Monday, November 21, 2016

Life Events and Baby Shower Decor

I have been away for far too long. I feel it's time to elaborate what has taken me away from my beloved crafting.

This past Spring, shortly after we returned from our first family vacation in 7 years, my husband's place of employment announced it would be closing its doors. He had worked for this company for 18 years. It was a very hard time for us emotionally. We were trying to make adjustments to every day life, and figuring out where we could cut to make ends meet, and still provide for our family. 

You know that saying "When God closes a door, He opens a window"? Well, that is exactly what happened. Suddenly, we were starting up our own business. Believe me when I say we never expected this. And as such, I have found myself juggling 2 full-time jobs among other things. 

On to other news: My brother and his wife are expecting their second baby this winter. A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I threw a baby shower for them. We went with an owl theme, and thanks to Pinterest (love Pinterest!!!), I found inspiration for some of the decorations. Below, you can see some photos from the special day.





I bought the owl download from Cricut (I think it's from Create A Critter cartridge). We found these adorable milk glasses at Hobby Lobby, along with the faux flowers and curly wooden accents. I used all Close To My Heart products on the owls, including our limited color of the year "Sea Glass". I wish I'd bought more of that pretty thistle ribbon before it retired. It was such a cute addition to these uber adorable owls. 

The banner will serve a dual purpose. It was created as a decoration for the baby shower, but instead of putting some random word on it like "Baby" or "Welcome", I included the baby's name so my sister-in-law can hang it in the baby's room. As you can see, we are very excited to meet the newest member of our family. She is loved by so many already.

Since it's been a while since I blogged or crafted, it's also been a while since I participated in a challenge. H2H has a challenge this week called "Anything But A Card". I think this fits the ticket, so to speak.

Thanks for being so patient. You have no idea (or maybe you do) how much I miss crafting. I am dreaming about it in my sleep. LOL

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. While I did not make the cake, I was inspired by Pinterest to have a talented cake artist create it. I did make the cookies (oatmeal raisin and molasses). Drop me a line if you would like the recipe.

Happy crafting!
Casandra

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Flamingo Parade

Hello. 

I'm determined to make more time for the things that make me happy. Flamingos make me happy. Crazy, right? 

I had so much fun crafting these cute flamingos, last month.





I used up every scrap I had of this cute Calypso paper. Hopefully, I can find some time soon to share the layouts I made from this kit. 

Have a happy, crafty day.

Kind Regards,

Casandra Bennett

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fundamental Layouts

Good afternoon. I've been a way for a while. I've missed crafting; missed blogging; missed having quiet time just for me.

Last month, I found some time to cut into paper. Maybe you find this to be true, too, but when I've been away from papercrafting for a bit, it can be intimidating to know where to begin. Forgive me if this sounds silly, but having a set of how-to patterns is sometimes all it takes for me to get back into it.

Below, you will see a couple of my first layouts in months.



I'm so glad I bought this fundamental paper pack before it retired. And it can also be said that I wish Close To My Heart hadn't retired these fundamental complements. They were so quick and easy to add. I made 5 layouts in 3 days, in my limited spare time. I haven't decided yet which pictures will go on these layouts, but one things for sure, almost anything would work.

Sorry I've been away so long. I hope you, my blog followers, are all doing well, and I wish you good health and happiness, and most of all, extra time to craft!

Kind Regards,

Casandra Bennett

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter 2016 Cards

I finally found some time to craft. Between our vacation and Spring cleaning, and tons of appointments, I haven't had as much free time to craft as I would like. It felt so good. Whenever I color, I remember how much I have always liked to color. I probably played with crayons and coloring books longer than the average kid. The other night, I even colored in blueberries on my son's homework assignment that I helped him with. Yes, that's how bad I needed to get crafty. LOL

I had some leftover card kits from a couple of years ago when I hosted my last card workshop. The original card was made with a different Easter stamp, so I thought I would change it up a little by using "Hopping By" instead.

Recipe:
Paper: Miracle (retired), Sweet Leaf CS, White Daisy CS, Kraft CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Hopping By (CTMH)
Ink: Black (VersaMark)
Tools: Shinhan Alcohol Markers, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Craft Heater, Journal Pen, Scallop Border Punch (CTMH)

Aren't they cute? I hope you all have a wonderful Easter holiday. 

Blessings,
Casandra

Monday, February 8, 2016

Urban Play Hard Layout

I was inspired by a sketch challenge yesterday with the SG Scrap Squad. This happens to be a free sketch from the September, 2015 Create Magazine. When I first saw it, Urban instantly came to mind. Wouldn't you know it, I had put Urban away earlier in the day. 

I don't know about you, but Urban is one of my favorite boy kits in a long time. I don't think I've been this excited about a masculine kit since Later Sk8r. 

Recipe:
Paper: Urban, Sapphire CS, White Daisy CS, Saffron CS (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH)
Other: White Embroidery Floss (retired), Urban Complements, Whisper Twine, Durables Triangle Studs (CTMH)

It just so happens that this sketch was needed; in recent browsings of my son's scrapbook albums, I noticed that I'm missing some first and last layout pages.

I would like to enter this into the Heart 2 Heart Challenge for this week: Favorite Paper Pack. So what's your favorite paper?

Casandra


Sunday, February 7, 2016

MOJO433 Valentine's Day Cards

Today, instead of watching the Super Bowl, I am playing in my craft room. I also happen to be playing along with the SG Squad's FB online crop party. 

They have an "NFL" challenge going on right now. I chose Neapolitan colors for "N", Flowers for "F", and Love sentiments for "L".

Recipe:
Paper: White Daisy CS, Smoothie CS, Saddle CS (CTMH), Argyle paper (TaDa Creative Studios)
Stamps: Beloved Bouquet (retired), Springtime Wishes (CTMH)
Inks: Chocolate, Champagne (CTMH)
Tools: Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts, Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Watercolor Brushes & Paints, Heart Embossing Folder (CTMH)
Other: Brads (Hobby Lobby), Silver Thread (DMC), Bitty Sparkles, Foam Tape (CTMH)

I was inspired to use the current sketch over at Mojo Monday, as well as Share Joy Challenge sketch by Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for stopping in. Have a great day!

Casandra

Monday, January 25, 2016

Urban Boys Will Be Boys Layout

It's confession time. I created this next layout clear back in October. Ugh. I have been so bad lately about taking pictures of my artwork and posting them.

Recipe:
Paper: Urban, Colonial White CS, Whisper CS, Saffron CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Urban WOTG (CTMH)
Inks: Peacock, Whisper, Saffron (CTMH)
Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, Cricut Artistry, Glue Pen, Mini-Stapler (CTMH)
Other: Glue Dots, 3D Foam Tape, Urban Complements, Whisper Twine (CTMH)

These papers are so versatile. I'm actually wishing I had more leftovers for my daughter's Easter layout. She wore the prettiest blue and yellow dress this past Easter, and I have not scrapped it yet. I actually like that Saffron color; I'm big in to earthy tones and textures. 

I hope to have more Urban artwork photographed and posted soon. Have a great day!

Casandra