Sunday, September 29, 2019

A Card for a Few Challenges and a Long Weekend

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!!

I am popping in with two cards today. The first card I created for three challenges in mind.

My late mother has been on my mind again as of late. It always happens this time of year since she passed away in October years ago. Butterflies were her favorite!! I was inspired by three challenges for this card-the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #404, the photo from Addicted to Stamps and More #360, and the Less is More Challenge #405-We Pick, You Pick.


I think you can see how I used the sketch on this card. I added the Stampin Up! Doily instead of an oval, and I colored in the Pretty Pink Posh butterfly in purples like the butterflies in the Addicted to Stamps and More photo inspiration.

I actually colored in a couple other butterflies that were inspired by the photo but haven't turned them in to cards yet. For the Less is More Challenge, I added a little gloss to my sparkle.

I LOVE how this card came out and it makes me so happy. Butterflies always do!!

For my second card, I also created it with a Freshly Made Sketch in mind that I never got around to using. I had the perfect image to use on it, though, so I decided to do it anyway. I am also linking this card to the Sparkles Christmas Challenge 104-Winter Wishes. That snowflake and snowman count, right?

I dug out some of my hoarded Basic Grey paper and used some Picket Fence Distress Spray and some Chrome Mist on the background before I layered some silver sparkle paper, a strip of BG paper and a gray sentiment strip on the front.

 I added a snowflake die cut from my stash, along with a Mama Elephant Snowman.

It is pretty tiny but I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops on the olive, Nuvo Clear Glitter Gloss on the glass and sunglasses, topped with Glossy Accents.

I LOVE how this card turned out and think I will be using this simple design to create some more Christmas cards with the tiny images I have colored in my stash!!

On another note, went to Upstate NY to visit some family for the weekend. Had so much fun hanging out with my Aunt, Uncle, my first and third cousins, as well as a beautiful ride with the leaves changing color.

One of the things we always enjoy is playing games. We had a lot of laughs playing Telestrations. I bought this game to play at Christmas with the family a couple years ago and had a blast. I laughed so hard I almost peed myself last night. It was so fun!!!

Well, that is all from me today. Want to post this so I can get these challenges entered. Thank you for taking the time to stop by!!

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: May Your cup Runneth Over

Hey everyone!! I hope you all are having a FABULOUS weekend!!

Today I am sharing a card I created in honor of National Coffee Day.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, in conjunction with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog for a blog hop.

I used the Coffee Cup Fri-dies to die cut three coffee cups for my card. The sentiment is from Peace, Love & Coffee stamp set.

 I layered everything over a gray, A2 card base layered with gray patterned paper that I had splattered with red and brown spray mist.

I used the Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies for the red hearts.

To see the rest of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps cards, please hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog.

What is a celebration without a sale? Today all coffee products are on sale-20% off!!

Use my code NORASENTME for an extra 15% off that!!

I thank you for stopping by!! Have a FABULOUS day!!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A CAS-ual Fridays Post

Happy Wednesday!! Today I am on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog. I created a card where the sentiment is the star.

To see a step-by-step on how I created this card, hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog! I thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Card, A Wreath and Growing Plants

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend!! I am popping in with a card I created for this weeks Freshly Made Sketches #402.

I used The Ton's Fresh Cut Sunflower stamp set for my flowers and Carta Bella's Let Love Bloom for the sentiment.

The sketch I used as my inspiration is below.

I chose to use polka dot paper scraps for the paper strip at the top. On my card the strip is split because of a mistake in cutting the paper.

I used Altenew ink pads for the yellow and green of the flower and My Favorite Things ink for the brown on the flower.

I added some Glossy Accents on the flowers for interest, as well as some yellow jewels.

I am also going to enter this card in the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge: Tristan's All About Occasions, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp It, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bling It On. The colors were inspired by Sunday Stamps Autumn Whispers Challenge, which is a photo.



I actually didn't have too much time in my craft room this weekend. Instead, I spent some time shopping at Hobby Lobby with my sister. I spent WAY TOO MUCH MONEY!! I did buy some flowers and leaves to make a wreath for my front door.

I need to get a few more leaves but I can always pull this off the door and fix it.

I also need to make a better hanger for the top. I just wanted to get this created and on the door to go with the mums I planted today. I still need to get pumpkins and then I will post my little vignette.

I also wanted to post some of my before and after photos of some of my plants. My plants do not always grow but this year some of them really grew well.

This is my Morning Glory. It was literally two separate, stringy plants when I planted them and I didn't even think they would grow. I didn't have a photo of that but this is what it looked like in July.

This is what my plant looked like yesterday!! I am just starting to get a bunch of flowers.

Now for my big pot that I planted with Geraniums, a purple flower I don't know the name of, and Petunias. Below is what it looked like when I first planted it.

It grew OUT OF CONTROL and I trashed it today to put in mums. The Petunias and the purple flowers just grew and grew. Was easy to maintain but man did it get big!!

Well, that is all from me tonight. I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. I hope you all have a FABULOUS week!!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

CASE this Sketch Guest Designer #339

Happy Thursday!! I hope your week is going well. Happy for Friday!!

Today I am on the blog with a post for CASE this Sketch #339. I won one of the challenges and as my prize, I get to be a guest designer over on the CASE this Sketch Blog this week!! I am so excited!! I would LOVE to design for this site any day!!!

To celebrate, I chose to create a card to use for a type of celebration.

I used scraps for the layered frames, an Ink Blot Shop sentiment and a Clearly Besotted stamp that was colored in with Copic Markers.

Below is the sketch that I used for this card:

I basically stuck to the sketch, with the exception of making the square into a circle. The heart element would be the margarita.

As per usual, I left it a day and came back and added a few things before I felt it was finished. I used a Memory Box stencil with some Twisted Citron Distress Ink to create some green polka dots behind the stamped piece.

I also covered the cherry with Glossy Accents and used a Nuvo Glimmer Pen on the umbrella in the drink.

I had SO MUCH FUN playing with this sketch and I thank Chrissy Larson and the whole design team for letting me play along today!!!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Twofer Guest Designer for Challenge #20-Critters

Hello everyone!! I hope you are all having a FABULOUS day!!

Today I am a the guest designer for this months Twofer Card Challenge.

This month the challenge is "critters."

I created a birthday card and a Christmas card for my cards. I used a mouse from Hello Bluebirds "Field Mice" as my repeat critter. The mouse on the left is the same mouse but colored in a different color for each card.

Here are the rules for the challenge:


For the birthday card I used Distress Ink in Twisted Citron for the grass and Tumbled Glass for the sky.

All the small details, like the butterfly, hats, flowers and the cupcake are small stamps from different stamp sets that I combed through to make my scene.

The grass was a stencil I created using an MFT die that I had. I used a craft knife to cut into it in two places to tuck the feet of the mice under it.

The finishing touches are using Glossy Accents on the balloon and hats, and Stickles glitter glue in a variety of colors.

For my second card I created a Christmas card.

I layered different patterned papers from Basic Grey and Prima. I added some snowflakes that were "extras" from a previous project that I tucked behind a pre-made Prima tag.

The "Merry" sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp that was another "extra" in my stash, that was already colored in. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink on all the white accents because the background paper was not a true white.

All the little mouse accents, from the cheese "present" to the hat and scarf are from Lawn Fawn.

I have to admit that this IS NOT my favorite card. The mice are a bit too close together on the tag but I had to do it this way because of the size of the tag. It is also busier then I usually make my cards. All in all, it was fun to create but not my usual style.

That is all from me today. I thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Have a wonderful day!!