Thursday, February 26, 2015

I knead you!

A quick card to share today! Just got my hands on some of the step up cards (Thanks you Sizzix for the awesome package!), and I couldn't wait to try them out! Those that know my crafting style, I love dimension! So these step up cards are right up my alley!  I chose the Love step-up card dies that had heart on it, as I thought it was a perfect fit for the sentiment I knead you!  Here is the card I made:

The stamps and dies are from The Stamps of Life and I added the stamp/die set: Cats2stamp... I love the kitty maybe because of scrappy doo... but I really love that you can make the kitty your own! For this kitty I thought I would make it a cute little girl by adding a bow.  I added an extra heart with a heart gem too!  Can't wait to see what Stephanie comes out with next! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Little Miss Happy!!

So it was family day, and I was sick and tired of the snow... so I needed something to cheer me up with the little bit of spare time I had while my kids were playing nicely with their friends.... that's when I dug out my Doodlebug Design .  I saw a sketch that I found online, and loved the design of it... so off I went to create this bright, fun, and happy... and where near the winter blues, that I am sure many of us are feeling!

Makes me want Spring to get here even faster!!! Here are some detailed shots:

And here is the awesome sketch from Stuck Sketches! that I used for my inspiration!

A Kitty to Love!

I fell in love with the stamp set as soon as I saw it! I was lucky enough that it was family day yesterday, so I got to have a little play time when all the kids were busy with their friend! Yippee!! Here is the cutest cat ever! (well besides my real kitty-Scrappy Doo)

You can get this stamp (cats2stamp) in the Stamps of Life store, or even better join their stamp club or die & stamp club! And for all of my Canadian Peeps out there... shipping is super cheap!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Farewell to Inspiration Elevator...

After some thought and consideration, the time has come to retire Inspiration Elevator. But before we go, we need to hold a big retirement party, so we've invited everyone who's been involved with Inspiration Elevator back for one last reveal, and to our delight most were able to accept! We are so delighted to have so many IE alumni along this month! Thank you to each of you for helping us end our elevator ride with so much fun and creative energy!

This month's challenge is posed by one of IE's co-creators and team admin, Ann.
This month's challenge is simple, but I hope, challenging as well. 
Here's the challenge: Inspiration Elevator launched on May 15, 2012 and at that time, we explained our purpose as, "Welcome to Inspiration Elevator! What a thrilling day! Today is the launch of Inspiration Elevator (IE), a challenge blog created by my dear friend Christa Uttley and me. We chose the name Inspiration Elevator because it is our intent to raise our creativity to heights through challenges issued every month. We want to raise our designs from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We hope you'll join us on our journey!

IE is a group of like minded scrappy friends who want to raise the bar in their own creative process through unique challenges that we issue to each other once a month. These won't be run of the mill challenges and we hope you'll join us each month and be inspired by the creative designs we've created." 
That vision has remained unchanged over the last (almost) 3 years. The challenge this month is to just create - no holds barred. Take some time, or challenge yourself to do it in 1/2 hour if time is tight, but think about what you'd like to create if there were no agenda, no design team requirement. In other words, create for you, and enjoy the process!
We hope you'll take the time to hop through and visit each of our participant's blogs, beginning with our guests, then our current team, and finishing off with our co-founders. Feel free to leave comments and lavish each one with appreciation for all that they each brought to the Inspiration Elevator challenge over the last 3 years!

I am so happy to be back to say a "goodbye" to a great and inspiring challenge blog.  I was thrilled to be asked to join and loved the challenges each month that challenged me creatively! THANK YOU ANN AND CHRISTA for having me... and for asking me back for the goodbye.   Ironically enough, this is a "hello"  for me! Since the fall I had to let go of a lot of scrappy time, which meant giving up my beloved design teams- Canadian Scrapbooker, Doodlebug, and Bella Blvd.  I truly have missed creating and now the tables are FINALLY turning, and I realize how important it is for me to have balance in my life.  Although this is a goodbye, it is hello to the Scrapbooking World again... My first layout that I have created non-design team... just for me :)  So THANK YOU!! Thank you for getting my mojo going again! I look forward to sharing more layouts, cards, and projects now that I will have more time to create!

Now onto my project!  So my challenge was to "just create". I started with what inspired me... and usually its always the photos.  I don't seem to take as many photos now that all three of my kids are in school, but I took these photos of Taylor before school started for my Valentines Day photoshoot with the Daycare Kiddos. Next up... what to use... for some reason Taylor and Doodlebug seem to go hand in hand! Although it's not their newest collection (still need the new one!)... I had plenty of an older collection to make it super cute!! It felt so good to create and just do my thing....  Here is the layout I made:

 Some close ups too:

 Lots of layering going on!

So hopefully.... there will be many more layouts, cards and projects to inspire you from me now! AND... once again a big thank you to Ann & Christa.... Thanks to the lovely ladies below who inspire and continue to inspire me every day to create!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy to announce....

Happy Valentines Everyone!  Today is exciting day, because I get announce something that I have been holding in ALL week! I have made the STAMPS OF LIFE DESIGN TEAM!!! 

I currently design for:

Along with these new super talented rock-star quality paper crafters:

(and of course returning design team members)
I couldn't be more happier!! This came around at the perfect time for me! I have really missed my creative time and I had to give a lot up in order to make our family situation work.  I REALLY missed my creative outlet, my free time.  I belonged to their all too AWESOME stamp and die clubs for almost a year but gave them up in order to drop my work week down to 3 days a week... Then the call came, and I couldn't believe it!  PERFECT TIMING!  I am so excited to be creating again... especially cards and this is the PERFECT place to be! I can't wait to share everything with you that I create...

So are you wondering all about this awesome club?? Come check out the website here:

Hope you have a most fabulous Valentines Day!