Thursday, October 30, 2014

The 12 Kits of Occasions - October Edition


It is almost Halloween and also the end of the month so that means it is time for our 12 Kits of Occasion's post. This month our hostess with the mostess is Jessica from Paper Parade and what an amazing kit she sent out. I could not wait to play with my kit but I wanted to save it for my trip to Minnesota and I have to say the my blogging friends loved getting a little bit of a sneak peek. The colors and images from Jessica's kit were just perfect for the setting I was in, fall all over the place, every where you turned, it was just beautiful and so much inspiration for my cards. I have 5 cards to share with you today and as always, lots of leftovers to play with later in the month. Be sure to head over to The 12 Kits of Occasions blog for a peek at every one's cards and links to their blogs. Thank you so much for taking time to stop by today...enjoy the rest of your week.

This month's kit...just amazing right?






Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Prior Lake, Minnesota - Adventure of a Lifetime

Shopping at Mall of America
Seriously....where do I start??? I have to say this was one of my favorite vacations...really a dream come true, spending 6 days together with 5 incredibly talented and amazing women in a beautiful house on a lake, what more can you ask for? 
I spent the week with Anita from My Papercraft World, Ardyth from Maskerade, Bev from Happy Dance, Darnell from djkardkreations and Geri from Manitoba Stamper. You can click on the links to their blogs to see what wonderful stories they plan to share.
We came up with at name for our group...BABES - Benevolent Association of Beloved & Esteemed Stampers. 


Our first meal together....we ate at Buca di Beppo's and what a wonderful meal and so much food left over...we ate off of it for days and it was just as good!


Our home for the week...so incredible to be right on the lake. We all seemed to click right away, like we had been friends for years...so fun to meet your blogging friends in real life and have them be just the way you thought from everything you had been reading.  We did a little bit of everything with the exception of cooking and watching television (other than watching the World Series two nights). So nice to spend the time just crafting and being yourself, sharing a very large dinning table...so many wonderful memories.
 At times we laughed...really laughed and so hard some of us had tears streaming down our cheeks and times where the laughter would not stop...just so much fun. At time we were very serious,  solving the worlds problems. Then we shopped...lots of shopping, everyone searching for the elusive VersaFine ink pad in Black! I learned some new stamping techniques, we made cards...lots and lots of cards, did a few projects, ate at some fabulous places, I love the 90 second pizza at Punch's, thank you for the suggestion Miss Bev, this place did not disappoint (we need one much closer to my house).  Geri was so sweet to share her chicken wings with me one night, you must ask her to share the story. 
The rest of my post will be in photo's...I selected a few of my favorite from our trip, hope you enjoy them. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by...enjoy your day!

Mall of America

Fancy dinner out at Sul Lago

View across Prior Lake

Messy table that never had to be cleaned off until the end of the week...

Snowflake...our mascot.




Creek Water Memories



Lunch at Punch's

The Card Concept - Challenge #22


Hello...it is time again for The Card Concept...challenge #22 and it is a photo challenge this time around. I am on the Wild Card team at The Card Concept until the end of the year and we get to select which type of card we would like to make, so I went with Freestyle Collage. I hope you will be able to find the time to play along with us. Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by...enjoy the rest of your week.



Ingredients
Solid Card Stock: SU - Tangelo Twist, Michael's - White and PTI - Simply Chartreuse
Pumpkin & Leaf: Lucy
Burlap Ribbon: Britex
Stamp: Stampendous - Autumn Words
Ink: SU - Baked Brown Sugar

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ColourQ #265


Hello and Happy Tuesday and welcome to my blog...first off I need to apologize for not being on top of commenting, I was on vacation last week and now trying to play catch up with home, work and crafting too. So I will be getting back into the swing of things this week and will be back to blogland sooner than later.
I have a quick post today for this week's ColourQ #265 challenge...aren't the colors just amazing! They scream Halloween, right???? My card was inspired by a new technique I learned last week and I have to say I am hooked, so hooked that I will be ordering all the mini Tim Holtz distress ink pads and adorable tin storage containers. More on where I learned this on tomorrow's mid-day blog post. Anyway, I took me about 4 tries to get my sky looking some what decent and spooky all at the same time. Well I hope you will find the time to play along with us at ColourQ, you can never have too many Halloween cards.
Thank you so much for taking time to stop by...enjoy the rest of your day!




Ingredients
Solid Card Stock: PTI - Black & Simply Chartruese, SU - Tangerine Tango and Michael's - White
Ink: VersaFine - Black and PTI - Royal Velvet
Dies: Spellbinders - Circles and PTI - Spooky Sweets II, Inital Thoughts and Full Moon Clouds
Stamps: PTI - Spooky Sweets II and Peddler's Pack

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Shirley-Bee



Happy Birthday Shirley-Bee...wishing you a wonderful day and hoping all your wishes come true. Maria from rieslingmama is throwing the birthday bash for sweet Shirley and we are all invited. 


I was away last week with a wonderful group of extremely creative ladies and we all took time to make our cards together to celebrate Shirley's special day.  Below is a photo of all of us with our cards. So here's to you Shirley....Happy Birthday!
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, enjoy your day!


more details about our trip later in the week....