Saturday, August 15, 2015

Some Like it Hot

I've been in more of Christmas card mode this weekend, but hopping around some blogs for inspiration, I found the latest Summer School Lesson from My Favorite Things, Color Temperatures.
Since my Cozy Greetings stamp set was on my craft table, I took a break from my winter crafting and went in the opposite direction to make this warm card. Perfect timing as I realize I have a late summer birthday card to make.  With some sweltering heat outside, this sunny card makes me think of the heat... yeah, way past warm.  Me, I am not a fan of the heat, but I know some like it hot.

No matter the temperature where you are, have fun summer or holiday crafting!
Now, back to cooler thoughts for me...

Christmas Sparkle in August

Excited to participate in the Happy Little Stampers challenge this week as I have had Christmas cards on my mind...  Now in the heat of August, deep in the dog days of summer, it feels refreshing to pull out the snowflakes and winter themed craft supplies.  Here's my creation for the challenge:

It is very difficult to try and capture the sparkle I sprayed with a mister on my card, but I tried photographing from several angles to try to demonstrate.  Here's the best view I was able to take showing the bits of sparkle on my card:

I used Mama Elephant Creative Cuts dies and Winter Wonderland stamp set for this card, a snowflake die from My Favorite Things, and wavy stitched border die from Avery Elle.  

Hope you are enjoying some Christmas crafting during this summer weekend, too.
Happy stamping everyone!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bummed Out on Aging - Friends with Flair Day

Last week got the confirmation I suspected was coming... It's time for me to start wearing reading glasses.  When you cannot read the back of your cosmetics and hair care products, you know it's time.  Tiny print is just not meant for aging eyes...  

Today's card features Unity's Gossip, Hot-Flashes & Crazy, my go-to set when I'm feeling bummed about aging... Happy crafting everyone!

UPDATE:  Yippee!  I was randomly selected as a winner from Unity!  
Great way to cheer up a Monday!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Swedish Thank You! and MFTWSC 238

This post is for my dear friend, Patty...
There are people in our lives we meet and instantly become friends forever.  
Patty, you are that friend to me, and I'm forever grateful that we are able to maintain that friendship while oceans may still keep us living far apart.  

I hope you have a wonderful upcoming birthday, but in the mean time I made this card for you as a thank you for the wonderful surprise package you sent me.  I am so impressed that you packed the gifts and took the extra time to send it my way, even though I know you are very busy enjoying your travels and visiting your family.

I cannot take all the credit for this card, as I used this week's MFT sketch challenge to inspire me.  So happy to find a sketch I really like and happy it turned out as bright and colorful as the lovely gardens my friend has at her home in Sweden.  This card was the perfect excuse for me to use my much neglected MFT Prima Donna Petals dies.  

Enjoy a wonderful summer time weekend.
Happy crafting to all!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

MFT Summer School - Complementary Colors

My favorite complementary color duo has to be orange and blue.  It is such a cheerful combination. 


 In playing with my cards this weekend I have found a color that I must restock - MFT's Tangy Orange.  That color seems to combine so well with a nice navy blue. 

I feel I must explain the context of my card a little bit... I made this for a friend who told me the tales of her dog's love of chasing (and catching) rabbits.  She tried to rescue one not too long ago, but... well... it wasn't such a happy ending for the bunny.  So sad, except for the fun her dog had that is...

Some details about the stamps I used on my card - the dog is from MFT's You Make My Tail Wag and the bunny is from Lawn Fawn.

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!