Monday, July 6, 2015

Making LIfe Fun Every Day

A week ago on my birthday, I got together with a group of fun and fabulous stampers from the PNW. Ms. Amy Tsuruta gave me this stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop for my birthday and my daughter said, "that's me!"  Yep, sure enough, that stamp set looks so much like her and they are both super cute!  So, I was determined to make a card with that stamp set just for her. 

That is what I did a few days ago, made this sweet card just for her.  This card features that sweet girl from Sweet Shop and the swing set is from Lawn Fawn's You Make Life Fun set (my hubby gave me this one for my birthday).  I stamped these onto a Simple Stories journal card and used another one to stamp and paper piece the little dress and bow on her hair.  I mounted that on some paper from the Fancy Pants True Friend collection and then finally mounted it on black cs from Stampin' Up!  The final touch was adding the purple to the glasses because my girl wears purple glasses.  



Now, this wasn't planned, but check this pic out from yesterday, we were on a ferry ride.  She looks so much like that little stamp doesn't she?!  She picked out her own clothes and her headband, super cute!  She really does make life fun, every day!



That's all, just wanted to share how lucky I am to have such an amazing girl in my life. :)   Thanks for stopping!

Oh- PS- here is the list of all the ladies I shared crafty time with last week:

and other friends who I didn't get to see that day, but whom celebrated in the blog hop. :)
Vicki (honorary PNW stamper!)

I'll come back to share more creations made with stamps given to me by Kimberly and cards from many of these fab ladies! HUGS gals and thanks again!


Entering this into:
Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge, #276 pick a sketch (going back to #265)


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CMCC #77- Going Tribal

Hello.  Today is a little bitter sweet for me as it is my last challenge with the fabulous Colour Me team!  I have enjoyed the ladies, challenges and creations immensely!  I hope to have another round with this DT some day in the future.    With that, onto my last challenge.

This is the poppin' and playful color combo we are using this week:


So I had a ton of fun with this color combo.  Again, my BasicGrey Grand Bazaar paper pack came in handy by having the exact colors I needed, including the Melon Mambo, Plum, and Tangerine.  Wahoo!  

Here is where the fun came in.  I used my MFT feather dies and Avery Elle chevron die to take these feathers to the next level.  I cut the bits of DP with the chevrons and diamonds and fit then right into the feathers for a fun and fancy pattern.  It feels very tribal to me, but with a modern flair.  I added extra bits from the Grand Bazaar collection as accents including the saying, "Life is what you make of it."  I added some melon colored twine from the Twinery and some bling from Freckled Fawn.  Honestly, it is a little out of my comfort zone, but is fun none the less.  Just another opportunity to stretch myself a bit and have fun.  So, I lived up to the sentiment I guess. :)



So with that, I implore you to live your life to the fullest, which will include visiting the Colour Me blog, all the DT members and then joining us for this challenge.  

Thanks for stopping and thank you again to the Colour Me team for such a great six months!


 Entering this into: 



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday Stamps 104- For the dads

Hi friends!  Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day to all those great dads out there!  

This week over at Sunday Stamps we have a fun sketch for you, lookie see!



I decided to dedicate this one to my daddy. :)  He loves photography and loves the outdoors, so this little combo is just perfect for him.  The perfect little Simple Stories journal card with the cameras and hearts on the Crumb Cake paper from SU!  I used several Lawn Fawn sets and dies (Gnome Sweet Gnome, Say Cheese and the matching polaroid die, and the flower from Happy Easter).  I colored it with my Copics and used some blue twine from the Twinery and blue enamel dots from MME to pull out th blue in the journal card.


Lucky me my Dad is in town this weekend.  Much of my family comes every year for Father's Day weekend because we have fun art festival.  My brother and I got him a couple things from the fair that we know he will love.  I think this is the perfect little card for my dad to compliment those gifts nd a great way to say I love you.  I hope he likes it!

Now, I hope you will come play this week's challenge with us.  Please head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to check out the inspiration from the DT and join us for the challenge.  This challenge runs for three weeks due to the July 4th holiday.  

Cheers to you!

Entering this into: 

Lawnscaping Challenge- Stars or Stripes (Striped Twine)



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fusion- Bright Butterfly

Happy Fusion Day!  I hope you'll join us this week for our challenge. 

What a lovely picture eh?!



Here is my card for the week.  I had a ton of fun with this one and really enjoyed using the bright colors.  I finally broke out my boquet die from SU! and had a ton of fun using tissue paper for the flowers.  I have done quite a few projects with tissue paper, it is one of my fave things to work with. I have done a few different tutorials with it that you can see on my tutorials page.  In this instance, I just love how the tissue looks soft and natural like real flower petals.  The butterfly is a Pebbles die, the gem in the flowers are SU!  and the pearls are from Simon Says Stamps.  My favorite bit here is this brand new sentiment I picked up from my local store made by Hero Arts.  It really says it all.  :)

Thanks for stopping today.  Please head on over to the main blog to check out all the DT fabulousness and join us for the challenge. 

Entering this into:
The Card Concept- The Butterfly Effect using Clean and Layered
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday- Fave Technique or Product using Tissue Paper


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Colour Me #76- When I see an Elephant Fly

Howdy!  Here we are with another Colour Me Challenge. 

This week we are working with a subtle color combination. 


Isn't that a gorgeous image?!  Wow!

Here is what I made this week, a versatile card for a sweet celebration.  Either for a baby shower or a birthday, or something else, you decide.  :)



The elephant together with the bubbles on this card remind me a bit of the movie Dumbo. :)  I had to google the song, "when I see and elephant fly" just for fun.  You can see it here if you want. Enjoy!

For this card I used my newest Avery Elle set designed by Heather Cambell.  It is so darn cute!  I loved stamping it in the Lawn Fawn circle and coloring with my copics.  The SU! designer papers had the perfect colors and I used Blackberry Bliss as my backdrop.  I used some sparkly ribbon for a bit of shimmer and flair.  

Please head on over to the main blog and leave some love for the other DT members.  Then you can visit them each in turn. 


Katie Brooks  (that's me!)

                                                                Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Colour Me #75

Colour Me is here with a striking color combo this week. 


What is your go to for blue and red?  Patriotic, nautical... maybe even floral?  That is what I used last time, you can see that card here.  I went nautical this round. 


Loving this Digi from Hambo Stamps.  A beauty that you can print in different sizes.  I colored with my Copics, obviously leaving the grans or sand bare.  I used my Martha Stewart corner punch to create the fun red bits on the edges that I love.  The cardstock is SU! and the sentiment is Impress, you can see it says, "you are my" and it says "Anchor" on the inside.  Lastly I added these shiny gold stars from Teresa Collins.  

So, won't you join us this week?  It will be just in time for Memorial Day or any other occasion you wish! 

Here is the DT line up:


Katie Brooks  (that's me!)

Head on over to the main blog to check out all the fun!


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Stamps #103- Just Dreaming

Hi Friends!  Have you been having a good weekend?!  It is nice here and I am loving it.  I am dreaming about more summer fun (and more time off!)!

Speaking of dreaming!  This weeks Sunday Stamps inspiration photos is very dreamy!  Lookie see!


If I could encapsulate this in a bottle and keep it fresh forever I would love it.  Dandelions are the epitome of childhood. Sigh, I feel happy. 


I also feel happy with my creation.  I wasn't sure when I was making it but it turned out.   I stared with a kraft base and used my Tim Holtz stencil with some died embossing paste.  I colored it using my firecracker spritzers.  On a seperate piece of paper, I stamped this Penny Black image in brown from SU! and used clear embossing powder.  I cut it out and mounted it on the base using dimesionals.  Next I took my Pretty Pink Posh Sequins and used them as my dandelion tuft.  The tag is stamped with a sentiment from The Cats Pajamas and SU! Pool Party and I tied it onto the lacy ribbon.  Last but not least I inked up the edges of my card with the same brown as before (SU! Chocolate Chip).  

Now you can head over to the Sunday Stamps Blog and see all the fab creations the DT came up with.  I will be hear, just day dreaming about wonderful things. :)