Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chilling...Penguin Style

It's been a heat wave these past few days with temperatures in the 80's. I'm not used to such warmth so close to Halloween. I like a nice, crisp fall day. With the heat, I thought I would go the opposite way in my card this week and bring on some chill!

This cute little penguin from the Snow Buddies set was anxious to get inked up and get all dolled up in his fuzzy scarf! I chose Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie colors on this whimsical card. Snowflakes stamped in Real Red ink and punched out with different size circle punches are a nice highlight to the more muted Bermuda Bay snowflakes in the background. Three well placed rhinestones add just the perfect amount of sparkle. What a great sketch this week at Create with Connie and Mary! Check out all the other fabulous ideas from the rest of the design team and then share your own.  Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vintage Friendship

Hello stamping friends! Please forgive me as this post is going to be rather short today. I'm a bit under the weather. I've got the chills, no appetite, my ear is aching and I find it hard to stay awake for more than ten minutes. Blah! Hoping I can shake this soon!

I thought I would throw in a "vintage" type feel with today's color challenge at Create With Connie and Mary. I cut 1" squares of the three colors and adhered them onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. I then sponged Crumb Cake slightly all over to "dull" the colors a bit. I adhered that onto a piece of Early Espresso card stock and wrapped some Whisper White Baker's Twine around it before tying a bow and then adhering that onto a Whisper White card stock base. I chose this wonderful greeting from the Friendly Wishes set along with the little flower from the Live, Love, Grow set as the main focal point. First time I inked up that set since getting it! I also sponged Crumb Cake ink on this piece too and attached dimensionals on the back to raise it up. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Birthday Bear

Happy Thursday! It's been a busy week here, but I squeezed in a little stamping room revamp over a few late nights. I am a 'stander' when it comes to stamping. I like to be able to move around and grab things here or there to use on my projects. I have been having to bend over my desk for the past 11 years and well, my back said, "Girl, I've had enough!" So.... I took a 6 x 6 x 6" wood post and cut it into four pieces and covered each one in the carpet that is currently in the room. I was lucky to find a small remnant at the store that was the same carpet I put in there years ago! Lucky find! So I took everything out of and off of the desk and put the "risers" into place then last night I finished putting everything back. Whew! It was big job but now it's at counter height and I can't wait to be able to create for hours and not have my back hurt! Woo Hoo! Simple pleasures is all it takes sometimes!

I really liked this week's sketch challenge at Create with Connie & Mary. I love this little bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set and thought he would be cute holding a single birthday balloon. Using the Balloon Celebration set,  I added a few sprinkles on the lower part of the balloon and then stars around him to really make him stand out. I also stamped the dotted circle from that set on the Real Red card stock below to add some visual interest. 

Here's the inside of the card. I carried the stars into here as well to tie it all together. We'd love for you to play along too with this sketch challenge! Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 3, 2016

All About The Pink!

Welcome my stamping friends! I am excited to take part in this Ultimate Pink Blog Hop today! What is it you may be wondering? It's a collection of ideas from fabulous and creative Stampin' Up! demonstrators all over the globe featuring shades of pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As some of you know, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago. Through the power of prayer and medicine, she is still going strong today and living a happy, healthy life!

In honor of her and her love of flowers (she grows AMAZING ones by the way!), I thought the Detailed Florals Thinlet would be the perfect choice! I die cut first in Basic Black then mounted that onto a piece of Melon Mambo. I then cut one more out of Pink Pirouette and one out of Old Olive and paper pieced those two colors onto the die cut black one to create a colorful bouquet of flowers. The greeting is from our Rose Wonder stamp set and seemed appropriate for this special occasion card. To finish it off, I added a couple punched butterflies with pearls and a 5/8" Organza Ribbon before mounting it all on a Whisper White card stock base. Thank you so much for stopping by today! Cancer affects so many wonderful people and families. I hope you continue on to see the other fabulous creations by this wonderful group of stampers listed below. May you be filled with pink inspiration! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Double Duty Dies

Happy Fall my stamping friends! I was rather excited to hear about this month's blog hop theme - showcasing different ways to use our framelits and thinlets! I LOVE being able to show my customers the versatility of our products! I am all about getting more bang for your buck! {I have to admit, I got that trait from my mom. She can find good deals everywhere!} I know it's fall, but I couldn't help but share two Christmas ideas with you today.

Not sure about you, but I love a good shaker card! I used the hostess set, Time of Year for all the stamping done on this card. It's a GREAT set to have in your arsenal!  To create the shaker part I used the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits to die cut the opening. Add a piece of Window Sheet behind it and then lined it with our new Foam Adhesive Strips (Where have these been all my life?!). Before adhering it down on the stamped piece of Whisper White card stock, I added a small handful of our Metallics Sequin Assortment. To take it over the top, I added a string of Christmas lights hanging from our new Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine. Are you wondering to yourself, "'d she make the lights?" Well, look no further!

I used the small thinlet from the Pyramid Pals Thinlets! (The red arrow is pointing to it above.) Pretty neat right? Yep, it's supposed to be used for ears, but I saw lights!

Then I had the stamped insert piece from the card above left over and knew I needed to give that a purpose somehow. So I created this fun gift tag! Using White Embossing Powder and my trusty Heat Gun, I embossed the greeting from the Watercolor Words. I envisioned a large piece of candy to really make it stand out so this is my version of a classic peppermint! I created this sweet treat using a circle from the Layering Circles Framelits, diecutting one in Real Red and a second in Whisper White. I cut apart the white one into swirly shapes and adhered the four pieces onto the red circle. Any thoughts on how I created the twisty ends off the sides?

Why, with the help of a bear! The Bear Hugs Framelits that is! I used the skirt die as indicated above with the arrow to create the fun ends. I die cut four skirts, two in Real Red and two in Whisper White card stock then layered them together. To finish off the tag I used our 1/8" Gold Ribbon and added a bow and extra piece of length to be tied onto your present. 

Oh my! I was having too much fun creating these two projects for our hop this month! I hope you will continue on to see what creativity the rest of the gang has to share with you. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Feel Better Dad

Hello my stamping friends! My mind has been on my dad lately. He's been having some pains over the past couple weeks and and went into the hospital for some invasive testing. It's hard to be half way across the country in times like this. I am hoping he does find the answers he is seeking so a course of action can be taken and his pain can be relieved. What's really hard is the not knowing. Inspired by all of this going on with him, I created this card.

Using the Cookie Cutter Halloween set, I thought this cute little mummy also resembled a bandaged patient that needs a little TLC. The words are from the Here For You set which I thought was perfect for the message I was trying to get across. 

I also thought I would share with you the inside of the card where I highlighted the use of the Weather Together set. So many of our sets work so well together. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Getting My "Spook" On

Last weekend I had my two stamping events and all the projects created were Halloween/Fall inspired. This week Jack helped me to get out all our Halloween/Fall decorations and put them up around the house. So in a nutshell, I've got Halloween on the brain! 

I was so giddy when I saw all the Halloween sets in the holiday catalog that I ended up getting four different ones! Ha! One can never have too many Halloween sets, right? This cute little mummy jar from the Jar of Haunts set is the perfect focal point for this week's sketch challenge at Create With Connie and Mary.  Add in the pumpkin faces, spiderweb, spider and greeting from the Spooky Fun set and you've got yourself a fun Halloween card! In all honesty, all our Halloween sets go so well together! They are all interchangeable that you can't help but use a little from this one and a little from that one, etc. Thanks for stopping by today and getting your dose of Halloween in. It will be here before you know it! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sweet As Honey

It's supposed to be about a 10-12 degree difference from yesterday to today. Ah yes, Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with. I will held up in my stamp room all day trying to feverishly finish getting 121 total projects cut, prepped and ready for this weekend's two big stamping events. Yep, for one project alone I had to cut and die cut 270 pieces of card stock. Gulp! I see a new blade (or two) being put on my paper trimmer before it's all said and done! Wish me luck!

Today's color challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary had me whipping out the fun Bear Hugs stamp set. I chose to stamp the honey pot on a diagonal (yes, I eyeballed all of them) for a fun background. Mr. Bear is sporting his Emerald Envy green bow tie. Doesn't he look dapper? The Delightful Dijon circle behind him is sponged with Delightful Dijon ink to give it a slightly different shade. After stamping the saying I hand cut it out and made it into a picket sign. A little hard to see, but I also wrapped three strands of Linen Thread around the background. Then using my Paper Piercer, I pulled the strands all apart until it looked like a fluff. Love the different texture it gives the card. I hope you will join us this week and play along. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

One Tree Hill

Happy Thursday my stamping peeps! It's been a pretty busy week here. I seriously thought I would have more time to accomplish things when Jack went back to school, but it's been three weeks already and I seem to have even less! How does that happen?!? I'm gearing up for a couple big stamping events, so I've been gravitating using more of the wonderful new things in the holiday catalog. I am in LOVE with so many things!

This week's sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary lent itself nicely to a spooky Halloween card. The Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies are great on their own or with the coordinating set, Spooky Fun. I chose to use both, but focused more on the dies. Colors I  used were Basic Grey, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Sahara Sand. We'd love for you to share your creativity with us! What does this sketch say to you? Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Basket of Wishes

Welcome my stamping, blog hopping friends! September has arrived and that means that fall will soon be underway. This month's Creation Station Blog Hop was to highlight some new items in the Holiday Catalog. I chose one of my favorite new sets, Basket of Wishes. You can use this set for any season really, but I chose to go with fall (my FAVORITE season of all!). 

This two-step, photopolymer basket set makes it so easy to fill each of the different baskets with different contents. I chose the bushel basket and filled it with pumpkins, squash and gourds.  Our Stampin' Write Markers make quick of work of adding color to the image. The words, both for the background and main quote are included in this set. I simply omitted a couple of the words from the main quote as I wanted the "happy birthday" to be on the inside of the card instead.

I also made a fun little gift bag using one of our Kraft Bags, I started off my stamping some leaves from the Vintage Leaves set in Crumb Cake ink along the left hand side to mimic the the same type of background used on the card. Then I created a belly band out of Always Artichoke card stock and secured that down. This time I chose to use the wicker basket and fill it with sunflowers - the perfect fall flower! I added one die cut leaf that was sponged with Crushed Curry ink and stamped with Crumb Cake speckles from the Gorgeous Grunge set. Add a quick greeting and some sequins. Voila!

Together they make for a sweet fall ensemble. Depending on where you started on this fabulous hop, you can either go back and see what Kathy created or move along to Holly. Both are great stampers! Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Minecraft Madness

Jack is a very excited boy today! He is going to his very first classmate's birthday party! He brought the invitation home from school a few days back and said, "Mom, Camden's having a birthday party at the pool. Can I please, please, please go?" How could this mom say 'no' to the puppy dog face he was giving me? The invitation was a Minecraft one so I knew right away that's what I was going to be making. Let me introduce you to the Creeper. He's made up of 1/2" squares of Garden Green, Pear Pizazz, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke and Basic Black card stock. After they were all adhered down I applied a pretty generous layer of Crystal Effects. I know we longer sell it, but I still have a few bottles and this helped to 'seal' down all the little corners of each of the squares. It's pretty neat to see in person. I also personalized the card front by using the Little Letters thinlets that are also retired (which will forever stay in my 'keep no matter what' pile) as they are the perfect small size for jobs like this. 

I wanted to show you the inside of the card (not to necessarily point out the retired greeting I used *wink wink*), but to show you how I used some of the extra squares I had left over. Jack thought I did a good job. He gave me two thumbs up! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

One Little Mummy

Happy September my stamping friends! I was excited to see this color combination at Create with Connie and Mary this week. Something about them just screamed "fall" to me. Not necessarily the traditional fall colors, but more of the new 'trendy' ones. I knew immediately that I was going to use the fun new stamp set, Cookie Cutter Halloween. I love, love, love this set!

I decided to focus on this fun little trick-or-treating mummy. I used the Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker to highlight his bandages. I also added in the spiderweb and greeting from the Spooky Fun set, and the pennants from the Sweet Home set to make this card more whimsical. This would also make for a wonderful costume party invitation too, don't you think? I encourage you to play along with us this week. What do these colors say to you? Happy Stamping!

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!