Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thankful Fruits

Hard to believe that in a few short days we are saying goodbye to so many wonderful stamps. The new catalog will be taking effect on June 1. For this week's challenge, I told myself to pick a set I am sad to see going. Fresh Fruit is near the top of the list so I thought I would highlight it today!

To achieve the coloring on the pear, I inked up the stamp in Daffodil Delight ink first, then took a sponge with Pear Pizazz color on it and sponged the edge of the pear before stamping it onto Whisper White card stock. The stem and leaves are colored with Wild Wasabi and Soft Suede Stampin' Write Markers. For the peach, I used the appropriate Peekaboo Peach ink pad, but instead of stamping it full strength, I stamped it first on scrap paper then onto Whisper White card stock for a softer shade. It's stem and leaves were colored with Soft Suede and Pear Pizazz Stampin' Write Markers. I hand cut out both. The background flower and greeting are also from the stamp set. I love it when sets have images and words. Makes life easier when you are short on time! Hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see all the other fabulous creations with this sketch and then play along. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

First Communion Wishes

I'm back! Sorry I was MIA this past week, I ended up getting a nasty bug that's been traveling around this neck of the woods. It came fast and hard. Blah! It's been over a week and I still have some congestion and a cough that acts up from time to time. At this point, it's more annoying than anything. A friend of mine's son recently received his First Communion. I thought the color palette of this week's challenge would work nicely for the card I wanted to create for him. 

I adore the cross from the All God's Grace stamp set. I sponged the inset of it with Night of Navy ink instead of using my marker to give it more of a softer touch. I hand cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals. Can you see the lattice work behind it? I cut 1/4" strips of Whisper White card stock and adhered them in a lattice pattern to an oval I die cut. I then cut an additonal oval frame to put on top to cover up the lattice strip edges. I stamped the dove from this stamp set as well to create some visual interest in the background. The greeting is from the Floral Phrases stamp set. The card base is actually only 5 1/4" inches long. That way my word banner could hang off the edge (to the normal 5 1/2" length) but still fit perfectly in the envelope. Just something a little different.

It's a little hard to tell, but I added Wink of Stella all over the cross and the outer oval rim. In person it adds just the right touch of sparkle without it being overwhelming. The rhinestone on the cross finishes it off nicely. We are so happy for you Ryan! Don't forget to check out all the other fabulous creations at Create with Connie and Mary and then play along with us! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sending Grunge Wishes

Hello stamping friends! When I saw the colors this week I wasn't quite sure what to do. So I decided to go with my trusty and reliable stamp set, Gorgeous Grunge. It's never let me down. I am sad that it is retiring. It will continue to stay in my personal arsenal for a while. 

I started by stamping all three colors on a piece of Whisper White card stock to create a fun splattered background. Then I decided to add a feminine touch by stamping and die cutting butterflies from the Butterfly Basics set and adhere them with dimensionals as if they were in flight. To soften the bold colors, I added Rhinestones to the bodies of the butterflies and then small Tip Top Taupe triangles to the corners. This card is much prettier in person. Hope you have a great day! I have a To Do list a mile long with a short amount of time to accomplish it. I feel like Rosie the Riveter in the famous poster and telling myself, "You can do this!". Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lovely Deer

Yesterday was Jack's seventh birthday. He was super excited when he got home from school to find presents all wrapped up and ready to be opened. He asked for three specific things and yes, he did get those and a couple other things. It makes this mommy's heart happy to see him happy. He truly is the bestest kid a mom could ever ask for! In lieu of his big day, the image of the deer from the In The Meadow stamp set seemed appropriate for this week's sketch challenge.

I am sad that this set is retiring, but it will remain in my permanent arsenal. I stamped the deer first then masked them off, and stamped the tree behind them. I also embossed the piece of Wild Wasabi card stock with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder. I think the petals resemble hearts in a way so it helps to mimic the love between the two deer. Don't forget to stop over at Create with Connie and Mary to see the other designers' fabulous ideas with this sketch. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Birthday Friend

Well, we are back in the swing of things after Jack's ten day spring break. So far so good. Next week will be a chaos at it's finest....niece's birthday party on Sunday, plus the usual work for me, two field trips for his class, class pictures, and his birthday! Yep, my little guy is turning 7! Heavens! Time has gone so fast! His party will be in a couple weeks, since I will need that time to plan and create. Yep, I create the invitations and the decorations all revolved around what theme he picks. And of course, there's the cleaning of the house and cooking of the food that needs to happen as well. But first, I have to finish up his birthday shopping. *wink wink*

In the spirit of birthdays, I thought the color challenge this week was perfect to highlight a friend's birthday. I got some new toys to play with that will be appearing in the upcoming new catalog. Woo Hoo! The saying is from Lovely Friends....this set has so many wonderful sayings, you will LOVE it! The balloons, present and party hat are part of a new set called Birthday Delivery. Again, a super cute set! And both are part of bundles that will knock your socks off! Oh, how I LOVE new toys! Don't forget to check out the other designer's ideas at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A "Chicky" Thank You

I am still on Cloud 9 from Stampin' Up's OnStage event that was held on Saturday. Two of my fabulous downline friends and I made the trek to Richmond, Virginia for it. I am excited for the new upcoming catalog! My wish list is a mile long already!  And the free stuff we all came home with was FABULOUS! Plus, spending time with these two gals, there was bound to be lots of laughs, stamping, and little sleep to go with it all.

This is also Jack's spring break, so he is helping me hold down the fort this busy week. Besides work, I have to get Jack a haircut sometime, he needs new shoes for school and everyday, he wants to visit the Easter Bunny, * tomorrow is my birthday! Woo Hoo! *, on Saturday we are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and brunch for the family (Jack did help me fill 160 eggs),  and I have to help the bunny finish his shopping this week for Sunday. Oh how I wish I was Samantha off Bewitched that I could just wiggle my nose and get things done. Guess it's not a 'break' for me this week! Ha!

With Easter on the brain this week, the sketch at Create with Connie and Mary instantly had me thinking about bunnies and baskets. I decided to use the Basket Bunch  bundle to create a thank you card for a friend. Even though it is an "Easter-ish" set, I think it could be used for so much more! This little chick decided to bring her friend, rabbit a basket of carrots as a thank you. How sweet, right? The coordinating framelits in the bundle, make quick work of all the cutting. I decided to also emboss the Soft Sky card stock with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder to add a touch of dimension. I hope you and your family have a very blessed Easter! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dino-rrific Birthday

Hello stamping friends! With such a busy week, today's card was focused around clean, simple and quick! I adore these three colors together.

I decided to dust off the No Bones About It stamp set and create a birthday card suitable for any kid. I thought it would be fun to have the dinosaur all ready to celebrate by wearing his party hat and have balloons tied to his tail. Check out all the other fabulous creations using this trio of colors at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - Nurture to Nature, Flowers to Showers

Happy Sunday my stamping friends! Yesterday we took Jack and his cousins for their first train ride through the mountains. They were calling it the Easter Express since the Easter Bunny came along too and half way through the train stopped and and everyone got off for the kids to do an egg hunt. All the kids the enjoyed it, young and old. Mark that off the bucket list....ride a train....check!

Today's bog hop has so many possibilities with its theme. I opted to gear more towards the nature side of it and highlight a stamp set I hadn't used a while.

Live, Love, Grow is a wonderful set that! I paired it with the Sunburst Thinlets Die that helps to make all the images and springy colors really 'pop' off the card. It's a little hard to tell, but I added Wink of Stella over the entire "glass" part of the dome. In real life, you should see it sparkle!  Make sure you continue hopping along to see all the other fabulous works of art this month. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sweet As Ice Cream

After celebrating a nephew's third birthday last weekend, I was in the mood for a fun celebratory card for this week's sketch challenge. And while my nephew is all about trains (I remember those years with Jack) and with Sale-A-Bration coming to an end, I wanted to highlight this fun little truck one more time.

The fun and ever cute, Tasty Trucks stamp set paired with the Frozen Treats Framelits make for a whimsical card! I used one of the cone shaped dies from the framelits to create the pennants hanging above. The piece of Basic Black card stock is also embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder to add visual interest and dimension. It's a little hard to tell but I added Wink of Stella over the windows too for bit of sparkle. Colors used were Watermelon Wonder (I'm going to miss this when it retires!), Pool Party, Pear Pizazz, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake. Please hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see the other designers' works of art. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Please

Happy Thursday stamping friends! Winter is still being quite stubborn in these parts. Yesterday it was in the 30's and windy. Saturday is supposed to be in the low 70's! That's how it's been for a while now. Within 24 hours you can have a 10-20 degree temperature change. Up. Down. It doesn't matter. Last week was Jack's first snow day of the school year! Yep, middle of March and we get our first measurable snow of 8 inches. And now a week later, the daffodils are up! So hard to plan on anything when the weather is so unpredictable!

In the hopes of spring coming soon, I thought this week's color challenge lended itself nicely to a springy floral card. The Thankful Life hostess stamp set did just the trick! To add a touch more softness, I die cut the larger of the two Detailed Floral Thinlets in Whisper White card stock and adhered it onto the So Saffron card base. Four large pearls adorn the corners to anchor the vase of flowers. Simple and sweet. You can never go wrong with a combination like that! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Flying High

We had our first snow day of the school year this week. Jack was so excited to finally use his new sled that Santa had brought him! Of all the years to get a sled, and we don't get any snow until March! LOL This week's sketch challenge is a fun one! I encourage you to join in and play along on our Facebook page!

I knew instantly that I was going to use the Everyday Hero stamp set. I have used it before, but only with the girl superhero so today it was the guy's turn to shine. In this case I made it into a birthday card, but this would also make for a great Father's Day card too! This set and sketch is so versatile! I thought I would also use more non-traditional superhero colors. In this case, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate and Basic Black. I think it turned out well! Make sure you hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see all the other designers' fabulous works of art. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thinking of You Quilt of Colors

Hello stamping friends! I was excited to work with these three colors this week. I knew I wanted to make a patchwork quilt background highlighting them. The square shaped Stitched Framelit works wonderfully for this technique!

After die cutting and adhering all the squares down onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, I turned my attention to the focal point. With the symmetrical straight lines of the squares, I opted to use a circle shaped Stitched Framelit to soften all the lines. The new set, High Tide was staring at me in the face whispering softly, "Ink me. Ink me." When a stamp set talks to you like, all you can do is listen. I stamped the water in Pool Party ink and the silhouettes of the birds wading in the water in Chocolate Chip ink. I love how you can manipulate our photopolymer stamps! In this case I used words from the Crazy About You set and arched them to mimic the circular shape. The banner across the bottom is from the hostess set, Time of Year and also helps to add softness and a bit of whimsy to the card. We would love to see what you create with these three colors. Hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see other ideas for inspiration and then share your own! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - Boxes, Baskets & Bags, Oh My!

Hard to believe that March is here already. This year just started and already I feel like I'm behind! Between both parents being hospitalized (my mom is still in there), Jack's schooling, work, and my father-in-law taking a bad fall which I have been helping out until he can get back on his feet, no wonder I feel like that! So I gave myself a pep talk and decided to look ahead towards the upcoming holiday, Easter. We have the ever so cute and fabulous Basket Bunch bundle in the catalog that was just waiting to get inked up!

When I first got this bundle, I thought the basket would be so cute if it was 3D. Then when I found out this month's theme was boxes, baskets and bags, I knew I had to give my idea a whirl! I die cut two sets of baskets and then created a little box to sandwich between them to hold a treat. 

When I was at Target earlier in the week, I found these cute little chocolate carrot candies in the seasonal section. They come in a small netted bag and you get about 10 or so for $1.00. Can't beat that price! I used the candy to create the measurements for the box, so it would fit nice and snug.

Then I thought to myself, what if I wanted to showcase a group of these carrots? So I created this cute little box to hold three of them in a row, kind of like a little garden. I created a cute little sign using the Layering Squares Framelits to mimic a garden stake and tucked it in behind the carrots.

Love that little chocolate bunny stamp and the little grass framelit in the bundle. The grass helps to add depth to my little creations. Too cute!

I hope you enjoyed my little Easter treats. I had so much fun creating them! I hope you will continue hopping along to see what the other fabulous designers created today. Baskets, Boxes and Bags, oh my! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tacos For Ben

This week my nephew celebrated his 17th birthday. Happy Birthday Ben! As a lover of tacos, I knew the food truck from the Tasty Trucks stamp set was perfect to use! The sketch this week at Create with Connie and Mary lended itself nicely for his birthday card.

I thought it would be fun to put one of the quotes from the stamp set on the two tabs in the upper left corner. It was easy to do with my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. I decided to go with So Safron, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake as my color choices. A fun card for a fun young man. Happy Stamping!