Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Please

Happy Thursday stamping friends! Winter is still being quite stubborn in these parts. Yesterday it was in the 30's and windy. Saturday is supposed to be in the low 70's! That's how it's been for a while now. Within 24 hours you can have a 10-20 degree temperature change. Up. Down. It doesn't matter. Last week was Jack's first snow day of the school year! Yep, middle of March and we get our first measurable snow of 8 inches. And now a week later, the daffodils are up! So hard to plan on anything when the weather is so unpredictable!

In the hopes of spring coming soon, I thought this week's color challenge lended itself nicely to a springy floral card. The Thankful Life hostess stamp set did just the trick! To add a touch more softness, I die cut the larger of the two Detailed Floral Thinlets in Whisper White card stock and adhered it onto the So Saffron card base. Four large pearls adorn the corners to anchor the vase of flowers. Simple and sweet. You can never go wrong with a combination like that! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Flying High

We had our first snow day of the school year this week. Jack was so excited to finally use his new sled that Santa had brought him! Of all the years to get a sled, and we don't get any snow until March! LOL This week's sketch challenge is a fun one! I encourage you to join in and play along on our Facebook page!

I knew instantly that I was going to use the Everyday Hero stamp set. I have used it before, but only with the girl superhero so today it was the guy's turn to shine. In this case I made it into a birthday card, but this would also make for a great Father's Day card too! This set and sketch is so versatile! I thought I would also use more non-traditional superhero colors. In this case, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate and Basic Black. I think it turned out well! Make sure you hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see all the other designers' fabulous works of art. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thinking of You Quilt of Colors

Hello stamping friends! I was excited to work with these three colors this week. I knew I wanted to make a patchwork quilt background highlighting them. The square shaped Stitched Framelit works wonderfully for this technique!

After die cutting and adhering all the squares down onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, I turned my attention to the focal point. With the symmetrical straight lines of the squares, I opted to use a circle shaped Stitched Framelit to soften all the lines. The new set, High Tide was staring at me in the face whispering softly, "Ink me. Ink me." When a stamp set talks to you like, all you can do is listen. I stamped the water in Pool Party ink and the silhouettes of the birds wading in the water in Chocolate Chip ink. I love how you can manipulate our photopolymer stamps! In this case I used words from the Crazy About You set and arched them to mimic the circular shape. The banner across the bottom is from the hostess set, Time of Year and also helps to add softness and a bit of whimsy to the card. We would love to see what you create with these three colors. Hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see other ideas for inspiration and then share your own! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - Boxes, Baskets & Bags, Oh My!

Hard to believe that March is here already. This year just started and already I feel like I'm behind! Between both parents being hospitalized (my mom is still in there), Jack's schooling, work, and my father-in-law taking a bad fall which I have been helping out until he can get back on his feet, no wonder I feel like that! So I gave myself a pep talk and decided to look ahead towards the upcoming holiday, Easter. We have the ever so cute and fabulous Basket Bunch bundle in the catalog that was just waiting to get inked up!

When I first got this bundle, I thought the basket would be so cute if it was 3D. Then when I found out this month's theme was boxes, baskets and bags, I knew I had to give my idea a whirl! I die cut two sets of baskets and then created a little box to sandwich between them to hold a treat. 

When I was at Target earlier in the week, I found these cute little chocolate carrot candies in the seasonal section. They come in a small netted bag and you get about 10 or so for $1.00. Can't beat that price! I used the candy to create the measurements for the box, so it would fit nice and snug.

Then I thought to myself, what if I wanted to showcase a group of these carrots? So I created this cute little box to hold three of them in a row, kind of like a little garden. I created a cute little sign using the Layering Squares Framelits to mimic a garden stake and tucked it in behind the carrots.

Love that little chocolate bunny stamp and the little grass framelit in the bundle. The grass helps to add depth to my little creations. Too cute!

I hope you enjoyed my little Easter treats. I had so much fun creating them! I hope you will continue hopping along to see what the other fabulous designers created today. Baskets, Boxes and Bags, oh my! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tacos For Ben

This week my nephew celebrated his 17th birthday. Happy Birthday Ben! As a lover of tacos, I knew the food truck from the Tasty Trucks stamp set was perfect to use! The sketch this week at Create with Connie and Mary lended itself nicely for his birthday card.

I thought it would be fun to put one of the quotes from the stamp set on the two tabs in the upper left corner. It was easy to do with my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. I decided to go with So Safron, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake as my color choices. A fun card for a fun young man. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Flowers For Mom

Point blank, it's been a chaotic week. Not only with work and Jack's school, but my mom was admitted to the hospital on Friday and is still there. I decided to gear the colors of this week's challenge towards a card I am sending her. She loves flowers, so I knew that had to be the focal point.

Avant Garden was the set of choice! I hadn't used the single stem of flowers in that set yet, so it was time to let it shine! I stamped it in Basic Black and then used Stampin' Write markers to add some color and Wink of Stella on the petals to make them sparkle. Sometimes with the color challenges I use the colors in either ink or card stock form. For this card I was happy that I used ALL three colors with ink AND card stock! Yet, the card isn't overwhelming. Love it! I hope you feel better and get back home soon mom! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wind and Kitchens Don't Mix

Happy Thursday my stamping friends! Here on the east coast we've been having some pretty windy days, 40-60 mph gusts. We awoke Tuesday morning to Jack's playhouse down the hill and in pieces with some of them cracked and a chunk of shingles off our kitchen roof gone! Aagghh! As I am typing this I hear the wind picking up and starting to howl again. Oh boy! Wish us luck!

In honor of my kitchen roof needing attention in the near future, I decided to pull out my Perfect Mix stamp set for this week's sketch challenge. There is something about fussy cutting that is calming to me. As I was fussy cutting out the mixer, bowl, and spatula inspiration struck! I used my xacto knife to cut a slit in the batter for the beaters to go down into so they are actually in the batter! I took my color choices directly from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper that I used. Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, along with a small dabble of Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride worked hand in hand to create this fun card. Thanks for stopping by today! Please make sure you hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see the other fabulous designers' creations! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Spring Spirit

The last two days it has been 68 and 71 degrees. Overnight the temperature dropped over 30 degrees and they are calling for a few inches of snow today! That's just crazy!?! Mother Nature....she's a force to be reckon with that's for sure! I was not going to let this blast of winter dampen my "can't wait for spring spirit"!

I inked up the Thankful Life stamp set for this week's color challenge and decided to make a colorful flower arrangement to brighten my mood! I achieved the two shades of blue flowers by inking one stamp at full strength and the other I inked on scrap paper first then stamped on here. It's an easy step to achieve a different shade and make your ink pads go further! I stamped a couple additional flowers in Peek-a-boo Peach and punched them out using the Owl Builder punch and popped them up on dimensionals. Don't forget to stop over at Create with Connie and Mary and see what the other talented designers created using this color trio and then play along! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - "They Say It's Your Birthday..."

I couldn't get that song out of my head while I was creating the projects for today's blog hop. And now you are singing it to yourself too, am I right?! LOL There has been a few birthdays in the family over the past few weeks, so birthday cards have been on the brain lately.

One of the wonderful (and free I might add!) Sale-A-Bration sets I received lately was Avant Garden. I knew it was the perfect time to get it inked up! Using Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi inks, I created a fun floral paper. One single floral stem stamped on an oval Stitched Framelit creates a simple but straightforward focal point.

I decided to create coordinating gift wrapping using one of our cute little Clear Boxes. I stamped a strip of card stock with the flowers like I did with the card and inserted it into the box. For a fun twist I took a strip of Basic Black card stock and fringed both sides using our Fringe Scissors. Gives it a playfulness don't you think?

For the topper I stamped a circle Stitched Framelit with leaves in Wild Wasabi ink. I also stamped and hand cut a single flower and attached it to the top with a dimensional. For the fun little tag, I used one of the word stamps in that set. Can you tell? I used the one that says "Thanks for being you." and only inked up the "for you".

I'm loving the versatility of this set! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you will continue hopping along and enjoy all the birthday inspired creations. Depending on where you started on our hop you can either go back and see Holly's inspirational creations or you can move along to see Mikaela's creative genius.  Happy Stamping!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Follow The Arrows

Happy Thursday stamping friends!  Saturday's stamping event for my team went GREAT! Everyone had a fun time and went home with a bag full of projects they created and prizes! I LOVE being able to spoil my gals!  Unfortunately I have now been fighting a cold since Monday. Yuck! No fun, so this week I decided to do a little blog surfing while doing a little resting and came across a card made by my fellow Creation Station Design Team member, Kimberly VanDiepen that showcased the arrows from the Sending Love Bundle as a background.  I knew I had to give it a try too and decided to apply it to this week's sketch challenge.

I die cut the arrows all the way down the side of a piece of Basic Gray card stock and then attached a piece of Whisper White card stock behind it so they would really be highlighted. This simple trick made for a fun and flirty background, don't you think? Thanks Kimberly for the idea and jumping off point of my card! I decided to use the stamp set in the bundle to finish off the main focal points of the card as well. And voila! a simple, but fun Valentine's Day card. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will play along with us this week at Create with Connie and Mary! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Valentine Without the Red

I have to fully divulge that this week's color challenge was a struggle for me. Perhaps it may because I am on stamping overload this week as I have an all day "OnStage Regional" type event planned for my local downline on Saturday. There will be displays, stamping, games, demonstrations, lunch, prize patrol, and so on. Lots to do and prepare for such a grand event! 

After pondering the colors for a bit, I decided to go masculine and make a non-traditional colored valentine card. Valentines don't have to be red or pink, right? I stamped the hearts from our new Sending Love stamp set randomly on a piece of Whisper White card stock. The greeting is from Friendly Wishes and the two-tone was easily achieved with our Stampin' Write Markers. To change it up a bit, I thought it would be fun to color block a little for the frame behind the words. So on the Whisper White I used the Emerald Envy and when it crosses over onto the green, I used Pacific Point. To finish off this clean and simple card I wrapped and tied a little of our Baker's Twine around the greeting. Don't forget to check out all the other designers' work using this color combination at Create with Connie and Mary and play along. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Passing Notes

I was excited for this week's sketch challenge! I received a box of wonderful new toys to play with and I couldn't have had a better excuse to get right into using some of them! With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I knew I wanted to go that route and use our Sending Love Suite.

This suite of products includes a wonderful stamp set called Sealed With Love, a coordinating framelit set, Love Notes and the spot on Designer Series Paper Pack called Sending Love. All 3 work effortlessly together and I whipped up this card in no time at all! I decided on a the classic color combination of Real Red, Whisper White and Basic Black, but added a modern update with Smoky Slate. I can see many more projects being created with this fabulous suite! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Raining Hearts

Well, we made it through Jack's first 2-hour school delay of the season yesterday morning due to ice. We are supposed to get some more mixed precipitation Saturday into Sunday. Yeah for winter, right? Well, I decided to not let that hinder my creativity and instead think happy thoughts when creating my project for this week's color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary.

I was in the mood for hearts. Hearts make everyone happy right? The Weather Together stamp set was perfect for this occasion! I paper pieced the umbrella to shield off those whimsical raining hearts. I also decided to add punched hearts using the Owl Builder punch that I adhered along the left side to help create balance. A simple, yet fun card to chase away the winter blues. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - Love Is In The Air

Today's blog hop is appropriately themed, "Love Is In The Air." Even though my Christmas decorations are still up, I was in the mood to create something that wasn't holiday inspired. So I set to work using whatever hearts I could find in my arsenal!

The Perpetual Birthday Calendar set has a cute little cluster of hearts that were perfect to stamp in Real Red ink for a fun background. I also stamped the single little heart from the Sweet Home set in Blushing Bride ink to make the background more interesting. The die cut heart and word "love" are from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlet set. Add a strip of our Gold Metallic ribbon and a bow, and you've got a wonderful source of sparkle.

I wanted to create a fun little treat holder to accompany my card so I whipped this little box up in no time using our Pyramid Pals Thinlet Die. I stamped the two colored hearts all over the pieces like I did on the card before assembling the box. Once again, I used the same die cut set to create the two sized hearts and word "love" that I adhered with glue dots to a wooden skewer that I colored black and slipped into the top of the box. To make it really easy to slip it in and out, I snipped about 1/8 of an inch off the top of the completed pyramid. Add a double layered gold metallic bow and voila! you have a fun and easy treat holder.

Even though love can be complicated, I didn't want it to be with the projects I shared with you today. I kept them easy and fairly simple so you could spread love on a massive scale if you wanted. I hope you will continue hopping along to see what the other designers created this month. Happy Stamping!