Thursday, August 25, 2016

"A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Brown and Yellow Basket..."

Anybody else remember that song? Had it in my head the other day as I was doing some stamping, so of course I just HAD TO apply it to this week's sketch challenge over at Create With Connie & Mary! I've said it once, and I'll say it again, "Inspiration is everywhere!" *wink wink*

I used the largest basket in the new Basket of Wishes stamp set that's in the Holiday catalog and filled it with a bunch of fall flowers. Fall is my favorite season. I could bask in it's glory all year round! *wink wink* I used Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizazz, Wild Wasabi and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers to give it its fall colors. And of course what bird is showcased during the fall time? A crow of course! This sweet little guy is from the Cooke-Cutter Halloween stamp set also featured in the Holiday catalog. Add a few Crumb Cake splatters from my favorite Gorgeous Grunge set to really set off the focal points. I welcome you to play along with us this week. We'd LOVE to see your creativity in action! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rain, Rain Go Away...

Today's colors got in me in the mood for cheery, happy, summery things. Unfortunately the weather we've been having lately, severe heat and thunderstorms galore, took those feelings right out the door and inspired me to create this card instead - 

Funny how life can dictate things! These colors lended themselves perfectly to show off the A Little Foxy DSP, especially the Pool Party paper with the white rain drops. Perfect for this card! The Weather Together stamp set and coordinating framelits captured just the right mood I was going for with the gray skies that have been popping up in my neck of the woods. The Whisper White card layer is actually popped up using Dimensionals to really help give the clouds and raindrops depth. We'd love for you to play along with our color challenge this week over at Create With Connie & Mary! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Connected Again!...and Back With A Frog!

Happy Thursday everyone! I am happy to be back on the Design Team this week. I had a rather unfortunate and expensive misfortune happen two weeks ago. I went to turn on my laptop and got nothing but a black screen with a cursor up in the corner blinking. Talk about having your heart skip some beats! Needless to say, my hard drive had crashed. Gulp! I did some computer shopping and then finally when I got a new one had to wait and see if the computer gods could transfer my old information onto my new one. Took just over 3 days to do so! The man said it was a 'tricky endeavor'. So although I haven't had time to really play with it and personalize it, I'm just glad to be connected again to the world! So, HELLO WORLD! I've missed you! *smiles*

I decided to really go outside the box with my idea this week. I didn't take the different DSP shapes literally, instead I went figuratively and used four die cut leaves from the Flourish Thinlets in Garden Green, Mint Macaron and Old Olive for my shapes. The cute little frog is from our hostess set, Love You Lots and stamped onto Cucumber Crush and Whisper White card stock and paper-pieced together. The 'grateful' greeting is from the Acorny Thank You stamp set and embossed using Versamark and White Embossing Powder to really make it stand out on the Early Espresso card stock. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Get Well Wishes

Well, it's here - August that is. Jack starts school on the 17th which I think is crazy! I don't think school should start until after Labor Day. I'm not ready to give up my summer with him! But alas, I have to make these last 9 days count then don't I?

This month's blog hop is themed around "Get Well". So many wonderful stamps could be used for this theme! I chose to focus on a few new ones highlighted in our new catalog.


First up is this fun shaker card I created using the new Brushwork Alphabet stamp set. I am in LOVE with this photopolymer set. The font is just gorgeous! Think of all the words, names, quotes, etc. you could put on your projects with this one set. You can spell anything! I paired it with one of the new hostess sets, Lots of Love. These cute little ladybug friends caught my eye immediately in the catalog. I paper pieced them - meaning, I stamped them using our Tuxedo Black ink once on Whisper White card stock and once on Real Red card stock. Cut out the entire image on the white and only their bodies on the red then adhered them on. It really makes them "pop" in person. The background is stamped using Pool Party ink on Pool Party card stock with the wonderful new flourish stamp from the Flourishing Phrases set. Again, a "must have set"! I punched lots of Real Red hearts using the Heart Border Punch as my little shakers. Just a fun card to send any friend who needs a little 'pick me up'.

I continued using the Flourishing Phrases set again (since it was already on my desk), and created this gem. The flourish is once again stamped on the background using Sahara Sand ink making sure to stamp once on scrap paper first them on the card stock to get a lightened image. I stamped the flower twice using Night of Navy ink and cut each one out in different sizes and layered them on top of each other using dimensionals. The leaves were stamped with Mint Macaron ink and hand cut out as well. I die cut the large flourish out of Soft Sky card stock and dissected it a little by cutting some parts of it off. Add a half of one of our new White Doilies and some pearls and this sweet card is complete.

I hope you enjoyed both cards today. I am so happy you 'hopped' on by! Depending on where you started on our hop you can either go back and see Julie's inspirational creations or you can move along to see Kimberly's creative genius. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ode to Grizzly Adams

Isn't it funny how when you see colors, images suddenly 'pop' into your head? At least for us stampers they do! These three colors immediately brought to mind dirt, sky and grass. Crazy I know right?! 

Well, I went with my inclination and voila! a mountainous forest scene was created! The clouds, mountains and trees where created using the new Outdoor Adventure Framelits. These coordinate perfectly with the Always An Adventure set that features the fun little bear I used. This scene with the bear also reminds me of a show I used to watch on Sundays when I was a kid - Grizzly Adams. I loved coming home from church, changing our clothes and sitting down to watch it. After that was Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Growing up with only 3 channels, and yes, on a console tv that you had to get up to turn the dial and sometimes the antenna too!, the lot of us divulged ourselves in the shows we watched. We'd love for you to join us this week and show off your stamping talents with this great color combination over at Create With Connie & Mary. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Going Places

Back for another challenge over at Create With Connie & Mary! This really is a GREAT group of talented stampers! I am so blessed to be a part of their wonderful team. When I saw this sketch, I knew exactly what stamp set I wanted to use for the main focal point. Love it when an idea strikes you that fast!

Oh yes, this wonderful globe from the Places You'll Go stamp set was calling my name! I decided to make it into a "shaker globe". Underneath the Window Sheet is the 'ball' stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and sponged with Soft Sky ink. I stamped and cut out the airplane that is also from that set and popped it up on a itty bitty dimensional. Then I used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and hand drew the planes path. Finally I topped it off with a sprinkling of confetti from our Metallics Sequin Assortment. This set is so versatile with the greetings and images it includes! This one will get some definite miles put on it - love it! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Smallest Things

Happy Thursday stamping friends! Today's project is brought to you by the color challenge over at Create With Connie & Mary. Did I not just sound like the narrator on Sesame Street at the beginning of the show? Ha Ha! 

I thought I would highlight some of our fabulous new detailed thinlets offered in the new catalog. The flowers and leaves are part of the Flourish Thinlets. Isn't the intricate die cutting just fabulous? The greeting is from the new set, Layering Love. I have this quote on one of my favorite pictures of Jack I took when he was younger hanging in my downstairs bathroom, so when I saw it in the catalog, I knew it was a must get! I added 5 pearls (all three sizes) arched around the upper right corner of the quote to help balance those in the center of the flowers. I hope you join us this week with this awesome color challenge. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Gifts From The Garden

Happy Fourth of July weekend my stamping friends! What a wonderful time to celebrate our country - the freedoms it allows us and the opportunities it provides us. This month's blog hop is focused on "Gifts From The Garden", whether it be a fruit and vegetable garden or a flower garden, nature provides so many wonderful things.  

One of my favorite fruits is strawberries. I could seriously eat them everyday.  When I saw them highlighted in the new Fresh Fruit stamp set, I knew it was a must have! Stamped in Real Red and Cucumber Crush, they have such a fun whimsical appeal to them.

Along with the card, I created a fun little jar filled with sweet treats. The "thanks so much" is from the fun stamp set, B.Y.O.P. and stamped with our Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad.

I incorporated our fabulous Whisper White Baker's Twine once again (like I did on the card) by wrapping it around the lid and tying it in bow. Notice the fun lace below the lid? That's our fabulous new Delicate White Doilies! They are smaller than our previous ones, but just as simply sweet!

I thought they helped to create a soft and pretty touch to the boldness of the metal. The fun tag was stamped using the Sunbursts Sayings stamp set and hand cut out. You can see the fun treats inside the jar a little better - individually wrapped strawberry hard candies! I love it when the packaging and card match the gift!

I hope you enjoyed the garden inspired gift ensemble. Depending on where you started on our hop you can either go back and see Jen's creativity or you can move along to see Elizabeth's inspiration. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Adventure Awaits

Hello my stamping friends! Today's sketch challenge over at Create With Connie & Mary 'spoke' to me. And by speaking to me, I mean the image called for me to use the new Always An Adventure stamp set and create a forest scene.

So that's just what I did! I stamped the lake first in Dapper Denim ink then stamped an additional lake on scrap paper and cut that one out. I layered the cut lake over this one to create a mask which allowed me to stamp the two different trees in Cucumber Crush and Pear Pizazz around it. I also stamped and die cut three of them for the foreground. I die cut the plank sign and then cut it half and created an extra large plank by hand where I stamped the greeting from Places You'll Go stamp set and 'reassembled' the plank sign. Stamped a few clouds, add some bears, and voila! the scene is complete. Such a great set to work with! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

It's A Jar Thing

Super busy week here as I am trying to plan an Open House, a trip to the midwest, and trying to keep my little one entertained while off from school plus keep the household maintained with all the regular ongoings and working a couple days a week. So today's posting will be short and sweet to go along with my clean and simple card.

I am absolutely in * LOVE * with the new Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating framelits! It was the perfect go to set with this week's color challenge. I am a lover and owner of A LOT of the blue and green mason jars so that's where my creative spirit went this week over at Create With Connie & Mary. Where does your creative spirit take you with these 3 fabulous colors? I'd love to see! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Feeling 'Woody'

Hope today finds you happy, healthy and stamping! I thought the layout for this week's sketch challenge at Create With Connie & Mary lended itself to some fun interpretations. I know some of the other Design Team Members' projects will knock your socks off! Remember to stop by their blogs and share some love with them!

I've had the look of wood on the brain lately. So of course I was going to reach for our fabulous Hardwood background stamp. Crumb cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock is the perfect 'wood' combination in my mind! I decided to add a garden scene using the Botanical Builder Framelits and Small Butterfly Punch in Calypso Coral, So Safron, Pear Pizazz and Pumpkin Pie. I thought the Night of Navy card stock anchored all the colors together. I encourage you to join in on this sketch challenge fun. What does it say to you? Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

He Brightens My Day

Today is bittersweet for me. Yesterday was Jack's last day of Kindergarten. *sniffle sniffle* His class had a short program that included each of the kids telling what they wanted to be when they grow up and what they will use to do that job. The kids had to research and write out their speaking part and dress the part. Jack wrote the following, "I want to be a farmer. I will milk and feed the cows. Farmers are very helpful. Tools I will use are hammers, big tractors and lawn mowers." Boy, do I LOVE this little boy! I am so proud of him, but I am sad that he is growing up so fast! I cannot possibly have a first grader now. No way!

In honor of Jack, he was my inspiration behind this week's color challenge at Create with Connie & Mary. He brightens my day everyday! I thought the sunburst stamp from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar paired perfectly with the saying from the Sunburst Sayings stamp set. I die cut the Sunburst Thinlet out of Daffodil Delight card stock and layered in between the Bermuda Bay and White White layers to add some interest. I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlets! They help to set off my focal point nicely. I simulated a sun using the extra points the Sunburst Thinlet left and the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. Wrapped Linen Thread adds texture and Rhinestones placed spuratically around give it some sparkle. Thanks for stopping by today. We would love for you to play along with this color challenge this week! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sail Away

"Time to make the donuts." Anyone else remember that commercial from back in the day? No donuts today, but it is time to play with new toys! The new catalog is now live, which means lots of new stamps, embellishments, die cuts and colors will be coming your way with our weekly challenges at Create with Connie & Mary. This week's sketch challenge lended itself nicely to the new Swirly Birds bundle.

What I love about this particular new set is that you can make it feminine or masculine. It's a double bonus and a must have stamp set in everyone's collection! I was inspired over the weekend with the red, white and blue colors. I chose Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede for my sailboat. Marina Mist makes wonderful waves and water. Sponged Pool Party makes for a soft sky and Daffodil Delight is the perfect choice for the shining sun. I added Wink of Stella to the clouds and the sailboat for added interest. The words are from the Sunburst Sayings stamp set and embossed using Versamark and White Embossing Powder. Thanks for stopping by today and sailing away with me! We'd love for you to play along with the sketch challenge this week. Happy Stamping my friends! 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Happy Birthday Frank!

Last night I spent about 4 hours mowing our yard and my in-law's yard. Finished about 9:30 PM - yep I was mowing in the dark with the lights on! But it was a good job to get done for the weekend. We have a busy weekend of which includes tonight we will be celebrating my father-in-law's birthday. He took a bad fall a few weeks ago and has been slow in his recovery. He's been spending a lot of time in his favorite blue reclining chair resting and recuperating. I saw it only fit that his birthday card this year should showcase his blue chair since he's been seeing so much of it lately. It took a few punches (3/4" Circle, 1" Circle, Wide Oval and Modern Label) and lots of freehand fussy cutting to make this chair come together. In the end, I think it turned out pretty good! I think he'll get a good laugh out of it, knowing his personality. Happy Stamping!