Five Minute Friday

Woot, woot – Friday! I’m ready for the weekend. I’m really hoping for a few hours to work on my Project Life. Fingers crossed – doesn’t usually happen, but here’s hoping.

I have another Five Minute Friday project to share today. I don’t know about you, but right now all I have is five minutes here & there. I knew I wanted to play along with the latest Avery Elle challenge – Kraft – but, crafting time was not in excess this week. The key to Five Minute Friday is ready-made elements like chipboard pieces and bold backgrounds – patterned paper, die cut backgrounds, stamped backgrounds, etc.

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This card came together in a snap with a Papertrey Ink cover plate and a lovely chipboard flower from the Maggie Holmes Styleboard collection. The sentiment is from Avery Elle Petals & Stems. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Drafts

Hey friends.

Back again today to share a new Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Drafts challenge – yay! What better way to start a crafty Sunday than with a fun sketch & Paper Smooches stamps? 

And here is the fabulous sketch:


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On this card I used the amazing new set, Botanicals 2. I am seriously smitten with all these gorgeous leaf images. And the sentiment is from Salutations – another personal favorite for elegant cards. I heat embossed the images on navy cardstock and did some partial die-cutting to get the leaves extending beyond the circle. And that kraft woodgrain paper – be still my heart.

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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New Avery Elle Goodies

Evening friends! Happy Hanukkah to my anyone celebrating :-)

I have a quick post tonight sharing an Avery Elle card I made – same layout as the one I did in this post. I love my new AE goodies – have a few more cards coming soon too. I love the color combo of kraft, gold, white & woodgrain.

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I’m linking this up for the current Avery Elle challenge! Ok, thats all for me tonight – have lots to do and its already 9:45pm! Thanks for stopping by – really appreciate it!

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Just for Fun

Hey friends! So, the little one & I are back in Zurich. We arrived on Tuesday after taking a red-eye & it is good to be home & slowly getting into the swing of things. The 6 hour time change is proving exhausting for both of us – we’re spending a lot of time awake between the hours of 10pm and 2am, but thats life. It is definitely worth it for a month spent with family & friends back home.

Anyway, it has been FOREVER since I made a card just because. I have a to do list a mile long, but last night I felt the need to just create something. I used the sketch over at Case this Sketch for inspiration and pulled out the most recent Simon Says Stamp kit – quick & easy.

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Nothing too fancy and not the best card I’ve ever made, but still fun to use some new goodies. Alright, have a great Friday & thanks for stopping by!
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A Blog Named Hero July Challenge

Hey! Back today with another A Blog Named Hero guest post. Today is their new challenge – inspired by a Hero Arts artist. No problem there – their design team has all my faves – Lisa Spangler, Lucy Abrams, Jennifer McGuire & more! I chose Jennifer McGuire – she is so talented and such a sweet person too – I had the pleasure of meeting her 2 years ago at CHA.

Anyway, I love all her watercolor projects – I was inspired by the watercolor background of this project and used that as my jumping off point.

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This challenge is sponsored by the oh-so-generous Simon Says Stamp – they’re offering a $25 Gift Certificate to the winner – yay!
Make sure to visit A Blog Named Hero for all the challenge details & be sure to play along! 

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Boy & Girl Baby Cards & an award!

Get cozy, lots going on in today’s post!

I have been making baby cards like crazy lately – everyone I know is having a new little someone! I needed a boy & girl baby card for 2 friends (luckily in different countries!) so the current challenge over at Papertrey Paper Dolls to make matching boy & girl cards was perfect. These cards are also for the Paper Piecing Challenge over at Moxie Fab World and ‘Piece Out, Man!’ challenge at A Passion for Papertrey!

The ‘boy’ card (though I think it could be for a little girl as well!) is also for the challenge over at Jay Gee’s Nook – the colors were inspired by her gorgeous photo. The card is also for the Get Krafty challenge at There She Goes Stamps. This card is also one of my much-loved rejects!

The ‘girl’ card colors were inspired by the colors over at Off the Wall Craftiness – I love the inspiration picture!

Here are Jay Gee & Kim Wilson’s inspiration photos:

Now, on to something very special! The lovely Jay Gee recently awarded me with a Liebster Award – the object of the blog is to point out fairly new blogs or perhaps blogs with less than 100 followers. Now there are dozens (lots of dozens!) of blogs in my reader – I get inspiration from everywhere and all the bloggers I come across are important to me! It is really hard to choose 3-5 to highlight, but here are some that are standing out recently in the personal pursuit:

Damask Love – ‘Dr. Amber’ – such a great CAS style!
Paper Crafts by Laurel – Laurel Beard (she may have tons of followers, but can’t see how many at the moment – either way, she’s fab!)
Humble Chan – Chan Vuong (hugely popular already, but can’t get enough of her cards, so wanted to give a little shout out!)

Britta Swiderski – lots of good stuff going on there!

Ohhh, there are soooo many more I wish I could include, but I think I’ll leave it at that for today!

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2 posts in one day – I never thought I’d see the day…

But, I really really wanted to squeeze in one more card for the ‘Case Your Favorite’ Challenge over at the Wee Memories blog before tonight’s deadline…
Not surprisingly, I’ve chosen another beauty by Dawn McVey – her style really inspires me and so does her Raspberry Suite stamp line for Papertrey Ink! I have cased the layout of these card & also used the Delightful Dahlias stamp. set, but changed the looked a little with a white background and gradient dahlias, heat embossed with white. The second card is the same design, but tried it on a kraft cardbase which was impressed with the Linen and Canvas Impression Plate from PTI. Not sure which one I prefer actually….what about you?
This card is also for the current challenge over at one of my fave blogs, A Passion for Papertrey – Perfectly Pretty Pearls.




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