Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

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Simon Says Stamps has a terrific challenge this week – -Anything Goes! This a great challenge for me this week because I have been SO busy putting together a few projects that we’ll see more of in the next few days! You can get all the details and play along with Simon Says Stamps right here: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

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I have A LOT of friends and family members celebrating birthdays in July and August, and I’ve put together a sort of “birthday template” with a few of my favorite new dies! I just love this fresh green and brightly colored balloon color combination – -one of my favorite! I made a few cards in a few different colors for a few different folks! I used the Stitched Circle Layers, from Memory Box Open Studio, In a Word: Happy Cutaway from Winnie & Walter, and the Celebration Balloons from Poppystamps!

Happy Birthday folks!

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Live your life in color!

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Becca’s Birthday Link-Up!

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Happy Birthday Becca! What a terrific time to celebrate! The lovely Becca, from Damsel of Distressed cards is having a birthday celebration and link-up giveaway for the month of July! You can get all the details and link-up your birthday card for Becca right here; http://www.damselofdistressedcards.blogspot.com/

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Becca has created a birthday mood board for our inspiration! I used a combination of ideas and images to create her birthday card. I started with a background watercolor wash of purples and teals, with a tiny splash of green. I cut the tag out of watercolor paper and used teal and yellow watercolors with a little touch of purple, and stamped it with one of my favorite Memory Box stamps that has birds, branches, and a little type! I love the cute yellow bird from the mood board and added my own version to the card. I made the card fun, bright, and a little eclectic by adding a few shiny sequins, and that great Circle Garland Confetti Cut from Reverse Confetti. Reminds me a little bit of beach balls or polka dots! The bird and the artsy little fronds are from the Finnegan Fronds from Memory Box Open Studio. Enjoy your card Becca, and have a Happy Birthday!

Thanks for joining me today

Live your life in color!

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Colour Q Challenge: cQc #300

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Congratulations Colour Q! This week marks their 300th challenge! I couldn’t let this momentous post slip by without throwing together a VERY quick CAS card in these bright fun colors. You can get all the details and play along with the challenge right here: http://colourq.blogspot.com/2015/07/colourq-challenge-300.html

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I was inspired by the bold, straight lines in the inspiration photo and I like the colored pencils idea. I definitely put the simple in the CAS style too! I had a more elaborate card in mind, but life didn’t want to cooperate with me! Thanks to a sad and horrifying juice pitcher incident, I spent most of the morning moving furniture and mopping the kitchen floor! But I DID want to make sure to wish Colour Q a Happy 300th! Check out the Colour Q blog for some terrific inspiration . . . without the fruity V8!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color

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Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

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Butterflies are in the air, over at Papertrey Inks! There is so much going on every time there is a monthly challenge, that you really have to go over and check it out for yourself! You can get all the details and link up your own butterfly inspired card right here: http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/

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I just love this month’s inspiration photo. It reminded me of a workroom in progress, and I wanted to capture a few of the elements from the photo: the open window, the workspace, the colors of the wall of butterflies, the vintage texture of the walls. I used the Pencil Me In, and the Circle Scribbles from Papertrey Inks.

Thanks for joining me today.

Live your life in color.

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Serendipity Stamps Challenge #45: Monochrome

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Serendipity Stamps is sponsoring a fun challenge this month, monochrome! As much as I love monochrome cards, I very rarely make them with a gradation of a single color. I like to make cards that are all white with a single splash of color, a bright little pop somewhere. So, I thought I would try something new, which is one of the fabulous things I love about crafting – there is ALWAYS something new to try! You can get more details and play along with Serendipity Stamps right here: http://serendipitystampschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/sscb45-monochrome.html

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Up, Up & Away with a monochrome sky blue balloon! I created the balloon with the Ornament die from Serendipity Stamps! I had to force myself to stop with just the shades of blue, and not add a pretty red bird or a bright yellow sun up in the corner, but I did stay true to the challenge! It’s blue skies ahead!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Tag You’re It Challenge #26

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Our friend Marybeth Lopez from Tag You’re It has created a great inspiration tag for Tag You’re It Challenge #26! I love the subtle color variations of the butterfly and the swirling stitched path that gives the illusion of  butterfly in flight. You can play along with the Tag You’re It Challenge right here: http://tagyoureitchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/07/tag-youre-it-challenge-26.html

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I cut my two tag pieces from white and grey card stock, then used two of my favorite Memory Box designer stencils, Texture Sprinkle Dots and Texture Dot Grid with white embossing paste. To make the butterflies, I painted a pretty pearlescent watercolor splash and then used the Isabella Butterfly die from Memory Box. Now my butterflies are ready to sail into summer!

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Live your life in color!

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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Shape Up

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It’s time to Shape Up with the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge! Get all the details and play along with Simon Says Stamps right here: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-get-in-shape/

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Get Happy! I created this Get Happy round card to put a smile on your face, using my brand new Celebration Balloons from Poppystamps! The Happy Cutaway is from Winnie & Walter.

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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