Thursday, September 29, 2016

Feel Better Dad

Hello my stamping friends! My mind has been on my dad lately. He's been having some pains over the past couple weeks and and went into the hospital for some invasive testing. It's hard to be half way across the country in times like this. I am hoping he does find the answers he is seeking so a course of action can be taken and his pain can be relieved. What's really hard is the not knowing. Inspired by all of this going on with him, I created this card.

Using the Cookie Cutter Halloween set, I thought this cute little mummy also resembled a bandaged patient that needs a little TLC. The words are from the Here For You set which I thought was perfect for the message I was trying to get across. 

I also thought I would share with you the inside of the card where I highlighted the use of the Weather Together set. So many of our sets work so well together. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Getting My "Spook" On

Last weekend I had my two stamping events and all the projects created were Halloween/Fall inspired. This week Jack helped me to get out all our Halloween/Fall decorations and put them up around the house. So in a nutshell, I've got Halloween on the brain! 

I was so giddy when I saw all the Halloween sets in the holiday catalog that I ended up getting four different ones! Ha! One can never have too many Halloween sets, right? This cute little mummy jar from the Jar of Haunts set is the perfect focal point for this week's sketch challenge at Create With Connie and Mary.  Add in the pumpkin faces, spiderweb, spider and greeting from the Spooky Fun set and you've got yourself a fun Halloween card! In all honesty, all our Halloween sets go so well together! They are all interchangeable that you can't help but use a little from this one and a little from that one, etc. Thanks for stopping by today and getting your dose of Halloween in. It will be here before you know it! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sweet As Honey

It's supposed to be about a 10-12 degree difference from yesterday to today. Ah yes, Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with. I will held up in my stamp room all day trying to feverishly finish getting 121 total projects cut, prepped and ready for this weekend's two big stamping events. Yep, for one project alone I had to cut and die cut 270 pieces of card stock. Gulp! I see a new blade (or two) being put on my paper trimmer before it's all said and done! Wish me luck!

Today's color challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary had me whipping out the fun Bear Hugs stamp set. I chose to stamp the honey pot on a diagonal (yes, I eyeballed all of them) for a fun background. Mr. Bear is sporting his Emerald Envy green bow tie. Doesn't he look dapper? The Delightful Dijon circle behind him is sponged with Delightful Dijon ink to give it a slightly different shade. After stamping the saying I hand cut it out and made it into a picket sign. A little hard to see, but I also wrapped three strands of Linen Thread around the background. Then using my Paper Piercer, I pulled the strands all apart until it looked like a fluff. Love the different texture it gives the card. I hope you will join us this week and play along. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

One Tree Hill

Happy Thursday my stamping peeps! It's been a pretty busy week here. I seriously thought I would have more time to accomplish things when Jack went back to school, but it's been three weeks already and I seem to have even less! How does that happen?!? I'm gearing up for a couple big stamping events, so I've been gravitating using more of the wonderful new things in the holiday catalog. I am in LOVE with so many things!

This week's sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary lent itself nicely to a spooky Halloween card. The Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies are great on their own or with the coordinating set, Spooky Fun. I chose to use both, but focused more on the dies. Colors I  used were Basic Grey, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Sahara Sand. We'd love for you to share your creativity with us! What does this sketch say to you? Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Basket of Wishes

Welcome my stamping, blog hopping friends! September has arrived and that means that fall will soon be underway. This month's Creation Station Blog Hop was to highlight some new items in the Holiday Catalog. I chose one of my favorite new sets, Basket of Wishes. You can use this set for any season really, but I chose to go with fall (my FAVORITE season of all!). 

This two-step, photopolymer basket set makes it so easy to fill each of the different baskets with different contents. I chose the bushel basket and filled it with pumpkins, squash and gourds.  Our Stampin' Write Markers make quick of work of adding color to the image. The words, both for the background and main quote are included in this set. I simply omitted a couple of the words from the main quote as I wanted the "happy birthday" to be on the inside of the card instead.

I also made a fun little gift bag using one of our Kraft Bags, I started off my stamping some leaves from the Vintage Leaves set in Crumb Cake ink along the left hand side to mimic the the same type of background used on the card. Then I created a belly band out of Always Artichoke card stock and secured that down. This time I chose to use the wicker basket and fill it with sunflowers - the perfect fall flower! I added one die cut leaf that was sponged with Crushed Curry ink and stamped with Crumb Cake speckles from the Gorgeous Grunge set. Add a quick greeting and some sequins. Voila!

Together they make for a sweet fall ensemble. Depending on where you started on this fabulous hop, you can either go back and see what Kathy created or move along to Holly. Both are great stampers! Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Minecraft Madness

Jack is a very excited boy today! He is going to his very first classmate's birthday party! He brought the invitation home from school a few days back and said, "Mom, Camden's having a birthday party at the pool. Can I please, please, please go?" How could this mom say 'no' to the puppy dog face he was giving me? The invitation was a Minecraft one so I knew right away that's what I was going to be making. Let me introduce you to the Creeper. He's made up of 1/2" squares of Garden Green, Pear Pizazz, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke and Basic Black card stock. After they were all adhered down I applied a pretty generous layer of Crystal Effects. I know we longer sell it, but I still have a few bottles and this helped to 'seal' down all the little corners of each of the squares. It's pretty neat to see in person. I also personalized the card front by using the Little Letters thinlets that are also retired (which will forever stay in my 'keep no matter what' pile) as they are the perfect small size for jobs like this. 

I wanted to show you the inside of the card (not to necessarily point out the retired greeting I used *wink wink*), but to show you how I used some of the extra squares I had left over. Jack thought I did a good job. He gave me two thumbs up! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

One Little Mummy

Happy September my stamping friends! I was excited to see this color combination at Create with Connie and Mary this week. Something about them just screamed "fall" to me. Not necessarily the traditional fall colors, but more of the new 'trendy' ones. I knew immediately that I was going to use the fun new stamp set, Cookie Cutter Halloween. I love, love, love this set!

I decided to focus on this fun little trick-or-treating mummy. I used the Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker to highlight his bandages. I also added in the spiderweb and greeting from the Spooky Fun set, and the pennants from the Sweet Home set to make this card more whimsical. This would also make for a wonderful costume party invitation too, don't you think? I encourage you to play along with us this week. What do these colors say to you? Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Brown and Yellow Basket..."

Anybody else remember that song? Had it in my head the other day as I was doing some stamping, so of course I just HAD TO apply it to this week's sketch challenge over at Create With Connie & Mary! I've said it once, and I'll say it again, "Inspiration is everywhere!" *wink wink*

I used the largest basket in the new Basket of Wishes stamp set that's in the Holiday catalog and filled it with a bunch of fall flowers. Fall is my favorite season. I could bask in it's glory all year round! *wink wink* I used Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizazz, Wild Wasabi and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers to give it its fall colors. And of course what bird is showcased during the fall time? A crow of course! This sweet little guy is from the Cooke-Cutter Halloween stamp set also featured in the Holiday catalog. Add a few Crumb Cake splatters from my favorite Gorgeous Grunge set to really set off the focal points. I welcome you to play along with us this week. We'd LOVE to see your creativity in action! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rain, Rain Go Away...

Today's colors got in me in the mood for cheery, happy, summery things. Unfortunately the weather we've been having lately, severe heat and thunderstorms galore, took those feelings right out the door and inspired me to create this card instead - 

Funny how life can dictate things! These colors lended themselves perfectly to show off the A Little Foxy DSP, especially the Pool Party paper with the white rain drops. Perfect for this card! The Weather Together stamp set and coordinating framelits captured just the right mood I was going for with the gray skies that have been popping up in my neck of the woods. The Whisper White card layer is actually popped up using Dimensionals to really help give the clouds and raindrops depth. We'd love for you to play along with our color challenge this week over at Create With Connie & Mary! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Connected Again!...and Back With A Frog!

Happy Thursday everyone! I am happy to be back on the Design Team this week. I had a rather unfortunate and expensive misfortune happen two weeks ago. I went to turn on my laptop and got nothing but a black screen with a cursor up in the corner blinking. Talk about having your heart skip some beats! Needless to say, my hard drive had crashed. Gulp! I did some computer shopping and then finally when I got a new one had to wait and see if the computer gods could transfer my old information onto my new one. Took just over 3 days to do so! The man said it was a 'tricky endeavor'. So although I haven't had time to really play with it and personalize it, I'm just glad to be connected again to the world! So, HELLO WORLD! I've missed you! *smiles*

I decided to really go outside the box with my idea this week. I didn't take the different DSP shapes literally, instead I went figuratively and used four die cut leaves from the Flourish Thinlets in Garden Green, Mint Macaron and Old Olive for my shapes. The cute little frog is from our hostess set, Love You Lots and stamped onto Cucumber Crush and Whisper White card stock and paper-pieced together. The 'grateful' greeting is from the Acorny Thank You stamp set and embossed using Versamark and White Embossing Powder to really make it stand out on the Early Espresso card stock. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Get Well Wishes

Well, it's here - August that is. Jack starts school on the 17th which I think is crazy! I don't think school should start until after Labor Day. I'm not ready to give up my summer with him! But alas, I have to make these last 9 days count then don't I?

This month's blog hop is themed around "Get Well". So many wonderful stamps could be used for this theme! I chose to focus on a few new ones highlighted in our new catalog.


First up is this fun shaker card I created using the new Brushwork Alphabet stamp set. I am in LOVE with this photopolymer set. The font is just gorgeous! Think of all the words, names, quotes, etc. you could put on your projects with this one set. You can spell anything! I paired it with one of the new hostess sets, Lots of Love. These cute little ladybug friends caught my eye immediately in the catalog. I paper pieced them - meaning, I stamped them using our Tuxedo Black ink once on Whisper White card stock and once on Real Red card stock. Cut out the entire image on the white and only their bodies on the red then adhered them on. It really makes them "pop" in person. The background is stamped using Pool Party ink on Pool Party card stock with the wonderful new flourish stamp from the Flourishing Phrases set. Again, a "must have set"! I punched lots of Real Red hearts using the Heart Border Punch as my little shakers. Just a fun card to send any friend who needs a little 'pick me up'.

I continued using the Flourishing Phrases set again (since it was already on my desk), and created this gem. The flourish is once again stamped on the background using Sahara Sand ink making sure to stamp once on scrap paper first them on the card stock to get a lightened image. I stamped the flower twice using Night of Navy ink and cut each one out in different sizes and layered them on top of each other using dimensionals. The leaves were stamped with Mint Macaron ink and hand cut out as well. I die cut the large flourish out of Soft Sky card stock and dissected it a little by cutting some parts of it off. Add a half of one of our new White Doilies and some pearls and this sweet card is complete.

I hope you enjoyed both cards today. I am so happy you 'hopped' on by! Depending on where you started on our hop you can either go back and see Julie's inspirational creations or you can move along to see Kimberly's creative genius. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ode to Grizzly Adams

Isn't it funny how when you see colors, images suddenly 'pop' into your head? At least for us stampers they do! These three colors immediately brought to mind dirt, sky and grass. Crazy I know right?! 

Well, I went with my inclination and voila! a mountainous forest scene was created! The clouds, mountains and trees where created using the new Outdoor Adventure Framelits. These coordinate perfectly with the Always An Adventure set that features the fun little bear I used. This scene with the bear also reminds me of a show I used to watch on Sundays when I was a kid - Grizzly Adams. I loved coming home from church, changing our clothes and sitting down to watch it. After that was Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Growing up with only 3 channels, and yes, on a console tv that you had to get up to turn the dial and sometimes the antenna too!, the lot of us divulged ourselves in the shows we watched. We'd love for you to join us this week and show off your stamping talents with this great color combination over at Create With Connie & Mary. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Going Places

Back for another challenge over at Create With Connie & Mary! This really is a GREAT group of talented stampers! I am so blessed to be a part of their wonderful team. When I saw this sketch, I knew exactly what stamp set I wanted to use for the main focal point. Love it when an idea strikes you that fast!

Oh yes, this wonderful globe from the Places You'll Go stamp set was calling my name! I decided to make it into a "shaker globe". Underneath the Window Sheet is the 'ball' stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and sponged with Soft Sky ink. I stamped and cut out the airplane that is also from that set and popped it up on a itty bitty dimensional. Then I used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and hand drew the planes path. Finally I topped it off with a sprinkling of confetti from our Metallics Sequin Assortment. This set is so versatile with the greetings and images it includes! This one will get some definite miles put on it - love it! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Smallest Things

Happy Thursday stamping friends! Today's project is brought to you by the color challenge over at Create With Connie & Mary. Did I not just sound like the narrator on Sesame Street at the beginning of the show? Ha Ha! 

I thought I would highlight some of our fabulous new detailed thinlets offered in the new catalog. The flowers and leaves are part of the Flourish Thinlets. Isn't the intricate die cutting just fabulous? The greeting is from the new set, Layering Love. I have this quote on one of my favorite pictures of Jack I took when he was younger hanging in my downstairs bathroom, so when I saw it in the catalog, I knew it was a must get! I added 5 pearls (all three sizes) arched around the upper right corner of the quote to help balance those in the center of the flowers. I hope you join us this week with this awesome color challenge. Happy Stamping!