[5.17.2015] paper smooches sparks

Oh boy… technology.

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My post did not go live when it should have and LIFE just now allowed me to find that out.  I completely forgot to make sure my post went live on Sunday.  My older fur baby dislocated her hip two weeks ago and we are just now getting back to semi-normal.  It has been a long road.  Unfortunately, after the first attempt to put her hip back into place, it dislocated again.  So, we are on to week two and it seems to be going much better.  Here is my Ella with her fancy “sling.”

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her sister brought her a toy

So, I’m sure you have already checked out the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  So this will be a great mid-week reminder to get all crafty if you haven’t played along already.

Anything Goes PSS

It is another round of anything goes, whoop, whoop.  I love it when you can just play with all your stamps and dies to see where they take you.

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I ended up with a pair of cards.  I was playing around with some Distress Inks watercolor backgrounds for that fabulous happy birthday word die.  I love how quickly they came together and easy to mass produce some cards for my stash.  I always need a last minute card.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Alice
Lisa
Erin
Jenny
Savannah
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[5.14.15] unity thursday

Happy Thursday!!!

Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

And since it is the SECOND Thursday of the month, that means we have a new Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge.

And of course a new Sentiment Kit to kick off the new challenge.  This one is full of one of a kind type sentiments.  I’m using my fave today.

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Hee hee, this one really makes me giggle.  I found the PERFECT image to pair it with from the March KOM.  Do you ever have a great boob day?  Some days, they just sit all perfect and look darn awesome.  My girlfriends and I joke about it a lot.  Not to mention that they still look awesome for our age.  Ha ha.  So this card is for one of my girls for their birthday.

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[5.10.2015] paper smooches sparks

Let’s get this SPARKS party started.

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Here we go… the brand new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches has begun.  Let’s take a peek at the photo inspiration.

There are LOTS of things to be inspired by in this fun little photo.  The flowers, wood table and teacup (or maybe it is a bowl, not sure now, but I thought it was a teacup) popped out at me right away.  You’ll see all of these elements in my card today.

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Do you ever fall in love with a card when you are done?  Well, I did with this one.  That little teacup did it.  I used the cup from Hot Concoctions and dressed it up with the lovely bloom from Blossoming Buds.  Darling right?  Then, I added those blooms and a glittery butterfly.  Just a sweet little trio.  My darling grandmother just celebrated her birthday at the end of April.  This card, that I love, went to her, whom I love.

I have also fallen in love with a new watercolor medium… spray inks.  How the heck did I not know about this?!?  All this watercolor smooshing going around gave me the idea. Hey silly girl, why don’t you just add water and it is instant watercolor.  So vibrant and fun.  So, I tried it out with one of my Color Shine spray inks.  Extra bonus, these spray inks have sparkle built-in.  I’m pleased to report, it worked swimmingly.  I can’t wait to play around some more.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Alice
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Erin
Jenny
Savannah
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[4.30.2015] Unity Thursday

happy birthday Unity

It’s a BIG. BIRTHDAY. BASH. Unity THURSDAY.  Unity turns 7 years old and since we’ve had so much fun celebrating, we are extending the party another week.  If you are kickin’ yourself for not getting the stamps you wanted, you have a second chance NOW.  Woo hoo.  Happy Birthday to Unity and YOU.  PLUS, we have a whole bunch of new stamps released for this week too.

If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.  I have quite a few cards to share using the new releases from this amazing Birthday.Bash.

Within Beauty

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Maria

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First Friend, Best Friend, Forever

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[4.26.2015] paper smooches sparks

Spec-tacular

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Check out the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches?  We have a super fab sketch for this week.  You’ll definitely want to play.

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This is for one spec-tacularly coooooool dude.  Ha.  I love this aviator glasses stamp.  So totally cool.  I kept the design super simple so the image and sentiment could be the star of the show.  This week’s sketch is super fun and so full of possibilities.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Alice
Lisa
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Jenny
Savannah

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[4.16.2015] unity thursday

Happy Thursday

Time for some hoppin’ THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.

I’m using the brand new sentiment kit for May today.

Bright, Happy You

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This sentiment just had to be paired with a shaker card.  The sentiment is just perfect for it.  I foiled both sentiments, one in green and the other in gold.  So not only does this card “shake it,” it also shines.  Such a fun birthday card.

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[4.5.2015] paper smooches sparks

Paper Smooches Sparks

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Check out the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches, we have another super fabulous ANYTHING GOES week.

Anything Goes PSS

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I’ve been bulking up on my birthday cards and Paper Smooches has the BEST birthday stamps and dies.  They are my favorite company for anything birthday related.  April is our BIGGEST birthday month.  I’ll go thru about 10ish.  Yikes.  Then, I’ll have to bulk up again to replace what I used.

I’m playing with lots of dies today and seriously, I’ll have to put the balloons away for a while.  Somehow, I have used them every month for challenges.  Eeek, time to play with something new.  I do have a little thing for balloons though, so no promises.

The black, white and yellow color palette happened all on its own.  I was actually thinking more blues, but as things progressed, this happened.  Haha, I do love it though.  That yellow just POPS big time against the monochromatic background.  They are hard to see, but the sequins are silver stars and black round ones.  I just couldn’t get the light to make them sparkle and show their true color.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

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Alice
Lisa
Jenny
Savannah
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[4.2.2015] unity thursday

A little happy…

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Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

Delightful Flutterbys

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These cuties were released last week and I couldn’t pass up playing with them.  They are colored with Copics and then painted with a Wink of Stella sparkle pen.  Perfect for a little queen’s birthday.

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[3.29.2015] paper smooches sparks

Anything Goes

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An extra week in the month means we have another anything goes SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  Woo hoo.  Pull out your favorite Paper Smooches stamps and dies and play along.

Anything Goes PSS

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stamps: chubby chums, party posse; dies: chums, big balloons

I hope this made you smile.  My little ones from friends and family are growing up.  They are too old for “baby” cards (so they tell me) and too young for adult stuff.  Really, this could be used for anyone, that little cow is just too darn adorable not to fit any age.  But, I think the patterned paper is a happy medium, not too young, not too old.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

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Alice Wertz
Lisa Arana
Larissa Heskett
Lori Tecler
Lynn Mangan
Savannah O’Gwynn

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[3.19.15] unity thursday

Happy Thursday

Yay for THURSDAY!!!  Hope you are having fun hopping with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.

Today, I have a set of cards using the brand new sentiment kit for March/April… Thanks Above & Beyond.   Lots of amazing sayings for thank you cards and I just love the butterfly and flower images.

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I’m all about the new transfer foil craze!!!  It is soooooo pretty in real life.  I had such a hard time getting a good angle to capture the shine, hope you can see it.  I was sold as soon as Jennifer McGuire posted her tips on how to do this technique without a big fancy machine.  I used the laminator method she demonstrated in her video.  I stamped my images on cardstock, scanned them into my computer and then printed them out using a laser printer.  Then, I ran it through the laminator.  Super easy really and the results are ever so lovely.

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