Saturday, December 31, 2016

Clean and Bright Birthday Card

It's good to be home!  Before Christmas, I gave myself a little gift.  As we prepared to travel, I left the fridge, pantry, my craft desk, and my make-up drawer nice and clean.  Those clutter-free zones inspired me to get the after-travel laundry done.  From there, it was easy to move the Christmas decorations into storage.

What a blessing to have had a wonderful Christmas celebration with my family!  Now, there's a little time to rest and relax---not to mention craft----in a tidy home.

To me, this card has a fresh, clean look, too.  The color inspiration came from the Verve December Inspiration Photo.  The big bloom is part of Verve's Kindness Matters, and the sentiment is a retired (sniffle, sniffle) Plain Jane also from Verve.  The doily, foliage, and stitched circle are  My Favorite Things Dies.  The fun "Happy Birthday" paper collection was created by Dancing Shadows Designs.

Linking to
Verve's December Inspiration Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
4 Crafty Chicks (Anything Goes)

Best wishes to all for a blessed 2017!

Edited to Add:  This card won the Crazy Egg Award at Four Crafty Chicks.  Thanks so much!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ham it up!

It is so much fun to make a birthday card specifically personalized to the recipient!  This card is for a deligtful friend who may never live down "hamming up" a formal occasion with a pair of hot pink argyle socks worn under his dress pants.

I treated myself to MFT's Hog Heaven for my birthday a few weeks ago, and the set promises lots of fun in the future.    I gave the cute little porker a dusting of glitter using Wink of Stella, and was so very thankful to find an argyle printable at the Cottage Market

I am linking to:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Make it Sparkle (glitter)
Word Art Wednesday (A/G if family friendly or includes scripture)

May you find joy in the little things,

Monday, December 19, 2016

Wishing you a Beautiful Day

A couple weeks ago, I treated myself to Rose Garden by Reverse Confetti. It's been on my wish list for quite a while, and it was fun to get these new stamps inked up.  Edgers Confetti Cuts helped provide a very literal interpretation of the versatile
sketch provided at Sunday Stamps.

Linking to:
Sunday Stamps
Word Art Wednesday

Hope you have a beautiful day,

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christ the Savior is Born

 What? We ran out of Christmas cards?  I mailed a batch a couple weeks ago and had what I thought was an ample supply to include with gifts, when we my son announced a need for just one more.

The paper is called "Magical", the sentiment is from Verve's Peace on Earth collection, and the star is punched from some paper backed tape I picked up at the hardware store. You can imagine the conversation with DH when purchased it, right??   However, it embosses, die cuts, and punches beautifully.

Linking to:
Verve Inspiration Challenge ( Inspired by the aqua, pink, and sparkle)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Gift It---will be enclosed with a very special gift)
Word Art Wednesday (A/G Scripture or Family Friendly)

Have a blessed Sunday,

Friday, December 16, 2016

It's "Anything Goes" at Jo's Scrap Shack

For the final challenge of 2016, it's "anything goes" at Jo's Scrap Shack.  Right now, I need a card for a special family birthday.

The Verve December Inspiration Photo made the color choices so much fun.  I was inspired by the striped panel on the stockings and the pops of pink, yellow, and turquoise.  The wreath mocks some of the texture, and there's just a touch of sparkle.  Kindness Matters is the source of the flower and matching die-cut leaves, while Poppy Birthday provided the script-y sentiment.

Linking to:
Happy Fun Friday, everyone! Wishing you much Christmas joy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Happy Holidays

I had so much fun using this sketch yesterday, but had a mishap in that I glued the patterned paper upside down, so it was time for a 'do-over".  Aren't you thankful for second chances and grace?

This card features Lawn Fawn stamps and a holly die from Little Inker Designs.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Decaf and Laughs!

I absolutely adore this sentiment that is included in the digital set offered at Verve.  It's called My Cup to Yours and is available at no charge in the Verve Store in honor of the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.

I saw my crafting error through the camera lens.  I turned the square panel upside down before adding the sentiment and little cup.  The trees are standing on their heads!  This is probably more than I can blame on decaf!

Thanks, Julee, for this amazing digital stamp set and the fun sketch.

Laughter is great medicine.

Linking to the Coffee Lovers Winter Hop

Monday, December 12, 2016

Thanks for Being So Kind

The Verve December Inspiration photo is full of bright colors and whimsy!  What could be more FUN than hanging stockings from a chandelier....unless it is splashing around in water colors to make a set of cards.

The photo inspired me to include some clean white space along with the pink and turquoise and to include a little stitching.  Lots more fun elements for future crafting!

Stamps are Verve's Kindness Matters and Joyful Blooms.

Linking to:
Verve Inspiration Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Thanks for taking a look.  Hope your day is touched by kindness,

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Warm Wishes---Thanks Waffle Flower

The Sweetheart papers are by Paige and Brooke, and I printed swatches in hopes of making a cute Valentine card some time during the holidays.  Just couldn't wait to use them, so I paired them with the adorable Waffle Flower set I won in the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog hop.  Thanks so much Waffle Flower for the great prize.  Amy is deserving of a big thank-you, as well, for her efforts in creating such a fun event for crafters.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you are blessed with a warm cup of coffee, a little crafting time, and all the joys of the Good News of Christmas.

Linking to:
Mojo Monday
Word Art Wednesday
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Paper Sweeties


Santa, I can explain.....

There's a wonderful treat in the Verve Store:  Julee's offering an adorable digital set called From My Cup to Yours in celebration of the Winter Coffee Lovers Bog Hop.

While out shopping yesterday, I treated myself to a new stack of Christmas Papers by Paper Studio called "A Very Merry Christmas"  and set a goal that I would craft only when all the gifts were wrapped.  I made it!

I "adjusted" the Mojo sketch just a bit so the printed trees would show.  Love the sentiment...don't forget to stop by Verve for yours!

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, December 9, 2016

Red, Gold, and Silver at Jo's Scrap Shack

This image from Bugaboo Designs is such a cutie!  It was fun to color Little Penguin and to place him center stage with some fun red Christmas papers and some glittery accents.  Hope you will find some time to visit Jo's Scrap Shack this week to and play along.  The challenge is Red, Gold, and Silver with the option of adding stars!

Wishing you all the blessings of the Christmas season!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mojo 477---So Kind

Although it's been a week since I last created a card, it does feel good to know that my Christmas cards are all in the mail.

Love this week's Mojo sketch, and there's always a need for thank you cards.  Verve's Kindness Matters has wonderful sentiments for thank you cards, and the flowers are gorgeous.  The papers were created by Heather Roselli.

Linking to
Mojo Monday 477
Word Art Wednesday

May you day be brightened by kindness,