2013 Year in Review — October through December

Happy New Year’s Eve!  It’s hard to believe 2013 is coming to a close already!  We will be ringing out the old with the 3rd annual Wall Family Dance Party.  With any hope, I will be participating and not sick on the couch as I was the past two years.  (I’m auto posting, so this remains to be seen.)  I have my finally three months of my favorites/year in review.

Pretty and Frilly Bra

October kicked off the Hope You Can Cling To (HYCCT) challenges at SCS.  I had participated in a handful in 2012 and being a breast cancer survivor, I wanted to participate in the entire month’s worth of challenges.  Be forewarned — there will be lots of PINK in October & November!
This was one of my favorites from the entire month long challenge.  I know how much I enjoyed shopping for pretty new bras after completely reconstructive surgery earlier this year.  Of course, I went with pinks and black, some pearls, some lace and some really pretty papers.  LOVE it!

This was an inspiration challenge and I was very happy with my result.  Lots of die-cutting for the ruffles in gradient pinks.  LOVE it!

Doing 30+ challenges over the course of a month makes you step out of your comfort zone.  I stepped into a lot of CAS designs over the month and this was one of my absolute FAVES!  This challenge was to combine pink and camouflage, not exactly easy for me.  I sponged the tee with 3 shades of pink to create my own camo.  Love how it turned out and the CAS style!


OMG! Did you hear?

I had this Victoria Case for SCACD image all colored and finally put it on a card for the HYCCT challenges.  I love how it matched up with fun conversational cloud paper and the sentiment was created using stamps from a Paper Pretties set.  

I’m not sure if I’m a closeted Oakland Raider fan or what, but I LOVE silver and black together.  Nothing says elegance like they do!  Love this a*muse studio chandelier image — it’s loaded up with rhinestones and some pretty double sided ribbon.

This was such a fun card to create — I used my Martha Stewart branch punch and punched out a bunch of sparkle lime green paper.  Very fun!

Sometimes a card just comes together perfectly with minimal ingredients.  This was one of them — a fantastic piece of designer paper, a fab pair of heels and just the perfect touches.

My last HYCCT card and I LOVE the simplicity of it.  I love damask patterns and although yellow definitely isn’t one of my favorite colors, I love the pop of it!  Simple elegance!

The simplicity of this card just makes me happy!  I had to make 30 of them so simplicity was a must. Love kraft, white and red together.

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HYCCT1325 OMG! Did you hear…

Happy Election Day!  Did you go vote?  GO VOTE!  We always go when my husband gets home and the kids go in with us to push the buttons.  I’ll be very happy for the end of political ads — they have been brutal around here.

Today I have yet another HYCCT challenge card.  I think to get them all blogged, I will need to do some auto posting.  The challenge from Dina was “A Listening Ear” — have an image that showed ears.

When I got behind in my challenge cards, I remembered my stash of colored images and pulled out this sweet Victoria Case for SCACD image, which I thought was just perfect for this challenge.  The super cute chat bubbles paper is from Doodlebug Take Note.  I took the sketch from Sunday Sketch & Stamp and flipped it.  The sentiment is created with two stamps from the Paper Pretties Best Friends set (also a Victoria Case illustrated set).  A fun card!

Challenge Submissions
Sunday Sketch and Stamp — #181
HYCCT1325 — A Listening Ear

OMG! Did you hear…
Stamps: Victoria Case for SCACD; Paper Pretties Best Friends
Paper: Island Indigo (SU), Bubblegum Pink (Gina K), Doodlebug Take Note
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, a*muse berry, blush; Mama Elephant Ocean
Other Stuff: rhinestones, Viva Decor Holo Iridescent, brads

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A Puppy is Love

Happy Monday!  A real quick (late) post.  I wanted to get on earlier today, but my son was home from school with a fever, so my production was slowed down.  LOL!  He’s better and I’m pooped!  Anyway, there are just under two hours left to donate to Blog Candy for a Cause.  I will be drawing winners tomorrow night.

Tonight I have a card featuring A Puppy is Love from the Victoria Case Hearts & Hugs Summer Collection available exclusively at Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design.  Susana has donated a set of Elisabeth Bell Animapeeps to the blog candy.  These are fantastic, deeply etched red rubber stamps. You wouldn’t believe the amount of detail in each stamp.  I have to tell you, I would love to have this sweetheart’s hair — it is such a great style and cut! The color came out better than I expected.  Anywho…I took a great color combo of Hawaiian Shores, Lovely Lavender (Gina K) and Cosmo Cricket DeLovely paper.  Oh, this makes me smile.  And a box of puppies would make my kids & husband happy!  The layout is this week’s The Sweet Stop sketch.

Challenge Submissions
The Sweet Stop — #79
A Puppy is Love
Stamps: Victoria Case (for SCACD) Hearts & Hugs – Summer: A Puppy is Love; Gina K Tag Lines
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Lovely Lavender, Select White, Cosmo Cricket DeLovely
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: C1, C3, C5, BG13, V15, E33, E35, BG10, R20, E11, E50, YR20, B02, R46, E00, E000
Other Stuff: Hawaiian Shores ribbon, Nesties, rhinestones, pearls

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Enjoy the Moment

I just hosted a swap on SCS called “Let’s Swap Our Kids” — figuratively, speaking. The adorable Autumn from Victoria Case’s Hearts & Hugs Collection (Series 2), available at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design was perfect for the swap. Autumn is colored in some lovely purple shades using Copics. Purples are not my usual choice of color, but it really worked here. The paper is PTI Plum Pudding and Lavender Moon, as well as patterned paper from DCWV’s Fall Matstack. I added some Martha Stewart glitter to her scarf fringe and the leaves.

Speaking of these adorable Victoria Case images, there is a Series 3 being released this Friday at SCACD. Victoria has blog candy for a set of the sure-to-be-adorable images on her blog this week. Go check it out!

Enjoy the Moment
Stamps: Victoria Case Hearts & Hugs Collection Series 2 Autumn (SCACD), Mega Mixed Messages (PTI)
Paper: Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Slect White (PTI), DCWV Fall Matstack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics:E00, YR02, Y17, R00, BV02, C-1, V12, BV00, E37, B00
Other Stuff: Marvy Le Pen, Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder, Plum Pudding Saddle Stitched ribbon, Orchid Dew Drops, Martha Stewart glitter (Charoite, Fire Opal, Smoky Quartz)

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For a Rainy Day

We have had so much rain this summer and some really wild thunderstorms lately. Yesterday was one of those rain-soaked summer days. What better way to spend part of the day then coloring an adorable image?

For my birthday in June, my husband gave me 5 of my favorite stamps from the Victoria Case for SCACD Hearts & Hugs Collection. These images are really just so gorgeous with tons of detail. I have to say they are a challenge to color for me. Of the 5 I received, Singing in the Rain is one of the easier ones to color. She is just so fun with her cute polka dot raincoat.

Normally, I color my images and then scramble to find papers that match. This time I picked my paper first — from DCWV Nana’s Kids — and went from there. I have to say it made things so much easier. The papers from Nana’s Kids are so much fun — many of them are embossed, as is this one. Because I wanted to focus on the image and the dp, I kept the layout really simple. I added some Crystal Effects to the umbrella and puddles.

For A Rainy Day
Stamps: Victoria Case for SCACD Singing in the Rain
Paper: Pretty in Pink, PTI White, DCWV Nana’s Kids
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: RV10, E37, B00, E00, Y00, YR02, YG06, RV02, BV02
Other Stuff: craft store ribbon, Nestabilities, Crystal Effects

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