Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Let's Get Hopping - Very Vanilla Love

Welcome to this month's Let's Get Hopping blog hop! You've just arrived from Verity Biddlecombe... I seriously love this group of ladies and how we come together with such diverse, but inspiring, projects!

I didn't realize how much I used Whisper White as my light neutral until this month's theme was revealed... but now it's time for some Very Vanilla love.

I hate to admit this, but I created this card in less than 10 minutes. Okay... maybe it was more like five - so it's definitely going in the quick and easy category! I've been working on something top secret (Stampin' Up! related) and it's been consuming most of my time (that and our adopted dogs). Don't worry... I'll reveal it next week (and I'll get back to blogging regularly, too).

There's not much to say except... I LOVE THIS CARD! I knew which elements I wanted to use and it all just came together. Initially, I thought I would give it to my hubby as a just because card, but then remembered I have a friend who's getting married soon, and the card would be perfect for her! So many options - and so easy to make - I may have to create a few more!

Thanks so much for stopping by! But now it's time to hop on over to see what beautiful project Teresa Brown has created!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

2018 Sale-A-Bration Kre8tors Blog Hop

The Kre8tors Blog Hop group is at it again! This time, we're bringing you some amazing projects using Sale-a-Bration items! You've just arrived from Leisa Pedersen... didn't you just love what she created? There are so many fun items in the Sale-a-Bration catalog and in case you didn't know... there are more to be released on February 16! But this hop is to showcase the first round of items (because there are SO many).

I haven't had much time to craft lately (did you read my last post?) so there are still some Sale-a-Bration sets I haven't used. But I decided to create something quick and easy (kind of like this post) because that's how I roll lately.

This card uses three Sale-a-Bration items: Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper, the Amazing You stamp set, and coordinating Celebrate You thinlits. This card was amazingly simple! I tried adding ribbon and other embellishments, but it didn't need it... it ended up looking cluttered.

Shameless plug: You can choose the paper or stamp set for a $50 order, or the thinlits for a $100 order. Want all three? Place a $200 order! And for a $200 order, you earn $20 in Stampin' Rewards (more free stuff). Cool, huh?

Thank you for stopping by today. I'm off to take care of the dogs now... I was at the vet until 2am because the husky decided to eat a Swiffer duster. Yep. Good times!

Happy hopping back to Melissa Tennison (if you didn't start there - you definitely need to check out what she created!). And if you've missed any of the blogs, you can click on one of the links below and start over.

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Blog Hop Roll Call...

Melissa Tennison Amy Grendel Su Mohr Becky Browning Laura Kate Mackie Tricia Butts Kathy Maurer Deb Naylor Jackie Lawless Linda Handford Lisa Kmiec Kirsteen Gill Alexandra Rauf Nichole Loe Mary Trautner Sanda Roberts Maria Calia Hiske MacKay Jacqui Lawrence Leisa Pedersen
Diana Tillery <-- You are here!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way

It seems the more I plan, the more life gets in the way. Like the weekly color challenges... I planned out my posts, chose my colors, and started to work on my projects, but something happened and I had to put that on the back burner. Not much cardmaking for me lately (except those for yesterday's blog hop). What changed? One word... dogs.

It's been 10 years since we've owned a dog (we miss our dear Chow Chow, Rusty, everyday) and we've been on the search for another fur baby the last few months. Hubby and I had certain criteria (we actually wanted different breeds and ages of dogs) and finally found what was a good compromise - or so we thought. On a day I didn't want to go look at dogs, I only wanted to stay in bed (thank you bout of depression), hubby encouraged me to get up and go to the shelter with him. The first shelter didn't have what we were looking for, and I considered it a sign to go home and climb back in bed. Unfortunately, hubby had other plans and took us (my 17 year-old son and me) to another shelter in a neighboring city.

And there he was... the Siberian Husky we had been looking for. Not quite the puppy we wanted, but at 1-1/2 years, he still has the puppy spirit within him. 

Handsome, isn't he? Okay, my son's good looking, too... but I was referring to the dog. LOL! I won't bore you with the details of how we were moved from the bottom of the waiting list to the top, but let's just say... this husky had a little pal in the same kennel, and we couldn't adopt one and not the other. That's right... we ended up adopting two dogs!

Aren't they adorable??? And so angelic, too! Yeah, right... they are quite the handful! The cones of shame are because of a little snip that had to happen before leaving the shelter. Those come off in another week. I'm a little scared about how much trouble they can get into once the cones are gone.

We take them on frequent walks... like about six a day. Spoiled? Yes... absolutely! But also absolutely necessary or they get into all sorts of trouble inside... like ripping up pillows and peeing on everything. Sigh.

This sweet moment lasted for about 30 seconds. Then it was back to sibling rivalry. I swear... it's like taking care of twin toddlers with two complete opposite personalities!

I was never one for using crates, but everyone kept telling me to get them... that they will be their safe spaces. They use them for about five minutes then vacate. The little dog uses the big crate, and the big dog tries to fit his coned head into the little crate. Hilarious!

Wish us luck as we continue to learn how to live with each other. I'll be honest, there are days I want to take them back to the shelter. But then I think about how much they need us... and we need them. Good therapy, if you ask me. Then again... ask me how I feel in another week or two. LOL!

Thanks for taking this break with me, and I promise I'll be back soon with more cards. I think I have a hop coming up... I'd better start creating!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Let's Get Hopping - His and Her Birthdays!

Welcome to February's Let's Get Hopping blog hop! You've just arrived from Maria Willis's blog... didn't she create some fun cards?

The idea behind this challenge is to use one layout, but create two cards: one for him and one for her. The Birthday Memories Suite makes this task super easy! As a matter of fact, these two cards came together in a snap, once I decided on which sheets of Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper to use for which card.

Yes, this suite has Framelits to cut out the stamped baker, but I'm a sucker for fussy-cutting and wanted the cut to be a little closer to the outline. And did you know the Framelits also cut out images from the Designer Series Paper? What? That's right! This sweet little girl is from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and was cut out using the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies. How cool is that?

Check out the shimmer on those shoes, the top of the cupcake, and the twinkle in her eye? It's so much easier to see it in person, but Wink of Stella adds just the right amount of sparkle to any element. It's hard to see it in the pictures, but oh so cool in person!

As you can see, both cards have the same layout, but changing a few elements, like colors, the background paper, and the cutouts, the card can be customized to suit anyone.

The His card uses a piece of the Designer Series Paper as the Crumb Cake background...

...but I created the background for the Her card using the stamps and Rich Razzleberry ink on Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed my take on His and Her cards, and you're inspired to create your own! Now, continue on the hop to see what awesome cards Verity Biddlecombe has created!

Want to create either of these cards? Don't be intimidated by this long list... I combined both cards' supplies into one list. If you're ordering online and your order is less than $150, please use host code MSBNTGFD.

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