Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lovely Deer

Yesterday was Jack's seventh birthday. He was super excited when he got home from school to find presents all wrapped up and ready to be opened. He asked for three specific things and yes, he did get those and a couple other things. It makes this mommy's heart happy to see him happy. He truly is the bestest kid a mom could ever ask for! In lieu of his big day, the image of the deer from the In The Meadow stamp set seemed appropriate for this week's sketch challenge.

I am sad that this set is retiring, but it will remain in my permanent arsenal. I stamped the deer first then masked them off, and stamped the tree behind them. I also embossed the piece of Wild Wasabi card stock with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder. I think the petals resemble hearts in a way so it helps to mimic the love between the two deer. Don't forget to stop over at Create with Connie and Mary to see the other designers' fabulous ideas with this sketch. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Birthday Friend

Well, we are back in the swing of things after Jack's ten day spring break. So far so good. Next week will be a chaos at it's finest....niece's birthday party on Sunday, plus the usual work for me, two field trips for his class, class pictures, and his birthday! Yep, my little guy is turning 7! Heavens! Time has gone so fast! His party will be in a couple weeks, since I will need that time to plan and create. Yep, I create the invitations and the decorations all revolved around what theme he picks. And of course, there's the cleaning of the house and cooking of the food that needs to happen as well. But first, I have to finish up his birthday shopping. *wink wink*

In the spirit of birthdays, I thought the color challenge this week was perfect to highlight a friend's birthday. I got some new toys to play with that will be appearing in the upcoming new catalog. Woo Hoo! The saying is from Lovely Friends....this set has so many wonderful sayings, you will LOVE it! The balloons, present and party hat are part of a new set called Birthday Delivery. Again, a super cute set! And both are part of bundles that will knock your socks off! Oh, how I LOVE new toys! Don't forget to check out the other designer's ideas at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A "Chicky" Thank You

I am still on Cloud 9 from Stampin' Up's OnStage event that was held on Saturday. Two of my fabulous downline friends and I made the trek to Richmond, Virginia for it. I am excited for the new upcoming catalog! My wish list is a mile long already!  And the free stuff we all came home with was FABULOUS! Plus, spending time with these two gals, there was bound to be lots of laughs, stamping, and little sleep to go with it all.

This is also Jack's spring break, so he is helping me hold down the fort this busy week. Besides work, I have to get Jack a haircut sometime, he needs new shoes for school and everyday, he wants to visit the Easter Bunny, * tomorrow is my birthday! Woo Hoo! *, on Saturday we are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and brunch for the family (Jack did help me fill 160 eggs),  and I have to help the bunny finish his shopping this week for Sunday. Oh how I wish I was Samantha off Bewitched that I could just wiggle my nose and get things done. Guess it's not a 'break' for me this week! Ha!

With Easter on the brain this week, the sketch at Create with Connie and Mary instantly had me thinking about bunnies and baskets. I decided to use the Basket Bunch  bundle to create a thank you card for a friend. Even though it is an "Easter-ish" set, I think it could be used for so much more! This little chick decided to bring her friend, rabbit a basket of carrots as a thank you. How sweet, right? The coordinating framelits in the bundle, make quick work of all the cutting. I decided to also emboss the Soft Sky card stock with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder to add a touch of dimension. I hope you and your family have a very blessed Easter! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dino-rrific Birthday

Hello stamping friends! With such a busy week, today's card was focused around clean, simple and quick! I adore these three colors together.

I decided to dust off the No Bones About It stamp set and create a birthday card suitable for any kid. I thought it would be fun to have the dinosaur all ready to celebrate by wearing his party hat and have balloons tied to his tail. Check out all the other fabulous creations using this trio of colors at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - Nurture to Nature, Flowers to Showers

Happy Sunday my stamping friends! Yesterday we took Jack and his cousins for their first train ride through the mountains. They were calling it the Easter Express since the Easter Bunny came along too and half way through the train stopped and and everyone got off for the kids to do an egg hunt. All the kids the enjoyed it, young and old. Mark that off the bucket list....ride a train....check!

Today's bog hop has so many possibilities with its theme. I opted to gear more towards the nature side of it and highlight a stamp set I hadn't used a while.

Live, Love, Grow is a wonderful set that! I paired it with the Sunburst Thinlets Die that helps to make all the images and springy colors really 'pop' off the card. It's a little hard to tell, but I added Wink of Stella over the entire "glass" part of the dome. In real life, you should see it sparkle!  Make sure you continue hopping along to see all the other fabulous works of art this month. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sweet As Ice Cream

After celebrating a nephew's third birthday last weekend, I was in the mood for a fun celebratory card for this week's sketch challenge. And while my nephew is all about trains (I remember those years with Jack) and with Sale-A-Bration coming to an end, I wanted to highlight this fun little truck one more time.

The fun and ever cute, Tasty Trucks stamp set paired with the Frozen Treats Framelits make for a whimsical card! I used one of the cone shaped dies from the framelits to create the pennants hanging above. The piece of Basic Black card stock is also embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder to add visual interest and dimension. It's a little hard to tell but I added Wink of Stella over the windows too for bit of sparkle. Colors used were Watermelon Wonder (I'm going to miss this when it retires!), Pool Party, Pear Pizazz, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake. Please hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see the other designers' works of art. Happy Stamping!

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!