Thursday, June 30, 2011

Celebrate Good Times - Come On!

Pals Paper Arts is celebrating its 100th Challenge with a technique challenge.....and some fabulous blog candy!  Every Design Team member is offering blog candy that will be sent to ONE lucky designer who plays at PPA this week.  I used one of my favorite techniques on this card.  I colored directly on stamps from Clearly for You and Perfect Words using Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze and Peach Parfait markers. Simple but very effective!  So take your amazing, awesome and talented self over to Pals Paper Arts and show off a favorite technique of your own!

If you are the blog candy winner I will send you C is for Cat, 4 yards of gingham ribbon and two dozen 6x6 squares of Stampin Up! designer series paper.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Star is Born.....PPA99

PPA's Challenge: Clean, simple and use stars.
Friend's new granddaughter:  Born on Flag Day.
Don't you love it when the stars align?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Smiles.......

Golf made my dad smile so he would have appreciated this card made from a retired SU set, a new hostess set called Perfect Words and the new Just Add Cake DSP.  Come to think of it cake made him smile too! He was a great storyteller with a quick wit and wonderful laugh. We lost him a few years ago due to a stroke. In the ICU as I tried to explain what was happening, he - a former electrician - whispered "I guess I really blew a fuse this time." To which I replied "Dad, I think you blew out the whole darn transformer!" And he smiled.......

It was our last conversation but I will be forever grateful that it ended with a smile.  Hope you shared some smiles with your dad today - or if you are lucky like me you have plenty of memories that still make you smile!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

PPA98 Sketch.......Make new friends but.......

Putting this card together with a mix of old and new products made me think of the Girl Scout song:  Make new friends, but keep the know how it goes! Old Concord Crush is a perfect background for New Wisteria Wonder.  New Lucky Limeade pops as an accent color yet blends beautifully with an Old Wild Wasabi fabric button. New Flirtacious DSP is a lovely backdrop for Old Concord Crush ribbon.  A lightly stamped flower from the New Simply Soft hostess set provides a subtle image behind combined sentiments from Old Perfect Punches.  And Old Concord Crush ink says Happy Birthday to my New Lucky Limeade friend! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pals Retirement Hop

Welcome to the Pals Retirement Hop!  If you arrived from Barb's blog you have made it all the way to the end - Me!  If you missed someone along the way, no worries you can start in again at Linda Fisher's site

I am such a Designer Paper fan that I can't believe I just discovered this beautiful pad of in color designs. These sheets will be retiring at the end of June along with this sweet little image from A Flower for All Seasons.  Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush and Peach Parfait combine to make a perfect summer birthday card.  Looks like the frog is taking time to stop and enjoy the flowers.  Hope you have been able to spend some time and enjoy the sights along the way as well!

Pals Hop Lineup:
1. Linda Fisher
2. Nicole Watt
3. Joanna Munster
4. Mary Fish
5. Rae Harper
6. Mike Funke
7. Nina Dee
8. Barbara Chatzkel
9. Ann Schach
10. Joan Norris
11. Staphanie Uzee
12. Sandra Conner
13. Barb Furlong
14. Linda Callahan

Thursday, June 9, 2011

PPA97...Signature Style....

Pals Paper Arts challenge this week is to design a card in your signature style.  I try to push my comfort zone now and then but my go to style is definitely clean and crisp!  I love white space - or in this case Crumb Cake space.  The red, black and white look so sharp against it!  The daisy from Every Moment was perfect for a game of "Loves Me, Loves Me Not."  Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds add a bit of sparkle to the daisy centers.  Interesting that my closet is mostly black, white, red and taupe - must be directly related to that signature style!  If I start sprinkling myself with Dazzling Diamonds I have gone too far............

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sail Away with PPA........

Wonderful colors.......beautiful image......just makes you want to sail away on a gorgeous summer's day......unless you are me.  They don't make sea bands or Dramamine strong enough to turn me into a sailor!  So when I am at the lake and my crew heads "out to sea", I sit on the beach, sip my Diet Coke and open my latest find from the library - it's not all bad!