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!

Entering this into:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


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!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Peaking through the porthole window

For my SOUS post from today, scroll down! 

Back again eh?!  Well it is a busy day and I have another card to share with you.  This one is for our Cut it Up Challenge- Under the Sea chosen by DT member Cindy.

My take on the challenge puts you in that little yellow submarine looking out the porthole window...

What do you think?  I used the Lawn Fawn circle dies.  The stamp is Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous and I colored it with pencils and gelatos.  I love the outcome.  Here is a look at the inside:

Winners chosen for this week's challenge will get a $10 Gift Certificate to Kadoodle Bug Designs .  Cool eh?

So let's see what you've whipped up!!!!

Entering this into:
Simon Says Stamp Wed- Let's Be Clear
Simon Says Stamp Mon- Start from Scratch
Color Q #249-  (the poppy is hard to see but it is in there!)
Craftin' Desert Diva's- Summer Time

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Going Somewhere- BOLDLY!

Hello friends and welcome to another Stuck on U Sketches Die Cut Challenge week!  This week our theme is:

"Going Somewhere"

Doesn't that sound fun?!  Yep, I am game!  You know, vacations, cars, boats, bikes, and the like....  Here is what I made for this weeks challenge:

This card features a whole lot of Paper Smooches and a little bit of Lawn Fawn.  The circle die used to make the card shape is the Lawn Fawn.  My stamped images are from the Paper Smooches Space Cadet Set.  I used the back sides of the planets (with no texture) to stamp the craters in the moon, I stamped them over in several colors, some are Banana with Basic Grey and some are Versamark with the gray (all SU!).  I used the stamp off method AND the rock and roll method to make them look like craters.  The swoosh is made from my Scissor Circle Cutter (again SU!) with the top layer in velum and the back layer in gold.  The space creature (Space Cadet) is stamped and colored with a few copics and finished off with some glossy accents.  Finally I added the sentiment and the wood stars dipped in Delecata Gold.  This was really fun to make!

This my friends is fortuitous of things to come...

Entering this into:
Paper Smooches Sparks- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed- Let's Be Clear (swoosh and glossy accents on spaceship)
Simon Says Stamp Mon- Start from Scratch (moon and swoosh)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sunshine and Smiles

Hello.  Today is a Top Dog Dies day for me and I have an elegant wedding card to share with you. This was a card I took to a wedding this weekend.  It was such a beautiful and fun event!  The bride and groom looked wonderful, the ceremony was perfect and the colors were awesome.  The main color was grey for the bridesmaids they had light coral colored roses and were tied with sheer blue ribbon, Tiffany's color. They had so many beautiful touches and the wedding location was amazing!

Here is the card I gave them.  I made it using Top Dog Dies Alexa Frames Die Set.  Isn't it elegant?  The die is so dainty and gorgeous and looks lovely cut in the ombre paper.  All the DP is from Authentique's Elegant collection...aptly named eh?!  I added a little ribbon, some flowers and colored a woodchip bird black.  I felt like this was a good card for them.  I didn't have a gift to accompany because my husband had made them beer for there wedding.  The "Getting Hitched" IPA was a huge hit!  Good job hubby!

We had such a good a good time, here is a pic of us enjoying ourselves. ;) What a wonderful day!  Thank you Mike and Kristin for inviting us and we wish you all the best!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fusion and the Fourth

Well tomorrow is the 4th of July in the USA and we have a fun Fusion Challenge in store for you this week that will make you put you in the mood!

First, Cathy Weber is leaving Fusion, sniffle.  I am lucky enough to be on the Top Dog Dies Team with her but I know that we will miss her at Fusion.  Cathy always has lovely, unique creations and I am always looking forward to seeing what new and inspiring idea she comes up with.  Please stop by and give Cathy some love today!

So here is this week's challenge photo and sketch...

Wow eh?!  I think the  poppies in this dress explode out at you just like fireworks (appropriate for the 4th in the US)!  I love the sketch too.  Now for some reason I had a really hard time getting my head around this one, I struggled and struggled.  But finally I had a break through and am happy with the results.  Here is what I have for you:

OK, now here is what YOU need to do;
1.- Go over to Fusion and check out all the inspiration and rules
2.  Hit each DT members blog and leave them some love
3. Get crafty!

Thanks for stopping today!  Happy Canada Day earlier this week to my Canadian friends and Happy 4th tomorrow to my US friends. :)

Entering this into:
Paper Issues- in the Navy
Paper Sweeties #21- Patriotic Prints
Cupcake Inspriations #267
ColorQ #248
Craftin' Desert Diva's

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Another Day and more Top Dog Dies

Hi Friends!  So glad to have you swinging by today.  I have a card to share with you that I made for my Uncle.  He has had some melanoma in the past but was recently diagnosed with sarcoma.  He is doing OK, but I know he is not looking forward to chemo. :(  On the bright side, I think he will do well, he is a very strong man and he is going to beat this.  So I am popping this in the mail tomorrow to send to him, in hopes that it lifts his spirits a bit.

What I love about this card is the masculine colors but it still has a delicate feel.  The floral paper is the from Color Me Happy by Glitz.  I cut it using the Top Dog Dies Sophie A2 Mat Die Set.  I stamped out some leaves from PTI and embossed in white.  Then I added some ribbon and a tag from the Top Dog Dies Mini Tag Die Set.  I stamped the sentiment in navy.

Thanks for stopping today!  I hope you enjoyed this post and checked out my tutorial yesterday for a Sweet as Ice Cream Purse for a little girl. :)