Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Year in Review

I can hardly believe that another year has gone by. Wow, does time fly! Today I have a bit of a recap to share with you for some of my favorite cards from 2013. Just like last year, I chose to select a card from each month. Granted there were some months that I had several favorites, I simply had to pick one. If you are a follower, then enjoy this trip down memory lane.
I love taking a look at all that I created over the last year. I am surprised to notice that as I scroll through my post, most of my card bases are not white. That is a small victory for me since I tend to use white card bases a ton. I had hoped to finish my son's baby album by the end of this year. Don't worry, I am not beating myself up over it. I am still trying to balance work, life at home with two little ones and time to create.
Do you have any fun plans for tomorrow night to ring in the new year? We will be putting on our dancing shoes in our house. We have had a tradition since Leah was 15 months old (she's now 6), to ring in the new year at 7pm. It's midnight somewhere, right? Since there is no work on New Years Day, I hope to post some photos of our little party if I can find the time.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December PTI Blog Hop

Merry Christmas friends. I hope you have all had an enjoyable holiday with family and friends. It's hard to believe that this year has flown by. Today I actually have a project to share with you for this month's PTI blog hop.  I think the last time I played along was in the beginning of the year, back in March ***insert blush***
Our challenge is to create projects tied up with strings. I didn't think that I would actually get to play along until I was wrapping up my mother-in-laws present.


I wrapped her gift in kraft wrapping paper and then added some washi tape around one end and. I inked up Tiny Tags II and attached them using some twine. Pretty simple, but then again, that's me. My precious daughter thought that we were giving her some butter.  Gotta love the mind of a 6 year old. I can't wait to see the other fabulous projects in the gallery. Happy hopping!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a joyous holiday among family and friends.
Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!
Andy, Deb, Leah and Josh

Thursday, December 19, 2013

CAS-ual Fridays Meets Craft Dash, Happy New Year

Hi friends. Today I have a card to share with you for this week's CAS-ual Fridays post. Yes, you read that right. Today CAS-ual Fridays is teaming up with the 10 Minute Craft Dash over at Pretty Pink Posh. The challenge is to create a clean and simple New Years project. If you create it in under 10 minutes, then you can also link up over at the 10 Minute Craft Dash.
Our fabulous sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. The winner of this challenge will earn a stamp set of their choice.
To create a project in such a short time is always a huge challenge for me. To make is a bit easier this time around (hmmm, are the holidays getting stressful?) I chose to use a previous card for some sketch inspiration. 
I inked up Countdown from CAS-ual Fridays and colored it in with my Copics.  I honestly gave no thought to how I would color in my shapes until I tried stamping the border a second time and the bottom row didn't stamp off well. So  even though I had randomly colored in a few, it actually ended up being in a pattern. Now how lucky was that? I tied some aquamarine twine around my sentiment strip before I adhered it to the cardfront with some foam adhesive.
This card was completed in 8 minutes and 29 seconds. Our challenge will run for 2 weeks. I can't wait to see what you create!

DeNami Design, Thinking of You dots

Hi there! Just sharing with you a sneak peek of the card that I am showcasing over at DeNami Design today. I only used 2 stamps, but this card packs a lot of punch.
Stay tuned to the blog because I will have a second post today.

Friday, December 13, 2013

CAS-ual Fridays, Let it Snow

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a good week. With Christmas less than 2 weeks away, I hope many of you have been able to accomplish a lot of your shopping and holiday crafting. Today, I have another Christmas card to share with you for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge.

The theme for this one week challenge is to create a clean and simple project using snow or snowflakes. Would you believe it if I told you that I only own 2 snowflake stamp sets? How that happened, I do not know. 

Our fabulous sponsor this week is SimonSaysStamp. The winner of this challenge will earn a $25 gift certificate.

For this challenge, I created a one layer card that probably took less than 3 minutes. Too bad I wasn't creating for Paulina's 10 minute Craft Dash. I used Peace Be Still and Signature Christmas from PTI. I was inspired by a tag that I made a couple of years ago. I believe it was for a submission call to create a Christmas project in non traditional colors.
Here is a picture of the rejected  inspirational tag.
That's all for me today. This challenge will end early at midnight on Wednesday, December 18th. I can't wait to see what you create. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DeNami Product Spotlight, Winter Wreath

Hi friends! I hope you are having a good week. Today is product spotlight time over at DeNami Design. The gals and I are showcasing Winter Wreath. You can head on over to the blog to see what the rest of the design team has created. And you can add this stamp to your cart and save 10%, one week only.

For my card, I inked up winter wreath several times, rotating the stamp. Then I added some berries from Elegant Holly. Using my quickie glue pen, I sprinkled on some Ruby Red glitter. I added a little bow to finish off the wreath. The sentiment is Merry Christmas. This panel was then added to my cardbase with foam tape which I had embossed with Thin Lines.

That's all for me today. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

DeNami Razzle Dazzle blog hop

Hi friends! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Welcome to the DeNami Design, Razzle Dazzle blog hop. I hope you have been inspired along the way. You should've arrive here from Donna's blog. If you get lost along the hop, head back to the DeNami blog for a full list of participants. 

When I was designing my card, I did some searching on Pinterest for glitter and came across this gorgeous CAS photo. I just loved the simplicity of this package. So I decided to create my own glitter ribbon using some double sided tape.  I sprinkled on some gold glitter. To create the bow, I used the same tape on Kraft Cardstock and then trimmed it out using scissors. Then I bent it back onto itself to create the loops and used another small piece for the center. I attached the bow using foam adhesive. For some reason, glossy accents didn't work. I stamped my greeting from Christmas Greetings stamp set onto my die cut tag. This little set has seen quite a bit of action in my craft room.

I have been busy in the craft room using lots and lots of glitter as of late. I just love all of that sparkle, don't you? Your next stop along the hop is Stacy's blog. I always love to see what she creates!
Don't forget about the THREE gift certificates that will be given away! One gift certificate will go to a random participant and TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop! You have until December 9, 2013 11:59pm PST to comment and be eligible.
Happy hopping!

Friday, December 6, 2013

CAS-ual Fridays, Out on a Limb

 Happy Friday, friends! Today I have a card to share with you for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge. The theme for this one week challenge is to create a clean and simple project using a tree or trees.

 Our fabulous sponsor this week is Ellen Hutson. The winner of this challenge will earn a $25 gift certificate.

For my card, I  used Medium Pine from DeNami Design. I did some generational stamping and then trimmed my cardstock on an angle. I added some baker's twine and tied it off in a bow. Then I inked up Merry Christmas for my sentiment. Lastly, I added some red sequins using glossy accents to finish off the card.

Pretty quick and simple and easy to mass produce. How are you doing on your holiday cards? Are you nearly finished or just starting off? Hopefully this challenge will help you along. You have until noon on Thursday to link up and play. I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DeNami Pin-spired

Hi friends! I hope you are all well. We are gearing up for the holiday season at our house. The tree is up and decorated by my sweet little 6 year old. She was so eager to decorate it. The lights adorn the bushes outside. And Zach, our elf, has made a return to our house to keep his eye on our little ones and report back to Mr. Claus.
Today I have a project to share with you for DeNami Design. Some of the design team and I are sharing our projects that we created from this gorgeous photo.

When I first saw our inspiration photo, I fell in love with all of the gold and sparkle! Awesome job, Paulina! I created these tags using the same design from my most recent Craft Dash project. In that project, I really loved the two strips of Ruby Red glitter. I told you that you would see more of it! So for these tags, I decided to use some Gold glitter as well. I love the gold leaf in the photo. So I broke out my Essential glue pad and inked up some leaves from Elegant Holly. Then fussy cut them after they had some time to dry. The sentiments are from Christmas Greeting set which I inked up in Rich Cocoa Memento ink. I added a Buby Red boutique button using glossy accents to finish it off.
That is all for me today. Don't forget to head on over to the blog to see what the rest of the design team has created. Thanks for stopping by!