Harley Wedding

Recently a friend asked me, along with a couple of other friends, if we would help her make decorations for a Harley Davidson wedding.  Of course I said YES.  My crafty hands have been idle way too long and I looked forward to some creative girlfriend time.  Here are some pics of what we created.

Carla gluing on the final petals
Aren't these large flowers cool?!!  Carla found a couple of youtube videos and customized them to fit her design ideas.

I didn't get a good picture of the medallions, but you can kinda see them in the picture below.

We wrapped the tree in tulle and added a bow.

The bride and groom's table.  I love the little touches of light Carla added.

The chairs needed a little something extra, so Carla & put our heads together to come up with this.

The finishing touch was the Harley banner and balloons.

We had nothing to do with the cake, but it was too cool not to share with y'all!

A tiny confession here.  I was so into decorating that I forgot to make/bring a wedding card.  Oops!  I'll have to mail it or give it to them in person.  You can tell I am really out of the cardmaking loop because the card is usually my first priority.


New Release from Catherine Pooler Designs

Hello my crafty friends!  I know I've been a bit quiet on my blog lately.  The Spring of my son's Senior Year in high school and my new Rodan + Fields business are keeping me hopping.  I'm looking forward to the slower pace of summer coming, and getting some more craft time in. 

I wanted to pop on my blog to let you know that Catherine Pooler Designs has a new release out and it includes a couple of BRAND NEW inks (hello Purple) and a couple of inks that were only available in previous Stamp Of Approval collections.  Just to make it extra fun they've thrown in a few stamps, dies and other goodies to get your creative juices flowing!

Last weekend I helped a friend with a few paper craft items for a wedding she was coordinating.  We made HUGE paper flowers and some fun medallions.  I'll try to add them to a post later this week to show you.   Thanks for sticking with me.  I can honestly say I miss my crafty blogland friends.  <3  *that's you!*

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CAS13 Encouragement Card

Everyone could use a little encouragement.  What could brighten a day more than a handmade card in your mailbox?  That's why Michele created the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  Make a card to brighten someone's day using either the inspiration photo or color chips.

Here is this month's picture.

Here is my card.  :)

Be sure to head on over to the CAS blog to see what the rest of the creative team has designed, then add your own creation for a chance to win a $25 gift code to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!  Clicky
Stamps: Peace Love & Coffee, Word Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Black (Staz-On) It's A Boy (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Cardstock (Stampin' Up) Classique: Elegant (Authentique)
Accessories: Circles Dies (CPD)


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month and that means it is time to remind you ladies to do your breast self-exams and schedule those yearly mammograms if it is time.  Early detection is key to long term survival and cure.  Here's my card for this month's reminder.

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to read Michele's message and see all the lovely cards the Encouragement Squad has created.

Stamps: Hope Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Recollections
Accessories:  Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder (WoW) Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) 


Such a fun wheelbarrow flower garden.  Thanks again for playing along with the Calling All Sistahs challenge!
Beautiful card.  Love the soft background for your sweet little birdies.  Thanks for playing along with the Calling All Sistahs challenge!  I hope you'll join us again with a new one starting on the 18th.


Michele's 50th Birthday Blog Hop

Birthday's are always cause for celebration, but when you hit 50 it's time for a FABULOUS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.  My friend and founder of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Michele Gross, is turning 50 in just a few days and a few of her crafty friends are joining in on the party with a fun blog hop!  

Michele, I wish you the happiest of happy birthday's, my friend!  You are a bright light in this world and I am honored to be on your creative team.  May this year be your best year yet!!!

My card was created by scribbling Zig markers at the top of a piece of bristol, then spritzing it with water and letting the excess drip and splatter.  Once that was dry I splattered it with watered down black Nuvo drops.    Next I embossed the super fun sentiment and added a bit of sparkly bling, because I know Michele loves glittery touches.

While making this card I played around with a couple of other sentiments from CAS-ual Fridays.  There are so many to choose from.  

Michele wants to celebrate by giving to YOU!  
Simply leave comments on all of the blogs on this hop for your chance to win (1 of  5) $50 gift certificates from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!!!  You should have come from the creatively talented Kimberly Rendino's blog.  If you get lost along the way or just want to start at the top of the hop, you can head HERE to visit CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog. 

Next stop is the creative superstar:
Alana Moses

Stamps: Young at Heart, Franklyisms (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 003, 025, 027, 031, 082 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers)  Versamark
Paper: Bristol Vellum Cardstock (Strathmore) Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Black Hemp Cord (Lawn Fawn) Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye) White Embossing Powder (WOW)


Young at Heart


CAS12 Encouragement Challenge

You know that feeling when you open your mailbox and there is a handmade card of encouragement inside?  That is the feeling we want to help you give your friends and family.  Join the Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge and make a card to bring a smile to the mailbox of the person you send it to.  In the process you can build up your stash of encouragement cards and have a chance to win a cool prize from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.


For today's card I had some fun playing with ink and water to make a floral explosion. 

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see the beautiful springtime creations from the rest of the talented encouragement squad and then get started on your own masterpiece to link up with the challenge.

Stamps: Breathe (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 031, 034, 036, 092 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Be Mine, Midnight, Party Dress, Tiki Torch (Catherine Pooler Designs) Emerald Envy (Stampin' UP)
Paper: Bristol Vellum Cardstock (Strathmore) Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: 4 Petals Fri-Dies, Bubble Box Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) 


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month, have you checked yourself lately?  Is it time to get that mammogram scheduled?  The Encouragement Squad and I along with Michele Gross are all her to remind you.   The earlier cancer is found, the better the prognosis.   You matter!

My card today was brought to you by my paper stash.  :)   There is a treasure trove of pretty paper in my hobby room and I'm trying to use some of it up before I buy any more.  The little butterfly was plain so I added antennae and a dotted trail to make it look as though it was fluttering. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a new encouragement challenge.  In the meantime, head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to read Michele's encouraging message and new outlook on aging.  You'll also get a chance to see the lovely reminder cards from the rest of the encouragement squad.

Dies: Hope Fri-Die, Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Paper: Blushing Bride, Rose Red (Stampin' Up)  Yours Truly (Pebbles)


CAS11 Encouragement Card Challenge

Did you know I am a California girl?  Born & raised.  The CA state flower is a poppy, so everytime I see one I think of home.  This month's inspiration photo for the Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge has me thinking of California in the summer.  Which is funny because we have snow in the forecast for SW Washington this week.

For this challenge you can use either the photo or the color chips (or both) to create a card that will encourage the recipient.  I used the colors and flowers, but I took some liberty with the style of flower.  It's not poppies, but it is bright and cheerful.  I made it for a friend that is battling cancer and is having a rough time.  I pray it brings her some comfort.


We would LOVE to have you join us for this challenge.  Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog and enter your card(s) for a chance to win!  Plus, you'll see the amazing creations by the encouragement squad!
Stamps: Peace & Comfort (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Bellini, Lime Rickey, Mandarin Spice, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti (Catherine Pooler Designs) Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up)