Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Cutest Blog on the Block

Hi everyone!! Today, I'm very excited to showcase a redesign of my blog. I used the free nautical nonsense three column background and banner from The Cutest Blog on the Block.

The design can best be seen on a web browser instead of a mobile device. It was surprisingly easy to install it on Blogger and to customize the template. I also have to give credit to PicMonkey - an awesome photo editing website - for giving me the free online editing tools to personalize the banner.

So what do you think? I can't wait to receive your feedback in the comments!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Congrats on Retirement

Hi everyone! Today, I have two retirement cards I made recently - one for my mom and another one for a good friend - using the new dainty flowers dies from Paper Smooches. I inked the die cuts with distress inks and dye inks from the Simon Says Stamp In Color of Fun collection.


The bottom half of the curly clouds are also inked with distress ink and the flowers and hillside panel are popped up with foam tape. The retirement sentiment is from the shade tree sentiments stamp set by Taylored Expressions.

It was a little tedious inking up all those pieces and popping them up with foam tape, but I do like they came out.  Here are a few close ups:

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Dog Hero Thanks

Hi everyone!! I have a quick card to share with you before the long holiday weekend here in the United States. We've been traveling for the last three weekends in a row and have had our share of dog sitters staying at our house. I couldn't be more thankful for the grad students who have helped out from VIMS.

Inspired by this pin, I finally got around to using my sassy letters dies from Paper Smooches. I wanted this card to be representative of our dogs so I made the little dog from the Mama Elephant tiny heroes stamp set to look like our chocolate lab puppy, Piper.

I also blended the bottom half of the letters with scuba ink, a new color from Simon Says Stamps latest release. Believe it or not, it coordinated perfectly with my Stampin' Up cardstock that is peeking through from underneath. You can see it a little bit better here:

And here's a cutie patootie photo of our chocolate lab puppy, Piper, because I couldn't resist sharing.  She's a growing girl - just had her 14-week check-up yesterday and she's already a whopping 28 pounds!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Challenges Entered

Marker Pop Challenge #72: Anything Goes
Crafty Time - July: Punches or Dies
Words to Scrap By: Chocolate - a bit of a stretch - do chocolate lab puppies count??
Aud Sentiments #135: Animals + Sentiment
Cutie Pie Challenge #88: Cats & Dogs
Addicted to CAS #66: Splash - just a splash of color