Friday, May 30, 2014


My good friend Ardyth
who lives to the east,
delights us daily
wish a visual feast...

of colors and patterns
so simple and clean
and creative ideas
like we've never seen!

She shares her talent
on her blog we all visit
to gather ideas
her work is exquisite!

Today is her birthday
Let's all shout "Horray"
and send her good wishes
on this special day!

Our dear friend Ardyth is celebrating her 29th birthday today!  Why not pop on over and wish her a happy day!  

My card was inspired by Ardyth's clean & graphic style and her flawlessly stamped images and by this stunning card that our dear & talented friend 'Anita from France' created a short while ago! BTW, the bottom flower is really a nice sunshine yellow in real life (as opposed to the somewhat mustard color that Photoshop chose)!

2014-05-30  Here's your belated b-day card Ardyth! Hope you had a fabulous day!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Gallery Idol 2014 Entry #2

Can you believe this?  Another entry into Gallery Idol !!!

I just checked out the gallery...the entries are amazing!!! You will definitely be Wowed by Washi !

As I mentioned in my previous post, my supply of washi tape is really quite sad. The patterns featured here showcase the rest of my 'stash'. I really love the vibrancy of the green and the graphic patterns.

The "trees" were cut with a triangle die (3 layers cs plus one of washi tape). I traced & cut the image a bit bigger to create the red matting. SSS star die covered in Recollections glitter. The sentiment was cut with my Silhouette. So in love with my Lil' Inkers stitched mats!

If my time zone figuring is correct and if you live on the west coast, then you still have time to enter.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Best of luck to all who have entries in this year's competition :)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Gallery Idol 2014

                                                      Gallery Idol logo Green1 988x1024 Gallery Idol Open Auditions Round Now Open!

Yes...a last minute entry into 2014 Gallery Idol !

I must confess...I am afraid of washi tape!  I'm quite sure that I have never used washi tape on a card! I do have a few rolls that were either found in a clearance bin or came to me by way of a prize pack! I've also totally stepped outside of my comfort zone with a less than C& S design.

But hey, isn't that what challenges are meant to accomplish?

This roll of pretty teal colored gingham is my fav in my stash. Is four rolls considered 'a stash'?  The card came together with bits & pieces of items sitting on my craft table.  The polaroid frame was covered with rows of  3/8" tape! Two pairs of reading glasses were required for lining up the pattern! The pretty pinky-mauve bow (also from the scrap box) seemed to work really well with the teal.  A few punched hearts, a bit of bling, IO alphabet dies and done like dinner!

If you're planning on entering a card, you best get busy as the deadline is May 19th.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Card Concept Challenge #10 - Use A Coffee Theme

... are the perfect blend!

Welcome back!  CCC Challenge #10 is all about coffee!   

I'm hopelessly addicted to coffee - specifically skim milk lattes (Starbucks being my absolute fav!), so to say that this theme had me all in revved up would be an understatement! Two cards for the same challenge theme is proof of my love affair with this beverage!

Soooo....not only does the coffee theme rock, but take a look at the colors in the inspirational photo! They are the yummiest ever!

The image (imported from a free clip-art sight) was cut with my Silhouette. I love the vibrant coral color of my first card and the rich 'coffee' colors of the second card! I underexposed the brown card just a bit to better capture the pearly sheen of the textured card stock.

Okay folks...grab a java, check out the awesome creations from the DT and start 'perking up' some coffee creations!