OSAT Blog Hop - Dog Days of Summer

This blog challenge left a lot to the imagination. Just what exactly is "Dog Days of Summer?" My interpretation is hot, sunny and cheerful. Can't wait to see what everyone else's interpretations will be... I am stop #11 in this month's blog line-up, but you may have just traveled over from Marisa Gunn's website. I love how her cards are clean and simple but super creative at the same time!

hot, sunny and cheerful

hot, sunny and cheerful

I used a glimmer pen on the sun for an added pop...

I used a glimmer pen on the sun for an added pop...

I love making cards for the hop and for other challenges but truth be told I am not a big fan of making projects. I made this at 6:00 am (an hour before I left for work) the day before the hop...woke up early stressing what to make...this super cute little box can hold a couple of Hershey kisses - and who doesn't love chocolate kisses???

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i just love this 

I hope to remember this at Easter next year - perfect for jelly bean holders for my co-workers...

love how the Ken Oliver Color Bursts laid down for the background...

love how the Ken Oliver Color Bursts laid down for the background...

I have been working a part time job working weddings and parties for a caterer this summer, in addition to my full time job and have not had much time or energy for the craft room...this was super fun and it felt so good to be creative... thanks One Stamp At A Time for allowing me the privilege to participate. 

Next up is the very talented Justin Krieger and i am anxious to see his take on Dog Days of Summer. He NEVER disappoints!

I hope my post has inspired you in some way. Leave me a comment and let me know just how...I personally enjoy blog hops for the variety and creativity and inspiration I gain from all you talented crafters out there!

 

  1. Tracy Elsom 
  2. Jeanna Bohanon 
  3. Elizabeth Jeanne.
  4. Lori Mueller
  5. Tina Riddle 
  6. Sara Levin 
  7. Melissa Davies 
  8. Renee Ondrajka
  9. Wynne Grob 
  10. Marisa Gunn 
  11. Martie Hillyer 
  12. Justin Krieger 
  13. Dena Rekow
  14. Andrea Tracy Tucker
  15. Alisa Tilsner 
  16. Kim Smith 
  17. Pam Staples
  18. Rick Adkins  
  19. Kelly Acheson
Posted on August 11, 2016 .

OSAT BLOG HOP Tic-Tac-Toe

What a fun, fun blog challenge. I am the first stop on this happy train, but you may have just traveled over from Edna Marie's Inkspiration. I love how her cards run the gamut from neutral to brights and from clean and simple to intricate.  

I chose the middle row across. Glitter pen - Dies - Sequins. 

The glitter pen, Wink of Stella clear, was hard to capture in the above photos. This image gives you a better idea of how shimmery the butterfly appears up close. 

The glitter pen, Wink of Stella clear, was hard to capture in the above photos. This image gives you a better idea of how shimmery the butterfly appears up close. 

I chose to make a few little trinket boxes with the envelope board as my project. A perfect accompaniment for my card. I work in an office setting with 7 other women and it is nice to have a few made in my stash box for any last minute celebratory occasion. 

Thank you so much for joining us today. I hope you enjoyed my post and would love to hear your comments. Next on the blog hop is Anna Smith. Her cards and projects are sure to please. Click on the next button to see her creations. 

Posted on April 14, 2016 .

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Yesterday a coworker and friend buried her mom. Her mom loved all things owl related. I made my first owl punch card/tags for a blog at Christmastime. Lisa commented how her mom loved owls so the card and tags went to her...I hope this card brings a smile to face and reminds her of all the great memories that they have shared over the years. Big hugs to Lisa and her family. 

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Posted on April 5, 2016 .

OSAT Blog Hop Spring Has Sprung

Welcome to March's OSAT Holiday Blog Hop!!! You may have just come from  Renee's page - I am an admirer of her variety of styles in her card making - just one of the many talented crafters here to hop with you today! If you get off track, there is a list below to guide you. 

Today's theme is Spring. I live in New England so when I think of Spring, I think of RAIN. After the showers come the flowers, but first the RAIN and lots of it! 

I also think of bright colors and that is what I wanted my card to represent. The knowing of what is coming if we can just get through the rain - the rainbow - the array of beautiful flowers - the sunshine - for me it is a reminder to be in the moment and just enjoy life! 

I thought this sentiment was perfect for the little gift bag to hold a few packets of seeds to accompany the card. Flowers and vegetables do make my yard look like it is celebrating...

This is a peek of what I will see as I go in and out of my front door once Spring has sprung...now if only I can get my grass to grow better this year!

I am the last hopper on today's blog so the next button below will take you to the #1 spot.... I hope you enjoyed the card and gift bag and all the other great cards and projects shared by the One Stamp At A Time crafters. See you next month! 

Posted on March 10, 2016 .

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here's the challenge....

here's the challenge....

here's the card...

here's the card...

Thanks for stopping by! To see other cards for this challenge click here

Posted on February 21, 2016 .

OSAT Love Is In The Air

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Welcome to February's OSAT Holiday Blog Hop!!! You may have just come from Kelly's page - she has a super pretty valentine to go with her "sweet" project - makes me think SPRING! She is  just one of the many talented crafters here to hop with you today! If you get off track, there is a list below to guide you. 

This month's theme is Love Is In The Air -  yet not necessarily a Valentines theme. Hmmmm....time to think outside the box. I have been organizing my work space and craft storage little by little recently, and have pledged to use items that have been waiting for just the right card! My Lawn Fawn hot air balloon stamps and dies fit the bill! 

I have never been to a hot air balloon event but I am mesmerized by the beauty of all the brightly colored balloons floating along. Actually, in 1988 I did get up early and head to the local airport in Tracy, CA for such an event, but alas, it was cancelled due to high winds. Actually experiencing a hot air balloon ride is on my bucket list too. Maybe the next time I visit my daughter in Colorado we can make it happen... (hint hint Kate). 

I arranged the stamps on a clear block and then stamped onto a piece of white card stock, sponging over completely with soft sky ink. I stamped another white card stock, colored, cut out with dies and glued onto the sponged background piece of card stock. Once matted onto black, I could not decide whether to place on a white or colored card.  After polling a group of friends and family, the pink won by popular demand. 

I had a few ideas for my project, as there are a couple of tools that I have not yet used either...such as the curvy box and baker's box thinlets. Instead I found this tutorial on you tube and realized it was a perfect accessory to my card. Here is the link to the tutorial.  

I hope you have enjoyed my Love Is In The Air card and paper project... and to all of you hopping today - Happy Valentines Day....may you be surrounded by your loved ones every day!!! Don't forget to leave me some love today but posting a comment...i appreciate your thoughts. 

Posted on February 11, 2016 .

OSAT Blog Hop Thank You

Welcome to December's OSAT Holiday Blog Hop!!! You may have just come from Elizabeth's page - I am an admirer of her variety of styles in her cardmaking - just one of the many talented crafters here to hop with you today! If you get off track, there is a list below to guide you. 

This month's blog hop is Thank You themed. When you thank someone by giving them a handmade card made just for them, that is SUPER cool. But, when you give them a handmade card and a little something something handmade too - even better!!!

This time of year revolves around home and family and friends. I know exactly who is going to receive this duo of cuteness...one deer friend!!! I hope that you all are having a wonderful holiday season and have that one special friend who is "deer" to you...speaking of which... here is another dose of cuteness. My daughter is always eager to help in the craft room or wherever else I may need her, Here she is modeling my treat boxes for me!

THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR COMMENTS ~ AS CRAFTERS WE LOVE WHAT WE DO AND WE LOVE TO SHARE WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE

Posted on December 10, 2015 .

OSAT Blog Hop - Holidays

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Welcome to November's OSAT Holiday Blog Hop!!! You may have just come from Maria Willis' page - I am an admirer of her use of bright colors - just one of the many talented crafters here to hop with you today! If you get off track, there is a list below to guide you. 

I chose to share a Christmas card and matching gift tags with you. I have signed up to do a few craft fairs in the next few weeks and have been busy putting together some Holiday items to brighten the table. There are so many great ideas on Pinterest but this is something that everyone can use, is easy to make and a GREAT way to use up some of the piles of scrap paper we all have! 

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 I have a confession to make...I have owned the Stampin" Up! owl punch for over two years and this is the first time I have used it!!! I have pinned a few really cute owl cards that I would love to make in the future. I stamped a Lawn Fawn Santa hat and used liquid snow to give texture to it. While doing it I spilled a drop and had to add some pearls to cover the spot...gives credibility to the saying "There are no mistakes in stamping, just opportunities for embellishments!"

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I have had a lot of fun making the Christmas tags. The owls used on the gift tags were punched out from designer series paper and glued atop a larger square of coordinating cardstock (dug out from the scrap boxes)...which inspired me to create my owl Christmas card - FINALLY!

I hope that you have enjoyed my post. I love getting "online happy mail" - fondly known as comments. My favorite part of my posts {insert smile here}.

Posted on November 12, 2015 .

OSAT Blog Hop Halloween/Fall

Welcome to another OSAT blog hop! Can you believe that Halloween is just a few weeks away??? Oh my - time does seem to go by faster the older you get. Luckily I have three young ones to keep me feeling younger....You have just come from Elizabeth's blog #2 on the hop. Are you starting to feel inspired? If you get off track at any point the full line-up list is below and will move you along from blog to blog.

Speaking of Halloween there has been lots of chatter from the younger ones about choosing of their costumes. The oldest, who is eleven, has decided he will be handing out the candy this year. Heavy sigh. They grow up in a blink of an eye. I have chosen Trick or Treat as my theme for this month's hop. I hope my choices of card and scrapbook layout inspire and spark a fire for the upcoming holiday festivities!

Bats, pumpkins and many colored leaves....check! Looking a lot like Halloween if I don't say so myself...(I think I just did)

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Even if Halloween is not a celebrated holiday in your home today it sure brings back memories - for me it is of trick or treating with my siblings back in the day - WAY back in the day! Happy Halloween Everyone!

If you would care to leave me a "treat" I am always up for a comment or question. Thanks so much for stopping by and Enjoy each and every stop on our OSAT blog hop. 

Posted on October 8, 2015 .

PPA270 Color Challenge

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It has been awhile since I have submitted to the Paper Pals Art Challenge. Life has a way of getting in the way. I usually overthink what I want to put together and today I played a little differently. My crafting desk has been a bit of a mess for a bit of awhile... I managed to get it 90% cleaned off this morning! I think that simplified my overthinking and here is my clean and simple, quick and easy card. I played with some different types of bling and embellishments, but they all seemed to drown out the simpleness - in the end the pearls won out...

To see the other entries click here

Posted on October 4, 2015 .

OSAT September Designer's Choice

Welcome to another fun OSAT blog hop brought to you by a talented group of crafters. This month is Designer's Choice and I can't wait to see what my fellow crafters have in store for you. Now that September is here, there is a crispness in the New England air. Tis' the season of pumpkin picking soon to be... you may have just started out or may have just come from the very talented Ginger's blog - number 2 on the hop hop. If you get off track at any point, the full lineup below will move you along from blog to blog. 

This was a fun card to put together. It is amazing to see the difference what changing the paper will do for the outcome of the card. I learned a valuable lesson making the accompanying project. Always practice on spare paper - not the paper intended to accompany your card. OOPS! Luckily I have a pretty good selection of papers and am happy with the finished project. 

Not perfectly coordinated (OOPS) but coordinated well enough for to get the gist of card and gift bag duo. This was made with the Stampin' Up! envelope board and is very sturdy. 

Below is the list of OSAT hoppers today. You will find a treasure trove of inspiration. I love to hear your comments so take a minute and say hello!

Below is the list of OSAT hoppers today. You will find a treasure trove of inspiration. I love to hear your comments so take a minute and say hello!

Posted on September 10, 2015 .

PPA264: A Sketch Challenge

This has been not the greatest week. Okay, this has not been the greatest couple of weeks. I love how I can sit at my crafting table and just get lost in the creativity and just let go of all the stressful stuff in my life. I think that is why I have loved crafting since my grandma taught me needlepoint and knitting at a really young age...6, 7 or 8 - I am really not sure..  I could not find a piece to my sewing machine and decided to hand stitch the card instead. Brought back the joy of all those years of cross stitching I used to do.

Who doesn't want to have FUN on their birthday? It is the perfect wish for any day!!! Hope you enjoyed my interpretation of this weeks Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge. To see other submissions click here

 

Posted on August 23, 2015 .

OSAT Back To School

I sit here shaking my head in wonder that my kids head back to school in less than two weeks. What a wonderful summer this has been for them. I am blessed to have my husband doing the stay at home dad gig AND doing a great job! They will be entering 6th, 5th and 3rd grades. This card and project will be going to my youngest's teacher - TBA.

The inside of the stars are the finished product of my two younger kids playing with Ken Oliver"s Color Burst Watercolor Powders on watercolor paper. A bit bright for my tastes, but luckily I don't toss much in the craft room. They are actually perfect for this card/project combo. With a little pop from some dimensionals these stars really shine!

I hope by sharing that I have inspired someone to craft up something - to recognize and welcome their child's new teacher. Thanks for stopping by - would love to hear your comments. 

Posted on August 13, 2015 .

PPA261: A Sketch Challenge

I think one of my favorite parts when doing a challenge is viewing all the different interpretations of the sketch. I have to remind myself not to be intimidated by the design teams cards - they are typically jaw-dropping. The challenge submittals are equally impressive. Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas, but seeing cards that were made for a challenge to me is more inspiring.

To see other cards submitted to the challenge click here

Posted on July 25, 2015 .

Having fun with watercoloring...

I went to my first stamp expo in the beginning of June and have been having a lot of fun using the few items that I purchased ever since . One of the products was Ken Oliver's powdered watercolor paint. I use them incorporated with ink pads and aqua painter for more color options. What I love about the process is that you never know how the card will look until it is done. The amount of water and the blending of the colors is always a surprise ending. Then matching it with background papers and or sentiments and embellishments puts me in creativity heaven!!! 

These are just a few of the dozens that I have made. They were a big seller at my most recent craft fair. I will finish up the ones I have left to mat and embellish and work on a special request that is quickly approaching. I think it brings me joy because my dad was an artist and I feel just a tad like an artist with that aqua painter... 

Posted on July 19, 2015 .

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Welcome to another blog hop with some fun and crafty people... You may have just come from Holly Stene  number 11 on the blog hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

This is Lawn Fawn Snow Day stamp and die set. I used Diamond Dust and Stickles to decorate the trees, Liquid Pearls for the snow and Decoart Sno-Tex to embellish the bunnies tails. This card makes me smile and was fun to make. 

For the project I chose to share my bag toppers. They keep the bag closed so there is no peeking. I am a "peeker" yet just love the idea of no opening until December 25th!!! 

 

Hope you enjoy seeing all the great holiday inspiration on this hop. Next in the lineup is Ginger Pelfrey with some more stamping goodness to enjoy. Click on the next button below and explore the rest of the blog hop! Thanks for stopping by ~ leave a comment and make my day! 

Posted on July 9, 2015 .

PPA258 Color Challenge

It has been a few weeks since I have found time to do a challenge. I have been busy with all our summer family activities, training for some upcoming 5k's and trying to keep up with all the yardwork. We have had ample amounts of rain and my acre yard was beginning to look like a jungle. I also participated in a juried Arts and Crafts show and was busy trying to create a variety of cards for the table. The colors chosen for this challenge really caught my eye and inspired me. Hope you like the finished result...

Here is a picture of me at my event table. I enjoyed the venue and getting feedback on which cards were the crowd pleasers. It is so hard to tell and sometimes, what I perceive as not great actually gets the most oohs and ahhhs...


To see the other cards submitted to the Pals Paper Arts click here

Posted on July 6, 2015 .

Sunday Funday

Thank you for stopping by to "check me" out. I am honored, as always, to be guest stamper for Mary today. Her talent, drive and down to earth personality have been an inspiration since I took up card making a couple of years ago. 

  It is amazing to me what just a dash of color or a splash of ribbon/bling can do to change the look of a card. I have found that I am lover of cards that can be used for more than one type of sentiment. This falls into that category...i can envision this tone on tone simplicity to look fabulous with all the new In Colors. 

 

It is amazing to me what just a dash of color or a splash of ribbon/bling can do to change the look of a card. I have found that I am lover of cards that can be used for more than one type of sentiment. This falls into that category...i can envision this tone on tone simplicity to look fabulous with all the new In Colors. 

Posted on June 28, 2015 .

OSAT-father's day blog hop

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Hello and welcome to our masculine themed blog hop. Sunday, June 21st is when we celebrate the men in our lives. Grandpas, fathers, step fathers, uncles and all those that fill the role of "DAD".  My card's sentiment is a Birthday one but the sentiment can be switched out for any masculine occasion such as Father's Day...

Hmmmm....a masculine themed paper project....hmmm...that was a tough one. Since it is also a Father's Day themed hop i got inspired...

How about some sour, salty and sweet treats for dad. These mugs can do double duty once they are emptied of the treats,,,WINK WINK!

Next in the lineup is Diana Squires at Stamp and Embellish with some more stamping goodness to enjoy. Click on the next button below and explore the rest of the blog hop! Thanks for stopping by ~ leave a comment and make my day! 

Posted on June 11, 2015 .