Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Doggieversary!

A couple of friends of ours are celebrating their third wedding anniversary in May, and for once, I thought I'd try and get ahead on my card-making. "Scotties in Love" by Taylored Expressions seemed like a natural choice, since she works with dogs.

The sentiment is actually a one-liner by A Muse, but I inked up one word at a time to get it into two.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 19, 2010

And the Best Reason to Play. . .

In addition to being super-fun and challenging, the A Muse Pajama Party also involves random drawings from each challenge for prizes. And I won! Woo-hoo! Those ladies over at A Muse rock, I tell you.

While I'm here, I thought I'd finally share my ATCs from last month. Since they were due to be delivered in the first part of April, of course I had to go with an Easter theme.

Here's my ATC:

I just love that patterned paper by W R Memory Keepers. Didja see that it even has ears on it? Love it!

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pajama Party Challenge #4: A Card For Mom

Oh, the irony. Immediately after I posted card challenge #3, I came across my "Simple Celebrations" clear set, and saw the tulip image. Since I felt like I didn't rock the flowers challenge as well as I could have, I decided to incorporate the tulip into Challenge #4, to make a card for a mom.

Here's my card:

Well, that's all the challenges for tonight. Now I just have to clean up the kitchen table before anyone gets home and notices the mess I've made. Yikes!

Have a nice weekend!

Pajama Party Challenge #3: My Favorite Flower?

Challenge #3 was to make a card inspired by my favorite flower. I was stumped. I don't really have a favorite flower, and I don't have many flower stamps either. As I was scanning my stamp collection, an idea popped into my head.

My favorite flower isn't a specific flower; any flower attached to a tropical drink is my kind of flower!

So, here's my card:

I based the card design on a sketch that Tracy came up with a couple of weeks ago. On to the fourth challenge!

Pajama Party Challenge #2: Repetition

Challenge #2 is to use repetition on your card. When I use repetition on cards, I like using an image that I can color in different ways to give it some variety, so I picked "Monarch" (which I think has since been discontinued).

Here is my card:

After stamping the sentiment, I'm now debating whether or not a yellow sympathy card isn't too chipper for such a serious occasion. What do you think?

Pajama Party Challenge #1: Inspiration Challenge

Challenge #1 is to use a photo for inspiration. You can see the photo here.

I immediately gravitated to the colors: light green, light blue, and light pink/purple. Here's my card:

On to the next challenge!

Tonight's the Night!

Tonight's the night of the A Muse Pajama Party and I'm so excited! I'm hoping to participate in real time here on the blog. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April Showers

Well, this is downright frustrating. While the rest of the country seems to be basking in warmer weather and even heat waves in some places, here in California we're still slogging through rain. It's driving me nuts!

At any rate, I've managed to find some very cute umbrella paper, and I thought I'd make up a quick card with Seattle Girl to make myself feel better.

At least I have the A Muse Pajama Party to look forward to on Saturday night!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Has a Week Gone By Already?

I realize this is about a week late, but how was your Easter?

Mine was quite food-filled. On Saturday, hubby and I went on a culinary adventure to the East Bay. We checked out a restaurant supply store, had lunch at the Home of Chicken and Waffles (a combination that has always baffled me, but that hubby loves), and then went to the most amazing grocery store, Berkeley Bowl West. Needless to say, we came home with all sorts of fun and unusual goodies to try and to cook. We made snickerdoodles, chili, lentil soup and egg salad sandwiches (with the hard-boiled eggs I had decorated for Easter).

Speaking of decorated eggs, here was our most successful attempt:

We used a basic Paas egg-dying kit with electrical tape, a la Martha Stewart (although hers came out a lot better than ours did).

I spent most of last week playing with my newest toys, the Cricut and the Sure Cuts a Lot software. It's amazing! I can cut any shape I'm able to draw in Adobe Illustrator. In fact, here's one of my first cuts:

I threw this card together using scraps I had around my workspace, but I'm really looking forward to playing with Cricut and SCAL some more.

See you soon!