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Thursday, January 17, 2019

CAS Christmas: January Blue & Silver

Thanks for coming by for more inspiration from the team for the second half of the January 
Christine selected a beautiful color combo for this challenge:  Blue and Silver
I had a piece of InkaGold steelblue in my stash and used it for my sentiment die cut.
I love this angel die and decided to just emboss her rather than cut her out.
Serendipity:  Angel
Stamplorations: CUTplorations
Heidi Swapp:  Marquee Love silver glitter paper 

I know we just finished Christmas 2018 and it may be hard to think about Christmas again, but trust me when I say, come next December you will LOVE that you have a stash of Christmas cards already to address!  No last minute stamping and staying up late!

I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Seize the Birthday ~ Stamping only!

Hi friends and welcome back for another Seize the Birthday Challenge!

This time our topping is all about stamping ONLY!
You may always make any kind of card as long as it is a BIRTHDAY card!
The challenge is to only stamp this time, so I pulled out PTI Wishes come True and stamped a row of candles.  The sentiment is from the same set.
See you in the gallery!!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

CAS January Stencil Challenge

Hi friends, have you been over to the new CAS challenge called CAS Stencil Challenge?
This is going to be a fun one because knowing Loll, she will inspire and have lots of ideas for using those stencils we have stashed away.  I pulled out this PTI balloon stencil that was a NBUS!  It was pretty fun to stencil it and make a quick and easy birthday card!
The cue word is sponging this month, so I sponged on some  CPD inks and did darker on one side and lighter on the other side of the balloon to give it depth.
I know I have been missing here in blog land. But the day after Christmas we had devastating news from our older daughter...her cancer is back.  We thought she had beaten it, it will be 7 years this month that she had her last chemo and it took a few more months to clear up the last of the cancer that was in her spleen, but since then she has been great.  Until now.  It has been confirmed with a PET Scan and she had a biopsy and will get the results next Wednesday...I am praying it is a treatable and curable lymphoma.  It is hard to wrap my head around this again, and I need to be there for her especially once she starts chemo.  Her oncologist said it will be harder on her body this time around.
Fortunately her family lives right next door to me, so it is easy to just sit with her or go over any time she needs something.  She has an amazing support system with so many friends and people from our community.  I know she is strong and will pull through this again, but boy is is hard to see her in pain.
So if I don't visit as often as I should or post too many cards, this is the reason.
If you could keep her in your prayers for healing it would surely be appreciated!
Her name is Dina, here is a picture from Christmas Eve of her family at my house:
Ellie (17 the volleyball player!) Dina, Jalen (11) Jamie (husband) Lily (15 also VB player)
Thank you friends, I know I have a lot of prayer warriors already keeping her in their hearts and prayers and it is so appreciated!  And for those of you who have left comments on the Caring Bridge site, thank you, thank you, thank you, it warms her heart to read what you write and to know so many people are praying for her, even if she has never met you!  God Bless, you!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

CAS Christmas Card January Challenge ~ silver & blue

Welcome to 2019 and a new start to a CAS Christmas Challenge.  For January, Christine is our hostess looking for silver and blue on our Christmas cards.
You should have seen the mess and the pile I had trying to come up with something for this challenge.  I stepped away for a little while and when I came back, it all came together and nothing like what I had originally planned! ha ha, isn't that always just the case?
But I really love this card and so glad that it fell in my lap!
PTI Brilliant Baubles
Heidi Swapp: Marquee Love glitter paper
Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder
Now it is your turn to play with BLUE and SILVER and make a CAS Christmas Card!
See you in the gallery!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Seize the Birthday ~ confetti

Welcome to a NEW YEAR!!
Let's take care of business before we get to card making!
First I want to welcome our Jan and Feb GUEST designer:  Julie, you can find her HERE at Crafted by Jules.
And we have a new designer joining our team, please welcome Catherine Roffey, you can see her blog HERE.
The topping to start out the New Year for Seize the Birthday is confetti!  Who doesn't love opening an envelope and having fun confetti pieces pop out, or confetti and streamers falling from the ceiling?  Or just laying a sprinkling of confetti on the table around the cake and fun birthday dishes?  You get the idea...
Here is what I came up with:
I used a PTI cover plate that had all these little circles and star holes for confetti, I actually colored in the spots and then added the balloons. Doesn't it look like the confetti is falling around the balloons?

Friends, if you don't want to play around with confetti, you are always welcome to make any kind of birthday card!  Now go check out the rest of the team and all the inspiration they have for you!
See you in the gallery!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

CAS Christmas December Challenge ~ Stars

This is going to be a short month for CAS Christmas Challenge.
It will end on Dec. 15th and the winners will be posted on Dec 18th! 
Trina is our HOST and she is wanting to see STARS on our Christmas card!
I had a NBUS (never before used stuff) and since it was a star, it was perfect for this challenge!
Sorry for all the shine and reflection back on your eyes!  This star was gold embossed on white paper and I added a layer of PTI Luxe Gold Cardstock.  Very simple, easy to mass produce.  This stamp was a Sizzix stamp and die, I didn't use the die on this card, but it also came with a smaller star die and I decided to make a second card with the smaller die.
I masked off a 1 1/2" section of the card and sponged on some DO inks, splattered with water, then I die cut the stars 5 times.  I added a piece of MFT glitter gold paper to the back and I gold embossed the Penny Black sentiment.  I added one more star that was cut from the sponged part of the paper,
Another simple and easy card to make.
I hope this gives you some inspiration to make a card and join in with STARS on your CAS Christmas card...the last one for the year 2018!
Heart Hugs, friends!