Thursday, February 24, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast From The Past Blog Hop

Welcome to another Taylored Expressions Blast From The Past blog hop! This month's theme was "Going Green" so of course I created a St. Patrick's Day card using this adorable image from "A Year of Sweets 1" and I used the sentiment from the set called "A Year of Sentiments". The paper I used is from the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety line. The sketch was designed by Sankari and you can find it on the Taylored Expressions blog!

Now hop on over to the other participants! I know I'm excited to see what they've come up with!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

By LORi Designs Challenge: BLD5

It's time for another By Lori Designs Challenge and I'm running behind! My card has been done for quite some time but I completely forgot to post it to my blog! I guess you can say I've been a little distracted while I've been here in Iowa! I can't even believe how crazy busy Addie and I have been! It's nuts! We've been visiting family and friends non-stop! :)

Now on to today's card! This week's challenge is an AWESOME color combination! I absolutely LOVE it and the image I used is perfect for it! I must admit that this may just be one of my very favorite images from Lori Designs and the reason for that is because it is called "Baby Addy". Now I know the spelling is different but it still holds a dear place in my heart! I mean seriously, how cute is she??? I think she kind of even looks like my baby Addie! :) Anyway, the paper I used is some retired Stampin' Up! designer paper (I can't remember the name of it). The sketch is one of the Viva la Verve sketch challenges from this month and the image was colored with my copics. 

Well thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have time to play in today's challenge! There are some awesome opportunities in store for you! Each week the team will vote on a TOP Lollipop CARD and that designer will receive a digi from the BLD Shop and will have an opportunity to be our guest designer for the following challenge. How awesome is that??? Make sure you stop by the By LORi Designs challenge blog to see what the other lovely ladies have created! Have a fantastic Thursday!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I won this awesome stamp set at the last Flourishes release and just had to create a different Valentine's Day card for my husband! This set was absolutely perfect for us since we are such a musical family! Nick plays almost every different type of guitar imaginable so of course I made him a card with a Valentine! I thought I would also enter this card into the Flourishes "Bring Back Beautiful" challenge for this month!
Well that's it for me! We are on our way to Iowa so we can show our daughter off to all of our friends and family! I'll be posting sporadically throughout the week so hang in there with me! :) Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie Seeing Red!

Last week's Kraftin' Kimmie challenge was to create a card using lots of red. Well my card didn't turn out exactly as I had pictured in my head but I still think it looks alright. I pulled out Charlotte again for this challenge and paired her with some more Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety dp. I just think this designer paper is so much fun! I can't get enough of it lately! Anyway, I colored her in with my Copics and embellished with some ribbon and buttons! Slowly but surely I am becoming more acquainted with my Copic markers. It's taken me awhile to find my favorite method but I think I finally have it! :) As for the sketch of this card, I used today's Friday Sketchers layout

Well, that's it for today's card! I am heading to Iowa next week to see my family so I am not exactly sure how much I will be able to post. I definitely have a few cards lined up though so be sure to stay tuned for those! Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate all of my readers so much and am very thankful to those of you who have stuck around with all of my posting lags! :)
And in honor of the ornery Charlotte, I wanted to post this hilarious picture of my daughter! She was sound asleep in her bouncer with her finger completely jammed up her nose! Haha! I just had to get a picture of it! She must get that from her daddy! ;)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

By Lori Designs Challenge #4 Plus An Announcement!

Edited to add: I played around a bit and tried to take a new picture of my card using better lighting. I was able to get a slightly better picture. Hopefully they only continue to improve!

 I have some VERY exciting news! I was asked to be on the By Lori Designs challenge design team! :) I absolutely LOVE By Lori Designs images so of course I was thrilled to be chosen! Lori creates the most adorable images and they are so much fun to color! I am joined by MANY talented women so be sure to stop by the BLD blog to check them out.

Without further ado, here is this week's color challenge!
This week's color challenge was a little bit of a struggle for me. I can't seem to make a card without using designer paper and I found that the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety paper was almost a perfect match. It just had some yellow thrown into the mix so I went with it!
My image is from the Sugar Sticks line and it is called "Love You Friend". I love how versatile this image is! It can be used on either a masculine or feminine card and for almost any occasion! I colored the image with my Copics and used this month's Sketch For You To Try as my layout! I sponged the edges with some Antique Linen distress ink and embellished the card with some ribbon and buttons! Overall I absolutely love how my card turned out! The only thing I am disappointed in is the fact that my picture didn't turn out that great. I am still trying to figure out why my photos don't look as bright as they used to. Hopefully I can get it figured out soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have time to play with this week's challenge!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Birthday To My Amazing Husband!

 Yesterday was my husband's 28th birthday and I was able to find time to create a birthday card for him! Let me tell you, finding time to create a card hasn't been as difficult as finding time to actually to actually take a picture and upload it to my computer! Haha! I've had 4 cards sitting on my desk this week just waiting for their picture to be taken. Anyway, I decided enough was enough and that I needed to share these with you so I am! :) 

So back to my husband's birthday card, he absolutely loves moose (I think I've mentioned that a time or two before) and so of course I had to use this adorable Ed the Moose stamp from Kim Hughes and pair it with the fun little mountain image from the Bear Hugs set. The Mr. Campy dp from Cosmo Cricket was the perfect pair to these images as well! I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge as the layout, colored the images with my Copics and sponged the edges with some Tim Holtz distress inks.

Let's just say Nick liked the card. After he opened it he said "This is your best card yet!" WOOHOO! :) That definitely made my day! 

Of course I can't end this post without sharing a picture of us with our own mountains! :D They look little in this picture but that they definitely are not! :)
Thanks for being patient with me these past few weeks! I promise things will get better, it's just taking me time to adjust! Stay tuned for tomorrow's card as well as a fun announcement!