Monday, March 31, 2014

Flamingo Bird-day! ~ RS108, PP189 & DD96

I had a friend ask me to make her a couple of cards that had flamingos on is one that I came up with.  I used the sketch from Retro Sketches 108, some elements from The Paper Players 189, and the color combo from Dynamic Duos 96.
I didn't own a flamingo stamp so I scoured the internet and found this one on Ebay.  It's the yard ornament kind of flamingo.  I thought it was pretty cute. The sentiment "Happy Bird-day" came from Pun Fun. 
I obviously chose to pair Strawberry Slush with my Gumball Green for the Dynamic Duo Challenge.  Those colors are so bright and cheerful together. 
I was also excited to see the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge back at The Paper Players....I always think it's so much fun!  I chose to do paper piecing, patterned paper, and ribbon or twin.  I pieced the flamingo with Strawberry Slush DSP and used the ruffled ribbon as the ribbon/twine element.

Supplies for this card
Stamps: Pun Fun, Flamingo from EBay
Paper: Strawberry Slush DSP & CS, Just Add Cake DSP, Black
Ink: Black, Strawberry Slush
Accessories: Banner Punch, Rhinestones
You can order most of these supplies HERE!

 Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Field Flowers for The Challenge #3

This card is the The Challenge #3 over at Lesley Croghan's blog, Always Playing With Paper.
I was also inspired by a photo I saw on Pinterest.....
sweet clover
Pretty neat photo huh?  I thought of the hardwood stamp right off the bat and while I had another flower set in mind originally, I settled for Field Flowers.  I really like the way it turned out.
Supplies for this card
Stamps: Field Flowers, Hardwood
Paper: White, Black, Strawberry Slush DSP, Sweet Sorbet DSP, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Pink Pirouette, Summer Starfruit, Tempting Turquoise, Gumball Green
Accessories: Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Banner Punch, Circle dies, Dimentionals
You can order most of these supplies HERE!
Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Paper Crafters Sampler March

Celebrate the Easter season with the March 2014 Sampler, "Rejoice in Easter".  This Easter issue offers project ideas for a memorable Easter season.  The projects this month are 'eggcellent.  Inside you'll find Easter-themed greeting cards, a mini spring flip-flop album, an elegant Easter daffodil suite to stuff with goodies and much more.
Here's a sneak peek of my card....
And, here's a peek of some of the other projects......

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Small Town Basketball

This might be a lengthy post, but I promise it will be worth it! 
This is a very special card I made specially for some super generous people.  It has to do with small town basketball, tradition, and honor.  I'm entering this card in The Paper Players Theme Challenge this week, which is a thank you theme.
Basketball season, which runs from November to February or March, is a big deal in small town Montana.  It's a social time for most of the communities that are involved.  Friday and Saturday nights you can find most of the home town packed into a gymnasium cheering on their team to victory.  Pretty soon it's tournament time.  It's very exciting for these small towns.  One team in our district or region is a small, Native American town on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation called Brockton.  The Native Americans started a tradition back in the 1940's of giving out star quilts to honor players from other teams that they admired or thought highly of.  The ceremony is a highlight of our district tournament every year.  It's very exciting to see who will get honored and see all the beautiful quilts that are given away.  On the last night of the tournament, all the Brockton players (girls and boys) and their parents and/or grandparents, file into the gym, quilts in hand, and form a big circle.  They carefully lay out the quilts on the gym floor to display the amazing handiwork for all.  One by one they call down an opposing team player and their parents out of the stands to honor them.  Hugs are given, tears are shed and the quilt is carefully draped around the shoulders of the honored player's mother.  My son was one of those honored players this year and I can say that it was one of the highlights of this, his Senior year.   
We were not informed ahead of time, so it was a complete and total surprise for us to be honored.  Out of about 80 or 90 boys on the opposing teams, Our son Andy was chosen.  They only give out about 20 blankets.  It's an amazing testament to what a wonderful, kind kid he is.  He is pictured below in the black sweatshirt.  The boy that honored him, along with his mother, is draping the blanket around my shoulders. 
Here's another photo of my husband giving Mrs. Bear a hug and me trying to hold back the tears.  It was such a special moment for us. 
So naturally, I wanted to make a special thank you card for them.  I wanted to incorporate the quilt aspect somehow, and mimic the colors of the quilt we received.  It's such a small token of thanks for such a huge, honorable gift.  Thanks to Wayan Bear and his family for honoring our son Andy.

Supplies for this card

Stamps: Starburst Saying

Paper: White, Island Indigo, Sweet Sorbet DSP, Just Add Cake DSP, Island Indigo DSP

Ink: Summer Starfruit, Wild Wasabi

Accessories: Neutral button, 1" square punch, Starburst die, Circle die, Petals a plenty EF, Island Indigo ribbon

You can order most of these supplies HERE!

 Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello Little Rascal ~ CMCC#9

This cute little guy is for Colour Me Challenge #9
The color combo is playful and what could be more playful than the images from Life In The Forrest!  I just love them all....they are perfect for water coloring.  I've had this raccoon and mushroom laying around on my desk for a bit and had this color combo in mind so when I saw this challenge it fit perfectly.  I'm making it in just under the wire too.  I've been unbelievably busy with card classes, following my son's (who is a senior in high school) basketball team, and substitute teaching at our school.  February flew by in a flash and I see I didn't get a chance to blog at all!  I was happy to finally get down to my craft room and create for myself and not for a class! 
The card photographed more turquoise, but I promise it's really Bermuda Bay!  I've been trying to find projects to use the Chevron Punch on.  When I purchased it I thought I'd use it far I've only used it a handful of times. 

Here's a list of my supplies....
Supplies for this card
Stamps: Life in the Forrest, Tiny Tags, Distressed Dots
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Black, Smokey Slate, Real Red, White, Fresh Prints DSP, Watercolor
Ink: Stazon Black, Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate, Soft Suede, Real Red
Accessories: Neutral Candy Dots, Tiny Trio Punch, Framelits Labels, Tiny Tag Punch, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Chevron Punch
You can order most of these supplies HERE!
 Thanks for taking a peek!