Sunday, January 31, 2016

Anything Goes With a Twist at Paper Ala Mode

This week's Paper Ala Mode challenge is Anything Goes with a twist.  The twist is to use more than one type of media on your card.   Our sponsor this week is A Day For Daisies, and I chose this wonderful Daisy Birdbath image for my card.

I used Copic markers, chalk, and glitter.  I loved the image so much that I made a second card.

I cut an oval out of the front of the card and popped the image up on pop dots behind the front so that it's recessed a little.  Come an play with us!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Things are shaping up at Paper Ala Mode

Hi everyone!  We got such a lovely snowfall on Thursday night, so I had a snow day from work on Friday.  I spent most of it in my craft room making cards.  The temps warmed up enough yesterday to make the roads passable so I was able to get out and get my grocery shopping done today.  Today will be spent in the kitchen!

The challenge at Paper Ala Mode this week is to make a card that is anything different from your normal A2 sized card.  There are some fun shaped cards to see over there!  Our sponsor is Star Stamps, and I used this adorable Goldfish Fishing stamp to create a center step card.

I hope you will come play with us!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Paper Ala Mode Valentines/Love

Hi everyone!  The Paper Ala Mode challenge is all about Valentines and Love this week.   Beccy's Place is sponsoring us, and she has some super cute images in this category.   I used Wild Hippo to create this valentine.

I used a heart die for the background and purple glitter on some of the hearts.  The words on the candy heart were done with a pink gel pen.  I think this hippo is adorable.

Come see what everyone else did because there are some seriously wonderful samples there!  Play along with us too - you could win some awesome prizes!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

It's Anything Goes at Paper Ala Mode

Hi Everyone!  I have been busy with Christmas stuff, but I did take time for Paper Ala Mode's last challenge of the year - Anything Goes.  This challenge is sponsored by A Day For Daisies.  I encourage you not only to go play in the challenge because of the fabulous prizes you can win, but to at least go see the cards the design team made for this challenge.  They are so wonderful!

I made two cards for the challenge.  The first one is a birthday card called H Is For Happy Birthday.  I love balloons on birthday cards, and I think the little animals on this one are cute and funny.

I made a Christmas card for my 2nd card because this sweet image A Special Gift  just called out to me.  I computer generated the sentiment.

If I'm not back here before Christmas, let me wish you all a truly blessed and joyous Christmas with your families.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Christmas at Paper Ala Mode

Hi everyone!  Today the paper ala mode challenge at the Outlawz is Christmas!  Our sponsor is My Besties and they chose the images we were supposed to use.  I chose a cute image that I think would be really great for Valentine's Day as well, but since they chose them I don't know the name of the image

I colored the image with Copic markers and added some puff pain to the trim on her boots and cuffs.  I also used some white gesso for the dots on her petticoat and hat.  The sentiment was computer generated.  I have to admit that I forgot the challenge was Christmas, so this is really more of a "winter time" card that Christmas.

I don't think I shared the card I made for the last Paper Ala Mode challenge which was birthdays.  We were sponsored by The Stamping Boutique and I used Audrey with Cupcake.

Please come play with us!  You can win some great prizes if you do!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Birthdays and Christmas at Paper Ala Mode

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  Mine was really nice - I ate way too much!  Yesterday was kind of a lazy day making cards and watching it rain, but today I am off to do my usual grocery shopping and cooking.  If you want to see my menu for the week I will post it after the cards.

Today's Paper Ala Mode challenge is anything goes, and I made one Christmas card and three birthday cards.  I just loved the cute little Theodore Birthday Sign image from Bugaboo!  This was the first card I made with the image.  I didn't realize until later that it was a ladybug on top of the balloon, and I had colored the body of the bug blue and green because I thought it was another balloon!

Here is my 2nd birthday card with the same image.  This card is going to go to my grandson for his 1st birthday which is next month.

And my final birthday card with the same image - this one colored with pencils.  I also laid the image over a swiss dots embossing folder when coloring the letters.  It left a little texture but not what I had imagined it would do.

My Christmas card uses Make It Snappy Reindeer Trio.  The image comes with or without the sentiment, but I like having the sentiment on there for a quick card.  I think I will use this image again and add googly eyes.

My menu this week:
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans
Chicken Ala King with peas and rolls
Chicken, spinach and black bean egg rolls
Prairie pork chops, asparagus
Smoked sausage soup with ciabatta
Ham & cheese sandwiches with fries
Ceasar salad, baked potatoes

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Paper Ala Mode and weekly menu

The Paper Ala Mode challenge this week is Thanksgiving.  We are being sponsored by Beccy's Place.  I chose an image called Bird On A Wire.  I love the image, and ended up making four cards with it!  I am showing them in order of my least favorite to my most favorite, so bear with me through the first couple of cards!

The first card was printed onto some textured cardstock with my printer at home.  I water colored it with watercolor pencils.

I did not put this card or the next one on the Paper Ala Mode challenge because there was no sentiment to let you know this was a Thanksgiving card.

My second card was printed on the same cardstock, but with my printer at work, and the ink did not stick well at all.  I went ahead and colored this one with colored pencils, but then I erased the toner ink and added my own lines with a pen.

The next two cards are the ones I put on the Paper Ala Mode challenge.  I had fun trying to color different birds.  Both of these were printed on my usual cardstock and colored with Copic markers

I hope you enjoyed the cards, and I urge you to play in the Paper Ala Mode Challenge because you can win some great prizes!

Today I've been doing my weekly cooking, and I know several of you like to hear my menu for the week so I will share

Broccoli Cheddar Soup served with toasted ciabatta bread
Pot Roast with red potatoes and carrots
Lemon Ginger Chicken thighs served with broccoli and rice
Fajitas - just green and red bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, and sliced steak simmered in a fajita seasoning served in warm tortillas with sour cream and salsa.
Crack Chicken Sandwiches served with side salad
Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes and peas

I am not giving the link to the salisbury steak because I changed it up too much.  I want to add that the Crack Chicken and the Lemon Ginger Chicken thighs are both new recipes for me, but we did taste test them both and are looking forward to that meal!

I hope you all are having a great weekend!