Sunday, July 7, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Got Your Back


At first when I read what the theme was for this month the song, "Baby Got Back" by Sir-Mix-Alot immediately came into my head and well, I told Google to go ahead and play it! It was then followed by another 40 minutes of various 90's songs that got me all nostalgic and a little lethargic from singing along. Gosh, what a great decade musically! But this month isn't about music, it's about backgrounds and the fun you can have with them!


This bold background was created by cutting 1"x 3" strips of Real Red, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay and adhering them onto a piece of Whisper White card stock then using the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder to give it dimension. I then took my Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and swiped all over it really making the the pattern 'pop'. I love the effect it got! Since the background was so bold, I kept the rest of the card simple. The words are from the Beauty Abounds stamp set, while the butterflies and grass on the Daffodil Delight strip of card stock are from the Enjoy Life set. 


I decided to switch gears a little bit and go more masculine for this next card. To create this plaid background, I stamped the Buffalo Check background stamp in Mint Macaron on Whisper White card stock. I then took my Bermuda Bay and Basic Black Stampin' Write markers along with my trusty ruler and created the lines to turn it from a buffalo check pattern to plaid. It took no time at all! The words are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and are stamped on the largest of Stitched Oval shapes. The leaves and berry twigs were die cut from the Flourish Thinlets in the same colors I used for the plaid. Do you like the Bermuda Bay strip that 'grounds' it all? I stamped the water from the High Tide stamp set to achieve the pattern on it and helps to break up the all plaid background. 


Two fun ideas for backgrounds that were both easy and quick, but pack a real 'wow' effect! Thanks for stopping by today, now let's hop along to Sara and see what her creative juices came up with. It's sure to be wonderful! Happy Stamping my friends!



Sunday, June 2, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Unique Folds


May ended wonderfully as I had a handful of family members here visiting from Wisconsin for almost a week. I enjoyed all the adventures we went on each day to different cities, and states for that matter. Oh, how those days went so quickly! Now June is upon us and Jack has eight more days of school left, swim lessons start next week, the new catalog goes live soon, and I have a big "to do" to accomplish as usual. *wink wink*  


This month's blog hop highlights unique folds, which I love to try out! Something so simple as a different type of fold can breath new life into a stamp set that you may have had for a while.


I like the way that this card stands up, almost like an easel. I started with a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and scored it at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2". The Abstract Impressions stamp set was used to create the field of flowers. I used Soft Seafoam and Granny Apple Green (stamped off once and also at full strength) along with Flirty Flamingo in three different variations (stamped off twice, stamped off once and at full strength). The words are from the Enjoy Life set and stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. The stitched oval is popped up on dimensionals that are only on the lower part of it, so the card stock can tuck in behind it with ease. To give a little interest, I inked up the Buffalo Check background stamp with Granny Apple Green ink and stamped it on a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and adhered it onto the Granny Apple Green card base. 


When the card is "opened" it reveals a little pocket to hold a gift card. It's nice to send a little something when someone goes above and beyond for you. The butterflies are from Butterfly Gala and add a bit of color without being too overwhelming. 


The main focal point actually is a little card itself (3 1/2" x 9", scored at 4 1/2") that when opened reveals an area to write a message to the recipient. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy unique fold. I'm excited to see what the rest of the design team did this month! Up next is the super talented Dani. Happy Stamping!




Sunday, May 5, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Monu"MEN"tal



With nine family birthdays in the month of April (crazy, I know!?!), celebrating men, whether the big or little kind, was happening all month long! This month's theme of  "MonuMENtal" fit right into my life! Today I thought I would share two of the cards for the little men we celebrated.



This happy go lucky little pig from the This Little Piggy set wanted to celebrate with his new striped shirt and big red balloon. I hand drew the stripes on the pig with my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and then colored in two of the stripes with my Real Red Stampin' Write Marker. I sponged Powder Pink ink on the pig and then cut him out. Whisper White Baker's Twine is perfect for the string of the balloon and using a few small dots of liquid glue, it stays in place. I used the Stitched Ovals and Stitched Rectangle Framelits to help create the bold and whimsical scene. The words are from the Treehouse Adventure set and fit perfectly on the white frame. I thought it would be fun to mimic his striped shirt on the base of the card. You can't help but smile at this little guy!



Another little man we celebrated this month is all about the outdoors. So I knew that the Treehouse Adventure stamp set would be perfect for him! Since blue is his favorite color (go figure), this treehouse got inked up with Blueberry Bushel ink and a Grapefuit Grove door was added for a fun contrast along with Smoky Slate shutters. The leaves of the tree are inked with Call Me Clover ink, some are stamped off once and others at full strength. I used the Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle Framelits this time to help frame things. 



I have to admit, with such a busy birthday schedule in April (not to mention adding in Easter as well!), I was looking forward to May! Thanks for stopping by and hope you continue on to see what creativity Tanya has to share with you.



Sunday, April 7, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Gingham Style


Happy April stamping friends! This month's theme is right up my alley, I am a lover of gingham! There's just something about it that makes my heart happy. I was excited to get my creative juices flowing for today's projects. 


Admittedly, I have been on a lemon kick lately and knew they would be perfect with gingham! To highlight their Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover color, I chose to add a Blueberry Bushel gingham background using the Buffalo Check stamp. May this stamp never retire. I use it A LOT! To break up the blue, I thought I would stamp a strip of Pineapple Punch with the same Buffalo Check stamp and layer it on top. All these colors work so well together! 


Since I had my Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover colors out, I thought it would be fun to use them again along with Grapefruit Grove to decorate one of our Mini Pizza Boxes. I used the Buffalo Check stamp again for the background and also for the pattern on the apron. Fun, right? The Apron of Love stamp set and coordinating dies are just darling!


I hope you enjoyed the bright and springy ways I used gingham today. I had fun creating them! And since gingham can be a little obsessive *cough, cough*, there are lots more creative ways everyone here on the Creation Station Design Team is using it. Make sure you keep on hopping along to check them all out! The fabulous and bubbly Andrea is up next. Woo hoo!



Sunday, March 3, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Birds, Blossoms & Butterflies


And just like that, March has arrived! Wait, did I miss February? I guess since we had sickness run rampant through the household, snow days from school, and work was a little disheveled, February came and went in a blur. Time for March! We are expecting snow today and throughout the night, so I  was happy to focus on this month's blog hop that is all about birds, blossoms and butterflies!  


I inked up my Butterfly Gala stamp set and went to town stamping lots and lots of little butterflies in Memento Black ink! I love that it's a Two-Step Stamp so adding color to each one was fast and easy. I decided to go with an ombre effect from top to bottom and highlight some of our gorgeous pink inks starting with Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and finally Lovely Lipstick. 


I punched each one out using the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch and adhered each one with a glue dot so the wings could still be popped up for dimension as if they were in flight. The words are from a Sale-A-Bration set, Part of My Story. I LOVE a good 'words' stamp set, and this one is fabulous!! 

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you will continue on to see what the super talented Dani has created. It's sure to be gorgeous! 



Sunday, February 3, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Share What You Love


February came in with a bang, that's for sure! A frigid cold week with snow, followed with my little one coming home from school sick. As I am typing this, he is laying in the chair snuggled under a blanket resting his tired eyes. *sighs* Poor guy....

Last week, we had talked about Valentine's Day and his upcoming class party. I thought I would use the new So Hoppy Together stamp set and whip up some cute little valentine's to exchange. This cute little froggy was begging to be inked up.



These valentines are small like the usual ones kids exchange. The three colors of card stock I used were Real Red, Whisper White and Granny Apple Green. The left card shows the front with the fun, little froggy talking. The word bubble is from the Foxy Friends set. The right shows the back of the card with the message, "Hoppy {heart} Day!" and where Jack will sign his name. I used the Labeler Alphabet set for the letters and the Tabs For Everything set for the heart. He has a small class this year, only 17 so these really didn't take long to whip up!



This little froggy was too cute not to use again, so I thought it would be fun to whip up some simple little thank you's to put in customer's orders. These are kind of like the same concept, but with a twist. I used Lovely Lipstick and Flirty Flamingo card stock instead of the red. The words are from the Best Bunny set where I omitted the "HI" and added the "THANKS!" from the This Little Piggy set. Of course a little treat is needed so this little guy is holding a chocolate heart. Too fun, right?! 



Love is definitely in the air! And frogs! LOL Thanks for stopping by, make sure you check out the wonderfulness that Jeanna has created! Stay warm my friends.



Sunday, January 6, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Happy New to You!


Happy New Year my stamping friends! Here's to a fresh start, new opportunities, and adventures yet to be had! Our theme this month couldn't be more appropriate. I LOVE new stamps. I fully admit it, I am a stampaholic. Inking up a stamp for the first time is admittedly thrilling! Today I decided to ink up two new sets. I'm living on the edge, I know. Ha!



Incredible Like You is a great new stamp set. The words, the simple two-step stamping images, it's a keeper! I decided on Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, and Melon Mambo for the color combination. The darkness of the black really makes all the other colors 'pop'. I added texture to the Melon Mambo card stock using the Tufted embossing folder and the words were stamped on a Stitched Circle Framelit. I stamped the flower with Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo ink and several of the leaves with Granny Apple Green ink, one with full ink and one at half strength. Then I meticulously cut them all out and snipped them apart. I finished with a sprinkling of rhinestones and Voila! 



Another great set is Amazing Life. The words, the fun images, this one is so versatile! I started off by stamping the four leaf clover in Call Me Clover ink on a piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock. It truly does look like a piece of Designer Series Paper in real life. I stamped the words on a piece of Whisper White card stock and then put that behind a piece of Call Me Clover card stock that I die cut an oval on. Using dimensionals between these two layers help create depth. Did you check out the 'HAPPY'? I stamped that word on a piece of Gold Glimmer paper, which was a little tricky with the texture, and then carefully cut out each letter just inside the lines. A little extra work for a great affect, LOVE it!



I am going to enjoy playing with these new sets this year. I hope you will enjoy seeing the creations made with them! Make sure you check out what the talented Sara has whipped up for you to enjoy with all her new toys. You know it'll be magnificent! Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, November 29, 2018

Scooting on by Santa


The Christmas season is upon us. I've begun my shopping, planning, decorating and perhaps have listened to a song or two to get my spirit in the mood. To welcome in "the most wonderful time of the year", I figured I would ink up my new So Santa stamp set. These Santas make me laugh!


I decided to ink up the big guy riding on his scooter. I used various Stampin' Blends to give him some color. The "HO HO HO" background is actually a stamp from the Labels To Love stamp set that I stamped repeatedly. So fun and so easy! This card just made me smile while I was making it. I hope it helps to get your spirit in the mood for the holiday season. Happy Stamping!




Thursday, November 22, 2018

Enjoy Life


Happy Thanksgiving my friends! I hope you are enjoying time with family, friends and loved ones. I will be a little later today, so I am going to keep today's post short and sweet. 


With this week's colors, I decided to highlight the Tranquil Tide color (which I will admit, I rarely use) and ink up the Enjoy Life set. Using this one color for all the images helps to make them 'pop' a little more. I added the Copper Foil to mimic and accent the greeting banner, and a card base of Grey Granite helps to ground it all together. So simple and quick, but wonderful! Enjoy your day friends!





Thursday, November 15, 2018

Serene Thanks


With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, I took my inspiration for this week's sketch challenge from the colors and feelings that come along with this time of year. 


The stamp set, Serene Garden can go in many different directions simply by the colors you choose to go along with it. In this case, I used Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends to add all the different shades. I thought the darkness of Basic Black would really make them all 'pop'. The words are from the Painted Harvest set and fit perfectly with this layout. Happy stamping!


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Clean & Simple Leaves


I love these three colors together for this week's color challenge! I decided to go for a slightly more modern twist for my card. With clean lines and a simple design, the colors really pop!


Using the Leaf Punch, I punched out six leaves on piece of Whisper White card stock. I took my 1 3/4" Circle Punch and punched around each of those leaf openings. I then took pieces of Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy and Mint Macaron and punched leaves of out them. I adhered the six white circles onto a piece of Mint Macaron and then inlaid a leaf into each opening. It's hard to tell, but to add even more interest, I used Wink of Stella and put it on each leaf. The words are from the Sunny Days stamp set and inked in Night of Navy ink. You may be wondering where I got the Mossy Meadow bow from. I took a piece of White Baker's Twine and using my Mossy Meadow ink pad and sponge, I sponged it until I achieved the tone of color I wanted. Easy peasy! Make sure you wait a few minutes for the ink to soak in and dry before tying it into a bow or you'll have ink all over your fingers. Ask me how I know. *wink wink* This card is going to a  dear friend who's going through some rough times now with with family. I thought this might be a little unexpected comfort for her to find in her mailbox.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - In All Things Give Thanks


Hello stampers! Welcome to another fabulous Creation Station Blog Hop. This month's hop is all about giving thanks. Something everyone should do more often, including myself. I am anxiously awaiting the changing colors of the leaves. In the mean time, I decided to use that as my inspiration for my projects. 


Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso are all the colors I am anticipating to see soon. I used the large leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets and die cut out three leaves in a row from a piece of Whisper White card stock. I stamped the splatter from the Swirly Bird stamp set all over the card stock in Crumb Cake ink. I took pieces of Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry and adhered them behind the opening of each leaf. Using the vein leaf die from that same thinlet set, I embossed it with gold embossing powder and tucked it behind the piece of Whisper White card stock with the words stamped on it. The words are from the Country Home set that I absolutely adore! I stepped it up a notch and stamped the "thankful" again on a piece of card stock this time in Cherry Cobbler ink, and cut it out. I popped it up on mini dimensionals to give it more visual interest. 


To coordinate with my card, I created a triangle box and filled it with sweets! With a little scoring and folding, it was easy to make. I took a 4" x 7" piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped all over it. Then I folded it in half at 3 1/2" and opened it back up again. I then scored from the 2" spot on the 4" side to each of the corners that the initial fold created. I did that on both sides. Then simply fold each crease and punch a hole on each side, fill with sweets and tie shut with a ribbon! Absolutely no adhesive needed! Woo hoo! 


Thanks for stopping by today! I hope these inspired you to do a little giving thanks of your own. To see even more inspiration, hop along to the wonderfully sweet and talented, Kathy Kartak. Happy Stamping!