Thursday, September 21, 2017

Witches Brew Just For You

Happy Thursday! For this week's Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge, I decided to revamp a card that I had made at my recent Downline Team Gathering. The gals enjoyed our card that night, so I hope you will enjoy the revamped version of it today!

I love a good Halloween card, and that seems to be what I've been making quite a bit of lately. For this creation, I decided to highlight the bottle from the Message From A Bottle set. Yep, you can make it into a spooky bottle full of magical potion or a special "Witches Brew" from the Merry Cafe stamp set. I stamped other potions from the Spooky Cat set to add a splash of color in the background. The little bat is from the Home Sweet Home set. Point is, you truly can use non-traditional Halloween sets for Halloween! I love the versatility of our stamps! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Halloween Comes In All Colors, Right?

It's been one of those weeks. Found out over the weekend mom needed to have major surgery Monday morning. Docs said it would be about a 6-7 hour surgery. I'm 927 miles away, needless to say that was a long day of waiting for the the outcome. Thankfully, it went well. She'll be there for 3 or 4 days before being transferred to a rehab place for a good bit. But thank the Lord, she is still with us and hopefully she won't be in as much pain anymore. Then Jack came home from school Tuesday with a stuffy/runny nose, and of course it was picture day yesterday. Hoping his nose wasn't red in the photo! School pictures cost an arm and a leg now compared to the standard $9.99 package my mom used to always get us back in the day. And THEN I found out our credit card had been hacked and there were charges on there we didn't make. So after phone calls, and cancellations, I am hoping (keeping fingers crossed) that is straightened out some and that our new cards and numbers will arrive in a week. What a pain! Aagghh! 

So now let's talk about something more on a happy note - stamping! That always takes the stresses away! The color challenge was a little troubling for me this week, but then I decided to just go non-traditional Halloween with it. Why not, right? The Spooky Cat stamp set was still on my countertop so I decided to ink up the witch's hat. It's a little hard to tell, but I stamped the greeting from the Labels of Love set two different times; one in Tangerine Tango ink and the other in Soft Sky. Punched them both out using the new Everyday Label punch. Then I took my x-acto knife and carefully cut out the center of the Soft Sky punched piece and attached that over a punched piece of Window Sheet that was attached on top of the Tangerine Tango greeting. So basically, the greeting is a 3 layer sandwich. Here's hoping next week is better! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

One Spooky Night...

I am loving some of the wonderful new things in our Holiday Catalog! I always LOVE a good Halloween stamp. This year, Stampin' Up did not disappoint!  This week's sketch lended itself nicely for a spooky moonlit night. 

I used the new Spooky Cat stamp set and coordinating Cat Punch to create my spooky scene. Fresh Fig card stock is a great background color to make the Daffodil Delight moon, the Tranquil Tide grass and the Basic Black cat, bats and picket fence really come to life. The pickets were made using the Classic Label Punch and the bats are from the Home Sweet Home Thinlets. We would love for you to join us this week over at Create with Connie and Mary and share your creative genius with us! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - The ABC's of Stampin'

School is starting in two days. *gulp* So much to finish up before then! I just hope Jack has a good year. He is not a lover of school, so we are hoping his brand new teacher (she is new to his school this year) will make the adjustment a little easier for him. Speaking of school, this month's blog hop theme is appropriately titled, "The ABC's of Stampin'."  You could take this theme in a couple different directions. One being anything school inspired, another being the basics of stamping in general.

Since it's all about back to school now, that's the direction I went. Jack has always taken his teacher and bus driver an apple on the first day of school. Here is this year's apple all packaged up and ready to go! Sometimes a cute tag is all you need on a gift. 

Using the Bike Ride stamp set, I stamped a basket of apples on a Stitched Circle that I already die cut. I also die cut a scallop square in Real Red card stock using the Layering Squares Framelits. I stamped the stack of books on the square using Real Red ink. I did NOT adhere the circle to the square. They are only held together with the Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon bow at the top. I stamped the greeting from Pieces & Patterns stamp set and popped that up on dimensionals and adhered that to the circle die cut. Using my Basic Black marker, I hand wrote his teacher's name across the top. Overall a simple and cute tag that takes an ordinary apple and turns it into extraordinary!

During back to school shopping I always pick up a pack of index cards. This year they cost $.52 for a pack of 100 at Target. Jack loves getting notes in his lunch box throughout the year (yes, he packs a lunch every single day). I try and do it at least 3 a week. Some days I will just put Star Wars or Batman stickers on the ziploc baggies in his lunch if I am short on time. Some notes are super simple and others are a little more elaborate. It all just depends how that week is going. I write on the back or blank side of the cards. Here is his card for the first day. 

I stamped the stack of books from the Bike Ride stamp set and used a variety of Stampin' Write markers to give them some color and character. I then masked the books and stamped the same apples I used above in the basket on both sides of the books and gave them a quick swipe of color with the markers as well. Wrote my message to him with a black sharpie and voila! a quick little lunch note for his first day of school to ready to go!

I made an additional packaged apple for his bus driver as well. She is the BEST! Jack absolutely adores her and we spoil her just as much as the teachers! Thanks for stopping by today and hope will continue along the blog hop and get inspired with the ABC's of stampin'!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hello There, Dinosaur!

For the being the longest summer during the school year, it sure has gone faster than all the rest! Here we are going to our Back to School / Meet the Teacher Day at Jack's school. I can't call it Back to School Night because this year they are having it during the day time from 12:30-2:00 pm. Can't believe he'll be in second grade already. Time is flying!

This weeks' color challenge sparked some dinosaur creativity in me. That, and I also watched Jurassic Park and Jurassic World over the past few days! The dinosaur from the Pieces and Patterns stamp set was a perfect choice! I stamped it diagonally in all three colors to create a fun background and used the greeting from the stamp set to create a main focal point. Want to see what fun lies on the inside of the card?

Here is another little guy already to go with his party hat on! The party hat and greeting are from the No Bones About It stamp set. I think this card could be given to a boy or girl, it's ambiguous enough to do so. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bold Popsicles

Oooh! When I saw these colors I knew I had to go a little more bold in my card this week. Are these not an awesome combination together?!? It's been a while since I highlighted a great background. Yes, I know. Me and my backgrounds go together like my friend, Kat and Wink of Stella. *wink wink* Hi Kat! She truly is the Wink of Stella Queen. 

I decided upon the Cool Treats stamp set and went to town. I used the "SWEET" stamp and inked it up in all three colors to create my fun and colorful background. Oh, how I do enjoy photopolymer stamps for their ability to line up easily and quickly! I created some fun popsicles in these colors, fussy cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals. A die cut scallop edged square and straight edged square from the Layering Squares Framelits make for the perfect combination to add my main words to the front of this card. The only thing that is not from that stamp set are the words, "Yes, You!". That stamp is found in the Lovely Friends set. I like how it added a bit of sass to this already bold card. I finished it off with a bow of Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven 1/2" ribbon. When I finished this card, I stood there and thought to myself that this could be for either gender. A pleasant surprise that wasn't initially intended. Awesome! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Oh, Honey Bear!

I had my Downline Team gathering a few weeks ago and we created a cute card using the new stamp set, A Little Wild. Everyone liked the card so much that I decided to use a different concept of it with you this week! I changed the colors and layout but the main focal point stayed the same.

I LOVE this cute little bear from the stamp set! It takes no time at all to give him a little color with our Crumb Cake ink refill, an aqua painter and our Powder Pink marker. I thought it would be cute to have a hanging beehive above him to show where his bee friends came from. The branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets is perfect for this idea! Any thoughts on where I came up with the leaves? From the Fox Builder punch! You can make two leaves (one slightly larger than the other) with a little cutting from the one raccoon face punched piece, at least that's what I refer to it as. It's a little hard to tell but the bee wings are coated with our fabulous Wink of Stella. Love this little touch of shimmer! For the base of the card I chose Crumb Cake to balance off the color of the bear, then a piece of Soft Sky and a stamped strip of Island Indigo.  I just have to say that I LOVE it when you only use one stamp set to create a masterpiece! This week's sketch challenge lended itself perfectly for this cute creation. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - August In My Neighborhood

This month's theme for our Creation Station Blog Hop is August in my Neighborhood. What is that exactly? Well, it's what each of us on the design team celebrate during the month of August where we live. Since we live all around the world, there's a variety of events being celebrated this month!

In my case, I wanted to highlight the celebration of all the county and state fairs we attend this month. There's about five of them sprinkled around different regions of our state that we like to try and visit each year. Our local county fair just finished and Jack and I did well in the home arts bringing home a total of four First Place Blue Ribbons and two Second Place Ribbons. We took about 7 calves and heifers to the fair and they all did pretty well showing. About a ten ribbons in all with one being Reserve Grand Junior Champion. As a farm family, how could we not celebrate all the wonderful fairs that highlight so many wonderful animals!


I was tickled pink when I saw the new This Little Piggy stamp set! We had pigs growing up and I would have to help dad with them all the time. Up first I thought I would make a cute card showing off the Blue Ribbon winning pig and his display stall. If you've ever been to a county fair, families put in a lot of effort to put up displays where there animals are housed to make their space feel more homey and welcoming to the public. I thought I would do a little lattice work at the top, it's not hard just a little tedious.

Then of course there is always the variety of good food at the fairs. I made up this little treat box to mimic a fair stand using our fabulous Wood Crate Framelit. To continue on with the lattice theme a little, I weaved in strips of Crumb Cake card stock on the front and back. Doesn't this little piggy look as a happy as a lark? He got his slice of watermelon and off he's going to enjoy the fair.

Here is what the little treat box looks like without the watermelon candy slices in it. Like the card above, I added a display stand to advertise the watermelon treats. Isn't it just so stinkin' cute?!

Are you wondering how I made the watermelons slices and red gingham? Look no further than the Tabs For Everything stamp set! The watermelon is the scalloped circle stamped in Emerald Envy ink, then using my Flirty Flamingo marker I filled it in and to top it off I stamped the little birthday candles in Basic Black ink. I punched it out using the 3/4" circle punch and then cut it in half. I had to make two of these so I could snip off a little from the second one so the piggy could have his own slice. The gingham is the lined stamp in that stamp set as well. Stamp it one way then turn it and stamp it the other direction. Voila! You've got gingham!

Thanks for stopping by today and going to the fair with me! After all, that's what we here in Maryland do in August. Feel free to keep hopping along to see what everyone else is celebrating this month. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Going With The Flow...

It's August. Really? The summer just started and here we are on the downward slope already. Uggh! This week's color challenge sort of had me in a pickle. I couldn't come up with an idea right off the bat. I was going back and forth and that's when I noticed some die cuts on my table top that were leftover from other projects. I found the letters to make the word "HAPPY" and decided to go with the flow! 

I was in the mood for a little more of an abstract concept this week and decided to stamp flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set along the lower half of each of the letters in each of the colors. I adhered each of them onto a piece of Night of Navy card stock that spanned across the entire length of the card. Behind that I added slightly shorter strips of Whisper White card stock, one on top and one on bottom to help make the navy pop against the larger piece of Fresh Fig. All these pieces were then adhered on a Whisper White card stock base. And what is this card "HAPPY" about? Well about your birthday silly goose! Using the birthday stamp from the Lemon Zest stamp set, I masked off part of it and stamped it onto a piece of Powder Pink card stock and created a flagged end on it. To break up all this bold and somewhat busy card, I attached rhinestones along the side for a little sparkle. Normally I do odd numbers, but that didn't seem like enough so I bumped it up to four and really liked the outcome. Don't forget to pop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see everyone else's works of art with this color combination! Happy Stamping!

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!