Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! If you don't celebrate Valentine's Day, well then, happy Friday! However you spend today, whether it's celebrating Valentine's Day or not, I hope it's a good one, filled with love! :-)

For today's share, we have a loving little card made by designer Lori Finch. Lori used an image from the "Stitched With Love" set to create this. I really like the fun embossed "Be My Valentine" background she used for this. I always have such a tough time with the word-based embossing folders, but she really made it work. The bit of orange ribbon and the fun way she tied the bow add just the right accent, too. Adorable!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pawsitively Purr-fect

Do you keep kittens in your pockets? Well, maybe you should! ;-) I know, I know -- total silliness! But even if we can't keep kittens in our pockets in real life, we can on our cards! Designer KT Fit Kitty shows us today how totally adorable card pocket kittens can be. She used the "Pocket Pal Kitten" set to create this. Didn't she color the image so beautifully with her Prismacolor pencils?  The soft colors in her papers really accent the sweet, grey kitty and make his green eyes stand out. So precious!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Just Hanging Around

How about a sweet "thinking of you card" for today's share? This delightful creation was made by designer Kren Kurts, using the "Hang in There" set. The colors in this are so cheery, and I love how Kren has placed the sun so that it is peeking out behind the "cloud" sentiment piece. It's always important to know that no matter what tough situation you might find yourself in, however much the sun seems to be hiding, it is always there and will come out tomorrow! :-)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

First Peek of Spring

Are you a "Spring watcher?" I sure am! I know that technically it won't be Spring for another 5 weeks or so, but about this time every year, I find myself watching for the "signs." Are there buds forming on any of the trees? Are there sprouts shooting up in the garden? Do the birds seem to be starting their nests? It's a futile process, really -- Spring will come when it comes -- but I just can't seem to help myself!

I think that a lot of us must be "Spring watchers," because long before the season arrives, I start to see lots of Spring-like cards and projects being made. Here is a beautiful example, made by designer Donna Hanley. Donna used the newly-released "First Peek of Spring" set to create a little spring-time of her own. Everything about this card feels like a much-needed breath of fresh air after a long winter, don't you think? It's so invigorating that it almost inspires me to start my "spring cleaning." Almost. ;-)

Monday, February 10, 2014

After the Rain

We had an incredible rainstorm this weekend in California! The rain just poured down hard for three days straight. Rivers were rising, roads were flooding, and some of us started to wonder a bit if we might need to build a boat -- ha ha! Flash flood warnings were issued off an on all weekend, which was pretty scary. The irony is that just a couple weeks ago, our Governor declared a state of emergency due to us having had little rain for the past three years. This one storm certainly won't cancel that out, but we got so much rain from this one storm that it brings hope that things are turning around. I think this weekend's storm was a really good metaphor for life -- sometimes it pours so hard, one can't help but worry, but in the end, the skies do always clear, and the sun returns. Not only that, but sometimes the storm itself, though frustrating and frightening, turns out to be a huge blessing. Whether we see it in the sky or not, the rainbow -- literally or figuratively -- always comes after the storm!

Today's card, made by designer Carol Longacre using one of the images and a greeting from the "Hello Sunshine" set, celebrates the wonderful rainbow at the end of each storm.  Carol brought practically the whole rainbow into the wonderful papers and accents on her card -- so pretty! And don't you just love the little bead accents on the cloud? This card will be a great reminder to someone when they are weathering one of life's storms, and hopefully it can be a great reminder to all of us today! ;-)