Altenew August Challenge

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Today I am playing along with the Altenew August Challenge! I love working with Altenew’s beautiful stamps and dies to build these lovely flowers and leaves. When I saw the August Inspiration Photo, I knew I had to play around with this color palette and these images from Beautiful Day. You can get all the details and link up your own August inspiration at the Altenew blog right here:

I was inspired by these pretty teals and golds, and the Altenew stamps make it easy!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Fusion Card Challenge

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I think I am just under the wire, but I had to play along with this week’s fun Fusion Challenge, Pastel Pencils! When I first saw the inspiration photo, I started working on it, but every time I sat down to work, I was distracted with other tasks. But something about these colorful pencils in a cup really spoke to me. You can get all the details and play along (if you hurry), over at The Fusion Challenge blog right here:

This month, my hubbie and I received some news that came as a bit of a shock. After 19 years with his company, he and his entire department were eliminated, downsized, let go. It’s devastating to think that after picking up everything and moving down South here to Alabama a few years ago, that we would be starting all over once again.  Our plan is to relocate to a new location, and we have a few places in mind. I may be blogging a little less over the next few weeks, but we sure would appreciate you sending your prayers and thoughts and good luck charms our way! We are hoping and praying that this shut door will open a new window of opportunity for us very, very soon!

I made this card while thinking about my hubbie and I. We both are creative, artistic souls. He worked his way up as a talented graphic designer to the production supervisor, so I guess a little bit of ink and bling is a part of us, running through our veins like life blood. Despite this setback, we will keep going, living our lives in color. We appreciate all the love and support you have given to us both and to Crimson Owl Creations.

Here is the list of dies that I have used:

Paper Smooches: Mason Jars

Papertrey Ink: Pencil me In

Sugar Pea Designs: Sugar Cut Heartbeat

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

CASology Cue Card: Safari

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I found a new (to me) challenge blog I love playing along with, CASology! I love focusing on CAS designs over the summer, when my craft room gets a little hot and steamy! This week, the clue word is SAFARI! You van get all the details and link up your safari inspired card over at the CASology blog right here:

I love ALL the beautiful animals you can find on an African safari! Today, I made a card with a sweet little elephant under an ancient tree near the watering hole.  I will always have a special place in my heart for elephants too.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Poppystamps Challenge and Holiday Blog Blitz

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Have you heard about the Holiday Blog Blitz over at Poppystamps this week? From August 2-14, the Poppystamps design team is sharing their beautiful inspiration and ideas for cards created with our latest holiday release! You have a chance to win every day! Check out all the details and be sure to leave a comment over at the Poppystamps blog right here:

We would love to see what you will create too! Our August Challenge is Beyond Borders. Link up your Beyond Borders card for another chance to win! You can get all the details and link up your Beyond Borders card right here:

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Winter Magic Shaker with Poppystamps!

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I am over on the Poppystamps Blog today to celebrate our new release Holiday Blog Blitz from August 2-14! You can see how I made this magical shaker card, find more great inspiration and ideas, and enter this month’s challenge, Beyond Borders,  over at the Poppystamps blog right here:

Did I mention you can WIN too? Every single blog post offers a chance to win one of our new Poppystamps holiday release stamps or dies! All you have to do is leave a comment over on the Poppystamps blog! I’ll see you over there!

Thanks so much for for joining us today!

House of Cards August Challenge

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Welcome to our new August Challenge over at House of Cards! We have got a gorgeous inspiration photo for you this month, filled with rich jewel tone florals and a fresh color palette. You can get all the details and link up your creations over at the House of Cards blog right here:

Take a look at this month’s challenge!

Floral Images and/or Colors

This is how I was inspired!

I used the Beautiful Day layered stamp set from Altenew, and stamped and fussy cut the flowers and leaves. Then I glued them on to a card panel and let it dry overnight. I then cut Winnie & Walter’s  In A Word: hello, right in the center of the image, holding my breath that the cut would come out perfect! I then cut out “hello” about 5 more times, then adhered everything in place, giving the hello a beautiful, raised dimension on the card. It turned out great!

Take a look at what our Design Team has created for you today!

 Chanya13 Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 

Michele | Mynn | Paula | Rocky | Rosi 

Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan 

Now it’s your turn! We can’t wait to see what you will create! Please check out our House Rules HERE before linking up!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Poppystamps August Challenge: Beyond Borders

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August is here with a brand new challenge over on the Poppystamps blog, Beyond Borders! You can get all the details and play along with our challenge for a chance to win an amazing prize from Poppystamps right here:

Take a look at how I was inspired this month!

Autumn is nipping at our heels, even in this crazy heat! Soon kids will be packing up their backpacks and the leaves will start to turn! I wanted to capture the idea of trees and leaves expanding over the borders of the seasons, with these pretty pattern pieces cut from the Pretty Stitches dies.

If you have never worked with edge dies before, Poppystamps owner Dave Brethauer has created a beautiful video tutorial that you can find over on the Poppystamps blog. Dave created his pretty border edges by cutting six dies at once, then fitting them together like a jigsaw puzzle. To create my border edge, I cut each die separately, then layered each one on top of the other on my blue card stock base.

It doesn’t matter if the edges are sloppy or uneven, since they will all be trimmed evenly with one cut of the guillotine to fit neatly inside my pretty Pointed Rectangle Frame.

Once the edges and frame were smoothly adhered, I added the Birch Tree and a few Stitched Oak tree leaves, spilling down beyond the borders.

Now it’s your turn! We’d love to see what you’ll create! Just make a card or project using at least one Poppystamps die or stamp and share your concept of Beyond Borders! Link it up over at the Poppystamps blog, and see more great inspiration from our design team!

Thanks so much for joining us today!