Friday, May 25, 2012

SSS Challenge at Lily Pad Cards!

Happy Friday!

We've got another Simon Says Stamp challenge for you, at Lily Pad Cards! This time, the theme is all about Stars. How fun is that?!

I knew I wanted to use the Life of the Party Stars, background stamp from Hero Arts, so I stamped it in black and clear embossed.

I then punched three little stars from a dotted embossed, red piece of cardstock and attached them with dimensional adhesives. I adhered the panel to some fun, dotted paper from Amuse, and white embossed the Hero Arts sentiment. It's a fun and simple card that's perfect for this time of year, with all the graduations coming up.

So go and find all your crafty stars - patterned paper, punches, die-cuts, stamps, stickers, or whatever you want - as long as it has to do with stars, you're good to go! I sure hope you can join us in this fun challenge! You'll find all the details over in "The Pond," where you'll also find some fabulous cards created by the design team.

Hope everyone has a fun-filled weekend with some good crafty time! :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Lovely Day!


I know it's a bit strange to see a blog post from me in the middle of the week, but I had such a lovely day today, I just had to share it with you! I have a couple of things to share, and a card too, so hang in there.

Last Christmas, I was given a hummingbird feeder and I was so excited because, in the 15 years we've lived in this house, we finally saw our first hummingbird at the end of last summer. So, a week ago, hubby got the feeder all set up, hanging over the deck, right in front of the kitchen window. I've been eying it now for a week but still no sightings.

It happened to be a gorgeous day today - near 80 degrees and sunny, so of course I was eating my lunch out on the deck. Then, while reading Paper Crafts Magazine, I heard a low pitched flutter and looked up. There it was!! An adorable, tiny hummingbird! And he let me just watch him drink the sweet nectar for quite awhile too! I went inside to grab the camera and of course he was gone when I got back. BUT. . .

I kept looking out the window all day, with the camera ready on the kitchen counter, and sure enough he came back and let me take a couple of shots. They're quite dark because I was inside shooting out the closed window, but here he is:

And then he took a drink.

Isn't he sweet!? I know some of you may be thinking that I'm a bit crazy getting so excited about a hummingbird, but that's just me I guess. It's the little things, right?

Before I show you my card, I wanted to also share a couple of photos of my peonies. They are blooming beautifully right now, and I JUST LOVE THEM!! So pretty, and that fragrance - yum! Here's one of the plants that I have.

And a close-up of one of the big blooms.

And here's a small, thin vase, filled with a big bouquet. My kitchen smells so good!

Okay, enough of nature - onto my card. I have not felt a whole lot of mojo in the past week and I swear it's happening more often lately - GRRRR! But I sat myself down and got inky today, which I love to do, and this was the result.

I used the True Friends background stamp from Hero Arts, embossed in white, then inked up the panel with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, along with one of the new ones called, Peacock Feathers. Love these two colors together. I'm thankful that a fabulous stamp and some beautiful ink colors can make it look like I have some mojo!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for indulging me so I could share my day! Hope you have a wonderful week! :)