Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Fun, Remarkables Blog Hop

The topic for July's Remarkables Blog Hop is Summer Fun.  Boy, am I ready for some summer fun.  Since April, I have been focused on prepping and selling our home of 14 years, finding a 6 month rental in the neighborhood we're moving to, keeping the boys focused on finishing out the school year well, graduating my oldest son from high school, moving into said rental--doing it all ourselves, with the help of my Dad, settling into the rental, taking care of many of the changes that need to happen when you move, and trying to get things done in regards to the college that my son will be attending in the Fall!  Wow!  It's quite a lot when you list it all out like that.  I am ready for some summer fun!  And fortunately, we go on a beach vacation next week!

Crafting wise, I was a bit stumped on Summer fun at first.  So I decided to keep it simple with a few cards.  Then I thought of the bike rides we would be doing next week, and I was like, "we have a stamp for that!" This stamp is in a really cool hostess set called Life's Adventure, that you can purchase for $10 with a $150 purchase. I love all the stamps in the set, so you'll probably be seeing more from it in the future.

This card features some summery colors, Costal Cabana and Crushed Curry, and the bike is colored in with one of SU's new Blendabilities pens in Pumpkin Pie. I made a mask with two sizes of punches for the big dots, the zig zag comes from the Work of Art stamp set and it's all topped off with a bit of Washi Tape!

Card number two features the cute little sea birds from the Wetlands stamp set.  Nothing says "beach" quite like those little guys!

This card started with the birds and was inspired by two new rolls of ribbon that were sitting on my craft table.  The seam binding ribbon is so versatile.  Night of Navy and Calypso Coral are the colors.  I  wanted to fill things up a bit, so I experimented with the new Polymer stamp set called Dotty Angles.  It is pretty nice, yes?  I stamped the color off once to lighten it a bit.  I sewed the ribbons across the sponge daubered (that might be a word!) doily and added bits of ribbons and strips of sequins to the back of the greeting (see the dots there too?)  Our new fast fuse adhesive made that all possible!  Sahara Sand is the stamping base card stock.  I think this is a bit more vintage for me, it's nice to change up your style every once and a while.

Let me know what you like and if I inspired you.  For further inspiration keep clicking!

Sherrie Eddleblute -

Anne Matasci -

Pam Staples -

Janet Wakeland  -

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Thank You!

So, we are moved into our rental home, and mostly settled. And after I got most of the kitchen squared away, I arranged my craft area.  We won't talk in depth about what the bedroom looks like!

My fingers were itchy to make something so I thought I would start with thank you cards.  I am planning to send bunches of them out to thank all my wonderful yoga students for their gifts and cards.

I started with a sketch challenge to get the crafty fires burning, and made this card inspired by the Paper Craft Crew's sketch challenge (number 100, how cool is that?).

Here's the sketch:

And here's my card, the new SU in-colors are so hard to resist! So I didn't!

Then, later I was feeling like I needed to play with some blendabilities and color.  So I used this hostess set and some pinterest inspiration (the masking idea) and this cute card was born.

Then, (don't you just love when there's time and more creative ideas happen?) I got out the Everything Eleanor stamp set that I just got before we moved and this pretty card was made.

Do you have a favorite?  If so, let me know!  And if you were inspired by the sketch, there is still time to play!  Check out their info here:

Happy crafting!