Monday, January 22, 2018

Hello There - {Plus Instant Pot Suggestions Welcomed!}

Happy Monday!  Back two days in a row playing along over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I was in need of a quick card to send to Ryan with a couple of other things I was popping in the mail to him. I grabbed these stamps from Winner & Walter along with a touch of striped paper and we were ready to go. I love stripes!  

On another note, I finally got my Instant Pot out after about 18 months since we have moved. Made a Chicken Verde dish that was a hit with everyone. If you have any favorite recipes I'd love to hear them.  Please share a link if you don't mind! Thanks in advance - I really don't cook much and am trying to change that so that we eat a bit healthier this year.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bonjour Mon Ami

Happy Sunday my friends.  I've had a busy but relaxing day over here. Started the day by going to yoga with my friend Tara and then spent a bit of time in my craft room before making dinner.  I've also been packing for a week of travel for work.  Leaving tomorrow morning and back Friday morning. Thankfully I'm heading south to warmer weather in Florida but it is going to be a bit of a long week!

But enough of that!  Here's a fun little card from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.  Not my normal style card but I thought it was pretty cute!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Time Out: Thanks a Latte

Hello! It's time for our reminder post over at Time Out!  We're only challenge #100. We challenge you to be Thankful and ours sponsor is  Verve with the winner getting a stamp set of their choice. 
My card today features the Verve set:  Holiday Treats.  I made multiples of this card and included them in the card sets I made for family and friends. I have always loved this set and it has gotten lots of use over the years!

We have two fabulous guest designers who I adore: Bobby and Julee. Please pop on over to their blogs along with the Time Out blog to check our their gorgeous cards, our design team's amazing talent and most importantly to play along!

Monday, January 8, 2018

You've Got This

Time for a new week!  And looking forward to the week zooming forward to the end of the week when Collin and Marcel have their first show choir competition.  Speaking of which (they had their preview night on Saturday so I've attached a few pictures). They looked and sounded great and it was awesome to see them perform together.'re really here to see a card.  This week I'll have a couple more cards using Verve stamps!  This card is for the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge. I've had the flowers stamped forever and I still love a super fast card that I finished off with a touch of patterned paper and a sentiment.  I'm also going to enter this over at CASology - Encouragement challenge.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Trust in You

Ignore the shadows on my photo :)  I would go snap a new picture but this card is already in the mail.  A fellow show choir mom let me know last night that her husband has just been diagnosed with advanced colon cancer.  So all you prayer warriors out there please keep Jeff in your prayers. I wanted to get a card in the mail to them letting them know we are thinking of them and are here to help.  I though this Psalm from Verve was perfect.  I'm entering this over at CASology for the encouragement challenge.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

With Sympathy

Happy Saturday. I woke up super early this morning and have been catching up on fun things like paying bills, reconciling payments for my volunteer treasurer role for my kids show choir and perusing blogs!  And now it's time to pop in and share a card with you.  Just Us Girls has an Anything Goes challenge which is perfect to share this card I made last week. Love that gorgeous font on this Lil Inker set.  I am sending out two sympathy cards today to friends who have lost a loved one.  I also seem to need to send out so many this time of year.

On to a much lighter subject, Ryan's band performed at a local bar down by the University of Cincinnati last night. I rarely get to see him perform live since he is off at school, but it was absolutely awesome!  Here's a quick (and very poor shot of him on stage). Love him and am oh so proud.  Tonight we'll have performances by Collin and Marcel as show choir season kicks off today.  In my mind, a perfect weekend of watching my kids do what they love!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Time Out: Gracious

Happy New Year's week!  It's time for a new challenge over at Time Out!  We're only challenge #100 - isn't that amazing!  I love being on this design team and we're back with the perfect challenge for you.  We challenge you to be Thankful and ours sponsor is  Verve with the winner getting a stamp set of their choice. You all know how much I love Verve and Julee's amazing designs and sentiments so I had to play along for the challenge both this week and next with the reminder post.  

My card today features two Verve sets:  Scripture Medley 5 and Borderline.  We won't talk about how many times I stamped the sentiment and embossed it before I was happy with the end result. My white ink was a bit too juicy for stamping the smaller worlds. So I switched over to Versamark and white embossing powder.  To finish off the card I die cut the sentiment, stamped the heart border three different times and then adhered both panels to the base.  Love the neutral color palette.

We have two fabulous guest designers who I adore: Bobby and Julee. Please pop on over to their blogs along with the Time Out blog to check our their gorgeous cards, our design team's amazing talent and most importantly to play along!