Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes

Happy New Year! I want to wish all my blog friends a very happy & healthy 2014!

I’m back from vacation and slowly getting into the swing of things – always hard after being away. First order of business is a new challenge at Paper Smooches Sparks. Starting things off easy with an Anything Goes challenge.

This week’s card is another clean & simple creation using Vogue Abode.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today – have a great weekend and make sure to check out all the amazing DT creations & play along!

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Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes Challenge

Hello!!! Where is time going, right? I cannot believe it is December 15th! One more week here in Zurich and then off on vacation to see my in-laws for the holidays. A change will be good, but can’t believe it is coming so soon!

Anyway, on to the business at hand! It is time for another challenge over at the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge site – and this week is easy – Anything Goes. This is perfect in the run up to Christmas as I’m sure you are busy finishing up those last holiday cards & tags.

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I decided to do a non-holiday card this week. I got a little technical with the die cutting on this one – tried to do an inlay effect in a rainbow of cardstock. I love the result, but it did take me a long time! I have always respected the die cutting genius of crafters like JJ Bolton & Laura Bassen – I have a whole new level of respect now! I also love all the cool angles everyone is doing on card fronts lately – makes such a big impact!

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I covered the die cut letters & the stamped heart with Glossy Accents – I love the extra oomph you can achieve from something as simple as a clear gloss.  On this card I used the Get Well die cut and the heart stamp is from Vegtastic. A little Bella Blvd washi tape finished everything off!

Thanks so much for stopping by today – have a great weekend and make sure to check out all the amazing DT creations & play along!

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Fall Foliage

Evening friends! Just popping in to share a quick card I made for the current Paper Smooches Sparks challenge – I loved the inspiration photo with all the gorgeous leaves.

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I used some new Distress Markers – the special seasonal collections (my faves) to create this simple card. I usually would have gone for a kraft card base, but opted for the purple as I thought it really made the flowers pop. I usually never work with purple, but I think it works with this.

I’m also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

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Christmas is a coming!

Hey! Sorry (again!) for the quiet blog. Life is still crazy here. I don’t really know how everyone with more than 1 child does it – I can barely manage to keep things organized with 1 and he is only 20 months! Can’t imagine 2 or 3 kids with busy schedules – literally can’t image. Anywho, I digress.

I have a quick Christmas card to share – the holiday cards are now in full gear – my first Christmas fair is November 14th – yikes!

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This card is super simple & came together easily with the help of this gorgeous Authentique Christmas paper.  This sketch is really my go-to at the moment – good to find something that works when time is tight.

Oh, and I know I promised to be sharing my Project Life spreads. I wanted to say that I still plan on sharing, but the pictures of my spreads are so bad, I’m trying to improve some photography skills before I start sharing more!

Have a great day!

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Fresh Cut Florals

Hello again! So, I’m a bit late to the WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals party – it sold out so quickly I wasn’t able to get my set until pretty recently. The set is absolutely gorgeous, but I have to admit I am finding it a little tricky to line up the flowers & dies. And the hyacinth – definitely not perfect – but, working on it!

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I made this card for the WPlus9 Monday Mood Board & Case this sketch challenges. Happy I finally got a chance to ink up the set – can’t wait to play more!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!

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Sending Hugs

Wednesday already? I don’t know where time goes. The days are long, but the weeks fly, if that makes any sense! Anyway, wanted to share a quick card I made earlier this week for the current CAS-ual Friday challenge – Map Quest. I hope a globe qualifies as a map :-) I made something similar for my dad for Father’s Day – seems appropriate living so far from home.

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That’s all for now – check back later for a card using the June Simon Says Stamp Kit – loved all those Basic Grey Hipster goodies!
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1 stamp, 2 ways

Hello! Another quick post tonight – squeezing in some more Valentine’s Day cards. One of the great features of the Clean & Simple Online Card Class is the 1 stamp, 3 ways. I was attempting that with these cards, but only managed 2 ways…hopefully I’ll have a chance to come up with a 3rd variation sometime soon!

These cards use the Hero Arts Old Letter Writing woodblock stamp – in one instance as a portion of the background and in the other card, stamped onto die cut hearts.

The first card is for the current Passion for Papertrey Valentine’s Day challenge, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

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You Turn Me On…

Hello there! This week is flying by – can’t believe it is Thursday already. I got some quality time in the crafty room at the beginning of the week, but I’m afraid that is diminishing now – busy weekend ahead! 

Anywho, onto today’s card. This is another one for the Clean & Simple Card Making Class – using a sketch from Day 1 (I’m so behind – still haven’t even attempted cards from the other days!!). It is also for the Paper Smooches Guest DT search and the Passion for Papertrey Valentine’s Day challenge.

Thanks for stopping by & check back later for some single layer cards!
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Clean & Simple Card Class – Day 1

I’m very excited to be taking part in the Clean & Simple Online Class – the first two days have been great – just the inspiration I’ve needed!
Yesterday Kristina provided us with some fab sketches and I have some Valentine’s Day cards to share using those sketches. I took some liberties, but the general idea is still the same…
I’m not sure a card which uses this much patterned paper is considered Clean & Simple – what do you think? 

This card is also for the Passion for Papertrey Valentine’s Day Challenge. I’ll be back later sharing a similar card with slightly different motifs. Thanks for stopping by!

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Playing along with Play Date & CAS-ual Fridays

Hey everyone! A quick post tonight showing a card I whipped up for the Play Date Cafe & CAS-ual Friday challenges. I knew I wanted to play with both of these – gorgeous colour combo over at Play Date & so many options at CAS-ual Fridays.

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For the CAS-ual Fridays challenge I chose the bottom row – Flowers, Buttons & Twine. I finally inked up my new Hero Arts Blossom Art stamp set – I love it! The sketch is based on the current design over at Clean & Simple Stamping.

Thanks for stopping by!

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