My Favorite Things #243: MFTWSC243

Hello Crimson Owl Friends! It’s good to be back! I’ve been away from the blog universe for a few days celebrating both mine and Mr. Crimson Owl’s birthdays! They are only two days apart, so we try to do something fun to celebrate together! This year, we went on a trip to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico! Did you know that the state of Alabama has almost 50 miles of the most beautiful beaches in the world? We call them the sugar sands!

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My Favorite Things has a sweet sketch challenge this week too. I went super clean and simple using only two different dies, including the pretty purple Mini Doilie. You can get all the details and play along right here: http://www.cardchallenges.com/2015/08/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-243.html

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We had beautiful weather at Gulf Shores, with a waveless day at the beach! The sky was a cloudless blue, and the beach was almost deserted, except for an occasional pelican or a seagull. We bobbed in the water all day, and I was surprised to see a single butterfly fluttering past. That may have been what was on my mind when I created this card!

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Mr. Crimson Owl waves and says thanks for the birthday wishes, from the calm waters of the Gulf!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Birthday Wishes and a Giveaway

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Today is my birthday, and Mr. Crimson Owl and I celebrating with a few of our favorite things! In honor of all things bright and cheerful, I’d like to invite you all to my birthday celebration with a sweet little giveaway! All you have to do leave a comment telling me your favorite color combination, and you could win an original, custom-designed, hand-crafted Crimson Owl Creations birthday card, and a tiny birthday surprise inside! My favorite color combination is pink and orange, of course! One random winner will be selected to win! You have until Monday, August 31, 12 midnight CST to leave a comment!

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But that’s not all! There’s only a few more days to take part in Michele’s Birthday Bash Giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive a birthday surprise package of some of my favorite crafty things! Get all the details right here: https://crimsonowlcreations.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/micheles-birthday-bash-giveaway/

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Thank you all so much for all the wonderful birthday wishes and joys that I have received from so many of you this month! You have made me feel extra special, and I am grateful for each and every one of you!

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Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Memory Box Challenge #3: Cool Thoughts for Warm Days

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Memory Box has a cool challenge for the month of August, Cool Thoughts for Warm Days! Get all the details and link up your cool creation right here: http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/2015/08/challenge-3-cool-thoughts-for-warm-days.html

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The most cooling thought on a warm day is all about rain! I used some of my favorite Memory Box dies to create a wet, rainy, forest scene. This little bird doesn’t seem to mind! I used Finnegan Fronds, from Memory Box Open Studio, Chloe Stem, and Tropical Leaf, from Memory Box, and Lovely Tendril, from Poppystamps.

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Happy Birthday to Bama’s #1 Fan!

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Happy Birthday! This very special birthday shaker card was created for the number one, greatest fan the University of Alabama has ever seen, my hubbie, Mr. Crimson Owl!

Mr. Crimson Owl is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and LOVES Alabama football! Right after we were married, my hubbie got a terrific job offer in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the home of UA and the Crimson Tide. We moved to Tuscaloosa, and I enrolled in graduate school. Now we are both call UA our alma mater and have our diplomas hanging on the wall! Mr. Owl has taught me all about college football, the SEC, and watching Bama games every Saturday in Autumn. This year, the first kickoff of the season is in TEN days! Nothing would make hubbie happier than another National Championship, the Crimson Tide’s 16th!

His birthday card features all the things he loves–Bama games on TV, a kitty, Big Al (our mascot) and celebrating a win! Happy Birthday, sweetie!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Create your own BAMA themed shaker card with the following supplies:

Football field background paper (available at Michael’s)

Crimson, white, light grey and dark grey card stock

Crimson and white sequins

Die: TV Shaker, Simon Says Stamp!

Die: Celebration Balloons, Poppystamps

Die: Cozy Kitties, Poppystamps

Paper Punch: Elephant, Martha Stewart

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Papertrey Ink August Challenge

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Papertrey Ink just keeps coming up with these terrific inspiration photos, don’t they? There is just so much wonderful goodness going on in this photo. You can enter your own colorful creation at Papertrey Ink right here: http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2015/08/august-2015-blog-hop.html

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I took inspiration from the photo in a few different ways. First off, the colors, the yellow, gold, orange, brown, red. That combination always says autumn to me! Autumn, back to school, pencils, doodles, it’s all fun! I wanted to create a very simple, flat card because I am going to send this to a friend of mine with a nice letter. He loves snail mail just as much as I do, and we are continuing our on-going campaign to send the world a letter!

While everybody is going back to school, I just finished a fun online course on The French Revolution! I love history, arts, humanities and always take an online course or two whenever I have a little extra time. Now I am well-versed on King Louis and Robespierre!

Back to school, letters, pencils, and autumn leaves are swirling in my mind today! What about you? Head on over to Papertrey Ink and show us your inspiration!

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Time is ticking down on the very last week of Michele’s Birthday Bash Giveaway! Get all the details right here: https://crimsonowlcreations.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/micheles-birthday-bash-giveaway/

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Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Freshly Made Sketches

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Isn’t it wonderful? Freshly Made Sketches has hit an AMAZING 200! They are celebrating in a big way with some fabulous prizes! Get all the details and play along right here: http://www.freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2015/08/freshly-made-sketches-200-celebration.html

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I did something a little bit different. I kept the shape and the layout of the sketch, but I turned it into a tag instead of making a card. I wanted something clean and crisp, just in time for shorter days and falling leaves!

There’s some great inspiration going on over at Freshly Made Sketches. This challenge has brought out the best!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge: Citrus With A Twist

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Simon Says Stamps has a tangy challenge this week – Citrus with a Twist! You can get all the details and play along right here: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=2962

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I went with a super clean and crisp white look with this card, adding a few pops of fresh citrus color! I actually have to give all the design credit on this one to my hubbie, Mr. Crimson Owl! I don’t have any of those amazing citrus fruit slice dies that are so popular in the summertime, so he suggested I use the die with those citrus slices all over it. I had to have him dig it out of my Poppystamps stash! Funny, but whenever I looked at this intricate die, the Mod Flower Background, all I ever saw was flowers. He always saw citrus fruit!

Here is some more sweet news! There’s only a little more than a week left to enter for your chance to win an AMAZING prize package for Michele’s Birthday Bash Giveaway! Get all the details right here: https://crimsonowlcreations.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/micheles-birthday-bash-giveaway/

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Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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