Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Happy Monday!!!  I hope you are having a splendid day, and that you are ready to see TONS of inspiration from a TON of super talented ladies.

A bunch of us are doing a blog hop today with a coffee theme, in honor of National Coffee Day!

I don't know about you, but I NEED my coffee in the mornings, or you don't even want to be around me!!!

We thought it would be cool to answer a few coffee questions, so here goes.....


1. When did you start drinking coffee?  I can't even remember when, but I do know it was a very long time ago!!

      2. What is favorite brand (you can name up to three).  My absolute favorite is Starbucks, hands down!

3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when?  I'd say my most amazing coffee is the 1st one I have every morning....seriously!

4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will.....  I really can't even think about this.....I'd hate to see what would happen!

Did I  mention that we have prizes??  We have 15 prizes to be exact - and winners will be drawn at random from all comments on the blogs!!!  Thanks to these fabulous sponsors:


Here is my card:


My Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for October arrived just in time for this hop!!!  I LOVE this months kit!  Ahhhh....that sweet little k-cup sitting there is my absolute favorite in the mornings!!

Would you like to link up and join us??

Head on over to Chaitali's blog - and join in the fun

I hope you are enjoying the hop and, good luck~!





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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Anniversary CASE Study

Welcome to the 4th Anniversary Blog Hop #4!! 

It's hard to believe how long it's been since I was on the CASE Study Design Team.  That was such a wonderful time of crafting and seeing all of the lovely ladies creations, it almost seems like a lifetime ago!  

For the entire month of August, CASE Study has been featuring our former Muses and past and present Design Team gals.  After perusing all of the projects shared, we invite you to join the challenge and create something of your own inspired by one of the pieces of artwork.


The Blog Hop participants are sharing their latest inspirations and how they translated them into the paper craft wonders. 

To sweeten things up a little bit more, we're offering prizes to those who complete the Blog Hop, by leaving comments on every blog

I can't believe it is soon September!  I feel like this summer has just flown by, and I'm sad to see it go!  I love EVERYTHING red/white/blue!!  Like seriously LOVE it!!!  I was browsing Pinterest, and found several photos that I got my inspiration from -









I used my card kit from Simon Says Stamp.  I seriously love the my kits from SSS.  I read somewhere a few months ago that when you are applying sequins to a card, you should just hold them above the card, let them fall and adhere them where they are.  That's how I've been applying sequins!!  I love the variety of sequins at Pretty Pink Posh!

Enjoy checking out what these lovelies have created for your viewing pleasure -


Julie Smith - you are here


To be eligible to win prizes, be sure to leave comments for everyone along the way, then link up your name on the CASE Study blog. The sponsors this week are Clearly Besotted Stamps, Verve, Ellen Hutson, and Waltzingmouse Stamps.  Comments will be open until September 2nd at midnight EST.

If you want to play along with a CASE of your own (you can CASE any of the cards on the hop), head over to the CASE Study blog for that, too.

Happy Anniversary, CASE Study!


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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sketch For You to Try

WOW- it's been over 2 months since I've posted anything on my blog!  Guess I've just not had much to say.  We had this past week off of work, didn't go anywhere, but had a very relaxing week at home.  I do so LOVE not being on a schedule!  I like to wake up
when I want to, drink my coffee, check email, etc at my own pace in the mornings.  I do kind of feel my mojo returning.

I haven't felt like stamping much over the past few months, and it seems like a lot of my "stampy" friends have been going thru the same thing.  I'm glad to be getting the urge back, since it is my therapy and stress reliever.

My card today is for the SFYTT Challenge



Here is my card -

I love this new set from Reverse Confetti - So Very Special and the new die cut set called Tag Me Too!
Loving them both!!!



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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Watercoloring Class

I signed up for a Watercoloring class online, and
I'm finally getting a chance to play around a little bit.


I used my Sakura koi watercolors for this card -
I applied them directly to an acrylic block,
 stamped them onto the paper,
 and then added some water to them.  
The paper is Tim Holtz WC paper, and it kinda totally
rocks!!!


Thanks for stopping by my blog -
 I'll keep posting my practice cards!


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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ribbon Carousel is BACK!

Ribbon Carousel Challenge is back!!!
Here are all of the details for May!
Be sure to come play along for your chance to win!

Hey there Party Goers!  Welcome to this month's Birthday Celebration Party challenge, which is going to be so easy, you'll be able to enter almost ANYTHING you make! 

May has many, many reasons to Party. A special day to celebrate our heritage, honor our Moms, Queen Victoria and those who have died defending our freedoms too.  Here is a list of a few celebrations that definitely deserve a special day:
  • May Day
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • National Teacher's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Victoria Day
  • Memorial Day which is also......
  • My Son's Birthday
Then of course, there are Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Weddings, Graduations, even TGIF counts as Party Time!  So whatever YOU are celebrating, please share your creation with us!


This month's theme is...you guessed it.....
Party Time!

 So what prize is up for grabs? How about a Ribbon Carousel?!
 This Birthday month we are giving away a Ribbon Carousel to one of our randomly chosen challenge participants! Just a reminder that our Ribbon Carousel Crewmates have divided up into two teams. Each 1st and 15th of the month you will see fresh projects for this months challenge!

 There are only four (4) rules you must follow to be eligible for the prize:
  1. You MUST use ribbon, twine, thread, washi tape or anything that comes on a spool on your creation 
  2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month. 
  3. You must add a NEW project to the inlinkz below and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery. (Unfortunately, we've had participants who would have won the challenge, but they didn't do a direct link to their blog and I couldn't find their creation!)
  4. You may enter the challenge 3 times maximum to be qualified to win a prize.
Check out some crafty eye candy from our talented Crewmates for a little inspiration before you link up your project at the bottom of this post!

**Surely, I'll miss someones birthday this month
and get to use this for a belated birthday card!**



Stamps- Paper Smooches We Totally Click
Paper- Watercolor paper, SU Red
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc- Washi tape, Pretty Pink Posh seequins, koi watercolors


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pretty Pink Posh Shaker Blog Hop

Today is that great big blog hop over at


If you know nothing about it, you should go check
it out.  Tons of wonderful inspiration and
prizes to be had!

my card:

I used several different sequins from
for my shaker card -
the silver hearts, sand, marshmallow,
and sparkling clear
The sentiment is one of my favorite sets

Come join in the hop and link up!


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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Card Concept Challenge

I decided to play along at  
this week.
The challenge was to use an umbrella.


I pulled out my Unity Hodgepodge of Happiness - 
which hasn't seen ink in a VERY LONG TIME!

Here is my umbrella card -


I've been pulling out my Copics more and more lately...
I got rid of most of mine about a year or so ago, 
and only kept my favorite colors to play with. 
I may need to add a few more to my collection.

I definitely went with the clean and simple approach with my card,
which is what I mostly stick to.  Every now and again, I'll
think outside the box.
The umbrella is paper pieced with Fancy Pants 
Park Bench designer paper.  
I'd LOVE to have an umbrella like hers, 
wouldn't you?!

Thanks for stopping by today - I appreciate it.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration

Hello all!  Hope you are having a fabulous week!
We had a gorgeous weekend here in PA, and now its
 currently 39 degrees!

I'm so ready for summer weather!

I've got a card today that I made for the challenge over at



Isn't that such a fun picture!

I dug into my supplies and came up with this:


I love my Reverse Confetti Lots to Say!  I find that 
I'm constantly digging it out to use!  My sequins are
from Pretty Pink Posh - another fabulous place
to shop!!

Thank so much for stopping by.  I hope wherever
you are, that you are having some gorgeous weather!


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Challenges Galore Card

It's been a while.  
I haven't felt like doing much creating
lately, so I've been kind of laying low.
I started a new job about 6 weeks ago and I love it, 
but I'm mentally
DRAINED till I get home.  

I found a few challenges to play along with and though
I would sit down to try and play a bit tonight.  
I'm playing along with these challenges tonight:







Such fun challenges out there to play along with!
One of the ways I try to get my creativity flowing,
is to go check out blogs, or Pinterest, but heck
I look at Pinterest for everything!!!
Who doesn't??

Anyways, here is my card:


clean and simple....
I really need to build up my stash of birthday
cards, so I may just concentrate on them for a while.

Supplies:
Paper: PTI White
Ink: SU Summer Sun, SU Soft Sky, Versafine black
Misc: Stencil from Prima, Pretty Pink Posh sequins



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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Shopping Our Stash Challenge

Hi all!!

Another fun challenge over at



This week, it's all about the sentiments.  No other stamped
images, just a sentiment.  I decided to pull out one of my stencils
I've never used, and sponged on some Blue Bayou ink.
Can I say that I love how this card turned out?
I hope you do too!



Thank for stopping by today.


Recipe -
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Lots to Say
Paper: PTI White
Ink: SU Blue Bayou, Versafine black
Misc: Rhinestones from Pretty Pink Posh


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