Thursday, March 15, 2018

Flowering Vine

After having strep and the flu for the past eight days, it feels good to start getting back to my old self again. I tell you, both really kicked my butt last week! I wouldn't wish that on anybody. With the cold weather outside, I decided a touch of spring was needed with this week's challenge.

This week's color choices lended themselves nicely to a flowering vine that's crawling up the side of my card. I decided to highlight some of our Sale-A-Bration items, Amazing You stamp set, Beautiful Peacock stamp set and Celebrate You Thinlets. Our leaf punch makes it quick and easy to create the vine. A sweet and simple card that would work for birthday, thank you or just thinking of you card. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Celebrating 500!

Can you believe it? Create with Connie and Mary is celebrating their 500th challenge! Woo hoo!! What an accomplishment! I am so proud of being a part of such a dynamic group of super talented stampers! 

In honor of this occasion, I decided to ink up only one stamp set (Yep, that's it...only one.) I chose the Sale-A-Bration set, Beautiful Peacock. Isn't it fabulous? We had a peacock here on the farm for over a year. One day he just appeared and he stayed for over a year. We named him George. He was free to come and go as he pleased. Then one day he left as mysteriously as he had came. Boy, was he a sight to see when his feathers were all out!

I inked the body of our fabulous bird first in Bermuda Bay and then gently rolled the edges of it in Pacific Point to give it the traditional color variances that peacocks have. It's feathers were inked in Lemon Lime Twist. Don't all three of these colors make for a great color combination? All stamped on a stitched square layered onto a scalloped square. The small strip behind is a piece of Whisper White card stock that I stamped the tiny little 'burst' in all the colors to make for an interesting pattern. What really helps to set off the card and steps it up a bit in my opinion? I decided to free hand swirls out of rhinestones to mimic as if they are bursting out from behind our colorful bird. It's a little hard to tell, but I also added Wink of Stella to all the white spaces on the bird and feathers. It looks AWESOME in real life. Thanks so much for joining us as we celebrate our 500th challenge! Looking forward to the next 500! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Bird is the Word

Hello stamping friends! So glad the wind has died down finally here on the east coast. A few pieces of tin off the barn roofs, sticks galore on the ground, a couple of boards on the cattle bunk line shifted and broke, but otherwise we are lucky (knock on wood) that we never lost power and it wasn't much worse. Speaking of Mother Nature, today's blog hop is for the birds. Literally.  It was the perfect opportunity for me to ink up our Bird Banter stamp set. 

Up first are two little birdies ready to party. I used the Sale-A-Bration Celebration Thinlets to help not only make a fun background but also part of the focal point as well. These birds also were perfect to let me get out our new Stampin' Blends and them a whirl. Love the softness that these new alcohol based markers add to our images.

And then this guy decided to celebrate all on his own! Using the masking technique, I created a bunch of balloons for this guy to deliver to his friend high up in the branches. Again I used various Stampin' Blends to give this scene color. I used a sponge, Soft Sky ink pad and a handcut cloud stencil to make the sky come alive. I even had fun offsetting the different layers to the left to spice it up a little.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my birds! Now hop along and see what creative genius Elizabeth has with hers. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Getting Fizzy

Such a sweet combination of colors this week. It made me think of candy and sugary things like those in Willy Wonka's world, so I decided to ink up the Bubble Over stamp set and create some fizzy drinks.  Remember the Fizzy Lifting drinks in the movie that Charlie and his grandpa drank? Oh, the memories....

I am so happy that this stamp set has a coordinating framelit set, it makes it so much easier to create individual bottles. I also used the "celebrate" stamp from the Sale-a-bration set, Amazing You to create a fun background. Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

My Knight

Hello stamping friends! We have been enjoying some nice warm weather this week. Ah, it feels good! Tomorrow is Ryan's birthday, so I decided this week's sketch challenge would be perfect for his card.

I wanted to highlight the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper, so I took the time to hand cut out a dragon and knight from one of the pieces. I love the shimmer each one has. The only stamping is the sparkle on the Whisper White background from the Magical Day set and the words from the Labeler Alphabet set. I love how it turned out! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Red Lavender

Hi stampers! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful valentine's day yesterday. I was surprised with a bouquet of white and yellow daisies from my boys. They know me well, as daisies are my favorite. *big grins* 

Even though the stamp set I used is called, Lots of Lavender, I chose to color mine using Real Red ink and a blender pen. I cut off the long stems of two bouquets and made it more into a plant by fussy cutting extra leaves and putting them on the bottom. It gives the stamp a whole new look, don't you think? Since the word stamp is photopolymer (from the Colorful Seasons set) , I was able to manipulate it and curve it to follow the curve of the die cut stitched circle. Yeah! What a fun color combination this week! So fun, so cheerful, so lovable! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Celebrations of the Heart

Hello stamping friends! It's rainy and snowy here on this chilly Super Bowl day. Who are you rooting for? Football isn't big in our household (now the Olympics is a whole other story...I LOVE me some Olympics...summer, winter...doesn't matter!!) so I will wish both teams good luck today! 

With this month's Celebrations of the Heart theme, I thought it would be fun to create a slightly different size card. This is actually a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" size card so it will still fit in a regular size envelope. I decided to add a background of hearts inside a die cut scallop circle to anchor the focal point. The hearts are a stamp from the Weather Together set and inked in Melon Mambo ink. The cute panda is from a current Sale-A-Bration set, Panda Parade. Isn't it the cutest? I used my blender pen with Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo ink refills to give the envelope some soft color. I brushed Wink of Stella all over the panda's face and belly. The sparkle's in the corner are from the Magical Day stamp set, "Love" is from the Apron of Love set and the die cut "You" is from another Sale-A-Bration offering called Celebrate You thinlets. To go along with this fun little card I covered some mini candy bars with Pink Pirouette card stock that were stamped with hearts from the Apron of Love set in Melon Mambo ink. I added a bow of Basic Black Baker's Twine to both items as a finishing touch. Have fun hopping along to see what fabulousness Julie has in store for you! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Spreading the "LOVE"

This week I am preparing for my BIG downline stamping day that is next weekend. I hold regular gatherings for my fabulous team every 6-8 weeks, but at least once or twice a year I plan a bigger scale event event that lasts an entire day. It's a lot of work to prep for, but I LOVE every minute of the day! Inspired by this upcoming event and the bold, bright colors for this week's challenge, I couldn't help but spread some "LOVE."

I inked up the "LOVE" stamp from the Labels To Love set and stamped it in rows to create a fun background. Using my Sweet and Sassy framelits, I die cut three different size hearts and on the largest I embossed the greeting from the Layering Love set with White Embossing Powder. I freehand cut the arrow that is behind the largest heart. For the finishing touches I added rhinestones and a baker's twine bow. These colors just make you happy! Love this combination! Happy Stamping my friends!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Glass Half Full

Hello stamping friends! I feel like the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland who is running around feverishly trying to get things done before it's too late! Yep, that's my week. Who can relate? 

I decided to ink up the Half Full and Picture Perfect Birthday stamp sets using a color combination of Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Smoky Slate and Basic Black for this week's sketch challenge. I used two methods to apply the color to the wine bottle and glass. One using a Blender Pen and our ink refills and the other using our ink pads and a sponge. Hence the softer and darker shades of colors on the items. The 3/4" punched circles of Glimmer Paper helps to 'punch' up the card a bit with texture and sparkle. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winter Flowers

Yesterday we had a high of 28 degrees and a two hour school delay due to snow and the cold temps. Today we are supposed to have a high of 42! Woo hoo! Warmer weather is coming the next few days. To welcome it, I opted to ink up our fabulous Painted Harvest stamp set to highlight the fun, bright colors of this week's challenge.

With the snow outside and the temperatures beginning to warm up the next days I was in the mood for flowers. This stamp set is fun with it's two-step stamping as it helps to give the images depth. To fill in the 'white space', I inked up the fern stamp and stamped it multiple times without reinking. A fun and easy card for a quick me up in the winter. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Confetti & Candles

A box arrived upon my doorstep the other day. Yep, that wonderful brown box we all know about. One that makes you jump up and down for joy. Inside mine was a wonderful new stamp set called, Picture Perfect Birthday. Ah yes, this fun stamp set was the first one I saw when I opened the box. So I inked it up and gave it a whirl!

The playfulness of this set lended itself to the use of bold and fun colors such as Tempting Turquoise, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Peekaboo Peach. I added Wink of Stella on the candles and flames. I see many projects being created with this set! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Color My World

It's the start of a brand new year, and with it comes new challenges, new memories, and a newfound hope in all things. It's like spring cleaning for the soul really. Time to set new goals for myself, personally and professionally. Time to let go of things that have no real purpose. Time to focus on what makes me and my family happy. For a month now, I've been telling myself to simplify my life. Chaos and I don't play nice in the sandbox. I love organization. So I've set my first goal for myself,  to go through everything in my house over the next three months. Every drawer, every cabinet, every nook and cranny room by room and get rid of the things that no longer serve a purpose. I work better with simplicity and organization. 

Also with the new year, we are welcoming new blog hop ideas and some new design team members! Their creativity is crazy awesome!?! So looking forward to continue sharing ideas with this fabulous group of stampers! This month's theme is "Color My World." One can interpret that in so many ways. I personally thought it would be fun to use colors I typically don't use together.

With the upcoming Valentine holiday, I thought it would be fun to make love inspired projects. I inked up images from the Message In A Bottle and Foxy Friends stamp sets using a combination of Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, and Basic Black inks. Fun color combination right? I thought so. I even added some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper circles that I punched out using the Holly Berry Builder Punch to mimic bubbles.

One cannot do Valentine's Day without chocolate. They go together like Batman and Robin, Bert and Ernie, or Laverne and Shirley. You get the point. So I whipped up this cute little sleeve that holds two mini Snickers candy bars nice and snug in it. I simply took the measurements of the candy then formulated that onto card stock. Two cuts and four score lines later, voila! In fact, they were so quick and easy to make, that I made two!

I brushed over the bottle using the ever so fabulous Wink of Stella. Love the shine it gives! I'm so glad you stopped by today. Want to see more ideas using color? Hop along to Elizabeth. She's a pretty rockin' gal with creative genius! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sending JOY

Eleven days and counting. Anybody else hear the Jaw's theme song in your head right now when I said that? Good lord, that's what it feels like this year! But with today's sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary, I thought I would share with you a quick and easy Christmas card that can be made in a matter of minutes for those last minute people on your list.

Using the Large Letter framelits and Swirly Scribble thinlets, I created the word "JOY" out of Real Red and Early Espresso card stock. With the Leaf punch and 1/2" Circle punch, I then created the little holly that I attached onto the wreath shape. I added Wink of Stella to the berries to give him a little shine. "Merry Christmas" is from the At Home with You stamp set and inked up with Early Espresso ink. Add a little Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Garden Green card stock and voila! a festive holiday card at your finger tips. Happy stamping!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Simple Swirly Bird

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." inside and out here at our place. I was thigh high deep in boxes last week. When you have a little one that is super excited for Christmas and the entire spirit it brings; one must put aside their creativity making (i.e. stamping) and get the house and yard decorated! We are ready and waiting for the big guy to arrive! Still have lots and lots of shopping to do this week and next. One thing at a time I remind myself. Decorations done....check!

Even though the house and yard are screaming Christmas, my card went a whole other avenue with this week's color challenge. I needed a sweet but simple thank you card so I pulled out my Swirly Bird and Rose Wonder stamp sets and inked them up. Add a few punched leaves, rhinestones and voila! an nice and quick card all ready to send. Hope your holiday season is off to a great start! Happy Stamping!