Thursday, October 18, 2018

Missing My Friend

I wanted to send a card to a dear, sweet friend of mine that I haven't been able to visit in a while due to my chaotic work schedule. I wanted to send her creative self a card I knew she would enjoy. I decided to ink up the Crafting Forever stamp set and coordinate it with this week's sketch. They worked so great together!

I decided to see what stamping our new Buffalo Check stamp in the same ink as the card stock would look like. I like the effect! It's more subtle, but eye pleasing. The pot of brushes colored with all different colors of Stampin' Blends (she loves color!) is actually layered behind the piece of Real Red card stock. I die cut the oval out of the piece of Real Red card stock after I stamped the Buffalo Check creating a 'window' to look through at the pot of brushes. Other colors I used are Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede. The saying is from the new Enjoy Life stamp set and was perfect for her card! It's popped up on dimensionals. I'm off to put this in the mail! Have a great day my friends!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

For the love of Country (Country Home that is!)

I was completely thrilled with the colors this week! I knew immediately that I was going to ink up the Country Home stamp set and go to town! I LOVE when ideas are instant!

I stamped the flower group in Tuxedo Black ink all over a piece of Crumb Cake card stock and adhered that onto a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock for my card base. I opened up the Tin Tile embossing folder I had just received and quickly ran a piece of Mint Macaron card stock through the Big Shot with it. What wonderful and easy texture it adds! A strip of Blackberry Bliss cut with a pennant at one end helps to break up the background and grounds the focal point on the piece of Whisper White card stock. I used ink pads in all three colors along with a Blender Pen to add the soft coloring to my main image. The words are from the Waterfront stamp set that I inked up and stamped off once before stamping on my card front. I liked the softer shade of Blackberry Bliss it created verses stamping it at full strength. I added a double Linen Thread bow to the handle and voila! a gorgeous card to be proud of. LOVE it! Happy Stamping my friends!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Layers of Leaves

Hello stamping friends! So glad you stopped by, because today highlights a fabulous Mother Nature creation - leaves! Who gets excited about leaves? This lady does! They are after all, a rather wonderful phenomenon. They sprout from branches every spring, grow, change colors, fall off and repeat this process year after year. Oh how I love their gorgeousness when they change into all different colors. *sighs* Yep, leaves are pretty awesome!


First up, I decided to turn the leaf I die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets into a spooky ghost. I simply snipped off the stem and used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to draw on the face and rub along the edges for definition. All the stamps I used were from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit. I LOVE Halloween and couldn't wait to get it this month! Colors I used for card stock and inks were Basic Black, Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape and Smoky Slate. To make the fun tombstones, I used the Everyday Label Punch and simple trimmed off a little of each so they were different in shape and size. I then sponged Smoky Slate ink around the edge and used my Smoky Slate Stampin' Write marker to make crack lines. Voila! easy and simple tombstones in no time. I love my little leaf ghost!

I was inspired by a pillow I saw at a store a few weeks ago that reminded me of the story, Jack and the Beanstalk. I decided to recreate it as best as I could with paper. I love when you find inspiration when you least expect it! The card base is Whisper White, with a wide band of Crumb Cake across the middle, then Blackberry Bliss and Pumpkin Pie layered on top. Using Pumpkin Pie ink, I stamped the square tile from the Country Home set on the piece of Pumpkin Pie to mimic the "sort of middle eastern pattern" that was on the pillow. Ha! The Leaf Punch made quick work of my 'beanstalk' border, making sure to alternate the direction of the leaves. The words are from the Calls For a Celebration set, and a double Linen Thread bow finishes it off nicely. Boy, I like the richness of these colors together!

I hope you enjoyed my leaf creations and they inspire you to look at leaves in a different way! Want to see more ideas? Then hop along to my friend, Mikaela and see what is "sure to be magnificently awesome" creations!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time for a "Bike Ride"

Oh October, how I love you so! Time for falling leaves, pumpkins, and saying goodbye to the heat. I love the smells, the colors, the entire season you bring! I wish all of you, my stamping friends a wonderful and happy October! 

This week's sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary was perfect for a "Bike Ride." *smiles* The bike was stamped in Tuxedo Black and Coastal Cabana colors. It's perfect for holding a Crumb Cake basket of Crushed Curry Sunflowers and a Crumb Cake puppy with a Pumpkin Pie scarf. The saying is from Apron of Love and the background was created with a stamp from Labels to Love. Overall a sweet card to begin welcoming in the fall season. Happy Stamping my friends!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Here Kitty, Kitty!

We all know someone who is either a dog lover, a cat lover, or both! I grew up with a cat in the house and a dog outside on the farm. Neither went into the other's territory and all was right with the world. *smiles* The Pretty Kitty stamp set was just too cute to pass by, and has been in my stamping arsenal for some time now. When colored this light grey, the little guy reminds me of my childhood cat, Chuck.

This week's color combination seemed perfect for the idea I had in my head with this stamp. I wanted a trio of these little guys stamped on die cut squares from the Stitched Shapes framelits. The Tufted Dynamic embossing folder adds a touch of softness that balances out the splatter from the Swirly Bird stamp set. The greeting is from the new stamp set, Country Home. This card is going to my cat loving friend I haven't seen in a little while. Hopefully she'll like it! Have a great stamping day my friends!

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!