Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Inspiration Challenge #24 - 'Happy Fall'

Happy fall, y'all! It's the first day of October, my favorite month of the year. I love the fall colors, the bountiful harvest and most of all, I love that it's by birth month.

It's also time for the Paper Sweeties October challenge. The inspiration picture couldn't be more suitable. In Ohio, the leaves will be changing in just a couple of weeks. There will be fall parties, hayrides, and pumpkin carving. I can't wait.

I drew inspiration from the pumpkins and the beautiful home.  Products used to make this card include Home Sweet Home stamp set, Sweeties Wagon stamp and coordinating die. I created the hills with oval dies. The sky is distressed and the house, pumpkins and wagons are colored with Copic Markers.

The rest of the team has been hard at work to create more inspiration. Check them out and then enter the challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties store.
October Guest Designer: Nance Salkeld

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi there. You probably came to my blog from the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop that starts at Chaitali Narta's blog. If not, then I highly recommend you go there and participate in the hop. There are tons of prizes from multiple companies. Some of the goodies will be given away during flash giveaways throughout the day. Check here for details!

 By now, you probably know that we're having a blog hop celebrating coffee because today is International Coffee Day! When I told my husband about it, I said "We'll have to celebrate by drinking a cup of coffee. Ha! We drink coffee every morning, and my husband drinks it throughout the day.

Here is the card I made to celebrate the occasion. I created this little number with my husband in mind. That man loves his coffee. I like it, too, but my limit is two cups. After two, I have to stop, but dear hubby keeps on going. He also wears glasses, so this is a perfect representation. (Well, maybe not perfect. He is human and he is not purple.)

This post wouldn't be complete without a picture of my cup of joe. Here it is. My brand of choice is Crimson Cup. It's locally roasted here in Columbus, but it's available in several states and online. My husband and I consider ourselves coffee connoisseurs so when I say Crimson Cup is the best, I mean it. Our flavor of choice is called Dark Reign. It's a dark roast with a bold flavor. Mmmmm!!

Now go on and enjoy the rest of the hop and don't forget about the prizes!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ooh La La!!

Hello friends! I am playing in another challenge called the Cure for the Monday Blues. It's hosted by my friend Taheerah Atchia, who is totally talented.

I made this fun shaker card based on the inspiration photo.  I loved the photo Taheerah chose. As you can see, I pulled several elements from it. The fan flowers, the gold triangles and the sentiment are the most obvious. However, I was also inspired by clear round back of the chair. That's where I got the idea to do a shaker card with a clear, round window.

Here is the inspiration photo. Isn't it just gorgeous. There were so many elements to use!
I'll be back tomorrow for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Exotic Thinking of You

I'm at it again with the challenges. I'm going for a two-fer this time. I'm entering this card into the current CASe This Sketch Challenge 94, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge featuring Hero Arts stamps.

Following the sketch below, I heat embossed the floral image from the Hero Arts Exotic Decor set in gold onto water color paper. I water colored the image and added some bling to the flowers for a little extra oomph. The sentiment is from the Thinking of You Kite set.

I flipped the sketch because I felt like the flowers were a little too top heavy turned the other way. I feel like they're more weighted down this way.

That's it and have a great day. I'll be back in a couple days for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop on September 29. Come back for the hop. There are tons of prizes to be won!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween Cards

Hiya! I'm up on the Eyelet Outlet blog today with a couple fun Halloween-themed cards.Want to know more about what brads I used to make them? Visit the blog here.

Did you know Eyelet Outlet has a monthly sketch challenge? Use the following sketch with Eyelet Outlet products and you could win some goodies. Click here to enter.

Here is a card I made following the sketch.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Release Rewind!

Now that we've showed you the new releases, we're going to show you how they work with existing sets. In the card below, I used the new Fun Shapes Sweet Cuts to create the big, sparkly stars. Then, I stamped the cluster of stars from the Be Happy set in a lighter ink so I could stamp the sentiment over it. Hip Hip Hooray is from the ConGRADulations set.

I think they complement each other very well!

Come see how the rest of the design team paired the new releases with existing sets.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Release Party!

Release day has finally arrived at Paper Sweeties. All the adorable images we've been using to tease you are now available for purchase!

Remember the adorable tutu Sophi was wearing a couple days ago? Here it is again, except I've used it as a banner in this card. Both the tutu image and the sentiment are in the brand new set You Are Tutu Sweet available here.

Want to see some more projects using the new releases? Please visit the rest of the design team's blogs.


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