Monday, July 28, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

Hello friends!  Sorry I have been a bit hit and miss.  Pretty sure I told you I am starting a new job this week and was wrapping up my old job last week so I have been just a bit busy.  Check mark though, one thing off my list which means I have more time to be here and blog a bit and comment on your blogs since I have been so bad.

So enough with all that, let's move onto the good stuff.  The dog days of summer are here and it is HOT out there.  Actually, in Seattle it has been pleasantly in the low 80s or so, which is my upper limit.  I know others of you are enduring much hotter temperatures.  My brother told me it is gonna be in the 100's today where he lives.  I am pretty sure I would be a whiny mess if I lived there- LOL.  The up side of all this besides getting to be outdoors is that it is perfect timing for the new and upcoming TOP DOG DIES RELEASE that starts TOMORROW!!!!!  Yep, and they have some cut summer appropriate stuff.  For example, cocktails- YUM!  I have a couple samples here and here.  Also, they have some some super fun shapes and banners and more to be found, check out some of these posts from Tracey, Kimberly, CathyRenee, and Stacey. :) Finally, I am just loving this set Top Dog Dies Dog Days #1!




Isn't that lab just the cutest?!  I coupled it with some embellishments from Freckled Fawn and a sentiment from Paper Smooches!  A great card for a friend and dog lover in your life.

The best is yet to come though!!!  Top Dog Dies is having a giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You can will ALL, yes ALL of the new release dies.  Go to this link HERE and sign up.  My friends this is a $90 dollar value so HURRY!

Happy Monday and enjoy the heat! ;)


Friday, July 25, 2014

What's tiny, grey and cute?

For the Stuck on U Sketches post scroll down....
 
 
Back for more eh?!  I can't really blame you after getting a taste with that cocktail earlier....:)  Well I don't have anymore food or delicious drinks to share, but...BUT I have  a cute mini card to share for this week's Cut-it-up Challenge.
 
This week's theme at CIU is a shaped card.....wait for it....with a twist!!! You must also include an animal!  Fun right?!  I think so...and back to my question, what is tiny, grey and cute?  A little koala, that's what!  I used this little fun Sweet Stamp Shop guy on a mini card with SU! Framelets dies.
 

 
Isn't that little guy/gal just so cute?!  I wanna pinch his tiny wittle cheeks! :)
 
OK, are you ready to hear about prizes?  This week you can win $10 at Kadoodle Bug!  I know you are excited now, so ....ready....set....go to the CIU blog!

Happy hour with SOUS

Happy Friday!  Friday's really are the best day of the week aren't they?  For one, it is time for the weekend and for two, Stuck on U Sektches die cut challenge fall on Fridays. Yay!

This week SOUS has a fun these for you, just think yummy.... it is Food and Beverage!


My card for this week is another card using that fun Top Dog Dies Party Drinks Die Set.  Clearly I can't get enough of it! (Remember this new release comes out on 7/29...just a few days and it could be yours!!!!) 


Doesn't that look tasty?  Well actually I had a few margaritas myself yesterday, it was my big going away party at work.  They were yummy, I can attest.  Coupled with some good friends, what could be better? 
OK, I hope this has inspired you to come play along with us at SOUS.  Head over to the blog to check out all the wonderful DT projects for more inspiration.
Happy Friday!!!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tequila Sunrise

Exciting new here today!  There is a brand new release of Top Dog Dies coming out on July 29th!  Trust me, these dies are so fun you aren't going to want to miss this!!!!!!!!!!!  Go over to Top Dog Dies to check it out!!!

Meanwhile, I want to wet your appetite for what is coming and nothing does that like a nice cocktail eh?! Here is my version of a Top Dog Dies Tequila Sunrise for you.....


Yummy, yummy in my tummy!!!!  I know I am drooling right now. :)

OK, here is the deal, I combined the brand new Top Dog Dies Flower Lace A2 Mat die.....


AND....the Top Dog Dies Party Drinks Die Set!


I took the Top Dog Dies Flower A2 Mat Die and snipped out specific pieces that I wanted. Isn't that fun?!  You can take this die apart and make it to pretty much whatever you want to!!!!!!!!!!!!  EEEK!  Next I used the Top Dog Dies Party Drinks Die Set, I cut the outside in a light blue and the inside in white.  I colored the inside using my Gelatos so to make it look just like a Tequila Sunrise.  I added all my little tasty garnishes and added some Glossy Accents to make it look moist and tasty.  The backdrop is perfect, created using gelatos to look like sun rays and coupled with the "Rise and Shine" sentiment...well I think you get my meaning right?

So....you have two jobs for the big Top Dog Dies release day on July 29th:  1) find a delicious Tequila Sunrise AND then 2) check out Top Dog Dies new releases because you are going to want to get them all!!!!!!!!!!!!

  Happy shopping, drinking and crafting! :)


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Felt Onesie

I am over on the Top Dog Dies blog today sharing a tutorial on how to make this felt onesie card- check it out!





Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fabulous Fusion

Guess what today is?!  Fusion Day!  Yay, I love this day!  So, we have another super fun challenge in store for you.  Check out this French, Frilly, Floral, Fabulous Fusion!
Isn't this gorgeous?!  And furthermore, don't you want to devour one of those cupcakes?!  I certainly do.  Here is what I made for this week's challenge:


I was inspired by the florals and the sketch.  I used several differnt mists to mix the colors up and Gelatos for the stem, then I stamped the hydrangea (Stampin Up!) over in black and embossed it clear.  One of the mists was a Dylusions mist that has a lovely shimmer to it.  The sentiment is from Sweet Stamp Shop and so fun, I love this set and the variety it offers.

Feeling inspired?  Wanna play with us?  Head on over to Fusion to check out the other gals fabulous cards, the rules and the current competition!  Best of luck!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Adventure!

Hello Friends!  I have a fun card using Top Dog Dies to share with you today.  This card is also very symbolic for me. I am embarking on a new adventure in my life in less than two weeks and I am both excited and nervous!

In one and a half weeks I am leaving a job that I have been at for 10 years.  I have spent most of my professional career working at a non-profit looking to find and HIV Vaccine.  Now, I am persuing a new opportunity in the for profit world with a huge corporation.  It will be quite the switch.  My current, soon to be previous, job has been a wonderful organization, with a great mission, that has allowed me many opportunities, provided growth and a wonderful work family, I am quite sad to be leaving for many reasons, but mostly because I love the people I work with (...;well most of them- wink!).  The new job holds so much change and so many unknowns BUT the opportunities and ability to spread my wings and expand my mind is going to be incredible!  So with this adventure, today's card is not only appropriate for me and my current journey, but I may give it to one of my co-workers before I go.



Here is the card I have for you.  I made this using Top Dog Dies Alexa Frames Die Set.  I love this set because it offers so much versatility.  The frame is my favorite piece, but the other delicate pieces are wonderful as well.  You can see that I used some of the smaller pieces here and they add a nice touch to this seemingly masculine card.  The paper is from Authentique Nautical collection that we all received from the previous Top Dog Dies and Authentique blog hop back in April- here. Finally, the finishing touches (woodchips and hearts) are from Freckled Fawn.

So, I hope you enjoyed this card AND I hope that you are having your adventure as well!

Thanks,
Katie