Wednesday, July 23, 2014

You make my heart sing...

 Hello friends! Enjoying your lazy summer days!? I have to say I keep waiting for those days to come...I don't think I've got it in the cards to have one of those...BUT we are really enjoying what is happening! I tell you what, a baby is the best thing ever!! I am totally slowing down, snuggling on my baby's neck meat...and enjoying having my older kids home! AND it kills me that we are starting to see "back to school" signs...oh my.
So, today I've got the rest of my Cupcards to go kit cards to share! I hope you had a chance to snag one of the's a beauty!! So, here are my two final cards! 

 I hope you have a great week! I'll be back Saturday with another Retro Sketch!!
Take care and I'll see you soon!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Saturday!

Good morning friends! Happy weekend to you all! This week was a bit crazy, do you ever have weeks that go by super slow and when it come to Friday night it feels like the week went super fast too!? This week was one of those!!
I'm happy to playing with the girls over at Retro Sketches again...such a fun thing! I am not getting a lot of time by myself these days...oh the "lazy days of summer," newborn, and 5 kids at home!;) So, having a deadline every week has been great motivation to carve a little time out for myself and boy, it feels good! I will love when I get a chance to carve a little bit more and get back into sharing and creating more consistently!
So, today's Retro Sketch...was inspired by a card of our July Headliner, Erica! You can see her card here, and this is the sketch for the week!
 Shaker cards seem to be the rage these days...and I LOVE them too. I received my fun and very long awaited package from PTI this Sprinkles and Shaker kit!! It's so fun...and my little heart confetti and assorted little pink sequins on this card came from that kit.
The fun thank you is from the new PTI "Thank you kindly" set. My patterned paper is from AC...and there you have it!
I hope you weekend is fabulous and I hope you play along with us for this weeks sketch! I can't wait to see all of the inspiration!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Good morning! I am SO happy that today has arrived! We've got a whole bunch of excitement at our house today!! First off, my oldest child is celebrating his "golden" birthday today! He is turning 12, on the 12th! We've got all sorts of fun birthday plans for him today, as he will be returning with my husband from 6 days at scout camp! We are THRILLED that daddy and Myles will both be home's been a great week, but I am SO ready to have another adult in the house! I have to say out loud, that my daughter, who will be 10 in September, has been a HUGE help with the other peeps this week, and I am so thankful for her...but when everyone is back together again I feel best!
So, in other excitement, I'm sharing a bit of fun time! This week's Retro Sketch was based off a card of mine, here.
Here is the sketch:

And here is my new card! I am still in serious need of thank you cards...I can't seem to keep up with my demand to send them out! Isn't that a wonderful problem to thankful for the great people in my life!!
My paper is Heidi Swapp, stamps Avery Elle Petals and Stems (which I can't seem to put away!!!), PTI Thank you kindly stamp set, and PTI wet paint dies. I used some Delicata Gold to ink up my "thanks" and oh, I LOVE the way it turned out!! That ink is divine!!
Thanks for stopping by friends!! I know my blogging has been crazy, and will continue to be that way for a bit...getting back to what "normal" is after a baby takes a while!! I appreciate your taking the time to stop by!!
Be sure to stop by the Retro Sketch blog and play along with us this week!

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Good morning friends! I hope you've had a great week! We had a super fun 4th of July yesterday...super great chance to remember how thankful we are for the freedom we enjoy! Our day was complete with a parade, swimming, kayaking, good food, friends and some GREAT fireworks!! It was perfect!
Here is the new Retro Sketch for the week, #122. It is a super fun one! It is based on a card design by Erin, here. I love hexagons...and my brain got to working!
Here is what I came up with! 
I used my PTI hexagon cover plate and cut some white cardstock, then (I could have stamped it before sending it through the big shot, but didn't know exactly what my plan was at that point;)) and pulled out my Neon ink pads from Hero Arts. I used these beautiful flowers from the Avery Elle Petals and Stems set. My leaves are pretty and glittery-with some neon green glitter from Martha Steward. My pretty sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh...there you have it! My front panel is mounted with foam tape to give some fun dimension.
Hope you have a chance to give the Retro Sketch a try! Thanks a bundle for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cupcards to Go!

Hello and happy Summer!! We have hit 90 degrees...oh my word! The Pacific Northwest isn't "hot" some people say. I know we aren't quite up there with Arizona or some other places, but in the PNW, we're HOT! My kids have been enjoying the love of the hose and buckets of water!;) Thankful for fans and cool eats today!!
I'm super excited to share a few of my cards for the new Cupcards To Go kit, called Ariana! I learned that Ariana means "golden life!" So, this kit is chuck full of fun metallic and gold yumminess!! The kit goes live at 6:00 pst tonight! You'll love this kit, super fun!!

Head on over to the cc2g blog the sneaks have been so fun!! I'll be back tomorrow to share my other cards. Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thanks So Much!

Good morning friends!! I hope you're having a great summer!! We are enjoying our first week of no school...and we had all sorts of excitement! Basketball camps, a small wrist fracture(1st day of bb camp!), 6 week old Graham, sprinklers, bubbles, bikes, otter pops...happy to say summer is in full swing!! It felt really good to take a few mommy minutes and get a hold of some paper and
pretty things!!
I am happy to be playing along with the girls over on Retro Sketches today! Arielle has a great sketch for you this week, sketch 121!
Here is the sketch:
And here is my card!

 I did something really fun on this card...and the photo doesn't do it justice! I used a large paper doily for my "card front." I laid down a bunch of adhesive on my soft stone cardbase, (I didn't want to add adhesive to the doily, too fragile and didn't want to tear it, and I wanted it to adhere really well! )then laid the paper doily down and trimmed off the excess. I had a bit of adhesive coming through the doily, but it is stuck down well!;) SO, I cut a piece of window sheet (aka, transparency!) the size of my card front and just slapped it over the top! The effect is super cool, because you see the doily in all it's fragile detail and texture, but you feel the slick/shiny window sheet...I LOVE it!! 
I added some Amy Tangerine patterned paper, and that sheet of paper is where the whole inspiration for the doily came from!! I used the Avery Elle Oh, Yea! speech bubble die and cut some two white speech bubbles. I then stamped one of them with my new "Thank you kindly" stamps from PTI, in soft stone ink. I pulled out some circle dies, made me a little window, stamped a Raspberry Fizz thanks so much, attached more window sheet, foam adhesive, and filled my little window up with some sequins! There is a bit of beautiful silver thread thrown into the mix that feel!!
Hope you get a chance to play with us on the sketch this week!! Take care and thanks a bundle for stopping by!! I've got some fun to share this next week...Cupcards To Go Summer Kit will go live on July 1st, so stay tuned!! 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

You Make Me Happy!!

Good morning friends! I am happy to be stopping in today! I have been a busy momma with three kids finishing up school this week, and loving on a my baby that needs some lovin' on, and keeping my little 3 year old in line! It felt really good to sit and do my best to get back into the groove!
I am super happy to be playing again with the girls over at Retro Sketches! The sketch for today, is based off a card of mine, from a few years ago! Here is the link, to the card it's based on. And here is my new card! I got some new goodies today in the mail...and oh, the fun of new goodies!
I wanted to get a little bit of watercolor practice in, so I had a piece of paper I was just "playing" around on. When I sat down to create my card, this main panel had dried and it looked pretty cool to play with! So, I started with the watercolor paper and then used my new PTI phrase play #5 die and went from there! My flower is from Avery Elle, it's from the Petals and Stems stamp set. I used distress inks for my water coloring.
Here is the sketch for the week! I'd love to see what you come up with! Be sure to link up to the sketch over on the blog and join in the fun!
Take care and I'll be back soon! Hopefully I'll get a bit of time to play with my new goods...fingers crossed for me!