Thursday, August 16, 2018

Elegant Floral

I guess this week's card should come with a slight "stamper's warning". At the time I made this card, I didn't have the new Mango Melody color yet so I substituted Grapefruit Grove for it instead. So if the colors on my card look a little off from the color choices above, it's because they are! 

But this still is a great color combination, don't you think? I decided to look at the sets I hadn't inked up in a while and choose one to use, Beautiful Bouquet won! Isn't this bouquet gorgeous? The stems and leaves are stamped directly on the Whisper White piece of card stock. All the flowers are stamped and then die cut with the coordinating Bouquet Bunch framelits. Some are adhered flat and some are popped up on dimensionals. The vase is actually an upside balloon using the Balloon Bouquet punch and then snipped off straight. I thought the white on white background seemed elegant, especially since the one layer is textured with the new Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder.

Here's a peek of the inside. Like the front, the leaves are directly stamped on and the flowers are die cut then adhered. Such an overall simple, but elegant card. Love it! Happy stamping my friends!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

My Love of Lemons

I've totally been on a lemon kick lately. Anybody else? Their color, their scent, the fact that they remind me of warm, sunny days. Yep, I like lemons!

With my new found love, I've been pairing up two fabulous stamp sets lately that go hand in hand: Lemon Zest and Sunny Days. They are like the Laverne and Shirley of the summer! Ha! I took my color choice from the lemons and leaves themselves, Daffodil Delight and Call Me Clover then added the boldness of the Basic Black to make them really stand out. I textured the large piece of Basic Black card stock with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder and stamped sprinkles from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set to add a touch of whimsy.

I thought you might like to see the inside of the card as well. I don't always show it, but I think you should gussy up the inside. It's like a sweet surprise for the recipient! Thanks for stopping by! Here's to hoping you have sunshiny lemony days! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Artistic Expression

Hi Stampers, I'm back! With mom's passing, I needed to take some time off and focus on family and grieving. The hardest part is not picking up the phone to call her. We would talk every other day. Breaking this cycle has been hard to deal with as I am still wanting to do it. While it will never fully sink in I don't think, I am in a better place now than I was two months ago. Thank you to each of the lovely and wonderful ladies in this group who sent kind words and let me take as much time as I needed. Hugs to each of you....

This month's blog hop theme is "Abstract Expression". What does that mean exactly? We can use any stamp set from pages 126-179 in the catalog! So many to choose from but I thought I would highlight one of my "new favorites", Abstract Impressions. I stamped the two step flowers and stems on a piece of Whisper White card stock with Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel inks. I then used my Large Letter framelits and die cut out the word, 'Hello'. The length of the blue card stocks is the usual 5 1/2". I cut the base layer of Lemon Lime Twist smaller at 5" to give the card just a little bit more character.  I stamped the rose image in Lemon Lime ink on top of the Lemon Lime card stock. The little 'friend' tag was created by using my Stampin' Write Blueberry Blue marker and the stamp from Crafting Forever. It's popped up on dimensionals and finished off with a Whisper White Baker's Twine bow.

The inside of the card, I created that lovely little patch of flowers again along with the saying from the stamp set. I LOVE this color combination!

For my next two fun projects I stamped two pieces of Whisper White Card stock that were each 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" like so. For one of them (the bottom one pictured), I scored it at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 3 3/4" and 5". Then 1" going the other way. Using my Paper Snips, I snipped little triangles off each 'tab' as shown.  I then creased and adhered all the tabs together to create this little guy -

It's a mini milk jug! At least that's what I think it looks like. 

Filled with little treats, I then punched two holes at the top and tied our wonderful 1/8" Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain Ribbon to keep him closed. I stamped a cut little tag and attached with a glue dot.

With the other stamped piece of card stock, I trimmed it down to 5" instead of 5 1/2" and created a fun little Hershey Kiss holder! I scored this piece at the opposite direction (with the 4 1/4" side up at the top instead of the 5 1/2") at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", and 3 3/4". Using the Everyday Label Punch I punched a little 'window' at the top so you can peek in to see what's inside. I added a 2" x 3 1/4" piece of Window sheet scored at 1" to the inside. Crease and adhere closed with the 1/2" tab. I wrapped more of our 1/8" Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain Ribbon around and tied in a bow. Then I attached a 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock the bottom and slid in the kisses. Super easy and cute!

Doesn't this make for a fun little gift set for a dear friend? I love the colors and coordination of all three projects! Thanks again for welcoming me back into the mix. I've missed creating with this fabulous group! Now hop on to see what creativity Sara has created this month. It's sure to be wonderful! Happy Stamping my friends!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Birthday Bows

Hello August! I am sort of saying that sarcastically, as it means the last part of summer is upon us. Stores have begun putting the school supplies out, and that's the last thing I feel like thinking about right now - school shopping. Blah! Enough about that though, let's focus on some fun stuff like stamping!

Aren't the colors this week simply gorgeous together?!? Love this combination! I chose to highlight the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and the fabulous two-step bow. Isn't it fun? In between the bows, I sponged Sahara Sand ink to really make them 'pop'. I wrapped Linen Thread around the top layers of card stock three times and tied in a bow. The greeting is stamped on a die cut Stitched Shape framelit and popped up on dimensionals. The crispness of the white oval against the colorful background is much more striking in person. Happy stamping my friends!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Inspired By Robin

I had a wonderful downline team gathering last week. Oh how I love my gal friends! They know how to make a girl's day, especially during a chaotic fair week! 

Today's card is inspired by Robin. Not only for the saying, but the stamp set, Abstract Impressions is on her "must have" list. Plus, she is a lover of all things green so I used Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green. I used Gorgeous Grape at full strength and stamped off to create the two tones of purple. Two other sets I used were Beautiful Bouquet for the single flower stem and Calls For A Celebration for the words. While I was at it, I added texture to the large piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock with our new Tufted Embossing Folder. The card is so lively with bold colors, just like Robin! Love ya' girl! Happy Stamping my friends!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

In Honor Of Pharoah

Only a couple more days of our county fair left. It's been a long, hard week, but just as fun and enjoyable as well. One more cow show tomorrow will finish up our showing part. Jack earned a First Place Blue Ribbon on all 3 of his Home Arts projects he entered! He was soooo happy! I earned 2 First Place Blue Ribbons and 2 Second Place Red Ribbons for mine. Not too shabby! And various ribbons on our animals including a Purple Champion Ribbon for Fitting and Showmanship in the lightweight division. It was on 425 pound calf, Pharoah who simply wants to be loved, rubbed and petted everywhere by everyone. He is such a good looking and gentle animal. We are so happy that he was the one that one it all!

And now for a little stamping today. This fun color selection had me thinking something summery. In honor of our dairy steer, Pharoah, I thought a milkshake with some colorful "cow spots" (polka dots) seemed appropriate! Sets I used were Wood Words, Coffee Cafe and Calls For A Celebration to bring this card to life. Simple and sweet just like Pharoah! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blowing Out The Candles

We are knee deep in county fair projects here. Besides a plethora of home arts projects, we are also working and prepping some animals to go as well. Oh, how I love a good county fair! Although it is a ton of work to do before, during and after. I think I will deserve a day off after it's all said and done! 

This week's sketch lended itself nicely to the row of candles in the 25 Again stamp set. Plus it was also great time to highlight some of our fabulous new In-Colors! I chose four out of the five to use: Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover and my favorite, Blueberry Bushel. Anybody else getting hungry? Ha! Hope you have a great rest of the week. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Simple Friendship

What's new with me? We have a new addition to our family! We welcomed my niece, Savannah Ruth on Friday, June 22. She was 6 pounds & 9 ounces, 19 1/4 inches long and had a head full of hair! Just about the cutest little thing! Jack nicknamed her Bean..."cause she's little and looks like one, mom." Ha! 

This week's challenge I decided to keep close to not only the layout, but also the color selections as well. I used a couple new stamp sets, Enjoy Life and Calls For A Celebration along with the ever wonderful Flourish Thinlits to recreate this catalog creation. Pretty darn close if I do say so myself, while still being 'different'. I hope you have a fabulous week! I know I am with the new bundle of joy that I get to spoil rotten as her auntie. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Friends & Flowers

Happy summer my stamping friends! School is officially out now, swim lessons are going on and Jack has already had the first of many cousins' sleep overs at our house. I failed to mention that the heat has arrived as well. I don't welcome the high, hot temps (it was in the upper 94's here for a few days)....around 80ish is plenty good for me! Ha!

My favorite new set I've been using a lot of lately is Abstract Impressions. I can't get enough of this fabulous set! This was the first time though using the new In Color, Grapefruit Grove. I like it! I paired it with Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Smoky Slate and Whisper White. I love the saying from the Beautiful Bouquet set and thought it went well with my little field of flowers. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Strawberry Summer

It's Jack's last week of school. Gulp! Second grade just flew by! This was the year that he finally had a teacher that he really liked and clicked with. Oh, how I wish she could just move along with him and teach him again next year. We all had a teacher like that right? One that just "worked" more than the others. I noticed his knowledge grow a lot this year, his behavior towards school become less of a struggle and his overall temperance about things improve. Oh Mrs. Lougheed, you will be missed!! Thank you for the taking the time to make each kid feel special and smart in their own way. We need more teachers like you in the world! This week is also the start of daily swim lessons at night. Last year he blossomed in the water and became part fish. I am hoping he continues to work on the different strokes and really enjoy the water.

With the ending of one thing and the start of something new, I thought I would use one of the fabulous new hostess sets, Springtime Stroll for this week's inspiration challenge. The strawberry plant reminds me of my mom. She always grew strawberries in her garden. We had sliced strawberries or strawberry pies all summer long. They tasted so fresh and sweet! Yum!! 

Colors I used were Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Call Me Clover, and Smoky Slate. I used the Basket Weave embossing folder to add texture to the piece of Real Read card stock. To create the tag, I used the Everyday Label Punch and then trimmed it down along the top and bottom using my Paper Snips. It's held on with the Whisper White Baker's Twine that I wrapped around the Crumb Cake card stock a couple times then punched a hole in each end of the tag threading the ribbon through and tying a bow. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thankful For Your Understanding

Hello my stamping friends! It feels good to be back. Thank you for your patience and understanding while I was dealing with my mom's sudden passing. There will be good days and there will be bad days. But I have told myself, take it one day at a time. That's what you have to do. For hopefully in time, it will become a little easier. I miss her dearly, but will hold tight to all the wonderful memories I have of her. She was truly an amazing woman! Thought I would share a few pictures of her. 

Here's a picture of my parents at the end of the day they helped to pack all my stuff up when I moved across the country after I got married 12 years ago. It was a bittersweet day. They were happy that I was beginning a new chapter of my life, but saddened that it was beginning so far away. 

This is one of my favorite pictures of my mom with my son, Jack. They had driven out to visit us for a week when he was little and she was so happy to hold and see him that there were tears in her eyes. 

One of my favorite pictures of mom and I from a couple years ago. This sort of sums up my relationship with my mom. Sure we could be serious, but we loved to just have fun and laugh with each other. We truly just enjoyed each other's company. The older we both got, the more we both appreciated each other.  Love you mom!

I thought it was fitting to create a thank you card with this week's challenge. I have to admit, that I have yet to go through my retiring stamps, inks, card stock, embellishments, etc. That is on my agenda in the upcoming days so I can start fresh and new again. I have ordered some new things, and I can't wait to play with them when they arrive. This new catalog is filled with all sorts of wonderfulness! If you are in need of one, let me know and I will get one to you!

I pulled out the ever cute Bella & Friends and Apron of Love sets to create this simple and endearing card. I used the Polka Dot Embossing Folder for texture in the background and our Layering Squares Framelits to help accentuate my focal point. I chose the color combination of Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Crushed Curry and Pool Party. 

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you again for being so understanding of my absence. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

High in the Sky

This week's sketch challenge had me thinking of things that go up. In my mind, the three circles seemed like they they were climbing or rising up. That's when the idea popped into my head of hot air balloons in the sky! Thankfully we have a fabulous set, Lift Me Up that helped to bring my vision to life.

 Using Marina Mist ink, I stamped clouds on all three rectangles to create my sky. It's a little hard to tell, but I brushed Wink of Stella over each cloud to really make them glisten. The three clouds are stamped in Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy ink then die cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The quote is from the Waterfront set and the cute little sun is from Tabs for Everything. Hope you have a great stamping day!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Bear in the Woods

I am knee deep in preparations for a baby shower I am co-hosting at my house this weekend. Besides cleaning and prepping the house, I am making all the decorations as well. Even though there is always a lot of work, I enjoy throwing a good party and decorating each one with a theme. From large wall decorations to table top decor to favors, I try to coordinate it all. The theme I am going with for the baby shower is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star since the couple doesn't know what they are having, I thought that was pretty gender neutral.

But enough about that, let's get to this week's sketch challenge. Instead of doing three individual things (the stars), I decided to create a scene with three images instead. I pulled out the Pieces and Patterns and In The City stamp sets and decided to have the cute little bear in the woods. Where else would he be right? Ha! Colors I used for all the inks and card stock were Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, and Basic Black. For the stripes, I actually cut individual strips and adhered them onto the larger piece of Emerald Envy. I hope you are having a fabulous day! Happy Stamping!