Sunday, January 31, 2016

colourQ challenge #326 (part 2)

So, I literally cannot create a project any more without a colourQ color palette! I just received SU!'s new Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Botanicals for You and I must say, I am disappointed. I have never really liked SU!'s take on "clear" stamps, especially since the ones that are still mounted on rubber don't adhere well to acrylic blocks and are not trimmed very closely to the image. I threw caution to the wind and trimmed the excess rubber from all of the stamps except the large sentiment and they worked better. Then, the worst possible thing happened!! I. RAN. OUT. OF. ADHESIVE!! So, I used a glue stick (!!!) to put this card together, which is really awful even if it is a SU! glue stick. Hope you're having a great weekend! I'll be back when I get some more adhesive!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

colourQ challenge #326

This week's colourQ challenge colors lend themselves beautifully to one of my favorite cards to make using SU!'s A Happy Thing stamp set. You may not know that my last name is Lemmons, so I absolutely had to have this set. I have made so many quick, beautiful cards with this little lemon. I had all the colors this week except for Wisteria Wonder so I subbed SU! Lovely Lilac. My LL ink pad is so old and faded that it's very similar to WW. My Old Olive marker is way too dark for this card, so I used the ink pad and a blender pen for a lighter shade of olive. I stamped the lemons in brown (I promise!!) even though it looks black. Since I'm running low on some of my colored cardstock, I've been using white card bases for most of my creations. White on white is very clean and lovely! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, January 25, 2016

colourQ challenge #325 (part 2)

I like my second attempt at this week's colourQ challenge much better than my first! If you make a lot of sympathy, encouragement, or thinking of you cards like I do, Papertrey Ink's Phrases & Praises is a must-have stamp set. I created a circle mask and stamped this week's colors using assorted dot stamps and SU!'s Grunge stamp set. I made this card because I recently saw an Instagram post by Jennifer McGuire about a card drive for Lasting Hearts, an organization run by a mom named Kimberly who miscarried twins but didn't feel comforted by her doctor because the doctor wasn't emotionally equipped to console grieving parents. Enter Angela Miller, who wrote the book, You are the Mother of All Mothers. Kimberly's goal is to provide grieving mothers with a copy of this book along with a handmade card to offer comfort. Please click on the link above if you would like to send cards for the Lasting Hearts card drive or make a donation to purchase books. Thanks for stopping by - I hope you're having a great day!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

colourQ challenge #325

So, this past week has been a little insane! My dad went into the hospital on Monday to have a tumor removed from his bladder. He did very well post-surgery and was released in the afternoon. By 7 p.m., we were in the ER because of excessive bleeding. If you've ever been to the ER, you know that nothing happens especially quickly so hours and hours later, he was admitted and spent the next three days with a blood clot that the doctor eventually had to remove surgically. My sweet daddy is almost 80 years old so any kind of surgery is scary. My sweet mama stayed with him the entire time and thanks to my sweet hubby and a snow storm that closed schools all week, I was able to be at the hospital quite a bit, too. My role in these situations is comic relief and we had lots and lots of good laughs! He's home now and we are so thankful. I told you all that to explain that I haven't had much crafting time this past week. Now everyone is home and things are getting back to normal so I am back in my craft room. I had none of this week's colourQ challenge colors so I subbed SU! Rose Red, Regal Rose, & Daffodil Delight and PTI Classic Kraft inks. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

colourQ challenge #323 (part deux)

I'm a little tardy to the party with my second card for this week's colourQ challenge, but Facebook has changed the way it stores synced photos and I couldn't find the this picture anywhere on my phone until just now. Hooray! I used PTI's newer Phrases & Praises stamp set and my favorite Altenew set, Painted Flowers. The tiny Pool Party flower is from PTI Mini Blooms. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, January 8, 2016

colourQ challenge #323

This week's colourQ challenge colors are beautiful reminders that spring will be here before we know it, although in E. Tennessee, we haven't had much of a winter . . . yet! As I blogged yesterday, I found the inspiration for the card on Lizzie Jones's blog. I used PTI's Friendship Jar, Life, and Mini Blooms stamp sets. I didn't have all the inks this week, so I subbed Tim Holtz's Picked Raspberry and SU! Pretty in Pink. I thought Kraft ink would be hard to use on my card, but it blends beautifully. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thinking of You Mason Jar card

I had no idea it had been so long since I blogged! The holidays were busy but wonderful! We spent Christmas Eve with my parents at our church where I narrated the impromptu nativity we do every year and Morgan was a shepherd. It is loud and chaotic but so special nonetheless. We always conclude the service by singing "Silent Night" by candlelight - it's a very blessed evening. On Christmas Day, we went to my parents' house for lunch. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating Bailey's 15th birthday and celebrating Christmas with Chris's family. Miraculously, and after having worked 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Chris was off the entire week after Christmas!! And now we have gotten so lazy that going back to school and work this week has been a beast. Well, enough reminiscing  . . . here's the card I made yesterday. I LOVE IT!! I found the inspiration for the card on Lizzie Jones's blog. I used PTI's Friendship Jar, Life, and Mini Blooms stamp sets, and PTI's Canyon Clay and Aqua Mist, SU!'s Kiwi Kiss, and Tim Holtz's Mowed Lawn inks. Thanks for stopping by, Mary Ann!! Hope you're having a great day!!