Thursday, September 20, 2018

Treehouse Fun

The number one set on my list when I first saw the new catalog was Treehouse Adventure. It's fun for kids and adults, good for all different occasions, and is just plain CUTE!  With this week's sketch challenge, I figured it would be neat to incorporate this fun treehouse.

The base is Coastal Cabana card stock stamped with the sun from the Sunny Days set, and a piece of Crumb Cake and Grapefruit Grove layered on top. The greeting is also from the Sunny Days set. To mimic sun rays, I stamped the little pennants from the Treehouse Adventure set, just rotated them 90 degrees first. I just love the colors and fun aspect of this card! I could only wish to have had a treehouse this awesome growing up. Mine was much more simpler, but still fun! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Quick and Easy Buffalo

Hi stampers! I'm going to keep this post short and sweet as I have a lot of things I need to accomplish today in between the raindrops. It's been raining on and off for days now. Everything is saturated. Even Jack's school bus has had to take alternate routes to pick up the kids due to different roads being closed because of the water. And now there's a hurricane coming, that depending on how it hits, we may feel some effects from it. Oh my!

I'm in LOVE with the new Buffalo Check stamp in case you couldn't tell in my creations lately. I mean, the pattern is pretty in any color you try! This one happens to be Pacific Point. Once I stamped that, the rest of the pieces, whether punched or die cut seemed to fall into place. Sometimes you just need a quick thank you and this card fits the bill! Want a sneak peek of the inside?

I thought it would be fun to mimic the outside on the inside! Too fun! And what a nice little surprise for the recipient. Hope you are staying safe and dry my friends, wherever you are! Happy stamping!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Creative Pens

Word on the street (aka The Weather Channel) is that this weekend is going to be rainy and about 25 degrees cooler than it was in the middle of the week. What?! Really?! It was a high of 94 on Tuesday and 93 yesterday, and they are calling for 69 on Saturday. Oh Mother Nature, how you play with us so!

I thought it was time to highlight a set I had inked up in a while, Crafting Forever. It is a rather fun set, and this card uses only two of the nine awesome stamps it includes! The pens not only create a fun background when stamped tone one tone, this one being Smoky Slate; but also a colorful focal point when stamped in Tuxedo Black ink and colored with various Stampin' Write Markers. The saying is a motto I would love to be able to do! But alas, life does get in the way sometimes. Darn it. Happy Stamping my friends and go do something creative today!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Power of the Punch

Two days. That's when Jack heads back to school. The summer has flown by and third grade is upon us. *sigh* He's nervous, but his teacher seems nice and his good buddy is in the same classroom, so here's to keeping our fingers crossed for a good year!

This month's blog hop, "Power of the Punch" got my creative wheels turning. With the fall season upon our doorsteps, I thought I would create something for my favorite time of year!

Isn't this crate of acorns just the cutest? Love them! And they were easy to make! How you may ask? With three simple punches and a little snip, snip!

I used the largest of the two balloons on the Balloon Bouquet punch in Crumb Cake (just snip off the little tie end), the 1 3/8" Circle punch (cut that in half)  and the leaf from the Lemon Builder punch (just snip off the top third of the stem end), both in Soft Suede. Voila! instant acorns!

I wanted these little guys to shine, so I kept the rest of my card pretty simple. A strip of Whisper White card stock stamped in Crushed Curry ink with our fabulous new Buffalo Check background stamp adds a touch of color. The saying from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set seemed appropriately funny. 

Hope you enjoyed my nuts! Make sure you hop along to see what the sweet and funny Andrea has to share. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Purple + Green = Loveliness

Toady is a big day! It's Jack's back to school open house where we get to see his classroom and meet his teacher. We are hoping for another great year! Last year, he absolutely LOVED his teacher, so this year she will have big shoes to fill! Ha! Hard to believe summer is coming to an end and that he's going to be in third grade already! Time flies with kids!

I think everyone had flowers on the brain with this week's color challenge. Great minds think alike after all! *wink wink* I recently received the Buffalo Check background stamp (Enter a loud squeal of excitement!) that will be featured in upcoming holiday catalog. I had to ink it up immediately! Doesn't it make for a fabulous background?!? LOVE IT! I decided to keep the rest of my card fairly simple by using the Daisy and Leaf punches to create the floral focal point and the Celebrate You Thinlets for the greeting. Happy stamping my friends!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Yellow Flowers For My Friend

On a recent trip, I got to spend some time with a dear friend of mine. I only get to see her once or twice a year, so our time we are together is always special to me. This time she surprised me with a wonderful gift that honored my mom. I couldn't have been more surprised, and so appreciative to such a thoughtful gesture. I have it on my kitchen counter so I see it often daily. 

I decided to stamp the flowers from the Abstract Impressions set all over to create a colorful background on the card. The larger ones are inked with Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy and Call Me Clover inks in all different strengths of the ink colors. The small "filler" ones are inked with Powder Pink ink in the different strengths as well. The main saying is from the Calls For A Celebration set and the strip of Daffodil Delight card stock is textured with the Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder. A special card for an extra special friend. Happy Stamping!

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!