Thursday, October 23, 2014

CTS #97

Good morning, everyone!  It is a brisk morning here in New York and I'm hoping we see the sun FINALLY!  I could sure use a little sunshine.  We are still here helping my parents out after my dad's accident and we will be here another week because...HE'S COMING HOME!  Yup, they decided that they can't do anything for him in the rehab center that can't be done at home so, next week, he's going to be home.  My mom and I have been working hard to get everything set up here to make it easy on him and her.  I think it will be a big boost in his recovery to be in his own home and I'm pretty sure it will make things easier on my mom.  We are staying to help with the transition and to get everyone settled and then we will make out 2-day trek back to Iowa.  That also means the boys get to trick or treat in New York this year!  I think my mom is just as excited as the boys are for that.  ;)  We have certainly made some time for fun while we've been here so I thought I'd share the boys' silly picture.  I was taking my annual boy photos in the gorgeous fall colors and the boys wanted to do a crazy picture.  Who am I to say no to that?

Oh yeah, you guys probably are on my blog to see my CAS(E) this Sketch card, right?  Well, I guess I can share that with you too!  ;)  I just happen to LOVE this sketch.  What a fun and creative idea and SO many ways that you guys can interpret it.  What do you think?

I had a ton of fun with this one and went a little crazy with my combo of patterns. 

How fun is this?  Oh!  Did you notice that I have some new backgrounds that I'm playing with?  I'm loving this combo with the dark wood and dots of light.  It really helps this card pop...not that it needed too much help.  My patterned papers are from on of my Studio Calico card kits and those fabulous bells are Lil' Inker Designs' Jingle Bell die set.  The "Merry" die is from Simon Says Stamp and I finished that off with one of the stars that came out of my bells.  LOVE!

I hope you liked my card and will come join us this week for an amazing challenge.  Come play at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I know you are going to have a blast!!  ;)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Festive Friday Take 2!

Good morning everyone!  I'm keeping plenty busy in New York at the moment but wanted to jump on quickly to share another take on the Festive Friday challenge.  The inspiration photo is SO gorgeous, there was no way I could get by making only one card.  I mean, seriously, just look at it.

Love!  With my second card I took a little bit more of a modern take on it and really wanted to show off that splash of red.

I masked a fun ribbon-like stripe down the side of my card and then inked it with different shades of red.  I layered some die cut snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp that I diecut from white paper and silver glitter paper.  I finished the whole thing off with a sentiment stamped in black.  Super simple but I hope you like it!

Hope you are having a great week and will join us over at Festive Friday.  See you again soon! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fesitve Friday

Merry Christmas!  Wait, am I little early?  Well, that's only because I am getting to hang out with the team over at the Festive Friday blog for the next couple of weeks.  How could you not be in the Christmas spirit around that group of amazingly talented ladies?  I'm super excited to get to join them this week and I hope you guys will to.  Here's the inspiration photo:

Stunning, right?  The image was SO clean and simple that I just had to go the CAS route for this card.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil with some embossing paste and glitter for my background.   Then I stamped a strip of vellum with a sentiment from Lil Inker Designs Holly Jolly Sentiment set.  Finally, I die cut the awesome holly leaves using Lil Inker Designs Holly Jolly Dies and added some red pearls and bling for the berries.  Super simple and clean just like the photo.

I hope you will head over to the Festive Friday blog and join us in this awesome challenge.  You might just get in the mood for snow...wait, DON'T say that!!!  ;)  Have a great and festive day.  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

CTS #96

Good morning everyone!  Well, we are busy packing for an impromptu trip to New York today.  I'm heading out on Saturday morning with my boys to go help my mom out.  My dad is doing well but I know how nice it is to have an extra set of hands (or 4) when you are trying to adjust to a new "normal" even if it is only temporary.  My dad's surgeries went well and I thank you all for being SO amazing!  He's headed to the rehab center today to start a tough 8 weeks of rehab.  We are all relieved that the surgeries went well but we know the hard stuff is just beginning.  My dad is a tough guy and he'll do well but I also know that my mom could use some help from me.  Even if I can only help lighten the mood in the house, I will have done my job.  ;)  So, we are heading out but don't worry...I'm sure I can talk my mom into letting me make a card or two while I'm there.  Ha ha!  In fact, we have plans to play with copics while I'm visiting and, I'm lucky, since going to my mom's means having pretty much everything I have in my crafty space still at my finger tips.  It's nice that we share this crazy hobby.  If I could just get them to move to Iowa, we'd save SO much money.  ;)

This trip works out well since it also coordinates with a 2-week challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.  We are helping our Canadian friends celebrate Thanksgiving this coming week and thought everyone could use an extra week to play along with our awesome sketch.  We hope you will like it!

I don't know that my card for this sketch could have been any easier.  ;)  Check it out.

I used a strip of patterned paper layered under this 4x6 Shine Bright card from a Studio Calico kit as the main card base.  Then I simply added a little stamped sentiment and some bling.  Seriously, easy!  Sometimes, easy is best and I LOVE this card!  Super fun and I can't wait to give it to a special birthday gal.  ;)

Thanks for checking out my card and I hope you will join us for the two-week challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.  The next time you hear from me, I'll be in New York!  Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LONG weekend!

Good morning!  What a crazy long weekend it has been.  My dad had surgery on his femur Friday and yesterday morning, they operated on the knee.  Each surgery seemed to take FOREVER and I am totally exhausted from the emotion and the waiting.  Being away is SO hard and I just hate not being there for my parents.  So, I'm looking at getting our butts to New York soon.  If nothing else, the boys and I can provide a little comic relief.  Luckily, there was some joy to the weekend as well.  My father-in-law got remarried and it was a crazy fun afternoon.  It is SO nice to see him so happy and his new wife, Kay, is a joy to be around.  We are totally blessed.  Here's a shot of the Larson family and the happy couple.

What fun.  I have a card to share with you guys today.  I made it for a wonderful woman's birthday last week and I just had to share it here.  The sentiment fits her well as she is an incredible woman and friend.  SO very lucky to have met her and have her in my life.  Happy birthday again, Kara!

I used a super fun pocket card for the main part of my sentiment but jazzed it up a bit with some gold thickers.  The card was just a boring pink so I added some strips of other colors to the bottom to liven it up a bit.  Then, I created a banner with another piece of patterned paper and embossed a sentiment from Lil Inker Designs You're Invited stamp set.  I finished the whole thing off with some fun bits of bling that I had in my bling bin.  ;)

Thank you guys SO much for all your thoughts and prayers for my dad.  So far, so good but I know this is going to be a long recovery.  Luckily, he has lots of people that love him.  Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CTS #95

Morning everyone!  Today is a great day and a crappy day all rolled into one.  On the great side of it, my middle son is turning 8 today!  He's such an amazing boy and a total snuggle bug.  It is SO hard to believe he's 8.  Crazy!  Another great thing about today is that it is time for another new challenge for CAS(E) this Sketch.  This week is one of my sketches and I hope you enjoy it and play along.  We'd love to have you.  On the crappy side of things, I got a call from my mom yesterday that my dad is in the hospital with a broken femur and knee cap.  One in one leg and one in the other.  UGH!  He's having surgery this morning for the broken femur so I'd really appreciate any thoughts and prayers you could direct his way.  These are the times that make being so far apart unbearable.  I know in my head everything will be fine but I worry and it's even worse when I can't be there.  Let's get back to the happy though.  Here's my cute little birthday boy:

Here's the fun sketch and my card for the week!

My card is just a random mix of stamps and elements from past Studio Calico card kits.  I hope you like it and will join us this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Thanks for stopping by.

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!