Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Celebrate Penny Black CAS

It is my turn to share with you on the Penny Black Simplicity Blog. Here is just a little peek at my card : )

I'm especially excited to direct you to the Simplicity blog today because we are welcoming a bran new Sister to the team!! I'm busting with excitement because it is one of the sweetest gals in Blogland!! Loll Thompson : )  I know you'll join me in welcoming her!

BIG (((HUGS)))

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

Hello friends : ) I have missed you.  It has been a while since I posted.  My life seems to be all about sorting and packing and eating Mexican food!! LOL but more about that later in this post.

My card today is to celebrate my Dad as well as celebrate a clean ans simple way to use some terrific products from Penny Black!!

I wanted to join the Simon Says "Frame It" challenge so I cut a frame on the front of my card which reveals just the face of my cute poppa bear.  Inside you get to see this golf pro in all his adorableness! : )

There are some new faces on the Design Team at the Simplicity blog for Penny Black.  I hope you will visit often for CAS inspiration.

Here is a little update from my neck of the woods..... I am making good progress with my pre-moving tasks and preparing for a HUGE garage sale!! : )

Since the tourist season got underway on Memorial Day and the Mexican restaurant opened we have not been able to have many English /card making classes.  All of our friends are super busy!! but we continue to see them frequently and enjoy the delicious food they create.

I had a birthday since my last post.

 Here is a picture of the head chef, Angel, his wife, Berenice and Angel's sous-chef, Gerry taken at the restaurant with my hubby and I.

We were so blessed as Angel and his team prepared a 5 course 5 star meal for my birthday including this incredible Shrimp Soup - which is probably the best food I have ever tasted!!:

That is about it for me today.  I could show you my piles of boxes but I think that might be an overshare! LOL suffice to say it is not a pretty sight around here!....sigh

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying a beautiful summer so far and that you are enjoying the things that make you the happiest!!

Oh my goodness I almost forgot my joke! LOL Well here goes I hope it was worth the wait heeheehee.
After the sheepdog gets all the sheep in the pen, he reports back to the farmer: all 40 accounted for”  The I only have 36 sheep” says the farmer.. I know says the sheepdog but I rounded them up!”

BIG (((HUGS)))

A bear of all trades #30-108 by Penny Black
Frames #51-410 by Penny Black

Monday, May 28, 2018

Graduation Announcement Card

Happy Memorial Day friends : ) Are you having a picnic today? Going to a graduation party?? Firing up the grill? Whatever you are doing I hope you are having fun doing it!!

I wanted to make a quickie post today to share a card I made for my great niece who is Graduating this month.  She sent her formal graduation announcement and I altered it a bit : )

I used a cream card stock as my base.  I cut off the strip of Gold and school name and attached it to the top panel of the card. Then I cut the numbers from the emblem on the announcement being careful to get a slice of the school name and their mascot.  I have never done a personalized graduation card quite like this before and I like how it turned out. : )

Why did the girl wear glasses in math class?......  It improves di-vision!

BIG (((HUGS)))

Friday, May 25, 2018

JUGS - You're so Fun - I just love you!

This card expresses how I feel about the challenges at Just Us Girls Challenge Blog!! : ) This is my last week as a Guest Designer.  I want to thank each member of the JUGS Design Team for inviting me to be a part of this talented  group : ) and making me feel so welcome!!

This week we have a beautiful photo for you to take inspiration from.  I love both the flower and the soft bokeh of this photograph.  I used vellum to try to recreate the softness of the green background by using it as the front of my card.

Making cards with a vellum face is not difficult - simply cut a 6 x 4.25" piece of vellum for the front of the card scored - then folded at .5" - tape it directly to the back of a 5.5 x 4.25"  card base.   Easy peasy.

For my card I used a sweet lime green cardstock back.  I cut a "Wavy Stitch Edge" border for the "ground" that I sponged with lime green ink.  I heat embossed my sentiment with Copper embossing powder.  Penny Black has the best Sunflower image on the market! : ) IMHO heehee which I stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Zigs - fussy cut out and taped to the vellum to completed my little scene : )


I would like to invite you to visit Penny Black's Simplicity blog where you will always find a selection of CAS creations showcasing the wonderful product available in the Penny Black Store : )

Before I go I wondered if you had heard about the Italian chef that died?.....  Yeah, he pasta away.

BIG (((HUGS)))

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Simplicity Sister - Doing what I love!

I really love stretching a dollar! I love shopping at garage sales and finding coupons to my favorite stores in my e-mail : )  I guess that is why I enjoy all the ways you can use Penny Black dies.

For my card today I started by embossing with my die rather than cutting with it.  I experimented with just the right "sandwich" for my Big Shot so that I can use my dies to emboss.  Can you see the little hearts suspended from the top of my card?  It would be great just like this but then I cut the same die on a piece of copy paper to create a stencil.  I lay my stencil directly to the card face and lightly sponged the hearts in place.   : )

I hope that you are getting to do what you love today as well!! and just for a bonus I pray God's Love is falling from the sky to bless you!! : )

All supplies from Penny Black
Heart Drops #51-298
Mimi's Love #30-270
Sweet as Honey #30-145

A word to the wise....

Don’t ever run with bagpipes… you could poke and eye out or worse yet you could get kilt!

BIG (((HUGS)))

Monday, May 21, 2018

Cómo se dice... - How do you say....

Ok so our Spanish speaking student's English is improving by leaps and bounds but I can't say the same for our Spanish!! We continue to have English class with our sweet new adopted daughter Nayeli.  The last time she was here she wanted to know the usage of:


you know Arrrr! like a pirate would say.  How we got on to that subject?? I have NO idea! LOL but we tried everything to explain it including me putting an eye patch over my glasses!

It was only when I looked at her and said "Pirates of the Caribbean" did she shout out the name of the main character in the movie.  With tears rolling down all of our faces she came to understand that a pirate would say "Arrrr" heeheehee What can I say? we are having FUN!

I have been CASEing the designs for our classes from my own cards for a couple of reasons - time really being the biggest reason.  I want to focus on giving her experience with a lot of different tools and coloring mediums.  So for most of my regular visitors many of the designs I'm sharing are ones you may have seen before.  This day I shared my Zigs. Both Nayeli and Diane handled them expertly and their cards turned out super pretty! We are normally so caught up in what we are doing that I fail photograph the event properly.  When each class is over I regret that I didn't take more pictures.

Nayeli's used the sentiment "Hola" on her card which means hello in Spanish.  
I wish you could see her beautiful Ziggy coloring better -  this picture doesn't do it justice

Next I designed a "Scratch and Sniff" card for them to create.  This was a fun one and met with the question: "What does 'you're the cherry on the top' mean?!" I didn't see that one coming giggles!!

Thank you for stopping by. Here is a little funny to reward you! : )

What did the female dinosaur call her blouse making business? 
"Try Sara’s Tops!"

BIG (((HUGS)))

Friday, May 18, 2018

Color Week at the Just Us Girls Blog

Hello everyone!

Why did the farmer call his pig ink?  Because he always ran out of the pen.

heeheehee  I hope May flowers are blooming in your neck of the woods!! : ) here everything is turning lush and green!! it's is beautiful : ) As I write this my doors and windows are open and I am enjoying the sound of birds chirping and the faint sound of a lawn mower somewhere in the distance.  I love May!!

Today I hope to inspire you to join me at Just Us Girls!  As an invited guest I am in some pretty incredible company! you gotta check out the DT I promise you'll be inspired.

I love this color combo!!  Please inspire us with your take on this great challenge by joining us at JUGS.

I am having a blast creating Christmas cards this year. I normally wait until December to make my cards but because of great challenges like Loll's CAS Christmas Card Challenge and Merry Monday I am going to have my cards finished early!! : )

I will be sharing this happy little snowman in the CAS Christmas Card Challenge.  I encourage you to share your snowman cards there too - the challenge is open until May 24th.

Thank you for stopping by : ) Have a great day!

BIG (((HUGS)))