Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winter Flowers


Yesterday we had a high of 28 degrees and a two hour school delay due to snow and the cold temps. Today we are supposed to have a high of 42! Woo hoo! Warmer weather is coming the next few days. To welcome it, I opted to ink up our fabulous Painted Harvest stamp set to highlight the fun, bright colors of this week's challenge.


With the snow outside and the temperatures beginning to warm up the next days I was in the mood for flowers. This stamp set is fun with it's two-step stamping as it helps to give the images depth. To fill in the 'white space', I inked up the fern stamp and stamped it multiple times without reinking. A fun and easy card for a quick me up in the winter. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Confetti & Candles


A box arrived upon my doorstep the other day. Yep, that wonderful brown box we all know about. One that makes you jump up and down for joy. Inside mine was a wonderful new stamp set called, Picture Perfect Birthday. Ah yes, this fun stamp set was the first one I saw when I opened the box. So I inked it up and gave it a whirl!


The playfulness of this set lended itself to the use of bold and fun colors such as Tempting Turquoise, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Peekaboo Peach. I added Wink of Stella on the candles and flames. I see many projects being created with this set! Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Color My World


It's the start of a brand new year, and with it comes new challenges, new memories, and a newfound hope in all things. It's like spring cleaning for the soul really. Time to set new goals for myself, personally and professionally. Time to let go of things that have no real purpose. Time to focus on what makes me and my family happy. For a month now, I've been telling myself to simplify my life. Chaos and I don't play nice in the sandbox. I love organization. So I've set my first goal for myself,  to go through everything in my house over the next three months. Every drawer, every cabinet, every nook and cranny room by room and get rid of the things that no longer serve a purpose. I work better with simplicity and organization. 

Also with the new year, we are welcoming new blog hop ideas and some new design team members! Their creativity is crazy awesome!?! So looking forward to continue sharing ideas with this fabulous group of stampers! This month's theme is "Color My World." One can interpret that in so many ways. I personally thought it would be fun to use colors I typically don't use together.


With the upcoming Valentine holiday, I thought it would be fun to make love inspired projects. I inked up images from the Message In A Bottle and Foxy Friends stamp sets using a combination of Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, and Basic Black inks. Fun color combination right? I thought so. I even added some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper circles that I punched out using the Holly Berry Builder Punch to mimic bubbles.


One cannot do Valentine's Day without chocolate. They go together like Batman and Robin, Bert and Ernie, or Laverne and Shirley. You get the point. So I whipped up this cute little sleeve that holds two mini Snickers candy bars nice and snug in it. I simply took the measurements of the candy then formulated that onto card stock. Two cuts and four score lines later, voila! In fact, they were so quick and easy to make, that I made two!


I brushed over the bottle using the ever so fabulous Wink of Stella. Love the shine it gives! I'm so glad you stopped by today. Want to see more ideas using color? Hop along to Elizabeth. She's a pretty rockin' gal with creative genius! Happy Stamping!



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sending JOY


Eleven days and counting. Anybody else hear the Jaw's theme song in your head right now when I said that? Good lord, that's what it feels like this year! But with today's sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary, I thought I would share with you a quick and easy Christmas card that can be made in a matter of minutes for those last minute people on your list.


Using the Large Letter framelits and Swirly Scribble thinlets, I created the word "JOY" out of Real Red and Early Espresso card stock. With the Leaf punch and 1/2" Circle punch, I then created the little holly that I attached onto the wreath shape. I added Wink of Stella to the berries to give him a little shine. "Merry Christmas" is from the At Home with You stamp set and inked up with Early Espresso ink. Add a little Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Garden Green card stock and voila! a festive holiday card at your finger tips. Happy stamping!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Simple Swirly Bird


"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." inside and out here at our place. I was thigh high deep in boxes last week. When you have a little one that is super excited for Christmas and the entire spirit it brings; one must put aside their creativity making (i.e. stamping) and get the house and yard decorated! We are ready and waiting for the big guy to arrive! Still have lots and lots of shopping to do this week and next. One thing at a time I remind myself. Decorations done....check!


Even though the house and yard are screaming Christmas, my card went a whole other avenue with this week's color challenge. I needed a sweet but simple thank you card so I pulled out my Swirly Bird and Rose Wonder stamp sets and inked them up. Add a few punched leaves, rhinestones and voila! an nice and quick card all ready to send. Hope your holiday season is off to a great start! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Traditions


Happy Thanksgiving my stamping friends! I am thankful for each and every one of you that stop by and check out my stamped creations. Growing up, it was always tradition to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I've continued that tradition with my son, Jack. From the balloons, to the floats and the performances, it's fun to watch and a wonderful way to spend time together on this special day. 


Inspired by this tradition, I inked up the balloons from the Lift Me Up set in this week's fabulous color challenge. Too fun, right? The balloons and words are popped up on dimensionals. It's a little hard to tell, but I added Wink of Stella in the white areas of both balloons to add some sparkle.  The clouds are stamped in two different colors to add whimsy and movement across the card. And if all those colors of inks and shapes of card stocks weren't enough, I thought I'd add a little more texture with the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder on the Whisper White card stock. This card just makes me smile, just like the parade. I hope you have a fabulous day spent with those you love! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

"Happy Little Trees"


Inspired by famous painter, Bob Ross I was in the mood for some "happy little trees" this week. I fully admit that I would tune in from time to time over the years to watch him transform blank canvases into masterpieces. He made it look so easy, didn't he? 


These trees are from the Foxy Friends stamp set. I inked one in Wild Wasabi ink and the other in Lemon Lime Twist. I thought Island Indigo and Crumb Cake paired nicely with these two shades of green. Notice the pattern going across the piece of Whisper White card stock? It's actually the 'face' stamp in that same set. By stamping it repeatedly on it's side, it adds a modern twist to the background. The words are from the Colorful Seasons set. Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you check out the other fabulous creations at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Flowers at 42 Degrees


Happy Thursday my stamping friends! It's been a little bit of a cold week here on the East Coast. Brrr! But that's okay because this week's color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary got me in the mood for some flowers. Flowers you say? Yep! and not your traditional colored ones either.


I thought it would be fun to ink up the flower in the Painted Harvest set with Night of Navy ink and add Powder Pink centers. So, not what you would think off the bat, but in real life, they are pretty! To fill in all the spaced around the flowers, I used Pool Party ink and stamped the skeleton leaf at half strength and the dots at full strength from that set as well. Then I sponged even more Pool Party ink over all that space too. It seriously looks like it could be a pillowcase or printed bed sheet. Using the coordinating Leaf Punch, I punched out three of them in Pool Party card stock and sponged Pool Party ink all over to give them a little more depth. I wrapped two strands of our fabulous 3/8" Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon around the front. Not only does it help break up the design of the flowers but adds some subtle sparkle too. This is so not your traditional colored flower card, and I like it! Happy Stamping!




Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thankful Pumpkins


Happy Thursday! Well, Halloween is over. It was a busy three nights that we trick-or-treated with various family and friends. Jack enjoyed it all! So happy to see him enjoy the holiday. =) I'm still in pumpkin and fall mode. With the weather, we have the majority of trees that have yet to change color. I'm not feeling Christmas just yet...it's too soon!


I decided to ink up the sunflower and pumpkins stamp from the At Home With You stamp set. Our Stampin' Write markers in Crushed Curry, Early Esprsso, Old Olive and Island Indigo makes for a quick addition of color. I love this quote from the Layering Love stamp set. It can take on many intentions. In this instance, gratefulness. There is always something to be thankful for, right? The little spark on the Crumb Cake card stock is actually a flower stamen from the Colorful Seasons set. I thought it was abstract enough to add visual interest to the background.  Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget to check out all the other fabulous design team member's creations at Create with Connie and Mary. And then play along with our sketch! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Smiling with Mother Nature


Back again with another fun color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary! The trees are finally starting to show a change of color here. It's a slow progression, but still, it's starting! I'm getting excited!


In honor of Mother Nature's glory, I decided to show my enthusiasm in the form of a card. I sponged all three colors on a piece of Whisper White card stock randomly. I then took my Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad and stamped the leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp all over leaving a little space in between. Then using the coordinating framelits, I die cut each leaf out. I added a die cut Early Espresso branch from the same framelit set. I know this isn't one of the colors this week, but sometimes you gotta bend the rules just a tad. ;) Some leaves are adhered flat and other's are popped up on dimensionals. I also used the splatter stamp from the Swirly Bird set to help fill in some of the white space. Can you find all 5 rhinestones I placed around the card for some visual interest? Oh Mother Nature, how you do make me smile this time of year! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween Chaos in Progress


I am working on trying to tie up some loose ends with the fast approaching Halloween holiday. I have to finish Jack's costume. I have to figure out my menu for our annual Halloween party we do with the family. I have to package up a couple of Halloween care packages and send them across the country for some very special people. I have to take Jack's picture in his costume (after I finish it) and get photo cards made up and send them to the other half of the family we don't get to see as often as we'd like. (This too, is an annual tradition I do.) I have to finish my Halloween shopping. Jack has also asked that instead of just attending the church's Trunk-or-Treat, that we participate too. So......I have a trunk to decorate. He has already picked the theme so I just have to make the decorations! Yes, Halloween is a very BUSY time for us here! And did I mention, going trick-or-treating too? Next weekend will be a whole whirlwind of activities. In honor of that, I made this week's sketch challenge all about Halloween.


I started with the large circle in the sketch and decided that would make a great moon. From there, I went with a little more of a "loose interpretation" of the sketch and decided on a spooky haunted house scene using the the Home Sweet Home thinlet dies. The house is obvious, but the grass is actually the row of shingles turned upside down and the tombstones are the rounded door option in that set. The greeting is from another great set, Spooky Cat. The Black Rhinestones were screaming to be used. I am thrilled we have them in the holiday catalog this year! Thanks for stopping by today. I'm off to work on my "Halloween To Do List"! Happy Stamping!



Thursday, October 12, 2017

When There Is No Red...


I have a confession. I don't use Garden Green much, except the usual time around Christmas when most things are red and green. So this week's color challenge made me push outside the box since red wasn't a color choice along with it! Ha!


I decided to pull out my trusty Pieces and Patterns stamp set and go to town! First I thought it would be fun to take the flower and stamp it in all three colors to create my own DSP background. From there, I decided to use the words and dinosaur from the set as well. I gave this little guy some quick color with my Garden Green Stampin' Write maker. Then I thought it needed a little more than just the stripes going across so I diecut the flower from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets and added some rhinestones to finish it off. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Warming Up With Apple Cider


Hi stampers! I so enjoyed the blog hop from this weekend. So many creative tips and tricks were shared by all the fabulous designers that I hope you can apply one or more of them to your stamping. Let's switch gears, as it's time for another wonderful sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary



I decided to base my card around the cup from the Merry Cafe stamp set. I LOVE this set! It's just a super fun one to play and create with! The individual little apples are actually from the Bike Ride stamp set. Don't they coordinate well? The zig zag on the Wild Wasabi card stock is created from a stamp from the Work of Art set. It helps to mimic motion and keep your eyes moving around the card. The greeting, which I masked off part of it, is from the Lovely Friends set. I shaded the cup slightly on the right side by sponging a little Crumb Cake ink on it to help warm it up. I'm thinking of giving this one to Jack's teacher along with a little treat. Don't forget to check out the other fabulous creations using this sketch at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - Tips & Tricks


Oh, fall is in the air! After having a week of temperatures in the 90's, I was happy to welcome a weekend around 70 degrees with a nice crisp breeze. It's my favorite season of all! Today's blog hop is all about sharing tips and tricks in your stamping. I thought I would share a tip on my favorite way to create colorful fall leaves.


Leaves are all different shades of colors so to achieve that I use what is called the Baby Wipe Technique. It's a quick and easy technique. You will need a clear block, baby wipe, and reinkers in the colors of your choice. Since I wanted to create leaves, I chose Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry reinkers. I place the baby wipe on top of the clear block to simply contain any ink that may soak through it and then can be easily wiped off. 



Starting with the lightest color, I apply multiple drops onto the baby wipe. In a sense, you are creating your own ink pad.



When you are done, it will look like a blob of colors. That's what you want! Using the leaf stamp from the Colorful Seasons set, I ink it up with using this 'one of a kind' ink pad and stamp it on a piece of Whisper White card stock.



Pretty huh? The variance of the intensity of the colors, the placement of the colors, it all helps to create the perfect classic fall leaves. Love it!



Voila! Here's the final result. I have to say, it's so much prettier in person. I added visual interest by stamping the greeting on a Stitched Circle Framelit, adding die cut leaves in coordinating colors, and a little bling never hurt anybody. I added texture with the heart shaped Corrugated Elements and Linen Thread bow. 

I hope you will try your hand using this technique to create your own fall leaves. Enjoy hopping along to see the next stamping tip being shared.  There's lots of  great ones in this blog hop! Happy Stamping!