Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crafty Friendship

We are full swing into the third week of swim lessons. Jack passed his level last session (they last 2 weeks) and asked if he could try the next level, so I signed him up. He has become such a fish this summer! So proud of my little man! I was inspired by the colors in the piece of Naturally Eclectic DSP that was on the challenge card. I took my cue off of that and created this -

I love the new Crafting Forever and Wood Words stamp sets. From Wood Words, I stamped the floral image in Soft Sky ink all over for the background and the stars in Versamark across the Emerald Envy card stock. The clothespins each contain a strand of baker's twine in Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Peekaboo Peach. Behind the stamped piece of Whisper White is a layer of Soft Sky and then a base of Night of Navy that I think helps to anchor the rainbow of colors used on the card. What a fun challenge this week! We'd love for you to play along and share your creativity over at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Little Bunny

It's been a heatwave here this week, over 90+ the past few days. I'm sunburned. Jack is sunburned. Between all the outside work like mowing (which takes me about 4 1/2 hours), weeding, some chores, and sitting in the sun during Jack's swim lessons, we are both looking like tomatoes this week. Even when sunscreen has been applied! It's supposed to get into the 80's soon, yeah! 

For this week's challenge I took a cue from the layout and tweeked it slightly. Instead of turning the card stock on angles, I kept them squared. I also moved the words to other side since it fit better there with my image. Isn't that a cute bunny? I hand cut her out of a piece of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and popped her up on dimensionals. The stripes piece of DSP is what is on the other side of that same piece. Love dual sided paper! I stamped the party hats on the piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and the greeting on Whisper White card stock from the coordinating set called Birthday Delivery. It's a WONDERFUL bundle to have in your stamping collection! Happy Stamping! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Floral Color Fusion

Welcome to another busy week here! Jack is full swing into swim lessons. This is the first year that he is fully excited and can't wait for them everyday. So thankful for that. This week we are also helping my brother-in-law and his wife move into their first house. They live in a third floor walk up about 35 minutes away and now they will only be about 13 minutes away in their cape cod. Tuesday was the first big day of the move. A dent was made, but there is much more to go! Saturday will be a big day. We are happy for them and their pug, Franklin.

This week's challenge inspired me to pull out an "all in one" stamp set. By "all in one", I mean it's a set that contains words and the pictures to create a great card. In this case, Watercolor Words received the royal treatment and got inked up with some fun (and a couple new) colors! Dapper Denim, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist make for a fun and whimsy floral card. Flowers come in all shape and colors right? 

I did a little fussy cutting on the single flower and made it into three separate layers for visual interest. Each one is popped up on Dimensionals. I finished it off with a large Rhinestone in the center for a little sparkle. Thanks for stopping by! Check out all the other fabulous designers' creations with this challenge at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - Something Old & Something New

Welcome stamping friends! This month's blog hop is suitably themed, "Something Old & Something New."  Our new catalog has now gone live and these first few days are always a transition period for everyone. So it seems appropriate to highlight some things that will continue in our stamping arsenal alongside some fun, new items. This time of year is always busy and exciting, it really is Christmas for all of us stampers!

Spot the new stamp? It's the little sun from the set, Tabs For Everything. A fun set with words and tiny images that coordinate with the new Circle Tab punch. I thought it would make a great background on this cheery friendship card. I paired it with the hot air balloon die cut from the Up and Away Thinlet set and the wonderful saying from Layering Love. I was in the mood for a Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Night of Navy creation. Such a classic combination, that you can't go wrong with.

Here's a close up of the background. I scored the large Whisper White card stock on an angle in different directions to create  3/4" diamond shapes. I then stamped the sun in each diamond. It was quick and easy but added great visual interest. I'm so happy you stopped by today. Have fun hopping along to see everyone else's fabulous creations using "Something Old & Something New"!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Coffee & Nuts Go Together Like Thelma & Louise

Welcome June! It's Jack's last day of First Grade today. I can't really have a Second Grader already can I? He is excited for summer to start, as am I. And it's also the launch of our new catalog! Woo Hoo! So many fun, new and exciting things to play with! When I saw the inspiration for this week's challenge I was over the moon excited! Not only was I inspired with the colors, I loosely based by creation on the layout as well. It's a "two-fer"!

When I saw the coffee themed card, I immediately thought of nuts. And what better ones than the acorns from our Acorny Thank You set that we had to say goodbye to today. It and it's coordinating punch will remain in my personal aresenal and thought it paired nicely with some new things out of the catalog that is live today. What better way to present a group of nuts than in a crate from the Wood Crate Framelits. It's just the cutest thing ever! I LOVE this new set of framelits! The tag was also die cut from this set as well, but the words are from the new set, Tabs For Everything. I like the small size of all the words and how you can create different sayings. I stamped the "Nuts About You" acorns to mimic the coffee beans from the inspiration card. Garden Green is typically one of my least used colors, but I absolutely LOVE it paired with the Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Whisper White and Crumb Cake. It's takes on a whole new personality! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thankful Fruits

Hard to believe that in a few short days we are saying goodbye to so many wonderful stamps. The new catalog will be taking effect on June 1. For this week's challenge, I told myself to pick a set I am sad to see going. Fresh Fruit is near the top of the list so I thought I would highlight it today!

To achieve the coloring on the pear, I inked up the stamp in Daffodil Delight ink first, then took a sponge with Pear Pizazz color on it and sponged the edge of the pear before stamping it onto Whisper White card stock. The stem and leaves are colored with Wild Wasabi and Soft Suede Stampin' Write Markers. For the peach, I used the appropriate Peekaboo Peach ink pad, but instead of stamping it full strength, I stamped it first on scrap paper then onto Whisper White card stock for a softer shade. It's stem and leaves were colored with Soft Suede and Pear Pizazz Stampin' Write Markers. I hand cut out both. The background flower and greeting are also from the stamp set. I love it when sets have images and words. Makes life easier when you are short on time! Hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see all the other fabulous creations with this sketch and then play along. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

First Communion Wishes

I'm back! Sorry I was MIA this past week, I ended up getting a nasty bug that's been traveling around this neck of the woods. It came fast and hard. Blah! It's been over a week and I still have some congestion and a cough that acts up from time to time. At this point, it's more annoying than anything. A friend of mine's son recently received his First Communion. I thought the color palette of this week's challenge would work nicely for the card I wanted to create for him. 

I adore the cross from the All God's Grace stamp set. I sponged the inset of it with Night of Navy ink instead of using my marker to give it more of a softer touch. I hand cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals. Can you see the lattice work behind it? I cut 1/4" strips of Whisper White card stock and adhered them in a lattice pattern to an oval I die cut. I then cut an additonal oval frame to put on top to cover up the lattice strip edges. I stamped the dove from this stamp set as well to create some visual interest in the background. The greeting is from the Floral Phrases stamp set. The card base is actually only 5 1/4" inches long. That way my word banner could hang off the edge (to the normal 5 1/2" length) but still fit perfectly in the envelope. Just something a little different.

It's a little hard to tell, but I added Wink of Stella all over the cross and the outer oval rim. In person it adds just the right touch of sparkle without it being overwhelming. The rhinestone on the cross finishes it off nicely. We are so happy for you Ryan! Don't forget to check out all the other fabulous creations at Create with Connie and Mary and then play along with us! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sending Grunge Wishes

Hello stamping friends! When I saw the colors this week I wasn't quite sure what to do. So I decided to go with my trusty and reliable stamp set, Gorgeous Grunge. It's never let me down. I am sad that it is retiring. It will continue to stay in my personal arsenal for a while. 

I started by stamping all three colors on a piece of Whisper White card stock to create a fun splattered background. Then I decided to add a feminine touch by stamping and die cutting butterflies from the Butterfly Basics set and adhere them with dimensionals as if they were in flight. To soften the bold colors, I added Rhinestones to the bodies of the butterflies and then small Tip Top Taupe triangles to the corners. This card is much prettier in person. Hope you have a great day! I have a To Do list a mile long with a short amount of time to accomplish it. I feel like Rosie the Riveter in the famous poster and telling myself, "You can do this!". Happy Stamping!

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!