Tea for Color Dare #294

It’s Friday again…hard to believe that this is the last Color Dare for the month of May and that means it’s Tic Tac Toe week!!!

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Tic Tac Toe gives you the choice of picking your own colors.  You MUST use and identify the three colors in a row of your choice; however any or all other colors from the Challenge Board may be included.

It was a really tough decision, but I finally chose the first vertical row – Sapphire, White Daisy & Bashful – since I used a PML card from the Beautiful Friendship paper packet there’s a little Smoothie, Heather and Canary included as well.

Rarely do I use the 4X6 cards in their entirety – it means I have to make a 5X7 card which is rare for me (gives me too much space to write on inside) but having a British maternal grandfather and my mom’s china teacups I had a fondness for this particular PML card. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the centers of the Smoothie flowers are filled with bitty sparkles.

What colors will you pick for your Tic Tac Toe?  Join us over at the Color My Heart Color Dare –  you can click HERE for the details.  While you are there please take a minute to look at the other DT member’s art…it’s worth it!


Double Trouble – Challenge 1

There’s a new blog challenge in town and I’m super excited that I was asked to be on the Design Team from the very beginning.

Double Trouble was founded by my stamping friends Sue and Melanie and well you know me, where Trouble leads I follow!!!  We are really TWO challenges in one – an opportunity to do a simple challenge & the Double Dare to  link up to an additional  challenge with the same card, every once in a while I’ll pop in with a special “TWIST”.

Our Thing One challenge this week is to add two or more patterned papers to your project and our Double Dare is to link to the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

My card features papers from Close to My Heart’s Beautiful Friendship collection and a retired stamp set Treats of Friendship also from Close to My Heart.  I chose a small print for my all over background and a larger print (the teapots & cups) for my second piece.  It’s good to combine sizes of prints so that they don’t compete with one another.  I kept my stamping simple – just a teacup which I colored with Copic Markers and then I stamped my sentiment in Sapphire Ink and tucked the tag under my gray ribbon.  I added a couple of pearls for a simple accent.

I hope you’ll head over to the Double Trouble Blog to learn more about our challenges.  If you’re new around these parts I hope you’ll click the Follow Button where you can get updated each time I post.

Thanks for stopping by!


Three Little Cupcakes – Color Dare #293

It’s Friday…time for another Color Dare!

This week the Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team is creating with the colors:  Canary, Sapphire & Silver.

You might feel a theme happening with my Color Dare Challenges this month.  I really love the Festive Birthday stamp set and I can NEVER have enough birthday cards.  It’s been fun challenging myself to use the same stamp set but in totally different ways.

I hope you’ll take some time to create with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare , you can click HERE for the details of the Color My Heart Color Dare.

Thanks so much for stopping by…I hope you enjoyed my artwork and that you’ll take a minute to visit the other Design Team Members Blogs too!

Happy Mother’s Day

In 2012 I lost my mom to her third battle with Breast Cancer and I pretty much boycotted Mother’s Day until last year when a group of girlfriends asked me to a play and dinner. This year we are doing brunch and the Chihuly Glass & Gardens.

One of my favorite things about making cards is being able to personalize them. These are a few of the Mother’s Day cards that I made this year.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

Hey Cupcake – Color Dare #292

It’s Friday…time for another Color Dare!

This week the Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team is creating with the colors:  Bashful, Canary, & Linen.

Once again I used a pattern from Make It From Your Heart 4.  If you don’t have this little gem of a book – you need to get it ordered.  I also thought this sweet cupcake from the Festive Birthday card kit needed to find it’s way onto this card.  What’s a birthday without some banners and sparkles?

I hope you’ll take some time to create with us you can click HERE for the details of the Color My Heart Color Dare.

My question today is:  Do you think outside the box and use your card kit stamps for other than how they are packaged?

Thanks so much for stopping by…I hope you enjoyed my artwork.


One Pattern Four Ways

It’s no secret I’m crazy in love with the Make It From Your Heart pattern books and Volume 4 is no exception.  I reach for these books every time I need a little inspiration and a good pattern!

When you use one of the patterns you can simply rotate it 90 degrees in either direction and come up with a total of 4 magnificent patterns!

Each of my cards is made with the same pattern and papers from the Beautiful Friendship but they all have such a different look.

I appreciate you stopping by – I hope you’ll consider trying one of the Make It From Your Heart patterns on your next card making adventure.


Postcard Perfect

Did you know that May is National Scrapbooking Month?  Not a scrapbooker – no worries the Postcard Perfect products make GORGEOUS cards with a summertime theme.

The paper packet contains 16 sheets , including 4 sheets of white vellum in two different designs.  I love the printed design on the vellum…super cute when layered on B&T paper peaking through.  There is also a coodinating cardstock pack that includes an exclusive “mint” color that you won’t find anywhere else.

I’ll be sharing some fun artwork during May that will make you run right over to my website and add it to your cart.  Unfortunately, this special is only good during the month of May so you aren’t going to want to wait too long.

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment here and I’ll get back to you as soon as I finish my hula lessons 🙂