Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lover? YUP!

Happy National Coffee Day!  This could possibly be my new favorite holiday because I'm a coffee addict.  Hot, iced, name it, I like it!  In fact, I'm sitting here drinking my very first coffee of the morning.  Coffee being what it is to so many of us, Chaitali and Amy decided to arrange a Coffee Lovers Bloghop!  As soon as I heard about it, I was on board.  How could I pass up celebrating coffee?  First up, a few fun questions posed by Virginia Lu:

1. When did you start drinking coffee?

I hated HATED coffee for the longest time but then while attending US Air Force Academy, I was introduced to, Trina, the most amazing barista ever.  My love of coffee began with Milky Way mochas and caramel lattes.  I was hooked and it was all downhill from there. 

2. What is your favorite brand (you can name up to three).

I have a Nespresso machine because that has been the best coffee I have found to brew at home.  While I'm out and about, I will RUN to a Caribou Coffee or Starbucks.  ;)

3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when?

I have never ever had a coffee drink that has compared to Trina's.  I love just about anything coffee but if I could have a Milky Way mocha made by Trina again, I'd be in heaven!  

4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will...

Ummm...we don't even want to ponder this question.  It scares me just thinking about it.

Such fun!  I hope you are having fun on the hop and have checked out the sponsors for this hop as well as the fun giveaways and prizes.  What an amazing hop!  Are you ready for my card?

I just got this awesome Verve Coffee set a couple weeks ago and I couldn't wait to make a card with it.  I used the Cuppa Joe dies to cut out my coffee cup and colored it with copics.  I layered my mug on two stripes I cut out of glitter tape.  My sentiment is the Coffee Word die from Verve which I cut out several times in both kraft and a coordinating teal cardstock.  I stacked all the dies to give me a fun layered sentiment.  I stamped the adorable steam coming out of my mug with Versamark to finish off the card.   

I hope you enjoyed my card and will come join us on the Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  I can hardly wait to get hopping and see all the amazing creations!  See you on the hop!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CTS #94

Hi, you guys!  I'm super excited to share this week's sketch with you.  I just love showing off the CAS(E) this Sketch challenges each week.  We all have so much fun and I sure hope you guys do too.  This sketch is so fun and you must go check out all the design team members' takes.  You won't want to miss them.  Here's the sketch:

I made a couple cards using this sketch before I found the one I wanted to use for my blog post.  I think I chose well though.  Ha ha!

I masked off stripes with post its before stamping and embossing "hooray" in white and then masked the embossed sections with post its before re-stamping and embossing the gold.  It took a little tweaking here and there but I like the overall look.  The "hooray" stamp is from the Studio Calico Poet Society Card Kit and the background paper is from My Mind's Eye 6x6 metallic paper pad (which is NOT metallic).  I was disappointed in this paper pad because it isn't even sort of metallic and it turns out I'm not the only one.  I mentioned it at the amazing crafty getaway I got to be a part of this past weekend and I heard that many of my fellow crafters felt let down by the paper also.  Glad I'm not alone!

Speaking of my crafty was AWESOME!  I got to hang out with some amazing ladies in the most amazingly inspiring house ever.  I'm so SO thankful to Laurie and Amy for arranging and inviting me to be a part of it.  I got to meet some ladies that I have been following and chatting with for years without ever having met in person and some ladies I had never met but wish I had a long time ago.  It felt like we had all known each other for years and the laughs and smiles didn't stop all weekend.  It was truly one of the greatest weekends of my life.  Here's my favorite picture from the weekend...all of us ladies showing our true colors.  Ha ha!

Isn't that a super fun bunch to be with?  Love them all!

Thanks for checking out my CAS(E) this Sketch post for the week.  I hope you will join us!  We love to have you.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Bit of an Oops!

If you are looking for my CAS(E) this Sketch post for the week, it's below.

Boy, did I discover a big oops today!  I was looking through my post list and realized that the super fun post I had created for Sept 12th, didn't publish!  UGH!  Apparently, I had gone in and made changes and hit "save" instead of "publish".  So, it was sitting there in draft form this whole time.  Some days!  So, since you missed out on the fun of that post.  I've tossed the card in with this one giving me two cards to share!  How fun is that?

First up, a card I made using the Reflections Kit and Sail Away Sayings stamp set from the Sweet Stamp Shop.

I used three of the cards from the Reflections kit and cut them to create a fun sunburst type base for my light house.  I stamped and used a circle punch to cut out my light house and sentiment.  I colored the stripes and the word "light" in the stamped image to reflect the colors of the card.  I layered this whole thing on some fun polka dot paper and added some bling to finish things off.

Next, I used a fun die and the Reflections kit to make this fun card.

This card couldn't have been any easier to create.  Nicole has made some cards in this kit that can hold a card all on their own.  They are awesome!  I found some nice bold chevron paper to really make this card pop.  Then I diecut the Congratulations from a coordinating color, added some bling and the card was done!  Easy!  I have to say that this is one of my favs!  I just love how bold and graphic it is.

I hope you liked my cards today.  So SO sorry about my big oops.  Go check out the Reflections kit and all the fun stamps at the Sweet Stamp Shop.  You'll have a blast! 

CTS #93

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I hope you all are bright eyed and busy tailed this morning.  ;)  I'm SLOWLY getting there.  Just give me a couple more cups of coffee.  Ha ha!  I have been furiously packing today for a fun crafty weekend starting tomorrow.  I decided at the last second, however, to drive a portion of the drive today which meant that I couldn't wait until this afternoon to do my packing as I planned.  Luckily, I had it all planned out in my head and I got everything (I hope) loaded up and ready to go!  It's going to be a fun weekend, almost as fun as this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge!

I'm getting pretty good with these better watch out!  Ha ha!  Here's this week's sketch:

My card this week went REALLY gold.  I was just feeling the shine and sparkle thing, I guess.  ;)

Lots of shine!  My husband will like this card and I'm sure when he sees it he will say, "Gold will shine in '99!"  He was the class of 1999 at the Air Force Academy and that was their extremely dorky class slogan.  No accounting for taste...ha ha!  Back to the card...I layered this awesome star printed vellum onto a black card base.  I must admit that I ordered this vellum in an add on pack from Studio Calico a while ago and this is the first piece I have used.  It won't be the last, however.  I really like it!  I added a strip of gold glitter tape from American Crafts and then tipped my Studio Calico pocket card just a bit to follow the sketch.  To finish it up, I added some random glitter stars, dots, and bling to the card front.

I hope you liked my take on this sketch and that you'll join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  I can't wait to see what you create!  Have a great weekend, I know I will.  ;)    

Thursday, September 11, 2014

CTS #92

Hi everyone!  Well it's another Thursday and I'm happy to share another sketch with you for CAS(E) this Sketch.  It's also Sept 11th.  I always wake up with a sense of gloom on this day each year remembering the events of 2001 like it was yesterday.  It is hard to believe it was 13 years ago.  I was still a silly little 2nd Lieutenant trying to figure out where I fit into the larger Air Force puzzle.  We were stationed in Washington state and were just waking up and getting ready for the day.  Things got crazy pretty quick and I learned very quickly that not only was I a part of an amazing organization in the Air Force but I was a citizen of an amazing country full of amazing people.  I knew this before Sept 11th, of course, but we get so spun up in our day to day lives that we seem to forget how great and caring the people of this world are.  This day not only reminds of the terrible events of that day but serves as a reminder to me to be thankful for the people around me everyday that make being human so special.  Thanks for all that you do for the world around you everyday.  Each and every one of you touch my life in some way or another no matter where you are in the world and I appreciate it.

Hope you don't mind my little rambling this morning but I wanted to make sure you all know that I am so happy to know you even if we haven't met personally.  You are all amazing!  Now for another amazing thing...this week's sketch.  How's that for a transition.  Ha ha!

Cute isn't it?  Sam really created a fun one for this week!  Here's my card.

I used some Purple Onion Designs stamps to create this cute little winter scene.  I have Therese to thank for talking me into these cuties.  I have always loved her creations and each and every time she breaks out a Purple Onion Designs stamp, I'm sold!  ;)  Thanks, Therese!  The paper is from my Studio Calico card kit.  I flipped the sketch and love how the trees really capture the original intent of the sketch.  I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you'll play along with us at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I'll see you there! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

CTS #91

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and those that had a holiday weekend, I hope you did something super fun!  We had a lovely weekend full of fun, family, food, and fishing!  Our family gathered at a local park and spent some time hanging out together and enjoying the gorgeous weather.  We really lucked out that during a weekend full of rain, we got a break in the rain for all of Labor Day.  I thought I'd share this cute picture from the day with my littlest learning how to fish from one of his VERY patient cousins.  Isn't it cute?

We had a great day and I realized that we need a canoe.  Yup!  This girl LOVES to canoe and with three boys, the adventures could be too numerous to even fathom.  So, I'm on the hunt for a canoe and I can hardly wait to get one and get it in the water.  Now wait, I'm supposed to be showing you guys something today, right?  Ha ha!  Without further ado, the sketch for the week at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Isn't this the cutest sketch?  Almost as cute as my picture above...ALMOST.  ;)  I had a great time with it and I can't wait to share my card.

Again, I broke out my Studio Calico kits (Sandlot card and Sandlot PL) for this card and I LOVE the combo of elements.  This card just sort of fell together and I love the final result. 

I hope you will take a minute to play along with us at CAS(E) this Sketch while you are busy trying to make the most of the last little bits of summer.  Have fun and I'll see you again soon!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fishy Fun

TGIF, everyone!  Is anyone else glad it is Friday?  My kids aren't even doing school yet and I'm thankful for Friday, especially on a long weekend.  Do you guys have any big plans for Labor Day?  I hope to do a whole lot of nothing!  How's that for a plan?  It feels like we have been go go going all summer long and I could just use some downtime.  I do hope to get a little card making done and maybe get started on my Christmas cards this year.  I really need to get going on those.  I feel like I'm SO behind since I usually try to get them done in the Jan, Feb, Mar time frame when I'm forced to be indoors much of the time anyway.  I haven't had very good luck with that for the past two years though.  Hopefully, I can change that.  Speaking of card making, I had a little extra fun with the Ahoy kit  and the Fishy stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop last night and made this super fun card.  What do you think?

I really love the die cut frames in this kit because they give me the perfect spot for making a little scene.  For this scene, I die cut two shades of blue vellum with a ric rac border die to create the illusion of waves.  I layered my waves along with some patterned blue striped paper in the frame window to make my ocean.  When I had that done, I loved the monochromatic look it had and decided to carry that through to the rest of the card.  I colored my fish and starfish in the same colors and added them to the scene.  To create my sentiment, I stamped "Perfect Catch" on some vellum which I trimmed into a banner and added the "my" with alpha stickers.  I tossed on some enamel hearts and the scene was complete.  I set this finished card on multiple different pieces of patterned paper but as soon as it hit this piece from Studio Calico, I knew it was a match made in heaven.  I only had a small piece of it left so I used some glitter tape on the edge to fill up the card front.

I hope you guys are making the most of the fleeting days of summer.  I know I shouldn't say this but I'm really REALLY looking forward to fall.  ;)  Have a great day!