Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Fox on the Farm

Hard to believe we are at the end of July. Our county fair is now over and we have four more coming up. I don't think we will take animals to any except maybe our State Fair, but we still like to take a day and go and enjoy each of them. On my parents' farm out west, they have a fox. She acts more like a pet than anything, following them around while doing chores. Foxes are curious animals by nature, and can be bold sometimes, but not aggressive. She has created her den near one of the barns. For a couple of years now, they have lived in this harmonious relationship. My brother posted a picture of her the other day so I was inspired to put her on my card for this week's sketch challenge.

Of course we have the perfect stamp set to use for such this occasion - Foxy Friends! I stamped her in Calypso Coral and Basic Black ink. I inked the tree up with Wild Wasabi ink and placed it behind her just like the big tree that is next to her den back on the farm. I decided on two shades of blue, Soft Sky and Island Indigo to mimic a sky. The strip of Crumb Cake card stock balances it well as the ground. When seeing her you often wonder what she is thinking. The words from Basket of Wishes seemed appropriate on the matter. I adhered my little scene onto a piece of Whisper White card stock backed by a Wild Wasabi card base. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my little fox friend. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Little of This...A Little of That

This week we have animals at the county fair so it's been a little more chaotic than usual here! Jack is loving his time there. He is such a good, and helpful worker when it comes to the animals. From feeding to cleaning (yep, you got to give the animals a bath daily to keep them cooled off and looking sparkly clean) to brushing them....he truly is the sweetest and best helper anyone could have! I have to share that he entered a project in the home arts department for the first time this year. He stamped his own card and was awarded a First Place Blue Ribbon! He was so tickled! And I couldn't be prouder of him! His mom (wink, wink) also won a First Place Blue Ribbon for the card I entered and four additional ribbons (two First Place and two Second Place) in different photography categories. 

The colors this week were so bold that it reminded me of splashes of color, like the Color 5K Runs you see and hear about where people are just covered in colors when they cross the finish line. The splatter is from the Swirly Bird stamp set and was stamped in all three colors. As I was creating this card, I went with a "little bit of this and a little bit of that" mentality. I used die cuts and punched pieces from Swirly Scribbles, Bouquet Bunch, Sweet and Sassy and the Lemon Builder punch. I just kept adding until I was happy with the result. The saying from the Layering Love stamp set was the perfect choice for this whimsy card. The white on white base for the card really lets all the colors take center stage. I let my creativity go and voila! this masterpiece was born. We'd love for you to join us with this week's color challenge. Just hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to play along. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lemonade Anyone?

The irony when I first saw this sketch is that the piece of white reminded me of a shape of a drinking glass. So from there, I decided to ink up the fabulous Lemon Zest stamp set to mimic a glass of lemonade! Yep, inspiration comes from anywhere!! LOL

I decided to use the traditional colors of Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black and Whisper White for my lemon creation. The saying from the stamp set created for a fun background that is adhered on to a piece of our Thick Whisper White card stock. I keep kicking myself, why did I not get on the thick white card stock band wagon earlier!?! I LOVE this stuff for card bases! I also added in the stars and main greeting from the Tabs For Everything set for a bit of whimsy. Hope you're enjoying your week! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I See Seashells at the Seashore

Hello stampers! I hope you had an enjoyable and safe holiday. It's a little busier than usual week here as Jack's cousin is staying with us. Every summer she spends a week or so with us and we try to do some fun things for them. On Monday we went to see the movie, Despicable Me 3. It's a funny movie, good for kids and adults. I am hoping later in the week to take them mini golfing. We'll see how it goes. 

I have to say that when I saw the colors in this week's challenge, I thought of shells. Why? No clue. But shells came to mind. So I inked up the new So Many Shells stamp set and had fun with it. Some I did the two-step stamping, and some I didn't. Whatever I was feeling, I went with it. I used the new Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon for some softness. I LOVE it's texture and how it feels! 

I also thought it would be fun to play with the background too. You know me. Anyway I can spice up a background, I do! This time I used the set of lines from the Tabs For Everything stamp set and just inked it up and kept turning it to cover the entire piece of Tranquil Tide card stock. 

It reminds me of a parquet floor almost. Too fun! Since this stamp set is photopolymer, it took no time at all! Remember to always think outside the box! Life's too short for you to stay in it. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - In Color Creations

Welcome to the Creation Station Blog Hop! This month's theme is all about highlighting our amazing In Colors. I chose to stick with the five new ones (Fresh  Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide) and highlight ALL of them on both projects! Oh yes, the creative juices were flowing this week and I was up for the challenge!

I thought it would be fun to create a colorful band highlighting the five colors so I took 1/2" strips of each color and adhered them along one edge of a piece of Berry Burst. What a fun twist to a usually solid color layer on a card. That was my jumping off point. From there I stamped the pens from the Crafting Forever stamp set to mimic another row of colors. This time with using our Stampin' Write markers in those five fabulous colors and giving each pen their own personality. 

The inside also warranted the use of another pen along with the words. By adding just a little "something", it helps to jazz up the inside of cards. Don't you think?

I saved my favorite for last. I used multiple new stamp sets on this card. First up, I stamped the five In Colors with the heart from the Wood Words stamp set on a piece of Whisper White card stock to create a fun background. Using a Stitched Circle Framelit, I stamped this wonderful saying from the Just Add Text in Tranquil Tide ink and popped it up on dimensionals. I then stamped this darling little bear, bees and grass from the In The Wild set. The bear got a little color using our reinkers and and Aquapainter, the bees with our Stampin' Write Markers and the grass with our Lemon Lime Twist ink pad. I hand cut all of them out and popped them all up on dimensionals. I finished the card off with a Berry Burst ribbon and Wink of Stella on the wings of the bees for some sparkle. Can I just say, "I am in LOVE with this card!" It just brings a smile to my face! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy hopping along to see what other fabulous creations the rest of the design team made using our fabulous In Colors! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fishy Wishes

With all the time Jack's been spending in the pool these past few weeks (I swear he has to be part fish), I was inspired to get out the Seaside Shore stamp set and ink it up. It goes perfect with this week's Create with Connie and Mary challenge!

I picked the layout in the lower right corner to mimic. I chose Dapper Denim, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake card stocks to create my fishy scene. For the inks, I went with Dapper Denim,Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy and Soft Suede to bring all those pieces of card stock to life. A lot of the elements required a little fussy cutting, but the person this card is heading to is SO worth it!  *smiles*  Have a safe and happy Fourth of July everyone! Happy Stamping!

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!