Monday, April 4, 2016

Opening Day

Even though it's barely above freezing, it MUST be Springtime....BASEBALL SEASON is officially here!!!!! I'm sure you noticed my Cubbie colors. They're my favorite team, though I follow a few others as well. DH will have games on in the family room, and I'll be just a craftin' away listening to them, and run in to see the replay when a player makes a great catch or has a spectacular hit. Go Cubs Go!!

I've got a couple of cards to share today, and I hope to get a few more done before the Cubs play tonight. We'll see what happens...Anyhoo.... This first card will head off to a couple of challenges. Over at Less Is More, the challenge is to use non-white, white space. It will also go to the current Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge, where I've used the far right down trio; tag, kraft, potted plants.



Check. Check. Check. Check.


Found this scrap of BB blue in my files, as well as all the papers except for the white base, which you can't see. I used my Ziggies to watercolor the HA cactus and planter. Tried stamping the little cactus flower, but it didn't look exactly the way I wanted, so I just die cut some yellow/orange gingham and added some random blue sequins to the centers. The sentiment is AE. 

This next one is for the Curtain Call Challenge. This one asks us to use neon colors. Usually I'm not very good at neons; I tend to go overboard and my cards end up garish. This stamp set worked out much more to my liking. And while I'm at it, I think that since it's Anything Goes at SSS, I'll pop it there too! 


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Here' what mine looks like:


My friend Mary buys the same pair of shoes in several colors. When she's feeling sassy, she'll actually put on two different colored shoes as long as they match her outfit. She cracks me up. This one might have to be saved for her birthday.... All the stamps are from Studio Calico, and I colored them with various Copics. A couple of star sequins, a ME die, and a scrap of hot pink for the card front. Boy, I'll tell you what.... If I hadn't gotten a MISTI, I would never have attempted to stamp these. Thank heavens for the MISTI. I highly recommend them. And with that, I'll stop and get to some commenting, and maybe, just maybe a bit of housework (nahhhhh.... tomorrow's a new day!). Happy dances everyone.


33 comments:

Nora N. said...

Oh your cards are so fun Bev!!! I like how you covered up your boo boo with the little flower. You did a fabulous job coloring in the cactus with your Zigs. I LOVE your shoe card. So FUN!! And I like that your friend is so sassy!! Thanks for playing with us over at Stamping Smiles Designs Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!!

Nora Noll
Stamping Smiles Designs
Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge
Design Team Member

Rose said...

Fabulous colouring of the cactus with your zigs Bev. Your shoe card is gorgeous & so appropriate for your friend. I'm sure she'll love it.

Tracey McNeely said...

Your Zig coloured cactus and Copic coloured shoes are just fantastic Bev! Hope it is getting warmer there in Wisconsin, although talking to hubby tonight Michigan was very cold today! Certainly still cold here.

Susan said...

I really like how you colored the cactus. Thank you for sharing at Less is More!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Two Happy Dancin' cards, Bevie! You definitively have to give your friend Mary that colorful shoe card!! I was watching one crazy championship basketball game - NOW I can move onto baseball! Spring is officially here! Miss you snookums! Hugs, Darnell

TK said...

Your cards are great, Bev! However, I just happen to LOVE those shoes :o)

Esther said...

Two fabulous cards! I headed over here from LIM and really like your cactus card - such fun and really colourful :)

maria f. said...

I'm totally digging that inspiration photo with the neons and I love what you did with it. Love it even more that you have the perfect recipient in mind. And that she'll do the two different shoes thing ;) Hope all are well. And enjoying Spring? My folks got dumped on again after heading back to their house! After spending the winter months in the city to avoid the snow. Ha!

Lynn said...

Yahoo for baseball season. I was so happy to drive home from work listening to the Reds and then catch the end of an opening day winner at home! Your cards are fabulous...let's talk about those shoes...they are perfection! So happy you could play with us at Curtain Call...and your friend will love this!

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Bev! I love the neon colours and the image is lovely.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Becca Cruger said...

I think I would like your friend Mary, being a fellow shoe girl myself. Love the neon circle of bliss! And your cactus is oh-so-charming with his watercolored prickles. Charming designs!

Brenda said...

What fun cards Bev! I love your cactus card, you have colored your cactus so well with those Zigs! I also love your little gingham flowers. That shoe card is just fabulous! Love the neon colors and loved the story about your friend Mary. I would love to see her in two different color shoes!! She sounds like lots of fun to be with too. How could she not be fun when she wears two different colors of shoes?! Hope your Cubs are off to a greats start! Hugs, Brenda

Joyce said...

A wonderful duo today, but I have to say that I am head over heels for your shoe card. That one is too fun.

Yolanda Garrido said...

Both cards are so nice!!!! :)

Petra Swart said...

These cards are so different but are both such fun, Bev!!! Love your cute cactus and the tiny little flowers on the first one!!!! And the shoes are so cute and neatly stamped and coloured!!! (I LOOOOOVE my MISTI, too!!! Such cuteness!!!
Have a great day, my friend!!!!
Hugz

Chrissie said...

What delicate colouring on your cactus Bev, that really is something!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Geri said...

Sweet tag! Cool cactus - love the color 'earthy' color combo!

2nd card....um yep.....WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! The colors and the sentiment rock, but the layout is going to rock this challenge!!!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are so fun!

Karen Ashbrook said...

Two great cards, just love those shoes! Karen x

Sid said...

Brilliant cards, love that cactus !!

Marybeth said...

I love the cute card for your friend,she must be a lot of fun! Perfect card for her and it's adorable! Love the tag card too,I don't think I own one cactus stamp.. We are off to watch the grandkids baseball game but it's very warm here,about 90, rain coming soon ...maybe. Hugs! Oh congrats to your granddaughter Elizabeth !

Susanne Vargas said...

Great coloring of the cactus! Beautiful card! Loved the story about your friend Mary! This is the perfect card for her! She'll get a kick out of it!

Erika said...

Two great cards Bev, the shoes and the matching sentiment did make me smile, I love the colour combo of this card, takes me right back to the 80's fashions, I had shoes every one of those shades and a yellow pair too. :0

Crafty hugs Erika. x

Martha said...

What fun cards, Bev. Your friend will enjoy receiving that darling card. I love the fun design and coloring. Your story cracked me up.

shirley-bee said...

Fun cards, Bev! I love the shoe card in those juicy colours - I've gone out in different coloured shoes, but it wasn't intentional!

Patti said...

Hi Bev,

Hope your team does as well as you have with your sweet cards!! I remember when I used to have a pair of shoes in every color! sigh!! now I go with my "grandma shoes" for comfort and warmth! giggles.

Patti

Tracie Pond said...

Hi Bev. Such a wonderful colored cactus. I like how you used two ties on your tag. Great job!!

Tracie Pond
Stamping Smiles Designs
Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge
#ssdtictactoechallenge
Design Team Member

Anita in France said...

Don't think I've ever described a cactus as sweet, Bev ... but this one is! Fab colouring and so cute with those polka dot blooms! Awesome shoes ... so fun ... what a brilliant and perfect card for your friend Mary! Miss you heaps! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Kara Lynne said...

Wonderful cards, Bev! I love your colors with your cactus. The gingham and sequins make fantastic flowers. Bravo on your shoe stamping, MISTI or no MISTI!

Sheri Gilson said...

Great cards! Love your take on the inspiration photo! Thanks so much for joining us at The Curtain Call!

Kelly Griglione said...

Adorable, Bev! Love your gingham cactus flowers, and your circle of dancing shoes! I see the kids wearing different colored socks (even have seen them sold as mismatched pairs) but I haven't thought about mismatched shoes. How fun and sassy : )

Tomorrow at 7 am I'll be on the ball field cheering on my oldest ... it's his season-opener, which would be fine, had it not been such a blizzard here this evening. We're bringing lots of hand warmers!

Sharon R said...

The cards are just so pretty! ...and the colors so bold!
I too, am a Cubbies fan! Just watched my first game of the season (I don't get all of them in Michigan) and saw Kyle Schwarber's injury as it happened:( No worries, tho;)

cm said...

Smiling brightly over your delightful duo here, my friend! I've a fondness for cacti for some reason (perhaps our wonderful trips to Tucson played a role in that...), so seeing your sweet succulent tag is a special treat! Your shoes card is brilliant; I'd love to have several pairs of these shoes in my wardrobe...flashy, sassy flats! Mary sounds like a ton of fun; smart shopping tactics! Yayyyy for baseball season...and soon, the cycling season will be taking up our weekends...
Hugs, love and misses,
~c