Thursday, May 21, 2015

4 CC #247 {Sympathy}

This week at 4 Crafty Chicks, Tamie is our challenge leader and she's calling out for sympathy cards. They are probably one of the hardest cards for me to make. I wanted mine to have a pop of color so I decided to ink up a background stamp with Calypso Coral, stamp it off once, then stamp it on my cardstock for that added pop. I don't feel that sympathy cards need to be all dark, and gloomy. A touch of color is nice sometimes!

Thanks for popping in to see what I was up to - hop on over now to the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge blog and link up your sympathy card for us to see. We'd love to have you! Cheers!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Celebrate Today at The Pink Elephant!


Welcome back to my blog :)

This week at The Pink Elephant, Ella is in search of some GRADUATION cards/projects! For some odd reason, I really find Grad cards difficult. I just never know what to put on them for decorating etc. This Bugaboo image made this CAS card come together pretty quick however!

I have a Graduation ceremony to attend in a couple weeks, myself - our son is graduating June 5th and 6th! I *seriously* cannot believe time has flown by as fast as it has! I will be sure to post pics of his special day!

I am entering my card into the Curtain Call's challenge: "Totally Tassel"

Be sure to hop on over to The Pink Elephant challenge blog HERE to link up your GRADUATION card/project for us this week - we'd love to have you! Happy crafting!

Merry Monday #159 {Non-Evergreen Tree}


Happy "Merry Monday," folks!

This week over at Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge, we are looking for cards with trees that are NOT evergreens! Awesome challenge, Debbie!!

For my card this week, I let my designer paper do the work for lucky was I that this gorgeous tree was in a 6 x 6 pack of Christmas paper?!? The only thing I added was the Christmas die cut and some wooden pearls in the corners....wa-laaa! I am assuming that it's a pear tree since there is 1 partridge in it?? LOL...I'm going with that hahahaa

Come and see what the rest of the Merry Makers have created just for you! Then, be sure to link up your card so we can come visit your blog and leave you some love! You also have the chance to be our guest designer if your card is chosen as the winner! Whoop!! Happy crafting!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Craft Room Tour with The Pink Elephant!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the third week of sharing crafty spaces at The Pink Elephant! So far Sheri and Natasha have shown you their creative spaces and let me just say that I am totally loving seeing Ella's girls craft rooms! I love getting new ideas and getting inspired :) 

I have had the last two months off from crafting as I was working at our local accounting firm preparing income taxes and let me tell ya - I had to do a MAJOR overhaul of my room before I even *dreamed* of taking any pics! But, that is a good thing - it got my room cleaned and organized!! Yay!

I am also a lucky girl to be able to have one whole room for crafting in - but it's also my business office too. One side is designated crafty area and one side is our business office. Works pretty good! So first off, I have all my Stampin' Up! inks/markers/re-inkers stored in a wonderful wall unit that my Dad builds....he's a genius! He also built my copic marker holder which you will see momentarily! He has a link on my blog if you are at all interested ;) And I also store buttons in jars on top of it. Under my printer area is where I store all of my 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock - both drawers are labelled with Stampin' Up! color file folders.

Then there is my computer/copics/washi tape area - the "colorful area" lol...

I also have a white 5-drawer unit I purchased from IKEA under my desk that holds adhesives, acrylic blocks/distress inks, heat gun, baby wipes, embossing powders, glue gun, and bottom drawer is my camera and other electronics.

Then, to the right of my desk is my stamp storage cupboards (all Stampin' Up! stamps and boxes of cards are stored in the upper IKEA cabinets) along with some other miscellaneous things (copic refills/etc.) In the lower IKEA shelf there are my wonderfully organized clear stamps (Jennifer McGuire style), my ribbon, embossing folders/dies (Jennifer McGuire style), other embossing/dies from Stampin' Up and in the baskets below, I store my felt, flowers, card kits and extra paper cutters.

My closet is sort of a "catch-all" for various things. I store extra yarn in there, the wonderful white cabinet is actually a storage unit for 12 x 12 papers made by my wonderful friend, Brian Elliott (Leanne's hubby!) On the shelves I store my idea books, other crafts I want to do and the top shelf is all my scrapbooking paraphernalia.

The tall 9-drawer unit is also from IKEA and that's where I store all my punches. I absolutely LOVE
this drawer unit!! The top 2 drawers I have sequins and other embellies!
Well...there ya have it folks! This is where I get crafty. I am still in the process of decorating and I would love to put some cabinets up (or shelves) directly above my computer monitor. So...still a work in progress!! Thanks for stopping in!! xoxoxo

Thursday, May 14, 2015

4 CC #246 {Chevrons!}


Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday everyone! Before I get to our challenge, I would like to personally thank my teammies (Rhonda, that means you too!!) here in the HENHOUSE for covering my commenting, posting etc. while I was on my crafty hiatus! It meant a lot that I was able to just focus on work and not have to feel guilty for not getting to my DT assignments while I was stressing over tax returns...or falling asleep at 8 p.m. LOL....again, HUGE THANKS!!

This week, miss Tina is our hostess extraordinaire and she's looking for us to use CHEVRONS:

4 CC #246 {Chevrons}

I had a lot of fun with this card, but I'm sure I didn't have to tell you that - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these images from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps! Too fun :)

This one is called "Bathtime Deirdery" and it's a pre-colored digi. They have a few pre-colored ones which are nice when you are in need of an image quick! Hope you enjoy her as much as I do!

Hop on over to the 4 Crafty Chicks blog and see what the rest of my fellow CHICKS have created for you - chevrons are HOT this week in the HENHOUSE! Would you like to come play along with us for a month in June, July or August!? We have extended our Guest Designer Team Call for another week - so be sure to check out all the details! Cheers!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Going "Animalistic" at Top Tip Tuesday!

Happy "Top Tip" Tuesday everyone! I am very excited and honored to be a part of the wonderful creative team over at Top Tip Tuesday once again! Thanks, Samantha, for asking me back :) TTT runs 2-week challenges that offer wonderful crafting tips and/or tutorials with each challenge! Come check us out....

This week, our theme challenge is ANIMALS and our wonderful sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Designs. Be sure to pop on over and check them out! I did not get the chance to create a card using one of their wonderfully CUTE designs, but I am for sure going to go check them out and I encourage you to do the same! They have some wonderful images!

For my card, I had this image already printed out from Sassy Cheryl's Stamps - it's a pre-colored digi that I added some blue copic color around the outside to make the image POP off the white cardstock! This little puppy is so totally adorable - I just had to use it for this challenge. He's so curious LOL....

Thank you so much for stopping in today - be sure to check out the rest of the super talented DT here:

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Pink Elephant #298 - Fitness Level


Welcome back to my blog to see what else I've been up to....shannanigans, that's what! LOL...I couldn't help get a little sassy this week with The Pink Elephant's "inspiration photo" challenge:

mmmm...don't they look scrumptious? I was scrolling through my Bugaboo stamps and I came across this Stella and I just could NOT resist using her:

Stella totally cracks me up! I can just "hear" her saying it on over to the challenge blog and play along with Ella and the girls for this week's "ooooey, gooey, yummalicious" inspiration challenge! We'd love to see what you come up with :) Happy crafting!

Merry Monday #158 {Use a Stencil}

Happy Merry Monday!!

No, you are not imagining things - I am back! Sorry that it's been a day or two, but tax season consumed me and I was not able to keep up with all things crafty LOL....thank you to all my DT's for being so patient with me and filling in for me while I was away! I sure appreciate it.

This week at Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge, miss Deanne is our wonderful hostess and she's wanting us to dig out those stencils and get creative:

I had to really dig through my drawers of "possibles" but alas, I found my polka dot stencil from Heidi Swapp that I bought ages ago. I dug out the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green ink pads and some sponge daubers and got to work filling in polka dot holes:

Are you in need of Christmas cards for this year?! Come on over and check us out each Monday - make a card with our current challenge and wa-laaaa! You will have a stash all ready for the hectic, crazy season this year....we'd love to have you. Click HERE to take you to the challenge blog.

Make sure you check out each and every AMAZING project by our Merry Makers - they've totally knocked this challenge out the park! WTG, girls.....stay tuned for another installment from The Pink Elephant, coming up in about 3 hours! Cheers!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

4 CC #239 {I Suffer From CRS....}


Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday everyone!

It is my week to host the challenge and I chose HUMOR as our theme this week....when I was surfing through all the Bugaboo Stamps a while back, I came across this GUS stamp and OMGOSH I almost pee'd myself laughing - cuz that's ME! I suffer from this too lol....

4 CC #239 {HUMOR}

I cannot WAIT to give this card to my Dad or someone with a funny bone - I love Gus....he cracks me up! Thanks for popping in today - be sure to hop on over to the 4 CC challenge blog to see what the rest of the Chicks are up to. We'd love to have you come play in the hen house this week -click HERE! Cheers!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

4 CC #238 {Photo Inspiration}


Welcome back to another challenge from miss Tamie over at 4 Crafty Chicks. This is our jump-off inspiration picture - I think this kitty is so stinkin' cute....and well, Tamie is our cat-lover of the group so this is no surprise she gave us this awesome, adorable, colorful starting point:

I struggled which way to go with this I just use the colors? Do I just use the kitty? Do I do I tried real hard to incorporate both. Here's my take on it:

I wanted to keep it fairly CAS and I really, really wanted to dig out some felt and use that. I love how it cuts in the dies - like BUTTAH!!! So fun to work with. Thanks for the awesome challenge, Tamie! The kitty is from Paper Smooches, the sentiment is from Reverse Confetti, the felt is from MFT....

Come on over and share your card, scrapbook layout or 3D item with us. Click HERE. Happy crafting!

Monday, March 16, 2015

TPE #290 {Color Challenge!}

This week, over at The Pink Elephant, we have a COLOR challenge:

"Pinch Me"
(Use the color GREEN)

For my card, I colored up this adorable coffee AVA from Bugaboo Stamps! Isn't she just darling?! I love this image so much....I totally love that the coffee mug is bigger than her :) My kinda

I hope that you are able to come and play along this week - we'd love to have you! On that note, this will be my last week of creating with The Pink Elephant until mid-May or so .... I am working doing income tax returns and the season is cranking up into high gear (CRAZY MODE) and I am just so limited on free time right now until the end April. I will be back though, don't you worry!!! :) Hop on over to TPE blog and leave some lovin' for the rest of Ella's girls....CHEERS!!

Merry Monday #150 {Gifts}

Hello there Merry Monday fans!! Sorry that this post is late - I was away all weekend at a huge volleyball tournament in Edmonton with our daughter (Kim) and then she had to ref a tournament all afternoon Sunday so we got home VERY late last night! On the bright side of things, I got to spend yesterday afternoon with my wonderful friend, and fellow Chick, Tamie, as it was her daughters vball tourney that Kim was ref'ing for :) It was a great afternoon xoxoxo

This week, at the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge, miss Karren is our challenge hostess and here is what she's looking for:


I received this cute die in a coffee blog hop a few months back and I decided to use it for this challenge:

Come on over and see what the rest of the Merry Makers have for you this week, you will NOT be disappointed! Be sure to link up your card so that we can come visit you as well! Happy crafting!  I just wanted to let you all know that I will be taking a crafty hiatus from creating cards here at Merry Monday until about mid-May....I am working for an accounting firm in town preparing income tax returns and the season is cranking up into high gear...thus, leaving me very little time (or mental brain power) to create. I will still be doing the posts etc. but not creating - I will be back, don't you worry!!! See ya soon! xoxoxo

Thursday, March 12, 2015

4 CC #237 {Cabin Fever}


Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday everyone! Well, I am not sure about you guys, but I think the theme for this week couldn't come at a better time...miss Tina is our hostess and she is throwing the task out there to create something related to CABIN FEVER. By now, everyone's probably really wanting Spring to come and bring with it the warm temps, green grass and fresh air! This challenge was perfect!

I colored up my Deacon from Bugaboo Stamps and was picturing him out on a gorgeous Spring day, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine, the sweet chirping of birds and a warm, gentle breeze.....ahhhh...sounds blissful doesn't it?!? The sentiment is from a Kraftin' Kimmie set.

Truth be told, I love Winter's my "hunker-down and slow down" time of year. I get a lot of other crafty projects done too (crochet, cross stitch etc.) But, I really do love a warm, Spring day - so this was an easy challenge for me!

Let's see what you come up with - click HERE to link up your project!! Happy crafting!

Monday, March 9, 2015

TPE #289 {Shaped Cards}


Welcome back to my blog....this week over at The Pink Elephant, Ella is looking for some "shaped cards." I decided to get out some dies that I haven't used in a long time and get creative :) This cutie from Bugaboo Stamps reminds me of my niece, Reagan, and it just so happens that she plays soccer too! Can't wait to send this to her and ask her if she's getting excited for soccer

The temperatures here in central Alberta are turning gorgeous - into the double digits for the rest of the week! Wow...our snow will be gone before you know it - water will be running everywhere and alas, the MUD comes...UGH. Oh well - the warm temps mean windows open, fresh air, walks/runs can commence without ICE lol....looking forward to it...I really wish my office at work had a window, but that's ok - I can go out and walk around town on my lunch break!! Exciting! :)

If you get some time please hop on over to the DT blog and see what the rest of Ella's girls have created for you this week - this is one talented design team and you will NOT want to miss what they've created for you! CHEERS!!

Merry Monday #149 {Monochromatic Blues}


Happy "Merry Monday!"

This week, it is Debbie's turn to send out the inspirational challenge and she's calling for cards made in MONOCHROMATIC BLUES....

A while back, I picked up the Christmas edition of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine and it had a free ornament die inside! I was excited to get to work and use it for this challenge - it was perfect!

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink....

Thanks for stopping in - be sure to check with the rest of the Merry Makers to see what they have in store for you...their creations this week are UH-MAZING!!!! Click HERE.