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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Charlotte Lovely Day Layout

Yesterday, I joined in with an online virtual crop that was being hosted by a fellow Close To My Heart consultant. I was inspired to finally cut into my Charlotte kit. 

Recipe:
Paper: Charlotte, Whisper CS, Black CS (CTMH)
Other: Black/Gold Ribbon, Gold Puffies, Charlotte Complements (CTMH)

This collection is so trendy right now. And I have to admit it, but I am in love with our new chipboard complements. They are about 1/2 the thickness of our original chipboard complements. And if you prefer them to be more dimensional, it is so simple to add 3D foam tape. Genius!

I wasn't sure which direction I was going to take this layout in at first. BUT...my daughter wrote me the sweetest note yesterday about how much she loves me, and when I woke up this morning, I knew I had to scrapbook about that and use photos from various events over the past 7 years. Sadly, I'm in so few of the photos, so it took a lot of digging to find pictures with both of us in them. I think this layout will go in my own special book.

It was brought to my attention today that I left you, my blog readers, hanging with my son's health status. He is healthy. Tests revealed no new blockages, no kidney stones, no tumors, nothing. The doctor's diagnosis is that Jackson likely had some inflammation that caused his urological bleeding. I am so thankful, and I got the "I told you so" look from my son after the doctor gave us the news. Ah, heck. This mom will take that look any day!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope your weekend has been crafty. 

Blessings,
Casandra

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Use Your Stash Patterned Paper Addict

You know you might be a patterned paper addict when...

  • You buy extra storage containers to hide store your paper in.
  • Paper is falling off every available surface in your craft room.
  • You shuffle through six years of paper packs to find just the one.
  • You buy extra packs of the kits that are your favorite...just...in...case.
  • Each idea book debuts your NEW favorite paper.
  • Upon view, you recognize the names of a paper pack, even if it was from years ago.
LOL Did I pretty much cover it? I prefer the term "addict" to "hoarder". 

I have been working on Valentine cards for my children. I've even let them help me and, *gasp*, let them use my ShinHan markers. That is big for me. Even my son said "It's a once in a lifetime experience, mom! I love spending time with you. You are so lucky to have all of these great tools." Yes, I am, and lucky to have children that like to craft like me.


So, if you've come here from Michelle Loncar's blog, you are on the right track.

Here are the Valentine's cards I have created to date. I've made about 30 of them so far; I need about 55 in total.


To continue hopping along, please visit Marie Flayer's blog. You are going to love Marie's projects.

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope we have inspired you to use up some of those beautiful papers you have stashed away. Happy crafting!

Casandra

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Year Cards

After some debate, and liking the artwork I saw created with the November stamp of the month, I decided I NEEDED it. I would like to say thank you to all of you that helped enable me. Ha! As, if. ;)

I made a couple of New Year cards for my friends. I mostly used scraps from the Urban kit, but threw in some other papers to jazz it up, mainly the cranberry paper fundamentals to add that pop of color.





I didn't change anything up much, but when you're just wanting to get back into the crafting saddle after Christmas, with kids rushing through the house on their new scooters, and a half-crazed dog chasing them about, you feel lucky enough to have banged out four cards in an hour...between playing chef for finicky eater(s), and letting the dog out a hundred times so he can eat snow only to have to go back outside so..., and the tv blaring taking your sanity away. LOL Did I mention that I actually miss all that? I must be half-crazed like the dog.... Sheesh. 

Hey friends, let's make it a crafty day! It's therapy for the soul. *Hugs*

Casandra