger's clear embossing powder.  I then took the solid flower stamps from the same set and inked them up with Stampin' Up's Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry, Real Red and Tangerine Tango inks.  I then spritzed the flowers with water and let the ink and water do their magic.  I die cut out the word Friend, from Cas-ual Fridays.

The only difference with the second card is I used Hero Arts Unicorn White ink and WOW! Silver Pearl embossing powder.  I added the die cut Hello, from Simon Says Stamp. 

I finished both cards off with pearl embellishments and mounted the patterned paper to Gina K's Pure Luxury White card stock and pop dotted the words hello and friend on each card.

I'm entering this card in both Simon Monday and Simon Wednesday challenges. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Create with PTI

Hi everyone,
This card is for PTI's Create with Us.  I fell in love with Amy Sheffer's nativity card.  I love the simplicity of it and the sentiment was perfect.  Here's my take on her card.  I changed it to a fall inspired card.  I used the house from PTI's Winter Hills and colored it with Copics (b41, c5, y02 and e43).  The trees are from PTI's City Scene, as are the leaves.  I used SU's Raspberry Ripple, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Crushed Curry inks.  I sponged SU's Crumb Cake after Masking half the card.  I die cut out happy from PTI's Wet Paint die cuts (stacked 4 times) and punched out the small oval and stamped the word fall from PTI's Wreath for all Seasons in Pumpkin Pie ink, which I popped up with a pop dot.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Having fun with SSS

Hi everyone,
It's been hard getting back into the swing of stamping after Nick's wedding, but it's getting there.

I love the month of September, not only because it's our wedding anniversary month, but also because it bring the best season of the year!  I love fall in Michigan.  The fall colors just make me so happy.  Every year they are just a bit different.  Last year, the yellows and oranges were so vivid.  We'll see what this year's colors bring.  Last, but not last, it also bring STAMPtember from Simon Says Stamp.  This year's collection has been amazing so far.  I haven't had a chance to play with all the stamps and dies I've bought so far, but here's a couple of cards I did make with Drifting Stitched Circles and Leaves background stamp.  I used Tim Holtz's watercolor paper and inked up the Leaves background stamp with TH distress inks in Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral and Spiced Maralade, which I misted with water before putting down the watercolor paper.  I then used the Drifting Stitched Circles dies down the side and added a few circles of Stampin' Up's Summer Sun card stock.  I attached the leaves panel to a piece of SU's Bermuda Bay card stock and Summer Sun card stock.  The happy birthday is stamped in SU's Bermuda Bay and the stamp is from SSS's Circle Sayings that I cut.  I am entering this card in Simon Wednesday and Monday Challenges and also in Darnell's NBUS challenge #5.

This card also uses SSS's Drifting Stitched Circles die and some very pretty designer paper from Penny Black called Painted Blooms.  I love buying patterned paper because it's so pretty, but after I get it home it just sits there because I don't know what to do with it.  I know there are others in the same boat with me.  I was so happy that PaperTrey Ink had Betsy Veldman do a video during their Stampafaire on Mix and Matching Patterned Paper.  Betsy does an excellent job explaining how to use Patterned paper together on a card.  I was so geeked.  I pulled out all my patterned paper and started putting different patterns together.  I loved how this card just came together so easily.  I finished the card off using lots and lots of sequins and the SSS's Smile Circle die.  I just cut the word out from the circle.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Another wedding weekend

Great friends of ours youngest daughter got married this weekend.  So off we went to southern Michigan and northern Ohio for the wedding and reception.  Of course I had to make a card for Maggie and Justin. PaperTrey Ink sent their Design Tips Newsletter email last Friday and it was a card made by Melissa Phillips.  I fell in love with the card and decided to try and CASE it.  I didn't have the die cut she used, so I used one by Memory Box called Fresh Foliage.  I also didn't have any cardboard, so I used the closest color of green I had to Kelly Green, her wedding color.  I cut out the leaves from SU's Glorious Green cardstock and a piece of vellum, which I embossed with Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing enamel, as I didn't have the green embossing enamel either.  The card itself is cut to Melissa's famous size (Gladstone).  I inked up Hero Arts Flower Symbol background stamp in SU's Glorious Green ink.  I placed a piece of vellum over that and made a border out of PaperTrey Ink's Background Basics: Super Gingham also with SU's Glorious Green ink.  I finished the card off with a double bow made out of seam binding and added two green paper flowers and one white paper flower and some green baker's twine.  I don't know where the flowers or the baker's twine came from, sorry!  The sentiment at the bottom is from Stampin' Up, but I couldn't find the stamp set it came from, either.

I was asked to make a wedding card for our church choir director.  Her colors were turquoise, pink and a touch of gold.  I used PTI's Make It Market Mini: Garden Gild set.  I decided to water color the backgound on a acrylic block.  After making the background, I noticed when I put the ink on the acrylic block, I did so, on the engraved side of the lined block, so you can see the squares on my background.  I almost threw it away, thinking I messed up.  But I let it dry and decided I really liked how it looked.  I inked up SU's French Script in Delicata Godlen Glitz ink and wiped off the ink in some spots before I stamped it on the water colored background panel.  I die cut out the coverplate with white cardstock, which I laid over the background. I used the heart die cut from PTI's Make It Market Kit: Shakers & Sprinkles, which I cut out a piece of water color paper that I water colored with Tempting Turquiose ink and another piece of watercolor paper, which was water colored in SU's Pretty in Pink ink.  I inked up wishing you Love for a life time from PTI's Garden Gild stamp set in Delicata Golden Glitz ink.  I finished the card off with some flowers and leaves die cut from PTI's Garden Gild dies from the scraps of the Tempting Turquoise water colored paper after cutting out the heart and a few gold dots from Hero Arts.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do!!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nick & Danielle's Wedding

What a great week we had.  Al and I took the week off as we had errands to do to get ready for family & friends coming in for the wedding.  We did get up to Traverse City on Tuesday to get some wine and hard cider for the rehearsal dinner.  Our daughter Sarah and her boyfriend Paul flew in from NYC on Wednesday afternoon.  Our future daughter-in-law Danielle drove over from WI on Wednesday, too.  Our house is filling back up again!  Our son, Nick, came in on Thursday with three of his buddies.  We had an awesome family-friends dinner on Thursday night and a great breakfast on Friday morning.  Al loves to cook for a crowd.

Rehearsal and dinner went very well Friday night and we had enjoyable evening again with family and friends.  Saturday morning was quiet until about 10am and then all the festivities started.  Danielle and Nick didn't want to see each other before the ceremony, but we did get some pictures of the bride and bridesmaids before the wedding and the same with the groomsmen, too.  The wedding was beautiful and my son had a

permanent smile on his face through the whole ceremony and the entire day!  He did tear up saying his vows and Danielle looked absolutely radiant!  It was a beautiful, sunny day, but just a tad hot and humid.  The wedding party drove around downtown to take more pictures before heading to the art museum for the reception.  I didn't have my phone with me at the reception as I didn't have a pocket to keep it in.  It was beautiful!  I can't wait to see the professional pictures the photographer took!  They are now off enjoying our MI weather by camping in the Upper Peninsula. 

Here's the wedding invitation, their program and the card I made for them on their wedding day.

Sunday, August 2, 2015


I feel like I'm on a role now...3 posts in less than a week.  Unheard!

Here's another birthday card.  This is for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge #353.  The colors this week were purple, yellow and green.

I pulled out my favorite stamp set that I love to color, PTI's Doodlie-Do.  I stamped the masked  flowers and the leaves in Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with some Copics (G14, G82, Y13 and V17) on a piece of Gina K's Pure White Luxury card stock, which is mounted on a piece of SU's Elegant Eggplant card stock.  I also die cut out the word Smile from SSS and used SU's Elegant Eggplant ink for it's your birthday from PTI's Wet Paint III.

Thanks for stopping by, I love it when you do!

Edited to add:  I'm also linking this post to Happy Little Stampers - August Challenge - Masking.  Thanks Marcia for the heads up!

Friday, July 31, 2015

MIM's #219 - Kissing Technique

Hi again,
Wow, I had time for two posts this week.  I had one more birthday card to make.  This card is for my future daughter-in-law's mother.  Sharon is such a sweet lady and it's been fun getting to know her over the past year, as we help Nick and Danielle prepare for their wedding (only 16 more days!).

I haven't had a chance to participate in a MIM challenge for awhile and Lizzie Jones showed us the "Kissing Technique" this week.  I haven't done this technique in a long time, so I thought I would on Sharon's card.  I really love how this card turned out.  It wasn't how I envisioned it in my head, though.  Lizzie suggested using a large solid images, and the PTI's Beautiful Butterflies set popped right into my head.  I also used the Ombre Builders set, too.  I loved Lizzie's card, so I CASED her card with a few minor changes.

I don't have a lot of PTI's ink colors.  I tried to use the ones I do have, but they were too juicy and didn't work well.  I ended up using SU's Certain Celery and Lavender Lace inks.  I loved how the circles came out on the Lavender Lace butterflies, but you can't see the triangles very well on the Certain Celery butterflies.

I finished off my card by die cutting Birthday from PTI's Swoosh die cutting set, and stamping birthday, from PTI's Swoosh stamp set, in white and heat embossing it in white, too, on an angle and placing the card back together again on a piece of Certain Celery card stock.  I added a few purple flower sequins from Simon Says Stamps to finish off the card. I am also entering this card into the Simon Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes, too.

Happy Birthday, Sharon.  I'm looking forward to giving you your birthday hug in a few weeks and sharing a few happy tears as we watch our children start a new chapter of their lives together!

I'm getting so excited for August 15!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Just a few birthdays...

Hi everyone,
I have a few cards I've made over the last week to share.  We celebrated my mom's 77th birthday and my brother-in-law's birthday this past Sunday at my sister, Kathy's new home, just off the river.  We had a great, hot day to celebrate on the water.  It was beautiful way to spend the day!

I recently watched a video, on Paper Smooches Educational Blog and Kalyn showed us how to watercolor and die cut from that water colored background.  It was an aha moment for me!  The way she demonstrated it was so easy and for the first time ever, I love how my water colored paper turned out.

I used Simon Says Butterfly Drift Craft Die for the first time (NBUS) and cut out the butterflies from my very pretty water colored background paper.  I then cut out the same butterflies in black and popped the water colored butterflies into the black outline to make them pop and added a pearl to each one for a bit of dimension.  I splattered yellow and orange water color on the Gina K Pure Luxury White card stock and stamped Happy from PTI's Wet Paint in SU's Tangerine Tango ink and Birthday, also from PTI's Wet Paint set in Tuxedo Black ink and mounted the card on a piece of SU's Tangerine Tango card stock.  My mom thought this card was awesome!

The second card is obviously a guy card for my brother-in-law.  Unfortunately he couldn't celebrate with us on Sunday, but my sister, Carla, delivered the card to him.

Almost everything on this card is from Stampin' Up.  The stamp sets are Moon Lake and Itty Bitty Banners.  The die cuts are Bitty Banners from SU and Simon Says' Shapes with stitches.

I inked up the image on a piece of watercolor paper with Tuxedo Black ink.  I used watercolor pencils to color the image.  I used SU's Mossy Meadow Card stock and ink for the happy birthday sentiment and also Gina K's Pure Luxury Ivory card stock.  I popped up the sentiment and put twine behind it, to finish off the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love it when you do. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

You are beautiful

RI just thought I would post a quick birthday card for a friend of mine.  Her birthday is today, but we had fun celebrating last night. This card is a CASE card from Maile Belles. I love the cut out panels she does. Here's a link to her card.   I basically used the same colors she did.  Only I made yellow my primary color and I decided not to pop it up either and added speckles in yellow, orange and black.   I also embossed over the butterfly with some sparkly embossing powder.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an awesome week. Only 27 days until the wedding!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

Hi everyone!  This weekend was a busy one with a wedding shower for my future daughter-in-law and spending today celebrating Father's Day with my hubby, my dad and most of the family at my parents' home.  The weather was rain!!

This is what my hubby would love to do every day, but right now it's just not possible.    When I saw this stamp, I knew it would be perfect for him!  This stamp isn't new in the Penny Black line, but it is new to me!

I used Stampin' Up's Real Red card stock as the base.  I stamped PB's Dropping You a Line in Tuxedo Black in on Gina K's Pure Luxury White card stock.  I water colored the image with SU's Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo and Smoky Slate inks.  I finished the card off with Happy Father's Day from PaperTrey Ink's Keep It Simple Father stamp set.  I did cut the stamp as is was a one line stamp and it didn't fit in the corner.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

So many cards and so little time!

Sorry it's been awhile since I last posted.  The wedding invitations are being sealed, addressed and stamped tomorrow for Monday's mail.  I will post it at a later date.  Oh my what an undertaking that project was.  I have been working over time and doing the invitations in my spare time.  Needless to say, my house cleaning has taken a back seat and that will be one of my projects for the coming week.  In the midst of overtime and making the wedding invitations, I still had to make a few cards for my sister's employees who had birthdays this month.  Here are the last two I've created. 

On this card, I used Stampin' Up's Crazy About You stamp set, Hello You Thinlits, Pear Pizzazz and Rose Red ink, Rose Red and Certain Celery card stock, as I didn't have any Pear Pizzazz card stock and Gina K's Pure Luxury White card stock.  The flowers are Fancy Blossoms die cut from Memory Box.  All the flowers and the word happy were embellished with clear Wink of Stella.  I just can't resist some shimmer!

I blocked off part of the card with micropore tape and stamped the leaves and glued down Happy in the white space, stamped birthday and added the flowers.  I finished the card off with pearl accents.

On card number two, I used SU's Bordering Blooms in Pool Party and Early Espresso inks on Gina K's Pure Luxury Ivory card stock and Pool Party card stock.  The Happy die cut is from PaperTrey Ink's Wet Paint Cuts and birthday is from Wet Paint Stamp Set.  I added SU's Beautiful Wings Embosslits to finish the card off as it needed just a little something more.   And because I love shimmer, I did add clear Wink of Stella to the blooms, the butterflies and the word happy. 

Thank you so much for stopping by.  The next two weekends, I have bridal showers to attend, but am hoping I'll be back to posting once a week until my next wedding project...the wedding program in mid to late July.  Only 62 days until the wedding and I still have to buy a dress!  I don't wear dresses very often, so yes, I am procrastinating!  Have a great week!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Some Penny Black to share today

I love Penny Black stamps and they have been coming out with some gorgeous stamps in the past year.  I thought I would share a couple of cards I've made about two weeks ago.  I CASED the card from a local stamp store, but changed the colors.  I used purple and black card stock from a local scrapbook store (that has since closed, so bummed!) and Gina K's pure luxury white card stock.  I stamped the flowers (PB's Flower Festival stamp set) in Tuxedo Black ink and used Copic Markers (RV25, V25, YG95, Y13 and Y08) to color them.  I thought the card needed a little bling, so I added yellow Wink of Stella over the yellow middles.  I stamped Happy Mother's Day from PTI's Keep It Simple: Mother Mini stamp set.  I did cut the stamp to put Happy above Mother's Day.  I used a piece of purple baker's twine and a pink button to finish off the card.

The second card is from PB's Pretty Petals stamp set.  I stamped the flowers with Tuxedo Black ink on Gina K's Pure Luxury White card stock and colored the flowers with Copic Markers (R23, YR68, Y13, V25 and RV25).  After coloring the flowers, I added glossy accents and set them aside to dry. Originally, the card was going to be CASED from Penny Black's pinterest board. The card I love has the flowers coming up from the bottom of the card, but when I check on them as they were drying, I notice a few were upside down, but that the flowers looked cool coming down from the top of the card and waa-laa, my card changed immediately!  I finished the card off with die cutting out Hugs (PTI's Big Hugs dies) in Stampin' Up's Tangelo Twist card stock  and added the sentiment from PTI's Big Hugs stamp set in Tuxedo Black ink and mounted the flowers to SU's Tangelo Twist card stock.

 Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it when you do.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A yellow & black kind of day

Hi everyone,
I just couldn't pass up Color Throwdown #339.  The colors they chose this week were yellow, black and white.  These colors are awesome together and scream CAS card to me, my favorite kind of card to make.  I don't have to think too much...hahaha!  This card, again, is pretty self explanatory.

Recipe: Black card stock (local scrapbook store), Gina K's Pure Luxury White card stock, Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil, Tim Holtz distress ink in Squeezed Lemonade, Penny Black's Dreamy cling stamp and Sprinkles and Smiles clear stamps, Versa Mark ink, Tuxedo Black ink, clear and white embossing powders, Hero Arts Pearls & Gems and black baker's twine.

I am also submitting this card in Simon Wednesday Challenge Clean and Simple, too.

Thank you so much for stopping by and check out both Color Throwdown Challenge #339 and Simon Wednesday Challenge for awesome cards that will given you great inspiration.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bringing some happy...

Hi all, just a quick post today.  I needed to make a masculine card and the Color Throwdown Challenge #338 had the perfect colors,
this week, for a masculine card.  This card also qualifies for Simon Wednesday Challenge--make your own background.

The colors this week were teal, green, kraft and white.  This card is pretty self explanatory.  

Card Recipe:  Stampin' Up's card stock in Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, and Old Olive.  Gina K's Pure Luxury White card stock.  SU's Stripes and Chevron embossing folders, SU's Bitty Banners framelits and Hello You thinlits dies.  The birthday stamp is from PaperTrey Ink's Keep It Simple: Birthday Mini Stamp set, which was stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  To finish off the card, I added some twine.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it very much.  

There is still time to enter both the CTD challenge #338 and Simon Wednesday Challenge and don't forget to stop by their blogs and see some awesome cards using these great colors and quite an assortment of different backgrounds.  Great places to visit if you are looking for inspiration!

Mother's Day Card

Doing some catching up.  This card is one I made for a make-n-take for a group I belong to.  We try to meet once a month.  We meet at each others homes.  A couple of the ladies make the food for dinner, some make make cards to swap, and then we make 3 or 4 cards that we've  brought for make-n-takes.  Before the night is over, we sign up for the next month's get together.  It's so much fun to see what the group comes up with for dinner, swaps and make-n-takes.  We had quite a group earlier this  month. 

This card was inspired by a few different cards I liked on Pinterest.

The card base is Stampin' Up's Pink Passion.  The next layer is white card stock.  I stamped the diagonal stripes (Clearly Besotted) in Tuxedo Black ink.  The top layer, I used a piece of water color paper.  I inked up the spotted background stamp (Rubber Necker) with Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, and Tumbled Glass (distress inks and stains), spritzed the stamp with water and then applied it to paper.  While it was drying, I die cut the flower (Glorious Gerber Daisies from Memory Box) in SU's Pink Passion and glued it to the water color paper.  The sentiment is from SU's Mother's Love stamp set (stamped in Tuxedo Black ink).  I finished the card off by adding some pearls. 

I may not be able to post as often as I would like.  I've been blessed with the pleasure of making my son's and his finance's wedding invitations.  As soon as they are delivered (mid June), I will post their wedding invitation.  We are finalizing the design, via the US mail, as their jobs have taken them to Wisconsin.  I am hoping to go into "producing" them beginning in May.  This will give me about a month to have them ready for Nick and Danielle to address and get ready for the mail.  Their August wedding will be here before I know it.

This is all in addition to me going full-time at my current job, which is awesome, but, right now, as I am adjusting to working full time, my card making has taken a bit of a back seat.  I hope you will hang in there with me.  Thank you so much for stopping by.